Thousands of holidaymakers may be affected by Ryanair strike

first_imgIrish-based pilots with Ryanair have announced that a two-day strike which could affect thousands of passengers next week.Pilots directly employed with the airline will launch strike action on Thursday August 22 and Friday August 23, starting at a minute past midnight on Thursday.Further strike days are due to be announced in the days to come. The move comes after 94 percent of the 180 Ryanair pilots voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay structures working conditions and related issues.Fórsa national secretary Angela Kirk said Ryanair pilots told her they’d been forced into industrial action by the company’s failure to offer any significant response to their proposals over a four-month period.Ryanair has said that most flights will go ahead during the strike period.Last night they called on pilots and Forsa to return to independent mediation in a bid to avoid the action going ahead. Ryanair’s Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson said: “We have done everything in our power to avoid disruption to our flights and our customers’ holidays.“No company can concede to grossly unreasonable demands from its highest paid workers for a further pay increase of over 100% (when they already agreed and received a 20% pay increase earlier this year) at a time when the airline industry is in crisis.”Thousands of holidaymakers may be affected by Ryanair strike was last modified: August 15th, 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

49ers Nick Bosa apologizes for Colin Kaepernick ‘clown’ comment

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Nick Bosa’s introductory press conference with the 49ers was more confessional than celebratory Friday, the result of his social-media history that included scrubbing controversial tweets such as one calling former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick “a clown.”Bosa, a defensive end drafted No. 2 overall out of Ohio State, apologized for that tweet about Kaepernick as well as other insensitive posts with racist and homophobic connotations.Will Bosa’s political views become an …last_img read more

No Such Thing as Natural Election

first_imgOn election day in America, both election and selection imply a chooser. Neither word applies in mindless nature.We’ve stated before that natural selection is a contradiction in terms. “One might as well speak of natural voting,” we said (see “Time to Ditch Natural Selection?”, 3 Oct 2015). For 159 years, this vacuous phrase concocted by Charles Darwin continues to corrupt semantics in scientific literature, fallaciously personifying nature as much more than a voter – a ruler, a creator.A cynic might joke that many voters act like sheeple, mindlessly following the Head Lemming off the cliff. Many evolutionary psychologists come close to that, using “evolutionary game theory” to describe the actions of their fellow humans. But if mindless evolutionary game theory applies to Homo sapiens as products of mindless natural selection over millions of years, it applies to the population – including the evolutionary psychologists writing mindless papers on evolutionary game theory. Without somebody somewhere having a rational mind to choose on the basis of true-or-false or good-vs-evil, natural selection implodes, just like the idea of a ‘natural election’ would. Darwinians don’t get it. Even highly intelligent scientists, who publish in leading journals, don’t get it. C.S. Lewis said, “The fact that some people of scientific education cannot by any effort be taught to see the difficulty, confirms one’s suspicion that we here touch a radical disease in their whole style of thought” (11 Feb 2018). He wrote that almost 75 years ago. The Great Myth marches on.Physical interactions reduce the power of natural selection in growing yeast colonies (Giometto et al, PNAS). These three evolutionists use Darwin’s phrase 6 times, referring to the “power” of natural selection, the “strength” of natural selection, and the “efficiency” of natural selection. They also use Darwin’s similarly-nebulous word “fitness” 6 times in order to measure the strength of natural selection, defining it in tautalogical form as survival (see “Fitness for Dummies,” 19 June 2014). Someone should inform them that the Stuff Happens Law knows nothing of power, strength, or efficiency. Using vacuous terms decreases the fitness of scientific explanation.Credit: J.B. GreeneOn the deformability of an empirical fitness landscape by microbial evolution (Bajić et al, PNAS). The four authors of this paper pay homage to Saint Charles, saying in the concluding discussion, “Darwin was perhaps the first to recognize that the environment experienced by an evolving population can also be shaped by the population itself.” This concept personifies both the environment and the organism. Notice their Tontology in the first sentence: “thought of” – by whom? You?Although the environment is often thought of as an external driver of natural selection, it can also be shaped by the evolving population itself, for instance through its metabolic activity or through interactions with the abiotic habitat or other species. These population-driven environmental changes can in turn modify the fitness effects of future mutations, closing in an eco-evolutionary feedback loop.This is like plugging an extension cord into itself and saying a current is running, or short-circuiting a device and saying that the sparks affect the fitness of the circuit, and the circuit affects the fitness of the sparks. The only empirical support they offer for “innovation” in organisms is the lactase gene in humans and the citrate digestion mutation in E. coli. Both have been shown by Darwin skeptics to be invalid examples of creative potential in natural selection, because they merely affect changes in the regulation of pre-existing genetic information.Natural Selection: How Selection on Behavior Interacts with Selection on Morphology (Travis and Reznick, Current Biology). These Darwinians use “selection” three times in just the title. They try to argue that Stuff Happens in behavior as well as outward appearance:Behavior, like morphology, can vary among individuals, be heritable, contribute to fitness, and hence be subject to evolution by natural selection. For a long time, however, behavior has occupied a special place in the minds of evolutionary biologists, who have debated whether the evolution of behavior accelerates or inhibits the evolution of non-behavioral traits. Much of this attention has focused on behavior and morphology: do these features represent different facets of the phenotype that evolve together or does the evolution of one of these types of traits create the context for the subsequent evolution of the other?They use a study on anole lizards in the Caribbean to support the notion that morphology and behavior both respond to natural selection, independently of each other. Once again, though, their empirical references do not refer to any kind of innovation, but only leg lengths of two species of lizards that inhabit different ecological niches. They offer no origin of species, no speciation, and no progress. Even young-earth creationists accept this kind of change.The error goes far deeper, though. Travis and Reznick are trying to support a general biological principle: that natural selection drives behavior. This applies to us humans, too. Since natural selection equates to Stuff Happens, and fitness equates to survival and survival to fitness, we can conclude that they believe in ‘natural election’ as well as natural selection. When you vote, therefore, you have no control over whatever happens. You might as well wear a blindfold and punch at random. Whoever wins the election can be explained as natural outcomes of the Stuff Happens Law.The Stuff Happens Law even created these three papers, because the authors (members of the species Homo sapiens who evolved by natural selection, they believe) were just behaving mindlessly the way the Stuff Happens Law fell out for them. No intelligence involved. Perhaps the outcome of the elections will confirm or deny this explanation. Yet these are the same kinds of thinkers whose predecessors put people of color in Human Zoos. We think those on the inside could have rightly made a case for switching places with their tormentors, given what the tormentors themselves believe about their own origins.(Visited 394 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup squads: Group F

