first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 23 Oct 2019 2:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Unai Emery explains why he’s held back Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney & Rob Holding Kieran Tierney is still waiting to make his Premier League debut following his summer transfer from Celtic (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery insists he intends to utilise all of his defenders in a bid to patch up his leaky rearguard and will not rely on Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin to provide an instant fix.Arsenal surrendered the opportunity to move back into third place on Monday following a limp 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United. The Gunners failed to produce a telling response to Lys Mousset’s 30th minute goal, plundered from inside the six-yard box, after Emery’s side failed to defend a corner.Having impressed in the cup competitions this season, many Arsenal fans expected Tierney to make his Premier League debut at Bramall Lane but the summer signing from Celtic remained on the bench with Sead Kolasinac maintaining his place.AdvertisementAdvertisementRob Holding was another unused substitute, while Hector Bellerin failed to make the matchday squad altogether.ADVERTISEMENTAsked whether his best defenders have been left out of his Premier League starting XI, Emery said: ‘We are improving defensively. We’re receiving less goals. Rob Holding was an unused substitute against Sheffield United on Monday (Picture: Getty)‘I don’t want to achieve the best defensive solution with one group of players… It’s for all the players.’The pressure on Emery is intensifying with an inconsistent start to the season following on from last term’s capitulation which culminated in a 4-1 defeat against Chelsea in the Europa League final.Club legends Alan Smith and Paul Merson have accused Emery of failing to make any discernible improvements on the team which finished sixth under Arsene Wenger during his final season at the Emirates.Asked if his current team were better than Wenger’s class of 2018, Emery replied: ‘In my career it’s normal to have difficult moments and criticism for our work and my job. We are in one point of view. The supporters point of view and their opinion, we need to accept that.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We need to think how we can, little by little, progress and achieve our targets. Immediately that’s to win. Really we are at the beginning. In this competition we won two matches and played very well.‘We lost a very big opportunity in the Premier League to finish third in the table. We are five and have chances on Sunday. We have to get better but it’s one process.‘Our strategy is – when I was watching in my office – we changed 10 players. 40 per cent more or less. We are using new players, above all also some young players to give them chances more quickly.‘The most important is the club and team. Our objective is clear on where we want to get. I am very confident in the players, in our job, in our work, in the club strategy and in our way.’Will Unai Emery be Arsenal manager at the start of next season?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal legend Alan Smith explains how Frank Lampard is making life tougher for Unai EmeryMORE: Arsenal issue Reiss Nelson injury update ahead of Europa League clash against Vitoria Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAsk a Darwinian how humans evolved language, and you are likely to hear gibberish.Language—real, syntactically-rich, grammatical, semantically-meaningful language—is one of the most distinctive traits of human beings. Evolutionists have long struggled to explain how and when this beneficial trait emerged in the human population. Other animals communicate, but they don’t ponder abstract concepts beyond the need for procreation or protection. One scientist is not even sure that humpback whales use their famous songs for anything beyond sonar (Science Daily). Animal signaling can bring pleasure, social cohesion, or stress relief, but human language is different. How did it evolve? Evolutionists don’t even know what they thought they knew, our first news item says.Diverse genome study upends understanding of how language evolved (Nature). Evolutionists got all excited in 2002 when one team found that mutations to a gene called FOXP2 disrupted speaking in humans. It appeared at the time, also, that the great apes lacked the particular human form of this gene. Was a mutation in FOXP2 the long-lost key to the evolution of language? No; it wasn’t. “Research casts doubt on the idea that the FOXP2 gene — linked to language evolution — is special to modern humans,” writes Matthew Warren in Nature this week. Warren recalls how evolutionists boasted about the discovery for years, only to backtrack now:The evolution of human language was once thought to have hinged on changes to a single gene that were so beneficial that they raced through ancient human populations. But an analysis now suggests that this gene, FOXP2, did not undergo changes in Homo sapiens’ recent history after all — and that previous findings might simply have been false signals.