Argentina and Messi not getting any sympathy from Brazil

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentina’s Lionel Messi gestures at the end of the goalless 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Peru in Buenos Aires on October 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Eitan ABRAMOVICHSAO PAULO — With Argentina and Lionel Messi on the brink of missing the World Cup, they are not receiving any sympathy from archrival Brazil.Five-time champion Brazil qualified six months ago for the finals in Russia, and have been fascinated watching their archrival struggle to join them. Not even an entreaty from Argentina’s main sports newspaper Ole saying “I need you” in Portuguese seemed to move the leader of South American World Cup qualifying.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: LeBron supports new All Star Game format: ‘Not a bad idea’ Brazil is unbeaten in its 11 World Cup qualifiers under Tite. Nine were victories. If Chile can end Brazil’s unbeaten string, the reigning Copa America champion will advance to its third straight World Cup.“We think we have the weapons to do it,” Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo said.Bravo ruled out any collusion to hurt Argentina’s chances.“We don’t think of an agreement not to attack,” Bravo said. “Brazil is a team that presses and plays well. They are at home, which favors them. But we improved in the last match. We’ll play our game and try to makehistory.”After Monday’s training at Allianz Parque, Tite confirmed Brazil will test goalkeeper Ederson as a starter. He confirmed that defender Marquinhos, who will replace the injured Thiago Silva, will be the captain forthe clash against the desperate Chileans in Sao Paulo.Chile will be without key midfielder Arturo Vidal, who is suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards.Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has called up Esteban Pavez, who plays for Brazil’s Atletico Paranaense.“We qualified for the World Cup three matches ago and this has not changed the seriousness and the behavior of our team,” Gabriel Jesus said. “And it won’t change now.”In social media many Brazilian fans have jokingly said Chile should get a hand to advance and put the Argentines at an even bigger risk of humiliation. “Entrega Brasil”, which means “Give it away Brazil” in Portuguese, has been one of the most mentioned lines by Brazilians on Twitter since last week. View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In other matches, which all start at the same time, its Brazil-Chile, Peru-Colombia, Paraguay-Venezuela, and Uruguay-Bolivia.Argentina needs a victory to get at least a playoff spot. Any other result puts it in jeopardy of missing the World Cup for the first time since 1970.Leader Brazil has 38 points. Uruguay is next with 28 and is a cinch to qualify. That leaves five teams separated by two points: Chile (26), Colombia (26), Peru (25), Argentina (25), and Paraguay (24).A World Cup without Argentina and Messi would hurt the TV networks, Russian ticket sales, and FIFA, which needs an exciting tournament to distract from any problems off the pitch.“It’s natural that a World Cup without Brazil, Argentina, or Germany would lose a little of its charm,” Brazil defender Miranda said. “But our goal is to qualify to the World Cup and our opponents should deal with their own situations.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “Qualification to the World Cup is not about one game, it is about a full campaign”, Brazil coach Tite said on Monday after being questioned about Argentina’s possible absence in Russia. “Yesterday, we thanked each other because we are already qualified. I can’t imagine what it is like for others; they must be having trouble sleeping. (In the end), others will reap what their work sowed.”Striker Gabriel Jesus said: “Everybody knows the skills of Messi and the importance of Argentina. If they are where they are, it’s because of what they have done. Of course, you talk about Messi, one of the best players football has ever had. But we have to think only about ourselves.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSouth America wraps up regional qualifying on Tuesday. Only Brazil is in. Three other teams will gain automatic berths, and one more qualifies for a playoff next month against New Zealand.Most eyes are on Argentina’s match in Ecuador, played at 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) in the thin air of Quito.last_img read more


first_imgKeith Sheils romps to victoryThe annual St. Johnston 5K was held this evening in warm and humid conditions along the pictureseque Foyle River.Spectators were treated to a great race at the front which was won by Keith Shiels from Foyle Valley with only a second to spare over his nearest rival, Letterkenny AC’s Chris Johnston.Shiels ran a time of 15.33 ahead of Johnston’s 15.34, with City of Derry’s James Brown in third (16.07). Winner of the womens race was Lifford AC’s Natasha Adams in 17.41, ahead of City of Derry’s Catherine Whoriskey (18.52) and Inishowen AC’s Sara Marie Doherty in third (20.15).   SHIELS WINS ST JOHNSTON/CARRIGANS 5K: ALL THE RESULTS was last modified: July 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SHIELS WINS ST JOHNSTON/CARRIGANS 5K: ALL THE RESULTSlast_img read more

