Young Chelsea XI beaten by Arsenal

first_imgChelsea’s reserves were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal at Cobham on Monday afternoon.Chucks Aneke scored first for the Gunners, who doubled their lead when Hector Bellerin’s effort was adjudged to have crossed the line.Lucas Piazon had a decent chance for Chelsea but headed over. He later forced an excellent save from keeper Damian Martinez.Arsenal would have added a third but for Nathaniel Chalobah’s late goal-line clearance.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Be-WAIR of Clawed Birds

first_imgEvolutionists have not come up with a better theory for bird flight than a silly hypothesis concocted 16 years ago.Are Enantiornithines Pre-Birds?Fossils of extinct birds called enantiornithines (“other birds”) have generated enormous discussion and confusion about the history of birds and, especially, how flight originated. Enantiornithines had claws on their wings and teeth in their beakless mouths, but apparently could fly well (at least some of them, depending on who classifies what). Evolutionists consider them missing links on the way from “feathered theropods” to modern birds. Creationists argue that the entire fossil record shows much more diversity of animal life than we have today. Some of the fossils dubbed “feathered dinosaurs” that were unable to fly, they argue, could be secondarily flightless descendants of flying birds. Ostriches, emus, cassowaries, penguins, recently depleted moas, and the extinct “terror birds” provide plenty of examples of successful birds that are not evolving toward flight. Other flightless birds like the flightless cormorant of the Galapagos and perhaps the kiwi of New Zealand appear to have “devolved” from flying birds more recently. It’s much easier to lose a trait than to gain it, Michael Behe argues in his newest book, Darwin Devolves.Darwin’s HurdlesFor evolutionists to explain flight, they need to see progress from the ground or from elevated places like trees to get from terrestrial limbs to true, powered flight. They need all the accessory equipment (including brain software, lighter bones, streamlined bodies and much more) to appear simultaneously and independently. All this, furthermore, must arrive by natural selection of mistakes – not intelligent design. And that’s not their only set of worries. They need to explain powered flight four times independently: in insects, pterosaurs (reptiles), birds and bats (mammals).Where Did WAIR Come From?In the case of birds, one evolutionist concocted a story that, when it first came out in 2003, we critically analyzed as – well, to put it bluntly, stupid. Ken Dial, a Montana DODO (see Darwin Dictionary), used living partridge chicks to build his story, which he gave the fancy name WAIR: “wing assisted incline running.” He got chukar partridge chicks to run up inclined ramps and noticed that they stuck out their arms. He speculated that, once upon a time, a dinosaur stuck out its arms running uphill from predators. Presto: The evolution of flight! A key step on the origin of wings had been demonstrated!The problems with this hypothesis are legion. Not only is it Lamarckian, but the birds he used were already programmed to fly and are born with all the flight equipment necessary to take off with flapping flight a short time after hatching. They stick out their wing bones because, being programmed to fly, that is what they will be doing after gaining a little more weight and maturing into adults. Did Montana evolutionist Ken Dial identify a germline mutation that made a dinosaur stick out its forelimbs? No. Did he identify a gene that got selected? No. Did he watch a dinosaur lift its arms and try to fly? Obviously not. He did nothing but invent a silly story that, at best, could only represent a tiny step in a much bigger challenge (see the helicopter analogy in 2/13/2013 commentary). But since it was an evolutionary story, he became famous. Almost all the other evolutionists leapt to WAIR like a man excitedly flapping his arms. To this day, WAIR is the best story they have going (see “Best-in-Field Fallacy” in the Baloney Detector). It seems to have escaped today’s evolutionists that WAIR has since been falsified. (19 July 2016).Adult hoatzin from Peru (Credit: Carin06, Flickr)Enter the HoatzinThe hoatzin is a bird with claws on its wings in the juvenile stages. Creationists have long argued that the presence of claws is not evidence of evolution from dinosaurs to birds. One can almost hear Duane Gish quipping, ‘Some birds have claws, and some don’t. Some birds had teeth, and some don’t. Some people have teeth, and some don’t.’ Many extinct birds had wing claws. The hoatzin proves that the presence of claws on wings does not provide evidence for evolution.How Wings Lost Their Claws (Science). Science Magazine this week tried to drag the hoatzin back into Ken Dial’s WAIR tale.As birds evolved, most lost the claws that characterize the wings of Archaeopteryx, a dinosaur from the evolutionary transition point between nonavian and avian dinosaurs. Curiously, hatchlings of the hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) have similar claws on their wings but lose them by adulthood. Abourachid et al. observed the swimming and climbing movements of four fledgling hoatzins. While swimming, the chicks exhibited a synchronized motion of their wings like that of modern birds. However, the chicks climbed with the help of their claws using an alternating motion. This seeming reappearance of an ancient trait suggests greater plasticity in bird evolution than previously thought.The paper they cite in Science Advances, sure enough, resurrects the WAIR just-so story. In “Hoatzin nestling locomotion: Acquisition of quadrupedal limb coordination in birds,” Abourachid et al say,Juvenile extant birds may provide key insights into our understanding of the evolutionary and functional transformations that took place toward the evolution of modern birds. Before they are capable of active flight, most juveniles flap their wings in the context of wing-assisted incline running (WAIR) to move up steep slopes. During WAIR, the wings generate aerodynamic forces that help the animal ascend obstacles. As the synchronous wing coordination observed during flying and WAIR is shared by many birds across the majority of clades, it is likely basal for the group.The non-sequitur here is obvious. WAIR has nothing to do with dinosaurs evolving into birds. Why must this be labeled “evolutionary,” anyway? Little birds hold out their forelimbs while running, as stated before, because they are already programmed to fly. Where’s the evolution? The high perhapsimaybecouldness index in this statement disqualifies it as science. The authors make a big deal of alternating vs synchronized limb motions in living birds. What does that possibly have to do with dinosaurs evolving flight? Observe the power of suggestion using Jargonwocky to obfuscate the naked speculation going on:Our results thus suggest the existence of a larger locomotor repertoire in transitional forms likely including both WAIR wing flapping and quadrupedal limb coordination during climbing allowed by the presence of claws on wings.In plain English, living hoatzin chicks are ambidextrous. They come equipped with highly-coordinated limb movements. That’s the science, folks. Evolution has nothing to do with it.WAIR theory is Shakespearean in its ponderous, eloquent intensity. But the play is “Much Ado About Nothing.” (Visited 387 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Intel acquires driver assistance firm Mobileye for $15 billion

