Linden Hospital maternal death– says prenatal documents not released The family of 41-year-old Jennifer Gill of Amelia’s Ward, Linden, who died at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) on Monday evening following the delivery of a healthy baby boy has refuted claims that she did not require a C-section delivery.One of Gill’s family members has also indicated that officials are in possession of the now deceased woman’s prenatal health documents which they have not yet released, adding that they believe this action should be investigated.They said the woman’s fiancé has opted not to disclose much until a post-mortem examination is conducted. The family failed to show up for the procedure, which was expected to be conducted on the body of the deceased woman at the Hospital on Wednesday.Gill’s niece, Tashanna, who resided with her, noted on Thursday that the family has not yet decided when they would have the procedure done, but confirmed that they would go through with it.LHC officials have since noted that the family would now have to travel from Linden to Georgetown to have the procedure done, since pathologists would not return to the said hospital to conduct the post-mortem.Hospital officials have so far indicated that the medical institution would have so far completed its investigation into the matter and an official report was prepared and sent to the relevant authorities, including the Chief Medical Officer and the Director of Regional Health Services.The medical institution’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Farouk Riyasat noted on Wednesday that based on his medical knowledge and facts of the report, he believed that Gill died after suffering a blood disorder, referred to as Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC), which caused rapid blood loss and thinning, eventually leading to shock and kidney failure.The CEO made the revelation, which he stated was his belief, during a media briefing, which was also attended by the Hospital’s CMO, Dr Romesa McDonald and Public Relations Officer (PRO) Toshanna Alicock. Dr Riyasat also said that the family’s failure to show up for the post-mortem examination has hampered the flow of information for the report.The Hospital’s PRO had noted that according to facts from the report, on first assessment by the doctor on duty, Gill was in active labour when she arrived at the Hospital, being dilated at six centimetres (cm) and did not require a C-section. This was also reaffirmed by the CEO, who said that a C-section would have also proved fatal for the deceased woman given the alleged blood disorder which she suffered from. The Hospital CEO also refuted claims by the family that a C-section was not performed since there was no doctor available, as he claimed that the Hospital provides for doctors to be on call 24/7.He said only the anaesthetic consultant was later called in, but an obstetrician had been present with the patient at all times. Dr Riyasat also stated that an obstetrician was the one to decide if Gill needed a C-section, but he said Gill was found to be in the position to facilitate a normal delivery. Dr Riyasat reiterated that General Medical Officers (GMOs) were on site while consultants were always on call and theatre staff always available, adding that a doctor was on site when Gill arrived.However, with regard to the conditions which the officials noted reportedly led to her demise, Gill’s niece, Tashanna, has since indicated her disbelief. “It’s all a lie. Everything that they’re saying is not true. At this point, I’m just putting everything in God’s hands. They’re not letting go of anything. They have all those documents. They holding on to all the papers,” she said.Officials had also indicated that the family had been kept up to date on the now deceased woman’s condition, and that she was given the best possible care.
0Shares0000Manchester United’s Daley Blind (R) fights for the ball with Benfica’s Douglas dos Santos during their UEFA Champions League Group A first leg match, at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, on Ocotber 18, 2017 © AFP/File / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAPARIS, France, Oct 30 – Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain, five-time champions Barcelona and Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are among the teams looking to book a Champions League last-16 place on Tuesday.The pick of the action sees Anderlecht take on Neymar and co. in Paris, while Barcelona face Olympiakos and Roma go head-to-head with Chelsea in Italy. Here AFP Sport takes a look at what is at stake in each group:Group AAt Manchester, EnglandManchester United (ENG) v Benfica (POR)Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian M’Bappe controls the ball in front Neymar during their UEFA Champions League Group B first leg match against Anderlecht, at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels, on October 18, 2017 © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEJose Mourinho’s side can secure a place in the last 16 with two matches to spare with a win