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Djokovic wins his 17th Grand Slam, narrows the fence and takes the one

first_imgDjokovic’s triumph extends the unstoppable streak of the Large Three. Between Federer, Nadal and he have received the final 13 Grand Slams, since January 2017. The final champion exterior this legends membership will proceed to be Stan Wawrinka, who triumphed at the 2016 US Open. The Balkan had misplaced in his two clashes in opposition to Thiem (final 12 months in the semifinals of Roland Garros and in the group stage of the London Masters), however in the ultimate of a terrific his indomitable spirit of champion prevailed. He’s already the third participant who provides at the very least eight titles in the similar Slam in the historical past of tennis, after Nadal (12 in Roland Garros) and Federer (eight in Wimbledon). “King of Melbourne Park,” that’s what they known as him in trophy supply. The reign of Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open appears countless. The Serbian, who had a really uphill ultimate in opposition to the aspiring Dominic Thiem, approach of being eternally, traced with greatness (6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3 and 6-Four in virtually 4 hours) to elongate his absolute document in Melbourne with an eighth title, which is his 17th in Grand Slams. With it, he shortens distances with Federer (20) and Nadal (19), and takes away the quantity one in the world by combating after revalidating the trophy received in 2019. It’s the fourth time he repeats success in the match (he did it twice between 2011 and 2013, and one other in 2016). Many causes to have a good time. Nole overcame all the things. Two penalties of the chair choose for delaying the serve in the second set off-center him (“Good job, you’re going to turn out to be well-known,” Damian Dumusois informed the Frenchman), then suffered from the abdomen, however recovered and reacted from expertise and braveness till miserable Thiem, who missed the alternative to launch his document in majors by escaping his third ultimate (he misplaced in opposition to Rodal Garros 2018 and 2019 in opposition to Nadal). Outcomes of the males’s staff of the Australian Open.last_img read more

Jack Butland ‘absolutely devastated’ as injury dashes Euro 2016 hopes

first_img1 England goalkeeper Jack Butland has been left “absolutely devastated” after his Euro 2016 hopes looked to have been ended by a fractured ankle.The Football Association announced the extent of the injury Butland suffered in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Germany, confirming in the process that the 23-year-old has left the England squad.Such injuries usually require months of recovery time, and with the tournament in France just 10 weeks away it seems inevitable Butland will be spending the summer at home.The FA said in a statement on Sunday evening: “Goalkeeper Jack Butland will miss Tuesday night’s fixture against the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium after fracturing his ankle.“The Stoke City man sustained the injury in the first half of Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Germany in Berlin and has now returned home.”Butland had earlier been optimistic about his prospects, vowing he would “work hard to get back fit”.But the results of a scan delivered news he was dreading, and Butland wrote on Twitter: “Today’s scan revealed I’ve fractured my ankle, absolutely devasted (sic)! I’ll be doing everything I can to get back fit as soon as I can!”Butland picked up the injury just before Toni Kroos opened the scoring in Berlin but did not kick the ball out and was beaten from long distance – staying down as Germany celebrated.The FA said England manager Roy Hodgson would not be adding to his squad at present.England had a light training session at their Grove hotel base in Watford on Sunday as they began preparations for the Holland game, following the impressive display in Berlin.With Joe Hart injured, Butland was handed his fourth cap for the clash with Germany, and was replaced by Fraser Forster moments before half-time after going down in agony.Burnley’s Tom Heaton is also in Hodgson’s current squad and could have a role to play against Holland at Wembley on Tuesday.England conceded a second goal to Mario Gomez in the second half against Germany but shocked the world champions as Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy struck to level before Eric Dier headed a last-minute winner. The 23-year-old shot-stopper is likely to be ruled out of the Three Lions’ plans for the summer center_img We’d like to wish @JackButland_One a swift recovery from his injury.Updated #England squad to face @OnsOranje:— England (@england) March 27, 2016last_img read more