first_imgTags:#AI#artificial intelligence#autonomous cars#driver assistance#Intel#Mobileye#Self-Driving Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts David Currycenter_img Chip giant Intel announced on Monday that it has acquired Mobileye for $15.3 billion, in an effort to remain a dominant player in the self-driving industry.Mobileye is one of the largest providers of driver assistance and collision prevention systems. It also started work on a camera, radar, and sensor system for self-driving vehicles, in cooperation with global auto-parts supplier Delphi.See Also: Ford spends billions to meet ambitious self-driving goalIntel will move its automotive headquarters to Israel, where Mobileye is based.“This acquisition is a great step forward for our shareholders, the automotive industry and consumers,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO, in a statement. “Intel provides critical foundational technologies for autonomous driving including plotting the car’s path and making real-time driving decisions. Mobileye brings the industry’s best automotive-grade computer vision and strong momentum with automakers and suppliers. Together, we can accelerate the future of autonomous driving with improved performance in a cloud-to-car solution at a lower cost for automakers.”The two companies have already partnered with BMW to build the iNext, the automaker’s first self-driving vehicle. It is expected to launch in 2021, Intel will fit the processing power and Mobileye will supply all of the sensors and software.“We expect the growth towards autonomous driving to be transformative. It will provide consumers with safer, more flexible, and less costly transportation options, and provide incremental business model opportunities for our automaker customers,” Ziv Aviram, Mobileye co-founder, president and CEO, added.It is the largest Israeli tech acquisition ever, almost fifteen times larger than Google’s acquisition of Waze for $1.1 billion. Intel expects a $70 billion opportunity in the vehicle systems, data, and services market. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

I never think about records: Tendulkar

first_imgSachin Tendulkar has always stressed that he never plays for records and it was no different when the media asked him to describe his feelings after completing the historic milestone of 50 Test centuries.”I never think about records. I love to focus on preparation and trying to give more than 100 percent on the field. I love to play. Try and keep improving. If I would have been chasing records, I would not have opted out of few ODIs.I believe in producing quality cricket whenever I step on the cricket field.About this particular knock, Sachin said,”Scoring in situation like this gives one immense pleasure. All of us know that how the wicket behaved on the first day of the match. I don’t want to give any excuse but wicket was different only on the 1st day.”It was extremely important to bat well in the 2nd innings. It was even more important to send loud and clear message that we can fight back strongly. I think we have done that.”However, the legend feels that his knock of 136 vs Pakistan in Chennai (1999) was the most difficult knock of his career.”I think my knock of 136 against Pakistan at Chennai was toughest. Wicket was really deteriorating and quality of bowling attack was outstanding.”Sachin also attributed his good show to the bat he has been using for almost one year.”God has been kind to me. Yes, this bat has given amazing service to me. Normally, a bat doesn’t last that long. You may get one bad awkward ball which keeps low and bat gets broken in the toe.advertisement”I have been lucky as far as this bat is concerned. I know that this bat is not in best of condition as I am using it for so long. I have few bats absolutely ready for match.But the moment, I pick up this bat, I feel that no one can get me out,” Sachin said with broad smile on his face.For the record, Sachin has scored 12 hundreds with this bat including first ever ODI double century.About the state of the match, Sachin said, “I won’t rule out possibility of us saving this Test match.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Greek-American Mike Moustakas Breaks Royals’ HR Record in 15-5 Rout of Jays (Video)

