Former Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn wants Zinedine Zidane to suceed Jupp Heynckes at the club for next seasonDespite being in only his second full season as a coach at the highest level, the Frenchman has already become the first manager to have won back-to-back Champions League tittles and is currently aiming to win the competition for third consecutive time.Kahn, who played as a goalkeeper for both Bayern and Germany, would like to see Zidane take over the reins from Heynckes at the Allianz Arena.“Zinedine Zidane is undoubtedly worth considering. I think he’s sensational,” Kahn told ZDF (via ESPN).“He has won everything with Real Madrid and can win his third Champions League title. He’s a coach who fits perfectly Bayern Munich’s requirement profile.”While Bayern have stated, on several occasions, in the past that they are only interested in German-speaking coaches, Kahn believes that Zidane’s qualities will outweigh such a minor disadvantage.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“He is French and can speak Spanish, so he could learn German,” said the 48 year-old.“The question is more what can he do extremely well? He can manage a star-studded squad, he was an absolute world star himself, and while many former top players don’t go on to become great coaches, he has.”One candidate that has been touted to replace Heynckes at the club for next season is Eintracht Frankfurt manager Niko Kovac, who is not against the idea.The Croatian is believed to now be one of the front-runners for the role, after Thomas Tuchel reportedly rejected an offer from Bayern in March. Although Frankfurt sporting executive Fredi Bobic has recently revealed that the club have had no contact from the Bundesliga leaders.“There is no reason to doubt I will still be the coach here next season,” said Kovac.“So many things happen in football. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. As of now, I will be here until 2019.”
Andres Iniesta was left struggling for words after sealing his ninth La Liga title for Barcelona on SundayThe captain had announced that he will be leaving his beloved Barcelona at the end of the season in an emotional press conference last week and was, once more, left struggling to find the right words in light of their latest La Liga triumph.An early goal from Philippe Coutinho looked to have set Ernesto Valverde’s side on their way against Deportivo La Coruna with Lionel Messi adding a second later on.However, the struggling Deportivo responded with two goals from Lucas Perez and Emre Colak levelling the score between the sides.Zidane 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.But two late goals from Messi ensured that the Catalan side would emerge as the winners in a 4-2 thriller.“It’s an indescribable feeling, on a personal level and as a sportsperson, there are no words when you receive so much love from people and even more so in difficult moments for them [as Deportivo were relegated],” said Iniesta, as reported on Marca.“It’s an eternal thank you because it’s very beautiful. This [move] isn’t a change of opinion, but I am making the most honest decision for myself and my club.“To finish the season with these feelings before the World Cup and with another adventure ahead, I wish it were eternal. I would like this to never end, but everything has its beginning and its end.”
In the preparation ahead of World Cup, Russian football hoodlums have reportedly threatened to stab gay and transgender England fans at the Mundial.An alliance of LGBT football fan groups, called Pride In Football, said some of the death threats it has received has been so unnerving that they have reported them to police. It has received emails warning them that LGBT fans will be targeted for attacks during the tournament in Russia in June, according to Dailymail.Last week, the Football Supporters’ Federation, working with the Football Association, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, released guidelines advising LGBT fans not to display their sexuality in public during the World Cup.However, it is unclear if they are allowed wave or move rainbow flags in Russia.‘We’ve had people say that if they find us they’ll stab us, so it’s been a mixture but they’re being dealt with seriously and those investigations are still ongoing,’ Joe White, Pride in Football’s campaign leader, said.‘Unless there is someone kind of putting their head above the parapet, it’s very easy for them to say we don’t exist.Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.‘I think we definitely have a responsibility to highlight any form of inequality.‘Hopefully teams, players and managers can come into that conversation when they feel safe to do so.’He stressed that the guidelines released had to be ‘very cautious’ but that he won’t be afraid to be himself in Russia.‘I could go out and almost go back into the closet and act butch but that kind of plays exactly into what we are trying to show is an issue,’ he said.‘We shouldn’t have to feel that we have to behave any differently than we would.
