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De Bruyne poised to make Man City return

first_imgCity initially feared that De Bruyne would be out of action until late November, but has good progress and returned to training prior to a 0-0 draw at Liverpool before the international break.Guardiola decided against rushing City’s player of the year back for that top-of-the-table clash.However, he could be eased in from the bench against Burnley with one eye on a more prominent role for the trip to Tottenham in the Premier League on October 29.“I don’t know if he’s able to play 90 minutes but he has trained really well over the past two weeks, with no pain and ready to be part of the group,” said Guardiola.“He’s so important for us. When a player is out, I like it when they’re back to make us stronger. (There is) no doubt how important he is for us.”– Hart returns home –Joe Hart will face Manchester City for the first time on Saturday since leaving for Burnley © AFP / Anthony DevlinSaturday’s match will see Joe Hart return to City to play for the first time since his 12-year association with the club ended in August, when he moved to Burnley for £3.5 million.The England goalkeeper was part of the City team who ended their 35-year wait for a trophy by winning the FA Cup in 2011, before securing their first league title since 1968 a year later.He was also part of the team who regained the Premier League title in 2014, but fell out of favour when Guardiola arrived as manager in 2016, as first Claudio Bravo and then Ederson were brought in as first choice.“I think there is no doubt how important he was and is. Tomorrow you will see how people appreciate what he has done for this club,” added Guardiola.“What this club has become is because the people from Abu Dhabi helped to build something special with the facilities.“But after it’s down to the quality of the players in those 10 years. Joe is part of that, no doubt about it.”Guardiola, meanwhile, insisted he has no regrets in letting Jadon Sancho leave the Etihad.Sancho, 18, made his England debut in last week’s Nations League draw in Croatia, 14 months after leaving City to join Borussia Dortmund for £8 million.The winger rejected a contract offer from City because he was worried he would not get enough playing time, but Guardiola said the club did all they could to keep him and doesn’t believe Sancho will return in a big money move.“We know what we have done with Jadon. We did absolutely everything and he decided to move on to Germany so all the best,” added Guardiola.“I think when he decided to move on from here it was because he didn’t want to be here. When he doesn’t want to be here I think he’s not looking forward to coming back here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is fit again after two months out with a knee injury © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 19 – Kevin de Bruyne is in contention to make his return from injury when Manchester City host Burnley on Saturday, City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed.The Belgian has made just one substitute appearance this season after suffering a knee injury in training on August 15.last_img read more

Jacob Evans’ return could force Jordan Poole to G League

first_imgCHICAGO — Warriors guard Jacob Evans will sit out Friday night’s game against the Bulls at United Center.Evans, who has missed the last 20 games with a hip injury, was expected to return to the lineup at some point during the Warriors’ five-game trip that wraps up in Chicago on Friday. Now it seems he will come back after the Warriors return home Saturday. With center Kevon Looney having returned Monday against the Hawks and guard D’Angelo Russell back Wednesday against the Hornets, the …last_img

