Five things we learned in the Premier League

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City and Manchester United sit atop the table with exactly the same statistics but the former ahead by dint of C coming before U in the alphabet.City demolished Watford 6-0 on Saturday and United tore apart Everton in the final 10 minutes of their encounter to prevail 4-0 on Sunday.Champions Chelsea are three points adrift of the duo after they were held 0-0 at home by Arsenal for whom it was the first time in six visits they even garnered a point.Pochettino can’t solve Wembley woesHaving dispatched Borussia Dortmund with a swaggering display in the Champions League on Wednesday, it seemed Tottenham had finally vanished their Wembley curse. Mauricio Pochettino’s side had struggled badly at the national stadium, which is their home while White Hart Lane is rebuilt, but the victory over Dortmund was expected to trigger a resumption of the home form that saw them win 17 of 19 league games last term. Swansea had other ideas however. Defending resolutely, they frustrated Spurs in Saturday’s 0-0 draw, with Harry Kane hitting the woodwork for the hosts, who also had three penalty appeals turned down. Even Pochettino, who has tried to play down the Wembley jinx, admitted he was at a loss to explain how his side failed to turn 26 shots into three points.Klopp has little defenceLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s botched attempt to prise Virgil van Dijk away from Southampton looks even more of a blooper with every game. Burnley’s early season away form is showing a marked improvement from last season but nevertheless it was another Liverpool defensive error that gifted the visitors’ Scott Arfield the goal. Klopp for all his urbanity and attractive attacking football could well fall if he doesn’t fix the defensive malaise as it is proving costly. “A little block here, we miss Arfield, or forget him, and he can score,” said Klopp. “It was a disciplined performance but just that one goal. This is where we have to improve.”Aguero inspired by JesusSergio Aguero has reacted in the manner Pep Guardiola must have only dreamed of when he signed young Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus who arrived last January. Some thought the 29-year-old Argentinian might be sold on or leave of his own volition but he has stayed and with his sixth Premier League hat-trick in the 6-0 demolition of Watford is within three goals of becoming City’s all-time leading scorer — Eric Crook’s mark of 177 goals which has stood since 1939. Jesus also got on the scoresheet as City made it 15 goals scored and none conceded in their last three matches but it is Aguero who is giving the lead. “He’s very special, just a goal machine,” purred City team-mate Ilkay Gundogan. Share on: WhatsApp Resilient UnitedEverton had taken the upper hand in the second-half of their game with Manchester United but paid for not taking their chances. United showed they can soak up pressure and make their opponents pay as they scored three times in the final 10 minutes of the match with former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku creating one and scoring another — all this without the injured Paul Pogba. The signs are that United have the extra firepower — Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still to return — this season to sustain a serious challenge for the title.center_img Arsenal show fight at lastAfter years of misery at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal finally showed some much-needed fighting spirit to earn a gritty 0-0 draw against 10-man Chelsea on Sunday. Arsene Wenger’s side had endured a series of humiliating losses in west London, beaten on their last five visits, but for once they were up to the task. Matching the Premier League champions tackle for tackle, the Gunners frustrated Chelsea so completely that Blues defender David Luiz lost his composure in the 87th minute. Launching into a crude two-footed lunge on Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac, the Brazilian earned a red card from referee Michael Oliver. The dismissal came too late to swing the balance of power in Arsenal’s favour, but at least the north Londoners departed with their confidence enhanced by a first clean-sheet at the Bridge since 2005. For Chelsea, a third red card in their last three matches with Arsenal added to the angst of a spluttering display.last_img read more

Restaurant denies children entry due to COVID-19

