first_imgAsk a Darwinian how humans evolved language, and you are likely to hear gibberish.Language—real, syntactically-rich, grammatical, semantically-meaningful language—is one of the most distinctive traits of human beings. Evolutionists have long struggled to explain how and when this beneficial trait emerged in the human population. Other animals communicate, but they don’t ponder abstract concepts beyond the need for procreation or protection. One scientist is not even sure that humpback whales use their famous songs for anything beyond sonar (Science Daily). Animal signaling can bring pleasure, social cohesion, or stress relief, but human language is different. How did it evolve? Evolutionists don’t even know what they thought they knew, our first news item says.Diverse genome study upends understanding of how language evolved (Nature). Evolutionists got all excited in 2002 when one team found that mutations to a gene called FOXP2 disrupted speaking in humans. It appeared at the time, also, that the great apes lacked the particular human form of this gene. Was a mutation in FOXP2 the long-lost key to the evolution of language? No; it wasn’t. “Research casts doubt on the idea that the FOXP2 gene — linked to language evolution — is special to modern humans,” writes Matthew Warren in Nature this week. Warren recalls how evolutionists boasted about the discovery for years, only to backtrack now:The evolution of human language was once thought to have hinged on changes to a single gene that were so beneficial that they raced through ancient human populations. But an analysis now suggests that this gene, FOXP2, did not undergo changes in Homo sapiens’ recent history after all — and that previous findings might simply have been false signals.“The situation’s a lot more complicated than the very clean story that has been making it into textbooks all this time,” says Elizabeth Atkinson, a population geneticist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a co-author of the paper, which was published on 2 August in Cell1.Originally discovered in a family who had a history of profound speech and language disorders, FOXP2 was the first gene found to be involved in language production. Later research touted its importance to the evolution of human language.Now, it appears that the human version of FOXP2 is older than expected. A re-analysis also shows that the scientists behind the 2002 study did shoddy work. Crack this “solution” up to careless, fake science. Evolutionists feel silly about it now. “Language is complicated, and was never going to be explained by a single mutation in modern humans,” one remarked. Oh, that readers between 2002 and 2018 could have known “the rest of the story” that was yet to come. See also Science Daily‘s account of this humiliating retraction.The dynamics of norm change in the cultural evolution of language (PNAS). These four evolutionists think that study of linguistic changes over merely two centuries can inform studies of human evolution! They looked at English and Spanish books for clues. What can that possibly say about how humans acquired language in the first place? Very little. In fact, they end up restricting the implications of their study significantly in the ending discussion, and defer other conclusions to “future work.” And yet they use the word evolution copiously, overlooking the obvious contributions of the human mind and choice in the processes of change. That is not Darwinian evolution. The e-word in this paper gives a false impression that evolutionary theory can somehow shed light on the origin of this most unique human capability.Did kindness prime our species for language? (Science Magazine). Two evolutionists look to Bengalese finches for clues to how humans learned to speak. Prepare for a just-so story that started with Darwin:All this makes the domesticated and wild birds a perfect natural experiment to help explore an upstart proposal about human evolution: that the building blocks of language are a byproduct of brain alterations that arose when natural selection favored cooperation among early humans. According to this hypothesis, skills such as learning complex calls, combining vocalizations, and simply knowing when another creature wants to communicate all came about as a consequence of pro-social traits like kindness. If so, domesticated animals, which are bred to be good-natured, might exhibit such communication skills too.The idea is rooted in a much older one: that humans tamed themselves. This self-domestication hypothesis, which got its start with Charles Darwin, says that when early humans started to prefer cooperative friends and mates to aggressive ones, they essentially