Half-time: Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgDemba Ba netted just before half-time to put Chelsea ahead in the crucial game at Anfield.Premier League leaders Liverpool looked to make their now trademark fast start but failed to score a first-half goal for the first time in 26 matches – and then fell behind following a mistake by Steven GerrardReds skipper Gerrard slipped and Ba raced through to score a potentially pivotal goal in the title race.Chelsea had spent much of the half under pressure but had the best chances and might have had a penalty before they went ahead.The home fans were quickly complaining about time-wasting tactics by the injury-hit visitors, who got men behind the ball and then had the first effort on goal.Ashley Cole, who has never scored under Jose Mourinho, brought a good save from keeper Simon Mignolet with a stinging 25-yard shot.Liverpool responded strongly and Philippe Coutinho missed a decent chance for them, side-footing a volley into the side netting after being found by Luis Suarez.And when Cole had to clear off the line following a corner, Suarez thumped the ball back into the danger zone and centre-back Mamadou Sakho blazed over.At the other end, Chelsea felt they should have been awarded a spot-kick when Mohamed Salah’s shot struck the hand of left-back John Flanagan.Suarez then went close, firing just over after Cole had given the ball away.Chelsea boss Mourinho, without the injured Petr Cech, John Terry, Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o, as well as the suspended Ramires, named Gary Cahill among his substitutes and gave Czech defender Tomas Kalas, 20, a full debut.Kalas made an impressive start and had a great chance just before the goal, glancing a header wide when found by Frank Lampard’s corner.But Ba, Chelsea’s match-winner in vital games against Swansea and Paris St-Germain, made no mistake, calmly slotting home his fifth goal in eight matches.DembA baaaaaaaaa❤️❤️❤️❤️— Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) April 27, 2014Chelsea: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Kalas, Cole; Lampard, Mikel, Matic; Salah, Ba, SchurrleSubs: Hilario, Ake, Cahill, Van Ginkel, Baker, Willian, Torres.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Willie McCovey takes special items to the grave

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–At a public celebration of life for Willie McCovey last week, his closest teammates revealed their admiration not just for the way the Hall of Fame first baseman carried himself on the field, but how he handled himself off of it.“What he did on the field, everybody knows,” fellow Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda said. “But as a human being, Willie McCovey was very special. He was very quiet, he didn’t say much, but he had a big heart.”In a ceremony held at AT&T Park, McCovey was …last_img

Raiders’ Antonio Brown still out with mystery ailment

first_imgNAPA — The Antonio Brown watch continues.For the second straight day, the Raiders wide receiver was nowhere to be seen Saturday during the seventh practice of training camp.The Raiders have not specified an injury, with a source indicating as camp opened Brown would be out “probably a week” after starting on the non-football injury list. Brown was removed from the NFI last Sunday. He participated in a walkthrough, and two days later, ran some pass routes against defenders in drills before …last_img

Can Darwin Fit into Designer Genes?

