Man Utd hero Ince: Two better options than joke appointment Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul Ince has slammed plans to name Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager.Molde coach Solskjaer is expected to be named United caretaker boss after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho on Tuesday.But Ince says: “The suggestion of Ole Gunnar Solskjær makes me laugh, that has to be a joke. It’s absolute madness.”He also wrote for Paddy Power: “If it was me? I’d pick Steve Bruce today. He’s not working at the moment, and he had seven or eight years at the club. He’s been a very good, and successful manager and he more than many understands what it’s like to be a United player. Yes, he’s been sacked, but we’ve all been sacked before.”Between him and Solskjaer there’s no comparison. Plus, I’d love it to be someone English, and someone who United fans through the ages immediately recognise and say ‘I remember Steve Bruce, what a player he was.'”The only other caretaker candidate I’d choose would be Roy Keane. He’d knock those players into shape in no time, he’s managed, and he’s familiar with the club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Arsenal burned off AC Milan competition to sign Dani Ceballosby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal burned off competition from AC Milan to sign Dani Ceballos this past summer.The Gunners landed Ceballos in August on-loan from Real Madrid – without the option to buy.Calciomercato.com says Milan were in talks with the midfielder before the Gunners stepped in.It’s claimed Ceballos welcomed Milan’s approach and was excited about the move.However, the Italian club could not match Arsenal’s offer, which offered a fee for a straight loan arrangement.
Ankara: Turkey’s economy fell into its first recession in a decade, official data showed on Monday, just weeks before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government faces local elections where growth and inflation will be key issues for voters. Economic output contracted by 2.4 percent in the final three months of the year compared to the third quarter on a seasonally and calendar-adjusted basis, the Turkish Statistics Institute (TUIK) said. That followed a revised 1.6 percent contraction in the third quarter. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepTwo consecutive quarter-on-quarter contractions in economic output is widely considered to be the definition of a recession. The flagging economy coupled with a currency crisis last year that battered the lira are sensitive issues for Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) before the municipal vote on March 31. The Turkish leader, in power since 2003 first as prime minister and then as president, has often boasted of the country’s strong growth during his time in government. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsGrowth came in at 2.6 per cent for 2018 overall, but that was still much lower than the 7.4 per cent recorded in 2017, a turbulent period following the 2016 failed coup and terror attacks. The economy shrank by 3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the same period the previous year. Inflation has also remained high. It struck a 15-year peak in October at 25.24 per cent before falling below 20 percent in February, with food prices hit particularly hard. Erdogan’s government has sought to curb consumer prices, especially for produce consumed everyday in Turkish households. Turkish authorities last month set up their own vegetable stands in a bid to force markets to lower food prices. But analysts said economic data showed inflation was still weighing on household consumption, and domestic demand was weak. Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, who is also Erdogan’s son-in-law, said on Twitter the data was as expected, but “the worst is behind us”. That analysis was shared to some extent by the London-based Capital Economics research firm, but they offer cold comfort for Turkey’s economic outlook. “While the worst of the downturn may now have passed, the weak carryover means that we expect GDP to decline by 2.5 percent this year,” said Jason Tuvey, senior emerging markets economist at Capital Economics. Albayrak blamed the recession on “speculative attacks” and the current global economic slowdown. While Turkey’s economy was hit when US President Donald Trump doubled tariffs last year on Turkish steel and aluminium, confidence was further eroded by a bitter row over a detained American pastor. The lira plummeted in value in August. While an aggressive interest rate hike in September helped brake its fall, economic activity stalled while prices of goods shot higher. The last time Turkey entered a recession was in 2009 after the global economic crisis hit foreign and domestic demand.
Rome: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s great-grandson plans to run in next month’s European parliamentary elections on behalf of a minor far-right party, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Il Messaggero newspaper said Caio Giulio Cesare Mussolini, a 50-year-old former submariner, aimed to run as a candidate for the Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) party. “So many people want to put Mussolini on the ballot,” it quoted him as saying. Mussolini is the first cousin once removed of Alessandra Mussolini, the dead fascist leader’s granddaughter who has been an MEP since 2014. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBorn in Argentina, Mussolini has no previous political experience but “obviously I’ve breathed politics my whole life,” he told the daily. He described himself to Il Fatto Quotidiano as “a post-fascist who refers to those values in a non-ideological way”. He said he thought he was chosen as a candidate not for his family name but for his first names, the Italian form of “Gaius Julius Caesar”, as well as his sense of duty and international experience. If elected, he said he would “defend the national interest with all my actions and votes”, in line with the nationalist stance of Fratelli d’Italia. The party won 4.4 per cent of votes in last year’s Italian national election.
Jaipur: Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody on Friday cautioned his team against taking Rajasthan Royals lightly in the absence of top players such as Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes in the opposition ranks. Hoping to inch closer to securing a playoff berth, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League here on Saturday. “I wouldn’t say that they are a weakened side because if I lose players it also presents opportunities to those who are hungry. You cannot underestimating your opponent. The fringe players only need a lucky break to shine,” Moody said at the pre-match press conference. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe former Australian all-rounder added: “Therefore, regardless of who has come and who has gone in Rajasthan’s line- up, we know that they are a dangerous side, and particularly at home.” SRH are placed fourth in the standings with five wins and as many losses, giving them 10 points, while the hosts are stuttering at the seventh position after seven defeats in 11 outings. Moody said: “It is a very important game for both teams, given that the middle of the table is very crowded. It is an opportunity for us to break away from that middle. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”We have four games left and have to win majority of those, most of the teams in the middle are in that position. We know that Rajasthan are coming off a win but they are also coming from back-to-back games, had a travel day today and have lost a few players to World Cup commitments.” He said the departure of Jonny Bairstow for England has opened the door for people like Martin Guptill. “Warner and Barstow have been performing well. But when the door closes, another one opens. It’s an opportunity for someone else to step in that batting position. “We haven’t finalised the eleven, whether Guptill plays or not is undecided. “For the past four weeks, he has been practicing on all sorts of surfaces at nets which are more often not as good as surfaces which are presented out in the middle. “He is prepared for any surface. He has prepared and preparing for that opportunity.”
