Blues ‘battle United’ for player

first_imgChelsea are locked in a ‘titanic battle’ to sign highly-rated teenage midfielder Paul Pogba from Manchester United, according to the Daily Mirror.Pogba, 18, has been stalling over signing a new contract at Old Trafford and Chelsea are said to be keen to capture him but have picked up mixed messages from his camp about whether he wants to move.AVB remains in the news.The Sun say Daniel Sturridge is considering his future at Chelsea.A friend of the player is quoted as saying: “Daniel will be distraught if Chelsea finish outside the top four — he’s desperate to prove himself at the highest level and that means he wants Champions League football, not Europa League.”Sturridge, 22, was recently reported to want an improved contract at Stamford Bridge and is apparently unhappy at being played on the wing rather than as a central striker.The Daily Mail say Chelsea’s apparent emergency plan to reappoint Guus Hiddink suffered a setback after it emerged he is a serious candidate to take over at ambitious Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.The Independent, Sun and Daily Telegraph report yesterday’s comments by Andre Villas-Boas’ former president at Porto, Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.He suggested that the under-pressure Chelsea manager could take over at Inter Milan and that members of the Blues squad are texting ex-boss Jose Mourinho – who has been linked with a return to west London.Mark Hughes is having a difficult start as QPR boss.Mourinho has been accused of undermining AVB’s position, The Sun declare.The Sun claimed on Tuesday that Jose Bosingwa was one of only three Chelsea players who are fully behind their manager.And The Mirror today quote the defender as saying: “The dressing room has confidence in the coach. Villas-Boas is a good coach and he’s demonstrated that with his success in Portugal.”Meanwhile, the Daily Star claim QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has turned up the heat on manager Mark Hughes with his comments on Twitter following the weekend defeat at Blackburn.Fernandes has been widely reported as having accused Rangers’ players of being ‘spineless’ after tweeting: “Talent is one thing. We need a spine in QPR. We need fighters not just talent.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Klamath River remains open for steelhead, closed for salmon

first_imgLet’s get the bad news out of the way first. The Klamath River, for the first time that anyone can remember, is completely closed to salmon fishing as of Tuesday, Aug. 15. With only 12,000 adult fall-run Chinook expected to return, an all-time low, the closure was needed to help protect the stocks. The Klamath fall-run Chinook are currently classified under the federal plan as “approaching an overfished condition.” With poor returns of adults the past two years, coupled with returns this fall …last_img

Humboldt State men’s basketball cruises to 110-66 win over Pacific Union College in home opener

first_imgArcata >> When looking at this season’s Humboldt State roster, it doesn’t take long to figure out that head coach Steve Kinder has addressed the fact the Jacks haven’t been the biggest team in recent years.They may have plenty of names that are new to many, but the Jacks have a whole heck of a lot more size and length up and down their roster than a season ago.Humboldt Sate’s presence in the paint was on display in Monday night’s home opener, as the Jacks scored early often on the block and …last_img

It’s Fun Seeing Evolution Falsified

first_img“Mysterious Snippets Of DNA Withstand Eons Of Evolution” is the strange title of an article on Science Daily.  Gill Bejerano and Cory McLean from Stanford are wondering why large non-coding sections of DNA are very similar, or “ultraconserved,” from mice to man (see 08/18/2007).  Evolutionary theory would expect that non-functional genetic material would mutate more rapidly than genes.  Yet for unknown reasons, the ultraconserved segments stay the same throughout the mammal order.  Experiments have shown that mice with these sections deleted do just fine.  Why would natural selection purify these regions if they are not essential for survival?  No one knows.    Bejerano had a comment about this finding that goes against the expectations of evolutionary genetics: “Evolution is a lot of fun,” said Bejerano, who plans to continue the investigation into what the ultraconserved segments might be doing.  “You answer one question, and five others pop up.  But one of the most rewarding things to me is the fact that we’re developing a growing appreciation for how much these regions actually matter.”He said it was “very surprising” that the ultraconserved elements showed no effect on the mice when deleted.  “In some ways it just doesn’t make sense.”Would you count on an evolutionist to know what makes sense?  Their pet theory can be falsified right before their eyes, and instead of weeping in remorse, they call it fun.    Suppose van Helmont called it fun when Francesco Redi showed that mice do not spontaneously arise from straw.  “Spontaneous generation is a lot of fun.  You answer one question, and five others pop up.”  Nobody denies that Fantasyland is fun.  It’s just that we appreciate it for its escapism, not for how much it actually matters.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Clinical Angelique Kerber powers into Australian Open 2nd round