first_imgOne family told reporters at CBS12 that they drove from West Palm Beach only to be turned away:“He [employee] said CDC guidelines does not allow children in the restaurant,” said Maria Serrano “I was like, ‘What? Since when?’ He was like, ‘It’s on the door’.”Serrano also expressed her concern that the restaurant is falsifying information given by the CDC stating that it is a CDC standard not to allow children into restaurants:“I don’t even know where they got the $500 fine from, or even the CDC guidelines,” she said. “It’s not on there that says no children allowed in restaurants.”Another patron told the publication that though she knows one of the owners, she does not agree with the misinformation the restaurant has put out:“Can it be discrimination? I believe they can. You’re discriminating against an age group. That’s not legal,” she said. “What I can’t respect is a made-up rule that says CDC guidelines right above it. It’s falsifying information for me, and that’s the problem I have.”Lawyers for the restaurant released a statement saying the message has been misconstrued and that the privately owned restaurant is within their rights to go beyond the CDC guidelines to protect their staff:“Machu Picchu Restaurant’s first priority throughout this pandemic has always been, and continues to be, the health and safety of its valued customers and staff. For instance, Machu Picchu Restaurant not only requires masks to be worn inside the restaurant, but its staff gets tested for COVID-19 regularly, and cleaning stations and other measures have been implemented. While the guidelines themselves may not strictly require specific policies, Machu Picchu Restaurant is within its rights to go above and beyond the CDC guideline requirements and local ordinances in enacting safety measures for their private business. The sign has been misconstrued as stating what the guidelines are, when in fact the intention was to set forth particular policies that Machu Picchu Restaurant has in place for customer and staff health and safety during “phase 2,” which of course includes, but is not limited, to full CDC guideline compliance. Because Machu Picchu Restaurant has only limited indoor seating available, due to space constraints, reservations are required to ensure proper spacing of dine-in patrons and dine-in service is currently limited to adults wearing face masks. Machu Picchu Restaurant continues to encourage its customers to order food for pick up. Machu Picchu Restaurant looks forward to once again accommodating all guests as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.”The restaurant also stated that while access to their restaurant is currently limited, they encourage customers to use their pick-up and delivery options. Several parents are expressing their outage after a local restaurant recently made it apart of their policy to deny children entry into their establishment due to COVID-19.The Machu Picchu Restaurant posted signs on their windows with the rules stating that in conjunction with CDC guidelines they will strictly adhere to CDC guidelines:last_img read more

At The Finish Line… Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgV. Stiviano (Instagram)• And let’s do start with the truth. And this truth will set you free. Not only should Donald “Thomas Jefferson” Sterling be banned from the NBA for life, he should be banned from life for life. Here’s the rest of the top ten truth . . . the whole truth . . . so help me God:#1 The man’s racist behavior has been well documented for more than 20 years.#2 He’s been sued for his racist behavior for more than three million dollars.#3 David Stern, the former NBA Commissioner, had to know about him.#4 All” the other owners had to know.#5 His wife of 50 years had to know she was “sleeping with the enemy.”#6 Say what you want, but the man is a straight-up “pimp” . . . I’m paying you woman . . . I own you woman . . . Stay away from them blacks woman . . . you better bring me my money woman . . . ya’ll know!#7 Speaking of his women, aka V. Stiviano is about to get paid.#8 I don’t care how much money you have, you don’t want to die and leave a legacy of being that guy! Just ask Howard Hughes.#9 Yo pimp, you do know your woman is of Black and Mexican descent . . . ouch!#10 None of you want to say it so I’ll say it for ya. “You know Magic Johnson is hitting it man!!!”• I can’t tell you what happened to the Bulls and the Pacers, but I can tell you this, whatever they have, you don’t want to catch it?• Want to get that “Happy Feeling”? Then do just that. Go pull out Frankie Beverly and Maze and take a trip down memory lane to a better time happy feeling, joy and pain, Southern Girl, feel what ya feel. You know it doesn’t get any better than that.• Do – Not – Worry, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be okay. The rest of the league has caught up with them, that’s all. Give it time. They’ll get it done.• Let’s Go Pens, Let’s Go Pens, Let’s Go Pens . . . Fleury, Fleury, Fleury . . . that’s all I got, but don’t let my lack of on-ice skills fool ya. Most of my readers don’t have a clue either!