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UN lambasts Vatican over child abuse

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img 212 Views   no discussions Vatican officials were questioned in December over why the Holy See would not open its files on priests known to be child abusersThe UN has demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers, in a report released on Wednesday.The UN watchdog for children’s rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies allowing priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.It heavily criticised the Vatican’s attitudes towards homosexuality, contraception and abortion.The Vatican has set up a commission to fight child abuse in the Church.It is expected to issue a statement on the report later on Wednesday.The committee’s recommendations are non-binding and there is no enforcement mechanism.‘Offenders’ mobility’In its report, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) said the Holy See should open its files on members of the clergy who “concealed their crimes” so that they can be held accountable.The committee said it was gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed.In the report, the committee expressed its “deepest concern about child sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic churches who operate under the authority of the Holy See, with clerics having been involved in the sexual abuse of tens of thousands of children worldwide”.It also lambasted the “practice of offenders’ mobility”, referring to the transfer of child abusers from parish to parish within countries, and sometimes abroad.The committee said this practice places “children in many countries at high risk of sexual abuse, as dozens of child sexual offenders are reported to be still in contact with children”.It also called on a commission created by Pope Francis in December to investigate all cases of child sexual abuse “as well as the conduct of the Catholic hierarchy in dealing with them”.The report’s findings come after Vatican officials were questioned in public last month over why they would not release data and what they were doing to prevent future abuse.The Vatican has denied any official cover-up. However, in December, it refused a UN request for data on abuse on the grounds that it only released such information if requested to do so by another country as part of legal proceedings.The BBC’s David Willey in Rome says the Vatican has set up new guidelines to protect children from predator priests.But, he adds, bishops in many parts of the world have tended to concentrate on protecting and defending the reputation of priests rather than listening to the complaints of victims of paedophile priests.Meanwhile several catholic dioceses in the US have been forced into bankruptcy after paying out huge sums in compensation to victims of abuse by clergy.Barbara Blaine, president of a group representing US victims of abuse by priests, told the BBC the UN report “reaffirms everything we’ve been saying. It shows that the Vatican has put the reputation of church officials above protection of children.”“Church officials knew about it and they refused to stop it. Nothing has changed. Despite all the rhetoric from Pope Francis and Vatican officials, they refuse to take action that will make this stop.”BBC News FaithInternationalLifestylePrint UN lambasts Vatican over child abuse by: – February 5, 2014last_img read more

Ighalo flaunts N58m Range Rover

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother Europa League: Ighalo leads Man U assault against FC Copenhagen Billionaire striker, Odion Jude Ighalo, has put behind the uncertainty beclouding his next transfer move as he flaunted his N58 million Range Rover Sport Utility Vehicle.The stupendously rich forward via his official Instagram page posted the pictures of the white painted with black stripes vehicle on Sunday. Ighalo was also spotted by the car in a white T-shirt, black trousers and sunglasses with face mask to match in the picture.Checks revealed that the porsche car features include a high-end cabin with lots of high-tech safety features, standard all-wheel drive and solid handling, a base engine underpowered for an SUV of its weight, and its transmission and steering could be more precise.With £18 million (N8.8 billion) on offer, Ighalo was recently ranked as one of the richest players in their 30s and below.He sits joint 15th with Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere on the log.Meanwhile, Ighalo has ruled out return to Shanghai Shenhua of China when his loan deal expires in England. According to his personal trainer, the forward wants to spend “the rest of his life” at Old Trafford.The 30-year-old joined the Red Devils on loan during the January transfer window and scored four times in his first eight appearances for the club before the majority of football across the globe was called to a halt.Tags: Danny WelbeckJack WilshereOdion IghaloRange RoverSUVlast_img read more

