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The only thing I feel is sadness – Schelotto

Boca Juniors head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto expressed his sadness after his side suffered a 5-3 aggregate defeat to bitter rivals River Plate in the Copa Libertadores final.

Sunday’s controversial rearranged second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid went in favour of River, who secured a 3-1 extra-time victory against 10-man Boca.

After the eagerly anticipated match was twice suspended in November due to an attack on Boca’s team bus, River came out on top thanks to extra-time goals from Juan Quintero and Gonzalo Martinez.

Boca had taken the lead in stunning fashion via Dario Benedetto on the stroke of half-time before Lucas Pratto equalised for River, who went on to secure a fourth Libertadores trophy.

Fronting the media afterwards in the Spanish capital, Boca boss Schelotto could not hide his disappointment, telling reporters: “The only thing I feel is sadness for not winning the cup and giving it to the people of Boca.

“That’s the only thing that makes me feel bad – not bringing the cup to Boca.”

“I want to congratulate the Boca players for how they played, even when we were one or two less in the final, they pushed, fought and fought,” Schelotto added. “Then, [I want to] congratulate River, who are the champion and won the cup.”

Boca had an appeal to be awarded the Libertadores title rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Saturday.

After CONMEBOL dismissed Boca’s appeal, the Argentine giants took their case to CAS but they were unsuccessful as the match took place at the home of Real Madrid.

“Sometimes it seems that we are incorrigible,” Schelotto said. “There’s very little we can learn from the people here and from this stadium. I hope we learn a lot, but sometimes we seem incorrigible. It seems that if this final repeats itself in a few years, it won’t be able be played [in Argentina].

“In our country, during these days, they said that it was normal for you to be thrown a stone when the visiting bus arrives. No, it’s not normal … it’s abnormal to throw a stone at a bus.

“It’s like entering a shop and throwing a stone at someone. Hopefully these things change, but in the sporting aspect it’s done, River won.”


#2020: China To Launch An ‘Artificial Moon’ To Light Up City

A city in China is planning to launch an ‘artificial moon’ that will light up the skies as far as 50 miles around. The so-called illumination satellite set to deploy over the southwestern city of Chengdu in 2020 is touted to be eight times as bright as the real moon. File photo.

Wu Chunfend, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co., Ltd, revealed the plan at an event in the city on Oct 10, People’s Daily reports.

It will complement the moon to make Chengu’s night skies brighter when it launches in 2020, potentially serving as a replacement to conventional streetlights.

The artificial moon can be controlled to light up an area between 10 and 80 kilometers wide 6 to 50 miles).
While it might sound implausible, Wu says the technology has been in the works for years and has now ‘matured’ toward readiness.

Whether the plan will ultimately come to fruition, however, remains to be seen.

Chengdu’s artificial moon has already been met with criticism from skeptics and concerned citizens who argue that the light will have adverse effects on animals and astronomical observation, People’s Daily points out.

But according to Kang Weimin, director of the Institute of Optics, School of Aerospace, Harbin Institute of Technology, the light will amount only to a ‘dusk-like glow.’

It’s not the first time humans have attempted to launch a light-reflecting object into the sky – but in the past, such plans have largely ended in failure.

Study Finds Abortion Doesn’t Lead to Depression


WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Abortion does not increase a woman’s risk for depression, according to new research.

The study, of nearly 400,000 women in Denmark, challenges arguments that terminating a pregnancy takes a toll on a woman’s emotional well-being.

“Policies based on the notion that abortion harms women’s mental health are misinformed,” said study leader Dr. Julia Steinberg. She’s an assistant professor of family science at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

“Abortion is not causing depression. Our findings show that women were not more likely to suffer from depression after an abortion compared to beforehand,” Steinberg said in a university news release.

Claims that the procedure harms women’s psychological well-being have been used to justify policies that restrict access to abortion in the United States, she and her colleagues said.

For example, at least eight states require that women considering an abortion be told of supposed potential harms to their mental health, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization. And women in 27 states must wait 24 to 72 hours and receive counseling before they can have an abortion.

For the new study, the researchers analyzed data on Danish women born between 1980 and 1994, tracking any abortions, births and antidepressant prescriptions.

The investigators found the odds of using a depression medication remained the same the year before or after an abortion. And risk for antidepressant use also fell steadily with time after an abortion.

Women who ended a pregnancy were more likely to use antidepressants than those who didn’t — but their risk didn’t increase after the procedure, the study found.

These women were more likely to use these medications even before they had an abortion, suggesting they were at higher risk for depression for other reasons, such as pre-existing mental health issues, the researchers noted.

These new findings appear to support a recent report from the National Academies of Science. That report concluded that “having an abortion does not increase women’s risk of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder.”

The researchers believe their findings could lead to more informed policies on abortion in the United States.

The results were published May 30 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.

More information

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists answers questions about abortion.

SOURCE: University of Maryland, news release, May 30, 2018