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first_imgIt would absolutely and significantly enhance the simplicity of our existence if all men and all women were actually and literally created equal. The fact of the matter is that equality and parity, generally and specifically as it relates to income generation in all spheres of life including sports is a million miles from reality. Parity and equality in earnings are mythical even among men in sport, meaning that even in an all male team or all male sport some individuals earn more than others based on the value they bring to the team and or the sport. Lionel Messi for example earns three or four times what some of his star teammates earn at Barcelona. The same applies to NBA superstar LeBron James, whose salary and earnings are significantly more than any of his teammates at the Cleveland Cavaliers. The notion of equal pay and parity of earnings in sport is based more on emotionalism, more than a touch of feminism and a throwback to the old socialist ideals, than any semblance of appreciation for the modern reality. IRRATIONAL AND NAIVE In the current market driven global space it is irrational and naive to argue for example that the women cricketers should be remunerated at the same level as their male superstar counterparts. The disparity being too wide is a more reasonable cause worth exploring, but women’s cricket is still relatively new in terms of impact, popularity and income generation and is still a major work in progress. Let us not get too carried away by the impressive success of Stafanie Taylor and her team in lifting the ICC World T20 title. Being crowned champions will no doubt enhance the cause of the women’s game across the region and in the rapidly evolving world of cricket our top women players are already being offered contracts to play in the emerging leagues across the world. This represents steady and commensurate progress of the women’s game and stars of the women’s game. But to argue parity or equality is ridiculous. Remuneration must be value and productivity based. Failing that the economics of the situation will not hold. If tomorrow morning women’s cricket becomes more popular and generates more money than men’s cricket, by all means the women should then earn more than the men. In women’s tennis, for example, where there is equality as it relates to prize monies, it is fully deserved again based on value in that Serena Williams is no less of a money spinner and a tennis superstar than Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic and quite rightly the market has spoken in that regard. There is also the unique case of the USA women’s soccer team. They have chosen the courts as the avenue to settle their remuneration disparity dispute with the USA men’s soccer players. In that case the American women might very well have a credible case because the women’s game is hugely popular in the USA when compared to the men’s game, certainly in terms of participation there is parity between men and women in that country, while in terms of international success the American women have long and continue to outperform the American men. THEY ARE WORTH IT If a credible case can be built around the value of the USA women’s team bringing greater value to the market than the men, then by all means the American women should be commensurately remunerated. Fundamentally, that is because they are worth it and not simply because they are women. Equality between the sexes and even among the sexes is a mythical platitude. When the rubber hits the asphalt of real life nothing is further from the truth. Generally each individual is rewarded for the value he or she brings to the organisation or the team. If a female athlete brings more value to the cause than the male, she should be commensurately rewarded more than the male. If a male athlete brings more value to the cause than the female then he should earn more. It can get no more basic and equitable than that.last_img read more

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first_imgPrior to the game against Ateneo, UE averaged 17.67 offensive rebounds-per-game making the Red Warriors the third-best squad under the offensive glass.Against the Blue Eagles, however, the Red Warriors looked like humble pawns grabbing just nine offensive rebounds while watching Ateneo gobble up 19 misses underneath its respective basket.Ateneo, overall, outrebounded the Red Warriors 46-27.“We saw UE’s rebounding especially in its last game and the game before that and I saw [Alvin] Pasaol had a lot of rebounds and that was big,” said Kouame. “The coaches told us to box out and the key to this game was the rebounding in both the offense and defensive ends.”Pasaol has been nothing short of spectacular for the Red Warriors averaging 24 points, 8.67 rebounds, and 4.33 offensive rebounds in his past three games but got limited to a humbler line of 17 points, eight rebounds, and three offensive boards against the Blue Eagles.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award And Pasaol’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed as Kouame made it a point to check UE’s burly star despite the difficulties of that assignment.“Pasaol,” said Kouame when asked who was the best rebounder from UE. “He played the 4 and I played the 5 and he came from the three-point line so it was really hard to check him before boxing out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal UAAP: Manganti game-winner lifts Adamson past UP Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With a chance to extend their winning streak to three games, the Blue Eagles knew that attaining that goal would boil down to who can control the boards and luckily for them one imposing figure took that mantle.Angelo Kouame, the Blue Eagles’ lanky 6-foot-10 center, made it his responsibility to become the main force in the glass.