February 17, 2020

Dr Paul Wright: Drug-free sport is attainable

first_img UKAD being investigated We now hear that this same group is being investigated by a former assistant police chief constable in Britain, Mr Andy Ward. This investigation became necessary as a British newspaper, the Sunday Times, published a report that alleges that a British doctor, Mark Bonar, had claimed that he provided numerous athletes, including Premier League footballers, England cricketers and Tour de France cyclists with banned substances such as EPO growth hormones and steroids. Amazingly, the report also indicates that UKAD was given information about the activities some two years ago by an athlete who was trying to reduce possible sanction after failing to submit to a drug test when called upon to do so. This whistle-blower even provided signed prescriptions for banned substances signed by the doctor, but alleges that UKAD refused to probe further, claiming that the accused physician was not associated with any organised sport. Yes, UKAD, the same organisation selected to lead the fight against doping in sports leading up to the Summer Olympics this year! Icons protected It appears that anti-doping organisations around the world have very little interest in finding and announcing positive drug test results for the so-called icons of sports. We now know that credentials and expertise in anti-doping could also mean very little when a nation’s credibility is at stake. Lord Coe lamented publicly his disappointment at the absence of Russia from the World Indoor Championships, as he simultaneously held out hope that Russia could still send athletes to the Rio Olympics. Kenya had dates for compliance with World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) directives repeatedly postponed seemingly in a desperate effort to have them compete in Rio. The announcement that Ethiopia, Morocco, Ukraine, and Belarus are all on a list of countries not fully compliant with WADA’s anti-doping code was quickly followed by assurances that these countries were not banned from competing in the Olympics. The obvious question is: ‘What on earth is going on?’ The call from British athlete, Paula Radcliffe, for drug testers to be allowed visa-free entry to countries where independent testing is scheduled (as the issuance of a visa will alert cheaters that the tester is coming) has not received any support from the authorities, including the new head of the medical and anti-doping commission of the IAAF, South African Harold Adams, who replaced Gabriel Dolle, who is now banned for bribing athletes to conceal positive results. The answer to clean sports will only be achieved when those previously present when corruption was rife are removed and the selection of their replacements be removed from government appointees. Drug-free sport is attainable. All that is needed is the will to make sports drug-free. Athletics remains the number one watched sport in the Olympics. This fact will be questioned as the fans of the sport watch the build-up to the Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil this year. Doping scandal after doping scandal has left some of the fans wondering ‘just who is clean’. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that the Swedish runner, Abeba Aregawi, has tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance meldonium and is provisionally banned from competition. Aregawi was the Ethiopia World indoor 1500-metre champion who switched allegiance to Sweden after the 2012 Olympics. Her ‘excuse’ for the positive test is that she was given tablets by a doctor in Ethiopia that she thought was vitamins! Thanks to whistle-blowers, we now know that doctors, coaches, drug testers and even those in charge of Anti-Doping Commissions have aided and abetted cheating in the sport of athletics. The present head of the IAAF, Lord Sebastian Coe, is facing mounting criticism as he tries to clean up a sport that now seems destined for life support as major sponsors withdraw their support. The United Kingdom Anti-Doping organisation (UKAD) was recently named as the body to oversee the anti-doping programme in Russia, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) appointed UKAD as the secretariat for the task force that will coordinate the fight against doping in the build-up to this summer’s Olympics.last_img read more

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Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City this December

first_imgNEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 03: Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Netsdies for the ball with Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half at the Barclays Center on November 3, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Mexico City in December for two regular-season games as part of the 25th anniversary of the first NBA game in Mexico.The league announced Wednesday that the Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder will play in Mexico City on Dec. 7. The Nets will play the Miami Heat on Dec. 9. Both games will be in Arena Ciudad de Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View comments LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EAC’s Laminou out for the NCAA season due to torn ACL It’s all part of the NBA’s emphasis on expanding the popularity of basketball in Mexico. Last season, the Phoenix Suns played the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City. The league has played 26 times in Mexico dating back to 1992, the most games held in any country outside of the U.S. and Canada.The games will be televised on ESPN.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as herlast_img read more

