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  • Delays, flight cancellations rock CJIA

    first_img… as GTT’s Americas II cable damaged offshore MartiniqueAcollapse of the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) Americas II cable near the shores of Martinique, has caused hundreds of passengers departing Guyana to experience flight delays and cancellations.According to sources at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), hundreds of persons were delayed at the airport as airlines were forced to do manual check-in of passengers. On Monday evening, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, who is responsible for transport, when contacted stated that flights continue to depart the CJIA, but at a “slow pace” as authorities were forced to do manual check-in, which has been leading to delays.Meanwhile, GTT in a statement said the cable consortium has been working tirelessly to restore service, the company has redundant infrastructure and is working with the airline reservation management system, SITA, to migrate to redundant routes.“GTT would like to reassure customers that the Internet infrastructure is working well via the redundant paths,” the statement read.Captain Gerry Gouveia confirmed that Dynamic Airways cancelled one of its flights early Monday because of the disruption. He stated that the airline’s passengers were informed of the cancellation early and were told to check-in today.He also explained that InselAir cancelled its flight because the crew time expired. Among those affected are numerous cub scouts who were in Guyana for a Caribbean Cuboree.The CJIA also released a statement explaining the situation, and advising the travelling public that it is working with its stakeholders to ensure the Automated Airlines Check-in services are restored as soon as possible.Apart from the aforementioned explanation, CJIA noted that some airlines are experiencing cancellations due to crew rotation and other operational issues during this peak season.That aside, the management of CJIA said it will continue to work with its service providers to ensure that the Airline Check-in services are returned to normalcy in the fastest possible time.last_img read more

