Darwinism Produces Sociopathic Ideologies

first_imgLook at what some evolutionists are saying about the implications of their theory for human society.Racist genes: Here’s a provocative title from National Geographic: “Are there genes for intelligence, and is it racist to ask?” Racism is surely one of the most divisive social problems in America and many parts of the world. Creationists do not deny differences in IQ, but believe all humans are “created equal” and have intrinsic dignity because they are souls made in God’s image; they are more than their genes. To an evolutionist, all traits are genetic and follow ancestral lineages. In her article on genetic editing and the search for “intelligence genes,” author Robin Henig tiptoes about the implications, not wanting to resuscitate two specters of the past: “the work could support racist notions of biological differences, and that it could make those designer smart babies a reality.”That’s why scientists are now being called upon to consider whether it’s ethical to study the genetics of intelligence. Researchers should think about “limits we should place or steps we can take to be sure we don’t repeat historical errors,” such as forced sterilization of the “feeble-minded” in the early 20th century, said Mildred Solomon, president of the Hastings Center, a bioethics think tank.In early December, the Hastings Center gathered a small group of scholars and ethicists in New York City to discuss the future of intelligence research. Earlier in the week, a more international gathering had debated the ethics of editing human genes—and both groups wondered whether some studies could lead so directly to dangerous applications that they shouldn’t even be done in the first place.Henig forgot to mention that the “historical errors” were committed by evolutionists following Darwin and his half-cousin, Francis Galton, the father of eugenics. Forced sterilizations that followed were direct results of eugenics, as documented by John West in Darwin Day in America. A sequence at the end of Ben Stein’s 2008 documentary Expelled shows a museum curator at the infamous Hadamar prison stating that the ten thousands of murders of mentally retarded that occurred there, including of children, were based on Darwinism.Evolutionary suicide: Another provocative title is found on Science Daily: “Is suicide a tragic variant of an evolutionarily adaptive set of behaviors?” The implication is that if some animals do it, humans (as just another evolved animal) do it, too, because of evolution. The article considers the opinions of an evolutionary psychologist who offers “a framework in which suicide is viewed as a tragic variant of what typically serves as an adaptive tendency towards self-sacrifice among humans.” The word adaptive is code for what natural selection produces by blind, unguided evolutionary processes.Evolutionary free ride: Another paper on the “evolution of cooperation” has appeared in PNAS. It offers a new twist on the assumptions going into evolutionary game theory, but it still sees cooperators and selfish free-riders as products of natural forces. If free-riding is just an adaptation, it’s not really wrong.The mind in the brain: One of the most serious divides between theists and materialists concerns mind-body dualism. Most readers will remember the heart-wrenching case of Terry Schiavo, considered to be in a “persistent vegetative state” (PVS) and therefore not really a person deserving full rights. Consequently, judges allowed her to be starved to death by removal of her feeding tube against the earnest pleas of her parents, to fulfill her husband’s wish. New experiments will send shivers up the spine of those considering Terry’s possible unspoken anguish during her final painful days. New Scientist offers evidence that some people classified as PVS can work out math problems in their head. “Maths helps ‘locked-in’ pair show awareness for first time,” Helen Thomson reports. Patients were shown a math problem while brain activity was monitored.Two of six participants diagnosed as being in a vegetative state, one of three people in a minimally conscious state and two people who had recently emerged from a minimally conscious state were able to correctly communicate their answers to the sums with accuracies that could not have occurred by chance.If Schiavo and others let die because of PVS had been tested with this method, would the judges have ruled differently?Biblical creation is the only worldview that supplies dignity to the individual and true morality to society. Abandon it for amoral evolution at your own risk. See the Moral Argument for God in a short video by William Lane Craig on YouTube.(Visited 65 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Process turns wheat flour into CO2-capturing micropores

