Manchester United-bound man in race against time for World Cup fitness

Posted On Dec 26 2019 by

first_imgManchester United-bound Fred is unlikely to feature in Brazil’s final World Cup warm-up game in Austria, Brazilian media have reported.Fred suffered a training ground injury on Thursday that Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar described as “trauma in his ankle”. The prognosis of Fred’s injury has yet to be revealed, but the 25-year-old midfielder sat out Brazil’s final training session in London on Friday before the squad left for Austria.Brazilian website Globo Esporte says Fred is unlikely to play any part against Austria in Vienna on Sunday – the South Americans’ final friendly before their World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17.United announced on Tuesday that they had a reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk to sign Fred on a five-year deal for a fee understood to be close to £50million.Fred has made eight appearances for Brazil and made head coach Tite’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia. United reached an agreement to sign Fred in a deal believed to be in excess of £50million center_img 1last_img read more


Fortuna High football team reflects on wild semifinal win, looks ahead to NCS title game

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgFortuna >> The sea of blue was hard to miss.That was especially true after Sheaden Kadle and Adam Medeiros made the biggest play of the 2017 season for the Fortuna High football team.St. Bernard’s rolled the dice and went for the would-be game-winning two-point conversion, and Fortuna had the answer. With a single burst through the line and a tackle of bruising Crusaders, running back Garrison Roach, Kadle and Medeiros ensured that the Huskies’ season would stretch one more week and into …last_img


Mars as Anomalous Runt

Posted On Dec 19 2019 by

first_imgThe Mars rover Spirit is now dead in its tracks (JPL) but the planet under it continues to rumble, in theoretical overhauls and anomalies.  Mars has been much on the mind of news reporters this week after a new paper speculated that the red planet grew up fast and then stopped as a runt.     In Nature,1 Dauphas and Pourmand studied ratios of isotopes of hafnium (Hf) and tungsten (W) to envision a history of Mars much different than previously assumed.  Their model makes Mars form in about one-fifth or less the time previously assumed to be required.  In the same issue of Nature,1 Alan Brandon summed up the new idea: “It seems that Mars had grown to near its present size by 2 million to 4 million years after the Solar System began to form,” he said.  “Such rapid growth explains why the planet is much smaller than Earth and Venus.”     Any explanatory gains, however, appear to be offset by puzzles, according to Bloch’s Law, “Every solution breeds new problems.”  Brandon said, “The authors finding that rocky bodies the size of Mars accreted within 2 million to 4 million years has ramifications for models of early planetary history.”  Some of these ramifications confirm earlier theories, while others contradict them: With such an early time for Mars accretion, which probably led to the formation of a global magma ocean, how do we explain the times for magma-ocean solidification of around 100 million years after the Solar System began to form that are obtained from measurements of Lu (lutetium)-Hf and Sm-Nd chronometers in Martian meteorites?  Magma oceans are not supposed to take that long to solidfy [sic].  This suggests that, although Dauphas and Pourmand have provided us with a key constraint on the early formation and evolution of our planets, we still have much to learn. None of the three authors explained how primary accretion (the gathering of dust particles into bodies large enough to grow by gravitational attraction) might have occurred; they all began by assuming large bodies were already present.  They also assumed the truth of the controversial theory that earth’s moon formed by collision of a Mars-sized body into our planet.  Philosophically speaking, it is usually not a good idea to resort to ad hoc conditions to explain anomalies.     Live Science posted three videos of Mars, The Changing Face of Mars, Where’d All the Water Go? and What Went Wrong on Mars? which includes some dramatic flyovers of Martian terrain based on orbital photographs.  The narrator divines unobserved Martian prehistory as if an eyewitness.  PhysOrg and Science Daily presented the Dauphas-Pourmand theory uncritically, treating the isotope ratios as unproblematic chronometers that allow scientists to see the unobserved past in a kind of crystal ball.     Space.com recounted the history of failed spacecraft at Mars, the “spacecraft graveyard.”  Keep an eye on JPL Mars Exploration for latest news on this fall’s planned launch of the next-generation red rover, Mars Science Laboratory, recovering from an incident that did not damage the backshell (see PhysOrg). 1.  N. Dauphas and A. Pourmand, “Hf-W-Th evidence for rapid growth of Mars and its status as a planetary embryo,” Nature 473 (26 May 2011), pages 489-492, doi:10.1038/nature10077. 2.  Alan Brandon, “Planetary science: Building a planet in record time,” Nature 473 (26 May 2011), pages 460-461, doi:10.1038/473460a. The question is not whether Mars had a history, but whether scientists are qualified as divination experts to read that history using tea leaves in the present that provide no opportunity for testing or falsification.  Since this solution breeds new problems just like prior ones did, is amply seasoned with perhapses and maybes, and will undoubtedly be overturned in another few years, astute readers had best avoid following the priests to the shrine of scientism, instead filtering out what observational clues are meaningful and judging the reasonableness of inferences that could be made from them, keeping an open mind that is willing to think outside the consensus box.  This sentence is shorter.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Facebook Pages to Automatically Publish to Twitter

