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More information released on Mile 54 accidents

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first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP have provided more information about an accident Monday afternoon north of Mile 54.As we reported yesterday there were two accidents yesterday afternoon, the first occured at 2:45pm and involved a single vehicle.  The vehicled rolled over and three males were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The RCMP continue to investigate the accident, but haven’t ruled out alcohol as a contributing factor.A second motor vehicle incident occured in the same location at around the same time, but is unrelated to the first.  There were no injuries, but the drivers and a passenger of one of the vehicles were treated and released by BC Ambulance staff on scene.- Advertisement –last_img read more

RAMELTON VOLUNTEERS TAKE CENTRE STAGE WITH SOME OLD-FASHIONED SPIRIT LEVELS

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first_imgVolunteers working on the stage for next week’s Lennon FestivalTHERE’S just a few days left to the Lennon Festival kicks off.And work has started on the stage in Ramelton which will be at the centre of the week-long annual festival.Volunteers spent Tuesday evening making sure the stage was perfectly level using some old-fashioned spirit levels….bottles of beer! The festival proper begins on Friday, July 12 and continues until Monday, July 15.But there will be loads of events from next Wednesday, including a raft race and a children’s crab-fishing competition. RAMELTON VOLUNTEERS TAKE CENTRE STAGE WITH SOME OLD-FASHIONED SPIRIT LEVELS was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RAMELTON VOLUNTEERS TAKE CENTRE STAGE WITH SOME OLD-FASHIONED SPIRIT LEVELSlast_img read more

DONEGAL PROJECTS RECEIVE HERITAGE GRANTS AS PART OF €800K PACKAGE

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first_imgThe Heritage Council has today announced funding for a number of heritage projects in Co Donegal under its 2016 Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme.A total of 171 heritage projects nationwide have been awarded funding under the scheme, which supports the continuing conservation and development of Irish heritage through local community based groups.Funding of €800,000 has been provided through the Heritage Council and the Department Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht and almost 400 projects across the country applied for funding. From conserving thatch to red grouse, to the cabin where Shackleton spent his last hours, protecting sensitive archives and so much more.An example of the projects that have received funding in County Donegal include:Conservation project for St Catherine’s Church in Killybegs. Applicant: Killybegs History and Heritage Committee. Amount awarded: €7,000.Conservation of the ruins of Kilbarron Castle. Applicant: Kilbarron Castle Conservation Group. Amount awarded: €7,000. Conservation plan for Church Lane Street in Letterkenny. Applicant: Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Company Ltd. Amount awarded: €6,000.Phase 1 Repair Works to the tower and west gable at St. Columba’s Church. Applicant: St. Columba’s Straid Conservation Group. Amount awarded: €10,000.Conor Newman, Heritage Council Chairman, commented, “These diverse projects reflect our cultural identity and distinctiveness as a people. If properly resourced they have the potential to give back to the community and to the country for generations to come. They are a hugely popular initiative, and while we weren’t able to support all of the projects which applied, I am very pleased that so many projects will benefit. These projects keep threatened aspects of our heritage alive and provide people with an opportunity to be directly involved in developing the future of their places. Many of the projects reflect years of ongoing work at community level to protect our heritage for the future”.Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys said, “This targeted grants scheme is supported on a continued financial basis by my Department and has a very positive impact on a wide range of projects and people in both rural and urban Ireland. Among the projects which will benefit this year are churches, natural habitats, such as beaches and woodlands, local graveyards and numerous heritage buildings.“Schemes such as this one help to conserve our heritage, support the local economy, boost tourism and make our country a better place in which to live and work. By continuing to invest in our heritage, we can show that historic buildings and places are not only an intrinsic part of Ireland’s heritage, but can also provide a real boost to job creation in the construction, conservation and tourism sectors.” DONEGAL PROJECTS RECEIVE HERITAGE GRANTS AS PART OF €800K PACKAGE was last modified: May 27th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Is this confirmation Manchester City are set to sign Serie A superstar?