• If you’re reading this Friday morning or early afternoon, you already know where you’re going to be tonight. That’s right. The Champions / Corvette Club / Turning Corners First Friday Old School Par-Tay at Brewstone’s Restaurant in Monroeville, 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., free parking, $10 at the door, cash bar, cash kitchen till 12:00 midnight and special guests Jennifer Bruce, B.B. Flenory and 4-time Super Bowl Champion, J.T. Thomas.• Pictured here are two heavyweights, but only one of them was Champion of the World. Can you guess which one? Well, while you’re trying to figure it out, consider this. . . the real champion started knocking people out at age sixteen, became and is still the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, was taking people out seemingly every two weeks and put fear in the hearts of grown men. Yeah, you guessed it, it’s the short guy on the right. “Iron Mike” Tyson. And his message today is all about the truth. “I’ve had a great run – I have no regrets – I had fun spending over 300 million dollars – Buster Douglas wanted it badder than I did – I’m drug and alcohol free for ten years – I did not rape that woman and she knows it – I’m promoting fights to help fighters have a better chance to succeed – and most importantly . . . young people, get your education and don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t be!!!< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Tournament of Roses winners

first_imgThe tournament may have happened on May, but it’s never too late to recognize the winners of the Tournament of Roses women’s golf event held at Granite Pointe. Which is why the staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to honour the group as Team of the Week. The winner’s picture includes, L-R, Cherie Baker and Lynn Young of Creston, Tournament of Roses sponsor Doug Stoddarts and Marlene Pozin and Paula Seibel of the host club. Baker and Young won low gross honours in the team event while the duo of Pozin and Seibel captured the low net title.last_img

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

first_imgD’AMATO HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SAN LUIS REYGAINES EYES BETTER SCENARIO FOR TEXAS RYANOADVANCE WAGERING FRIDAY ON DUBAI WORLD CUPSTEWART ELLIOTT RECEIVES WOOLF AWARD SUNDAY Jerry Hollendorfer12326192221%54%$1,701,389 Joseph Talamo15924162115%38%$822,023 ELLIOTT TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD SUNDAYVeteran jockey Stewart Elliott, who was named winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award on Feb. 24, will receive the prestigious trophy, which depicts the legendary George (The Iceman) Woolf, in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races at Santa Anita on Sunday.Established to honor the memory of Woolf, who died following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, the Woolf Award was first presented by Santa Anita in 1950 and this year marks the 68th anniversary of the honor that can only be won once.Voted on by jockeys nationwide, the Woolf Award seeks to recognize riders who have not only achieved a high degree of success in the saddle, but who have conducted both their personal and professional lives in a manner that brings credit to the sport of Thoroughbred racing and to them personally.Born in Toronto on March 11, 1965, Elliot celebrated his 52nd birthday on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 11. A strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott, best known for capturing the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Smarty Jones, has now amassed more than 4,700 career wins.One of five 2017 Woolf finalists, Elliott outpolled contemporaries Kerwin Clark, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens. Flavien Prat22852384323%58%$3,285,875 ADVANCE WAGERING FRIDAY ON SATURDAY’S DUBAI WORLD CUPOn Friday, there will be advance wagering on races three through nine on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup program. Early bird wagering opens at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with betting available on races seven through nine, the ninth race being the World Cup with an approximate post time of 9:45 a.m.Arrogate, trained by Bob Baffert, drew post position nine in a field of 14. Hoppertunity, also trained by Baffert, has post position 11. Tiago Pereira10712111711%37%$415,991 Vladimir Cerin51912918%59%$491,664 FINISH LINES: Agent Vince DeGregory reports fellow agent Joe Griffin resting at home and doing fine after recently undergoing open heart surgery. “He’s getting better,” DeGregory said . . . Santa Anita Simulcast host Megan Devine did a stellar job on the Night School podcast this past Tuesday night. Night School, which is produced by horseplayernow.com, can be accessed by hitting the following link: htts://www.horseplayernow.com/night-school.html . . . Santa Anita wagering ambassador Chris Ado and Ragozin Sheets guru Jon Hardoon will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday respectively, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mark Glatt769111112%41%$460,215 Kent Desormeaux14130171721%45%$1,706,151 TEXAS RYANO SET FOR SAN LUIS REYTexas Ryano finished sixth, beaten just 3 ½ lengths, in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes Feb. 4, his first race in nine weeks, but Carla Gaines doesn’t attribute the off-the-board finish to his absence.