“There is a lot of pressure here”

first_img“Real Madrid is Real Madrid, that’s why I made the decision to sign, and also because Zidane was there. We met and there really wasn’t much to decide Because he trusted me. In addition, there were more French players, “he said Ferland Mendy on his arrival at the white club, although there were many clubs interested in him, in an interview with Telefoot, in which he confesses that he hopes to be on France’s list for the European Championship. “I hope to be able to enter the group, but It is the decision of the coach. For the moment, I will settle for trying to enter the next call, ”he said.He also reviewed his season at Madrid: “I have not yet consolidated as a starter, there is a lot of pressure here, That is the main difference with Lyon. And it’s not like I’ve sent Marcelo to the bench, I’ve just played a little more than him. ”last_img read more

Ball youngest to have triple-double but Lakers fall to Bucks

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Love, Korver lead Cavaliers past Mavericks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. APMILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points to help Milwaukee overcome Lonzo Ball’s triple-double in the Bucks’ 98-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double when he had 17 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds. At 20 years and 15 days, he bested LeBron James by four days to become the youngest to accomplish the feat.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set TIP-INSLakers: Coming off a game in which he made just one of seven three-point attempts, Ball began by draining both of his 3-point attempts in the first quarter. … The near-capacity crowd booed Ball nearly every time he touched the ball early in the game. ..G Vander Blue, last year’s D-League MVP, entered the game in the second quarter, seeing action at the Bradley Center for the first time since playing for Marquette University in the 2012-13 season.Bucks: Mirza Teletovic missed a second consecutive game with left knee soreness. Coach Jason Kidd said he doesn’t expect Teletovic to return to practice until Wednesday. .Milwaukee played its third set of back-to-back games this season.ADVERTISEMENT Milwaukee used a 9-2 run at the end of the third quarter to grab a 77-67 lead.The Bucks maintained a double-digit lead throughout most of the fourth. After the Lakers pulled within seven with just over five minutes left, Antetokounmpo threw down a dunk while being fouled. He made the free throw to grow the Bucks’ lead back to 10 points. He followed with a twisting layup on the next possession as the Bucks gained control.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBall had 11 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in the half. He made just three of 12 shots in a loss at Washington on Thursday, but finished 7-for-12 and made 3-of-5 shots from three-point range against the Bucks.Trailing 34-28 in the second quarter, Lakers used a 13-2 run to go up 41-36. The Bucks responded and a late basket by Khris Middleton gave Milwaukee a 51-49 lead at the half. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Stomede concludes following successful weekend

first_imgAlso taking place on day four of the Stompede was the Chuckwagon races.In the WPCA Chucks, Jerry Bremner of Tiggo Transport placed first with a time of 5:19.43.The WCA Chuckwagon event was won by Lane Kimble of Tire Pro Inc. earning first place at 5.29.43.Curtis Hogg of Catwauk Compression won the All Pro Ponies Chuckwagon event with a time of 05:13.9.For a full list of Stompede results, visit the event’s official website.Advertisement 89 was the winning score in the Elite Waste Disposal Bareback event, earned by Jason Havens and his trusty companion Jay Bar Nine.In the GP Chrysler Barrel Racing event, Tammy Fischer took first place, finishing with a time of 15.2.82.The team of Clay Ullery and Riley Wilson won the AB Gold Energy & Rentals Team Roping event, with the winning team earning first with a time of 4.3.Finally, Chad Besplug won the J.D.A. Oilfield Hauling Bull Riding after riding Norman and earning a score of 86 points, only .5 points more than second place Kyle Lozier.Advertisement In the Precision Rentals Saddle Bronc, Rylan Geiger and horse Mata Fact finished first with a score of 85.5, beating out Taos Muncy, who placed second, by only .5 of a point.In the HSE Integrated Tie Down Roping event, Shane Hanchey finished first with a time of 7.9 seconds, narrowly defeating second place Lee Rombough by only .1 of a second.Cole Jamieson and Dylan Bilton tied for first in the Rosneau Transport Novice Bareback, each earning a score of 70 for the tie.- Advertisement -The GP Stompede Novice Saddle Bronc was won by Layton Green, who earned 70.5 points for the victory.The Panda Tank and Vac Truck Steer Riding event was won by Griffin Smeltzer, who finished first only .5 points ahead of Kagen Schmidt with a score of 68.5.Chason Floyd earned top honours in the Norlan Chrysler Steer Wrestling event, winning by .1 of a second over Sean Santucci with a score of 4.5.Advertisementlast_img read more

