December 26

Chelsea could use Morata in deal for record breaking striker

first_img Morata won the FA Cup with Chelsea 2 Sarri, who worked with Higuain when the striker had his record breaking season at Napoli, is now said to be on the verge of taking over at Stamford Bridge.And according to Italian publication, Gazzetta dello Sport, a swap could happen when the manager situation is finally resolved.Higuain scored a record 36 goals in 35 Serie A games under Sarri in 2016, as Napoli went close to winning a first league crown since 1990. In winning the league’s Golden Boot (Capocannoniere) he broke Gunnar Nordahl’s 66-year old record.He moved to Juventus for £78million shortly afterwards where he has scored 55 times.Morata has so far struggled to settle in at Chelsea following his £58m transfer from Real Madrid, but it is understood he would consider a return to Turin where he played between 2014 and 2016. Higuain played under Sarri at Napoli A swap involving Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain has once again been mooted.A deal where the two strikers would swap places was reportedly under consideration in May when Maurizio Sarri was being touted as Antonio Conte’s replacement as Chelsea manager. 2 He scored 11 Premier League goals last season as the Blues finished fifth, though they still ended the season as FA Cup winners.Follow all the latest transfer rumours here.last_img read more

December 19

Astrobiologists Whip Up False Hopes

first_imgAstrobiology long ago abandoned the kind of science that fostered the Scientific Revolution in the 17th century.Nullius in verba, the motto of the Royal Society (“on the word of no one”), was a statement affirming the priority of evidence. Nothing in science should be taken on authority. In the natural sciences, evidence was to be the arbiter of truth. The Scientific Revolution was coming out of a period when Aristotle was taught uncritically by many university professors (although the extent of that in the Middle Ages is debatable). Enraptured by the glorious discoveries of Galileo, Kepler, Harvey, Boyle, and Newton, and invigorated with the empirical method espoused by Francis Bacon, the Royal Society made it their aim to “test everything: hold fast what is good” (I Thessalonians 5:21). They envisioned a cornucopia of fruitful benefits for humanity based on observation-tested hypotheses. Discoveries poured forth when natural philosophers (today called scientists) were liberated from thinking that quoting Aristotle, Plato and Galen provided sufficient authorization for their conclusions. No! To the evidence!Note: Lest this simplified history be criticized, we should remember that influential medieval scholars, such as Roger Bacon and Robert Grosseteste, strongly advocated empiricism. Aristotle himself promoted observation and did not consider his findings the last word. Undoubtedly many throughout history have understood common-sense testing of options is superior to taking others’ words for things. There are always some sensible people in a crowd; how else did Egyptians build pyramids and Greco-Romans build magnificent aqueducts and machines for construction and warfare, if not by testing what works? The Scientific Revolution was less a brand-new thing than a movement to emphasize observation and de-emphasize authority. Lest we feel superior, look how many people today base their beliefs on Google or Wikipedia, or what a prof said in science class, without checking for themselves.If those were the pillars of reasoning in the Scientific Revolution, what happened? In some quarters, Big Science is back to authority! A scientist must conform to the consensus in order to get along these days. Some non-controversial fields do well with empiricism, but it can be downright dangerous to buck the consensus in certain fields like climate, psychology or evolution (including cosmic, chemical, planetary and biological evolution). Within the consensus, scientists can and do engage in vigorous debates. But one must never question the authority of the consensus, which these days is founded on a religious worldview: scientific materialism. (We sometimes call this the Darwin Party, since Darwin symbolizes the approach of eliminating design from consideration, and legitimized the non-empirical Just-So Storytelling method.) Scientists wearing the D-Merit Badge are free to act as their own authorities, stating things to the press that have little or no empirical support, knowing that reporters will trust their word implicitly, because ‘scientists’ are modern authorities, not to be questioned. The sign Nullius in verba has fallen. It crumbles in the dust.Nowhere is this more evident than in the pseudosciences of astrobiology and SETI. Authorities in this field are all scientific materialists. It’s not that they never do any observational, empirical science; they investigate the chemical and geological