Environments Do Not Cause Adaptations

first_img(Visited 509 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The way some evolutionists think, light creates eyes, sound creates ears, and odors create noses.As we have seen, lazy Darwinians are accustomed to explain everything by the phrase, “It Evolved” (12 July 2018). That’s a restatement of their prior belief, not an explanation. When pressed, some of them try to say that the environment causes things to evolve and adapt. Here are some recent examples in the news. But before reading, ask: what power does the environment have to make something adapt?How California’s sea stars are evolving past a devastating pandemic (Phys.org). In California, sea star wasting disease (SSWD) has had a devastating effect on a particular species of sea star, turning the “normally rigid body into a gooey blob.” Unchecked, the disease would have driven the ochre sea star extinct, but some individuals of the species are surviving the epidemic (or “epizootic” as the paper in PNAS calls it). Is this evolution in action? The article thinks so. “While it remains one of the worst marine pandemics ever recorded, the SSWD outbreak had an unexpected silver lining: It provided scientists with a natural experiment in evolution and an opportunity to explore how a species responds to a cataclysmic population collapse.” At best, though, this is an example of microevolution that takes advantage of “standing genetic variation” – variability that already exists in the population. The disease was specific enough to target only some existing variants. Others escaped. The biologists speak of “selection pressure” on the survivors, but that’s like saying wind creates selection pressure on falling leaves. Charles Darwin saw no more directionality to evolution than the way the wind blows.Natural selection could have influence on lizards’ ‘personalities’ (Science Daily). Do predators create personalities in their prey? Evolutionary theory expects that all traits—behaviors as well as phenotypes—should emerge by Darwin’s mechanism. “Surprisingly, however, no experimental studies had been able to actually conduct an experiment in wild animal populations and test the idea in nature,” this article admits. Scientists wanted to know if the presence of predators on Caribbean islands selects for boldness in lizards. Some anolis lizards in the population already were bold, and some already were shy; nothing new emerged by a Darwinian mechanism. The evolutionists in this study were honest enough to admit that they had not demonstrated evolution:“Natural selection is crucial for adaptation to new environmental challenges,” Lapiedra said. “But the presence of natural selection per se does not imply evolution. What we have shown is that there is consistent variation in behavior. If there is heritability in behavior…lizards that are more bold would have more bold offspring. But so far, we don’t have evidence for this. We can say that some phenotypes survive better than others in certain conditions…but that does not necessarily imply evolution.”Evolution does repeat itself after all (Phys.org). Does water create fish to swim in it? Does the depth of water create the shape of a fish? Here is another paper that assumes similar environments will predict the kinds of animals that will be found there. Before we get into that, keep in mind that this study involves not just freshwater fish, but freshwater cichlid fish of certain lakes in Nicaragua, and only “Midas cichlid fish” in particular. By trying to narrow down their study so as not to “compare apples to oranges” (e.g., mammal evolution to fish evolution), these evolutionists have narrowed it so far down as to make it nearly meaningless for explaining macroevolution (the real issue that would separate Darwinism from young-earth creationism). The only differences they find are tiny differences in how slender certain species are in certain crater lakes compared to their counterparts in great lakes. They also find an apparent correlation to the depth of the lake and the fish’s shape. These factors are what they claim make evolution “predictable”—The importance of these ecological factors can further be demonstrated by the fact that the diverse body shapes of the crater lake populations are closely related to the average depth of the lakes. Andreas Kautt comments: “It makes sense. The deeper a lake is, the more likely it is to provide various ecological niches, including in the deep open water.” All of this leads the researchers to conclude that, under certain conditions, evolutionary outcomes can be predicted.And yet if this were a law of nature, they should be able to see every species of fish, arthropods and other aquatic organisms follow the same pattern. Does water depth cause a Midas cichlid to become slender? Most likely, all the variability was present in the initial population, and still exists in the purported “various ecological niches” that exist in any given lake. Even if the crater lakes could somehow “cause” its cichlids to become slightly more long and slender, the evolutionists do not connect that to a survival advantage that would cause all the others in that particular niche to die off. Their paper in Evolution Letters pathetically says, “The depth of a crater lake is positively associated with variation in body shapes (and number of species), presumably by providing more ecological opportunities.” Association is not causation, and presumption is not demonstration.Factors that shaped evolution (Science Daily). “Understanding the many factors that have played into shaping the biodiversity within Earth’s ecosystems can be daunting,” this paper begins, but then claims that a group of international scientists helped identify “many of the fundamental factors that drive evolutionary adaptation and extinction.” How did they solve this daunting task? They developed a computer simulation. Needless to say, minds use intelligence to program computers, but nature (in the Darwinian view) has no such resource. If programmers know what they need to see, can’t they rig it to succeed? Besides, their simulation is so broad, trying to simulate “cradles, museums and graves” of organisms (which originate, stabilize and go extinct, respectively), the model does little more than restate their beliefs. Do they explain how a mountain range caused a particular bird or mammal to appear in a particular niche? Of course not; it would be impossible to sort through all the factors. The study accomplishes little more than providing them an opportunity to pontificate about climate change.Physics makes rules; evolution rolls the dice (Science Magazine). In this book review, Chico Camargo gushes over Charles Cockrell’s new book, The Equations of Life: How Physics Shapes Evolution. His first paragraph could almost fool one into thinking he’s in a worship service:Picture a ladybug in motion. The image that came into your head is probably one of a small, round red-and-black insect crawling up a leaf. After reading Charles Cockell’s The Equations of Life, however, you may be more likely to think of this innocuous organism as a complex biomechanical engine, every detail honed and operating near thermodynamic perfection.The only worship going on, though, is for Darwin. Evolutionists seem pressured to make natural selection more law-like, and less random. The tone of Cockrell’s book is that physics—blind physics—creates biological organization. It may constrain what is possible, but can physics cause a snail to emerge, as shown in the photo accompanying the article? Ignore the praise, and think about the concepts:In a fascinating journey across physics and biology, Cockell builds a compelling argument for how physical principles constrain the course of evolution. Chapter by chapter, he aims his lens at all levels of biological organization, from the molecular machinery of electron transport to the social organisms formed by ant colonies. In each instance, Cockell shows that although these structures might be endless in their detail, they are bounded in their form. If organisms were pawns in a game of chess, physics would be the board and its rules, limiting how the game unfolds.Constraints are not the same thing as causes. In the illustrations Camargo picks from the book, he commits a fallacy borrowed from Cockrell, that physics has creative power. He says that a drop of water on a ladybug’s back is like a heavy pack to a human. He says that a drop of water to an ant would be like a prison to one of us. Those might be interesting details, but what power does a water drop have to direct Darwin’s unguided processes to evolve an ant or ladybug in the first place, endowing it with antennae, eyes, and numerous organs that allow it to thrive? Water is oblivious to organisms. The physical properties of water drops can only limit what is possible for organisms to do. Nothing in physics, despite the fancy equations Cockrell employs in his book, has creative powers.At the end of every chapter, the reader is reminded of how the laws of physics nudge, narrow, mold, shape, and restrict the “endless forms most beautiful” that Charles Darwin once described. Cockell’s persistence pays off as he gears up for his main argument: If life exists on other planets, it has to abide by the same laws as on Earth.Nudging and shaping are activities that minds engage in. If Camargo has accurately described the book, both he and the author commit a non-sequitur in a post-hoc fallacy. Just because an organism abides by the laws of physics, it does not follow that the laws of physics created the organism. The most egregious error in the book review is where Camargo allows Cockrell to leap over fantastical improbabilities (improbabilities so utterly absurd as to qualify as insane) with the same post-hoc sandwich:Cockell also describes how physical constraints make evolution possible by causing different DNA sequences to be translated into the same amino acids, leading amino acids to form proteins with the same shapes. If one were to consider, for example, that every position in a chain of 300 amino acids—not far from the length of an average protein—could be one of 20 possible amino acids, a simple calculation would reveal that there are approximately 2 × 10390 potential combinations. If each of those chains were to adopt a different shape, evolution would never lead to the same protein shape twice. But because of the laws of physics, most proteins assume a very limited set of shapes, combining patterns of α-helices and β-sheets.Words cannot describe how absurd and unscientific this statement is. Nothing in the laws of physics forces life to select amino acids that are left-handed. Nothing in the laws of physics forces strings of amino acids to form sequences that result in patterns of α-helices and β-sheets. Nothing in α-helices and β-sheets forces them to fold into functional machines. If evolution is as blind and unguided as Darwin taught, there is nothing in physics to make life “choose” any solutions that work. And certainly, if the Universal Probability Bound for our universe is 1 in 10150, nothing in a thousand universes could overcome odds like 2 x 10390. (Remember, each additional exponent multiples the previous number by 10.)Evolutionists are desperate to distance themselves from chance. In our Twitter debates with atheists, they get uptight about our frequent assertion that natural selection is equivalent to the Stuff Happens Law. The more civil tweeters, instead of cussing, like to pass around boilerplate statements like this one from the PBS Evolution FAQ:Evolution is not a random process. The genetic variation on which natural selection acts may occur randomly, but natural selection itself is not random at all. The survival and reproductive success of an individual is directly related to the ways its inherited traits function in the context of its local environment. Whether or not an individual survives and reproduces depends on whether it has genes that produce traits that are well adapted to its environment. Repeating this quote ad infinitum does not alter its inherent big lie. The holes in the statement are easy to see for anyone not intimidated by Darwin bluffing. If Darwinians really believe that evolution is an unguided natural process—without any mind or aim—then every part of it is unguided. Nobody disputes that mutation (genetic variation) is random, but so is the local environment as well as the global environment. An unguided environment cannot steer unguided variation. Additionally, the statement presupposes that the organism has inherited traits that perform functions, but those had to come from genetic information, not from random molecules. Moreover, that information had to reach a phenomenally improbable threshold before reproduction “emerged” that could reproduce it, using molecular machines of astonishing complexity. Finally, there is nothing about physics or chemistry that makes an organism desire to adapt, let alone reproduce, since extinction is the easier way out. Evolution is unguided turtles all the way down.Laws of physics can constrain actions, but they have no creative power. Gravity may draw objects toward the Earth, but the same law can fling objects away from the Earth, or toward another object. It doesn’t care. Even Aristotle, for all his faults, realized that “If the art of ship-building were in the wood, ships would exist by nature.” Since we don’t see ships growing on trees, we can assume that an additional cause—a ship-builder—is required. We do, however, see cells and organisms of astonishing complexity. They use the laws of physics (a sea turtle can navigate by the magnetic field); they are constrained by the laws of physics (ants lack the power to escape a water droplet’s surface tension); but the laws of physics do not create the organisms. Evolutionists wrongly attribute creative powers to natural selection, contrary to the best-known laws of physics: the laws of thermodynamics.In his book Undeniable, Douglas Axe describes “The Gaping Hole in Evolutionary Theory” — “Evolutionary theory ascribes inventive power to natural selection alone,” he notes. “However, because selection can only hone in on the fitness signal from an invention after that invention already exists, it can’t actually invent” (p. 97). We know that intelligent minds can invent. We know they can invent things with traits for robustness so that they can survive perturbations (see Guliuzza article). The only way evolutionists continue to believe evolution can invent all the wonders we see around us, he argues, is by personifying evolution (p. 80), which is the fallacy of personification: attributing intelligence, emotions and will to inanimate objects or to the laws of physics. To believe in the creative power of mindless, unguided nature, contrary to all evidence and logic, evolutionists transfer the attributes of God onto matter. They do not rid nature of the need for the attributes of God. This means that atheists believe in a god—a nature god, or a pantheistic god, but a god nonetheless. The only God with the attributes necessary to create what we see in a hummingbird, a whale, or a human brain is the God who revealed Himself in His Word.last_img read more

