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Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 12

first_imgEngland opened their Euro 2016 campaign with a 1-1 draw with Russia with Vasili Berezutski grabbing a late equaliser while a Gareth Bale inspired Wales got up and running with a 2-1 win over Slovakia.There’s also reaction to Eddie Jones’ England rugby union side winning 38-29 down under against Australia as well as reaction from Wales and Ireland’s respective tours of New Zealand and South Africa.All brought to you by Dan Windle and the team.last_img

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Report: Kevin Durant forced Warriors to give Nets a first-round pick in sign-and-trade

first_imgAfter deciding to leave the Warriors for the Nets in free agency last week, Kevin Durant was apparently in no mood to deliver a parting gift to his former team. He reportedly wouldn’t agree to the sign-and-trade deal that sent D’Angelo Russell to Golden State unless the Warriors also gave up a first-round pick.Durant didn’t believe the Warriors were sacrificing enough in a straight up deal for Russell, so … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)last_img read more

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Silly Stories Demean Science

first_imgIf science had an icon like the Statue of Liberty, she would be hanging her head in disgrace for what passes for science these days.It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the following sorry excuses for scientific research and reporting. For those who care about the reputation of science in society, perhaps outrage would be a more appropriate response.Men may have evolved better ‘making up’ skills (BBC News). This notion (hard to call it a scientific hypothesis) follows from observations that some men will hug longer after a boxing match or other contest than women will. It’s based on a “scientific” paper published by Cell Press in Current Biology, “Cross-Cultural Sex Differences in Post-Conflict Affiliation following Sports Matches.” The two authors (a man and a woman) claim that “After sports matches, male opponents engage in friendly touches longer than females,” and “Male winners and losers make more friendly touches than their female counterparts.” It’s hard to imagine how such things could even be measured by any objective standard. How many sports matches would a scientist have to watch to conclude this? From how many countries? For how long a time period? What constitutes a “friendly” touch, on what kind of an objective scale? What if one of the men is a transgender? (We throw in that idea to be politically correct.)Even more ridiculous is to claim that men evolved this skill. Was it a mutation on the Y chromosome? Or did the female get it on her mitochondrial DNA? How could a behavior this vague be tied to an objective change in the genes? How did it spread through the population? Don’t men and women exchange genes every time they have children? We have not even begun to ask the multitude of questions raised by this hypothesis. Even more alarming is the reckless reporters and editors at the BBC who let this silliness pass without any critical analysis. On the contrary, they say: “Other researchers say that this is an ‘impressive’ study.” Impressive in its ineptness, perhaps. A suitably trained philosophical gadfly could undermine the whole premise with a counter-proposal: “Scientists may have evolved better ‘making up stories’ skills.”Where there’s smoke — and a mutation — there may be an evolutionary edge for humans (Science Daily). This idea makes one wonder if the geniuses at Penn State were imbibing certain hallucinogenic fumes when they dreamed it up. “Aha!” they must have said under the influence of something. “Now we know how we moderns defeated the Neanderthals!” It doesn’t seem to matter to them that Neanderthals were cooking with fire for possibly 200,000 years or more (so says the consensus) before moderns came on stage. According to this new story, “A genetic mutation may have helped modern humans adapt to smoke exposure from fires and perhaps sparked an evolutionary advantage over their archaic competitors” — notice the high perhapsimaybecouldness index there. Surely the astute science guys at the BBC News will bring some sense into the smoke-filled room. “Tolerance of smoke may have given us an edge over Neanderthals.” Guess not.A quick Google search shows over 200,000 hits on “smoke Neanderthals” but no obvious critical responses, except for ours and one at Uncommon Descent. Colin Barras at U.D. had some laughs, having seen this kind of campfire story before:This theory is possibly 27 minutes in the queue with: Neanderthals were inbred, A different theory puts it down to the fact that Neanderthals chewed more. And another one has it that they did not eat enough rabbits. A paleo-psychoanalyst claims they had large eyes and might have been weird loners. And, oh yes, of course, climate change killed them.All the others in the internet echo chamber just repeated the theme with minor variations to the headline, such as, “Can’t Quit Smoking? Blame Neanderthals.” It gave them an excuse to trot out all the stock photos of Neanderthal reconstructions housed in museums. Of course, everybody should know this theory is untenable.Parkas helped early humans survive (Live Science). Let’s see if we can get this one straight. Neanderthals survived for nearly 500,000 years in all kinds of climate, but then lost out to modern humans who came on the scene late with new tailoring skills. Because the “moderns” knew how to sew parkas, they survived while their brethren froze.  “The reason for the clothing difference between Neanderthals and early modern humans is yet unclear.” That’s for sure; no clothes were found! The scientists only found animal bones “whose skins may have been used to produce clothing.” In a blatant example of historical racism, the reporter suggests that “the Neanderthals were not intelligent enough to manufacture garments of the same thermal effectiveness as those used by early modern humans,” or else it was a cultural thing. But they survived for half a million years! Good grief; if the environment drives evolution, why didn’t they just evolve body fur in all that time?Birds of a fibula (PLoS Blogs). Emphasize the fib in Jon Tennant’s headline, because it starts with an imaginary dino-chicken in the artwork. Then he shows baby chicks strutting across the stage in an animated loop. To give an appearance of empirical validity, he shows a bunch of femur bones side by side. Running evolution divination on them, he comes to the conclusion that birds are dinosaurs. In a trance, he shouts ecstatically, “Eagles are dinosaurs. Pigeons are dinosaurs, annoyingly. Even penguins are weird, swimming dinosaurs.”How well does Jon know this to be true? His last paragraphs leave some room for distrust after he pronounces his oracle.This means that dinosaurs and early birds shared the same or similar pattern of fibula development, reflected in their evolutionary relationships and through time.The reason why this happens though remains a bit of a mystery. Modern birds of different sizes and ecologies all show evidence of this fibula reduction. This suggests that it is what is called a ‘non-adaptive’ process, as it is highly unlikely that such a feature would play a part in such different roles.We’re only just beginning to unlock the molecular links between dinosaurs and birds, and this represents a really neat glimpse into the future of this research field. Stay tuned!What channel are we tuned into, again? Is this Comedy Central?Folks, we try to bring you the news about evolution objectively, but it’s extremely difficult to be charitable when reading some of it. Please forgive us. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Record attendance in Nashville as NCBA members elect officers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show wrapped up on Saturday with the election of Nebraska cattleman Craig Uden as the organization’s new president. More than 9,300 people attended this year’s convention, shattering the previous record of 8,200, to engage in grassroots policy process, hear from industry experts and attend the expansive tradeshow. Attendees enjoyed live music all week and closed the convention with a night at the Grand Ole Opry.Kevin Kester of Parkfield, Calif., was voted to serve as NCBA president-elect. Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, Tenn., will serve as vice president. Jerry Effertz of Velva, N.D., is the new Federation chairman and the new Federation vice chair is Dawn Caldwell of Edgar, Neb. The new NCBA Policy Division chairman is Joe Guild, Reno, Nev. and Jerry Bohn of Pratt, Kan., is the new policy vice chairman.Uden, a fourth-generation cattleman from Elwood, Neb., said he is proud to lead the organization.“It is an honor to be selected to lead the industry that my family has worked in for four generations,” Uden said. “We have a great opportunity in the coming year and sharing our story on Capitol Hill and around the country is going to be top priority.”Uden is a partner in Darr Feedlot Inc., a commercial cattle feeding operation in central Nebraska. Craig and his wife, Terri, also own and manage a commercial cow-calf operation.In addition to electing the new officer team, NCBA members voted on new and expiring policy issues, and set policy priorities for the organization that will direct the efforts of NCBA in Washington D.C., and elsewhere.“The coming year is going to be a huge one for the cattle and beef industry from a policy standpoint,” Uden said. “We are facing unprecedented change in Washington D.C., and we’re going to work tirelessly to make sure our producers’ voices are heard in Washington on important issues like tax reform, regulatory relief and international trade.”last_img read more

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The Guardian Launches Its New Subscription-Based iPhone App

