first_imgLATEST STORIES 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 Silver met with betting officials in Las Vegas earlier this month, and how data should be provided was one of the topics on the agenda. The NBA has said it is seeking a 1 percent “integrity fee” on wagers, which the league said would offset their additional security costs and compensate them for the data they can provide.The casinos, however, are balking a legislative mandates insisting upon the use of official data. Joe Asher, the CEO of bookmaker William Hill USA, told The New York Times that such a mandate “sets up monopoly pricing power. This whole thing of official league data is like a smoke screen.”It’s a major issue to work through, especially if in-game betting — people betting on various aspects of games after they’ve already started — catches on in the United States the same way that it has in the United Kingdom.In-game betting, which is huge in Europe, is still relatively small in this country. Most Nevada bookmakers say in-game options make up no more than 5 percent of their sports-wagering business, although William Hill has said it accounted for nearly 25 percent of its sports business in the U.S. during 2017.Only a handful of states have legalized sports betting since the Supreme Court decision in May, though several more states are expected to get operations up and running in the next year or so. Bettors now have been largely playing the basics — will Team X beat Team Y by more than six points, will the teams combine to score more than 210 points, that sort of thing.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lakers, Trail Blazers to meet for Summer League title again Portland Trail Blazers’ Wade Baldwin IV (2) passes around Memphis Grizzlies’ Dee Bost (15) during the second half of an NBA summer league basketball game, Monday, July 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Here’s a scenario: LeBron James is four assists and three rebounds shy of a triple-double after three quarters. A bettor, who is watching at home and utilizing a mobile app, decides to gamble that James will get those assists and rebounds in the final 12 minutes. The wager then gets made before play resumes.The NBA wants that bettor to see the best possible data.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View commentscenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “There’s a couple things about official data that make it advantageous for sports betting,” said Scott Kaufman-Ross, an NBA vice president who oversees fantasy sports and gaming. “Most is the speed. … That’s important for in-game betting.”The NBA switched last year to software provided by Genius Sports, a London-based company that collects and distributes official data for dozens of sports federations around the globe and even recently completed a deal to work with the NCAA. The NBA data collected by Genius has been distributed globally by Sportradar, which sends it to media outlets, broadcasters and betting outlets outside the U.S.Sportradar, the NBA said, is now working on obtaining the ability to send the data to U.S.-based betting entities.NBA stat crews all generally work the same way: a primary caller uses a code to describe a play as it happens, a primary inputter uses a touch-screen tablet to punch in what he or she hears the caller say into the headsets that the crew share, a secondary inputter cleans up any mistakes, and a secondary caller is in contact with league offices in Secaucus, New Jersey, and reviews any plays that need additional study.Those various crews, many members of which have received training during the summer league in Las Vegas, are the ones who decide who gets an assist or a rebound.“The NBA has always been front and center on rapidly deploying statistics, first because of our television partners and then the Internet happened and that was good for the Internet,” said Steve Hellmuth, the NBA’s executive vice president for media operations and technology. “So it’s kind of always been in our DNA.” Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. So the league is seeking to get stats out quicker than ever.Fast isn’t fast enough for the NBA anymore, not when it comes to stats — especially now that the U.S. Supreme Court has opened the door for states to allow wagering on games. The league has upgraded its stat systems in the past year to try and get its data out as close to real-time as possible, even aiming to beat the typical lag of 7-15 seconds that it takes for television or streaming services to show whatever happened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It’s about what the NBA calls official data. The league’s stance is that getting accurate stats to bettors is critical so the player knows what they’re betting on and the casinos will know when to pay out or not. But how much value that data has for casinos — and whether they will pay anything for it — remains unclear.“My view is we should be compensated for our intellectual property, but we can do that directly, again, with commercial relationships with gaming establishments,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, whose league had hoped this matter would be resolved with federal regulation instead of various policies getting worked on state by state by state. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