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Researchers have shown how a process for the “carbonization” of wheat flour creates numerous tiny pores that capture carbon dioxide, representing a potential renewable technology to reduce the industrial emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.“With increasing carbon dioxide emissions, global warming is accelerating, accompanied by abnormal climate changes,” said Vilas Pol, an associate professor in Purdue University’s School of Chemical Engineering and the School of Materials Engineering. “It is imperative to develop efficient methods for capturing carbon dioxide.”Purdue researchers developed a process that creates carbon compartments from wheat flour. Collaborating with researchers at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea, they studied carbon dioxide capture in these unique carbon compartments. The chemical compound potassium hydroxide was used to “activate” – or generate many small pores – in the wheat flour inside a furnace at 700 degrees Celsius.The carbon dioxide is “adsorbed,” or bound to the material’s surface inside the micropores.“The outstanding overall carbon dioxide adsorption performance indicates that potassium hydroxide-activated microporous carbon compartments can be a promising approach,” said associate professor Ki Bong Lee from Korea University.The researchers varied the ratio of potassium hydroxide to carbon until finding a formulation that performed the best.Findings are detailed in a research paper appearing on Tuesday (Oct. 4) in the journal Scientific Reports. The paper was authored by researchers Seok-Min Hong and Eunji Jang, graduate students from Korea University; Purdue chemical engineering doctoral student Arthur D. Dysart; Pol; and Lee.Findings showed the rate of carbon dioxide adsorption depends on the material’s volume of micropores with a pore size less than .8 nanometers. The researchers also demonstrated that the material can be rapidly used over again to repeatedly capture carbon dioxide.Future research will include work to adsorb larger quantities of carbon dioxide.The research was supported by the National Research Foundation, the Basic Science Research Program and the Human Resources Development Program of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning. Purdue University’s carbon compartment development process was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.last_img read more

A Family Remembers

first_imgFor family members, the pain of Sunil Dutt’s death is softened by the treasured memories they can still cherish. Sunil Dutt with daughter Priya Dutt Says nephew Kamal Dutt, a Chicago businessman, with whom Sunil Dutt was especially close: ” I had spoken to uncle two-three days earlier and he sounded exhausted having come back from a political rally in Kanpur, in the sweltering heat of May. But then that was how he was. If you were to ask him to fly across the seven seas, for just a day for a noble cause, he would come without any consideration for his personal well being, and his loyalty to Congress was unquestionable even though we all feel he never got his due.”For Kamal, who lost his father at a relatively young age, Sunil Dutt became a key figure in his life from the 1980s. “The family was very close, but then we migrated to the U.S. in the 70s, and uncle remained busy with his film career in Bombay. Nargis aunty and he were the magic couple. Their aura was dazzling. It was only in the 80s after Nargis aunty was diagnosed with cancer and was treated in New York that uncle started coming regularly to the U.S. and we bonded. We spoke every week no matter where he was.”Kamal’s most precious memories are waking up at 6 a.m. and jogging with Sunil Dutt in Central Park and sharing thoughts on everything, except films.“Uncle was an avid photographer and he loved to cook. Many times he would ask my wife Priya, to chop stuff, and then he would cook some wonderful dishes and ask me to invite friends over. He loved to sit in our backyard, sip red wine that he had developed a penchant for in recent years, after having quit smoking and alcohol after Nargis aunty’s death. He would reminisce or just chill out. He was also a man who never asked for favors from any one-ever, while he did so much for others. In fact he single-handedly helped the careers of so many actors, from Amitabh Bachchan to Vinod Khanna, to Ranjit, Johnny Lever and so many others, by launching some of them and giving a fresh shot of blood to the careers of others. In fact if I ever wanted to see a film shooting I would never ask uncle. I didn’t want to put him in a situation where he had to ask someone for a favor.”  