Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Cignal hit a bit of a snag in the fourth set after it allowed the Tornadoes to salvage a couple more points and trim the margin to six , 24-18, after a team block by the Tornadoes.HD Spikers head coach Edgar Barroga called a timeout to settle things down before Mylene Paat delivered with a clinical kill to finish things off.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We really prepared for this one and we didn’t take a break at all,” said Barroga in Filipino, who singled out Royse Tubino and Rachel Ann Daquis key factors in their win.Tubino just finished her military training with Army while Daquis has been the steady leader the team has while fellow veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga recovers from her knee injury. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Cignal grabbed a spot in the semifinals after tripping Foton, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference quarterfinals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The HD Spikers are set to take on defending champion Petron in the penultimate round.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Arsenal players filmed using ‘hippy crack’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I really pushed Tubino and thankfully she delivered for us and at the same time Rachel had a really good game.”Daquis wound up with a game-high 24 points while Paat and Tubino added 22 and 13 points, respectively.Despite the hiccup in the first set, the HD Spikers were methodical in their offense with a 67-45 advantage in spikes while also limiting their errors to 16 compared to the Tornadoes’ 31.Mina Aganon led the Torndoes with 16 points while CJ Rosario and Shaya Adorador combined for 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
(From left) Sister Mary Laurene Brown displays the symbolic IB Liberia prize check with winner Welleh Cooper and an official of IB Liberia. -Presents US$1,000.00 young scholarThe International Bank Liberia Limited (IB) has congratulated the winner of MoneyGram Liberia’s Inaugural Essay Competition, student Welleh Cooper of the Spiritan Academy for emerging first place.Ms. Cooper, who is a 12th grader at the elite school run by one of the country’s most respected educators, Sister Mary Laurene Brown, applied to the MoneyGram essay competition through IB, and came first place out of 59 entries from Montserrado County.In recognition of her selection, Money Gram International has awarded the 12th grader with a prize of US$1,000 in school materials and US$500 in personal school support.In her essay, the inspiring writer and scholar mentioned that her school (Spiritan Academy) is supporting a reading room project in Gbarpolu County. In support of this reading room project and in recognition of her selection, IB has donated an additional US$1,000 worth of school materials to the Spiritan Academy.The presentation was made Wednesday on the Spiritan School campus during devotion with the administration, staff and students, appreciating IB for the gesture.“We want to congratulate winner Cooper and all the participants in the essay competition,” the bank said in a statement. “We therefore remain committed to supporting Liberia’s educational system in ways that will help enhance not only quality education but build and support a future Liberia and a well-rounded citizenry.”Sister Mary Laurene, the founder and principal of the school, lauded IB for the initiative, noting that it is good way to motivate students in the country.The veteran educator, who is also the president of the Stella Maris Polytechnic, indicated that she will continue to ensure that kids get the best of education at the school.Meanwhile, IB has granted student Cooper a full year scholarship — for this academic year 2018-2019 as she is already in terminal class.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Science journals and websites continue to act as if religion is a subcategory of the science department. If Stephen Jay Gould thought that NOMA was a good idea to keep peace between science and religion (see 11/05/2006), nobody paid any attention. Scientism has taken over the world. Here’s how it happened. Churches in the 19th century made a devil’s bargain: “You scientists can have all the natural stuff; we just want to focus on the salvation of souls.” Sounds so attractive a deal. After all, what did D. L. Moody and Charles Spurgeon know about boring stuff like pig embryos, fossils and geological strata? “You can have it.We don’t want it; we don’t need it.” And so the church gave away Nature to “Science”. Yeah, you’re just a phenotype, performing all the genes inside / Living things only seem designed, ’cause you can’t see how they’ve been revised / And the feedback lies in evolution’s brutal gaze / Either you have babies who have babies or get booed off stage. Was this attack against design criticized? Not in the least. Brinkman was allowed to preach a salvation message and hortatory sermon to the journal’s readers: “Converting people to looking at how evolution works and accepting it as a reality is an intellectual battle that is worth fighting.” Rap against ID: Nature raved about Baba Brinkman, “a Canadian rap artist whose award-winning show The Rap Guide to Evolution wowed UK crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival during Charles Darwin’s bicentenary year.” The interviewer provided a sample of his materialistic, Spencerian-Malthusian-Dawkinsian lyrics: Next thing you know, the conspirators Huxley, Tyndall, Haeckel and