Iran MP slams appearance of footballer who played Israeli club

first_img0Shares0000A combination photo shows Iran’s Ehsan Haji Safi (L) playing during a 2014 World Cup qualifying football match and Iran’s Masoud Shojaei playing during a World Cup 2018 qualifying match © AFP / Behrouz MEHRI, Karim JAAFARTEHRAN, Iran, Mar 25 – A conservative lawmaker in Iran slammed the sports federation on Sunday for allowing star footballer Masoud Shojaei to return to the international squad despite appearing against an Israeli team last year.Shojaei, the 33-year-old national team captain, and teammate Ehsan Haji Safi were criticised in Iran after they appeared for their Greek club Panionios last August in a Europa League qualifier against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Deputy Sports Minister Mohammad Reza Davarzani said at the time that the pair would be banned for life.Iran does not recognise the Jewish state and bars its athletes from appearing against Israelis.Confusion has reigned over the matter, however, with Haji Safi never banned from the international squad, while Shojaei has missed all the international fixtures until Friday’s match against Tunisia, which Iran lost 1-0.“Re-inviting Masoud Shojaei to be present in the national football team — after competing against the Zionist regime — shows that the football federation has not taken serious action on this issue,” hardline lawmaker Mohammad Ali Poormokhtar said in an interview with the conservative Fars news agency.He said the sports minister would be questioned after the current break for the Iranian new year.In a press conference ahead of the Tunisia match, Shojaei said: “I am very happy to be a member of this team. Although the final list (for the World Cup squad) has not been announced yet, the fact that right now I am in this team means I am very happy and proud.”Iran cannot admit it bans players for appearing against Israelis because there are strict international rules against political interference in sports.The issue has come to the fore in recent weeks after wrestler Alireza Karimi Mashiani was given a six-month ban for deliberately losing a world championship match in Poland in November in order to avoid an Israeli opponent in the next round.The head of Iran’s wrestling federation quit last month in disgust, saying young athletes were being forced to lie and the authorities were letting them pay the price for their policies.“Forcing an athlete to accept defeat or run around all night looking for a doctor’s note is not right,” Rasoul Khadem, an Olympic gold medallist, told public radio ahead of his resignation.Iran is due to play another friendly against Algeria in Tehran on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Section championship week: Shasta hosts Chico; Anderson is at Sutter Saturday

first_imgRedding >> The Red Bluff High football team knows full well just how good Shasta has been this year. The Wolves demolished the Spartans 42-7 back on Sept. 1 to set the trend for a 10-1 season and No. 1 overall seed in the Northern Section Division II playoffs. After a 49-0 win over Foothill Friday in the D-II semifinals, Shasta will play for its first title since 1988 at home Saturday against second-seeded Chico (8-3) at Thompson Field in Redding.Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and fans attending …last_img read more

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Is the Y Chromosome Disappearing?

