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4-H Editorial.

first_img The 4-H Pledge I pledgeMy head to clearer thinking,My heart to greater loyalty,My hands to larger service, andMy health to better living,for my club, my community, my country and my world. The choices we make help shape our character. My participation in scouting, music, athletics and academic events has addressed specific areas of development. But my involvement with Georgia 4-H has helped in a myriad of ways to shape me into a contributing and compassionate citizen.Asked why she had encouraged me to be so active, my mom said it was to help me grow into a well-rounded person. She knew intuitively what a 1999 Cornell University study verified: 4-H has a positive impact on kids. It gives them assets that make them less likely to get into drugs and other risky behaviors and more likely to be healthy and successful in school.It wasn’t clear to me at first what 4-H was all about. But my fifth-grade teacher made it attractive, and I was hooked. I was having fun and learning to feel good about myself.center_img Looking back, I can see that the emphasis on developing the “head, heart, hands and health” has helped me build life skills and obtain many of the assets I need to succeed.My HeadIn developing my head, 4-H improved my managing and thinking skills. In competitive events, I’ve set goals for myself and learned to manage my time and resources to achieve them.Of course, the goal is to be the best you can be. Sometimes I’m rewarded by earning a win. At other times, I learn how to be better next time.I first competed in communication as a Cloverleaf. I’ve continued in this project, learning more about the topic and refining my speaking and presentation skills each year.My HeartMy parents say 4-H has helped improve my heart, specifically in building my social skills. Painfully shy in middle school, I signed up to attend Junior 4-H Conference and found I was the only one from my school planning to go. I could have dropped out, but I opted to go, and it was a turning point in my life.I was forced to become acquainted with students from other schools in my county and made friends from other counties, too. That weekend showed me I shouldn’t shy away from events because my friends weren’t there. Since then I’ve made many friends from across the state through 4-H.My HandsWorking and giving involves my hands. Our 4-H leader offers us opportunities for community volunteering each year. Community service projects have always been part of my Girl Scout experience, too.The basis of these projects was giving, either specific items or our time and effort. We had projects to help less fortunate people through the local homeless shelter and emergency food bank.I’ve learned to work together with my peers. We always feel good about ourselves after a job well done.My HealthLearning through the successes and failures of competition, my understanding of my strengths and weaknesses heightened my self-concept. Through social interaction with other 4-H’ers, I gained self-confidence. Through teamwork and community service, I enhanced my feelings of self-worth.These experiences together have helped me build a positive self-esteem, making my health and healthy living better.My family, friends and teachers all say 4-H has been a positive influence for me. I know this to be true.I know how to organize materials for a project now, and I’m comfortable giving oral presentations. This is a great help in my schoolwork.I’ve gained social confidence and am comfortable in many situations. This should help me make wise choices when confronted by peer pressure to participate in risky behavior.While I strive to be the best I can be, 4-H is the vehicle to help “make the best better” every day.last_img read more

Points standing

first_imgP W D L GF GA GD PtsLeicester 16 10 5 1 34 22 12 35Arsenal 16 10 3 3 29 13 16 33Man City 16 10 2 4 32 17 15 32Man United 16 8 5 3 21 12 9 29Tottenham 16 6 8 2 26 14 12 26Crystal P 16 8 2 6 21 15 6 26Watford 16 7 4 5 18 16 2 25West Ham 16 6 6 4 25 21 4 24Liverpool 16 6 6 4 20 19 1 24Everton 16 5 8 3 29 21 8 23 P W D L GF GA GD PtsStoke City 16 6 5 5 13 14 -1 23Southampton 16 5 6 5 21 19 2 21West Brom 16 5 5 6 16 21 -5 20Bournemouth 16 4 4 8 20 31 -11 16Newcastle 16 4 4 8 18 31 -13 16Chelsea 16 4 3 9 18 26 -8 15Swansea City 16 3 5 8 15 24 -9 14Norwich City 16 3 5 8 18 28 -10 14Sunderland 16 3 3 10 17 30 -13 12Aston Villa 16 1 3 12 13 30 -17 6last_img read more

