August 5, 2021

Valeri’s goal gives Portland a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake

first_imgAugust 31, 2019 /Sports News – Local Valeri’s goal gives Portland a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Diego Valeri scored in the 16th minute and the Portland Timbers held on to snap a two-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.The Timbers improved to 12-11-4 as they continue to jockey for a spot in the postseason. They are in the midst of a 10-game homestand at Providence Park, a result of a 12-game road trip to start the season while the stadium was renovated.Real Salt Lake (13-11-4) hasn’t won in Portland since 2017.The Timbers lost 2-1 at home last weekend to Cascadia Cup rival Seattle. Portland hadn’t lost consecutive games at home since last season.RSL won four of its last five games and was coming off a 2-0 victory over Colorado last weekend. Salt Lake has moved up to second in the Western Conference standings despite the Aug. 11 dismissal of coach Mike Petke.Petke’s contract was terminated after he made derogatory comments toward officials following RSL’s loss to Tigres UANL in a Leagues Cup match. Assistant Freddy Juarez is leading the team through the rest of the season.The Timbers were limited because of injuries and were without Larrys Mabiala (hamstring) and Julio Cascante (thigh), Modou Jadama (foot), Cristhian Paredes (upper Leg) and Zarek Valentin (upper leg). Because of all the absences, Portland did not list one true defender among its available substitutes.Veteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando dove but couldn’t reach Valeri’s blast from the top of the box. After his goal, Valeri blew a kiss to fans in the stands who waved the flag of his native Argentina. It was Valeri’s eighth goal of the season. He also has 15 assists.There was a scary moment in the 75th minute when Jeremy Ebobisse collided with Rimando, who had to be attended to by trainers but stayed in the game. Just minutes earlier, Rimando had bumped away a shot from Brian Fernandez, Portland’s top scorer.Portland’s Renzo Zambrano was shown a red card in stoppage time after a heated exchange with the referee, but Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark dove to stop Albert Rusnack’s dangerous free kick from the top of the box.The Timbers Army supporters group waved flags with the Iron Front symbol in the 33rd minute, in protest of a new MLS policy that bans political signs and banners at matches. It was the second straight protest of the policy: The Timbers Army remained silent through the first 33 minutes against the Sounders.The Iron Front symbol, which is three arrows pointed down and to the left, was used by a paramilitary organization that resisted the Nazi party in Germany in the 1930s. It has recently been associated with antifa, a loosely organized group of militant antifascists. Tags: MLS/Portland Timbers/Real Salt Lake Associated Presslast_img read more

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Jack O’Brien Will Helm Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Jack O’Brien(Photo: Bruce Glikas)center_img Delicious news for Broadway in spring 2017! The rumors were true and three-time Tony winner Jack O’Brien will reunite with his Hairspray collaborators Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and direct Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The West End incarnation of the tuner was helmed by Sam Mendes, however he had previously stated that he would not direct the Main Stem transfer. Choreography, which was taken on by Peter Darling in London, is set to be by Joshua Bergasse. Design team, theater and dates for the revised production will be announced soon.O’Brien won the Tony for his work on The Coast of Utopia, Henry IV and Hairspray, as well as picking up nominations for productions including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, The Invention of Love, Two Shakesperian Actors and Porgy and Bess. Bergasse won the Emmy for Outstanding Choreography for NBC’s Smash and was Tony nominated for On the Town. Coming full circle, he was a swing in the original production of Hairspray. Featuring a book by David Greig with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Wittman, the musical is based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life- changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Get ready for chocolate waterfalls, exquisitely nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka’s army of curious Oompa-Loompas.Dahl’s book was first adapted to the big screen in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. In 2005, Tim Burton directed a remake using the novel’s original title, with Johnny Depp playing Wonka.The West End production officially opened at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on July 25, 2013, starring Tony and Olivier Award winner Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 14, 2018last_img read more

