Ladies Who League: The unsung heroes

first_imgWho would have thought that for the fourth time in five match-ups that a game between the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys would go into golden point? Who predicted that the Canberra Raiders would start the season 0-2? Did anyone predict that Jarryd Hayne would be a mug NRL Fantasy pick (if so I wish that they had told me sooner…)?What’s not so surprising is that there have been some stand out performers in the opening weeks of the competition.  Everyone is talking about Jason Taumololo from the Cowboys, and for good reason. In just two games, the ‘other’ JT has made 507 metres, which is absolutely epic.One of my favourite moments of the clash between the Cowboys and the Broncos was at the end of the game after Johnathan Thurston had kicked the field goal to seal the win. While Thurston leapt up into the air with joy, Taumololo doubled over, hands on his knees, exhausted. He was spent. He had nothing left to give. That is exactly the sort of player that I want on my team.Speaking of a player that I want on my team, is it too early to be calling ‘buy of the season’? Apparently not, because that’s what people are saying about Luke Keary. A change has really done wonders for this young half and he looks right at home in his new colours of red, white and blue. He was again dominant last week against the Bulldogs and was instrumental in the set-up of two tries – the first to Boyd Cordner and the second to Mitch Aubusson. The Roosters are already benefiting from his enthusiasm and he is beginning to look like the young half that led Souths to a Premiership in 2014.While these are some of the more obvious stand-out players, this week I want to highlight some unsung heroes from the opening two rounds of the competition and celebrate their contribution to their teams’ successes.Mitch Barnett – Newcastle KnightsAt the beginning of the season, I predicted that the Knights would not get the wooden spoon and from what I’ve seen from the opening two rounds, I’m even more confident.Congratulations to the whole team on their win against the Gold Coast Titans on the weekend – their first win in almost an entire calendar year.  The Knights are a team of unsung heroes including Brock Lamb and Sione Mata’utia (I think Nathan Ross has officially reached cult hero status, so I have left him off this list), but one man in particular has stood out for me and that’s Mitch Barnett.  Mitch is only 22 years old, but has already made a demonstrable impact at the club. In 2016, he averaged more offloads and more runs per game than any other player at the Knights. In his opening two games this year, he has picked up where he left off last year.  Already this season he has made 204 running metres, has already notched up two try assists and made 78 tackles. He is exactly the sort of workhorse player that the Knights need and I’m really enjoying watching him develop as a player. Even more exciting for Knights fans is that Mitch penned a new deal this week which will see him in the red and blue until 2020. During negotiations, Mitch made it very clear that he wanted to stay at the Knights and it looks like they were even keener to keep him.Suaia Matagi – Parramatta EelsIf you’re a Parramatta fan, you could be forgiven for being extremely impressed with what you’ve seen in the opening rounds with dominant wins over both the Manly Sea Eagles and the St George Illawarra Dragons. This is the first time since 1999 the Eels have started the season winning their first two games.While most people have been focused on the performances of Corey Norman, Clint Gutherson, Bevan French and Semi Radradra (all deservedly so), I would like to single out prop Suaia Matagi who has really brought a sense of toughness to Parramatta’s forward pack that the team has lacked in the past. With 247 metres made in his first two games and his fancy footwork creating havoc for defenders, Suaia has really impressed me in his opening two games – particularly when you consider what he has gone through off the field. Suaia has spent time in prison – serving three years for assault. He was only 17 years old at the time. Rugby league has given this man a second chance and he is taking that opportunity with both hands. Not only is he leading on the field, but off the field Suaia is known for taking the opportunity to visit other at-risk young people so that they can learn from his experiences and hopefully take a different path.Ryan Matterson – Sydney RoostersThe way the Sydney Roosters have started off this year has created quite the stir. Rugby league fans have been getting very excited over the performances of players like Luke Keary, Dylan Napa, Boyd Cordner and Mitchell Pearce. With the focus on these key names, there’s a player that has gone under the radar, and for me, he has been crucial to the benchmark set by the Roosters in Rounds 1 and 2.Ryan Matterson has made over 100 metres off the bench in both games so far this season. Last season Ryan was known as a utlity and played several positions. This year he has started in the back row, and despite having to adapt to his new role in the middle, has really taken the opportunity in his stride. Along with names like Connor Watson, Joseph Manu and Latrell Mitchell, Ryan Matterson represents the future of the Sydney Roosters and he is already contracted until the end of 2019. Some other players that just missed the ‘unsung heroes’ cut are South Sydney’s Cody Walker, the Cowboy’s Scott Bolton, Broncos interchange forward Herman Ese’ese and Dragons lock Jack de Belin. So while other rugby league fans are praising some of the bigger stars in the competition, be sure to remember the unsung heroes whose contribution is so important in making sure your team gets the job done on the weekend.last_img read more