first_imgCrime spiralling out of control…says Police statistics not reflecting realityPublic Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanThe Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) on Friday called out the Public Security Ministry on its sloth in addressing the alarming crime statics in Guyana and also slammed the subject Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, for the manner in which the situation is being handled.According to the union, there has been a rising “spate of criminality” across communities, adding that media reports of statistics from the Guyana Police Force which suggest crime is on the decline does not substantiate the reality on the ground.“Whether all crimes are actually reported is something that should be verified. If it is the case that our people have decided not to report such acts, it says a lot in our view, about the confidence in those charged with maintenance of public order and security,” FITUG stated.The union added that throughout Guyana, there have been reports of citizens being victims of varying criminal offences, instilling fear among others. FITUG contended that this mindset is not one which people should ever have to contend with.FITUG noted that it has seen, in practically all corners of the country, reports about people being the victims of crime.“Some incidents, we note too, have resulted in the untimely death of victims. This is a situation we can neither condone nor be happy about. At this time, we will recognise that our people are genuinely afraid about whether they will be the next victim.”The Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, was under scrutiny for the way this matter has been addressed. While it is a serious situation, the union expressed that this is yet to be realised and, therefore, called for the issue to be addressed immediately and treated with grave importance.“The Federation has also seen pronouncements from the Minister of Public Security on the situation. From the Minister’s utterances, we cannot help but conclude that he is at sea when it comes to grasping with the gravamen of the situation at hand. It appears that the Minister may need assistance from his colleagues who have experience in the security sector,” the union said.The union called for a concerted plan to address the situation at hand and bring reprieve to Guyanese, who must contend with various criminal activities.“The need for a safe and secure society cannot be underscored. The need for our people to have peace of mind is important on so many fronts.”Ramjattan was recently quoted as saying that although crimes are occurring, there must be an appreciation of the fact that Guyanese live in a geopolitical space where interpersonal violence is the highest in the world.However, this analysis of the escalating crime situation in Guyana did not go down well with Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Harry Gill; a Member of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on the Security Sector, who in no uncertain terms called for the Minister to either be reassigned or fired as Public Security Minister.He added that the ease with which criminals are going about their business, “brutalising families in their homes, stripping them of their valuables, their dignity and often, their very lives, is reminiscent of the infamous Burnham era of the notorious kick down the door bandits. And Minister Khemraj Ramjattan seems clueless and in denial,” he added.last_img read more

first_img1 Real Madrid are edging closer to completing the signing of David De Gea from Manchester United.According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Los Blancos are close to agreeing an initial fee of £18m for the goalkeeper with add-ons set to increase the transfer by an additional £3.5m based on performances.The report claims De Gea has made up his mind having taken time off to assess his future and is close to agreeing personal terms with Real.The 24-year-old will become Rafael Benitez’s first signing of his reign and the deal is expected to be announced when the transfer window officially opens in July. David de Gea last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The panel’s report – with recommendations scheduled to be submitted in June – came as Villaraigosa completed a two-day trip to New York City where he visited an inner-city school to learn about changes since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took over the New York school system. “More than ever before, the mayor is convinced that you need strong accountability if you are going to make changes to the Los Angeles school system,” spokeswoman Janelle Erickson said. Among his stops Tuesday, the mayor visited with leaders of a nonprofit corporation that has worked to recruit and keep some of its best teachers and administrators. Erickson said Villaraigosa hopes to see a similar program developed in Los Angeles. But Padilla cautioned Tuesday that most polls show voters are wary of mayoral control. “People might like this mayor and agree to give him this power, but what if it were a Mayor (James) Hahn or a Mayor (Richard) Riordan? We have to look at all aspects of this and how we can improve the schools,” Padilla said. The council also was cautioned that any change at the district also will need the approval of the 27 other cities that send their children to LAUSD schools. Villaraigosa is scheduled to meet with officials from those cities this week to discuss his plans. The only details the mayor has