Only propagandists believe settled science

first_imgOn Sept. 15, David Gillikin, Ph.D., suggested that we keep politics out of climate science, since the science is clear and effectively all scientists agree and that the science is settled.Really? Anyone with any common sense knows that science is never settled. Einstein proved that in 1905 with his Theory of Relativity, which upended a 200-year-old Theory of Mechanics created by Isaac Newton.I’m not a global warming believer or a global warming denier. However, I do believe that those scientists who pretend to know what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists. Scientists have a very difficult time predicting weather, let alone climate. Witness the recent computer model predictions of the paths of Harvey, Irma and Maria. These computer models could not predict a week in advance, let alone decades. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsAlbany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census There is nothing more anti-scientific than the very idea that science is settled, static and impervious to challenge.If climate science is settled, why do its predictions keep changing? Why does a great physicist like Freeman Dyson say: “The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics, and they do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans.“They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields and farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world we live in …” and, “What has happened in the past 10 years is that the discrepancies between what’s observed and what’s predicted have become much stronger. It’s clear now the models are wrong, but it wasn’t so clear 10 years ago.”Climate-change proponents have made their cause a matter of faith. For a geologist who supposedly is the brave carrier of the scientific ethic, there’s more than a tinge of religion in his tirade.Bob LindingerGuilderlandcenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Europe moves ahead with reopening as global virus cases top 7 million

first_imgBut in some places, it was far from business as usual.Britain on Monday rolled out a 14-day quarantine for all travelers entering the country, prompting uproar from the badly hammered aviation industry which is eager to see travel revived.Pubs and eateries flung their doors open in Belgium, but with social distancing measures in force, while Ireland opened shops and allowed gatherings and travel, also with limits.New Zealand meanwhile buoyed hopes for the rest of the world as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that her country had beaten the virus and lifted all restrictions, though strict border controls remain. The country’s measures were lifted after its final coronavirus patient was declared recovered, prompting the leader to dance around her living room in celebration.”We are confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now,” Ardern said, adding that Kiwis had “united in unprecedented ways to crush the virus”.New Zealand Rugby also announced its top-flight domestic competition would restart this week, with fans allowed to pack into the stadiums for the first time in months.Governments around the world are cautiously peeling back punishing lockdown measures to resuscitate economies while trying to avoid a resurgence of infections.Moscow said Monday it would ease border restrictions and lift lockdown measures in the Russian capital from Tuesday, while Ireland said it would permit gatherings of six people and allow citizens to travel up to 20 kilometers from home, an extension from the previous five-kilometer limit. In Brussels, thirsty patrons lined up in the early morning for a cold beverage at L’Union, eager to drink in a pub again after three months of closures—much  to the relief of manager Bart Lemmens.”I was a bit worried beforehand,” he said, as some 50 people crowded into the pub.”We work to create a convivial atmosphere. I was afraid we’d lose that. But what happened? We were invaded.”Britain embarked on a more cautious reopening, imposing a two-week quarantine for anyone coming into the country by land, sea or air—British nationals included—sparking legal action by airlines.British Airways and low-cost carriers EasyJet and Ryanair said in a joint statement the measure would devastate tourism and destroy even more jobs.At London’s Heathrow Airport, where only two of the five terminals are operating, the quarantine measures were welcomed by some.”It’s a good idea,” said Sandy Banks, 45, returning to Britain with her three children from Jamaica via the United States.”Other countries are doing it.”But across the Atlantic, countries were gearing up for the worst as the outbreak escalated in Latin America, the new virus hotspot, with Brazil, Mexico and Peru particularly hard hit.Brazil has the world’s third-highest death toll at more than 36,000, but President Jair Bolsonaro continues to play down the impact of the virus and has urged regional officials to lift lockdown measures.And in Chile the confirmed death toll reached 2,290 after miscalculations from March and April were corrected, adding 1,541 to the figure, officials said.Meanwhile in Asia, fears that the virus may not be under control persist, with the death toll and infection rate climbing sharply in India.Still, after a 10-week lockdown, the government is risking lifting some curbs to ease the devastating impacts on the economy, and malls and temples reopened in several Indian cities on Monday.Topics : European countries experimented with further lifting coronavirus restrictions Monday as New Zealand declared victory over the pandemic, even as global cases topped seven million and deaths mounted in Latin America.The number of COVID-19 fatalities has now passed 403,000 worldwide since the disease emerged in China last year before sweeping the globe, subjecting billions to some form of lockdown and paralyzing economies.But even the hardest-hit countries are lurching back to a new kind of normal, with bars and restaurants coming back to life and travel restrictions lifted from London to Brussels to Moscow.last_img read more

