29 Aug

Eden Hazard, Hudson-Odoi win big at Chelsea end of year awards

first_img Source: Goal Eden Hazard has won a hat-trick of accolades at Chelsea’s awards ceremony, claiming the prize for Chelsea Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year and Goal of the Season, making Blues history in the process.He has also won the main prize – Chelsea Player of the Year – for the fourth year running, breaking another club record.No Blues player has recorded more goals or assists than the Belgian, who has scored 19 times and assisted 16 more in 50 appearances across all competitions.He also has the highest combined total of goals and assists – with 16 and 15, respectively – in the Premier League so far this season, while also ranking highest in the division for chances created, successful dribbles and touches in the opposition box.The 28-year-old earned the club’s Goal of the Season award for his incredible match-winning, solo strike against Liverpool at Anfield in the Carabao Cup.Hazard’s phenomenal goal saw him lift that accolade for the third time in his Chelsea career and his Players’ Player of the Year was his second in a Blues shirt.Aside from the Belgian, Callum Hudson-Odoi picked up the Young Player of the Year award as the teenager showcased glimpses of the stand-out talent that made him such a sought-after prospect in the January transfer window.There was also time taken to commemorate the service of central defender Gary Cahill, who is set to leave the club after seven-and-a-half-years at Stamford Bridge, with fellow defender Cesar Azpilicueta speaking about the former Bolton Wanderers man’s contribution to the Blues.last_img read more

10 Feb

Finch upbeat about Gayle for Big Bash League

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Australia’s Big Bash League is bracing for the arrival of West Indies star Chris Gayle, and his Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch says he is looking forward to the prospect of playing alongside one of the game’s biggest names.The left-handed Gayle will be making his first appearance in the Bash in three years, and Finch believes the big-hitting opener can make a huge impact as the Renegades challenge for their first ever title in the competition.”I’ve been on the receiving end of some of his enormous innings in the past, so it will be good to actually play with him,” Finch said.”If we can bat around Chris and allow him the right amount of time to get going, it doesn’t guarantee success, but I think it sets up a pretty good model.”He added: “The statistics would say that Chris is the best player in the world, and I’m a pretty good player as well, so it could turn out to be quite a nice combination.”Gayle came under heavy criticism during his last stint in the Big Bash when he turned out for Sydney Thunder. Then, he managed a mere 137 runs at an average of 19, with his lavish off-the-field lifestyle taking precedence.Finch downplayed the controversy, however, pointing out that with the player based this time around in Melbourne and having the presence of fellow West Indies teammate Dwayne Bravo, his focus would also be different.GREAT SPOT”He’ll be in Melbourne, for one. It’s a great spot, and Dwayne Bravo, one of his good mates, is here as well. So I think it will be a little bit more comfortable for him here, I think,” Finch contended.”He’s played enough cricket around the world – I think he’s played Twenty20 in most of the countries that you can play – so it’s just about making Chris as comfortable as he can possibly be and fit, that’s all we’re worried about.”Gayle reportedly underwent back surgery following the Caribbean Premier League in the summer and it has raised doubts about the player’s fitness.However, Finch said he was encouraged by Gayle’s readiness following his recent short stint in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League.”I think it’s just a case of wait-and-see when he gets here,” Finch said. “I know he has been smacking them around in Bangladesh, and I’m sure hehas been swinging hard, testing it (back) out as well.”The Big Bash bowls off Thursday.last_img read more

11 Jan

Medi-Cal talks fail

first_imgLANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital will no longer treat Medi-Cal patients covered by Blue Cross of California after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on a new contract, officials said Monday. Negotiators had extended the contract after it expired in January, but were unable to agree on a new pact, officials said. “They wanted to change the contract to where they shifted the risk from them to us. We are saying we are not interested in taking the risk,” said Les Wong, CEO of the 399-bed hospital. “If costs went up for some reason, they wanted us to pay for it. In the past, it was not a risk to us. We just got paid for the services.” Blue Cross officials disputed Antelope Valley Hospital’s characterization that Blue Cross was exiting the Antelope Valley market in terms of Medi-Cal, which pays for medical services for low-income adults and children. Negotiators for both sides did reach an agreement two weeks ago on Blue Cross’ commercial contract, which includes health-maintenance organizations and preferred-provider organizations. The agreement is for one year, and hospital officials were hopeful an agreement would be reached for an additional two years. Both contracts were set to expire around January but both entities agreed to extend them while talks continued, hospital officials said. Blue Cross of California is a subsidiary of WellPoint Inc., the largest publicly traded commercial health benefits company in terms of membership in the country. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Blue Cross officials said negotiations had gone on with several extensions but the Medi-Cal contract had expired by February because no agreement had been reached. “This is not Blue Cross exiting the market. The contract expired,” Blue Cross spokeswoman Leslie Porras said. “Antelope Valley did not agree on the terms.” Porras said Blue Cross members can continue to receive coverage with the assistance of LA Care, the Los Angeles County administrator for Medi-Cal contracts in the county, which will help people make the transition to a new plan. “Members will not lose coverage automatically, and in some instances will keep their primary care physicians,” Porras said. Porras added that negotiations with Antelope Valley Hospital for the Healthy Families contract, a Medi-Cal contract for children, was continuing. last_img read more

