Everything is supersized in big heavyweight title fight

first_imgLONDON (AP):Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko drew the kind of crowd for their final news conference that most fighters would be happy with once they got in the ring.Everything is supersized in their heavyweight title fight, including the fighters themselves. Both stand at 6 feet six inches.The two big – and big-punching – heavyweights meet tonight in England’s national stadium, where some 90,000 fans are expected to watch the most anticipated heavyweight fight in more than a decade. Most will be screaming for Joshua, but the loudest voice may be that of Klitschko’s brother, Vitali, in his corner.”My prediction is that Wladimir will knock him out,” said Vitali Klitschko, a former three-time heavyweight champion himself who is now the mayor of Kiev in his native Ukraine.Unfortunately for Klitschko, there will be no tag team match as he enters the ring an underdog for the first time in his career. He also enters it without a title belt for the first time in more than a decade after losing to Tyson Fury in his last fight in 2015.And, of course, he enters it seen as a villain by English fans who are hoping for Joshua to have the kind of heavyweight reign Klitschko has enjoyed – if not even better.”It’s his fans, I totally get it,” Klitschko said. “But it’s my night, my fight, my win.”POPULARITYJoshua’s popularity in his native country was evident on Thursday at the news conference in the Sky Sports building, where hundreds of employees left their desks to line the balconies and stairwells to get a glimpse of the two fighters. The fight quickly sold out Wembley Stadium when announced and will be on pay-per-view in England as well as both HBO and Showtime in the United States.It comes at a time when the heavyweight division is suddenly attractive again, with American Deontay Wilder holding part of the title and Joshua owning another piece.Joshua, who seemingly came from nowhere to win the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, is a powerful puncher who has knocked out all 18 of his opponents but has yet to face anyone near the calibre of Klitschko.Klitschko will be fighting for the heavyweight title for the 29th time, a remarkable feat all by itself. With his brother, Vitali, he has dominated heavyweight boxing for the last decade, much to the displeasure of many avid boxing fans who don’t like his conservative style.But he has vowed to change his ways and be aggressive against Joshua, knowing that at age 41, this very well could be his last hurrah. The fact that Klitschko got the fight at all had a lot to do with his poor performance in losing the title by decision to Fury.”I think Father Time is a terrible person when he shows up,” said Joshua’s trainer, Rob McCracken. “And he’s already shown up.””It’s just me and another man coming to blows, and the best man will win,” the 27-year-old Joshua said. “April 29 is just another stepping stone to greatness.”Joshua is a former sparring partner for Klitschko, who used him in 2014 when Joshua had only seven pro fights. Klitschko said the two know each other well after working together for about 20 rounds.Until watching Joshua at a public training session on Wednesday, though, Klitschko saw something different.”I have never seen AJ as big as he is now,” he said. “He’s as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger.”last_img read more

Messi returns as Dortmund frustrate Barca

first_imgLucien Favre’s side delivered on their pre-match promise to play fearlessly against five-time European champions Barcelona, probing the visitors from the wings and repeatedly finding gaps in the back line.Both sides had chances in a game of cat and mouse in the first half, but it was Dortmund who looked the more likely to score.Reus was denied at point-blank range by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jadon Sancho fired the ball over the crossbar shortly before half-time.The hosts continued to turn the screw after the break, and were rewarded with a penalty when Nelson Semedo tripped Sancho in the box.Yet Ter Stegen denied Reus again from 12 yards, diving low to his left to beat away his Germany team mate’s spot-kick.The Barcelona keeper has now saved four of the six penalties he has faced in the Champions League, and was called upon to stop Reus yet again later in the half as Dortmund continued to dominate.A luckless Reus also fired another good chance well high, while substitute Julian Brandt thundered a long-range effort against the crossbar.Messi had begun his 30-minute cameo by that point, having come on around the hour mark for Ansu Fati, the 16-year-old prodigy freshly crowned as Barcelona’s youngest ever Champions League debutant.Yet the Argentine remained as blunt as his team mates in a Barcelona attack stifled by the impeccable defending of Dortmund elder statesmen Mats Hummels and Axel Witsel.He nonetheless had a chance to score the winner with the last kick of the game, but was denied by a desperate block from Thomas Delaney.The draw leaves the two teams joint bottom of Group F after one game, after Inter Milan and Slavia Prague played out a 1-1 draw earlier on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi made a long-awaited return from injury on Tuesday as Barcelona were held to a goalless draw in Dortmund© AFP SASCHA SCHUERMANNDORTMUND, Germany, Sep 18 – Lionel Messi returned from injury to make an innocuous first appearance of the season as Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw away at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.Messi, who has missed the start of the season with a calf injury, came off the bench in a game which Barcelona were lucky not to lose after Dortmund captain Marco Reus missed a penalty and several chances in the second half.last_img read more

