‘Ebola is Escalating’

first_imgThe Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) says the current spread of the deadly Ebola virus is escalating.  He warned that efforts must be multiplied to urgently contain it.This can be done with collective efforts of  government, citizens and international partners, he said.The LNRCS secretary general, Fayiah Tamba, said that the latest confirmation from Bong, Bomi and suspected cases in Grand Gedeh Counties is an indication that the spread of the virus is now rapid and troubling.Mr. Tamba also warned the general public to do away with the concept of denial and follow all precautionary measures, including regular hand washing and avoiding close contact with sick persons suspected of the virus.Mr.  Tamba stressed the Red Cross will continue to scale up its vigorous operation in  seven counties including, Bong and Bomi, where Ebola cases have been reported.Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Mano River Union, it has claimed over 660 lives in the three affected country with Guinea receiving more fatalities followed by Sierra Leone and Liberia.The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is now the largest in history with more than one thousand cases and 660-deaths while more than 240 of the cases and 127-deaths occurred in Liberia.“The Red Cross is complementing government efforts in the areas of social mobilization and awareness, contact tracing, psychosocial counseling and providing survivor kits to victims since the outbreak,” Mr. Tamba said.Mr. Tamba also disclosed that The Red Cross, in addition to its regular services, has agreed for now  to assist the Ministry of Health in the area of dead body management and burial of Ebola victims in Montserrado.The LNRCS has welcomed the latest move by the Government to close all borders, except the Roberts International Airport, James Springs Payne Airport, Foya Crossing, Bo Waterside Crossing and Ganta Crossing, where preventive and testing centers will be established.The LNRCS Secretary General wants government and its partners to pay more attention to protecting health Care workers who are the front lines in this fight against the Ebola virus.According to him, if the health workers are protected, we will regain their confidence to return to the various Health facilities that are currently abandoned across the country.Meanwhile, the Lofa Chapter of the LNRCS says it is strongly considering to fully intervening in the Ebola outbreak in Zango town, where the death toll is now alarming.Zango town is in the Voinjama District, with a population of little over 2000, but at least 19 people have reportedly died since the outbreak of the virus there.According to the Red Cross Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer, Daniel Kossigbo, plans have  been concluded for the possible move in the community for social mobilization and awareness, contact tracing and psychosocial counseling.The LNRCS has already provided survival kits to victims of Ebola in the community as well as rehabilitated two damaged hand pumps to restore community access to safe drinking water.The Red Cross is currently complementing government efforts in 726-communities in Foya, Vahum, Bolahum, Kolahum, Zorzor and Voinjama Districts, reaching the total of at least 117,886, a number representing the total households of 2,885  since the start of the Ebola intervention in Lofa.The Liberian Red Cross has also reached the total of 2,190 in ten Communities in Margibi under its campaign to stop further spread of the Ebola Virus in Liberia.The Liberian Red Cross continues its vigorous operation in Montserrado, Margibi and Lofa while plans have been finalized for immediate scale-up in  Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Bong Nimba and Bomi in the coming days.Mr. Kossigbo said the Red Cross Ebola awareness activities in the counties are making significant impact in that community members are gradually accepting the fact that Ebola exists and has no cure but denial and fear of stigma in some quarters remain challenging.For the latest news and updates, follow us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Liberian-Observer-Online/42279623238.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Election Date: Dec. 20

first_img“The decision to reschedule the election from December 16 to December 20, 2014, is intended to compensate for time lost as a result of the Stay Order imposed on the election and campaign activities by the Supreme Court,” the electoral body said.Providing their reliance on said decision, NEC maintained that the new date is in “consonance with Joint Resolution #002 recently adopted by the Legislation.”Joint Resolution #002 mandated the Commission to hold consultation with stakeholders aimed at deciding a new date since October 14 due to onslaught of the Ebola virus in Liberia.The 53rd National Legislature’s Joint Resolution instructed the Commission to decide a new date of polling no later than December 20, 2014.While political rallies were ongoing, few