James Rodríguez Gets 2nd Chance After Return To Real Madrid

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain — Having gone from star to cast-off at Real Madrid, Colombia midfielder James Rodríguez now has a second chance to regain a prominent role with the 13-time European Cup winners.James arrived at Madrid after an outstanding 2014 World Cup, when he was the tournament’s top scorer with six goals. He earned support from fans and coach Carlo Ancelotti with his ability to score and create chances for others, and appeared set to triumph with the Spanish powerhouse.But an injury and competition from his teammates led to falling minutes. He eventually lost his starting spot and became unhappy when Zinedine Zidane used him sparingly. He left in 2017 on a two-year loan for Bayern Munich.James’ future was up in the air again this past summer when Bayern opted not to exercise the option of buying his contract outright, sending him back to Madrid. Rumors abounded in the Spanish media that he would be shipped out to Atlético Madrid or Napoli to be reunited with Ancelotti.Neither of those moves materialized, though, and he started the season back with Madrid and its squad full of talented midfielders. James was facing an uncertain.But injuries to Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, Francisco “Isco” Alarcón and Luka Modric, and the exit of Dani Ceballos, left Zidane in need of a healthy player to link up with his forwards.James seemed clearly thrilled to get the opportunity on Saturday when he made his first start since returning to the club. He hustled when pressuring the ball, and showed his excellent playing skills, combining vision and passing precision to set up Karim Benzema for his second goal in a 3-2 win over Levante.Now he may have another chance to lead Madrid’s attack when it visits Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League opener on Wednesday.“You can see he is very good. He is a player who has lots of talent,” Zidane said Saturday. “He still needs to reach his peak fitness, but he left it all on the field with his aggressive attitude. I am happy for him.”IS HE READY?Barcelona could start its European campaign at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday without Lionel Messi, who hasn’t played since injuring his leg in the preseason.In his place, 16-year-old Ansu Fati has become a fan favorite after scoring twice to set records for the youngest Barcelona player to score in the Spanish league and the youngest player to score at Camp Nou.That leaves coach Ernesto Valverde with the intriguing question of whether Fati should take the next step and make his first appearance in the continent’s elite competition.If Messi does not recover in time, then Valverde will likely need to find somebody to accompany Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann in attack. That could either be the versatile Sergi Roberto or reserve team player Carles Pérez.Or he could give his teen sensation another go at Dortmund.“With Ansu there is going to be a lot of hype and huge expectations, but we have to take the pressure off him. Our job is to protect the player,” Valverde said after Fati scored once and set up another goal in a 5-2 win over Valencia on Saturday.“I see that he is a boy who is focused. But it is not easy to play for Barca, and for someone as young as Ansu Fati it is even more difficult.”BAD TIMINGValencia is in chaos before it plays at Chelsea on Tuesday.Owner Peter Lim fired successful coach Marcelino García Toral, who led the team to a Copa del Rey title last season, over García’s complaints that the club had not reinforced the squad to his liking.Several players voiced their disagreement with the decision on social media, and the team was beaten by Barcelona in its first match under new coach Albert Celades.Not the best situation before a high-profile trip to Stamford Bridge, where Valencia has not won in three visits.ATLETICO WOMENIn Spain’s women’s league, Atlético Madrid has started its bid for a fourth consecutive title in perfect fashion ahead of its showdown with Barcelona.Atlético won its second straight game to begin the campaign when it rolled past Sevilla 3-0.Barcelona needed a late penalty by Spain forward Jennifer Hermoso to salvage a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano. Barcelona trails Atlético by two points in third place.Barcelona, a Champions League finalist last season, hosts Atlético next weekend.By: Joseph Wilson, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Exmar Joins BallastFree LNG Carrier Project

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Exmar Belgium’s vessel owner and operator Exmar has become a part of the 30,000m³ ballast-free LNG carrier joint development project (JDP).The partners in the JDP, namely Dalian Shipbuilding, GTT and Lloyd’s Register, welcomed the new member and launched the second phase of the project on April 17 in Shanghai.The first phase of the project performed by DSIC, GTT and Lloyd’s Register developed a new design of LNG carrier, fully compliant with the International Maritime Organization’s new ballast water management convention (BWMC), and using membrane containment systems.It showed the potential for competitive advantages for the ship-owners, combining environmentally-friendly features with increased efficiency. It also indicated potentially lower construction and operational costs. The 30,000m³ B-FREE LNG carrier design received an Approval in Principle from Lloyd’s Register in December 2017.Phase II of the project aims to develop the design further, and to validate the initial results achieved during Phase I by applying more detailed analysis and verification, including model testing.“The ballast-free concept is a well-suited solution in the context of a shipping world with growing environmental requirements and concerns. By eliminating the need for ballast water, there is an absolute certainty that no invasive species will be transported on board of the vessel,” Pierre Dincq, Managing Director of Shipping at Exmar, said.Moreover, the ballast water treatment plant can be omitted, reducing the maintenance requirements and the energy consumption of the vessel which has a positive impact on the CO2 footprint of the vessel, Dincq continued.last_img read more