“The situation’s a lot more complicated than the very clean story that has been making it into textbooks all this time,” says Elizabeth Atkinson, a population geneticist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a co-author of the paper, which was published on 2 August in Cell1.Originally discovered in a family who had a history of profound speech and language disorders, FOXP2 was the first gene found to be involved in language production. Later research touted its importance to the evolution of human language.Now, it appears that the human version of FOXP2 is older than expected. A re-analysis also shows that the scientists behind the 2002 study did shoddy work. Crack this “solution” up to careless, fake science. Evolutionists feel silly about it now. “Language is complicated, and was never going to be explained by a single mutation in modern humans,” one remarked. Oh, that readers between 2002 and 2018 could have known “the rest of the story” that was yet to come. See also Science Daily‘s account of this humiliating retraction.The dynamics of norm change in the cultural evolution of language (PNAS). These four evolutionists think that study of linguistic changes over merely two centuries can inform studies of human evolution! They looked at English and Spanish books for clues. What can that possibly say about how humans acquired language in the first place? Very little. In fact, they end up restricting the implications of their study significantly in the ending discussion, and defer other conclusions to “future work.” And yet they use the word evolution copiously, overlooking the obvious contributions of the human mind and choice in the processes of change. That is not Darwinian evolution. The e-word in this paper gives a false impression that evolutionary theory can somehow shed light on the origin of this most unique human capability.Did kindness prime our species for language? (Science Magazine). Two evolutionists look to Bengalese finches for clues to how humans learned to speak. Prepare for a just-so story that started with Darwin:All this makes the domesticated and wild birds a perfect natural experiment to help explore an upstart proposal about human evolution: that the building blocks of language are a byproduct of brain alterations that arose when natural selection favored cooperation among early humans. According to this hypothesis, skills such as learning complex calls, combining vocalizations, and simply knowing when another creature wants to communicate all came about as a consequence of pro-social traits like kindness. If so, domesticated animals, which are bred to be good-natured, might exhibit such communication skills too.The idea is rooted in a much older one: that humans tamed themselves. This self-domestication hypothesis, which got its start with Charles Darwin, says that when early humans started to prefer cooperative friends and mates to aggressive ones, they essentially domesticated themselves (Science, 24 October 2014, p. 405). Along with tameness came evolutionary changes seen in other domesticated mammals—smoother brows, shorter faces, and more feminized features—thanks in part to lower levels of circulating androgens (such as testosterone) that tend to promote aggression.You can ignore most of this speculative storytelling, because Michael Erard and Catherine Matacic take most of it back in the last paragraph. They can’t connect genes to changes in communication in the birds, for one thing, and end with a caution about misinterpreting the data: “Tomasello also cautions against trying to explain human language solely from animal models.” None of the fact-free stories in the article have anything to do with semantics, anyway. It’s all about vocalization without meaning. If this just-so story is to believed, clownfish should have written sea anemone dictionaries by now, and microbes in bacterial films should be holding science conferences together.Like so many Darwinian explanations, this one is self-refuting. The evolutionary scientists are using language to say that language arose by chance, without meaning. It only served a purpose so that species could propagate themselves. We can conclude, therefore, that all these scientists really just have sex on their mind. They don’t “mean” anything they say.The harm that Charlie did to science and the world is nearly incalculable. World empires fought genocidal wars over his notions. Science entered the era of Just-So Storytelling. And Darwinians cast out of the Darwin Castle the true scientists who respect empiricism, who employ necessary and sufficient causes—like intelligence—for phenomena bearing hallmarks of design, instead of endlessly appealing to the Stuff Happens Law. Darwin bigots continue to punish anyone who criticizes the Bearded Buddha. This idol must be toppled before it causes even more harm with its amoral, fitness-centric outlook. (Visited 489 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgBeing a referee in any sport often presents many challenges, especially if you are a female referee officiating men in sport.  