“I think he’ll move forward,” the trainer said of the six-year-old full horse owned bybreeder Warren Williamson. “But more than not racing for nine weeks, I think conditions of the race, the pace and other things, caused him not to run quite as well as we were hoping.“It wasn’t just the nine-week layoff. That wasn’t even a factor. That’s my take on it.”A son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, Texas Ryano won Del Mar’s Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at a mile and a half last Nov. 15. All 19 of his races have been on turf. William Spawr32114534%63%$347,000 Philip D’Amato8918121320%48%$1,191,840 Peter Eurton58116719%41%$600,402 Edwin Maldonado771291116%42%$372,616 John Sadler6010121217%57%$625,380 Santiago Gonzalez13113221710%40%$675,443 Rafael Bejarano13823232317%50%$1,656,326 Peter Miller9828221029%61%$1,378,586center_img Mike Smith561861432%68%$1,871,827 Bob Baffert601481023%53%$1,543,516 (Current Through Saturday, March 18) Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Pedroza11615212313%51%$699,512 D’AMATO ROLLS SAN LUIS REY DICE WITH LONGSHOTSPhil D’Amato sends out old timer Papacoolpapacool and new hand Syntax inSaturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes for four-year-olds and up at a mile and a half on turf.Tied for fourth in Santa Anita’s standings with 19 wins through Sunday, the trainer gives each an outside chance in the grassy marathon.“I’ve had Syntax about five months or so,” D’Amato said. “He’s a neat little horse and I’m still getting to know him. I think I’ve got two nice, live longshots in the race. I can see Syntax sitting mid-pack and coming with his run.”Bred in Ireland, Syntax is a five-year-old full horse formerly trained by Michael Dickinson before D’Amato ran him for the first time on Feb. 5, finishing third by a length in an overnight test at 1 1/8 miles on turf.Papacoolpapacool has run 15 times for D’Amato, winning four, including the restricted Pasadena and La Puente Stakes in 2015. The gelded son of Temple City has run 18 of his 20 career races on turf.“Papacool will be up close to the lead and try to get first run on the closers,” D’Amato said. “Both horses are doing really well and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do at a mile and a half.”On other fronts, D’Amato said Enola Gray came out of her smashing hillside turf course win in last Saturday’s Irish O’Brien Stakes in good fashion and it’s on to the Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes at a mile on grass April 8.“She came to the track Thursday morning and looked good,” D’Amato said of the California-bred daughter of Grazen owned and bred by Nick Alexander. “If she gives me a couple good breezes, that’s where we’ll run.Santa Anita Handicap runner-up Midnight Storm is “tentatively” set for the Grade I Met Mile on Belmont Stakes day, June 10, but D’Amato added,” there are a lot of options out there. He’ll probably breeze sometime next week, stretch his legs, and we’ll formulate a plan.“Tentatively, we have the Met Mile on our radar.”The San Luis Rey, the ninth and final race: Inordinate, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Power Foot, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Liam the Charmer, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Syntax, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Buster Douglas, Santiago Gonzalez, 30-1; Papacoolpapacool, Edwin Maldonado, 10-1; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 7-2; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Some in Tieme, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; and Site Read, Stewart Elliott, 30-1. J. Keith Desormeaux4494620%43%$509,505 Tyler Baze24743463017%48%$2,375,552 Doug O’Neill15018292112%45%$1,641,356 Corey Nakatani76138917%39%$806,207 Stewart Elliott15417162411%37%$827,993 Richard Baltas12522222018%51%$1,261,832 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Norberto Arroyo, Jr.10219111019%39%$841,556 Victor Espinoza62915715%50%$755,487 Jamie Theriot7497512%28%$440,570 Steven Miyadi60816613%50%$396,906 James M. Cassidy4588318%42%$427,091last_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Magic, Monday at 7:30 p.m.

