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Emotional Adam Lallana set to play last match for Liverpool

first_img Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp presented Lallana with a framed collage of his best moments for the club in training on Friday and the playmaker gave an emotional interview to LFC TV. Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana to bid Reds bye after Newcastle clash on Sunday Asked about his friendship with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, Lallana was teary-eyed, saying: “Having been with Jordan throughout the whole journey. “I’ve been lucky enough to be alongside him when he’s had his down moments. Having been alongside him in his dark moments, a couple of injuries, him being alongside me in my dark moments, injuries… it’s not just defeats, it’s injuries as well.” That will be a constant battle for Premier League athletes throughout footballing careers. Read AlsoKlopp warns: Liverpool will continue to blaze the trail “He deserves to be the captain of Liverpool, holding the four trophies in one season, more than anyone. No one can take that away from him ever. As his team-mate, not only his friend, nothing makes me happier really.” Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesReal-life Robots That Will Make You Think The Future Is Now6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least OnceA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”This Muslim Woman Belongs To World’s 10 Strongest WomenBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Liverpool attacking midfielder Adam Lallana will play his final match for the club on Sunday in what also marks his farewell tie. Men they say don’t cry, but that of course is not when there is 100% commitment. Lallana broke down in tears in an emotional interview ahead of his final game as a Liverpool player on Sunday. The midfielder is set to leave Anfield as his contract expires following the Reds’ clash with Newcastle United. He has spent six years at the club after a £25m move from Southampton in 2014 and the 32-year-old has made 178 appearances in all competitions, lifting the Premier League and Champions League during his stay.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Male Nipples: Two Views

first_imgIs there a beachgoer who has not wondered why men have nipples?  Since Live Science brought it up, let’s use this as a case study on how evolutionists and creationists explain things.The Evolutionist View:  Live Science claims we all start out as females in the womb, and only after about 60 days the testosterone kicks in if it’s a male.  By then, the nipples have already formed and don’t get deleted.  As to why there are nerves and blood vessels serving them, the writer appeals to the old vestigial organ argument.  There is no reason for male nipples, it’s just that natural selection hasn’t removed them yet.  The article denies that early males once suckled the young on the grounds of lack of evidence.  “Brace yourselves for a low blow, tough guy,” the article begins, hinting that the evolutionary answer won’t help a man’s self-esteem; at least it calls the nipples “harmless.”  The article ends with a link to a list of other alleged vestigial organs, including the coccyx, appendix, wisdom teeth and body hair.The Creationist View:  A creationist sees a phenomenon and looks for a design or function.  Several creation sources have addressed this particular feature of the male anatomy: for example, Answers in Genesis gives a brief explanation, with reference to the book Vestigial Organs Are Fully Functional by Bergman and Howe.  These authors point to the fact that the nipples are very sensitive to touch and therefore act as erogenous zones, contributing to the pleasure response during sex.  Creationists have also argued that the single developmental plan for human embryos, which later differentiates the sexes, is an example of design economy.  We don’t all start out as females.  It’s more accurate to describe the early embryo as sexless in terms of the genes expressed; males, after all, contain an X chromosome.  At the right developmental stage, the sexual differentiation genes are expressed.  AIG also has posted a debate over the issue of male nipples.Creationists have long pointed out that the vestigial organ argument for evolution, of which this is one famous example, has been discredited (e.g., AIG and True Origin).  They say it also is a “science show-stopper.”  By assuming these traits are useless rather than applying good research to figure out what they are there for, evolutionists have hindered and delayed key insights into physiology that could have advanced medicine and increased understanding of biological design.  Some 180 body parts were considered vestigial as recently as the 1930s.  The list included organs as vital as the pituitary gland and thymus.  This fact was not mentioned on the Live Science link.    Creationists also argue that just because a person can live without a part, like the appendix, that does not mean it is useless.  Many people alive today had their tonsils removed as kids.  Science now understands better their role in the immune system and recommends keeping them unless seriously infected.  