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Martins, Cicognini top Jamaica International Badminton Tournament

first_imgPortugal’s Pedro Martins and Italy’s Jeanine Cicognini won the men’s and women’s singles titles at the second annual Jamaica International Badminton Tournament, which ended with the finals at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Sunday.Martins defeated the steady and purposeful play from David Obernosterer (Austria), using his strong defensive play and consistent attack to handle the hard hitting of the Austrian, to emerge with a 21-19, 21-17 scoreline.Third went to Howard Shu (USA) and Osleni Guerrero (Cuba).In the women’s showdown, Cicognini defeated Lithuanian Akvile Stapusaityte 21-16, 22-20 in a very closely contested match.The Lithuanian fought back in the second game, but Cicognini, using a series of crafty plays, eventually defeated her opponent. Third place awards were won by Mariana Ugalde (Mexico) and Telma Santos (Portugal).Jamaica’s Katherine Wynter/Ruth Williams combination continued their dominance and emerged as the country’s top female pair by defeating Geordine Henry and Mikaylia Haldane in the women’s doubles.Wynter and Williams won the first game, lost the second game, but rebounded in the third to take the crown.This was Jamaica’s only positive result for the tournament.The third place awards went to Jamaicans Tiana Daley/Shezelle McTyson and Christine Leyow/Esther Reynolds.MEN’S DOUBLES CHAMPSBelgians Matias Dierickx and Freek Golinski (Belgium) are the new men’s doubles champions, after scoring a 21-19, retired margin over Alwin Francis and Kona Tarun of India.The match lasted only one game as the Indians retired due to injury. However, in the only game of the match, they were able to match the Belgians with excellent defence and crafty shots in a very exciting game.Austria’s Obernosterer and Elizabeth Baldauf defeated Bjorn Sequin (USA) and Ugalde (Mexico) for the mixed doubles crown. Seemingly tired from the effects of the singles final, Obernosterer and his partner closed the first game easily, but struggled and lost the second. After a commanding start in the third game, the Austrians did not look back and took the championship 21-19, 28-21, 22-11.Third place finishers were Gareth Henry/Geordine Henry (Jamaica) and Dennis Coke/Katherine Wynter (Jamaica).The major sponsors were Mayberry Investment Ltd, Sports Development Foundation, Jamaica Sport, RJR, The Gleaner, as well as Sun Island, JMMB, Milex Security Ltd, Yonex, Tastee, Icool, North Business Eco Systems, Yardie Sport, National Outdoor Advertising, Pure National Ice, Zip Technologies, HiLyte and Jamaica Producers Ltd.last_img read more

Perpetual Help taps ex-Azkals captain Caligdong as football coach

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Altas won the NCAA football crown in 1989 and 1996 before the drought.“We feel that a legend like Chieffy Caligdong could help us revive our football program and possibly win us an NCAA championship if not this year, but in the near future,” said Perpetual Help team owner Dr. Antonio Tamayo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCaligdong is expected to bring in some players from his hometown and football hotbed Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.“He will bring in several players from Barotac Nuevo and we’re excited about the team’s future already,” said Tamayo. MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Perpetual Help has made significant moves to improve its sports programs after it tapped former champion San Beda coach Frankie Lim to take over basketball and titled mentor Macky Carino from St. Benilde to handle volleyball. Celest Flores-ColinaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments True grit Sharapova back at French Open with point to prove Perpetual Help has tapped Azkals legend Chieffy Caligdong as its new football coach in hopes of winning its first football NCAA title in more than two decades.Caligdong, who has retired from national team four years ago, is taking over for coach Aaron Carlos Nebreja and his arrival is expected to turn things around for the school.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘The Blood of Politicians Not More Important Than Yours,’ Cllr. Chesson-Wureh Advises Zogos

