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first_imgThree of those referrals, all in the first half, proved hugely important as Pawson and VAR Andre Marriner, based in a London television studio, disallowed a West Brom goal, awarded Liverpool a penalty and then allowed an Albion goal to stand.“I think it’s normal that it will change things,” said Klopp. “Is it nice that West Brom celebrate a goal then somebody tells them it’s not a goal? No, but I think it’s important if a goal needs to be disallowed, it is disallowed.“Normally after a game I have to explain to you (the media) a defeat which was not deserved because we didn’t get a penalty or they scored another goal. Is it cool in January to have delays when it’s cold, especially for the players? Maybe not.“But it will become smoother and more fluent in the future,” the German added.In truth, Klopp and Liverpool benefitted from two of those three decisions and could have been facing an even greater defeat had they not done so.Roberto Firmino handed Liverpool an early lead only for Jay Rodriguez to score twice and Craig Dawson to add a third goal in first-half injury-time via defender Joel Matip, but only after the VAR ruled Rodriguez had not been offside.Of the other two key VAR decisions, Pawson decided Gareth Barry was offside when Dawson headed in what would have been West Brom’s third goal and then correctly judged that Jake Livermore fouled Mo Salah for a penalty which Firmino struck onto the crossbar.– ‘Mysterious situation’ –Despite the victory, Albion manager Alan Pardew admitted he was bemused by what he had witnessed.“It’s hard to know where to start,” he said after his side, threatened with relegation from the Premier League, beat fourth-placed Liverpool.“I don’t think that is what we want to see going forward, whether you are a Liverpool or West Brom fan.“Firstly there is no communication from the referee to us. Like in the NFL (American football), when there is a call and they say they are going to look at that.“Then they reversed the Dawson goal, which if it wasn’t for the system, would never have been disallowed in any league game.“The fourth official said it was offside, which surprises me from a corner. I have looked at it and it is really marginal.”The experienced English boss added: “There is a question there. Are we going to start taking goals away from the entertainment for those slight margins? That is a worry.“The second one, you can argue Jake has lifted his arm. But would he have got a penalty in a normal game without VAR? I don’t know.“But the bigger decision was the four minutes for the Salah decision. You are going from high tempo work-rate to nothing. We had a hamstring (injury) just after that. As a coach, we have to change, we are going to have to get our players to mentally warm-up in that situation and keep themselves ticking over.“You could say that is a lack of professionalism against us. I don’t know. It is just bizarre. As a football person on the sidelines, I wasn’t comfortable with the first half. It was a mysterious situation at times.”Liverpool were marginally better in the second half but could only add a consolation goal through Salah.“I don’t like to say it, but it’s the truth,” said Klopp. “West Brom deserved to win the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp said he was in favour of the video assistant referee system despite losing to West Brom © AFP / Geoff CADDICKLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jan 28 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted he remained a fan of the controversial video assistant referee system despite his team’s bitterly disappointing 3-2 defeat by West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup.Match referee Craig Pawson used the system no fewer than eight times during an eventful game at Anfield on Saturday, with VAR being trialled in English cup competitions this season.last_img read more

first_img1 Danish winger Pione Sisto battles Liverpool’s German midfielder Emre Can West Ham have failed in a last-minute bid to sign FC Midtjylland winger Pione Sisto.Hammers boss Slaven Bilic had been keen to bring the 20-year-old to Upton Park but the young Dane has elected to stay with the Superliga outfit.The Denmark under-21 star impressed West Ham scouts last week as he helped knock Southampton out of the Europa League qualifying round.However, according to news outlet Ekstra Bladet, FC Midtjylland boss Jess Thorup knocked back a £5million offer for the attacker who is contracted to the Danish side until 2018.last_img

