SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)FORSTER, MARTINA, FONTE, VAN DIJK, BERTRAND,CLASIE, WANYAMA,MANE, LONG, TADIC,PELLEBONY, AGUERO,NASRI, FERNANDO, DELPH, NAVAS,KOLAROV, MANGALA, OTEMANEDI, ZABALETA, HART CITY (4-4-2)On Tuesday, Manchester City held Real Madrid to a creditable goalless draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final and now go to Spain for the return knowing a 1-0 win will take them to their first ever final at San Siro in Milan, Italy.Both teams are in fine form in the Barclays Premier League. Southampton have won four and drawn one of their last six while City have won five and drawn two of their last eight.Saints won 4-2 at relegated Aston Villa last weekend and remain in eighth place. City beat Stoke 4-0 last time out in the league and moved into third spot ahead of Arsenal on goal difference.Sergio Aguero scored a penalty against Stoke and now has 22 goals in his last 21 Premier League appearances, including seven in his last five games.Aguero has now netted in five consecutive Premier League games for the fourth time in his career (also November 2013, January 2014 and May 2015).City beat Saints 3-1 at the Etihad in November and, on their last visit to Southampton they won 3-0 despite having Eliaquim Mangala sent off.That was the latest of five City wins in the Premier League at Southampton in 11 visits. They drew four more and have lost there just twice, most recently three years ago.Southampton are relatively healthy, missing only Charlie Austin and Florin Gardos. City, meanwhile, test Samir Nasri and Yaya Toure, who both missed the draw against Real on Tuesday.
In the H.G. Wells version, the Martian invaders with their tripod machines and death rays, wreaking havoc on Earth, were defeated by Earth bacteria. The new scientific plot envisioned by scientists, reported on Space.com, is that the Martians had the bacteria, and invaded Earth with it to either conquer Earth life or spread it onto our lifeless world. Or was it the other way around?“We know very little about the origin of life on the Earth… how it happened, what kind of environment it might have happened in, and how long it look to go from the origin to the last common ancestor of life as we know it – a very complex organism very much like modern life,” [Carrine] Blank [Washington U in St. Louis] said. Casting her eye back on Mars, Blank also said an unknown is whether conditions on early Mars were similar to what they were like on the early Earth when the origin of life likely happened. “If they were similar, then perhaps a ‘second genesis’ could have been possible on Mars. Even if conditions were different on Mars, there could still have been a second genesis only with a very different result than what happened on the Earth,” Blank stated. “If these different life forms were spread throughout the solar system, then they might have co-existed if they could learn to depend upon each other. If, on the other hand, they were in direct competition for resources, then you might expect that one would ‘win’ and survive, and the other go extinct,” she advised.So maybe the Martians won the war of the worlds. Jack Farmer, an astrobiologist at Arizona State at Tempe, thinks the “War of the Worlds” scenario is a “serious possibility.” Reporter Leonard David relayed some questions that raises in Farmer’s mind: “Who would win? Is there the possibility for a competitive co-existence between life forms that originated on a different basis?” Much of this discussion was prompted by the evidence for water found by the Mars Exploration Rovers (see 12/03/2004 headline). Now, Spirit has found evidence for past water from a layered rock in the Columbia Hills, reports JPL. For more on the complexity of the hypothetical last universal common ancestor (LUCA), see 02/29/2004 headline.Does water equal life? Does mud equal a mud-brick pyramid? Is science the art of building maybes on top of mights? Does “might” make right? Can they say the word “genesis” in school? Does life just “happen”? Can we say it “happened” when we know very little about the origin of life? Can students have a chance to hear the controversy about evolution (see next headline), instead of the diet of empty speculation dished out by astrobiologists spending too much time watching old movies and not thinking straight? Can they hear Jonathan Wells instead of H. G. Wells, and learn some science facts instead of science fiction?(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A new African character comes to Tidmouth Sheds, home to popular children’s television show Thomas and Friends, in 2018. Meet Nia the Kenyan engine, who will be helping to keep fan favourites Thomas, Skarloey and James the Red Engine on a more modern and inclusive track.Nia, a new character in the Thomas and Friends children’s television series, is a female Kenyan train engine whose brightly coloured designs are inspired by traditional Maasai and Samburu patterns. (Image: Thomas and Friends YouTube)CD AndersonAnnouncing a new direction for the Thomas and Friends TV show, Mattel said that several other changes to the 30-year-old show would help to update the brand’s image and popularity, particularly in Africa and Asia, where the characters and stories were hugely popular. The toy and media company that owns the Thomas brand made the announcement on 17 October 2017.Changes include some new female characters, including Nia, a train engine from Kenya, and Rebecca, a strong-willed, outspoken electric locomotive. Other female characters include an aeroplane from Australia and an Indian train yard controller. The changes are all an effort to modernise the Thomas brand and give it a distinctive international flavour.Other new modifications for the story include travels for Thomas and his friends outside their traditional home of Tidmouth Sheds