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first_imgArsenal to play MLS All-Stars NEW YORK (AP): Arsenal will play Major League Soccer’s All-Stars on July 28 at San Jose, California. The Gunners also said yesterday they will play Mexico’s Chivas of Guadalajara three days later at Carson, California, as part of the two-game US tour. Previous clubs to play the MLS All-Stars include Chelsea (2006 and ’12), Everton (2009), Manchester United (2010 and ’11), Roma (2013), Bayern Munich (2014) and Tottenham (2015). Arsenal visited the New York Red Bulls in the summer of 2014. Manager Arsene Wenger said in a statement his team enjoys “tremendous support across America” and looks forward to “giving our US. fans the chance to see the team play live”. San Jose also hosted the MLS All-Star Game in 2001. Sunderland fire Adam Johnson SUNDERLAND, England (AP): Sunderland have fired winger Adam Johnson after he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl at the start of his trial. Johnson, who has played 12 times for England, continues to deny two further counts of sexual activity with a child. Sunderland dismissed Johnson ahead of his trial, resuming today at Bradford Crown Court. In a statement, Sunderland announced yesterday that “in light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect.” The former Manchester City player joined Sunderland in 2012 for US$14.5 million. Payet signs new West Ham contract LONDON (AP): West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet has agreed a contract which will keep him at the club until 2021. The Premier League club announced the deal yesterday which comes eight months after the Frenchman moved to England from French side Marseille. He has scored six goals in 18 Premier League games with West Ham in sixth place. Payet has played 15 times for France and could be in contention for the national squad at this year’s European Championship, which is being held in his native country.last_img read more

Fernandes explains decision to give Park a two-year deal

first_imgQPR chairman Tony Fernandes has explained the decision not to sign Park Ji-sung on a longer-term contract.The South Korean, who recently arrived from Manchester United, agreed a two-year deal at Loftus Road, but Fernandes believes Park will be at the club beyond 2014.He said: “It was something we discussed. It’s a big step for Ji to move from such a big club, so let’s all get comfortable with each other.“We’re confident that with our ambitions for the future he will enjoy it here and be with us for longer.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Eugenics Documentary Opens at Holocaust Museum

