Council asked to use ‘goodwill’ to fix potholes in Letterkenny estate

first_imgResidents of a Letterkenny estate affected by water and roads problems continue to wait for it to be taken over by the council so that works can get underway.Potholes in Gleann Tain and Gort na Greine at Mountain Top are a major problem for residents and people passing through, Cllr Gerry McMonagle told the Letterkenny MD meeting on Wednesday. He pointed out that there were 119 houses in the estates and a funeral home in the area which is in regular use.Cllr McMonagle asked for the council, as a ‘goodwill gesture’, to fix the roads as they wait for the estate to be taken in charge. “Every other department in the council, it seems, is working to support Gleann Tain but the Roads Department is not,” Cllr McMonagle claimed, adding that money may be available for the works under bonds.However, the response from the roads department was that potholes at Gleann Tain could not be repaired as they were non-public roads and the council would be liable if works were carried out before the takeover.Meanwhile, the local authority is looking to upgrade the water booster pump to deal with current water issues at the estates.Council asked to use ‘goodwill’ to fix potholes in Letterkenny estate was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Success for Lough Swilly RNLI in two call-outs

first_imgVolunteers with the Lough Swilly RNLI were successful in assisting two vessels in difficulty on two separate call-outs on Wednesday.The lifeboat was first launched at 3.59pm in the afternoon after receiving a call about a broken down speedboat. The crew travelled to the scene just off Buncrana pier to assist.It wasn’t long until the crew were out again. At 9.35pmm last night the alarm was raised about an upturned dingy located north off Northwest golf links. The lifeboat was again tasked to the area and worked to tow the vessel back to Rathmullan Pier.There were no casualties reported, with both incidents having a successful outcome.Success for Lough Swilly RNLI in two call-outs was last modified: August 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Lough Swilly RNLIlast_img read more

Second-half latest: Preston 0 QPR 1 – Rangers within sight of victory at Deepdale

first_imgSebastian Polter’s early goal has left QPR within sight of the club’s first win at Deepdale since 1980. The German striker, left unmarked at the far post, headed home Alejandro Faurlin’s fifth-minute corner.Rangers have since defended well, although Jordan Hugill had a chance to equalise when he headed over from Greg Cunningham’s cross.And Polter almost forced a second goal when he beat shaky keeper Anders Lindegaard in the air to get his head to Karl Henry’s hanging cross, but the loose ball fell kindly for Preston.Preston made a determined start to the second half but Rangers have looked a threat on the counter attack, with the in-form Junior Hoilett involved in much of their best work.Hoilett crossed for Polter, whose effort flashed across the face of goal, and Alejandro Faurlin’s shot was blocked as the midfielder attempted to force the ball home.Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink made a change with 12 minutes remaining, sending Massimo Luongo on in place of the hardworking Jamie Mackie.QPR: Smithies, Onuoha, Angella, Hill, Perch, Faurlin, Henry, Mackie (Luongo 78), Chery, Hoilett, Polter.Subs: Ingram, Hall, Tozser, El Khayati, Washington, Petrasso.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Can Scientific Journals Perpetuate False Ideas?

