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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Adds Burlington Date To Extensive 2019 Tour

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead has added a date to their extensive 2019 tour, set to take place at Burlington, VT’s Lake Champlain Maritime Festival on Sunday, July 28th.A band Facebook Pre-Sale will start tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5th beginning at 1:00 p.m. (EST),  1:00 p.m. Check the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Facebook page at 1 p.m. (EST) to get the pre-sale password. A general public on-sale will begin this Friday, February 8th at 1 p.m. (EST).Following an explosive three-night run at Port Chester, NY’s The Capitol Theatre last month, JRAD will head out next week for a four-show jaunt, including performances at Atlanta, GA’s Tabernacle (2/14); St. Louis, MO’s Pageant (2/15 & 2/16); and Madison, WI’s Sylvee (2/17).For more information about Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s 2019 tour, head to the band’s website.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead 2019 Tour Dates:Thursday, February 14, 2019: The Tabernacle ~ Atlanta, GAFriday, February 15, 2019: The Pageant ~ St. Louis, MOSaturday, February 16, 2019: The Pageant ~ St. Louis, MOSunday, February 17, 2019: The Sylvee ~ Madison, WIFriday, March 1, 2019: Palace Theatre ~ Albany, NYSaturday, March 2, 2019: State Theatre ~ Portland, MESunday, March 3, 2019: State Theatre ~ Portland, MEWednesday, March 13, 2019: Penn’s Peak ~ Jim Thorpe, PAThursday, March 14, 2019: College Street Music Hall ~ New Haven, CTFriday, March 15, 2019: The Wellmont Theater ~ Montclair, NJSaturday, March 16, 2019: Masonic Auditorium ~ Cleveland, OHFriday, April 26, 2019: Mardi Gras World Ballroom ~ New Orleans, LASaturday, April 27, 2019: Mardi Gras World Ballroom ~ New Orleans, LAFriday, May 31, 2019: Cuthbert Amphitheater ~ Eugene, ORSaturday June 1, 2019: Marymoor Amphitheater ~ Redmond, WASunday, June 2, 2019: KettleHouse Amphitheater ~ Missoula, MTThursday, July 11, 2019: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island ~ Chicago, ILSunday, July 28th, 2019: Lake Champlain Maritime Festival ~ Burlington, VTFriday, August 16, 2019: Greek Theatre ~ Los Angeles, CAThursday, August 29, 2019: Red Rocks Amphitheatre ~ Morrison, COThursday, September 12, 2019: House of Blues Dallas ~ Dallas, TXFriday, September 13, 2019: House of Blues Houston ~ Houston, TXSaturday, September 14, 2019: ACL Live at the Moody Theater ~ Austin, TXThursday, September 26, 2019: Metropolitan Opera House ~ Philadelphia, PAFriday, September 27, 2019: Metropolitan Opera House ~ Philadelphia, PASaturday, September 28, 2019: The Anthem ~ Washington, DCView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