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The British newspaper The Guardian launches a new iPhone app today, which the paper touts as delivering more frequent updates and broader content. But the rationale behind the new app isn’t simply to provide a better user experience, but to initiate the new subscription model that this digital version of the app will provide.The Guardian already has an iPhone app, one that will be supplanted by today’s release. Since it launched in December 2009, it’s been downloaded over 200,000 times, and paper says it has a “significantly high” user retention rate, with 75% of those who’ve downloaded it continuing to use it on a monthly basis. 25% use it every single day. Rather than charging a one-time fee to download the app – as with the old version – the new one is free but introduces an ongoing subscription: £2.99 for 6 months and £3.99 for 12 months. For U.S. customers – only about 8% of the app’s readership, according to The Guardian – the app will be ad-supported. The existing app will continue to be available, but only for the next six months when it will be shuttered.With the introduction of a subscription fee, The Guardian’s iPhone app joins the newspapers that are trying to find new ways to monetize their content for online readers. According to paidContent, The Guardian has “devalued itself on mobile to between four and 12 percent of its equivalent print subscription price.” Whether or not that makes it seem like a good deal for newspaper readers, however, remains to be seen. Tags:#news#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Team management looks at Ajinkya Rahane as an opening batsman in ODIs: Rohit Sharma

first_imgHis technique against pacers was solely missed on a seaming track here and India stand-in- skipper Rohit Sharma admitted that accommodating Ajinkya Rahane was tough as he is considered a specialist opening batsman in the 50-over format by the team management.Rahane, who scored four successive half-centuries against Australia, was today left out of the playing XI in the first ODI against Sri Lanka, while Shreyas Iyer was handed a maiden cap at No. 3 and Manish Pandey was picked for the No. 5 slot.”I think we made it clear in Sri Lanka that he is an opening batsman and we don’t want to keep changing his batting slot. It plays on anyone’s mind not just his, if one’s batting order is kept on changing.”We have identified him as an opening batsman and that’s the only reason he had to sit out. Having said that we understand the runs he scored in the past few series. But we wanted to give these guys Pandey, (Kedar) Jadhav, Iyer fair amount of game before we start touring abroad. It’s important that they take the opportunity,” said Rohit at the post match press conference after India went down by seven wickets.After India were bundled out for 112 in 38.2 overs, the islanders crossed the target in 20.4 overs.While none of the Indian batsman could put up a fight, Mahendra Singh Dhoni stood amid the ruins with a gritty 65 and Rohit heaped praise on the former skipper.”He has been at that situation so many times and has proved himself again and again. First of all, I never understood why there was a talk of he being in our plans or not. Once he gets runs the whole conversation changes.advertisement”He showed us again. I wish one of our top order was batting, so that we could have got more runs. But we learn from it and move forward,” said Rohit.Asked if India’s batting collapse is a cause of concern considering that India would be touring South Africa for a Test series under same kind of conditions, Rohit said: “This is a one-day side, I don’t think there is any comparison.”With the Test team we struggled in Kolkata as well but any team in those type of conditions will struggle. I have seen enough cricket and we recently saw Ashes as well, what was happening there as well.”Defending India’s inexplicable batting collapse, Rohit said Sri Lankan bowlers used the tough conditions to their advantage.”In conditions like these, only one or two batsmen will score, not all batsmen will score runs. I don’t think we played any rash shots, but they bowled at the right channel, kept us guessing all the time and batsmen were made to play all the time.”We knew conditions were going to be tough but sometimes when you are put in such situations, you have to bat the situation, which means we got to respect the bowlers. This experience will teach us a lot of things as a team. We take it in our stride and move forward. Again if we are put in that situation we will respond better,” said the captain.Rohit applauded Lankan pace troika of Suranga Lakmal (4/13), Nuwan Pradeep (2/37) and Angelo Mathews (1/8), who rattled the hosts with a fine display of swing bowling.”Credit should go to the Sri Lankan bowlers, they made full use of the conditions. But as a team, as a batting unit, days like these will teach us a lot of things, not always we will play on flat conditions and we as a team want to thrive in such conditions and come out on top,” he said.”If you notice, any bowler bowling in that channel would have got wickets. For us we were trying to survive in those conditions because we knew that if initial overs we get over, wicket will get better but we lost wickets and we were also not scoring in that pace, so that put us in even more trouble.”It is an eye opener, we will learn from it. It is a young batting group, these guys, including myself, will learn and play out of these situations well next time,” Rohit insisted.On Jasprit Bumrah dismissing Upul Tharanga on a no-ball, Rohit said it didn’t cost India the match as there was not enough total on the board in any case.”We lost the game with the bat and not with the ball. It will be unfair to single out one individual, especially a bowler. I think we as a batting group failed. Nobody knew it will happen but this is the game that we play and they go out there trying their best.advertisement”I wouldn’t say it cost us dearly, because there was not enough total on the board. If we were defending 180-190, but if you are defending 110, you can hardly do anything except with the new ball and comeback into the game.last_img read more

