LEICESTER, England (AP):The most remarkable Premier League story in years shows no sign of ending. After only narrowly avoiding relegation last campaign, Leicester (35 points) lead the heavyweights (Arsenal, 33, Manchester City, 32, Manchester United, 32) of England by at least two points nearly halfway through this season.Jamie Vardy (34th) and Riyad Mahrez (48th) scored for Leicester, while Loic Remy reduced the deficit close to time.”It’s magical,” said Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who used to coach Chelsea. “I don’t want to wake up.”Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho turned on his players after the team’s latest loss in their dreadful English Premier League title defence, saying yesterday he felt “betrayed” and accusing them of not trying their best.”If I was a player, I’d be giving a lot more,” Mourinho said after a 2-1 loss that left Chelsea (15) one point off the relegation zone after 16 games.Chelsea, which won the Premier League by eight points and with three games to spare last season, have lost nine games so far and are 20 points off the lead.”All last season I did a phenomenal work and I brought them to a level that is not their level, it is more than they really are,” said Mourinho, who appeared at a loss to explain Chelsea’s regression.”I feel my work was betrayed,” he added, as he criticised the defending for Leicester’s goals.Asked if Chelsea can still qualify for the Champions League, Mourinho said: “We can’t finish top four, but we can still finish top six because so many teams are dropping points. But at the moment we’re in a zone where I feel ashamed.”Even before the Leicester loss, Mourinho acknowledged he is in the toughest spell of his managerial career.”The only thing I can say is that I want to be the manager,” Mourinho said. “I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough to know that I am not afraid of a big challenge and in this moment it is a really big challenge.”I want to stay and I hope (Chelsea owner) Mr. (Roman) Abramovich and the board want me to stay.”Champions League drawMeanwhile, the Champions League draw produced some familiar pairings yesterday with defending champion Barcelona facing Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain again taking on Chelsea.Barcelona eliminated Arsenal in the 2010 quarterfinals and in the round of 16 in 2011 and beat the English club in the 2006 final.Arsenal will host the five-time champions on February 23 after advancing to the knockout round for the 16th straight season. The Gunners will be hoping to end a five-year losing streak at the round-of-16 stage.French champions PSG and Chelsea will be meeting for the third consecutive season in the knockout phase. Chelsea won in the quarter-finals in 2014, but PSG advanced from the round of 16 last season.Also, five-time champions Bayern Munich will play away first against 2015 runner-ups Juventus, while record 10-time champions Real Madrid will face Roma.Still, there was one fresh look in the eight pairings as the two newcomers to the knockout rounds were drawn together: Gent will host Wolfsburg first in Belgium.Also, it was: PSV Eindhoven vs Atletico Madrid; Dynamo Kiev vs Manchester City; and Benfica vs Zenit St. Petersburg. City’s first leg in Kiev will be played in an empty stadium because Dynamo has been sanctioned by UEFA for racist incidents involving fans.The first legs will be played on Feb. 16-17 and 23-24, with the second legs scheduled for March 8-9 and 15-16.
How was National Geographic able to publish an artist’s reconstruction of Homo floriensis (aka Hobbit Man) the same day Nature published the find? (See 10/27/2004 headline). Martin Kemp (U. of Oxford, UK) explains in the Dec. 2 issue1 how Peter Schouten, an artist, got the gig:Tim Flannery, director of the South Australian Museum …. suggested to Richard ‘Bert’ Roberts of the University of Wollongong that Schouten be asked to produce a picture of Flores Man. The resulting painting was purchased jointly by the university and the National Geographic Society, and the society then acquired the image rights (their television channel will air a programme on the discovery early next year). The image was released to the public as soon as the original scientific papers appeared in Nature….Kemp seems a bit put off at all this. He takes pride in the fact that Nature was “rigorously sober” and “impeccably” scientific in its portrayal of the scientific data, and avoided caricaturing the individual in artwork:Scientists will readily recognize that Schouten, like any artist relying largely on bones, had to make some key assumptions, not least with respect to fleshy and surface features, including secondary sexual characteristics. For a historian of images, a series of questions arise about the ‘character’ with which the envisaged figure is endowed. We cannot portray any figure without giving it some kind of definite persona, however subjectively its characteristics may be read by different spectators. The features that speak most powerfully to us – the eyes, nose and mouth – are among the most speculative.Kemp notes that Schouten made the male individual look stoical and macho, spear in hand, holding its prey over its shoulder, hairy and transitional. “Darwinian ‘ape-men,’” he observes, “are almost invariably portrayed as miserable and destitute, living in grinding discomfort, clearly waiting desperately for evolution to happen – even if not in their lifetimes.” The guy does “not look like a bundle of fun,” he quips. Are these portrayals helpful in educating the public? “Such images flourish in the popular domain but tend to be denigrated within science,” he adds, and ends with a note of cynicism about the power of the artist over the work of the scientist:But the battered skull and bony fragments do not stick in our memory in the way that Schouten’s skilful painting does. The process of discovery and publication has thrown up an instant icon that will be very hard to dislodge. We can change our mind about recorded facts, but a potent image, for good or for ill, tends to become indelible.1Martin Kemp, “Science in culture,” Nature 432, 555 (02 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432555a.The history of Darwinist propaganda can be understood as a series of indelible icons of evolution that often have little or nothing to do with the facts, but become very hard to dislodge. This is the propaganda value of visualization. The Darwin fish, the horse series, hairy ape-men in a cave, Darwin’s finches, peppered moths on tree trunks, Darwin’s tree of life, Haeckel’s embryos – these all illustrate Thumb’s second postulate, “An easily-understood, workable falsehood is more useful than a highly-complex, incomprehensible truth.” (Useful to whom?)(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
