Barcelona forward Pedro 1 Barcelona have no plans to sell Pedro this summer – despite interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.The winger has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou Camp since the summer arrival of Luis Suarez.The Uruguayan has formed a formidable front three with Lionel Messi and Neymar, and as a result Pedro has often found himself on the sidelines.In search for more first-team football, the Spaniard has been linked with a move to the Premier League.Arsenal and Liverpool have both expressed an interest in the 27-year-old, but Barcelona’s international sporting director Ariedo Braida says the club plan to keep him.“Pedro is, and will remain, a Barcelona player,” Braida told FC Inter News.“He’s a very important player for us, and will not leave in the summer. He has a contract, and will remain at Camp Nou, even more so since we have a transfer ban.“Could he leave in January? I don’t think so. He’ll definitely stay until January. I repeat: he’s an important player, and will stay at Barcelona.”
Last March, scientists publishing in Geology falsified the so-called “Permian Extinction,” calling it a “non-event.” (see 03/09/2009). Not only was there no smoking gun of a catastrophe in the rocks, the scientists said that the “claims of rapid vertebrate recovery… also must be called into question.” Our commentary at the time wondered how long it would take for other scientists to recognize the falsification. Well, now it’s almost a year later, and some are still speaking of the Permian Extinction as if they didn’t hear the news. A report in Science Daily today compares alligator breathing systems to those of birds, but the scientist involved said that “The real importance of this air-flow discovery in gators is it may explain the turnover in fauna between the Permian and the Triassic,” speaking of “The Great Dying” or “the Permian-Triassic extinction” as undisputed fact. From this we can deduce the Law of Inertia for Falsified Theories: a notion in motion tends to stay in motion. C. G. Farmer at the University of Utah made a big point about her gators. She has apparently shown that air moves through an alligator’s lungs in one direction, as it does in birds. What the lungs of living alligators implies about the state of world ecology 251 million years ago seems moot. But Farmer reinforced the Law of Inertia for Falsified Theories with another gaffe: she said, “It was not until the die-off of the large dinosaurs 65 million years ago that mammals made a comeback and started occupying body sizes larger than an opossum.” That notion was also falsified by the discovery of The Mammal that Ate Dinosaurs for Breakfast (01/12/2005), about which Nature commented, “Discoveries of large, carnivorous mammals from the Cretaceous challenge the long-held view that primitive mammals were small and uninteresting.” From these two data points, we can begin to quantify the Law of Inertia for Falsified Theories. The deceleration of a notion in motion under the opposing force of falsification is undetectable in at least two notions per press release per five years.Scientists are only human. They can’t know everything and keep up with everything. Like most of us, they appeal to commonly-held notions that may be false. That’s why you shouldn’t trust them, but examine the evidence.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
You can’t create breakthrough results in a short period of time. But you can take the first step of many right now. You can step onto the path and make a little progress.You can’t achieve major goals as quickly as you would like. But you can take the small, individual actions that lead to the milestones along the way. Those small steps don’t feel like progress, but each one moves you ever closer to your goal.You won’t win every battle you fight with your internal resistance. There will be days when your fear gets the best of you. But each time you rise to fight again, you weaken the enemy while you grow in strength.You can’t build the deep, meaningful, lasting relationships that make up the real value of your life quickly or without a great investment of time and emotional energy. But you can make deposits in those relationships by caring and being present when you are with the people who matter most.We overestimate what we can do in a short time and underestimate what we can do in a longer time.Because it is difficult to see the impact of small actions, we sometimes do nothing instead of taking some small action that will move us forward a little bit. There will be times when you have both the energy and a tailwind to make big gains. Take advantage of these opportunities. But the rest of the time, put one foot in front of the other and just move forward.It’s a little action every day. It’s showing up. It’s keeping at it. Bit by bit. Piece by piece.The breakthrough won’t be a dramatic single event. It won’t come with a parade, and no one will write songs about you. You’ll just look back at some point and see the great distance you covered.
