One and done: Trawick plays first and last game for GlobalPort

first_imgPumaren added Trawick is already on his way out and that his replacement, whom he did not disclose the name, is set to suit up in GlobalPort’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday.Trawick’s horrible outing, however, wasn’t the reason why the Batang Pier bowed to the Elasto Painters, who, in contrast, drew a 25-point, 15-rebound effort from import James Weatherspoon.“We lost because of our mental lapses, it’s more mental mistakes, offensive rebound, leaving the guy wide open, those things,” Pumaren saidADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trawick had twice as many fouls as points. He scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field in 16 minutes of action before fouling out with still 5:46 left.READ: Elastopainters hold on to beat Batang PierFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But the early ouster of the 25-year-old guard also turned out to be a blessing in disguise for GlobalPort, which played comfortable without Trawick on the floor.“We’re not happy the way he’s performing, especially in our last tune-up game against Meralco,” said Pumaren. “First tune-up game, he played well, 27 points, but second game, he looked different.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers PLAY LIST 05:04Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Read Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Elastopainters hold on to beat Batang Pier Jabril Trawick. PBA IMAGESJabril Trawick’s PBA debut was also his last game for GlobalPort.Trawick didn’t make it hard for the Batang Pier to let him go with an atrocious showing in the team’s 98-96 loss to Rain or Shine Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanslast_img read more

Off to battle

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced President Duterte joins Team Philippines that will see action in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia during Monday’s sendoff ceremony in Malacañang. Also in photo are (seated, from left) Sports Commissioner Charles Maxey, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas and chief of mission and Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez. —JOAN BONDOCBuoyed by an inspiring sendoff ceremony graced by President Duterte in Malacañang on Monday, Filipino athletes bound for the 18th Asian Games begin their trip to Indonesia in search of more medals.Gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo, a wise-money bet for a gold, will leave for Jakarta on Wednesday along with Katharina Lehnert of tennis and some officials, but the big volume of athletes will depart the following day.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The final wave will come in Aug. 21 with the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragonboat Federation bringing in the most number of athletes at 27 out of the total 272.Also included on the travel list that day are athletes from squash, sepak takraw, pencak silat and boxing, where one or two gold medals are expected.Cyclist Daniel Caluag (BMX) delivered Team PH’s lone gold medal during the previous Asiad in Incheon, South Korea. Filipinos also took home 3 silver and 11 bronze medals.The men’s basketball team left for Jakarta on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Wrestlers finish 2nd in Taiwan View comments MOST READ Led by 2012 windsurfing world champion Geylord Coveta, athletes from taekwondo, wushu, golf, shooting, wrestling, swimming, women’s softball, fencing and the remaining gymnasts and tennis players will fly out Thursday.The 15-man bowling team, sans World Cup champion Krizziah Lyn Tabora, will journey to Palembang, the satellite venue of the 45-country continental Games, on the 17th, a day prior to the opening ceremonies at Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Rio de Janeiro Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz is scheduled to arrive on the 18th along with the entire weightlifting squad. Joining them are the national cyclists and jet ski riders Billy Joseph Ang and Marco Rafael Lee.“Remember that you do not only compete for yourselves, but also carry with you the pride of your families, your community and the entire Filipino nation,” said Mr. Duterte. “All I ask from you is that you do your best and that you do it fair and square.”Sydney Olympian Toni Leviste of equestrian opens her quest on Aug. 19 together with the archers and Gerald Verosil of sports climbing.last_img read more

Skate Park Donation

first_imgScott Selin, with the group, is glad to see the money is going to something that will benefit the community.  In fact, he says the facility was well-used last year and he’s hoping for the same result, again, once the snow melts.   Selin, himself, is hoping his kids will take advantage of the facility this year. – Advertisement –last_img

