Lyon chief reveals Man United discussions as Liverpool’s Fekir talks end

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 2 RANKED Latest transfer news LIVING THE DREAM “I was with Jose Mourinho the other day,” Aulas has been quoted as saying. “We had long discussions.“Personally, I am no longer in discussions with Liverpool.“At the moment, we are waiting for France and Nabil to have a fantastic World Cup.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 2 Aulas has hinted at interest in Fekir from Manchester United Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Fekir’s move to Liverpool collapsed at the 11th hour IN DEMAND Fekir, 24, scored 18 goals and created a further seven in 30 league appearances last season, going on to be included in France’s squad for the World Cup.Les Bleus, managed by Didier Deschamps, finished top of their group and now face a round-of-16 knockout clash against Argentina. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti three-way race moving on targets Jean-Michel Aulas has hinted at interest from Manchester United in Liverpool target Nabil Fekir.Fekir, the Lyon playmaker, looked certain to join the Anfield club prior to the World Cup, before the deal collapsed at the final moment. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LATEST Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Talks had progressed so far Fekir had already agreed personal terms with the Reds, and had reportedly chosen the shirt number he was going to wear for the Merseyside outfit.However, Lyons announced the deal had been terminated, and the latest reports suggest Fekir could be offered a new contract to stay at the Groupama Stadium.Liverpool remain interested in Fekir and could look to restart talks with the Ligue 1 club after the World Cup, but today Aulas, the Lyons president, has hinted at interest in the France international from Manchester United. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets REVEALED last_img read more

West Brom v QPR: Vargas starts

first_imgEduardo Vargas is restored to the QPR starting line-up for the game at West Brom, replacing Junior Hoilett. Frankie Sutherland joins fellow R’s youngster Michael Doughty on the substitutes’ bench.West Brom welcome back Chris Brunt from suspension but defender Craig Dawson is serving a one-match ban. West Brom: Myhill, Baird, McAuley, Lescott, Brunt, Gardner, Fletcher, Morrison, Sessegnon, Berahino, Ideye. Subs: Rose, Wisdom, Pocognoli, Olsson, Yacob, Mulumbu, Anichebe. QPR: Green; Isla, Onuoha, Caulker, Yun, Phillips, Barton, Sandro, Vargas, Austin, Zamora. Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Kranjcar, Henry, Hoilett, Doughty, Sutherland.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Spinning Solar System Objects to Keep Them Old