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Monday at 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors look for their third straight victory when they face the Orlando Magic at Oracle.Thanks to improved scoring from stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, the Warriors (14-7) have turned things around since a four-game losing streak and seem back on track. Durant scored 44 and Thompson added 31 in Saturday’s entertaining 117-116 win over …last_img

Rocks Don’t Lie, But Liars Rock

first_imgA geologist, trying to be nice to religious people, not only deals fast and loose with rock, but rolls into circular reasoning.Geomorphologist David Montgomery believes science and religion can get along, as long as religion gives up any claim to epistemic truth about the world. His new book, The Rocks Don’t Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah’s Flood, was given friendly air time on Science Daily with no critique or rebuttal. The article makes it clear that Montgomery views science epistemically superior to the Bible at the outset: “The purpose is not to tweak people of faith but to remind everyone about the long history in the faith community of respecting what we can learn from observing the world,” he said. By drawing a contrast between himself and “people of faith” he denies the use of faith himself. By “observing the world,” he presumes “people of faith” are not accustomed to doing so. In short, if he can get “people of faith” to receive their revelation from geologists, he is willing to patronize them.The article informs the reader matter-of-factly that the earth really is millions of years old, there was no universal global flood (which is impossible, in Montgomery’s view), and the Noah’s Flood story got its start in Mesopotamian myths. This is nothing new, of course – skeptics have been claiming this for two centuries. Montgomery, though, tries to put forth a kinder, gentler kind of scientific superiority complex: he allows that religious myths might have gotten started with half-truths: e.g., global flood myths based in local floods. He even mentions some large local floods: a Tibetan flood, the Channeled Scablands of Washington, and islands that experienced devastating tsunamis. By acknowledging that evidence for a “folk tale might be reality based,” he tosses a few scraps from the science table to the religious puppies.In fact, one of his goals in writing the book was to improve scientific literacy among non-scientists. Example: “He noted that a 2001 National Science Foundation survey found that more than half of American adults didn’t realize that dinosaurs were extinct long before humans came along.” Another of his altruistic motives is “to coax readers to make sense of the world through both what they believe and through what they can see for themselves, and to keep an open mind to new ideas.” He said, “If you think you know everything, you’ll never learn anything.”Update 9/22/2012: Martin Rudwick, a historian of geology, reviewed the book on New Scientist. Rudwick, who is well aware of the “Scriptural geologists” that were prominent before Lyell, nevertheless wrote disparagingly of creationists, even giving a political jab at them to scare readers: “This book may not change the minds of any creationists, but with luck it may cause some of the undecided – of whom, in the US, there are alarmingly many – to pause before supporting claims that creationist ideas deserve ‘equal time’ in the public sphere.” He did not specify what public sphere; presumably he means public schools, otherwise his comment reeks of censorship in violation of the First Amendment. Rudwick misrepresents the fact that no creationists have sought equal time in public schools since the 1980s; now, Darwinians and their lawyers have made it difficult for Darwin skeptics (a much broader company) to get the lies and distortions out of textbooks, let alone give any alternative viewpoint any time at all. Rudwick also joined in the glittering generality that the Grand Canyon requires millions of years.Let’s take Dr. Montgomery at his word and see if he is willing to learn something and keep an open mind. Dr. Montgomery, do you have faith? Do you have faith in science? Do you have faith in your senses? Do you have faith in your ability to comprehend the world? Do you have faith in your interpretations of the evidence? Assuming your answer is yes, then you need to lump yourself into the Venn Diagram U labeled “people of faith.” Everybody has faith. Nobody knows everything. No human being alive today saw how the world came to be. We would classify you within U in a box called, “people of faith in scientism.”We can already hear the comeback: “but I’m a scientist. I go out and observe the world to learn from it. I keep an open mind.” Are you aware, sir, that creation geologists do that? Have you ever read the creation journals with their detailed analyses of specific rock records interpreted without the secular lens bequeathed by Lyell and other disciples of that quaint Victorian myth of Darwinism? It’s very easy and convenient for you to commit the glittering generalities and bandwagon fallacies by lumping Tibetan locals in the same camp with Bible scholars as “people of faith,” but you are not doing your job unless you take on the best of your opponents: the likes of Dr. Steven Austin, Dr. Andrew Snelling and others with PhDs’s in geology who hold to a Biblical world