West Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claims

first_imgLinkedin Print Email Facebook Shannon Foynes Port annual report State agencies join forces to tackle Foynes flooding threat WhatsApp TAGSAskeatonCappagh Farmers Support GroupCroaghfoynesHSE Mid WestlimerickNational Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI)Shanagolden Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img HSE Mid West Community Healthcare and UL Hospitals Group urges public to avoid household visits and social gatherings for St Patrick’s Day NewsLocal NewsWest Limerick families call for review of high cancer rate claimsBy Alan Jacques – January 7, 2016 1219 Taoiseach Leo Varadkarby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Health Minister Leo VaradkarHEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar has once again been called upon by families in West Limerick to engage with them over claims of high rates of cancer within their community.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group maintain that Minister Varadkar has ignored findings in the 2001 Askeaton health report indicating that it had a significantly higher rate of deaths in children under the age of 14 than in other areas of the Mid-West.According to the group, this trend has continued and no one has investigated it. They have previously raised concerns over high rates of miscarriages and early pregnancy loss with women in the area, coupled with high respiratory problems over the years from suspected Industrial pollution in the region.“To date, the Minister has refused to meet with us and has failed to inform us fully as to how a review will be conducted and what area it will entail, its time frame to be completed by and what doctors are been spoken to,” said spokesman for the group, Pat Geoghegan.“Overwhelming evidence has been produced to Minister Varadkar to stop a recurrence happening again and families deserve more that a whitewash again this time around. This review must be fully transparent in every aspect of it,” he added.The Cappagh Farmers Support Group also want to see a broadening of any review carried out to cover the areas of Shanagolden, Foynes, Askeaton and Croagh, in relation to cancer problems.In response, a spokesperson for HSE Mid-West said that following concerns arising originally from animal health in Askeaton and its environs during the 1990s several reports by different groups including HSE and University researchers used National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) data to examine human cancer rates in the area.“The NCRI records and reports on all new cases of malignant cancer registered in Ireland and is the only source of incidence rates across geographical areas in Ireland.   “All previous reviews covering the period since cancer registration began in Ireland in 1994 until 2006, showed no significant excess of cancer incidence in the Askeaton area, although significantly elevated rates were noted in parts of Limerick City.”“As a result of new concerns expressed by a community group in the Askeaton/Cappagh area in July 2015 to the Department of Health, the HSE requested an updated analysis from the National Cancer Registry in Ireland (NCRI) for the same geographic area as outlined in their previous reports.“The new NCRI report confirms the continuation of this pattern for the period 2003-2012 with cancer incidence ratios in the Askeaton area still below the levels expected when compared to Mid-West incidence and significantly below the level in the Irish population during that period although higher rates persisted in Limerick City.”The HSE also says that it consulted with local GPs on any unusual clusters of cancer since 2013, especially for patients that may have resided close to Cappagh/Askeaton. Only one out of the group of GPs noted a higher rate of tumour of a particular type during this period.The HSE submitted an additional request to the NCRI to undertake a further analysis from their 1994-2012 cancer registration data specifically on this type of tumour.“The rates were analysed by NCRI for the same geographical area and no rates indicating either higher or lower risk of statistical significance were found in either the Askeaton or Limerick City areas.“In summary, rates of invasive cancer reported by NCRI remained below those expected between 2003 and 2012 in the Askeaton study areas. However, because there is a lag period of up to two years between diagnosis and inclusion in published reports, local GPs have been asked to continue to monitor for any unusual patterns in order to maintain a strong system of surveillance through the GP network.” Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community Previous articleFather and son sent for trial in biker murderNext article#WATCH Adams slams ‘bad planning decisions’ leading to region’s flooding Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Twitter Limerick Lotto winners pledge to use winnings to secure children’s futurelast_img read more