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Bureau of Standards seeking to have new metrology bill passed in Parliament

first_imgThe Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) is pushing to have a new Legal Metrology Bill passed in Parliament. This, the GNBS said, could be done by possibly amending the old Weights and Measures Act that was established since 1981.This bill will address the modernisation of the metrology standards towards a revised Weights and Measures Act.Legal Metrology is the science of measurement or a system of weights and measures which generally covers requirements related to trade and to health and safety.Representatives of the GNBS: from left, PRO Lloyd David and Candelle Walcott–Bostwick, head of Conformity DepartmentLloyd David, public relations officer of GNBS told the Government Information Agency that the bill will be drafted to review the obsolete 1981 Act.“Currently we have our 1981 Weights and Measures Act. 1981 to 2016 has been a while and we have recognised the need (for a new Bill), things have changed. What we intend to do is to relook at our Metrology Bill, revise our Metrology Bill and at the end when it becomes an Act we enforce the Act, and people will be satisfied,” David explained.The GNBS will be hosting public consultations from September in all 10 Administrative regions, giving stakeholders the chance to learn about the current Act, and to contribute towards its revision.The agency has projected a year-end deadline for the Bill to be presented in parliament. Head of Conformity Assessment Department Candelle Walcott-Bostwick noted that after two sets of consultations, the information will be compiled and forwarded to the Minister of Business and Tourism for the document to be tabled in Parliament:“I would foresee an end-of-year deadline because after the consultations, the second round of consultations would have been completed, we would send it to our subject minister which he is going to deliberate on, and then take it to parliament.”Once the revised act is passed, it would encourage manufacturers using weighing and measuring devices to comply with the rules and regulations of the Act. The Legal Metrology Bill will impact the manufacturing industry which depends on these devices for trade and the generation of income.The Bill will also provide GNBS with the capability of verifying accuracy of weights and measures taken in all sectors.Upon passing of the revised act, the GNBS would further seek to expand the Legal Metrology services currently offered at its laboratory.A National Metrology Institute is in the pipeline for establishment in a few years’ time.last_img read more

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Guyana among 35 teams to battle for supremacy

first_imgConcacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship 2018……top 4 finishers to play in FIFA U-20 World CupThe Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) on Tuesday confirmed the programming for the draw of the 2018 Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Championship, scheduled to be played November 1 -21, at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.The official draw, which will sort the thirty-five participating teams into six groups, for the first round of the competition, will be broadcast Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 10:00 am ET. Fans will be able to follow the event through Concacaf.com and the Confederation’s rights partner networks.Unlike the previous format of the men’s under-20 competition, which included regional qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America and one final championship, the redesigned 2018 edition will ensure that all the participating teams have access to play more top-level football matches.The draw will be conducted using a single-blind system, involving five pots. Based on the Concacaf Men’s Under-20 Ranking, the top six ranked teams will be seeded into position one of each group, while the remaining 29 teams will be distributed in five pots as follows:Seeded Teams (group and position): United States (A1), Mexico (B1), Honduras (C1), Panama (D1) Costa Rica (E1) and El Salvador (F1)Pot 1: Cuba, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Canada and JamaicaPot 2: Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Curacao, Aruba and SurinamePot 3: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia and GuyanaPot 4: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Belize and DominicaPot 5: US Virgin Islands, Martinique, Saint Maarten, Saint Martin and MonserratThe draw will begin by placing the seeded teams in their respective groups. Once they have been confirmed, the first team will be drawn from Pot 1 and placed in position A2. The same will be done for the remaining five teams of Pot 1, placing them in positions B2, C2, D2, E2 and F2 according to the order in which they are drawn. The procedure will be repeated for Pots 2, 3, 4 and 5, using group positions 3, 4, 5 and 6 respectively.The thirty-five participating teams will be sorted into six groups, five groups of six teams and one group of five teams, for the first-round group phase. After round robin play, the six group winners will advance to the qualification stage, where they will be divided into two groups of three teams. After a second-round robin play, the two group winners plus the second-place finishers will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Additionally, the two groups winners will advance to the tournament’s final to determine the regional champion.last_img read more

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Wenger predicts European Super League

