Dalot completes United medical following Fred agreement

first_imgThe full back has completed his medical at United and is expected to sign for Jose Mourinho’s side once they pay his £17.4m release clause.Fred, meanwhile, moves from Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported £50m having completed his medical on Monday.A club statement read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for the transfer of Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos (Fred).”The 25-year-old former Internacional midfielder is part of Brazil’s World Cup squad.Expected departures from Old Trafford, include Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dalot is a 19-year-old Portugal U21 international who will join United from Porto having stepped up from the club’s reserve side this past season.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, June 6 – Diogo Dalot is close to completing his move to Manchester United after the Premier League club’s signing of Brazil midfielder Fred.Dalot is a 19-year-old Portugal U21 international who will join United from Porto having stepped up from the club’s reserve side this past season.last_img read more

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Serie A golden boy Icardi looking to shine on bigger stage

first_imgHe moved to Italy in 2011 to Genoa club Sampdoria before arriving at Inter Milan five years ago, taking over as captain in 2015.His ability to quickly put himself in a striking position and his accuracy in front of goal in a championship renowned for its tight defending have garnered 118 goals for the club.Luciano Spalletti, who took charge of Inter a year and a half ago, said: “He has no weakness, he is perfect.“Icardi is a complete striker and for his age shoulders so much responsibility.”Icardi was joint top scorer in Serie A last season with 29 league goals.He was named Serie A Footballer of the Year last week, the first player not from Juventus to win since Zlatan Ibrahimovic with AC Milan in 2011.The Argentine also won the best goal award for his spectacular backheel during a four-goal haul against Sampdoria last March.He gave each of his teammates a Rolex watch to thank them for helping him reach the mark for the second time in his career, saying “without you it would have not been possible” in a post on Instagram.Icardi will play his 200th game for Inter on Tuesday when Inter take on PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League in a crucial game for the club’s progress in the competition they returned to this season for the first time since 2011-12.Icardi scored his third Champions League goal in Inter’s 2-1 home win over Tottenham, but the Italians lost away to the English side, with both level on seven points.Inter will finish second and qualify for the knockout rounds if they pick up more points than Spurs manage away to group winners Barcelona.There has also been speculation about Icardi’s future at the club should they fail to advance in Europe.Icardi insists: “I’ve always clarified my goals.“The first was to come back to the Champions League with Inter and we reached it, the second was to win something with Inter.”But Inter’s title hopes were severely dented by a 1-0 Serie A defeat to Juventus last Friday which left Spalletti’s men 14 points adrift of the champions.And he has been overshadowed by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, with the Portuguese star having scored 10 league goals to Icardi’s eight.Neither shone in Friday’s ‘Derby d’Italia’. Mario Mandzukic scored the winner as Icardi failed to register a single shot on goal.– ‘On a par with Ronaldo’ –Not so secret agent: Mauro Icardi with his wife Wanda Nara who is also his agent © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOHis high-profile off-pitch life with wife Wanda Nara, the ex of former Argentina and Sampdoria teammate Maxi Lopez, regularly provides fodder for the Italian press and celebrity magazines.Argentine TV star Nara manages the interests of the striker whose contract expires in 2021, regularly revealing interest from top clubs including Manchester United and Real Madrid.The player’s contract reportedly has a 100 million euro ($114 million) buy-out clause, the sum which Juventus paid Real Madrid for five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo.“Icardi is on a par with Cristiano Ronaldo,” said Nara.“He played three games fewer than Ronaldo (which is why he has fewer goals).”Icardi has also returned to the Argentina national side, amid reports he was repeatedly snubbed because of Lionel Messi’s friendship with Maxi Lopez.He scored his first goal in his eighth game for his country, a friendly win over Mexico, last month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mauro Icardi scored his first goal for Argentina last month © AFP/File / Andres LarrovereMILAN, Italy, Dec 10 – Argentina striker Mauro Icardi is the golden boy of Italian football as much for his goal-scoring prowess with Inter Milan as his colourful lifestyle off the pitch.The heavily tattooed 25-year-old from Rosario — also the hometown of Lionel Messi — followed the same route as his illustrious countryman to Barcelona in 2008.last_img read more

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Trail shores up town’s spine