Krešimir Herceg, Bicikademija: The potential of cycling tourism in Slavonia is huge

first_imgImagine having so much cultural richness at just a few pedal turns! Imagine that there are so many natural resources at just a few pedal turns…. Imagine what it would be like not to have to imagine. These are the words from the promotional video of the innovative cycling product – Bicycademies. A project that awake dreams and imagines the whole of Slavonia, as a cyclo region. The development of cycling tourism in Slavonia is not a matter of potential, but of a “butterfly” screaming to get out of its shirt and start flapping its wings. But let’s go in order, meet another great tourist story.It is a Bicikademija product that represents an innovative and interactive approach to the promotion of a certain area as a desirable cycling tourist destination. The bicycle academy consists of a web platform and a mobile application to which the user (Bike Student) registers, who receives a virtual index after this process. The index consists of studies that represent specific areas. Each Study consists of an exam (location). The Student’s task is to register and log in to the system, tour the locations by bicycle, check and take photos and thus take the exam. Exams do not have to be taken in a certain order, and currently the Bicycademy takes place in five Slavonian counties and the Istrian region. However, what makes the Bicikademija different and unique is that all locations, ie exams, represent the cultural and natural heritage of the given areas, ie a complete tourist product. Great story, isn’t it?I talked about the development of cycling tourism in Slavonia as well as the Cycling Academy with the passionate cyclist Krešimir Herceg from Slavonski Brod, who came to Slavonia by bicycle and came up with the idea of ​​the Cycling Academy. The whole product is developed step by step, in accordance with the possibilities, but what is certain, and which Herceg itself emphasizes, Slavonia has a huge potential for the development of cycling tourism. Proof of this thesis is certainly the reaction of various cyclists who have just used the Bicycademy as a great bike platform and a blend with an authentic tourist story.The reactions of cyclists are excellent, both domestic and foreign, points out Krešimir Herceg, the originator and leader of the Bicycademy. “Cyclists accepted the whole idea and story of the Bicycle Academy very well. From the locals, who got a new challenge to drive to the given areas, because many did not know that such natural and cultural riches are at hand and at short distances, and foreign, who again in addition to these riches praise the hospitality of this area and gastronomic offer. They are also interested in the concept of the interactive approach of the BicycademySays Herceg.The whole product has been alive since 2014, and the most important thing has passed the main test – and that is the users / tourists. The bicycle academy has been used by over 500 cyclists for three years, which is just another proof of a successful concept, and it is a big wind in the back for future plans, which are certainly not lacking. “The plans are numerous. We are already in negotiations for the opening of new studies, in Croatia, but also abroad. The second segment is the redesign of the application and web platform that will become more attractive and easier to use for Bike Students, but will also provide us with new marketing tools. We will definitely increase the volume of marketing campaigns (like the Ideas campaign) with various goals. And the ultimate goal is to become a recognizable cycling brand. ” Herceg pointed out.It is estimated that there are over 60 million active cyclists in Europe, generating over 50 billion euros in consumption. Also, cyclists in the destination spend about 30 percent more than “classic” tourists, about 53 euros a day, most often travel in pairs or in a group of several people and are logically mobile and do not stay long in one place. Croatia, as well as Slavonia, certainly have a great opportunity in the development of cycling tourism, especially outside and after the “peak” tourist season, because the hot summer months are not ideal for cycling.Also, when we talk about the development of cycling tourism in Slavonia, we can certainly dedicate ourselves to weekend travel, especially because Slavonia is well connected by road and rail. Herceg agrees that Slavonia has great potential in cycling tourism, emphasizing that the cycling tourism potential of Slavonia is huge. “Primarily, I say this from the angle of many low-traffic roads on which Slavonia is networked, so for a start you do not need so much investment in road infrastructure. Slavonia also offers a hilly area for cycling and lowlands. It abounds in cultural and natural content that attracts cyclists, but also a rich eno and gastronomic offer. We have shown all this in the Imagine campaign, how it is all at our fingertips. Slavonia and Baranja are bordered by two EuroVelo routes, which are largely unused, and a third is being prepared, which would pass approximately along the Sava route.”Says Herceg and emphasizes that all these things should be in the service of tourism, and therefore cycling, and we have more than an excellent starting position.I constantly emphasize that we need to turn to branding tourist regions, from Slavonia to Istria, and the Bicycademy is another positive example of this thesis because it connects all Slavonian counties through bike tours, ie exams. Slavonia should be branded as one tourist product, ie the Slavonia brand, and not five separate tourist products. We currently have five Slavonian county tourist boards (Brod-Posavina, Vukovar-Srijem, Osijek-Baranja, Požega-Slavonia, Virovitica-Podravina counties) which each tell their own story, without such an important synergy.Osijek-Baranja or Brod-Posavina County means absolutely nothing to foreign tourists, but as a tourist brand Slavonia, certainly yes. Especially when we talk about cycling tourism, where the average cyclist travels at least 30 kilometers a day without any problems, and thus passes without being aware of one county to another, and we do not have a unique cycling tourism map or a complete tourist product. “It is aggravating that Slavonia consists of 5 entities that are subject to state organization and currently we cannot do too much there. I am definitely of the opinion that Slavonia, as far as tourism is concerned, must act as a whole, as one destination, especially in marketing appearances. At this point, it’s a little harder to do. And it’s not just about the maps, but about the entire offer of the destination. We were too small for a tourist to stay in one place for seven days”Points out Herceg and adds that the destination Slavonia can offer its existing content several unforgettable days to the most demanding tourist. Personally, I think that Slavonia has at least seven days of dense and rich tourist content that it can offer to tourists. And it has authentic content with different motives for coming.The entire platform should have the support of cities, counties and tourist boards because it gives them a tool that unites everything in one, from bike trails to tourist attractions, and in the synergy of forces can complete the development of cycling tourism. Of course, the serious development of cycling tourism requires a development strategy and investment in infrastructure, connecting all stakeholders in tourism, from cultural institutions to family farms, and ultimately to create a complete tourism product. Unfortunately, the whole project is not sufficiently recognized in Slavonia by cities and tourist boards, they simply did not even try to “use” it, and they should in any case because Slavonia has a huge potential for cycling tourism. “I can’t say there isn’t any progress, but negotiations and talks with the public sector are going slowly, often without communication, honoring the exceptions. What I can say is that we have achieved great things with some people and I think things are slowly moving from a stalemate as far as cycling tourism is concerned, but also the Cycling Academy. The good thing is that the Ministry of Tourism encouraged the counties to focus a little more on cycling tourism, so that this segment began to gain in importance in Slavonia as well. Strategies began to be worked out, examples of good practice applied. And thus the communication between the stakeholders improves. Although, experientially, in these areas there is always something better on the outside than a domestic productSays Herceg.If I were personally in the position of director of the tourist board (although I do not have those ambitions), I would immediately embrace this and all other tourist innovative stories, because I am offered a great finished tourist product that I need, and thus raise the quality of the tourist product. and eventually picked up the “icing on the cake”. This is exactly one of the missions of tourist boards, to recognize such individuals and ideas and to give them the wind in their backs, a win-win for everyone, and most of all for tourists.But to tell a story, it takes at least two. It is unfortunate that such ideas and products, ie individuals, cannot realize their ideas and visions in Slavonia, but must seek their “happiness” elsewhere. And again, Istria has recognized the potential of this whole story, and it is certainly no accident. And it’s not about money, it’s about people and the desire for quality development. Capital goes where it is desired, and so do all other projects and ideas. Until some new winds blow in Slavonia, the project is spreading to Istria who know very well what are the potentials and benefits of cycling tourism.In any case, Bicikademija is a great innovative and interactive product that, in cooperation with partners, could be a great story. The first and most important step has been made, the project is alive and well, and now it is up to others to give support both financially and logistically to bring the project to life on the ground in full glory as a rounded tourist story.Otherwise, tourist destinations are interested in it, they have almost a product, embrace it and tell stories together.last_img read more