Eskom awards $75m contract to ABB

first_imgThe first of Medupi’s six generating units will be commissioned by early 2011, with the last unit scheduled for commissioning by January 2015. The first of Kusile’s six generating units is scheduled for completion by 2013, followed by the completion on an additional unit after every eight months. ABB will deliver about 2 000 circuit breakers with operating voltages of 66 kV and 132 kV over a five-year period, and will take responsibility for their installation and commissioning. Multinational power and automation technology company ABB has won a US$75-million (about R612.1-million) order from state company Eskom to supply and install circuit breakers to strengthen South Africa’s electricity network. “Our production capabilities, together with the expertise of the local teams that will install and commission the equipment, helped us secure what is one of ABB’s largest-ever orders for circuit breakers.” 25 September 2008 SAinfo reporter “We are proud to support Eskom in this critical period of strengthening the power grid,” ABB Power Products head Bernhard Jucker said in a statement this week. Eskom has also called for statements of qualification from local and international companies interested in investing in South Africa as independent power producers.center_img Continued support The circuit breakers help protect electrical equipment from damage caused by current surges and will assist in enhancing the safety and reliability of the electricity network. Eskom is spending billions to rehabilitate South Africa’s electricity network and double generation capacity. Eskom recently began construction on the Kusile coal-fired base load power station near Witbank in the Mpumalanga province, while work on the Medupi coal-fired base load power station, situated near Lephalale in the Limpopo province, began in April this year. “We are seeing Eskom speeding up their projects to upgrade the infrastructure in South Africa and will continue to support them on the supply and technical aspects,” said ABB iouth Africa country manager Carlos Pone. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Uniting Africa now child’s play

first_imgUniting the continent in the game ishopefully the first step to achievingit in reality. (Image: Idy Sy for NPR) MEDIA CONTACTS • Salif Tidiane BaJekaben+221 33 823 41 31 or +221 33 822 56 06RELATED ARTICLES• Board games make learning fun• Learning through gaming • “One Africa!” says Gaddafi• The African UnionJanine ErasmusJekaben, a recently launched board game, aims to unite Africa in a fun and educational way by encouraging players to broaden their knowledge of the continent in topics such as geography, economics, culture and politics, while completing a map of Africa.The game is the creation of Senegalese entrepreneur and game designer Salif Tidiane Ba, based in Dakar. In the Malian language of Bambara, also spoken in Senegal and a few other West African countries, Jekaben means “let us work together”.Ba hopes that Jekaben will contribute to achieving what many distinguished African leaders, including former South African president Nelson Mandela, have long wished for: a united continent. Through the light-hearted game Ba wants to encourage the younger generation of Africans to embrace the pan-African vision.“The aim is to make the African youth aware of the need to work closely together and to quickly achieve the United States of Africa,” he says.The United States of Africa is a concept first mooted in 1924 by Jamaican journalist Marcus Garvey in a poem titled Hail, United States of Africa. The idea is to unite the 53 independent African countries into one federation.The concept has its supporters and opponents – among the former are Libya, Ghana, Senegal and Zimbabwe. However, others such as Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa – Africa’s powerhouse – have not rushed to express their optimism. Passport to successJekaben is currently available in English, French and Arabic, but Ba hopes to soon have it translated into more languages of Africa, including Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Mandingo, Hausa and others.It is played on a board with 25 blank squares in the middle surrounded by a path of 28 squares along which the players move their game piece. The squares on the perimeter contain “safe spots” as well as risk boxes such as conflict, malaria, or HIV and Aids.The goal is to build the map of Africa in the centre while answering Trivial Pursuit-type questions, of which there are 100, about the continent. A piece of the map may be placed after a series of correct answers. Certain map pieces also trigger the awarding of a United States of Africa passport, of which there are 20.Players move by throwing a pair of dice, and trade in banknotes representing the old African currency of shell money. The shell of the money cowry (Cypraea moneta) has been used as currency in many countries around the world and in West Africa it was legal tender until the mid-19th century. The tradition finally died out in the early 20th century as modern currencies took over.Players are dealt cards that help them progress around the board. For instance, drawing a peace card will allow the player to leave a conflict box. Picking up a malaria card, depicting a mosquito net, enables one to escape the malaria box. Other cards allow players to cash in on new opportunities in agriculture, industry, infrastructure development and mining.Wisdom of AfricaBa has included a set of 16 Sage cards, representing renowned African leaders, which allow the card-holder to move faster towards the completion of the united continent.It comes as no surprise that among them are Nobel Peace laureate Nelson Mandela, the revered Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, pan-African champion Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, and the poet Léopold Sédar Senghor of Senegal – considered to be one of Africa’s most important intellectuals.However, the presence of the likes of eccentric Muammar al-Gaddafi, not generally known as a sage, and controversial Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia, who took control in a coup, may raise a few eyebrows. Ba maintains that his choice of sages is completely his own. The deciding factor for sagehood, in his opinion, is their vision of a united Africa.Questions range from easy to puzzling – a few examples are “Which African author wrote Things Fall Apart?” (Chinua Achebe); “Which African country used to be called Dahomey?” (Benin); and “Who was Félix Houphouët-Boigny? A Cameroonian footballer, president of Côte d’Ivoire or a famous African film director?” (President of Côte d’Ivoire).The game ends when the last piece of the map is placed. The person with the most passports is the winner.last_img read more