Ronaldo denies ‘fake news’ rape claim as police reopen investigation

first_img“What they said today, fake — fake news,” the 33-year-old star of the Portuguese national team said in a post that was later deleted.Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, accused Ronaldo, in a 32-page complaint filed last month with a district court in Nevada, of raping her on June 13, 2009.The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed in a statement that didn’t name the superstar it had responded to a call of a sexual assault on that date. “At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description. A medical exam was conducted,” it said.“As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided by the victim.”Mayorga alleges in the lawsuit that she was pressured into signing a nondisclosure agreement to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking no less than $200,000 in penalties and damages.The complaint was first reported by the German magazine Der Spiegel. Lawyers for Ronaldo have reportedly threatened to sue the magazine over the story.In the suit, Mayorga said she met Ronaldo, who was then 24 years old, on the evening of June 12, 2009 at the Rain Nightclub in the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.It said she accepted an invitation to join Ronaldo and others in his penthouse suite to “enjoy the view of the Las Vegas strip.”She was invited to join guests in a hot tub but she declined because she did not have a bathing suit, the complaint said.Ronaldo offered her clothing and then followed her into a bathroom where she was going to change clothes, it said.– ‘No, no, no’ –After she refused his demand to perform oral sex and said she wanted to leave, Ronaldo pulled her into a bedroom and anally raped her while she screamed “no, no, no,” the complaint said.“When Cristiano Ronaldo completed the sexual assault of the plaintiff, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman,” it said.The lawsuit said Mayorga reported the alleged assault to the Las Vegas police the same day and underwent an examination at a local hospital.It said the assault had left her with “severe emotional and bodily injuries including but not limited to anal contusions, posttraumatic stress disorder and major depression.”She developed an alcohol problem and was suicidal, according to court documents.Under pressure from Ronaldo’s “fixers,” Mayorga settled the case “in exchange for a payment of $375,000 and non-disclosure of the sexual assault,” the lawsuit said.It claimed the agreement should be voided because she was “incompetent and lacked the mental capacity to participate in negotiations and settlement of her claims due to the injuries suffered during the initial sexual assault.”The suit also called for the agreement to be dismissed because it amounted to concealment of a crime for which there is no statute of limitations.The unidentified “fixers” were named as co-defendants in the lawsuit, which also accuses the Juventus forward of violating the 2010 nondisclosure agreement.In an interview with Der Spiegel, Mayorga, who has a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said she was inspired to come forward in part by the #MeToo movement that has exposed the sexual abuse of women by powerful men.Ronaldo is a five-time winner of FIFA’s men’s player of the year award.The Portuguese striker, who is a married father of four, left Real Madrid this year to join Juventus for 100 million euros ($117 million).Ronaldo won two La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns with Real after joining from Manchester United in 2009 for a then world-record fee of £80 million ($94 million).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has denied allegations by a former model that he raped her in Las Vegas in 2009 © AFP/File / Isabella BONOTTOLos Angeles, United States, Oct 1 – Police said Monday they had reopened an investigation into a rape accusation made by a former model who says soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo attacked her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009.Ronaldo, who now plays for Juventus in Italy’s Serie A, rejected the charges as “fake news” during a live chat on Instagram.last_img read more

