Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about his thoughts on numerous subjects at his pre-match news conference prior to Saturday’s Premier League match against Stoke City. We recap some of what the Italian had to say.Conte on Stoke and the title race“To start it is important to beat Stoke. It won’t be easy because it is a really strong, physical team but also with great players with good technique. We must pay great attention and be focused.“In the game at Stamford Bridge Stoke played very well. We won 4-2 but the game was played very well by both teams. Stoke has a really good team and a good coach.“Now we need 24 points to win the league and it is important to go game by game without looking forward.“This league is very tough and any game you can lose. There are 11 games to go and tomorrow we will have a tough test.”On Eden Hazard and his treatment by Manchester UnitedEmbed from Getty Images“In the first 20-25 minutes I see only for him these type of situations (fouls) and it was impossible for him to play football.“But I understand that in football there these type of situation. I don’t like this. I always want to face a team who want to beat us by playing football. It is important.“Eden is showing great football but also showing great character and personality. He is growing a lot in this aspect. It is fantastic, not only for him but also for the team.“Hazard is a player that is very difficult to stop. For this reason you try to stop him with a good or bad way, but I am not worried because he is very strong physically and is showing me he is able to play in this league. He is not tall but he is strong.”On Chelsea selling Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu LukakuEmbed from Getty Images“It is very difficult to take always the best decision. Sometimes it can happen that you think one thing and in the future it is a different situation. Football is not simple to give always a correct evaluation for all players.“Sometimes I think that a player last season and two years ago did not play well and then plays a fantastic season.”On his contract“It is the same. I told you every week. It is important for me and the players to focus on the present. We have a target and it is important to try to reach this target. For me and the players then we are ready to face every situation.“But I repeat, I am very happy to be Chelsea’s coach and want to continue this way for many years.”On reports he is not happy with Chelsea transfer policy“I don’t understand because it is not true. Honestly I have a good relationship.“When I need something I speak with the club and we always try to find the right solution – but always together. If we we take the right solution it is very difficult to tell this – but we always take the decision together.”On leaving youngsters out against United Embed from Getty Images“For the young players to stay in the squad of a great team it is always a great motivation.“Every day I demand and I want to see great motivation from the players. To stay in a great squad like Chelsea is a fantastic opportunity every day to show me that they are improving.“And don’t forget a lot of young players played in the League Cup and the FA Cup this season.“We want to try to win and go in the next round and for this reason I try to make the best decision for the team to go into the semi-final and it happened.”On N’Golo Kante“We have spoken a lot about him, about his characteristics. He is a fantastic player, a great player.“For us he is an important player. He is able to cover a lot of ground to win the ball. But he is a young player who can improve a lot. Without the ball he is incredible and he always has a smile on his face. He is great.”See also:Conte on Pedro, Morata, Wenger’s comments and Chelsea’s search for playersConte on Bakayoko, Hazard, Pedro’s setback and facing Spurs Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Poking holes in long-held assumptions can make you very unpopular.Are scientists immune from false beliefs? No; scientists are people, too. Often, they don’t have time to investigate everything outside their narrow specialty, and so, like politicians and laymen, they rely on what other experts have told them or taught them. Here’s an uncontroversial example of an assumption that led to vastly incorrect calculations, and how scientists and politicians reacted when told what they had long believed was wrong. The response was to shun the messenger. This can be a warning about trusting assumptions about more controversial subjects, like Darwinism.How Old Is This Tree?A man named John White came up with a formula for estimating the age of trees: measure the tree’s circumference, and you can know how old it is (see details in this 2005 PDF). This was a convenient rule of thumb, because you could get a ballpark estimate of the age without cutting the tree. Phys.org now says that other scientists “poke a hole” in this formula:Some of Britain’s most majestic ancient trees are probably not as ancient as we previously thought, one of the country’s leading tree-ageing experts has suggested.Until now, the ages of some of Britain’s best-loved trees, including yews, sweet chestnuts and oaks, have largely been estimated from measuring the girth of their trunks—measurements which often result in a tree being declared hundreds or sometimes thousands of years old.Even White himself realizes that many other variables than girth could distort the results of his formula. Dr. Andy Moir of Brunel University London and colleagues decided to test White’s formula against tree ring data. How wrong could the formula be?Most recently, Dr. Moir, alongside his colleagues Toby Hindson from the Ancient Yew Group and Peter Thomas from Keele University, published a paper in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry which used tree-ring analysis—taking a core from the tree and measuring the annual rings—to demonstrate that some of Britain’s oldest yew trees are thousands of years younger than previously thought. Old yew trees previously declared as 5000 years old using a derivative of White’s formula, were calculated to be only 950 years old when their rings were measured.Needless to say, an error of 526% is embarrassing. This was not an isolated incident:“People have been applying up to 6000 years onto the age of our largest yew trees—we’re saying we don’t believe there is anything still standing over 2000 years old. So potentially we have a 4000-year gap. Of course, two thousand years is still ancient for a tree—these yew trees are ridiculously old. All we’re doing is getting rid of some of the mystique and exaggeration.