11 Jan

Hearing goes to D-Rays

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Tampa Bay Devil Rays won the first arbitration decision of the year Saturday – against backup catcher Josh Paul. Paul sought a raise from $475,000 to $940,000 at Friday’s hearing. The Devil Rays countered with $625,000. Only one figure may be chosen, and the three arbitrators decided on the club’s offer. Paul is best known for a play during the 2005 playoffs while with the Angels. Umpire Doug Eddings ruled Paul did not glove Kelvim Escobar’s pitch before it hit the ground, allowing A.J. Pierzynski to reach base as the Chicago White Sox rallied in the ninthinning of Game 2.. center_img Jeter weighs in on Williams’ plight: New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter said it would be “unfortunate” if longtime outfielder Bernie Williams doesn’t return to the team. “You never like to see that aspect, you know with Bernie, what he’s meant to the organization,” Jeter said Saturday in Tampa, Fla., at a baseball clinic. “I’m not up to date or up to par with all the negotiations and things like that. I would love to see Bernie come back.” Williams told reporters Friday night before playing guitar at a benefit concert that he plans to decline the Yankees’ offer to attend spring training on a minor-league contract. New York general manager Brian Cashman said there was no room for the 38-year-old Williams on the roster. “We love and respect Bernie, but with the dynamic of our roster, there’s not a spot,” Cashman told The NewYork Times. “We had a lot of conversations with him. I understand that he doesn’t want to accept a minor-league deal.” last_img read more

21 Dec

Blaney accuses his own party of a ‘stitch-up’ over election convention

first_imgFianna Fáil European candidate hopeful and former TD Niall Blaney, has hit out at party hierarchy for discriminating against the members of the Midlands/Northwest constituency and accused them of a “stitch-up.” The party’s convention has been arranged for Friday 15th March, with voting from 2pm until 8pm.The former Deputy said that the proposal to hold their European party convention on a Friday afternoon, in Longford, on a bank holiday weekend is completely unreasonable and stinks of a stitch up for their chosen candidate. He fumed “True republicans don’t discriminate and this effort is showing blatant disregard for the Fianna Fáil membership. Members from all counties on the periphery of the constituency will not get the opportunity to cast their vote.“How do we expect members who we depend on to fundraise, canvass, and attend party meetings, to keep paying €20 for a vote that’s impossible to get to.“Giving members the message that they are not important and not wanted or valued for one election is counterproductive when you later ask them to go out and knock on doors.“I have spoken to Micheal Martin and he is aware of the concerns and I appeal now that the Fianna Fáil party have it in them to do the right thing on behalf of its Midlands/Northwest membership, the same way they looked after the Kerry members, who had two box locations for their General Election convention.” Blaney accuses his own party of a ‘stitch-up’ over election convention was last modified: March 8th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:conventionfianna failLongfordNiall Blaneystitch-uplast_img read more