For referees Louise Frost and Annabelle Connolly however, the challenge isn’t a problem. “From a players perspective sometimes I think they think they have it over you,” Frost said. “But if you show you’re confident then its fine. I’ve had no problems at tournament level, it’s more at park level that you sometimes have problems.”Connolly agrees that at the Opens tournament level, things run fairly smoothly. “When I was 16-17 and refereeing the Mens 30s and older guys sometimes it was a problem,” Connolly said. “But now things are pretty good.”Both Frost and Connolly among eight of the female referees here at the NTL Opens/20s.Connolly, a level six, recently represented Australia at the World Cup, and experience which she describes as “brilliant”.“I didn’t find out I was going until September – which was a fairly late call up,” Connolly said.“It was my first time overseas and it was brilliant. If you got the Australia or New Zealand games it was really high standard. Some of the other games were big score-lines like 20-nil, which is a lot different to what you get here at the NTL.”The 27-year old from WA has been officiating Touch for the past 11 years, and hopes to again represent at the international level.“My goal is to be part of the Youth World Cup, and then the next World Cup in 2011,” she said.“I had a fantastic time and made so many friends overseas, that was the best part, and it was completely different to what I expected.”Frost, 24, refereed at her first major tournament in 2004. Like Connolly, her goal is also to referee at the international level, and currently a level four she is hoping to upgrade to level five at the NTL. “Obviously the ultimate goal is to get my level 6 and to Referee at the World Cup in Scotland in four years time.”The schedule to referee three-to-four games a day at the Opens NTL will be a test for Frost, who is still recovering from damaged knee cartilage, which will be operated on following the tournament.“I’m having the op in a couple of weeks on my knee, and then I will be off for six months,” Frost said. “After that I will be trying to get fit again, and hopefully the knee will be fixed and won’t cause any more problems.”Sharing a room at the NTL, they say the female referees often “stick together”.“The girls do tend to stick together, you definitely do get the feeling of being in the minority, but you tough it out,” Connolly said.“We like to give it to the boys, but you always get it back!”last_img read more

first_imgDuke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski speaking at Fan Town Hall.Twitter/@duke_athleticsMike Krzyzewski is 68 years old, but coming off of the 2015 national championship, don’t expect the Hall of Famer to hang up his whistle in the near future. When asked about any potential retirement plans, Coach K had a simple answer: he doesn’t have any.“I have no thoughts on retiring right now.” -Coach K #FanTownHall pic.twitter.com/oIX80NPU5i— Duke Athletics (@Duke_ATHLETICS) July 2, 2015We don’t think Coach K can coach forever, but the way he’s been recruiting, it wouldn’t be wise to doubt him.last_img read more

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsThe National Arts Centre orchestra took its tribute to a Mi’kmaq poet to Eskasoni, the home of the late Rita Joe Wednesday.Her 15 line poem called “I lost my talk” has become a twenty minute performance.The tribute highlights the key role the arts play in reconciliation.last_img

first_imgTORONTO – Real estate companies that were promised access to a Toronto Real Estate Board feed of Greater Toronto Area home sales data on Tuesday said some are still waiting to get their hands on the numbers and others were slow to receive them.John Pasalis, the president at Realosophy brokerage, said he sought access to the data by email on Monday evening. He followed up twice, but has yet to hear back, despite TREB saying the feed was due to be released on Tuesday at noon.“It is understandable that they are going to be a little bit backlogged, but on the other hand, they knew this was coming,” he said. “This has been in the pipeline for years.”Pasalis is no stranger to waiting on TREB. He was one of the brokers who helped the Competition Bureau argue over the past seven years that TREB should allow the data to be posted on realtors’ password protected websites because keeping it off the sites would be anti-competitive.Pasalis and the Bureau’s fight ended in August, when the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear an application from TREB that aimed to keep the numbers off password-protected sites because the board was concerned about privacy and copyright.Some real estate companies immediately published the data after the Supreme Court’s decision, only to receive cease-and-desist letters from TREB warning of loss of data access, revocation of TREB membership or legal action against members TREB believed were violating its user agreement by posting sale numbers online “in an open and unrestricted fashion.”Like Pasalis, real estate company Zoocasa watched the TREB case intently and soon after being told data would be available, applied for access, but spokesperson Jannine Rane confirmed in an email on Wednesday that her company was