first_imgDonegal team manager Jim Mc Guinness with his assistants Rory Gallagher and Maxi Curran oversee the warm-up prior to their Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final victory over Down at Breffni Park (Pic Gary Foy for Donegal Daily)Cathal MacSuibhne’s Donegal GAA Blog: Dún na nGall Edge Past Dogged DownDonegal’s drive for three Ulster titles in a row is still on and after a tense affair in Cavan yesterday they booked their place at the provincial finale in four weeks time.Down set the tone for the game with their tactical strategy, James McCartan determined not to let history repeat itself. In last year’s Ulster Final, Down stayed with Donegal for the first half before being blown out of the water – yesterday they were going to stay with them right until the end. The Mourne Men set themselves up the same way Tyrone did in last year’s semi final and made life very difficult for the Champions. It was just what this Donegal team needed though; a tight, tough, tense encounter and while not playing at their best – indeed not being allowed to play at their best – they still came through and that’s the mark of a team who know how to win matches.Most games are decided in the closing stages but in truth the first fourteen minutes settled this contest. With Down’s red and black bus parked at the town end of Breffni Park they were setup to defend a lead and look for scraps on the break, going 0-4 behind at this stage of the game though signalled trouble. They fought brilliantly throughout and McCartan and his players deserve huge credit but they never looked like finding enough scores to get over the line.In the first half Down tried to attack through the middle when they may have been better off using the wings where there was more space. They did get back to within two points by the half time break but that was as close as they got. After the break, they used the wide areas more before bursting inside at angles and got some joy with Donegal forced to give away a number of frees. Every time though they got within striking distance, the men in green and gold mustered a point from somewhere. One key moment in the last quarter could have turned things but once Eamon McGee collected a Down free off the upright the Ulster Final was in sight – if that had been converted it was a one point game.McGee alongside his brother Neil and Ardara’s Paddy McGrath were outstanding in the full back line. In today’s game positions around the middle don’t really mean a lot – half forwards, midfielders and half backs all do a similar job and have to work in a scrum of bodies everyday they take to the field. The other lines though have more individuality about them and that trio in the last line of defence were immense. So too the inside line. Right now our full forward line is the best in the business and they proved their worth in spades yesterday. Patrick McBrearty worked tirelessly throughout and despite being under the weather, which resulted in a visit to a local dentist on Saturday night, he played his part in the victory, the highlight for him a beautiful point from play in the first half.Colm McFadden was the star of the show and the win rounded off a very special week for him following the birth of his son Matthew (Jimmy’s nephew) on Wednesday night. When the game was growing tenser by the second it was the Creeslough man who stood up and boomed over two towering long range points to keep Down at bay.Captain Michael Murphy came to the fore as well finishing the day with 0-5, four of those coming from frees. His last free, which sealed the win, was a massive 60 yard effort and it had plenty to spare as it sailed over the same crossbar which caused him so much grief three years ago in the U21 Final. Murphy gets a bit of stick for not contributing more from play on the scoreboard but there aren’t many players in the country who could nail such a mammoth kick.Ryan McHugh made his Championship debut yesterday and despite reservations about the strength of McGuinness’ squad the substitutes again played their part with Marty Reilly and Martin McElhinney showing well once more.McHugh was assigned a man-marking brief on Conor Laverty, just as he had been in the league match earlier this year in Ballybofey. Laverty