PSG confirm Thomas Tuchel as new coach

first_img0Shares0000Eye on the objective: German Thomas Tuchel says he has just accepted ‘the most exciting proposition in football’ after being appointed the successor to Unai Emery at Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / PATRIK STOLLARZPARIS, France, May 14 – Thomas Tuchel has been appointed as the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal, the French champions confirmed on Monday.The 44-year-old German has agreed to succeed Unai Emery, who will leave the Qatar-owned side after the final game of the French season this weekend. “It is with much joy, pride and ambition that I am joining this big club,” said Tuchel in a statement released by PSG.“I can’t wait to start working with all these great players who are all amongst the best in the world.“Paris Saint-Germain has enormous potential and it is by far the most exciting proposition in football.”According to French sports daily L’Equipe, Tuchel was recommended directly to Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani by the Qatari consul in Germany.At one point linked to Arsenal before Arsene Wenger announced he would be leaving the Premier League club, Tuchel will begin his new role in early July with the start of pre-season training.It was an open secret that Tuchel had been lined up as the next coach of the ambitious club from the French capital.They had been on the look-out for a replacement for Emery since being beaten 5-2 on aggregate by Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League in March.That disappointment in Europe, following a humiliating loss against Barcelona at the same stage a year ago, meant there was no chance of Emery’s two-year contract being renewed at the end of this campaign.Emery has nevertheless just overseen a clean sweep of the domestic honours in France this season, after winning the French Cup, League Cup and season-opening Champions Trophy in his first campaign.Tuchel was a free agent after leaving Borussia Dortmund a year ago, despite leading the team to victory in last season’s German Cup.“Thomas is one of the best and most competitive European coaches to have emerged over the last few seasons,” declared PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.“He abides by very strong principles of playing spectacular and clinical football that has always been the foundation of German football, especially on the international scene.“His competitive spirit, his preference for attacking football and his strong character are in line with what we have always wanted for Paris Saint-Germain.”– Unproven in Europe –Tuchel becomes the fifth different man to coach PSG since Qatar Sports Investments bought the club in 2011, following Antoine Kombouare, Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Emery.He will be tasked with ensuring that they continue to dominate at home while finally making a major impression in the Champions League, having failed to go beyond the quarter-finals in the Qatar era.Tuchel will also have to find a way of keeping Neymar happy, providing the world’s most expensive player remains in France for a second season.However, Tuchel — a modest player whose career was cut short by a knee injury — is not yet proven as a coach at the highest level.He did an admirable job in charge of Mainz, before succeeding Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund in 2015.His first season saw Dortmund finish runners-up to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and the German Cup, while losing to Klopp’s Liverpool in the Europa League quarter-finals.Last season, Tuchel’s side slipped to third in the Bundesliga and lost to Monaco in the Champions League quarter-finals, but they did beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the Cup final.A falling-out with the Dortmund hierarchy cost him as job, and he had been out of work since then.PSG wrapped up this season’s Ligue 1 title with five games to spare. Emery, who on Sunday was named as France’s coach of the year, will lead the side for the last time against Caen this weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jose Mourinho key to Eden Hazard’s development, insists Chelsea’s greatest ever player

first_img Eden Hazard 1 Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes Eden Hazard has the ideal conditions to attain even greater heights with the Premier League champions under Jose Mourinho.The 23-year-old Belgium playmaker is the PFA and Football Writers’ Association player of the year after an outstanding season, netting 19 goals and contributing 10 assists in all competitions.Speculation has grown recently that Real Madrid are eyeing a move – prompting Mourinho to slap a £100m fee on both of Hazard’s legs – but Zola can’t see the Belgian being lured away from Stamford Bridge.Zola told Press Association Sport: “I don’t think Chelsea would be willing to let him go and he has signed a new contract. It will be great for Chelsea and for him if he stays.“He’s got perfect conditions to keep improving and to try to get to another level. I believe Chelsea really can provide that for him.“He’s an amazing player. You like to see players like him playing. He’s one of those players you’d pay for a ticket to go and watch, even if you don’t support the team he’s playing for.”Zola, who was named Chelsea’s greatest ever player by fans and remains a favourite, has backed Hazard to get even better under Mourinho’s guidance.“This year he’s been very effective. He’s learnt to use his qualities in the best way to be more effective for himself and his team,” said the Italian.“I can see him getting better and better because he’s young and he plays for a team and a manager that will be pushing him to improve all the time.”last_img read more