first_imgThe final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers who will be battling it out for the sport’s biggest trophy from 11 June to 11 July.More statistics on the 32 teams  2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: FIRST STAGE GROUPS Group A South Africa Mexico Uruguay FranceGroup B Argentina Nigeria South Korea GreeceGroup C England USA Algeria SloveniaGroup D Germany Australia Serbia GhanaGroup E Netherlands Denmark Japan CameroonGroup F Italy Paraguay New Zealand SlovakiaGroup G Brazil North Korea Côte d’Ivoire PortugalGroup H Spain Switzerland Honduras Chile GROUP FITALY Coach: Marcello Lippi # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperGianluigi Buffon28 January 1978 (aged 32)100Juventus2GoalkeeperFederico Marchetti7 February 1983 (aged 27)4Cagliari3GoalkeeperMorgan De Sanctis27 March 1977 (aged 33)3Napoli4DefenderSalvatore Bocchetti30 November 1986 (aged 23)3Genoa5DefenderLeonardo Bonucci1 May 1987 (aged 23)1Bari6DefenderFabio Cannavaro (captain)13 September 1973 (aged 36)132Juventus7DefenderGiorgio Chiellini14 August 1984 (aged 25)28Juventus8DefenderDomenico Criscito30 December 1986 (aged 23)5Genoa9DefenderChristian Maggio11 February 1982 (aged 28)3Napoli10DefenderGianluca Zambrotta19 February 1977 (aged 33)92Milan11MidfielderMauro Camoranesi4 October 1976 (aged 33)53Juventus12MidfielderDaniele De Rossi24 July 1983 (aged 26)52Roma13MidfielderGennaro Gattuso9 January 1978 (aged 32)71Milan14MidfielderClaudio Marchisio19 January 1986 (aged 24)3Juventus15MidfielderRiccardo Montolivo18 January 1985 (aged 25)12Fiorentina16MidfielderAngelo Palombo25 September 1981 (aged 28)15Sampdoria17MidfielderSimone Pepe30 August 1983 (aged 26)13Udinese18MidfielderAndrea Pirlo19 May 1979 (aged 31)65Milan19ForwardAntonio Di Natale13 February 1979 (aged 31)31Udinese20ForwardAlberto Gilardino5 July 1982 (aged 27)39Fiorentina21ForwardVincenzo Iaquinta21 November 1979 (aged 30)35Juventus22ForwardGiampaolo Pazzini2 August 1984 (aged 25)6Sampdoria23ForwardFabio Quagliarella31 January 1983 (aged 27)18Napoli PARAGUAY Coach: Gerardo Martino # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperJusto Villar30 June 1977 (aged 32)71Real Valladolid2GoalkeeperAldo Bobadilla20 April 1976 (aged 34)18Independiente Medellín3GoalkeeperDiego Barreto16 July 1981 (aged 28)2Cerro Porteño4DefenderDenis Caniza (captain)29 August 1974 (aged 35)95León5DefenderPaulo da Silva1 February 1980 (aged 30)67Sunderland6DefenderCarlos Bonet2 October 1977 (aged 32)60Olimpia7DefenderJulio César Cáceres5 October 1979 (aged 30)59Atlético Mineiro8DefenderDarío Verón26 June 1979 (aged 30)27UNAM9DefenderClaudio Morel Rodríguez2 February 1978 (aged 32)25Boca Juniors10DefenderAureliano Torres16 June 1982 (aged 27)25San Lorenzo11DefenderAntolín Alcaraz30 July 1982 (aged 27)5Club Brugge12MidfielderÉdgar Barreto15 July 1984 (aged 25)47Atalanta13MidfielderCristian Riveros16 October 1982 (aged 27)45Cruz Azul14MidfielderEnrique Vera10 March 1979 (aged 31)25LDU Quito15MidfielderVíctor Cáceres25 March 1985 (aged 25)25Libertad16MidfielderJonathan Santana19 October 1981 (aged 28)21Wolfsburg17MidfielderNéstor Ortigoza7 October 1984 (aged 25)3Argentinos Juniors18ForwardRoque Santa Cruz16 August 1981 (aged 28)66Manchester City19ForwardNelson Valdez28 November 1983 (aged 