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African players in Europe: Salah’s goal run continues

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first_imgGabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is much less successful at Arsenal this season, failing to score for a third consecutive English Premier League match.EnglandMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)The 2017 African Footballer of the Year fired Liverpool to the top of the Premier League with the only goal in a win over Brighton.Salah netted in the 23rd minute with a clinical finish, superbly steering a left-foot shot inside the far post from Senegalese Sadio Mane’s pass.WILFRIED ZAHA (Crystal Palace)Despite scoring, the Ivory Coast forward endured another frustrating trip to Watford, as Palace crashed to a 2-1 defeat.Vicarage Road has been a house of horrors for Zaha, who has been booked on his last two visits for diving.He was memorably taunted by Watford mascot Harry the Hornet in 2016 when he threw himself in front of Zaha after the final whistle to ridicule the Palace player’s diving.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)His goalless start to the season extended to three games as he failed to find the net in a 3-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.Aubameyang was superb in his first few months with Arsenal following a January move from Borussia Dortmund, but he has struggled under new boss Unai Emery, who declared last week that his forward is lacking confidence.ItalyCHRISTIAN KOUAME (Genoa)Ivorian Kouame scored on his Serie A debut with the second goal in a 2-1 win for Genoa over Empoli in his team’s first match since the bridge tragedy in the city two weeks ago.The 20-year-old beat the offside trap to run onto a through ball and scored from an angle after 18 minutes as the crowd observed 43 minutes of silence, one for each of the victims of the bridge collapse.KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG (Sassuolo)Germany-born Ghana forward Boateng converted a penalty with the last kick of the game to snatch a point for Sassuolo after Leonardo Pavoletti’s Cagliari brace.VAR judged Filippo Romagnoli to have handled the ball and Boateng converted the penalty to equalise for a 2-2 draw.It was the 31-year-old former AC Milan player’s first goal for his new club since moving back to Italy from Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany this season.KALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli)Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly helped stifle Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain as Napoli fought back to beat Milan. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLISenegalese defender Koulibaly’s Napoli suffered an early scare after going two goals down before fighting back to beat AC Milan 3-2 at their San Paulo Stadium.But the 27-year-old said he was pleased with how the Serie A runners-up reacted to turn it around for the second week in a row.“It’s a pity that we conceded those two goals, but we’ll learn from the experience and improve,” said the Senegalese. “We know that we can turn situations around, and will go far with this mentality.”GermanyNABIL BENTALEB (Schalke 04)The Algeria midfielder came off the bench to convert a late penalty for Schalke to cancel out John Anthony Brook’s first-half goal before Daniel Ginzcek scored a dramatic 94th-minute winner in Wolfsburg’s 2-1 shock win.Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Bentaleb, 23, made just 12 league starts for Schalke last season and only came on after 83 minutes as last season’s runners-up crashed on the opening day of the season.ANTHONY UJAH (Mainz)The Nigeria striker came off the bench to score Mainz’s late winner in a 1-0 victory over Stuttgart.The 27-year-old was sent on in the 66th minute and grabbed the winner 10 minutes later after a mistake by Stuttgart’s ex-Germany defender Holger Badstuber for his first goal since returning to Germany from Chinese side Liaoning FC in January.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Egyptian star Mohamed Salah was again Liverpool’s goal-scoring hero in a 1-0 victory over Brighton. © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYPARIS, France, Aug 27 – Egyptian Mohamed Salah continued to be the star African performer in the major European leagues, scoring the goal that gave Liverpool victory over Brighton at the weekend.It was his second goal this season for the Reds and 29th in 29 matches in home games at Anfield since joining them at the beginning of last season from Roma.last_img read more

