Children rush in where adults fear to tread…

first_img Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adapted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy filled life. TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleBe on the alert for potential gmail scamNext articleRecovering the lost art of encouragement Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter “POP!”InspirationBy Charles Towne“What in the world are you doing?”No sooner did I hear those words then mama grabbed me by an ear and I was led/dragged to the house where I received an almost lethal bath.You might very well wonder just what might precipitate such a drastic reaction from my dear, sweet mama, so I will tell you. She discovered me out behind the barn where I was studiously picking maggots off a deceased, very dead, sun-ripened, putrid, exceedingly odoriferous fowl of the chicken kind, and popping said maggots between my little boy fingers.I want you to know that I have never met a critter of any sort, large or small, that I couldn’t learn from, and what I learned that day was that if a maggot is held between the thumb and forefinger and just the right amount of pressure is applied, said maggot will explode with a tiny, “POP!” (Try it some time but not when your mama is around.)I suppose, all things being equal, that the tiny “pop!” is a lot louder to the maggot, but then, I don’t know if maggots have ears?It really is quite remarkable that Papa God, having caught us playing with some pretty nasty things in our lives, (you know what I am talking about so don’t try to deny it!) Yes, not only did He catch us, but then He promised to wash us clean, and on top of that he loves us with an undying and endless love! Come to think about it, I don’t really suppose we can blame Him for asking, “And just what in the world are you doing now?” Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Funding allocated for M20 planning process

first_imgLosing sleep over traffic noise on M7 Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleA hundred lives saved by Limerick river patrolNext articleLimerick politicians ‘out of touch’ on abortion rights Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Facebook TAGSgovermentM20motorway WhatsApp Limerick TD comments on the effects of high insurance costs on SMEs €8 million M20 tendering process gets underway Printcenter_img Twitter Limerick TD worried over decrease in Community Gardaí Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsTransportFunding allocated for M20 planning processBy Bernie English – January 21, 2018 3477 Limerick left behind in Governments first time buyers scheme Typical traffic back up on the existing N20.Funding for the planning and design phase of the M20 Cork to Limerick motorway along with cash to start a phase of the controversial Northern Distributor Road is included in the additional €486 million made available under the Government Capital Plan review.The motorway and the Coonagh to Knocalisheen Distributor road start will be funded along with design/planning work for the N21/N69 Adare to Foynes road.Transport Minister Shane Ross said the Northern Distributor Road was “critical to the consolidation and regeneration of the Moyross area”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The M20 was officially given the go-ahead late last year.In connecting Cork, Limerick and on to Galway in one stretch of high-speed motorway, the road will become the first major transport conduit in Ireland not to terminate in Dublin.The extra funds will be spent on projects over the next four years and include moving the new bridge at Killaloe on to the construction phase.The announcement was made on Tuesday, following the conclusion of the Capital Plan Review process, securing €4.26 billion a four-year period.Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne said that enhancing the local roads infrastructure will help improve the lives of Limerick people, as well as making the area even more accessible.“In addition, a package of extra measures will now be implemented on our road networks across the country including reduced energy usage for route lighting, minor improvement works and community involvement programmes, together with the assessment of potential future projects,” she said.More about transport here. Limerick to Cork motorway will be included in capital planlast_img read more

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Art and Art History Lecturer Pool – History of Contemporary Art