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Ebere Eze voted QPR’s player of the season

first_imgRelatedPosts Townsend: Eze’s an incredible talent Eberechi Eze to add spark to Crystal Palace Eberechi Eze debuts for Crystal Palace as Eagles thump Southampton England-born Nigerian midfielder, Eberechi Eze, has been voted Queens Park Rangers’ Player of the Season.Sky Sports asked 24 Championship fans to pick who their club’s best player has been, so far. QPR fan, Clive Whittingham, who was selected by Sky Sports picked Eze as the most outstanding player for the London club.And commenting on Eze’s performance: “The way Eze has matured and developed his all-round attacking and defensive game under, Mark Warburton, has been impressive – scoring 12 goals from midfield and getting almost as many assists. A joy to watch and a Premier League player in waiting.”Prior to the suspension of football in England, following the coronavirus outbreak, QPR occupy 13th on 50 points, in the 24-team league table.They are six points away from the Championship play-off spot.Super Eagles’ defender, Semi Ajayi, was overlooked as a fan named Shin picked Jake Livermore West Bromwich Albion Player of the Season. Ajayi has made 37 appearances in all competitions scoring five goals.Tags: Eberechi EzePlayer of the SeasonQPRQueen’s Park Rangerslast_img read more

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Diamond a cut above Challenge foes

first_img Last year’s Irish St Leger winner, sent off at 5-4, soon opened up a big advantage in front and was well clear with a mile of the mile and three-quarters still to run. Nothing ever seriously looked like narrowing the gap and Murtagh was able to ease his mount significantly close home, as Sir Ector ran on to take second. Royal Diamond justified short-priced favouritism for trainer-jockey Johnny Murtagh in the Listed Challenge Stakes at Leopardstown. Murtagh, recording his first Listed-race winner as a trainer, said: “He’s improved a good bit from the Curragh (second to Ernest Hemingway in the Curragh Cup). I thought I had the race won there and I was surprised when they quickened past me. “He came out of it really well and this was a nice race to go for as he likes Leopardstown. “I had thought he was a Caulfield Cup/Melbourne Cup-type of horse and I might have to twist the owner’s arm as he was thinking of going back for the Leger. “He’s a strong galloper. I have him pencilled in for the Ballyroan (Leopardstown, August 8) over a mile and half as I don’t think he’s slow. “Mentally he’s very well at the minute. The lads have done a great job keeping him sweet. He’s getting older but he’s every bit as enthusiastic as ever.” Tandem (6-1) let favourite-backers down in the Irish Lincolnshire at the start of the season, but Dermot Weld has given him plenty of time to recover from those exertions and he proved too strong in the valuable Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Nasrullah” Handicap. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Winston, a legend of MTA, dies at 100

first_imgIn an interview last month, Winston credited his father for teaching him a strong work ethic. “My dad got us out of bed whether it was raining or snowing. We got up at 6 o’clock, no matter what,” he said. At age 99, Winston was responsible for a crew of 11 employees who cleaned, maintained and refueled Metro buses.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Less than a month after retiring on his 100th birthday, longtime county transit employee Arthur Winston died in his sleep, his family said Friday. The man co-workers celebrated as Mr. Reliable had recently been admitted to a hospital for exhaustion and dehydration, but returned to his home April 6. He died Thursday evening. To his former colleagues at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Winston was more than a model employee known for his energy, punctuality and, of course, longevity. He was a legend. Winston missed one day of work in more than 70 years, and that was to attend his wife’s funeral in 1988. In 1996, he received an “Employee of the Century” citation from President Clinton. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“He leaves behind a great legacy,” said his grandniece, Yvette Chappell-Ingram. Winston worked at the MTA and its predecessor agencies for 76 years. For decades, Winston reported to work at a bus yard at the crack of dawn to supervise a crew of workers as they cleaned and refueled the region’s bus fleet. “Arthur Winston’s life of service will stand as an unparalleled example of dedication to principles, commitment to excellence and pride in the American work ethic,” said John Catoe, the MTA’s deputy chief executive officer. Winston was born in Oklahoma and said he began picking cotton at age 10. His family headed west when droughts and storms ruined several crop seasons, and in 1924 he found work with the Pacific Electric Railway Co., a forerunner of the MTA. He left the company in 1928, returned six years later and stayed until his retirement last month. last_img read more

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first_imgFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: Celtic will play Rangers in the final old firm game of the season on April 29, it was announced today.The Hoops can clinch the SPL title this Saturday if they get just a point at Kilmarnock, the side who beat them in the League Cup final.The passing of the father of Killie’s Liam Kelly at that match has undoubtedly brought both sides closer. Today Kilmarnock announced they will give over three stands to Celtic supporters for this Saturday’s match at Rugby Park.Killie had balloted season ticket holders in their East Stand, with 93% of respondents agreeing to move to the Frank Beattie Stand. The Ayrshire club say that almost 70% of those asked replied.The remaining fixtures are below:  Sunday, April 22Motherwell v CelticFir Park (KO: 2pm)Sunday, April 29Celtic v RangersCeltic Park (KO: 12.45pm)Thursday, May 3Celtic v St JohnstoneCeltic Park (KO: 7.45pm)Sunday, May 6Dundee United v CelticTannadice (KO: 12.45pm)Sunday, May 13Celtic v HeartsCeltic Park (KO: 12.30pm)THE HOOPS REPORT: SPL POST-SPLIT FIXTURES ANNOUNCED was last modified: April 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: SPL POST-SPLIT FIXTURES ANNOUNCEDlast_img read more

