Competition heats up as players head into Round of 16

first_imgPee Wee FootballFollowing three rounds of gruelling and competitive football at the junior stage, the Petra-organised Pee Wee Under-11 football tournament will ignite the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue this weekend.The top 16 teams will be pitted against each other as they battle for a place in the quarter-final round. Though they are young, the Under-11 players are not to be underestimated as they have proven over the past three weeks to be talented and keen on the particulars of the sport.Leading the charge into the Round of 16 are defending champions West Ruimveldt. Despite missing some of their front runners from their championship team, West Ruimveldt have proven that they are the team to beat, since they are yet to lose an encounter. However, the champions will have to watch their backs, as there are quite a few strong contenders this year. Along with West Ruimveldt, there are five other teams who have not lost a game, hence, recording nine points. However, this front-running batch is being led by St Agnes, who thanks to their 9-0 win over Parfaite Harmonie in the first round, has a goal difference of 13. St Pius trail closely with their 11 and North Georgetown on 10. The other top teams are Mocha Arcadia with 9 (goal difference) and Mae’s Primary with 8.The remainder of the top 16 will feature Marian Academy, St John’s Bosco (Plaisance) and South Ruimveldt on seven points while Golden Grove, Enterprise, Tucville, Timehri, Colaaco and St Ambrose are all on six points.However, come Saturday, points will be put aside as the teams venture into fresh rivalries outside of their groups. The battle for the eight spots in the quarter-finals will kick off from 12:30h and will go on until the final match is staged at 17:30h.Fixtures:12:30h St Agnes v/s Colaaco 12:30h Tucville v/s Maes13:30h Marian Academy v/s Golden Grove 13:30h West Ruimveldt v/s Plaisance Orphanage 14:30h St Pius v/s Soesdyke14:30h Timerhi v/s Mocha15:30h St Ambrose v/s south15:30h North Georgetown v/s Enterpriselast_img read more

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Warriors 125, Blazers 97: Warriors’ Kevin Durant returns to dominance

first_imgOAKLAND -– The right fist stayed clenched. Then, Kevin Durant swung it wildly and stared out into the crowd.The Warriors’ star had just thrown down a one-handed dunk and drew a foul. So after a week filled with frustration over his argument with Draymond Green, the persistent losing and his inconsistent shot, Durant finally released some emotions. Durant punched his fist into the air and then screamed toward the fans cheering for him.All of which perfectly captured the joy and excitement that …last_img read more

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Darwinism in Chaos, but Gave Us Morals

