MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Novak Djokovic recalled his own brush with match fixing, as the start of the year’s first Grand Slam tournament was overshadowed by corruption allegations.Djokovic started his bid for a sixth Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Chung Hyeon of South Korea yesterday, hours after the BBC and Buzzfeed News published reports alleging match fixing had gone unchecked in tennis.No players were identified in the reports, which alleged 16 players had been flagged repeatedly with tennis authorities but not sanctioned on suspicion of match fixing. Half of those are entered in the Australian Open, the reports said.The governing bodies for the sport and the Tennis Integrity Unit issued a joint statement, read by ATP chairman Chris Kermode, at a hastily convened news conference at Melbourne Park.Kermode said tennis authorities “absolutely reject any suggestion that evidence of match fixing has been suppressed for any reason, or isn’t being investigated”.Djokovic later responded to a question about an approach ahead of a tournament in St Petersburg, Russia, in 2007.”I was approached through people that were working with me at that time, that were with my team,” he said. “Of course, we threw it (the approach) away right away. It didn’t even get to me. The guy that was trying to talk to me, he didn’t even get to me directly. There was nothing out of it.PREVIOUSRUMOURS”Unfortunately, there were some, in those times, those days, rumours, some talks, some people were going around. They were dealt with. In the last six, seven years, I haven’t heard anything similar.”Djokovic was an up-and-coming player at the time, not winning the first of his 10 major titles until the 2008 Australian Open.”It made me feel terrible because I don’t want to be anyhow linked to this kind of you know, somebody may call it an opportunity,” he said. “For me, that’s an act of unsportsmanship, a crime in sport, honestly. I think there is no room for it in any sport, especially in tennis.”Djokovic said he thought the allegations related to matches from almost 10 years ago, and didn’t involve active players.Roger Federer, a 17-time major winner and former leader of the player council, agreed the allegations likely weren’t new but remained “super serious”.”I would love to hear names,” Federer said. “Then at least it’s concrete stuff, and you can actually debate about it. Was it the player? Was it the support team? Who was it? Was it before? Was it a doubles player, a singles player? Which slam?”It’s super serious, and it’s super important to maintain the integrity of our sport. So how high up does it go? The higher it goes, the more surprised I would be, no doubt about it.”Serena Williams was on court preparing for her opening 6-4, 7-5 win over No 34-ranked Camila Giorgi when Kermode was holding a news conference to respond to the fixing allegations.The 21-time major winner said there was no hint of match fixing on the women’s tour.”I play very hard, and every player I play seems to play hard,” she said. “As an athlete, I do everything I can to be not only great, but, you know, historic.”
More than 100, 000 Bassonians residing in other parts of the country outside of Bassa are expected to converge in their homeland, in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to celebrate the triumphs of the football and basketball trophies from the 2013/2014 County Meet tomorrow, Saturday, February 1, 2014.The trophies put an end to the county’s title drought that lasted 24 years.The grand match, whose attire is expected to be dominated with red or blue, will begin during the morning hours from ‘Monrovia Junction’ located at Benson River Community, Lower Buchanan, and ends at the refurbished Doris Williams Sports Stadium at the Fair Ground, located behind the Bassa’s Executive Pavilion, for an official indoor program.The march will be led by Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus alongside the County’s Administration, headed by Superintendent Etweda Cooper, including some prominent citizens.They are: Cllr. Charles Brumskine, Rev. Abba Karnga, Chief Zanzan Karwor, Madam Estella Pailiy and Gender Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell.The Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus is comprised of Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohgar Findley, Senator Nyonble