first_imgby Dr Jerry BergmanUnder the headline The Y chromosome is disappearing – so what will happen to men?, two genetics professors, Dr. Griffin and Dr. Ellis write, “The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring.”[1] One wonders what evidence they have for making this prediction. Actually, none. Then where do they get this idea?As most adults know, in most mammals two X chromosomes produce a female, and an X and Y produce a male. Thus, it is the presence of the Y chromosome that determines a male. Although the Y chromosome influences over 200 different traits, one area of this chromosome, specifically where the SRY genes are located, triggers the major traits that produce males. If the SRY genes transpose from the Y chromosome to the X chromosome, an XX female will develop into to a male. This condition is very rare, but it does happen occasionally.Without the Y chromosome there would be no males, and thus no reproduction, so why do some scientists conclude it is disappearing? The reason is the X and Y chromosomes are thought to have evolved from a pair of identical autosome chromosomes that diverged from 100s of millions[2] ago. 300 million years ago is another estimate, and a newer estimate puts the number at closer to 166 million years ago.[3] Given such wide guesstimates, it is obvious that no one has any idea when they diverged, assuming they did.Even the divergence theory itself is not based on evidence, but on assumptions that in turn are based on Darwinian assumptions. The theory goes like this: over eons of time, genes that were beneficial for males either evolved by the accumulation of mutations on their Y chromosome, or were acquired through translocation (the movement of genes from other chromosomes to the Y chromosome).[4]X and Y. Credit: Science Photo LibraryThe question of how mammals reproduced before this is answered by looking at all life forms and realizing the most primitive, such as bacteria, reproduce asexually by cloning, and other, more advanced life forms, reproduce sexually. The relatively puny human Y now contains only 78 genes and the human X has a whopping 1,098 known genes. This means human females have over 1,000 more genes than males.[5]Because the Y chromosome is a small fraction of the X, from the primate genome which it is believed to have evolved, it is assumed the human Y chromosome has lost 1,393 of its 1,438 original genes over the course of its existence.[6] Linear extrapolation of this 1,393-gene loss over 300 million years produces a genetic loss rate of 4.6 genes per million years. Extrapolating this forward means, Professors Griffin and Ellis claim, in 4.6 million years the Y chromosome would lose all of its functions.It is the creationists that predict degeneration of the genome from Adam’s perfect mutation free genome to our modern human. Humans suffer from over 5,000 diseases caused by the accumulation of mutations in our gamete genome. Furthermore, the human Y chromosome is exposed to high mutation rates due to the fact that it is passed on exclusively through comparatively unprotected sperm, which undergo multiple cell divisions during gametogenesis. Each cell division increases the risk of mutations, and the more cell divisions, the more mutations that result. Additionally, sperm are stored in a highly oxidative (thus mutation prone) environment compared to the cells inside the body that are protected by several mechanisms.[7] These two conditions put the Y chromosome at a greater mutation risk than the rest of the genome.[8] All this supports the creation view, not the Darwinian view which teaches that evolution improves the species and evolves it to more advanced levels of evolution.Because the current estimate is that a 30 percent difference exists between humans and chimps, it is assumed that the Y chromosome was, and thus is, one of the fastest-evolving parts of the human genome.[9] In the terminal stages of the Y chromosome degeneration, the story goes, other chromosomes will take over its genes and thus its functions. Thus, evolution will take us all the way back to the pre-Y chromosome stage of development that existed 100s of millions, 300 million or 160 million years ago! In the end, the Y chromosome they predict will disappear entirely, and a new sex-determining system will arise like the one that existed 100s of millions, 300 million or 160 million years ago. As is obvious, this is rampant speculation based on the varieties of reproduction existing in some animals.On the other side, comparisons of human and chimpanzee Y chromosomes indicate that the human Y chromosome has not lost any genes since the hypothetical human and chimpanzee divergence, estimated between 6 and 7 million years ago.[10] One 2012 report claimed that only one gene[11] had been lost since humans diverged from the rhesus macaque 25 million years ago.[12]These facts provide direct evidence that the linear extrapolation model is seriously flawed, and the human Y chromosome is either no longer shrinking, or shrinking at a much slower rate than the 4.6 genes per million years estimated by the linear extrapolation model.[13] In short, this topic, as is true of much of Darwin theory, involves massive speculation and illustrates the need to examine the data used to determine some conclusions in evolutionary tales. It also illustrates the problem the public has when it uncritically accepts a claim when scientists make authoritative sounding propositions supposedly based on a select few scientific facts.See also Dr Bergman’s earlier post on this subject, “The problem with males: Y chromosome degeneration” (1 Nov 2017).[1] https://theconversation.com/the-y-chromosome-is-disappearing-so-what-will-happen-to-men-90125.[2] Rice, W. R. 1996. Evolution of the Y sex chromosome in animals. Bioscience. 46, 331–343.[3] Warren WC, Hillier LD, Graves JA, et al. (2008). “Genome analysis of the platypus reveals unique signatures of evolution”. Nature. 453 (7192): 175–183[4] Graves, Jenny. 2016. Evolution of vertebrate sex chromosomes and dosage compensation. Nature Reviews Genetics, 17 (1) 33-46. January.[5] Kettlewell, Julianna. 2005. Female chromosome has X factor. Females are genetically more varied than males, an analysis of the X chromosome has revealed. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4355355.stm[6] Graves, J. A. M. (2004). “The degenerate Y chromosome—can conversion save it?”. Reproduction Fertility and Development. 16 (5): 527–534[7] Graves, Jenny. 2004. “The degenerate Y chromosome—can conversion save it?”. Reproduction Fertility and Development. 16 (5): 527–534.[8] Graves, Jenny. 2006. “Sex chromosome specialization and degeneration in mammals”. Cell. 124 (5): 901–914.[9] Wade, Nicholas. 2010. “Male Chromosome May Evolve Fastest”. New York Times. January 13.[10] Hughes, Jennifer F.; et al. 2005. “Conservation of Y-linked genes during human evolution revealed by comparative sequencing in chimpanzee.” Nature. 437 (7055): 100–103.[11] Callaway, Ewen. 2012.  The human Y chromosome is here to stay. The male sex-determining chromosome has lost only one gene in 25 million years. February 22. https://www.nature.com/news/the-human-y-chromosome-is-here-to-stay-1.10082.[12] Hsu, Christine. “Biologists Debunk the ‘Rotting’ Y Chromosome Theory, Men Will Still Exist”. Medical Daily. http://www.medicaldaily.com/biologists-debunk-rotting-y-chromosome-theory-men-will-still-exist-239833[13] Hughes, Jennifer F.; et al. 2010. Chimpanzee and human Y chromosomes are remarkably divergent in structure and gene content. Nature. 463, 536-539. January, 28.Author Jerry Bergman, PhDDr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. He is currently a staff scientist at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). See his Author Profile for his previous articles and more information.(Visited 1,547 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Social Media Gives New Life To Photo-Printing Services

