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Juan Mata declared that Chelsea are determined to be crowned world champions following their 3-1 win over Monterrey in Japan.Mata’s opening goal helped the Blues to victory in a one-sided Club World Cup semi-final.They are likely to be given a sterner test by Corinthians of Brazil in Sundays final.“I’m so glad with the way we won and for us this is a very important tournament,” Mata told the BBC.“We want to win this trophy and to be world champions, and on Sunday we will do our best to win.“I’m very happy with my goal and the result. We started really well and were really focused – 3-1 is a very good result for us.“We have confidence about winning but we know Corinthians are one of the best teams in South America and have a lot of supporters here.”Click here for Thursday’s Chelsea quizSee also:Chelsea stroll to victory in 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
I can make it shine, drinking that Dar-wineAnytime night or dayOnly trouble is, gee whizI’m dreamin’ my data away When I feel lazy in the labI need a plot line that’s pre-fabI grab old Darwin then all I have to do isDrea-ea-ea-ea-eam It’s difficult to believe any other vaunted science than cosmology would be so rife with fact-free speculation. Well, maybe paleoanthropology, too.The Saga of Stone ToolsIn an article on Live Science, the stone tools were mere props for the real story: a speculative wandering among possibilities. This can be seen by distilling the key words into a seamless stream of consciousness:Did Rise of Ancient Human Ancestor Lead to New Stone Tools?… the emergence of an ancient human ancestor … the finding suggests an ancient tool-making technique may have arisen with the evolution of the new species…. “We think it might be related to the change of species.” … emerged … probably used … scientists believed … but proving that was tricky … colleagues, however, have found Aucheulean tools that are indistinguishable in age from those found in Kenya, suggesting the symmetric hand axes were widespread in the region … increasing the likelihood … That the timing of this tool-making emerges at the same time as Homo erectus is intriguing, and allows for the possibility that the tools were made by this ancient lineage … But while the new study is suggestive that Homo erectus made these tools, it’s not a smoking gun…. It’s tempting to say … and that’s very difficult to prove.The only tangible facts in this saga consist of a bag of scraping rocks gathered from disparate areas dated by fallible humans who didn’t see when and where they were made by whom.The Running Man“Run for your life!” the hominid shrieked to his hairy companion dropping from the tree. “It’s the only way to evolve!” A slightly more academic version of this short story was told in Live Science, in “How Running For Our Lives May Have Made Humans Smarter.” The operative phrase is “may have,” which implies its converse, “may not have”. The article continues the stream-of-consciousness dreamland scenario of suggestion, emergence and possibility:Could athletic prowess be linked to the size of our brains? Some new research suggests that exercise-loving mice have larger midbrains then their more mellow counterparts.Scientists now think that the ability to run far and fast helped us evolve both physically and mentally. For evidence, look to the common house mouse.It appears that the childhood storybook tale of City Mouse and Country Mouse has evolved (or emerged into) The Couch Potato Dufus and the Precocious Athlete. But since the article promised “evidence,” it’s worth looking for evidence of the evidence. Here it is: Mice on treadmills, bred for both their propensity and abilities on treadmill wheels were found to have slightly larger midbrains—”But the overall size of their brains did not vary significantly.” This is a long way removed from the hypothesis at issue. After all, mice are mice, and men are men, whether or not they operate treadmills. Furthermore, the hypothesis sounds like a case of artificial selection, not Darwinism. But it provided enough putative “evidence” to start the tale: Whether the mice evolved larger midbrains because they exercised, or exercised because they had bigger brains, remains to be determined. In the classic comedy sketch, “The 2,000-Year-Old Man,” Mel Brooks, playing the title character, said the main form of transportation long ago “was mostly fear.” “You’d hear an animal growling and you’d go two miles in a minute,” he said. That was probably true, at least in spirit.And so the Lamarckian story ran, based on a comedy sketch. It’s frankly hard to know where the comedy sketch left off:In 2004, Daniel Lieberman of Harvard University and Dennis Bramble at the University of Utah suggested that one of the reasons humans survived and evolved is that they learned to run faster and further. That allowed them, like Mel Brooks’ character, to get away from predators, and they also could walk farther so they could track down animals and bring food home.Those who could run faster and walk farther reproduced more than those who could not, they wrote, so humans evolved endurance. Our legs grew longer, toes shortened; we lost hair, and gained more complex middle ears for balance.Where, exactly, was the linkage between running farther and reproducing more? While we’re imagining things, one could imagine the lazy guy in the cave having sex, while the distance runner is miles