Barcelona coach wants Real Madrid to play in Catalan capital

first_imgValverde said Thursday he and his players prefer to keep the schedule unchanged and show everyone that the game can take place safely despite the current problems in Catalonia.The region has seen violent protests for the last few days with police clashing with protesters angered by a Supreme Court decision to sentence nine separatist leaders to prison. Separatist groups have called for supporters to rally in Barcelona on the day of the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThere is also discussion about postponing the game instead of switching it to Madrid, but that could potentially cause a scheduling conflict with other competitions.The Spanish soccer federation said the clubs have until Monday to respond to the league’s request to change venues. Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde sits prior Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Sevilla at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. Barcelona won 4-0. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says his team wants to play its Spanish league “clásico” match against Real Madrid at home despite a planned separatist rally in the Catalan capital on the same day.CaThe Spanish soccer league wants the Oct. 26 game to be moved from Barcelona to Madrid because of security concerns, with the return match automatically switched from Madrid to Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man The league runs the top two tiers of Spanish soccer, while the federation controls regulations and fixtures for professional and amateur games.Catalan independence flags are a regular feature at Barcelona’s home games at the Camp Nou Stadium.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA Division 1 coaches headed to Manila for Gold Series Golf Camp View commentslast_img read more

Novak Djokovic sails into Eastbourne final

first_imgNovak Djokovic sharpened his grasscourt game ahead of next week’s Wimbledon by beating Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-4 on Friday to reach the Aegon International final on another rain-disrupted day at Eastbourne.The Serbian world number four saved three break points at 4-4 before breaking his opponent’s serve in the next game to claim the opening set.Medvedev conceded another break in the ninth game of the second set as Djokovic sealed the victory in 82 minutes.Top seed Djokovic, playing in his first Wimbledon warm-up event since 2010, will be seeking his first title since claiming the Qatar Open in January.He will meet Gael Monfils in Saturday’s final after the second seed beat Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-7(7) 7-6(4) in an all-French semi-final showdown.last_img read more



Hazard: Belgium golden generation must win trophy

first_imgEden Hazard Hazard: Belgium’s golden generation meaningless without trophy Goal 15:12 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eden Hazard Belgium Getty Eden Hazard World Cup England v Belgium England Belgium The Chelsea attacker has put pressure on his team-mates to live up to expectation at the World Cup and is excited to face England in the group stage Eden Hazard says Belgium must win the World Cup with the current group of players or else their golden generation will have been a waste.A lot has been expected of the Rode Duivels in recent competitions due to their talented squad made up of players from across Europe’s top leagues.Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Co. made it to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 in their most recent displays on the international stage, and are looking to go further this year to show they make up a historic Belgium team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “We know what we are. We are good players, we all play in the big games in England, in Italy and in Spain, so we know what to do,” Hazard told reporters.”The golden generation thing – you have, 10 years or 15 years ago, this same golden generation in England, but you won nothing.”Now I think the fans, journalists, all of Belgium, the country just want to win something. We have a golden generation, we just want to win something now.”Maybe we can be different to England – we will see. Of course we are very excited about the World Cup, like always.”We start the first game in 10 days, so we just want to be there and playing. We are in preparation, but we will be ready for the World Cup when it starts.”Belgium begin their tournament in Russia in a group consisting of Panama, Tunisia and England, and Hazard is looking forward to meeting some familiar faces in the clash in Kaliningrad.”That will be a special game for us but first we have two other games, against Panama and Tunisia, and that is the third game,” he added.”Maybe in the past England would have been favourites, but now it is different.”I think we are quite the same – it is 50-50 – England have a lot of good players, and we also have good players so we will see.”I get kicked a lot, I am used to that in England, it is something I know. After two minutes I am in the game, I like to be kicked.”And I enjoy being captain, of course. I am a leader on the pitch, but in the team we have a lot of players who can talk, they can say something.”I am not the only captain, I try to do my best on the pitch, and be the leader on the pitch.”last_img read more

4 days agoChelsea matchwinner Marcos Alonso: We’re getting better and better

first_imgChelsea matchwinner Marcos Alonso: We’re getting better and betterby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea matchwinner Marcos Alonso says beating Newcastle United was the ideal way to return from the international break.Alonso expected Newcastle’s resistance and felt the home side’s patience finally paid off in the second half.”They played in a very compact style so it’s not easy to find space to attack and create chances,” he told “In the second half, we did very well and were intense in our play. That makes it hard for them to hold for 90 minutes so we were able to get the goal and the three points.”We were prepared for them to play like that. Maybe in the first half, we were lacking a bit of patience and finesse in the final third but we always had belief that the goal would come.”We have many options in the team and this is good. The team is getting better, we are improving game by game and we need to continue in this way. We are moving the ball quickly, our press is good and we are doing a good job as a team. We have clear ideas and we have to continue in this way.”Alonso felt the three Premier League points were particularly important coming in the first game back from an international break and he emphasised that hard work was paying off with results as we secured a fifth consecutive win in all competitions.”It was very important to win after the international break,” he admitted. “We played with a lot of patience and at the end we got the goal, we kept grafting and got a good reward”It’s a new season with new staff and there’s room for improvement but since the beginning we have improved a lot. We need to keep focused on each game and work hard in training.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