Wisconsin’s inability to score baserunners leads to bitter game 2

first_imgEven though Wisconsin left way too many runners on base in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader — stranding 15 runners in eight frames — the Badgers managed to come away victorious, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to complete a 3-2, extra-inning comeback. But Wisconsin’s luck ran dry when it could not deliver the clutch hits it needed in Sunday’s second game. The Badgers topped their own LOB total from game one, stranding a ridiculous 16 runners — this time, in just seven innings — en route to a disappointing loss to rival Minnesota, a team that the Badgers desperately needed to sweep. The Gophers had lost their previous nine games this season and had dropped 14 consecutive Big Ten games before they defeated the Badgers, 4-2.UW head coach Chandelle Schulte attributed the Badgers’ inability to hit in the clutch to her hitters’ passive mentality.”I don’t think we made adjustments the whole game,” Schulte said. “We were going down [in the count] 2-1, 3-1, and looking at strike two, and you have to be aggressive in that situation. We didn’t move our runners. We took a couple strike threes with runners in scoring position.”Junior pitcher Eden Brock, who went eight innings in the first game for a complete-game victory for the Badgers, also recognized the need for hitters to modify their approach to matching up with opposing pitchers as the game wears on.”[You need] to make adjustments earlier in the game … to however they’re throwing, so you can get on top,” Brock said.Badgers center fielder Sam Polito, who left nobody stranded in either game, was not particularly upset with the team’s effort.”We came out and played hard,” said Polito, who contributed not only offensively, getting on base five times in the second game, but also defensively, making a spectacular over-the-head grab by the 218-foot mark in the same game. “We put ourselves out there.”The junior was disappointed, however, with the offensive results that the team had.”We didn’t come up with those clutch hits when we needed them,” Polito said. “We had bases loaded with one out — I can’t even tell you how many times — and we just couldn’t come through. It’s something we’re going to have to learn to do in the future. We’re going to have to learn how to execute.”Coach Schulte echoed Polito’s comments.”We didn’t put the ball in play twice or three times with one out and a runner at third,” Schulte said. “And the next kids come up and drive the ball well to right field, but it didn’t matter at that point. We just didn’t have the kids at the right positions coming up with the hits. Our whole bottom half of our lineup didn’t get a hit.”Freshman Leah Vanevenhoven, who pitched the second game of the doubleheader, was disappointed with her run support. She thought that she pitched well enough to get a victory. She was visibly troubled after the loss.”I’m kind of upset [that we left so many runners on base],” said Vanevenhoven. “We hit the ball, but we hit it during the wrong times. And they took advantage of the mistakes that we had, so it was just a little frustrating.”The Badgers have a chance to redeem themselves on Monday when they take on North Dakota State in a non-conference doubleheader.”We have some scouting reports [for North Dakota State], but at this point, those games are just to work on some things,” said Schulte. “It’s really about this Big Ten stuff. Honestly, I’ll think more about [the loss to Minnesota during the North Dakota State games] than I will about [the North Dakota State] games.”last_img read more

Hampton man accused of purchasing credit card numbers, using them illegally pleads not guilty

first_imgMASON CITY — A Hampton man charged in both Cerro Gordo and Franklin counties for purchasing credit card numbers on the internet and using them around north-central Iowa has pleaded not guilty. 28-year-old Wayne Davis was arrested last month and charged in Cerro Gordo County with ongoing criminal conduct and three counts of unauthorized use of credit cards, as well as one count of unauthorized use of a credit card in Franklin County. A criminal complaint says Davis was identified by an employee who turned his identification into the authorities, with the Iowa State Patrol conducting a traffic stop on Davis where a credit card skimmer, computer and cards were allegedly seized. The complaint says an examination of those items revealed that Davis was purchasing card numbers on the dark web. A search warrant at Davis’ residence allegedly produced stolen credit cards and a card skimmer. Davis’ arraignment hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, but online court records show that he filed a written plea of not guilty in Cerro Gordo County District Court. No trial date has been set. He remains in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a total of $51,500 bond.last_img read more