Power ranking! Top 15 best 2015/16 signings of the Premier League season

first_img 6. Christian Fuchs (Schalke to Leicester) – What a signing Fuchs has proved. The left back moved to the King Power Stadium on a free transfer from Schalke and has been pivotal in the Foxes’ campaign. After sealing his transfer, he spoke of how it had always been a dream to play in the Premier League. He couldn’t have imagined how the fairy tale would unfold. 15 15. Andros Townsend (Tottenham to Newcastle) – read all about our ranking below, then see the full list of the 2015/16 Premier League season’s best signings by clicking the arrow above, right – The Magpies may have suffered relegation this season, but with a place in Roy Hodgson’s provisional 26-man England team, it’s not all bad news. Townsend has played with a point to prove following his January arrival – unsurprising after a torrid end to his spell at Tottenham – and his performances haven’t gone unnoticed. It remains to be seen whether he stays loyal to Newcastle in the Championship. 15 11. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest to West Ham United) – After a stand out season at Nottingham Forest in the Championship, much was expected of Antonio following his £7m move to the Hammers – and he has delivered. While he sometimes looks suspect in defence, his influence in the final third has only resulted in praise. Eight goals and three assists isn’t bad for a player mostly deployed at right back. West Ham fans even believe he should have been named in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 team. 3. Dimitri Payet (Marseille to West Ham United) – Payet has been one of the most exciting signings of the season. At 29 years old, he would have been forgiven for struggling to settle in the Premier League, but England looks to be a perfect fit for the Frenchman. Plenty will be eagerly awaiting his performances at the Olympic Stadium from August. 12. James Milner (Man City to Liverpool) – Milner has always had his critics, but few can question his role in his debut campaign on Merseyside. The England international registered five goals and 11 assists, and could again be a pivotal player under Jurgen Klopp next season. 15 7. Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg to Man City) – De Bruyne became the second most expensive Premier League signing after his £54.5m move from Wolfsburg to Manchester City. But while some have struggled to cope with the pressure that comes with a significant price tag, the Belgian has thrived. He has seven goals and nine assists, creating plenty more, in the Premier League and had it not have been for a two-month spell on the sidelines through injury, this tally will no doubt have been much higher. 15 15 15 15 1. N’Golo Kante (Caen to Leicester City) – He unknown at the start of the season – signed from Ligue 1 side Caen in a £5.6m deal last August – Kante has been at the heart of the Foxes’ success. Danny Drinkwater may have received much praise for his performances in midfield, but Kante has made his work a heck of a lot easier and has sealed a place in France’s Euro 2016 squad having only made his debut in March 2016. There was some big spending (and not so) in the Premier League over the past season.Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United weren’t afraid of parting with a good few million for players such as Roberto Firmino, Kevin De Bruyne and Anthony Martial.While champions Leicester City’s business slipped well under the radar.PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE SEASON – NOBODY COULD HAVE SEEN THIS DEFENCE COMING!So we’ve taken a look at the 15 best signings of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign – do the trio above make the cut?Find out who the top players are and their ranking by viewing the slideshow above.ENGLAND’S 26-MAN PROVISIONAL EURO 2016 SQUAD 4. Robert Huth (Stoke to Leicester) – Who’d have predicted this? When Huth swapped Stoke for Leicester in a £3m deal on deadline day last August, it was given little thought. Now though, it’s considered one of the best deals of the summer. The German, alongside captain Wes Morgan, has formed a formidable defensive partnership that could take some breaking down again next season. 15 8. Petr Cech (Chelsea to Arsenal) – When Cech swapped Chelsea for Arsenal in a £10m move, some thought the 2015/16 season would finally see the Premier League title return to the Gunners’ trophy cabinet. They may have fallen behind (again) in the challenge for top spot, but few can question Cech’s desire to bring his success to the Emirates. It’s those in front of him who should be judged. 13. Manuel Lanzini (Al Jazira to West Ham United) – Lanzini scored six goals in his debut Premier League season and while his form was patchy, at just 23 years old, this can be forgiven. After moving on loan from United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira last summer, the Hammers agreed a four-year deal at the end of March, and he’ll be looking to really cement his place next season. 15 14. Andre Ayew (Marseille to Swansea City) – Ayew scored 12 goals, boosting his reputation and finishing the season as the Swans’ top scorer. Worryingly for the club, though, the midfielder revealed his uncertainty over where his future lies after their final game of the season against Manchester City, suggesting he could be sold in the summer, despite only arriving last June. 9. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic to Southampton) – Only Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City have conceded less than the Saints’ 41 goals this season, illustrating just how strong they have become at the back. And summer signing Van Dijk has been key in their strong defensive record. He has surprised the Premier League at just how quickly he has adapted to life at St Mary’s following his move from Celtic. 5. Anthony Martial (Monaco to Man United) – Martial’s goal tally of 11 might not blow anyone away, but remember he’s only 20 years old. Before moving to Old Trafford he’d played just seven full matches, add to this his record price tag for a teenager – he was 19 when he signed for £36m – and the forward deserves all the praise he gets. His ability on the ball combined with his composure and confidence suggests he could dominate the Premier League for seasons to come. 15 15 15 10. Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim to Liverpool) – After a slow start to life at Anfield – in which many questioned Brendan Rodgers’ decision to sign the Brazilian for £29m – Firmino has silenced his critics. The forward has 10 goals and seven assists to his name, with many envisaging an influential 2016/17 campaign. 15 2. Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid to Tottenham) – Spurs supporters may be frustrated at their failure to finish above rivals Arsenal, but that shouldn’t overshadow what has been an excellent season from a transformed team under Mauricio Pochettino. And Alderweireld has been at the centre of praise for his solid, commanding performances in central defence. 15 15last_img read more