first_imgTORONTO (AP) — With his first home run in almost three weeks, Mike Moustakas bid Steve Balboni “Bye Bye” from his place in the Kansas City Royals’ record book.Moustakas hit his 37th home run of the season, breaking Balboni’s 1985 record, Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield also connected and the Royals routed the Toronto Blue Jays 15-5 on Wednesday night.A record 13 different Kansas City players had at least one hit as the Royals collected 18 in total.Moustakas went 3 for 4 and came within a triple of hitting for the cycle. He eclipsed “Bye Bye” Balboni’s mark with a solo blast to right off Carlos Ramirez in the sixth, his first homer since Sept. 1 at Minnesota.Steve Balboni has a special message for the new #Royals home run champion. #RaisedRoyal— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) September 21, 2017“It was a good feeling to see it go over the wall and kind of get that one off my chest,” Moustakas said.Just as good was the reception Moustakas got when he returned to the Royals dugout.“It was pretty special to be able to hit that and then come in and share that with all my teammates, all the guys I’ve spent 10-plus years with,” Moustakas said. “It’s definitely an awesome feeling and something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life.”Royals manager Ned Yost praised Moustakas for his “great accomplishment.”“It’s been 32 years, I think, if my math is right,” Yost said. “That means that there obviously has been some major degree of difficulty in doing it.”Merrifield also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs as the Royals snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the second time in their past seven.Kansas City came within a run of matching its season high. The Royals scored 16 against Detroit twice within a seven-day span in late July.“They came out swinging and they didn’t miss,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.Toronto has allowed 15 or more runs four times this season, matching their total from the previous six seasons combined.Rookie right-hander Jakob Junis (8-2) allowed four runs, two earned, in 6 1/3 innings, improving to 5-0 with a 2.42 ERA over his past eight starts.“We were able to get some good runs early for him, like we’re supposed to, and he did the rest,” Moustakas saidLeading 1-0, the Royals exploded for eight runs and seven hits in the second, chasing Blue Jays left-hander Brett Anderson and sending 12 batters to the plate. Alcides Escobar had a two-run single, Merrifield hit an RBI single, Eric Hosmer ended Anderson’s night with a two-run double, and Perez greeted reliever Luis Santos with his 26th home run, a two-run drive to left.Anderson (3-4) left his previous start at Minnesota in the fifth after being bothered by a blister on his index finger. Against the Royals, he allowed eight runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings. Anderson was caught by TV cameras ripping his cap apart as he sat in the dugout after coming out of the game.“I think there’s parts of it left in the dugout if you guys want some souvenirs,” Anderson quipped.Kansas City added four more against Ramirez in the sixth, snapping the rookie’s streak of 47 2/3 scoreless innings in the minors and majors. A converted outfielder, Ramirez had pitched 10 shutout innings to begin his big league career.“It’s a heck of a feat,” Gibbons said. “He’s got something. He’s really shown us a lot.”Merrifield ended the streak with a leadoff homer, his 18th, Cabrera hit an RBI double, Perez drove in a run with a groundout and Moustakas added a two-out homer.Raffy Lopez homered in the ninth for the Blue Jays.ESTRADA SIGNS FOR 2018RHP Marco Estrada signed a one-year, $13 million deal to remain with Toronto in 2018. Estrada is 9-8 with a 4.84 ERA in 31 starts this season, his third with the Blue Jays.FULL HOUSEWith a crowd of 33,050, the Blue Jays became the first AL team to break the 3 million mark in attendance this season. It’s the second year in a row and seventh time overall that Toronto has drawn 3 million.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: Perez took a foul ball off his left elbow in the bottom of the seventh. Perez finished the inning but was replaced by pinch hitter Drew Butera in the eighth.UP NEXTRoyals: LHP Jason Vargas (16-10, 4.19) pitched five innings to beat the Indians in his previous start as Kansas City snapped Cleveland’s 22-game winning streak.Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (9-10, 3.76) is 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three September starts.IAN HARRISON, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Captain Rohit Sharma emulates Virat Kohli as India hammer New Zealand in Auckland

