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Big things ahead for NorthPort as Stanley Pringle gets solid backup

first_imgPringle was the highest-scoring local the past season putting up 21 points-per-game in a backcourt that was largely his responsibility, but just like his team’s previous season things are about to change for the MVP candidate.Joining Pringle in the NorthPort backcourt is third overall pick Robert Bolick whom Jarencio already gave high praises to.ADVERTISEMENT The Batang Pier already had a decent campaign in the 2017-18 season, going into the playoffs twice and only missing out in the Governors’ Cup when star guard Stanley Pringle played just eight games due to national team duties.That string of exits, though, may be a thing of the past for NorthPort once the new year starts with head coach Pido Jarencio expecting bigger things ahead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I have a positive outlook for this team, the players aren’t giving up easily, the winning attitude’s there,” said Jarencio in Filipino after his team’s 102-90 victory against Rain or Shine in a tune-up game Saturday at Green Meadows Clubhouse. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Things are starting to look up for NorthPort for the upcoming 2019 PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Bolick’s an intelligent player, an A1 player, and he’s really a good complement for Stanley,” said Jarencio.Bolick is a proven winner with San Beda after he helped the Red Lions to three titles during his stay with the NCAA powerhouse.Jarencio just now has to see if Bolick’s performance in the NCAA, where he averaged stellar numbers of 16.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, could translate to the professional game.“Stanley likes players who understand his style so these two really complement each other,” said Jarencio who basically has two floor generals who can play off one another.“We’re still a run-and-gun team but I told them that we should have patience,” said Jarencio whose Batang Pier led the league in fastbreak points with 18.38 a game the previous season. “We can’t just attack relentlessly, we have to execute well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Novak Djokovic: ‘I’d be lying if Roger Federer record not on my mind’ View commentslast_img read more

GTUC calls for $605M sole sourcing probe

first_imgPharma scandal– rule of law must be enforcedGovernment continues to be criticised over the $605 million sole-sourced contract handed to a foreign company for the acquisition of pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), and the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) is now calling for action to be taken against those responsible.In the interest of upholding the rule of law in every aspect of governance, the GTUC has said, there should be an immediate investigation into the action taken by Health Minister Volda Lawrence in authorising this level of spending, which is in breach of both the Tender Board process and Public Procurement Law.Country Head of ANSA McAL in Guyana, Beverly Harper“(The Government) is therefore called upon to launch an investigation into this violation committed by the minister, and to ensure (that) a strong signal is sent to others by (applying) the appropriate sanctions,” a statement from the Union detailed on Friday. According to the GTUC, it is trying to improve the governance system in light of the behaviour of some members within the Government, which suggests disregard for embrace of the rule of law. It is also trying to restore financial accountability and prudence to Government. The union noted that acts which cast aspersions of corruption are evident in the recent move by the Public Health Minister, who knew fully well that authorizing such a large expenditure is not within her remit.“It is noted that Minister Lawrence is also Chairman of the PNC/R Georgetown District, and therefore her position may be seen as significant to the party and Government. However, such consideration should not be allowed to override any act in violation of the laws,” the GTUC has said. “Acts like those, regardless of who committed (them), should not be allowed to jeopardise the common good. It is also unreasonable to expect silence from sections of society amidst glaring cases of irregularity and impropriety. Failure to act indicts this Government,” the GTIC has posited in its public missive.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceThe trade union body has also reminded that the establishment of the Public Procurement Commission was fought for, and has said that while the former administration was recalcitrant in having it established, the Coalition had insisted on its establishment. However, now a senior Government Minister has arbitrarily determined that she alone, having the best interest of Guyanese at heart, will operate in breach of the law and good practices, on the pretext that there was no other way to meet the immediate demand.“The minster failed to recognise that such concern could have been channelled to the relevant Tender Board authority for expediting ‘a national need.’ Acts like these, if not nipped in the bud, become pervasive and threaten the welfare of the society,” the GTUC has said.The Union says that it is with such behaviours that the previous regime started, and the few persons who undertook to condemn those actions were told to give the regime a chance, thereby facilitating a series of behaviours which resulted in “full-fledged rape of the economy” and Transparency International ranking the country the most corrupt in the English-speaking Caribbean. According to the GTUC, in order to avoid continuing along this path, the ruling administration needs to nip in the bud every errant conduct and hold those responsible to account.“The coalition government is reminded that, whereas (its) current shortcomings pale in comparison to (those) of the PPP/C, these acts of ministerial impropriety and poor governance mark the beginning of what can well develop into more severe circumstances,” the statement added. Furthermore, the GTUC asserted that if the Coalition is serious about retaining its image of stamping out corruption, it must not appear to condone or ignore the violations in financial accountability.This GTUC call comes one week after President David Granger said, during ‘The Public Interest’ programme last week, that if procedural irregularity is found in regard to the $605 million sole-sourced contract, disciplinary actions would follow.Management of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation has been accused of deliberating creating an emergency situation in order to sole-source drugs from its preferred supplier. Within the last four months, it has cancelled or delayed four out of its five public tenders, thereby creating a situation wherein there was a massive shortage of pharmaceuticals. In a letter dated February 28, 2017, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of that hospital (GPHC), Allan Johnson, thanked Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence for authorising the procurement of medical supplies from ANSA McAL to the tune of $605,962,200, even though local firms could have supplied the same quantity and quality of drugs at better prices.last_img read more

