How Chelsea’s promising loanees have fared this season

first_imgThis evening Chelsea fans are in burning anticipation of the Europa League return leg in London. It’s the game that will put the Blues in the final.It’s also possibly Eden Hazard’s final game at the Bridge and naturally he will want to score as a nice send-off gift to fans. (Redbet sportsbook has him at 6.00 to score a brace or more)However, what’s more pressing for Chelsea is the impending disaster that is the two-year transfer ban handed by FIFA. As Chelsea’s appeals have been dismissed, things are starting to look grim for next season.That means Chelsea’s only hope to strengthen their squad is to look inward to their own loaned out players.In the light of that here are some of the most promising Chelsea loanees that shined this season:Tammy AbrahamAfter a series of disappointing flops, could Chelsea solve their striker problem with a player from their very own academy?Tammy Abraham stands as Championship’s top scorer with 25 goals to his tally, making him the first Aston Villa player with 25 goals in a season in four decades.His equally impressive season a couple of years back at Bristol City confirms he isn’t a one-season wonder and proves he can score.Maurizio Sarri should seriously consider making room for Abraham next season, lest he becomes another Lukaku who leaves frustrated due to lack of playing time.Reece JamesAnother revelation from Chelsea’s loan group this season, the 19-year-old wing-back Reece James is returning from a brilliant loan spell at Wigan, where he helped the Latics escape relegation.Next season he would probably fit Chelsea’s system in the right-back position as a great deputy to the captain Azpilicueta. James seems like a real blessing to the Blues amidst their transfer ban woes. He is likely to join the team on the pre-season tour in Japan given he’s already trained with the first team at Cobham grounds.Mason MountA notable name in the ranks of Blues’ loan army, Mason Mount has been crucial to Derby’s push for promotion this year. Arguably one of Lampard’s most critical players this season, Mount returned from injury to help the team reach the play-off spots.Before his current spell, Mount had a brilliant season at Vitesse where he deservedly earned the Vitesse Player of The Year award.This proves he has earned enough experience to offer some options during Chelsea’s upcoming transfer-ban-stricken season.Kurt ZoumaKurt Zouma seemed like the perfect replacement for John Terry at the time he became a starter in the team. Everything was going well for the French full-back untilthat horrid injury in 2016 set him back and lead to him being loaned out to prove his fitness.Zouma did exactly that, first at Stoke City and now at Everton, where his brilliant defending effectively kept out the £30m Yerri Mina. Recently he was also called up for the National team over City’s Laporte.Given the circumstances, now seems to be the perfect time for Chelsea to welcome Zouma back into the team, much to Marco Silva’s dissatisfaction.Honourable mentionsOther notable names in Chelsea’s loan group are: Tomori (Derby), Baxter (Yeovil), Pasalic (Atalanta), Baker (Reading), Miazga (Reading), Hector (Sheffield Wednesday), Aina (Torino), Omeruo (Leganes) and Angban (Metz). Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

It’s a Bochy family reunion for Giants’ first pitch as Brett throws to Bruce

first_imgCLICK HERE if you’re unable to view the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — It’s been 32 years since Bruce Bochy last found himself behind the plate.His son Brett asked him to catch one final pitch.During an emotional pregame ceremony, Brett Bochy surprised his father and threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Bruce’s last game as the manager of the San Francisco Giants. Bruce spent parts of nine seasons in the major leagues as a reserve catcher with the Houston Astros, …last_img read more