first_imgAbout 53 percent of people who read “The Da Vinci Code” said it affected their spiritual life, according to The Barna Group, a Christian-polling organization in Ventura. “It’s like it confirmed people’s worst suspicion about the church,” said Dale Johnsen, senior pastor at Heart of the Valley Community Church in Reseda. “A lot of people who are looking for a good excuse to turn their back on traditional Christian faith can blindly believe his speculation.” On Sunday, Johnsen will try to answer questions that members of his congregation might ask after seeing the movie. Who was Jesus? Who was Mary Magdalene? How was the Bible compiled? Church bulletins will include tracts adapted from “Breaking The Da Vinci Code,” one of countless books on the market rebutting Brown’s work. “I want to clarify historical truth and allow people to enjoy the movie without being led astray by false statements,” Johnsen said. Compared to the protests generated in 1988 by Martin Scorcese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ,” such a reaction to “The Da Vinci Code” is like turning the other cheek. “I think we are a little bit smarter, more reflective, and we have learned boycotting isn’t a great strategy,” said Craig Detweiler, a professor of culture and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena who helped created Still, many Christians don’t want to reward Sony Pictures by paying to see a film they feel denigrates their faith. Last month, the No. 2 official in the Vatican’s doctrinal office told Catholics in Rome to boycott. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is waiting to review the movie before advising America’s 67 million Catholics and recently launched to help people discern fact from fiction. “Beyond referencing people to that site, we don’t have any plans at the archdiocese other than to go see it, which I’m going to do,” said Tod Tamberg, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Barbara Nicolosi, a former nun who runs the Act One mentoring program for Christians working in Hollywood, is promoting the “other-cott.” On the campaign’s Web site,, Nicolosi scoffs at the suggestion that Christians should see “The Da Vinci Code” so they can debate its merit with non-Christians. “You don’t need to see the movie or read the book,” she said, “to talk about all the issues that it raises.” (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With “The Da Vinci Code” opening in theaters Friday, Christians are at odds over how to respond to an anticipated blockbuster that portrays a Catholic sect as the murderous protector of Jesus’ dark secret. Seeing the film, which stars Tom Hanks, as a gateway for sharing the Gospel, many evangelical pastors are encouraging their flock to see the flick. “We know everyone is going to be talking about it, so it gives us an opportunity to take advantage of the discussions at work and at the ball fields and the mom-and-me clubs,” said Rob Denton, associate pastor of West Valley Christian Church in West Hills, who has read the book and plans to see the movie. “It’s a good tool for evangelism.” Others are calling for boycotts, and some are asking Christians to participate in an “other-cott” – not skipping the cineplex altogether but paying to see something more wholesome. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe controversy began three years ago when Dan Brown’s religious thriller began its ongoing run on the New York Times’ best-sellers list. The novel is about two academics who resurrect Christianity’s true origins. It claims Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and the early church employed a shadowy Catholic organization to murder those who discovered the truth. Brown makes no case for the authenticity of his story’s characters. But at the beginning of the book is a note that includes this line: “All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.” Brown’s Web site now emphasizes that his book is a work of fiction and that the artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals all “exist.” Though scholars have poked holes in Brown’s research, “The Da Vinci Code” has caused plenty of Christians and non-Christians alike to question whether the Catholic Church has been involved in a 2,000-year-old coverup. last_img read more

first_imgMore than €11,500 was donated to local Donegal charities and community funds last year from donations to the Court Poor Box, according to new figures.Twenty-seven organisations in the county benefited from the traditional practice in 2016, where people facing charges in the District Courts are ordered to donate money to charities in lieu of fines or convictions. Four of St. Vincent de Paul’s local branches were the biggest benefactors of the court poor box funds last year, receiving €3,400. The Donegal Hospice also received a significant contribution of €1,460 from penalties in 2016.The full list of local donations are as follows:Donations from the Donegal Office:Acquired Brain Injury Ireland(Limerick) 500.00Barnardos 500.00Console (Head Office) 350.00Donegal Community Hospital 400.00Donegal Down Syndrome 200.00Donegal Hospice 1,460.00Donegal Town Community Chamber CEP 100.00Downstrands Family Resource Centre 100.00Foroiges Deck Youth Development 100.00Glenties Tidy Towns -fountain Account 250.00HSE Killybegs Community Hospital 300.00Kilcar Tidy Towns 300.00Mayo Pink Ribbon 933.92National Parks And Wildlife Service 300.00Pieta House (Donegal Branch) 100.00Rowanfield House Comfort Fund 400.00Samaritans (Sligo) 100.00St Agnes Day Care Centre 200.00St Vincent De Paul (Ardara) 900.00St Vincent De Paul (Bundoran) 400.00St Vincent De Paul (Donegal Town) 1,000.00St. Vincent De Paul(Ballyshannon) 1,100.00The Cleary