We won’t let the facts get in the way

first_imgAre you going to believe U.S. intelligence or the president’s? The National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear weapons program contradicts White House claims that Iran was in the throes of developing nukes, but President Bush won’t buy it: “No matter what it says, it won’t keep us from being aggressive. Just as soon as we discover who in the NIE let this out, we’ll make sure to out his wife.” Bush continued, “Right now I’ve got the entire Cabinet down at Cheney’s office drawing straws.” “Heh-heh,” he added. Festival of Lights threatens never to end: “It seems like Hanukkah is lasting a lot longer than normal,” said one exhausted West Hills parent. “It started sometime last week and it gives no sign of ending. It’s supposed to be a holiday, not a holimonth. We’re running out of gifts and candles. Help!” Running for president isn’t child’s play … unless: Hillary Clinton has accused Barrack Obama of wanting to be president as far back as kindergarten. “By first grade he was push-polling against my run for president of the Wellesley College Young Republicans organization,” said Sen. Clinton. “Is that what you want as president … a vindictive 5-year-old?” More Obama-drama: Demand for tickets to see Oprah Winfrey appear with Sen. Obama in South Carolina was so high that the campaign moved the event to an 80,250-seat football stadium. Not to be outdone, Hillary Clinton is moving her night with Barbra Streisand to the 100,000 seat L.A. Coliseum. Meanwhile, presidential candidates Dennis Kucinich and Joe Biden’s appearance with Pauly Shore has been moved from The Comedy Store’s Main Room Stage to the Belly Room upstairs. t could have been worse: British schoolteacher Gillian Gibbons was pardoned by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for “insulting Islam” because she had let her first-grade class name a teddy bear Muhammad. “To tell you the truth, the kids voted for `Yentl,’ but I thought the government might think we were naming the bear after the movie,” said Gibbons. “Even I think 200 slashes wouldn’t be enough for that.” How do they afford to live? Last week, Sacramento’s lawmakers, who are already the best-paid legislators in the country, got a payroll increase of $3,111 a year to $116,208, not including the per diem, state cars and office staffs. “The cost of not getting anything done goes up every year,” said one nearly starving legislator. “And as for the one thing we are actually good at, remember, raising taxes is heavy lifting.” Last leap: Daredevil Evel Knievel died last week at the age of 69. His management set tomorrow night in Las Vegas as the date they promise he will jump completely over Purgatory and directly into Heaven. Last-minute shopping tip: Is there a more heartwarming gift than a star from the International Star Registry that will be registered with the gift-getter’s name in the U.S. Copyright Office and will … I’m sorry. I can’t keep a straight face. Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTurn about: In a shock to the cable TV opinion world, an undocumented worker admitted to having hired CNN’s Lou Dobbs to mow his lawn. “To tell you the truth, I didn’t realize who he was until I got cable last week,” said the longtime anonymous illegal immigrant. “I’ve used a lot of out-of-work talk-show hosts to do odd jobs around the house, but I never expected Lou Dobbs to show up.” “I’m not proud of it,” said Dobbs, “but I needed the money and I didn’t realize he didn’t have papers until I was just about finished raking up the leaves. The fact that he didn’t even have a riding mower or a blower should have been a giveaway.” It’s the American way: Credit-card companies were called before a Senate committee investigating the companies’ policy of raising interest rates to customers who were paying their monthly bill on time. While there are those who think the practice is criminal, the companies differ. “Calling our practice criminal would be like calling gas companies criminal for raising their pump prices when their profits are already at all-time highs,” said credit-card VP Visa Chase. “I mean they weren’t complaining when we paid for their $10 Timex that’s cost them $3,000 … so far.” What was I supposed to write here? Researchers report that chimpanzees who were pitted against college students in a series of memory tests performed at a better rate than the humans. “The apes had an unfair advantage, dude,” said one of the college students. “They all studied before the test. What is that about?” Researchers had felt that the incessant scratching of their privates and refusal to use eating utensils would somehow enhance their memory … but the college students lost anyway. last_img