  • Cell’s Molecular Machines Arouse Fascination

    first_img(Visited 119 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 With increasing image quality at their disposal, biologists are finding amazing molecular machines at work in living cells.Spark plugs:  Biochemists have known for a long time that ATP powers most chemical reactions in the cell, but how does it work?  There has to be a “spark plug” of sorts to put it over the energy barrier, a press release from Heidelberg University explains:Biomolecular motors are protein molecules responsible for mechanical movement in cells. These smallest of known motors use the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP) as fuel, which all living organisms use as a source of energy for processes that require it. In order to understand how these cell motors use ATP to function, they can be compared to an automobile engine, in which energy is released by burning petrol. Because petrol does not ignite by itself, energy must be applied to initiate the combustion reaction. This job is done by the spark plug. Energy is not released until the heat energy of the spark is applied to overcome the energy barrier of petrol combustion. According to Stefan Fischer, there are a number of parallels to biomolecular motors. The ATP molecule is stable and like petrol does not release its energy spontaneously. Whereas ATP splits rather than burns, there is also an energy barrier that must be crossed to trigger that splitting, known as hydrolysis.Careful study of the myosin motor revealed the spark plug.  Out of near-infinite combinations of orientations in the 600 atoms of myosin, one spot forms a precise fit in a certain pocket.  This fit is able to lower the energy and split the ATP into ADP and phosphate: “the electrostatic charges on the protein atoms are positioned around the ATP in such a way that they modify the electron density of this molecule, making it easier for the ATP fuel to split,” they found.  Because the action takes place in a trillionth of a second, advanced computing techniques applied to quantum mechanics were required to catch it.  The universality of ATP hydrolysis in living organisms suggests that many other molecular machines use this “biological spark plug mechanism” in their operations.DNA sunscreen:  UV light can damage DNA molecules and cause serious genetic defects.  As a protective mechanism, DNA is able to capture stray electrons displaced by radiation, and toss them right back, according to a report in Medical Xpress about research done at Montana State University.  “The back-and-forth motion of the electron explains how DNA remains undamaged most of the time,” the article says. “At the same time, the researchers note that the transferred electron could be used to repair damage in a way that mimics how certain repair proteins fix UV damage.”  The electron handshake takes place in femtoseconds (a femtosecond is a millionth of a billionth of a second).  The article describes some of the equipment used to make this discovery:The instrument they used takes up most of a room in MSU’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Building. It incorporates black boxes, mirrors, stacked razor blades, tiny plastic tubes and what looks like a fish tank, with every component having a purpose and a place on the steel optical tables that hold them. The razor blades, for example, block laser beams. The mirrors direct light to the “fish tank,” which holds DNA samples. The air inside the tank is drier than any desert so it won’t contain the water vapor or carbon dioxide that could interfere with experiments.Trash ID:  Biochemists have known that proteins targeted for degradation carry tags of a molecule called ubiquitin (because it’s ubiquitous in the cell).  The proteasome reads this tag and knows what to destroy.  In stem cells, however, these poly-U chains could cause the cell to lose its stemness.  How does the cell know which tags to act on, and which to ignore?  Sometimes the tag itself needs to go in the trash!  A press release from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory shows a diagram of a protein named Dis3l2 that reads each tag, like a sorter, and shreds the ones needing to be ignored:Dis3l2 is a molecular machine that helps to preserve the character of stem cells. It serves as the executioner of an elegant pathway that prevents stem cells from changing into other cell types. The protein does this by acting like a garbage disposal for messages in the cell, cutting them up until they no longer encode useful information. But Dis3l2 is necessarily highly specific. While it must degrade messages that would alter the fate of the stem cell, discarding the wrong message could have devastating consequences.Therefore, Dis3l2 only targets specific messages that have been marked with a molecular flag, known as a “poly-U” chain. The enzyme ignores the majority of messages in the cell – those that go on to encode proteins and other critical messages – whose ends are decorated with a different type of chain, called “poly-A” tail.The diagram shows the poly-U tail fitting like a hand in a funnel-shaped pocket in the Dis3l2 machine, making more than a dozen atomic contacts.  “Together, all of these points create a sticky web that holds the poly-U sequence deep within the enzyme,” says Faehnle. “But other chains don’t interact – they can slide right out.”  That’s how this precision machine differentiates between good messages and ones to be shredded.  Defects in the reader could lead to cancer, the article points out.A PIN for dynein: Science Magazine reported that the cargo-carrier machine dynein is inactive in the cell until three “adaptor proteins,” act like a personal identification number (PIN) to turn it on.  It’s “One, two, three, cytoplasmic dynein is go!” Viki Allan’s Perspective piece on this discovery says in the same issue of Science.The ribosome square dance: The ribosome improves the efficiency of its translation process by dancing with its partners as it reads the messenger RNA to make proteins.  The title of the paper in PNAS reads: “The ribosome uses cooperative conformational changes to maximize and regulate the efficiency of translation.”  The abstract says, “Our findings suggest that such coordination is likely to be a general and important mechanism through which all biomolecular machines maximize and regulate their functional efficiencies.”Ambidextrous chaperone:  Can the beautiful Gro-EL chaperone, which helps proteins fold, only take in polypeptides made of the normal left-handed amino acids?  No, researchers at Utah State, publishing in PNAS, found.  It doesn’t discriminate.  It will let right-handed proteins into the dressing room just as well, proving it “reveals ambidextrous chaperone activity.”Suspended license:  The centrosome is a “fascinating single copy organelle” that acts as the “microtubule organizing center” during mitosis.  Cell division passes a number of checkpoints to proceed.  Each organelle, including the centrosome, needs a license to duplicate itself at the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint.  In a paper titled “Centrosome Duplication: Suspending a License by Phosphorylating a Template,”  Current Biology describes how “The phosphorylation status of Sfi1, a structural component of the yeast centrosome, governs the centrosome duplication cycle, raising the possibility that licensing of centrosome duplication occurs by modulating Sfi1, which potentially acts as a template for a new centrosome.”Membrane voltmeter:  You’ll find electrical-engineering lingo in a paper on PNAS.  Scientists from USC with colleagues tried to figure out how to measure voltage differences in membrane proteins.  “Determining voltage changes in response to charge separation within membrane proteins offers fundamental information on mechanisms of charge transport and displacement processes,” they say of their work that attempted the “extremely challenging” measurements.Surveillance before separation:  One of the most eye-catching parts of cell division under a microscope is when the chromosomes are physically pulled apart into the daughter cells.  Science Magazine described a “feedback control of chromosome separation” at that critical stage.  It works by means of a “gradient” of a molecule named Aurora B that continuously monitors the degree of separation between the sister chromatids.  The chromatids must reach a checkpoint before nuclear envelope degradation (NER) is allowed to proceed.  “Thus, an Aurora B gradient appears to mediate a surveillance mechanism that prevents chromosome decondensation and NER until effective separation of sister chromatids is achieved,” the abstract says.  “This allows the correction and reintegration of lagging chromosomes in the main nuclei before completion of NER.”So much exquisite control in every part of the cell!  Nothing is left to chance.  Everything is regulated and monitored, with amazing precision.  How can anyone believe that these processes resulted from blind, unguided natural causes by mistake?  The details of these molecular machines at work should send such notions to the wastebin of discarded follies.This is only a glimpse.  Your poor editor would be denied sleep trying to report on all the findings pouring forth from the journals.  Most have nothing to say about how these wonders might have evolved.  At CEH, we’re doing the condensing work of these important findings, translating them from scientific jargon, so that you can get the word out to your friends and contacts.  Such knowledge can hasten the overdue death of Darwinism.last_img read more