Sunil Dutt with Satya DuttKamal’s mother Satya Dutt recalls that she first met Sunil Dutt as a tall and handsome 20-year-old when she married his cousin. “He was very affectionate and respectful. He looked up to my late husband, and both Nargis and he were two of the humblest people you would meet.”Satya Dutt says Sunil Dutt loved to write. “He would often run over and say Bhabhiji listen to what I just wrote and recite it with great passion. His mother was an amazing woman, a saint and all accepting. I used to tease her after Sunil married Nargis, whom she accepted lovingly, about how she a pure vegetarian had to eat on a table where non vegetarian dishes were served. She laughed and said that she closed her eyes when she ate! What she didn’t see didn’t hurt her. Sunil worshipped his mother. Nargis turned out to be everything he thought she would be, a respectful daughter in law, a wonderful mother and the perfect partner for him. She did spoil Sunju and would go to Sanawar and fight with the teachers if they complained against him. Her death devastated the whole family. But Sunil accepted this tragedy by becoming both mother and father for his children. He started taking better care of his health and became softer and mellower.”Priya, Sunil Dutt’s youngest daughter, echoes the sentiment. “Dad was perceived as this disciplinarian. He was actually a total softie inside and that façade of being strict just remained until mom was alive. When she passed away, he became both father and mother for us, and never let us feel the vacuum that comes with the loss of a mother.”Priya says her parents had a wonderful relationship. “They were close, but they also gave each other plenty of space to grow individually as people. There was tremendous respect for each other. In fact when I got married, dad told me, never lose your individuality and your identity and always respect each other. Dad was a great supporter of women empowerment and always there to support that in whatever way he could. “Satya Dutt says the Congress Party Sunil Dutt and she fell in love with when Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and other stalwarts were at the helm, lost its authenticity in her eyes, but Sunil Dutt remained loyal to it till the end. Sunil Dutt with Kamal Dutt The disgust in Kamal’s voice is palpable when he complains, “The Congress used uncle whenever they needed help. They knew he was their lucky mascot and yet he was bypassed for key posts in spite of winning five straight elections…. I don’t think the Congress Party ever gave him his due, but what devastated him was when Sunjay was framed and no one helped him. But he would say ‘I believe that when you marry, you remain with that person through good and bad, and till the end. I feel the same way about the Congress Party. I won’t leave even when I feel they have mistreated me.’ Even when every one let him down he defended them. He was going to be bypassed again until Sonia Gandhi for whom he had a soft corner intervened and he became the Sports Minister.”Priya Dutt says she had incessant arguments with her father over the fact that his loyalty was not being appreciated, and why was he breaking his back over people who didn’t really care. “Dad said to me, ‘I believe in the ideology of the party more than the people, many of whom will come and go. But if all of us give up and not try to make a difference then what is the point of having any kind of value system.’ Dad was one of those few people who delivered what he promised during the campaign. He braved terrorism and death threats, undertook the padyatra across Punjab though he kept teasing me that I was accompanying him only to skip my college exams! I did go back and take them!“Dad could be stubborn and he was a man of such strong values and convictions, he refused to budge no matter what happened. He knew all he had to do was to give in a little and many of his problems would be solved but he refused.”Both Priya and Kamal say the one key lesson they learnt from Sunil Dutt was to have the courage of conviction and do the right thing without worrying about other people’s opinion.“I think my dad inspired all three of us to be better human beings. His approval meant a lot. He touched the heart of everyone he met even once,” says Priya. “At the funeral we had so many people come up to us and say your father did this for us, he did that for us.”Adds Kamal, “I’m told that since Pundit Nehru, Bombay never saw the kind of turnout that it did when uncle passed away. People were seen sobbing by themselves watching the funeral on television. Big corporate houses put up huge billboards honoring him and his memory. Politicians come and go, but Dutt Sahib left a huge legacy of not just his philanthropic work, he tied people across the world in an invisible bond of love.”Kamal concludes, “Not a day goes by when his voice, his memories don’t haunt me. I miss him so much, but I know he had no regrets in life. He never complained about the tragedies he faced, but always reveled in the grace and the many gifts God had blessed him with. He worked with Sunjay in Munna Bhai MBBS. In fact he was to shoot for a sequel. His daughter Anju’s two girls were his life, and he was so proud of his kids, although I think the world was his extended family. Anyone who met him came away feeling they had known him forever.”Priya Dutt, who has been asked to take over her father¹s works, says, “feel so privileged that I got to spend so much time with him and learn somuch, but I also tell people I cannot take over from where he left, nor canI step into his shoes, because he taught me to walk in my own, to be my ownperson. All I can do is try my best to uphold his principles and the valueshe taught me, and walk the path he paved for me.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Charge of the youth brigade: Average age in new Cabinet drops from 62 to 58.6 years