at Old Trafford, if Basel avoid defeat against CSKA Moscow.United are unbeaten at home in 12 meetings with Portuguese opponents — their last home loss in Europe came in a 2-1 reverse against Real Madrid in the 2012/13 competition.Benfica are likely heading towards an early exit after losing their first three group games and will be without veteran defender Luisao following his dismissal in the 1-0 defeat by United in Lisbon.Brazilian striker Jonas scored his league-leading 12th goal in a 1-0 win over Feirense on Friday, while United bounced back from a shock loss at Huddersfield Town by edging Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Saturday courtesy of Anthony Martial’s late winner.At Basel, SwitzerlandBasel (SUI) v CSKA Moscow (RUS)Basel’s Taulant Xhaka scores a goal during their UEFA Champions League Group A first leg match against CSKA Moscow, at the VEB Arena stadium in Moscow, on October 18, 2017 © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVBasel will clinch a spot in the knockout phase with a second straight win over CSKA Moscow, if Benfica fail to beat United.After a slow start to the season, Basel have hit their stride with six wins in their last eight games.Conversely, CSKA are in the middle of a terrible run of form after only winning once in their last eight matches and scoring just twice in that period.A 1-0 defeat at Arsenal Tula on Friday left them four points off leaders Lokomotiv in Russia, but Alan Dzagoev could return after a month out with an Achilles injury.Group BAt Glasgow, ScotlandCeltic (SCO) v Bayern Munich (GER)Bayern Munich’s Mats Hummels (R) celebrates scoring a goal with teammate Arjen Robben during their UEFA Champions League Group B first leg match against Celtic, in Munich, on October 18, 2017 © AFP/File / Christof STACHECeltic matched their century-old British record by stretching their domestic unbeaten streak to 62 matches with Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock.But Brendan Rodgers’ team face a stiff test against Bayern Munich as they bid to keep their European adventure alive.A resurgent Bayern eased to a 3-0 win over the Scottish champions a fortnight ago, and a repeat success would all but end Celtic’s chances of reaching the knockout rounds.Jupp Heynckes is hopeful striker Robert Lewandowski will be fit for the trip to Glasgow after limping out of Saturday’s 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig — their second triumph in four days over their title rivals after a shootout win in the second round of the German Cup.At ParisParis Saint-Germain (FRA) v Anderlecht (BEL)Unai Emery’s French heavyweights have cruised through their opening three fixtures — netting 12 goals with none conceded — and will be expected to again sweep aside Anderlecht at the Parc des Princes.Edinson Cavani struck twice more in Friday’s 3-0 victory over Nice, giving the Uruguayan 15 goals in 14 matches this term, as PSG stayed four points clear in France.Neymar is also set to return after serving a domestic one-match ban following his red card against Marseille.Anderlecht have yet to register a goal or point in this season’s group stage, with their last away win in the Champions League proper coming in December 2005.Atletico Madrid’s Kevin Gameiro jumps over Qarabag’s goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic during their UEFA Champions League Group C first leg match, in Baku, on October 18, 2017 © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVGroup CAt MadridAtletico Madrid (ESP) v Qarabag (AZE)Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are still searching for their first win of the competition after a goalless draw in Azerbaijan a fortnight ago.They are in danger of missing out on the knockout stages for the first time since failing to qualify at all in 2012-13.The Spanish side have made a solid start in La Liga and are unbeaten in their first 10 games, but sit eight points adrift of leaders Barcelona in fourth place after five draws.Although Qarabag picked up their first Champions League point in Baku, Atletico will be expected to have little trouble in closing the gap on Chelsea and Roma, ahead of a home match against the Italians and a crucial visit to Stamford Bridge.At RomeRoma (ITA) v Chelsea (ENG)The winner of the clash at the Stadio Olimpico will be well-placed to reach the last 16 with both teams still to play a game against struggling Qarabag.A thrilling 3-3 draw at Chelsea last time out prevented the Premier League champions from moving five points clear at the top of Group C, with Roma now looking for a victory to overtake Antonio Conte’s men.Roma won their last home game against Chelsea in the group stages nine years ago, but have not reached the quarter-finals since 2007-08.Chelsea gave their English title defence a boost by beating Bournemouth at the weekend to stay nine points off top spot, while Roma are seven points behind Serie A leaders Napoli with a game in hand.Group DAt Piraeus, GreeceOlympiakos (GRE) v Barcelona (ESP)Barcelona could secure a last-16 place on Tuesday. A fourth straight group-stage win in Greece