Researchers Violate Separation of Science and State

first_imgWhat are the limits of science?  Many of us envision men and women in white lab coats holding test tubes, studying readouts on instruments, or hacking rocks with picks.  A look at headlines from science news sites, though, shows some scientists inserting their opinions in areas traditionally led by scholars in the humanities – and doing so as if their opinions carry the presumed authority of science.Abortion policy:  PhysOrg, normally concerned with science news, reprinted an AP story about “abortion foes’ tactics” on their site.  The article portrayed crisis pregnancy centers as somehow devious in their attempts to help women find alternatives to abortion, even though New York City’s abortion rate is 41% – the highest in the nation, double the national rate.    Reporter Cristian Salazar disparaged the “small number of pregnancy service organizations accused by abortion rights groups and city officials of misleading women about their reproductive health options and disguising themselves as medical clinics,” as if abortion clinics could not be similarly accused.  Salazar also mentioned Margaret Sanger having “opened a family planning clinic in Brooklyn in 1916” without any mention of her racist eugenics policies.Wisdom science:  To whom do you go for wisdom?  A pastor, priest, or rabbi?  A holy book?  A trusted friend or academic?  Never fear; science is here – science in the form of psychology.  “What the world needs now?  More wisdom,” is the headline of a press release from Concordia University reprinted by PhysOrg.  While the headline is true, is science the one to tell anyone how to get it?  Isn’t science concerned with natural laws and material processes?    Dolores Pushkar defined wisdom as “something that benefits society as a whole as well as the self.”  Yet that definition might well be disputed; perhaps it is wise to sometimes stand alone against a whole society bent on evil, as did Bonhoeffer against the Nazi society at the cost of his own life.  Paul wrote of a “hidden wisdom” that God performed in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, a move that at the time seemed futile in Roman society.  Does Pushkar, as a scientist, have more wisdom than King Solomon on wisdom?  “No single definition of wisdom exists,” the press release admitted.    To be sure, the article described how the psychology department was engaging the philosophy department in research on wisdom, and was funded by sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities.  Interdepartmental initiatives can be seen as wise moves; science can bring observational and statistical data to bear on questions about wisdom.  Yet the press release frequently discussed research being done by Pushkar’s team.  At some level, it implies that moral qualities like wisdom are amenable to scientific analysis.Government spending:  Live Science – the website name tells what it’s about.  Why, then, did Chad Brooks write the following un-scientific headline: “Don’t Like How Tax Dollars Are Spent?  Get Used to It.”    It’s part of a series the website whimsically calls “$ci-Fi: The Science of Personal Finance,” described as “an ongoing LiveScience series that explores the science of personal finance to help you navigate everyday life.”  Again, science seems to be inserting itself into the wisdom business.  Can science, though, provide anything more than raw data and statistics?  Whose job is it to tell individuals how to live their lives?  Does a science site have any more presumptive authority than a financial adviser or a research staffer in a senatorial office?    The article provided data about government spending, and made the inductive claim that things are not likely to change soon.  Moreover, the article heavily quoted Scott Lilly, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a radically liberal think tank funded by multibillionaire George Soros.  So not only is it unclear how science can do any better job of analyzing government spending, or helping individuals navigate everyday life, it here risked soiling its objectivity with accusations of partisanship.Right-to-work:  PhysOrg published another “scientific” finding that leans to the left.  “Right-to-work laws not only hurt labor unions financially, they also may jeopardize worker safety,” according to “research” by Roland Zullo that conveniently plays into the liberal desires of union bosses to deny freedom of choice to workers.    Whether science should be concerned if labor unions are hurt financially seems a moot point.  Zullo was quick to paint the unions in a favorable light; “Unions appear to have a positive role in reducing construction industry and occupation fatalities, but only in states without right-to-work laws,” he claimed.  At least one reader wrote an angry comment about this article, focusing on the rights of individuals to work without being forced to join a labor union.Girl scout cookies  What can science say about Girl Scout cookies?  