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Pacquiao lets son chase boxing ‘dream’

first_img“He is training every day. I see him in his room watching my fights in TV almost every day,” Pacquiao said.“It pains me because I know how hard is boxing. I can’t stand to see my son getting beaten. It’s okay if I am the one who will be beaten.”Pacquiao himself is not keen on hanging up his gloves soon.“If I feel something wrong with my body or if I feel slightly weaker, then I might think about retirement,” he said.“But for now, I’m fine. I feel like I’m 27 or 28 years old,” Pacquiao said.ADVERTISEMENT “I said to him that boxing is tough, that training is tough, everything is tough. But he said, ‘Daddy, boxing is my passion,’” Pacquiao, 40, told the Rappler online news site.“I said, ‘Son that’s my line, you are copying my line,’” he added, saying the teenager’s words softened his stance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKnown for his rags-to-riches climb from the street, Pacquiao said his wife, Jinkee, was adamant their 19-year-old son, nicknamed Jimuel, must not box.“Then Jimuel told her, ‘Mommy, you’re killing my dream.’ So what can we do? We just let him,” he added. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Fiery fuel LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LIKE FATHER Emmanuel “Jimuel” Pacquiao (left) helps dad Manny show his world title belt. “I can’t stand to see my son getting beaten,” Pacquiao says. —GRIG C. MONTEGRANDEBoxing icon Manny Pacquiao said on Friday he had reluctantly allowed his eldest son to follow his footsteps after the younger Pacquiao chastised his parents for “killing” his dream of ring glory.The Filipino legend, who has eight world titles in different weight divisions, said he could not stand the prospect of seeing his son, Emmanuel Jr., getting hurt.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments He outpointed US challenger Adrien Broner in Las Vegas in January to easily defend his World Boxing Association welterweight title, improving his record to 61-7 with two draws and 39 knockouts in a career that began in 1995.Pacquiao said he had not lined up his next opponent, “but I’m sure he is a boxer.” —AFPSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardlast_img read more

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Skate Park Committee close to fundraising goal

first_imgThe committee is reportedly less than $5,000 away from reaching their goal.Construction of the facility must be completed under a design-build structure, which the City says is put in place to ensure budget certainty, quality of design and construction, flexibility with construction plans and a continued opportunity for design changes as construction progresses.New Line Skateparks has been contracted to complete the constuction of the new park, after they have been involved in the community consultation and design of the project since its beginning.- Advertisement -Although the City generally uses a traditional tendering process, sole sourcing the project was chosen due to the company’s history with the project.New Line’s proposal has been used for grant applications, and their final design has been developed with the community over the past year.Fort St. John’s newest skate park will be located on the corner of 93rd Ave. and 93rd St.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Legal mess stalls Hawaiian car ferry