natures of exoplanets, for instance. But the reason for being of these fields is scientific materialism, with all the authority that consensus entails. On that authority, they can make crazy statements without any observational support at all. Look—Life May Be Common in the Milky Way, Thanks to Comet Swapping (Space.com). To begin, remember that there is absolutely no evidence for any life outside the Earth (if you exclude the tardigrades that a failed Israeli spacecraft spilled on the moon, but those came from Earth; see Live Science). Has anyone seen comets bring life to our planet? No. Does panspermia have any evidence to support it? No. Forget Nullius in verba; Robert Zubrin, sporting his D-Merit Badge, engages in fact-free confabulation, using the power of suggestion, to sway the emotions of millions of readers of Space.com.Life has had plenty of opportunities to spread throughout the Milky Way galaxy over the eons, a recent study suggests — and our own Earth may be one of the key dispersal points.That’s 100% fabrication. But it “may” be the case, if one rejects Nullius in verba, accepts scientific materialism and imagines eons of unobserved mythical time. Zubrin says it; suckers believe it; that settles it.Deadly Cyanide Might Help Us Better Understand Early Life (Space.com). Origin of life research (OOL) is utterly and completely devoid of relevant success; hear chemist James Tour wax emphatic about that at Science Uprising. But in this age of authority, an astrobiologist can become his own authority, as long as he swears allegiance to the Darwin Party and wears his consensus badge. Does any meteorite contain life? No. This astrobiologist found deadly cyanide in one! Off into fantasyland he leaps, raising the perhapsimaybecouldness level to astronomical heights, suggesting that the deadly poison brings “understanding” of life’s early history. Understanding. Isn’t that what mystics promise? Here you see it again: 21st century occultism dressed up in scientific costumery.‘Snowball’ Planets Might Be Better Abodes for Life Than We Thought (Space.com). Has anyone seen life on a ‘snowball planet’? Mike Wall, using his authority bequeathed by the Darwin Party for fact-free speculation, says that such planets ‘might‘ be better abodes for life than ‘we’ thought, adding Tontologism to his scientific misdeeds.E.T. Hunt Shouldn’t Be Limited to Earth-like Life, Scientists Say (Space.com). Well, if ‘scientists’ say, one must bow the knee to the Authority. Does any scientist know any life other than Earth-like life? No. Reporter Sarah Wells hands a blank check to astrobiologists, with endless funds in the bank of time, allowing unlimited searching for things nobody has observed or even knows how to observe. Darwin wouldn’t want to be restricted to empiricism now, would he?No E.T. Life Yet? Here’s Why That’s Important (Live Science). Here was a perfect opportunity for reporter Kelsey Johnson to admit defeat for scientific materialism, and concede to intelligent design for a chance at explaining the lack of evidence for space aliens. What did she do? She ignored it. Completely excluding any alternatives to materialism, she shared only materialistic responses to Fermi’s old paradox: ‘if aliens exist, they should have visited us by now.’ Scientific materialism, the authority by consensus, is impregnable to observation or testing.I was going to add Mindy Waisbergers’s goofy headline, “Exploding Stars May Have Put Humanity on Two Feet” (Live Science) to this entry, but had a barf attack.Is this not a crime? To call this science after centuries of respect for testable, observable, evidence-driven factual knowledge, deserves to be shamed out of the lab and called for what it is: a new Dark Age. And to think that our tax money pays for much of this garbage makes us unwilling accomplices to quackery. Pity the students being brought up on this kind of “science.” (Visited 342 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

November 28

Pakistan not to host World Cup matches: ICC

first_imgThe International Cricket Council on Friday withdrew the 2011 World Cup hosting rights from Pakistan due to uncertain security situation in the strife torn nation.”It is a regrettable decision (but) our number one priority is to create certainty and deliver a safe, secure and successful event,” ICC President David Morgan said in a statement at the end of first day of its two-day Executive Committee meeting.Pakistan was one of the co-hosts of the quadrennial cricketing event along with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Six Sri Lankan players and an assisting coach were injured and several policemen were killed in a terror attack on cricketers last month.Earlier, the ICC had also shifted the Champions Trophy out of Pakistan after many teams raised safety concerns in traveling to the country owing to continuing unrest there.last_img read more