Science Daily apparently thought the presumptive authority of science can judge that traditional Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities are guilty of gender stereotyping.  Looking under the hood shows that Science Daily reprinted, under its banner of science, a press release from Sociologists for Women in Science, an organization that supports “feminist sociological research, activism and scholars.”    One might think that the standards of scientific objectivity would provide equal time for scholarly views from conservative organizations (perhaps Focus on the Family or the Family Research Council), but a Google search finds not a single mention of these prominent organizations in Science Daily’s listings, but three from the feminist Sociologists for Women in Science and nine from the ultra-liberal Center for American Progress.The science of sin:  Update 04/11/2011: in perhaps the most blatant act of usurpation by scientists of the humanities, McMaster University researchers decided they would find “scientific solutions to sin.”  Is their solution theological?  Do they have a new method of salvation?  Are they suggesting moral teachings, or offering psychological counseling?  No; their working assumption is that all sin has molecular underpinnings.    Their solution, therefore, was to look in the chemical cabinet for antidotes to human moral deficiencies.  “Most people are familiar with the seven deadly sins – pride, envy, gluttony, lust, wrath, greed and sloth – but could there be molecular solutions for this daily struggle between good and evil?” (assuming science has the taxonomic tools for such distinctions).  Groups of students were told to get out of the theological box and into the scientific box: “By getting students to think outside the box, the aim was to come up with the best molecule and design for a drug, or remedy, that counteracts sin.”    Looming questions rise when political ramifications of this research are considered.  Who will control the medicine chest?  Who will prescribe, and who will partake?  The researchers apparently didn’t ask whether there is a drug to combat scientific hubris.Paul Feyerabend, a post-Kuhnian firebrand in philosophy of science, thought that science was a threat to democracy.  The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy described his concern:The separation of church and state should therefore be supplemented by the separation of science and state, in order for us to achieve the humanity we are capable of.  Setting up the ideal of a free society as “a society in which all traditions have equal rights and equal access to the centres of power” (SFS, p. 9), Feyerabend argues that science is a threat to democracy.  To defend society against science we should place science under democratic control and be intensely sceptical about scientific “experts”, consulting them only if they are controlled democratically by juries of laypeople.Law professor Phillip E. Johnson found another Feyerabend quote to end his article on the pretensions of science for world conquest: “Scientists are not content with running their own playpens in accordance with what they regard as the rules of the scientific method, they want to universalize those rules, they want them to become part of society at large, and they use every means at their disposal—argument, propaganda, pressure tactics, intimidation, lobbying—to achieve their aims” (Objections Sustained, Inter-Varsity Press, 1998, p. 66).  Feyerabend is widely regarded as extreme in his views, but readers can judge for themselves (as “juries of laypeople”) to what extent his fears have become realized.All the so-called “secular” science news sites and institutions are uniformly leftist in their politics.  They are the same ones that give uncritical acceptance of Darwinism.  That’s why they are secular; they adore the secular religion Darwin founded, and science is their primary tool for spreading their intolerant bigotry around the world.  Let the reader beware.    Science does not have to be that way; clearly it was not before the Darwinian revolution.  But that’s what it has become.  Many individual scientists are not that way, just as many hard-working Americans in labor unions hold views far more conservative than the union leaders, whose views are also uniformly leftist – often radically so, and just as bent on world conquest.    One cannot get genuine science out of science news or scientific papers these days without first a severe acid wash.  By that, we mean not applying acid to the news, but applying heavy doses of pure water instead, to wash out Darwin’s universal acid that corrodes everything it touches.  Another technique is to apply Darwin Acid to Darwinism itself, which causes an implosion, leaving a vacuum that intelligence rushes in to fill.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Red & Yellow invests in people