first_imgThe message is loud and clear from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government -it’s time for younger leaders to lead from the front.Inducting 17 new faces in the biggestever Cabinet rejig on Sunday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has shuffled as many as 22 ministries to make way for Congress’s young guns to the centre stage of governance.Barring a few leaders, most of the inductees are between the age group of 47 and 60 and the average age of the 76-member council of ministers has come down from 62 years to 58.6 years.Union Minister Salman Khurshid with Jitin Prasada, Manish Tewari and Jyotiraditya Scindia during the swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.The youngest ministers in the current team are Sachin Pilot and Milind Deora, both 35 years, while at 80, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh remains the senior-most of the lot.The government’s confidence in its young Turks can be understood from the fact that all key economic and energy portfolios have been awarded to leaders under the age of 45. While Jyotiraditya Scindia (41) has been promoted as minister of state (MoS) (independent charge) for power, Sachin Pilot has been appointed MoS (independent) corporate affairs. Both the ministers are close to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who has chosen not to be a part of the Cabinet while pulling the strings from behind the screen.Other leaders from Rahul’s camp are Adhir Chowdhury (56) MoS railways and Deepa Dasmunshi (52) MoS urban development, Jitendra Singh (41) MoS (independent charge) youth affairs and sports, Manish Tewari (46) MoS (independent) information and broadcasting ministry.Delhi MP Ajay Maken (48), who was holding the independent charge of sports, has been elevated to Cabinet rank and made the new housing and urban poverty alleviation minister.Union Minister Salman Khurshid shakes hands with Jyotiraditya Scindia during the swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday.The exit of senior leaders S. M. Krishna (80) and Ambika Soni (70) has also brought the average age down by a few notches. But the government has tried to maintain a healthy balance of energy and experience by appointing old party hand Pawan Bansal (64) as the railways minister.Bansal, who has been shifted from parliamentary affairs ministry, is considered clean and efficient. He is also pro-reform and has good synergy with the PM, the Congress president and Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia.Key portfoliosAs for the key portfolios of finance and commerce and industry ministry, P. Chidambaram (67) and Anand Sharma (59) have been retained in their positions to push forward the investment and reforms policies of the government and turn them into the engine of job growth in the country.Urban development minister Kamal Nath (66) has been given the additional charge of parliamentary affairs. The UPA does not have enough numbers in Parliament to pass key Bills and a resourceful minister like Nath, who has a wide network across partylines, is expected to manage the floor coordination.”The Prime Minister has brought younger people into positions of responsibility. The reshuffle is a good mix of younger people, experience and talent,”Kamal Nath said.Apart from promoting younger leaders, the reshuffle also underscores the Congress’s electoral calculations in crucial states such as Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in 2014. As many as five MPs from Andhra have been inducted in the Cabinet. Sources said West Bengal PCC chief Pradip Bhattacharya and former minister Manas Bhunia were also in the reckoning, but Rahul vetoed them on the ground that they were not aggressive enough to take on the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.Manish Tewari’s debut in the Cabinet also marks the beginning of a strategy leading up to the 2014 elections to sell the government’s achievements by packaging it well through articulation and implementation on the ground.”The message is clear from the reshuffle -it is continuity with renewal. Performance is the key criteria but certainly we are looking at the elections 2014 and we would work to highlight the achie-vements of the government,” Tewari said.The reshuffle is also sending out a political message to the