Dhaka: Bangladesh has altered its World Cup cricket strip to add a touch of red following uproar over the initial design, which some had likened to rival Pakistan’s kit, the cricket board said Wednesday. The national flag of Bangladesh is red and green, but the Tigers’ jersey unveiled Monday for the tournament starting later this month in England and Wales was green and white. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) spokesman Jalal Yunus said cricket’s world governing body had originally asked it to drop the red colour due to “commercial complications”, but relented following a subsequent request from the BCB. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”It made the jersey green and white. But people wanted a touch of red in the jersey. So we requested the ICC (International Cricket Council) again and they accepted our request,” he said. The original design had featured the names of players and the word Bangladesh in red, Yunus noted. Social media was awash with complaints after the strip was unveiled, with former BCB president Saber Hossain Chowdhury among those to criticise the original design. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”Red and green, our national flag colours, have always been reflected in jerseys of @BCBtigers over the years. So very sad this is no longer so,” Chowdhury tweeted. Many cricket fans saw a similarity with the jersey of Pakistan, from which Bangladesh became independent after a bloody war in 1971. But BCB president Nazmul Hassan, also known as Papon, blasted the suggestion that the resemblance of Pakistan jersey prompted the swift change in design. “Bangladesh is written on the jersey, how can you confuse it with Pakistan?” Nazmul asked reporters in a press conference on Tuesday. “After seeing the Tigers’ picture and BCB logo if someone thinks that it’s not Bangladesh’s jersey but Pakistan’s then I think that person should stay in Pakistan,” he said. Bangladesh cricket team left home on Wednesday and will open their World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Oval on June 2.
Mike Trout has put up an amazing couple of seasons in Major League Baseball, not just for someone as young as he is, 22, but for anyone. His 19.62 wins above replacement (WAR) over his first two full seasons ranks as the 36th best two-year stretch for any batter ever. Only nine batters have had a better stretch by the age of 25, and they’re essentially a who’s who of Hall of Famers: Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins, Jimmie Foxx and Willie Mays. The list of players who put up better numbers at an earlier age doesn’t have any names on it.Conventional wisdom seems to be that Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, is only going to get better. Much of that analysis relies explicitly on the traditional aging curve or on similar logic: MLB players and prospects typically improve rapidly through their late teens and early 20s, peaking around age 27. Trout was 21 last season, ergo, he has several years of improvement in his future.But regression to the mean dictates that the better the performance you’re looking at, the less likely it is to be duplicated. Players who put up huge numbers like Trout’s (or anywhere close) this early in their careers have a very high likelihood of having All Star- and/or Hall of Fame-quality careers. But how often do they improve on these initial breakout performances?I’ve taken all the players who put up more than 15 WAR over a two-year period at any point in their careers and broken them down by the age when they first accomplished the feat. Then I asked a simple question: Did they ever manage a better two-year period?The size of the bubbles represent how many players accomplished the “15 WAR in two years” milestone, and the y value of the bubbles show the percentage of those players who surpassed that milestone.As you can see, the odds of someone Trout’s age improving are ostensibly 100 percent, but that bubble represents a single data point: Alex Rodriguez. If you move to the much larger group of players between ages 22 and 24, the odds drop into the 50 percent range.On the other hand, some players who never managed a stronger two-year stretch still managed a strong third season immediately after their initial two-year breakout. In such cases, they may set a new two-year “peak” that overlaps the original. Thus, while never replicating their original two-year performance, they end up with a better two years on the books. This is the most likely time for a player to establish a new “peak,” because pulling it off only takes one well-timed season instead of two.Of the 75 players who achieved 15-plus WAR over two seasons, only 22 managed to replicate or exceed the feat later in their career. But an additional 15 improved their benchmark the following season. Counting these cases, the odds of a player’s two-year performance being his two-year peak drop substantially. Factoring this in and cleaning up the data a bit (I put the players in rolling 3-year age groups) gives us a result like this:For Trout’s case, there are a few other factors to consider:Cutting both ways: Trout’s numbers are higher than average in his age group. This makes it more likely that he’s a uniquely great player, but it also makes the numbers inherently less likely to be surpassed.Cutting in his favor: Trout was 21 last season, and his group covers players age 21 to 23. This gives him a slightly longer career ahead, and thus more chances to put up better seasons. Further, having pulled off such great numbers at such an early age probably increases the chances that he’s truly special. But there’s not really enough data to demonstrate this effect.Cutting against him: Trout is probably less likely to achieve a new two-year peak this year, because the strongest of the two seasons in this run was the first. Improving on his peak will require him posting better than 10.8 WAR — a feat which has happened only 22 times before, six of which were by Babe Ruth. (Also, though outside the scope of this post, it’s possible that the aging curve is no longer as favorable as it used to be).All things considered, the answer to whether Trout has peaked yet is “probably not,” though I think it’s far from being as much of a certainty as many people seem to think. Even some of the Hall of Famers mentioned above peaked early, and Trout’s start has been so strong that he could potentially do the same and still end up joining them.