19 Dec

Junk Science Gets Good Press if It Supports Darwinism

first_imgThe headlines for some scientific news stories might leave philosophers of science wagging their heads.  Few, though, are the reporters willing to call something really dumb, or at least questionable—especially if it appears to support evolution.The small ball theory:  PNAS published a paper by Emory University evolutionists alleging that dads with small testicles make better fathers.  This kind of subjective claim is highly susceptible to investigator bias, participant bias, and sample size, and is therefore nearly impossible to establish (besides being dumb on the face of it).  Are well-endowed males destined for a life of bad-dadness?  Are moral behaviors determined by one’s equipment?  Don’t personal choices matter?  Doesn’t character count?  But like starting gun to a race, all the reporters, Nature included, nearly simultaneously proclaimed it as scientific fact: the BBC News, Live Science, New Scientist, and general reporters, ever lusting after prurient content, who feed on these sources (Yahoo News, USA Today, Smithsonian’s “Smart News” blog; Forbes had the cojones to criticize the claim).  Fortunately, most articles took their eye off the ball and spared their readers graphic illustrations.Somehow, it seems unsurprising that evolutionary theory motivated this study.  The BBC said,The researchers were investigating an evolutionary theory about trade-offs between investing time and effort in mating or putting that energy into raising children. The idea being that larger testicles would suggest greater commitment to creating more children over raising them.Undoubtedly, other researchers could find many counter-examples if they tried, disposing of this softball claim in the dustbin of evolutionary just-so stories.  Live Science pointed out another pitfall: “no one knows how testicular volume changes over time.”  The claim is rife with unknowns and variables that could “prove” anything.    The fine print in the BBC article noted that “The exact nature of any link is not clear” and that “further studies… are still needed“.   Any “finding” that appears to support Darwinism, though, seems to get a pass.What to wear to the cave cookout:  On the occasion of Fashion Week (did you know?  did you care?)  National Geographic spilled excessive ink pondering the evolution of clothes. Even though the story is threadbare of evidence, the article decided that clothing originated 25,000 years ago; or maybe it was 300,000, no one knows exactly why.  Perhaps the most useful piece of information was the revelation that Neanderthals were skilled clothiers, better tailored than brutes hiding their privates with animal skins.   Another take-home message is seen in this link to a 1909 drawing of Neanderthal Man published in the Illustrated London News, making it look as ape-like and brutish as possible to portray it as a missing evolutionary link.  Nowadays Neanderthals are more respected as members of the human race.This one is full of holes:  Some people have a condition called trypophobia: the fear of holes.  Science Daily and other sites reported that this phobia “May Stem from Evolutionary Survival Response.”  Dr. Cole (U of Essex) was quick to offer an evolutionary story: “These findings suggest that there may be an ancient evolutionary part of the brain telling people that they are looking at a poisonous animal.”  The explanation makes humans pawns of an evolutionary history they never experienced.  “It backs up the theory that we are set-up to be fearful of things which hurt us in our evolutionary past,” Dr. Cole alleged.  “We have an innate predisposition to be wary of things that can harm us.”  It appears he never thought of self-preservation as a possibly designed instinct.It came from outer space:  The Sutter’s Mill Meteorite that fell in 2012 contained traces of organic compounds previously not seen in meteorites.  That’s the science part.  Most of the science news media (e.g., Space.com) announced, however, that these molecules tell secrets about the origin of life.Scientists investigating the origin of life often suppose dissolved compounds desirable for life need to first have gotten concentrated and held together somehow, much as cell membranes do for the cell’s components. The organic molecules the researchers discovered in the Sutter’s Mill fragments “could be good for such a purpose, because they can form rudimentary enclosures to contain compounds useful to prebiotic evolution,” Pizzarello said.Live Science justified the speculation on the grounds of ignorance: “Since the origins of life are utterly unknown, the idea has its merits.”In a similar vein, PhysOrg reported that newly-discovered microbes “could be crucial to understanding origins of life on Earth,” this despite the fact that the microbes have highly adapted mechanisms for survival.  The suggestion that these microbes provide understanding about a far-removed, distant notion of life’s origin was merely tossed out there without any evidential support.  It “could be crucial” but, then again, it could be utterly irrelevant.And on it goes:  Here are a few other evolutionary stories offered up as speculative possibilities:The evolution of play:  maybe it enhanced creativity, Jonathon Keats suggested in a book review on New Scientist celebrating the imaginations of two authors; “there’s no reason why scholarship can’t be as seriously playful as bubble-blowing”  – a Freudian slip?Phoenix mammals:  Out of the ash of dinosaur death, mammal-ness rises.  That’s what “new research suggests” according to Science Daily.  It takes an “evolutionary paleontologist” to come up with that notion.The whole tooth and nothing butt:  Science Daily used the power of suggestion to conjure up images of mindless designers in an arbitration meeting: “This suggests that the wear process might have a crucial influence in the evolution and structural adaptation of molars, enabling to endure bite forces and to reduce tooth failure throughout the lifetime of an individual.”  At least it “seemed” like an “evolutionary compromise” to an evolutionist.Evolutionary leg up:  Why did the bird run across the road?  Its tail got shorter.  That’s the evolutionary explanation on Science Daily: “A radical shortening of their bony tails over 100 million years ago enabled the earliest birds to develop versatile legs that gave them an evolutionary edge, a new study shows.”  It shows no such thing; that was an interpretation.  According to the chief speculator, “Our work shows that, whilst they may have started off as just another type of dinosaur, birds quickly made a rather special evolutionary breakthrough that gave them abilities and advantages that their dinosaur cousins didn’t have.”Malice in Blunderland: Science Magazine began an article with a headline suitable for children: “How the Red Queen Drives Terrestrial Mammals to Extinction.”  One of the co-authors was Charles Marshall, the master of disaster who swept away the problem of the Cambrian explosion by saying that animals evolved because they evolved (see 4/23/06).This is a sample of a strange genre in science reporting: evolutionary speculation gets the green light.  It’s ironic that these evolutionists and their reporters are often the ones criticizing creationists over “lack of evidence” or “using science to support a belief system.”We’re going to keep displaying this Darwin-brand baloney till it stinks so bad people stop buying it.  To do that, we have to take it out of the can and unwrap it.  It’s hard for us to smell it, too, but somebody has to show the world what passes for science from the Darwin Baloney Factory.  If anyone outside the Darwin Party tried to fawn such putrid stuff on the public, the health authorities would shut them down faster than you could say DODO.The 2013 IgNobel Prizes are being announced.  Hey!  We have some candidates you overlooked!  Hey Bah-Fest!  Check these out for your Oct 6 celebration!(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