Karnga-Lawrence, Deputy Speaker and Hans Barchue; Representatives Mary Karwor, Gabriel B. Smith, Jeh Byron Brown and Robertson N. Siaway.The celebration is to plainly and loudly send the message across to the other 15 counties that, “THIS IS BASSA’S TIME,” according to the organizers.During the indoor program, the organizers said, players from the football and basketball teams will be honored for their exploits, as well as athletes from the track and edition for clinching the third place in the overall event. Moreover, players from the kickball and volleyball will be encouraged.There will be speeches and might be climaxed with the disclosure of the budget for the ‘FIVE TEAMS’ in the 2014/2015 National County Sports and a date for the launch for their early preparation.The Acting Chairman of the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus, Gabriel B. Smith, has formally communicated to Speaker J. Alex Tyler and the other 72 members of the House of Representatives to grace the occasion.“We believe that the victory for Bassa is a victory for the entire nation and therefore we request the honor of your presence at this all important event to celebrate this historic occasion with us,” the Bassa Lawmaker wrote the House of Representatives.In the 2013/14 Meet and particularly on Saturday, the 11th of January 2014, the Gbehzohn Boys from Grand Bassa dumped the Kpetawe Boys of Bong to clinch the Basketball Trophy.The following day, on Sunday, Grand Bassa pinned favorite Nimba County, 2-1 to win the popular ‘Football Trophy.’ David Paye’s brace was enough to upset the Mountain Boys on Nimba in front of the record crowd.Nimba County grabbed the volleyball title; Bong County clinched the kickball trophy while Nimba County emerged the 1st place winner in the overall athletics, followed by Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Hundreds of residents on the West Bank of Demerara are experiencing an “unreliable” flow of water as a result of the damaged Guyana Power and Light (GPL) submarine cable.This is according to the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI).In a notice on Friday, the water company explained that all of GWI Stations on the West Bank of Demerara are being affected by low voltage. This has caused station motors to become unable to operate continuously, thereby resulting in an unreliable water supply.However, the most affected stations are Canal Number Two Polder, Belle Vue, Wales, L’Oratoire and Good Hope. “Due to the severity of the situation, a generator is being mobilised at Canal Number Two to mitigate the current problems being faced with water,” the company assured.This generator will, on the other hand, improve service to customers in Canal Number Two and Belle West, while customers along the villages from Schoonord to Free and Easy will remain affected, GWI informed as it added its apologies for the inconvenience caused.This alert from GWI comes on the heels of an announcement also on Friday, by the Director General at the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, that the main submarine cable across the Demerara River to link the Vreed-en-hoop and Kingston substations has been restored with less load shedding activities.Nonetheless Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GPL, Albert Gordon had disclosed at a press conference that they are in talks with both Giftland and Banks DIH Limited to buy power from them to boost the capacity of the interconnected system. The two entities are powering their own operations using heavy fuel oil and have substantial capacity.In a notice published in the daily newspapers by the Maritime Department, it was revealed that works commenced on June 8 to rectify the first damaged submarine cable laid on the riverbed along the channel of the Demerara River which connects the Vreed-en-Hoop and Kingston Power Stations.A second GPL submarine cable was disrupted on June 6, due to another maritime accident that occurred four days after the disruption of the 69kV submarine cable.This 13.8kV submarine cable, which rests along the upper Demerara River within proximity of Craig, East Bank Demerara, was dislodged by a barge sailing along the Demerara River.As a result of this incident, West Demerara customers from Vriesland to La Retraite were without electricity while efforts were underway to alternatively power these customers from the Vreed-en-Hoop Substation.
