Round-up: Jose unhappy, penalty ‘harsh’, QPR fans hailed, Bees win, Fulham draw

first_imgChelsea won the west London derby, but Jose Mourinho was unhappy after his team’s 2-1 victory against QPR at Stamford Bridge. The Blues boss criticised his players for their below-par performance and bemoaned the lack of atmosphere in the ground.Eden Hazard scored the winner from the penalty spot after Eduardo Vargas was adjudged to have fouled him in the box, a decision Rangers manager Harry Redknapp felt was harsh.Redknapp praised his players, having declared ahead of the game that the team was finally beginning to gel after a poor start to the season.Chairman Tony Fernandes praised QPR’s players and “amazing” fans on Twitter after the game.Meanwhile, a late Stuart Dallas goal gave Brentford a 2-1 victory against Derby at Griffin Park.Andre Gray also scored for the Bees, with manager Mark Warburton revealing that a pep talk with the striker following his recent goal drought appeared to do the trick.Steve McClaren was far less happy – the Derby boss rued his team’s lack of composure after the hosts came from behind to beat them.Warburton also insisted he has no plans to bring in striker Danny Graham from Sunderland, who was touted for a loan move.And Bryan Ruiz scored twice for Fulham as they drew 3-3 at Wigan, where both teams ended the match with 10 men.It was the Whites’ first game since Kit Symons was confirmed as manager. He praised their resilience after Ruiz’s late penalty rescued a point.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Crater Dater Deflator: Impactors Can Be Recycled

first_imgThey came from outer space – that was the old paradigm about impactors that made craters on planetary bodies.  Then, we learned how secondary craters can confuse a surface’s history (06/08/2006, 09/25/2007).  Now, two papers in Icarus show that moons can do a lateral pass.    Alvarellos et al,1 showed that Jupiter’s moon Io can send high-speed impactors to Europa and beyond.  Material erupted or blasted off Io by a comet can drift in orbit for a median time of 56 years (quickest 179 days, average 146 years).  Then, it can either return to Io again, find a new target on Europa, or (to a lesser extent) hit the further-out moons.  Most of this occurs within just tens or hundreds of years.  Each impact, in turn, can generate secondary craters, reported Zahnle et al.2  Presumably, some sufficiently accelerated material could escape Jupiter or Saturn altogether and hit the inner planets.    Apparently few scientists had seriously considered this source of crater creators.  Some wrote about it but considered the amount of mass transfer to be trivial.  “However,” said Alvarellos et al., “our work has shown that far from being uninteresting, a non-negligible amount of matter can be transferred between these moons in the form of impact ejecta,”  The Zahnle et al paper agreed: “the model predicts that a significant fraction of the 200-500 m diameter craters on Europa are not traditional secondary craters but are instead sesquinary craters3 caused by impact ejecta from Io that had gone into orbit about Jupiter.”  The amount of mass delivered appears to exceed the micrometeoroid flux.1.  Alvarellos et al, “Transfer of mass from Io to Europa and beyond due to cometary impacts,” Icarus, Volume 194, Issue 2, April 2008, pages 636-646, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.09.025.2.  Zahnle et al, “Secondary and sesquinary craters on Europa,” Icarus, Volume 194, Issue 2, April 2008, pages 660-674, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.10.024.3.  They defined the term, quote: “Sesquinary” stems from the Latin root “sesqui-” meaning one-and-a-half; its most familiar use in English is in “sesquicentennial.”  We use sesquinary to describe craters by impact ejecta that went into orbit about the central planet…. Sesquinary craters have a character intermediate between primary craters and conventional secondary craters. [end quote]Since this new special-delivery mechanism can, in principle, apply to Uranus, Mars and other bodies, the crater-count dating conundrum just got worse.  How many of the thousands of craters on pockmarked moons resulted from “planetocentric” material within the system?  If ejected material can be recycled, what is the potential crater count from one sufficiently large impact?  How long would it take for an average moon to become saturated with craters?  They may look old, but crater-covered moons might have gotten their scarred faces in far less time than previously imagined.(Visited 86 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

12 days agoSteve Bull: Wolves deserved winners at Man City

first_imgSteve Bull: Wolves deserved winners at Man Cityby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves legend Steve Bull says they were deserved winners at Manchester City last week.He wrote for the Express & Star: “A lot has been said about City’s shortcomings on the day by pundits.”But that was not the story. The story was how good Wolves were against Pep Guardiola’s side.”Wolves set up to stop City from playing – to harass them – and they carried out the plan flawlessly.”It is amazing what a week can do in football, isn’t it?”It can knock you down or have you on cloud nine, and, thankfully, we have had the latter after Wolves’ wins at Besiktas and City.”We are playing at the tempo that was there so often last season again.”We didn’t have many chances against Besiktas, but the never-say-die attitude shone through.”Then at City, we were thinking it was the toughest fixture we could’ve asked for, but the lads went there in a positive frame of mind and got exactly what they deserved. To a man, they were fantastic.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