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first_img“The player is in Brazil, I’m in England at my home waiting for a call from [Napoli’s sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli or [owner Aurelio] De Laurentiis.“As soon as that arrives, I’ll go to meet the City directors.”A deep-lying midfielder who likes to dictate play, the 26-year-old recorded four assists in Serie A last season. Manchester City appeared to edge a step closer to signing Napoli midfielder Jorginho after he was left out of their pre-season squad.The Italy international, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League after a stellar season, was not part of the 23-man squad ahead of their camp in Dimaro Folgarida. Initial squad list for pre-season training camp in Dimaro Folgarida: SepeContiniTonelliMaksimovicAlbiolChirichesLupertoHysajGhoulamMezzoniGrassiCicirettiGaetanoAllanRogDiawaraHamsikIngleseLorenzo InsigneVerdiCallejonOunasRoberto Insigne#ForzaNapoliSempre— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) July 2, 2018The Brazilian-born midfielder has been linked with a move to the Etihad for the majority of the summer, with his agent claiming a deal was close on Thursday.His agent, Joao Santos, has already arrived in England and will thrash out terms with City once they finalise their agreement with the Italian club over the fee.Santos told Radio Kiss Kiss: “City are working to satisfy Napoli’s demands.“Any moment could be the right one. Jorginho has eight caps for Italy, having chosen to play for them over the land of his birth, Brazil 1last_img read more

Kyetume FC unveils team ahead of maiden top flight appearance

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first_imgJoel Mutakubya (left) is one of the players who were unvield on Monday.Just a few days to the start of the StarTimes Uganda Premier league 2019/20, Kyetume FC have unveil their squad.Kyetume who finished third in the 2018/19 Big League will be featuring in the top flight for the first time since inception in 1977.While addressing journalists at the unveiling held at Jobia Hotel in Mokono on Monday, club chairperson Ruben Kaggwa announced that their primary target is to stay in the league.“We can even finish inside the top five but our first target is to stay in the league and avoid relegation, said Kaggwa.“We just have to be given enough chance. We were semifinalist in Uganda cup and that should speak volumes.”Kaggwa also added that the crop of players at Kyetume’s disposal, are well trained.“We have made enough recruitments,” Mubiru said, continued Kaggwa.“Our boys have been well trained and we have put up good structures and all the necessary arrangements to drive us forward.”Kyetume have been impressive in the market, securing thw services of several experienced players ontop of retaining others.The key players that have been signed include Isaac Kirabira, Baker Buyala, Sam Ssenkoomi and Joel Mutyaba.Some of the big names that tmhave bewn retained include Captain Vicent Kayizzi, Robert Ssentongo and Patrick Ochan.Kyetume will set the tone when they take on record winners SC Villa on Thursday night at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.The Slaughters will seek to take advantage of their underdog status to upset teams this season.Unveiling the squad and whole working committee in a function held at Jobia Hotel in Mukono on Monday afteenoon, Club chairman Ruben Mubiru Kaggwa claimed that his side has what it takes to compete favourably.Kyetume FC squadGoalkeepersJoel Mutakubwa, Salim Sowed, Martin OtienoDefendersJonathan Dante Mugabi, Charles Musoke, Philip Lutaya, Benon Tahomera, Julius Ntambi, Steven Sande, Derrick Ochan, Steven Kagada, Sam Ssenkoomi, Emmanuel Obua, Siraje Turyamuhebwa, Samson MutyabaMidfieldersVicent Kayizzi, Denis Lubowa, Patrick Ochan, Deo Isajja, Ibra Kazindula, Julius Lule, Isaac Kirabira, Elekana Nkugwa, Junior Ssali, Anoge Mike, Richard Wulube.ForwardsRobert Ssentongo, Sherif Shaka, Sheif Batte, Noel Nasasira, Baker Buyala, Cephas Kambugu, Ali Ngonge, Idris MbolaComments Tags: Kyetume FCtoplast_img read more