JASON BLACK’S EVEREST BLOG: 10 DAYS GONE AND I’M BACK AT BASE CAMP

first_imgJASON Black is attempting to be first Donegal man to conquer Mount Everest.The Letterkenny nightclub owner has posted his latest blog.Here’s his latest despatch from way up high! BASECAMP to interim CAMP & onto ADVANCE base camp.Up early-ish and had a good solid breakfast of porridge & fried eggs .. today I feel well rested and ready to restart back into Mt Everest.Honestly I seriously feel that the correct decision few days back to drop down from 6450mts ABC to BC has been my saving grace in helping to conquer this most punishing experience of my entire sporting life.I mean it’s not even the physical challenge which is at times painfully numbing on the body but physically trying to hold it all together; pain, cold sickness, despair, moments of depression, joy highs & lows. I mean it just sucks it out of you. Anyway looking forward positively just left BC where Nima has fed me like mammy would have as a sick child at home at 5 years of age. His patience to get me well enough again must be commendable a true warrior of the wild and knows exactly how to bring you through it positivity.So the climb up to interim camp was good and had a solid climb straight up the side of the ever relentless mountain, arrived in good form, no headaches, legs felt good got straight into my tent and chilled with a book – The Eiger obsession based on a climber called John Harlins’ life facing the mountain that killed him. It’s a good read.Then cooked good dinner in the tent and off to bed early, restless enough night but caught enough zzz to do the job the next day as we set off early to ABC; it was a nervous enough day as the last time I got to ABC it’s where it all when horribly wrong.But I must reminded myself last time on route I was recovering from a bad ear infection and still finishing a strong course of heavy antibiotics and gastro “stomach” issues; drugs for that also along with diomox for coping with altitude, all in all I was a walking Magees chemist!Now I had dropped all that and flushed the system with tons of good hot water, only drug that was now working with was the Diamox which on its own is working pretty well for me. So four and half hours later I rolled into ABC tired with the again relentless climb but in good spirits no headache and hungry, hot noodle soup & plate of hot beans veg & what looked like black & white pudding, didn’t asked just shovelled it down, damned tasty.I got a call out to Sharon on the satellite phone to reassure her I’d arrived safe and well and in great form, I could tell by her voice she was relieved, not as much as I was..lol. It’s strange on this expedition, unlike others it’s different calling Sharon, hearing her voice & kids also leaves a lump in my throat …different but in a good way I still miss them as crazy as hell but I know I have to stay so focused on the job ahead & keep the positivity strong and they are helping. Sharon’s just unreal strong and I could have a better absent wing man, without her, it would be so much more harder.I’m in my tent here now at ABC it’s 5pm on the and its probably -10 and the wind it just crazy hard I feel as if my tents just about to be ripped of the side of the mountain and I’m going to land in the glacier below.There’s a guy beside me – Mike an American, in the next tent and he’s coughing so hard due to the altitude that he’s coughing up fresh blood from his lungs it sounds so Painful & his Sherpa Pemba is with him making sure he what, doesn’t cough a lung up, cause Jesus it sounds terrible bad. In a way I’m somewhat glad for a change its not me, as I’ve had a belly full of sickness. Ok in the last 10 mins writing this blog the winds have turned to proper gale force, the expedition tents are specially built for this type of conditions & worse. Keep you updated.JasonJASON BLACK’S EVEREST BLOG: 10 DAYS GONE AND I’M BACK AT BASE CAMP was last modified: May 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:JASON BLACK’S EVEREST BLOG: 10 DAYS GONE AND I’M BACK AT BASE CAMPlast_img read more