Bizarre Fossils Raise Questions

first_imgFor decades, students have been taught that the fossil record shows a long, slow, gradual progression of increasing complexity over millions of years.  Scientific data are usually not so simple.Surprising youth in old fossil:  When you see the word unexpected in a headline, expect the unexpected.  “Unexpected exoskeleton remnants found in Paleozoic fossils,” reported PhysOrg about chitin protein remains found in scorpion-like arthropod fossils alleged to be 310 million and 417 million years old.  The previous record was 25 to 80 million years.  The subtitle reads, “Surprising new research shows that, contrary to conventional belief, remains of chitin-protein complex — structural materials containing protein and polysaccharide — are present in abundance in fossils of arthropods from the Paleozoic era.”    George Cody of the Carnegie Institution “speculates that the vestigial protein-chitin complex may play a critical role in organic fossil preservation by providing a substrate protected from total degradation by a coating waxy substances [sic] that protect the arthropods from desiccation.”  Is he claiming the proteins protected the rock impressions, and not the other way around?  Other than that, the article did not explain how proteins could last for over 400 million years.  Prior to the discovery, it was unexpected, surprising, and contrary to conventional belief.Antarctic forests:  The caption of artwork in a BBC News piece reads, “Dinosaurs once foraged beneath the Southern Lights in Antarctica.”  It shows young dinosaurs admiring the skylights while grazing around conifers in the long polar night.  “It may be hard to believe, but Antarctica was once covered in towering forests.”  Fossil trees in Antarctica have been known since Robert Falcon Scott explored the frozen wastes of the south polar regions, finding evidence of a subtropical climate where no trees grow today.    Jane Francis (University of Leeds) has spent 10 seasons collecting samples.  As she described her adventures, it was evident the surprise of fossil trees in ice has not worn off:“I still find the idea that Antarctica was once forested absolutely mind-boggling”, she told the BBC.    “We take it for granted that Antarctica has always been a frozen wilderness, but the ice caps only appeared relatively recently in geological history.”    One of her most amazing fossil discoveries to date was made in the Transantarctic Mountains, not far from where Scott made his own finds.    She recalled: “We were high up on glaciated peaks when we found a sedimentary layer packed full of fragile leaves and twigs.”    These fossils proved to be remains of stunted bushes of beech.  At only three to five million years old, they were some of the last plants to have lived on the continent before the deep freeze set in.The article says that this was not the only period of warmth.  Fossil plants dated 100 million years old indicate the area must have resembled forested areas of New Zealand.  “We commonly find whole fossilised logs that must have come from really big trees.”  One of the specimens found is Ginkgo biloba, a well-known “living fossil” that was thought extinct from the age of dinosaurs till living trees were discovered in Japan (cf. NW article with links).    How did the trees adapt to the polar light conditions, when long periods of darkness alternate with six months of light?  Francis did experiments growing trees in simulated polar light conditions and found they adapted remarkably well.  In addition to the trees, dinosaurs lived under these conditions.  One kangaroo-size vegetarian dinosaur had large optic lobes, possibly suggesting adaptation to the low light of the long winters.    The article tried to tie this evidence into the current debate over global warming, but clearly the climate changes of those prior times were not caused by humans.  “Visiting the frozen wasteland of Antarctica today, it is hard to believe that rainforests haunted by small dinosaurs once flourished where 3km thick ice-sheets now exist, the article ended.  “However, the geological record provides irrefutable evidence that dramatic climate fluctuations have occurred throughout our planet’s history.”Snakes alive and dead:  Fossil snakes show remnant hind legs, reported MSNBC News.  At first, this seems to support the belief that snakes descended from lizards, and lost their legs through evolution.  The snake fossil studied by Alexandra Houssaye (National Museum of Natural History in Paris), named Eupodophis descouensi, has “ultra tiny 0.8 inch legs” with “four anklebones but no foot or toe bones.”  It appears that calling these structures legs requires some interpretation; they were clearly not used for walking.    Questions remain, however, about the evolution of snakes.  “The oldest snake remains are dated to 112 to 94 million years ago, and this snake is dated to around 90 million years ago,” Houssaye said.  Yet her evolutionary story seemed to allow opposite conclusions: “If something is not useful it can regress without any impact on the (animal’s) survival, or regression can even be positive, as for here if the leg was disturbing a kind of locomotion, like for burrowing snakes or swimming snakes.”  But why would useless structures remain for 4 to 22 million years?  It would seem millions of generations of snakes would have had to contend with useless structures getting in their way, if it took that long for legs to regress.  Houssaye was not prepared to announce a victory for evolutionary theory: “The question of snake origin should not be resolved in the next 10 years,” the article quoted her saying, ending, “She is, however, hopeful that all of the separate teams working on this puzzle can one day pinpoint what species was the common ancestor of all snakes.”  The lizard-like ancestor, if there was one, is not known from the fossil record.    According to Live Science, which also reported the story, “the bones suggests that evolution took snakes’ legs not by altering the way they grew.  Instead, Houssaye said, it looks as though the limbs grew either slower or for a shorter period of time.”  PhysOrg’s coverage includes an image of the very simple structures.  According to this entry, “Only three specimens exist of fossilised snakes with preserved leg bones.”  None of the articles mentioned whether the structures had a function, or might have been developmental anomalies, such as when babies are born with an enlarged coccyx (cf. CMI).  What evolutionary stories could be told if a fossil two-headed snake were found?Only the third entry tried to tie the fossil to an evolutionary prediction, but even then, the story was not straightforward.  It is not clear, for instance, that the loss of legs represents an increase in genetic information or in fitness.  Flightless birds are adapted to their land-based habitats, but it would be a greater leap for birds to evolve from ground to air than the other way around.  Same for snakes losing legs instead of evolving them de novo.  In the first two entries, though, the discoveries were clearly unexpected, surprising, and contrary to conventional wisdom.Conventional wisdom is not always wise.  A better term might be conventional folly, or popular credulity.  Enough reports like this, and a consistent theme emerges: evolutionists are clueless about not only their own theory of common ancestry, but about the millions-of-years scheme on which their theory is built.  You can’t just read one BBC News or PhysOrg article to get the whole picture.  Individual articles present puzzles, but maintain the triumphal theme of the march of secular science toward Understanding Reality.  That is a false picture.    Sites like CEH help document the reality, that secular scientists sold on an evolutionary world view maintain their belief system by telling stories in spite of the evidence.  And for you creation-bashing lurkers out there who lambaste CEH as anti-science, pay attention!  This is not anti-science, because we clearly honor and support legitimate scientific discovery and analysis (see yesterday’s entry, for instance).  This is anti-storytelling – anti- twisting evidence to support a belief system.  An honest rationalist skeptic should join with us in that goal.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Walter Sisulu’s Garden