0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama during a training session at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 7, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26- Harambee Stars will be without skipper Victor Wanyama when they face the Central African Republic (CAR) in the second of their two friendly matches in Marrakech, Morocco on Tuesday evening.Wanyama played and scored from the penalty spot in the first friendly tie against Comoros on Saturday evening, but Capital Sport has learnt he has already travelled back to his North London base with Tottenham. The club is said to have asked that Wanyama plays only one of the two friendly matches as he is still on the recovery path from a knee injury that kept him off action for close to four months.His tactician Mauricio Pochettino has been using him mostly as a second half substitute in league matches while he has been a starter for the Argentine in the FA Cup matches.For midfield duties, stand-in coach Stanley Okumbi will now look up to his elder brother MacDonald Mariga who came on as a second half substitute on Saturday, Johannah Omollo and Teddy Akumu.Stars will hope for a better show against CAR having not played to expectation against a Comoros side ranked 132nd in the world.Clifton Miheso who scored the equalizer for Stars against Comoros admits the team should have done better but hopes they can up their performance against CAR.“I wasn’t really satisfied with the match because we should have won the game considering the number of chances we missed. We should have won that game by a big margin. But it’s a learning curve and I hope we can win the next match,” The Zambia based winger added.He added; “We expect a tough match because at this stage, there is no easy team in Africa. Every game we face is tough and we have to perform.”Stars are using the build up matches to prepare for their 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana in September at home.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
THESE are the incredible scenes in the skies above Inishowen in the early hours of this morning.MAIN PIC: The Aurora Borealis / NorthernLights from ‘The Wee House of Malin”, Malin Head, Inishowen.BELOW: The Aurora over Ballyliffin, and Mindoran,Clonmany, Inishowen. PIX: Adam Rory Porter, Chairman of the Buncrana Camera Club.WOW! NORTHERN LIGHTS MAKE SPECTACULAR DONEGAL RETURN was last modified: October 9th, 2012 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:WOW! NORTHERN LIGHTS MAKE SPECTACULAR DONEGAL RETURN
GALLAGHERThe death has taken place in the Mater Hospital, Dublin of Colm Gallagher (Dinny), Cranagogue, Crolly.His remains are reposing at his brother Paddy’s home at Chapel Road, Brinalack. Funeral Mass tomorrow (Sat) at 11am in St Patrick’s Chapel, Meenaweal, with burial afterwards in Annagry Cemetery. MAGUIREThe funeral takes place in Ardara on Sunday of Tomas Maguire. The funeral is from his late residence at Glenview on Sunday afternoon at 1.30 for 2 o’clock mass in the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Family time please from 11pm to 10am, and the house is strictly private on the morning of the funeral. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TODAY, FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012 was last modified: June 15th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:donegal death notices
The late Alan McSherryBUNDORAN will come to a standstill tomorrow as the people of the seaside town say a sad final farewell to hit-and-run victim Alan McSherry.The 48-year-old died in the early hours of Sunday morning as he walked to his home in Boynagh, Co Leitrim, after a night out in Bundoran.But Alan never made it home, knocked down and killed by a driver who failed to stop. He was found by his distraught wife Jo when she drove from their home looking for him around 5am.Alan was originally from Birkenhead on Merseyside and had moved to Ireland 18 years ago after a holiday here with his wife.He became well known around Bundoran as a handyman who could fix anything and was hugely popular.His remains will be returned to England for cremation at a later date but not before his family give everyone who knew him a chance to say goodbye. Alan’s remains will repose from noon today at his home with removal on Thursday at 10am for 11am Requiem Mass.However his coffin will be taken through the Main Street of Bundoran on its way to the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea.Alan’s family has asked that mourners make a donation to the RNLI or Ozanam House instead of flowers.The house is strictly private on the morning of the funeral.Meanwhile Gardai continue their investigations into Alan’s death. BUNDORAN TO SAY SAD FINAL FAREWELL TO HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM ALAN was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by John2Share 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:BUNDORAN TO SAY SAD FINAL FAREWELL TO HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM ALAN