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European Elections: Mairead McGuinness tops the poll

first_imgMairead McGuinness has become the first Irish MEP to be elected in the Midlands North West Constituency in the 2019 European elections.The Fine Gael candidate, and serving MEP, topped the poll on the first count in Castlebar.McGuinness achieved 134,630 votes to win the first seat in the four-seat constituency. It’s day three of the European Elections count. Luke Ming Flanagan is on course to retain his seat, while Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy looks set to take the third.  European Elections: Mairead McGuinness tops the poll was last modified: May 27th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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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Chelsea v Tottenham: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgNacer Chadli (right) could replace the banned Dele AlliKick-off: 8pm, Monday 2 May 2016Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)Match in a nutshell: Tottenham know they have to win at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 26 years if they are to retain any hope of winning the Premier League – how Chelsea would love to be the ones to stop them.Five key battles: Including Cesc Fabregas v Mousa DembeleInjuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Kurt Zouma (knee), Loic Remy (groin), Thibaut Courtois (suspended).TOTTENHAM HOTSPURRuled out: Dele Alli (suspended), Nabil Bentaleb (knee).Fitness tests: Eric Dier (concussion). Possible line-upsChelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa. Subs from: Amelia, Blackman, Aina, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Matic, Colkett, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Kenedy, Falcao, Pato, Traore.Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Kane.Subs from: Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Wimmer, Mason, Winks, N’Jie, Carroll, Son, Onomah. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: W L L W D (7 points)Home: L D D W D (6 points)Tottenham total: D W W D W (11 points)Away: W D W L W (10 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 15; Willian 11; Oscar 8, Pedro 8; Fabregas 5; Hazard 4, Traore 4; Cahill 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Loftus-Cheek 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Pato 1, Terry 1.Tottenham: Kane 27; Alli 10, Lamela 10; Eriksen 8; Chadli 7; Son 6; Alderweireld 4; Dembele 4, Dier 4; Carroll 3; Mason 2; Rose 1, Trippier 1, Walker 1.Last five meetings29 November 2015: Tottenham 0 Chelsea 01 March 2015: Chelsea 2 Tottenham 01 January 2015: Tottenham 5 Chelsea 33 December 2014: Chelsea 3 Tottenham 08 March 2014: Chelsea 4 Tottenham 0Chelsea 3 wins, Tottenham 1 win, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Evolutionists Endorse Sin

first_imgWhen evolution is left out of the research, sometimes the findings coincide with traditional values.  Science Daily reported on an economist who found a shocking thing: money doesn’t buy happiness.  “Across a worldwide sample of 37 countries, rich and poor, ex-Communist and capitalist, Richard Easterlin and his co-authors shows strikingly consistent results: over the long term, a sense of well-being within a country does not go up with income.”  But did we need science to tell us that?Darwinism is not just superfluous; it is downright evil.  By turning good and evil into amoral illusions, and by making people pawns of a mythical evolutionary past, evolutionists open the door to a flood of vices.  Some of Darwin’s contemporaries understood the danger his theory posed.  Adam Sedgwick, his geology professor, wrote:There is a moral or metaphysical part of nature as well as a physical.  A man who denies this is deep in the mire of folly.  ’Tis the crown and glory of organic science that it does through final cause, link material and moral; and yet does not allow us to mingle them in our first conception of laws, and our classification of such laws, whether we consider one side of nature or the other.  You have ignored this link; and, if I do not mistake your meaning, you have done your best in one or two pregnant cases to break it.  Were it possible (which, thank God, it is not) to break it, humanity, in my mind, would suffer a damage that might brutalize it, and sink the human race into a lower grade of degradation than any into which it has fallen since its written records tell us of its history.Two world wars and a host of secular totalitarian dictatorships in the 20th century are the result.  See What Hath Darwin Wrought? as described in the 09/27/2010.  After all the social wreckage they have caused, Darwinists remain unrepentant, as the above articles show, still committed to preaching amoral ideas from the mire of folly.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Crime pays in Darwinism, apparently.  Some biologists find good in what most of us find evil.  After all, in Darwinism, evil is only an illusion.Corruption:  Victims of corruption may have a different outlook on what Science Daily told its readers:Francisco �beda, an evolutionary biology professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Edgar Du��ez of Harvard University found that power and corruption may play a role in maintaining overall societal cooperation.    A report of their research is published in the journal Evolution.Gossip:  In evolution, gossip is no longer a sin.  In the wake of WikiLeaks, Live Science asked, “Is Gossip Good?”  The answer is found in Darwinian theory:Some researchers have argued that the tendency toward jawing about our neighbors is rooted in our evolutionary past.  In his book “Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language,” (Harvard University Press, 1998), Oxford anthropologist Robin Dunbar argues that gossip and language evolved as primate groups got too large to bond by grooming.  In other words, instead of picking lice off each other, humans buy “US Weekly.”last_img read more

