first_imgSTOKE (4-2-3-1)BUTLAND, JOHNSON, SHAWCROSS, WOLLSCHEID, PIETERS,VAN GINKEL,WHELAN,SHAQIRI, AFELLAY, ARNAUTOVIC, BOJANARSENAL (4-2-3-1)GIROUD, CAMPBELL, OZIL, WALCOTT,FLAMINI, RAMSEY,MONREAL, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, BELLERIN,CECHArsenal are still top of the Barclays Premier League after drawing 3-3 at Liverpool on Wednesday. They were leading late on but had their advantage at the top of the Premier League cut after Joe Allen’s late equaliser gave Liverpool a fortunate point.Olivier Giroud’s second-half strike – his second of the night and 18th of the season – looked to have put the Gunners on course for a crucial victory, but substitute Allen rewarded the hosts for a display bursting with energy and spirit with a low 90th-minute finish.Roberto Firmino twice gave Liverpool the lead in the first half, the second a spectacular 20-yard drive, but Arsenal took advantage of poor defending from J¸rgen Klopp’s side to level through Aaron Ramsey and Giroud.The Gunners, though, will be determined to win at the Britannia Stadium; not only are points needed in the race to become Premier League champions but their record at Stoke in the competition is poor.last_img read more

New Garda SUVs to hit the road in Donegal

first_imgAn Garda Síochána has unveiled a new batch of luxury SUVs for operations across the country. The BMW X5s, which have off-road capabilities, have been assigned to Dublin Metropolitan, Eastern, Southern and Northern Garda Regions, which includes Donegal.Some of the vehicles are assigned to Special Tactics & Operations Command (STOC) in the greater Dublin area and will be available to support services and spontaneous incidents in regional areas. The BMW X5 was recently named best luxury SUV by Consumer Reports and is one of the best-sellers in its class.The new batch has been introduced to the force in addition to new vehicles allocated to the Roads Policing Unit. A new 191 Hyundai fleet was added earlier this month for MIT checkpoints nationwide.@GardaTraffic New Garda SUVs to hit the road in Donegal was last modified: April 29th, 2019 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:Gardalast_img read more

Warriors scout prospective No. 1 draft pick, who is ruled ineligible by the NCAA

first_imgWit and wisdom from Grandma Part II:Grandma said that when she met Grandpa, it was love at first sight. So dumbstruck was Grandpa that Grandma told him, “When your eyes get full, use your pockets.”Here’s hoping the Warriors brass who embarked Tuesday on a roadie to scout James Wiseman in Portland packed their pockets. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device Wiseman? He is a 7-1, 240-pound center, a specimen and a half who is the …last_img

