‘Tottenham sign this player for £18m? He is worth it to me!’

first_img1 Southampton star Victor Wanyama As Tottenham Hotspur’s indifferent start to the season continues they’re now being linked with several transfers, including Southampton’s Victor Wanyama.The dominating defensive midfielder who has starred for the Saints over the last two years has reportedly asked to leave the club, piquing the interest of Spurs, while Arsenal and Liverpool are also monitoring the situation.Some Tottenham fans are delighted with the news they could be landing the Kenyan, although his price tag could be a little hefty at around £18million, but others are a little disappointed.You can see how they have reacted on Twitter below…last_img read more

Ronaldo plays down injury fears ahead of Champions League final

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has moved to calm fears over his fitness ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.Ronaldo suffered an injury in training on Tuesday but has claimed the problem is nothing more than a dead leg.He was quoted as saying by Sky Sports: “I am fine. I had a little problem in training, a dead leg as they say here, but tomorrow (Wednesday) or the next day I will be fine. It was a minor scare, a knock.”The Portugal forward hurt his left leg when colliding with Kiko Casilla following a push from Dani Carvajal and, after receiving treatment on the field, threw a water bottle in anger as he headed for the changing rooms. His participation against city rivals Atletico Madrid in Milan on Saturday does not appear to be in doubt, though, sparing Real a fresh worry, with the club already without defender Raphael Varane due to a thigh problem that could rule him out of Euro 2016. The Frenchman may be sidelined for up to three weeks with the injury sustained in training last weekend and, with France’s campaign starting on June 10, could miss the tournament in his homeland. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, the former France skipper, told the club’s official website: “The only major drawback, and that really is very serious, is Varane.“He is now out for Saturday. He may not be ready in two or three weeks. It is less serious than we thought. He will travel but will not play on Saturday.“With regard to the selection I hope he can play the Euros. It’s a blow for him and I’m worried about him.” 1 Cristiano Ronaldo lies injured in Real Madrid training last_img read more

Chelsea midfielder admits exit could happen but is focussed at Stamford Bridge

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 possible standings A return to the Eagles was mooted but he remained with Chelsea and is now on the fringes of new manager Maurizio Sarri’s team.The spectre of another temporary switch looms over the player while he continues sitting on the bench.And he admitted there is still a chance a deal could be done in January.“Possibly but it is still far away,” Loftus-Cheek said.“There are still a lot of games to play and I just have to see what happens. Right now I am at Chelsea and my focus is at Chelsea and learning at Chelsea. That is in the future and we will deal with that when it comes.” Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has admitted a loan deal to Crystal Palace is still a possibility.The Blues midfielder spent the entire 2017/18 campaign at Selhurst Park and impressed enough to earn a spot in England’s World Cup 2018 squad. silverware Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade BEST OF How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won RANKED Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img highlights impact MONEY Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack REVEALED smart causal Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Chelsea ace Ruben Loftus-Cheek in action against Lyon in a pre-season friendly. ADVICE Latest Football News And Loftus-Cheek added he is committed to earning a bigger role by learning the tactics of Sarri, who is implementing a 4-3-3 formation at Stamford Bridge.He said: “There are a lot of games coming up, so I think there will be more opportunities coming for players that are not playing every week. But I’m not sure when I am going to play. It is just down to me working hard in training.“A lot of my game is based on physicality and I obviously didn’t feel my fittest against Switzerland but I will build on that. I’ve spoken a lot with Sarri in the past couple of weeks and he’s told me I need to learn tactically and his ways in training. The quicker I get that then the more opportunities I will get to play.”last_img read more


first_imgThe North West 10k charities ran a number of fundraising events in Letterkenny yesterday as the build up continues to the race and walk on Sunday May 5th.The Special Needs Accessible Playpark group SNAP along with the Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital and the Donegal Mountain Rescue Team are working together to maximize the return from the fundraising activities in order that key developments can be financed for the benefit of the respective charities. The new North West 10k sponsors are Donegaldaily.com. and Brian McCormick Sports and Leisure.The website at www.northwest10k.com is now open to take on-line entries for the event which takes place on Sunday, May 5th in Letterkenny.Entry fee is 15 euro for the run and 10 euro for the walk. For further information on the event visit www.northwest10k.com.   CHARITIES CRANK UP THEIR EFFORTS FOR NORTH-WEST 10K was last modified: April 21st, 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) Tags:charitiesNorth West 10klast_img read more