Centre 400.00The Jack And Jill Children’s Foundation 450.00Woodhill Resource Centre 200.00Donegal Total 11,043.92Letterkenny Office:Little Angels School 250.00Pieta House (Donegal Branch) 300.00Letterkenny Total 550.00Over €1.5million has been donated from courts across Ireland to the Court Poor Boxes.The traditional practice of courts directing that money be paid into a court poor box in lieu of or in conjunction with another penalty is predominantly used by the District Courts in Ireland, the Court Service states:“The option of paying into the court poor box arises usually where the offence is minor in nature and would not attract a custodial sentence. Public order offences are the most common offences for which the poor box option is given to defendants.”Judges choose to impose the penalties for various reasons at their own discretion, according to the Courts Service: “The accused may never previously have been before the courts, the accused may have pleaded guilty, a conviction might be inappropriate, or might adversely affect employment, career or working abroad prospects, and / or the offence may be of a minor or trivial nature.“When combined with the Probation of Offenders Act it provides an option where some financial penalty is considered merited but a conviction and fine are not. It can sometimes be a more meaningful punishment than the maximum fine where the value of a maximum fine may have been eroded by inflation.”These Donegal charities got €11K donation boost from Courts Poor Box was last modified: August 23rd, 2017 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:courtspoor boxlast_img read more

first_imgFORMER county GAA star Martin Carney has spoken of how he felt playing against Donegal after he switched to play for Mayo.Carney left Donegal in 1979, after winning two Ulster titles, to team up with Mayo and found playing against his native county to be a surreal experience.“It was something I was very conscious of. I found it very strange playing against Donegal, found it difficult to adjust to it,” he said in an interview today. “I had been in Mayo for five years before I joined them, but Donegal was still the team whose result I would look out for and suddenly I was playing against them.“There was a lot of travel involved, but the commitment required then wasn’t anything like what is expected now.“Things were changing in Donegal too. The side I had come through with was just starting to break up and I saw my future, workwise and everything else, in Mayo.”Carney did have links to Mayo. His uncle Jackie was part of the 1936 All-Ireland-winning side and he later managed the side during their back-to-back 1950-51 successes. “I wasn’t an absolute stranger to Mayo by any stretch. I was well versed in their history and tradition, but it was still strange,” admitted Carney.“I remember playing against Donegal in a league match in my home town of Ballyshannon in 1985, that was a particularly tough, hard-hitting match.”By the time Donegal had their finest hour in 1992, Carney had long been ensconced in Mayo.He went to that year’s forgettable All-Ireland semi-final between the two sides and, in his own words, “kept the head down”.When Carney played for Donegal for the last time, he was operating in midfield alongside a gangly school kid called Packie Bonner who would shortly become Jock Stein’s last signing for Celtic. ends‘IT WAS STRANGE PLAYING DONEGAL’ ADMITS EX-COUNTY STAR WHO SWITCHED TO MAYO was last modified: March 12th, 2011 by gregShare 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

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman has long been one of the NFL’s household names, and that name usually incited a cuss word or two in the household of 49ers fans until his arrival from Seattle this year. Sherman is now the face of a 49ers franchise, one still wallowing in the losses of offensive stars Jimmy Garoppolo and Jerick McKinnon.But what about DeForest Buckner or Reuben Foster? First-round draft picks in 2016 and ’17, they’re supposedly ticketed for stardom. Monday night’s stage in Green …last_img

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — It was just a single game, but one that demonstrated the wide gulf in terms of young talent that separates the Giants from the Atlanta Braves.Mike Soroka, a 21-year-old right-hander, shut down the Giants just like he has virtually everyone else this season in a 4-1 win by the Braves before a crowd of 29,815 at Oracle Park.Atlanta (26-22) got all the offense it would need from center fielder Ronald …last_img

