Redskins name change: ‘Retirement’ to be announced Monday, reports say

first_imgThe push to change the name gained momentum when major corporations including FedEx, which was founded by Redskins minority owner Fred Smith, pledged not to invest with the Redskins. FedEx has naming rights to the Redskins’ stadium in Landover, Md. The team announced soon after that it would conduct a “thorough review” of the nickname.Washington coach Ron Rivera said recently that he has been speaking with Snyder about a new name for the team. Rivera expressed his preference for the team to have a military tie-in of some kind. Redtails would honor the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-Black aviator unit that fought in World War II. This article has been updated with additional information about the timeframe for an announcement. Washington’s NFL squad will soon be the team formerly known as the Redskins.An announcement regarding the team’s nickname and logo is expected Monday morning, Sports Business Journal and USA Today reported Sunday night. Washington namagement will “retire” the Redskins name, the reports said. It was not immediately known what the new nickname will be or when it will be announced, but speculation last week centered on Warriors, Redtails and Red Hawks. MORE: Five nickname options the Redskins should considerESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week that a new name would contain no Native American imagery.The planned announcement marks a rapid change of position by team owner Daniel Snyder, who has been adamant about keeping the nickname that has been a part of the franchise since 1933, when the played in Boston and was renamed from Braves.last_img read more

Arcata High volleyball claims first Big 5 win of the season with sweep of Eureka

first_imgARCATA >> If there is one thing to know about the Arcata High volleyball team, it is to never count them out if they are down — even by a lot. Arcata, the reigning Big 5 champions opened up league play in its gymnasium after having a bye last week with a straight-set sweep over Eureka, 25-22, 25-10 and 26-24, on Tuesday night.Despite getting their first league win out of the way, the Tigers found themselves in hole at times. But in these times Arcata head coach Laurie Griffith said that is …last_img

