QPR confirm Murphy signing

first_imgQPR have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Brian Murphy on a two-year contract.Murphy, 28, was a free agent, having left Ipswich when his contract expired at the end of last term.He featured for the R’s during pre-season and manager Neil Warnock made it clear some time ago that he intended to sign the Irishman.AdChoices广告“I like Brian and am pleased with what I’ve seen of him while he’s been with us,” Warnock told West London Sport.“He’s done well in the games he’s played and is a good lad to have around. I’ve been looking to add someone in that position.”Warnock has indicated that Brazilian defender Bruno Perone, 24, will also be offered the chance to join QPR following his recent trial.A number of Championship clubs have been monitoring Perone’s situation since his arrival in England.last_img read more

Ex-Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic eager to rejoin former club

first_imgFormer Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic is pushing for a return to his old club Spartak Moscow.Vidic, who has yet to feature this season following hernia surgery last summer, is expected to be released by Inter Milan in the January transfer window after a difficult 18 months in Italy.And, according to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Vidic has sent out a plea to his former employers to sign him up next month.Spartak are expected to be active in the market as they aim to reduce the seven-point gap between themselves and league leaders CSKA Moscow.But it is understood the Russian giants have reservations over Vidic’s fitness and would only consider offering him a deal if he was prepared to accept a significant pay cut.Vidic spent two years at Spartak before signing for United in 2006. Nemanja Vidic 1last_img read more

Blind Cave Fish: Can Darwinism Be Credited for“Regressive Evolution”?

first_imgIt is a worldwide phenomenon that cave creatures go blind.  Some cave fish lose their eyes entirely; in others, the eyes shrivel and lose function.  In many cave fish, scale pigmentation also changes.  Are these gradual modifications due to natural selection, Darwin’s mechanism of evolution, or to genetic drift?  Darwin himself could not see any positive value in functionless eyes.  He attributed the blindness to disuse – a Lamarckian idea.  Maybe his mechanism was the better explanation after all.    Some American biologists investigated whether the changes in cave fish were due to natural selection or random genetic drift.  Their publication in the upcoming issue (Feb. 20) of Current Biology1 was summarized by Science Daily.  Basically, they concluded that the pigmentation changes are due to genetic drift, because sometimes the pigments grew lighter and sometimes they got darker.  But since the eyes always atrophied, they ascribed the blindness to natural selection – “regressive evolution” as they called it.  Evolution selects for blindness because of the high energetic cost of maintaining eyes.  Their explanation of this cost brings out some amazing facts about animal eyes in general:Is it possible that Darwin’s premise was simply incorrect?  Are eyes in a cave disadvantageous, and if so, why?  In essence, the argument against selection is that the cost of making an eye is trivial compared to the cost of its replacement tissue in the socket or that the developmental cost is paid by cave fish anyway because the eyes start developing and only degenerate after many cell cycles of tissue growth and replacement.  However, modern physiology and molecular biology suggest that these arguments might address the wrong costs.  The vertebrate retina is one of the most energetically expensive tissues, with a metabolism surpassing even that of the brain.  Underscoring this high metabolic demand is the observation that one manifestation of genetic defects decreasing the efficiency of mitochondria is blindness (e.g., Leber’s hereditary optical neuropathy).  Thus, maintenance of eyes might pose a significant burden in the cave environment.  Increasing this burden, the vertebrate retina uses more energy in the dark than in the light because the membranes of the photoreceptor disks must be maintained in the hyperpolarized state until they are depolarized in response to light.  Oxygen consumption by the vertebrate retina is approximately 50% greater in the dark than in the light.  Adding further to the retina’s cost is its structural maintenance.  Ten percent of the photoreceptor outer disks in vertebrates are shed and renewed each day, and the structure may be completely replaced over 35 times yearly.So in a sense, they exonerated Darwin’s famous mechanism for its ability to explain the phenomenon.  But in another sense, by underscoring the high cost of maintaining eyes with all their parts, they re-opened the question of how such a complex visual system could have evolved in the first place – by a blind process.1Protas, Conrad, Gross, Tabin and Borowsky, “Regressive Evolution in the Mexican Cave Tetra, Astyanax mexicanus,” Current Biology, online preprint for the Feb. 20, 2007 issue.The Bible describes a storm at sea endured by Luke and Paul (Acts 27).  When the sailors realized the trouble they were in, they knew what to do: lighten the ship.  Over the sides went the cargo and the tackle – of little use with a higher priority (survival) in mind.  In an Old Testament story of a storm at sea (Jonah 1), the wish to survive drove another crew to toss overboard another piece of costly but cumbersome baggage: Jonah.  In neither of these cases could it be claimed that survival of the fittest was helping the ships evolve into speedboats.    According to Darwinian theory, selection can be progressive and regressive.  Populations can climb up a fitness peak, and slide down a fitness peak.  Natural selection can add new organs and shed useless organs.  But think; if the world’s living things are always undergoing neutral genetic drift and regressive evolution, Charlie’s little myth will never produce endless forms most beautiful.  Everything will go extinct!  Assuming that “regressive evolution” awards Charlie another medal, therefore, gives him only fool’s gold.  This is not the way to explain the living world.    What have we learned?  Natural selection is real.  It is downward!  This is the sense in which Edward Blyth (10/10/2002) and even William Paley (12/18/2003) understood it (before Darwin plagiarized their ideas and turned them upside down).  Natural selection is a conservative process.  It either maintains what exists or gets rid of it.  It cannot generate new organs and new genetic information.  As Hugo deVries quipped, survival of the fittest does not explain the arrival of the fittest.  Removal of the fitless is all this case has demonstrated.  Natural selection gets rid of things that inhibit survival in a storm and tosses them overboard.  That is not evolution in the sense most people have been taught.  Have these scientists, or Darwin, actually demonstrated that random mutations could build an eye or any other complex organ from scratch?  Only in their dream-world of imagination (01/17/2007).    More importantly, these scientists have reminded us how precious and costly the organs of sense are to their possessors.  Romeo may say Juliet’s eyes are like pearls, but they are much more valuable.  They are the lamps of the body.  It takes elaborate, costly power plants and extensive maintenance crews to keep them running.  The crews must be paid daily in hamburgers, french fries and chocolate.  (OK, soy, garlic, and broccoli for some.)    Darwin may be able to explain how eyes break down, but not where the blueprints and programs for eyes came from.  To fail to see the sense of this is to enter Plato’s cave, where lingering too long diminishes all sense into shadows.  The Darwin Party headquarters is located down there, past the twilight zone.  Temptresses at the entrance lure passers by (students) with promises that greater enlightenment lies below (01/12/2007).  Victims are usually afraid of the dark at first, but become seduced with the promise that the decreasing daylight will be replaced by a better, inner light of imagination (01/17/2007).    Thus the blind lead the blind into their niche with their bait and switch sales pitch.  Inductees (12/11/2006) are taught the ritual: offer the Charlie Buddha, the idol of the cave (07/10/2006 footnote), his daily incense and all will go well (07/18/2006, 08/07/2003 commentary).  Once acclimated and accepted by the clan, novitiates find the light of imagination to be bright, beautiful, and liberating, filled with wondrous possibilities (12/21/2005, 12/05/2006).  Visions of complex creatures emerging from the void play across the screen of the mind’s eye (12/10/2006, 11/11/2006).  Simultaneously, the skin grows extremely sensitive.  Any suggestion that a true light can be found above ground produces a violent reaction (01/11/2007, 10/27/2006).    Beware, travelers; while you are able, come to the light.  Then learn to walk in the light.  Caves are interesting places to visit, but never enter without a reliable flashlight and spare batteries.  Read these pages for details.(Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Euronav Pushes Delivery of Two VLCCs at HHI

