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MALIBU – The waves rolled in as precision half-pipes, perfect 6-footers curling toward the beach. While residents along Atlantic and Gulf coasts girded for a fearsome hurricane season, Southland surfers waxed their boards Friday for what some expect to be a surf’s-up summer. “I’m so excited,” said Britlyn Coleman, 16, of Malibu, pointing her 9-foot-4 longboard toward the breakers off Surfrider Beach. “It starts to get, like, a vibe to it – like, whoa, a good summer now.” They predict that steady southern storms and neutral Pacific currents – between a warm El Ni o and a cold La Ni a – will make for glassy summer surf with few riptides. “Along the beaches, it’ll be average or slightly better-than-average for southern-facing beaches – Malibu to County Line,” said Nathan Cool of Newbury Park, chief forecaster for wetsand.com, a popular surf prediction site. “These storms will definitely make for a good surfing summer – not flat surf, but not dangerously big, either.” While they hunt the Internet each day for positive surf predictions, most surfers took a laid-back approach when it comes to prognosticating their favorite pastime. Patzert said researchers are able to predict high surf only a week in advance, using satellite images of ocean typhoons and knowledge of the “great storms of the roaring ’40s and ’50s.” “My board’s waxed. I’m good to go. And I’m optimistic,” said Patzert. “But that’s not based on anything scientific – it’s just the surfer’s credo.” Internet predictions have changed surfing, some say for the worse, as everyone with a board becomes as savvy toward summer swells as a seasoned oceanographer. But Bill Robinson, captain of lifeguard operations for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, is among the seasoned few who can predict the next day’s surf based on the swells that roll past Malibu Pier. “We’re gettin’ some pretty good swells this year,” said Robinson. “It’s lookin’ pretty good. … With the Internet, everybody drops work and as soon as there’s a swell, they’re here.” A milky mist rose off Malibu as the sun broke to highlight dozens of surfers north of Malibu Pier. The sea, 58 degrees last week, had warmed to a relatively toasty 65. Longboarders mingled with shortboarders. Valley surfers lined up with Malibu locals. “Shredders” kept their distance from less skilled “barneys” or “kooks.” Pelicans hovered past a roiling sea. “I’m ready to go,” said Chris Wilder, 48, of Santa Monica, readying his four-fin quad. “It’s a good day today and when the tide comes in, it’ll be even bigger,” said Ray Torres, 63, of Simi Valley, waxing his 10-footer. “Whatever the summer brings, it’s usually good enough. There haven’t been many summers where it isn’t good, especially here.” email@example.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2As news of the third major swell of spring swept over the Internet, surfers paddled like penguins through morning June gloom to meet the breakers offshore. Friday’s 4- to 6-foot swells, formed by a storm deep in the Southern Hemisphere off Antarctica, had taken nine days to cross the 4,700 miles to Southern California. “Waves are the great travelers of the ocean,” said Bill Patzert, research oceanographer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Ca ada Flintridge. “Some of those great swells will barrel out of the Southern Hemisphere, across the Equator and take dead aim at southern-facing California beaches.” Patzert, a surfing veteran of the North Shore of Oahu, was loathe to predict high surf until the end of summer, while other forecasters see a better-than-average season.
