Can Claudio Ranieri keep Fulham up?

first_imgIt is not even three years since Claudio Ranieri pulled off one of the most remarkable feats in the modern era of football by guiding Leicester City to the Premier League title.Exactly how it happened still seems a bit of a mystery and even Ranieri must pinch himself when recalling the events of that year. But somehow, everything fell into place, the stars aligned and the Foxes were crowned champions of England.The task aheadIn contrast, the task of keeping Fulham in the top flight must seem simple. The newly promoted club spent big in the summer, but failed to replicate the kind of form that won them plaudits in their Championship promotion campaign. As a result, Slaviša Jokanović’s three-year reign was brought to an end and the club turned to the Italian miracle worker to revive their fortunes.After four games at the helm, Ranieri’s side are sat at the bottom of the Premier League table, but they are only five points adrift of 14th-ranked Cardiff City and a win could lift them out of the drop zone. Since his arrival, things seem to have improved and you can click here to find the latest prices from redbet, showing Fulham’s odds to be relegated have shortened slightly. His trophy cabinet suggests he can do itRanieri has form when it comes to taking newly promoted teams to greater heights. In 1993, he joined a Fiorentina side languishing in the Serie B and led them to promotion by winning the title at the first attempt. He then led them to the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana titles and guided them to fourth place in only their second term back in the top flight.In February 2007, he took over a Parma side threatened with relegation and led them to safety by winning seven and drawing three of their last 16 games. At the end of that season, he was offered the chance to coach Juventus. He accepted and led them to third place in Serie A and Champions League qualification just a year after they had been competing in Serie B following the 2006 Calciopoli scandal.In 2012, he took over at French second tier club Monaco and led them to Ligue 1, after achieving a Ligue 2 win for the club, for the first time in its history. The following season, he guided them to second place in Ligue 1 behind serial champions Paris Saint-Germain.But it hasn’t all been a bed of rosesRanieri’s high points have often been followed by slumps that have cost him his job. His biggest problem has been maintaining high standards once they have been met. His spell  at Leicester offers a perfect example of that. In February 2017, just nine months after leading Leicester to their extraordinary title, the club was sat just a point above the drop zone with 13 games left to play and Ranieri was sacked.The Italian brings a wealth of experience and has good memories of working in West London from his time at Chelsea. He began his spell at Fulham with a win and almost doubled their point’s tally in his first three games in charge. If he can guide them to safety, it will be another good job done for the coach they once called the ‘Tinkerman’. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoDroneXProBig Drone Companies Are Furious Over New “Selfie Drone” Released OnlineDroneXProUndoTopGadgetAdvisorAre You Looking For a Remedy For Neck Pain?TopGadgetAdvisorUndoOfficial IQ TestIQ Test: What is your IQ? Answer 30 Questions to find out!Official IQ TestUndoEldelperiodico.com您將離開輕產品後閱讀此Eldelperiodico.comUndoHealth & Human Research7 Best Herbs For Natural Kidney CleansingHealth & Human ResearchUndoTopGadgetAdvisorThis Device Lets You Translate 43 Languages, It’s Flying Off Shelves In Hong KongTopGadgetAdvisorUndolast_img read more

