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first_imgClub faces sanction after player shows Putin shirt ISTANBUL (AP): European football’s governing body charged Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow and one of its players with improper conduct on Wednesday for revealing a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on his T-shirt after a politically charged game in Turkey. UEFA rules prohibit political statements at its matches, and the laws of football ban players from revealing images and slogans on underclothing. Lokomotiv player Dmitri Tarasov took off his team shirt to reveal the Putin T-shirt after his team lost to Turkish side Fenerbahce 2-0 in Istanbul on Tuesday in the Europa League. Emblazoned beneath the image of Putin wearing a Russian navy cap were the words in Russian: “The most polite president.” UEFA said its disciplinary panel will judge the case on March 17. Sri Lanka pick Herath in WT20 squad COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): Star spin bowler Rangana Herath returns to the shortest format of cricket after two years as Sri Lanka chose a mix of experience and youth for their 15-member squad for the World Twenty20 starting next month. Herath hadn’t played in a Twenty20 international since the final of the last edition of World T20 in 2014. Sri Lanka won the title, defeating India in the final. The squad announced yesterday also includes captain Lasith Malinga and his deputy Angelo Mathews, who because of injuries missed a three-match series against India that ended this week. The tournament begins in India on March 8. The squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), Angelo Mathews (vice-captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath and Jeffrey Vandersay.last_img read more

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Lucky escape for Donegal TD’s family after car fire

first_imgThe family of Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty had a lucky escape after their car went up in flames on Thursday night.Deputy Doherty is urging parents not to leave children unaccompanied in cars following the frightening incident.Deputy Doherty’s wife Róisín and their sons had left their car just ten minutes before it caught fire outside their home in Gweedore. The cause of the fire was a car fault and not malicious, Doherty said.He thanked the Gweedore Fire Service who attended the scene and brought the blaze under control.Sharing a video on Facebook, Doherty said: “Not the scene I was expecting to greet me when I landed home from the Dáil last night.“Thank god no one injured.“Róisín and the boys were out of the car and in the house for about 10 mins at this stage.“Big shout out to all the team in the Gaoth Dobhair Fire Brigade, excellent considerate and thorough.”Deputy Doherty warned that the fire was a “big big lesson for everyone don’t leave children unaccompanied in cars – even a few minutes can kill.”The Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson, who has led a campaign against insurance company premiums and fraudulent claims, added that he was having trouble getting a response from his own provider yesterday: “Three calls later and insurance company still hasn’t returned the call. Says it all!!!,” he wrote. Lucky escape for Donegal TD’s family after car fire was last modified: December 9th, 2019 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)last_img read more

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QPR v Middlesbrough line-ups: key duo return, Hoilett and Robinson on bench, one Boro change

first_imgGrant Hall and Matt Phillips return to the QPR team for the visit of Middlesbrough.Hall replaces Clint Hill, who is not in the squad, and Phillips comes in for Junior Hoilett, who is only fit enough for the bench after picking up a knock while on international duty with Canada in midweek.Sebastian Polter keeps his place up front, with Conor Washington among the substitutes. Also on the bench, for the first time in a Rangers shirt, is left-back Jack Robinson, but the recalled Ben Gladwin is not included.Middlesbrough make one change from the side which beat Hull City last time out.Stewart Downing comes in for Cristhian Stuani, who is struggling for fitness after playing for Uruguay in midweek.Defender Daniel Ayala is fit again after a hamstring injury but is only on the bench, alongside former Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw, meaning Chelsea loanee Tomas Kalas starts in defence.QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Angella, Hall, Perch; Henry, Faurlin; Mackie, Chery, Phillips; PolterSubs from: Ingram, Robinson, Luongo, Petrasso, Hoilett, El Khayati, WashingtonMiddlesbrough: Konstantopoulos; Nsue, Kalas, Gibson, Friend; Clayton, Leadbitter; Adomah, Ramirez, Downing; Rhodes.Subs from: Agazzi, Ayala, De Laet, De Pena, De Sart, Forshaw, Nugent.See also:QPR confirm Gladwin’s return for run-inMiddlesbrough ‘have to be careful’ at QPR – AdomahQPR v Middlesbrough: five key battlesQPR v Middlesbrough: match preview, team news, facts and figuresFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Media Go Nuts Over Alleged Tyrannosaur Missing Link

