30 Dec
2019

A team of 11 players with 12 Champions League medals Ed Woodward’s failed to sign!

first_imgPedro signs for Chelsea, Otamendi heads to Manchester City.In just one week Manchester United have been beaten to the signings of two long term targets by their biggest title rivals.Fans are frustrated with what is supposedly chief executive Ed Woodward’s failure to secure a number of top targets during his two years in charge.talkSPORT has put together a top class XI featuring players strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford during Woodward’s period as chief executive, that have signed deals elsewhere. 9. Pedro (attack) – snatched from beneath United’s noses. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – Few players can boast a CV quite as impressive as Pedro’s. The classy Spaniard was courted for most of the summer with Woodward heading out to Barcelona to seal a deal only to see Chelsea gazump them yet again. 12 6. Cesc Fabregas (midfield) – charmed by Mourinho. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – In another problem position for United, many saw Fabregas as the heir apparent to Paul Scholes. Restless at Barcelona, a move seemed on the cards until Chelsea swanned in and snatched the midfield schemer. Trophy laden transfer targets – Between them this team has won the Champions League 12 times, four World Cups, five European Championships and one League One title. 7. Toni Kroos (midfield) – chose trophies over Old Trafford. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – Having just won the World Cup with Germany and seemingly keen to leave Bayern Munich for a new challenge, Kroos would have been a quality addition to bolster United’s flimsy midfield. Kroos was available but he chose Real Madrid instead. 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) A proven Premier League goalkeeper available on the cheap? While Man United dithered, Chelsea snapped him up! Click the arrow above, right to see other players Man United could have signed – United went into the summer transfer window in clear need of a top notch keeper with David De Gea’s heart set on a move to Real Madrid and the cracks in Victor Valdes’ relationship with Louis Van Gaal already starting to show. Begovic became available but Chelsea snuck in first and bagged the Bosnian for a cut-price £8million. Instead, they signed Sergio Romero, who was a back up ‘keeper at Sampdoria. 12 12 11. Gareth Bale (attack) – continues to evade United. Click the arrow above, right to see how much silverware this group of players has won – Missed out on top target Bale in Moyes’ first summer and have been linked with the mercurial Welshman ever since. United’s big spending in recent years makes a mockery of the idea they couldn’t afford the world’s most expensive player when he went to Real Madrid in 2013. 5. Leighton Baines (left back) – turned down chance to be reunited with Moyes. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – David Moyes’ doomed tenure started with a disastrous summer spent courting his former charges at Everton. Having complained for years about the big clubs stealing his star players at Goodison Park, Moyes promptly tried, and failed, to lure Baines to Manchester, during his time in charge. 12 2. Dani Alves (right back) – bombastic right back snubbed Old Trafford deal. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – Neither Rafael or Antonio Valencia looked like the long-term solution at right back and the flamboyant Brazilian was nearing the end of his contract at Barcelona. It seemed like the perfect marriage when Alves courted United; either that or just a clever ploy from Alves to get a new contract at Barca. Still, Darmian has looked tasty since signing, so perhaps not signing Alves is a blessing. 12 12 12 8. Thiago Alcantara (midfield) – preferred move to Germany. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – Son of a World Cup winner, schooled at Barcelona’s La Masia academy and available having found chances at Barca hard to come by. Turned down Moyes to go to Bayern Munich where he has won four trophies in two injury-struck seasons. 12 12 10. Roberto Firmino (attack) – snubbed Red Devils for fierce rivals. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – A player who would have provided a creative spark and goals to a team that badly needs both, missing out on the Brazilian international will be doubly painful for the Old Trafford faithful due to him choosing rivals Liverpool. 12 12 4. Sergio Ramos (centre back) – Spaniard stayed in Madrid. Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – One of the finest, and dirtiest, defenders in the world game, Ramos would have walked into the Red Devils first team. Took a leaf out of Alves’ book, however, and signed new terms in Spain instead. 3. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) – will Van Gaal rue missing out to rivals? Click the arrow above, right to see other failed Man United moves – Since Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left Old Trafford there has been a clear need for quality reinforcements at the back. The bruising Otamendi has long been linked with a move to Manchester and has finally got his wish; only to the blue half of the city. 12last_img read more