City League Roundup…Brashear edges Oliver in double OT

first_imgOliver’s Shakeem Cox and Trevon Ken­drick exchanged touchdowns, both receiving and throwing one to each other. A missed two-point conversion on the 10-yard pass that Cox threw in the second overtime was the difference in the game.Schenley 16, Allderdice 0Schenley defeated Allderdice 16-0 at Cupples Stadium last Thursday. “We got beat up,” said Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett. “We had a lot of kids injured but that was no excuse. They dominated us. The kids know that we can’t play like that if we want to compete.”The loss dropped Allderdice from second to third, allowing Brashear to leapfrog over them in the standings. Schenley is on a three-game winning streak.Perry 39, Wheeling Central Catholic 28Perry, who maintains a comfortable lead in the city, got a non-conference win against Wheeling Central Catholic, 39-28. Greg McGhee passed for three touchdowns and also ran for a couple for the Commodores. Chinelo Oparanozie led all rushers for Perry with 116 yards. He also scored on a 34-yard run.Carrick 11, Langley 8 A 20-yard field goal by Carrick’s Robert Fields with under a minute sent Langley to a fourth-place tie with Schenley, setting up an interesting fight in the upcoming stretch run. Carrick also scored on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Henry Myers to Zach Roche.Stephon Faye scored on a 5-yard run for Langley.(Follow our continuing coverage of the City League and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com. D.W. Howze can be reached at [email protected] courier.com.) Brashear 21, Oliver 20, F/2 OTIn the closest game in the City League this year, Oliver fell that short of winning their first game since beating Peabody on Oct. 1. Brashear’s Adam Lynch was sure to prevent that from happening as the Bulls are looking to make yet another post season run. He completed 8 of 20 passes for 106 yards with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Gray and ran for a 10-yard score in the second overtime. Jawanza Bryant added an 8-yard scoring run. END ZONE CELEBRATION—Westinghouse’s Tirrell Harris (52) celebrates his TD after recovering a fumble in the end zone during a game against Peabody Oct. 16. at Cupples Stadium. The Highlanders defeated the Bulldogs 12-6 in the final meeting between the two schools. last_img read more