first_imgLetter of applicationCurriculum vitaeStatement of teaching interests/philosophyContact information for three referencesExample syllabiSample publications Department SummaryThe Department of Art and ArtHistory , founded in 1911, offers BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degreesand is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art andDesign (NASAD). What we offer to prospective students:award-winning faculty and outstanding technical and administrativestaff; a “best-in-the-west” combination of facilities for making,exhibiting, and researching art across many media; commitment tocreative and critical thinking; opportunities to practiceinnovation across media; and a friendly and supportivecommunity.Brief Description of DutiesThe successful candidate will teach upper-division undergraduatesurvey courses, particularly in the History of Contemporary and NewMedia Art since 1960. In addition to such survey courses, part timefaculty may also teach the lower-division General Education coursesin Art History and Visual Culture. The successful candidate willteach within a dynamic department that encouragescross-disciplinary practice between studio art practice andcontemporary art criticism. Thus, we seek candidates with anunderstanding of and engagement with recent debates in new mediaand contemporary art practices. Candidate must demonstrateawareness and experience understanding the needs of a studentpopulation of great diversity – in age, cultural background,ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – throughinclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.They must also participate in 1-2 faculty meetings per semester andprovide assessment data and information to the department.All Faculty should be organizing their classes within the CanvasLearning Management System (LMS), the official LMS provided forthe SJSU community. All classes at SJSU, whether online or not,must be anchored in the Canvas platform to ensure faculty-studentconnection in a common space as all students are directed to log into Canvas for online access to their classes. You will have accessto this system prior to the semester start date.Required QualificationsPh.D. in art history or equivalent field and teaching experience atthe university level; strong writing skills and an ability todirect and assess student writing; scholarly engagement in the areaof design history as evidenced by presentation and publication.Candidates must also demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity tothe educational goals of a multicultural population as might havebeen gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and othercomparable experience.Conditional AppointmentPlease be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget andenrollment considerations and subject to order of assignmentprovisions in the collective bargaining agreement betweenCalifornia State University and California Faculty Association.These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in whichavailable courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenureline faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.Salary Range – To commensurate with experience.Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents: SJSU accepts applications on an ongoing basis for our pool oftemporary lecturers. To be considered for Spring 2021 courses,application must be received by December 15, 2020.The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, thisposition is for scholars interested in a career at a nationalleader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic ServingInstitution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American PacificIslander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students arefirst-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university iscurrently ranked third nationally in increasing student upwardmobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversityof its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community canbenefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: November 21, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific StandardTimeApplications close:last_img read more

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U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Concerned about China’s Influence in Region

first_imgBy By Eugenia Velásquez ( August 21, 2018 U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean Manes said that China seeks to expand in Central America and the Caribbean by way of countries’ vulnerabilities to “militarize the region.” In the case of El Salvador, the point of access would be China’s investment in La Unión Port, said Manes. “They are trying to find weak spots in the region to make these kinds of arrangements in the region. We are concerned that it is not only an investment in a port, but that they will then want to do something with their military and expand Chinese influence in the region. It is a strategic matter and we all need to keep our eyes open as to what is happening,” she said. Her concern stems from information provided by diplomats contending that China seeks to approach Central American and Caribbean governments offering investments that are “neither clear nor transparent” as a strategy to expand in those countries. In the case of El Salvador, China would likely seek to establish a port of entry, which would be La Unión, due to its current state of neglect. Manes said the information on hand indicates that the Salvadoran and Chinese governments initiated talks to start interventions in the maritime plant of Cutuco Port. “They are in the talking phase, but it’s a significant phase for any country. People should be aware of these talks and the facts and tactics China employs,” Manes said. The United States’ concerns already reached the entrepreneurial and political arena in El Salvador, Manes said. “We are working on it,” she said when asked whether meetings had taken place to warn political parties about China’s intentions toward El Salvador. “It’s important that everyone knows what’s happening and is able to identify the usual tactics China employs. There are good examples you can study to ensure you are doing the best for your people in your country,” the ambassador said. Salvadoran Minister of Economy Luz Estrella Rodríguez confirmed talks had initiated between the Salvadoran and Chinese governments during an interview with Salvadoran Channel 33, in which she confirmed the Asian country was interested in investing in La Unión Port. For Manes, this isn’t about driving foreign investment away from El Salvador, but looking closely at the kind of offer China makes and its commitment to local economic development. “It’s time to be careful about those things; we obviously want to see more investment in El Salvador, but not all investment is the same. What’s best is to improve truly sustainable investment that would benefit the country,” she said. According to Manes, cases of China’s investment interventions in other countries showed that infrastructure projects ultimately stayed at the hands of the Chinese government. “Other countries, such as Sri Lanka, no longer control their ports—another country does. We’ve seen this in other countries; once China obtained the project, they no longer complied,” Manes said.last_img read more

