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Tobacco-free nicotine’ claims could lead non-smokers to try E-cigarettes

“Tobacco-free nicotine” claims may reduce young adults’ perception of the health risks of e-cigarettes, according to a Rutgers study
Young adults who do not use tobacco products report higher intentions of using Puff Bar, a leading e-cigarette brand that has a “tobacco-free nicotine” claim, than products with the regular claim of containing nicotine, according to a Rutgers study.

The study, published in the journal Tobacco Control, also found that the claim may reduce young adults’ perception that the products might cause health risks and may prompt the use of the Puff Bar brand over other e-cigarette brands and types.

E-cigarettes that contain nicotine derived from tobacco are subject to FDA regulation and many local tobacco control policies as tobacco products, but products made with synthetic nicotine currently fall into a regulatory gap.

“Many e-cigarette brands now are marketed with ‘tobacco-free nicotine’ or ‘synthetic nicotine’ claims to circumvent local and federal tobacco control measures, such as flavored e-cigarette sales restrictions and the minimum tobacco purchasing age of 21,” said co-author Julia Chen-Sankey, a researcher at the Center for Tobacco Studies at Rutgers University and an assistant professor at Rutgers School of Public Health.

The online study asked 1,822 people aged 18 to 29 who either never used tobacco or who only had experimented with it to view depictions of Puff Bar e-cigarettes with either the claim that the product contains “tobacco-free nicotine,” as it is marketed, or simply “contains nicotine.” They were then asked if they would use these products if they had the opportunity, how harmful they think they are to health, whether they felt positive or negative if they used these products and if they would be more or less likely to use the Puff Bar product versus another e-cigarette brand.

“The results are concerning given that little is known about the health effects of using tobacco-free nicotine products and regulations are not immediately clear,” said Chen-Sankey. “An increasing number of e-cigarette brands and products are marketed with ‘tobacco-free nicotine’ or similar claims like ‘non-tobacco nicotine’ or ‘synthetic nicotine.’ If such claims increase the likelihood of e-cigarette use among young people who may not otherwise use e-cigarettes as we found, regulatory actions need to be taken immediately to prevent increased use of e-cigarettes among young people.”

Oil rises on demand outlook despite China fuel reserves release

Oil prices settled higher on Monday as expectations of strong demand and a belief that a key producer group will not turn on the spigots too fast helped reverse initial losses caused by the release of fuel reserves by No. 1 world energy consumer China.

Brent crude futures settled up 99 cents, or 1.1 %, to $84.71 a barrel after hitting a session low of $83.03.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 84 cents, or 0.6%, to $84.05, having fallen to $82.74 earlier.

A Reuters poll showed that oil prices are expected to hold near $80 as the year ends, as tight supplies and higher gas bills encourage a switch to crude for use as a power generation fuel.

Oil rallied to multi-year highs last week, helped by a post-pandemic demand rebound and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies led by Russia, or OPEC+, sticking to gradual, monthly production increases of 400,000 barrels per day (bpd), despite calls for more oil from major consumers.

The increase in OPEC’s oil output in October fell short of the rise planned under a deal with allies, a Reuters survey found on Monday, as involuntary outages in some smaller producers offset higher supplies from Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

OPEC+ is expected by analysts to stick to the 400,000 figure at its Nov. 4 meeting, with members Kuwait and Iraq in recent days voicing their support for it, saying those volumes were adequate.

“We feel that their position will be one where the status quo will be maintained while a ‘wink and a nod’ will be provided in accepting violation of quotas should Brent values gravitate back up into new 7-year high territory,” said Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates LLC in Galena, Illinois.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday urged major G20 energy producing countries with spare capacity to boost production to ensure a stronger global economic recovery, part of a broad effort to pressure OPEC+ to raise supplies.

Prices rose despite China saying in a rare official statement that it had released gasoline and diesel reserves to increase market supply and support price stability in some regions.