Fuhr rocks Royals for 24 in 70-59 Bomber victory

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsSarah Fuhr started the season off with a bang scoring 24 points to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 70-59 victory over the Rossland Royals in West Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball action Tuesday night in the Golden City. It was the first game of the 2010-11 season for both teams.After jumping to a 7-2 lead, the Bombers watched as the pesky Royals rallied to pull even later in the period. But LVR matched that run with another run to take a 20-14 lead into the quarter break.Leading 38-30 at halftime, LVR increased its margin to 66-50 before the Royals made the game close.Samantha Einarson added 10 points for LVR while senior center Rachael Moulson had nine. Kyndle Doolan had six points.Top scorer for the Royals was Brenna McKay with 12 points.LVR travels to Vernon to play in the Pitt Panther High School Girl’s Tournament while the Royals are in Hope.Junior Bombers Win ConsolationThe L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers started off the 2010-11 hoop campaign with a third place showing at the Pen-Hi Invitational Saturday in the South Okanagan.Matt Zukowski and McLain Sandeveland had 15 and 14 points, respectively, to lead the Bombers to a 58-54 win over Mount Boucherie of Kelowna in the consolation final.“The team had a great start to the season,” said coach Viv Kingdon. “Our first game of the tourney was our first game of the season, so we managed to get the jitters out.”Bombers fell 62-52 to Princess Margaret of Penticton in a game LVR led for most of the contest.“We were in the lead for most of the game but fell into a lapse that we came out of but fell just short,” Kingdon explained.Jack Sturrup paced the Bombers with 16 points while Sandeveland added 13.The Junior Bombers advanced to the consolation final by stopping Summerland Rockets 42-21. Eric Schepleski and Sandeveland each scored eight points to lead LVR.The Bombers, ranked 15th overall to start the season in the B.C. rankings, travel to Kamloops this weekend to compete in the Sahali Junior Boys Hoops [email protected]last_img read more

High School Football returns, four local teams are set to begin their 2018 seasons tonight

first_imgThe 2017 Division V-A state champs open at home against a perennial football power, the defending Big 5 conference champs open on the road against a Division I juggernaut and two of the Humboldt Del-Norte League’s scrappiest clubs go head-to-head up north as the 2018 high school football season kicks off tonight. Fortuna Huskies (0-0)The Huskies, fresh off a state championship run a season ago, will host Cardinal Newman at home tonight at 7:30 p.m. to begin what head coach Mike Benbow hopes …last_img