Stupid Evolution Quote Prizes

first_imgThe Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week goes to Mark Gladwin (04/25/2007) who said something the gentler sex will probably wince at: “Study the pregnant women, because that’s where you’ll see evolution in action.” No offense intended, we hope.  A runner-up goes to Deborah Charlesworth, who in Current Biology April 17 named Darwin as a scientific hero and associated Darwin-doubters with militant ducks.  Asked what is the biggest current challenge facing the scientific community, she said,I think it is the difficulty of communicating an understanding of what science really is.  This is affecting young people who don’t feel the fascination of science, and it is allowing the spread of all kinds of irrational beliefs, such as quack medicine.  Evolutionary biology is under repeated attack from those who think, or wish, that non-natural processes must be involved.Another contestant was Charles Lineweaver in Astrobiology Magazine who, in reviewing a book about the Gaia hypothesis, swept away Darwin-doubters with one hand while scratching his head over a fundamental Darwinian question with the other hand: “Forget the debates with creationists and intelligent designers; the scientific debate about the unit of selection is one of the most important challenges that Darwinism has ever had to face.”    A new prize for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Month should probably be instituted for contestants like the following.  David Brooks, a conservative columnist for the New York Times, wrote in an editorial entitled “The Age of Darwin” that evolution has become the “unifying grand narrative” of the modern age.  Writing from Jerusalem, where he compared the holy sites to the Rockefeller Museum, he wrote in superlatives that would make Darwin blush:And it occurred to me that while we postmoderns say we detest all-explaining narratives, in fact a newish grand narrative has crept upon us willy-nilly and is now all around.  Once the Bible shaped all conversation, then Marx, then Freud, but today Darwin is everywhere….    According to this view, human beings, like all other creatures, are machines for passing along genetic code.  We are driven primarily by a desire to perpetuate ourselves and our species….    The cosmologies of the societies represented in the Rockefeller Museum looked up toward the transcendent.  Their descendants still fight over sacred spots like the Holy of Holies a short walk away.  But the evolutionary society is built low to the ground.  God may exist and may have set the process in motion, but he’s not active.  Evolution doesn’t really lead to anything outside itself.  Individuals are predisposed not by innate sinfulness or virtue, but by the epigenetic rules encoded in their cells.He ended, “We have a grand narrative that explains behavior and gives shape to history.  We have a central cosmology to embrace, argue with or unconsciously submit to.”    This editorial by David Brooks (read it in its entirety at Free Democracy) brought sharp rebukes from Richard Kirk at The American Spectator and Bruce Chapman at the Discovery Institute.  Kirk accused Brooks of personification in his depiction of the “logic” of evolution: “One must slip a personifying image of Mother Nature through an intellectual back door to make the term mean what Brooks implies in his paean-of-sorts to Richard Dawkins’ ‘Blind Watchmaker.’”    But the bluntness of the wording in the editorial led some to believe that surely Brooks was satirizing Darwin.  That’s what Logan Gage at Discovery Institute first thought, but now he’s not sure.  Maybe our readers can tell if it was all just a joke.Update 04/28/2007: The verdict is in.  Logan Gage wrote again for Evolution News that despite his incredulity Brooks would say such things, he stands corrected: Brooks would, and did.For the sake of Mr. Brooks’ reputation, we certainly wish he had been joking.  A worse statement of utter capitulation to Darwin could hardly be found.  It is totally groundless, self refuting, simplistic and uninformed – if he meant it seriously.    Current Biology, true to form, dredged up another Darwin lover for its biweekly interview.  The answer to the obligatory question “Do you have any scientific heroes?” must include “Darwin” or else you get dunked.  It’s all a game the editors play.  Deborah Charlesworth, like her husband Brian, are card-carrying members of the Darwin Party attack force.  This means they have to portray the peace-loving Visigoths as the attackers.  At least she also included Gregor Mendel as a scientific hero.    Charles Lineweaver showed the childlike faith in Darwin, characteristic of good disciples, that can permit the most damning questions to remain unanswered while ignoring those who have a different approach.  Oddly, he can give the time of day to weird science like Gaia, but not offer one short sentence to the kind of theistic science that built modern science in the first place (online book).    It’s quotes like these that lead one to resign oneself to the strategy of Max Planck who, when asked why quantum mechanics became accepted, remarked that the doubters simply died off.  Sad to say, a younger generation of more open-minded scientists willing to consider design arguments will likely have to tolerate the rantings of Darwin’s old fogies (like certain Senators) for a few more years.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Finding South Africa’s next HIV-positive hero

