Google Has A New Answer To Apple’s Beats Music

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Beats Music#DJ#Google#Google Play Music#Songza#streaming music Everything is better when it’s handcrafted—apparently even music. Google is unleashing digital DJs and playlists based on moods and circumstances on its Google Play Music app as part of its integration of Songza, which Google acquired earlier this year.See also: Get Ready For The Streaming-Music Die-OffOn Tuesday, the company announced that Google Play Music subscribers can now choose music playlists keyed to a particular time of day, certain feelings, or a specific activity. These “radio stations” are put together individually by Google’s “team of music experts”—a group that apparently includes ethnomusicologists as well as DJs, musicians and music critics, because everything is better when ethnomusicologists are involved.If that approach sounds familiar, that might be Beats Music, the streaming service created by music industry legends Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. (Apple acquired that service and the related headphone maker Beats Electronics for $3 billion in May.) When Beats Music launched back in January, my then-colleague Taylor Hatmaker thought its features blew away algorithm-based rivals like Pandora and Spotify.See also: Beats Music Review: Finally, A Digital DJ That Knows Its Stuff 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Google’s now betting on the human touch, too. When subscribers boot up the Google Play Music app, they’ll be prompted to tell Google a mood or a moment, which could be something like “at the gym,” or “summer BBQ.” Each station can be downloaded for offline listening. The company also revamped the “Listen Now” page, which includes suggestions for stations based on an individual’s music history. Previously, Google would let people create stations from a song or playlist, similar to other services.The hand-selected, mood-based playlists will be available for subscribers in the U.S. and Canada today. The “Listen Now” page is available everywhere on Android, iOS, and the Web.Google Play Music may face additional hurdles if it’s looking to keep up with its rival. Apple is reportedly planning to relaunch Beats Music at just $5 per month, about half of the $9.99 Google Play Music costs (roughly the industry standard).Lead photo by Michael Dorausch; other images courtesy of Google selena larsonlast_img read more

Podcast: Energy-Efficient Apes, Humans Who Outwit Supercomputers, and More

first_imgWho exerts less energy, a person lounging in an armchair or an orangutan swinging through the forest? When is a human smarter than a supercomputer? And what kind of material gets thicker when you stretch it? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Online Editor Stewart Wills. Listen to the ScienceNOW podcast.(or listen to the full Science podcast.) Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Listen to more podcasts.last_img read more

Reality check: Can cat poop cause mental illness?

