Appeal Court asked for “speedy” determination of no-confidence cases

first_imgDays after the coalition Government appealed the no-confidence related cases it lost at the High Court last month, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has asked the Court of Appeal to fast-track the proceedings given its national importance.This request was made in a letter dated February 8, 2019, penned by Attorney Anil Nandlall, on behalf of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who is a respondent in the Notices of Appeal, and addressed to the acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonnette Cummings-Edwards.Nandlall pointed out that the Notices of Appeal involve matters of national importance, touching and concerning the constitutional and democratic architecture of Guyana.“It is therefore of significant public importance that these Notices of Appeal areAttorney-At-Law Anil Nandlallheard and determined with every convenient speed… In the circumstances we respectfully request that a date be urgently fixed for a case management conference to be held so that the appropriate directions can be given in order to facilitate an early hearing and determination of the Notices of Appeal…,” Nandlall wrote in the letter on Friday.He further indicated that during the proceedings in the High Court, no evidence was taken and that submissions made by the Counsels for all the parties were done in writing, while oral arguments were recorded via the automatic electronic recording system recently installed in the lower Court and the transcripts of which are readily available.Furthermore, Nandlall noted that the transcripts of acting Chief Justice Roxane George’s January 31, 2019 rulings in all three matters have been circulated and she had intimated that the complete record of her written decisions would be made available. This was to allow for the appeals to be prepared, filed and served within a matter of days.On Tuesday, Government asked the Appeal Court to set aside some of theActing Chief JusticeRoxane Georgejudgements made by the Chief Justice.The first case Attorney General Basil Williams is appealing is the case of the Attorney General v Speaker of the National Assembly and Opposition Leader. The second is the Attorney General v Christopher Ram.The initial case directly pertains to the passage of the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly by a majority of 33 to 32 on December 21, 2018. In that case of the Attorney General v Speaker of the National Assembly and Opposition Leader, Williams’s submission argues that “there was a miscalculation of the majority of all elected members as required under Article 106 (6) of the Constitution for the Government to be defeated on a vote of no-confidence”.The Government’s submission had claimed that acquiring 33 instead of 34 or more votes breached Article 106 (6) of the Constitution and was unlawful. It had also claimed that the Speaker’s certification of the vote by issuing Resolution 101 was not conclusive.In the second case, Ram had argued that Cabinet should have resigned as per the Constitution. Ram had successfully sought to have the High Court validate the no-confidence resolution and have Government comply with constitutional provisions to demit office and call elections no later than March of this year.Ram has also argued that Cabinet’s failure to resign with all convenient speed and to fix an election date could lead to uncertainty and a constitutional crisis if neither occurs in keeping with the Constitution.The Chief Justice had upheld both cases, ruling that the no-confidence vote was validly passed, and that Cabinet should have resigned. However, Williams in his appeal is claiming that the Chief Justice made an error in both of these rulings.Particularly, the Attorney General expressed that the Chief Justice’s decision was “unreasonable and cannot be supported having regard to the evidence”. He is seeking an order setting aside both rulings and all consequential orders, adding that more submissions will be made upon receipt of the CJ’s written ruling.The appeal comes at a time when local and international organisations have been calling for a speedy resolution to these legal matters.last_img read more

Reforming education system not an empty promise – caretaker President

first_imgArguing that his promise to reform education is not an empty promise, caretaker President David Granger on Monday declared that much of the oil money that will be taken from the Natural Resources Fund to develop Guyana will go into education.A scene from the expoThis exhibition, which showcases a bauxite mining pit, was constructed by students of the Linden Technical Institute (Photo by Jarryl Bryan)This is a model of the surface conveyor belt system employed at Aurora Gold Mine’s mills (Photo by Jarryl Bryan)A model of one of the gold mining pits at Aurora, split open to display the veins of gold under the earth’s surface. (Photo by Jarryl Bryan)Granger was at the time giving an address at the launch of the Education Exposition at D’Urban Park.According to Granger, Government intends to use much of the oil revenue it will get on education.He noted that every Guyanese child will be educated at all three levels – nursery, primary and secondary, at State expense. “Where will the money come from? Well we’re exploring the possibility of increasing petroleum production after 2020. And part of that money is going to go into a Natural Resource Fund.”“But a lot of it is going to go into public education… we’re trying to ensure that the education system, regardless of how everything else is doing, is also going to make Guyanese children more equal, wherever they live,” the President said, adding that these were not empty promises.Meanwhile, Education Minister Nicolette Henry spoke of the use of technology to bridge gaps in the education system. She also noted the potential the exposition has to showcase Guyana’s education sector.Last year the Education Expo had to be cancelled as a result of ongoing negotiations at the time with the Guyana Teachers’ Union. At the time, the planning officers were engaged with the GTU and the teachers’ salary woes.It was explained at the time that because of these negotiations, organisers of the exposition were unable to make the necessary plans for the exposition, which was dubbed the signature event for Education Month.This year around, there were over 68 booths showcasing various institutions and what courses they have to offer. Some of the participants included the Government Technical Institute (GTI) and Aurora Gold Mine. Touring the booths and soaking up knowledge were children from approximately 100 schools from across Guyana.last_img read more

