With Ronaldo gone, only Griezmann can hope to stop Messi

first_imgLATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Big-game Brooks: Koepka has 4 wins on tour, 3 majors 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 “We are convinced that Bale will have a great year and we are expecting a lot from him,” Lopetegui said. “We will work to get the most from him.”Madrid president Florentino Perez has held off on a blockbuster move to replace Ronaldo. Instead, Madrid focused on the future by signing right back Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad and a pair Brazilian teenagers in Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo. The club also added Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who will be competing for the starting position with Keylor Navas.ATLETICO’S CHANCEWith Madrid entering an uncertain period, could Atletico Madrid seize the moment and truly become Barcelona’s most dangerous challenger?Atletico’s offseason appears to indicate the club senses the moment has arrived.The club, which won the 2014 Spanish league title, will hope to benefit from the boost in confidence that Griezmann received from winning the World Cup with France only a few weeks after the forward led Atletico to the Europa League title.Griezmann’s decision to reject an offer by Barcelona and remain as Atletico’s top player has been followed by the team signing wingers Thomas Lemar and Gelson Martins. The club also snatched 22-year-old defensive midfielder Rodrigo “Rodri” Hernandez from Villarreal, and added Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic from AC Milan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ONE-MAN SHOWDespite its revenue disparity with the Premier League, the Spanish league has offered the greatest two-man duel in the world’s most popular sport for nearly a decade.Constantly being compared and measured against one another, Lionel Messi and Ronaldo pushed each other to ever greater heights. Their hunger to shine made it normal for them to not just score, but score in bunches, with each earning five Ballon d’Or awards.Now Messi, Barcelona and the Spanish league face the pair of “clasico” matches without Ronaldo dressed in white.Messi has helped Barcelona win nine Spanish league titles in the past 14 seasons, including last year when the Catalan club lost only once in 38 matches.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The answer, of course, is that it won’t.The only player capable of producing a similar impact is the longtime leader of Madrid’s biggest rival. So Ronaldo’s departure appears to have given Barcelona free reign to increase its almost perennial hold on the Spanish league title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But it also gives Antoine Griezmann, boosted by France’s World Cup victory, an excellent opportunity to make Atletico Madrid the Spanish capital’s top team.Here is a look at the biggest impacts Ronaldo’s move to Italian champion Juventus could have across the Spanish league. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments And Madrid’s loss should be Barcelona’s gain, making the team the clear favorite to remain on top even after midfield great Andres Iniesta left for Japan and Paulinho returned to the Chinese league.Barcelona has brought in midfielders Arturo Vidal and Arthur, defender Clement Lenglet, and winger Malcom, and it looks to give more of a leading role to Philippe Coutinho as its playmaker for Messi and Luis Suarez.REALITY CHECKRonaldo turned off more than one neutral fan by his constant preening, muscle flexing and bouts of pouting when the praise didn’t consistently go his way. But no one can argue with his unmatched work ethic.The 33-year-old Ronaldo’s departure leaves Madrid without its all-time leading scorer — 451 goals in 438 matches — and the main engine behind its run of three straight Champions League titles.So life after Ronaldo will be hard to adjust to for the fans at the Santiago Bernabeu, who at times harshly jeered the Portugal forward but will surely miss his spectacular performances.If losing its best player in club history wasn’t enough, Madrid also lost coach Zinedine Zidane, who quit after the team won its record-extending 13th European Cup in May.Julen Lopetegui has replaced Zidane, but he arrives with his reputation tarnished after being fired from Spain’s national team two days before its World Cup opener for having negotiated his contract with Madrid behind the back of the Spanish soccer federation.As for not having Ronaldo to count on, Lopetegui said: “As a coach, it is a thrilling challenge to build a competitive team without Cristiano.”Gareth Bale, who at times struggled to make Zidane’s starting lineup, now has a chance to become Madrid’s focal point in attack. Midfielders Francisco “Isco” Alarcon and 22-year-old Marco Asensio, coming off his breakout season, should also play more consistently. Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann (L) vies with Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) semi final first leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs FC Barcelona at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on February 1, 2017. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOBARCELONA, Spain — Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid has left a gaping hole at Real Madrid and in the Spanish league.How will Madrid ever replace the forward who scored an average of 50 goals per season for nine straight years?ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

