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Law: WI were let down by fielding


first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):New West Indies head coach Stuart Law has lamented his side’s effort in the field in Friday’s opening One-Day International (ODI) against England.Leading the Caribbean side for the first time since his appointment last month, the Australian watched as they succumbed by 45 runs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium after failing to overhaul a challenging 297.But while praising both the batting and bowling efforts, Law said the Windies had let themselves down in the field. Captain Eoin Morgan was let off twice during his top score of 107, while Jason Roy (13) was also put down early on.”One thing we showed, we did show good fight. It didn’t all go our way in the field, but I thought we stuck to our tasks,” Law noted.”We probably lost it a bit in the last 10 overs. We lost a bit of focus in the field. A couple of very important catches went down and it just goes to show that catches do win matches, and they dropped two of the best players going around. You can’t afford to do that.”Law was quick to reiterate the value of the missed chances in the field while also ruing the fact neither Mohammed nor Carter went on to three figures.LAPSES IN THE FIELD”They all bowled reasonably OK. It wasn’t so much the bowling; it was more so the couple of lapses in the field,” Law pointed out.”And then, with the bat, Jason Mohammed played beautifully for his 70 and Jonathan Carter again for his fifty, so it would have been nice if one of those two had gone on to get a big score.”West Indies take on England in the second ODI today at the same venue, and Law said he was hoping his side could make the necessary adjustments.last_img read more


Monday verdict: Draw with Spurs could have long-term implications for Chelsea


first_imgAfter an encouraging couple of weeks under Roberto Di Matteo’s leadership, the past few days have seen Chelsea brought back down to earth – and could end up having a significant impact on the club’s longer-term fortunes.Four straight wins, including that memorable victory over Napoli, had brought some smiles back to Stamford Bridge – on and off the pitch.But we fans knew deep down that matches against Manchester City and Tottenham would be more of a test than cup ties against lower-division opposition and the home game against Stoke. And so it has proved.The defeat in Manchester and, perhaps more crucially, the failure to beat Tottenham, have probably ended our chances of finishing in the top four.A win over Spurs would have left us just two points behind them and poised to pounce on any more points dropped by an out-of-form side.But a five-point gap with only eight games left to play is probably too much to overturn, especially when our own form is not great.So it looks like fifth place could be the limit of Chelsea’s league expectations this year, which would mean a worst finish for a decade.The Europa League next year could actually make a bit of a change – a few different away trips – but we all know it’s not where Chelsea want to be.If the four wins had begun to spark a small clamour for Di Matteo to get the job permanently, the City and Spurs games have perhaps brought that to an end.He’s a Chelsea man through and through and I hope he keeps a job at the club.But will a lack of Champions League football put off potential suitors? I’d love to see Jose Mourinho back, but would he want to manage a club that isn’t in the Champions League? I’m not sure hewould.And if we can’t get him or somebody comparable, we could look back and feel that a 0-0 draw with Spurs – so uneventful it was featured last on Match of the Day – actually shaped the future of Chelsea for years to come.James Clarke is the author of Moody Blues: Following the second-best team in EuropeFollow James on Twitterlast_img read more


Loving Dark Matter Rather Than Light


first_img(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 There are two ways to describe dark things in science.  One is phenomena we know exist, even if invisible to us, because we can measure their effects with instruments (X-rays, infrared radiation).  The other is darkness as a placeholder for something not yet explained.  Cosmologists have been talking about “dark matter” for decades now, and “dark energy” since the 1990s.  Which category of dark ideas are they?  Whether scientifically valid phenomena or placeholders for ignorance, one thing is clear from recent articles: much more knowledge is needed.Still in the dark about dark matter (PhysOrg): “Dark matter, the mysterious stuff thought to make up about 80 percent of matter in the universe, has become even more inscrutable.”Variable dark energy could explain old galaxy clusters (New Scientist): Astronomers don’t even know what dark energy is, but now a Spaniard wants to twiddle with it.Little galaxies big on dark matter (PhysOrg): “Dark matter… It came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang.”  That’s how to talk with chutzpah about something nobody understands.Revolutionary new camera reveals the dark side of the Universe (PhysOrg): Now here’s an article about real stuff: ordinary electromagnetic radiation in the submillimeter range, being detected by the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope.Nobel Winners Keep Eyes on the Real Prize: Solving Dark Energy Riddle (Live Science): Three men got a lot of money from the Nobel Committee for “discovering” dark energy.  Now they want to discover what it is they discovered; “the force has yet to be directly detected, and the concept remains shrouded in mystery.”Could dark matter not matter? (PhysOrg): Some Italian has come up with a way to explain the rotation curves of galaxies without appealing to dark matter, but others are skeptical.Back to the dark ages (Live Science): A tiny smudge of red light boasts great things: “The newfound galaxy is so ancient that it and others like it may have played a role in the transition from the so-called ‘dark ages’ of the universe — a period before the first stars formed when a thick hydrogen fog permeated the cosmos — into the universe we see today.”  Remember that the early medieval period was called the Dark Ages by those who felt themselves enlightened.  Is history repeating itself?This is a taste of the quandary over dark things in space.  To some, dark matter must be real, because otherwise clusters would fly apart and galaxies would spin out of control.  Dark energy must be real or else we cannot explain the brightness of distant supernovae.  To others, appeals to unknown dark things sounds mysteriously like some of the occult forces ditched by scientists in the past, like phlogiston, animal magnetism, and caloric.  Time will tell if and when the light of knowledge will overcome the darkness.How long do you give scientists to propound occult forces?  Another decade?  Another century?  A millennium?  If there is no time limit on verifying these things, then science has become indistinguishable from magic.  Mesmer would feel vindicated.Dark matter is the flubber of astronomy.  Nobody knows if its MACHO or WIMP-y, nobody knows why it is there, and nobody knows its origin or destiny.  All it does is make consensus theories work.  OK, astronomers, maybe you’re right; there is dark matter and dark energy out there.  We’ll grant a little more time for science to try to explain this stuff, but we’re not going to fall for the flubber theory forever.  Cosmologists: if you don’t want angels, demons and intelligent designers in science, then stop giving us your own version of the occult.last_img read more


