Asensio complies with the plan

first_imgThe set-up of Marco Asensio (24 years old) is on the right track. AS already reported on March 30 of the availability of the Madrid player to return to training with the rest of his teammates when the sessions resume. Since that information almost a month has passed and the feelings are still as good. Even better. The Balearic has tried to keep the plan established this month at home. On March 12, when they had to leave Valdebebas, they took everything they needed to their home to avoid causing a hiatus in their search to return to their best level.In these types of long injuries every week is important. In fact, that was the motto that was marked with Dr. Leyes since he operated on him at the Cemtro Clinic in Madrid on August 7, 2019: goals week by week. That is why it is very important that during these almost seven weeks in which Marco has exercised at home feeling remain just as positive. Although it is never the same as a playing field, at his home he has a small garden where he makes daily blows of the ball, as well as small explosive outings. The type of actions that, if they do not cause discomfort, give the green light to start contacts with other players. The coronavirus crisis has completely changed the picture for Zidane. Asensio’s intention was always to play in the last months, to help Madrid in the decisive matches and to go to the European Championship with Spain. Now, he may be under the command of the French coach much earlier than expected.In addition, the progressive return to training will also play in his favor. In the absence of an official protocol, it is logical to follow a path similar to what happened in Germany, where in the first training sessions the players have divided into small groups and without physical contact. This progressive increase in contact exercises to prevent contagion will also play in Asensio’s favor, since he will be able to gain feelings and confidence little by little on the return to training. After such an injury it is essential to go step by step. Do not rush. But if everything remains the same, Zidane will be able to count on Marco Asensio from day one ready to reappear.last_img read more

COUNCIL TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS BREAK-INS

first_imgA special meeting of Donegal County Council will take place later today to discuss crime in the county.This is the first such meeting of the county which has ever been called to discuss crime.The meeting, which was demanded by Cllr Michael McBride, will specifically discuss the latest spate of break-ins across the county. Members of the Gardai and other agencies have also been invited to the meeting at the council headquarters in Lifford. COUNCIL TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING TO DISCUSS BREAK-INS was last modified: October 18th, 2013 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:break-insDonegal County Councillast_img read more

Bail refused for Dungloe man who repeated threats to kill neighbour

first_imgBail was refused in the case of a Dungloe man, who appeared in court charged with threatening to kill his next door neighbour.Anthony Ward was before Letterkenny District Court after making repeated threats on the life of Tony Walsh yesterday, January 17, 2018. The parties were said to have been embroiled in an ongoing dispute since last August. At 5:46am yesterday, Ward sent Donegal County Council – whom he rents his house at 28 Ard Crone, Dungloe, from – an email in which he made a threat on Walsh.Garda responded to a 999 call at 12:30pm, by which time both were inside their respective homes.Council staff indicated that they were concerned by the contents of the email. Ward was alleged to have attempted to assault Mr Walsh using a garden weed brush and scraper. During the course of the alleged assault, Ward was said to have handed Walsh a note saying: ‘I will kill you’.Ward was arrested and taken to Milford Garda Station, where he was held in custody.After being charged at 9:15pm, Ward responded to three charges: ‘I didn’t assault anyone’; ‘F*** off’; and ‘the c*** is lucky to be alive. When I get out, I’lll kill him.’Garda Kelly said Ward subsequently destroyed the charge sheets he had been given.Garda Kelly said that there were a number of grounds for objecting to bail: the nature of the accusation against Ward, the most serious being a threat to kill or cause serious harm; one count of damaging property at the Garda station; evidence that had been presented against the accused; and the possible intimidation of witnesses.The court heard that, at 5:46am on January 17 2018, an email was sent to Donegal County Council in which Ward outlined his dissatisfaction with his neighbour, Mr Walsh.“He informed Donegal County Council that he was going to kill his neighbour,” Garda Kelly said.“I spoke to Mr Ward at his home and he reiterated the threat on a number of occasions There is a massive concern here with the threat to kill his next door neighbour.“This began as a noise dispute about a dog on 12 August 2017 and has escalated to this point. There is a fear that he would carry out this threat if he is bailed.”Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client suffered from ill health and was blind in one eye. Mr Gallagher said the incident yesterday morning was the ’straw that broke the camel’s back’.He said: “The email was sent in haste and frustration. There are issues with a dog, with rubbish and intimidation.“These are two almost-retired neighbours who should know better. It is a nuisance situation.  This was a spur of the moment. There has been no physical assault. It has all been noise.”Ward alleged that he was continually ‘harassed’ by Walsh and that he had ongoing medical issues.“I can’t see where i going half the time,” Ward told the court.“I have to use a walking stick, I am totally blind in one eye and half blind in the other.“He (Walsh) tried to attack me. He was banging outside my house last week with a hammer. What I said was in haste. I am living in fear because of the harassment.“They were words of anger because of the situation. He is a very aggressive and violent man. He keeps trying to attack me.“I couldn’t defend myself, never mind hurt anyone. They are idle threats, more in panic, fear and anxiety,  have no intention whatsoever. So many times he has tried to attack me and I need medication to eat, sleep and relax in any way.”Inspector David Murphy said Ward’s actions ‘demonstrate a lack of control’.He said: “It wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction. Haste suggests spontaneity, but it doesn’t appear here if haste of spontaneity was involved here.”Judge Paul Kelly said he had ‘grave concerns’ given the way Ward had replied to questions from both Inspector Murphy and the Judge.“They were all attempts to justify making the threats,” Judge Kelly said.“I can understand strain, exasperation and annoyance, but this is in a different category. This happened over a protracted 16-hour period. He said it and repeated it. He sent an email, he delivered a handwritten note and continued, repeated over eight hours with the Gardai, making threats to the point of a very colourful threat when charged.”Judge Kelly refused bail and ordered a psychological assessment to aid the court in the matter.Bail refused for Dungloe man who repeated threats to kill neighbour was last modified: January 21st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Anthony WarddungloeJudge Paul KellyLetterkenny District CourtMilford Garda StationTony Walshlast_img read more

