Speculation over Ivanovic’s future and Chelsea are tipped to try again for Stones

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea…With Everton having refused to sell John Stones before the recent transfer window closed, there is already speculation that Chelsea will try again to sign the England defender when it re-opens in January.The Sun on Sunday say Chelsea are planning to offer Bertrand Traore to Everton as part of an exchange deal.The Sunday Mirror, meanwhile, predict that Chelsea will make what would be their fifth attempt to take Stones, 21, to Stamford Bridge.The Blues will need to bid close to £40m in order to get their man, it is suggested.The Sunday Mirror also say Branislav Ivanovic could move to the United States at the end of the season.Ivanovic has made a poor start to the seasonIvanovic, who turns 32 in February, is in the final year of his contract at Chelsea and it is claimed that New York City – where his former Blues team-mate Frank Lampard plays – and LA Galaxy would want him.Again it is claimed, this time by the Sunday Times, that Chelsea tried sign Anthony Martial prior to the French teenager’s pre-deadline move to Manchester United from Monaco.And the Sun on Sunday suggest Martial had been on the radars of Chelsea and Manchester City since the age of 11.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Astrobiology: The Joy of Being Wrong

first_imgAn astrobiologist looks forward to the day when everything he says is totally wrong.What makes a planet habitable? In a BBC News article, astrobiologist Christopher Watson (Queen’s University, Belfast) piles on the constraints:“Clouds are reflective and therefore will cool the planet, acting to push the habitable zone closer to the star.Just to complicate matters, the habitable zone also depends on the type of star the planet orbits.Red dwarfs like to chuck out large flares, stellar eruptions that release charged particles and X-rays. Given the close proximity of the planet, this might cause substantial atmospheric losses.High doses of radiation also tend to be harmful to biological material, and X-rays are capable of dissociating water – thereby depleting any water supply.Massive, hot stars are real gas-guzzlers. Yes, they may have far larger “fuel tanks” (they have a lot more mass to “burn”), but they gobble that fuel much, much faster, and die much younger than small, frugal cool stars.Based on our knowledge of how life evolved on Earth, it is unlikely that even simple life would have time to evolve around stars that are all that much hotter than our Sun.Well, we hit another issue – the fact that the variance in the amount of energy red dwarfs emit over their lifetime, known as their luminosity evolution, is quite drastic… a red dwarf may change its luminosity 10-fold!I haven’t even begun discussing some of the ‘rare-Earth’ arguments that point out a range of factors that affect the Earth that may be necessary for life, but that may be rare for other planets.These are things like the presence of Jupiter (which may or may not deflect asteroids and comets from striking the Earth)…or the presence of the moon (which may stabilise Earth’s spin).”Watson isn’t trying to be a spoil-sport; just a realist. But how realistic is his ending conundrum?The pace of discovery is astonishing and in 20 years’ time I suspect I will look back at this article and find I was totally wrong about everything.This is what progress is.That’s an odd way to define progress. It follows that 20 years after that, the ones who showed him he was wrong could be wrong themselves. An infinite regress looms.We’ll help him out. He’s totally right about the constraints on habitability, but he’s totally wrong that life emerges on a habitable world without purpose, plan, and intelligence to act on matter and create it. We just saved him 20 years by reading Isaiah 45:18-19.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Eight injured in Faizabad jail violence

first_imgA clash between two groups of prisoners sparked a riot in Faizabad divisional jail where at least eight inmates were held hostage and assaulted during the stand-off that lasted six hours on Saturday, according to police sources. The inmates threatened to blow up cooking gas cylinders which they took from the jail kitchen and threw stones at the security personnel as reinforcements were rushed in to restore order.Probe ordered Faizabad District Magistrate Anil Kumar Pathak said that a magisterial enquiry has been ordered into the incident. The trouble started at 9 a.m. when a jail functionary complained to the Superintendent about some undertrial prisoners talking on mobile phone, the police said. Miffed with his action, a group of prisoners thrashed him. When some other prisoners objected to it , the group attacked them too and held them hostage. The rioters also broke CCTV cameras installed in jail as chaos reigned. Additional forces were called in, which used drone cameras to take stock of the situation, they said. After more than six hours, the security forces were able to free the eight badly injured hostages who were shifted to Faizabad district hospital, they said. According to sources, the jail has a capacity of 4,000 inmates but over 8,000 prisoners are lodged there.last_img read more

