SHS-Ateneo de Cebu stuns no. 1 Ateneo de Manila in NBTC Elite Eight

first_imgView comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ateneo did not quit just yet as SJ Belangel and Jason Credo pulled them to within two points with 17.5 seconds left, only to see the Cebuanos turn up the heat on defense to put the game away for good.In all, SHS-Ateneo made good on 10-of-23 shots from deep. “I just told them to shoot it when they’re open because we were having a hard time inside. Kai is really tall,” said Auquico.The Magis Eagles advance to the Final Four and will next take on National University, which earlier survived a history-making 51 point-outing from Jalen Green to take the 98-92 victory over Filam Sports.Green’s outburst was the most a player has scored in the 11-year history of the league, but that was overcome by clutch makes from Rhayyan Amsali and Terrence Fortea.Amsali posted a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double while Fortea scored 24 points and the two connived for the pivotal 8-0 push that broke a score of 84-all and built a 92-84 advantage in favor of NU.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Third Game: LSGH 69 – Fornilos 17, Cagulangan 14, Marcos 11, Sangco 6, Lao 5, Espinosa 5, Mosqueda 4, Lepalam 4, Natividad 2, Cruz 1, Perez 0, Morales 0.SAN BEDA 64 – Talampas 21, Oliva 17, Lazaro 7, Andrada 6, Calibo 5, Sanchez 4, Pelipel 3, Alcantara 1, Llarena 0, Estacio 0, Valencia 0, Competente 0.Quarters: 16-16, 33-35, 49-56, 69-64.Fourth Game: SHS-ATENEO DE CEBU 72 – Pastor 21, W. Yu 18, Javelosa 8, Colonia 5, Manaytay 5, Diaz 5, Mantua 3, Nacua 3, Bersaluna 2, Visser 2, B. Yu 0, Chua 0.ATENEO DE MANILA 70 – Sotto 19, Credo 12, Padrigao 11, Belangel 7, Berjay 5, David 4, Chiu 4, Diaz 4, Jaymalin 3, Santos 1, Escalona 0.Quarters: 25-12, 34-32, 53-49, 72-70. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSHS-Ateneo de Cebu busted all brackets in the 2018 Exped SM-National Basketball Training Center National Finals after toppling number one seed Ateneo de Manila, 72-70, Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Errol Pastor spearheaded the telling 18-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters before Wilson Yu and the rest of the Magis Eagles fended off the newly-minted UAAP champion Blue Eaglets in a wire-to-wire win.ADVERTISEMENT Chris Ross’ recovery nearing a ‘hundred percent’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterscenter_img Green took charge from that point and kept the Filipino-Americans battling, but the Bullpups had an answer all throughout. “It was a good thing our defense picked up in the second half, and so did Terrence,” said a beaming head coach Goldwin Monteverde.The other pairing will then see a showdown between NCAA champion La Salle Greenhills and Metro Manila Basketball League titlist Chiang Kai Shek.The Greenies punched their ticket after rallying by San Beda, 69-64, behind Inand Fornilos’ 17-point, 11-rebound double-double and Joel Cagulangan’s all-around line of 14 points, eight assists, five steals, and three rebounds.Challenging them in the semifinals will be the Blue Dragons who scorched Mapua, 86-67, on the back of John Galinato’s 22 points.Meanwhile, NBTC Division 2 will see Final Four battles between La Salle Lipa and St. Benilde International School Calamba as well as Letran Bataan and St. Louis-Don Bosco Dumaguete.The Chevrons of Lipa made their way there after edging out Bacolod Tay Tung, 69-63, while Laguna’s St. Benilde set up a matchup with them by dethroning 2017 champion Assumption Montessori Cagayan de Oro, 76-62.In the opposite bracket, Balanga’s Knights and the St. Louis-Don Bosco of Negros paired up in downing Assumption Davao, 78-73, and Jesus the Loving Shepherd Naga, 83-78, respectively.The Scores:First Game: CHIANG KAI SHEK 86 – Galinato 22, Asuncion 19, Antiporda 18, Celis 12, Luciano 5, Agbong 4, Lim 4, Banez 2, Flores 0, Ramirez 0, Tolentino 0, Aying 0, Beltran 0.MAPUA 67 – Jabel 14, Arches 13, Escamis 12, Sarias 8, Bonifacio 8, Smith 6, Dennison 3, Samontesa 3, Romano 0, Licardo 0, Castor 0, Marzan 0.Quarters: 10-12, 42-34, 70-52, 86-67.Second Game:NU 98 – Fortea 24, Amsali 17, Oczon 16, Quiambao 13, Abadiano 8, Tamayo 8, Minerva 7, Manalang 3, Gonzales 2, Javillonar 0, Malonzo 0, Coyoca 0, Puray 0.FILAM SPORTS 92 – Green 51, Clark 17, Wilson 9, Jackson 6, Garcia 5, De Leon 3, Ayala 1, Sanderson 0.Quarters: 19-26, 47-41, 66-67, 98-92. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pastor scored 21 points on top of eight rebounds and two assists while Yu contributed 18 markers and six boards.“We just told them to stay composed. We wanted to make most of the opportunity since we’re already here,” said coach Francis Auquico.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPastor, a post player by trade, also showcased the shooting he has been working on and hit 3-of-4 attempts from deep.Two of those came in the 18-0 blast that turned a one-point margin late in the third into a 68-51 lead with under seven minutes remaining. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismlast_img read more