first_imgThe learnership includes six months of training at the school itself after which the students are placed with various companies in the industry for six months. Here they get on-the-job experience and a proper taste of life in the industry. (Image: Red & Yellow)The Red & Yellow School of marketing and advertising has a plan to transform the face of the South African marketing and advertising industry through its Springboard Marketing institute.The institute is Red & Yellow’s way of contributing to social and economic upliftment in South Africa and is based on the idea that everybody has a right to education. Through its Red & Yellow Springboard Marketing Institute (RYSMI), the school offers students from disadvantaged backgrounds – who would otherwise be unable to attend the school – a chance to learn about and enter the world of marketing and advertising. At the institute, these students gain the knowledge and skills they need to go out and influence the industry and build careers.SPRINGBOARD TO A BRIGHTER FUTUREThe institute is a learnership offered to promising young individuals. It includes six months of training at the school itself after which the students are placed with various companies in the industry for six months. Here they get on-the-job experience and a proper taste of life in the industry.“It’s an exciting opportunity for them, and many view this as an opportunity to understand the science behind how brands communicate with them (and consumers) on a daily basis,” said Steph Houslay, Red & Yellow’s course director in Johannesburg.“They’re driven to succeed, for themselves and for their families and communities.”Through this initiative the school hopes to create a brighter future for talented young individuals who lack the resources to study for an industry-related qualification. “I am hugely excited and proud to be part of Springboard. This mutually beneficial relationship is the catalyst to real transformation we need to see our industry grow.”The institute’s work will also serve to counter the ongoing growth of the income gap by arming underprivileged individuals with what they need to compete with their affluent counterparts on even ground.One of the targets set by the school is to educate at least 100 000 graduates in Africa by 2020, with at least 10% or 10 000 of those students receiving free education as part of its transformation and skills development initiatives. (Image: Red & Yellow)THE RED & YELLOW MISSIONOne of the targets set by the school is to educate at least 100 000 graduates in Africa by 2020, with at least 10% or 10 000 of those students receiving free education as part of its transformation and skills development initiatives.“After knocking on countless companies’ doors for leanerships/internships and jobs with no answer, RYSMI finally opened,” said Matome Malatji, one of the first students to go through the springboard initiative.“I learned about the business and marketing environments; and creating my own business plan to understanding consumer behaviour; what a brief was and how to construct one; assessing a brief; events and project management; and lots more.“Personally, I learned to rationalise and interrogate my thinking and ask ‘why?’ and answer that and ask ‘why?’ again. Today, I can honestly say that I am a better person because of the lifelong lessons I learned. Now the future looks very bright. God made it possible but RYSMI made it happen.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