The joke is on the Padres

first_imgSo after dousing themselves with warm Mountain Dew, going through a gauntlet of limp handshakes and sending a letter of thanks to the commissioner’s office, can the we-stunk-less San Diego Padres finally take their foot off the gas pedal and let the Dodgers sweep them away, knowing that a sub.-500 record will actually improve their Q-rating than if they had won a whopping 82 games? Have the Pads even been allowed to print playoff tickets? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Were you able to suppress your yawn upon finding out the Atlanta Braves won the NL East again? Do we pull for the Yankees to win the AL East, so that we can root against ’em once the playoffs start? What’s a Yankees-Red Sox series without Pedro Martinez and Don Zimmer? What’s the over-under, and over again, on Jeremy Roenick giving some poor Dallas Stars kid a roll-bounce concussion on opening night? How many of the bags of ice that USC took with ’em to the 100-degree-plus bedeviled Phoenix area this weekend have already melted? As long as they’ve successfully mucked up college football with all the delays brought upon by instant replay, why not just go ahead and put Charlie White’s touchdown dive for USC in the 1979 Rose Bowl under review? Does all this make the San Diego Chicken feel sheepish? And when Trevor Hoffman closes out Game 4 of the World Series sweep against the Angels by striking out Vlad Guerrero with the bases juiced, will you take back all the prior Friar jokes? center_img Think the NFL would just as soon leave the Arizona Cardinals behind in Mexico City after this weekend? Surprised Chad Pennington couldn’t shoulder the load? Does Vinny Testaverde pass the five-second rule, in which a grizzled quarterback that falls off the face of the earth can’t be fed to the New York fans and media again? Minnesota spamming Mike Tice sounds nice, but wouldn’t St. Louis ramming Mike Martz show a lot more smarts? How do you explain Fuzzy The Dog (29-12) winning our little NFL weekly pick ’em contest against six reasonably minded humans? Shouldn’t Michigan be allowed to stay in the Top 25 just because of its helmets? Can Phil Jackson set the bar any lower? Hasn’t Jack McKeon already retired? Is this just the start of Greg Maddux’s streak of sub-.500 seasons? What does it say about NHL fans when the league reports that the season-ticket renewal rate is about 88 percent? When is there going to be a Gallup Poll of, say, 2,242 U.S. adults between 18 and 54 with a fully functioning brain who agree 99 percent that the Harris Poll should get out of the business of helping decide who goes the college football national championship game? Does Tiger Woods’ new ‘do do anything for you? How about Jessica Alba in a bikini? —Tom Hoffarth is at (818) 713-3661 and thomas.hoffarth@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

A.V. robbery suspect was from O.C.

first_img White was found in the back seat of the 2000 Honda sedan, and deputies also found a handgun in the car. The three were suspected of robbing a Bank of America branch at Avenue J and 20th Street East about 10:30 a.m. This was at least the second robbery at the bank, which opened this year, deputies said. The robbers disarmed a security guard but when they fled, the guard followed them and gave directions to deputies until they caught up, officials said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! McElderry said the La Palma address was what was listed on identification found on White and it was not known whether that was his current residence. Taken into custody after the robbery and short pursuit were 28-year-old Joseph Walker of North Hollywood, and a 17-year-old boy from Lake Los Angeles whose name was not released, deputies said. “I don’t know what the connection is. It was kind of an unusual crew,” McElderry said. The getaway car stopped beside the curb on Avenue K-6 in the Lancaster Business Park, at the rear of a Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services building. The driver of the vehicle got out of the car, a shot was heard, and then a second suspect exited the vehicle, deputies said. There were no shots fired by deputies. LANCASTER – The suspected bank robber who shot himself to death last week after sheriff’s deputies stopped his getaway car was identified Monday as Jeremy Lamar White, 19, of La Palma in Orange County. Chased by a security guard Friday, the getaway car containing White and two accomplices was spotted by deputies about three miles from the bank and pulled to the curb in a business park, where deputies said they heard a single shot from inside the car. “Let’s just say that it was obvious that they were caught and that’s what happened,” sheriff’s homicide Detective Dan McElderry said. “Lots of times people take drastic measures when it looks like they are going to jail.” Los Angeles County coroner officials said White died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. last_img read more