Projecting Raiders’ final 53 and where I may be wrong

first_imgWhere I’ll go wrong: It’s conceivable the Raiders wouldn’t have to fear Peterman being claimed and could get him on the practice squad. Then he’d be available to be promoted if something should happen to Carr. Coach Jon Gruden sees Glennon and Peterman as two different styles of … ALAMEDA — An educated guess on how the Raiders’ 53-man roster will look at Saturday’s deadline and where I may have led you astray:QUARTERBACK (3)IN: Derek Carr, Mike Glennon, Nathan PetermanOUT: Nonelast_img

Science Potpourri

first_imgReaders will note some candidates for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week that got overlooked.Moral evolution:  In the Oct 6 issue, Michael Waldmann reviewed Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong by Marc D. Hauser (Prentice-Hall, 2006) – an odd title mixing metaphors of naturalism and design.  As could be expected, morality is discussed in purely naturalistic terms of natural selection and neuroscience, ignoring centuries of theological and philosophical input on such a sensitive subject so close to the human heart.  This is true even though Waldmann praises Hauser at one point, “Although Hauser is not shy about his theoretical preferences, he presents alternative theories in a fair manner.”  The only alternatives mentioned by the author or reviewer, however, are those based on evolutionary assumptions.It’s painful to leave these articles behind without more detailed analysis, but after all, this is a “Headlines” website.  Readers interested in these topics are encouraged to go to the original sources for further study. Keep the Baloney Detector handy, though.  As the quotes from “Brainy ideas” bullet indicate, evolutionists perennially assume that blind processes of chance can produce exquisitely engineered products.  Once the Darwin Party is forced to back up these claims instead of asserting them unchallenged, the gig will be up, and design science will be back in vogue.    When Darwinism finally falls into the dustbin of history, a fresh new way of looking at the world will open up in art, science, literature, history and every other field of study.  Some of these ideas were investigated in a new book by Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt, A Meaningful World: How the Arts & Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature.  This book is getting rave reviews by leaders in the intelligent design community.  For instance, Michael Behe said, “A Meaningful World is simply the best book I’ve seen on the purposeful design of nature… the authors portray the depth, elegance, clarity and pure cleverness of a universe designed to nurture the intelligent life that one day would discover that design.  A Meaningful World recovers lost purpose not only for science, but for all scholarly disciplines.”  Chuck Colson in his BreakPoint commentary spoke highly of it and included links for further information.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Interesting articles from recent issues of Science have piled up in the queue.  These might have made separate entries in CEH if time and space were unlimited.Deep Impact:  The team of the Deep Impact mission to a comet published spectral results in the July 13 issue.  “Emission signatures due to amorphous and crystalline silicates, amorphous carbon, carbonates, phyllosilicates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, water gas and ice, and sulfides were found” in the plume of dust flung out by the probe.Keep on rovin’:  Steve Squyres and the Mars Exploration Rover team celebrated two years at Meridiani Planum by Opportunity in a paper on scientific results in the Sept 8 issue.  They argued that “ancient Meridiani once had abundant acidic groundwater, arid and oxidizing surface conditions, and occasional liquid flow on the surface.”  In the Sept 29 issue, Squyres and two colleagues discussed “Merging views on Mars,” about how data from orbiters and rovers is coming together to provide comprehensive models of Mars history.  They speculated, “Both the roughly neutral pH suggested by phyllosilicates and the lower pH suggested by sulfates could have produced habitable surface environments; the former may have been more suitable for the origin of life.”  Yet evidence for surface water appears local, not global.Plume gloom:  A major paradigm shift has been occurring in geology over the theory of mantle plumes and hotspots, and Science has had several stories on the controversy: On Sept 1, a Perspectives article discussed discrepancies with plume theory in its classic case, the Hawaiian seamount bend.  Also in the Sept 1 issue, another Perspectives piece asked if a chain of offshore Japanese volcanoes is “Another nail in the plume coffin?”  Three weeks later in the Sept 22 issue, Richard Kerr asked if plumes are phantom or real: “Seismologists probing the planet’s depths are generating tantalizing images, but whereas some researchers see signs of plumes feeding volcanic hot spots, others see noise.”Radiocarbonization:  Those interested in the assumptions behind radiocarbon dating should check Michael Balter’s article in the Sept 15 issue, “Radiocarbon dating’s final frontier.”  