others were redefining Nature. Nature is all that exists. Nature is all that is Real. Since Science now owned Nature, Science owned everything that is Real. By implication, churches dealt with things that are Unreal. Anybody living in an unreal world must be mentally ill. Religious people, therefore, became the patients of psychological scientists, who treated them like lab rats. Happiness science: Another scientific article on happiness appeared on Medical Xpress June 14 (cf. 05/19/2011, bullet 1). But do people need science to confirm that “Money can’t buy happiness”, like some New Zealand psychologists produced in “findings” published in a psychology journal? To whom should a reader look for happiness: a psychological study, or Matthew 6:33? What if the psychologists had found that money could buy happiness? Would that make it right? Can science answer such questions? Theology therefore reclaims Science from those mentally ill materialist scientists who deny Reality. Science is once again the property of the Creator. We learned our lesson. Never again will we cede our rightful territory to the conspiratorial bigots whose pilfering of Christian concepts led to intellectual atrocities like those listed above. From now on, you will practice science within the will of your Creator, and for His glory alone, like Newton and Kepler did. We will suffer non-Christians limited operation on scientific questions, provided they are observable, testable, and repeatable, and have as their goal the improvement of human life or good stewardship of the Earth (see Francis Bacon). Any time one of you tries to steal our assumptions or moral categories to deny your Creator, though, we are going to expose your irrationality and embarrass you publicly. This is for your own good. It is a form of tough love for sinners who trade in self-refuting fantasies, the outcome of which leads to evil and chaos. Now, let’s get back to the beginning of wisdom and clean up this mess.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It is abundantly clear that scientists and academic experts view no subject, no issue, no controversy as out of bounds. It is also abundantly clear that science journals and news sites feel no obligation to ever include the opinions of religious experts or conservatives. They have become echo chambers for godless liberals who pretend their critics do not even exist, except maybe as lab rats or targets for mockery. One can only shudder at the thought of a “marriage pantheon.” The Roman pantheon was a shrine to pagan gods. Science has its pagan gods, too: moral relativism, materialism, and evolution. What kind of marriage(s) will come out of that toxic brew? Historic marriage was instituted by our Creator. The denial of the Creator puts Man, with his Science, in charge. And now that the “gay rights” special-interest groups have co-opted so-called “scientific” experts with their presumptive authority, don’t even try to imagine what permutations of 1 + n entities will be enshrined in the “marriage pantheon.” Gay marriage advocacy: In a shocking display of NOMA violation, Science Daily advocated abandoning Father’s Day and Mother’s Day and replacing them with “Co-Parent’s Day.” Why? Because “a second parent doesn’t have to be a dad. It can be a same-sex partner, a grandparent or another caregiver.” Even though most of the article affirmed the value of fathers, clearly the program featured in the article, advocated by Philip Cowan, a UC Berkeley psychologist , is in line with the “gay agenda” of redefining marriage and family. Once again, psychologists were presented as experts with “findings” deemed scientific, therefore more worthy of reporting than the views of Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, or other institutions who specialize in family issues. The science sites always give the edge to academics and psychologists because they are assumed to be scientists. Church blame: Medical Xpress accused churches of ignoring mental illness in their congregations. “Mental illness of a family member destroys the family’s connection with the religious community, a new study by Baylor University psychologists has found, leading many affected families to leave the church and their faith behind.” The article begs the question whether mental illness even exists, or whether conditions could be divided into sin problems and physical problems. Many churches have active counseling programs for those suffering depression, stress, guilt, despair and other ailments. They already cooperate with medical institutions that specialize in mental symptoms caused by physical conditions, but deny that “mental illness” is some kind of sterile category that can explain behavior apart from spiritual factors, considering the mish-mash of theories in psychological “science” and the wayward history of psychology (cf. 04/21/2011, 02/17/2010, 10/15/2009) . Would a psychologist ever diagnose any behavior as caused by sin? Who is to decide? Moral motives: One would think religious counselors would be in the business of determining the motives of sinners and saints, but psychologists made it their business. According to Medical Xpress, “People are more likely to condemn the bad behaviour of others when they sense someone else may be watching, research by a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney shows.” This conclusion was published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology. Whether or not the psychologists’ conclusions coincide at any point with those of a preacher, priest or rabbi, it is clear from the