Who’s Denying the Evidence?

first_imgAn interesting phenomenon is going on among science news reporters: accusations that “denialists” are lurking about.  We are told that deniers or denialists are refusing to accept scientific evidence and are clinging to belief systems in spite of the facts.  That would certainly be a serious charge, but it can also be a mask for a denialist to hide behind.  How is a bystander to decide who is the real denier?    Controversy has a long tradition in science.  As we saw in the 05/21/2010 entry, some science educators believe vigorous argumentation should be encouraged.  That means that claims should be denied, and counter-claims should be offered in their stead.  Most issues of leading journals have sections where scientists take issue with each other’s positions on recent claims.  In last week’s issue of Science (05/21/2010), for example, there were five letters to the editor, signed by 71 scientists – some of them very well known – arguing about the meteor impact hypothesis for the Cretaceous extinctions.  Undoubtedly the pro-impact scientists feel their evidence is compelling, but what if they resorted to calling their opponents “denialists” for refusing to agree?  Only an emotional divide would result – maybe even a name-calling war.  In the same way, the use of loaded words like denier and denialist must be examined in context to see if it is warranted, or is rather a means of propaganda.    New Scientist initiated the subject with a special report, “Living in denial.”  The caption lumped together various subjects of questionable affinity in an image of warfare: “From climate change to vaccines, evolution to flu, denialists are on the march.  Why are so many people refusing to accept what the evidence is telling them?”  Right away, readers got a taste of the message New Scientist wanted to convey, and right away, Darwin-loving ex-Christian apostate professional skeptic Michael Shermer was there to preach the opening sermon.  In his message for New Scientist, “Living in Denial: When a skeptic isn’t a skeptic,” Shermer was careful to cloak science in non-ideological terms: “What sometimes happens is that people confuse these two types of questions – scientific and ideological.”  This is the either-or fallacy, failing to recognize that scientism is itself an ideology.  Shermer also set his stage to ensure that he was skeptical of everything except his own skepticism.  “Thus, one practical way to distinguish between a sceptic and a denier is the extent to which they are willing to update their positions in response to new information,” Shermer explained.  “Sceptics change their minds.  Deniers just keep on denying.”  Yet when Shermer was given new information by Stephen Meyer in a debate about Signature in the Cell a few months ago, he did not update his beliefs about intelligent design; he just kept on denying it.    Next in the series, Deborah MacKenzie continued the theme in New Scientist with her contribution, “Living in denial: Why sensible people reject the truth.”  Her entry was a shameless concoction of association (mixing global warming with evolution with fear of vaccination), fear-mongering (evil corporations, death by HIV, suffering children), and glittering generalities “the systematic rejection of a body of science in favour of make-believe.”  It was hardly worthy of scholarly analysis.    Richard Panzer’s entry in the New Scientist series, “Living in Denial: How Corporations Manufacture Doubt,” is a short but interesting study about corporate disinformation campaigns.  It does not bear on origins, so is not of direct concern to this news service.  Similarly, Jim Giles’ entry in New Scientist, “Living in Denial: Unleashing a lie,” tells how the Big Lie is hard to stop in the Internet age.  As always, let the buyer beware.  And don’t forward messages without checking them out.    Michael Fitzpatrick’s entry in the New Scientist series was a blast of cool air in the heat: “Living in denial: Questioning science isn’t blasphemy.”  Contrary to the others, Fitzpatrick encouraged dissent and criticized labeling people as “deniers.”  He said, “The epithet ‘denier’ is increasingly used to bash anyone who dares to question orthodoxy.  Among other things, deniers are accused of subordinating science to ideology.”  It’s a form of ad hominem attack, he argued: “How ironic.  The concept of denialism is itself inflexible, ideological and intrinsically anti-scientific.  It is used to close down legitimate debate by insinuating moral deficiency in those expressing dissident views,” he continued.  It serves not to refute your opponent so much as to question his motives.  Fitzpatrick did not claim that pseudoscience is not a problem, but insists that name-calling is not the solution.  “Such attempts to combat pseudoscience by branding it a secular form of blasphemy are illiberal and intolerant,” he said.  “They are also ineffective, tending not only to reinforce cynicism about science but also to promote a distrust for scientific and medical authority that provides a rallying point for pseudoscience.”    New Scientist gave Michael Shermer the last word.  In “Living in denial: The Truth is our only weapon,” Shermer implied that truth exists.  