Man City will soon score 10, says Watford’s Ben Foster

first_imgDavid Silva opened the scoring inside the first minute and City were 5-0 up inside 18 minutes.Bernardo Silva finished with a hat-trick while Sergio Aguero, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin De Bruyne also struck in the rout.Manchester United’s 9-0 win against Ipswich in 1995 remains the record for the biggest winning margin in the Premier League.Fernandinho, who played in a defensive role for City, said the side were capable of scoring 10 goals but that winning games was the main aim after their shock defeat against Norwich the previous week.The 34-year-old said: “We know in football everything can happen. Sometimes we play so good and make a very good performance but don’t score any goals, now we’ve scored a lot of goals.“We just try to play our football. After what happened against Norwich there had to be a response for the fans.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster says it is only a matter of time before Manchester City smash 10 goals in a match after being on the end of an 8-0 hammering.The Hornets felt the full force of the champions’ attacking power on Saturday as they were dismantled at the Etihad Stadium, just four months after they were overpowered 6-0 in the FA Cup final.Pep Guardiola’s men have also registered a 9-0 and two 7-0s in knockout action in 2019.“They will do it to somebody,” Foster said. “There will be a nine or 10 out there soon.“As a goalie, coming here in the first place it’s almost an achievement to keep it at one or two goals. At times, if they’re on it, they are incredible.“They were scary at times. It was just relentless. You could see them opening us up and the chances developing in front of your eyes. It was absolutely no fun. In all honesty, it could have been double digits.”Watford, who remain at the foot of the table with just two points, have become City’s favourite whipping boys. The Hornets have now lost their past 12 games against City, conceding 46 goals in the process.last_img read more

Monfils, Thiem, Rublev, Wawrinka and Medvedev, to eighths

first_imgGael Monfils, Dominic Thiem, Andrey Rublev, Stan Wawrinka and Daniil Medvedev certified for the spherical of 16 of the Australian Open and will accompany Rafa Nadal, Alexander Zverev and the winner of Kyrgios-Khachanov within the fourth spherical of the event.Monfils, tenth favourite, was the early riser and beat Ernst Gulbis 7-6 (2). 6-4 and 6-Three in 2h: 27. The Frenchman, who had already gained the Latvian twice, he obtained for the fourth time within the spherical of 16 with a strong efficiency, with few errors (22) and with 5 breaks towards an opponent who broke his serve twice. Monfils will see them on Monday with Dominic Thiem (fifth), who overcame with sure troubles Taylor Fritz (6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (5) and 6-Four in 2h: 50. The Austrian saved six break factors and performed aggressively to counteract the self-confidence of the 22-year-old American. Thiem matched his greatest outcome within the aussie championship. Andrey Rublev (17th), the tennis participant in higher kind to this point in 2020, the 12 months during which he has already gained two titles and carries an 11-Zero mark, he went again in his match towards David Goffin (11th), which he beat 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 and 7-6 (4) in simply three hours of onerous mourning. Rublev, who had by no means come to this point in Australia, will meet Alexander Zverev.Stan Wawrinka (15th) was lucky in his match towards Josn Isner, as a result of the American was injured and stopped taking part in within the second set when he misplaced 6-4 and 4-1. The Swiss didn’t attain eighth in Melbourne since 2017, when he performed the semi-finals. Monday can be measured with Daniil Medvedev, who went easily after beating Australian Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-3 and 6-2 in 1h: 47. The Russian made a sensible match and minimized the failures (19).Outcomes of the boys’s workforce of the Australian Open.last_img read more