first_imgA skeleton of an extinct creature was found on the coast of Peru. Evolutionists are all calling it a walking whale.In Current Biology, a team led by Olivier Lambert announced a skeleton of what they call an “amphibious whale” or a “quadrupedal whale” they found off the coast of Peru. When the story (complete with artists’ conceptions) hit the press, reporters took the bait and ran with it without asking any questions, printing blow-ups of the artwork as the leading tease under their breathless headlines.Credit: Brett MillerAncient, four-legged whale with otter-like features found along the coast of Peru (Cell Press).Ancient Four-Legged Whale Swam Across Oceans, Walked Across Continents (Live Science).Amazing four-legged fossil shows how walking whales learned to swim (New Scientist).Fossil of ancient four-legged whale found in Peru (BBC News).Ancient four-legged whales once roamed land and sea  (The Conversation).The lead discoverer was ecstatic about the evolutionary implications of his discovery. “This is the first indisputable record of a quadrupedal whale skeleton for the whole Pacific Ocean, probably the oldest for the Americas, and the most complete outside India and Pakistan,” said Olivier Lambert of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.The team believes the date of the fossil fits the assumed evolutionary transition between artiodactyls and cetaceans, provided it was able to cross the ocean from Pakistan, where the other alleged ‘walking whale’ specimens were found. The discoverers embedded their interpretation into the name, calling it Peregocetus pacificus, “the traveling whale that reached the Pacific.”Comparative sizes of humpback whale and its presumed land ancestor. Credit: Illustra Media.Experience through many years of reporting overhyped claims by evolutionists teaches one to remain skeptical. First of all, the beast does not resemble a whale. It has a long snout, and probably a long tail, and some possible webbing in its four feet. But so do seals, sea lions, beavers, and otters. It is not really that different from the extinct animals in Pakistan that have long been touted as transitional forms, except that this one was found on the west coast of Peru. It may have been about four feet long, but whales are among the largest animals that ever lived.Since the news media are not doing their duty to ask questions, let’s do it for them.How do they know it is a whale? They don’t. That’s their interpretation. It would be like calling a platypus a duck because of its duckbill, or a snake because of its poison spur.How could it be a non-whale? Many other animals have some of these traits: webbed feet, long snouts, and an amphibious lifestyle. The authors say that the creature shared some traits with beavers and otters. Extinct animals often display a mosaic of traits.How is it unlike a whale? It is not an obligate marine mammal, where every function has to be performed in water 24 x 7. That’s a huge change in lifestyle, requiring many simultaneous adaptations.Is it really a transitional form? Many mammals with amphibious lifestyles are not considered transitional forms to whales: manatees, hippos, sea lions, beavers, otters, humans. Nobody watched how this animal lived, because it is extinct.Did it really cross the ocean? The authors claim that Africa and South America would have been closer when this animal lived. That proves nothing. It would still be a long, long way for a fish-eating amphibious mammal to travel that far. With only one specimen known, there’s too little evidence to make a case. Many types of animals are known to be cosmopolitan. Maybe this one was, too, but we lack enough fossils to know. You can’t build a story on one fossil. You can’t say it swam from Pakistan to Peru in order to evolve into a new creature on its way to whalehood.Why not believe it was a transitional form? In the Illustra Media documentary Living Waters, Dr Richard Sternberg points out irreducibly complex traits like the male reproductive system that would need relocation inside the body plus a complex cooling system to prevent sterility. That, and many other systems, would require complete overhauls for obligate marine living, involving numerous genetic changes. And yet the probability of getting just two coordinated mutations, he calculated, is 100 million years, far longer than the time allowed for alleged “whale evolution” to occur. This consideration alone blows the story out of the water, so to speak.Epistemic modesty should keep scientists from spinning elaborate yarns about great transformations in evolution. The whale story is one of the biggest. It’s sufficient to say that ‘We found another unknown animal in the fossil record, and here are its features.’ (Visited 557 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgWe have shown this magnificent video before of a landing in thick fog using autoland taken from the cockpit of a Boeing 757 by Hjörleifur Jóhannesson.Many readers have asked us to put it back up on the news feed so here we go.The Category 3A approach is to Oslo Gardemoen Airport. The wind is calm with visibility of just 225 meters on the runway.Autoland systems were developed to enable aircraft to land virtually blind although they can be used in all levels of visibility.However there are limits to the amount of wind component that an autoland system can handle.For instance for a 747-400 the maximum headwind is 25 kts (28mph / 46km/hr), maximum tailwind 10 kts and a maximum crosswind of 25 kts.However for the autoland to work an airport must be equipped with an appropriate Instrument Landing System (ILS) or Microwave Landing System (MLS). There are various levels of ILS capability.CAT 1 has a decision height for