party’s detractors that it does not care about the corruption charges levelled against it. Coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, though linked to coal block allocation scam, has not been dropped while law minister Salman Khurshid, who faced allegations of financial bungling over an NGO run by his wife, has been promoted as the external affairs minister.Sources said Rahul is also behind the induction of Shashi Tharoor, Arunachal MP Ninong Ering, Kodikunnel Suresh, a Dalit face from Kerala, into the Cabinet.Impromptu chatRahul, who arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhavan along with his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, was seen congratulating the young ministers. When mediapersons asked him when is he taking up a bigger role in the government, the MP smiled and said:”I am already plunged in.You were writing that I am becoming a minister.”When reporters told him that the reshuffle had his imprint, Rahul, who was chatting with Milind Deora, Sachin Pilot, RPN Singh, Jitendra Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia, quipped:”I am talking with my’imprints’.”Asked about the non-induction of Rahul in the Cabinet, the Prime Minister said:”I wanted him in government, but he has preoccupations.”He has to strengthen the party.”Speaking to reporters, Manmohan said he is expecting his new team to remain in office until the next elections. For the ministers who were dropped from the Cabinet, the Prime Minister said their services were required in the party.Those dropped from the Cabinet include former tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay, whose name figured in the coal scam for his official position allegedly being misused to favour his brother.Sahay’s friendship with Baba Ramdev has also not helped him. ‘The Prime Minister has brought younger people into positions of responsibility. The reshuffle is a good mix of younger people, experience and talent’.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Dame time: Lillard’s 3 at buzzer ousts Thunder, sends Blazers to 2nd round

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after making the game-winning shot at the buzzer against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 118-115. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon — After Damian Lillard hit his walk-off 3-pointer to send the Trail Blazers along in the playoffs, he waved goodbye to the Thunder bench.“That was the last word,” he afterward. “That was having the last word.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his 10th career playoff triple-double and his second of the series. Paul George added 36 points.”Sometimes it’s your turn to go through something, and when you keep fighting, and keep working through it, and stay together… there’s a reward waiting for you.”@Dame_Lillard x #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/3gT0TeJGlg— NBA (@NBA) April 24, 2019“Very, very disappointing. It’s as simple as that,” George said. “We let this one slip away but it is what it is.”Lillard had 34 points in the first half alone — more than Westbrook and George had combined (32) for the Thunder — but the Blazers had just a 61-60 edge going into the second half.The Thunder led 90-88 going into the final quarter. Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead while Lillard took a break on the bench.Oklahoma City went up 105-90 with 7:45 left on Dennis Schroder’s pullup jumper as Portland struggled.Lillard’s 3-pointer pulled the Blazers within 108-103, but Westbrook answered with his own 3. CJ McCollum’s bank shot cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 113-109 with 1:39 left. Maurice Harkless added free throws to get the Blazers within two.McCollum tied it with a jumper with just under a minute left, but George scored on the other end. Lillard’s layup re-tied it then Westbrook missed a layup with 18.3 seconds left to set up Lillard’s epic buzzer beater. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Finals slot in sight Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Lillard finished with a franchise playoff-record 50 points and Portland eliminated Oklahoma City from the postseason in five games with a 118-115 victory on Tuesday night.Damian Lillard (50 PTS) buries the three for the #TissotBuzzerBeater and the @trailblazers advance to the Western Conference Semifinals with the 118-115 Game 5 victory! #ThisIsYourTime #RipCity#NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/cVqLJkHLR4FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— NBA (@NBA) April 24, 2019 Lillard’s long 30-foot 3-pointer pulled Portland within 43-39. George collected his third foul midway through the quarter after scoring 17 points.Another Lillard 3 closed the gap to 52-50 and the Blazers pulled in front 56-55 with 1:42 to go in the half on Seth Curry’s 3-pointer. The Blazers led 61-60 at the break, led by Lillard with 34 points.Kanter, who