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Roosters to ignore Cordner’s injury history with new contract

first_imgCordner has been limited to just 30 games for the Roosters over the past two years due to knee and pec injuries, with the former also impacting his ability to train at full capacityAs the current NSW Origin and Roosters co-captain Cordner is one of the biggest names off-contract in 2018, with Angus Chrichton’s scheduled arrival from the Rabbitohs next season fuelling speculation that Cordner may have been on the outer.NRL.com understands that Cordner’s preference is to remain in the red, white and blue, and the final terms of a new extension will be thrashed out between the club and his management over the next fortnight.The 25-year-old returned to pre-season training in the new year having undergone a stem-cell injection to regenerate the knee injury that limited him to 18 games last season.Despite reported interest from the Knights, where good mates Mitchell Pearce and Aidan Guerra have landed, Robinson declared his confidence of locking in his skipper’s services by the club’s first pre-season trial against Penrith on February 17.”I know we’re pretty close with Boyd,” Robinson told Sky Sports Radio on Friday morning.”Hopefully there will be a response in the next couple of weeks.”Asked if he is confident of retaining the 16-Test international, Robinson responded: “I’d like to think so with Boyd being our captain and being here since he was a kid.”We definitely want to see him stay here so hopefully that’ll get done by the trials.”Cordner has previously attracted attention from his junior club Newcastle when he was last off-contract at the start of 2016, with Manly also chasing the gun back-rower before he inked his current two-year deal.He has since been elevated to the club captaincy alongside Jake Friend, and played 126 games for the outfit he first joined as a 16-year-old.Robinson also hinted the Roosters may still go to market again before the Telstra Premiership kicks off and add to the recruitment spree that has netted Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco for 2018.With Pearce and Michael Gordon (Titans) exiting as a result of Robinson’s cash splash, the Roosters have entered the new year with two free spots remaining in their top 30 squad.One of those spots can remain vacant until June 30 under the NRL’s new revised squad rules, but the other must be filled by March 1. The Tricolours’ season kicks off against Tedesco’s old side Wests Tigers on March 10.With the departures of Guerra, Kane Evans, Liam Knight and Paul Carter from the Roosters forward stocks, a big body up front looms as the most likely addition with either the club’s reserve grade ranks or another recruit to fill the void.”Obviously with Mitchell going and Mick Gordon going to the Gold Coast that has left us with a couple of spots in our 30,” Robinson said.”I think you’ve got to fill 29 of them by the start of March and then you’re allowed to leave one throughout the year.”So we’ve let a couple of spots there mainly to see what the guys in reserve grade, see how they develop, so hopefully they might take one of those spots.”Or we might recruit into those spots as well. So we’ve got a couple of spots up our sleeve with that different system that’s quite interesting.”last_img read more

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Deborah was trapped in Poland

first_imgDébora García is living a different quarantine. The Espanyol player went to Poland on vacation taking advantage of the free days available for the team break and today she has not been able to return to Spain. The parica footballer went to visit the Spanish Omar Monterde, also a footballer who is a member of the Polish GKS Tychy, before the coravirus crisis began. The speed of the virus’s spread unleashed a series of measures that Débora was caught in Poland. And last Monday, a day after the state of alarm was announced, the blue and white player explained her situation on his Twitter account: “Thanks to the airlines, the Spanish embassy and consulate for the solutions you offer to your citizens who are outside of Spain. It is shameful. Nor look for our health or well-being. Don’t worry, I’m already in Poland until further notice, I’ll be back one day if that. ” A very direct message denouncing the situation you are experiencing. And a week later, Débora continues without solutions, trapped in the town of Tychy. Poland declared the ‘epidemic state’ just a few days ago and closed educational centers. Débora will follow Poland for a few more weeks because the solutions do not come.last_img read more

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Athens gold was for Ottey – Bailey