  • Green Goal gets top IOC award

    first_imgRay Maota The ninth World Conference on Sport and the Environment was held in Doha, Qatar, under the motto, “Playing for a Greener Future”. (Image: Olympic.org) Lorraine Gerrans, programme manager of the City of Cape Town’s 2010 Green Goal Programme received the award on behalf of the city at the conference.(Image: Icologie) MEDIA CONTACTS • City of Cape Town +27 21 401 4701 RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town’s World Cup winter boost • Greening it up in Cape Town • Cape Town: most beautiful city • SA wins big at World Travel AwardsWestern Cape provincial capital Cape Town, a 2010 Fifa World Cup host city, has won the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Sport and Environment Award.The city’s Green Goal programme, which ensured that the 2010 World Cup was an eco-friendly event, won the award for its contributions in the areas of sustainable sport and the environment.Green Goal programme manager Lorraine Gerrans received the award at the IOC’s ninth World Conference on Sport and Environment held in Doha, Qatar, at the end of April.First introduced in 2009, the awards are given out every two years to candidates nominated by national Olympic committees, international federations or continental associations.Cape Town was nominated by Fifa. The football organisation’s head of corporate social responsibility Federico Addiechi said: “We are delighted that Cape Town, our nominee to the IOC, received the IOC Sport and Environment Award for their outstanding environmental protection programme.”At this year’s awards there were 43 hopefuls from five continents, but there could be only one winner from each group.Cape Town won for Africa while the IX South American Games 2010 Host City Medellin won for the Americas; the Japan Swimming Federation won for Asia; the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark won for Europe and the National Olympic Committee of the Marshall Islands won for Oceania.“Hosting an event such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup that is grounded in the principles of environmental sustainability was an exciting challenge,” said Gerrans, adding that city management’s efforts to efficiently use scarce resources such as energy and water, minimise waste, improve the environment and increase environmental awareness had left a lasting positive legacy for Cape Town.“Winning this award is testimony to the collaborative efforts of all involved. The principles and lessons learnt from the 2010 Green Goal interventions serve as a baseline for future major events in Cape Town and world-wide,” she said.Greening programmeThe Green Goal programme aimed at environmental sustainability during the 2010 World Cup was a collaborative effort between Cape Town management and the Western Cape provincial government.In October 2008, the 2010 Green Goal Action Plan was started with 41 projects, after a number of workshops between the City, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a German research organisation, the Western Cape provincial government, and NGO Sustainable Energy Africa.The action plan involved, among others: reducing the 2010 World Cup’s carbon footprint; promoting conservation of water resources; and environment-friendly waste management and building practices.“The 2010 Fifa World Cup showed that Cape Town and South Africa have the capacity to host world-class events,” said Cape Town’s executive mayor Dan Plato. “The IOC award gives international recognition of our collective efforts to ensure that the World Cup in Cape Town was hosted in an environment-friendly manner.”Plato said that his team is proud of their achievement, and that they saw no reason to prevent any future major events from being sustainably green from start to finish.“The Green Goal programme has set the bar for event greening in Cape Town, South Africa and the world,” added Plato.Sports impact on the environment recognisedThe ninth World Conference on Sport and the Environment was held under the theme of Playing for a Greener Future, as a partnership between the IOC, Quatar’s National Olympic Committee, and the UN Environment Programme.At the conference, representatives from the UN, the international sporting fraternity, industry leaders, and NGOs discussed the impact of sport on the environment.IOC president Jacques Rogge said: “Sport is a powerful tool for positive change and our task is to ensure we use that tool for the benefit of the planet we share. We owe that to ourselves and to the future generations who will inherit this earth.”He commended the five winners for embracing this concept.last_img read more