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – A pair of women in business suits and gym shoes strolled purposefully Wednesday along Santa Clarita’s newest stretch of trail. A man in a green-and-gold Canyon High Cowboys T-shirt jogged past. “This is beautiful, it’s wonderful to have a place like this to walk,” said Marisela Rubio, pushing an infant in a stroller along the new half-mile Canyon View Regional Trail that follows an arid stretch of the Santa Clara River. The walkway/bike path is the latest piece of the city’s “backbone” trail, which links smaller paths and pedestrian paseos throughout Santa Clarita, said Rick Gould, chief of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The city will hold a formal grand opening at 10 a.m. March 16 at the trailhead, near Camp Plenty Road and Canyon View Drive. “It gives the neighborhood a nice way to access the main trail without going to the major street, Soledad (Canyon Road),” Gould said. The new trail provides a safe path for walkers and cyclists near the Canyon View Estates neighborhood and Sierra Vista Junior High, he said. The trail is lined with a fence and features a rustic slatted wooden bridge over a channel that drains into the normally dry riverbed. Drought-tolerant plants are in place as are saplings that eventually will provide some shade. At trail’s end is a planned 24-acre Discovery Park, a passive park intended to give residents a view of the river habitat, Gould said. The path links to city trails that follow the river and its tributaries, crisscrossing Santa Clarita. That leg of trail eventually will link to one that travels south through the planned River Park development near Bouquet Canyon Road and Soledad. State and local funds, including money earmarked to promote bicycle use, paid for the trail. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Reggie Bush inquiry report

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAmong the sanctions the NCAA could impose would be forfeiting victories from last season, a ban on bowl games and TV appearances, or a reduction of scholarships. The Bush family spent the 2005 season living in a Spring Valley home owned by Michael Michaels, a businessman who had sought to handle the star tailback’s professional marketing, Yahoo reported Sunday. “Rather than jumping to conclusions, we need to determine the facts before commenting on this report,” University of Southern California athletic director Mike Garrett said in a statement. Neighbors told Yahoo Bush’s mother, Denise Griffin, his stepfather, LaMar Griffin, and brother Jovan Griffin – who could be seen walking on the Memorial Coliseum field after home games wearing Bush jerseys with their family relation stitched on the back – moved into the home shortly after it was purchased by Michaels for $757,500 in March of 2005. The Web site reported the family moved out of the house Friday after questions over its ownership arose. A link between the family of Reggie Bush and a man seeking to promote the former USC star’s professional career could result in sanctions against the school, a source familiar with NCAA compliance issues said late Sunday. For more than year the parents of Bush, expected to be the first pick in next weekend’s NFL draft, had lived in a plush San Diego-area home that property records show belong to a man who allegedly tried to play a role in steering Bush toward a sports agent and who also hoped to handle his professional marketing, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports. The Pacific-10 Conference said Sunday it would begin an investigation into whether the reported arrangement would violate NCAA rules prohibiting athletes or their families from getting extra benefits. “If, and it’s a big if, USC knew or should have known about this, then anything is possible,” the source said. “If any of the coaches or staff members knew about it and didn’t do anything about it, or conducted an investigation that was faulty, that would be egregious, a potentially major violation.” “I have absolutely nothing to say,” Denise Griffin told Yahoo when asked about the property. Michaels reportedly attempted to steer Bush toward San Diego agent David Caravantes. Instead, Bush hired Joel Segal, a former associate of Caravantes at World Wide Entertainment and Sports. The Pac-10 investigation could be hindered because Bush, since he no longer is an eligible athlete, isn’t required to cooperate. “It means that if Reggie didn’t want to talk, he wouldn’t have to talk,” according to the source. “It’s easier when you have a student who wants to stay eligible.” Among the questions the investigation is likely to ask, if there is evidence the alleged arrangement violated NCAA rules, is whether Michaels was a representative of USC’s athletic interest. If USC was eventually forced to forfeit any games from last season, it would not have to return its share of receipts of the Rose Bowl payout. While schools can be forced to return revenues from the NCAA basketball tournament, the NCAA isn’t the sanctioning body for bowl games. “We don’t know anything right now,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. – Scott Wolf contributed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Donegal man raises the bar in Canada with beermat business cards