first_imgJohn Garibaldi, president and chief executive of the Superferry, said he needs to have “actionable information” within four to six weeks in order to determine whether to continue operations of Hawaii’s first regular car-passenger ferry service. He declined to elaborate. He also would not comment on a possible backup plan or how much money his company is losing while its high-speed, luxury catamaran remains idle in bustling Honolulu Harbor. A second ferry is under construction in Alabama and is scheduled to begin service in 2009. Despite fulfilling all of the state’s requirements and getting the green light from the Legislature, the Superferry has run into turbulence that has discouraged previous efforts to establish such a service. The ferry’s Maui route has been suspended as state Judge Joseph E. Cardoza determines if it will be allowed to operate while an environmental assessment is conducted. A state judge on Kauai on Monday will consider a request for a permanent injunction to keep the ferry from using that island’s Nawiliwili Harbor. TRANSIT: Before carting people around islands, the Maui route must undergo an environmental study. By Jaymes Song THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HONOLULU – The Hawaii Superferry aimed to transform how residents and tourists travel and conduct business among the islands. But after being rocked by a storm of protests and legal challenges, the company says it may be forced to shut down after investing $300 million and hiring 300 employees. The state Supreme Court last month unanimously ruled that the state should have required an environmental review before the Superferry, which stopped in Long Beach harbor in June on its way west, started service. Environmentalists worry that the sleek, four-story vessel could collide with whales and spread invasive species. The Superferry voluntarily suspended its Oahu-Kauai service Aug. 28 after two days of demonstrations at the harbor, where dozens of defiant protesters on surfboards, canoes and kayaks blocked the $95 million ferry. The 350-foot ferry plans to resume Kauai service Sept. 26 with heightened security and a revised daytime schedule. Jeff Mikulina, director of the Sierra Club’s Hawaii chapter, said the group’s goal was never to sink the Superferry but to get an environmental review completed. “This is a brand-new sort of operation, unlike anything we’ve had previously. It comes with a certain amount of risk, and we just want to understand that risk,” he said. Mikulina said his group requested an environmental review three years ago, so the Superferry’s present challenges could have been avoided. Gov. Linda Lingle, a strong supporter of the ferry, has maintained that the state followed the law. The state determined in 2005 that an environmental review was not necessary because the project fell under an exemption. Judge Cardoza on Maui agreed with the state. “It was only recently that the Supreme Court came out with its own interpretation of the law, which was different than everyone in the state had interpreted,” she said. University of Hawaii law professor Jon Van Dyke, an expert on environmental and maritime law, said environmental reviews have been required in the U.S. since 1969 and are needed to protect Hawaii’s fragile environment. “This is a well-established procedure that’s now done all over the world,” he said. “So the idea that you would try to leapfrog over this logical and important requirement is to me a little bizarre.” Despite only being required for Maui, the state plans to conduct an environmental assessment of the potential effects on harbors statewide. The review is expected to take at least eight months and possibly longer if it is challenged. Superferry said it will be forced to cease operations if it is not allowed to sail while the review is being conducted. “We are unable to sustain operations for that length of period without revenue,” Garibaldi said. The governor said there is no doubt the Superferry would be out of business by then. “I don’t think the majority of the people in the state want to see that happen,” she said. If the Superferry folds, the state and the federal government could wind up losing millions. The state has provided $40 million worth of harbor upgrades and equipment, and the federal government has approved $140 million in loan guarantees for the ferry. The Superferry is a privately held company. The largest investor is New York-based private equity firm J.F. Lehman & Co., which has an $80 million stake in the venture. Despite the state having a major role in the Superferry’s troubles, it cannot be sued for damages.Van Dyke said the contract between the state and Superferry stipulates that the company cannot seek damages if an environmental review is required. “The state was very careful. They negotiated very carefully, and they wrote a good contract, and they protected themselves from being sued,” he said. Meanwhile, the Superferry has stirred strong emotions in this laid-back state. Many people were eager to use the Superferry, which offers the only alternative to air travel. Supporters point to Superferry’s obstacles and possible shutdown as feeding the idea that Hawaii is an unfriendly place to do business and setting a dangerous precedent. “We share the business community’s concern about the message this sends to the outside world about investing in Hawaii or undertaking a viable business venture here,” Garibaldi said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Everton to offer Saints boss Koeman £6m-per-year to be their new manager