German luxury carmaker launched its new Mercedes Benz B Class Sports Tourer in India on Tuesday. The new luxury car will be priced at Rs 21.49 lakh for the B180 and Rs 24.87 lakh for the B180 Sport (ex-Mumbai).According to reports, Mercedes Benz B Class Sports Tourer is available in two variants B 180 and the B 180 Sport. It may be noted that the B-Class is India’s first sports tourer. The sports tourer category comprises cars like the Audi A3 Sportsback, BMW Active Tourer 1 series and VW Tiguan and Touran and Ford C Max.The car is reportedly packed with safety features with 7 airbags including a knee airbag. Mercedes-Benz is offering a 1.6 litre petrol engine that churns out 122PS of power and is repotedly mated to Merc’ss 7-speed dual clutch gearbox with 3 driving modes. Debashis Mitra, Director, Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz India said: “We are extremely excited with the initial response of the B-Class in India. Our Strategy of introducing the segment & then launching the car has been well received by our customers. The huge response only demonstrates that the Three Pointed Star is easily the most aspired brand in India and kicks off a beginning of our product offensive in next couple of year in India.””The sell out of the new B-Class in the pre launch phase convinces us that there is a latent demand for ‘Sports Tourers’ in India and they are looking forward for cars loaded with features,” he further added. With this launch, Mercedes would be able to take on rivals BMW and Audi. The B-Class has been a success with over 75000 units sold within the first few months of its launch globally.It may be noted that most of the models of these three luxury carmakers are priced above Rs 30 lakh. These iconic car brands are attempting to appeal to the younger and highly aspirational salaried class. In coming five to six years, Mercedes Benz India expects cars priced in the Rs 20-25 lakh band to account for 40-50 percent of total sales.With Agency inputsadvertisement
MANILA, Philippines—Eya Laure knew she let University of Santo Tomas down and she wasn’t afraid to show it in public.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’ve learned so much from this, I know that I still have so many things to work on. I have to compose myself after this. What I learned in the first round wasn’t enough.”Laure finished with 20 points, a team-high for UST, but all her offensive exploits meant nothing as her two final attempts, ironically, were the Lady Spikers’ winning points.The 19-year-old rookie added that doubt did creep up on her thoughts but she found solace in the coaches who kept her confidence up.“I thought to myself if I can still keep going,” said Laure after the Golden Tigresses dropped to a 6-4 card. “Thankfully my coaches were there. I had my doubts but the coaches told me to stop it.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Confidence up as Lady Spikers right on track after getting solo 2nd The Golden Tigresses were desperate for a fifth set in their second-round matchup against defending champion De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, and Laure had to bail her team out.Laure, though, missed out on her chances, first running into a Lourdes Clemente’s block then having her last-ditch attempt come up way short.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAnd as the Yellow Jackets drummed the tune of the UST hymn, Laure did not hide her emotions and cried as the Thomasian contingent sang.“You all saw that all of us were emotional, but now we’re all standing strong,” said Laure in Filipino after UST’s 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 26-24, loss Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.
DONE DEAL: Brighton goalkeeper prospect Tom McGill joins Worthingby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton goalkeeper prospect Tom McGill has joined Worthing on loan for the season.The 18-year-old was promoted to the under-23s squad this summer and has been capped six times at England under-17 level.Under-23s coach Simon Rusk said: “This is a good move for Tom at this stage of his development.”He has made good progress in recent years, having successfully made the step up to the under-23 age group, and we’ll closely monitor him during this loan period.” McGill’s Worthing loan will also cover the Isthmian League premier division play-offs. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Chicago Fire gain approval to switch stadiums from 2020by Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Chicago Park District board has approved a deal to move Chicago Fire’s home games to Soldier Field, the home stadium of the Chicago Bears National Football League (NFL) franchise, in time for the 2020 MLS season, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The move follows an agreement between the MLS outfit and the Village of Bridgeview, which saw the club pay a US$60.5 million release fee to leave the district’s SeatGeek Stadium, with the club expected to sign a three-year lease at Soldier Field, including an option to extend by a further eight years.Chicago Red Stars, the National Women’s Soccer League NWSL) outfit, will continue to play their home fixtures in Bridgeview.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt coach Hutter: Arsenal favouritesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt coach Adolf Hutter insists they face Europa League opponents Arsenal as underdogs.The Germans host the Gunners tonight in their opening group game.Hutter said, “We can’t wait to face last year’s finalist. “Tomorrow we play at home, there will be a great atmosphere. Our expectations have increased, we are perceived differently thanks to our performance last season, but now we start from scratch, we are ready to take the field against our group’s favourites. “Arsenal is a real big team, we are charged.”