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#NYT#twitter#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook just announced that administrators of Facebook Pages will be able to publish their updates to their Twitter accounts automatically. Administrators will decide which info to share from a Page including status updates, photos, notes and events. A number of well-known groups and celebrities are already using the feature including Dane Cook, Livestrong and the World Wildlife Fund.According to the Facebook blog post, “If you have multiple Pages, you will have the option to link each of those Pages to different Twitter accounts. This new feature will only link Facebook Pages to Twitter, not your individual profile.” This separation between Pages and profiles ensures that users don’t have to worry about muddying their business-related updates with their personal ones. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Said feature developer Michael Gummelt, “Twitter was a natural next step to link with Facebook Pages because it is a powerful tool for broadcasting short messages widely.” Bands, companies, non profit organization and celebrities are likely to benefit from this new feature as their updates will be more widely distributed and Twitter followers are likely to retweet and redirect new audiences to Facebook Pages. To try out this new feature visit facebook.com/twitterVisit the new and improved ReadWriteWeb Facebook Page! dana oshirolast_img read more


BMC agrees to give BEST ₹600 cr., with riders

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgThe Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) Undertaking to expand its fleet size to 7,000 buses within three months as a condition to receive grants from the corporation.According to a proposal, the BMC is willing to initially provide ₹600 crore to the ailing bus transport undertaking but has laid certain conditions. It has asked the bus undertaking to reduce the minimum fare of mini buses to ₹5 from the current ₹8. BEST will be asked to submit a report to the BMC after it complies with the conditions. The proposal will be discussed in Wednesday’s Standing Committee meetingSoon after taking charge, Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi had taken a decision in May to give a grant of ₹100 crore to BEST. In a meeting with the BEST administration, the BMC had recommended wet leasing of buses to increase its fleet, giving real-time updates of a bus’s current location at bus stops, commercial exploitation of BEST assets, among other meausres.The BMC had said the BEST administration needed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the BEST Workers’ Union to settle the long-standing dispute over the wet leasing of buses. The crucial MoU was signed last week, where the administration agreed to retain 3,337 buses of its fleet while the union allowed for further fleet expansion through the wet lease model. BMC will be giving the BEST ₹600 crore as subsidy, out of which ₹400 crore will be given from its contingency fund and the rest from another fund available with BMC.Once the proposal is passed in the Standing Committee and agreed upon by all parties, the BMC will disburse ₹100 crore to the BEST. However, further disbursals will happen only once the administration starts implementing the conditions. The BMC will have to create a new budget head, for which it requires permission from the Standing Committee and corporation.Activists have said the reduction of fare was a welcome step but only if executed across all routes, and not in a piecemeal manner. “We feel grants should be made unilaterally and not with conditions to wet lease. BEST is, after all, a public service,” transport expert Hussain Indorewala said.A senior BEST official said the condition to procure 7,000 buses was difficult and the issue of fare reduction will need to be analysed better. “Our main focus was to ensure the execution of the contract given for 450 buses. We want to ensure that the buses arrive in the next few months and their operations begin,” the official said.last_img read more


Texas Football Staffer Took Shots At Texas A&M And Baylor’s QB Development During NFL Draft

Posted On Oct 27 2019 by

first_imgMike Giglio says how certain Texas schools don't teach enough about football.Texas Staffer Takes Shot At A&M, BaylorAs strange as it sounds, Baylor has been the dominant college football program in Texas over the last few seasons, and Texas A&M is still basking in the glow of its move to the SEC and the exciting Johnny Manziel era in College Station. Texas, meanwhile, is in the middle of a full rebuild under Charlie Strong, who enters his second season in Austin. That isn’t preventing Texas director of player personnel Mike Giglio from taking shots at Baylor and A&M. During today’s final day of the NFL Draft, Giglio used an ESPN clip to promote Strong-product Teddy Bridgewater over an unnamed Manziel, and took a shot at Baylor’s quarterback development after the Jets took Bryce Petty in the fourth round.Sounds like that’s what helped @teddyb_h2o become NFL Rookie of the Year instead of that spread QB taken before him pic.twitter.com/n1UGmGFlRb— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015Not much teaching going on up there huh? @McShay13 said he identified fronts in HS! Come to ATX & learn to be a pro! pic.twitter.com/w7cIuiz2Dw— Mike Giglio (@MikeMGiglio) May 2, 2015The NFL Draft is a tremendous opportunity for top programs to promote themselves to fans and recruits. For the most part, they don’t do it by putting down rival teams, but Giglio doesn’t seem to have any issue with taking some shots today. [247Sports]last_img read more


