Manning denies using banned substance


first_imgENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP): Peyton Manning strongly denied a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the Denver Broncos quarterback received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis. In a statement Saturday night, Manning said: “The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never.” He added, “I really can’t believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up.” The allegations surfaced in an Al Jazeera undercover probe into doping in global sports that is set to air on Sunday and was shared in advance with The Huffington Post. The report claims Manning received HGH from an Indianapolis anti-ageing clinic in 2011 while he was still with the Colts. It said the drug, which was banned by the NFL in the 2011 collective-bargaining agreement, was delivered to his wife, Ashley, so that the quarterback’s name was never attached to the shipments. Liam Collins, a British hurdler, went undercover and spoke with Charlie Sly, an Austin, Texas-based pharmacist who worked at the Guyer Institute, the Indiana-based anti-ageing clinic in 2011. Sly allegedly names Manning and other high-profile athletes as having received HGH from the clinic. However, Sly backtracks in a subsequent statement to Al Jazeera, saying Collins secretly recorded his conversations without his knowledge or consent. “The statements on any recordings or communications that Al Jazeera plans to air are absolutely false and incorrect,” Sly said. “To be clear, I am recanting any such statements and there is no truth to any statement of mine that Al Jazeera plans to air. Under no circumstances should any of those recordings, statements or communications be aired.” The NFL and players’ union added human growth hormone testing to the collective-bargaining agreement signed in 2011, but the side didn’t agree to testing terms until 2014. Nobody has tested positive, which would trigger a four-game suspension. Manning, who joined the Broncos in 2012, has been sidelined since November 15 by a left-foot injury. Brock Osweiler makes his sixth consecutive start in Manning’s place tonight when the Broncos (10-4) host the Bengals (11-3).last_img read more

Strategizing the Way Forward to National Development


first_imgI will begin this article with an excerpt from Rev. Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Hail” written on April 16, 1963: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and action of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless effort of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.”As a child growing up in Monrovia, absolutely nothing would have convinced me then that Liberia, a nation with abundance of resources, would today be in a state of underdevelopment and backwardness. Notably, there are two fundamental reasons which account for this pathetic state. The first is the lackadaisical attitude adopted by our policy makers and planners towards implementing policies to positively impact the lives of ordinary Liberians; and the second is the attitude of passivity of ordinary Liberians in advocating for those basic rights and privileges denied them over the years.Irrefutably, achieving national development requires commitment and dedication on the part of both the policy makers and planners, and ordinary Liberians. Obviously, the way forward to national development must be based upon Liberians from diverse backgrounds coming together and reconciling their divergent views and actions.The blunt reality is that words are easily said than done. To embark on a new course, it is imperative we retrospect on Liberia’s past to discover where precisely our missteps occurred during our national existence. The question that naturally springs forth is, were the founding fathers of Liberia prepared to effectively and efficiently manage the nation? The answer is resounding, “No”.Clearly, the administration of Joseph J. Roberts which led Liberia after the nation hastily declared independence on July 26, 1847 felt short of establishing a solid political foundation. Consequently, this created a unique avenue for corruption, nepotism and other vices which are still prevalent in the governance of the nation even up to today.For the benefit of the reader, permit me to reveal an excerpt of a report of conditions in Liberia written by William Nesbit, a black American, who visited Liberia in 1854 during the era of Liberia’s first president Joseph Jenkins Roberts:“And it is humiliating to me to say it, though it must be said, that the majority of them, even including some of his cabinet officers, cannot read and are totally ignorant of the simplest duties belonging to their stations. Every thing is and must be done by the President. He performs the duties of judge, counselor, justice and constable. He receives, disburses, and keeps the accounts, in short, he is the government, the embodiment of Liberia; and when you speak of Liberia, you speak of President Roberts.”The problems in Liberia are aged old, formidable and seem to be defying solution. The case of forging development in Liberia is proving to be a stubborn one owing to the fact that many Liberians have become accustomed to behavior patterns which are counterproductive and anti-developmental. As Martin Luther King rightly stated in his ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’, “human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability.”In other words, development will never be delivered on “Silver Platter”, it will come when Liberians from all walks of life are willing and ready to constructively engage in sacrificial services that put the interests of the nation and its people above the selfish concept of “I, me and myself”. Without the shadow of doubts, most government officials are involved in systematic corruption which had heightened the levels of poverty and misery amongst ordinary Liberians.I definitely do not wish to discredit the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led administration, which had made some gains in the areas of health, educations, road construction, etc. but these gains have so little impacted the living standards of ordinary Liberians.No wonder why almost every Liberian, you talk to will not hesitate to express the desires of seeking greener pastures in the U.S.A. or some advanced countries.Many Liberians have simply lost hope and confidence in what the future of their country holds for them.The way forward to national development is certainly not for ordinary Liberians to sit as spectators and leave their destinies in the hands of gluttonous government officials, but rather to play more pivotal roles in shaping or reshaping their destiny. Now is the appropriate time that all Liberians must work tirelessly to ensure that 167-year-old Liberia takes it rightful place amongst the comity of nations.Let me close with these wise words from Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’: “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”About the AuthorJahbulleh C. Dempster is former Co-Chairman for Operations of Saye Town. He is currently the Interim Secretary General of the Union of Liberian Artists. His letters as well as articles, which are usually published in the Daily Observer reflect his ardent desire for socio-economic reforms in the Liberian Society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Macke Moves Into Second All-Time In Digs At Drake In A 3-0 Loss


