World Cup sees Iranian women score spot in the stands

first_imgWhile the exuberance turned to tears when Iran missed the chance to snatch a last gasp winner against Portugal, ending their tournament dreams, some in the mixed gender stands said they would still treasure the landmark night watching an open-air screening of the national team.“It felt weird to buy my ticket online, it’s so exciting to come to the stadium,” said Arezou, a psychologist in her thirties.“When I felt the heat of the crowd in the stadium, I told myself I really wanted to remember this moment as one of the best of my life.”The decision to throw open the gates of the iconic stadium came after Iran’s opening victory over Morocco, when tens of thousands took to the streets of the capital in rare and wild celebration, many of them women.Many Iranian clerics oppose women attending football matches, saying they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere, though the ruling is frequently criticised from across the political spectrum.“It’s the first time I have come to the stadium. I really wanted to be here and I am so happy! Even if we don’t win, it will still be a victory and we are proud of our players,” said Raana, a flight attendant.– Nail-biter –A good natured family atmosphere prevailed among the young crowd in the stands, who watched the crunch match in Russia on a screen placed below twin portraits of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.The decision to throw open the gates of Tehran’s 100,000 capacity Azadi Stadium came after Iran’s opening win over Morocco triggered rare street celebrations © AFP / ATTA KENAREThe match was one of nail-biting drama and controversy after Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo caught Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji with an elbow to the face.In an electrifying game that went down to the wire, Portugal defender Cedric was penalised in stoppage time for a handball, and Karim Ansarifard converted from the spot to give Iran a lifeline.Mehdi Taremi nearly snatched a dramatic winner after a deflected shot rolled into his path, but he fired into the side netting as Iran were eliminated, ending their hopes of reaching the knockout phase for the first time.– New freedoms? –The vacillation by Iranian authorities over whether mixed spectators would be allowed to attend open-air screenings of the country’s World Cup bid shows their deep sensitivity over women’s rights.Iran’s opening game had initially been due to be shown live in stadiums and parks but authorities cancelled all open-air screenings just hours before kick-off forcing fans to watch in cinemas.Many Iranian clerics oppose women attending football matches, saying they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere, though the ruling is frequently criticised from across the political spectrum © AFP / ATTA KENAREAfter the public celebrations of that victory, Tehran provincial council buckled and again said stadiums would screen the games.“I really hope this is the start of a culture in which women can go see games in stadiums. From now on, it’s possible,” said Arezou.At half-time, from a podium on the Tehran pitch, well-known actress Behnoosh Bakhtiari thanked President Hassan Rouhani for the evening and expressed hope that similar opportunities will follow.A moderate conservative, who was re-elected in May 2017, Rouhani has said repeatedly he wants to see women at sports stadiums, but the idea has met fierce opposition from hardliners.After the game, fans both female and male celebrated in the streets into the early hours, undaunted by Iran’s elimination.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000While the exuberance turned to tears when Iran drew 1-1 with Portugal, ending their World Cup dreams, some women fans said they would still treasure their night watching the game at a Tehran stadium in a first since the 1979 Islamic revolution © AFP / ATTA KENARETEHRAN, Iran, Jun 26 – For many of the thousands of joyful women packed into Tehran’s largest football stadium, their first ever chance to watch a game at a sports arena was a victory for freedom despite Iran’s agonising World Cup elimination.Cheering and with their cheeks painted with the national colours, women showed they were just as caught up in the World Cup fever sweeping the country as they seized the opportunity to attend a live screening at the 100,000 capacity Azadi (Freedom) Stadium, which, like other sports arenas, has been off-limits to them since the the Islamic revolution of 1979.last_img read more

Gillespie Advances On First Day of ITA All-American Championships

first_imgGillespie defeated Ohio State’s Martin Joyce, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to move into the second day of competition. Gillespie will face Arizona’s Filip Malbasic Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the second round of the ITA All-American Championships. Gillespie was one of two Bulldogs competing Monday at the ITA All-American Championships. Tom Hands (Fulbourn, England) fell to Mattias Siimar of Michigan, 6-0, 6-4.Print Friendly Version TULSA, Okla. – Drake University senior Vinny Gillespie (Sterling, Scotland) advanced on the opening day of the ITA All-American Championships Monday morning at Tulsa’s Case Tennis Center. Updated Bracket Story Linkslast_img

Is the Human Body Poorly Designed?