One can live without an arm, too, and without eyes or ears, but is generally better off with everything intact.  Furthermore, some parts may be useful at different stages of life.  A part that was functional in the embryo cannot be considered vestigial if its remnants no longer function in the adult.Let’s think outside the Darwin box, shall we?  Nipples don’t have to be for suckling the young to have a purpose.  Every human knows these points are very sensitive to touch; that’s true in both sexes.  Sex is a whole-body response God made to be pleasurable as well as procreative.  We can’t rule out, too, that certain traits have value just for decoration – that is part of their function.  Just as a navel can serve as a reminder that we all have an intimate tie to our ancestors, nipples help remind a man that he shares many traits with the female of the species, as well as having his own distinctive attributes.  Even the shared traits, though, are expressed in distinctive man-ifestations.  Women and men both have hair, too, but are the differences not interesting?  Do they not add color and variety to life?  Why does everything in nature have to be explained in terms of survival?  Some things might be part of the costume, and that is good.  A man’s chest would look kind of monotonous without those designer buttons there.  Look at them as ornaments on a fine suit.  (Looks best, guys, surrounded by lots of pectoral muscle; see YouTube.)    This example shows that creationists and evolutionists deal with the same observational facts but look at them through different lenses.  The evolutionist sees millions of years of waste and struggle, with us latecomers having to deal with the leftovers.  Every trait must be interpreted in terms of survival and reproduction.  Sex is only to generate more aimless, purposeless carbon units.  That is a very cynical, demeaning approach to science and to life.  A creationist, by contrast, believes the Creator designed every part for its own purpose and function.  When a creation scientist doesn’t know the function, he or she is motivated to find it out.  This can and should make science a liberating and joyful exercise.  Many great scientists approached nature in just this spirit.    Each of us, too, should strive to get over the bad vibes Darwin gave us about our bodies, and look at them in a new, positive way.  Every part is good and useful and respectable because it was designed by a Genius and Artist.  If you are embarrassed by male nipples and think they were some kind of mistake, you are disparaging the Creator.  According to the Genesis account, God looked at man and everything He had created and said it was not only good, it was very good.  Then God created woman and man said oo-la-la! where you been all my life, baby?  It’s OK to feel good about your body the way God made it.  A strong, manly chest is honorable and worthy of respect, no less the gentle curves of the woman’s bosom nursing a baby.  For each sex, for every age, there is something to honor and cherish and be thankful for.  Man or woman, boy or girl, God wants you to enjoy your body, nourish and cherish it, and use it for good.  Let’s take off the Darwin glasses and begin again to have a constructive, positive, joyful view of life.  I Timothy 4 is a fitting passage to consider along these lines, especially verse 4.(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Can the Same Winds Blow for 42 Million Years?

first_imgUncritical dependence on the Geologic Column forces secular scientists into contorted positions.These deposits are 25 million years old. Whoops; they are now 42 million years old. That’s what PhysOrg is saying about deposits of wind-blown sandstone in China called loess (pronounced “lerse”). The word “upend” comes into play here (meaning, to turn previous ideas upside down):Earlier studies of the Asian climate’s history used rocks from the Loess Plateau in northwestern China to show dust accumulation began 25 million to 22 million years ago and increased over time, especially over the past 3 million years. It had been believed that these rocks reflected the full history of central Asian deserts, linking them with the rise of the Tibetan Plateau and a planetwide cooling.But Licht led previous research at the University of Arizona using much older rocks, dating back more than 40 million years, from northeastern Tibet. Dust in those rocks confirmed the region already was already parched during the Eocene epoch. This upended previous beliefs that the region’s climate at that time was more subtropical, with regional wind patterns brought more moisture from the tropics.Did the scientists actually measure the ages of these deposits? Not exactly; they assumed how old they are, depending on how they are classified in the geologic column by other authors. Interested readers can investigate the assumptions and methods in the paper by Alexis Licht and colleagues in Nature Communications.But when you upend one thing, often other things are also upended. Now, they have to believe dry conditions lasted twice as long, blowing dust in a westerly direction. “The origin of the dust hasn’t changed for the last 42 million years,” Licht says. What does that mean for climate change?