first_imgTwo papers on evolutionary theory create a strong tension.  One says that there is no law of evolution – just chaos.  The other claims that morality evolved out of the mess.Evolution is a theory in chaos…:  If you thought Charles Darwin brought biological evolution under natural laws, think again.  Keith Bennett on New Scientist argued, “Forget finding the laws of evolution.  The history of life is just one damn thing after another.”  His surprising article undermines the two pillars of evolution: common descent and natural selection.  Common descent, he says, was not discovered by Charles Darwin; it was stipulated by him.  It has been “accepted as a basic premise of biology since 1859.”  If it is a premise, it is an a priori assumption or axiom; it is not a finding.  Bennett left it at that.    As for the second pillar, the claim that life “evolves by means of natural selection and adaptation,” a principle he equates with adaptationism, Bennett says it is “more controversial, but has come to be accepted over the past 150 years as the principal mechanism of evolution.”  But is it?  Microevolution is uncontroversial, he said, but “there is still huge debate about the role of natural selection and adaptation in ‘macroevolution’ – big evolutionary events such as changes in biodiversity over time, evolutionary radiations and, of course, the origin of species.”  The impact of that admission can hardly be overestimated.  Many of the bitter disputes at school board meetings across the country have occurred over the presumption that there is no controversy over evolution among scientists.  Darwinians have railed against citizens who have lobbied to “teach the controversy” about evolution.  But Bennett continued to say that a “long-running debate” about it included the famous Stephen Jay Gould, who in 1972 “challenged the assumption that evolutionary change was continuous and gradual.”  His notion of “punctuated equilibria” also challenged the expectations of adaptation to produce continuous change over long periods.    Bennett argued instead for a “Chaos theory of evolution,” a theory that acknowledges that evolutionary changes are unpredictable, individualistic, highly sensitive to initial conditions, nonlinear, and fractal.  Even the dynamics of evolution are changing all the time, he said, meaning that even the principles of flux are in flux.  Using fossil data from the Quaternary period with its ice ages, he shows that many populations did not adapt to the changes, others adapted in unpredictable ways, and many went extinct.  Here’s how he summed up the implications of his view:This view of life leads to certain consequences.  Macroevolution is not the simple accumulation of microevolutionary changes but has its own processes and patterns.  There can be no “laws” of evolution.  We may be able to reconstruct the sequence of events leading to the evolution of any given species or group after the fact, but we will not be able to generalise from these to other sequences of events.  From a practical point of view, this means we will be unable to predict how species will respond to projected climate changes over next century.Yet it has been the great goal of Darwin and his followers ever since to bring biology under natural laws.  His ending reinforces the fact that there are none.  “In the last analysis, evolution can be likened to the description of human history as ‘just one damn thing after another,’” he smirked.  If the only law of human history is that we do not learn from history, then his analogy is apt.  What can a biologist learn from a Chaos theory of evolution?  No predictions can be made; there is no way to falsify it, there is no way to understand it.….But it creates morality:  It’s doubtful that Franz der Waal read Bennett’s article, because he launched out in the New York Times Opinion Pages to explain how natural selection produced morality.  Taking on all creationists and moralists, he argued that moral motions emerged out of the pleasure response.  These “building blocks of morality” evolved into social instincts, he said, that increased the pleasure and survival of the group.  Drawing on observations of apes, he constructed a “bottom up morality” –Such findings have implications for human morality.  According to most philosophers, we reason ourselves towards a moral position.  Even if we do not invoke God, it is still a top-down process of us formulating the principles and then imposing those on human conduct.  But would it be realistic to ask people to be considerate of others if we had not already a natural inclination to be so?  Would it make sense to appeal to fairness and justice in the absence of powerful reactions to their absence?  Imagine the cognitive burden if every decision we took needed to be vetted against handed-down principles.  Instead, I am a firm believer in the Humean position that reason is the slave of the passions.  We started out with moral sentiments and intuitions, which is also where we find the greatest continuity with other primates.  Rather than having developed morality from scratch, we received a huge helping hand from our background as social animals.Taking that cue from David Hume, he argued that religion came in as a latecomer and stole the credit for sanctioning these evolved behaviors.  He admitted, though, that no human culture has been studied that was never religious.  “That such cultures do not exist should give us pause.”    Interestingly, however, though he believes science no longer needs God to explain how we got where we are today, he ended by supporting religion’s role in society.  “I doubt that science and the naturalistic worldview could fill the void and become an inspiration for the good,” he concluded.  “Any framework we develop to advocate a certain moral outlook is bound to produce its own list of principles, its own prophets, and attract its own devoted followers, so that it will soon look like any old religion.”So on the one hand, Bennett claimed that evolution is completely unpredictable and not necessarily adaptive, and on the other hand, der Waal argues that morality was a natural adaptation to social populations.  Can these disparate views be reconciled?  A heated set of comments followed the second article.  Should schools “teach the controversy”?Bennett has reaffirmed something said often here: Darwinism is the Stuff Happens Law (SHL) in disguise.  If universal common ancestry is a premise, then it is a deduction from a chosen world view, not a science.  And if macroevolutionary changes are not adaptive, natural selection reduces to “stuff happens,” the absence of an explanation (see 10/03/2010).  Thank you, Dr. Bennett, for affirming the demise of evolution as a theory in chaos.    As for Franz der Waal’s attempt at putting a narrative gloss on his a priori commitment to naturalism, it doesn’t work, and it can’t work.  There is no law inherent in producing moral motions in any population, because natural selection has no direction, no goal, no predetermined outcome.  An impersonal, unguided universe could not care less whether it produces Disneyland or a world of all against all.  What’s more, you can’t believe that morality is good or normative without begging the question.  An anonymous commenter said, “The basic problem with De Waal’s approach (as so many other sociobiologists and evolutionary psychologists) is that if altruism is simply an evolved trait, then so is genocide.  If helping the old lady across the street is an evolved trait, then so is raping the young woman in the dorm…. both are simply acting according to the moral character given to them by evolution.”  Q.E.D.  He pointed out also that there is a distinction between viewing God as the source of morality (as stated, for instance, in the Declaration of Independence) and religion as a source of morality.  These separate issues must not be confused.    Bennett and de Waal illustrate the bankruptcy of evolution as a scientific approach to biology, and the shallow thinking of Darwinians pretending to be philosophers.  You can’t get there from here, and evolution doesn’t even know where here or there is.  Stuff happens?  Science was supposed to do better.  If Hume and de Waal really believed that reason is the slave of the passions, then the rest of us should most passionately reject their views as unreasonable.(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Top prospects mum on PBA Draft plans, keep options open

first_img“We’ll see. I still have other things I need to focus on so I’m not thinking about it that much,” he said.Same is the case for bluechip amateurs like Jeron Teng and Raymar Jose, who will also see action for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the upcoming 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m not thinking of the PBA just yet. Right now, I’m just focused 100 percent on the task and that is to really play well for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas. I want to focus on that so I can play my game,” said Teng.For now, Ravena said he’s keeping the door open for opportunities and prefers to represent the country and play in different international competitions. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “When you decide to play in the PBA, technically that’s it and your life will revolve around it. It’s gonna be hard for other options and opportunities like these to come in,” said Ravena, who is coming off a fourth gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur last month.Ravena has been everywhere since playing his last UAAP game for Ateneo in 2015.He suited up for Mighty Sports in the Merlion Cup and Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League, tried his luck with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, represented the Philippines in the Fiba 3×3 events and SEA Games.Ravena also said he doesn’t have any preference as to which PBA team he wants to play for.“I don’t want the people to think that I’m just waiting for a group to pick me, that I’m not willing to play for any other team,” the 23-year-old guard said.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith the deadline of submission for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft fast approaching, top prospects are still yet to decide on whether to make the jump to the pros.Kiefer Ravena shared he’s still mulling his options as he keeps his eyes on the October 12 deadline set by the league for local-born aspirants.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “I’m always ready. It’s going to be a challenge for me that whatever team picks me, I have to find a way how I can make an impact right away as a rookie.”So far, only Fil-foreigners Christian Standhardinger, Jason Perkins, and Davon Potts are the big names who have declared for the draft. Alab Pilipinas taps Ivan Johnson as import BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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6 days agoHawk-Eye apologise after Spurs blunder

