About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Luiz insists Chelsea in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz insists they’re in the title race.Chelsea are fourth in the table ahead of their match against Leicester at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and go into the festive period looking to make it three league wins in a row.”Everybody knows the Premier League is so difficult, we have to think step by step,” the Brazil international told Sky Sports News.”Of course the boss tries to give us the maths and to give us one direction to follow and we trying to get the points to be there and fighting for the title not just for the top four.”It’s not my first Premier League [season] so I know anything can happen.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Pep Guardiola: I have no money!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he has no money to spend in January.It’s been suggested Guardiola is seeking a new centre-half signing for the winter market.But the manager insists: “It’s not up to me, but we can’t buy anyone in January.”We do not have the money to deposit large amounts. That didn’t work in the summer, so not in the winter either.“We will do it with the players that we have. With Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Eric Garcia and the new players in the youth academy. We have young talented players that we can count on.” He added: “Vinny (Kompany) had a great personality and he was very helpful to me and the entire club. But he has decided to go to Anderlecht and we must continue.”
Advertisement Advertisement MONTREAL – L’Oréal Paris opened nominations today for its 2018 Women of Worth Awards honouring inspiring women who ignite change in their communities through exceptional volunteer work. The signature philanthropic program embodies the L’Oréal Paris belief that ‘Every Woman is Worth It’ by elevating and celebrating altruistic women who find beauty in giving back. The public is invited to nominate extraordinary Canadian women until October 15th at womenofworth.ca.“It was an absolute honour to be awarded as one of Canada’s first L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Honourees and the National Honouree for 2017,” said Eva von Jagow, founder of DueNORTH, a foundation to promote access to nutritional and affordable food to all children and youth in Canada’s North. “Women of Worth brought together such an inspiring group of Canadian women who are each making extraordinary, positive changes in their communities that I was truly humbled to be in their company. The opportunity to meet these women and hear their stories was as valuable as the infusion of the financial grant to my charity and the increased media awareness. Women of Worth was a life changing experience.”Call for nominations now open at womenofworth.ca Actress Blake Lively poses with 10 inspiring honourees and Canadian media personalities at the 2017 Inaugural Women of Worth Gala in Toronto. LOréal Paris Women of Worth philanthropic program, now moving into its second year, celebrates 10 extraordinary Canadian volunteers by awarding a total of $110,000 in financial grants to their organizations. (L’Oreal Paris) The ten selected 2018 Honourees, will become part of the Canadian Women of Worth community joining the ten inspiring women volunteers who were recognized as Canada’s inaugural 2017 Women of Worth Honourees earlier this year. Honourees are selected from hundreds of nominations and recognized for the significant impact on their community. Women of Worth Honourees receive a total of $110,000 in financial grants from L’Oréal Paris for their non-profit organizations.“Our inaugural Canadian Women of Worth are incredible women championing a range of important causes from helping homeless women build sustainable careers, to providing free childcare to mothers with cancer, to helping refugees build their new lives in Canada to fighting against child exploitation,” said Milan Mladjenovic, General Manager, L’Oréal Paris in Canada. “It’s an honour to be able to publicly celebrate these awe-inspiring women by shining a spotlight on their causes and providing financial support to help them reach and benefit even more Canadians.”CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2018 WOMEN OF WORTHThe nomination period for the 2018 Canadian Women of Worth program is now open through October 15, 2017. Following a rigorous review, the pool of applicants will be narrowed down to ten Honourees who will each be awarded a $10,000 grant for her non-profit cause. One of these Honourees, chosen by an esteemed judging panel with input from online voting in February, will be selected as the National Honouree and awarded an additional $10,000 grant for a total of $20,000 to support her organization. All of the 2018 Honourees will receive a trip for two to Toronto on March 8, 2018 (International Women’s Day) where they will be recognized at a star-studded awards ceremony hosted by L’Oréal Paris.For more information about the Women of Worth program, to nominate a woman making a difference or to learn more about the 2017 Canadian Honourees, visit womenofworth.ca.ABOUT L’ORÉAL PARIS The L’Oréal Paris division of L’Oréal Canada is a total beauty care brand dedicated to empowering women by offering the most luxurious and innovative products and services available in the mass market. The brand’s signature tagline, “Because I’m Worth It” celebrates the beauty and intrinsic self-worth of women. L’Oréal Paris provides women and men around the world with products in four major beauty categories: hair colour, haircare, skincare and cosmetics. For more information about L’Oréal Paris visit lorealparis.ca or follow on Twitter or Snap @LOrealParisCAN, Facebook @LOrealParisCanada or Instagram @LOrealMakeup #womenofworthCAN. Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter
WASHINGTON — The Latest on talks between the U.S. and Canada (all times local):11:47 a.m.Canada’s ambassador to China has received consular access to detained ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig four days after he was arrested in China.Canada’s Global Affairs Department says Ambassador John McCallum met with Kovrig in Beijing on Friday.The department says they are continuing to press for access to another Canadian, entrepreneur Michael Spavor, who was also detained in China on Monday. The two were arrested in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the United States.Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecommunications giant Huawei, on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. The U.S. wants her extradited to face charges that she and her company misled banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran. A Canadian judge released Meng on bail Tuesday.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis were meeting their Canadian counterparts on Friday for discussions expected to be dominated by the arrests.__11:04 a.m.The U.S. and Canada are holding high-stakes talks amid an escalating dispute with China that threatens to further complicate ties between the North American neighbours.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis were meeting their Canadian counterparts on Friday for discussions expected to be dominated by Canada’s arrest of a Chinese tech executive at Washington’s request. China has detained two Canadians in apparent retaliation.The case has set off a three-way diplomatic furor in which Canada is stuck in the middle.Canada arrested the chief financial officer of telecoms giant Huawei (WAH’-way) on Dec. 1. The U.S. wants her extradited on charges she and her company violated sanctions on Iran. But a Canadian judge released her on bail Tuesday.The Associated Press
Parents, please take note. Teenagers who experience cyber bullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep and depression, warns a study. In one of the few studies to explore the connection between cyber victimisation and sleep quality, a research team examined the relationship between online bullying and depression among over 800 adolescents. “Cyber victimisation on the Internet and social media is a unique form of peer victimisation and an emerging mental health concern among teenagers who are digital natives,” said the reearchers. Also Read – The Puja carnivalAt severe levels, depression may lead to disrupted school performance, harmed relationships or even suicide. According to the US Office of Adolescent Health, nearly one third of teenagers have experienced symptoms of depression, which, in addition to changes in sleep pattern, include persistent irritability, anger and social withdrawal. The study was scheduled to be presented at “SLEEP 2019” conference in Texas from June 8-12.
With an 11-3 record, the Arizona Cardinals were the first team in the NFC to clinch a playoff berth and have already tied their franchise record for wins in a season. All this, despite losing their top two quarterbacks, Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, to injury. With a win Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks, the Cardinals would clinch the NFC West and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.But much like the Florida State Seminoles in their run to the College Football Playoff, the Cardinals have eked out wins in a lot of close games. So the question remains, are the Cardinals lucky or good? They’re lucky — Arizona probably isn’t as strong as its record — but also have been one of the most clutch teams in the NFL this season.Let’s begin with the luck. The most unambiguous measure of luck in football is fumble recoveries. They tend to be random acts, and a team with an unusually high fumble recovery rate one year generally regresses to the mean the next. The Cardinals lead the NFL in fumble recovery percentage; they’ve recovered 17 of 27 (63 percent).More generally, Arizona has not controlled games like a team that has won 11 of its first 14 games. The Cardinals have had, on average, a 52 percent chance to win across all of their plays in all of their games this season, which ranks 15th in the NFL. Every other team with at least 10 wins ranks in the top 10 in average win probability.A team with an average win probability around 50 percent would be expected to win about half of its games. Similarly, a team with a scoring margin of +43 — as the Cardinals have through 14 games — would be expected to win about eight games.Pythagorean expectations, which were first popularized by baseball’s Bill James and then translated to the NFL, can be used to estimate how many games a team “should” win based on its points scored and points allowed. By this measure, the Cardinals have 2.7 more wins than would be expected. That is the biggest difference between expected wins and actual wins in the NFL and the largest by a team since the Colts went 11-5 in the 2012 season with a negative scoring margin.A higher-than-expected win total suggests a team is winning close games, which is exactly what Arizona is doing. The Cardinals are 5-0 in games decided by eight points or fewer, the best winning percentage and tied for the most wins in the NFL. Arizona has an NFL-high four wins in which they trailed entering the fourth quarter.Winning close games, however, is not purely luck. The Cardinals have an uncanny ability to perform their best with the game on the line. They lead the NFL in points allowed (43), points margin (+59) and turnover margin (+12) in the fourth quarter. And a metric called win probability added, which looks at a team’s contributions to winning (accounting for late, close-game situations), has them atop the NFL when adding their offensive, defensive and special teams WPA.A mixture of luck and clutch plays have the Cardinals one win away from home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. With a 7-0 record at home, who knows what will happen once the playoffs begin, as the Cardinals look to complete one of the most improbable runs in NFL history.