first_imgOlympic relay gold medallist Aleen Bailey says that the 4x100m victory in 2004 was all for Merlene Ottey. Bailey, who is currently nursing a hip injury, says the team of Tayna Lawrence, Sherone Simpson, herself, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Beverly McDonald were inseparable and thinks team unity was a big factor in their success. “For me, I think for all of us, it was for her (Ottey) because she was there with us at the time,” Bailey said. The relay came after a fine showing by Jamaica in the individual sprints as Campbell-Brown, Bailey and Simpson were third, fifth and sixth all in the 100m final and then Campbell-Brown beat Allyson Felix of the United States in the 200m, with Bailey finishing fourth. Speaking about the relay won by Jamaica with a national record of 41.74 seconds, Aleen said: “We were just inseparable and we moved with each other. “We were a unit, and I think once you have that level of support and unity, everything flows.” Describing the victory as ‘an amazing moment’, she recalled: “You’ve had teams that could have won the Olympics and we were the youngest and we gelled together, and Merlene and Beverly being there and encouraging us and giving us the extra push that we needed to go out there and win, and then the bathing suit, we can’t go out there in that and lose.” That was a reference to a memorable running outfit worn by the winning Jamaican team. She was grateful to Ottey, who was in Athens representing Slovenia. “Throughout the whole time, she (Ottey) would come by and visit and hang out with us and talk with us and that got us levelled and calm,” Bailey shared. BRILLIANT VICTORY “For me, it was more than just going out there and just winning for her because she was on those teams before and there was the whole thing about her and Jamaica being mad at her for switching to a different country,” Bailey added. While Ottey had anchored Jamaica to a brilliant victory at the 1991 World Championships, the Athens triumph ended a long run of Olympic disappointments. With Ottey ever present, baton drops stopped the bid for gold in 1984 and 1992. Injury prevented the Jamaican team from taking its place in the 1988 final and slowed third-leg runner Nikole Mitchell in the 1996 final, forcing Ottey into high gear to win the bronze. In 2000, team discord limited baton passing practice and left Lawrence, then schoolgirl Campbell, McDonald and Ottey behind The Bahamas.last_img read more

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Howard explodes for 32 points, 30 rebounds in Hornets’ win over Nets

first_imgIn Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Howard also became the first player with a 30-30 game against the Nets since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it for the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 3, 1978, when he had 37 points and 30 rebounds.“I mean that’s great to be named with someone like Kareem,” Howard said. “It’s one of the guys I looked up to growing up, him and Wilt Chamberlain.”Walker scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for the Hornets, who trailed by as many 23 points in the second half but rallied to win in front of an announced crowd of 10,231 at Barclay Center while a heavy snowfall outside blanketed the New York City area.Trailing 105-102 after a pair of free throws from D’Angelo Russell with 2:14 left in regulation, the Hornets tightened up on defense and went on a 9-0 run to pull off the impressive comeback.Jeremy Lamb, who had 17 points to help end Charlotte’s two-game losing streak, made a layup to cut the deficit to 105-104. The Hornets then called a timeout after a miss by Caris LeVert with 23 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Olynyk’s big night helps Heat past Knicks Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in New York. Brooklyn Nets guard Allen Crabbe (33) and forward Quincy Acy (13) watch a video replay. The Hornets won 111-105. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — One of Dwight Howard’s close friends wasn’t too enthused with the center’s effort at halftime. So, he sent him a text message to let him know.It pushed the Charlotte Hornets star to one of the most dominant performances in NBA history.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Howard had 32 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds, becoming just the eighth player in league history with a 30-30 game, and the Hornets stormed back to beat Brooklyn 111-105 on Wednesday night.“I just thought that my energy and effort wasn’t where it needed to be for our team to be successful,” Howard said. “Got a text at halftime from somebody and it kind of got me motivated and gave me some extra energy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHoward is the first NBA player with a 30-point, 30-rebound game since Kevin Love did it for Minnesota on Nov. 12, 2010.“Never been part of something like that,” Hornets teammate Kemba Walker said. “It was incredible. Yeah, it was incredible to see those kinds of numbers and be a part of it. Yeah, it was crazy.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Hornets: Cody Zeller remained out due to left knee soreness. He has missed his last six games. … Nicolas Batum missed his second straight game because of tendinitis in his left Achilles. Lamb again started in his place.Nets: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 13 points.UP NEXTHornets: Host Memphis on Thursday night.Nets: Visit Toronto on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Brooklyn missed its last five shots of the game.Despite having made just five of his first 24 shots on the night, on the ensuing possession, Walker got the green light from Hornets coach Steve Clifford. The Bronx native, who starred at Rice High School in Harlem, spun around Quincy Acy and capped a three-point play to put Charlotte up 107-105, the Hornets’ first lead of the night since a 16-15 advantage with 5:46 in the opening quarter.“I’d been struggling the whole night, but guys are confident in me and that’s all that matters,” Walker said. “Coach still wanted me to be the one to take the shot.”LeVert then missed a chance to tie it when he was met by Howard under the basket. Howard then hit a pair of free throws to make it 109-105.Russell scored 19 points and LeVert added 11 for the Nets, whose two-game winning streak was snapped. They have yet to have won three consecutive this season.“We’ve done a great job the last two games locking down in the fourth quarter and tonight we didn’t,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said.Brooklyn used a stellar defensive effort to take a 62-43 lead into halftime before everything fell apart in the last 18 minutes of the game. The Hornets were limited to 16-for-44 shooting from the field and committed 10 turnovers.The Nets led 82-59 after Carroll’s layup with 6:13 left in the third quarter before the Hornets started to chip away as Howard had nine points to pace a 16-5 run to head into the fourth quarter trailing 87-75.Charlotte then outscored the Nets 36-18 the rest of the way.A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DOChamberlain leads the career list with 124 games of at least 30 points and 30 rebounds, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It has been done 32 times by a select list of players that includes Love, Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone and Robert Parish.TIP-INS Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Rooney tells England kids: ‘Blank out hostile Scotland atmosphere’

