Mora picks up first-ever win against Butte as Corsairs open conference play with a victory

first_imgButte Valley >> Coming in, the Butte College men’s basketball team had never lost to a Justin Mora-led team at College of the Redwoods. Mora and the Corsairs finally found the right ingredients capable of dropping Butte coach Russ Critchfield and the Roadrunners, winning 80-73 on the road in the Golden Valley Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Cowan Gym. Butte falls to 12-7 and 0-1 in the GVC, while Redwoods (7-9, 1-0 GVC) at least temporary moves a game up on the …last_img read more

Weekend News Nuggets

first_imgHere are a dozen notable news reports from the past week bearing on evolution, design and amazing discoveries.Red rover, rat rover:  Live Science posted a cool video about research lab at Northwestern University that is imitating rats’ whiskers to improve robot sensing.  Rat whiskers are very sensitive.  Neurons in the base of the follicle convey a great deal of information to the brain, even in the dark.  The researchers envision this tactile technology on Mars rovers someday.Spiderman glue:  We’ve heard about efforts to duplicate spider silk, that ideal substance stronger than steel, but what about the glue that coats the silk strands?  PhysOrg and Science Daily reported that scientists in Wyoming are trying to imitate that, too.  Why?  They could help technology “advance toward a new generation of biobased adhesives and glues – ‘green’ glues that replace existing petroleum-based products for a range of uses.”  Spider web glue “is among the world’s strongest biological glues,” the article said.  That’s impressive considering the strength of barnacle adhesion.    Speaking of spiders, the largest orb-weaving spider was discovered in Madagascar, reported Science Daily.  The picture shows a 1.5-inch big momma with legs 5 inches long sitting in her web over a meter across.  Images of Shelob in Lord of the Rings come to mind.  Another discovery reported by all the science news outlets including Science Daily and National Geographic News was a “surreal” critter that is the first known spider to feed primarily on plant material instead of animal tissue.  This new species that New Scientist called the “Gandhi” of spiders is “the only known vegetarian out of some 40,000 spider species.”  Evolutionists attributed the origin of this herbivorous spider to “co-evolution” and “social evolution.”The Sting for health:  Imagine skin cream loaded with stinging cells from jellyfish.  Ouch!  It sounds like torture, but actually, it wouldn’t hurt a bit – and could actually heal.  New Scientist reported that a company in Israel is harvesting stinging cells from the marine creatures (like sea anemones and jellyfish) to use as microscopic hypodermic needles.  These natural harpoons, called nematocysts, have more force than the pressure needed to create diamonds inside the earth.  They can penetrate fish scales as well as human skin.    The NanoCyte company in Israel has patented a way to control the firing of the cells by putting them in a cream.  They replace the toxins in the cells with drugs that can deliver healing medicines to diabetics and others afflicted with disease.  Contact with skin activates the cells and delivers the payload.  Some applications are in Phase II trials.  Some day, your dentist may apply gum numbing medicine to your mouth with a cream instead of a surgical needle, and you may apply anti-itch creams with technologies derived from jellyfish.  The article said, “One square centimetre of cream-coated skin can contain as many as a million tiny needles.”  They promise the process is painless.Now ear this:  You have two sets of neurons in your inner ear, reported Science Daily.  Type II neurons in the hair cells of the cochlea apparently come into play when the normal neurons are exposed to ear-piercing decibels.  That being the case, they “may play a role in such reflexive withdrawals from potential trauma.”Hearing on the wing:  A remarkable auditory sense has been found on butterfly wings.  PhysOrg reported that a “remarkable structure” on the wing of the blue morpho butterfly acts like a tympanic membrane – an eardrum.  “The unusual structure and properties of the membrane mean that this butterfly ear may be able to distinguish between low and high pitch sounds,” perhaps to detect and avoid predatory birds.  “The team suggest [sic] that sensitivity to lower pitch sounds may detect the beating of birds’ wings, while higher pitches may tune into birdsong.”Lotus contemplation:  The water-repellant properties of the lotus leaf (see 09/23/2009) are still being examined for secrets.  PhysOrg posted a 5-second video showing a bead of water bouncing right off a lotus leaf.  Duke University engineers are imitating the lotus “to improve the efficiency of modern engineering systems, such as power plants or electronic equipment, which must be cooled by removing heat through water evaporation and condensation.”Ida known better:  Ida’s fame may be short-lived (see 05/19/2009).  The monkey fossil that was hailed in a book and TV special as an evolutionary missing link is now being charged by another team as irrelevant and uninformative to human evolution, reported the BBC News.  