first_imgShe thanked eminent Liberian women and others from across Africa for joining Liberia to ‘maintain peace and say no violence’ during the electoral process. They included Madam Elizabeth Lwanga of Uganda, Madam Turrie Akepole of Nigeria, Ma Korpo Howard of the rural women of Liberia, Madam Hellen G. Nah of the Women Voices Newspaper and Mayor Cyvette M. Gibson, among others.Edina Dema Wilson, who was once a Zogo, said Liberians living on the streets need rehabilitation and they are tired being called “gang boys and girls, or Zogos.”Madam Wilson said the youth are tired of violence, and are voting for the betterment of their lives and a better future for Liberia.She said securing the future of street boys and girls is important because they are involved in things that they do not have control over.Madam Wilson said the children need counseling and medical attention to regain what they have lost.“I went to big schools in Liberia but unfortunately for me, I found myself in life that I did not have control over but by the grace of God I was able to change,” she indicated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Liberian gang members marching against elections violence The head of the Women’s Situation Room, Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, says no politician’s blood is more important than those of children who are in the street.Cllr. Chesson-Wureh made the statement yesterday at the Gang Youth Summit 2017 when dozens of street boys and girls commonly called “Zogos” gathered at the Paynesville Town Hall.They sang and danced to promote peace before, during and after the elections in the country.Liberians Gangs sang and danced peace song to promote peace during, before and after electionsShe said she was very glad to see street boys and girls in their huge numbers and in a joyous mood saying ‘no to violence and yes to peace’ after the incoming results of the 2017 legislative and presidential elections.Cllr. Chesson-Wureh told the gathering of youth not to waste their blood because someone wants to become a president, a representative or a senator.“All I ask is where are the children of those people that are asking you to cause violence in Liberia? Are they better than you?”She said while it is the right of citizens to support political parties, they must, however, not shed their blood for them, suggesting that the children of politicians who preach violence should be the ones to shed their blood for their parents.The peace the country enjoys is in the hands of the youth, “and so if Liberia goes down, Africa will suffer because Liberians will have to flee to the various African countries,” she warned.Peace is the only answer to the problems faced by Liberians; and as such, maintaining the peace is very vital to the country, Cllr. Chesson-Wureh stressed.“Don’t waste your blood because someone wants to become a president, a representative or a senator”last_img read more

GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY DUO CIARAN MCFADDEN AND JASON MCGEE STAR FOR DONEGAL U17’S

first_imgCloughaneely GAA News:***Seniors/Reserves***Bhí sé ag cur de dhíon agus de dheora le linn na gcluichí Craoibhe Dé Domhniagh seo chaite. Chríochnaigh na foirne tacaíochta ar chomhscór 1-09|2-06; ach bhuail Gleann Fhinne Cloich Cheannfhaola le pointe 1-12|1-11 sa chluiche mhór. Téann dhá fhoireann Chloich Cheannfhaola go Baile Dhún na nGall Dé Domhnaigh le aghaidh a thabhairt ar na Ceithre Máistrí.Cloughaneely hosted Glenfin in their 2nd game of the senior Championship, under adverse weather conditions on Sunday last. The incessant rain had a major impact on the game and the playing surface; however despite the inconvenience both senior and reserve teams faced the challenge head on in 2 games which went down to the wire.***Reserves***Full Time: CCF 1-09, Glenfin 2-06The Reserve game ended in a draw. Martin Ferry was the main scorer for the home side where he converted 5 frees with ease. Ciaran Gallagher also was a strong presence in the forward line for the home side, where a combination of efforts of himself and Martin Ferry produced a CCF goal in the 20th min. Glenfin were also awarded a penalty in the 20th min which Paul Bonner stepped up to take, and easily found the back of the net. Shaun McCarthy was back in the fold for the home side and added a point to the CCF tally. The experience of Ciaran McFadden, Joe Boyce, Liam Coyle and Paddy Joe Doohan were a big asset to the home side. Glenfins David Carr had a great 2nd half performance where he did excellent work to find the back of the net to notch up a personal 2nd half tally of 1-02.CCF: Ciaran Boyce, Daniel Scott, Paddy Joe Doohan, Daniel Roarty, Noel Sweeney, Sean Gallagher, Ronan Cannon, Kevin Scanlon, Ciaran McFadden, Stephen Doohan, Joe Boyce, Sean McCarthy, Mark Harley, Ciaran Gallagher, Martin Ferry***Seniors***Glenfin got off to a strong start with Paddy O Connor having a storming start and notching up 2 points within quick succession – this lead stayed with the visitors throughout the game. The visitors made their intentions clear early on, when Gerard Ward brilliantly rounded the CCF defence and was straight in on goal; luckily for the home side his shot hit the post! Denis Boyle got CCF on the scoreboard 6 mins in with a well taken free; which was negated a few mins later by a Glenfin free, which Gerard Ward easily converted. Cloughaneely welcomed Shaun McGarvey back into the senior fold and he made his contribution with a point 14 mins in. Kevin Mulhern showed well for the home side and was involved in many key interceptions. For the home side, Martin McGuire, Ciaran Scanlon and Paul Sweeney all contributed to the 1st half CCF tally, with Paddy O Connor, Gerard Ward, Conor Ward, being the main scorers for Glenfin. Just before the half time whistle Glenfin’s Mark McGinty, gave the visitors an extra boost by hammering home a goal to put them in a satisfactory 4 point lead going in at half timeHalf time score: CCF 0-06, Glenfin 1-07. The goal did not sway the confidence and persistence of the home side going into the 2nd half. Although Glenfin got 2nd half proceedings underway thanks to a Conor Ward point, CCF battled strongly and were awarded a penalty in the 40th minute which was expertly netted by Declan McGarvey to put CCF within 1 point of the visitors, which made for a nail- biting final 20 mins. Glenfin, persistent in their efforts, never let their lead slip. County star Frank McGlynn showed his true colours in the 42nd minute, by notching up a great point after an outstanding run. CCF substitute Cillian Gallagher got his name on the score sheet with an outstanding point from a difficult angle 46 mins in. 52 mins in and Glenfins Gavin McDermott was shown the side-line for a second yellow card offence. Declan McGarvey added 2 further points to his personal tally in the dying minutes of the game. Glenfin again have the sharp shooting of Gerard Ward, Conor Ward and Paddy O Connor to thank for maintaining their lead to finish out the day with a 1 point win!Final Score CCF: 1-11 Glenfin 1-12CCF: Shaun McClafferty, John Harley, Conor McGee (0-01), Kevin Mulhern, Eugene McGuire, Cian McFadden, Lee O’Brien, Ciaran Scanlon (0-01), Martin McGuire (0-03), Paddy Cannon, Shaun McGarvey (0-01), Denis Boyle (0-01, 1F), Paul Sweeney (0-01), Declan McGarvey (1-02, 1 P).CCF Subs: Denis Boyle Black card, replaced by Jason McGee (32 mins). Shaun McGarvey replaced by John McGarvey, 38 mins. Martin McGuire replaced by Cillian Gallagher (0-01) (45 mins)***Next Up***Cloughaneely play their final group Championship game, where they travel to Donegal Town to face Four Masters on Sunday at 12:30 and 2:00 PM!***Cloughaneely 5k Run/Walk***Our final 5K event (initially scheduled for August 26th ) , has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 1st at 7:00 PM – registration from 6:15 PM at the clubhouse (entry fee – €3 per child, €5 per adult – family rates available –all levels of fitness welcome to walk or run!!). Many thanks to all of you who partook in our first two 5K events – we would be delighted to see you all back for the final lap!***Donegal Ladies***Commiserations to Roisín Ni Chuireáin and the rest of the Donegal Ladies team who were narrowly defeated by Armagh in the All-Ireland Quarter final on Saturday last 2-13|2-11. The ladies had a terrific year and brought home Donegal Ladies first ever Ulster title! ***Cloughaneely Girls U-13’s***Training will take place on Thursday evenings from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. They play their first league game away to Glenfin on Saturday at 11:00 AM! Good luck to the girls!***Cloughaneely Minors***Well done to our minors who had a great run in the Div 2 Northern Championship. They were unfortunate to lose out to Milford in the final in what was a neck and neck battle from start to finish. Final Score Milford 1-12, CCF 1-08.***McGuigan Cup/Buncrana Cup***Congratulations to the Donegal U-17’s, and particularly our own clubmen Jason McGee and Ciaran McFadden, who won the McGuigan cup final on Saturday last, defeating Monaghan 3-14 to 0-07!A special mention also to Michael Mulhern who was part of the U-16 Donegal squad who finished 3rd in the Buncrana cup. They defeated Armagh 1-14|1-04 in the 3rd place play-off.***100 Club***Congratulations to the following July 100 Club Winners€500 –Hugh McGarvey.€100 – Ciaran Collins, Bernard Boyle, Brian Dolan, Joe Gallagher (Teish), John McGinley!***Pouletpoo***Due to the bad weather conditions during Sunday’s home championship game, the Pouletpoo event had to again be postponed. We will keep you notified as soon as a new date has been arranged!GAA NEWS: CLOUGHANEELY DUO CIARAN MCFADDEN AND JASON MCGEE STAR FOR DONEGAL U17’S was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportlast_img read more