first_imgMichael Ollove at the Baltimore Sun reports on a new exhibit at the U.S. Holocaust Museum entitled Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race.  The exhibit shows a 1937 Nazi propaganda film that invokes the law of natural selection as support for weeding out the unfit.  Ollove writes,The narrator declares that “we humans have sinned terribly against [the] laws of natural selection,” by coddling the genetically impaired and, even worse, by allowing them to reproduce, duplicating their defects in a new legion of offspring.  “We have not only sustained unworthy life,” he decries, “we have allowed it to multiply.”The title of the 1937 film is Victims of the Past, a reference to the idea in the disgraced genetic field of eugenics that illness, disability and delinquency were passed without deviation, gene by gene, from one generation to the next.  The film was a piece of Nazi propaganda, required showing in German theaters in support of the nation’s program for the compulsory sterilization of the “genetically unfit” to choke off undesirable human traits – and undesirable human beings.Ollove says that eugenics led directly to the holocaust: “Ultimately, the Third Reich arrived at a more comprehensive solution than sterilization, one that it would also choose for other ‘biological’ enemies, including Jews, Gypsies and other ‘inferior’ races: extermination.”Reviewing the displays, Ollove says “the exhibition stands as a frightening warning of where the corrupted use of science can lead.”  The marriage of eugenics with the Third Reich was “a marriage made in hell,” he says, and “lent Nazi ideology a whiff of scientific authority.”Francis Galton, the father of eugenics, was Charles Darwin’s cousin and an admirer of his famous relative’s evolutionary theory.  Janet Browne, in her biography Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (Princeton, 2002) made it clear that racism was a common fault of many British scientists, and was shared not only by Galton, but by Darwin and many of his defenders: Huxley, Haeckel and many others.  Charles Darwin himself believed that the white-skinned Europeans with their superior intelligence would eventually exterminate the “lower” races.Who was Hitler to stand in the way of the laws of nature?  The Reich took enthusiastic note of the work of eugenicists.  Ollove writes, “After Hitler took power, the eugenicists achieved an unparalleled primacy, the envy of counterparts elsewhere in the world.  Many were appointed to key positions at scientific institutions and received research funding.  Their critics were silenced, while their views were furthered in state propaganda and official policy.”  Yet Germany was not alone in supporting eugenics.  The United States passed forced sterilization laws even before Germany did, beginning in 1907 (see this book review by the NCPA).Ollove next describes the slippery slope that began with euthanizing children, to killing adults, and led to all the horrors with which we have become familiar from newsreels made after the war.  Just a dirty chapter in history, a shocking museum exhibit?  Ollove warns that “the exhibit’s continued relevance is unmistakable as present-day bioethicists wrestle with the policy implications of startling genetic research and the possibilities it presents.”  Already, genetic screening, the desire to breed super-athletes or super-intelligent children, sex selection and the rising costs of health care are creating pressures to weed out the unfit or “undesirable.”What is the lesson of this exhibit?  He concludes, “The underlying issue inevitably bears on the question of the worth of individuals, a question for which both German eugenicists and the Nazis believed they had answers.”  Their answers often leaned on the writings of Darwin, Haeckel, and Galton.See also a new book by Dr. Richard Weikart (UC Stanislaus), From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany (Palgrave McMillan, 2004).  The author shows in this book that “Hitler built his view of ethics on Darwinian principles.”Darwinists hate it when outsiders try to link evolutionary theory with the holocaust.  Their response is usually two-fold: (1) science, and evolutionary theory in particular, has nothing to do with how it is used (after all, benign nuclear physics led to the atomic bomb), and (2) Christians have been guilty of atrocities, too: why, passages in the Bible could be, and were, used to justify anti-Semitism, slavery, and genocide.  Go read Ollove’s entire article.  Then, come back and let’s examine these rebuttals in turn.First, can Darwin be exonerated from what others did with his theories?  After all, Charlie was unquestionably a pleasant chap who wouldn’t hurt a fly (he would study it for evidence of natural selection).  He had many friends and admirers.  He loved nature and was basically a kind-hearted gentleman.  It can probably be affirmed without contradiction that he would have been shocked and horrified at what Hitler did.  Nevertheless, look at his ideas and their logical consequences.  He set forth a worldview of competition, struggle, and survival of the fittest; a world that filtered out the “unfit” by ruthless, undirected processes.  No matter how much he tried to restrict the discussion to scientific terminology, others knew exactly what his ideas meant and where they would lead.  Reviewers from day one applied his views to the human race and to politics.  The horrors that could follow from his views was precisely one of the arguments leveled at Darwin by critics in 1859 and 1860.  Darwin’s admirers, on the other hand, immediately used The Origin of Species to attack Christianity and promote liberal socialism.  