Pazzini late show sees Real Madrid held at Levante

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo challenges for a high ball with Levante’s Sergio Postigo during the sides’ 2-2 draw on Saturday © AFP / JOSE JORDANMADRID, Spain, Feb 4 – Former Italy striker Giampaolo Pazzini scored a dramatic late equaliser as Levante held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw on Saturday, leaving Zinedine Zidane’s men 18 points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona.Sergio Ramos headed the visitors into an 11th-minute lead with his 50th La Liga goal for the club, but Levante equalised before half-time through Emmanuel Boateng. Isco came off the bench to put Real back in front late on, but Pazzini stunned the struggling defending champions with an 89th-minute strike on his debut.“We controlled the game, especially in the first half, and in the second we managed to do the hard part — get back into the game and score the second goal,” said Zidane.“Then we should have been ready, we could have avoided the second goal, but we didn’t and it’s hard because it’s two dropped points.”The Champions League is Real’s only realistic chance of more silverware this season, but they’ll need to find a significant upturn in form to challenge Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16, first-leg tie in Madrid on February 14.“We have to work even more, it’s football and the opponent is there to try to put you in difficulty,” Zidane added.Barcelona can move 21 points clear of their arch rivals with victory at Espanyol on Sunday, when second-placed Atletico Madrid welcome third-placed Valencia to the Wanda Metropolitano.Real didn’t take long to forge ahead at Levante, as centre-back Ramos met a Toni Kroos corner with a downward header which home goalkeeper Oier fumbled into his net under pressure from Karim Benzema.They almost doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark as Oier managed to scramble the ball away from Cristiano Ronaldo after spilling Kroos’ tame strike.But Levante hit back in the 42nd minute as 21-year-old Ghanaian Boateng marked his fourth league start for the team with his first La Liga goal.Jose Luis Morales ran through on goal as Ramos found himself caught out of position, and although Keylor Navas saved his effort, Boateng met the loose ball with a cool finish into the far corner.The away side continued to look frail at the back and were lucky not to fall behind as Morales led another rapid counter-attack from a Real corner which ended with Navas making a sprawling save to deny Jefferson Lerma.– Isco improves Real –Isco celebrates with Karim Benzema after scoring Real Madrid’s second goal against Levante © AFP / JOSE JORDANThe reigning European champions improved after Isco replaced Gareth Bale midway through the second half, with the Spain midfielder shooting straight at Oier and Benzema having an effort deflected wide.Isco’s introduction did pay off with only nine minutes remaining, as Benzema capitalised on some sloppy defending and pulled the ball back for the 25-year-old to smash home his fifth league goal of the season.Levante should have equalised in the 85th minute, but substitute Roger contrived to head wide with the goal gaping from only a couple of yards out.The home side did snatch a point, though, as Pazzini scored less than 11 minutes after coming off the bench to make his debut.The 33-year-old, who only joined on loan from Verona on Wednesday, easily got in behind the hapless Real defence and slotted into the far corner to pull Levante three points clear of the relegation zone.Sevilla’s push for a top-four finish and a Champions League place took a massive dent earlier on Saturday, as they were thrashed 5-1 at Eibar.Chilean international Fabian Orellana scored twice as Eibar moved up to seventh, just one point and one place behind Sevilla.Fifth-placed Villarreal had Daniele Bonera sent off in the first half in a 2-1 defeat by Real Betis, as Betis forward Loren Moron scored twice on his debut after being promoted from the reserve team.Alaves pulled five points clear of the bottom three as former Barcelona man Munir El Haddadi scored what proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victory over Celta Vigo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Does Character Count?