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Makarska Riviera, Imotski and Vrgorac are working together to promote cycling tourism

first_imgThe race “CRO Race” was previously organized under the name “Tour of Croatia” and also passed through the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo and Zabiokovlje, and footage of the race was shown in 190 countries, which contributed globally to the promotion of this part of Split-Dalmatia counties. This is the result of cooperation between the Tourist Board of Makarska and the company Spot, which through its brand “Trail – Full Cycling Experience” is developing a cycling tourist destination of the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo and Zabiokovlje. Namely, it is a race organized by the company Top Sport Events, which started all this and proved itself through the successful organization of all editions of the tour in the past four years. This year’s race will include six stages, which will cover more than a thousand kilometers throughout Croatia. The footage of Croatia through which the race passes will be broadcast on six continents of the world. Makarska Riviera, Imotski and Vrgorac, which includes Biokovo, are actively working together to promote cycling tourism in the county. One of the projects that will promote this outdoor segment of tourism is the cycling race “CRO Race”, which starts on October 1 from Osijek, and ends on the third day in Biokovo and Makarska, reports “Makarska Riviera, Imotski and Vrgorac are a unique area along Biokovo, ideal for the development of cycling tourism, so we signed a contract with Spot, which records the situation, after which they will propose measures to take to raise the offer to a higher level, complementing all that modern the cyclist is looking for, promoted. The development of cycling tourism is one of the strategic in the development plans of our destinations for the purpose of post-season and pre-season development”, Said Hloverka Novak Srzić, director of the Makarska Tourist Board. The development of the cycling tourist destination was entrusted to the company Spot. “We are currently checking the condition of existing trails and tracing new ones. Once we determine the complexity of the route, we go to different stakeholders. Of course, the method of route preparation, its equipment, services and other services are defined. We also have education of businessmen who we introduce to the specifics of guests, as well as local governments that we educate on how to maintain the route.”, Explains Karlo Kučan, director of the company. But he adds that he will be cycling in different stages this year. “We will cover all places on the Makarska Riviera, and cyclists will pass through all their centers. It will be spectacular! Thanks to the fantastic television footage from earlier races that toured the world, a group of journalists from the UK came, driving across Biokovo along a fascinating road leading to the very top. They were thrilled! They wrote a great report, published on 7-8 pages, a subtle, honest, own experience. We who live in that destination only when others open our eyes realize that we actually underestimate it. Cycling can bring only good to this destination, discover it in a new way, with a different view”, He explains and points out that it is necessary to develop an infrastructure that includes bike paths, but also other services that cyclists need. Miholjević notes that he participated in the meeting of the tourist board and hoteliers and is satisfied that the potential has been recognized and that there is a will for its development. Stage of the CRO Race race that passes through the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo and Zabiokovlje “After that, there is a promotional part in which we include hotels, we prepare photo, video and printed materials, and during 2020 and 2021 we will present the Makarska Riviera at four tourist fairs. The destination cannot be branded overnight”, Emphasizes Kučan, and adds that”on Biokovo we can’t do adrenaline parks because of the karst that doesn’t allow it, but we have an excellent opportunity to develop mountain bikes. Fire paths are great for the family variant. In the coastal part, we are a bit limited by the traffic on the highway, but that is why the hinterland of Biokovo is an uncut diamond for cycling tourism.”. “Beautiful nature, spectacular view, with quality roads, accommodation facilities, gastronomic offer makes Makarska Riviera and Biokovo ideal for cycling. This is a very large potential that can be greatly developed with a serious approach and program”, Announced the race organizer Vladimir Miholjevic. Source / photo:; CRO Race; Facebook: Trail – Full Cycling Experiencelast_img read more