first_imgAn unusual paper appeared in PNAS this week.1  Four social scientists from Columbia and Yale argued that scientific papers can actually perpetuate false ideas rather than correct them.  The abstract says that an influential paper can generate momentum that becomes merely cited as fact by subsequent authors:We analyzed a very large set of molecular interactions that had been derived automatically from biological texts.  We found that published statements, regardless of their verity, tend to interfere with interpretation of the subsequent experiments and, therefore, can act as scientific “microparadigms,” similar to dominant scientific theories [Kuhn, T. S. (1996) The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Univ. Chicago Press, Chicago)].  Using statistical tools, we measured the strength of the influence of a single published statement on subsequent interpretations.  We call these measured values the momentums of the published statements and treat separately the majority and minority of conflicting statements about the same molecular event.  Our results indicate that, when building biological models based on published experimental data, we may have to treat the data as highly dependent-ordered sequences of statements (i.e., chains of collective reasoning) rather than unordered and independent experimental observations.  Furthermore, our computations indicate that our data set can be interpreted in two very different ways (two “alternative universes”): one is an “optimists’ universe” with a very low incidence of false results (<5%), and another is a “pessimists’ universe” with an extraordinarily high rate of false results (>90%).  Our computations deem highly unlikely any milder intermediate explanation between these two extremes.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)In other words, scientists tend to follow bandwagons, and one can either be an optimist that they will get it right most of the time, or a pessimist that they get it wrong most of the time.  Either way, the problem arises partly because scientists do not have the resources to study or replicate every experiment, so they tend to trust what is published as authoritative.  The volume of published material is daunting: “More than 5 million biomedical research and review articles have been published in the last 10 years,” they said.  “Automated analysis and synthesis of the knowledge locked in this literature has emerged as a major challenge in computational biology.”  Although new tools for sifting and collecting this information have been designed, what comes out may not always accelerate knowledge toward the truth, but rather maintain inertia against change.    The authors examined millions of statements from scientific texts, then formed a mathematical model to study the “large-scale properties of the scientific knowledge-production process” –We explicitly modeled both the generation of experimental results and the experimenters’ interpretation of their results and found that previously published statements, regardless of whether they are subsequently shown to be true or false, can have a profound effect on interpretations of further experiments and the probability that a scientific community would converge to a correct conclusion.They discovered “chains of reasoning” that relied on previously-published interpretations.  This counters the commonly-held belief that scientific findings act like independent data points that accumulate toward a more accurate picture.  Scientists, like other people, can follow the lemmings over a cliff:There is a well established term in economics, “information cascade”, which represents a special form of a collective reasoning chain that degenerates into repetition of the same statement.  Here we suggest a model that can generate a rich spectrum of patterns of published statements, including information cascades.  We then explore patterns that occur in real scientific publications and compare them to this model.Sure enough, scientists fell into this trap.  They tended to gather around accepted interpretations, though tending to believe their own interpretations most of all: “scientists are often strongly affected by prior publications in interpreting their own experimental data,” they said, “while weighting their own private results… at least 10-fold as high as a single result published by somebody else.”    The researchers applied probability theory to study how likely a chain of reasoning would lead to a correct result:An evaluation of the optimum parameters under our model (see Model Box) indicated that the momentums of published statements estimated from real data are too high to maximize the probability of reaching the correct result at the end of a chain.  This finding suggests that the scientific process may not maximize the overall probability that the result published at the end of a chain of reasoning will be correct.As they noted, the model is more significant than just for teasing academic curiosity: “If the problem of convergence to a false ‘accepted’ scientific result is indeed frequent, it might be important to focus on alleviating it through restructuring the publication process or introducing a means of independent benchmarking of published results.”1Rzhetsky, Iossifov, Loh and White, “ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published online before print March 16, 2006, doi 10.1073/pnas.0600591103.Imagine that: the very methodology invented to uncover truth could suppress it.  This could explain the near uniform acceptance of Darwinism and condemnation of intelligent design (and other maverick ideas) in Big Science.  Could it be that publication sets off a chain reaction that gains momentum and leads to erroneous interpretations?  Could scientists sometimes be just as prone to crowd psychology as the rest of us?  And you thought that the scientific method, peer review and publishing were safeguards against collective error.  The Hwang scandal should have provided a sharp wake-up slap (see 01/09/2006).    Lest we make this one paper a self-fulfilling prophecy and start a new erroneous information cascade, we grant that such things are difficult to model mathematically with confidence.  Thomas Kuhn’s cynical view of science is not without controversy, and many scientists do work independently and interpret their results carefully.  These authors, though, should be commended for alerting us to the fact that scientists and scientific publications can perpetuate “microparadigms” that could be false.  There is anecdotal evidence to support this claim in the case of evolution vs. intelligent design.  Those who publish in the journals any statements about I.D. tend to cite the standard ID-bashing texts as references: Pennock, Gross, Forrest etc.  It is unlikely they actually read those books, and even less likely they consider the arguments on both sides.  To them, the experts have spoken, and Judge Jones has ruled, so all is needed is to make a short statement with a footnote to the authorities.    More anecdotal evidence comes from a scientist active in the ID movement, who shall remain unnamed, who stated that, in his experience, scientists tend to be very fair and self-critical in their own narrow specialties, but on other subjects, are among the most dogmatic, closed-minded people he knows.  Time and again he has seen them follow the leader – to merely ask questions like “what does Richard Dawkins think about it?  Well, then I’m agin it, too!”    On the flip side, pro-evolution scientific papers often reference authorities carelessly.  An author may refer briefly to Darwin’s finches as evidence for natural selection, for instance, passing a lateral footnote to the Grants, merely assuming that the Grants demonstrated evolution in their work, without actually studying their work critically to see whether the evidence is valid or convincing (08/24/2005, 04/26/2002).  These cases illustrate how scientists can sometimes march in lock-step on certain topics, assuming one another’s authority, instead of contributing their own independent empirical findings toward an objective truth.  Science is an intensely human enterprise and, therefore, is subject to human foibles like crowd psychology.  Our finiteness and human nature limit our ability to grasp natural realities.  One scientist cannot possibly know everything even in his or her own field.  Imagine mastering five million articles in ten years, just in one area (biomedical research), to say nothing of replicating or verifying each paper’s experimental results.  We’re human; we’re limited; it’s so much easier to cite the popular statements of the leaders and follow the chain-of-reasoning gang.  The more controversial the material (e.g., evolution vs intelligent design), the more it would seem that polarized interpretations are geared to maintain their own momentum.  Applying Newton’s Laws to social science, a body of ideas tends to remain stationary or in uniform linear motion unless acted on by a sufficient force.  And – every action to oppose the momentum has an equal and opposite reaction.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Of Planets and People