Sweden v Switzerland: Preview, team news and radio commentary

first_img 2 England’s expected starting line-up for World Cup opener v Tunisia 2 When is Sweden vs Switzerland?The game will take place at 3pm UK time.The match will be played at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, which has a capacity of 64,000. talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Where can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT.What’s the team news?Sweden: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Augustinsson, Claesson, Svensson, Ekdal, Forsberg, Berg, ToivonenSwitzerland: Sommer, Lang, Djourou, Akanji, Rodriguez, Behrami, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber, Drmic LATEST WORLD CUP NEWS UNITED REVEALED German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit ‘THEY FAILED’ Sweden face Switzerland in the last 16 of the World Cup The game will be held at the Saint Petersburg Stadium Sweden take on Switzerland the last 16 of the World Cup on Tuesday.The Swedes topped Group F with six points, while Switzerland came second behind Brazil in Group E. World Cup 23 Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada Japan confirm Russia 2018 squad, including ex-Manchester United man last_img read more

Chelsea ‘to make £5m bid for Liverpool icon on Thursday’

first_img TOP WORK targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on targets RANKED 3 Reina was one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers in his eight years at Liverpool Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star According to Tuttosport, Blues officials have travelled to Milan to submit a bid for Reina, which is said to be worth around £5million (€6m).Milan are said to be considering cashing in on Reina, knowing they will make a hefty profit on the player signed for nothing less than a month ago. The 35-year-old penned a three-year deal with the Rossoneri after leaving Napoli – where he played under Maurizio Sarri, the new Chelsea manager – at the expiration of his contract at the end of last season.However, the Spain international could leave the Giuseppe Meazza just days after signing for Milan, with Chelsea set to make a formal approach for the keeper. Chelsea will make a formal bid for ex-Liverpool star Pepe Reina on Thursday.Reina, the goalkeeper, was linked with a shock move to Stamford Bridge earlier this week, despite only joining Milan on a free transfer at the beginning of the month. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea have already brought one goalkeeper to Stamford Bridge this summer, with former England international Rob Green confirmed as the west London club’s second summer signing, after midfielder Jorginho, on Thursday morning.center_img 3 three-way race Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Reina debuted for Milan in their pre-season friendly against Manchester United Latest transfer news Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing LATEST Green joined Chelsea on Thursday morning to provide goalkeeper cover 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Green, who penned a one-year deal with the Blues after leaving Huddersfield at the end of last season, will act as understudy to Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero, though doubts remain about the former’s future, with Real Madrid hoping to take him back to Spain this summer.last_img read more