also still waiting for the numbers.Zoocasa was told TREB is working through a high volume of requests, she said.TREB did not immediately respond to a request from The Canadian Press about how long it would take for the companies to get access, but it sent a letter to its members earlier in the week that said the feeds would be available on Tuesday and that members would be allowed to use the feeds to post data on their password-protected websites for clients.Of the half dozen realtors The Canadian Press spoke with, HouseSigma Inc. was the only company who said they had been granted access to the feed and it came two days after its chief executive officer Joseph Zeng applied for it.Just after he received access, Zeng said he hoped to post the data on his website within a few hours.He suspected TREB was slow to release the numbers to him because the board has 50,000 members who are all eligible to request similar data.“Yesterday when we talked to (TREB) they said they had 600 requests within three hours and they have to approve them one-by-one,” said Zeng, noting that TREB estimated it would take four to five days to give him archived data from transactions prior to Sept. 2016, but it hoped it might be able to offer him more current data by the end of Wednesday.The wait angered his clients.“When we got the initial timeline from TREB we made the promise on our website that it will be published on (Tuesday) and just this morning we received an email (complaining),” he said.“Our clients have been extremely frustrated.”last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — Having already acknowledged that it did opposition research on George Soros, Facebook says No. 2 executive Sheryl Sandberg had asked staff if the billionaire philanthropist had financial motivations against the company.Friday’s statement is in response a New York Times article that describes Sandberg asking Facebook staff to look into Soros’ financial interests in speaking out against the company in January. Facebook said the company was already researching Soros when Sandberg sent an email asking if Soros had shorted Facebook stock. Shorting a stock is essentially taking a bet it will decline.Soros’s Open Society Foundations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.In a Thanksgiving eve post, outgoing executive Elliot Schrage took the blame for hiring the public relations firm doing opposition research on critics.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img“If we don’t act, somebody will go to court and the courts will certainly find the minister has a requirement to go to cabinet.”Another finding released earlier this week said the provinces are failing to adequately protect critical habitat for woodland caribou as well. It concluded the provinces don’t require their regulatory bodies to follow federal environmental legislation.Friday’s release acknowledges Alberta and B.C. are taking some steps to help the herds, but concludes they aren’t doing enough.“Such measures are not currently complemented by the significant habitat protection or restoration measures necessary to improve the likelihood of recovery in the long term.” Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said she knew the finding was coming.“We are in a situation where the courts are beginning to lose their patience with the federal government,” she said. “That is why Alberta must demonstrate progress.”Phillips was just back from leading an industry-heavy delegation to Ottawa to discuss restoring caribou habitat. The federal government promised financial help for a socio-economic study and emergency management actions such as caribou maternity pens and wolf culls.She acknowledged that decades of logging and drilling have left some caribou ranges unlikely to be able to support healthy herds for decades to come. But other herds are in better shape.“It is not true that all is lost,” she said.Caribou habitat has been so damaged by decades of industry presence that wildlife managers must resort to extreme measures while they rehabilitate thousands of square kilometres of seismic lines, cut blocks, well pads and resource roads.Meanwhile, local communities have come to rely on current levels of industry to sustain them.Phillips blames the situation on decades of inaction by previous Alberta governments.“We went through about 25 years of the previous government doing precisely nothing, sweet tweet, on this file.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) EDMONTON, A.B. –  The federal government is one step away from moving in to protect dwindling caribou herds in Alberta and British Columbia after finding them under imminent threat.The finding, released by Environment Canada on Friday covers 10 herds in the Southern Mountain population. They are all smaller than 100 animals and continue to decline. Seven are in British Columbia and the rest are all or partly in Alberta.