Using Finagle’s Rules in Cosmology

first_imgFudging and finagling often underlie the confident-sounding claims of cosmologists.Finagle’s Rules prescribe ways to ameliorate Murphy’s Law in science.  They are needed because, according to Finagle, “The perversity of the Universe tends towards a maximum.”  Here are the rules:To study a subject, understand it thoroughly before you start.Always keep a record of data – it indicates that you have been working.Draw your curves first, then plot your data.If in doubt, make it sound convincing.Experiments should be reproducible – they should fail in the same way.Do not believe in miracles, rely on them.The case of the impossible star:  A “Methuselah” star older than the universe was reported on Space.com.  That, of course, is impossible, so what did astronomers do?  In order to keep current theory intact, they worked the puzzle from both ends.  They increased the age of the universe, and worked to decrease the estimated age of the star from 16 billion years down to a more reasonable level, by altering theory to let it burn faster.  But the new estimate is still paradoxical, because the star has to be significantly younger than the big bang to allow time for gas to condense into galaxies.  “In the end, the astronomers estimated that HD 140283 was born 14.5 billion years ago, plus or minus 800 million years,” the article ends.  “Further observations could help bring the Methuselah star’s age down even further, making it unequivocally younger than the universe, researchers said.”  Is that further observations, or further finagling?The case of the unwelcome supernova:  Type-Ia supernovas are the “standard candles” of cosmology, critical links for determining distance and age of the universe.  An upstart new type of Type-Ia has been found, potentially blurring the calibration.  Called Type-Iax, it is 1/100th fainter and less energetic than classical Type-Ia supernovae, Science Daily said, and may account for a third of all Type-Ia supernovae.  Couldn’t that call into question earlier estimates, making some supernova events look farther away than they were?  The article didn’t say.  What it did say was not particularly encouraging for standard theory.  “Researchers aren’t sure what triggers a Type Iax,” for one thing.  What one astronomer said was even more disconcerting: “The closer we look, the more ways we find for stars to explode.” Maybe that’s why Space.com‘s headline read, “Whoa! Mini-Supernovas Discovered.”The case of the anomalous good fit:  Most of the science news media gave excited headlines about how a new map of the cosmic background radiation made from Planck Telescope data “confirms standard cosmology” (Science Now; see Finagle Rule #4). The Planck telescope, three times more sensitive than its predecessor WMAP, “backs sudden ‘inflation’ after the big bang,” according to Nature News.  They were less excited, and more worried, about the “anomaly” in the data, the so-called “axis of evil.”  Planck seems to have confirmed the presence of a preferred direction in space – a violation of the so-called “Copernican Principle” that expects every direction to look the same:The asymmetry “defines a preferred direction in space, which is an extremely strange result”, says Efstathiou. This rules out some models of inflation, but does not undermine the idea itself, he adds. It does, however, raise tantalizing hints that there may yet be new physics to be discovered in Planck’s data.Not only that, Planck found a “‘cold spot’ that covers a large area.”  Space.com discussed how the new map makes the universe “older than thought” by about 100 million years, based on its calculated value of the Hubble constant.  The new truth to be told in textbooks is 13.82 billion years, not 13.7, meaning that “space and time are expanding slightly slower than scientists thought.”  The phrase “than thought” appears again in New Scientist: “The universe is almost perfect, 80 million years older than we thought, and maybe a little bit evil.”  New Scientist suggested the anomaly might represent a bump from a neighboring universe born from”eternal inflation” putting a “bruise” on ours – a speculative notion far beyond experimental confirmation.   At best, Efstathiou said, “There is less stuff that we don’t understand, by a tiny amount.”If you don’t know how much you don’t understand, then you don’t know how much you do understand.  Suppose you don’t understand 99.99% of reality.  Improving that to 99.98% (“a tiny amount”) is hardly cause for rejoicing.  A bad sign is when you have to conclude, based on your favored notions, that the stuff of stars and galaxies is perverse or evil.  Since gas cannot be evil, the evil must reside in the minds of the theorists who fudge and finagle the data, or invent new physics, to keep their presumably righteous theories intact.  When you hear a cosmologist worrying about an “extremely strange result,” ask whether it is the evidence, or the astronomer, that deserves the adjective.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pass Office now place of shelter