first_imgGweedore man Anthony Doherty has gained worldwide promotion for his business after his hilarious business cards went viral this week.Anthony is a partner at immigration consultancy firm Doherty Fultz Immigration in Toronto, where he used an iconic piece of home to connect with the Irish abroad – the legendary Father Ted!Anthony’s beermat promotional cards were launched on St. Patrick’s day and spread throughout bars in the Toronto area. The hilarious image of Father Jack made an immediate impact and grabbed the attention of the Irish abroad. Image via Jack_Palance on Reddit.Speaking to Donegal Daily, Anthony said he had no idea how much people would like the cards, and is delighted they were created by another local man.“Shane Mc Glinchey, another Donegal man, designed and prepared them for printing and then we got them out to every Irish bar we could.Anthony Doherty“We have had loads of people come back to us commenting on how much they love them and got a good laugh out of it. We have definitely raised the bar and will need to come up with something special next year,” he said. Anthony was originally born in Glasgow and moved to Donegal as a child. His love of travel brought him to Canada in 2009, where he became a permanent resident in 2013 and now runs the consultancy firm with his business partner, Cassandra Fultz.Anthony meets many Donegal people through his work and has plenty of expertise and advice to share with them as they deal with Canadian immigration matters.“Over the last few years it has become increasingly more difficult to become a permanent resident of Canada and often many young Irish have no option but to leave Canada as soon as their work permits expire.“At Doherty Fultz Immigration, we offer advice and representation on all Canadian immigration matters, help people explore their options and often assist them in applying for which ever immigration category they are eligible for.”“I’ve met many folks from all over Donegal, there is definitely a strong Donegal presence out here. Actually I must mention that Donegal won best float in the Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year!“No matter which province or city you are in, there is guaranteed to be an Irish Community, which is great for support, advice and finding work, especially when you first land out here,” he said. Anthony DohertyAnthony said that Canada remains a prosperous place for immigrants looking to find a new job and a new life.“In the last 5 -7 years, Canada has seen its largest rise in Irish citizens migrating to Canada since the 70’s. Depending where you go in Canada there is plenty of work and opportunity, especially in the trade and construction industry.”For any Donegal person thinking about moving to the country, Anthony has some wise words of advice to share:“Don’t come in the winter!! and if you do, bring the long johns and a good winter coat.” “If you are thinking about making the trip out, you should look up the International Experience Canada Program (IEC) on the Canadian immigration government website. This gives Irish Citizens 18-35 y/o the opportunity to apply for a 2 year work permit.”“Whether you just want to travel, explore, find some work or a bit of both, Canada is a massive and beautiful country and the Canadian people are fantastic.”Donegal man raises the bar in Canada with beermat business cards was last modified: April 28th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BusinessCanadaImmigrationTorontolast_img read more

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Men’s Golf Unveils 2017 Fall Schedule

first_imgThe Bulldogs open the season on Sept. 9-10 at the Gen Miranda Falcon Invitational, hosted by Air Force. Drake wraps up out the month at the SIUE Derek Dolenc in Edwardsville, Ill. on Sept. 25-26. “I am looking forward to the third annual Zach Johnson Invitational. This year we will be back at Glen Oaks Country Club. They have done some major course renovations and should be in tremendous shape this fall,” said Lewis. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University head men’s golf coach Matt Lewis released the Bulldogs’ 2017 fall schedule on Friday, featuring five tournaments and highlighted by hosting the third annual Zach Johnson Invitational. The Bulldogs will host the third annual Zach Johnson Invitational at Glen Oaks Country Club on Oct. 2-3. Drake will welcome MVC foes UNI and Loyola as well as Eastern Illinois, Green Bay, Indian Hills CC, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Omaha, South Dakota and Western Illinois.  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img “I am very excited about our 2017 fall schedule. We have added two new tournaments this year with Air Force and Notre Dame events,” said Lewis. “Overall, our schedule will present many challenges and opportunities to compete against tough competition. We will also get to play at some quality venues.”   Drake will once again closes out the fall portion of the season for the sixth-straight time at the ODU/Outer Banks Intercollegiate on Oct. 22-24. The Bulldogs then heads to South Bend, Ind. for the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic on Oct. 8-9.last_img read more