He talks about the “heroic and contentious effort” to calibrate the method to 50,000 years, but unveils how coming up with a “calibration curve” is a controversial matter.  Here’s a sample about Paul Mellars (U of Cambridge) that may raise eyebrows on how the sausage is made:Mellars insists that archaeologists can’t wait for a final calibration curve.  “Are we all really expected to keep studies of modern human origins on hold for the next 5 years, until they decide they’ve finally got the calibration act together?” he asks.  The working group, he argues, “has hijacked the term ‘calibration’ to mean an absolutely agreed, rubber stamped, legalistic, signed, sealed, and delivered curve.”  And even when the experts agree on a curve, Mellars says, it will not be “final and absolute” but “simply the best estimate from the data at the time.”Ocean motion:  Richard Kerr discussed a surprising discovery Sept 22 that plankton are a major factor in stirring the ocean.  This “preposterous” conclusion is supported by measurements of how krill descend into the depths during the day and ascent at night to feed.  The sheer numbers of these swimmers are a major factor in agitating ocean waters, and could be affecting global climate as well.  On Oct. 13, a press release about this was published from Florida State University.Asteroid puzzles:  Robert Clayton gave a summary of asteroid science in the Sept 22 issue.  One puzzle is interpreting oxygen isotope differences in terms of accretion history.  “An additional unsolved problem in planet formation is the possibility of large oxygen isotope differences between the Sun and the inner planets.”  Greenwood et al. discussed this in more detail, also in the Sept 22 issue.  They had to postulate that “intense asteroidal deformation accompanied planetary accretion in the early Solar System” was responsible for the stony-iron meteorites.    In the Oct 6 issue, Richard Kerr asked, “Has lazy mixing spoiled the primordial stew?”  Drawing on the studies of isotopic composition in meteorites, he warned that new findings “indicate that the notion of permanent layering in Earth’s depths may rest on shaky assumptions about the chemistry of the early solar system.”Lab goof?  Elisabeth Pennisi explored whether a previous claim that plants can recover their grandparent’s genomes was due to contamination in the lab, in the Sept 29 issue.  One lab can’t reproduce the other’s and vice versa.  The jury is still out, she concludes.Ribosome in focus:  Scientists continue to resolve more detail in the DNA-translating factory, the ribosome.  The Sept 7 issue had a paper on the structure of the 70S ribosome complexed with mRNA and tRNA, including details of the roles of metal ions and proteins in the intersubunit bridges.  The authors didn’t explain how these could have evolved, other than to say, twice, that they “had evolved” to do this or that function.Brainy ideas:  The Oct. 6 issue featured computational neuroscience, with no less than a dozen articles and book reviews on the subject.  Evolutionary neurologists strive to reduce everything, even human altruism and the moral sense, to the connections of neurons and the actions of neurotransmitters in the synapses.  Peter Stern and John Travis gave an overview of the field in Of Bytes and Brains.    When these articles mentioned evolution at all, most of them merely assumed it, such as this selection from Greg Miller’s An enterprising approach to brain science, which can be considered representative: “This memory-prediction framework has evolved to take advantage of the spatial and temporal structure in our surroundings, Hawkins says, which helps explain why brains easily do certain tasks that give computers fits.”  If you need more examples, here are the only three mentions of evolution in Ingrid Wickelgren’s piece, Vision’s grand theorist: [Eero] Simoncelli’s analyses have already solved several longstanding mysteries in visual science: for example, how the brain assembles a moving picture of the world and why humans drive too quickly in the fog.  He’s also helped explain how evolution may have sculpted the brain to respond ideally to the visual environment on Earth.Next, Simoncelli wanted to link his image analysis to the human visual system.  He hypothesized that evolution may have forced the brain to encode the visual world in the most efficient, mathematically optimal way.  Using that concept, Simoncelli and his colleagues reported in 2001 that the nonlinear responses of neurons, such as those in the primary visual cortex at the back of the brain, are well-matched to the statistical properties of the visual environment on Earth, that is, the mathematical patterns of lightness and darkness that recur in visual scenes.The result may help explain how evolution nudged certain visual neurons to be acutely sensitive to object edges and contours, for example.last_img read more