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Shining Light on Dark Energy

first_imgFifteen years after cosmologists proposed the existence of dark energy, they have learned nothing about it.In “Cosmology: Out of the Darkness,” Matthew Chalmers discussed the current thinking of Brian Schmidt, who shared the Nobel prize in 2011 for discovering cosmic acceleration (actually, an inference based on light from supernovae; see 9/30/2012).  “Fifteen years after Schmidt’s initial discovery, the ‘dark energy’ invoked to explain this cosmic acceleration is still a mystery,” Chalmers began.The dark energy proposal brought with it “the most sobering fact in physics,” Chalmers said: the thought that 96% of existence is something we cannot see or understand (dark energy, 73%,  and dark matter, 23%); “their existence is inferred by the effect they have on ordinary matter, but their natures are unknown,” yet they are the primary ingredients of today’s “standard model” of cosmology.  Some have hopes that dark matter will be detected some day, but dark energy represents “a new kind of bafflement,” he wrote.  A cosmologist remarked, “You have no intuition or guidance because the physics is so different to anything we have experienced.”Brian Schmidt studied the supernovae that led to this “crazy” conclusion.  Before introducing Schmidt’s current views, Chalmers digressed into a brief history of the past decades offerings to explain dark energy: the cosmological constant, the multiverse, and some versions of the anthropic principle.  This has left cosmologists at an impasse despite 7,500 papers with the phrase “dark energy” in the abstract.  They are in need of a “big leap,” Schmidt said in a paragraph Chalmers entitled with Disney lingo, “Imagineering the universe.”  This led into a digression about scalar fields and whether they exist or not, followed by this admission:However, scalar fields are only one option. “There are hundreds if not thousands of possibilities,” says [Pedro] Ferreira [Oxford U]. Dark energy might be a vector field — one that has both a magnitude and a direction at each point in space. Other, wilder theories postulate higher dimensions of space. But Ferreira laments the overall lack of progress. “I don’t think that we’ve learned anything significant about dark energy since 1998.”Yes, imagineering is a large, wild playground.  Other cosmologists are beginning to wonder if dark energy is real or not.  It could be an artifact of assumptions in the standard model: namely, that relativity holds throughout the universe, and that the universe is homogeneous and isotropic.  “So far, both assumptions have been supported by observations, yet at distant regions of space they might break down.”  One critic said,  “We are in a mess with dark energy.”  Another said, ““In terms of understanding the rhyme or reason of how it works, there have been many papers on dark energy but no breakthrough ideas.”  Schmidt still defends the standard model, with the worry that “it requires us to invent 96% of the Universe.”Chalmers spent the rest of the article hoping that new missions and techniques might someday find dark energy.  He humorously suggested that astronomers had better hurry up, then ended on an anthropic note:They need to seize the moment: if the expansion of the Universe is accelerating, then in a few tens of billions of years everything will have disappeared over the cosmic horizon and be too far away for its light to ever reach us. “We are losing information by the second,” says Schmidt. “The number of atoms that are in our horizon is dropping rapidly and has been for about 6 billion years, so it’s an interesting time that we live in.”Indeed, why should humans exist at an “interesting time” when so much of the universe is still visible?Matrix ReloadedBelieve it or not, this is not the only crazy idea in cosmology circles.  PhysOrg reported on efforts to determine if our universe is real or a simulation.  Matrix cult members might like to ponder that one.  Could beings interior to a simulation ever know?  The question seems to lead to an infinite regress, because the simulation could have planned for its inhabitants to ask the question.The Surprise Theory of EverythingA saner look at cosmology was presented Oct. 15 by cosmologist Vlatko Vedral on New Scientist.  Against a backdrop of 19th century work by Carnot, Clausius, Joule, Maxwell, Boltzmann and other physicists, he led up to the latest thinking about thermodynamics and information, which he calls a physical property of the universe.  He then proposed that the Second Law of Thermodynamics – the law of entropy – could be the “surprise theory of everything” cosmologists seek.The law of entropy survived both relativity and quantum mechanics, he said – the two biggest (even “absolute”) scientific revolutions if there ever were any.  It explains time; it explains every possible action in the universe; and it will constrain any future theory of physics.  