first_imgWayne Rooney will tell younger members of the England squad they must not be intimidated by the hostile atmosphere in Glasgow on Tuesday.Rooney marked his entry into the 100 club with a crucial penalty on Saturday as England came from behind to record a 3-1 win over Slovenia.Focus now turns to Scotland and Rooney knows all about the white-hot atmosphere generated at Celtic Park.He played there twice with Manchester United and has also watched from the stands after being given tickets to watch a match by his old team-mates and former Celtic players Alan Stubbs and Roy Keane.Given the intense rivalry between the two nations, Rooney expects the decibel levels to be even higher on Tuesday night, which is why he feels his inexperienced team-mates may need some words of reassurance before kick-off.“You don’t realise until you actually play there what the atmosphere is like,” the England captain said.“The atmosphere was great when I was in the crowd, unbelievable, but you don’t realise until you’re on that pitch what it’s like so maybe a few of them, you might need to speak to them and say: ‘Listen, this is going to be hostile. Make sure you blank it out, relax, and play your normal game. Don’t get involved in it.’”The atmosphere will be the polar opposite to the one against Slovenia at Wembley on Saturday.Once Rooney had gained his commemorative golden cap from Sir Bobby Charlton and his two children had left the field, the 82,305 fans inside Wembley quickly fell silent.It was easy to see why. England’s first-half performance was terrible – among the worst in a long while.The night before, however, Scotland maintained the pressure on their group rivals Poland and Germany with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in front of a noisy crowd.And Rooney thinks the Scots will pose a tough test for England next week.“Scotland are doing well at the minute,” he said.“They seem to have found a bit of form under Gordon Strachan, so we know it’ll be a tough game.”Last August’s action-packed friendly at Wembley, which England won 3-2, led to calls for the return of the fixture on a yearly basis and Rooney seems to be in favour of that too.“That would be nice,” he said.“It’s obviously not down to me, but it would be good.”After the win against Slovenia, England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed Joe Hart had been released from the squad.With the Manchester City goalkeeper rested, either former Celtic man Fraser Forster or West Brom’s Ben Foster will be given a chance to impress in goal against Scotland. England striker Wayne Rooney 1last_img read more

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Three things we learned from Borussia Dortmund 0 Tottenham 1

first_img– Kane’s killer touch –Dortmund had all the chances before the break without finding the finishing touch and with his first opportunity, Kane showed why he is one of the deadliest strikers in the competition to kill the tie off.The England captain was merely an interested spectator when Tottenham amassed a bumper 3-0 lead at Wembley three weeks ago.Mauricio Pochettino’s men coped admirably in Kane’s five-week absence with an ankle injury and his comeback actually coincided with a downturn in form as defeats to Burnley and Chelsea ended outside hopes of an assault at the Premier League title.However, Kane’s class cannot be questioned and his third goal in four games since returning made him the club’s top all-time scorer in European competitions with 14 of his 24 European goals coming in just 17 Champions League games.Spurs will be hoping there are plenty more to come with Kane’s goals the key to how far they can go.– Lloris leads the way –High-profile mistakes from Lloris nearly saw Spurs eliminated in the group stages, but when they needed their captain to stand tall to Dortmund’s first-half bombardment the French goalkeeper refused to be beaten.Lloris made five saves of varying difficulty to deny Marco Reus, Mario Goetze, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Guerreiro and Paco Alcacer before the break and ensure Spurs’ nerves were not shredded in front of the Yellow Wall.Just like in the first leg at Wembley, Lloris’s interventions before the break were rewarded as Spurs struck with a sucker punch through Kane early in the second period to secure a place in the last eight of Europe’s premier competition for just the third time in the club’s history.– Spurs learn their lesson –The heartbreak of a dramatic elimination at this stage last season to Juventus may have become the lesson to turn Tottenham into Champions League contenders.“It’s the history of Tottenham” said Giorgio Chiellini 12 months ago after Spurs threw away a 3-2 aggregate lead to lose 4-3 to the Italian champions at Wembley.That night Spurs were guilty of not protecting their advantage in the search for more goals. With a bigger lead to rely on, Pochettino set his side up to first and foremost defend what they had in Germany.On top of Lloris’s heroics, they needed brilliant last-ditch challenges from Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies to see out the hosts’ expected fast start, but the resounding nature of this victory against the Bundesliga leaders is a sign of Spurs’ growing maturity on the European stage.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane his goal against Borussia Dortmund© AFP John MACDOUGALLDORTMUND, Germany, March 6 – The brilliance of Hugo Lloris at one end and Harry Kane at the other took Tottenham safely into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday to complete a 4-0 aggregate win.Here, AFP Sports looks at three things we learned:last_img read more