The 2012 National Green Building Standard is Here…

first_imgDon’t worry, I still have some complaintsI still wish the new standard required blower-door testing. The lack of a testing requirement was one of my key complaints about the 2008 standard, and I had sincerely hoped that it would have been required in the new version.I also have concerns about the rigor and quality control over the program verifiers. While I acknowledge that HERS and LEED providers don’t do a perfect job of quality assurance (QA) on their raters, there are regular on-site visual verifications that the rater’s work meets certain minimum requirements.HIRL reserves the right to inspect any verifier’s work, but there is no regular schedule or requirement for this, leaving open opportunities for less rigorous certification, and in extreme cases, the possibility that verifiers will certify buildings that should not qualify. Although it is not explicitly stated in the standard, any HVAC ducts located outside the conditioned space must be tested for leakage, per the 2009 IECC. Whole-house ventilation meeting ASHRAE 62.2 is required if a home or apartment tests out tighter than 5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (5 ach50), but since there is no requirement for blower-door testing, this seems to be to be a bit of a loose end in the program.As before, you can meet the energy-efficiency section requirements using either the prescriptive path (by incorporating a specific list of measures) or the performance path (by preparing a HERS rating or following an equivalent energy model). Interestingly, since testing isn’t required, you can complete the energy model using the following defaults values: envelope Specific Leakage Area (SLA) of 0.00036 and duct system efficiency 0.88 if all the ducts are in conditioned space (if they are not, they need to be tested as noted above).On the administrative side, they finally abandoned their clunky online scoring tool in favor of an Excel spreadsheet that appears to work well and be fairly easy to understand. In the past, I have been critical of the NAHB’s National Green Building Standard (NGBS), just as I have been of most other green building programs. While I don’t expect to lose my critical eye, I do believe I have mellowed a bit and developed new opinions about the certification process and each program’s role in the industry.I recently obtained a copy of the new 2012 NGBS and have reviewed it fairly thoroughly. My clarifying questions were answered very promptly by the nice folks at Home Innovation Research Labs (formerly known as the NAHB Research Center). Now I don’t know about their new acronym (HIRL?), but they were goodnatured when I commented about it on Twitter recently. Existing homes are addressed as wellUnder the new standard, there are two separate sections for certifying renovations. Chapter 11 covers whole house (or multifamily building) renovations, which applies to any existing building as long as any additions do not exceed 75% of the original above-grade finished space. If the addition exceeds the 75% threshold, then it must be certified as new construction.Projects must meet minimum energy and water efficiency levels, plus gain enough points in other areas to meet certification. A scoring checklist for existing buildings will be available soon.New in this version is the ability to certify sections of buildings such as kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. These certifications do not use any scoring system; rather, the project must meet all the applicable requirements listed in the standard for that project.This project-based approach runs the risk of having a so called “green” kitchen or bathroom in an otherwise poorly performing house, but interestingly, they have set a fairly high bar, requiring the use of a certain number of bio-based products, certified wood, and the preparation of a life-cycle analysis for a product or assembly.In some ways, this non-score based certification may be more complicated to meet than it first appears. What’s new and different?There has been a noticeable leap in energy efficiency from the 2008 version, based on the fact that the standard now requires a home be at least 15% more efficient than the 2009 IECC. Certification now requires a Manual D duct design for forced-air HVAC systems. It’s also necessary to follow a list of required air-sealing measures that appear to be lifted directly from the IECC, and to install insulation at Grade 2 or better installation quality.Vent-free fireplaces are no longer allowed, and wood-burning units must have doors and a source of outside combustion air. Radon mitigation is required in homes located in Zone 1. And a long list of flashing and exterior moisture management measures are required, although kick-out flashing is still optional. RELATED ARTICLES The ICC 700 Green Standard’s Energy Requirements Ramp UpWhat’s Happening to All the Green Building Programs?National Green Building StandardANSI Approves NAHB’s Green Building StandardGreen Rating Systems for Home BuildingIt’s 2012 — Do You Know Where Your LEED for Homes Is?Green Building Programs: Time for a Do-Over?What Is Green Certification, And How Does It Work?Talking the Green Code Talk, but Walking the Walk Slowly Pennsylvania Builder Lands NAHB Green’s First Emerald Rating Not half badEven though it doesn’t require air leakage testing and the verifier QA process could be stronger, I have come to the conclusion that there is a place for a certification program with an easier entry level, one that is broader and more inclusive than LEED and other, more rigorous options.What I find most exciting about the standard is that it is making strong inroads into the multifamily market, as are most residential programs. Market-rate developers who may not be willing to invest in more costly certifications are using the NGBS for their projects.One of my favorite things about the 2012 NGBS is that it is phasing in quickly – after May, all projects must register under the 2012 version and the 2008 version will go away. In contrast, LEED Version 4, which is expected to be released in late 2013 is planned to run parallel to the current version for as long as three years, allowing project teams to select either version for many years to come.In this case, I think HIRL made the right choice by tearing off the bandage quickly. It does seem to me that some of what I predicted in my Green Building Program Roadkill Post is coming to pass. It will be interesting to see how it all ends up.last_img read more

UFC president would ‘rather not’ have Conor McGregor in boxing ring again

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “I would rather he did not,” White said, as relayed by MMA Fighting. “This isn’t what he does. He’s a mixed martial artist where he goes in and he fights and he uses all of his weapons, and tonight he was only allowed use his hands.”McGregor’s transition from the octagon to the boxing might open some doors for other MMA fighters to do so as well, but White made it clear that this was a special case.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I don’t even want to talk about my other guys in a boxing match,” he said. “This one was these two big superstars, this thing built from the bottom up from the fans to the media and then up to us when we even started remotely considering something like this. It was a special event and a rare event. I’m not looking to do this again.”McGregor looked comfortable in the early minutes of the fight, but was visibly slowing down in rounds 4 and 5. Conor McGregor watches replays after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Although his fighter took a painful loss, UFC President Dana White is extremely proud of his Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor after going toe-to-toe with iconic boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for 10 rounds.With the Irish sensation showing promise in the ring despite the defeat, the UFC head honcho was asked if he’d be ok if McGregor returns to the boxing ring again.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games San Beda clobbers Arellano to end 1st round on seven-game streakcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “It’s not the fight I thought it would be, it was a completely different fight than I expected,” White told the news outlet. “When you get into professional boxing, you guys know, you start four rounds, you go six rounds. He went 10 rounds tonight with arguably the greatest to ever do it.”Regardless of the result, White still has full support of his fighter and is not rushing him for a comeback to the octagon anytime soon.“We’re not talking about fighting tonight,” White said. “He put on a great performance. We’re not talking about fighting. You know how he is. When he’s ready, he’ll let me know.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Almost 3M netizens illegally streamed Mayweather vs. McGregor fight—reportADVERTISEMENT UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown PLAY LIST 01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Ceres eyes another celebration at home

