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Sports psychotherapist says he is keen to help Joey Barton

first_imgSports psychotherapist Steve Pope has offered to help Joey Barton, the Daily Mirror report.Pope is employed by Fleetwood Town, where QPR outcast Barton is due to begin training today.“I deal with addictive personalities whether it’s a young man driven to sleep with 500 different women or those with stress and anger management problems,” Pope is quoted as saying.“I try and match mental strength with on-the-field skills. Everyday factors can affect a player’s performance. I have had success reducing players’ red cards.“I do one-to-one sessions and group sessions and whatever Joey needs, or what the manager thinks he needs, I will be there for him.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

QPR v Rotherham line-ups: Rangers changes, Millers man out

first_imgIdrissa Sylla and Yeni Ngbakoto are in the QPR starting line-up for the game at Loftus Road.Sylla partners Matt Smith up front for Rangers, with Conor Washington dropping to the bench along with Pavel Wszolek.Bottom side Rotherham are without the suspended Joe Mattock. They have former QPR striker Dexter Blackstock on the bench.QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Ngbakoto, Hall, Freeman, Luongo, Sylla, Smith.Subs: Ingram, Washington, Goss, Mackie, Wszolek, Manning, Morrison. Rotherham: Price; Vaulks, Ajayi, Belaid, Purrington; Taylor, Adeyemi, Frecklington, Newell, Ward, Yates.Subs: Bilboe, Warren, Smallwood, Forde, Bray, Morris, Blackstock.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Curler’s doping charge could hurt Russia’s chance at reinstatement

first_imgPYEONGCHANG, South Korea >> Russia could lose its chance to be reinstated before the end of the Winter Olympics because of a doping charge against curling bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky.The Court of Arbitration for Sport said in a statement Monday that it has “initiated a procedure involving” Krushelnitsky, who finished third in mixed doubles with his wife, Anastasia Bryzgalova.Russian officials said he tested positive for meldonium, which was banned in 2016, and has left the Olympic …last_img

Ye Are the Salt of the Evolution

first_imgSalt is good, the good book says (Mark 9:50).  Another good thing it may do for you, according to Science Daily, is act as “Nature’s Antidepressant.”  Presumably it’s hard to have a good mood about a steak with no salt on it.  In the midst of this article about the mood-enhancing effects of salt, an evolutionary tale appeared out of nowhere: Evolution might have played an important part in the human hankering for salt.  Humans evolved from creatures that lived in salty ocean water.  Once on land, the body continued to need sodium and chloride because minerals play key roles in allowing fluids to pass in and out of cells, and in helping nerve cells transfer information throughout the brain and body.  But as man evolved in the hot climate of Africa, perspiration robbed the body of sodium.  Salt was scarce because our early ancestors ate a veggie-rich diet and lived far from the ocean.One of the researchers at University of Iowa behind the study also claimed that “our kidneys evolved to become salt misers.”  The body’s need for salt is tied to our appetite for it: “Animals like us come equipped with a taste system designed to detect salt and a brain that remembers the location of salt sources — like salt licks in a pasture,” the article explained.  “A pleasure mechanism in the brain is activated when salt is consumed.”  A Darwin skeptic might wonder what any of this has to do with evolution.Our bodies are finely adapted to the environment, therefore they evolved.  This is so stupid.  Let’s try this line on lungs:Evolution might have played an important part in the human hankering for air.  Humans evolved from birds that flew in the air.  Once on land, the body continued to need nitrogen and oxygen because gases play key roles in biochemistry, and in helping nerve cells transfer information throughout the brain and body.  But as man evolved in the hot climate of Africa, chasing game through the Serengeti plains, he got out of breath.  This left our ancestors gasping and panting.  Our lungs evolved to become oxygen misers.Like magic, evolution just provides whatever complex systems are needed.  Evolutionists cannot escape the clear evidence these things are “designed” to do what they do (see the D word in their statement above), but they turn right around and conjure them up out of evolution, the Un-designer.  Do you realize how complicated a kidney is? (09/24/2008, 06/14/2004).  Salt regulation is a complex process that is tied in to other complex systems, like the bladder (12/11/2001), perspiration (03/02/2007) and central nervous system.  The complexity of the nervous system alone has falsified evolution (see 12/30/2004).    This kind of storytelling can be applied to anything in the human body, or to plants and animals for that matter.  It had nothing to do with the science behind the observation that humans need and enjoy salt.  To think that our hunger for good seasoned food has something to do with our inner fish evolving in a salty ocean millions of years ago is deliciously silly.  Let’s all sing together our favorite SEQOTW song, We’re out to shame the wizard, the blunderful wizard of flaws (09/05/2008 commentary).Exercise:  Observe a complex system in the body and make up an evolutionary tale for it.  No intelligence allowed.(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Political Science 101: Doubt Scientific Claims

