PSG ‘to bid £12m for Cole’

first_imgParis St-Germain’s ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is ready to table a £12m bid for Blues and England star Ashley Cole, according to the Daily Mirror.Cole is believed to be a target for Ancelotti along with Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard, while Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to take Raul Meireles to Real Madrid.Torres to Russia?The Mirror and the Daily Mail suggest another former Chelsea boss, Guus Hiddink, is keen to sign Chelsea striker Fernando Torres for bid-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.Anzhi are planning to offer £35m for Torres, the Mail say, while the Mirror claim it will be more like £45m.And The Sun claim Chelsea are ready to spend £35m on Real Madrid’s Argentine winger Angel Di Maria.The Mail also report that Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic will snub interest from CSKA Moscow and that Fulham are pressing ahead with a move for Trabzonspor striker Burak Yilmaz as a potential replacement for Andy Johnson.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Madison Williams throws two-hit shutout, Humboldt State beats Cal Baptist in West Regional opener

first_imgChico >> On a day where runs were at a premium, the Humboldt State softball team needed its senior ace to pitch like one.Madison Williams did just that.Williams was simply brilliant in Humboldt State’s opener of the Division II Softball Championships on the campus of Chico State, as the senior right-hander struck out a season-high 15 batters — one short of her career-best total — in a two-hit shutout and led the second-seeded Jacks to a 1-0 win over the Lancers on Thursday afternoon.She …last_img

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Humans Excel at… Please Wait… Patience

first_imgHere’s another thing that distinguishes humans from animals: patience.  Current Biology usually has a “Quick Guide” feature on some aspect of biology.  In the latest issue, patience was the patient.  First of all, what is it?Humans and other animals often make decisions that trade off present and future benefits.  Should a monkey eat an unripe fruit or wait for it to ripen?  Should I purchase the iPhone at its debut or wait for the price to drop in a few months?  In these dilemmas, large gains often require long waits, so decision makers must choose between a smaller, sooner reward and a larger, later reward.Animals experience these tradeoffs all the time, particularly when foraging for food.  A Clark’s nutcracker (a Western bird) can, for instance, store 33,000 seeds for later consumption, “that is 33,000 decisions to delay gratification.”  But being impulsive can have its payoffs, too.  “He who hesitates is lost,” a proverb says.  If you don’t snatch at the seed in front of you, it could fall into the river.    Following several questions and answers about patience (how it is measured, how animals measure up, etc.) came the question of interest to the human animal: “Are humans uniquely patient?”The most extreme examples of nonhuman animal patience pale in comparison to the levels of patience seen in humans.  Rather than waiting for only seconds or minutes, humans will wait days, weeks, months or even years for gains.  Is this a true cognitive divide?  The answer is yes and no.  In one sense, comparing the human and nonhuman experimental work is like comparing apples and oranges because the methodologies differ so greatly.  Repeated choices with all real rewards and time delays may yield different results from one-shot choices with hypothetical rewards and delays.  When tested in a manner similar to other animals, human subjects look similar to (or sometimes even more impulsive than!) chimpanzees.    Thus, in certain situations humans show similar levels of patience as other primates.  Yet, clearly situations exist in which humans are much more patient than other animals.  It is difficult to imagine even chimpanzees investing in the future in a way comparable to depositing money into a retirement account 30-40 years before receiving a return.  Nonetheless, we know that, for instance, many species show impressive abilities for future planning.  Western scrub jays can plan for their breakfast in the morning.  Monkeys and apes, especially chimpanzees, strategically invest in relationships with group members to climb the political ladder of their dominance hierarchies.  Though these species lack the complex language and symbolic systems (such as money and legal contracts) that allow humans to work over vast temporal horizons, they do demonstrate a flexible means of dealing with the future.  Perhaps the recent surge in interest in animal patience will tell us whether long-term patience is a uniquely human virtue.In short, put your money into an IRA instead of investing in a Monkey Bank. 1.  Jeffrey R. Stevens and David W. Stephens, “Quick Guide: Patience,” Current Biology, Volume 18, Issue 1, 8 January 2008, Pages R11-R12.They missed the whole point.  Human patience is a virtue, not a trait.  The fact that animals (and humans) may have instincts that work in a raw-biological context tells us nothing about the rationality and virtue behind human patience.  If it were merely instinctive, it would not require training and education and conscious choice.  If it were a biological trait, we would not see so many exceptions.    Humans have the capacity for long-term gratification because we were made in the image of God.  That is the only explanation that makes sense for the ability to wait for payoff for decades, or a lifetime.  That is what explains parents denying their gratification for the sake of their children, so that they will be able to have opportunities they never had.  And that is what enables a soul to deny itself till death for a joy in a future life, following the example of Christ, “who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).    We are animals, but we are not mere animals.  All theists recognize we are rational animals; it’s not like they believe humans float above the ground.  We have stomachs and sex organs and biological urges like the rest of biology.  That curious blend of body and soul is what makes our lives so interesting and challenging.  We were made for an unseen reality that can override our natural urges.  That is why we have need of patience.  That is why we are admonished to “consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls” (v.3).    Having a biological propensity like the animals to weigh the costs and benefits of immediate vs delayed gratification does in no way diminish the unique capacity of humans for patience, nor does a listing of the misdeeds of impulsive or diseased individuals who act only according to their animal natures.  Indeed, try to imagine a chimpanzee investing in an IRA for 40 years.  Without a soul, with its rational capacity for language, choice and wisdom, such capabilities would be unexplainable.  Current biology demonstrates it.(Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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US could ban laptops on all flights to the US