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For His Birthday, Darwin Loses His Tree

first_imgThe “tree of life” is the central icon of Darwinism.  Charles Darwin’s only illustration in the Origin of Species was a drawing of organisms descending from a common ancestor in a branching tree pattern.  It has been reproduced, expanded, embellished and decorated into a primal symbol of what science believes about biology.  Why, then, are The Telegraph and New Scientist cutting it down?  “Why Darwin was wrong about the tree of life” is the title of the latter, and the former says, “Charles Darwin’s tree of life is ‘wrong and misleading’, claim scientists.”    These articles are notable not just for their timing (just three weeks before the international celebrations of Darwin’s 200th birthday), but for undermining three claims about evolutionary biology: one, that Darwin is just a small part of an evolutionary theory that has progressed far beyond Darwin’s own beliefs, and two, that evolutionary theory has no weaknesses that deserve to be taught to students.  Right now in Texas, evolutionists are seeking to strike down the “strengths and weaknesses” line in the state’s science framework on the basis that evolution is a fact (see Texans for Better Science Education and “All Eyes on Texas” in Evolution News).  A third idea undermined by these articles is that only creationists think there are weaknesses with Darwin’s theory.    The scientists complaining about the tree of life are not creationists.  We’ve heard from them before: Bapteste and Doolittle wrote two years ago in PNAS that the tree of life is a myth (02/01/2007).  In addition, The Telegraph quoted Dr. John Dupre, philosopher of biology at Exeter University, saying “If there is a tree of life it’s a small irregular structure growing out of the web of life.”  The article claims that other scientists have axe in hand: “Having uprooted the tree of unicellular life biologists are now taking their axes to the remaining branches.”  Bapteste acknowledges it sounds scary at first, but sees the conceptual revolution as a chance for biologists to free their minds.    Doolittle downplayed the revolution a little: “We should relax a bit on this,” he said.  “We understand evolution pretty well it’s just it is more complex than Darwin imagined.  The tree isn’t the only pattern.”  Maybe he is not wanting to play the role of revolutionary.  Dupre, however, is wielding his axe with gusto: “It’s part of a revolutionary change in biology.  Our standard model of evolution is under enormous pressure.”  He envisions an evolutionary model full of mergers and collaborations, not a branching tree.  The article then quotes Michael Rose, an evolutionary biologist at UC Irvine, saying, “The tree of life is being politely buried – we all know that.”  The public apparently doesn’t know that.  He went on with a more dramatic statement: “What’s less accepted is our whole fundamental view of biology needs to change.”    Like bombshells increasing in intensity, the article went on to admit that Darwin’s theory has been “no stranger to controversy.”  Pro-Darwin scientists must gag on this last line: “It has played a key role in the much larger debate with creationists who are convinced life on Earth is so complex it could only have come about from intelligent design – in other words, the hand of God.”  This after Bapteste said, “The tree of life was useful.  It helped us to understand evolution was real.  But now we know more about evolution it’s time to move on.”  This implies that useful things can be false.  One must also ask, “useful to whom” and “to what extent are conclusions drawn from false premises reliable?”    The New Scientist piece is lengthier.  The cover shouts, “Darwin Was Wrong: Cutting Down the Tree of Life” displayed against a picture of a tree.  This is quite a turnabout for this usually staunchly pro-Darwin magazine, which had just published last month a list of the best evidences for evolution from 2008.  To be sure, it does not question the idea of evolution or common ancestry, but it did give Bapteste and Doolittle favorable coverage.  Quoting Bapteste that “We have no evidence that the tree of life is a reality,” Graham Lawton (features editor of New Scientist) agreed this is revolutionary stuff: “That bombshell has even persuaded some that our fundamental view of biology needs to change.”    The article discussed the history of this major controversy.  It came to a head in 2006, Lawton reported, with the discovery of pervasive horizontal gene transfer (HGT) between organisms – “everything from E. coli to elephants.”  Not all scientists agree: “The debate remains polarised today.”  Some scientists believe a tree signal can still be discerned in the genes.  But the fact that there is a controversy supports the claim of Texans for Better Science Education that there are strengths and weaknesses in evolutionary theory that should not be shielded from students.    “Meanwhile, those who would chop down the tree of life continue to make progress,” Lawton continued.  Would he end with a victory for the traditional Darwinian consensus?  Not by page 2 of 4: “Surprisingly, HGT also turns out to be the rule rather than the exception in the third great domain of life, the eukaryotes.”  He investigated the tree-scrambling theory of endosymbiosis – the engulfing of one organism by another, a kind of Hegelian dialectic in biology.  By page 3, Lawton was offering rebuttals and counter-rebuttals.  At the end of the page it appeared to be a standoff with Darwin still the winner by the slightest of half-time leads:Nobody is arguing – yet – that the tree concept has outlived its usefulness in animals and plants.  While vertical descent is no longer the only game in town, it is still the best way of explaining how multicellular organisms are related to one another – a tree of 51 per cent, maybe.  In that respect, Darwin’s vision has triumphed: he knew nothing of micro-organisms and built his theory on the plants and animals he could see around him.    Even so, it is clear that the Darwinian tree is no longer an adequate description of how evolution in general works.  “If you don’t have a tree of life, what does it mean for evolutionary biology?” asks Bapteste.It means evolution is still true but the tree metaphor has problems – that’s all, Lawton intimated.  Relax; “Both he [Bapteste] and Doolittle are at pains to stress that downgrading the tree of life doesn’t mean that the theory of evolution is wrong – just that evolution is not as tidy as we would like to believe. Some evolutionary relationships are tree-like; many others are not.”    But that was just the lull before the next battering ram.  Page 4 ends on the side of the revolution.  He quotes Dupre and Rose arguing that our fundamental view of biology needs to change.  If this is a bad time to demote Darwin, so be it: “Biology is vastly more complex than we thought, he [Rose] says, and facing up to this complexity will be as scary as the conceptual upheavals physicists had to take on board in the early 20th century.  If he is right, the tree concept could become biology’s equivalent of Newtonian mechanics: revolutionary and hugely successful in its time, but ultimately too simplistic to deal with the messy real world.”    Two sidebars illustrate empirical problems with the tree.  Hybridization and “natural chimeras” found in living examples show that genetic information can cross lineages.  This scrambles any attempt to find a common ancestry.  The last word goes to a Graham Syvanen, whose experiments showed that sea squirts appear to have unrelated branches of ancestral genes.  “We’ve just annihilated the tree of life,” he exclaimed.  “It’s not a tree any more, it’s a different topology entirely.  