Rome: At 17, Cristiano Ronaldo was “best” at whatever he did and that reminded his former Sporting Lisbon teammate Rodrigo Tello of basketball legend Michael Jordan. “I had the opportunity to be a teammate of a phenomenal footballer like him,” Tello, who spent six years at Sporting between 2001 and 2007, told Record. “Cristiano Ronaldo’s mentality was totally different from that of a 17-year-old boy. We played football and he was the best, we played billiards and he was the best, we did the weights and he was the one who lifted the most. He reminded me of Michael Jordan, a competitive person in everything. He did personalized training, even on match day.” Ronaldo left Portugal side Lisbon to join English Premier League giants Manchester United and from then on became one of the world’s most sought-after footballers. He joined Real Madrid and now plays for Italian champions Juventus. The Portuguese striker, 35, is a five-time Ballon d’Or winner. Recently, World Cup-winning former Brazil captain Cafu said it is difficult to pick between ‘powers of world football’ Ronaldo and Argentine Lionel Messi. “We’re talking about the two powers of world football. They’ve been at the top for 15 years. One has won six awards, the other five. It’s so hard to pick between them. They’re both magnificent players,” Cafu told FIFA in an interview. Juventus center-back Matthijs de Ligt also said recently that it is difficult to believe that Ronaldo is 35-years-old when one sees him training. Calling the Portuguese superstar as the best striker of his generation, 20-year-old De Ligt said that Ronaldo is a huge inspiration for younger players. (IANS)Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Dr. Mukul Sangma, Former CM, Meghalaya in an exclusive chat with Oineetom Ojah
Can science contribute to religious studies? Only to destroy it, think some atheistic scientists. “In reality, the only contribution that science can make to the ideas of religion is atheism,” announced Matthew Cobb and Jerry Coyne in a letter to Nature.1 Cobb and Coyne were taking issue with Nature’s editorial July 17 about John Templeton’s legacy.2 Though the editorial had stated that “This publication would turn away from religion in seeking explanations for how the world works, and believes that science is likely to go further in explaining human moral impulses than some religious people will welcome,” and “Thus it shares a degree of suspicion with many in the scientific community at any attempt by religiously driven organizations to fund science,” this was not enough for the correspondents, because at the end, Nature said, “critics’ total opposition to the Templeton Foundation’s unusual mix of science and spirituality is unwarranted.” Nothing short of total opposition was good enough for Cobb and Coyne. “Surely science is about finding material explanations of the world,” they asserted, drawing a comparison that spirituality is to religion as intelligent design is to creationism. “There is a fundamental conflict here, one that can never be reconciled until all religions cease making claims about the nature of reality.” In their view, science can study what makes people religious, but religious people have nothing to say about the external world. They made suggestions for scientific research projects of religion. “One could consider psychological studies of why humans are superstitious and believe impossible things, and comparative sociological studies of religion using materialist explanations of the rise and fall of the world’s belief systems.” Over at CERN in Switzerland, the search for the “God particle” is beginning with the commencement of the new Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC sets a new record for energy in its particle collision capabilities. Scientists hope to catch the theoretical Higgs boson, a particle alleged to have emerged in the Big Bang that holds matter together. Peter Higgs, 79, who predicted the particle, will be very puzzled if it doesn’t exist. News Daily said that, as an atheist, he angrily rejects the designation “God particle” for his theoretical entity. Even the name of God seems to rub him the wrong way. It would be hard to find a religious person with as much antipathy for science as some scientific atheists have for religion. Evolution News reported that P. Z. Myers, author of the anti-creationist blog Pharyngula, wanted to desecrate the Eucharist in his latest hate campaign against all things religious. Commentator Michael Egnor pointed out that Christians typically grant free speech rights to such people, no matter how repellant their views, while Myers seeks to legally coerce those on the other side, such as Christian doctors unwilling to perform abortions, to violate their moral convictions. Some atheistic evolutionists are less bellicose, but just as stalwart. An example is David Sloan Wilson, who was interviewed for the River Cities Reader. His “Darwin Project” is out to convince everyone that evolutionary theory is the best explanation for all things natural. Whether there is anything outside of material nature, he was clear. Religion has a horizontal component and a vertical component, he said, but the vertical component (man’s relation to God) is “100% social construction.” In other words, the self-admitted atheist holds out no space for arguing about the possible existence of God. Rather than fight religion directly, though, Wilson tries to defuse concerns by stressing that most of religious activity involves the horizontal component, which he thinks evolutionary theory explains nicely. Wilson doesn’t use his atheism as a battering ram. He calls atheism a “stealth religion,” something to sneak into people’s minds while disarming them with illustrations of the explanatory elegance of evolution (see 12/21/2005). Whether the tactic be hardline or diplomatic, though, the results are the same: evolutionists view religion as an evil to be conquered by a “scientific” worldview that only admits atheism. Maybe science can study religion in a non-combative way. News Daily reported that the Dead Sea Scrolls are going online for the first time. Unreadable fragments are becoming decipherable thanks to NASA technology developed by a JPL retiree that can image previously unreadable fragments with spectral analysis. Bible Places Blog quoted a portion of a New York Times report. The most famous of the Dead Sea Scrolls was the complete Isaiah Scroll, copied well before