DONEGAL BAY CYCLING CLUB ENJOY SUCCESSFUL TOUR OF SLIGO

first_imgMore than 30 members of the Donegal Bay cycling club participated in this years An Post Tour of Sligo yesterday.3 routes were on offer covering 160km, 100km & 60km taken in some of Sligo’s most scenic views. This was a very well run event with close on 2000 entrants tackling the 3 routes, the weather held up to make this a memorable event and with the great food stops there could be no complaints.A big well done to all in our intermediate group which for a large number was their first century ride. There will be no stopping us when we get our new team kit!!! DONEGAL BAY CYCLING CLUB ENJOY SUCCESSFUL TOUR OF SLIGO was last modified: May 7th, 2012 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) Tags:Donegal Bay Cycling Clublast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: McSTAY OPTS FOR KERRY BUT BROLLY STICKS WITH JIM!

first_imgDonegal may be favourites for next Sunday’s All-Ireland final but not all the pundits are seeing it that way.Joe Brolly shocks nobody by going for Donegal in the All-Ireland final.Highly-respected pundit and RTE analyst Kevin McStay has opted for Kerry at Croker.The man many believe could be the next Mayo manager said he thinks Kerry will win by perhaps two points but they will certainly win. McStay puts his cards on the table in a preview of the big game on the Sunday Game last night.Presenter Des Cahill asked McStay and fellow panelist Joe Brolly to pick a winner.And predictably, after swooning over Jim McGuinness and the Donegal team for fifteen minutes, the Derry man went for Donegal.  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: McSTAY OPTS FOR KERRY BUT BROLLY STICKS WITH JIM! was last modified: September 15th, 2014 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) Tags:donegalJOE BROLLYKerryKevin McStaylast_img read more

No lip reader required to know what this Liverpool fan said to Karius

first_imgLoris Karius had another night to forget in a Liverpool shirt.The Reds were playing a pre-season friendly against Tranmere at Prenton Park when the goalkeeper, who made two costly errors against Real Madrid in the Champions League final, spilled an Oliver Norburn free-kick into the path of Jonny Smith, allowing the debutant to slide the rebound past him. Karius is back 🙃🙃 pic.twitter.com/XIdZXI44yv— James (@jamesdewsbury7) July 10, 2018It was the game’s biggest talking point and nobody was impressed, not even the Kopites on the pitch, which included Rovers’ forward Ben Tollitt.You don’t need a lip reader to see what the 23-year-old shouted during his team’s celebrations. Karius getting told ‘your fucking shit’ by one of the tramere players 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/JZ6DZmc83X— Josh Evans (@BigEvans100) July 10, 2018In the clip above, Tollitt appears to mouth ‘you’re f***ing s**t’ in Karius’ direction. It’s no doubt something many other passionate supporters feel.Speaking to the Liverpool Echo before the friendly, the die hard Red talked about how much he was looking forward to playing against his beloved Liverpool.“I’ve been a massive fan all my life. I grew up in Anfield, I still live there now, and you can see the ground from my house, you can hear the songs being sung before the games, and my family have got season tickets, so it will be amazing if I can get some minutes,” he said.“It was unbelievable watching them last season, I loved it, and I believe we’re very, very close to being a very, very good team and winning trophies.“Three years ago I was fitting windows with my dad so to go from that to playing against Liverpool, who are mine and his childhood heroes, will be a bit surreal, but hopefully it will be good.”Liverpool had led 3-0 at half-time through goals from Rafael Camacho, Sheyi Ojo and Adam Lallana, making his first appearance of pre-season. Tranmere hit back with two goals in the second hald, though and afterwards, manager Jurgen Klopp said mistakes will happen. “I don’t like it, you don’t like it, he doesn’t like it but they do happen so let’s carry on and make the best of all these situations to learn from it.”Karius has been trying to forget the last few months. Against Real, mistakes allowed Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to score in the Champions League final defeat and then in the club’s first pre-season friendly of the summer, footage showed the German letting a ball slip through his legs during a warm-up, which he was ridiculed for.However, fans at the ground for the 7-0 win against Chester got behind their keeper ahead of the game and gave him a standing ovation before kick-off.last_img read more