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21 Dec
2019

Revealed: Donegal people earn lowest incomes in Ireland

first_imgDonegal people have the lowest incomes in the country, new CSO figures reveal.The average household in Donegal takes in €32,259, which is €12,000 below the national average.Households in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown had the highest median gross income at €66,203 in 2016, when the study was taken. Donegal also has the lowest income per person among the working population, where the average pay is €24,626 a year.In contrast, one in five households in Donegal received the majority of their income from working age social welfare payments.The geographical study looked health, wealth and education, finding that Donegal had the highest proportion of medical card holders in Ireland. Nearly half (48.4%) of people in Donegal had a medical card in 2016.Looking at the impact of education on income, the study found that people with an honours degree education in Donegal also earned some of the lowest wages in the country. Donegal people with an honours degree qualification as their highest level of education had the second lowest earnings at €34,537 per year. Carlow was the lowest at €34,326.Infographic by CSO   Revealed: Donegal people earn lowest incomes in Ireland was last modified: June 21st, 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)last_img read more

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20 Dec
2019

Photos | Exploring the California super bloom on Table Mountain

first_imgCHICO — A visit to Table Mountain during the months of spring rain is the best time to find fresh wildflowers before summer heat sets in. With the promise of a super bloom this year thanks to several extremely heavy storms, I was very hopeful about this spring’s potential for flowers up on the meadows and along the flowing creek, and took an afternoon drive to the mountain before the rain clouds returned.Driving from Chico to Durham-Pentz Road and Cherokee Road up to North Table Mountain …last_img