‘Why sack Wenger? Same old story for Emery’s Arsenal’

first_imgUnai Emery faces “the same problems as Arsene Wenger had”, claims Emmanuel Petit, with no progress having been made at Arsenal as the club refuses to embrace “revolution”.After 22 years working under the guidance of an iconic French coach, the Gunners decided to open a new chapter in the summer of 2018.Emery was handed the reins and charged with the task of delivering a top-four finish and rebuilding collective confidence in north London. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He has, however, seen his hands tied in the transfer market – with only loan deals available to him in January – and Petit believes Arsenal continue to stagnate, rather than evolve.The former midfielder, who tasted Premier League title success during his time with the Gunners, told the Mirror: “It’s like Wenger is out but I have the feeling that it’s the same old story.“What’s happening after Arsene Wenger’s era, I think we were expecting more from the club. I am disappointed.“You are telling me that Emery has the same problems that Wenger had. Nothing has changed. So why did they sack Arsene?“If you sack the manager, you need to start a revolution. But I ask the question: Why did they sack Arsene? If someone can give me the answer then I’ll be very happy.“If you don’t give the control to Emery, allow him to oversee a revolution, give him the power to bring in new players to help him change the style on the pitch, then why create all of this mess?“This team is not good enough to fight for the title. This team is strong enough to fight for third or fourth place and that’s it. They’ve been like that for years and years. You don’t have to be a magician to understand that.Unai Emery Arsenal 2018-19“I was thinking, ‘OK, you sacked Arsene Wenger for good reasons’. But then I was expecting a revolution at the club. But it’s not happened.“You sack Arsene but then you have to give the power to Emery to change things. But, honestly, nothing has happened. It’s just the same now as it ever was.“I don’t see many changes in terms of how the team plays since Wenger left. I’m still confident with Emery, he’s a talented manager, but he needs to pick his own players as well. For sure, Arsenal needs to change the squad.”Petit feels the Gunners currently lack “the characters” required to compete with ambitious rivals, with the Frenchman adding: “I watched the last game with West Ham and I was thinking, ‘How can you put Ramsey on the bench and leave Ozil at home, knowing that you have no creative midfielders?’“Everything is on the shoulders of [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette to score goals. And for a club like Arsenal, that’s not good enough.“It’s about having the characters in the team. Look at Liverpool, the personality of the team, the desire, the anger. When I look at the characters like [James] Milner, [Jordan] Henderson, [Virgil] van Dijk. When I look at [Trent] Alexander-Arnold, [Andy] Robertson. They fight for the ball every time.“That’s what you need if you want to compete at the highest level. If you look at the big clubs, even Barcelona, it’s all about desire. When you don’t have the ball, it’s about the desire to get it back. It’s really that simple.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Our Picks to Upgrade Your Winter Hat Game for Every Situation

first_img We Found the Best Merino Wool Socks After One Year of Testing 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer Your winter hat game needs an upgrade — like, to one of the best men’s winter hats specifically. There are all kinds of styles out there to top off your ensemble, from the classic (and winter-friendly) fedora to a durable beanie cap to a stylish flatcap. We’ve picked out a few of our favorites below, each of which can team with winter style essentials that you already know, love and consistently wear — how about that? Shop away, and don’t forget to throw on one of these beauties the next time you leave the house.Topo Designs Merino Wool Beanie – $45What’s perhaps the number one hat you need in your wardrobe (and on your head) this winter? A dependably made beanie cap, one that simply gets the job done. The Topo Designs Merino Wool Beanie is your answer — no messing around with this piece, assuredly one of the best men’s winter hats out there. See ItGoorin Bros. Dutch Ellsworth Fedora Hat – $160Does your winter ensemble deserve something a little more tailored? Something a little more old-school cool and refined? The Dutch Ellsworth Fedora Hat, while not for everyone, is absolutely the right pick — wear it with a herringbone topcoat and a navy flannel suit for style that blends the throwback and the current.See ItKangol Wool Flexfit Hat – $40Kangol has been making instantly recognizable classic hats year after year without fail — the timeless, easy-to-wear Wool Flexfit Hat would look right at home with everything from a denim jacket and a henley to a shawl collar cardigan, slim chinos and beat-up leather boots. It’s a classic that’s right at home on any list of the best men’s winter hats. See ItEbbets Field Flannels for J. Crew Brooklyn Eagles Ballcap – $50You can still keep your trusty ballcap around for the winter months, especially if it’s a vintage-inspired number that’s easy to style with everything from a topcoat and jeans to a crewneck sweater and slim joggers (don’t forget leather sneakers). Does a ballcap deserve to sit on this list of best men’s winter hats? It sure does. See ItAmerican Trench Cable Knit Cashmere Beanie – $110When you want to go really luxe with your winter headwear — as in, the type of option you could even wear with as a complement to a blazer and chinos — this reliable, well-made (and yes, pricey) cable knit cashmere beanie offers texture, visual interest and sharp looks. See It Editors’ Recommendations 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall last_img read more

