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David Luiz: “Everyone knows that I want to return to Benfica”


first_imgDavid Luiz has celebrated this Wednesday his 33rd birthday in full stop by the coronavirus. The Arsenal center-back has told how his exit to the Chelsea and has opened the door to a return to Benfica, the club he left ten years ago. David Luiz showed his desire to return to the team of the eagles: “I never lost my connection to Benfica, I have this in my head, everyone knows, I want to go back. I want to put the Benfica shirt back on and feel that feeling again. The day I enter the Estadio da Luz will be very special, it will be one of the best feelings of my life. “The defender started his career in Vitória Brazilian and at the age of 19 he signed for the Benfica. After four seasons Chelsea signed him. As a player blue He has lived two stages: the first of four seasons in which he won a Premier League and a Champions and the second of three, between one and the other he played three years in the PSG. In the summer of 2019 he remained in London but changed the Chelsea for him Arsenal. The Brazilian told in an interview with Sport tv that he did not want to leave Benfica when he signed for Chelsea: “I was afraid to leave Benfica, I was afraid to live a new story. Rui Costa, as sports director, took me to his office and spoke to me. I was afraid to erase all my history at Benfica, love, the pleasure I had to live in this country and play for Benfica. “The center-back continued explaining his conversation with Rui Costa: “I said, ‘I don’t want to go, I’m going to stay, I’m going to stay’. Rui said something that touched my heart: ‘The doors will always be open to you. You need to show your football to the whole world ‘”center_img David Luiz: “Pedrinho is a great player”The Brazilian also spoke about the signing of Pedrinho for him Benfica: “He is, without a doubt, a great player, with a lot of quality. He goes to the right club for him, so that he can be promoted in Europe and can help Benfica win many titles. I believe in his football, it was certainly the right decision “last_img read more


Barchue Promises Bassonians World Cup Treat


first_imgMore than 25,000 Bassonians in District # 1 of Grand Bassa County look forward to watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup since Rep. Hans M. Barchue has assured them a chance to watch the games free.Rep. Barchue has promised to purchase 12 flat-screen TVs, 17 DSTV sets and 17 generators for the 17 clans in his constituency to enjoy the World Cup.He made the vow last Friday during a fundraiser on Diahn Blae Community Radio in Grand Bassa County.Barchue’s disclosure was received with shouts of appreciation as he instructed youth groups in each clan to collaborate with their clan chiefs and district superintendents to identify a spot to install the television and DSTV set between now to the end of April.“As a representative I like to do what makes my people happy, and I am doing this because I love you and will never stop loving you,” Rep. Barchue said.If all goes as expected, the district’s17 clans will watch all of the 64 tournament games of the 2014 World Cup which is expected to begin on Thursday, June 12, when Brazil plays Croatia in the opening match.A cross section of youths interviewed expressed their thanks and appreciation to Rep. Barchue and revealed that this will be the first ever for a representative to undertake such initiative.Diahn Blae Community Radio station manager, youthful Moses S.B. Somah, described it as a “worthy project.”Somah also thanked Deputy Speaker Barchue for his continuous support to the district including the radio station, which has been reopened owing to his immeasurable support.Sundaygar Wallace said beside the games it will also help them to watch the latest news unfolding around the world.Meanwhile, 31 countries have advanced through the qualification began since June 2011 to participate with the host, Brazil in the final tournament.Matches are to be played in twelve cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums, beginning with a group stage. For the first time at a World Cup Finals, the matches will use goal-line technology.Each participating team will receive at least US$8 million. The champions will receive $35 million, while the losing finalists will receive $25 million.Teams that lose in the round of 16 will receive $9 million, and the quarter-finalists receive $14 million. The clubs in which the players are playing for at the time of their World Cup departure will receive $70 million as a compensation for insurance costs and expenses, which will be distributed through their national associations.Overall, FIFA will allocate $576 million, a new record, an increase from the $420 million allocated in South Africa.The 32 qualified countries in the 2014 FIFA World Cup are: Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, the United States of America, Portugar, Russia, Spain and Switzerland.The rest are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia Ecuador, Uruguay, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Netherlands.Spain is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 finals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Job Vacancies: Care assistants sought for private nursing home