Biological Nanomachines Inspire Nanotechnology

first_imgNano, nano; we’re hearing that morkish prefix a lot these days.  It means 10-9 of something: most often, of meters (see powers of ten).  A nanometer is a billionth of a meter.  This gets down into the range of protein molecules and small cellular components.  A DNA molecule, for instance, is about 20 nanometers across; an ATP synthase rotary motor is about 8 x 12 nanometers, and a bacterial flagellum about 10 times larger.  Now that imaging technology is reaching into realms of just a few nanometers, scientists are keen to understand nature’s engineering in hopes of doing their own.    The premiere issue of Nature Nanotechnology made its debut this month.1  It contains a centerpiece review article by Wesley R. Browne and Ben L. Feringa entitled, “Making molecular machines work.”2  Though the article focuses on human progress and potential in the world of nanotechnology, it contains numerous ecstasies about biological machines unmade by human hands:Consider a world composed of nanometre-sized factories and self-repairing molecular machines where complex and responsive processes operate under exquisite control; where translational and rotational movement is directed with precision; a nano-world fuelled by chemical and light energy.  What images come to mind?  The fantastical universes described in the science fiction of Asimov and his contemporaries?  To a scientist, perhaps the ‘simple’ cell springs more easily to mind with its intricate arrangement of organelles and enzymatic systems fuelled by solar energy (as in photosynthetic systems) or by the chemical energy stored in the molecular bonds of nucleotide triphosphates (for example, ATP).Biological motors convert chemical energy to effect stepwise linear or rotary motion, and are essential in controlling and performing a wide variety of biological functions.  Linear motor proteins are central to many biological processes including muscle contraction, intracellular transport and signal transduction, and ATP synthase, a genuine molecular rotary motor, is involved in the synthesis and hydrolysis of ATP.  Other fascinating examples include membrane translocation proteins, the flagella motor that enables bacterial movement and proteins that can entrap and release guests through chemomechanical motion.Whereas nature is capable of maintaining and repairing damaged molecular systems, such complex repair mechanisms are beyond the capabilities of current nanotechnology.In designing motors at the molecular level, random thermal brownian motion must therefore be taken into consideration.  Indeed, nature uses the concept of the brownian ratchet to excellent effect in the action of linear and rotary protein motors.  In contrast to ordinary motors, in which energy input induces motion, biological motors use energy to restrain brownian motion selectively.  In a brownian ratchet system the random-molecular-level motion is harnessed to achieve net directional movement, and crucially the resulting biased change in the system is not reversed but progresses in a linear or rotary fashion.Biosystems frequently rely on ATP as their energy source, however very few examples of artificial motors that use exothermic chemical reactions to power unidirectional rotary motion have been reported to date.That biological motors perform work and are engaged in well-defined mechanical tasks such as muscle contraction or the transport of objects is apparent in all living systems.It is clear that the biological machines are inspiring the human drive toward exploiting the possibilities of mimicking, if not duplicating, what already exists in nature.  They say in conclusion,The exquisite solutions nature has found to control molecular motion, evident in the fascinating biological linear and rotary motors, has served as a major source of inspiration for scientists to conceptualize, design and build – using a bottom-up approach – entirely synthetic molecular machines.  The desire, ultimately, to construct and control molecular machines, fuels one of the great endeavours of contemporary science….….As complexity increases in these dynamic nanosystems, mastery of structure, function and communication across the traditional scientific boundaries will prove essential and indeed will serve to stimulate many areas of the synthetic, analytical and physical sciences.  In view of the wide range of functions that biological motors play in nature and the role that macroscopic motors and machines play in daily life, the current limitation to the development and application of synthetic molecular machines and motors is perhaps only the imagination of the nanomotorists themselves.1Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 1, No. 1, October 2006.2Wesley R. Browne and Ben L. Feringa, “Making molecular machines work,” Nature Nanotechnology, 1, pp25-35 (2006), doi:10.1038/nnano.2006.45.These superlatives call for an explanation: how did nature achieve this level of technology, a level our best scientists can only view with awe as they attempt to catch up, using their brightest intelligence applied to design?  Here is the simplistic, hand-waving explanation.  In what should have been a paper permeated with unadulterated intelligent design, both human and biological, they slipped into the old Darwinian bad habit.  Get ready with your baloney breathalyzer.Understanding and harnessing such phenomenal biological systems provides a strong incentive to design active nanostructures that can operate as molecular machines, and although our current efforts to control motion at the molecular level may appear awkward compared with these natural systems, it should not be forgotten that nature has had a 4.5 billion year head start.This is bad breath caused by Dar-wine.  No matter the object under consideration, from a nanoscopic rotary motor with near perfect efficiency to a narwhal’s antenna or a butterfly’s photonic crystals, Darwin-drunk researchers continue to ascribe these wonders to blind, aimless, materialistic processes.  If nature’s advantage were merely a head start, then Nature Nanotechnology would do better to tell its researchers to close their labs, put on blindfolds, and wander aimlessly about, bumping into each other, till something interesting happens.    As we wag our heads at the inebriation of scientists believing such things, let’s not forget what they said about biological machines.  Those machines really do exist.  They’re keeping you functioning.  They’re enabling your brain to think.  So think.  Don’t try to drink and think, lest your breath stink and your common sense shrink.(Visited 221 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Darwinist Intolerance Continues Unabated after Expelled