would book a knock-out spot unless Sporting Lisbon beat Juventus.Ernesto Valverde’s men are on a 14-match unbeaten run in all competitions since losing both legs of the Spanish Super Cup to Real Madrid.The five-time European champions are flying high in Spain, having only dropped two points in their first 10 outings.Barca talisman Lionel Messi is La Liga’s top-scorer so far this term with 12 goals and has also netted three times from three Champions League outings.The first meeting two weeks ago saw Barcelona ease to a 3-1 win with only 10 men, while Olympiakos, bottom of Group D, will be eliminated if they lose and Sporting fail to beat Juventus.At LisbonSporting Lisbon (POR) v Juventus (ITA)Sporting and Juventus look set to be in a straight fight for second place in Group D behind Barcelona, with Tuesday’s match in Lisbon crucial after the Italians’ 2-1 win at Turin.Jorge Jesus’ team are looking to draw level on points with their opponents, although last season’s runners-up would move all but into the knockout rounds with victory.After winning six consecutive Serie A titles, Juve trail in-form Napoli by three points domestically despite a strong start to the campaign.Jesus is hoping to improve Sporting’s European pedigree as the Portuguese giants have not reached the last 16 since 2009, when they lost 12-1 on aggregate to Bayern Munich.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“There has to be mutual benefit to both jurisdictions,” Lockhart said. “That’s not the case on the east side. Their level of service is high enough.” La Habra Heights resident George Edwardz, who has pushed for an east side station on Harbor Boulevard, said he is disappointed the agreement doesn’t cover his area of town. “We’ll have to be self-sufficient, and we’ll have to provide a station on that side,” Edwardz said. Bates and fire Chief John Nielsen are now preparing answers to 21 questions about a fire station on Harbor Boulevard. The questions include the cost of a new dormitory and its maintenance, earthquake issues and noise. The agreement also requires two joint training sessions of the city and county firefighters to be held every year. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA HEIGHTS – Quicker fire department responses to the west side of this city and nearby unincorporated areas are expected under an automatic aid agreement reached by the city and Los Angeles County. The memorandum of understanding went into effect Sept. 1. “It should really give peace of mind to our residents to know that they not only have our first-class fire and paramedic service, but also have as backup Los Angeles when it’s needed,” City Manager Ron Bates said. Under the agreement, county fire trucks would go to the west side of La Habra Heights, while city firefighters would go to unincorporated areas between the city and La Habra. The county has about 30 of these agreements with other cities, including Santa Fe Springs. “They improve service for both agencies,” said Gary Lockhart, chief deputy for the county Fire Department. “Because (city) boundaries are so irregular, if you have a station closer, we can share resources.” Even with automatic aid, trucks from the department with jurisdiction still will show up, Lockhart said. Not included in the agreement is the east side of La Habra Heights. Lockhart said the east side wasn’t included because city trucks can get there in good time, and there wouldn’t have been enough reciprocity from the county with the additional area.
Turkish club Bursaspor are in no position to sell star midfielder and Manchester United target Ozan Tufan, according to club president Recep Bolusbasi.The 20-year-old is also being watched by Chelsea, AC Milan and Juventus but Old Trafford appears to be his most likely destination if United meet his club’s valuation of the player.Tufan has mustered three goals and nine assists in 41 appearances this season and Bolubasi, who is aiming to secure another term as the club’s president, wants to keep one of his most prized assets for at least one more year.“We have lots of offers, some have been pretty astronomical, but we want to keep hold of our best players,” Bolukbasi told IHA. 1 Ozan Tufan
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Sheriff Lee Baca said officials were studying videotape to identify the instigators of the brawls and move them into single cells. He said the fights, which began Saturday and left one inmate dead and nearly 100 injured, were started by Latino gang members as apparent revenge for street feuds. “We are going to (review) extensive video monitoring of inmates to identify the instigators,” Baca said. “Those who initiated this are going to be identified. They are going to be isolated. They are going to lose all their privileges, and they are going to be charged with additional crimes.” The first fight Thursday erupted after sheriff’s officials, hoping to ease tension in the detention center, allowed 70 clergy members and about two dozen media members into a different section of the facility to talk with inmates. All seven Los Angeles County jails were on