NBA coaches box get a little more diverse during offseason

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “It’s got nothing to do with quotas or anything like that, just people who are qualified for jobs and getting the opportunity,” Popovich said. “So, there are no ceilings for anybody based on race or religion or gender or anything like that.”Nearly a third of the league changed coaches, providing opportunities for successful head coaches to quickly land with new teams (Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee; Dwane Casey, Detroit; David Fizdale, New York; Steve Clifford, Orlando), assistants a shot at finally running their own clubs (Kokoskov, Phoenix; Nick Nurse, Toronto; Lloyd Pierce, Atlanta), and second chances to coaches who only had brief stints at the top (Bickerstaff and Borrego).Though they come from such varying backgrounds, they are family. Coaches support each other even while sometimes competing with each other for the same jobs. Fizdale received calls from coaches around the league when he was fired early last season in Memphis, and he made a similar call to Jeff Hornacek when he was let go by the Knicks.“Because we’re a fraternity,” Fizdale said. “We really do take pride in that in the NBA, that we look out for each other and stay connected with each other and when I got fired they all reached out to me the same way. And it’s heartfelt because there’s only 30 of these.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver asked teams to review their hiring practices in the front office following the workplace harassment investigation of the Dallas Mavericks, with the hope of more women being hired at the senior levels.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UFC heavyweight champ Cormier set to defend at MSG He doesn’t have the same concerns at the coaching level, in part because of Hammon’s success. When she coached the Spurs to the Summer League title in 2015, Silver said he had “no doubt” that a woman would someday coach an NBA team.“I think just like we’ve seen enormous change in our society, just in the last decade, I think that’s another ceiling, another barrier that will be broken,” Silver said at the time.He credited women such as Hammon and players willing to follow them for his belief. But Popovich and other coaches say the credit goes to Silver for making diversity and inclusion such important themes in the NBA.“I think our league is probably the most diverse league, whether it’s nationality, race, gender, whatever it is,” Casey said. “I know we have issues as far as things are going on just like corporations in the world, but it starts with Adam’s outlook. He really promotes that from a leadership standpoint of diversity, inclusion, the whole nine yards, but it starts with him.”But it started before Silver became commissioner. There were 16 coaches of color — more than half the league — in 2012, with 14 African-Americans, a Filipino-American in Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, and Kaleb Canales, who became the league’s first Mexican-American coach when he replaced the fired Nate McMillan in Portland on an interim basis. He’s now an assistant to Fizdale in New York.Kokoskov was well respected in the coaching ranks by then, having won a title in Detroit during six seasons as an assistant and helping the Suns reach the Western Conference finals in 2010.Perhaps the league wasn’t ready then for a European head coach, just as Bickerstaff can remember a time before his father Bernie got his first shot at running a team in the mid-1980s that there wasn’t such of an acceptance of black coaches.“No matter what position it is, no matter what field we’re in, diversity is a huge part of who we are as America and there’s no better place than the NBA,” Bickerstaff said. 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIEScenter_img In a league where minorities make up the overwhelming majority of stars on the floor, there’s still a movement to make those same diverse strides in who is calling the shots on the sideline.“The league is starting to move in a direction with the coaches of being more diverse,” said Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff, whose father also was a head coach in the NBA. “And it’s just about opportunity and everybody wants an equal playing field. And I think when you get an equal playing field you know people from all backgrounds can rise to the occasion.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThat’s what the Suns believed when they hired Igor Kokoskov, a native of Serbia, and the Charlotte Hornets did when they tabbed James Borrego — the league’s first full-time Hispanic coach. Borrego’s whose seat on the front row of the Spurs’ bench was inherited by Hammon after she was promoted by San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich — after a summer where Hammon was a candidate to take over in Milwaukee.Popovich’s team has long been at the forefront of finding talented players in places far outside the U.S. and it’s no surprise he’s thought outside the box to grow his coaching tree. Besides employing Borrego and Hammon last season, his top assistant is Italian Ettore Messina, and Brett Brown had been coaching for nearly two decades in Australia before Popovich hired the current Philadelphia head coach for his staff. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego directs his team against the Miami Heat during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, in Charlotte, N.C. Borrego is the first Hispanic-American head coach in the NBA. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)The NBA coaching box is looking far more diverse these days.When the season starts next week, there will be the league’s first head coach born and raised outside North America and the first Hispanic-American full-time head coach. And there’s a real chance that before long, someone like Becky Hammon could become the first woman to lead a NBA club.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo moved to tears in Jerusalem