first_img2nd T20I Brief Score – India (162/3) beat New Zealand (158/8) by 7 wickets to level the three-match series. Rohit 50, Pant 40 not out. Full ScorecardIndia’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma is now joint second on the list of India captains with most wins in T20I cricket. After India’s seven-wicket win over New Zealand in Auckland on Friday, Rohit has 12 wins from just 14 matches while Virat Kohli has 12 wins under his belt in 20 matches.World T20-winning former skipper, MS Dhoni is on top of the chart with 41 wins from 72 matches.Meanwhile, Rohit also has the most number of wins (12) alongside Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed and former Australia captain Michael Clarke in the first 14 matches as captain. Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik and Afghanistan’s Ashgar Stanikzai had 11 wins from 14 matches while former South Africa and Sri Lanka captains, Graeme Smith and Mahela Jayawardene had 10 each from their first 14.Rohit has proved his worth as a captain in the shortest format of the game both at the international level and at the Indian Premier League. While he had led Mumbai Indians to three IPL titles, Rohit also captained India to a memorable win in a T20I tri-series the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka last year.#TeamIndia win by 7 wickets. Level the three match series 1-1 #NZvIND (@BCCI) February 8, 2019On Friday, Rohit led India’s come back in Auckland after they were hammered by 80 runs, their heaviest defeat in terms of runs in the shortest format of the game in Wellington on Wednesday.advertisementRohit led from the front with the bat as he scored a 29-ball 50, which included four sixes and three boundaries in India’s successful chase of 159. Trusting his playing XI despite the heavy defeat in Wellington, Rohit had gone in with an unchanged unit for the must-win T20I.Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck early as he picked up the wicket of dangerous New Zealand opener Tim Seifert before left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya struck twice inside the powerplay overs, repaying the faith his captain had shown in him.Rohit marshalled his troops well as India bowlers were able to pick up regular wickets and restrict New Zealand to 158 despite a quickfire fifty from Colin de Grandhomme.Rishabh Pant, who had failed to get going in Wellington, smashed a 40-ball 28 and scored the winning runs for India. MS Dhoni also chipped in with a 17-ball 20 as India crossed the finish line with seven balls to spare.Rohit’s move to send Rishabh Pant at No. 3 ahead of Vijay Shankar, who had batted at the spot in Wellington worked wonders as the Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman had enough time to pace his innings to perfection.With the series level at 1-1, India and New Zealand will meet in the decider at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday, February 10.Also Read | Controversy rocks India’s T20I vs New Zealand in Krunal Pandya’s 1st overAlso Read | Rohit Sharma overtakes Martin Guptill to become highest run-scorer in T20IsAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: India’s openers took the game away from us, says Kane WilliamsonAlso See:last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba admits new contract frustration

first_imgBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba admits new contract frustrationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona fullback Jordi Alba has again expressed frustration over a lack of progress regarding new contract talks.He has a contract until the summer of 2020, but would like to move forward with talks on a new deal.”It doesn’t just depend on me, as it also depends on the club,” he said after victory over Celta Vigo.”When I signed for Barcelona it wasn’t for money.”I came here for the feeling and because it is my home.”In the end, it’s not enough to say that I’m a great player, as actions also matter.”A deadline? When the contract ends.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd teenager Angel Gomes: Old Trafford deafened me!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd teenager Angel Gomes: Old Trafford deafened me!by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United teenager Angel Gomes says he was deafened by the Old Trafford crowd during Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town.Gomes, 18, made his third appearance for the club when he replaced Juan Mata in the 80th minute.There could be more game time under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has brought a sense of optimism to the club, which Gomes says was audible.”Yes, it’s always nice to come on, especially when you are a young lad, following in the footsteps of the other players who are progressing and doing well,” Gomes told MUTV. “To come on and hear the crowd cheering you on was a great feeling for me.”My ears actually blocked! I couldn’t really hear, but, as soon as I got on, I felt at ease. The players helped me, they spoke to me and gave me instructions and I was fine from then on.” last_img read more