Parenting stress weakens motherchild communication

first_imgMothers who reported higher levels of parenting stress had less synchrony in brain activity with their child, than those who reported lower levels of parenting stress, researchers have found. Excessive parenting stress can block maternal sensitivity, lead to reactions that punish the child and negatively affect the parent-child relationship for the long term. “Our study shows that parenting stress may very well weaken mother-child communication early in the process of social interaction. Our observations likely stem from the stressed mother’s reduced ability to share her child’s perspective,” said study senior author. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”This inability to appreciate the child’s viewpoint may reduce the quality of parental engagement and undermine the mother-child relationship in the long run.” According to the study, when the parent and child show highly similar brain activity in the same areas of the brain i.e. greater synchrony, it suggests that both are highly tuned in to each other’s emotional states. The recently published study analysed the brain activity of 31 pairs of mother and children from Singapore while they were watching children’s animation clips together. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe researchers used functional Near-infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) caps as a non-invasive way to measure brain activation based on blood concentration levels in the brain. Before starting the experiment, mothers answered a questionnaire that aims to measure parenting stress. The mother-child pairs then wore the fNIRS caps with the child sitting on the mother’s lap while both watched animation clips from ‘Brave’, ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘The Incredibles’ together. The research team compared the mother’s and child’s brain activity to calculate brain-to-brain synchrony and found that for those parents reporting higher levels of parenting stress, the degree of mother-child synchrony in part of the prefrontal cortex was diminished, compared to those parents reporting lower stress who had better synchrony.last_img read more