lockdown for a third day Friday, Manumaleuna said. There were five racially motivated fights Wednesday, the largest involving about 300 inmates in a dorm at the center’s North Facility. Nineteen inmates were injured in the fighting Wednesday, one critically. LOS ANGELES (AP) – Another racially charged brawl broke out early Friday at a Los Angeles County jail following a pair of melees the previous day and a series of fights earlier in the week, officials said. Seventy-three Latino and black inmates began fighting around 2 a.m. in a dorm in the North Facility of the Pitchess Detention Center near Castaic, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, said sheriff’s Sgt. Don Manumaleuna. It took deputies an hour to restore order using “clear out gas” and sting balls, he said. Two inmates suffered moderate injuries but no deputies were hurt, he said. On Thursday, separate fights erupted at the Pitchess center around 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., officials said. Deputies quickly quelled both with gas and sting balls. A section of the same detention center was the site of rioting Saturday between Hispanic and black inmates that killed one man and injured more than 100 others. That was followed by two jail melees Monday night.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Manchester United failed to impress as they were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly.Jose Mourinho’s side were on the back foot for the vast majority of the game and a Javi Martinez header saw them slump to defeat. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? boost RANKED smart causal Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arjen Robben looked to have added a late second, but it was quickly ruled out for offside.Lee Grant played the final 15 minutes for Manchester United and Mourinho fielded multiple youngsters, including 17-year-old James Garner.United will kick-off their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester on Friday night. possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED IN DEMAND Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade The clash of two European giants produced an uneventful first half and both teams headed into the second period on equal footing.To United’s credit, they made themselves a tough nut to crack at the Allianz, but Bayern ultimately did make the breakthrough on 59 minutes.Thiago’s corner found Javi Martinez and the Spaniard nodded past David de Gea with a simple headed finish from inside the six-yard box. Latest Manchester United News Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Chris Smalling battled Robert Lewandowski deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder
appointed We haven’t actually been that bad , not clicking up front but have done well . Yet again Mustafi does something stupid to cost us . Has to be dropped #afc— Arran (@ArranAFCSTL) October 28, 2018 LATEST Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Mustafi is the worst centre half we’ve had since Silvestre. Idiotic challenge, and he always has one in his locker. Bit of a reality check here. #afc #CRYARS— Pinners (@PlNNERS) October 28, 2018 Calamity Mustafi again #AFC— Sean Fitzgerald (@SeanFitz88) October 28, 2018 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED Is there a more clueless defender than Mustafi? #AFC— TGI (@ThomasGibbo) October 28, 2018Arsenal player ratings for Palace draw Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Palace scored the penalty to take the lead gameday cracker Luka Milivojevic stuck away the resulting penalty to give Palace a 1-0 lead in a game which saw Arsenal fail to register a twelfth straight win in all competitions as they battled to a 2-2 draw against Roy Hodgson’s side.And these Gooners took to Twitter to reflect on Mustafi’s clumsy challenge, with one fan even claiming he is the worst centre-back the club has had since Mikael Silverstre!Below you can see some more Mustafi tweets. Latest Arsenal FC News Mustafi will never learn!! #afc— Tommy 🤘🏼 (@RuthlessAFC) October 28, 2018 Why, oh why did Shkodran Mustafi make that challenge?This is the question Arsenal fans were asking after the German needlessly felled Crystal Palace’s Cheikou Kouyate on the stroke of half-time of Arsenal’s trip to Selhurst Park. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Mustafi just needs to be replaced, sooner the better for #Arsenal #AFC— AFC4LYF (@mrj_gooner) October 28, 2018 Mustafi as always 🤦🏾♂️. #afc— Mohammed (@think_B1G) October 28, 2018 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas targets REVEALED rookie error