first_imgInishowen Community Radio has received a welcome boost with the news that it has been approved for a total of €16,000 from the BAI and ESB ElectricAid Ireland to produce two community-based radio documentary series.The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), through the Broadcasting Funding Scheme, has approved €9,000 for a 5 part series called ‘Bog Stories’ which explores the tradition and history of turf cutting in Inishowen.ESB ElectricAid Ireland awarded the station €7,000 for ‘Mind Yourself’, a 4 part series exploring mental health issues in Inishowen and the resources and mechanisms to deal with this growing problem. ICR Chairman, Raymond Doherty, was delighted at the news: ‘Many people at ICR are working hard to keep the show on the road and this news is testament to the fact that many of our funders have faith in us.“Funding is getting harder to come by for all community groups but we will continue in our efforts to provide a quality community service and resource here. These programmes are a great example of what we’re about, providing programming that helps entertain, inform and educate our community’.The bog has long been a part of Inishowen‟s cultural, social, historical and economic heritage. ‘Bog Stories’ will explore that heritage through the contributions of local historians and people who made their living from the bog in an entertaining, informative way.Series producer Jim Doherty is confident that the series will interest many listeners. “The bog, or the hill as we called it, was a big part of many of our lives growing up. EU rules and other factors will consign this to the past. I think it’s important to document this heritage now before it disappears completely.”A key element of the series will be the presenter working with a traditional turf-cutter to harvest a crop of turf from start to finish.Segments of this will be mixed with interviews from other contributors on the themes and topics of each episode. The series will examine the importance and influence of the bogs on many aspects of the lives of Inishowen people from earlier times to the present day.The Broadcasting Funding Scheme was established to provide funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy. The Broadcasting Act, 2009 also extended the scheme to offer funding towards programmes dealing with the themes of media literacy and global affairs and increased the percentage level of funding for the Scheme via the television licence fee to 7%.‘Mind Yourself’, which will be produced by Anne Gill, will provide an in depth look at the issue of mental health and how factors such as the recession have a bearing on our mental well being. Particular emphasis will be placed on mental health issues in the Inishowen community and will feature local people who are willing to share their stories. The series will look at how mental health is being addressed in the peninsula and at the support that is available to people living here.The programmes will attempt to help people to develop their mental resilience and to provide positive mental health messages through members of the local community speaking from their individual perspectives.Anne Sheridan, Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Resource Officer commenting on the series said: “The impact of the recession on the mental health of individuals and families is very significant and having a series which informs the community of the issues and local sources of support is invaluable. It helps remove the stigma often associated with mental health problems and suicide and by involving members of the local community in the initiative will ensure that it has a strong resonance for listeners.”If anyone is interested in contributing to or getting involved in ‘Mind Yourself’ they should contact Anne on 07493 29105. INISHOWEN COMMUNITY RADIO GETS FUNDING TO ‘TURF’ OUT DOCUMENTARIES! was last modified: May 2nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL County Council is warning motorists to take care again on the roads tonight.Temperatures have already fallen below 0C.Gritters from the council are preparing to work through the night to keep major routes clear. It will be bitterly cold overnight, with temperatures set to fall as low as -4C or -5C in some inland areas of Donegal.TRAVEL WARNING AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE AGAIN was last modified: December 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:TRAVEL WARNING AS TEMPERATURES PLUNGE AGAINlast_img read more