Update (July 13, 6:10 p.m.): Germany won the World Cup on Sunday, defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time.In the fall of 2000, 11-year-old soccer wunderkind Thomas Muller left TSV Pahl, the local team near his hometown of Weilheim in Oberbayern,1For whom he once scored 120 of the team’s 165 goals in a season. and joined Bayern Munich’s youth academy. That same year, 22-year-old Miroslav Klose was co-leading the Bundesliga club FCK in goals, becoming a star in his own right. Fourteen years later, they’re both on the same Germany squad, with Muller chasing the World Cup goals record that Klose just tied. In Germany, one generation is being eclipsed by the next.On Thursday, the United States will have to tussle with both. The U.S. faces Muller, Klose and the rest of the German juggernaut in a match that FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup prediction model gives the Americans only a 15 percent chance of winning.2Luckily for the Americans, they don’t need to defeat Germany outright in order to advance to the knockout round. They can survive with a draw, or even a loss (pending the outcome of Thursday’s Portugal-Ghana match), which is a very good thing from an American perspective. Die Nationalmannschaft ranks as the third-best national squad3But the first-best nationalmannschaft. in the world according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI), and it boasts the most potent offensive attack of any team. It is the United States’ most stout opponent yet.Germany has been nearly this good for four World Cups running. It finished in the top three in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups, a feat that’s usually only accomplished when a country is experiencing a “golden generation” of talent. That’s when a rare confluence of gifted footballers simultaneously spring forth to lead their national team to glory. Germany had one of those over the past decade, with forwards such as Klose and Lukas Podolski, defenders Philipp Lahm, Arne Friedrich and Per Mertesacker, and midfielders Michael Ballack and Bastian Schweinsteiger.By the time such a group is in its third World Cup cycle, though, its heyday is almost always over. Indeed, Ballack and Friedrich are retired, and the rest are either on the wrong side of 30 — Klose, while still on the national team, is ancient at 36 — or rapidly approaching it. But this year’s German side isn’t being carried by the dimming stars of days past. Rather, it has produced an entirely new golden generation, right on the heels of the previous one, and led by the likes of Muller. This latest crop of players could go even further than their predecessors ever ventured; the FiveThirtyEight model thinks the Germans are the third-most likely team to win the Cup, giving them an 11 percent chance.The possibilities of this new era were apparent at the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championships, when Germany’s team navigated its way to the final and trounced England 4-0 to claim the tournament crown. Including Muller, eight of Germany’s 11 most-used players in this World Cup suited up for that 2009 U-21 side, either in friendlies or the Euro Championships. The talent of Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels was already apparent on that team.4Mario Gotze barely missed that group; he was on Germany’s Under-17 team in 2009.A half-decade later, the whiz kids of the 2009 U-21 squad are fueling a top World Cup contender. The Germans aren’t the youngest team left in the tournament, according to my calculations (although they are somewhat close). Their roster, however, is structured in a way that maximizes production from players in the primes of their careers.For every team bound for the World Cup’s knockout stage (or more than 30 percent likely to advance, according to the FiveThirtyEight model), I computed the average age of the roster — and the standard deviation thereof — weighted by a combination of playing time and in-game performance.5Using each player’s percentage of team minutes played, adjusted up or down by how his WhoScored rating compared to the typical average of 6.75. The Germans are the fourth-youngest team likely to advance by this measure of weighted average age (behind Nigeria, Belgium and Switzerland), but more important, they have the third-smallest weighted standard deviation of ages (trailing only Chile and Argentina). More of Germany’s players, in other words, are in their prime.According to research from British journalist Simon Kuper,6Co-author of “Soccernomics,” which I wrote about here. soccer players enter their primes sometime between age 23 (for attacking players) and 25 (for defenders), and they stay in relative peak form until age 31. Not coincidentally, by my measure above, only two other national teams (Chile and Argentina) have received a larger share of their contributions in this World Cup from players ages 23 to 31, and nobody has gotten more from its players between the ages of 22 and 30.7I’m measuring the amount of contribution received from a given player by looking at how much of the team’s playing time he received, and also whether he produced more or less than an average player in that time, according to WhoScored’s player ratings (which use Opta data to gauge how well a player has performed). The WhoScored rating is an admittedly rough metric, but as far as all-in-one player indices go, it correlates fairly well with standings points at the team level. (This is not the ultimate test of a stat’s validity — to a certain extent, any metric with a strong enough “team adjustment” can appear to correlate well with team performance — but that’s another debate for another day.) Klose is the lone German outside of that age range to even take the field so far in the World Cup.Granted, Klose, Schweinsteiger and Podolski are still highly useful players; last Saturday, Klose scored as a substitute against Ghana to tie Ronaldo for the all-time lead in career World Cup goals, and Schweinsteiger is likely to start against the U.S. with Jerome Boateng sidelined due to injury. But for a team coming off three deep World Cup runs, the last two of which leaned heavily on the same venerated group, Germany’s veterans are not being asked to play a very substantial role this summer. And that wouldn’t be the case if Germany hadn’t built an impressive infrastructure for developing young soccer talent.As Nicholas Kulish wrote for the New York Times in 2012, Germany’s prolific soccer pipeline traces its roots back nearly a decade before its up-and-coming youth team met England for the Under-21 title in 2009. Following a nightmarish performance8Two losses, one draw and zero wins. at Euro 2000, Kulish noted, German officials (with plenty of backing from top club teams) massively re-invested in the country’s youth soccer system, including the launch of new academies, training centers and coaching programs at an expense of almost $1 billion. Years into the future, the result is a booming Bundesliga — and a flourishing national team.In many ways, Muller is the poster child for this reformation. When he enlisted with Bayern’s youth academy 14 years ago, it was almost precisely as German youth soccer was receiving its aforementioned stimulus package. Muller’s generation was the first to reap its benefits, and it’s probably not a coincidence that Germany’s current World Cup roster is so heavy with his contemporaries.Whatever the cause, in five years, Germany’s current crop of stars has matured from promising prospects on that U-21 squad to the most instrumental members of the senior national team. Several weeks ago, the Germans were something of a dark horse among the top contenders in this World Cup field. Before the tournament, none of ESPN’s 18 polled panelists picked Germany to win it all; nor did any of those queried by the BBC or Sports Illustrated (one lone writer from NBC’s ProSoccerTalk went with Germany). Now it’s clear that there’s another golden German generation on the pitch, and it’s almost completely in its prime.