first_imgMOST READ “My parents might be gone, but they instilled in me the dream of coming here, and I’ve made it,” he said. “I can’t believe I’m really here.”Mutombo, an eight-time NBA All-Star who played for six teams, was in town for the inauguration of a new sports center, where he flashed his signature finger-wag and showed off his trademark shot-blocking skills at a clinic in front of a mixed crowd of excited Jewish, Christian and Muslim children.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe center, located at the city’s YMCA and sponsored by Canadian-Israeli philanthropist and sports enthusiast Sylvan Adams, calls itself an “an oasis of coexistence” in the diverse city, catering to Israelis and Palestinians alike.Mutombo said that coming from a conflict-ridden country convinced him of the salutary power of sport, and allowed him relate to politically troubled places. “Who doesn’t know about all the wars that have taken place here?” he said. “But on the court you don’t talk about whose skin is darker, which ethnicity group you come from, which language you speak. You just play the game.”In the decade since his retirement, Mutombo has invested millions in philanthropic causes in his native country and abroad. He said he feels at home in his new role as a humanitarian ambassador, especially since the NBA’s golden days of defense are long gone.“All the young kids these days shoot hoops like they’re shooting guns,” he said. “I wouldn’t have lasted more than a year.”During the clinic, Mutombo praised young players’ free throws and blocked shots with the flick of his wrist. His booming voice and basso laugh engaged everyone in range.Emily Polanski, 11, the only girl on the court, said although it’s hard to play alone with so many boys, she dreams of competing one day in the WNBA, and takes Mutombo as an example of how to prevail over obstacles.ADVERTISEMENT “Boy or girl, when you’re playing, it shouldn’t matter,” she said, looking up at the towering MutomboSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo talks to kids during a workshop at the Sylvan Adams sports center at the YMCA In Jerusalem, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)JERUSALEM — Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, a fearsome 7-foot-2 center in his playing days, said Tuesday he was moved to tears at the sight of Jerusalem’s ancient walls.Mutombo, who hails from a devout Christian community in Congo, described his first visit to the holy city as an emotional experience. He said he thought about his parents, who died before they could see the place they had spent their lives reading about in the Bible.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown A final shot Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Cyclist struck down by speeding Fire Service Officer

first_imgA Bagotville, West Bank Demerara, man is now dead after he was struck down by an officer of the Guyana Fire Service, who was reportedly speeding on the roadway.Dead: Clement SkeeteDead is Clement Skeete, 60, called ‘Rasta Man’ of Lot 111 Bagotville Public Road, WBD. The accident occurred sometime around 19:30h on the Bagotville Public Road on Friday.According to reports, Skeete was crossing the road on his bicycle in front of his house, while the speeding car was approaching at a fast rate and struck the elderly man down.Guyana Times was told that upon impact, the cyclist was flung from the bike and landed some distance away.Speaking with this newspaper, the dead man’s grieving wife, Shellon Cameron recalled that she was at work when she received the call about the accident and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital.“When I go to the hospital, I go in and see he lie down with tubes hook up to his body. Then they tell me they gone send him to Georgetown Hospital,” she related.However, the woman explained that there was no doctor to go along with her husband to GPHC and so he was held up at the West Demerara Hospital for some three hours before he was finally transferred—too late.“The decision was to take him to GPHC but no doctor was there to transport him so I start to behave real bad and by the time we go to Georgetown Hospital, they take him in the Accident and Emergency Ward and a couple minutes after, his brother say he pass away,” the distraught woman recounted.According to Cameron, when she returned home she was told by relatives how the accident occurred:“They say he was over the road crossing, and this car come with a speed. He was coming off the bicycle when the car hook the bike wheel and drag him some distance away.”Meanwhile, one relative who witnessed the accident – a young man – recalled to this publication: “I was standing on the road when I saw ‘Rasta Man’ riding coming over the road and the car was coming speed, and till when he reach close, then he start mash brakes. ‘Rasta Man’ try to come off the bike to come in the corner because there was (another) car parked in front the yard so he couldn’t ride straight over but the car come and knock he and fling he in the air. He land on the windscreen and the car drop he down (two houses away).”The Police said that a breathalyser test was conducted on the driver but no trace of blood alcohol was found. Nevertheless, he was taken into custody and is assisting with investigations.last_img read more