5 5 Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) – The former Manchester United striker could prove to be the most attainable target for Ronald Koeman this summer. Leverkusen are willing to allow the Mexican to depart the BayArena despite scoring 11 league goals and should be available for a relatively low fee, given he has one year left to run on his current contract. 5 Moussa Dembele (Celtic) – The 20-year-old has been a big hit in the Scottish Premiership after bagging 32 goals since joining Celtic from Fulham last summer. The French forward is also a target for Italian giants AC Milan, but Dembele could be tempted by the lure of European football and the bigger wages on offer at Goodison Park. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – Koeman played up to rumours that Rooney could make a dramatic return to Goodison Park after a 13-year spell with Manchester United. Believing he would make the Toffees stronger, Rooney could be tempted to take the Dutchman up on his invitation, and see out the remaining years of his career back on Merseyside. Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) – Another striker who could provide a similar impact to Lukaku although, as a short-term option. At 32, the former Spain international is unlikely to improve upon his record of 15 Premier League goals, but could prove to be a wise addition alongside a big-money arrival. Everton might have to prepare for life without star man Romelu Lukaku.The 24-year-old striker, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, has decided where he wants to play next season.Lukaku has been heavily linked with a return to his former club Chelsea, while Manchester United and Bayern Munich have also been credited with an interest in the prolific front man.But, if the Toffees ace does decide to leave Goodison Park this summer, who will Ronald Koeman turn to in a bid to replace the Belgian?Click the right arrow above to see who could be the man to come in for Lukaku at Everton… 5 Anthony Modeste (FC Koln) – Presents more of a like-for-like replacement for the potentially departing Lukaku. A powerful striker, capable of holding up play, Modeste scored 21 times in 27 Bundesliga games and is likely to command a hefty price tag. West Ham are also said to be monitoring the 29-year-olds situation closely. 5
Inter Milan are preparing a cheeky £12 million bid for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele this summer.The 30-year-old is into the final 12 months of his contract at Spurs – with the north London outfit expecting him to leave the club. IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tottenham, however, have previously been holding out for around £30 million for Dembele.The Belgium international, who is preparing to face England in the World Cup third-place Play-off, joined Spurs from Fulham in 2012 for £15 million. Latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets 1 Dembele is currently on international duty with Belgium at the World Cup Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM targets The Belgian is attracting interest from China and he has several lucrative offers on the table from there.Inter Milan are also keen on Dembele though and, according to TMW, they hope they can land him for just £12 million.In an intriguing turn of events however, city rivals AC are also keen on securing his signature.The Italian club believe that should be enough to land the midfielder, given he has just a year to run on his current contract. REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti
Letterkenny Athletic Club will launch its International Track and Field event at 9.00 pm in Arena 7 tomorrow night (Thurs). This will be followed by the final draw of the LAC Silver Circle, when €3,500 in prize money will be up for grabs.It has been a busy year for the club to date and all those who purchased a ticket in the fundraising draw are welcome to come along to Arena 7 for is expected to be a great night.Light refreshments will be served.Having staged the first four minute mile in Donegal last year at the Danny McDaid Track at the Aura Leisure Centre, the club will announce details of another top international track and field meet which will take place on Friday, July 10th.BIG NIGHT AHEAD FOR LETTERKENNY AC AT ARENA 7 was last modified: May 27th, 2015 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)
Wainfest 2015 was last night launched by Laureate na nÓg and children’s author Eoin Colfer following an evening of enthralling story telling in the splendid surroundings of Glenveagh Castle.Wainfest, a book and art festival organised by Donegal County Council’s Cultural Services division will take place between the 10 and 17 of October and promises to deliver the biggest ever line up of quality events and performers. There will be over 100 attractions including 21 authors, storytellers, artists, designers and scientists packed into one week. Wainfest was launched following the Laureate na n-Óg’s Once Upon a Place Donegal Tour where the audience of more than 50 children and adults were treated to tales of fairies and talking frogs as well as stories about growing up the olden times of the 70’s and 80’s by Eoin Colfer and his wonderful team of professional story tellers.The Once