first_imgHere’s a quick tour of the planets to see what’s newsworthy.Mercury:  Planets with oddball orbits like Mercury, so close to the sun, seem unlikely locations for life, but Astrobiology Magazinebegs to differ.  Mercury (and exoplanets with similar “oddball” orbits) could get into a resonant state that might allow sunlight to support photosynthesis, the article says.  Conclusion: there could be thousands of other locations for life in the universe.  Closer reading shows admissions that it would be “challenging” for life to exist under those conditions.  For example, “the threat of prolonged periods of darkness and cold on these planets would present significant challenges to life, and could even potentially freeze their atmospheres,” yet a thick atmosphere would be needed to protect the planet from radiation, since slow spin would likely mean a weak magnetic field.  A photo caption adds another difficulty: “It is difficult to form Mercury in solar system simulations, suggesting that some of our assumptions about the small planet’s formation might be wrong, a new study suggests.”Venus:  Astronomers at San Francisco State think they have learned how to detect a “Venus zone” about any given exoplanet.  This can help them distinguish between habitable planets around other stars from those “likely to exhibit the unlivable conditions found on the planet Venus.”  In current thinking, Earth and Venus had similar starting conditions.  “Knowing how common Venus-like planets are elsewhere will also help astronomers understand why Earth’s atmosphere evolved in ways vastly different from its neighbor.”Earth:  Geomagnetic storm?  Not to worry:  A couple of weeks ago, a major geomagnetic storm from the sun hit the Earth.  Nothing happened.  Life went on, most people oblivious to the danger.  In advance of the arrival, Science Magazine explained in “A geomagnetic storm is coming—should I worry?” that the only effect people might notice is some especially beautiful displays of auroras.   An idea posted on PhysOrg suggests that Mars became barren and lifeless when its atmosphere was stripped from coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from the sun; Earth, by contrast, has always been protected because of its strong, global magnetic field.  Why Venus retains a thick atmosphere without a strong magnetic field was not explained.  For more about Earth, see today’s other entry, “Earth as a Habitable Planet.”Mars:  The big news at Mars has been the arrival of NASA’s new MAVEN spacecraft (PhysOrg) and India’s first venture into Martian exploration, the Mars Orbital Mission, or MOM (PhysOrg).  Aside from that, the rovers continue roving and the previous orbiters continue orbiting.   Astrobiology Magazine shows that hope for life on Mars seen in meteorites has not disappeared: “A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.”  A similar announcement launched the new “science” of astrobiology in 1996.  This new article’s perhapsimaybecouldness index is high: “Life as we know it, in the form of bacteria, for example, could be there, although we haven’t found it yet. It’s about piecing together the case for life on Mars – it may have existed and in some form could exist still.”Jupiter:  Since the story about possible plate tectonics on Europa (see 9/08/14), Jupiter has been a relatively silent planet in the news.Saturn, however, is a newsy place.  NASA awarded the Cassini Team high honors as an “excellent” mission, handily beating out the Mars Curiosity Rover, whose team has lacked focus (PhysOrg).  What’s new in Saturn science?Rings:  Cassini scientists are baffled over the reduction in bright clumps in the rings since Voyager flew by in 1981, a JPL press release says.  “Compared to the age of the solar system — about four-and-a-half billion years — a couple of decades are next to nothing.” Yet “Saturn’s F ring looks fundamentally different from the time of Voyager to the Cassini era,” one scientist said.  Astrobiology Magazine also discussed this mystery.  Despite the puzzle, the article presented a positive spin, saying that the observed processes are helping astronomers understand the origin of our solar system.“In addition to the drama of moons that come and go over less than a human lifetime, studies of the ring system give insight into how solar systems in general are built.“The sort of processes going on around Saturn are very similar to those that took place here 4.6 billion years ago, when the Earth and the other large planets were formed,” notes [Robert] French [SETI Institute]. “It’s an important process to understand.“Titan:  January will mark the 10th anniversary of the Huygens Probe landing on Titan (see PhysOrg for Cassini firsts).  