first_imgTags:#Photo Sharing Services#web Facebook members are uploading about 300 million photos every day, giving an unexpected new life to companies that print photos.Brent Busboom, a 42-year-old high school English teacher in Reno, Nev., said he has printed four photo books as gifts for people in the past two years. He loves the ease with which he can share photos on Facebook, but still prints his most treasured digital snapshots.“Truthfully, it’s easier to look at photos in a photobook than it is on a website since I don’t have to wait for pictures to load. Plus, photobooks are a huge improvement over photo albums where everything was the same size,” Busboom said. “The ability to manipulate photo sizes and layouts lets me structure things in a way that is both interesting and representative.”Photo-sharing technology was supposed to make the printed photo go the way of the CD and the daily newspaper. You need look no further than the high-profile bankruptcies of Kodak and Polaroid, stalwarts of the film-and-processing era, to see the impact digital cameras and faster Internet connections had on photo prints.But now a new breed of smaller, more nimble photo companies are making it easier for photographers to turn their favorite Facebook, Instagram and Google+ photos into prints, canvases and photo books. By tying directly into the social networks, companies like Blurb and CanvasPop eliminate the laborious step of having users upload photos for printing.The result? Internet research firm InfoTrends is predicting the photobook market will grow from $588.1 million in 2010 to $1.2 billion by 2015.Chris Sonjeow co-founded Picbound.com, a photo-book printing company earlier this year, right around the time Facebook was announcing a billion-dollar deal to acquire photo app Instagram. He said the company plays on the “grandma factor,” or the fact that many people still prefer prints over pixels, and the idea that many photos shared on Facebook are mundane daily events; a photo book gives a sense of importance to photos from a life event.“Will this always be the case? Most likely not, but it will certainly not change overnight. The phasing-out period lasts decades,” Sonejow said. “Sure, there will always be people who collect vinyl records or old books, but once the general masses have a more consistent form of access, they will eventually have a new way to view their past.”  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img dave copeland Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Russia’s latest star Zagitova takes European gold