first_img3 August 2007Where apartheid officials once enforced the notorious pass laws, children now laugh and sing. Johannesburg’s old Albert Street Pass Office has become a refuge for abused and homeless women and their children.The building epitomised South Africa’s old regime; it was a place where black people stood in long lines to get their passbooks or dompases. With a flick of an official’s pen, a person could be endorsed out of Johannesburg – and thereby out of a job, a livelihood and security for their family.Today, children rush at visitors, hugging their legs in welcome. Then, once seated in their colourful classrooms, they sing Incy Wincy Spider, with the accompanying actions.The Little Fish Nursery School accommodates 55 children from the shelter and others from the immediate surrounds. And although the children don’t have a sand pit or green grass to tumble on – they have a small concrete courtyard with a jungle gym and swings under a solitary plane tree – they exude a confidence and exuberance that belies their unfriendly surrounds.The school is just a small section of the former Albert Street Pass Office, a four-storey, red-brick building on the south-eastern edge of Johannesburg’s CBD. It is now the Usindiso Women’s Shelter, run by chief executive Jay Bradley. Although the shelter has been running since 1994, Bradley has been involved at the pass office since 2001, when Usindiso Ministries took over the running of the shelter.Pass lawsThousands were probably endorsed out of the city from these offices, to apartheid South Africa’s wasted homelands, as officials administered a swathe of apartheid control measures: the Pass Laws of 1952, the Group Areas Act of 1950 and the Population Registration Act of 1950, among others.The principal means of control was through the dompas, a pass, originally introduced by the British in the Cape in 1809, used to control the movement of blacks to the cities. Under the 1952 Act, black women and men were only allowed to live in cities if they were born there, had lived in a city continuously for 15 years or had worked for the same employer for 10 years.Opened in 1954 as the Non-European Affairs Department, the Albert Street office was enlarged in the 1960s to accommodate the intensification of influx control as it became more established. But by the mid-1980s, the system had become unmanageable and, together with protests and anti-pass campaigns, the Nationalist government was forced to admit failure – pass carrying was abolished in South Africa in 1986.The offices closed, remaining empty for a number of years before they were occupied by the Transvaal Provincial Administration in the early 1990s. They were converted into a shelter in 1994.The building has been listed on the Johannesburg Heritage List, and is to be recommended for inclusion on the Provincial Heritage Roll, so as to be preserved and protected for historical reasons.Pass legislation resulted in broken homes, separating husbands and wives and leaving children to be brought up by relatives in the distant “homelands”.VisionBradley’s vision for the shelter is that by the time each person leaves, they should have had skills training and counselling so that they can stand on their own two feet and be contributing members of society.“It does happen,” says Bradley, “but not as much as we’d like.”The shelter gets funding from the City and the province, and donations help Bradley balance her budget. Usindiso is a non-profit organisation and has 25 staff. A retired doctor visits once a week.Usindiso (“the saving place”) can cater for up to 85 women and children, although at the moment there are about 75 people at the shelter, ranging from 17 years to women in their 60s. Boys of eight years and older are sent to one of several boys’ shelters in Hillbrow and Berea.Bradley says the shelter ideally aims to house the women for three to six months, but generally they stay for about a year. “Each individual is assessed on her needs. Six months is just not long enough.”While at the shelter, they are given counselling and skills training, which includes workshops on HIV and Aids awareness, parenting and computer training.FacilitiesThe building consists of four floors, with a sick bay, a receiving room (for those just brought in and needing to see a social worker), a clinic, a dining room and kitchen, a lounge and TV room, communal bathrooms, a chapel (previously the pass court), a large hall (the former pass issuing and renewal office, with two rows of counters), and several dozen rooms for women and their children.Bradley is on the brink of opening the fourth floor for accommodation for teenage girls. Workmen are busy finishing off the painting, creating bright sunny rooms for the girls. A lounge with cheerful purple couches is ready.They’ll have a large rooftop space, which will soon contain potted plants. Bradley is conducting interviews to place a housemother. She wants to take runaway girls off the streets and offer them a temporary home.One of the major tasks is to help the women get grants and pensions for the women over 60. This sometimes requires helping them to get their IDs beforehand, assisted by social workers.Today there are three women in the receiving room – one is sleeping, another is sitting on a plastic chair and the third is propped up on a bed, surrounded by her three children. No one smiles. They wait patiently for a social worker.Down the passage a knock on a door reveals a smiling face. Inside are three young women, one lying on her bed with her baby. She is 22; her baby is five months old.The walls of the room are covered in large posters and curtains are drawn across the windows. The women are chatting happily and there’s a cosiness in the room. The baby smiles contentedly when Bradley coos at him.Down a floor and another door is opened. A women leaves her six-year-old child lying on the bed, invisible under a thick blanket. She is in pyjamas, her hair tied back. Her face is swollen.She says she was beaten by her husband when she went to fetch her ID book and some clothes for her child. He wanted her to sign a letter – the business is in her name and he needs her signature.They had something to eat at the house, but she thinks he has poisoned them both. “My child hasn’t had anything to eat for 24 hours,” she says, gesticulating to the bundle on the bed, “and I’ve been feeling sick.” She is bent over as she sits on the edge of another bed.An empathetic Bradley says she will return soon to speak to her.Burglaries and patrolsAcross the road from the shelter is a miniature squatter camp, with about a dozen shacks. There are no toilets, no taps and no rubbish bins.Bradley thinks the burglaries the shelter has had recently emanate from the camp; or perhaps from the two chop shops alongside, or from the many factories that surround the shelter. The chop shops were recently raided by the police, but were back in business within a week. The shelter now has electric fencing along that side of the wall.She is discussing with the police a proposal to train some of the shelter’s women to patrol the streets. The police will train the women, who will pass on information to them, but they won’t confront anyone. For this service, they will be paid R50 a day.“Once they have a job, they can take responsibility for their lives,” Bradley explains.ResponsibilityShe’s noticed that some women don’t take responsibility for their own lives, seeing the position they’re in as “everyone else’s fault”. This creates problems for her. “It’s difficult to get them to move on . We will never put them out on the street but we have rules and regulations.”What this means is that some women move from shelter to shelter or, ultimately, back to their families in the rural areas. Some just don’t want to be helped.Bradley says her aim is for them to have their own homes, eventually, once they have jobs. About 15 women have got jobs in the upholstery sector, after receiving training through the shelter.“We hope that something has happened here,” she says, lifting her hand to her chest, with a smile.Social workersThe two resident social workers are Betty Mabunda and Rosinah Hadebe. Sitting at a desk, their expressions are a combination of conscientiousness, warmth and concern.Over the past three years, the two have re-united 36 teenage girls with their families. Mabunda and Hadebe know when they’re going to return the girls to their families – the parents phone and ask after them.The girls often won’t disclose the whereabouts of their families – one of their biggest challenges. Mabunda explains that the girls don’t want to trouble their families, who have rejected them after they have disclosed their HIV-positive status.And they often find themselves in the invidious position of becoming the brunt of a boyfriend’s anger – he will phone and threaten them. He sees them as having taken his girlfriend away from him, even though he’s abusing the girl. But then the girl will go back to the boyfriend on payday, to make sure he buys her clothes and food.Another challenge is getting the girls to realise that the shelter is a temporary home. “They don’t want to move – it’s very, very comfortable here. They fight you to stay, saying “I want my place, room 101,’” Hadebe says.But it’s not all negative. Bradley’s personal assistant and receptionist came to the shelter as teenagers – they now both own their own flats. And there is a low staff turnover.When things get her down, Bradley says, she keeps her spirits up because it’s a Christian ministry. “My heart is here; my experience can help these ladies. Without the Lord, this is not possible.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Brand South Africa partners with Umalusi for the 12th (SAAEA) 2018 conference