Wolfram Alpha Turns 1: An Interview with Stephen Wolfram

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#search#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The launch of the “computational knowledge engine” Wolfram Alpha was one of the most anticipated product launches of early 2009. Since then, it’s been rather quiet around Wolfram Alpha, even though the company continues to add new features and data on a regular basis. Today, we had a chance to talk to Wolfram Research’s founder Stephen Wolfram about the first year and the company’s plans for the future.Looking BackAs Wolfram told us, the most basic question he tried to answer when the company started development was simply to see if it was even possible to take all this data and make it computable. Now, a year later, his answer to that question is an emphatic “yes.” Wolfram, however, also acknowledged that right after the launch the user experience for first-time users wasn’t necessarily ideal, as Wolfram Alpha didn’t yet have data for a lot of knowledge domains. The choice at that point, he said, was to either delay the launch and get more data, or to release Wolfram Alpha and be able to learn how its users would use it, and then enhance the experience over time. Wolfram says that today, most users are aware of the difference between a search engine and Wolfram Alpha, and the experience for first-time users has become far better. He stressed that the team (which consists of about 200 employees and 500 volunteers) is currently adding new data at an increasing pace. That’s gotten easier as the team has learned how to import information from a large variety of knowledge domains and sub-specialties.Getting the Data is Just 5% of the Work Unlike Google, Wolfram thinks that the Web “isn’t useful for getting raw data.” Indeed, whenever the Wolfram Alpha team experimented with this, the data simply wasn’t up to par. Instead, the company will continue to mostly work with data from primary sources. Getting this data, however, is only 5% of the work. The real difficulty is to understand how to compute this data and to understand how people talk about this data: What kind of questions do they ask? What are the alternate names for a specific chemical element? In addition, the Wolfram Alpha team and volunteers also check for anomalies in the data they receive. If there are major outliers, the team will track down more information to verify the original source. Sadly, though, not all data is free and Wolfram Alpha has to pay if it wants to include some databases. To make Wolfram a viable business and still offer this data, the team is considering a subscription plan that will give paying users access to deeper datasets from subscription databases. Challenge: Bringing Wolfram Alpha to More UsersThe question now, however, is how to get more users and how to bring Wolfram Alpha to more users through more channels. As we noted earlier this year, the company’s newly minted managing director Barak Berkowitz thinks that the team’s “number-one priority is to get Wolfram|Alpha in the hands of everyone.” To get to this point, they will soon release more and better tools for third-party developers who want to use the company’s APIs to integrate Wolfram Alpha’s functionality in their own sites and services. It’s also worth noting that Wolfram Alpha now offers an appliance that companies can install behind their firewall to curate and compute their own data. Looking Ahead: Analyzing Your Own Data, More Knowledge Domains, Programming with Natural Language QueriesBesides looking back, we also asked Wolfram about his plans for the future. In answering this question, he stressed that this new approach to computing is just getting started and it usually takes him about 10 years to develop his projects before he fully understands what’s possible once this new paradigm has arrived.For the near future, however, Wolfram hopes that Wolfram Alpha’s users will be able to upload their own data and perform complex computations on this data and use Wolfram Alpha to find correlations within Alpha’s vast database. The usage scenarios for this could include anything from analyzing sales data to doing personal analytics on data from devices like the Fitbit. In addition to uploading data, Wolfram Alpha will soon make it easier for users to download data to use in presentations.Wolfram also wants to bring Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica closer together. One development that Wolfram is especially excited about is using Wolfram Alpha’s ability to understand and compute natural language queries in order to create Mathematica programs. By building on this capability, Mathematica users may soon be able to write and manipulate their code using natural language queries just like in Wolfram Alpha. Obviously, the team behind Wolfram Alpha will also continue to add more data across an every-growing number of knowledge domains. Today, for example, the team is launching real-time space weather data, 12 complete genomes and local maps, as well as numerous other knowledge domains related to math, biology, physics and geography.last_img read more

Steve Ballmer Announces That There Will be Tablet Announcements

first_imgklint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#mobile#news#Products Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference today, Steve Ballmer promised tablets in a variety of form factors would arrive by the end of the year from partners including Asus, Dell, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba – but offered no specifics. ASUS has already announced ASUS Eee Pad and MSI has announced the WindPad, but previous Windows tablet projects such as the HP Slate and the Microsoft Courier are vaporware thus far. Microsoft is said to be targeting IT managers with its tablets.Microsoft will be entering a competitive marketplace in which enterprises will have several options. The iPad is gaining in the enterprise, Cisco is entering the tablet market with an Android tablet, and RIM is rumored to be releasing a BlackBerry tablet. Also, Dell has already released a consumer focused Android tablet and Intel and Nokia have demoed a MeeGo tablet.ZDNet notes Microsoft is developing Windows 8 with the tablet form factor in mind. Although Chrome OS and Cisco will bother offer the ability to run desktop apps through a remote desktop interface, the ability to run traditional Windows applications natively on tablets could be a boon to enterprises.Intriguingly, Engadget notes that although Ballmer didn’t mention HP during his keynote, the company is on the WPC’s web sites list of companies releasing a Windows 7 tablet this year. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

ReadWriteWeb’s Comprehensive WikiLeaks Timeline (UPDATED)