Queenslander delight in popular suburb

first_imgThe home at 44 Nathan Tce, Yeerongpilly is on the market.THIS beautifully renovated, triple-gabled Queenslander is new to the market in Yeerongpilly.The five-bedroom home at 44 Nathan Tce is on an 816sq m block with a swimming pool and three entertaining areas.Sue and Murray Stewart and their two children have called the house home for the past 15 years.Mrs Stewart said when they first moved in, the property looked like a traditional Queenslander.“It was quite dated and boxy, so we completely opened it up and added the pool and three-car garage,” she said.“We refurbished every room, knocked out walls, enclosed a veranda and added internal stairs.”The current owners added a pool and a triple lockup garage.Mrs Stewart said they retained heritage features such as the VJ walls, ornate ceilings and pine floorboards while creating a floorplan for modern living.On the ground floor there are two bedrooms with built-in robes, a rumpus room, storage space, bathroom, laundry and study.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The rumpus room opens through bi-fold doors to the outdoor entertaining area.Upstairs there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area.The kitchen has stainless-steel appliances, a Caesarstone island bench and bi-fold doors that open to the back veranda.The kitchen opens through bi-fold doors to the back deck.The master bedroom has an ensuite and bay window and there are two other bedrooms and a family bathroom on this level.Outside there is a fenced, in-ground pool and a poolside pavilion with timber deck.Mrs Stewart said her favourite space in the home was the veranda off the kitchen.“It’s got a beautiful north easterly aspect and beautiful breezes,” she said.Mrs Stewart said her family was selling to downsize but would miss their lovely neighbourhood.The home is being marketed by Cathy Barnes from LJ Hooker Annerley/Yeronga for offers over $1.49 million.“This fully renovated, landscaped, extended circa 1920s, triple-gabled Queenslander is in the sought-after, leafy Nathan Terrace in Yeerongpilly,” Barnes said.last_img read more

Ex-Barca goalkeeper in ‘critical period’ with coronavirus

first_imgFormer Barcelona goalkeeper Rustu Recber is in a ‘critical period’ in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, his wife has said. Now aged 46, the retired former footballer is currently in hospital having allegedly been infected by his wife, as reported Miliiiyet via La Vanguardia. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The WorldIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day Read Also: Barcelona facing €100M loss amid Covid 19 outbreak He is said to have almost joined Arsenal in 2003 from Fenerbahce but had a late change of heart and moved to the Camp Nou, where he was the deputy to long-term goalkeeper Victor Valdes. He was admitted to hospital for care where he was put under isolation over the weekend and is now under constant care having tested positive for the global pandemic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Rustu retired in 2012 after a five-year stint with Besiktas having made seven appearances for the Catalan giants in the 2003-04 campaign.center_img Loading… Isil Recber said on her Instagram account: “We have taken my husband Rustu to hospital with a Covid-19 diagnosis. While everything was normal, we are still in shock by the sudden and rapidly developing symptoms. “This is a critical period and very difficult. May God give a speedy recovery to all the patients, including my husband.” Turkey’s most capped player won 120 caps and was one of the players of the tournament when the nation reached the 2002 World Cup semi-finals.Advertisementlast_img read more