first_img1 Everton are willing to make Southampton manager Ronald Koeman one of the highest-paid bosses in the Premier League to join them this summer, according to reports.Koeman has been among the list of managers linked with the Goodison Park hotseat following the departure of Roberto Martinez one game from the end of the season.The likes of David Moyes, Manuel Pellegrini and former Ajax boss Frank de Boer are also thought to be in the running, but with the Merseysiders keen to bring in a man with proven premier League success, Koeman is at the top of their list.And recent reports claim Everton, boosted by the millions of new investor Farhad Moshiri, are set to offer the Dutchman a £6million-a-year contract to become their next full-time boss.Koeman’s current Southampton contract runs until 2017 and he is yet to commit to a new deal.But, despite other reported interest from Arsenal, they remain confident he will reject any offers to re-sign at St Mary’s – despite offering a significantly lower £2.5m-per-year contract.Everton are willing to raise the Saints by more the double to convince Koeman to sign, with a contract offer which would put him only behind Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.Koeman has worked wonders during his time with the Saints, having guided the club to their highest ever Premier League finish this season – sixth place – despite losing a number of key players over the past few transfer windows. Ronald Koeman is wanted by a number of top clubs after his good work with Southampton last_img read more

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Slow count delays final city results

first_imgEditor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. All it took was a few arithmetic problems to delay the final count of the Whittier City Council Tuesday night. At about 10:15 p.m., 22 of the 23 precincts had reported in, but the Merrill Gardens precinct vote was nowhere to be found. City officials eventually called and found that the poll workers were just having problems in counting their ballots, said Kathryn Marshall, city clerk-treasurer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“They need to show many ballots were issued, voted, spoiled and were considered provisional,” Marshall said. “They just seemed stuck on balancing \.” City officials helped the poll workers and the ballots eventually arrived at around 10:40 p.m. and were counted by about 11 p.m. “That’s later than unusual,” Marshall said. “The next time there’s a 10-minute delay, we’ll start calling.” With the City Council election over, a number of campaigns are planning events either today or next Saturday. Pico Rivera Mayor David Armenta will hold a rally at 10 a.m. today at the Old Goodyear building, 9234 Slauson Ave., Pico Rivera. He is running for the 58th Assembly District. Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk, a candidate for the 30th state Senate District, will hold a rally and precinct walk at 10 a.m. today at his headquarters, 13901 Pioneer Blvd., Norwalk. Artesia Councilman Tony Mendoza will celebrate his birthday with a “campaign countdown” fundraiser at 6p.m. April 22 at La Mirage Restaurant, 17104 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia. He is running for the 56th state Assembly District. Reservations should be made by Wednesday and can be obtained by calling (562) 924-9092. Expected to attend are Democratic Assembly members Bermudez, Jenny Oropeza of Carson, Betty Karnette of Long Beach and Jerome Horton of Inglewood; Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood; and Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, a candidate for state controller, will speak at the 7:30 a.m. Friday meeting of the Whittier-San Gabriel Valley chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs. The event will be held at the Pacific Palms Conference Center, One Industry Hills Parkway, Industry. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations, write LACLC, 6055 E. Washington Blvd. Suite 228, Commerce, CA, or call Peter Bylsma, (323) 215-4500 or e-mail bylsma@lagop.org. State Sen. Martha Escutia, D-Norwalk, will hold her fourth annual Whittier Hills Family Hike from 8 to 11 a.m. April 22 in Turnbull Canyon. Hikers will meet at Whittier City Hall, 13230 Penn St. The event will consist of a warm-up session, followed by a hike through the Whittier Hills, led by Escutia, Amigos de los Rios and the Friends of the Whittier Hills. After the walk, hikers will be provided with a healthy lunch, receive free nutritional products and engage in a fun and informational fitness talk. For reservations, call (562) 929-6060. CAMPAIGN RALLIES: CONTROLLER’S RACE: TAKE A HIKE: Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola issues positive Kevin De Bruyne injury update