first_imgBen Stein’s documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed has ranked #12 in documentaries after 3 weeks.  It could easily rank much higher after the DVD comes out.  Has the scientific community shown any signs of remorse over their treatment of individuals and groups who question Darwinism, as illustrated in the film?ICR expelled:  On April 24, a week after Expelled hit the theaters, the Texas State Board of Education denied the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) the right to grant graduate degrees in the State.  ICR, a privately-funded organization, had been granting Master’s degrees in California for 27 years.    It appears that Commissioner Raymund Paredes made his recommendation to deny the authorization after consulting with an undisclosed group of educators in non-public meetings.  It also appears that ICR’s well-known creationist position, not the academic standards of its Graduate School, was the reason for the decision.    ICR, which had been expecting easy approval based on a positive recommendation from the Site Evaluation Team in December (see ICR press release), considers this a clear case of viewpoint discrimination and an abridgement of their academic freedom.  Their statement includes a 371-page document that had been delivered to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Even some of the most liberal supporters of intelligent design, who disapprove of young-earth creationism, have expressed alarm at the decision because of what it portends for any viewpoint deemed to lie outside the scientific consensus.    Paredes may have been influenced by a negative editorial that appeared in Nature February 28.  The editorial revealed that concerted arm-twisting was going on behind the scenes: “High-powered scientists in Texas are already weighing in, asking board commissioner Raymund Paredes to deny accreditation,” it said, “And there are signs that the board is listening.”  The editorial called ICR’s creationist position “anti-scientific” even though its professors have PhDs from secular institutions.  It even accused the graduate school of dishonesty: “ICR has managed to con its way into the California educational system for decades.  Texas must not succumb as well.”  ICR has always been above board in its dealings with the states of California and Texas.  They never pressured anyone to succumb to anything.  They met all requirements and answered all questions.  This amounts to libel, but ICR was never given an opportunity to respond.    Naturally, Nature was delighted in its April 30 issue with the denial decision.  They proudly quoted a compliant commissioner, who had learned his talking points well.  “Religious belief is not science,” Paredes said.  “Science and religious belief are surely reconcilable, but they are not the same thing.”Context is key:  Nature took the following swipe at Ben Stein in its featurette Sidelines: Scribbles on the Margins of Science from May 7:“Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.”Ben Stein, star of anti-evolution movie Expelled, adds his sensible and rational voice to the science-versus-religion debate, during an evangelical webcast.Stein’s comment was a summary statement at the end of a long discussion about Nazi science, not science in general.  In the movie, Stein had made it clear he supported true science.  His investigation was about the intolerance of Darwinists, whose leading spokespersons (Richard Dawkins, P. Z. Myers, William Provine, E. O. Wilson) are atheists, toward intelligent design.  This out-of-context quote not only Nature’s complete denial of any culpability for fostering intolerance, but an attempt to tarnish the reputation of the whistleblower.Freedom is slavery:  Scare tactics are often effective for avoiding rational discussion.  A news story in Science took on the difficult task of explaining why it is important to oppose academic freedom legislation.  Reporter Yudhijit Bhattacharjee set the tone of her investigation of Academic Freedom bills with a scary metaphor, “If creationism is a mutating virus, as many educators believe, then its latest guise is legislation to protect ’academic freedom.’”  The scare quotes imply a conspiracy is lurking.  Selling this line is a bit of an uphill battle, though.  She quoted Barbara Forrest, activist against the bill in Florida, saying “It has been difficult to rally opposition.”    Casey Luskin at Evolution News pointed out that Science quoted no proponents of the bill – only opponents.  Bhattacharjee quoted evolution defender Eugenie Scott, for instance, claiming that Academic Freedom bills are essentially a “permission slip to teach creationism,” though there is nothing of the sort in the wording of the bills to suggest such a thing.  Luskin used it as an illustration of “checkpoints” outlined in Expelled that guarantee the party line goes unchallenged.    Incidentally, the Academic Freedom bill in Florida, which had looked set to pass earlier, got defeated by procedural derailments rather than debate, reported Robert Crowther for Evolution News.To revile or not to revile:  Science on May 9 printed a pair of letters on the subject of whether to be considerate of creationists.  (It should be noted that Darwinists lump creationism and intelligent design in the same category, despite volumes explaining the differences).  They were responding to an earlier article that told, somewhat sympathetically, the story of one young scientist’s “traumatic” journey from evangelical belief in creationism to evolutionism.    Craig Stevens (Oklahoma State) could not stomach the sympathy.  “Science magazine is not the place to give even a hint of respectability to those who would deny the fundamental fact of evolution,” he said.  “There is too much at stake, for our children and our society, to give any credence to those promoting unscientific nonsense (creationism or intelligent design) and justifying irrational beliefs under the guise of religion.”    Andrew Whipple, biologist at Taylor University, had a more conciliatory tone.  Based on his experience with students coming from a Biblical creationist background, he called for humility:We within the scientific community must continue to present the demonstrable evidence from the physical realm and clearly express how that evidence supports our current interpretations.  This effort is not served well at all by dogmatic pronouncements such as “Evolution is fact,” even if such statements are accurate.  Furthermore, for members of the scientific community to make theological statements in the name of science is philosophically illegitimate, and destructive in our truth-seeking efforts.  In this short essay, Science has published the only example I have read in the leading scientific literature that takes the time and effort to understand and express what really drives the concerns of the majority of evangelicals, and does so in a manner that respects the integrity of both the scientific endeavor and the integrity of the faith commitments within the evangelical community.    Allow me to suggest that this serves as a call to us in the sciences to be more humble as we interact with the faith community.  