first_imgFor starters, three claims of poor design in the body are refuted by a college teacher of human anatomy.Is the Human Body Poorly Designed?by Jerry Bergman, PhDConfronting Professor Nathan LentsFrom direct experience in the classroom and the gross anatomy lab, I know that most anatomists acknowledge the human body is a wonder of marvels and design. This is reflected in the title of a popular book by medical doctor Tommy Mitchell, The Wonders of the Human Body.[1] By contrast, evolutionists (at least some of them) believe the human body, in Professor Nathan Lents’s words, “is a mess,” so much so that Lents writes about what he would “change in the human body if I could. It wouldn’t be a short list.”[2]  So many changes are needed, he argues, becauseImperfection is the essence of nature. There is no finished product, no gold standard. Evolution is messy and aimless and our bodies reflect that. [3]Conversely, if the human body were shown not to be “messy and aimless’ it would reflect an intelligent designer.Having taught human anatomy and physiology at a medical school and a large college for many years, it is my experience that students are generally amazed at the complexity, wonders and good design of the human body. When in medical school, my anatomy professor spent 20 minutes on one of the smallest bones in the human body, the simple U-shaped hyoid bone. He explained that “whoever designed the hyoid bone sure knew what he was doing.” After his lecture, we all agreed. He never explained who he thought designed it, and we never asked.Intrigued with the poor design argument, sometimes called dysteleology, I have now completed an almost 400-page book I plan to publish soon, refuting every claim of poor design that I could find, including those in biology professor Nathan Lents’ new book titled Human Errors. This task has been a very rewarding activity for me, because the peer-reviewed literature has carefully documented that the poor design claims made by Darwinists are false and, in some cases, harmful. I will review only a few examples and save the best ones for my forthcoming book.Sinus TroubleFirst, let’s look at the ‘poorly-designed sinuses’ claim. Lents writes:Few people realize what a mess our nasal sinuses are.… Many people are intimately aware of the wretched state of their sinuses, but few are aware of the silly reason why. Our nasal cavities are constantly making mucus to help trap particles, but this mucus must be kept flowing and collected for disposal. It turns out that the mucus drainage point of the largest nasal cavity … is placed at the top of the chamber, rather than the bottom. If it weren’t for the hard work of the hair-like microscopic cilia, constantly propelling the mucus upward, there would no drainage in this cavity whatsoever, at least not while we’re standing or sitting.[4]The poor design advocates often use the term drain, as if the goal is to empty the sinuses. Their role is to steadily supply the nasal cavity with mucus containing antibiotics and the means to kill viruses to protect the body against pathogens, air pollution containment and dust. The problem Lents ignores is, if the exit were at the bottom of the maxillary sinuses instead of emptying into the nasal cavity where the mucus does its important work of trapping pathogenic organisms and dust particles and other contaminants, much of the mucus would end up in our oral cavity (i. e. mouth) and that would be a mess! This is because the maxillary sinuses extend below the nose and rest on top of the hard pallet above the mouth.Furthermore, Lents actually does not know if gravity would be of much help, if any. He just assumes it would. This question needs to be answered by scientific experiment. First, measure the maxillary sinuses output in the noses of a large random sample of healthy persons and then make a comparison by using a fluid of similar viscosity of the sinus fluid in an artificial maxillary sinus cavity using only gravity and the same size opening as in the maxillary sinuses. Thus experiment will at least provide some data to estimate the difference. Lents continues:How could evolution have made this big of a goof? And do other animals have this silly arrangement too? The answer to the second question is: definitely not. Neither dogs nor cats nor any of our ape relatives get colds and sinus infections as often as we do. Not even close. This is because they all have nasal sinuses that drain properly, working with gravity to keep the mucus flowing .[5]Many reasons could account for this difference, assuming one even exists. The veterinarian literature and dog owners tell me dogs do get upper respiratory infections like colds, especially if they are often around crowds of people, a factor that is also true about people. Last, in humans the sinuses virtually always drain properly in most healthy people, except in cases of abnormality and certain illness, such as a severe cold or an allergy.