Stranded Passengers Challenge Transport Ministry

first_imgMarketers and others that travel between central Monrovia and other parts of the country daily are calling on Government to bring in more buses to help ease the transportation constraint.Some stranded commuters who spoke to the Daily Observer recently on McDonald Street stressed that the limitation of commercial vehicles in the city is posing a serious problem for them.Jenifer Peterson, a resident of Old Road said, “We find it difficult both in the morning and evening hours to get cars, and such [should] not always be the case.  Government must try to reduce this stress by bringing in more buses that we can ride and pay as done in the case of NTA.”As economic and social activities are centralized in Monrovia at the national level, so it is with activities in Monrovia.Most social and economic activities are concentrated in central Monrovia.  The majority of people from outside Monrovia come to the central to work and sell, which causes overcrowdedness during rush hours.In the morning, those living outside Monrovia fight for transportation to central Monrovia, and this creates transportation constraint for them.As drivers see the demand for transport, they add the already skyrocketing fare up to double the stipulated price, and commuters are compelled to pay as staying out late may be dangerous for them also.Jenifer added, “We normally pay LRD$25 from Broad Street to Old Road. But now we pay a little over that. I think if there were enough cars in the streets, there would be competition and fares will drop,” she said.Robert Dennis, student of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) and a resident of Duport Road Community said the Ministry of Transport should put in place mechanism to help solve the transportation crisis.He recommended that the ministry brings in more vehicles in the country for commercial use since there are more passengers than vehicles.“This is a serious issue. To get to school on time as students, we have to wake up as early as 5 a.m. every morning to fight for car. In the evening it becomes difficult for every one of us again, and we can’t boycott our classes. So we need the Government of Liberia to please respond to our concern,” he pleaded.For his part Bobby Manneh, a businessman and a resident of the S.D. Cooper Road community, stressed that it is disheartening that over the years, the issue of transportation has continued to fall on deaf ears.“I am sure this will not be the first time we speak about issues concerning our transport system or the challenges we face on a daily basis. Why has the government decided to remain quiet on the whole issue? We have spoken on this many times.”Manneh also noted that in addition to the difficulty in getting car to bring them to town and take them back to their communities, self designed transport fares by drivers was causing problem for the common people.He observed that the Ministry of Transport has not been strict in regulating fares in Monrovia, but drivers have been left to do as they please.Also speaking to this paper, Titus Summerville attributed the difficulty associated with transport to traffic congestion that occurs in the morning and evening.He said, “Leaving central Monrovia to ELWA Junction takes 30 minutes, but because traffic becomes heavy in the morning and evening, we stay up to 1 hour,” he said.Matthew Sayweh, a commercial driver who runs between Broad Street and Old Road also pleaded with the Government of Liberia to import more vehicles to create competition in the transportation business.“We need more people in the transportation field, so if the Ministry brings in more cars and puts system in place to board, it will help us the drivers.Frankly speaking, cars limited in the street and it is a serious issue,” he pointed out.He also noted that “The prices are increased because of the US rate. When the rate is high, we will have to increase fare because prizes of fuel and gasoline can rise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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PI into Alexander Village murder commences

first_imgThe Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the shooting death of Reona Payne commenced on Wednesday before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman.Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Captain, Orwain Sandy is on trial for the murder.The PI began with the testimony of Police Constable Kevin Noel who is attached to the Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) Crime lab, who processed the scene of the shooting via photographs.Sandy, 36, reportedly shot Payne 14 times with his service pistol at First Street, Alexander Village, on March 31, 2018, following an argument over infidelity.The prosecution is contending that the man turned himself in at the Ruimveldt Police Station where he reported what had occurred.When ranks went to the scene, the body of the mother three children was found lying on the roadway.The GDF Captain was later charged for the offence and appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman. However, following a request by his Attorney James Bond, Sandy was sent to be mentally evaluated by Dr Bhiro Harry who later declared that he was fit to stand trial for the murder of Payne.The PI is expected to continue on July 4.last_img read more