A paper in Icarus wrestles with the brightness of parts of Saturn’s giant moon.  Some areas look like fresh bedrock of water ice, while others seem consistent with solid organic compounds precipitated out of the atmosphere.  There appears to be more water ice than earlier thought.  For instance, the vast equatorial dune fields seem enriched in water ice, and so must not be primarily piles of precipitated atmospheric hydrocarbons.  Another paper on Icarus wrestles with the nature and fate of evaporite deposits. attempts to find whether missing Titan rains might be stored in underground reservoirs.Uranus and Neptune: the “water giants” don’t get much press because the last flyby missions took place in 1986 and 1989 (see 8/25/14 story about Neptune’s active moon Triton).  Planetary scientists, however, continue to model them on computers.  A French team now claims success explaining Uranus and Neptune in their models, according to PhysOrg.  Speaking of problems with accretion, location and deuterium-to-hydrogen ratios, the new French model “solves all of these problems at once.”  PhysOrg puts a question mark at the end of “The origin of Uranus and Neptune elucidated?”  If history is any guide, the success will be short-lived, until the next team addresses the mysteries of these two planets (cf 5/30/02).  Meanwhile, a paper in Nature thinks that water absorption lines in Neptune are in “good agreement with the core-accretion theory of planet formation”—a bit of a stretch for a spectral line.Miranda, a small moon of Uranus, made news recently, even though the one-and-only encounter was by Voyager 2 back in 1986.  And a famous encounter it was, showing one of the most bizarre moon surfaces in the solar system, decked out with dramatic “coronae” or raised regions completely different from the cratered surroundings.  Leading theories at the time invoked multiple impact scenarios to account for the strange surface, claiming the moon must have disrupted and re-accreted several times.  Now, a new team publishing in Geology claims it can account for the coronae with a variation on plate tectonics driven by tidal heating.  The new theory was summarized on Astrobiology Magazine and PhysOrg.  To work, it had to occur when the small moon was in an eccentric orbit some time in the unobservable past, the scientists say.  The summaries do not explain why the coronae are less cratered than the surrounding terrain, nor why they have sharp boundaries and high cliffs.Pluto:  The outermost “planet” or “dwarf planet” (most people still want to call Pluto a “planet,” according to and National Geographic) is awaiting its first NASA visit next July.  The New Horizons spacecraft is getting close enough for distant pictures; it has imaged Pluto’s small moon Hydra, PhysOrg reported.  Meantime, Icarus reported evidence for “longitudinal variability of ethane ice on the surface of Pluto” from Earth-based telescopes.  “Ethane ice is seen to vary with longitude in an unexpected way,” the team says.  “Volatile transport is responsible for the observed distribution.” Any observations should be considered tentative till the spacecraft arrives for a closer look.Comets:  The Philae lander on the Rosetta spacecraft is getting ready for its historic landing on 7P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November.  PhysOrg printed an interview with Claudia Alexander, one of the planetary scientists working on the Rosetta mission, about what the year-long orbiting mission and three-day landing mission hopes to find.Exoplanets:  A paper in Nature and an article on PhysOrg deal with planet formation.  Both struggle with the problem of dust and small pebbles accreting into bodies large enough to attract more material by gravity before they migrate into a death spiral into the star.  PhysOrg takes some comfort from the fact that exoplanets are common, and from a recent discovery of possible pebble-sized objects in the Orion Nebula, but advises caution, because astronomers are not sure if the pebbles (if that’s what are observed) are growing by accretion, or “if they are debris remnants from another process.”  Nature says that “models of migration have not successfully predicted any populations of planets before they were observed.”  In another surprise, Astrobiology Magazine reported an exoplanet that makes its parent star look “deceptively old.”  According to one astronomer, “We think the planet is aging the star by wreaking havoc on its innards.”Is it the planets (Gr. planetai, wanderers) who wander, or the scientists who wander as they wonder about the universe, without a God to plan it? 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Annoying buzz for poachers