domesticated themselves (Science, 24 October 2014, p. 405). Along with tameness came evolutionary changes seen in other domesticated mammals—smoother brows, shorter faces, and more feminized features—thanks in part to lower levels of circulating androgens (such as testosterone) that tend to promote aggression.You can ignore most of this speculative storytelling, because Michael Erard and Catherine Matacic take most of it back in the last paragraph. They can’t connect genes to changes in communication in the birds, for one thing, and end with a caution about misinterpreting the data: “Tomasello also cautions against trying to explain human language solely from animal models.” None of the fact-free stories in the article have anything to do with semantics, anyway. It’s all about vocalization without meaning. If this just-so story is to believed, clownfish should have written sea anemone dictionaries by now, and microbes in bacterial films should be holding science conferences together.Like so many Darwinian explanations, this one is self-refuting. The evolutionary scientists are using language to say that language arose by chance, without meaning. It only served a purpose so that species could propagate themselves. We can conclude, therefore, that all these scientists really just have sex on their mind. They don’t “mean” anything they say.The harm that Charlie did to science and the world is nearly incalculable. World empires fought genocidal wars over his notions. Science entered the era of Just-So Storytelling. And Darwinians cast out of the Darwin Castle the true scientists who respect empiricism, who employ necessary and sufficient causes—like intelligence—for phenomena bearing hallmarks of design, instead of endlessly appealing to the Stuff Happens Law. Darwin bigots continue to punish anyone who criticizes the Bearded Buddha. This idol must be toppled before it causes even more harm with its amoral, fitness-centric outlook. (Visited 489 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgA lindissima paisagem cenica da África do Sul, a magnifica vida ao ar livre, o clima solarengo, a diversidade cultural e a reputaçao de retribuir o valor do dinheiro investido, tornaram-na num dos destinos mais procurados para viagens de lazer – e de negocios.O pais nao podia ser mais diferente quanto a clima, cultura, actividades turisticas e infra-estruturas, providenciando excelentes condiçoes para nichos de turismo, negocio, turismo ecologico e cultural atraves da aventura, do desporto e do turismo arqueologico.CrescimentoO turismo dos negociosTurismo culturalEco-turismoTurismo arqueologicoTurismo de aventuraTurismo desportivoCrescimentoAs viagens dos estrangeiros para a África do Sul despontaram com o final do apartheid. Em 1994, aquando das primeiras eleiçoes democraticas no pais, apenas 3,9 milhoes de turistas estrangeiros tinham chegado a África do Sul.Em 2004, porem, esse numero duplicou para 6,7 milhoes. E em 2007, um total de 9,07 milhoes de visitantes estrangeiros visitaram a África do Sul – um crescimento de 8,3% relativamente a 2006, celebrando o seu recorde em termos de chegadas de turistas em tres anos consecutivos.O turismo e tambem um dos sectores em franco e rapido crescimento da economia sul africana e a sua contribuiçao para o PIB (Produto Interno Bruto) tem aumentado de 4,6% em 1993 para 8,3% em 2006.Directa ou indirectamente, o turismo constitui aproximadamente 7% do emprego na África do Sul. Idealmente colocado para criar novos empregos e valorizar os recursos naturais e culturais do pais, o turismo tem sido assinalado pelo governo como um dos sectores de crescimento da África do Sul.O que torna esta industria extremamente atraente, sobretudo com a exposiçao que o pais tera na Copa do Mundo de futebol em 2010, o maior evento desportivo mundial e que aqui tera lugar, com os inerentes melhoramentos massivos a nivel de transportes e alojamento.O turismo dos negociosA África do Sul esta tambem a modificar o alvo dos turistas de negocios, que gastam em media tres vezes mais do que os turistas de lazer, tirando partindo em simultaneo eles tambem do turismo do lazer, com tours turisticos antes e apos os seus encontros de negocios e com o seu regresso nos anos posteriores.Com as suas extraordinarias infra-estruturas, um clima ameno e um cenario de tirar a respiraçao – ja para nao falar nos hectares e hectares de campos de golfe – a África do Sul e um local ideal para congressos e convençoes internacionais.O pais tem muito mais de 1.000 sitios de conferencias e exposiçoes, desde as escapadelas mais intimistas para o mato ate aos centros de convençoes high-tech e em larga escala. Todos eles, no entanto, oferecem uma enorme riqueza e