Bible college student slapped with rape charge

first_imgA student of a Georgetown Bible college on Monday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was slapped with a rape charge.Samuel Whaul of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. The case was heard in camera.The prosecution is contending that the 25-year-old theology student reportedly raped his 21-year-old colleague.It is alleged that Whaul, on October 25, 2018, while in the vicinity of Georgetown, engaged in sexual penetration with the young woman without her consent. Following the incident, a report was made to the police and Whaul was recently arrested. He was released on $200,000 bail. As a condition for bail, the unrepresented man was ordered to stay away from the VC. The case will continue on February 25, 2019.last_img read more

Valley sees rise in some crimes

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Robberies, aggravated assaults, rapes and thefts went up last year in the Santa Clarita Valley, but crime increases are in line with the area’s growing population, city officials said Tuesday. In releasing the yearly crime statistics, officials celebrated decreases in burglary and grand theft auto, which they attributed to the work of specialized teams of deputies who go after career offenders and reach out to the community. Overall, major crimes edged down 1 percent, while the city’s population increased 4.4 percent to 177,418 residents. “It is rewarding to see that our community policing program here in Santa Clarita is paying off and that crime is down slightly overall, even though our population has increased,” said City Manager Ken Pulskamp. Santa Clarita is among the nation’s safest cities of more than 100,000 residents, according to FBI statistics. Sheriff’s Capt. Anthony La Berge, commander of the Santa Clarita station, said he plans to break down the statistics to better understand them. Regional crime trends, video surveillance and high-frequency offenders can all affect the statistics, he said. The number of homicides in the valley stayed static, with three both years. Robberies were up 22.6 percent, going from 106 in 2005 to 130 in ’06, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Robberies were up 6 percent in all areas patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department, La Berge said. “It’s not just something unique to Santa Clarita, it’s actually a trend going over the whole region,” he said. Thefts, not including burglary and auto thefts, were up 3.1 percent, with 2,186 incidents in 2005 and 2,253 last year. More store thefts may have been noticed and reported last year because of the increasing prevalence of video monitoring, La Berge said. “We have to look at it and see; I wonder how much technology is assisting us in this category here,” he said. “Are the numbers really increasing or are we just aware of more incidents?” As for forcible rapes, there were 17 in 2005 and 26 last year – an increase of 52.9 percent. But no serial rapist is driving the increase, and the spike is more noticeable because 2005 was a low year for rapes, La Berge said. Crime statistics that showed notable decreases were burglary and grand theft auto. The biggest drop was in grand theft auto, which went from 514 incidents in 2005 to 425 incidents last year, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Burglaries were down 8.4 percent. Those decreases were attributed in part to the work of the sheriff’s Career Offender Burglary Robbery Assault (COBRA) team and its Community Interaction Team. The teams engage in stings, follow-up with probationers, surveillance and aggressive investigation work, authorities said. There were 27 arsons in 2005 and 24 in 2006, a decrease of three incidents. Overall, the Santa Clarita Valley had 3,898 major crimes in 2005 and 3,860 in 2006, a decrease of 1 percent. There were also 233 aggravated assaults last year, compared with 209 in 2005. “The numbers are not very high when you compare it to other areas that are much more violent,” La Berge said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 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