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It kind of fired me up,” said Kouame of his responsibility of controlling the rebounds for the Blue Eagles in their 89-62 win over the Red Warriors Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.Kouame finished with eight points and 15 rebounds, the most of any player in the game, and two blocks as Ateneo improved to a 3-1 record. Ateneo made rebounding of the utmost importance when it went up against University of the East in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBrave Paul Doherty is coming home to Donegal on Friday.We think this is one of the pictures which best sums up little battler Paul Doherty!The young Killygordon lad, who turned 6 last week, had pioneering surgery in the US to help him walk.Now after five weeks away from home, brave Paul, mum Anne Marie, dad Michael and brother and sister Luke & Ava are all heading back from St. Louis. A family friend of the Doherty’s released this short statement in a bid to capture the journey the family have been on.We at Donegal Daily have to agree!What an incredible 5 weeks it has been. We’ve been there with them each step of the way. We prayed and lit candles collectively across the county and further afield…what seems like a lifetime ago now. We watched tentatively as he came around in the days after his surgery and cooed at his new friends, the therapy dogs, Pepper, Allie & Charley. We learned that no matter how far a Donegal person travels away from home, they will come to the aid of a visitor from home at incredible speed. They will bring reassurance and comfort in an unknown place and birthday cakes with tractors on them. For each one of you, our Donegal warriors in Missouri, Paul & his family couldn’t have done it without you.The past few weeks we seen such a change in Paul’s ability and strength. His legs and arms are stronger. Dr Park and his team have given Paul exactly what they promised, the chance to walk. We’ve watched as Paul made massive strides forwards in his physio. He’s not the same little boy that left home 5 weeks ago. He would say – I’m 6 now, you know!So much has happened in that time. Paul’s life has changed forever. For every like & comment that has supported and fundraised. For every person that telephoned and sent good luck & get well soon cards. For every person who stopped us on the street and asked how they were all doing. For ALL of you who have given Paul the chance to walk.BRAVE BATTLER PAUL ON THE WAY HOME AFTER HIS MIRACLE SURGERY! was last modified: March 26th, 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)last_img read more

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first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The game lived up to the hype.Two Stanley Cup favorites, the Sharks (5-3-1) and the Nashville Predators (7-2), slugging it out for 60 minutes in a see-saw game decided in the late stages of the third period.With the likes of Erik Karlsson, P.K. Subban and Brent Burns on the ice, Brenden Dillon scored the pivotal goal, going end-to-end on the penalty kill, triggering flashbacks of another No. 4 — Bobby Orr — as he jumpstarted the Sharks come-from-behind victory.Here’s what …last_img

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first_imgIn her inimitable way, Science reporter Elizabeth Pennisi has once again portrayed a scientific controversy undergoing active ferment.  This time it’s about the evolutionary origin of cell nuclei, which she terms “specialized, DNA-filled command centers.”1  At the conclusion, she gives prominence to a “provocative, but circumstantial and controversial” suggestion that viruses taught cells how to wrap their DNA in double membranes with controlled access.  Since the idea presupposes that viruses preceded all three domains of life – prokarya, eukarya and archaea – “If this is true, then we are all basically descended from viruses,” as a believer puts it.  The idea is unpalatable to some.  “I do not believe [it],” a German molecular biologist retorts.  “The idea of the viruses ‘inventing’ [eukaryotic cells] from scratch is hard for me to conceive.”    Pennisi treats the new viral theory as tentative at best.  What’s more revealing in her article are the problems with previously-popular ideas, and why.  According to her, the key insight at a meeting in France last month on the subject was: “They had underestimated the complexity of the eukaryotic cell’s 1.5-billion-year-old precursor.  The data presented indicated that this ancestral cell had more genes, more structures, and more diverse biochemical processes than previously imagined.”  For a glimpse why, look at Pennisi’s brief description of the nucleus:Each nucleus in a eukaryotic cell consists of a double lipid-based membrane punctuated by thousands of sophisticated protein complexes called nuclear pores, which control molecular traffic in and out of the organelle.  Inside, polymerases and other specialized enzymes transfer DNA’s protein-coding message to RNA.  Other proteins modify the strands of RNA to ensure that they bring an accurate message to the ribosomes outside the nucleus.  The nucleus also contains a nucleolus, a tightly packed jumble of RNA and proteins that are modified and shipped out of the nucleus to build ribosomes.(For more on the nuclear pore complex, see 06/17/2002 and 01/18/2002 headlines.)Eukaryotes are distinguished from bacteria by their double-membrane nuclei.  “The nuclear distinction between prokaryotes and eukaryotes shaped early speculation about the development of complex life,” Pennisi says about ideas floating around up to the 1970s.  Some thought eukaryotes were evolved prokaryotes, and others thought prokaryotes were degenerate eukaryotes.  But then Carl Woese created new woes by identifying bacteria-like cells that were distinct from both prokaryotes and eukaryotes: so different, in fact, to warrant classification in their own domain – archaea.  Others soon were surprised to find that eukaryotes appeared to have genes from both bacteria and archaea.    So another story was born, the endosymbiont or merger hypothesis.  This proposed that eukaryotes arose from “the ancient symbiotic partnership between bacteria and archaea.”  That theory came under fire from the discovery of faint but distinct nuclei in an unusual group of bacteria, named planctomycetes, that live in soil and fresh water.  