Science as Tyranny

first_imgMovements since the late 19th century have employed science as justification for tyrannical ideas.  Ziauddin Sardar wrote in Nature, “Misplaced faith in science, as rational dogma, as the enemy of pessimism, as a theory of salvation, often serves as the glue that binds modernity and fascism together.”1  Could that happen again?    Sardar, the editor of Futures, was reviewing a new book by Christine Poggi, Inventing Futurism: The Art and Politics of Artificial Optimism (Princeton, 2009).  He began,A hundred years ago, a group of Italian visionary artists declared war on civilization.  Rejecting the artwork, poetry, music and architecture of the period, these ‘Futurists’ wanted to create the world anew.  Science and technology formed the building blocks of their brave new world, which they expressed not just in art but in violence and naked nationalism.  In Inventing Futurism, art historian Christine Poggi describes how the Futurist movement’s raw passion for technology was moulded by the atmosphere of political foreboding of the times.Sardar contrasted those radicals with today’s futurists.  “Futurists today forecast how science and technology will change our lives, and predict alternative paths…. By contrast, the Italian Futurists rejected everything that was old.  They were determined to destroy the existing order and desired a future in which speed and technology represented the absolute triumph of man over nature.  They glorified electricity, the car, the aeroplane and the industrial city.  They despised women, the human body and the idea of a peaceful coexistence.”  He quotes the “godfather” of this movement, Tommaso Marinetti, to give a flavor of the attitude of these people:“We want to free this land,” Marinetti wrote, “from its smelly gangrene of professors, archaeologists, tourist guides and antiquarians … the numberless museums that cover her like so many graveyards.”  He urged his readers to set fire to library shelves and to flood museums.  “Take up your pickaxes … and wreck, wreck the venerable cities, pitilessly!  Art, in fact, can be nothing but violence, cruelty, and injustice.”  Marinetti saw science as a modern, virile enterprise to be pursued at all costs, and technology as the instrument that would usher the world into sunlight with velocity and violence.  A mythical struggle had to be waged between the masculine forces of science and technology, represented by the sea, and the seductive feminine power of the stars that prevented civilization from advancing forwards.Talk about hate speech; these people glorified war and envisioned a merger of man and machine.  Their art portrayed landscapes and bodies merged with technology to depict “religion of velocity.”  They depicted “bold, spectacular images of geometric masses, symbolic of the dawning of a new age.”  It was at once anti-intellectual and anti-human, yet strangely pro-science and steeped in the idea of progress. The visions and concerns of the Futurists, Poggi tells us in this difficult, sometimes frightening but always illuminating study, emerged out of the uncertainty and confusion produced by modernity.  Their artificial optimism sought to produce a philosophy for a new life, not just new art or architecture.  It is not surprising that the Futurists saw an echo of excessive nationalism in their notion of modernist violence and war.This movement was active from the early 1900s into the era between the World Wars.  Memories of what actually happened in Italy and Germany are inescapable.    The dark side of scientism got a brief mention in Science.2  William Shockley would be honored by most people as a Nobel laureate and co-inventor of the transistor – if that is all they knew about him.  “However, he also proclaimed the intellectual inferiority of black people and favored voluntary sterilization for people with low IQs.”  In other words, he was a eugenicist.  People in Auburn, California are angry about a park being named after him. Environmentalists want the park, but social activists are up in arms.  “I don’t want to honor a despicable man,” says Karen Tajbl, chair of the social action committee of the Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalist Church.  Tajbl points out that last year in Sacramento, the citizens “cleansed” the name of Charles M. Goethe, a philanthropist but also founder of the Eugenics Society of Northern California, from several public places.Eugenics was very popular among scientific elites in the first half of the 20th century – till it got a bad name from the horrors of Nazism.  Before that, they felt it was a way to further human evolution scientifically – to live according to Nature’s law of the survival of the fittest.    Have we outgrown the days of eugenics and radical scientific futurism?  Another book review in Nature in the same issue looked to our scientific future.3  Michael Goldman (San Francisco State U) reviewed What’s Next?  Dispatches On the Future of Science by Max Brockman (Vintage Press, 2009), a collection of essays by young scientists on what they think the future holds.  A notable aspect of the book is its emphasis on materialistic psychology:A pervasive theme in the book, which is heavily slanted toward psychology, is the scientific basis for ethical behaviour.  Neuroscientist Christian Keysers explains that mirror neurons are activated when we perform certain activities, and when we watch others do those same activities: “The emotions of others are contagious because our brain activates our own emotions at the sight of them.”  This facilitates both learning and empathy.  “Our brain,” he concludes, “is ethical by design.”But are these ethics rooted in moral absolutes?  