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… “Following its very public DDoS attacks on the Visa and Mastercard websites this afternoon, it appears as though the vigilante group Anonymous will no longer be able to keep us apprised via Twitter or Facebook. The group’s access to both social networking sites has been pulled. Updated: 30 minutes later, it looks like you can follow Anonymous at @AnonOps.”Wikileaks on Pirate Bay: The Facts & FiguresDecember 8, 2010“The US government has called on the organization Wikileaks to “return” all the classified documents it received and has begun to publish and “destroy” all the documents in its databases. For at least the fraction of the documents that have been released to the public, it’s far too late for that.”President Bill Clinton Talks About WikileaksDecember 8, 2010“Clinton used the Wikileaks issue to illustrate the theme of his discussion, which centered on instability in the world. ‘What you do not see is how many people were exposed,’ Clinton said about Wikileaks, referring to informants providing information about their native countries to the United States. As a result, people may be killed and careers will be ruined, Clinton said.”Operation Payback Targets Amazon; WikiLeaks Cables Found in Kindle Book StoreDecember 9, 2010“Less than an hour ago, the Twitter account @Op_Payback (Operation Payback) tweeted its intention to take down Amazon.com with its LOIC application, the software designed to launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, as directed by the group of hackers known only as Anonymous. The group’s Operation Payback campaign has already hit websites like MasterCard and Visa in recent days, successfully taking the sites offline for hours.”Wikipedia Editors Delete Article Listing Wikileaks Mirror SitesDecember 9, 2010 “Reporters Without Borders reports that several diplomatic cables that have come out via Wikileaks indicate Cuba is more worried about bloggers than traditional activists.” “Due to its loose and decentralized nature, later attacks organized by the hacker group known as Anonymous appeared to have failed. PayPal updated its company blog yesterday to note that all PayPal sites are, and have remained, “‘fully operational.’”Where In the World Is WikiLeaks Mirrored? [Google Earth]December 10, 2010“WikiLeaks currently has well over 1,000 mirrors, which host the same data in different locations in case the parent site is taken down, and one Harvard developer has gathered all of these mirrors into a Google Earth visualization to show from whence these leaks have sprung.”DDoS Attacks Make Headlines, But How Common Are They? December 13, 2010“By attacking the websites of the largest names in finance and e-commerce – Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, Amazon – last week’s actions by the vigilante “group” called Anonymous have thrust DDOS attacks into the spotlight. Although some are pegging this as a new form of political activism, denial of service attacks are neither a recent development, nor a particularly rare occurrence.”Three Hackers Arrested in Wake of DDOS Attacks December 13, 2010“Authorities found the name of a designer named Alex Tapanaris embedded in a PDF press release purporting to come from the hacker group Anonymous. His site was later inaccessible and he was said to have been arrested. Several other people were arrested, said to be allied to Anonymous, in the Netherlands.”Wikileaks’ Assange Wins TIME Person of Year Reader Poll – But Will the Editors Choose Him?December 13, 2010“Julian Assange, leader of the whistle blower website Wikileaks, has won the reader’s poll at TIME Magazine for Person of the Year in 2010, the magazine announced today.”What if Operation Anonymous Attacked City Infrastructures & Power Grids? December 14, 2010“This month’s online struggles between Wikileaks supporters participating in the ephemeral group called Anonymous and international corporations like Visa, Mastercard and PayPal, who have stopped allowing their customers to donate money to Wikileaks, have brought electronic disruptions like Distributed Denials of Service (DDOS) to the forefront of peoples’ minds all over the world.”Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Named TIME’s Person of the Year December 15, 2010 Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins WikiLeaks’ Imitators Proliferate But Go Their Own Way: A Catalog of Clones December 29, 2010“The contentious whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks has ruffled so many feathers that it’s been shut down not just in the countries we think of as repressive, but in those we like to think are open. Because of that, mirror sites have proliferated. But accompanying the mirrors are clones.”FBI Raids Web Hosts Over Wikileaks Advocates’ Operation Payback December 29, 2010“The FBI has reportedly raided a Texas web host and worked with international authorities to search servers in pursuit of the anonymous leaders of the group Anonymous, who blocked the website of PayPal earlier this month in retribution to the company’s decision to stop its customers from making donations to Wikileaks.”Leaked: Cuban Government Fears Bloggers More Than Activists December 29, 2010 “Despite the fact that Wikileaks front man Julian Assange won TIME’s reader poll for the magazine’s Person of the Year 2010 feature, the editors ultimately picked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckberberg as the overall winner.”Support Writers, Publishers, Non-Profits (Yes, Including WikiLeaks) With Donations Via Flattr December 15, 2010“The refusal by PayPal, Moneybookers, Mastercard, and Visa to process payments to WikiLeaks was clearly an effort to sever the organization’s access to online financial resources. But there remains one way to donate online to WikiLeaks, via the Swedish startup Flattr.”Using WikiLeaks to Shape History as it Happens December 15, 2010“(W)ill WikiLeaks bring us the transparency we need to be able to understand the internal workings of U.S. covert operations?”What Mark Zuckerberg Told TIME About Wikileaks December 15, 2010“So what does Zuckerberg have to say about the man who peeled back the curtain from the internal discussions among diplomats for history’s most formidable empire? Not much.”Assange Banged OUT of the Tanty: This Week in Online Tyranny December 16, 2010“Wikileaks boss Julian Assange was awarded bail this week but not initially released.”WikiLeaks.org Is Back Up… But Is It WikiLeaks? December 16, 2010“It’s unclear, however, exactly who’s behind it and one Internet security site is saying that the site exists in ‘a very dangerous neighborhood’ of the Internet and is warning people not to visit it.”House Judiciary Committee Conducts Hearing on Wikileaks – Watch the Video December 16, 2010 “A very interesting site for whistle blowers called WikiLeaks is facing government censorship as today a California judge reportedly ruled that the company in control of the site’s domain name must shut down public access to the entire site.”Wikileaks Calls for Help in Taking Whistle Blower Site to the Next LevelNovember 28, 2008.“Wikileaks.org, a website that publishes classified, confidential, censored or otherwise secret documents for anyone to see, put out a call last night for help in advancing the site beyond its remarkable early success. Just a week after publishing one of its most high profile documents yet, the organization sent an email to subscribers last night asking them to “tell us your most radical ideas for our vision of justice and how they might be economically, politically, legally, technically and socially sustained.”Wikileaks and Publishers to Partner on Whistleblower StoriesOctober 9, 2009“The group will give publishers the opportunity to embed a Wikileaks submission form on their websites. The idea is that users will be able to anonymously upload material, and Wikileaks will verify it. In return for embedding the form, the publisher will receive the verified documents under embargo and will be the first to publish the story.”Wikileaks Releases Over Half a Million Pager Messages from 9/11November 25, 2009“Earlier this morning, Wikileaks began to post pager messages that were sent on September 11, 2001. According to Wikileaks, these messages were intercepted by an ‘organization which has been intercepting and archiving US national telecommunications since prior to 9/11.’”Wikileaks Plugs the Leak While It Waits for FundingJanuary 29, 2010“If you woke up today thinking this would finally be the day you would leak that top-secret document, you might want to hold off for another day. Wikileaks, the Internet home for whistleblowers world-wide, has temporarily shut its doors to concentrate on fundraising.”Apple Bans Cartoon Ulysses: This Week in Online TyrannyJune 