The science of the artificial

first_img Researchers are creating an AI system that can mimic human clinical decision-making SEAS: What are choice set effects?PARKES: I show you a cheap, moderate-cost, and expensive coffee machine and you pick the moderately priced one. But, if I show you a moderate, expensive, and uber-luxury machine, you pick the …? SEAS: Expensive one.You brought up private companies such as Amazon and Microsoft. Proprietary and black-box algorithms must pose a challenge to understanding machine behavior. How can we understand why a machine behaves the way it does when we don’t know what the algorithm is or how it makes decisions?PARKES: Funnily enough, the algorithms need not themselves be very complicated. The algorithms for training a deep-learning system, which describe the architecture of a model and the way in which a model will be trained, can typically be expressed in just tens of lines of code (albeit code that then builds on top of other, lower-level code). It is the trained models that are complex and somewhat inscrutable, often considered to be a “black box.” But it is not hopeless, and there are many sensible research directions — for example, requiring simpler models, insisting on a post hoc explanation of the behavior of complex models, and using visualization and sensitivity analyses to try to understand the way these models work and test theories about behavior. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. In the quest for clean, limitless energy through nuclear fusion, scientists use ‘deep learning’ AI to predict destructive disruptions Containing the sun In 1969, artificial-intelligence pioneer and Nobel laureate Herbert Simon proposed a new science, one that approached the study of artificial objects just as one would study natural objects.“Natural science is knowledge about natural objects and phenomena,” Simon wrote. “We ask whether there cannot also be ‘artificial’ science — knowledge about artificial objects and phenomena.”Now, 50 years later, a team of researchers from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, the University of California, San Diego, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other institutions is renewing that call. In a recent paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers proposed a new, interdisciplinary field — machine behavior — that would study artificial intelligence through the lens of biology, economics, psychology, and other behavioral and social sciences.Intelligent machines, the researchers argue, can no longer be viewed solely as the products of engineering and computer science; rather, they should be seen as a new class of actors with their own behaviors and ecology.The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) spoke with David Parkes, the George F. Colony Professor of Computer Science and co-author of the paper, about this emerging field and what the future has in store for intelligent machines.Q&ADavid ParkesSEAS: For so long, the study of artificial intelligence and intelligent machines has been confined to the realm of computer science, and the researchers who built the machines were the same ones who studied their behavior. Why is it important to expand the scope of study to include new fields, including behavioral and social sciences?PARKES: First, a separation between the designers and builders of intelligent machines and those who study how they are used (or not) can bring an independent viewpoint in developing and testing the right sets of hypotheses about the performance of these technologies. There are pragmatic reasons too, in that the study of intelligent machines becomes a behavioral science, requiring quite different kinds of expertise. Another point is that systems developed in the narrow confines of a lab may behave very differently “in the wild,” when behavior becomes a product of the way in which they are used, including the many ways that are different from what their designers had intended. Microsoft’s Tay bot [which began posting offensive tweets after trolls “taught” her hate speech] is one unfortunate but not-so-unique example.SEAS: How might the fields of machine behavior and computer science grow together and inform each other moving forward?PARKES: As computer science has come to have such impact, the field has come to embrace what economists might refer to as “positive analysis,” which is to say analysis that is based on the empirical and experimental studies of deployed, computational systems — the structure of the World Wide Web, the propagation of information on social networks, or the way in which interactive tutoring systems are used, to give just three examples. Intelligent machines are a new kind of artifact that we need to study and understand, and we’ll need to do this in an interdisciplinary way that includes computer scientists working collaboratively with social scientists, humanists, ethicists, legal scholars, to name just a few. More broadly, the study of machine behavior will be impacted by advances in data science, in working at scale with vast amounts of different kinds of data, and in leveraging methods of probabilistic machine learning and statistics to tease out cause and effect.SEAS: Your work focuses on the intersection of AI and economics. What questions of machine behavior are you most interested in answering?PARKES: I am interested in a research program that studies machine behavior within the algorithmic economy, including pricing algorithms, recommender algorithms, and reputation systems, as well as in the context of blockchains. We can already see a trajectory toward the automation of many of the core constituents of what makes up an economic system, and the machine behavior lens is a good one because behavior is emergent, meaning it’s based not only on individual interactions but also on societal and economic forces. I think recommender systems such as those employed by Amazon are especially interesting and important to study because that’s where we’ll see thorny questions arise around behavioral economics, algorithmic marketing, and ethics … For example, is it okay for an intelligent recommender to leverage “choice set effects” to drive up revenue? “There is a need to move forward deliberatively … while at the same time with the recognition that people and machines will continue to become bound together in new and unexpected ways.” SEAS: Artificial intelligence already plays such a large role in our lives. What is the importance of establishing this new field of research now? Are you afraid it’s being started too late, when so much of the foundation of AI has already been laid?PARKES: Well, it’s never too late, and we’re only at the beginning of the wave of change that will come from the development of intelligent machines. There is a need to move forward deliberatively, with appropriate measures of curiosity, creativity, and responsibility, while at the same time with the recognition that people and machines will continue to become bound together in new and unexpected ways. What’s important is the recognition of the need for scientific study, and this review article brings together threads in this emerging, interdisciplinary field of machine behavior. Related Building a better med studentlast_img read more