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19 Dec
2019

Imagination Cures Falsifications of Darwinism

first_imgHow many show-stoppers does it take to stop a show?  With Darwinism, the show goes on despite multiple falsifications.  The trick is to imagine solutions that don’t require evidence.Top-Down Head InversionNotice this admission in an article on PhysOrg titled, “Scientific study turns understanding about evolution on its head” —Our understanding of how animals on the planet evolved may be wrong, according to scientists at the University.In a new paper, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, evolutionary biologists from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry looked at nearly one hundred fossil groups to test the notion that it takes groups of animals many millions of years to reach their maximum diversity of form.Contrary to popular belief, not all animal groups continued to evolve fundamentally new morphologies through time. The majority actually achieved their greatest diversity of form (disparity) relatively early in their histories.The paper, attempting to explain the Cambrian explosion, was analyzed on Evolution News & Views.  Normally, an admission of this magnitude would be sufficient to say, “Game over.  We were wrong about Darwinism.”  Suffice it to say that the Cambrian explosion (which was known to Darwin) has never been answered – yet Darwinism marches on in triumph as if nothing happened.  Later in the PhysOrg article, though, the imaginary scenario appeared to save the day.  A co-author of the paper said,“Our results hint that this may hinge upon the evolution of new ‘key innovations’ that enable groups to exploit new resources or habitats, for example dinosaurs growing feathers and evolving wings or fish evolving legs and moving onto land to claim new territory.”Quick, Make Like a FishIn the evolutionary story, the Devonian period is often called the Age of Fish.  It ended, though (the story goes) by a series of mass extinctions, wiping out all but a couple of genera.  Why do we have so many ray-finned fish today, then, “from tuna to trout, catfish to cod, swordfish to sunfish, perch to piranha, goldfish to goby”?  PhysOrg imagines that evolution was fast to fill in the vacancies:“These early, post-Devonian ray-finned fish provide the first glimpse of what is to come: an evolutionary profusion of body forms, fin shapes, and extraordinary jaws and teeth. The ray-finned fish really do exemplify Darwin’s comment about ‘endless forms most beautiful and wonderful,’” Coates said.Rapid “evolutionary profusion” is called “diversification” or “radiation” in evolutionary terms (the PNAS paper used the word rapid three times).  If there’s a vacancy, customers must want to show up: “in the immediate aftermath of the end-Devonian extinction, ray-finned fish had already acquired a diversity of forms that gave them an evolutionary edge, enabling them to fill the ecological vacuum left by the demise of most major fish groups.”  The evolutionist imagines that if a vacancy “enables” a fish to fill a vacuum, it will – endlessly and most beautifully.  It’s only a matter of evolutionary time to get catfish, lionfish and zebrafish.Meteoritic SelectionIn the evolutionary story, dinosaurs and many other animals went extinct when the asteroid dubbed Chicxulub hit the ocean near Mexico 60 million years ago.  The fiery cataclysm was followed by a kind of “nuclear winter” – a one-two punch. Problem: many species survived just fine.  For instance, half of marine species went extinct, but only about 10% in freshwater ecosystems, including delicate ones like turtles and amphibians.  Doesn’t this cast doubt on the story?Science Now wielded imagination to keep the evolutionary saga going.  In “Why Some Species Thrived While Dinos Died,” the reporter deferred to a University of Colorado expert who imagined that the survivors either learned to scavenge or hibernate, surviving on groundwater or under the ice until conditions got better.  It makes a good story to tell impressionable students:The team’s analysis “basically tells the story I’ve been telling my students for years,” Holtz says: While many species in the marine realm starved when the base of the food chain collapsed, he notes, the bottom-feeders there—as well as many species in freshwater ecosystems—were taking advantage of stored sources of nutrients such as nutrient-rich runoff from the land and previously accumulated organic material. In a sense, he says, they were “eating from the pantry,” so they suffered less severely.Seems strange that not a single dinosaur (and many were small) never thought of those survival tricks.Once Upon a TimeThat’s exactly how a PhysOrg article begins on “the evolution of multicellularity.”  It would seem a major hurdle to get cells to organize into cooperative and differentiated systems (to say nothing of body plans, with tissues and organs).  But with evolutionary imagination, nothing is impossible if you try:Once upon a time all cells were solitary, going about the everyday business of life on their own.Then, perhaps as many as 25 times in the history of life, some cells tried something different: banding together into groups. A few of these attempts gave rise to groups of cells that worked together rather like bees in a beehive, eventually resulting in the trillions-strong communities of cells that make up complex multicellular organisms like us.Roberta Fisher continued to employ her imagination in the interview.  Perhaps microbes tried organizing for defense.  Perhaps they wanted to try new sex positions.  Perhaps they got political.  Perhaps they wanted better ways to disperse.  Perhaps they did it out of unselfish love… on and on she goes, never citing an observational peg to hang these ideas on.  The fact that multicellular organisms enjoy some of the benefits does not imply that microbes wanted to “try” them.  Obviously, one-celled organisms vastly outnumber multicellular organisms even today.Fisher’s paper in Current Biology, “Group Formation, Relatedness, and the Evolution of Multicellularity,” continues much of the same line, only translated into jargonese with more chutzpah.  She and her co-authors did admit up front, though, that “The major challenge raised by each of these transitions is to explain why individuals should join together and become mutually dependent in a way that leads to a more complex individual.”  Why is that a major challenge?  Didn’t Darwin explain that?These papers and articles sample the literature on Darwinism.  No challenge or falsifying evidence is too strong to overpower the imaginations of evolutionists.  This was shown starkly in Ray Comfort’s new film, “Evolution vs. God” (available online).  When he challenged Gail E. Kennedy for evidence for evolution, she responded, “The problem with those who are unable to see evolution is I think they don’t have imaginations.”Our commentary from 1/17/07 will suffice here.  See also Brett Miller’s cartoon for the Bandwagon fallacy set to the song, “Imagine.” (Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

