Reviving and rebuilding Chelsea ‘not a small job’ according to Blues coach

first_img1 Reviving and rebuilding Chelsea is “not a small job” for Jose Mourinho’s eventual successor, interim boss Guus Hiddink has admitted.The Premier League champions are 12th with 12 games remaining and the prospect of Champions League football next term seems to be dependent on winning the European Cup.But the Blues trail Paris St Germain from the last-16 first-leg after suffering a first defeat in 12 games since Mourinho’s departure in mid-December, last Tuesday.Focus now turns to the FA Cup fifth-round tie with Manchester City this Sunday.When asked about the scale of the task to come at Chelsea, Hiddink said: “Everyone has to make good analysis about the strength of the squad, about the weakness of the squad, and accordingly they have to react in building up, or making the squad stronger for next season. That’s not a small job.”Hiddink insisted his focus was on the day-to-day improvement of the existing playing staff as rumours abound of managers being linked with the vacancy created when Mourinho left for a second time after a stunning fall from grace for the Blues.Italy’s Antonio Conte, Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone are just some of the names linked with the job.Hiddink, who is in his second spell as caretaker at Stamford Bridge, declined to undermine the work of the Chelsea board by commenting further.“I don’t want to go into details,” he added.“I am here in the interim period and the people who are not responsible for the every day, every-week stuff and games, they have the longer vision of what is the need of this club, they are in charge.“I can, but I will not, walk on before their actions. They have to do it.”Hiddink won the FA Cup during his first spell at the club in 2009. He was presented with a watch by the players ahead of the Wembley final, when Chelsea beat Everton 2-1.It was engraved with the words “‘Thanks Boss’ or something like that”, Hiddink says.The Dutchman added: “It was in the hotel when we were having dinner on the eve of the final. For me it was not a matter of winning the final but recognition from the whole team. I was touched.”It has been reported the watch was worth £20,000, which Hiddink joked was not particularly generous of the players.He added: “Twenty-five players… it’s not that expensive. It’s a little bit disappointing, when I try to calculate.“I never wear a watch. But that watch has a special place in my house. It is not about the money but the idea and emotional value.” Guus Hiddink last_img read more


first_imgDonegal is a great place to live, work and do business in and that is the message which will be put forward tomorrow (Wed) with the launch of the new Donegal Prospectus.The new Donegal Prospectus has been developed by Donegal County Council and will be launched at the stunningly scenic location of Oakfield Park Raphoe and is a high quality publication that has been produced to promote Donegal as an ideal location for business and investment.Speaking prior to the launch Cathaoirleach Cllr. Ciaran Brogan said “we have recently had two major business expansion announcements in the county with Randox and just last week Pramerica and this is a great endorsement for Donegal. This Prospectus will have a very important role in presenting Donegal as an excellent place to do business for companies thinking of locating in Ireland outlining the ease of access, the ever-developing infrastructure and the world class ICT facilities.” The Donegal Prospectus includes a profile of a small selection of the businesses currently located in Donegal as well as detail on Education, Research and Development, Connectivity, Health Services, Culture, Heritage and Arts, Killybegs, the North West Gateway Initiative, Scenic Donegal and Attractions, An Ghaeltacht, Recreational and Sporting Activities and Access as well as featuring some of Donegal’s most well known people.Also speaking before the launch Chief Executive, Seamus Neely said they are delighted to have been able to showcase a small selection of successful companies operating in Donegal in this Prospectus.“The Council has had the opportunity to work with many of these companies over the years and together with other support agencies we will continue to support new and existing companies doing business in Donegal”.He added “Donegal is also fortunate to have many well known ambassadors and people who have a special love for Donegal and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with many of these people particularly through the Donegal Diaspora project. This is a very important part of who we are as a county and as a community and we very much appreciate the support of our diaspora and all those who have a special connection with Donegal”. The Donegal Prospectus will be launched tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2pm at Oakfield Park, Raphoe.HEAR WHY DONEGAL IS THE PLACE TO BE WITH LAUNCH OF NEW PROSPECTUS was last modified: July 28th, 2015 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:county councildonegallaunchprospectuslast_img read more