article that the “scientific” study by psychologists intruded into non-scientific domains. “The relevance of these findings is broad including shedding light on both politics and religion,” the article said. One of the psychologists made it clear who’s in charge: “”The research is also part of Explaining Religion, a three-year, multinational project looking at religious practice and the kinds of behavior, involving moral judgement, that religion often claims to control.” While claiming that “The findings do not prove belief in the existence of a judgmental god plays a role in cooperation,” the clear message is that psychologists need no such god for their theories. They can explain human behavior simply in terms of behaviors and mental processes “While there was a significant decline across the high school years, it’s possible that teens were simply busy doing other things, perhaps a part-time job, taking part in extra-curricular activities or simply socializing with peers,” he [Andrew J. Fuligni, a UCLA professor of psychiatry] said. “Plus, kids are beginning to make their own decisions, and where attendance at religious services and activities is driven by parents earlier in childhood, parents may be allowing their teens to make their own decisions about participation as they progress through high school.” This lesson from history is disturbing and far-reaching, but there is a solution. Let’s go back and redefine Nature again. Actually, since the term is so ambiguous it is virtually meaningless, let’s define all of reality as Supernatural (we can play their word game, too). There’s even observational support for it: lifting your arm is a supernatural act, could it not be argued? Mind over matter–wow! Spooky action at a distance in the fundamental particles, fine-tuning in the universe, arguments in the conceptual realm–don’t you see? The supernatural is everywhere! Everything is supernatural. (What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.) Teen religion: In “Teens Maintain Their Religion,” Medical Xpress went beyond just stating poll results. It interpreted them as “not surprising,” and actually pretty normal that teens abandon the religious practices they were taught: Beyond gay marriage: If same-sex marriage continues its sweep, now that New York’s legislature adopted it by the narrowest of margins, what’s to stop other definitions of family? Indeed, PhysOrg asked, “Can U.S. Law Handle Polygamy?” The very question suggests it might. The press release from Washington University in St. Louis gave honor to “Adrienne Davis, JD, an expert on gender relations and the William M. Van Cleve Professor of law” to give her “expert” opinion at the PhysOrg pulpit. To Davis, whether you agree polygamy is right or wrong is beside the point. She “approaches polygamy as a problem of bargaining, cooperation and strategic behavior.” She acknowledged that “Proponents and detractors of polygamy use same-sex marriage to support their arguments,” but was only concerned whether U.S. laws can handle plural marriages. She even excused it by comparing it to families that have undergone multiple divorces, a form of “serial polygamy, or polygamy on the installment plan” (see Analogy). It was not her moral concern whether two wrongs make a right. But aren’t children harmed by polygamy? The article threw in some doubt: “it is unclear that polygamy generates more problems for children than the standard alternatives.” And aren’t women abused by it? Science and law can work it out: “She proposes some default rules that might accommodate polygamy, while ensuring against some of its historic and ongoing abuses.” There was not a tinge of moral outrage in this article at the idea of polygamy, long detested by most Americans and civilizations. Science has arrived to tell us what is moral. “Is it better to channel legal energy into continuing to root out, repress, and punish polygamy, or into admitting it into the marriage pantheon?” Davis ended this “scientific” article loaded with moral terms like better, best, rules, and fairness. “The answer may hinge on whether polygamy could be effectively regulated.” Next question: who regulates the regulators? Atheist pulpit: New Scientist, an ostensibly scientific media site, gave a very friendly interview to atheist evangelist Robin Ince. Reporter Roger Highfield appeared to enjoy it: “The UK’s funniest rationalist celebrates the world seen through godless eyes” [italics in original]. Ince characterized his views as rational while denigrating his opponents as otherwise. An avowed humanist and Carl Sagan disciple, he spoke of “looking at the universe rationally and avoid coping mechanisms like mysticism or religion”. With a sweep of the hand Ince wrote off scholars who disagree with him, mocking, “I think it is a pity to live your life in ignorance and embrace that ignorance – for instance with ideas like intelligent design.” Observers of Medical Xpress (a branch of PhysOrg) over the years know that it is practically inconceivable to imagine the site granting a comeback argument to any leader in the intelligent design community, such as William Dembski, Jonathan Wells or Stephen Meyer, all of whom have multiple PhDs. Ince was given a chance to choose his hero between Einstein and Darwin. “I love the Englishness of Darwin, the sweetness of his character. He was a man without arrogance who overturned our view of how all living things came to be as they are,” he said. There were no references to Gerald Bergman’s new book The Dark Side of Darwin, obviously. (Bergman also has multiple PhDs.)
Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#twitter#YouTube The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos fruzsina eordogh A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit YouTube’s comment system – long stereotyped as being a cesspool of the Internet – does not offer options related to hate speech, but does allow users to downvote comments or report comments for spam. Once an offensive comment has received enough down-votes, it becomes hidden in the comments section: again, a form of community policying. If Twitter were to adopt a flagging system like YouTube has with videos, it might be able to more-effectively communicate to teens that their hate speech is not acceptable on the platform. This type of policy would also, hopefully, dissuade adults from cyber-bullying teens or engaging in vigilante trolling of minors, as the platform would already be reprimanding the teen for their reprehensible behavior. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts If the social media shaming of racist teens over the past few weeks has revealed anything conclusive, it’s this: There’s a large amount of hate speech floating around on Twitter. One reason could be that Twitter actually doesn’t have a hate speech clause in its Terms of Service. Twitter lists the following No-Nos on its platform: Child Pornography, Brand and Trademark Complaints, Breach of Privacy, Copyright Complaints, Harassment and Violent Threats Policy, Impersonation, Name Squatting, and Reposting Other’s Content without Attribution… but nothing on hate speech.How Do You Report Twitter Offenses?If you wanted to report someone on Twitter for violating any of those offenses, you must use a Web form, and you are given only the following options: Someone on Twitter is posting my private information.Someone on Twitter is stealing my Tweets.Someone on Twitter is posting offensive content.Someone on Twitter is sending me abusive messages.Someone on Twitter is sending me violent threats. None of these options specifically cover hate speech, although “offensive content,” might qualify.More to the point, just how effective is this Web form any way?Not very.In 2008, a man who was clearly violating Twitter’s Terms of Service by sending harrassing messages – including ones threatening bodily harm – to a Buddhist religious leader, was not banned by Twitter, despite the victim taking it to court. “We’ve reviewed the matter and decided it’s not in our best interest to get involved,” said Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of the matter, reported Wired. Great. So what’s the point of having a Terms of Service if the company won’t even enforce them? Keeping Up With YouTube?YouTube, meanwhile, has its own built-in community enforce its Terms of Service, and it does a substantially better job of enforcing the guidelines and terms of service. YouTube, in fact, even has a hate speech clause written in its community guidelines, which reads:“We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view. But we don’t permit hate speech (speech which attacks or demeans a group based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, and sexual orientation/gender identity).” When a user engages in hate speech on YouTube via a video, they can be flagged by the community. Once a video is flagged, staff at YouTube review the video – someone is reviewing flagged videos 24 hours a day, with staff in multiple time zones. If YouTube determines the video does in fact violate community guidelines, the video is then removed, and “serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.” Reporting someone on YouTube is very easy and just requires a click of a button in the shape of a flag, as well as selecting the proper drop-down menu.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak satisfied with derby pointby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak was satisfied with their 0-0 draw against Real Madrid.Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid played out a stalemate at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening.”We didn’t risk much and neither did they,” Oblak said afterwards.”Neither of us wanted to lose, so I think a draw is the fair result.”We’ll improve in the next matches.”The atmosphere in the stadium was electric as always, which earned special praise from the goalkeeper.”The fans have been spectacular as always,” Oblak continued.”We should have done better on our part and been more focused with cool heads.”In the end we were sandwiched. The season is long, though, and we have to improve day by day.”
