We want to win La Liga this season: Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui

first_imgThe European champions Real Madrid are still to bring in a player to replace all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who signed for Juventus in the ongoing transfer window.However, newly-appointed coach Julen Lopetegui says he is happy with the squad he has.”Right now we’re focusing on getting the best out of the squad we have which is a squad we love, we have a lot of talent and we’re going to work with it,” Lopetegui said ahead of their first match against Getafe.”We like the players we have and I have no doubts about the squad I have. Our players have a fantastic attitude, and people are going to see a Madrid side with a lot of talent. The important players are the ones that are here, not the ones that are not.”The club’s only new arrivals so far have been right back Alvaro Odriozola, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and 18-year-old Brazilian forward Vinicius Jr.Important back up players Theo Hernandez and Mateo Kovacic meanwhile have been loaned out to Real Sociedad and Chelsea respectively.Lopetegui, however, said the main thing on his mind was getting off to a strong start in the league as Madrid look to compensate for their woeful last campaign, when they finished 17 points behind champions Barcelona and below Atletico Madrid.Madrid have already started the season on the backfoot by losing 4-2 to Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.”We have to focus on our games right now because the three points tomorrow are worth the same as all the other games, so we have to realise the season is starting now,” added the former Spain coach, who faces a daunting task following Zinedine Zidane’s trophy-laden two-and-a-half-year tenure.advertisement”I’m really impressed with the enthusiasm the players have to revindicate themselves and with the talent they have.”We want to win this league title, it’s the competition which examines your work every day. My biggest concern is to make sure we are capable of competing.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Espanyol vs Real Madrid: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPrimera División Espanyol vs Real Madrid: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 18:15 2/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Karim Benzema Real Madrid Getty Images Primera División Real Madrid Espanyol v Real Madrid Espanyol The capital club will hope to come out of Catalunya clutching all three points as they aim to continue their resurgence Real Madrid make the trip to Catalunya on Tuesday as they take on Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium in La Liga.Zinedine Zidane’s men have finally found form in recent weeks and they are on a seven-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.When it comes to the Liga they have won six of their last seven matches, drawing once, and those results have seen them rise to third in the table. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madrid remain seven points behind second-place Atletico Madrid, but they will be confident of carrying on their impressive run, having already beaten their hosts this season. Game Espanyol vs Real Madrid Date Tuesday February 27 Time 19:00 GMT / 14:00 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Mix and it can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Mix Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Espanyol players Goalkeepers P. Lopez, Diego Lopez, A. Lopez Defenders Navarro, Martin, Naldo, Duarte, Vila, J. Lopez, Hermoso, S. Sanchez Midfielders V. Sanchez, C. Sanchez, Jurado, Melendo, David Lopez, Piatti, Roca, Granero, Darder Forwards Moreno, S. Garcia, Baptistao Quique Sanchez Flores doesn’t have many injury issues to worry about, but Marc Roca is expected to be unavailable.Potential Espanyol starting XI: Diego Lopez; Martin, David Lopez, Duarte, V. Sanchez; Piatti, C. Sanchez, Darder, Granero; Baptistao, Moreno. Position Real Madrid players Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Luca Defenders Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Achraf, Nacho, Theo Midfielders Isco, Ceballos, Asensio, Llorente, Kovacic, Vazquez, Oscar Forwards Bale, Benzema, Mayoral There are concerns over the availability of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Marcelo, while Jesus Vallejo is definitely out.Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested once again by Zidane, while Casemiro has been forced out with a stomach complaint.Potential Real Madrid starting XI: Navas; Theo, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane; Asensio, Kovacic, Isco, Vazquez; Bale, Benzema.Betting & Match Odds Real Madrid are in good form and they are 1/2 favourites to win according to dabblebet . Home side Espanyol are priced at 11/2 and a draw is available at 7/2.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid PSG Champions LeagueReal Madrid appear to have emerged from a slump that threatened Zidane’s job, but Los Blancos still have a long road to travel in order to salvage their season.They have put together a seven-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, including a convincing 3-1 win over PSG in the Champions League last 16, and crucially, Cristiano Ronaldo has found his proverbial shooting boots.It is no surprise to see the Portuguese star to the fore in the capital club’s upturn in fortunes and, with 12 goals in his last seven appearances, Zidane will be hoping that he can maintain that level of performance. He will, however, play no part against Espanyol as the Blancos seek to keep a talismanic presence fresh.There are also a number of injury concerns for the capital club to contend with as they head to Catalunya, with the likes of Modric, Kroos and Marcelo missing action in recent weeks, but they have managed to persevere nonetheless.Madrid’s hosts Espanyol are at a low ebb currently, having not won since beating Barcelona in the Copa del Rey mid-way through January, but bearing in mind their capacity for upsets, the visitors will have to be on the watch against complacency.last_img read more