first_imgThe first resident of SA’s rhino orphanage is a five-month year old black rhino. The conservancy specially designed and built four high-care rooms and one intensive care chamber where sick calves can receive 24-hour attention. At the facility, limited human contact will be made as the rhinos need to adapt to the wild. Once the rhinos reach three years, they will be released into nature. The  orphanage will open at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the Waterberg area of Limpopo in September.(Images: Howzit msn)MEDIA CONTACTS• South African National Parks +27 12 426 5000Cadine PillayWhile one plan – aimed at giving the next generation of South Africa’s rhinos a fighting chance – takes shape in the northern province of Limpopo, in the Eastern Cape it is bees that are getting busy in the fight against poachers.A rhino orphanage that will open at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the Waterberg area of Limpopo in September is set to give orphaned calves a new lease on life.The centre’s first resident, a five-month old black rhino, is believed to have been recently abandoned by its mother and left in critical condition. The youngster does not have a name yet, and is responding well to its handlers, from whom it receives 24-hour attention.According to conservationist Karen Trendler, the orphanage forms a vital part of the Rhino Response Strategy National Rescue and Response network, and once completed, will care for between 25 and 30 rhinos that would probably have otherwise died.“The poaching crisis that is currently causing lots of problems in the country is producing a large number of casualties in the form of traumatised and often injured calves,” she said.The facility will include four high-care rooms and one intensive care chamber where sick calves will receive 24-hour attention and can be treated in an incubator.Limited human contactThe point of the centre is that there will be no human contact with the calves, except for their handlers. The unofficial motto is ‘no tourism, no commercialism’, which means that the facility will not be open to the public as the rhinos need to be protected. This way they will also have a better chance of survival so that they can hopefully be released back into the wild at a later stage.As the calves become older, they will be moved into bigger and bigger areas until the age of three. This is when they will be released into nature, where they will continue to receive limited human contact, so they can successfully adapt to the wild. The calves might also be donated to breeding programmes around the country.“These calves need very specific handling in order to recover from trauma,” explained Trendler.She added that it is only when they can go back to into the wild, and can breed and rear their young successfully, that they can contribute to the overall conservation effort.South Africa is home to a large portion of the world’s rhino population, and according to the latest figures from the Department of Environmental Affairs, 281 have been poached in the country since the start of this year, meaning the total at the end of the year is likely to exceed 2011’s figure of 448.A decade ago only a handful of rhinos were falling prey to crime, but over the years demand for their horn has grown tremendously, and efforts to curb poaching have not been as effective as authorities would have preferred.Rhino horn has been sought after for centuries, particularly in some Asian countries, where they are believed to have healing powers for certain diseases, hence the rise in poaching.Bees get busyAnother effort announced recently takes a different approach to that of the Entabeni centre. Grade 9 pupils Louise Poole and Jamie-Lee Stone from Kingswood College in Grahamstown have come up with a creative way to keep poachers at bay – by training honey bees to hopefully put them off their criminal acts for good.Their idea won the girls a prize at their region’s Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, an annual event that showcases inventions and scientific discoveries by pupils in 28 regions around the country, with the best presentations going on to the national finals.The two won scholarships to study at Rhodes University for a year to further enhance their pioneering project, as well as a prize in the Best Project by Females category. They will present their project at the national finals in October.A handful of bees have been trained so far to detect kudu horn, as rhino horn was impossible to obtain – but the principle is the same – and the insects learnt to associate the smell of the horn with sugar water within 15 minutes.“Bees have a powerful sense of smell,” explained Stone. “They could track a grain of salt in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”She added that it would be easy and cost-effective to transport bees to border posts, which are popular smuggling channels, where they could be used to detect smuggled rhino horn.The idea for the project took shape after a presentation at Kingswood by Dr William Fowlds on behalf of the Kariega Foundation, which lost one rhino named Themba in March. Another rhino, Thandi, survived a poaching incident around the same time. Fowlds told the pupils of Thandi’s brave fight for her life.last_img read more