Details disclosed in investigations of ex-NFL star

first_imgFormer NFL safety Darren Sharper,leaves a courthouse Friday Feb.14, 2014, after his arraignment on rape charges was postponed, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors charged former NFL safety Darren Sharper on Friday with raping and drugging two women in California and disclosed he is under investigation in connection with five more drug-related rapes in three other states.Sharper briefly appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court, where his arraignment was postponed until Feb. 20 at the request of his lawyers.  They issued a statement saying he would be exonerated.Prosecutors then filed a motion to increase Sharper’s bail to $10 million and outlined details of investigations involving him in Las Vegas, Tempe, Ariz., and New Orleans.Sharper has not been charged in the other jurisdictions.In the bail motion, Los Angeles County Investigator John Maccharella described a pattern in which the former football star met women at clubs or parties and lured them to a hotel room, where they were allegedly drugged and raped.The motion says the incidents happened in the past five months, with two occurring within a day in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.After conferring with police in other jurisdictions, Maccharella said in the bail motion that the first assault followed an event for New Orleans Saints football players on Sept. 22, 2013.Maccharella said he was told a woman went to a New Orleans bar with Sharper, consumed an alcoholic beverage provided by him and blacked out. She awoke the next morning while being sexually assaulted, the bail motion stated, noting that an exam later showed Sharper’s DNA was present.The Los Angeles charges were based on incidents on Oct. 30, 2013, and Jan. 14, 2014, beginning at a West Hollywood nightclub. Sharper allegedly met two women each time, invited them to a party then said he had to stop at his hotel.In the October incident, each woman was given a shot of an alcoholic beverage before blacking out, and one later awoke to find the other being sexually assaulted, the charging documents state.In January, a woman awoke and suspected she had been assaulted, the documents state.Similar scenarios played out on Jan. 15 in Las Vegas and on Nov. 20, 2013, in Arizona, the bail motion states.In Los Angeles, Sharper is facing two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.The complaint alleges the drugs involved were morphine and zolpidem, which is sold under the brand name Ambien.Sharper was represented by prominent Los Angeles attorneys Blair Berk and Leonard Levine.“We look forward to the true facts being revealed in this case,” Berk said after the brief court appearance. “And we are hopeful Mr. Sharper will be fully exonerated before this case is concluded.”Sharper, 38, played in the NFL from 1997 to 2010, mostly with the Packers.Sharper was arrested on Jan. 17.  He was allowed to remain free on $200,000 bail and ordered to surrender his passport. He has not entered a plea.Superior Court Judge Roberto Longoria did not immediately take up the bail motion.Sharper’s lawyers refused to comment on the other investigations.If convicted in the California case, Sharper could face more than 30 years in state prison.Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers as a rookie and a second with the Saints.last_img read more