“Immediate intervention is required to allow for eventual recovery,” says a department document.center_img The finding obliges the environment minister to ask cabinet to issue an emergency protection order under the Species At Risk Act if the two provinces don’t do enough to remove threats to the herds’ recovery.Emergency protection orders allow Ottawa to control activity on critical habitat that is normally governed by the provinces. That would include energy development, forestry and agriculture.The federal government has used the power twice before for the western chorus frog and the sage grouse. The protection order for the grouse affected the drilling plans of several Alberta energy companies.The ministry’s analysis was being done as court actions from conservation groups sought to push Environment Minister Catherine McKenna into enforcing provisions of the law, said her parliamentary secretary Jonathan Wilkinson.“In the short term, what it means is that we need to go and have conversations with the governments of British Columbia and Alberta and relevant stakeholders to discuss how we actually move forward,” he said. “There is a high degree of urgency.”There is, at most, a few months to do the work, said Wilkinson.last_img read more

first_imgWith the Species at Risk Act (SARA) The Government of Canada can intervene on the way these at-risk species are being protected which has the Provincial Government creating the Provincial Caribou Recovery Program and the Section 11 agreement.The Provincial Government says Section 11 will be the opportunity to create agreements with herd by herd planning and designing the right approach with communities with a collaborative approach. Currently, this is a draft situation that needs to be worked upon.In partnership with West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations, the concern is for the Pine, Narraway and Quintette caribou populations found in Mackenzie, Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge. By changing resource practices in this area should minimize the risk of a federal order. Ensuring caribou recovery, meeting indigenous and treaty rights as well as minimizing impacts on communities.In the central group of caribou, the decline has gone from numbers of 800 animals in the early 2000s to now 220 animals today. The Province says if work is not done within communities to establish ways of supporting the needs of the caribou, to be able to regain their numbers. Having the Federal government step in and implementing an emergency order, could have unpredictable and economic loss. Whereas section 11 and the Partnership Agreements will minimize that risk.Through public engagement and independent economic evaluation. The Government says they want to work with partners and local governments to understand economic impacts on communities.The Government went on to share that public engagement will take place in the northeast and other key communities relevant to the Section 11 agreement. Through public engagement, conference calls with Indigenous communities and online. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government has released its draft plan with First Nations to recover Southern Mountain Caribou.The Provincial Government shared they have been working from 2012- 2018 to help conserve caribou herds in B.C. as part of their reconciliation with First Nations as caribou have cultural significance to some First Nations.With the Government mapping herds of caribou in B.C. and recognizing their decline in numbers and the space in which the animals require to thrive, the government says they need to take measures to help the caribou. By sharing that the resource sector in some areas has enabled the decline of the caribou due to new life cycles in the animal’s environments. With roadways and seismic lines and an increase of greater foliage, this increases numbers of moose and deer as well areas have been altered allowing predators to hunt with greater ease. No snowmobile closures were made in the agreements, the protected Partnership Areas only apply to resource development activities. An engagement process is being launched for snowmobile management and an independent, neutral third party with expertise in backcountry motorized recreation to lead the engagement process in May.Results from the public engagement process will be used to inform the final agreements between B.C. and the Federal Government.CLICK HERE, To submit your feedback to the Provincial Government regarding caribou recovery.Below is a copy of the draft agreement.last_img read more

first_imgBoth Dreyer and McLeod feel proud to be taking part in this tour and to help raise funds for such a good cause, such as cancer research.Up next, on Wednesday, the Tour will be moving on to Hudson’s Hope and Chetwynd.Tour de North wraps up on September 23 in Williams Lake. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Cops for Cancer Tour de North kicked off Tuesday in Dawson Creek and ended Day One with a stop in Fort St. John.This year, local RCMP Constable Christiaan Dreyer and local Community Rider, with B.C. Hydro, Sharon McLeod has joined the Cops for Cancer Tour de North.The Tour is passing through communities in the Peace Region to ride an 850 km route from Dawson Creek to Williams Lake and aims to complete a fundraising goal of $310,000 for childhood cancer research and support services at the Canadian Cancer Society.last_img read more