So if deniers of truth exist, how should we respond to them?  At least he still believes in the open marketplace of ideas: “My answer is this: let them be heard.  Examine their evidence.  Consider their interpretation.  If they have anything of substance to say, then the truth will out.”  Shermer associated Holocaust deniers with evolution deniers: “Holocaust denial has always been on the fringe, but other forms – notably creationism and climate denial – wield considerable influence and show no signs of going away.  In such cases, eternal vigilance is the price we must pay for both freedom and truth,” he said.  But at least he was thoughtful enough to consider the possibility he could be wrong, or even if not, that his views could someday become the minority – and would not want his views suppressed by the majority.  So Shermer believes in the Golden Rule.  He seems to be reaching into his Christian childhood for concepts of truth and fairness, because it is questionable where he would find such concepts in Darwinism.  Casey Luskin on Evolution News & Views called this a conflicted message.    Speaking of minorities, Roger Harrabin found himself in a bit of a minority recently at a Climate skeptics rally in Chicago.  As a reporter for the BBC News, he did his best to present the majority in that venue as a bunch of right-wing fanatics, though he did have to acknowledge that among the group was noted geologist and Apollo astronaut Harrison Schmidt, who believes that the current climate change is part of a natural cycle, and some other notable scientists.    New Scientist has had another series called Culture Lab.  An entry by Amanda Gefter on May 24 bears on the issue of denialism.  Accompanied by a photo of atheist protestors at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, her article, “Tracing the fuzzy boundaries of science,” dealt with the demarcation problem – how does one separate science from pseudoscience?  Gefter acknowledges that the problem is harder than it might seem.  Speaking of the Dover case, she said “It was obvious that the proponents of ID were trying to push a religious agenda into government-funded schools, violating the separation of church and state,” but “Nonetheless, Judge Jones’s task was not simple. He had to rule on whether or not ID is science, and distinguishing science from pseudoscience is harder than it might seem.”  Philosophers have long realized that Karl Popper’s falsification criterion is too simplistic, for instance.    Instead, Gefter found solace in Nonsense on Stilts: How to tell science from bunk by Massimi Pigliucci (University of Chicago Press), a “brilliant book, which ought to be required reading for, well, everyone.”  How did Pigliucci attempt to solve the demarcation problem?  The “construction and testing of hypotheses with systematic observations or experiments” is not enough.  A science needs “some kind of explanatory framework,” too.  Applying that test to astrology, Gefter explains, shows that there is no explanatory framework for why the constellations, which are mere optical illusions based on our position, could influence our behavior.  General relativity, by contrast, not only makes predictions that have been confirmed but explains what gravity is.  Next, she attempted to apply Pigliucci’s demarcation criteria to intelligent design:When Judge Jones issued his ruling, he declared that ID is not science because it invokes supernatural causation and because it “employs the same flawed and illogical contrived dualism that doomed creation science in the 1980s”.  A contrived dualism is a false dichotomy – if evolution is wrong then ID must be right – and it highlights ID’s lack of explanatory power.  ID is nothing more than an attack on evolution; in and of itself it is nothing more than a belief in God.  To see what I mean, try this experiment if you ever find yourself talking to a proponent of ID.  Say, “OK, for the sake of argument let’s say evolution is wrong and let’s forget about it.  Now tell me how intelligent design works.”  Having tried this a few times myself, I am confident that you will be met with nothing but an awkward silence.Gefter thus ruled ID as pseudoscience, because it is “rooted in religion”.  She and Pigliucci ruled three other things as “almost science– – evolutionary psychology, string theory and SETI, because they are potentially scientific, but not yet grounded in scientific evidence.    Gefter ended by taking potshots at the extremes: the postmodernism of Foucault, the outlandish claims of Feyerabend, and the relativists.  She positioned herself as a solid progressivist, believing that Bayesian inference and good philosophy of science can nudge us closer and closer to the truth:The idea that science can’t tell us anything about the objective world just because it is a human activity fraught with human flaws and biases is easily refuted the minute that planes fly or atomic bombs explode.  Scientists, meanwhile, do us a disservice when they promote scientism – the idea that science can answer every meaningful question we might ask about the world.    Between postmodernism and scientism lies a middle way by which objective knowledge of the world can emerge.  