first_img 2 De Bruyne will could be back ahead of schedule 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “He’s making the last steps,” Guardiola said at his Friday press conference.“He’ll start training in the next days I think. Everything is going well.”It is hoped De Bruyne will be available for the derby match with Manchester United on November 11, but City have not put a timeline on his return.Belgium manager Roberto Martinez hinted that the midfielder could be back earlier than expected. Kevin De Bruyne will be ready to return to training for Manchester City in a few days, according to manager Pep Guardiola.The Belgian playmaker suffered a knee ligament injury in training in August but is now close to being able to rejoin his team-mates. “It was a freak accident, it happens, football is a contact sport,” Martinez said at the FIFA Football Conference in London this week.“The issue is how long he will be out and the reports are very positive.“I think we’ll see him on the pitch a lot earlier than other players would take with that injury [and] we think he could be even fresher after his period away.“No time scale yet but Kevin wants to be on the football pitch as quick as he can and physically he’s got that natural gift of being able to heal quicker than other players.” MONEY Guardiola gave an update on De Bruyne’s progress LATEST GOLF NEWS One player pushing for a place in the starting line-up is 18-year-old midfielder Phil Foden, who starred in City’s Carabao Cup victory over Oxford in midweek, earning comparisons to Barcelona great Andres Iniesta.Foden has yet to make his full Premier League debut, but Guardiola insisted he would have no qualms about throwing him in, saying: “It’s about my decisions. He’s ready to play, he can start in any competition in any game. After that, he has to compete with his team-mates and sometimes it’s not possible.”There have been recent reports that City are ready to open talks with the teenager about a new contract – his current deal expires in 2020.Guardiola said: “I think Phil likes to be here and the club has no doubt about that, the manager has no doubt about that, so hopefully it’s going to happen sooner or later. But I’m never involved in these kind of situations.”Foden laughed off the Iniesta link, and Guardiola urged patience, saying the Under-17 World Cup winner needs to ignore the hype.“Don’t read too much, don’t watch too much,” added the City boss. “He has to make his own career and (go) step by step. Football is up and down a lot.”last_img read more

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AFCON 2019: Tunisia, Nigeria tussle for third spot

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019Alain GiresseGernot RohrNigeriaOdion IghaloRiyad MahreztopTunisia Nigeria were knocked out by Algeria on Sunady. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)AFCON 2019Tunisia vs NigeriaAl Salaam Stadium, CairoWednesday, 17-07-2019 @10pmNot the match both teams would have wanted to play but one Tunisia and Nigeria have to get out of the way as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations nears its climax.Following respective defeats in their semi-finals, the Eagles of Carthage and Super Eagles will be fighting for third on Wednesday night at the Al-Salaam Stadium in Cairo.Tunisia lost 0-1 to Senegal on Sunday with the goal coming in the cruelest of fashions as Dylan Bronn put through his own net with 10 minutes of extra time to play.They also missed out on a 113th-minute penalty when an initial refereeing decision was overturned by VAR.Coach Alain Giresse, had led Tunisia to just one defeat in 10 before their semi-final loss, including a win in Croatia during the build-up to this summer’s tournament.They are resolutely hard to break down and eventually disposed of Madagascar comfortably in the quarter-finals, seeing off the tournament surprise packages by scoring three goals without reply in the second half.All of the goals conceded by Tunisia at this year’s tournament have arrived in the final third of matches, with both of the goals scored against them in the knockout stages coming after the 90th minute.Tunisia are yet to concede a goal in the first half.For Nigeria, they were also eliminated in a cruel manner as they conceded with virtually the last kick of the game against Algeria.Drawing 1-1 and headed for extra-time, Riyad Mahrez thumped a free-kick into the top left-hand corner to break Nigerian hearts.The Super Eagles will feel they deserved better especially after knocking out both Cameroon and South Africa earlier but the brand of football they exhibited on Sunday, does nothing to justify their cries.What the coaches are saying ahead of the match Alain Giresse, Tunisia“The match will be very difficult, physically and technically but we’ll try everything we can to finish third.“Of course, we wanted to reach the final, but now we focus on the third-place match.“I can’t say all my players are perfectly fit, we have a little time to know how ready the players are.”Gernot Rohr, Nigeria“After our loss to Algeria, we were a bit disappointed because it’s disappointing when you lose a game in the last seconds.“We’ve analysed the match, we saw the video with the players yesterday [Monday] and we saw also it was a good match and we gave a good fight.“The statistics were even better for us, because we had 11 shots on goal, they had only six. We had better possession of the ball against probably the best team so far in the tournament.“So, losing to them is not a shame and we have to be positive as we want to finish this competition well together.”Team NewsRohr is likely to be tempted to make changes in order to enhance the experience of several of his younger talents, with the likes of Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo and Paderborn full-back Jamilu Collins – who was given a torrid time by Mahrez – liable to make way. One name to watch out for could be Henry Onyekuru, the 22-year-old striker who Everton paid Belgian club Eupen £7m for in 2017, so impressed were they at his strike ratio of almost a goal every other game. Ighalo’s position as tournament top scorer looks precarious despite his gutsy penalty against Algeria. The Shanghai Shenhua striker leads the way with four goals so far, but is just one ahead of Mahrez, Algeria teammate Adam Ounas and Senegal’s Mane, all of whom are expected to take part in Friday’s final.Giresse could freshen up his side following their extra-time endeavours against Senegal. Defensive midfielder Ferjani Sassi is an option should the coach opt for a more guarded approach against opponents capable of potency, while new prospects such as 18-year-old Leverkusen midfielder Marc Lamti could be brought in.Match StatsIt’s been an even tussle down the years with eight draws coming from 17 competitive meetings between the pair. Tunisia have a tiny historical edge with five wins to Nigeria’s four.Comments last_img read more