N. Korea warns of retaliatory actions over defectors in South

first_imgSEOUL – The sister of North Korea’s leader has warned of retaliatory measures against South Korea that could involve the military, in the latest escalation of tensions over defectors from the North who have been sending back propaganda and food. Kim Yo Jong, who serves unofficially as one of Kim Jong Un’s top aides, issued the warning in a statement carried by state news agency KCNA on Saturday. (Reuters)last_img

Leinster come from behind for victory

first_img Five tries from prop Martin Moore, number eight Jordy Murphy, replacement Darren Hudson, Dave Kearney and fly-half Jimmy Gopperth, who supplied a total of 22 points, saw Leinster recover from being 13-0 down. For the Scarlets centre Steven Shingler provided 14 points with their one try coming from captain Rob McCusker. At that stage the Welsh region looked in control but Leinster responded with a soft try which came from a drive at a line-out with Moore claiming the try. Gopperth, making his league debut for Leinster, added the conversion and followed that up with a penalty to close the gap to only three points before the Scarlets took a six-point lead into the second half with a third Shingler penalty. But it was all Leinster after the break starting with a try for Murphy only 52 seconds into the half with Gopperth’s conversion putting the Irish province in the lead for the first time at 17-16. Gopperth and Shingler swapped penalties – the second after Gopperth was sin-binned for a dangerous challenge – before Leinster ended the match with 15 unanswered points with tries for Hudson and Gopperth. McGrath and Gareth Owen were sin-binned before Leinster rounded off their comprehensive win with a try for Kearney in the right corner, converted by Gopperth. Under-strength Leinster won despite having Kearney, Hudson and Jack McGrath all yellow-carded. British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies was rested by the Scarlets, while Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland started his first competitive game since injuring his Achilles in the PRO12 semi-final defeat to Ulster. Hooker Ken Owens and centre Scott Williams were selected after missing Wales’ tour of Japan. Leinster fielded a weakened side minus Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney, Ian Madigan, Sean O’Brien and Cian Healy, with Mike McCarthy and Mike Ross on the bench, but still showed their pedigree. However, the Scarlets had much the better of the first half to lead 16-10 at the interval. They were indebted to Steven Shingler, playing inside centre outside Priestland, who put over two penalties in the opening seven minutes. The second penalty saw Leinster full-back Kearney sent to the sin-bin for a high tackle on Scott Williams. The Scarlets impressive opening continued as McCusker went over under the posts for the first try although he did not appear to ground the ball properly. Defending champions Leinster came from behind to claim a 42-19 bonus-point victory over the Scarlets in this RaboDirect PRO12 season opener at Parc y Scarlets. Press Associationlast_img read more

King keeps close eye on Keane

first_img Asked if he expected Keane to be available for the game, King replied: “I am hoping he is fit for selection.” Celtic’s Anthony Stokes played the lone striker role at the Rhein Energie Stadium in Cologne and on another night could have emerged with a hat-trick, and he would appear to be the leading candidate for the job once again if Keane did not make it. King’s resources were boosted following his squad’s return from Germany when defenders Richard Dunne and John O’Shea, who were suspended for the first half of the double-header, joined up. King said: “They are all good and looking forward to it. It’s good to see them in and added to the squad. “We will do a little bit of training (on Sunday) afternoon and we will see. There are a few tired legs, a few tired bodies, few tired minds, and there’s a few anxious and fit-as-a-fiddle minds as well, so it’s a combination of things we have to deal with.” The 33-year-old striker, who missed Friday’s 3-0 Group C defeat in Germany with an ankle problem, was not expected to train on Sunday and will have to do so on Monday if he is to stand any chance of winning his 130th senior cap on Tuesday night at the Aviva Stadium. Interim manager Noel King said: “Robbie is still recovering, hopefully. I don’t know whether he will train (on Sunday) – I don’t think he will – but hopefully (on Monday), he will do a full stint.” Press Associationcenter_img Skipper Robbie Keane will be given until the last moment to prove his fitness ahead of Ireland’s final World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.last_img read more