Community Events for the weekend of February 6th

first_imgBelow is a list of community events taking place this weekend in Fort St. John Friday, Feb 5, 2010 – Sunday, Feb 7, 2010  03.00 PMRacquetball & Squash Superbowl ClassicMaximum FitnessSports & Fitness Friday, Feb 5, 2010 – Saturday, Feb 6, 2010  05.30 PMGovernment, Hydro & Telus FunspielFort St. John Curling ClubSports & Fitness Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Sunday, Feb 7, 2010  10.00 AMThe Northland Trailblazers Poker Run–Auto/Motor Sports Saturday, Feb 6, 2010  10.30 AM – 03.00 PMGymkanaNorth Peace Light Horse Riding ArenaChildren & Family , Sports & Fitness Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010 – Saturday, Feb 6, 2010  07.00 PMStage North presents ” The Miracle Worker”North Peace Cultural CentreTheatre & Performances Saturday, Feb 6, 2010  05.00 PMSteak Night & Camp Fire Cowboys at the Legion–Food ,Fundraiser ,Music Saturday, Feb 6, 2010  08.30 PMSenior Flyers vs Grande PrairieNorth Peace ArenaCommunity ,Sports & Fitnesscenter_img Saturday, Feb 6, 2010  06.00 PMChocolate FestivalNorth Peace Cultural CentreFood ,Fundraiser ,Celebration Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010 – Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010  04.00 PM – 09.00 PMAssistant Water Safety Instructor CourseNorth Peace Leisure PoolSports & Fitness Saturday, Feb 6, 2010  07.00 PMCountry and Gospel Music NightPrespatou Elementary-Secondary SchoolFundraiser ,Music Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010 – Saturday, Feb 6, 2010  08.00 PM – 11.00 PMJimmy Whiffen @ JD Fitzgerald’sJD Fitzgerald’s PubMusic – Advertisement –  Saturday, Feb 6, 2010  01.00 PM – 09.00 PMThe Grande Haven B&B Open House–Community Sunday, Feb 7, 2010  01.00 PM – 05.00 PMPathways to Women’s Health & WellnessNorth Peace Cultural CentreFundraiser ,Conferences, Lectures, Workshops & Meetingslast_img read more