We as scientists ought to be those most keenly aware of the tenuous and ever-changing nature of human knowledge, even as we build on that which has stood the test of time.  We ought to behave as though the faith community poses no threat to the integrity of science, just as the faith community ought to behave as though science poses no threat to the integrity of faith…. Let us all humbly seek for truth as we respect one another’s efforts to do so.Even in this conciliatory letter, however, Whipple still implied that evolution is a fact because it has stood the test of time, which implies the dubious proposition that time is a measure of scientific validity (see best-in-field fallacy).  He also drew an either-or distinction between the science community and the faith community.  This fails to identify the faith involved in evolutionary theories.  It also ignores the scientific evidence those with non-evolutionary theories employ in defense of their views.  What may be most noteworthy, however, is his observation that the article was the “only example I have read in the leading scientific literature that takes the time and effort to understand” the concerns of the majority of evangelicals in a respectful tone.Beneath disdain:  CMI published a response to a campaign by the Geological Society of London to fight creationism.  (The quotes are from before the release of Expelled, but it is unlikely the film altered their attitude, based on condescending reviews in other pro-evolution journals.)  In an editorial from the January issue of their magazine Geoscientist, Ted Nield not only conflated Intelligent Design with Young-Earth Creationism, he looked for space in the dungeon below contempt to find words to express the depth of his disdain.  “Are Young Earth Creationists, Intelligent Designers and other adherents of long-exploded ideas even worth the expenditure of our contempt?” he asked.Some commentators have expressed alarm at the condescending tone that academics express to those outside their peer group.  In a guest editorial for the UK Times Higher Education, Dennis Hayes exposed the disdain academics have for the general public.  He found it ironic that academics are trying more to engage in public outreach while simultaneously treating the public as hapless, hopeless, ignorant and prejudiced.  He pictured academics as out of touch – living in a closed society that generates misanthropic attitudes.  Their own habits, though, provide a poor model for how one should behave like an intellectual: “At academic conferences, there is little discussion; there are hundreds of papers but few questions,” he accused.  He warned that progress in understanding will only come when academics open themselves up to debate (cf. 04/09/2008).    More focused on the issues brought up in Expelled was Ken Conner’s op-ed piece for Townhall.com.  He alleged that modern academia is in a 1984 time warp, with its own thought police and revisionist policies.  He alluded to the Orwellian turnabout wherein Academic Freedom bills are being opposed as “academic tyranny” by the very people who refuse to allow criticisms of their views.    Conner juxtaposed the derisive comments of Darwinists against ID with some of their own irrational views expressed in Ben Stein’s documentary, such as life being seeded by space aliens or on crystals.  “Intelligent Design,” he remarked, “seems eminently plausible compared to the ravings of these scientists who appear educated beyond their intelligence.”    At issue, though, is the academy’s intolerance of contrary views.  “These efforts to extinguish controversy and to mute dissenting voices are antithetical to traditional notions of academic freedom,” he ended.  “But that doesn’t bother the scholars who are interviewed in the film.  In the academy, it’s 1984 and, in their world, freedom is tyranny.”Poor, lovable old Ben Stein.  Likeable, funny, common-sensical, soft-spoken, unflappable; a kinder, gentler celebrity one could hardly find, but now he has joined the Expelled.  His reputation will be forever tarnished as one of “them.”  All he wanted to do was open up the debate about Darwinism again.  Such an innocent quest.  In his droll, deadpan way, he interviewed the leading lights on both sides (and not a single young-earth creationist, by the way – those who have been so systematically marginalized that the mere mention of them brings a Pavlovian growl).  Ben never raised his voice.  His questions were the innocent, honest questions that a man on the street might ask.  In a country that values academic freedom, what is it about this issue that gets scientists so upset?.    In each interview, Stein sat there meekly without interrupting.  He gave plenty of time for Dawkins, Myers and Ruse to explain what they meant.  His producers sent them the types of questions that would be asked, paid them for their time, got their permission to use the footage, and followed standard documentary protocol.  For this crime he has been viciously slandered by scientists and the secular media, who show absolutely no sense of remorse for their intolerance.  They continue to illustrate the very point of Expelled: question Darwin and your career is over.  If there is to be any revolution, any pressure to tear down the Berlin Wall that protects Darwinism from honest questions, it won’t be starting on the Darwin side.  If anything, they are building it higher and thicker.    Are you shocked by this?  That academics, the ones historically the champions of academic freedom, have become some of its most vicious enemies?  That the very ones who should be models of civility and rational discourse turn into sneering, snarling Dobermans at the mere sound of intelligent design?  How could it be, when so many great scientists in history exalted the supreme architect of the universe in their work, and pointed to their admiration for God’s designs as motivation for doing science, that this could happen?  It does happen, and it happens elsewhere, too: the very institutions set up to solve the problem wind up making it worse.  Consider the following parallels.  Recognizing that there are exceptions in each case, charges have been made repeatedly by numerous commentators that the following institutions do the opposite of what they were designed to do.Labor unions: Initially motivated to address real issues of worker rights and safety, unions and their bosses are almost synonymous with corruption.  Workers refusing to join become targets of intimidation and physical violence.  States have had to pass Right to Work laws (imagine that!) to protect workers from the very unions that were designed to help them.  The unions, of course, spend their millions from the dues extracted by force from paychecks of common workers to lobby against such legislation, and routinely oppose any attempt to allow workers to designate whether they wish their dues to be spent on lobbying or not.    To add insult to injury, labor unions pile on so much burden on corporations through exorbitant and unrealistic demands for pensions and benefits (enforced by threats of crippling strikes), they end up killing the goose that lays the golden egg – the employers who create jobs.  The high cost of employment causes companies to go out of business or look overseas.  Who loses?  