We ought to think about science as a Bayesian algorithm, Pigliucci argues, echoing the sentiment of many contemporary philosophers of science.  Bayesian algorithms calculate probabilities of future events or observations based on prior knowledge.  As we gain new knowledge, we feed that back into the equation, “updating our priors” and leading to increasingly accurate predictions.  In this way, little by little, science nudges us closer to understanding the way the world really is.Gefter likes philosophy of science – some philosophy of science.  She likes logic – some logic.  “Philosophers of science were some of Judge Jones’s best resources in the Dover trial and they are some of our best resources as a society dealing with the consequences of science in our everyday lives,” she concluded.  “Pigliucci is a perfect example.”  For more on Bayesian induction, see “Bayesian Epistemology” at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, particularly section 6, “Potential Problems.”There are many names, issues and fallacies in these articles, too many to discuss in detail, but hopefully you latched onto some of them already.    To whet your appetite, let’s return to a rhetorical projection theme we’ve used before (02/01/2007 commentary) that is not that unbelievable historically.  The Darwinians are usurpers, who have overtaken the castle of science and driven the rightful owners out.  They have taken over walls and monuments they did not build, leaving the founders and builders camped outside.  The Darwin Party also took ownership of the army and propaganda machinery.  Every time the rightful owners demand entry, the usurpers lob stinkbombs over the walls and laugh.  Meanwhile, the Darwin Party propaganda machine keeps the peasants inside persuaded that they are the true owners.  They set up a Sacred Tree in the temple shrine dedicated to King Charles, whom they parade regularly in his New Clothes at regular intervals with pomp and bombast.  Anyone who steps out of line is quickly expelled and sent outside the walls.  To maintain the illusion of scientific fairness, occasional parleys with the enemy are arranged, but these are carefully controlled such that the enemy is never given any real power or opportunity for rebuttal in the Party-controlled media, which carefully filter what the peasants are allowed to hear.  But lately, the peasants have been seeing increasing anxiety on the part of their handlers.  Whispers are going around that the New Clothes are not what they seem; messages from outside the wall are getting through that maybe they can trust their eyes after all.    Simplistic?  Perhaps.  New Scientist has offered more nuanced material than this, but it is still very one-sided and filtered.  Here’s Shermer: “We KNOW that evolution is a fact fact fact and the creationists are a bunch of narrow-minded, bigoted pseudoscientific simpletons who won’t go away no matter how much I wish they would, but for a moment, I’ll grant the slightest, remote possibility that they might have a grain of truth in some of the things they are saying, and if we stomp on them too hard, and they win the masses and turn on us, they might take revenge, which could hurt my retirement, so we’d better play nice and endure them and just try to listen to them and convince them, because the TRUTH is our only weapon.”  Isn’t he just charming.  Dr. Shermer, you loving little skeptic, you, tell us: where did truth come from?  Did it evolve?  If truth evolves, is it really the truth?  Where did the Golden Rule come from?  Did you find it in Origin of Species?  If a rule evolves, is it really a rule?  If a different rule can take its place tomorrow, was it ever golden?  Suppose we do become the majority someday, and decide your kind are a danger to society, and should all be locked up.  Explain on what moral grounds you should stop us other than survival of the fittest.    Here’s Amanda Gefter, a materialist charismatic (04/11/2009): “Philosophy of science is wonderful – as long as I get to pick the philosophers that allow me to punch a creationist.  Finding demarcation criteria between science and pseudoscience is hard – but Pigliucci is such a genius, he made it easy.  He’s almost as great a philosopher of science as Judge John E. Jones.  I never realized how easy it is.  Give me a bag and let me write ‘explanatory framework’ on it, and give me another bag and let me write ‘Empty’ on it, and I get to decide which systems to put in one bag or the other.  I don’t like intelligent design’s explanatory filter, so I’m going to put it into the Empty bag.  I don’t like having to explain how chance works in Darwinism, so I’m going to dodge that and ask an I.D. person how God works.  I don’t like having to explain Darwinist miracles of emergence, so I’m going to tease I.D. people by forcing them to tell how intelligent agents work.  Of course, I don’t ask that of SETI people, so we’ll put them in the halfway house and call them ‘almost scientists’.  But I digress.  Back to our mission: let’s all follow the Yellow Bayes Road and we will someday reach the Wizard of Understanding!”  Isn’t she just charming, Pigliucci tales and all.  Thank goodness Fitzpatrick was there to bring us back to Kansas (12/05/2008).(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