Only a win will do for Solskjaer

first_img Press Association “Hopefully, this time we will get the rewards for all the work we have done.” Cardiff possess the least prolific attack in the division alongside Crystal Palace, with 19 goals scored in 28 games. Moreover, the Bluebirds have failed to find the back of the net in their last four league games. “You need goals to take points,” Solksjaer said. “We need to score goals. To get a win, you need to perform. “You have to earn the right to win a game by doing the hard work and you have to get the quality there, especially going forward. “Against Spurs we had so many one-on-one chances against the ‘keeper, four times at least we should have been through. “It’s that little bit of extra quality that will get us some points.” Fortunately for Cardiff, Fulham have the leakiest back line in the Premier League with 62 goals given away. Jordon Mutch is expected to start for the Bluebirds after he shook off a hamstring problem and played as a substitute at Tottenham. Felix Magath believes there is greater pressure on Cardiff than his Fulham side as the Welshmen are at home. Magath has emphasised the importance of home games as he hopes to overturn the one-point deficit to Cardiff to improve the rock-bottom Cottagers’ predicament in the Premier League. Magath refused to describe Saturday’s match as a “must win”, instead suggesting Cardiff have more to lose if the result does not go their way. “Cardiff is in the worst situation, because Cardiff have a home game and they have to win,” Magath said. “They are one point better than us. It’s not enough for them to avoid relegation. “They have to win, so it’s a good situation for us. I’m convinced that will give us a chance, with counter-attacks, to create chances and to score. “In our situation you have to especially take care of the home games. “You have to win the home games, with support from the fans. If you go away it is very difficult to say you must win.” Magath recognises the boost his side would take from winning at Cardiff. “It’s very important for us to have the first win,” he said. “Teams who have not won so much in the last games need confidence. The best confidence you can get is if you win. “Now we are behind the other teams. That is more difficult than to be in 17th place or 18th or 19th place, when you left teams behind you. “We have all the teams above us. We need to make the first step, to get one place higher and that will give us confidence.” Magath admitted following last week’s loss to Chelsea that his side’s defending must improve if Fulham are to avoid relegation. He is certain they will and has confidence his team can their build on their first-half defensive display against Chelsea. He added: “We stopped defending last week in the second half. “What a team can do for 45 minutes a team is able to do for 90 minutes. “We have to make it for 90 minutes, not only till half-time.” Striker Kostas Mitroglou could feature despite concerns over his hamstrings and match fitness. Midfielder Scott Parker (knee) is out and winger Damien Duff (knee) has likely played his last game of the season, and possibly for the Cottagers as he is out of contract this summer. Defender Fernando Amorebieta is still out, while William Kvist is likely to miss out with hamstring problems, despite playing 90 minutes for Denmark at Wembley on Wednesday night. Cardiff are three points adrift of 17th-placed West Brom, who hold the last position of safety. “It’s the biggest game for us,” Solskjaer said to “Obviously, this game is massive. You just want your players to go out there, play and express themselves with no fear.” Solskjaer expects a battle against a Fulham side that have failed to win since beating West Ham on January 1. “At this stage of the campaign, you look at the form and confidence and I don’t think any of these two teams can say we are in top shape,” he said. “I don’t think either side would be happy with a draw. There will be two teams that have to go out there and try to win the game. I think you will see some positive football from both sides. “But we are at home. We’ve played some good games at home lately even though the Hull game (a 4-0 loss) was disappointing. “But we have dominated some games here and we should have scored two or three goals. The Bluebirds head into the Barclays Premier League encounter at the Cardiff City Stadium in desperate need of points having won just one of their last 12 league games. Last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Tottenham was their fourth straight loss and left Cardiff just one point and one place off Fulham, who lie at the foot of the standings. Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Saturday’s opponents Fulham that his team will settle for nothing but a win.last_img read more

