The need to enrich our knowledge

first_img 13 Views   no discussions Share Tweet NewsRegional The need to enrich our knowledge by: – April 2, 2012 Sharecenter_img Fidel Castro. Photo credit: globalresearch.caThe filmed scenes of the massacre in Libya, starting to be seen, offend for their total absence of humanism and the crass lies that served as an excuse for invading and taking over the natural resources of that country. With more than 25,000 combat missions, NATO air forces backed up the monstrous crime. They stated that the Libyan government had funds abroad exceeding 200 billion dollars. At this time, nobody knows where the money is nor what has been done with it. A fraudulent electoral process ensured the overthrowing of the presidency of the most powerful country on the side of George W. Bush, an alcoholic without medical treatment nor the most basic ethical principles, who ordered West Point graduates to be ready to attack without warning 60 or more dark corners of the world. Such a deranged person, with the use of a small black briefcase, could decide on the use of thousands of nuclear weapons; with a minimal percentage of these, he could put an end to human life on the planet. It is sad to remember that on the opposite side of the Yankee super-power, another deranged person, with three bottles of vodka in his stomach, declared the disintegration of the USSR and the dismantling of more than 400 nuclear bases in whose range were all the military bases threatening that country.Those events did not constitute any surprise. Throughout many years of struggle, experience garnered, contact with events, ideas and historical processes did not come as a surprise. Today the Russian leaders are trying to rebuild this powerful State which had been created with so much effort and sacrifice. When Pope John Paul II visited our country in 1998, more than once before his arrival I talked about several subjects with one or another of his envoys. I especially remember the occasion when we sat down to dinner in a small room in the Palace of the Revolution with Joaquín Navarro Valls, Papal spokesman, sitting in front of me. To the right was a pleasant and intelligent priest who had come with the spokesman and assisted Pope John Paul II at the Masses. Curious about the details, I asked Navarro Valls whether he thought that the immense sky with its millions of stars had been made to please the inhabitants of the earth whenever we deigned to look upwards on any given night. “Absolutely” ―he replied. “It is the only inhabited planet in the universe”.I then turned to the priest and said: what do you think of that, Father? He replied: “In my opinion, there is a 99.9 percent possibility of intelligent life existing on some other planet”. The answer did not violate any religious principle. Mentally I multiplied the figure, who knows how many times. It was the kind of answer that I deemed to be correct and serious. Afterwards, that noble priest was always friendly with our country. Sharing a friendship does not mean you have to share beliefs. Today, on Thursday, as it happens with increasing frequency, a European entity with well-known solvency in the subject, textually states:“There could be billions of planets not much larger than the Earth orbiting around weak stars in our galaxy, according to an international team of astronomers. “This estimated number of ‘super-Earths’ -planets with up to ten times Earth’s mass – is based on detections already made and then extrapolated to include the population of the so-called ‘dwarf stars’ in the Milky Way.”“‘Our new observations with HARPS show that around 40% of the red dwarf stars have a ‘super-Earth’ orbiting around it in its habitable zone, where there may be water in a liquid state on the surface of the planet’, stated Xavier Bonfils, team leader at the Sciences of the Universe Observatory in Grenoble, France.‘“Due to the fact that the red dwarfs are so common – there are around 160 billion of them in the Milky Way – this brings us to the surprising results that there are tens of millions of those planets in our galaxy alone’.”“Their studies suggest that there are ‘super-Earths’ in habitable zones in 41% of the cases, with a range of 28 to 95%.“‘40% of the red dwarf stars have a ‘super-Earth’ orbiting them in their habitable zone, where water in its liquid state may exist’.”“That leads to the obvious question about whether any of those planets may not only be habitable but may also have life.”“But these stars are prone to stellar eruptions, that can wash over the neighbouring planets with X-rays or ultra-violet radiation, making it less likely that life may exist there. “‘We have an idea about how to find traces of life on those planets’, stated Stephane Udry, researcher at the Observatory of Geneva.”“‘If we are able to see traces of elements related to life such as oxygen in that light, then we can obtain indications about whether there is life on that planet’.”Simply reading these news items shows the possibility and the necessity we have of enriching our knowledge which today is fragmented and scattered. Perhaps it takes us to more critical positions on the superficiality with which we deal with cultural and material problems. I have not the slightest doubt that our world is changing much more quickly than we are capable of imagining. Fidel Castro RuzMarch 29, 2012, 8:15 p.m. Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