had caused a lot of problems in the first half; his low centre of gravity allied to his balance and sharpness make him a difficult opponent and indeed an early challenge on him resulted in a yellow card for the elder McGee. His threat certainly waned though once McHugh got to grips with him. Despite the good performance of McElhinney after his introduction, midfield was again a worry. Tyrone were on top in the middle third for long periods of the quarter final and with strong displays from Kalum King, Ambrose Rogers and Kevin McKernan yesterday Donegal were under the cosh again. It was clear after half-time that Paul Durcan used the short kick out a lot more in order to provide primary possession for his team-mates. Its obviously something the management are working on – Maxi Curran could be seen recording all of yesterday’s kick outs and these will no doubt be analysed forensically in the coming weeks.Ryan’s brother Mark as usual treaded every blade of grass on the field of play and after an injury ravaged league he seems to be getting back to his best. Injuries, or hopefully the lack of them, as we go through the year are going to have a major impact on Donegal’s season. Without two starters yesterday, Karl Lacey and Neil Gallagher, the team lost two more by half time with Ryan Bradley and Frank McGlynn succumbing to concussion. Club Championship action this weekend has the potential to add more bodies to the treatment table so it will be a huge positive if Jim and Rory can get everyone to Clones on the 21st fit and well.Down will feel they let the game slip due to the fact they had Donegal within striking distance but couldn’t provide a killer blow. They didn’t actually have that many chances though and often seemed reluctant to shoot. A hallmark of the McGuinness tenure is the economy that his side shows in front of the posts – it’s very unusual to see a Donegal player take on a low percentage chance – they remain patient and wait for the right opportunity. Down on the other hand rushed a lot of their shots and played quite a number into the grateful hands of Durcan.The absence of both Lacey and McGlynn left a distinct lack of pace in the half back line and against such a packed defence this can lead to slow ball and therefore more time for the defensive wall to regroup and get set. Donegal suffered from this in the now infamous semi-final defeat to Dublin in 2011 and it was shown up again yesterday. Early on, Donegal counteracted Down’s deep lying blanket by pushing up on them and employing a high line pressing game that Mayo have used to good effect in their last two games. If anything though they committed too many men forward and cluttered things up even more for themselves. This led to poor, impatient passing and Down forced numerous turnovers. As the half went on, Donegal retreated to cope with the attacking threat which belatedly came from their opponents. After having too many bodies forward they then left the ball carrier isolated on a few occasions; Leo McLoone in particular found himself high and dry as he moved into a full forward role at the end of the first half. This is out of character for this team and unfortunately we also saw glimpses of it the league defeats to Cork and Mayo.As for the game itself as a whole, some have described it as a tense, engrossing affair while others are lamenting the lack of flair and space. So far Championship 2013 analysis has been dominated by the lack of competitiveness and the gap between the haves and the have nots. You cant have it both ways and surely a gripping contest with a grandstand finish beats a one-sided stroll any day.Either way Donegal or indeed Down won’t care too much about the quality of the game – they both know the result. The latter head to the qualifiers in good fettle and with a good chance of making Croke Park in August – for the double Ulster Champions it’s all about Clones in a month’s time and making it a treble.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA BLOG: JIMMY’S TEAM KNOWS HOW TO WIN MATCHES was last modified: June 25th, 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:CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S GAA BLOG: JIMMY’S TEAM KNOWS HOW TO WIN MATCHESlast_img read more