first_imgThere was only one show at Letterkenny Golf Club this week and that was the Sandra show.On Tuesday our Lady Vice captain Sandra McMonagle tamed the course with a majestic 43 points to win the generously sponsored Ruths Pharmacy competition. Many thanks to Siobhan who has always been a great supporter of the Ladies Club. Runner up was Marian O’Sullivan with 37 points and in her wake was Mary Murray, also with 37 points B.O.T.The Little Angels Open was held on Thursday, an event we are always proud to be associated with. The Little Angels school in September 2012 will be the largest school of its kind in the North West, catering for over 70 children with learning disabilities and its success, is thanks in no small part to the constant fundraising, undertaken by so many people associated with the school ,in particular Phil and John Murray. John presented the prize-winners on the night as Phil was still trying to come to terms with a dodgy golf battery which I fear needs replacing. Sandra McMonagle, still red hot from her victory on Tuesday won with 37 points. Runner Up Anne Cannon,35 points, Gross Marian O’Sullivan 25 gross points, 3rd Cynthia Fuery 35 points B.O.T Front 9 Marian Keating 23 points, Back 9 Anne Condon 18 points. 2’s Karen McGlinchey (5th). Magees Chemist have kindly sponsored our next Open on the 10th July. Please book online and remember two balls are not permitted. On the 12th July, there will be a qualifier for the Ladies Club, Classic Team. The best 4 cards will be the team on the day. Don’t forget, you can still enter a team of 4 at €80 per team. The Club Classic will be played on Sat 28th July.The June Ladies Club newsletter is available in the pro shop or ladies locker room. Please see the notice board for details of this years Lady Captains Outing. Golf Knowledge and rules: The Tee Box. In Match play – playing outside the tee area: The opponent can immediately re-call the shot, cancel the stroke, and play another ball within the teeing ground without penalty.In Stroke – playing outside the tee area: The player receives a two stroke penalty and must correct her error by playing another ball from the teeing ground. The player may be disqualified if she doesn’t correct her error before a stroke on the next hole, or if playing her last hole must announce her intention of correcting the error before leaving the green. Strokes played outside of the teeing ground do not count as part of the competitors score.Playing from the wrong teeing ground (or markers) is the same as playing from outside the teeing ground.Photo: Little Angels Open: Back Row: Left to Right: Karen McGlinchey, Marian Keating, Anne Cannon, Marian O’Sullivan, Cynthia Fuery and Anne CondonFront Row: Lady Captain Angela Kilgallen, John Murray, Little Angels School, Sandra McMonagle winner. GOLF NEWS: LETTERKENNY LADIES CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Golf Club Ladies noteslast_img read more

Netball World Cup 2019: She Cranes lose once again

first_imgComments Tags: Jane ChimaliroJoyce MvulaMALAWINetball World cup 2019Peace Proscoviashe cranesVincent Kiwanuka The She Cranes have now lost all their last three games at the Netball World Cup 2019. (PHOTO/File) Netball World Cup 2019Uganda 44-55 MalawiLiverpool Arena, LiverpoolFriday, 19-07-2019The Uganda Wome’s National Netball team has seen the Netball World Cup 2019 turn on them in the worst possible fashion.After winning three of their opening four games, the She Cranes have now gone on to lose all their last three games and are in danger of not improving their 8th position finish managed at the 2015 edition in Australia.On Friday, they lost 44-55 to Malawi meaning they will now have to beat Zimbabwe in order to finish 7th otherwise, they will once again end in 8th position.For the third consecutive game, Vincent Kiwanuka’s side started slowly and were 8 goals down at halftime after losing the first two quarters 9-12 and 10-15 respectively.The She Cranes were being ripped apart by the duo of Joyce Mvula and Jane Chimaliro.The third was more of a contest and Uganda took it 16-14 to ensure the two sides head into the final quarter with only 6 goals separating them.However, Malawi returned the stronger, winning it 14-9 and securing the contest 55-44.Mvula starred as she scored 38 of her attempted 43 shots while like in the loss to Jamaica the day before, She Cranes captain Peace Proscovia shot at 100% efficiency as she scored 24 goals.After the game, She Cranes assistant coach Nelson Bogere, admited Malawi was better than his side.“It wasn’t our day, it wasn’t our day, Bogere noted.“We want to congratulate Malawi because they have over played us, they took our center and our shooting wasn’t all the best.”The loss sent Uganda into a 7th/8th place contest against Zimbabwe on Saturday. Zimbabwe also lost to Jamaica on Friday.For Malawi and Jamaica, they will face off to determine who finishes 5th and 6th.The She Cranes are taking part in only their third Netball World Cup and a win on Sunday will see them finish in their best ever position at the global showpiece.Other results on Friday-Sri Lanka 78-57 Singapore-Samoa 53-42 Fiji-Zimbabwe 47-77 JamaicaSaturday’s fixtures-Barbados vs Scotland-Northern Ireland vs Trinidad and Tobago-Australia vs south Africa-New Zealand vs EnglandSunday’s fixtures-Uganda vs Zimbabwe-Jamaica vs Malawi-Third place play off-The finalslast_img read more