  • Transnet opens wagon maintenance facility in Northern Cape

    first_img29 July 2014State logistics company Transnet officially opened a R30-million wagon refurbishment facility in De Aar in South Africa’s Northern Cape province on Monday.The De Aar wagons depot will maintain various types of wagons for Transnet Freight Rail, functioning as a satellite workshop for the Transnet Rail Engineering Beaconsfield Depot in Kimberley.Speaking at the opening, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown said the investment was aimed at increasing Transnet Freight Rail’s capacity on the main freight corridor between Johannesburg and Cape Town.This facility has already created jobs and improved rail engineering skills in the area, Brown said, adding that 47 people, 22 of them from De Aar, had already been employed, and that an estimated 300 direct and indirect jobs would be created through this facility.“Government is committed to revitalising the economy of rural towns such as De Aar, so that we create sustainable livelihoods for the local people,” Brown said. “A wagon refurbishment facility will have a long-term impact not only on De Aar but surrounding areas, as it will be a springboard for development within the broader Northern Cape province.“The establishment of such a facility brings hope to the youth of De Aar to become engineers and better their lives.”After the opening, Brown and Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas handed over two new houses to families who agreed to make way for Transnet’s new Youth Multi-Purpose Precinct next to the De Aar Rail Station.The youth precinct comprises a youth shelter for 20 homeless boys, a youth educational centre, a recreational park and a social club for youth volunteers.The Transnet Foundation will fully fund the De Aar Youth Precinct NGO for the first three years (2014, 2015 and 2016). During this time, the Transnet Foundation will engage with other potential partners to invest in the precinct.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

  • New Hampshire Enacts Market-Based Sourcing

    first_imgNew Hampshire enacted market-based sourcing for sales of intangible property for the business profits and business enterprise taxes. The changes take effect January 1, 2021 and apply to tax periods ending after 2021. Throwout Rule New Hampshire based the enacted law on the recommendation of a past committee. That committee was also tasked with studying apportionment under the business profits tax. The committee recommended some form of market-based sourcing. But it did not rule out moving New Hampshire to single sales factor apportionment. Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect. the sale, rental lease or license of property in New Hampshire; the rental, lease or license of tangible personal property located in New Hampshire; a service delivered to a location in New Hampshire; the sale, rental, lease or license of intangible property, if the property is used in New Hampshire; interest income, if the debtor or encumbered property is in New Hampshire; dividend income, if the business organization’s commercial domicile is in New Hampshire; and other income derived from sources in New Hampshire. New Hampshire attributes services to thestate if the activity: New Hampshire will source sales of intangibles to the state if the business organization’s or enterprise’s market is in New Hampshire. New Hampshire also adopted a throwout rule. New Hampshire’s rule excludes a sale from the denominator if: A taxpayer’s market for sales is in New Hampshire if the receipts are from: is completely performed in New Hampshire; or the service is performed both in and outside New Hampshire and a greater proportion of the costs directly associated with performing the service is incurred in New Hampshire. study apportionment under the business profits tax; and track other states’ laws and legislation about market-based sourcing. Several more states have chosen to adopt market-based sourcing in the past year. These include: New Mexico;Indiana;Hawaii; andVermont. New Hampshire currently sources intangibles to New Hampshire if: center_img New Hampshire’s Current Costs-of-Performance Sourcing the income producing activity is performed in New Hampshire; orthe income producing activity is performed both in and outside New Hampshire and a greater proportion of the income-producing activity is performed in New Hampshire than in any other state based on costs of performance. the taxpayer is not taxable in the state the sale is assigned to; or if the state cannot be determined or approximated. Adoption of Market-Based Sourcing States that Have Adopted Market Based Sourcing Possible Future Changes By Andrew Soubel, J.D. The law also establishes a committee to: In total, 30 states have now adopted market-based sourcing. Many of these states have adopted throwout rules. Throwout rules generally take two forms, either the rule excludes sales from: The current committee must report its results by November 1, 2020. When New Hampshire cannot determine the states of assignment it will approximate the states. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative. the numerator and denominator; or the denominator, like New Hampshire has enacted. last_img read more