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “I woke up this morning with the thought that I’ll just do everything that’s in my power at the moment. I’ll live in the moment,” she said.Carolina Kostner of Italy, the Sochi Olympics bronze medalist, struggled through an error-filled free skate that included falling on her opening triple lutz, but took bronze on the back of her strong short program.The 30-year-old Italian veteran wore a pistachio-green catsuit that she said was inspired by the renowned Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky.“It was not at all my best performance and it’s a pity because my body’s ready and the practices were easy-going and mostly flawless and then you get into the competition and it just slips away,” she said.Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron won their fourth consecutive European figure skating championship, extending the two world records they already held.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The French duo’s free dance to sections from Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” reflected the music’s mood changes. They were fluid in the first movement and animated in the stormy third. Papadakis and Cizeron scored a record 121.817 points for the free dance and 203.16 total.“I think we’re very happy with our scores and we had a great feeling on the ice today,” Cizeron said. “(We’ll) just keep working as usual and really just keep working with our team.”“The Olympic Games will come up very soon now and we’re really excited.”Silver and bronze went to Russian couples Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev and Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin, respectively, reversing their positions from the results after the short dance.Bobrova and Soloviev’s free skate was a touching tale of love sought, found and lost, ending with him trying to embrace her but missing as she stares in apparent dismay. The program featured a straight-line lift in which he kneeled on one leg and she balanced upside down on the outstretched thigh“Yes, we achieved a personal best, but we still want the mark to be higher,” Bobrova said. He added: “Now it is important that we relax a bit and then on January 27th we will fly to Japan and wait for our invitation” to the Pyeongchang Olympics, where Russians are to compete under a neutral flag. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Bellator begins yearlong heavyweight tournament at Forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Zagitova augmented several of her jumps by raising one of two hands above her head, her elbow-length crimson gloves drawing attention to the move.“I’m happy I performed two clean skates. Of course I’m happy I became the European champion and I want to keep going,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMedvedeva, who had won gold in every appearance since late 2015, landed some of her jumps with less assurance than her compatriot, though her “Anna Karenina” theme outpointed Zagitova on program components.Medvedeva missed the Grand Prix Final and the Russian nationals this season to recover from a foot stress fracture, and said “there were some moments during the skate when the two-month break had an impact.” Russia’s Alina Zagitova shows her gold medal, center, as she poses with Russia’s silver medallist Evgenia Medvedeva, left, and Italy’s bronze medallist Carolina Kostner, right, after the ladies free skating event at the European figure skating championships in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — Alina Zagitova’s nearly flawless free skate on Saturday not only won gold in her debut at the European Figure Skating Championships, but also snapped the two-year winning streak of training partner Evgenia Medvedeva.The 15-year-old Russian landed seven clear triples as well as two double axels, one of them dramatically late in the program, skating to lively music from the ballet “Don Quixote.” The program scored 157.97 points, more than three points ahead of second-placed Medvedeva.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Strong finish

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end The win also nudged the Fuel Masters closer to a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.“I’ve said this before, these are the victories that we like—the ones that show character,” Phoenix coach Louie Alas said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMagnolia, which got its hopes up this conference after ending a three-game slide recently, crashed to a 1-4 slate. And the last sequences of the match were emblematic of the Hotshots’ run this conference.Wright hit a basket that gave Phoenix an 85-84 lead, but Paul Lee pushed Magnolia back up with a clutch three-point play with 33 seconds remaining. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES But Perkins countered with his triple and, after a free throw that iced scoring, the Fuel Masters forced the Hotshots to a prayer of a shot at the buzzer to seal the victory. And that stop didn’t escape Alas’ attention.“After all, it’s how you finish,” Alas said.Calvin Abueva kept Phoenix in the game through several Magnolia efforts to run away with the win. He finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to lead the Fuel Masters.Meanwhile, Columbian bucked a lethargic start to frustrate Rain or Shine, 85-82, and reassert its mastery over currently the second-best team in the conference.Rashawn McCarthy had 22 points and five rebounds while going 5-for-9 from deep in the franchise’s fourth straight victory over the Elasto Painters in as many conferences.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img “We had a bad start in the first quarter. I told the boys to regroup in the second. We wanted to start on defense, and fortunately the players responded,” Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said.The Dyip took a while before losing the chasing Elasto Painters, who tailed Columbian through the efforts of big man Mark Borboran.But with a shot to make the playoffs still within reach, the young Columbian squad kept its distance as Jackson Corpuz and Reden Celda came through for the Dyip when it mattered.“After losing to Blackwater, we had to bounce back. I told the guys … we’ll be needing these next three games, but we wanted to take it one game at a time,” Cardel said.The Dyip moved to 4-5 while the Painters dropped to 7-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Fierce Tigresses Phoenix forward Jason Perkins celebrates after making the go-ahead triple to beat Magnolia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJason Perkins hit a three-pointer with six seconds remaining and Phoenix forged a heart-stopping 89-87 victory over Magnolia on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Perkins worked his shot from the baseline in front of the Fuel Masters’ bench after getting a pass from Matthew Wright, who also hit a huge triple two plays earlier to help Phoenix rise from 17 points down to an 8-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

