Materazzi: “If Juve wins the Champions League this year it doesn’t count”

first_img“Juventus must always think about winning the Champions League. That if, if you win this year, you should not count. It will have a new format, it cannot count as a ‘normal’ Champions, “said the central defender. The stoppage of the coronavirus stopped Juventus in the round of 16 of the European Cup. The Bianconeri fell in the first leg against Olympique from Lyon in France and were required to trace in Turin. The Matrix, nicknamed for its controversial arts behind, passed through several Italian football clubs: Us Tor de Quinto, Marsala, Trapani, Carpi and Perugia. After the Umbrian team, he signed for Everton, returned and in 2001 he arrived at Inter, where he stayed until 2011 and won that Champions League, which is so resistant to his Juve. Marco Materazzi has no affection for Juventus Turin. The ex-Inter faced up to fifteen times in his career against ‘la vecchia Signora’ which he won five times and even scored. Their particular rivalry raged to the point that hatred lives on.“How much do I hate Juventus athletically speaking? Very much”, he recognized last day 4 but this, has gone further, completely discrediting a possible Juventus European title, knowing that it is what they most want.center_img FILIPPO MONTEFORTE & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Materazzi enters Ibrahimovic’s ankle during Juventus-Inter Milan in 2005.FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (AFP)last_img read more

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Red hot Liverpool hit West Ham for four

first_imgLiverpool haven’t been crowned champions of England since 1989/90 and finished 25 points behind City last season.But after reaching the Champions League final in May and spending more than anyone else in the Premier League in the off-season, there is palpable belief that wait will come to an end in May.“We know about our expectations and noticed the very positive atmosphere around us in the whole pre-season,” said Klopp.“It’s good people are positive, but the season again will be unbelievably hard.”Klopp has tried to keep a lid on expectations given the gap to City last season despite spending a reported £170 million.“We cannot be anything different than the challenger because we have not won anything since I’ve been in (charge), a long time. We have to invest more, fight more,” he added.“West Ham will play a good season but they are not the (Manchester) Uniteds or (Manchester) Citys. We have to be ready week in, week out for the different challenges.”– Salah starts over –Happy Mane: Senegal’s Sadio Mane scored twice against West Ham © AFP / Oli SCARFFThere was little tinkering for Klopp to do up front after Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino combined for 91 goals last season, and they again provided the firepower to outclass a sorry West Ham despite their own near £100 million outlay on nine new players.Salah and Mane’s pain at international level was Liverpool’s gain as early exits at the World Cup with Egypt and Senegal meant they could join the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, unlike a host of Premier League stars who returned to training just last week after their exertions in Russia.A revelation in his first season at Anfield with 44 goals in all competitions, Salah is now a marked man.Yet, he was given the simplest of tasks to tap home the opener into an empty net on 19 minutes from Andy Robertson’s pinpoint cross after he was freed down the left by the impressive Keita.Salah should have had more as he was well picked out by a bursting run by Firmino only to place his shot too close to Lukasz Fabianski, who also made a brilliant save to turn Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick behind.Fabianski was by far the busier ‘keeper with Alisson making just one comfortable save and impressing far more with his feet to launch a series of Liverpool attacks.The hosts finally doubled their lead to give the score the half-time reflection it deserved when another teasing Robertson cross was pulled across goal by James Milner and Mane left unmarked to side-foot home.Mane produced a fine finish for his second eight minutes after the break after good work by Firmino, but had the linesman to thank just as much for the assist as he somehow wasn’t flagged offside before firing past Fabianski.Former City and Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini is used to competing at the top of the table.Yet, despite the vast investment in the East Londoners, on this evidence Pellegrini will do well to better West Ham’s 13th-placed finish last season as the visitors were happy to limit the damage after the break.“Every time that you bring so many players it is difficult. We are just starting the season, but we need to analyse this game,” said Pellegrini. “We are clear and sure that we need to improve.”Sturridge inflicted the final blow two minutes from time with his first touch after replacing Salah.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Up and running: Mohamed Salah celebrates his first goal of the season © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Aug 12 – Jurgen Klopp warned much tougher challenges lie ahead of Liverpool’s quest to end a near three-decade wait to win the Premier League after brushing aside West Ham 4-0 at a jubilant Anfield on Sunday.Mohamed Salah opened his account for the season, Sadio Mane scored twice and Daniel Sturridge added a late fourth in an impressive display by Klopp’s men as £65 million ($83 million) goalkeeper Alisson Becker kept a clean sheet on debut.last_img read more

