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Bush to visit Afghanistan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Security was tight in the Afghan capital, with helicopters flying overhead and U.S. military Humvee jeeps patrolling the streets. Bush departed Washington Tuesday for a trip to Pakistan and India, where he was to arrive late Wednesday. KABUL, Afghanistan – President Bush will make his first visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday and meet with President Hamid Karzai, a top Afghan official said. The two leaders will have lunch and hold a joint press conference, said the official, who is familiar with Karzai’s schedule but did not want to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue. U.S. Embassy officials in Kabul declined to comment on whether Bush would visit Afghanistan. Wednesday’s trip would be the first visit to a country where some 18,000 U.S. troops are stationed. Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq on Thanksgiving in 2003, showing up unannounced in a mess hall for a holiday meal with troops. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Timmer Scores 23 Points In Drake Men’s Basketball’s 79-73 Loss To UMKC

first_img Box Score (PDF) Preview vs. Western Kentucky 11/23/2015 – 5:00 PM Full Schedule Roster Story Linkscenter_img Box Score (HTML Next Game: DES MOINES, Iowa- The Drake University men’s basketball team fell, 79-73, to the visiting UMKC ‘Roos Saturday evening at the Knapp Center. Sophomore Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) led the Bulldogs with a game high 23 points by going 3-4 from the three-point range and 7-of-11 from the field. Junior Jacob Envevold Jensen (Lunderskov, Denmark) engineered the team’s rebounding efforts with seven rebounds in addition to his two points while freshman Dominik Olejniczak (Torun, Poland) added seven points and six rebounds.”Dominik learns every night out, but we have to get him more touches,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “Something good happens when he touches the ball down there, same with Jacob. We aren’t selfish guys, but we have to do a better job of playing for each other. “The first half was led by the ‘Roos, until junior Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa), who finished with 18 points and two assists, completed a layup and a free-throw shortly after, putting the Bulldogs in the lead at 28-26 with less than six minutes left in the half. The Bulldogs were able to keep hold of that advantage to lead at the half, 41-37. The teams swapped lead throughout the second with eight ties lasting 6:34 in the period or a total of 6:34 before UMKC went on a six-point run to lay claim to the final lead. Lavell Boyd led the ‘Roos with 16 points in addition to his two assists and three rebounds. Shayok Shayok of UMKC led all players with eight rebounds in addition to his four points.  Drake shot 45.1 percent in the loss but could not contain UMKC’s transition offense as the ‘Roos scored 36 points in transition and converted on 50.9 percent of their shots while holding a six-rebound advantage on the glass.The Bulldogs travel next to Estero, Fla., for the Gulf Coast Showcase Nov. 23-25 where they will play three games in three days starting with Western Kentucky on Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. CST.  The Bulldogs return home on Saturday, Nov. 28 against UIC. “I think the biggest thing (that will be taken from the trip to Florida) is coming together more and trusting each other defensively,” Giacoletti said. “We have to learn to play selfless offensively for each other and find better chemistry on the trip. It is going to be great competition, but it will help us get better.”Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

All or nothing for Schalke’s Tedesco

first_img Tags: Germany Bundesligatop Schalke (Silver) lost 1-0 at Freiburg on Tuesday nightGERMANY – All or nothing is the name of the game as Schalke’s beleaguered manager Domenico Tedesco takes his bedraggled troops into Saturday’s home clash with Mainz.The Rhine river club was second last season but five straight losses – the club’s worst ever start to a Bundesliga season – has Tedesco’s side rooted to the bottom of the table.Tuesday’s defeat at Freiburg was the second successive game in which the goal-shy Gelsenkirchen club have been unable to score. Saturday’s opponents Mainz are enjoying the comfort of mid-table security after Wednesday’s barren draw with Wolfsburg took them to eight points, five adrift of leaders Bayern Munich.Pressure is also on the two other Bundesliga sides yet to register victories. At the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Stuttgart, the hosts will be gunning for their first victory against Bruno Labadia’s unbeaten Werder Bremen whereas Hanover face a difficult trip to Frankfurt.Robert Kovac’s Red Devils were unusually lethargic in drawing one-all with Bavarian neighbours Augsburg on Tuesday night. Wholesale changes to the six-time defending champions’ line up disrupted their rhythm and resulted in poor finishing.Front men Sandro Wagner and Serge Gnarby are expected to make way for top scorer Robert Lewandowski and Frank Ribery for Friday’s trip to unpredictable Hertha Berlin.But by far the most captivating fixture takes place at the Bayer Arena in Leverkusen where Heikko Herrlich’s rejuvenated side face Lucien Favre’s free scoring Borussia Dortmund. Leverkusen have recovered from three straight losses at the start of this campaign to post back to back victories over Mainz and Fortuna Düsseldorf.Dortmund have meanwhile upped the ante in the race for the title by launching a goals blitz. Lucien Favre’s yellow and reds were irresistible in Wednesday’s 7-0 triumph over Nuremberg; with defenders Hachim Achraf and Manuel Akanji among the goal scorers.Friday, 28-09-2018-Hertha Berlin v Bayern Munich @09:30pmSaturday, 29-09-2018-Nuremberg v Fortuna Düsseldorf @04:30pm-Hoffenheim v Red Bull Leipzig @04:30pm-Schalke 04 v Mainz @04:30pm-VfB Stuttgart v Werder Bremen @04:30pm-Wolfsburg v Gladbach @04:30pm-Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund @07:30pmSunday, 30-09-2018-Frankfurt v Hanover @04:30pm-Augsburg v Freiburg @07:00pmComments last_img read more

