Fulham conceded two goals in eight minutes to put themselves firmly on the back foot at Craven Cottage.After Hugo Rodallega had headed over early on, Bournemouth went on to dominate the rest of the first half.Marc Pugh brought out a fine save from Marcus Bettinelli after elegantly bringing the ball down, and Ryan Tunnicliffe had to scramble off the line as Callum Wilson’s header drifted dangerously towards goal.It took Bournemouth 29 minutes to turn their control into a goal. Charlie Daniels hit a first-time cross from the left and picked out an unmarked Brett Pitman, who drilled home from 12 yards.And the visitors underscored their superiority with a second that owed a little to good fortune.Matt Ritchie cut in from the right-hand side and on to his favoured left foot and fired in a shot which took a touch off Nikolay Bodurov to wrong-foot Bettinelli.Fulham (4-1-2-1-2): Bettinelli; Hoogland, Bodurov, Hutchinson, Amorebieta; Parker; Tunnicliffe, Kavanagh; Ruiz; Rodallega, McCormackSubs not used: Kiraly, Voser, Stafylidis, Burn, Fofana, Smith, Woodrow.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Embed from Getty ImagesCardiff City have signed defender Ciaron Brown from Wealdstone.The 20-year-old, who previously had a trial with Sheffield Wednesday, made 66 appearances for the Stones after being signed from Bedfont Sports.“I’d like to wish Ciaron a very successful career,” said Stones boss Bobby Wilkinson.“It’s a great achievement to become a pro. He’s worked very hard and we will always support him and we will follow his progress with great interest.”Cardiff will visit Wealdstone in a pre-season friendly this summer as part of the deal agreed between the two clubs.See also:Stones defender to join Sheffield Wednesday on trialShrewsbury sign Eisa from WealdstoneStones complete signing of striker BubbWealdstone bring in Reading defender on loan Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
James Lovelock gets the stage without flying fruit (yet) in the December 18 issue of Nature.1 His 1970-ish “living earth” view of evolution, the Gaia hypothesis, in which life and the earth co-evolve together as one big living system, gets a new screening as what might be called neo-Gaia in an unrefuted Concepts piece in the world’s most prestigious science journal. But he hastens to emphasize, more than once, that Gaia is not in contention with the leading biological paradigm, and explains carefully what Gaia does not mean (emphasis added in all quotes):Gaia theory does not contradict darwinism, rather it extends it to include evolutionary biology and evolutionary geology as a single science [sic]. In Gaia theory, organisms change their material environment as well as adapt to it. Selection favours the improvers, and the expansion of favourable traits extends local improvement and can make it global. Inevitably there will be extinctions and losers, winners may gain in the short term, but the only long-term beneficiary is life itself. Its persistence for over three billion years in spite of numerous catastrophes, internal or external, lends support to the theory. I have never intended the powerful metaphor ‘the living Earth’ more seriously than the metaphor of ‘the selfish gene’. I have used it, along with my neologism geophysiology, to draw attention to the similarity between Gaian and physiological regulation.So if Dawkins can use an anthropomorphic catch-phrase and get away with it, why can’t I, he seems to be saying. James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis appear to be still smarting from reputations, deserved or not, that they (or their disciples) were imputing divine attributes to mother Earth and empowering the New Age movement. They’ve learned their lesson, he claims, and modified Gaia according to valid criticisms. New Gaia has been shown to be “fruitful and makes successful or useful predictions” which he displays in a table, and seems to be making a favorable comeback in some circles. In his conclusion, however, he can’t seem to resist romanticizing, and politicizing, his pet theory, in picturesque prose, with Grandmother Nature gently nodding from her wheelchair in the background:As the Earth ages, the Sun’s heat ineluctably intensifies; in approximately one billion years the Earth will pass the limit of climatic stability and irreversibly return to inorganic chemistry. Moreover, as it grows older the Earth system weakens, and before long a large planetesimal impact may throw our planet prematurely into its final hot, dry state. A few thermophiles in oasis ecosystems might survive, but we could never recapture the abundant life and lush environment we now enjoy. The Earth system is elderly and we should treat it with respect and care. Gaia theory reconciles current thinking in evolutionary biology with that in evolutionary geology It extends, not contradicts, Darwin’s vision, just as relativity enhances, not denies, Newtonian physics. The theory is provisional, but provides an intellectual habitat where understanding