QPR boss Redknapp insists Mackie was injured for City clash

first_imgHarry Redknapp insisted Jamie Mackie was absent for QPR’s goalless draw with Manchester City because he has a back injury.There are doubts about the forward’s future at Loftus Road as Redknapp looks to revamp his squad ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.But the Rangers boss, who named two goalkeepers – Robert Green and Brian Murphy – among his substitutes, was adamant that Mackie was not fit enough to play.DJ Campbell, meanwhile, missed the match for family reasons.Mackie was not in the R’s squad.And a number of the club’s youngsters featured in an Under-21 game earlier in the day.“He [Mackie] is injured. He did his back. He collided with the goalkeeper in training. He did his back and couldn’t move,” said Redknapp.“We had two keepers on the bench because we had no-one else,” he added.Redknapp praised his players for their battling performance against the champions, who dominated much of the game.City were denied by a combination of determined Rangers defending and important saves from keeper Julio Cesar.“It was another solid performance and another clean sheet – another big point for us,” Redknapp declared.“I’m happy with a point against the champions. We defended well and hit them on the couter-attack a couple of times and had a good chance with Adel Taarabt.“Everyone did their job and you can’t ask for more – and that’s off the back of the games against Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham. We’re in good form at the moment.“Cesar’s world class. You only have to look at his record. He’s won everything and is an amazing keeper.”Ryan Nelsen was given a hero’s send-off by fans – and his team-mates, who formed a guard of honour as he left the pitch – after what is expected to be his final appearance for the club before leaving for Toronto.Redknapp claimed he is “struggling” to get a centre-back in to replace him but then said: “I’m sure we’ll find someone.”Meanwhile, Redknapp says he is unsure whether QPR will be able to push through a deal to take Peter Crouch back to the club.See also:Rangers secure deserved point against CityQPR v Man City player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Loggers getting ready for 2018 season

first_imgThe defending Big 5 Conference champion Eureka High began on-field practice earlier this week and head coach Jason White said he expects his Loggers to “be in the mix” when it comes time to crown a conference champion in October. Eureka amassed an 11-1 record overall – including a 4-0 sweep of the Big 5 – in 2017. The Loggers won a North Coast Section playoff game before losing to Rancho Cotate 38-35 in the second round.The Loggers open up their 2018 season on August 17 on the road at James …last_img

Why Kevin Durant leaving the Warriors excites Draymond Green

first_imgIn some ways, Draymond Green is pleased Kevin Durant left the Warriors for Brooklyn via free agency this summer.He’s happy for Durant, still a good friend, who got to exercise his right to decide where he wanted to play basketball. And, more oddly, Green is actually thrilled about the Warriors being an underdog again after a five-year stay as the NBA’s overwhelming favorites.Speaking with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in a wide-ranging interview Wednesday, Green talked about how Durant’s decision …last_img

Proof of Life in Martian Meteorite Alleged – Again

first_imgSome Aussies are trying to scoop the Mars prize, it seems from a headline in the down-under Daily Telegraph.  While two American rovers are busily sniffing about for evidence of water (as a prerequisite for life) on opposite sides of the surface of Mars, the Australians are saying, “No worries, mate,” they already found Martian life, right here on Earth.  (Initial results of the search for water from Spirit in Gusev Crater, by the way, appear negative; scientists announced today that Mossbauer spectrometer data from the rock “Adirondack” show a strong signature of olivine.  This mineral, characteristic of volcanic basalt lava, could not endure much weathering by water.  Stay tuned.)    The Martian meteorite story has been a teeter-totter since its flamboyant announcement to the world press in 1996.  Just when everyone had pretty much concluded it was a dead rock (see 03/18/2002), the Australian team of Tony Taylor and J.C. Barry has announced in the Journal of Microscopy1 that they have found “conclusive proof” the magnetite structures in Martian meteorite ALH 84001 were formed by living bacteria.  The story gets stranger.  According to a report in the English edition of the Islamic news service Aljazeera, the credit for the discovery seems to go to Tony’s dog, Tamarind.    Apparently, the dog, trained to sniff sewage, found in some Queensland mud a type of earthly bacteria that produces structures identical to those in the Martian meteorite.  The structures matched according to 11 criteria they used.  The photo caption says, therefore, “Australian dog: been there, done that.”  There’s another strange twist.    Since the meteorite is supposed to be 4 billion years old, it predates the assumed date for the origin of life on earth.  That can only mean one thing.  Life on earth came from Mars.    The bacteria still might be on Mars, but the Aussies suspect it would be deep down where the rovers couldn’t find it.  Aljazeera seems pleased at the American defeat: “Two US-backed rovers are now exploring the red planet and transmitting unprecedented images of the barren landscape, but may achieve little else.”1A. P. Taylor and J. C. Barry, “Magnetosomal matrix: ultrafine structure may template biomineralization of megnetosomes,” Journal of Microscopy 213:2 (Feb 2004), p. 80, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2828.2004.01287.x.Evolutionists are funny because they are so serious.  Dog discovers origin of life.  Americans lose spirit over lost opportunity to be first.  Muslims snicker, “G’day, mate.”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gecko Gripper Picks Up Anything