first_imgFrom a few bone fragments and lots of imagination, reporters lit the fireworks and marching bands to spin stories for Darwin.Whenever you see the phrase “missing link,” be prepared for a media circus. This time it’s about a horse-sized tyrannosaur fossil discovered in Uzbekistan. From 15 scattered bone fragments (7 of them vertebrae), Steven Brusatte and team have deduced it was a missing link. The find was published in PNAS; simultaneously, Brusatte crowed on The Conversation about his “Evolution Story” with a large banner of an artist’s rendition of the feathery monster walking on a beach. On cue, reporters started the drum roll and fanfare, prepared with artwork on their banners. The parade was on!“‘Missing Link’ in Tyrannosaur Family Tree Discovered” (National Geographic)“From Brains to Brawn: How T. Rex Became King of the Dinosaurs” (Live Science); see also their Photo Gallery“Newly Discovered Dinosaur Reveals How T. rex Became King of the Cretaceous” (Smithsonian)“Skull of mini T. rex shows it gained intelligence before size” (New Scientist)“Dinosaur find resolves T. rex mystery” (BBC News)As you can guess from the headlines, the basic story goes like this: early tyrannosaurs were small, but the first Cretaceous ones were giants. There was a “frustrating 20+ million-year gap in the mid-Cretaceous fossil record” that desperately needed filling. The early tyrannosaurs lacked the proportionally large brain and acute hearing and sense of smell like the later T. rex. This new specimen, dubbed Timurlengia euotica (“well-eared Tamerlane,” named after a famous Asian ruler) seems to fill the gap, because it must have had the larger proportional brain and ear, but remained horse-sized like its ancestors. That’s the reason for the “brains to brawn” meme; this dinosaur supposedly “gained intelligence before size.” The artist added imaginary feathers to complete the popular picture of dinosaurs evolving into birds.**See a Live Science photo gallery of the new propaganda exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History that portrays dinosaurs with imaginary feathers and birds made to look like dinosaurs. Compare that with a CMI review by Sarfati and Carter, “Did dinosaurs evolve into birds?”Nature reviewed this fossil find. While sitting on the bandwagon enjoying the parade, its coverage mentioned a couple of difficulties with the interpretation being put forth. After quoting the celebrants excitedly making it out to be “a wonderful affirmation of evolution,” writer Adam Levy mentioned a few other facts that must be considered:“Still, the new find is only a single data point in a 20-million-year evolutionary period; Timurlengia might not be typical of other tyrannosaurs that were alive at the time.”“And tyrannosaurs come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. Even as far back as 100 million years ago, there were large tyrannosaurs — “weird off-shoots”, says Brusatte, that were not ancestors of the enormous tyrannosaurs of the late Cretaceous — such as the long-snouted Xiongguanlong baimoensis, and the 9-metre long Yutyrannus huali.” (This new species is claimed by the authors to be 90-92 million years old.)To these caveats, we could add additional considerations from the PNAS paper, the artwork, and the photos of the actual bones.Most of the bones were found over a decade ago (1997 to 2006), and were scattered about different institutions. Brusatte only saw the brain case in 2014 from its storage site in St. Petersburg, Russia.The length of the arms are inferred; only terminal claws were found.“Individual bones come from different individuals,” the figure caption says. The text mentions, “We therefore consider it most parsimonious that all of these specimens belong to the same taxon,” but the authors acknowledge the possibility that “later discoveries” may “show this to be incorrect….” If so, only the braincase may be diagnostic of T. euotica and everything else could belong to different specimens or species.The size of the ear with its cochlea and semicircular canals was “reconstructed” from the sizes and shapes of cavities in the bones, not from any actual remnants.The authors confess that “part of the broken parabasisphenoid was not fused to the remainder of the braincase, perhaps suggesting that the individual was not yet osteologically mature and adults of the species may have been somewhat larger.“The articles mention the keen sense of smell of T. rex as if this “missing link” had that, too, although no bones of the nasal cavity were found. Nature says, “It is not known, however, whether the dinosaur possessed later tyrannosaurs’ keen sense of smell.”If these creatures inhabited Uzbekistan, what relationship could they possibly have with T. rex in Wyoming on the other side of the world?No feathers, of course, were found.These issues are enough to cast serious doubt on the claim that these bones represent a missing link. Beyond that, the very logic of the inference is highly questionable. Is it a law of nature that larger brains precede brawn? Then why are birds so smart with small brains (3/05/16), and why aren’t humans as big as a T. rex? How did earlier giant dinosaurs like allosaurs and the ones mentioned by Nature survive so well if they were not endowed with big brains and big ears? Remember, it’s not the size of the hardware but the nature of the software that can make a huge difference in intelligence (see “Brain Size Myth Won’t Die,” 6/26/15)Adding these problems to the question of whether the bones represent an adult of one species, there appears to be no clear line of descent to support a “missing link” claim.Don’t you get angry at the snow jobs these Darwinians foist on the public? How many readers are going to stand in awe of the “scientists” who make such pronouncements, and fall on their faces before Darwin-Baal, the god of emergence? Listen to Brusatte, chief medicine man, go into a trance on The Conversation:And swoop they did. Very quickly the human-to-horse-sized tyrannosaurs grew into supersized monsters, longer than a bus and weighing more than a ton. Their heads became giant killing machines and their arms, now unnecessary, shrunk down to nubbins. By 80m years ago these mega tyrannosaurs were terrorising what is now North America and Asia, spreading into all ecosystems on land, displacing smaller predators, and eating whatever they wanted.It would remain this way for another 15m years or so, until the day, when T. rex was at the peak of its success rampaging across western North America, that a 10-kilometer-wide asteroid fell out of the sky and the world changed in an flash.Oh, barf. This is the storyteller who told the tall tale about the “fluffy feathered poodle from hell” (7/20/15). If you are hypnotized by this kind of rhetoric, you need to read Creation-Evolution Headlines and our Baloney Detector more often. After sufficient deprogramming, instead of genuflecting, you will be laughing loud and long.Exercise: Read Katherine Gammon’s article on Live Science, “A Brief History of Dinosaurs.” Run the Baloney Detector on it; how much is observation, and how much is storytelling? Name specific logical fallacies or propaganda tactics you find. Do you see the bandwagon argument and the argument from authority? What others are used? (Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Karate Nadanam: Skanda Trust presents Karate in dhoti, the graceful aspects of the martial art