Capital Adds Newbuilding, Lands New Charters

first_imgzoom Nasdaq-listed owner and operator of tanker, container and dry bulk ships Capital Product Partners has taken delivery of the 50,000 dwt newbuilding tanker M/T Active, and agreed on new time charter employment for two of its tankers at increased day rates.M/T Active was built by South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries, and it is the first of five vessels Capital agreed to acquire from their sponsor, Capital Maritime & Trading Corp.The USD 33.5 million purchase price for the M/T Active was funded through a drawdown of USD 16.8 million under a senior secured credit facility with ING Bank N.V., and available cash, including the proceeds of the equity offering completed in September 2014.The M/T Active is chartered to Capital Maritime for a minimum charter term of 24 months (+/- 30 days) at a gross daily charter rate of USD 17,000 plus 50/50 profit share on actual earnings settled every six months.The additional four vessels Capital Product bought from Capital Maritime comprise three newbuild 9,160 TEU eco-flex container ships under construction at Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries with expected deliveries in June, August and November 2015 and an additional eco medium range product tanker under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries, with expected delivery in June 2015.In addition, Capital Product has a right of first refusal over six newbuilding eco medium range product tankers built by Samsung Heavy Industries.The three container ships are scheduled to enter into five-year time charter employment to CMA-CGM S.A., and the medium range product tanker is scheduled to enter into two-year time charter employment to Capital Maritime.The company also extended the time charter employment of the 162,397 dwt crude carrier M/T Militiadis M II to Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), for eleven months (+/- 30 days) at an increased daily rate of USD 33,000 gross. Previously, the vessel earned USD 28,000 gross per day. The new charter is expected to commence in April 2015.The 47,834 dwt M/T Avax has secured employment to Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) for three years (+/- 30 days) at USD 15,400 gross per day. The charter is expected to commence at the end of April 2015. The vessel is currently earning USD 14,750 gross per day under its time charter employment with Capital Maritime.last_img read more

John Abraham Emraan Hashmi in Sanjay Guptas next gangster drama

first_imgMumbai: Actors John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi have been locked to feature in filmmaker Sanjay Gupta’s upcoming gangster drama. The film is set in the 1980s and 1990s and in a fictionalised manner revolves around the key events that turned Bombay to Mumbai. According to a press release, the untitled drama will chronicle the closing of mills, the murder of a key businessman, the nexus between politicians, cops, the underworld and the business fraternity of the city. “It’s my third outing with John and I’m super excited to work with Emraan, I have always wanted to work with him and I am back to my base of filmmaking, gangster dramas and all I can say is…It’s good to be home,” Gupta said in a statement. The film, scheduled to go on floors next month, is produced by Gupta’s White Feather Films and Bhushan Kumar’s T Series.last_img read more

Asian Superstar Ha Phuong Donates All Profits To Charity

first_imgHa Phuong, a New York-based Asian superstar, is promising to donate 100 percent of her future profits from her singing, acting and producing projects to help underprivileged children.Phuong, who was born in Vietnam, hopes her generosity will inspire others to help marginalized youngsters.Here’s what’s coming in 2018! Phuong produced and stars with Andrew McCarthy and Richard Chamberlain in the feature film “Finding Julia,” which will be released on May 4 in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Jose and Orange County, California.“Finding Julia” is inspired by Phuong’s real life and her 2017 book of the same name. The book can be purchased on FindingJulia.net and Amazon. Phuong’s exciting English language song from the film, “Lost in a Dream,” has been released in a music video (also at FindingJulia.net).Fans are encouraged to make a video of themselves singing “Lost in a Dream” and send it to findingjulia2017@gmail.com by March 15, 2018. Five finalists will give a live performance in New York on April 15. The singer with the best video and live performance will win $20,000!All the profits from Phuong’s DVD/CD sales, concerts and films will go to the Ha Phuong Foundation, which helps underprivileged children by paying for their housing, surgery, food, clothing and education. The foundation also provides musical instruments, vocational training and career development for blind children. Thanks to this generous foundation, these kids can creatively express themselves while learning to use state-of-the-art professional equipment and software.Back in 2008, Phuong started the Ha Phuong Foundation with a $1 million donation in Huntington Beach, California. That donation helped build a multi-media arts center in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove. Additionally, she sponsors the Ha Phuong Young Female Filmmakers Initiative, which supports aspiring female filmmakers through the nonprofit New York Women in Film and Television.Phuong also assists in the Vietnam Relief Effort, a non-profit organization created by her husband, Chinh Chu, and his sister. The Vietnam Relief Effort helps build schools, pay for surgeries for war veterans and disabled people, and brings Vietnamese doctors to the U.S. for training. In a nod to her generosity, Phuong was named a “top donor to UNICEF” in 2016.In addition to her career and charity efforts, Phuong is a mom to two precious daughters, Diana Phuong Phuong Chu, (11), and Angelina Tieu Phuong Chu, (10). Inspired by her own kids and her early years in Vietnam, Phuong is determined to make the world a better place for other children.Find out more here.last_img read more

Morocco to Promote Rights of Disabled Students

Rabat – The Ministry of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development and the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executives’ Training signed, on Thursday in Rabat, a partnership agreement to promote the rights of people with disabilities.The agreement aims at establishing a general cooperation and partnership framework to promote the rights of disabled students, in accordance with the government orientations in this field, mainly through the elaboration and the implementation of an action plan of common interest.The agreement will provide statistical data on the situation of the disabled, identify training needs in this field, give disabled students the opportunity to benefit from technical tools and alternative devices, and involve higher education representatives and professors in activities benefiting people with disabilities. With MAP read more

UK car manufacturing falls in October

UK car manufacturing falls -9.8% in October with 140,374 cars leaving production lines.Demand down at home and overseas, but exports make up over 80% of output.Year-to-date manufacturing remains down, falling -6.9% to 1,312,304 units.UK car manufacturing fell -9.8% in October, with 15,255 fewer units produced compared with the same month a year ago, according to data published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Market turbulence at home and overseas, uncertainty over Brexit and model changes all played a part in the decline.Production for the home market fell -12.1% in October – the fifth consecutive month of decline, with 24,246 cars destined for UK showrooms. Meanwhile, overseas demand also fell, down -9.3% last month. However, exports continued to account for the lion’s share of output taking 82.7% of all cars produced. Year-to-date output remains down, falling -6.9%, with some 1.3 million units produced in the first 10 months.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The fifth consecutive month of decline for UK car manufacturing is undoubtedly concerning and, while a number of factors have been at play, there is no doubt that business and consumer uncertainty is having a significant impact.With eight in 10 British-built cars destined for overseas markets, the majority to the EU, the sector’s dependence on exports cannot be downplayed. Europe is our largest trading partner and securing the right Brexit agreement which allows free and frictionless trade is vital for the future health of our industry.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