L.A. story: traffic monster devours time

first_img “It surprised me. It didn’t matter who you are, where you went. Everybody talked about it,” Valenti said. “And emotional – people would be really upset. “All these hours and hours spent on the road. … It’s really this profound thing.” But about the only thing as dependable as unrelenting traffic in Los Angeles is the constant flow of aspiring young actors and filmmakers trying to make it in Hollywood. Producing a film, especially on a shoestring budget, is tough work. The drive to turn www.trafficdocumentary.com into the next blockbuster documentary, like “March of the Penguins,” will be a long one. Valenti, who pays the bills designing Web sites and providing computer support, has recruited help from his brother, Jordan Valenti, a director of photography, and a friend, Deb Hiett, a writer-actress. The three want to move quickly but figure it will take a few years and up to $300,000 to get the film from concept to reality. Still, experts say the idea has merit. “We can all relate to the issue, so I think it has universal appeal to people who live in Los Angeles (and) battle traffic every day,” said Mark Jonathan Harris, a three-time Academy Award winner as a documentary filmmaker. “Now, whether or not it’s going to be a success, that depends. … It all depends on the stories he’ll be able to unearth and his skills as a filmmaker,” said Harris, who teaches at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television. “Is it a subject that would interest people? Yes.” Veteran character actor Warren Venders has pushed Valenti, his former acting student, to be sure to capture the drama behind the wheel. “A plain documentary about traffic is as boring as sitting in traffic,” said the acting coach, who has shown up in TV shows from “The Waltons” to “Judging Amy” and recently produced a short film with Valenti that they’re now shopping to festivals. “Matt, if you personalize this, give us half a dozen people who are coping with traffic,” Venders said he told Valenti. “Make it personal with characters. If it’s informative, entertaining, that will be a victory.” That’s where the Web site comes in. Valenti and his partners have ideas about how the movie might unfold, but first they need their stars. They’re looking for the best stories deserving 15 minutes of fame and want Angelenos to send in their thoughts. “That’s really where we’re going to find the film – the stories that other people have,” said Hiett, a New York transplant who’s had stints on “Desperate Housewives” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The documentary makers also want the lowdown on how traffic got so bad and what’s being done to fix it. They see roles for traffic engineers, policy gurus and political leaders. And they want to find the answer to the question on many Angelenos’ minds: Will traffic get any better? “When I came to L.A. six years, ago traffic was incredible. I never saw anything like it,” said Valenti, who’s been to Singapore, Hong Kong and London. “If you’re in traffic every day, that’s a huge part of your life. Because it is a huge part of your life, there’s so much happening on the road to share.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com www.trafficdocumentary.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When budding actor Matt Valenti landed in Los Angeles, he was so astounded by its traffic that he did what any Hollywood player would do: He set out to make a movie. His Web site, www.trafficdocumentary.com, is now scouting the region for the film’s “stars”: those who can tell about the best traffic shortcuts, the worst traffic nightmares and the most dramatic traffic encounters. Is the 405 Freeway ready for its close-up? “(Traffic) governs so much of our life: who we date, where we go, who we socialize with. Something that impacts our lives to such an extent – I would like to know more about it,” said Valenti, who came to L.A. six years ago from his native Australia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “By hearing these people and their stories and weaving them together, it’s not just sitting in traffic. It’s bigger than that.” The Aussie has come to the right place to study traffic. Angelenos suffer the nation’s worst gridlock, wasting 90 hours a year in stalled traffic and $10 billion annually in lost fuel and productivity. That’s equal to more than two 40-hour workweeks just sitting in congestion on the region’s famously clogged freeways. It’s more than the annual two-week vacation that most working folks get. Valenti – no relation to Hollywood’s Jack Valenti – noticed soon after he arrived that traffic is the talk of the town at dinner parties, political gatherings and almost everywhere else. He has heard the city’s new mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, promise to fight traffic as a cornerstone of his agenda. last_img read more

