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Paul pledges to grab his CPL opportunity with both hands

first_imgPRIOR to the start of the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in 2013, former West Indies captain and batting legend Sir Vivian Richards believed the League would provide young cricketers an opportunity to display and hone their skills in a competitive environment.Richards had also said the tournament should give the young players an opportunity to assess their professional career.And over the years the tournament has definitely proved to be the gateway for a numbers of young professionals, not only in the Caribbean, but also in most cricket playing nations.This year’s fifth edition will commence on August 4, and, as usual will be no different, with a number of young players having the opportunity to further enhance their cricketing career.One such player will be the talented Guyanese all-rounder, Keemo Paul.The former West Indies Under-19 player has been selected as a replacement for Shimron Hetmyer ahead of this year’s CPL tournament, according to the management of the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) on Wednesday.Hetmyer, who was initially selected by the Guyana Amazon Warriors as the West Indies Youth Player will be on West Indies Senior Team duties hence Paul has been chosen as his replacement.Speaking with Chronicle Sport yesterday, the 19-year-old said he is eager to grab the opportunity with both hands, adding that his main aim is to learn as much as possible.“Definitely I am overwhelmed, but at the same time humble at the opportunity given,” the first-class player pointed out.He added, “I’m looking forward to the opportunity since it will definitely be a challenge, but having said that, I just want to make it count”.Sir Vivian RichardsPaul was a part of previous training camps with the Warriors, but this time around he is eager to learn as much from the international players.“I was a part of previous training camp, but this time I will be more with the squad, so I want to learn as much as possible, especially from the international players,” he said.Paul who was Hetmyer’s deputy when the West Indies Under-19 team won the Youth World Cup in 2016, made his List A debut in January 2015 playing for the West Indies Under-19s in Tobago.In March this year, the 19-year-old right-handed all-rounder’s First Class debut was overshadowed by injury at the Queen’s Park Oval but came back with a tournament-winning six-wicket haul at Providence for the Guyana Jaguars.Meanwhile, the Warriors’ first step to winning their maiden CPL title will begin on July 26 when the official training camp gets underway.The South American-based franchise have been one of the most consistent sides since the tournament’s inception, reaching the finals in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2015, the Guyana Amazon Warriors reached the semifinals phase.The Guyana leg of the tournament will see the Warriors clash with the defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs on August 17, followed by Trinbago Knight Riders on the 19th.The three-time runners-up Warriors will then oppose Barbados Tridents the following day, after which they will play St Lucia Stars on the 22nd.last_img read more

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Museveni gives Uganda Cranes Sh3.7 billion reward

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Museveni promised more support for sports when the resources allow.Moses Magogo, the President Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA thanked the president for the support he gave to the team.   He also said he was proud of the team since they were in position to reach the knock out stages.Magogo noted that the players put in a lot since a lot of teams including giants dropped out in the initial stages. Museveni with the Cranes contingent. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAEntebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Museveni has given Uganda Cranes a sh3.7 billion ($1million) reward for their performance at the ongoing Africa Nations Cup finals.The team returned today from Cairo, where they were knocked out at the Last-16 stage by Senegal. This is the first time the team gets to the knock-out stage since 1978.President Museveni congratulated the team, saying they had achieved a lot  despite dropping off in the knockout stages. He emphasized the importance of sports, saying that in addition to entertaining and improving one’s health, it also generates income and builds one’s character.He also noted the limited budgetary support to sports by government, saying the country is still struggling with basics like security, public infrastructure, roads, electricity and piped water.last_img read more

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Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione removed from position

first_imgFort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione has been removed from his position as the head of the department.Maglione has served as the police chief since 2016, when he served as the interim chief, before officially taking on the job in 2017.Karen Dietrich will serve as the interim chief for the time being.Maglione will stay on with the department in an unspecified role.last_img