3 main points from Urban Meyers latest spring practice press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer stands on the sideline during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost 17-14.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWith its annual spring game looming on April 16, the Ohio State football team held its sixth spring practice on Tuesday morning in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Following the morning of drills and conditioning, OSU coach Urban Meyer met with the media to discuss the previous Saturday’s intra-squad scrimmage and how spring drills have been progressing.Here are three of the takeaways from the press conference.Scrimmage standoutsDespite redshirt junior Tyquan Lewis — OSU’s lone returning starter on the defensive line — being out for the spring with a shoulder injury, Meyer said he was impressed with the play of the unit during the scrimmage.Specifically, he commended the performances of redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard, junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Davon Hamilton.“D-line is the area of most concern in our program,” Meyer said. “I think that’s shifted a little bit to the O-line now.”After amassing 28 tackles and 6.5 sacks as the primary backup defensive end last season, Hubbard is set to take over as the starter at defensive end for Joey Bosa, who is expected to be a top-five pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Holmes is currently getting first-team repetitions due to the absence of Lewis.Hamilton, meanwhile, appears to be making headway at a defensive tackle position filled with question marks after the graduation of Adolphus Washington.“He’s coming out of his shell a little bit,” Meyer said of Hamilton.The coach also mentioned freshman receiver Austin Mack, redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and freshman offensive guard Michael Jordan as other players who caught his eye in the scrimmage.Concern at offensive lineAmong the Buckeyes’ mass exodus of players from last year’s team were three of the team’s five starting offensive linemen, with only redshirt junior guard Billy Price and redshirt senior center Pat Elflein remaining.Replacing 60 percent of the offensive line has been one of the major concerns for Meyer and his staff this spring.“We’re still trying to find that starting five,” Meyer said.One player who has caught the attention of his coach is Jordan, who has earned first-team practice time with the offensive line.“He just loves it,” Meyer said. “He doesn’t know if it’s right or left sometimes, but at this point, we don’t care. You come in for extra work, enjoy the game, enjoy your practice, and be a tough guy. He’s done all that. We’re really impressed with him.”Sophomore left tackle Isaiah Prince and junior right tackle Jamarco Jones — regarded as the favorites to win the starting jobs at their respective positions — are also “doing better,” Meyer said.“Whoever plays that position, we can’t drop off (from last year),” Meyer said.Tight running back competitionWith 2015 Big Ten offensive player of the year Ezekiel Elliott gone to the NFL draft, the Buckeyes are trying to determine who will fill the sizeable void and take over the starting running back role in 2016.As was widely expected, the former four-star recruit Weber is among those at the top of the depth chart after redshirting his freshman year due to a meniscus tear.However, Meyer said redshirt senior Bri’onte Dunn — who hasn’t seen the field much through his first three years of eligibility at OSU — is “neck and neck” with Weber right now.“I’m so impressed with him,” Meyer said. “You all know a couple years ago, there wasn’t a whole lot of conversation about him.”Whether he wins the starting job or is the backup to Weber, Dunn should get his first real opportunity for playing time in his final year donning scarlet and gray. He has only 48 career carries for 287 yards and three touchdowns through his first three seasons in Columbus.Meyer also said freshman Antonio Williams, a four-star recruit out of New London, North Carolina, has stuck out in spring practice and could be the first freshman to lose his black stripe.Meyer and the Buckeyes will continue their march toward the spring game, which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Katie Taylor beaten to the punch as top US Olympic star handed

first_img Image: John Locher Follow us: the42.ie Claressa Shields (file pic). The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share2 Tweet Email1 54,642 Views Feb 8th 2017, 9:31 PM Katie Taylor beaten to the punch as top US Olympic star handed historic opportunity Rio gold medallist Claressa Shields will become the first woman to headline a premium cable card. Claressa Shields (file pic). Image: John Locher Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 21 Comments WHILE MANY PEOPLE have recently suggested that Ireland’s Katie Taylor can take women’s professional boxing to the next level, she is by no means the only star involved in the sport.Like Taylor, US boxer Claressa Shields similarly decided to turn pro after Rio.The double Olympic gold medallist, who was also trained by Taylor’s former coach Billy Walsh in the lead up to the 2016 Games, is set for a historic night.It’s been confirmed that Shields will be involved in the first women’s boxing match to achieve main-event status on premium TV (i.e. channels such as Showtime, which require viewers to pay an additional fee on top of what is already being paid for cable) in the US.Shields — who had a famously fiery but ultimately successful working relationship with Walsh — faces Hungary’s Szilvia Szabados at Detroit’s MGM Grand on 10 March.It is quite an achievement for the 21-year-old from Flint, Michigan, in what is only her second fight as a pro.Following the news, Shields said via her Instagram: “The NABF (North American Boxing Federation) was one of the first titles that the great Muhammad Ali fought for and won after his 1960 win at the Olympic Games!!!! To be given the opportunity to follow in his footsteps is an honour! And I’ll continue to carry his legacy!”In addition, just under a month after Shields’ landmark evening, Taylor is set for the third fight of her pro career on the David Haye-Tony Bellew undercard on 4 March. https://the42.ie/3229638 Short URL 17-year-old Canadian tennis star ‘blacked out’ after hitting umpire with a ball>America is freaking out over the high-school basketball player who scored 92 points> Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 9:31 PM By Paul Fennessylast_img read more