first_imgJOB VACANCY: One of Donegal’s most reputable Nursing Homes are seeking to recruit Healthcare Assistants to join their professional, dynamic and hardworking team.Áras Uí Dhomhnaill Nursing Home, is a 48-bed private state of the art nursing home located in Milford, Co. Donegal.Management are currently recruiting for Healthcare Assistants to join their team for full-time and part-time roles. Requirements: FETAC level 5 or equivalentInterested candidates should apply with CV to Anne McGilloway, Director of Nursing: info@sheephavenhealthcare.comOr alternatively via post to:Anne Mc GillowayDirector of NursingSheephaven HealthcareÁras Uí Dhomhnaill Nursing HomeMilfordCo. DonegalF92 HX32E : info@sheephavenhealthcare.comW : sheephavenhealthcare.comT : 074-9163288F : 074-9163280 Job Vacancies: Care assistants sought for private nursing home was last modified: June 20th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Áras Úi DhomhnaillCare assistantsjobsnursing homeVacancieslast_img read more


FANS BEGIN TO QUEUE FOR ONE DIRECTION TICKETS OVERNIGHT!


first_imgThe dedicated fans!Fans have already started to queue for one Direction Tickets.This was the scene outside the Courtyard Shopping Centre in Letterkenny this afternoon in anticipation for the sale of the tickets which start tomorrow.Let’s hope it doesn’t snow now! FANS BEGIN TO QUEUE FOR ONE DIRECTION TICKETS OVERNIGHT! was last modified: December 5th, 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)last_img read more


Garda warning after multiple drivers caught drug-driving in Donegal


first_imgThree drivers were caught driving under the influence of cannabis and cocaine during roadside tests in Letterkenny and Buncrana on Saturday, June 8th. One of the motorists tested positive for cannabis and cocaine while the other two tested positive for cannabis.All three drivers have been ordered to appear in court in the near future. The incident sparked a warning from local gardaí, who posted on Facebook: “Gardaí are continuously testing motorists at the roadside for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.“Never drive under the influence!”Garda warning after multiple drivers caught drug-driving in Donegal was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more


Five 49ers keys to winning at Cardinals for first time since 2013


first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. – Four straight visits here have resulted in baffling losses for the 49ers. Here are five ways the 49ers (1-6) can make Sunday’s trip different against the host Arizona Cardinals (1-6):1. Pocket presence: Coach Kyle Shanahan, after a 28-18 home loss to the Cardinals three weeks ago, noted that C.J. Beathard needed to know his surroundings better as he shuffles in the pocket.Specifically, Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones was a pest last game, producing a strip sack as …last_img