“Understanding the mechanism of those winds is a first step to understand what controls rainfall and drought in this very wide area,” Licht said. “It also provides clues to how Asian circulation may change, since it suggests these westerly winds are a fundamental feature that have persisted for far longer than previously believed.”A lot can happen in a few thousand years, let alone 42 million. The Sahara Desert formed in a lot less time than that. Early peoples populated much of the region before it dried up. Is it plausible to expect westerly winds to keep depositing sand for 42 million years?“If we want to have an idea of the Earth’s climate in 100 or 200 years, the Eocene is one of the best analogs, because it’s the last period when we had very high atmospheric carbon dioxide,” Licht said.But he’s comparing millions of years to hundreds of years. If “understanding the mechanism” of winds is a “first step to understand” climate change, it’s not clear these scientists understand much at all. They just doubled the age of loess deposits in this part of the world, without even worrying about the implications.The abstract of the paper states pretty much the same thing: “Our results show that dust sources and near-surface atmospheric circulation have changed little since at least 42 Myr. Our findings indicate that the locus of central Asian high pressures and concurrent aridity is a resilient feature only modulated by mountain building, global cooling and sea retreat.” Those last three forces, one would think, should be pretty significant for altering winds and wind-blown deposits, if not stopping them altogether. Yet Licht thinks the winds kept marching along for millions of years, twice as many as previously thought, as if nothing happened.To secular geologists, the technique for dating the Earth is similar to secular biologists’ technique for inferring Darwinian evolution. The latter follows these rules: (1) Believe in Darwinian evolution with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind. (2) Observe a fact. (3) Make up a story to fit the fact into the evolutionary scheme, even if it upends previous beliefs. In secular geology, it goes like this: (1) Believe in the geologic column with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind. (2) Observe a fact. (3) Make up a story to fit the fact into the geologic column, even if it upends previous beliefs.The commonality of these methodologies suggests a common source. What could that be?Critical thinkers might be willing to consider alternative theories by flood geologists for how these massive loess deposits formed quickly after the ice age. They don’t require millions of years. Here’s one on CMI by Michael Oard. Here’s another by Walt Brown on CreationScience.com. (Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Going up: Cape Town’s new skyscraper

first_img16 February 2012 Cape Town’s city skyline will soon feature a stunning addition. The 32-storey, R1.6-billion Portside Building – Cape Town’s first new skyscraper since 1993 – represents a substantial investment in the Western Cape and a major boost for the local construction industry. It was announced this week that construction group Murray & Roberts has been awarded the R1.6-billion contract to build the Portside, which will be located opposite the entrance to the V&A Waterfront, in the emerging financial district on Cape Town’s Foreshore. The project is a joint development between South African financial services giants Old Mutual and FirstRand, and will partly house the provincial headquarters of FirstRand Bank’s three divisions, FNB, Rand Merchant Bank and vehicle financier WesBank, with 25 000m² of corporate and retail space to be let by Old Mutual Property.‘Sustainable economic stimulus’ Designed jointly by DHK and Louis Karol Architects to represent a “city in the sky”, the 148-metre Portside will be the highest building in Cape Town’s central business district, offering its residents all-round views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the building in August, FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana said the group’s investment in Portside would provide “sustainable economic stimulus and creat[e] much-needed jobs in line with the government’s employment development and social upliftment agenda.” Andrew Boraine, chief executive of the Cape Town Partnership, a public-private partnership that focuses on the regeneration of the inner city, wrote on his blog in August that the significance of the project lay “in the vote of confidence given to the Cape Town economy by two of South Africa’s biggest corporate businesses”. Old Mutual Property MD Peter Levett said in a statement this week that the visual, environmental and social impact of Portside were key to the building’s design process. ‘Historically, environmentally sensitive’ “The design had to provide Old Mutual and FirstRand with two distinct business addresses in the city,” Levett said. “Moreover, the location in a central city urban conservation area meant the design needed to be highly sensitive to the historical and environmental character of its