Goofy OOL to Make Fools Drool

first_imgOOL (origin of life) material is shoveled out like Halloween candy to gullible kids, unaware they are being given poison.It’s so exciting to imagine! What if chemicals could just come together and form life? Then nature does it without a Creator, and we can live as we please! This thought process, simplistic as it is, actually occurs. Lee Strobel (The Case for a Creator) remembers sitting in high school biology class, learning about the Miller experiment. He quickly saw that God must be out of a job, and became an atheist. The teachers, in the name of science, titillate the imaginations of students and readers of science news articles, presenting impossibilities as not only possible, but probable, and virtually certain. How many other teens, eager to ditch their parents’ religion or indulge their passions, take the tantalizing statements from secular materialists as scientific fact? If they do, they haven’t learned real chemistry. They’ve been snookered big time.DARWIN AWARDOrigin of life breakthrough: Charles Darwin’s creation theory ‘PROVED after 100 years’ (Express UK). This drool by Callum Hoare has to qualify for worst Big Lie about OOL in recent memory. “Proved” – in all caps, no less!Charles Darwin was the legendary 19th-century scientists [sic] best known for his contribution to the study of evolution, where he proposed that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors – now widely accepted and considered a foundational concept in science. However, when Darwin published “The Origin of Species” 150 years ago, he deliberately avoided the subject of the origin of life, as he could not prove his ideas. Privately though – in a letter – Darwin told his friend, the explorer Joseph D. Hooker, that he could imagine a small, warm pool where the inanimate matter would arrange itself into the evolutionary matter, aided by chemical components and sufficient sources of energy.Amazingly, that theory has been proved, according to astrobiologist Tara Djokik, who made an astonishing discovery in Pilbara, Western Australia.It would be hard to exaggerate how goofy this article is. It’s loaded with propaganda tricks beyond the opening Big Lie of the title. Authority (“Charles Darwin”). Euphemism (“legendary”). Bandwagon (“now widely accepted”). Loaded words (“breakthrough, amazingly, astonishing”). Good grief. Scrape out the propaganda and look for the data. What is it?Djokik found geyserite. That’s all. Geyserite, that greyish-white substance, also called siliceous sinter, that coats the geyser cones in Yellowstone Park. What does that have to do with life? Nothing. Geyserite is dead. From some lifeless gray rock, Djokik envisions Darwin’s “warm little ponds,” like witch’s cauldrons, from which bubble forth (as all secular scientists claim) “evolutionary matter” (whatever that is; is it rock quivering with desire to become a brain?). Life must have “emerged” from hot water, he thinks, because Father Darwin imagined it. So geyserite PROVED Darwin was right? Incredible! Djokik, who served the kiddies the building blocks of lie (pun intended), should be dragged into court for impersonating a scientist (see Commentary from 16 July 2014). His accomplice Hoare is equally guilty.LUNAR TUNESCould the Moon Act As a Fishing Net for Extraterrestrial Life? (Live Science). Avi Loeb should be ashamed of himself. He is an esteemed astronomer, but like Djokik and Hoare, he has removed the white lab coat to put on a magician’s cloak. Notice the word “could,” by which he snookers unwary readers into having to disprove a universal negative. Sure, the moon “could act as a fishing net for ET” just like the mythical pigs with wings could fly. As his perhapsimaybecouldness index climbs, he employs the OOL version of Abracadabra, “building blocks of life” –Can the moon provide clues for extraterrestrial life? A new paper I wrote with Manasvi Lingam answers this question in the affirmative. The idea is to consider the moon’s surface as a fishing net for interstellar objects collected over time and potentially deliver building blocks of life from the habitable environments around other stars.Aminocamino! he shouts as he waves his magic word: amino acids are on the highway to a cell! But there’s a problem. Amino acids, his putative “building blocks,” are to a cell what random rocks are to Stonehenge – no; that’s too easy; rather, to the Empire State Building. Dr Jerry Bergman pointed out a few days ago (Oct 23) that there are thousands of possible amino acids, but only 20 work for life. Moreover, they have to be single-handed. That one fact rules out amino acids as “building blocks of life” to the secularist relying on chance; they will never build themselves into a single protein in a billion universes. And even if a protein formed it would not be alive; it would be a lonely, useless, non-functional polypeptide, ready to fall apart with the next lightning strike. The simplest living cell requires much, much more.Loeb, who knows better, is deceiving the gullible public with this fairy story – and why? Because of religious reasons. He’s lonely.The moon is well known for its romantic appeal, but astrobiology offers a twist on this notion. Here’s hoping that the moon will inform our civilization that we are not alone and that someone else is waiting for us out there.PROOF OR GOOF?How Long Will It Take to Find Proof of Alien Life? (Space.com). Theoretically, from tomorrow to never. Watch a council of SETI “experts” dream about space aliens. Everything hinges on the word If.How long until we find evidence of life beyond Earth? If a panel of experts is on track with their estimates, it may be sooner than you think.That’s according to presenters at the International Astronautical Congress taking place here this week. During a discussion Tuesday Oct. 22), half a dozen people who spend their time focused on questions related to the search for life beyond Earth each offered their educated guesses — and their whimsical wishes — for when humanity might first gather conclusive evidence for extraterrestrial life.Read the article for comedy, not for science. One says we’ll find it by 2024. One says 2036. Another guesses 10 to 15 years.But these are all guesses, albeit educated ones, and that showed in how some confronted the question. “I certainly would like to think within my lifetime,” Bill Diamond, president and CEO of the SETI Institute, said. “Hopefully that’s more years than I think, but I absolutely think within my lifetime. Probably in the month of March, and hopefully the discovery comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”They’re hoping nobody will remember that for 50 years, SETI dreamers thought that the discovery of space aliens was just around the corner. When you’re playing Calvinball with no rules, moving the goal posts is fair game. They’ve done it before; they’ll do it again. Nobody will ever falsify them or make them accountable for the deception they perpetrated.That first goofy story about geyserite proving Darwin was right showed up on my smartphone’s news feed today, no thanks to Google (gaggle, goggle, giggle). How many other people saw it without the tools of discernment to realize how foolish the propaganda was? The media and secularists have the power, with an iron grip on the media and education, and are on a campaign to create more young atheists with their pseudoscientific poison. How many will find out, like Lee Strobel, that it was all lies, before its too late? The media will continue to move the goal posts when 2024 is up, or 2036, or after the dreamers are all dead, continuing this game of leading the gullible on the primrose path to destruction.This is the situation. What are you doing about it? Maybe some of you need to support CEH. We are calling their bluff and trying get the truth out. (Visited 328 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享35last_img read more