South African universities among the best


first_imgStellenbosch University (SU) receiveddouble honours as it was included inthe QS listing’s top 500 universities,and also came in third highest onthe African continent.(Image: Stellenbosch University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Martin ViljoenStellenbosch University media liaison+27 21 808 4921RELATED ARTICLES• Pure water in a jiffy • UCT MBA among world’s best • Can drive raises R8.5m for education• South African university gets global nodWilma den HartighSouth Africa has yet again proved that the standard of its tertiary education is comparable with the best in the world. Two local universities, the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, have achieved top honours by being listed in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings for 2011/12.First published in 2004, the QS ranking is a respected global career and education network. Prospective students and staff from all over the world use the information to decide where to study and advance their academic careers.Stellenbosch University (SU) received double honours as it was included in the QS listing’s top 500 universities, and also came in third highest on the African continent.The University of Cape Town (UCT) was placed in 156th position, up from 161 last year. The QS system also continues to name UCT as the only university in Africa in the top 200.The QS system makes use of six indicators to determine an international ranking: academic reputation (40%); employer reputation (10%); citations per faculty (20%); faculty student ratio (20%); proportion of international students (5%); and proportion of international faculty (5%). The top universities world-wide are then selected out of 2 000 institutions.Recognising outstanding teaching and researchProf Russel Botman, SU’s rector and vice-chancellor, says that inclusion in the QS listing is a significant achievement for the university as it indicates that the international community has taken notice of the excellence of its teaching and research.Stellenbosch University has done ground-breaking work as part of its HOPE project in the areas of nano-fibre water filter technology, food security, HIV/Aids, paediatric tuberculosis and various other research initiatives.The HOPE project supports the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by focusing on world-class research aimed at improving the lives of South Africans and people elsewhere on the continent.“Although we don’t chase rankings, we are proud to be recognised by our peers in this way. It is an important feather in our cap,” Botman says, adding that the rankings also expose local academics and students to more opportunities for research collaboration and exchange.He says that SU has done a lot of work to improve its research output, and has received recognition as the university that delivers the most research output in the country per academic staff member.However, he was surprised at the ranking received for international visibility. “The university has been working very hard to improve its international presence and visibility for the past four years, but we didn’t know that our work would be noticed so quickly,” he says.Results of research conducted by Stellenbosch University in 2007 revealed that internationally the university wasn’t well known for the quality of its academic programmes. However, people were aware of the institution’s negative apartheid history.“The ranking shows that our strategy to improve visibility of the university and bring about transformation is correct,” says Botman.International recognition of this kind is beneficial for individual tertiary institutions and the country. UCT’s executive director of communications and marketing, Gerda Kruger, said in a statement that a good performance on the QS list sends the message that South Africans can get a world-class education without leaving the country.last_img read more


Update Strike at Damens Galati Shipyard Over


first_imgzoom The workers’ strike at Damen’s Galati shipyard in Romania has ended, it has been confirmed to World Maritime News by a Damen spokesperson.The strike was staged on August 29, when a number of workers held a spontaneous demonstration in front of the company’s headquarters. The workers were dissatisfied with their wages and were reportedly asking for a pay increase.The protest resulted in a work stoppage at the yard for almost three days.The strike was ended on Thursday, August 31, and work operations are said to have been resumed.Local media informed that the strike was concluded as the company’s management agreed to the proposed wage increase terms.Talks between the company and the union are set to continue until September 15 when a final deal is expected.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more