became Portland’s starter when Jusuf Nurkic broke his leg late in the season, was clearly having trouble with his left shoulder. He came down hard on it late in the half and cried out in pain but he started the second half.Kanter said afterward the original injury happened in the opening quarter and may be a separation. “We’ll see what happens,” he said, his shoulder wrapped.TIP-INSThunder: OKC coach Billy Donovan knew before the game what the Thunder were up against: “You throw everything you have into this game. It’s a matter of a collectively going out there to play to the best of their ability.” … The Tunder swept the Blazers in four games during the regular season.Trail Blazers: Lillard has had 30-plus points 13 times in the postseason. His effort on Tuesday night surpasses his previous playoff high of 40 set against the Warriors in 2016. … Klay Thompson has the playoff record with 11 3-pointers in a game for the Warriors — also against the Thunder — in 2016. … Portland has won 11 straight at home in the regular season and playoffs. …MORAL SUPPORT: The crowd roared in the final minutes when Nurkic was shown on the video scoreboard, cheering from the Blazers’ bench. It was the first time Nurkic had joined the team in the playoffs.“You guys know it, you felt it in the building when they showed him on the big screen,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “The fact that he showed up — no one knew he was going to show up. I honestly think we fed off that. There was a little good karma when he did show up.” With the game tied, Lillard dribbled just inside of halfcourt near the Blazers logo and then pulled up and hit the game-winner at the buzzer from 37-feet. After his wave, Lillard was mobbed by his teammates and the crowd chanted “MVP! MVP!”Lillard finished 10 3-pointers, second-most ever in an NBA playoff game.“All of those things that we did to give ourselves a chance to win were huge,” Lillard said. “And my part in it, I think, was probably my most important performance.”Portland advances to the Western Conference semifinals to face the winner of the series between the Nuggets and San Antonio. Denver won 108-90 earlier in the night to take a 3-2 lead in that series.It was the 12th straight road playoff loss for the Thunder, who have been eliminated in the opening round for three straight seasons.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I don’t care what anybody says that’s a bad shot,” George said about Lillard’s 3. “But he made it and that story will be told, but it was a bad shot. You live with it.”McCollum finished with 17 for the Blazers and Enes Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds.Dame. Called. Game. 👋 pic.twitter.com/8Z0skeDbZE— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 24, 2019The Blazers stole one in Oklahoma City, winning 111-98 on Sunday. Westbrook went cold, finishing was 5 of 21 from the field for 14 points. He missed his final 10 shots. Lillard finished with 24, including 15 in the third quarter.Portland was swept in the first round of the playoffs for the past two seasons, last year by New Orleans and the previous year by Golden State.The Blazers last trip to the Western Conference semifinals came in 2016, when they beat the Clippers in the opening round before falling to the Warriors in five games.The Thunder also got knocked out in the opening round for the past two seasons. In 2016, a year after missing the playoffs entirely, they went to the conference finals but lost to Golden State.The Thunder went up 22-12 early, and George made his first six shots from the floor. Oklahoma City held a 37-29 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Lillard led all players with 19 points. McCollum got into foul trouble and headed for the bench. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 Playoffs Semi-final 2 HIGHLIGHTS, Bengal Warriors vs U Mumba in Ahmedabad: Bengal Beat Mumbai 37-35

first_imgThe final of Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will take place in Ahmedabad on Sunday and both teams will be looking to make it to the last hurdle. While Bengal have had a stupendous run to the semi-final overall, U Mumba are high on confidence having won their last five matches and can be an extremely tricky customer.Bengal Warriors have won 14 of their matches while they have lost only five and have drawn three. Their captain and raider Maninder Singh has been their best performer even as this Bengal side is an excellent raiding unit. They will need to be at their best once more against the renowned defence of U Mumba.U Mumba have won 13 matches, lost eight and drawn two. Their defence of Fazel Atrachali and Sandeep Narwal is a handful for any team and the two will look to handle the top raiding unit of Bengal Warriors.last_img read more

Panathinaikos Beats Atromitos, 2-0