first_imgTsabeng Nthite – Brand South Africa has partnered with Umalusi to contribute to the improvement of assessment methods and processes in the field of education. Umalusi is currently host to the 12th Southern Africa Association for Educational Assessment (SAAEA) Conference , in the city of Tshwane.Hosted under the theme “Local context in global context: encouraging diversity in assessment” – the conference aims to engage regional academic stakeholders from the African continent on the following focus areas: sustainable assessment practices and standards; innovative assessment opportunities and challenges; diversifying assessment; assessment and the development of critical thinking; as well as the impact of stake holding on effective assessment. Brand South Africa’s GM for Stakeholder Relations – Mpumi Mabuza said: “Assessment is an integral part of instruction in the field of education, as it determines whether or not the goals of education are being met. Assessment affects decisions about grades, placement, advancement, instructional needs, curriculum, and, in some cases, funding. “The ultimate goal, through a series of presentations and panel discussions at the SAAEA Conference is to collaborate on a way forward to solving challenges and identifying opportunities that will further encourage practices and standards in educational assessment.”The partnership is also aligned to South Africa’s National Development Plan which aims to ensure that by 2030 – all South Africans will be enriched by universal early childhood education, high-quality schooling, further education and training that allows them to fulfill their potential, and expanding higher education that accelerates the shift to a knowledge economy.last_img read more

