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Move to Sunderland would appeal to Tottenham’s Dawson – report

first_imgMichael Dawson will stay at Tottenham unless Sunderland table a bid for him, according to the Daily Mirror.QPR have had an offer for Dawson accepted but he appears reluctant to make the move to Loftus Road.Stoke are also said to be interested, but it is claimed a move to Wearside is the only one that would appeal to the 28-year-old defender, who has been told he can leave Spurs.Otherwise, Dawson is apparently determined to stay at White Hart Lane even though he may not feature in manager Andre Villas-Boas’ first-team plans.Related West London Sport story: QPR’s bid to sign Dawson from Spurs stallsMeanwhile, the Daily Mail again suggest that Fulham are vying with Newcastle for the signing of FC Twente’s Douglas. Fulham are reported to have offered £4.5m for the Brazilian defender.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Cosmology Goes Off the Reservation

first_imgIf science were ever restricted to observation, experimental demonstration, and evidence, some cosmologists left that reservation far behind long ago.  Being smart does not preclude going nutty.Disembodied brains:  If the multiverse exists, there should be more disembodied intelligences than human brains, says creator of PreposterousUniverse.com, Sean Carroll of Caltech.  New Scientist says that in a multiverse, “Boltzmann brains” are just as likely to pop into existence from quantum fluctuations as other entities.  Since most brains look human, maybe the multiverse is wrong.  The multiverse might be rescued, though, by Everett’s old “many-worlds hypothesis” that postulates new universes splitting off endlessly to fulfill every possible outcome of quantum events.  “Maybe Hitler won the second world war in a different universe,” Carroll speculates.  What do other cosmologists think of this reasoning?  Seth Lloyd: “I believe they fail the Monty Python test: Stop that! That’s too silly!”  Scott Aaronson of MIT: “It sounds like something a bunch of college sophomores would discuss while high. It doesn’t sound like a real scientific problem.”Keeping time in the right direction:  The “thermodynamic arrow of time” is a frequent topic in cosmology and philosophy.  Theoretically the laws of physics would allow time to flow backward, but we never observe that.  The same Sean Carroll mentioned above is one of the latest who, since Boltzmann, using his own human brain, tried to preserve the symmetry of time by postulating other parts of reality where time would flow backward.  Presumably, in such locales, persons would proceed from old age to birth.  A new paper on arXiv mentioned by PhysOrg tries to rationalize the one-way arrow of time by the way memories work.  “The reason we can’t remember future events is because we have faulty memories,” the article says.  This seems to be begging the question of why memories need be faulty in only one time direction.  Perhaps insight could be gained with palindrome games.  Even more quizzical is whether meanings would be inverted by going backward.  Consider reverse poetry that conveys opposite meanings depending on whether it is read forward or backward.The dark arts:  A sober-looking group of cosmologists at Max Planck Institute is worrying over the results of their divination: computer models of the early universe.  They are trying to bring their models into conformity with the observations of mature galaxies near the beginning.  Along with the mystical spider eyes and bat wings of computer code, they pitch in dark matter, a “strange substance” required to keep galaxies together.  Next, they “want to expand their computer simulations even further” in order “to get a step closer to the mystery of dark energy.”  But do these strange substances even exist?Phantom quest:  A press release from HZDR says that one dark matter candidate—the U Boson—can be crossed off the list, thanks to negative results by the HADES experiment.  (The U Boson is sometimes paradoxically dubbed the “dark photon“).  But how can cosmologists postulate 95% of reality by observing just 5% of it?  “Although Dark Energy and Dark Matter appear to constitute over 95 percent of the universe, nobody knows of which particles they are made up,” the article begins.  Dark matter is not even needed, physicist Mordehai Milgrom told New Scientist.  Just abandon the notion, and use his Modified Newtonian Mechanics (MOND) instead.If you can’t lick the zanies, join them:  In their headline on The Conversation, Luke Barnes and Geraint Lewis ask the question readers are surely asking at this point: “Have cosmologists lost their minds in the multiverse?”  Hoping for a breath of sanity, the reader waits in vain for a scientific rejection of this trendy speculation that is unobservable even in principle (thus unscientific in principle).  The hope dies right near the beginning in the childish lingo: “The multiverse theory is that our universe is but one of a vast, variegated ensemble of other universes. We don’t know how many pieces there are to the multiverse but estimates suggest there many [sic] be squillions of them.”  Bouncing off the BICEP2 claims (currently under scrutiny), they agree that other universes are unobservable in principle, but then say this: “In some versions of inflation, the process that causes our universe to inflate is expected to produce huge numbers of other universes. Evidence for inflation isn’t exactly direct evidence for the multiverse, but it’s a start.”  But what if the BICEP2 evidence gets debunked this fall?  (5/12/14)  Will that falsify the multiverse idea?  Not likely, given their unfeigned faith in the unobservable.  Then, in a weird leap of logic, they consider our existence in a life-friendly world as evidence for a multiverse.  Why?  Because if it is so unlikely in one universe, maybe it is less unlikely in “squillions” of them:The multiverse can handle this. The probability of observing a particular type of universe depends on that universe first creating observers. We are not just passive observers, setting up our equipment and taking measurements of the universe at our leisure. We are products of this universe.While universes with observers may be highly unusual in the entire multiverse, they will obviously be the norm for observed universes. And so, the life-permitting nature of our universe can be counted as a successful prediction of the multiverse. (Prediction in the logical, rather than chronological sense.)They even use the absence of Boltzmann brains as evidence for the multiverse!  “At the moment, there are too many ifs and maybes in this story,” they admit in the end.  They admit that the BICEP2 results do not necessarily support inflation, and that inflation does not necessarily support a multiverse.  They admit that “theories struggle to predict anything, so clearly there is much much more to be done.”  But they don’t need evidence, predictions, or any other hallmarks of science to keep materialistic hope alive: “But positing the multiverse is not, as claimed by some, the end of science. It may be the start of the biggest scientific adventure of all.”The situation in cosmology is analogous to the reputation of conservatives in the media.  If conservatives were guilty of one tenth the scandals in the current progressive liberal administration in the US, the media would have tarred and feathered them to the point where they could not function and would be driven out of office, with no further hope of employment even as ditch diggers.  Similarly, if advocates of creation or intelligent design committed one hundredth the fallacies of the naturalistic cosmologists, the outcry would be deafening: These anti-science fools would take us back to the Dark Ages!  They know nothing!  They are destroying that noble ideal of science!  We can’t let them influence the children!  Away with them!But no, both groups of perpetrators get a pass, because they’re all united around a common goal: ridding the world of Romans 1. 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Apple Card will launch in August