Microsoft Is Trying To Build – And Sell – A Kinder, Gentler Windows 8

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first_imgRelated Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Several times during our visit my wife and I were approached by a salesperson offering to answer any questions – and one specifically offered more information about Windows 8. When we wandered back into the rear aisles with the older, cheaper, non-touch Windows notebooks, however, no one followed. Unfortunately, there were about four or five rows of these older PCs versus just two specifically dedicated to Windows 8.(For comparison, at Best Buy a week earlier, I found an aisle of rather lonely Windows 8 machines sitting by themselves, with Microsoft promotional materials but little sales support.) Is This A Mea Culpa From Microsoft?What matters here is that Microsoft finally seems willing to listen to its customers, to work with them to craft an experience that’s both productive and entertaining. And yes, when the occasion calls for it, help them over the purchasing hump. To be honest, though, after looking at them, my wife didn’t really want a Windows 8 machine. She seemed to like the Start screen, and swiping back and forth, but she didn’t really grasp how to launch a program within the Start screen by typing its name, nor how to how to enable the Charms by swiping in – or even what they were used for. Microsoft and the PC industry now seem to feel that the solution to the Windows 8 problem is a little hand-holding, and making sure everyone feels comfortable. That’s the right approach, let’s hope the coming changes to Windows and renewed emphasis on helping customers upgrade hasn’t arrived too late. Tags:#Microsoft#Windows 8 markhachman Last weekend, the busiest spot at Fry’s Electronics in Concord, Calif., was the notebook PC aisle, where eager salespeople buzzed about from customer to customer, eager to show off Windows 8. It appears that this new, kinder, gentler approach to selling Windows 8 is part of a larger Microsoft strategy that involves both altering the software itself and improving the retail experience. Changes Coming For Windows 8In a Wall Street Journal blog post earlier this week, Windows marketing chief Tami Reller described how Microsoft is working to overcome the perception that Windows 8 is frustrating and difficult to use – and said the company is working to both make Windows 8 easier to use and to better explain to shoppers the new operating system’s benefits and how to take advantage of them:Without offering many details yet, Ms. Reller outlined how Microsoft is working on changing software features, helping people overcome obstacles to learning the revamped software, altering the shopping experience for consumers, getting more of people’s favorite apps available for Windows 8 and making sure a wider array of Windows 8 computing devices will be on sale.The Journal also said Reller confirmed that Windows Blue is “both the codename for a coming update to Windows 8 – with additional features and improved services – as well as a name for a broader strategy shift to provide faster changes to its key software.” Significantly, Reller also promised a Windows Blue update “before late June” that would address user complaints about Windows 8.How Is Windows 8 Selling?Reller’s six-month update also revealed that Microsoft claims to have sold 100 million Windows 8 licenses, and that 250 million apps have been downloaded from the Windows Store in the same period, surpassing what Apple’s iOS store accomplished during the same period. The number of apps within the Store has grown six times since launch, Reller said, and almost 90% of the company’s app catalog has been downloaded each month.Bob O’Donnell, an IDC analyst whose firm has blamed Microsoft for holding the PC industry back, told Bloomberg that he didn’t understand where Microsoft was getting its numbers, given that his sources at the PC were telling a different, less optimistic, story. Changing Perceptions Of Windows 8?Whatever the numbers, the first small signs of the push to change perceptions bout Windows 8 were visible at Fry’s:Placards that refer to the “familiar” Windows 8 desktop experienceShifting the older, cheaper non-touch laptops away from the main floorThe constant attention from sales staff.That last bit is a big deal: Fry’s is known for its sprawling stores and massive selection, but customer service and friend salespeople traditionally haven’t been its strengths. center_img My wife and I were doing a bit of showrooming to find a touch-based Windows 8 notebook for the house. Fry’s Concord location boasted five or six aisles of notebooks. Each PC boasted two placards: one touting the benefits of a Fry’s card or financing, and one that promoted an Office discount. Microsoft’s card also highlighted ow to learn more about the PC, how to get to the “familiar” desktop, and how to “go back to Start.” Clearly, Microsoft does recognize that using Windows 8 isn’t as natural as it originally claimed, and is trying to help. Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FORMED