zoomImage Courtesy: Meyer Turku Finland-based shipbuilder Meyer Turku marked the beginning of the hull assembly for Costa Cruises’ new ship, Costa Smeralda.The shipbuilder held a coin ceremony for the 180,000 gross ton ship, the largest one being built by Meyer Turku in ten years. After this the ship will start to take form in the dry dock of Meyer Turku.Costa Smeralda will start operation in October 2019. The first planned cruise will start from Hamburg and the ship will from there sail via Hamburg, Rotterdam, Lisbon, Barcelona and Marseilles to Savona, Italy, where a naming ceremony will be held.The cruise ship will then continue to sail around the Western Mediterranean until April 2020.Costa Smeralda is part of an important effort of Costa’s mother company, Carnival Corp, to bring the world’s first LNG powered cruise ships into operation. Meyer Turku has worked together with sister shipyard Meyer Werft, Papenburg to create the LNG propulsion plant for the vessel.A sister ship to Costa Smeralda will be delivered from Turku in 2021.“We are particularly excited to be celebrating this symbolic moment for our new ship. Costa Smeralda represents a real innovation for the international market and an important step toward setting new standards for the entire sector,” Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group and Carnival Asia, said.At the coin ceremony there was already a large part of the ship lying at the dry dock as a 140-meter-long floating engine room unit (FERU) was towed to Turku earlier last week from Meyer’s Neptun Werft, Germany.“The floating engine room unit is part of our group strategy where we try to find synergies between the three shipyards. Building these at Neptun Werft also eases the ramp up of Meyer Turku and is a showcase of the good collaboration we have among our shipyards,” Jan Meyer, CEO of Meyer Turku, said.
Comcast-owned movie ticketing firm Fandango is to launch a transactional VoD service on March 30 after acquiring the M-GO platform earlier this year.US-based Fandango will rebrand M-GO as FandangoNOW, which will offer “massive library of new release and catalogue movies from all major studios and next-day TV shows for purchase and rental”.FandangoNOW, billed as Fandango’s “first-ever premium on-demand service”, will be offered across the web, iOS, Android and Roku devices, as well as Samsung, LG and Vizio smart TVs.This comes after Fandango, which is part of NBCUniversal parent Comcast, bought M-GO from DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor“The launch of FandangoNOW is a huge milestone for the company, as we aim to deliver the best movie experience anytime and anywhere, across the total movie lifecycle,” said Fandango president Paul Yanover. “We’re especially thrilled to launch FandangoNOW in time for 2016’s most anticipated in-home debuts, including 2015 blockbusters and Oscar contenders, for which we sold millions of tickets during their theatrical release.”Later this year, Fandango will introduce movie ticket and home entertainment products, which will allow customers to pre-order digital downloads of movies they plan to see, or downloaded previous franchise instalments before newer movies hit the cinemas.Fandango recently announced the acquisition digital movie brands Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes, which, added to FandangoNOW, will mean “the most comprehensive resource for best-in-class movie information, theatrical ticketing, video content for movie discovery and home entertainment”, according to the company.Going by comScore stats from December 2015, this will increase Fandango’s audience reach to more than 63 million unique users per month.The launch of FandangoNOW comes at a crossroads for the movie industry, which had been significantly hit by illegal downloading.Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have both played with the traditional theatre window by acquiring and financing their own exclusive movies, while Napster founder Sean Parker this month revealed The Screening Rom, a controversial premium VOD service that would see films released digitally at the same time as their cinema release.
LG has announced plans to expand its webOS platform beyond smart TVs, introducing it to new industries for the first time.Announcing the news at IFA in Berlin, LG said it has partnered with IT service provider Luxoft Holding to create the next generation of webOS.With the move it is targeting the automotive, robotics and smart home sectors.LG has already deployed webOS in more than 60 million LG smart TVs and digital sign displays to date.“Thanks to our collaboration with Luxoft, we are able to bring webOS into automotive and beyond,” said I.P. Park, chief technology officer at LG Electronics.“Luxoft is providing a substantial technological contribution to webOS and has also greatly enhanced our ability to deploy it into new industries.”Luxoft senior technical director, Mikael Söderberg, said: “We’re already leveraging LG Electronics’ thriving smart TV eco-system to customise and enhance webOS so it provides an innovation canvas for car manufacturers to develop next-generation autonomous vehicles.”“Having access to webOS and its cloud services platform will enable car makers to design and develop better customer experiences for autonomous mobility services.”