20 Dec

Warriors’ Stephen Curry amused with concerns about his vision

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – Stephen Curry rolled his head back in laughter. It happened when he scrolled the memes exaggerating the severity of his previously blurred vision. It happened when a reporter asked him to “describe the condition going on with your eye disease” in a dramatic and concerned tone.“It’s not a disease,” Curry said.As first reported by The Athletic, Curry …last_img read more

19 Dec

Saturnians Are Safe from Cassini Germs

first_img(Visited 280 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Cassini scientists crashed their spacecraft into Saturn today in order to protect possible life forms on Titan, Enceladus and other moons.Cassini has just passed into the history books after a fiery plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, having spent 20 years in space, 13 of those years in orbit around Saturn and its moons. Why end it this way? Most news reports echo what Nature says: “NASA is deliberately crashing the probe — now short on fuel — to avoid an accidental collision that could contaminate the planet’s moons, such as Titan, known for its Earth-like prebiotic chemistry, or Enceladus, home to a buried ocean.” Space.com more explicitly worries, “The agency doesn’t want to take the risk that Cassini would crash into Saturn’s moon Enceladus and contaminate that possible crucible of life with Earth germs.”Cassini scientists and engineers watch close-up images of Enceladus (inset) arrive on March 9, 2005. Photo by David Coppedge.NASA really doesn’t have to worry about contaminating the Saturnians. There aren’t any. The belief that alien microbes “might” inhabit Titan or Enceladus is based on the hydrobioscopy fallacy: thinking that water means life. It also ignores the enormous probabilistic hurdle of organizing dead molecules into complex machines, then animating them with the mysterious property we call life (see the film Origin).NASA also seems to forget that it’s too late. Titan has been contaminated for 12 years now, ever since the Huygens Probe landed with a thud on a methane-moistened, icy plain on January 14, 2005. Scientists seem to think, also, that burning up Cassini in Saturn’s atmosphere will sufficiently decontaminate its remains. Probably so, but who knows? Astrobiologists seem to regard life as hardy and persistent. Could they be absolutely sure that earth microbes surviving 20 years in space on Cassini would not hop off the craft and catch a cloud? Who knows that survivors wouldn’t love the feast of hydrogen and methane at Saturn and spread, infecting the whole planet? Maybe Jupiter, contaminated with the Galileo Probe and the 2003 plunge of Galileo into its clouds, is a living lab of Earth microbes by now. Mars could well be spreading our germs after numerous landings there. Earthlings are contaminating the whole solar system!We jest, of course, but either life is simple to evolve, or it’s not. We don’t have any evidence of Saturnians. We do know, however, that earth life is comprised of high degrees of complex specified information. Until and unless evidence of alien life arrives, astrobiology is a fact-free endeavor. There’s no “bio” in it. Take that out of the word, and it reduces to a classic case of pseudoscience.The science of Cassini, however, will live on without the craft. Its legacy is secure. See the following news reports about Cassini’s Grand Finale:The big questions about Saturn that doomed Cassini mission may yet answer (Nature)Wild! Cassini Probe Spots Weird Waves in Saturn’s Rings (Space.com)After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission’s Legacy (Astrobiology Magazine)Cassini’s 13 Greatest Discoveries During Its 13 Years at Saturn (Space.com)Cassini Spacecraft Photos Reveal the Secrets of Saturn’s Strangest Moons (Space.com)Cassini’s 10 best pictures from its 13-year voyage around Saturn (New Scientist)New Scientist pointed out an often-forgotten point about space exploration. The most important factor is human beings. Without human minds exercising intelligent design, there would be no space exploration. There would be no appreciation of the pictures, no struggles to interpret the data. There would be no communications with a craft over a billion miles away. Cassini won’t cry on its way down, but humans will. Joelle Renstrom writes, “Tears for Cassini: why it’s OK to well up over a lump of metal.” The Washington Post focused on the emotions of Cassini team members upon loss of their beloved ship. “She’s us,” said [Jo] Pitesky, who has worked on Cassini’s operations team since 2001. “We can’t go there ourselves, so we build a spacecraft and load it up with instruments, and then we put on our hopes and desires and we send them there.”Our minds are out there at Saturn contemplating our doomed craft. We are the Saturnians. We must not contaminate ourselves, mentally, morally, or logically.NASA and ESA teams await signals from the Huygens Probe (inset), January 14, 2005. Photo by David Coppedge, who worked on the Cassini team for 14 years.last_img read more

28 Nov

London Olympics: New Zealand bags gold in heavyweight double sculls rowing

first_imgWorld champion pair Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan of New Zealand timed a final burst to perfection to take rowing gold in the heavyweight double sculls on Thursday. Cohen and Sullivan paddled past Slovenia’s Luka Spik and Iztok Cop in the last 200 metres to claim gold in 6 minutes, 31.67 seconds.Italian duo Alessio Sartori and Romano Battisti raced past the beleaguered Slovenians to snatch silver in 6:32.86, by half a second.Slovenia took bronze by one hundredth of a second from Argentina.last_img read more