South Africa honours its teachers

first_img“We acknowledge your dedication and selfless service to the betterment of our country,” Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said at the National Teaching Awards, an event celebrating excellence in South African public education.Primary school children join South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on stage at the 2016 National Teaching Awards at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg. (Image: GCIS)Now in their 16th year, the awards were held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday 27 February. This year’s event was dedicated to Oliver Tambo, president of the ANC in exile, colleague of Nelson Mandela and himself a maths and physics teacher.In his keynote address, Ramaphosa quoted Tambo as saying: “A nation that does not take care of its youth has no future, and does not deserve one.”Since 2000, the Department of Basic Education has hosted the awards to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts made by South Africa’s teachers, often in very difficult conditions, to serve the country’s children – many of whom come from poor communities. According to the department, the event “encourages dedicated and caring teachers in their efforts to develop each learner as a citizen of a democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa”.The awards aim to:Focus public attention on the positive aspects of basic education, and raise the public image of the teaching professionRecognise and promote excellence in teachingHonour dedicated, creative and effective teachers and schoolsEncourage best practice in schoolsGive South Africans the opportunity to publicly thank our teachers“We acknowledge with gratitude the very best among our national brigade of educators,” Ramaphosa said. “They know more than anyone that education is the best weapon at our nation’s disposal to eradicate poverty and its dehumanising effects.”Ramaphosa said the government was aware of the daily challenges and struggles teachers face.“We have committed this government to do everything possible to improve the working conditions of teachers,” he said.Billions spent on educationHighlighting how South Africa’s education system has changed since the dawn of democracy, Ramaphosa pointed out that today millions of children receive free quality education.“Government has prioritised education and worked to ensure that our schools receive the attention they deserve … the Minister of Finance in his Budget Speech allocated substantial resources to build education infrastructure and improve the overall performance of basic education.”This year’s Budget set aside R228-billion to fund education – the highest allocation in South Africa’s history.“Inclusive and equitable quality education for all is the most effective way to address poverty and its effects on children,” Ramaphosa said.“This resonates very well with the National Development Plan, which says: Improved education will lead to higher employment and earnings, while more rapid economic growth will broaden opportunities for all and generate the resources required to improve education.”He concluded: “By 2030, we will have achieved all these things because we are determined, because we dare to dream, because we work together and, most importantly, because we have the finest teachers in the world.”last_img read more