first_imgScience goes through a chain of messengers from data to consumer.  In between are fallible scientists, who speak often in incomprehensible jargon and often only partially understand what they observe, but often wish to gain notoriety with a major discovery (or need to publish or perish).  Next, the institutional press offices decide what is significant and try to digest the jargon to layman level.  The predigested stories are then delivered to science reporters, who sometimes sensationalize the filtered stories to make a name for themselves.  Finally, the media outlets, prone to peer biases, dress up the products to grab the eyes of readers of their newspapers, magazines, or web pages.  How much of the real scientific data remains at the end of this game of Telephone?  Sometimes the bias is clearly evident, but often the product is delivered with all the presumptive authority of science.  Once in awhile, a reporter comes clean about the dirty work involved. First, a lesson from history.  “This year is Galton year –a celebration of Francis Galton, a genius – but a flawed genius,” Steve Jones wrote for the BBC News.  Galton’s accomplishments, such as weathermaps and fingerprinting for detective work, have been overshadowed by his darker side as the father of eugenics, popular in its heydey, but viewed today with the perspective of history as a disastrous social quest to purify the race of the unfit.  Galton also created an “ugly map” of Britain to help men avoid bad genes.  He left an enormous sum of money at his death for the Laboratory of National Eugenics at University College London – later abandoned by the University, though it retains a Galton professorship.  Francis Galton had good press in his time; today, his reputation is clouded.  It’s a lesson that the tides of history can change the prestige of a scientist and his ideas. Speaking of prestige, there’s a fringe group of scientists who deserve more, according to William Laurance writing in New Scientist.  These are the cryptobiologists: searchers for extinct or weird animals.  “Yes, they chase bizarre creatures and flit around the fringes of conventional science,” he said, “but we ought to appreciate their adventurous spirit rather than be disdainful.”  The prestige comes if and when they find something.  There have been successes: the “coelacanth, mountain pygmy possum, venomous Cuban solenodon and giant terror skink” among them. One can imagine any given reporter giving a cryptobiologist good or bad press, depending on his or her bias. Among those getting the worst press in science media these days are the creationists.  No attempt at covering bias was shown by an entry on PhysOrg, “Creationism creeps into mainstream geology.” The headline might have pointed out that a leading creationist with a legitimate PhD in paleontology led a successful field trip in Colorado at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, but instead, used a creepy verb and the ideological suffix -ism, while rarely applying the suffix to evolutionism.  The article was filled with allusions to conspiracy and unscrupulous motives: “crafty” new “strategy” to pretend acceptance among “mainstream” scientists.  As history shows, tides can turn, as well they might, if Darwinians continue to swim upstream against public opinion armed with nothing but leaking waterwings of just-so stories.  In the climate of controversy surrounding intelligent design, presidential candidates need to guard their language carefully, as David Klinghoffer and Jay Richards advised in American Spectator. Controversial subjects are good places to watch for science bias.  New Scientist wrote about “abuse, threats and hysteria” between scientists, politicians and the public in Australia over the issue of “climate science.”  Not being quite as politically lopsided and ideology prone as creation vs. evolution, climate science has provided a bonanza for sociologists, philosophers and lay observers to watch humans behaving badly when it comes to claims of scientific authority. Hannah Nordhaus is one science reporter who has spilled the beans about reporter bias.  Writing for Breakthrough Journal, she described how prepared she was to tar-and-feather big business for the collapse of honeybee colonies.  Ready to take up Rachel Carson’s banner with the environmentalists, she was hindered from publishing by personal circumstances, but watched other colleagues go at it.  Then she researched the story and found that, like most things in science, the subject is far more complex and nuanced than that.  She even found reporters using a fraudulent quote by Einstein, failing to research adequately, and committing other egregious journalistic sins, excused because it was perceived to be a noble cause.  She saw similar excursions into journalistic license with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Ending with a sermon for her colleagues, she wrote, “By engaging in simplistic and sometimes misleading environmental narratives —  by exaggerating the stakes and brushing over the inconvenient facts that stand in the way of foregone conclusions­­ — we do our field, and our subjects, a disservice.” Exercise: Compare and contrast the Breakthrough Journal take on the oil spill with that of National Geographic, which alleged faulty science on the part of the BP oil company and other experts.  What facts were included or ignored to give the desired slant?  What questions were asked or not asked? Creation-Evolution Headlines does not deny having a bias, because everybody does.  What we do is provide a service – even to those who disagree.  As Darwin himself said, “A fair result can only be obtained by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.”  That cannot happen with a press unified on one side of a given controversial issue.  Since the mainstream media are almost without exception Darwin toadies, you owe it to yourself, even if a staunch evolutionist, to hear both sides.  You will find facts here that are ignored by the press, and learn to assess the relevance of facts used in arguments.  You will learn to ask questions the pro-Darwin side never thinks about.  You will watch our Baloney Detector applied to Darwinist arguments, and learn to practice using your own B.D. on ours.  That’s fine; far be it from CEH to push easy-believism on either side.  Facts, history, and philosophy are far more interesting and detailed than simplistic presentations often portray.  Even if you remain an evolutionist, hopefully by reading CEH regularly, you will learn how to avoid winning our award for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Claw foot