Red lights not new

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “Orange Line chaos” (Nov. 3): I get that the Orange Line is new – but red lights are not. Are people running red lights as often as it seems? People need to start paying attention to all traffic areas, not just the Orange Line lights. If this woman ran a light and hit a car of people with kids, would people blame her, the other car or the corner? Maybe instead of barriers, the lights need to stay red for five to 10 seconds before and after the bus goes through. Is that enough time for people to realize that there is a large vehicle coming? Don’t blame the Orange Line, or the color of the buses. The people who are running the lights and causing these accidents are the ones responsible. They should admit it. Rosemary Strube Sherman Oaks It was no secret Re: “Orange Line chaos” (Nov. 3): Well, well, apparently it was no secret there are blind sections along the busway. Zev Yaroslavsky knew. We have to believe as our elected official he is remiss in his duties. As for spending billions more for gates, no thanks. There were years to make preparations for safety. (The Metropolitan Transportation Authority) should have given us the light rail we asked for in the first place. Debi Hernandez Valley Village Protecting buses Re: “Orange Line chaos” (Nov. 3): I think the correct delineation of the situation is that the buses need protection from the motorists. I don’t think motorists pay any attention to traffic lights unless the driver in front of them stops. Otherwise, it’s “go for it.” The yellow lights might as well not exist anymore. The same holds true for walk/don’t walk lights; nobody pays any attention to them. And I don’t think the cameras at intersections are causing more people to run red lights. I just think more people are getting caught because of the cameras. They should be at every major intersection. Sheila Cooley Van Nuys Politician-designed Re: “Orange Line chaos” (Nov. 3): The Red Line could have been extended as a subway without grade crossings. The Red Line could have been extended as an elevated railway without grade crossings. The busway could have been build as an elevated roadway without grade crossings. What we have is a busway designed by a politician instead of a transportation engineer. Now we have grade crossing accidents and traffic delays on our major streets. Raiford L. Langford Sherman Oaks ‘Liability Highway’ Re: “Orange Line chaos” (Nov. 3): Liability Highway is my name for the Orange Line. If people are not going to stop for a train and not walk on the tracks, they are not going to stop for a bus or stay off the roadway. The railroad industry has been dealing with grade-crossing safety for more than 100-plus years. What makes the folks who run the buses think they are any smarter than the railroaders? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing, expecting different results. The risk managers must have been on vacation on this one. Michael S. Williams Santa Barbara Supportive dissent Re: “High school lockdown linked to Bush protest” (Nov. 3): I am 1967 Van Nuys High School graduate and a Marine Corps Vietnam vet who applauds the students of Van Nuys High School for standing up to the lies of the Bush administration. Almost 100 U.S. troops lost their lives last month in this tragic, misguided conflict. The only thing that ended the war in Vietnam was the American public opinion that we were involved in a crazy war we could not win. When I returned from Vietnam in 1969, I didn’t think much of the student protesters. I had just spent 13 months in Vietnam just doing my job. In the years since, I’ve realized the protesters’ efforts saved many American and Vietnamese lives, maybe mine. So if an Iraq vet says you’re not supporting the troops, tell him nicely you are, and someday hopefully he’ll get it. Ted Quackenbush Portland, Oregon Animal-abuse