Annual UN Day celebrations span the globe

In Addis Ababa, UN staff members are planting up to 2,000 trees in a national park above the Ethiopian capital and holding their traditional flag-raising ceremony as part of a series of events to observe the Day. Professors and students at Kabul University in Afghanistan held a question-and-answer session about the role of the UN in which the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative Christopher Alexander participated. In Bangkok, 22 UN entities and international organizations with offices in the Thai capital are taking part in a bilingual exhibition in CentralWorld, the city’s largest mall, to show the many ways in which the Organization tries to improve the lives of people in the region. Musical performances and other events will also take place during the life of the three-day exhibition. Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont told a separate ceremony to mark the Day that for the UN to maintain its rightful place on the world stage, continuing reform was necessary.“But we the Member States also have to do our share,” he said. “We need to have the political will to empower the UN to take action as and when necessary. We need to provide the UN with sufficient resources.”In Vienna, the UN Information Service (UNIS) in the Austrian capital organized a student forum bringing together more than 80 students from universities in Austria and Slovakia. Classical music concerts were also held tonight in both Geneva and New York. In the Swiss city, Luigi Cherubini and Maurice Ravel performed at Victoria Hall, while the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra performed at the General Assembly Hall in New York.Speaking at the concert in New York, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said the music being performed, which included the works of Verdi, Puccini and Brahms, offered a reminder that the UN “must serve and preserve our highest human potential for centuries to come.”He said: “While it is essential that we respond to the realities of the day, the actions of the UN must be guided by longer-term wisdom, solidarity, and justice. Our work is for posterity, and we should be mindful of our legacy.”In his first UN Day message as Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said that although the world was turning in favour of the UN, the world body needs to strengthen its ability to respond to key global challenges on peace and security, development and human rights. “More people and governments understand that multilateralism is the only path in our interdependent and globalizing world,” Mr. Ban said in his message. “Global problems demand global solutions – and going it alone is not a viable option.” He stressed that the demands on the UN were “growing every day,” and warned that “we will be judged in the future on the actions we take today – on results.” In a separate message, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Timor-Leste Atul Khare stressed that the UN peacekeeping mission in the South-East Asian country (UNMIT) was striving to transform the collective goodwill of the international community towards the small nation into practical action. “We are dedicated to accomplishing the mandate entrusted to us by the Member States of the United Nations: promotion of peace, democracy and human rights, while supporting efforts to secure food, clean water, health care and the right to education and employment for all,” Mr. Khare said. The UN Country Team in Myanmar issued its own statement saying the Day should serve as an opportunity to “reflect on the importance of ensuring development, prosperity, peace, security and dignity for all” and stressing that all peoples deserve to have these rights and freedoms. “In Myanmar, the peaceful demonstrations that followed the sudden hike in fuel prices on 15 August highlighted that many of these aspirations are not yet a reality for the people here,” the statement noted. Tamrat Samuel, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative in Nepal, said UN Day should be used in the Asian country as a time to reflect on what can and should be done in the year ahead to foster peace and development, regardless of any recent setbacks.In Sudan, a televised debate was held to discuss the UN and climate change, the theme of this year’s Day, while in Kenya more than 500 people attended a ceremony awarding the “UN in Kenya Person of the Year” to Abbas Gullet, Secretary-General of Kenya Red Cross Society.Many UN Information Centres (UNICs) around the world held their own activities, including an exhibition of the works of young painters in Bahrain and the opening of the “UN Alphabet” exhibition in Prague, the Czech Republic, in which schoolchildren contributed short stories, essays, drawings, photographs and other art works about issues from A to Z, ranging from AIDS and fair trade to land mines, refugees and climate change.Indonesian children took part in a quiz on UN activities and watched animated films on the work of the world body, while in Togo a ceremony was held to mark the symbolic destruction of arms and weaponry.In Haiti, UN peacekeepers organized a series of humanitarian activities in commemoration of the Day, including providing medical care, food and water to hundreds of orphans and others in need in various parts of the country.Elsewhere, special events were also staged in Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Congo, Romania, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Turkey, the United States, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.UN Day has been celebrated on 24 October every year since 1948, exactly three years after the UN Charter entered into force when China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and a majority of other signatories had ratified the document. In 1971, the General Assembly adopted a resolution recommending that the Day be observed as a public holiday by Member States. 24 October 2007From the planting of some 2,000 trees in Ethiopia to the opening of an exhibition inside one of Asia’s largest shopping malls to a public forum in Afghanistan to the staging of classical music concerts in New York and Geneva, people around the world are marking United Nations Day, which celebrates the day in 1945 when the Organization was born. read more

Over 200 affected 2 killed

Areas surrounding the Kuda-oya in Wellawaya were flooded after water began to overflow from the dam following heavy rain last night.Meanwhile three people in the Galle area were dragged away by strong currents and the bodies of two of them was later recovered. Over 200 people have been affected and two peopled killed following the bad weather which affected parts of the country last night.The Disaster Management Center said that 271 families were affected by the bad weather in Monaragala and Hambantota. read more

Nominations open for Graduate Mentorship Award

Nominations are being sought for an annual award recognizing exceptional Graduate Studies mentors.The Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Mentorship Award is an opportunity for students to celebrate Brock University faculty members who have had a significant impact on their life.Established in 2011, the award honours and recognizes the essential role faculty supervisors play in mentoring graduate students.It is presented in two categories: Mentorship of master’s students only and mentorship of both master’s and PhD students.Nominations close March 10.For more information, visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. read more

