Mac Cardona arrested for stabbing former live-in partner

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames READ: Cardona makes PBA return with GlobalPort: ‘I feel like a rookie again’The basketball player, whose real name is Mark Reynan Mikesell Cardona, was detained at the Makati City Police Station facing charges of attempted homicide and violation of Republic Act No. 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.This is not the first time that Cardona was accused of domestic violence. In 2016, Jackes also filed cases for domestic violence against Cardona, leaving with her their two children.READ: NLEX asks for privacy for Cardona after pill overdoseIn August 2016, Cardona was rushed to a Las Piñas hospital in an attempted suicide after overdosing on his medication drugs, photos of which he had posted on social media.He later revealed in a TV interview in 2017 that he had b een diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression.In February 2018, Cardona was charged with estafa for allegedy selling a stolen sports utility vehicle, which has been alerted to the Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group, for P300,000.Called “Captain Hook” for his effective teardrop shots in the court, Cardona has played for a couple of teams in the Philippine Basketball Association since 2005. His last known stint was in Global Port Batang Pier last year.He is currently part of the San Juan Knights team of the regional basketball league, Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. /atmSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Macklin vows to get into better shape after Magnolia loses in debut LATEST STORIES Monsey stabbing witness says he ‘threw coffee table’ at suspect PLAY LIST 02:34Monsey stabbing witness says he ‘threw coffee table’ at suspect00:50Trending Articles02:44Gatchalian wants arrest for residents returning to Taal danger zones02:14Carpio 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 Published: 11:03 p.m., May 5, 2018 | Updated: 8:19 p.m., May 6, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Professional basketball player Mac Mac Cordona was arrested after stabbing his former live-in partner while “high on drugs” in her Makati City condominium early on Saturday.According to a police report, Bianca Nicole Jackes, the former live-in partner of Cardona, was treated at Makati Medical Center for a stab wound in her left arm.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOn her Instagram account, the 25-year-old Filipino-Australian said she was thankful that she was only hurt, but “it has done a lot of damage to my nerves, muscles.”Jackes belied earlier reports, saying that no argument ensued between her and Cardona, and that he was “high on drugs” when he attacked her. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast She said the 37-year-old Cardona went to her condominium unit on Malugay Street in Barangay San Antonio, around 5 a.m. on Saturday, after being separated for two years.“He just showed up where I was staying with my two kids, and attacked me with a knife and stabbed me,” Jackes narrated.“[He] went there high on drugs, and trying to get back with me, but I refused,” she added.Jackes said she tried to calm Cardona down. “I didn’t even yell after getting stabbed because I didn’t want to wake up the kids.”She then went all by herself to the hospital by hailing a cab.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Coconut-Ginger Chips Producer Pleads for Support

first_imgProducer of ginger mixed coconut chips, Martha Wuo, is calling on nongovernmental organizations to provide her support to enable her produce more of the consumable commodity.Madam Wuo began her production in 2014 in Gbarnga, Bong County and the commodity is the first of its kind which is gaining popularity in the country.She said, “I use local materials to grind the coconut and it is time consuming.”She noted that materials like grater, hammer mill, dryer, and sifters are what she would need to increase production.“I want to produce more of the commodity, but I do not have the money to buy these equipments and that’s why I am appealing to non-governmental organizations to help me in this venture,” she said.Madam Wuo said they are now four in the business and she believes that if they are empowered, they would have more people joining them.She said she learned her trade when she was in school in Ghana and later in the Ivory Coast.She disclosed that what prompted her to do the business is because she noticed that majority Liberians chew coconut but don’t swallow the fruit which she said is very helpful to the human body.“Coconut and ginger are very helpful to the body in terms of fever, cold. I don’t want what I’ve learned to be buried in the ground so I must empower others and make a living from it,” Madam Wuo said.She said her products are accepted with a growing number of customers and is hopeful that with support she could make her country proud.The local producer however encouraged Liberians to promote products made in the country to encourage other business owners to showcase their products.She disclosed that her next target is to bring the product to Monrovia and other counties. Coconut locally can be grinded and mixed with flour to fix fried or roasted cookies.The new initiated by Madam Wuo, however, takes into consideration grinding the coconut and then mixing it with ginger, sugar and patched into crispy chips.The chips are bottled for sale for LD$100.00.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police Corporal charged for assaulting wife, sister