Early Reptile Had Modern Ears

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first_imgModern ears are nothing new; they go back 260 million years.  That’s the gist of a paper in PLoS ONE that reported on a Russian reptile fossil.1  The research team was surprised to discover that the creature had impedance-matched ears, a novelty thought to have evolved 50 million years later.  Somehow this innovation survived one of the biggest extinction events in the evolutionary timeline.  Or, suggested the authors, it got re-invented later, four times, in four different groups.    The paper was summarized by National Geographic News.  The authors said this about the significance of this find:Using modern amniotes as analogues, the possession of an impedance-matching middle ear in these parareptiles suggests unique ecological adaptations potentially related to living in dim-light environments.  More importantly, our results demonstrate that already at an early stage of amniote diversification, and prior to the Permo-Triassic extinction event, the complexity of terrestrial vertebrate ecosystems had reached a level that proved advanced sensory perception to be of notable adaptive significance.What’s odd about this story is, it claims this fossil sheds light on evolution, but where is the evolution?  A search on the word evolved in the paper reveals a strange pattern: seem to have evolved, suggesting they evolved, some indication that a tympanic ear had evolved, not thought to have evolved until the Mesozoic, an evolutionary novelty that was hitherto believed to have evolved, assumed not to have evolved until the Mesozoic, etc.  In no case did the authors explain how a complex, impedance-matched middle ear system actually did evolve, or even could.  They merely assumed it did.  More notably, they were surprised it showed up so early.    Here are two more examples of how the authors used evolution in their analysis:The evolution of an impedance-matching middle ear within Amniota has been interpreted to have occurred in concert with the diversification of modern insects, which reached its peak in the Mesozoic, implying that the buzzing sound of flying insects would have favoured the evolution of an advanced hearing sense….The discovery of a highly-evolved auditory apparatus in Middle Permian parareptiles even further emphasizes that the entire groundplan for the impressive evolutionary history of amniotes was already largely in place by the end of the Paleozoic; what followed was in fact only a subsequent tinkering of earlier inventions.The National Geographic article continued this pattern.  It quoted Robert Reisz (U of Toronto) saying, “The most interesting aspect here is that this is the earliest, clear evidence of a highly evolved hearing system.”  Are they claiming this advanced hearing system appeared without a trace of development in earlier fossils?  The National Geographic article made an even more astonishing claim: impedance-matched ears disappeared, then reappeared later multiple times in separate animal groups: “lead author M�ller believes para-reptiles went extinct and that modern ears evolved independently in mammals, birds, lizards, and frogs.”1Muller and Tsuji, “Impedance-Matching Hearing in Paleozoic Reptiles: Evidence of Advanced Sensory Perception at an Early Stage of Amniote Evolution,” PLoS ONE, 2(9): e889. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000889.National Geographic swallowed the Muller myth whole, without skipping a beat, without offering any critical analysis or opposing views.  “Well shazam, isn’t evolution amazin’.  It created advanced sound systems not just once, or twice, but four times!  Then Tinker Bell took over and made ’em even gooder.”    We’ve heard these Darwinist shenanigans so many times, it sounds like a broken record.* *For those born after 1980, a record was a flat piece of round vinyl that stored recorded music.  As the record rotated on a turntable, a diamond needle in a stylus at the end of a long arm picked up analog signals recorded as bumps in long, spiral grooves (groovy – get it?  That’s where that comes from).  Records were easily scratched, and when that happened, the stylus would often skip back to the previous groove, repeating the same words over and over, like They’re coming to take me away, away [click] coming to take me away, away [click] coming to take me away, away ad infinitum, till someone couldn’t stand it any more and would throw the record out the window like a Frisbee, making target shooters happy because even if they missed the bullet hole was always dead center.  Records would also warp in the sun and make Elvis Presley sound like a Muslim call to prayer.  The Chipmunks got their start when somebody discovered that playing a 33-1/3 revolutions per minute (RPM) record at 78 RPM raised the pitch of James Earl Jones into the Tiny Tim range.  Record stores were very popular till all the record companies silently swapped all the vinyl records out overnight for the newer CDs, making owners of extensive record collections very angry and still, 27 years later, trying to rip their vinyl records to MP3 files, while our spouses scream I’m going to take them away, away, and since the program notes could no longer fit on the back of the album, CD makers reduced the font to 5 points, forcing everyone to wear glasses.  That’s why your parents look mad all the time from squinting so much.  Now you iPod-generation youngsters know what a broken record is and how your parents suffered, trudging through the snow for miles just to buy the latest Beatles album and try to understand it through all the snaps, crackles and pops on rumbly turntables that challenged their impedance-matched ears.  They didn’t even have wireless downloads back then.  How they do the Chipmunks now is anyone’s guess.  Who reminded us of all these headaches?  It’s Darwin’s fault. 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Epigenetics in the News