Manchester United have fined Anthony Martial for two weeks wages after the player went AWOL during the club’s tour of the United States, according to This Is Futbol.Reports in the English press suggest that Frenchman has been fined £180,000 after he flew to Paris for the birth of his newborn baby boy.Martial was supposed to return to pre-season training with United after the child’s birth but the forward has missed eight days of training with the club as speculation over his future with Jose Mourinho’s team continues to be an issue.It is understood that the manager would rather sell him but the club hierarchy are keen to retain his services as they believe in his enormous potential.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…There is talk of the former Monaco player being offered to French side Paris Saint-Germain for £70million, according to a few media outlets in France.Martial has been linked with a move to fellow Premier League rivals, with reports also suggesting that German Bundesliga duo of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are interested in his services.
Burnley Manager Sean Dyche is facing an uphill battle in Turkey as his team prepares to face Istanbul Basaksehir with just 17 players in their UEFA Europa League qualifier clash.After overcoming Scottish side Aberdeen in the last qualifying round, Burnley will be hoping to continue their first European adventure in 52 years when they come against Turkey’s Istanbul Basaksehir.The Turkish team finished third in the Super Lig last season and could provide a sterner test for Burnley on Thursday in the first leg with a number of players injured for the English side.“We’re a little bit limited in terms of our playing personnel,” Dyche told reporters ahead of the game on Thursday, according to Sky Sports.“Chris Woods is suffering from an infection, while Steven Defour and Robbie Brady still remain out with injury. So at the moment we’re down to just 17 players.”Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We’ve included Ben Gibson and Joe Hart in the squad and they could feature if needed.”Burnley are currently in the middle of a goalkeeping crisis with Tom Heaton and Nick Pope out injured and Hart could feature for the Clarets after completing a surprise move to the club from Manchester City.“He’s in good shape and clear minded. He knows he’ll have to work for his place in the team and I believe he’s up to the challenge.” Dyche said.Burnley will also be without new signing Matej Vydra who joined the club from Derby this week.The striker is still working on his fitness due to a lack of preseason with his former club.
British American Tobacco (BAT), the world’s second-biggest tobacco group, has made a premium offer of $47 billion to acquire the remaining 58 percent stake in America’s second-largest cigarette company Reynolds. The offer of $56.50 per share to Reynolds’s investors is about 20 percent more to BAT’s closing price of £46.66 on Friday on the London Stock Exchange. “The proposed merger of our two great companies is the logical progression in our relationship. It offers all shareholders a stake in a stronger, truly global tobacco and next-generation products company,” Nicandro Durante, BAT’s chief executive of BAT was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.The BAT offer to Reynolds’s investors consists of $24.13 in cash and $32.37 in shares.If the deal goes through, it would create the world’s largest cigarette company.BAT’s cigarette brands include Dunhill, Benson & Hedges, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans, while Reynolds American owns Newport, Camel and Pall Mall.BAT’s 2015 revenues (after deducting duty, excise and other taxes) stood at £13,104 million and the company sold 663 billion cigarettes in more than 200 markets globally last year. America is the second-largest cigarette market after China and the deal will enable BAT to consolidate its business in the lucrative market where Reynolds already has 35 percent market share.The combined valuation of BAT, presuming the deal goes though, would be about £157 billion, reported The Guardian. An analyst told the publication that the proposed merger was ideal for BAT.The offer made “perfect sense, pivoting BAT further towards the high-value US market, consolidating some strong brands and Reynolds’ position in next-generation tobacco,” Guy Ellison, the head of UK equities at Investec Wealth & Investment, said.Globally, about 5,600 billion cigarettes are sold every year, estimated at £450-£500 billion, according to BAT. Awareness about the harmful effects of cigarette smoking is leading to a decline in volume sales in developed countries, but the dynamics of demographic profile and lifestyle in emerging countries augurs well for cigarette makers.Cigarette companies in China’s neighbouring country India include ITC, Godfrey Phillips and VST Industries.