Not the Real deal but victory gives Madrid a platform to build

first_imgThis was not perfect. It was never going to be, given Real Madrid were emerging from the wreckage of their humiliating 3-0 defeat by Eibar on Saturday.But Santiago Solari’s side got back on track with a 2-0 win at Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday that sees them seal top spot in Group G, which gives them something to build from.Talk over the past couple of days has circled around a new crisis for the European champions, after the heavy thrashing in the Basque country on Solari’s debut as permanent manager. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Argentine coach had won four from four as caretaker but was brought crashing back to earth at Ipurua and many thought Tuesday could be a further humiliation in the Italian capital.Good news trickled through before kick-off, as Viktoria Plzen came from behind to beat CSKA Moscow 2-1, guaranteeing Madrid would qualify for the last 16 before they even kicked off against Roma.It is the 21st consecutive season that Madrid have progressed in a competition that they have historically dominated.Perhaps then the lustre of this tournament was enough to rouse them from their sleep in a way La Liga can’t, but Madrid will derive come comfort from the performances of key players and their lethal counter-attacking display.Santiago Solari, Real MadridAt times in the first half Madrid’s defence was all over the place, with narrow margins keeping the ball from the back of Thibaut Courtois’s net.The Belgian goalkeeper made a brilliant save to deny striker Patrik Schick, while Aleksandar Kolarov whistled a thunderous drive inches wide.Madrid’s biggest moment of luck came just before half-time when Turkish striker Cengiz Under somehow contrived to blast the ball over an open goal from six yards out when it came to him on a plate. The worst miss the Champions League will see in this season, perhaps in any.At half-time it felt like Madrid were lucky to go in level with the game somehow goalless, but Solari’s side showed character after the break.Courtois was alert between the sticks and some smart saves from the goalkeeper repaid Madrid’s faith in him this summer and shows that he can buy time for Los Blancos while they soul search.What Solari and Madrid fans will take heart from was how Madrid survived Roma’s onslaught and showed determination to keep attacking to force a breakthrough.Even though their first goal came from terrible defending by Federico Fazio, Gareth Bale took his goal well in the 47th minute.Real Madrid celebrating Roma Champions LeagueThe Welshman has not been at his best this season and this was an important contribution to show Solari that he can make a difference for his team.As we have seen with Isco – cut from the squad – and Marcos Llorente, who impressed in midfield after finally being given a chance, Solari is looking for solutions, so it’s important for even the big names to prove their worth.Bale was key again for the second goal, looping a cross to the back post which Karim Benzema knocked into Lucas Vazquez’s path, and the winger obligingly finished from close range.It was Madrid’s best move thus far and started a period of dominance that saw them shred Roma’s defence numerous times in the final half hour, even though they did not add to their lead.This is the dangerous, almost brutal Madrid attack that Solari wants, playing with confidence and no fear.The coach must find a way to bring this attitude into matches on smaller stages, in La Liga, and get his team to play with it from the start, not only when they already have the bit between their teeth.last_img read more

Punjab CM offers DSP post to Harmanpreet

first_imgChandigarh, Jul 24 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh has offered star woman cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur the DSPs position in Punjab Police, saying he wants to “correct a wrong” done to her in the past. Harmanpreet played a crucial role in India reaching the final of the ICC World Cup in England. Her hurricane knock of 171 against Australia in the semifinals was the highlight of her contribution. Having already announced a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh for the batter, the CM offered her a job after speaking to her father Harmandar Singh in Moga. Harmanpreet had reportedly wanted to join the Punjab Police some years ago but had been denied by the force. Amarinder said it was a “wrong perpetrated on the young cricketer by the previous Badal government, which had refused to accommodate the national player in Punjab Police.” The chief minister also promised to review the states sports policy to provide government jobs to young sportspersons like Harmanpreet. PTI SUN PM PMlast_img read more

Pochettino Says He May Leave Spurs if They Win Champions League

first_imgAMSTERDAM — Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested he may look for a new challenge if he can lead his team to the Champions League title this season.Tottenham is 1-0 down to Ajax heading into the second leg of the semifinals in Amsterdam on Wednesday.Asked whether he thought winning the Champions League would have been possible when he joined Spurs five years ago, Pochettino said: “Winning the Champions League? It should be fantastic, no? Close the five-year chapter and go home.”Pochettino was then asked if he was joking, and he replied: “It’s not a joke, why? To win the Champions League with Tottenham in these circumstances this season, maybe I need to think about maybe doing something different in the future.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more