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first_imgTFA would like to announce the formation and appointment of the TFA 2007/08 National Indigenous Advisory Committee members. The formation of the charter for the committee is still in the preliminary stages of development, but the committee will be focused on a number of initiatives in Indigenous areas, including the attendance of an Australian team at the 2009 Indigenous World Cup.The Committee members are:Cameron Costello (Chairperson)Aaron AppoBo De La CruzBarry DrawsJo-Ann ShawMichael ZithaTFA would like to congratulate all members on their appointment, and wish them luck for the 2007/08 period.last_img

Photo: Thad Matta Promised His Ohio State Team An NBA Jam Arcade Game For A Winning Streak, He Delivered Today

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first_imgOhio State's new NBA Jam arcade game.No Big Ten men’s basketball team has been playing better of late than Ohio State. The Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) have won three straight games, including back-to-back comfortable wins against two ranked foes in Indiana and Maryland. We now know why Thad Matta’s team has been performing at such a high level. The Ohio State coach promised his team an NBA Jam arcade game for their players’ lounge in exchange for a win streak. The Buckeyes are on a winning streak, so Matta delivered the game Friday. Is there a better arcade game than NBA Jam?Nope. Ohio State faces Purdue at Mackey Arena next Wednesday.last_img

Lifesaving donor found for Stephen Bunn

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first_imgBy Tim Fontaine APTN National News WINNIPEG–A donor has been found and Stephen Bunn will receive a liver transplant, his mother Sandy Louise says.The young Brandon Manitoba man made headlines in early 2014 when he was told smudging violated his high school’s scent-free policy. Bunn had been in a Toronto hospital suffering from a mystery illness that caused his liver to fail.Louise says doctors told her early this morning that a donor has been found and that Bunn could be in the operating room this afternoon.“I can’t even describe what I’m feeling right now,” Louise says. “It’s beyond anything, really.”Louise had received a flood of messages on social media, with people from across North America offering prayers and support. Many  also offered to be tested to see if they were a possible match for organ [email protected]@anishinaboylast_img read more

Football Ohio State remains at No 9 in latest College Football Playoff

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Ohio State Billy Price prepares to snap the ball to J.T. Barrett in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) stood still at No. 9 in the College Football Playoff rankings after thumping Illinois (2-9, 0-8 Big Ten) 52-14 on Saturday.The other Big Ten teams in the rankings are No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 10 Penn State, No. 16 Michigan State and No. 22 Northwestern. Michigan dropped out of the rankings from No. 24 after losing to Wisconsin 24-10. The Buckeyes will play the Wolverines at noon Saturday.The Buckeyes and the Badgers will face off on Dec. 2 in the Big Ten Championship Game with Ohio State representing the East and Wisconsin the West.The top four in the rankings consists of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Miami (FL.), No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma. Wisconsin and No. 6 Auburn are the first two out. Here are the full rankings. Alabama Miami (FL.) Clemson Oklahoma Wisconsin Auburn Georgia Notre Dame Ohio State Penn State USC TCU Washington State Mississippi State Central Florida Michigan State Washington LSU Oklahoma State Memphis Stanford Northwestern Boise State South Carolina Virginia Tech read more

Totti Roma are gunning for Real Madrid

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first_imgAS Roma legend Francesco Totti reckons that the club “can’t wait” to take on Real Madrid, but warned them not to underestimate any of their opponentsThe Giallorossi have been drawn with the reigning champions, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen of Russia and the Czech Republic respectively.Speaking after the draw was made on Thursday night at Monaco, Totti revealed his excitement at seeing how Roma will do against a Real Madrid side without Cristiano Ronaldo.“I will make no declarations, as anything can happen in this tournament and we cannot underestimate anyone,” said the 41-year-old, according to ForzaItalianFootball.“Against Real Madrid, over the 180 minutes it will be exciting and I’m sure the players can’t wait.“I’m curious to see how they perform after a big summer.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“They lost something in Cristiano Ronaldo [to Juventus] but it is a team that always plays with heart and have a lot of champions in their squad.”Last season saw Roma reach the semi-final stage of the competition for the first time since 1984.Now Totti hopes they can go one better.“The final will be in Madrid and our challenge is to reach it.“We will try to achieve this because we have a competitive squad that is no weaker than last year.”last_img read more