A screenshot of the intimate scene from The Wedding Guest.Screen shotRadhika Apte is one of the few actresses who do not shy away from doing bold scenes in India. From donning bikinis to doing lovemaking scenes on-screen, the actress has courageously enacted such sequences with ease and dignity.The actress, like others, has no apprehensions doing bold scenes. “I have been brought up watching world cinema and I have travelled a lot so I am very comfortable with my body. I have seen people performing nude on stage in India and abroad,” she was quoted as saying by IANS.Time and again, Radhika Apte has stated that she doesn’t get ashamed of her body and uses it as a “tool” as a performer. And it clearly sums up her worldview.As a result, she has done more bold scenes than her contemporaries in the country. The amusing factor is every time she enacts nude scenes or intimate sequences for movies, it gets leaked online and becomes the talk of the town.She is once again in news for her lovemaking sequence with Dev Patel from their British-American film The Wedding Guest hitting the internet. Her nude scene and the clip of their intimate moments are now going viral.Michael Winterbottom directed The Wedding Guest had its premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2018. It hit the screens in the US in March.Although the film was released a couple of months ago, the clips have surfaced only now.
The front end damage of the van that the driver used to hit several pedestrians in Toronto, Ontario, on Monday where at least 10 people were killed and 16 others wounded when a driver rammed his rental van into a crowd of pedestrians in downtown. Photo: AFPAt least 10 people have died after a man plowed a white rental van into a crowd of pedestrians in Canada’s biggest city Toronto on Monday, in what police dubbed a “deliberate” attack.The incident took place in broad daylight around 16 kilometers (10 miles) from a conference center hosting a meeting of G7 ministers, but officials said they had no evidence of a link to the event.“The actions definitely looked deliberate,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told journalists.Ralph Goodale, the minister of public security, added that “on the basis of all available information at the present time, there would appear to be no national security connection to this particular incident.”“Horrible day in Toronto,” he had posted earlier on Twitter. “Senseless violence takes heavy toll.”Police arrested a suspect at the scene—who police identified later as 25-year-old Alex Minassian from a northern Toronto suburb—of the attack, whose initial death toll of nine jumped to 10 after one person succumbed to injuries.Fifteen people remained in hospitals throughout the city, Saunders said, adding that local, provincial and federal investigators were probing the case.At the scene, at least three bodies could be seen under orange sheets and a long stretch of road was sealed off with police incident tape.The suspect and a police officer faced off, their guns drawn. The suspect eventually surrendered his weapon and was taken into custody.Vehicle attacks have been carried out to deadly effect by extremists in a number of capitals and major cities, including London, Paris, New York and Nice.Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the G7 meeting would continue as planned into Tuesday, with officials discussing ways to secure democratic societies from foreign interference.“The work of the ministers obviously goes on. This is a very sad day for the people of Toronto and the people of Canada,” she said.‘Really fast’Officers were called to the scene—on Yonge Street at the corner with Finch Avenue—around 1:30 pm (1730 GMT), police said.A white rental van with a dented front bumper was stopped on the sidewalk of a major intersection, surrounded by police vehicles.“He was going really fast,” witness Alex Shaker told CTV television.“All I could see was just people one by one getting knocked out, knocked out, one by one,” Shaker said. “There are so many people lying down on the streets.”Another witness, Jamie Eopni, told local Toronto television station CP24: “It was crashing into everything. It destroyed a bench. If anybody was on that street, they would have been hit on the sidewalk.”‘Deliberate’ but no terror linkThough the act seemed “deliberate,” officials did not identify a terror link.Canada has only rarely been the scene of terror attacks.In October, a man stabbed a police officer in the western city of Edmonton before slamming his van into a group of pedestrians, hurting four people.And in Quebec in October 2014, a Canadian man ran over two soldiers in a parking lot with his car, killing one of them. The driver was shot dead by police when he attacked them with a knife.In March 2016, a Canadian who claimed to have radical Islamist sympathies attacked two soldiers at a military recruitment center in Toronto.