Junk Darwinism Clutters Science

first_imgIf an objective English teacher read a typical science paper, she would cross out the Darwinese as deadwood that adds nothing.Chuck-in-the-Box keeps popping up uninvited, interrupting the science.Darwin. Who needs him? He keeps popping up uninvited, cluttering science papers and articles with his BAD ideas (see definition of BAD in the Darwin Dictionary). Science writing would be much cleaner and understandable without him. Like Sergeant Friday of Dragnet used to say, “Just the facts, Ma’am.” Dear scientist, tell the public what the question was, the hypothesis that was tested, the methods and materials, the findings, and the conclusions. You can also brag about the value of the findings. But cross out the Darwinese. Like deadwood in bad writing, it just adds clutter. Here are some recent examples of news articles that would be cleaner and leaner without evolutionary storytelling, and tastier without Darwin Fudge on top.Of crows and tools (Science Magazine). Barbara Klump is an expert on tool use in animals. Specifically, she has observed two species of crows, one in the New Caledonian Islands and one in Hawaii, that routinely shape twigs into hooks in order to catch food in tight places. That’s really interesting to know. But what’s Darwin got to do with it? She starts off well enough, speaking about intelligent design in humans:Hammers and chisels, pens and smartphones: Human life is built on tool use. Indeed, each of us likely uses tools every day. For a long time, crafting tools was thought to be uniquely human. And although we know that many species occasionally use tools, everyday tool use is extremely rare in the animal kingdom.It’s a bit generous to call a bent twig a tool, compared to a man-made spacecraft or robot, but it is nice to know that God endowed animals with enough brain power to find food in tight spots.The invention of the hook was one of the key technological advances in our own evolutionary history in the middle stone age, allowing us to develop productive fishing technologies and weapons with enhanced killing power.Wait a sec. Didn’t the first inventor of a fishhook use his brain? Didn’t every fisherman since “develop productive fishing technologies” by design? This is history, not “evolutionary history.” Strike out the useless word “evolutionary” and read the sentence again. Now it makes sense and fits the evidence.Klump adds more deadwood talking about two species of crows that “evolved” their tool-making skills separately. Notice the number of hedging words as she ramps up the perhapsimaybecouldness index to weave her tale. Watch the highlighted words:It is probably no coincidence that these two distantly related tool-using crow species evolved on remote tropical islands. With no woodpeckers, there is little competition for embedded food sources, and in the absence of big predators, the crows can spend less time maintaining vigilance and use more time to develop tool use. Remote islands, therefore, combine rare ecological conditions that seem to aid the evolution of foraging tool use in birds. The evolution of human tool use might have been similarly facilitated by the reduction in predation risk that accompanied the transition from solitary life to living in groups.The uselessness of the Darwinese in this story is only exceeded by its illogic. Did the crows meet at the Crow Bar and discuss their plans? Did they say, “Hey guys, we don’t have to watch the woodpeckers any more, so let’s use more time to ‘develop’ tool use”? Tell any human inventor that they “evolved” their creative works and see what happens. Of course humans have predators—other humans! Didn’t Ms Klump ever learn about Iran and North Korea, or radical Islamic terrorists and common street criminals or sexual predators? This makes no sense at all.A solitary crow, furthermore, can make a hook without help from another crow. And other animals live in groups, like herds of cows and wildebeest, but they don’t “develop” tools (notice the euphemism for blind, unguided Darwinian evolution). She doesn’t understand her own theory. Tool use has nothing to do with solitude, society, or spare time. It has to do with using the brains we were given. Did she use her brain to observe crows and write a paper about them? In her way of thinking, evolution did it all. She has no free will. She was just a pawn of Darwin’s mystical forces and “selection pressures.”Klump thinks chance (i.e., Darwinian evolution, the Stuff Happens Law) is “facilitated” by removal of predation risk. How about some real science, Ms Klump? Show us some equations. Plot some data on a graph: tool use on the abscissa, predation risk on the ordinate. Otherwise, turn off the Darwinese and cut the ‘perhaps’ words. And cut out the useless futureware, too.Our own tool-making journey is unparalleled, having enabled us to walk on the Moon in what amounts to an evolutionary eye-blink after the first fishing hook was crafted. But two tool-using crow species on remote tropical islands can still offer insight into how we became the master tool users we are today.Drinking Darwine on the job? If the first fishing hook was “crafted,” it did not evolve. Ask any surviving Apollo astronaut if he got there with Darwin’s help.Verdict: the Darwinese in this article cluttered it up with useless words and inebriated ideas. Crows are smart. People are smarter. Just the facts, Ma’am.Scientists discover body’s protection shield (Phys.org). Here is an informative article about the body’s immune system that should inspire awe at the foresight put into cells to protect us against bacteria.When a tissue is damaged, (either accidentally or through surgery), the body quickly recruits immune cells to the injury site where they fight infection by engulfing