Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers remains keen to sign Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and the forward is understood to be anxious to move to Anfield, the Daily Telegraph report.Rodgers, it is suggested, is hoping the recent change of manager at Chelsea will not affect his chances of capturing Sturridge when the transfer window opens.The Daily Express say Chelsea’s Frank Lampard has decided he wants to finish his career in the United States following talks with David Beckham.LA Galaxy have shown an interest in the midfielder and New York Red Bulls are also reported to want him.Meanwhile, Fulham and West Ham are involved in a £5m transfer battle for Benfica midfielder Nolito, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed QPR and Liverpool have also been monitoring the 26-year-old, who was previously at Barcelona.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Remember the claim in 2010 that living organisms were discovered using arsenic instead of phosphate? Further tests show it was not the case.The announcement of alien life on our own planet captivated the media briefly in December 2010 (see “Arsenic and Old Lake, 12/02/2010). This week, though, PhysOrg, National Geographic, Live Science and Astrobiology Magazine were among news outlets announcing Felisa Wolf-Simon’s claim was wrong. If true, it “would have revolutionized how we think about life,” NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine noted, but two subsequent studies have apparently confirmed that the organism does require phosphate, not arsenic, in its genetic code. This undercuts the main claim of “arsenic-based life.”National Geographic said the life-form named GFAJ-1 (after Felisa’s initials) does not represent a “second Genesis” of life on Earth. Astrobiologist Paul Davies, however, contends that one falsification does not invalidate his quest to continue looking for alien life on our own planet. Wolf-Simon is not conceding, though. She thinks that if the organism ingests tiny amounts of arsenic, it will still validate her claim. Most of the other scientists looking into it say she will have to provide much stronger evidence.Isn’t this a good example of science at work? Doesn’t this show that science is a self-correcting process, like the late positivist Carl Sagan emphasized? Aren’t scientists showing themselves to be unbiased truth-seekers, willing to debunk an idea even if they prefer it were true, if the facts do not confirm it? Aren’t they setting a good example of intellectual integrity?Well, nes and yo (those are inextricable mixtures of yes and no). Sure; to a degree they have illustrated a desire for strong evidence in this instance. But this one was easy. The organisms are right here on our home planet, easily collected and studied in the lab (easy compared to studying life on Europa or some extrasolar planet). They still believe in evolution despite 153 years of falsifying evidence since Darwin published his storybook. Take a look at this quote from the PhysOrg article: “NASA has conducted numerous probes at eastern California’s Mono Lake, an unusually salty body of water with high arsenic and mineral levels, as it is likely to reflect conditions under which early life evolved on Earth, or perhaps Mars.”With silly evidence-free tales like that, contrary to all we know about probability and the complexity of life, their brief escapade into integrity is too little too late. Evolutionists are still straining out a bacterium and swallowing a camel. They pay their tithes of mint, phosphate and arsenic but ignore the weightier issues of the law of nature, that design demands a Designer. They remain blind leaders of the blind on the really big questions.OK, so here’s 2 cents for your honesty here, but pay up on your trillion-dollar promissory notes that expired 152 years ago.