first_imgIf you remove the obligation to think in billions of years, many phenomena in the solar system make more sense.PlutoMore anomalies on Pluto look young. “Pluto is coloured red by ammonia spewing from underneath its surface,” writes Leah Crane for New Scientist. That should sound baffling for an object assumed to be 4.5 billion years old.In space, ammonia doesn’t last long – it is easily broken up by ultraviolet light and charged particles from the sun, as well as cosmic rays from elsewhere in the galaxy.“Ammonia is a fragile molecule in a space environment, so the fact that we see it exposed on the surface means that it was put there recently,” says New Horizons team member Dale Cruikshank at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. “I don’t mean last Thursday, but maybe 100 million years ago.”In context, 100 million years represents only 1/45th the assumed age of the solar system. And there’s a lot of the ammonia present. Unexpected findings like this require auxiliary hypotheses to keep them old. Try as he might, Cruikshank can’t stretch the age out far enough:Because the ammonia is spread over such a large area, it probably emerged in spurting fountains of ice particles as well as by oozing, Cruikshank says. He and his colleagues calculated that this activity must have taken place at most one billion years ago for the ammonia to still be detectable, though it may be more recent.So how and why did it start spurting in the last 1/5th of the assumed age? Quick! Change the subject! “This does not mean that life is present — and we have not yet found it — but it indicates a place where we should look,” another planetary scientist says in an article on Space.com. The paper in Science Advances, however, cannot get 4.5 billion years [4 x 109] out of Pluto.At times when Pluto’s atmosphere is 10% transparent to Lyman-α photons, this flux corresponds to a time scale of ~4 × 105 years [450,000 years], indicating a geologically short lifetime. At times of lower atmospheric transparency, the equivalent lifetime for the ammonia is ~4 × 108 years [400 million years].Ultima ThuleAnother surprising body in the outer solar system is Ultima Thule, the Kuiper Belt object that New Horizons encountered in January two years after its Pluto flyby. Space.com drew attention to “mystery mounds” that the discovery team found. Listen to the sound of scientists gasping when the two lobes of the body were found not to be spherical:“That caught us by surprise,” Stern added. “I think it caught everybody by surprise.”New Horizons imagery also revealed a number of abutting mound-like features on the larger of the two lobes, which mission team members call Ultima. (The smaller lobe, naturally, is Thule.)“They seem to be raised, but exactly what causes them we’re not sure,” Stern said. “It’s still early days.”An early hypothesis held that the mounds resulted from convection of low-temperature ice, which was driven by the heat generated by the radioactive decay of aluminum-26. But further work suggests that this is an unlikely scenario, Stern said. The team now thinks the mounds may be the retained outlines of the small planetesimals that came together to form the Ultima lobe long ago.“But there could be other processes as well,” Stern said. “So, this is an active topic of debate.“NeptuneAnother object showing activity is Triton, Neptune’s largest moon. When Voyager 2 flew by in 1989, scientists were astonished to see evidence of cryovolcanoes and nitrogen geysers. An article on Phys.org tries to explain which gases are likely responsible (N2 and CO), but dodges the question of whether its activity could have been occurring for 4.5 billion years. This article also changes the subject, saying of nitrogen (an inert gas in its diatomic molecular form), “Its abundance in the outer Solar System is an important key to life’s origins, as it is an important part of the building blocks of life.” But the scientists admit Neptune and Triton most likely do not have life. The statement titillates the public with an irrelevant supposition in order to dodge the question of age.SaturnWith Cassini data safely archived on Earth, scientists will be combing through its findings for years or decades. In a recent paper in Geophysical Research Letters, the main findings from Cassini’s last year at Saturn have been summarized. All of them sound too dynamic to last for billions of years.New discoveries examined in this issue include tiny ring particles with complex hydrocarbons streaming into Saturn’s atmosphere, methane from the rings feeding Saturn’s upper atmosphere, electric currents flowing between Saturn and its rings, and a new inner radiation belt. Saturn gravity and magnetic field measurements detected deep winds and differential rotation in its upper layers. Results from Cassini’s final orbits turned out to be more interesting than we could have imagined. Understanding the interior of Saturn and the interplay between the rings and planet will provide insights into how our solar system formed and evolved and the role of gas giant planets in exoplanet systems.Scientists often mask their surprise at false predictions by calling the findings “interesting” while issuing more promissory notes about how the findings will “provide insights” into “evolution” of this or that phenomenon.The SunAren’t we lucky to have a star that spins slowly? That’s uncommon. In fact, the planets have far more of the solar system’s angular momentum than the sun does. That seems backwards. New Scientist describes how lucky Earth was in the sun’s early history:[Prabel] Saxena and his team used data from the Kepler Space Telescope on other sun-like stars to build three models of the young Earth and moon, each with the sun rotating at a different rate. The faster the young sun rotated, the more often it would have experienced flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs), blasting huge plumes of plasma into space and battering the inner solar system.They found that for the fast- and even medium-rotating models, there were too many CMEs. Even if the sun rotated just about once every week, there could be tens of CMEs a day, enough to erode away all of the moon’s potassium and much of its sodium – volatile elements that we know still exist there today.In reporter Leah Crane’s headline, “The young sun spun slowly, which could explain why we are here.” Count your lucky stars.Two false assumptions are holding back real science about the solar system: (1) the moyboy mindset, and (2) secularism. Think of how liberating it would be to see our extremely special Earth as a product of intelligent design not that long ago.From a philosophy of science standpoint, there is no obligation for scientists to spin observations into a preferred timeline. Suppose, for instance, each scientist were to just look at processes occurring on a moon—say, the geysers on Triton or Enceladus—and make reasonable upper limits about how long that could have been going on. Why not call that number the maximum age of the moon, and leave it at that? Why all the spin doctoring to force-fit the age into the 4.5 billion years belief?Taking the supposition further, why does the 4.5 billion year age, derived from meteorites, take precedence over everything else? Why couldn’t that age bow to younger ages of other objects? Or, to think even more outside the consensus box, why couldn’t each object in the solar system have its own age?You know the answer. Secular scientists want a comprehensive, materialistic world view from big bang to man. They want galaxies to evolve, stars to evolve, planets to evolve, life to evolve, and human minds to evolve. Everything has to fit that vision, so everything has to evolve in the right order. Plus, Darwin needs those billions of years for life to evolve. It’s irritating to have objects show up out of their spot in the timeline. If Pluto looks too young, it must be artificially aged via storytelling!But what if it is young? Just asking. (Visited 428 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fungicide on soybeans a good call in 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every harvest season can have a valuable lesson or two that a farmer will use to grow an even better crop in future years. According to DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Troy Putnam, the major takeaway after the 2018 growing season, which saw very heavy insect and disease pressure, was that a fungicide application on soybeans was a good move. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