Govt warns of crackdown on corrupt Toshaos

first_imgNTC’S criticism fallout…says officials unable to account for wealthAt the opening of the 2018 National Toshaos Conference, Government has been accused of breaking promises made to the National Toshaos Council (NTC); and Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, in seeming retaliation, has taken a tough stance against toshaos who allegedly profiteer off public funds.Sitting emotionless throughout NTC Chairman Joel Fredericks’s speech, which lambasted Government for its sloth in keeping promises made to indigenous peoples, Minister Allicock, when his turn came to speak, issued an ominous warning to the effect that toshaos had better be able to account for personal financial gains.“I must say that we have not gone to take anybody to court because of mismanagement of the village funds. But for this next council, I would like to signal to the toshaos that we had three years to get it right. You have to prove that you got it right!” Allicock warned.“So those toshaos who have public property and homes and cannot give account for the funds they were given responsibility for, you will be called to answer for it!” he declared.“We still have some persons who do not want to hand over keys, but you were notIndigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, during his address to the Toshao’s Councilput in that position on your own; people put you there. You are servants of the people. Let us talk it! Walk it! Reflect it!” Allicock charged.The minister also expressed expectations for the NTC. According to Allicock, the Indigenous Affairs Ministry has, over the past three years, worked on unifying communities and facilitating discourse. He expressed hope that the new council would continue in this vein.“In going forward as the newly and hopefully improved NTC, we must elect persons to the executive committee based on what they can and will do for all indigenous people of Guyana. We must elect people who place a high premium on accountability; not just for resources placed at their disposal, but also for their actions,” he admonished.The Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs (MoIPA) has been awarded $2.2 billion in the 2018 budget. Last year, Government provided a budgetary allocation of $16 million to the NTC. It is understood that individual communities have been crafting Village Improvement Plans (VIP).The VIP is an initiative birthed from the Sustainable Indigenous Villages and Communities Policy (SIV&CP). Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Alfred King, had last March said the MoIPA would be working with villages and communities in the Santa Rosa, Moruca Sub-district of Region One to implement their respective VIPs.King had been a member of a team led by Minister within the Indigenous Peoples Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, on a recent visit to Region One. King had explained the working of the VIP, and had claimed that its introduction was at an opportune time.During his presentation, King had said, “We are always going to use that as a model or framework to guide such development in communities; and I think the time is right now — after spending some time working on that plan in Region 9 — to roll it out as a national effort”.He had added, “It will require a number or resources, a lot of competence, a lot of technical support; and once there’s a good plan, where do you go next? Because a good plan just cannot make things happen; a good plan will just guide the process of development and/or implementing activities in a structured way.”last_img read more