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COMMUNITY ALERT: CAR STOLEN IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgStolen….the VW PassatCOMMUNITY ALERT: THIS VW Passat was stolen in the early hours of this morning in Letterkenny area near the Aura Leisue Centre.Its registration is 04 TN 934 it has one yellow number plate on back and sunstrip across the windscreen.If anyone has any information about the car please ring 086 2707509 or call Gardaí immediately. Please share on social media ASAP. COMMUNITY ALERT: CAR STOLEN IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: April 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:alertcommunity alertDonegal Dailyletterkennystolen carlast_img read more

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Shaban Lubega: My StarTimes Uganda Premier League 2018/19 Best XI?

first_img Tags: StarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguetopUganda Premier League 2018/19 Best XI KAMPALA – The StarTimes Uganda Premier League officially closed this past weekend with KCCA FC crowned champions for the 13th time in history. The Kasasiors were 7 points better off than second placed Vipers SC who had an average season as per their standards.At the other end of the table, the teams that were promoted from the Big League last year (Paidha Black Angels, Nyamityobora and Ndejje University) were all relegated back to the second tier.After yet another mouthwatering season, here are my best XI players in a 3:4:3 formation.GK: James Alitho (URA FC)URA FC conceded just 13 goals in 30 matches and it would be absurd if i sat here and did not recognize the man who was in between the sticks. The former Vipers SC player was responsible for 15 of the 17 clean sheets that club kept this past season.CB: John Revita (Express FC)An artist of sorts, on the ball. Calmness is his tradition and a player every Express fan is supposed to be proud of. He has been the stand out performer at his club and in a season which has not impressed me to the maximum in terms of central defenders, at least Revita has.Will Revita still be at Express next season?CB: Hillary Mukundane (Mbarara City)What a revelation the young Mbarara City defender has been in the past season. Partnered Asuman Alishe at the heart of the defence for the first round, took over from him (Alishe) in the second round and never looked back. Mukundane also received his first national team call up during the just concluded season.CB: Timothy Awanyi (KCCA FC)Another consistent season by the KCCA FC skipper. Awanyi continues to silence doubters and prove he is currently one of Uganda’s best defenders.RWB: Paul Willa (Police FC)One of the positions that have been lucking in the League this season. I will deploy Willa as the Right Wing Back due to the consistency that the Cop has exhibited throughout the entire seasonLWB: Dan Bilikwalira (Bright Stars)Had a blistering start to the season but was slowed down by both injury and his team’s deep in form. Never the less, Bilikwalira stood out for me this past season, patrolling the left flank and owning it like no one else did.MF:   Shafick Kaggimu (URA FC)URA’s best player of the season and indeed also one of my stand out performers. Aside from the penalty miss against Nyamityobora earlier in the season, Kaggimu carried URA on his shoulders for most of the season en route to scoring 7 goals.MF: Hassan Kalega (Police FC)The engine to Police FC’s beautiful brand of football that everyone has fallen in love with. Kalega is a small bodied player but with a very big football brain. Owned the center of the pitch like no one else did throughout the season.FW: Juma Balinya (Police FC)The League top scorer with 19 goals. I am still sad that he did not reach the 20 goal mark.FW: Joel Madondo (Kirinya JSS)Took the League by storm but started slowing down in the second round. Despite the fact that the goals dried up, Madondo was still putting out impressive performances for his Kirinya JSS side.FW: Mike Suleiman Mutyaba (KCCA FC)The Man responsible for KCCA’s late season form. Scored 10 League goals in his come-back season after close to 5 years away from active football.COACH: Mike Mutebi (KCCA FC)The best coach/manager operating in Uganda.Comments last_img read more

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Bloviating on I.D. – Is It Garrulous?