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Panaad Stadium hopes to host another celebration after playing witness to Ceres-Negros’ historic run in the AFC Cup. —STEPHEN ANG/CONTRIBUTORBACOLOD CITY—Three days removed from its historic victory in the AFC Cup, Ceres-Negros shifts its focus back on the Philippines Football League (PFL) as it collides with rival Global-Cebu in an all-Visayas encounter on Saturday.Kickoff for the biggest match of the season so far is at 4 p.m. at Panaad Stadium, where Ceres will also parade the returning Stephan Schrock and Spanish winger Antonio Bello.ADVERTISEMENT Will break favor BaliPure, Power smashers? The Busmen, who reached the AFC Cup Asean zonal finals at the expense of Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim last Wednesday, are actually making their home debut.It will be the first of four meetings this season for the two clubs, but Global skipper Misagh Bahadoran vowed there won’t be any letup from his side with the match coming just four days after its heartbreaking loss to Home United in the AFC Cup zonal semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have a chance to move on from the loss in the AFC Cup,” said Bahadoran. “Ceres is a good team and they always bring out the best in our team so it’s going to be a good match.”While the Busmen are riding high on their historic achievement, Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic reminded his players that they’d be facing a Global squad that had dealt Ceres some painful defeats. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Global is one of the stronger teams in the PFL,” said Vidakovic.last_img read more

CWG chief expresses concerns over Games village preparation

first_imgCGF president Michael Fennell wants immediate steps to fix the condition of Games Village.Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell has expressed concerns over the Games Village preparation, saying that the condition of the residential zone there has “shocked” many contingents.”The condition of the residential zone has shocked the majority,” Fennell wrote in a letter to Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekar.With just 12 days to go for the sporting extravaganza, the Federation chief has expressed doubts over the state of the Games village which he said has been “seriously compromised”.”The Village is the cornerstone of any Games and the athletes deserve the best possible environment to prepare for their competition.”Fennel’s comments came after New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Ireland have objected strongly to the condition of the accommodation given to them in the Village.The contingent had said that the living conditions “unliveable” and had asked the Games organising committee to put their officials and athletes in hotels if they could not set apartments right.last_img read more