Exxon (XOM.N) and Chevron (CVX.N) are looking to add drilling rigs in the Permian shale basin after sharply cutting crews and output in the region last year, the companies said on Friday.

Microsoft and Nvidia are working on their own more practical metaverse

Given all the hoopla surrounding the company previously known as Facebook rebranding itself to Meta last week, it’s not the least bit surprising to see other big tech industry players start talking about their own visions of what the latest versions of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)—the metaverse—can bring. What is somewhat unexpected, however, is how different the perspectives on the topic are already proving to be.

At Microsoft’s Ignite conference this week and as part of a news build-up towards next week’s Nvidia GTC conference, both companies showed a more practical and business-oriented approach to the metaverse than the consumer-focused version that Mark Zuckerberg and team presented.

While the Meta version of the metaverse focused on things like being able to take the digital skins purchased in one game environment into another, both Microsoft and Nvidia focused on team collaboration and business-to-business communication.

There are many other dissimilarities between the different metaverse perspectives. These differences speak to the intent of the different organizations, the means by which they intend to go to market, and more. Microsoft, for example, will be integrating its AR Mesh technology into Teams, providing a different “view” into the Teams environment for all Teams users.

The cartoon-like avatars provide participants a way to still offer non-verbal communication cues like facial expressions, gestures, and more without needing to be on camera all the time. Of course, it remains to be seen whether or not that will actually relieve the “always on” stress associated with excessive video calls…

The Mesh and Teams integration also extends into activities like shared whiteboarding across different physical locations and other forms of interaction that are designed to make participants feel more like they’re in the same physical environment. Given the expected resilience of hybrid working models—even after employees start returning to work in larger numbers—it’s easy to imagine how some of these capabilities can provide a practical benefit.

In the case of Nvidia, the company has been talking about its Omniverse platform for several years now, where it means to provide a highly graphical 3D environment designed for engineering, graphics creation and collaboration.

Omniverse Enterprise is designed to collaboratively build graphically realistic simulations of real-world devices and systems, making it useful for everything from designing the latest cars to seeing how AI-powered versions of those cars would function in simulated environments. In fact, Omniverse provides the underpinnings for Nvidia’s Drive Sim efforts on autonomous driving, as well as its Isaac Sim robotics simulation platform.

Omniverse Create is the tool that leverages the company’s RTX graphics technology to create advanced scene compositions and virtual worlds with photo-realistic detail and then share them via the Pixar USD format. (Ironically, while we’ll never know for sure, it could even be that Meta used Omniverse Create to help build its fantastical metaverse “worlds”.)

One of the other interesting aspects of Nvidia’s approach is its focus on partnerships. As Microsoft is doing with Teams, Nvidia continues to emphasize Omniverse as an extensible platform that other software companies and developers can leverage, including big-name graphics ISVs like Adobe, Autodesk, and more. In addition, Nvidia is focused on working with a variety of hardware partners to help deliver the systems that can power its Omniverse vision. The company is also working with resale partners to bring the 3D graphics collaboration capabilities to enterprises.

All of which highlights yet another critical difference between the Meta, Microsoft, and Nvidia offerings: the expected scope of the efforts. Even though Zuckerberg and other Meta leaders acknowledged many times over that most of the innovations needed to achieve the vision of extraordinarily impressive graphics in its metaverse are several years off, they also implied that it would be a mainstream option for all. In a sense, it was like a real-world implementation of the Oasis metaverse from the book and movie Ready Player One that essentially anyone who currently uses something like the Facebook app would be expected to regularly use.

Both the Microsoft and Nvidia concepts, on the other hand, seem much more targeted to certain environments in certain businesses. Microsoft’s Mesh for Teams is meant to work for most types of business meetings in theory, but the fact that it requires dedicated AR/VR headsets (at least to power the avatars) will limit its usage. Nvidia’s offering is even more specialized, as it’s designed for the engineers, designers, and other creative professionals who are involved with creating 3D models and virtual worlds. It’s an important group to be sure, but not a huge one.