A Brain Wouldn’t Survive Star Travel

first_imgDon’t take a star trek unless you want to arrive demented.According to Science Daily, prolonged exposure to cosmic radiation accelerates the development of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease.  The headline says it: “Space Travel May Be Harmful to the Brain, Study Suggests; Prolonged Cosmic Radiation Exposure Could Hasten Alzheimer’s.”  The press release at the University of Rochester put it this way: “Houston, We Have Another Problem.”A study published in PLoS ONE (open access) found that mice at Brookhaven National Lab exposed to radiation levels similar to those in space had accelerated levels of dementia.  This damage adds to the well-known cancer risks and potential for muscle atrophy for long trips in weightlessness. The new study shows that galactic cosmic rays not only have cardiovascular and musculoskeletal impacts – they slowly destroy the brain.Why is galactic cosmic radiation so damaging?  Can’t NASA guard against it?  The press release explains,While space is full of radiation, the earth’s magnetic field generally protects the planet and people in low earth orbit from these particles. However, once astronauts leave orbit, they are exposed to constant shower of various radioactive particles. With appropriate warning, astronauts can be shielded from dangerous radiation associated with solar flares. But there are also other forms of cosmic radiation that, for all intents and purposes, cannot be effectively blocked.That’s because cosmic rays are so energetic; shielding cannot stop them, or else it creates a shower of lower-energy particles that are also damaging. Heavy iron particles sent out from galaxies would be impossible to deflect: “One would have to essentially wrap a spacecraft in a six-foot block of lead or concrete,” co-author M. Kerry O’Banion said.  Try launching that out of Earth gravity.There aren’t as many cosmic particles as those in the solar wind, but the damage they cause accumulates. “Because this radiation exists in low levels, the longer an astronaut is in deep space, the greater the exposure.”  At this rate, forget star travel; the effects may be too harsh for astronauts on NASA’s drawing-board proposals for a 3-year mission to Mars.Update 1/07/13:  Science NOW reported on results from the Mars500 mission simulation, during which six practice crewmen lived in the confinement of a space capsule for 520 days – the length of time for a Mars round trip.  In short, they became couch potatoes: lethargic, bored, and unenthusiastic.  This is another reality that mission planners will have to take into account.This updates an entry from 9/23/2006, showing that the problem has not gone away with six more years of research.  The take-home lesson should be gratitude for the safety bubble we inhabit in the cosmic shooting gallery, allowing us to live, love, and enjoy the beauty of creation.  Safe within our bubble, Hollywood screenwriters can envision epic space voyages (acted out by actors in Earth-bound studios), and astronomers can search out the most distant galaxies and strive to understand the entire universe from a protected platform – our Privileged Planet. (Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Reporters Disparage Bible with Fake History

