Saturn’s giant moon has prompted a flurry of new science papers. Can anyone keep it billions of years old?Ever since the predicted global ocean on Titan was falsified, planetary scientists have been in theory-repair mode to keep it billions of years old. Cassini arrived in 2004 and started looking at a largely crater-free surface. The Huygens Probe landed on moist sand in January 2015, further puzzling scientists about the vast lakes of liquid that had been predicted. Now, after 12 years of encounters with the larger-than-Mercury moon of Saturn, Cassini has sent enough data for a comprehensive look at the geology, atmosphere and life span of Titan.There’s way too much verbiage to review in all these papers. What we will focus on are data and arguments that might keep this young-looking world as old as 4.5 billion years (its assumed age). First, take a look at the beautiful new global maps assembled by Cassini’s Virtual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) posted by Space.com. Titan still has “secrets”, the article says, calling it “a still-mysterious moon” after a decade of detailed study. There’s only one large crater visible, named Sinlap, “one of the youngest impact craters to dot Titan’s surface.” OK, so where are all the old ones?Cassini Spies Titan’s Tallest Peaks (Astrobiology Magazine). Enjoy the picture of Titan’s ski resort, rising almost 11,000 feet high. Smaller Pluto has bigger mountains than that.Discovering the bath scum on Titan (Helen Maynard-Casely on The Conversation). Features in one of the northern lakes seem to appear and disappear. Maynard-Casely helped identify one of the crystal forms of benzene and ethane in the “scum” on Titan’s lakeshores, but fails to mention the missing ethane that should have accumulated in deep deposits over billions of years. See also PhysOrg‘s writeup.Bubblin’ crude (New Scientist): A JPL scientist surmises that “if a methane-nitrogen mix rained down on a pure ethane lake, as much as 15 times the volume of nitrogen would be released, potentially making for some very big bubbles.” This might explain the “magic islands” disappearing act (see next article). Quote:It just goes to show how much these alien worlds can surprise us, says Malaska. “We used to think of Titan as very Earth-like, but the more we learn about it, we learn it is really weird.”Titan’s “Magic Islands”: Transient features in a hydrocarbon sea (Icarus). Possible waves in the few northern lakes might explain the transient features. Can this dynamic environment have existed for billions of years?Nature, distribution, and origin of Titan’s Undifferentiated Plains (Icarus). Wind-driven materials forming “blandlands” at mid latitudes represent “an important repository of organic materials on Titan,” this paper says, claiming that depositional or sedimentary processes account for them. But why is the material not liquid, if predominantly ethane and methane?Fluvial erosion as a mechanism for crater modification on Titan (Icarus). Where are all the craters? They’ve been eroded away by liquid, this paper claims. Processes such as weathering, mass wasting, fluvial incision and deposition “may explain Titan’s crater distribution” (i.e., the surprisingly few that have been found). Wind can’t do it all, so rainfall and rivers must be accounting for the rest of the erosion.The fate of ethane in Titan’s hydrocarbon lakes and seas (Icarus). This paper seems tailor-made to answer the missing ethane problem. Where did it all go? A little hocus-pocus with unobservable processes might help, especially if we ignore the global-ocean deficiency and just focus on one lake, making assumptions that cannot be tested.Ethane is expected to be the dominant photochemical product on Titan’s surface and, in the absence of a process that sequesters it from exposed surface reservoirs, a major constituent of its lakes and seas. Absorption of Cassini’s 2.2 cm radar by Ligeia Mare however suggests that this north polar sea is dominated by methane. In order to explain this apparent ethane deficiency, we explore the possibility that Ligeia Mare is the visible part of an alkanofer [a layer that stores alkanes, a class of hydrocarbons] that interacted with an underlying clathrate layer and investigate the influence of this interaction on an assumed initial ethane–methane mixture in the liquid phase. We find that progressive liquid entrapment in clathrate allows the surface liquid reservoir to become methane-dominated for any initial ethane mole fraction below 0.75. If interactions between alkanofers and clathrates are common on Titan, this should lead to the emergence of many methane-dominated seas or lakes. Geomorphological map of the Afekan Crater region, Titan: Terrain relationships in the equatorial and mid-latitude regions (Icarus). These scientists make judgment calls on which terrains are the oldest: the undifferentiated plains, the mountains, the dunes, or the craters. They figure the dunes are the youngest, but their conclusions appear theory-dependent. “Our geomorphological mapping results are consistent with the equatorial and mid-latitudes of Titan being dominated by organic materials that have been deposited and emplaced by aeolian