first_imgClaw toe is a deformity of the foot in which the toes are pointed down and the arch is high, making the foot appear claw-like. Claw toe can be a condition from birth or develop as a consequence from other disorders.Review Date:1/17/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wanglast_img

Regional Technology Entrepreneurs to Benefit from Mentorship Support

first_img The Scientific Research Council (SRC)-based Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) is providing approximately 60,000 regional and international mentors to green technology entrepreneurs across the region. Story Highlights The mentorship programme, which is open to the CCIC, its hubs and affiliated entrepreneurs, is intended to help build a new collection of leaders in the areas of sustainable agribusiness, renewable energy, energy efficiency, water/waste management, and resource use efficiency. This platform enables users to make mentoring connections anywhere and anytime from the comfort of their homes or offices. The Scientific Research Council (SRC)-based Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) is providing approximately 60,000 regional and international mentors to green technology entrepreneurs across the region.The undertaking, being done in partnership with the entity, MicroMentor, through the World Bank Climate Technology Programme, allows mentors and mentees to create their profiles on a virtual mentorship platform that is user-friendly and free.This platform enables users to make mentoring connections anywhere and anytime from the comfort of their homes or offices.Programme applicants will have the opportunity to select the mentor or mentee with whom they wish to be paired.The mentorship programme, which is open to the CCIC, its hubs and affiliated entrepreneurs, is intended to help build a new collection of leaders in the areas of sustainable agribusiness, renewable energy, energy efficiency, water/waste management, and resource use efficiency.Project Manager at the CCIC, Carlington Burrell, tells JIS News that “start-ups in emerging markets such as ours are at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing mentors and mentorship programmes”, adding that this is the gap that the initiative intended to fill.He further explains that entrepreneurs are powerful agents of change, as they are the catalysts for job creation and drivers of economic growth.Mr. Burrell said this is the main reason the CCIC decided to partner with MicroMentor.“Through the new CCIC GreenTech mentorship programme, entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to make positive global changes while growing their business,” the Project Manager adds.Mentors will assist entrepreneurs in making their businesses scalable by delivering crucial advice based on real-world experience.Speaking at the programme’s launch in January, special guest speaker, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Thinking and Practice at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus, Dr. K’adamawe K’nife, noted that programmes such as this can be a communication bridge between millennials and baby boomers, as “it is like a grandparent kind of principle to ensure that the current generation becomes brighter and more advanced than the mentor”.Marketing and Communications Manager at the SRC and programme mentor, Carolyn Rose-Miller, highlights her sojourn in the engagement, and explains that “we have experiences that we can draw from, share, and give back with our time”.She shares that her journey with her mentee has been fruitful thus far.“My mentee is a great innovator… he generates ideas; but we want to commercialise these ideas,” she says.Additionally, Ms. Rose-Miller points out that mentorship results in greater accountability, as it is a partnership.Chief Executive Officer of LumiTech International Limited and programme participant, Kevin Harris, emphasises that “having a sounding board in a mentor is invaluable”.“It helps you get your focus back; it helps you get your energy back; and helps you move forward,” he says.“This programme has allowed me to gain more confidence in what I am doing. The more support you have behind you, the more confident you are and the more energy you have to move forward,” Mr. Harris adds.Start-ups interested in being a part of the programme are invited to contact the CCIC or its hubs in the respective Caribbean countries.The CCIC is a consortium of the SRC in Jamaica and the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) in Trinidad and Tobago.It has 12 established country spokes throughout the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with the hub located in Jamaica to execute a unified response to address climate change.The organisation has a mandate to assist in the development of the Caribbean’s clean technology ecosystem.last_img read more