No; it appears that the authors strive to ground their views of ethics in neuroscience and evolutionary history.  A hint of a future eugenics revival is found in the following paragraph, where Hippocratic oaths take a back seat to pragmatics in the name of Evolution:Philosopher Nick Bostrom tackles human enhancement.  He is concerned because humans “are a marvel of evolved complexity”, something with which we tamper at our own risk.  So he proposes a “rule of thumb, for identifying promising human enhancements”.  Bostrom sees some of our limitations as resulting from selection pressures that no longer exist for most humans.  Today, for instance, we can feed the higher metabolic demands of a larger brain, whereas in our recent past, we could not.  We might also overcome evolutionary restrictions.  Bostrom suggests that genetic ‘medication’ could be administered to confer an advantage, such as the protection a mutant haemoglobin gene offers against malaria in people with the sickle-cell trait.  Alternatively, embryo screening could promote favourable genetic profiles.  Thus, Bostrom sees the morality of human enhancement as an issue of what is achievable rather than what is acceptable.  His heuristic is useful from the scientific point of view, offering us a test for whether we should even consider a particular kind of enhancement, but it probably won’t be accepted by the ethics community….Those darn ethicists.  They always get in the way of progress.  Hasn’t science already determined that our differences in beliefs, and our Big Ideas, are just chemical? Psychologist Matthew D. Lieberman believes that some ideas are more ‘sticky’ than others, and that the ideas that persist differ from one cultural group to another.  He argues that “Big Ideas sometimes match the structure and function of the human brain such that the brain causes us to see the world in ways that make it virtually impossible not to believe them.”  Lieberman thinks that East Asian cultures stress interconnectedness among individuals, whereas Western Europeans tend to be more independent.  He suggests that this tendency might be genetically influenced by a serotonin transporter gene, found twice in its ‘short’ variant in two-thirds of East Asians, but in only one-fifth of Western Europeans.  “These cultural Big Ideas appear to have migrated until they found the populations with the right neurochemistry to make them sticky,” Lieberman says.While failing to consider whether his opinions just expressed are chemically based, Lieberman appears to be opening the door for genetic modification of individuals who don’t believe the politically acceptable things.  After all, a little extra serotonin, or some gene modification for the victims with the wrong version of the gene, is certainly “an issue of what is achievable rather than what is acceptable.”  Goldman, the reviewer, did not comment on that loophole, or take issue with its premise.1.  Ziauddin Sardar, “An Italian vision of a scientific Utopia,” Nature 459, 510-511 (28 May 2009) | doi:10.1038/459510a.2.  Random Samples, “Shockley Dilemma,” Science, Volume 324, Number 5931, Issue of 29 May 2009.3.  Michael A. Goldman, “A limited view of the future,” Nature 459, 511-512 (28 May 2009) | doi:10.1038/459511a.If you are not terrified of the Darwin-drunk scientific elitists, you should be.  In America, they are drooling over the new prestige the current administration is granting to “science” (which means liberal scientific establishment institutions, as distinguished from the unbiased pursuit of knowledge).  Today’s scientific futurists, who root their morality in the same Darwinist ideology that was rampant among futurists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, would love nothing better than to play the elite oligarchy directing the fate of every human being on the planet (themselves exempted).    Morality to the materialistic evolutionists is something that can be chemically or genetically controlled.  We are the results of selection pressures from our past that can be influenced with science, they say.  Ethics becomes what they say it is, because they have ruled out any unchanging, absolute foundation for ethics.  You can be sure that the Italian futurists pictured themselves as the most ethical people in the world, as did William Shockley.  So what if a certain lady’s genetic predisposition was to consider him a despicable person?  Adjust her serotonin level and she will come around.    Everyone should get a copy of a lecture series called Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century by Vejas Liulevicius from The Teaching Company and listen to it carefully.  Horrific as the events are he describes, he actually understates their awfulness.  As you listen, note the influence of Darwinian thinking on the worst totalitarian dictators.  Darwinian ideology has contributed to the most ruthless horrors in the history of the world, resulting in a body count that outstrips any number of religious wars you want to list by orders of magnitude.  These atrocities all occurred within the 20th century, “Darwin’s century,” within the memory of people alive today.  Millions of white crosses in military cemeteries don’t lie: ideas have consequences.*    Would that leaders had listened to J. Gresham Machen who warned at the coming storm before the first World War, “What is today matter of academic speculation begins tomorrow to move armies and pull down empires.  In that second stage, it has gone too far to be combatted; the time to stop it was when it was still a matter of impassionate debate.”  We have another chance today.*Not forgetting the millions in unmarked mass graves.  Remember the 11/30/2005 entry.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