North Ward a family paradise

first_img21 Cook St, North WardA TROPICAL paradise perfect for families and located in on of Townsville’s most popular suburbs will be sold under the hammer.21 Cook St, North Ward has four bedrooms, two bathroom, two car spaces and a swimming pool on a 506 sqm corner block.It will be sold at auction on November 24 on-site at 10.30am.M Property Townsville selling agents Tracey Stack and Emma Nancarrow said “The owners have done so much work to this house and it really has a tropical feel with a beautiful resort-style swimming pool,” they said.“There is a huge rear deck and another area downstairs and you walk out on to a tiled patio and then the pool is right in front of you.“For families there is the option of dual occupancy and it’s a good house for teenagers because they can have their own area.”The house has open plan living over two levels which then leads to the outdoor entertaining areas. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 202021 Cook St, North WardThe top floor has polishes timber floors while there’s tile don the ground floor.All bedrooms have built-in bedroom while the master has walk-in wardrobe.Entry to the property is through a motorised gate while the double lockup garage has remote access and a shaded driveway provides room for two extra vehicles.There is also a separate storeroom with built-in workshop and a garden shed.Ms Stack and Ms Nancarrow said the house was in a highly desirable location.“You’ve got Strand Park at the of the street, beach side walkway and it’s in walking distance to Gregory St where there are cafes and restaurants,” they said.“North Ward is always popular but at the moment it seems to be everyone’s first choice.“We always get great numbers t open homes in North Ward and they sell fairly quickly.”21 Cook St will be open for inspection on Wednesday and Thursday from 5.30pm to 6pm.For more information call Tracey Stack on 0437 434 056 or Emma Nancarrow on 0418 773 987.last_img read more

Messi hat-trick seals Barca’s 25th title

first_img“When you chase it for so long you say ‘finally’,” he told Spanish television.“I feel very happy because in the end the league is very long, it starts in August… and when spring arrives everything is decided, we have passed everything.“We’ve been pursuing it since the beginning, we have been in the lead, we’ve finished well, with a big margin… It’s the first La Liga that I’ve won.”The only blip on the Catalans’ season was the stunning Champions League quarter-final loss at Roma when they blew a 4-1 first-leg lead.“The elimination (by Roma) marked us a little bit because it was unexpected, but out trajectory has been extraordinary,” added Valverde.“There is always a small ‘but’, but we’ll try again next year.”Barca knew they just had to extend their record unbeaten streak to 41 La Liga matches to seal a seventh title in 10 seasons, and Philippe Coutinho fired them into an early lead.Messi’s 38th-minute volley made it two, but Lucas Perez pulled one back for Deportivo before half-time and Turkish winger Emre Colak stunned Barca with an equaliser midway through the second period.Barca finally saw off their stubborn hosts, though, as Messi pounced after a brilliant one-two with Luis Suarez before slotting in to complete his 30th La Liga treble.The Catalan giants now hold an unassailable 11-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, who have just three games to play, and are closing in on becoming the first Spanish side to go through a top-flight season without tasting defeat.“We have managed an almost perfect league campaign, without losing so far. I hope we can continue,” midfielder Sergio Busquets said.Andres Iniesta was surprisingly left on the bench after the midfield great announced earlier this week that he will leave the club at the end of the season.But it was his expected long-term successor Coutinho who broke the deadlock in the seventh minute, bending an exquisite finish into the top corner for his third La Liga goal for the club since signing from Liverpool in January.Deportivo had to win to stave off relegation for another week, but Clarence Seedorf’s men were denied an equaliser when Perez was flagged offside after tapping in from close range.Messi went close to doubling the advantage just before the half-hour mark, only for home goalkeeper Ruben to pull off an excellent one-handed save to turn his free-kick around the post.– Deportivo cause problems –Lionel Messi scored two late goals to end Deportivo’s resistance and wrap up the La Liga title © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPADeportivo were causing Barca plenty of problems at the back, though, and centre-back Fabian Schaer should have levelled as he headed over when unmarked inside the six-yard box.But Messi drilled a curling Suarez cross past Ruben at the keeper’s near post to score his 30th league goal of the campaign, before on-loan Arsenal striker Perez swept home to halve the deficit just two minutes later.Despite the close scoreline, Barca were playing as if the second half was a pure title party, with centre-back Gerard Pique even performing a few ‘keepie uppies’ on the left wing.Their complacency cost them in the 64th minute, as Celso Borges unselfishly squared for Colak to score.Suddenly the champions-elect were desperately trying to hang onto their unbeaten record, as goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a smart stop from another Schaer header.But Barcelona showed their class as Suarez and Messi combined to terrific effect with eight minutes to play — the latter clipping the ball in off the post.Suarez again sent the Argentinian racing clear three minutes later, and the 30-year-old made no mistake to complete a hat-trick.The 33-year-old Iniesta came on to a standing ovation in the 87th minute as Barca closed out a successful title-winning campaign in style.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona won their 25th league title and seventh in 10 seasons © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAMADRID, Spain, Apr 30 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was delighted that his side “finally” wrapped up a 25th La Liga title with four matches to spare, after a Lionel Messi hat-trick secured a thrilling 4-2 victory at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.Valverde’s men completed a league and cup double after thrashing Sevilla 5-0 in last week’s Copa del Rey final, regaining the Spanish crown from Real Madrid and relegating Deportivo in the process.last_img read more