Louie qualifies for 50 metre breaststroke final at Nationals

first_imgUPDATE: We have learned that in addition to participating in Senior Nationals next week in Edmonton, that Skyeler Kerr is also participating in eight events at Age Group Nationals in Calgary this week. Kerr swam in two events this morning, placing 10th in the 100m Butterfly, and 18th in the 50m Breaststroke.CALGARY, A.B. – Three Inconnu swimmers are in Calgary competing in the Canadian Age Group Nationals.Eric Louie is set to compete in the 50m Breaststroke Finals this evening after placing 3rd in this morning’s qualifier. Louie, who is competing in 6 events over the next five days, also missed qualifying for the 100m Butterfly by less than one second, placing 11th in the prelim. Brittany Welsh and Alex Hedges both swam in one event each this morning. Hedges placed 24th in the 100m Butterfly, while Welsh placed 42nd in the 200m Backstroke.- Advertisement -According to a post on the club’s Facebook group, the 50 metre breaststroke final will be taking place at approximately 5:30 p.m., and can be streamed live on Swimming Canada’s website: read more

Argo Roads South Peace reminding drivers to slow down due to snow

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Argo Road Maintenence Road Contractor is reminding drivers to slow down as the snow has arrived.Tweeted on Thursday, September 26th, 2019, Argo posted, slow down and adjust your driving speeds according to the weather conditions.Argo’s twitter feed has posted shoulder gravelling has started along the John Hart Hwy (BCHwy 97S) near Fabric Road today and tomorrow. Traffic will be single lane and to expect minor delays.- Advertisement -For more information on #shiftintowinter; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Peace with Pogba needed for Mourinho to shirk familiar criticism

first_imgPogba hasn’t completed 90 minutes in a month as he has been hauled off by Jose Mourinho in defeats at Tottenham and Newcastle, and dropped by the Portuguese for victory over Huddersfield at Old Trafford in between.Reports in the French press emerged last week that Pogba is unhappy with the role given to him by Mourinho, in particular the defensive demands imposed by the Portuguese.Mourinho pointedly said Pogba would have occupied his favoured role on the left of a midfield three for Saturday’s fifth-round FA Cup win at Huddersfield if he had not been ruled out hours before the game due to illness.The arrival of Alexis Sanchez on the left side of the United attack in January has exacerbated those differences as Pogba and the Chilean are yet to complete 90 minutes together.Sevilla v Manchester United © AFP / Vincent LEFAIMourinho described rumours of a breakdown in communication between he and Pogba as “big lies”, but has not hid his criticism of the 24-year-old’s form.“In this moment he is not playing well… and the team needs him at a good level.”No more so than in the next few weeks as in between their two legs against Sevilla, United also host Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League with all three sides locked in a battle to finish in the top four.“When he is not playing at a good level the team is not as good as the team can be,” added Mourinho.“I think it happens with every team when the best players, the most crucial players, for some reason are not performing.”– Can Mourinho harness attacking talent? –For the hundreds of millions spent by United in the transfer market in recent seasons, Pogba remains the most marquee of them all having beat off competition from around Europe to make him then the most expensive player in the world in 2016.Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho (L) talks with midfielder Paul Pogba on the sidelines in January 2018 © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONThe question remains whether Mourinho, who extended his contract in January to 2020, and Pogba can reconcile their differences for the common good.Despite his stellar coaching career, it is not the first time Mourinho has failed to muster the maximum potential from a prestigious talent.Two of the frontrunners for Player of the Year honours in England, Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah, were disregarded by Mourinho and sold on the cheap during his time at Chelsea.Not long after he returned to United, Pogba told French magazine So Foot he’d be “the new midfielder”.A player he defined as “can defend, he can win the ball, he can make the play, he can pass, he can score”.A concept that doesn’t sound too dissimilar to Mourinho’s definition of a box-to-box midfielder in recent weeks.“(It) means you have to defend well, have the physical conditions to go to the other box, where you have to be good at scoring, creating, heading and then, when your team loses the ball, you have to go to the other box,” said Mourinho.“Now people say a box-to-box has to play free of defensive duties.”Time will tell if United’s star player and coach can harmonise their ideas on paper onto reality on the pitch.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba, pictured on February 3, 2018, hasn’t completed 90 minutes in a month © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Manchester United’s Champions League trip to Sevilla on Wednesday night is the type of occasion for which the English giants swallowed their pride to pay £89 million ($125 million) for Paul Pogba, four years after he left Old Trafford for Juventus as a free agent.Yet, it remains to be seen whether the French midfielder even starts at the Sanchez Pizjuan for the first leg of the last-16 tie as much due to his form as his fitness.last_img read more


