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“I prefer to beat Nadal on the track, but in Play it is a good start”

first_imgA bit of greater than ten days stay earlier than the Mutua Madrid Open, after all, just about. And there are already a number of members who’re anxiously ready for the begin of the competitors (from April 27 to 30), reminiscent of the case of Lucas Pouille.The Frenchman is motivated for the appointment, in which 16 skilled tennis gamers unfold over the ATP and WTA circuit are confirmed, and joked about the chance of being measured at the controls of the PlayStation towards Rafa Nadal, over whom he yearns for victory. “I performed a lot after I was younger, then I’ll prepare each day to begin the competitors properly. Nadal? To be sincere, I’d fairly beat him on the floor in Madrid, Montecarlo or Roland-Garros, In the actual world. But beating him on PlayStation is a good begin! “Pouille defined on the portal Tennis Actu. As a curiosity, it ought to be famous that Pouille does know what it is to beat Nadal on a tennis court docket in an official match. He did it in the US Open of 2016, on exhausting court docket, circumstances very completely different from what he would discover earlier than the Balearic on the floor of Madrid. On brick mud they had been solely measured as soon as in Monte Carlo, with a Rafa’s overwhelming 6-1 and 6-2 victory. Maybe at the controls the tables will change …last_img read more

Manalang, Ahanmisi engage in shootout just like old times

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Personally, though, Manalang believes he still has long ways to go in terms of developing his game as he looks forward on entering the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.“There’s always stuff to improve on as a player. I’m really obsessed with this. I watch the film, watch the game, and try to see what I can improve on. I can’t wait to work on it, go to practice, and try to get better,” he said.As for going up against Ahanmisi, Manalang said he’ll be ready for the next time they cross paths again.“That’s my brother. I have nothing but respect for him,” he said, before vowing redemption the next time the Falcons meet.“I’ll get him the next time out. I’m still playing and I want to keep on competing against him.” Ravena comes up clutch anew, NLEX takes 1-0 lead vs Alaska Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City PBA IMAGESRobbie Manalang knows he can hold a candle to his former Adamson teammate Jerrick Ahanmisi during their three-point shootouts in practice.But on Monday, their duel meant so much more when they played on opposing sides.ADVERTISEMENT “It felt a little weird because I was with them for the past two years,” said the 24-year-old Manalang, whose team AMA Online Education faced the Ahanmisi-led Akari-Adamson in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.And against his old Falcons running mates, Manalang kept the Titans in the game, uncorking 21 points, on 3-of-8 shooting from three, to go with five rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUnfortunately for Manalang, Ahanmisi got the better of him not only in their duel but overall with Akari-Adamson winning, 100-89.Ahanmisi went  7-of-8 from downtown to finish with 26 points with three rebounds and four assists to boot. LATEST STORIES MOST READ “It’s just a little friendly competition,” said Manalang. “We used to do those shootouts before in practice, trying to see who’s the better shooter. I have nothing but respect for Jerrick and I hope he does great things in the future in the UAAP.”Manalang was also able to test his mettle against his former peers in the PBA D-League stage.“I’m a competitor. Every time I step on the court, whoever I play, I try to bring my best game. Today, I saw familiar faces and maybe it brought a little extra, but it was all fun. No bad blood. I just tried to enjoy the game,” he said.Manalang’s stupendous showing was enough for him to garner praise from his old coach Franz Pumaren.“I’m happy for him and I think he’s really in great shape right now. As you can see, he really played well.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Heartbreak for Ceres Negros after AFC Champions League exit