political parties inclusive of Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) and National Democratic Coalition (NDC) filed a lawsuit, forcing the High Court to place a Stay Order on the process.Indeed the Supreme Court lifted the Injunction on 13 December, but failed to set a new date. Though clothed with the responsibility to conduct elections but not to set polling date for legislative and Presidential elections as provided for under the Constitution, the Commission announced December 20, 2014 as voting day, and at the same time, urged political parties and candidates to assist in informing the electorate about the new date for the election as they proceed with their respective political campaigns.The Commission called for parties and candidates involved with the election to restrict their political activities within the framework of the law and measures agreed to at a recent Inter Party Consultative Committee Meeting held on December 3, 2014.According to NEC, several issues were decided, including but not limited to, “no street Parades, campaigns will only be conducted in districts/communities; and gatherings will not exceed 250 persons.However, political commentators termed the restrictions as “mere bluff” stressing that NEC does not have the capacity to monitor these processes, let alone prosecute violators.Political Campaigns for Saturday’s poll will officially end at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 19, 2014.According to the 1986 Constitution, the electoral body should have conducted election for the first category of senators elected in 2005 after the coming into force of the Constitution as provided by under Articles 46 and 83 respectively.However, with the controversies associated with the poll including who has the authority to change election date and the lawsuit filed against the process, not forgetting the presence of the Ebola virus in the country; credibility remains a major challenge for Liberia’s young democracy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) National Elections Commission (NEC) has again somersaulted on its mandate to conduct polling for the 2014 Special Senatorial Election.The new date set for the election is now Saturday, December 20, 2014 and not December 16, as was previously announced, NEC indicated yesterday in Monrovia.According to a press statement signed by the Commission’s Communications Director Joey Kennedy, NEC took the hard decision in collaboration with political parties and independent candidates at an urgently arranged meeting at the Commission’s headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia.last_img read more

Ramdhani settles for silver at CAREBACO Seniors

first_img– Guyana brings home 4 medalsA first-time outing for six of Guyana’s senior badminton players has proven to be a great learning experience, as the team finished its week-long CAREBACO International 2018 competition with two bronze and two silver medals.The winning trio! Narayan Ramdhani, Priyanna Ramdhani and Johnathan Mangra showcase their medalsPlaying at the Ring Sports Centre in neighbouring Suriname, the competition was more than just a one-match affair for the Guyanese athletes, who were required to play almost seven matches per day, running more than 10 miles on court.Despite being the underdogs in the competition, the Guyanese athletes proved it was not the dogs in the fight, but the fight in the dogs that mattered, copping spots in four of the six semifinal matches.Priyanna Ramdhani was the first to step into the semifinal round against Jamaica’s Number 1 player Katherine Wynter. Despite being just 16 years old, Priyanna played evenly with her older opponent, and went on to defeat her (24-22, 10-21, 21-14) for a spot in the final round.The following evening, Priyanna was locked in a three-set thriller for the gold medal. Opposing the Barbadian Tamisha Williams, the Guyanese lost the first set 21-17, but managed to make a daring comeback to win the second set 17-21. By this time, both the players and the onlookers knew that the final set would be the ultimate decider. Unfortunately, Priyanna fell short to the Barbadian 18-21, but the silver medal was already hers.In the women’s doubles, Priyanna teamed up with Chequeda De Boulet of Trinidad and Tobago and made easy work of semi- final opponents, the Surinamese pair of Imani Mangroe & Mary-Ann Zhong, whom they routed 17-21, 21-16, 21-7.However, the Guyanese and her playing partner were not aware of the bigger challenge ahead in the form of Tamisha Williams & Monyata Riviera. They lost their final matchup 21-15, 21-14, but still took home the silver medal.Priyanna and her older brother Narayan were the ideal pair to represent Guyana in the mixed doubles category, a job that they did excellently. Shockingly defeating higher ranked pairs, the duo stormed into the semifinal, but were unable to play on. They lost to the experienced, No.1 seeded players Dakeil Thorpe and Tamisha Williams of Barbados 21-17, 17-21, 22-20. However, their performance was worthy of a