Major Tenet of Darwinism Found Opposite the Evidence

first_img(Visited 52 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Species do not compete to survive in the same space, a massive study of birds shows.“‘Be Different or Die’ Does Not Drive Evolution” is the game-changing headline on PhysOrg based on a press release from the University of Oxford.  A decade-long study of ovenbirds on several continents shows that similar species can live together in harmony.  The paper, published in Nature, challenges the idea that only the fittest survive in an ecosystem.Ovenbirds are a very diverse group.  By studying the phenotypes and genotypes of 350 species, the Oxford team, with help from other universities, concluded that a key concept of Darwinism is wrong.A new study has found that species living together are not forced to evolve differently to avoid competing with each other, challenging a theory that has held since Darwin’s Origin of Species.…They found that although bird species occurring together were consistently more different than species living apart, this was simply an artefact of species being old by the time they meet. In fact, once variation in the age of species was accounted for, coexisting species were actually more similar than species evolving separately, opposite to Darwin’s view which remains widely-held today.Dr. Joe Tobias (U of Oxford) hastened to resuscitate Darwin, claiming there is plenty of evidence for evolutionary divergence in young lineages.  The findings, they claim, show that species can be very similar if they come into contact millions of years after evolving separately.  Darwinism re-emerges, therefore, once species age is taken into account.  This explanation, however, is circular: it decides which species are young and old based on evolutionary assumptions.  Moreover, it creates other problems.  Why would the songs of species that had been separated for millions of years be similar?Although species living together had beaks and legs that were no more different than those of species living apart, the most surprising discovery was that they had songs that were more similar. This challenges some longstanding ideas because the standard view for the last century has been that bird species living together would need to evolve different songs to avoid confusion.The team focused on beaks, legs, and songs of the ovenbirds – traits that involve modification of existing traits, not the creation of new traits.  Modest as these findings are, however, they confront Darwin’s view that competition is a key driver of evolution.  In fact, the opposite conclusion should be drawn:‘Looking at the bigger picture, ‘be different or die’ doesn’t appear to explain evolution,’ said Dr Tobias. ‘Ovenbird species use a wide variety of beaks, from long and hooked to short and straight, but these differences appear to evolve when living in isolation, suggesting that competition is not the major driving force producing species differences. Instead, it seems to have the opposite effect in promoting the evolution of similar songs.“The reasons for this are difficult to explain and require further study,” Tobias added.  Nothing was said about the evolution of a new organ, tissue, cell type or function.  Despite alleged millions of years, they are all still ovenbirds.Good grief.  Are they telling us that all the justifications for the social Darwinist experiments that left millions dead have just flown out the window?  Oh, if we could just turn back the clock and tell all those German and Russian philosophers, “Hold it!  Stop!  Darwin was wrong!  There’s room for everyone in this town.  We can all be similar or different.  The world will be better with cooperation, not genocide!  Let a million flowers bloom!  Let’s all sing like the birdies sing!”At least we can start over now and try to get it right before the next world war.This is “difficult to explain” and “requires further study,” Tobias says.  Ten years wasn’t enough?  or 150, going back to Wallace?  He has enough information.  He just wants job security.  It wouldn’t be so difficult to explain if he would just take the Charlie & Charlie brand* glasses off.  (*Darwin, Lyell)Incidentally, the millions of years is assumed, not demonstrated.  It is falsified by the similarity of songs.  If isolated populations of ovenbirds can come together after “millions of years” and sing the same tunes, then not only was Darwin wrong, Joe Tobias is singing off-key, too: he thinks the birds re-evolved the same songs!  That makes no sense.  More likely, the bird populations weren’t segregated for so long.  There’s no reason that populations can’t adapt quickly to particular niches.  Adaptation to environments is not evolution as Darwin taught (universal common ancestry by unguided natural processes).  It’s built-in design for robustness.Sing a song of Darwin, the evolution race,Ovenbirds evolve, competing for their space,When the facts come forth, though, the story’s not so cool;Isn’t that a silly song to teach the kids at school?last_img read more