first_imgMOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The loss relegated the Busmen to the AFC Cup, where they will face Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam, Persija Jakarta of Indonesia and Shan United of Myanmar.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIEScenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ceres Negros out of the AFC Champions League. Photo from the-afc.com.BACOLOD CITY – Filipino club Ceres Negros absorbed a stunning preliminary stage exit in the AFC Champions League, after a 2-1 defeat to Yangon United of Myanmar last Tuesday night at Panaad Stadium.Kaung Htet Soe’s 58th minute strike proved to be the difference between the two sides as the Myanmar National League champions advanced to the second round opposite Chiangrai United of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brazilian midfielder Vinicius Miller put the visitors in front in the 27th minute with a free kick at the edge of the area, but the Busmen struck back through Stephan Schrock just before halftime.Schrock acrobatically cushioned Martin Steuble’s teasing cross from the right to the bottom corner, beating Yangon goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Htet for the equalizer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Busmen chased the game right until the end with OJ Porteria missing a big chance in the 72nd minute when he fired a volley to the crossbar after Kevin Ingreso’s shot was saved by Zin Htet.Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic had one opportunity in stoppage time, but Bienve Maranon, the club’s top scorer in the AFC Cup the last two seasons, could not get on the end of Schrock’s cross. Ex-Man United manager avoids jail but hit by fine for tax fraud in Spain View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

GALLERY: Female athletes take center stage at 2019 PSA Awards

first_imgMOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View commentscenter_img Vic Saludar retains WBO belt after dominating win over Japanese foe Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The best and the brightest in Philippine Sports for the past year were once again recognized in the 2019 Philippine Sportswriters Association awards night at Manila Hotel on Tuesday.Power is female is the prevailing theme of this year’s gala with women athletes blazing the trail after an eventful year in sports highlighted by the Asian Games competition.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gold medalists from the Asian Games, all women, were named Athletes of the Year.Athletes of the year Yuka Saso and Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAthletes of the year Yuka Saso and Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSkateboarder Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStar golfer Yuka Saso. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChampion boxer Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFan favorite Kai Sotto with his father Ervin and Chooks-to-Go reps. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPrince and princess of the night of the 2019 PSA Awards. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBasketball star Janine Pontejos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational fencer Maxine Esteban. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE Championship stars Team Lakay and Brandon Vera. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMotorsports’ Kenneth San Andres. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPSA Awards Night 2019 guest speaker Bea Lucero Lhuillier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBoxer Donnie Nietes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChampion gymnast Carlos Yulo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beermen coaching staff. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMajor Awardee for Amateur Basketball Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCyclist El Joshua Cariño. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMotorsports’ Milo Rivera. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netParalympic medalist Enrnie Gawilan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPara chess athlete Sander Sevirino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPara bowler Kim Ian Chi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMembers of the men’s standard rapid chess team. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTeam Manila softbelles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMr. basketball June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLifetime awardee Bong Coo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLifetime Achievement awardee Paquito Rivas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer Philippine Star sports editor Lito Tacujan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRecepient of the Presiden’ts Award: NU women’s basketball team. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAthlete of the Year: Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe awardees of the 2019 PSA Awards. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:16SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chieflast_img read more

