Florentino Perez: I don’t know if there will be a guard of honour

first_imgReal Madrid president Florentino Perez said after the Club World Cup final that he doesn’t know if Barcelona will give his side a guard of honour next Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu. IN SPORT.ES Everything suggests there will not be a guard of honour – last year Sevilla did not do one for Real Madrid, nor did Barcelona do one for Real Madrid agter the European Super Cup. Granada did not do one for Madrid when they won the Club World Cup previously either. CET 16/12/2017 Sport EN Upd. at 23:53 “If there isn’t, it won’t devalue our title, I see great morale in the players, it’s been very good ahead of Saturday’s game,” said the chief. Florentino: “No sé si habrá pasillo”last_img read more

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Building on heritage

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3000 students to leave campus

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On this day: Moyes sacked by Man United

first_imgDavid Moyes was handed a six-year contract when he was appointed Manchester United manager in the summer of 2013, but less than 10 months into the job he was shown the door on April 22, 2014.Succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be an easy job for anyone – as those who have followed Moyes have learned themselves – but where did things go wrong?Here the PA news agency takes a look at Moyes’ brief reign at Old Trafford.‘The Chosen One’After 26 years and 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, Ferguson announced his retirement for a second and final time in May 2013. Remaining at the club as a director and ambassador, Ferguson handpicked Moyes as his successor, seeing something of himself in his fellow Scot. During more than a decade at Everton, Moyes had operated well on an often limited budget, securing European qualification a number of times while nurturing a number of youngsters. Ferguson said he had once sought to appoint Moyes as his assistant and said “there is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club”.Teething troublesMoyes was able to enjoy the first couple of weeks of the season as United beat Wigan to lift the FA Community Shield before thrashing Swansea 4-1 on the opening day of the Premier League season, but things quickly went downhill. After a 4-1 defeat to local rivals Manchester City and a 2-1 home defeat to West Brom, the pressure mounted as United endured their worst start to a season since 1989.Growing discontentUnited suffered back-to-back home league defeats for the first time since 2001-02 when Everton and Newcastle picked up victories at Old Trafford in December, while in January Swansea knocked them out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle. After 3-0 home defeats to both Manchester City and Liverpool, fans organised a flypast as a banner read “Wrong One – Moyes Out”The final strawWith a spectator dressed as the Grim Reaper taunting him from beside the dugout, Moyes watched his United side limp to a 2-0 defeat against his old club Everton on April 20 – a defeat which ensured United would miss out on a Champions League place for the first time since 1995-96. In order to avoid a drawn-out period of speculation over his future, United announced his departure on the morning of the 22nd, with Ryan Giggs taking over on an interim basis. Moyes left having won 27 of his 51 games in charge, but with United’s worst home record since 1978.What came nextGiggs remained in charge for the rest of the season, with a brief return of the feel-good factor at United, before Louis Van Gaal took the job in the summer. The Dutchman would lift the FA Cup but with a win percentage of 52.43 barely higher than Moyes, he left after two seasons to be replaced by Jose Mourinho. The ‘Special One’ did better than the ‘Chosen One’, winning the Europa League and the League Cup while finishing second in the Premier League in 2018, but he departed early in the 2018-19 season after winning only seven of their opening 17 games. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived, initially on an interim basis, but won the job permanently with some strong results. Moyes moved abroad with Real Sociedad but survived only one season in Spain before heading to Sunderland and then West Ham. Having seen out a short-term deal with the Hammers in 2018, he returned on a permanent basis in December last year.last_img read more