Why do “science” news sites go after the Republican candidate only? This is another arena Donald Trump could show is rigged.This entry is about news bias; it does not take sides. Readers are free to make their own conclusions about the better candidate. But a fair result can only come from getting facts straight and reporting them with balance. Since these news sites quoted below often defend Darwinian evolution, it’s instructive to see if their bias on that subject shares commonalities with bias in the political arena.All the Lies That Are Fit to PrintMedical Xpress often regurgitates articles from The Conversation, a blog-like site written by scientists. Although this piece is marked “Opinion” fair enough, it’s based entirely on a false premise. “Opinion: Trump is wrong, I treat combat veterans with PTSD, and they are not weak,” opines Joan Cook, bouncing off a widely-misreported comment from Trump a few weeks ago. In response to a question from a veteran who began a ministry to serve other veterans suffering mental health problems with PTSD, Trump agreed that they need help. The problem is, Trump never said that veterans with PTSD are weak! (see Fox News YouTube clip of original statement by Trump, and remarks by General Boykin, who was present). The one who asked the question explained on FRC’s Washington Watch (Oct 8) that he didn’t take it that way at all, nor did anyone else in the room. Some reporter took the statement out of context, ran with it in the newspapers, and it became an urban myth. Neither Joan Cook nor the website editors decided to fact-check the statement. Yet the headline shouts in bold type that “Trump is wrong”. Did Cook make any effort to fault Hillary Clinton for her numerous lies that are coming to light from her own emails that she failed to submit to Congress under subpoena, and additional lies she stated under oath? Not a peep.What Hits the Fan Is Not Evenly DistributedThe country can’t stop talking about lewd comments Trump made 11 years ago, and no one – not even his supporters – are defending the statements (certainly not CEH, either). But there’s plenty of mud to sling on both sides of the debate stage. Trump denies actually doing anything to women, although everyone is weighing evidence of claims by seven women who suddenly came out of the woodwork since the second debate to accuse him of groping or inappropriately touching them over a decade ago. Why they never brought these accusations up till now—just a few weeks before the election—seems highly suspicious, a bit like the Anita Hill tactic. Trump is actively trying to present evidence to refute their claims, such as friendly quotations from those same women in recent years (never mentioning abuse), or from eyewitnesses present when the abuse supposedly occurred. At the time of this writing, it’s hard to say who’s right.But for years at least four women have accused former President Bill Clinton, the Democrat candidate’s husband, of worse sexual assaults, and one of them claims she was raped. That’s all in addition to the well-documented Monica Lewinsky affair that led to Clinton’s impeachment in 1998. Fox News anchor Sean Hannity has interviewed all four women. They all described how candidate Hillary Clinton attacked them and threatened them, never defending them. There’s also the tape of Hillary laughing at a rapist she defended in her early law practice; she got him off the hook after he had raped a 12-year-old girl. Then there’s the hypocrisy that Hillary Clinton has stated firmly in speeches that rape victims have a right to be believed. Her website contained that statement, Hannity claims, but it inexplicably disappeared the following day. Hannity says it was because it put her in a vulnerable position: someone could ask, “Then why didn’t you believe Juanita Broaddrick?”So what do you expect from Live Science? Fair reporting of these facts? No; twice no! In one piece, Sara Miller defends the long-delayed accusations of the women who are now accusing Trump, but says absolutely nothing about the Clintons. Same in another Live Science entry by Sara Miller, “Five Misconceptions About Sexual Assault.” Again, there’s no mention of the Clintons. The entire piece is aimed at discrediting Donald Trump, this time spreading the blame at one of the Republican senators who came to his defense. Her article gives an appearance of scientific credibility by quoting “Yolanda Moses, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside” as an authority. This is the half-truth fallacy, a dangerous form of propaganda, accompanied by card stacking and misuse of authority.Sexual assault, even verbal abuse, is never excusable. Reporters, however, owe it to their readers to give a balanced presentation of the facts. It’s all the more egregious when the bias is on an alleged “science” news site. By common admission, the mainstream media are overtly biased against Republicans and conservatives. Why are science news sites even talking about politics, much less taking sides? Where is the “science”? The last thing a science site should try to become is a propaganda arm for a political party.They’re not even trying to be unbiased any more. This is blatant political advocacy. The media, including the science media, are in the tank for Hillary. They are openly pushing to prevent Trump from winning—whatever it takes—even when it means selling their souls. So this is scientific? (Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