away. Other than that, the story is Lamarckian. Learning how to run faster like Mel Brooks won’t make a bit of difference if the trait isn’t in the sperm.Back to the stream of consciousness:Another thing Garland and his team were trying to test is a theory called mosaic evolution. As animals evolve, do certain areas of their bodies change independently of what happens to the rest of the body, or does the whole body generally evolve simultaneously? … [time out for more mice on treadmills] … “They love going on the wheels and excel in both motivation and abilities,” said Garland … seems to support the mosaic evolution concept … For whatever reason … [a bystander] calls Garland’s work “an amazing step forward” … Garland’s next experiment, however, is to see whether it is the exercise that is increasing the midbrain in mice instead of the opposite. He thinks using MRIs and questionnaires with living humans could test to see if the same things are true of human joggers.The question was, “How Running For Our Lives May Have Made Humans Smarter.” Well, the answer is, Yes, it may have. But then again, an equally valid answer in storytelling is, No, it may not have.This gets so tiring. Today’s evolutionists think they have done their job if something (anything) “suggests” that an unobservable event “may have” made us hairless rocket scientists with opposable thumbs and complex middle ears. Evolution is the mother of invention. Need shorter toes? Got it. Can’t keep your balance while running? Semicircular canals coming right up. Need opposable thumb for flaking rocks? Oh, they just emerged right on time! The storytellers weave effortlessly between Lamarckism and Darwinism, sipping their Darwine and plucking tantalizing speculations from thin air. Ah, science. Ain’t it wonderful? We can watch our mice on the treadmill and dream, dream, dream.The dream is a lie. One thing these unaccountable, reckless charlatans know with absolute certainty: criticisms of their speculations must be lied about, expelled and silenced (read previous entry). Hearing them would ruin all the fun.Dream, by the Evolutionary BrothersDrea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dreamDrea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dreamWhen I want to get a grantI tell a tale, though data’s scant,Whenever I want funds, all I have to do isDrea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream With critics gone, the media’s mineThey’re always there to make me shineWhenever I want fame, all I have to do isDrea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dreamDrea-ea-ea-ea-eam, dream, dream, dream[fade out](Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Some of the possible MH370 debris in French satellite images New satellite images showing 122 objects, some 23m long, will give the international team scouring the southern Indian Ocean for MH370 new intelligence to refine the vast search area 2500km south-west of Perth. The image taken on March 23 by the French was provided to the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency.Some are bright, possibly indicating solid material such as part of a wing. Acting Malaysian Minister of Transportation Hishammuddin Bin Hussein said that “this is another new lead that will help direct the search operation.”The new image is the fourth positive sighting from satellites and shows debris located 2557km southwest of Perth between the original Australian image taken on March 16 and that take by the Chinese on March 18.Shot through broken cloud, the images shows debris spread over a very wide area of 400sq km according to the acting Malaysian Transport Minister.Some of the pieces are very large such as 22.5m by 6m, 11m by 4m and 23m by 10m in size.The large pieces are likely to be wing or tail sections. Smaller item are more likely to be from the cabin of the 777.Today the Australian Maritime Safety Authority is expected to send out planes to new coordinates to get verification.HMAS Supply and the Chinese ice breaker Xue Long are in the area searching for debris and are expected to be redirected to the new co-ordinates.The three Chinese warships the Kunlunshan, the Haikou and the Qiandaohu have also arrived in the search area.MH370 Tribute Page
Liverpool boss Klopp on Newcastle thrashing: We can perform betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his team can perform better after their 4-0 thumping of Newcastle United.The Reds led 1-0 at half-time on Boxing Day thanks to Dejan Lovren’s powerful early strike, and Mohamed Salah’s penalty doubled their advantage in the opening stages of the second half.Xherdan Shaqiri made it three by rounding off a slick team move with 11 minutes remaining, before substitute Fabinho completed the scoring with his first Liverpool goal.Klopp said afterwards, “It was difficult. It is always difficult. I liked the start offensively, but I didn’t like the start defensively – the protection was not as it should have been. We were not as compact as we should have been. They had the first corner, half-counters and stuff like that, so it looked like kind of an open game. When we had the ball, after the first 15 minutes, we were good – one-twos, good finishes. We lost the formation a little bit, we were too wide offensively. “If we could play the ball in behind it was good, but if they could clear it with a header then we were not there to win the ball back formation-wise. 1-0, a fantastic goal, quick in mind; again