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Gyan’s Al Ain suffer 3-0 defeat to Al Hilal

first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan and his Al Ain teammates suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Saudi side Al Hilal in the first leg of their Asian Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.In just 10 minutes of shocking second half chaos Al Ain conceded three goals, suffered a red card and were forced to watch in horror as their hopes unravelled at the hands of ruthless Al Hilal.The Boss were rattled from the start at the fervid 60,000-plus capacity King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, the woodwork saving them twice in the first half as Thiago Neves struck an over-hit corner and Nasser Al Shamrani flicked onto the post.But there was to be no escape after the break for the travellers. Months of detailed pre-season work was undone from the hour-mark by a dishevelled defence now being breached with alarming regularity.Livewire striker Al Shamrani struck a brace to end the night on nine ACL goals this term, while the crafty playmaker Neves recovered from a missed penalty, which saw goalkeeper Khalid Essa dismissed, to strike a killer blow with the third.Al Ain have rebounded and recovered since coach Zlatko Dalic’s appointment in March. But this was the return of nightmares for the Croatian, heading back to the club with whom he lifted the Crown Prince Cup last year.Dalic must work miracles once more against opponents boasting eight-consecutive ACL clean sheets when the sides meet again at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium on Tuesday, September 30.Quiet nights for star duo Omar Abdulrahman, who registered a 41 per cent pass completion, and Asamoah Gyan came at the worst possible time.The Ghana international had the Boss’ only real chance in the match, this coming in the opening exchanges with a stinging shot from 25 yards.Hilal seemed quicker, more alert. Their extra intensity saw cracks emerge in the final moments of the first half. A harrowing finale for Al Ain featured playmaker Neves being fortunate to strike the crossbar from a set-piece.He then exhibited his true class to play a lightning one-two with Al Shamrani as the dog-legged Al Ain defence was circumvented, only for the far post to come to their rescue.Ismail Ahmed, usually a colossus for club and country, was clumsily bypassed outwide by Al Shamrani on the hour before the striker supplied a rocket of a finish from an acute angle that hammered in off the woodwork.Cool heads were no longer prevailing.Saudi Arabia’s Shamrani slid in on the line moments later, with worse to follow straight after kick-off as visiting goalkeeper Essa was dismissed after upending the on-rushing Nawaf Al Abed. Replacement Dawoud Sulaiman heroically repelled Neves’ effort low to his right but this glimmer of hope was soon snuffed out, the seven-times capped Brazil international making the most of more mayhem to calmly slot in a decisive-looking third just 10 minutes after the capitulation has begun.A truly rousing night, unlike any seen before at the still-glisteningly new Hazza, is now required. They have to bank on early goal eliciting similar self-destruction.last_img read more

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TRANSFER ALERT! PSG star in talks with Chelsea, confirms agent

first_img Ezequiel Lavezzi 1 Ezequiel Lavezzi is in talks with Chelsea, according to the player’s agent.The Argentina international has six months to run on his contract with Paris Saint-Germain and he is unlikely to sign a new one.As a result, the winger is preparing to leave the French capital and several sides have expressed an interest.Inter Milan have been chasing the 30-year-old since the summer, while Barcelona are monitoring the situation closely.But now Lavezzi’s agent, Alessandro Moggi, has revealed Chelsea are in talks with the Argentine too.“Inter are the most interested team at the moment,” Moggi told Sport Mediaset.“There was interest from Barcelona and Chelsea, and we’re talking with the Blues.“I can’t rule out him only leaving Paris at the end of the season though, as Paris Saint-Germain have expressed an interest in keeping him.”last_img read more