Upon a Place tour focuses on fantastic places: extraordinary settings in which to stage very special and memorable storytelling events that spark children’s imaginations and bring the magic of story and of books to young people in an experiential way and where better to do this than at Glenveagh Castle.Speaking following the event Eileen Burgess, Cultural Services Donegal County Council said “launching Wainfest 2015 as part of this tour was an extremely fitting and memorable experience for everyone involved including the many children and young people who participated in the evening”.She added “we are delighted to have the Laureate na n-Óg Eoin Colfer and his team here in Donegal for the Once Upon a Place tour and if this evenings performance is anything to go by the children of Donegal are in for a wonderful treat during this tour”. This is the 19th year of the festival and 2015 brings many changes including the inclusion of a family programme separate to the very successful events schedule for primary schools.Festival highlights in the school programme include:Author visits by Patricia Murphy and Gerard WhelanHistory workshops with Michael MoylanVisits to libraries by Open Farms and small animalsSEAI workshopsSuil na nÓg Junior Cert Art Exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre, LetterkennyThis year’s Wainfest will also be book-ended with family events on both Saturdays.On Saturday October 11, Monster Story Parties will take place in Buncrana, Bundoran, Carndonagh, Central Letterkenny and Milford libraries from 11am. The event will incorporate stories and arts and crafts under the theme of Monsters with the run up to the Halloween break.And on Saturday, October 17, the event will close the festival with the Family Fun Day in Letterkenny which centres around the Wimpy Kid and the Dinosaur that Pooped shows at the Regional Cultural Centre.Competitions While all this is going on there will be two competitions. One gives participants the opportunity to win €200 worth of new books for your school library. Every time a child borrows books from the library in October their names will be entered into a draw for this.The other competition will be based around social media, whereby names will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 40 free (20 for each show) tickets to the Wimpy Kid and Dinosaur that Pooped shows when they ‘like and share’ the family events post.Donegal County Council wish to acknowledge Europe Direct who sponsor a majority of the Schools Programme; Irish Design 2015 who funded a design event; Crafty Kids and Easons who are sponsoring some of the family events and Booknest Library Suppliers who are sponsoring the books for the competition.WAINFEST 2015 LAUNCHED AT GLENVEAGH CASTLE BY LAUREATE NA NÓG was last modified: September 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)
Vipers have defeated Villa twice this season, both in the leagueStanbic Uganda CupSC Villa vs Vipers SCMutessa II War Memorial Stadium, WankulukukuSunday, 27-05-2018Vipers will go into Sunday’s Uganda Cup semi final first leg away to Villa knowing that a first ever league and cup double is very much with in their reach.After sealing the league triumph on Friday by defeating UPDF FC 4-1 at the St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende, the Venoms will head into Sunday’s fixture confident they can go past a side from whom they collected maximum points in the league on two occasions.The Venoms whose only triumph in the competition came in 2016 defeated their Sunday opponents home and away in the league this past season.But Villa will have other ideas on their mind as the Uganda Cup is their only chance of saving arguably the best season the club has had in more than 10 years.The Jogoos led the league for a long while, seating on top of it for the most number of day until the final few weeks where they ended up finishing third.They have won the cup right times, with their last coming in 2015 in one of the most controversial finals ever witnessed in recent years.What the coaches are saying.Wasswa Bbosa, SC Villa.“We lost two league games to Vipers this season which will surely motivate us and make it more interesting.“During those games, we made many mistkes that we will have to correct if we are to stand any chances of defeating them because they are such a strong side which can be seen in the fact that they are already champions of the league.“All in all, a are so ready to combat them as the cup is our only chance of winning a crown this season.Miguel da Costa, Vipers’ SC.“Its not easy because there is little recovery time for the players as they only played the final league game on Friday.“We appreciate that this point of the season, you play six or seven matches in one month so we did all we can to prepare them physically for this game.“It is still not easy but hopefully we did our best.