of the Earth can evolve and grow. Perhaps its greatest value lies in its metaphor of a living Earth, which reminds us that we are part of it and that human rights are constrained by the needs of our planetary partners.1James Lovelock, “Gaia: the living Earth,” Nature 426, 769 – 770 (18 December 2003); doi:10.1038/426769a.Well, it’s going to be interesting to see the letters to the editor on this one. Advice: stay out of the line of fire. Maybe Nature has had it with Lovelock and Margulis’ incessant whining about how closed-minded establishment scientists are, and acquiesced, “All right already, here’s a forum, give us your best shot,” expecting Lovelock to implode in full public view. It appears he did. What’s funny about Gaia is not just its cute new-age, daisy-holding-hands metaphorical imagery, but the rancor it has generated among its adherents against the reigning Darwin Party.* Like Simon Conway Morris’s demiurge orchestra-conductor model (see Dec. 7 headline), Gaia is just not mindless enough. Darwinists hate minds. They want a blind, aimless, purposeless, impersonal, mechanistic process from eternity to eternity. Even our minds are supposed to be chemical illusions (see Oct. 3 headline). Despite Lovelock’s valiant performance, trying to portray Gaia as an act without an actor, he blows it by talking about “the Earth system” being elderly and deserving of our respect. One does not respect mindless, purposeless, undirected processes. Darwin Party members in the audience will have a cow when he delivers his soliloquy about his pet theory being an extension to Darwinism comparable to relativity being an extension to Newtonian mechanics. Well, Lovelock, you got your fifteen minutes on stage. Gong. Next.*For fun reading, look at the nasty things Margulis (and other evolutionists who are not deemed naturalistic enough) have said against the Darwin Party, as quoted in Henry Morris’s December commentary, “Willingly Ignorant,” from ICR. If you think the Big Science establishment is open to unorthodox views, wait’ll you read these seething quotes.(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The National Conference and the Congress on Tuesday alleged that the Election Commission had decided to cancel the Anantnag Lok Sabha byelection to saving the BJP-PDP coalition government in the State from embarrassment.J&K Pradesh Congress Committee president G.A. Mir, the joint candidate of the two parties for the seat, said the failure of the Union and the State governments to conduct the elections showed “how grim and out of control the situation in Kashmir is”.The Congress candidate alleged that the Centre could not provide the security required and adopted dilly-dallying tactics “to save the already dented image of the PDP-BJP government in the State”.Slams alliance“Scrapping of the byelections is a blot on the face of both the State and the Central governments. The PDP-BJP alliance has no moral right to remain in power,” he said. National Conference general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said the cancellation had “put a question mark on EC’s credibility”.At PDP’s bidding“The EC has taken this decision on the recommendation of the coalition government in the State. Earlier, everybody urged the EC to postpone the bypolls keeping in view of the unfavourable atmosphere but they went ahead and later the PDP’s candidate urged the Commission to postpone the election, which was agreed to by the EC,” Mr. Sagar alleged.Meanwhile, former Chief Minister and NC working president Omar Abdullah, blamed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for the EC’s decision.“This is your legacy Ms. Mufti. Your ‘5% of the people’ have brought J&K back to the early 1990s; yet shamelessly you cling on to power! It’s depressing to see how far we have regressed in Kashmir from the highs of the Assembly polls of 2014 to the cancelled election of 2017,” Mr. Abdullah said.The leader said that in many ways, this was similar to the symbolic victory against India scored by the release of militants for Ms. Mufti’s sister in 1990. “The only things keeping Ms. Mufti in office are her shamelessness and a misplaced sense of pride in Delhi preventing admission of mistake,” Mr. Abdullah said.The EC on Tuesday cancelled the byelections, citing “unfavourable conditions”.Earlier, PDP candidate Tassaduq Mufti had also suggested to the ECI to cancel the upcoming polls. The byelection to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat witnessed violence on April 9, leaving nine civilians dead.Later, the EC postponed the bypolls for Anantnag seat, scheduled for April 12, to May 25. National Conference president Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar byelection, defeating PDP candidate Nazir Khan by 10,766 votes in an election marked by a low turnout.The constituency, comprising 15 Assembly segments across Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal districts, saw just 80,000 of the 12.5 lakh voters exercising their franchise.