An artist’s view of the spectacularNelson Mandela Bay stadium under lights. Danny Jordaan inspects the workin progress. The LOC boss said he wasdelighted with what he saw. Construction on the stadium isprogressing satisfactorily.(All images: Nelson Mandela Bay)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa will take advantage of National Safety Month in February to highlight its readiness to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Of particular importance will be the preparations in the Eastern Cape, which will form the centrepiece of the month’s programme.February is dedicated to matters of safety and security, with related activities taking place around the country. In the Eastern Cape, the emphasis for 2009 will be on community mobilisation in the ongoing fight against crime, and boosting crime-fighting initiatives in the province.At the time of writing the 2010 Fifa World Cup is just 479 days away and since the Eastern Cape is a host province, it is vitally important that adequate anti-crime measures are firmly in place well before kick-off, in order to guarantee the safety of visitors.Member of the province’s Executive Council (MEC) for Housing, Safety and Liaison, Thobile Mhlahlo, explained that his department will assess their security preparations for the big event during February, and will address any issues in the months leading up to 11 June 2010.“It is highly important,” said Mhlahlo, “that when people descend on this province to enjoy World Cup festivities, they feel safe. We will use this month and the remaining period to intensify our efforts of making this province a safe destination for 2010 and beyond.”The MEC will visit important sites such as the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium itself, the various areas where South African Police Services members will be stationed, and the recently upgraded police stations in Mdantsane, South Africa’s second biggest township.Mhlahlo will also embark on a series of outreach events to encourage communities to get involved in snuffing out crime. These include debates at schools on strategies to deal with crime, and imbizos, or forums for promoting dialogue and interaction between citizens and government. The imbizos will deal with security issues.The Eastern Cape’s safety programme will culminate in a Safety and Security 2010 summit to be held in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality in March.“Through debate, we will also encourage the youth to come up with solutions they deem appropriate to fight crime. This is crucial because most criminal incidents are perpetrated by young people,” said Mhlahlo.The Local Organising Committee (LOC) filed a comprehensive security plan with FIFA in June 2008. After careful scrutiny the world football body endorsed the plan, saying it provided a reassuring basis for security at the event.On course for completionThe Nelson Mandela Bay multipurpose stadium is at an advanced stage of construction, says a new report on the website of the Eastern Cape government. LOC CEO Danny Jordaan visited the site in early February 2009 and was very pleased with what he saw, according to the report.With its roof more than 50% complete, its pitch fully laid and 40 000 of its 48 000 seats already installed, the stadium is on track to be the first brand-new venue to wrap up construction.“We are delighted with the progress made with the construction of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium,” commented Jordaan. “It is extremely exciting to see a brand new 2010 FIFA World Cup venue taking shape so many months ahead of its FIFA World Cup completion deadline.”Nelson Mandela Bay’s Deputy Executive Mayor Bicks Ndoni was in complete agreement. “In anticipation of this, we are already scheduling major events and activities to take place here from as early as May. We have already secured a British Lions tour match which will take place on 16 June, Youth Day,” he said.A financial boostThe 2010 Fifa World Cup will leave a legacy that will remain long after the last vuvuzela has sounded.A 2008 study by specialist consulting firm Grant Thornton Strategic Solutions revealed that the world’s biggest sporting event would not only contribute R55-billion ($5.5-billion) to South Africa’s economy, but it would attract a cumulative worldwide TV audience of 35-40 billion and, importantly, create 415 000 new jobs.Tourists to the region will continue to pour through passport control after the tournament, bringing with them a host of opportunities for tourism entrepreneurs. Upgrades to infrastructure, especially transport systems, are benefits that will be enjoyed by all for many years to come.Another aspect of the long wait comes to an end on 20 February 2009, when roughly three-million tickets go on sale globally, including 15% that are available exclusively to South Africans. However, encourages Jordaan, local football fans should not leave it too late to buy theirs, either on the Fifa website or at any First National Bank branch.Prices range from R140 ($20) for category 4 (behind the goals or in a corner) tickets to a whopping R6 300 ($900) for a category 1 (alongside the pitch) ticket at the final. For Fifa World Cup ticket purchases the rand-dollar exchange rate has been fixed at R7 to the dollar. The LOC will absorb the cost should the real-time exchange rate rise above this threshold.While category 4 tickets are only available to South Africans and will only be sold in local currency, the remaining three categories may be purchased by all, including home-grown football supporters.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksNelson Mandela BayNelson Mandela Bay municipality2010 Fifa World CupFirst National Bank