first_imgTV commentator Bill O’Reilly has brought two obscure words to the attention of his viewers: ”bloviating” (discoursing at length in a pompous manner) and “garrulous” (wordy and rambling, tiresomely talkative).  A number of talking heads and writing hands have taken to bloviating about intelligent design (ID) recently.  Readers may wish to get out their blovimeters and measure the garrulity factor in the following episodes:Beam Me Up, Scott:  Pro-evolution activist Eugenie Scott took a column in Cell1 to try to explain why creationism is such a mainstay in American culture.  Presenting her usual arguments that ID is not science but a polished form of religious creationism (after all, Judge Jones said so), she tried to list some historical reasons why it is so hard to stamp out; after all, “Outside of the United States, people are dumbfounded by events like these.”  Discussing social, political, and religious history of the United States, she argued that the primary reason is that giving everyone their fair share at the microphone is “the American way.”Viewpoint Discrimination:  One man’s reasoned discussion is another’s propaganda.  When Robert Hazen came to U. of Iowa to preach “Why intelligent design is not science,” a reporter asked ID proponent Guillermo Gonzalez (co-author of The Privileged Planet) what he thought.  He wrote in a letter to the Iowa Tribune that he expected to hear propaganda, and his expectations were realized.  Hazen used irrelevant arguments, Gonzalez said, that can be disproved by looking at the reception to the big bang theory.  It had profound religious implications, yet scientists evaluated it and accepted it based on scientific evidence.    Gonzalez has taken heat for his views at Iowa State.  The Iowa Hawkeye describes how his beliefs have been condemned, his qualifications questioned, and his book ridiculed by peers.  Michael Francisco on Evolution News refuted the claims of the critics, and sees this as more evidence of attempts to marginalize ID as religion so that scientists can dismiss it outright rather than discuss its merits.Selective Evidence:  Jodi Rudoren reported about the Ohio ID flipflop (see 02/15/2006 story) in the Feb. 15 New York Times.  Tom Magnuson at Access Research Network filled in some blanks: “The story never mentions the personal character attacks made against the drafters of the lesson plan, nor does it mention that ID is NOT in the lesson at all,” he said.  “Also not mentioned was that the relevant science standards benchmark specifically says that ID is not mandated in Ohio.”Skell Irrelevance:  Darwinism is simply beside the point, argued Phillip Skell in the Philadelphia Daily News (see Discovery Institute reprint).  The fact that hardly any scientist refers to Darwinian theory in their work shows that it is not the cornerstone of biology, as claimed by its supporters.  Skell also pointed out how Darwinism is so flexible, it is used to explain opposite things, and therefore is untestable.Genetic Fallacy:  New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary hosted several intelligent-design lectures and a debate this month as part of the Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum.  Baptist Press reported on a lecture by Francis J. Beckwith (Baylor U), who argued that religious motivations should not negate intelligent design.  Striking down a policy (such as a school board science framework) strictly because of the religious beliefs of some of its adherents is “logically fallacious and constitutionally suspect.”Ruse Ruse and Dempski Dempsey:  At the friendly ID boxing match at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Michael Ruse took the first punch against ID, reports Baptist Press, by asking William Dembski, “If Intelligent Design is indeed a true scientific paradigm or research program, what results in science are you actually getting?”  Dembski blocked the punch by claiming that it is not the burden of ID to gather new facts, but to make sense of them.  Dembski countered by asking Ruse why Darwinism should use guided scientific experience to produce unguided explanations.  Ruse kept trying to corner Dembski to admit the God word.  Sounds like a lively interchange ensued, with other speakers like philosopher William Lane Craig joining in the fray at the end.  Baptist Press posted a second article on the debate.Back in Kansas Again:  William Dembski followed his appearance in New Orleans with an appearance at University of Kansas, Baptist Press reported.  1500 people attended a Campus Crusade event, where Dembski acknowledged Darwin as a great man, but denied that his theory could account for the big changes in the history of life.  The article has links to MP3 files of the event.Dismiss or Engage:  Ajit Varki (UC San Diego) doesn’t want to debate evolution any more than he wants to debate a flat earth, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune in an article on the “hot topic” of evolution.  Meanwhile, students at the IDEA club on campus were drawing equations on the whiteboard.  