17, 2010. “Iceland establishes strong free-speech laws. In order to become a “new media haven” Iceland has passed the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative proposal, co-written by whistle-blower site WikiLeaks.”Wikileaks Releases 91,000 Afghanistan War Documents OnlineJuly 25, 2010“‘The reports, while written by soldiers and intelligence officers mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related detail.’”Wikileaks Data Spurs App DevelopmentAugust 9, 2010 “The House Judiciary Committee met today to discuss, among other things, Wikileaks and whether the organization and its boss Julian Assange have violated the United States Espionage Act.”Information Wants to Be Free, But the (Unofficial) WikiLeaks App Costs Extra December 19, 2010“‘Information wants to be free,’ or so goes the slogan invoked a lot in relation to WikiLeaks. Information wants to be free – except when it’s a WikiLeaks iPhone app apparently. Then it’s $1.99.”Top 10 Culture of Tech Stories of 2010 December 20, 2010“Wikileaks was not a story, but an ongoing continuum of stories. It started with release by the wiki-based whistle-blowing site in April of a video that seemed to show a U.S. helicopter gunship killing a number of Reuters journalists.”Watch How WikiLeaks’ Mirrors Spread Around the World [Google Earth] December 20, 2010“Now, Muller has taken this same data and plotted it over time, showing the viral replication of WikiLeaks from just a handful of mirrors to nearly 2,000 in just seven day’s time.”Major Internet Incidents and Outages of 2010 December 21, 2010“(T)he events surrounding WIkiLeaks have not merely interrupted the organization’s website, as Amazon, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, EveryDNS and others have been targeted by DDoS attacks.”How OpenLeaks is Likely to Work December 21, 2010“OpenLeaks will provide whistle-blowers a way to upload leaked documents and to send them to particular recipients, such as newspapers, news channels, radio stations, non profit organizations, labor unions, governmental oversight groups and others. OpenLeaks itself, unlike Wikileaks, will not publish the leaked documents on its site.”WikiLeaks App Yanked from App Store December 21, 2010 “PayPal has posted a (late-night) statement to its website, saying: ‘PayPal has permanently restricted the account used by WikiLeaks due to a violation of the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, which states that our payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity. We’ve notified the account holder of this action.’”Wikileaks’ Assange May be TIME’s Person of the YearDecember 6, 2010“Wanted by the law across multiple countries, threatened with military action by US hawks, shut out by internet vendors from Amazon to PayPal, Wikileaks leader Julian Assange may still be named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2010. He’s currently leading in the magazine’s online poll, ahead of the Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Erdogan, in influence score if not in votes.”The Weakest Link: What Wikileaks Has Taught Us About the Open InternetDecember 6, 2010“‘The first serious infowar is now engaged,’” EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow tweeted on Friday. “‘The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops.’”Facebook: We’re Not Kicking Wikileaks Off Our SiteDecember 6, 2010“‘The Wikileaks Facebook Page does not violate our content standards nor have we encountered any material posted on the page that violates our policies.’”Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested in LondonDecember 7, 2010“The much-maligned Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested this morning in London. Assange turned himself in to London police to face a Swedish arrest warrant for rape allegations, which Assange has denied.”PayPal: Decision to Drop Wikileaks Was “Straightforward”December 8, 2010“Over the weekend, PayPal announced that it would no longer handle donations to whistleblower site Wikileaks. In a late night statement, the company said that the site had violated its terms of service and the account would be immediately shut down.”DDoS Attacks Take Down Mastercard and Visa Websites, “Payback” for Their Stance on WikiLeaksDecember 8, 2010“Mastercard’s website was down for several hours this morning, and now it appears as though Visa’s is offline as well, as these sites have become the targets of ongoing DDoS attacks. And so the infowar rages on today with these latest shots apparently fired by Anonymous, a vigilante group of hacktivists loosely affiliated with the message board 4chan.”Anonymous Ousted from Twitter and Facebook, Back on Twitter AlreadyDecember 8, 2010center_img Tags:#Government#NYT#user-generated content#web As we mentioned before, “Wikileaks was not a story, but an ongoing continuum of stories… It’s a story that is destined to keep on giving.” In that short time since that post, it has indeed done just that. WikiLeaks — its actions and the reactions to them, the implications of what has happened around the whistle-blowing site — has given birth to an extremely complex and ever-changing situation. In lieu of summing up a situation that has not come to a tidy conclusion, we have put together a full timeline of WikiLeaks news and analysis from our site. Read through from our earliest coverage (February, 2008) to our most recent (today) and you should have a reasonably complete sense of why WikiLeaks is important. WikiLeaks, Censorship and the Watchdog WebFebruary 18, 2008 “While politicians, pundits, military, and journalists assess and debate the fallout from Wikileaks’ release of the ‘Afghan War Diary’ – the legality and ethics of Wikileaks, its impact on the war efforts, the rise of the ‘world’s first stateless news organization’ – a number of developers are diving right into the 91,000 some odd classified documents and seeing what they can do with the data.”Visualizing the Wikileaks DataAugust 19, 2010“A group of hackademics took the Wikileaks activity data from the Afghanistan war and mapped it, creating a video visualization of the events. The 91,000 documents track events including friendly fire and civilian injuries and death over the course of the last six years.”WikiLeakiLeaks: Open Attack or Honest Attempt At Media Transparency?August 30, 2010“Gawker has had enough of the tight-lipped Wikileaks and its elusive founder, Julian Assange, it would seem. According to a blog post this morning, the media outlet decries the website to be ‘about as open as North Korea.’ In response, it has launched the hilariously-named Wikileakileaks, ‘your source for Wikileaks-related secrets, documents and rumors.’”Wikileaks Officials Quit Over Iraq War Doc ReleaseSeptember 28, 2010“Wikileaks came to prominence after it released 91,000 documents related to the Afghanistan War. Now, officials inside the organization have begun leaving in protest over its founder’s insistence on releasing nearly 400,000 similar documents from the Iraq War.”Bahraini Blogger Tortured: This Week in Online TyrannyOctober 15, 2010“After being dropped by Moneybooker, the e-commerce company that processes the organizations donations, Assange accused it of collusion in a U.S. government conspiracy to destroy him.”Wikileaks Founder: Media Reports of Iraq Document Release Based on “Tabloid” BlogOctober 18, 2010“Take a look this morning at Reuters, the BBC, CNN or any number of other media sources and you’ll read that WikiLeaks, the controversial wiki-based site for whistle-blowers, is about to release nearly half a million records pertaining to the Iraq War. Wikileaks says that this news has been reported in more than 700 articles across the Web and that it’s all based on ‘a single tabloid blog at Wired Magazine.’”Police in 14 Countries Raid File-Sharing Hosts And Hit Close to WikileaksSeptember 7, 2010“The raid comes as Wikileaks is preparing to release 15,000 classified documents related to the war in Afghanistan, which the U.S. government is anxious to prevent. PRQ denied that Wikileaks was the subject of the raid, and Wikileaks has not made any statement yet.”Wikileaks Loses Funding, Claims Government Blacklist to BlameOctober 15, 2010 “Bank of America was targeted by Anonymous because it joined other financial companies PayPal, Mastercard and Visa, in refusing to work with Wikileaks.”A Taste of Its Own Medicine? 4chan Down Due to DDoS Attack December 28, 2010“Geekosystem editor Robert Quigley ponders who could be behind the attack, asking if it could be Tumblr users still hanging on to the Tumblr/4chan battle of earlier this year. Quiqley goes on to wonder if it could be the banks themselves acting in retaliation or even 4chan itself.”Amazon Web Services, WikiLeaks and the Elephant in the Room“Amazon Web Services sent out a promotional email titled ‘Amazon Web Services Year in Review.’ Understandably, the email didn’t mention one of the biggest AWS stories of the year: the company’s decision to remove the WikiLeaks website from its servers.” “Wikileaks, the wiki-based site for whistle-blowers, has been facing increasing pressure from the U.S. government since its July release of more than 90,000 war documents from the war in Afghanistan. Today, the Guardian is reporting that this pressure has finally hit where it hurts the most – in the pocket – as the site’s funding has been blocked.”Examining Today’s Coverage of Wikileaks Iraq DocumentsOctober 22, 2010“Wikileaks’ leak of its approximately 400,000 Iraq military field reports to major media outlets has turned into a torrent today. Like the whistle-blower outfit’s release of its 91,000 Afghanistan war documents, it gave the MSM a chance to look, and interpret, before releasing any information to the public.”Wikileaks’ Iraq War Diaries Available for Download – Data VisualizationOctober 25, 2010“As most readers probably know by now, Julian Assange, Wikileaks’ leader, has gone ahead with the release of 391,832 secret documents related to the war in Iraq. These documents cover most of the period between May 2004 and March 2009.”Wikileaks Iraq Redactions Last-Minute, Possibly AutomatedOctober 27, 2010“Anonymous whistle-blowing outfit Wikileaks has been criticized for insufficiently redacting (covering or deleting) the names of civilians in its release of Afghanistan war documents. Everyone from the more predictable U.S. officials to non-profits like Reporters Without Borders to Wikileaks’ own staff has faulted its founder, Julian Assange for a lack of concern for people’s lives. As unlikely as it might seem, given apparent Assange’s high-handedness with media and co-workers and many conspiracy theories, he seems to have heard the complaints. In the latest release, that of almost 400,000 documents related to the Iraq War, redactions were carried out.”Wikileaks Mutineers Create Rival OrganizationNovember 7, 2010“Back in September, we reported that whistle-blowing site Wikileaks had hemorrhaged a number of prominent personnel. Now some of those who’ve left have begun assembling an organization designed to directly compete with its parent. The alleged high-handedness of the organization’s founder, Julian Assange, and the beliefs of some of his co-workers’ belief that he has not properly protected lives by carefully redacting the Iraq documents, has created a rift and the rift has created and opportunity.”Over 250,000 U.S. Diplomatic Documents Released by WikileaksNovember 28, 2010“Hours prior to the documents’ publication, Wikileaks tweeted that the website was experiencing a ‘mass distributed denial of service attack.’ But whether or not the site goes down – it’s functioning, albeit slowly at this time – the documents released today have already been distributed to a number of international news agencies who are publishing their findings from the trove of leaked documents.”Wikileaks Moves to Amazon Web ServicesNovember 29, 2010“Yesterday we reported that Wikileaks’ web site suffered a denial of service (DOS) attack just before the publication of its most recent cache of documents. The site was down for only a few hours, according to Forbes’ Andy Greenberg. Today, The Guardian reports that Wikileaks turned to Amazon.com’s Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) service to get back online and survive the DOS attack.”Amazon.com Drops WikileaksDecember 1, 2010 “The unofficial WikiLeaks app has been yanked from the Apple Store. The app was approved on Dec. 17, but yesterday developer Igor Barinov received word that the app was removed from sale.”Is This How Bank of America Is Preparing For the Next WikiLeaks Release? December 22, 2010“In a defensive move, Bank of America now seems to be buying up domains for its senior executives and board members, including their names along with ‘sucks’ or ‘blows.’”Wikiriver: One Stop Shop For All Wikileaks Coverage December 22, 2010“This week blogging and syndication trailblazer Dave Winer has launched a simple but invaluable service that centralizes all the coverage from all the major media outlets analyzing the Wikileaks cables.”Wikileaks’ Leaks Leaked: Norwegian Paper Has All the Cables and None of the Restrictions December 22, 2010“Unlike El Pais, The Guardian, Le Monde and Wikileaks’ other media partners in past leaks, Aftenposten has no agreement requiring the organization’s sign-off prior to publishing the leaks.”Bank of America Suffers DDoS Slowdowns December 27, 2010 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “One thing that keeps Wikileaks going, however, is the simple fact that it has hundreds of mirror sites in different languages and locales. One such listing of these sites hosted on name-in-kind service Wikipedia has been deleted by the collaborative encyclopedia’s editors. Should we cry ‘Foul!’ or is the deletion just more business as usual for the site?”WikiLeaks, Anonymous & the Unfolding Cyberwar, 11 Days InDecember 9, 2010“It’s been 11 days since the first batch of U.S. diplomatic cables was released by the online organization WikiLeaks. A lot has happened in those 11 days. Below is a recounting of the key events, issues and debates that have arisen. There’s enough going on that it’s almost sure to include some details you weren’t familiar with, dear reader, but we also invite you to correct the history we’re working on documenting as it unfolds.”Anonymous Appears to Threaten Electronic Frontier Foundation with DDOS AttackDecember 9, 2010“Hacker vigilante group Anonymous may have followed up its distributed denial of service attacks against Mastercard and Visa with a threat to do the same to…the Electronic Frontier Foundation.”Operation Avenge Assange as Digital Direct ActionDecember 9, 2010“But history reveals much that is hidden, and we will see how history will judge WikiLeaks and Operation Payback. In this post, I will analyze Operation Avenge Assange in light of nonviolent direct action as it has been traditionally considered.”As Attacks on PayPal, Amazon Fail, Anonymous Wikileaks Supporters Begin “Operation LeakSpin”December 10, 2010 “Amazon.com has taken down the Wikileaks web site under what appears to be pressure from the U.S. government. Senator Lieberman issued a statement saying that Amazon.com has informed his staff that the company has ceased hosting Wikileaks.”Weekly Poll: Should Amazon.com Have Dropped Wikileaks?December 1, 2010“Our question for the week: Should Amazon Have Dropped Wikileaks?”Amazon.com Explains Why It Dropped WikileaksDecember 2, 2010“Amazon.com issued a statement today regarding its decision to stop hosting Wikileaks’ main site yesterday, claiming the organization’s site violated the Amazon Web Services terms of service and that the content was endangering peoples’ lives.”Another Falls: Tableau Software Drops Wikileaks Data VisualizationsDecember 2, 2010“Facing indirect pressure from the U.S. Government, Tableau Software has dropped Wikileaks’ data from its site for people to use for data visualization. According to an announcement posted on Tableau’s blog, the company decided to drop Wikileaks’ content after reading Sen. Joe Lieberman’s public request that companies hosting Wikileaks’ data remove it.”Wikileaks Loses its DNS ServiceDecember 2, 2010“‘EveryDNS.net provided domain name system (DNS) services to the wikileaks.org domain name until 10PM EST, December 2, 2010, when such services were terminated. As with other users of the EveryDNS.net network, this service was provided for free. The termination of services was effected pursuant to, and in accordance with, the EveryDNS.net Acceptable Use Policy.”‘Top 10 Culture of Tech Stories of 2010December 3, 2010“Wikileaks, the site and the group behind it, could not have happened until the social web did. Leaks have happened for decades but the penetration and the mass of documents only became possible recently. Websites, email, wikis, blogs, microblogs and social networks created a network of avenues for leaks to come in and to spread out again.”Wikileaks Releases Diplomatic Cables: This Week in Online TyrannyDecember 3, 2010“The whistle-blower site’s previous release of Afghani and Iraqi war documents inspired a lot of criticism, much of which was understandable even for those who did not agree. After all, lives were (arguably) at stake. The current brouhaha over the diplomatic cables just seems like pique on behalf of the embarrassed governments.”PayPal Announces It Will No Longer Handle Wikileaks DonationsDecember 4, 2010 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Mayookha Johny, Ram Singh Yadav and Renjith Maheswary told to undergo fitness trials