Haeckel practically worshipped Darwin (and Darwin thought highly of Haeckel in return); Haeckel returned to Germany to promote Darwinism and eugenics, fueling the very fires that culminated in Nazism.Janet Browne and other historians have pointed out how Charles Darwin’s views fit neatly into the 19th century political climate of British imperialism.  Herbert Spencer (originator of the term “survival of the fittest”) told Andrew Carnegie that his cutthroat capitalism was a normal and natural outworking of the laws of nature.  Karl Marx felt that Darwinism provided the scientific justification for his communist views.  Whether Nazism, communism, or laissez-faire capitalism, each view that promoted ruthless competition and survival of the fittest used The Origin of Species as a scientific justification.Second, is Christianity just as guilty?  Let Joseph Goebbels himself frame the debate.  Ollove quotes him as stating in 1938, “Our starting point is not the individual, and we do not subscribe to the view that one should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, or clothe the naked.  Our objectives are entirely different: We must have a healthy people in order to prevail in the world.”  Now, pray tell, who taught that we should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and clothe the naked?  Who treated each individual as precious in the sight of God?  Who healed the infirm, sought out the poor and needy, and lifted up those who were humble?  The lines could hardly be drawn more boldly than Goebbels drew them: Jesus valued the individual; Hitler, the eugenicists, and ultimately the Darwinians, valued the race.Speaking of race, the Bible has the antidote to the false concept that some races are superior to others.  Creation teaches that we are all descended from Adam, a principle reinforced in the New Testament by Paul and Jesus.  There are no races; there is only the human race.  Answers in Genesis is one creationist organization that has recently promoted this Bible doctrine as the cure for racism.  The Bible also denies that some individuals are less fit to live.  The weak, the sick, the lame, the blind, the poor were often the ones to whom Jesus showed the most compassion.It cannot be denied that Europeans did some ugly things in the name of Christ (including persecuting other Christians who believed people should follow the teachings of Jesus).  But these actions were opposite both the letter and the spirit of the Bible.  What about, then, the Old Testament commands to exterminate the Canaanites?  We must remember that the rights of life and death belong to God alone.  He who gives life has the sovereignty and authority to destroy it, as He did in the flood, and as He will do at Armageddon.  God takes full responsibility for His judgment.  In some cases, he delegated His judgment to humans.  But Moses and Joshua and the prophets had direct revelation from God on these matters (a luxury not afforded us today, nor to the medieval popes).  These were specific orders from God, to God’s chosen people, at specific times for His specific purposes, and are never mentioned in the Bible as normative for individuals or kings; in fact, the opposite is taught in both Old and New Testaments –care for the alien and sojourner, orphan and widow, and mercy toward all who are weak or afflicted.  Would Hitler or Mao have taught “love your enemies”?  Jesus said that the two greatest commandments were to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself.  These are commandments to individuals, not to “the race.”The Bible’s position on individual human dignity does not rule out all killing.  God has instituted government to protect the rights of individuals, by means including police protection and national defense.  War can be just.  It can prevent further killing, or destroy those who are about to kill, as in the war against terrorism.  This is a far cry from genocide.  Neither does the Bible rationalize keeping the fit in their weakness, as if it is their fate.  The Biblical values of health, healing, cleanliness and industry should promote medical research into finding cures for genetic diseases and improving health – for individuals, because each person bears the image of God.  Even the benevolent competition of athletic games is spoken of favorably in the New Testament.  Individuals are encouraged to do their best.  This is a far cry from eugenics.Crusading popes corrupted the teachings of Jesus, but the eugenicists and the Nazis carried the teachings of Darwin to their logical applications.  Could figures be accurately known, the body count of those killed in the name of Christ to those killed in the name of Darwinism would differ by orders of magnitude.  In the 20th century alone, some 100 million deaths can be traced to communism and Nazism, regimes that banned Bibles and closed churches but exalted Darwinism, promoting survival of the fittest as the governing principle of society.  Most Darwinians are “nicer” these days (e.g., not overtly racist) but their core beliefs have not changed.  Some already support euthanasia and infanticide in the name of natural selection.  Many have no qualms about the ongoing holocaust of abortion.  As we approach difficult 21st-century ethical questions about genetic engineering and cloning and other cutting-edge technologies, respect for the individual must be the pole star in our deliberations (for example, see this Breakpoint commentary by Amy Michelle DeBaerts).Given that racism is a perpetual fire in the human heart, from ancient times to the present, which book – the Bible or the Origin of Species – is like water on the flames, and which is like gasoline?  Let history be the judge.  We must never forget.