first_img See All The Apple Card is coming in August.  Screenshot by Katie Conner/CNET Apple Card will hit its summer launch date. During the company’s fiscal third-quarter earnings call Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook announced that the company will begin offering its new card to users next month. “Thousands of Apple employees are using Apple Card every day in our beta test,” Cook said. “And we plan to begin the rollout of Apple Card in August,” though an exact release date was not given. First announced during the company’s March software and services event, Apple Card will be Apple’s entrance into the payments arena. The iPhone-maker has teamed up with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard for the new credit card, which will be available as a digital card in the Wallet app for use with Apple Pay. A physical titanium card will also be available for use in places that don’t yet accept mobile payments. Unlike most other cash-back credit cards, Apple says it will offer users cash back daily through what it calls “Daily Cash.” Daily Cash will offer:1% when you use the titanium, physical Apple Card for a purchase2% on any purchase when you use the digital Apple Card through Apple Pay 3% when you use the digital Apple Card on purchases you make directly from Apple. This includes the Apple Store, iTunes and the App Store as well as subscriptions. Apple says the card will not have any annual fees, late fees or over-the-limit fees with the Wallet app offering ways to monitor your spending, check interest owed and make monthly payments. Although it is partnering with Goldman Sachs, Apple says the bank will “never share or sell your data to third parties for marketing or advertising.” And while you can track your spending habits in the Wallet app, Apple says that it won’t know or keep tabs on what you’re buying, where you’re making purchases or how much you’re spending.  Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • 4 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier reading • Apple Card will launch in August Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Phones Tags Commentslast_img read more

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BNP announces fresh programmes

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP on Sunday announced a two-day countrywide fresh programme, including formation of human chain in the capital, demanding its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail, reports news agency UNB.As part of its programme, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will form a human chain for an hour on Tuesday and stage a sit-in for another hour on Thursday.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programme at a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central officeBNP’s last programme was countrywide leaflet distribution on 1 March demanding Khaleda’s release.After the jailing of Khaleda, the party observed different peaceful programmes, including leaflet distribution, countrywide demonstration, human-chain formation, sit-in, token hunger-strike, protest procession in five phases, demanding her release.On 8 February, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.last_img read more