bronze medal.Guyana’s final podium position came from the combined efforts of Jonathan Mangra and Narayan Ramdhani in the men’s doubles segment. The duo made it as far as the semifinal, but suffered their first defeat at the hands of Dylan Darmohoetomo & Gilmar Jones of Suriname 2-15, 21-8 which would eliminate them from the competition, but not without them receiving the bronze medal.The CAREBACO Regional Under 11, 13, 15 and 17 Championships will get underway this week with Guyana being represented by 5 athletes.Priyanna Ramdhani will again go for the gold in the Under 17 group with Isaac Mallampati on the male side of the same grouping. In the Under15, Vikash Motoo and Matthew Beharry will battle for supremacy, while Mishka Beharry will be the lone Guyanese competitor in the Under 11 group.last_img read more

Perata proposes advisory referendum on Iraq war

first_imgBERKELEY – The state Senate leader on Thursday announced plans for an advisory ballot measure calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, hoping to prompt debate among presidential candidates campaigning in California. The Vote Us Out of Iraq measure would appear on California’s Feb. 5 presidential primary ballot and is believed to be the first such proposal for a statewide advisory vote in the nation. “We want every single candidate coming to California to square off on this issue,” said Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. The proposal would have to pass the Democrat-controlled Legislature and be signed by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to make the ballot. While the advisory measure would carry no authority, Perata said joining it with California’s new early presidential primary would help “set the pace” for the 2008 race. Perata said he would like to see other states put similar measures on their ballots to force a “national referendum” on the war. Several cities around the country have given voters the chance to weigh in on the president’s Iraq policies in recent years. The California measure would be the first in the country to put the issue of U.S. troop withdrawal to a statewide vote. At least 336 troops from California have died in Iraq, more than from any other state.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It would give Californians the chance to voice their disapproval of President George W. Bush’s “failed policy” in Iraq, said Perata, speaking to reporters from the steps of a city building dedicated to veterans. “If nothing else works, then how about the biggest state in the union rising up to give a clear statement?” he said. Perata said he will introduce the measure in the Legislature on Monday. He announced the legislation the same day the nonpartisan Field Research Corp. released a poll that found that the percentage of California voters who approve of Bush’s performance in office had dropped to 26 percent, the lowest mark given any U.S. president in 30 years. Just 24 percent of the 1,093 registered voters interviewed said they supported Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq, and 59 percent said the United States should set a timetable to withdraw its troops. last_img read more

Pacifying the jails

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STILL reeling from recent outbreaks of jail violence, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has wisely voted to stop housing some 1,200 state parole-violators in county jails. Good thinking. Although the deal made $27 million a year for the county, clearly our jails – overcrowded and dangerous as they are – are no place for the state’s hardened offenders. Right now, the county’s priority need to be be pacifying its jails, not picking up a few extra bucks. Still, the supervisors’ decision leaves other key questions unanswered. Both county jails and state prisons are bursting at the seams, which leads to dangerous conditions and early releases that endanger inmates, guards and the public. Whether the answer is sentencing reform, building more detention centers or some combination of the two, the issue needs to be addressed at both the state and county levels.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Daily got the thoughts of Charlie Collins, former county star John Gildea, current star Odhran MacNiallais and former Dungloe manager Myles Sweeney in the run-up to Sunday’s Donegal SFC final between local rivals St Eunan’s and Glenswilly. The panel are siding with the ‘men from the Glen’ to win their third Donegal SFC title in four years.Charlie Collins: It’s going to be a real battle on Sunday, the landscape has changed dramatically since the pair last met in a county final in 2007. It came somewhat as a surprise for Glenswilly to reach a final that year, and in the end the occasion was probably too much for them.Fast forward seven years later, and it’s a very different scenario.Glenswilly have won two Donegal SFC titles, appeared in the Ulster final last year, and are going for their third title in just four years.It is also worth pointing out that