L.A. mayor’s school-reform plan should be embraced by communities

first_imgThere are three Los Angeles Unified School District high schools whose parents and staffs are voting today on whether their campuses should fall under the control of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office. And there are three big reasons why they should vote yes. The first is the promise of greatly needed reforms. LAUSD traditionally governs from the top down and usually fails, while under the mayor’s plan decision-making power would go down to the school level with teachers, administrators and parents getting the authority – and the accountability. Villaraigosa’s education office also plans to break massive campuses into smaller, more personal learning communities, to bring in new technology and to make schools cleaner, healthier and safer places to learn. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe second reason stakeholders at Roosevelt, Santee and Jordan high schools should vote yes is, quite frankly, money. Villaraigosa’s political future is directly tied to how well these schools perform under his leadership. To that end, he has raised $50 million for their use, with more to come. Any school that joins the mayor’s program will be due for a steady infusion of cash that could meet a variety of severe needs. Money isn’t everything in education, but among under-served schools lacking in the basics, it can make a big difference. But the third, and most important, reason these voters should vote yes is because the alternative – more of the same – is unthinkable. The LAUSD has had decades to turn these schools around. It hasn’t. What’s more, it’s written them off, consigning them to failure, and showing little interest and even less creativity or courage about what needs to be done to save a troubled campus. Any parents or school staffers who vote no today will be turning down the uncertainty that comes with change for the certainty of failure. And that hardly seems like a worthwhile trade-off. There are no guarantees that the reforms Villaraigosa proposes will work, but it is certain that the current system doesn’t. The communities voting today, which have some of the worst schools in a district that has many of the lowest performing schools in the state and nation, have nothing to lose by trying something different. And they have everything to gain. They stand to gain real independence from a suffocating bureaucracy. They stand to gain a new paradigm in education, with true local control, and education that is child-centered. They stand to gain the unleashing of innovative forces that the LAUSD has squelched for decades. Most of all, they stand to get schools they can be proud of, and educations that prepare their children for a lifetime. As Villaraigosa has put it, “If you think the status quo is working, then the partnership’s not for you. But I think our schools can do better.” And that should be reason alone to vote yes.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

PUBLIC MEETING HEARS ANGER OVER PLANS TO CLOSE LOUGH ANNA WATER SUPPLY

first_imgLough Anna outside Glenties.A public meeting was held last night in Glenties by the Save Lough Anna group. Over 250 people from Glenties, Ardara,Narin,Portnoo, Rosbeg and Fintown areas packed in to the community centre in Glenties.There was a lot of anger in the room towards Irish Water and their proposal to decommission one of the best the best raw water source in the whole North West.As the people in attendance made their points it became clear that this was a fight worth having and the room voted unanimously to join and fight the closure together.One of the main points of contention was that Irish waters proposed alternative supply was from a source which has to be treated by multiple chemicals rather than the natural spring lake of Lough Anna.“Just leave Lough Anna alone” was the words said most as this water source has been supplying these areas since 1925 with top quality drinking water.One of the things we want is for Irish Water to reassess the whole situation with the help of locals so they can realise how passionate the people of the area are about their quality drinking water.At the meeting a sub group of 25 people volunteered to sit and plan the way forward from here.The next public meeting will be with all our elected representatives.PUBLIC MEETING HEARS ANGER OVER PLANS TO CLOSE LOUGH ANNA WATER SUPPLY was last modified: June 25th, 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:GlentiesIrish WaterLough Annalast_img read more

Chelsea target could have his wages doubled – if he snubs Blues

first_img BIG PRESENTS UP TOP England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 1 impact Juventus star and Chelsea target Daniele Rugani in action. Chelsea target Daniele Rugani will see his wages double – if he snubs them and remains with Juventus.The Italian defender has been at the centre of speculation this summer with new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri a big fan. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions revealed latest BEST OF gameday cracker What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas predicted Chelsea are prepared to spend over £30million for the Italian and pay him a yearly salary of £4million.However, Juventus have dug their heels in over recent weeks and a deal for Rugani has ground to halt.And now, according to Rai Sport, Juve have told the defender they will double his wages if he stays put.The club are ready to double Rugani’s salary to over £2.6million which, while it is less than what Chelsea are offering, would represent a big pay rise. smart causal silverware Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Most Popular Premier League News ALTERED Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more

LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES

first_imgParish & Hall CommitteeThe parish and hall committee wish to invite tenders for the following project:The removal of existing perimeter wall/pillars to the front of St. Patrick’s church and replace with new wall/pillars. The closing date for the returning of tenders is Mon 24th Sept @ 5pm. Contact John Haughey 086/2107334 or Charlie Quinn 087/7728608 for further instructions. Attention Past Marching Band Members.Any past committee or band members who may have any band equipment i.e. accordions, drums etc. that you no longer use, maybe they are in your attic or shed. If so the Letterkenny reunion band are in need of equipment. If you can help please contact Liz: 0868432488 or Teresa: 0868536535 email: robydoherty2@hotmail.com St. Mary’s GAABingo continues in Hall @9 on Tues. Lotto results CN,CE,DY,WW 5 Matched John C. Moore Moira Mc Hugh, Eunan Mc Bride jnr Convoy, Cassie Tinney Raphoe Loretta Patton Stranorlar. Next Weeks Jackpot €1700 The Annual Airtricity Windmill walk will take place on the weekend of 6th Oct Stephanie has sponsor cards.Remembering Shane BonnerA 5 k walk/run will take place on Sun Sept 16th Registration at Gaa Pitch from 9 Walk/run at 11 everyone welcome. A Memorial Trophy in Shane’s name will be presented to the winner and refreshments afterwards in Mannies Convoy.Drumkeen Youth ClubMembership forms for 2012/2013 available on our facebook page and in the local shop. The age limit for new members is for those born between 31/08/1996 and 01/09/2000. Throughout the year we will be attending various places for e.g. cinema, bowling, shopping etc. Tell your friends. Volunteers needed for the sponsored 15K walk on 22nd Sept. Volunteers needed for the sponsored 15K walk on 06th Oct.Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann Drumkeen Lotto Results 06th Sept 11, 12, 13, 19.No jackpot winner 4match 2 Nos: €25 each Nellie Cannon Drumkeen, David Doherty Drumkeen, Jack Murray Birdstown, Jock c/o Paddy Mc Cafferty. Next weeks jackpot €3,400 Tickets from any committee member €2. Go raibh maith agat.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Birthdays, Anniversaries etc. Is there something happening in the area you think should be highlighted or if anyone would like a birthday or anniversary mentioned in the notes, also any photo’s you would like published please feel free to email them to drumkeennotes@gmail.comDrumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included please email drumkeennotes@gmail.com (Deadline Sun @ 6pm)LOCAL NEWS: DRUMKEEN COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: September 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Drumkeen noteslast_img read more

WHY NOT REACH FOR THE STARS ON TORY ISLAND TONIGHT?

first_imgWith sunshine, clear skies and calm seas promised for the weekend, dozens of Rock n Roamers are heading to Tory Island for an unforgettable cultural adventure designed and hosted by local tourism enterprise mng.ie.And there is still time to book…..You’ve heard all the stories but now it’s time to experience this very special island for yourself. This very special weekend package will ensure you get to experience the very best of Tory.Starting with a guided star gazing night walk tonight followed by a very special gathering of musicians for an Irish Traditional seisúin like no other.Tomorrow, Saturday, learn about the legendary Colmcille with a guided walk to the many archaeological sites as well as workshops in Sean Nós and set dancing.That night, there will be an unforgettable Ceilí Mór – what Tory is famous for and on Sunday winkle picking with the King himself. There was never a better time to visit this magical island, immerse yourself in the culture and practise your “cupla focal”. It promises to be an unforgettable experience, with plenty of free time to relax and take it all in.“A dance with the king is best described as a fair ground ride, you just follow his lead and he makes you feel like you can really dance, amazing feeling” (Moira, mng.ie)The weekend package includes two nights shared B&B in Tory Hostel return boat trip, all the activities, guides and entertainment.You just never know who you’ll meet on Tory.Leaving Magheraroarty pier on the 12th September and returning on the 14th at 4.30pm. Please note the 7.30pm boat is full. 5pm available. Places are limited, early booking is advised. Book here http://mng.ie/blog/2014/8/25/rock-agus-roam-oilen-thoraigh-book-now or contact Moira@mng.ie or 083 123 0529WHY NOT REACH FOR THE STARS ON TORY ISLAND TONIGHT? was last modified: September 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalRock agus RoamTory Islandlast_img read more