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World Bank team to draft Systematic Country Diagnostic for Guyana

first_imgA team of specialists from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group met earlier today with Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence to gather information deemed critical to the development of a Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) for Guyana.This is in keeping with the World Bank’s 2030 goals of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity in every country.Recognising the importance of public health in any country’s development, the team of specialists engaged Minister Lawrence on matters pertaining to the sector.Johannes (Han) Herderschee, Senior Economist of the World Bank Group for Latin America and the Caribbean, explained that the initial meeting with theWorld Bank officials: Senior Strategy Officer of Latin America and Caribbean, Lars Johannes; Senior Economist of the World Bank Group for Latin America and the Caribbean, Johannes (Han) Herderschee; and Programme Leader for Caribbean Countries, Abha Prasad, meeting with Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence on Mondayminister is to discuss the SCD and to ensure that systems related to public health are taken into consideration.Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) reports are prepared by World Bank Group staff in close consultation with national authorities and other stakeholders. The SCD is a diagnostic exercise to identify key challenges and opportunities for a country to accelerate progress towards development objectives that are consistent with the twin goals of ending absolute poverty and boosting shared prosperity in a sustainable manner.“An SCD sets out what are the constraints in what we call inclusive growth — that’s growth which includes a broad section of society and the bottom 40 per cent of the people — and to design policies and support that could better benefit (the country); and of course health is an important factor of these discussions,” Herderschee explained.Minister Lawrence, in a brief comment to the Department of Public Information, indicated that while the World Bank Team is looking at challenges in the health sector, there is the hope of technical assistance being provided.“I trust that after this deliberation we will be able to have some assistance, technical assistance. You know, one of our top priorities in terms of our challenges is human resources, and retaining those human resources at the highest level,” the Minister said.The SCD is intended to become a reference point for client consultations on priorities for World Bank Group country engagement. As of June 30, 2014, SCDs are required prior to sending a Country Partnership Framework (CPF) to the Board.IFC is a sister organisation of the World Bank, is a member of the Group, and is the largest global development institution.last_img read more

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BOYS FROM SCOIL CHOLMCILLE SCRUB UP WELL FOR THEIR CONFIRMATION!

first_imgThe 6th class boys from Scoil Cholmcille certainly scrubbed up well for their confirmation on Saturday last. The boys are pictured with their teachers Mr Rory Kavanagh and Mrs Noelle Mulrain on the occasion of their confirmation.WE take it there was no football played in those good clothes then, Mr Kavanagh?!  BOYS FROM SCOIL CHOLMCILLE SCRUB UP WELL FOR THEIR CONFIRMATION! was last modified: March 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:confirmationdonegalletterkennyscoil cholmcillelast_img read more

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DD LOCAL: GROW YOUR OWN WITH LIFFORD RESOURCE CENTRE

first_imgLifford Clonleigh Resource CentreLiffordCar Boot Sale. The Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre are hosting their own Car Boot Sale facility here in the Centre Car Park starting, Saturday, March 28th. For further information please contact the centre on 074 91 41773.Camera Club: If anyone at any level of experience from complete beginner to the advanced seasoned photographer is interested in joining this new club, please leave your name and number at Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre reception if interested. We will meet for 2 hours at Lifford/Clonleigh Centre once a month where we will have regular speakers, camera knowledge sessions, organised field trips and more. Over 18s only. Start date: Tuesday 31st March, 7pm to 9pm, €3. Grow Your Own. Six week course starting on Tuesday 14th of April from 11am to 1pm. Learn about: Preparing your ground, seed sowing, plant cutting, crop rotation, planting containers/hanging baskets and growing without pesticides. This is all towards saving money, healthy diet as well as a bit of exercise. Cost €20. Contact the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre with your details.Crochet Classes: Wednesday nights from 7.45pm to 9.30pm at the Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre. Everybody welcome.Parents Plus: Supporting Parents. Do you have a child/children aged 6-11 years old? Does it ever feel like World War 3 is breaking out in your home when it’s time to get down to homework or when bedtime is mentioned?Do you find it hard to get your child’s attention and end up becoming more frustrated when they just won’t listen? Do you ever just feel at a loss as to what to do next (who hasn’t)? St Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre in conjunction with the Child and Family Agency are offering parents an opportunity to come together in a relaxed and friendly environment to share ideas and learn new techniques to help children be more cooperative and keep rules, help them learn and reach their full potential, and manage difficult behaviour.Running from 10:30-12:30 every Tuesday morning starting Tuesday, 24th February, for 8 weeks.Book Club: Do You Love Reading?Do you want to meet people with the same interests as you?Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Contact 074 91 41773 for further information!Men Sheds. Free courses and training.Health and Safety (Safe Pass).Carpentry (Basic Skills). Telephone Reception on 074 91 41773.Email: mensshedslifford@yahoo.co.uk.BLOSSOMS: Blossoms charity shop is open Tuesday to Thursday from 12pm to 4pm and Friday from 10am to 1pm. We would also like you to donate any old items such as books, clothes etc. We are looking for winter clothing (jackets, hats, scarf etc.).DD LOCAL: GROW YOUR OWN WITH LIFFORD RESOURCE CENTRE was last modified: March 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Lifford Resource centrelast_img read more