view.While talking to them, you might ask if they keep an open mind and admit they don’t know everything, provided you are willing to honestly answer that question yourself. You might consider admitting that your straw-man descriptions of a global flood are simplistic and wrong. Your ignorance of what creation geologists teach is matched by your ignorance of the Biblical record. According to the Flood account, it would have involved extensive ruptures of the earth’s crust, rapid plate movements, and a reworking of the continents from low relief to high mountains and deep ocean basins. These clearly would have caused catastrophic deposition and erosion, not a placid sea rising over post-Flood mountains as you described it. You might also consider the possibility that world-wide accounts of a flood are local memories of a true global Flood after all, not, as you have chosen to interpret, memories of local floods in their region. Creation geologists believe people took these memories around the world after the Tower of Babel. Over time the accounts became corrupted, while retaining a kernel of truth. Are you willing to consider that maybe the Mesopotamian flood accounts are corruptions of the Mosaic account? Have you read the scholarship on that?Speaking to our readers now, the question is not who has faith, but which faith is a better starting point for interpreting the world: the word of Someone who was there and told us what He did, or the word of believers in the secular religion of scientism who weren’t there and don’t know everything. David Montgomery’s interpretations are consistent with his world view: he looks at the world and sees millions of years. He commits circular reasoning: “I believe in millions of years, therefore when I look at the rocks, I see millions of years.” Example: He looked at the strata of the Grand Canyon. What did he see? “Hiking a trail from the floor of the Grand Canyon to its rim, Montgomery saw unmistakable evidence of the canyon being carved over millions of years by the flow of the Colorado River, not by a global flood several thousand years ago as some people still believe.” That’s because he is among other people who “still believe” in millions of years. He went looking for millions of years. Lo and behold, he found them in the missing layers: he found a billion missing years between the bedrock granite and the Tapeats Sandstone. He found 100 million missing years between the Muav and Temple Butte limestones. He found 10 million imaginary years between the Hermit and Coconino. There they were, right behind his eyeballs in his world view!What he didn’t see were the fault lines passing through the whole canyon from bottom to top, the twists and folds of strata (strata supposedly separated by millions of years) showing soft-sediment deformation as a unit, the evidence of high-velocity current flows in the Tapeats sandstone, the pancake-flat strata over thousands of square miles arguing against long ages, the billions of nautiloids buried in a single layer of Redwall limestone, the evidence of sheet erosion over the continent, the rapid downcutting of the canyon, and much more. He didn’t see them because he wasn’t looking for them. He was asking different questions, not “What evidence is there for catastrophic deposition and rapid erosion?” but “What do I see that comports with my chosen worldview?” The creation geologists see these evidences and write about them. So we need to ask Dr. Montgomery why his eyes are blind to contradictory evidence when he goes about observing the Grand Canyon. Doesn’t he know that even many secular geologists no longer believe the Colorado River carved the canyon, but instead use catastrophic flooding in their theories? What gives him, or any finite human being living 70-odd years in the 21st century, the right to state categorically that the Grand Canyon was not carved by a global flood?So, for Dr. Montgomery and the other patronizing positivists out there, along with Seance Daily and the rest of the lapdog media, we would like to open your eyes to evidence you are not seeing, and invite you to consider asking new questions. Do you recognize yourselves as “people of faith”? Do you recognize your particular faith as scientism? Do you recognize that a particular sect of your faith called secular geology requires a statement of faith in the doctrine of uniformitarianism? Are you aware of the many inconsistencies between your own faith and the evidence? Are you being honest with the history of your geology, that it has suffered numerous reversals of interpretation and falsifications since the days of Lyell? Is it possible that you are blinding yourselves to evidence supporting Creation and the Biblical Flood because of your prior commitment to millions of years? Are you willing to stop patronizing people who have good evidential reasons for disbelieving your interpretations of the evidence? Are you willing to stop insulting your opponents with the accusation of scientific illiteracy just because they do not agree with your belief that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago? Have you seriously considered the soft tissues in dinosaur bones, or evidence of people who saw dinosaurs and recorded their observations in words or pictures? If Noah’s Ark were to be found, would you be willing to abandon your position based on that evidence, or would you seek to explain it away within your faith position?Let’s