first_imgThe gecko gripper is just one of many exciting developments in the field of biomimetics: the imitation of nature’s designs.Watch this video clip at PhysOrg: a new gripping device can pick up anything from a basketball to a water bottle without squeezing it. It relies on Van der Waals atomic forces, just like the spatulae on gecko toes. Think of the applications for this surprising substance. “Using a glove with this material, a child could palm a basketball, but could still toss an air-filled balloon without having it stick. It’s super-grippy, but not sticky at all.”Living cells have molecular pumps that are inspiring work at Northwestern University. PhysOrg reports on the first artificial molecular pump inspired by nature.Is hemp good for anything beyond altering people’s consciousness? It could join wheat straw as an ingredient in the rapidly expanding field of “bio-based materials,” the “construction industry’s best-kept secret,” PhysOrg reports.“Auxetic materials” is a new term for new lifelike materials that get fatter when stretched and thinner when compressed—opposite most artificial materials. Inspired by seashells, these materials “are inspiring a new wave of safety gear in sport” (PhysOrg).Got teeth? If you’d like to keep them, be glad that researchers are on the verge of creating “Revolutionary therapeutic dental adhesives with the aptitude to remineralize the resin-dentine bonding interface through biomimetic processes,” Science Daily reports happily.  This won’t just fill teeth; it will rebuild them. Medical Xpress adds that the “natural reparative capacity of teeth” is being elucidated at a Paris university.Spider silk has long been a biomimetic favorite. How about the web structure itself? Nature reports that MIT’s wizards have 3-D printed a web out of resin that “could be used in applications such as reinforcing industrial materials.” Lab tests showed that “they could strengthen the web by adjusting the diameter of the threads radiating out from the middle, and that of the threads that spiral around the web.” How did spiders figure that out?As for spider silk itself, despair not: Science Daily brings good news from MIT: “After years of research decoding the complex structure and production of spider silk, researchers have now succeeded in producing samples of this exceptionally strong and resilient material in the laboratory. The new development could lead to a variety of biomedical materials — from sutures to scaffolding for organ replacements — made from synthesized silk with properties specifically tuned for their intended uses.” No spiders were needed for the simulation.Robotics is a major field that relies on biomimetics. Some recent examples:Nature writes about Europeans building “Robots that can adapt like animals” including responding to injuries. “Experiments reveal successful adaptations for a legged robot injured in five different ways, including damaged, broken, and missing legs, and for a robotic arm with joints broken in 14 different ways. This new algorithm will enable more robust, effective, autonomous robots, and may shed light on the principles that animals use to adapt to injury.“Science Daily writes about robots that master skills by trial and error, “using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.”Humans are at the frontier of cyber-physical systems, PhysOrg says. Researchers got a $8.75 million grant, part of which is for developing “microrobots with synthetic cells to perform functions that may one day lead to tissue and organ re-generation.”Nature published a Review article about the status of “probabilistic machine learning and artificial intelligence.”Christoph Adami, one of the promoters of computer evolution models, is working on robots, too. Nature reports that he is using “evolutionary algorithms” to create robots with instincts. Like the ID community keeps pointing out, though, the researcher is sneaking information into the algorithm. Dembski has proved that no evolutionary algorithm is superior to blind chance unless extra information is intelligently supplied (Law of Conservation of Information; see latest explanation in his new book Being as Communion).Evolution is to biomimetics as fly is to ointment. Keep out, Darwin; your age has passed. It’s the information age now.Young people need inspiration to get into science. Biomimetics is a golden pathway into a new scientific age of inspiration, understanding, and wealth, yielding practical applications that can help the whole world. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillWhat can Personal Finance Management Staff tell a service member who asks, “What is the fastest way to build good credit?”The most important way to build good credit is to consistently pay bills on time. One late payment can decrease a person’s score by 40 points. Also, advise service members to have different kinds of credit: for example,unsecured credit such as revolving credit (e.g., a major credit card) or a student loan, and secured credit such as an installment loan (car loan or mortgage). They should also keep their balances low (less than half of the total credit line), pay off debt rather than move it between cards, limit the number of credit accounts, and build savings.  For information about credit reports and scores, click here.Browse more military personal finance webinars and articles by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on November 11, 2013.last_img read more