Despite more limited scopes, realistically they’re also more practical than the Meta approach, not only from a numbers perspective, but an acceptance factor as well. While I certainly expect there to be significant generational differences in preference, I still believe it is fair to say that most people don’t really want to spend significant amounts of time in a Ready Player One type metaverse—especially given the state of today’s VR and AR hardware.

While movie-like CGI graphics and fantasy-like environments are certainly visually compelling to watch, they aren’t something most people want to view all the time. Plus, let’s not forget what’s involved with making those kinds of visuals. Have you ever seen what actors working on science-fiction and other graphics-intensive movies have to go through to get their scenes done? Surrounding yourself with green screens isn’t an experience most people are going to want to do more than a few times and I certainly don’t see how it’s going to translate to home or even most office environments. Using such a setup multiple times a day doesn’t seem practical in the least.

… we need to think through the privacy implications of technologies that ultimately may be able to track all the environments we live, work, and play in, all the people we interact with, and all the things we do. That’s a lot to ponder.

Finally, we need to think through the privacy implications of technologies that ultimately may be able to track all the environments we live, work, and play in, all the people we interact with, and all the things we do. That’s a lot to ponder.

Part of this challenge has to do with the limitations of today’s hardware—a challenge that will eventually go away. But even when these constraints are removed, there’s still something very isolating about purely virtual interactions. Nearly two years into pandemic-driven changes to our work environments, most of us are feeling the effects of this, despite higher quality cameras and nearly non-stop video-based interactions. People like to interact with real people, in real time, in real life, and we’re a very long way from any technology replacing that experience.

In fact, I can’t help but note the irony of the timing for all these announcements. By the time most of these offerings become available next year, many people will likely be returning to the office on at least a semi-regular basis. As a result, the perceived need for these new types of interactions may not be as compelling as it currently is.

To be clear, meeting-based interactions and collaboration efforts with remote colleagues (across the world or just down the street) will continue to be critical. As a result, even though they’re probably the least sexy of these new technologies, collaboration-driven developments will surely be ongoing and the most impactful—certainly within next five years.

That’s why, at the end of the day, while it’s definitely cool to think about the interesting possibilities that technologies and concepts like metaverses might enable, practical benefits are what’s likely to ultimately find success.

Bob O’Donnell is the founder and chief analyst of TECHnalysis Research, LLC a technology consulting firm that provides strategic consulting and market research services to the technology industry and professional financial community. You can follow him on Twitter @bobodtech.

Woman with the most right swipes on Tinder failed to find love on the app

Eliana Silver was among the most ‘right-swiped’ women on Tinder in 2019, yet the journalism student failed to find love on the dating app, meeting her boyfriend offline instead

A student who was listed as one of the most popular women on Tinder back in 2019 has revealed she had absolutely no success in finding love on the dating app.

In fact, Eliana Silver, who was one of the most swiped right people two years ago, ended up meeting her boyfriend offline.

The 21-year-old, who originally hails from the United States, moved to Aberdeen in Scotland for university, and decided to download the app in a bid to meet new people.

But, despite having to much interest from potential matches, the journalism student confessed she was very ‘picky’ over who she swiped right to, so she didn’t actually end up getting many matches.

“I set my Tinder account up in my last year of high school just to see what would happen but I didn’t use it much and only went on one date. Then when I got to uni people were using it a lot more – everyone had it,” Eliana explained.

“I wanted to see if I could meet someone and it was a way of meeting people to make friends as well because I was completely new, I’d never been to Scotland before.”

However, she was left stunned when she was contacted out of the blue in 2019 and told she was in the top 30 ‘swiped right’ people on Tinder in the UK and Ireland that year – making her in the top 14 women within this.

When the ranking was published, along with a link to Eliana’s Tinder profile, this rocketed even more to where 100,000 people were swiping right on her in a week.

“The summer after my first year of university a magazine contacted me about the top 30 swiped right people on Tinder that year. At first I thought it was a scam email because I thought there’s no way out of all the amazing, beautiful people in the UK that I’m in the top 30 – it was definitely an ego boost,” she recalled.