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first_imgEpigenetics has gone mainstream. Processes “above” genetics are showing to have more control over life than previously thought.The science of epigenetics burst the dam of the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology, the view that DNA is a “master molecule” over genetics. This 1960’s-era dogma claimed that information flows down from DNA to protein, not the other way around. Epigenetics (“above genetics”) is now acknowledged as a contradiction to the Central Dogma. Evolutionary explanations that fail to take this into account risk being badly skewed, if not incorrect. There’s no longer just a genetic code in DNA; there are epigenetic codes, membrane codes, molecular machine codes, histone codes, splicing codes and numerous other sources of information flowing in all directions. The information in these codes is often heritable. A cell is now seen as a system of codes and regulators that operate on the DNA library. Here are some news articles about epigenetics.Functions and mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance in animals (Nature Reviews Molecular Biology). Knowledge of epigenetic processes has been percolating up the scale of organismal complexity. It is showing up in more and more higher organisms.The idea that epigenetic determinants such as DNA methylation, histone modifications or RNA can be passed to the next generation through meiotic products (gametes) is long standing. Such meiotic epigenetic inheritance (MEI) is fairly common in yeast, plants and nematodes, but its extent in mammals has been much debated. Advances in genomics techniques are now driving the profiling of germline and zygotic epigenomes, thereby improving our understanding of MEI in diverse species. Whereas the role of DNA methylation in MEI remains unclear, insights from genome-wide studies suggest that a previously underappreciated fraction of mammalian genomes bypass epigenetic reprogramming during development. Notably, intergenerational inheritance of histone modifications, tRNA fragments and microRNAs can affect gene regulation in the offspring.Introns are mediators of cell response to starvation (Nature). The reasons for those mysterious introns—non-coding stretches within genes that need to be cut out by spliceosomes before messenger RNAs (mRNA) can be send out of the nucleus to the ribosome for protein assembly—have been slowly coming into focus. No longer part of “junk DNA” from our evolutionary past, introns are being seen as functional. In at least one case, they appear to regulate the level of protein production during stress. The authors explain:A systematic deletion set of all known introns in budding yeast genes indicates that, in most cases, cells with an intron deletion are impaired when nutrients are depleted. This effect of introns on growth is not linked to the expression of the host gene, and was reproduced even when translation of the host mRNA was blocked. Transcriptomic and genetic analyses indicate that introns promote resistance to starvation by enhancing the repression of ribosomal protein genes that are downstream of the nutrient-sensing TORC1 and PKA pathways. Our results reveal functions of introns that may help to explain their evolutionary preservation in genes, and uncover regulatory mechanisms of cell adaptations to starvation.The intelligent design community is viewing this as confirmation of a prediction that introns are functional and beneficial (Evolution News & Science Today). Notice that “their evolutionary preservation in genes” commits circular reasoning in thinking that they evolved in the first place.Epigenetics: what impact does it have on our psychology? (The Conversation) Here’s where epigenetics gets down and close to us individually. Kevin Mitchell, Associate Professor of Genetics and Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin, begins:In the battle of