it was off a set-piece, which is brilliant. A fantastic cross and then a good reaction from pretty much everybody in the box, then a fantastic finish from Dejan. I was really happy about half-time [so that] we could adjust a few things and go back to the way we actually wanted to play. That made life easier, especially after we scored with the penalty in minute 47 – pretty early in the second half. Then we controlled the game, which was good. “We scored wonderful goals again, set-pieces fantastic. Even Ali could show – apart from all his football-play skills – what his actual job is and saves the clean sheet. A pretty perfect day for us; not a perfect performance, but a really good performance. Result-wise and a lot of parts of the performance, really good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: A 33-year-old man stabbed his wife to death and chopped her body after he suspected her of having an affair.Police said that after murdering his wife, the accused came to the police station and claimed to have killed his wife. Investigators revealed that he dumped pieces of her body in a septic tank. Police identified the accused as Aashu. The man later surrendered at the Prem Nagar police station and said he killed his wife as he suspected she was having an affair, the police said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”He came in the morning around 11-12 pm and claimed that he had killed his wife on Saturday night. Without wasting any time the staff started questioning the accused,” police said. Meanwhile, the police team also started searching the septic tank in which the accused claimed to have thrown her body pieces. After the continuous search of more than five to six hours, all the body pieces were recovered. Investigators said that the accused was suspecting illicit affair of his wife. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarReports were coming out that after killing his wife he also informed his relatives about the murder. The Delhi Police senior officer said that they are investigating the following fact. Investigators are probing the fact whether before the incident the accused had any fight with his wife and in a fit of rage, he killed her. “Different angles being probed in the case. There will be more clarity after the investigation is completed,” an officer said. Further police said that accused worked at a computer repair shop in Mayapuri and lived with his wife and children at Prem Nagar. “A case has been registered and we are further investigating the matter,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) S D Mishra said adding that search is going on to recover the weapon of offence which was knife.
Islamabad: US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has arrived in Pakistan to discuss revival of the peace talks with the Pakistani leaders and a possible meeting with a Taliban delegation headed by the group’s co-founder and chief peace negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. The visit comes days after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the US where he met President Donald Trump and among other issues discussed the revival of negotiations to bring peace in Afghanistan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Khalilzad also met Prime Minister Khan in New York, where he was to attend the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, and exchanged views about renegotiating with the Taliban. The US and the Taliban had agreed on draft peace plan, but the process was suspend by President Trump following killing of an American soldier in Kabul last month in a suicide attack claimed by the Taliban. Trump stunned the world when he suddenly declared that the Afghan peace talks with the Taliban were “dead”. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests He cancelled a secret meeting with the Taliban and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at Camp David near Washington after the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in Kabul, in which an American soldier was among the dead. A delegation of Afghan Taliban led by Mullah Baradar will visit Pakistan on Wednesday for talks aiming to put the peace process back on track, a Taliban spokesman has said. Suhail Shaheen announced on social media that the delegation will hold discussions with the Pakistani officials on a range of key issues. Baradar had travelled to China, Russia and Iran since the collapsing of peace talks with US last month, Shaheen tweeted. Khalilzad landed in Islamabad on Tuesday and is expected to meet foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. He is expected to meet the Taliban delegation which will be first direct contact between the two sides in about a month. The talks with the Taliban delegation are expected to help revive the stalled Afghan peace process. Apart from the presence of Khalilzad in Islamabad, two American congressmen and NATO military chief in Afghanistan, General Austin Scott Miller are also in the Pakistani capital. Representative Jim Himes and Representative Sean Patrick Maloney met Pakistan’s foreign minister Qureshi on Tuesday, according to a statement by the Foreign Office here. Khalilzad’s visit is part of efforts to build trust before sitting with the Taliban and prepare them for intra-Afghan dialogue. Presidential elections were held in Afghanistan on September 28 and the winner will be announced next month. Since his appointment in