A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR GLENTIES

first_imgDonegal County Council is to explore options to reinstate a crossing at the Mulantiboyle Bridge in Glenties which collapsed more than three years ago.Cllr Marie Therese GallagherThe costings for the bridge if more than €600,000.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher has welcomed plans to explore EU funding options to re-instate the bridge. Cllr Gallagher said “The estimated costs to re-instate this bridge is over €600,000, this seems to be to be an astronomical amount of money for a project of this size.“I have asked the council to investigate alternative sources of funding to have this bridge re-instated, and I have received a commitment from Council that all avenues will be investigated, in the meantime I have asked that a costing be done to instate a bailey bridge, like what has been installed on the Fintown-Glenfin road.“I have been assured that this will be done, and am hopeful that this measure if accepted by Council will allow access through this route for the people of Glenties.”She added that it is unacceptable that this bridge has been down for over three years, and a solution has to be found to this situation without delay.  A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR GLENTIES was last modified: November 27th, 2013 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:Cllr Marie Therese GallagherGlentiesMulintaboyle Bridgelast_img read more

Paul’s small steps to make a big difference to Pieta House

first_imgPaul James Mc Loughlin is preparing to undertake a mammoth walk between Letterkenny and Limerick in aid of Pieta House.Originally from Limerick, Paul has been living in Letterkenny for the past ten years which is where he got the idea to trek the entire length of the route.The walk covers over 300km, with Paul calling the event ‘Small Steps for Mental Health Awareness’ to show that small steps can be taken to help any situation you’re currently facing – no matter what that may be. Speaking to Donegal Daily, he said: “I found Pieta House is a great organisation in helping people who need the help that is hard come by.“I found Pieta House very helpful myself and what has inspired me to do this is the fact that you hear day in day out of people suffering with their mental health, and people taking their own lives because they can’t fight the battle going on in their heads by themselves.”“With the services around Ireland not having enough support, it is down to the people themselves to stand up and take action.“I have friends who have suffered and are suffering and I would hate to think that they were alone.” Paul must not only mentally prepare, he also must be physically ready for the long road ahead.“The training is a big difference to me as I wouldn’t be one to do much cardio, I like to train with weights. With an injury to my ankle, it will be a challenge in itself. Changing up my meals is a part of the training also which was a big change up for me.”He estimates that the walk will be completed in approximately thirteen days.He adds that every little helps with the fundraiser and is very appreciative for all of the support.To donate to Paul’s fundraiser, you can follow this link:https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/small-steps-to-mental-health-awareness/wizard/share Paul’s small steps to make a big difference to Pieta House was last modified: December 10th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:letterkennyLimerickPIeta Houselast_img read more