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State exit exam option rejected

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The state Board of Education on Wednesday voted against offering alternative assessments for students who fail to pass California’s high school exit exam. The unanimous decision means that potentially tens of thousands of high school seniors who have been unable to pass the two-part test will not be allowed to graduate with their classmates. This year’s senior class is the first required to pass the exam. The 1999 law establishing the test said the Department of Education needed to study alternatives for students who were deemed “highly proficient” but still were unable to pass. Board of Education member Donald Fisher argued against other assessments, saying the exam measures basic English and math skills that all potential high school graduates should possess. Critics of the department said state education officials did not seriously investigate other options before last December, when they held the first public meeting. On Wednesday, the department issued a memorandum outlining its efforts since 1999 to review alternatives. State Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, said the department and the board failed to fully study alternatives until the last minute. She said state education officials had five years to investigate other assessments but waited until late last year to begin the process, which she said violated the exit exam legislation. She also said those meetings were not open to the public. “The public has not had an opportunity to review this,” she said before the board’s vote. “Give us an opportunity to study the issue, to participate.” The board’s vote against recommending alternatives was 10-0, with one abstention. “We have no alternative now but to seek justice in the courts,” said Chris Young, an attorney with Morrison Foerster, the San Francisco law firm that filed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of 10 students who can’t pass at least one part of the exam. After the vote, Young said the board had avoided the most critical issue – whether other options were seriously reviewed. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, who wrote the original law while he was a state senator, said he was confident the department followed the rules. He recommended that the board keep the exit exam as the sole measurement of whether students should earn diplomas. Students who fail it can get extra tutoring, take another year of high school or move on to community college and take the test again later, he said. “We know we’re challenging the system,” O’Connell said. “But it’s paying dividends. Students are taking their high school much more seriously.” Starting in 10th grade, students have multiple opportunities to take the two sections of the test, which measures 10th-grade English and eighth-grade math skills. Some schools are offering the test as late as May. Nearly half the states have a similar graduation requirement, but most offer alternatives for students who can’t pass. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “The test is very simple,” he said. “I would be surprised if they could be ‘highly proficient’ and not be able to pass this test.” The Legislature would have had to approve an alternative if the board had recommended one. About 100,000 seniors, more than one-fifth of the state’s roughly 450,000 high school seniors, had not passed at least one of the sections at the start of this school year. State officials have said they do not have updated figures, although they say the number is likely much lower now because students have had several chances to take the exam. One group of students has filed a lawsuit claiming the exam is illegal and discriminatory. The students are seeking a court injunction to delay the consequences of the exam for the Class of 2006 – an exemption already won by special-education students, who received a one-year reprieve. last_img read more

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ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NOTES