first_img Why do scientists think toxoplasmosis could cause mental illness?Most of the evidence comes from rodents, which develop bizarre behaviors when infected with T. gondii. They lose their fear of the smell of cat urine, in some cases walking right into the jaws of waiting felines. Scientists think T. gondii alters brain function by forming cysts in regions that process fear and decision-making. The cysts may also affect behavior by ramping up levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in reward and risk-taking. There’s some evidence that T. gondii can rewire the brain permanently, making mice unafraid of cats even long after the parasite has been cleared.T. gondii also forms cysts inside human neurons. In people with HIV or other immune-weakening conditions, the cysts can grow and replicate, causing deadly brain inflammation, dementia, and psychosis. Although scientists have long assumed the cysts are benign in healthy people, a growing body of data suggests T. gondii infection can alter personality and increase the chance of developing schizophrenia and other mental illness. Even without directly infecting the brain, a chronic T. gondii infection can ramp up inflammation, and inflammation has been linked to mental disorders such as schizophrenia, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease.How strong is the evidence that this happens in people?     Here’s where things get tricky. Although the mechanistic hypothesis for how toxoplasmosis could cause mental illness is “very compelling,” it’s extremely difficult to test in a human population, says Karen Sugden, a geneticist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.In a 2016 study, Sugden found that 200 New Zealanders infected with T. gondii didn’t have significantly higher odds of schizophrenia or any other mental disorder. But she says the study doesn’t prove that the parasite has no link to mental illness. Schizophrenia usually doesn’t emerge until the late teens or 20s.To find out if toxoplasmosis causes schizophrenia, Sugden says one would have to know if participants were exposed to T. gondii as children or teens—before they developed a mental illness. But her study only tested for the parasite at age 38, too late to tell whether the infection or schizophrenia came first. Many correlational studies—including Sugden’s—don’t have access to that kind of information, she notes.Sugden’s study, like others, also relied on small sample sizes. Schizophrenia is a rare disease, typically occurring in about 1% of the population. To achieve robust statistical results, researchers need to follow tens or even hundreds of thousands of people over long periods, testing for T. gondii and mental illness periodically to determine which came first, she says.Have any studies addressed the timing of T. gondii and the onset of mental illness?Last month, scientists published the first study to address timing in more than 80,000 Danish blood donors. Yet even in this large group, the number of schizophrenia diagnoses was fairly small: 151 people. The study found that people who were exposed to T. gondii had 47% increased odds of being diagnosed with schizophrenia. When the researchers looked at the timing issue—narrowing their analysis to 28 people who were first diagnosed with schizophrenia after testing positive for T. gondii exposure—they found that these individuals were 2.5 times more likely to develop the disease post-exposure.That number lines up with other large, correlational studies, which have also found a roughly 2.5-fold increase in the odds of schizophrenia diagnosis in infected people, says Robert Yolken, a virologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of the authors of the Danish study. Because the overall rate of schizophrenia diagnosis is rare, however, infection only slightly increases the odds—from say, a  one in 100 chance to a two to three in 100 chance of a schizophrenia diagnosis.Yolken and other researchers suspect that T. gondii may not cause mental illness by itself, but interacts with genetic variants that make some people more susceptible. This adds T. gondii to the list of environmental factors that increase schizophrenia risk by a small but measurable amount, such as prenatal infection and socioeconomic status, he says.So should you worry?Even if you do become one of the roughly one in three people who carry a latent T. gondii infection, current research suggests the odds of developing schizophrenia as a direct result of toxoplasmosis infection are low.How low? It would be premature to put a number on it, but it appears to be on par with other schizophrenia risk factors you probably don’t worry about, such as living in a city.“The advice for avoiding toxoplasmosis infection has already been around for a really long time,” Sugden says. It includes keeping cats indoors where they can’t hunt infected animals, disposing of cat litter daily, properly cooking food, and other recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Yolken, who has two cats, doesn’t want people to be overly worried about their pets—just worried enough to support research for a toxoplasmosis vaccine for cats and better treatments for both cats and people. He thinks it will only be possible to truly pin down T. gondii’s effects on mental health once it’s possible to prevent and treat the parasite. The need is most urgent in countries where infection rates are high, he notes. “The question is, how much better could people be doing if we could get rid of toxoplasmosis?” he says. “The risk may be low, but we could lower it more.” iStock.com/SunRay BRI Cattery RU The single-celled parasite Toxoplasma gondii in the process of dividing. Alert! “Cats Can Literally Make You Crazy.” Wait! “Cats Don’t Cause Mental Illness.” The news headlines are as alarming as they are contradictory. All refer to Toxoplasma gondii, a brain parasite carried by our feline companions that infects roughly one in three people.Scientists have long hypothesized that T. gondii plays a role in mental illness, including schizophrenia. But though more than 100 studies have found a correlation, none has shown that the parasite actually causes mental illness. So what’s really going on? Here’s what you need to know:How do humans get infected? Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)T. gondii is not a bacterium or a virus, but a single-celled microscopic organism distantly related to the parasite that causes malaria. Cats get T. gondii and the disease it causes, toxoplasmosis, by eating infected rodents, birds, and other animals. Estimates suggest about 40% of cats in the United States are infected; most don’t show any symptoms, but they can develop jaundice or blindness and experience personality changes if the parasite spreads to the liver or nervous system.In the first few weeks after infection, a cat can shed millions of hardy egg pods called oocysts into its litterbox each day. Although some people get toxoplasmosis from direct contact with domestic cats and cat feces, many more are infected when oocysts shed by cats make it into the soil and water, where they can survive for a year or longer.Only about 11% of people are infected with T. gondii in the United States, though rates are much higher in regions where people eat more raw meat or sanitation is poor; for example, infection rates exceed 90% in some parts of Europe and South America. In healthy people, toxoplasmosis often causes a flulike illness or no symptoms at all. But it can occasionally be dangerous—or even fatal—in those with weakened immune systems. Antibiotics can treat the infection, though drugs may not completely banish the parasite. Ke Hu and John M. Murray/Wikimedia CommonsCC-BY 4.0 By Emily UnderwoodFeb. 15, 2019 , 8:00 AM Reality check: Can cat poop cause mental illness?last_img read more