first_imgRule of Thirds View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening She has played down expectations ahead of this year’s tournament but displayed strong form reaching the quarter-finals of this month’s Sydney International.She is also one of the few players with a proven record in Grand Slam deciders against Serena Williams, defeating her in the 2016 final at Melbourne Park and last year at Wimbledon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Germany’s Angelique Kerber celebrates after defeating Slovenia’s Polona Hercog against during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Second seed Angelique Kerber brushed past Slovenia’s Polona Hercog 6-2, 6-2 to power into the Australian Open second round Monday.The Wimbledon champion produced a clinical display to launch her campaign at Melbourne Park, where she won the title in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT The gulf in class between Kerber, a three-time Grand Slam winner, and world number 92 Hercog was apparent as the German took an early break then rattled past her opponent in 72 minutes.Kerber maintained constant pressure to snuff out any challenge from Hercog, saying she felt energised returning to Rod Laver Arena, where she won her first major three years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Every time I walk on this court I have great memories and such a special feeling, I really enjoy playing here,” she said.Kerber reached the semi-finals at the season-opening Grand Slam last year, blowing two match points before losing 9-7 in a tense last set to world number one Simona Halep. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Ohio State’s Thad Matta Was Pretty Unhappy With The Referees Following His Team’s Loss To Michigan State Last Night

first_imgThad Matta yells at a referee.Thad Matta did a lot of screaming during his team’s game against Michigan State Friday night. Plenty that yelling was directed at his players, who performed quite poorly in a 76-67 loss to the Spartans in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal round. But a lot of it was aimed at the officials. Matta, 47, has been coaching in the conference since 2004. He, in a roundabout way, called the officiating during last night’s game the worst he’s ever seen. Matta on the officiating: “I’ve been in this league 11 years and that was amazing.”— Kevin Trahan (@k_trahan) March 14, 2015Matta was mostly unhappy with the amount of physicality the Spartans were getting away with. He believed his players were getting bumped on cuts, hand checked when dribbling and bodied when driving into the lane. Matta says this was one of the most physical games he’s ever seen. My interpretation: “We got hacked to death.”— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) March 14, 2015To be fair to the refs, there was an even distribution when it comes to the amount of fouls that were called – 20 on Michigan State and 18 on Ohio State. With the win, the Spartans moved on to the semifinal round, where they’ll face No. 2 seed Maryland. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, will find out their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday night. Most projections have Matta’s team seeded on the No. 8/No. 9 line.last_img read more

Thank you to Milt The Prescott Jazz Society and

first_imgThank you to Milt, The Prescott Jazz Society, and all of the performers and attendees to came out to celebrate Juneteenth this year. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you in 2019.(photos by Sue Kirsch and LVB, text by Tim Bell) The late afternoon and evenings featured bands on the amphitheater stage, followed by dancing in the vaults. Crowd favorite “Catfish George” spent Saturday serving up a delicious spread, which included both fried catfish and barbecue dishes so well executed that they had many people returning for seconds. June 18, 2018On June 16th and 17th the Cosanti Foundation hosted the Prescott Jazz Society for the 20th anniversary of “Juneteenth Jazz Splash.” This yearly event, organized by Jazz Society President and local performer Milt Cannon, has been drawing a vibrant community of jazz performers, enthusiasts, and laypeople to Arcosanti for two decades to experience two consecutive days of jazz music and culture.Despite some rain on Saturday morning and into the afternoon, performances went on as scheduled. The festivities this year included a four hour workshop on both Saturday and Sunday where local school children were invited to come and learn jazz theory, technique, and history from some of the performers who would take the stage in the evening.last_img read more

Kevin Reilly has been promoted to chairman of ente

first_imgKevin Reilly has been promoted to chairman of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company. Reilly, who was formerly president of entertainment at the News Corp-backed US broadcaster and studio, will now oversee all programming, scheduling, marketing, research, digital and business affairs.
He will continue to report to Peter Rice, who was recently promoted to chairman and chief executive of the Fox Networks Group. 
”Kevin is a uniquely gifted executive with the strong strategic vision and creative instincts to ensure that Fox continues to drive the future of our industry,” said Rice. “We are incredibly fortunate to have him here and thrilled he will be with us for many more years.”last_img

irtual reality social network AltspaceVR said it

first_imgirtual reality social network, AltspaceVR, said it will “live on”, despite announcing its imminent closure late last month.In a blog post titled ‘AltspaceVR is back’, the company described recent weeks as a “rollercoaster ride” and said that it was able to continue due to “an outpouring of support”.“We’re now deep in discussions with others who are passionate about AltspaceVR who want to guarantee that our virtual oasis stays open,” said the company.“We feel confident saying to our community that you don’t need to find another place to meet your friends in virtual reality. AltspaceVR is not closing down.”The news comes after Oculus founder Palmer Luckey indicated he could step in to help AltspaceVR in the wake of its initial shutdown announcement, tweeting: “Should I try to save @AltspaceVR? (caveat: may not be possible)”.Luckey yesterday tweeted a link to the ‘AltspaceVR is back’ post without making any further comment on whether he was involved in the comeback.AltspaceVR said at the end of July that I would close on August 3, citing “unforeseen financial difficulty”.The venture-backed firm, which allows people to meet in a virtual environment, said that the combination of a failed funding round and the “general slowness of VR market growth” had made most of its investors “reluctant to fund us further”.Separately, Linden Lab, the company behind Second Life, launched a virtual reality world called Sansar in public beta earlier this month.last_img read more