Evolution Storytellers Unrepentant


first_imgEvolutionists have been criticized for telling “just-so stories”1 for decades and decades, even by other evolutionists (see 08/08/2010), yet the storytelling continues, as recent examples in the news media illustrate.Blame Mom:  In its “Science News” category, Science Daily trumpeted the headline, “Acting Selfish?  Blame Your Mother!”  In the article, we are told, “The fact that our female ancestors dispersed more than our male ancestors can lead to conflicts within the brain that influence our social behaviour, new research reveals.”  And what did the Oxford scientists use for evidence?  Very little: “They found that because, historically, women moved about more than men, and so are less related to their neighbours, our paternal and maternal genes are in conflict over how we should behave – with our paternal genes encouraging us to be altruistic whilst our maternal genes encourage us to be selfish.”  Before now, you may have thought that men tended to be the wanderers, or the more selfish.  Not according to this evidence-deprived tale.  The scientists did not prove a relationship between any gene and selfishness, or between any gene and any behavior, for that matter – even less that Mom’s genes are more selfish than Dad’s.    Oxford zoologist Andy Gardner went further.  He even evolved the proverbial cartoon demon and angel on the shoulder: “This leads to conflicts over social behaviour: the genes you receive from your father are telling you to be kind to your neighbours, whereas the genes you receive from your mother, like a demon sat on your shoulder, try to make you act selfishly.”  Gardner did not consult his mother for her opinion on this story.  Maybe she would have cast her husband in the demon role.    Science Daily printed this story without any critical analysis whatsoever, basically just regurgitating a press release from the University of Oxford that, curiously, illustrated the theory with a contrived photo of a demon and an angel on a hapless man’s shoulders, whose expression suggests he is a witless dupe of conflicting genetic voices in his brain.  Apparently, the Oxford team did not apply their theory to their own motivations for writing the story in the first place.Thank Mom:  Redeeming dear mother, New Scientist gave some hairy ape-mom of past eons appreciation for bequeathing us with large brains.  Michael Marshall wrote, “Thank mothers for large ape brains.”    For evidence, he cited a study by two London profs who compared brain size with metabolic rate for hundreds of marsupials and placental mammals (we are the placental type).  “Placental babies are connected to their mothers via the placenta for a long time,” Vera Weisbecker [U of Cambridge] explained, conveniently failing to explain why inside connections are superior to outside connections like a pouch and a nipple.  From there she launched a story: “So if she has a high metabolic rate, the baby is more likely to benefit.”  Those poor kangaroos and wallabies are left behind as big-brain wannabees.    Marshall continued, “By contrast, marsupial babies are born while they are still very small, then spend a long time feeding off their mothers’ milk – a slower way to grow a large brain,” he said without providing a graph of lactation vs brain development.  “Placentas offer a continuous supply of rich nutrients” he said, without providing a table of comparative nutrient richness of placentals vs marsupials.    Problem: not all nutrient-enriched placental mammals have big brains.  “However, the pair found no difference in the average brain sizes of marsupials and placental mammals – as long as they excluded primates,” Marshall admitted.  The placental-vs-marsupial distinction appears to have just dropped out of the story as irrelevant.  Solution: change the plot.  “These, it seem [sic], got their disproportionately large brains from a double maternal boost.  They are supplied with large amounts of energy by their mothers during gestation, and then receive additional months or even years of care after birth.”  Funny the kangaroos never thought of that.  Doesn’t Dad get any credit?How the animal got its personality:  Whenever an evolutionary story begins with “How… ” there is a risk of sounding like Kipling’s “How the Camel Got Its Hump.”  New Scientist published its latest entry in, “How animals evolved personalities.”  Notice that the question was switched from “Did personalities evolve?” to “how did they evolve?”    Max Wolf at the Max Planck Institute took up the story.  For evidence, he played video games: he “created simple simulated animals with personalities that were either consistently aggressive or meek, or flipped between the two.”  Presumably he applied a little intelligent design to do this – maybe even a little moral judgment.    As Wolf took his sim-lambs and sim-wolves and pitted the aggressives against the meeks, the latter did not inherit the sim-Earth, “until Wolf introduced a new one that could learn about the behavioural patterns of others.”  Without explaining the evolution of learning, he found that was the “Aha!” moment.  “‘Learners’ and those with a consistent personality wiped out animals whose behaviour was not consistent.”  Well, it’s all about survival of the fittest, not consistency, you know.    But modern evolutionists are a kinder, gentler bunch.  They view cooperation as Darwin’s fairy godmother.  “These types together formed a more stable society because the learners could adjust their behaviour to that of the others, and so avoid costly conflict,” the article ended.  “The study shows that sociality could be a strong factor in the evolution of personality differences, says Sasha Dall of the University of Exeter, UK.”  A strong factor?  Are there others?How the leader got his authority:  Appropriately, Anjana Ahuja”s article on “The natural selection of leaders” in New Scientist begins, “Imagine this.”  From then on, imagination is the key to her story: “In our new book, Mark van Vugt at VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and I propose that leadership and followership behaviours can be traced to the earliest days of our species,” she said, having observational access only to living populations, not those in the earliest days.  “Given that all human groupings – be they nations, gangs or cults – have leaders and followers, and that these behaviours appear spontaneous, our thesis is that leadership and followership are adaptive behaviours.”  If evolution is the only game in town, that follows naturally: they are adaptive, not subject to moral assessment.    And what evidence does Ahuja provide to prove her proposition?  Evolution itself: “In other words, they are behaviours that evolved to give our ancestors a survival advantage (our book’s title, Selected, reflects the role natural selection plays in leadership).”  Since she and her colleague observe modern people groups often selecting leaders from the bottom up, they assume that ancient primitive humans, and even other animals, found this kind of selection “natural” or advantageous for survival.    The plot permits some corollary sub-plots.  Since she sees many modern leaders being tall (a photo of Barack Obama stands alongside the article, with the caption, “Was he born for the job?”), she projects tallness as a survival advantage selected for in primitive human populations.  She sees modern leaders (like Obama and Putin) being fitness buffs, and projects that brawn was selected over brain by cavemen.  Strangely, she did not evaluate how Kim Jong Il ever became leader of North Korea.    It would seem that if this is the way evolution made us, we should just go with the flow.  “That is not to say that workplaces should become havens of primitivism,” she cautioned, however.  Backpedaling a little from the implications, she found room for us thinking machines to overrule our Darwinian urges.  “Evolution might have bestowed on us an instinctive suspicion of leaders who are short, female or who belong to a different tribe (skin colour is an obvious badge of belonging), but we need to ask whether such prejudices belong in today’s interconnected world, in which citizens of all colours and religions need to rub along.”  Why would evolved machines ever wish to do such a thing?    From there, she got preachy, implying that humans “should” contradict our evolutionary heritage: “Perhaps the most important take-home message in our book is that there is a mismatch between the way we lead and follow today, and the way our ancestors operated.”  Fortunately for us, her just-so story provides “insights into our recent past [that] may help improve things.”  To be consistent, though, it would seem that evolution improved things on its own for a long time without our needing to intervene with immaterial things like design, plan, conscious thought, ethics, and leadership training.Science is supposed to explain things with reference to natural laws and observable, repeatable evidence, not vacuous appeals to the Stuff Happens Law (09/22/2009) and imaginary scenarios that amount to tall tales.  Only rarely do any of these articles in the popular science media criticize the ideas as just-so stories.  That’s because many of them simply reprint press releases from the universities and research centers that have a vested interest in making their scientists not look stupid.1.  The essence of an evolutionary “just-so story” is its arbitrariness, lack of evidence, lack of critical analysis, and lack of consideration of alternative explanations.  Named for the silly “Just-So Stories” Rudyard Kipling wrote for children, just-so stories are made-up tales to explain the origin of any trait in the living world, assuming evolution produced it.  As such, they are a form of circular reasoning: “Evolution produced this trait, which illustrates how evolution produces traits.”Who could forget Richard Lewontin’s memorable candor when he said, “We take the side of science” [read: Darwinism] “in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, … in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism” (see full quote in the Baloney Detector under Subjectivity).    The situation is analogous, maybe even homologous, with state-controlled media like Pravda, in the height of the communist dictatorship, with its prior commitment to Marxism, interpreting world events in the light of class struggles, and glorifying the progress of the regime while conveniently overlooking the failures (like millions starved because of Lysenko-driven artificial famines).  How about a bloodless coup?  “Mr. Darwin, tear down this wall!”(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Programmable Thermostats Save Energy Automatically