The 17th annual Secondary Schools Cross Country event took place today in the grounds of the Finn Valley A.C. This is an opportunity for students to test their athletic prowess against their peers from across the county and beyond.For some it will be their first competition since graduating from Primary to Secondary level. Unfortunately as was the case at last year’s competition, the weather wasn’t kind, however, competitors, teachers, stewards and staff all braved the conditions to run what was an excellent event.In total there were 600 plus competitors and 26 schools taking part.Notable performances came from Oisin Kelly, Ben Carr, Molly Paige and Ciaran Moore, Loretto Milford; Sarah Bradley Loretto Letterkenny; Carol Lafferty Thornhill College; Sean McGinley St. Eunans; Lilly Tourish St. Mary’s Derry.Patsy McGonagle Chairman Finn Valley A.C.OVERALL RESULTS 1st Year Girls 800m1 Sarah Bradley Loreto Letterkenny2 Ellie Crossan Loreto Letterkenny3 Hannah Murray St. Columba’s Stranorlar4 Katie Magee Coláiste Ailigh5 Harriet McCrossan St. Cecilia’s Derry6 Demi Crossan Loreto LetterkennyTeam Result1 Loreto Letterkenny 9 points2 Thornhill College Derry 30 points3 St Columba’s Stranorlar 33 points4 Dean Mcguírc College Tyrone 39 pointsRace 1st Yr Boys 1000m 1 Oisin Kelly Loreto Milford2 Evan Keogh Loreto Milford3 Michael Rafferty Dean Maguírc Tyrone4 Odhran Kelly Loreto Milford5 Sean P. Cullen Oakgrove Derry6 Declan Doherty t. Eunan’sTeam Result1 Loreto Milford 7 points2 Dean Mcguírc College Tyrone 41 points3 Scoil Mhuire Buncrana 43 pointsRace 2nd Yr Girls 1000m 1 Carol Lafferty Thornhill Derry2 Niamh Carolan Bundoran3 Emear O’Brien Colmcille Ballyshannon4 Kaitlin Gormley Dean Maguírc Tyrone5 Katlin Doherty Scoil Mhuire Buncrana6 Blathnait Kerry Dean Maguírc TyroneTeam Result1 Dean Maguírc Tyrone 21 points2 Thornhill Derry 21 points3 Scoil Mhuire Buncrana 29 pointsRace 2nd Yr Boys 1200m1 Sean McGinley St. Eunans2 Oisin Toye Deele Raphoe3 Jack Holihan Errigal College4 Cahir Kelly Dean Maguírc5 Liam Donnelly Loreto Milford6 Saear Mirdanez Scoil Mhuire BuncranaTeam Result1 Deele College Raphoe 18 points2 St. Eunans 28 points3 Scoil Mhuire Buncrana 51 points3rd Yr Girls 1200m1 Molly Page Loreto Milford2 Gemma McFadden Loreto Milford3 Andrea Browne St. Columba’s Stranorlar4 Megan Ferry Loreto Milford5 Precious Fatusan Errigal College6 Shauna Ruddy MovilleTeam Result1 Loreto Milford 7 points2 Dean Mcguírc Tyrone 28 points3 Moville 29 points3rd Yr Boys 1500m1 Ciaran Moore Milford2 Sam Cole Oakgrove Derry3 Oisin Farren Colaiste Ailigh4 Brian Canning Loreto Milford5 Liam Hannigan Colaiste Ailigh6 Darren Davenport MovilleTeam Result1 Loreto Milford 14 points2 Colaiste Ailigh 19 points3 Moville 28 points4th, 5th, 6th Yr Girls 1500m1 Lilly Tourish St. Mary’s Derry2 Anna McGinley Thornhill Derry3 Daniella Jenson Columba’s Stranorlar4 Jessica Gallagher Colaiste Ailigh5 Molly Trearty Loreto Letterkenny6 Diana Patton Finn Valley CollegeTeam Result1 Thornhill Derry 21 points2 St Mary’s Derry 26 points4th, 5th, 6th Yr Boys 2000m1 Ben Carr Milford2 Odhran O’Donnell St Columba’s3 Barney Cochran Dean Mcguírc4 Ronan Frain St. Eunans5 Sean Strain Oakgrove Derry6 Darren Ferry St. EunansTeam Result1 St Eunans 22 points2 St Columba’s 27 points3 Deele College 50 pointsSome outstanding performances at Secondary Schools Cross Country event – Results was last modified: September 27th, 2017 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)
The reaction to a poorly-translated Chinese word sets off a firestorm of anti-creation protest among scientists.Early Victorian scientists (and their predecessors) would have had no qualms about references to a Creator in scientific writings. That was then. Now, “Creator” is fightin’ words. Pro-evolution bigots react to it like Code Pink at a traditional-marriage rally, screaming, disrupting, and threatening anyone who mentions the C-word in a scientific context, even inadvertently. Evolution skeptics, consigned to their own tents outside the walls of the Science Castle where Darwin is enshrined like a god (2/01/07 commentary), may only utter the C-word in their own dwellings. There is no malfeasance more likely to get one Expelled out of secular science than to appear to give aid and comfort to the enemies of naturalism, the consensus worldview inside the castle where no divine foot can get in the door.The open access journal PLoS One learned this all to well when Chinese researchers wrote the deplorable word in a paper, even though they are evolutionists. In a paper exploring the capabilities of the human hand, they wrote:The explicit functional link indicates that the biomechanical characteristic of tendinous connective architecture between muscles and articulations is the proper design by the Creator to perform a multitude of daily tasks in a comfortable way.Hand coordination should indicate the mystery of the Creator’s invention.In conclusion, our study can improve the understanding of the human hand and confirm that the mechanical architecture is the proper design by the Creator for dexterous performance of numerous functions following the evolutionary remodeling of the ancestral hand for millions of years.Yikes! Three times they wrote the C-word. Their references to “design” were bad enough, but “Creator”? That was beyond the red line. Evolutionists went nuts, flooding the comments with calls for retraction, calling the references “shameful” and “nonscientific” and “extremely distressing” and “an embarrasment.” One said that “retraction should be just the first step” in the journal’s punishment; others