28 Oct

a month agoFIFA to intervene as Cardiff and Nantes can’t agree on Sala fee

first_imgFIFA to intervene as Cardiff and Nantes can’t agree on Sala feeby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City have failed to agree a compensation deal with Nantes over Emiliano Sala.The Championship club had originally agreed to pay £15 million for the Argentinian before his tragic death earlier this year.Cardiff have now disputed the figure agreed with the Ligue 1 club.FIFA will get involved this week to find a resolution. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

27 Oct

North Texas Trolls Tennessee On Twitter Regarding Field Conditions

first_imgA North Texas fan paints the ground with green paint.north texas trolls tennessee on twitterNorth Texas is in town to take on Tennessee this Saturday, and it appears that the Mean Green aren’t impressed with what they’re seeing at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee’s field doesn’t appear to be in great condition, and people have noticed. North Texas appears to be annoyed enough to make a joke about it on social media too.Check this out:Pretty sure this is what took place at Neyland Stadium on Friday. #GMG pic.twitter.com/IVtS2o1T4o— MeanGreenFootball (@MeanGreenFB) November 14, 2015Here’s more reaction – even Tennessee fans seem upset.You would think an SEC program could take better care of the grass on the field #Tennessee— John Chelf (@JohnChelf) November 14, 2015You would think there’s enough money at Tennessee to fix the field. This is awful.— Please win out (@Rick__Baird) November 14, 2015Time for the Tennessee donors to put a new field in it seems— Austin Comperry (@AustinComperry) November 14, 2015Tennessee currently leads 17-0 in the second quarter.last_img read more

16 Oct

Richard Gere To Host Impact Insight Benefit For The Garrison Institute

first_imgRichard Gere is hosting the Impact & Insight Benefit for the Garrison Institute featuring special performances by composer Laurie Anderson, cellist Rubin Kodheli and composer and instrumentalist Jesse Paris Smith.WHERE: 583 Park Avenue, New York, NYWHEN: November 1, 2016 at 6:30pmWHY: A dinner to benefit the Garrison Institute, honoring New York Times best-selling author Dr. Dan Siegel and the Tibetan Buddhist teacher and scholar Gelek Rimpoche.MORE INFO: garrisoninstitute.org/benefit.The Garrison Institute demonstrates and disseminates the importance of contemplative practices and spiritually grounded values in building a more compassionate and resilient future.last_img read more