Saina Nehwal has now set her sights on the World Championship title.”I am now targeting a win at the World Championship. The Worlds is one of the biggest tournaments on the Badminton World Federation ( BWF) circuit,” Saina said, who won the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.The triumphant shuttler returned to Hyderabad from Hong Kong on Monday night.Saina also said that 2011 would be an important year for her. “That’s not only because of the World No. 1 ranking but also due to the fact that it will be an Olympic qualification year. One has to be at one’s best in order to make the cut for the London Olympics,” she said.However, the Indian ace recognises the tough job on her hands. ” I will be playing in a lot more Super Series events in the coming year. This is so since I have to play more often in order to aim for the top ranking,” she said.As regards her ranking, Saina said the world No. 1 spot was not on the top of her agenda. “To become world No. 1 is not my priority right now. I want to win the majors. I will be satisfied even if I am ranked in the top four”.Saina is pretty satisfied with whatever she achieved in 2010. “I won three Super Series titles, one Grand Prix title and the Commonwealth Games gold. I was also conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Shri awards,'” she said.Coming to her lows, Saina said she was disappointed at her quarter- final loss at the Asian Games. “I had trained very hard for the Games and was very disappointed at the loss to Pui Yin Yip. I thought I stood a good chance to win especially after leading in the decider,” she said.advertisementShe also gave credit to coaches Gopi Chand and Baskar Babu for her success in Hong Kong.”The wins over Pui Yin Yip and Wang Shixian were very satisfying. Beating a Chinese in the final is always a happy feeling,” she said, adding, “out of the three Super Series titles, the Hong Kong Open was the toughest and most challenging.” She described her loss at the Asian Games as a result of one of her off days. “It was one of the most disappointing moments of my career,” she said.She said she was ready for the challenge from the Chinese shuttlers. “I have improved my strokes, my smashes are very hard and my overall game has improved a lot,” she said.Chief coach Pullela Gopi Chand said it has been a fantastic year for Saina. “Winning the Hong Kong Super Series, where the best players were playing, is a huge achievement, particularly after coming after the Asian Games. I think it was a great victory,” he said.Gopi warned that there will be more challenges next year. “The Chinese will be waiting to beat her. It will be a tough year. We have to get her ready with more workouts. But what I like about her is that she is ready to take the workload. She has proved we can beat the Chinese. She has shown the way for other Indians,” he said.Baskar Babu, who accompanied Saina to all the three Super Series tournaments, said he was happy to be part of a winning unit. “It was one of the toughest tournaments.I always like her attitude. I was there when she won her first title in the Philippines and now the latest one,” he said.Indian Open inauguratedMeanwhile, the Indian Open, which gets underway in Hyderabad on Wednesday, was inaugurated.While Saina is the top seed on the women’s side, Indonesian Dlouys Rumbyaya gets the top billing in the men’s section.
While most of the cricketing action is happening in Sri Lanka at the World T20, former Australia spinner Stuart MacGill’s surprise presence at a hockey event here on Tuesday turned a few heads.MacGill was here with his long-time friend and Australian hockey captain Jamie Dwyer as the leg-spinner foresees a possible career in managing the Aussie players during the Hockey India League (HIL).MacGill, whose big turning leg-breaks foxed many batsmen during his playing days, is keeping a tab on the action in Sri Lanka and said that if India wins the title for the second time, their spinners, particularly Harbhajan Singh, will have to come good.However, the West Indies, loaded with power-hitters and all-rounders, remain his pick for the World T20 title.”India have a dynamic batting. If India have to win the title, it has to be on the back of their spinners. Harbhajan will be the key because people who can turn the ball are very essential in T20 cricket,” said MacGill, who was part of the Sydney Sixers team which won the T20 Big Bash League last year.MacGill, 41, ruled out any chance of Australia winning their maiden World T20 title as he did not think they have a good enough team to make it to the final. “West Indies have some very dangerous players and they can shake a few people.”Australia, I don’t think, have a good enough team for this format. If they make it to the last four, they should feel they have done enough. They are not as good as other countries,” said MacGill, who played in an era when there was tough competition for a spinner’s place in the Australian team with Shane Warne in the ranks too.advertisementHaving finished his international cricket career, MacGill now wants to associate himself with a sport that he says he has grown up watching. Dwyer, one of the most decorated players in modern hockey, has given him an opportunity to look at avenues other than cricket. “Currently, I am here with my friend Jamie and I am somewhat managing him. My father and most of the members of my family have played hockey at some level or the other,” said MacGill.”I want to help other Australian players during the Hockey India League (HIL).”India’s poor show at the London Olympics came as a huge disappointment for its fans but MacGill believes that India has a lot to give to the world of hockey and HIL will be an opportunity. “At least India’s performance was better than the Beijing Games. Indian hockey isn’t just about India but international hockey as well. Sharing the dressing room with players like Jamie and other top stars will only benefit the Indian players,” said MacGill.