QPR snub approach for striker

first_imgQPR have snubbed an approach from Brentford for striker Rob Hulse.The Bees are keen to sign a target man following top scorer Gary Alexander’s recent move to Crawley Town and asked if Hulse was available.He is out of the first-team picture at Loftus Road but R’s boss Mark Hughes is reluctant to allow any of his 25-man squad to leave on loan.And on Friday evening there was no indication that Rangers were prepared to consider a temporary move for the 32-year-old, who moved to west London in 2010,Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Wigan v Chelsea quiz

first_imgChelsea start their Premier League campaign with a match at Wigan on Sunday. Test your knowledge of the recent history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-10] Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Two people plunge to death from Yosemite’s Taft Point

first_imgA male and female visitor to Yosemite National Park were found dead Thursday morning after an apparent fall from Taft Point.Park officials recovered the bodies, but said they have not yet determined the identities of the couple or how they might have fallen.Taft Point has been one of Yosemite’s iconic tourist spots for more than 100 years. Located near the end of Glacier Point Road, the overlook has sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan.Named for President William …last_img read more

Scientific Ethics: A Reader Digest

first_imgFor your weekend reading, here’s a summary of news articles on various topics related to scientific integrity and ethics.BioethicsSome patients in a vegetative state retain awareness, despite being unable to move (Science Daily): Patients’ brains are observed to respond to commands to imagine actions or scenes. Dr Fernández-Espejo [U of Birmingham] says, “The ultimate aim is to use this information in targeted therapies that can drastically improve the quality of life of patients. For example, with the advances being made in assistive technology, if we can help a patient to regain even limited movement in one finger it opens up so many possibilities for communication and control of their environment.”Where in the world could the first CRISPR baby be born? (Nature): “Around the world, scientists are gathering to discuss the promise and perils of editing the genome of a human embryo. Should it be allowed — and if so, under what circumstances?”Major grant in limbo, NIH revisits ethics of animal-human chimeras (Science): “NIH reconsiders its rules for the kind of experiments he [a Salk Institute scientist] wants to do: mixing human stem cells into very early animal embryos and letting them develop, a strategy that could produce tissues or organs for transplantation.”After Asilomar: Scientist-led conferences are no longer the best way to resolve debates on controversial research (Nature): The 1975 meeting of scientists to quarantine the use of recombinant gene research “is seen as the first time that science had regulated itself — effectively avoiding government intervention — and assuaged public fears by addressing biosafety concerns head-on.” That won’t work today, Nature says.The public must speak up about gene editing – beyond embryo modification (The Conversation): You can’t trust scientists to do all the ethical heavy lifting. “It is absolutely crucial that we have an informed debate about it, consulting the public in a meaningful way, before scientists and policymakers set its parameters,” two bioethicists argue.Stem CellsBiological techniques: Kidney tissue grown from induced stem cells (Nature): A story pitting the performance of adult stem cells against embryonic stem cells. What to do when there is an urgent need for kidney transplant tissue?Investigators create complex kidney structures from human stem cells derived from adults: New technique offers model for studying disease, progress toward cell therapy (Science Daily): Who needs embryos? You can convert adult skin cells into the pluripotent stem cells.World’s first trial of stem cell therapy in the womb (New Scientist): “The stem cells come from the livers of terminated fetuses.” But is it right that one fetus should die so that another can live? Is it an excuse to think, “abortion is legal, and they were going to die anyway”? This article nonchalantly ignores those questions.Study finds thyroid function may be restored through patient-derived human cells (Medical Xpress): A patient’s own engineered stem cells can treat hypothyroidismBlocking differentiation is enough to give cells ‘stemness’ (PhysOrg): A new shortcut to stem cells, from research on adult stem cells.Cardiac muscle cells as good as progenitors for heart repair (Medical Xpress): Stem cells not needed; just use cardiac muscle cells.Environment & EcologyMeet the Chimps That Lawyers Argue Are People (National Geographic): It’s one thing to treat animals humanely. It’s another thing to deny human exceptionalism.Reduce elephant poaching through communal land ownership (PhysOrg): One thing is clear; the status quo is not working. Maybe if landowners have a