10 months agoSkriniar? Godin? Why Man Utd owe Solskjaer a defensive deal

first_imgSkriniar? Godin? Why Man Utd owe Solskjaer a defensive dealby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: So blank it? Let this transfer window pass? No chance. Manchester United will be active this month. Indeed, they already are. Though whether it’s a ruse for a longer term target. Or one to get in immediately. Only Ed Woodward can tell us that…The idea that United’s vice-chairman exec is going to sit this one out. That he’ll wait until the summer. Wait until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been discarded for the more acceptable, marketable name. Well, given his history, that just doesn’t stack up.Louis van Gaal never asked for Angel di Maria nor Radamel Falcao. Jose Mourinho had no idea about Eric Bailly until they were being introduced at Carrington. If there is a deal to be done, then Woodward – and to be fair, in consultation with Jim Lawlor – will pull the trigger. From Italy, it’s broke in the last 48 hours. They’re in for him. Diego Godin. Turned down once in August after a beat the deadline offer. Woodward has moved late – again – with an attempt to rumble Inter Milan’s month-long negotiations with the Uruguayan’s minders.The latest is Woodward has matched Inter’s contract offer of around £2m-a-year. And with his current deal to expire in June, both clubs believe Atletico Madrid will sell for a bargain basement £3m.For the moment, those in the know – specifically in Milan – believe Godin is ready to commit to the Nerazzurri. The great irony being, it was Woodward who set this whole thing in motion six months ago. Need an explanation? Well, let’s turn to the defender’s biographer Jose Navarro, who declared on Saturday night: “Godin has not closed any deal with Inter. But the reality is that Atletico made some promises to the player, after the Manchester United bid, and they never respected it. And then they made no effort to renew Godin’s contract.”So promises broken and a deal still alive. Woodward could be in here. We know – sans Jose – United still want that cheap, experienced centre-half signing. The enquiries after Andreas Granqvist, the Helsingborgs captain, had Lawlor’s finger prints all over it. With the opportunity again raised, Inter’s intermediaries can’t be surprised by United’s eleventh hour attempt.But there’s another factor to be considered. Another player in this mix. Milan Skriniar. Inter Milan’s Slovakian centre-half. Admired by Jose Mourinho. Approved by Woodward. Before Godin, a bid of €70m was lodged for Skriniar and flatly rejected by the Italians. The player stating at the time: “I’m happy about the interest in me, but Inter decided how they decided, so I cannot say anything more about it.”And the same source making that €70m revelation is now insisting Inter’s move for Godin would be to replace Skriniar, not complement him. Further strengthening United’s hand is Barcelona – their nearest rivals for the defender – taking Jeison Murillo on-loan from Valencia just last week. Find that €70m and Woodward could have his man – so long as he steps aside for Inter to take Godin.So where does this leave Solskjaer? Well, simply in the same place as all those before him. Van Gaal, Mourinho, David Moyes… even Ryan Giggs. They had their say. Sure. But they didn’t really have power of veto. For his part, Solskjaer will surely welcome a defensive signing. He didn’t make light of having to move Matteo Darmian inside for Saturday’s FA Cup win over Reading. Just as Mourinho suffered before him, the Norwegian has found the squad short at the back. Whether it’s Godin, Skriniar or some equivalent, Solskjaer will appreciate the show of support.And he deserves it. Even battling through a labourious 2-0 win over the Royals, the manager still found a way to lift the crowd. Two five goal results. The revival of Paul Pogba. The confirmation of Marcus Rashford. Solskjaer has been delivering way beyond his brief. And he read the mood superbly on Saturday, spying the chance to give everyone inside Old Trafford a lift with the debut of Tahith Chong.It could’ve been just a ho-hum win. Expected. Forgettable. Instead, Solskjaer gave those attending something special. An ‘I was there’ moment as he gave Chong a first home appearance.Any of those ex-teammates warning against business this month. That making a major signing for Solskjaer would be wrong given he’ll be gone by June. They need to consider recent history.No matter whom is in the home dugout, Woodward will buy regardless. And if it’s to be a defender who can make an instant impact all the better. It’s the least the current manager deserves for what he’s done for Manchester United in these three short weeks. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Say Goodbye To The Old NBA Draft Lottery — But Probably Not

When the pingpong balls came to a rest after Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery, it was the end of an era for the league. Starting next season, the lottery’s distribution of odds based on team records will change — the first tweak to the system in 25 years. The jackpot-winning Phoenix Suns came out on top in this season’s historic tankfest, but from this moment on, the already-long odds of burning a franchise to the ground and building it back up will only get longer.At least, that’s the effect the league is hoping the new lottery rules will have. How much of a difference will the changes to the lottery system really make, though? And will it be enough to discourage teams from tanking?To work out some of the new math facing NBA teams, let’s turn to our draft-value chart, which measures the expected value over replacement player (VORP) that teams can expect out of a given draft pick in his first five pro seasons. (We’ll convert our chart from last summer to wins over replacement1Multiplying VORP by 2.7. to better position the differences in a real-world context.) The new lottery will definitely change teams’ incentives in the right direction. It makes having a bottom-five record less valuable and improves the fortunes of teams in the rest of the lottery (particularly the Nos. 8 and 9 picks, which gain the most value under the new system). But it’s worth wondering if a change of about two-thirds of a win per season will really be enough to make a big dent in teams’ willingness to tank.In fairness, the effect appears larger when you consider the outsize potential of top picks to become stars. Using WORP as a guide, there was about a 34 percent chance of landing an All Star-level player2Defined as a player who produced at least 30 WORP in his first five NBA seasons. if a team had the worst record going into the 2018 lottery; those odds will fall to 27 percent under next year’s system. Seven percentage points doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but the NBA is so star-driven that any reduction in the probability of getting a franchise-altering player hurts. With the ability to get those kinds of players also increasing for teams who finish with, say, the league’s eighth-worst record, it should eventually help the anti-tanking effort by funneling more big stars to teams who don’t completely throw their seasons away.So congratulations, Phoenix: You’re the last team who’ll take advantage of the old odds to help grab a potential star. The league’s changes might not be extreme enough to fully discourage teams from engaging in Sixers-style tear downs, but they’re a start. And after the race to the bottom that played out down the stretch of the 2017-18 season, such changes are more than welcome.Check out our latest NBA predictions. As I wrote last year:Early in the draft, the curve is steep. The average No. 2 pick is worth only about 80 percent as many VORP in his first five seasons as the average No. 1, and players only get less valuable from there.This is part of why teams spend so much time and energy gunning for the worst record — and (until next year) the highest odds of picking No. 1. The chances of getting an impact player from the top pick are much better than at any other slot in the draft. But they’re not perfect; there’s a lot of luck involved in picking the player who’ll have the best career. Add in the extra randomness of getting the lottery balls to bounce your way, and the difference between the expected value of having the NBA’s worst record under the old system and next year’s new one is just 3.4 total wins over the first five years of a player’s career. read more