Storm Hannah set to hit Donegal with heavy wind and rain

first_imgMet Eireann has issued a yellow weather alert for Donegal as Storm Hannah moves in. The weather warning will be in place from 11pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday.It reads: “Becoming very windy on Friday night and for a time on Saturday morning,” said Met Éireann “Southerly winds will veer northwesterly and reach mean speeds of 50-65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h.”The Road Safety Authority has asked road users to exercise caution during the weather.It has urged road users to be aware of objects being blown out onto the road, and to expect the unexpected.Drivers are advised to allow extra space between themselves and other road users such as cyclists. Storm Hannah set to hit Donegal with heavy wind and rain was last modified: April 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:weather warninglast_img read more

AirAsia introduce a simpler way to fly internationally

first_imgAirAsia/AirAsia X  passengers who transit through the airline’s Fly-Thru hubs,  Kuala Lumpur (klia2) or Bangkok-Don Mueang (DMK) will now receive an onward flight boarding pass from the first point of check-in, be allowed to bypass immigration clearance and have all baggage checked through to the final destination.  With the exception of a few routes, AirAsia and AirAsiaX pasengers previously had to collect their luggage at Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok airports, clear immigration, collect their bags and then re-check in again and collect their next boarding pass. In another positive for the airline and its passengers, Fly-Thru guests are also able to enjoy guaranteed connection. In the event delays caused by the airline results in the missing of consecutive flights, AirAsia will automatically accommodate affected Fly-Thru passengers on the next available flight without any additional charges.AirAsia Berhad CEO Aireen Omar said, “The Fly-Thru service reflects our continuous effort to innovate and enhance our service offerings, presenting utmost convenience to our guests and making multiple-city flights easier and more efficient. Fly-Thru also allows guests to leverage on the strength of our network and connectivity to various destinations in Asean and beyond.”last_img read more