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DRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO CAUSING DEATH OF MUCH-LOVED SCHOOLTEACHER

first_imgA MAN pleaded guilty today to causing the death by dangerous driving of a much-loved schoolteacher.Damien McGeehan, 20, originally from Loughanure, but with an address at 1 New Cottage, Annagry, entered his guilty plea at Letterkenny Circuit Court today following the death in August 2010 of 51-year-old Marie O’Donnell.The victim died in the crash as she drove home from a friend’s 25th wedding anniversary celebrations with her husband John. Mr O’Donnell was in court today to hear McGeehan enter his guilty plea.Judge John O’Hagan told McGeehan that he was adjourning a decision on his sentence until he had received relevant reports.On being told by counsel for the DPP Patricia McLaughlin that Mr O’Donnell was in court, Judge O’Hagan said: “It must be considerable relief to you that someone has put their hands up and taken responsibility for this.”McGeehan, who was living in Milford at the time of the crash, was remanded on continuing bail.Mr and Mrs O’Donnell were on their way home from the wedding anniversary party of friends Henry and Kathleen Callaghan on August 11, 2010, when they were hit by blue Honda Civic driven by McGeehan.The incident happened on the back road between Milford and Kilmacrennan. The mother of two died and her husband was seriously injured in the smash.Mrs O’Donnell, from Knockbrack, Portsalon, was a teacher at Drumfad National School in Kerrykeel.AT HEARING – © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyDRIVER PLEADS GUILTY TO CAUSING DEATH OF MUCH-LOVED SCHOOLTEACHER was last modified: January 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVINGMARIE O’DONNNELLTEACHERlast_img read more

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Drake Athletics Announces $5.15 Flash Sale For Basketball Home Openers

first_imgPrint Friendly Version Des Moines’ Hometown Team officially opens the basketball season at the Knapp Center this week and fans have the opportunity to order specially priced general admission tickets to the men’s and women’s home openers with a three-day flash sale.In honor of Des Moines’ iconic area code of 515, tickets during the flash sale are available for $5.15 to this week’s home openers by using the promo code 515DSM at DrakeTix.com/promo through Nov. 6.Tickets are available to the Thursday, Nov. 7, men’s home opener against Kennesaw State at 7 p.m. and the Friday, Nov. 8, women’s opener against South Dakota State at 6 p.m. Buy Tickets center_img Story Linkslast_img

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Community remembers lady and much-loved businesswoman Annie Friel

first_imgThere has been a huge outpouring of grief following the death of one of Donegal’s best-known and much loved businesswomen, Annie Friel.Ms Friel was the proprietor of Friel’s Bar and Restaurant in Raphoe.Funeral arrangements for Ms Friel, who will be sadly missed by her loving family, staff and loyal customers, have been released. Her remains are now reposing at her late residents Friel’s of Raphoe where she will be wake tomorrow Wednesday and Thursday.House for family members only on the morning of the funeral.Funeral mass Friday 18th November at 11am.Family flowers only. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Lourdes Invalid fund and Barnes View ward, St. Joseph’s Hospital or any family member. Community remembers lady and much-loved businesswoman Annie Friel was last modified: August 10th, 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)last_img read more