No Access for the Axis: SourceForge Bows to Government Demands

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… mike melanson Related Posts center_img Tags:#news#web SourceForge, one of the the primary distribution hubs of the open source software movement, has shut its doors to visitors from a number of countries, saying that it is working to become compliant with US laws. In a post yesterday, the site responded to rumors around the Twittersphere that various users from outside the US were unable to access the site.The open-source movement has always been community based, working outside of standard boundaries and borders, and some see SourceForge’s move as going against those basic tenets.Here is the reasoning in SourceForge’s own words:“Since 2003, the SourceForge.net Terms and Conditions of Use have prohibited certain persons from receiving services pursuant to U.S. laws, including, without limitations, the Denied Persons List and the Entity List, and other lists issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security. The specific list of sanctions that affect our users concern the transfer and export of certain technology to foreign persons and governments on the sanctions list.”The site began using automatic IP blocking last week and users from a number of countries, including Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria, are now unable to access the site.While some are calling foul and declaring that this is the death of the open-source movement, we have to assume that the technologically savvy users accessing the site would know how to get around a simple IP-based filter. Whether using a tool like Tor, or a proxy service like HotSpot Shield, it can’t be all that difficult to access the site. The SourceForge blog post reminds that “in addition to participating in the open source community, we also live in the real world, and are governed by the laws of the country in which we are located.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Punjab war on drug menace

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday launched the Drug Abuse Prevention Officer initiative aimed at engaging government employees and citizens to wipe out the menace of drugs from the State.Paying tributes to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev at a State-level function at Khatkar Kalan on Martyrs’ Day, Capt. Amarinder said the DAPO programme will involve engaging dedicated volunteers to work in their localities in coordination with the local administration, the police and the Special Task Force.He said more than 4,25,000 volunteers have already registered on the DAPO website as part of the campaign and more applications were expected.“I appeal to one and all to become part of the anti-drugs campaign of the government. It is the collective responsibility of all to rescue the youth from the clutches of drugs, which is destroying the future generations. It is important for everyone to support the government in this fight against drugs in the interest of the State’s development and progress,” he said.Airport renamingReferring to the demand to name Mohali International Airport after Bhagat Singh, Capt. Singh said the Punjab government has already taken up the issue with the Centre and he would personally pursue the matter.The Chief Minister dedicated to the nation the Shaheed-e-Azam Sardar Bhagat Singh Memorial and Museum to commemorate the sacrifices of the martyrs.last_img read more

Demand for tobacco vendor licensing

first_imgAfter the successful ban on e-cigarettes, a demand has been raised in Rajasthan for the enforcement of vendor licensing mechanism to control and regulate the sale of tobacco products. Licensing is expected to act as a major deterrent, which will especially reduce children’s access to cigarettes and other tobacco products.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had announced a complete ban on production, distribution, advertisement and sale of e-cigarettes on May 30 last, a day before World No Tobacco Day. He said the ruling Congress had promised to take steps to curb smoking and addiction among the youths in its election manifesto and the decision would prove to be effective.Successful actionThe successful action for imposing ban on e-cigarettes, after a sustained campaign by voluntary groups, was highlighted at the 41st session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva in June this year, with the emphasis on the rights of tribal children, among whom addiction starts at an early age.Experts and activists said here on Tuesday that the State government should frame rules under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003, making it mandatory for shopkeepers to obtain licence to sell any type of tobacco products. As of now, the vendors violating the rules pay a petty fine and go back to selling tobacco.At an event organised against tobacco addiction, Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital’s head of oncology surgery Suresh Singh said the enforcement of laws putting restrictions on tobacco consumption would be easier with the licensing mechanism and those selling tobacco without a valid licence could be arrested.Dr. Singh said tobacco consumption was a major cause of oral cancer and the number of such patients coming to SMS Hospital had increased from 60 in 2016 to 122 in 2018 and 111 till August this year.Jayesh Joshi, secretary of Vaagdhara, a Banswara-based voluntary group working for tobacco control in the State, said licensing would automatically check the sale of tobacco products in and around educational institutions, hospitals and public places. He said the State government had authorised municipal bodies in 2018 to regulate the sale of tobacco products.The Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2016-17 has stated that 24.7 % of adults in Rajasthan were tobacco users.last_img read more