first_img9 Steps to A Greener CodeNew homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will be more energy efficient than ever. As a consequence, a builder’s world may become a bit more complex and, in some cases, a bit more expensive. STEP 4: PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS (Section N1103.1.1)The code: Where the primary heating system is a forced-air furnace, at least one thermostat per dwelling unit shall be capable of controlling the heating and cooling system on a daily schedule to maintain different temperature set points at different times of the day. This thermostat shall include the capability to maintain zone temperatures between 55°F (13°C) and 85°F (29°C). The thermostat shall initially be programmed with a heating temperature no higher than 70°F (21°C) and a cooling temperature no lower than 78°F (26°C).What it means to you:This type of energy-saving device is commonly regarded as low-hanging fruit. It has been a popular addition to many new homes because of customer demand. A typical programmable thermostat will add between $20 and $40 over the cost of manual thermostats. The Energy Star website suggests that when used properly, programmable thermostats can save about $150 a year in energy costs.This code requirement is mandated only for new homes using a forced air heating system because using programmable thermostats with other types of heating systems can cause complications.The 2009 building codes reflect practices that not only increase energy efficiency—air-sealing measures and increased insulation, for example—but also address sustainable building practices, such as moisture control.Other segments of this series:Part 1: Air SealingPart 2: InsulationPart 3: LightingPart 4: Programmable ThermostatsPart 5: Insulating Mass WallsPart 6: Efficient WindowsPart 7: Insulating Mechanical PipesPart 8: Exceeding the Energy CodePart 9: Vapor Retarderslast_img read more