Solving the Wrong Problem and Subtracting Value

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now The chain restaurant specializing in ribs in my neighborhood was struggling. Their business wasn’t doing well, the quality of experience started to decline, and the restaurant started to look shabby. In an attempt to increase the restaurant’s poor profitability, the owner switched to a new meat supplier. This meat supplier was cheaper, and that lower price point meant that there would be more profit.But the meat was inferior. It was of very poor quality. First, there was very little meat to speak of. Worse, the bones were thin and translucent. I only know what happened here because the manager told me the story—before the restaurant closed forever.By changing the meat supplier in an attempt to control costs, the owner made a bad experience worse.Solving the Wrong ProblemThe owner tried to solve the wrong problem. He believed his restaurant was struggling to make a profit because their costs were too high. The answer to that challenge was to lower his costs. But this wasn’t the problem. The real problem was that he was creating too little value.If you aren’t making enough money, cutting costs isn’t the answer (unless you are profligate). By cutting costs and lessening the experience, you only exacerbate your problems.The right way to grow your business and your profits is to create more value. The greater the value you create, the more attractive is your offer to your customers and prospects.last_img read more

HC raps police for ‘brutality’ in tempo incident

first_imgVideo clips of policemen dragging and assaulting a 15-year-old boy and his father, a tempo driver, in broad daylight in north-west Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar drew the ire of the Delhi High Court, which described them as evidence of “police brutality”.“Why was the boy dragged along the street in broad daylight,” asked a Bench of Justices Jayant Nath and Najmi Waziri after watching video footage of the Sunday incident, which has since snowballed into a political issue.“How can you [Delhi police counsel] standing for the State justify the action of the five police officers who ran after a 15-year-old boy who had been trying to take his father away,” the Bench asked.“If this is not evidence of police brutality then what more do you need? This is a case of extensive disquiet in society. How can any uniformed force do this? This would scare the citizens,” the Bench added. Independent report The court also called for an independent report on the incident from an officer of the rank of Joint Commissioner of Police within a week.The Delhi police’s counsel submitted that cross FIRs have been lodged on the complaints of the two sides and the case transferred to the Crime Branch for a detailed investigation. The counsel further said that three officers involved in the incident have been suspended. To this, the Bench said, “There are eight to nine police personnel who can be clearly seen [in the videos]… Identify the five officers who dragged the boy along the street, all the while pelting him with sticks, and those who assaulted the father.”The High Court also issued notices to the police, the Centre and the city government on a petition filed in public interest seeking a CBI probe into the incident. It posted the matter for further hearing on July 2.One of the petitioners, advocate Seema Singhal, has sought framing of appropriate guidelines for police reforms to prevent such “violent acts of police brutality and excessive force”.“A service gun was pointed towards the minor boy by these policemen threatening him with dire consequences,” her petition stated, adding that “the atrocities committed by the police amount to violation of Section 4 of the Model Code of Conduct for the police”.last_img read more