Opposition wants reintroduction of Amaila Falls project

first_imgOpposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira has proposed the reintroduction of the Amaila Falls project as a means of combating climate change.Speaking at a Commonwealth Day event hosted by the Parliament office, Teixeira made the proposition, noting that the project was still a viable one and was relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals.In her address, Teixeira noted, “One issue that all of us, every single human being can stand together with is the survival of Planet Earth, our home.”She used this statement to allude to the need for less fossil fuels and cutting-backOpposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira delivering her address at the Commonwealth celebrationon the use of detrimental gases. As such, the Chief Whip posited that there needed to be alternative ways to get the work done.She noted that while oil and gas were lucrative finds and profitable economic opportunities, Guyanese must keep in mind that it was undeniably a finite resource. “We must understand that gas as an interim fuel is a finite and will run out whether in 20 years or 30 years or 40 years.”“So we need to always keep our sights on harnessing renewable energy,” she added.The Chief Whip then went on to propose that Guyana looked for the solution in the form of hydropower. Hydropower is an alternative that has been sought by numerous countries over the years.“In Guyana in particular, with its land of many waters, hydropower is the only one with the potential to be transformational,” she stated. Teixeira backed up her statements by highlighting that the members of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) are of the same belief. “In the PPP’s point of view, the viability of the Amaila Falls Hydro Power project remains incontrovertible,” she posited.Additionally, Teixeira also called for measures to be implemented so that the ordinary man can actively be a part of the battle against climate change. One such suggestion was the need for easy accessibility to solar powered equipment; the Chief Whip noted that it not only needed to be accessible but also affordable. “I’d like to ask that we restore the VAT exempt status on individual household solar systems so we don’t use up so much fossil fuel,” she stated.Speaking a few minutes later at the same event, State Minister Joseph Harmon assured Teixeira and her political counterparts that the necessary measures would be taken to deal with climate change.“Let me assure Madam Teixeira and as well as the PPP and all members of society that the vision and political will to deal with issues of climate change resides in us all,” Harmon stated.The Amaila Falls project was first revealed in 2012 by the PPP/Civic Government. The governing party had noted that it would receive part of the funding from the Government of Norway under the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF) as part of the Low Carbon Development Strategy plan. However, the proposal was shot down by the then Opposition, who are currently in the governing seat.last_img read more

Mahrez’s Leicester return sets up chance to impress City

first_imgLeicester have struggled without their star midfielder, losing 2-1 at Everton before failing to beat struggling Swansea City 1-1 at home last weekend.Mahrez appeared to have been ruled out of Saturday’s match at the Etihad by Leicester manager Claude Puel when he addressed the media on Thursday and an immediate return still looks unlikely.However, Mahrez’s sudden U-turn could see Puel provide him with the perfect platform with which to show City why they should maintain their interest when the transfer window reopens in the summer.“I hope he can come back and work hard with the team sooner rather than later, of course, we will see,” Puel said.“The most important thing for me is to keep Riyad and the club and the fans united and in a good way about this. It is important to keep a good feeling together through these difficulties.”According to Sky Sports, Mahrez has been hit with a £240,000 ($334,000) fine for failing to report to training over the past week.The Paris-born player’s frustration is born out of Leicester’s astronomical demands for a player they signed for a reported £350,000 from French second division side Le Havre in 2014.– Transfer request –Despite a second transfer request from Mahrez in eight months, Leicester reportedly held out for £80 million, with even City’s cash-rich Abu Dhabi owners apparently unwilling to go beyond a deal worth £50 million plus a player City valued at £15 million, believed to be 21-year-old winger Patrick Roberts who is currently on loan at Celtic.“I want him to come back soon and play, because we enjoy watching him,” said City boss Pep Guardiola on the prospect of facing Mahrez.“I hope he’ll come back soon with Leicester and play at his level.”City had been forced into trying to find a quick fix when German winger Leroy Sane was ruled out for at least six weeks by ankle ligament damage, joining a growing injury list of attacking players.Adding to Mahrez’s anger is that other heroes of Leicester’s stunning title-winning triumph in 2015/16 — N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater — have been allowed to leave the club and join Chelsea with far less resistance.However, the club and player could come to a mutually beneficial agreement at the end of the season despite the tension arising from the recent stand-off.Leicester’s hand may finally be forced by the fact that Mahrez will have two years left on his contract, the point at which many clubs choose to cash in before the value of their prized assets start to depreciate.While City may not be in such a desperate situation there could still be a queue for his services, with earlier reported claims in the French media that Liverpool were interested in a player who could fill the creative void left by Philippe Coutinho’s £142 million departure to Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez could make a dramatic return for Leicester City against Manchester City on Saturday after ending his self-imposed exile and returning to training © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 9 – Riyad Mahrez ended his self-imposed exile from Leicester City on Friday, opening up the possibility of a dramatic return against Manchester City, whose pursuit of the Algerian provoked Mahrez’s stand-off with the Foxes.Mahrez, 26, has missed two Premier League matches and had not trained with the team since the move he desperately wanted to runaway leaders City fell through due to Leicester’s demands on January 31, transfer deadline day.last_img read more