first_imgA Police Corporal was on Friday released on bail by Magistrate Zamilla Ally- Seepaul when he appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court after he was slapped with a series of offences.Rondel Gouveia, 35, denied all seven charges which stated that on June 8, 2018, at Sophia, Greater Georgetown, he unlawfully wounded his reputed wife, Candace Younge.He was also accused of damaging Younge’s mobile phone while making use of threatening language and assaulting her.The Cop was also charged with assaulting his reputed wife’s sister, Alisha Martin, to cause actual bodily harm and also making use of threatening language.He faced another charge of behaving disorderly at the Turkeyen Police Station while being in lawful custody.He was granted bail in the sum of $150,000 and is expected to return to court on July 9.last_img read more

Minibus fare increase another burden – FITUG

first_imgThe Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) has labelled the $20 across-the-board increase in minibus fares, expected to be active by September 1, a burden on the beleaguered working people.Dislocated minibuses parked outside Ashmin’s and Silvie’s Variety Store on High Street, GeorgetownThe union on Monday expressed its dissatisfaction over the fare hike, expressing that “it was disheartening for us that the Government, it seemed, did not take cognisance of what impacts the increases would have on the pockets of the working people.”According to FITUG, although it accepts that the operators have found themselves in a difficult position, taking into consideration the ban on used tyres and increases in the costs of licences and fitness in addition to other increases, the new increases, depending on the route, could work out to as much as a 25 per cent hike in fares.The Union pointed out that it believes the new fare structure would now require workers and their families, depending on the number of buses they would have to take, to fork out as much as several thousands more per month on transportation, though promised a ‘Good Life’ by the ruling Coalition Government.“Naturally, we expected the Administration would have sought to see what assistance the State could have lent to easing the woes of the bus operators, without placing additional burdens on our people. This is the approach any responsible Government would take as it seeks to protect its people’s well-being,” FITUG stated.Moreover, the Union asserted that it had high expectations of the Government to do ‘what is right and decent’. “Certainly, the Coalition had several possible fiscal measures at its disposal, but rather ‘uncreatively’ passed on the increased costs to hapless, overburdened Guyanese”, the agitated Union noted.In addition to the hike on minibus fares, FITUG also complained of the impending hike in water rates, which it said are being saddled on to the backs of our overburdened working people.The union added that while the administration boasts of high economic growth, “we find many of our people cannot cope with the pressures of life. This is not a healthy situation, and one we urge the Administration to pay careful attention to.”About one week ago, the Business Ministry announced that minibuses in the various routes would be benefiting from an additional $20 from each passenger, beginning on September 01.According to the Business Ministry, a new fare structure would be made available to minibus drivers, who would then be responsible for displaying same in their buses.President of the United Minibus Union (UMU), Eon Andrews, has said he is satisfied with the Ministry’s decision to implement a $20 increase. He said, “It might not be a lot, but we are satisfied.”The President of the Minibus Union had in June submitted a proposal for not only a fare increase, but for several other requests to ease the pressure on minibus operators.Although the call for a fare increase came at a time when fuel prices were constantly escalating, Andrews had noted that the call for the additional money was not only due to the fuel prices, but to several other issues. Because of this, the Union’s President said, even if the fuel prices were to be lowered, he would not be willing to drop the transportation costs.last_img read more