first_img Full Schedule Roster ESPN3 Next Game: at Illinois State 11/9/2019 – 5 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Box Score (PDF) center_img Watch Live Story Links PEORIA, Ill. – Drake University junior Kylee Macke moved into second all-time in career digs in the Drake volleyball team’s 3-0 loss at Bradley Friday evening.Macke had 12 digs and now has 1,607 in less than three full seasons at Drake to move past Michelle Tommi.In addition to Macke making history, junior Emily Plock had 24 kills and 14 digs to continue her strong play with her fifth 20-kill night in the last six outings. Plock hit .360 in the loss as Bradley prevailed by set scores of 25-18, 27-25, 25-23.Bradley (12-11, 8-4 MVC) was led by Hannah Thompson’s 12 kills and eight kills plus seven blocks from Sara Maddox.Drake (9-18, 3-11 MVC) committed 11 errors in the first set but regrouped and committed just 11 total miscues the remainder of the evening to keep pace with Bradley.The Bulldogs looked poised to tie the match in the second set with a seven-point lead late in the set. However, Bradley fought off two set points and closed the set on a 15-6 run to take the set and a 2-0 lead in the match.Drake played very even with Bradley in the third set, but Bradley was able to get enough separation late to preserve the four-set win and end the Bulldogs’ evening early.Drake aims to rebound from the loss Saturday when they make the short trip to Illinois State for a 5 p.m. match. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Sharks players react to Pete DeBoer’s firing: Was a new voice needed?


first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — As much as several Sharks players respected Pete DeBoer and other members of his coaching staff, they feel it might have been time for a change.“Probably, yeah,” said center Joe Thornton, who will be playing in his 1,600th career NHL game Thursday when the Sharks host the New York Rangers. “I love Pete. Pete’s a fantastic coach. He took this team to where it’s never been before. Nothing but heavy respect …last_img read more