Poly makes trip a success

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Los Alamitos 16, Millikan 8 Senior driver Brian Mattingly had three goals and four steals for the Rams (1-1), who lost their first game of the season to the Griffins (2-1). FOOTBALL St. Anthony 35, St. Genevieve 6 Running back Sidney Gonzalez scored three touchdowns and John Piraino added the other two for the visiting Saints (2-0). The Poly High cross country team was in Hawaii on Saturday, and Ethan Durham and Tava Tedesco made sure the trip wasn’t just for fun in the sun. Durham, a senior, came in first place in the boys division at the Kamehameha Invitational after racing across the 3-mile course and crossing the finish line in 16.31. On the girls side, the Jackrabbits took the first five spots led by Tedesco, who ran a 19.51. BOYS WATER POLO center_img GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Los Alamitos 2, Rim of the World 1 Alex Filkins, and Rachael Moss were both named to the all-tournament team after the Griffins defeated the Fighting Scots, 22-25, 25-23, 15-13, in the third-place game of the Durango Tournament in Las Vegas. Wilson finished in 13th place and Poly 14th. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Angels: Garland shuts down Angels in Game 3

first_imgANAHEIM – With umpire Doug Eddings safely tucked away down the right-field line, the American League Championship Series resumed Friday night without so much as a peep from the Angels. There really wasn’t much the Angels could say, not as Chicago White Sox pitcher Jon Garland quieted their bats for nine innings in a 5-2 White Sox win in front of 44,725 at Angel Stadium, giving the White Sox a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Garland threw a complete-game four hitter, allowing only a two-run home run to Orlando Cabrera in the sixth inning. After Cabrera’s home run, the former Kennedy High of Granada Hills standout retired the final 10 Angels hitters to finish it off. “He was in command of all his pitches,” Cabrera said. “He kept the ball down, he rode the corners, he threw strikes. It was like we were looking for something else, something soft. It didn’t come. We kept getting jammed because he threw a lot of fastballs. Garland walked Chone Figgins to begin the bottom of the first, but didn’t walk another batter. “I think the confidence rolled up from the offense there in the first inning,” Garland said, “going out there and giving me some quick early runs took the pressure off me a little bit, and I was able to go out there and attack the zone.” While the Angels heaped praise on Garland, they know that their hitters are capable of more, and nobody fits that bill more than Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero had an infield single in four at-bats Friday, and his postseason slump continues. Guerrero is hitting .233 (7 for 30) in the playoffs with no extra-base hits and one RBI. Including the regular season, he has one home run in his past 76 at-bats. “He’s a guy that likes to do his thing every game,” Cabrera said. “He needs to relax more. I try to talk to him, let him know they’re not pitching to him at all. But he’s swinging the bat good, hitting the ball hard. They’re just catching it.” Angels hitting coach Mickey Hatcher said he thinks Guerrero is swinging the bat well, but Guerrero has been especially aggressive at the plate, seeing just 27 pitches in his 11 at-bats in the three ALCS games. “I think he’s frustrated right now,” Hatcher said. “I tell him, it could happen tomorrow. It’s just how he is, he wants to do it more than anybody. You can see the look on his face. He’s working hard to figure out some things.” Outside of Cabrera’s home run, the only Angel to get as far as second base in the game was Darin Erstad, who doubled with two out in the second inning but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Meanwhile, Lackey was off his game from the start, the White Sox scoring three times in the first inning. Jermaine Dye doubled home Scott Podsednik with one out, and Konerko followed with his home run, a two-run blast over the fence in left-center on a hanging breaking ball for a 3-0 White Sox lead. In the third, Tadahito Iguchi led off with a single, went to second on a walk to Dye and scored one out later on Carl Everett’s single to left to put Chicago up, 4-0. Lackey worked a 1-2-3 fourth inning before the White Sox got another run in the fifth on Konerko’s RBI single. Lackey got out of the fifth but was done for the night. He had failed to pitch into the sixth inning only three times in 33 regular-season starts. “On the full-count curveball to Konerko, John hung it and Paul hit it,” Scioscia said. “Tonight was a night he didn’t have what he usually has.” Joe Haakenson, (626) 962-8811 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We looked weird today. We didn’t swing the bat like we used to.” With Mark Buehrle throwing a complete game in Game 2, the White Sox became the first team to throw back-to-back complete games in the ALCS since the Angels’ Tommy John and Bruce Kison did it against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1982. “It’s nothing we haven’t seen all year,” said White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who had three hits, including a two-run homer in the first inning, to give the White Sox a 3-0 lead. “It’s the reason why we’re here. I think there’s a healthy competition amongst (the starters). They always try to outdo each other.” The White Sox jumped on Angels starter John Lackey early, getting three runs in the first inning, two coming on Konerko’s third postseason home run. Lackey lasted five innings and gave up all five runs and eight hits, putting the Angels in an early hole that all but doomed them from the start. “Our formula for winning, much like theirs, is really let our pitchers relax a little bit, make pitches and pitch deep enough into a game,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “You’re able to do that when one team jumps out in front. They were able to do that, and they relaxed – Jon relaxed and pitched a good game.” last_img read more