activity.”Material transport map of Titan: The fate of dunes (Icarus). In the massive dunefields, fluvial processes do not dominate, these planetary scientists say. “Our results are consistent with aeolian transport being the dominant mechanism in the equatorial and mid-latitude zones.” They claim the dunes are in steady state, with material migrating poleward from the equator to an ultimate sink at 35 degrees latitude. But then what? “This observation suggests that either dune materials are converted or modified into plains units or that the margins of dunes are transport limited.” Remember, though, they have to account for 4.5 billion years of this process.Structure of Titan’s evaporites (Icarus). Liquid lands on the surface and evaporates. What’s left behind, and how much? They invent a model to explain the amount and distribution of evaporite deposits, needing to explain why there seems to be less in the south compared to the north. They estimate the maximum thickness of the deposits (not described in the Abstract). Why is it not liquid? Can the mass of solid deposits compensate for the expected global ocean?Alluvial Fan Morphology, distribution and formation on Titan (Icarus). The first survey of alluvial fans on Titan identified 82 of them, primarily at polar latitudes. These imply sediment transport downhill by rivers or wind, “suggesting that fluvial sediment transport may have been concentrated in the near-polar terrains in the geologically recent past.”Role of fluids in the tectonic evolution of Titan (Icarus). This paper tries to hide the missing liquid under the surface again. They link subsurface liquid to crustal deformations, claiming that subsurface liquid causes surface contraction, forming ridges. Once again, though, is this enough to sequester all the liquid that should have been found after billions of years? How does the liquid get under the sediments? This theory seems to raise more questions than answers.Update 4/05/16: Cryolava flow destabilization of crustal methane clathrate hydrate on Titan (Icarus). Another paper on Titan arrived since this entry was written. Famous planetary scientists Dennis Matson, Torrence Johnson and Christophe Sotin struggle to keep Titan’s methane concentrations going for long ages. They propose periodic cryovolcanic emissions, but admit: “However, this process cannot maintain methane resupply over geological time.” Conclusion: “The origin of Titan’s atmospheric methane and current resupply mechanism remain a mystery.”Tethys News. That’s all for Titan. Since our previous entry about Saturn’s other youthful moons (4/02/16), another Saturnian moon made the news: Tethys, third major moon out from the rings. Another paper in Icarus shares a surpising reversal in thinking: the big canyon, Ithaca Chasma—stretching nearly from pole to pole—was apparently not formed by the huge Odysseus impact on the opposite hemisphere. Although Tethys shares chemical/physical properties with Dione and Rhea (the next two big moons outward), the scientists “also identified spectral variations [on Tethys] that are unique in the Saturnian system.” Tethys is another “yold” world, bearing “geologically young surface features” made of large ice cubes and “geologically old weathered regions” made of small ice flakes. What? Tethys has weather? There’s no atmosphere to speak of. There is space weathering by the solar wind, but that should affect all surfaces equally. Unique features cause headaches for theorizers.It’s kind of fun watching the scientists pull their hair out to keep Titan old (what little hair is left after Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, comets, asteroids, etc.). 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Running in tough conditions, Budd-Pieterse completed her longest race distance so far, the Two Oceans Marathon. Budd-Pieterse has enjoyed success onthe senior circuit in the US, where shecurrently lives.(Images: The Unlimited) Early in the morning of 3 June, she’llset off on her first Comrades Marathon,sharing the road with thousands of other runners.(Image: Comrades Marathon) MEDIA CONTACTS • Terez Taylor PR, The Unlimited +27 31 716 9665 or +27 83 273 3015 RELATED ARTICLES • Running into the history books • Getting Africa’s youngsters moving • Mutola’s girl Caster off to London • Living on in the Comrades spirit • How’s your Friday looking?Janine ErasmusZola Budd-Pieterse is no longer the naïve young darling of South African athletics, but the 46-year-old still has what it takes. She finished her first ultramarathon in April 2012, running a cold and rainy Two Oceans in Cape Town in under 4 and a half hours.At 56km, the Two Oceans was the longest race Budd-Pieterse had run in her entire career.