Irish trump Trojans with legends, lore

first_img The aural sledgehammer entitled “Tribute to Troy.” (You know it: DUM-da-da-da-da-da-da-dum-dum-duh-DE-duh.) The Coliseum, redolent with history. Two Olympics. A World Series. A Super Bowl. A thousand big events. USC has football traditions by the truckload. The white horse. The band. The “world famous” song girls. “Fight On.” Tommy Trojan. The “V” (for victory) sign fans make during the playing of “college football’s greatest battle cry,” the modestly named “Conquest.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The 11 national championships USC claims. The six Heisman Trophy winners. Stately Heritage Hall and all those hermetically sealed trophies in the main room. Could it get any bigger? Any more colorful? Any richer? Well, yeah, it can. And it’s called Notre Dame football. USC might be No. 1 in the polls, but it still sits No. 2, at best, in the Total College Football Experience. With the Irish atop the rankings. Where to start? center_img Perhaps with “Touchdown Jesus,” the enormous mural on the side of the Hesburgh Library, just north of the stadium, in which the Christian messiah appears to be signaling “six points” with his upraised arms. USC coach Pete Carroll concedes “Touchdown Jesus” packs a wallop, especially for Roman Catholics. He responded this week by relating his trip to the famed Sacre Coeur cathedral in Paris and seeing a statue of Jesus in which he has his index and middle fingers raised just like the USC “victory” sign. OK, maybe. But we’re just starting with the Irish. The pep rally the night before home games. Tonight’s rally, on the eve of Saturday’s showdown with the top-ranked Trojans, is expected to be so huge it has been moved from the campus gym and into the 80,000-capacity football stadium. Notre Dame has sold out 181 consecutive home games and 229 of its past 230. Until the past year, USC sold out for Notre Dame and UCLA. Most of the time. Notre Dame one-ups USC on the fight-song front, too. “The Notre Dame Victory March” is more tuneful and memorable than “Fight On.” (“Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame; wake up the echoes cheering her name …”) Notre Dame has the Golden Dome. It has the Grotto, a scaled-down version of the shrine to Our Lady in Lourdes, France, where fans can light candles and pray before the game. The Irish have the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, from where Notre Dame players, in coats and ties, make a 10-minute pregame walk to the stadium through walls of adoring fans. Give the Irish an edge, too, for having their stadium on campus. The Coliseum is across a street and past a row of museums; it doesn’t even belong to USC. Notre Dame has the guy in the leprechaun outfit. It has dancing students all wearing green. Who shake their keys whenever a “key” play comes up. And it has more history. USC has the Thundering Herd and Howard Jones and John McKay . . . but Notre Dame has The Four Horsemen, Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy and Ara Parseghian. Notre Dame has had two movies filmed on its campus: “Knute Rockne: All-American” in 1940, and “Rudy,” the tear-jerker tribute to the classic underdog, Rudy Ruettiger, set in 1975 and released in 1993. The Trojans have, what, a TV-movie on O.J. Simpson’s murder case? Those six USC Heismans? Notre Dame has seven. The Irish claim 11 national championships, too, and none of them are as tenuous as some of USC’s early (1931, 1939) No. 1 claims. Notre Dame also eclipses the Trojans when it comes to lore. Real and imagined. USC has nothing to compete with George Gipp. The subject of the inspirational Knute Rockne 1928 halftime speech in which Rockne quoted the former Irish standout, on his death bed in 1920, asking his successors to “win just one for the Gipper.” What usually is considered the greatest first paragraph in sports writing history was about a Notre Dame victory, by Grantland Rice in 1924. “Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen road again.” Notre Dame has the mystique of the green jerseys broken out in 1977 as the Irish blitzed the fifth-ranked Trojans 49-19. Even this season, first-year Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis already has a leg up on Pete Carroll on the spiritual front, promising a 10-year-old with cancer (who died the day before the game) that he would call a “pass right” on the first Irish play at Washington. Weis did, even though Notre Dame was on its own 1-yard line. The play went for 13 yards; the story went for scads of national exposure. The upshot: Once a season, USC plays a game in which the opposition shows up with more mojo than it can summon. Which means the Trojans have to win it on the field. They have managed it only 29 times in 76 meetings, only 10 times in South Bend. Forunately, most games come down to blocking and tackling, conditioning and execution. USC presumably competes on an even footing there. Leprechauns might be on the sidelines, but they won’t be in the huddle. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He may be reached at paul.oberjuerge@sbsun.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