first_imgThe boys from Bundoran who were crowned champs today!Magh Ene College, Bundoran have won the boys 1st Year Final of the Folens Donegal League today.John Birney, Magh Ene captain presented with Folens Donegal League Cup for 1st Year Boys by Ita Gallagher, Donegal League co-ordinator First Year BoysThe boys from Bundoran beat Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair 1st year Boys today.John Birney, Magh Ene captain presented with Folens Donegal League Cup for 1st Year Boys by Ita Gallagher, Donegal League co-ordinator for First Year Boys  BUNDORAN BOYS ARE BASKETBALL CHAMPS! was last modified: April 17th, 2015 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:basketballbundorandonegalMagh Ene Collegelast_img read more

High School Scoreboard – 10/07

first_img LM: Kenny Sjogren 41 pass from Trever Blood (Jerome Balbour Jr. pass from Tony Minero) B: FG Arturo Guizar 37 LM: Brett Gauthier 25 pass from Blood (kick failed) B: Marquis Quinn 19 pass from Reggie Williams (Chris Tautolo pass from Williams) LM: Blood 36 run (Chris Dixon kick) B: FG Guizar 35 Records (overall, league): Bellflower 3-2, 1-1; La Mirada 3-2, 2-0. S. El Monte 48, Wilson 42 S. El Monte 0 14 19 15 48 Wilson 21 7 14 0 42 W: Daniel Bernal 26 pass from Israel Sausto (Antonio Hernandez kick) W: Andrew Romero 10 pass from Sausto (Hernandez kick) W: Bernal 19 run (Hernandez kick) S: Daniel Romero 80 Blocked field goal return (Julio Pacheco kick) W: Bernal 90 kickoff return (Hernandez kick) S: Lee Aguirre 25 run (Pacheco kick) S: Aguirre 26 run (Pacheco kick) S: Cesar Oros 24 pass from Aguirre (kick failed) W: Allen Eubank 3 run (Hernandez kick) W: Kieth Gonzales 60 fumble return (Hernandez kick) S: Romero 55 pass from Aguirre (run failed) S: Romero 20 pass from Aguirre (Pacheco kick) S: Jose Talavara 3 run (Joe Morales pass from Aguirre) Records (overall, league): S. El Monte (4-1); Wilson (3-2). Charter Oak 21, Claremont 7 Charter Oak 0 0 13 8 21 Claremont 0 0 0 7 7 CO: Matt Austin 21 pass from Drew Carreon (Natalie Bailey kick) CO: Michael Johnson 30 pass from Carreon (kick failed) CO: Austin 9 pass from Carreon (Rechard Keith from Carreon) C: Micahel Galland 8 pass from Greg Sprowles (Ryan Harper kick) Records: Charter Oak 3-2; Claremont 2-3. Damien 22, St. John Bosco 20 Damien 0 3 12 7 22 St. John Bosco 7 0 7 6 20 B: Trent Brown 47 pass from David Mahr (Andrew Aguila kick) D: DeJon Miller 49 FG B: Brown 15 pass from Mahr (Aguila kick) D: Dominic Brown 3 run (run failed) D: Brown 55 run (run failed) D: Ryan Farrar 1 run (Mike Gallardo kick) B: Craig Williams 14 run (run failed) Records: Damien 4-1; St. John Bosco 2-3. Glendora 42, Arcadia 25 Arcadia 0 12 13 0 25 Glendora 14 21 0 7 42 G: Jordan Edmond 79 pass from Brad Stockham (Damien Mair kick) G: Ben Rodriguez 47 run (Mair kick) G: Stockham 1 run (Mair kick) A: Kristopher Robison 22 run (kick failed) G: Brandon Bryan 22 pass from Stockham (Mair kick) A: Jordan Larson 25 pass from Travis Gowan (run failed) G: Bryan 12 pass from Stockham (Mair kick) A: Robison 27 pass Gowan (run failed) A: Ryan Rutherford 4 pass from Gowan (Aaron Gaivan kick) G: Bryan 10 pass from Stockham (Mair kick) Records: Arcadia 3-2; Glendora 4-1. Whittier Christian 45, Western Christian 6 Western Chr 0 0 0 6 6 Whittier Chr 20 13 12 0 45 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 