Man Utd planning offers for Rice and Koulibalyby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will pursue Declan Rice and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer, regardless of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future.The Norwegian is under to pressure to keep his job, with reports stating he could be sacked if United are pummelled by Liverpool after the international break.A poor start to the season which sees them lie in 12th has prompted the club’s board to plan transfers for January, with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen considered.Goal says the transfers of West Ham youngster Rice and Napoli defender Koulibaly are being targeted for the summer.Both players could cost a combined total of over £200m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The list of sub-par quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl despite being nothing more than “game managers” just grew by one. FiveThirtyEight’s own Walt Hickey has joined the ranks of Brad Johnson, Doug Williams and Trent Dilfer.Sure, Walt did it in a video game, while the other three did it while wearing cleats in real life, but the taste of victory was just as sweet. Walt’s triumph is courtesy of two Madden savants, Tim Curry and Luke Barr, who answered the call on our sports podcast Hot Takedown a few weeks ago. We laid down a challenge to see if anyone could win it all in Madden NFL 16 with Walt as their quarterback. Curry and Barr turned Walt’s depressing player ratings into a championship.Below are notes the two victors sent us about their journeys. As promised, we’ll be giving them a shoutout on this week’s podcast and sending them a signed poster of Walt in full pads.Curry, who won with the Philadelphia Eagles, provides a thrilling game report:I have done it. After smacking the Cowboys in the divisional game and beating the Seahawks in the NFC championship, Walt Hickey and the Eagles defeated the Buffalo Bills in an epic comeback, 21-17. After falling behind 14-0, Walt threw a pick with less than a minute left in the first half, leading to a Bills field goal. But the Eagles came out swinging in the second half, with Ryan Mathews taking a pitch from Walt 80 yards to the house. In the fourth quarter, Mathews hit another long option run, being caught at the 10. This time DeMarco Murray took it in for 6, bringing the game to 17-14 with just under two minutes to play.After the Bills recovered the onside kick attempt, the Eagles brought the house to stop the run three times, using up all three timeouts, but getting the ball back at their own 20 with 1:30 left. This time it was a mix of Murray and Mathews leading the way, with Murray taking a short pass 20 yards and Mathews finding another 30 on a pitch. With just under a minute, DeMarco found the end zone to give the Eagles the lead. The defense held, and Walt Hickey was a Super Bowl champion!And here’s Barr, who won with the Dallas Cowboys:Some observations:I ended with an 11-5 record, the 2nd seed and a first-round bye.He cannot throw downfield. Any throw more than ten yards downfield was almost always intercepted.The best routes to run were definitely screens and swing passes, he could hit those fairly reliably.Curl routes against bad cornerbacks in man coverage were also okay, but if he missed, it was usually an interception.I chose the Cowboys to play with because I thought the offensive line would help. Joseph Randle led the league in rushing with 1759 yards.Before the season I signed free agents Aldon Smith and Terence Newman and traded a draft pick for CB Josh Robinson. Terence Newman led the league in INTs with 12.Hickey’s quarterback rating of 42.6 was actually better than Matt Flynn’s who had a 40.2 rating on 76 attempts.Of Hickey’s 1872 yards, 1457 were gained after the catch.Here is Walt’s game log, individual stats and team stats. Walt is galled that, as a New York Giants fan, he won the Super Bowl with the Eagles and Cowboys. But that does make him better than Tony Romo and Sam Bradford. So he’s got that, at least.And there you have it. Once again, congrats to Tim and Luke. Now please go outside. Read more: How Madden Helped A Schlub Like Me Make It Into The NFL
Merseyside Police are currently investigating an incident involving Liverpool’s winger Mohammed Salah, according to club reportsAn online video appeared to show the player sitting in traffic as a number of people, including children, gathered near his car before he drove off.A Liverpool FC spokesman said: “The club, after discussion with the player, have made Merseyside Police aware of the footage and the circumstances surrounding its capture.“We have spoken to the player also and will deal with any follow-up internally.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Neither the club or player will be making any further comment on this matter.”Merseyside Police said: “We have been made aware of a video believed to show a footballer using a mobile phone whilst driving.“This has been passed to the relevant department. Thanks for letting us know.”Salah was in fine form as he helped the Reds to a 4-0 victory against West-Ham at Anfield. Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park for their next game against Crystal Palace on Monday.