14 Oct

Tribunal orders Canada again to comply with its ruling on First Nation

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government continues to drag its heels on fully complying with the landmark decision of Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in January that found Ottawa discriminates against First Nation children on-reserve.The tribunal ruled for far too long the feds funded First Nation children living on-reserve less than non-Indigenous children off of reserve.It gave the government a list of areas that needed to fixed and issued a compliance order.They did so again in April.On Thursday, the tribunal did so again.“It rests on INAC and the federal government to implement the panel’s findings and orders, and to clearly communicate how it is doing so,” the tribunal said Thursday.The tribunal said it’s unclear who the feds have consulted with in the Indigenous community address the gaps.“INAC has previously acknowledged that it does not have expertise in the provision of child and family services to First Nations. Therefore, the need to consult with experts in the field, including the Caring Society, should be a priority,” the tribunal said, referring to Cindy Blackstock, executive director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.Blackstock, along with the Assembly of First Nations, were the ones who first brought the complaint against Ottawa about 10 years ago.Blackstock said she was happy with the latest compliance order and was scheduled to hold a media conference in Ottawa Thursday afternoon.The AFN also was happy the tribunal is keeping on the feds.“But it is disappointing to see that Canada has to be pushed to respect human rights and end discrimination against First Nations children, said National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “Canada must be more transparent and work with us a on a better system to reform the federal First Nation child welfare program that is supported by fair funding based on real needs.”The federal government is expected to release a statement later Thursday.Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

12 Oct

PM antinational sold interest of nation alleges Sidhu

first_img1(346 Words) Download Download PrintPrint 4/20/2019 2:48:00 PM New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu Saturday alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi “ruined” government companies and “favoured” private firms in his five years of rule and accused him of being “anti-national for selling the interest of the nation”. Sidhu also described PM Modi as “nikamma” (useless) and said he should stop harping on the issue of nationalism to garner votes and talk about the matters of national interest. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Addressing a press conference here, the Punjab minister alleged, “Modi is the business development manager of Ambani and Adani, as he has favoured them at the cost of state-run firms.” The Congress has been attacking the prime minister for “promoting crony capitalism and favouring his industrialist friends”. The government has, however, denied the charges. Sidhu also alleged that while SBI and MTNL are accruing losses, PM Modi is endorsing private companies like Paytm and Reliance Jio. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Adani and Ambani accompanied the prime minister on foreign visits and 18 big projects, which should have ideally been given to government companies, were handed over to them,” he claimed. The Congress leader alleged that the “chowkidar” took care only of the rich and ignored the rest 99 per cent of the population. “And the prime minister says he’s the chowkidar of the nation. He’s the chowkidar of the top 1 per cent of the population. He never took chairmen of government companies along with him on his foreign tours. Are government firms not good enough?” Sidhu asked. The cricketer-turned-politician alleged that under the “chowkidar’s” watch, PSUs like Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited turned into loss-making enterprises. “While BSNL is grappling with a loss of Rs 8,000 cr, the prime minister is endorsing Reliance Jio, which has posted a huge profit. While SBI is reeling under NPAs, Modi can be seen in advertisements of Paytm,” he alleged. “Modi sold the interest of the nation. He’s anti-national,” Sidhu alleged. The prime minister should stop harping on the issue of nationalism to garner votes and talk about the matters of national interest, he said.last_img read more

12 Oct

Elderly man dies after police take his grandson into custody

first_imgMumbai: A 70-year-old man died apparently due to shock after his minor grandson was taken into custody by police in connection with a stone pelting incident in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra, an official said Thursday.Dattu Ganpati More died immediately after police apprehended his grandson from their house in Telmod village in Umarga taluka late on Wednesday night, the official said. More’s grandson was held as part of the operation launched to catch those allegedly involved in pelting stones at a police vehicle, he added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”More’s grandson and some other persons were found involved in hurling stones at a police vehicle over its alleged delay in reaching the spot of a car accident in which three people had died. The accident had taken place on Sunday,” the official said. The stone-pelters had later escaped from the spot. The police had registered an offence against a group of at least 25 persons, including More’s minor grandson. “As part of the combing operation, a police team went to Dattu More’s house late Wednesday night and took his grandson into custody. However, apparently shocked over the apprehension of the minor, More collapsed on the ground,” the official said. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead before admission, he added.last_img read more