After losing three of its last four games, the Buckeye men’s soccer team broke through with a much-needed 2-0 win over Oakland (Mich.) University Wednesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Ohio State scored its first goal midway through the first half, which allowed them to play with more confidence than they had during the recent downturn. “That’s one of our first goals we’ve scored in the first half this year,” midfielder Sam Scales said. “Early goals makes things so much more comfortable. To get that goal was awesome.” The opening goal came in the 18th minute on a corner kick from Scales that found the forehead of the team’s leading scorer, Konrad Warzycha, for his sixth goal of the season. Scales said that he had been working on driving the ball in from the corner instead of bending it in like he had previously. “Konrad’s a big old guy,” Scales said. “It’s pretty easy to find him in there.” OSU coach John Bluem said he thought the game was a little flat, but was ultimately happy his players were able to get a win after a tumultuous stretch. “I hope that we can build from this game,” Bluem said. “It wasn’t our best performance of the year, but the second half early goal like that sure took a lot of the pressure off and made it easy for us.” During the week, Bluem said the main symptom of his team’s struggles came from the lack of scoring up front by the forwards. After not being in the starting lineup, forward Chris Hegngi netted the team’s second goal 21 seconds into the second half. “It’s good for his confidence,” Bluem said. “He didn’t start tonight and maybe that was the fire from him that we needed.” “I hadn’t scored in a few games. You knew it was important to get the second goal, and it was awesome to get that second goal,” Hegngi said. OSU is down to its final stage of the season as it hosts Wisconsin and Big Ten-leading Indiana to wind things down. The Buckeyes came into Wednesday’s game ranked No. 6 in the conference standings and needed the win against Oakland to get back on track heading into such a critical portion of the season. “We need to be better than we are right now if we expect to win games as we get going down the stretch,” Bluem said. “The games get harder and harder at the end of the season and we have to accept that, work harder and push ourselves harder and be ready, mentally and physically for these games.”
Brazil great Ronaldo has admitted that he is a big fan of Mohamed Salah’s and even compared him to Lionel MessiThe Egyptian has scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool in what has been a stunning maiden campaign for the Premier League side.Salah’s 10 goals in the Champions League has helped fire Liverpool to their first appearance in the final since 2007 and he is expected to be the main threat in their attempt to deny Real Madrid a third successive crown.Ronaldo, who only won the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan in 1998, has become a fan of Salah’s himself and believes that he shares similarities with Messi.“Salah, I love him. He is an incredible player with a tremendous quality,” said the Brazilian, according to beINSPORTS.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He looks like Messi. I recently read him saying that I had been his inspiration and I was excited.”However, the 41-year-old is expecting his former club Real to overcome Liverpool in the final.“My result is 3-2 for Madrid,” said Ronaldo.“If they win the final it will be an unprecedented event in their history. I am very optimistic.“There were doubts during the year, but Real Madrid came together and have achieved something historic.”
The German midfielder has been criticized for his performance with the German national team, but still believes he can give the team something goodFor Juventus midfielder Samy Khedira, the performance of the German national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup is still bothering him.According to an article published by ESPN, the footballer believes he had his worst performance of his career with the national team.“After a good season and nine goals with Juventus and with full fitness, I played my two worst matches at the World Cup,” Khedira wrote on Instagram.“That was really bad. That we did not work together as a team and were eliminated in the group stage still weighs on me.”Germany finished last in their group after being defeated by Mexico and South Korea, winning in the last minute against Sweden for their only three points.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“It must continue to be an honor for any active player to play for this country, this association, and this team,” Khedira said.“If there are better players at the moment then I will accept it, but should I be nominated because the coach believes I can help the [team], then for me, it is always an honor and an obligation.”