Fixing America’s Health Crisis Starts with Your own Mindset

first_imgFacebook15Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Dr. Jaron Banks for Russell Chiropractic Dr. Jaron BanksHow can America have the most expensive yet least effective health care system of all wealthy, developed nations1? It’s not that Americans have bad genes, live in poor environments, or lack access to medicine. We have greater resources for “healthcare” than any other nation, yet the problem still exists—and it’s based on two factors: our paradigm of health care and our lifestyle habits.Sick HealthcareAmericans typically follow a treatment-paradigm of health care. We generally don’t think about our health until we feel ill or have pain. When ailments limit our quality of life, we typically seek out the quickest fix in a pill or a surgery rather than making necessary changes to our lifestyle or habits that are causing or exacerbating the problem. We—and the specialists we seek—also tend to look at single parts of the body that are acting up rather than looking at the bigger picture of health as a whole organism.A movement is afoot, however, to change the public and provider perspective from a reactive treatment paradigm to a proactive wellness approach.Chiropractors, in particular, have long taught that regular wellness care can increase the balance, function, and health in your body as a whole. The idea is to catch little problems and dysfunction before they become so far advanced that classic symptoms show.Western medicine as a whole is also starting to talk about this proactive approach. As early as the 1950’s, a few influential doctors were pioneering this “new” mindset when they helped the World Health Organization redefine health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” 2One of these pioneers, John Travis, M.D., opened one of the first medical Wellness Centers back in 1975. There he empowered his patients to be self-directed and learn high-level wellness habits as an alternative to traditional symptom and illness-oriented care. Travis published a model (below) showing the limitations of treatment paradigms compared to a wellness paradigm on a spectrum of health.The spectrum illustrates a dramatic point: most of us sit comfortably at the neutral point or somewhere a little to the left waiting for signs or symptoms to tell us something is wrong. The danger of hovering on the left side is that life can be unpredictably short. For example, the first symptom of heart disease can be chest pain from a heart attack. By then, it’s too late to think about heart health. We may have disease brewing internally long before we notice any signs or symptoms. So, to fix America’s healthcare problem in your house, ask, yourself “Where am I on this Illness-Wellness Continuum?”Your Lifestyle and AmericaEvery single choice you make—every day of your life—shifts you towards the left or to the right of this scale: illness or wellness; function or dysfunction. To prevent premature death or the need to react to a preventable chronic illness, notice where you currently sit and make a plan for improvement, wherever you are. Choosing to move towards the wellness side is the first step in the right direction!Start by becoming aware of the daily habits that keep you from wellness and add practices that move you towards your wellness goal. Every bit of movement and any exercise in your day can add to your health while prolonged periods of inactivity slowly move you left.Every time you eat processed foods with added sugars, chemicals, and preservatives, you also move your body to the left. Everything that’s fresh, nutritious, and natural springs you towards wellness.As you become aware of the unconscious habits in your life and ascend to a healthier lifestyle, you will be amazed by the positive changes your body will experience. You will add years to your life and life to your years.Wellness DoctorsFinally, to help America out of this crisis, seek wellness doctors who will teach you about your body and health rather than visiting “sickness” doctors after problems are limiting your quality of life.  Find wellness specialists who can help you tune your body to its highest levels of performance instead of those who simply treat symptoms.Chiropractors, for example, are generally wellness and prevention-oriented rather than symptom-based in their patient care. They are trained to identify problems early, before they cause significant disruption in your body–especially in your central nervous system which is in charge of regulating every function in your body.The so-called “alternative” medicine practitioners are, in many ways, the answer to the old problem-treatment model that played (and is still playing) a major role in creating America’s current health crisis.Thankfully, the solution for you and your family is within your power. Decide now to be proactive rather than reactive with your health and prove with your daily habits your commitment to becoming your best self. Jaron Banks, D.C. is a Doctor of Chiropractic at Russell Chiropractic Center in Tumwater, WA where he and Matt Russell, D.C. empower their patients and clients to attain new levels of health and wellness by helping restore balance to their bodies and educating them on wellness habits specific to their needs. With effective conservative care they also help people with a wide variety of ailments and injuries.Follow Dr. Banks on Facebook here.Russell Chiropractic Center3948 B Cleveland Ave., Tumwater360-754-7500http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/06/16/once-again-u-s-has-most-expensive-least-effective-health-care-system-in-survey/http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/18/magazine/18FOB-onlanguage-t.html?_r=1&last_img read more