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Keeping Saturn Old

first_imgKeeping a planet like Saturn going for billions of years has been a problem lately, especially when evidences show that what we see today of its rings and moons could not have lasted that long.Ringside gambling:  The rings of Saturn are majestic, colorful, and young-looking.  Their ices are too clean, and the forces acting on them too pervasive, to have lasted 4.5 billion years.  The old idea that they formed along with Saturn has, therefore, fallen into disfavor.  Robin Canup came up with a “new alternative,” according to the BBC News: a body the size of giant moon Titan (larger than Mercury) floated within range of Saturn and dove in.    “Just how these icy rings came about has always been a mystery,” the BBC said.  Earlier theories envisioned an icy comet, not a minor planet, forming the rings, leading to its 90 to 95% icy composition.  To keep the rock out, Canup proposed that the impacting body’s surface ices got stripped off on the way in and became the rings, then the rocky part smacked into the planet.  Canup’s story requires a body 10 times the size of previously-supposed comets.  She even thinks there was enough material left over to form icy moons like Enceladus, Dione and Tethys.  Whether or not such an explanation is likely, Carl Murray thought it was “a clever way to explain the peculiarly icy nature of the rings.”Titan’s vanishing oceans:  An article on Science Daily was primarily devoted to allowing Akiva Bar-Nun of Tel Aviv University to say “I told you so” about Titan’s oily lakes and 6,000-foot mountains.  One of the things he had predicted in 1979, though, was that there would be enough hydrocarbons formed on the surface over its age to cover the large moon 43 meters deep.  Later estimates were around ten times that high.  Bodies of liquid the Cassini spacecraft actually found in 2005 are restricted to scattered lakes in the polar regions.    Bar-Nun agreed that the liquids accumulate from precipitation of compounds formed in the atmosphere by solar radiation.  He disagreed with astrobiologists and researchers like Sarah Horst (see 10/08/2010) who find Titan a tempting target in the search for life.  “The chemical processes on Titan are different than those on Earth because there is no water vapor in Titan’s air, leading to hydrocarbon-based lakes unlike those seen on our planet.  Because of this, the frequent claims that Titan could be a laboratory for the investigation of life’s emergence on Earth are unfounded, he says.”Enceladus: bubbly or wobbly?  The discovery in 2005 of active geysers at the south pole of little moon Enceladus “jolted many astronomers,” according to a story by Mike Wall on Space.com echoed on Live Science.  How could this “small, frozen and presumably dead moon” be “geologically active” after four and half billion years?  One “new way of thinking” that former Cassini Project Scientist Dennis Matson came up with to account for its “unique properties” is fizz.  A subsurface ocean picks up ions in the rock that bubble upward and explode out the south polar cracks.  According to his computer models, it doesn’t take much fizz to produce the effect.  Mike Wall got excited about this “Perrier ocean” model without asking too many questions, like how the ocean survived for billions of years in a moon just 500 miles across, why they erupt at the south pole, and why other moons don’t do this.  Matson admitted, “Until now, how you got so much heat out was a big, big problem.”    Some of the details of that big, big problem were stated more overtly in an article on PhysOrg, echoing a news feature from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, that took another “new way of thinking” to explain the puzzle.  No one expected little Enceladus to be “one of the most promising places in our solar system to look for extraterrestrial life” (because of its water); “Instead, it should have frozen solid billions of years ago.”  Whereas larger astrobiological targets like Mars (4,200 miles across) and Europa (2,000 miles across) “harbor hints” of subsurface water, Enceladus (500 miles across) “just doesn’t have the bulk needed for its interior to stay warm enough to maintain liquid water underground.”  Internal heating from radioactive decay is woefully inadequate: “in smaller moons like Enceladus, the cache of radioactive elements usually is not massive enough to produce significant heat for long, and the moon should have soon cooled and solidified.  So, unless another process within Enceladus somehow generated heat, any liquid formed by the melting of its interior would have frozen long ago.”    The JPL story calls for friction between the sides of subsurface cracks to keep the interior warm.  As Enceladus wobbles in its orbit due to a tiny bit of libration (non-uniform rotation) from its slightly-out-of-round shape, it may gain the added increment of tidal stress to cause the friction – perhaps up to five times as much, according to computer models.  The hypothesis was made by trying to match the computer model with known hot spots at the south pole.  They didn’t line up without adding libration.  Libration has not been observed, but if it occurs, must be less than 2%.  Terry Hurford, author of the model, believes that’s enough: “the extra heat makes it likely that Enceladus’ ocean could be long-lived, according to Hurford.”  The L-word life was not far behind: “This is significant in the search for life, because life requires a stable environment to develop.”    Similar questions arise, however, with the wobble model as with the bubble model.  Why does this happen only at Enceladus, and not nearby Mimas or Tethys?  What makes this unique to this one moon?  Don’t other moons librate?  Are all others perfect spheres?  Have they no tidal stresses?  Invoking ad hoc conditions after the fact is generally frowned upon in science.Another article on PhysOrg shows how Cassini scientist Paul Schenk (see his interesting blog with 3-D flyovers of planets and moons) has detected Enceladus “spray paint” on Mimas, Tethys, Dione and Rhea.  The JPL article contained this amazing factoid: “Scientists estimate from the Cassini data that the south polar heating is equivalent to a continuous release of about 13 billion watts of energy.” The Space.com article added that this energy is “five times more heat per unit area than flows through Earth’s geologic hot spot, Yellowstone National Park”. Photos.  A new clear picture of the geysers was posted Oct 6 at JPL.  The PhysOrg article included two Cassini photos; the first one, taken 11/21/2009, also at JPL, shows over 30 individual jets (see large at Planetary Photojournal).A reader calculated that Enceladus could power 2.3 cities the size of Las Vegas with 13 billion watts.  After all, Las Vegas is at the “south pole” of Nevada, a state about as big across as Enceladus.  Isn’t it wonderful that this little tiny moon has been putting out this power, and this water-ice paint, for four and a half billion years?  Science says so.  You must believe.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Pacquiao makes time for son