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Round-up: Conte future, Zouma substitution explained, QPR youngsters sign deals

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAntonio Conte has again insisted that he has no plans to leave Chelsea at the end of the season.Reports in his native Italy recently suggested that the Blues boss was being lined up to take over at Inter Milan.And Italian agent Andrea Pastorello this week fuelled the speculation by suggesting Conte could be open to the idea of quitting Stamford Bridge after just one season at Chelsea.However, Conte told Sky in Italy: “I don’t like it when others speak for me.“Pastorello is a friend. I know him well. But I don’t like when others speak for me. If someone wants to know something about me, then they must ask me.“We’re fighting for the title and we want to achieve this goal, then we’ll try to build something important together.”Asked whether that meant he will be at Chelsea next season, Conte said: “Yes, for the next season.” Zouma substitution explained Embed from Getty ImagesConte said he took Kurt Zouma off at half-time against Manchester City because he felt Chelsea needed to be stronger in midfield.The Blues took a step closer to the title by winning 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, where Eden Hazard scored two first-half goals.How we rated Chelsea’s players in their win over CityBut City caused the Premier League leaders problems, prompting Conte to replace defender Zouma and send on Nemanja Matic to link up with N’Golo Kante in midfield.Conte explained: “It was only a tactical change. I think Kante played very well in the first half but we were suffering too much in the midfield and for this reason I preferred to pick Matic and reinforce our midfield.“I think it was right, because in the second half we didn’t risk.” Costa won’t face FA action Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea’s Diego Costa will not face retrospective action from the Football Association after appearing to kick out at Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.The incident occurred during the second half of Wednesday’s game.Referee Mike Dean saw the incident, meaning there will not be any follow-up FA action. Freeman up for award Embed from Getty ImagesQPR midfielder Luke Freeman has been shortlisted for the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month award for March.Freeman, who joined QPR from Bristol City in January, has been in excellent form for the R’s and scored in the recent 5-1 win against Rotherham.The other three players shortlisted are Leeds’ prolific striker Chris Wood, Preston’s Tom Barkhuizen and Aden Flint of Bristol City. Deals for QPR youngstersThree QPR academy players have signed new deals with the club. Third-year scholars Hugo Cardoso, Romeo Akinola and Charlie Fox have all had their contracts extended to June 2018.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Media and Journals Conflict Over Mars Life