The 9 Best Places to Find Motion Design Inspiration

first_imgNeed motion design inspiration? Here are nine websites that will stoke your creative fires.Motion design isn’t just about After Effects and Cinema 4D — it’s also about finding inspiration and inspiring others. Let’s gun the creative engines with a tour of nine websites where you can find motion design inspiration. Be sure to bookmark these sites and check in frequently!1. Art of the Title Art of the Title is a curated website that focuses on the art of film and television title sequences. Each one of these sequences showcases the amazing work of some of the very best motion designers in the business. Many of the posts on the site will give you a comprehensive breakdown of how the design teams approached the project.2. Vimeo Channels Vimeo is an incredible resource for finding motion design inspiration. In fact, PremiumBeat’s curated Vimeo channel, The Best Showreels & Demo Reels, promotes the very best reels in both motion graphics and film. Other channels to check out and follow: Purely Motion Graphics, as well as studio channels like The Mill, Brand New School, Nice Type and Umeric.3. Mograph Mograph is a website/forum dedicated to mograph artists. It’s a great place to find tutorials, job postings, and inspiration, as professionals from around the world post their reels and recent work. If you want to connect with other mograph artists, then this website is a great place to start.4. From up North If you’re a designer, then From up North should already be bookmarked in your browser. It’s long been the go-to place for graphic design inspiration. Over the years, they’ve added several galleries to the site for typography, logotypes, web design, and even motion graphics. Pulling inspiration from all over the net, From up North could possibly be the very best site for mograph inspiration.5. RocketStock Templates After Effects templates are a great way to discover new looks and techniques. RocketStock has a great selection of After Effects templates. Chances are you’ll find inspiration with just a quick tour of their library.6. Behance: Motion Graphics Served Behance is a fantastic site for artists looking to share their creative work with others. Adobe has done a great job of really expanding the reach of Behance over the years, and now they have a dedicated section for motion graphics. With so many talented artists showcasing their work, it will be hard not to find inspiration.7. Abduzeedo Abduzeedo is a web site dedicated to all things inspiring when it comes to design. With a gallery full of various design collections, top notch tutorials, and interviews with design professionals, Abduzeedo is a definite must for any motion graphic designer.8. Inspiration Grid Inspiration Grid is exactly what you think it is. It’s a website that showcases a massive grid of the very best in design inspiration. Just like the previous sites, this one offers a wide variety of inspiration, from basic 2D design to video and motion graphics. There really is something for every designer, so make sure to bookmark this one.9. Dribbble Dribbble offers great inspiration for all designers. While standard graphic design is represented a little more heavily than motion graphics, the site still offers plenty of imagery to get you inspired. Other than inspiration, the site offers designers a way to connect, while also showcasing job postings.Be sure to bookmark these sites, as they may be beneficial to you the next time you need some inspiration. Let us know if we missed any of your favorite sites!last_img read more


Meets with MEPs were watched

first_imgAt least six civil society groups, comprising 50 local people, who met the 27-member fact-finding delegation of the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) recently in Srinagar were headed by ex-Army personnel.Sources privy to the meetings held between the MEPs, drawn from the far-right parties, and the civil society groups said the foreign delegates were apprised by groups headed by Aslam Shah from Tanghdar, a retired Army personnel of the 104 Brigade; Mujeeb Ahmad of the 12 Brigade from north Kashmir and Muhammad Ashraf from Machil, Ehsan from Tanghdar and Maqsood Ahmad, who all served in the Army.Most delegates belonged to Baramulla and Kupwara districts close to the Line of Control (LoC). These groups provided a first-hand account of the ground situation post withdrawal of J&K’s special status to the visiting dignitaries.Sources said several civil society groups which met the MEPs at the Lalit Grand Palace hotel in Srinagar were introduced by General Officer Commanding, 15 Corps, Lt. General K.J.S. Dhillon to the delegation.The MEPs’ delegation split themselves into several groups and held across-the-table interaction and posed pointed questions like “What Kashmiris think and want?”. Comprising five to eight people in each group, the 15 groups were introduced to the MEPs as locals, students, fruit growers and traders. The group interactions, however, were closely monitored. “I was tapped from behind and taken to a corner when I touched the issue of Article 370 and raised the separate identity issue with one group of delegates,” one member told The Hindu.Presented as localsBesides the ex-Army personnel, several other groups working in tandem with the Army in north Kashmir were presented as local youth groups. Interestingly, the Army invite was accepted by two Congress leaders, Channi Singh and Farooq Andrabi; both were served a show cause notice by the party.The MEPs, after the two-day visit on October 29-30, had claimed that they met a cross-section of civil society. They said the impression they got was that “the situation was not as bad as they thought, and people wanted peace, better life, better vocations and jobs”. The visit is facing criticism because of the involvement of a little-known NGO, WESTT, in organising the EU delegation meeting with PM Narendra Modi and pushing for a visit to J&K.last_img read more