Epic Fan-Made Florida Hype Video Sets Great Expectations For 2016

Posted On Oct 27 2019 by

first_imgFlorida Hype video for 2016 season.Expectations are rising at Florida.In 2015, Florida went 10-4 on the season, ultimately getting slaughtered in the Citrus Bowl 41-7 by Michigan. This year, however, the team has higher hopes for production. Mark Kierce created an epic hype video to prepare Gators fans for what he suggests could be one of Florida’s strongest seasons. “The optimism in the air is awesome. The excitement in the air is awesome. The gays are ready to get after it,” the video shows head coach Jim McElwain saying of his team to the media. “They’ve put in a ton of work for 15 opportunities.”The Gators are looking to play 15 games this season – that means a chance at a national championship.Check it out:What are your expectations for Florida in 2016?The Gators open their season Sept. 3 against UMass.last_img read more


Ethics watchdog clears finance minister on timing of 2015 stock sale

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal ethics commissioner has cleared Finance Minister Bill Morneau of allegations that he and his father benefited from insider information to save half a million dollars on the sale of shares in their family-built company.Political opponents asked ethics commissioner Mary Dawson to look into several sales of millions of dollars worth of shares in Morneau Shepell Inc. in late 2015 by Morneau and his father. The sales came just days before a major tax announcement that the minister’s accusers say triggered a dip in the stock market.Morneau’s December 2015 announcement raising income taxes on the highest earners had a wide-reaching market impact, they argued, because it encouraged wealthier shareholders to sell off some their stock holdings before the changes came into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Doing so meant big savings for the Morneau family, they alleged.Not so, Dawson said in a Jan. 5 letter to Morneau released Monday: there was no privileged information acted upon, since the tax increase was first announced publicly “well in advance” of the family’s stock sales.“With respect to the sale of Morneau Shepell Inc. shares in the fall of 2015, I am of the view that you did not benefit from insider information,” writes Dawson, whose seven-year tenure as conflict of interest and ethics commissioner happened to end Monday.She referred to statements to the media made Nov. 4, 2015, by then-House leader Dominic LeBlanc, who said the tax measures would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Dawson also noted that the Liberals’ 2015 election platform had promised to introduce the tax changes.“This was well in advance of the sale of your Morneau Shepell Inc. shares on Nov. 30, 2015, and the tabling of the Dec. 7, 2015, ways and means motion on this matter.”The other sales by Morneau’s father, William Morneau Sr., were made Nov. 23 and Dec. 3.In a separate examination, Dawson also cleared Morneau of allegations that he was involved in the Bank of Canada’s renewal of its contract with Morneau Shepell to manage its employee pension plan. The Bank of Canada renewed its contract with the company for four years in February 2017.Dawson said she opted to close the matter after reviewing documents provided by the Bank of Canada and comments sent to her by Morneau’s counsel. “I am satisfied that, as minister of finance, you had no involvement in the Bank of Canada’s decision of the renewal of the Morneau Shepell Inc. contract.”Morneau’s name, however, has yet to be fully cleared by the ethics commissioner’s office, which has another formal examination underway related to his connection to Morneau Shepell.The review was launched amid conflict-of-interest allegations over proposed pension reform spearheaded by Morneau. Opponents say the legislation would have brought him personal financial benefit, Morneau has denied the conflict-of-interest accusations.A spokeswoman for the commissioner’s office confirmed Monday in an email that the examination remains active.These were all among several high-profile controversies that battered Morneau in the second half of 2017.In July, he enraged small-business owners by proposing tax-system changes. The ensuing uproar forced him to eventually back off elements of his plan.He has also faced intense political pressure over how he handled his personal financial arrangements after coming to office. The questions focused on his shares in Morneau Shepell, for which he was executive chairman until his election win.In response to the controversy, he sold off the remainder of his holdings last fall in the pension management firm, which were worth about $21 million.He promised to place his other substantial assets in a blind trust. Morneau donated to charity the difference between what the shares were worth at the time of the sale and their value in 2015 when he was first elected — estimated at about $5 million.Dawson also fined Morneau $200 for failing to disclose his role as a director in a private corporation that owns a villa in France. Morneau had disclosed his ownership of the villa, but — owing to what his office called an administrative oversight — failed to mention the ownership structure itself.On Monday, a spokeswoman for Morneau said that his office was “pleased with the outcome” of the commissioner’s latest examination.“The minister will continue to work with the office of the ethics commissioner to ensure he is in full compliance with the rules,” Chloe Luciani-Girouard wrote in an email. “The minister has gone above and beyond the initial recommendations from the ethics commissioner by divesting all his family’s holdings in his former company.”However, Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre continued to say Monday that Morneau was wrong to sell his shares shortly before introducing the tax hike on the wealthiest Canadians — whether or not he actually broke conflict of interest rules.“Conservatives believe it is unwise for ministers to buy or sell shares in the weeks immediately before the introduction of tax measures,” Poilievre said in a statement.“Finance ministers should lead by example. It is not good enough for ministers to boast that their actions are not illegal.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more