“I was shocked as I didn’t have too many matches because I’m quite picky and I only really spoke to and met up with two guys, but it was based on how many people swiped you. I’ve never seen myself as someone who is extremely attractive or interesting enough for people to swipe right on.”

But despite this, things never worked out or lasted more than two dates with anyone she met on the app, as she says most singletons seemed only interested in a ‘quick hook-up’.

Eliana said: “My goal was not one night stands like it is for a lot of people and some of my friends, but to meet people and establish connections.

“There’s two sides of the app – there’s the side trying to meet up with people for a quick hook up and then never talk to them again and then there’s the other side of people genuinely looking to meet someone and that side is much smaller.

“There were so many people that contacted me that I didn’t end up going on dates with because they would use a bad pick-up line or there just wasn’t an instant connection.

“I got asked to be a sugar baby a few times and some people outright asked if I wanted to come over and have sex, it was really creepy.

“One of the guys I met up with from Tinder clearly was just there because he thought he had a chance of hooking up later and he even got his phone out to show me his other matches and was saying how fit they were.”

She has since abandoned online dating, saying meeting people in person ‘works 100 times better’ and is 11 months deep in a happy relationship with her boyfriend, Jordan Benson, 21, who she met through mutual friends.

Eliana said: “We met through mutual friends – we were under Covid restrictions at the time but you were allowed six people in a house so I said to my friend you bring two friends over and I’ll have two friends here.

“The first one and a half months of knowing each other we were just friends and met up as a group and then it blossomed into something more.

“I think the best romances come from friendship and establishing connections in person works 100 times better for me because you find out who they are and see what they’re like.

“You don’t have that awkwardness of knowing you’re meeting someone to try and be together and the fear of going on a first date.”

Eliana’s boyfriend Jordan said: “We definitely clicked well as friends at first and after being friends for a while I just started to feel more of a romantic connection and she did too but we didn’t say anything for a while.

“I don’t like dating apps. I don’t like the idea of looking for people online as you’d look for clothing. I’ve never used them.”

Buttler blasts England to crushing win over Australia at T20 World Cup

There was a moment, two balls into the 11th over of their innings, when the cameras cut to the balcony outside England’s dressing room, where Eoin Morgan was shaking his head in disbelief. In the middle, Jos Buttler was playing one of the great Twenty20 innings and Australia’s Adam Zampa, having come into the game as the second most economical bowler still in the tournament (after England’s own Chris Woakes), was on his way to departing it as the 32nd. It was not only England’s captain who was finding it all hard to fathom.

It could only ever be so long, a certain number of matches, a limited quantity of emphatically beaten opponents, that England’s critics could reasonably complain that Morgan’s side had not been properly challenged at this World Cup. After they added Australia to the list of teams they have humbled it is clear that when they perform they are just not a team that is particularly challengeable.

This again was a victory forged in the field, but gilded with an innings of brutal magnificence by Buttler. He finished with 71 off 32 balls, having swiftly extinguished the always remote chance of Australia defending their total of 125. More than the toss – which England won, giving them the advantage of batting second – the greatest indicator of the likely victors in this tournament has been supremacy in the powerplay, and this was the second successive game in which England exceeded in three overs the total their opponents reached in six.

By the time their powerplay was over, England’s total was 66 without loss, more than triple Australia’s 21 for three, and Buttler had just deposited one Mitchell Starc delivery over long-off and into the third tier of the stands for six, the next about 20 seats to the left for another, and around the stadium people were groaning and purring with appreciation. Jonny Bairstow later also hit successive sixes, off Zampa, before guiding his side over the line for the loss of two wickets, and with 50 balls to spare.

Even from a side starting to make this kind of performance feel commonplace, this was special. Still, some of England’s achievements felt familiar, and from the start they ripped through a few of their greatest hits, treating the audience to a handful of favourites from their opening two games of this competition, plus a couple from the last time they played Australia in a World Cup, in the semis of the 2019 50-over competition.