Neil Lennon offers positive update on Bolton’s future

first_imgThere may be light at the end of the tunnel for Bolton’s bleak financial situation, with the Championship club hopeful a takeover can be announced next week.Wanderers’ state was termed “increasingly perilous” by advisor Trevor Birch on Tuesday after it was revealed Neil Lennon’s squad had yet to receive their wages for the month of November.Long-time owner Eddie Davies has elected to pull the plug on his financial backing, but is prepared to wipe out £185million of debt owed to him as part of any deal which would see the club change hands.And despite fears of administration looming at the Macron Stadium, Lennon was able to provide a positive update on the crisis on Thursday morning.“I’ve spoken to Trevor and a few board members this morning and there seems to be some green shoots of recovery now,” said Lennon.“There has been three, maybe four interested parties, and I think it’s a case of first past the post really. Obviously there are a lot of guarantees to be made, a lot of negotiations to go on, but it’s looking healthier than it was two or three days ago.“Trevor’s a lot more confident now that something will get resolved. People are talking to solicitors, it’s basically a question of who can come up with the money first. He seems pretty happy that something will get over the line.“The board, Trevor, are hoping to get new investors in and, hopefully, an announcement (will be) made sometime next week. That will, hopefully, ease the alarm of everyone around the place.”There had been speculation that Wanderers could be plunged into administration as soon as Friday if a prospective buyer was not found, yet Lennon dismissed the suggestion that they would go down that route and incur a 12-point penalty that would wipe out their entire total.“I don’t think that’s the case at all; it’s tomorrow,” he noted. “Trevor’s said that’s just not going to happen so it’s very good news.”Birch’s update on Tuesday made for grim reading but Lennon, whose players attended a meeting with a PFA representative on Tuesday regarding their financial situation, has been encouraged by events since.“I think that scenario has changed a little bit now,” he added.“Over the last 24 hours or so, things have improved in that aspect. Basically I think it’s a race in terms of putting the money down and putting a plan in action.”One party who is known to be interested is the Sports Shield consortium, which is lead by ex-Wanderers striker Dean Holdsworth. And earlier this week Bolton boxer Amir Khan admitted he would be willing to provide financial aid to that party.“I’m prepared to put some money into the consortium and Dean Holdsworth is also prepared to put some money in,” he told the Daily Mirror. “The consortium are holding talks and hopefully a deal can be done. The wage bill has come down and the club’s future could be bright if a deal can be done.” Neil Lennon 1last_img read more

Man United boss Louis van Gaal SLAMS Angel di Maria

first_imgLouis van Gaal has criticised former Manchester United playmaker Angel di Maria, saying he never takes responsibility for poor displays.Di Maria criticised Van Gaal this week, claiming his failure to settle at Old Trafford, since a big-money move from Real Madrid, was down to the Dutch manager’s constant changing of the team. The Paris Saint-Germain attacker says he was never allowed to play in just one position.But Van Gaal has hit back at the 28-year-old.The Dutch boss, who broke the British transfer record on the Argentina winger in 2014, responded: “I have never seen (many) players who looks at himself, who looks to the way they have performed here and that is always the fault of the manager.“So he is one of the players who are in the row of players who have no self-criticism and, unfortunately, it is also my life as a manager. It is always like that.” 1 The Argentina winger (left) claims that he was unable to settle at Old Trafford last_img read more

‘Get in there!’ – WATCH Jimmy Bullard celebrate Harry Kane’s goal v Scotland

first_imgNext minute you love it get in boys….. get on that for timing pic.twitter.com/N2CFglSbEA— Jimmy Bullard (@jimmybullard) June 10, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Watch Jimmy Bullard’s celebration below… 1center_img Harry Kane scored a memorable equaliser against Scotland on Saturday as England drew 2-2 at Hampden Park.2-1 down in injury time, it was vital that Kane popped up to secure a share of the spoils as the Three Lions edge closer to booking their place at the 2018 World Cup.And one watching spectator was very happy – Jimmy Bullard.The former midfielder posted a video to his Twitter account showing his celebration when Kane netted the equalising goal… and it’s a good one.You can watch it below…last_img