“The game against UPDF and this one are different and since it is a two legged affair, we will approach it cautiously.This is the first leg of their semi finalThe second leg will be played next weekend at the St. Maty’s Stadium in Kitende.The other semi final will be played on Monday as Synergy hosts defending champions KCCA FC in Masaka.Match Stats:Head to Head.This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season.They may twice in the league with Vipers winning 1-0 on both occassions.SC Villa have won only only two of the last 16 meetings between the two sides (D6 L8).SC Villa.Villa head into the game on a run of four games without victory (D2 L2), including a last day league defeat at home to Bul.The Jogoos have lost two of their last three home games, after going on a run of 31 minutes defeat.Against their fellow top three sides, Villa have won only one and lost the other three games so far.To get here, Villa defeated Ndejje University and KJT at the round of 16 and quarter finals respectively.Vipers SC.Vipers have gone 21 games in all competitions minus tasting defeat (W18 D3).Away from home, the Venoms have gone 11 games unbeaten (W8 D3).To get here, they defeated Kira United at the round of 16 before a quarter final win over Kansai Plascon.Comments Tags: miguel da costaSC Villastanbic uganda cupvipers scwasswa bbosa
(Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A secular science reporter blundered twice about irreducible complexity and evolution.Natalie Wolchover, writing for Live Science, was explaining why evolution never produced wheeled animals. Eyes, she said, are no problem for evolution: “Despite the complexity of the eye, it manages to evolve because each advance in its development offers some advantage…. From start to finish, a full-on eye can evolve in as little as 400,000 years, evolutionary biologists have estimated” she claimed, without naming names. Wheels, however, are beyond the reach of natural selection. Her authority was noted atheist, Darwinist and anti-creationist Richard Dawkins. After describing how evolution might produce an eye in stages, she said:The wheel, on the other hand, is an irreducibly complex system: It must work perfectly to work at all.… The sophisticated carpentry required to fashion wheel-and-axle systems explains why humans didn’t manage to invent them until the Bronze Age….Evolution can only build body parts in stages, but because a rudimentary, nonrotating proto-wheel provides no benefit whatsoever to an animal, the process of wheel development is destined to never begin. “The wheel may be one of those cases where the engineering solution can be seen in plain view, yet be unattainable in evolution because its lies the other side of a deep valley,” the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explained in a classic 1996 article on the lack of bio-wheels in nature, published in The Sunday Times.Finally, consider this: Even if an animal could make a sudden leap across that valley and find itself in possession of the genetic blueprint for a perfect pair of wheels, how would it even grow them? To rotate freely, wheels cannot be attached to the axles that support the rest of the body. So without attachment points, how would living wheels receive nutrients and expel waste? As Dawkins put it, “The problem of supplying a freely rotating organ with blood vessels (not to mention nerves) that don’t tie themselves in knots is too vivid to need spelling out!”Michael Behe, the originator of the term “irreducible complexity,” defined it in his book Darwin’s Black Box (1996) as “a single system composed of several well-matched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.” He made it clear he was not speaking of a system that “must work perfectly to work at all” as Wolchover alleged.More egregiously, Wolchover failed to point out the wheels that do exist in nature: the bacterial flagellum, for instance. When ATP synthase is included, every animal on earth is wheeled after all. Wheels for locomotion, to be sure, do not exist in place of animal legs, but they would only be functional on hard, flat surfaces which are rare in nature – a fact pointed out in the response on Uncommon Descent. That’s why in search and rescue attempts after earthquakes, the authorities generally rely on the systems designed for such environments: dogs and horses.Do you need more evidence that secular science sites like Live Science are involved in a concerted effort to spread misinformation, glorify Charlie, and sacrifice their integrity in their devotion to act as propaganda arms for the Darwin Party? By contrast, CEH gives the best mouthpieces for Charlie their best shot, quoting them at length. If Wolchover and her employer really wanted to report the subject honestly, they would have quoted Behe – maybe even given him a chance to respond – and not exposed so blatantly their ignorance of the arguments for I.C. We’re waiting for Live Science and the other Darwin Party propaganda outlets to show they can do honest reporting about evolution. What really takes the cake is Wolchover’s insistence that eyes are easy to evolve. We would like Wolchover or her hero Dawkins to evolve a fly eye, as recently described on Evolution News. Anything is easy for pseudo-scientists whose operating principle is to Imagine everything.
“We’ve seen World Cups in Germany and in England and in Korea … South Africa’s going to be different.” – Lesego Madumo chats to acting CEO Paul Bannister and other members of the International Marketing Council during a Football Fridays activation at The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg.Click arrow to play video.