Family alleges starvation death in Jharkhand

first_imgA family in Jharkhand’s Giridih district has alleged that one of its members died of starvation, but State’s Food and Civil Supplies Minister Saryu Roy on Thursday said official reports failed to prove the claim.The Minister said a perfectly laid out protocol to prevent death due to starvation is in place in the State.Ramesh Turi of Chirudih in Giridih district had told the media that his 48-year-old wife Savitri died of starvation on Tuesday last.The Minister said, “there is a perfect protocol to give ration under the Annapurna Yojana to the needy even if they don’t have ration cards, there are grain banks and ₹10,000 is given to Mukhias who can be approached for assistance.last_img

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery: We failed to take our chances

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We failed to take our chancesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits poor finishing saw them lose to Tottenham in last night’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal defeat.Spurs won 2-0 through goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli.Emery said, “I think we worked like we wanted to, like we’d prepared for this match. We created chances in the first half to score, but today the efficiency was not good for us. We didn’t concede a lot of chances, but they have good players with quality who scored. We worked for 90 minutes and in our moments we didn’t take our chances. “They scored theirs. Only the first half, I think we were good on the pitch but then sometimes we needed a bit more of the ball to keep possession longer. But that’s not easy against them because they press really well. Our planned game, we worked on that. It was poor finishing.”Emery continued: “We had Micki with the one on one [chance early on] and they scored with their first one-on-one. but this is football. Today I am happy with our performance, but not happy with our result. But also I think we are doing our process. They are ahead of us in this process. We need to continue creating our identity, our strong ideas to be more consistent in the games. “But this is our way. Now we’ve finished in this competition and are thinking about Saturday because we have another three very important competitions, the first is the Premier League, then the Europa League and also the FA Cup. Today we finished this competition.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days ago​Newcastle keeper Elliot urges caution over Matty Longstaff

first_img​Newcastle keeper Elliot urges caution over Matty Longstaffby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot does not want the club to overhype youngster Matty Longstaff.The younger of the Longstaff brothers shone for the Magpies against Manchester United in a 1-0 win.It was his long range strike that gave the home team all three points in an intense clash. While Elliot sees Matty’s talent, he urges caution.He said to reporters: “It’s given the club a massive lift in the fact that we had a tough result [against Leicester] but it just showed there is lots of optimism coming through and we’ve got a new star on the rise.”I would just say, don’t expect him to do that every week. He’s a young kid and we still have to look after him.”It’s not to say he’s going to play every game until the end of the season, obviously I’m not involved in that process but we just need to make sure that we understand he’s still a young lad at 19.”What he did was absolutely amazing and hopefully he goes on to keep replicating that.”But his development isn’t just next weekend, it’s over the next three, four years.”He might be playing, not playing, playing different roles and he’s going to have up and down days – the same with Sean, so we just have to be patient.”The good thing is there are kids coming through with the potential to achieve whatever they want to achieve.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