Steampunk Nixie tube clock: The electronics are up and running

first_img September 9, 2016 at 9:19 pm Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Solutions Continue Reading Previous Free: Analog Engineer’s Pocket Reference GuideNext Trigger warnings Log in to Reply “I would love to visit Dalibor in the Czech Republic and watch him work on these tubes — his is a real interesting story — it’s great to see someone younger (everyone is now younger than me LOL) doing this sort of stuff.” “It was really kind of Dalibor to take so much time and effort photographing them for me — they took quite a long time to fabricate, so seeing the pics at each step of the way was very exciting.” September 9, 2016 at 5:40 pm Log in to Reply Clive”Max”Maxfield says: September 9, 2016 at 5:57 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Duane Benson says: “VERY cool images!nn-Michael” “He’s got to be a wizard. Building those tubes is an incredible feat.” mjlinden says: Clive”Max”Maxfield says: September 9, 2016 at 9:29 pm 4 thoughts on “Steampunk Nixie tube clock: The electronics are up and running” Good grief — I can’t believe how much time has passed since I last wrote about this project (see Home-made Nixie tube clock: Time is ticking). The problem is that there are so many fun things to do and so little time to do them all in.Shortly after penning the aforementioned column, I got sucked more deeply into our Caveman Diorama development (see Caveman past meets post-apocalyptic future (and then things get complicated) ). I’m happy to report that this little scamp is coming along in leaps and bounds; in fact, we’ve entered it into a modelling competition, which is set to take place on Saturday September 24, so you can bet that I’ll be posting an update with pictures in the not-so-distant future, but we digress…As you may recall from my previous writings on this topic, I was lured into the idea of building my own Nixie tube clock when I saw some of Paul Parry’s amazing creations at Bad Dog Designs. At first I toyed with the idea of whipping up the electronics myself (“How hard could it be?” I thought, with the naiveté of youth). Fortunately, I ended up investing in a Spectrum Kit created by Pete Virica at PV Electronics and targeted at the uber-large Z568M Nixie tubes. The reason I say “fortunately” is that it turns out that there’s a lot more to driving Nixie tubes than first meets the eye (we’ll return to this topic later in this column).Andy and Mandy Blackett of Engraving Studios have already fabricated three brass panels to my specifications. Meanwhile, my master carpenter chum Bob is working on the cabinet, which is going to look like a fine Steampunk-Victorian timepiece. The cream on the cake, of course, is my set of custom copper and bronze R|Z568M Nixie tubes, which were hand-crafted for me by Dalibor Farny.Before we look at a video of the current state of my Nixie tube chronograph, I’d first like to show you a few of the many photographs Dalibor shared with me during the process of creating my tubes.Cutting and polishing the copper anodes(Click Here to see a larger image. Source: Dalibor Farny) Shaping the copper anodes and adding the cathodes(Click Here to see a larger image. Source: Dalibor Farny) Adding the gasses and sealing the tubes(Click Here to see a larger image. Source: Dalibor Farny) Sealed tubes awaiting their bases(Click Here to see a larger image. Source: Dalibor Farny) Close-up look at a pre-base tube(Click Here to see a larger image. Source: Dalibor Farny) Preparing and polishing the bronze bases(Click Here to see a larger image. Source: Dalibor Farny) Adding the pins(Click Here to see a larger image. Source: Dalibor Farny) Ready to ship(Click Here to see a larger image. Source: Dalibor Farny) I’m ashamed to say that the tubes arrived from Dalibor a couple of months ago, but it was only this past holiday weekend that I finally got some time to sit down and solder everything together. The 40-page step-by-step assembly guide provided by Pete to accompany his Spectrum Kit is great, with failsafe checkpoints along the way, such as verifying and tuning the low-voltage and high-voltage (170V) portions of the circuit as they were implemented before proceeding to the next stage.The image below shows the board sitting on my kitchen table performing the first tube test, in which all of the tubes cycle around displaying the digits 0 to 9. I have to say that it was a great feeling when I flicked the power switch and everything sprang into life.Hurray, it works!