said “PLoS One is now a joke… an absolute joke of a journal.” At Evolution News & Views, David Klinghoffer likened the protestors to a mob with pitchforks. Nature got out in front to join the condemnation while trying to bring some order to the situation. Retraction Watch put the paper up on their watch list and was soon flooded with dozens of comments. Readers can only imagine what PZ Myers said about it without our having to quote him; this is a family-friendly website, after all.One of the authors, pledging allegiance to Darwin, attributed the mistake to a translation error, saying that the word translated from Chinese into “Creator” actually meant something like “nature.” After all, didn’t they acknowledge “evolutionary remodeling of the ancestral hand for millions of years”? It was too little too late. The holy war was on again (2/19/09).The editors at PLoS One, seeing the firestorm, said they would look into the situation. Soon after, they caved. They issued the following retraction for having sinned by uttering “inappropriate language”—Following publication, readers raised concerns about language in the article that makes references to a ‘Creator’, and about the overall rationale and findings of the study.Upon receiving these concerns, the PLOS ONE editors have carried out an evaluation of the manuscript and the pre-publication process, and they sought further advice on the work from experts in the editorial board. This evaluation confirmed concerns with the scientific rationale, presentation and language, which were not adequately addressed during peer review.Consequently, the PLOS ONE editors consider that the work cannot be relied upon and retract this publication.The editors apologize to readers for the inappropriate language in the article and the errors during the evaluation process.(See Evolution News & Views response.)Not all of the critics were beside themselves over the “Creatorgate” scandal. One “committed atheist” made the following comment to the Nature report:…I find such comments as “Hand coordination should indicate the mystery of the Creator’s invention.” to be naive rather than horrifying, or a reason to withdraw the paper. Seriously: was the data OK? If it was – no problem; ask them to consider removing mention of a “Creator”. Were the conclusions warped to include influence of a deity? If so – ask them to reword / rethink. But to pull the paper?? That smacks of post hoc closing of stable doors…. A little more tolerance, people: I have seen Indian scientists in the ICGEB in Delhi make offerings to the highly impressive statue of Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity, in the Institute courtyard – and no-one thinks their science is shoddy.Another wrote to Retraction Watch, “Where has tolerance and respect for the beliefs and opinions of others gone? One doesn’t need to agree, but bringing in a different idea in a civil manner seems more appropriate for an academic discussion.” Doug Bolton at the UK Independent found a little hypocrisy in the intolerance by academics. Such calls for tolerance, however, were drowned out by the vociferous calls to punish the journal for their indiscretion in letting the C-word slip through.Theistic evolutionists shouldn’t kid themselves into thinking they’re safe by putting the Creator into a front-loading position, letting Darwinian evolution do the rest of the creating. At best, they will be given one less lashing.So, all you leftist liberal Darwinian materialists, are you proud of yourselves? Remember in 1874 when your Darwin disciple John Tyndall pled with the British Association to be tolerant of materialist explanations? Now you are the bigots. You cannot have a rational discussion about evidence, even when the science is good. And the hand is a great example of intelligent design inexplicable by blind, unguided processes (see medical doctor Randy Guliuzza’s article on ICR). No matter. Darwin Sharia demands lex talionis: a hand for a hand.So think about this: according to your own evolutionary theory, this is not about facts, evidence or logic at all. It’s an evolutionary game. Your own materialist brethren view the evolution of altruism as an emergent phenomenon involving cooperators and cheaters (see recent example in Science Advances). You were once the cheaters; now you are the cooperators punishing the cheaters. Accordingly, your position is about power, not truth, and it can oscillate back and forth. If you want your position to be true, you have to find a source for Truth that doesn’t evolve. In other words, you have to believe in a truthful, reliable Creator. With your materialism thus self-refuted, your best option is to abandon materialism and become a creationist—if you can avoid hating yourself. Q.E.D.Exercise: Download the paper while you can (it may be come a collector’s item). Read it with a focus on the data. Does the evidence support design? Do the authors provide any plausible evidence for emergence of the hand by unguided processes of mutation and selection? If not, what’s the problem?(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0