Danny Drinkwater has not had a good chance at Chelsea since he joined the club since a bit over one year ago. He has only made about 12 starts for Chelsea in all tournaments and his show in the first team has only happened in the Community Shield this season.All indications show that the midfielder is in for a really hard chance at Chelsea because of the players he has to contend places with. Drinkwater will have to topple Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, and Cesc Fabregas to secure a place in the Chelsea squad.The chances for a successful time at Chelsea is really thin for Drinkwater and his best options point towards leaving the club to seek game time elsewhere. There is news that Leicester City is still keeping an eye on their former player. The news is according to Daily Express, as reported by Soccer Souls.Leicester’s interest in having their midfielder back from Chelsea asks the question of whether West Ham should continue seeking a move for him come January.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…It is obvious that the struggling West Ham needs a strong playmaker to help fortify their game in the middle of the pitch. Drinkwater appears to be a good pick for the Hammers on this issue.
A report on Daily Echo has countered the previous report in The Mirror which stated that Cherries’ manager, Eddie Howe, would “double his money” at the club.A sum if happens, would make him the highest earning domestic manager in Premier League.The Mirror’s exclusive has even concluded that his salary will have to go above the £3m he receives as basic. Add bonuses to that and we witness a price even way above the stated figure.Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…But Daily Echo claims they have been told that Howe currently does not have any negotiation with the club over the status of his contract and that the rumor was a common hoax.Howe only had that opportunity after taking Cherries to the Premier League in May of 2015. While he was more concerned about the club’s performance in the top games, he even did not consider that until October of the following season.Howe is in contract with Cherries until the end of 2019-20. At 40 years old, he is in his fourth season with Cherries.
Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera said the Twitter account for its main Arabic-language channel was temporarily “suspended” on Saturday, in the latest incident at the station.A spokesman for the channel said the cut may have been due to a technical problem and that all Twitter accounts affected were back online.”Most of our Arabic accounts were blocked, but they are now up-and-running,” the spokesman told AFP, adding that it may take several hours for them to be fully restored.An investigation was taking place to determine the cause, and technical teams from the broadcaster were trying to coordinate with Twitter.Al-Jazeera’s main Arabic language account has almost 12 million followers.The station’s English-language account was unaffected.The announcement that the online accounts were back came around an hour after first reports that some of Al-Jazeera’s Twitter accounts had been blocked.”The main Al-Jazeera Twitter account has been suspended, and work is ongoing to solve the problem,” Yasser Abuhilalah, managing director of Al-Jazeera Arabic, tweeted.”Disruption [by others] will not stop because the truth terrifies them. We’ll be back.”In another tweet, he said no other “channel in the world… faces the same amount of conspiracy”.The incident came at a time of diplomatic crisis between Qatar and neighbouring Gulf countries.All diplomatic ties with Doha were cut on 5 June by several countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, which accuse Qatar of supporting and funding Islamic terrorist groups.Qatar strongly denies the charge and claims those countries which have cut links are trying to change Doha’s foreign policy.The television channel has long been a target for criticism by other Middle East countries, with Al-Jazeera banned on several occasions.Earlier this month, Al-Jazeera said it was combating a large-scale cyber attack.