Picture taken at the Port of Veracruz, in Veracruz State, Mexico, on 27 August, 2018. Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called Monday for a three-way trade deal with the United States and Canada, saying a two-way agreement reached with the US was just a first stepBack against the wall or holding all the cards: Analysts were split on Canada’s position in continental trade negotiations after US president Donald Trump announced a breakthrough deal with Mexico on Monday.Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland immediately interrupted a trip to France, Germany and Ukraine and headed to Washington to resume trilateral negotiations to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a “constructive conversation” with Trump on the progress with Mexico, the prime minister’s office said.The leaders now “look forward to having their teams engage this week with a view to a successful conclusion of negotiations.”But in the announcement with Mexican officials, Trump took a hard line and said Ottawa would be left on the sidelines.Trilateral talks started a year ago at the behest of Trump, who railed against the original 1994 pact calling it a “ripoff” and a “disaster,” but now seems eager to close a new deal before the US midterm elections in November.Mexico’s outgoing government also is keen to have a deal in place before handing off to incoming president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on 1 December.Lopez Obrador called for a three-way trade deal, saying “it’s important that Canada also be included.”US and Mexican officials met separately over the past five weeks to hammer out key bilateral issues before announcing the agreement that updates provisions on financial services, labour and e-commerce, and importantly the auto trade.“Canada is (now) going to be presented with more of a take-it-or-leave-it offer,” CIBC Economics analyst Avery Shenfeld said.Although the Mexicans have insisted on a deal that includes Canada, “by saying Canada could be left out, the US is threatening to take a tough line in those talks,” he noted.University of Ottawa professor Patrick Leblond told AFP, “president Trump wanted to get a win quickly, at least publicly. And he thinks this will put pressure on Canada to get a deal.“The big question is what do the Americans want from Canada to reach a trilateral deal,” he said.Trump said he would not stand for continue high tariffs on US dairy products, and threatened to simply keep Canada out and impose tariffs on autos.Leblond said it would be political suicide for Trudeau’s Liberal administration, with one year before a general election, to give in to US demands for significantly greater access to Canada’s protected dairy market.“If they want Canada to ditch (dairy) supply management, I don’t see how the Liberals could sell that to Canadians in an election year,” he said. “It’s too much of a risk politically.”The opposition Conservatives also sounded alarms.“I am troubled that despite the fact that NAFTA grew out of the Canada-US free trade agreement, Mexico appears to have usurped our role as the key US trade partner,” lawmaker and trade critic Erin O’Toole said.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer tweeted that “Canada is on the outside looking in while Canadian jobs hang in the balance.”He blamed Trudeau, saying “his economic failures have ruined Canada’s bargaining position and jeopardized thousands of jobs.”Good start’ or ‘catastrophic’But Jerry Dias of the Canadian auto workers union said what’s on the table “is a good start” and “significant.”He pointed to labour and rules of origin provisions broadly outlined in the Mexico-US deal that he said Trudeau’s negotiators are seeking.“A lot of people are viewing this as a negative but I don’t see that at all,” he told AFP. “Canada has been leading the charge for raising Mexican workers’ standard of living.”The US-Mexico agreement has tougher new protections for collective bargaining, and requires 40 per cent of autos receiving duty-free treatment to come from factories where workers make at least US$16 an hour.“Mexico made a quantum shift from where they were thanks, I think, to their new president who argued that NAFTA was terrible for Mexican workers who got the jobs but not the pay,” he said.University of Laval professor Louis Belanger agreed, explaining that the US-Mexico issues were obstacles to reaching an accord and needed to be resolved separately before trilateral negotiations could continue.But he said a quick conclusion to trilateral negotiations appears unlikely.“What has happened is not that the Americans or the Mexicans have decided to go faster between them, it’s just that over the last few months, the Americans have arrived at the negotiating table with requests that specifically targeted Mexico, especially with respect to their proposals in the auto sector,” Belanger said.He added that Canada must “try to take advantage of the situation and the time that is running out to pull even more concessions or hope that the Americans will abandon a number of their demands.”“The catastrophic scenario” for Canada, Belanger said, would be for the Trump administration “to quit NAFTA and sign a partial agreement with Mexico.”
Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Faith groups seek afterlife for shuttered churches in Canada By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Share This! Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagsdata evangelicals homepage featured nones polling religiously unaffiliated,You may also like Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — In a shift that stands to impact both religion and politics, survey data suggests that the percentage of Americans who don’t affiliate with any specific religious tradition is now roughly the same as those who identify as evangelical or Catholic.According to newly released General Social Survey data analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, Americans claiming “no religion” — sometimes referred to as “nones” because of how they answer the question “what is your religious tradition?” — now represent about 23.1 percent of the population, up from 21.6 percent in 2016. People claiming evangelicalism, by contrast, now represent 22.5 percent of Americans, a slight dip from 23.9 percent in 2016.That makes the two groups statistically tied with Catholics (23 percent) as the largest religious — or nonreligious — groupings in the country.“Nones have been on the march for a long time now,” Burge said. “It’s been a constant, steady increase for 20 years now. If the trend line kept up, we knew this was going to happen.”The 2018 GSS was just released and there’s some big news. Those of “no religion” (23.1%) are statistically the same size as evangelicals (22.8%). There was also a small resurgence of mainline Protestants, while Catholics are down 3% in the last four years. pic.twitter.com/uiyDSe7M6f— Ryan Burge 📊 (@ryanburge) March 20, 2019The shift could signify coming political changes. Evangelicals often lean conservative and are known to have outsized influence on American elections: According to exit polls, white evangelicals alone made up 26 percent of the electorate in 2016, even as their share of the American population has dipped far below that, according to Public Religion Research Institute.