Chelsea set to confirm Mourinho’s return

first_imgChelsea are set to confirm the return of Jose Mourinho.The 50-year-old, who won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup during his first spell as the club’s manager, will be in London today to finalise the deal.He was widely expected to return to Chelsea this summer and confirmation of his appointment will delight Blues fans.Hugely popular among the Stamford Bridge faithful, Mourinho’s three-year spell at Chelsea ended in 2007.Since then he has led Inter Milan to two Italian titles and the Champions League – a trophy he also won with Porto in 2004 – and more recently managed Real Madrid.Real secured the Spanish title under him last year and recently won this season’s Copa del Rey.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

What You Are Not Being Told About Earth’s Magnetic Field

first_imgAll you need to know is right here: (1) scientists don’t understand it, and (2) without it we would be dead. Read more if you dare.In New Scientist‘s piece, “The paradox powering earth’s magnetic field,” Marcus Woo knows that we rely on our magnetic field:IT IS Earth’s silent defender. Without it, a constant onslaught of charged particles would bombard our planet’s atmosphere, changing its chemistry and disrupting our electronic infrastructure. Assuming any of that stuff was even there to disrupt. In Earth’s infancy, our guardian may have prevented the sun’s action from stripping away the protective bubble of gas surrounding our planet entirely, and so allowed life – and eventually intelligent life – to flourish.But then Woo reveals a tale of scientific nakedness covered by fig leaves. First, the fig leaves:This silent defender is Earth’s magnetic field, a force field whose source lies in the churning molten iron that forms the planet’s core. Electrons flowing through this fluid generate an electric current, which in turn creates a magnetic field. The core is a giant, self-sustaining electromagnet: a dynamo.Now, the unveiling:That’s been the general story for decades. But over the last few years, it has run into a problem. Evidence is mounting that the dynamo could only have emerged comparatively recently. At the same time, geological clues show that the magnetic field has existed for most of Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history. This contradiction – an ancient magnetic field without anything to power it – is forcing us to rethink our planet’s insides.Not a pretty sight. No dynamo? That’s dynamite.Marcus Woo is a moyboy, of course, not questioning the consensus age of the earth. Now, however, the moyboy position leads to a contradiction. What to do? Geophysicists need a dynamo tale for their billions of years, but can’t find a place to plug it in. What powers the convection that’s supposed to generate the field?So it seems that one way or another, the dynamo has been kept turning for most of Earth’s history. But it’s here we encounter the most recent twist in this magnetic tale. In the past few years, researchers have begun to doubt whether the first part of the story, thermal convection, could ever have happened – and if it did, whether it would have been strong enough to power the magnetic field. “If you want to rely on thermal convection alone, then we’re in trouble,” says David Stevenson at the California Institute of Technology.The fig leaves came off recently. Woo quotes Francis Nimmo: “Five years ago, everyone thought they knew the answer.” Under the best theoretical models, the dynamo could not have gotten jumpstarted till a billion years ago, billions of years after the earth’s emergence as a planet. But without it running from the beginning, life would have cooked under an atmosphere doing a striptease in the hot sun.Woo doesn’t want to leave the models naked. He brings in some tailors. One guy dresses the model with magnesium; another, with silicon. Others try entertainment till some covering arrives. Ever seen the Wobble Dance? The Jostle Dance? They sound lun-ey if not risque.Some researchers have even suggested that convection may not drive the dynamo at all. Instead, Earth’s wobbling rotation could jostle the molten iron. Or the moon’s gravity could tug the liquid core in the same way it causes ocean tides. “There’s a group of people that are enthusiastic about the idea, but I would say it’s probably not mainstream,” says Bruce Buffet at the University of California, Berkeley.For now, “everything’s up in the air,” Woo laments. Even the fig leaves. Try not to think about it.At the moment, everything’s up in the air. Even the thermal conductivity calculations could be wrong. In fact, a study contradicting Hirose’s measurements ran alongside his in the same scientific journal. “This is a fast-moving field,” Nimmo says. “I don’t think we have a completely satisfactory answer.”And you thought the tale of the Earth’s magnetic field was as elegant as Melanie Trump’s inauguration gown by Ralph Lauren. Sorry; that was only the textbook drawing for the TV animators. The real tailors are threadbare, leaving their critics in stitches.And that’s what you are not being told. The secular geophysicists can’t power the magnetic field or keep it going, and they can’t live without it. All these problems ensue because they’re moyboys. Take away the requirement for millions and billions of years: problem (1) solved. Think of it as intelligently designed for human life: problem (2) solved. So what’s the problem? Not evidence, but worldview commitment. (Visited 216 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Can Solar Power Solve the Coal Problem?