November 27

FEU holds off NU in UAAP volleyball opening win

first_imgOpening game loss not dampening UE Lady Warriors’ confidence MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The Lady Tamaraws, last season’s runners-up, were quick to recover from their disappointing first set and showed their might in the next three sets.NU fell further in the game when it lost its only setter Joyme Cagande late in the third set after she collided with Roselyn Doria and suffered a sprained ligament in her left knee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWith the Lady Bulldogs without their only playmaker, their offense quickly fell into shambles while the Lady Tamaraws just took advantage of their wobbled opponent.Risa Sato carrying Cagande to the locker room. #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/nayfMfOEjb— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) February 16, 2019Roselyn Doria threw away her toss attempt that put FEU at the 24-12 match point and France Ronquillo ended things with a well-placed service ace.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU head coach George Pascua said NU “was an unfamiliar team” to them with the Lady Bulldogs fielding in just 11 players six of whom are rookies including Cagande.“NU is unfamiliar to us so we had to adjust in the second set and it was a good thing we were able to recover,” said Pascua in Filipino. “I actually criticized them but in a calm manner and of course I just instructed them on what they should do.”Rokie Lycha Ebon led FEU’s charge with 13 points while Heather Guino-o and Celine Domingo added 11 points apiece.Jerrili Malabanan, the Lady Tamaraws’ captain, pitched in 10 points.Ivy Lacsina finished with 14 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs while Princess Robles had 13 points. ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University got off to a good start and dismantled National University, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-12, in the second game of the opening day of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

October 13

Soaring unemployment fuels protests in southern Iraq

first_imgBAGHDAD – For more than three years after graduation, Karar Alaa Abdul-Wahid tried to get a stable job in the Iraqi government and in the private sector — to no avail.He once was offered a job with the Oil Ministry in his energy-rich hometown of Basra, but it came with a hefty price: he would have to pay a bribe of $5,000, which he couldn’t afford.“Every place has a copy of my resume attached with a request for job,” Abdul-Wahid, a graduate of the Basra Technical Institution, told The Associated Press by phone from the southern city.“If you are well-connected mainly among political parties and have money, you will get any job you dream of,” Abdul-Wahid said. “If not, you will get nothing.”Mismanagement since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that toppled Saddam Hussein has increased joblessness nationwide. In more recent years, idle young men were lured into the ranks of militant extremists, and now unemployment is fueling violent protests in the capital of Baghdad and the Shiite heartland in the south.Demonstrations involving thousands of people broke out this month in Basra province, protesting the lack of jobs and poor public services, including frequent power outages.According to the World Bank, the overall unemployment rate in Iraq stands at 11.2 per cent and is nearly twice that, 21.6 per cent, in areas that once were under Islamic State control and endured heavy destruction from military operations that officially ended late last year.As of 2014, the poverty rate increased from 19.8 per cent in 2012 to an estimated 22.5 per cent, it added.In Basra, a city of more than 4 million, the unemployment rate shot up sharply to at least 30 per cent, according to deputy Gov. Dhirgham al-Ajwadi.Between 30,000 and 35,000 students graduate from the city’s private and government universities and institutions, and most of them end up without jobs, he said, blaming federal officials for not focusing on what the labour market needs.The Basra protests have spread to other cities and threatened to paralyze the oil industry, the lifeline of Iraq’s economy. They have derailed traffic at main ports on the Persian Gulf and neighbouring Iran and Kuwait.To contain the unrest, the federal government promised an urgent allocation of 3.5 trillion Iraqi dinars ($3 billion) for electricity and water projects, as well as 10,000 jobs.But the requests for jobs exceed that number, with more than 85,000 people applying so far, al-Ajwadi said. “Till now, there is no plan on how and when this will be implemented.”Unemployment has been one of the thorniest issues for the government, with 70 per cent of Iraqis under age 40 looking for work.The eldest of six children, the 26-year-old Abdul-Wahid has taken a series of unstable jobs since 2015 to help his family. But he recently got an idea he saw while surfing the internet: selling hot and iced drinks around the city from a vehicle.“I liked it because it’s something new and no one did it before in Basra,” he said.He borrowed money from relatives and friends to buy and modify a small car. Then approached a coffee-machine supplier, which helped him with a free machine and discounts on supplies.He now roams Basra’s streets, offering various types of coffee, tea and other hot and cold beverages. He makes around 900,000 Iraqi dinar (about $750) a month.Abdul-Wahid considers himself lucky, because his peers are forced to take menial jobs despite their education.“There are graduates who work as accountants in small business or construction workers or cleaners in hospitals or security guards in malls because they want feed their families,” he said. “The situation of youth in Basra is miserable.”He lamented that Basra is seen as “the mother of wealth” because it has about 70 per cent of Iraq’s proven oil reserves of 153.1 billion barrels, along with its ports.“When we think of all the wealth we have, we feel sad and upset. We deserve to live a better life, not only compared to other Iraqis but compared to the world,” he said.Iraq suffered a double shock in 2014, when militants from the Islamic State group swept through areas in the north and west and the price of oil plummeted on international markets. Oil revenues make up nearly 95 per cent of the federal budget.That forced the government to stop hiring and to divert much of its resources to the costly campaign to battle the militants, severely affecting job creation, the private sector and investor confidence. As a result, growth has been stunted, with poverty and unemployment on the rise.Among Iraq’s many unemployed is Ali Fadhil Kadhim, a 25-year-old graduate with a degree in science and physical education who has taken part in the Basra protests.Like others, he has applied for jobs but is not optimistic.“These promises are just anesthetization for the people and to keep them silent,” said Kadhim, who has worked as a security guard, construction worker and taxi driver. “We started a revolution and we will not give up.”___Follow Sinan Salaheddin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sinansm .last_img read more