“One of Moir’s colleagues also sifted through records, and determined that Britain’s famous sweet chestnut trees—which were thought to have been brought by the Romans—were probably a medieval introduction. So did scientists, politicians and tree owners congratulate these scientists for setting the record straight?Dr. Moir said that some people had now stopped asking him to age their trees, for fear that he’ll give them an age far younger than the one they want to hear.“We have a lot of huge oak trees on commons and cricket grounds in England, and each generation of locals will basically add a hundred years to the age of the tree,” said Dr. Moir. “So, within a few generations you have a supposedly three or four-hundred-year-old tree. It comes back to myths and legend which can be incredibly strong, but that’s where I become involved to add a bit of science to it.“I don’t do oak trees on cricket greens any more though, because when I tell people they’re not four or five hundred years old, I’m not very popular.“Moral: Truth seeking is not necessarily the best way to win friends.The next question to ask is: what are the assumptions that go into tree-ring dating? Before thinking every ring represents one year, you had better be sure there are no exceptions. Could unusual cycles of wetting and drying in a single year produce multiple rings?If a case this accessible can be this wrong, what about dating methods that cannot be cross-checked? What about formula-based ages based on stalactites, or radioactivity, that yield ages in the hundreds of thousands, millions, or billions of years? People have experienced thousands of years, but not billions. And what about “molecular dating” that assumes rates of evolution? We have found some evolutionists adjusting the rates of evolution to get the date “they want to hear.”Let this case be a reminder that experts do not know everything, and neither do other experts who falsify the experts. (Visited 562 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterest
17 April 2012 South Africa’s economic growth is “reasonably stable” but still vulnerable to problems in the eurozone, and the country looks forward “to a far more clear set of actions” from European countries to give certainty to global markets, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan was speaking at a Foreign Correspondents Association breakfast in Johannesburg on Monday, ahead of a G20 meeting on Thursday and Friday where leaders are expected to find out if they are any closer to an answer to the European crisis. The meeting is also expected to look into whether the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has adequate resources and if it requires additional funds.‘Multi-polarity is where we are heading’ Globally, the world is moving towards multi-polarity, where traditional methods of growth are no longer operational, Gordhan said. “We are living in epoch-changing shifts in the economy; they don’t happen overnight nor can they be judged over a short period. These are shifts that are reflected in the way in which global growth is being distributed. “Multi-polarity is where we are heading,” Gordhan said. “It shouldn’t be seen as this enforced historical change that we have to live with, but rather as a vital necessity to ensure that global growth is restored .”Ratings agencies’ comments ‘unwarranted’ Gordhan described the decision by some ratings agencies to place South Africa on a negative watch as “an unfortunate casting of European shadows on the South African scene. “There is nothing to suggest in the numbers or policy pronouncement that this government has made to justify the kind of doubts that rating agencies are placing on South Africa.” There were, however, social demands to better deliver resources. Gordhan said this was not driven by demands for more money to be spent, but rather for money to be better spent and less subject to corruption, a matter which government was attending to. “We want to build up a 10-year fiscal framework, which will tell us what we can afford and how we need to grow the economy to overcome challenges,” the minister said. South Africa was working to improve growth with its recently announced infrastructure programme, as well as with the competitive programme for the industrial sector, support for emerging farmers, investment in science and technology, and employment expansion – particularly for young people, for whom processes were “taking too long”. “There are immense opportunities on the continent,” Gordhan said.Reducing unemployment On the issue of reducing unemployment, Gordhan said this ambition depended on the extent of economic growth, labour absorption, as well as greater investment in industries with a larger capability to employ people. “I admit [we are] not easily going to meet some of the targets we set, but I’m hopeful that some of the programmes we put in place might begin to change the picture. If we can get the global economy to settle down and get back to a growth path, we might see a different picture in about five years.” South Africa aims to create five-million jobs by 2020. Gordhan said more needed to be done, adding that 70 percent of the job creation target had to come from the private sector. The minister stressed that incentives for business to create jobs were available, and that far more “urgent discussion” was needed in this regard. Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On September 8th, Nate Douridas and the Farm Science Review crew began the 2015 corn harvest. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins got a glimpse of the first field Douridas opened up and talked about the yield and moisture to start harvest and about what to expect at this year’s Farm Science Review, September 22nd through 24th at The Molly Caren Ag Center in London, Ohio.
