1 Yaya Toure’s agent has claimed there is strong interest in the midfielder from “two of the biggest clubs”, amid rumours he could be set to leave Manchester City this summer.The Ivory Coast star has appeared to open the door for a Blues exit, with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan – managed by his former City boss Roberto Mancini – mentioned as possible destinations.Toure was quoted on Tuesday as saying he is open to ”new challenges” and that he will not stay at a club simply to collect wages, and Mancini is reportedly keen to lure his former talisman to Italy.Those comments came two days after his agent Dimitri Seluk was quoted as saying “two of the biggest clubs” had asked him about Toure’s availability, adding: “If City want Yaya to leave, they should come out and say so.”And, quoted by Sky Sports News on Wednesday, Seluk said: “We have had different offers for Yaya but we must speak to Manchester City.“People think he will stay because of money but we don’t care about money. If Man City don’t want him – no problem.“I want someone to say that they want Yaya to stay at Manchester City. Yaya is a legend at the club. All the supporters like him, he’s helped them make history.” Manchester City and Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure
OAKLAND — It was almost poetic, really. Now a Giant, Stephen Vogt toed the Coliseum dirt he once kicked daily as an Athletic and deposited a home run once again into a sea of fans in left field that had come prepared to welcome him back home.Vogt’s three-run homer off Ryan Buchter looked to be pulled by the cosmos, and also was the final blow to a now uncharacteristically tumultuous eighth inning meltdown for the A’s bullpen that led to a 10-5 loss to the Giants on Saturday night.“Felt like …
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Left-hander Sean Manaea, in just his second start after a year on the shelf following shoulder surgery, struck out 10 batters and allowed just one run in seven innings Sunday as the A’s beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 in front of 24,550 at the Oakland Coliseum.Manaea didn’t allow a hit through five innings before Christin Stewart homered on a 3-2 pitch to open the sixth. Manaea allowed just two hits, equaling …
David McKay, the father of the Martian meteorite that started feverish debates about life on Mars in 1996, is at it again. Now he thinks a mat of crusty soil was made by microbes, according to Space.Com. In spite of the salty, acidic soil (see 08/06/04 headline), Gilbert Levin, also interviewed by Space.Com, thinks life on Mars is likely.Give it up, David. There are more honest ways to get funding for new NASA missions than hyping the meagerest of circumstantial evidence while ignoring the problems. “Mars has all the conditions for life: water, energy, and organic substances, McKay pointed out.” One thing thou lackest: information. From whence cometh information, if not from intelligent design? That doth make all the difference between mat – and Matt.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
1Davidson, Charlier, Hora, and Perlroth, “Mineral isochrons and isotopic fingerprinting: Pitfalls and promises,” Geology, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 29�32, doi: 10.1130/G21063.1.Now, wait just a rockhounding minute. Isochrons have been touted by the uniformitarians as a fail-safe method for dating rocks, because the data points are supposed to be self-checking (Darwin-lover Ken Miller used this argument in a debate against Henry Morris years ago.) Now, these geologists, publishing in the premiere geological journal in the world, are telling us that isochrons can look perfect on paper yet give meaningless ages, by orders of magnitude, if the initial conditions are not known, or if the rocks were open systems at some time in the past. That sounds like what young earth creationists have been complaining about all along. But then, these geologists put a happy face on the situation. It’s not all bad news, they say, because if the geologist can know the true age by another method, he can glean some useful information out of the errors. But if they were wrong about the isochron method, what faulty assumptions are going to turn up some day about other methods, in a future issue of Geology? Their confidence that they can know anything about what happened 200 million years ago is about as reassuring as the surgeon who told his patient, “I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that we removed the wrong kidney. The good news is that your other kidney is doing just fine.”(Visited 65 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 An isochron (a word meaning “equal time”) is supposed to be a line connecting points on a graph that represent the same age, or the same age difference. If your rain gutter barrel fills fast and the bucket in your garage fills slowly, for instance, you can figure the time the rain started if you know their individual fill rates; the line connecting those two points on a graph would be an isochron. If you found another bucket and its fill rate also fell on the line, it would imply it started filling at the same time. As straightforward as this method is at home or in the lab, can it be misleading when extrapolated millions of years into the past, when the initial and intervening conditions were not subject to observation? When geologists date rocks, they seek to identify minerals that are isochronous, though they may decay at different rates. A hidden assumption was that the initial isotope ratios were fixed at the time the rock formed. Not so fast, say four geologists from the UK, Wisconsin and California, writing in Geology:1The determination of accurate and precise isochron ages for igneous rocks requires that the initial isotope ratios of the analyzed minerals are identical at the time of eruption or emplacement. Studies of young volcanic rocks at the mineral scale have shown this assumption to be invalid in many instances. Variations in initial isotope ratios can result in erroneous or imprecise ages. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)This realization “questions a fundamental tenet in isochron geochronology—that the initial isotope composition of the analyzed phases is identical.” Since variations in these ratios are now known, it creates the “possibility that it may compromise geochronological interpretations.” Sources of variation in initial ratios include: (1) rocks forming over multiple stages instead of one, (2) crustal contamination, (3) partial assimilation of parent isotopes, and (4) magma recharge. These sources of error “can, in principle, be identified,” they claim, by examining cross-sections of the rock from core to rim, “provided that the components involved are isotopically distinct.” But unless identified via independent checks, isochron ages can be “fictitious,” they warn. They give an example of how rubidium-strontium data points “may result in a good isochron fit, even though the age obtained is meaningless.” One case produced an order-of-magnitude difference between the argon age and the rubidium-strontium age, even with a valid isochron. To date a rock via isochrons, the geologist has to know that the rock had (1) slow diffusion and (2) rapid cooling. But then, “The cooling history will depend on the volume of magma involved and its starting temperature, which in turn is a function of its composition.” They give examples where it is evident that “open-system processes during crystallization must be invoked to impart isotopic heterogeneity to the mineral population”; i.e., to explain away differences in age between two methods by claiming the rock was open to the environment during its lifetime. They admit, though, that “if the initial variation is systematic (e.g., due to open-system mixing or contamination), then isochrons are generated that can be very good” based on their fit to the graph, “but the ages are geologically meaningless.” The authors assert that these sources of error might still be useful. They describe ways how fictitious isochrons might, if true ages are known from other methods, lead to interpretations of how the rocks were formed. They claim that it is highly unlikely that open-system processes that affect the isochrons of one method would affect another method the same way. Their summary, however, consists primarily of cautions:The “assumption of a constant [initial strontium isotope] ratio in isochron analysis of ancient rocks may not be valid in many instances.” In fact, significant variation is a “common observation,” they say.“Statistical methods may not be able to distinguish between constant or variable [initial strontium isotope] ratios,” particularly as the rocks get older, or the rocks were subject to open systems during their formation.“Independent ages are needed to evaluate rock-component isochrons.” Disagreements “may constrain differentiation mechanisms such as contamination and mixing,” if they can be corrected by independent means.
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The sessions court in Alwar, which acquitted six persons accused of beating Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan to death, has pointed out “serious lacunas” in the police investigation which created doubts about the involvement of the accused in the alleged crime, making the prosecution’s theory unreliable. The court gave the benefit of the doubt to the accused and absolved all of them of the offences of murder and rioting.In her 92-page judgment delivered on Wednesday, Additional District & Sessions Judge Sarita Swami ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt and neither the evidence of its witnesses nor the material placed on record was sufficient to convict the six persons. The shortcomings pointed out by the court included the failure of Khan’s sons, who were also injured in the April 1, 2017 incident, to identify the accused, as they were different from those named by the victim in his statement before death. The CID-CB had concluded in its probe that the six persons named by Khan were not present on the spot.The court noted that Investigating Officer Ramesh Sinsinwar had not obtained a certificate of Khan’s medical fitness from doctors attending on him before recording his statement and given a gap of 16 hours in submitting it for registration of case at Behror police station the next day. “This clearly depicts the police officer’s serious lapse in investigation,” the court said.Khan, 55, and his sons were transporting cows, after purchasing them in a cattle fair in Jaipur, to their hometown Nuh in Haryana, when they were waylaid near Behror on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway by a mob of self-styled cow vigilantes and beaten up with the accusation of smuggling the cattle. Khan succumbed to injuries in a hospital after two days.The judge said the police officers had not seized and produced before the court the mobile phone with which the video footage of the incident was said to have been shot. “No forensic science laboratory’s test was conducted and no oral evidence about it was submitted. It is a settled principle of law that an electronic evidence is admissible only as a supporting proof when it is corroborated by the witnesses,” the court said.The court said the injured persons, who were among the 44 witnesses presented by the prosecution, had not identified the accused during the probe and in the court, but they stated the latter’s names during cross-examination. This also created suspicion about the prosecution’s theory, according to the court.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has announced that the State government would file an appeal in the Rajasthan High Court against the sessions court’s judgment. “Our government has enacted a law against mob lynching in the first week of August. We are committed to ensuring justice for the family of late Pehlu Khan,” he said.