[For an additional critique of Lents’s view of human sinuses, with details and illustrations, see Evolution News, 13 Sept 2018 –Ed.]Birth PangsOther examples of poor design often used include the birthing problems claim, a topic Lents covered in his best-selling book.[6]The birthing poor design, evolutionists teach, is that human birthing problems commonly result because the female birth canal size has not significantly evolved since our ape common ancestor, but the human head has evolved to become significantly larger since then. Actually, this concern, called cephalopelvic disproportion is rarely a problem today, and in the rare case when it is, caesarean section delivery can normally deal with it without serious difficulty. The birthing system’s design ensures that almost all healthy mothers birth without major problems except the normal birthing pain mentioned in Genesis.The many mechanisms to insure the cephalopelvic disproportion problem is rare include a female pelvis consisting of two large hip bones on each side of the body that meet together at the symphysis pubis connected by a fibrous joint composed of dense connective tissue. During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin causes this joint to become more flexible, allowing the birth canal opening to significantly increase in size to permit a healthy mother to birth her baby with very few complications.As a result of good design, cases when a baby cannot properly fit through the pelvis due to cephalopelvic disproportion are very rare today.[7] In the past, more problems occurred, but the human mortality rate has been reduced enormously by cleanliness, antiseptic measures, vaccination and antibiotics. Even simply washing one’s hands before helping with delivery has produced a significant reduction of birthing problems, as the pioneering physician Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865) proved.Sore ThroatA third commonly claimed example of poor design is the human throat:our throat was “designed, quite incredibly, to convey both food and air through the same narrow tube. If we were to design the body from scratch, no sane person would design our throats in this way. But evolution doesn’t make designs.[8]Lents’ suggestion is to redesign our face to consist of the existing mouth, and adding another mouth to serve a role our mouth now serves. This new mouth is to be used for breathing. It is connected to a new separate tube for breathing, moving air directly from the mouth to the bronchial tree and into the lungs. We would have to have a second mouth because our mouth, not our nose, allows us to take deep breaths and to breathe hard when involved in strenuous activities like sports or mountain climbing. One result of this innovation is more body parts, and more things that can go wrong.One other problematic result would be a thicker neck and more crowed space, plus the problem of turning the head with an added compressible tube. Another problem is where would Lents put this extra mouth, one on top of the other, side by side, or stagger them? Most people would agree that, regardless of which option is selected, the face would not look as attractive. Which mouth would a man use to kiss his wife good night?  Another negative result would be one more opening for dust, germs and, at times, insects to get into. Also more sites for cancer or disease to occur in view of the fact that the epithelial tissue lining these tubes are very susceptible to cancer.Last,  a means must exist for the new mouth to close, such as another movable jaw to allow swimming, and skin diving as well as to prevent contingencies such as water intake as occurs when, in a playful mood, a friend pours a bucket of water on your face while you are taking a nap at the beach. A detailed examination shows the existing design is by far superior to the proposed alternatives. One has to wonder if those scientists who advocate a redesign of the body think of the many negative ramifications of their ideas, only a few of which were noted here. Yet Darwinists teach the existing design was not designed but created by Evolution which “is messy and aimless and our bodies reflect that.”[9]Just a Start on a Big ListThis brief illustrates, in the area of poor design,  the evolutionary worldview is irrational. For example, Lents concluded that “Our bodies are the result of the random forces of mutation and selection, making tiny tweaks and tugs along an aimless path toward… nothing in particular. These are just a couple of the flaws in our heads and necks. Don’t get me started on all the poor design we find below the neck…”[10]What we find below the neck are numerous examples of even better design. When my book comes out Lents will find all of the poor design claims have already been dealt with in the peer reviewed literature, showing very good design in all cases as these three examples illustrate.