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12 days agoAubameyang in line for new pay-rise at Arsenal

first_imgAubameyang in line for new pay-rise at Arsenalby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in line for a new pay-rise at Arsenal.Sport says Arsenal have opened negotiations with Aubameyang over a new contract at the club.Aubameyang has two years remaining on his existing deal at the Emirates, but the Gunners are keen to secure his future through to 2023.Since joining from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 75 appearances for Arsenal. The Gabon star has made it clear he’s happy with the Londoners. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days agoMan Utd legend Neville: Solskjaer tactics spot on against Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville: Solskjaer tactics spot on against Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Phil Neville says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his tactics “spot on” against Liverpool on Sunday.Solskjaer’s decision to play with five in defence nullified Liverpool’s attacking threat at Old Trafford for the majority of the game, before Adam Lallana equalised in the final minutes.”Tactically, Ole got it really spot on,” the England women’s manager told Optus Sport.”Five at the back, they defended the middle of the pitch really well, the three centre-backs, in particular, defended the goal really well, every cross that came in from wide areas they were set.”Just that cross at the end when it gets fired across the box. Rojo just lost a little bit of concentration and it got punished.”Liverpool did finish really strong and United will feel like that’s two points dropped.” last_img read more

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Ontario government to bring back buck a beer by Labour Day source

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario will see the return of buck a beer by Labour Day weekend, The Canadian Press has learned, though some in the industry predict few brewers will embrace the new, lower minimum price.A source with knowledge of the plan says the Progressive Conservative government is expected to announce Tuesday that it will lower the minimum price of a bottle or can of beer to $1 from $1.25 by the September holiday weekend.Brewers would not be required to charge less, however, and the lower minimum price would not apply to draft beer, nor would it include the bottle deposit.The government is hoping to get brewers on board by launching what it calls a “buck-a-beer challenge” with incentives for those who cut prices to $1, the source said.The move was one of Premier Doug Ford’s promises during the spring election campaign, and Ford suggested in a video released Friday that he would be making good on it soon. He has also vowed to broaden the sale of beer and wine to corner and box stores.The Tories have said bringing back buck a beer would allow more competition in the beer market without affecting the province’s revenues from beer and wine taxes, which brought in roughly $589 million in 2016-2017, according to government documents.Ontario previously had buck-a-bottle beer but the Liberal government quietly hiked the minimum price in 2008, citing its “social responsibility” mandate.In its heyday, buck a beer was a successful marketing campaign and seized a significant share of the market, said Scott Simmons, president of Ontario Craft Brewers, who was an executive at The Beer Store at the time.Several brewers adopted it, including Lakeport, which “really took it to town,” said Simmons, who spent a year at the company.But the costs of making beer have gone up, as have the provincial and federal taxes, making it less feasible for brewers to sell their product at the $1 minimum price now, he said.“I don’t see many, if any, heading to that price simply from a profitability point of view,” he said.“I don’t think it can be done in 2018 but some brewers may think it can be done and I’d be interested to see what’s actually in the product that they’re selling at that price,” he said. “It can’t be very good, let me put it that way.”Few brewers sell at the current minimum price unless they’re having a sale, Simmons said, noting that an additional $6 drop for a case of 24 would likely wipe out any profits.Still, the move will appeal to value-conscious consumers, though it probably won’t affect the craft beer market, which attracts a demographic that is willing to pay more, he said.last_img read more

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EU top court adviser Google can limit right to be forgotten

first_imgLONDON — An adviser to Europe’s top court says Google doesn’t have to extend “right to be forgotten” rules to its search engines globally.The European Court of Justice’s advocate general released a preliminary opinion Thursday in the case involving the U.S. tech company and France’s data privacy regulator.The court ruled in 2014 that people have the right to control what appears when their name is searched online. That decision forced Google to delete links to outdated or embarrassing personal information that popped up in searches.The two sides had sought clarification on a 2015 French decision ordering Google to remove results for all its search engines on request, and not just European country sites like www.google.fr .The Associated Presslast_img read more

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