Some of these planctomycetes have organelles and double-membraned sacs of DNA and RNA.  According to a critic of the merger model, these observations “turn the dogma that ‘prokaryotes have no internal membranes’ upside down”  Now, it seems no one is sure which way is up.    There’s more to cause vertigo for evolutionists: the complexity of the nuclear pore complexes (NPCs).  “Explaining these structures has always posed a sticking point for nuclear evolution.”  For one thing, “without pores, the nucleus can’t function.”  But for another thing, Pennisi continues, the same planctomycetes, and possibly some other archaea and prokaryotes, apparently possess structures resembling these complex traffic-control gates.  “Bacteria with nuclear pores and internal membranes, features typically considered eukaryote-specific, suggest that the nucleus was born much earlier than traditionally thought.”    For some, that leaves as the leading contender the controversial theory that viruses first invented the nucleus.  This, however, only pushes the complexity of nuclei and their pores farther back in time, and foists a huge design problem on earth’s most primitive biological entities.  That is why the molecular biologist quoted earlier can’t believe that simple viruses created such complex structures from scratch.  Pennisi shares a few speculations, based on circumstantial evidence, how it might have happened.  But when she ends by pushing the answer to the future, it underscores the fact that no current theory accounts for the origin of the nucleus:Did a virus provide the first nucleus?  Or was it something an early bacterial cell evolved, either on its own or in partnership with an archaeum?  To resolve the origin of the nucleus, evolutionary biologists are exploring new techniques that enable them to determine relationships of microorganisms that go much further back in time….The biologists in France argued and discussed many ideas.  “But when it came to accounting for how the nucleus was born,” Pennisi admits, “no single hypothesis bubbled to the top.”  She quotes French molecular biologist Patrick Forterre who said, “It’s like a puzzle.  People try to put all the pieces together, but we don’t know who is right or if there is still some crucial piece of information missing.”1Elizabeth Pennisi, “Evolutionary Biology: The Birth of the Nucleus,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5685, 766-768, 6 August 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5685.766].The crucial piece of missing information is information itself.  Information: DNA, logic, codes, controlled access, complex systems of integrated parts: these are all indicators of intelligent design.  This would be obvious if the biologists at that meeting would only think outside the Darwinian box in which they have imprisoned themselves.  Look at what contortions they have to go through to account for such biological complexity by chance.  As usual, the answer is somewhere out there in the future.  Also as usual, the same trend is seen here as in everything else in biology, and even in paleontology and cosmology: more complexity, further back toward the beginning.    Poor Elizabeth.  She has reported on so many of these evolutionist hand-wringing sessions you would think she might have taken up gardening by now to maintain her sanity.  But that might not help.  Just looking at the soil and thinking about those planctomycetes, and looking at the leaves and thinking about those nuclear pore complexes, DNA decoders accurately translating messages into specialized enzymes, all those shipping and receiving docks, and all the other thousands of sophisticated complexes working together in those command centers called nuclei might bring the stress and anxiety right back again.  “Come unto Me,” said the Designer, “all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will 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first_imgYour skin has resistance with memory.  That makes it like a memristor, researchers at the University of Oslo are saying.  A memristor is a device that remembers the last current it experienced, and varies its resistance accordingly.    New Scientist explained what they found:They found that when a negative electrical potential is applied to skin on various parts of the arm, creating a current, that stretch of skin exhibits a low resistance to a subsequent current flowing through the skin.  But if the first potential is positive relative to the skin, then a subsequent potential produces a current that meets with a much higher resistance.  In other words, the skin has a memory of previous currents.The scientists have attributed this ability to sweat pores.  The sweat glands contain sodium, a conductive material:The longer skin is exposed to a negative potential, the lower the subsequent resistance, until it maxes out when sweat fills the pore.  Conversely, a positive potential pushes the ions back, thinning the layer of sweat lining the pore walls and increasing the skin’s resistance to current.It’s not clear what function this ability provides skin.  Another researcher at the University of South Carolina found memristive behavior in amoebas, and called it “primitive intelligence.”  Whatever function it might have, it could offer medical scientists new ways to test for skin abnormalities.    The memristor was suggested by Leon Chua at UC Berkeley as a fourth basic unit of electronic circuits, but a working model was not built till 2008 by Stanley Williams of Hewlett Packard’s Palo Alto lab, the article said.    A website called Memristor.org reports on memristor news and potential applications, such as non-volatile computer memory and signal processing, most of which appear to be in the design and patent stages.Intelligent design theory would say, “If it’s there, it might have a function.”  Let’s follow this and see if a function is found in human skin or is just a byproduct of some other function.  Evolution, by contrast, would just say, “stuff happens.”    Send in your suggestions for the function of memristors in skin, or research projects that could test for a function.  