Virat Kohli grabbed headlines, new sports stars emerged: Indian sports in 2018

first_imgVirat Kohli continued to dominate the cricket chatter with his batting and brashness, the indomitable MC Mary Kom rolled back the years like very few can and, month after month, Indian sports also found new and younger heroes to raise a toast to as PTI writes in its year-ender.PV Sindhu’s perseverance on the badminton court, Neeraj Chopra’s obsessive pursuit of perfection every time he hurled the javelin, and the teenage shooting stars who refused to take their eyes off the target, made 2018 a year in which highs easily outnumbered the lows for Indian sports.Year in review for Indian sportsThere was a plethora of big-ticket sporting events this year and the country had lots to celebrate throughout.Whether it was the Commonwealth and the Asian Games or Youth Olympics, athletes pushed the boundaries and produced path-breaking performances.There were the usual administrative mess-ups occasionally and odd cases of dope shame as well, but they couldn’t make a dent to the overall sense of accomplishment.Captain Kohli for team IndiaOn the cricket field, the results weren’t encouraging in South Africa and England but Kohli the batsman again ruled the roost, making his craft look ridiculously easy even on the most challenging tracks.It was only fitting that he was bestowed the nation’s highest sporting honour — the Khel Ratna.For ‘Captain Kohli’, however, it was far more challenging as he grappled to get the combinations right.Biggest cricket scandal of 2018Team India did find a degree of redemption against Australia by retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to close the year on a high.advertisementOf course, it came against an Australian team weakened by the absence of banned batting mainstays Steve Smith and David Warner.The duo, along with Cameron Bancroft, combined for this year’s biggest cricket scandal — the ball-tampering saga that forced a review of Australia’s win at all cost’ culture: the same Australia which had the world mesmerised by its near-perfect hosting of the Commonwealth Games within weeks of the drama.Youngsters taking over weightlifting and shootingThe Commonwealth Games were memorable for India too, as the country logged it’s third-best ever medal haul, highlighted by a record-shattering weightlifting show. Spearheading it was the diminutive world champion Mirabai Chanu, who later shared the Khel Ratna with Kohli.Weightlifting also found another prospective star in Jeremy Lalrinnunga after the 16-year-old claimed an unprecedented gold at Youth Olympics.It was a comeback of sorts for shooting, after their flop-show at the 2016 Olympics.India’s gold medal-winners at the CWG shooting range included a 16-year-old Manu Bhaker and a 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala. The shooters hit the bull’s eye in the Asiad too and though Bhaker felt the pain of failure for the first time, new gold-winning stars emerged in 16-year-old Saurabh Choudhary and a 15-something Shardul Vihan.Bhaker and Chaudhary also won gold medals at Youth Olympics.Also read | Here’s how sports and education work well togetherBoxing: All about Mary KomIf shooting was about youngsters, boxing became all about an ageing but incomparable superstar in Mary Kom.The 36-year-old mother-of-three, who is also a Parliamentarian, picked up four gold medals — including a record sixth world title and the CWG top honours.”There won’t be another Mary Kom,” she declared and one look at her predominantly golden cabinet of medals would be enough to silence anyone who thinks otherwise.Badminton: Sindhu, NehwalSindhu lost five big finals, quietly took the criticism that labelled her a ‘choker’, but had the last laugh with a season-ending World Tour Finals title, beating world No 1 and familiar foe Tai Tzu Ying on her way to the summit clash.Not to be left behind was Saina Nehwal.The trailblazer started with a gold at CWG, picked up a bronze in Asian Games and began a new chapter in her personal life by marrying fellow shuttler P Kashyap.Wrestling: Phogat, Punia, SushilOn the wrestling mat, Vinesh Phogat became more than just a famous Phogat sister with gold medals at both the CWG and Asian Games and Bajrang Punia stepped out of the shadow of his mentor and London Olympics bronze-medallist Yogeshwar Dutt.Punia won gold at CWG and Asiad before a silver at World Championships positioned him as the biggest star.However, double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar’s stock fell due to a string of sub-par performances. Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold at Asian Games this year.Tennis: Manika BatraThe big takeaway in table tennis was the rise of Manika Batra.The Delhiite claimed four medals, including two gold, in the CWG before combining with veteran Sharath Kamal for a historic mixed doubles bronze at the Asiad, where India delivered its best-ever medal haul.Athletics: Neeraj, HimaAnother star to make the year his own was NeerajThe 21-year-old won both the CWG and Asian Games with records to boot and is giving Indian athletics audacious Olympic medal hopes for Tokyo 2020.A sprint sensation also emerged in 18-year-old Hima Das, India’s first ever woman track-and-field world champion at any level after her under-20 400m gold.Billiards: Pankaj AdvaniAway from the spotlight, it was business as usual for ace cueist Pankaj Advani as he added a 21st world title to his trophy cabinet.Also read | Hockey game in the Himalayas becomes world’s highest altitude ice hockey game to be playedadvertisementGolf: Shubhankar SharmaA star rose on the golf course as well in Shubhankar Sharma, who won the Maybank Malaysia OpenHe also bagged Asian Tour Order of Merit title and European Tour Rookie of the Year awardDisappointments in Indian sports this yearThere were disappointments too — the men’s hockey team being the most prominent with no medal at CWG and an underwhelming third-place finish at Asiad.CWG champion weightlifter Sanjita Chanu flunked a dope test.And there was no end to the administrative mess that the BCCI has become.However, none of the negatives was big enough to come in the way of a stronger India emerging on the competitive field.Stay updated with everything about sports, both Indian and international by tuning in to this segmentInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? 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UNDER THE NTL SPOTLIGHT 2…