South African banking company Ubank has further demonstrated its commitment toward education in rural areas of the country, this time with the handover of new and improved school facilities at the Zinini Junior Secondary School in Bizana in the Eastern Cape province on 13 March.As part of the bank’s on-going corporate social responsibility initiatives, the bank has in the last five years adopted around 10 schoolsTogether with assistance from the US Africa Children Fellowship, and the Israeli South Africa Chamber of Commerce, Ubank and its trustees also donated over 200 chairs and 100 tables, as well as 150 pairs of school shoes collected as part of the bank’s “back to school” campaign.“Investing in communities in which we operate forms an integral part of how we do business, and it is this philosophy that sets us apart and allows us to uplift the lives of our customers,” said Ubank CEO Luthando Vutula at the handover.The Zinini Junior Secondary School was founded by Miss CN Ndunge, a well-known community member from the royal family of the Amanyawuza clan, in 1983. From its humble beginnings in one thatch-roofed mud rondavel, the school now has 503 learners and 15 educators three decades later.With the growing number of learners, the school has been facing a number of challenges in their attempts to provide optimum education.Identifying the most pressing challenges faced by the school, Ubank and the Teba Trust Fund assisted the school by building six classrooms, increasing security by erecting a perimeter fence, and through donating the furniture for the new classrooms.INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGE150 pairs of school shoes collected as part of the bank’s “back to school” campaign were donated to learners at Zinini Junior Secondary SchoolInfrastructural development remains a challenge in most rural schools across South Africa, especially in the Eastern Cape, and investing in the foundation of the country’s future leaders is a step that Ubank and its partners firmly believe in.“Our engagement with the school was not only to provide proper school facilities, but also included creating jobs, imparting skills training and optimising talent from within the Bizana community to build these school facilities,” said Teba Trust Fund principal officer Derick Elbrecht.“This is yet another project through which Ubank, the Teba Trust Fund and its partners have been able to help uplift the communities in which they operate.“Since the end of January 2014, the bank has been involved in distributing over 3 000 pairs of school shoes to seven under-privileged schools across the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Free State and North West provinces.“As part of the bank’s on-going corporate social responsibility initiatives, the bank has in the last five years adopted around 10 schools and now we have the pleasure of growing our list by adding Zinini Junior Secondary school,” said Elbrecht.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now The single question I hear most often from salespeople is, “How do I compel my prospective client to take action?” We have to unpack this a bit to explore what’s behind this question. You can compel your client to take action, but much of what salespeople believe is compelling doesn’t achieve the outcome.You Have Lost ControlOne of the reasons for the question as to how you compel your dream client to change is your having lost control over the process—if you ever had it at all. One helpful way to think about selling is that you sell a meeting, sell the process, and then sell your solution. Many—or most—salespeople sell the meeting and then work on selling the solution. By avoiding the sometimes difficult conversation that is selling the process, they leave meetings with no defined next steps—and no commitment from their prospective client (see this video on non-commitments and soft-commitments).To control the process, you must make a case for the next meeting after each meeting. You can set the stage for that commitment even early in the process. (See Neil Rackham’s Spin Selling and my second book, The Lost Art of Closing). When you leave a meeting without a commitment, you end up trying to compel them to do what comes next over email and voicemail, two mediums that make it difficult to compel action.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. Once you lose control, it is difficult to recover. The best thing to do is to sell the process when that is possible.Weak Discovery and No ExplorationOne of the challenges in traditional discovery is that it isn’t as potent as it once was when it comes to compelling change. The difference between what I call Level 3 Value Creation and Level 4 Value Creation, is that Level 3 tends to be reactive, while Level 4 is proactive. In the first case, you ask your prospective client about their existing challenges. In the second, you set the context for change by working to compel change.Traditional discovery assumes the prospect knows what and why they need to change. Even though the conventional ways we think of eliciting the prospective client’s challenges and opportunities are still useful, other approaches provide a greater range of action, something we might call Exploration. A Level 4 approach would allow you to help shape the lens your client is looking through to help them recognize the more significant, more systemic threats and opportunities, as well as the improvement to their strategic outcomes. (You can find more information about this approach in Eat Their Lunch: Winning Customers Away from Your Competition).Win customers away from your competition. Check out Eat Their LunchWhile traditional discovery assumes the client is—or should be—already compelled to change, we now start with an assumption that salespeople can and should work on making a compelling case for change. A modern approach does not preclude the idea that it isn’t beneficial to develop and test a theory as to what is already compelling your dream client.What Is Already Compelling Them?In every vertical, there are systemic challenges that some companies have not addressed. There are also external forces that are either putting pressure on these companies to change or soon will be. The easiest way to get a glimpse of what these forces are and how leaders think about them is to look at the financial filings of publicly-traded companies. Their disclosures to investors describe their forward-looking strategies, as well as what they believe to be threats to their results.If you can tie your theory about why your dream client should change to what is already compelling them to do something different, your solution has a better chance of moving forward.I once heard a salesperson ask a