GAA: UNDER-14 SEMI FINAL FIXTURES

first_imgFixtures 15th to 21stJune 2013Countyu14 Division 1 League Semi Finals (EXTRA TIME IF REQUIRED) Monday 17th June 2013Team1 Team 2 Time Venue St Eunans v Realt na Mara Bun Dobhrain 7:30pm Ballyshannon Referee TBC Stand by referee TBC Linesman TBCSaturday 15th June 2013Team1 Team 2 Time Venue Ardara v Sean Mac Cumhaills 6:00pm Glenties Referee TBC Stand by referee TBC Linesman TBCCountyu14 Division 1 League Final (EXTRA TIME IF REQUIRED)Friday 21st June 2013Team1 Team2 Time VenueArdara/Sean Mac Cumhaills v St Eunans/Realt naMara 7:15pm TBC Referee TBC Stand by referee TBC Linesman TBCxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Countyu14 Division 2 League Semi Final (EXTRA TIME IF REQUIRED)Saturday 15th June 2013Team1 Team 2 Time Venue LetterkennyGaels v Killybegs 5:00pm Mac Cumhaill park Referee TBC Stand by referee TBC Linesman TBCCountyu14 Division 2 League Final (EXTRA TIME IF REQUIRED) Wednesday 19th June 2013Team1 Team2 Time VenueNaomh Padraig Uisce Chaoin v LetterkennyGaels/Killybegs 7:15pm TBC Referee TBC Stand by referee TBC Linesman TBCxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxCountyu14 Division 3 Final (EXTRA TIME IF REQUIRED)Friday 21st June 2013County u14 Division 3 League Semi Final (EXTRA TIME IF REQUIRED)Team1 Team 2 Time Venue NaomhUltan v Moville 7:15pm TBC Referee TBC Stand by referee TBC Linesman TBCxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxGAA: UNDER-14 SEMI FINAL FIXTURES was last modified: June 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hilarious talkSPORT call: Chelsea fan blasts Bakayoko… even though he’s left

first_img targets Fair enough so far, but then he went on to say Victor Moses should be partnered alongside Kante in the centre of midfield… because Bakayoko “hasn’t done a good enough job.”Now, there’s two problems with that. First, Moses isn’t a central midfielder. Second, poor Tiemoue Bakayako isn’t even at the club. He’s on loan at AC Milan this season.Brilliant. Listen to to the hilarious clip below… shining Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea gameday cracker N’Golo Kante has had to adapt to a new position in Maurizio Sarri’s midfield so far this season Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Latest Chelsea News tense Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars OFF Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img ☎️ Caller: “Bakayoko hasn’t done a good job for us in midfield…”😳 @JasonCundy05: “Bakayoko? He’s not at Chelsea anymore?!☎️ Caller: “He has left Chelsea? I didn’t realise to be honest…”This #CFC fan has had a mare here 😂 pic.twitter.com/1cwMaiYBcc— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 29, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REAL DEAL Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star punished We get some great callers on talkSPORT and this is the best we’ve had in a while!Luke, a Chelsea fan, rang into the Sports Bar to express his disappointment with Maurizio Sarri’s use of N’Golo Kante. JIBE Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 1 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’last_img read more