first_imgHawk-Eye apologise after Spurs blunderby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe company that provides the Premier League’s video assistant referee (VAR) technology has apologised to Tottenham and Watford fans after an incorrect graphic was sent to the big screen during Saturday’s 1-1 draw.Dele Alli rescued a point for Spurs after a VAR review for handball decided the goal had been correctly awarded.However, initially the big screen wrongly indicated a ‘no goal’ verdict.Hawk-Eye Innovations said it will work with the league to avoid future issues.The company said: “Hawk-Eye apologises to Spurs and Watford fans for the confusion caused.”We are working together with the Professional Game Match Officials Board [the body responsible for professional match officials in England] and the Premier League to understand the root cause of this problem and propose a series of measures to ensure it won’t happen again.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Nnamdi Asomugha Ate in His Car Instead of With

Nnamdi Asomugha, the shut-down cornerback who was supposed to galvanize the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense, used to eat  lunch in his car during practices instead of dining with his teammates last season, according to a report on WIP Radio in Philadelphia.WIP Radio’s Hollis Thomas, who played for the Eagles from 1996 to 2005, cited unnamed sources in making the report. Thomas said the source told him that Asomugha called it “me time” and chose to eat in his car over eating with other players.It was an example of how detached the Pro Bowl player was to his team. Meanwhile, the Eagles have asked Asomugha, 31,  to restructure his contract scheduled to pay him $15 million in 2013, $4 million of which is guaranteed. If he does not agree to a restructuring the team will cut him, according to ESPN.The sides met Friday in Indianapolis at the NFL scouting combine.A three-time Pro Bowler with the Raiders from 2003 to 2010, Asomugha has been a major disappointment with the Eagles since signing a five-year, $60 million contract in 2011. Philadelphia thought it was assembling an all-star team that would compete for the Super Bowl, but the Eagles finished 8-8 in 2011 and 4-12 last season, leading to the firing of longtime coach Andy Reid.Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, another member of the Eagles’ 2011 free-agent class that bombed, was released Monday. read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State forward Kaleb Wesson suspended

Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) goes up for a shot in the first half of the game against Iowa on Feb. 26. Ohio State won 90-70. Credit Cori Wade | Lantern PhotographerOhio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson has been suspended for a violation of Ohio State Athletics Department policy, head coach Chris Holtmann announced Friday. The release said Wesson will return to the Buckeyes this season. Wesson is Ohio State’s leading scorer, averaging 14.6 points per game and averages 6.7 rebounds per game, the most on the team. During his freshman season, Wesson was suspended for one game against Texas Southern on Nov. 16, 2017. Holtmann said it was for a failure to meet the expectation of the men’s basketball program. read more

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Report Courtois tells Sarri he wants Chelsea exit

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has now confirmed to new head coach Maurizio Sarri that he intends to leave the club this summer, reports ESPNPreviously Sarri admitted that he would not stand in Courtois’ way if he did indeed want an exit from Stamford Bridge and now it appears that the Belgian has taken a big step forward in sealing his long-awaited exit from the Premier League after holding talks with the Chelsea manager over his plans.The 26-year-old is longing to join Real Madrid this summer and be reunited with his young family at the Spanish capital and it appears now that Los Blancos will finally get their man.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.But with just three days of the English transfer window remaining, Courtois faces an anxious wait with Chelsea having put the talks with Real Madrid on hold last week until they could find a suitable replacement.Should the move go through for 2018 Golden Glove World Cup winner, then the next thing to resolve at Real will be the future of Keylor Navas.The Costa Rican shot-stopper has previously stated his intention to remain with the Champions League holders but a spot on the bench for next season may force him to reconsider his options.last_img read more

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Kaká might go back to AC Milan

first_imgAccording to Leonardo, the Rossoneri’s technical area director, the Brazilian ex-footballer could return to Milan like Paolo Maldini just didPaolo Maldini is back to AC Milan and this is not the only return planned by the team.As reported by Calcio Mercato, Leonardo, the club’s technical area director, is aiming to bring back Brazilian ex-football Kaká.“He is my pupil, he’d like to learn how to work as a director. He is the last Ballon d’Or of AC Milan. For sure he will be around,” Leonardo said.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We’ll talk in September but he will have no role, I will meet him and we will talk. He will remain close to us but he will have no role,” he added.The club celebrated on Monday a press conference for the return of ‘Il Capitano’ Maldini and explained the role he will have to get new transfers for the Italian side.AC Milan will debut on the 2018-2019 Seria A season on August, 18th when the team hosts Genoa at the San Siro stadium.last_img read more

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