Ohio State rallies around LaQuinton Ross after technical foul

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) attempts a layup during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — Sometimes the littlest spark can start the biggest fires.For the Ohio State men’s basketball team in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals against Nebraska, that spark came in the form of a technical foul called on junior forward LaQuinton Ross.With the Buckeyes trailing by 12 — after the Cornhuskers went on an 11-2 run out of halftime — Ross was called for an offensive foul. In frustration, OSU’s leading scorer shoved an opposing player and was charged with a technical.“It was a lot of extra stuff going on after the play was over, so I think that got to me a little bit,” Ross said after the game. “So that was the reason for the technical foul, a little frustration. But after that I was just trying to win the game.”Despite Nebraska scoring six straight points after the foul, taking an 18-point lead in the process, the Buckeyes would storm back on the shoulders of Ross and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle.OSU outscored Nebraska 41-25 after Ross was hit with the technical, and held on for a 71-67 victory.Junior forward Sam Thompson — who tallied seven points in the win — said the technical brought an end to Nebraska’s tough play, and turned the game around.“We thought they were playing a little bit too physically,” Thompson said after the game. “They got some shots at us after the whistle was blown, we didn’t like how they were dancing on the bench, just the whole vibe we didn’t like that. (LaQuinton’s) technical brought it to an end, we were able to rally around that.”This wasn’t the first time this season Ross’ been given a technical foul for shoving a player, having gotten one against Northwestern that led to his ejection and then another against Indiana.“Unfortunately that’s a little familiar,” Craft said after the game against Nebraska. “He’s done that a couple times this year. I just think after the whistle, they catch the second guy. He threw an elbow and hit him in the face after the play … and they’re going to catch LaQuinton.”But Craft said, unlike in previous incidents, this foul served as a motivator for OSU.“It was kind of like an NBA game. (A) player or coach gets fired up and you get ejected and you start rallying around him,” Craft said. “I don’t condone that because that got us down 16 at one point. They made the free throws and got a bucket. We don’t want that to happen, but if it works out, it works out.”After picking up a technical caused by emotion — much like the one Ross picked up — coaches often elect to bench the player to give them some time to calm down.But OSU coach Thad Matta elected for the opposite, leaving Ross on the floor and giving his leading scorer a chance to bring his team back from the brink of elimination.Ross went on to score 16 of his career-high 26 points after the technical foul, including the 3-pointer that started the run.“That play was over,” Ross said of the technical foul. “I wasn’t thinking about that play again. I looked up at the score and how bad we were down and we just had to get some motivation and get back in the game.”Ross added that the comeback was partially because of OSU refusing to lose control.“We stayed together through the whole thing,” Ross said. “There was never any panic during the whole situation. If you watch some of our games earlier in the year, we (were) down less points than that, I think we were down 18 here. A couple games, like Minnesota, we (were) probably down five and we panicked. But that game right there we (were) able to not panic and got through it.”Next up Ross and the Buckeyes will look to push themselves past top-seeded Michigan Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Tipoff is set for 1:40 p.m. read more