What would Darwin have made of that?”Insult to Injury:  In an unrelated piece in Newsweek, Sharon Begley attempted a “renaissance of heresy” – supplying evidence that Lamarckism might be right after all.  What would Darwin have made of that?  “Alas, poor Darwin,” her article began.  The birthday party is not going well.  Whether or not Lamarckism is justifiable to explain the evidence she presented, “the last word on inheritance and evolution has not been written,” she concluded.Talk about a gift in time.  Texans for Better Science Education should mass-produce reprints of these articles and give them to everyone on the school board, everyone in the audience, and put posters with quotes on the wall.  No weakness in Darwin’s theory?  No debate over evolution?  No controversy?  Just a bunch of disguised creationists with religious motivations trying to throw rotten tomatoes at our beloved statue of Darwin?    Don’t underestimate the significance of this revolution.  Without a tree of life, Darwin’s central doctrine is undermined.  The tree of life metaphor represented Darwin’s attempt to unify all of biology into an explanatory framework.  If we don’t know who is related to whom, and what came from what, all hope of unifying biology in a law-driven, naturalistic framework is called into doubt.  Doolittle and Bapteste talk about a web of life, but that’s creationism.  A web has no root.  The information is all there; it is just shared.  Where did the information come from?  Darwin said it all had a common origin in a warm little pond, took root, and branched progressively outward into a glorious tree.  If that metaphor is being replaced by a web, where is the designing spider?    There are other problems.  They pulled a coup but provided no new administration.  They cut down the tree but still want to use the lumber.  Sorry; it’s too rotten for anything but firewood.  There is no Einstein on the horizon to rescue biology from its empirical catastrophe.  The comparison to physics in the early 20th century is apt, but analogies are always imperfect.  It is doubtful Darwin could retain the honor of a Newton if his core belief has been falsified.  No fig Newtons on this tree.  Notice also that neither Darwin nor the revolutionary brigade of evolutionary biologists has a clue where complexity comes from (re-read the 10/29/2004 entry).  Phillip Johnson hammered the Darwinists for years for failing to provide evidence that natural selection had the creative power to build eyes, wings, and complex organs.  An explanation for that is just as lacking in the words of these revolutionaries.  Where are they going to get the genetic information to build eyes and wings?  From horizontal gene transfer?  From hybridization?  From symbiosis?  Come on; you cannot get blood out of a turnip.  Information can only be shared and modified if it is already present.  Intelligent causation still stands as the best explanation for the origin of specified complexity in nature.    Meanwhile, the tree goes on among those who don’t know a revolution has occurred.  Origins Blog, Science Magazine’s running tribute to Darwin, reported how Cambridge University projected Darwinian images on the facade of the building.  Amid church bells and lights, did anyone catch the irony of their caption: ‘Above, a graying Darwin ponders the tree of life….”  He looked very sad.    It’s amusing to read the comments to the New Scientist article.  One reader worried that the article would invite creationists to lampoon evolution said, “You know that wall of Science articles (mostly NS) at the Creationist Museum NewScientist published an article about?  This cover [with “Darwin Was Wrong” over a tree] will probably be the A1 sized, gilt and framed centerpiece before the week is out.”  And your point is?  Why not?  Gnashing of teeth does not change the facts.  We think it would look especially nice to the right of an A1-size poster of National Geographic’s Nov 2004 cover, “Was Darwin Wrong?”Update 01/23/2009: The vote on the Texas proposal to retain the “strengths and weaknesses” provision in the state science standards was a tie (7-7) yesterday.  This means it was defeated.  This vote therefore falls within a trend of many votes and court decisions about academic freedom on the teaching of origins that were defeated by the narrowest of margins, like 4-3 in the Louisiana balanced-treatment case, or by one lone judge (as with Judge Jones in Dover, Pennsylvania).  Reporters ran to their offices declaring this a “big victory” for evolution and a defeat for “creationists” (actually, a motley group of Darwin doubters and supporters of academic freedom).  Robert Roy Britt in Live Science, for instance, announced that “A decision Thursday by the Texas State Board of Education is a big defeat for proponents of creationism and others who would like to see evolution presented in school as a weak theory that has viable competing alternatives.”  He continued, “The tie means the measure was defeated, so evolution can continue to be taught as the very strong scientific theory that it is.”  He crowed that “evolution is about as solid a theory as there is.  The idea that all creatures have evolved, and that humans are descended from other primates, is supported by evidence from various fields.”  Advocates of the “strengths and weakness” language, he said, “are people with religious and political agendas” (implying no such motivations or agendas on the other side, a common way the pro-evolutionists spin the issue as science vs. religion, though very involved politically themselves).    It would seem that scientific evidence of weaknesses in evolution, even from secular sources as presented by Bapteste and Doolittle, will henceforth be disallowed in Texas schools after two decades of the successful “strengths and weaknesses” policy.  However, after most of the reporters left the room, the board continued to discuss policies related to the teaching of evolution.  Two other votes by the school board, passed by large margins, affirmed that students should learn to analyze and evaluate scientific evidence for evolution (see Evolution News #1, #2, and #3).  Dr. John West of the Discovery Institute called this “one step back, two steps forward” for those wanting to keep the controversies over evolution open to scrutiny.  “The new evolution standards are a huge advance over the previous language, and are a great victory for parents, teachers, and students who want good science education in the state of Texas,” he said, chiding the reporters who rushed to judgment.Look how close these votes can get: seven to seven!  If you don’t get involved, and speak out, the liars in the Darwin Party, with the power of the media and their political action committees, will continue to spin this issue their way and push their agenda.  Read the commentary from 12/16/2008 again to realize again just how lopsided the reporting is, and how intolerant the Darwinists are.  It is literally shocking.  It is past time for righteous indignation.  Take that indignation to the point of driving the lying rascals out of the castle they usurped from the citizens (02/01/2007 commentary).  The Darwiniacs worship their idol but don’t listen to him.  He said, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question”—Charles Darwin.  Who are the real followers of that intuitively-obvious, scientifically-sound principle?  You would think the scientific institutions would immortalize those words in stone and embed them in their P&P Manuals, but no!  It takes morally upright citizens to hold their feet to the fire of what should be their own core values.  Incredible.Exercise:  Which logical fallacy is committed in the following statement: “You oppose the scientific institutions on this issue.  You are obviously anti-science.”(Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Mandela Centre for Alexandra