The US Environmental Protection Agency says it w

first_imgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will begin the process this year of setting limits on two man-made chemicals that are linked to cancer and other illnesses, and are found widely in drinking water and soil. The agency’s long-awaited plan — promised last year by former administrator Scott Pruitt — addresses chemicals that are part of a group known as PFAS, for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. “It took groundbreaking efforts to develop this plan,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler at a news conference in Philadelphia. “This is the first time we have utilized all of our program offices to deal with an emerging chemical of concern.”But critics say the move to regulate the chemicals “by the end of this year” amounts to yet another delay.”It has taken the EPA nearly a year just to kick the can even further down the road,” said U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) In a statement, the environmental advocacy group Delaware Riverkeeper Network said the plan “lacks any sense of urgency and offers no timely relief to people exposed to these highly toxic compounds in their water.” As part of its plan, the EPA says it has begun the process of listing PFOA and PFOS — two kinds of PFAS — as hazardous substances under the Superfund law. It says that will help communities deal with existing contamination and recover costs from responsible parties.Dave Ross, the agency’s Assistant Administrator for Water, said EPA will also publish recommendations “very soon” on cleaning up the two chemicals in groundwater, an important source of drinking water for many communities. And he said the EPA is also looking at whether to regulate other chemicals in the PFAS family.Decades-old chemicals, growing local concernsPFAS chemicals have been linked to illnesses, including cancer, but there remain a lot of questions about how they affect people’s health and in what doses. There was a big health study involving one form of PFAS in the Mid-Ohio Valley. From that and other studies scientists are comfortable saying certain diseases are linked to PFAS exposure, but they won’t be more definitive than that.Acknowledging this lack of knowledge, EPA assistant administrator Ross said Thursday that the agency will step up its research into the chemicals’ human health and ecological effects. “Our goal is to close the gap on the science as quickly as possible,” he said.These chemicals have been around for decades and have been useful because they are good at repelling oil and water. They can be found in many products, including non-stick cookware, food wrappers, fabrics and fire-fighting foam. Manufacturers have agreed to stop using two forms of PFAS in the U.S. But it takes a long time for these chemicals to break down in the environment, which is why they remain a problem now. Some newer forms of PFAS chemicals are being used, and some people believe those are safer because they remain in the environment and our bodies for shorter periods. The issue gained more urgency in recent years as water suppliers tested for and found PFAS pollution as part of an Environmental Protection Agency program. The EPA required most water utilities to test for a list of PFAS chemicals from 2013 to 2015. In 2016 the agency lowered a non-binding health advisory limit for some PFAS compounds to 70 parts per trillion (ppt). Thursday, the EPA’s Ross said the agency’s latest testing showed that about 1 percent of public water systems had at least one sample with PFAS concentrations above that amount. Northeastern University and the Environmental Working Group have also created a map of contaminated sites and communities where PFAS has been detected in drinking water.Arguments for a stricter limit also gained traction after a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last year suggested PFAS chemicals may endanger human health at far lower levels than the EPA’s non-binding limit.In the absence of federal action, and amidst this growing local concern, some states have taken it upon themselves to limit the use of these chemicals.A number of companies believed to be responsible for PFAS pollution face lawsuits. The state of Minnesota sued 3M over the toxins and settled for $850 million last year. Pennsylvania is one of a number of states that have been working to curb PFAS levels where soil or groundwater contamination has been found. The drinking water around Horsham is a concern because of the chemicals’ long-term use in firefighting foam at nearby military bases. Blood tests on 235 residents of Horsham and two other townships by the Pennsylvania Department of Health last year found a large majority had levels of four PFAS chemicals that exceeded the national average, and that some of them had illnesses including elevated cholesterol, endocrine disruptions and cancer.While some local authorities have now installed filters to cut PFAS levels in water systems to within health limits, high levels of contamination persist in soil on the bases and in groundwater beneath themReporting in this story comes to us from StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public media collaboration covering Pennsylvania’s energy economy. Copyright 2019 WHYY. To see more, visit WHYY.last_img read more