Seven changes for Ireland as OBrien misses out on matchday 23

first_imgSeven changes for Ireland as O’Brien misses out on matchday 23 Joe Schmidt has made six changes to his starting pack as several big guns return. Friday 8 Mar 2019, 1:46 PM Subscribe JOE SCHMIDT HAS made seven changes to his starting team to face France in the Six Nations on Sunday [KO 3pm].Six of those come up front as captain Rory Best, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, James Ryan, Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander make their returns to the XV, while Garry Ringrose comes in at outside centre after recovering from a hamstring injury. CJ Stander, Rory Best and James Ryan all return. Source: InphoThe introduction of van der Flier at openside flanker means Sean O’Brien drops out after starting the last two games and there is no space for the Tullow man in the matchday 23 as Jack Conan provides back row cover from the bench.Best starts at hooker in place of Sean Cronin, while Healy’s inclusion sees Dave Kilcoyne move to the bench. Connacht’s Ultan Dillane drops to the bench to make way for Ryan and Henderson, as Quinn Roux misses out on involvement.Tadhg Furlong, Peter O’Mahony, Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Jacob Stockdale, Bundee Aki, and halfbacks Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray are all retained.The bench sees John Ryan picked ahead of Andrew Porter as the back-up tighthead, while John Cooney remains involved as the sub scrum-half despite Kieran Marmion’s return to fitness. Jack Carty will hope for his second cap as a replacement, while Jordan Larmour is back from injury to wear the number 23 shirt.  Ireland (v France):15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Bundee Aki11. Jacob Stockdale10. Johnny Sexton9. Conor Murray1. Cian Healy2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Iain Henderson5. James Ryan6. Peter O’Mahony7. Josh van der Flier8. CJ StanderReplacements:16. Niall Scannell17. Dave Kilcoyne18. John Ryan19. Ultan Dillane20. Jack Conan21. John Cooney22. Jack Carty23. Jordan LarmourReferee: Ben O’Keeffe [New Zealand].Andy Dunne joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey to discuss Joe Schmidt’s undroppables and how France might attack Ireland’s predictability in The42 Rugby Weekly. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: By Murray Kinsella 124 Comments https://the42.ie/4530373 39,816 Views Mar 8th 2019, 1:46 PM Short URL Share12 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Prosecutors on spot over Xeros leave

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The two prosecutors who sat on the councils that granted prison furloughs to November 17 convict Christodoulos Xeros, who absconded during a nine-day leave earlier this month, are to face disciplinary action after a probe suggested that the officials displayed gross negligence.The decision was taken by Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani after an investigation carried out by Piraeus prosecutor Evangelos Zacharis found that Xeros received lenient treatment despite the fact that he had not expressed remorse for his actions, had met regularly with Korydallos inmates from another guerrilla organization, Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, and set fire to his cell on one occasion.The two prosecutors face temporary suspension from their duties, as do 17 employees of Korydallos who are under scrutiny as part of a broader probe into the treatment received by Xeros while he was at the prison.A disciplinary council is to make the final decision regarding the prosecutors’ fate.The 55-year-old, who had been serving multiple life sentences for his part in a series of deadly attacks by N17, appeared in a video posted online last week pledging a return to terrorism.His disappearance prompted Greek authorities to herald a review of regulations governing the issuing of furloughs for those convicted of terrorism and other serious crimes after it emerged that the 55-year-old had been granted seven furloughs since 2011.Amid fears of a high-level terrorist attack, the police have intensified a search for the convict, raiding the homes of his relatives and hangouts linked to anarchist and far-leftist groups for clues as to his possible whereabouts.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Samsung Mobile Store le constructeur lance son premier magasin français à Paris

first_imgSamsung Mobile Store : le constructeur lance son premier magasin français à ParisSamsung lance aujourd’hui son premier mobile store. Une manière, pour le constructeur, de faire connaître ses produits pour le grand public, mais aussi d’assurer une présence face à Apple et ses Apple Stores.Après Apple et Sony, Samsung lance sa première boutique dédiée à ses produits, boulevard Malesherbes, à Paris.Ses visiteurs pourront y découvrir les produits de la marque sur 170 m², smartphones, tablettes, appareils photo numériques, notebooks et accessoires.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une manière, pour le constructeur coréen, d’affirmer sa présence face aux Apple Stores d’Apple, et de marquer l’image de ses produits auprès du grand public, une volonté déjà initiée cet hiver par l’implantation de tentes-produits sur des points stratégiques de l’Hexagone, dont le marché de Noël situé sur l’avenue des Champs-Élysées.Prises en main de produits, espaces dédiés aux enfants, aux séniors ou à la personnalisation des dispositifs, rien ne semble avoir été laissé au hasard. Samsung ouvrira ce premier magasin pour les particuliers et les professionnels à partir du samedi 1er décembre.Le 30 novembre 2012 à 14:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Maladie dAlzheimer les femmes discriminées dans la recherche