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KickSat cocreator team launches new Pocket Spacecraft project on Kickstarter

first_imgMany of the craft are expected to survive falling to Earth—those falling to moon’s surface, on the other hand will perish. Those who sign on to the project and buy a craft will be able to watch as their Pocket Spacecraft is made, tested, packed and carried to a rocket for launch.On its Kickstarter page, the team says they hope to collect the £290,000 goal needed for the project to proceed, and that if all goes as planned, would like to create a similar project for launching tiny craft to other planets in the solar system as well. More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1 … t-on-a-mission-to-thpocketspacecraft.com/about/press/This story was corrected: 4am July 3, 2013. (Phys.org) —One of the team members who successfully launched KickSat on Kickstarter has started a new project called “Pocket Spacecraft” with the aim of launching thousands of CD shaped “space craft” into space and landing them back on Earth or on the moon. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: KickSat co-creator, team launches new ‘Pocket Spacecraft’ project on Kickstarter (2013, July 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-kicksat-team-pocket-spacecraft-kickstarter.html KickSat was a project that was designed to allow anyone (for a small price) to put a tiny satellite aboard a rocket and have it launched and sent into an orbit around Earth. That Kickstarter project reached its funding goals and is now scheduled for launch sometime later this year. In this new project, the team wants to give anyone who wishes to do so, the opportunity to send a craft to space and back, or more optimistically, to the moon.At the heart of the project is the Pocket Spacecraft—it’s shape and size is similar to a DVD only smaller and much thinner. The idea is to pack thousands of them onto a craft that is itself put aboard a rocket. Upon launch, some of the Pocket Spacecraft will be released into space where they will fall back to Earth—others will continue on to the moon where they will be set free to crash-land onto its surface.Each Pocket Spacecraft is up for sale—those who wish to purchase one can upload pictures or messages to it, or even add some programming. Each has a solar panel on it, electronic circuitry and communications gear that will allow for its owner to track its movements with their cell phone. Prices for the Pocket Spacecraft vary depending on whether the buyer wants their craft to fall back to Earth (Earth Scout-£99), or travel on to the moon (Lunar Scout-£199). Other options are also available to allow for groups to share a craft. © 2013 Phys.org NASA considering capturing and placing asteroid into moon orbitlast_img read more

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Divisive agenda of groups may lead to riot says Mamata

first_imgTarakeshwar: Without naming the BJP Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that some groups with vested interest were circulating rumours just to incite the Hindus against the Muslims which might snowball into a major riot before the Lok Sabha polls.Addressing a gathering here on Friday afternoon, she said: “Rumours are being spread that child-lifters are loitering in some areas and women wearing burquas are seen in those areas. People are beating them up. Some groups are spreading rumours that Muslim women are being beaten up and heckled by the Hindus resulting in creating differences between the members of these two communities. Be careful and inform the police whenever you suspect anything. As the head of the government I will tell you that lies have been circulated in very subtle ways to confuse you and divide you. We are not going to tolerate any division of attempt to disturb social peace and harmony,” she said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBanerjee said saffron-coloured attire were worn by monks of Ramakrishna Mission and Bharat Sevasram Sangha and these monks were inspired by the philosophy of sacrifice and service. “Now some people are wearing saffron -coloured attire to pose as sadhus. They are fake sadhus who are trying to divide society,” she said. In Bengal the philosophy of Hinduism that speaks about toleration and acceptance is followed and nowhere children are taught to develop hatred for the people of other communities, she said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”I was born in a Hindu family but my parents never taught me to hate people belonging to other communities and religion. This is Bengal’s culture and we will continue to follow it. We will not allow those who try to organise riot in Bengal,” said the Chief Minister. “We have renovated temples, mosques and churches and want that people from different religions, caste and creed continue to live peacefully in Bengal,” she further said. Referring to her movement in Singur in favour of the farmers who had been opposing acquisition of their farmland by the erstwhile Left Front government , she said during her 14-day dharna in Singur local people used to bring food for her. “How can I forget those days. This was followed by a fast that lasted for 26 days at Esplanade on the same issue. People of Singur had offered full support.” She said the state government had taken up a slew of projects for the development of the farmers. “Not only their annual income has trebled, in Singur the state government has returned the land of the farmers. It is a great achievement as we had promised them to return their land. A martyrs column will soon be set up at Singur,” she said. Banerjee said a project had been taken to control flood in Hooghly, Howrah and east Burdwan districts at an estimated cost of around Rs 2,300 crore. Another ecotourism hub is coming up at Balagarh. The birthplace of Raja Rammohan Roy will be renovated and a tourist centre will be set up, she said. Banerjee laid the foundation stone of Rani Rashmoni Green University and inaugurated Mati Tirtha.last_img read more

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