since St Eunan’s last won the Donegal SFC title two years ago, they’ve lost nine players from that team. They’ve managed to retain the services of Michael Martin, Eamon Doherty, Rory Kavanagh, Kevin Rafferty, Conall Dunne and John Haran, so they’ve plenty of experience right through the spine of their team.But the other nine players are relatively young, with many making their first ever appearance in a senior final.How they cope with that could have a huge bearing on the game, out of that nine, St Eunan’s need at least six of those players to perform to their maximum capabilities.Then there’s the Michael Murphy factor, how do you cope with him?Naomh Conaill did an OK job on him, but he still was the critical difference between the two sides in the end up. It won’t be a pretty game on Sunday, Glenswilly have the ability to strangle games and do enough to get over the line.Both teams will be cautious, as obviously there is so much at stake, St Eunan’s had to come out and attack last weekend after falling four points down at two different stages against St Michael’s and showed tremendous character.It’s going to be very, very close, but I expect Glenswilly to edge it by a couple of points.Charlie Collins – VERDICT – GLENSWILLY John Gildea: I think the job Maxi Curran has done since taking over at St Eunan’s has been fantastic.He’s overseen a lot of change, and I thought the rebuilding the job required at St Eunan’s wouldn’t have come to fruition for another couple of years.However, they’re in a final now, and they thoroughly deserve to be there.They’ve played some great football this year, and have blooded some real quality young players.I can see similarities between them and our Naomh Conaill side that won the county championship in 2005, we came in completely under the radar.People were aware of myself, Jim McGuinness and a few others, but they’d never heard of Anthony Thompson, Leo McLoone, who were future county players.Players that have since went on to win Ulster and All-Ireland medals.I think St Eunan’s have future county players on show right now that many people haven’t heard of before, but I think Sunday might have come a bit early for them.St Eunan’s still have some very seasoned campaigners in their side, but overall the team is relatively inexperienced in contrast to Glenswilly.Many of the Eunan’s side that will start on Sunday, have never experienced playing in a Senior final before and that could have an impact on the outcome of the match, particularly if it’s close, which I imagine it will be.Glenswilly are battle hardened and every player knows their role within the team.They’re very effective in grinding out results, even when they don’t play particularly well.That’s the sign of a good team, a team that can win without playing well.They’re well-organised and they’re extremely hard to beat, add in the fact they’ve probably got the best player in the country in Michael Murphy and they’re very formidable side.Last week against Naomh Conaill, Murphy scored some incredible points, on a wet heavy pitch, he scored points that nobody else would’ve kicked.It’s going to be very close, it is a hard one to call, but I’m just edging towards Glenswilly because of their greater experience and the fact they have Michael Murphy on their team, he could make all the difference again on Sunday.John Gildea – VERDICT – GLENSWILLYMyles Sweeney: It’s a really, really tough game to call, it’s a really intriguing game.You’ve got all the ingredients that come with a bitter local derby, it’s the country team versus the town team.You’ve got lads that have went to school together, grown up together, there’s a lot at stake, and it’s a huge game.Glenswilly you’d have to say are the slightly more experienced side, and are bit further down the road together as a team.St Eunan’s have lost a large number of players since their last success, and are under somewhat of a transitional period you could say.Maxi Curran has blooded some quality young players, and they have a very bright future, but not having experienced playing in a final before could count against them on Sunday.Glenswilly have this grit and steely determination to grind out results, and do whatever it takes to get over the line.It’s small margins that win games like these, but it could come down to a break of a ball or a free late on to decide the game.How they do cope with Michael Murphy, will Neil Gallagher dominate the middle sector of the pitch, or can St Eunan’s gain the upper-hand.It’s going to be extremely close, but I’m going to tip Glenswilly to win narrowly, as they just have this uncanny ability to win close matches.Myles Sweeney – VERDICT – GLENSWILLY Odhran MacNiallais: I genuinely can’t pick a winner between these two, I just think they’re so evenly matched all over the pitch.I think both teams possess a good balance of physicality and quality, and that’s why it’s so hard to pick a winner between the two.St Eunan’s have brought a lot of young players into the team, but so far they haven’t been fazed, and have taken everything