first_imgMaladie d’Alzheimer : les femmes discriminées dans la recherche ?Tandis que s’est achevée la dernière conférence internationale de l’Association Alzheimer, une readio néo-zélandaise vient de jeter un pavé dans la mare du monde de la recherche. Selon une récente étude, l’écrasante majorité des souris utilisées comme cobayes sont des mâles alors que les femmes sont plus nombreuses que les hommes à être touchées  par la maladie. Un choix qui pourrait biaiser certains résultats. Des souris et des hommes… Aujourd’hui John Steinbeck aurait pu ajouter à son titre : « et les femmes alors ? ». Selon les derniers chiffres, sur 100 personnes atteintes de la maladie d’Alzheimer60 sont des femmes et 40 sont des hommes. Une différence qui a été soulignée et étudiée lors de la conférence internationale de l’Association Alzheimer, qui s’est tenue à Chicago (Etats-Unis) 22 au 26 juillet dernier. Et si la recherche continue d’avancer, d’aucuns s’étonnent d’une forme de discrimination des genres qui existe dans les laboratoires. Explications. Les souris femelles au chômage Le site en ligne de RNZ (Radio New Zealand) a rapporté, qu’une étude récente et inédite avait été révélée lors du congrès mondial sur la maladie. Présentée par the Women’s Brain Project (une organisation scientifique internationale qui travaille sur le cerveau et la santé mentale des femmes) dévoile que les travaux de recherches sur Alzheimer et la démence étaient exclusivement menés sur des souris mâles. Une information étonnante quand on sait que le nombre de femmes souffrant de ce type de troubles est 30% supérieur à celui des hommes.Mais cette partialité serait d’ailleurs généralisée à la plupart des domaines de recherches. Selon Siouxsie Wiles, une microbiologiste de l’Université de Auckland, elle s’expliquerait pour la raison suivante : « il y a une inquiétude concernant le fait que les animaux femelles connaissent un cycle œstral qui pourrait influencer les résultats, ce qui rendrait plus compliquée leur standardisation ». Et d’ajouter pour contredire cette habitude « mais les femmes aussi ! ». Inégalité entre les sexes face à la maladieÀ lire aussiMaladie d’Alzheimer : définition, symptômes, traitement, stades, test, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les femmes et les hommes ne souffrent pas de la même manière face à cette maladie qui touche plus de 35 millions de personnes dans le monde. « Par exemple, les femmes présentent un déclin cognitif et une atrophie cérébrale plus rapides que les hommes une fois que les premiers symptômes affectant la mémoire apparaissent puis que le stade de la démence Alzheimer est diagnostiqué », a déclaré au Parisien, le professeur Harald Hampel, de l’Institut du cerveau et de la moelle épinière à l’hôpital de la Pitié-Salpêtrière à Paris (AP-HP). C’est pourquoi il est important et urgent de différencier le sexe des patients lors de leur prise en charge une fois le diagnostic posé mais aussi en amont, au moment des études. La professeure néo-zélandaise, interviewée par RNZ, insiste sur le fait que de n’utiliser qu’un seul genre de cobayes animaux lors des expériences peut biaiser les résultats. « Idéalement, il serait plus sage de décider en pleine conscience et avant de lancer les recherches si le test doit être fait sur un animal ou des cellules mâles ou femelles  ». Oui idéalement…Le 13 août 2018 à 15:38 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

The Mona Lisa Isnt Staring At You But Other Portraits Are

first_img Is Mona Lisa’s Smile a Sham?’Nude Mona Lisa’ Sketch Might Have Been Drawn by Leonardo da Vinci The “Mona Lisa effect”—the impression that the eyes of an image are following you—is a misnomer.According to scientists from Bielefeld University in Germany, the phenomenon is real. It just doesn’t apply to Leonardo da Vinci’s famed Renaissance portrait after which it is named.In a study published this week by the journal i-Perception, psychologist Gernot Horstmann and researcher Sebastian Loth debunk the La Gioconda myth, which they said “occurs reliably, but was not tested with Mona Lisa herself.”“People are very good at gauging whether or not they are being looked at by others,” according to Horstmann, a member of the Neuro-Cognitive Psychology research group at Bielefeld University’s Department of Psychology and the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC).It’s true. Step into a portrait gallery, and you’ll be overcome with the unsettling feeling that someone’s watching me. Don’t bother walking away from the image—it will keep staring.Gernot Horstmann (left) and Sebastian Loth (right) debunked the “Mona Lisa effect” (via CITEC/ Bielefeld University)“Curiously enough, we don’t have to stand right in front of the image in order to have the impression of being looked at—even if the person portrayed in the image looks straight ahead,” Loth said in a statement. “This impression emerges if we stand to the left or right and at different distances from the image.”It only works, however, if the person portrayed is looking straight ahead out of the image—at a gaze angle of 0 degrees. As that angle increases, the perception decreases.Among his study of robots and avatars, Loth often came across the term “Mona Lisa effect,” coined after the 16th century oil painting known in Italian as La Gioconda.“The effect itself is undeniable and demonstrable,” he said. “But with the Mona Lisa, of all paintings, we didn’t get this impression.”(Speak for yourself: Staring into her smizing eyes, I get the uncanny sense that they’re tracking me as I move from left to right.)Researchers used folding rulers for measurement (via CITEC/ Bielefeld University)Armed with folding rulers and a pool of willing participants, Horstmann and Loth gathered more than 2,000 assessments—a vast majority of which indicated the mysterious woman’s gaze is not straight on, but to the viewer’s right, at an average gaze angle of 15.4 degrees.“Thus, it is clear that the term ‘Mona Lisa effect’ is nothing but a misnomer,” Horstmann said. “It illustrates the strong desire to be looked at and to be someone else’s center of attention—to be relevant to someone, even if you don’t know the person at all.”Gaze direction plays an important role in developing virtual characters for assistive systems and computer games; a well-designed avatar can express its attention just like a human.More on Geek.com:World’s Smallest Mona Lisa Is Made From DNATour Vermeer’s Masterpieces From Home With AR GalleryAI Can Now Recreate Famous Paintings With a 3D Printer Stay on targetlast_img read more