October 13

Closure of Canadian vinyl supplier RPM could raise prices affect titles say

first_imgTORONTO — One of Canada’s largest distributors of vinyl records has shut down with little notice — leaving some retailers scrambling to find alternate suppliers and raising questions about higher prices.RPM Distribution, based in Concord, Ont., notified its clients by email on Monday that it would be “closing all operations effective immediately.”The move instantly put a stop to vinyl shipments for many smaller music shops, including Revolution Records in Hamilton.Owner Scott Bell says he’s relied on RPM to supply about 70 per cent of his new inventory, most which came from major label Universal, home of Bruce Springsteen, Imagine Dragons and an extensive hip hop catalogue.Other retailers leaned on RPM for an even larger chunk of their supply, Bell says, and some are worried about the fallout, which could include higher prices or a shortage of new titles.“I’ve not stopped talking about it,” he said of many calls he’s received from his friends in the retail industry.“Nobody knows. Everybody’s wondering what everybody else is doing.”Bryan Munn of Royal Cat Records in Guelph, Ont., says he first realized something was amiss when his post-Christmas restock order didn’t show up last week.“I’m already finding it a little bit difficult to get some regularly stocked items,” Munn says.He suggests customers keep a close eye on vinyl prices in the coming weeks, as the lack of supply drive them higher at some stores.The resurgence of vinyl has seen its share of casualties in recent years, despite the steady upswing in sales.Two years ago Calgary-based player Canada Boy Vinyl, one of the country’s only pressing plants, closed down little more than year after it opened.Despite the industry hurdles, vinyl sales rose over 21 per cent last year according to Nielsen Music Canada, selling more than 975,000 units. David Friend, The Canadian Press Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

October 12

Lightning knocks out power to over 125,000 customers in Northern B.C.