Southampton striker facing six weeks out with injury

first_img1 Southampton striker Shane Long Southampton are likely to be without Shane Long for up to six weeks after the forward suffered fractured ribs during Saints’ FA Cup exit to Crystal Palace.The 28-year-old forward was forced off just 14 minutes after his introduction in the second half of Saturday’s fourth-round defeat at St Mary’s.The collision with Palace defender Joel Ward during the 3-2 loss saw Long taken to hospital and it is understood he now faces between four and six weeks out of action.The Republic of Ireland international fractured his ribs but did not sustain a punctured lung, contrary to reports, with his absence another big blow for Champions League-chasing Saints.Toby Alderweireld, Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin are all unavailable at the moment through injury, joining long-term absentees Sam Gallagher and Jay Rodriguez in the treatment room.International commitments mean Sadio Mane, Emmanuel Mayuka and Maya Yoshida have reduced Ronald Koeman’s options further.last_img read more

Nonresidents may be barred in ballot drives

first_imgSACRAMENTO – People who collect signatures to place initiatives on the ballot would have to be California residents under a bill approved Thursday by the Assembly that Republicans criticized as a move to empower union campaigns. Legislation by Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza, D-Carson, would strengthen state law to ensure that signature collectors are legitimate California residents. Lawmakers passed the bill along a party-line vote, 41-31. “They go from city to city collecting signatures and dollars,” Oropeza said of paid workers, who played a role in the 2003 recall of Gov. Gray Davis and other initiative drives in recent years. “They have no connection to our communities, to this state’s laws. They simply do it to collect a buck.” The bill is an attempt by some Democrats in the Legislature to tighten the initiative process so it is less susceptible to outside interest groups. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAssemblyman Mark Wyland, R-Vista, said Republicans believe the bill is intended to advance Democrat initiatives because the in-state unions have the greatest ability to raise signatures by deploying their members. He said Oropeza’s approach does little to empower citizen voters because current law sets a 180-day limit to gather signatures. Oropeza said her bill was narrowly crafted to close legal loopholes in existing law.last_img read more

CHARITY THE REAL WINNER IN SOCCER CLASH

first_imgCHARITY THE REAL WINNER IN SOCCER CLASH was last modified: September 16th, 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:CHARITY THE REAL WINNER IN SOCCER CLASH Border Celtic and Gallen’s Lounge football teams got together after more than 20 years to raise money for charity. The game took place on Saturday evening past in the Finn Valley AC pitch. The money raised will go towards the Cancer Bus that travels to Galway.  The event was organised by the Donegal Charity Shop.One of the organisers of the event Cllr Cora Harvey said: “A great evening was had by all, these two teams were great rivals in their day and it was great to see them all back in action, Gallen’s Lounge Team won the match 2 – 1. Goal scorers were Darren Foy and Paul Finn while PH Bonar was the scored for Border Celtic.“I want to take this opportunity to thank all the players that got involved in the event and a special mention to Liam Lafferty , Sean Farrah Gallen and Brian Harvey for getting the teams organised and Ronan Floyd for refereeing on the night. I would like to thank all those who made food, and those who bought lines and to Donegal GAA for sponsoring a signed Jersey for the raffle. “Finally I would like to thank Conor and Niall Mc Gonagle and Rodney Mohan of the FVAC for their assistance and to the management of FVAC for the use of their pitch and facilities.”Border Celtic: Cathal Gallen, Brian Harvey, James Gallen, Gary Harvey, Francie Gallen, George Sproule, Niall Gallen, Ciaran Callaghan, Donal Foy, Ciaran Coyle, Peadar Byrne, Stephen Kenny, Eugene Gallen, Robert Alexander, Martin Browne, PH Bonar, Hugh Anthony Moss.Gallens’s Lounge: Sean Farrah Gallen, Darren Foy, Liam Lafferty, Shortie Long, Anthony Logue, Martin Mc Menamin, Seamus Bonar, Daniel Gallen, Packie Gallen,  Johnny Glackin, Paul Finn,  Denis Mc Bride, Declan Faulkner, Paddy Doherty, Brian Mc Gowan, Arko, Gerard Mc Dermott.Referee: Ronan Floyd.Lines Men: Dean Harvey and Hugh Anthony Moss. last_img read more