Industry debates national program

first_img When it comes to natural disasters, there are programs such as the federal flood insurance and the California earthquake coverage, but no comprehensive backup to deal with mega-catastrophes. To be sure, the U.S. insurance industry is not poor. The industry had a surplus of about $400 billion before Katrina struck. But Ernie Csiszar, president and chief executive of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America trade group, said this year’s storms could wipe out one-fifth of that. He added that estimates of the potential damage caused by a massive earthquake in San Francisco indicate “it is not beyond the realm of belief to think it would be a $400 billion catastrophe,” the equivalent of the industry’s total surplus. Insurers are divided on whether the industry can – or should – shoulder all the risk. Craig K. Poulton, whose company Poulton Associates Inc. in Salt Lake City writes flood, landslide and earthquake insurance, believes private companies should be able to handle natural disaster coverage. But to do so, policies must be priced to reflect the real risk of potential disasters and coupled with solid building and land-use codes designed to mitigate catastrophic damage. He doesn’t believe that’s been the case in hurricane-prone areas. “They haven’t been charging those people enough money,” Poulton said. “In effect, you and I have been subsidizing people who live in Florida and the Gulf Coast. Our premiums go up so they can rebuild their homes every nine years.” State insurance commissioners, however, say the current system isn’t working. Disputes over policy coverage and delays in payouts are slowing rebuilding in New Orleans and other areas, making the region more dependent on federal emergency aid and reconstruction money. And it remains unclear whether homeowners and businesses will be able to buy adequate coverage if they do rebuild. California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, who hosted a meeting in San Francisco this week to discuss creation of a national catastrophe insurance program, argues that massive disasters “cannot effectively be dealt with by existing insurance policies or federal emergency aid.” Csiszar of the PCIAA said there were mechanisms the industry could try to adopt, such as issuing catastrophe bonds or the creation of private catastrophe pools, to try to prepare for a mega-disaster, but that these likely would require hard-to-win changes in tax and accounting rules. State catastrophe funds, perhaps backed by a federal fund, could also work, he said. “In every case, you’re going to have an uphill battle to recognize this is an issue, and that doesn’t apply just to politicians,” Csiszar said. “We tend to forget about these things as time goes by.” Even if there is a move toward a national program, it won’t work unless more is done to make sure that structures are built to withstand major storms. J. Robert Hunter, a former Texas insurance commissioner who now works with the Consumer Federation of America advocacy group in Washington, D.C., has argued against renewal of the federal terrorism program and cautioned against anything similar for natural disasters. “The risk to taxpayers under such a program is that it will unjustifiably subsidize the insurance industry or encourage faulty construction in areas at high risk for natural disaster,” he argued. There are many who believe that a partial solution to the problem is to change building codes in step with insurance coverage. Tom Murphy, chairman and chief executive of Miami-based Coastal Construction, a contracting firm that specializes in condominiums and office buildings, said that changes in Florida’s building code since Hurricane Andrew in 1992 have led to homes and offices that better withstand hurricanes. He said that when hurricanes Rita and Wilma hit Florida, his company had some 2,000 condominium units under construction with about 15,000 panels of glass and “we didn’t have one single failure.” He added: “I have to say, the way these building performed, insurance shouldn’t be an issue.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week It’s an issue with implications well beyond hurricane regions – no part of the nation is exempt from the possibility of a financially devastating catastrophe, whether it be a terror attack or a killer storm. Businesses and homeowners across the country are already feeling the impact of the insurance industry’s problems, including higher premiums and deductibles while insurers recoup hundreds of billions of dollars in losses from this year’s storms. Longer-term, the question is whether the insurance industry can continue to absorb such massive losses without some federal guarantees or state reinsurance pools. It’s a serious concern because insurance is critical to the functioning of the economy. “If you can’t get insurance, you can’t borrow money, you can’t build inventory, you can’t protect your workers, you can’t exist,” said Mark Drennen, president and chief executive of Greater New Orleans Inc., the city’s economic development group. There are a handful of specialized disaster insurance programs available. For example, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., prompted Congress to enact the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, which would provide funds to the insurance industry if there are devastating terror attacks in the future. But the TRIA program expires at year’s end, and several congressional committees are debating terms for its renewal. As New Orleans antiques dealer Bill Rau labors to rebuild his business after Hurricane Katrina, he’s finding that getting insurance against future storms may be one of his biggest obstacles. Even as he negotiates with 14 insurance adjusters over damage to his property, Rau worries that he won’t be able to get affordable coverage for his shop on Royal Street, a block from the Bourbon Street bars and cafes. He’s been able to get property and casualty insurance coverage only until Jan. 1, and doesn’t expect his carrier to renew the policy. “I think what’s going to happen is that a number of insurance companies are going to pull out,” Rau said. “Those that don’t are going to be so ridiculously expensive that many businesses won’t be able to afford the coverage.” Insurers’ willingness to provide coverage is pivotal to how well New Orleans and other areas recover from the devastation wrought by Katrina and the hurricanes that followed. But some insurers intent on limiting future losses are considering pulling out of the Gulf Coast or reducing the number of customers they serve, just as insurers have done in Florida over the past decade. last_img read more