South African is Wildlife Photographer of the Year

first_imgWinning image: Greg du Toit’s extraordinary ‘Essence of Elephants’ won him the coveted title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Photo: Greg du Toit /Wildlife Photographer of the Year  Sticky situation: Isak Pretorius’s photo shows a lesser noddy trapped in an orb web spider’s web on Cousine Island in the Seychelles. Photo: Isak Pretorius / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013By Anne Taylor21 October 2013 South African Greg du Toit beat 43 000 other photographers from 96 countries to claim the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his up-close photograph of elephants at a water hole.Taken in the Northern Tuli game reserve in Botswana, Du Toit took the image from a ground-level hide, using a slow shutter speed. The movement in the photograph is created by a baby elephant, which rushed past as Du Toit was taking the photo.The prestigious competition, now in its 49th year, is led by two UK institutions, the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.South Africans won four of the 15 categories in the competition, with Du Toit also winning the Animal Portraits category.“Greg’s image immediately catapults us to African plains. This image stood out for both its technical excellence and the unique moment it captures – it is truly a once in a lifetime shot.” – Jim Brandenburg, chair of the judging panelBrent Stirton won the Photojournalist Award for his project, “God’s Ivory”. Published by National Geographic last year, the project was the result of a three-year-long investigation. The series of images reveal “the complicity of world religion in the worst elephant poaching crisis since the global ivory-trade ban was enacted in 1989”.Stirton’s work has made an difference. He tells the Sunday Times that since the story was published, “the Catholic Church has issued statements against elephant poaching. “People have been excommunicated from the church in the Philippines. Hillary Clinton used the article to enact US state legislation to address poaching.”Other winning images by South Africans include:Isak Pretorius – Sticky Situation [Birds: Behaviour]: a noddy bird caught in a red-legged golden orb web spider’s web.Hannes Lochner – Curiosity and the Cat [Animal Portraits]: a curious Kalahari lion cub, taken by a camera in a termite mound hide.Andrew Schoeman – Shot in the Dark [Nature in Black and White]: nocturnal portrait of a lion in the Timbavati nature reserve.Wim van Heerden – Surfing Delight [Animals in their Environment]: pod of bottlenose dolphins at Port St Johns.Lou Coetzer – The Golden Hour [Mammals: Behaviour]: lion cubs play-fighting at a waterhole in Etosha.Thomas Peschak – Death Rays [World in our Hands]: exposing a new trend in Chinese medicinal trade – gill rackers (the feathery mechanisms that aid the filtration of planktonic food in rays).The photographs are currently on show at the National History Museum in London until the end of November, after which the exhibition will tour internationally. South Africa is, sadly, not on the intinerary.Read more on SouthAfrica.info: Top award for SA wildlife photographerRead more about the competitionView the 2013 winners’ galleryRead more about Greg du Toit’s work: www.gregdutoit.comSee more of Brent Stirton’s work: www.brentstirton.comlast_img read more

