Suarez to learn fate

first_imgThe fall-out from Fulham’s controversial victory over Liverpool is still in the news, with Luis Suarez expected to discover today whether he will face another FA charge.The Liverpool forward has already been charged for allegedly aiming a racist slur at Manchester United’s Patrice Evra at Anfield in October.Helguson has been in great form.And he could also be in hot water for his obscene gesture towards Fulham fans as he left the pitch at Craven Cottage on Monday.Meanwhile, with QPR discussing improved contracts for a number of players, the Daily Mail picks up on a possible new deal for Heidar Helguson.The Icelander has netted six goals for Rangers this season and been compared to Bolton stalwart Kevin Davies by manager Neil Warnock.This page is updated throughout the day.Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

Excusing Darwinism’s Lack of Evidence

first_img(Visited 600 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Several recent papers either rationalize evolution’s failures, or else agree that the theory needs revision.Scientists develop new theory of molecular evolution (Phys.org). This article begins with the defunct “march of human evolution” icon, signaling something is already wrong. It claims that protein evolution often leads to convergence, and that evolutionists need to take this into account (see also Science Daily). Whether their analogy of the Stuff Happens Law provides clarity, the reader can decide:“We like to think of the other amino acids as a bunch of kids jumping down on a memory foam mattress while you try to walk on it,” Pollock said. “Most of the time your feet are sunk into the mattress and you can’t step forward, but every so often the kids will create a dent in the mattress that allows you to step ahead.“Coelacanth (DFC)Heterochronic evolution explains novel body shape in a Triassic coelacanth from Switzerland (Nature Scientific Reports). The authors of this paper describe a variation on the coelacanth body plan, knowing full well that the coelacanth is a classic “living fossil” that did not appreciably evolve for millions of years between its last fossil appearance and the discovery of living counterparts. If this variant was being naturally selected toward some non-coelacanth, they don’t say so. Instead, they say that “This species broadens the morphological disparity range within the lineage of these ‘living fossils’ and exemplifies a case of rapid heterochronic evolution likely trigged [sic] by minor changes in gene expression.”Why it’s difficult to predict evolutionary fate of a new trait (Brown University). This press release displays a surprising diagram that basically shows that average ‘fitness’ stays unchanged over time. “Fitness can be fickle,” the evolutionists say, and is subject to complications. See our 9/09/17 entry for details.Blind cave fish lost eyes by unexpected evolutionary process (New Scientist). Michael LePage sees trouble for standard evolutionary theory in this latest visit to a case of “evolution by loss”—loss of functional eyes. “We’ve found out why a Mexican cavefish has no eyes – and the surprising answer is likely to be seized upon by those who think the standard view of evolution needs revising,” he teases. The upshot is that no genetic mutations were selected. Instead, the blindness appears to be a consequence of epigenetic change. LePage entertains the notion that the change looks Lamarckian, and might fuel the movement to include epigenetics into a revised neo-Darwinism called the “extended evolutionary synthesis.” He gives the last word to David Shuker of the University of Edinburgh. “He thinks some people are trying sneak religious ideas back into evolutionary theory.” That’s too late, though. Cornelius Hunter shows in his book Science’s Blind Spot that religious ideas gave rise to Darwinism in the first place, and religious ideas keep it going. Which religious ideas, you ask? What Hunter calls Theological Naturalism: the religion that says, in short, ‘Naturalism must be true because God wouldn’t create things that way.’Molecular ensembles make evolution unpredictable (PNAS). Sailer and Harms make a resounding argument that evolution is unpredictable, given the nature of proteins and other macromolecules:A long-standing goal in evolutionary biology is predicting evolution. Here, we show that the architecture of macromolecules fundamentally limits evolutionary predictability. Under physiological conditions, macromolecules, like proteins, flip between multiple structures, forming an ensemble of structures. A mutation affects all of these structures in slightly different ways, redistributing the relative probabilities of structures in the ensemble. As a result, mutations that follow the first mutation have a different effect than they would if introduced before. This implies that knowing the effects of every mutation in an ancestor would be insufficient to predict evolutionary trajectories past the first few steps, leading to profound unpredictability in evolution. We, therefore, conclude that detailed evolutionary predictions are not possible given the chemistry of macromolecules.This is not surprising. Scientists already know that the Stuff Happens Law is unpredictable. That’s what natural selection reduces to.Excuses, excuses. This is the greatest idea the world ever produced? This is the elegant theory Richard Dawkins gushes over? Come on. Science can do better than “stuff happens.”last_img read more