Arvin Tolentino had a chance to win the game for FEU but he turned the ball over to pave the way for overtime.READ: No regrets for Tolentino after costly error: ‘That’s part of the game’“It was a good game, they fought until the very end, we could’ve won,” said Santos, a one-time PBA MVP and multiple-time champion. “Of course, it hurts to see when they lost.”Santos, who was a No. 2 overall pick in the PBA, said Tolentino should learn from his mistake.Tolentino was isolated twice in the overtime period that allowed Matt Nieto to score five straight points that gave Ateneo an 85-80 lead with 46.9 seconds left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT No regrets for Tolentino after costly error: ‘That’s part of the game’ “There were mistakes on defense and that last offensive sequence in regulation by Arvin,” said Santos. “I wish that he learns from this, this will be one of the things that he’ll look at and this will motivate him to be better.” LATEST STORIES Arwind Santos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArwind Santos has experienced his fair share of failures, and when he saw his alma mater Far Eastern University falter in the Final Four against Ateneo he wanted the Tamaraws to learn from the heartbreak and go into the future with a better outlook. “I hope the players don’t look at this loss as a reason to lose confidence in themselves or become lazy,” said Santos in Filipino Wednesday after FEU lost, 88-84, in overtime at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “They should become better after this.”READ: Ateneo escapes FEU, faces DLSU in UAAP Finals rematchFEATURED 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 shutoutFEU held a 67-59 lead midway through the fourth quarter but Ateneo cut the deficit and went on to tie the game at 69 on Mike Nieto’s triple with 3:41 left in the period.Jasper Parker gave FEU a 75-72 buffer with 14.5 seconds left but Isaac Go sent the game to extra time with a booming triple six seconds later, tying the game at 75. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Man Utd ace Mata relaunches blog: Let’s be positiveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAfter victory at Cardiff City, Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is again writing for his personal blog.He opined: “Without doubt, it is one of the busiest times of the year in terms of the amount of games there are in English football.”We have two games at Old Trafford and we want to close out December in the best possible way: with two wins.”Obviously, it has been a different week with the change of manager and I’d like to thank Jose for the trophies we won together and wish him luck for the future.”As you will all be aware, the legendary Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is our new boss and we couldn’t have started off upon his return to the club in a better way. “It was a convincing win against Cardiff and it will raise morale going into the end of 2018 and the rapidly approaching New Year. “It is time for be optimistic, to look ahead and keep working hard to climb up the table. We are really motivated to do so while entertaining our fans, who deserve so much.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say SACKED! Stoke City fire Rowett after eight monthsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStoke City have parted ways with manager Gary Rowett.The Potters had appointed Rowett and given him a good transfer budget in the hopes of challenging for promotion.But the team are struggling to remain in the Championship, which was not the intended target at the start of the season. Rowett and his staff are sacked immediately.Per a Stoke statement: “Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will take charge of first-team affairs” until a permanent boss is appointed.Rowett only lasted in the job for eight months.
Norwich defender Klose provides positive injury updateby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTimm Klose has provided a positive update for Norwich City supporters.The German says he is recovering well from a knee injury sustained in late August.”It feels very good,” Klose said. “I don’t want to fool anyone here, it’s still going to be a long recovery time but I am not too sure how long it is going to take, it would be wrong for me to say anything about the timeline or to give hope to the fans.”That’s why I’m going day by day and hoping for the best.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
North Carolina held off 1-seed Virginia in tonight’s ACC semifinal, and if Duke can take care of business against Notre Dame later on, the two in-state rivals will meet for the league’s tournament title on Saturday. If so, Blue Devils AD Kevin White may want to find another seat.White, sitting on press row at the Greensboro Coliseum, was completely taken out by North Carolina big man Brice Johnson near the end of the game. Johnson was chasing down a loose ball and somehow wound up jumping onto the table and accidentally tackling the Duke AD.UNC’s Brice Johnson Tackles Duke AD Chasing Loose Ball #LifeComesAtYouFast http://t.co/qPDeUegWEk— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) March 14, 2015We have a feeling that North Carolina fans are going to enjoy sharing this one.
jarmal reid trips refereeWe’ve all been there. In the heat of the moment, after you think you’ve been fouled on the basketball court, you look to the referee to plead your case. Oregon State’s Jarmal Reid went one step further – however. He’s in trouble for it today.Reid, during Oregon State’s contest against Utah Sunday night, was unhappy after being bumped following a steal. After falling down and seeing that no foul had been called, he intentionally stuck his foot out to trip the referee. He was promptly ejected.Jarmal Reid of Oregon State was ejected for tripping an official. Never seen this before. https://t.co/y24JrRH7Ex— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 18, 2016Utah went on to win the game. Reid’s decision is now being reviewed by the Pac-12. Don’t be surprised if he doesn’t see the court for quite some time.