variedade de actividades de lazer, tours e eventos: andar em cima de elefantes ou experiencias em primeira mao tomando contacto com a cultura Africana, passando pelas compras de luxo ou de descanso.Estima-se que 6 a 7% dos visitantes estrangeiros em 2007 foram turistas de negocios, traduzindo-se por 550.000 turistas deste genero se comparado com os 470.000 que nos visitaram em 2006. A despesa total directa que representaram durante a sua estada no pais foi de 2,4 bilioes de rands, em 2006, e quase 2,1 bilioes de rands em 2005.A industria de conferencias na África do Sul subiu para o 31º lugar da ultima lista top-40 dos principais destinos do mundo, da Associaçao Internacional de Congressos e Convençoes, editada em Maio de 2007.E no inquerito de 2007 do Trends & Spends da prestigiada revista Meetings and Incentive Travel (M&IT) – distribuida entre organizadores de eventos em todo o Reino Unido – a Cidade do Cabo ficou em primeiro lugar dos destinos favoritos de longo curso enquanto que a África do Sul foi votada em segundo lugar.Turismo culturalA África do Sul e berço de varias culturas, desde Zulus, que resistiram a conquista dos Europeus, ate aos San, nomadas do deserto de Karoo. Cada uma destas culturas evoluiu segundo as suas proprias formas distintas de arte, musica e rituais tradicionais e os descendentes dos colonos, por seu turno, acompanharam as tendencias das suas raizes europeias.A historia da África do Sul foi outrora palco de confrontaçoes, mas hoje em dia predomina a conciliaçao. Desde 1994 que foram criados diversos locais para comemorarem o passado do pais, mas tambem celebrarem esta nova uniao, assistindo a um crescimento enorme de aldeias culturais de grande qualidade e tours a comunidades e cidades.Quatro dos oito Patrimonios Mundiais da Unesco na África do Sul sao sitios culturais e um deles e um misto de cultura e natureza. Sao eles: a Ilha Robben, o Berço da Humanidade, a Paisagem Cultural de Mapungubwe, a Paisagem Cultural e Botanica de Richtersveld e o Parque uKhahlamba Drakensberg.Veja: Experiencias culturais na África do SulEco-turismoO clima na África do Sul varia do tropical a sudeste a desertico na regiao centro. O cenario percorre a escala que vai desde montanhas absolutamente espectaculares a vastas planicies de mato, desde costa maritima a dunas do deserto, passando por rios serpenteantes. A vida selvagem aqui e muito mais variada do que apenas os famosos “Grande Cinco”, com uma extraordinaria diversidade biologica subjacente.Tres dos oito Patrimonios Mundiais da Unesco na África do Sul sao sitios culturais e um deles e um misto de cultura e natureza. Sao eles a Regiao Floral do Cabo, o Parque iSimangaliso Wetland, a Cartera de Vredefort e o Parque uKhahlamba Drakensberg.A África do Sul lidera presentemente uma das iniciativas mais arrojadas na África austral, a criaçao de parques transfronteiriços.Os numero de parques nacionais do pais – incluindo o famoso Parque Nacional Kruger – subiram para 21 e o governo esta empenhado em aumentar as areas protegidas dos 5,4% actuais para 8%, e as suas zonas marinhas protegidas de 11% para 20% ate 2010.Os lodges ou pousadas de caça privados tambem aumentaram substancialmente nos ultimos 10 anos e dos mais variados tipos, do medianamente confortavel ao extremamente luxuoso, estes ultimos recebendo quase que exclusivamente turistas estrangeiros.Veja: Experiencias na vida selvagem Sul AfricanaTurismo arqueologicoA África do Sul tem muitos sitios de grande significado arqueologico. Os mais conhecidos sao Sterkfontein, Swartkrans e Kromdraai, que formam o Berço da Humanidade, uma das concentraçoes de fosseis hominideos mais ricas do mundo.Outros incluem o Parque uKhahlamba Drakensberg, onde se encontra o maior numero de pinturas rupestres em toda a África, e a Paisagem Cultural Mapungubwe, local de um reino muito antigo e requintado que antecedeu em muito a colonizaçao dos europeus. Todos estes tres locais sao Patrimonio da Humanidade da UNESCO.Veja: Patrimonio Mundial na África do SulTurismo de aventuraDevido a sua localizaçao na ponta mais a sul do continente africano, a África do Sul oferece 3.000 km de costa maritima ao longo de impressionantes montanhas – frequentemente lado a lado. O solo tao diverso deste pais, juntamente com um clima ideal para actividades desportivas ao ar livre, tornam-no num alvo fantastico para os que gostam de por a adrenalina a prova.A África do Sul proporciona montanhismo, surf, mergulho, caminhada, safaris a cavalo, ciclismo de montanha, rafting – e praticamente todos os outros desportos radicais de que voce se lembre, todos com o apoio de instrutores credenciados.Veja: África do Sul: paraiso da aventuraTurismo desportivoPontos de encontro de alto nivel e infra-estruturas de apoio, eventos de classe internacional e a paixao da África do Sul pelo desporto combinam-se muito bem para fazer do pais uma atracçao para todo aquele que ame o desporto. 