SV: Miguel Parra 25 FG LP: Martin Garcia 27 FG SV: George Alverado 20 pass from Parra (Parra kick) SV: Elias Flores 30 pass from Parra (kick failed) SV: David Lazario 3 run (Parra kick) Records (overall, league): Sierra Vista 3-3, 1-0; La Puente 0-5, 0-1 NONLEAGUE Alta Loma 36, Walnut 0 Alta Loma 22 7 7 0 36 Walnut 0 0 0 0 0 A L: Jack Rodgers 3 run (Taylor Hart kick) A L: Safety, fumbled punt snap in end zone A L: Skyler Monroe 5 run (Hart kick) A L: Rodgers 1 run (kick failed) A L: Jonathan Price 9 run (Hart kick) A L: Rodgers 14 run (Hart kick) Records: Alta Loma 5-0; Walnut 2-3. SUBURBAN LEAGUE La Mirada 21, Bellflower 14 Bellflower 0 3 8 3 14 La Mirada 0 14 7 0 21 FOOTBALL MONTVIEW LEAGUE Gladstone 28, Bassett 0 Bassett 0 0 0 0 x Gladstone 7 14 7 0 28 G: Philip Nemcek 35 pass from Omar Lopez (Marco Reyes kick) G: Nemcek 5 run (Reyes kick) G: Nemcek 2 run (Reyes kick) G: Nemcek 99 run (Reyes kick) Records: Bassett 0-6; Gladstone 5-1. Sierra Vista 23, La Puente 3 Sierra Vista 3 13 0 7 23 La Puente 3 0 0 0 3 WhC: Esteban Camarillo 31 run (Zack Metzner kick) WhC: Derek Gersch 44 run (Metzner kick) WhC: Taylor Redmond 49 interception return (kick failed) WhC: Gersch 7 run (pass failed) WhC: Joe Villa 2 run (Metzner kick) WhC: Camarillo 16 run (kick failed) WhC: Camarillo 27 run (kick failed) WeC: Jordan Doolittle 1 run (kick failed) Records: Western Christian 1-4; Whittier Christian 4-0. Covina 37, Diamond Ranch 0 Diamond Ranch 0 0 0 0 0 Covina 14 6 10 7 37 CHS: Art Combest 64 run (Oscar Tello kick) CHS: Jamal James 20 pass from Michael McDonough (Tello kick) CHS: Andre Williams 20 pass from McDonough (kick failed) CHS: Combest 33 pass from McDonough (Tello kick) CHS: Tello 21 FG CHS: McDonough 9 run (Tello kick) Records: Diamond Ranch 0-5; Covina 4-1. Bell Gardens 40, El Monte 23 El Monte 6 3 0 14 23 Bell Gardens 0 19 21 0 40 EM: Pedro Velasquez 1 run (kick failed) BG: Raymond Morales 35 run (kick failed) BG: Anthony Borunda 43 pass from Morales (Diego Delgadillo kick) BG: Moises Escobar 41 fumble recovery (run failed) EM: Miguel Rodriguez 30 FG BG: Daniel Martinez 24 run (Delgadillo kick) BG: Martinez 42 run (Delgadillo kick) BG: Martinez 19 run (Delgadillo kick) EM: Juan Castro 52 pass from Velasquez (pass failed) EM: Velasquez 8 run (Anthony Chavez run) Records: El Monte 2-3, Bell Gardens 3-2. Chino Hills 42, Ganesha 0 Ganesha 0 0 0 0 0 Chino Hills 21 14 7 0 42 C: Michael Harris 47 rush (Munch kick) C: Cory Harkey 6 pass from Lance Roenicke (Munch kick) C: Geoff McNeil 6 pass from Roenicke (Munch kick) C: Steven Thomas 22 rush (Munch kick) C: Brian Jones 2 pass from Thomas (Munch kick) C: Trent Slavin 5 rush (Munch kick) Records: Ganesha 0-5; Chino Hills 5-0. West Covina 31, Ayala 21 Ayala 7 0 7 7 21 West Covina 14 10 0 7 31 A: Terrence Smith 16 fumble return (Jacob Harfman kick) WC: Mike Martinez 4 pass from George Munoz (Robert Mata) WC: Marin Hernandez 4 run (Mata kick) WC: Mata 23 field goal WC: Edmund Alvarado 4 run (Mata kick) A: Herman Kucukkoseoglu 1 run (Harfman kick) A: Aaron Ridgway 2 run (Harfman kick) WC: Alvarado 17 run (Mata kick) Records (overall, league): Ayala 2-3; West Covina 5-0. BOYS WATER POLO THURSDAY’S RESULT NONLEAGUE Pioneer 12, HH Wilson 11, OT Pioneer 2 2 3 3 1 1 12 HH Wilson 3 3 3 1 0 1 11 Pioneer scoring: Michael Torres 6, Luis