first_imgOn Sunday the 4th of March the club singles competition was played over the Sandy Hills Links and the winner was Pat Boyce with 38pts.Runner up was Pete McBride Snr with 37pts. Gross winner was Michael Bradley with 26 gross pts bot. Third place was Eddie McGinley with 36pts bot.There will be a club competition this Sunday the 11th & also on Sunday the 18th of March over the Sandy Hills Links. Six inch placing not nearer the hole on fairways only will come into effect on Friday the 9th of March.There will be a gents 18 hole open singles competition on the Sandy Hills Links on Saturday the 17th of March. Tee times contact 074-915-5000.Entries will be taken in the Pavilion Golf Shop.The Old Tom Morris Links will re open on Friday the 23rd of March. On Saturday the 24th of March the Mayors Ball Charity Golf Day (Cllr. Noel McBride) will take place on the Sandy Hills Links.This is a Ladies & Gents Open Singles stableford with a time-sheet running all day.€20 entry fee per player to include Soup & Sandwiches.Charities to benefit from the day include the St.Vincent De Paul, Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland & Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.Contact 074-915-5000 for tee times. Also on Saturday the 24th the North-West Alliance Captains Day (Mr Noel Callan) will take place over the Old Tom Morris Links from 7.30am – 12.30pm.The last Gaeltacht League match will be played away to Narin & Portnoo on Saturday the 31st of March.The Captains Day of the Gaeltacht League will then take place at Narin & Portnoo Golf Club on Saturday the 21st of April.All members are kindly asked to keep all pull trolleys, electric trolleys and drive buggies well back from the roped off putting green surrounds and all teeing grounds on all golf holes. Please take note of the following local rules that are now in play- Pathways – All gravel pathways are deemed as immovable obstructions. Relief may be taken under rule 24.2b.Ground Under Repair – Play from all GUR as defined by white lines or any newly laid turf is prohibited. If a players golf ball lies in the area, or if it interferes with the players stance or the area of his intended swing, the player must take relief under rule 25.1b.Abnormal Ground Conditions – An Abnormal Ground Condition is casual water, ground under repair or a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, reptile or a bird. Relief may be taken under rule 25.1b.Previous rule on disturbed ground is no longer in play.The 2012 subscription to the Rosapenna Golf Resort, payable in the Pavilion Golf Shop, will include membership to the Rosapenna Golf Club.The 2012 golf fees in total are as follows:Single Adult €700.00Man & Partner €1,350.00Student/U-18 €375.00Junior (U-15) €200.00The above golf fees are payable from Saturday the 17th of March and must be paid in full by the 14th of May 2012.These fees cover the Old Tom Morris Links (18 holes) and the Coastguard Nine (9 holes).The €10 concessionary green fee per player per round for the Sandy Hills Linksremains for all members when the Old Tom Morris Links is open.There will be no competition vouchers issued by the golf club this year.PGA Professional Noel Callan is available for lessons at the Rosapenna Practice Groundby appointment, all enquires can be made by contacting Noel directly on 0044 7789 157654.ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Rosapenna Golf club noteslast_img read more

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SUPER LEE’S DOUBLE GOAL BLAST SENDS ST EUNAN’S INTO THE COUNTY FINAL

first_imgST EUNAN’S are through to the Senior Football Championship final after a comprehensive win over Dungloe in Ballybofey tonight.Man of the match Lee McMonagle scored two goals and Mark McGowan netted a third for the Letterkenny men for whom Conor Gibbons excellent free-taking also proved vital.The final score in this evening’s semi-final was St Eunan’s 3-06, Dungloe 0-06. McMonagle hit a first half penalty before smashing home a superb second goal in the second half.McGowan put the icing on the Eunan’s cake when county star Rory Kavanagh took a great ball in midfield before passing it on to David McGinley who laid a superb pass for McGowan to finish to the net.St Eunan’s had a ropey start to the championship but have certainly improved since and tonight’s win was well-deserved and takes the Letterkenny men into their first final since 2009.St Eunan’s had been behind just once at MacCumhaill Park in the first few minutes but went in at half time, four points ahead – 1-03 to 0-02. The Letterkenny men were first into the lead, Conor Gibbons hitting the first point with just 40 seconds on the clock.Noel McBride levelled it for the Dungloe men in the 5th minute before teammate Shaun Sharkey gave them a 2-1 lead in the 13th minute.But they lead for less than a minute, John Haran levelling matters.Adrian Sweeney then missed a fairly easy free and within a minute Eunan’s had a goal.Ross Wherrity was hauled down in the box and Lee McMonagle made no mistake from the spot kick. Boyle had a great chance to pull things level but his attempt went off a post.And Eunan’s went up the other end where Wherrity was causing even more trouble for the Dungloe defence. He was hauled down again and this time Conor Gibbons converted the free to leave the score at 1-03 to -02 at the break.Within a minute of the re-start Sharkey missed another free attempt – and with two minutes gone in the second period Gibbons pointed from another free to extend the Letterkenny team’s lead to five points.Dungloe really needed a score and with four minutes gone, full forward Adrian Hanlon provided one. Shaun Sharkey then had a great chance to put another score on the board for Dungloe but he put a 13-yard free wide.Hanlon showed him how it should be done with eight minutes gone to leave the score 1-04 to 0-04 to Eunan’s – just a goal in it.The Dungloe forward ended up in the referee’s book a couple of minutes later after  half-back Mark McGowan ended up sprawled on the ground.The game swung St Eunan’s way in dramatic fashion in the 10th minute.A high ball into the Dungloe defence broke to Lee McMonagle and the forward smashed the ball hard to the back of the net – leaving it 2-04 to 0-04.Hanlon then missed another free for Dungloe, and Eunan’s went up the other end and Gibbons made no mistake from his free to give his side a 7 point lead.The Dungloe man did take his point two minutes later but as the game went into the final ten minutes, the men from the west trailed by six points.And it got worse with McGowan’s fine team goal.Dungloe’s man of the match Hanlon pointed to reduce the deficit to nine but it was merely a consolation.Naomh Conaill and Four Masters play on Sunday at 4pm at St Eunan’s home ground of O’Donnell Park to see who will play them in this year’s final – Sunday November 4th.SUPER LEE’S DOUBLE GOAL BLAST SENDS ST EUNAN’S INTO THE COUNTY FINAL was last modified: October 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dungloeGAA DONEGAL SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPletterkennySt EunansSUPER LEE’S DOUBLE GOAL BLAST SENDS ST EUNAN’S INTO THE FINALlast_img read more