Jesus was born, with its well-known and detailed Messianic prophecies such as those in Isaiah 9 and Isaiah 53. Lee Strobel recounts in the film The Case for Christ that the chance of one person fulfilling just 48 of the dozens of specific Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament is one chance in a trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion. Mathematics is, they say, the language of science.1. Matthew Cobb and Jerry Coyne, “Atheism could be science’s contribution to religion,” Nature 454, 1049 (28 August 2008) | doi:10.1038/4541049d.2. Editorial, “Templeton’s legacy,” Nature 454, 253-254 (17 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/454253b.Historians of science know, sadly, that the “warfare thesis” that science and religion are hopelessly at odds is a mistaken and indefensible myth propagated by a vocal minority of religion-hating dogmatists in the late 19th century (01/06/2008 commentary). Too bad leading scientists today haven’t learned their history. Remember that some communist prison guards converted when they saw how patiently Christians endured inhumane treatment. Jerry Coyne and P. Z. Myers are playing a useful role. Their rhetoric is so over the top, out of control, hateful and irrational, it makes great advertising for their opponents. Consider some of the gems Coyne has given us in the past.Coyne said evolution was useless (08/30/2006). He argues with his evo-devo opponents but oversimplifies natural selection (06/29/2005). He said his job was to fight creationism (10/05/2004) but even he was startled by the amount of vitriol Dawkins had against religion, calling him a fierce advocate of scientism (04/23/2003). Later, though, he teamed up with Dawkins to call creationism laughable (09/02/2005). Yet his own book on Speciation could not explain the origin of species (07/30/2004). He admitted that evolution is a “science of generalizations” with few specific “laws of evolution” (12/18/2007). He said “Like evolution itself, there are no general rules that apply to the origin of species” (11/13/2003). Most recently, he fought in the Dumb vs Dumber brawl between evolutionists while wearing a CISsy T-shirt (08/11/2008). Now he is backed into a corner trying to defend the claim that evolution is science, yet he has the gall to claim religion is superstition. This is the guy who was as shook up at the collapse of the Peppered Myth as a boy finding out that Santa Claus was his dad (07/05/2002).Yes, Jerry, keep talking. Bystanders are beginning to wonder. Meanwhile, CEH will silently continue citing infractions for impersonating a scientist (09/30/2007 commentary), and politely rapping the knuckles of those who filch from the smorgasbord of Christian presuppositions without paying the bill.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The farmers in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, largely comprising Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Churu districts, withdrew their 13-day-long agitation early on Thursday after the BJP government agreed to waive crop loans up to ₹ 50,000 and appointed a committee to study the procedure adopted in other States for its replication here.After the marathon talks with a group of Ministers till late on Wednesday night, CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) announced withdrawal of agitation and appealed to farmers to lift the blockades put up at scores of places on the highways. The sit-in being staged in several towns of the region will also be finished and roads vacated.AIKS president and Amra Ram, who led an 11-member farmers’ delegation in the negotiations, said the State government had agreed to most of the demands regarding procurement of crops at minimum support price and removal of restrictions on the sale of cattle. He appealed to farmers to clear the blockades and allow movement of vehicles.In addition to the crop loan waiver of ₹ 49,500 crore, the farmers were also demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s report, free electricity for agriculture and increasing farmers’ pension from ₹ 500 to ₹ 5,000 per month.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar should brace himself for more political shocks in the coming days, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Maharashtra unit president Chandrakant Patil said on Friday, dismissing Mr. Pawar’s claims of the ruling party using investigative agencies to hound and poach leaders from the NCP and Congress.Hinting that the NCP and Congress would witness another exodus by important leaders in the coming days, he said there was no question of the BJP deploying ‘terror tactics’ to break the Opposition.Mr. Patil said there was no reason to doubt any rift between the BJP and Shiv Sena. “Even if the BJP has the capacity to win 200 Assembly seats on its own, we will still jointly contest the elections in alliance with the Sena,” he said. An agreeable seat-sharing arrangement would be worked out with the Sena come what may, he said.‘Not desperate’“The Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department authorities prepare themselves well before commencing raids and searches… So, where is the question of the BJP influencing them? Today, the BJP has more than 1.5 crore members, the maximum membership that any political party has in Maharashtra. We are hardly desperate for any leaders or party workers from the Opposition. Members of the Opposition who are demoralised by their leadership are joining us in droves,” Mr. Patil said.He wondered if the NCP chief had himself not resorted to such tactics (misusing probe agencies) to bring in leaders like Chhagan Bhujbal and Narayan Rane, both formerly with the Sena, into the NCP-Congress fold.Mr. Patil also dismissed suggestions of BJP loyalists being ignored in lieu of incoming defectors from the NCP and the Congress. “We are carefully sifting those interested in joining our party and are taking only those leaders who have proved themselves with their work and expertise. With the exception of former Congressman Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, all members of the State Cabinet are BJP old-timers or allies,” he said. The BJP State chief also quashed speculation of him being perceived as a contender for the chief ministerial post. The party had decided that all decisions pertaining to the elections would be taken only by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, he said.