Studies target asthma impacts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Federal environmental officials have awarded an $8 million grant to a Southern California research team that will try to determine how microscopic particles in air pollution can cause asthma, heart disease, low birth weight and other health problems.The grant will allow the Southern California Particle Center at UCLA to continue groundbreaking work in particulate matter research and will fund four new investigations into the health impacts of particles that are 1/100 the diameter of a human hair.“What we’ve shown in the last five years is the scope of the problem and how many different health end points exist at current \ levels,” said Dr. John Froines, a professor at UCLA’s School of Public Health and the principal investigator at the particle center.“We’re now trying to answer the question of what is it about particles that causes these effects and what do we have to do to improve the situation.”Particulate matter is created from the exhaust of gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles and from fires and industrial pollution.Composed of microscopic bits of acids, chemicals, metals, dusts and allergens, it can reach deep into the lungs, enter the bloodstream and even damage cells.With its grant, the federal Environmental Protection Agency hopes to understand which pollution sources and which kinds of particulate matter may be responsible for unhealthy air, said Stacey Katz, assistant director of the agency’s National Center for Environmental Research.“We’ve made great strides from the early days with epidemiology studies showing \ particulate matter and premature death, but nobody could understand biologically how that could happen.”One of the center’s projects will examine how particulate matter can cause asthma, which has been a major concern for public health officials struggling to understand why cases of the respiratory ailment have tripled over the last 20 years.Researchers cannot prove with 100 percent certainty that air pollution causes asthma, although researchers recently determined that Southern California children who play sports in areas with high air pollution are at greater risk of developing asthma.Children who live near freeways also are more likely to develop the disease, studies have shown.The Southern California team placed allergic mice near busy freeways and found the animals nearest to traffic had the worst airway inflammation and stronger allergic responses.For the new study, Froines wants to follow the path of particles in the body, and understand the biological reactions they spur in the body that cause asthma.“If you think about it, there’s a process between exposure and the ultimate disease, and there’s a series of steps between them. We’re trying to define those steps,” Froines explained.Another team from the center will study impacts of pollution and particulates on nursing home residents with cardiovascular disease. Their work expands on research that links particulate matter pollution with an increased number of hospital admissions and heart-related deaths.The Southern California Particle Center’s work could eventually affect regulations on tail pipe emissions, diesel truck pollution and increased port traffic, which are under the jurisdiction of the EPA. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com(818) 713-3746last_img read more