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TOP DONEGAL POSTMASTER WELCOMES PLANS TO PLACE GARDAI IN POST OFFICES

first_imgA well-known Donegal postmaster has said plans to place Gardai into post offices around the country can breath new life into rural Ireland.Lettermacaward postmaster Brian Cannon.Brian Cannon has seen first-hand the decaying lifestyle of people living in Ireland’s remote countryside.His own village of Lettermacaward has never had a Garda station while the nearest station, Doochary, was closed down a number of years ago. But the former President of the Irish Postmaster’s Union feels plans to place Gardai in post offices could well be the first move in helping to revive devastated rural communities.The plan, which has been supported by An Post, was first revealed in yesterday.“I feel this is a really positive idea and it has many more positive aspects than negative ones.“Top of the list would undoubtedly be the fact that Gardai will be back in our community. “To be honest what rural Ireland is missing is the personal touch with our Gardai.“I used to know many Gardai personally but I know very few now.“I do see Gardai passing by on the main road here but not on a daily basis.“If I was to go to the nearest station in Dungloe, I don’t think I would know any of the lads working there.“A plan like this would allow Gardai to get to know who is living in the local community and how things are,” he said. Brian, whose family have been associated with Lettermacaward Post Office for more than one hundred years, feels there may be some drawbacks.But overall he thinks these logistical issues can be overcome.“Some people may feel a little uneasy about going into a post office to speak to a Garda about some kind of sensitive issue.“People may not want to do this while others are calling in going about their everyday business,” he said. However, Brian also pointed to the centralisation of rural post offices to towns as perhaps being a solution here.He revealed that many post offices also contain rooms where postmen sorted parcels and mail before most were brought back to bigger towns to work.“Those offices could quite easily be adapted to the needs of Gardai and they could be kept away from the main public area if privacy is needed,” he said.Brian also suggested that Gardai could consider some form of mobile unit which could be stationed at post offices.“Overall I think it’s a very positive idea and one which could inject a bit of security into rural Ireland.“The general trend is towards downgrading services in rural Ireland but this is a step towards upgrading and preserving it and that has to be a god thing,” he said.TOP DONEGAL POSTMASTER WELCOMES PLANS TO PLACE GARDAI IN POST OFFICES was last modified: October 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian CannonGardaiLettermacawardpostmasterlast_img read more

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Men’s Golf Opens Spring Season At Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play In Florida