stop, therefore, this nonsense about “people of faith.” Since the universe U of human beings is coextensive with the universe U of people of faith, it’s a redundant term. We should be asking, “Which faith?” Which people have reasonable faith? It’s not the size of the group that matters, but their evidence. (Trusting in the numbers of secular geologists, or their political clout, commits the bandwagon fallacy.) Who can support their faith with evidence and solid reasoning? Creation geologists do that routinely, because they examine the evidence from both worldviews as part of their normal practice. Secular geologists, by contrast, are blind to their faith, and so thoroughly ignore the creation position that they expose their illiteracy about both Biblical scholarship and creation geology. “People of faith” is hereby rendered a meaningless term. More useful terms might be people of fluff, and people of froth. In the Venn Diagram, those two categories often overlap.(Visited 91 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Intact Protein Remnants Found in Dinosaur Eggs

first_imgA new record for soft tissue in a dinosaur fossil was reported in Nature: collagen in dinosaur eggs from the early Jurassic.The Nature paper is all over the news, but not all the science reporters are mentioning the most damaging admission to long ages: the preservation of organic material in fossil sauropod eggs from China, said to be 190-197 million years old from the early Jurassic – 100 million years older than the previous record. The Nature paper by Reisz et al. states, “This discovery also provides the oldest evidence of in situ preservation of complex organic remains in a terrestrial vertebrate.” Here’s how Chris Palmer reported it in Nature News:But it is not just the age of the fossils that is notable, the researchers say. Spectroscopic analysis of bone-tissue samples from the Chinese nesting site revealed the oldest organic material ever seen in a terrestrial vertebrate. That was surprising because the fossilized femur bones were delicate and porous, which made them vulnerable to the corrosive effects of weathering and groundwater, says Reisz.“That suggests to us that other dinosaur fossils might have organic remains,” he says. “We just haven’t looked at them in the right ways.”The organic material is thought to be collagen. The researchers reported “organic residues, probably direct products of the decay of complex proteins, within both the fast-growing embryonic bone tissue and the margins of the vascular spaces.” They mentioned Schweitzer’s “controversial” reports of dinosaur soft tissue and corroborated them by their own methodology:The embryonic bones were also studied using synchrotron radiation-Fourier transform infrared (SR-FTIR) spectroscopy. In contrast to previous studies of organic residues based on extracts obtained by decalcifying samples of bone, our approach targeted particular tissues in situ (Fig. 5). This made it possible to detect the preservation of organic residues, probably direct products of the decay of complex proteins, within both the fast-growing embryonic bone tissue and the margins of the vascular spaces (Fig. 5a, b). This is indicated by the multiple amide peaks revealed by both infrared (1,500–1,700 cm−1 strong band from amide I and II, and 1,200–1,300 cm−1 weak band from amide III) and Raman spectroscopy (amide A peak at 3,264 cm−1) (Supplementary Figs 6.1 and 6.2). Previous reports of preserved dinosaur organic compounds, or ‘dinosaurian soft tissues’, have been controversial because it was difficult to rule out bacterial biofilms or some other form of contamination as a possible source of the organics. Our results clearly indicate the presence of both apatite and amide peaks within woven embryonic bone tissue (Fig. 5a), which should not be susceptible to microbial contamination or other post-mortem artefacts.References in that quote were to Schweitzer’s 2005 and 2007 papers. The Supplementary Material indicated that mathematical manipulation was necessary to see the amide peaks:The orginal FT-IR amides peaks from the organic residues of Dawa (Lufeng) embryonic limb bone were convoluted, and provided relatively little detailed information (Fig.5, main document), showing a big unresolved hump around 1600 cm-1. Deconvolution is a mathematically based process to reverse the effects of convolution on recorded data. The deconvoluted peaks shown above match well known secondary structures of protein. Thus, it can be concluded that complex proteins were preserved in our specimen.A table after this statement shows that they identified typical secondary structures of protein, such as alpha helices, beta sheets, and side chains – i.e., actual protein structures, not just amino acid “building blocks” of protein.Science Now said the researchers “suspect” the presence of organic remains, but maintained some caution on the grounds that it’s hard to rule out contamination. “Still, if the evidence holds up, the find could finally tip the scale in favor of soft tissue preservation,” the article said. The BBC News and New Scientist didn’t mention the organic remains, but Science Daily did, based on a press release from the University of Toronto where Robert Reisz works. He said, “To find remnants of proteins in the embryos is really remarkable, particularly since these specimens are over 100 million years older than other fossils containing similar organic material.” Live