Of course, the discoverers of Darwinius a.k.a. Ida are not ready to concede.  The new paper claims “this is an extinct side branch of the group leading to lemurs that is not in any way related to apes and monkeys.”  How, then, do they explain the traits in Ida that are monkey-like?  The answer, according to New Scientist: “convergent evolution”Ardi on grass?  PhysOrg resurrected the theory that human evolution began when apes came down to walk in the African savannah, but did not comment on the claim this month that Ardipithecus showed our ancestors still lived in the forest trees (see 10/02/2009).  New Scientist mentioned Ardi but couched the conflict in a forest of possibilities.  Our ancestors in that time frame “lived either in dense forest or in a mosaic of woodland, shrub and grasses.”  Now every side can win.Got genes?  Scientists in the Netherlands are wondering how some people get by without 2000 chunks of DNA – about 0.12 percent of the human genome.  New Scientist asked what these means in evolutionary terms.  “Team leader Joris Veltman suggests that the regions his team flagged up may once have been essential but aren’t any more, either because we now need different abilities to survive, or genes have evolved elsewhere in the genome to do the same job, perhaps better.”  That leaves many storytelling possibilities, but it doesn’t explain why evolution left the non-essential genes around in some people.Tinysaur and other extinct reptiles:  The world’s smallest dinosaur was reported by PhysOrg – a 2-pound midget just 28 inches long.    Science Daily reported a pterosaur that was named “Darwinopterus” because it is alleged to fill a gap between two groups of pterosaurs (see also National Geographic News that announced “‘Darwin’s Wing’ Fills Evolution Gap” and BBC News that called it a “missing link.”)  That positivist interpretation is not without problems.  Science Daily quoted a team member: “We had always expected a gap-filler with typically intermediate features such as a moderately elongate tail � neither long nor short � but the strange thing about Darwinopterus is that it has a head and neck just like that of advanced pterosaurs, while the rest of the skeleton, including a very long tail, is identical to that of primitive forms”  They invoked a modification of evolutionary theory called “modular evolution” to explain this.  According to this interpretation, “natural selection was acting on and changing entire modules and not, as would normally be expected, just on single features such as the shape of the snout, or the form of a tooth.”  This “controversial idea” requires more study, but might be applied to “many other cases among animals and plants where we know that rapid large scale evolution must have taken place.”  See Live Science for more on this idea that is newly being applied to macroevolution.    Another strange-looking pterosaur seems to be supporting intelligent design rather than evolution.  At least, PhysOrg reported that Sankar Chatterjee at Texas Tech admires it enough to imitate it.  “At first glance, the 115-million-year-old pterosaur looks like a Cretaceous design disaster,” the article began – “With a tail rudder on its head and a spindly, bat-like body, Tapejara wellnhoferi may appear fit for nothing but extinction.”  A second glance was in order, though: a team of scientists from three universities now says that “the animal’s strange body actually made it a masterpiece of nature�s drawing boards.  Not only could it walk and fly, but also it could sail across the sea.”  The article includes a video of Chatterjee working with models of Tapejara to invent a new spy plane. Mummy trees:  “Sensational” was how one researcher described mummified trees in Norway that died in the middle ages but have not decayed for 500 years.  Science Daily said it was found in a moist region where decomposition should occur quickly.  Somehow the tree resin prevented decay by bacteria, insects and the wood’s own natural decomposition.Stem cell bonanza:  New techniques for creating better stem cells from adult tissue were reported by Science Daily, the BBC News and PhysOrg.  “The new technique, which uses three small drug-like chemicals, is 200 times more efficient and twice as fast as conventional methods for transforming adult human cells into stem cells” known as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS).  Shing Deng and a team at Scripps sought to imitate “a naturally occurring process in cells” when they hit pay dirt.  The new method is “Efficient, Fast, Safe.”These are just a taste of fascinating stories coming from science labs around the world.CEH strongly supports scientific research into things that provide understanding (not just promise it) and lead to inventions that can improve our lives.  The evolutionary storytelling tacked on here and there is useless and dumb.  Science is making great leaps in biomimetics, biochemistry, biophysics, systems biology and genetics – fields that presuppose information and intelligent 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Enceladus Pumps Imagination into the Vacuum