Euro Cup 2012: Poland-Russia match ends in draw, throws Group A wide open

first_imgA fiercely-struck equaliser from Jakub Blaszczykowski gave Poland their reward for a battling display in a 1-1 draw with Russia that showcased flowing, end-to-end football. PhotosDefeat would have the left the Euro 2012 co-hosts needing a win against the Czechs and some luck Saturday to reach the quarterfinals, but a draw leaves Group A finely poised ahead of the final round of games.Russia go into their match with Greece as the group leaders on four points, followed by the Czechs on three, Poland on two and Greece with a solitary point.The match was played in a tense atmosphere after clashes before the game involving Russian and Polish fans saw at least 100 people arrested, Warsaw police said.Alan Dzagoev, Russia’s two-goal hero in their opening win over the Czechs, darted forward to knock in Andrei Arshavin’s corner and put Russia ahead on 37 minutes.The diminutive midfielder from North Ossetia lost his marker and appeared to deflect the ball in at the far post with his shoulder.Poland striker Robert Blaszczykowski evened the scores on 57 minutes, cutting inside from the right as the Russian defence backed off before unleashing a powerful, curling left-foot effort that left the outstreched Vyacheslav Malafeev with no chance.Both teams started aggressively, with Russia striker Alexander Kerzhakov pulling the Polish defence out of position but failing to develop any chances without falling foul of the offside trap.The Poles started slowly but gained confidence after defender Sebastian Boenisch forced an unconvincing save from Malafeev on seven minutes with a header from Ludovic Obraniak’s free kick.advertisementFour minutes later, Robert Lewandowski, Poland’s goalscorer in the 1-1 draw against Greece on Friday, flicked the ball up before firing in a volley from the edge of the area, but he missed the target.Eugen Polanski hit the back of Malafeev’s net with a calm finish on 15 minutes after a neat Polish passing move, but he was two yards offside when he picked up the ball and the goal was disallowed.Poland upped the pressure and only two last-ditch tackles from Russian center-backs Sergei Ignashevich and Alexei Berezutsky stopped the Polish forwards going one-on-one with Malafeev.Headed chances for Russia forward Alexander Kerzhakov and Poland defender Marcin Wasilewski yielded little, before Kerzhakov’s cross on 27 minutes sliced open the Polish defence, but Arshavin was unable to tap it in.After Dzagoev’s opener, Poland pushed for an equaliser but saw Blaszczykowski’s powerful effort parried by Malafeev.Former Chelsea left-back Yuri Zhirkov then fired wide from range as Russia enjoyed a brief period of dominance.Early in the second half, Poland created a good chance for Lewandowski on the counter, but his charge was stopped by a brave punch from Malafeev.Following Blaszczykowski’s equaliser, both sides continued to trade shots, but the goalkeepers stood firm.Poland’s Przemyslaw Tyton, in for the suspended Wojciech Szczesny, had little difficulty saving from Dzagoev on 67 minutes after a good Russian move.A minute later, the same was true for Malafeev stopping Polanski’s close-range shot from a wide angle.The pace of the game slowed slightly, but that did not stop Lewandowski setting up Obraniak on 80 minutes, although the Bordeaux midfielder’s low shot lacked the power and accuracy to really test Malafeev.The final Group A games on Sunday see Russia face Greece, while Poland take on the Czechs, with the winner of that game certain to qualify.last_img read more

Mongolian sumo wrestler retires over assault

first_imgPalace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Jazz shut down Rockets for 118-91 victory Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Sumo wrestler Takanoiwa, center, leaves his sumo stable master’s building in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. The Mongolian wrestler has decided to retire after assaulting a younger wrestler during the ongoing regional tour in the latest blow to Japan’s national sport.(Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — Mongolian sumo wrestler Takanoiwa has decided to retire after assaulting a younger wrestler during the ongoing regional tour in the latest blow to Japan’s national sport.Takanoiwa, 28, who last year was a victim of assault that led to the resignation of compatriot and grand champion Harumafuji, hit a lower-ranked wrestler at a hotel in Fukuoka on Tuesday, the Japan Sumo Association said.ADVERTISEMENT Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever LATEST STORIES The wrestler did not sustain a major injury but has swelling on his face after being hit four or five times with an open hand and fist, the JSA said.Takanoiwa, whose real name is Adiyagiin Baasandorj, was hit with a remote control device in a bar by fellow Mongolian Harumafuji on Oct. 26 last year, which led to the grand champion’s retirement the following month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSumo has been rocked by a series of scandals in recent years as it attempts to maintain its popularity. Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ You can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