“Evangelicals punch way above their weight,” Burge said. “They turn out a bunch at the ballot box. That’s largely a function of the fact that they’re white and they’re old.”A rising tide of religiously unaffiliated voters — a group that a 2016 PRRI analysis found skews young and liberal — could potentially offset that influence. But the same PRRI analysis also noted that religiously unaffiliated Americans do not vote in the same percentages as evangelicals, and are often underrepresented at the polls.As such, the most immediate impact of the rise in religiously unaffiliated is likely to be felt in religious communities themselves, where their absence will be noted. Even then, those who claim “no religion” are not inherently atheists or agnostics: A 2017 Pew Research survey found that only 22 percent of “nones” listed not believing in God as the most important reason for their lack of religious affiliation.But while most religious groups in the GSS survey either saw dips in affiliation or remained roughly consistent — such as black Protestants and those listed as “other faiths” — one group did see an increase: Mainline Protestants, who have been declining at a steady clip for decades, saw their numbers tick up slightly, from 10.2 percent to 10.8 percent.Even so, Burge noted that the change is not statistically significant, and more years would have to pass to register if it signifies a resurgence among mainliners. In the meantime, he pointed to another trend: The rise of the religiously unaffiliated tracks closely with the decline of mainline Protestantism beginning in the early 1990s.“The biggest story is that ‘no religion’ is coming from the mainline,” he said. “Mainliners are jumping ship.” Christian financial planner praised by Robert Jeffress facing Ponzi scheme charges By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019
A coalition of Maryland organizations joined with officials, legislators and community members to rally in support of the Red and Purple lines in Annapolis March 9. (Courtesy Photos)With the 2015 session of the Maryland General Assembly in full swing, supporters of myriad causes have been making the pilgrimage to Annapolis. On March 9, it was the supporters of the Purple and Red subway lines, both of which are on the verge of beginning construction.Over 150 community members, business leaders and elected officials, including Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, gathered to signal legislators and the governor’s mansion that neither delay nor cancellation of the projects is acceptable. The warning came in light of alleged delays by Gov. Hogan’s administration, which they say is jeopardizing nearly $2 billion in federal funding.“If we scrap these projects and dream up new ones each time there is an election, Maryland will not build the infrastructure it needs to provide a high quality of life and a competitive economy,” said Grant Corley of Red Line Now, according to a statement. “The Red Line and Purple Line projects have been in development for decades, and now Governor Hogan’s administration has the opportunity to put people to work and inject the investment into the economy in year one.”A coalition of Maryland organizations joined with officials, legislators and community members to rally in support of the Red and Purple lines in Annapolis March 9. (Courtesy Photos)The transit lines are expected to stimulate significant economic activity and investment. “The Purple Line will create over 27,000 permanent jobs, generate billions of dollars in new economic activity, and provide a vital east-west transit connection between the University of Maryland and job centers like Silver Spring and Bethesda in Maryland’s inner suburbs,” said Ralph Bennett, of Purple Line Now.“We probably have somewhere in the neighborhood of 85,000 to 100,000 jobs in the pipeline in Montgomery County,” Leggett added, “and what is tied to all of that is transportation, and most specifically transit. There is no Plan B for the Purple Line; any backup is a mild substitute, and we all will suffer.”Baltimore business leaders also stressed the Red Line’s economic impact. “The Red Line will not only transform the city’s rail transit into a connected, comprehensive system, it will be an important factor in attracting people and investment to Baltimore,” said Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee.Residents are also eager for the projects to be finally underway given their potential to cut back on longer and frustrating, traffic-choked commutes. According to the National Household Transportation Survey, 30 percent of Maryland residents aged 16 and older take transit at least once per month, the fourth-highest of any state.
Citation: New carbon allotrope could have a variety of applications (2011, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-carbon-allotrope-variety-applications.html (PhysOrg.com) — Carbon comes in many different forms, and now scientists have predicted another new form, or allotrope, of carbon. The new form of carbon, which they call T-carbon, has very intriguing physical properties that suggest that it could have a wide variety of applications. The scientists, Xian-Lei Sheng, Qing-Bo Yan, Fei Ye, Qing-Rong Zheng, and Gang Su, from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, have published their study on the first-principles calculations of T-carbon in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.Allotropes are formed when the atoms in a substance that contains only one type of atom are arranged differently. Although many substances have multiple allotropes, carbon has the greatest number of known allotropes. The three best-known carbon allotropes are amorphous carbon (such as coal and soot), graphite, and diamond. Since the 1980s, scientists have been synthesizing newer allotropes, including carbon nanotubes, graphene, and fullerenes, all of which have had a significant scientific and technological impact.With more recent advances in synthetic tools, scientists have been investigating a wide variety of new – and sometimes elusive – carbon allotropes. In light of these investigations, Sheng, et al., write in their study that it appears that we might be entering the era of carbon allotropes.Here, the scientists explained how to obtain a new carbon allotrope by substituting each carbon atom in diamond with a carbon tetrahedron (hence the name “T-carbon”). They were inspired by the substitution of each carbon atom in methane with a carbon tetrahedron, which forms tetrahedrane.“[Our study] adds a possible new allotrope of carbon with amazing properties,” Su told PhysOrg.com. “T-carbon has bond angles different from graphite and diamond, but the interesting structure is still quite stable and has the same group symmetry as diamond, thereby widening people’s vision and knowledge on carbon bonding.”Each unit cell of the T-carbon structure contains two tetrahedrons with eight carbon atoms. As the scientists’ calculations showed, T-carbon is thermodynamically stable at ambient pressure and is a semiconductor. T-carbon is one-third softer than diamond, which is the hardest known natural material. The new carbon allotrope also has a much lower density than diamond, making it “fluffy.” The structure of the new carbon allotrope, T-carbon, is shown from different directions. T-carbon is obtained by replacing each carbon atom in diamond with a carbon tetrahedron. Image credit: Sheng, et al. ©2011 American Physical Society. 