Standhardinger or Ravena? San Miguel to pick first in 2017 PBA Draft

first_imgChristian Standhardinger. Photo by Mark Giongco/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — With the controversial trade between Kia and San Miguel getting the greenlight on Friday, the defending Philippine and Commissioner’s Cup champion now has the right to make top overall selection in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.The Beermen brass have politely declined to make a comment on who they will pursue at number one, but picking first is certainly a win-win situation for the proud franchise.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Still, it’s going to be a scary sight to see Standhardinger pair up with four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo down low, giving the Beermen the deadliest frontcourt combo in the game today.READ: Standhardinger no-show at PBA Draft CombineOn the other hand, selecting Kiefer Ravena will further boost San Miguel’s already potent guard rotation as the two-time UAAP MVP will have a chance to learn and thrive with the triumvirate of Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, and Marcio Lassiter.One of the smartest guards to ever lace up his sneakers, the 24-year-old’s career has been well documented since his days in Ateneo, which earned him slots in several national teams. He had also played in the NBA D-League, before deciding to make the jump to the PBA this year.Whoever is left out of the two will certainly fall into NLEX’s lap with the Road Warriors set to add another foundational player at two.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Kiefer Ravena impresses in PBA Draft CombineBut the draft is more than just Standhardinger and Ravena as the succeeding teams picking in the first round will still have a chance to nab a bluechip prospect in the 44-man pool.Amateur standouts Jeron Teng and Raymar Jose, Fil-Am prospects Robbie Herndon, Davon Potts, and Julian Sargent, as well as collegiate studs Lervin Flores and Rey Nambatac are all touted to be selected early in the draft.Blackwater will pick third, followed by Phoenix at four, Alaska at five, and GlobalPort at six.READ: Kiefer Ravena ‘very excited’ to play for Guiao at NLEX The rest of the first round will be as follows: Rain or Shine, Phoenix, Star, TNT, Ginebra, and TNT once more.The 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is on Sunday at Robinsons’ Place Manila in Ermita. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LA Revilla sends out cryptic tweet amid Kia hullabaloo Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Christian Standhardinger has been the prospective number one pick since the list of the applicants has been released and he is indeed worthy of his hype.READ: Christian Standhardinger enters 2017 PBA DraftFEATURED 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 shutoutComing out of nowhere, the Fil-German forward has proven himself in his stints with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, emerging as one of the hottest prospects in the amateur ranks thanks to his no nonsense game and deceivingly fast footwork.The downside, however, is Standhardinger’s obligations with Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club in the ASEAN Basketball League which would keep out of the PBA until April just in time for the second conference.last_img read more

Man Utd curse? India produce ‘duck tales’ after touring Old Trafford

first_imgThe Indian team poses for a photograph at the glorious Old Trafford football pitchThe Indian team, on Thursday, witnessed a horrendous start to their first innings as England seamers made full use of their pace and swing to bamboozle the tourists on the opening day of the 4th Test at Old Trafford.MS Dhoni’s men were reduced to a shambolic 8/4 within the first six overs of play. But, what turned out to be more embarrassing for the tourists was the fact that three out of top four Indian batsmen were dismissed for golden ducks.Team India finally succumbed to a horrific total of just 152 runs with Dhoni’s valiant knock of 71 runs the only silver lining in the innings. England speedster Stuart Broad turned out to be the tormentor with six wickets but James Anderson, claiming three scalps, was the real trouble-maker for the Indians.Virat Kohli departs after being dismissed by James Anderson for a golden duckThe dismal performance of the Men in Blue sparked an array of controversy theories on social media including Twitter. While some blamed Virat Kohli’s girlfriend Anushka Sharma’s lip-job for the Indian batsman’s poor show, the others targeted the comeback man Gautam Gambhir.But, one of the most interesting yet ridiculous causes for India’s debacle on the opening day seems to be their highly-publicized tour of the Premier League club Manchester United on Wednesday.Dhoni, an ardent Red Devils fan, led the Indian team on the tour of ‘Theatre of Dreams’, home of the Manchester United football club – who witnessed a disappointing run in the Premier League last season.advertisementThe EPL giants, who were also the reigning champions, crashed to a seventh-place finish with a mere 64 points – 22 adrift Premier League champions Manchester City – last season.Wayne Rooney & co. sent 67,000 adoring fans at Old Trafford into mourning with just 19 wins out of 38 league games – a new low according to the standards of the glorious club.The Indian players got themselves clicked in the club’s dugout and kicked a few balls into the nets on the glorious Old Trafford football pitch.And, it seems like Manchester United have successfully transferred their disheartening curse onto Dhoni’s men – currently matching the club’s performance last season.Atleast, the Man Utd fans shouldn’t worry about their club getting hammered this season, especially under the reigns of the new manager Louis van Gaal.last_img read more