first_imgThe Bulldogs halved their first-round match against Miami University, the No. 2 seed in the event, who advanced on a tiebreaker with a larger margin of victory in matches won. DADE CITY, Fla. – The Drake University men’s golf team halved their first-round match with Miami University, 3-3, and then narrowly lost to DePaul in the consolation round of the Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play event Monday, Feb. 11, afternoon at the Lake Jovita Country Club. Drake’s Lucas Scherf won 2&1 against the Redhawks’ Jack Mortell after the match had been all square for five of the first seven holes. Chase Wicklund and Shayne Patel both won their matches on the final holes to secure the halve. Consolation: (6) DePaul def. (7) Drake, 3.5-2.5J. McCarthy (DePaul) vs. Chase Wicklund (Drake), ASC. Wolf (DePaul) def. Tommi Avant (Drake), 1 UPKyle MacDonald (Drake) def. C. Spencer White (DePaul), 1 UPC. Gatmaytan (DePaul) def. Arjun Reddy (Drake), 5&4B. Thomas (DePaul) def. Lucas Scherf (Drake), 4&3Shayne Patel (Drake) def. G. Boyson (DePaul), 2&1 Print Friendly Version In the consolation round, the Bulldogs dropped another tightly contested match, 3.5-2.5, against DePaul. Kyle MacDonald won his match 1-up in a wire-to-wire victory, and Shayne Patel never trailed in his 2&1 win. Chase Wicklund overcame a three-hole deficit to halve his match with DePaul’s McCarthy, giving the Bulldogs a half-point. Tommi Avant was down one with two holes to play but wasn’t able to halve the hole to tie the match.. Drake will play in the seventh-place match Tuesday, Feb. 12, against MVC rival Loyola. Quarterfinals: (2) Miami vs. (7) Drake, halved 3-3C. Nikitas (Miami) def. Chase Wicklund (Drake), 1 UPB. Ohr (Miami) def. Tommi Avant (Drake), 2&1C. Solomon (Miami) def. Kyle MacDonald (Drake), 3&1J. Ebner (Miami) def. Arjun Reddy (Drake), 6&5Lucas Scherf (Drake) def. J. Mortell (Miami), 2&1Shayne Patel (Drake) def. J. Katarincic (Miami), 1 UP Tommi Avant dropped a close match against Miami’s Brian Ohr. Avant led for each of the first nine holes, but Ohr put together a strong back-nine to take a two-stroke lead with just one hole to play.last_img read more

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Giants’ Pablo Sandoval leaves game with injury after Max Muncy steps on his hand

first_imgLOS ANGELES — One of the Giants’ best defensive plays of the season led to a dreaded outcome, as a 6-3 putout to end the bottom of the fifth inning resulted in a right pinky laceration for first baseman Pablo Sandoval.After stretching to snag a throw from shortstop Brandon Crawford, Sandoval had his hand stomped on by Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy. Sandoval’s full extension stretch resulted in his right hand lying exposed on the dirt alongside the first base line, where Muncy was running …last_img read more

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Grand Canyon: How Do You Get a River Over a Mountain?