Confident Ross, Beermen unfazed by odds entering playoffs

first_imgDurham wants no letup from No. 1 Bolts heading into playoffs View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFacing what could be the toughest challenge to their Grand Slam drive yet, the San Miguel Beermen have their work cut out for them entering the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs as the sixth seed.Chris Ross, however, remains upbeat despite the situation that the Beermen are in.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img LATEST STORIES “There’s also no pressure. It’s just basketball. We’re playing basketball for a long time and we’ve all been in certain situations. There’s never any pressure on us. We just got to go out and play our type of basketball and try to win this game,” he added. “We just got to win, man. We got a chance on Wednesday to bounce back so that’s what we’re gonna do.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We play our best when our backs are against the wall. When the cards are stacked against us, we play our best basketball,” Ross said after San Miguel blew a big lead and lost to Meralco, 104-101 on Sunday.The loss means San Miguel will have to beat defending champion Barangay Ginebra twice in the quarterfinals to move on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it’s not like the Beermen haven’t faced seemingly insurmountable leads before and won.“We know what we’re playing for, and we’re playing for something not a lot of teams have done in the league. I never lose confidence in my team and my team never loses confidence. We’re very confident going in no matter what matchup we’re going,” Ross said. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Resident doctors ratify agreement under provincial mandate

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Finance has announced that members of the Resident Doctors of B.C. and the Health Employers Association of B.C. have ratified an agreement under the Government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.According to the Government, the mandate focuses on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation.Nearly 1,350 resident doctors working for publicly funded health-care employers in B.C.’s hospitals and public health facilities are represented by RDBC. The agreement includes a three-year term, general wage increases of two percent in each year, and a collaborative approach to addressing workload that will support greater engagement with resident doctors, with the intention of retaining them in B.C. when they complete their programs.To learn more about public sector bargaining in B.C., you can visit the Government’s website.last_img read more

Fort St John and District Kennel Clubs Dog Show takes place this

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John and District Kennel Club is hosting their annual Dog Show this weekend May 18 to the 20 at the District of Taylor Ice Centre.Each year, the annual event is held on the Victoria Day Long Weekend and features six All Breed Championship shows, showcasing 175 dogs from all over Canada.The first round of judging takes place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, for Hounds, with the last round of judging taking place at 2:55 p.m. on Monday, May 20, for Non-Sporting Dogs. This year’s confirmed judges include Honey Glendinning (BC); Michelle Scott (ON); Carmen Haller (BC); Grant Townsend (BC); Terry Gains (BC); Jocelyn Gagne (ON).Along with a ribbon competition, cash prizes are also available, with a chance to earn points under the Canadian Kennel Club’s Championship Show Program.The Dog Show judging schedule can be found here.The Fort St. John and District Kennel Club’s Annual Dog Show is taking place this Victoria Day Long Weekend, May 18 to 20, at the District Ice Centre.For more information, you can visit Dogshow.ca.last_img read more

Ohio State mens hockey set to start freshman Logan Davis in goal

Junior forward Chad Niddery (19) fights for the puck during a game against Bowling Green Oct. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFreshman goalie Logan Davis is expected to make his first collegiate start as the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team sets its sights on a two-game series against Canisius College.Originally third in the depth chart, Davis is set to take over the reins from fellow freshman Matt Tomkins, who won’t be in the lineup because of a lower-body injury he sustained in the first four minutes of OSU’S 6-1 win against Niagara Nov. 9. Tomkins’ playing status is day-to-day. Davis’ projected start also comes less than two weeks after Collin Olson, who was Tomkins’ backup, elected to leave the team to play junior hockey in the USHL.“At this point, I feel like I might’ve gotten over the nerves a little bit after getting that first game under my belt, but I’m still a little jittery,” Davis said.Coach Steve Rohlik attributed his team’s 4-1 and 6-1 victories against Niagara Friday and Saturday, respectively, to his defensive unit, and said he wants the team to carry the success over into the series with the Golden Griffins (2-5-0, 1-3-0).“You’re only as good as your D-zone. Our D-zone leads all of our offense,” Rohlik said. “We’re doing a decent job on the penalty kill now, and I think we’ve given up quite a few goals early in the year, so we’re trying to clean that part of it up, but everything starts in the D-zone. If we can shut down teams defensively and still put up three, four, five goals, then we’re doing something right.”Junior forward Chad Niddery said the Buckeyes have to continue to build on the momentum they’ve generated in the last few games.“We’re having upbeat practices, just making sure everybody’s still going hard and getting ready for the weekend. These teams are coming in, they’re fast. They work as hard as they can,” Niddery said. “We’ve got to match their work ethic, and we’ve got guys with a lot of skill, so as long as we show as much work ethic — and Logan (Davis) is there backing us up in the net — so we’ll definitely be on top of our game.”The series will conclude a seven-game homestand in which the Buckeyes (6-4-0, 0-0-0) have only lost once, a 3-1 decision against Minnesota Duluth Nov. 1. OSU is set to open up Big Ten play at Ann Arbor, Mich., against rival Michigan Nov. 29.The Buckeyes and Canisius are slated to face off Friday and Saturday at Schottenstein Center, with the puck set to drop at 7:05 p.m. for both games. read more