stake in the situation, things will change. These are complex issues, but one professor who advocates ownership believes, “Encouraging and promoting land owners to adopt land use types that recognize the importance of protecting wildlife would substantially reduce poaching levels.”S. African breeders ask court to end rhino horn trade ban (PhysOrg): Owners view rhino horn as a renewable resource that can be made sustainable, reducing the motivation for poaching that is driving African rhinoceros extinct. Free markets have a track record of solving the tragedy of the commons.Turtles and trash (Evolution News & Views): Article shares concerns about what our plastic trash is doing to sea turtles and whales. Video clip of sea turtle suffering from plastic straw in nostril is particularly disturbing. Scientists who are ID advocates show what they are doing to protect these animals.Global WarmingEvaporation takes place differently than previously thought: Implications for global warming (Science Daily): “The discovery has far-reaching consequences for, among others, current global climate models, where a key role is played by evaporation of the oceans.”Climate scientist requesting federal investigation feels heat from House Republicans (Science): Politics, posturing, or search for truth and justice? Lamar Smith tries to pull racketeering law on fossil fuel companies.The IPCC at a crossroads: Opportunities for reform (Science): Policy Forum by pro-global-warming scientists on, ” Is the IPCC doing the right things? Is the IPCC doing things right?”Extreme weather, made by us? (Science): Global trends, yes; individual events, no. That’s been the conventional wisdom, but Andrew Solo (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) seeks to overturn the wisdom of convention.What should we be doing about global warming? (Current Biology): Robert May (U of Oxford) reviews Sustainability for a Warming Planet, written by three distinguished economists on the alarmist side. May talks about overpopulation and global imperatives. “Not only are human numbers increasing, but our patterns of growth in economic activity — which we thoughtlessly assume will indefinitely continue — are not sustainable” summarizes his position. “In particular, the greenhouse gases generated by our burning fossil fuels is warming our planet to a worrying extent.”Climate policy: Democracy is not an inconvenience (Nature): Nico Stehr tries to put the brakes on climate alarmists who think individual liberties must take back seat to global governance on climate policy. “There are many threats to democracy in the modern era. Not least is the risk posed by the widespread public feeling that politicians are not listening.” Ditto for the scientific community, Stehr warns.Scientific Publishing and EducationThe future of scientific publishing: let’s make sure it’s fair as well as transparent (The Conversation): Graham Kendall discusses how the rules must change in the wake of the revolution in scientific publishing because of the internet. Access, business models need to be fair, he says, but fairness is a matter of ethics, not of science or business.The storytelling scientist (Science): In his new book Houston, We Have a Narrative, Randy Olson (“Flock of Dodos“) encourages scientists to become better storytellers. His favorite model narrative is “The Dobzhansky Template” — “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution”.  Reviewer Rafael Luna provides a reality check:Do scientists need to improve their scientific communication? The answer is a resounding “yes.” However, when crafting a scientific narrative, it is important to proceed with the same caution and precision as one would approach a scientific experiment and to remember that a narrative is only as good as the data on which it is based.Beyond “publish or perish” (Science): Book review of The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It by Leonard Cassuto.  The book “traces the challenges facing graduate institutions, including antiquated admissions policies; incoherent course offerings; esoteric, gatekeeping qualifying exams; long times to degrees; and failure to prepare students for diverse career outcomes.”A prescription to cure Big Pharma’s image problem (Medical Xpress): Is the bad reputation often ascribed to drug companies deserved? This article discusses reasons for it and possible actions. Deserved criticisms cannot be cured by propaganda, but undeserved bad raps are not fair, either.Do you get the idea that science needs righteousness? It’s impossible to address any of these issues without integrity. If scientific organizations are nothing more than special interest groups out for government handouts like everyone else, forget it. Scientists are fallible humans like the rest of us, but without ethics based on a solid foundation, they can be particularly dangerous to everyone. There’s something noble, though, about a truly honest researcher who is also charitable and humble. Everyone can and should strive for those ideals. (Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