first_imgRelated Filesgary_sonda_ntl_profile_2007-pdf The 2007 National Touch League is Australia’s most prestigious touch football tournament. In the lead-up to the NTL, Touch Football Australia will be profiling some of the biggest names in the game who will be in action at the showcase event.Today’s featured player under the NTL spotlight is Sydney Mets stalwart Gary Sonda. “GS7” has represented Mets in every National Touch League tournament since its inception in 1997.The dual World Cup champion has been a fixture in the Australian Open Men’s team since 2000 and is one of the most competitive players to have ever laced on a boot.Renowned for his intelligent ball playing ability, never say die attitude, leadership skills, and the occasional well-worded sledge, the Mets maestro is passion personified.A player who hates losing a game of marbles, his commitment to the cause and willingness to pay whatever price is necessary to secure victory for his team is legendary. Loved by teammates, and loathed by the opposition on the field, Sonda makes no apologies for his “playing for keeps” attitude in the heat of the battle.By his own admission, he plays hard on the field, but that is where the competitiveness and aggression stays. In the great tradition of Aussie sporting champions, the crafty middle plays hard but fair, and is always gracious and generous in his praise of opposition teams and players who might get the better of him occasionally.He is always one of the first players to outstretch the hand of friendship and have a drink with an opponent once when battle is done.The long serving champion was all set to take a break from the NTL in 2007, post World Cup, but answered an SOS call from his life-long NTL franchise when several other big names decided to rest from the tournament.The New South Wales Men’s Open Captain is one of the best students of the game and his passion for and knowledge of the sport is amazing.He has endured a hectic playing schedule around NTL for the last three years, playing both the Open Men’s, and then the NTL Senior tournament without missing a beat.He has annexed two NTL Open Men’s titles for Mets in 2002 and 2004, and a hat trick of Men’s 30’s titles from 2004-2006.He has had to build on a room to house the trophies that keep coming his way for his dominant work on the field for his beloved Mets at NTL level.“GS7” took home the Men’s Open Player of the Series in 2002, and has won a hat trick of Men’s 30s Player of the final awards in the Mets three-peat from 2004 – 2006.There have been some absolutely outstanding pieces of individual magic on field One at the Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium on Finals day in a decade of NTL action, but few present will forget one moment from the 2006 NTL Men’s Open final that will be etched in NTL history forever.Despite his Mets team being on the end of a Drumayne Dayberg Muir and Nathan Jones inspired “Shark attack” in the final, Gary Sonda produced one of those moments that just make you stand and cheer, regardless of where your allegiances are.Under the pump to get a quick pass away, Sonda threw an instinctive no look flick through his legs to give his winger a saloon passage to the line to score a crucial touchdown.His side may have gone down to the rampaging South Queensland Sharks, but few present will ever forget Sonda’s inspired piece of wizardry.Click on the attachment and find out a little more about one of the most durable, hardworking, and talented players to have played the game as we put Gary Sonda under the NTL spotlight.last_img read more