Chaotic but still on course, Spain seek major World Cup improvement

first_img“Long live VAR! But like this we won’t win the World Cup,” declared the front page of Spanish sports daily Marca on Tuesday.A last minute solution to patch up the errors of a miserable start is the story of Spain’s World Cup so far.Coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before their tournament opener against Portugal, with Fernando Hierro rushed into the role despite his lack of previous managerial experience.Hierro has been unable to match the heights of La Roja’s brilliant qualifying campaign under Lopetegui, although he was praised for the impact of his substitutions against Morocco as Aspas and Rodrigo came off the bench to save the day.By winning the group Spain face hosts Russia in Moscow on Sunday and find themselves on the more favourable side of the draw, as is reflected by their new status as tournament favourites by bookmakers.However, a series of defensive lapses need to be eradicated if they are to go any further.“We like to be clear and honest,” said captain Sergio Ramos, who was at fault for both Moroccan goals. “This is not the way forward.“The group stages always allow you a margin for error, these errors from now on send you home.”– ‘Transparent’ De Gea –Dropped? David de Gea could be left out for Spain’s World Cup last 16 tie with Russia © AFP / Jewel SAMADRamos and Gerard Pique have at times endured a frosty off-field relationship due to their roles as figureheads for the Real Madrid-Barcelona rivalry.On the field, though, they have rarely been questioned with multiple Champions League medals for their clubs and World Cup and European Championship winners for Spain.Both have been error-strewn so far in Russia with Pique also lucky to escape an early red card against Morocco.Behind them David de Gea looks a different goalkeeper to the one who has won Manchester United’s player of the year for four of the past five seasons.De Gea let a simple Cristiano Ronaldo effort through his hands in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal and has made just one save in three games.“Goalkeepers have moments where they lose their confidence and become transparent because they don’t make any saves. That is what is happening right now to De Gea,” former Spanish international ‘keeper Santi Canizares told radio station Cadena SER.De Gea’s understudy, Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, has never even started a competitive international. But there are increasing calls for the 23-year-old to be thrown into the intimidating atmosphere of 80,000 home fans baying for an upset at the Luzhniki Stadium this weekend.“From now the games of life and death begin and we can’t continue gifting goals away,” said Isco, Spain’s best performer in Russia to date.Heroes of Spain’s three successive tournament wins between 2008 and 2012, Andres Iniesta and David Silva’s places in the team are also under threat from the more youthful Koke, Saul Niguez and Marco Asensio.Hierro promised to make “as few changes as possible” when hired less than two weeks ago. Now he is under pressure to revolutionise his team to ensure Spain remain in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000VAR to the rescue: Iago Aspas celebrates his equaliser against Morocco © AFP / Patrick HERTZOGSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 26 – In a chaotic World Cup, Spain have lost a coach and won just one game, but remain ultimately where they want to be after winning Group B in dramatic fashion with the help of VAR.Iago Aspas’s injury time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw against already eliminated Morocco had initially been ruled out by an errant offside flag before the video assistant referee intervened.last_img read more

Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week

first_imgThis week’s entry has a little jargon in it, but if you remember what we’ve said about the tRNA synthetase family of proteins (see 05/26/2004, 07/21/2003 and 06/09/2003 headlines), you’ll get it.  Paul Schimmel and Karla Ewalt comment in Cell1 on new discoveries by Sampath et al.2 that two of these synthetases fuse together to regulate the inflammation reaction:Aminoacyl tRNA synthetases are ancient proteins that appeared before the split of the tree of life into its three great kingdoms—archae [sic], eukarya, and bacteria.  The 20 enzymes—one for each amino acid—catalyze aminoacylation of tRNAs and thereby establish the rules of the genetic code by associating each amino acid with a nucleotide triplet (the anticodon of the tRNA).  The transition from the RNA world to the theater of proteins was thus made possible by the development of specific aminoacylation reactions.  While the central connection between synthetases and the code has long been recognized, the modern enzymes have surprised us with novel functions beyond aminoacylation.  They are key regulators and active components in a wide range of cellular functions from RNA splicing and transcription to apoptosis and angiogenesis….    …. we now see that tRNA synthetases in mammalian cells have more diverse and comprehensive connections to the inflammatory system than was previously appreciated.  The diverse functions of these essential enzymes never cease to amaze!1Paul Schimmel and Karla Ewalt, “Translation Silenced by Fused Pair of tRNA Synthetases,” Cell, Volume 119, Issue 2, 15 October 2004, Pages 147-148, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2004.10.001.2Sampath et al., “Noncanonical Function of Glutamyl-Prolyl-tRNA Synthetase Gene-Specific Silencing of Translation,” Cell, Volume 119, Issue 2, 15 October 2004, Pages 195-208, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2004.09.030.To be an evolutionist, you have to take the Crick brainwashing class.  This involves repeating the following quote by Francis Crick over and over until it is engraved on the heart with an iron stylus: “Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but evolved.”(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2018 Ohio State Fair Draft Horse Show will be streamed live

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New for 2018: All evening performances during the 2018 Ohio State Fair Draft Horse Show will be streamed live on the Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net Facebook page as well as at ocj.com.The list of classes that will be streamed live is listed below.Click here to download a complete schedule of all classes including those that will not be streamed live.Monday, July 30, 2018 at 5:30  p.m.Registered Percheron Six Mare Hitch Belgian Six Horse Hitch Open No Registered Mares Belgian Four Registered Mares Reg. Percheron Stallion/Gelding Unicorn Registered Belgian Mare Cart, Lady To Drive Percheron Mare Team Driven By A Lady Belgian Team Driven By A Lady Percheron Team Driven By A Lady, Stallion/GeldingTuesday, July 31, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.Belgian Mare Six Horse Hitch Registered Percheron Open Six-Horse Hitch ** Open Belgian Unicorn – No Registered Mares Reg. Belgian Cart Mare, Gentleman To Drive Percheron Single Cart Mare, Lady To Drive Open Belgian Team No Registered Mares Percheron Single Cart Stallion/Gelding, Gentleman To Drive Percheron Registered Mare Four Hitch Open Belgian Single Cart, Lady To Drive Registered Belgian Mare Team Percheron Cart Mare, Gentleman To Drive Percheron Stallion/Gelding Cart, Lady To DriveWednesday, August 1, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.Buckeye Battle of the Breeds Team All Draft Horse Breed Under Saddle Western WTC Registered Percheron Team Draft Pony/Haflinger Tandem All Draft Horse Breed Under Saddle Western WT Open Belgian Four Hitch, No Registered Mares Reg. Percheron Stallion/Gelding Four Draft Pony/Haflinger Four Hitch Clydesdale/Shira Open 4 Horse Hitch Registered Belgian Mare Unicorn Percheron Mares Unicorn All Draft Breed Pleasure Driving Draft Pony/Haflinger Mare Cart ClassThursday, August 2, 2018 at 6 p.m.Governor’s Cup All Draft Breed 6 Horse Hitch Shire Open Cart Gentleman To Drive Clydesdale Mare Cart Gent Or Lady To Drive Shire Open Cart Driven By A Lady Draft Pony Team Registered Draft Haflinger Team Driven By A Gentleman Clydesdale S/G Cart Lady To Drive Registered Shire S/G/M Cart Gentleman Or Lady To DriveFriday, August 3, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.Clydesdale/Shire Six Horse Open Hitch Draft Pony/Haflinger Six Hitch Championship Series Clyde/Shire Pleasure Driving Open Clydesdale/Shire Registered Teamlast_img read more