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the peak of Wednesday’s power outage over 125,000 customers were without power from 100 Mile House to Prince George and the B.C. Peace.B.C. Hydro believes the power outage was caused by a lightning strike that then caused a transmission circuit fault.  Hydro has not said where the lightning strike occurred.Large outages in northern BC tonight are caused by a suspected lightning strike. Crews are beginning restoration efforts across the region, working to restore all customers in the next few hours. Most of #cityofPG has been restored and we expect most customers back by 12:30am.— BC Hydro (@bchydro) September 12, 2019 The power went out at approximately 8:50 and was restored to all communities by 11:30 p.m.Reports of fires after the outage were shared all over social media, but those were all controlled flaring at facilities all over the B.C. Peace and in Prince George.We hope to learn more about the massive power outage on Thursday.last_img read more

September 18

Florenzi extends Roma contract

first_imgAlessandro Florenzi has renewed his contract with boyhood club AS Roma.The Giallorossi announced that the Italy international has signed a new deal that will keep at the Stadio Olimpico until at least 2023. The 27-year-old is a product of the club’s youth academy and has been a mainstay in the team since making his debut eight years ago.Florenzi, who is also the vice-captain of the team first appeared in a Roma shirt during the 2010-11 campaign before spending the entire 2011-12 season on loan at Crotone. The defender returned to Roma just before the start of the 2012-13 season and has been a regular ever since making a total of 222 appearances for the Rome based club whilst scoring 25 goals.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I’m very pleased Alessandro has decided to extend his contract here with us, both of us have always been keen to continue this beautiful story together,” Roma sporting director Monchi said, according to the club’s official website.“For us Alessandro is much than just an important player for team but also one of the leaders at the club.”last_img read more

September 18

We had to change our mindset to beat City – Rudiger

first_imgChelsea defender Antonio Rudiger reveals he and his teammates had to change their mindsets to record their well-deserved victory over Manchester City.Maurizio Sarri’s men sat deeper against the Premier League champions and use the counter-attack to their advantage, taking advantage of the pace of Willian, Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard, with the Belgium captain. deployed as a false striker.Rudiger said they had been aware that they would need to change their mindset to get the better of Pep Guardiola’s team.“We spoke together,” he said, according to ESPN. “We all knew what was going on, we didn’t have to lie to ourselves — the mentality was the problem.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“One of the things that made us strong in difficult moments last season was that we knew how to suffer. This season, because things were so good, we were thinking: ‘We don’t need to suffer.’”“Two teams, Tottenham and Wolves, proved us wrong. That’s why, against Manchester City, everyone saw a team that was ready to fight. We wanted to take the supporters with us and we did that.”“We were playing beautiful football at the start of the season, but that doesn’t mean you forget the ugly side of it — winning tackles, tracking back, doing everything defensively.”“Against Manchester City we were very clinical, which was also important. That has been missing over the last month, but against City we did something out of nothing.”last_img read more

September 18

Cutrone enjoying the benefits of playing with Higuain

first_imgMilan striker Patrick Cutrone admits he is feeling the benefit of playing with Gonzalo Higuain.The Argentine joined the Rossoneri on loan from Juventus in the summer, and while he’s gone six games without a goal his impact is still being felt at Milanello.Cutrone was recently honoured with the Italian Golden Boy award after missing out on the European version that was awarded to Ajax skipper De Ligt.“Definitely having, for example, Higuain with you helps a lot,” Cutrone told Football Italia via Tuttomercatoweb.Coach Gattuso wanted to congratulate Patrick Cutrone on winning the Italian #GoldenBoy2018 award 🏅I complimenti di Mister Gattuso a Patrick Cutrone, vincitore del Golden Boy italiano 2018! 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/D5Ot3pprXe— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 17, 2018Gonzalo Higuain, Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusHiguain is glad of Juve return and reunited with Ronaldo George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Gonzalo Higuain is happy he returned to Juventus and has the opportunity to be reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo.The Argentine spent last season on loan…“I always watch him in training, I try to learn some things and improve every day.“I thank [Gennaro] Gattuso and his staff, I’ll try to improve even more.”With Milan out of Europe, Gattuso’s men are focused on securing another European spot and in the top four spots of the Italian League.And they’d need the duo of Cutrone and Higuain to fire them to glory.last_img read more