first_imgNASA astrobiologists abandon scientific restraint in a naked push to titillate taxpayers for another vain quest to find life beyond Earth.Saturn’s geysering moon Enceladus is interesting enough to deserve a follow-up mission some day without having to call its gas plumes “candy for microbes.” Yet when Saturn scientists went public with ordinary news about chemistry, dressing it up in astrobiological confabulation, the press went nuts – reproducing all the silliness as if on LSD (Life at Saturn Delusions). Just look at the headlines launching their perhapsimaybecouldness index into thin air like firecrackers to get the public to say “Oooo… aaaah” —NASA Missions Provide New Insights into “Ocean Worlds” in Our Solar System (JPL). The press release that started it all: the chemical reaction they think is occurring underneath Enceladus “is at the root of the tree of life on Earth, and could even have been critical to the origin of life on our planet.” This was accompanied by a press briefing with Cassini scientists (see it all on YouTube).Scientists discover evidence for a habitable region within Saturn’s moon Enceladus ( “This discovery … heightens the possibility that the ocean of Enceladus could have conditions suitable for microbial life.”Saturn moon ‘able to support life’ (BBC News). Jonathan Amos writes, “Saturn’s ice-crusted moon Enceladus may now be the single best place to go to look for life beyond Earth.” Note to press: Earth remains the only place in the universe where life is known to exist.Cassini finds final ingredient for alien life in Enceladus’s sea (New Scientist). Leah Crane writes breathlessly, “Enceladus is ripe for life.” Only way down does she quote Chris McKay giving a slight caveat of realism: “Just because a place is suitable for life doesn’t mean that life is present, because we don’t understand the origin of life at all.” So we don’t understand life on Earth, but we imagine it forming by chance on a distant, mostly-frozen moon?Potential Energy Source for Life Spotted on Saturn Moon Enceladus ( Mike Wall, a veteran hydrobioscopist, smiles after leaping from water to life: “Enceladus has liquid water, one of the key ingredients required for life as we know it.”Enceladus’ Subsurface Energy Source: What It Means for Search for Life ( Calla Cofield honors astrobiologist Jonathan Lunine, not pointing out that every prediction he made about life on Titan proved false.Icy Moon May Have the Right Stuff to Fuel Life (National Geographic). Michael Greshko pushes up the perhapsimaybecouldness index: “Something hot seems to be churning deep inside an icy moon, and NASA scientists think that it might be enough energy to fuel any hypothetical extraterrestrial life.”Astro Update: All That Life Needs on Enceladus (NASA Astrobiology Magazine). Any surprise that the bored astrobiology community, with nothing to look at to justify their existence, gets excited getting rich with possibility thinking? Sheila E. Gifford says, “If chemical energy is life’s coin and water is life’s marketplace, there may be a swift economy alive and well beneath the icy shell of Saturn’s brightest moon.“Proof: Saturn moon Enceladus is able to host life – it’s time for a new mission (The Conversation). David Rothery, a Brit, lets the secret out: NASA wants Americans to dole out tax money for another mission: “For that we will need a purpose-built mission, such as the Enceladus Life Finder (ELF).”For all we know, microbes sent to Enceladus would choke immediately or freeze to death. But who wants to spoil the fun with realism? All this way-over-the-top speculation clearly has one purpose: to get people to support the proposed “Enceladus Life Finder” (ELF) dreamt up by secular materialists who think the public will be just as jazzed by the Poof Spoof as they are. They’re safe. They don’t have to fear falsification, because any trip out there would probably arrive long after all the promoters are retired or dead. And even if ELF fails to find life, they can always say they didn’t look hard enough (as they did at Mars after Viking sent back disappointing results in 1976).Speaking of Mars, Maggie Aderin-Pocock of University College London unveils astrobiologists’ empirical nakedness in this opening to her video clip on the BBC News: “60 years ago we thought that Mars was covered by lush vegetation. OK, and we’ve continued search for life and we haven’t found any.” So after six decades of failure, the public is supposed to invest more of their money in the losers? Here comes her new plug to the public to entice them to keep throwing money at failure: “What’s interesting in this find is that this moon, Enceladus, has the potential for life.” Interesting to whom? Clearly Maggie is interested; from her tone of voice and mannerisms, she’s all excited about the possibility of spending OPM (other people’s money) in hopes of detecting something to fill the vacuum. But lots of things have the potential for life: stars, comets, and the vacuum of space. Anything is possible when you’re speculating. The universe could be filled with Boltzmann Brains for all she knows. No doubt they love Molecular Hydrogen Candy, too.What is this alleged “potential for life” that makes Enceladus the new star of extraterrestrial habitability? Like good public speakers, the Saturn scientists reduced their talking points to three sound bites:Molecular hydrogen (this is the “microbe candy” Aderin-Pocock grins about; microbes “eat it”.)Organics. They’re talking about carbon dioxide (CO2). It’s a stretch to call that “organic” since you breathe it out, not in.An energy source. Everything above absolute zero has energy, so it’s a matter of degree.Lots of places in the universe could meet these criteria. Molecular clouds in the coldness of space, for instance, have molecular hydrogen, organics (carbon monoxide, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other poisons), and energy in the form of radiation from stars