Evolutionists Struggle to Explain Language

first_imgTheories of language evolution don’t rise much higher than ape chest-pounding, monkey screams and imaginative speculations.It’s another Big Bang Theory. The origin of human language remains just as puzzling today as it was in Darwin’s time. Many stories have come and gone, but they lack scientific rigor. The evidence we have shows that complex, grammatical language is unique to humans, but that hasn’t stopped evolutionists from trying to bridge the gap by conjuring it up from the bottom up (studying ape antics) or the top down (studying humans).Top DownMarcus Perlman (U of Wisconsin-Madison) has attracted attention for his new theory that language began by vocalizations and gestures together, rather than by gestures alone. In “Recreating language’s Big Bang through a game of vocal charades,” he describes the problem on The Conversation:Roughly 7,000 languages are used around the world, and many thousands more have cycled in and out of existence throughout human history. Where did these languages come from, and how did our ancestors create the very first ones? One basic unanswered question is whether the first languages began as gestures, like modern-day signed languages of the deaf, or as vocalizations, like most extant human languages, which are spoken.Unfortunately for scientists interested in these questions, languages don’t leave fossils. So instead, experimental psychologists like me try to understand how language evolved by conducting communication studies with modern human beings.Perlman gathered participants to play a game where they had to use charades to invent new words. He says that the invented words tended toward onomatopoeia, like scratchy sounds to indicate “rough” or quick, high-pitched sounds to indicate tiny. But what about grammar? Here, he leaps forward in his imagination:Iconic gestures, which can be understood even when communicators lack a common language, can then be molded into a system of signs and grammatical rules that are shared between members of a community. Over time and generations, they can develop into a fully complex and expressive language.But can studies on fellow humans who already grew up speaking in grammatical syntax reveal anything about the origin of languages? The participants knew they were playing games concocted by the experimenter. At best, Perlman’s idea is heuristic; at worst, purely anecdotal – an outworking of his precommitment to materialistic evolution.  He himself recognizes the limitations of his work, only suggesting that it offers a “glimpse of how language could have evolved” —But what do these findings say about the bigger question of how the first languages originated? Certainly great caution is warranted in generalizing to the evolution of language from experiments conducted in the laboratory with English-speaking undergraduates or online with Mechanical Turk workers.But our experiments do show that the human potential to create iconic vocalizations is quite impressive, far exceeding many previous estimates that have influenced scientific theories of language evolution….Importantly, our claim is not that spoken languages must then have evolved exclusively from vocalizations. Rather, our argument is that there is considerable potential for vocalizations to support the evolution of a spoken symbol system….Yet even if language has multimodal origins, our study hints at the intriguing possibility that many of the spoken words of modern languages may have long ago been uttered by our ancestors as iconic vocalizations.His statements rank high on the perhapsimaybecouldness index (PCI). If anything, the empirical evidence he cites supports the conclusion that humans are unique. The equipment for language was already present; therefore, language did not evolve. Nevertheless, Perlman’s theory was picked up semi-enthusiastically by the science media as evidence for evolution, despite its debunking of the gesture-origins theory of language:Spoken language could tap into ‘universal code’ (Catherine Matacic at Science Magazine): “Sotaro Kita, a psycholinguist at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom who was not involved in the study, says the Perlman work is ‘theoretically very important,’ and could ‘knock out’ a common explanation for language evolution: that humans developed gestural language first, and only much later moved on to spoken language. Instead, says Kita, it is much likelier that gestures and spoken language evolved in lockstep.“Human language may have started differently than thought (PhysOrg): “These findings, the researchers claim, suggest that it appears more likely that our ancestors used both hand-signals and noises to convey meaning, which over a long period of time, evolved into more complex sounds that came to be associated with common ideas among multiple people.”It might be predicted from a design perspective that human languages would have commonalities. That, indeed, is what Science Magazine reports: despite their differences, human languages “evolved” to make communication “as efficient as possible.” But is their Genesis reference a Freudian slip?Have you ever wondered why you say “The boy is playing Frisbee with his dog” instead of “The boy dog his is Frisbee playing with”?  You may be trying to give your brain a break, according to a new study. An analysis of 37 widely varying tongues finds that, despite the apparent great differences among them, they share what might be a universal feature of human language: All of them have evolved to make communication as efficient as possible.Earth is a veritable Tower of Babel: Up to 7000 languages are still spoken across the globe, belonging to roughly 150 language families. … Yet despite these different ways of structuring sentences, previous studies of a limited number of languages have shown that they tend to limit the distance between words that depend on each other for their meaning. Such “dependency” is key if sentences are to make sense.So how did that evolve? They don’t say. After the suggestive phrase that languages “have evolved,” the E-word never again appears in the article. Instead, they talk about how existing sentence structures make sense in terms of