CALIFORNIA-BRED ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR SEEKS HAT TRICK IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES AT 1 ½ MILES ON TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 21, 2015)–Red hot Ashelyluvssugar heads a field of five 3-year-olds and up in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes, as the 4-year-old California-bred gelding by Game Plan bids for his second consecutive graded stakes win and his third overall win in a row.Trained by Peter Eurton and owned by his breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Ashelyluvssugar rallied from far off the pace under Gary Stevens to take the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes on March 21 and will hope to have a legitimate pace to run at in the Whittingham.With Stevens set to ride back from the outside post position number five, “Ashley” seeks his sixth win from 11 starts as he tries to pad his current bankroll of $335,504.Trainer Todd Pletcher’s multiple graded stakes winning Divine Oath ships west from Belmont Park where he finished a close fourth in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles turf Fort Marcy Stakes on May 2. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Broken Vow, Divine Oath has three graded stakes wins to his credit and all five of his career victories have come on turf. Owned by Let’s Go Stable, Divine Oath has earnings of $442,210 and will make his 13th career start in the Whittingham.A Group I winner in Argentina, Brazilian-bred Ganesh showed marked improvement for Richard Mandella when second, beaten 3 ¼ lengths, in the Grade III, 1 ¼ miles turf Last Tycoon Stakes at Santa Anita on April 25–his second stateside start. Owned by Red Rafa Stud, Inc., 6-year-old Ganesh is 22-7-3-1 overall with earnings of $291,814.The complete field for the Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes, to be run as the third race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Divine Oath, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Crucero, Kent Desormeaux, 119; Ganesh, Flavien Prat, 121; Going Somewhere, Mike Smith, 119, and Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 124.                First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. PLETCHER’S NEW YORK INVADER DIVINE OATH AND MANDELLA’S BRAZILIAN-BRED GANESH ALSO FIGURE PROMINENTLYlast_img read more

Why Should Government Fund Bad Science?

first_img(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scientists are the least credible people to decide how money should be spent.Wastebook FriendsIn the wake of Senator Tom Coburn’s latest Wastebook of dubious scientific funding by the federal government, scientists are defending their misdeeds instead of blushing. Coburn (R-Oklahoma), a medical doctor, listed the top 100 wasteful projects that cost taxpayers $25 billion, including grants to study “voodoo dolls, gambling monkeys, zombies in love” and other subjects that seem to have no redeeming value or national interest (CNBC, Washington Times). Coburn’s site lists just a few of the studies and what they cost:Coast guard party patrols – $100,000Watching grass grow – $10,000State department tweets @ terrorists – $3 millionSwedish massages for rabbits – $387,000Paid vacations for bureaucrats gone wild – $20 millionMountain lions on a treadmill – $856,000Synchronized swimming for sea monkeys – $50,000Pentagon to destroy $16 billion in unused ammunition — $1 billionScientists hope monkey gambling unlocks secrets of free will –$171,000Rich and famous rent out their luxury pads tax free – $10 millionStudying “hangry” spouses stabbing voodoo dolls – $331,000Promoting U.S. culture around the globe with nose flutists – $90 millionAt Live Science, though, Stephanie Pappas defended these studies in the name of basic research—”studies that may not have immediate application and thus rarely get funding through private channels.” Many profound discoveries have, indeed, been made through basic research. Surely, though, not all basic research is created equal. The government cannot throw money at every conceivable study.National Geographic sides with Live Science against government intrusion into funding decisions. This article, “Should the Government Fund Only Science in the ‘National Interest’?” attacks another Republican congressman, Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who is pushing more oversight and accountability at the National Science Foundation (NSF), asking for “national interest” as a condition for funding science projects, even though he has only specifically “targeted several dozen specific grants out of 12,000 projects the NSF supports annually.” Like Pappas, reporter Eli Kintisch defends the status quo with the “basic science” argument. The NSF has a governing board that should decide how funds are spent, not politicians—particularly those with a “conservative political agenda.”Once again, though, the list of possible “basic research” projects vastly exceeds the money available. Who should decide? Who should pay?The answers might be simpler if institutional science’s method of knowledge generation guaranteed the production of accurate, useful information. But that assumption was again challenged by John Ioannidis, a Stanford University scientist, who published one of the most-cited papers of the millennium ten years ago, “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.” Now he’s back, Nature News reported, with a new list of recommendations for improving the still-awful record of published papers found to be wrong after passing peer review. One biologist tweeted, “I’m totally with John Ioannidis when he says the scientific reward system needs to change.”Broken EngineIn Nature he performed a new study: “John P. A. Ioannidis and colleagues asked the most highly cited biomedical scientists to score their top-ten papers in six ways.” (See also Science Daily: “Most published medical research is false; Here’s how to improve.” It’s clear from his team’s findings that peer review and citation rates are not guaranteeing good science.There’s a long history of political control of science funding. The Paris Academy was directed by the king; they studied what he wanted them to study. In America, the government was initially much more controlling over science funding before the NSF was founded to direct scientific projects. Even so, “Tensions over the role of politics in science decisions have ‘been baked in from the start at NSF,’” one congressional staff member commented.It’s also true that “national interest” is a vague standard. It might be in the national interest to focus on a wide variety of basic research projects, for national prestige or to attract the best and brightest researchers around the world. Certainly, though, there can be no national interest for publishing studies that are false or ridiculous.One thing seems to be forgotten by all the writers and reporters: the taxpayer. Government does not generate wealth; people and businesses do. What government has it confiscates through taxes. The one who pays, therefore, should have a strong voice in how that money is spent—and it does, in the form of representatives like John Coburn and Lamar Smith who, speaking for their constituents, would like at least a little more accountability for a spendthrift agency like the NSF that decides to study zombies when the nation is suffering under a $17 trillion debt and faltering economy.It should not also be forgotten that any scientist is free to pursue any project with private funding. Many great discoveries were funded by private industry, foundations, or personal fortunes; look at what Elon Musk is accomplishing. If someone is not rich but has a good idea, crowdsourcing services like Kickstarter are available. Scientist, make your case: “I would like to raise funds to study synchronized swimming for sea monkeys.”Unfortunately, Wastebook 2014 may be the last. Senator Coburn retires after his present term. It is not clear if anyone will take up his mission of pointing out instances of government waste.The last word goes to John Ioannidis, who stated in 2012,I do not mention all of these caveats because I believe they are very likely to occur to the point that the negatives of these proposed practices will outweigh the positives…. However, at the end of the day, no matter what changes are made, scientific credibility may not improve unless the pursuit of truth remains our main goal in our work as scientists. This is a most noble mission that needs to be continuously reasserted.    —John Ioannidis, “Why Science Is Not Necessarily Self-Correcting,” Perspectives on Psychological Science (7 Nov 2012), as cited by Evolution News & Views.We asked once before if a scientist should be funded who wants to study the sounds emitted by animals when he steps on their feet. Wouldn’t that qualify as “basic research”? Doesn’t that fit within the category of “studies that may not have immediate application and thus rarely get funding through private channels”?We treat “Science” as some kind of infallible category of information-gathering, but like C.S. Lewis said, we should really look at any research endeavor as a matter of logical knowledge, not treating “scientific” knowledge as a separate thing. Science, moreover, is mediated by fallible, self-interested human beings. We humans can only overcome our selfish urges through accountability to others.last_img read more