first_img21 October 2004The first phase of the R7-million Nelson Mandela Yard Interpretation Centre in Alexandra – which will include a tourist information office, restaurant and retail outlets – is nearing completion.Declared a heritage site, foundations have been laid for the building on the corner of Seventh and Hofmeyr street, which is directly opposite the small room Mandela lived in when he first moved from the Eastern Cape to Johannesburg in the 1940s. Some of the yards surrounding Mandela’s room will form part of the precinct.The interpretation centre will house an interactive exhibition telling the story of the people, ideas and events that shaped Alexandra over the last 100 years, as well as a community archive and resource centre documenting the diverse aspects of Alexandra ‘s history and heritage.Funded by the Gauteng Tourism Authority, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, and the Alexandra Renewal Project, the project will create jobs in the construction phase, said Jo-Anne Duggan of the South African Heritage Resource Agency, which will manage the centre.Long-term benefits, added Duggan, will involve meeting and training rooms that will be used to conduct heritage and tourism-related programmes and will be available to community organisations.“The interpretation centre will also include visitor facilities such as the tourism information office, a restaurant and retail outlets where visitors can purchase locally produced craft items and other mementoes of their visit to Alexandra”, she said.Project co-ordinator Zodwa Tlale said the development would open many business opportunities for the residents of Alexandra. “With tourists coming to Alexandra, small businesses will be able to sell their goods.”Small contractors are already benefiting through the construction of the centre, Tlale added.To help develop Alexandra as a tourist attraction, 25 sites around the township, which will be marked by information boards, have been listed for inclusion into a Heritage Tour Route. Maps of the route will also be available.The sites include:Mandela’s yard.Several schools and houses, including the family home of first lady Zanele Mbeki.Freedom Square.Kings Cinema.Churches, including St Hubert’s Catholic Church and the Twelve Apostles Church of Africa.The Jukskei River.The Alexandra Clinic.The Alexandra Beer Hall.The first phase of the project is expected to be complete by April 2005.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Les arts et l’artisanat d’Afrique du Sud