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first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving had 16 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 15 points and eight rebounds and Boston wrapped up an unbeaten preseason.Rookie Malik Monk scored 21 points to lead the Hornets, shooting 4 for 9 from 3-point range. Dwight Howard had 12 points and six rebounds in his first home game.CELTICS: Jaylen Brown showed he can defend multiple positions, blocking point guard Kemba Walker and forward Marvin Williams on back-to-back possessions. … Gordon Hayward had 13 points.HORNETS: Michael Carter-Williams (knee) will not be ready for the regular season opener, coach Steve Clifford said. Nic Batum (elbow), Jeremy Lamb (groin) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) did not play. Rookie Dwayne Bacon went 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, accounting for all 12 of his points.UP NEXT: Boston (4-0) opens the regular season against Cleveland on Tuesday. Charlotte (1-3) hosts Dallas on Friday.HEAT 117, WIZARDS 115Jordan Mickey’s 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left gave Miami the win.Bam Adebayo scored 15 points, Tyler Johnson scored 14 and Josh Richardson had 13 for the Heat.Jason Smith scored 20 points on 7 for 8 shooting, and John Wall finished with 16 points and eight assists for Washington. Kelly Oubre Jr. had a strong game, with 10 points and 14 rebounds.WIZARDS: Bradley Beal scored 15, Mike Scott had 13 and Otto Porter Jr. scored 11 for Washington, which led by as many as 13 and never trailed by more than three. WATCH: Get to know Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena in 7 questions “The big key is I want him feeling fresh, peaking by Game 1,” Spoelstra said. “He’s in great shape, great spirits and we’ll just keep moving forward.”Dragic, Miami’s leading scorer last season at just over 20 points per game, expects to be full-go when Miami’s regular season starts Wednesday in Orlando. He said Spoelstra recognized how much the European title run — the emotional toll if nothing else — took out of him.“I always want to practice and play,” Dragic said. “But sometimes your body or your head doesn’t allow you to do that. He’s good at reading players. He knows what you need. Maybe he saw something that probably was not hard to see. So I crashed a little bit, came back and now it’s on to a new goal here in Miami.”A look at Wednesday’s preseason games:CELTICS 108, HORNETS 100ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary HEAT: Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters also got the night off to rest. … Mickey’s 3-pointer was the third lead change in the final 36 seconds. … The Heat had 78 points off the bench.UP NEXT: Washington (3-1) visits New York on Friday. Miami (3-2) plays Philadelphia in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday.76ERS 133, NETS 114Dario Saric scored 26 points and Joel Embiid, playing for the first time since agreeing to his $148 million extension, added 22 as Philadelphia got its first win of the preseason.D’Angelo Russell scored 24 for Brooklyn in its preseason finale.76ERS: J.J. Redick had 18 points for Philadelphia, which held a 52-37 rebounding edge. … No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz didn’t play.NETS: Caris Levert scored 16 and Jeremy Lin added 14 for the Nets, who led by 10 early — then got outscored by 35 points over the rest of the half, and eventually trailed by 36.UP NEXT: Philadelphia (1-3) meets Miami in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday. Brooklyn (3-1) opens the regular season Oct. 18 at Indiana.ROCKETS 101, GRIZZLIES 89James Harden shot only 2 for 13, missing all eight of his 3-point tries, but scored 18 points to lead Houston. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ It has been a preseason like none other for Dragic, who spent his summer carrying his native Slovenia to its first European championship and winning MVP honors at that tournament. But it also meant Dragic came back to Miami late last month worn down by the physically and mentally spent from the grind of that tournament, so Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to basically not use his starter for most of the preseason.Dragic didn’t like the idea at first. He knows now that it was the right move.