Ken Miller and Eugenie Scott dismiss all the creationism as just a cultural phenomenon.  Josh Norton, a senior and leader of the IDEA club, is disappointed that he can’t get the faculty to objectively interact with the club and its arguments.  They just dismiss his requests with cliches like, “There’s no intelligence in intelligent design.”No on ID, No on Darwin:  “Pitt professor challenges Darwin,” writes the Pitt News about Jeffrey Schwartz and his revolutionary ideas about evolution (01/26/2006).  He denies Darwin’s claim that evolution happens gradually, opting instead for his own “Sudden Origins” theory largely because of the fossil record (see 02/14/2006) and discoveries in cell biology that show they resist change.  An evolutionist and no friend of ID, Schwarz nonetheless feels a kind of empathy experienced among foxhole mates: “Darwinism’s presence in science is so overwhelming,” Schwartz said.  “For the longest time, there was no room for alternative thinking among the scientific community.”  He says that time will tell if they will open up to alternatives.DODO Heads:  Alvin Powell reviewed Randy Olson’s “Flock of Dodos” film (see 01/07/2006) for the Harvard Gazette.  Olsen handled the ID community “gently,” Powell writes, saying they are presented as “likeable” people marketing a “shaky” theory.  The film’s theme is about communication: the scientific community has failed to sell evolution through neglect, while creationists know how to present their ideas in an attractive way.Catholic Counter-Reformation:  Here’s an enigma from Vatican astronomer George Coyne, found on Reuters.com: “The intelligent design movement belittles God.  It makes God a designer, an engineer.  The God of religious faith is a god of love.  He did not design me.”  Come again?Catholic Appeasement:  A Reuters story published by MSNBC tells about Hans Kung, a liberal Swiss priest who has found a way to make peace with the evolutionists.  Basically, he gives science all the authority of explanation for everything in the natural world, leaving for theology only questions of ultimate causation and meaning.  Another article on MSNBC portrays the Pope as embracing the conquests of science and trying to embrace dialogue and understanding between science and religion. 1Eugenie Scott, “Creationism and Evolution: It’s the American Way,” Cell, Volume 124, Issue 3, 10 February 2006, Pages 449-451.As to Hans Kung’s compromise (we don’t call him father because Jesus said not to), it’s about as practical as compromising with a grizzly bear.  If the bear needs a meal and the shivering man needs a fur coat, who gets the better deal?  If Kung was a better student of history and logic, he would understand that Darwin acid will eat him alive and dissolve away his faith into ephemeral vapor that will disperse into the molecular randomness of a purposeless universe.  How can he maintain any semblance of Catholicism and espouse such a position?  Where, in his compromise, is room for Jesus and the Bible?  Where is history and archaeology?  Give the Darwinists the natural world, and they will take everything and leave you with nothing (02/11/2006), gloating and snickering all the way to the bank.  Kung is not engaging the debate, he is capitulating.  His whole surrender is predicated on the assumption that the Darwinists have proven their case.  Why, then, is Schwarz pointing out that the fossil and genetic evidence disagrees with Darwinism?  How ironic that the scientists seem to be more attuned to weaknesses in evolutionary theory than liberal theologians who are ready to wave the white flag at the first sign of blood, even if it is only stage blood.  They are turncoats who are more quick to slander their allies as “fundamentalist Christians who ignore science” than to call the Darwin Party to task for bloviating microevolution into a theory of everything (TOE).  Of course, the Darwinist media is all too happy to publish the TOE-licking antics of these Belafontes on their front pages for propaganda value.    Bless Michael Ruse’s heart for engaging his rivals in honest debate before an audience largely opposed to his views.  Hard to believe he would still use finch beaks and Archaeopteryx as evidence for Darwinism, though.    As for Eugenie Scott’s garrulity metric, our blovimeter blew out the top end, so we will have to upgrade to the Humvee model.  She hasn’t thought of anything original since Huxley roamed the earth.  Like Clepsydra Geyser in Yellowstone, she has been erupting steadily for years without taking anything in, like a perpetual spouter bloviating “creationism isn’t science” superciliously as if saying it over and over will make it come true.  Randy Olson needs to give her a lesson in marketing, and on becoming a likeable person like the creationists he reluctantly admires.  In the meantime, avoid the propensity for loquaciousness; and remember, linguistic verbosity invariably negates semantic lucidity. (Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Moon’s Stabilizing Influence Depends on Star Size