in their stride.Sunday is a different proposition though, and how they handle the big occasion could be key.Sunday is a massive occasion for both clubs, and with it being a local derby it has all the ingredients you’d want in a big match.Both teams have match-winners that can dominate the game and play pivotal roles for their team.It’s going to very, very close, I genuinely think it will be draw at full-time, that’s how tight I reckon it’s going to be.I know I’ll be accused of sitting on the fence, but I’m going for a draw at full-time.Odhran MacNiallais – VERDICT – DRAWDONEGAL SFC FINAL: GAA FRATERNITY GIVE THEIR PREDICTIONS ON THE BIG GAME was last modified: November 2nd, 2014 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first_imgThe Annual General meeting of Donegal County Community Forum was held recently where the representational and developmental role of the forum was highlighted.The key objective of Donegal County Community Forum is to provide a vehicle through which the community & voluntary sector’s voice is heard at decision making levels. The acting chairperson of Donegal County Community Forum, Mary McGowan, outlined the range of activities that the forum has undertaken in the past 12 months to the counties community and voluntary sector representatives.Among the activities undertaken by the forum in recent include the provision of public information seminars on subjects of relevance to the community and voluntary sector, including, active ageing, safety in the home and the heritage of local areas.The community and voluntary sector in County Donegal have identified as a weakness in their structures their ability to communicate with the general public the important work being carried out in local communities on a voluntary basis. Donegal County Community Forum are helping to address this weakness by facilitating training in media skills, including print media, social media, public speaking and radio communications.Addressing the Annual General Meeting, County Manager, Seamus Neely highlighted the important role carried out by County Forum members in representing the community and voluntary sector on Donegal County Development Board Sectoral Fora and Donegal County Council Strategic Policy Committee’s. Donegal County Community Forum currently provide active representation on up to 20 decision making structures in the County, bringing a community and voluntary perspective to decision making and funding allocating bodies, and also ensuring that the sector is informed of developments at county level. Donegal County Community Forum has developed a website portal which has the objective of giving information about the activities of county and local fora and providing an information sharing platform on matters of common interest for the Community & Voluntary sector in various parts of the county.The website www.donegalcommunityforum.ie was launched by the Minister of State at the Department of Gaeltacht and Community Affairs, Dinny McGinley in May 2012.The funding for the running of the County Forum structure comes predominantly from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government with funding and developmental support from Donegal County Council.Further information on the work of Donegal County Community Forum can be had from Mary McGowan, Acting Chairperson, on 087 263 9165 DONEGAL COMMUNITY FORUM HEARS OF NEED TO GET VOLUNTEER’S MESSAGES OUT was last modified: October 4th, 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:DONEGAL COMMUNITY FORUMMARY MCGOWANSEAMUS NEELYvolunteerslast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Rovers clubman Eric White, appeared on RTE’s Soccer Republic show last night to discuss the controversial sacking of Roddy Collins. The popular Letterkenny man has his finger on the pulse when it comes to all the major soccer issues in the North West, and it was White who broke the news on Sunday that Collins had been sacked.White, who works for BBC Radio Foyle, told Soccer Republic presenter Peter Collins that an amicable meeting took place between Collins and the Derry City board, and that the meeting was reported to have lasted for around twenty minutes. White also said Peter Hutton and Marty McCann had taken first-team training yesterday morning, but said former Harps manager Paul Hegarty and Institute manager Paul Kee have been linked with the job.White added that Peter Hutton will take temporary charge of the side for this weekend, and he may stay on as a caretaker manager until the end of the season.Collins was dismissed from his position as manager on Sunday following a string of poor results at the Brandywell.Collins won just two out of 12 league matches, which led Derry City supporters to turn against the flamboyant Dubliner. His short tenure as manager was not without incident, with public fall-outs with star striker Rory Patterson and defender Shane McEleney well documented.However, a dispute between him and assistant manager Peter Hutton was said to be final straw for the Derry City board, who moved swiftly to part company with Collins.LETTERKENNY ROVERS ERIC WHITE APPEARS ON SOCCER REPUBLIC was last modified: May 13th, 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:BBCEric WhitenewsSoccer RepublicSportlast_img read more