Dame Helen Mirren wins Glamour Icon award

first_imgDame Helen Mirren won the Icon award at the annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London on Tuesday night (03.06.14).The Oscar-winning actress, 68, was thrilled to be presented with the prize by Ryan Reynolds, with whom she is currently filming ‘The Woman In Gold,’ and used her moment on stage to urge young stars not to be afraid of getting older.She said: “There are a lot of really young women here who are very beautiful, incredibly talented, and I salute you and respect you all. I’m so proud to be a member of your sex.”Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is f**king awesome. I’m not quite there yet, but almost.”Dame Helen Mirren won the Icon award at the annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London.Davina McCall was named Glamour Hero for her gruelling 500-mile cycle, swim and running journey from Edinburgh to London in February, which raised 1 million pounds for Sports Relief, and ‘Orange Is The New Black’ actress Taylor Schilling, 29, won the Editor’s Special Award.Other big winners included ‘Grace of Monaco’ actress Nicole Kidman, who won the Outstanding Contribution award, and Taylor Swift, who was awarded Best International Solo Artist, but neither of them were able to attend the glittering ceremony.Supermodel Naomi Campbell, Little Mix, singer Paloma Faith, presenter Emma Willis, ‘Modern Family’ star Sarah Hyland and ‘Godzilla’ actress Sally Hawkins also picked up prizes.’The Hunger Games’ star Sam Claflin – who plays Finnick Odair in the franchise – was named the Man of the Year at the ceremony, which was presented by Graham Norton in London’s Berkeley Square Gardens.advertisementlast_img read more

Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind could be out for six months

first_imgManchester United midfielder Daley Blind could be sidelined for up to six months with a knee injury suffered on international duty with the Netherlands.”Blind is not ready, he has a brace on his knee. He needs 10 days’ rest. Then we’ll have another scan and say more about his injury,” manager Louis van Gaal was quoted as saying on the club website.”It’s not as bad as the doctors thought after the match but it shall be a long story, I believe, six months or something.”Blind limped off in the 6-0 win over Latvia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Nov. 16.United had doubts about 12 first-team players for this Saturday’s Premier League match at Arsenal in the wake of the international break but Van Gaal was hopeful winger Angel Di Maria, keeper David De Gea, full back Luke Shaw and midfielder Michael Carrick would be fit.”It’s difficult to say if anyone is back because we have to wait for Friday’s training session to decide if they’re back,” the manager said.”Di Maria has trained today normally so I don’t think that is a question mark but Shaw is. De Gea is good, no problem. I think I have to wait for the reactions tomorrow in training with Carrick but I also expect he’s ready to play.”United are seventh in the table, one point and one place behind Arsenal after 11 games with both teams struggling to put together a consistent run of form.last_img read more

Dani Alves explains failed Chelsea & Man City moves

first_imgPSG defender Dani Alves has revealed just how close he was to signing for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and explained why he turned down a move to Manchester City.The Brazil international was still a Sevilla player when he agreed to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2007.However, the move did not go through and Alves stayed in Seville for another season before joining Barcelona in July 2008. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Now Alves has offered an insight into what caused the deal to collapse, insisting it was not his fault and that he was looking forward to working under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.”I didn’t go to Chelsea because of the club, not because of me,” he told Sky Sports.”I thought it was done, that I was going there to work with him. I don’t know if he got different information, that I didn’t want to go or whatever, because since then our relationship hasn’t been so good, but it wasn’t my fault. I was convinced that I was going to work with him and form part of his team.”Alves’ subsequent move to Barcelona saw him link up with Pep Guardiola, whose appointment as head coach sparked a glittering period of success for the Catalan club.Dani Alves BarcelonaThe defender won 14 major trophies under Guardiola at Camp Nou and is full of praise for the impact the current Manchester City boss has had on his career.”Guardiola improved me a lot as a footballer,” added Alves. “He taught me a lot of things and that’s why in every interview I’m asked I always say the same thing: He is the best manager that I have worked with.”He is a genius at key moments. He knows how to let his players know exactly what they should be doing. On many occasions, he was a manager who won us matches. We just had to follow his instructions.”After eight trophy-laden seasons with Barcelona, Alves moved to Juventus in 2016, winning the Serie A title and Coppa Italia in his first year in Turin.But, despite having a year left on his deal, Juve agreed to terminate his contract early the following summer amid reports of a move to Manchester City.As Goal reported in July 2017, Alves had agreed a deal to move to the Etihad Stadium and a reunion with his former boss Guardiola. However, after being allowed to go on holiday, Alves stunned City officials by deciding to sign for PSG instead.The 35-year-old has now revealed the reasons behind his dramatic U-turn, which reportedly left Guardiola livid.”It was all done to go to Manchester City but it didn’t happen because of a family decision,” he said. “Pep knew my intentions. I spoke with him, he knew my intention to work with him and his staff again. He knows the gigantic respect I have for them, which is why I wanted to work with him again until something else came up.”In life you have to weigh everything up, even when they are just decisions about your career. I like my decisions to be taken carefully, so they don’t harm anyone close to me, so that the people close to me are happy.”I know that if the people close to me are happy, I am happy, and I can do my job better. For me, it was a shame not to work with Guardiola again because he knows I adore him, but at the same time it was a new challenge which is what changed my mind.”Alves helped PSG claim a domestic treble last season before suffering a knee injury in May that caused him to miss the World Cup.He has just one year left on his contract in the French capital and, at 35, knows he is approaching the end of his career.But, when asked whether he regrets not playing in England, Alves hinted there might still be another chapter in his already illustrious career.”No, no I don’t regret it… and anyway my career is not over yet,” he said. “English football is a type of football which excites me a lot.”last_img read more