September last year, Afghanistan-born Khalilzad has met with all sides in an attempt to end America’s longest war in which the US has lost over 2,400 soldiers in more than 17 years. The Taliban control nearly half of Afghanistan, and are more powerful now than they were at any time since the 2001 US-led invasion after the 9/11 terror attacks. The US has continued to push for a ceasefire in the war-torn country and the opening of negotiations between the Taliban and the Kabul government. The Taliban, however, have repeatedly refused to meet with officials of the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as “puppets”. During the talks held in January, the Taliban signalled their seriousness by appointing Baradar as their chief peace negotiator. Baradar, one of the four top commanders who formed the Taliban in 1994, was released from jail last year by the Pakistan government. He is believed to be the highest ranking Afghan Taliban prisoner freed so far. He held several senior positions in the Taliban government before its fall in 2001 and once considered the most influential Taliban leader after Mullah Muhammad Omar.
MUMBAI/DHAKA: From Kathmandu to Colombo, it’s a kitchen nightmare: Onion prices have gone crazy. That’s because India, the world’s biggest seller of the Asian diet staple, has banned exports after extended Monsoon downpours delayed harvests and supplies shrivelled. And dedicated buyers across the region, like Nepalese housewife Seema Pokharel, are flummoxed. “This is a terrible increase,” said Pokharel, out shopping for vegetables in Kathmandu. “Onion prices have more than doubled in the last month alone.” Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraWhether it’s Pakistani chicken curry, Bangladeshi biryani or Indian sambar, Asian consumers have developed a serious dependence on Indian onion supplies for go-to dishes. Shorter shipment times than from rival exporters like China or Egypt play a crucial role in preserving the taste of the perishable commodity. But last Sunday New Delhi banned all exports from India after local prices jumped to 4,500 rupees ($63.30) per 100 kg, their highest in nearly six years, due to the delay in summer-sown crop arrivals triggered by longer, heavier rains than usual. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysSince the ban, countries such as Bangladesh have turned to the likes of Myanmar, Egypt, Turkey and China to increase supplies in a bid bring prices down, government officials and traders said. But the hefty volumes lost will be hard to replace. India exported 2.2 million tonnes of fresh onions in the 2018/19 fiscal year ended March 31, according to data from India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority. That’s more than half of all imports by Asian countries, traders estimate. Rising prices of alternative supplies will add to the headache for importers trying to get the vegetable from elsewhere, said Mohammad Idris, a trader based in Dhaka. In the Bangladesh capital, consumers are now being asked to pay 120 taka ($1.42) per kilogramme for their prized onions – twice the price a fortnight ago and the highest since December, 2013. “Prices are going up elsewhere in Asia and Europe,” said Idris. “Other exporting countries are taking advantage of the Indian ban” to raise their asking price. In response to the crisis, the government of Bangladesh has initiated sales of subsidised onions through the state-run Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB). “We are looking for all possible options to import onions. Our target is to import in the shortest possible time,” said TCB spokesman Humayun Kabir. But the shipments from elsewhere – Iran and Turkey are also potential suppliers – that authorities in countries across the region are investigating will all take time. “It takes one month when it comes from Egypt and about 25 days from China, while it takes only a few days from India,” said Dhaka trader Idris. The need for alternative imports is so severe, though, that countries like Sri Lanka have already placed orders with Egypt and China, said G Rajendran, president of the Essential Food Commodities, Importers and Traders Association. Onion prices in Sri Lanka have risen by 50 per cent in a week, to 280-300 Sri Lankan rupees ($1.7) per kilogramme. For other countries, there may be little option but to sit tight and hope for the best. Malaysia, the second-biggest buyer of Indian onions, expects the ban to be temporary and sees no reason to panic, said Sim Tze Tzin, deputy minister of agriculture. But even India has been importing onions from Egypt in an effort to calm prices. And there won’t be any meaningful drop in prices before summer-sown crops start to hit the market, said Ajit Shah, president of the Mumbai-based Onion Exporters’ Association. That’s not expected until mid-November, meaning the export ban isn’t going away in the near term. “India could resume exports once prices drop, but it will take time,” said Shah. “Until India resumes exports, supplies will remain limited in Asia.” For now, consumers like Kathmandu shopper Pokharel are having to change habits across Asia. “I went to buy 5 kilogrammes of onions for our five-member family but ended up buying only 3 kilogrammes due to higher prices,” said Afroza Mimi, a Dhaka housewife on a shopping expedition the day after India imposed the export ban. “They (traders) are selling old stock nearly at double the price. This is crazy.”
