Pulisic ready to focus on Chelsea

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChristian Pulisic has said goodbye to his Borussia Dortmund colleagues and the American winger is now ready to focus on his new adventure in the Premier League. The 20-year old signed a 5-year contract with Chelsea early 2019.In his last game for Dortmund, the young talent played for the whole 90 minutes providing the assist for the second goal in the 2-0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach. Dortmund was very close to winning the first league title since 2011/12, but in the end of the season it was Bayern Munich who got out on top. Dortmund gathered 76 points, Bayern topped the league with 78 points.Pulisic was signed by Dortmund as a 16-year old and was assigned first to their U17 squad and in summer 2015, to the U19. After scoring 10 and assisting 8 in just 15 games with the Dortmund youth teams, Pulisic joined the first team over winter break. Under the @BlackYellow Twitter-account, Dortmund said goodbye to Pulisic in the following way: “You came to us as a boy and left as a man. Thank you, Christian”. The American international played 30 games for Dortmund this season, scoring 7 goals and giving 6 assists.Embed from Getty ImagesChristian Pulisic ended his time at Borussia Dortmund with a win and an assist, but it was not quite enough for him to leave Germany as a Bundesliga champion. In a couple of weeks, Christian Pulisic will join Chelsea after a well-deserved holiday. Will he be able to win the Premier League with Chelsea during his spell in London? What position will he be playing? Is he going to replace Eden Hazard and play as a left-winger or will he be used on his favorite position on the right side of the field?Chelsea is known for starting the season in a good manner, the Blues currently hold the record for the longest run of opening league fixtures without a defeat. So let’s see if Pulisic can perform as well on the opening weekend in the Premier League as he did in his last game for Dortmund in the Bundesliga. Only 20 years old, the young American player surely has a bright future ahead. 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 MadeTopCarsUndoSuper Boost WiFiEveryone In Tuen Mun Is Talking About This High Speed WiFi-BoosterSuper Boost WiFiUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndolast_img read more

Eyesight: More Reasons to Be Thankful

first_imgSo much is going on in your body when you look at that sliced turkey and raise it to your salivating mouth, a human mind can only fathom bits and pieces of the story.  Everyone knows the eye is the quintessential example of a complex organ, but Current Biology1 focused on one of the wonders that occurs after the signal leaves the optic nerve.    Alexander Thiele (U of Newcastle upon Tyne) started by saying that we move our eyes more often than our heart beats.  Our eyes constantly jerk from side to side, without our even noticing.  This means the brain has to constantly stabilize a shaky input.  How does our brain cope with the constantly changing scene?When you watch a music video you are inundated with a seemingly incoherent and rapid stream of visual scenes, changing on average every 2.3 seconds.  Such a rate of change may appear fast to an old fashioned television consumer, but it is still about seven times slower than the rate of scene change imposed by rapid eye movements on the visual system.  While the former may be tiring, the latter goes seemingly unnoticed.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Why does the eye make these constant movements, called saccades?  “Saccades ensure that an attended object is foveated for high acuity processing,” Thiele writes.  But how does the visual center in the brain, like a digital screen made of neurons, give us the impression that our field of view is steady?  There are two possibilities.  The conventional view is that the brain has enough processing overhead to constantly interpret the scene.  Another, newer view is that the neurons compensate for the shifts in a pre-processing step.  Neurons may be synchronized to the eye muscles so that they are prepared for the changes, kind of like a screen synchronized to move in step with a vibrating projector.  Here it is in scientific jargon:Of particular importance for such adjustments may be neurons in the lateral intraparietal, frontal, and even early visual areas which shift their receptive fields shortly before the occurrence of a saccadic eye movement, causing an internal re-mapping of visual space.  These neurons signal that a saccade will bring an object into their field of view, even if that object has been removed from sight just before or during the saccade.  Such a re-mapping could result in predictive adjustments in early cortical areas that prepare for scene changes, thereby minimizing their negative impact, and maximizing rapid information processing following a saccade.  This requires a substantial amount of trans-saccadic integration.Experimental tests so far have been unable to determine which method the brain uses.  Either way, it’s amazing; these adjustments are made in fractions of a second.  “Psychophysical studies have shown that human perceptual abilities are exquisite and extraordinarily fast when extracting information during rapid serial visual presentation of natural scenes,” Thiele said.  His only mention of evolution was after noting the “surprising” evidence that our brain can detect and classify images even in the near absence of attention.  “This suggests that the human visual system has evolved to rapidly extract information from highly variable natural scenes….” 1Alexander Thiele, “Vision: A Brake on the Speed of Sight,” Current Biology, Volume 15, Issue 22, 22 November 2005, Pages R917-R919, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2005.10.057Just set aside that little piece of evolutionary fat, so you won’t lose your appetite.  As you visually scan that plate full of colorful, fragrant, tasty food, think about this one of all those senses taking in those cues.  You have a high-tech, integrated, super-fast, high-resolution video recording, processing, and display system, and it even has image stabilization.  “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both” (Proverbs 20:12).  Give thanks, and enjoy.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Chiefs hold Man United to a draw