first_imgI recently read a New York Times article on the coal problem. In the future, the article notes, we won’t be able to burn coal at our current rate, so there is an obvious need to make a transition to alternative sources of energy. According to the Times article, the most likely replacement for coal is solar energy.Because most industrial economies currently depend heavily on coal, the Times notes that the economic effects of this transition will be perilous. On the bright side, the article cites recent “revolutionary” technical improvements in solar technology that will ease our transition to a solar future, noting that engineers have developed solar power plants that can produce over 7 watts per square foot of collector. “The new power is as exhaustless as the sun itself,” the Times gushed.Here’s the kicker: the article was published on September 10, 1868. That’s right — over 145 years ago. I came across the article by chance, when I entered the word “solar” into the search box on the New York Times web site, and then (on a whim) clicked “oldest to newest.”The article (“The Coal Problem and Solar Engines”) is so interesting that I have reprinted a good chunk of it on this page (see the sidebar below).“The Coal Problem and Solar Engines”[Editor’s note: The following article appeared in the September 10, 1868 issue of The New York Times.]About two years ago, a very earnest discussion, as our readers will remember, sprang up in England on the prospective exhaustion of the coal-beds of Great Britain and Europe. Not only the scientific Press, but the literary and social — the Saturday Review, the Spectator, the Times, the magazines — took it up. Sir Wm. Armstrong and other scientific men attempted estimates of the duration of the… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

NCAA: JRU claims 3rd Final Four slot

first_imgAbdul Sawat. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University formally booked its Final Four ticket, outlasting Mapua, 62-58, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Heavy Bombers improved their record to 11-6, sealing the third spot to join Lyceum and San Beda, which have already clinched seats in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tey Teodoro fired 19 points despite shooting 1-of-7 from beyond the arc, to go with two rebounds and an assist.Jed Mendoza chipped in 10 markers, three boards, and three dimes, while Abdul Sawat just missed out on a double-double with his nine points and seven rebounds.FEATURED 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 shutoutThough the victory pushed JRU to the postseason, coach Vergel Meneses once again voiced his displeasure following what he felt was a lackluster showing from his boys.“Honestly, I’m not happy about the win. They don’t want to follow instructions, they thought we can beat them all on offense, and that’s what happened,” he said. The PBA great, then, set this game as a challenge for his wards to bounce back, especially as the Heavy Bombers take on the league-leading Pirates in their final elimination game on Friday.“That’s my challenge to them. We don’t want to enter the Final Four with a loss,” he said.Teodoro gave JRU a seven-point edge, 58-51, midway in the payoff period, but the Cardinals slowly chipped away the lead and got it down to as low as two, 58-56, courtesy of two freebies from Andoy Estrella.Luckily, Ervin Grospe and Jed Mendoza scored cushion-building baskets in the final 3:27 before the Heavy Bombers defense held strong in the end game.Almel Orquina carried Mapua (3-13) with 14 points and three rebounds, while Cedric Pelayo had 11 markers and five boards.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fajardo still leads Govs’ Cup BPC race after semis LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The Scores:JRU 62 – Teodoro 19, Mendoza 10, Sawat 9, Grospe 8, Lasquety 6, Bordon 4, Abdulrazak 2, Poutouochi 2, David 2, Dela Virgen 0.MAPUA 58 – Orquina 14, Pelayo 11, Bunag 10, Victoria 8, Estrella 8, Raflores 6, Aguirre 1, Gabo 0, Jimenez 0.Quarters: 21-17, 36-32, 52-47, 62-58. Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Stan Wawrinka stunned by big-hitting debutant Daniil Medvedev

