Boss Mourinho savours Chelsea improvement

first_imgJose Mourinho says a much-improved defensive effort from his midfield and attackers is behind Chelsea’s return to form.A 2-0 win over Arsenal, just Chelsea’s second in six Premier League games this season, followed the 4-0 Champions League win over Maccabi Tel Aviv.And although Diego Costa’s typically spiky display – which so riled Arsenal and led to Gabriel’s game-changing red card late in the first half – grabbed most of the headlines, Blues boss Mourinho was equally impressed by his side’s workrate.“We improved a lot in the last two matches – in many aspects,” Mourinho said. “Defensively the team was much better. The attacking players defended much better.“I will watch the game again and go for stats. I will see how many times my attacking players lost the ball and recovered the ball.Chelsea worked hard to close Arsenal down in Saturday’s derby“Oscar, Diego, Eden and Pedro make it easy to be a defender because you sit there and the attacking players do half of your job.“They created a compact zone and reacted very well to the moments when they lost the ball. That gives great stability.“We were confident and comfortable with the ball. We gave them no chances and kept good balance behind the ball. The attacking players started moving much more.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

How Jon Gruden saved the Raiders’ second ‘Hard Knocks’ episode

first_imgIn episode 2 of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the producers kept calling the one sure-fire winning play in their playbook: Spider 2 Y Banana, better known as “keep the focus on Jon Gruden.”With controversial receiver Antonio Brown absent from camp for nearly all of the episode, the Raiders’ gregarious coach was the fail-safe focal point Tuesday night. And Gruden delivered another award-worthy effort for the cameras.Gruden’s sometimes caustic, oftentimes condescending, but all the time entertaining …last_img read more

Venus May Be Hot with Active Volcanoes

first_imgWe already know Venus is hot from its suffocatingly dense atmosphere, but additional heat could be coming from underground.  Results from the European Space Agency’s Venus Express orbiter suggest that volcanoes have erupted any time between now and 2.5 million years ago, a “geologically recent” time compared to the assumed age of the planet (4.5 billion years).  The evidence consists of compositional differences on three lava flows that suggest they have not been exposed to weathering as long as others.    PhysOrg and Space.com are among the news outlets reporting the findings.  All are mentioning the old conundrum about Venus’s young-looking surface.  “The geological history of Venus has long been a mystery,” Sue Smrekar at JPL remarked.  That’s because the paucity of large craters, and their apparent closeness in age, suggests that the whole planet was resurfaced relatively recently in the last 10% of its history.    That scenario was challenged this month in a paper in Geology, however.1  Hansen and Lopez believe that a rich and complex history is revealed in features named ribbon tesserae terrain (RTT).  They believe the RTT are old and predate the global resurfacing (see summary on this GSA press release).  Since this idea runs contrary to what other geoscientists have been claiming about Venus since the days of the Magellan mission (1990-1993), we will have to wait and see whether their claim can withstand critical analysis.  On first glance it appears to be vulnerable to charges of special pleading that the oldest terrain somehow escaped catastrophic processes that admittedly smothered at least 80% of the surface.  The authors argue that the RTT formed during a distinct ancient epoch on Venus but that individual units, some covering millions of square kilometers, display temporal evolution that “records a rich and prolonged history that awaits discovery.”1.  Hansen and Lopez, “Venus records a rich early history,” Geology, April 2010; v. 38; no. 4; p. 311-314; DOI: 10.1130/G30587.1.There are numerous problems with standard explanations of Venus, and these add to the problems.  The fact that our “sister planet” is so different from Earth is the main one.  No plate tectonics, an extremely slow spin, a choking poisonous atmosphere, no large moon – the list was aggravated when Magellan led scientists to conclude that 90% of the planet’s history had been erased.  Hansen and Lopez are trying to rescue some of that history, but still need to explain what kind of mechanism would smother 80% of a globe the size of earth in what looks like a single event so late in its history.  Imagine something like that happening on Earth.  The energy required to support that kind of catastrophe is phenomenal.  Why did it slow down to a near stop, such that evidence for continuing activity has been difficult to detect?  For a planet smothered in lava it would be surprising not to find activity going on now.  Whatever the history, it is anything but uniformitarian.  There are many questions that deserve a fresh look by clear-thinking scientists not beholden to the moyboy* club.*(millions of years, billions of years).(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Quads star Sithole on a roll in Korea

first_imgIn the men’s division, Evans Maripa, currently ranked 31st in the world, defeated world number 32 Lahcen Majdi of France 7-6, 6-2 in his first match. ‘We are so proud of Lucas’Wheelchair Tennis South Africa’s director and coach Holger Losch commented in a statement: “We are so proud of Lucas and his achievements, and look forward to watching this inspirational athlete at the Paralympics.” FinalThat victory booked him a place against the top seed, Sweden’s Anders Hard, in the final. The two had previously met in the final of the Korea Open, with Sithole claiming a 6-4, 6-3 win. After recording an emotional victory in the Korea Open at the beginning of June, South African quads wheelchair tennis star Lucas Sithole continued his good form with a runner-up finish at the Daegu Open this past weekend. This time around, however, Hard exacted a measure of revenge by outlasting the South African star 6-4, 6-7, 6-1. In the semi-finals, he faced Frenchman Stephane Erismann and came close to repeating his whitewash victory of the previous round, running out a 6-1, 6-0 winner. It was the same result he had achieved against Erismann in the Korea Open. Sithole, who is preparing for the Paralympics for the first time, cruised through his quarter-finals clash against Korean Young-Mok Yu, winning 6-0, 6-0. It was, nonetheless, another successful tournament for Sithole, who has risen to seventh in the world rankings.center_img He next faced world number 11 Takashi Sanada, whose experience proved the difference, as the Japanese player recorded a 6-2, 6-2 win. SAinfo reporter World number 40 Sydwell Mathonsi scored a 6-4, 6-4 win over Israel’s Gamini Dissanayake in his opening match. 15 June 2012 He was beaten 7-6, 6-4 by David Dalmasso of France, ranked 14 places above him, in his second match. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Beck’s invites guests to research facility during FSR