TPDCo Implements Measures to Prevent Tourist Harassment

first_img The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) has implemented anti-harassment initiatives and security measures to ensure a safe and hassle-free environment for tourists.A major thrust launched last year was the Tourism District Constable programme, which saw 100 officers being deployed in the resort areas.Another 100 constables were deployed with the discontinuation of the Tourism Courtesy Corps programme in May of this year.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ yesterday (August 29), Executive Director of TPDCo, Dr. Andrew Spencer, said that this programme was established from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between TPDCo and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to prevent soliciting and harassment and to allow for the protection of the country, ensuring continued growth and sustainability of the tourism sector.“We want to see the statistics of crime against tourists at zero… and we also believe that in providing 200 constables, we are not just providing security for our tourists but for locals, so it is a safe and secure environment for all,” Dr. Spencer emphasised.Some 50 district constables have now been assigned to Montego Bay, 45 in Negril, 44 in Ocho Rios, 22 in Falmouth, 13 in Kingston, and the remainder in Port Antonio and on the south coast.The Executive Director informed that under the programme, the TPDCo has provided motor vehicles, handcuffs, radios and other necessary equipment for the constables to undertake their daily duties.The district constables underwent the regular JCF training in addition to the Team Jamaica certification, which covered the history of Jamaica, customer service and tourism awareness.In terms of the anti-harassment initiatives, Dr. Spencer said that beginning October, the TPDCo will be facilitating training for some 1,200 contract carriage operators in the Ocho Rios, Falmouth and Montego Bay resort areas.The course, dubbed ‘Cultural Sensitivity Training’, entails understanding the importance of personal space, the value of tourism and anti-harassment practices.Craft vendors in the various resort areas will also benefit from customer service and anti-harassment training through an initiative titled ‘Warm Welcome Campaign’ to be spearheaded by TPDCo, in partnership with The Travel Foundation.The Travel Foundation is a charity that works in partnership with leading tourism organisations to improve the impacts of tourism and shape a positive future for destinations.“The level of harassment that one would speak about a few decades ago from craft vendors is certainly on the decline, and so we now have to be targeting other areas, such as the contract carriers, to minimise the level of passion, which may be interpreted as antagonism,” Dr. Spencer noted.An anti-harassment video, dubbed ‘Cum Yah’, has been produced to further discuss the issue of harassment, its causes, effects and possible solutions, and also to get buy-in to the required attitude and behaviour changes.The video will be a teaching tool at the various training and sensitisation sessions and will also be distributed to schools, youth groups and other associations in the resort areas. The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) has implemented anti-harassment initiatives and security measures to ensure a safe and hassle-free environment for tourists. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ yesterday (August 29), Executive Director of TPDCo, Dr. Andrew Spencer, said that this programme was established from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between TPDCo and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to prevent soliciting and harassment and to allow for the protection of the country, ensuring continued growth and sustainability of the tourism sector. center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Exmars Profit Triples in 2016 Revenue Down

first_imgzoom Following a series of one-off incomes, including payment for a canceled contract, the Belgian LNG and LPG carrier owner and operator Exmar saw its 2016 profit triple to USD 35.8 million, compared to USD 11.2 reported last year.The result has been positively influenced by USD 14.3 million in badwill recognized on the acquisition a share in the pressurized fleet held by Wah Kwong and USD 9 million termination fee paid by Pacific Exploration and Production (PEP) on the Caribbean floating liquefaction unit (FLNG).Although the company’s operating income also increased to USD 123.1 million in the period, against an operating income of USD 115.5 million seen in 2015, Exmar said that its revenue for the year slid to USD 96 million from USD 112.2 million.Despite deteriorating market conditions, the operating result of the LPG fleet in 2016 was USD 34.2 million, compared to USD 17.8 million in 2015. The result has been positively influenced by USD 14.3 million in badwill realized on the acquisition of the remaining 50% in ten pressurized vessels.VLGC earnings in 2016 have recorded a significant drop compared to the previous year, owing to a lack of arbitrage opportunities, a slowing down of US LPG export volume growth and the delivery of 45 vessels.Outlook for 2017 remains difficult due to a pessimistic product market outlook and the expected delivery of 23 more VLGC’s in 2017, according to Exmar.Additionally, the midsize segment has seen major corrections throughout 2016. Difficult product pricing and increased vessel supply have led to sharp reductions in earnings starting in the first half of 2016.In 2016, the company took delivery of three 38,000 m³ ships Knokke, Kontich and Kortrijk, while the fourth LPG ship Kallo was delivered on March 30, 2017.With three additional MGC newbuilds foreseen between July 2017 and January 2018, EXMAR expects to secure employment opportunities for these vessels as they are beneficiaries of the improved capacity, greater efficiency and lower fuel consumption.“After a challenging year 2016 with ample ships incurring idle time both East and West, the fourth quarter 2016 and start of 2017 saw rates creeping up as a result of promising outlook figures and shipping tightness in the East,” Exmar said.The company added that its focus remains on developing term business with first class customers both in South East Asia and Europe.last_img read more