Caribbean Airlines throws support behind KFC Goodwill

first_imgTravelling in the Christmas season is always a hassle and in order to participate in the first-ever KFC Goodwill tournament, that’s exactly what the Shiva Boys’ Hindu College will have to do.Caribbean Airlines’ Dion Innis hands over the sponsorship cheque to Jackie Boodie in the presence of Petra member Mark Alleyne (left) and Co-Director Troy MendoncaDespite being months away, the KFC Goodwill tournament has received a much-needed boost in operations, thanks to Caribbean Airlines.Playing into their stronghold, Caribbean Airlines will be easing the Petra Organisation’s headache of getting the Shiva Boys’ Hindu College team in and out of Guyana during the busy Christmas season.Detailing the turn of events, the Trinidad and Tobago school team are scheduled to arrive in Guyana on December 15, to stay one week to participate in the highly- anticipated competition and then leave on December 24. As such Co-Director of Petra, Troy Mendonca, highlighted the importance of Caribbean Airlines’ contribution.“You would understand how difficult it is to get seats around that time and I think with the support of Caribbean Airlines, they would make it happen for us. And whatever other contribution they make to this tournament, we’re very happy to be associated with Caribbean Airlines for the hosting of this tournament,” Mendonca said.On Caribbean Airlines’ behalf, Sales Executive responsible for Suriname and Guyana, Dion Innis disclosed that the sponsorship decision was an easy one, given Petra’s stellar track record in sport and social issues.“I think this decision was quite an easy one for us. We’ve obviously observed the work that the organisation has been doing in the promotion of sports at the junior level. The organisation has, over the years, not only been promoting sport but highlight in a very good way, a number of issues that have been plaguing our society. And that in particular is one of the reasons we decided to come on board in this tournament,” Innis stated.The KFC Goodwill tournament is a collaborative effort with the Petra Organisation and will include four teams, one of which will be an overseas team in the form of the Shiva Boys’ Hindu College. The local teams will comprise Annai Secondary and the top two finishers in the upcoming Guyoil/Tradewind Tankers tournament. The competition will run from December 16 to December 23.last_img read more