first_imgWenger, 68, will leave the Emirates Stadium after a reign lasting almost 22 years when the season ends away to Huddersfield on Sunday.But the Frenchman is predicting a huge overhaul of football in the near future, with Premier League fixtures relegated to midweek slots.“The next evolution? Maybe I will see you in a few years and you will certainly have a European league over the weekends,” he said.“A domestic league will certainly play Tuesday/Wednesday. I think that is the next step we will see.”Wenger said the move was “inevitable” because the big clubs would want a bigger slice of the money that comes into football and would be less willing to share it with their smaller rivals.The idea of a European league has been mooted for years and could be driven by dwindling Champions League attendances and the fact more revenue is demanded for the Premier League television rights than UEFA’s elite club competition.“It will be soon because it is a way for other clubs to fight against the Premier League,” Wenger said.The Arsenal boss predicted matches would take place at weekends to boost crowds.“Look at the audiences of the Champions League,” he said. “There’s a contrast there because if you look at the audiences of the Champions League it is not fantastic.“But if you have Real Madrid v Barcelona, or Real Madrid v Arsenal, or Manchester United v Bayern Munich every week the audiences will be good.”Such a dramatic shift would mean major changes to the Premier League, said Wenger.“If you want to make it more attractive you have to go down to 16 (teams),” he said. “And make a real competition of it. But it will be smaller if it goes to Europe.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal without a European trophy following two-plus decades in chargeLONDON, United Kingdom, May 11 – Arsene Wenger predicts a European super league will be introduced over the next few years, leading to major changes for the Premier League.The outgoing Arsenal boss believes Europe’s elite clubs will fight for the introduction of a continental, weekend league to challenge the success of the English top flight.last_img read more

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Disappointment for Urris as they lose Junior B Championship semi-final

first_imgCLUB IORRAS: September Winners:€50- Gerard Friel, Dunaff.€30- Michael Farren, Letterkenny.€20- Jimmy Donaghey, Dunaff.Thanks to all who support the club in the Monthly Club Iorras draw.JUNIOR B CHAMPIONSHIP: No luck for our reserves on Sunday in the Semi-final of the Junior B Championship in Burt. Final score Lettetkeny Gales 3-09 Urris 0-12.MATCH “N” WIN: September September 29th: No jackpot winner: Numbers drawn: 5, 13, 14 & 20. €15 winners:Maureen Grant, Tornabrately.Brid Grant, Magheramore.Patricia Mc Laughlin, Dreenagh, Malin Head.Damien Harkin, Urrismana.James Mc Donald, Cross.Jackpot next week is €1,980. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly lotto. CLUB BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St Mary,s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm.CLUB MERCHANDISE: Please check our Facebook page for the link to all current available O’Neills Gear for Urris GAA for adults and youths. Prices reflected are only if ordering from the O’Neills site as they include postage and packaging. Contact Donal Kelly for all orders and cheaper prices on 0876461707. https://www.oneills.com/shop-by-te…/…/ireland/urris-gaa.htmlU16 Girls: Our U-16 girls beat Gweedore on Thursday evening in a tough encounter at Straid to progress to the county semi final against Aodh Rua Ballyshannon. Mary Doherty was in top form and scored 4-5 out of the 5-8 total from her position at centre half forward. Caitlin Devlin was rock steady at full back , scoring a point on one of her forays up the field. Ella Devlin had her best game ever in an Urris shirt while Sorcha Hession kept their dangerous no.11 quiet. Cathy and Saoirse worked very hard around the middle and up front captain Ciara Gill led by example and kept her team mates moving. Erin Doherty(Tim) scored a terrific point. Saoirse (1-0) and Cathy (0-1) completed the scoring. Final score Urris 5-8. Gweedore 1-6 . Well done girls.U13 Girls: Next match is on this Saturday October 9th at home to St Eunans. Training for our U13 girls every Tuesday & Thursday in Straid from 6pm to 7.00pm. Please check our Facebook page daily for all club news.Disappointment for Urris as they lose Junior B Championship semi-final was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAJunior B ChampionshipSportURRISlast_img read more

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Sami Khedira vows to prove journalist’s prank wrong ahead of Sweden game

first_img 2 Khedira talks to the press where the prank happened The German press have not held back in their criticism of the team after the defeat at the Luzhniki Stadium including Lothar Matthaus who accused Mesut Ozil of having no passion earlier this week.However, a Swedish TV reporter certainly touched a nerve with Khedira as he handed two airline tickets home into the hands of the midfielder.An irate Khedira said in response to the prank: “We don’t need those tickets – and we won’t need them on Saturday.“We don’t want to go back home. We are thinking to win this game. After the bad start we had, we know that it’s super difficult. 2 Sami Khedira vowed to get revenge on a cheeky stunt from a Swedish journalist as Germany prepare for their make-or-break World Cup game against the Scandinavian side on Saturday – a game you listen to live on talkSPORT from 7pm.The reigning champions have had a less than ideal start to their 2018 campaign, having lost their first match to Mexico before leaving relocating from their Moscow base for a more secluded spot in Sochi. Manuel Neuer could not do anything about Hirving Lozano’s strike as Germany lost 1-0 to Mexico “But we know that we are a strong team. We analysed the game, we saw Sweden play and we are sure that we are winning this game.“I still think we won’t need any tickets back home until July 16.”Manager Joachim Low may make a few changes from the Mexico defeat which could see Khedira drop to the bench but the Juventus man remained defiant on Germany’s chances.Khedira added: “It’s not about two players out and two players in. If we play with the same attitude as we did against Mexico, nothing will change.“I know I did not have a good game and I can live with the criticism, as we all can.“We know we all have to improve all because if we play like we did against Mexico we will be going home.“So in the next games, starting against Sweden, we will have to play smarter.“We must attack but not too much – in a more intelligent way.“Against Mexico the problem was the lack of balance between attack and defense, not us being slow.“When you allow open-field counters like we did, you would need to be Usain Bolt to make up the distances in time to stop the other team – and he is not in our squad!”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