FX PLANS NICK OFFERMAN DRAMA AND CHRIS ROCK JOINING FARGO

first_imgFX is also rebooting “Shogun” as a 10-episode limited series, which it calls its “largest international scale production to date.” The series will be based on the novel of the same name by James Clavell that was turned into a 1980 miniseries event by NBC starring Richard Chamberlain.The plot charts the collision in Japan of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai. The new version will be written by Eugene Kelly (“Westworld,” ”Leftovers” and “Boardwalk Empire”) and Ronan Bennett (“Public Enemies,” ”Top Boy”).FX has lured Rock to star in a new season of “Fargo,” set in 1950, which will begin production in 2019. Rock will play the head of a criminal syndicate who has struck an uneasy peace with a rival group — they’ve swapped sons. A death forces the unraveling of their plans. Longtime “Fargo” show runner Noah Hawley will again lead the creative team. Advertisement Facebook BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – FX is diversifying its offerings, picking up a drama about a cutting-edge tech company starring Nick Offerman, sinking resources into a limited series based in feudal Japan and returning for a fourth series of “Fargo,” this time with Chris Rock.The network revealed some of its upcoming plans Friday and they include the eight-episode “Devs” by writer and director Alex Garland, who wrote and directed the 2014 feature film “Ex Machina” starring Alicia Vikander. The upcoming TV series is set at a secretive tech firm in San Francisco that may be responsible for a murder.“Devs” will star “Parks and Recreation” veteran Offerman as the firm’s CEO, Sonoya Mizuno, Jin Ha, Zach Grenier, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Cailee Spaeny and Alison Pill. It will premiere on FX in 2019. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img FILE – In this March 8, 2017 file photo, Nick Offerman arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Kong: Skull Island” at the Dolby Theatre. FX is picking up a drama about a cutting-edge tech company starring Offerman, sinking resources into a series based in feudal Japan and getting Chris Rock to star in a fourth series of “Fargo.” The network revealed some of its upcoming plans Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Jana Sena announces first list of candidates

first_imgAmaravati: Actor Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena, which is making its debut in electoral politics of Andhra Pradesh, on Thursday announced its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The party declared candidates for two Lok Sabha and 32 Assembly constituencies. It had earlier announced candidates for two Lok Sabha seats. The suspense continues over the constituency Pawan Kalyan will choose to contest as his name did not figure in the first list. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Young and successful start-up entrepreneur Gedela Srinubabu will contest for the Lok Sabha from Visakhapatnam. Jana Sena’s state convenor Chintala Pardhasaradhi is the candidate from Anakapalle Lok Sabha constituency. The party had earlier announced former ONGC executive director D.M.R Sekhar and former BJP MLA Akula Satyanarayana as its candidates for the Amalapuram and Rajahmundry parliamentary seats, respectively. Former minister Ravela Kishore Babu, who quit the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to join Jana Sena a few months ago, will contest for the Assembly from Prathipadu constituency in Guntur district. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Former Congress leader P. Balaraju was named as Jana Sena’s candidate from Paderu. Former Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar, now a key leader of Jana Sena, will contest from Tenali. The former Congress leader had represented this constituency for two terms from 2004 to 2014. The party’s General Secretary Thota Chandrashekhar will contest from Guntur West. Pawan Kalyan has already announced that Jana Sena will have an alliance with the Left parties. However, a formal announcement on seat sharing is yet to be made. Elections to the 175-member Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state are scheduled on April 11.last_img read more

‘Modi ‘promoted’ firms of ‘capitalist friends’ at expense of BSNL, MTNL’