first_imgOne would think that the Grand Canyon, one of earth’s most prominent geological features, studied by geologists for 140 years, would be well understood.  Wrong.  “The Colorado River’s integration off the Colorado Plateau remains a classic mystery in geology, despite its pivotal role in the cutting of Grand Canyon and the region’s landscape evolution.”  That’s how Joel Pederson (Utah State) began the cover article in GSA Today this month,1 a bimonthly journal of the Geological Society of America.  The mystery he investigated is how the Colorado River ran over a mountain: the Kaibab uplift.    The Kaibab uplift is the broad southern end of the Colorado Plateau through which the Grand Canyon has been carved.  Rivers do not normally flow uphill.  The upper Colorado River, roaring from Rocky Mountain snow melt, faces this obstacle; yet here the Grand Canyon cuts right into the plateau at a steep monocline that extends north-south through Utah, and manages to run westward through the high province till emerging from the Grand Wash Cliffs at the west edge of the plateau.  There, at modern Lake Mead, the river suddenly enters the Basin and Range province of Nevada.  It flows onward to the southwest, emerging at the Gulf of California (a nice tour to take in Google Earth).    Of the many theories to explain this phenomenon since John Wesley Powell ran the river for the first time in the 1870s, three have survived.  (Powell’s own idea that the river cut downward as the plateau raised upward did not last long, because of dating discrepancies: the plateau was thought to rise much earlier than the river.)  If there had been an antecedent river, where is the huge delta that should have formed at its terminus?  His own study showed that the Muddy Creek Formation (Google Earth, 36°42’45” N, 114°19’40” W) looks more like drainage from the ancestral Virgin River, not the Colorado.  If the early river had exited through the Little Colorado, why is there no evidence at that location?  The least-likely explanation had been the “precocious gully” theory of Charlie Hunt.  Beginning in 1956, Hunt imagined a southwestern river cutting headward into the plateau and joining up with the ancestral Colorado river.  “Hunt’s hypothesis (b), that the river arrived in the central-western Grand Canyon area and simply infiltrated and terminated, never gained traction—and was not well loved even by Hunt himself,” Pederson said.    Surprisingly, that is exactly the theory Pederson tries to resurrect in this paper.  It’s not so much that it is a good hypothesis; it is just the best of the worst.  His last sentence makes that clear: “For now, Hunt’s dissipation and infiltration hypothesis is the last one left standing against the geologic evidence in the region.”  Pederson knows the problems with Hunt’s theory: “How could the head of a single drainage along a desert escarpment have the necessary stream power or mass-movement activity to erode headward and shift its divide hundreds of kilometers, when none of its neighbors could lengthen measurably at all?”  He tried to dress it up by suggesting that karst topography in the plateau (underground rivers and springs) made it easier for the precocious gully to work its way uphill, but his conclusion did not make it sound like he felt confident about it.    Much of Pederson’s predicament seems to come from two factors: (1) dates for formations based on the standard geological column, and (2) processes assumed to be slow and gradual.  He did not reference Karlstrom’s paper in the November issue that came to a surprising conclusion (11/30/2007): the Grand Canyon is much younger than previously thought.  He also completely ignored the work of creationist geologists who have proposed catastrophic formation models for the canyon.Update 03/07/2008: No sooner had this article gone to press when Science published a paper claiming the Grand Canyon is old again.2  Radiometric dates of cave formations in the Redwall limestone led a team to propose a new date of 16-20 million years, rather than 5-6 million as lately believed.  They also held to the precocious gully theory, “a fully integrated Colorado River that accelerated the headward erosion of the eastern Grand Canyon.”  They admitted, though, that “our interpretation assumes no structural or hydrologic complexities” – just a framework for dating the canyon.    Tim Atkinson and Mike Leeder, in the same issue of Science,3 triumphantly announced that since Hutton’s first conception of “the immensity of geologic time” in 1788, “we now understand Earth’s sedimentary history in remarkable detail.”  They claim this new paper demonstrates the older age firmly for the first time.  It required, however, juggling incision rates with plateau erosion rates and tectonic uplift rates.  The authors noted a number of inconsistencies in their data.  They appealed to ad-hoc processes to explain them and hoped for answers in the future: e.g., “Structure, hydrology, or headward erosion history … might resolve these differences when additional data are available.”  Their method only offered “potential for a reconstruction of the canyon’s history” with all its complexities.  It seems presumptuous, therefore, for Atkinson and Leeder to say older age has been firmly demonstrated.    Whether incision rates can be extrapolated backward in time depends on one’s assumptions  At Mt. St. Helens, for instance, a remnant stream flows through the bottom of a canyon system resembling Grand Canyon on a 1/40 scale.  A casual observer in 2008 might think the stream carved the canyon.  We know in this case, however, that the stream neither cut the canyon nor deposited the sediments.  Observers in 1980-81 watched the layers deposited catastrophically during three explosive episodes.  Later, the entire canyon system was carved in one day through the layers when a mudflow spilled out of the crater.1.  Joel L. Pederson, “The mystery of the pre-Grand Canyon Colorado River—Results from the Muddy Creek Formation,” GSA Today Vol 18, Issue 3 (March 2008), pp. 4-10.2.  Polyak, Hill and Asmerom, “Age and Evolution of the Grand Canyon Revealed by U-Pb Dating of Water Table-Type Speleothems,” Science, 7 March 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5868, pp. 1377-1380, DOI: 10.1126/science.1151248.3.  Tim Atkinson and Mike Leeder, “Canyon Cutting on a Grand Time Scale,” Science, 7 March 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5868, pp. 1343-1344, DOI: 10.1126/science.1155286.The lesson of J Harlen Bretz has not been learned by the secular anti-creationist, uniformitarian geological community represented by the GSA.  