Pacific Highway Starting over – from the ground up

first_img Think of it as a giant burrito.Actually, think of it as five giant burritos stacked on top of each other, stretching more than 600 feet and holding a combined 5,200 cubic yards of gravel. Then put a highway on top of them.That’s the recipe the Clark County Public Works department hopes will stabilize a stretch of Northwest Pacific Highway outside La Center, a roadway long plagued by slides and erosion during the wet season. The rebuilt foundation may keep the highway sound for 10 years or more, said Michael Meyer, an engineer with Portland-based Landslide Technology, helping coordinate the $1.7 million project.But long-term stability isn’t guaranteed in an historically unstable location.“It may settle it down,” Meyer said. “Or at least slow it down.”The “deep patch” method follows a process not used before in Clark County. Crews began by digging out the existing highway and excavating down several feet. After putting down an initial layer of base rock, workers began wrapping subsequent layers of gravel in a flexible “geogrid” fabric designed to withstand some movement without compromising stability. Lead contractor Nutter Corp. of Vancouver will eventually put in five such layers, each about one foot deep, wrapped like a gravel burrito under the highway. Driven posts will help hold the foundation in place.Meyer’s company has helped with other projects using the deep patch technique, including three in Oregon, he said. Other sites have used wood chips or shredded tire bits to fill foundation — alternatives that haven’t always worked as well, he said.Clark County’s project shut down a half-mile section of Pacific Highway, just west of Northwest Bolen Street north of La Center, on July 6. The county hopes to have the rebuilt corridor open to traffic again by the end of August, said county project manager Robin Washington. Project superintendent Jim Jollie surveys a section of Northwest Pacific Highway, north of La Center, as it is rebuilt, Friday, Aug 10.last_img read more

Alaska welcomes home Olympians in gold medal celebration

first_imgFive-time Olympian Kikkan Randall posed for fans with her gold medal, the first ever for the U.S. women’s cross-country ski team. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)Families, friends and even some former Olympians gathered in downtown Anchorage Wednesday to celebrate Alaska’s biggest contingent ever to compete at the Olympic Games.Listen nowUnder a red tent, the 2018 Olympians signed posters, hugged friends and met fans — of all ages.“I keep meeting all the grandmas,” Sadie Bjornsen exclaimed. “Most times you’re meeting the kids.”Bjornsen is a two-time Olympic cross-country skier.Alaskan Cross-country skier Sadie Bjornsen. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)“I got an email from this grandma the other day [that said] ‘I think you need to step it up and stop being so humble and find your true [potential] — how good you are,’” Bjornsen said, laughing. “And I was like, ‘Spoken like a true grandma!’”Bjornsen was one of ten cross-country skiers from Alaska at the this year’s winter games. Many of the athletes were at Wednesday’s celebration, greeting those grandmas, hugging their friends and posing for pictures with fans.One of the Alaskan fan favorites from the 2018 Olympics was figure skater Keegan Messing.“It was so cool to have the support of Alaska behind me going into the Olympics,” Messing said. “It was unbelievable.”Messing is from Girdwood, but represented his mother’s home country of Canada at his first winter games. Sporting a red flannel hat with the Canadian maple leaf, Messing grinned as he talked about competing in South Korea.Girdwood’s Keegan Messing competed for his mother’s home country of Canada at his first Olympics. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)“I almost broke into tears like 30 seconds before I was getting onto the ice,” Messing admitted. “My eyes wandered up and I saw the rings, and I was like, ‘I’m about to skate at the Olympics.’”Hundreds of people in the crowd cheered as their hometown Olympians took the stage in-person or on the big screen. Paralympic skier Andrew Kurka recorded a message for the crowd.“I wanted to say thank you for taking this moment to celebrate Alaska’s victory as athletes and I wish I was there with my gold and silver medals to share it with all of you. There’s nowhere I would rather be. [I] love you,” Kurka said.Kurka won a gold in the men’s downhill, earning the first medal ever for an Alaskan athlete at the Winter Paralympic Games.  The next day, Kurka won silver in the super giant slalom, or super-G.Ronn Randall, Kikkan Randall’s dad was joined in the crowd by Randall’s brother Tanner. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)It was an emotional evening, especially for the other Alaskan Olympic gold medalist– Kikkan Randall. Randall’s brother Tanner was in the crowd dressed as a look-alike. Her dad, Ronn Randall carried around a two-foot tall cardboard cut-out of Kikkan’s face.And there was another superfan waiting to greet her– Sen. Lisa Murkowski.“To have a gold medal come back by an Alaskan– a female, a mom, who we have all been following for years and years– it’s pretty cool,” Murkowski said.Randall was competing in her fifth and final Olympics. In her last race, Randall and Jessie Diggins teamed up for the skate sprint.It was down the final stretch that Diggins pulled ahead of the Swedish skier.Sen. Lisa Murkowski was among the hundreds of fans welcoming home gold medalist Kikkan Randall. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)“I like to think I played a little part in that,” Randall told the crowd, “because as Jessie is coming down the finish, I’m standing next to the Swedish girl, and we’re both yelling as loud as we can at our teammates, as if we can will them to the finish faster,” Randall said, laughing.With a fresh strip of pink in her hair and her gold medal around her neck, Randall also talked about the disappointment of not medaling in 2014 and how, with the help of her teammates and support from Alaska, she came back in 2018 and made history — winning the first medal ever for the American women’s cross-country ski team.“This may be the first [medal] in women’s cross-country [skiing],” Randall said, to hundreds of her fans in the crowd. “But it’s not going to be the last. They’re just going to come flooding in now. Thank you so much!”last_img read more