Their opponents must be growing tired of some of these tunes by now. Take Marcus Stoinis, who was lbw without scoring to an Adil Rashid googly at Edgbaston two years ago and fell to precisely the same fate here. Stoinis has taken to referring to himself as a rooster, and certainly he looked crestfallen here. Then there was Woakes, player of the match in 2019 and returning to cause a bit more misery, at least until Ashton Agar hit two sixes off his final over.

It seems inexplicable now that Woakes spent nearly six years out of the T20 team before his recall in June, and that despite his success in the Indian Premier League and in other formats for England it was only injuries to others that led to his return. Even those who needed no convincing of his ability must have found his subsequent impact remarkable: over his first eight T20 internationals between 2011 and 2015 his 27 overs had cost an average 9.37 and brought seven wickets; his 17 overs across five games since then have gone at just 4.11 and brought five wickets.

David Warner had batted excellently against Sri Lanka on Thursday night, an innings acclaimed as a return to form after a desperate run of failures in this format. He lasted two balls before Woakes got one to move away off a scrambled seam and take the edge on its way through to Buttler.

In their opening game of the tournament England had West Indies at eight for one and nine for two. Here Australia were seven for one and eight for two, Steve Smith getting the toe of his bat to steer the ball towards mid-on, where Woakes demonstrated his excellence in another aspect of the game with a superb back-pedalling one-handed catch. When Woakes hit both of Glenn Maxwell’s pads with the penultimate bowl of the fourth over and a review failed to save the batsman, it was the 10th wicket England had taken in powerplays at this competition.

The novelty on this occasion was that Moeen Ali, outstanding at the start of the games against West Indies and Bangladesh, did not bowl at all. Morgan instead turned to Liam Livingstone in the middle overs. He demonstrated excellent control and was England’s least expensive bowler; he also took the wicket of Matthew Wade, who hoisted the ball down the throat of Jason Roy at long off.

At that point Australia were 51 for five and it took some late six-hitting from Agar, Pat Cummins and Starc to lift them to a total that, if not defendable, was at least not completely embarrassing. Their match against West Indies now looks crucial in deciding the second-best side in this group; the identity of the first already seems assured.

Cerebrovascular abnormalities in Alzheimer’s disease: An adrenergic approach

Aging-US has published “Involvement of cerebrovascular abnormalities in the pathogenesis and progression of Alzheimer’s disease: an adrenergic approach” which reported that alzheimer’s disease, as the most common neurodegenerative disease in elder population, is pathologically characterized by β-amyloid plaques, neurofibrillary tangles composed of highly-phosphorylated tau protein and consequently progressive neurodegeneration.

Increasing lines of evidence from both clinical and preclinical studies have indicated that age-related cerebrovascular dysfunctions, including the changes in cerebrovascular microstructure, blood-brain barrier integrity, cerebrovascular reactivity and cerebral blood flow, accompany or even precede the development of AD-like pathologies.

In this review, the authors provide an appraisal of the cerebrovascular alterations in AD and the relationship to cognitive impairment and AD pathologies. Moreover, the adrenergic mechanisms leading to cerebrovascular and AD pathologies were further discussed.

Dr. Song Li and Dr. Jun Tan from Chinareport that “Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of neurodegenerative disease in elder population worldwide.”

It is estimated that, by 2060, the number of AD patients in Americans age 65 and older may increase to 13.8 million from 6.2 million today. AD is clinically characterized as cognitive decline and psychiatric manifestations. AD is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that can start decades before the appearance of clinical symptoms. Although several pathological mechanisms of AD have been identified, the authors believe that no satisfactorily effective therapeutics has been developed. Recently, cerebrovascular dysfunctions, as a possible cause in the development and progression of sporadic AD, have gained increasing attention.

Recent findings further highlighted the prevalence of cerebrovascular disorders in Down syndrome patients and added to a growing body of evidence implicating cerebrovascular abnormalities as a core feature of AD rather than a simple comorbidity.