Film breakdown: Marquese Chriss is earning a role with his passing

first_imgSteve Kerr praises Marquese Chriss seemingly every chance he gets which, lately, has been quite a lot.“He’s got more skill as a passer and a screener than I realized,” Kerr has said, in one form or another, throughout the preseason.Chriss, the surprise of Warriors’ camp, is expected to make the regular-season roster due to his ability to fit in to Golden State’s motion offense. His ability to screen for shooters, pass out of the high post and run dribble handoffs will be needed as the team …last_img read more

Space Aliens Still AWOL

first_img(Visited 357 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Aliens should be everywhere, but the heavens remain eerily silent. The faith goes on.In the 1980s, Carl Sagan predicted that there could be a million advanced civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy alone. In 2015, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner gave SETI $100 million to find them. The latest results have found nothing. Live Science writes about astronomers’ reactions to the no-shows,“There’s certainly nothing out there glaringly obvious,” Danny Price, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author of a paper about the results, which were published in The Astrophysical Journal, told Live Science. “There’s no amazingly advanced civilizations trying to contact us with incredibly powerful transmitters.”Four years into Milner’s decade-planned Breakthrough Listen initiative, astronomers have garnered a petabyte (a million gigabytes) of data from 1,327 stars within 160 light-years of Earth. The project has made the data publicly available in an Open Archive on their website, “making it the largest publication of SETI data in the history of the field.” Citizen scientists can wade through the pile to see if the experts missed anything.SETI believers have plenty of excuses they can make. The sample size is a tiny percentage of stars in the Milky Way. Astronomer Jason Wright of the University of Pennsylvania compares it to a hot tub’s worth of water compared to Earth’s oceans. And the project assumes that space aliens would choose the particular radio and optical frequencies the project selected in order to communicate. Given the nanoscopic odds of success, it seems hopeless to try. What drives them to do it?One motivation was expressed by Danny Price of UC Berkeley, lead author of the paper about the negative results. “I think it would be one of the most important discoveries humankind would ever make,” he said, if evidence of intelligent life were found beyond Earth. While the existence of space aliens does not require the assumptions of spontaneous generation and evolution, the fact is that most SETI enthusiasts are staunch atheists and Darwinists. They believe that life popped into existence on the Earth without design or purpose. Since it happened here, it must happen elsewhere, they figure, and evidence of other civilizations would bolster their case that the emergence and evolution of advanced life is not as difficult as some skeptics insist. In science, though, it is risky to build a case on a sample size of one. And even if aliens were found, it would not prove evolution. Creationists could still argue that they were created.UFOs: Have the Aliens Come Here?Sign in New Mexico.Some may think it odd that the very people who believe the universe is filled with space aliens do not think UFOs give evidence of them. That’s because, being trained more rigorously in physics than many UFO enthusiasts, they understand the difficulty of physical space travel across stellar distances. “UFOs Are Real, But Don’t Assume They’re Alien Spaceships,” says Mike Wall in Space.com. He means that pilots, like US Navy pilots who reported UFOs in 2014 and 2015 really did see something flying that was unidentified, but it does not follow that they were visitors from outer space. Seth Shostak is skeptical of the space alien claim because if beings from distant planets were visiting Earth, they never do anything. “They just buzz around,” he quips. “They don’t address climate change; they don’t steal our molybdenum.” But who can say what aliens are thinking?Lower Sights, Harder SearchesAstrobiologists make similar assumptions as SETI advocates, but they would be happy to just find microbes. The problem with microbes is that they typically do not broadcast their presence with radio telescopes. We have to go and find them. As with SETI, results to date are negative, despite millions of dollars spent by NASA’s astrobiology programs. The search continues, nevertheless, due to strong beliefs about spontaneous generation and evolution.Life on Jupiter’s moon Europa? Discovery of table salt on the surface boosts hopes  (The Conversation). If life spontaneously appeared in your salt shaker, Chris Arridge might have a point, but what does possible NaCl on Europa have to do with life? The paper in Science Advances that announced the moon’s sodium chloride doesn’t speculate that life arose because of it. Salt is actually bad for creating cell membranes, but Arridge, a lecturer at Lancaster University, argues that it’s not as bad as some other salts. He says that NaCl lowers the freezing temperature of water, and that might keep the moon’s oceans habitable. Such reasoning should be taken with a dose of salt.How Mercury and Venus can guide our hunt for alien life on exoplanets (New Scientist). Leah Crane spends most of her article describing how hellish and inhospitable Venus and Mercury are, but then argues that studying them can help our search for life on exoplanets. Actually, it helps by reducing false positives. Astronomers might find worlds around other stars that look promising, but they could be “sizzling coals” like Mercury or Venus.Supernovas May Seed the Universe with More Stardust Than Predicted (Space.com). Analysis of meteorites led some at the Max Planck Institute to conclude that supernovas give off more stardust than thought. The article surmises, “this study reinforces the notion that we are all made of stardust, or rather our atoms all came from materials in stars.” Dust, however, is what happens to things that are dying and disintegrating. It does not follow that dust bunnies turn into real bunnies.If space aliens are ever found, they will need the gospel. Beware the fake aliens who try to bring us a false gospel. Paul warned, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8).last_img read more