West Nile cases rise statewide

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The number of cases in the county this year is down significantly from last year, which saw 309 people infected. Also, 12 people died last year and no one has died this year in the county. “What we’ve seen across the country is that places that have a very heavy year tend not to have a heavy year the next year,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the county health officer. “Nobody really knows the answer why this happens, whether it’s a decline in the susceptible bird population, certainly the good job vector control does or education efforts. But I think there are factors beyond those we don’t understand yet.” Stephanie Heintz, spokeswoman for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, agreed the downward trend in the county involves several factors, including a warmer summer, more intensive education efforts and increased mosquito abatement efforts. “It could have been a little bit of everything,” Heintz said. “There is a theory that people gain an immunity to the virus. Maybe last year, there were a lot more cases than were reported and people gained an immunity. Maybe that’s why we didn’t have as many cases reported this year.” In the six years since the virus was first diagnosed in New York and spread across the country, the virus has demonstrated dramatic fluctuations in both the number of people infected and horses, birds, sentinel chickens and mosquito pools. Experts say these fluctuations are due to changing temperatures, rainfall and humidity, bird reservoirs, mosquito populations and efforts by mosquito abatement districts to kill mosquitoes. One reason for the drop in the number of infections in the county since last year could be decreases in local mosquito populations. And from March through May of this year, the season was much cooler compared with last year. As a result, mosquito increases normally seen in late spring were delayed. Also, record rainfall this year created larger-than-normal bodies of water and diluted nutrients, which could have slowed mosquito development. Another possible explanation is the large numbers of crows that died last year from the virus. The virus is transmitted to people and animals through mosquito bites. About 80 percent of those who are infected have no symptoms, but in some cases people can suffer paralysis and encephalitis. The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk for the illness. — Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although the third season of the West Nile virus was supposed to be milder, California saw cases rise to 910, one-third of the 2,733 cases diagnosed nationally, health officials said Thursday. A total of 18 Californians died this year, compared with 27 last year, according to a report released by Los Angeles County. But the number of people infected increased from from 779 last year, which was widely expected to be the state’s worst year. Most of those cases were in Southern California. Although the vast majority of people infected this year were in the Northern and Central parts of the state, Los Angeles County did have 43 cases, including 18 in the San Fernando Valley. That was followed by 16 cases in the San Gabriel Valley and eastern part of the county and six in the South Bay.last_img read more

Volleyball Perseveres in Five-Set Win at Evansville

first_img Full Schedule Roster Live Stats EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Led by 20 kills from Emily Plock, the Drake University volleyball rallied in the fifth set to defeat Evansville, 3-2, Friday evening.The Bulldogs held a 2-0 lead in the match before Evansville stormed back to tie the match. However, the Bulldogs returned to form to win the match by set scores of 25-23, 26-24, 10-25, 15-25, 15-8. The win snapped Drake’s (8-14, 2-7 MVC)  seven-match losing streak and was the team’s first MVC road win of the season.Fourteen of Plock’s kills came in the first two sets to help the Bulldogs win those frames before stumbling in sets three and four. Michelle Rabbitt had 12 kills and three blocks while Gillian Gergen continued to excel with nine kills and a block. Defensively, three Bulldogs registered double figures in digs to help keep the Purple Aces at bay. Kylee Macke led the way with 24, followed by 17 from Madi Ford and 13 from Plock, who recorded her seventh-straight double-double.Evansville (14-6, 5-4 MVC) was paced by 24 kills from Rachel Tam and 22 from Alondra Vazquez. Gabriela Macedo added a school-record 46 digs in the loss. Facing the prospect of dropping three-straight sets to the Purple Aces, Drake used a 5-1 run to take an 8-4 lead in the fifth set. Rabbitt accounted for four of the Bulldogs’ points during that run to help the Bulldogs take command of the set.Plock and Riley Dolphin, who was playing in just her second match of the season after returning from a 2018 injury, helped seal the match with two blocks in the final two points. Both those blocks came against the Aces’ hot hitter, Tam, who also had two errors down the stretch to aid the Bulldogs in preserving their win. The match was the Bulldogs third of four straight on the road as they travel to Indiana State next for a 4 p.m. match Saturday.  Story Links Preview Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Watch Live Next Game: Box Score (PDF) at Indiana State 10/26/2019 – 4 p.m.last_img read more

Raiders report card: Somehow, this keeps getting worse

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — The Raiders managed to lose a professional football game by 31 points to one of only two teams that entered Week 9 with a worse record.That’s right, a useless season became even more pitiful Thursday night in prime time when the Raiders (1-7) laid their biggest egg yet in a 34-3 loss to the previously 1-7 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. … Let’s get to this week’s grades and the reasons behind each.last_img read more