Strike looms for MWD

first_imgUnion representatives will meet with MWD officials one more time next week. The workers threatening to strike include both blue- and white-collar workers: welders, machinists, chemists, microbiologists and “everyone that’s not in management or a supervisor,” said Robert Reeves, president of Local 1902. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Angry over what they say are “take-backs” in workers’ rights and health care benefits, employees of the Metropolitan Water District, which supplies much of the San Gabriel Valley area, are moving toward their first strike against the agency.MWD imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California. It supplies about 25 percent of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District’s water and about 50 percent of Three Valleys Municipal Water District’s, according to those agencies. It also provides 60 percent of Pasadena’s water supply. Local suppliers say plans are in place to ensure water service would not be interrupted in case of a strike at the 78-year-old agency. “There will be absolutely no problem in the San Gabriel Basin,” said Anthony Fellow, an Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District board member. The Upper District, which serves 17 cities in the San Gabriel Valley, has a large groundwater basin it draws most of its water from. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventMWD’s employee union, Local 1902 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL- CIO, has been bargaining with the district for almost 10 months over a new contract. Union members voted Monday to reject a mediator’s proposal. Union officials said a 50 percent increase in employee-paid premiums for the preferred provider organization, PersCare, would add $100 a month to the $200 employees already pay, based on current rates. About 150 employees are enrolled in that plan, they said. Union officials said the changes are motivated by anti-union sentiment in the district’s board, not by fiscal need. About 1,600 employees are union members, she said. The district has 1,840 active employees, said Gilbert Ivey, MWD chief administrative officer. Ivey said the district would continue to pay 90 percent of the PPO for the next two years, and would still be paying 85percent in the third year, he said. The agreement would mean no change for 87 percent of members who choose either health care option, he said. last_img read more


first_imgThe chopper comes back for another load of stone to be delivered on Sliabh Liag.An ambitious plan to safeguard and strengthen pathways on one of Donegal’s best-known tourist attractions lifted off yesterday.The plan will see more than 500 tonnes of rock delivered on pathways across Sliabh Liag – by helicopter.Hundreds of huge bags of stone were placed nearby and are being collected by helicopter to be delivered at pathways across the famous cliffs. Donegal County Council has insisted the repair and upgrade work will not interfere with tourists in the area.The chopper begins to take loads of stone up to the cliff pathways.Many tourists gathered at the cliffs yesterday to see the reapir work commence.Local TD Thomas Pringle had appealed to the council to defer the work from this week and put it back to September.However, the council said the work which takes place throughout the week, was weather dependent. Ironically the helicopter due to deliver the stone did not arrive until lunch-time yesterday – reportedly hampered by the weather conditions.The work is being carried out by Metro Building on behalf of Donegal County Council and Bord Failte.   CONTROVERSIAL PLAN TO UPGRADE TOP DONEGAL TOURIST ATTRACTION TAKES OFF was last modified: August 19th, 2014 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:donegalhelicopterrockssliabh liagTD Thomas Pringlelast_img read more