Moreover, adrenergic system, including /β adrenergic receptors and their downstream molecular signaling process, might serve as the key approach to modulate these cerebrovascular abnormalities and progressive neurodegeneration.

The Li/Tan Research Team concluded that increasing lines of evidence from either preclinical or clinical studies have revealed that the cerebral vascular alterations during early stages of AD may contribute to the pathogenesis and progression of the disease. Cerebral vascular assessment may provide promising tools for AD early diagnosis and cerebral vascular remodeling may yield benefits to AD therapy.

American Airlines cancels more flights; total tops 2,300

Weather and staffing-led turbulence stretched into a fourth day for American Airlines (AAL.O), with the top U.S. carrier cancelling more flights on Monday to push the total number to nearly 2,300.

Staffing shortages have hit American Airlines, Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N) and Spirit Airlines Inc (SAVE.N) in particular, as they ramp up flights ahead of the holiday season but face problems finding enough pilots and flight attendants.

“Flight Attendant staffing at American is strained and reflects what is happening across the industry as we continue to deal with pandemic-related issues,” flight attendants’ union APFA said.

American’s pilot union said last month they planned to picket the carrier’s major hubs to protest work schedule, fatigue, and a lack of adequate accommodation this summer.

The cancellations are another setback to the Texas-based company, which is already reeling from rising fuel and labor costs impacting the industry as the U.S. prepares to open borders to fully vaccinated travelers.

“The airline had particular weather issues that then spiraled into rippled cancellations and were compounded by an inability to fill out schedules from their labor reserves,” UBS analyst Myles Walton said.

Severe winds at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport reduced American’s arrival capacity by more than half, with the inclement weather also impacting staffing.

The company, however, hoped some of that impact could be mitigated with nearly 1,800 flight attendants returning from leave starting Monday.

“We expect considerable improvement beginning today with some residual impact from the weekend,” company spokeswoman Sarah Jantz said in a statement. American’s shares recovered losses to trade up 1%.

Meanwhile, rival airlines seemed to have fared better.

Delta Air Lines Inc(DAL.N)said on Monday it has not experienced any weather-related cancellations so far, while United Airlines(UAL.O)said there were no “widespread cancellations”.

More than half a million players have left Amazon’s New World in just over a month since launch

Most games see their player numbers decline in the weeks following release, but rarely in figures as large as what Amazon’s New World is experiencing. The MMO has reportedly been hemorrhaging 135,000 players every week since arriving on September 28, which works out at around half a million people abandoning the game.

New World had been the number two game on Steam’s most-wishlisted chart before its release. That anticipation was reflected a few days after launch when concurrent player numbers hit 913,027, but as Steamcharts’ stats show, things have been declining rapidly since then.

Forbes worked out that, based on figures for each previous Sunday, the number of people playing New World simultaneously has been dropping by around 135,000 each week. The good news is that the trend does seem to be slowing, albeit only slightly: it peaked at just over 404,000 last Sunday, while the previous Sunday it was 508,000 players.

Despite the initial popularity, New World arrived to reviews that ranged from average to pretty good. PC Gamer said it was held back by abysmal PvE and a boring world, and PCGamesN criticized the humdrum and frustrating quest design. It has a user score of just 4.6 on Metacritic, while the 74% of good Steam reviews gives it a Mostly Positive rating.

In addition to finding faults within its game design, players have been complaining about New World’s many bugs, including one that allowed the generation of infinite gold, prompting Amazon to shut down New World’s economy controls to prevent the glitch.

We’ve seen several games lose a worrying number of players post-launch only for them to return once the game is patched/updated and has received extra content—No Man’s Sky being the most notable example. As it’s an MMO, New World will likely be a very different experience 12 months from now. Amazon will just be hoping that enough players stick around until then.

Man slammed for refusing to take time off work to look after his sick son

A mum has hit out at her husband for refusing to take time off to help look after their sick child.