“If you can do this race in these conditions, you’ve really accomplished something,” she said afterwards.With a successful first shot at the 50km Loskop Marathon also under her belt, the petite athlete tackled the daunting Comrades Marathon – at around 90km, one of the world’s toughest races – in June, and finished in a respectable time.Her sponsor for these events is insurance and financial services provider The Unlimited, which runs a comprehensive wellness programme for its employees.Running into the record booksBudd-Pieterse, a 5 000m specialist, set many running records in the 1980s. She broke the world record in this event in 1983 and 1985, running in her famous barefoot style which, she has said, only applied to grass and track events. On the road she always wore shoes.Her popularity was such that even today her name is used informally to describe minibus taxis, and the late singer Brenda Fassie had a big hit with her single “Zola Budd”, an ode to the super-fast township taxi which took you anywhere you wanted to go.In 1984 Budd-Pieterse was granted British citizenship through her grandfather, in order to compete in that year’s Olympic Games in Los Angeles, as her home country was banned from all international competition because of its apartheid policies. She was just 18 years old at the time.Running in front of a hostile crowd in the women’s 3 000m final, she collided with the American Mary Decker, who fell and was unable to finish. Budd-Pieterse came in seventh and in her 1989 autobiography admitted that she deliberately slowed down to avoid the possibility of having to collect a medal to the noise of boos and jeers.An inquiry afterwards found her not guilty of causing the incident and years later, Decker attributed it to the fact that she, Decker, was inexperienced in running in tight groups.Never far away from AfricaAlthough she won the world cross country championships in 1985 and 1986, representing her adopted country, Budd-Pieterse’s UK career didn’t last much longer and she came back to South Africa in 1988.She announced her retirement from international competition shortly afterwards, but returned to the track to represent South Africa at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics – the country’s first Summer Games since its banishment in 1960.Currently she and her family live in California, where she has competed successfully in the senior racing circuit since 2008. Although the drive to compete and achieve is still there, she said in a 2008 interview with the New York Times, it’s not as all-encompassing at it used to be, and now she runs for enjoyment and not because there are records to be broken.Even in the few years since her relocation, she said, the demographics of running in South Africa have changed.“There are a lot more women running, which I am very thankful for, so yes there is an upliftment in running. You can see it in the figures that ran Two Oceans; there were more women running, which I am very proud of.”The family plans to return to South Africa as soon as possible.“We moved to the US about four years ago, only to live there temporarily for two years and then it went on for four years,” she said. “Our business is still in South Africa and our home and everything, so South Africa is still our home. It depends on my kids, when they finish high school, and when we are going to move back.”It’s not IF, asserted Budd-Pieterse – It’s more a question of WHEN.Asked how she’d react if one of her own children developed Olympic ambitions, she said straight away that she wouldn’t volunteer to be the coach.“My first advice would be to get a good coach for my kid,” she laughed. “I would be really proud of them but first of all I would make sure it’s something they really want to do and they are passionate about, and that’s more important for me than anything else. And then I would support them as much as possible.”And there’s no question of where the allegiance would lie – “We are all still South Africans, definitely.”Tackling new challengesThe feisty mother of three is far from done with her running career. On 7 April 2012 she completed the Two Oceans in unfavourable weather in a time of four hours, 29 minutes and 51 seconds, and successfully completed her first Comrades.This year on 3 June the entrants took on the 89km down run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, the final third of which is said to be tougher than any other stage, whether up or down.Her preparations were helped along by none other than nine-time Comrades winner Bruce Fordyce, who was present in the stadium to witness that doomed 1984 Olympic final. Fordyce said in a newspaper column before the race that he felt Budd-Pieterse was quite capable of getting a silver medal by coming in between six hours and seven hours 30 minutes.But she didn’t set herself any unrealistic target for the big race, and said she’d be happy if she finishes in a time of around eight hours. She was almost right on the mark with her final time of eight hours, six minutes and nine seconds although it was, she said later, the hardest race of her life.“Although my preparations for the race have gone smoothly, I am a bit concerned because I did not do enough mileage, as I hear other people have done,” she said beforehand, “but for what I want to achieve I think it was good enough. Bruce has really been great, advising me when to do my hard runs, how to taper and all of that.”Budd-Pieterse has also secured the agency for Newton athletics gear and running shoes in South Africa. Operating out of her home city of Bloemfontein, she’s busily promoting the gear, the running shoes of which are said to be almost as good as running barefoot.