first_imgHumans are tinkering with DNA in ways that appear to blur the boundaries between design and nature.PhysOrg reported that geneticists at the University of Nottingham have created capsules that can coax bacteria to transfer their genetic information.  The title is “Life, but not as we know it?”PNAS reported that scientists at UC Santa Barbara have “rationally engineered” an aminoacyl transfer-RNA synthetase by altering its “information transfer” abilities.  Though they mentioned “copious sequence and structural information” present in the natural enzyme, they believe evolution built the information: “This role for tRNA may persist as a relic of primordial cells in which the evolution of the genetic code was driven by RNA-catalyzed amino acid�RNA pairing.”Robert Deyes on Access Research Network commented on a paper in Nature Biotechnology where researchers coaxed a bacterium to play tic-tac-toe.Craig Venter was interviewed on Ted Talks claiming he is just 18 months away from genetically engineering bacteria to make gasoline from carbon dioxide.In each of these cases, humans have tampered with genetic material for purposeful ends.  The question is, are the products “natural”?Would an unbiased alien be able to discriminate between a genetically-engineered bacterium and a natural one?    Intelligent design makes the claim that purposeful design is distinguishable from non-design using the ordinary methods of science.  On what basis can evolutionists claim that the above examples were produced by intelligent design, but the genetic code and genetic information themselves are non-designed products of non-intelligent processes acting on matter subject to natural laws?  Consider two possible responses.    One common argument evolutionists make is that human intelligent design is something we are familiar with, but the kind of Designer ID proponents infer is necessarily supernatural, and therefore outside of science.  The appeal to intelligent design in the genetic code, therefore, is a religious explanation.  Religion and science cannot mix.  ID, therefore, must be excluded from all scientific explanations.  But, pray tell, what is the difference in method?  If our unbiased alien inferred from the evidence, having never seen a human engineer, that an intelligent agent of some sort had designed a bacterium to play tic-tac-toe, what changes when the alien applies the same reasoning to the DNA code?  Dembski’s explanatory filter (see diagram on Evolution News) does not ask the question, “Who is the designer?”  It only asks whether design can be discriminated from chance and natural law.    If the evolutionist agrees so far, but then persists in insisting that there is a difference between a human designer and a “supernatural” Designer (e.g., God), then explore the distinction between natural and supernatural.  Ask him if human reason is natural.  The evolutionist must believe the answer is yes.  In fact, he might explain that there is no difference in principle between what a human does altering bacteria for its purposes and what a parasite does altering a host for its purposes.  Some roundworms, for instance, alter the behavior of their insect hosts, making them climb onto the top of the leaves (which they would normally not do), where they can be spotted by birds, which are the next hosts in their life cycle.  That’s all humans are doing, he says; we alter bacteria for our purposes to make gasoline and improve our crops.  Humans are natural parasites on other organisms.    But there are substantive differences between these cases.  The parasite cannot survive without its hosts.  Humans, on the other hand, did just fine for thousands of years before genetic engineering was invented.  What human being needs a bacterium to play tic-tac-toe?  Getting gasoline from bacteria would be nice, but we got our gas via drilling for a century, and we could get by without gas-powered transportation if need be.    The comeback argument is actually much stronger.  If the evolutionist compares human engineering to parasite engineering and says there is no difference in principle, because humans and bacteria are products of evolution, the game is over.  He has just destroyed reason.  Human engineering is no longer intelligent design.  The words intelligent and design become meaningless.  All human activity is reduced to the deterministic or contingent activity of natural forces.  This includes reason.    When the evolutionist uses reason, therefore, to argue against intelligent design, he refutes his own case.  Reason reduced to natural forces ceases to be reason.  Reason depends on concepts that go beyond nature into realms of rationality and the laws of logic.  Concepts are not physical.  They may revolve around physical things as their subjects, like how to design a computer.  Concepts may be communicated by physical things like voices and radios.  But the concepts themselves are independent of the physical mechanisms by which they are communicated.*  Reason reaches beyond nature for truths that are universal, timeless, necessary, and certain.  The evolutionist who appeals to reason, therefore, is a supernaturalist in spite of himself.  Think about it.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

PSC: Children’s Games should be blueprint for nationwide program

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PSC chair Butch Ramirez said the Games would return to Davao in Turil town this weekend, which will gather children from different religious and tribal backgrounds to play together and socially interact.“The more kids that can play, the more talents we can discover. These Games, however, are not just about producing excellent athletes. It’s also about increasing the participation and the awareness to motivate more kids to get into the playing field,’’ said Daut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Having it here can encourage other communities to do the same,’’ said Daut on the second day of the Children’s Games Thursday at the Baguio Athletics Bowl. “But these communities should not be totally dependent on what the PSC has been giving. They should also be self-reliant in terms of looking for support,’’ added Daut, who is also deputy national training director of the Philippine Sports Institute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingOver 400 kids from the area began to play in various team sports such as volleyball, football, basketball and running in the three-day competition that will end Friday.It was the fourth offering of the Unesco-cited Children’s Games after holding it in Davao City, La Trinidad, Benguet and Iligan City for the children of evacuees from war-torn Marawi City. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Double duty for water polo stars: Canete, Anota fielded in open water swim Children’s Games in Baguio City.BAGUIO CITY—The Children’s Games of the Philippine Sports Commission here in the country’s Summer capital should serve as a template for other communities to replicate.Professor Henry Daut, PSC head for grassroots sports development, said making the Games designed for 12-year-old kids and younger a regular activity in the city’s 128 barangays would not only promote fun and fitness but also expand the talent base of future elite athletes.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor, July 2007