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Thursday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘promoted’ firms of his ‘capitalist friends’ at the expense of state-owned BSNL and MTNL. Attacking government over a media report that claimed that in order to better the financial condition of BSNL and get it back on track, its board has approved several proposals, including voluntary retirement for 54,000 employees, Congress’s chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Whose telecom companies are BSNL and MTNL– of the country’s 130 crore people. Government-owned BSNL and MTNL have been destroyed. Both companies are in debt.” “Modi ji has promoted the firms of his capitalist friends. BSNL and MTNL are now on the verge of closure,” the Congress leader said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Blaming Modi government for the downfall of state-own telecom service providers, Surjewala said, “Why Modi ji is not supporting the public sector companies when he has given bailout packages to private companies worth thousands and lakhs of crores.” Surjewala was reacting to a report that stated that BSNL’s board has reportedly approved the proposal to lay off over 54,000 employees. It was also reported that the BSNL board has approved suggestions to reduce retirement age from the existing 60 years to 58 years, voluntary retirement scheme and fast-tracking allocation of 4G spectrums to BSNL. Meanwhile, the BSNL has denied any such development. In an official release, the public telecom service provider said the so-called proposals pertaining to reduction in the retirement age of BSNL employees and retrenchment of a large number of employees are not true.last_img read more

Dhoni ”might” play the next game, says Raina

first_imgHyderabad: Stand-in-skipper Suresh Raina said captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni “might” play the next game after missing Chennai Super Kings’s six-wicket defeat by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL here. Dhoni was ruled out of the match with back spasm, paving the way for Raina to shoulder captaincy responsibility. “His back was stiff. He is feeling better and might play the next game,” Raina said at the post-match presentation ceremony. For a team that has won seven of their nine matches this season, the defeat was a wake-up call, Raina said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I think it is a very good wake up call.” CSK were restricted at 132 for five after they opted to bat, and then, SRH chased down the target with 19 balls to spare. “I think we didn’t put a decent score on the board and kept losing wickets. We lost too many wickets in between and that’s why it cost us the game. “We should have looked for partnerships and should have rotated our strike better. Hence, we were 30 runs short,” Raina said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Man of the Match David Warner (50) thanked the crowd for support. “Great support, even though there is plenty of yellow, they are a fantastic crowd. Sometimes we have been a bit hesitant, against Kings (XI Punjab) the wicket was quite tough. Me and Jonny (Bairstow) have been mixing and matching quite well. “I have two beautiful children, one more on the way, and a beautiful wife and I can’t thank them enough. I have fantastic support from over the world and it has been overwhelming here in India,” Warner said. Sunrisers Hyderbad captain Kane Williamson applauded the team for its efforts. “Very good performance all around. CSK started well with the bat but the way we performed in the back half was outstanding and the chase was superb. I don’t think the wicket changed too much,” he said. “Rashid (Khan, who claimed 2/17) has been an outstanding performer for a number of years. He was brilliant today. Warner was brilliant. A match-winning knock with Jonny (61 not out),” Williamson added.last_img read more

‘Stay indoor,’ says CM … cancels all rallies

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled all her political rallies scheduled on Friday and Saturday in the wake of cyclone ‘Fani’ and urged people to be safe and stay indoors.Banerjee will supervise the situation from Kharagpur in West Midnapore where she is currently staying. Expressing her concern, she advised people to stay indoors during the next 48 hours to prevent any untoward incidents. She also urged people to remain calm in the wake of this approaching natural calamity and not get swayed away by any rumours. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Don’t stay in the mud houses as they may collapse during the cyclone, putting human lives at risk. I would also request the common people to stay indoors as much as possible in the next 48 hours. I will request those staying in dilapidated houses to move to nearby rescue centres. If one is left with no other alternative and has to go out, he/she has to be extremely cautious. Keep an eye on the trees and electric poles,” Banerjee added. She has also made an appeal to the people to switch off electronic gadgets and put off gas cylinders during the storm as preventive measures. She also directed those living in the coastal districts to seek refuge in the rescue centres that have been opened by the state government in various districts. She also reminded that the state government is absolutely alert and closely monitoring the situation. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen”I am continuously monitoring the situation and necessary instructions to the administration will be issued. The Chief Secretary of the state is also keeping an eye on the situation. I have also asked Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim to put in place all the necessary arrangements including the mobilisation of the disaster management forces to combat any untoward situation. The Mayor himself is monitoring the situation from the KMC headquarter,” she maintained. “People’s lives are more precious. Do not take any risk. I have also cancelled the election rallies that were supposed to be held through the next 48 hours to avoid any untoward incidents. The state government has sounded an alert to cope with the severe cyclonic storm. We are monitoring the situation from time-to-time,” Banerjee added. The state government has taken all precautionary measures in the districts including East Midnapore, West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas and South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram and Kolkata. “All arrangements have been made in the districts. Relief materials have been sent to the districts and we have opened one monitoring cell at the state secretariat 24X7 to keep a watch on the situation,” Banerjee stated.last_img read more