Can Human Evolution Survive Silly Storytelling?

first_imgOne would think a scientist would be embarrassed to put forward such ideas. Why do Darwinists get away with it?Do bullies have more sex? (Science Daily). Don’t tell this one to young people. Right when sexual harassment claims are destroying careers, and right when schools are campaigning against bullying, evolutionists come along and justify these behaviors on Darwinian grounds!Researchers believe that bullying might be more than just objectionable behaviour. It might, in fact, have evolved as a way for men to show dominance and strength, and to signal to women that they are good breeding stock, able to protect their offspring and provide for their needs. From an evolutionary perspective, a man’s dominance may make him more attractive to his potential sexual partners, as well as scaring off potential rivals.As one might suspect, this is another awful idea coming from evolutionary psychology—up there with the notion that rape is an evolutionary strategy. It’s bad enough to to stamp the imprimatur of science on such notions, but it’s not even true. If bullying were so successful, every man would be a bully harassing women, and the gentlemen would go extinct. And evolution would also select women who love to be bullied. Obviously, even from within Darwinian theory, this idea doesn’t wash. Like everything else in Darwinism, this notion evaluates everything in the world through the lens of “reproductive success” without any moral considerations at all. That’s why you can ignore the open-access paper in Evolutionary Psychological Science, a misnomer of a name if there ever was one. Dr Jerry Bergman’s book (pictured, right) is a much better resource, documenting how evolutionary thinking about human nature destroys everything good in human society.The evolutionary advantage of the teenage brain (Medical Xpress). Here’s another corrosive idea from evolutionary psychologists at UCLA, showing not only how you can fit any situation into Darwinism, but the conclusions are bad for society.The mood swings, the fiery emotions, the delusions of immortality, all the things that make a teenager a teenager might just seem like a phase we all have to put up with. However, research increasingly shows that the behaviors of teenagers aren’t just there to annoy parents, they serve a real evolutionary purpose. It’s hard to describe just how dumb this idea is. First of all, not every teenager acts this way. And if the idea were to be taken seriously, they would have to say that parents evolved to be exasperated with teenagers. And evolutionary psychologists evolved to make up stupid stories. You can bet that if teenagers were models of rationality and wisdom, evolution would have a story for that, too.Upper body strength key factor in men’s bodily attractiveness (Phys.org). This silly article begins with a photo of an ugly, skinny guy flexing. It proceeds to announce, “In many mammalian species, females evolved to prefer the strongest males. According to research from Griffith University, the same is true of humans.” This statement proves that any ridiculous notion can be blessed with the honorable label of “research.” Yes, folks, this ‘research’ explains why fat men, smokers, and sensitive wimps get married, right? Ask most dating women, and they will tell you that kindness, personality, a sense of humor and thoughtfulness are much more desirable than muscle, which tends to be low on the attraction scale. In particular, most women are not attracted to narcissistic musclemen who constantly flex in front of the mirror. Isn’t that true, ladies?What do the new ‘gay genes’ tell us about sexual orientation? (New Scientist). Answer: not much. Some ‘researchers’ in Illinois made another attempt to find genes for homosexuality. According to this idea, most gay men tend to have one or more straight older brothers, because of some genetic tweak that happens in Mom after her firstborn son. Every straight second-born or third-born man should be incensed at the suggestion that they have a predisposition for being homosexual. “It adds yet more evidence that sexual orientation is not a ‘lifestyle choice’,” says Dean Harmer of the National Institutes of Health,” putting his blessing on this fallacy of association. “But the real significance is that it takes us one step closer to understanding the origins of one of the most fascinating and important features of human beings.” No it does not. For a Darwinian, who views everything through reproductive success, this would be a very un-Darwinian thing to have ‘evolved.’ And for reasonable men struggling with homosexuality (or any other disorder), it robs them of any hope of change, making them out to be puppets of their genes.If You Suck at Dating, It’s Not You — It’s Evolution (Live Science). At the risk of running out of synonyms for dumb, this article hits a new low.In the study, the researchers found that roughly 50 percent of people have trouble finding or keeping a romantic partner. And if this characterization applies to your life, the study authors offer a glimmer of encouragement: It’s not you — it’s evolution.So aren’t you encouraged? Rejoice! There is nothing you can do about it. You’re a loser, and it’s evolution’s fault. Buck up and get used to it. “In the study,” the sentence began. Study. What is a study? For an evolutionist, it is any activity in storytelling, no matter how lazy or inane. Why, you ask, would Darwinism, which treasures reproductive success as the highest good, ever produce losers at dating? Darwinians have gotten so good at confabulation, they have an answer for that, too:From an evolutionary perspective, it seems counterintuitive that a behavior as important as mating would prove so challenging for so many individuals. But the reasons may be rooted in a social science phenomenon known as the “mismatch problem,” Apostolou told Live Science. Though humans are generally skilled at adapting to new conditions, it can take many generations to dramatically alter our behavior, he said. So, by the time humans properly adapt to one set of new conditions, their environment may have already changed significantly, in ways that they’re not prepared for.Let’s try to understand this idea, even though we know in advance it will be an exercise in futility. Guys are having a hard time getting dates because they’re still genetically programmed to club the woman on the head and drag her off to the cave by the hair. But the environment has changed. Now, the modern male is expected to bring flowers, dress nice, wear deodorant and act like a gentleman. Is that the implication of the hypothesis? If so, then evolutionists have also lagged behind. They are still acting like cavemen, too, swapping stories around the campfire, but the environment has changed. Since Galileo, Kepler and Newton, evolutionists are expected to produce research valuing truth and empirical rigor. But they “suck” at science, and so now they have an excuse: “it’s not you – it’s evolution.”Evidence of directional and stabilizing selection in contemporary humans (PNAS). Maybe you are thinking that silly evolutionary stories come from simple-minded reporters. Here’s one that got published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by an international team of experts in Darwinism: “Evidence of directional and stabilizing selection in contemporary humans.”Combining high-throughput molecular genetic data with extensive phenotyping enables the direct study of natural selection in humans. We see firsthand how and at what rates contemporary human populations are evolving. Here we demonstrate that the genetic variants associated with several traits, including age at first birth in females and body-mass index in males, are also associated with reproductive success. In addition, for several traits, we demonstrate that individuals at either extreme of the phenotypic range have reduced fitness—the hallmark of stabilizing selection. Overall, the data are indicative of a moving optimum model for contemporary evolution of human quantitative traits.It seems audacious to have to remind top scientists publishing in the most prestigious journal in America that human beings are all members of the same species. But we must. Stabilizing selection is not Darwinism; it is homeostasis. And to say that variation within the human species is a case Darwinian fitness risks bringing back evolutionary racism. Does “natural selection” mean anything at all, scientifically? This would be a good time to review our analysis of Darwin’s theory of natural selection (10/03/15).The headline asked, “Can human evolution survive silly storytelling?” Sadly, the answer is yes. It already has survived for over two centuries, beginning with Comte de Buffoon (pun intended), down through Erascal Darwin (pun intended), on through to Vestiges and The Water Babies, reaching its apex with the storytelling wizard himself, King Charlie the Incredible. Reasonable scientists have complained about this storytelling habit for all this horrid history, but it goes on and on and on, with no sign of slowing down. We have a song that illustrates the problem, to the tune of Battle Hymn:1. No eyes have seen the story of the origin of life,It’s an empty speculation and the obstacles are rife;But we must explain it somehow, ICR will give us strife–’Tis ruthless marching on!ChorusGory, gory evolution,Gory, gory evolution,Gory, gory evolution,’Tis ruthless marching on!2. Now the fit will be survivors, and survivors will be fit,And survivors will survive to prove the fitness of the fit,O, this natural selection, it’s so simple, isn’t it?’Tis ruthless marching on.ChorusSlower, with emotion3. Now we’ve conquered education; evolution rules the land,God is just imagination; there’s no purpose, right or plan;As we face a brave new world without a moral high command,’Tis ruthless marching on.Chorus(Visited 754 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Massachusetts Bill Would Require Home Energy Assessments Prior to Sale