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COVID-19 handling: Bekasi mayor asks West Java governor to visit regions

first_img“I don’t think that [West Java] needs to apply one specific strategy for all regions […]. What’s important is to make sure that we’re having more recoveries,” he added.As of Thursday, Bekasi recorded a total of 3,322 confirmed cases.With a total of 22,764 cases, West Java accounted for 7.8 percent of all of Indonesia’s confirmed cases of 291,182 on Thursday. Meanwhile, the province has recorded 13,778 recoveries and 435 deaths.Ridwan reportedly opened the office in Depok on central government orders to optimize efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Jakarta’s surrounding areas in West Java. “Nearly 70 percent of the COVID-19 cases in West Java are contributed by Bodebek [Bogor, Depok, Bekasi], so the central government directed me to focus on handling those areas,” the governor said on Wednesday, as quoted by also: COVID-19 cases in prioritized provinces decrease, but still high: Task forceRidwan, who spends most of his time in the province’s capital of Bandung, said having an office in Depok could also help him carry out tasks in the “red zones”, including monitoring the regional elections at the end of the year. “Once or twice a week, depending on the situation, I would be in Bodebek areas, especially in Depok,” he said, adding that his plan would last for several months. He expressed hope that he could set an example for COVID-19 task forces in Bodebek to work harder to curb case numbers and said the West Java Police and the Military Command (Kodam) III/Siliwangi in Bandung supported this “tactical” policy. “Where there is a red zone, where there are high numbers of violations, the police chief and the military commander will send their teams as back-up,” he said. Recently, he said, the West Java Police had tasked its leading officers in Cirebon with controlling virus transmission as the city became a red zone. Moreover, the West Java deputy police chief had opened an office in Bogor to directly help the city mitigate the outbreak, he added. (syk)Topics : He went on to say that it was understandable for the governor to open the office in Depok, as the city was deemed to be showing slow progress in containing the virus. Depok has recorded the highest number of cases in the province with 4,386 as of Friday.Read also: Ridwan Kamil opens office in Depok to monitor COVID-19, regional electionsRahmat further said that each region had a different way of pushing down the number of cases, adding that he continued to communicate with the governor on handling COVID-19. The mayor of Bekasi in West Java, Rahmat Effendi, has asked the provinces governor, Ridwan Kamil, to visit other regions in the province as the latter opened an office in Depok on Friday to monitor the handling of COVID-19 and regional elections.“It would best for the governor to also visit other regions of the province, like Bekasi and Bogor, to see how they handle COVID-19 specifically. “Each region has its own approach, and I think it would be meaningful for the governor to see how seriously we’re doing this,” Rahmat said on Thursday as quoted by last_img read more

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Today’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Best starting pitchers, streamers for Monday, June 10

first_imgCheck the  Fantasy Alarm Weather Center closer to lineup lock for the latest reports.MORE MONDAY MLB: DFS picks | Betting picksToday’s Daily Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings: Monday, June 10RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)FDDK1Hyun-Jin [email protected] Angels102 (T-12th)N/A$10,700$10,4002Chris SaleRed Soxvs. Rangers86 (23rd)N/A$11,800$10,9003Charlie MortonRaysvs. A’sN/A94 (17th)$10,500$9,9004Masahiro TanakaYankeesvs. MetsN/A99 (12th)$8,900$7,9005Mike [email protected] Red Sox90 (T-18th)N/A$9,200$9,4006Michael [email protected] MarlinsN/A77 (T-28th)$6,300$6,0007Jason [email protected] Yankees82 (24th)N/A$6,800$7,6008German MarquezRockiesvs. CubsN/A111 (7th)$7,500$8,7009Anibal [email protected] White SoxN/A92 (18th)$7,300$8,10010Joe [email protected] BravesN/A98 (13th)$8,400$5,20011Jerad EickhoffPhilliesvs. D-backsN/A88 (20th)$7,400$7,10012Griffin CanningAngelsvs. DodgersN/A120 (T-1st)$7,800$8,40013Yu [email protected] RockiesN/A85 (T-22nd)$7,100$6,20014Taylor [email protected] PhilliesN/A91 (19th)$6,100$6,30015Kevin GausmanBravesvs. PiratesN/A95 (T-15th)$6,000$6,40016Sandy AlcantaraMarlinsvs. CardinalsN/A97 (14th)$7,000$6,90017Tanner AndersonA’[email protected] RaysN/A115 (T-3rd)N/A$4,00018Odrisamer DespaigneWhite Soxvs. NationalsN/A86 (21st)N/AN/AwRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNIf you’re not willing to pay up for one of the top three-to-five SPs today, it might be smart to settle for Joe Musrove (@ Braves) or Anibal Sanchez (@ White Sox) — which tells you why you should probably pay up for one of the top five SPs. There are nine games, all in the evening, on Monday’s MLB schedule, but there are only a handful of trustworthy pitchers in our daily fantasy baseball rankings. More will ultimately pay off in DraftKings and FanDuel contests, but it won’t be easy identifying those sleepers.Michael Wacha (@ Marlins) will get some looks because of his favorable matchup, but after being demoted to the bullpen, he’s a major risk — both in terms of performance and pitch count. Jason Vargas (@ Yankees) has a decent matchup on paper and has been pitching great lately (1.85 ERA in his past seven outings), but he still feels like a GPP-only play. German Marquez (vs. Cubs) and Yu Darvish (@ Rockies) both have dominating stuff, but they also have shown they have low floors, particularly in Colorado.last_img read more