CIA probing leak to newspaper of secret-prison info

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week On Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and House Speaker Dennis Hastert called for a congressional investigation into the disclosure of the existence of the secret prisons. The leaders made the request in a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence committees. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sidestepped questions on secret prisons, saying the United States was in a “different kind of war” and had an obligation to defend itself. If the Post story is accurate, “such an egregious disclosure could have long-term and far-reaching damaging and dangerous consequences, and will imperil our efforts to protect the American people and our homeland from terrorist attacks,” wrote Frist, R-Tenn., and Hastert, R-Ill., asking for a joint leak probe by the Senate and House intelligence committees. The newspaper’s story of a week ago said the CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al-Qaida captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, part of a covert prison system set up by the agency four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries. Those countries, said the story, include several democracies. “If the leadership determines that we should investigate the leak, it would be much like the 9-11” commission, said Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who did not dispute a reporter’s suggestion that a probe would raise First Amendment press-freedom issues. WASHINGTON – The CIA took the first step toward a criminal investigation of a leak of possibly classified information on secret prisons to The Washington Post, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The agency’s general counsel sent a report to the Justice Department about the Post story, which reported the existence of secret U.S. detention centers for suspected terrorists in Eastern Europe. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue deals with classified information, said the referral was made shortly after the Nov. 2 story. The leak investigation into the disclosure of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity came about through the same referral procedure. The Justice Department will decide whether to initiate a criminal investigation. Post spokesman Eric Grant said the newspaper had no comment. Such an investigation would become “very difficult when you’re getting into matters like this,” said the senator. Roberts also said he would support hearings into the importance of maintaining a covert agent’s cover, a topic triggered by the leak of Plame’s identity, eight days after her husband accused the Bush administration of manipulating prewar intelligence to exaggerate the Iraq threat. Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada said the House and Senate committees with normal jurisdiction should conduct any hearings, not a bicameral committee as suggested in the letter of the two Republican leaders. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said any such joint investigation should also investigate possible manipulation of prewar intelligence on Iraq. “If Speaker Hastert and Majority Leader Frist are finally ready to join Democrats’ demands for an investigation of possible abuses of classified information, they must direct the House and Senate Intelligence Committees to investigate all aspects of that issue,” said Pelosi. The letter asked, concerning the leak of information about prisons, “What is the actual and potential damage done to the national security of the United States and our partners in the global War on Terror?” “We will consider other changes to this mandate based on your recommendations,” Frist and Hastert wrote. The letter said the leaking of classified information by employees of the U.S. government appeared to have increased in recent years, “establishing a dangerous trend that, if not addressed swiftly and firmly, likely will worsen.” “We are hopeful that you will be able to accomplish this task in a bipartisan manner given general agreement that intelligence matters should not be politicized,” it added. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said Republicans “should be focused on the illegality of these prisons, not the revelation of the illegality.” The allegations about secret prisons prompted denials from governments in the former Soviet bloc. Such prisons, European officials say, would violate the continent’s human-rights principles. While not confirming the existence of secret prisons, Rice told reporters, “We, our allies, others who have experienced attacks, have to find a way to protect our people.” The administration has protected itself “within the constraint of the Constitution and cognizant of our values,” said Rice. “The United States holds to these values today as strongly as we ever have.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

School Records In the Throws Fall At Nebraska Invitational

first_imgThe distance events also yielded a bevy of personal bests including Elizabeth Aho taking second in the 3,000 meters in 10:35.86 and Tess Misgen finishing second in the 1,500 meters in 4:39.89. Javelin1. Erik Olson, 165-5 (50.42.m) On the track, Keaton Kester had a nearly one-second personal best in the 200 meters to take third in 24.84. Earlier Sophia Jackson clocked a personal best of 12.10 in the 100 meters to finish second. Those record-breaking performances were part of 25 top-10 finishes by the Bulldogs in their final competition before the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. That same pair earned top-10 finished in the shot put as Chapman finished second at 46-10 (14.27m), while Williams was 10th. Drake Individual Women’s Results100 Meters2. Sophia Jackson, 12.10  The Drake University track and field team’s throwers shattered two school records Saturday at the Nebraska Invitational. In the men’s throws, Erik Olson won the javelin with a throw of 165-5 (50.42m) while Joey Harkins finished sixth in the hammer throw at 164-8 (50.20m). That mark is the fourth-best throw in school history. Nebraska InvitationalMay 4, 2019Drake Men’s Individual Results Hammer Throw6. Joey Harkins, 164-8 (50.20m) 3,000 Meter Run4. Joe Romain, 9:03.565. Kyle Cass, 9:05.736. Andrew Berndt, 9:06.608. Sam King, 9:21.70High Jump5. Forest Moses, 6-4.75 (1.95m) 800 Meters8. Ellie Mendlik, 2:21.9614. Samantha Jones, 2:43.251,500 Meters2. Tess Misgen, 4:39.893. Olivia Rogers, 4:41.188. Rachel Selva, 4:49.5116. Millie Bretl, 5:16.1012. Lindsey Rowatt, 5:03.603,000 Meters2. Elizabeth Aho, 10:35.865. MyKaela Cole, 11:01.86Discus2. Lexie Chapman, 163-10 (49.95m)10. Katelyn Williams, 126-3 (38.48m)Shot Put2. Lexie Chapman, 46-10 (14.27m)7. Katelyn Williams, 38-11 (11.86m) The Bulldogs travel to Terre Haute, Ind., next week for the annual MVC Championship. Hammer Throw4. Katelyn Williams, 175-4 (53.45m)6. Lexie Chapman, 173-11 (53.00m) Print Friendly Version 200 Meters3. Keaton Kester, 24.8415. Mariah Crawford, 27.12400 Meters9. Meghan Kearney, 59.7215. Erin Haugh, 1:02.14 Senior Lexie Chapman finished second in the discus with a throw of 163-10 (49.95m) to break a 22-year-old school record by nearly five feet. Earlier, her teammate Katelyn Williams threw 175-4 (53.45m) in the hammer throw for a Drake record and fourth-place finish. That mark bested the previous record, owned by Chapman at 169-10. However, Chapman also eclipsed her previous best with a throw of 173-11 (53.00m) to take sixth. 100 Meters5. Aaron Chier, 10.81800 Meters5. Matt Cozine, 1:54.1214. Alec Bognar, 2:00.511,500 Meters9. Rylee Miller, 4:12.13last_img read more