This image shows the cochlea of a rabbit, which is very similar to that of most mammals, including humans. The three rows of outer hair cells could act like electrodes on a SAW resonator. Image Credit: Andrew Bell (originally from Counter, et al.). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Using squirting waves and the SAW configuration, the cochlea could theoretically provide sharp resonance frequencies typical of the human ear, in the range of 20 to 20,000 Hz.“The idea is that cells are not lonely, independent entities unaware of other cells,” said Bell. “Instead, cells appear in populations and cooperatively interact so as to perform signal processing. We have long known that nerve cells process information via a network of interactions (neural nets), but here we see a preneural example: outer hair cells act both to detect sound and pass it on to neighboring cells, which do the same. Shuttling of signals back and forth leads to positive feedback and frequency analysis, and this might prompt us to look for similar interactions among other sensing cells. Visual, olfactory, and balance cells, for example, could well work in similar ways.”Bell speculates that the main reason past artificial cochleas fell short is that their designers focused on the passive traveling wave picture. But building a cochlea based on the active processes residing in the resonator analogy may, Bell thinks, open up a much more effective way forward.“A SAW-like cochlea would form a rugged spectral analyzer—a reasoning behind existing artificial cochleas—but it could be much more sensitive then existing prototypes,” said Bell.Bell explained that more experiments and testing will determine if this idea is accurate. He also added that there may be some exciting characteristics of the ear to discover.“Future research needs to be directed to validating the SAW resonator model,” he said. “But then there are finer features which call for explanation, too. What is the purpose of the ‘V’ shape of the stereocilia, for example? There is reason to think it could relate to detecting musical ratios in sounds, and if so this would give a marvelous physical underpinning to our remarkable musical sense. The cochlea may be highly tuned—and musical.”Citation: Bell, Andrew. “Sensors, motors, and tuning in the cochlea: interacting cells could form a surface acoustic wave resonator.” Bioinspiration and Biomimetics 1 (2006) 96-101.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. A SAW resonator (top) has two sets of electrodes that generate and detect electromechanical ripples. With a similar structure, the cochlea (bottom) could use outer hair cells to sense and create standing waves. Image Credit: Andrew Bell. In developing his new idea, Bell was inspired by a discovery in 1978 that most human ears continuously emit very pure, soft tones—sounds which can be picked up with a sensitive microphone. The current theory of a hydrodynamical traveling wave stimulating hair cell stereocilia does not easily accommodate such fine tuning, leading Bell to propose that the outer hair cells in the cochlea actively cooperate to amplify sound. “When you listen to a recording of the sound that the cochlea makes, you hear something like a carillon of wind chimes,” Bell told PhysOrg.com. “It’s easy to get the impression that something seems to be resonating.”He considered a design where the cochlea would function like a SAW resonator, a device in solid-state electronics commonly used in cell phones due to its small size. SAW resonators use rows of electrodes to process signals by creating electromechanical waves between them whose wavelengths correspond to the spacing of the electrodes. Bell noted a striking characteristic of the outer hair cells: they always lie in three well-defined rows, much like the electrodes on a SAW resonator. Bell thinks that the waves align with the rows of hair cells, with the first and third rows being in antiphase with the middle row. Such SAW-like behavior would also correspond well with results from past experiments in auditory science.Further, like a SAW resonator, the cochlear amplifier would operate in a feedback circuit mediated by the waves. Because the hair cells are linked to soft structures such as the gelatinous tectorial membrane, feedback in the cochlea would require a slow-moving wave, one with a very short wavelength. Recently, a prime candidate for such a wave has been identified: called “squirting waves,” these waves arise in fluids constrained in ways similar to those found in the cochlea. In attempting to construct an artificial cochlea—and faced with limited knowledge of how the living chamber works—scientists might need to look no further than a simple electronic device: a surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonator. Recently, scientist Andrew Bell suggested that the cochlea exhibits similar structure and electromechanical properties to this common piece of circuitry. Citation: Analogy of cochlea as resonator could lead to artificial copies (2007, January 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-01-analogy-cochlea-resonator-artificial.html The cochlea—a spiral-shaped, hollow bone in the inner ear—plays a vital role in sensing, processing, and amplifying sounds. The common understanding of the workings of the cochlea centers on its passive behavior, in which tiny hair cells create electrical signals from vibrations in the surrounding fluid.
Kolkata: In a major step to streamline the process of giving permission to the puja committees, Bidhannagar Police has decided to give it online.A high-level meeting to discuss the matter was held on Wednesday. Sabyasachi Dutta, mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Krishna Chakraborty, chairperson of BMC and Sujit Basu, MLA Bidhannagar attended the meeting along with Debashis Sen, chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe representatives of Salt Lake, Lake Town and Sribhumi attended the meeting. Earlier, the puja organisers had to obtain permission from the Fire and Emergency department and local civic body and then apply for police permission. The process was elaborate and the organizers often complained of harassment. To put an end to the harassment of the organizers, they can now apply for police permission online after getting the required clearance. It is a major development and will reduce the time of giving permission. The authorities of HIDCO will sit with the puja committees at New Town on Thursday. HIDCO has decided to select the best Puja through Blockchain to ensure fair competition.