The laborer.The National Education Association has been called the most useless bureaucracy in Washington.  One might think that it exists to help teachers and students.  Instead, like the teachers’ unions, it defends and protects a top-sided bureaucracy bloated with administrators and office workers.  Despite billions spent on education, student-teacher ratios continue to rise, test scores continue to plummet, American students continue to fall behind even many third-world countries, and some teachers have to spend their own money buying textbooks.  Who loses?  Public school students.  Private schools and home schools, without NEA help or government funding, at a fraction of the cost, graduate students that score substantially higher on average.The National Endowment for the Arts exists, one would think, to uphold high standards of art appreciation and taste, to reward those with true talent, and to promote expressions of artistic excellence that bring national pride.  How many new Mozarts or Raphaels can you name that thank this institution for their patronage?  By contrast, how many news reports have you heard about “controversial” government-funded displays of a crucifix in urine, or a dung-splattered Madonna, or “artistic” exhibits of pig parts in formaldehyde?Racial organizations:  Does any member of an ethnic minority really need an organization to speak for him?  That’s an interesting question itself, because it would certainly backfire if some ethnic groups tried it.  Regardless, certain black commentators (Bill Cosby, Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Juan Williams) have been pointing out for years that well-known black organizations and their high-profile leaders actually do more harm than good for black families.  This is because creating an atmosphere of crisis is essential to their ongoing leadership.  Actually solving problems would make them irrelevant.  So while fatherless families, drug abuse and dropout rates never seem to improve, certain high-profile black leaders literally scream about racism in America with half truths, stoking the fires of racist conflict that keep them in the spotlight and create a cycle of self-fulfilling prophecy.  Individuals who succeed and become integrated into the colorless society are accused of abandoning their roots; they are called awful names.  The concentration on black identity works to perpetuate the very segregation that early civil rights leaders worked so hard to eliminate.The United Nations is perhaps the most egregious example of an institution becoming its own nemesis.  What was the UN’s founding goal?  World peace: to have nations work out their differences by diplomacy rather than war.  There is arguably no war since its founding that the UN has successfully prevented, and oftentimes, it has made things worse.    The same goes for its “humanitarian” causes.  The world has known about the Sudan genocide for years; millions have died, and the UN has done worse than nothing: reports of UN workers raping the people they were sent to help have been scandalous.  UN workers also stood idly by or fled during the Rwandan genocide.  The UN was irrelevant in Cambodia, or in Iraq, or in any communist or radical-Islamic country you can name.  The first relief workers on the ground after a disaster are usually privately funded Christian ministries like World Vision, Baptist World Alliance, Christian Freedom International and Gospel for Asia.  The UN is so inefficient with relief, it sends supplies locals cannot use (condoms to families who are starving), or the food rots on the tarmac, or it is delivered into the hands of corrupt dictators instead of the suffering people.  Imagine the craziness of sending relief to the Sudanese government, which uses it to buy weapons to attack Darfur!  Millions of Africans die from malaria but the UN opposes spraying to kill the mosquitos that carry it.  Millions die from AIDS but the UN opposes teaching people about the most effective prevention: abstinence.    As for diplomacy, UN General Assembly meetings become soap boxes for the most radical countries to denounce the West.  Since there are so many of small-country dictatorships, any voices of reason from democratic countries are often drowned out.  The Security Council can never oppose totalitarian atrocities because one of the worst perpetrators, China, has veto power, as did communist Russia throughout the Cold War.  The UN’s inability to act is legendary.  Regardless of what you think about the Iraq war, President Bush’s coalition waited and waited for the UN to act on its own resolutions which mandated a military response to Saddam Hussein’s violations of UN rules.  Coalition leaders pleaded with the UN to act on its own promises.  The UN did nothing.    Meanwhile, the magnitude of the scandals at the UN – oil-for-food being one of the worst in history – is breathtaking.  Does anything change?  Kofi Annan brought in Paul Volcker to investigate and propose reforms.  Volcker found that oil-for-food was not unique, but endemic to the UN’s practices.  He proposed sweeping reforms, including opportunities for outside audits.  None of them were passed.  After months of negotiations, the reforms were rejected by a margin of two to one!  Endemic corruption has thus been validated as official UN policy.    The world is now teetering under the threat of a nuclear Iran and North Korea, but the UN is essentially irrelevant, if not obstructionist in countering the threat.  In sum, the greatest threat to world peace is now arguably the very institution chartered to safeguard it.    For a depressing report on how bad things are in the UN, read an article by a man who knows, and who tried to fix it: former ambassador John Bolton.  Writing for Imprimis April 2008, he said that any hopes that the UN could offer world peace have been completely dashed – and he gave plenty of stark examples.Yes, it is possible for institutions to become the worst enemies of the values they were created to protect.  Don’t be surprised to see the defenders of Big Science behaving badly.  When you see haughty, incorrigible, self-interested, dogmatic, irrational, corrupt, sneering hotheads claiming to speak for “science,” remember that other big institutions have called black white and white black.  Other institutions have paid off the torturers with funds designated to help prisoners.  Other institutions have poured gasoline on fires they were sent to quench, and killed the children they were sent to feed.  Is there a common denominator to these reversals of values?  As an exercise, check out how many are led by secular progressives embracing radical leftist ideology.  At a more basic level, try human depravity.  Give any depraved person or group power, and you know what power does.    Each of the institutions listed above has some honest, hard-working individuals who don’t deserve the blame for what Headquarters is doing.  Some of them decry the abuses but work within the institution either due to lack of alternatives or from sincere hopes to bring reform from within.  A great many of the rank and file probably don’t even know what is going on.  They assume an institution with a nice sounding name is doing its job, and they try to do theirs the best they know how.    Maybe that’s the point.  