Blackpool ‘reject chance to sign Joey Barton on loan’

first_imgBlackpool have rejected the chance to sign Joey Barton from QPR on a season-long loan, the Sunday Mirror say.It was claimed that Barton was on the verge of a move to Bloomfield Road and that Blackpool were keen to sign him to get one over neighbours Fleetwood Town, where the midfielder had been training.Hughes wants a centre-back.It is now said that Blackpool did not think it made financial sense to sign a player who is suspended for the first 12 matches of the season.QPR are ready to tempt St Etienne with a £7.5m offer for young French centre-back Kurt Zouma, according to The Sun on Sunday.Rangers supposedly face competition from Juventus, who planned to watch the 17-year-old face Lille on Saturday.And The People pick up on R’s boss Mark Hughes’ apparent interest in signing William Gallas from Tottenham.Meanwhile, Southampton are confident they will keep defender Luke Shaw in spite of Chelsea’s £4m bid, The Sun on Sunday report.Chelsea are among several leading clubs to have shown an interest in the Saints prospect, 17, but have been told he is not for sale.Related West London Sport story: Chelsea to table bid for Saints prospect (2 July)Chelsea expect to complete the signing of Victor Moses from Wigan for £8.5m this week, according to the Daily Star Sunday.Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said: “I have spoken to Chelsea’s chief executive and they are easy to deal with. We have told them the price and they will agree it or not.“We would much prefer Victor to sign a new contract but he wants to go to Chelsea. It’s a good club so we cannot stand in his way.”The Star also say Fernando Torres has two weeks to prove he can fill the boots of Didier Drogba.It is claimed that if the Spaniard doesn’t strike – starting against Manchester City today – boss Roberto Di Matteo won’t think twice about replacing him.Fulham boss Martin Jol is considering a move for Sunderland’s Kieran Richardson and is making a surprise £3m bid to sign Bolton striker David Ngog, according to The People.Richardson has been tipped to leave the Stadium of Light for £2m, while Frenchman Ngog has been linked with several clubs since Bolton were relegated last season.It is also claimed that Jol is weighing up a move for Peterborough striker Paul Taylor if he misses out on Huddersfield’s Jordan Rhodes.The Mail on Sunday suggest Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is prepared to offer Charlie Adam to Fulham as part of an exchange deal for Clint Dempsey.This page is regularly updated. See also:Barton ‘on the verge of Blackpool move’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Scientists Equate Evolution to “Stuff Happens”

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Researchers generalize findings that evolution depends on rare chance events.A press release from the University of Chicago posted by Newswise confirms that evolution reduces to the “Stuff Happens Law,” although they do not use that term.  Using “molecular time travel,” they concluded that the function of a particular protein depended on two prior unlikely mutations.  They did not hesitate to generalize their findings to the whole of evolutionary theory:“This very important protein exists only because of a twist of fate,” said study senior author Joe Thornton, PhD, professor of ecology & evolution and human genetics at the University of Chicago. “If our results are general – and we think they probably are – then many of our body’s systems work as they do because of very unlikely chance events that happened in our deep evolutionary past,” he added.Indeed, they could say no less, if Darwinian evolution is limited to unguided, natural processes.  To say otherwise would bring in deterministic teleology or intelligent design, both of which are anathema to modern secular biology.The authors go on to emphasize that contingency goes down to the atomic level, not just the biological level.  Contingency accounts for the diversity of life, they say.While most prior discussions of historical contingency in evolution have focused on external events such as asteroid impacts, mass extinctions, climate change, Thornton and Harms showed that the intrinsic complexity of proteins as physical objects also makes evolution depend profoundly on low-probability chance events.In this belief, Thornton and team at the U of Chicago concur with Gould that replaying the tape of life would produce different results.Thus some leading Darwinists confirm our accusation that evolution equates to the Stuff Happens Law, the antithesis of scientific explanation.  So let’s ask: if their own minds are the products of unguided, contingent processes, how can they know anything, including the notion that their minds are the products of unguided, contingent processes?  Since their belief implodes, we are left with determinism and intelligent design.  But determinism also implodes, because a mind built by determinism cannot think freely about whether their theory might be true; they are just saying what their atoms make them say.  Intelligent design is thus confirmed, not only by default as the last one standing, but by abundant positive evidence of irreducible complexity, complex specified information, and fit of function to structure.Recommended reading: John Woodmorappe reviewed Eugene Koonin’s book The Logic of Chance on Creation.com.last_img read more