LETTERKENNY RETAIL PARK PUT UP FOR SALE AFTER RECEIVERSHIP

first_imgLetterkenny Retail Park is to be sold after going into receivership.Donegal’s biggest shopping zone is to be put on the market after it went into receivership.The Letterkenny Retail Park, which has 38 shops including TK Maxx, Next, Smyths Toys, Homebase, Halfords and Boots Chemist, is one of the busiest shopping areas in the region.It is one of five shopping areas being offered for sale under the instructions of Bank of Ireland. Agents Savills and JLL are seeking in excess of €162 million for the five properties which are currently producing a gross income of €12.2 million.However Letterkenny is the the largest shopping facility in the portfolio with 38 shops covering an area of 35,302sq m (380,000sq ft) and currently produces a rental income of €3.06 million per annum.The sale of the Letterkenny Retail Park is unlikely in any way to have any effect on the current shops.KPMG is handing the receivership of the Donegal shopping zone. The rental income from the Letterkenny centre is set to increase significantly when a rent-free concession offered to H&M is due to run out in 2016. The fact that the average lease has more than nine years to run will also be a strong selling point.The four provincial parks to be sold in one lot with a valuation of over €100 million are Letterkenny Retail Park; Sligo Retail Park, Tullamore Retail Park and Deerpark Shopping Park in Killarney.LETTERKENNY RETAIL PARK PUT UP FOR SALE AFTER RECEIVERSHIP was last modified: June 24th, 2015 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:Bank of IrelanddonegalLtterkenny Retail ParkReceivershiplast_img read more

