He’s not interested! Jose Mourinho rubbishes Eden Hazard to Real Madrid talk

first_img1 Eden Hazard in action for Chelsea Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has quashed rumours that Eden Hazard will leave for Real Madrid in the summer.The Belgian star has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital after Zinedine Zidane claimed the forward is now one of the best players in the world.But Mourinho said: “We just signed a new contract with him (until 2021).“We didn’t put a gun to his head. I don’t think he’s interested in going.”Mourinho. meanwhile, is preparing to make a late decision on whether to risk Diego Costa’s fragile hamstrings against Arsenal in a potentially decisive match in the Premier League title race.Costa has missed the last two matches, but could return ahead of schedule in place of Didier Drogba, who is fit after an ankle knock, as Chelsea seek a win which would see them move within three points of the trophy.Striker Loic Remy (calf) is definitely out, so Dominic Solanke could come on to the substitutes’ bench if Costa fails to make it.last_img read more

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DONEGAL COUPLE RAISE A STAGGERING €26,000 WITH THEIR WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

first_imgParts of the Whoriskey’s stunning light display.A Donegal family have raised a staggering €26,000 wiht their wonderful Christmas lights display.The Whoriskeys from Kerrykeel go to extraordinary lengths to light up their home during the festive season.Inside Santa’s grotto!And what started out as a bit of fun nine years ago has turned into an amazing fund-raising extravaganza for local charities. Mary Whoriskey revealed that have now raised a staggering €26,000 for various charities through donations given by locals and passers-by.People come from miles around to see the stunning light display which includes tens of thousands of bulbs and even a Santa’s grotto.“Our chosen charities this year are the Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Support Letterkenny and also the Autism Support group at Woodlands National School.“The lights give people so much pleasure and we’re just delighted we can help put a little back into the community,” said Mary. Donegal Christmas spirit at its finest. DONEGAL COUPLE RAISE A STAGGERING €26,000 WITH THEIR WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS LIGHTS was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 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:charityChristmas lightsdonegalKERRYKEELlast_img read more

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This “Evolution” Is Not Darwinian

first_imgSome things in nature get attributed to Darwinian evolution, but might be better seen as manifestations of design or other alternative, non-Darwinian mechanisms.Deterministic EvolutionIn “Predictable Bacterial Diversity,” Nature highlighted some experiments that showed bacteria converging on the same mutations when exposed to identical environmental stresses.  “They found many similar and a few identical mutations that underlay the evolution of diversity in the three experiments,” the article said. “The findings suggest that this evolution is a predictable process that is driven by natural selection.”  The story is based on a paper in PLoS Biology that was summarized in on Science Daily, which said, “Any evolutionary process is some combination of predictable and unpredictable processes with random mutations, but seeing the same genetic changes in different populations showed that selection can be deterministic.”This claim, however, runs contrary to the unpredictable, contingent nature of Darwin’s theoretical mechanism.  If the mutations fall within the “Edge of Evolution,” as Michael Behe described in a book of that name, then the changes could be due to chance and selection pressure in an artificially designed environment.  But as Randy Guliuzza has explained, the ability to adapt would better be described as designed into the bacteria than residing in the environment.  The end products of the experiments, finally, are still bacterial “strains” within the same species, raising questions why natural selection, if so inexorable a process, has left bacteria content to remain so for hundreds of millions of years.Salvaging EvolutionSometimes an observation begs the question of evolution.  Why, for instance, do some birds continue their mating displays after laying of eggs?  Live Science explored the conundrum:That begged the question: Why would monogamous animals have evolved to continue these display once they’d paired up?“It’s very obvious why you’d want a display to attract a mate, but once you’ve already secured a mate, why should you bother to keep displaying?” said study author Maria Servedio, an evolutionary biologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.To salvage evolutionary theory from the conundrum, they came up with a less obvious answer: it helps the birds pair-bond better for the raising of young.  So it may have evolutionary benefits, despite the “very obvious” why-question.Incidental EvolutionObservation: males in many species beat females in navigational ability (Live Science).  A Darwinian just-so story arises to explain this in adaptationist terms: males wander farther for hunting, so only the good navigators would survive to get home and breed.  As Justin Rhodes explains in a cartoony video on PhysOrg, though, the story doesn’t wash.  Males would have passed on the genes for good navigation to their daughters, not just their sons.  So to explain the observation, Rhodes ended up calling the adaptation a “spandrel” of selection – i.e., a byproduct of the main selection pressure that just happened to produce navigational skill as a side effect.  “Maybe we shouldn’t be too eager to accept the stories, the adaptionist stories,” he said.  Even things in human behavior could be due to “alternative explanations that people haven’t considered.”It’s nice when evolutionists themselves find faults in their own theory.  Sometimes, though, they still need help from their critics. (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal admits ‘hard to return to court’ after Monte Carlo shocker