first_imgzoom Antwerp-based tanker owner and operator Euronav NV has agreed with South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to defer the delivery of the two VLCC ex-yard resale vessels it recently purchased to the first quarter of 2017.Previously expected to be delivered between October and November 2016, the vessels will now be delivered in January 2017.Pursuant to these deferred deliveries, the amount of approximately USD 97 million that was previously expected to be paid to the shipyard during the fourth quarter of 2016 is now expected to be paid in the first quarter of 2017.“It is, in fact, hard to understand why anyone would think of taking delivery of a ship in the last two to three months of the year given the importance that the vintage year has on the value of any ship. It makes sense for any ship owner to do this, and would assist in smoothing out the world order book going forward,” Hugo De Stoop, CFO, said.He added that Euronav “is pleased to capture two vessels with a 2017 vintage and further rejuvenate our wider VLCC fleet with two high specification vessels and, as they are resales, it is done without increasing the size of the world fleet.”Euronav purchased the two newbuilding resale VLCCs from the Greek ship operator Product Shipping and Trading SA on July 27, data provided by VesselsValue shows.The 300,000 dwt vessels, ordered en bloc in February 2014 under a contract valued at some USD 192 million, were sold for a price of USD 84 million each.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Municipal staff told CTV News that while the Lil Nas X song “Old Town Road” has been dominating the airwaves, a handful of their signs have suddenly gone missing. READ MOREFANS OF SONG STOLE OLD TOWN ROAD SIGN, SO B.C. TOWN DECIDED TO SELL THEM‘They are selling like hotcakes already,’ says mayor of SicamousWhen American rapper and singer Lil Nas X penned the lyrics: “Yeah, I’m gonna take my horse to the old town road” in his record breaking song, he probably did not have the District of Sicamous, B.C., in mind.However, due to the enormous popularity of the song Old Town Road, the southern Interior municipality’s sign with the same name along Old Town Bay has become a popular photo stop for tourists, and most recently, the target of theft.To try to remedy the situation, the local chamber of commerce has made replicas of the sign and is now selling them.  READ MOREcenter_img PEOPLE ARE STEALING ‘OLD TOWN ROAD’ SIGNS FROM THIS B.C. COMMUNITYIf you’ve been following the Billboard charts recently, you can probably guess why road signs are disappearing from the small B.C. community of Sicamous.Here’s a hint: They were all found along the district’s Old Town Road. Sicamous Mayor Terry Rysz poses with an “Old Town Road” sign, which went up for sale Friday morning. (District of Sicamous) Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more