Crested Cranes defeat Kenya in CECAFA opener

first_imgThe Crested Cranes team that started against Kenya on Thursday afternoon (Photo by FUFA Media)CECAFA Women’s Championship 2018Uganda 1-0 KenyaStade de Kigali, RwandaThursday, 19-07-2018KIGALI – The Crested Cranes got off to a flying start at the 2018 CECAFA Women’s championship in Rwanda as they defeated their Kenyan counterparts 1-0 in the opening game of the competition.Lillian Mutuuzo scored the only goal of the game after seven (7) minutes to ensure that the Crested Cranes set early pace at this year’s round-robin tournament.Kenya tried to find the all important equalizing goal but ‘woman of the match,’ Ruth Aturo kept them at bay with a string of spectacular saves throughout the game.Head coach Faridah Bulega called for a couple of changes after the break with Winnie Babirye and Monica Namwase replacing Norah Alupo and Lilian Mustuuzo respectively.The win felt more like revenge to Kenya who had eliminated the Crested Cranes 1-0 after two legs, from the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers last April.This is the third time the competition is being played.Zanzibar won the first edition that was hosted in the same country in 1986 while Tanzania defeated Kenya 2-1 in the finals of the 2016 championships held in Uganda.Uganda finished fourth in 2016 after losing 4-1 to Ethiopia in the third play-off games.The other fixture today will see Rwanda take on Tanzania in the late kick-off.The Crested Cranes resume duty on Saturday against Ethiopia at the same stadium.The round robin tournament will then see Uganda take on Tanzania on Monday and then Rwanda next Wednesday.Crested Cranes starting XIRuth Aturo (GK) 18, Viola Namuddu 6, Grace Aluka 16, Shadia Nankya 5, Yudaya Nakayenze 7, Tracy Jones Akiror (Capt) 8, Lilian Mutuuzo 17, Phiona Nabbumba 13, Ziana Namuleme 10, Juliet Nalukenge 9, Norah Alupo 15.Substitutes:Daisy Nakaziro (GK) 19, Aisha Namukisa 2, Bridget Nabisalu 4, Namwase Monica 11, Daniela Favour Nambatya 12, Winnie Babirye 14, Esther Naluyimba 3The CECAFA 2018 complete fixture:Thursday, July 19-Kenya vs. Uganda – 3:00 pm-Rwanda vs. Tanzania – 5:15 pm*Friday, July 20: Rest DaySaturday, July 21-Ethiopia vs. Uganda – 2:00 pm-Kenya vs. Tanzania – 5:15 pm*Sunday, July 22: Rest DayMonday, July 23-Uganda vs. Tanzania – 3:00 pm-Rwanda vs. Ethiopia – 5:15 pm*Tuesday, July 24: Rest DayWednesday, July 25-Kenya vs. Ethiopia – 3:00 pm-Uganda vs. Rwanda – 5:15 pm*Thursday, July 26: Rest DayFriday, July 27-Ethiopia vs. Tanzania – 3:00 pmRwanda vs. Kenya 5:15 pmComments Tags: CECAFA Women’s challenge cupcrested cranesLillian MutuuzoRuth Aturotoplast_img read more

SETI Could Find Design in Neutrinos

first_imgMost of the scientists involved in SETI research are very antagonistic to Intelligent Design.  Nevertheless, they find the design inference perfectly “natural” when looking for ways to comb through natural phenomena for intelligently-designed signals.    Two new methods for detecting alien messages were reported by Science News in the Oct. 11 issue.1  Both involve teasing intelligent causes out of patterns of neutrinos instead of tuning into the celestial radio dial.  One method involves Cepheid variable stars.  The regular pulsing of these stars could be altered by aliens if they could send beams of neutrinos into their cores.  If timed just right, the well-known period-luminosity relation would be altered.  The target star would stand out because its predicted pulsation rate and amplitude would appear artificially modulated.  Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute likes this idea of “star tickling” –If it could work, then this is an answer to one way to build an omnidirectional beacon.  It would be an example of an ‘almost natural’ signal that would get captured in a survey of the universe by an emerging technology, that’s us, and finally recognized in a database by some curious grad student.The method has a couple of drawbacks.  It would require an “incredibly advanced civilization to be able to do this.”  Another drawback is the low message content.  Only the barest hint of intelligent design would be detectable.  Still, the message would beam out in all directions and thereby reduce the luck factor of finding the needle in the cosmic haystack.    Another method aliens could use would be to send a coded message of dots and dashes with neutrino beams.  Since neutrinos are broadband, the detector would not have to know the transmission frequency.  An alien civilization might reach us from 20 light years if they could generate the 100-trillion electron volts necessary.  Even then, our state-of-the-art neutrino detectors might only find 7 to 10 muons per year.  If we missed some dots and dashes we might not know it was a message, but at least we could tell where they were coming from.    