provided so far is that he would like the authority to appoint a superintendent of schools with an elected school board having limited power. Huizar, who served on the school board for more than four years, said change is being demanded. “I know there needs to be some drastic changes there to create an environment to develop better policy,” he said. “That’s what this is about. If you don’t have a governance structure that allows for good people to make the best decisions, then we have done nothing. “There is no accountability at the board the way it operates at this time.” David Cunningham, one of the co-chairs of the panel, said many of the district’s current problems are rooted in how it was set up in the 1920s. “This is a system long overdue for change,” Cunningham said. “Just as you wouldn’t drive a Model T on today’s freeways, the school district needs to be improved.” One of the biggest problems, Councilman Tony Cardenas said, is state law that prohibits paying school board members more than $24,000 a year, forcing them to be part-time officials while representing districts with 650,000 people. Councilman Bernard Parks said his concerns go beyond the education system to the greater implications for the city and society. “In my district, there is not one school that is above the state average in test scores,” Parks said. “I have one high school that is on probation. And all the studies show there is a direct link between illiteracy and crime. Sixty percent of those in state prison are illiterate. “We will not succeed until we see more students graduate. Whether it’s 25 percent or 50 percent, we have a problem – a problem we cannot ignore.” Maria Casillas, a former LAUSD administrator who served as co-chair of the panel, said she believes a lot can be done – such as decentralizing the district – without legislative changes. “There are a lot of politics around this issue of governance,” Casillas said. “Some see the glass as half full. But for our families, it is a story of misery and pain if they do not get an education.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pushes for mayoral control of Los Angeles’ public schools, the City Council called Tuesday for immediate reform of how the system operates rather than risk delays. The call came as the council received a report from the Presidents’ Joint Commission on LAUSD Governance that said reform of the nation’s second-largest school district cannot rest solely on whether the mayor takes over. “Let’s not confuse mayoral control with intelligent control,” said Councilman Alex Padilla, who created the commission with fellow Councilman Jose Huizar when he was president of the Board of Education. “One of the frustrations of this process has been that the issue of education reform seems to have been captured through the lens of mayoral reform. But that is subject to a vote, and the people will say either yes or no. We need to look at what we can do to make changes if mayoral control is rejected.” last_img read more

first_img 5 Ronaldo’s move to Juventus took many people by surprise Mind blown. At least this way Mike and myself do not feel the need to fill any lull in conversation with talk about serious stuff because, after 15 years of friendship, I can’t now ask him what he actually does for a living, can I?But what I do know are his views on where Spurs need to strengthen most.And it’s not just Spurs I reserve my transfer enthusiasm for. I followed the Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus story all summer long, just like I did when it appeared Zlatan Ibrahimovic might finally move to the Premier League in 2016 or, going further back, Michael Ballack to Chelsea in 2006. They were hugely exciting stories. A few years later we were wondering if Les Ferdinand really was going to leave Newcastle for us (he did). I remember being gutted when the Andy Hinchcliffe deal collapsed, but delighted when we pinched John Scales from under the noses of Leeds when all reports suggested the defender was Yorkshire-bound.Later on there were the Rivaldo and Fernando Morientes rumours to dream about. What a time to be alive.Spurs fans will remember the Cristiano Lucarelli whispers. The striker was linked with us in 2005 when he was banging in goals for fun at Livorno. Livorno! Imagine what he will do for us, we thought. 5 How on Earth did we manage this one? 5 Trippier’s delivery at the World Cup won a lot of praise 5 But then we got Edgar Davids and the mind was truly blown. As a Spurs fan the closest you ever got to him was by assuming control of Juventus on Champ Man and forcing him to join Tottenham.Where would I be without football rumours and gossip? For one, it means that when I catch up with my mate Mike over a pint to watch any football, the conversation is dominated by what Spurs will do in the window. How were we going to cover Kyle Walker’s move to Man City, we wondered. Turned out we didn’t miss him because we had Kieran Trippier aka the ‘Bury Beckham’, while Serge Aurier was brought and Kyle Walker-Peters looks increasingly promising. Ah, the transfer window. How I miss you when your gone.The football season is over, but already I am living in childlike wonder about how my club may look in the new season. Who is staying? Who is going? And, most importantly, who is signing? It’s a buzz and excitement that has never left me.Growing up as a Tottenham fan there appeared to be some seriously ambitious efforts and I couldn’t get enough of it.We actually signed Jurgen Klinsmann in 1994 and what a coup that was. Admittedly, my thought process has changed. At one stage I was simply blinded by the names being linked regardless of where they might play or how much they would cost. Now it’s quiet optimism – ‘he’s good, but where will he fit in?’ Or, ‘I’d love him, but what about when he has to leave for the Africa Cup of Nations?’Am I annoyed when a rumour turns out to be nothing more than a rumour? Too right, but the buzz remains and I look forward to seeing which players Spurs sign and almost sign next. In addition I’ll almost certainly be scanning Twitter and Facebook for people claiming Leandro Damiao – it may still happen – is working his way through a mini Pringles tube en route to Stansted.It’s alright to allow yourself to dream a little.last_img read more

first_img latest revealed “They’re not all that, they’re nothing special!“Their real form is being shown in the Champions League, where twice they have been embarrassed.” Champions League football has become the norm and, with Pochettino ready to splash the cash in January and a brand new stadium on the way, it would appear the north Londoners are in a club in the ascendancy.However, Durham is less convinced and believes Spurs have failed to deliver in the games that matter this season.“Nothing has changed, that’s why I am saying ‘Spurs…so what?’, Durham said on talkSPORT Drivetime.“What exactly have they done? Scrappy win against Cardiff, scrappy win against West Ham, I can’t see any difference. tense Harry Kane reacts after a missed opportunity gameday cracker 2 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 scrap Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST BEST OF Adrian Durham has slammed Tottenham and insisted ‘nothing has changed’, despite the club making their best ever start to a Premier League season.Mauricio Pochettino, the manager, has completely revamped Spurs in just four short years and turned them from a mid-table team to genuine title contenders. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Most Popular Football News “They come up against a decent side, they lose! People might say ‘well they beat Man United’, but Man United have not been a decent side this season.”Spurs are currently fourth in the table, level on points with unbeaten rivals Chelsea and just two points off leaders Liverpool and Manchester City.However, after failing to pick up a single point in their opening two Champions League games, Durham is convinced the mentality around the club remains the same. In fact, he went as far as to say they were ‘nothing special’.He continued: “I would take issue with anyone who thinks things have changed at Spurs and this great start to the season. It’s only a great start based on their previous starts which haven’t been that great. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions SORRY Back-to-back defeats have left Spurs on the brink of an early Champions League exit last_img read more

first_imgTHE community of Convoy will come together tomorrow for the funeral of car accident victim Shane Brolly.The popular 18-year-old died on Monday after a traffic collision on the Glenfin Road in Ballybofey.His funeral from his late residence in Greenhills tomorrow at 10.15am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Convoy, followed by burial in the family plot at the new cemetery. The family has asked for donations in lieu of flowers if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o Gibson’s Funeral Directors, Convoy, or any family member.Family time please from 11pm to 10am. FUNERAL ON THURSDAY FOR TRAGIC CRASH VICTIM SHANE was last modified: June 26th, 2013 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:FUNERAL ON THURSDAY FOR TRAGIC CRASH VICTIM SHANElast_img read more

first_imgAnna mc Laughlinn, Lucy Herron, C‡i t NÌ Cheallaigh, Sophie Roe, Orla Mc Cracken & Matthew Mullins, from Realtra RasaÌochta with their awardColaiste Chineál Eoghain’s Formula 1 team Realtra Rasaíochta have taken 2nd place in the prestigious F1 in Schools National Championship Final held in Dublin Castle.This was a fantastic achievement for the team, who were competing against 25 other teams who had made it through to the National Final.Cáit Ní Cheallaigh, Team Manager said ‘‘We are delighted with this award, we have worked so hard for this and I’m so glad all the work has payed off.” Things could have been even better for the team as the winners from Presentation College Carlow, will now go on to represent Ireland in the international final which will be held it the Ferrari centre in Abu Dhabi.“We were so close to going to Abu Dhabi, but we are thrilled, most teams are leaving here with nothing to show for their work. Most of us are 1st year pupils and we will be back again next year’’ said Orla Mc Cracken, Marketing manager for the team.Work for the 2014 Finals began last September with schools registering their interest in competing. Intense competition followed with 98 teams representing 66 second-level schools from across the country.