surroundings.” The architects were required to take cognizance of both the current and potential future development of the city around the site of the new building, and to ensure that it would “be able to create the necessary synergies with other buildings in the area, contributing to the overall revitalisation of this part of Cape Town over time”. FNB Western Cape provincial chairman Stephan Claassen said the project team planned to submit the building for formal green star rating to the Green Building Council of South Africa. “We intend making Portside a benchmark of environmental sustainability in terms of both construction and building management processes,” Claassen said. “[We] have worked closely with the architects to ensure that it serves to raise the standards of green design, indoor environmental quality, and the reduction of energy, water consumption, waste production and management production and negative carbon emissions for tall buildings.” Portside is due for completion in March 2014. The last tall building to be built in Cape Town’s city centre, Safmarine House, was built in 1993 and stands at 123 metres. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Springboks change two for Wallabies

first_img26 September 2013Adriaan Strauss and Fourie du Preez have been recalled to the Springbok starting line-up for Saturday’s Castle Lager Rugby Championship test against Australia at Newlands in Cape Town.Coach Heynecke Meyer was at pains to point out that the changes had long ago been decided as part of his rotational policy, and in the case of Strauss, his inclusion at hooker and nothing to do with Bismarck du Plessis’ unfortunate red card in Auckland, which was later rescinded.Prop Jannie du Plessis and flyhalf Morne Steyn will both play their 50th tests for South Africa, with Steyn, already the most-capped Springbok flyhalf of all time, just two points shy of 600 points after 49 matches.Brothers’ milestoneBy playing in his 50 test, Jannie du Plessis will ensure he and brother Biscmarck becoming the first South African brothers to achieve the milestone.They will also become only the fifth set of brothers to achieve the feat after Mauro and Mirco Bergamasco of Italy; Scotland’s and the British Lion’s Scott and Gavin Hastings; Massimo and Marcello Cuttitta of Italy and Robin and Zinzan Brooke of New Zealand.“We’re all very pleased for Jannie and Morne, who are great ambassadors for South Africa and the Springboks,” Springbok coach Meyer commented at the announcement of the team in Cape Town on Thursday.‘Well-deserved’“They have endured through difficult times, but have shown a lot of resilience and that is why they have made it to this special milestone. It’s well-deserved and a privilege only a very small percentage of Springboks have achieved.”Referencing the two changes to the starting team, Meyer said: “The players all knew what the plans were for the Rugby Championships and where they stand. We were always going to rotate players where possible and planned to start this test with Adriaan and Fourie.“We know we’re in for a big challenge against Australia. The players have been working very hard and we’re looking forward to playing in front of our own supporters at DHL Newlands on Saturday. It’s always special to play tests in South Africa,” he added.NewlandsSaturday’s test will be South Africa’s 50th at Newlands since 1891, making it the first stadium in South Africa to host 50 tests.In their previous 49 tests at the ground, South Africa have won 33, lost 14 and drawn two matches.The Springboks have met the Wallabies 10 times at Newlands, winning seven of those contests, including the last five in succession. Three of those matches have been decided by four points or less.Their last loss to the Australians in Cape Town was in 1992. In their most recent meeting at Newlands in 2009, South Africa won 29-17.SPRINGBOK TEAMZane Kirchner, Willie le Roux, JJ Engelbrecht, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Flip van der Merwe, Eben Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Tendai MtawariraSubstitutesBismarck du Plessis, Gurthro Steenkamp, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juandre Kruger, Siya Kolisi, Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie, Jan SerfonteinSAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — September 25, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Extreme heat and dry conditions over most of Ohio helped push corn and soybeans to maturity last week, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rain was largely confined to the northwestern part of the state with locally heavy spots. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 24, 2017. However stages of corn and soybean maturity still vary widely due to interruptions and setbacks during spring’s wet planting conditions. Growers would also like to see more field drydown of corn before full-swing harvest gets underway. The average moisture content for corn harvested over the week was 26 percent, and the average for soybeans was 14 percent. Conditions were ideal for late season cuttings of hay, but hay fields and pastures are showing signs of stress.Click here for the full reportlast_img read more