Help for homeless families

first_imgAmid intensified attention on Los Angeles’ homeless population, a downtown mission announced plans Friday for a 71-acre complex north of Lake View Terrace to aid up to 80 families from Skid Row. Union Rescue Mission said it paid about $7.5 million for the old Foresters Haven on a remote site adjacent to the Angeles National Forest and the former Lopez Canyon Landfill. Officials said the campus – which includes rolling lawns, a waterfall, a koi-filled pool and lodge-style dormitories and buildings – will be used as transitional housing for up to 300 people, about 27 percent of whom landed on Skid Row after living in the San Fernando or Antelope valleys. “It’s really all about getting women and children away from the dangers of the streets of Los Angeles and out to a peaceful, restful place … where they can be restored,” said Andy Bales, president of the mission, which houses about 40 families at its downtown facility. The move comes as city scrutiny of Skid Row has increased in recent weeks and some have raised concerns that city efforts to aid the homeless would include moving facilities to the San Fernando Valley. Residents with the Kagel Canyon Civic Association – who would be the closest neighbors to the proposed center about a mile away – were briefed by mission staffers in August and tentatively agreed to the project as long as conditions such as beefed-up patrols, adequate staff and association input were met. “The community recognizes that the facility would probably not be welcome in Brentwood, and that there exists a potential for some issues with troubled kids, possible drug use and potential for some male figures coming and causing some trouble,” said association President Randy Drew. “That being said, the consensus of our residents … seemed to me to be that it was a good and worthy cause. “I am proud that my community seems willing to risk potential sacrifice to help the people in need by partnering with the Union Rescue Mission.” Other community groups farther from the site just north of Lake View Terrace said they hadn’t yet heard of the mission’s plan, and wanted more information on the potential impact. “We definitely need to get involved. While it might be a positive for them … we have to hear how the stakeholders in the community feel,” said Bonnie Bernard, vice president of the Sylmar Neighborhood Council. Before the facility can open – possibly by February – it must get a county conditional-use permit, which would include public hearings, as well as make some renovations. While Bales said city and county funding would be sought, city officials noted that money from the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund – which Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced this week would be doubled to $100 million – is not available for transitional housing. Union Rescue Mission purchased the property with an equity line of credit, and has raised $3 million as part of an $18 million private-public campaign to renovate the facility, as well as provide extensive counseling, education, mental health, life skills and other services with 28 staff over the next three years. Families – mostly single moms with children, but including some dads – who either are already on Skid Row or who are about to lose their homes, would be eligible for the facility, to be called Hope Gardens Family Center. Bales said residents would be allowed to stay a maximum of two years and the mission’s goal is to return families to their communities of origin or low-income housing throughout the county. Around-the-clock security at the gated facility also is planned. Irene Sumida, director of Fenton Avenue Charter School in Lake View Terrace, said the school is prepared to handle up to 75 children from the center, saying the school’s experience so far with children who’ve lived in shelters has been positive. “They are wonderful models in terms of the appreciation they show for what they receive at school,” Sumida said. The center also is being embraced by homeless advocates, who say it would represent a new environmental model. “Everyone universally agrees Skid Row is not a good place for anyone, but that it’s terribly detrimental to families with children,” said Mitchell Netburn, executive director for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. “There is nothing I can think of like that setting, a little community unto itself,” Netburn said of the new site. “It’s like paradise.” Netburn said one of the problems with getting people off Skid Row is finding reliable service providers as well as sites where NIMBYism isn’t overwhelming. Sheriff Lee Baca – whose plans for a South Los Angeles village for homeless people in transition fell apart amid NIMBYism and funding problems – called the proposal’s location and services “ideal.” “We can’t afford to have children homeless,” Baca said, adding that he’s convinced the mission will manage the facility well and won’t be transporting “a nuisance” from downtown to the Valley. Bales said the community has nothing to fear from the mission, recounting some families’ reaction a couple of months ago when they got a preview of the center during an outing from downtown. “The kids were transformed, the teenagers were running around … the moms were relaxed.” Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

BetWay, Onduparaka renew marriage

first_imgSome of Onduparaka players and stuff recieving the bumper cheque at hotel AfricanaOnline betting company Betway has renewed their partnership with Onduparaka Football club to the tune of Shs600 million ahead of the new season.The deal was made official on Monday morning at Hotel Africana in Kampala.Anton Opparman the Country manager Betway, believes Onduparaka FC have lived up to their expectations and that is the reason why they have renewed their commitment.“Betway is pleased to announce our continued support and commitment to Onduparaka FC this season 2017/18,” he said.“We are excited to be part of the journey with Onduparaka FC that bought passion back into the game with increased number of fans in stadia. Onduparaka FC has the biggest fan base and inspired other clubs to come up with strategies to enhance their fan base,” he added.The Shs600m is an increment from the Shs180m that Betway offered the West Nile giants last season.Benard Atiku, the Member of Parliament for Ayivu County and also the club patron, thanked Betway for the commitment and promised to perform better this season.“We are grateful for the partnership with Betway. We had a wounderful season last with them on board and with the revamped partnership, I believe we shall perform better,” he said.Onduparaka FC finished 5th last season in their maiden in the Uganda Premier League campaign and have already signed a few players including former SC Villa and Lweza striker Karim Ndugwa, goalkeeper Nicholas Ssebwato and Rajab Kakooza among others.They start the season with a home tie aganist Proline FC at the Green Light stadium in Arua before travelling to Luzira Prisons stadium to play managerless new comers Maroons FC.Commentslast_img read more