HARPS HOPING TO SNATCH A PLACE IN FAI CUP QUARTER-FINALS

first_imgA place in the quarter-finals of this season’s FAI Ford Cup is the prize for the winners as Finn Harps welcome Cobh Ramblers to Finn Park on Friday evening (kick-off 8pm).And with Harps promotion hopes having suffered a near fatal blow in last Friday’s 2-0 defeat against Waterford United, boss Peter Hutton knows that the Cup is now an important avenue to keep an interest in the season for the club’s supporters.“The Cup game is now even more important to ensure our season stays alive,” said Hutton. “We know given that we are at home that most people will view us as favourites but I know Cobh will come with no fear and actually fancy their chances of progressing also.“They have brought in a few new, more experienced players during the summer window, players like Craig Burns so they will be given due respect,” continued Hutton.In three previous games this season between the two sides, Harps and Cobh have shared thirteen goals.“Cobh are a team that will create chances given they possess the talents of Davin O’Neil, Martin Deady and Kynan Rocks and so will pose a threat. We have had good battles with Cobh over the season and I see this as being no different. “We need to ensure that we are focused and determined to get the job done and if it takes a last minute winner then so be it, as it’s all about progressing to the next round.”Hutton was a disappointed and frustrated manager who watched on from the sidelines last weekend as Harps lost 2-0 to Waterford last season to all but end any hopes they had of making the promotion play-off spots.“I felt we deserved something from the game but unfortunately in football you don’t always get what you deserve. We dominated the game for long spells but our final ball and inability to take those chances that presented themselves cost us dearly.“The concession of the first goal was also hugely frustrating as we had previously conceded two similar goals to Waterford this season and so we had worked on how to prevent similar situations occurring but got caught again. We then chased the game knowing we really needed the win so and really should have been level before conceding a needless penalty.“I must credit the players though as they kept battling away and tried to get back into the game and were certainly not deserving of being on the receiving end of a 2-0 defeat.” Harps welcome back Mark Forker who missed last week’s game with Waterford. Sean McCarron, the clubs top goalscorer this season, is also likely to return after recovering from illness.Friday’s game will be the third time the two clubs have met in the FAI Cup, but the first at Finn Park. The previous two meetings were both in St. Colmans Park while Cobh were still a Munster Senior League club. Both games, in 1981 and 1983, were at the quarter-final stage.Harps won the ’81 encounter on a 4-1 scoreline but Ramblers extracted revenge two years later when they won 1-0. The 1983 Cup run by Cobh is best remembered for their semi-final meeting with eventual Cup winners Sligo Rovers which took four games to decide.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TEAM NEWSSuspended: None.Doubtful: None.Injured: None.Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: D-L-W-L-W-L (7 pts)Cobh Ramblers: D-W-L-W-L-L (7 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last six home games against Cobh Ramblers25-May-07 – Finn Harps 0-1 Cobh Ramblers (First Division)28-Sep-07 – Finn Harps 1-0 Cobh Ramblers (First Division)07-Mar-08 – Finn Haprs 2-1 Cobh Ramblers (Premier Division)22-Aug-08 – Finn Harps 2-2 Cobh Ramblers (Premier Division)15-Mar-13 – Finn Harps 4-1 Cobh Ramblers (First Division)28-Jun-13 – Finn Harps 2-2 Cobh Ramblers (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2013Sean McCarron – 8 (1 in FAI Cup)Kevin McHugh – 7Michael Funston – 3Keith Cowan – 3 (1 in FAI Cup)Mark Forker – 2Thomas McMonagle – 2Thomas McBride – 1 (in League Cup)Matt Harkin – 1 (in League Cup)James Doherty – 1 (in League Cup)Marc Brolly – 1 (in League Cup)Aaron O’Hagan – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2013 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)16-Aug-13 – AL – Finn Harps 0-2 Waterford United09-Aug-13 – AL – Finn Harps 2-0 Salthill Devon (Forker 2)02-Aug-13 – AL – Athlone Town 1-0 Finn Harps26-Jul-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Wexford Youths (McHugh)19-Jul-2013 – AL – Mervue United 4-0 Finn Harps12-Jul-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-0 Longford Town28-Jun-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 2-2 Cobh Ramblers (Funston, Cowan)28-Jun-2013 – AL – Waterford United 3-0 Finn Harps14-Jun-2013 – AL – Salthill Devon 2-1 Finn Harps (Funston)08-Jun-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 2-3 Athlone Town (Funston, Cowan)31-May-2013 – FAI – Finn Harps 2-1 Wexford Youths (Cowan, McCarron)24-May-2013 – AL – Wexford Youths 2-1 Finn Harps (McCarron)20-May-2013 – LC – Finn Harps 1-1 Derry City (O’Hagan) – Derry win 6-5 on penalties17-May-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Mervue United (McCarron)11-May-2013 – AL – Longford Town 2-3 Finn Harps (McCarron, McHugh, McDonagh og.)04-May-2013 – AL – Cobh Ramblers 2-2 Finn Harps (McHugh, McCarron)26-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-1 Waterford United19-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Salthill Devon (McMonagle)12-Apr-2013 – AL – Athlone Town 1-0 Finn Harps05-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-0 Wexford Youths29-Mar-2013 – AL – Mervue United 2-2 Finn Harps (McMonagle, McHugh)23-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Longford Town (McHugh)15-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 4-1 Cobh Ramblers (McCarron 2, McHugh 2)08-Mar-2013 – AL – Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps (McCarron)03-Mar-2013 – LC – Mayo League 1-4 Finn Harps (Harkin, Doherty, Brolly, McBride)HARPS HOPING TO SNATCH A PLACE IN FAI CUP QUARTER-FINALS was last modified: August 22nd, 2013 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)Tags:Cobh Ramblersfai cupfinn harpslast_img read more

Sharks fall to Anaheim Ducks in preseason opener

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Starting goalie Aaron Dell stopped 11 of 12 shots in the Sharks’ 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center on Tuesday in the NHL preseason opener for both teams.Dell stopped all seven shots he faced in the first period when the Sharks took a 2-0 lead on goals by Timo Meier and Jonny Brodzinski.Dell allowed a goal by Devin Shore at the 5:53 mark of the second period after a Max Jones shot on goal, but …last_img