Quantum uncertainty has filled in the concept of entropy and made the Second Law robust.  Even gravity, Vedral argued, can be expressed as a consequence of the law of entropy.  In “One theory to rule them all,” he concluded:Take all this together, and we begin to have a hint of what makes thermodynamics so successful. The principles of thermodynamics are at their roots all to do with information theory. Information theory is simply an embodiment of how we interact with the universe – among other things, to construct theories to further our understanding of it. Thermodynamics is, in Einstein’s term, a “meta-theory”: one constructed from principles over and above the structure of any dynamical laws we devise to describe reality’s workings. In that sense we can argue that it is more fundamental than either quantum physics or general relativity.Accept that and we can put “all our trust in the laws of thermodynamics,” he said.  We can use thermodynamics to drive our theories forward.  Since the law of entropy prohibits certain actions, and comports with our observations of nature, “The ultimately ‘correct’ theory of physics – the logically tightest – is the one from which the smallest deviation gives us something that breaks those taboos.”  Time vanishes into the mix, becoming a consequence of allowed and disallowed processes.On a roll now, Vedral got downright theological.  In “God the Thermodynamicist” he said,Such an approach would probably please Einstein, who once said: “What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world.” A thermodynamically inspired formulation of physics might not answer that question directly, but leaves God with no choice but to be a thermodynamicist. That would be a singular accolade for those 19th-century masters of steam: that they stumbled upon the essence of the universe, entirely by accident. The triumph of thermodynamics would then be a revolution by stealth, 200 years in the making.His article generated a lively stream of comments.God is not constrained by His creation; as the transcendent Creator, He does as he pleases.  Vedral’s article, though, even if it’s not the last word, made a lot more sense than the crazy ideas of materialists who force reality into their own evolutionary concepts and have to invent 96% of reality as something impervious to observation and reason.  Mainly, Vedral’s “surprise theory of everything” comports with everything Drs. Henry Morris and Duane Gish used to argue in their debates against evolutionists: that the laws of thermodynamics (1) are universal, (2) are the best examples of laws of nature we have, and (3) prohibit evolution.  The first law forbids any new matter or energy from entering the universe, and the second law ensures that all real processes run down, not up.  That’s no surprise at all.Before evolutionists get uptight about that generalization, Morris and Gish realized (as Vedral also explained), that local increases in complexity can be offset by entropy increases in the environment.  That’s why a baby can grow into an adult, locally and temporarily–provided it is intelligently guided with a  program and an energy conversion mechanism aimed to implement the program.  Vedral enhanced the argument in terms of Maxwell’s Demon, a thought experiment set up to ask whether the second law could be overcome by a living or mechanical choice, adding that the choice being made is not just selection of hot or cold particles, but storage of information.  He said,An intelligent being can certainly rearrange things to lower the entropy of its environment. But to do this, it must first fill up its memory, gaining information as to how things are arranged in the first place.  This acquired information must be encoded somewhere, presumably in the demon’s memory. When this memory is finally full, or the being dies or otherwise expires, it must be reset. Dumping all this stored, ordered information back into the environment increases entropy – and this entropy increase … will ultimately always be at least as large as the entropy reduction the demon originally achieved.Since there are no known exceptions to the second law, it is the law that should guide what theories of origins we design.  The universe itself had to begin in a state of incredibly, unfathomably low entropy, and run down from there.  This implies high information content at the start.  The source of information is intelligence.  The intelligence could not be part of the cosmos (pantheism, panentheism or materialism), but had to transcend it and not be bound itself by the law of entropy.  The only Being fitting that description is the Judeo-Christian God.  Creation by God is, therefore, the best explanation for the cosmos, both theoretically and observationally.  The vacuousness of the alternatives shown above only strengthens the case that “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  If Schmidt and Chalmers need a “big leap,” let them take this one – back to rationality. 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