Good Salesperson, Inferior Product


first_imgMike asks, “ I’m still relatively new to sales, and I’m wondering. Is there ever a genuine situation where you work for a company that sells a product no one wants, but you’re still a good salesperson? Alternatively, could a good salesperson get meetings regardless of the product?”I’ve hired countless salespeople who, soon discovered that every major prospective client in their territory already had a partner and would reject their attempts to schedule a meeting.  Invariably, the salespeople decided it was impossible to get a meeting with the prospect because no one wanted to change. Instead, they decided it would be better to call on people who did not use what we sold, teaching them how to understand the value of our offering as something that was somehow easier than a competitive displacement (i.e., Eat Their Lunch).In my first book, The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need, I opened with the idea that sales success is not situational. Some salespeople sell for Google and Amazon.com, both great products, great marketing, and an enormous tailwind, who still struggle to sell well even with a great product. Some people sell cardboard boxes, the most commoditized commodity anyone might sell, who sell at prices higher than their competitors, displacing lower-priced alternatives by creating greater value. If the product by itself was enough, all you would need to succeed in business is an order taker, not a salesperson.Every day salespeople sell products and services and solutions that are inferior to other products and services and solutions that their competitors offer. They don’t believe that their product is inferior. The top 20 percent of salespeople that sell something that is not the best in class beat the bottom 80 percent of the sales force that sells something that may be considered the best in category. Salesmanship matters a great deal.A good salesperson can get a meeting regardless of the product. In fact, a good salesperson is not selling the product when they ask for a meeting. Instead, the meeting is the product that they’re selling. A good salesperson is selling the value of having a meeting with them. To be effective here, you have to believe that it’s valuable for your prospective client to have a meeting with you, regardless of the product. In my second book, The Lost Art of Closing, we call this concept Trading Value. What are you going to provide your prospective client that’s valuable enough for them to exchange their time, their single, finite, nonrenewable resource?I would never recommend someone sell something that does not serve their client. However, in many cases, it’s not the product that’s inferior; it’s the lack of salesmanship. That lack of salesmanship may be the result of a lack of training, a lack of experience, or a problem with mindset. It might also be a combination of all of these. In any case, wherever there is evidence of other people selling successfully, you can be sure it is not the product.It’s not the product. It’s salesmanship. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more


Nike vows to fix NBA jerseys after shirts shredded


first_imgLiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China for shoplifting Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “They are lighter and deliver great mobility and sweat wicking characteristics, and the feedback from players has been overwhelmingly positive. “However, during game play we have seen a small number of athletes experience significant jersey tears. “We are very concerned to see any game day tear and are working quickly to implement a solve that involves standardizing the embellishment process and enhancing the seam strength of game day jerseys.“The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance and we are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Several of the league’s biggest names, including LeBron James and Draymond Green have been seen wearing tattered shirts since the season began.Last week, Sixers star Ben Simmons’ shirt was almost completely torn apart as he tussled for the ball during his team’s game with the Indiana Pacers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNike said it was working to remedy the situation in a statement on Tuesday.“Nike always puts the athlete at the center of everything we do and we have worked hard to create the most advanced uniforms in the history of the NBA,” the company said. MOST READ View comments LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers plays with a ripped jersey during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPNike on Tuesday vowed to fix issues with its NBA jerseys after a string of high-profile incidents which have seen shirts torn to shreds.The opening weeks of the NBA campaign have seen multiple incidents of torn jerseys, creating a public relations headache for Nike in the first season of an eight-year deal as the league’s jersey supplier.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more