first_img(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionists try to make everything about human nature a product of an unguided, naturalistic ancestry.  Then why have sermons or seminars on doing the right thing?It matters that we help others:  The BBC News asked if it matters that we help others, launching into the history of George Price and J.B.S. Haldane who “evolved” altruism as “self-interest in disguise”.  Price even wrote an equation for the evolution of altruism that “underpins a lot of modern evolutionary biology research” today.  Price recognized, though, that an equation renders compassion meaningless: “If altruism was simply an attempt to ensure the survival of one’s own genes, could it be considered altruism at all?”  Thinking about that depressed George Price so much that he turned to Christ and devoted his life to helping others.  He suffered from depression, though, and allegedly committed suicide (see 7/16/10).  The rest of the article gave views of experts who deny that humans are genetically determined.  They did not address, though, how evolution could explain the non-biological parts of human nature:“If we want to understand behaviour, biology is part of it – it has to be by definition. But that’s never an entire and complete explanation for the complexity and grandeur of the human condition.” – Oren Harman, biographer of George PriceYou can choose not to indulge:  According to Science Daily, “Mindful individuals [are] less affected by immediate rewards.”  What is mindfulness, though, if not choice to go against one’s natural inclinations?The Good Samaritan chose to be compassionate:  Live Science asked, “Is being a good Samaritan a matter of genes?”  Richard Dawkins famously advocated the “selfish gene” theory, describing compassion for members of a group as really disguised selfishness.  Ohio State psychologists stated, “Dawkins’ view fails to account for the many instances in which humans have helped others to whom they were not closely related, and have done so with no apparent genetic benefit to themselves.”  The article left the causes of prosocial behavior a “widely-debated question.”Even scientists recognize the need for ethics:  Science Magazine praised a program at the University of Minnesota that helps “Students Propose Genetic Solutions to Societal Problems.”  Their “Essay on Science and Society” says about the program, “Instructors coach the teams throughout the semester on experimental design and resources, as well as on data analysis, presentation strategies, team work, and research ethics.”Altruism must extend beyond kinship:  In Nature, Daniel Sarewitz wrote an essay entitled, “Science’s rightful place is in service of society.”  Sarewitz writes about “the public good,” a nebulous category that certainly would extend beyond one’s immediate evolutionary kin.   Sarewitz criticized “the isolation of the conduct of science from its use in society.”  He is appalled when basic science does not help with economic prosperity, helping the poor find jobs, etc.  He wants science to move “in the right direction — away from an obsession with how much money is spent on science, and towards a consideration of how best to ensure that science investments turn into public value.”Yet evolutionary explanations still dominate:  In Nature, John Whitfield reviewed two books that account for human nature as a product of evolution.  Whitfield himself thinks that way: “Morality is an appetite for certain types of behaviour in oneself and others,” he states.  “Like tastes in food and sex, it is rooted in biology, shaped by culture and imperfectly controlled by reason.” (He did not explain where reason came from).  The first book, Just Babies by Paul Bloom, treats morality as an instinct (this is supported by an article in New Scientist that shows newborns can recognize good and evil at an early age).  The second book, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua Greene, also views morality as the instinctive product of an evolutionary process.  Greene, however, thinks morality arrives as a mimic of the pragmatic philosophy of utilitarianism (“the greatest happiness for the greatest number”).  Argued using reason by Jeremy Bentham in the 18th century and by John Stuart Mill in the 19th, utilitarianism is typecast by Greene as the product of an evolutionary process.  In another review of Greene’s book, Thomas Nagel in New Republic recognizes that a blind process like evolution turns morality into an illusion:The most difficult problem posed by Greene’s proposals is whether we should give up trying to understand our natural moral intuitions as evidence of a coherent system of individual rights that limit what may be done even in pursuit of the greater good. Should we instead come to regard them as we regard optical illusions, recognizing them as evolutionary products but withholding our assent? Greene’s debunking arguments add an empirical dimension to a venerable utilitarian tradition, but they certainly do not settle the question.Nagel, an atheist, famously denounced Darwinism and opened the door to intelligent design last year (see Evolution News & Views), earning himself scorn from other atheists and evolutionists (ENV Dembski, ENV Klinghoffer).  It appears that the explanatory power of Darwinism to account for human nature is part of his critique.  His latest book is called Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False.These articles all skirt the main issue.  The evolutionists want to subsume all of reality into their Darwinian mechanism, turning altruism, morality and character into epiphenomena of materialism.  The others, fearful of the subjective relativism that would result, cannot bring themselves to embrace such reductive ideas.  Once it dawns on enough people that reason itself cannot be employed to argue the truth of evolution, Darwinism will be seen for what it is: a self-refuting proposition.  You can’t use reason to argue that reason is an optical illusion!  Once the deck is cleared of such nonsense, those who can account for reason will remain to employ it in the defense of “a coherent system of individual rights that limit what may be done even in pursuit of the greater good” (Nagel).  Logic (which sees coherence as a good thing) will further push them to the realization that rights, to be coherent, must have a Source that is timeless, universal, and unchangingly righteous.  Name One.last_img read more