C-level executive that was speaking at their sales kickoff meeting what he would have to do to become the executive’s number one priority. The executive told the salesperson what he sold would never be their top priority, but that if he could help improve any of the top three, he’d get much attention.The reason leaders count on trusted advisors is that they are so busy driving results in their business that they can’t track everything going on around them. They tend to surround themselves with people who can see around corners and cover the gaps for them. Sometimes, when you are at your very best, you know what should be compelling them before they do.What Should Be Compelling ThemA trusted advisor doesn’t show up after their client is damaged by not changing soon enough. The advice, “You shouldn’t have done that,” isn’t helpful after the fact.There is an advantage in creating and winning opportunities by shaping the opportunity well in advance. By providing the context around why your dream client should change, what they stand to lose or gain, and helping them by providing them the right questions, you position yourself to both create the opportunity and win it. By waiting until someone else has done this work, you end up giving them a distinct advantage.This is Level 4, proactively making a case for change. If you believe it’s more difficult, try selling against someone who has shaped your dream client’s view of their business and what they need to do.What Happens If They Do Nothing?When your dream client isn’t compelled to take action, including the next meeting, what you are missing implications. There are two things salespeople try to leverage as implications that don’t often rise to that level for their dream clients.Deadlines on pricing: Your dream client is changing because they want a discount. That’s why they aren’t compelled.Ultimatums: There is no reason to send a break-up letter to a prospect as a way to get them to reengage with you. The problem with telling them you are going to delete their opportunity and move on is that your dream client can accept your order.If you want to compel change, you have to focus on the implications of not changing now. Anything less than that isn’t likely to get your prospective client to take action.
El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Williams, who is 37 years old, made her Wimbledon debut a few months before Ostapenko was born. She last won the title in 2008, but reached the semifinals last year and the Australian Open final this year.Williams will next face either second-seeded Simona Halep or Johanna Konta on Thursday. In the other women’s semifinal match, Garbine Muguruza will play either CoCo Vandeweghe or Magdalena Rybarikova. Muguruza beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4 on No. 1 Court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKonta was next to play on Centre Court against Halep. On Court No. 1, Rybarikova was playing Vandeweghe.On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4. That match, the first to be played under the roof on Centre Court at this year’s tournament, was postponed from Monday. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Mannarino has never before reached the quarterfinals at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments. He also lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2013. Last year, he lost to Djokovic in the second round at Wimbledon, also in straight sets.Djokovic will face 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, a man he has beaten 25 times in 27 matches, on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.The men traditionally have Tuesday off at Wimbledon, but Rafael Nadal’s five-set loss to Gilles Muller on Monday forced Djokovic’s match to be pushed back a day.The rain then started at about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The opening match on Centre Court was due to start at noon, so the roof was closed for the first time this year. The rain came and went into the afternoon, forcing the delay of the first women’s quarterfinal match on No. 1 Court.There was a brief rain delay on the opening day of the tournament, but the roof stayed open and the rain went away.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perpetual girls star Solomon commits to NU MOST READ Williams went up a break early in both sets against Ostapenko, the French Open champion. But the 20-year-old Latvian broke back in the second set and pushed the score to 5-5. A few unforced errors later, though, and Williams broke again for a 6-5 lead before serving out the match.Williams ended up with eight aces and only 13 winners. Ostapenko had one ace and 20 winners.In the first match, Djokovic was up a break in the third set when he asked for a medical timeout and a trainer examined and stretched his right shoulder. The second-seeded Serb appeared to grimace in pain a couple of times as his shoulder was being checked.“It’s been something that I’ve been dragging back and forth for a while now,” Djokovic said. “But I’m still managing to play, which is the most important thing.”Djokovic was broken only once, in the second set. But the 12-time major champion, who won the Wimbledon title in 2011, ’14 and ’15, broke Mannarino early in the third and advanced to the quarterfinals at the All England Club for the ninth time.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games View comments Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after beating Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko at the end of their Women’s Quarterfinal Singles Match on day eight at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Playing at Wimbledon for the 20th time, Venus Williams is in the semifinals for the 10th time.The five-time champion at the All England Club advanced to the last four for the second year in a row by beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5 Tuesday under a closed roof on Centre Court.ADVERTISEMENT