The History of the World Cup in 20 Charts

Brazil, the World Cup host and the clear favorite (in our view), will start off the tournament Thursday with a match against Croatia. Soon after, 30 other countries will take to the pitch with varying prospects of achieving their World Cup dreams. See the FiveThirtyEight World Cup predictions for more on that.But first: a brief tour of World Cup history. We wanted to answer a few basic questions: How often do favorites win? How often do host nations win? Is the spread of soccer talent throughout the world becoming more top-heavy or more even?The 20 charts below provide some answers. They rank each team that entered the World Cup based on its Elo ratings before the tournament.These Elo ratings, which were adopted from a system developed for chess, have relatively little meaning in an absolute sense. We could say, for example, that Italy has an Elo rating of 1879 — but it’s not clear what you’d do with that.The Elo system is set up such that the average team has a rating of 1500. There are more than 200 countries that field national soccer teams, however, so being average (as Cape Verde or Trinidad and Tobago are, according to Elo) won’t normally get a team into the World Cup field, much less win it the trophy.So instead we’ve compared each team’s rating with that of the 32nd-best team in the world, according to Elo (whether or not team No. 32 qualified for the World Cup), at the time the World Cup began.1We only collected Elo ratings data on the teams that qualified for the World Cup. Sometimes, the team ranked No. 32 in the world was not among them. Therefore, we extrapolated the rating for the No. 32 team by looking at others ranked close to that threshold — for example, by taking the average of the Nos. 30 and 34 teams’ Elo ratings if both teams qualified. The 32nd-best team has gotten quite a bit better over the years, having gone from an Elo rating of 1540 in 1930, to one of 1707 this year. (The 32nd-best team in the world is currently Costa Rica, according to Elo.) Of course, the field has also expanded — from 13 teams in 1930 to 32 in World Cups played since 1998.The charts include one other important adjustment: We’ve given a 100-point bonus, in accordance with the Elo system’s recommended value, to the host nation.2This adjustment may be too conservative, especially for the earlier years of the competition.The 1930 World Cup, the first on our tour, was one where the home-nation adjustment makes a difference. Held in Uruguay, it was composed mostly of teams from the Americas; few European nations were willing to make the journey. Argentina and Uruguay were the two best teams in the field by some margin, with Argentina just slightly ahead in the Elo ratings. But Uruguay’s home-nation status was enough to make it the favorite. The two met in the finals in Montevideo, with Uruguay winning 4-2. More surprising: The United States and Yugoslavia won their groups and advanced to the semifinal, ahead of the higher-rated Brazil and Paraguay.Italy played host to the 1934 World Cup. Several South American teams, including Uruguay, declined to participate, as did the countries of the United Kingdom. Overall, however, the field was deeper and had more parity than four years earlier. Italy, Argentina and Austria would essentially have been co-favorites before the tournament began, with Italy slightly ahead on the basis of the home-country effect. Indeed, Italy won.Italy was also the favorite in the 1938 World Cup, which was played in France under the cloud of creeping European fascism. Italy was a clear favorite because Argentina, No. 2 in the Elo ratings at the time and disappointed that Europe had hosted two World Cups in a row, refused to participate. Italy won, keeping the streak alive for Elo favorites.But when the World Cup returned in 1950 after a 12-year hiatus because of World War II and its aftermath, there was a surprise in store. Brazil hosted the tournament and, with its home-country boost, would have been the slight favorite per Elo. But it was a deep field — with England participating for the first time, and strong entrants from Italy, Sweden and several other countries (although Argentina again declined to enter). Uruguay, just the ninth-best team in the field, according to Elo, prevailed in a famous upset.We’ll accelerate our pace a bit now that we’ve gotten the hang of this. The 1954 World Cup, held in Switzerland, featured another famous upset in the final, with West Germany defeating heavily favored Hungary in the so-called Miracle of Bern.The 1958 World Cup featured a deep and competitive field. Hungary or Argentina would probably have been the favorite, but Brazil and England were not far behind them. Brazil won for the first time.This touched off Brazil’s golden era, helmed by its star Pelé. The team entered the 1962 World Cup in Chile as the favorite, and it won — marking the last time a team has won two consecutive World Cups.By 1966, Brazil’s Elo rating had slipped closer to the rest of the world. Among a deep group of contenders, England would have been the Elo favorite because of its host-nation status. And just this once, England won.The 1970 World Cup, held in Mexico, featured one of the deepest fields ever. England was nominally the favorite again, according to Elo, but five other countries were within 100 points of it — including the eventual winner, Brazil.The 1974 World Cup, by contrast, had a relatively clear favorite. West Germany and Brazil were the best teams in the world by some margin, but West Germany, led by Franz Beckenbauer and having built momentum by winning the 1972 European Championships, played host to the tournament and won.The 1978 World Cup, held in and won by Argentina, is one of the least fondly remembered. Argentina was ruled by a military junta, which had come to power in 1976 after the overthrow of Isabel Perón. That World Cup has also long been associated with accusations of match-fixing. Was Argentina’s home-country advantage, for whatever reason, larger than usual? It’s hard to say; Argentina was a good team on its football merits, and the customary 100-point home-country boost would have put it in a group of front-runners that included West Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil.Spain hosted the World Cup in 1982; West Germany and Brazil would have been the favorites, according to Elo. Instead, it was Italy — just the 12th-best team in the field — that won.The 1986 World Cup initiated an era of relative parity. It would have been hard to pick a favorite: 14 teams, including the host, Mexico, were stacked within 140 Elo points of one another, and they weren’t that far ahead of some of the also-rans. Argentina won, not uncontroversially, on Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal.The 1990 World Cup also featured a fairly flat distribution of talent, although the host, Italy, would have been the nominal favorite on the basis of the home-country advantage. West Germany won instead after a low-scoring and poorly played World Cup.The World Cup returned to the Americas in 1994, when it was held in the United States. This was perhaps the first time that the host nation had no real chance of winning; the U.S. was rated as just the 18th-best team, despite its home-country boost. Much like the 1986 tournament, there was a large group of good-but-not-great teams atop the field. The Brazilian team, led by Romário and Bebeto, won in Pasadena, California, after Roberto Baggio’s penalty kick sailed over the crossbar.The 1998 World Cup featured co-favorites, according to Elo: France and Brazil were tied in Elo entering the tournament (after giving France its 100-point home-country bonus). Those two teams met in the final, and France won 3-0.The 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by Japan and South Korea, was one of the oddest tournaments. France was the best team entering the tournament, according to Elo, but it went winless in the group stage. The final featured some customary names — Brazil and Germany, with Brazil winning — but neither the Brazilian or German teams were especially strong by the Elo ratings. Turkey took third place despite being just the 23rd-best team in the field.The 2006 World Cup also featured a great deal of parity, with at least 10 plausible winners, including the host, Germany. It was Italy who prevailed over France on penalties in a final remembered for Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt.The past two World Cups, however, have seen a reversal in the trend of greater equality among footballing nations. Brazil and Spain entered the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as the front-runners, with Brazil just two points ahead of Spain in Elo entering the tournament. In the final, Spain defeated the Netherlands, ranked third in the world per Elo.That brings us back, finally, to this year’s tournament. Here are the Elo ratings, and then a few closing observations.Brazil is the best team in the world, according to Elo, as it is in our Soccer Power Index. There have been several other times when a home country was close enough to the top in Elo that it would have been the favorite after accounting for its home-country bonus. However, this is the first time the No. 1-ranked Elo team also played host.That gives Brazil a significant edge on the rest of the field. In fact, the 506-point gap between Brazil (accounting for its home-country bonus) and the 32nd-best team in the world (Costa Rica) is the largest ever in the World Cup. The 127-point gap between Brazil and the second-best team, Spain, is the second-largest after Italy in 1938.That’s not to say Spain, Argentina and Germany are poor teams. Spain’s Elo rating — 379 points ahead of the No. 32 team — would have made it the favorite in any World Cup played from 1986 through 2010. Argentina and Germany are strong enough that they would have been the favorites in a number of recent World Cups as well. Any of them would be a worthy champion, but they’ll have to get by Brazil. read more