first_imgFUTURE TENSEYoung professionals seem to be devoting too much of attention to work (“Home Alone”, July 16). What they don’t realise is that they are rushing into the future and neglecting their present, the repercussions of which will be seen much later.-MANSI ANEJA, Bangalore The cover story is thought provoking.,FUTURE TENSEYoung professionals seem to be devoting too much of attention to work (“Home Alone”, July 16). What they don’t realise is that they are rushing into the future and neglecting their present, the repercussions of which will be seen much later.-MANSI ANEJA, Bangalore The cover story is thought provoking. The old deserve financial andfamilial attention in recognition of their contribution during theproductive years.-UDAYA S. MISHRA, on e-mail  In countries like Japan and China, annual appraisal of an employee depends on how one takes care of his/her parents. The required data is collected without the knowledge of the employee in collaboration with the parents. The private sector in India should adopt such measures to ensure workable relationship between the old and the young. -P.V. ARIEL, Secunderabad It is disheartening to read about the agonising life of senior citizens in India. Time is not far away when the last rites of the deceased will be performed without the attendance of their children. -CHANDER BHAT, on e-mailIt is not fair to blame the younger generation alone. The old should own up equal responsibility to bridge the gap between them and their children. Both generations should give each other space and independence. They are key to a healthy relationship. -MAN MOHAN BHATIA, DelhiYoungsters will realise and repent only when they will be disowned and discarded by their own children in the future. In their pursuit of acquiring wealth in today’s booming economy, they should not forget those who gave them birth. They should be scared of natural justice. -K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, BangaloreThe old feeling isolated is too frivolous a topic for a cover story. It didn’t deserve such a mammoth display. While so much is happening in and around India, INDIA TODAY could have chosen something more contemporary as its main story.-R.SINGH, DelhiAlthough a poignant article, the cover story did not deal with the true sandwich generation. With some senior citizens suffering at the hands of the younger lot, it is unfair to club everyone in one single category. Just like no two children can be compared, two adults too can’t be equated. -CHANDRIKA R. KRISHNAN, Bangalore  GENERAL UNREST General Pervez Musharraf may have demonstrated his commitment to fight back radical Islamism and the resurgent neo-Taliban (“Taking on the Mullahs”, July 16). However, what he doesn’t understand is that he may have just provoked many more such revolts around the country. J. -AKSHAY, SecunderabadThe year 2007 hasn’t proved lucky for Musharraf. First, he suffered setbacks from the judiciary for suspending Pakistan’s Chief Justice. And now he is pitted against another powerful political class: the mullahs. This is just a premonition of what is to come in the forthcoming elections. -CHETAN PRABHAKAR, Gurgaon  WONDER FULLTaj Mahal has retained its status in the Seven Wonders of the World (“A Vote of Love”, July 16). Without doubt, Taj is a symbol of love, as the number of votes it garnered to be a wonder stand testimony to the people’s love for it. A partof credit should go to the Supreme Court, which, to prevent the Taj from decaying, has prohibited construction around the monument. -K.PRADEEP, ChennaiSPORTING GLORYEvery state should take a cue from Gujarat on how to nurture their sportspersons (“The Rule of Iron”, July 16). The story brings a ray of hope that India will one day produce world class athletes. -SIDDHARTH GARG, DelhiMEDIA-CENTRICRakhi Sawant’s candid confession that media is her godfather is really praiseworthy (“Seedhi Baat”, July 16). She is, in fact, the creation of media hype only. -GAUTAM BHUYAN, BangaloreNEGATIVE ENERGYFor energy security in the country, the Government should first ban sale of new cars, especially in metros (“High Octane Crisis”, July 16). It is important not only for energy security, but also for controlling pollution in big cities, which in someway, is contributing to erratic weather changes. -RAHUL GARG, Delhi HISTORICAL SECRETSSuddenly publishers in India have taken it upon themselves to brush up the nation’s sense of history (“An Enchanted Past”, July 16). If Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten got along famously, Gandhi, too, had his share of controversies. With each new release promising to unsheathe some of the guarded secrets of pre-IndependenceIndia, walking down the trails of the past has never been so exciting. -ALAP MOHAN, Bangalore VALLEY OF DEATHThe growing number of suicides in Kashmir is a cause of concern for the state Government (“Extremism of Another Kind”, July 9). It should try and identify problems that are driving the youth towards suicide. Also, nongovernment organisations should take steps to introduce classes for those suffering from depression. -PRARTHANA ACHARYYA, GuwahatiAN EYE OPENER The story on useless ministries is thought provoking (“White Elephants”, June 18). It is disheartening to know that the creation of a plethora of departments has killed accountability. Language is bold, it depicts the flaws of the Government. -V.R. VENKATAKRISHNAN, Cochin DEVIL AND DEEP SEAadvertisementadvertisement Bhairon SinghShekhawat has his own reasons for fighting the Presidential Poll (“Whyis he Fighting”, July 16). Apart from BJP, he enjoys tacit support ofmany MPs and MLAs. At 83, even if he loses the election, his spirit isgoing to win.  -VIRENDRA KUMAR TANGRI, Dehradun I understand the hoopla against Pratibha Patil becoming the nextPresident. But her opponent is equally unworthy of the coveted post.What are the credentials of Shekhawat apart from being an old warhorsein politics?  -ALPANA DAS, Delhi It’s sad that Shekhawat has been pitted against Patil who is a stubbornloyalist of the Gandhi family. Politics played over the post of thePresident will be marked as one of the darkest chapters of Indianpolitics.  -PARANJYOTI DUTTA, Teok, Assamlast_img read more