on the island of Sodor. The characters will be going on adventures on railroad systems in Africa, Asia and North America when the new reworked series begins in 2018.Meet NiaIn addition to doing extensive research among the show’s young fans and their parents around the world, Mattel also consulted the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (Unesco) to create an accurate and reverent African character: Nia the Kenyan engine.Nia – the Swahili word for purpose – was an adventurous and fun engine who taught Thomas about friendship between different cultures, Mattel said.The train design itself also has an African flavour, based on an East African Railways engine – the KUR ED1 – which ran on the Kenya-Uganda route during the late 1920s.And Nia looks good too, featuring brightly coloured designs based on traditional Maasai and Samburu patterns. “[She] is painted orange with yellow lining. She has yellow, green and red patterns painted along her tanks, dome and cylinders, and her footplate is painted red. Her name and number are painted on the sides of her tanks and cab respectively in yellow,” said Mattel.“We have added new female characters before, but I think, with a show like Thomas, they tend to fall into the background after initial introduction,” said Thomas and Friends producer Ian McCue. “What we wanted to do here was really bring these two female characters to the forefront.”Another of the show’s producers, Micaela Winter, said gender equality was important to the creators in the new series and going forward.“[Thomas’ new direction and the addition of new, more representative characters] is really about learning about the world and bringing the world into the living room for [young viewers],” said Kate Schlomann, vice-president of branding at Mattel. “Which we haven’t done before.”The online response to the new African character has been positive, with children and adults praising the new, modern approach to a beloved children’s show.Gender shakeup at Tidmouth Sheds; meet Thomas the Tank Engine’s new friends Nia and Rebecca. https://t.co/NC5gx7Bhdt pic.twitter.com/5hYmJMGcLy— The Associated Press (@AP) October 14, 2017Thomas and Friends: Big World Big Adventures: Thomas and Nia in Africa!!: https://t.co/BaW4orKDmB via @YouTube— ?Spoopy Spencer? (@TTTE_Fan_03) October 19, 2017Micaela Winter on new Thomas & Friends train Nia: “She’s a strong, empowered woman who boys and girls can really look up to” #MIPJunior pic.twitter.com/xsn0uxmw2h— MIP Markets (@mip) October 14, 2017“Hello, my name is Nia.”Woah! @TheIronEngine and @TheUnluckyTug predicted the future! pic.twitter.com/JRDJWok7n5— ?Thomas Theorist ? (@AdamPhelan5) October 14, 2017Nia and the other new characters will debut in a feature-length special titled Big World! Big Adventures! before becoming part of the regular cast in the 22nd season of the Thomas and Friends TV series in 2018.For more information about the new characters and adventures, visit the official Thomas and Friends website here. Source: Associated PressWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
At least 13 people including young children were killed when a bomb tore through a venue in northeast Nigeria where fans had gathered to watch a World Cup soccer match, witnesses said.Some people at the scene told Reuters an attacker dropped a device in front of the venue on Tuesday night in the town of Damaturu and ran off, while others said it was the work of a suicide bomber.No one claimed responsibility for the blast, but Damaturu and the surrounding Yobe state are at the heart of a five-year-old insurgency by Islamist group Boko Haram.The group was blamed for a an attack on another venue screening soccer matches in the northeastern state of Adamawa that killed at least 14 people and wounded 12.A Reuters reporter at Damaturu’s General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital counted 13 people dead – including small children – and at least 20 wounded.The Nigerian government has advised people to avoid gathering in public to watch the World Cup, concerned about potential attacks.Many fans in soccer-mad Africa rely on informal venues – often open-sided structures with televisions set up in shops and side streets – to watch live coverage of the sport.Boko Haram – whose name roughly translates as “Western education is sinful” – has declared war on all signs of what it sees as corrupting Western influence.The group has killed thousands in its push to carve out an Islamic state in religiously-mixed Nigeria.
The Italian manager wants the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology available at the Champions League this seasonThe Video Assistant Referee Technology (VAR) is being used in the top leagues in the world or will be introduced soon.It was also used during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with successful results.And Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has urged UEFA to introduce it as soon as possible in the Champions League.“I think they are already late in bringing it in,” Ancelotti told Radio Kiss Kiss as quoted by Football Italia.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Now they say it’s an issue of referees without much experience dealing with VAR, but if you get to the Champions League Round of 16, the officials are going to be experienced and VAR could help them.”“There have been too many errors recently. If there’s an error in the league, you have time to make up for it, but in the Champions League you’re just out,” he added.“The system hasn’t started badly in Serie A, there were a few negative incidents, but at the end of the day it is still the referee who makes the decision.”“All VAR does is show the referee what he hasn’t been able to see live. The decision will always be subjective,” he commented.“I say that VAR ought to be used more.”