first_imgLe people d’Afrique du Sud produit une variete remarquable d’objets d’art et d’artisanat, travaillant sur les trottoirs et les marches dans grandes villes jusque dans les enclaves rurales eloignees d’apres toutes les formes de l’artisanat traditionnel.Il existe de plus en plus de travaux de matieres traditionnelles avec des artistes qui elargissent sans cesse le repertoire de l’artisanat africain. Cela va d’une jolie vaisselle, de decorations pour arbre de Noel et de magnifiques tissus brodes aux plus simples objets comme des porte-cles ou des bougeoirs.Grace a leur creativite caracteristique, les sud-africains ont adapte tous les moyens possibles au marche qui alimente les locaux autant que les touristes.En plus des matieres habituelles comme les perles, les vegetaux, le cuir, le tissu, l’argile, des objets sont faits en fil de telephone, sacs en plastique, bidons d’essence et bouchons de bouteilles, meme les etiquettes de produits alimentaires sont utilisees pour creer des bols en papier mache colore.Au coin de nombreuses rues d’Afrique du Sud, vous pourrez acheter des objets fabriques en fils allant de representations du globe terrestre a des voitures et des motos, qui peuvent etre mises en mouvement, a de faux telephones portables et de vraies postes de radio.Des magasins, des marches et des negociants collectifs en artisanat africain prosperent, offrant les emplois tellement necessaires et des revenus aux communautes telles que celle de Fugitive’s Drift au KwaZulu-Natal qui propose une grande variete de vannerie ou la communaute Schmidtsdrift du peuple San deplace du Northern Cape qui fabrique des tableaux qui constituent un prolongement imaginatif et tres colore de l’art rocheux ancien.Art populaire, art superieurL’art populaire d’Afrique du Sud fait aussi son chemin vers l’art superieur de style occidental. Le travail du ceramiste Bonnie Ntshalintshali, avec ses details presque fantasmagoriques, a depasse les confins de la poterie africaine traditionnelle, et pourtant ses productions peuvent toujours etre utilisees sur nos tables.Le sculpteur Phutuma Seoka est un autre artiste qui a adopte un style traditionnel et lui a donne une touche personnelle. Dans son cas, la sculpture de figures en utilisant les courbes et bifurcations naturelles des branches d’arbre, courante dans la region de Venda, est utilisee pour creer tout un groupe de personnages excentriques.Certains artistes d’Afrique du Sud appartenant au mouvement d’art populaire ont eu des idees assez originales, comme feu Chickenman Mkize, qui a realise de faux panneaux routiers (aujourd’hui tres apprecies) avec des materiaux bon marches les couvrant de messages excentriques.Le fait que Mkize etait analphabete et recopiait les mots ecrits par d’autres sans marquer les espaces entre les mots ajoute au charme de ses œuvres. L’un d’entre eux declare  NODRUNK ENBUMS  (pas de vagabondage), un autre demande BUTISI TART?  (est-ce de l’art ?).La tradition Ndebele de peinture des maisons, faisant partie d’une pratique africaine repandue de peinture ou decoration de l’exterieur des maisons s’est developpee de maniere incroyable avec l’apparition de peintures publicitaires.Elle a egalement donne naissance a des artistes comme Esther Mahlangu qui a realise des adaptations des modeles geometriques des Ndebele reconnaissables et tres colores sur des tas de supports allant des voitures aux avions.Afin d’apprecier un contraste revelateur, ainsi qu’une pure fete visuelle, de nombreux villages Ndebele peuvent etre visites dans les provinces de Limpopo et Mpumalanga, et le style caracteristique Ndebele s’est magnifiquement etendu au travail des perles.De la tradition au commerceUn haut degre de competence est associe a la fabrication d’une œuvre qui a longtemps fait partie de la societe africaine et que l’on rencontre aujourd’hui sur de nombreux points de vente.Les objets en perles d’Afrique du Sud, autrefois embleme de la seule royaute tribale, se retrouve dans une large gamme d’applications, depuis la creation protections pour bouteilles ou boites d’allumettes, a la reproduction du ruban rouge de la lutte contre le sida sous forme d’un objet en perles Zoulou connu sous le nom des Lettres de l’amour Zoulou.La vannerie et la ceramique, bien sur, ont depuis longtemps atteint le sommet de la perfection dans la societe traditionnelle d’Afrique du Sud, et leurs derives servent aujourd’hui de socles dans les galeries ou trouvent leur place en ville.Il existe plusieurs collections importantes d’Art africain en Afrique du Sud, comme la Collection Standard Bank de la Galerie Gertrude Posel a l’Universite Witts de Johannesburg ou la Galerie d’Art de Durban qui abrite des œuvres ayant une valeur historique et anthropologique.Vous pourrez trouver quelques autres endroits dans le monde qui accueille une telle variete d’arts et artisanats africains que ce soit des masques realises dans l’un des nombreux styles du continent, des chaises sculptees ou des vetements brodes ou cousus.Au Marche Rooftap du Centre Commercial Rosebank de Johannesburg et au Marche de l’Artisanat Africain, des oeuvres de tout le continent attirent l’attention des acheteurs. De nombreux marchands et organisations vendent des articles d’artisanat en ligne : consultez la petite liste de liens sur la droite.SAinfo reporter, incluant des documents de l’Office du Tourisme d’Afrique du Sudlast_img read more