first_imgWith a 2-0 win over Atromitos and and a 0-0 draw between PAOK and Asteras Tripolis, Panathinaikos has opened a four-point lead in the Super League play-off mini league.PAOK finds itself slipping further back in second with Panathiniakos starting to pull away although the two will go head-to-head twice next week.Marcus Berg scored twice to give the leading Greens the win over the Peristeri team. Berg got his first on a pass from Sotiris Ninis in the 62nd minute and added another five minutes later to seal it, heading in a shot from Charis Mavrias.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stillwater, Boone-Style

first_imgBasically the entire operation (both the stadium money and the life insurance policies[2. Again, go read the article to know what I’m talking about]) hinged on Boone being able to house a 20% ROI every year. There was no diversification, there was no contingency plan. I’m not an economist but that seems absurd.If it wasn’t clear before that Mike Holder is a pawn in somebody else’s game[3. And it very very very much was clear] it is now. “Heads will roll.”I’m not a big “taking out life insurance policies on people is creepy!” guy but I will say when you’re dealing with that many millions, it seems like the line between “betting on life expectancy tables” and “wow, this person really needs to die” is a lot blurrier than it should be.I don’t know all the dynamics in the hierarchy of leadership in Stillwater, but it would take a pretty strong argument for somebody to talk me out of thinking Burns is the only person there that will go toe-to-toe with Boone-daddy.Again, none of this is new[5. And in terms of bigger pictures, these details are probably not tremendously consequential, though a lot of questions can and should probably be asked about the long-term viability and ethicalness of an 84-year old oil man essentially steering a transformative athletic program…] but as an OSU fan it’s worth knowing every side to the story, grisly as they might be.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: US PresswireThe way we got here, the price that has been paid, well it’s not as pretty or as square as we might like it to be[1. Or as many of the Twitter feeds emanating from the OSU athletic department would have you believe.].There was an article in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend about Boone and about Stillwater and about the $275 million that was lost and about the $33 million that was lost after that. It’s all pretty grotesque, yet as you’re reading it, you kind of, I don’t know….maybe it’s just because we’ve lived this story…you understand it.I can’t link to the story because you’d have to pay for it, but if you Google “Boone WSJ” it’s the first thing that pops up and for some reason it’s free that way. You should read it, the details are recycled from various corners of the internet but the author does a pretty good job of piecing everything together.Here were the main points I took away…last_img read more

MEPs Reject to Monitor NOx Emissions from Shipping

first_imgtransportenvironment, April 16, 2014 zoom Today MEPs voted to reject a proposal to monitor nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from shipping, which is set to overtake all land-based sources by 2020.Transport & Environment says EU governments must not waste this unique opportunity to monitor two of the most harmful air pollutants, NOx and sulphur (SOx), as part of the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of shipping emissions proposal.Air pollution from international shipping, of which SOx and NOx emissions are a big part, accounts for about 50,000 premature deaths per year in Europe. MEPs today rejected the Environment Committee’s amendment to add NOx to the MRV requirement to report CO2.The Environment Committee had already excluded sulphur reporting, a move which flies in the face of tough new SOx regulations that enter force in 2015. In addition, MEPs also rejected the chance to monitor ship efficiency, which is a key enabler to improve the sector’s environmental performance.Aoife O’Leary, T&E policy officer for shipping, said: “Inexplicably Liberal MEPs rejected their own policy recommendations to include NOx and joined others in seriously undermining emissions monitoring. Given that NOx from shipping in Europe is set to exceed all land-based sources by 2020, it is a serious setback to the health and environment of Europeans.”The vote follows EU states succumbing to pressure from Russia and others at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to delay the start of NOx emissions control areas, which require an 80% cut in NOx from new ships sailing in specially designated zones.Aoife O’Leary added: “Shipping emissions monitoring is a clever and cost-effective way to report all air pollutants, including SOx and NOx, at once. But the Parliament’s decision is short sighted, and member states must now ensure that Europe includes these emissions if its monitoring proposal is to be worth while.”last_img read more