Now that the federal government has rolled back the internet protections it put in place two years ago, the big question is: What does the repeal of “net neutrality’ rules mean to you?In the short term, the answer is simple: Not much. But over time, your ability to watch what you want to watch online and to use the apps that you prefer could start to change.Your mobile carrier, for instance, might start offering you terrific deals for signing up to its own video service, just as your YouTube app starts suffering unexpected connection errors. Or you could wake one day to learn that your broadband provider is having a tiff with Amazon, and has slowed down its shopping site in order to extract business concessions.All of which would be perfectly legal under the new deregulatory regime approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission, so long as the companies post their policies online. Broadband providers insist they won’t do anything that harms the “internet experience” for consumers.WHAT HAPPENEDOn Thursday, the FCC repealed Obama-era “net neutrality” rules, junking the longtime principle that all web traffic must be treated equally. The move represents a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight.The big telecommunications companies had lobbied hard to overturn the rules, contending they are heavy-handed and discourage investment in broadband networks.“What is the FCC doing today?” asked FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican. “Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.”Under the new rules approved Thursday, companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T would be free to slow down or block access to services they don’t like. They could also charge higher fees to rivals and make them pay up for higher transmission speeds, or set up “fast lanes” for their preferred services — in turn, relegating everyone else to “slow lanes.”Those possibilities have stirred fears among consumer advocates, Democrats, many web companies and ordinary Americans afraid that the cable and phone giants will be able to control what people see and do online.WHAT HAPPENS NEXTIn the near term, experts believe that providers will stay on their best behaviour. In part, that’s because inevitable legal challenges to the FCC’s action will keep the spotlight on them.Public-interest groups such as Free Press and Public Knowledge have said they’ll be involved in litigation against Pai’s rules. New York’s attorney general vowed to lead a multistate lawsuit; the attorneys general of Massachusetts and Washington state also announced plans to sue.“The fact that Chairman Pai went through with this, a policy that is so unpopular, is somewhat shocking,” said Mark Stanley, a spokesman for the civil liberties organization Demand Progress. “Unfortunately, not surprising.”Rep. Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said he would introduce legislation to overturn the FCC’s action , restoring the previous net-neutrality rules. That move, however, could face tough opposition, given that Republicans control both houses of Congress.ONCE THE KLIEG LIGHTS FADEThings could be different assuming the rules survive legal and congressional challenges.AT&T senior executive vice-president Bob Quinn said in a blog post that the internet “will continue to work tomorrow just as it always has.” Like other broadband providers, AT&T said it won’t block websites and won’t throttle or degrade online traffic based on content.But such things have happened before. The Associated Press in 2007 found Comcast was blocking some file-sharing services. AT&T blocked Skype and other internet calling services — which competed with its voice-call business — from the iPhone until 2009.Thursday’s rule change also eliminates certain federal consumer protections, bars state laws that contradict the FCC’s approach, and largely transfers oversight of internet service to another agency with relatively little experience in telecommunications policy, the Federal Trade Commission.Angelo Zino, an analyst at CFRA Research, said he expects AT&T and Verizon to be the biggest beneficiaries because the two internet giants can now give priority to the movies, TV shows and other videos or music they provide to viewers. That could hurt rivals such as Sling TV, Amazon, YouTube or startups yet to be born.
EDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. is taking further steps to convince CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. shareholders that the proposed acquisition of Newstrike Resources Ltd. is a “terrible deal” compared to its own hostile bid of the Saskatoon-based medical marijuana producer.Aurora (TSX: ACB) plans to file a dissident circular and will solicit votes against CanniMed’s resolution to issue shares in connection with its proposed acquisition of the Tragically-Hip backed Newstrike (TSXV:HIP).Edmonton-headquartered Aurora argues that CanniMed (TSX:CMED) is Newstrike’s “last lifeline” and a significant portion of its capacity is unfunded.Last month, Aurora launched an all-stock takeover bid for CanniMed, with one of its conditions being that CanniMed abandon its own proposed deal for Toronto-based Newstrike.“We reviewed all disclosed and public information on Newstrike and on CanniMed management’s proposed acquisition, and in our opinion it’s a terrible deal for CanniMed shareholders,” said Terry Booth, CEO of Aurora, in a statement Monday.“It doesn’t take a genius to see that a company with no revenues, no sales licence, no patients, no intellectual property of significant value… should not be worth giving 35 per cent of CanniMed away to Newstrike shareholders,” he said of the smaller Newstrike.CanniMed has said its plan to acquire Newstrike is the better plan and alleges that Aurora has launched an “insider bid” working jointly and in concert with some of its shareholders.Both CanniMed and Aurora have called on regulators to intervene, with a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.CanniMed’s chief executive Brent Zettl on Monday called Aurora’s plan to file a dissident circular a “desperate attempt to stop what they know is a better deal for CanniMed shareholders” and “take the spotlight off its own operational deficiencies.”“Aurora is a pumped-up stock listing which relies on proven producers to supply its customers and has had two product recalls in the last year it has been in business,” he said in a statement.“The uncertainty around Aurora’s projected production capacity is one of the main reasons — along with its Monopoly Money offer for CanniMed — why the CanniMed Board rejected its offer.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Aurora’s headquarters is in Vancouver.
The fund, which focuses on providing support and access for remote communities, reducing reliance on diesel generators and remote electrification, help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and support the transition to clean energy for communities throughout the province.In Budget 2019, CleanBC investments include $18 million to work with Indigenous and remote communities to move to cleaner energy sources. These initiatives are in addition to the projects already announced.Applications for the next First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund intake will be accepted until the end of May 2019.“Since having our Aboriginal title recognized, we have been looking for diverse opportunities within our territory. The development and operation of this solar farm is not only useful for the area, but also brings employment and training to our Nation. As a Nation, we have always said that to do business with us, you need to come through our doors and sit at the table in a meaningful way. The solar farm is a great example of that.” Chief Joe Alphonse, Tsilhqot’in Tribal Chairman“First Nations are moving forward with greener alternatives, such as solar, in meeting their energy needs. This work is an important part of our CleanBC strategy and supports self-determination. All of us in every area of the province have an important part to play in putting B.C. on a path that powers our future with clean, renewable energy and reduces air pollution.” Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation VICTORIA, B.C. – Fourteen First Nations pursued cleaner energy in 2018 with support from the provincial government.West Moberly First Nations received $150,000 for the construction of a biomass conversion project to make the Twin Sister Native Plant Nursery more energy efficient.The 14 Indigenous-driven projects were supported by the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF), with $2.49 million invested in run-of-river hydropower, solar farms, energy-efficiency plans and numerous feasibility studies.
Later in the day, the RCMP had located the vehicle in Grande Prairie and arrested the two occupants within the vehicle at a gas station on the east side of the city.According to Police, the pair were arrested in a stolen vehicle and a quantity of stolen property was located inside the vehicle.Facing charges are 31-year-old Michael Robert Corris and 56-year-old Joseph William Kelly, both of Fort St. John.Both males have been remanded in custody and will appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on September 26, 2019. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Western Alberta District RCMP Rural Crime Reduction Unit has charged suspects in connection to an armed robbery in Pouce Coupe.During the early morning hours of August 7, at around 5:00 a.m., Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of an armed robbery at a local business in the Pouce Coupe area.The RCMP say a description of the suspect vehicle was obtained and shared with RCMP Detachments in the Peace Region.
SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik has been booked under Public Safety Act (PSA), said a party spokesman on Thursday. “Malik sahab has been booked under the draconian law, Public Safety Act. He is being shifted to Kot Balwal jail in Jammu,” he said. JKLF strongly condemns this “arbitrary arrest” and use of PSA against a political leader, he added. Malik, who was detained on February 22, was lodged at Kothibagh police station. Earlier, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had also conducted raids at the residence of Malik on February 26. In the aftermath of Pulwama terror attack which claimed lives of 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14, J&K government withdrew security cover of several separatists including Malik, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Shabir Shah and Saleem Geelani.
New Delhi: Noting that there was serious failure on part of the Uttar Pradesh government to control pollution in western UP rivers, the NGT has directed the state to pay Rs 5 crore as ‘performance guarantee’ to implement the action plan for rejuvenation of the rivers.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the UP chief secretary to personally look into the issue of availability of potable water to the affected inhabitants of Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Meerut, Bagpath and Ghaziabad districts. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”In view of serious failure of the state of Uttar Pradesh so far and alarming situation of pollution of the river affecting public health, we find it necessary to require furnishing of performance guarantee in the sum of Rs 5 crore to the satisfaction of the Central Pollution Control Board by Uttar Pradesh to the effect that action plan will be implemented within six months. On failure, the amount will be forfeited,” the bench said. The green panel also asked the chief secretory to provide requisite logistics to the committee, headed by Justice S U Khan (retd) with representatives of the CPCB and the Environment Ministry, so that the committee can oversee the implementation of the action plan to restore the rivers to their original condition. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliThe committee, which was formed by the tribunal to submit an action plan, told the NGT that discharge of untreated sewage and industrial effluents in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar is mainly responsible for the pollution of the river. “It found that prosecution was initiated against 118 non-complying industries. Orders for closure were passed against non-compliant industries out of which 28 orders were revoked or suspended. Show cause notices were also directed to be issued to some of the polluting industries,” it noted. The committee informed the tribunal that it could not perform its functions with regard to health check on account of noncooperation of authorities and could not undertake awareness programme in absence of assistance of authorities.
Now that Manchester United has been defeated once again, we need to talk about the terrible form that Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea is going through.The match that Manchester United just finished playing against Tottenham Hotspur can be defined as a disaster, the Red Devils fell 3-0 at Old Trafford in what can be considered a historic result for Tottenham and the beginning of the end for many names inside the club. One of the most talked about players that haven’t really been delivering top quality performances is David de Gea, the Spanish goalkeeper who has gone through hell since the summer started and hasn’t really been able to recover from this unexpected situation. David de Gea used to be considered the best goalkeeper in the world just a few months ago, he was Manchester United’s most trusted life insurance and there was nothing the Red Devils couldn’t do against any rivals because they had the confidence of having a goalkeeper of his stature on their side. But something has gone very wrong somewhere down the line, De Gea is no longer the same player and the results of this dramatic level drop are starting to show a little too much.?? David De Gea’s last 16 shots faced for @ManUtd & @SeFutbol:? Saved ⚽️ Goal ⚽️ Goal ⚽️ Goal ⚽️ Goal ⚽️ Goal ⚽️ Goal ? Saved? Saved ? Saved ⚽️ Goal ⚽️ Goal ⚽️ Goal ⚽️ Goal⚽️ Goal⚽️ Goal? pic.twitter.com/YOcqRVUGvf— SPORF (@Sporf) August 27, 2018Where it all began.David de Gea’s bad run started since the day in which Spain’s manager Julen Lopetegui was sacked from his position, that gave the Atletico Madrid product a huge responsibility because he would be the one that was going to suffer the most when a rival scored during the World Cup. De Gea’s first match was against Portugal and he got a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo that was a major factor for his confidence drop as well, De Gea hasn’t really recovered since that moment. During the rest of the World Cup De Gea got