Dimming constitutional spirit

first_imgTo get dragged into legalities of the LG-CM turf-war in Puducherry is pointless, as the conflicting views can be supported with contradictory legal judgements on the matter. Unfortunately for the LG, the recent clarification of the Madras High Court was both, unequivocal and embarrassing in observing that incessant interference in the administration of the state government, tantamount to ‘parallel government’. The unrelenting view from the Puducherry Raj Niwas, that the gubernatorial appointment in Puducherry afforded a more interventionist role was blunted, for now. The LG was quick to publically share a contradictory judgement on the social media, of a previous Chief Justice of the Madras High Court who had earlier adjudged that ‘Unlike the President of India or the Governor of a state, the Administrator of a Union Territory has powers to act independently, irrespective of the advice given by the Council of Minister headed by the Chief Minister’. Like Puducherry, Delhi, too, has been mired in the dissonance surrounding the LG-CM disaffections on the ‘limits’. The finality on the legalese of the matter notwithstanding, it is the diminishment of Constitutional spirit by the ostensible ‘conscience keeper’ of the Constitution in the Union Territory, that is the moot point in the prevailing discourse. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyUnlike some other gubernatorial appointees who come from the fount of deeply ideological and partisan sensibilities – the incumbent LG of Puducherry is a distinguished member of the ‘Uniformed’ fraternity, who would be well versed with the governance imperatives of rectitude, restraint, and the uniquely service-related sensitivities of not ‘stepping-out-of-line’. However, such expectations militate against the reality of instances like the LG stopping two-wheelers on the roads of Puducherry, and asking them to wear helmets. As a former cop and one-time head of traffic police in Delhi, surely the LG would be expected to have a natural proclivity and gravitation towards road-safety matters, however the backdrop of such-like ‘interferences’ had led to an unprecedented protest by the Puducherry Chief Minister and his cabinet outside the Raj Niwas, which lasted nearly a week. The immense administrative experience, knowledge, and wisdom acquired over years of administrative service herself, is expected to be imparted in a more dignified, inclusive and far-impacting way, than perhaps by policing herself. In the short run, such actions of ‘public activism’ do impress the masses who have their own justifiable angst against the perceived ineptitude of the political classes and the administration. However, beyond the optics and symbolism of ‘rolling up the sleeves’, very little is achieved on the ground. On the contrary, the opportunity to make fundamental and systemic changes are lost in the petty battle of whataboutery one-upmanship, that can be avoided, whilst still achieving a lot more than pulling up a few irresponsible motorists. Also Read – The future is here!The Puducherry LG has contextualised her activism with her disdain for the ‘rubber-stamp’ appointees, and to that extent, she has a point as Raj Bhawans have increasingly acquired a notoriety as ‘old age home’s’ for pliant and loyal geriatrics, who are not adjustable in the Central Government. However, the full import of ‘rubber-stamp’ is not just in implied inaction or disinterest – it also manifests in the equally dangerous manner if not more, when the ostensible ‘rubber-stamp’ appointees toe a blatantly partisan line, ignoring his or her appointment to the constitutional chair on account of swearing by the Constitution, and not to a political party or obligation. A certain degree of apprehension owing to the difference in political parties of the state government and that of the LG-appointing Central government, is natural. As also, the tendency of the state political classes to get emotive and voluble given their partisan instincts in the State capitals – however, the onus of maintaining sobriety in public discourse is loaded onto the gubernatorial appointee, who is expected to be the ‘bigger person’ as the apolitical custodian of constitutionality. The current diatribe in Puducherry suggests a fight for supremacy, not amongst the constitutionally mandated unequal’s, but perhaps amongst the politically driven, equals. Mainstreaming issues on social media and picking up the cudgels oneself is also suggestive of the futility of the constitutionally mandated recourses available to the LG like reporting the concerns to the President of India, or even the Home Ministry for administrative issues. Such bypass assumes the incapacity or dereliction of these high chairs to get the requisite course-corrections suggested by the LG, other than by challenging the delicately posited federal structure and spirit of the constitution, that insists on the ‘voice’ of the masses through its elected representatives. The intrinsic spirit of democracy and the Indian Constitution bestows the responsibility of governance through the elected representatives (with the public empowerment to change dispensations, with the subsequent elections) – whilst bestowing the ‘moral’ supremacy onto the ‘conscience-keepers’ to exercise their powers with morality and sensitivity, in deference to the democratic traditions. Great constitutionalists and preservers of our democratic impulses like Presidents KR Narayanan and APJ Abdul Kalam were able to bear moral pressure on the governance and politics of the day by actions like ‘returning the files for reconsideration’. Away from media glare, these giants of constitutionalism worked silently behind the scenes and ensured that the dispensation of day, stayed the course of India’s constitutional obligations. Though these constitutionalists were appointed through a process of political majority – and sometimes these individuals erred in their decision-making, but no one could ever imply any partisanship or unwarranted ‘activism’ onto these two individuals, in their constitutional conduct. These men meaningfully reversed the notions of ‘rubber stamp’ ascribed on Rashtrapatis, without taking recourse to public-spats, accusations and lowering of decorum. Constitutional institutions, appointees and the overall spirit of the Indian constitution are coming under increasing strain – this leads to the frequent questioning of the essence, letter, and definition of ‘India’. Herein, the opportunity to exemplify the lofty spirit of our constitutionalism, federalism, and our civilisational truth of civility and wisdom, especially when you have an imminently qualified and well-versed LG like in Puducherry, is a lost opportunity for the Union Territory, and for others to emulate. Lt General Bhopinder Singh (Retd) is a former Lt Governor of Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The views expressed are strictly personallast_img read more

