Man Utd and Arsenal on red alert as Pochettino claims he wants quick return

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has put Manchester United and Arsenal on red alert after claiming he is ready to return to management straight away.The Argentine was sacked by Tottenham after a poor start to the season – but is still held in high regard after the magnificent job he did over his first five years at White Hart Lane.2 Pochettino’s availability will have Man Utd and Arsenal on red alertAs well as Man United and Arsenal, Pochettino has also found himself linked with the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.And having made a trip back to Argentina after his sacking, Pochettino told Fox Sports Argentina: “There are a lot of clubs and attractive projects for me to take on.”But, for the time being, the most important thing is for me to clear my head after five-and-a-half incredible seasons with Tottenham.”My aim is to seek the ability to rebuild myself and get my self-motivation back.”It is my intention to return to manage in Europe. It is hard for me to imagine a project in Argentina. However for the sake of my family, I would not refuse to work over here.”But now I need to be calm for a few days and see what happens. I haven’t had a lot of time to digest what has happened with me.”My first decision was to come back to Argentina, return to my home and see family and friends. But I expect to return to Europe to make decisions on my future.2″My best decision was to come to Argentina to switch off for ten days.”At my age I don’t need a lot of time to recover. I am open to listen to projects put before me.”While Pochettino has emerged as a genuine candidate for the Arsenal job – it remains very unlikely to happen.If the 47-year-old were to take another job in the Premier League this season – he would have to pay Tottenham back the £12.5million compensation he was paid when sacked.As well as this, Pochettino would be unlikely to betray his principles to accept a job with Tottenham’s fiercest rivals.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaManchester United are long-term admirers of the Argentine’s work, but for now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains in the Old Trafford hotseat.Bayern Munich, managerless since sacking Niko Kovac last month, are thought to be very keen on Pochettino – despite having beaten Poch’s Spurs 7-2 earlier this season.The much sought after manager yesterday visited Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina – where he is a club legend as a player. Interim Arsenal boss Freddie Ljungberg thanks fans for support but is disappointed they didn’t winlast_img read more

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Liberia’s Degraded Ecological Environment

first_imgExtensive investigations into the background of Liberia’s bleak environmental challenges can be safely described in terms of total degradation and as unhealthy for the population.Time immemorial, the Liberian environment has been plagued with challenges and constraints such as the dumping of used oils from the many unsupervised garages and some industrial entities.Over the years, owing to weak laws and the general lack of the enforcement mechanisms, the Liberian environment continues to be abused and misused in part due to the lack of public or in-home toilet facilities and in part by unscrupulous individuals who do not need a college education to know the dangers of dumping oil in a river.Many of these garages are situated near small rivers, ponds and streams that are being used by peri-urban farmers for sustainable livelihoods in several parts of Monrovia and its environs.Regrettably, the spilled oil kills most of the precious marine species that buttress the efforts of the hundreds of peri-urban farmers in Monrovia and other parts of the country.Henceforth, peri-urban farmers have consistently and constantly complained of the serious and grave environmental degradations of the small ponds, rivers and streams to the relevant Liberian Government agencies.Such numerous complaints have only fallen on deaf ears and the worrisome situation continues to perpetually remain unattended to and unddressed by the statutory, responsible entities of the Liberian Government.Many peri-urban farmers constantly remind support partners and the Liberian Government that agriculture will not produce that dividend if the appropriate steps are not taken for the sustainable livelihood components.In addition, it would be very expedient if substantial resources could be earmarked for the sustainable protection of the Liberian environment by the Liberian Government and support partners.Principally, it would also serve as a genuine step in the right direction if environmental awareness could be intensified amongst garage owners and peri-urban farmers in some major cities throughout the country.Several environmentalists are of the candid opinion that the ecological systems of several parts of the nation’s capital are being threatened by the dumping of hazardous wastes and used oils from garages.So many challenges and constraints are confronting the Liberian environment to the extent that, many commentators are describing the situation as “insurmountable.”The perennial degradation of the Liberian environment continues and speaks volumes of the peculiar nature of the situation to which an aggressive approache should be taken by the Liberian Government.If the Liberian Government and support partners are thinking about a practical solution of the environmental degradations of Monrovia, then genuine work should begin now and not later.Basically, the cardinal issue of protecting the Liberian environment should be the collective responsibility of all Liberians, beginning with the highest political leadership of the nation. Besides that, if support partners and friendly governments should support the environmental issues of the nation, Liberians as a united front must be the foremost leaders to begin creating a sustained sensitization and awareness.In the recent past, Lutheran Bishop Dr. Daniel Jensen Seyenkulo expressed grave concern about the ecological system of some of Monrovia’s unprotected beaches owing to waste being dumped into the Atlantic Ocean.The Lutheran Bishop at the time underscored the urgent need for the relevant agencies of the Liberian Government to institute the necessary mechanisms that should stop the dumping of waste into the Atlantic Ocean.Consequently, it could be greatly helpful if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could swiftly wake up from its slumber and make sure that the laws and regulations governing the sector be implemented without fear nor favor.Notably, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW), Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and other environmental support partners should join the bandwagon on the issues of awareness and massive sensitization, particularly in Monrovia.Finally, it is hoped that concerns, recommendations, observations and suggestions advanced in this article would generate further debate and discussions on the highly stressed Liberian environment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Physicists x-ray virus with a giant laser

first_imgPhysicists have gotten really good at taking pictures of tiny things. With the help of high-energy x-rays created by synchrotrons and powerful lasers, they’ve imaged everything from chemical nanostructures to proteins to living cells. But they kept hitting a wall when it came to creating 3D images of single biological particles like viruses. Two-dimensional images were easy. All they had to do was record the diffraction patterns that were produced when pulses of ultrabright x-ray light traveled through the particle, and they’d get a snapshot of the molecule or organism. But because they had no idea how the particle was oriented in space when each picture was taken, they had no way of stitching multiple 2D images together to create a 3D picture. Now, researchers working with the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, have figured out how to overcome that problem. By tinkering with an algorithm devised in 2009, they figured out how to extract information about a particle’s orientation from just a messy 2D diffraction pattern. Then they used that information to assemble hundreds of such patterns into a coherent 3D image that reveals both the external shape and internal structure of the particle, they reported yesterday in Physical Review Letters. They tested their technique by imaging mimivirus (above), a particularly large virus that is probably not infectious. But they say the technique should be able to handle much smaller and more dangerous viruses, including influenza, herpes, and HIV.last_img read more

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