and supernovas. But why stop at the level of molecules? Why not call atoms the candy of microbes? Why not discuss quarks as building blocks of life? Why not consider asteroid collisions an energy source? Carried to ridiculous extremes, this kind of reasoning could see the “potential for life” in the interiors of stars.The Saturn astrobiologists play another card in the titillation act. Pointing to the abundant life at hydrothermal vents at Earth’s oceans, they assume that if analogous vents form under a presumptive ocean under the Enceladus ice shell, the vents will put out a welcome sign for microbes, bringing a stream of microscopic customers to the Habitability Sale. This is a false syllogism. It’s like saying, “Major premise: Iron is a requirement for skyscrapers. Minor Premise: Mars has iron. Conclusion: Mars has skyscrapers.”No one in Big Science or Big Media seems to notice these logical fallacies. When experts like Chris McKay speak, they seem immune from criticism by reporters:It is the definitive signal for molecular hydrogen in the plumes of Enceladus that Cassini has now confirmed.“If you were a micro-organism, hydrogen would be like candy – it’s your favourite food,” explained Dr Chris McKay, an astrobiologist with the US space agency (Nasa).“It’s very good energetically; it can support micro-organisms in grand style. Finding hydrogen is certainly a big plus; icing on the cake for the habitability argument, and a very tasty one at that.“And yet we don’t see any microbes standing in line at the Space X facility to take trips to molecular clouds in the Milky Way for lifetime supplies of free candy. McKay could test his idea with a simple experiment: bubble hydrogen into sterilized water in a test tube and count the microbes that show up, gobbling up the free candy.The scientific paper that launched this titillation game is published in Science. And yet the paper is very restrained in its speculation. They only thing the authors say refers to some observational facts about Earth microbes – albeit with a pinch of the power of suggestion:This state of disequilibrium is exploited by some forms of life (chemolithotrophs) as a source of chemical energy. One example is microorganisms that obtain energy by using H2 to produce CH4 from CO2 in a process called methanogenesis. Such H2-based metabolisms are used by some of the most phylogenetically ancient forms of life on Earth. On the modern Earth, geochemically derived fuels such as H2 support thriving ecosystems even in the absence of sunlight.Their concluding sentence is also quite restrained:This finding has implications for determining the habitability of Enceladus’ subsurface ocean, although the favorable thermodynamics alone are agnostic as to whether methanogenesis is actually occurring.In the same issue of Science, Jeffrey S. Seewald summarizes the paper, stating only that the find represents “a chemical energy source capable of supporting life.” This kind of restraint gives the perpetrators cover. They can truthfully say ‘we never said there is life there’, all the while knowing what reporters would do with it after the highly-publicized press briefing that gushed all over about the possibility of life.A video clip about “Ocean Worlds” at [email protected] exhibits more empirical restraint, showing possible worlds with liquid water, but not making claims about life. It actually shows how unique Earth is because of its protective magnetic field. The text below the clip, however, engages in the same speculative leap about life like all the other press releases. None of these articles address a pressing problem: how could a tiny moon still be active after billions of years? In a sense, the talk about life is a distraction from that more empirical observation that has the potential to undermine the long ages needed to support the materialists’ origin-of-life speculations.In other Cassini news, the tiny moon Atlas got a new portrait. New Scientist shows the saucer-shaped moon covered in fluffy material, “more subdued” than scientists had expected. “The same gravity that causes all these weird phenomena that we’re seeing on these little moons causes energy to be pumped into some of the larger ones,” says Richard Terrile, using the opportunity to push astrobiology again. “And that energy can create under-ice oceans, maybe even habitable zones.” So is gravity being added to the list of ‘building blocks of life’?Update 4/17/17: The Hubble Space Telescope has possibly detected another vapor plume emanating from Jupiter’s moon Europa. used the opportunity to push astrobiology again: “A huge ocean of liquid water sloshes beneath Europa’s icy shell, making the 1,900-mile-wide (3,100 km) moon one of the solar system’s best bets to host alien life,” Mike Wall writes, adding, “(Many astrobiologists rank Europa and Saturn’s geyser-blasting, ocean-harboring moon Enceladus as the top two such candidates.)”Cassini is a grand mission, a superb achievement, rich in discovery and engineering successes. The scientists and engineers who built, launched, and navigated this bus-sized craft deserve the world’s grateful respect for bringing a beautiful planet home. Tragically, the mission is being tarnished by worthless excursions from AdventureLand to FantasyLand. But it’s nothing new. It went on constantly the 14 years I was at JPL as a bit player on the Cassini team. So who got punished for trying to bring a little scientific realism into the discussion? Well, I’m not working there any more, if that’s a clue.Titillation about life is unscientific and unnecessary. I offer a better way to interest the public in solar system exploration while maintaining scientific integrity: explain how everything we are finding in the solar system shows just how special our planet is. That would get everybody excited, even the non-materialists who constitute the majority of the public. (Visited 165 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