(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia would like to congratulate two of the hardest working members of our community on being short-listed in the Confederation of Australian Sport (CAS) 27th Annual Sports Awards.Respected Referee Luke Mc Kenzie has been nominated for Official of the Year, whilst outgoing Federation of International Touch (FIT) President Cary Thompson has been recognised in the Volunteer of the Year category for 2007.Both gentlemen have impressed the voting panel with their record of service and quality contributions to our game.In a “New media” format, the Top three nominees were announced yesterday live on the CAS website in 18 different Gold and Silver Award categories, with both Cary and Luke snaring a spot in the final three in their respective areas of expertise.On Wednesday 20 February, the winners will be announced on the CAS Australian Sports Awards website at www.australiansportsawards.com.au and at www.sbs.com.au and will include video interviews and presentations of the Awards to each of the category winners.Cary has been nominated alongside Greg Mc Lennan (Life Saving) and Robert Middleton (Lawn Bowls) who both have an impressive catalogue of service to their respective sports.Luke will be up against some tough opposition in his category with Tammy Ogston, who refereed the Women’s Football World Cup final in 2007, and Barbara Morgan, who was the Chief Referee at the 2007 Australian Pool Lifesaving Championships and other International events standing between Luke and the coveted award.Luke’s nomination is even more metorious when you consider that officials of the ilk of National Rugby League  Telstra Grand Final Referee Tony Archer were overlooked for the finalist stage of this category.Luke was honoured, but shocked with the news of his shortlisting this morning.“It’s great – you don’t chase recognition, but it’s nice to think you’ve made a worthwhile contribution and it is appreciated. I’m a bit stunned really and very grateful for the nomination,” Mc Kenzie said.Touch Football Australia has a fine history in the event with  teams, coaches, officials and administrators being nominated for the awards in previous years.Cary’s nomination in the Volunteer of the Year category is back to back recognition for the sport in this area.Cathy Gray, TFA’s Director of Elite Programs, was a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category last year, whilst in a major coup for the sport, Touch Football Australia,under the direction of Information Technology guru Jon Pratt, collected the Information Technology Award at last year’s ceremony.Luke and Cary have good reason to be optimistic about their chances of claiming the top award when their catelogue of achievements is examined.Luke Mc Kenzie achieved a life long ambition when he officiated in the 2007 FIT World Cup Women’s Open Final in Stellenbosch in January. Mc Kenzie is highly respected in Australian Touch circles for his tireless voluntary service to the game.In 2007, Luke travelled to over 20 tournaments around the nation to officiate, coach, deliver courses, and mentor fellow referees of all levels and abilities.Luke took on Volunteer Administration duties for the “Southern Suns” NTL Permit and has done an exceptional job to ensure the Suns have been at the forefront of development efforts in NSW. He was awarded the 2007 NSWTA “Rod Wise” Medal for Volunteer of the Year and is the President of his local affiliate Wagga, of which he’s been a board member of for 9 years.Luke is a wonderful role model  who has the respect and admiration of many, his passion for officiating and voluntary administration is exemplary and his recognition in this way is fitting.Mr. Cary Thompson has made a monumental contribution to the sport of Touch Football.The President of FIT since 1991, Mr. Thompson has been a prime mover in the development of the sport that now has 33 full time member nations globally.Cary has an illustrious record in sports administration. He has been awarded 9 Life memberships of various Touch Football Associations, including TFA and the NSWTA, of which he was a founding member. He has assisted in the constitutional framework of 10 associations.He has also authored 13 publications on the sport and written 30 educational articles.He has held numerous honorary positions at all levels including Director of the TFA Board, Chairman of TFA Selectors, and National Coaching Director. He has been awarded the ASC “Excellence in Touch” (1988) The “Unice Gill Coach Education Award” (1998) Australian Government – “Sports Australia Award” (2001) and the Touch Football Australia “Lifetime Achievement Award” (2007).Mr. Thompson has shown outstanding leadership and administrative skills in his 36-year association with the game and the sport is well established at all levels due largely to his unstinting commitment and passion.The modest Thompson deflected the recognition and thanked those people he has serves so dilligently in his life long association with the game.“It’s a lovely honour… but I feel that I’ve just done what anyone would do; and it’s always been about doing things to help people enjoy our sport better so this is more for them than me, but it’s great for the game to be acknowledged,” Mr. Thompson saidTouch Football Chief Executive Officer Mr. Colm Maguire heaped praise on the duo, citing their contributions as indicitive of the quality of the Volunteer army in our game.“Both these gentleman have contributed so much to the game and it is typical of the quality of people we have working in our affiliates. Luke has been unstinting in his dual roles as referee and administrator, and Cary is one of the true legends of our game. His time, energy, expertise, and passion for the sport from grass root to International has been outstanding and the recognition is overdue,” Mr. Maguire said.The Touch Football community congratulates both these fine ambassadors of the sport on their nomination and short listing and wish them the very best for their future.Check out all the nominees in all the categories by visiting the CAS Sports Awards website at:  www.australiansportsawards.com.aulast_img read more