Both these methods rely on inferring design in natural phenomena.  The aliens would not be transmitting on a spiritual wavelength.  They would be modulating existing natural phenomena with the intent to convey a message.  SETI researchers feel comfortable with the idea that detecting design in these venues is a proper scientific endeavor.    The article includes a picture of the woman astronomer who discovered the period-luminosity relation for Cepheid variables, Henrietta Swan Leavitt (see our bio).  This law opened up astronomy to measurement of distant objects.1.  Ron Cowen, “With a twinkle, pulsating stars could deliver signals from ET,” Science News 174:8 (Oct 11, 2008), p. 5-6.SETI researchers still do not get it.  They employ exactly the types of scientific reasoning used by the Intelligent Design community to justify the design inference as scientific.  ID claims that intelligent causes can be separated from natural causes by means of a design filter – design is the last-resort inference when chance and natural law have been ruled out.  Would not the SETI people do the same?    In fact, they would probably work hard to rule out natural law first.  They would see whether an altered Cepheid belongs to a new class of naturally pulsating stars.  Natural law would probably be their default hypothesis.  The astrophysicists would go to work on theories to explain the Cepheids that don’t fit the current theory.  Only as a last resort would the improbable hypothesis of an intelligent cause be considered.  The same is true for the neutrino beams.    Even so, this article makes it clear that SETI researchers would feel justified in inferring intelligence from natural phenomena.  So do forensic scientists, cryptographers, and archaeologists.  There is nothing new, really, in the ID approach.  People have employed ID reasoning ever since ancient Sumer and beyond.  ID just formalized the logic behind the way we separate intelligent causes from natural causes.  The identity of the designer is not the question.  A coroner may have no clue who the murderer was when deciding a crime victim did not die of natural causes.  A cryptanalyst may not be able to read the message or know its purpose when determining that a string of bits is too improbable to have originated by chance.  The reasoning is the same in any field where design principles are used: whether studying the contours of a possible stone tool, the marks on a cliff in an unknown language, or the information content in DNA.  The ID Movement is really a call for fairness.  What’s good for SETI should be good for biology.    SETI has no recourse in counter-claiming that the aliens evolved by natural causes.  You can’t tell anything about the aliens from the content of their message.  Even if they were to tell us they evolved, how could we know they were telling the truth?  Jill Tarter would have no way to tell that demons were not out there lying to her for the fun of watching her trip over herself on the way to the phone to tell the world she had found another case of the evolution of intelligence.  Liars can be clever.  “We are here to serve man,” their cookbook says.  More likely, though, the whole world would just miss the message.    This illustrates another important ID principle.  The Design Filter can leak false negatives, but never false positives.  A false negative means that something might be designed but we didn’t detect it.  Modern art doesn’t look designed sometimes, and a murderer might have committed such a perfect crime that the coroner thinks it was a natural death.  In the same way, could SETI know whether all Cepheid variables have been tweaked by aliens?  No way.  The aliens could be in cahoots.  They could have a standard of tweaking Cepheids that misleads us novices on earth into thinking that the stars are just obeying a natural law.  We would not see the design that is there: that’s a false negative.  The Design Filter is impervious to false positives, however.  If the stringent criteria for design are met, a scientist can be certain it was designed.  Once natural law and chance are ruled out, and a match to an independently specified pattern is found, it clinches the case: the phenomenon was designed.    ID has set the criteria so high, it’s overkill.  ID’s standards are much higher than those stated in the Science News article.  If it is fair for SETI to theoretically infer design from a few neutrinos, and if an archaeologist is allowed to infer design from a sharp-edged rock, and a court of law can convict a felon based on evidence that is beyond reasonable doubt, then all scientists should be willing to consider the overwhelming evidence for design in astronomy and biology.  They should not rule out the design inference due to prejudice.  Design detection is as neutral as an input in computer software passing a series of if-then statements.  The identity of the designer is downstream from that decision node. (Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more