Mumbai: The rupee on Friday closed almost flat at 70.88 against the US dollar after the Reserve Bank of India in a widely expected move cut key interest rates by 0.25 percentage point. At the interbank foreign exchange market, the rupee had opened strong at 70.82 against the US dollar at the interbank forex market. During the day, the domestic unit fluctuated between a high of 70.78 and a low of 71.03. The rupee finally settled at 70.88, down 1 paise over its previous close. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra On a weekly basis, the local unit slumped by 32 paise. The Reserve Bank on Friday cut its benchmark lending rate by 0.25 percentage point to revive economic growth and affirmed commitment to remain accommodative to address growth concerns ‘as long as necessary’. “Overall the policy was in line with market expectations and it did not have any major impact on the rupee,” said Rahul Gupta, Currency Head Research, Emkay Global Financial Services. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Gupta further said that “the only surprise factor was a sharp cut in FY20 GDP to 6.1 per cent from 6.9 per cent as local economic activity has weakened along with a slowdown in the global economy and lingering geopolitical tensions”. In the fourth bi-monthly review of the policy, the RBI sharply reduced its GDP growth estimate to 6.1 per cent for FY20 as against 6.9 per cent it was expecting earlier. This cut came in the wake of June quarter growth slipping to a six-year low of 5 per cent, which is attributed to a slowdown in consumption, lack of new investments by the industry and also a slump in the global economy. Forex traders said markets had discounted the rate cuts. Moreover, foreign fund outflows, heavy selling in domestic equities and rising crude oil prices also kept pressure on the Indian rupee. “Going forward we are not expecting USDINR to fall below 70.50. hence the range for next week will be 70.65- 71.35,” Gupta added. Foreign funds pulled out Rs 682 crore from the capital markets on a net basis on Friday, provisional data showed. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.12 per cent to 98.74. Meanwhile, the 10-year government bond yield was at 6.69 per cent on Friday. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.75 per cent to trade at USD 58.14 per barrel. On the domestic market front, the 30-share Sensex ended 433.56 points or 1.14 per cent lower at 37,673.31. It hit an intra-day low of 37,633.36 and a high of 38,403.54. The broader NSE Nifty plunged 139.25 points or 1.23 per cent to close at 11,174.75. The Financial Benchmark India Private Ltd (FBIL) set the reference rate for the rupee/dollar at 71.1163 and for rupee/euro at 77.8927. The reference rate for rupee/British pound was fixed at 87.4195 and for rupee/100 Japanese yen at 66.39.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s parliament has blocked a bill seeking an amendment in the Constitution to allow non-Muslims to become Prime Minister and President of the country. Dr Naveed Aamir Jeeva, a Christian lawmaker from the Pakistan Peoples Party, wanted to move a bill on Wednesday to amend article 41 and 91 of the constitution to allow non-Muslims to become Prime Minister and President of Pakistan. However, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad opposed the proposed legislation. The minister said that Pakistan is an Islamic Republic where only a Muslim can become the President and Prime Minister. The move was appreciated by rightwing Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) member Maulana Abdul Akbar Chitrali.