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DD Gardening: Growing garlic couldn’t be easier!

first_imgThis week Donegal Daily’s gardening columnist Gareth Austin explains that growing garlic is a lot easier than you might think!This past week we’ve been buy planting our Garlic bulbs in Ballyholey Farm, our target this year is 3000 bulbs for planting, but I also grow around 70 in the back garden for our use as a family, and recently I was up helping a family in Sligo design and start planting out garlic in their new family vegetable garden.For years now I’ve been self-sufficient in Garlic, growing as much that our family can eat in a year – and having enough to use as seed for the following year. But commonly when I mention about growing your own garlic I’m met with a puzzled look, almost astonishment from people that you can actually grow Garlic here.Many folks think of Garlic as growing in sunny Italy or like the majority of Supermarket bought Garlic – grown in China.Garlic is a member of the Onion family, and is ideal for growing in our part of the world, why? – because it needs a cold weather snap to get it to grow properly, this is why it needs to be planted in the Autumn.But don’t get the garlic bulb grabbed from beside the cooker yet, there is a wee bit of planning first. First and foremost you need to get varieties of Garlic which are suited to our climate, for years I’ve grown the variety Messidor – a good sized Garlic bulb which dries quickly in the Autumn and stores well in my hammock in the shed for many, many months.Suitable varieties for planting will be available now at your local garden centre, you may come across other varieties such as Valleledo, Morado and the likes. What I’ve had success with over the years is these Softneck varieties.For planting you’ll need some well worked soil, rich in compost and fertility and soil which doesn’t waterlog, so create ridges, or raised beds, and plant your Garlic raised above any wet soil.It’s a myth that Garlic are low nutrient crops, to get good sized bulbs you will need lots of fertility for the many fibrous roots to gather. So a good handful of chicken manure pellets per m2 is ideal, and then a few waters with liquid comfrey in the late spring.Take your bulb, split it into Cloves – you should get 8-10 cloves per bulb, and plant these Cloves into your conditioned soil 6-12” apart (the further you plant the bigger the bulbs will get), you only push the clove gently into the soil until its at most 1” below the soil level. Then sit on your hands and let them grow. Over the winter the shoots will appear and this will continue until early next summer, then these stems will start to turn yellow and fold over- Voila!Your garlic is ready to be lifted and either dried for storage or washed, chopped and used right away as desirable Wet Garlic.Even if you have no vegetable garden, get some garlic bulbs from your garden centre are plant these through shrub beds, between roses – wherever you have some space and you’ll reap an immensely flavourful harvest!When I mentioned before about saving seed, when you’re using your bulbs next year just pick out the odd big clove and keep this aside for re-planting next autumn. So you’ll only have to buy your stock bulbs once and the rest of the time you can be replanting from harvested stock!So, what are you waiting for?DD Gardening: Growing garlic couldn’t be easier! was last modified: October 9th, 2016 by Gareth AustinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Family plead with Judge not to jail driver who killed their son