Good news — at last — for Torontos live music scene

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Danforth Music Hall hosted 202 shows this year, and hopes to continue its hot streak through its 100th anniversary in 2019. (RENE JOHNSTON / TORONTO STAR) Fans of live music have witnessed a lot of casualties on the local scene lately — with one club after another closing or threatening to — so they might understandably fear the worst.But lurking behind all the talk of a “venue crisis” — which reached a fever pitch when the beloved Silver Dollar Room went dark in May after remaining a fond fixture on the Spadina Ave. strip since 1958 — there’s also some pretty good news.We might have lost places like the Dollar, the Hoxton, the Holy Oak, the Central and the Hideout over the past year or so, and watched Hugh’s Room and Cherry Cola’s barely achieve stays of execution. Login/Register With: At the same time, though, the Horseshoe Tavern just celebrated its 70th birthday, the 69-year-old El Mocambo looks to finally reopen in the spring, and the revamped Danforth Music Hall turns 99 next year. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Clinical CSK beat DC by 6 wkts to enter final

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings produced a clinical performance to beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets and enter their eighth final of the Indian Premier League, here on Friday. CSK dished out a disciplined bowling and fielding effort to first restrict DC to 147 for nine and then chased down the target with ease, reaching 151 or four in 19 overs. Dwayne Bravo (2/19), Ravindra Jadeja (2/23), Deepak Chahar (2/28) and Harbhajan Singh (2/31) shared eight wickets between them to keep DC in check after opting to bowl. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuCSK will play Mumbai Indians in the final of the ongoing IPL in Hyderabad on Sunday. The two teams have met each other thrice in summit clashes of the tournament earlier with MI finishing on the winning side twice while the Chennai outfit came out triumphant once. While CSK won the final battle in 2010, MI finished on the victorious side in 2013 and 2015. Chasing the modest total, Faf du Plessis (50 off 39 balls; 7x4s, 1×60 and Shane Watson (50 off 32; 3x4s, 4x6s) got CSK off to a flier, stitching 81 runs in 10.2 overs. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe duo started cautiously before opening up to not allow any DC bowler to settle down. Du Plessis was the aggressor among the duo, scoring 50 off 39 balls with the help of seven boundaries and one six while Watson played the second fiddle initially. But just after notching up his 12th IPL fifty, Du Plessis departed while going for a big shot over deep square-leg off Trent Boult (1/20), only to be holed out by Keemo Paul. After Du Plessis’ dismissal, Watson took the centrestage and struck Paul for one four and three sixes to pile up 25 runs off the 12th over and also registered his half-century off 31 balls in the process. Watson looked in a hurry to finish off the chase and that eventually led to his downfall, caught by Boult off Amit Mishra (1/21) in the second ball of the next over. Suresh Raina (11) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (9) got out cheaply but Ambati Rayudu (2 not out) remained at the crease to ensure a comfortable win for the three-time champions. Earlier sent into bat, DC made a shaky start with Prithvi Shaw (5) and Shikhar Dhawan (18 off 14) adding 21 runs in 2.3 overs before the former was caught plumb in front of the wicket by Chahar. Shaw’s dismissal opened the floodgates as DC lost three wickets in quick time to slump to 75 for four in 11.3 overs. Dhawan was the next to depart, caught by Dhoni off Harbhajan and then Colin Munro (27) was holed at deep square-leg by Bravo off Jadeja as the South African went for a slog sweep. Skipper Shreyas Iyer (13 of 18) tried to anchor the innings but he too fell while going for a big shot, caught by Raina off Imran Tahir (1/28) in the 12th over. Brief Scores: DC: 147/9 in 20 overs (Pant 38; Bravo 2/19, Jadeja 2/23, Chahar 2/28, Harbhajan 2/31) vs CSK: 151/4 in 19 overs (Faf 50, Watson 50; Boult 1/20).last_img read more