a couple more goals from Morrocco, then he got another one against Russia and failed to deliver during the penalty kicks against the hosts. Spain got eventually eliminated from the tournament and David de Gea was one of the most criticized players of that competition because he was far from the level that turned him into the best goalkeeper in the world. All the Spaniard had to look forward to was Manchester United’s new season, but things have only gotten worse since he returned to action for his club.David de Gea for club & country since the start of the 2018 World Cup:• 16 shots on target faced• 12 goals concededDave needs to start saving again. ? pic.twitter.com/Ry5KkUWVvuChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 27, 2018Mourinho’s failing Manchester United.For David de Gea after returning from vacations this summer, the top priority has been to return to his former self and help out his squad winning matches. In three Premier League games after this Munday’s defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, David de Gea has received six goals already and they haven’t been his fault really but this goalkeeper used to save everything coming his way just a few months back and how his statistics have become a disaster. Just so you get an idea of what we are talking about let’s look at De Gea’s last 16 shots on target he’s received, the Spaniard has only been able to save four since the World Cup started back in June during activity between his club and country. This is an alarming stat that gives us an idea of how complicated life is right now for David, a goalkeeper who is going through a terrible moment of his career and will keep working to get past it.A disappointing night. #MUFC #MUNTOT pic.twitter.com/Cbw36gRmQd— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 27, 2018De Gea’s bad luck with his defenders.But it’s not just his fault that this is happening right now, there are other players who are to blame also for the goals that Manchester United receives and we consider it isn’t fair that David de Gea takes all the responsibility for these painful defeats. The Red Devils’ defensive back line is truly a disaster, they weren’t able to sign any new players on that position and they have practically been obligated to play with players of the likes of Chris Smalling or Phil Jones who are just not at the level the manager expects. In this Monday’s match against the Spurs, Jones was clearly the player to blame for Harry Kane’s goal and one of the biggest disappointments for United at Old Trafford. David de Gea could’ve done a lot more in Tottenham’s second goal that Lucas Moura scored, and there was nothing he could really do during the third and final goal that Tottenham Hotspur won at Old Trafford this Monday. I’m sorry to tell you this but, Dave no longer saves for Manchester United.Para quienes apoyasteis, criticasteis con respeto y sufristeis con nosotros, gracias. Estamos jodidos pero nos levantaremos y no dejaremos de intentarlo ??To whom supported, suffered and criticised us with respect, thanks. We’re fucked but we’ll get up again and never give up. pic.twitter.com/es4NBr05CD— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) July 2, 2018What do you think David de Gea’s problem is, could it be a psychological problem or is he just going through a bad run? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Crystal Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic could have been an Arsenal player, according to former Serbian player Goran Milosavljevic.Milivojevic has become a firm fans’ favourite at Crystal Palace since joining the Eagles in January 2017 but Milosavljevic who is credited with discovering former Manchester United great Nemanja Vidic insists he could have become a gunner instead.In an interview with the Chester Chronicle, he has revealed how he worked closely with former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger during his time in charge, and made several recommendations to the Frenchman about players.But he said two players, in particular, got away for the Gunners are Milivojevic and former Serbia captain Nemanja Vidic.Milosavljevic said Arsenal did not trust his judgement on Vidic when he first told them about him one year before he signed for Manchester United.Luka Milivojevic targets a new Premier League record Andrew Smyth – August 15, 2019 Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic hopes to set the record for the most penalties scored in Premier League history this season.And he insists Milivojevic could have ended up at Arsenal, if they had acted upon his recommendation.“Luka Milivojevic is another player who I recommended,” he said.“I started working with him at a young age, around 12, and then seriously when he was about 15.“He has gone on to play for Crystal Palace and is doing well in the Premier League. He is one of their top players.”Milivojevic was a deadline day signing for Palace in January 2017, during Sam Allardyce’s time in charge.