Will Buyout Season Help The Cavs And Warriors

It’s buyout season in the NBA, meaning that washed-up, out-of-favor or otherwise disgruntled veterans have begun to make their way to contenders. Specifically, Deron Williams and Jose Calderon have (or will soon have) new teams. Williams appears to be headed to Cleveland, where he’d become the latest in a long line of faded stars and aged role players to team up with LeBron, while Calderon seems likely to wind up in Golden State.Neither move would likely change how deep Cleveland or Golden State goes in the playoffs, but both players could fill key roles for the defending finalists.Deron WilliamsWilliams, who has already cleared waivers and has reportedly informed the Cavs that he’ll sign with them, has had a rough year in Dallas, being displaced in the rotation by Seth Curry, Devin Harris and Yogi Ferrell. He’s averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 29.3 minutes on the season but has seen his role cut considerably since January. But even though Williams’s overall stats remain down and he clearly isn’t the player he was earlier in his career, there’s a chance that he’ll fill the specific needs of the Cavs.LeBron James has publicly called for Cleveland to add another point guard to its roster after the departure of Matthew Dellavedova to restricted free agency, and the stats bear out the claim: The Cavaliers have only three players with an assist rate over 10 percent:1Basketball Reference.com’s assist rate is an estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while he was on the floor. LeBron (41.9), Kyrie Irving (30), and 21-year-old backup point guard Kay Felder. This season, Williams has a 40 percent assist rate, which may not be the best gauge of point guard play on its own but could be a good indicator that he can help the Cavs.While the Cleveland offense is known for ball movement and numerous 3-point shooters, it also relies on having a player initiate the offense using ball screens and drives. That’s what draws the defense’s attention away from the other, off-ball actions that spring Kyle Korver or Richard Jefferson open. Williams should help to keep those skills on the floor when James and Irving take a rest. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Williams scores 89.9 points per 100 possessions as a pick-and-roll ball handler (this is fairly good) and outperforms Felder in nearly every scoring category.Williams obviously won’t solve all of the Cavs’ problems — for that, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will need to return healthy and ready for the playoff run, and Andrew Bogut, who has secured his release from the Philadelphia 76ers and is expected to sign in Cleveland, will have to help hold down the fort until they return. But if Williams can do even a passable job at alleviating the playmaking deficiency that’s forced James into long minutes, he may prove just as crucial as either of those players.Jose CalderonCalderon was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers and is reportedly leaning toward the Warriors as his preferred destination. Calderon would be the Warriors’ third point guard, behind Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston, so his role would be smaller in Oakland than Williams’s would be in Cleveland, but adding shooting off the bench is key for Golden State, which has surprisingly few dead-eye shooters on the roster behind Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. When Did Sports Become So Political? Related: Hot Takedown Calderon has never been a lockdown defender, and rarely even a serviceable one, but he’s always balanced that out by being one of the most efficient offensive players in the game, picking up a 50-40-90 season along the way. This season, his shooting numbers are all way off of his career norms — 41.6 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from three, and a 50.8 true shooting percentage — though he’s also played fewer than 300 minutes on the season.During his longest stretch of extended action — an eight-game run in November and December during which he was pressed into starting — Calderon looked more like himself, posting a 60.2 true shooting percentage and 34.6 assist percentage. He also put up a 116 defensive rating to a 107 offensive rating, and the Lakers dropped five of those eight, so he wasn’t exactly a game-changer. But in a spot-role for the Warriors, he wouldn’t need to be.Most relevant to a job with the Warriors is Calderon’s 39.3 percent shooting on spot-up threes, making him, at worst, one more piece of shooting on a team that runs on the stuff.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more