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Stars continue to shine at final weekend of Lughnasa FrielFest

first_imgThe final weekend of Lughnasa FrielFest from August 17-19 sees stars from ‘James Bond’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘The Fall’, ‘Derry Girls’ and ‘Doctor Who’ congregate on both sides of the border to celebrate the work of playwright Brian Friel.Presented by Arts Over Borders, highlights of the final weekend include a promenade version of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer with Olivier Award winners Rory Kinnear, Laura Donnelly and Toby Jones in Glenties, Ardara and Portnoo.The play is a daring four-act monologue masterpiece, which explores truth, lies and the mystery of inspiration.  The audience will travel by bus to a different venue for each act of the play and will stop for an interval barbecue on Portnoo Pier. Performances take place on August 17 (6pm), August 18 (5pm) and August 19 (4pm) respectively. Readings from Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey on beaches on both sides of the border have proved to be a huge festival hit, and the final two will feature actress Frances Barber in Magheroarty and Lisfannon beaches in Donegal from 18-19 August at 5pm and 6pm respectively.Due to public demand, a special additional rehearsed reading by husband and wife Stanley Townsend and Orla Charlton of Brian Friel’s The Yalta Game at 2.30pm on August 19 at St. Eugene’s Hall in the seaside town of Moville.  The 45-minute play will be followed by Friel’s other gentle one act homage to playwright Anton Chekhov, Afterplay, in the Sandwich Company and Warehouse Cafe in Derry, from August 17-19.The writer of the comedy hit Derry Girls, Lisa McGee, will speak at Magee University in Derry on August 17.FrielFest is all about celebrating writing and the festival is delighted to welcome Lisa McGee, the writer of the comedy hit Derry Girls to Magee College, Ulster University, at 7.30pm on August 17 and England’s greatest playwright and screenwriter of his generation Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem, The Ferryman, Spectre) to An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal at 2pm on August 18.The festival comes to a close with an international song recital by one of the world’s finest young baritones, Andrei Bondarenko from the Ukraine, in the stunning eastern orthodox like setting of St. Columba’s Church, Long Tower Derry, at 8pm on 19 August, in a concert of Rachmaninov, Rimsky Korsakov and Tchaikovsky. Stars continue to shine at final weekend of Lughnasa FrielFest was last modified: August 17th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:letterkennylast_img read more

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Space Aliens: Evolutionists’ Imaginary Friends