Farmers concerns grow as pipeline construction progresses

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentAs multiple pipeline projects move to construction phase throughout the state, they haven’t come without some headaches for farmers.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has seen a growing number of farmer concerns with regard to drainage activities and soil remediation as part of the ET Rover pipeline project. While Rover’s FERC-approved Ag Mitigation Plan and easement language allows the company to dispose of standing water into adjacent tracts of land off the designated right of way, they must compensate impacted landowners for damages.Farm Bureau laid the groundwork for such agreements. As early as summer 2015, OFBF staff started meeting with ET Rover officials as they looked to lay pipeline on a northwest diagonal from Monroe County to Fulton County. In those meetings, Farm Bureau stressed the importance of mitigating impacts to farmland and conducting adequate land remediation as part of the company’s pipeline development project.Farm Bureau organized landowners to testify at FERC hearings and conducted more than 100 pipeline briefings along the project route since early 2015 to educate landowners on pipeline regulations and how to obtain qualified legal counsel.Be sure to reference your easement agreement with the pipeline company to familiarize yourself with practices that are allowed and those that are not – before, during and after construction.  When faced with potential damage to land or pipeline construction that does not comply with your lease agreement, there are some specific steps landowners can take to address concerns:Be vigilant  As construction continues, farmers should inspect their land holdings regularly and document what is taking place through notes and photos.Report concernsMost on-site construction companies and their personnel are subcontractors and do not always have the authority to address the issue. Two hotlines have been established for landowners to contact to address pipeline issues:In the case of the ET Rover project, the company has established a hotline to field complaints: 888-844-3718.If the landowner determines that additional assistance is required, the FERC Landowner Helpline can address issues for any pipeline project under its jurisdiction  and can be reached toll free at 877-337-2237 or by email at [email protected]. Retain legal counselIt’s always best to consult legal counsel before signing any agreements to ensure the full extent of your concerns are addressed and adequately compensated. It’s equally important to obtain legal advice when considering a remedy or compensation for damages. Farm Bureau continues to work with regulators and landowners to ensure issues that arise are addressed quickly and adequately.  In the coming weeks, more local meetings will be held to update landowners on the progress of several pipeline projects and identify ongoing concerns.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Rathore visits Karni Singh Shooting Range

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 30 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore today visited the Dr Karni Singh Range here and interacted with the shooters undergoing training to take feedbacks from them.Rathore, himself an Olympic silver medallist marksman, posted pictures of the visit and in one of them, he was seen sitting on a mat on the floor while talking to a shooter.”Taking feedback from shooters themselves about the facility. As its regular users, they know best the improvements needed in equipment and infra,” Rathore wrote on his official Twitter handle.Yesterday, he interacted with young archers practicing at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.”Enquired after their training. A motivated, energetic bunch of youngsters. India has lots of hope from them, and many more like them,” Rathore, who won a silver in the double trap event, had tweeted. PTI PDS ATK ATKlast_img read more

Will back India all the way: Shoaib Akhtar wants World Cup 2019 to return to the sub-continent

first_imgFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar wants the World Cup to come back to the subcontinent and hence is backing India to go all the way and clinch the title on July 14 at Lord’s in London.So far, India have dominated the tournament, topping the ten-team table by winning seven of their eight matches and losing only to hosts and pre-tournament favourites England. India’s game against New Zealand was washed out without a single ball being bowled. Virat Kohli and Co. will take on the same opponent in the semifinal in Manchester on Tuesday.”New Zealand can’t take pressure. I hope they don’t choke this time. But I really want the World Cup to stay in the subcontinent and I think, I will back India all the way,” Akhtar said in his Youtube channel.It was all about Rohit Sharma’s record-breaking fifth hundred at Leeds against Sri Lanka on Saturday.Rohit hit a crisp 103 to help India thrash the Lankans by seven wickets in their final group game to finish with 15 points from 9 games.Rohit hit the drives, flicks, cuts and pulls with equal elan to register his fifth hundred of the ongoing World Cup — the most by any batsman in a single edition — bettering the record set by former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara in the 2015 World Cup.”Rohit Sharma has great timing and shot selection. His understanding of the game is also superb. K.L. Rahul also got his ton which is a good thing,” added Akhtar.advertisementRahul scored 111 to get his maiden World Cup hundred.Akhtar opined that the net run rate is a cruel thing and Pakistan played better cricket than the Kiwis but failed to go through on this count.”Pakistan played better than New Zealand. I really thought they would make it but the net run rate is a cruel thing.”Pakistan finished fifth on 11 points, same as New Zealand, but lost out on inferior net run rate. In 2015, Australia beat New Zealand to win the Cup.Also Read | Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were captains in India vs New Zealand Under 19 World Cup semi-finalAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma playing big brother role in opening partnership with KL Rahul, says Aakash ChopraAlso See:last_img read more