Genetic Dating Can Fool Scientists

first_imgThe dates of some human migrations could have been much more recent than genetic data indicates.  What of even older dates?In “Archaeological Genetics: It’s Not All as Old as It at First Seems,” Science Daily reported on work published in Investigative Genetics that indicated data on migrations in the Netherlands fits recent population movements just as well as “ancient” ones:These results could be explained by invoking movement of ancient, Paleolithic-Neolithic humans, similar to that proposed to explain the genetic diversity across central entire Europe. However the data also fits a model involving movement of people within the last 70 generations of modern Dutch, for which there is a wealth of archaeological evidence.Consequently, “patterns of genetic diversity which indicate population movement may not be as ancient as previously believed, but may be attributable to recent events.”  The authors of the open-access paper cautioned colleagues “future human population genetic studies pay more attention to recent demographic history in interpreting genetic clines.”  See press release from BioMed Central.Interpretation Run AmokIt would seem, therefore, that if data from the most recent millennia can be misinterpreted, that the uncertainties would mount when interpreting older data.  Yet paleoanthropologists routinely speak confidently about supposed events tens of thousands, if not millions, of years ago.  If genetic data can be misinterpreted, the same pitfalls can occur with other data, such as artifacts.For example, in “When Did Humans Begin Hurling Spears?”  Science Now pointed out that the answer varies from 90,000 to 500,000 evolutionary years ago, depending on how one interprets markings on bones.Nature News claims that “hominid footprints” 1.52 million years old, “probably” from Homo erectus or Paranthropus, show that the walkers were the same size as modern humans, based on inferences of “stature, body mass and walking speed” compared with those of modern Kenyan barefoot walkers.Science News presented a new hypothesis about why apes descended from the trees that “challenges evolutionary theories behind the development of our earliest ancestors from tree dwelling quadrupeds to upright bipeds capable of walking and scrambling.”  A paleoanthopologist published a novel theory that “challenges traditional hypotheses which suggest our early forebears were forced out of the trees and onto two feet when climate change reduced tree cover.”  Instead, Dr. Isabelle Winder (U of York) thinks it was a response to geological changes:“The broken, disrupted terrain offered benefits for hominins in terms of security and food, but it also proved a motivation to improve their locomotor skills by climbing, balancing, scrambling and moving swiftly over broken ground — types of movement encouraging a more upright gait.“The research suggests that the hands and arms of upright hominins were then left free to develop increased manual dexterity and tool use, supporting a further key stage in the evolutionary story.Aside from sounding Lamarckian, this theory begs the question of why all the other animals in the terrain did not develop upright posture and tool use.Another example borders on the ridiculous.  Rob Brooks, in an article posted by Medical Xpress, used Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biceps as support for the notion of a “link between male upper-body strength and assertion of economic self-interest.”  (See 5/18/03 story and comments).  Brooks unwittingly committed his own show of brute force by referring to Creation-Evolution Headlines as “nutbaggery” while trying to simultaneously backpeddle from the idea that evolutionary forces dictate our politics.  “The value of this paper is in showing how our evolved biology and our contemporary politics can interlink in interesting ways, creating nuanced individual differences,” he explained.  Very interesting, indeed.  Any predictions from this notion?  Any way to falsify it?Always Room for DoubtA few paleoanthropologists are aware of the problems of interpreting data.  For instance, Nature recently questioned whether Australopithecus sediba has anything to do with the emergence of the genus Homo.  In “Hesitation on Human History,” William H. Kimbel wrote, “I do not think that they provide compelling evidence that this species is anything other than an unusual australopith [ape] from a Pliocene–Pleistocene time period that is already populated by a fair number of them.”Evolutionists Simon E. Fisher and Matt Ridley in Science Magazine (“Culture, Genes and the Human Revolution”) first praised the techniques available for genetic research before cautioning about interpretation:State-of-the-art DNA sequencing is providing ever more detailed insights into the genomes of humans, extant apes, and even extinct hominins, offering unprecedented opportunities to uncover the molecular variants that make us human. A common assumption is that the emergence of behaviorally modern humans after 200,000 years ago required—and followed—a specific biological change triggered by one or more genetic mutations. For example, Klein has argued that the dawn of human culture stemmed from a single genetic change that “fostered the uniquely modern ability to adapt to a remarkable range of natural and social circumstance”. But are evolutionary changes in our genome a cause or a consequence of cultural innovation…?Many nuanced accounts of human evolution implicitly assume that biological changes must precede cultural changes….This prevailing logic in the field may put the cart before the horse. The discovery of any genetic mutation that coincided with the “human revolution” must take care to distinguish cause from effect. Supposedly momentous changes in our genome may sometimes be a consequence of cultural innovation. They may be products of culture-driven gene evolution.Fisher and Ridley give the example of lactose intolerance as a likely genetic consequence of lifestyle choices by early farmers.  They also dispute the relevance of the FOXP2 genetic change that some paleoanthropologists have suggested drove the development of human language.  “If, for instance, humanized FOXP2 confers more sophisticated control of vocal sequences, this would most benefit an animal already capable of speech,” they said.  “Alternatively, the spread of the relevant changes may have had nothing to do with emergence of spoken language, but may have conferred selective advantages in another domain.”  Either way, the interpretation does not jump out of the data.  To think science (“prevailing logic”) can be conducted free of human subjectivity would, indeed, put Descartes before the Horace.Anyone thinking the evolutionary story just leaps out of the data from its own accord needs to study philosophy of science.  Data to evolutionists are like colorful pebbles and bits of glass they use to create a mosaic whose image was predetermined by their materialistic world view.  Curious, is it not, that to complete their project they have to use intelligent design.  Why don’t they just shake the bits on a table and see what “emerges” since emergence (the Stuff Happens Law, 9/15/08) is the theme of their whole story?Rob Brooks is having a good time at our expense flexing his muscle on his blog against “nutbaggers” instead of answering legitimate questions.  Come now, Rob, tell us: does truth evolve?  We left that checkmate challenge hanging but he just wants to overturn the table and call it a stupid game.  It’s more than a game.  It’s a challenge to his credibility.  Maybe he should recognize that tens of thousands of people read this website.  Our well-educated and sophisticated audience would love to watch if he can wield the sword of logic better than the mudballs of ridicule.As for bicep politics, maybe Mr. Brooks would like to explain the anti-redistributionism of Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, and all the other conservatives not particularly known for their upper-body strength.  Or how about Nick Vujicic, who has no biceps?  Maybe Brooks could entertain the idea that it’s fat, not muscle, that allows men to throw their weight around.  Does that explain Rush Limbaugh’s politics?  Oh, but we see; Brooks has an escape.  Evolution just adds “nuance” to these tendencies.  Any exception to his law of nature can just be nuanced away.  Well, then, if there’s no law of nature, why call the storytelling science?  Notions belong in  fabric stores, not the lab (10/14/08).Brooks laughs at his Yoda Complex.  Well, fine.  We can all laugh with him.  We all know, at the end of the day, it’s just for show.  He’s an entertainer, not a philosopher.  After his daily storytelling work on the Darwin Light & Magic soundstage, he takes off his latex Yoda costume and behaves like a normal human being, living as if his mental choices matter—ignoring the mutations that the Start Warts script says make him what he is.  The fantasy is all CGI, where even truth can evolve.  If he insists on manipulating the dork side of the farce (the self-refuting side of illogic), may the farce bewitch him.(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