Dulquer Salmaan is now Keralas most wanted criminal lookout notice issued by

first_imgFacebook/Dulquer SalmaanYoung superstar Dulquer Salmaan is now Kerala’s most wanted criminal, and as you know, it is not in real life, but in reel life. In his next movie, the actor will be seen portraying the role of Sukumara Kurup, one of the most-wanted criminals in Kerala, who is accused in the murder of Chacko, a film representative, in the year 1984.As per police reports, Kurup committed the crime to fake his own death and claim an insurance amount of Rs 8,00,000. To execute this plan, he killed Chacko, a person who shared a bore resemblance with him.This new film has been titled ‘Kurup’, and it is being directed by Srinath Rajendran. It should be noted that Dulquer Salmaan made his acting debut in the movie ‘Second Show’ which was also directed by Srinath, and this upcoming flick marks their second outing together.In a recent Facebook post, Srinath Rajendran revealed that the shooting of the movie has started, and he also shared a fan-made poster of the movie featuring Dulquer Salmaan wearing a stylish glass.”Grateful to the almighty for this day, on which we announce the good news that “Kurup” goes on the floor from today. We took around 5 years of our sweet time working on this epic and I, personally, thank Dulquer Salmaan for being with us throughout this journey. Details regarding the crew, cast and other whereabouts will be announced soon.. Here is a “fan-made” poster done by a very talented friend Sani Yas, which I liked very much and felt should get released officially today. Saimaa here it is,” wrote Srinath Rajendran on his Facebook page.Srinath Rajendran’s previous movie to hit the theatres was ‘Koothara’ that featured Mohanlal, Tovino Thomas, Sunny Wayne, and Bharath in lead roles. Even though the film bombed at the box-office, the film gained cult status after its home video release.Even though the director has confirmed the shoot-start of the movie, he has not given any hints about the remaining cast and crew.On the other hand, Dulquer Salmaan is now awaiting the release of his new movie ‘The Zoya Factor’ which is expected to hit the screens on September 20, 2019. The film is directed by Abhishek Sharma, and Dulquer will be seen romancing Sonam Kapoor in this movie.last_img read more

BCL infighting leads to vandalism at DU concert stage

first_imgInstallations of Pahela Baishakh cultural programme set afire by a faction of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists at Mall Chattar area of Dhaka University on Friday night. Photo: Prothom AloA section of ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League allegedly set afire the installations of a cultural programme celebrating Pahela Baishakh in Dhaka University on Friday midnight. The internal conflict among top leaders of the ruling party student wing has come to fore by this incident, according to BCL insiders. Witnesses said, leaders and activists backed allegedly by BCL central president Rezwanul Haq Chowdhury Shovon vandalised and set the installations on fire at Mall Chattar area at around 1:00am. BCL general secretary Golam Rabbani, DU unit president Sanjit Chandra Das and secretary Saddam Hossain reached the scene and staged showdown there until 3:00am.Later, room number 409, where Shovon’s associate and F Rahman Hall secretary Tushar resides was vandalised.Tushar alleged that Saddam’s associates carried out the attack. BCL organised a two-day long folk music and concert programme to mark Pahela Baishakh. The internal conflict of BCL surfaced allegedly centering the share of Tk 2 million received from beverage company ‘Mojo’ as sponsorship. BCL president Shovon alleged that he was not informed at all about the programme despite being the top leader of the organization. Shovon’s associates claim that three other leaders try to ‘corner’ Shovon as prime minister Sheikh Hasina herself selected him for the post of BCL president. Three other leaders have become united against Shovon as Hasina gives him preference over them, they alleged. They also alleged that the three leaders were instrumental behind Shovon’s defeat in vice president post of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) election. A faction of BCL vandalises installations of Pahela Baishakh cultural programme organised by the student body. Photo: Prothom AloOne of the three leaders, seeking anonymity, alleged that the decision of vandalising the installations was taken at a meeting in Shovon’s house Friday night. The attack was carried out at the behest of Shovon in that meeting. The leader also alleged that Shovon was doing this out of ‘frustration’ after being defeated in DUCSU polls. Witnesses said, former BCL leader of Jahurul Haque Hall unit Atiqur Rahman Khan, Ziaur Rahman Hall president Yousuf Uddin Khan, Jasim Uddin Hall president Arif Hossain, Bangabandu Hall secretary Al-Amin Rahman, Amar Ekushey Hall president Ehsan Ullah, Mohsin Hall secretary Mehedi Hasan Sunny, Sir F Rahman Hall secretary Mahmudul Hasan Tushar, all are associates of Shovon, led the attack. Pointing fingers to Shovon for the vandalism, BCL DU unit president Sajit Chandra Das said, “Those who carried out vandalism or arson attack can’t be a follower of Sheikh Mujib’s ideal. We don’t want such Chattra League. I would resign from my post if justice is not delivered in this incident.”Shovon, however, denied the allegation.“The programme is being organised under the banner of Chhatra League but I don’t know anything despite being president of the organisation. Naturally I have some frustration over this but I don’t know who carried out the attack in Mall Chattar,” he told Prothom Alo.The BCL president also expressed frustration as three leaders blamed him over the incident. “The way three leaders are blaming me is frustrating. They are acting irresponsibly,” Shovon added. DU unit secretary Saddam claimed that Shovon was well informed of the cultural programme. They identified several persons involved in vandalism and will arrange a program on 15 April protesting at the incident, Saddam added.last_img read more

Play classic Game Watch games in a browser

first_imgDepending on how old you are, portable gaming for you may only extend back as far and the DS or Game Boy. But before such multi-game handhelds appeared on the market there was another, simpler form of portable gaming available.These devices were called handheld electronic games and typically consisted of a single game with multiple modes. In Nintendo’s case they had a range of them carrying the name Game & Watch and distributed from 1980 to 1991. In total 59 G&W games were made. Some were two screen affairs looking a lot like the dual-screen DS and 3DS devices we see today, although these were a lot thinner and not very powerful devices.While these old handheld games have long disappeared from store shelves, you may still have some in storage from your childhood. In some cases they are worth a lot of money so should be looked after. If you don’t own any, however, there is now a new way to get to play some of the games courtesy of Hipopotam.A new website called Pica Pic has appeared that recreates the look of the devices and emulates the games for you to play. There’s a mix of those that you will recognize and others you may never have seen before.Each game maps the controls on the device to your keyboard and gives clear key mapping hints. Then you play the game as normal and have your highscore logged. So this actually goes beyond what you could do with the original games due to the high scores being listed and rankings given.At the moment there are 17 playable games, but it looks like the site is set to expand with 3 other titles listed as coming soon including Zelda. Read more at Pica Piclast_img read more