first_imgStriking steps: A. Balamurugan and R. Kanya VaishnaviEver seen a Karate artiste performing in a dhoti? Chennai did. And not just a dhoti, the artist also sported anklets and a melmundu (shawl). Skanda Trust’s recent show of Karate Nadanam highlighted the graceful aspects of the martial art.A. Balamurugan, a Karate,Striking steps: A. Balamurugan and R. Kanya VaishnaviEver seen a Karate artiste performing in a dhoti? Chennai did. And not just a dhoti, the artist also sported anklets and a melmundu (shawl). Skanda Trust’s recent show of Karate Nadanam highlighted the graceful aspects of the martial art.A. Balamurugan, a Karate black belt and a student of Bharatanatyam at the trust, was joined by R. Kanya Vaishnavi for a harmonious display of beauty in the art of self-defence to the tune of Music Today’s Soundscapes.Says Bharatanatyam exponent and Skanda Director Vidya Bhavani Suresh: “When Balamurugan was demonstrating his Karate skills, I found some of his movements like a dance form. Adding a female artist was an improvisation I made.”Balamurugan had to pull a few punches, but Karate sidekicks never looked so elegant before.last_img read more

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India must support its sportsmen

first_imgRajyavardhan Singh RathoreIndia’s tally of 64 medals at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, while way short of the 101 we achieved in New Delhi, is not a bad performance at all. But there is a more pertinent question we need to ask ourselves – if we want to put up strong performances at the Olympics, then is this performance a stepping stone to it? Have we arrived as a sporting nation?To my mind, the answer, sadly, is no. And there are numerous reasons why I say so.Selection impropriety continues to plague our sports across the board, and our administrators don’t seem to have a sense of what it takes to peak at the right time – as evidenced by the very high number of silver medals we have achieved as opposed to gold at this level of competition. The top coaches we’ve hired know this very necessary art, but are the administrators giving the coaches enough leeway to implement it?ChallengesAcclimatisation, for example, is something that seems frivolous to administrators but is a big issue for athletes. Indian archers had gone to the London Olympics with big dreams but it was lack of acclimatisation that let them down. The event was taking place at Lord’s, where it was cold as hell and unique wind pattern inside a cricket stadium, but our archers had trained in hot and steamy Kolkata! No wonder they misfired.The Indian vs foreign coaches debate is never-ending, but now that overseas experts have been hired and are being paid, we should empower them to have a major say in selection, improve the standard of our athletes, as well as develop Indian coaches.advertisementThe Sports Authority of India (SAI) is also culpable, it has failed to create an international regional training centre of excellence where athletes from other countries can come and train when the weather in Europe, for example, is too cold. The only recourse to international class of training is for our athletes to go abroad and toil for success. How many can do so? This apart, SAI stadiums available with good facilities are few. The usual recourse, Sarkari Hai, what happened to the privatisation process and legacy of stadiums built for CWG?The biggest problem, though, lies in talent identification at the grass-root level. In most sports, we have no bench strength, whereas to win one Olympic medal, you need five hot shot athletes who are at that level. That’s something China and the US – the top two Olympic nations – excel at. Once talent is identified, there is also the problem of training it through feeder systems. Look at the American college sports (NCAA) system – our very own Vikas Gowda is a product of that and look at how his talent has been harnessed in a world-class manner. Compare that to our own college sports system and you’ll understand why we lag so far behind.The solution to all these problems lies in approaching the problem in a systematic way. First of all, the sports ministry and the federations need to set targets for any particular event, so that success and failure can be judged. Only when your target is made public can you be held accountable, and that’ll push the federations to meet their targets. At the government’s end, there needs to be a concerted effort to get sports on to the Concurrent List. That’s how the importance of sports can be increased. We are a medal-starved nation, so any medal we win