Dumb Down or Wise Up?  Rhetoric Over ID Intensifies

first_imgMore and more reporters, scientists and scientific societies are weighing in with their opinions on evolution vs. intelligent design (ID) this week (see 08/13/2005 entry).  Here are some of the more interesting of the recent salvos:It’s Official: ID Is Not Science:  If the scientific validity of an idea can be ruled by authority, then intelligent design has been voted unscientific by three agricultural societies, reported EurekAlert.  The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America have joined other scientific organizations in condemning President Bush’s remark (08/13/2005) that students should hear both sides in the origins debate.  To them, anything other than evolution is religious, and evolution is just as scientific as gravity.Tolerance:  In a somewhat surprising tone of conciliation, considering previous attacks on ID as religiously motivated (08/10/2005), Nature argued that a religious leader should be allowed to speak at a scientific meeting.  Why should the Dalai Lama not be barred from sharing his views on neuroscience and society?  History: “But speakers at meetings – non-scientists or scientists – should not be barred on the basis of their religious beliefs.  Well-known scientists including Newton have had religious beliefs that many people would disagree with,” Nature points out, “but these have no bearing on the credibility of their scientific ideas.”  Since the Dalai Lama will not be speaking as a scientist, presumably that’s OK.  He is perfectly entitled to do so, the editorial argues, with the title reading, “Science and religion in harmony.”BBC: British Bashing Creation:  Harold Evans gave his point of view on the question of creation for the BBC News.  Scopes, fundamentalism, creationism in a subtler guise – you get the idea.KDE: Kansas Denigrating Evolution:  Geoff Brumfiel in Nature 08/18/2005 reported on the Kansas decision to allow criticisms of evolution.  Brumfiel gives quotation rights to those who claim this is a “religiously motivated” that paves the way for teaching of intelligent design.  Education board chairman Steve Abrams called the charges baloney: “Is it wrong to teach critical analysis and critical thinking?” he asked.  Eugenie Scott got the last word: “These standards are very clearly denigrating evolution.”No Worries, Mate:  The Australian minister of education, Brendan Nelson, doesn’t want intelligent design to replace “teaching the origins of mankind in a scientific sense,” reports CNS News, but if parents want their children to be taught about ID, that’s fine.  “It’s about choice, reasonable choice,” he remarked.Battle Royale at USA Today:  Evolutionists and ID theorists faced off in USA Today.  Eugenie Scott and Glenn Branch gave their side, and ID spokesmen John Angus Campbell and Stephen Meyer got equal time.Persecution:  David Klinghoffer, writing in the National Review, exposed underhanded tactics used by members of the Smithsonian Institution in its treatment of Richard Sternberg last year for his allowing the publication of an ID paper in one of its journals (09/24/2004).  The Washington Post followed with an exposé.  The US Office of Special Counsel issued a letter (posted by Sternberg), finding that the Smithsonian’s actions constituted a “hostile work environment” designed to retaliate against Sternberg and force him out of the Smithsonian.  The actions included disseminating misinformation throughout the institution about him and digging for dirt in his background.Dumb Down:  With what Rob Crowther (Discovery Institute) called “shrill polemics,” Peter Ward (U. of Washington), co-author of Rare Earth, gave a piece of his mind to the Seattle News Tribune.  Incredulous that intelligent design is being given the time of day, he compared creationism with belief in a flat earth, and claimed the ID leadership must admire religious states like Iran.  “Teaching intelligent design at the middle school or high school level will rob our young students of a proper grounding in science, because it bears no relationship to science,” he said.  “Those who say it does are toying with the future of our nation.  And I believe they are doing so deliberately, even maliciously.”  Now, Dr. Ward, tell us what you really think.Wise Up:  Jonathan Witt (Discovery Institute) responded to Peter Ward in the News Tribune without flinching.  He claimed such comments represent an attitude of desperation on the part of Darwinists, who don’t want competition.  To them, President Bush committed the unforgivable sin by allowing Darwinism to be questioned.  Witt claims that the Darwinists’ reactions bear all the hallmarks of a paradigm in crisis.If the Darwinists don’t come up with better talking points, they’re going to lose.  They all sound like each other, throwing around loaded words and ridicule with talk of flat earth, bogeymen, Taliban, pseudoscience, fundamentalism and, worst of all, “creationism.”  Come on, you guys, wise up.  Tell ID how molecular machines built themselves and they’ll turn down the heat.  It is indeed strange how tolerant the materialists are of religion when it is the Eastern, mystical kind, maybe because it only makes them meditate instead of think.  They can relate to that.  After all, Darwinian storytelling puts one into an altered state of consciousness.    It’s good to see the question of origins get some public exposure, but the thing ID should fear most is not the arguments of the Darwin Party.  It is the raw exercise of their power to shut off discussion, and to rule, by fiat, Charlie Worship as the official state religion.  Such a tactic would be analogous to frequent cases where laws passed by Congress or by public initiatives – sometimes by overwhelming margins – have been ruled “unconstitutional” by a single activist judge or circuit court.  They could do it, you know, and they just might.  The dumb will just roll over and accept the decision of the oligarchy.  The wise will take note of what such a response signifies.  The rulers of Athens can neither explain, nor endure, a gadfly.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