10 months agoGattuso: Stats show AC Milan are in crisis

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gattuso: Stats show AC Milan are in crisisby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso admits they’re in crisis after defeat at home to Fiorentina.Federico Chiesa struck in the second-half for Fiorentina’s 1-0 win.”It’s certainly a difficult moment,” Gattuso told reporters, “but today we were in a state of emergency because of our injuries. I have nothing to reproach the team for. This result is hard to swallow, we weren’t sharp, but we weren’t lucky either.“The statistics say that Milan are in crisis. We’ve been struggling to cause problems for our opponents over the last three weeks. It’s fair to say we’ve not exactly been calm before that either, but we have to find some peace and not seek scapegoats.“The team did everything it possibly could today and we tried to win it, but lost our shape under Fiorentina pressure.” last_img read more

10 days agoRacing Santander keeper Luca Zidane not obsessing over Real Madrid future

first_imgRacing Santander keeper Luca Zidane not obsessing over Real Madrid futureby Carlos Volcano10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRacing Santander goalkeeper Luca Zidane says he’s not obsessing over his future with Real Madrid.Zidane is on a season-long loan with the Segunda Division outfit.”We’ll see what happens in a few years,” Zidane said.”I understand that it’s normal to ask me about Real Madrid, but I’m not there.”I see the team in a good state and although the results haven’t been great in the Champions League I trust the squad.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Brendan Rodgers calls for continuity at Celtic

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers insists that continuity in his squad is every bit as important as making new signings with the club aiming to book their place in the Champions League group stagesThe Scottish Premiership champions were made to do without Dedryck Boyata, Moussa Dembele, Leigh Griffiths, Lewis Morgan, Marvin Compper and the suspended Jozo Simunovic for their second qualifying round against Norwegian side Rosenborg.But Celtic were able to grab a crucial 3-1 win on Wednesday night.“We come with an advantage,” Rodgers told BBC.“Like every European game away from home, you’ve got to defend well, you’ve got to be strong and we know as we’ve seen that we can score goals.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“Nowadays, it’s always about wanting to get new players and lots of players but I also enjoy the continuity of coaching and seeing players improve and seeing their games continually develop.”Celtic have signed made two signings in striker Odsonne Edouard and goalkeeper Scott Bain so far this summer.“We want to strengthen the squad of course but at this point in time what is most essential is that you build a mentality and a quality to hopefully get through the qualification games,” said Rodgers.Should Celtic progress from the second qualifying round, then AEK Athens will be awaiting them in the next round.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola insists Kevin De Bruyne not for sale