first_imgThis World Aids Day on 1 December the HIV epidemic gets a shot of hope with the launch of the Search for the Next Positive Hero SA, which aims to create HIV-positive role-models for the five million South Africans living with the virus.The project is an initiative by the Change the Stigma Project, founded by Charles Jacobs, the first openly HIV-positive finalist in the Mr Gay South Africa competition. In 2011, when Jacobs was nominated as a finalist, he took a courageous step. Having lived with the HIV virus for nine years, he decided to disclose his status publicly, the first time any finalist had done so, and challenge the humiliation associated with HIV and Aids.“People living with HIV often say the stigma they encounter is worse than the disease itself,” Jacobs says. “That stigma is exactly what prolongs the journey from denial to acceptance for anyone who is HIV positive, and is what we aim to change with the search.”In 2012 the NGO Positive Heroes chose Jacobs as their first positive hero. This prompted him to create the Change the Stigma Project, to search for more positive role-models.Watch Charles Jacobs discuss the Change the Stigma Project:“This is not a beauty pageant,” he says. “It is the exact opposite. It’s about sharing your journey that will help others accept who they are. It is about moving away from feeding HIV with fear, and filling it with hope instead.”Trevor Kleinhans, the author of Secrets Make You Sick, joins the search as a patron. Using his public speaking and press experience on the subjects of HIV, gay rights, sexual abuse and drug abuse, he will help spread the message of hope.“Disclosing one’s HIV-positive status is an immensely powerful act,” he says. “In one moment it takes everything negative that society assumes about the disease, and turns it on its head. To see a person full of vitality openly sharing their story, for someone afraid of the judgment of friends, family and the public, is quite simply life-changing.”Beginning on World Aids Day on 1 December 2014, contestants will be able to enter the search by visiting the Change the Stigma Project website.  Once finalists have been selected in March 2015, the public will be able to vote for their favourite positive hero. It is then that the journey begins.Positive Hero finalists will share their personal HIV journey via a self-made video. They will then select their own South African HIV charity or non-profit organisation and create an awareness and fundraising project for them, in this way challenging misconceptions about people living with HIV.“Stigma and discrimination has helped the spread of HIV,” says Jacobs. “It’s made people afraid to test and prevented often the most vulnerable from getting care. It’s time that the human progress in how we handle HIV/Aids in our community begins to match the advances being made in the research lab.”last_img read more

Google Earth Goes to the Moon

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web Just in time to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, Google has just enabled a model of the moon in Google Earth. Moon in Google Earth features a 3D model of the moon with both current and historic images, panoramic, street view-like photos, and models of numerous lunar landers, as well as guided tours with videos (one narrated by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin). Google unveiled this new layer at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. today. Any user of Google Earth 5.0 can now roam around the moon without the need to update the program. Just click on the planet button in the top toolbar and select ‘Moon.’It’s worth noting that Google Moon already offered a Google Maps-like experience since 2005, but the 3D-view and the higher degree of interactivity (especially thanks to the embedded videos from Spacecraft Films) makes Google Earth a far better vehicle for these images. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting After Mars, the moon is the second planet in Google Earth’s repertoire, and it shows how extensible the software really is. Just a few months ago, Google also unveiled the Ocean layer in Google Earth, which gives users access to an area that we probably know even less about than Mars and the moon. Related Posts frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Fire closes Dennys in Pacific Beach

first_img Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Fire closes Denny’s in Pacific Beach SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three people escaped unharmed Thursday from a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage at a restaurant in Pacific Beach.Firefighters responded to the blaze at about 12:40 a.m. at the Denny’s restaurant on the corner of Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Firefighters arrived and found heavy smoke in the restaurant as well as fire in the roof and attic area above the kitchen, Munoz said.Crews were able to knock down the flames around 35 minutes after arrival, Munoz said.Three workers, who were inside when the fire started, were able to escape unharmed, 10News reported.The cause of the fire was under investigation.The blaze caused an estimated $850,000 in damage to the structure and $150,000 in damage to the building’s contents, Munoz said.San Diego County health officials were notified and the restaurant was closed down until the officials can complete an inspection. Posted: October 25, 2018center_img Jonathan Halvorson Updated: 3:34 PM October 25, 2018last_img read more