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Saints plan to snub bids for Shaw

first_imgSouthampton intend to reject any offers for their highly-rated 16-year-old left-back Luke Shaw, according to the Press Association.West London Sport reported on Monday that Chelsea are set to table a formal bid for Shaw in an attempt to beat Manchester City to his signature.A number of top clubs have been tracking Shaw and Chelsea’s interest became clear during the January transfer window.Southampton insisted then that they did not want to sell the youngster, who has made one senior appearance for the newly promoted club.But with champions City believed to be waiting to pounce, Chelsea are ready to make their move and plan to offer an initial fee of around £4m.Shaw, who turns 17 later this month, was born in Kingston-upon-Thames and has been on Southampton’s books since the age of eight.Arsenal are thought to be interested as well, but Southampton seem determined to snub any approach for him.See also: Chelsea to table bid for Saints prospectFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Evolution in Person

first_imgFor a blind watchmaker, Evolution is quite the seer.  Science articles often personify Evolution into a wizard and worker of miracles.  This is odd, considering that evolution is supposed to be an aimless, purposeless process of chance and necessity with no goals in mind.Evolution, the Learner:  Evolution learns from past environments, we are told by Science Daily.  Scientists at the Weizmann Institute believe that evolution learns its lessons so well it can parry them into inventions by digging into its bag of mistakes.  The article states nonchalantly, “evolution can learn the rules of the environment and develop organisms that can readily generate novel useful traits with only a few mutations.”    The scientists admitted, however, that “The ability to generate novelty is one of the main mysteries in evolutionary theory.”  They came up with an idea of “facilitated variation” that supposedly brings useful inventions out of random changes.  At this point, though, their metaphor switched from evolution being the learner to the organism being the learner.  “They proposed that organisms can learn how previous environments changed, and then use this information for their evolutionary advantage in the future,” they said.  “For example, if the available seeds tended to vary in size and hardness along history, then bird species might have learned to develop beaks with an easily tunable size and strength.”  It got a little confusing: who’s doing the learning and inventing by chance?    Computer software came to the rescue.  The scientists sprinkled “computational organisms” into an environment that changed randomly and one that changed systematically.  “The organisms evolved under varying environments stored information about their history in their genome and developed a special modular design.”  It was still not clear who earned the prize for the inventions: Evolution or the organism.  They felt confident, though, that their work will “bring us another step forward towards understanding how the ability to generate useful novelties evolve [sic].”Evolution, the aged sage:  Evolution’s got wrinkles.  This can only mean that it has grown wiser with experience through its many years of inventing.  “Evolution’s new wrinkle: Proteins with cruise control provide new perspective,” began an article on PhysOrg.  This article, though, spread the personification around even more.  Evolution, the organism, proteins, species and nature all were described in personal terms.  Princeton biologists elaborated on a suggestion by Alfred Russell Wallace in 1858 that species can put a “governor” on their own engine of evolution that can “steer the process of evolution toward improved fitness.”  Their joy at this insight knew no bounds: “The data just jumps off the page and implies we all have this wonderful piece of machinery inside that’s responding optimally to evolutionary pressure.”    Part of their support for this idea came from a realization that must be disturbing to traditional Darwinists: “Standard evolutionary theory offered no clues” about the “underlying cause for this self-correcting behavior in the observed protein chains.”  Personifying proteins helped overcome this difficulty: “proteins had developed a self-regulating mechanism, analogous to a car’s cruise control or a home’s thermostat, allowing them to fine-tune and control their subsequent evolution,” they said.  Developing a control mechanism might seem the opposite of chance, but the purposeful language is justified, they felt, appealing to Wallace contra Darwin for authority: “Unlike Darwin, Wallace conjectured that species themselves may develop the capacity to respond optimally to evolutionary stresses,” the press release states.  Some might be surprised that after 149 years of detailed evolutionary research, “Until this work, evidence for the conjecture was lacking.”    Are they overthrowing Darwin, then?  Certainly not: “Such principles are fully consistent with the principles of natural selection,” they said.  “Biological change is always driven by random mutation and selection, but” – and here is where personification enters the picture again – “at certain pivotal junctures in evolutionary history, such random processes can create structures capable of steering subsequent evolution toward greater sophistication and complexity.”These two articles have a couple of things in common that are illustrated in the following quote from the second article:“The discovery answers an age-old question that has puzzled biologists since the time of Darwin: How can organisms be so exquisitely complex, if evolution is completely random, operating like a ‘blind watchmaker’?” said [Raj] Chakrabarti, an associate research scholar in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton.  “Our new theory extends Darwin’s model, demonstrating how organisms can subtly direct aspects of their own evolution to create order out of randomness.”One commonality in the two articles was the attempt to insert direction into evolutionary theory, so that it does not wander about aimlessly, but is able to make progress toward “greater sophistication and complexity.”  The other was to admit that standard evolutionary theory has been inadequate to explain the origin of novelty.The second article contains this incredible piece of absolute balderdash:The scientists do not know how the cellular machinery guiding this process may have originated, but they emphatically said it does not buttress the case for intelligent design, a controversial notion that posits the existence of a creator responsible for complexity in nature.Darwinist arrogance knows no limits.  They not only define ID wrong, setting up a straw man to knock down, they hide their ignorance behind emphatic bluster.    If you took the personification fallacy out of both these articles, the claims would collapse like a paper tower without scaffolding.  If you rapped the knuckles of these scientists every time they applied personal terms and ideas like steering, goal-directed behavior, learning and control to inanimate objects, they would have nubs instead of hands by now.    Natural selection has become a “Designer substitute.”  It may not be God anymore, but it retains many of His attributes.  No one can be a consistent materialist.  That is why Evolution is really a re-packaged form of pantheism – an “age-old” religion that should not receive preferred status in science or education.Exercise:  Re-write the two articles, but purge them of all personal and teleological language.  Can they stand on their own?  If they seem to, inspect the revised articles again.  Make sure you didn’t omit any subtle references to personality, purpose, or planning.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Spring tips for managing SCN