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. He is currently a staff scientist at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). See his Author Profile for his previous articles and more information. [1] For one of many examples see Wonders of the Human Body: Cardiovascular & Respiratory Systems (Wonders of the Human Body: Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology) by medical doctor Dr. Tommy Mitchell. Master Books 2016.[2] Nathan Lents. 2018. The Flawed Human Body: What Would I Change If I Could?, PowellsBooks.Blog, May 8, 2018. [3] Lents, 2018.[4] Lents, 2018.[5] Lents, 2018.[6] Lents, N., 2018a.  Human Errors: A panorama of our glitches, from pointless bones to broken genes, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA. Pp. 97, 104-112[7] Pyanov, M., 2018. Small pelvis? Big baby? Here’s the truth about CPD,, June 2018.[8] Lents, 2018.[9] Lents, 2018.[10] Lents, 2018.Editor’s Note: Evolutionists are such ingrates. God has given us incredible bodies; they provide so much pleasure and comfort through life, and all Darwinians can do is harp about the occasional sore throat. Their hearts can beat billions of times without fail and all they think about is hardening of the arteries (sometimes due to their own bad habits). Their muscles allow them to walk for miles every day for decades, and all they can think about is the occasional sprain. They can enjoy filet mignon, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, drinks and all the fixings, while conversing with friends, and get all upset at God if they choke by going too fast through their own carelessness. Billions of babies have been born in the history of mankind, and all evolutionists can think about are the occasional birth defects and stillbirths. Trillions of cells divide successfully, copying every letter of DNA at high speed, and all they complain about is the occasional cancer cell (most of them destroyed or repaired anyway). No human invention can come close to the performance of the human body!This is a world of cursed sinners, after all; we can’t even fathom the perfection of the first man and woman. The amazing thing is not that we get sick and die; the amazing thing is that we are ever well. One day of health should be enough to give thanks to our Maker. No wonder one of the major causes for the wrath of God is a lack of gratitude (Romans 1:18-23). As a cancer patient myself, who sees every new day as a wonderful gift, I get so irritated at Nathan Lents and his ilk who gripe just because one point on the rim of his cup is not overflowing. They grumble like the Israelites right after God parted the Red Sea for them. For shame! I’m glad Jerry Bergman is helping set the record straight by answering their complaints. Let Lents become a ‘better-designed’ ape or dog for a day, and within a minute he would be screeching or barking in mournful tones to become a man again.Look at all the things athletes can do with these bodies of ours. The abilities of gymnasts, rock climbers, ice dancers, runners, swimmers, high jumpers, long jumpers, javelin throwers, divers, weight lifters, archers, and decathletes, to say nothing about the incredible capabilities of artists and musicians, all shout design – design – design! Sure, there are trade-offs, just as with any engineering design. We aren’t made to do everything simultaneously, like sing and eat, or sprint and sleep. Some animals have specializations that surpass human capabilities (eagles with better eyes, pronghorns that can run faster, etc.). Overall, though, there is nothing to compare with the upright-walking human body for versatility. We can survive all seasons and from equator to pole. We can cover great distances over hills and through valleys. We were given the gift of creativity to make up for some of our limitations: airplanes for flying, boats for traveling across the oceans, scuba gear for diving. How could any human not be thankful? Even an invalid like Stephen Hawking had an incredible brain, and the ability to communicate for decades in spite of his disability. He chose to deny his Maker, but paraplegic Joni Eareckson Tada blesses the world with her Christian joy, faith, and humanitarian work. What is it about evolutionists that makes them obsessed with ugliness? At Live Science, Chelsea Gohd presents “10 Reasons Why Humans Are So Gross,” acting like an immature teen smirking about burps, boogers, BO and other unseemly bodily