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LAS VEGAS—Manny Pacquiao shifts from fight mode to fatherhood just as quickly as he throws combination punches.Originally set to fly back to Manila on Tuesday, his camp announced the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion may take a side trip to Hong Kong to watch his eldest son, Jimuel, compete in a basketball tournament for Brent International School Manila where the younger Pacquiao is in senior high school.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “The Palace is one with the entire Filipino people in celebrating Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s title defense over Adrien Broner,” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Pacquiao’s victory is proof that “age is just a number and no goal is insurmountable if there is hard work.”Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr. also invited Pacquiao, a colonel in the Army reserve force, to a celebration in Camp Aguinaldo. —WITH REPORTS FROM JEANNETTE ANDRADE, JULIE AURELIOADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img The 17-year-old Pacquiao is also fond of boxing, something that his father said “made me sad.”“We don’t have a single boxing equipment in the house but we have a basketball court,” said Pacquiao, whose son has all the tapes of his fights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I would catch him in his room shadow boxing,” said Pacquiao, 40. “But I don’t want him to become a boxer.”Meanwhile, Malacañang congratulated Pacquiao for defending his WBA title against Adrien Broner on Sunday. PSI gets full Fina backing Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View commentslast_img read more

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STOCKTAKE SALE- MUST SEE! GREAT BARGAINS!

first_imgAfter a serious sort out and count of all of the Touch Footy merchandise we’ve got in the mountains of boxes in the storage room, we’ve put together a list of items going out at bargain prices in the 2005 STOCKTAKE SALE. Simply go to www.myclubtouch.com.au and click on the link ‘Shop’ to view these specials and purchase them, as well as other stock online, or simply click here to go straight to the specials: TOUCH FOOTBALL SHOP- STOCKTAKE SALE Scroll through the pages of stock, these will be updated over the next week or so, with more stock and more sale items added on. There is a huge variety of things on sale, with plenty of chances to grab some supporters gear for our Aussie teams (perhaps you’re heading to the All Nations and looking for something to wear?) Or perhaps you’re needing some t-shirts or hats to kit out your association’s junior teams in? The stocktake sale could be just what you need! To purchase online you’ll need to register in the shop. If you have any questions please email [email protected] Postage costs for bought items: $2.20 for orders under $5.00 $5.00 for orders up to $50 $7.50 for orders between $50 and $100 $10.00 for orders over $100last_img read more

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28 people facing criminal charges for Labrador occupation make court appearance

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsLand protectors in Labrador facing charges stemming from a protest at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project outside Happy Valley Goose Bay made their first court appearance Tuesday.Last fall, Innu and Inuit peoples led ongoing opposition to the project over environmental concerns.They say they’re not criminals, and charges won’t stop Indigenous [email protected]last_img

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Spalletti no longer wants to discuss the Juventus controversy

first_imgIt has been discussed a lot lately in the Italian football as Juventus managed to turn around the match against Inter in the final minutes and some of the decisions of the referee were really doubtful.However, Luciano Spalletti insisted that it is time to move on and focus on the upcoming game against Udinese as Inter have to fight for the top positions and the defeat against Juventus didn’t help him at all.The former AS Roma coach spoke about his side’s next game as he said, according to Football Italia:Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.It has not been an easy week and the result of the Juventus game speaks for itself.”“Clearly we are not happy, but we have to react. We are playing these final weeks of the season thinking that everything still depends on us. That means we have to win in Udine.”“I don’t want to answer any more questions on Daniele Orsato, that case is closed. We showed against Juventus that we are a very strong side, but we shouldn’t need something exceptional to prove that. We ought to prove it every time.”last_img read more