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 shutout“I feel like my head is clearing,” Dragic said Wednesday before sitting out Miami’s home preseason game against the Washington Wizards. “I’m OK. Physically, I feel great. Mentally, I’m hungry again for basketball. That’s what we want to achieve and that’s the feeling we want for that first game.”Dragic hasn’t officially been ruled out for Miami’s preseason finale in Kansas City on Friday against Philadelphia, but he isn’t likely to play. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Miami Heat’s Jordan Mickey (25) shoots over Washington Wizards’ Tim Frazier (8) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 117-115. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI  — Goran Dragic usually needs to play in preseason games to get ready for the season.This year, the Miami point guard needed to not play.ADVERTISEMENT Trevor Ariza had 16 and Clint Capela added 15 for Houston. Andrew Harrison led Memphis with 17 points.ROCKETS: Chris Paul returned from right shoulder soreness, and shot 3 for 12. … The Rockets were 14 of 45 from 3-point range, with Eric Gordon alone going 2 for 12.GRIZZLIES: Mario Chalmers and Marc Gasol each scored 12 points. … Mike Conley, on his 30th birthday, had eight points on 3-for-10 shooting.UP NEXT: Houston (4-0) hosts San Antonio on Friday. Memphis (2-2) hosts New Orleans on Friday.TRAIL BLAZERS 113, SUNS 104Portland’s Caleb Swanigan and Phoenix’s Alex Len were ejected in the fourth quarter after a scuffle.Meyers Leonard made his first five 3-point tries and finished with 17 points for Portland. Josh Jackson had 22 and Mike James added 19 for Portland.TRAIL BLAZERS: Starting guards CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 23 points on 9 for 28 shooting. … Ed Davis grabbed 12 rebounds in 17 minutes.SUNS: Marquese Chriss had 13 points and 12 rebounds. … Eric Bledsoe missed all eight of his shots. … Phoenix had 40 points in the second and third quarters combined, then scored 43 in the fourth.UP NEXT: Portland (4-1) hosts Maccabi Haifa on Friday. Phoenix (1-3) hosts the Brisbane Bullets on Friday. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAndray Blatche finally joined the Gilas Pilipinas training on Sunday. Unlike in the previous times, he looked very much in game shape.But Blatche has less than a week to relearn the system and make Gilas play at full strength against Japan as the first window of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers starts Friday in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “We basically had to go back, almost, to square one, because we’re doing things that he (Blatche) is just picking up now,” coach Chot Reyes said after the first of two practice sessions on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Club commitments in China forced Blatche to arrive late after camp started on Nov. 3.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 shutout“That’s why we’re going to have two practices [on Sunday], so he could catch up,” Reyes added.In Blatche’s previous stints with Gilas, the 6-foot-11 former Brooklyn Net in the NBA was out of shape, having been away for a considerable amount of time. World Seniors: Antonio places second Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Being under contract in the Chinese Basketball Association’s Xinjiang Flying Tigers, Reyes and the rest of the Filipinos has Blatche in his best form.In his last two games in China, Blatche averaged 25 points and 12.5 rebounds against topnotch competition, definitely higher than what the Filipinos will encounter in their first two Fiba matches against Japan and Chinese Taipei.“He played 30-32 minutes [on average in the last two games in China], so he’s in pretty good shape,” Reyes said.The Filipinos fly out on Wednesday and will be looking to keep an impressive record going against the Japanese, who will be bannered by their own naturalized player, 6-foot-5 shooting guard Ira Brown, and the talented 6-foot-10 center Joji Takeuchi.The match against the Taiwanese happens on Nov. 27, also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSpalletti hails Mourinho: His legacy still felt at Inter Milanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has no problems with Jose Mourinho being linked to his job.The former Manchester United manager has been mentioned as Spalletti’s successor – and the Italian has no problem with it.He stated, “A possible return of (José) Mourinho to Inter? “It seems to me to be a good thing. Because thanks to its 18 months, Inter has become a team coveted by the best players and the best coaches at the European level.”Without these 18 months (Mourinho) we would not be here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img​Man City boss Guardiola defends Bernardo Silvaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola launched