Edin Dzeko scored two goals in Manchester City’s 3-2 win over Everton on SaturdayEdin Dzeko’s brace helped Manchester City come from behind to beat Everton 3-2 and stay in control of the English Premier League title race on Saturday.City had won just one of its last 15 matches at Goodison Park and looked like continuing its poor run when Ross Barkley curled in a brilliant shot to give Everton an 11th-minute lead.However, Sergio Aguero equalized in the 22nd – before going off with an apparent groin injury – and Dzeko scored twice in a five-minute span around halftime to put City 3-1 ahead.Romelu Lukaku’s goal in the 65th set up a tense finish but City held on to provisionally go top of the standings on goal difference from Liverpool, and two points clear of Chelsea.Victories in its two remaining games – at home to Aston Villa on Wednesday and West Ham on Sunday – should clinch City a second championship in three years.”The most important thing is to pick up form at the right time and we have two home games left,” City captain Vincent Kompany said. “But the past has taught us to be careful.”Liverpool, which lost 2-0 to Chelsea last weekend, was looking for a big favor from its Merseyside neighbor to wrest back the advantage in this most open title race, and Barkley’s goal will have been celebrated as much across Stanley Park as by Everton fans inside Goodison Park.The 20-year-old midfielder, looking to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup, showed a glimpse of his undoubted class by curling a first-time effort into the top corner from just outside the area and was excellent throughout.advertisementBut Everton was second best after that with City controlling possession and looking more dangerous going forward – even with the 28th-minute withdrawal of Aguero that continued his frustrating, injury-plagued second half of the season.The Argentina striker had been signaling to City’s bench that he was hampered by his injury minutes before he latched onto Yaya Toure’s through-ball and drove a low shot inside goalkeeper Tim Howard’s near post for his 28th goal of the season. Aguero slumped to the ground five minutes later and was helped off the pitch.”He came to me, saying he felt a strange thing in his leg,” said City manager Manuel Pellegrini, who added that Aguero would undergo tests on Sunday.Aguero wrote on Twitter that he left the pitch as a precaution, saying “fortunately I’m fine.”City missed Aguero’s pace going forward but, with Toure pushing further forward in Pellegrini’s rejigged formation, Everton’s defense still lacked pace. And just before halftime, Dzeko rose to head home James Milner’s floated cross, moments after the striker saw his shot saved by Howard.In a lively start to the second half, City goalkeeper Joe Hart produced a brilliant save to tip Steven Naismith’s shot around the post – a stop Everton manager Roberto Martinez labeled the “save of the season,” and the “turning point” in the game.For City quickly broke at the other end, Fernandinho clipping a pass to Samir Nasri, who went outside his marker and crossed low for Dzeko to prod in from six meters in the 48th.The visitors appeared to be coasting to victory but Lukaku headed a cross from Leighton Baines in off the post and City was suddenly under pressure.There were few scares in a nervy final quarter, though, as City ended a four-game losing streak at Goodison Park to become the big favorite for the title.”The worst thing we must do is think that today we finished the Premier League,” Pellegrini said. “We have to play teams who are not fighting for anything, they can play without pressure.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Did you the know the late State Rep. Jim Miceli’s Office is still offering constituent services?Miceli’s Chief of Staff Dave Robertson and Legislative Aid K.C. Fussell are ready, willing and able to assist Wilmington and Tewksbury residents in need.Robertson and Fussell can be reached at the State House via phone at 617-722-2305 or via email at David.Robertson@mahouse.gov and KC.Fussell@MAHouse.gov.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Selectman Mike McCoy, Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell, 9 Others Have Pulled Nomination PapersIn “Breaking News”STATE REP RACE UPDATE: 2 Previously Unreported Candidates Pulled Papers Friday Afternoon, Total Up To 13 (& Counting)In “Government”BREAKING NEWS: State Rep. Jim Miceli Has Passed Away (UPDATED)In “Breaking News”