Fajardo determined to find ways to stop hulking Smith

first_imgJune Mar Fajardo. PBA IMAGESJune Mar Fajardo admitted that TNT behemoth Joshua Smith is definitely one of the toughest guys he has ever faced in his young professional career.“He’s definitely one of the heaviest. You can see that he’s really that big,” the reigning three-time PBA MVP said in Filipino after San Miguel’s 104-102 Game 1 defeat in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Fajardo had a tough time defending Smith in the post and that was evident when he failed to stop the burly reinforcement’s game-clinching hook shot with 1.6 seconds to spare.READ: Smith game-winner lifts TNT past San Miguel for 1-0 leadFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He was able to make it,” Fajardo said of TNT’s crucial play down the stretch. “His hook shot is good, so we have to adjust on how to stop him. The game was really for them.”The KaTropa took the 1-0 series lead in the best-of-seven championship duel. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentscenter_img What ‘missteps’? Fajardo, who toiled for his 18 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks, got a reprieve in the second half when Smith’s left foot injury hampered him in two separate occasions. But Smith was still unstoppable down the stretch.Despite the heartbreaking loss, Fajardo opted to stay optimistic as he shifts his focus on Friday for Game 2.“TNT had a good defense, so it’s up to us to adjust. We have to rest, practice tomorrow, and bounce back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pogoy shrugs off nerves to get career best in first PBA Finals trip Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

2016 Elite Eight Finals on Fox Sports!

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce that the 2016 Elite Eight Series finals will replayed on Fox Sports 1 next week.   The finals, which first appeared on Fox Sports 1 in early April, will be replayed at the following times: Tuesday, 19 April 2.30pm – 4.00pm (Fox Sports 1)Friday, 22 April3.00am – 4.30am (Fox Sports 1)The Elite Eight Men’s and Women’s grand finals as well as the NTL Mixed Open and selected NTL grand finals were live streamed direct from C.ex International Stadium by Power Productions in March, you can watch how it all unfolded here. Be sure to lock it in to your TV viewing schedule and share this among your colleagues and friends!Related LinksElite Eight finals on TV!last_img