“Darwin Fail” Entries Add Up

first_imgIf nothing makes sense except in the light of evolution, the light sometimes is shining away from Darwin.Bird stripes:  Some evolutionists thought that sexual selection led to color bands in zebra finches.  “One of the most replicated experiments in behavioral ecology is the presumed manipulation of male attractiveness in zebra finches by adding red or green color bands,” authors in PLoS ONE said ( Seguin A, Forstmeier W (2012) No Band Color Effects on Male Courtship Rate or Body Mass in the Zebra Finch: Four Experiments and a Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 7(6): e37785. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037785).  Well, Seguin and Forstmeier replicated the experiment and couldn’t confirm any evidence for evolution.  “Combining this new experimental data with all the published evidence in a meta-analysis shows that color bands seem to affect neither male courtship rate (average effect size d = 0.02) nor male body mass (d = −0.07),” they said.  “…The present case is a reminder that replication of experiments lies at the heart of distinguishing between real effects and false positive findings.”Living fossil fish: past fail, future hope and change:  “Living fossils reveal secrets of evolution,” a headline on PhysOrg promised, but alas, no evolution was found in the article.  Bichirs are African fish that “posses a number of archaic characteristics that are otherwise found only in fossil fish,” another PhysOrg article stated. A molecular clock analysis of bichirs only offered a possibility to start to begin to commence to “get a better understanding” of how these living fossils might have evolved, despite little change from the fossil record.  The project “therefore provided scientists with an important basis for future studies of the anatomical and genetic development of early vertebrates,” the article stated hopefully.Cooperation of the fittest:  By PhysOrg‘s own admission, cooperative species are an evolutionary enigma that shouldn’t be:Evolution by definition is cold and merciless: it selects for success and weeds out failure. It seems only natural to expect that such a process would simply favour genes that help themselves and not others. Yet cooperative behaviour can be observed in many areas, and humans helping each other are a common phenomenon. Thus, one of the major questions in science today is how cooperative behaviour could evolve.A new “theoretical model” sounds promising in the article, but allows for opposite outcomes in the computer depending on how multiple factors are tweaked.  Natural populations have ways of defeating computer software, so without field work, the model seems a post-hoc rationalization for something Darwin didn’t expect.Youth in Asia:  How long have evolutionists postulated humans originated in Africa?  Answer: at least since Darwin.  Now, however, a new primate fossil is causing some to think the Asians beat the Africans to the punch line.  To rescue the textbook story, according to Live Science, “This migration from Asia ultimately helps set the stage for the later evolution of apes and humans in Africa.”  Out of Asia, then Out of Africa.  Get it?Slim-o-saurs:  All the Godzilla movies will have to be re-done.  Dinosaurs weren’t the big, lumbering beasts long portrayed in movies.  According to PhysOrg, a new study by University of Manchester comparing skeletons living mammals with dinosaur bones, and then calculating the body mass to skin wrapping volume, shows that previous calculations of body mass of large dinosaurs such as brachiosaurs were overestimated by almost 350%.Cave campfires:  Wrong again.  Evolutionary dating of continuous fire use by human ancestors is off by 250%, according to Nature (485, 31 May 2012, pp. 586–587, doi:10.1038/nature11195). “An analysis of microscopic and spectroscopic features of sediments deposited in a South African cave one million years ago suggests that human ancestors were using fire much earlier than had been thought.”With these upsets in evolutionary theory, the best way Darwinists at Harvard have found to keep new disciples up coming through the ranks is to avoid the Darwin Fail stories, and instead, reach out and touch them with games that create “tree-thinking” – as if students are not already thinking like wooden stumps.A theory so flexible it can accommodate any unexpected data is convenient, accommodating, workable, long-lasting, consensus-building, useful, convincing, practical, stable, functional, pleasing, agreeable, and unscientific.What do we mean by “Darwin Fail?”  See for clues, then go to the Darwin Awards. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mars Life Hopes Reduced