Ben Stokes apologises for the overthrows.Twitter/Cricket World CupBritish all-rounder Ben Stokes has reportedly stated that he did not ask the umpires to cancel the four overthrows which proved vital for England’s win against New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup final at Lords on July 16. The British all-rounder stated that he did not go up to umpires and said anything of that sort. He further claimed that he apologised to Kane Williamson and Tom Latham.”I saw all of that. I was thinking to myself, did I say that? But hand on heart, I did not go up to the umpires and say something like that to the umpires,” he was quoted as saying in a BBC podcast.”I went straight to Tom Latham and said ‘Mate, I am so sorry’, looked over to Kane (Williamson) and said ‘I’m sorry’,” he further added.The incident that happened during the final over of the tournament decider when England were chasing a target of 241. Stokes accidentally hit the ball while diving for a second run with the back of his bat. The ball got deflected and went to the third man boundary giving England six runs. Ben Stokes flat out of the ground.Twitter/Cricket World CupAfter consulting each other, Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus decided to give six runs which put England in the driver’s seat. The hosts, before that ball, needed nine runs from three balls, after that incident their target was reduced to three runs of two balls. The all-rounder was seen putting his hands up in an apologetic manner for the incident.Adding to the dismay of the players and fans of New Zealand, England went on to win the match and the tournament. The hosts won on account of hitting more boundaries after the scores were tied in the super over. James Anderson had claimed that Stokes wanted four overthrows to be taken offReutersEarlier, British pace spearhead in Tests and Stokes teammate, James Anderson was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald as telling BBC’s Tailenders podcast claiming that the all-rounder asked the umpires to cancel the four overthrows.”I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’,” he said.Stokes finally made it clear amid all the speculations that he did not ask the umpires anything of that sort. After the end of the World Cup, ICC was criticised by cricket fans and former cricketers from all over the world because of the unique rules that, according to them, ruined the final.
Richard Drew/APDonald Trump Jr. met with two Russians in an effort to gather opposition research into Hillary Clinton last June. The Latest on President Donald Trump and the investigation into his campaign’s potential ties to Russia (all times local):12:05 p.m.The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says reports that a second Russian person was in a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. last summer “adds another deeply disturbing fact about this secret meeting.”Rep. Adam Schiff of California says Trump Jr.’s shifting explanations “paint a portrait of consistent dissembling and deceit.”A Russian-American lobbyist says he attended the June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s son. The detail marks another shift in the account of the meeting, which was described as part of a Russian government effort to help the Republican’s White House campaign. Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed his participation to The Associated Press on Friday.Akhmetshin has been reported to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies, though he denies ever working as an intelligence agent.___9:50 a.m.House Democrats are renewing calls for a vote on an independent commission to investigate Russia’s election meddling and ties to the Trump administration.Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California also says that presidential adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance should be revoked.Pelosi and other top House Democrats spoke at a news conference Friday insisting they would try to force votes on the issue on the House floor — although their ability to do so is limited.Pelosi said that “House Democrats are not going to let the Republicans off the hook for their complicity, … They have become enablers of the violations of our Constitution, the attack on the integrity of our elections.”She added that “House Republicans will have to answer for their actions.”___9:40 a.m.A Russian-American lobbyist says he attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s son that was billed as part of a Russian government effort to help the Republican campaign.Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed his participation to The Associated Press Friday. His disclosure marks another shift in the account of the meeting.Donald Trump Jr. did not disclose Akhmetshin’s presence in statements and emails he released on the meeting earlier this week.Emails posted by Trump Jr. show that he was told by an associate that the meeting was part of a Russian government effort to help Donald Trump in the election. The associate who helped arrange the meeting told Trump Jr. that the lawyer had damaging information about Democrat Hillary Clinton.Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and current White House senior adviser, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the meeting.—9 a.m.President Donald Trump’s campaign data and digital director says he will speak with the House intelligence committee later this month as part of its Russia probe.Brad Parscale says in a statement to The Associated Press he’s “unaware of any Russian involvement” in the data and digital operations of Trump’s campaign. He says he will appear voluntarily before the panel.Rep. Adam Schiff is the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee. Schiff says lawmakers are reviewing whether the campaign worked with Russians in any way, including distributing “fake news.”Parscale says the campaign “used the exact same digital marketing strategies that are used every day by corporate America.”Trump’s campaign paid Parscale’s firm more than $90 million to advertise on social media, analyze data and perform other functions. Share