Mourinho brings up Conte match-fixing allegations

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho allowed fringe players to leave the club to pursue regular first-team football elsewhereLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 6 – Jose Mourinho’s war of words with Antonio Conte has escalated further after the Manchester United boss brought up the Chelsea manager’s connection to a match-fixing scandal.The dispute began on Thursday when Mourinho said he did not need to behave like “a clown” on the touchline – an apparent reference to Conte’s antics during games. Conte responded on Friday afternoon by questioning whether Mourinho was suffering from senile dementia.But the spat went one step further after Man United’s FA Cup win over Derby, when Mourinho brought up an incident of attempted match-fixing during Conte’s spell in charge of Italian side Siena in 2011.Conte served a four-match ban in 2012, before he was acquitted of any wrongdoing in 2016, prior to taking charge at Chelsea.“The only thing I want to say to end the story is yes, I made mistakes in the past on the touchline. Yes, I will make less but I think I will still make a few,” said Mourinho.“What never happened to me and will never happen to me is to be suspended for match-fixing, that never happened to me and will never happen.”When asked about Conte’s remarks, Mourinho had initially absolved the Italian of any blame and pointed the finger at the media for escalating the fall-out.He said: “I don’t blame him. Honestly. I don’t blame him, I think the press should apologise to me and him.“Because the question that comes to him is completely wrong and because of that he had that out-of-control reaction. But I don’t blame him at all.“I was asked about my passion and you know I was speaking about myself and then the question to the Chelsea manager was that I said he behaved like a clown. Probably the journalist wanted to say that but didn’t have the courage so he said, ‘Mourinho said you behaved like a clown’.“I don’t blame the Chelsea manager at all and I understand his reaction. I was speaking about myself saying I don’t need to behave like a clown to show passion.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgPreliminary Round1st RoundQuarter FinalSemi FinalFinalGareth KirwanJohnny JoeJohn McFaddenNeil GallagherChris GibbonsKen KirwanPhelim McClaffertyRobert OrrDon PonsonbyConor McGrathPaul DohertyPaul LaughlinEnda McMenaminBill KearneyDon SheridanConnor Neely  Con McLaughlinLiam GallagherAidan Crawford Adrian McFadden Ciaran Gibson Niall Rabbitte Marc McCarron Kevin McGrath Keith Harley   SNOOKER: The draw for the Dan McLaughlin Memorial competition has been announced. Advertisement Some of the best snooker players in the North-West will battle it out for the coveted prize.There was also a surprise at the CYMS club last week – when the unfancied CYMS C team upset the odds to produce a stunning victory over the CYMS B team.Both sides head into the Creggan tonight for a crucial match against their Foyleside counter-parts.We wish both teams well.  SNOOKER: DRAW FOR DAN MCLAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CUP ANNOUNCED was last modified: October 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sportlast_img read more

Shaw, Lallana and Gomez recalled for England’s first post-World Cup squad

first_imgThese are the first international matches since the end of the summer’s World Cup, with England hoping to build on the optimism generated by their superb run to the semi-finals.Dropped from Southgate’s 23-man World Cup squad are Gary Cahill and Jamie Vardy, who have both stepped back from international football to focus on their club careers, as well as Ashley Young, the Manchester United full-back. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 3 Top stories in football Shaw is in line to make his first appearance for England since March 2017 predicted Getty Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Gomez was unfortunately ruled out the World Cup Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, of Southampton, has also been called up for the third time to replace injured Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.Jack Butland retains his place in the squad despite Stoke’s relegation to the Championship, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek has also been selected even though he’s played just 22 minutes of Premier League football this season.Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland has retained his place despite the Potters’ relegation last season and Southgate explained: “I can’t rule out players in the Championship now as our pool is getting smaller and smaller.“There are so many positive things that have contributed to where we are now. But there is still this link between 17 to 21 where the bridge into first-team football and the financial power of the Premier League has a big impact, as does the precarious nature of managers in the top flight in particular.“I think it’s worth us having that debate and getting people around the table to discuss that missing piece. If players are as good as any young players around the world then that opportunity needs to be there.“If we are encouraging young players about entering academies, we are selling them the dream and there’s an ethical element there too.” SORRY silverware gameday cracker The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF Young has been replaced by United team-mate Shaw, who last played for England in March 2017, winning his seventh cap in a defeat to Germany.Joe Gomez has also returned to the fold after missing the finals through injury, while Adam Lallana, the midfielder, and centre-back James Tarkowski are named in the selection having been on the standby list for Russia. latest ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane smart causal PAYBACK Gareth Southgate has named his first post-World Cup England squad with Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Joe Gomez recalled.The Three Lions take on Spain at Wembley in their first ever UEFA Nations League fixture before visiting Leicester for a friendly clash against Switzerland. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion whoops The likes of Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho and James Maddison were the youngsters tipped to make the squad who were overlooked by Southgate.“We’re on the back of a successful tournament, not too much changed in that time – three league games – (I) wanted some continuity,” he said of the make-up of his squad.“I had some mature conversations with Vardy, Cahill and Young about a desire to look at younger players, and we had two injuries.“I don’t see the point of bringing an older senior player to the squad to just sit on the bench. I want to see some of the younger players take the lead and I think it’s common sense really.”England squad for matches against Spain and SwitzerlandJordan Pickford (Everton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Alex McCarthy (Southampton), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) 3 3 Jack Butland went to the World Cup with England but didn’t make any appearances due to the form of Everton’s Jordan Pickford Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more