(Source: Max Maxfield) As you can see in this video, there’s a lot more to the clock than meets the eye, not the least that Pete has added all sorts of effects to his code. For example, when a digit has counted up to 9 and is poised to rollover back to 0, instead of simply transitioning directly to 0, it quickly flickers down through all of the other digits (8, 7, … 2, 1, 0).At the 50 second mark of each minute, the current time (hours, minutes, and seconds) is replaced by the date (month, day, and year). Instead of simply swapping one for the other, the new value scrolls in from the side. Also, once every 10 minutes at 10 seconds into the new minute, all of the digits go into a wild random “slot machine” mode.I wasn’t quite sure what this effect was doing, initially, but it turns out that Nixie tubes can suffer from something called cathode poisoning. The idea is that when one of the cathodes is on, microscopic particles of material “splutter” off the active cathode. These particles can land on and stick to the inactive cathodes, thereby degrading their ability to glow over time.Consider the two right-hand (“seconds”) tubes, for example. These typically count from 00 to 59, which means the left-most of these tubes only activates its 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 cathodes, leaving 6, 7, 8 and 9 unused. Similarly, in the case of the two left-hand (“hours”) tubes, in 12-hour mode with no leading zero, the left-most tube will only ever have its 1 cathode activated for hours 10, 11, and 12. If we turn on leading zeros while remaining in 12-hour mode, then the left-most tube will only have its 0 and 1 cathodes activated. In the case of a leading zero and 24-hour mode, the left-most tube will only have its 0, 1, and 2 cathodes activated.Thus, the trick of swapping between time and date and back again by scrolling in from the side, coupled with the occasional slot machine display, are all geared toward addressing and rectifying any cathode poisoning problems.Last but certainly not least, I just discovered that — until now — I have completely misunderstood how Nixie tubes work. I never really gave this much thought before. I think that, at the back of my mind, I’d vaguely assumed that they contained a vacuum and that the cathodes acted like filaments in regular incandescent light bulbs.I couldn’t have been more wrong if I’d tried. It turns out that the tubes are filled with a mixture of ~99% neon and ~1% argon with a smidgen of mercury thrown in for luck, all of this at approximately 1/100th atmospheric pressure (the exact mix and pressure is the result of a great deal of experimentation). When a cathode is activated, the electrons streaming off the negatively-charged cathode toward the positively-charged anode excite the gas molecules close to that cathode and turn them into a plasma, which explains how the active digits end up being a pleasing combination of “sharp” and “fuzzy” at the same time. And don’t even get me started on the fact that Nixie tubes exhibit negative resistance. As usual, I’m amazed by the number of things I don’t know.So, that’s where we are at the moment. When people come into our bay and see the Nixie tubes quietly glowing away, they invariably say that this looks amazingly cool. Even folks who have seen Nixie tubes in the past are impressed because most such tubes used to be quite small (typically less than 1″ in diameter and less than 2″ tall), so my monster R|Z568M Nixie tubes cause quite a stir. The next step will be to build the cabinet. I will, of course, report any ongoing developments. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing your questions and comments. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