first Re: “First animal abuse unit conviction” (Nov. 2): You recently published a letter from me that stated an unfortunately large portion of our society would remain unenlightened if we continued to ignore the abuse of animals. What a relief to learn there are those like Councilman Tony Cardenas, LAPD Assistant Chief Sharon Papa and our mayor who agree. While the coward’s crime far exceeded the punishment, it’s a step. Congratulations to L.A.’s Animal Cruelty Task Force and to Officer Gloria Fanning, who now has a true friend for life. Please keep up the good work as there are more Sheilas out there that need our help. Grace Pedraza Valley Village Solves no problems Re: “Firing poor teachers would boost morale” (Their Opinions, Oct. 31): Shirley Sivorny’s “guest column” is a classic example of the hypocrisy that permeates the supporters of Proposition 74. Yes, the public school system needs massive doses of improvement, but how does firing teachers address the issues of inadequate infrastructure, lack of teaching materials and overcrowding? Should Sivorny, a professor at California State University, Northridge, also be willing to risk her cushy position at the public trough based on performance reviews for the unmotivated adolescents who do not do well in her classes? A “special election” to threaten the dedicated public school teachers of California who struggle every day to make the system work is an easy response that will solve none of the problems. Richard C. Macias Sherman Oaks Wrong direction Re: “Panel pushed DWP reform” and “Parents are irate as kids are locked out of Head Start” (Nov. 2): Some of the Department of Water and Power commissioners would like to be able to review contracts, past, present and future, to assure they’re in the public’s best interest. But Board President Mary Nichols prefers that they spend their time on the “greening” of our city and assuring that DWP contributes sufficiently to its coffers. Which does the public prefer? Head Start’s primary concern is helping unready preschoolers catch up in language, etc., before entering the school system. As a side benefit, it serves as a baby sitter. It sounds like the parents prefer it continue with the baby-sitting; never mind they haven’t been properly handling the education end. Evelyn Catron Sylmar Sherman responds Re: “A legal product” (Your Opinions, Oct. 28): A letter published Oct. 28 misstated the reach of legislation shielding gun manufacturers from lawsuits. The letter said the bill protects “a legal product, legally sold.” That’s not true. I voted against the bill because it will insulate from lawsuits a dealer who negligently sells a gun to a felon listed on the National Criminal Instant Background Check System; the makers and sellers of “fingerprint-proof” guns; the manufacturer of the latest cop-killer handgun; a dealer who sells 80 guns in one transaction to a consumer who “says” that he doesn’t plan to resell any of them, or a dealer who sells guns to someone he knows is on the terrorist watch list. This bill also aims to slam the courthouse door on victims of gun violence, like the children wounded in a 1999 shooting rampage in Granada Hills and the widow of a letter carrier murdered later that day in Chatsworth. When President Bush signed this bill, he put his thumb on the scales of justice against innocent victims. Rep. Brad Sherman 27th Congressional District Dodger errors Using one letter from the name “Paul” and all but one letter from the name “DePodesta,” you can rearrange the letters to write “a dead stop,” which accurately describes both the 2005 Dodger season and the team’s management. Adam Platts Northridge How corrupt? How corrupt must this administration get before proper steps are taken to give America back to its people? A cover-up of the lies that brought our nation to war is not acceptable. Antonia D. Espinoza Northridge last_img read more