The woman explained that her son had tested positive for coronavirus, and so was having to miss school to self-isolate for 10 days.

With a part-time job in a school and no access to holiday days, the woman asked her husband, who works full time, whether he could take some time off to help her look after their little boy.

But she was stunned when he refused and insisted it was down to her.

The woman took to Mumsnet to vent about how “unreasonable” he was, where she said: “Our son has tested positive for Covid so needs to isolate for 10 days.

“Both me and my husband work, him full-time and me part-time (Monday to Tuesday). I’m a teacher so don’t have access to holiday days. My mum who normally does childcare for us is also positive for covid.”

She explained: “My son’s isolation will hit both my work days for this week and next.

“I think we should both take two days off – one of us this week, one of us next. My husband seems to think I should do it all.

“My headteacher is very reasonable but understandably likes to see that we’re taking turns in time off for sick children.

“My husband is shouting, screaming, calling me all the names under the sun as if this is my doing, and I can’t help but feel he’s being utterly childish and selfish.”

Struggling to understand why her husband is against taking time off, she said: “I believe I’ve brought this on myself because I’ve fallen into the ‘part-time’ trap of working outside the home, yet still taking on all the responsibilities as if I were a stay at home mum.”

She concluded her post, by saying: “So now this situation has arisen, he can’t believe he’s being asked to take time off work. I 100% cannot see this from his point of view at all, can anybody help me shed light on why he thinks this is reasonable?!”

Users were outraged by his behaviour and reassured the mum that it’s him who is being out of order.

One person said: “Time to put your foot down, he needs to look after his child at least 2 of those days and I’d tell him if he raises his voice or calls you names again, he’s gone…”

Another wrote: “He won’t even take ONE day off per week? What does he do that makes him so special that Covid and isolations have no impact on him?”

A third commented: “He is massively unreasonable. You should look into either counselling or divorce.”

One baffled user asked: “He doesn’t believe he has any responsibility to be a parent to his child and is outraged at your suggestion that he should take care of his child?”

Guardiola refuses to blame Laporte red for Manchester City’s defeat to Palace

Patrick Vieira said his players “suffered” during their 2-0 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium while Pep Guardiola refused to blame Aymeric Laporte’s red card and Gabriel Jesus’s VAR-adjudged offside goal for the champions’ second defeat of the season.

Wilfried Zaha was the standout performer in what was Palace’s first away win, scoring the opener and later in the first half forcing Laporte, as the last man, to wrestle him to the grass. Laporte was sent off by Andre Marriner and Zaha’s devilry subsequently caused Bernardo Silva to be booked for chopping him down.

Vieira, a former City player and coach, said: “The red card, people may think it was harsh or not harsh, I let them make their opinion. When you come to a place like City you have to be prepared to suffer and hope a decision goes in your favour. All these decisions went in our favour. In the games so far we have been really unlucky and today it went in our favour.”

Zaha also played a key part in the late second scored by Connor Gallagher, who is on loan from Chelsea. Vieira praised the pair. “Both of them, like the rest of the players, work really hard. We knew that coming to City we are not going to have much of the possession.

“We couldn’t allow ourselves one player not taking part in the defensive work. I am really pleased for Wilfried for the goal he scored but even more pleased for how hard he worked.”

Guardiola said of Laporte’s dismissal and Jesus’s cancelled effort: “It could be a yellow card, could be red it depends on the decision of the referee. The goal disallowed – I didn’t see it but I imagine the linesman said offside but we didn’t lose for that.

“We conceded the first goal and after that we work really well but then had to play 10 against 11. We need to do everything right but the players show character.”

Zaha said: “It was about getting in their faces and not letting them play. We know how good they are, we wanted to show them what we could do. I scuffed it but a goal is a goal. I was just buzzing to see it go in so I was happy. Conor Gallagher brings a lot of energy and I need people to link up with and it makes a massive difference when he helps out.

“I feel like we have had a threat but the difference now is that we keep the ball from the back and build and make our chances. We are exploiting our talent.”