Aoife and Roisin O’Sullivan before their big transformation. Click on the story to see their new look!It’s a big step for a young girl to get her beautiful hair cut.But Aoife O’Sullivan knows that there are millions of young girls aorund the world less fortunate than herself.That’s what let Aoife and mum Roisin, from Gaoth Dobhair, to having their long lochs cut today and donating their hair to the Rapunzel Foundation. The Rapunzel Foundation is an organisation which helps people with hair loss through the collection of pony tails for the manufacture of natural hair wigs.Collecting ponytails from donors helps to address the current wig-hair shortage and also assists in alleviating the cost of wig purchase for those who need it most.Aoife, who is 9, mentioned she wanted to do something special and mentioned the Rapunzel Foundation to her mum.And instead of trying to put Aoife off the idea, proud mum Roisin decided to join her! The girls called in to the Patrick Gildea Hairdressing team in Letetrkenny today who not only gave them VIP treatment but also left them with amazing new looks.Two beautiful transformations for two lovely people and a fantastic cause.Aoife and Roisin with a new look and their donated hair! MUM AND DAUGHTER ARE A ‘CUT ABOVE’ WITH SUPERB CHARITY GESTURE! was last modified: October 11th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Aoife O’SullivandonegalPatrick Gildea HairdressingRoisin O’Sullivan
Here’s what else we learned in the Niners’ statement victory over the Cleveland Browns Monday night at Levi’s Stadium:Nick Bosa is a … The sleeping giant is awake.And apparently it’s NFC Championship Game or bust:San Francisco’s 4-0 start is the third time in franchise history it has won its first four games; the 49ers have advanced to at least the NFC championship game in each of the previous two instances they started 4-0.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 8, 2019
Recommended Reading: See how consensus science has handled truth in the past.(Visited 427 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Big Science’s track record when it comes to integrity leaves a lot to be desired. Graphic by J. Beverly Greene. Used by permission. Most individual scientists do honorable work, but Big Science cannot sustain its public image of reliability any longer. Things must change.By Big Science, we mean the bureaucracy of institutions (labs, colleges, universities) and media that serve up a ‘consensus’ for public consumption, usually with a liberal bias. In those respects, it’s like Big Labor or Big Hollywood. Certainly there are many individuals who think independently, but their messages are often filtered by the gatekeepers who control the image and message of what ‘the voice of science’ needs to represent. While Big Hollywood might control how actors should be presented, and Big Labor might control how workers should be presented, Big Science has a more auspicious position. It controls how reality should be presented. The ‘mandarins’ of Big Science (as Phillip Johnson calls them) include as part of their image the idea that their ‘science’ is reliable, honest and trustworthy. As these articles show, that reputation is often undeserved.Honesty and courage are Biblical virtues. Big Science could rely on the ethics of one of their heroes. Graphic by J. Beverly Greene.Keeping science honest (Josefin Sundin and Fredrik Jutfelt in Science Magazine). “We are the whistle-blowers,” these two young researchers begin. They tell the story of how they uncovered a corrupt and misleading research paper that downplayed the environmental impact of ocean microplastics on fish. That paper was published in 2016 in Science, and now Science is giving these two whistleblowers quality print space to tell their story. Is that good enough? Perhaps they should have called their article “Making science honest” instead of keeping it honest, because the two almost lost their careers over trying to do the right thing. Most alarming was the extent of opposition they suffered. Their description of the opposition amounts to a frightening expose of Big Science behind its sanitized, ironed curtain:The case severely influenced our personal and professional lives. The time and energy that we devoted to it can never be replaced. We naïvely thought that the “science police” would ride in, secure evidence, and make a swift declaration of misconduct. Despite a catalog of overwhelming evidence, the outcome was never certain, especially given the initial “not guilty” verdict by the preliminary investigation. That report almost caused us to lose trust in science and change careers altogether. We were attacked by the accused, who said that jealousy motivated our sole intention to discredit their work. We were told that our behavior was distasteful and unethical.Even though they prevailed in the end, and would do it again for conscience’s sake, this episode points to an alarming lack of integrity in at least some scientific institutions. If it were not so, they would not have needed to make a list of strong suggestions for fixing the lack of accountability in other institutions as well. For instance, the two warn that Big Science has a vested interest in avoiding exposures of fault, saying, “universities [plural] might be more interested in protecting their reputation than protecting good science.”The public is taught to think that science is a self-correcting process that yields reliable knowledge. It ain’t