first_imgTimed for the one-year anniversary of the Mars Exploration Rovers, PBS aired a NOVA program last night about Spirit and Opportunity, and the teams that landed them and operated them on Mars.  As is common for popular programs about Mars exploration, NOVA suggested that evidence for past water found (especially by Opportunity at Meridiani Planum) means that life may have existed there.  As support, the program pointed to all the hostile places on Earth where life has been discovered.    By contrast, very negative conclusions about life on Mars were announced in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets1 by Dawn Y. Sumner, geologist at UC Davis.  Her paper claims the mineralogy makes life very unlikely:Life is composed of organic compounds, and characterizing preserved compounds provides insights into the presence of specific types of life, including early life on Earth.  With growing evidence for a wet early Mars, excitement over the potential of an early Martian biosphere strongly motivates Mars exploration.  However, the preservation potential of organic compounds in rocks on either Earth or Mars depends critically on mineralogy.  Results from elemental, mineralogical, and morphological characterization of sedimentary rocks by the Opportunity rover team in the vicinity of the Challenger Memorial Station, Meridiani Planum, demonstrate an abundance of Fe(III) and sulfate minerals that formed from liquid water.  The composition of these sedimentary rocks suggests that organic compounds are unlikely to be preserved within them, even if present when the rocks were deposited, based on comparisons with iron formation, acid lake deposits, and iron-containing concretions from Earth.  No evidence consistent with the presence of organic compounds, such as the presence of Fe(II) minerals, has been reported from Meridiani Planum to date.  Thus these Martian sedimentary rocks are not a good target to explore for organic compounds on Mars. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The poor potential for preservation of organics does not preclude the past existence of life, but the problem is that organics would have oxidized under the conditions that laid down the rocks.  For instance, the NOVA program made a big deal about the hematite and jarosite being evidence of water, but Sumner states, “Note that in the presence of hematite and jarosite, organics are not thermodynamically stable.”  If life is composed of organic molecules, it would seem conditions were hostile to life even during the past wet periods.  This has implications for the search for life on Mars, she concludes:Exploring for complex organic compounds with an in situ mission to Meridiani Planum unit P2 sedimentary rocks is not likely to produce positive results given the absence of mineralogical evidence for good organic preservation and the abundance of evidence for minerals inimical to long-term preservation.  At best, organics will be difficult to find and, if not found, their absence can be attributed to the low preservation potential of the host rocks.  Results will not allow us to distinguish between an initial absence of organics and an absence due to poor preservation.  Thus, in situ organic compound characterization of these rocks is unlikely to contribute to the goal to “Determine if Life Ever Arose on Mars.”A sample return mission would provide better resolution, but looking at another spot is her recommendation.1Dawn Y. Sumner, “Poor preservation potential of organics in Meridiani Planum hematite-bearing sedimentary rocks,” JGR Planets, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 109, E12007, doi:10.1029/2004JE002321, 2004.Do you get angry when TV shows ignore these facts?  Science programs on secular TV routinely gloss over major difficulties with evolutionary myths, and make the origin of life seem as simple as “just add water.”  The NOVA program was commendable for its portrayal of the human drama of exploration, and the MER team deserves credit for the tremendous technological feat they accomplished, and the enthusiasm and dedication with which they carried it out.  But they did not help the search for life: in fact, the results have been depressing compared to earlier expectations (see 12/20/2004, 12/03/2004, 10/18/2004, 08/06/2004 headlines).  They found evidence that Mars had wet periods, at least intermittent shallow ones sometime in the past.  But water is the easy part.  H2O is abundant in the solar system, and to get it in liquid form only requires an environment between its freezing and boiling points.  Despite its importance and unusual properties, water is a simple molecule.  It only has three atoms.  The simplest molecules of life involve thousands of atoms, in complex molecules hundreds of units long, interacting in complex ways.  What’s more, an incipient lifeform must be able to accurately duplicate all its parts.  It is the height of irresponsibility for NOVA, the Science Channel, the Discovery Channel, Bill Nye and all the other media outlets to continue to push the myth that if water is found, life cannot be far behind.  If water is found, it does not mean life.  If life is found, it does not mean it evolved.  Extraordinary, mind-bogglingly incredible claims demand extraordinary, mind-bogglingly incredible proof.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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