first_imgStan Wawrinka’s Wimbledon hopes were shredded in the first round on Monday as the fifth seed, hobbled by a niggling knee injury, came up against one of tennis’s new generation of heavy hitters in the shape of Russian Daniil Medvedev.The Swiss three times grand slam champion was out-gunned by 21-year-old Medvedev, who had the Centre Court crowd on their feet as he pulled off a dazzling array of winners to wrap up a 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory on his first Wimbledon appearance.Yet how much of the stunning upset was down to Medvedev’s ability to fire freely from both flanks and how much of it was down to Wawrinka’s discomfort was hard to tell.The Russian, making only his third grand slam appearance and who is ranked 46 places below the world number three, was full of energy as he hauled his giant frame around the court.After wrapping up a memorable victory in two hours and 12 minutes, he bent down and kissed the turf.”I have no words to describe this. I guess this memory will be with me forever,” he told reporters.Wawrinka, who only last month reached the French Open final, will no doubt hope the memory of his sixth first-round Wimbledon exit will not linger.He had struggled to find any sort of rhythm and was clearly bothered by the niggling knee problem he said had been dogging him since the end of last year.”I wasn’t feeling the way I wanted to feel,” he said. “But I played against a great player who I think was confident today, was playing well, was playing faster. It was a tough loss.”advertisementHaving never got past the quarter-finals at the All England Club, Wimbledon is Wawrinka’s least successful grand slam and his hopes of ever completing his collection of majors look forlorn unless he can master the slick lawns.UNDER PRESSUREThe Swiss had looked unruffled as he held his opening two service games, dropping just two points, but it was not long before Medvedev found his range and started to put Wawrinka under pressure.The Russian broke to love in the fifth game of the first set, and crafted two more break points in the seventh as the 32-year-old Wawrinka reeled under a barrage of heavy hitting.The Swiss briefly sparked into life at the start of the second, levelling the match after breaking for a 2-0 lead and then breaking for a second time in the eighth game after Medvedev had clawed his way back on serve.They went toe-to-toe in the third set before Wawrinka sent a forehand wide in the 10th game to give the Russian a set point, which he gobbled up to edge back in front.There was to be no way back for Wawrinka, who was then completely outgunned as Medvedev raced clear in the fourth set, breaking twice to go 5-1 ahead.He fired down his 10th ace to bring up match point and wrapped up the victory when Wawrinka sent a forehand long, with the Centre Court rising as one to acclaim his efforts.”It was just something special. I don’t know how to explain it,” said Medvedev who next faces 124th-ranked Belgian Ruben Bemelmans.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea assistant coach Cudicini: No-one doubts Hudson-Odoi commitment

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea assistant coach Cudicini: No-one doubts Hudson-Odoi commitmentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant coach Carlo Cudicini says management was pleased with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s performance for their 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.Maurizio Sarri played the teen despite the transfer pressure of Bayern Munich.Cudicini said, “He did very well, it was a very good performance, as we say in Monaco a 360 performance. “Two assists and he worked very hard defensively. Even when we had a few problems in midfield with Ampadu, he was running for two. “His commitment was great and you want him to have performances like that so he can put some doubts in Maurizio’s mind and be in contention for a place.” last_img read more

a month agoMcAllister backs Klopp over Gerrard Liverpool plan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say McAllister backs Klopp over Gerrard Liverpool planby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has backed Jurgen Klopp’s call for Steven Gerrard to replace the German one day.Klopp was asked recently who he thought should replace him if he ever left Liverpool – and his response was Gerrard.McAllister, who played alongside Gerrard at Liverpool, has backed Klopp’s advice for the Reds boardroom.”That’s surprising in some ways. But then in other ways, when you look at it, it probably makes a wee bit of sense,” he said.”But when that’s going to happen [I don’t know]. Jurgen looks as if he’s going to be there quite a while.“But I can assure you that Steven is absolutely fully focused here and trying to win something here.” last_img read more