Scientific Referencing Perpetuates Myths

first_img(Visited 75 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Most scientific papers contain numerous references. Rather than enhancing scholarship, careless referencing can sometimes advance zombie science.Some theories deserve a quiet death. Unfortunately, they are kept on life support by the common practice of referencing in journal papers. Dead ideas re-emerge as zombies, parading around as if they never really died.A typical paper contains dozens—sometimes hundreds—of references. It’s doubtful any one author or co-author takes the time to read them all. Perhaps that boring task gets delegated to grad students or contributing authors. Is it possible, too, under the pressure of publish-or-perish deadlines, that scientists pad the references to impress editors? It can work like name-dropping, giving the appearance of reputation without the reality.Even if a scientist can claim to have read every reference in the paper, did he or she keep up on all the work published since? The sheer volume of journals and papers spewing forth daily makes it humanly impossible to be up to speed on every detail “corroborated” by a reference. The author can be trusting a broken reed that will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it.Case in point: “The Great Oxidation Event” (GOE), sometimes also called the “Great Oxygenation Event.” Scientists give names to theories for convenience, but used too often, they breathe life into dead words so theory-laden as to be forever subjective. The GOE is attractive as a way for marking the ‘evolution of photosynthesis’ and preparing Darwin’s way for the Cambrian Explosion—provided one believes in Darwinian evolution and billions of years. Nobody was present hundreds of millions of years ago, of course, when this GOE supposedly happened. Evidence for it is indirect, based on the interpretation of isotopes in rocks, which depend on other theories about dates, evolution, and geophysics. Convenient a vessel as it is, the GOE has run aground on the rocks of contrary evidence as to timing and extent. As we reported several times over the years, some scientists doubt that it ever happened. The only place the GOE may exist is in dead theories of old journal papers.Let’s see how one paper resurrects the GOE zombie. In Nature, Zerkl et al. put it in their headline: “Onset of the aerobic nitrogen cycle during the Great Oxidation Event.” The first sentence reads,The rise of oxygen on the early Earth (about 2.4 billion years ago)1…We pause to check that reference. It points to a paper from 2004 by Bekker et al. in Nature, “Dating the rise of atmospheric nitrogen.” Those authors confidently over-interpreted some rocks in South Africa as markers of the GOE. Much of the trouble with the GOE, however, came subsequent to 2004.10/18/2006: citing two 2006 papers in Nature, CEH noted serious misgivings about whether the GOE (1) occurred much earlier than thought (long before the ‘evolution of photosynthesis’), (2) whether oxygen fluctuated from time to time, and (3) even whether the GOE occurred at all.11/04/2008: Science magazine asked, “Great Oxidation Event Dethroned?” Re-interpretation of rocks led some researchers, citing “results [that] defy all expectations” to posit that oxygen arrived on earth much earlier than expected from a hypothetical GOE.9/29/2013: A paper in Nature worried about the implications of finding oxygen a billion years earlier than expected, including the necessity of accounting for the origin of photosynthesis that early as well (if the two are to be associated as cause and effect).But now in 2017, we find scientists once again tying their theory of the ‘aerobic nitrogen cycle’ to a dubious concept, the GOE, that may be a myth, relying on a 2004 paper. It not only foments zombie science, but builds a zombie house of cards, unable to bear the empirical weight expected of it. Yet Science Daily, like a co-conspirator, blindly reproduces a press release from Syracuse University (one co-author’s turf), “Breathing New Life into the Great Oxidation Event.” It’s treated as a living reality.To be sure, the authors did refer to more recent papers about the GOE, notably, one in Science by Luo et al. from 2016. But that paper admits this: “One underlying problem is that there has been no consensus about the definition of GOE despite the term having been used in the literature for decades.” Can anyone really trust their re-definition of the GOE now, based as it is on sulfur levels in pyrite minerals from three drill cores in South Africa? It’s supposed to have been a global event. Wouldn’t basic requirements of empirical adequacy call for a broader sample?Another look at that paper shows it relies on old references from the early 2000’s and even the 1990s and before. We begin to envision a pyramid of zombies leaning on broken reeds on top of other zombies leaning on broken reeds, standing on a three rolling drill cores in South Africa. Welcome to scientific progress.Another paper, this one in PNAS, treats the Great Oxygenation Event as a given, but dates it 100 million years earlier (2.42 billion years ago) than Luo’s team which had “precisely constrained” the GOE at 2.33 billion years ago. It’s a little hard to lean on this reed, though, when they say, “The exact timing of and relationships among these events are debated because of poor age constraints and contradictory stratigraphic correlations.” Entering their zombie on the racetrack, they present dates of rocks from the same region of South Africa. We see their first reference resurrecting a 2002 paper—a zombie raised back to useful service. They also refer to another scientific legend, the ‘Snowball Earth’ scenario, a hypothesis vulnerable to similar zombie-science criticisms (see 9/02/2013, “Snowball Earth: Manufacturing a Narrative”).Now solve this conundrum: New Scientist says that “Earth’s atmosphere may have been leaking oxygen onto the moon for billions of years.” That oxygen supposedly came from plants, not from the solar wind. An Osaka University scientist for Japan’s Kaguya lunar orbiter commented, “The ecosphere is stabilised by the moon and plants do photosynthesis to make oxygen, then that oxygen is transported to the moon.” Space.com explains why they think the oxygen ions found on the moon came from the Earth. Presumably the moyboy oxygen was being produced by algae, since multicellular plants did not ‘evolve’ till much later in the Darwinian scheme of things.Speaking of Darwin, CEH repeatedly runs across scientific papers where Reference #1 is to Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species.Like we always say, secular evolutionary science, with all its appurtenant geophysical framework requirements, is to be understood as job security for storytellers.last_img read more