Is Alex Ovechkin Better Than Wayne Gretzky

Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Links to what we discussed are here:Neil Paine on what last weekend’s wild-card games really mean.Neil Paine writes about why there is no Super Bowl favorite.FiveThirtyEight’s college football coverage.Neil Paine reports on the quality of goalkeeping in modern hockey.Ben Morris explains why Lionel Messi is impossible. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Jan. 12, 2016), we look at whether Alabama’s onside kick won the Tide this year’s college football championship. We try to work out who the heck is going to be crowned Super Bowl champion. Plus, we ask whether Alex Ovechkin is the best hockey player of all time. And we give you a Significant Digit on the awesome Lionel Messi as he secures his fifth Ballon d’Or. Also, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump makes his Hot Takedown debut. Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Tiny human brains grown in lab could one day be used to

first_imgThe miniature organs are being made from human skin cells, which are transformed into neurons and 3D printed into clusters so that they resemble the structure of the brain. Tiny human brains are being grown in the laboratory by British scientists who say they could one day be used to repair damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease. But they also believe it may be possible one day to grow new brain tissue which can be transplanted back into damaged areas. Although it could never bring back old memories it may stop further degeneration and allow new memories to form. The scientists want to use them as models to test out new treatments or watch the progress of dementia. Professor Edik Rafailov, of Aston…last_img read more

