Gareth Bale’s Arsenal-supporting agent trolls Tottenham over rumoured loan offer Advertisement Bale has struggled for form and fitness in a difficult season (Picture: Getty)Manager Zinedine Zidane is believed to be keen on offloading Bale, while reports have been circulating in Spain that former club Spurs are ready to offer him a January escape.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Bale’s Arsenal-supporting agent, Jonathan Barnett, has rubbished the speculation and says a loan is completely out of the question, while he couldn’t resist teasing Spurs.Asked if there is any chance of a return to the north London club in an interview with Sky Sports, Barnett burst out laughing and said bluntly: ‘I’m an Arsenal supporter, thank you very much.’On whether Bale will leave the club on loan, he continued: ‘Never. No loan move. No.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He’s one of the best players on earth – why would one of the best players on earth go somewhere on loan? That’s ridiculous.’Bale, 30, still has two-and-a-half seasons left on his current contract with Real and Barnett fully expects the Welshman – once the world’s most expensive player – to see out his deal. Bale has two goals and two assists in 14 appearances in all comps this season (Picture: AP)He added: ‘He’s fine. He’ll be there and everything is fine.‘I’ve always said [he’ll see out his contract]. I’ve never deviated and that’s where I’m going to stay. Things can change, but loans are ridiculous. And there’s not many clubs who can actually afford him anyway.‘So he’s happy. He’ll play at Real Madrid and hopefully win a couple more things with them.’MORE: Frank Lampard explains how Mesut Ozil caused Chelsea problems against ArsenalMORE: Cesc Fabregas hails Arsenal ‘legend’ who unearthed Gabriel Martinelli and Hector BellerinMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Bale’s agent, Jonthan Barnett, has little desire to bring him back to Spurs (Picture: Sky Sports)Real Madrid star Gareth Bale’s agent has ruled out the possibility of the Welsh winger leaving the club and dubbed rumours of a January loan move to Tottenham as ‘ridiculous’.Bale has struggled to hold down a place in the Real starting XI this season, having been plagued by injuries once again, and has not scored a goal in La Liga since September against Villarreal.He infuriated Real fans, and the club’s hierarchy, when he played for Wales despite being sidelined for Real, holding up a flag afterwards that read: ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.’ Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jan 2020 3:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link646Shares
Statewide—A unanimous recommendation by the Indiana Republican State Committee Rules Committee was made regarding the upcoming 2020 Indiana Republican State Convention. Currently, the Indiana Republican Party’s first goal is to continue to host an in-person state convention as planned on June 20th. According to their press release, if the situation on the ground does not allow for some form of in-person voting on June 20th, the Indiana Republican Party is committed to offering a voting option to ensure our state convention delegates are given the best opportunity possible to select our party’s nominees for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.It is absolutely critical to our process that the delegates are heard and allowed to be engaged, and the party will do everything in its power to protect the right to select the Republican party nominees for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.
Submit Share StumbleUpon tweet Related Articles UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE June 25, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 UK racing and sports betting have been dealt another blow this week with the ‘Randox Health Grand National’ cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.Jockey Club Racecourses, which owns Aintree, confirmed that the three-day event will not take place next month after new government measures announced yesterday emphasised that the UK should ‘avoid non-essential contact and unnecessary travel’.Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said: “The Randox Health Grand National Festival was just three weeks away and it’s very clear to us it will not be possible for the event to take place. Public health must come first.“We were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but following the new government measures confirmed this evening to help to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, this is not a viable option.“I know this is hugely disappointing news for the many people who work in our sport and the many millions who were looking forward to this year’s event, but very sadly these are exceptional times and this is the responsible thing to do.”The cancellation follows on from the decision made recently by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to move the sport behind closed doors.Commenting on the plans, BHA Chief Executive Nick Rust said: “Racing has worked hard to look after our customers and our staff by following the government’s guidance and taking proportionate action.“We will agree on plans to limit attendance to participants and staff only at race meetings from this week and put in place the contingency plans developed by the industry.”