Muzaffarpur horror Delhi court fixes Mar 18 as date for framing charges

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday fixed March 18 for the framing of charges in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha passed the order after completion of the arguments of all the accused. Five people accused in the case had earlier denied allegations levelled against them by the CBI and said there was not enough evidence to prosecute them. Other accused in the case too had denied allegations against them previously. There are 21 people chargesheeted in the case. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! On Feb 7, the Supreme Court ordered authorities to transfer the case from Bihar to a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Saket District Court complex in Delhi, which would conclude the trial within six months by holding preferably day-to-day hearing. Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).last_img read more


FA Cup Man City hit back to reach semifinals after Swansea scare

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgSwansea: Sergio Aguero kept alive Manchester City’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple as they survived a major FA Cup scare in a thrilling fightback from two goals down to win 3-2 at Swansea in Saturday’s quarter-finals. Aguero had watched from the substitutes’ bench as second-tier Swansea roared into a stunning first half lead through goals from Matt Grimes and Bersant Celina. But the Argentine emerged as City’s saviour on a rainy night in south Wales by setting up their first goal for Bernardo Silva, before completing the comeback with a last-gasp winner after Swansea keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt scored an unlucky own goal from the Argentina striker’s penalty to draw City level. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenHaving already won the League Cup and advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals, Premier League leaders City remain in the hunt for a clean sweep of all four major trophies. It was a fortunate escape for City on Saturday however, as replays showed Raheem Sterling was fortunate to win the penalty that led to the equaliser, while Aguero was marginally offside for the winner. City boss Pep Guardiola had named a strong starting line-up and Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva both went close early on. It only looked a matter of time before City took the lead but Swansea ensured it was anything but one-way traffic. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryThey showed they could give the visitors a run for their money with a neat passing game that pushed City on to the back foot. Grimes put Swansea ahead from the penalty spot in the 20th minute after Fabian Delph carelessly fouled Connor Roberts after the City defence was wrong-footed by Mike van der Hoorn’s crossfield pass. Grimes had not scored in his three-and-a-half years at the Liberty Stadium but took over penalty duties following Celina’s embarrassing spot-kick miss in a 3-0 midweek defeat at West Bromwich Albion. The 23-year-old centre back made the most of Delph’s misjudgement by confidently driving the ball high into the roof of the City net. It went from bad to worse for City nine minutes later as Guardiola’s defence disintegrated following a nine-pass move involving seven Swansea players. This time Swansea attacked with pace and purpose and, after fine play on the edge of City’s box by Nathan Dyer and Daniel James, space opened up for Celina to curl the ball delightfully beyond Ederson. Guardiola looked flummoxed in the technical area as he mulled over finding a way back into the tie while Aymeric Laporte lost his head following referee Andre Marriner’s half-time whistle and was booked for shoving Swansea winger Wayne Routledge in the chest. It was a dire situation that left City in danger of a repeat of last season’s embarrassing FA Cup exit at Wigan. But Guardiola replaced Sane with Sterling in the 57th minute and Aguero came on for Riyad Mahrez six minutes later. The moves paid dividends soon after as City hit back. City’s pressure was rewarded in the 69th minute when Bernardo Silva hit a crip shot beyond Nordfeldt after he was teed up by Aguero to set up a thrilling finale. The visitors drew level in the 78th minute when Cameron Carter-Vickers’ challenge on Sterling was deemed a penalty even though the defender appeared to touch the ball first. Aguero restored parity in fortuitous circumstances when his spot-kick hit a post and went in via Nordfeldt’s back. City laid siege to the Swansea goal in the final stages and Aguero had the final word with a stooping 88th minute header that survived the hosts’ offside claims as VAR was not available. City’s celebrations were marred by a pitch invader, but there was no disguising their relief after a dramatic revival. agencieslast_img read more