Football Defensive lineman Nick Bosa will not participate in drills at Ohio

Ohio State junior defensive end Nick Bosa (97) runs to tackle another member of Rutgers’ offensive team during the first half of the game on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorMany former Ohio State players will take the practice field at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for the final time Wednesday for their Pro Day: one of their last chances to participate in drills and talk to teams prior to the 2019 NFL Draft. However, according to reports, defensive end Nick Bosa will not participate in drills during Ohio State’s Pro Day. While at the NFL Combine, Bosa ran a 4.79 40-yard dash, third-best among defensive lineman. He also recorded 29 bench-press reps and 33.5-inch vertical. Bosa also had the third-fastest three-cone drill, completing it in 7.1 seconds. Expected by many to be one of the first few players taken in the draft, Bosa’s season was cut short due to an injury suffered against TCU on Sept. 15. Bosa decided to withdraw from Ohio State on Oct. 16, leaving with six tackles-for-loss and four sacks during the 2018 season. Bosa was one of 10 Ohio State players that participated in the NFL Combine, joining offensive linemen Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince, running back Mike Weber, wide receivers Terry McLaurin, Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon, quarterback Dwayne Haskins, defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones and cornerback Kendall Sheffield. All are expected to participate in Ohio State’s pro day.At the NFL Combine, Haskins recorded the slowest 40-yard dash of any quarterback, recording a 5.04 time. He also recorded a 28.5-inch vertical. According to reports, Haskins will throw again for scouts on Wednesday after doing so at the combine. In the 40-yard dash, McLaurin, Dixon and Campbell each finished in the top-8 times recorded, with Campbell recording a 4.31 40, tied for the fastest of any wide receiver. Offensive linemen Demetrius Knox, Malcolm Pridgeon and Brady Taylor, along with linebacker Dante Booker and kicker Sean Nuernberger, were not invited to the combine, but will likely participate in Pro Day drills Wednesday. In 2018, all 32 NFL teams were represented at Ohio State’s Pro Day, including five general managers and five head coaches. The 2019 NFL Draft will begin on April 25 in Nashville and will conclude on April 27. read more

Courtois speaks about his move to Real Madrid

first_imgThibaut Courtois joined Real Madrid last month at a £35m price. He recently talked about moving from Chelsea to join the Spanish side.Before the incidents that spoiled up to the point at which the Belgian had to leave Stamford Bridge, Courtois was on the list of the fans’ favorite at Chelsea.When Belgium finished at third place at the World Cup tournament in Russia, Courtois was given more leave time but expected to return to training the day after they lost the Community Shield to Manchester City. However, he never showed up as expected.He had gone on to pursue his move and fortunately got what he was seeking, leaving Chelsea to sign up Kepa Arrizabalaga.However, according to a report by Sky Sports, Football.london, Courtois still loves the Blues: “It makes me feel sad and obviously they don’t know all the truth. I think in March the decision was already made and I thought the club would accept it.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Then because the transfer was closed I did not show up because I thought it better not to disturb the team and the squad.“If I did go there maybe, I didn’t want to be toxic, so obviously it is a pity because I love Chelsea.“I loved playing there and I am happy to have won two Premier Leagues, a league cup and an FA Cup.“Hopefully it will turn around.”last_img read more

Underdogs Rangers can surprise in Europa League

first_imgThe Scottish Premier League club will take on Spanish La Liga side Villarreal on Thursday night, for Matchday 1 of the competitionScotland’s Rangers were drawn into Group G of the 2018-2019 UEFA Europa League.The Scottish club shares the group with Austria’s Rapid Wien, Russia’s Spartak Moscow, and Spain’s Villarreal.And for manager Steven Gerrard, even though the team is the “underdog” of the group, he believes they can surprise their opponents.“We are the underdogs in the group in terms of the opinions from outside, but in the dressing room we have a quiet confidence and believe we can cause a shock and get out of the group,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.Guiseppe Rossi, Villarreal, ItalyReport: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…“We are not here to make up the numbers. We want to challenge in the group and see where we end up.”“This game doesn’t highlight how far I’ve taken the group but how far the team has taken themselves and the hard work and effort they have put in to get to this stage,” he added.“We all believe this is where this club should be after difficult times and not many people gave us a chance of making this stage.”“If people want to underestimate us or write us off that’s fine. I can see a togetherness and a team growing. I’m happy where we are at this moment,” he commented.“Kyle [Lafferty] will lead the line and there are no secrets. He goes into the game in good form and in a good place.last_img read more