26)38Borussia Dortmund20ForwardOscar Cardozo20 May 1983 (aged 27)29Benfica21ForwardÉdgar Benítez8 November 1987 (aged 22)12Pachuca22ForwardRodolfo Gamarra10 December 1988 (aged 21)2Libertad23ForwardLucas Barrios13 November 1984 (aged 25)0Borussia Dortmund NEW ZEALAND Coach: Ricki Herbert # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperMark Paston13 December 1976 (age 33)22Wellington Phoenix2DefenderBen Sigmund3 February 1981 (age 29)14Wellington Phoenix3DefenderTony Lochhead12 January 1982 (age 28)28Wellington Phoenix4DefenderWinston Reid3 July 1988 (age 21)2Midtjylland5DefenderIvan Vicelich3 September 1976 (age 33)66Auckland City6DefenderRyan Nelsen (captain)18 October 1977 (age 32)40Blackburn Rovers7MidfielderSimon Elliott10 June 1974 (age 35)62Unattached8MidfielderTim Brown6 March 1981 (age 29)25Wellington Phoenix9ForwardShane Smeltz29 September 1981 (age 28)29Gold Coast United10ForwardChris Killen8 October 1981 (age 28)31Middlesbrough11MidfielderLeo Bertos20 December 1981 (age 28)33Wellington Phoenix12GoalkeeperGlen Moss19 January 1983 (age 27)15Melbourne Victory13MidfielderAndy Barron24 December 1980 (age 29)11Team Wellington14ForwardRory Fallon20 March 1982 (age 28)6Plymouth Argyle15MidfielderMichael McGlinchey7 January 1987 (age 23)5Motherwell16MidfielderAaron Clapham1 January 1987 (age 23)0Canterbury United17MidfielderDavid Mulligan24 March 1982 (age 28)25Unattached18DefenderAndrew Boyens18 September 1983 (age 26)15New York Red Bulls19DefenderTommy Smith31 March 1990 (age 20)3Ipswich Town20ForwardChris Wood7 December 1991 (age 18)8West Bromwich Albion21MidfielderJeremy Christie22 May 1983 (age 27)21Tampa Bay22MidfielderJeremy Brockie7 October 1987 (age 22)17Newcastle Jets23GoalkeeperJames Bannatyne30 June 1975 (age 34)3Team Wellington SLOVAKIA Coach: Vladimír Weiss # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperJán Mucha5 December 1982 (aged 27)14Legia Warszawa2GoalkeeperDušan Kuciak21 May 1985 (aged 25)2FC Vaslui3GoalkeeperDušan Perniš28 November 1984 (aged 25)1Dundee United4DefenderRadoslav Zabavník16 September 1980 (aged 29)42Mainz5DefenderMarek Čech26 January 1983 (aged 27)38West Bromwich Albion6DefenderMartin Petráš2 November 1979 (aged 30)38Cesena7DefenderMartin Škrtel15 December 1984 (aged 25)37Liverpool8DefenderJán Ďurica10 December 1981 (aged 28)35Hannover 969DefenderPeter Pekarík30 October 1986 (aged 23)19Wolfsburg10DefenderKornel Saláta4 January 1985 (aged 25)3Slovan Bratislava11MidfielderMarek Hamšík (captain)27 July 1987 (aged 22)30Napoli12MidfielderStanislav Šesták16 December 1982 (aged 27)29Bochum13MidfielderMarek Sapara31 July 1982 (aged 27)24Ankaragücü14MidfielderJán Kozák22 April 1980 (aged 30)22Timişoara15MidfielderZdeno Štrba9 June 1976 (aged 34)20Skoda Xanthi16MidfielderMiroslav Stoch19 October 1989 (aged 20)10Twente17MidfielderKamil Kopúnek18 May 1984 (aged 26)7Spartak Trnava18MidfielderVladimír Weiss30 November 1989 (aged 20)7Bolton Wanderers19MidfielderJuraj Kucka26 February 1987 (aged 23)5Sparta Prague20ForwardRóbert Vittek1 April 1982 (aged 28)69Ankaragücü21ForwardFilip Hološko17 January 1984 (aged 26)37Beşiktaş22ForwardMartin Jakubko26 February 1980 (aged 30)21Saturn Moscow23ForwardErik Jendrišek26 October 1986 (aged 23)13KaiserslauternPREVIOUS: GROUP E << • >> NEXT: GROUP Glast_img read more