This ‘humiliation’ was avoidable: Imran

first_imgPakistan’s World Cup winning captain Imran Khan says had the PCB handed “exemplary” punishments to players found guilty of match-fixing years ago, the country could have avoided the humiliation of the current spot-fixing scandal.Imran, who led Pakistan to the 1992 World Cup title, held the PCB responsible for the current scandal which has rocked international cricket.”I think, everyone now acknowledges that when the first match-fixing allegations appeared, the Pakistan Cricket Board should have done a through investigation and those found guilty should have been given exemplary punishments.”I am talking about 1993 when the match-fixing allegations appeared for the first time and the first investigation took place. I wish, they had followed it right through and taken the steps, then we would not be facing this humiliation right now,” Imran said.Pakistan captain Salman Butt and pacer duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir’s roles in the recent Lord’s Test against England are being probed by the Scotland Yard and the ICC.During the Lord’s match, Asif and Aamir allegedly bowled three no-balls after taking bribes from a bookie. Imran said such things did not happen during the 10 years when he was at the helm of the Pakistan team.”I was captain for 10 years and there was no match-fixing allegations during that time before I left in 1992. The first time it happened was in 1993,” the cricketer-turned-politician said.Imran also feared that if the allegations of spot-fixing turn out to be true, it will be very “damaging” for the Pakistan cricket, which is already suffering a lot due to the volatile security situation in the country.advertisement”But if these allegations are proved to be correct and the players (are found to be) involved in spot fixing then it opens a Pandora’s box,” he said.”We don’t know (the truth) really at the moment and hope they are not true otherwise there will be lot of repercussions – very damaging to the Pakistan cricket. It’s very difficult and sad time for Pakistan cricket because these developments are very demoralising,” he added.Imran, however, declined comment on opening batsman Yasir Hameed’s claim that his teammates fixed “almost every game” and he was dropped from the national team for two years because he did not go along with his corrupt colleagues.”I can’t comment on what Yasir Hameed has said because he is denying it… Whatever has come on record he is denying. So we don’t know the exact truth,” Imran said.last_img read more

Shiv Sena backs MNS on banning Pakistani artistes from Indian TV shows

first_imgThe Shiv Sena on Thursday joined forces with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS ) seeking ban on Pakistani artistes’ participation in Indian TV shows. In fact, the MNS’s parent party went a step ahead and even demanded that Pakistani cricketers be barred from playing in India.Reacting to a threat by MNS’s films wing — Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena (MNCKS) — against hosting Pakistani singers on an upcoming TV reality show, Shiv Sena extended its support to the campaign.Agreeing with the MNS line, Rajya Sabha member of Shiv Sena Anil Desai said veteran singer Asha Bhosle should not share the stage with Pakistani artistes. He said his party would even oppose the conduct of an Indo-Pak match if it was held in Mumbai.The MNCKS had earlier urged Bhosle not to be a part of the show, Sur Kshetra, which is scheduled to go on air on September 8 on Colors and Sahara One channels. It even cautioned Colors against hosting Pakistani artistes. That saw filmmaker Boney Kapoor, who is on the board of Sahara, trying to pacify Thackeray urging him to soften his party’s stand on the issue.Other political reactionsMeanwhile, reacting to the MNS threat, BJP MP Kirti Azad said, “On one hand it is true that sports and art are beyond boundaries, but it is also true that we cannot compromise on national security for art or sports. We have been playing cricket with these countries, but it has not helped in improving our relations.”Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan said, Thackeray had “no issue left so he is trying to politicise the matter”. He said the MNS’s protest was unjustified. He said if there is a threat to national security then only such bans could be sought otherwise there was no harm in Pakistani artistes’ participation.advertisementlast_img read more

Mia Farrow To Return To Central African Republic This Week

first_imgMia Farrow – actor, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since September 2000 – will return to the Central African Republic this week for her fourth visit to witness and report on the devastating impact of the conflict on women and children.The star will meet with internally displaced families and with children formerly associated with armed groups. She will also be visiting health centres.Terrible violence continues to impact children and their families. Some 90,000 people are currently displaced inside the Central African Republic or live as refugees in neighbouring countries. More than 2 million children are suffering the consequences of the crisis, with many remaining out of school, exposed to disease, malnutrition and violence.Since Farrow’s last visit in November 2013, the situation in the country has further deteriorated. Children have been killed and continue to be directly targeted by violence including rape, torture and mutilation.last_img read more