Bretz was ridiculed and ignored for nearly 50 years when he proposed a catastrophic origin for the Channeled Scablands of east Washington (see quote, top right of this page).  Fortunately for him, he was eventually vindicated.    The secular geologists are trapped in their old-age, uniformitarian box and cannot think outside it.  What if that is where the solutions are?  Creationist geologists and scientists like Walt Brown and Steve Austin have done extensive work, both hands-on field work and mathematical modeling, showing how the Grand Canyon can be explained by a catastrophic dam-breach event from impounded lakes northeast of the canyon that remained after the Flood.  These models explain why the river cut through the Colorado Plateau but left no delta in Nevada (most of the erosional load went all the way to California and the ocean).  They explain many details of the canyon’s structure, such as the vast sheet erosion of sediments above the canyon with its remnants at Cedar Mountain and Red Butte (for an excellent short article on this topic, see Bill Hoesch’s March entry in ICR’s ’s Acts and Facts newsletter).  Brown first suggested the dam breach theory and has traveled throughout Arizona and Utah, finding firsthand evidence for a vast upstream lake system that could have cut the entire canyon (just like the Scablands flood), in a matter of days.  Austin found a 1/40th scale model canyon system that formed at Mt. St. Helens when a mudflow breached a dam.  There is both a large-scale, real-time exemplar for the catastrophist model and a good deal of on-site fieldwork throughout the Colorado Plateau to support it.  (Incidentally, Austin, PhD in geology from Penn State, discusses the “precocious gully” theory and the other gradualist theories in his richly-informed book, Grand Canyon: Monument to Catastrophe.)    The secular geologists completely ignore all this.  It’s not that Pederson and the GSA crowd are smarter or more knowledgeable about geology and science in general than the creationists.  They are a clique.  When the science of geology was young, the majority of influential persons, who were theologically liberal and philosophically progressivist in outlook, made a decision: they would not consider the Bible as a historical source.  They would go the route of Comte du Buffon and James Hutton and would trust their own opinions within a paradigm of vast ages of time.  This decision was cemented in the 1830s.  Prior to any examination of evidence, and in spite of evidence for youth and catastrophism, this was the paradigm into which all evidence would be molded.  The trend was strongly denounced by a vocal minority of “scriptural geologists” some of whom were highly learned and knowledgeable (documented in Terry Mortenson’s book, The Great Turning Point), but the progressivists won the day.  Their views fed perfectly into Charles Darwin’s gradualist, progressivist views.    The secular geological crowd has clung to their paradigm with a vengeance ever since.  And we mean vengeance.  J Harlen Bretz got a taste of it, but he didn’t propose a young earth or suggest that the Bible might contain some trustworthy historical records that could inform geology.  Try that point of view and you will not believe the denunciations and ostracism you will get – even though the father of geology, Nicolas Steno, was a creationist.    So we are left with a steep divide in geology – a grand canyon – between two paradigms.  The majority secularists, possessing most of the prestige and money, are scratching their heads over the most prominent geological feature on earth with only a best-of-the-worst explanation for it (see 09/16/2005, for instance).  On the other hand, the creationist geologists feel very confident they have a reasonable catastrophic model for the Grand Canyon that fits the evidence from all angles.  The secular crowd completely ignores them.  If Pederson had referenced Steve Austin’s Grand Canyon: Monument to Catastrophe or Walt Brown’s In the Beginning, or even mentioned these with intent to refute them, it would have been a one-way ticket to GSA Purgatory.  Before the evidence and arguments would have even been considered on their merits, Pederson would have been condemned, ostracized, marginalized and disfellowshiped for life for even bringing heretics into the discussion.  One could imagine the same reaction occurring even if Pederson had “independently” proposed a Bretz-like dam-breach theory, without any theological baggage at all.  This would certainly be possible.  The dam-breach theory stands entirely on well-known physical processes.  It contains no necessary links to the Biblical Flood (other than that the Flood is the most reasonable explanation for the vast inland lakes and for the strata themselves).  No matter.  Sounding too much like a creationist is reason enough for condemnation.  The creation geologists, by contrast, freely examine and reference the GSA literature in addition to their own field work and have no hesitation going to GSA meetings (when they can) and discussing their views.    If you think modern geology is done by an unbiased, neutral, open-minded community that will cheerfully follow the evidence wherever it leads, get over it.  If you think geological theories distil the best thinking from all quarters, get a life.  (Check out this list of examples of suppression of new ideas and innovation by scientists and self-proclaimed experts.)  Many individual geologists are honest people doing the best work they can within their paradigm.  By honest, we mean that they are not intentionally lying, but they are so brainwashed to think only in terms of the Standard Geological Column and all of its reified evolution-based dating schemes that alternative points of view never enter their thinking.  With few exceptions, they have been trained like Pavlov’s dogs to bark “religious fundamentalist alert!” when a creationist appears on the scene.  Some GSA types are brave enough to be mavericks, within limits; but this is like moving away from the crowd inside a corner of the box – never thinking outside of it.    How about an outside-the-box look at the evidence with your own eyes?  Creation Safaris leads 3-day rafting trips down the Grand Canyon in conjunction with Canyon Ministries.  On these fun and educational adventures, you can witness huge features that make perfect sense in terms of a global flood and catastrophic formation of the canyon – features that present major problems for slow, gradualistic theories.  This year’s trip is sold out, unfortunately, but you can send a message to the Feedback line to tell us you are interested in a future opportunity.(Visited 176 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA judge heads UN racism review