‘Realtra Rasaíochta’ qualified through from the western regional final held in the G.M.I.T Castlebar on the 11th March. This alone was a big achievement as only two junior teams were selected to progress that day. The field had been narrowed to 25 teams for the national finals with Realtra Rasaíochta and Optimal F1 from St. Eunan’s being Donegal’s only representatives at the final. In addition to racing head-to-head, the competing teams were judged on the quality of engineering, portfolio, resource management, marketing, graphic design, sponsorship activities and on a verbal presentation of their work.The teams would like to take this opportunity to thank their sponsors for their support throughout the competition, without their help this wouldn’t have been possible.Brennan’s Pharmacy, Supervalu Buncrana, The Harbour Inn,Mc Laughlin’s Motor Factors, Inishowen Engineering, Inish Pharmacy & Pixcam, Gala Burnfoot, Coyle’s Hardware, The Tullyarvan Mill, Mc Daids Superstore, Gasta Takeaway Newton, Duffys Pharmacy, Gills Off-licence, Four Lanterns and Auto Paint Supplies (Letterkenny)Realtra Rasaíochta & their Display table DONEGAL STUDENTS TAKE PODIUM PLACE IN F1 FINAL was last modified: May 6th, 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:Coláiste Chineál EoghaindonegalF1 Finallast_img read more

first_imgWAS your son or daughter at the County Athletics Finals for primary schools today? Here’s more pictures from a great day at Finn Valley Athletics Club…. Pictures courtesy of Conor McGonagle: MORE PICTURES FROM SCHOOLS ATHLETICS COUNTY FINALS AT FINN VALLEY AC was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share 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:athletics finalsFinn Valley ACPrimary schoolslast_img read more

first_imgGender Dysphoria and Darwinismby Dr Jerry BergmanThe belief that some people are born in bodies of the wrong sex was challenged by a recent scientific study claiming this condition amounted to what the researchers termed “rapid onset gender dysphoria.” Dysphoria means “a state of dissatisfaction, anxiety, restlessness, or fidgeting”—a disorder, in other words, implying an unnatural state, as opposed to euphoria, “a state of intense happiness and self-confidence.”The finding would appear to agree with Genesis 1:27 and 2:24, quoted by Jesus, who said, “From the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female. …  For this reason a man shall . . . be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”[2] In contrast to this view, many evolutionary theorists accept the idea of gender fluidity, namely the view “that gender is not fixed by biology, but shifts according to social, cultural, and individual preference.”[3]In the image of God He made them; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27 (Credit: AiG Creation Museum)Based on passages similar to the scriptures quoted above, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have always taught the concept of gender complementarity—the view that God designed men and women for different, but corresponding, social roles. Acceptance of Darwinism negates this constraint as shown by the fact that families who hold to Genesis usually don’t have to confront this issue, because they accept the view that God “made them male and female,” and look for other solutions for indications of gender dysphoria.[4]Darwinist, by contrast, evaluate “human male and female behavior and that of animals, which like our own, have evolved over time.” From this, they rationalize gender diversity, concluding that evolution can explain gender fluidity as a particular social, genetic, or environmental consequence of natural or sexual selection.[5] Evolutionist Sally Hines supports the evolutionary view of gender fluidity in detail by analyzing human evolution, asserting that our evolutionary ancestors did not hold to the modern traditional binary male and female gender roles.[6]X and Y chromosomes differ dramatically in size, structure and contentThe Genesis teaching is supported by observational evidence. Both biological and psychological evidence supports the gender-complementarity view of traditional male and female roles.[7]  Males and females display biological differences from the zygote stage to birth and also after birth. Except for red blood cells, which are enucleated (lacking a nucleus), every healthy normal human body cell is either male (containing XY chromosomes) or female (XX chromosomes). Given the average human contains 50 trillion cells, depending on his or her weight, each person has over 100 trillion male and female  X Y chromosomal differences. So-called gender reassignment cannot change these differences.A Psychological ProblemHistorically, the belief that some men were trapped in a female body and some women were trapped in a male body was seen as a psychological problem—not a biological one. It required psychotherapy or counseling, not surgery. Instead of agreeing with the male’s contention that he was a woman trapped in a male body, the historical approach was counseling – to deal with the dysphoria (mental dissatisfaction) based on a false, non-biological belief or feeling. A ‘transgender male’ feels she actually is a male, and desires body changes to match her self-perception, and vice versa. Before the current LGBT movement, counselors sought to alleviate the dysphoria by helping the person accept and enjoy (euphoria) their biological sex.We’re not talking about biological matters, but rather feelings. The concern here is not a documented genetic problem, such as Pseudo-hermaphroditism, a general term I learned in medical school but which is no longer used. Genetic terms are now preferred because they describe the specific medical condition, such as 5-α-reductase deficiency and androgen insensitivity syndrome. Most cases of Pseudo-hermaphroditism are caused by one or more mutations.