State High School Sailing Championships Scheduled for Castine in May

first_img Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all) For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015 Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. Latest Posts Bio CASTINE — The George Stevens Academy Sailing Team and Maine Maritime Academy are once more sponsoring the DownEast Fleet Racing Championship Regatta.This year, the event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10, in Castine. About 170 high school sailors and coaches from all over New England will be there for two days of racing.The DEFRC is the largest high school regatta on the East Coast. This regatta combines two events: the Downeast Fleet Racing Championship and the Maine High School Sailing Championship.The sailors race 420 dinghies, small, light, two-handed sloops just under 14 feet long.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe regatta generally brings schools from every state in New England, with an increasing number of Maine schools present each year.Eastern Maine schools racing include GSA, Mount Desert Island High School and John Bapst. The public is invited to attend the regatta. Racing begins around 11 a.m. Saturday and about 10 a.m. Sunday. Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015last_img read more

Students discuss potential issues with open primary

first_imgStudents and panelists gathered on Wednesday in The Forum at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center for the semester’s final installment of “Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum,” a semi-monthly forum presented in partnership with the Dornsife College of Letters, Art and Science’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, College Democrats, College Republicans and the Daily Trojan.The theme for the discussion was, “Battle for the Ballot: Democratic and Republican Responses to California’s New Top Two Primary.”The discussion was moderated by Kerstyn Olson, interim director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Jordyn Holman, an opinion columnist at the Daily Trojan.They were joined by a panel made up of political consultants Garry South and Allan Hoffenblum, Sam Dorn, a member of the USC College Democrats, and Jordan Tygh, a member of the USC College Republicans.The Talk Back addressed an issue facing voters this election season: candidates running for statewide and congressional office in a top-two primary.The measure that established the change to primary elections, Proposition 14, took effect in April 2011 after being passed by voters in the 2010 election. It ended the traditional closed primary, in which voters of each party nominate a candidate for the general election, and replaces it with an open primary, in which the top two candidates —  regardless of party affiliation, advance to the general election.Proponents of the measure say the law will reduce polarization, especially in California’s state legislature, and that candidates will be forced to expand their views to appeal to a wider swath of voters, not just their traditional party base.Opponents of the measure say the two-party system weakens the potential field of candidates and fails to combat gridlock. Critics often cite that since the measure passed, no independents have been elected to statewide or federal office and very few have made it out of the primary as a reason the law has failed to reduce polarization.Hoffenblum, a Republican political consultant, said the old system of closed primaries drew the extremes of both Democrats and Republicans and that the top two system would open the door to more diversity. South, who originally suggested the top two primary in 2004 as Proposition 62, agreed.“I’m a longtime believer in open primaries and the top two primary,” he said. “In 1998, I ran Gov. Grey Davis’s campaign for governor — I’m the first and only person in California history to run a successful campaign that came out of an open primary.”Dorn disagreed, citing the Los Angeles mayoral election as proof that third party candidates are still excluded by voters.“[The top two primary] denies people of the opposite party the chance to run in a particularly Democratic or particularly Republican election,” Dorn said.Tygh, Dorn’s equivalent from the College Republicans, disagreed and cited former Republican-turned non-partisan Bill Bloomfield’s challenge to longtime Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman as proof that there is space for independent candidates.For Laura Walsh, a senior majoring in political science and environmental studies, who was undecided on the benefits of the two-party system, the panel clarified what she perceived to be the media misrepresenting the disadvantages of the top two primary.“In terms of election results and the way our elected officials will vote, I think it will work in our favor,” Walsh said. “I think that contrasts what a lot of pundits are wanting us to believe because we hear a lot about this jungle primary, and they make it sound like it’s going to be unfair.”last_img read more