first_imgA Massachusetts lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require an energy assessment and an energy performance label for all single-family homes when they are put up for sale. The bill, S. 1983, was introduced by Senator Eric P. Lesser and has been referred to committee, the senator’s communications director, Ryan Migeed, said. Although several cities around the U.S. have similar requirements, Massachusetts would apparently become the first state to make a disclosure about energy performance a condition of sale. A similar requirement was included as an amendment to an energy bill the Massachusetts Senate considered last year, but it was eventually dropped as the bill moved forward. This time, Migeed said, the measure was proposed as stand-alone legislation on its own merits.RELATED ARTICLESMinneapolis May Require Energy Evaluations on Homes for SaleMass. Bill Would Require Energy Scorecards Be Given to HomebuyersGreen building assessments versus energy auditsMassachusetts’ Lead Role in Energy EfficiencyEfficiency Is Still the Best Energy Deal “We still think it’s a good idea,” he said, referring to the proposed label as a “Kelley Blue book for houses.” In addition to single-family homes, the requirement also would apply to sellers of multifamily houses of fewer than five units as well as anyone selling a condominium. The real estate agent handling the listing would be required to disclose results of the assessment and energy performance label before a sales contract was signed. There are a number of exceptions. Among them are sales to family members, houses that have had an energy assessment within the last three years through the Mass Save program, and houses built in the last three years that comply with the most recent energy codes. The bill isn’t specific about the assessment or the performance label but would require the state’s Department of Energy Resources to design both. The bill reads in part: “The energy assessment shall consider, but not be limited to, information regarding annual energy consumption, energy costs for electricity and thermal needs, a home’s envelope, including the foundation, roof, walls, insulation and windows, and heating, cooling, and hot water systems, and annual carbon emissions.” The requirement would go into effect no later than June 30, 2021 or nine months after the bill enacted, whichever is later. As written, the bill doesn’t explain who would pay for the energy assessment. However, Casey Bowers, legislative director at the Environmental League of Massachusetts, said in a telephone call the intent is to make the assessments free for homeowners. Bowers said the work would likely take place under the umbrella of Mass Save, an existing energy efficiency program that offers energy audits to homeowners at no cost as well as a variety of rebate and incentives for home improvements and appliance upgrades. The plan had good momentum last year, she said, adding, “Hopefully this is the year.” Realtors’ group opposes the plan While a proponent of Mass Save in general, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors (MAR) opposes a mandatory energy assessment, communications director Eric Berman said. The assessment and labeling requirement would add to the time it takes to sell a home, potentially putting sellers at a disadvantage, and homeowners who could not afford to make energy upgrades on low-scoring homes could see reduced equity in their properties, he said. In a written statement, the realtors’ group said that policies that protect the environment are important, but they “must not arbitrarily restrict or infringe upon private property rights.” MAR said that Massachusetts has some of the oldest housing stock in the country. Older houses are not as energy-efficient as newer ones, and many of older homes are located in less affluent areas where homeowners often don’t have the resources to make upgrades. In addition, the association said, existing state law requires home inspectors to give home buyers a document that explains the benefits of a home energy audit. Standard purchase agreements also include a provision allowing the buyer to conduct an energy audit as part of a home inspection. “Legislative or regulatory requirements that interfere with the flow and valuation of the real estate marketplace can wreak havoc on one of Massachusetts most important economic engines — real estate transactions,” the statement said. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy says that mandatory energy ratings and disclosures are becoming more common. Policies requiring disclosures about energy use for commercial buildings are in place in nine large U.S. cities and one county, ACEEE says, while requirements for residential properties are “less common and less uniform.” “Residential energy rating and disclosure is a promising low-cost policy option that can help increase consumer transparency about the costs associated with operating a home, promoting more sound purchasing decisions in a post-mortgage crisis environment,” ACEEE says in a guide for policy makers posted at its website. Bowers said that concerns by realtors that mandatory energy assessments would slow sales are probably misplaced. It’s especially important for low-income buyers to know exactly how much money they would be spending on energy, she said. “People appreciate knowing what they’re getting into,” she said, “good or bad.” Minneapolis adopts a similar plan Earlier this year, the city of Minneapolis approved a plan that will require the energy efficiency characteristics of houses to be disclosed when sellers put their properties on the market. Starting next year, information on insulation, the heating system, and windows will be added to a Truth in Sale of Housing report that is already required. At the same time, the City Council approved a requirement that residential building owners disclose the average energy cost per square foot to renters. That requirement takes effect in 2021. According to the city, the new policies are designed to reduce overall housing costs and make sure than homeowners and renters have reliable information on energy costs when they decide where to live. Real estate agents didn’t like it, particularly a provision that requires an inspector to drill a hole in an exterior wall in houses built before 1980 to check insulation levels. Minneapolis became one of several U.S. cities to require energy disclosures, including Austin, Texas; Berkeley, California; Chicago, Illinois; and Portland, Oregon.last_img read more

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