Tottenham star Christian Eriksen calls for truce in extraordinary Denmark row

first_img Denmark have been warned they will be expelled from Euro 2020 should they fail to play against Wales 3 The DBU was also warned that Denmark would be barred from UEFA tournaments if it cancelled another match in the next four years.So failing to play Wales would almost certainly see Denmark expelled from the 2020 European Championship.DBU chief executive Claus Bretton-Meyer said on Monday that the Wales game would go ahead, but he branded the dispute “regrettable” with the two parties holding 26 meetings on the issue in 2018.Eriksen added: “We could all be home in our clubs who pay our wages – at home by our wives and children.“There is only one reason why we are here – and it’s not money.“We are here because we love to play for Denmark – and proud of the many millions we play for children and the breadth of Danish football, and the work we do for the whole of Danish football.“For example, making up for DBUs events and for their sponsors, as we have always done.” If left unresolved, they could be forced to field uncapped players from the lower divisions against Ryan Giggs’ Wales side in Aarhus on Sunday.The Danish Football Association (DBU) fear the prospect of a UEFA ban if they do not fulfil the fixture, so have invited players from Superligaen and the first and second divisions of domestic football to play in Denmark’s two games.The Danes have a friendly in Slovakia on Wednesday and it has been reported in Denmark that a 23-man squad will gather on Tuesday afternoon to fly to Bratislava.But Spurs ace Eriksen and the Danish Player Association (Spillerforeningen) have urged the DBU to reconsider and told the governing body that the national squad is willing to play the two games under the terms of their old agreement.“We have to solve this conflict now, not just digging the ditches deeper,” star man Eriksen said in a statement published on the Spillerforeningen website.“So we’re happy to stretch our hand again, even though DBU put it away in the first try. Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has called for a ceasefire in the extraordinary row that threatens to blight Denmark’s start to the new UEFA Nations League.Denmark’s preparations for their opener against Wales on Sunday are in turmoil after an extraordinary row over the players’ commercial rights. “Let’s renew the old deal by one month. Then we have organised relationships right now and we are prepared to play the international matches this week.“And then we have time after the two international matches to negotiate the entire agreement in place.“It does not make sense if DBU does not accept that offer.“The agreement has been working for years and should only run one month longer.“Sign up and we will sit on the plane immediately. We are ready and we will play.”Denmark, who reached the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia this summer and are ninth in the FIFA rankings, have been beset by internal problems over the past 12 months.The national women’s team boycotted a World Cup qualifier against Sweden in October 2017 in a dispute over employment conditions.Sweden were awarded a 3-0 win and UEFA fined the DBU £18,000. Denmark reached the last-16 of the World Cup, where they were knocked out by eventual finalists Croatia 3 3last_img read more

Chelsea flop Alvaro Morata produces miss of the season from three yards

first_img The former Real Madrid forward looked like he had done everything right, beating his co-star 3 The £58m striker managed to miss from just here… However, despite a bright start to his career at Stamford Bridge, his luck has almost completely run out.In 2018, he has managed to score just seven goals – a shoddy return for a striker with a £58million price tag.And when you thought extra shooting practice might just stop the rot, the 26-year-old was caught on camera producing perhaps the miss of the season.While filming a Spanish TV commercial, the striker picked up a ball outside the box and tucked it under his shirt. Whilst running around his opponent, Morata dropped the ball in front of goal, with only the goalkeeper to beat – or so he thought. Alvaro Morata has endured a tough first season in the Premier League with Chelsea and it seems as though his luck is not about to change any time soon.The striker was heralded as one of the most promising players in the world after his stint with Juventus and his spell in the Spanish capital. 3 3 But it was the same old story for the 26-year-old Inexplicably, the Spain international hit the post from only a few yards out, to the amazement and humour of his co-star.Press play on the clip above to watch the video!last_img read more