at the world stage becomes a cause for celebration. But if we see the CWG results in terms of where the world leaders in sports stand, we are not on the right track.Pawan Kumar who won bronze in the freestyle 86kg category in wrestling, embodies the latent talent in India.SolutionsIf we want to target the Olympics seriously, we have to realise that it’s a stage where there is a very high attrition rate. So our primary focus should be on churning out a multitude of top-level athletes. For this, area-based talent identification is an important tool. In a country as diverse as ours, there are many kinds of physical attributes and cultures that are conducive to certain sports. That’s where the notion of a particular region being the hub of a certain sport comes from – like Haryana for wrestling and Punjab for hockey, Rajasthan for shooting and long distance, Goa and Bengal for Football, Himachal and Uttarakhand for Winter Sports. We need to exploit that to India’s advantage at the world stage. Here I welcome the regional National Sports Academies announced by the finance minister.advertisementOnce the talent is identified, the boys and girls must be put through scientific screening and sports medicine expertise, so their growth is not stunted. That will build our bench strength. This time we have a specific sports budget for juniors and sub juniors.Management Infrastructure limitation is most certainly a roadblock, but it is not insurmountable. Look at the men’s basketball team that recently beat regional powerhouse China in the Asia Cup – India’s tie-up with the American NBA and the fact that we’ve been getting their coaching expertise has certainly helped us enormously. It’s a great example of how to utilise a foreign coach. Discus thrower Gowda is another terrific case-study in this regard. Lastly, as regards my own sport, shooting, I must say our CWG performance has been lower than expected. If we were to compare India’s performance on an event-by-event basis between the New Delhi and Glasgow CWG, we would find our gold medal count has gone from six to four. That’s a low number.Man-to-man, our experience and world rankings were higher than the others and so, a lot of the silver medals could’ve been converted to gold. Every athlete represents India, hence performance of every federation has to be demonstrably efficient. Lack of facilities is not an excuse, we have reputed foreign coaches guiding us in shotgun, rifle and pistol events. We have the government spending perhaps the largest chunk on shooting for training and exposure to a variety of competitions, as well as preparing our own second-rung of coaches.Let me conclude by saying that the problem lies with management of sports and not the athletes. I salute the spirit of the Indian sportsperson, who succeeds despite the odds. Sports management has to be made more professional and result-oriented, it’s only a matter of time before we start getting results commensurate with the talent that exists among our 1.2 billion citizens.Col Rathore is an MP, Athens Olympics silver medallist and a World Record Holder in Doubletrap shootinglast_img read more

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Manny Pacquiao’s son Jimuel scores KO in first amateur fight

first_imgLATEST STORIES WATCH: Manny Pacquiao coaches son and aspiring boxer JimuelThe younger Pacquiao on Saturday showed uncanny resemblance from his dad and proved that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree after impressing in his first amateur fight.FEATURED 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, logisticsThe 18-year-old Jimuel needed only two rounds and a solid one-two combination to knock out his 26-year-old opponent Miguel Egan in their charity match, as per Mav Gonzales of GMA News.My son’s first amateur fight. pacquiao.emmanuel https://t.co/e5D9ijjmog— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) April 14, 2019The eight-division boxing champion dubbed his son as “the future” and Jimuel could very well be as he is on his way to following in his dad’s footsteps.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Novak Djokovic eyes French Open final against Rafael Nadal as clay begins ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao helps out his son Jimuel in his training. Image: Instagram/@mannypacquiaoMANILA, Philippines—A week ago, Manny Pacquiao posted a video of himself giving his son Jimuel boxing tips surfaced on social media.Jimuel took his father’s advice to heart.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

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