The best work is done by individuals.  Science began with individuals.  As an individual, you can make a difference.  As an individual, you can change the world. (Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2017 Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour – Day 2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Presented by AgXploreSee Day 1 results from the Farm Journal Midwest Crop TourSee Day 3 results from the Farm Journal Midwest Crop TourSee Day 4 results from the Farm Journal Midwest Crop TourFinal results for the entire eastern leg of this year’s Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour for Indiana.Corn – 171.23 Bushels to the Acre Soybeans – 1168.78 Pods in a 3 x 3 foot square Today is my annual ride along with Pro Farmer Editor Brian Grete. We have gotten to know each other pretty well over the past 6 years and he does an incredible job making sure this Eastern Leg of the Farm Journal Midwest Crop Tour goes off without a hitch. We have had many one-of-a-kind experiences over the year, including a great hole-in-the-wall BBQ joint (that I hope is still open and on our route today), doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the middle of a corn field and almost getting killed by a train. Okay, so it wasn’t really that close but the story gets better every year. We have scouts from England and Rotterdam with us today. 3:25 p.m.This is our last stop of the day in McLean County, Illinois and this should be some of the best numbers we will see on the tour because the soil is prime here, but those high numbers will not be seen this year. The ear count was small and the ears continue to shorter than what we have seen earlier in the day. As you can see by the picture, this field was crispy and firing heavily well inside of the field. Our yield estimate is only at 146 bushels. Soybeans here were very level and looked like carpet. Very clean and very healthy. This pod county was 1248, which was just below our route’s Illinois average.McClean County, IllinoisMcClean County, IllinoisMcClean County, Illinois2:13 p.m.Livingston County, Illnois for this stop and ear population was very low here, but the outstanding ears will give us a yield of 186 for this field. Soybeans were very healthy in the field across the road and each plant had a least 50 pods on them. Pod count here was 1344 in a 3 foot square.Livingston County, IlinoisLivingston County, Ilinois1:45 p.m.After a great lunch at The Humble Hog in Paxton, Illinois we are back at it in Ford County, Illinois where we saw our first field dicamba drift damage. It was mostly on the outer rows and the beans are looking alright for now. Our pod count in a 3 x 3 foot square was 1656. The corn was pretty standard for what we have seen today, with little disease pressure. Our samples had a 14 around average for our yield calc was 161. Ford County, IllinoisFord County, IllinoisFord County, Illinois12:10 p.m.We are seeing more evidence of a dry growing season here. Zipper ears and a low population will hurt this field this year. There is a heavy aphid infestation here as well as seen on one of the scout’s shirt. This farmer replanted in some areas of the field we were in but none of our sample ears came from those later planted stalks. Our yield number here is 142. Soybeans were podded well and 1194 is our 3 x 3 pod count here.Vermillion County, IllinoisVermillion County, Illinois11:34 a.m.We wondered if this corn was firing badly or just wrapping up production and the answer was a little of both. We talked with some area growers here in Iroquois County, Illinois and the big rain they got over the last day was too much too late. Corn here is showing what they told us. Things were dry here early in the growing season and corn and soybeans. This caused corn ear pops to be very low and even though these ears were impressive, there just weren’t enough of them here. Our yield for this corn was 92 bushels to the acre. Soybeans were pretty decent and the plants had many pods on a bushy stalk. I did notice quite a few 2-bean pods which would also be due to lack of rain during a critical part of the growing stage. Our pod count was 1382 in a 3 foot square.Iroquois County, IllinoisIroquois County, IllinoisIroquois County, IllinoisIroquois County, Illinois10:25 a.m.This will be our last county in Indiana and we will do two stops here in Warren County. A ton of rain has fallen here as we are seeing standing water everywhere. Hearing up to 5 inches in the last 24 hours in this area. This field gave us a run for our money with 15 inch rows which, on a rainy day with muddy shoes is a whole lot of fun. Ear count was solid for narrow rows and this field was close to denting. This will be the highest yield I have seen on tour at 226 bushels per acre. Soybeans were better here than we have seen all day. Podded early and often here and the rain we are seeing today will only benefit. Our 3 x 3 square foot pod count was 1236.Warren County, IndianaWarren County, Indiana9:21 a.m.Once again, we are seeing decent ear counts in corn fields in this part of Indiana. We are in Tippecanoe County currently. The lengths of the ears and tip back are not helping get yield numbers to where farmers here are used to. Our guess here is at 151. The beans were very young and planted into wheat stubble. This will bring the pod count down dramatically, but there is still lots of potential in this field and this rain is certainly helping here. Our pod count was 343 in a 3 x 3 square.Tippecanoe County, IndianaTippecanoe County, IndianaTippecanoe County, IndianaTippecanoe County, Indiana8:52 a.m.Still in Clinton County, Indiana and stalk quality was a major issue here. Some downed trees in the area is telling us that some wind has come through here recently and this corn field could not handle it. If another strong system gets here more stalks will topple as a result. Our yield calc here is 133. The soybeans were very wavy here, but the pod count was the highest we have seen so far on Day 2. Rain is falling here and the soils were very wet. That gave us a better look at the root system. Our 3 by 3 foot area pod count was 998.Clinton County, IndianaClinton County, IndianaClinton County, Indiana8:05 a.m.This corn is farther along and starting to dent here in Clinton County, Indiana. These ears were heavier than I have seen so far on tour and every ear was 16 around and our yield was at 210 bushel to the acre. Soybeans had a few skips in the area of the field we ended up in and pod count was just okay per plant we sampled. Our pod count in a 3 x 3 square was 768.Clinton County, IndianaClinton County, Indiana7:30 a.mTook a while to get out of town and find some fields in this highly developed part of Hamilton County, Indiana. This corn still have some time to get to dent, but the uniformity here was noticeable compared to yesterday and skips were rare here. Ear length hurt here with one at 4 1/2 inches long. Our yield guess is 155. Soybeans were healthy with very little disease or insect pressure. Dirt here was dry and although we have rain on the radar all around us, we are not wet yet. Our pod count in a 3 by 3 foot square was 929.Hamilton County, IndianaHamilton County, IndianaHamilton County, IndianaHamilton County, Indianalast_img read more