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BJP leads in Tripura Nagaland Congress in Maghalaya of India

first_imgThe supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) react in Agartala of Tripura in India as their party leads in vote counting for Tripura Assembly. Photo: Tarun ChakrabartyThe BJP and its alliance partner, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, surged ahead of the ruling CPI-M-led Left Front in the counting of votes for the 59 assembly constituencies in Tripura on Saturday.Polling has been countermanded in one constituency of the 60-strong assembly following the death of a CPI-M candidate a week before the 18 February polls.The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) spearheaded LF, which has been ruling the Northeastern state uninterruptedly for the past 25 years, is leading in 16 of the 40 seats for which trend is available.The Bharatiya Janata Party candidates are leading in 19 seats, while nominees of the tribal-based party (IPFT) are occupying poll position in five constituencies after the first round of counting of votes.The BJP had got only around 1.5 per cent votes in the assembly election five years back.Sitting CPI-M legislator and Tribal Welfare Minister Aghore Debbarma (Asharambari constituency), Deputy Speaker of the Tripura assembly Pabitra Kar (Khayerpur), Samiran Malakar (Pabiachara), Manoranjan Debbarma (Mandai Bazar), Ratan Das (Ramnagar), Manindra Chandra Das (Kalyanpur-Promodnagar) are among the notable Left candidates who are trailing.Chief minister and CPI-M politburo member Manik Sarkar (Dhanpur constituency), Health and PWD Minister Badal Choudhury (Hrishamukh), Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty (Chandipur), BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb (Banamalipur), BJP nominees Sudip Roy Barman (Agartala), Ratanlal Nath (Mohanpur) are leading over their rival candidates.A three-tier security is in place in 20 locations across the state where 59 counting halls have been set up. Counting of votes are progressing simultaneously for all the 59 constituencies.Prohibitory orders under 144 CrPc has been promulgated in and around all the locations as a precautionary measure.“Huge numbers of central para-military force and state security forces have been deployed to tackle any disturbances during the process,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer Tapas Roy told IANS.Metal detectors and six CCTVs in each counting hall were installed while videography is being done to record the entire counting process, he said.The Election Commission has appointed 47 general observers and eight police observers to oversee the counting process.A total of 290 candidates, including 23 women of the ruling CPI-M, Communist Party of India, BJP and Congress and many independents, are in the fray.Balloting in Charilam (reserved for the tribals) has been deferred to March 12 after CPI-M candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma died a week before the polls.Over 92 per cent (excluding 50,700 postal ballots) of Tripura’s 2,536,589 voters cast their votes on 18 February in a peaceful election, setting a new record in India’s electoral history.In Nagaland, the ruling National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) is leading in 12 seats and its ally, the BJP, in six seats-just ahead of the Naga Peoples Front (NPF), which is leading in 15 seats for the Nagaland Assembly, as per the Election Commission.The figures are for the 35 out of 59 seats that went to polls on 27 February.The Bharatiya Janata Party contested the polls in alliance with the newly-floated NDPP in the state poll. The two contested in 20 and 40 seats, respectively.The voting was held in 59 of the total 60 constituencies as three-time Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio of the NDDP was declared elected unopposed from Northern Angami-II constituency.The Janata Dal-United and National People’s Party are each ahead in one seat.In Meghalaya, the ruling Congress is leading in 21 seats while the National People’s Party is ahead in 14 and the BJP in six in the vote count for the Meghalaya assembly on Saturday, the Election Commission said in New Delhi.Polling for 59 out of the state’s 60 assembly seats was held on 27 February. The election to one seat was countermanded following the killing of a candidate.As per the counting on 58 seats out of 60, Congress was leading in 21 seats.The Conrad Sangma-led NPP, which is an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre, Rajasthan and Manipur, fought the elections in Meghalaya on its own and is leading in 14 seats. The BJP is leading on six as per the early trends.Sangma, who has won five consecutive terms from Ampati constituency since 1993, is leading by 797 votes over his nearest rival Bakul Ch. Hajong of the BJP.According to poll panel, United Democratic Party (UDP) was leading on six seats, while the People’s Democratic Front was leading on five seats and independent candidates were leading on at least four seats.In Songsak, the veteran Congress leader is leading by 1,501 votes against NPP’s Nihim D. Shira.The Congress has fielded 59 candidates, while the BJP contested in 47 assembly constituencies.Polling to the Williamnagar seat was countermanded following the killing of Nationalist Congress Party candidate Jonathone Sangma in an IED blast at Sawilgre area in East Garo Hills district on 18 February.last_img read more

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