first_imgTravellers in the US likely face additional delays and tighter scrutiny checks of hand luggage regardless of whether the Department of Homeland Security extends its controversial laptop ban to all flights into the US.The proposed US laptop ban was back in the spotlight over the weekend after DHS boss John Kelly told Fox News on Sunday that he could extend to all flights in and out of the US the ban preventing passengers from taking laptops and other large electronic devices into aircraft cabins.A ban has already been in place since March on direct flights from 10  Middle Eastern and North African destinations and the US recently caused a furore when it suggested the ban could be extended to Europe.Talks have since been underway between US and European officials without any news of a resolution.The DHS had previously played down suggestions of a global ban but Kelly reignited the issue Sunday when he told Fox News that this was a possibility.Asked if was going to ban laptops from the cabins of all international flights both “into and out of the US”, Kelly said; “I might’’.“There’s a real threat … there are numerous threats against aviation,’’ he said. “That’s really the thing they’re obsessed with, the terrorists, the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if its US carrier, particularly if it’s full of mostly US folks.’’On the question of when a decision might be made, Kelly said the DHS was still “flowing the intelligence”.“The very, very good news again is that we are working incredibly close with friends and partners around the world … and in the process of defining this we’re going to raise the bar generally speaking for aviation security much higher than it is now.’’“And there (are) new technologies down the road that we’ll rely on but it is a real, sophisticated threat and I’ll reserve that decision until we see where it’s going.’’The US Transportation Security Administration is testing tighter security requirements that require people bringing carry-on baggage to unpack it and separate out items such as food, paper and electronics.Pointing to airline policies to generate more revenue by charging people for checked baggage, Kelly said people trying to avoid fees to check bags were stuffing their carry-on bags to point where they could not get any more in.This meant that TSA personnel were unable to tell what was in the bags.Asked whether the tougher checks would be expanded nationwide, Kelly said: “We might and likely will.“What we’re doing now is working out the tactics, techniques and procedures if you will in a few airports to find out exactly how to do that with the least amount of inconvenience the traveller.’’last_img read more

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Mayweather-McGregor to be shown live in movie theaters

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, movie theater tickets for the fighting spectacle of the year are being sold at $40 per adult in advance. A complete list of participating theaters can be found at www.FathomEvents.com .Fathom Events and Mayweather Promotions announced the partnership on Tuesday.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 starsMayweather is coming out of retirement for a boxing match against a UFC star who has never boxed professionally. View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo UFC president Dana White, center, intervenes as boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor exchange words during a news conference at Staples Center Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Movie theaters around the U.S. will show the Aug. 26 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.The bout between the undefeated boxer and the Irish UFC champion will cost $99.95 on high-definition pay-per-view TV. Tickets for the fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena will range from $500 to $10,000 — and there aren’t many $500 seats.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors’ Draymond Green sued over alleged assault by couple Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