a defence of midfielder Bernardo Silva.The latter was involved in a racism row after he posted a picture on social media that compared a young Benjamin Mendy to a graphic on a popular chocolate.Many accused Bernardo of racism, but Guardiola does not believe that is the case.”Honestly, I don’t know what will happen,” Guardiola told reporters about the furore surrounding his Portuguese midfielder.”They should put their focus on another issue because they don’t know which guy you are talking about.”Bernardo is one of the most lovely people I ever met in my life. He speaks four or five languages and that is the best way to understand how open-minded he is and one of his best friends is Mendy. He’s like a brother to him.”The image is not about the colour of the skin. He took a picture of Benjamin when he was young and he related it to this cartoon, which was quite similar for the image.”If they want to do that [investigate] and ask for Bernardo, I think he will be open to talk. But first you have to know exactly which person you are talking about.”There are many situations with people, with white people and you look at a cartoon and the face is quite similar as your face and you put it in there, it is quite similar.”I think the response from Mendy was clear after that. They are joking all the time. Maybe what I say as advice is to hide social media, if something happened it would be a mistake.”Bernardo is an exceptional person. A guy who can speak five languages, it’s because he’s open-minded – nothing about the colour of the skin, nationalities or whatever.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth management scoffs at moaning Pellegriniby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth management were left “bemused” by West Ham’s meltdown at the end of yesterday’s 2-2 draw.It’s emerged Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed assistant boss Jason Tindall was influencing referee Stuart Attwell. An animated Pellegrini was involved in an altercation with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. Tindall appeared to act as peacemaker, ushering the sexagenarian Chilean away from 41-year-old Howe near the dugouts of the Vitality Stadium. Howe later denied that the exchange was heated: “No, not heated, we were just discussing a few VAR calls. Everyone’s got their own different opinions to decisions, so there was no problem.”Moments later Pellegrini, whose side are now third in the Premier League, offered his side in an uncharacteristic outburst. “No, I never talked about the VAR decision,” he said. “I talk about the assistant coach of him, the complete game with the referee trying to pressurise in every decision. That’s all what I complain, not about the VAR. “Its his assistant. I think they don’t need it because they are a good team that play offensive football. I think Eddie has done very good work here – his assistant doesn’t need to do those kind of things because I don’t think it’s fair for the referee.”A source close to Bournemouth’s management told the Daily Mail: “Eddie and Jason are bemused as to why the West Ham management were getting their knickers in a twist and not happy about it. “They seemed to have a problem with Jason being on the touchline but everyone knows Eddie and Jason come as a team. They are always on the touchline together and did nothing different than in any other game. “But they felt hard done by on VAR and weren’t afraid to make that known. For some reason Pellegrini had an issue with it. Why? Probably because, deep down, he knows they were right and West Ham were lucky to come away with a draw.” last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER — The Liberal candidate running against NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in a Burnaby, B.C., byelection has bowed out of the race after singling out Singh’s ethnicity in an online post.Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background and her choice of words wasn’t well-considered and didn’t reflect her intent.She says she “sincerely” apologizes to Singh and has deep respect for him as the leader of his party and for his public service.Wang says after consideration with her supporters she has decided to step aside as the Liberal candidate in the Burnaby South byelection.She says she believes in the progress that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team are making, and doesn’t wish for her comments to be a distraction.StarMetro Vancouver reported Wednesday that Wang wrote on Chinese social media platform WeChat that she was the “only” Chinese candidate in the riding, rather than Singh, who she identified as “of Indian descent.”More to come.The Canadian Presslast_img read more