Rahul Gandhi meets NHAI officials over acquisition for widening NH-56

first_imgDemanding fair compensation to farmers and traders affected by the expansion works of a highway passing through Amethi, his Lok Sabha constituency, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday called upon officials of the National Highways Authority of India here.Mr. Gandhi reached the regional office of the NHAI, joining a delegation of farmers and traders, and submitted a memorandum in their support.The matter relates to the widening of NH-56 that passes through Kathaura gram sabha on the Lucknow-Sultanpur road in Amethi’s Jagdishpur area. The villagers allege that officials acquired farm land without paying adequate compensation and that their shops and houses were being demolished for the construction of a by-lane for parking vehicles on either side of the highway.Officials said that some shops needed to be demolished for the construction of a bus-lane.With senior leaders Raj Babbar and Jitin Prasada in tow, Mr. Gandhi discussed the issue with NHAI officials here in the presence of farmers and traders who had come from Amethi.Talking to media, Mr. Gandhi hit out at the BJP government accusing it of not following proper procedure in acquiring land. He asked the officials to re-evaluate the compensation to be given to the affected people.Rajeev Agarwal, NHAI regional director, said Mr. Gandhi requested the authority to shift the location of the bus lane so that the project was not hampered, while shops could also be saved from demolition.Mr. Agarwal said the authorities would look into the “technical feasibility” of Mr. Gandhi’s demands and respond within a few days.“We will see if it is technically feasible or not. Then we will inform him officially through our headquarters. We need to inspect the site with the consultants and examine various points first,” Mr. Agarwal told The Hindu.Mr. Gandhi raising voice for farmers and traders comes close on the heels of a dharna held in Ambedkar Nagar by Mr. Babbar, UP Congress president, under the party’s ‘Hakh Maango Abhiyaan.’Mr. Babbar staged an overnight dharna on Sunday protesting the local authorities’ alleged forceful demolition of houses of villagers, acquiring land without permission and not paying proper compensation to the affected.Mr. Babbar called off the dharna on Monday after officials agreed to fulfill his demands.last_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

10 months agoEx-Chelsea striker Cascarino backing Arnautovic move

first_imgEx-Chelsea striker Cascarino backing Arnautovic moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino says they should move for West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic.Cascarino has even compared the charismatic West Ham star to Manchester United legend Eric Cantona.“You know the one player I’d really want to take? Arnautovic – I’d take him in a heartbeat,” Cascarino said. “I think he’d fit perfectly into Chelsea.“The thing with Arnautovic – he reminds me of that Eric Cantona mindset. He thinks he’s good enough to be up there at the top table, and he is.“He was dreadful at times last year but there’s a real player in there and he needs a challenge and maybe the challenge is West Ham?” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard welcomes Klopp’s BVB comparison

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard welcomes Klopp’s BVB comparisonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has welcomed praise from Jurgen Klopp ahead of Liverpool’s visit on Sunday.The German likened them to the youthful Borussia Dortmund side he developed.“I just respect him hugely. It was a nice thing for me going up against him in the Super Cup because I’ve got a huge respect,” said Lampard.“I love the way he’s come into that club, his charisma but not just that, professionally how he went in there and has his way and doesn’t mess about and quite rightly he’s got the success he deserves for how he works.“So I’ll take words from him as a fantastic and experienced coach about my players and what they’re doing and hopefully working in the right way, and be happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

a month agoArsenal youngster Smith Rowe out for two weeks with concussion

first_imgArsenal youngster Smith Rowe out for two weeks with concussionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe is set to miss two weeks of action after suffering a head injury against Nottingham Forest.Manager Unai Emery said after the 5-0 win that Smith Rowe’s collision with Forest skipper Jack Robinson wasn’t serious.The 19-year-old has suffered concussion and will not return to action for at least six days due to FIFA protocol.The Daily Mail adds that Arsenal will likely extend that break to two weeks given Smith Rowe’s age.It was the youngster’s first appearance this Eason after covering from injury. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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24 Oct
2019