Hernandez 5, Eddie Rodriguez 1. HH Wilson scoring: Preston Rojas 4, Alvin Chang 4, Howard Liu 1, Jonathan Chang 1, Howard Chen 1. Shots: N/A. Goalie saves: Ethan Taylar (P) 15; Steven Wang (HHW) 7. Records: Pioneer 6-4; HH Wilson 4-10. GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY GOLDEN WEST LEAGUE Glendora 2, Bonita 1 @SOC.BOX1:Bonita 0 1–1 @SOC.BOX2:Glendora 1 1–2 Bonita scoring: Allison Marsh (Corrina Bustos). Glendora scoring: Kendall Hentch 2 (both unassisted). Shots: Bonita 7; Glendora 17. Goalie saves: Kristine Leonard (B) 14; Tiffany Brandt (G) 5. Records: Bonita 10-2-2, 2-1-0; Glendora 8-1-1, 3-0-0. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CHRISTIAN LEAGUE At Western Christian HS Western Christian def. Ontario Christian 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-23. Records (overall, league): Ontario Christian 2-6, 1-1 Western Christian 8-4, 1-1. Notes: Lauren Bjorklund (W) 19 kills, 7 blocks; Laura Jorgensen (W) 8 blocks. MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE At Arroyo HS Gabrielino def. Arroyo 25-12, 25-22, 28-26. Records (overall, league): Gabrielino 9-4, 2-0; Arroyo 6-5, 1-1. Notes: Diana Moreno (A) 10 kills, Stephaine Hernandez (A) 10 kills, Kelsey Duling (G) 10 kills, Crissy Lapaix (G) 10 kills. At Rosemead HS Mountain View def. Rosemead 25-18, 25-11, 25-15. Records (overall, league): Mountain View 3-5, 2-0; Rosemead 0-8, 0-2. Notes: Liz Marquez (MV) 5 aces; Diana Chan (MV) 5 aces. THURSDAY’S LATE RESULTS MIRAMONTE LEAGUE At Wilson HS Wilson def. Los Altos 21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-16. Records (overall, league): Los Altos 4-2, 1-1; Wilson 4-0, 2-0. Notes: Ashley Lee (W) 30 kills, 8 blocks; Ashley Morgado (W) 11 kills. MOUNT BALDY LEAGUE At Diamond Ranch Diamond Ranch def. Chaffey, 25-23, 25-20, 25-19. Records (overall, league): Chaffey 2-1 (in league); Diamond Ranch 5-6, 3-0. Notes: Amber Wilson (DR) 13 kills, Rebecca Awaa (C) 14 kills. SAN ANTONIO LEAGUE At Rowland HS Walnut def. Rowland 25-12, 25-23, 25-17. Records (overall, league): Walnut 12-3, 1-0; Rowland 0-2. Notes: Karri Currier (W) 15 kills; Angeline Quiocho (W) 11 kills. At West Covina HS South Hills def. West Covina 25-14, 25-9, 25-14. Records (overall, league): South Hills 14-3, 2-0; West Covina 1-1. Notes: Natalia Gonzalez (SH) 11 kills. SIERRA LEAGUE At Diamond Dar HS St. Lucy’s def. Diamond Bar 28-26, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23. Records (overall, league): St Lucy’s 2-0 in league; Diamond Bar 15-5, 1-1. Notes: Torrie Brown (DB) 12 kills, 8 blocks. At Ayala HS Ayala def. Chino Hills 25-9, 25-13, 25-16. Records (overall, league): Chino Hills 0-2; Ayala 6-7, 1-1. Notes: Brittany Williams (A) 14 kills. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE At San Dimas HS San Dimas def. Baldwin Park 25-17, 25-16, 25-12. Records (overall, league): Baldwin Park 4-6, 0-2; San Dimas 7-6, 1-1. Notes: Jasmine Davis (SD) 11 kills; Michelle Strickland (SD) 5 aces. At Ganesha Northview def. Ganesha, 25-17, 24-26, 26-28, 25-16, 15-6. Records (overall, league): Northview 4-3, 2-0; Ganesha 4-4, 1-1. Notes: Justina Catania (N) 17 kills, Mallorie Lee (N) 16 kills, 8 blocks; Rhea Nuguid (N) 10 kills, Nikki Burke (N) 6 aces. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man who died tragically in bridge fall is named