and killing invading pathogens, through the release of toxic factors (such as unstable molecules containing oxygen known as “reactive oxygen species” e.g. peroxides). However, these bactericidal products are also highly toxic to the host tissue and can disrupt the repair process. To counteract these harmful effects the repairing tissue activates powerful protective machinery to “shield” itself from the damage.But then, out of nowhere, Darwin pops up. In the last paragraph, Dr Helen Weavers from the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Life Sciences throws in a smoke bomb, a totally unnecessary opinion that not only clutters the article, but makes chance into an intelligent designer! She says, “we think the resilience machinery has evolved as a fail-safe mechanism for tissue protection each time inflammation is triggered.” Darwin doesn’t belong in this story. Get the Bearded Buddha out of here!Honeybees use their wings for water surface locomotion (PNAS). Here’s an interesting paper about another skill honeybees have. When trapped in water, they can “hydroplane” with their legs underwater to get higher where their wings can help them escape (see Science Daily‘s summary). The science is fine until the last paragraph, when the authors take their Darwine break and start confabulating mythoids.More broadly, winged locomotion on a water surface could be an evolutionarily important category of biolocomotion. One of the hypotheses on the origin of insect flight is that flight evolved from the locomotion on a water surface, on which the weight of an organism is offset by either buoyancy or surface tension. While it is unlikely that the honeybee’s flight evolved from their water surface locomotion, the mechanism of hydrofoiling may have biomechanical resemblances to early preflight locomotion.This is absurd and uncalled for. Powered flight of any kind requires massive remodeling of an animal’s entire body: its weight, its aerodynamics, its brain software, and a host of other things. Any insect using “preflight locomotion” to fly would quickly drown. What was it flapping, its legs? If the animal had surface tension, like a water strider, why don’t we see those evolving flight? The authors even state that it is “unlikely that the honeybee’s flight evolved from their water surface locomotion” (that’s an understatement!), they dream on, visualizing the bee’s behavior as some kind of atavism of “early preflight locomotion.” Ask yourself if the science of this article was improved in any way by the Darwin clutter.We need cleaning crews at school boards, biology teacher conventions, journals and science news sites who can remove the Darwin clutter from science. Now that you know what to look for, you can unclutter science articles yourself. Try these out as exercises:Coming to a head: How vertebrates became predators by tweaking the neural crest (Phys.org). Missing link found? ‘Original Bigfoot’ was close relative of orangutan, study says (Fox News Science). Striking variation in mechanisms that drive sex selection in frogs (Science Daily). 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Sept. 27 “Here’s to the Farmer Day” in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest To salute Ohio’s largest industry, food and agriculture, Governor John R. Kasich has declared September 27, 2018 “Here’s to the Farmer Day” in the State of Ohio. The proclamation honors Ohio’s farmers for the work they do to feed, clothe and energize Ohioans and people across the country and world.The Proclamation from the Governor coincides with country music superstar Luke Bryan’s Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour, which makes a stop at the Ayars Family Farm in Irwin Sept. 27.“Ohio’s 74,000 family farms and the men and women who operate them deserve our gratitude every day of the year, and the Governor and I hope all Ohioans will take a moment to thank Ohio’s farmers and producers,” said David T. Daniels, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director. “Ohio’s food and agriculture industry is the lifeblood of our state — employing one out of every eight Ohioans — and providing the food and fiber for all of us to live out our daily lives.”Here’s To The Farmer is also the title of tour sponsor Bayer’s campaign aimed at recognizing farmers across Ohio and America while helping families in need. The campaign asks fans to share #HEREStotheFARMER online to show their gratitude to America’s farmers. For every share, Bayer will donate a meal to someone in need through Feeding America. Bayer’s goal for the campaign is to donate 1 million meals.last_img read more

Rijiju unfurls 107-foot tall tricolour at Attari-Wagah border

first_imgUnion minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday unfurled a 107—foot tall tricolour near the Indo-Pak border at Attari-Wagah here.After unfurling the flag at the integrated checkpost, the Minister of State for Home told reporters he was here to take stock of security arrangements, besides inspecting the checkpost and meeting with BSF officers.The minister said he would also interact with traders engaged in import and export business with Pakistan and hear out their trade-related problems.Answering a query on the frequent incidents of stone pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, Rijiju blamed “some elements sitting in Pakistan” which have created WhatsApp groups to create trouble.“Indian intelligence agencies are monitoring them very closely and will shortly do the needful in this regard,” said Rijiju.On the killing and mutilation of two soldiers, he said the government would always extend support to their families.Rijiju said a scanner will be installed at the checkpost to scan goods being imported from Pakistan.last_img read more