Abusing Darwinism to Explain Everything

first_img(Visited 419 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Do documents evolve? Are birds that can interbreed still evolving? Darwinism becomes meaningless if everything that changes in some way is used as support for the theory.Darwinism means this and only this: universal common ancestry via unguided mutation and natural selection. That was Darwin’s aim: to link up every living thing in a grand tree. Every living thing came from ancestors, and their “innovations” arrived by chance mutations “selected” somehow without intelligence or guidance. Some reporters and scientists cannot stick to the definition. They say cars evolve, documents evolve, and civilizations evolve. Or, they take the tiniest changes and offer them as sacrifices to Charles Darwin. The equivocation needs to stop. Repeat after me: “Darwinism means universal common ancestry via unguided mutation and natural selection.” Children might remember the quip, “from goo to you by way of the zoo.”Mathematical evidence shows that founding documents evolve through words (Science Daily). Believe it or not, Dartmouth eggheads are using Darwinian theory to explain the US Constitution, even though it proclaims that men are endowed by their Creator with rights. Their inspiration is poles apart from biomimetics; it might be dubbed evomimetics.Inspired by the challenge to see how ideas are shared between nation’s through their founding documents, researchers at Dartmouth College have constructed a big data, evolutionary taxonomy of the world’s constitutions.The analysis traces the textual ties that bind and has resulted in a mathematically-derived constitutional family tree. Visuals included with the study reveal the evolution of constitutions and constitutional ideas, and provide a window into how nations share political concepts.Perhaps we can be charitable and assume they are only using “evolution” as a figure of speech. Nope:For decades, researchers have theorized that the evolution of national constitutions follow pathways similar to biological evolution. The Dartmouth analysis demonstrates that the historical development of constitutions follows the Yule Process — a model in evolutionary dynamics that describes birth process.New species can develop in as little as two generations, Galapagos study finds (Science Daily). Finch beaks again. This “zombie icon” of evolution just won’t die. What happened now? You can betThey just keep coming back.that Peter and Rosemarie Grant are at the center of it. And they are. The bottom line of the story is that three lineages of birds that they insist on calling different “species” can all interbreed; they just have split into groups that keep to themselves. One lone male they call “big bird” arrived one day from another island in the chain and found a cute chick to mate with. Big bird sang a slightly different love song, so his groupies stick to him and the family. But they are all not only finches, but Galapagos finches, with only the slightest of anatomical differences. Calling this an example of “the evolution of biodiversity due to natural selection” is a major fallacy of extrapolation, as if it explains (what, class?) universal common ancestry via unguided mutation and natural selection. Jonathan Wells dealt thoroughly with the Big Bird story in his updated book about icons of evolution, Zombie Science.How dinosaur scales became bird feathers (BBC News). Rory Galloway tells another Darwinian just-so story. He knows full well that “Feathers are highly complex natural structures and they’re key to the success of birds.” But he insists that “they initially evolved in dinosaurs, birds’ extinct ancestors.” How would he know that? What does the evidence say? For one thing, “Birds have had feathers for as long as they have existed as a group and Professor Chuong couldn’t study primitive examples of feathers in any living animals.” That didn’t stop the professor from professing faith in Darwin. To present an appearance of empiricism, he tweaked some alligator genes. Lo and behold, he did not get feathers. What he did get allowed him to weave a fanciful story that slight elongations were the promising beginnings of incredibly beautiful, lightweight, structurally strong materials enabling powered flight.“You can see we can indeed induce them to form appendages, although it is not beautiful feathers, they really try to elongate” he explained of the outcome. They are likely similar to the structures on those feather-pioneering dinosaurs 150 million years ago.The reason the gene doesn’t cause the development of a fully feathered alligator is that unlike birds, alligators don’t have the underlying genetic architecture evolved to support these central feather-making genes, or hold the structures in place on the skin.To him, “flight was just one highly successful experiment with feathers.” He really needs to watch the Illustra masterpiece, Flight: The Genius of Birds.The slight difference: Why language is a uniquely human trait (Medical Xpress). This could have been a nice article about human exceptionalism. After all, no other animal has syntactical, grammatical, semantical language. The last paragraph, however, shows that the ideas presented at MIT are being forced into a Darwinian mold:The long searched for “missing link” could lay in this fibre tract, which explains the leap forward of the simple sound association of animals to the matured language of humans A reason for this could be because this fibre tract only exists in adult humans but not in other primates and infants, and consequentially language capabilities are more advanced. Even linguist Chomsky is convinced by this idea. In the prologue to “Language in Our Brain” he also supposes that this brain structure “appears to have evolved to subserve the human capacity to process syntax, which is at the core of the human language faculty.”Nothing in Darwinian theory evolves “to” do anything. They have turned a blind process into a directed search “to subserve” and “to process” the human capacity for language.Credit: Illustra MediaSmall but distinct differences among species mark evolution of human brain (Medical Xpress). Here’s a trick: use falsifying evidence to support your theory. Look what this article confesses about actual empirical evidence:The massive analysis of human, chimpanzee, and monkey tissue published Nov. 23 in the journal Science shows that the human brain is not only a larger version of the ancestral primate brain but also one filled with distinct and surprising differences.