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Missing Children Down

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Sept. 3 (JIS): The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) is reporting a decline of 19 per cent in the number of children reported missing for the period January to June 2014, when compared to the corresponding period in 2013. This was disclosed by Registrar of the OCR, Greig Smith, during a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister, on September 3. Mr. Smith noted that despite the decline, the OCR is mindful that there is still a lot of work to be done, to ensure that children remain in their homes and feel secure being there. “The fact that fewer children are going missing means our messages are having an impact. However, we remain conscious of the fact that we must work assiduously to improve the rate of recovery of missing children,” he said. Mr. Smith also informed that preliminary data indicate that 11,018 reports of child abuse were received by the OCR for the period January to December 2013, representing an increase of 26 per cent over the 2012 period. “Of the reports received, 8,679 represented children who were being reported on for the first time. Of this amount, 57 per cent were girls, 41 per cent were boys, while the gender for the remaining 2 per cent was not specified,” he said. He noted that neglect was the most common report received by the OCR throughout 2013, representing 48 per cent of all reports, and that the other categories which featured high were reports of children in need of care and protection and children who were sexually abused, which accounted for 39 and 30 per cent, respectively.Mr. Smith said that with the exception of trafficking, which remained unchanged compared to 2012, increases were observed in all types of reports, ranging from 20 to 53 per cent.“Reports of child labour (increasing by 53 per cent), led the increases in the types of reports received. There were 319 reports of child labour for 2013, compared to 209 reports recorded in 2012. Reports of children exhibiting behavioural problems and those in need of care and protection were featured in the top three percentage increase in the types of abuse reported over the period, registering increases of 44 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively,” he noted.He also informed that reports on the other major types of abuse, such as physical, emotional and neglect saw an average increase of 22 per cent in 2013.In terms of missing children, 984 children were reported missing for the period January to June 2014 (222 boys and 762 girls), and of this amount, 614 have since returned. However, two of the missing children were found dead and 368 are still missing.Meanwhile, in order to improve the rate of recovery for missing children, the Office of the Children’s Registry initiated search and rescue training across the island on a phased basis, beginning with the parishes of St. Thomas, St. Catherine, St. Ann, Trelawny and St. James between April and July this year.The participants trained included nurses, educators, ministers of religion, guidance counsellors, children’s officer, fire personnel, parish disaster coordinators, civil servants, probation officers, members of the judiciary as well as representatives from various non-governmental and community-based organisations.Mr. Smith also informed that the OCR will be printing and distributing 3,000 copies of search and rescue protocol manuals, developed to provide guidance in finding missing children.These manuals will be disseminated in schools, residential child care facilities, government ministries, departments and agencies, private sector companies, among others, and will also be available for download on our website at www.ocr.gov.jm, following a workshop that will be held to launch the document,” he said.For her part, OCR Child Ambassador for Region Four (St. James), Suzanna Hyde, said that children have a critical role to play in the fight against child abuse and missing children.She urged that children should refuse to divulge private information, such as home address and telephone numbers to others without their parents’ consent. To make a report of a missing child, persons can call the OCR at1-888-PROTECT (776-8328) or Police at 119. Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Related Items:Greig Smith, jamaica, Office of the Children’s Registry, st. ann, st. catherine, st. james, trelawny Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Billlast_img read more

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Delhi gets a pat on the back

first_imgNew Delhi has been awarded as the best destination for food and drink by Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards 2013 at a glittering ceremony held at ITC Grand Central, Mumbai last weekend.Manish Chatrath, Chairman, Delhi Tourism along with Sudhir Sobti, Chief Manager (PR), DTTDC received the award from Lonely Planet.The best destination for food & drink award is an extremely prestigious award for Delhi and is a step forward towards making Delhi a preferred tourist destination. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Lonely Planet Magazine India Travel Awards is widely acknowledged as the most prestigious award in the travel industry. The magazine invited the country’s elite travelers to choose their favorite destinations and most favored travel experiences. The awards were shortlisted by a panel of travel experts and professionals.A poll was also conducted for the magazine’s readers both online and in the magazine. The readers have voted in large numbers, across 40 categories, to celebrate the best in travel. The  travel awards reaffirm the commitment in pointing Indian travelers  to the best experiences they can find.The award ceremony was attended by who’s who of the national travel industry, several international invitees and celebrities.last_img read more

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