first_img(Visited 794 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Those who believe life emerges from atoms pretend to talk to companions they don’t even know exist.It’s common in atheist circles to mock believers in God as having an “imaginary friend” that gives them comfort like a cosmic teddy bear. Well, how about those who believe in billions of invisible friends? That’s the faith that keeps atheists willing to spend time and effort looking for them. It launches many a book and article about what these imaginary products of evolution might be like.Is Earth special? Is it the only place around with intelligent life? That would be remarkable. — Seth ShostakStar-speak. How do you talk to an alien? What language should you use? Try mathematics, says Leonard David. Even aliens know math, he says at Live Science. It’s not just his idle speculation; this idea got serious discussion by experts at a recent astrobiology conference:The idea is that mathematics is as much a part of our humanity as music and art. And it is mathematics that might be understandable — even familiar — to extraterrestrial civilizations, allowing us to strike up star-speak repartee.Carl DeVito, an emeritus faculty in the mathematics department at the University of Arizona in Tucson, has proposed a language based on plausibly universal scientific concepts. He recently detailed his work at the Astrobiology Science Conference 2017, held from April 24 to April 28 in Mesa, Arizona.Crypto-speak. It will be tough discerning the language of imaginary friends, though, when we can’t even figure out the language of some real companions of spaceship earth. In Nature, Andrew Robinson reviews a new book on cryptograms: messages in mysterious ciphers that have never been solved, some for centuries. One of them, the medieval Voynich Manuscript, draws 16% of online traffic to the Yale Library where it is stored, but has defied solution by the best code-breakers in the business. Chances are slim to none we could crack an alien language, even their version of math. And think of the trouble aliens will have trying to figure out our Voyager Record.Baby-speak. Language isn’t such a big deal, after all, claim Freddy Jackson Brown and Nic Hooper at New Scientist. You can explain it by a few simple rules. “How children learn language is one of the oldest controversies in linguistics,” this article begins. “But speaking may just be a matter of grasping the relationship between things.” This begs the question, how did the ability to grasp the relationship between things evolve? That’s simple, too. It evolved when children learned to speak.The long longing. Ross Pomeroy from Real Clear Science, in an article posted on Live Science, thought up “12 possible reasons why we haven’t found aliens.” A similar list could be drawn up for why we haven’t found the gnomes, leprechauns, or fairies that Richard Dawkins is fond of referring to when mocking believers in God. Some theists, of course, would say that we do have messages from God, and they are not cryptograms (see Romans 10). Anyway, Pomeroy’s list is worth reproducing for insights into the thinking of evolutionists about their imaginary friends:There aren’t any aliens (he finds this unlikely given the number of stars)There’s no intelligent life besides us.Intelligent species lack technology.Intelligent life self-destructs.The universe is a deadly place.Space is big, so signals haven’t reached us yet.We haven’t been looking long enough yet.We’re not looking in the correct place.Alien technology may be too advanced.Nobody is transmitting.Earth is deliberately not being contacted.Aliens are already here and we just don’t realize it.Some of these collapse under a single refutation: given the age of the universe, and the number of stars, they should have been found if evolution is a law of nature. Enrico Fermi’s famous paradox still stands: where are they? If evolution produced real friends on earth out of chemicals, it should produce imaginary friends around other stars. If evolution gave rise to intelligent minds with technology here on earth, it should have made them around stars far older (in Darwin Years) than our solar system. Given those presuppositions, it seems unlikely that we can’t see the signals, or they don’t have technology, or they aren’t transmitting.Wow! —not. The source for a famous “Wow!” comment of 1977, written on a scrap of paper by a SETI researcher surprised by a strong signal, has been deciphered. It was a comet. Bob Yirka tells the sad story on Phys.org. For decades, researchers held out slim hope that it was a signal of intelligent origin. Jesse Emspak, however, disputes the comet theory, according to Live Science. Seth Shostak and other SETI advocates still hold out hope there is Pow in the Wow. Emspak notes, however, in another Live Science piece, that there have been five other times when ‘aliens’ fooled us, like the episode of the ‘Little Green Men’ pulsars.Xenon brain storks. Comets may not be entirely disappointing. The true believers have now transferred their faith to comets. Mike Wall writes for Space.com, “Comets May Have Delivered Many of Life’s Building Blocks to Early Earth.”A new study suggests that about 20 percent of the noble gas xenon in Earth’s atmosphere was delivered by comets long ago. And these icy wanderers likely brought lots of other stuff to our planet as well, researchers said.The “cometary contribution could have been significant for organic matter, especially prebiotic material, and could have contributed to shape the cradle of life on Earth,” said study lead author Bernard Marty, a geochemist at the University of