Aliens Discover Voyager Record

first_img(Visited 866 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Certain humans are identifying with space aliens, pretending to know what they like.Forty years ago, the Voyager craft were launched for a mission that would never end. The craft, even after depleted of fuel and electronics, would sail endlessly through the stars. The open trajectory of the Voyagers’ voyages prompted Carl Sagan to send a memento from Earth to any potential space aliens who might recover the craft, even though Earth might long have returned to cinder when our sun expands some day into a red giant, engulfing us all.JPL’s auditorium contains a full size model of Voyager, with the golden record facing the audience. Photo by David Coppedge.The memento took the form of a gold-plated record, encoded with photographs and sounds from Earth. But records are so 1977. Who knows if the aliens expect cloud storage now?Surviving designers of the record describe their design rationale at Space.com, but made generous assumptions at the time, such as the notions that the aliens are good at math, or that the craft could survive impact with a planet or star.The likelihood of interception by space aliens has always been considered extremely low, even by true believers. Sagan undertook the Voyager Record project as somewhat of a publicity stunt, a message where the actual recipients would be ourselves. In Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record (1978), he wrote about how he consulted scientists, engineers and various sci-fi writers, including Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, about the project:Many of the consultants emphasized that receipt of the message by an extraterrestrial civilization was chancy at best, while its receipt by the inhabitants of Earth was guaranteed; the public would eventually have access to the message contents, as is in fact accomplished by this book. As [Bernard] Oliver put it, “There is only an infinitesimal chance that the plaque will ever be seen a single extraterrestrial, but it will certainly be seen by billions of terrestrials. Its real function, therefore, is to appeal to and expand the human spirit, and to make contact with extraterrestrial intelligence a welcome expectation of mankind” (p. 11).Its real function, therefore, is to appeal to and expand the human spirit, and to make contact with extraterrestrial intelligence a welcome expectation of mankind.By syllogism, if the intended recipients are aliens, and humans are the guaranteed recipients, then we are the aliens. Sagan and party might not have considered that illogical. Consider that alien status is a matter of perspective. To the inhabitants of other planets, we are their aliens. And even if there are no space aliens out there, it’s trendy these days to identify as something other than what you are. The denizens of Star Trek conventions and Star Wars parties go to great lengths to identify with various alien beings: Wookies, Klingons, and even Jabba the Hut (some obese persons don’t have to change much). Who knows? Maybe some of them, like in the movie Galaxy Quest, are for real. [Cue Twilight Zone theme].We hope some day, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. –President Jimmy Carter on the Voyager RecordHuman aliens enjoy anniversaries. Upon the 40th anniversary of the Voyager Record, some are re-listening to The Sounds of Earth and thinking it needs an update. Space.com tells how surviving relatives of Sagan and designer Jon Lomborg are releasing “The Voyager Record TNG” (The Next Generation) with a new mix, remastered sounds and new selections. These can be beamed up toEncoded in the Voyager Record are 118 images of earthlings and their lives, plus greetings in 55 languages (including Humpback Whale) and a suite of music from ethnic cultures (including Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”)New Horizons, another spacecraft destined for the stars, reflecting the rapid pace of audio and communications technologies after 1977. And how can the aliens resist, now that Captain Kirk (William Shatner) just beamed a message to the Voyager spacecraft to celebrate the anniversary? Space.com says his message was selected from 30,000 entries and beamed from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on September 5 during a televised news conference at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The message says, “We offer friendship across the stars. You are not alone.” (Note: Shatner is not a starship commander, but he plays one on TV.)In the long scheme of things, though, 40 years is a tiny slice of the time expected for Voyager to reach the nearest star (about 40,000 years). Will the message even be recognizable after a thousand future technological revolutions?It’s certainly an alien behavior for a human being to trust in the existence of theoretical beings whose existence lacks any shred of evidence, especially if those beings have to have been the products of chance and the Stuff Happens Law. It seems alien to human logic as well to spend vast amounts of effort with infinitesimal chances of success. And it is unquestionably alien to decry intelligent design as pseudoscience while relying on it. Humans may be space aliens, but some humans are more alien than others.The only non-alien status possible for a human being is to be within the family of God, our Creator. God has always offered friendship. We never were alone. But our sins alienated us from our Maker. Christ removed the barrier that alienated us by dying on the cross and rising again. Paul told the Gentiles who had come back to God through faith in Christ, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:18). Follow the map and find your way home.last_img read more