Processing of Banana Loans Begins Tomorrow

first_imgCome tomorrow (Nov.14), the People’s Cooperative (PC) Bank is slated to begin processing loan applications for the disbursement of $100 million to banana farmers ,who suffered heavy losses during the passage of Hurricane Sandy three weeks ago. Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, said that the exercise will commence at the Trinity boxing plant in St Mary, one of the three banana producing parishes hardest hit. The others are Portland and St. Thomas. Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the loan facility at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices on Tuesday (Nov. 13), Minister Clarke, informed that the processing of loan applications for farmers in Portland will commence on Friday (Nov. 16) at the Boundbrook Wharf. The loan facility was negotiated by the Ministry with the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), which has dispatched the funds to the PC bank, for disbursement through its branches. The Ministry was able to provide $13. 5 million in subsidy, which will enable the farmers to receive the loans at a five per cent interest rate, down from the 8.5 per cent proposed by DBJ. Mr. Clarke indicated that the $100 million represents a 100 per cent increase on $50 million previously earmarked by the DBJ to finance a Ministry pilot project aimed at resuscitating the industry and stimulating the local market in the wake of significant dislocation caused by Tropical Storms Gustav and Nicole in 2008 and 2010, respectively. “We were on the verge of moving forward to see how well we could get back on track…(and) were awaiting disbursement of the funds and the implementation (of the) programme (when) Hurricane Sandy (struck). It…might (well have been)…a blessing in disguise that we did not put that $50 million programme in place earlier, because  we would have been back at square one,’ the Minister stated. He encouraged the farmers to make their applications to the PC Banks in order to access this facility, noting that they must be registered with the Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA) and the Banana Board. He said that the Banana Board, through its Transfer Officers, will be providing technical support to assist the farmers in preparing their loan applications. This provision, which he informed, is being underwritten by the Agricultural Credit Board (ACB) at a cost of $5 million, is to “ensure that all the protocols and standards of production are achieved to guarantee the success of this supervised loan programme”. Minister Clarke also advised that additional assessments are being conducted in St. Mary consequent on heavy flood rains, which lashed the parish over the last weekend. Jamaica’s agricultural sector sustained heavy damage and losses totalling some $1.5 billion during the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24, resulting in the dislocation of some 37,000 farmers.  Approximately 70 per cent of the local banana industry was impacted, with Portland, St, Thomas and St. Mary recording up to 100 per cent losses. Bananas aside, there was damage to plantains, cocoa, root crops, tubers, poultry, vegetables, and sugar cane, and Clarke disclosed that relief is also being extended to these are other sub-sectors, through RADA. These include: the distribution of fertilizer, chickens, feeds, seeds, and funding to assist with making purchases. “I think, in total, we are going to be distributing about 22,000 bags of fertilizer. We were assisted by (local fertilizer manufacturer Newport) Fersan Limited, which made a donation of about 1000 bags and we are purchasing the rest (from them). They have kindly consented to give us a discount of about eight per cent from what we are buying from them,” the Minister informed.last_img read more

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18 Oct
2019

Power gencos outstanding on discoms up 30 in June

first_imgNew Delhi: The outstanding dues of power producers from distribution utilities have risen by more than 30 per cent to Rs 46,412 crore in June 2019 compared to the same month of the last year, showing stress in the sector. According to PRAAPTI portal, distribution companies owed a total of Rs 34,465 crore to power generation companies in June 2018. The portal was launched in May 2018 to bring in transparency in power purchase transactions between generators and discoms. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn June this year, total overdue amount, which was not cleared even after 60 days of grace period offered by generators, stood at Rs 30,552 crore against Rs 21,739 crore in the same month in 2018. Power producers give 60 days time to discoms for paying bills for the supply of electricity. After that, the outstanding becomes overdue and generators charge penal interest on that in most of the cases. In order to give relief to power generation companies, the Centre has enforced a payment security mechanism from August 1, 2019. Under this mechanism, the discoms are required to open letters of credit for getting power supplies. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe data on the portal indicates that the outstanding, as well as overdue amount, have increased over the preceding month. In May 2019, the total outstanding on discoms was Rs 43,814 crore while the total overdue amount was Rs 25,660 crore. Discoms in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir account for the major portion of dues to power generating companies, taking a longer duration of up to 839 days to make payments, the portal showed. Madhya Pradesh tops the list with 839 days to make payments, followed by Bihar (789 days), Andhra Pradesh (787 days), Haryana (787 days), Telangana (767 days) Karnataka (761 days), Tamil Nadu (760 days), Punjab (757 day) and Jammu & Kashmir (756 days) in that order. Overdues of independent power producers amount to over 62.27 per cent of the total overdue of Rs 30,552 crore on discoms. Among the public sector power generators, NTPC alone has an overdue amount of Rs 6,342.94 crore on discoms followed by NLC India at Rs 4,604 crore, THDC India at Rs 1,971.73, NHPC at Rs 1,963.71 crore and Damodar Valley Corporation at Rs 843.79 crore. Discoms owe the highest overdue of Rs 3,201.68 crore to Adani Power followed by Bajaj Group-owned Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd at Rs 1,980.26 crore and GMR at Rs 1,733.18 crore among private generators.last_img read more

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