Science: Knowing vs. Crowing

first_imgPlant genes:  PhysOrg proudly announced an “evolution coup” describing a study that “reveals how plants protect their genes.”Chimp tools:  Anthropologists watched chimpanzees hunt army ants in Africa, and saw the light.  “Chimps pack specialized tools,” reported Live Science.  The researchers explained that this “could shed light on the evolution of humans,” according to reporter Charles Q. Choi.Human tools:  Speaking of tools shedding light on evolution, Science Daily said that a survey of stone tools in Botswana “sheds new light on how humans in Africa adapted to several substantial climate change events during the period that coincided with the last Ice Age in Europe.”  One anthropologist gave an eyewitness account of a history he never witnessed: “As water levels in the lake went down, or during times when they fluctuated seasonally, wild animals would have congregated round the resulting watering holes on the lake bed,” he said.  “It’s likely that early human populations would have seen this area as a prolific hunting ground when food resources in the region were more concentrated than at times when the regional climate was wetter and food was more plentiful and the lake was full of water.”  His subjects were unavailable for comment.Seed light:  Light was also shed on evolution in a report on PhysOrg.  A new paper in American Journal of Botany is helping solve Darwin’s “abominable mystery” about the evolution of flowering plants (angiosperms).  Researchers peering into seeds are finding “clues into the evolution of the first flowers,” the article claimed.  The findings “shed some light on the possible role of the endosperm in early angiosperms,” but not whether angiosperms evolved in the first place.Evolve or perish:  “A dinosaur-killing asteroid may have wiped out much of life on Earth 65 million years ago,” stated as if this is obviously true by Live Science.  Jeremy Hsu of Astrobiology Magazine talks like he knows just how life survived.  The story revolves around microbes named mixotrophs.  Presumably this sheds light on how larger organisms also survived, because some of them (like birds and mammals) obviously did.Science last week printed two warm, complimentary stories about Hopi Hoekstra (Harvard), the peppered-mice lady (see 08/28/2009) and how her research is shedding light on evolution.  “We’re trying to reconstruct the evolutionary path, genetic step by genetic step,” she said, with kudos from her colleagues.  No one questioned whether fur color changes in mice has anything to do with molecules-to-man evolution.1.  Eliot Marshall, “VA Pulls the Plug on Disputed Study of Gulf War Illness,” Science, 11 September 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5946, pp. 1324-1325, DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1324.2.  Feazel et al, “Opportunistic pathogens enriched in showerhead biofilms,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, September 14, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0908446106.3.  To avoid panic, we should realize that bacteria are with us constantly.  “In our daily lives, we humans move through a sea of microbial life that is seldom perceived except in the context of potential disease and decay,” the authors said, pointing out that there may be a million bacteria per square meter in the air in your house, and ten million in a liter of tap water.  The ones who should be concerned are “persons with compromised immune or pulmonary system.”  Still, you might want to avoid breathing in the aerosol directly from the showerhead, as this could invite mycobacteria into the lungs in higher quantities than normal.These articles speak for themselves.  The Darwinists pontificate on things they cannot possibly know.  Scientific verification should be directly proportional to the detail available for study, but with evolution, the detail available is inversely proportional to the chutzpah in the press releases.  Wandering in the dark of their naturalistic world view, evolutionists are blind guides thinking each new tall tale is going to shed light on evolution.  Don’t follow them into the ditch.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Every week, it seems, some new discovery casts doubt on common scientific knowledge.  News reports about embarrassing finds contrast sharply with confident claims about less observable things – like evolution.Mystery illness:  Science reported last week that the Veterans Administration has pulled the plug on research about “Gulf War Syndrome.”1  Why?  The suite of ailments from the first gulf war did not re-materialize in the second gulf war, and no one is sure there even is a biological cause.  Yet the “syndrome” was widely reported in the news at the time and led to lawsuits and investigations.  There may have been other causes, like exposure to sarin toxin, but nobody is sure what it was, or if it was psychological.  Was it much ado about nothing?  Science has not been able to say one way or the other for 18 years.Squid mixup:  A common belief about neurons has been turned on its head.  NPR and New Scientist reported that modeling human neuron energetics based on squid neurons is misleading.  Mammalian brain cells are apparently much more efficient than the easily-studied neurons in squid, which had been used to model neuron efficiency.  One researcher noted from this discovery how much we have to learn: “There is always this tendency that if you’re working in an area and your experiments are working well and you’re getting good data, to not think of the larger context in which this is occurring.”Rethinking hate crime:  Who hasn’t heard about the menace of hate crimes?  There ought to be a law.  That’s the common reaction to well-publicized crimes motivated by hate against particular groups, but Science Daily reported that criminologists at the University of Leicestor are rethinking the concept.  The article said, “many hate crimes are in fact lower-level forms of harassment committed by so-called ‘normal’ people who may not necessarily ‘hate’ their victim.”  Although the researchers supported hate crime legislation, their findings seem to undermine the reason for the legislation in the first place.Rain gauge:  Scientists at the University of Mexico in Mexico City announced a surprise: measurements of rain by meteorologists may be way off the true amount.  Live Science reported this “audacious” proposal “the scientists, and not the instruments, have been wrong.”  At issue is whether raindrops are able to break a “speed limit” used in scientific models.  The result: “meteorologists relying on specialized rain gauges or Doppler radar over the years might have been overestimating the amount of rainfall by as much as 20 percent.”Shower risk:  Here’s another thing to worry about.  Your showerhead may be teeming with disease bacteria.  A paper in PNAS2 said that biofilms inside your showerhead may harbor many more opportunistic disease bacteria than previously thought.  They’re kidding, right?  Surely health scientists have been on top of this.  “Despite implication as a potential source of disease, the microbial composition of the showerhead environment is poorly known,” they said.  “Characterization of natural microbial communities by use of culture techniques may drastically under-sample the actual numbers and diversity, because most microbes are not readily cultured with standard methods.”  If you are running to soak your showerhead in bleach, they said that some of the worst types are resistant to chlorine.  Maybe it’s time to use the bathtub.3 These articles were about subjects right under the scientists’ noses, so to speak.  They raise serious questions about what other scientific claims hold up to scrutiny and what other commonly-accepted notions will be undermined tomorrow.  When it comes to Darwinism, though, science reporters seem to cast all caution to the wind and make wildly confident pronouncements:last_img read more