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Research finds humans across the globe have microplastics in their stool

first_imgAnimals, Environment, Health, Marine Animals, Microplastics, Nature And Health, Plastic, Pollution, Public Health, Research, Wildlife Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria monitored eight people in eight different countries and found that every single stool sample collected tested positive for the presence of microplastics.Food processing and plastic food packaging are major sources of microplastics in human diets. Microplastics can also enter the human food chain via marine animals that people consume — significant amounts of microplastics have been found in lobster, shrimp, and tuna, for instance.The researchers found 9 different types of plastic in the human stools they tested — shipped to Vienna in plastic-free containers to be screened at the Environment Agency Austria — with an average of 20 microplastic particles ranging in size from 50 to 500 micrometres found in every 10 grams of stool. A study conducted with participants from across the globe found that every single stool sample collected tested positive for the presence of microplastics.Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria monitored eight people in eight different countries — Austria, Finland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, and the UK — and presented their findings at the United European Gastroenterology (UEG) Week held in Vienna late last month.Microplastics are small plastic fragments that are less than 5 millimeters (about 0.2 inches) in length. Sources of microplastic pollution in Earth’s environment include cosmetics, clothing, and a variety of other products; they can also be created when larger pieces of plastic, like water and soda bottles or plastic bags, are released into the environment and subsequently break down into smaller pieces through natural weathering processes.A 2015 study found that about 8 million metric tons of plastic waste makes its way from land into Earth’s oceans every year. Scientists are studying the effect this plastic pollution has on marine animals and ecosystems — for instance, research released earlier this year found that microplastic particles can block nutrient absorption and damage the digestive tracts of filter-feeding marine life, while the toxins and persistent organic pollutants found in plastic can change biological processes such as growth and reproduction and even lead to decreased fertility as it accumulates in the bodies of marine wildlife over time.Food processing and plastic food packaging are major sources of microplastics in human diets. Microplastics can also enter the human food chain via marine animals that people consume — significant amounts of microplastics have been found in lobster, shrimp, and tuna, for instance.Dr. Philipp Schwabl, who led the research presented at UEG Week, said he started to wonder how microplastics might be impacting humans after reading about the staggering increase of plastic pollution and high microplastic burden in sea animals. “Many people assume that microplastics are likely to be present also in humans,” he told Mongabay. “However, I couldn’t find any study proving this hypothesis. Thus, I was eager to initiate such an investigation.”While he cautions that it’s necessary to be mindful of the small sample size of the study — just eight participants — Schwabl said he found the results eye-opening nonetheless. “Personally, I did not expect that each sample would be tested positive.”In total, Schwabl and team found 9 different types of plastic in the human stools they tested — shipped to Vienna in plastic-free containers to be screened at the Environment Agency Austria — with an average of 20 microplastic particles ranging in size from 50 to 500 micrometres found in every 10 grams of stool. Polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) were the most common types of plastic found, present in all eight samples.Each study participant kept a food diary for a week before submitting their stool sample and, according to the researchers, the diaries showed that all eight participants were probably exposed to microplastics when they ate foods wrapped in plastic or drank from plastic bottles. None of the participants refrained from eating meat during the study period. Six reported eating seafood.In a statement, Schwabl said of the research and its findings: “This is the first study of its kind and confirms what we have long suspected, that plastics ultimately reach the human gut. Of particular concern is what this means to us, and especially patients with gastrointestinal diseases.”So far, however, there haven’t been any studies examining the health implications of people being exposed to microplastics through their diet. “Indeed, it is a very important question and we are planning further investigations to elucidate the effects of microplastics on human health,” Schwabl told Mongabay. “However, animal studies exist which show that microplastic particles are capable of entering the bloodstream, lymphatic system and may even reach the liver. Furthermore, in animal studies it has been shown that microplastics may cause intestinal damage, remodelling of the intestinal villi, distortion of iron absorption and hepatic stress.”Schwabl said that more studies are needed to determine exactly how ingesting microplastics might affect people: “Now that we have first evidence for microplastics inside humans, we need further research to understand what this means for human health. … [T]he more samples we get the better our understanding will be for human microplastics ingestion and once the sample size is bigger we might find additional correlations between microplastics contamination and place of residence or diets and lifestyle.”Microplastic poses a growing concern in oceans and other aquatic habitat. Now it has been found in human stools, though the implications for human health are not yet well understood. Photo by 5Gyres, courtesy of Oregon State University, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.CITATIONS• Germanov, E. S., Marshall, A. D., Bejder, L., Fossi, M. C., & Loneragan, N. R. (2018). Microplastics: No small problem for filter-feeding megafauna. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2018.01.005• Jambeck, J. R., Geyer, R., Wilcox, C., Siegler, T. R., Perryman, M., Andrady, A., … & Law, K. L. (2015). Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean. Science, 347(6223), 768-771. doi:10.1126/science.1260352• Schwabl et al. (2018). Assessment of microplastic concentrations in human stool. Presentation, UEG Week.Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Granger generation prepared to betray younger generation