[8]Social Science ResearchAnthropological studies have consistently found that “in every sort of society, using every sort of approach—scientists are finding differences in the way men and women organize their verbal and visual-spatial abilities. The studies do not always agree with one other exactly,” allowing for some, but limited, cultural influence. [9] One of the most detailed studies of male and female differences titled The Great Divide compiled over 2,000 differences between males and females documented by scientists, sociologists, psychologists and government agencies. The differences included biological, psychological, sociological, economic, political and religious.[10]The trendy new practice of “gender reassignment” is so new that very few studies on the problem have been completed. One of the most complete was done by Brown University Professor Lisa Littman, MD. Her peer-reviewed study was approved by a University ethics committee and published in a peer reviewed academic journal. She found that youth peer influence was an important factor leading some teens to believe that they are suffering from gender dysphoria, which in turn can lead them into life-changing cross-sex hormone treatments or even surgery, such as mastectomies, a response which many young people have come to regret.[11]When a young girl comes to believe she is a male trapped in a female body, for example,Many clinicians and therapists oblige—at least with hormones—and they persuade parents to go along by using frightening leverage: They warn the alternative could be suicide. Terrified parents often give in.”[12]The fact is, suicide is a problem both many youth who are gender dysphoric (believe they are in the wrong body) as well as gender-transitioned persons face. The rate of suicide attempts among transgender people is very high, even after they “transition” into the opposite sex.Littman received 256 responses to her request from parents about their teenage children who had no previous signs of gender dysphoria and who, out of the blue, declared they were suffering from gender dysphoria. More than 85 percent of the survey respondents said they support gay marriage, indicating the parents likely weren’t concerned about their child’s declaration of transgenderism for religious reasons. That the concern is not biological is supported by the fact that over 60 percent of the parents noted their “child had been diagnosed with a mental health disorder before claiming gender dysphoria, suggesting the teens needed help, but perhaps for other underlying problems.”[13]Dangers of Gender ReassignmentThe solutions for gender reassignment include hormone therapy, surgery, and counseling, but not necessarily in that order. Except anabolic steroid hormones, little is known in detail about long term use of high doses of powerful male and female hormones. After the transition, stopping the hormones results in a number of problems, such as the reappearance of many traits common to the birth sex. Thus, hormone therapy will likely be a life-long obligation. In the case of anabolic steroid treatment, the results have been tragic and likely the same is true of long-term androgen and estrogen hormone therapy. There are no long-term studies to prove this is necessary, safe, or prudent treatment—but there are many well documented hazards to using these same hormones when treating adults for medical conditions.Once the teenage years begin, “affirmative care” involves giving young people cross-sex hormones regardless what the parents wish. Girls younger than 12 are prescribed testosterone for lifetime usage, while boys are given estrogen. These are serious hormonal treatments that impact brain development, cardiovascular health, and may increase the risk of cancer. Transgender declarations tend to occur in clusters by group suggestion, similar to how groups of teenage girls will suddenly develop eating disorders concurrently.In the next segment, Dr Bergman will discuss additional research findings about gender, and describe how the media and progressives distort the science.References[1] Littman, Lisa. 2018. Parent reports of adolescents and young adults perceived to show signs of a rapid onset of gender dysphoria. PLOS One. August 16 pp. 1-44.[2] Mark 10:6-8.[3] Hines, Sally. 2018. Is Gender Fluid. London: Thanes & Hudson.  p. 6.[4] Interview with Professor M. Blank.[5] Hines, 2018, pp. 23-26.[6] Hines, 2018, pp. 28-30.[7] Alumkal, A. W. 2017. Paranoid Science: The Christian Right’s War on Reality. New York: New York University Press. 107-108.[8] McPhaul  Michael J. and James E. Griffin 1999. Male Pseudo hermaphroditism Caused by Mutations of the Human Androgen Receptor. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 84(10): 3435–3441. 1 October.[9] Durden-Smith, Jo and Diane DeSimone.1983. Sex and the Brain. New York: Arbor House. p. 42.[10] Weiss, Daniel Evan. 1991. The Great Divide. New York: Poseidon Press.[11] Singal, Jesse. 2018. When Children Say They’re Trans. Hormones? Surgery? The choices are fraught—and there are no easy answers. The Atlantic. July-August.[12] Dean, Jamie. Rapid-onset Gender Dysphoria: This year’s social Contagion infects teenagers and their Doctors. World Magazine.34(3):34-39.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 788 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more