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Rally set to travel to La Paz

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Stops along the way will include Ensenada, Turtle Bay, Santa Maria, Magdelena Bay, Cabo San Lucas, Muertos Bay and La Paz. Fiestas are planned at most of these stops. The entrance fee is $500. More information at 310-823-4664. “We traveled about 15 minutes and shut down,” Meistrell said. “All I could hear before I dove in was what sounded like heavy breathing and it wasn’t Greg (Browning).” Turns out it was a huge sea lion. Meistrell dived in and quickly lost sight of Browning’s lights. He then stumbled on to some spooky-looking giant slugs and felt something swoosh by him in the dark. Meistrell then turned off his lights in order to locate Browning, and saw him way off in the distance. “I’m done with this night diving,” Meistrell . “It’s way too spooky for me.” By Phil Friedman Staff Writer The Del Rey Yacht Club is headed south from San Diego on Nov. 7 in the Odyssey 2007. The first-ever rally will take a fleet of powerboats from San Diego to La Paz, Baja California. In conjunction with the Mexican Tourism Board, the fleet will be escorted by vessels manned by experienced skippers, mechanics, doctors, paramedics and others. To make matters worse, it was all tricks and no treats. No lobster that night either. Joey Gallagher from Palos Verdes Estates was looking for bugs (lobster) Tuesday night at Point Fermin. He and his friends found eight, three of which were legal. This quality of fish is typical of fall at Big Rock Resort, along with beautiful foliage and small crowds. Norma Randall from Arts Fishing Tackle in Gardena passed away Oct. 16. Norma worked side by side with her husband, Art Randall, from 1960 to 1973 when her son, Terry, started to play a more important role in the store. The three-quarter-day Spitfire out of Redondo is offering a $100 deal to fish as much as you can for a one-month period. Spitfire Captain Steven Konrady has been reporting some outstanding local sand bass fishing as well as limits of sculpin. For more information on the $100 fish for a month deal, call 310-372-2111. “Don’t even think about coming over here without live squid,” Valentine said. “It’s the only thing they (yellowtail) will bite. “Last week, I thought the fat lady was singing, but it turned out to be a sea lion on the rocks at Catalina,” Valentine Spooky diving: Former pro surfer Greg Browning, Scott Smith and Matt Meistrell got an early Halloween Tuesday night. The three Redondo Beach men headed out on Meistrell’s private boat, the Patty Chris II, to do some diving for lobster. said also Big Rock trout: Norin Grancell of Los Angeles, who went fishing out of Big Rock Resort in June Lake last week, thought his 3 -pound Alpers rainbow was a pretty decent fish. The trout was caught trolling a worm behind a Sep’s SideKick dodger. But recently, a Big Rock guest caught a 10-pound Alpers on a red and gold Thomas Buoyant. Randall passes: $100 deal: Yellowtail love squid: In the fall and winter, using live squid for bait can be the difference between catching and not catching. Captain Tino Valentine of the Phantom out of Pierpoint Landing in Long Beach caught more than 30 yellowtail on Monday at Catalina Island. said . “This bite is a long ways from over.” Private boaters can get live squid at Long Beach Bait. It can be reached by calling 562-455-9928. You can contact Phil Friedman via e-mail at [email protected] Send “Catch of the Week” photos to [email protected] or mail them to Daily Breeze Sports Department, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Second-half latest: Chelsea 1 Tottenham 2 – Spurs close to victory at the Bridge