first_imgThe family of a young man who died in a horrific road crash has pleaded with a judge not to send his best friend to jail.Evan Quinn was driving a car which hit a verge and then spun out of control killing pal Martin Strain and seriously injuring his girlfriend Kayleigh Fullerton in Inishowen on August 23rd, 2015. The 19-year-old driver had just hours earlier been stopped by Gardai and told to replace two bald tyres.However, in the early hours of the following morning, Quinn lost control of the car in horrific driving conditions at Tooban on the Inishowen Peninsula and killed his best friend.The driver appeared for sentencing at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to careless driving causing death.Quinn tested negative for drink and drugs but the court was told that his car had been defective.Quinn, from Meenagorey, Buncrana and Mr Strain had collected Mr Strain’s girlfriend from Liberty’s nightclub and they were travelling onwards.Around 4.30am near Tooban, Quinn failed to take a bend, mounted a grass verge and lost control of the car.Garda forensic expert revealed how the car was sent into a clockwise spin and hit a kerb, a bus shelter, a lamp-post and finally a tree before coming to a stop.The impact was so violent that the engine was thrown from the car.Mr Strain, from Burnfoot, died at the scene and Ms Fullerton received various injuries but survived.The court was told the driver was a ‘novice’ who had only been behind the wheel a number of months with a full license.However, the late Mr Strain’s family said they did not want to see the driver put behind bars.Mr Strain’s heartbroken father Hugh supported by his wife Elaine took to the witness box where he pleaded with Judge John Aylmer, not to jail the driver.He admitted that they had been left with a void in their lives but he added that his “happy and hardworking” son would not have wanted Evan Quinn going to jail.He said “We have forgiven Evan Quinn. What happened that night was a tragedy. But we are thankful that we have not been put through a trial.“We want to let the world and the court know what a happy go lucky and hard-working son he was. Our hopes and dreams have been taken from us that we will never fulfil.“He was a loving son and brother to Stephen. He was a friend to many, much more than we realised. He was loved by everyone.“But we know that Martin would never have wanted Evan to have been sent to jail.”The court was told by Quinn’s barrister Peter Nolan that his client’s own brother had been killed previously by a drunk driver and he was wracked with guilt over the death of his friend Martin.He has not been behind the wheel since this incident, Mr Nolan added.Judge John Aylmer said he would read the various reports in the case and deliver his sentence on Wednesday next.Family plead with Judge not to jail driver who killed their son was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacourtcrashdeathdrivingEvan QuinnGardaiKayleigh FullertonkilledMichael StrainToobanlast_img read more

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Panspermia Discounted: Life Had to Start Here

first_imgSome prominent biologists have pointed to a back door on the stage of life’s origin.  They have argued that even if the probability for the first cell was unlikely on Earth, life could have been brought here from space.  Francis Crick promoted this view; so did Fred Hoyle.  Most recently, even the ardent atheist Darwin promoter Richard Dawkins allowed room for this view.  In the movie Expelled, he told a surprised Ben Stein that biologists might be able to detect the presence of intelligent design in Earth-based life as a sign it was brought here by aliens – but he reassured him that it would have had to originate on another world by a Darwinian means.  Is there really a back door entrance for life on Earth?    Leslie Mullins wrote on this for Space.com.  Her article includes a picture of Louis Pasteur; she described how he had disproved spontaneous generation.  The challenge facing molecules-to-man evolution is to get life started in spite of Pasteur’s Law of Biogenesis (life begets life).  Mullins pointed out that Pasteur and Darwin came to opposite conclusions.  Pasteur had experiments to back up his belief; Darwin’s theory only “implied” something that Pasteur’s results forbade:Pasteur’s experiments and Darwin’s theory led to opposing conclusions regarding the origin of life on Earth.  Pasteur claimed that his work lent support to the belief that God created life.  Just as life could not arise spontaneously from inanimate matter, the first life on the early Earth could not have arisen without the aid of a divine creator.  Yet Darwin’s theory of life evolving over time implied that the first life on Earth could have evolved naturally from inanimate matter.For those committed to following Darwin’s implication, Mullins explored the options.  You may not have known that there are several flavors of Panspermia.  She described the work of Iris Fry who had written on the history of the idea.  The 19th-century Panspermia proposed that packages of life were pushed to the planets by radiation.  Transpermia is the more modern version that arose after it was discovered that the universe had a beginning.  A third option hypothesizes that only the building blocks of life (e.g., amino acids) were delivered from space.    Mullins ended up discounting these ideas: “life would have to endure quite a lot to get here,” she said.  “The conditions in space are extremely hostile to Earth-based life, which tends to die when exposed to an airless vacuum and extremes of temperature and radiation.”  What’s more, tests by European scientists have cast doubt that the material, alive or not, could survive the fiery entry through the atmosphere.    That leaves one option: life began here.  She finds that not so implausible.  “Some scientists even question whether organic material delivered by comets and meteorites was necessary for life’s origin, since the early Earth may have had plenty of organic material of its own.”  Iris Fry takes that position: “I don’t see why life couldn’t have started here.”Iris and Leslie don’t see why because they haven’t read our online book.  If they were regular readers of CEH, they would be filled with despair trying to keep hope alive that life could arise on this planet (or anywhere in the universe) without a Creator.  The gig is up.  It’s time to face reality.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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