“Our brains are three times larger, have many more cells and therefore more processing power than chimpanzee or monkey,” said Andre M.M. Sousa, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of neuroscientist Nenad Sestan and co-lead author of the study. “Yet there are also distinct small differences between the species in how individual cells function and form connections.”Given this evidence, what should the scientists at Yale be focused on, the “distinct and surprising differences” or the small differences? It shouldn’t be surprising that two species that can eat bananas and blink eyes should have similarities, but there is a vast canyon separating human and chimpanzee brains, both qualitatively and quantitatively, to say nothing of unique capacities like language, the arts, and logical reasoning. We find the Yale Darwinians forcing everything into a Darwinian mold again: (1) they call parts of the brain “evolutionarily ancient” (see Circular Reasoning). (2) They apply “selection” to explain differences (see our analysis of Natural Selection). (3) They engage in speculative, fact-free evidence to keep Darwinism from being falsified: e.g., “The neocortical expression of this gene was most likely lost in a common ancestor and reappeared in the human lineage.”Huge dose of brain chemical dopamine may have made us smart (New Scientist). Andy Coghlan may take the prize for abusing Darwinism with his suggestion that an influx of the neurotransmitter dopamine gave evolving humans their intelligence.We may owe some of our unique intelligence to a generous supply of a signalling chemical called dopamine in brain regions that help us think and plan. Our brains produce far more dopamine in these regions than the brains of other primates like apes.Not only does this rely on a high perhapsimaybecouldness index, it is a self-refuting argument. If Coghlan is smart because of dopamine, he’s a dope, I mean, by his own admission— because he has transferred his intelligence to a chemical that gives him pleasurable sensations with no necessary connection to truth. Notice, too, that the empirical evidence shows a major difference between apes and man. That should be the story.The pain of reading nonsense like this week after week never stops. We do it for you, so that you can understand that the ruling philosophy of the modern world relies on absolute refusal to even consider the possibility of a Creator. Don’t be fooled by the facade of fake science whitewashing Darwin’s House of Cards. It isn’t a house of science. It is a shrine to the Bearded Buddha, protected by a priesthood and kingdom intolerant of any challenge to their power.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, December 19, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today will be dry but will be a transition day as we start to work into a more active weather pattern from now through the end of the year. Today will feature increasing clouds ahead of our next weather system, but temps remain above normal for this time of year. This will be the last dry day until we get to the weekend. Rain moves into the state tomorrow, bringing a few hundredths to .3”,tracking mostly over western Ohio. A secondary, stronger batch of moisture surges up into Ohio for Friday. This is where we can see some significant moisture development, and are penciling in up to 1.25″ of precipitation.  The rains linger into early Saturday before ending. Cold air will be advancing, but we think it does not get here fast enough to cause a problem with the Friday moisture…it should all stay liquid. We won’t rule out wet snow flakes as precipitation ends early Saturday, or near the lake early Saturday morning.  for Friday, we just don’t think it’s a big deal. Overall, combined moisture for the next two days will end up at from .25″-1.5″ with coverage at 90%. The map at right shows an update of rain totals through Saturday midday. We are dry for most of the weekend…all of Saturday and most of Sunday. We will be turning much colder as temps fall to below normal levels. We are still talking up a chance of some light snow overnight Sunday night through mid morning Monday and leaving snow totals at a coating to an inch or two, and coverage at 70% of the state. The best snows may end up being in central Ohio. We are dry Monday. Christmas Day is becoming more interesting. There is a huge discrepancy between models. The European model brings a major winter storm with snow, some rain and major accumulations, along with wind. However, the GFS model says a little rain late in the day on Christmas, mostly over west central and southwest Ohio…and,  oh – it’s going to be warm. This is one of the biggest discrepancies we can remember 7 days out on a system. Right now, we continue to leave our forecast dry for Christmas Day, as that has been our bias to this point. We are going to have to see some data that supports the Euro over the next few days in order to get on to any Christmas storm bandwagon at this time. So, we are dry Christmas in our forecast, and we keep the dry weather through Wednesday and the first half of next Thursday. From there, we get wet. Rains arrives Thursday night )27th) and holds through Friday the 28th, bringing .2”-.8” and 90% coverage. Then for the extended forecast period, we have snow to the north and rain to the south from Saturday night the 29th through Sunday midday (30th). Then rain is bac for Monday the 31st through Tuesday the 1st. Then we have snow from late the 2nd through the 3rd. So, expect a very active finish to 2018 and an active start to 2019.last_img read more