7 major movies and TV series filming in Toronto right now

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Starring: Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. ThomsonThis one’s cool because it reboots a classic Canadian novel and allows you to appreciate Anne Shirley’s story in a way you might not have in elementary school. Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett is in charge of the script and production of the CBC/Netflix series. It will be interesting to see how they’ll portray late 1800s P.E.I. in Toronto. The term ‘Hollywood North’ is an admittedly tired cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true.Every year, some of the world’s biggest talents in entertainment arrive northside to shoot the next big Hollywood hit. And when September rolls around, they show off their work on the world stage at the Toronto International Film Festival.While the next edition of TIFF is almost a year away, that hasn’t keep Hollywood biggest celebrities from The 6ix. Here are 7 productions – and their star-studded casts – filming in Toronto this fall.1. Anne 3. KinStarring: James Franco, Dennis Quaid, Zoë Kravitz, Jack ReynorIt’s a Franco film, so it’s probably worth checking out for one reason or another. What we do know about the sci-fi thriller is that Kin tells the story of a recently released ex-con (Reynor) and his adopted younger brother who are forced to go on the run from a vengeful criminal (Franco). There’s a very important ancient weapon at play as well. Fascinating enough. 2. Molly’s GameStarring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Michael Cera, Kevin CostnerHere’s a can’t-miss cast. On top of that, it’s the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, writer of such classics as A Few Food Men, The Social Network, and The West Wing. Molly’s Game illustrates the story of 26-year-old cocktail waitress Molly Bloom, who ran a private weekly poker game for some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Don’t be surprised to see it on Oscar lists. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Regional unemployment rate jumped to nearly six percent in March

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. jumped 1.2 percent from February to March to almost six percent.According to data released by Stats Canada on Friday, the unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. sat at 5.7 percent in March, up from 4.5 percent in the second month of the year. Despite the increase in the percentage of the labour force not working last month, the region actually added roughly 500 full-time jobs from the February estimate, while the number of part-time jobs dropped by around 300.The rate of employment in the region increased by 0.5 percent to 67.9 percent, which is the highest rate of employment of all economic regions of B.C. Despite the increase, Northeast B.C.’s unemployment rate was the third-lowest of any region in B.C. The lowest rate of unemployment was recorded in the Lower Mainland where only 4.3 percent of the labour force was without work, while the next lowest rate on Vancouver Island was 5.6 percent.The highest unemployment rate in B.C last month was recorded in the Thompson-Okanagan, where 7.4 percent of the labour force lacked a job. Compared to a year ago, the unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. is actually 0.7 percentage points lower.The unemployment rate across the province increased for the third consecutive month, to five percent. The provincial rate is 0.7 lower than March 2017, and grew by just a tenth of a percent compared to February. The national unemployment rate increased from 5.9 percent in February to 6.2 percent last month.last_img read more