Sharon’s Likud decision soon; break expected

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Polls show a new Sharon-led party could marshal enough electoral strength to put together a new government. The pressure on Sharon to declare his intentions intensified last week after the union leader Amir Peretz took control of the Labor Party in an unexpected victory against Shimon Peres and immediately demanded that scheduled November 2006 elections be moved up. Labor joined Sharon’s coalition last year to assure passage of the Gaza pullout. With the evacuation over and Labor stripped of its peace platform by Sharon’s unilateral pullout, Peretz wants to shift Israel’s political debate from the conflict with the Palestinians to social spending and workers’ rights. Sharon, who had hoped to keep his coalition intact until November, bowed on Thursday to the twin pressure from Likud rebels and from Peretz, and agreed to call a vote by the end of March. Now he has to decide on what list to run. JERUSALEM – Israel heads into a week of turbulent politics as it awaits Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s decision whether to bolt his hardline Likud Party and run in early elections on a new centrist list. A new party would allow Sharon, Israel’s most popular politician, to sidestep Likud rebels who opposed his Gaza Strip withdrawal and object to further concessions to Palestinians. It could also improve Sharon’s political maneuverability by opening new options for coalition partners. “All signs suggest he will bolt,” Hanan Crystal, a political commentator, said Saturday. Israel Radio reported that Sharon’s aides have completed technical preparations for the possible registration of a new party. The prime minister was expected to make his decision this weekend, and possibly announce his plans on Monday at a weekly meeting of Likud legislators, the report said. Sharon is expected to settle on an election date before Wednesday, when parliament is scheduled to vote on a bill to dissolve itself. In Likud, Sharon faces a two-pronged challenge for the party’s leadership, most prominently from former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a bitter rival who has trailed in recent polls. Some party officials have tried unsuccessfully to persuade Netanyahu to rally behind Sharon to save the party from fracturing and shrinking in the elections. But besting Netanyahu is not Sharon’s real problem in Likud, the party he helped to found nearly three decades ago. Sharon has repeatedly declared his commitment to the internationally backed “road map” peace plan, which envisions an independent Palestinian state. Reasserting his leadership of Likud still would not rid him of the dissidents who oppose his diplomatic policies and would try to sabotage him in parliament. “He is scared to win in the Likud and be stuck with the same impossible bunch of rebels, which would make it impossible for him to act,” Ben Caspit, a political commentator, wrote in the Maariv daily on Friday. 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