Online visa system launched for South Africans visiting UK

first_imgAfter success in countries like China and India, the online visa application service to the UK, Access UK, has been expanded to South Africa. If you’re planning a British holiday you can now apply for your visa, make an appointment, and pay online.Access UK, an online visa application system for visitors to the UK, launches for South Africans on 22 April 2016. (Image: Pixabay)Access UK, an online visa application service, has been launched for South Africans wanting to visit the UK.After being successful in China and India, the portal has been extended to Russia, Belarus, Turkey, Nigeria, Benin and South Africa. “Over 270 000 applicants have already used Access UK and feedback is really positive,” the UK Home Office said.The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application system has been expanded to South Africa https://t.co/jpZ60cMc2P pic.twitter.com/sObxZcijtp— UK in South Africa (@UKinSouthAfrica) April 22, 2016Applicants can use the website to apply, book an appointment and pay for their submission through the standard, priority or super-priority visa service, where applicable.People are able to review, revise or download partially finalised applications before submission, with the visa fee displayed in rands, according to travel news site Traveller24.The following visas can be applied for:Standard visitorGeneral and FamilyChildBusinessEntrepreneurReligionSportspersonsCreativePrivate medical treatment (six months)Visitors undertaking the PLAB test, objective structured clinical examination, clinical attachment and dental observationsVisitor – marriage and civil partnershipVisitor – permitted paid engagementPricesPrices vary depending on the visa required. Standard visas are £87 (about R1 920). The longer the visa, the higher the cost:Two years: £330 (about R7 288)Five years: £600 (about R13 250)Ten years: £752 (about R16 610)The new service is running parallel with the old system, Visa4UK. New applicants will be directed to the new improved Access UK service. Users will not be charged when changing services, said the UK home office. Sources: Traveller24 and UK Home OfficeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

New corn disease found in Indiana

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Purdue Extension plant pathologists have identified tar spot, a corn disease not previously reported in the United States, in plant samples collected from a field in north central Indiana.The specific fungal disease found in the state has had minimal impact on yield in other areas where it is endemic, including Mexico and Central America, and experts say no action is needed to manage it this late in the growing season.“We are still determining the impact, if any, that the disease may have in Indiana,” said Kiersten Wise and Gail Ruhl in an article published in the latest issue of Purdue’s Pest and Crop online newsletter. “However, it is important to alert Extension specialists if you observe the disease to accurately document its distribution in the state.”The disease was diagnosed at the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory and confirmed in September by a U.S. Department of Agriculture national fungal identifier located in Beltsville, Maryland.Initial symptoms of tar spot are brownish lesions on the leaves. Black, spore-producing structures called ascomata appear later, protruding from the leaf surface and giving the leaf a rough or bumpy feel.“The structures can densely cover the leaf and may resemble mature, black pustules present on leaves due to infection by rust fungi,” the authors said. “Lesions with these ascomata may coalesce to cause large areas of blighted leaf tissue, which can be mistaken for saprophytic growth on dead leaf tissue.”Symptoms and signs of tar spot might also appear on leaf sheaths and husks.Tar spThe authors say tar spot can be caused by two different fungi — Phyllachora maydis and Monographella maydis.“To date, only Phllachora maydis has been found in Indiana,” according to the authors. “In areas where this disease is commonly found, infection by Phyllachora maydis is not considered to significantly impact yield, but infections by Monographella maydis can cause economic damage.”The source of initial inoculum for both fungi has not yet been determined. The disease they cause is occurs in the cooler and higher elevations of Mexico and Central and South America, and the West Indies, so their ability to spread over land through other climatic zones may be limited.Not known to be seedborne or to infect other species, Phyllachora maydis could be transported on fresh or dry maize leaves or husks, or products made from them, from which ascospores would have to be produced and carried by wind or rain splash to maize.Wise and Ruhl said Purdue experts will work to determine how the disease got to Indiana and what steps need to be taken, if any, to prevent future outbreaks.For more information on tar spot, download the USDA diagnostic fact sheet at http://nt.ars-grin.gov/taxadescriptions/factsheets/index.cfm?thisapp=Phyllachoramaydis.last_img read more

Brady, Belichick donate to J.J. Watt’s hurricane relief fund

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lucky 13: Lyceum clinches Final Four seat, remains unbeaten LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Citibank donates $1M for ‘Yolanda’ rehabilitation PLAY LIST 01:42Citibank donates $1M for ‘Yolanda’ rehabilitation02:48Duterte to Roxas: Where are the billions of Yolanda funds?02:16Relief efforts intensify in ‘Yolanda’ affected areas01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts before a preseason game with the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFPFOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has donated $100,000 to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund started by Texans pass-rusher J.J. Watt, and New England coach Bill Belichick has pitched in $50,000.Watt called the donations “incredibly kind gestures (that) … show what type of people they are.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Harvey slammed South Texas with torrential rain that flooded parts of Houston and nearby cities, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. Watt initially hoped to raise $100,000 but blew through that goal on his way to $37 million.Brady says he has a lot of friends in Houston. “I think everybody was pretty touched by what happened,” he said.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 shutoutThe Patriots play the Texans on Sunday in New England. View commentslast_img read more