Fort St John Dairy Queen raises over 14500 for Miracle Treat Day

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Dairy Queen held its annual fundraising event, Miracle Treat Day on August 8.According to Fort St. John Dairy Queen co-owner Linda Patterson, for Miracle Treat Day, they were able to serve 2,013 Blizzards.From serving 2,013 Blizzards, Patterson says they were able to raise a total of $14,513.29 for Miracle Treat Day. All proceeds from every Blizzard sold on Miracle Treat Day went towards supporting a local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, such as the B.C. Children’s Hospital.Despite it being poor weather, due to the rain and cooler temperatures, Patterson says it was a great turnout and thanks the community for their impressive support.“Fort St. John rocks because they helped us out a lot, so I’m really impressed. Every year they come out in droves and it’s great.”last_img read more

Yorke Man United should give Solskjaer the permanent managers job

first_imgDwight Yorke has backed his former Manchester United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the permanent managerial vacancy.Since replacing  Jose Mourinho last month at Old Trafford, Solskjaer has enjoyed a perfect start by winning all eight of his games in charge of United as interim coach.The Norwegian could now further bolster his prospects of becoming the permanent United coach by breaking Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola’s record of winning their opening six Premier League games if United defeat Burnley tonight.Despite this, however, former Red Devils star Paul Ince believes the club should go all out for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the season.But Yorke thinks otherwise and is certain that Solskjaer is the right man for the job.“Is a bigger way winning games, being successful playing attractive football?” Yorke told SportsMax.“The fans have been happy. If he’s doing that. There’s no reason to change it in my opinion. And I think that’s the way to go.“I’m sure everyone who knows Ole like I do, having spent four years with him, I didn’t really see him coming in and in the first place and getting the job, however, the decision was made, you know he’s a close friend. We want to see him do well.“He’s inherited a very good team and he’s been at the club for a very long time, so he understands the way that the club plays and I think that’s all he went in and did, he didn’t have to alter too much.“It’s the same players, give them the way to play forward, play attacking, the Man United brand of football.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea 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.“And I didn’t think he has to tinker too much because at the end of the day it’s the same players.“You’ve got to give him a lot of credit to go through winning eight games back to back. That’s incredible, to be mentioned alongside the greats of Sir Alex [Ferguson] and certainly Sir Matt Busby, it’s just incredible.“It’s fantastic and I think everyone is really delighted how well he has done and how well the team has really responded to his method of being positive and playing on the front foot.”Yorke, who scored 66 goals in 147 appearances for United and won three Premier League titles along with the Champions League, admits he’s been taken aback by Solskjaer’s success.“He’s very unassuming, very shy, only spoke when he’s been spoken to, he never spoke out of time or context,” Yorke added.“He is very dedicated to his sports vision. I could see him involved with the younger kids and really doing well at that level.“I just didn’t see him really going into management because being interactive with people, he’s very nice but you know the interacting and communicating with people wasn’t one of his biggest strengths but he seems to have really taken it on.“We know looking back at Cardiff, not particularly great there, but certainly at United, he feels very comfortable there and had a great rapport there with the fans and a great opportunity to show his managerial skills and he seems to have taken the bull by the horns which is fantastic to see – and I can only wish Ole continued success.“He is a very good friend of mine and I only want him to see him do well, not just for himself, but I want to see the football club and the players do what Man United always does – compete in games and being entertaining, scoring fantastic goals – because when you have the players and the attacking flair that we have in our team there is no reason why we shouldn’t be where we are.“And you know if someone were to point their finger and said, you know Liverpool and City are 17 or 18 points better than us just halfway through the season, that is just a myth. So there was something obviously not particularly right at the football club and Ole’s come in and changed that whole concept and mentality.”last_img read more