Let Your Preparation and Planning Match the Opportunity

first_imgYou are working on a deal that is worth $1,000,000 in annual recurring revenue. You’ve pursued deals of this magnitude before, and you’ve been fortunate enough to win more than your fair share. Why them, should you spend your time preparing and planning for sales calls when you have experience?Let’s start with what a deal is worth. If your dream client spends $1,000,000 annually, the value of the deal must consider how many years you are likely to retain the client. If you retain your large clients an average of seven years, you are working on a deal with $7,000,000. Would you prepare and plan differently for $7,000,000.Larger deals tend to be more strategic, and winning and retaining them provides some proof that you can deliver the outcomes for clients with more significant and more strategic needs. For a lot of us, larger clients stretch us by asking us to develop new processes and new offerings that increase the value you create for other companies. They provide experiences that allow you to differentiate yourself and your offering.I have won large clients whose key stakeholders have moved to other large companies, and because we had done good work for them and with them at the company they left, they brought us in to do the same things for them in their new company. In a few cases, multiple contacts moved to numerous new companies. The probability of people leaving larger companies and ending up a similar company with similar needs seems to me to be higher, even though I only have anecdotal evidence.Do the WorkIt’s difficult to win big deals and spending time preparing, and planning does a lot to improve your chances of winning. It allows you to develop a strategy to win the contract, helping you convey how you are different and how that difference will benefit your client. Preparing and planning gives you the time to work on your talk tracks, improving the effectiveness of your conversation, while also allowing you to anticipate questions or challenges you expect. Spending time working on the agenda and the content you need to discuss improves the content and the flow, provided you do the work and ask the tough questions. In team sales, prepping and planning roles and responsibilities improves the flow, handoffs to and from your team, and it looks professional.The larger and more important the deal, the more time you should spend preparing and planning every sales call. Don’t allow your experience or your confidence prevent you from also being a professional.last_img read more

Vernon Gonsalves part of front outfit of CPI (Maoist): police to HC

first_imgActivist Vernon Gonsalves, who is accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, is part of a front organisation of the banned organisation, CPI Maoists, Pune police told the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.Additional public prosecutor Aruna Pai opened her arguments opposing bail for Mr. Gonsalves, who is at Yerwada jail for the past 18 months, before Justice Sarang Kotwal.Ms. Pai said the police has relied on the forensic report of documents recovered from accused Rona Wilson and computer files from Surendra Gadling, who are also in Yerwada jail. “We (police) have not tampered anything (sic),” she said.She read out a letter dated January 2, 2018 recovered from Mr. Wilson’s laptop, which she said, “acts as corroborative material as far as the first information report is concerned and shows the role of a banned organisation (CPI M),” she said.She then read out another letter recovered from Mr. Gadling’s laptop that said, “Vernon and Arun (Ferreira also an accused in jail) are members of ‘radical study circle’, which is a front organisation of CPI M.”The court, however, said, “The author of these letters is unknown.” Ms. Pai went on to talk about the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners and Indian Association of People’s Lawyers, and said they were fronts of the CPI M.The court asked, “How is Vernon connected to these organisations or even either of them?” Ms Pai said, “His name is not there, and there is no direct involvement.”In the end, she read out call detail records of all the accused: Dalit activist and writer Sudhir Dhawale, Mahesh Raut, a Tata Institute of Social Sciences alumnus known for working for tribals in Gadchiroli, Shoma Sen, a retired professor at Nagpur University, Mr. Wilson, poet Varavara Rao, activists Mr. Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira and Sudha Bharadwaj, and said “Call records show they were in touch with each other.”The hearing will continue on October 3.last_img read more

TOUCH-E-TALK APRIL EDITION

first_imgTFA have released the latest edition of their online newsletter, Touch-e-Talk and it is available here for everyone to read. It contains stories, info for coaches and referees, games, photos from the 2006 NTL and more.Click here: TOUCH-E-TALK, APRIL 2006 EDITIONlast_img

Nor Lines RollsRoyce Ink PowerbytheHour Service Deal

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipping company Nor Lines and UK-based engineering company Rolls-Royce have signed a “Power-by-the-Hour” service agreement for Nor Lines’ two LNG-powered vessels, Kvitbjørn and Kvitnos.The new service offering harnesses the power of Big Data to monitor, plan and perform maintenance and repairs on all the equipment installed on the cargo vessels, Rolls-Royce said.As disclosed, Power-by-the-Hour is a new service from Rolls-Royce Marine and the agreement with Nor Lines is the first of its kind. Under the agreement, Nor Lines will be handing responsibility for service planning and performance back to the equipment’s supplier, Rolls-Royce.With Nor Lines paying a fixed charge per hour of operation, per ship, Rolls-Royce will monitor the equipment aboard each vessel from on shore through the use of onboard sensors. The engineering company will be able to connect to the ship and carry out service activities remotely or, if necessary, send out a service engineer to do the job.The agreement also covers planned maintenance, while day-to-day maintenance aboard ships will be carried out by the shipping company itself.“The service contract insures us against downtime due to equipment failure. At the same time, it ensures that the Rolls-Royce equipment we have on board functions as optimally as possible,” Sigvald Breivik, Nor Lines’ CEO, explained.Nor Lines has also ordered Rolls-Royce’s Energy Management System, which logs energy consumption and emission levels. The data then can be used to make the correct operational decisions for the ships.“Both the Power-by-the-Hour and Energy Management systems have been developed because we now have the capacity to digitally monitor onboard systems from on shore. Our ability to record and analyse huge volumes of data means we can offer ships better and more comprehensive service agreements than we could just a few years ago,” Knut Hovland, Rolls-Royce, Director Customer and Services, commented.Nor Lines took delivery of MS Kvitbjørn from the Tsuji shipyard in China in 2015. It was the first of two vessels ordered by the shipping line and was the first Norwegian gas-powered coastal cargo vessel. The Kvitbjørn’s sister ship, MS Kvitnos, was delivered later the same year.Now, the vessels sail back and forth between ports in central Europe and along the Norwegian coast up to Hammerfest.last_img read more