Ag Leader announces new features for fall 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today, Ag Leader announced new fall features added to its full-farm connectivity platform, AgFiniti, bringing an even higher level of in-season visibility to growers and trusted advisors.“For the past several years, we’ve been building upon our AgFiniti platform with the goal to make the right information available to our customers anytime and anywhere. This means flowing information throughout the operation and across machines, devices and seasons. These announcements mark the next step in that vision,” said Corey Weddle, Director of Software Solutions.Live stats across displays and devices Last year, AgFiniti pushed display-to-display communication to an unprecedented level of ease and availability with the DisplayCast feature for InCommand displays. This fall, customers can share even more information in real-time across displays and other connected devices like tablets and cellphones. Live stats including yield, moisture, rate, population, speed, location, container level and more, can easily be shared across displays and devices.“Connecting every device across the operation enhances the overall productivity of the operation and allows each operator and manager to be in sync and make more timely decisions,” said Joe Holoubek, Product Manager. “The harvest operator can now solely focus on his primary task instead of having to constantly be on the radio directing the other machines. Whether viewing on a display, tablet or phone, everyone knows what’s going on and that’s a big deal for both productivity and better decisions.”The new live stats feature were available starting Aug. 30 with the latest software release for InCommand displays using DisplayCast and AgFiniti connected devices.Prescriptions in AgFiniti AgFiniti also added a prescription tool for nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) fall fertility applications. Per-acre prescriptions within AgFiniti are based on fertility recommendations from trusted universities. The initial release includes fertility recommendations from Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, and Michigan State University.Now customers can easily generate fertilizer prescriptions within AgFiniti using grain harvest data, bushels removed and soil sample data from any web-enabled device.“Prescriptions in AgFiniti bring cloud-based convenience to our customers, whether or not they are an SMS Software user,” Weddle said. “It’s not necessary to know how to write an equation or understand all the chemistry behind the field’s fertility, AgFiniti’s prescription tool does the work based on your local university research.”The new prescription feature can be now be purchased on a per-acre basis, and allows for additional prescriptions to be generated for 1 year. More prescription options are planned for 2019, including planting and seeding recommendations.last_img read more

Tanduay stretches win streak to five, dispatches Racal

first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “Every time he watches, we loses, so we just wanted to break that and also continue our momentum so that we’ll go home smiling,” said coach Lawrence Chongson said of the no-bearing game for the third-seed Tanduay.Von Tambeling led the Rhum Masters with 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while James Martinez got 12 markers and three dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEmil Palma added 11 points, eight of which coming in the fourth quarter for Tanduay, as they fended off an upset-seeking Racal crew which got to as close as four, 74-70, with four minutes left to play.Paul Varilla also had 10 markers, six boards, and two assists in the conquest for the Rhum Masters. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Quarters: 21-16, 49-44, 68-60, 81-72.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ View comments Racal suffered its third straight defeat, sixth in its last seven games, to wound up with a 3-6 slate, with a game against CEU on Tuesday remaining in its schedule.Allan Mangahas poured 14 points to lead his side in the losing effort.The Scores:TANDUAY 81 – Tambeling 13, Martinez 12, Palma 11, Varilla 10, Gaco 9, Sollano 7, Eguilos 4, Taganas 4, Vigil 4, Terso 3, Alvarez 2, Santos 2, Villamor 0.RACAL MOTORS 72 – Mangahas 14, Tallo 10, Cabrera 9, Pontejos 9, Lozada 8, Capacio 6, Faundo 4, Gomez 3, Ortuoste 3, Cortes 2, Grimaldo 2, Octubre 2, Apreku 0, Ayonayon 0.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Eric Kelly moves up to lightweight for Boku fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Emil Palma. PBA IMAGESTanduay continued to gain steam going into the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, nipping Racal Motors, 81-72 Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With their fifth straight victory, the Rhum Masters ended their eliminations campaign with an 8-2 slate, while also giving team owner Bong Tan, who was in the audience, a win.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more