Health Minister I have heard people say that nuns will be running

first_img Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieUpdated 5:51pmAS POLITICAL PARTIES began to step up the pressure on the government over the controversy surrounding the new National Maternity Hospital, a protest was held this afternoon outside the Department of Health.Organised by the Workers’ Party, protesters called on the government to reverse the decision that would see religious order the Sisters of Charity owning the new National Maternity Hospital.Today, Fianna Fáil, Labour and other parties demanded the government provide answers surrounding the ownership of the new hospital, which will cost the State €300 million but will be owned by the Sisters of Charity.In a statement this evening, Health Minister Simon Harris has sought to clarify the government’s position, saying that there was no question of “religious interference” in the new National Maternity Hospital.Protect our investmentHarris said that there are three key criteria that must be in place before the hospital progresses beyond the planning stage.These include “clinical, operational and financial independence, with no question of religious interference”, and that no private entity or religious order can profit in any way.He said that he had discussed this matter with the HSE Director General and was confident that these would be addressed.He also addressed questions surrounding the financial benefits to the Sisters of Charity.Harris said: “Questions have been raised about financial benefits to the Sisters of Charity due to the maternity hospital being developed on their campus. The opposite is the case.“The St Vincent’s Healthcare Group is making available very valuable land at no cost to the State, to facilitate the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital. In doing so, they have foregone the opportunity to put this land to alternative use.Let me be very clear: there will be no financial gain to any religious order from the development of this hospital. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 165 Comments 19,699 Views Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 5:10 PM By Sean Murray Share Tweet Email1 center_img Apr 20th 2017, 5:10 PM I have heard people say that nuns will be running the hospital. Not true. I have heard that nuns will be gifted the hospital. Not true.The Minister said that the urgent need for the new National Maternity Hospital was separate to that of the redress for abuse survivors, which he says is “long overdue”.“I think it is wrong to conflate redress with the decision to build the desperately needed new maternity hospital,” he said.Protest Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieThe Workers’ Party claimed that 300 people attended the lunchtime demonstration outside the Department of Health. Councillor Éilis Ryan said that the turnout reflects the anger at the government’s decision.She said: “The fact that 300 people took time out of their lunch to send Simon Harris a message speaks for itself.The issue has crystallised what people have been feeling for a long time – for a supposedly secular republic, Ireland’s public services continue to be dominated by a private church.Speaking at the event was activist Denise Kiernan, who set up a petition which has received 60,000 signatures to block the Sisters of Charity owning the hospital. Source: Leah Farrell/“People are confused”Political parties have been ramping up the pressure today, with Fianna Fáil saying that the public deserves answers as to how the situation arose, and Labour saying that it is “unacceptable for that volume of public money to be allocated and owned by any private entity”.In a statement, Fianna Fáil health spokesperson Billy Kelleher said that detailed information must be provided on how the decision was reached.He has requested that the master of the maternity hospital, Dr Rhona Mahony, and Dr Kieran Mulvey, who facilitated the negotiations between the new maternity hospital and the Sisters of Charity, appear before an Oireachtas committee.Kelleher said: “People are confused over the decision to allow the new €300 million publicly funded National Maternity Hospital to be handed over to the religious Sisters of Charity upon completion.The public deserve answers as to how this situation arose. People also need reassurance that the best interests of the patient will at all times be the primary driver of decision-making at the hospital.Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke, Labour leader Brendan Howlin said it was “an anachronism” to allow a religious order to own a modern maternity hospital built using public money.He said: “It is unacceptable for that volume of public money to be allocated and owned by any private entity. The St Vincent’s Group is a private entity.It should be in public ownership, democratically controlled.GuaranteeAlso speaking on Today with Sean O’Rourke, the current Master of National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony said that there is a “triple lock” which guarantees the independence of the new hospital.“There is a triple lock in place to guarantee absolute autonomy and independence of the clinical services we deliver,” she said.If this does not go ahead, and if we’re going to mix this really important critical development for women with redress scheme, are we going to punish women further in this country by actually interfering and getting in the way of building a hospital that is so urgently needed for women.She added that the location of the new maternity hospital right beside St. Vincent’s Hospital is safer for women and represented “the future of healthcare”.Read: Ex-hospital master to Simon Harris: ‘Ask nuns about their plans for €300m hospital’Read: Over 60,000 sign petition to prevent Sisters of Charity becoming owners of maternity hospital Short URL Health Minister: ‘I have heard people say that nuns will be running the hospital. Not true’ It was claimed that 300 people attended today’s lunchtime protest outside the Department of Health.last_img read more

DEC Conducts CleanUp From Small Spill On Kenai Lake

first_imgAccording to reports from the DEC, the contaminated soil was from a truck accident that took place back in February. The stretch of roadside was located near Quartz Creek Road intersects with the Sterling Highway. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Environmental Conservation worked to clean up roughly 4 yards of contaminated soil near Kenai Lake over the weekend. Alyssa Murphy with the ADEC: “The accident occured on February 26, and was reported to DEC February 29, by a concerned citizen. We went out on site that day that is was reported, and observed no stain on the ice or snow. But, a follow-up site inspection on April 13 revealed staining on the shoreline.” According to Murphy crews from the National Response Corporation arrived on scene the afternoon of April 13, to begin clean-up response efforts.center_img Murphy: “On April 17, a crew removed the stain areas using an excavator and 4 cubic yards of contaminated material were removed and taken to Anchorage for treatment and disposal.”   Murphy said DEC crews will be on scene this afternoon for another on-scene inspection and continue any necessary clean-up efforts.last_img read more