issues. Look; none of her 10 “gross” things stops a mature man or woman from dressing attractively in a suit to carry on a business meeting or formal presentation with decorum. Most of us learned good manners in childhood. We learned how to comport oneself honorably in public and take care of less discreet matters in private. Good grief, Chelsea, grow up!Let Nathan Lents try to design a better body. He wouldn’t get past the first protein of the first cell! The rest of us, let us all take moments throughout each day to give praise to our Maker, and strive to accomplish His will for us on Earth, after first repenting of our sin (much of it ingratitude and self-will), and embracing the forgiveness He freely offers (see Map).   —David Coppedge, Ed.(Visited 1,002 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Small Screen of Infinite Distractions

first_imgYesterday, I did a keynote speech with Jeb Blount. A keynote is normally one person speaking, but the client asked us to speak together to close out their conference. So we got together and built a little slide deck and decided to sit on stools and take turns speaking.It took a lot of trust, but we decided that when one of us finished speaking, they’d just stop talking, and the other person would just start speaking. There was no weird, repetitive handoff, like “Jeb, what do you think?” It worked perfectly.Listen Up NowOne of the points we hammered home was the importance of listening. We were driving home ideas about how you treat people, and how poor treatment makes people feel unimportant, like they are a transaction. While Jeb was sharing how critical it is to look people in the eye, to listen deeply to what isn’t being said, and to focus all of your attention on the person speaking, I took out my cell phone and started flipping through screens, ignoring Jeb and ignoring the audience of 500 people. When Jeb finished speaking, I didn’t say anything. I waited an uncomfortably long time, until Jeb said, “Anthony?“I looked up and asked our audience how bad that felt having someone who was supposed to be deeply engaged with them deeply engaged with his phone instead. I asked them if they felt insulted while I was busy ignoring them, and if they felt unimportant. They agreed that the experience was awful for them. And they agreed that they use a different screen, but that they don’t always give their clients their full attention because they are busy on a screen.Look Up NowThis is what we do now. This is who we are becoming.We have an individual in front of us who needs our full attention, and we instead look at the small screen of infinite distractions.We have a chance to connect with people who are important to us—and to our business—and we ignore them, choosing instead to pay attention to people who are far away from us.We act as if we might miss something on the Internet, even though nothing disappears from the Internet while the opportunity to connect with a real person does.We fear the wrong danger.The people who are able to exercise the self-control necessary to give another person their full attention are going to have a commanding advantage over the people with crooked necks who can’t pull themselves away from the small screen of infinite distractions. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar, Helen named for Giants International Awards

first_imgCricket maestro and Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood danseuse Helen are among this year’s Giants International awardees, according to an announcement here Tuesday.Tendulkar will get the award for lifetime achievement in sports while Helen Salim Khan will be honoured for her lifetime contribution to films.The awards shall be given away by the Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah at a function Wednesday.Tendulkar will get the award for lifetime achievement in sports while Helen Salim Khan will be honoured for her lifetime contribution to films.The other awardees include Urvi Piramal (Business & Industry), Hemant Thacker (Medicine), Kulinkant Luthia (Social Service), Bahubali Shah (Journalism), Anu Malik (Music) and Patangrao Kadam (Education).Giants International was founded Sep 17, 1972 by Nana Chudasama who is now its world chairman, with a purpose to serve humanity, promote unity, harmony and homogeneity among its members.For the past 35 years, it has worked for family planning, disaster management, flood relief, rainwater harvesting, low-cost housing, AIDS, drugs abuse awareness, academics, medicine, environment and saving the girl child.According to Giants International Executive World Chairperson Shaina NC, the organisation has 600 branches in India and abroad in countries like the US, Britain, Africa, Ukraine and Mauritius.last_img read more