first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A connection between multiple factors was noted in a recent model of how a moon helps a planet remain habitable.With a total lunar eclipse in Earth’s rear view mirror (Oct 8), it’s worth pondering what the dark orb does for us when it’s not blood red.  “Moons Can Help Planets Remain Stable Long Enough for Life to Form” is the headline of a piece by Charles Q. Choi in Astrobiology Magazine.  A new study published in the International Journal of Astrobiology examined the stabilizing influence of a moon on a planet.One finding confirms what has long been believed: our moon helps life on the Earth.  “If the Earth did not have the Moon, the Earth’s axial tilt would have changed rapidly and the climate of the Earth would have changed often,” lead author Takashi Sasaki (U of Idaho) said. This supports what astronomer Kevin Grazier said in the documentary film The Privileged Planet in 2004: “If our moon didn’t exist, neither would we.”Another interesting finding is that the habitability conferred by the moon and sun are related.  Because our sun is fairly large as main-sequence stars go, our moon stabilizes Earth because the Earth-moon system orbits within a habitable zone far from the sun.  The team looked at what would happen at Earth-like exoplanets around smaller stars.  For some  of the putative habitable planets orbiting exoplanets discovered by the Kepler spacecraft, having a large moon wouldn’t help:The scientists found that stars with less than 42 percent of the Sun’s mass may not be good places to look for complex life because moons cannot survive for more than 5 billion years in these systems. This is because the habitable zones are closer to stars that have dimmer and lower masses than in brighter, higher-mass star systems. For instance, in solar systems with stars 40 to 50 percent of the Sun’s mass, the habitable distance is approximately one-quarter of the distance between the Sun and Earth. Since these planet-moon systems are so close to their host stars, their stars gravitational pull perturbs the planet-moon systems too much for the moons to remain around their planets, Sasaki said.There’s also a connection with the planet’s composition.  Tweaking the habitable radius requires matching the planet’s mass and density:The scientists found that Kepler-62e would have to be composed almost entirely of a high-density material, such as iron, for a moon orbiting it to exist for more than 5 billion years. They also discovered that Kepler-62f could have a moon for more than 5 billion years if it had a variety of different compositions, particularly if it had an absence of oceans or only deep oceans, either of which would cause the planet to dissipate less tidal energy.Those kinds of tweaks, needless to say, would have corresponding impacts on the kind of life that could exist on those two candidate “Earth-like” planets.  This goes to show that it’s not just size and distance that affect habitability.  Multiple factors have to come together at the right place and time, and in the right relationships, to make a planet habitable.Choi and the astrobiologists assume that a planet needs billions of years for life to hit the lucky combinations of mutations to get complex life to evolve:The Moon is more than just Earth’s partner in space — it may have helped stabilize Earth’s orbit enough for it to become hospitable for the evolution of complex forms of life.A new study suggests that large moons can form and remain stable for long times around distant planets as well, potentially helping alien life evolve….A planet whose axial tilt fluctuates wildly like Mars may not maintain a favorable climate for a long enough time for complex forms of life to evolve.  For example, it took about 3.8  billion years for life on the 4.6-billion-year-old Earth to evolve from single-celled organisms to multicellular life such as plants, animals and fungi.“Because the Earth has had a long-term stable climate, life on the Earth has had time to evolve from single cells to complex life forms,” Sasaki said.Actually, though, if life, the sun, the Earth and the moon were created—as most people believe—billions of years of habitability are not required.  Intelligent causes know how to manage the constraints and tradeoffs for habitability from the start, if life is the purpose of the planet.  As for life by chance, many studies have shown that time is no help; impossible things never happen.Add to this the unnecessary “coincidence” that our moon is just the right size to produce total solar eclipses, and we have here a number of interrelated factors that seem to have conspired to make our world not only habitable, but ideal for scientific discovery, as argued by Gonzalez and Richards in The Privileged Planet.  No other planet in our solar system has this combination of factors.  It’s the only one inhabited by sentient beings able to study and appreciate it.If this were a law of nature, we would see every star observed by the Kepler spacecraft having the same combination.  They don’t.  These factors are all contingent; they could be otherwise.  These observable realities should make one seriously consider the design hypothesis over the chance hypothesis.  Of the design hypotheses out there, none is better than Genesis 1.  Come now, and let us reason together.last_img read more

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