nature versus nurture, nurture has a new recruit: epigenetics – brought in from molecular biology to give scientific heft to the argument that genes are not destiny. The overwhelming evidence for genetic effects on our psychological traits conjures up a fatalistic vision for many people, one in which we are slaves to our biology, not in control of our own psyche and our own behaviour. Epigenetics, a mechanism for regulating gene expression, seems to offer an escape from genetic determinism, a means to transcend our innate predispositions and change who we are.Research reveals gene regulation can be digital and stochastic (Science Daily). This article likens the genome to hardware, and the epigenome to software. It also likens the epigenome to a thermostat. The digital part is the program that switches a gene on under specified conditions. The stochastic (random) part is the probability that a switch will throw when the condition is reached; the stronger the condition, the higher the likelihood of response. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health take epigenetics seriously. Their discussion sounds much more like intelligent design than evolution:Every cell in our body has the same set of genes, or genome, and can potentially become any type of cell. During development, the epigenome mediates the process that leads a cell to become a skin cell or a neuron, for instance. If the genome is like computer hardware, then the epigenome is the software that turns certain genes on and others off to give rise to a skin cell, and turns other genes on or off to set the cell on a path toward becoming a neuron.Epigenetics and DarwinismInterestingly, none of these papers or articles have much to say about evolution, or about how epigenomics will effect views on Darwinian processes. The second article in Nature about introns merely suggests that their ability to regulate metabolism during stress might be advantageous, without specifying how, when, or why:We argue from these data that, in nature, being able to control cell metabolism as a function of nutrient availability represents a major evolutionary advantage that may well compensate for the losses in growth rate in nutrient-rich environments.Why must it be an “evolutionary advantage” instead of a designed advantage? A good designer would allow for possible fluctuations in resources. Power circuits, for instance, have built-in switching networks to prevent damage during spikes, surges and brown-outs. Inherent in the quote is an assumption that anything that exists and survives must have been a consequence of the Stuff Happens Law (natural selection) acting on chance mutations. They give all the credit to chance! CEH is like the spliceosome taking the word evolutionary out of secular jargon so as to create useful, clear explanations.As for nature vs nurture, that is a false dichotomy. Both are stochastic and deterministic, leaving us at the mercy of either heredity or environment. Mitchell says, “We can still control our behaviour. We can work to overrule and reshape our habits. We can to some degree transcend our own subconscious inclinations.” Who is speaking? When he says that, he imports something beyond nature and nurture into his equation: Free will. Choice. Responsibility. Those indeed transcend the stale worldview of the physicalist. To think otherwise undermines his own words. Did he choose to write about epigenetics and psychology? Did he transcend his own nature and nurture to do so? Surely nature and nurture influenced his words, but they did not determine them. He chose his thoughts. Then he used his nature (fingers) and nurture (education) to state them in his own unique way. We do that, too. We cannot claim to be victims of our genetics or environment. We are responsible for our thoughts and actions. (Visited 666 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Infographic: South Africa’s heavyweight mining industry