first_imgThe man killed when he slipped into a river in Gaoth Dobhair yesterday has been named.He was 65 year old Ian Smith from Ederny in Co Fermanagh.Mr Smith drowned when he fell into the River Clady while working at Station Bridge for a Northern Ireland-based firm who were carrying out contract works in the area. A spokesman for the Health and Safety Authority said he had been carrying out work to upgrade the bridge at the time of his fall.A full investigation has been launched into the accident.A massive search operation involving divers, Gardai, ambulance and fire personnel as well as the Rescue 118 helicopter was launched when Mr Smith fell into the water around 11.30am.His body was later recovered just after 2.30pm by divers not far from where he was last seen. Man who died tragically in bridge fall is named was last modified: January 17th, 2018 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:bridgedrownfallGaoth DobhairGardaiworkslast_img read more

Jason Quigley ready to take on the world after Easter KO

first_imgJASON Quigley says the world’s his oyster after his latest KO win.By Chris McNulty in BostonQuigley returned after a full year out of action with a deadly destruction of the durable Daniel Rosario in Quincy. Rosario felt the full force of a bloodthirsty body blow from Quigley’s left hand and ref’ Mike Ryan stepped in to call a halt two minutes and 51 seconds into the sixth round.“He looked weak to the body and that was the game plan,” Quigley, back in the ring after surgery on an injured right hand, said.“After four rounds, I thought I was starting to wear him down and had weathered the storm. He came on strong again. He kept coming and coming.“The right hands were working to the body. I landed a few and heard him wincing. The left hook to the body came out of nowhere. It’s not a shot I normally have. “They call me ‘El Animal’. That name is changing, but I showed tonight that I am an animal.”Rosario, just about, answered a count earlier in the sixth, but there was no coming back when Quigley, now trained by Dominic Ingle, nailed him again.The Golden Boy Promotions ace said: “There was no reverse in Rosario.“Coming into the fight, I knew he was one tough cookie. He was never beaten convincingly. That just goes to show what I’m made of.“I did what I had to do. I’ll look at things I can better myself on and the world’s our oyster. “This was another big learning experience and this is time to push on and get better. Bigger things are around the corner.”Quigley spent 373 days waiting for the moment after having to bide his time since his title win over Glen Tapia last March. When it arrived, he didn’t disappoint.“This was the perfect fight for me to get back and see where I’m at. I took him out when I got to work. There were doubts letting the right hand go. I landed early and hurt him early. I could see him wincing.“They call me ‘El Animal’. That name is changing, but I showed tonight that I am an animal.” On the same card, Mayo light-welter Ray Moylette improved to 9-0, 3KOs with a points win over Matt Doherty.Moylette had a busy 2017 with eight wins and an excellent final four rounds gave the Islandeady man his latest successMoylette had a magnificent fifth round and looked on course for a stoppage at a time. Doherty saw it out, but Moylette was a comfortable winner.Jason Quigley ready to take on the world after Easter KO was last modified: April 2nd, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:BallybofeyDaniel RosarioGolden Boy PromotionsJason Quigleylast_img read more

Origin of Life: Can A Liability Be Turned Into an Asset?