India will be unbeatable if Kuldeep, Chahal continue their form: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgOne could laud the selectors for dialling trickery over the orthodox or just attribute the selection to an enforced change, as a lesson from the Champions trophy. Irrespective of who steals the credit lines for their selection, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal deserve all the accolades for rejuvenating India’s bowling resources in one day cricket.India’s stocks in white ball cricket rose sharply, once both the wrist spinners began picking wickets consistently in the middle overs through the last home season. But what has come as a surprise is their domination in South Africa on surfaces more conducive to seam.The duo of Chahal and Kuldeep have snatched 30 of the 43 South African wickets to fall in the series; incredibly 70 per cent of the spoils in five matches so far.”They have been brilliant. And they have not taken wickets on turners but on good wickets. It’s a good thing for both of them. If they keep picking wickets like this than no one will be able to defeat India anywhere,” former skipper Sourav Ganguly told India Today.The spin twins have picked up 30 wickets so far in the series. This is the most by India’s spinners in a bilateral series. The previous highest was 27 against England at home in 2006. The only time India’s spinners took more than 30 wickets in a tournament was in the 2011 World Cup, where they picked up 34 wickets.Kuldeep is the leading wicket-taker in the series with 16 wickets while Chahal is a close second with 14. India vs South Africa, 6th ODI: Yuzvendra Chahal has 14 wickets in the series (BCCI Photo)While it has been an outstanding start for the wrist spinners in lead-up to the other overseas challenges that await India with tours to England, Australia, New Zealand before the World Cup, Ganguly expects greater resistance from other opponents.advertisement”I was watching the other day and Kuldeep himself looked surprised at how some of the South African batsmen fell. So there will be other teams who will play them better than this. But they will always be a threat,” he said.Ganguly as a captain often played one of the two spin options he had in Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble in overseas conditions. But the one day game has advanced rapidly in the past five years and wrist spinners and mystery spinners have sidelined the conventional finger spinners.Weighing in on this wrist spin vs finger spin argument, Ganguly said it eventually came down to quality.”Wrist spinners have always been a threat. You look at Shane Warne and Anil Kumble. Or a Muralitharan who always troubled batsmen, a Graeme Swann who was an off spinner but not a finger spinner, a different kind of off spinner. So this will be a factor. But like we discussed, it’s about quality which Kuldeep and Chahal have,” he opined.Back home, Ravichandran Ashwin has begun working on developing leg spin to add to his repertoire. Ravindra Jadeja has spoken about being upbeat on being promised batting opportunities higher up the order in the upcoming IPL.Ganguly did not mince words to say that both Ashwin and Jadeja would be under pressure to regain their spots in India’s limited-overs squads.”There will be pressure on Ashwin and Jadeja. Because with their performances (Kuldeep and Chahal) you haven’t just beaten the opposition but outplayed them. If you dominate this way, it will create pressure on the others. Ashwin does have a very good record at home. So we will wait and see,” he said.last_img read more

POLL: Do you believe SA will qualify for Russia?

first_imgClose South Africa POLL: Will Bafana Bafana qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup? Ernest Makhaya Last updated 2 years ago 00:17 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bafana Bafana, Morgan Gould Backpagepix South Africa WC Qualification Africa Senegal Polls & Quizzes Bafana’s chances of making it to Russia are hanging in the balance, but it’s all in their hands as they have to beat Senegal twice to qualify Bafana Bafana face Senegal in back-to-back clashes for a spot in the 2018 Fifa World Cup finals. The first leg will be played in Polokwane on Friday, with the return leg scheduled for November 14 in Dakar. Stuart Baxter’s men know that only six points from the two crucial matches will see them secure their ticket to the tournament in Russia, but what are their chances of beating the Teranga Lions twice in succession?  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 Goal is asking if you believe that South Africa will qualify for their first Fifa World Cup since 2002 below.last_img read more