Rescuing Dinosaur Soft Tissue from the Ravages of Time

first_imgThe reaction of scientists to irrefutable evidence for soft tissue in dinosaur bone sounds all too human: ignore, rant, rationalize; repeat.Blogger Jon Tennant, a grad student at Imperial College London studying vertebrate macroevolution, believes in ghosts.  His recent post, “How do the chemical ghosts of dinosaurs help their preservation?”, abridged on The Conversation, tries to keep soft tissue old in dinosaur bones by building on Mary Schweitzer’s recent work suggesting that iron atoms from heme molecules hold onto the delicate remains, keeping them intact for millions of years.  Does it work?  He knows it’s a stretch:Life as we know it is carbon-based, that is, organic. These organic molecules containing mostly carbon and hydrogen are delicate to the ravages of time, relatively speaking. They aren’t usually preserved in fossils that paleontologists unearth to tell the story of our planet’s past. For them, it is vital information lost forever.It should be lost forever, that is, if the bones are tens of millions of years old.  But it’s not.  That’s the problem.  Schweitzer’s work turned up “structures resembling blood vessels and even the residue of proteins.”  What is his answer?  A fairy tale:… Schweitzer shows that, during the process preservation, the conditions can often be “just right” to save tissues – the ‘Goldilocks effect’. This process that she calls “tissue fixation” may help paleontologists look at molecular remains that may hold important clues about these beasts. Borrowing a host of analytical tools from Earth and environmental sciences, Schweitzer shows it may be possible to observe the “chemical ghosts” remaining in fossils, and how these have helped to exquisitely preserve molecular structures.One should not confuse cute phrases, like those in quote marks above, with explanation.  (Q. “How did soft tissues survive for 70 million years?”  A. “Tissue fixation.”)  It’s also suspect in science to invoke special conditions, like a “Goldlilocks effect.”  For the explanation, Tennant offers nothing new; he just borrows Schweitzer’s hypothesis that iron preserved the blood and osteocytes preferentially.  He knows this is also a stretch:Only a decade ago, this hypothesis would have been laughed at by fellow scientists. While many still remain unconvinced, there is growing evidence that molecular tissues may actually have been preserved. Now the question is: how much have palaeontologists missed by not considering these potentially high levels of preservation in dinosaurs? And how much is there that is still left to be found at such levels of detail?In his lengthier blog entry, Tennant reveals the reaction of fellow scientists to the news about dinosaur soft tissue.  It sounds all too human:Naturally, her research has been met with a whole wad of stiff resistance from the scientific community, seemingly for no other reason than “We don’t like the sound of that..”. Scientific rigour ftw!(We refuse to translate the acronym, but it means the scientific community was very bothered by the news.)   He adds to the laughter claim: it’s “something that 10 years ago would have been laughed out of the room, and still is by many.”  For himself, though, he finds the evidence compelling that it really is original soft tissue.  To rule out other explanations, he points to (1) the reaction of the tissue to antibodies, (2) the peptide sequence data, and (3) the discovery of intact histone proteins.Tennant’s blog entry says that Phil Manning coined the term “chemical ghosts,” but the phrase seems misleading.  They are not phantoms, but real original remains, including osteocytes with their delicate dendrites intact.  Tennant includes some electron micrographs of T. rex vessels infiltrated with iron, compared with tissues from a hadrosaur fossil and from a recently-dead ostrich.  Since they all show infiltration of iron, it’s iron to the rescue!  Soft tissue can be preserved for 70 million years!  (See 11/26/13 about Schweitzer’s hypothesis.)  Now, armed with a catch-all “explanation” for delicate remains, he can breathe a sigh of relief, and get excited again with his evolutionary scientism:For me, this is one of the greatest steps in recent palaeontology – no longer do we just have bones, but we have other soft tissues like feathers, skin, and internal structures, adding a whole new bio-chemical dimension to how we perceive fossils. Of course, this opens up a whole new wealth of knowledge to be uncovered about extinct animals, their physiologies, and their evolutionary roles.So why aren’t paleontologists all over the world rushing to uncover all this evidence they had not considered before?  He doesn’t say.  Nine years after Schweitzer’s first bombshell announcement (3/24/05, 1/30/11), maybe they still don’t like the sound of it.Other Dinosaur NewsSpeaking of T. rex, Europe got its version of a tyrannosaur, which National Geographic calls “Big Bruiser.”  A “pint-size” tyrannosaur was found in Alaska, Nature News reported.  Finally, in a bizarre mix of cosmology and paleontology, both Nature and New Scientist proposed a hypothesis that dark matter killed the dinosaurs.  The idea is that the solar system passes through the disk of the Milky Way periodically, where dark matter is expected to be more dense.  The extra matter might trigger barrages of comets.  This hypothesis was not treated with unmixed support:The arbitrary selection of craters and the fact that some estimates of their ages bear large error bars, adds to the uncertainty, says Adrian Melott, an astrophysicist at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. “Dissipative dark matter is a possible explanation, but it’s not clear that it’s explaining anything real,” he says.Despite its speculative basis, Randall says that the exercise is valuable. “This is trying to turn this somewhat crazy idea into science, by saying we will make predictions based on it,” she says. “We’re not saying we think it’s 100% going to be true.“Send in your crazy idea to Nature and make a prediction.  Who knows; maybe they will publish it.Well, you have just observed something about “the scientific community.”  They are willing to blast the world to hang on to their evolutionary notions.  They will ignore evidence that stares them in the face.  They don’t like the sound of anything that threatens their naturalistic religion with its obligatory moyboys.  They believe in ghosts and children’s fairy tales (whatever happened to uniformity of nature, if Goldilocks is their savior?).  They invent phrases that masquerade as explanations, that accomplish nothing more than hiding their biases.  Give them contradictory evidence, and they will laugh you out of the room.  When they can’t do that any longer, they will grasp at any straw and turn it into a pillar, then stand on it and proclaim how wonderful scientism is.This is known as “suppressing the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). 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