Mourinho sent off as Lukaku fires Manchester United

first_imgIt was an indication of the visitors’ anxiety that United boss Mourinho was dismissed by referee Craig Pawson in stoppage-time, apparently for encroaching onto the pitch during a Southampton attack.United and Mourinho are second behind Manchester City on goal difference after the leaders crushed Crystal Palace.But they can console themselves with the fact that a fifth victory in six matches gave them a club record-equalling 16 points at this stage of a Premier League campaign.Southampton have now failed to score in nine of their past 10 home games, and their manager Mauricio Pellegrino, formerly with Valencia, has failed to best Mourinho, the ex-Real Madrid coach, in five attempts.United were on top from the first kick and could have had an early penalty when Wesley Hoedt grabbed handfuls of Marouane Fellaini’s shirt as Juan Mata’s corner came over.Instead, Pawson gave a free kick against Fellaini for reasons best known to himself.It was no surprise when United took the lead after 20 minutes.Ashley Young swung the ball over towards the far post and Belgian striker Lukaku jumped above Ryan Bertrand to head goalwards.Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster could only parry and Lukaku reacted more quickly than the dozing defenders to convert the rebound.– Frustrations –Saints could not deal with United’s movement and when Maya Yoshida brought Mata down 22 yards out, Marcus Rashford hit a clever free kick that dipped inches wide of Forster’s right-hand post.Time and again United broke at pace, players rushing forward to support the attack.In contrast, Southampton often had only Shane Long forward, and his frustrations came out in the form of a nasty kick at Fellaini, for which he was booked.United were so much in charge that they would have been annoyed to be only a single goal ahead at half-time, but perhaps it had been too easy.Their players had not been forced to work hard and seemed to show little sense of urgency to get shots on goal.They almost paid the price five minutes into the second half.A flick by Yoshida from a Southampton corner was half-blocked and the rebound fell to Oriol Romeu, who somehow managed to stab the ball wide from three yards out.That near miss inspired Southampton and they began to attack in greater numbers.Nathan Redmond cut inside Antonio Valencia and hit a shot that United goalkeeper David De Gea held only at the second attempt.And Long appealed in vain for a penalty when he was nudged from behind by Phil Jones as they chased a long forward pass.Fellaini was in the right place to nod a header by Romeu off United’s goal line, and a pass from Dusan Tadic to Romeu, only for the Spanish midfield player to shoot across goal and wide again.Substitute Ander Herrera missed a chance to settle United’s nerves and, perhaps, the match but shot a foot high from 18 yards.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku gestures on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester United at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on September 23, 2017 © AFP / Glyn KIRKSOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, Sep 23 – Romelu Lukaku fired Manchester United to a 1-0 win over Southampton as Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands at St Mary’s on Saturday.Lukaku scored the only goal of the game in the first half, but United had to survive a late barrage of Southampton pressure that played a role in Mourinho’s dismissal.last_img read more

Want to get a politician to listen to science Heres some advice

first_imgTo create a better road map for scientists, Suhay and colleagues interviewed Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. Congress to ask what advice they would give the scientific community to help it improve the way it communicates with policymakers. The sample, which included 22 members of Congress and 20 staff members, was an even mix of liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans, Suhay said. This was then combined with the feedback from a random survey of more than 600 scientist members of AAAS, more than half of whom had experience communicating with policymakers.The first tip: Don’t just focus on the politician—focus on their constituents. For example, when proposing a carbon tax to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the scientist should provide data on the feasibility of using renewable energy to power farm equipment. That way, the policymaker can fully consider the economic repercussions such a tax would have on their constituents who live in rural farming communities.Scientists should also address both sides of an issue when talking to policymakers, Suhay said. Large areas of land covered with solar panels can be a great source of green energy, for example, but they can also create “heat islands” that can warm the local climate. Politicians should be given the cost-benefit analyses of such projects, for example, and shown the data on the impacts of both to understand whether they should support building a new solar farm. Scientists should also disclose any potential conflicts of interest, Suhay says—adding that sharing any personal, professional, research, or political biases builds trust and helps policymakers make an informed decision.Pitching to a policymaker’s staff is also key, said panelist Karen Akerlof, a visiting AAAS scholar and affiliate faculty at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, whose research focuses on environmental social science and evidence-based policymaking. “There are large numbers of staffers who work in the personal offices and committees of Congress, and they are on the front lines in getting information into those offices and in front of those committees.” But the most important advice for scientists interested in influencing policymakers is to be timely, both Suhay and Akerlof said. “If you are really interested in a particular bill, there’s a life cycle to that piece of legislation,” Suhay noted. So it’s very important to know whether Congress is in or out of session. Although proposing new legislation on vaccines in the midst of a measles outbreak might seem like a good idea because it is timely and relevant, suggesting a new policy to the state legislature in the middle of January might not be effective because the legislative sessions for most states begin in early January, for example. Suhay recommends being aware of these dates and planning early.A final recommendation: Talk to both sides. “It’s the partisan fights that get the attention,” Suhay said, “but there are more opportunities for bipartisanship than you think.” Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Want to get a politician to listen to science? Here’s some advice Robb Cohen Photography & Video By Jessica ScarfutoFeb. 17, 2019 , 11:00 AM Emailcenter_img WASHINGTON, D.C.—Present both sides. Disclose conflicts of interest. And make sure you catch them at just the right time.Those are some of the best tips to get members of Congress to listen to scientific advice, according to a session here Friday at the annual meeting of AAAS, which publishes Science.Talking to a politician is a lot different than talking to an average member of the public, said panelist Elizabeth Suhay, associate professor of government at American University’s School of Public Affairs here. The problem, she said, is that most scientists don’t really know how to tailor their communication specifically to politicians. “What we recognized is that there is a lot of science communication advice out there for informing the public, but not so much for communicating with policymakers.” A packed house for Friday’s session on evidence-based policymaking at the AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C. 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