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. Explore further Copyright 2010 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. Structure of new form of super-hard carbon identified The scientists also calculated that T-carbon has large interspaces between atoms compared to other forms of carbon, which could make it potentially useful for hydrogen storage. In addition, the unique physical properties of this new carbon allotrope make it a promising material for photocatalysis, adsorption, and aerospace applications.“We believe that, if obtained, T-carbon is so fluffy that it can be used to store hydrogen, lithium, and other small molecules for energy purposes,” Su said. “It can be used as photocatalysis for water-splitting to generate hydrogen, or as an adsorption material for environmental protection. As it has very low density but a high modulus and hardness, it is quite suitable for aerospace materials, sports materials like a tennis racket, golf club, etc., and cruiser skin, and so forth.”The scientists also noted that T-carbon could have astronomical implications as a potential component of interstellar dust and carbon exoplanets.“There is a long-standing puzzle in astronomy known as the ‘carbon crisis’ in interstellar dust,” Su said. “Observations by the Hubble telescope revealed that the carbon budget in dust is deep in the red, and there is not sufficient carbon in dust to account for the light distortions.”In addition, the exoplanet WASP-12b has recently been found to have a large amount of carbon, making it the first carbon-rich exoplanet ever discovered. Since the structure of the carbon in WASP-12b is still unclear, T-carbon might also be one of possible candidates for this carbon planet.To investigate T-carbon further, the researchers would like to synthesize the new allotrope in the lab, although they say that this would likely be very difficult.“A synthesis of T-carbon in the lab poses a great challenge for materials scientists and chemists,” Su said. “We suggest the following ways: using the CVD technique under a negative pressure environment; detonation on diamond or graphite; crystallization of amorphous tetragonal carbon; or stretching cubic diamond under extremely large strength.” More information: Xian-Lei Sheng, et al. “T-Carbon: A Novel Carbon Allotrope.” Physical Review Letters 106, 155703 (2011). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.155703
Emergent population of Aulacomnium turgidum from beneath the Tear Drop Glacier, Sverdrup Pass, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. Credit: Catherine La Farge. The research team ventured to the Canadian Arctic Archipelago to see what changes were occurring in the Arctic due to global warming—the Teardrop Glacier on Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, they note, has retreated more than 650 feet over the past several hundred years. Just next to the glacier’s edge, the team found some green growth among clumps of exposed dead plant material that had been under the ice for centuries. Intrigued, they collected some samples and brought them back to their lab for study. Emergent population of Aulacomnium turgidum from beneath the Tear Drop Glacier, Sverdrup Pass, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. Credit: Catherine La Farge. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2013 Phys.org Explore further The team put 24 cultures in an ideal environment and found that 11 of them began to grow, representing four distinct taxa. The plants, known as bryophytes—moss, lichen, liverworts, etc—don’t have vascular tissue to pump fluids, a property that helps them survive in very cold climates. Carbon dating of the samples showed that the plants had been living approximately 400 to 615 years ago—a time just before the Little Ice Age (1550-1850). Byrophytes have another property, called totipotency that allows any cell of the plant to reproduce and grow into a whole new plant. The findings dispel the common belief that land exposed by melting glaciers becomes populated by new plant growth exclusively via seeds or spores carried by the wind. Instead, some plants lying frozen beneath the ice are apparently able to survive and begin growing again when the environment changes. This suggests that Earth scientists will have to take a new look at models meant to portray how ecosystems recover from glaciers after they retreat. In vitro culture of Aulacomnium turgidum regenerated from emergent Little Ice Age population beneath the Tear Drop Glacier, Sverdrup Pass, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. Credit: Catherine La Farge More information: “Regeneration of Little Ice Age bryophytes emerging from a polar glacier with implications of totipotency in extreme environments,” by Catherine La Farge, Krista H. Williams, and John H. England. PNAS, 2013. To be available at www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1304199110AbstractAcross the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, widespread ice retreat during the 20th century has sharply accelerated since 2004. In Sverdrup Pass, central Ellesmere Island, rapid glacier retreat is exposing intact plant communities whose radiocarbon dates demonstrate entombment during the Little Ice Age (1550–1850 AD). The exhumed bryophyte assemblages have exceptional structural integrity (i.e., setae, stem structures, leaf hair points) and have remarkable species richness (60 of 144 extant taxa in Sverdrup Pass). Although the populations are often discolored (blackened), some have developed green stem apices or lateral branches suggesting in vivo regrowth. To test their biological viability, Little Ice Age populations emerging from the ice margin were collected for in vitro growth experiments. Our results include a unique successful regeneration of subglacial bryophytes following 400 y of ice entombment. This ﬁnding demonstrates the totipotent capacity of bryophytes, the ability of a cell to dedifferentiate into a meristematic state (analogous to stem cells) and develop a new plant. In polar ecosystems, regrowth of bryophyte tissue buried by ice for 400 y signiﬁcantly expands our understanding of their role in recolonization of polar landscapes (past or present). Regeneration of subglacial bryophytes broadens the concept of Ice Age refugia, traditionally conﬁned to survival of land plants to sites above and beyond glacier margins. Our results emphasize the unrecognized resilience of bryophytes, which are commonly overlooked vis-a-vis their contribution to the establishment, colonization, and maintenance of polar terrestrial ecosystems.Press release How the ice ages ended The researchers note that plants aren’t the only type of life being exposed by melting glaciers—cyanobacteria and green terrestrial algae have also been spotted, some of which haven’t ever been seen before. 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. Citation: Researchers find 400 year old Ice Age plants in Arctic able to grow anew as glaciers retreat (2013, May 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-year-arctic-anew-glaciers-retreat.html (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from the University of Alberta led by, Catherine La Farge, has found that mosses and liverworts covered by ice over 400 years ago and now exposed due to glacial melting, are able to start growing again. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how carbon dating showed the plants to be from a time just prior to the Little Ice Age. Catherine La Farge gets an up-close look at bryophytes uncovered by the retreating Teardrop Glacier on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
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