  • The Science Behind 4K Restorations of Classic Films

    first_imgHow do you feel about 4K restorations of classic films? Let us know in the comments. What Does It All Mean?Sadly, it means you’re never going to see a classic film as it was originally intended to be seen unless you saw it when it came out. However, you are able to see restored digital versions that are much closer to the original prints (and in some ways, much better) than ever before.This process is also a way to save films that have never been converted from their original negatives from being lost forever. (Like Eagle Pennell’s Last Night at the Alamo, which was restored by SXSW’s Louis Black.)You can even watch them on your couch or in your room if you’d like. Or, if you want the most authentic and aesthetically pleasing experience, you can see them on the big screens with popcorn and friends, like they were meant to be seen — In which case I would highly recommend this one. There’s something magical about seeing a digitally restored film as it was intended — on the big screen. It captures something that’s lost when you stream on your laptop. But what is that something?Cover image via Time & Life PicturesI recently saw a 4K restoration of the Coen Brother’s film Blood Simple at an indie art house theater. I had seen the film once before, but it was several years ago as a DVD-ripped Xvid played through an Xbox 360. To say the least, it wasn’t the same experience.Psychologically, it feels different to sit in a theater surrounded by other people who are there to enjoy the same film in their own ways the same as you. The aroma of popcorn fills the air as the lights go down and the screen lights up. It’s been described as a collective dream state, but it also harkens to our own nostalgia and fantasies.Not that we don’t get the same feelings when we watch a movie alone in our rooms. But part of the something lost is the aesthetics of it all. The other part is the actual information that was contained in the original film. Let’s explore how film works and what you really lose in those low-quality streams and torrents.The Origins of Digital RestorationThe majority of film was recorded to 35mm film stock. 65mm and 70mm were also popular and used for big-budget productions throughout most of the 20th century. Without getting into a debate about how digital stacks up to analog recording (we’ll leave that to Keanu Reeves to sort out), the celluloid process has historically recorded images at a much higher resolution than could be reproduced on DVD or Blu-ray. That being said, when many of the classic films were first transferred to DVD (or “restored” in HD), they were still drastically dumbing down the quality and decreasing the amount of information contained in each frame.How-to Geek has a great write-up on how the process works and the inherent flaws in the early days of “digital restoration.” Here’s a good example of DVD-quality remastering vs. Blu-ray.Ben-Hur SD DVD:Ben-Hur Blu-ray:Images via How-to Geek and Metro-Goldwyn-MayerThe above screen capture doesn’t even show off the true potential for detail the 65mm film master can provide. A future remastering of the film coupled with a large 4K HDTV set could yield a viewing experience that lets you count the creases in bridles and the hairs on the horses’ heads.So to put that in perspective, if you’re watching an old “HD” DVD of your favorite movie (or ripping it online), you’re several steps removed from the original recording. But that was ten years ago — what about now?Getting Closer with 4K RestorationsNow, with the advent of 4K as the successor to HD, digital restorations are able to jump up to a much higher resolution. Is it the same though as the film print? Not quite, but that’s because film doesn’t work in the same way exactly. There isn’t a resolution pixel count in film like there is in digital. So, if you blow up an image from film to 100x the size, the lines will look the same — just blurrier. Here’s a great article by Sony UK on their restoration process and examples of the 2k to 4K difference.2K (Simulated)4K (Simulated)As you can see, the image is sharper at the higher resolution with color and contrast more defined. Sony has worked with restoration specialists like Park Circus to 4K restore films like Citizen Kane, Psycho, and Ghostbusters to name a few.Digital Remastering Literally RestoresOne other neat part of the restoration process includes the work of digital artists to clean up and “fix” parts of classic films that have had debris or scratches mar their original negatives. The process, as detailed in a 2014 Gizmodo article and video, is actually quite fascinating in the painstaking time digital artists take to restore everything from grain to sound design to adding additional contrast and color correction as needed. Here are a few examples:Images from Jaws (1975) via NOLA.com and Universal PicturesImage from Foreign Correspondent (1940) via Gizmodo and United ArtistsYou can watch the full video below which details the process from start to finish. It is worth noting that the restoration below is for 2k rather than 4K because they were on a time crunch — “In 2k the scanning takes about 2 days. In 4K it takes four times as long, so you would need at least a week to scan a 90-minute movie.” But the restoration process, at its base, is the same.last_img read more