Finn Harps anticipate ‘significant announcement’ on new stadium

first_imgFinn Harps have indicated that a ‘significant announcement’ will be made regarding their new stadium ‘inside weeks’.Harps supporters have long since feared for the embattled project, first mooted at the AGM of the Finn Harps Co-Operative Society as far back as 2004, to relocated the club across the Finn to Stranorlar.Finn Harps secretary John Campbell, manager Ollie Horgan and vice captain Keith Cowan. Picture by Joe Boland, North West News Pix Work has stalled on the development since late 2014. Four years ago, the skeleton of a stand was erected and can be seen from the Railway Road, but work halted and has yet to resume.At last year’s AGM, Harps announced former Sligo University Hospital General Manager and ex-North West Tourism Chief Executive Paul McLoone as their new Stadium Liaison Officer.The delay in the contract work is said to centre on issues with the drawdown of funding, but club secretary John Campbell says that all may not be lost.“There has been significant progress on it,” Mr Campbell told a press conference in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny. “It has been frustrating at times. It has moved on.“We have had it said many times that it is going to happen. We are very hopeful that, inside weeks, that there will be a significant announcement on the stadium.The site of the new Harps stadium.“There have been a lot of false dawns on this, but in fairness to the people working on it, under Paul McLoone, there has been progress and it has progressed significantly. It is awaiting a decision to progress further.”Harps’ ‘matching funding’ for the ambitious development is in the form of the existing stadium on Navenny Street, Ballybofey and the club currently requires a derogation from the FAI to play at Finn Park.Despite playing in the First Division, Harps were granted a Premier Division licence for 2018. Finn Harps anticipate ‘significant announcement’ on new stadium was last modified: February 21st, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Ballybofeyfinn harpsFinn Harps stadiumFinn ParkJohn CampbellPaul McLooneStranorlarlast_img read more

Football quiz as part of National Football Exhibition

first_imgThe National Football Exhibition are hosting a football themed table quiz and raffle with proceeds going to Cara House, Letterkenny.The quiz, on September 26, is a part of the National Football Exhibition, which is rolling into Letterkenny this month.The Exhibition is a celebration of Irish football and 60 Years of European Championships. Donegal is the fifth of seven venues outside of Dublin hosting the National Football Exhibition. The Exhibition is heading to the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny from September 20-29Register your team of four by clicking here – https://www.fai.ie/domestic/national-football-exhibition-donegal-table-quiz – and payment can be made at the event.For individual registration, please email exhibition@fai.ie.The quiz takes place at Arena 7, Letterkenny, at 9pm on Thursday, September 26. Teams of four cost €35 or entry fee of €10 per person. The free Exhibition, which has attractions for all ages, welcomed a wide variety of visitors to date and has proved a hit for school groups and family outings. The National Football Exhibition App which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play Store has a supplementary audio guide available in English or Irish, which gives visitors an extended insight into some of the items on display.Football quiz as part of National Football Exhibition was last modified: September 16th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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