QPR have all but completed the signing of Netherlands midfelder Leroy Fer from Norwich City, according to Dutch media reports.Fer, who featured for his country at the recent World Cup in Brazil, is tipped to finalise a move to Loftus Road shortly.The Daily Mail, meanwhile, reports that Rangers are discussing a £5m deal for Fer and that goalkeeper Julio Cesar is wanted by Benfica.Brazil goalkeeper Cesar is still under contract at QPR.There continues to be speculation about Loic Remy’s future and the terms of his QPR contract.The Daily Mirror reports that teams in the Champions League can buy him for £8.5m and the rest of last season’s top six for £11m, while other clubs – including Newcastle, where he was on loan last term – would have to pay £15m.It is also claimed that Remy is asking for wages of £80,000-90,000-a-week and is not willing to take a pay cut.See also:Fer’s agent denies QPR talks and Redknapp plays down Dawson linkFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
TORONTO — The three men stood at the scorer’s table after Wednesday’s practice. The Warriors’ star (Stephen Curry), their coach (Steve Kerr) and their lead trainer (Rick Celebrini) then discussed a topic that nearly every Warriors fan has asked.After missing the past 10 games because of a strained left groin, can Curry return when the Warriors (15-7) visit the Toronto Raptors (18-4) on Thursday?“I feel like I’m ready to play,” Curry said.Kerr shared the same sentiment after Curry …
As if tackling Darwin’s worst nightmare with gusto, evolutionary biologists published a paper in Current Biology1 about the evolution of the eye – at least the lens. Though the paper is restricted to a discussion of genes involved in making the crystallin proteins that make up the lens, EurekAlert announced this as “Insight into our sight,” linking this paper to one of evolution’s biggest challenges:The evolution of complex and physiologically remarkable structures such as the vertebrate eye has long been a focus of intrigue and theorizing by biologists. In work reported this week in Current Biology, the evolutionary history of a critical eye protein has revealed a previously unrecognized relationship between certain components of vertebrate eyes and those of the more primitive light-sensing systems of invertebrates. The findings help clarify our conceptual framework for understanding how the vertebrate eye, as we know it, has emerged over evolutionary time…. Fish, frogs, birds and mammals all experience image-forming vision, thanks to the fact that their eyes all express crystallins and form a lens; however, the vertebrates’ nearest invertebrate relatives, such as sea squirts, have only simple eyes that detect light but are incapable of forming an image. This has lead to the view that the lens evolved within the vertebrates early in vertebrate evolution, and it raises a long-standing question in evolutionary biology: How could a complex organ with such special physical properties have evolved? (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The upshot of the paper by Shimeld et al. is that sea squirts have a gene that is similar to the one that codes for crystallin in the eyes of vertebrates. In the sea squirt, it is only expressed in the palps and otoliths, near the ocellus that senses light without forming an image. Since the same regulatory circuits that control the gene in the sea squirt also controls the gene that builds a lens in vertebrate eyes, the authors conclude that this gene must have been co-opted by the common ancestor of vertebrates to build a crystallin lens. From the abstract,The conservation of the regulatory hierarchy controlling beta-crystallin expression between organisms with and without a lens shows that the evolutionary origin of the lens was based on co-option of pre-existing regulatory circuits controlling the expression of a key structural gene in a primitive light-sensing system.The team took the same regulatory genes that control crystallin production in the sea squirt and transferred them to a frog. Those regulatory circuits were used by the frog to build its visual system, including the lens. This was enough for EurekAlert to nearly declare that the problem of eye evolution, if not solved, is well on the way:This strongly suggests that prior to the evolution of the lens, there was a regulatory link between two tiers of genes: those that would later become responsible for controlling lens development, and those that would help give the lens its special physical properties. This combination of genes appears to have then been co-opted in an early vertebrate during the evolution of its visual system, giving rise to the lens.Presumably, after a working lens emerged, the rest was just fine-tuning.1Shimeld et al., “Urochordate Beta-Crystallin and the Evolutionary Origin of the Vertebrate Eye Lens,” Current Biology, Volume 15, Issue 18, 20 September 2005, pages 1684-1689.Let us hope the highly-complex DNA-snipping protein emerged simultaneously (08/28/2003) to keep the lens from becoming opaque out of the factory, as well as mechanisms for stacking the crystallin cells and making them interlock, and supplying them with nutrients from the edges without blocking the light, rewiring the brain to receive and process the new sensory data, and a dozen other things that would make expression of raw crystallin useless to the unidentified, mythical “early