Lorraine and the Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques in France.Getting “lots of other stuff” by special delivery from comets gives whole new meaning to the Stuff Happens Law. It’s like “have gun, will travel.” Got stuff; will happen. If the stuff gave rise to Mike Wall on our earthly spaceship, maybe comet storks gave birth to his counterpart on the planet Zorxx. Of course, it’s a bit of a stretch to get from xenon to brains. Given time, evolutionists promise to convert that vaporware into futureware.Fake aliens. In an experiment on decoding alien signals, a SETI believer at Max Planck Institute sent a fake-alien coded message he concocted and challenged the general public to decrypt it. New Scientist reports that 66 out of 300 who responded decoded the message correctly, which proves that some humans can decrypt some human messages (see ‘Crypto-Speak’ above). Does it teach us anything about aliens? Not much. “It’s impossible to compare this to a real extraterrestrial missive since the message was created by a human and we have no idea how that would differ from a message created by aliens,” the article admits.The hairy edge of possibility. National Geographic‘s article is brimming with optimism about exoplanets and the possibilities they bring for detecting “alien metabolisms” and “techno-signatures.” But calling ‘Land Ho!’ doesn’t mean we will find natives with peace pipes. Chris McKay encourages cautious optimism:Merely finding life, no matter how far-flung or bizarre, doesn’t necessarily tell us how it sprouted, and whether the process was any different from the origins of life on Earth [see 6/13/17]. That is an even tougher and more nagging question, says NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay.Proving a second origin—and therefore making a more profound commentary on the fundamental prevalence of life—can be done from afar, McKay said, although it’s just on the hairy edge of possibility.All earth life uses only left-handed amino acidsReporter Nadia Drake briefly mentions the chirality problem: earth life is composed of left-handed amino acids in its proteins. “There’s no easy answer for why or when lefties ended up dominating Earth’s amino acids (this is a subject of great debate),” she says, “but biochemists generally think single-handedness is crucial for efficient molecular engines.” (Read this for why it is highly improbable.) Drake’s point is that if right-handed proteins were found on a planet, it would signify an alien life form. She expresses the emotions driving the search for imaginary friends:It’s a lot to hope for, but answering one of the stickiest, most profound questions humanity can ask will necessarily demand perseverance, patience, and fearlessness. And perhaps one day, the answer to whether we’re alone in the cosmos will be as definitive as whether other planets are spinning in the sky.Mindy Waisgerber’s article for Live Science about how scientists search for ETI contains additional insights into the motivations: “Humans are creatures that want to know — where we came from, where we’re going, how we appeared on Earth,” says Mercedes López-Morales, at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Long-time SETI researcher Seth Shostak admits there is no data. His motivation points to a philosophical question about the nature of reality.“Is Earth special? Is it the only place around with intelligent life? That would be remarkable — but it’s just as remarkable to find you’re not the only kid on the block. That’s something that would change our view of ourselves forever,” he said.A waste of time and money? At Phys.org, Bob Yirka reports the initial results of the Breakthrough Listen project, a SETI initiative funded by a Russion millionaire at $100 million. Results from looking at 692 stars: 11 for a closer look, but none with a definitive signal. Think of what down-to-earth nonprofits could do with that kind of money. Geraint Lewis seems to waffle on SETI. In March, he said at New Scientist, “A little less ET, a little more astrophysics, if you please.”This is not to say that we scientists shouldn’t consider the possibility of alien activity – we should be open to radical ideas. But science’s role is to rule out the boring and often tedious before we seriously embrace the extraordinary. That’s one message that should be beamed far and wide.But in May, Lewis was back at New Scientist recommending, “Let’s seek traces of ancient indigenous ETs in our own backyard.” Aliens should have been to our solar system by now, he says, and they might have left some litter. Jason Wright concurs with this approach (Phys.org). We don’t know what they would think if told their method concurs with Intelligent Design: i.e., it’s possible to differentiate between natural causes and intelligent causes, even if you don’t know the nature of the intelligence.How to respond to the atheist who calls God your ‘imaginary friend’: Ask, “Do you believe in space aliens? Where’s your evidence? Doesn’t scientific empiricism demand that belief be grounded in empirical observations? As for me, I have evidence: a collection of 66 books, and a Creator who appeared on earth like one of us, who died and rose from the dead, and was seen by over 500 eyewitnesses, and who changed history so that we number our years from the date of his birth. So I agree with Michael Faraday, the greatest experimental physicist of all time. He said, ‘Speculations? I have none. I am resting on certainties. I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day’ [see II Timothy 1:12].”last_img read more

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