first_imgGary Cahill’s 58th-minute goal hauled Chelsea back into the derby at Stamford Bridge, where Tottenham must win in order to keep their slim title hopes alive.Goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min put the visitors in control before Cahill got in front of Toby Alderweireld to control Willian’s right-wing corner and then poked the ball in with his left boot.With the home fans desperate for their team to ensure their London rivals do not win the Premier League, Chelsea’s players responded with a high-tempo start.But they were undone 10 minutes before half-time when a neat Spurs move culminated in Erik Lamela cleverly threading the ball through to Kane, who rounded keeper Asmir Begovic before applying the finish.And after Branislav Ivanovic gave the ball away a minute before the interval, Christian Eriksen played in Son, who coolly steered the ball past Begovic.Chelsea had gone close to taking an early lead when Cahill headed wide from Cesc Fabregas’ left-wing corner.Fabregas then had a chance but side-footed wide from the edge of the penalty area after being teed up by Diego Costa, who later had a powerful shot tipped over by keeper Hugo Lloris.At the other end, Danny Rose shot wide from 25 yards, Son sent a left-footed effort well wide, and Kane fired over with a long-range free-kick before eventually breaking the deadlock.There was controversy soon after Son’s goal. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino broke up a scuffle between Willian and Rose near the touchline, and during a melee that followed Spurs’ Moussa Dembele appeared gouge Costa’s eyes.Cahill and skipper John Terry returned to the heart of the Chelsea defence following their respective injuries, while Eden Hazard was dropped to the Blues bench.Hazard replaced Pedro at half-time and forced a near-post save from Lloris as Chelsea attempted to get back into the game.Tottenham, who have not won at the Bridge since 1990, remained a threat and Begovic twice saved to deny Kane, keeping out a header and a low shot from the England striker.But Pochettino’s side then switched off a set-piece and were punished by Cahill, whose goal raised the hopes of Chelsea fans that their team could yet get the result that would confirm leaders Leicester as champions.Costa almost equalised but was unable to reach Hazard’s low cross, before Begovic saved from substitute Ryan Mason to prevent a Tottenham third.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic (Oscar 77); Willian, Fabregas, Pedro (Hazard 45); Costa.Subs: Amelia, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Planets Defy Bottom-Up Assembly