HOW JUSTIN BIEBER PROVED THAT YOUTUBE CAN PRODUCE POP STARS

first_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement YouTube was in its infancy, just two years old, when Bieber started posting videos of himself performing covers of Lil Bow Wow, Sarah McLachlan and Alicia Keys. While the platform was growing in viewership and hours of uploads — in 2007, approximately six hours of footage was being uploaded every minute; a 2015 study indicated that the number had by then ballooned to more than 400 hours per minute — YouTube wasn’t a place to land a record deal. Advertisementcenter_img It’s a story that feels like the standard nowadays: an unknown artist uploads a clip of themselves performing on a social platform, which soon goes viral and catches the attention of not only music fans, but the gatekeepers of the music industry — managers, producers, record label execs. The result is immediate superstardom. That is, to varying extents, the origins of some of today’s biggest artists: Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Ed Sheeran, Tori Kelly and 5 Seconds of Summer.That model of discoverability feels like the new normal now, but that wasn’t the case in 2007 when a young boy named Justin Bieber from Stratford, Ont., uploaded his first video onto YouTube with the help of his mother, Pattie. The clip was grainy and Bieber’s tiny frame (he was only 12 years old at the time) was a mere silhouette moving around a dimly lit church stage. But the quality of the video didn’t matter; the real star of the video was Bieber’s voice, big and bellowing as he reached for the high notes of R&B star Ne-Yo’s song, “So Sick.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Justin Bieberlast_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open lower on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street after China reported a surprise drop in exports to the U.S. last month.Technology and health care stocks led the market lower early Monday. Apple gave up 1.5 per cent and Johnson & Johnson fell 1 per cent.PG&E lost half its value after the troubled California utility, which faces huge liabilities over the state’s deadly wildfires, said it would file for bankruptcy protection.Newspaper publisher Gannett soared 13 per cent after the publisher of USA Today got a takeover bid.The S&P 500 fell 18 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,578.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 146 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 23,850. The Nasdaq gave up 65 points, or 1 per cent, to 6,904.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sampanthan says India achieved a lot under late PM Vajpayee

He said the former Prime Minister of India and the Bharatiya Janatha Party (BJP) was an outstanding leader and under his visionary leadership, India achieved many milestones in its history. “He served the great country of India with humility and honesty, and he was much loved and respected by millions of people across the world. Former three-time Prime Minister Vajpayee is also an exceptional orator and a leader with great sense of humour, his speeches within the Indian parliament and outside will always be remembered,” he said. Opposition and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R Sampanthan says India achieved a lot under Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away yesterday (Thursday).Sampanthan said that India has lost one of its most regarded Intellectual and statesmen Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Sampanthan said that Vajpayee was honoured with the Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibushan awards by the Government of India for his selfless services to the people of the country.On behalf of the Tamil People in Sri Lanka, Sampanthan extended his sincere condolences to his family, to the Bharatiya Janatha Party, to the Government of India and to the people of India. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan reports momentum against racism continues following Durban conference

Momentum generated by the United Nations World Conference against Racism four years ago is fuelling a trend towards reporting and monitoring, often using statistics, of racist crimes and incidents, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report on the issue to the General Assembly.”New forms of racism are receiving increasing attention. Governments are reacting more often against cybercrime and/or the dissemination of racist ideologies via the Internet,” he writes.”At the same time, governments, intergovernmental organizations, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are using the Internet to inform the public about their work and to spread positive messages of equality and non-discrimination.”The report, requested by the Assembly, focuses on activities relating to the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance held in the South African port city in 2001.The study, consisting largely of contributions submitted by Member States and civil society organizations from around the globe, concludes that 21 March, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, remains a rallying point around the world. read more

Africa can overcome dramatic public health crisis with international support – UN