efficient memory processing. Maybe there was some good sense, not just babble, behind Babel.Bottom-UpAt the other end of the gap, evolutionists look at monkeys and apes for clues they are evolving into language speakers.Marmoset kids actually listen (Science Magazine): In this article, readers can feel the tension the big-bang theory of language creates, along with a wistful longing to smooth it out for Darwin:Undergraduate linguistics courses typically present language as unique to humans. Chomsky and others have postulated a language organ that evolved in hominids. This idea found modest support in the lack of evidence for vocal production learning (imitating sounds) in nonhuman primates. But did language suddenly emerge in the Homo lineage as a “hopeful monster” who could learn new sounds and meanings? Evidence for vocal learning in nonhuman primates is now emerging, and in hindsight, looking at vocal production learning as the sole evolutionary precursor of language might have been shortsighted.Trying to bridge the “evolutionary canyon” between apes and humans, authors Margoliash and Tchernichovski discuss a paper by Takahashi et al., that studied vocalization development in marmosets. They found hope in “evidence for a developmental process, rather than its endpoint, which reveals a shared developmental program for animal communication and human language.”  But where did the developmental program come from? Bypassing that conundrum, they think “This indicates an ancestral developmental program that is shared not only between humans and other primates but also across mammals and birds.” Doesn’t that make it worse for evolution? Did the common ancestor of birds and mammals have this? Why not say that dinosaurs and alligators had it? Their discussion, also high on PCI, is heavy on “emergence” because they are determined to explain language in Darwinian terms:How can we relate these behavioral results to an evolutionary process? Perhaps, just as evolution can be understood as a modification of a developmental program, we could think about vocal learning as a modification of a program for vocal development. The early stages of vocal development are remarkably similar across taxa…. The infant produces highly diverse but loosely structured vocalizations, a cloud of sounds from which distinct clusters gradually emerge. This indicates a transition from a continuous, graded signal to a weakly symbolic vocal performance. Call types then undergo further differentiation and selective attrition. A process for combinatorial capacity emerges.This comes dangerously close to Haeckel’s “recapitulation” theory if they think the baby is replaying the tape of its evolutionary past. Let’s see if they pursue that: “A single explanation for the complex factors influencing changes in vocal developmental patterns over evolutionary time is unlikely to emerge. However, Takahashi et al.‘s findings point to an ancient substrate for vocal learning that an evolving large hominid brain could take advantage of, thus continuing the evolutionary process that has enabled communication in other animals.”Not quite recapitulation, but close. They leave the origin of the “evolving large hominid brain” to others.Gorilla my dreams: “Apes may be closer to speaking than many scientists think,” Science Daily suggests in its headline about Koko the gorilla.  This is another bottom-up approach, looking for language in our supposed nearest of kin. The local expert is, once again, Marcus Perlman. “Koko bridges a gap,” he says. “She shows the potential under the right environmental conditions for apes to develop quite a bit of flexible control over their vocal tract. It’s not as fine as human control, but it is certainly control.”Bonobo “Baby Talk” Reveals Roots of Human Language (National Geographic). Forever in love with the ape-to-man transition (see also “Nut-Bashing Monkeys Offer Window Into Human Evolution“), NG promotes Neely Ann the Bonobo as a budding philosopher just slightly less precocious than Einstein. Liz Langley channels what Neely Ann is thinking. “As we watch the bonobos, I think I hear a vocalization called peeping—a short, high-pitched sound bonobos make with their mouths closed,” she whispers. “Peeping, which is very similar to the burbling of human infants before they form words, may tell us more about the evolution of human speech.” As Langley left, she missed Neely Ann burbling, “I peep, therefore I am.”Speaking humans exist. Gorillas exist. Marmosets and bonobos exist. To be empirically rigorous, evidence for bridges between them in the unobservable past hardly rise to the level of anecdote.Evolutionists use language to destroy it. Did you notice? They are not just peeping and burbling. (On second thought…). They are at least attempting to appeal to abstract concepts that are not reducible to onomatopoeic sounds. “Truth,” for instance, sounds very different between languages on different continents, but refers to the same abstract reality. These evolutionists assume free will, consciousness, thought, morality, and other Christian concepts to undermine them. They use language to destroy it, to rob it of its significance. If all they are doing is peeping and burbling because evolution developed the capacity for vocalizations somehow, then nothing they say makes any sense.Nancy Pearcey has a new book out, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism and Other God Substitutes. It looks pretty good for pointing out the materialist’s propensity for the self-refuting fallacy. Listen to her on ID the Future explain how materialists freeload from the Christian worldview to espouse their ideas, because they know they cannot derive them from their own assumptions. That applies to their theories of the “evolution of language” as well. “The evolution of language” is itself a self-refuting concept if it has to stand on its own as mere vocalization by material brains and vocal cords. Without logical concepts to which the words refer, the sounds of the words signify nothing. A parakeet can be taught to imitate the sounds. If humans are analogous to parakeets, they are not dealing in matters of truth, logic, or morality. (Visited 608 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