first_imgAs much as they want to imagine planets forming from dust, secular astronomers run into insurmountable difficulties.Look at what’s implied in this headline by Rohini Giles on The Conversation: “‘Teenage’ Jupiter may hold the secret of how planets form.” What’s implied? Planet formation is a secret. It is not understood. Here we are, 219 years since Laplace proposed his famous nebular hypothesis, and astronomers still do not understand how planets are constructed from their assumed building blocks, gas and dust. The problem was exacerbated when astronomers were able to detect the first exoplanets (planets around other stars). Giles begins,In the past 20 years, thousands of planets have been discovered orbiting other stars. Far from resembling families of planets like Earth and its companions, most of these discoveries have made our solar system look like the odd one out.But now astronomers have announced a new exoplanet that looks surprisingly familiar. The exoplanet, 51 Eridani b, looks a lot like Jupiter – or at least the way we think Jupiter looked when it was much younger. Studying this juvenile version of our familiar neighbour will help us to unlock Jupiter’s past and find out more about the circumstances of its birth.The rule here proves the exception, the rule being the exceptionalism of Earth. Exoplanetary systems don’t fit the predictions astronomers made when they only had a sample size of one. Giles’ hope that this particular exoplanet will reveal the secret of how planets form rests on tenuous theory:We know that planets are formed in the circular cloud of dust and gas that surrounds a newborn star, but the precise way in which this happens isn’t well understood. There are two main theories for the formation of gas giant planets: core-accretion, where material gradually clumps together into bigger and bigger pieces, and disc-instability, where there is rapid fragmentation into planet-size chunks as the circular cloud cools.Astronomers have been debating those two models for years, but still don’t have an answer. Disk instability theory arose largely because of desperation with the problems from core-accretion theory. It was criticized as heretical at the time, but its main proponent, Alan Boss, couldn’t think of an alternative. Giles’ optimism that 51 Eridani b will solve the debate seems premature at best.Real accretion theory is messy. That is evident from a new paper on Icarus that tries to model it on a computer. Part of the difficulty is the N-body problem—trying to monitor the interactions of many moving parts in software, each with moving gravitational wells. Another problem is dealing with the fact that particles tend to collide and fragment, not stick together. “The present code includes an option of hit-and-run bouncing but not fragmentation, which remains for future work,” they say. But that can make all the difference. If fragmentation prevails, no planets will result.Consequently, adding more ingredients is not an answer. That’s why a press release from the Royal Astronomical Society is misleading when it says, “Bricks to build an Earth found in every planetary system.” You can’t assemble bricks without mortar. You can put all the building blocks you want around other stars, but it does not follow that they will self-organize into planets when the overwhelming tendency is fragmentation, not accretion.Computer models can also be misleading. Models, being simplifications of reality, can omit key ingredients or processes. Science Daily reported on work at the University of Chicago that tries to mimic the “early-stage planetary formation process.” The astronomers know that “Single head-on collisions typically do not dissipate enough energy to lead to sticking.” To encourage sticking (accretion), they modeled charged particles, and succeeded in getting granules of an unstated size (presumably very small). They’re omitting the obvious problem that until a granule grows up to the size of a kilometer or more in diameter, it lacks the gravitation to grow further. And since repulsion is just as likely as attraction, the more a granule grows, the more its “building blocks” will be likely to repel each other and prevent further accretion.More wishful thinking is apparent to the skeptical reader of another hopeful Science Daily piece, “Millimeter-sized stones formed our planet.” The idea here is that the small meteoritic pebbles known as chondrules “are believed to be the original building blocks of the solar system”—believed, that is, by materialists who invent these models. Whether “belief” itself is material is an interesting question. To make asteroids and planets form from chondrules, the team has to cheat by slowing them down in dust clouds as they migrate inward. This trick requires them to believe the planets formed and cleared out the dust before everything got swept into the sun in a “rapid process”.Astrobiologists, intuitively, are intrigued by water. Their hydrobioscopy habit leads them to think “life!” whenever water is inferred to exist on a planet or moon, even if the water is miles deep under the crust. Science Magazine sprang a leak in that pond with a new constraint on habitability, reported by the Royal Astronomical Society. In “Why water worlds won’t host life,” Nola Taylor Redd explains that more is not better: “Water covering the surface interacts with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in ways that can turn chilly planets frigid and make warm ones even hotter.” Watch hopes evaporate:Although the results are based on calculations of Earth-sized worlds surrounding sunlike stars, the researchers say the process would be similar for larger worlds and stars. They also say that a similar cycle would take place with other greenhouse gases, such as methane. With such a narrow range for habitability, ocean planets may not make as much of a splash as we thought when it comes to welcoming life.This effectively narrows the habitable zone. “Earth-sized water worlds are habitable only in a very limited range of temperatures—from about 0°C to 127°C,” according to the calculations. Add another constraint to the habitable zone.Secular planetary scientists deny Earth exceptionalism, and Darwinians deny human exceptionalism. It’s not surprising that many of them are political liberals who deny American exceptionalism. We should retort by saying that their opinions are not exceptional, either.Evolutionists are enamored with that phrase “building blocks.” Particles were the building blocks of stars, stars the building blocks of galaxies, dust the building blocks of planets, and chemicals the building blocks of life. Where is the builder? How do they know their building blocks are not debris of collisions? 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