African Union suspends Egypt

first_img5 July 2013The African Union’s (AU’s) Peace and Security Council has decided to suspend the participation of Egypt in AU activities until constitutional order is restored in that country.The decision, which in is line with the AU’s strict rules against unconstitutional changes of government, was decided at a meeting of the Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday.The meeting was called after Judge Adli Mansour was sworn as Egypt’s caretaker president on Thursday, a day after Mohamed Morsi was removed from the presidency by the country’s army.This followed a week of nationwide protests by millions of anti-government demonstrators accusing Morsi of a grab of power. Morsi is allegedly under home arrest at the Republican Guards Club. On Thursday, there was still a heavy security presence in Cairo, with tanks lining the streets.The army has put forward a roadmap for the transitional period, including forming a national government with broadened powers, suspending the current constitution, and forming a commission to prepare constitutional amendments.The AU’s Peace and Security Council said in a statement on Friday: “The council reiterates the AU’s condemnation and rejection of any illegal seizure of power. The overthrow of the democratically elected president does not conform to the relevant provisions of Egypt’s constitution, and therefore falls under the definition of an unconstitutional change of government.”Earlier, the South African government said that, in line with the African Union Constitutive Act, it was opposed to all forms of unconstitutional changes of government.South Africa has been urging the concerned parties in Egypt to resolve their differences through dialogue and consultation.“The government is of the view that all efforts should be made to avoid violent confrontation between contending parties,” the International Relations and Cooperation Department said on Thursday.“Instability in Egypt may have far-reaching consequences on the already precarious situation in the country, as well as the North African region and Middle East.”Source: SAnews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more