England duo Gary Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are wary of the threat that their former Chelsea teammate Radamel Falcao will provide in their last of 16 tie of the World Cup on MondayAfter a stellar career, Falcao looked a shadow of the player he had once been and notably struggled in his two loan spells in English football with both Manchester United and Chelsea between 2014 and 2016.After two seasons in the Premier League and 36 games in total, Falcao returned to his parent club AS Monaco with only five goals to his name in a dismal spell after failing to regain his confidence and sharpness after suffering a serious knee injury with the Ligue 1 side in January 2014.But the 32-year-old has since resurrected his career at the Stade Louis II and scored for Colombia in their 3-0 win over Poland last Sunday.While much of the focus on the game will largely be on James Rodriguez’s recovery from injury, Cahill is not going to underestimate his former teammate.“Falcao had a difficult time in England clearly, but outside of England he’s a very high-profile player,” said Cahill, according to The National.“He’s scored many, many goals. He did have a difficult time in England, showed his character when he went to find his form again and now he’s a huge player for them.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’m sure a huge amount was probably confidence. He had that spell at Manchester United, then he had that spell at us, he was short of sharpness at both of them.“I suppose in his eyes, the rest is history, he’s refound his form now. He’s tricky in the box, he likes to come off the shoulder a little bit, and he’s a good finisher.“When he gets half a chance, we saw that in training he’s a decent finisher. Everyone knows him, everyone’s aware of him, his ability.”Loftus-Cheek, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, has also tipped former Chelsea player Juan Cuadrado to be a threat alongside Falcao.“When I was at Chelsea training with them obviously Cuadrado didn’t get much game time but he still looked sharp,” he said.“He is so sharp and he can just do things off the cuff, he gets past defenders. As for Falcao, we all know what a player he is. Falcao is always a goal threat and he has been for his entire career.“It will be a difficult game, just like any other at the World Cup. So we will need to analyse Colombia and work out how we want to play against them.”
Representation of the Ripple virtual currency is seen in this illustration picture, February 13, 2018. Picture is taken February 13.REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationThe cryptocurrency industry is now uniting against the government’s order to ban the virtual currency in the country. The ecosystem will be coming on a single platform to deliberate on the possibilities of its future in India. It is to be noted that last year, India virtually banned cryptocurrencies like bitcoin with the Reserve Bank of India(RBI) barring regulated entities from providing services to any individual or business dealing in digital currencies. Later in the same year, even the Supreme Court of India refused to grant any interim relief to cryptocurrency exchanges against the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) crackdown on them.Financial daily, the Economic Times has now planned to hold meet-ups across cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad throughout the month of March. After the meeting, the industry has planned to submit a report on the inputs provided by the crypto investors and experts to the government. Ministry of finance had constituted a panel under Subhash Chandra Garg in November 2017 but the panel is yet to submit its report.A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security. A cryptocurrency is difficult to counterfeit because of this security feature. Many cryptocurrencies are decentralized systems based on blockchain technology which is a distributed ledger enforced by a disparate network of computers.Akshay Aggarwal, co-founder of Blockchained India, the organization which is bringing together the crypto and blockchain communities under one roof said, “In the last six months, there has been progress both in the crypto and blockchain space. Banning cryptocurrencies will only curb innovation and force the investors and the exchanges to move to countries which have favorable regulations for such currencies.” Bitcoin is more likely to drop to $100 than to hit $100,000 over the next 10 years.Creative CommonsNischal Shetty, founder of WazirX, an Indian cryptocurrency exchange has been running a Twitter campaign over the last few months with the hashtag, #IndiaWantsCrytpo. The campaign got huge support from the ecosystem. The next hearing on the issue is scheduled for next week where the apex court would deliberate on the pros and cons of all the virtual currencies. Nischal said, “So far, we have only heard of scams or the darker use of cryptos but there is much more to it, which needs to be discussed and heard by the government.” Many of the cryptocurrencies moved out of India after the SC cleared its stance. Notably, countries like Dubai, Singapore, Switzerland, USA and Canada have been encouraging the use of cryptocurrencies.