2 injured after stones thrown at school bus

first_imgTwo schoolchildren were injured after the bus they were travelling in was stoned by unidentified miscreants in Shopian on Wednesday, evoking outrage from regional political parties and the civil society in the Kashmir Valley. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the perpetrators “will face action.”“Miscreants threw stones on the school bus, resulting in injuries to Class 2 student Rehan Gorsai. He has been shifted to SKIMS Hospital in Srinagar with a head injury. It’s complete madness how stone-pelters are targeting schoolchildren. These criminals will face the law,” Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid said. The bus of Rainbow International School, carrying over 30 students, was attacked with stones near Zavoora in Shopian in the morning. A police official said Shopian was volatile, with stone-pelting reported from parts of the district for the past three days, after a civilian caught in the cross-fire between militants and security forces died a few days ago.“Shocked and angered to hear of the attack on a school bus in Shopian. The perpetrators of this senseless and cowardly act will be brought to justice,” said Ms. Mufti.Former chief minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter:. “These attacks deserve our unequivocal condemnation. The amnesty granted to stone-pelters was meant to encourage more reasonable behaviour but some of these goons are determined to use the opportunity given to them to just pelt more stones.”Congress also condemned the attack. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MLA, Shopian, Sheikh Abdul Rashid appealed students to make education their priority and restrain from targeting their own colleagues. MLA Rashid’s house was attacked with a petrol bomb earlier in the day.Meanwhile, separatist Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani said the bus “was targeted by some unscrupulous elements”. “People need to demonstrate mature thinking and follow discipline. I am dismayed by the incident,” said Mr. Geelani.Hurriyat faction chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “Those who indulge in such hooliganism should realize that these actions tarnish our movement and provide an opportunity to our adversary to defame.”last_img read more

Voting begins for Dantewada Assembly bypoll in Chhattisgarh

first_imgVoting for the bypoll to the Naxal-affected Dantewada Assembly constituency began on Monday morning amid tight security. The bypoll was necessitated due to the death of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi in a Naxal attack in April. Polling began at 7 am and it will go on till 3 pm, an election official said here. A total of 1,88,263 voters, including 89,747 men and 98,876 women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in the constituency, which has 273 polling stations. A massive security blanket of around 18,000 personnel, including those from paramilitary forces, and drones have been thrown around the Dantewada Assembly segment, which is part of the insurgency-hit Bastar region, for conducting peaceful polling, a police official said. The counting of votes will be taken up on September 27. Nine candidates are in the fray for the seat, the only one in Bastar division that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) managed to win in last year’s Assembly election. Both the ruling Congress and the BJP have fielded candidates who have been victims of Naxal violence, with the former pitting Devti Karma, wife of senior party leader Mahendra Karma who was killed in the Jhiram Valley attack in 2013, against the latter’s Ojaswi Mandavi, wife of slain MLA Bhima Mandavi. The other candidates are Hemant Poyam (Bahujan Samaj Party), Sujit Karma (Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J)), Bhimsen Mandavi (Communist Party of India), Ajay Nag (Nationalist Congress Party), Ballu Ram Bhawani (Aam Aadmi Party), Yogesh Markam (Gondwana Gantantra Party) and Independent Sudru Ram Kunjam. Stakes are high for the main opposition BJP as it is fighting to retain the seat. In the 2018 Assembly polls, Devti Karma had lost to Bhima Mandavi by a thin margin of 2,172 votes in the Dantewada seat. In the 90-member state Assembly, the Congress won 68 seats last year and the BJP 15. The Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) and the BSP had bagged five and two seats respectively.last_img read more