  • Kumble wants strict anti-corruption measures in CLT20

    first_imgWith the shadow of spot-fixing scandal looming large over Champions League Twenty20 beginning in Johannesburg on Friday, former India captain Anil Kumble on Thursday said ICC and CLT20 organisers should ensure strict anti-corruption measures during the 12-day event.The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain termed the recent fixing scandal involving three Pakistani cricketers – captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer – as a “major issue” but said the game has the power and ability to withstand such crisis.”Yes, this is a major issue that has happened but cricket is larger than any individual. Whatever we are today is because of the game. Just because of couple of bad apples you can’t see everyone with suspicious eyes,” Kumble said on the eve of the show-piece event.”But having said that you need to be vigilant as any game is susceptible. I am sure the International Cricket Council and the (CLT20) organisers will be very cautious on this matter and cricket will be played here in a highly competitive atmosphere,” he added.Under the watchful eyes of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), the glitzy CLT20 will begin at the Wanderers on Friday with the Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians taking on local team Highveld Lions in the opening encounter.Interestingly, Kumble might have bid adieu to the international cricket nearly two years back but the same zeal and passion still exists in him as the old warhorse said he bowls his best every time.”I am really enjoying playing competitive cricket for a month or one-and-a-half month. So, I devote all my energies and ensure that I compete well because I know when I am enjoying the competition I bowl my best,” the veteran tweaker said.advertisementAsked if he still misses playing for the country, Kumble said, “I think, I have done my bit for India. I am extremely satisfied with what I have achieved playing for India.Kumble, however, hinted at continue playing in the Indian Premier League if his body permits.”I think IPL is another extension of going out there and enjoying yourself and also to keep going the passion of playing cricket. I am really enjoying playing 20-over cricket because it does not take much out of your body.”It (IPL) gives a motivation to remain physically fit so that I can compete against the younger lot. At the moment my body is good and I am enjoying it but it’s still a long way to go,” Kumble said.Keen to end his three-year contract with the RCB on a glorious note, a physically and mentally fit Kumble said, “I have had a decent run getting into the preparation mode for the Champions League.”I have been training for the last one month although I didn’t have too much match practice. But in the couple of practice games we played here, the ball came out well from the hand. I am really looking forward to finish off my three-year association with Royal Challengers on a high.”The RCB skipper, however, said that achieving the target would not be a cake-walk and their opening match against Guyana would be crucial.”All the groups are tough and in T20 you can’t predict anything. So we wanna get into the tournament in a confident mood. We have done well in practice games but if we can pull together in the first couple of games we will be on the track.The start is important,” Kumble insisted.He also agreed with Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who recently said that the tracks in South Africa at this time of year will suit the slow bowlers.”It’s the start of the season here. There is not much water on the field as they are still waiting for the first rain. The wicket is pretty dry and will be on the slower side.”Spinners will definitely come into action. Spinners have always done well in Twenty20 matches,” Kumble said ahead of their opening encounter against Guyana here on Sunday.last_img read more