first_imgThe 32-year-old said he played “one of my worst matches in 14 years on clay” in losing 6-4, 6-2 to Italian Fognini, having been forced to save three match points at 5-0 in the second set.“It will be hard to return to the practice court,” a subdued Nadal said after his fourth loss to Fognini, three of which have come on his beloved clay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I lost an opportunity in a very important event for me. I’m sad for that.”Nadal has struggled with knee injuries this season, and was playing his first event since withdrawing before an Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer last month. (FILES) In this file photo taken on April 20, 2019 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during the semi final tennis match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament in Monaco. – Rafael Nadal admitted that it will be “hard to return to the practice court” after a shock semi-final defeat by Fabio Fognini ended his bid for a record-extending 12th Monte Carlo Masters title on Saturday. The 17-time Grand Slam champion starts his Barcelona Open title defence on Wednesday April 24, 2019, as he also fights to keep his world-number-two ranking before the French Open gets underway next month. (Photo by YANN COATSALIOU / AFP)Rafael Nadal admitted that it will be “hard to return to the practice court” after a shock semi-final defeat by Fabio Fognini ended his bid for a record-extending 12th Monte Carlo Masters title on Saturday.The 17-time Grand Slam champion starts his Barcelona Open title defense on Wednesday, as he also fights to keep his world-number-two ranking before the French Open gets underway next month.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “There was little chance for me to start the clay-court season in a perfect way,” he insisted.“It was a bad day, the kind of day where the feeling is not there at all. It’s difficult to find positive ways today.”Nadal was close to losing his first set to love in Monte Carlo since the 2005 final, where he beat Guillermo Coria in four sets.“I was lucky to win two (second-set) games to avoid an even worse score,” he admitted.“I’m thinking about how bad I played today, (trying to) understand the things.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Champion for years to come’ Naomi Osaka out to conquer clay SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “Coming back from injuries, winning and winning and winning is not easy.“(It’s been a) year and a half of not having the chance to play tournaments in a row (due to injury).”Nadal facing rankings slipNadal, who will be favourite to win a 12th French Open crown at Roland Garros, has plenty of ranking points on the line before heading to Paris, with titles to defend in Barcelona and Rome.A slip outside the top two could set up a potential meeting with old rival Novak Djokovic, winner of the last three Grand Slam tournaments, before the final.The ‘king of clay’ will have to bounce back quickly next week to allay fears he is now vulnerable on the red dirt.“I played one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years,” he said.“It’s difficult to find any positives — I deserved to lose.”The Spanish great is yet to win an ATP title this season. The last year he reached May without a tournament victory was in 2004.Fognini will face unheralded Serbian Dusan Lajovic in Sunday’s final — the first time since 2004 that neither Nadal, Djokovic nor Roger Federer have made it to the last day in the Principality. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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Minister Grange Congratulates Jamaica Commonwealth Games Team

first_imgThe Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has said that she has nothing but praise for the Jamaica Team which came out of the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Australia with a record 27 medals.“It is the first time that Jamaica is winning this many medals at the Commonwealth Games with a significant number of the medals coming from the field.“We must take notice of how well Jamaica did in the field events which is a mark of the overall progress that we have been making in track and field.“There were more striking firsts: Aisha Praught-Leers history making gold-medal run in the Steeple Chase which was followed by Natalia Goule getting Jamaica’s first medal ever in the Women’s 800m when she took the bronze and the Sunshine Girls beating New Zealand for the first time in an international tournament to win the netball bronze.“And then we must specially acknowledge our athletes who won medals in the same event as did Frederick Dakers and Travis Smikle who won gold and silver in the Discuss; Kimberley Williams and Shaneika Ricketts who won gold and silver in the Triple Jump; Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment who won gold and silver in the Men’s 100m Hurdles and Christiana Williams and Gayon Evans who won silver and bronze in the Women’s 100m.Congratulations from an appreciative nation to the Jamaica Commonwealth Games Team, including the coaches and other members of the support staff,” Miss Grange concluded.last_img read more

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