first_imgDear Editor,What “34GATE” has illustrated is that the Granger generation is prepared to betray the younger generation that has to inherit the future. This naked attempt to ignore the Constitution illustrates why the rest of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) continues to disrespect Guyanese youths.Why should the Caricom headquarters be in Guyana, a nation that does not respect basic democracy and the rule of law?If a poll is done today, it will demonstrate that the majority of the youths who constitute more than 65 per cent of the population are in total agreement with the fact that 33 is greater than 32 and it is an absolute majority in a 65-member Parliament. This stuff is basic arithmetic that we have learnt in high school. It is not our fault that the Granger generation chooses to ignore us and now that they know we the youths are not available to them anymore, they want to stay in power by extra-constitutional means. It is time for the elections Mr Granger.The self-interest of this Granger generation is self-evident as we all are witnessing their dastardly plan to keep power by whatever means necessary. As one of the Alliance For Change (AFC) Ministers said in a correspondence to his group that was forwarded to me, “we cannot be in Government and not retain power by any means necessary”. Well if the AFC can do this, guess what the People’s National Congress (PNC) will do? Since the PNC was born out of dictatorship, then we must understand that it is in the DNA of the PNC to be dictatorial and to trample on the idea of democracy.Today the nation has to be aware of these so-called liberal democrats in the AFC who have morphed into being liberal dictators as they copy the ways of the PNC. That is why I am so afraid of all the third forces, be it the Amerindian party or the Ramkarran/Jeffrey party. Wasn’t the AFC saying all the right things in its incubatory stages? But look at them today – the AFC is no better than the PNC with their dictatorial mannerism.Was it not the AFC who said they were going to deliver constitutional reforms in this Granger Administration and they were going to advance the process materially within 100 days? Over 1000 days have passed and the constitutional reform process is dead on arrival under the feet of Basil Williams and Moses Nagamootoo.So why do you think that Ramkarran and Jeffrey or Shuman will be any different? All we will be getting from them from now to the elections are slogans since they do not have a plan to actually implement anything in the real world in which we all have to live in.It is people like these that bring so much disrespect to the legal community and academia. They are driven by their obsession with power and their years in power. Why on earth two old men like Ramkarran and Jeffrey would want to run for office when they are way past their best by date?Beware Guyana! Beware of the PNC and AFC and beware of these entire Johnny come lately satellites of the PNC.Sincerely,Surujdai Lilmohanlast_img read more

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‘I miss United but I’m happy at Real’- Ronaldo