  • Andres Iniesta shines as FC Barcelona beat Malaga to regain cushion atop La Liga

    first_imgBarcelona regained a four-point cushion atop the Spanish league with a ho-hum 2-0 win over visiting Malaga and surging Valencia dismissed Sevilla 4-0 at home on Saturday.Barcelona faced last-placed Malaga in the closing match of the day, with added pressure from second-placed Valencia, who have won five in a row.Barcelona have been unbeaten after starting with seven straight wins and drawing with Atletico Madrid last week.Seldom-used Gerard Deulofeu opened the scoring for Barcelona after just two minutes, and Andres Iniesta celebrated his first of the season in the second half thanks to a brilliant assist by Lionel Messi.??? #Messi and ?? @andresiniesta8 ??? ????´ #ForaBara pic.twitter.com/exrdXJjMNg- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 21, 2017″We lacked pace at the beginning of the game. It was our third in six days and mentally, it’s difficult,” coach Ernesto Valverde said.Buen esfuerzo. Seguimos!! pic.twitter.com/d6SG2QVudn- Andrs Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) October 21, 2017Luis Suarez failed to score on clear chances once again, underlining his poor start to the season, but had his manager’s backing nonetheless.”I don’t see a problem with him. He looks good to me. What’s important is that he manufactures chances,” Valverde said.Defending champion Real Madrid hosts Eibar on Sunday.OFF-LIMITS LEADERBarcelona benefited from a flagrant referee misjudgment to get its go-ahead goal against Malaga. Left back Lucas Digne was allowed to center the ball after it clearly crossed the byline, and Deulofeu acrobatically backfooted it inside the net.Despite the blow, the visitors got back up and managed to neutralize Barcelona for most of the first half, but lost striker Diego Rolan just before the second period. The Uruguayan import was forced off by injury.advertisementWithout Rolan, Malaga lacked bite in its pressure of the home backline, and Barcelona was able to polish ball circulation and find Messi with more frequency.Messi received a clean pass from defender Javier Mascherano, drew the defense, and dropped a perfect pass for Iniesta, whose shot was deflected by defender Roberto Rosales on its way to the upper left corner.Malaga surrendered and Barcelona dominated the rest of the way.VAMOS VALENCIAGonzalo Guedes opened the scoring for Valencia near halftime with a majestic strike from outside the box after deftly outmaneuvering two defenders on the chase.Simone Zaza added his eighth league goal after the break with a spin and low cross shot. Santi Mina came off the bench and scored the third with just five minutes to go, finishing off a speedy counterattack for the hosts.But the show was all Guedes, and the Portuguese midfielder rounded off his great game with the closer, subtly poking the ball over goalkeeper Sergio Rico in added time.Sevilla has lost three in a row in all competitions. Managed by Eduardo Berizzo, the team started off red-hot in La Liga but has floundered lately, ranking fifth.”We need to hold our head up high and get to work. I don’t fear being sacked,” Berizzo said.ON THE REBOUNDReal Betis rebounded from its demoralizing home loss to Valencia by defeating struggling Alaves 2-0.The result put Betis in sixth place, tied with neighbor Sevilla.Antonio Sanabria scored early in the first half to lead the hosts to victory a week after losing to Valencia 6-3 at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville. Sanabria has scored at least once in each of his last five league games. The Paraguay striker has seven goals in the last seven matches with club and country.Betis added to the lead with an own goal by Alaves defender Alexis Ruano midway through the second half.It was the eighth loss for Alaves in nine league matches. It remains second-to-last in the standings with three points, two more than Malaga.LACKLUSTER DRAWLevante and Getafe played to 1-1 and both teams stayed near the middle of the table.Levante lost striker Alexander “Nano” Mesa early in the second half because of a ligament injury in his right knee.last_img read more