first_imgMost of us know the Second Law of Thermodynamics (2TD) as the law of decay and disorder, and would tend to assume it would constitute a major obstacle to theories of the origin of life by chemical evolution (see online book); certainly creationists Duane Gish and Henry Morris frequently employed the 2TD skilfully in their debates with evolutionists.  Surprisingly, Eric Schneider and Dorian Sagan (Carl Sagan’s son by his first wife, the Gaia theorist Lynn Margulis) praised the 2TD as a life-giving principle in their new book, Into the Cool: Energy Flow, Thermodynamics and Life.  “Cool is not enough” remarked J. Doyne Farmer (Santa Fe Institute) in his review of the book in Nature.1  Unimpressed with the concept, he smirked, “There’s more to life than the second law of thermodynamics.”    How could Schneider and Dorian Sagan turn a liability like 2TD into an asset?  Farmer gives their thesis a two-paragraph synopsis:The authors’ central thesis is that the broad principle needed to understand self-organization is already implicit in the second law of thermodynamics, and so has been right under our noses for a century and a half.  Although the second law is a statement about increasing disorder, they argue that recent generalizations in non-equilibrium thermodynamics make it clear that it also plays a central role in creating order.  The catchphrase they use to summarize this idea is “nature abhors a gradient”.  Being out of equilibrium automatically implies a gradient in the flow of energy from free energy to heat.  For example, an organism takes in food, which provides the free energy needed to do work to perform its activities, maintain its form and reproduce.  The conversion of free energy to entropy goes hand in hand with the maintenance of organization in living systems.    The twist is to claim that the need to reduce energy gradients drives a tendency towards increasing complexity in both living and non-living systems.  In their words: “Even before natural selection, the second law ‘selects’, from the kinetic, thermodynamic, and chemical options available, those systems best able to reduce gradients under given constraints.”  For example, they argue that the reason a climax forest replaces an earlier transition forest is that it is more efficient at fixing energy from the Sun, which also reduces the temperature gradient.  They claim that the competition to reduce gradients introduces a force for selection, in which less effective mechanisms to reduce gradients are replaced by more effective ones.  They argue that this is the fundamental reason why both living and non-living systems tend to display higher levels of organization over time.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Interesting, Farmer mumbles, but uh-uh.  “This is an intriguing idea but I am not convinced that it makes sense.”  He proceeds to criticize their vagueness of the “selection” process or why things should tend to increase in complexity.  Yes, the 2TD is important for understanding the operation of complex systems, but “the authors’ claim that non-equilibrium thermodynamics explains just about everything falls flat,” he contends.  For example, “consider a computer.”  A computer has a power supply, but “the need for power tells us nothing about what makes a laptop different from a washing machine.”  At this point, things get interesting.  Farmer starts arguing intelligent design; is this J. Doyne Farmer speaking, or Stephen Meyer?To understand how a computer works, and what it can and cannot do, requires the theory of computation, which is a logical theory that is disconnected from thermodynamics.  The power supply can be designed by the same person who designs them for washing machines.    The key point is that, although the second law is necessary for the emergence of complex order, it is far from sufficient.  Life is inherently an out-of-equilibrium phenomenon, but then so is an explosion.  