While Africa confronts the world’s most dramatic public health crisis, it can over time meet the challenges, given sufficient international support, according to first-ever report to focus on the health of the 738 million people living in the United Nations health agency’s African Region, released today.“Every year millions of Africans are dying needlessly of diseases that are preventable and treatable,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director Luis Gomes Sambo said of the study, The Health of the People: the African Regional Health Report.“The vast majority of people living in Africa have yet to benefit from advances in medical research and public health. The result is an immense burden of death and disease that is devastating for African societies,” he added of the report, which looks at HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and pregnancy-related conditions that kill mothers and babies.It also highlights the lesser known problems of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, and other non-communicable conditions, such as mental illness and injuries.“The challenge for African governments and their partners is to coordinate the provision of health care more effectively than ever before, and to ensure that all funds are used in an accountable manner to the benefit of the African people,” Mr. Gomes Sambo said.WHO’s African Region has 46 Member States, covering all parts of the continent except Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia and Western Sahara.The report says its central message is clear: “African countries will not develop economically and socially without substantial improvements in the health of theirpeople. The health-care interventions – treatments, diagnostic and preventive methods – that are needed in this Region are known. The challenge for African countries and their partners is to deliver these to the people who need them.”On the positive side, the report notes that there are signs everywhere that Africa is finding African approaches to solving its health problems. In Uganda, 50 per cent of all HIV/AIDS patients have been reached with life-saving antiretroviral medicine through an innovative programme that trains nurses to do work traditionally done by doctors.The number of HIV-positive people on antiretroviral medicines across the Region increased eight-fold, from 100,000 in December 2003 to 810,000 in December 2005.In Mali, community cost-sharing schemes have provided 35 of the country’s 57 community health centres with staff trained to deliver babies and perform emergency caesarian sections, making skilled obstetric care available to thousands of women who could not previously afford it.In Rwanda, a police-led road safety campaign, including fines for not wearing seatbelts or helmets, led to drop of nearly one quarter in traffic injury deaths in a single year.In South Africa, a health-care train routinely transports young doctors and final-year medical students to isolated farming areas that would otherwise have no access to basic medical services, so far providing health care 500,000 people and health screening and education to 800,000 more.River blindness has been eliminated as a health problem in the region, and guinea worm control efforts have slashed cases by 97 per cent since 1986. Leprosy is near elimination, with less than one case per 10,000 people. And most States are making good progress on preventable childhood illness, with polio close to eradication, and 37 countries reaching 60 per cent or more of children with measles immunization. But the report also provides the measure of the challenges Africa faces. HIV/AIDS continues to devastate the Region, which has 11 per cent of the world’s population but 60 per cent of people with HIV/AIDS. And more than 90 per cent of the estimated 300 million to 500 million malaria cases worldwide each year are in Africa, mainly children under five years of age, although most countries are moving towards better treatment policies, including artemisinin-based combination therapy. read more

Fluor helps CBG reach major milestone at Guinea bauxite expansion project

first_imgFluor Corp reports Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG) has achieved first ore at its Bauxite Production Expansion project in Kamsar, Guinea, safely, on budget and on schedule.The project is expanding bauxite production at the mine from 13.5 to 18.5 Mt/y, with Fluor, as the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contractor, responsible for the expansion of the mine infrastructure, rail system, port facility and processing plant infrastructure and utilities.Tony Morgan, President of Fluor’s Mining & Metals business, said: “From developing the local craft workforce to strengthening the economy, this project will have a lasting positive impact on the Kamsar community. Achieving this milestone safely, on budget and on schedule is a testament to the dedication and perseverance of the joint CBG and Fluor team.”There were more than 1,500 craft workers on site at peak construction. The project team focused on hiring a local workforce, which resulted in Guinean workers representing nearly 75% of the employees on site.To align the workforce on safe work practices and create a safe work culture at the site, Fluor developed a specialised safety programme. This allowed more than 4 million hours of work to be completed without a lost-time incident.CBG is jointly owned by the Government of Guinea and the Halco Mining consortium, which includes Alcoa, Rio Tinto and Dadco Investments.Fluor’s Tony Morgan recently spoke to IM for its annual December issue focus on EPC and EPCM contractors. You can read part of the Q&A here.last_img read more

RK Vardar overtake first place in Group B

RK Vardar Skopje are again at the TOP of the VELUX EHF Champions League Group B! The Macedonian champions had no problem in beating RK PPD Zagreb 25:20 (14:9), who lost also SEHA GAZPROM League match over second best Macedonian team RK Metalurg (25:22) three days ago at same place.Raul Gonzales boys opened match with 5:0 series and similar difference between two teams stayed until the end of the match. The best Croatian side had no power to make something serious without few players  – Sebetic, Cingesar and Jotic.The closest gap was at 21:17 in 52nd minute, but domestic team had no difficulties to finish match with Alex Dujshebaev in the main role with seven goals ahead of Cindric and Karacic with four each.STANDINGS: 7. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …10208241:265(-24)4 1. HC Vardar10703296:268(28)14 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen10613281:276(5)13 3. MOL-Pick Szeged10613275:254(21)13 FOTO: RK Vardar 1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce10703294:276(18)14 RK Vardar Skopje 7. IFK Kristianstad9126243:270(-27)4 6. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko9135250:274(-24)5 5. HC Meshkov Brest10433281:278(3)11 ← Previous Story Barca win in Veszprem with Ristovski in main role! Next Story → IFK Kristianstad take Janc’s gift in Celje! read more