Darwinists Blur Science with Fiction

first_imgOne would think make-believe is for kids, and science is for adults.  Some recent evolution stories, however, seem to portray a seamless continuum between imagination and testable scientific hypotheses.  You be the judge:Darwin in cyberspace:  If it happens in a computer simulation, is it really evolution?  National Geographic reported on a new computer game that allows players to evolve any kind of creatures they want and pit them against each other in survival-of-the-fittest competition.  The description makes no distinction between what happens in the game and what supposedly happens in the wild.  The words evolution and natural selection appear in the article in both contexts.  One of the proponents called this “natural selection at its best.”  But if the selection takes place in software designed by programmers, is it really natural?Reverse-engineering contingency:  Science magazine reported this week that engineers “evolved” a salamander-like robot that could swim to land and crawl ashore.1,2  This is a fine piece of clever engineering, but is it evolution?  Again, the article made no distinction between the natural and the artificial.  It implied that the robot is retracing steps taken by organisms in the unseen past.  Notice what Frank Fish (West Chester U, PA) said about the experiment: “This is clearly an excellent fusion of biology and robotics to test neurological and evolutionary hypotheses.  This paper will be a high-profile example of how robots can be used as surrogates for living and fossil systems.”  He did not explain in what respects this man-made, designed robot, lacking DNA and the ability to reproduce itself, compares or contrasts with a biological organism in any significant way.    The reverse comparison, that an intelligently designed robot might suggest the first tetrapod was similarly designed, was definitely not what the article intended to convey.  This is clear from a write-up in Live Science, where Jeanna Brynner took the Darwinist line to the hilt: “Studies of the robot show that our fishy ancestors likely used their primitive brains to make the evolutionary leap from water worlds to terra firma.”  Surprisingly, this sentence makes it sound like fish brains intelligently designed their own upward evolution, with purpose and a goal (teleology).  Another example of the equivocation between natural selection and intelligent self-design can be found in Science Digest: “This four-legged yellow creature reveals a great deal about the evolution of vertebrate locomotion,” it claims.  “It’s also a vivid demonstration that robots can be used to test and verify biological concepts, and that very often nature herself offers ideal solutions for robotics design.”  Is this describing nature as a personified engineer?  Teleology and intelligent guidance were the very principles Darwin was trying to avoid.Make believe:  Playing “what if?” games might provide a brainstorming activity a scientist could employ while developing a hypothesis that could be tested by experiment.  “What if” on the other hand, the make-believe exercise becomes an end in itself?  This is apparently what a BBC News exercise for students encourages.  The following “what-if?” exercise is not advertised in the fiction department; it is found in the “Science and Nature” department.  To some evolutionists, apparently, the dream is the thing:It’s a palaeontologist’s dream: the chance to live in a world where dinosaurs are not something to be dug out of the ground but are living among us.  It may sound far-fetched but dinosaurs were actually rather unlucky.  The meteorite impact that doomed them to extinction was an event with a probability of millions to one.  What if the meteorite had missed?    Had dinosaurs survived, the world today would be very different.  If humans managed to survive alongside them, we wouldn’t have the company of most, if not all, of the mammals with which we are familiar today.  Giraffes, elephants and other mammals wouldn’t have had space to evolve.    Would we be hunting Hadrosaurs instead of elk?  Or farming Protoceratops instead of pigs?  Would dinosaurs be kept as pets?  And could the brighter dinosaurs have evolved into something humanoid? Clearly anything is possible if imagination is substituted for testable hypotheses.  The writers of this exercise did not mention that the impact hypothesis for the extinction of the dinosaurs is itself controversial (e.g., 10/24/2006).  If the impact turns out to be imaginary, then the exercise becomes imagination balanced on imagination.  If the Darwinian theory of common ancestry by natural selection is also overturned someday (as advocates of intelligent design feel is inevitable), it becomes imagination balanced on imagination balanced on imagination.  Without a foundation of testable theories anchored to observational evidence, exercises in the imagination are indistinguishable from turtles all the way down (see joke).1Ijspeert, Crespi, Ryczko and Cabelguen, “From Swimming to Walking with a Salamander Robot Driven by a Spinal Cord Model,” Science, 9 March 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5817, pp. 1416-1420, DOI: 10.1126/science.1138353.2Elisabeth Pennisi, “Robot Suggests How the First Land Animals Got Walking,” Science, 9 March 2007: Vol. 315. no. 5817, pp. 1352-1353, DOI: 10.1126/science.315.5817.1352aIntelligent reader, nobody needs to tell you how stupid these Darwin sideshows are.  It would be insulting to hold rotten baloney in front of your nose and ask you if it smelt bad.  Yet this kind of folly is presented monolithically in today’s science journals, museums, popular science media, and public schools (notice that #1 was promoted by the prestigious, historic National Geographic Society, #2 was published in the leading American journal Science, and #3 was devised for UK public education).  It doesn’t matter that it is untestable, illogical, equivocating, vague, personified, analogical, reductive, subjective, self-contradictory, self-refuting, and completely out of touch with reality.  Darwin’s little myth has become so sacred that no one dare question it – or even laugh.  In fact, if you do question it, you are likely to be called a fascist or Nazi (see AIG) and threatened with a lawsuit (01/06/2007; see also the two meanings of “make believe” in the 10/11/2006 commentary).    If you are sick and tired of the Darwin Freak Show and can’t take it any more, then join the noble Visigoths in their futuristic space fighters (see this Japanese cartoon) and help depose Charlie from his antiquated Castle of the Imagination (see 01/17/2007 and 12/22/2003 commentaries).  Kick the rascals out and let science once again be a rational search for verifiable understanding about the natural world – the real world.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more