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In the end, both were out in quick succession of each other and Lions finished with a sub—par total. PTI cricket × SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT IPL 2017 SHARE David Warner roared back to form with a blistering 76 after rookie Afghan spinner Rashid Khan weaved a mesmerising spell as Sunrisers Hyderabad overpowered Gujarat Lions by nine wickets in an IPL encounter, here today.It was Rashid’s 3 for 19 that helped Sunrisers restrict Lions to a paltry 135 for 7 in 20 overs and then Warner blasted his way to an unbeaten 76 off 45 balls to finish the match in 15.3 overs.All—rounder Moises Henriques (52 not out) once again proved his worth with the willow as the duo added 108 runs for the unbeaten second wicket.While this was Hyderabad’s second win in as many matches, last year’s top—four finisher Lions now have had two defeats in a row.Warner, who had a poor Test series against India, would be happy as he was in his elements, hitting six boundaries and four huge sixes.The mayhem started in the third over when rival skipper Suresh Raina introduced himself into the attack. Warner lofted him straight into the sight screen and hit another one into the long—on region to break the shackles.Leg—spinner Tejas Baroka —— an inexplicable choice with no experience of playing any match at the senior level —— was given a lesson of what to expect in top—flight cricket.The youngster who has not been considered good enough to be a part of senior Delhi state side was handed a harsh lesson by the star Australian opener.Warner dispatched his half—trackers to the boundary and lofted him for a huge six.Kerala quick Basil Thampi was driven through the covers and cut for good measure as Warner picked the runs at will.The match finished when Warner lofted Baroka into long—on stands.Earlier, after an impressive debut, Rashid once again finished with superb figures of 3 for 19 in four overs. He rattled the Lions top—order with wickets of Brendon McCullum (5), Aaron Finch (3) and skipper Suresh Raina (5) in the 5th, 7th and 9th over of the innings.Lions never recovered from the setbacks even though Dinesh Karthik (30) and Dwayne Smith (37) added 56 runs for the fifth wicket to stem the rot.But it was the damage done by the Afghan ‘Wonderkid’ that spelt doom for Raina and his men.McCullum was gone trying to sweep a googly while Raina played for the wrong ‘un only to be fooled by an orthodox leg—break. The hard—hitting Finch also failed to read a googly and in the process, was trapped plumb in front.He looked dangerous during his entire spell bowling as many 11 dot balls in four overs.Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/21 in 4 overs) and Ashish Nehra (1/27 in 4 overs) also bowled well.Credit should be given to Warner as he gauged the slowness of the pitch and introduced orthodox left—arm spinner Bipul Sharma into the attack with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Jason Roy (31 off 21 balls) hit a few boundaries before a mistimed pull shot off Bhuvneshwar brought his downfall.Tottering at 57 for 4, it wasn’t easy for Karthik and Smith to pull things back with an attacking display as there weren’t too many reputed batsmen left after them.Karthik was uncharacteristically slow scoring 30 off 32 balls with two boundaries while Smith shot four boundaries and a six in 27 balls. Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate the dismissal of a Gujarat Lions batsman during their match in Hyderabad on Sunday. – PTI Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate the dismissal of a Gujarat Lions batsman during their match in Hyderabad on Sunday. – PTI April 09, 2017 Published on COMMENTS