the pilot of 200ft (61m) and the pilot must be able to see 2400ft (55m) down the runway. For CAT 11 the decision height is 100ft (30m) and a runway visual range of 1000ft (300m). CAT111a 100ft and 660ft, CAT111b 50ft and 246ft.Most airports have only a CAT 1 capability.The first aircraft to be certified to CAT III standards was a Sud Aviation Caravelle in December 1968 followed by the Hawker-Siddeley Trident in May 1972 to CAT IIIa. It achieved CAT IIIb  in 1975.The Trident had been certified to CAT II in February 1968.In the video listen for the heights being called out by the aircarft’s systems. The 757 enters the fog at 500ft and the first lights of the runway are seeen at just 100ft above the runway.Music on the video is by Paul Schwartz, Cantilena from the Aria 2: New Horizon album. For more videos by Hjörleifur Jóhannesson see: read more

first_imgNestlé’s Milo brand is getting behind football in South Africa by supporting its development in schools. (Image: Nestlé Milo)The 2009 Nestlé Milo Champions tournament brought almost 6 000 schools from around South Africa together in Soweto to compete for the trophy, as well as R100 000 (US$13 300) for the winning school to invest in a health, wellness or nutrition initiative.With the 2010 Fifa World Cup now scant months away, football fever in all forms is gripping the nation as never before. Last year’s Milo Champions competition, run in collaboration with the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) and the Supersport television channel, was the second edition.About 94 500 would-be football stars participated in the 2009 tournament, with around 75 000 children from some 4 800 schools taking part in the 2008 event.Dorothy Langa Primary School in Limpopo province was the ultimate winner, snatching the title from Mpumalanga’s Mapula Sindane School in an exciting final that came down to a penalty shoot-out. Dorothy Langa, with two goals to Mapula’s one, emerged triumphant.“It is great to see that school competitions like this are not dominated by one school,” said Dorothy Langa head coach Mpho Mathopa. “Our achievement has reflected the true spirit of competition and shown that there is a balance of football talent in the country.”Developing future talentThe competition was open to all South African primary schools, and took place over four months. District and regional winners went through to the provincial play-offs, and the nine provincial winners progressed to the national finals at Hyundai Park in Soweto.“We want to see growth in school soccer in our country,” said Sasfa president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko. “Next year we will make sure that more schools take part in this wonderful tournament.”Global food giant Nestlé has invested generously in the Milo Champions tournament. In addition to the grand prize, each provincial winner walked off with R10 000 ($1 320), while the runner-up took home R75 000 and the third-placed team won R50 000 ($6 600).The programme is intended primarily to foster young football talent in South Africa while promoting an enthusiasm for the beautiful game and an awareness of the importance of healthy living. As well as valuable football coaching from top players, all participants received comprehensive nutritional education.Nestlé South Africa MD Yves Manghardt said, “We at Nestlé hope that each child who has played in this tournament comes out a winner, having learnt about teamwork, determination and most importantly why sports and a healthy lifestyle are qualities that will stand them strong through life.”Nurturing football skillsDorothy Langa chose to use the money for a new football field, which was officially opened towards the end of 2009. The 68m x 50m field, complete with borehole to ensure that the pitch is always green, was a welcome addition to the school’s infrastructure.To celebrate the occasion former Bafana Bafana defender Mark Fish gave a coaching clinic at the school. Fish is Nestlé’s Milo brand ambassador for good health, and also took time to visit each of the nine finalists beforehand to help with their preparations for the big day.At the same time Nestlé launched the South African branch of its Healthy Kids programme. This is a global initiative that aims to fight the growing problem of malnutrition and obesity in children between the ages of four and 16. By encouraging good nutrition and exercise, Healthy Kids aims to raise a healthier, more active generation.The programme was introduced to the world in April 2009 by Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke.Regional competitionIn anticipation of the first World Cup to take place on African soil, the Milo brand is deepening its association with football in South Africa by extending the Champions tournament to the entire African continent.The inaugural African Milo Champions tournament was launched in September 2009 and features top under-13 teams from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Regional stages are already underway, and the final will take place in South Africa in May 2010, just before the month-long Fifa World Cup kicks off in June.last_img read more