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseSoybean cyst nematode (SCN) continues to rob soybeans of yield and numbers are climbing in some Ohio fields.Ohio State University Extension plant pathologists received soil samples from 238 Ohio fields for SCN testing in 2018. Of those samples, 37.4% had none, 24.4% were at trace levels, another 24.4% had low levels of 200 to 2,000 SCN eggs per 100 cubic centimeters (cc) of soil, 9.2% had moderate populations of 2,000 to 5,000 eggs per 100 cc of soil, and 4.6% had high levels over 5,000. The highest counts found to date are approximately 15,000 eggs per 100 cc of soil.“There are fields throughout the Midwest where not only are SCN numbers creeping up to economic levels but also the reproduction factor, which is the ability to reproduce on the one source of resistance (PI 88788) is also creeping up,” said Anne Dorrance, Ohio State University plant pathologist. “The good news is that adaptation to the PI 88788 type of resistance towards SCN in soybean is going to be slow — but it is happening in a couple of fields in Ohio where the number of cysts are up to 27% of the susceptible check.”Dorrance said there was quite a bit of discussion at the recent Commodity Classic concerning SCN in the Midwest. This discussion included the recent acquisition of BASF-developed Trunemco seed treatment by an Australian-based company called Nufarm. Trunemco features combination of microorganisms and biochemicals to defend against a broad spectrum of damaging nematode species, including SCN in soybeans. The use weight of 0.3 fluid ounces per hundredweight of seed allows ample flexibility for user safety and use in combination with other seed treatments as well. Trunemco will be available for the 2020 planting season pending regulatory approval.“Nematodes are an unseen pest that cause a tremendous amount of damage annually. It is estimated that upwards of $10 billion is the result of the yield loss attributed to nematodes and more than $1 billion of that is attributed to SCN alone,” said Brandon Scott with Nufarm. “Trunemco primes plant physiology and actually activates natural nematode barriers that optimize that protection. We also have two modes of action with Trunemco that provide a dual defense inside and out of the plant. At the end of the day it is all about that optimum level of protection. By having that leading level of protection it helps that plant thrive, delivering those higher yields.”Spring is still a good time to sample fields for SCN to get a better handle on the populations in fields, Dorrance said.“Once the samples are processed, those with more than 500 eggs per 100 cc are then added to the pipeline to evaluate for which source of resistance is effective towards that population: PI 88788 or Peking,” Dorrance said. “This will help first, the farmer to know what type of seed to buy and second, companies to make decisions on what type of SCN resistant trait to target for Ohio soils.  So help us have the best data set in the U.S. by sampling today.”Dorrance suggests the following steps to find appropriate sample locations:Review the yield maps and target those areas of the field where yields were low and you can’t explain why — no flooding or weed outbreak.Target fields with heavy purple dead nettle or other winter annuals that can SCN can reproduce on, especially during a warm winter.Target fields that are planted continuously to soybean or those where rotations are rare. Don’t forget double-crop situations in these fields. For full season soybeans, we can have three to four life cycles per growing season depending on where your fields are in the state, with double-crop soybean, there is time for at least two life cycles, thus almost negating the effect of planting a non-host, where the populations can drop by 50%.For more on sampling procedures for SCN see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQgg-UPQdcs&feature=youtu.beFor more information on SCN in Ohio visit: u.osu.edu/osusoybeandisease/, cropprotectionnetwork.org/ and thescncoalition.com/.last_img read more