De Bruyne might play against Liverpool

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first_imgThe Manchester City footballer was injured for a while, but last month he made his first start of the season on Boxing DayAfter missing many games, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is hoping he can represent his team against Liverpool.The two clubs will face off tomorrow night, in one of the most important English Premier League matches of the season.And the Belgian footballer is hopeful he can play against the Reds.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He trained today but we need to check in the morning,” manager Pep Guardiola said according to Goal.“He is much better.”Both teams are currently in the Top 3 of the English Premier League, and a win will surely decide the future of the teams.last_img read more

Cardinals Return Home to Host Central Arkansas on Wednesday Night

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first_img Live Stats GAME 8Date: Dec. 5, 2018Time: 7:00 p.m.Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (135-21 in 9th year)Television: WAVE – Kent Taylor, play-by-play; Kendrick Haskins, analyst.Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 384, Internet 975)Series History: First meeting. This is the Cardinals’ fourth first-time opponent this season; UofL is 240-82 in first-time meetings, including 51-2 since 2002-03.Officials: Brian Dorsey, Lee Cassell, Joe LindsayNext UofL Game: Dec. 8 at Indiana, Bloomington, Ind., 2:30 p.m. ET (FOX) Story Links Louisville Game Notes ACC Network Extra Watch List The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with six players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.  Ryan McMahon averages 9.9 points a game, knocking down 41.9 percent from behind the three-point line.  Darius Perry ranks third on the team with 9.6 points per game, while shooting 53.3 percent from behind the line.  Steven Enoch rounds out the top scorers, averaging 9.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.  Louisville has a 77-5 record against nonconference opponents in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals have won 33 of their last 35 home games against non-conference opponents. Louisville has made 29 more free throws (174-of-225, .773) than its opponents have attempted (106-of-145). Louisville is second in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (225/382, 58.9 percent) and is second in the nation with 29.2 percent of its points coming from free throws. The Cardinals made 30-of-41 free throws against Michigan State. UofL is 21st in the nation in free throw percentage. Nearly half of Louisville’s points this year have come from its bench (37.9 points per game). The Cardinals’ bench produced a school-record 63 bench points against Southern and contributed 25 points in its last game at Seton Hall. Louisville has scored over 80 points in five of its seven games and the Cardinals are 42nd in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 83.1 points per game. Louisville has a 38-7 record during the month of December over the last six years (6-2 in 2017-18). Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked as the best in the nation by ESPN.com, third by Rivals.com and fourth by 247sports.com. All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100. The impressive signing class includes Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Quinn Slazinski, Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers.Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Louisville returns home to the KFC Yum! Center to play its fourth first-time opponent of the season as the Cardinals face the Central Arkansas Bears on Wednesday. In its first true road game of the season, Louisville prevailed 70-65 at Seton Hall last Saturday as the Cardinals closed the game on a 16-6 run over the last 6:03. Dwayne Sutton led a balanced Cardinal effort with 12 points and a season-high nine rebounds. Ryan McMahon, who has averaged 16.5 points and hit 7-of-14 three-pointers over his last two games, hit a three-pointer with 36 seconds remaining to stretch a tight Cardinals lead to four-points and Jordan Nwora (nine points, six rebounds) made all four of his free throws in the closing seconds. CARD FILES Three UCA players have made 11 or more threes in seven games. The Bears feature a balanced lineup with all five starters averaging at least nine points a game in scoring, led by 5-11 sophomore guard DeAndre Jones’ 14.7 scoring average. 7-0 sophomore center Hayden Koval, who swatted 105 shots last season, is within 37 blocked shots of the Central Arkansas career record for rejections in just his second season with the Bears. Central Arkansas is the Cardinals’ fourth first-time opponent this season (also Nicholls, Southern and Vermont). UofL is 240-82 in first-time meetings, including 51-2 since 2002-03. Central Arkansas (3-4) is UofL’s second straight opponent with nearly a week off after the Bears beat Arkansas Little Rock 78-65 in their its last game on Nov. 28. The Bears rank 50th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 39.3 percent of their threes.last_img read more