The 5 at 5 Monday

first_img Share1 Tweet Email6 http://jrnl.ie/3322195 Monday 3 Apr 2017, 4:55 PM Apr 3rd 2017, 4:55 PM Short URL 7,143 Views The 5 at 5: Monday 5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock… Image: Shutterstock/Val Payne EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #RUSSIA: Around ten people are dead after an explosion rocked the metro system in Russia’s second city Saint Petersburg, according to authorities and news reports.2. #ELEVENTH HOUR: NBRU chief Dermot O’Leary has confirmed that the National Bus and Rail Union has received a legal letter from Coras Iompar Éireann over last Friday’s wildcat action.3. #PROPERTY: The asking price for a typical three-bed semi in Dublin has risen to €290,000.4. #MAURITIUS: The chief public prosecutor of Mauritius has said that the murder case of Michaela McAreavey is not closed.5. #IT CAN’T BE YOU: The unlucky winner of the Christmas Millionaire Raffle draw has missed out on their €1 million prize as the deadline to claim the cash has passed. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments By Cliodhna Russell Image: Shutterstock/Val Paynelast_img read more

National remembrance service to be held in New Zealand for mosque attack

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 1:26 PM Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images By Hayley Halpin New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images No Comments People embrace is a show of love during the vigil Source: Mark BakerNew Zealand has been holding a series of memorials since the attacks.On Friday, people across the nation observed the Muslim call to prayer one week after the attacks.Brenton Tarrant has been charged with murder in the attacks and is scheduled to make his next court appearance on 5 April.Includes reporting by Associated Press In the week since the unprecedented terror attack there has been an outpouring of grief and love in our country. The service will be a chance to once again show that New Zealanders are compassionate, inclusive and diverse, and that we will protect those values.Ardern added that it is anticipated that international visitors will also want to attend the service.The details of the service, including exact location, broadcast arrangements and order of service will be announced later in the week.VigilThis announcement comes as up to 40,000 people attended a vigil today at Hagley Park. It was held on a stage that had been set up for a concert by Canadian singer Bryan Adams that was cancelled after the attacks. Armed police patrolling the vigil in Hagley Park Source: Mark Baker via APThe names of each of the 50 people killed were read out.Okirano Tilaia, the head boy at Cashmere High School, which lost two students in the attack, cited Martin Luther King Jr in his speech, saying he conquered people with love, peace and solidarity.He said:Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can. And hatred cannot drive out hatred, only love can. center_img New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern National remembrance service to be held in New Zealand for mosque attack victims 50 people were killed and dozens more injured in the mass shooting at two mosques last week. https://jrnl.ie/4558246 A NATIONAL REMEMBRANCE service for the victims of the attacks of mosques in New Zealand will be held next Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. The service will be held in Christchurch in Hagley Park and will be jointly led by the Government of New Zealand, the city of Christchurch, Ngāi Tahu and the Muslim community.Fifty people were killed and dozens more injured in the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday 15 March. Australian-born Brenton Tarrant (28) filmed himself carrying out the horrific attack. The self-professed white supremacist made a white power symbol when in court.Over the past week, victims’ funerals took place, with a father and son among the first people to be laid to rest.“The National Remembrance Service provides an opportunity for Cantabrians, New Zealanders and people all around the world to come together as one to honour the victims of the terrorist attack,” Jacinda Ardern said.  Share2 Tweet Email Mar 24th 2019, 1:26 PM 6,733 Views last_img read more

Secret of Mana Remake Coming to PS4 Vita and Steam on Feb

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Secret of Mana is one of the all-time Super Nintendo classics. It’s no surprise that it is among one of the titles on the SNES Classic Edition. Unless you were lucky enough to snag one this week, you probably won’t be playing Secret of Mana on Nintendo’s next miniature system. Thankfully, Square-Enix is set to release a 3D remake of its beloved JRPG classic for PS4, PS Vita, and Steam.Secret of Mana is a sequel to Final Fantasy Adventure, both of which were known as Seiken Densetsu 1 and 2 (respectively) in Japan. Where most JRPGs of the time had turn-based combat, Secret of Mana distinguished itself by having a real-time battle system. It also had co-op multiplayer which allowed players to drop in and out. Secret of Mana was ported to the Wii U Virtual Console in 2008. The game was also ported to Nintendo Switch in Japan as part of the Secret of Mana collection back on June 1st, 2017.According to Famitsu magazine (as reported by Kotaku), this 3D remake will have voice-overs, new musical arrangements, and upgraded gameplay. Up to three players can get together via online multiplayer on PS4 and Steam. The Vita version will have local multiplayer.Anyone that pre-orders Secret of Mana from the PlayStation Store will get special character costumes. There is a “Moogle Suit” for Randi, Primm, and Popoi, “Tiger Two-Piece” for Primm, and “Tiger Suit” for Randi and Popoi. Three PlayStation Network avatars will also be available. Those who pre-purchase or buy the Day 1 Edition within a week of its release on Steam will get three costumes and a downloadable wallpaper.Secret of Mana is slated for release on February 15, 2018. There’s no word yet on a North American Switch release. Hopefully, this 3D remake will be ported to Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid since it would be great to play it on the go.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more