PSG turn to Tuchel in hunt for Emery successor

first_imgPSG PSG turn to Tuchel in hunt for Emery successor Robin Bairner 00:57 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Unai Emery PSG Angers Ligue 1 14032018.jpg Getty PSG PSG v Monaco Monaco Coupe de la Ligue Double failure in Europe spells the end for the Spaniard, and the ex-Dortmund boss is currently the main candidate for the Parc des Princes hot seat Paris Saint-Germain may complete the first leg of a treble on Saturday if they can defeat Monaco in the Coupe de la Ligue final in Bordeaux, but even if head coach Unai Emery completes a domestic clean sweep, his future lies elsewhere.Cristiano Ronaldo scrawled the writing on the wall when he put Real Madrid 1-0 up earlier this month in Paris, guiding Zinedine Zidane’s men to a 5-2 aggregate victory and yet another European Cup quarter-final.Champions League progress was on Emery’s remit when he arrived at Parc des Princes in the summer of 2016 to replace Laurent Blanc, yet on this count he has managed to deliver only two last-16 appearances.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Indeed, it was based upon his fine Europa League pedigree with Sevilla that PSG decided to throw their lot in with him.He was unfortunate to draw Barcelona and Madrid at that point in successive seasons, but the tame nature of this term’s exit following last season’s record disintegration at Camp Nou was never going to be sufficient to keep him in command – especially when the league title was lost to Monaco a year ago.Of course, with three trophies still to be won, PSG have not made any decision official, but have rather skirted round the issue.Speaking on Friday, sporting director Antero Henrique said: “Every day we are confronted with news about the PSG coach“To be clear: the coach of Paris Saint-Germain is Unai Emery, he has a contract with the club and this is not the time to talk about this subject.“We are in an important phase of the season, we have a lot of work to do to reach our goals and we need to be focused and engaged.“No coach can say that he has spoken with us or is engaged with us for the future. All supporters of Paris Saint-Germain must know that only the club is authorised to communicate official information.”What was notable was the lack of denial that Emery will go before the summer is out, as revealed, inadvertently or otherwise, by right-back Thomas Meunier.“I’m waiting because a lot of things, like the coach, will change,” the right-back said when questioned earlier this month about his future.After the disappointment of the Champions League, it is simply impossible that PSG have not at least considered their future move.Rather than draw a Jose Mourinho or an Arsene Wenger away from the Premier League – too boring and too out-of-fashion, respectively – Goal understands PSG have turned their attention to former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel to lead them forward.Thomas Tuchel Borussia DortmundLike Emery, he is expected to arrive at Parc des Princes, despite not yet hailing from the upper echelon of coaches. After five successful seasons at Mainz, he spent two years at BVB, where he failed to muster a serious challenge to Bayern Munich’s supremacy. The 44-year-old, however, felt that his efforts were stymied by the existing infrastructure of the club, who often seemed to work contrary to his wishes, leading to background tension. Tuchel, though, has long been seen as the natural successor to Jurgen Klopp; a coach capable of that tantalising marriage of exciting, attacking football combined with success. This is what the Parisian public demand and expect from the expensively assembled side that play out in front of them on a weekly basis.Neymar remains a potential problem that could overshadow the appointment. He continues to enjoy a great deal of influence around the club, and with the prospects of the world’s most expensive player moving on this summer slim, how the Brazil forward reacts to any new coach remains pivotal to the club.Getting the 26-year-old to buy into Tuchel’s team ethos promises to be a tricky affair, as it will mean working far harder defensively than he has ever had to do previously. The German has already shown that he has limited patience with those who do not buy into his brand, and even the prospect of coaching one of the biggest names in the game today is unlikely to see him waver.But he is certainly not the only name in the mix; former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Germany coach Joachim Low are also prominent in PSG’s thinking.For whomever takes over from Emery, though, it will be upon the Champions League he is judged.last_img read more

MP Womans body taken for autopsy in garbage vehicles

first_imgAshoknagar: In a shocking incident, the body of a woman, who allegedly committed suicide, was taken for autopsy in garbage vehicles by police here in Madhya Pradesh. Terming it as a “blot on humanity”, Chief Minister Kamal Nath ordered stern action against those responsible for the “negligence”. Puja Ojha (22) allegedly committed suicide on the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday at her home in Ashoknagar city. Some newspapers carried pictures of her body being taken to the district hospital for autopsy in a garbage vehicle on Tuesday. Nath on Wednesday assured strict action against those found guilty of negligence. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The incident of carrying a womans body in a garbage vehicle and a dumper (truck) in place of an ambulance (hearse) is a blot on humanity,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. “The pictures of such incidents are heart-breaking and this cannot be tolerated. Instructions are issued for strict action against those responsible for negligence,” he added. The deceased’s husband, Narendra Ojha, said his wife, who was three months’ pregnant, was depressed after her medical check-up revealed the foetus died in the womb. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday, Puja Ojha allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling hook at their home here, according to the police. The husband alleged that the body was taken to the district hospital in a tractor-trolley, which is otherwise used for carrying garbage, instead of an ambulance. “The tractor-trolley also broke down mid-way and then the municipality sent a dumper, used as garbage transportation vehicle, for carrying the body,” he claimed. Additional District Magistrate Anuj Rohatagi said an inquiry would be conducted into the matter and action would be taken against those responsible for the negligence.last_img read more

Ontario sending mixed messages with Supreme Court fight over Indigenous representation on

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Supreme Court is currently reviewing the issue of First Nation representation on jury rolls.It all stems from a case where a man was convicted of manslaughter.But a separate court found he wasn’t tried by a jury of his peers.It led to a constitutional challenge.APTN’s Delaney Windigo explains how on one hand the Ontario government agrees but on the other is sending mixed messages with Supreme Court challenge.last_img