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Netherlands top Sweden 1-0, to face US in Women’s WC final

first_imgPlaying in only their second Women’s World Cup, the Netherlands qualified for the final against three-time champion US with a 1-0 win over Sweden in extra time in the second semifinal.The reigning European champions were undefeated coming into the semifinal at Stade de Lyon, while Sweden lost 0-2 to the US in the group stage, reports Efe news.England and the US put on a terrific display of offense on Tuesday in the first semifinal, but the Swedish and Dutch sides opted for caution.As neither team had been expected to get this far, the emphasis on avoiding mistakes was understandable on Wednesday, though perhaps not much appreciated by the 48,000-plus in the stands hoping to see fireworks.Sweden managed two shots in the first half and the Dutch, despite enjoying 53 percent possession, produced only one chance. The stars — Vivianne Miedema for the Netherlands and the Scandinavian side’s Stina Blackstenius — were nearly invisible.The Dutch began the second half without their best player in the 2017 European Championship, Lieke Martens, who has been hampered by a foot injury.The match came alive for a few minutes about midway through the second half.Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal had to be sharp to divert a low strike from Nilla Fischer to the post in the 71st minute.On the following sequence, a Miedema header forced a heroic save from Swedish keeper Hedvig Lindahl, who subsequently turned aside a shot by Shanice van de Sanden.Finally, nine minutes into the first extra-time period, Jackie Groenen, who wears No. 14 jersey of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, put the ball in the Swedish net with a textbook shot into the bottom corner.advertisementAlso Read | Peru crush Chile 3-0 to set up Copa America final against BrazilAlso Read | Copa America: Jesus, Firmino on target as Brazil crush Argentina to reach finalAlso Seelast_img read more

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CHRISTEF DESIR JOINS THE CAST OF DRY POWDER

first_imgEvermore Theatre Company is pleased to announce that Christef Desir has joined the Toronto premiere production of Dry Powder.Desir will star as Seth, a junior partner with a plan to rescue KMM Capital Management, a private equity firm struggling to make a comeback from a PR disaster. “Christef is electric. Seth is a very complex and conflicted character, and Christef really has an amazing and intuitive grasp of that complexity.”, said Evermore producer Greg White.The same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a national grocery chain, Rick Hannel threw himself an extravagant engagement party, setting off a publicity nightmare. Fortunately, Seth, one of Rick’s partners, has a dream of a deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song that will rescue his boss from the PR disaster. Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sister looks alleged killer in the eyes

first_img(APTN National News reporter Kenneth Jackson walks with Cindy and Darrin Murch as they leave an Ottawa court room Thursday where the man accused of killing Cindy’s sister Pam Kosmack June 4, 2008 made his first court appearance on two murder charges.) By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsBefore the man accused of killing her sister left an Ottawa court room Thursday he stopped and looked Cindy Murch in the eyes.Murch stared right back.“I didn’t blink,” she said, her eyes still glistening from the tears she wiped away from seeing Marc Leduc, 56, for the first time after learning he is accused of killer Murch’s older sister Pamela Kosmack, 39, June 4, 2008. Her body was found next to a west end bike path. She had been choked to death.Leduc also faces first-degree murder charges in connection to the death of Leanne Lawson, 23. Her body was found downtown Ottawa and lived at a local shelter.Police said she was involved in the sex trade and said the same about Kosmack.The family takes offence to this.“She wasn’t a prostitute. She didn’t need money. Her family helped her out,” said Cindy’s husband Darrin Murch.Kosmack had her own apartment and was a mother.She hit dark times when getting shingles and was prescribed Oxycontin painkillers. She got hooked.A few weeks before she died she attempted to get treatment but couldn’t find a bed.The Murch’s sat in the front row of the court room Thursday to get a good look at Leduc.“Let him see your eyes. He already knows me,” Darrin whispered to Cindy. Darrin works at the local detention centre where Leduc as been since November on charges of sexually assaulting a young women at knifepoint. The woman was able to wrestle the knife away and flee.She is lucky to be alive police said.When Leduc entered the room he was disheveled with grey hair and beard. He kept looking at someone across the room.Police linked Leduc to the two murders through DNA as reported Wednesday by APTN National News.When Leduc sat down Cindy broke down in tears wiping them away with a Tim Horton’s napkin.“It’s OK sweetie,” Darrin whispered to her again this time putting his hand on her knee to comfort her. “It’s OK.”Darrin didn’t take his eyes off the man police alleged killed his sister-in-law known in the family as “the Rose.”Police held a press conference after the court appearance but wouldn’t release any new information. They said the investigation is on-going.They are trying to link Leduc to other murders in the city. Two of them were First Nation women.Jennifer Stewart was found stabbed to death in the Vanier suburb in August 2010. Kelly Morrisseau was also from Vanier but was found stabbed to death in Gatineau across the river in December 2006.She was seven months pregnant.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

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