A strong South African presence at Tiff

first_img10 September 2015Four South African features and one short have been selected to be screened at Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), starting today in Canada.The films are Oliver Hermanus’s Endless River, Charlie Vundla’s Cuckold, Zamo Mkhwanazi’s The Call, Jihan El-Tahri’s Nasser and Ben Russell’s YOLO.A 20-member South African delegation, led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is also at the 40th edition of Tiff, which ends on 20 September. The aim of the trip is to promote South Africa’s attractiveness as a film destination to filmmakers attending the festival, and to provide exposure to emerging South African filmmakers.“The participation of South African filmmakers in Tiff is part of the DTI’s strategy to create access to local film and video products and promote an increase in the volume of film production in South Africa,” said DTI Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina.The filmsMkhwanazi’s The Call is based in Joburg and explores the relationship between a taxi driver and a prostitute he impregnates. Tiff described it as an “arresting urban drama”.Watch the trailer here:Mkhwanazi was born in Durban, South Africa, and studied at the University of Cape Town.Vundla’s Cuckold, starring Terry Pheto, is about a disintegrating marriage in which problems are exacerbated following a menage a trois.Tiff described the movie as “surprising at every twist. Cuckold puts a new spin on the dramatic trope of the menage a trois, using it as a tool for dissecting a man’s emotional upheaval — and also as a means of debunking the false entitlements of chauvinism.”Watch the trailer here:Vundla was born in New York but is now based in Joburg. He studied journalism at George Washington University and film at the University of Southern California. Cuckold also marks the director’s debut as an actor.Hermanus’s Endless River centres on a young waitress in a small South African town who forms an unlikely bond with a widower following the brutal murder of his family.“Endless River is a character-driven drama of crime, sex, revenge, and redemption,” reads the Tiff website.Hermanus was born in Cape Town. He worked as a press photographer before completing his master’s degree at the London Film School. His previous features, Shirley Adams and Beauty were both screened at the festival.El-Tahri’s Nasser is a political documentary about army officer Gamal Abdel Nasser, who ruled Egypt for a decade, starting in 1954. During his reign, he defied the West throughout the 1956 Suez Crisis, co-found the international Non-Aligned Movement, and dramatically lost to Israel in the Six Day War.“Nasser is the first instalment of [the filmmaker’s] planned trilogy on ‘Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs’, which will also include films on Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak,” states the Tiff site.Born in Egypt, filmmaker El-Tahri is now based in South Africa.Russell’s YOLO was filmed in the remains of the historic Sans Souci Cinema in Soweto. It’s a “makeshift structuralist mash-up created in collaboration with the Eat My Dust youth collective from Soweto’s Kliptown district”.Reaping the rewardsMasina said the country had a growing reputation of being a global filming hotspot.“Through promoting South Africa as an international destination to attract further international productions and in encouraging the generation of local content production, the country will continue to enjoy the benefits of the vibrant and growing film industry.”He noted the industry generated approximately R3.5-billion into the South African economy and created more than 25 000 jobs last year.“South Africa has an existing co-production treaty with Canada, which was signed in 1997,” notes the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) site. “This official trip will also assist in strengthening relations between local and Canadian filmmakers, mapping the way forward to future co-productions that (will) benefit both the countries.”UpbeatSouth African filmmakers attending the festival feel positive about marketing their creations to the world.Pretoria filmmaker John Wani would like to negotiate with possible co-production partners, sales agents and international distributors for his movie, Sunnyside, about a drug lord who flees Mexico and settles in South Africa.“I am already in discussion with an international film director from Canada with the aim of turning Sunnyside into a film that can sell globally,” said Wani. “I’m optimistic that my trip to Toronto will be a success.”Nokulunga Jimana-Mntwapi will take a work-in-progress script and a trailer of her first movie Ndon’e bani’phi? (Who have I wronged where?). Her idea centres on a girl who is a product of incest. Jimana-Mntwapi would like to pitch her movie to potential international film buyers.Western Cape filmmaker Faghrie Salie would like to find an international film buyer for his company’s documentary, Inside, which shows the devastating impact of the gang culture and drugs in Western Cape.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Google Announces the World’s First Online Global Science Fair

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img For many of us, science fairs may conjure an image of the school gym, full of students showcasing their science projects – their hypotheses, their experiments, their data. But in part due to the financial constraints of both schools and families, these sorts of events are on the decline. The Google Science Fair, however, doesn’t require poster boards and it doesn’t require travel. It is, in fact, the first ever online global science fair. And any student (age 13 to 18) anywhere – as long as they have a computer, a browser and Internet access – can participate.The Science Fair Goes OnlineThe Google Science Fair takes the traditional science fair and moves it to the Web. Participating students both build and submit their projects online – using Google Docs, Sites, and YouTube, for example – for all aspects of their research projects – from the data collection to the final presentation. Students from all over the world are encouraged to participate – from Paris, Texas to Paris, France, from Venice, Italy to Venice Beach.To run this science fair, Google is teaming up with some of the most well-known names in science, technology, and education: CERN, LEGO, National Geographic, and Scientific American. And the judges for the event are just as prestigious, including the founder of the FIRST robotics competition Dean Kamen, the leader of National Geographic’s Genographic Project Spencer Wells, Nobel prize winner Kary Mullis, and the “father of the Internet” Vint Cerf.The prizes (oh, the prizes) include some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities: a trip to the Galapagos Islands with a National Geographic Explorer, a trip to Switzerland to visit CERN and the Large Hadron Collider, a chance to work on the development of a new LEGO robotics project.Encouraging the Next Generation of ScientistsThe Google Science Fair is an effort to help encourage students’ interest in science and technology. “Google’s origins are in scientific experimentation,” Google’s Tom Oliveri told ReadWriteWeb, noting that it was a hypothesis of two young computer science students back in 1996 that the information on the web could cataloged and searched. To enter, you can register online and create your project as a Google Site. Registration is open through April 4, and the announcement of the semi-finalists will happen in early May. Oregon high school student Tesca has created a great sample site so you can see what an online science fair project might look like. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#web last_img read more