Where Chairman Mao and Teenage Nihilists Got Their Motivation

first_imgWhat propelled Mao Zhedong to become the biggest mass murderer in world history?  Let a professor of Chinese history answer the question.  James Pusey (Bucknell U), writing in Nature this week for a series on “Global Darwin,”1 was explaining the vacuum left by the collapse of the reform movement in the early 20th century.  A “group of intellectuals” found Marxism attractive.  It was the fittest ideology:Many tried to fill it: Sun, Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kaishek) and, finally, the small group of intellectuals who, in indignation at the betrayal at Versailles, found in Marxism what seemed to them the fittest faith on Earth to help China to survive.    This was not, of course, all Darwin’s doing, but Darwin was involved in it all.  To believe in Marxism, one had to believe in inexorable forces pushing mankind, or at least the elect, to inevitable progress, through set stages (which could, however, be skipped).  One had to believe that history was a violent, hereditary class struggle (almost a ‘racial’ struggle); that the individual must be severely subordinated to the group; that an enlightened group must lead the people for their own good; that the people must not be humane to their enemies; that the forces of history assured victory to those who were right and who struggled.    Who taught Chinese these things?  Marx?  Mao?  No.  Darwin.The ideology that led Mao to murder 77 million of his own people (11/30/2005) began with a view of nature that values struggle and fitness over the individual.  Though acknowledging that the political currents in China were complex, with reformers like Yan Fu and Sun Yat-sen incorporating Darwinian principles without radical revolution, Pusey placed the worldview that empowered Marxist ideology squarely at the feet of Darwin.  Darwin was Mao’s ideological mentor.    Darwinian ideas can produce murderous results in individuals, too.  The Sunday Times Online printed an article that described the Darwinian motivations behind some of the serial killers of recent memory.  “The naturalist [Darwin] outraged the church, prompting a bitter debate that still sets creationists against evolutionists,” Dennis Sewell wrote.  “Now a sinister link has emerged between his work and the recent spate of high-school killings by crazed, nihilistic teenagers.”  Despite Darwin’s personal reputation as an “amiable Victorian gent,” Sewell continued, he “has been fingered as a racist, an apologist for genocide, and the inspiration of a string of psychopathic killers.”  The shooters at Columbine High School, for instance, saw themselves as eliminators of the weak.  Harris wore “Natural Selection” on his T-shirt the day of the shooting spree.  Many other artifacts gathered afterwards, described in the article, uncovered the boys’ fascination with “survival of the fittest.”    In 2007, detectives intercepted a school shooting in Pennsylvania.  They “discovered that their suspect often logged on to a social networking site called Natural Selection’s Army,” the article says.  Sewell discussed a personality cult around Harris and Klebold in certain chatrooms and websites, including a computer game that lets the player act out the massacre.  “Natural Selection” apparel is hot with these aficionados, and “‘Natural Selection’ is the name of a popular computer game in which competing teams attempt to annihilate one another – a sign that Darwin’s term is still associated by many teenagers with sudden and extreme violence.”  Another case is the killing spree in 2007 in Finland by Pekka-Eric Auvinen, who declared in his manifesto before the event that he was a social Darwinist wanting to weed out the unfit.  In his words: “It’s time to put natural selection and survival of the fittest back on track.”    Sewell acknowledged that Darwin himself would have been horrified by all this.  He knows that other great figures have been used by murderers as their inspiration.  Still, he was not ready to let the bearded old man off the hook.  “One conclusion implicit in evolutionary theory is that human existence has no ultimate purpose or special significance…. Darwin also taught that morality has no essential authority, but is something that itself evolved,” he continued.  These simple (and simplistic) ideas are certainly accessible to disturbed adolescents who feel nothing stops them from taking natural law into their own hands.  And Darwin himself wrote in 1881, “Looking to the world at no very distant date, what an endless number of the lower races will have been eliminated by the higher civilized races throughout the world.”    Sewell is author of the book The Political Gene: How Darwin’s Ideas Changed Politics.  His Times article was published on the Science page, not the Opinion page.  On page 2, he continued supporting his premise that Darwin’s views feed into the nihilism behind high school shootings – and political genocides – because it destroys all moral restraint.  One particular example shows this is not an isolated interpretation.  He said, “Cheerleaders celebrating Darwin’s 200th birthday in colleges across America last February sang ‘Randomness is good enough for me, If there’s no design it means I’m free’ – lines from a song by the band Scientific Gospel.”  With a gospel like that, no wonder some go beyond the mere abandonment of sexual mores taught by their parents.  “But wackos such as Harris and Auvinen can just as readily interpret it as a licence to kill.”  Sewell ended by pointing out that we cannot begin to address the issues when presented only with a “bowdlerized account of Darwin’s work” – i.e., a sanitized version portraying Darwin as a scientific saint.  He said, “The more sinister implications of the world-view that has come to be called ‘Darwinism’ � and the interpretation the teenage nihilists put on it – are as much part of the Darwin story as the theory of evolutions [sic].”1.  James Pusey, “Global Darwin: Revolutionary road,” Nature 462, 162-163 (12 November 2009) | doi:10.1038/462162a.You have just seen what two scholars said who were not intelligent design leaders, creationists, or Bible-thumping preachers.  If you will not listen to the latter, then listen to the former.  You heard them saying what the preachers would have said anyway.  Let’s recap the list of principles that Pusey said you have to believe in to be a Marxist:Inexorable forces push mankind to inevitable progress (are we there yet?)There are set stages of progress (which can be skipped; e.g., by revolution).History is a story of violent struggle (i.e., violence, not peace, is the ultimate reality).The struggle is between classes or races (meaning, genocide is sometimes a moral obligation).The individual must be severely subordinated to the group (so you are just a pawn in a game played by forces of nature).An enlightened group must lead the people for their own good (e.g., the Communist Party leaders, who lived more royally than Czars, while their people suffered in famines and cramped apartments or in prison camps).People must not be humane to their enemies (or to the unfit).The forces of history assure victory to those who struggle (i.e., evolve or perish; eliminate the Mother Theresas and hospitals who unnaturally prolong the life of the unfit).Again: who taught the Chinese these things?  Marx?  Mao?  No.  Darwin.    What a world we live in.  On one side you have radical revolutionaries and teenage nihilists killing for Darwin.  On the other you have radical Muslims killing for Allah.  What to do?  Run not to the poorly-named Scientific Gospel, or to any self-proclaimed messiah who’s dead, but to the true gospel of the risen Lord Jesus Christ.  Run to the true Messiah who gave his life for his friends.  Run to Teacher whose two greatest commandments were to love God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love your neighbor as yourself.  Notice how un-Darwinian his Sermon on the Mount is.  The truth, not randomness, will set you free.  The truth will lead to a flourishing free society based on individual responsibility and charity.  You will know teachers of lies and teachers of the truth by their fruits.(Visited 119 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more