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While you’re at this year’s Farm Science Review, it might be worth you time to stop by and visit the new Beck’s facilities, just east of The Molly Caren Ag Center. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins ran into Sonny Beck at Farm Science Review and learned more about the research and growth at Beck’s.last_img

RTVS Head of International Relations Slavomira Kub

first_imgRTVS Head of International Relations Slavomira Kubickova and EBU DG Noel CurranPublic broadcaster organisation the EBU is teaming up with Slovakian Member RTVS to create a new EBU Academy regional learning hub in Bratislava. A letter of intent has been signed by RTVS Director General Jaroslav Reznik and EBU DG Noel Curran.The hub is the third to be announced this year following the opening of similar academies in Tbilisi and Warsaw with Members GPB and Polskie Radio respectively.The Slovakian hub is intended to serve journalists working for EBU members in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania  and Ukraine.The first course on data journalism will take place in Bratislava with EBU Faculty members Jonathan Stoneman and Ville Juutilainen on June 6-7. Day one will focus on sources of data and cleaning data and day two on using data for storytelling.“The EBU is committed to increasing learning and development opportunities for professionals in the different regions of our Membership,” said EBU Academy head Nathalie Labourdette.“Our aim is to ensure that all members can benefit from the expert training the EBU Academy offers. This new hub will ensure we can offer everything from training on editorial journalistic issues such as constructive journalism, through to leadership training and the technology skills required for public service media today.”RTVS Director General, Jaroslav Reznik said: “For more than a year, RTVS has been intensively devoted to educating its employees and to improving their professional skills and qualification. We are very pleased that, thanks to the cooperation between RTVS and the EBU, we will have the opportunity to welcome colleagues from other EBU Members. We are convinced that the workshops hosted by RTVS will be extremely useful for those attending, supporting high-quality journalism in both a national and international context.”last_img read more

Worldwide spending on telecom services and pay TV

first_imgWorldwide spending on telecom services and pay TV services totalled US$1.6 trillion (€1.4 trillion) in 2018, an increase of 0.8% year over year, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Telecom Services Database. IDC says that it expects that figure to be topped by 2023, with worldwide spending predicted to reach US$1,657 billion (€1,479 billion) in 2023.Mobile services will continue to dominate the industry in terms of spending, with mobile data still expanding, driven by the booming smartphone markets. At the same time, growth in mobile voice is slowly declining, due to fierce competition and market maturity. The mobile segment, which represented 53.1% of the total market in 2018, is set to post a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.4% over the 2019-2023 period, driven by the growth in mobile data usage and the Internet of Things (IoT), which are offsetting declines in spending on mobile voice and messaging services.Fixed data, especially broadband internet access, is still expanding in most geographies, supported by the increasing importance of content services for consumers and IP-based services for businesses. Fixed data service spending represented 20.5% of the total market in 2018, with an expected CAGR of 2.6% through 2023, driven by the need for higher-bandwidth services. Spending on fixed voice services will record a negative CAGR of 5.3% over the forecast period and will represent only 8.5% of the total market through 2023. Rapidly declining TDM voice revenues are not being offset by the increase in IP voice.The pay TV market, which consists of cable, satellite, IP, and digital terrestrial TV services will remain flat over the forecast period; however, these services are an increasingly important part of the multi-play offerings of telecom providers across the world. Spending on multi-play services increased by 7.1% in 2018 and is expected to post a CAGR of 3.7% by the end of 2023.On a geographical basis, the Americas was the largest services market, with revenues of $616 billion in 2018, driven by the large North American sector. Asia Pacific was the second largest region, followed by Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). The market with the fastest year-on-year growth in 2018 was EMEA (mainly by the emerging markets), followed by Asia Pacific.However, IDC says that this stability that currently marks the telecom services market will not last for long, with 5G being a huge disruptive force. Kresimir Alic, research director, Worldwide Telecom Services, said: “5G will unlock new and existing opportunities for most operators as early use cases such as enhanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access will be gaining traction rapidly in most geographies, while massive machine-type communications and ultra-reliable low-latency communications will debut in more developed countries.“Additionally, the worldwide transition to all-IP and new-generation access (NGA) broadband will help offset the fixed and mobile voice decline. We are witnessing a global digital transformation revolution and carrier service providers (CSPs) will play a crucial role in it by innovating and educating and by supporting the massive roll-out of software and services.”last_img read more