Something other than nonequilibrium thermodynamics is needed to explain why these are fundamentally different.  Life relies on the ability of matter to store information and to implement functional relationships, which allow organisms to maintain their form and execute purposeful behaviours that enhance their survival.  Such complex order depends on the rules by which matter interacts.  It may well be that many of the details are not important, and that there are general principles that might allow us to determine when the result will be organization and when it will be chaos.  But this cannot be understood in terms of thermodynamics alone.With this, Farmer left the origin of life as an unsolved problem.  “Understanding the logical and physical principles that provide sufficient conditions for life is a fascinating and difficult problem that should keep scientists busy for at least a millennium,” he wrote.  Thermodynamics is just one of many actors in the play, and not even the principal one; “The others remain unknown.”1J. Doyne Farmer, “Cool is not enough,” Nature 436, 627-628 (4 August 2005) | doi: 10.1038/436627a.They’re not unknown; they’re right in your hotel room drawer.  This review was interesting because Farmer invoked arguments similar to those used by creationists and intelligent design theorists.  Since it is highly doubtful that Farmer’s review was religiously motivated, this supports the contention that arguments against chemical evolution arise from the facts, not the motivation.    Contrary to the habits of their opponents, Morris and Gish always stuck to the scientific principles and observational facts, not theological arguments, in their famous debates on college campuses with leading evolutionists.  Like Farmer, they stressed that energy is necessary, but not sufficient, for life or for any other directed process that uses energy to accomplish work.  They argued that two other principles always need to be applied: (1) an energy conversion mechanism, and (2) a program to direct the energy toward the desired end.  In an automobile, for instance, the chemical energy of the gasoline is converted into kinetic energy of the drive shaft by channeling the “explosion” of the fuel in the piston according to a programmed sequence of events: inlet, spark, explosion against the moveable piston, outlet for the waste gases and heat, etc.  In a plant leaf, the energy of sunlight is directed into very complex conversion mechanisms of photosynthesis to direct it into metabolic processes.    Gish always emphasized that the application of raw energy is even more harmful than none at all: pouring gas on the car and lighting a match does not help it drive uphill, and holding a dead stick up to the sunlight will not make it sprout and grow fruit.  Only when the far-from-equilibrium energy is channeled by intelligent design will the tendency toward disorder be overcome, and that only locally and temporarily.  The downhill effects of the Second Law of Thermodynamics are inexorable; all real processes must obey the law of entropy.  In this book review, Farmer admitted as much, and even made the case stronger by pointing to computers.  A laptop computer channels electrical energy into complex programmed pathways that we all know are the result of intelligent design.  Software engineers may be far from equilibrium, but there’s more to the story than that!    That Schneider and Dorian Sagan would try to turn the Second Law into a driving force for evolution is almost comical.  The Big Science establishment treats Gaia theory, even its most naturalistic incarnations, with nearly the same disdain as it does creationism.  Nature would not let this book get by with any more than faint praise for some aspects, but that they would let the reviewer employ implicit ID/creationist reasoning to debunk its primary thesis is instructive.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more