21st Sletba Open starts; victorious paralympic team cited

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sletba president Engr. Mar Lualhati (right) with members of the Philippine bowling paralympic team which won 7 medals in the recently held tenpin bowling paralympic games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. LATEST STORIES In his remarks, Lualhati thanked the sponsors and the PBC and the associations for supporting this year’s premier event of Sletba. He also presented and cited the exploits of the Philippine bowling paralympic team which bagged seven medals in the recently held bowling paralympic games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Lualhati, in turn, received a plaque of appreciation from paralympic team coach Benshir Layoso for his support for the team.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 shutoutPlayers from the national team and from various associations are expected to join the annual tournament and vie for cash prizes worth over P400,000 spread over three groups.Qualifying games started right after the opening rites Saturday and will be held daily from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Oct. 14. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Mavericks guard Curry out with left leg injury Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Sletba officials led by its president Engr. Mar Lualhati (2nd from left) and secretary Atty. Boy de Leon (right) prepare to roll the ceremonial ball to start the 21st Sletba Open at the Sta. Lucia Mall Bowling Center in Cainta. With them are (from left) Benny Dytoc of PTBA, Benshir Layoso, national team member and coach of the national paralympic team, Gerry Mallilin, president of Philippine Bowling Congress, and Lilian Teano, president of the Tiger City (Mandaluyong) Bowling Association.The 21st Sta. Lucia East Tenpin Bowling Association-Rizal (Sletba) Open Championships rolled off Saturday at the Sta. Lucia Bowling Center in Cainta, Rizal.Engr. Mar Lualhati, president of Sletba, led the simple opening rites graced by the presence of officials of the Philippine Bowling Congress and other associations based in Metro Manila and in the provinces.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Read Nextlast_img read more