EU Clears Japanese Carriers JV

first_imgzoom The European Commission has approved the creation of a joint venture between Japan’s shipping giants Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line).“The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given the limited impact of the transaction on the routes to and from Europe and the fact that there would be sufficient competitive pressure from other competitors post transaction,” the EU Commission said.The approval comes weeks after the South African Competition Commission blocked the deal having found that the structure of the container liner shipping market “is conducive to coordination based on previous collusive conduct in the container liner market in other parts of the world.”The commission added that the merger “increases the likelihood of coordination as it creates further structural linkages in the container liner market,” stressing that the proposed transaction creates a platform for coordination in the car carrier market as well.In May 2017, the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) rejected on jurisdictional grounds the agreement, saying that the action “is among the type of agreements excluded from FMC review.”The deal was so far okayed by the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) in March 2017.Under the proposed deal, the joint venture would integrate the global container liner shipping activities and container terminal businesses (excluding their terminals in Japan) of NYK, MOL and K Line.The joint venture would operate a fleet totaling 1.4 million TEUs, placing it as sixth in the market with approximately 7% of global share.K Line and MOL, which will each hold 31 percent, and their compatriot NYK Line, which will hold the remaining 38 percent, aim to establish the new joint-venture company on July 1, 2017, while business commencement was expected to start as of April 1, 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Collapsed FOB to be dismantled first probe report in 24 hours

first_imgMumbai: A day after a foot overbridge connected to CSMT railway station collapsed, killing six persons and injuring 31, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to dismantle the structure. In a meeting chaired by BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta Friday morning, it was also decided that the civic body’s Chief Engineer (Vigilance) would conduct an inquiry into the causes that led to the deck of the FOB collapsing on Thursday evening. Ward Officer Kiran Dighawkar said work on dismantling the FOB had begun and cranes and gas-cutters had been assembled for the work. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! “We aim to open DN Road for vehicular traffic by 7pm Friday,” he said. Another official said the Chief Engineer (Vigilance) has been asked to submit his preliminary report within 24 hours identifying staff responsible and the role of those who carried out its structural audit. The scope of the probe would include the history of the bridge, the time when the structural audit was carried out, and whether the methodology used was appropriate and staff deployed had adequate technical expertise, the official informed. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Earlier in the day, a BMC official had said the FOB was was found to be structurally safe when it was audited in August 2016, soon after a British-era bridge over Savitri River got washed away in monsoon downpour in Mahad in Raigad district. “During that audit, 354 bridges were checked for their structural soundness. The FOB that collapsed on Thursday was marked C2B. This means it needed minor repairs only. Tenders were floated for the repair but it got held up,” the official had said Friday morning. After a visit to the site Friday morning, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had asked Mehta to fix “primary responsibility” for Thursday’s foot overbridge collapse by evening.last_img read more

Ousted president in good health Morsi son

first_imgCAIRO (AA) – The son of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday denied reports that his jailed father had collapsed in prison.“The president remains steadfast,” Osama Morsi told Anadolu Agency, adding “He remains in good physical and psychological condition.”Osama slammed the “false news” circulating about his father’s health by what he described as “hostile media.” Morsi was flown to Alexandria’s Borg al-Arab Prison Hospital on Monday after appearing in court with seven other defendants to answer charges that he had incited the murder of demonstrators last year.Osama described his father’s admission to the prison hospital as a “routine measure.”Monday’s court session was Morsi’s first public appearance since his ouster more than four months ago. Since then, he has been held at an undisclosed location by Egypt’s military-backed authorities.Trial proceedings were postponed by almost two months – they are now slated to recommence on January 8 – after defense lawyers requested more time to examine documentation related to the case.Morsi, for his part, has refused to recognize the trial’s legitimacy and has refused formal legal representation.The ousted leader told the presiding judge that he still represented “Egypt’s legitimate president.”Morsi, Egypt’s first freely-elected civilian leader, was ousted by the country’s military establishment on July 3 following protests against his presidency.last_img read more