NGT directs DDA to rejuvenate Neela Hauz lake without delay

first_imgNew Delhi : The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi Development Authority to rejuvenate the Neela Hauz lake in South Delhi without any delay. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel noted that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has written to the Public Works Department to arrange fixing of iron meshes and create vertical gardens or to issue a NOC to it to undertake the work. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us “In view of the damage being caused to the environment by illegal dumping of waste, we direct DDA to undertake the requisite remedial measures without waiting for further response from PWD. If PWD has any objection, it may move this tribunal,” the bench said in a recent order. The tribunal had earlier directed the DDA to furnish action taken report on rejuvenation of the Neela Hauz lake. According to the report, commuters passing through Aruna Asif Ali Marg Road Bridge over the lake are dumping plastic bags, bottles, glass framed photographs, polythene bags and other waste including bio-medical waste which is removed by the staff of Neela Hauz Bio-diversity park managed by DDA. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The tribunal’s order came after taking note of a newspaper report which said the lake is becoming a dumping ground. Waste so dumped is being retrieved daily by the DDA but no preventive or remedial action against illegal dumping is being taken which adversely affects conservation of the lake, it said. “As the lake lies on Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, commuters just park their vehicles on the side of the road and dump waste directly into the waterbody. This ranges from municipal solid waste, plastic bags and bottles, glass to puja material and often includes biomedical waste like syringes, according to officials of the DDA,” the report said.last_img read more

Abbott Announces Sweeping Plan To Combat Sexual Misconduct Human Trafficking

first_imgGov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced a sweeping proposal aimed at better protecting people from human trafficking as well as tackling sexual misconduct allegations at the Texas Capitol and throughout state government.Abbott’s “Preventing Crime, Protecting Texans, Punishing Criminals” plan includes allocating $22 million to the Department of Public Safety for the creation of regional squads to investigate human trafficking cases and for training local law enforcement. He also wants to target the state’s backlog of sexual assault evidence kits, calling for lawmakers to allocate an additional $14 million in the next two-year budget to clear the backlog.“You have my commitment that I will continue to work to heal victims, to help prevent these despicable crimes and to punish the criminals who commit them,” said Abbott in a news release. Abbott also waded into ongoing efforts to address a pervasive culture of sexual misconduct at the Texas Capitol. His plan includes a recommendation to designate the Texas Rangers as an entity that could collect reports of sexual assault and other “sexual offenses” by legislators, statewide elected officials and other Capitol employees. Laura Buckman for The Texas TribuneTexas Gov. Greg Abbott Sharecenter_img For years, sexual harassment claims in the Texas House and Senate have been handled by officials with little incentive or authority to enforce them, particularly in cases of harassment by lawmakers. In recent months, lawmakers and experts have called for a more impartial body to be able to deal with such complaints.Under Abbott’s proposal, the Public Integrity Unit of the Texas Rangers would carry out criminal investigations related to those allegations. Other proposals in the governor’s plan include using GPS monitoring for repeat sex offenders and perpetrators of family or domestic violence and creating a “do-not-hire” registry for school employees placed on probation or convicted of improper relationships with students. He also wants to make it illegal for a sex offender to be in the same car as a minor who is not a family member. Last year, The Texas Tribune’s Sold Out series examined how state policies — including a severely underfunded child welfare system — failed to help child sex-trafficking victims. And in November, the Tribune reported on on how sexual harassment policies at the Texas Capitol offered little protection to victims facing degrading comments, groping and unwanted sexual advances, prompting immediate calls by state leaders to better address the issue. Abbott’s plan Tuesday mentioned both reports.last_img read more

Killer Instinct Amazon acquires game developer Double Helix Games

first_imgThe rumor is that Amazon is getting ready to launch a games console at some point this year. It has been hinted at several times with Amazon’s Lab 126 handling the design (it’s meant to look a lot like a PSOne) and Android being used as an OS for the machine.Now we have concrete proof Amazon has got its eyes firmly set on the games industry: Jeff Bezos’ company has just acquired an established game developer in the form of Double Helix Games.Double Helix is known most recently for the Xbox One-exclusive launch title Killer Instinct and its forthcoming release Strider across multiple platforms. But the studio has been releasing games since 2008, with notable titles including Silent Hill: Homecoming and Front Mission Evolved.Although as a developer it has no valuable IP of its own, there’s certainly a lot of experience within the company (it was formed through the merger of Shiny Entertainment and The Collective back in 2007). That combined with releases across all the major consoles and PC us probably what made it a viable acquisition for Amazon.If you’re going to release a new console on the market, you need some exclusive games with which to hit the ground running. It seems unlikely Double Helix could have a brand new console-quality game ready before 2014 is over, but Amazon may be looking for smaller game experiences to help launch its machine. A couple of those from the studio this years is certainly possible.last_img read more