Does it signal temperature response, as with goose bumps?  Is it behind the “electricity” when finding a mate?  Does it regulate sweating?    Meanwhile, be glad your electronics don’t short out when you dive into a swimming pool.  Look at that picture of Dr. Irwin Moon on the right sidebar.  One wonders what his skin remembered about a million volts.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The little voice inside your head might say, “I am tired of being rejected when I ask for a meeting.” The little voice feels like the “no” is a personal rejection that invalidates their worth as a human being, making something out of what is really nothing.The larger voice recognizes that a failed attempt to acquire a meeting is nothing more than feedback. The feedback provided by the answer “no” only means that the person receiving the call did not believe the value you offered in exchange for their time was favorable to them. The larger voice says, “I’ll change up my offer and try again later and, eventually, I will get a meeting.”The little voice says, “You didn’t lose that deal. If it weren’t for your irrational competitor’s low price, you’d have surely won.” That tiny voice absolves you of all responsibility for the loss, protecting your ego from being bruised. It reminds you that you are a good and competent person and there was nothing you could do.The larger voice tells you, “You didn’t create enough of a preference to block your irrational competitor, and you didn’t address the difference in strategic outcomes when clients underinvest. Next time, we’ll move that up in the conversation and do a better job blocking their strategy—or at least making it hard for them.” The big voice isn’t dissuaded from taking responsibility, instead it looks to what you might do differently in the future.The little voice says, “You can prospect tomorrow. You have plenty of time, and nothing bad is going to happen when you put opportunity creation off for another day. No one is even going to notice.” The small chirping voice always sells tomorrow because it prefers comfort over almost everything. It’s willing to trade comfort for your reaching your full potential.Your larger voice says, “You are paying the price today for what you want tomorrow,” quite the opposite of what the small voice sells. The larger voice is proactive and takes the initiative, doing what needs to be done today efficiently and without fail. The larger voice would have you pay in full and have what you want, knowing that procrastination only pulls the future you want further away from you.It’s important you pay attention to what you say to yourself. Your results and your future are going to first manifest in your mind, and then they will manifest in the world. Choose carefully which voice you will allow to design your future.last_img read more

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first_imgJose Mourinho has revealed that Iker Casillas “secretly” challenged his authority while the pair worked together at Real Madrid.Casillas spoke bluntly about Mourinho’s spell in charge of Los Blancos during a recent interview, five years on from the Portuguese tactician becoming the first coach to drop the goalkeeper.A broken hand in January 2013 ruled the Spanish shot-stopper out for two months and the club acted by bringing in Diego Lopez from Sevilla – the Madrid youth product subsequently keeping his place even after Casillas returned to fitness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho departed at the end of the 2012-13 season, though Casillas remained the second choice to Lopez during the first campaign under successor Carlo Ancelotti.Casillas said he would take “the bull by the horns and confront Mourinho” if he could have his time again, but also insisted that he hopes to avoid being drawn into a dispute about the issue once again, so as not to “stain the values of Real Madrid”.However, the Manchester United manager thinks he instigated the conflict initially behind the scenes, with reports at the time suggesting it was the Spaniard leaking stories to the media.”It seems like an interview with someone who is at the end of his career,” Mourinho told Record.”But when it comes to me when he says he has never confronted me, that is not the truth. He did it in a way that no one does better than him; secretly.”Mourinho is now plying his trade in the Premier League with Manchester United, while Casillas plays in the Primera Liga with FC Porto.last_img read more

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first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer pleased with 2-goal Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he was pleased with two-goal Paul Pogba for victory over Huddersfield.Pogba milked the Old Trafford support for his performance.Solskjaer said, “It was great to see him score two goals and he has created the goals last week at Cardiff, and now he scores them himself, so he will be even better for getting two lots of 90 minutes now and he will be fitter and fitter and improving with the team. “We looked tired towards the end and now it is important over the next two or three days that we recover and get ready for Bournemouth.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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first_imgEarly "Badgers Badgers Badgers" viral video.badgers badgers badgers mushroom mushroomFriday morning, Wisconsin and Under Armour officially announced a 10-year contract worth $96 million. One of the apparel manufacturer’s biggest clients came up with a very cool way to welcome the Badgers to the family.Upon hearing the news, Notre Dame tweeted out a video of the famous viral “Badgers” clip with audio of House of Pain’s “Jump Around” – an ode to one of the best Wisconsin football traditions. Check it out:Welcome to #TeamUA, @UWBadgers. You know what to do… @UnderArmour pic.twitter.com/2SOcRLHzLG— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) October 9, 2015Well played, Fighting Irish social media manager.last_img

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