first_img(Visited 524 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In a rush to discredit the Bible, certain reporters failed to research all that the Bible says about Canaanites.The Bible says such-and-such, but what REALLY happened, according to ‘science’, is this-and-that. Reporters sometimes fill in this boilerplate with the latest published findings of new research. In a recent case, Science Daily teases with a set-up about the Canaanites: “But who were they and what ultimately happened to them? Were they annihilated like the Bible says?” You know what’s coming next:Now, researchers who’ve sequenced the first ancient Canaanite genomes along with genomes representing people from modern-day Lebanon have new information to help answer those questions. DNA evidence reported in the American Journal of Human Genetics on July 27 shows that the Canaanites did not just disappear. Instead, they survived and are the ancestors of the people now living in modern-day Lebanon.“We found that the Canaanites were a mixture of local people who settled in farming villages during the Neolithic period and eastern migrants who arrived in the region about 5,000 years ago,” said Marc Haber of The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom. “The present-day Lebanese are likely to be direct descendants of the Canaanites, but they have in addition a small proportion of Eurasian ancestry that may have arrived via conquests by distant populations such as the Assyrians, Persians, or Macedonians.”Basically, the Bible is wrong. That’s the message. Notice how other sites echo this press release from Cell Press uncritically:“Bronze Age DNA helps unravel true fate of biblical Canaanites” (Andy Coghlan at New Scientist). Notice his emphasis on “true” fate from science, as opposed to what the Bible says. He continues, “After comparing the Canaanite DNA with that from 99 living Lebanese volunteers, the team found that almost 90 per cent of present day Lebanese DNA is shared with the Canaanites, suggesting that biblical reports of their annihilation were greatly exaggerated.““No archaeological evidence for the widespread destruction of Canaanite settlements described in the Bible has yet been identified, and many scholars believe that the Israelites, who appear around the beginning of the Iron Age, may have originally been Canaanites.” (National Geographic)“Canaanites Live: DNA Reveals Fate of Biblical People” (Stephanie Pappas at Live Science). “In part because the Canaanites kept their records on easily degradable papyrus rather than clay, little is known about their side of the story. But now, ancient DNA reveals that the Canaanites were the descendants of Stone Age settlers and the ancestors of the Lebanese.” The suggestion is that the Bible is not trustworthy. Pappas would apparently prefer to interview a Canaanite to find out his side of the story, and would consider that more authoritative than the Bible.None of these articles cite a specific Bible reference. They assume that the Bible says Israel wiped out all trace of the Canaanites. Instead, ‘science’ shows that their DNA lives on in the modern Lebanese. Q.E.D. The Bible goofed.In the Pentateuch, God did indeed order Israel to exterminate the Canaanites. Too bad the reporters didn’t get beyond Deuteronomy into Joshua, Judges, Kings and Chronicles. The sad history the Bible unfolds in detail is that, just as God had warned through Moses and the prophets, Israel disobeyed and did not drive the Canaanites out of the land. And just as the prophets had warned, those idol-worshipers became thorns and snares to the people God had called to Himself to be a holy people, separate from the nations, heirs of the land He had promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.Another frequent misconception is that Israel was ordered to burn and destroy everything in Canaan. That is false even from the days of Moses, who told the Israelites that they would be living in cities they had not built, using vineyards they had not planted, and enjoying a good land of milk and honey. God said he would drive out the inhabitants gradually, not all at once (Exodus 23:29-30). Only in a few cases, like Jericho, were they ordered to destroy everything and everybody. And contrary to what National Geographic says, Biblical archaeologists like Dr Bryant Wood have found conclusive evidence that is exactly what happened at Jericho in the time of Joshua.A misreading of Joshua might seem to suggest widespread destruction of many cities. There were some great victories in the beginning, but the book of Joshua closes with a listing of vast areas that still needed conquering. And the book of Judges shows the Israelites losing faith, becoming unable to drive out the inhabitants of many of the Canaanite cities. It took many years for Israel to conquer the Jebusites inhabiting Jerusalem, till David finally captured the city. And the Gibeonites made a league with Joshua by subterfuge, with an oath, allowing them to live in the land as servants. God honored that oath and punished King Saul many years later for having violated it.In short, the Bible depicts Israel living alongside the Canaanites, never being able to drive them all out, and undoubtedly intermarrying with them at times—something the Bible discouraged, but permitted for captive women (e.g., Rahab the harlot, who rescued the two Israelite spies at Jericho, and ended up in the lineage of Messiah). It should not be surprising that Canaanite traits (if one accepts the genetic testing at face value) live on in today’s Lebanese.Once again, secular reporters published fake news, fake history, and fake Bible. David Klinghoffer came to pretty much the same conclusion at Evolution News & Science Today, complaining about “culturally illiterate science reporters” using the study to “slap [the] Bible around.”Let’s briefly address the matter of God ordering the extermination of the Canaanites. The main thing is that God is sovereign. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away; He gives life, and who can stop him from taking it? Who is going to tell God He is wrong? That is utter folly. He is the standard. Even so, God destroyed many of the Canaanites himself without Joshua’s army having to do it all. He sent hornets (Exodus 23:28), hailstones (Joshua 10:11), and other natural disasters against them. He turned some of the city-states against each other, so they killed themselves. And the Canaanites were evil. They burned their children in the fire to idols. They worshiped the creature rather than the Creator. Their ‘worship’ included all kinds of sexual perversions, as happened at Baal-Peor. In His wisdom, God knew what neighbors like this would do to His people. He warned and warned, but they lusted after the gods of the Canaanites anyway. So Israel became just as corrupt and evil as the nations He had ordered Israel to drive out. Look at the stories of Ahab and Jezebel, Athaliah, Ahaz, and Manasseh. The northern 10 tribes became so corrupt early on, that after nearly 3 centuries of rebellion, God finally sent the Assyrians to take them captive, never to return (except for some who had migrated to Judah).God had a unique plan for Israel: to carve out, from all the nations, a people for His own possession, to whom He would teach His laws (e.g., the Ten Commandments), inspire written Scripture for them, and give birth to Messiah for the world (Romans 3). It called for unique and special orders. God’s order to Israel to wipe out the Canaanites was like cancer surgery, in order to save the body of humanity. The good news is that, in spite of Israel’s failings, God succeeded in bringing salvation to the world through His Son, Jesus Christ. Now that the debt of sin was paid on the cross of Christ, anyone who calls on His name, be they Lebanese, Canaanite, Hittite, Jebusite, or Afghan, can receive God’s grace by faith.last_img read more