From dust to diamonds: Commemorating 75 years of Soil and Water Conservation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) will officially celebrate the associations’ 75th birthday, the “Diamond Jubilee!”Officially created in law in October of 1943, the OFSWCD has used this year to celebrate the “Year of Conservation” and the tremendous conservation accomplishments done by Ohio’s 88 soil and water conservation districts. Formed from supervisors representing Ohio’s first county Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) — Clark, Butler and Highland — for 75 years the OFSWCD has supported the work of Ohio’s 88 SWCDs in an effort to provide locally-driven, voluntary focused solutions to natural resource concerns in rural, suburban and urban settings.Today, the OFSWCD is led by 440 SWCD Supervisors from all 88 SWCDs. These supervisors lead nearly 500 employees who provide invaluable services to landowners, farmers, developers, educators, and many more within the counties they represent. The OFSWCD and SWCDs partner with local, state and federal partners to provide various programs and opportunities to the local constituency.“I am humbled and honored to represent the OFSWCD,” shared OFSWCD President Harold Neuenschwander, also a Holmes SWCD Supervisor. “I’ve experienced firsthand the conservation stewardship ethic that our districts demonstrate day-in and day-out in an effort to leave the land better for future generations. Taking care of our soil, our water and our resources is truly vital to living a good life. I am pleased we are doing things today that were envisioned 75 years ago — and done with the same focus and vigor.”Learn more about conservation efforts in Ohio by watching this video and visiting the OFSWCD website at www.ofswcd.org or contact your county SWCD.last_img read more

Vaghela resigns as Leader of Opposition

first_imgVeteran leader Shankersinh Vaghela, who quit the Congress two days ago, on Sunday resigned as Leader of the Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly. Mr. Vaghela sent his resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.In his letter shared with the media, the former Chief Minister alleged that he was forced to take this “tough decision” as some Congress leaders were conspiring against him ahead of the Assembly polls, expected to be held in Gujarat in December.Mr. Vaghela, who joined the Congress in 1998, claimed that just as some Congress leaders had conspired against him in 2009, when he lost the Godhara (Panchmahal) Lok Sabha seat, attempts were made to oust him from the party in recent times.“As I can see right now that once again history is repeating itself, as a well-planned conspiracy,” the letter said.last_img read more

Deserters will be back: Ajit Pawar

first_imgA day after the election results of five states which saw Congress winning three and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) drawing a duck, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders claimed that many BJP and Shiv Sena leaders are in touch with them and would be inducted at right time. NCP’s Ajit Pawar claimed on Wednesday that the leaders who deserted the party in 2014 are trying to return now. “I don’t want to name anyone. But it is true that some of those who left the NCP in 2013 and 2014 are in touch and want to rejoin the party as they are disappointed with BJP. Any decision on their induction is yet to be taken. Party’s senior leaders will take a final call on that,” said Mr. Pawar indicating that there could be major changes in state politics soon. Around 15 State-level leaders of NCP had joined BJP ahead of general and Assembly elections in 2014. Sources said that now these turncoats are disturbed over BJP’s changing electoral fortunes and may return. For Congress, former MP Nana Patole and former MLA Ashish Deshmukh, two leaders from Vidarbha, returned to the party and many others are reportedly in waiting. “Two senior leaders from north Maharashtra and one from western Maharashtra are in touch with the NCP leadership. Two leaders of different communities recently met Mr. Pawar and expressed their desire to join back,” said another senior NCP leader. BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Pune, Sanjay Kakde was present to wish NCP president Sharad Pawar on his 78th birthday at Yashwantrao Chavan centre and later travelled in his car to his residence. Last week, an influential member of the Hiray family from Nashik district rejoined the NCP after quitting the BJP.last_img read more