necessarily so. “Ideally, whistle-blowing should not be necessary,” they conclude. “The scientific community must enforce a culture of honesty. Sometimes that takes courage.” So what else is new? Honesty is a precondition for success in any human-mediated endeavor, scientific or otherwise. And yet honesty is an issue of character that today’s materialistic science cannot explain, let alone guarantee. If anything, the consensus that believes in Darwinian ethics would reward whatever trait yields “reproductive success,” even if that means eliminating all the competition.NIH looks to punish reviewers who violate confidentiality (Jeffrey Brainard in Science). This article describes a culture of misconduct in the NIH that overpowered policies meant to safeguard honesty. Brainard tells how investigators uncovered cases where individuals “violated confidentiality rules designed to protect its integrity.” Managers also tried to influence the outcome of reviews by outside auditors. Rules are no good if “rule-breaking was tacitly encouraged by the practices on some standing review panels, and that educational efforts would be needed to change that culture.”University is quick to disclose misconduct (Alison Cook of Retraction Watch, in Science). The alarming message from this article is how unusual it was for somebody to do the right thing! How many similar cases in other universities go unnoticed?In an unusual move, The Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus last week released a detailed account of the scientific misbehavior of one of its former faculty members. The 75-page report was damning: It concluded that cancer researcher Ching-Shih Chen—once lauded as an “Innovator of the Year” and the winner of millions of dollars in federal funding—had committed misconduct in eight papers. Chen resigned last September. Typically, the public might not have learned any of these worrying details for months or years. But OSU officials opted to speed up the process, winning praise from advocates of transparency in research integrity investigations. But that applause came in the wake of extensive criticism of OSU for how it has handled other recent cases of alleged and proven misconduct.How philosophy was squeezed out of the PhD (Michael Stocker in Nature). Here’s an interesting anecdote about the “Doctor of Philosophy” degree, the PhD. The loss of the “Philosophy” part is as recent as the 1970s, Stocker says. He’s reacting favorably to Gundula Bosch’s essay about restoring some philosophy to an aspiring scientist’s curriculum (see our 19 Feb 2018 coverage). Stocker explains why he thinks most trained scientists today neglect that essential element of scientific method: critical thinking—Gundula Bosch’s argument for putting the philosophy back into the PhD is a breath of fresh air (Nature 554, 277; 2018). It is interesting to look back and see how broad critical thinking came to be eased out of the doctorate, squeezing academic enquiry into narrow disciplines.The process started in the early 1970s in the United States, prompted by a suspicion that intellectual artefacts of the ‘soft’ sciences, as they were then called — such as sociology, anthropology and philosophy — were stimulating campus unrest.This conveniently dovetailed with the idea that if industry outsourced its research and development departments to universities by setting (and funding) curricula, then students would have ready-made jobs in industry on graduation. These mechanistic conceits looked good on paper and fitted well with reductionists’ educational metrics. However, they all but killed students’ curiosity for serendipitous scientific enquiry.My father designed stellar-inertial guidance systems for reconnaissance aircraft and, after he retired, would often present his work to physics and engineering students. When they asked him what they should study to prepare for such a career, he would reply: “Read the classics,” by which he meant Aristotle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Blaise Pascal.The best scientific and technical progress does not come out of a box. It is more likely to emerge from trying to fit wild, woolly and tangential ideas into useful societal and economic contexts.To the extent Stocker is right, perhaps a majority of scientists have a very narrow view of what they do and why they do it. Should the degree be renamed Doctor of Reductionism?Nature: the truth (Editors of Nature). Now that we have seen some of Big Science’s dirty laundry, how shall we evaluate this defense by the Editors of Nature—the epitome of Big Science bureaucracy—to tell us “the truth” about themselves? Step aside, peons. “Myths always circulate about Nature’s editorial processes and policies. Here is an attempt to dispel them.” They list 8 “myths” about how they handle submitted papers, assuring readers that the rumors are nothing more than rumors. Why, they always read every submitted paper fully, without bias, following established guidelines, and without worrying about how it will play in the press. It’s not a good-old-boys club. Nature encourages young researchers with fresh ideas. You can trust Nature‘s peer review. And that’s the truth! Science is about truth!Perhaps, Editors; but first tell us how truth evolved.