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first_imgSouth Africa is one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, with a wealth of mineral reserves under the ground. As the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba draws to a close, we bring you the facts and figures about our globally significant mining industry.Design by Sandile Khumalo, words by Mary AlexanderClick image for a larger view:Sources: South Africa Yearbook 2014/15, Statistics South Africa (Bulletin of Statistics December 2015; Mining Production and Sales November 2015)last_img read more

Huawei Mate 10 will come with bezel-less display, confirms CEO Richard Yu

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first_imgHuawei is working on the successor of its last years’ Mate 9. The Huawei Mate 10, which is expected to launch soon, probably by the end of this year (around October or November) at the same time as Apple plans to announced the iPhone 8. Ahead of the launch, the handset has been subjected to several leaks, where some hints at bezel-less display while other says the phone may launch with the upcoming Android O software. These are all rumours. But, what is now confirmed that the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 will sport a “full-screen” display.Huawei CEO Richard Yu says that the company is now looking to shift to ‘full-screen’ displays. And it is to start off with the Mate 10 flagship device. The company CEO further reveals that Huawei Mate 10 will feature more advanced specifications, states a Bloomberg report.So, it is confirmed that the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 will feature a full-screen and also hints at a bezel-less display. Yu also highlighted that the Mate 10 may come with a battery which will last longer. Mate 10 is also said to come with fast charging technology. The executive further hints at a camera, which is said to capture pictures much better that Apples’ next iPhones – the iPhone 8.Also Read: Huawei starts testing Android O build on Mate 9, over 5 million units sold alreadySome rumours hint at dual cameras at the back and front for the Mate 10. The upcoming Huawei Mate 10 is rumoured to come with a smaller screen than its predecessor but could be bigger than the recent Galaxy S8 and S8+. While other rumours reveal that the Mate 9 successor may come with 5.8-inch display with fingerprint sensor placed underneath the display, 2K resolution, iris scanner, facial recognition, iris scanner, 3D sensing and also AR compatibility.advertisementAs per other specs, the Mate 10 is rumoured to be powered by HiSilcon Kirin 970 SoC developed on the 10nm process. The phone is tipped to come in two variants with — 6GB and 8GB storage capacities. While some other rumours suggest that the Mate 10 could run on the latest Android O operating system, with Huawei’s own UI on top. That’s all has been rumoured about the phone as of now.There were some reports earlier that revealed that Huawei has already started to test Android O build on Mate 9. If that’s really the case, Huawei Mate 9 will be the Huawei is probably going to be the first non-Google OEM to start testing the latest flavour of Android for its smartphones. Starting up with the newly unveiled Huawei Mate 9. With these tweaks in its EMUI interface, Huawei is planning to make its flagship – Mate 9 compatible with all the upcoming Android operating system.last_img read more

La Liga: Real Madrid end campaign with 12th league defeat

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first_imgReal Madrid’s harrowing season came to a fittingly miserable end on Sunday as they slumped to a staggering 12th La Liga defeat, losing 2-0 at home to Real Betis as many fans left the stadium early and those who stayed booed the players off the pitch.With Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Thibaut Courtois all sitting on the bench, Betis forward Loren Moron put the visitors in front in the 61st minute, completing a sweeping counter-attack by slamming the ball into the roof of the net from close range.Former Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez sealed the victory for Betis, who finished the season 10th in the standings but have earned away victories at the Nou Camp and the Santiago Bernabeu, by tapping into the net unmarked in the 75th.Madrid ended the campaign third in the standings on 68 points, their lowest total since the 2001/02 season, while they lost 12 league games for the first time since the 1998/99 campaign.They finished eight points behind runners up Atletico Madrid and are 18 behind champions Barcelona, who visit Eibar later on Sunday.”We started the season badly and we’ve finished it badly,” said Madrid defender Marcelo.”We didn’t want the season to be like this at any stage, we wanted to be in finals competing for trophies, it’s been a tough season, one of the hardest on a personal level, we tried to sort things out but now we’re just looking to next season.”Madrid’s only good opening in another dismal display fell to top scorer Karim Benzema, who struck the post from inside the box in the first half.advertisementBetis dominated the play and would have scored earlier had it not been for some impressive saves from Keylor Navas, who was given a rousing reception from supporters in what was believed to be his last game for the club.Spanish media reports also say that Bale will not be at the club next season, but the Wales forward, who was left out of the squad for last week’s defeat at Real Sociedad, was given no opportunity for a final run out at the Bernabeu.Madrid’s record signing and a scorer in two Champions League final triumphs, Bale was seen grimacing as he sat on the bench when his side were 2-0 down and when the fulltime whistle came he walked straight down the tunnel without acknowledging fans.Also Read | Time has come for me to go: Vincent Kompany leaves Manchester City after historic trebleAlso Read | Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery sign off on a high as Bayern Munich win BundesligaAlso Seelast_img read more