Science briefly mentioned the soft tissue, and added an Image Album about the story.National Geographic completely ignored the soft tissue evidence, but did add this detail: the eggshells were found crushed, and the bones were sorted and concentrated. Reisz presumes they were buried in a flood: “It became inundated, the embryos were smothered by sediment and water, and [they] basically rotted and fell apart,” he said. The original paper described what the site looked like: “completely disarticulated skeletal elements at various stages of embryonic development… with calcium carbonate nodules often surrounding tightly packed appendicular skeletal elements.” What does this imply? The paper continues,We interpret the bone bed as a para-autochthonous assemblage, formed by low-energy flooding and slow inundation of a colonial nesting site. The host sediment is a heavily bioturbated, massive siltstone, throughout which are dispersed isolated skeletal elements, eggshell fragments and the small, fossil-rich nodules of calcium carbonate. There are no preserved nest structures or uncrushed eggs.It would seem that vulnerable, porous bones buried underwater in silt subject to bioturbation would have difficulty preserving the dinosaurs’ protein parts for 197 million years. It would also seem that a low-energy local flood by a riverbank would not leave “massive siltstone” filled with bone fragments.Interesting that the Brits at BBC & New Scientist (as well as NG) ignored the most important part of the story, the soft tissue, as if trying to protect their national hero Charlie from embarrassment. The other articles simply assumed that soft tissue can last almost 200 million years! Why isn’t anyone seeing the obvious? Chris Palmer admitted that the eggs were “vulnerable to the corrosive effects of weathering and groundwater,” making it unbelievable that up to 197 million years passed without obliterating the proteins. Who are you going to believe, evolutionary scientists or your own eyes?Notice also that Reisz suggested soft tissue would likely be found in other dinosaur fossils. Why haven’t they all been looking? Evolutionary theory often dictates what scientists look for and what they expect to see. Thank goodness Reisz & team made an effort to find the protein signal, even if they didn’t dwell on the implications for geological dates. This is a hot topic for creation research. Unfortunately, when they try, they are often severely criticized for (1) poor technique or (2) agenda-driven bias (example to be forthcoming). As if those problems never occur in the secular world.Multiple reports now from different parts of the world are making a watertight case for soft tissue in dinosaur bones. Critics of the reports are not necessarily driven by respect for the evidence, but by fear of what it means to evolutionary geology, evolutionary dating and the whole evolution industry. (Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Producteev Launches API for Task Managing Apps

first_imgProducteev, the up-and-coming task management service which launched the newest version of its service earlier this month, just launched its first API. With this release, developers can now make use of Producteev’s scheduling back-end to create their own online, desktop and mobile front-ends for Producteev or integrate the service into their existing apps. The company is also launching a developer contest, with a cash prize of $2500 for the winning app and $1000 for the runner-up.According to Producteev’s CEO Ilan Abehassera, the company wants to enable the developer community to “build their dream task management app for whatever it is they are using today.” Producteev itself is already using the API in all of its tools, including the company’s iPhone app, IM clients and upcoming desktop applications. As we noted in our review of the latest version of Producteev last month, the service takes on a number of established task management services like Basecamp, Remember the Milk and popular mobile apps like Todo and Things. To use Producteev, users can use the company’s online interface, iPhone app or simply send a tagged email message to Producteev. The service is available in a free version for individuals and in various paid versions for teams.You can find our in-depth review of Producteev here. Screencast Producteev Two from Producteev.com on Vimeo. frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#news#web last_img read more

9 months agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder early Huddersfield contender

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd boss Wilder early Huddersfield contenderby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder is an early contender for the manager’s job at Huddersfield Town.David Wagner left the post by mutual consent on Monday night.The Daily Mail says Under-23s coach Mark Hudson will take charge for Sunday’s clash with Manchester City but is not expected to be offered the role full-time. Chief executive Julian Winter is known to be a fan of Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder but no approach has yet been made. Sam Allardyce, who played for Huddersfield, is not understood to be considering an application.While they acknowledge that the situation is grave, officials at the club retain an element of belief that they can stay in the Premier League and will be looking for a candidate who shares that view. last_img read more