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Water ban on Assam’s ‘killer’ family withdrawn

first_imgA village in north-central Assam’s Udalguri district has decided to withdraw its diktat excommunicating a family accused of murder for 12 years and not allowing them access to water in the area.The decision was taken after a prolonged meeting between the elders of village Barangajuli Khuti and the Udalguri district unit of the All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU) on Friday.Situated close to the India-Bhutan border, the village is about 35 km west of district headquarters Udalguri.Khem Bahadur Bista of the village had allegedly died of alcohol overdose on April 12. But his relatives accused his four sons of murdering him and lodged a complaint with the local police.The police soon arrested Sanjib Bista and his three brothers and sent them to the district jail in Udalguri. The villagers cremated their father’s body.But trouble for the quartet began after they were released on bail a couple of days ago. They, along with their mother Leela Chhetri, were barred from using the village’s water sources or procure any kind of fuel for cooking or any other purpose.The elders also warned the villagers that they would be fined ₹50,000 if found maintaining any contact with the “killer” family.“There are more than 200 families in the village, and almost all are related to one another. We got in touch with the village elders and said such diktats belong to an era long gone. They agreed to a meeting today [Friday] and saw reason in withdrawing the restrictions on Leela Chhetri and her sons,” Somraj Sonar, president of the district AAGSU unit told The Hindu.The villagers accepted the AAGSU’s contention that they should let the court decide whether or not the four sons are guilty of murdering their father. A case against them is pending in the local court.In a signed agreement, the villagers also allowed the four to perform the last rites for their father four months after his death.last_img read more

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