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Texas school district apologizes for slurs during broadcast

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA ARLINGTON, Texas — A Texas school district apologized Friday after a high school football broadcaster repeatedly used a racial slur when referring to African-American players on the opposing team.The Cleburne Independent School District apologized for online audio comments made last week in a matchup between Cleburne High School and Seguin High School in Arlington, according to Leslie Johnston, spokeswoman for the Arlington Independent School District. Seguin is in Arlington, while the other school is in Cleburne, a city just south of Fort Worth.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Porzingis scores 30, Knicks beat Nets for 1st win Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:26Albayalde lukewarm on SOGIE bill: Bald folks need protection vs discrimination, too01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Magers noted the site isn’t affiliated with the school district and said its operators have apologized.Johnston and Magers identified the broadcaster as Mark Banton. He acknowledged to the Star-Telegram that he was one of the broadcasters who covered the football game, but he said he had “nothing to say” about the comments. The game was broadcast by an online site that covers Cleburne High School contests but isn’t affiliated with the school district, school officials said.Cleburne officials told Arlington administrators that the broadcaster will no longer call games, Johnston said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We support that decision,” Johnston said in an email, adding that the schools believe “this is not a time for divisiveness, and we appreciate CISD taking steps to promote unity and good sportsmanship.”The broadcaster referred to the Seguin players as the “cougroes,” an apparent conflation of the school mascot Cougar and the word “Negro.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH More than a third of the Seguin student body is African-American, while about 3 percent of students at Cleburne High School are black, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.The same broadcaster also invoked a weight-loss program in joking about a Seguin cheerleader, saying at one point: “Jenny Craig has … a lot of work to do with her.”Johnston said in an earlier statement that, “We do not condone such boorish behavior.”A spokeswoman for Cleburne schools, Lisa Magers, said the district began investigating shortly after the game.“Cleburne ISD does not condone unacceptable, unprofessional, unethical comments,” she said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Aces pull away in 2nd half, derail Dyip

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alaska went on a blistering run in the third quarter to beat Columbian, 111-98, at the start of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Simon Enciso led a 22-2 surge by the Aces that turned an eight-point deficit to a 70-58 advantage with 5:59 remaining in the third quarter to cruise to victory from that point on.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess FIVB World Tour Boracay Open to test mettle of SEA Games aspirants Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Kyle Barone posted 30 points and 22 rebounds in his PBA debut to pace Columbian, which shot just 12-of-23 from the free throw line.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s always good to start off with the win. This game was really important for us,” Alaska head coach Alex Compton told reporters.“I don’t know the exact stats yet, but I thought generally, our guards really stepped up in the second half. Simon got going and made some 3s, moved the ball well. JVee (Casio) did a great job of running team. Chris (Banchero) came in and went on a huge scoring run,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEnciso scored 11 of his 19 points in the pivotal run, where he sank three triples, while Chris Banchero had 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field in 19 minutes off the bench.Chris Daniels, the oldest import this conference, led Alaska with 25 points and 16 rebounds. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES 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 View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Defeat won’t knock these players off their stride

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Defeat won’t knock these players off their strideby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists defeat at Manchester City won’t knock them off their stride.Last night’s result sees their lead at the top of the table cut to four points.But Klopp says, “I have so much faith in my players you can’t imagine. If somebody would have told me after both games against Manchester City we are four points up, I would’ve paid money for it like you wouldn’t believe. “For us it is really important we take it game by game because there is no other chance. If we would have won the title five times in the last 10 years then we go 100 per cent, but we don’t have the experience in that. Why should we behave like somebody who won it all the time? It’s true that we didn’t win it for a long time, the club didn’t and we never won it as a team, that’s how it is. “We want to finish the season as good as possible and that’s our right, we can do that. We are still in a pretty good position so it’s all fine for us. Not in the moment, it feels really bad, but it’s only the moment. Tomorrow morning we wake up, it feels still average and then we have the opportunity to work on it and prepare for the next game and that’s what we will 100 per cent do. That’s all.” last_img read more

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