first_imgThe selection committee of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has raised questions regarding the fitness of three of the 14 track and field athletes who have qualified for the London Olympics.The athletes in question are triple jumpers Mayookha Johny and Renjith Maheshwary and marathoner Ram Singh Yadav.The AFI selection committee met on Monday, which was also the last day for qualification, to decide the team for the Olympics.AFI secretary general CK Valson said that the three athletes will have to undergo fitness tests to prove that they are in good enough condition to compete at the Olympics.The reason that the selection committee asked only three athletes to undergo fitness tests was because Mayookha, Renjith and Ram Singh have not competed in the recent past and hence, the selectors wanted to make sure they are fully fit.”Besides Ram Singh, Mayookha and Renjith have also been asked to prove their fitness. The fitness test will be trials so that the athletes can prove that they are fit to compete at the Olympics,” Valson told Mail Today.”The government observer pointed out that these athletes have not competed for quite some time and therefore, it was necessary that we do not send unfit athletes. Their form and fitness needs to be assessed and we have decided to conduct these trials,” he added.Ram Singh’s coach KS Mathew has given July 22 as the date for his ward’s trial that will be conducted in Bangalore, while Renjith and Mayookha and Renjith, both of whom are preparing for the Olympics abroad, have also been communicated about the trials.advertisementMayookha qualified for the Olympics in July last year with a national record effort of 14.11m. However, not much has been heard of her since then, although she did participate in a few competitions and has been confined to her base in Germany.Renjith is in Italy and not much has been heard of him either. His leap of 16.85m at the Federation Cup in June this year secured him an Olympic berth but the federation is not sure about his progress in the last few months.May was the last when he competed in Chonburi during the Asian Grand Prix in Thailand.Out of the three, only Ram Singh is in India and is undergoing high-altitude training in Ooty. However, on Tuesday, his coach KS Mathew received a couple of phone calls from the AFI top brass who asked them to decide on a date for the trial.”I was told that Ram Singh will have to undergo a fitness trial. We have agreed to undergo the trial on July 22 in Bangalore but that will surely affect our training programme,” Mathews told Mail Today.He added that Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials often visit his training camp and have never questioned Ram Singh’s fitness.In fact, SAI officials came as recently as July 1-2 to assess his training.”We have spoken to the coaches with whom they (Mayookha and Renjith) are training and we have figured out a mechanism to conduct their trials as well,” said Valson.The athletes are scheduled to reach London in batches as they are currently training in various countries at the moment.last_img read more