When Bad Religion Confronts Good Science, and Vice Versa

first_imgA spooky Halloween thought: there are still witch doctors in the world today.  If they were harmless spooks, they could be dismissed as kooks, but they can have a devastating impact on the ecology as well as the souls of men.  National Geographic had a disturbing story this month about the witch doctors of Uganda, who are driving the beautiful gray-crowned cranes of the country extinct, because of superstitious beliefs.    These birds with golden headdresses, also known as crested cranes, are among the most beautiful in Africa.  They are popular and beloved icons for most people in the region.In the past decade, though, the crane population in Uganda has fallen from 50,000 to 20,000, primarily due to witch doctors—also known as traditional healers—who use the animals in folk medicine and poachers who take the birds from their natural habitat….    The healers crush the eggs with herbs to sell as a “love potion.”  Feathers, claws, and beaks of the cranes are also used in drinks and as decorations for promoting monogamy and affection.    The crane is also perceived as a good omen that can cast away evil spirits from children.Because the cranes mate for life, village people think that by consuming the birds’ eggs and feathers, they too will have better relationships.  A team of researchers found 40 dead cranes in the shrines of witch doctors.  Because the birds are treated cruelly in capture and transport, poachers often have to catch 4 or 5 for every one that actually makes it to the black market.    For a study in contrasts, when the good-guy/bad-guy roles are reversed, consider what is happening in schools and universities across America.  The website for the upcoming movie Expelled (see 08/22/2007 and 10/25/2007) is holding a contest for true stories from students, professors and scientists who have been ostracized, fired, denied tenure, or otherwise expelled simply for doubting the reigning paradigm of Darwinian evolution.  In just a few days, the site at Expelled has collected 16 stories.  These include teachers and senior research scientists with impressive academic research records.  The movie itself will detail many of the notable cases.  It is expected that many will refrain from telling their stories, though, for fear of retribution.If you are appalled at both cases, good.  You have not bought into the white science vs. black religion dichotomy, which has been roundly debunked by most historians of science, such as Lawrence M. Principe (Johns Hopkins; see Teaching Company lecture series).  It means you are wise to the either-or fallacy.  It also means that you assume Judeo-Christian morality as a precondition of judging right from wrong.    Clearly there is plenty of good and bad in both science and religion.  If we can judge between good and bad science, as does James Randi, the skeptics societies and the Ig Nobel Prize judges, we should also be able to judge good and bad religion.  If it is wrong to judge science based on bad examples, it is wrong to judge all religion because of witch doctors who drive beautiful birds extinct based on foolish superstitions.  A little more reflection will reveal that science and religion are not watertight compartments but have many aspects that overlap and reinforce one another.    If you are an evolutionist, or an atheist, on what basis could you claim that what the witch doctors are doing is bad?  According to Darwinism, primitive peoples and their religious sensations evolved, as did their prey, the cranes.  If the cranes are wiped out by the humans, too bad.  The humans are obviously the fittest.  Evolutionists should actually praise the selfishness of the native people who are trying to improve their reproductive fitness, because selfishness is the ultimate good in Darwinland.  Darwinists believe that even altruism is a byproduct of selfishness.  Decrying the birds’ fate only makes sense if humans have souls, who have an innate sense of true moral categories that should make us care about such things.    On a scatter plot of case studies in science and religion, we should expect to find clusters of good religion and good science, bad religion and bad science, good religion and bad science, and good science and bad religion.  We can make these judgments only if we presuppose a righteous Creator.  Because Christians and Jews believe in a holy, personal God who called all things He made good, and created man in His image, they alone have a foundation for making sound moral judgments based on God’s holy standard.    So, Darwin Dogmatists, ease up on your fellow academics who disagree with the reigning paradigm, and hear them out.  Stop judging them until you can define and defend your moral categories, and consistently judge your own actions and beliefs accordingly (including the integrity of science).  This means you will have to acknowledge Judeo-Christian moral standards at the outset.  If not, please explain where your moral categories come from, and why anyone else should feel the way you do.    Then, let the good scientists and good Jews and Christians join the fight to save the endangered creatures God has put under our stewardship.  Suggested method: win the Ugandans to Christianity, so that they have a basis for sound moral judgment and appreciation for creation.  Then educate them in science and ecology so they will know how best to care for their fellow created things.  Educate them in logic and Bible doctrine so that they will not fall for superstitious myths (II Timothy 2:23-25, Ephesians 4:14-15).  This will heal a fallen society from within so that the population will have an internal motivation to do good, without the need for police and government regulations.    Halloween is also Reformation Day.  The Protestant Reformation was not just a theological quibble over doctrine.  It was a call to freedom of conscience for each individual to respond to his or her Creator in faith, love and reason – to have personal access to the Word of God in their own language.  Many historians have attributed the rise of science, political liberty, the end of tyranny and slavery, and a plethora of new social institutions based on personal responsibility to that fateful day on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther, in a one-man crusade of righteous indignation at a moral evil he witnessed (his people enslaved by a foolish superstition), nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenburg.    The story is complex, and Luther was far from a perfect man; he also was indebted to brave predecessors such as Jon Hus and John Wycliffe.  Luther’s crusade bore good fruit because he studied God’s word intently, using his God-given reason, instead of acquiescing to the doctrines of mere men, and had the courage and opportunity to open this door of freedom to others.  One of his passions was to get the Word of God into the common language so that individuals could study it for themselves.  Western civilization has benefited immensely since.  (For a summary of the benefits, see this Reformation Society article).  The ending of the movie Martin Luther says, “Luther’s influence extended into economics, politics, education and music, and his translation of the Bible became a foundation stone of the German language.  Today over 540 million people worship in churches inspired by his Reformation.”    Is this not morally superior to the Halloween haunts of witch doctors who enslave poor people in dark superstitions?  Let’s give the captive people of tribal villages the same opportunity.  Jesus Christ can turn the heart of darkness to everlasting light (I John 1).  When that light illuminates both science and religion, the fusion of good religion and good science is a recipe for whooping cranes and joyful people.Exercise:  List leaders in various fields who were products of the Reformation, along with the benefits they brought to humanity.  Examples: J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel (music), William Wilberforce (human rights), Johannes Kepler (astronomy), John Milton (literature), Adam Smith (free market economics), John Adams (political liberty).  Suggested reference: How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin J. Schmidt.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more