Silicon Valleys Jumio launches AI lab in Montreal to hone ID verification

first_imgMONTREAL – Jumio has opened an artificial intelligence lab in Montreal, adding to the city’s ranks of machine-learning firms.The Silicon Valley company says it plans to work on fraud detection and data extraction as part of a push toward refined identity verification.Jumio says the satellite lab, which numbers seven employees after quietly opening last month, will have 30 engineers and specialists by the end of next year. The lab expands on work underway at the company’s Vienna-based AI hub.Over the past year, Ottawa and Quebec have pledged more than $300 million toward AI development in Montreal, while tech giants Google and Microsoft Corp. have invested in machine learning research.Startups in the city are exploiting AI to build technology applicable to everything from tumour detection to navigating the immigration process.In 2016, Jumio filed for bankruptcy protection for its U.S. business following government investigations into financial irregularities, but raised US$15 million in funding a few months later.last_img read more

Environment Canada issues winter storm warning for Fort Nelson

first_imgThe band of snow is expected to shift to the southwest towards Sikanni Chief tonight, where 10 to 15 cm is forecast.Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations.Drivers are being reminded to prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.For up-to-date road conditions, you can visit DriveBC.ca. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Fort Nelson.According to Environment Canada, Hazardous winter conditions are expected.Snow at times mixed with freezing rain will continue this afternoon through tonight before easing Thursday morning. Approximately 10 cm of snow has already fallen this morning around Fort Nelson with a further 5 cm this afternoon.last_img

City Councilwoman Barbara Bry announces 2020 candidacy for mayor

first_img KUSI Newsroom, City Councilwoman Barbara Bry announces 2020 candidacy for mayor Updated: 9:41 AM KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – City Councilwoman Barbara Bry Wednesday announced her candidacy in San Diego’s 2020 mayoral race.Bry, a Democrat who represents Council District 1, is the first major candidate to formally announce a mayoral run.Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, is in the midst of his second and final term and Democrats are eyeing a chance to take the mayorship — technically a non-partisan position — in a city that is trending further to the left.“I want our city to be a model for cities around the country and all over the world,” Bry said in a campaign announcement video. “I want us to be a model in how we treat everyone with equity and respect.”Bry is a former journalist and high-tech entrepreneur who ran for City Council in 2016. Her quiet filing of candidacy paperwork last month flew mostly under the radar. She has served as the council’s president pro tem since 2017 and was one of the first elected officials in the city to endorse the SDSU West plan to redevelop SDCCU Stadium in Mission Valley.After leaving journalism, Bry founded companies such as ProFlowers.com and Athena San Diego, which helps women in STEM industries, as well as Run Women Run, which supports and encourages pro-choice women to run for elected office.“I love this city,” Bry said. “I believe a large part of my business success is because I was fortunate enough to end up in San Diego. I was a white woman with a Harvard MBA, so I had a lot of doors that were open to me that are not open to a lot of people in San Diego and I want to make sure they get the same opportunities that I had.”Bry’s potential competition in the June primary could include Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, and, among Republicans, City Councilman Mark Kersey and former San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter January 2, 2019 Posted: January 2, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settingslast_img read more

5 Alaska Grown Challenge

first_imgParticipating retailers will create specialty Alaska Grown displays in their stores that prominently place and showcase the Alaska Grown products they carry, making them easy for customers to find. From June through October, Alaskans are encouraged to spend $5 every week on Alaska Grown products at their local grocery stores.  Division Director Arthur Keyes: “We have one of the cleanest growing environments in the world, and when you buy Alaska Grown, you are not only getting a fresher, quality product, you are also supporting our in-state economy.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Division of Agriculture is launching its second annual $5 Alaska Grown Challenge to support the growth of Alaska’s agriculture industry. The challenge will run for the five-month period when Alaska Grown products are most available.last_img read more