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Sidharth Malhotra’s sweatshirt will make some people very, very angry

first_imgSidharth Malhotra is a treat to the eyes, be it his well-sculpted body or super-stylish clothes, he knows how to keep all the eyeballs glued on him.Known for his dapper choice of clothes, and ever growing charm, Sidharth has constantly experimented with style, and rightly so.The Student Of The Year fame model-turned-actor, who is often spotted in quirky t-shirts and sneakers, got everyone talking again, for an entirely different reason though.The actor was sporting a cedar-brown hoodie, which we think was torn from places. No kidding.Photo: Yogen Shah Sidharth donned a pair of black jeans, and sneakers with his hoodie, and left us baffled over his choice of clothes.Also Read: Finally, we really like the dress Shraddha Kapoor’s wearingThe hoodie was so distressed that one could safely assume that Sidharth had been attacked by the Wolverine, in another parallel world.While Sidharth seemed extremely comfortable in his attire, we couldn’t help but wonder if it was the outcome of some DIY (do it yourself) practices he might’ve indulged in.His hoodie made us recall veteran actor Rishi Kapoor’s dig at Zara’s collection of torn clothes. Kapoor had stirred a controversy last year when he started a debate on how disrespectful these clothes are for the underprivileged, for whom distressed clothing isn’t a fashion statement, but a means of helplessness and poverty. Photo: Yogen Shah While Sidharth’s torn hoodie reminded us of actor Rishi Kapoor’s remarks, it also made us reflect on our insensitive fashion ideas.advertisementAlso Read: Here’s what’s absolutely wrong with Shilpa Shetty’s fusion attireWe have no idea why you wore a torn hoodie when you can afford everything in the world, Sidharth.last_img read more

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Rep Cole seeks Michigan Supreme Court opinion on minimum wage paid time

first_img19Feb Rep. Cole seeks Michigan Supreme Court opinion on minimum wage, paid time off laws Categories: Cole News Representative: Opinion needed to end political gamesmanshipState Rep. Triston Cole today called on the Michigan Supreme Court to weigh in regarding the constitutionality of two laws enacted in December 2018.Cole, of Mancelona, said the action taken by the Legislature last year to adopt and later amend the ballot issues on minimum wage and paid time off was the right thing to do for Michigan workers and voters, and perfectly in line with the Legislature’s role.“Democratic leaders and the attorney general are raising questions about the bills we passed in an attempt to raise doubt about a cut-and-dried legal issue. They’re trying to pick a fight and create false doubts for political reasons,” Cole said. “By asking the Supreme Court to weigh in, we will be able to put these concerns to rest and eliminate any potential confusion on the issue once and for all.”Cole said the original ballot initiatives on minimum wage and paid leave were written by out-of-state interest groups, and the Legislature had a duty to step in and protect Michigan workers.“The ballot issues brought to the Legislature last year were poorly written and needed work. They had sloppy language and technical mistakes that needed to be fixed, so the Legislature stepped up and did its job to fix them,” Cole said. “It was the right thing to do, and I have no doubt it was legal. But the new administration and the AG have decided to make it about politics. I am asking the Michigan Supreme Court to provide an opinion so we can stop the gamesmanship and avoid wasting taxpayer dollars on an expensive legal fight.”House Resolution 25 has been referred to the House Government Operations Committee for consideration.###last_img read more

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