Victorian Gladiator Wins

first_imgELIMINATORNatasha went into the eliminator 2.5 seconds behind and beat her competitor.Thanks to Touch Football Victoria for providing the article content. Victorian Touch Football representative Natasha Haines put her touch football skills to good use by claiming the 2008 Gladiator crown. In the final game “Eliminator”, Natasha overcame a 2.5 second deficit to claim victory over her New South Wales competitor.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Natasha on her achievement and the resulting promotion of our sport.Below is some information about the show:Natasha talks about Touch Football: “I have played a lot of sports and touch is a sport that is a highly competitive, high intensity sport and you need fitness to survive. Touch is unlike any other sport where you need to be fresh and explosive on the field to make an impact…then quickly sub off for a rest. It has a very quick turnaround between subs.Touch is a highly social game, many friends and families play the sport across all levels. It enables you to play in a same sex team and/or mixed team.”Final Review:Game 1 – GAUNTLETNatasha could not dodge past the Gladiators and didn’t score.Game 2 HANG TOUGH Natasha stayed up on the rings long enough to collect 5 points.Game 3 SUMO BALL Natasha failed to out sumo Amazon and failed to score.Game 4 PYRAMID Olympia proved too strong for Natasha and she scored no points.last_img read more

10 months ago​Man Utd interest in Juventus winger Costa dates since Ferguson era

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd interest in Juventus winger Costa dates since Ferguson eraby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are being linked with Juventus winger Douglas Costa.The Red Devils are hoping to sign a winger in January or the summer who can play on the right side of the team.United have no specialist right winger, with the likes of Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata often filling in.And the Manchester Evening News reports that United’s interest in Costa goes all the way back to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.Even though United have an interim boss in Ole Solskjaer, the club will chase after long term targets if they become available in January.The 28-year-old Costa has only started three Serie A games season, netting 0 goals and 0 assists. last_img read more

a month agoWillian: Chelsea must be sharper with our finishing

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Willian: Chelsea must be sharper with our finishingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillian says Chelsea must be sharper with their finishing after victory over Brighton.The midfielder struck in the 2-0 win.It was his first goal of the season, and his first since March when he netted in the Europa League against Dynamo Kiev.”We needed it,” he told chelseafc.com”We have been working hard every day, every game and this time we finally got the result, got the three points at home and we have to carry on,” he added. “We have to continue in the same way.”The game could have been 3-0 or 4-0. In the first half we created a lot of chances and I think we have to be more clinical. We cannot miss chances like this and we have to now think about the next game.” last_img read more