SA set for young ‘Pimps’

first_img17 August 2007In an effort to boost self-employment in the country, the Usobomvu Youth Fund (UYF) is assisting 250 youngsters with start-up capital to sell prepaid airtime vouchers and energy drinks, as well as to become “Pimps” – positively intelligently motivated persons.The 250 were chosen from various UYF databases.The government-endorsed youth organisation has entered into a partnership with local company Mojalife that will see Pimps around South Africa distributing prepaid airtime and PimpJuice, a non-carbonated energy drink created by US rapper Nelly.The St Louis-based musician, whose real name is Cornell Haynes junior, has also released a song named after the drink, which sells over 2-million cans a month in the US.“We have a very big year planned for Derrty ENT (Nelly’s record label), Apple Bottoms, and Pimp Juice,” Nelly explained on the official PimpJuice website earlier this year.“I am very excited about the new pimp juice flavour coming out this summer. I am continuously amazed by PimpJuice and hip hop’s success overseas, and am very excited about visiting South Africa for personal and promotional reasons,” Nelly said.PimpJuice will be distributed and licensed under Mojalife, a company headed by local businessman Matthews Phosa. It will be produced and manufactured in South Africa, with plans to supply Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Israel.“The person that sells the most PimpJuice at the end of 24 months will receive a BMW 116i vehicle and will have their entire loan paid back to UYF by Mojalife,” Phosa said in a statement earlier this month.“The person who comes second will receive a holiday valued at R25 000, while number three will receive an X-Box and games valued at R5 000.”There is also a retail distribution opportunity for youth-owned companies who want to start or expand their businesses. Distributors will also be given rights per area to supply retail chain stores, pubs, restaurant other prospective buyers.The partnership between the two organisations will provide youngsters with a unique opportunity of being part of an international brand and will help them establish business with large companies and other world brands.Pimp My RideThe relationship will also see Mojalife, using the branding of PimpJuice, venturing into television. The partners recently signed a deal with UK-based Screen Ventures and MTV Networks to shoot 52 episodes of the international television series “Pimp My Ride” in South Africa.The popular show sees young people writing in to have their old, damaged and sometimes written-off cars given a new lease on life by being re-vamped, customised and made better than new by a team of motor mechanics and customisers.“Pimp My Ride” is currently screened in the original US version and as “Pimp My Ride UK” and “Pimp My Ride International”, which focuses on Europe. Also mooted for local television audiences is a hip-hop reality show based on the “Idols” format.The winner could possibly receive a two-year recording contract with Nelly’s Derrty ENT record company.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Not good for democracy: Sena; Opposition supports Raj Thackeray

first_imgSupport poured in for Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday from opposition parties as well as ruling alliance partner Shiv Sena as he was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) all of Thursday.MNS workers registered their protest against the government action through the hashtag #ISupportRajThackeray on social media. Late on Wednesday, unknown persons threw pamphlets in Lalbaug and Parel asking why the ED had never questioned BJP leaders. Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said Mr. Thackeray had raised issues against the Central government’s functioning during the Lok Sabha campaign. “Instead of answering, the government sent an ED notice. Anyone who questions the government is either served a notice or termed anti-national. This isn’t good for democracy, this is dictatorship,” said Mr. Thorat.On Wednesday, Mr. Thackeray’s estranged cousin and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had said he does not expect anything concrete to emerge from the ED probe. On Thursday, Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said that despite their political differences, both the Thackerays are brothers. “Uddhavji has made himself clear on this issue. Blood is always thicker than politics,” said Mr. Raut.The Nationalist Congress Party too criticised the action taken against Mr. Thackeray. “If the ED finds the Kohinoor case worthy enough to be investigated, then let them do that. But the timing of the ED summons to Raj Thackeray clearly raises questions,” said NCP’s Mumbai president Nawab Malik.Leader of the Opposition in Council, Dhananjay Munde, said every individual who has dared to ask this government questions has been victimised and is being thrown into the net of enquiries and investigation agencies.last_img read more