Olympics losers have now a reason to work harder

first_imgAbhinav Bindra,29, will restart training soon.Deepika Kumari, 18, was one of India’s brightest medal prospects in the 2012 London Olympics. Ranked world No. 1 in the individual recurve archery event in June this year, she crashed out in the elimination rounds in London. She has not watched videos of her,Abhinav Bindra,29, will restart training soon.Deepika Kumari, 18, was one of India’s brightest medal prospects in the 2012 London Olympics. Ranked world No. 1 in the individual recurve archery event in June this year, she crashed out in the elimination rounds in London. She has not watched videos of her performance. “I know my mistakes. I don’t need videos to know why I failed,” she says. She is back to a gruelling 10-hour training schedule at the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur, where she wakes up at 6 a.m. in the hostel to train for the World Cup in Tokyo this September. The event is crucial because she has slipped in the women’s recurve rankings after London.Deepika Kumari, 18, is training for the Tokyo World Cup.The 2012 Olympics have also taught Kumari how important it is to relax and focus. This is something Abhinav Bindra knows well. Bindra knows the precise moment when the quest for a repeat of his Beijing gold was shattered. It was at noon on July 30, after his 53rd shot. He faltered. It was all downhill from there on. He crashed to 16th place in the 10 metre air rifle. In that split second, four years of eight-hour training days, firing 120 practice shots in Dortmund, Germany, where he trained since 2000, vaporised. Bindra can’t hide the sting of defeat as he sits in his plush three-storied south Delhi bungalow, complete with an elevator and a row of cars in his private garage, including a sleek black BMW 7 Series. “Winning is a combination of hard work and luck,” he says. “There is no formula to gold.” Bindra, 29, withdrew to Germany for a fortnight after his Games disappointment. That was the only break he allowed himself. Now, after a two-day halt in India, he will head to Canada. There’s only a hint that the trip could be for training, when he says the two-week break was enough. Asked what he plans next, he will only say: “Ask me in six months and I’ll have an answer.”Not all athletes have taken defeat on their chin. Vijender Singh, 26, India’s middleweight boxing medal hope, has gone underground after losing 13-17 in the quarter-finals to Uzbek rival Abbos Atoev. Once easily accessible to the media, he now refuses to take calls. He is being treated in a Delhi hospital for a back injury he sustained during a practice session in London. The six-foot-tall Haryana police inspector bagged a bronze in Beijing. Overnight, he was promoted to deputy superintendent of police. He became the poster boy of boxing, walked the ramp for Rohit Bal and appeared in TV shows like 10 ka Dum and Nach Baliye. The loss in London has devastated him.”It takes time to get over defeat,” says Jagdish Singh, who has coached Vijender since he was 12. “It’s not easy. Bhaari chot toh lagti hi hai (It’s always a deep wound),” Vijender was supremely confident of another medal in London. “He could have improved when the score was 3-3, but he did not play to his strength, which is counter punching,” says his crestfallen coach. “It’s not the end of the world. I still have one more Olympics left in me,” Vijender told the media on August 11.Krishna Poonia’s seventh spot in the woman discus throw came as a dramatic letdown for her son Lakshya Raj, 11. “I felt bad when mom didn’t win a medal,” says the son. It was a statement loaded with disappointment. Krishna, 34, began her sporting career soon after her son was born. With husband and coach Virendra Poonia, she stayed away from her home in Jaipur for large parts of the year. Lakshya has now adjusted to life without her mother at his paternal grandfather’s home. He visits his parents during vacations. Back from London after her defeat, Krishna told INDIA TODAY that she understands her son’s sentiments. But she still feels sacrificing family life for a sporting career was worth it. In fact, she plans to restart her eight-hour training schedule in London. She was to fly to Stockholm to compete in the DN Galan Diamond League track and field meet on August 17, but skipped it to attend the August 16 reception by the sports ministry in Delhi. Virendra says she will get back to her training regimen for the Rio Games. Her 64.7 metre throw in London equalled the gold medal winning effort of Stephanie Brown Trafton at Beijing, but fell short of Sandra Perkovic’s 69 metres that fetched gold here, while Trafton came eighth. “She’s the first Indian to qualify for an Olympics final in discus,” says her husband. But there’s also a creeping realisation that age may not be on her side-she will be 38 at the Rio Games in 2016.Krishna speaks of creating a sporting legacy. With her husband, she plans to set up an academy in Jaipur to train girls in athletics. “It’s time to think of giving back to the country,” she says. As for tomorrow, there’s always Rio.advertisementadvertisement-With Rohit Parihar.last_img read more

10 months agoAgent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumours

first_imgAgent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAgent Manuel Garcia Quilon is coy over the future of Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Lucas is being linked with a €85 move to Bayern Munich.”We will have to see what to do in the coming days,” the agent said to Deportes Cuatro.”[Atletico CEO] Miguel Angel Gil Marin was very clear when explaining the situation.”I have nothing more to say.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img