Sperm Tail is Far More Complex than Thought


first_imgLook into Dr Bergman’s many books, including his recent release, C.S. Lewis: Anti-Darwinist: A Careful Examination of the Development of His Views on Darwinism.(Visited 717 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 by Dr Jerry BergmanIt has long been believed that the sperm tail is a very simple structure, mostly a tail that wags to propel the sperm forward to reach the egg. Textbooks pictured this structure as a simple string like filament much thinner than a human hair. It was observed that the sperm tail produced harmonic bending waves, thus they were said to cause the sperm to swim like a tadpole. The bigger question then was, what was in the sperm head?Ideas about how sperm cells work date from their discovery by Leeuwenhoek in the 17th century. It was once widely believed that there exists a little person inside of every sperm cell head that traveled to the mother’s womb. The womb’s only role was to feed the child as it grew into a baby. This view was called preformationism. Another preformationist idea held that it was the egg that contained a little person that would begin to grow into a baby once the sperm initiated conception.Preformationist view vs modern structural discoveriesWhen it was recognized that the formation of a child required both a sperm (the smallest cell in the body) and an egg (the largest cell in the body), it was realized that reproduction was far more complex than once thought. Next, the parts of the sperm were studied. Researchers observed that the head contained mostly 23 haploid chromosomes. The first part of the tail, they found, contained mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell that produce ATP. The rest of the tail consisted of a long thread-like structure. That ‘simple’ thread, the tail, is at last now being revealed by more detailed observations, and it turns out to be amazingly complex!Research around 1968 proved that the sperm tail—properly called a flagellum—consists of a complex system of sliding filaments that are connected by elastic springs resembling cylinder-like structures. The cross-linked filament bundles, found both in cilia and flagella, are ubiquitous in life. Scientists also found evidence that this system contains a scaffold, the function of which is to enable the sperm to swim in the hostile environment necessary to reach the egg in the Fallopian tube. It was also discovered that the basic sperm tail design is very similar in most animal species. No evidence was found for it having evolved from a simple structure in primitive animals to a complex structure in higher animals.The Latest WiggleNew research published in 2017 has discovered that the tail system is far more complex than thought 50 years ago. The front design is vital to transmit information to distant parts of the tail to enable it to function as an effective unit for steering and propelling the sperm to its end goal.[i] The system works by complex elasto-hydrodynamics that we can only briefly outline here. Each tail is programmed to produce slightly different movements in order for the sperm to reach the egg. Scientists learned some of the details of this system partly by physically moving parts of dead sperm tails and designing mathematical models of the motion.Any one movement in this complex sequence appears to be able to trigger motion right through to the distant parts of the tail.One mechanism is counter-bending of a passive flagellum that instigates a compensatory counter-curvature in the section that it is connected to.[ii] The researchers found that movement, which begins near the sperm’s head, is transmitted along the interconnected system, creating controlled oscillatory movement along the tail’s full length.[iii]  The tail “utilizes interconnected elastic spring structures to transmit mechanical information from the front to the distant parts of the tail, helping it to bend appropriately and ultimately swim toward an egg.”[iv]The sections within the tail communicate by sensing the front of the tail near the section that contains the mitochondria. Each section in turn responds to information in front of it to synchronize their motions. The sperm tail mechanism first creates a sliding motion between the filaments inside the cylindrically arranged structure, producing the tail bending. Movement in this complex sequence triggers motion down to the distant parts of the tail. Even with these revelations, researchers are only beginning to understand what goes on. Phys.org says,“The mechanism of a sperm tail first creates a sliding motion between filaments, inside this cylindrically arranged structure, finally resulting in a tail bending, a bit like the piston that converts back and forth motion in to [sic] rotation of the wheel on a train. Any one movement in this complex sequence appears to be able to trigger motion right through to the distant parts of the tail.“The big question now is, are particular springs in the tail coupled-up to transmit specific biomechanical information, and just [do] these ‘rowers’ self-organize?It turns out that the design of the sperm tail is just as complex as the design of the bacteria flagellum, which is well known to Darwin skeptics as an icon of intelligent design. Both are complex well-designed structures, one located on a so-called simple primitive organism, and the other on the sperm of the most complex organism known, namely humans.This example illustrates a trend in biology. When structures do not seem very difficult to evolve, further research shows them to be far more complex and, consequently, much more difficult to explain by unguided evolution. What appear to be simple structures, such as sperm tails, on further investigation are shown to be far more complex, requiring a good understanding of biomechanics, especially elasto-hydrodynamics.If Darwin were alive today, would he still try to explain such complex phenomena with his theory of gradual transmutation via natural selection? In 1859, when he suggested that all life was the result of slow, gradual variations (now thought to come from genetic mistakes), he could not have known the intricacies of sexual reproduction down to the tip of a sperm tail. Those who know today have no such excuse.[i] “The mechanical properties of sperm tails revealed,” https://phys.org/news/2017-05-mechanical-properties-sperm-tails-revealed.html[ii] Coy, Rachel and Hermes Gadêlha. 2017. The counterbend dynamics of cross-linked filament bundles and flagella, Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 14(130):1-10. May 31.rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/lookup/doi/10.1098/rsif.2017.0065[iii] Phys.org, Ibid.[iv] Phys.org, Ibid.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author, and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See all his posts on his Author Profile page.last_img read more

SA rapid rail operator looks to expand


first_img18 October 2013 The Gautrain Management Agency, which operates the rapid rail link between Johannesburg, Pretoria and OR Tambo International Airport, has proposed seven new routes along identified “high-mobility corridors” in South Africa’s busiest province. The new proposed routes form part of Gauteng province’s 25-year Integrated Transport Master Plan, which Transport MEC Ismail Vadi unveiled in August. Presenting the proposed routes in Midrand, north of Johannesburg on Thursday, Gautrain CEO Jack van der Merwe said the first proposed extension would see a link between Sandton and Randburg via Honeydew in northern Johannesburg being constructed. This would be followed by a link from Ruimsig to Samrand via Blue Hills, Sunninghill, Fourways, Cosmo City and Ruimsig, followed by a link between Samrand and Tshwane East via Irene, followed by a link from the existing Rhodesfield Station to Boksburg via the East Rand Mall. The fifth extension would be between the existing Johannesburg Park Station and Westgate via the CBD, the sixth would link Naledi in Soweto, south of Johannesburg, with Ruimsig, and seventh would link Tshwane East and Mamelodi. Van der Merwe said this remained a proposal until it had received buy-in from other local municipalities and eventually from the Cabinet. “The intension is to have [the Integrated Transport Master Plan] approved by the province and all local authorities before the end of 2013. Key to the [plan] is to prioritise public transport, with the rail system being the backbone of the transport network.” Once the Master Plan had been approved by Cabinet, Van der Merwe, feasibility studies, route designs and costings would follow. The Master Plan envisions that, with the population in Gauteng projected to grow by millions within the next few years, a shift should be made from private vehicles to public transport and non-motorised transport, and in the long term, from road to rail. The Master Plan will also foster a partnership between the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, the Gautrain Management Agency and the Passenger Rail Agency of SA to develop and extend the rail network into an intergraded and efficient transport system. This, Van der Merwe said, would lead to the development of modern modal transfer facilities at Metrorail commuter stations. With e-tolls set to be introduced on some of Gauteng’s freeways, Vadi said the Gautrain – which now ferries 52 000 people a day or 1.2-million people a year – was a good alternative. He said the train has fast gained popularity and growth as a highly reliable mode of transport, and urged residents to park their cars and hop on the train. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more