Research team finds way to simulate graphene Dirac points

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first_imgMovement of the Dirac points. Image (c) Nature, doi:10.1038/nature10871 Citation: Research team finds way to simulate graphene Dirac points (2012, March 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-team-simulate-graphene-dirac.html In an interesting turn of events, another team taking a completely different approach has also managed to find a way to show the existence of Dirac points and to manipulate them as well by synthesizing a form of graphne and arranging it in the familiar chicken-wire lattice on top of a conducting substrate and then manipulating it with a tunneling microscope. They have also published their results in Nature.Finding ways to show how Dirac points can be manipulated will help to find ways of using graphene in real world applications that could result in new exotic materials with unique electronic properties, leading to end products that in some cases can’t even be imagined yet. Explore further The secrets of tunneling through energy barriers Now, Tilman Esslinger and his fellow researchers at the Institute for Quantum Optics at ETH Zurich have found a way to do just that by simulating graphene and its properties using a laser created lattice filled with potassium-40 atoms. They report on their findings in the journal Nature.The experiment began by cooling potassium-40 atoms, leaving them lethargic so they wouldn’t move away from within the lattice. Their role was to serve as stand-ins for electrons moving in graphene. Then, to create the lattice, the team fired one laser perpendicular to another causing the two to interfere with each other. A third laser beam with a slightly different wavelength was then added to create a standing wave. In this scenario, the square lattice that resulted could be adjusted by adjusting the third beam. The team then tested the lattice for Dirac points by speeding up the atoms and measuring their trajectories and found two of them by noting the momentum between the lattice cells didn’t slow, meaning there wasn’t any gap. Better yet, the team found that by adjusting the lattice they could manipulate the Dirac points, moving them around or even causing them to disappear completely. The density distribution of the potassium atoms measured after acceleration through Dirac points (left and centre), and without Dirac point (right). The upper row shows the corresponding regions of the calculated bandstructure. (Image: Tilman Esslinger’s Research Group / ETH Zurich)center_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Creating, moving and merging Dirac points with a Fermi gas in a tunable honeycomb lattice, Nature 483, 302–305 (15 March 2012) doi:10.1038/nature10871AbstractDirac points are central to many phenomena in condensed-matter physics, from massless electrons in graphene to the emergence of conducting edge states in topological insulators. At a Dirac point, two energy bands intersect linearly and the electrons behave as relativistic Dirac fermions. In solids, the rigid structure of the material determines the mass and velocity of the electrons, as well as their interactions. A different, highly flexible means of studying condensed-matter phenomena is to create model systems using ultracold atoms trapped in the periodic potential of interfering laser beams. Here we report the creation of Dirac points with adjustable properties in a tunable honeycomb optical lattice. Using momentum-resolved interband transitions, we observe a minimum bandgap inside the Brillouin zone at the positions of the two Dirac points. We exploit the unique tunability of our lattice potential to adjust the effective mass of the Dirac fermions by breaking inversion symmetry. Moreover, changing the lattice anisotropy allows us to change the positions of the Dirac points inside the Brillouin zone. When the anisotropy exceeds a critical limit, the two Dirac points merge and annihilate each other—a situation that has recently attracted considerable theoretical interest but that is extremely challenging to observe in solids10. We map out this topological transition in lattice parameter space and find excellent agreement with ab initio calculations. Our results not only pave the way to model materials in which the topology of the band structure is crucial, but also provide an avenue to exploring many-body phases resulting from the interplay of complex lattice geometries with interactions.Press release (PhysOrg.com) — As researchers continue to study graphene and its unique attributes, they find themselves fixated on different areas of its properties. One of those properties is that because of its lattice structure, graphene is a “zero-gap” semiconductor. This means that its conduction and electron valance bands actually touch each other at certain points, which means there is no energy gap between them, as is the case with current semiconductor materials. And this means that the momentum and energy association is very much like that of photons, which implies that electrons could move at speeds approaching the speed of light. These parts of graphene’s structure are known as Dirac points. Up until now though, no one has been able to see any real world evidence of such points, much less manipulate them. Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more