Why Now May Well Be the Right Time to Start a Blockchain

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » July 16, 2019 A little over two years ago, I was at my company’s holiday dinner, and the only topic of conversation was the stratospheric rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and those others that were lesser known but certainly more amusingly named (like Putincoin).Related: Should You Still Invest in Bitcoin in 2018?With Bitcoin at that time topping $20,000 and Crypto Kitties also hitting the world by storm, something momentous was afoot; and we all wanted in. Yet, my company’s CTO called a halt to our excitement, cautioning that a deep decline was coming. The reason he gave: The potential of the blockchain — the platform through which cryptocurrencies are built — to create real-world applications with strong customer use cases had yet to be realized.“Raising $10 million from retail investors on a two-page paper is not enough,” our CTO said.Boy, was he ever right. What came next was that massive slump, in which Bitcoin lost over 80 percent of its value, and the swiftness with which the SEC put an end to initial coin offering scams.Yet, a few weeks ago, as I was attending a demo day for Binance Labs — a kind of accelerator program but for blockchain startups — I saw that some of our initial energy had returned.In particular, I was struck at the focus and discipline of these entrepreneurs from Binance Labs, the venture arm of Binance. Rather than releasing a white paper and trying to raise money on ideas and theory alone, these people had already fully built their product, conceived of applicable real-world use cases and secured strong early customer traction.More important: They were focusing, as has startup fund-raising has traditionally done, on getting skilled investors on board, the kind of investors who contribute so much more than just capital.This got me thinking: Is now the time to invest in or start a blockchain-focused company?  What are the factors that entrepreneurs and investors should be looking for in this space?To quote the words of Wired founding editor Kevin Kelly, now (yes, right now) is the best time to start something (never mind that he wrote those words in 2014). This mindset, in my opintion, is extraordinarily applicable to the blockchain which, as it matures, presents more and more opportunities to create new solutions. To take advantage of this trend, entrepreneurs and investors should seek opportunities that present an immediate real-world application as well as customer traction.And these investors should be ones whose value-add is more than just capital; the colleagues they bring in, meanwhile, should be the type interested in the long-term impact of the technology.Real-world traction matters.At Binance’s demo day, nearly all presenting companies had some early customer buy-in and traction.  Whether it was a brand signing up for a test run on a new decentralized loyalty platform or a marketplace touting the growth of its supply-side volume, customer-use cases won the day. Many entrepreneurs commented that with blockchain solutions slowly gaining acceptance among everyday consumers, it was only appropriate to demonstrate real-world adoptionA case in point: Cerebellum Network, a decentralized version of Salesforce’s famed CRM.  Rather than publish a white paper, the founders built a product and tested it, to positive feedback, with early customers like Benefit Cosmetics. Because of this, Cerebellum’s founders were able to secure significant early investment from the likes of Arrington XRP Capital and others. Related: Why Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t Panic About the Bitcoin SlumpAre you starting or investing in a blockchain company? If so, the first question to ask yourself is: What real-world problem are you solving for consumers? For instance, an entrepreneur friend of mine is planning to start a next-generation nomadic home-sharing platform that will allow members to hop from house to house at exciting locations around the world.While the entirety of the database, billing and identity components of the product will be built on the blockchain, that’s not what the founder is excited about. Rather, he’s psyched about bringing to market a product  that people have expressed a desire for. In this instance, blockchain technology is just acting as the enabler. Seek investors who add more than just capital.During the height of “Crypto Mania,” it was not uncommon to see new ICOs floated to retail investors, and see coin prices shoot skywards in a matter of hours, if not minutes. These cryptocurrencies were an incredibly efficient way to acquire capital to scale a business.Yet, this process misses the most important point: Advice and help from investors is often more important than money in early-stage companies. Yes, this includes blockchain companies, as well.Early-stage investors offer so much more than just capital.  They offer connections to talent, first-mover customers and additional investors.  Some, like Match.com co-founder Will Bunker, use help as a form of due diligence.  Even if he does not invest in a prospective company, Bunker goes out of his way to offer help and guidance because he knows that that’s what matters to early-stage companies.So, if you’re launching a business, seek investors who offer resources help and guidance, even if this route it costs you a bit more than other fund-raising channels do. While you may be paying a little more now, you will be able to maximize your valuation down the road.Seek out long-term colleagues who “get it.”Sitting down on my friend’s couch one night, talking crypto with others, I was struck by how short-term many of those attendeess’ thinking seemed. Rather than building a sustainable, real-world application, my friends were more interested in releasing a hot new coin and pumping value out of it, rather than in the long-term transformative nature of their product.Of course I understand that any new field will generate a lot of buzz, excitement and FOMO, or fear of missing out. Like moths to a flame, people often flock to what’s “hot” rather than what’s sustainable.Yet this instinct of theirs misses the foundational point of cryptocurrencies and blockchain: their long-term revolution and transformation. The potential of cryptocurrencies to fundamentally alter our global economy, trade pathways, financial system and supply networks cannot be understated.  According to investor Lou Kerner, blockchain is “the biggest thing to happen in the history of humanity.” Okay, maybe that’s over the top, but Kerner follows up that phrase by cautioning that this revolution will be a long time in the making.Naturally, founders should seek out colleagues, partners and even investors that understand the long-term nature of the space and are willing to invest the time, capital and, yes, the patience needed in order to make something happen.Related: 7 Reasons Experts Say It’s Not Too Late to Invest in CryptocurrencyRight now is the best time to start something.With crypto prices recovering, albeit slightly, and the market opening up to new entrants and applications, now may be the best time to start a blockchain-powered company.  While the technology offers unlimited opportunities, when starting a new business, founders should not ignore the key points. Namely: Build a product that people want; seek out investors who are true advisors and partners; and hire colleagues who are in it for long-term gain.   7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more