France head coach Didier Deschamps has said there are no positives to take from his side’s shock defeat to Turkey in Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier.Les Bleus went down to two first-half goals in ten minutes, with Kaan Ayhan opening the scoring before Cengiz Under doubled Turkey’s advantage.World Cup holders France failed to muster a single shot on target across the 90 minutes despite fielding a strong side, and the defeat leaves them three points behind the Turks in Group H. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Deschamps made a double change at half-time, bringing off Blaise Matuidi and Lucas Digne for Kingsley Coman and Ferland Mendy, but to no availAfter the game the head coach, who has won the World Cup as a player and a manager – one of just three men to do so – wasted no time in laying the blame for defeat at the door of his players.“When there is a collective performance like this, there is nothing to retain positive,” the 50-year-old told TF1 .“We did not play our game against a team that played as they like, and we were not present.“If we play with no intentions, even though we are world champions, this is what happens.“We took a good slap tonight and we will analyse it. There is nothing else to say.“Congratulations to Turkey and we should return to our basics.”Turkey did not come close to qualifying for last summer’s World Cup in Russia, finishing fourth in Group I behind Iceland, eventual finalists Croatia and Ukraine.In February of this year they turned to Senol Gunes, who oversaw the side the last time they did make the World Cup in 2002.The turnaround in form has been marked, and they have now won all five games during his second spell in charge.This result is the most impressive of that run, which has seen wins over relative minnows Albania, Moldova and Uzbekistan, with a friendly win over Greece Gunes’ biggest previous scalp.
Rabat – Moroccan engineers from Ben M’sik Hassan II University have built a robot that safely extracts valuable venom from scorpions.The use of scorpion venom for medical treatment may seem counterintuitive, but it has been proven to aid in cases of multiple sclerosis and heart transplants. As scorpion venom yields the possibility for a new cancer treatment, a team of Moroccan researchers from Ben M’sik Hassan II University has begun looking for a safer way to collect the hostile substance.On Monday, July 3rd, it was announced that the engineers managed to create a robotic device that clamps onto the tail of the scorpion before electrically stimulating it, making the scorpion release droplets of venom. These can then be collected and safely stored in airtight containers. Mouad Mkamel, a designer on the engineering team, told CetusNews, “The extraction of scorpion venom is normally a very difficult task, and takes at least two experimenters. There are numerous risks, including potentially deadly scorpion stings and electric shocks from the stimulators used the extract the venom.”Thanks to Mkamel’s team, researchers are no longer at risk. The new lightweight, portable robot does the dangerous task for them. “It is designed to extract scorpion venom without harming the animal and to provide more safety to the experimenters,” said Mkamel. While previous methods involved physically puncturing the scorption’s venom gland, the device allows for more humane treatment of the animals. “It could be used by one person using a remote control to safely recover the venom remotely.”With ever-expanding access to rare substances like scorpion venom, Mkamel’s team hopes to continue exploring alternative health methods that may reveal solutions to difficult-to-treat medical conditions.
“My main purpose was to make sure the Security Council was well-informed about what is happening in Vienna,” Staffan de Mistura told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York after briefing the Council ahead of a new round of high-level talks set for this weekend in the Austrian capital facilitated by the Russian Federation and the United States.The outcome of the first discussions, which took place two weeks ago, was welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said in a statement issued by his spokesperson that it was encouraging to learn that participants had reached mutual understanding on a number of key issues, including the need to accelerate all diplomatic efforts to end the war.Commended the efforts and commitment of the 17 countries and the European Union for launching “this much needed political process,” the UN chief said this was the first “meaningful understanding” among international actors since the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, and the first one to have been reached in the presence of all the countries that hold the key to a resolution to the Syrian conflict.Today, Mr. de Mistura said he told the Security Council that “as far as we are concerned, as the UN, we are ready to support whatever decision will be taken in Vienna.” He explained that there had been a decision to create three sub-groups: on terrorism, “which is a pending issue, as you know” one regarding the opposition; and one on humanitarian issues.“This is certainly a sign of the seriousness of wanting to address issues that have been pending. And then of course, on Saturday there will be the next ministerial meeting,” he said, adding: “we hope that this is going to continue giving the signals that have been given so far. My message was one word: momentum.”Emphasizing that the momentum generated in Vienna must not be lost, he said: “Think about where we were a few months ago: we never imagined we would have the Russian Federation and the [United States] heading the same table, and on one side having Saudi Arabia and Iran on the other, plus other countries.”“So this type of momentum [which] we have been waiting for we need to support,” he said.Asked if the UN would be involved in setting the parameters of the talks –defining terrorism or terrorist actors, identifying opposition groups or addressing the presence of Iran in Syria – Mr. de Mistura said the peculiarity of the Vienna discussions is that the actual meetings are co-chaired by the US and Russia.“The UN is not calling these meetings. We are supporting. We are getting the job from them. We are going to help those that are going to discuss those points, but we are not leading a discussion. I’m going to support, not to express an opinion,” he stressed, noting that his job is to make sure that countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran come to the table and come up with a political process; “then we pick up the pieces and run with it.””[We are] not the ones imposing a certain formula. We have tried for four years and it didn’t work. Now it’s time for the countries to actually pick up those challenges,” he said.Acknowledging that the matter of defining terrorists “is quite an issue, as you can imagine,” he explained that this was why there will be a special working group on the matter among the countries. “As far as identifying terrorists, I have to abide to what the Security Council has decided, and the Council has identified two: ISIL [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] and Al Nusra, and some organizations that are linked to Al Qaida. I stop there and the rest is up the countries involved in the region and elsewhere.”Asked what he hoped the talks would achieve, Mr. de Mistura said that he and the Secretary-General had been emphasizing that “we want the meetings to bring some deliverables to the Syrian people and one of them should be a reduction of the violence. Some type of lessening of the conflict and I hope something along those lines can be achieved.”