Premier League: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba Likely to Miss Liverpool Clash

first_imgManchester United’s season is going from bad to worse with Paul Pogba’s toe injury likely to keep him out of the crucial Liverpool game next week.Pogba had missed United’s defeat at Newcastle United just before the international break and as the club’s think-tank was hoping to have the French mid-fielder back for the game at Old Trafford next Sunday. Pogba is reportedly at the state-of-the-art Transform Altitude Performance Center in Dubai, in hopes to accelerate his recovery.Pogba even posted a video on Instagram, with the caption – ‘almost there’. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. However, according to a report in the Daily Mail, Pogba will not be fit for the Liverpool game and might be out for at least another two to three weeks.Apart from Pogba, United manager Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer will be hoping to get the services of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who missed the last two games through illness.Victor Lindelof will be back after recovering from his back injury, while the likes of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial will still not be available. center_img Aaron Wan-Bissakaanthony martialfootfoot injury First Published: October 12, 2019, 10:39 PM ISTlast_img read more

Ousted Greece Coach Now Champion

first_imgLEICESTER, England — Claudio Ranieri is still struggling to comprehend how he managed to transform Leicester from 5,000-1 outsiders to Premier League champions.“You have to leave a little more (time) and taste slowly, slowly like a good wine. Savor it,” Ranieri said. “Maybe now is too early to think what we have done. Maybe in one or two years it could be better to understand.”But for a half hour May 3, the genial manager did set out in detail the blueprint behind this improbable path to glory.Highlighting the team ethic, there is little self-aggrandizement from the 64-year-old Italian who has broken up the established order of English football.This is the methodology.___RIDICULED APPOINTMENTThe first obstacle at Leicester was winning over the doubters after his surprise hiring in July.“Claudio Ranieri? Really?” tweeted former Leicester striker Gary Lineker.Leicester had only just survived a scrape with relegation and yet gambled by replacing the fired Nigel Pearson with a manager who was humiliatingly dismissed from his previous job with Greece after losing to the Faeroe Islands.“What can you do when you train three days before a match?” Ranieri recalled of his ill-fated, short spell as a national team coach. “I have to get into the brain of the players slowly to understand, to bring them the same philosophy and go together.”At Leicester he would have time to achieve just that in his second stint in the Premier League. Ranieri lost his job at Chelsea after failing to deliver the Premier League title 12 years earlier, but just avoiding relegation was the Leicester objective.On a pre-season trip to Austria, Ranieri gained the first lengthy insight into a team that won six out of its last eight games under Pearson to stay in the Premier League.“I said to them … ‘It is difficult to understand 25 people. It is important you understand only me. If we link very well we can do something good,’” Ranieri recalled.Still, there were concerns about Ranieri’s plans, including fears there would be two training sessions a day.“Don’t worry, I want to continue with your style and I will add my knowledge,” Ranieri recalled telling the squad. “Then I will change slowly with my ideas.”___TWEAKING TACTICSRanieri decided in pre-season that a 4-4-2 formation best suited the team better than Pearson’s 3-4-1-2.“Because a lot of teams play with 4-3-3 if you play three at the back you end up with three against one and I don’t like that so much,” Ranieri said.While having the poor possession statistics, the speed of Leicester on the break has unsettled opponents.“I watched (winger Riyad) Mahrez during last season and every time he made a difference he was on the right side and he cut inside,” Ranieri said.“Then I knew very well (Marc) Albrighton could make a lot of crosses on the right but I had to choose between him and Albrighton. Then I changed and I put Albrighton on the left and Riyad Mahrez on the right so they can come inside.”Speed on the counterattack was another asset, he said.“So I told them we are like the RAF (Royal Air Force). We are so fast and they believed in this … when we were losing 2-0, (drawing) 2-2 … man that generates a lot of enthusiasm and confidence (to win) and everything started to go better and better and better.”____TEAM ETHICThe importance of a unified club was highlighted last year when Chelsea blamed “palpable discord with the players” when Jose Mourinho was fired.Ranieri lauds the “humility” in the Leicester dressing room that saw hard-working, previously unheralded players lead the title charge.“They help each other in the bad moments — they play with the heart and soul, they play as 11,” Ranieri said.___DEFINING GAMEIn public, Ranieri only spoke about the possibility of winning the title in the final weeks. Initially the target was 40 points and, once survival was easily guaranteed, Ranieri would rebuff title talk by just prioritizing European qualification.Now Ranieri discloses that after the leaders won 3-1 at Manchester City in February the team realized collecting the title was feasible, even as critics expected them to collapse.“My players believed in something. Maybe we can win, maybe we can fight until the end,” he said. “Because I never, never spoke about this (publicly) I said, ‘OK, clean everything, next match. Start again.’”___COMPOSED ON THE TOUCHLINERanieri tried to remain calm to avoid unsettling his team on the field.“I know if I get crazy I transmit the nerves,” Ranieri said. “Inside me there are two persons. One is a very aggressive, I want to win … I am never satisfied.“Another says ‘Claudio, how many managers are there in the world? Too many.’ Not everyone can be Sir Alex Ferguson, (Fabio) Capello, (Carlo) Ancelotti — you are doing a very good career.”This is the first time Ranieri has won a top-flight title.“I came from non-league, from amateur football, and when I arrived at Cagliari, in the third division, and we got to Serie A, that was my first fairy tale,” Ranieri said.(ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more