National Geographic gave prominent press to last month’s theory of living dust (see 08/10/2007, bullet 1). Criticisms were mild; scientists were quoted who thought this claim raises interesting questions about the definition of life. Tsytovich’s ideas were described by Mihaly Horanyi (U of Colorado) as “amazing.” He said, “This is a very original, very intelligent paper that will trigger a lot of debate.”The article has the three typical hallmarks of evolutionary storytelling (see 12/22/2003):1. We don’t understand what we are looking at.2. It must have something to do with evolution.3. It therefore opens up our imaginations for more storytelling.You know that Darwinism is on its last legs when stories this stupid get good press. No religious myth could be sillier. They may as well claim a Lava Lamp is alive (09/07/2003). This is the quality of science news you get from reporters raised on Star Trek. Where is The Amazing Randi now? His crusade against pseudoscience knows no bounds when the subject is tainted by religious faith, but when the Darwinists trot out their incredibly dumb and unsubstantiated stories, he takes on the 3-monkey lotus position (02/20/2007). Then you catch him over there shmoozing with the culprits and telling them how wise and clever they are (02/20/2007). The new Darwin Party strategy seems to be to make evolutionary claims dumber and dumber, so that National Gee–a Gaffe [hic] and the other evo-hacks can claim, after the Darwin idol falls, “It should have been obvious we were only kidding. The joke is on you for taking us seriously.”(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Jwala Gutta is least concerned with the fact that she has dropped out of the top-10 in the mixed doubles rankings.She would rather give credit to herself for winning the women’s doubles gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and said that 2010 was the most memorable year of her career.”I know my ranking in mixed doubles has dropped but that is because I choose not to play tournaments after the Commonwealth Games. I was really tired and wanted a break. I am not worried about my rankings as what matters is performance.”If I perform well, I can certainly rise in rankings again. My performance is more important for me than rankings.” Jwala was in the Capital for the announcement of dates for the 75th Raghvendra Singh Memorial Senior National Badminton Championship to be held in Rohtak from January 3 to 10.The Commonwealth Games has helped not just shuttlers but the sports itself to gain popularity among the masses.Jwala said that the Games were a turning point in her career which helped her getting recognition and sponsors.”2010 was the best year of my career as I won the doubles gold at the Games which gave me a lot of recognition. I am approached by more sponsors and it has changed my life,” said Jwala.She has not made any New Year resolution but says she will be more focused in 2011.”Next year is an Olympic qualification year. I am focusing more on the Malaysian and Korean Super Series events as they are really important. I have taken sufficient break now so I am ready to play my best out there,” she said.advertisementJwala also said that her mixed doubles partner Valiyaveetil Diju is working hard on his fitness as they need to be really fit for next year’s tournaments.”Diju is working really hard on his fitness. I am also trying to get fully fit before I participate in the Super Series events. I am not thinking of changing my partner as I am a very loyal person and I would not just play a tournament if my partner is injured rather than changing him or her. Diju and I can play for another four years without any problems,” Jwala said.This is the first time that the Haryana Badminton Association is organising a senior level badminton tournament. The qualifying rounds will be played on the first two days with inter- zonal competition on January 5 and 6. The main rounds will be held from January 7 to 10.”I am happy to be a part of this tournament and hope to start the New Year with a good performance in the national championship. I am pleased with the kind of incentives for the players in the event and it is good that young players will get a chance to test their skills.There are many upcoming players and it is good that they will get good exposure here,” she said.Haryana Badminton Association president Devender Singh said that they will make the event a great success and will provide the best facilities to the players. ” This is the first time we are organising the national championship at the senior level. I can assure you that we will make it the best event and will provide the best facilities to the players. I have also sent a request to Saina Nehwal but we have no confirmation from her side. On January 10, we will felicitate Saina, Jwala, Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand to recognise their achievements in badminton,” Devender said.
Man Utd target Pochettino: I’m focused solely on Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has played down speculation he could replace Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday after two-and-a-half-years at the club, with Pochettino listed as a heavy favourite to join the Red Devils.”I think after nearly five years there are a lot of rumours that have happened in my position here, as manager of Tottenham,” said Pochettino.”I cannot answer this type of question. These type of rumours happen in this business, in football.”I always respect the opinion of everyone, whether people praise me, whether people do not agree with me, whether people say different things. The business we know very well.”A lot of rumours happen but it is not my business what happened at another club. I am so focused in trying to deliver my best job at this football club.”We have ahead of us a very busy run of fixtures, tomorrow we play another derby.”It is so important for us – the quarter-final of the cup and I think everyone understand I am focused on tomorrow and doing my best job.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa manager Smith wary of Norwichby Freddie Taylor21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa manager Dean Smith is wary of Norwich City and the threat they pose to his side.As two of the teams that were promoted last season, Villa and Norwich know that every point is vital in the Premier League.And a game between the two sides could be seen as a six pointer in the relegation battle.Smith wants to ensure his team are prepared to handle the attacking threat of Norwich.”Anybody who can beat Manchester City in this league is a team to be reckoned with and they’ve done that already at Carrow Road,” Smith said to reporters.”We know they’ve got firepower within their team and they are tough to play against. We had two tough games against them last season and came out on the wrong side of a 2-1 [defeat] both times.”But they won’t have played against this Aston Villa and some of my players won’t have played against them before.”It’s a game we are looking forward to and I’m sure it’s a game both sides will be looking at to get three points.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aaron Cresswell convinced by West Ham potentialby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Cresswell is convinced West Ham United can achieve something special with the current team.The fullback has extended his deal with the Irons until 2023, which could take the No3 up to nine years in Claret and Blue. He said, “Going back to the last year we had at the Boleyn, we had a good squad. But look at this squad, the depth, the players and the signings we are making. “We’ve got two players for each position so if someone gets injured there is always someone to step up. Certainly, in the time I’ve been here, it’s been the best squad I’ve been involved in.“We want something special to happen. Come the end of the season, whether we have a good cup run or finish as high as possible in the league, that’s what we’re aiming to do. We want to take each game as it is and try to take maximum points and play good football at the same time. “This year we’ve shown some brilliant results and played some brilliant football. Long may that continue.”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder McTominay reveals Williams advice: Like you’re in the park with mates!by Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScott McTominay handed Brandon Williams some valuable advice before the teenager’s Manchester United debut.19-year-old Williams was excellent in the goalless draw with AZ Alkmaar last week.”I thought he did brilliantly,” McTominay told MUTV.”I said to him before the game to just be himself and told him he had nothing to worry about.”I told him to go and play the game like it was a Reserves match or he was playing in the park with his mates… you don’t want to think too much about it, you just need to go out, express yourself, show what you can do and that’s what he did.”A fellow United academy graduate, McTominay exactly what Williams must do from here.He added: “He just needs to concentrate on how he’s performing on the pitch and listen to Ole and the coaches and I’m sure they’ll be pleased with him.”Obviously, we didn’t create as many chances as we hoped [against Alkmaar] but we still got a point away from home and didn’t concede again so they’re positives we can take.”And, of course, Brandon was a big, big plus and I’m very pleased for him. To have a game like that this early in his career is great.”
TORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $27 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.That means the jackpot for the next draw on Sept. 17 will be approximately $32 million.The Canadian Press