10 months agoArsenal to launch January bid for Boca Juniors winger Pavon

first_imgArsenal to launch January bid for Boca Juniors winger Pavonby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are ready to launch a bid for Boca Juniors winger Christian Pavon.The Sun says the Gunners have the 22-year-old Argentine in their sights for the New Year and contact has already been made with his club.However, Boca have quoted a sky-high fee for Pavon, who has been dogged by hamstring trouble which handicapped him in the Copa Libertadores final.Emirates boss Unai Emery is a big fan and wants Pavon to give his attack even more edge.He can play in the Arsenal system and is faster than most players in the Spaniard’s squad.Boca are braced for a bid close to their asking price for Pavon and have fended off other Premier League clubs as they try to get their money. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


10 months agoIniesta happy to see Messi as Barcelona captain

first_imgIniesta happy to see Messi as Barcelona captainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVissel Kobe midfielder Andres Iniesta is happy to see Leo Messi as Barcelona captain.Messi took the armband after Iniesta’s summer departure.”I don’t think it’s a new thing for him,” said Iniesta.”He has been here a long time as the star player and at the centre of everything.The captain’s armband is an added stimulus for him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Womens Basketball Karlie Cronins multisport multischool journey has landed her on Ohio

Ohio State guard Karlie Cronin runs down the court during the Buckeyes game against the Boilermakers on Feb 18. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorWhen asked to take a few minutes to answer questions about one of her former players, Karlie Cronin’s former coach responded, “About Karlie? Oh, I’ll do anything for Karlie Cronin.”Cronin, a junior from Fairfax, Virginia, has spent time with three different college teams, which has ended at Ohio State as a walk-on.Her journey as a basketball player began as a child, but has taken many turns since then. In addition to basketball, Cronin picked up lacrosse during her sophomore year of high school. Aggie McCormick, Cronin’s AAU coach, said balancing multiple sports at one time could be a challenge for some — not for Cronin. “She has a motor that is unbelievable to me,” McCormick said. “She could go from practice to practice all day long and never run out of energy. It’s far beyond normal. Even having come straight from hours of lacrosse practice she would do cartwheels around her teammates on the court. I have coached some of the greatest kids in the country and she still amazes me.”  McCormick has been coaching for 25 years and is the founder of the Fairfax Stars AAU team. She keeps in touch with Cronin throughout the year and receives visits from her whenever she returns home for breaks. McCormick said Cronin frequently goes back to practice with the team and never misses a workout.Cronin had been playing basketball since she was 9 years old. Unfortunately, she suffered a torn ACL during her junior year of high school and could not play during July, a key recruiting prior for young athletes. As a result of her injury, she ended up at Southern Methodist University, a smaller Division-I progam than she had hoped for. But that did not last longAfter playing just two games at SMU in 2015, Cronin needed a change —and a big one at that. She was neither enjoying the school nor the basketball program as much as she had anticipated and decided to transfer to Ohio State for the following fall.Her experience was so negative that she was set on changing sports.“I was a little burnt out on basketball so I just made a highlight tape and sent that to schools to be recruited for lacrosse,” she said.Although she did enjoy playing lacrosse again in a college setting, Cronin said that she “missed the aggression that comes with basketball.”After one season as a college lacrosse player, she walked on to Ohio State to give basketball another shot. She practiced during the summer with her AAU team to prepare for the season.In her first season on the Buckeyes’ basketball team, she appeared in 20 games, but played just 52 minutes and scored two points.“Even if she’s on the bench a lot of the time, I know she loves being out there,” McCormick said. “She fought relentlessly to find a school that she could play basketball at.”Cronin seems to have handled what would appear to be a difficult transition quite smoothly. “She acclimated herself very quickly,” Ohio State women’s basketball head coach Kevin McGuff said. “She was excited about playing from Day One and works incredibly hard to do what she can to contribute to the team and the program.”Whether that hard work will translate into playing time remains unknown. But given the exit of five key seniors from the team, an increased reliance on Cronin might come sooner than many people expect. read more