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, July 3- Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted he is “really happy” in Spain as speculation about a possible return to Manchester United continues.Ronaldo, 28, has yet to sign a new contract with Los Blancos – with his current deal expiring in two years – and former club United are reportedly lining up a big-money summer bid for him. But while the Portugal star, who has scored a remarkable 201 goals in 199 goals for Madrid since arriving from Old Trafford as the world’s most expensive player in 2009, once again spoke fondly of his time in Manchester, he stressed that he is content with life at the Bernabeu.“I really miss English football. For me, it was some of the best years in my career when I was there in Manchester United,” Ronaldo said as he paid a visit to a school in Singapore. “Everyone knows that. It is the club that is still in my heart and I really, really miss [United].“But now my life is in Spain, I’m enjoying playing there too. Part of my life is there but the future, we never know but I’m really, really happy in the Spanish league at the moment.”Ronaldo was also asked about the threat of Barcelona next season following their acquisition of Neymar, to which he replied: “I’m only thinking about my team. I don’t care about Barcelona. They’ve signed a great player but I am focused on my team, which I think is the best in the world.”– Soccernet.com0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Insider Trading: Cech in at Arsenal, Man United duo out?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Houghton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip.He brings the latest on Petr Cech’s future, as PSG clear the way for Arsenal to sign the Chelsea goalkeeper.He reveals Arsenal will have to fight hard to land Geoffrey Kondogbia with AC Milan offering a stunning package for the Monaco midfielder a lucrative deal.And he also discusses Robin van Persie and David de Gea’s Manchester United futures, as well as Stoke’s move for Yehven Konoplyanka.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours from talkSPORT.com:Reports – Real Madrid close to sealing £18m deal for Manchester United’s David de GeaDiego Simeone reveals Atletico Madrid in talks with Juventus striker Carlos TevezWest Ham close in on £5million deal for Sampdoria star Pedro ObiangBlow for Arsenal and Man United! President insists World Cup star will not be soldReports – Man City ready bumper bid for Barcelona, PSG and Chelsea targetNewcastle star admits: I want Champions League football!Tottenham transfer blow! Monaco manager rules out £18m move for MartialPSG end interest in Petr Cech as Arsenal edge closer to £10m deal for Chelsea goalkeeperlast_img read more

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Liverpool Istanbul penalty hero announces his retirement

first_img1 Former Liverpool, Sunderland and QPR striker Djibril Cisse has retired from professional football.The 34-year-old played for 12 clubs during his career and also represented France on 41 occasions.His longest spell in England came at Liverpool, where he spent two seasons under Rafa Benitez.He scored 24 goals in 79 appearances for the Reds and converted a penalty in their shootout win over AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.Cisse recently turned out for JS Saint-Pierroise, a club based on the French island of Reunion, but has now decided to call it quits.“The body says stop, now it’s over,” Cisee told Canal+. “I can’t practice high-level football.” Djibril Cisse last_img read more

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Newcastle forward told to ‘play close to the edge’ ahead of derby

first_img Serbian Aleksandar Mitrovic netted a double at St James’ Park last week Aleksandar Mitrovic has been told to “play close to the edge” as he gets his first taste of the Wear-Tyne derby.The Newcastle striker has belatedly announced himself on Tyneside with two goals in as many games, including a sumptuous left-foot volley in Sunday’s 6-2 Barclays Premier League thumping of Norwich, after initially falling foul of officialdom during his first few weeks in English football.Mitrovic, a £13million summer signing from Anderlecht, has reined himself in since collecting two yellow cards and one red in his first five games for the club, much to manager Steve McClaren’s delight, but he wants the 21-year-old Serbia international to push the line in Sunday’s derby trip to Sunderland, live on talkSPORT.McClaren said: “There is always a fine dividing line, always fine. He has played smart. I would say he has been playing smart, and that is what we have been telling him, be smart. That’s what he has done.“Smart and effective. You can play smart and be ineffective, but play on the line and play smart.“He got sent off against Arsenal and could have been against Southampton, and they were not derbies, but that was a willingness to win and playing on the edge, on that line.“That’s what you have got to do in every game, not just say, ‘Oh, we will choose a derby game and do it now’. We need that every game.“He has shown a level of maturity in the last three games. But again, we are not getting carried away and saying, ‘Woah!’.“We knew there was a bit of the devil [in him], to be perfectly honest, and that has added to our game. We need that, but we need control and that is the key on Sunday.”Mitrovic is rapidly establishing himself as a cult hero at St James’ Park after a shaky start, but McClaren is keen to keep his feet firmly on the ground despite the ovation he received last weekend.He said: “There’s a long way to go. It was nice, but we won’t get carried away by that. The team this week has certainly not got carried away by anything.” 1last_img read more

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