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists the club’s star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is not for sale.The Belgium international signed a new year six-year deal with City that could see him remain at the club until the summer of 2024 and his manager insists it would take a world record fee to price out of the Etihad.De Bruyne was one of the one standout players in the Premier League and across Europe last season, finishing as the top assist provider in the league and also coming second in the race for the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) award behind Liverpool’s Mo Salah.“He’s very good. He’s a very dynamic player,” Guardiola said in an interview with Universo Valdano.“[Leeds United boss] Marcelo Bielsa told me he was his favourite player. He does everything.”jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“The other day, I met his parents and you often understand how the children are when you know the parents.”“He’s an incredible boy. The clause is €250million. I’m sorry, he’s not for sale.”De Bruyne is currently injured and will be out of action for the next two months or thereabouts after he picked up a knee injury in training last month.Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has also confirmed his desire to remain with Manchester after signing a new contract extension.last_img read more

Diego Simeone wary of Paco Alcacer threat for Atletico Madrid

first_imgAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone admits that the “in-form and confident” Paco Alcacer is a cause for concern ahead of their Champions League clash with Borrusia DortmundThe 25-year-old striker has enjoyed a stunning campaign for both club and country following his loan move from Barcelona in the summer.Alcacer has scored eight goals in just five appearances in the Bundesliga and Champions League with Dortmund now set to make his stay a permanent one at the end of the season.Although Simeone insists that this comes as no surprise to him.“I am not surprised by his current form,” Simeone told reporters, according to Marca.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“He has always had great skill and instinct inside the penalty area, his movement is excellent and when he has confidence it is hard to manage.“This is a key point of the game for us because we are up against a striker who is in-form and confident due to his run of games.Alcacer described playing against Atletico as “like suffering a toothache” earlier this week.The Group A game between Dortmund and Atletico will begin at 21:00 (CEST) tonight at Signal Iduna Park.last_img read more

Scientists watch evolution in action

first_img More information: James Stewart, et al. Journal of Morphology, DOI:10.1002/jmor.10877 © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — The yellow-bellied three-toed skink (Saiphos equalis) is one of only three reptiles known to have different methods of reproduction in different places. In the coastal areas of New South Wales (NSW), near Sydney, Australia, the skink lays eggs, while in the northern highlands of NSW, it tends to favor giving birth to live young. Scientists say we are witnessing evolution in action, with the skink half-way in its transformation from an egg-layer to a bearer of live young. Explore further A three-toed skink. Credit: Australian Traveller The skink resembles a small snake, but with miniature legs. It reaches a length of about 18 cm, and is mostly nocturnal, feeding on insects. Biologist James Stewart, of East Tennessee State University, and colleagues in the US and Australia have been studying the skink and have found ‘intermediate’ skinks that retain their eggs internally longer than others. It appears the live-bearers evolved from these.The scientists have also discovered that as they retain their young internally for longer, the thickness of the eggshell is reduced until, for those bearing live young, the shell is merely a thick membrane. Having a thinner shell enables the mother to keep the embryo well fed while the egg is inside her body, but there is less calcium available for the embryo. Stewart and the team found that the uterus in the egg-layers secreted calcium that became incorporated into the embryo. “It’s basically the early stages of the evolution of a placenta in reptiles,” Stewart said.Giving birth to live young is an advantage in colder areas, such as the northern highlands of NSW, since the embryo develops for longer within a warm body. The negative side is that keeping the fetus in the uterus is more physically demanding on the mother. In warmer areas such as coastal regions of NSW, eggs have a better chance of surviving the climate, but the negative is a greater vulnerability to attack from predators.Live birth is known to have evolved 132 times among animals with a backbone, 98 of these in reptiles, which Stewart said suggests that while it seems a complex transition, “it’s looking like it might be much simpler in some cases than we thought.” Two other species of reptiles are known to use both types of reproduction: a European lizard and another species of skink.Stewart’s paper is published in the Journal of Morphology.• PhysOrg.com iPhone / iPad Apps• PhysOrg.com Audio Podcasts / iTunes• PhysOrg.com Android apps (new version available)• Join PhysOrg.com on Facebook!• Follow PhysOrg.com on Twitter! Lizard reveals cancer secrets Citation: Scientists watch evolution in action (2010, September 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-scientists-evolution-action.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more