first_img19 March 2004The Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden outside Johannesburg has been renamed the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, in honour of the freedom fighter was was also “the father of everyone” with whom he spent a quarter of a century behind apartheid’s prison bars.Under a white marquee and against the backdrop of the rushing Witpoortjie Falls, around 100 people gathered on Tuesday to celebrate Sisulu’s life by unveiling a plaque and renaming the gardens in his honour.Among those in attendance were Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohamed Valli Moosa, the Sisulu family and Sisulu’s widow, Albertina, Adelaide Tambo, several deputy ministers, and long-time friend and comrade Ahmed Kathrada.Sisulu’s life closely reflected the struggle of the African National Congress which, like him, celebrated its 90th birthday in 2002. Almost a year later, Sisulu died. He was buried on 16 May 2003, a day short of what would have been his 91st birthday, at Johannesburg’s Newclare Cemetery, where a memorial garden has been established in his honour.The Roodepoort garden, some 30 kilometres west of Johannesburg’s city centre, is one of a network of eight botanical gardens around the country.It consists of around 300 hectares of landscaped and natural veld areas, planted with only indigenous trees and 600 species of indigenous flowering plants and shrubs. Over 230 species of birds have been recorded in the garden, as well as a number of reptiles and small mammals.Kathrada, asked by the Sisulu family to speak on their behalf, said that on Robben Island, Sisulu “was the father of everyone – loved, admired and respected by every prisoner. He was a leader, policy-maker, historian. This honour is well-deserved and most appropriate.”Mandela and Sisulu, Robben Island prison yard, 1966.(Photo: UWC-Robben Island Mayibuye Archives)On 11 July 1963 Liliesleaf Farm, the ANC’s secret headquarters at the time, was raided by police. Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and others were detained, and Sisulu was held in solitary confinement for 88 days. He was charged in the Rivonia trial in October 1963, and on 12 June 1964 sentenced to life imprisonment for planning acts of sabotage.On the following day Sisulu, Mandela and the other convicted Rivonia trialists were sent to Robben Island.Prisoners had individual cells on Robben Island, but once they were moved to Pollsmoor Prison outside Cape Town in 1985, Kathrada and Sisulu shared a cell for four years. Saturday nights for Sisulu were family nights – he used to spend hours going through his photograph album, slowly turning the pages.Kathrada said Sisulu was “crucial in opening doors that were previously closed”. Sisulu was released from prison in 1989, after spending 26 years behind bars.In the foreward to “In Our Lifetime”, the recently published biography of Walter and Albertina Sisulu, Nelson Mandela writes: “If we as a liberation movement and a nation were to be given the choice of one life story to be told, that story would have to be Walter Sisulu’s.“In his life and the work of his life are captured and demonstrated the best, the noblest, the most heroic, the most deeply humane that our movement and our country represent and seek to represent.”Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Are you job-market ready?

first_imgWhile South Africans are proactive in their search for jobs, the reality still exists that it is not easy to break into the job market. Citizens look to government, private and public sector to not only prioritise the development of young people, but also to create opportunities that will ensure everyone plays a part in contributing to economic growth in South Africa.If you are job hunting or will be in the market once you’ve graduated, get as much preparation done as possible, before you get that all-important phone call. Although there are general practices and procedures that recruiters follow when selecting candidates for interviews, they may choose to do things differently, especially if the vacancy needs to be filled with immediate effect.Recruiters advise that in order to be effective in the job market, you need to invest in the appropriate “marketing” tools and skills. .Given below are essential tips to help you.Make sure your CV/ résumé is up to-to-date and grabs attention. Get in contact with companies or individuals who offer CV formatting services if you are unable to do it yourself.Be easily-contactable and remember to always put your cellular phone number on your CV.Do thorough research about the industry educational and work experience required to gain entry to fields you are interested in so you can create an action plan to be equipped for employment in the chosen field.The rise and relevance of social media in the 21st century has seen many success stories. Keep an eye on social media platforms for conversations and trending topics related to recruitment. By searching #JobSeekersZA on Twitter one is able to look for specific vacancies and apply.Check your emails regularly as this has become a preferred way of communication by employers.Avail yourself for learnerships and internships. Register on company websites for these, and use the opportunity to growAdditional reporting: Spectator Index, IOL, Faith Solomon, Managing Director and Founder of Intelligent Placemenlast_img read more