first_img21 July 2008Manchester United had to be satisfied with a come-from-behind 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs in the opening match of the Vodacom Challenge in front of a capacity crowd at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.It was a pre-season outing for both clubs and Chiefs will, no doubt, be more satisfied with the outcome than the English Premier League and European Champions League title-holders.The Amakhosi, rather than being overawed by their illustrious opposition, clearly saw the match as an opportunity to make a name for themselves, rather than a game from which they hoped to emerge with a draw. Yes, it did end in a draw, but it was not a defensive effort from Chiefs, who took the game to the Red Devils.First shotThe South African team was the first to have a crack at goal through David Mathebula, but his shot from distance was safely dealt with by United goalkeeper Tomasz Kusczak.Siphiwe Tshabalala had a half-chance only a minute later, but his slight hesitation before shooting gave United’s defenders time to block his shot.Wayne Rooney, whose hair-trigger temperament was unfortunately on display, had an opportunity after 10 minutes with a free kick, but his show flew harmlessly over the crossbar.Chris Eagles had a shot blocked by defender Tinashe Nengomashe before Tevez came close with the head. Captain Gary Neville then picked out the Argentine striker on the near post, but his header passed narrowly wide of the goals.PenaltyWith 37 minutes played, Chiefs were awarded a penalty when Neville fouled Siphiwe Tshabalala as he burst onto the ball and into the area at an angle. Jonathan Quartey took the spot kick and easily beat Kusczak by sending him the wrong way.The Amakhosi took that 1-0 lead into the break.Tevez was again wide with a header after six minutes of the second half and two minutes later the Red Devils very nearly had the game taken out of their reach.A half-cleared ball inside United’s fell to new Chiefs’ striker Jose Torrealba, but he rushed his shot and failed to connect properly. The ball hit Wes Brown and passed off of the defender to Kusczak’s right and wide of the post.EqualiserThe English champions finally drew level on the hour mark. A deep cross by Tevez found Chris Eagles at the back post and his powerful header skipped off the back of Jimmy Tau’s head and into the back of the net.Rooney was replaced when he picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on Nengomashe. Earlier in the match he had lashed out at Onismor Bashera, but the referee had missed the incident. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had seen enough, however, and replaced the star striker.Despite falling behind, Chiefs were not about to try and play out for a draw and Gert Schalkwyk was just off target after Bhasera found him with a good cross.Ultimately, however, both teams had to be satisfied with a draw.Praise for KhuneAfter the match, Ferguson said Chiefs had performed well and he singled out Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for praise, saying he was especially impressed by the 21-year-old’s distribution, which often put his team onto the counter-attack.Kaizer Chiefs’ coach Muhsin Ertugral said he was pleased with the commitment shown by his players, but said he is still working on combinations. He said the performance augers well for the new season. Last season, Chiefs finished a sixth in the PSL.The side’s new captain Jimmy Tau felt his team had learnt a lot and said he was proud of the way they played.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys’ celebrated in new documentary

first_imgComedian, writer and satirist-in-chief Pieter-Dirk Uys is a true South African icon. Almost everyone knows who he is and what he’s done. He has contributed greatly to South Africa’s collective pop psyche and funny bone.A new documentary, Nobody’s Died Laughing, celebrates the life of Pieter-Dirk Uys and his career, which expands over 50 years in performance. The film, which debuted at the Durban International Film Festival (Diff) at the end of June, is set for a nationwide theatrical release on 29 July 2016.Directed by Willem Oelofsen, the film features interviews with friends, family and well known South Africans in arts and politics, all reminiscing about their favourite Uys moments. Interviewees include singers David Kramer and Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground; actresses Charlize Theron and Janet Suzman; and others such as former president FW de Klerk, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela’s former private secretary Zelda la Grange. Italian actress Sophia Loren – one of Uys’ childhood idols – makes a special appearance to talk about their lifelong friendship.The film also covers campaigns he is passionate about such as his travelling Aids-awareness entertainment programme, which he performed to over 1.5-million people across South Africa.Spice up your popcorn for Nobody’s Died Laughing @numetro @numetrowoodland 29 JULY. Trailer https://t.co/rPkILTabaf pic.twitter.com/VBdrtn53KQ— NobodysDiedLaughing (@whoEntProjects) July 12, 2016The film looks at the over 100 performances around the world, with particular attention on his apartheid-era satire. He took his anti-establishment message to forefront of the country’s dark political landscape while making all South Africans laugh at themselves.Uys is the only entertainer to win South Africa’s prestigious Truth andReconciliation Award.During his long career, Uys has enjoyed audiences with political figures such as former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pik Botha, former president Thabo Mbeki and Mandela too. He has also formed long friendships with fellow social justice warriors such as U2’s frontman Bono, Mandela’s widow Graça Machel and the late Hollywood actress, Elizabeth Taylor.“This film captures a man and a lifetime commitment to a country by using satire to affect change,” Oelofsen told News24.The film also goes beyond Pieter-Dirk Uys the performer. It gets to know the man himself and what he thinks about a life spent in the limelight, drawing the ire of politicians and doing his best to change the world for the better.“I found it fascinating that after 50 years in the entertainment industry he was still working at the same pace and with the same vigour as when he started,” Oelofsen said, “I believe audiences will be intrigued to experience more about the man who refuses to be silenced while using the arts as his weapon against discrimination and confronting intolerance.”Popular online film critic duo, simply known as The Critics, call the film “an incredible South African experience”. They recommend it as compulsory viewing for every South African. Watch their full review below:Durban film critic Fred Felton calls the film “deeply thought provoking, emotional, very funny.”Watch a discussion between Uys and Oelofsen, recorded during Diff 2016.Source: SA People Newslast_img read more