Ronaldo I have a biological age of 23

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has claimed that he has the “biological age of 23” instead of 33 and intends to continue with his playing career for another eight yearsIn a career that has spanned a total of 16 years to date, the Real Madrid forward has broken many records throughout the world and continues to show no signs of slowing down at the age of 33.Ronaldo has scored 50 goals for both club and country this season and is expected to play a major role in this weekend’s final against Liverpool in the Champions League.Yet the Portuguese has no intention of slowing down any time soon and revealed his plan to continue playing professional football until the age of 41.“Right now I have a biological age of 23,” Ronaldo told El Chiringuito, via Daily Mirror.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I’ve still got a long time left, I can keep playing until I’m 41. I’m feeling good, happy, I can’t complain. We are playing another final on Saturday and the fans are behind Cristiano.”The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has had to deal with constant rumours in his eight years at Madrid that the club will sign a new player that will eventually oust him from the team.Yet, he points out that he is still at Real: “I’ve been here for eight years and people always say 50 players are coming here but in the end, no-one comes.“In September people think lots of players are going to come but the ones who take us to finals are always the same ones.“The best players are already at Madrid. Bale, Benzema, (Lucas) Vazquez, (Marco) Asensio. They are all here.”last_img read more


Karius doesnt claim concussion as an excuse

first_imgThe Liverpool goalkeeper does not think this is a valid excuse to say his team lost against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions LeagueIn the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League Final, Liverpool was defeated 3-1 against Real Madrid in Kiev, Ukraine.During the match, goalkeeper Loris Karius made two mistakes that at the end cost the team goals and the trophy.He claims to have had a concussion after clashing with Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos, but the Spanish footballer has yet to apologize.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“No. I don’t think that he has got my number,” Karius was quoted by Team Talk.“He’s a hard player but I have nothing against him personally. I don’t know whether he did that on purpose, but that doesn’t matter to me in the end. Only one person knows and this is Sergio Ramos.”“I went down and thought: ‘What’s going on now?’ No reaction from the five referees. I felt the adrenaline rushing through my body and thought only about playing on,” he added.“A concussion was proven, and it harmed my spatial vision. The club asked me to go see a specialist. But again, I won’t use this as an excuse. I performed constantly throughout the whole season, so you can put it this way: under ordinary circumstances, I cannot explain those mistakes.”last_img read more


Moratti sheds more light on Mourinhos gesture

first_imgMassimo Moratti claims Jose Mourinho’s gesture against Juventus was for a good reason as he finds all his feeling and experience in Italy.Mourinho made headlines for storming on to the pitch and cupping his ear to the crowd after Juve’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Wednesday, but Moratti felt the former Inter boss had a good reason for his actions.“Mourinho’s gesture overshadowed Manchester United’s win, which came in a game that was important for him and the team,” the ex-Nerazzurri owner according to Football Italia.“It’s part of his character. When he returns to Italy he finds all his feeling and experience, which leads him to react as if he was still here, while also thinking about the club he was at [Inter] and those who antagonised him.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“That puts him in a position to make certain gestures at certain times, which create situations of discussion that, in football, are fun and interesting to watch.“It shouldn’t offend anyone. Am I surprised when he says ‘my Inter’? No. It’s precisely for this reason that he reacts the way he does.“Inter in the Champions League? They have character and depth. Zhang as President? He’s a good lad and he’ll do very well.”last_img read more