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Late break costs Wisconsin in 1-0 defeat to Penn State

first_imgSenior defender Kyle McCrudden said Wisconsin goalkeeper Chase Rau kept the Nittany Lions from running away with Friday’s game.[/media-credit]The Badgers were in a bend-but-don’t-break position throughout the majority of their Big Ten opener against Penn State Friday. Defenders halted whizzing shots as goalie Chase Rau covered the net with big saves. For 81 minutes, they bent and bent, doing their best imitation of a yoga instructor. And in the 82nd minute, they finally broke.Following a Badger defensive miscue, Nittany Lion forward Kelton Cheney made the most of assists from Drew Klingenberg and Hasani Sinclair and netted his second goal of the season, propelling Penn State (6-1-1) to a 1-0 victory. The freshman had a clean look at the goal from just eight yards out and finished the play, and essentially the game, with just eight minutes remaining.The goal and loss will likely stick in the minds of the Badgers for a long time because it could have been avoided. A mis-touch on an outlet pass by the freshman Rau gave Penn State possession with just two Wisconsin players defending.Klingenberg broke in front of Rau’s outlet for the possession, finding Sinclair up the sideline. Sinclair neared the goal and fit a tight cross over to Cheney for the only score. With the Badgers’ offense rarely getting scoring chances throughout the match, the final eight minutes flew by uneventfully.Rau’s pass that led to the Penn State goal was a bit weak to reach his fellow defender, putting himself and Wisconsin in a situation it couldn’t bend its way out of. Head coach John Trask wasn’t pleased with the decision Rau made, but acknowledged there is still a learning curve for the freshman starter.“[The goal] was unfortunate, but those are lessons learned by a freshman goalkeeper,” Trask said. “It was a ball that even if you squeeze it in, the risk or reward probably isn’t worthwhile in that moment of the game.”Despite his late blunder, Rau may have played his best game as a Badger. His six saves were a career high, many of them occurring with Rau leaving his feet. He likely would have had a few more if it weren’t for Badger defenders constantly pushing aside tries from the relentless Nittany Lion offense.The late-game loss was a heartbreaker for the Badgers (2-3-3), and more specifically for the goalie who made a crucial mistake in his first Big Ten match. His elder defenders realized this, but also noted without Rau in goal, the game could have been an easy win for the Nittany Lions.“I think that Chase played a great game,” senior Kyle McCrudden said. “I think there could have been two or three more goals for [Penn State]. He just has to keep on playing well and keep making great saves.”Penn State put the Wisconsin defense in a difficult position from the beginning of the match. The Nittany Lions controlled the possession for a majority of the first half and the final 20 minutes, making a third consecutive shutout a tall order from the get-go.Penn State tallied 23 shots in total, seven of them on goal, trumping Wisconsin’s nine shots and just one on goal. While the offense sputtered to amount any consistent possession, Wisconsin defenders said they are not worried it’s a sign of things to come.“[The lack of possession] is not too much of a concern. Obviously, we want to dictate the tempo of play, but Penn State came flying at us,” defender Paul Yonga said. “This game was maybe a little more concerning, but in other games we’ll be able to dictate the tempo.”The Badger defense handled the lack of possession well throughout, even dabbling on the offensive end when duty called. Wisconsin’s best scoring opportunity may have come when midfielder Anders Kristensen launched in a corner kick that defender AJ Cochran headed toward Yonga, whose prevailing header went wide.The loss quickly sets the Badgers behind in the Big Ten title hunt. Northwestern won the conference last year with an undefeated record, so responding to a season-opening loss will be extremely important for the Badgers to stay in the race for a conference crown. “We have to get over [this loss] quickly,” Yonga said. “We just have to keep improving and work on the small things. We still have five games left in the Big Ten season, so we can definitely turn it around. It’s a long season.”So far, it has already been a long season for the Badgers at home. Wisconsin is 0-2-1 at the McClimon Soccer Complex. They hosted the “Pac the Mac” event Friday, which saw over 1,000 fans come out in support. The only thing that didn’t arrive was a Wisconsin victory, and the players clearly realized it. “It was nice to see how many people came out for the game,” McCrudden said. “We didn’t get a win tonight, but hopefully they’ll keep coming out and we can get them a win next time.”Follow Sean on Twitterlast_img read more

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Oyo, Lagos in Bright Start at Bademosi Cricket Tourney

first_imgRunsewe Sulaiman (Oyo State), emerged man of the matchIn the second match, Osun State won the toss and elected to field first against a talented and really young Lagos State team. Osun state were bowled out for 45runs 19.1overs.Sakariyan Sikirulahi top scored for Osun State with 12runs off 19balls. Oladele Dapo and Lagos State Captain Oluronbi Simisola took 4wkts respectively restricting the relatively inexperienced Osun State batsmen.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Oyo and Lagos State teams to the maiden edition of the Jide Bademosi U-19 Cricket Tournament began the competition in intimidating fashion. While Oyo State overran Osun by 118 runs in the match played on pitch 1, Lagos dismissed Ogun by a whooping 10 wickets. The matches were played simultaneously.Ogun State won the toss and elected to field first against an experienced but youthful Oyo State team. Oyo State went on to post a high total of 203runs for the loss of 5wkts in 40overs. Captain of Oyo State Runsewe Sulaimon top scored for his team with 53runs off 55balls, Olaleye Elijah contributed to his teams total with 47runs off 47balls, Adewoye Vincent also contributed by scoring 30runs not out off 18balls.Oyo state bowlers quickly wrapped up the Ogun batsmen bowling them all out for 85runs in 20.4overs. Adeleke Olumide of Ogun State could only manage 11runs off 15balls while Adila Samuel also contributed to his teams total with 10runs off 19balls.last_img read more

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