Updated: European neuroscientists revolt against the E.U.’s Human Brain Project

first_img*Update, 11 July, 11:58 a.m.: HBP’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee have responded to the the open letter in a 4-page statement released yesterday. They say they are “saddened” by the letter and say that cognitive neuroscience will still be a part of the HBP’s Partnering Projects. The statement expresses the hope that HBP will unite the neuroscience, medical, and computing communities.An influential group of European neuroscientists is threatening to boycott the Human Brain Project (HBP), the hugely ambitious plan to map the entire human brain in computer models that is slated to receive up to €1 billion in funding from the European Union and its member countries. An open letter published today that has so far received 213 signatures sharply criticizes the project for having a narrow focus, questions the “quality of the governance,” and calls for a tough review and more independent oversight. Without that, they say they will no longer apply for HBP funding.But Henry Markram of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, who leads the project, says the signatories have trouble accepting the “methodological paradigm shift” toward computer modeling that the project embodies; he adds that many more neuroscientists still support the project.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)HBP is one of two very ambitious brain research projects now going on; the other, a U.S. government initiative called BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), has “a much better approach,” says Peter Dayan, a computational neuroscientist at University College London who has been critical of HBP from the start and has signed the open letter. For BRAIN, “they decided what we need to develop are the technologies” for research, such as recording the activity of groups of neurons at a time, rather than trying to simulate the brain in a computer, Dayan says.Markram launched HBP—which grew out of a Swiss project called Blue Brain—as an attempt to model the entire human brain in silico. Some scientists have criticized Blue Brain as a scientific folly and a waste of public money that would sap support from other areas of brain research—although Markram has said they have misunderstood the nature of the project. In January 2013, the European Commission announced that HBP was one of two projects selected to receive up to €1 billion under the Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship Initiatives. The commission will provide half of the money to HBP; the other half is supposed to come from E.U. member states, although it’s unclear whether that support will materialize.The commission’s choice of HBP triggered criticism from scientists. (The other project, on graphene, has been far less controversial.) But Markram had hoped that the award would unite the neuroscience field instead of divide it. “At the moment, everyone is digging in his little corner,” he told Science at the time. “We are asking the whole world of neuroscience to come together.”The opposite has happened. “Many laboratories refused to join the project when it was first submitted because of its focus on an overly narrow approach, leading to a significant risk that it would fail to meet its goals,” says today’s open letter. “The notion that we know enough about the brain to know what we should simulate is crazy, quite frankly,” Dayan says.More researchers became concerned about the project more recently, after HBP submitted a so-called Framework Proposal Agreement for the second round of funding to the European Commission. In it, goals and research areas had been further narrowed, “including the removal of an entire neuroscience subproject and the consequent deletion of 18 additional laboratories,” according to the open letter.The nixed subproject, called Cognitive Architectures and headed by French neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene, represented all the neuroscience in Europe that isn’t working on a molecular or synaptic level, says Zachary Mainen of the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, one of the authors of the letter. HBP “is not a democracy, it’s Henry’s game, and you can either be convinced by his arguments or else you can leave,” Mainen says.Markram, however, tells ScienceInsider that canceling the subproject was supported by nine of the 12 HBP board members and that cognitive scientists have had trouble embracing the basic idea behind HBP. “They just want to do the same thing they have been doing, but the HBP is really about … building technology for sharing and integrating data, about providing a common platform for all of neuroscience,” he says. “It’s a methodological paradigm shift, and it’s a very exciting one, but not for everybody who does this sort of traditional individual research in the lab.”The authors of the letter—which include prominent European neuroscientists—say the European Commission must carry out a thorough and independent review of the entire project and its management. “The panel should make binding recommendations concerning the continuation of the HBP as a whole as well as continuation of individual subprojects,” the letter says, and one or more members of the panel should stay on to serve on an external steering committee for HBP..If the commission can’t meet those demands, it should abandon its support for HBP and channel more funding for neuroscience through other channels, such as the European Research Council, which rewards individual investigators. If the commission does not heed their advice, the letter writers “pledge not to apply for HBP partnering projects and will urge our colleagues to join us in this commitment.”Asked for a response, a representative for the European Commission e-mailed ScienceInsider a statement saying “HBP has only been in place for effectively 9 months, and as for every serious scientific endeavour of this scale, the Commission believes that it is too early to draw conclusions on the success or failure of the project.” The commission will do annual reviews of the project “to assess its advances in scientific and technological research, as well as the management and coordination of the flagship,” says the statement; the first review is planned for January 2015.In retrospect, the whole idea of a €1 billion project to support a single goal may have been flawed, Mainen says. “You need to find a moment in scientific history when this works, like sorting out the human genome,” he says. But HBP was chosen because some of the other proposals—there were six in total—were even worse, he says.Markram does not appear to be impressed by the number of signatories; he says he could get thousands of signatures in support of HBP. “What do we do? Go to war with signatures?” he asks. “That’s silly.” Nonetheless, “we will try to be more clear about how people can participate and how we can benefit every single neuroscientist,” Markram says.last_img read more