vertebrate” that first decided to co-opt sea squirt technology.A programmer wrote in and observed, “I can take code that performs the same or similar function and use it in a completely different program. Sometimes I have to change things a little to make it work, sometimes virtually no changes are required. That is economy of effort.” Reusability does not demonstrate common ancestry without assuming it, nor does it explain the origin of the crystallin protein and the genes that regulate its expression. He continued, “I can take 2 bicycle fenders, hammer them into one and make it into a motorcycle fender, but that doesn’t explain how the bicycle got to be a bicycle or how it got fenders.”Co-option is just a fancy word for the Tinker Bell theory of evolution. Evolution is a tinkerer, they tell us. She cobs existing parts to build new things. Aside from the gratuitous personification fallacy this commits, the idea requires that Tinker Bell be blind, dumb and indifferent. In Darwinese, there is no teleology: Tinker Bell is not trying to invent an image-forming lens. She flits from sea squirt to sea squirt with her mutation wand, zapping various individuals recklessly and carelessly. It’s a lottery which sea squirt will find some benefit in the damage instead of dying from the genetic bomb. Remember, no functional advantage, no natural selection – except the negative kind (Yikes! Eliminate this mutation before it kills us!). Can we get real? One girder hanging over the canyon does not make a bridge (05/22/2002 commentary). There is no smoothly graded sequence of transitional forms. Whenever an organism is suggested as a primitive ancestor, as in the case of the box jellyfish (see 05/13/2005 entry), closer inspection shows the organism has eyes perfectly suited for its habitat and lifestyle. Each visual system is too different from those of other organisms, and too complex to imagine having evolved on its own. So the follow-up question to the EurekAlert Darwinist propaganda celebration is, where are science reporters exercising freedom of the press, freedom of conscience and critical thinking skills? 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The Point Foundation has announced that singer and actor and star of FOX’s “Empire,” Jussie Smollett, will be the featured performer at the April 9, 2018 Point Honors Gala at The Plaza in New York City.The evening will honor journalist Ronan Farrow, with the Point Courage Award, presented to him by fellow journalist, Thomas Roberts. Comedian Tig Notaro, is also slated to be honored. The event benefits Point Foundation scholarships for LGBTQ students.Jussie Smollett is best known for his groundbreaking role as Jamal Lyon in the mega-hit television series “Empire,” but is now emerging beyond what many call one of the most powerful characters on television. From co-starring as Sergeant Ricks in Ridley Scott’s No. 1 box office hit, “Alien: Covenant,” to the release of his new album “Sum of My Music,” Smollett is breaking new ground. His work has been recognized with multiple NAACP Image Awards and the prestigious NAACP Chairman’s Award.Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Some of Point’s 98 current scholarship recipients and 270 alumni will be present at the event to share their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to get their higher education degrees.Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.For more information and tickets, please visit: www.pointfoundation.org/HonorsNY18
Usually summertime calls for vacation, swimming and relaxation, not reading, writing and arithmetic. But, through Elevate Tuscaloosa’s new summer education program, local students can take advantage of learning all year long.Students can now spend their summer improving their reading and writing skills as a part of a national summer reading program. Mayor Walt Maddox said it is imperative that students are able to reach important literacy goals.“We want Tuscaloosa….when people think about not only the economy, the quality of life, when they think about education, we want them to think about Tuscaloosa and elevate Tuscaloosa is part of that,” Maddox said.Maddox and Tuscaloosa City Schools’ superintendent Mike Daria spent their Tuesday touring University Place Elementary School where the Elevate Tuscaloosa Summer Reading Program is being held.“We know that the summer slide is real and that’s for all students,” Daria said. “So, this work is about preventing the summer slide, it’s about when our students return in August that our teachers, they don’t have to spend as long catching students up from what was lost over the summer.”Just back from the Paris Air Show and meetings in Germany, Maddox said it is critical that Tuscaloosa’s students become the best educated, not just in Alabama or the United States, but in the world.“What the Tuscaloosa City Schools is doing is telling our students is look we’re ready to be competitive, not only with Birmingham and Huntsville and Mobile, we’re ready to be competitive with Stuttgart, and London and Paris,” Maddox said. “That’s the type of innovation and excellence that the Elevate Tuscaloosa plan is investing in.”There is currently no state funding available for the Elevate program, but the school system, the city and federal grants are paying for the programs. Students receive breakfast and lunch at the program, and transportation is provided, too.