first_imgKey assumptions about habitability on Mars have fallen, but astrobiologists try to keep hope alive.By gully, no water there. When first seen, gullies on the walls of certain Martian craters were announced as strong evidence for water. Even though water cannot exist on Mars’ surface now, scientists felt subsurface water could be temporarily liberated to flow down the crater walls and carve the gullies. Now, Science Daily says, “Mars gullies likely not formed by liquid water.” Improved imaging data from multiple wavelengths has undermined the watery explanation. “The findings showed no mineralogical evidence for abundant liquid water or its by-products, thus pointing to mechanisms — such as the freeze and thaw of carbon dioxide frost — other than the flow of water as being the major driver of recent gully evolution.” Since life needs water, this undermines hopes for finding life at these sites. While the findings do not rule out water, scientists think it would consist of “small amounts of brine” incapable of forming the gullies.Forced sterilization. Astrobiologists don’t expect life to be found on the surface of Mars due to the planet’s high radiation exposure (9/05/14). Instead, they hope to find it deep underground. Now, asks, “Did Meteorite Impacts Sterilize Subsurface Mars Life?” Discovery News writer Ian O’Neill has bad news:The sites of meteorite impacts on Mars are often considered to be good places to look for life. After all, it’s most likely that if any trace of life (past or present) ever took hold on the Red Planet, it would most likely be preserved under the bedrock of Mars’ harsh surface. Should there be a recent impact, could we search the debris to seek-out this recently excavated pristine rock for life?Alas, in new research, this kind of impact crater search could be a fool’s errand; the energy of the impact likely sterilized any material we’d consider organic and related to life.Notice he says it would not have just killed life; it would have destroyed the organic material “related” to life. He ends without providing any empirical evidence for keeping hope alive. He just says, “we can’t assume that every crater will be a Mars biology goldmine.”Astrobiology propaganda continues. Live Science takes a look at 20 years of research into the famous Allen Hills meteorite ALH 84001 that caused a big media stir in 1996. At a NASA press conference, David McKay and colleagues presented tantalizing hints of fossilized organisms inside the rock. The photo in Live Science’s story showing a worm-like structure was replicated around the world. Shortly afterward, a new science was born: “astrobiology.” NASA formed its Astrobiology Institute that continues to this day funding projects to look for life beyond the earth. “Without this paper, the field of astrobiology may never have come to exist,” comments Carnegie Institute astrobiologist Andrew Steele. This could be interpreted that without the paper, he wouldn’t have a job.In retrospect, though, Timothy Swindle of the University of Arizona finds that skepticism has grown in the interim. In 1996, he had interviewed 100 colleagues and determined that scientists felt it was a completely open question whether life could exist on Mars. This was 20 years after the 1976 Viking landers, having failed to detect organic molecules in the Martian soil, dashed the optimistic hopes of that era. Viking was 12 years after the first Mars visit by Mariner 4 sent back images of a Mars not lush with canals, forests, and intelligent civilizations (as popularized by Percival Lowell) but looking like a crater-pockmarked desert.Swindle and many others are skeptical that ALH 84001 provided evidence for life, but the original authors maintain their story. Even the skeptics acknowledge that some good came from the announcement. It generated a lot of research to try to prove or disprove the claim, and it gave a shot in the arm to the Mars program that produced the orbiters and rovers that have fascinated the public. Still, no evidence of life has ever been found. The news about dry gullies and sterile craters is likely to reinforce a trend in our perception of Mars: it has a lot of interesting geology, but no life.What kind of justification is that? Suppose scientists announced evidence for ghosts on Mars. A swarm of studies and publications follows to prove or disprove the claim. NASA launches a Ghostology Institute, using public funds, to continue the search. Ghostbuster Rovers land on the red planet, looking under every rock for evidence of the elusive beings. Twenty years later, the ghosts remain undiscovered, but scientists justify the original claim that it did a lot of good because of all the research it generated. “Without it,” a beneficiary exclaims, “the field of ghostology would never have come to exist.” Would that be a Swindle, Timothy?Space exploration needs astrobiology like Roald Amundsen needed Darwin’s storybook in his pack to reach the South Pole. We explore because things are there. It’s in our nature to discover. Instead of bamboozling the public with NASA propaganda endlessly promising to find life that never shows up, we have a better idea. Promote space exploration on these grounds: We will never fully understand how exceptional the Earth is for life without comparing it in detail to other bodies in the solar system and around other stars. That’s truthful; that’s empirical; that is sufficient. (Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more