first_imgJody Kollapen (right), listens intently as Judge Navanethem Pillay addresses human rights activists during a special briefing on the Durban Review Conference. (Image: Khanyi Magubane)Khanyi MagubaneSouth African judge Navanethem Pillay, the newly appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, is serious about upholding human rights.On Friday Pillay – who is based in Geneva for the duration of her term – visited the South African Human Rights Commission, on the invitation of commission chair Jody Kollapen. There she met with some of the country’s leading human rights groups, and spoke passionately about the upcoming Durban Review Conference, due to take place in Geneva on 20 to 24 April this year.“We have a shared commitment to take part in the human rights agenda, and during the Durban Review Conference, we will be looking at what the countries who attended the racism conference eight years ago did to implement the decisions taken at that conference,” she said.The Durban Review conference will assess the implementation of the resolutions adopted during the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban. It was attended by over 10 000 people from across the world.The conference ended with the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA), which gave recommendations on how to combat racism and racial discrimination.In 2006, the UN General Assembly decided to convene a review conference, in which the DDPA would convene again in 2009.Pillay’s department, the Human Rights Council, was mandated to spearhead this programme.The UN has since convened three plenary sessions in preparation for the upcoming conferenceThe first Substantive Session of the Preparatory Committee for the Durban Review Conference met in Geneva in May 2008, the second took place in October and the third is scheduled for mid-April, just before the start of the main conference.During the sessions, several NGOs were given an opportunity to give their input into the draft outcomes documents that will be used as a guide for all of those attending the conference.In a 23 January letter to the NGO Civicus, Pillay stressed the importance of having all countries in the world attend the conference. This was shortly after Canada announced it would be withdrawing from the round table.“I grew up in Durban, South Africa, under a system of apartheid that institutionalised racial discrimination, denying equal rights of citizenship to all those who were not white,” Pillay wrote.In the letter, Pillay recalled how painful it was when she later served as a judge on the Rwanda Tribunal on genocide, where once again it was evident how discrimination – by race or tribe – could cripple a society,“I came to know in painful detail, killing by killing, the unimaginable destruction of humanity when ethnic hatred explodes into genocide. I know that the consequences of allowing discrimination, inequality and intolerance to fester and spiral out of control can be genocidal.”At the 2001 conference, Israel and the US walked out of the conference after Israel’s policy on the Palestinians was likened to apartheid. Canada decided to pull out of the 2009 review conference, saying the meeting “would likely degenerate into … expressions of intolerance and anti-Semitism”.Born into lawNavanethem Pillay is considered a pioneer among South Africa’s legal fraternity.Born in 1941, she holds a BA and a LLB from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.She also has a Master of Law degree and a Doctorate of Juridical Science from Harvard University.Her career started in KwaZulu-Natal, where she was the first woman to practise law in the province in 1967.She represented many anti-apartheid activists, many times exposing the torture her clients had suffered at the hands of apartheid police.Pillay is also credited as one of the few lawyers who played a pivotal role in fighting for key prisoner’s rights on Robben Island, where many activists were incarcerated.Pillay also lectured at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and was later appointed vice-president of the then-University of Durban Westville (now incorporated into University of KwaZulu-Natal).In 1995, she was appointed a high court judge and, in the same year, was asked to serve on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She held the latter post for eight years, four of them as tribunal president.In 2003 she was appointed as a judge on the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where she remained until August 2008.The following month, she started her new job as the UN high commissioner for Human Rights.Pillay has also played a fundamental role in fighting for women’s rights. As a member of the Women’s National Coalition, she contributed to the inclusion of an equality clause in South Africa’s Constitution, considered one of the most enlightened in the world.The clause prohibits any discrimination on grounds of race, religion and sexual orientation.She is also a cofounder of Equality Now, an international women’s rights organisation, and has been involved with other organisations working on issues relating to children, detainees, victims of torture and of domestic violence, and a range of economic, social and cultural rights.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesSA judge UN Human Rights headSA’s women power aheadGoldstone to get MacArthur prizeUseful linksUN Human Rights CouncilSouth African Human Rights CommissionCivicusAmnesty InternationalLawyers for Human Rightslast_img read more

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