Calcutta settles down for yet another season of football frenzy

first_imgKrishnendu RoyThe long queues at the gates, the full-throated shouts and the fierce arguments at tea shops and coffee houses are all back as Calcutta settles down for yet another season of football frenzy. Also back is its accompanying tension which is exactly what keeps the Bengali ticking during the,Krishnendu RoyThe long queues at the gates, the full-throated shouts and the fierce arguments at tea shops and coffee houses are all back as Calcutta settles down for yet another season of football frenzy. Also back is its accompanying tension which is exactly what keeps the Bengali ticking during the hot and humid Indian summer.On paper, however, nothing has changed, from the fabulous amounts that reportedly changed hands during the transfer period – in no other centre is football such a big money business – to the continued domination of the three big clubs.Yet the 1982 football season promises to be different from the previous ones in at least one major respect. For the first time the senior division league will feature a plethora of new faces who have made it to the top in such large numbers, for perhaps the first time ever in Calcutta’s football history.For years football lovers had been demanding new faces and though the clubs would get hold of youngsters they would invariably get sidetracked by the big names. This year, thanks to the Asian Games, most “stars” are out undergoing rigorous workouts in training camps which means they cannot participate in any home tournament before the Games are over.It is a football season without such names as Bhaskar Ganguli, Prasun Banerjee, Xavier Pius, Shabir Ali, Manash Bhattacharya, Prasanta Banerjee and Compton Dutta whose absence has certainly shorn it of glamour but not of interest as is evident from the crowded stands.advertisementMukherjeeGlamour Boys: The news isn’t so good for the missing star performers. As an official of a leading club said: “Most of the glamour boys thought people would not turn up if they were not playing and often blackmailed us. But now it is evident that it is the attachment to the club which draws supporters to the ground irrespective of which players are being fielded.” And already it has been noticed that the game itself does not suffer if the big names are not around, as was evident when Mohammedan Sporting beat Bata last month 3-0 with an entirely new team.Last year’s league champion, Mohammedan Sporting lost heavily this year on the transfer market and has practically a new side apart from the Iranians. Jamshed Majid and Khabaji, who did not play in the first outing, and Shabir Ali who is attending the Asiad camp. Besides, with most of the big names now in the 28-30 age group it is doubtful whether they can continue playing meaningful football. They were found seriously wanting when pitted against the much younger and faster teams from abroad during the recent Jawaharlal Nehru tournament in Calcutta. Organisers of the game have, ever since, been seriously scouting for new talent. Replacements are needed and the current season may provide them with the right answers.During the current season, however, the older players have little to worry about. Even though they are not playing for their clubs during the senior division league, they continue to be retained and draw their monthly emoluments in addition to the Rs 2,000 a month that the All India Football Federation pays them for attending the national camp.Shankar AdhikaryAnd for most of them, the clubs dole out handsome amounts. It has been reported that East Bengal club, which took a lot of beating last year, has spent around Rs 10 lakh this year to recover its lost prestige. Among those who have signed for the club this year are Indian skipper Bhaskar Ganguli.One of the reasons why the clubs have signed up internationals in spite of the fact that they would be of no help during the league is because prestigious tournaments like DCM, Rovers and Durand will take place after the Asian Games when the restriction on players will cease to exist. Income Tax: The big clubs may also experience difficulties with the Income Tax (IT) authorities as they have been mentioned as sources of income in the it returns filed by some of the stars. This is the first admission by players of being paid for playing.Earlier while everyone knew that the players were being paid, there was no official record simply because the cash changed hands under the table. However, with the big guns in the Income Tax Department having close relations with the authorities of major clubs – a relationship which is mutually beneficial – it is quite likely they will not have to bother much and eyes will continue to be kept shut.advertisementLast season, one of the smaller clubs had tried to get the phony amateur status of the big team players blasted through a court case, but didn’t get very far, so inter-woven are the relationships between the top three.East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan Sporting, and the Indian Football Association (IFA) the state level apex body which is supposed to keep a close look on the clubs for smooth conduct of the game. The court put the responsibility of finding out whether a club was paying its players or not squarely on the shoulders of the IFA.Meanwhile eyes in Calcutta are rivet-ted on up-and-coming players like Amitabha Mukherjee of Mohun Bagan who had scored the all-important goal for the team at the Federation Cup tournament at Kozhikode earlier this year. Also in the limelight is Krishnendu Roy oi the same team who had played so well for India at the Merdeka tournament but who, for inexplicable reasons, has been kept out of the Asiad camp.For East Bengal the rising players are link-man, Swapan Raut and left-winger, Arun Nath while Mohammedan Sporting, which has been almost without any star attraction this year, has been lucky to get the services of Debashish Mishra, acclaimed as this season’s best midfielder and also the fast right-winger, Shankar Adhikary.These players had either played for smaller clubs previously or had signed up for one of the big three only to spend their afternoons as reserves on the sidelines. This is the first time that they have found an opportunity to display their mettle and appear to have already earned their places as new stars in Calcutta’s soccer world.last_img read more

Inter to secure two more new players Luciano Spalletti

first_imgInter Milan Coach Luciano Spalletti says even though “there are difficulties and things to complete”, the club’s squad needs two more new players.Inter Milan have been out in search for a right-back and there are reports they already close to Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko as they also target Bayern Munich midfielder, Arturo Vidal.“There are reinforcements, but there are difficulties and things to complete,” Spalletti told SportMediaset as quoted in Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“With an army of feeling behind us it’s important to have a good season, and to do so takes certain characteristics, a number of the right players to cover all competitions.“We all know that a couple of pieces are missing, but not to give me an advantage. It’s for the 40,000 that have always been there.”The nerazzurri already signed six players this summer and have been linked with the likes of Matteo Darmian, Mateo Kovacic. Inter have signed Stefan de Vrij from Lazio on a free transfer, Radja Nainggolan has arrived from Roma and Matteo Politano has been secured on a loan deal from Sassuolo.last_img read more