Video: Young Boston College Fan Has Some Interesting Dance Moves

first_imgYoung Boston College fan's dance goes viral.Boston College’s women’s basketball team fell 86-68 to No. 9 Florida State yesterday, but the action on the court paled in comparison to the dance moves exhibited by a young BC fan in the stands. Check out the determination on his face:This kid deserves a lot of props. His boys are cracking up at first but he shows no insecurity or shyness. He’s just trying to break it down, and he even gets the kid in the orange shirt to join in at the end.There’s only one thing left for this young man to do. He must battle dancing UVA girl for ACC supremacy. Someone has to make this happen.last_img read more

Job Creation, Inclusive Growth High on UNWTO Conference Agenda

first_imgStory Highlights Job creation and inclusive growth are high on the agenda of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) global conference, being held from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James. The Minister contended, however, that it is imperative that the formula for inclusive growth be further improved to “enable the development of human capital so that more of the creativity of the Jamaican people is reflected in the output of tourism and the development of the experiences that visitors pay for”. Job creation and inclusive growth are high on the agenda of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) global conference, being held from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, told JIS News that this focus is of particular importance to countries like Jamaica, which depend highly on the hospitality industry.“We currently have 106,000 jobs directly from tourism and an indirect amount of nearly 300,000, which means one in five of the workers in Jamaica is (involved in) tourism directly or indirectly,” he noted.The Minister contended, however, that it is imperative that the formula for inclusive growth be further improved to “enable the development of human capital so that more of the creativity of the Jamaican people is reflected in the output of tourism and the development of the experiences that visitors pay for”.Mr. Bartlett said the conference will also facilitate discussions on how tourism can be more impactful in the economies of countries that are recipients of visitors from across the world.“The fact is tourism has become the fastest growing economic activity globally. It currently employs 293 million people and represents 10 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP). That indicates that one in 10 workers of the world is employed in tourism directly or indirectly,” the Minister outlined.He added that the sector generates US$7.6 trillion globally, pointing out that in 2016, some 1.2 billion people travelled to different parts of the world and spent US$1.3 trillion in pursuit of diverse experiences.Mr. Bartlett further cited that some 79 countries currently have a tourism dependence ratio of 10 per cent and more, adding that of these, the top 13 globally are in the Caribbean.“So a conference in the frame of how do we sustain economic growth, create jobs and have inclusion is vital. We are bringing the universities together for ideas. We will (also) bring the policymakers, the UNWTO and all of those who can (formulate) policies that determine the framework within which these things can happen. Then we will bring the non-governmental organizations, which are a key part of civil society and enabling community development and activity.“So it is the perfect mix and out of all of these discussions will come a framework that will help to guide the future development of tourism in the world,” he further stated.The conference is intended to foster a forum for governments, investors, donors and multinational organisations to exchange ideas on development and investment opportunities; share proven best practices for developing public-private partnerships (PPP) in tourism; and work with governments to prepare innovative tourism PPP investment opportunities that prioritise sustainability, economic inclusion and poverty alleviation.Additionally, it will facilitate discussions on social inclusiveness, employment and poverty-reduction strategies that have been successfully initiated by various entities.The event, which will be attended by some 157 tourism ministers and Government officials from across the world, will see participants engaging in plenary sessions and workshops on a range of industry-relevant topics. These include development assistance and investment partnership opportunities.The conference is being jointly hosted by the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank.Stakeholder partners include the Caribbean Tourism Organization; Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association; private international development company, Chemonics International; and George Washington University in the United States. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, told JIS News that this focus is of particular importance to countries like Jamaica, which depend highly on the hospitality industry.last_img read more

Six Nations youth battle band council

first_imgAPTN National NewsA sit-in by young people in Six Nations will continue for now.Over the past three months, several youth have occupied space outside of an old police station.They want a safe place for them to go when they face a crisis.The band council, however, wants them removed.APTN National News reporter Candace Maracle has this story.last_img