Lead in ‘tap-water’ in ancient Rome up to 100 times more than local spring waters © 2016 Phys.org Painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner (between 1817 and 1820) Vesuvius in Eruption, watercolor. Credit: Yale Center for British Art. 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. To bring water to cities, the early Romans built vast waterworks systems using aqueducts and lead pipes—the water that was delivered, unbeknownst to the Romans, contained some amount of lead which in addition to making its way into the bodies of those who drank it, also made it into the ground or other water systems via sewage. In the case of the cities and towns around Naples, sewage was piped to certain locations where it was dumped directly into the harbor which resulted in sediment build up, some of which contained lead particles. Modern researches studying sediment cores can analyze the different layers of sediment and note the different amounts of lead in it and the differences in the types of lead, which can offer information about the amount of water brought into the system, and in this case, the changes to the system that came about.In studying their sediment core samples taken from the harbor, the researchers found marked changes in lead particles immediately after Mount Vesuvius erupted, likely, they suggest, because the eruption either clogged pipes, or destroyed some of the water delivery system. Differences in isotopic composition, they noted suggested lead pipes had been brought in from different locations to replace those that had been damaged. They noted also that the original water system had remained in place for approximately 15 years after the eruption before it was finally replaced. The team also found evidence of a continually expanding water system until approximately the fifth century, when natural disasters and invasions led to a sharp decline in upgrades.The researchers suggest their techniques could be used in other parts of the world, not just the area once covered by the Roman Empire—to better understand population changes, or other events that had an impact on the people that lived there. More information: Hugo Delile et al. A lead isotope perspective on urban development in ancient Naples, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1600893113AbstractThe influence of a sophisticated water distribution system on urban development in Roman times is tested against the impact of Vesuvius volcanic activity, in particular the great eruption of AD 79, on all of the ancient cities of the Bay of Naples (Neapolis). Written accounts on urbanization outside of Rome are scarce and the archaeological record sketchy, especially during the tumultuous fifth and sixth centuries AD when Neapolis became the dominant city in the region. Here we show that isotopic ratios of lead measured on a well-dated sedimentary sequence from Neapolis’ harbor covering the first six centuries CE have recorded how the AD 79 eruption was followed by a complete overhaul of Neapolis’ water supply network. The Pb isotopic signatures of the sediments further reveal that the previously steady growth of Neapolis’ water distribution system ceased during the collapse of the fifth century AD, although vital repairs to this critical infrastructure were still carried out in the aftermath of invasions and volcanic eruptions. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Sediments in Gulf of Naples reveal impact on Roman water distribution after Vesuvius eruption (2016, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-sediments-gulf-naples-reveal-impact.html Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from France, the U.S., the U.K. and Italy has found evidence of disruptions to the water delivery system in the area around Naples after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their testing of sediment cores taken from the harbor at Naples, what they found and what their study has revealed about the history of the area.
Journal information: Nature Physics (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of California, MIT, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan has created images of relativistic electrons trapped in graphene quantum dots. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics the team describes how they achieved this feat and where they plan to take their work in the future. Researchers find electron chirality in graphene impacts current flow As the many unique properties of graphene continue to unfold, scientists seek new ways to harness and eventually make use of them. One such use might be to control electrons to allow their use in nano-scaled devices, which could also inadvertently lead to a deeper understanding of Dirac fermions. In this new effort, the researchers have made progress in that area by devising a means for capturing and holding electrons and for creating images of the result.Obtaining images of electron waveforms has thus far been particularly difficult—virtually all existing methods have resulted in too many defects. To get around such problems, the researchers took another approach to capturing the electrons. They first created circular p-n junctions by sending voltage through the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope down to a graphene sample below. At the same time, they also applied voltage to a slab of silicon underneath the piece of graphene, which was kept separated by a layer of silicon-oxide and a flake of boron nitride. Doing so caused defects in the boron nitride to ionize, resulting in charges migrating to the graphene.To create images of those charges, the researchers placed a scanning tunneling microscope tip just above the surface of the quantum dot, which allowed for measuring the tunneling current—moving the tip to different locations allowed for taking multiple measurements which when taken together allowed for creating an image.The new method, the team suggests, could be used as the basis for developing systems that are more complicated, such as those with multiple quantum dots. They next plan to investigate using their technique with bilayer graphene samples, which hold far more Dirac charge carriers to see if they reflect when they impinge on the p-n junction barrier in expected ways. The STM tip spatially probes Dirac fermion wavefunctions in the presence of the p–n junction. Credit: (c) Nature Physics (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nphys3805 More information: Juwon Lee et al. Imaging electrostatically confined Dirac fermions in graphene quantum dots, Nature Physics (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nphys3805AbstractElectrostatic confinement of charge carriers in graphene is governed by Klein tunnelling, a relativistic quantum process in which particle–hole transmutation leads to unusual anisotropic transmission at p–n junction boundaries. Reflection and transmission at these boundaries affect the quantum interference of electronic waves, enabling the formation of novel quasi-bound states. Here we report the use of scanning tunnelling microscopy to map the electronic structure of Dirac fermions confined in quantum dots defined by circular graphene p–n junctions. The quantum dots were fabricated using a technique involving local manipulation of defect charge within the insulating substrate beneath a graphene monolayer. Inside such graphene quantum dots we observe resonances due to quasi-bound states and directly visualize the quantum interference patterns arising from these states. Outside the quantum dots Dirac fermions exhibit Friedel oscillation-like behaviour. Bolstered by a theoretical model describing relativistic particles in a harmonic oscillator potential, our findings yield insights into the spatial behaviour of electrostatically confined Dirac fermions. © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Images made of relativistic electrons trapped in graphene quantum dots (2016, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-images-relativistic-electrons-graphene-quantum.html 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.
Kolkata: A team of doctors from NRS Medical College and Hospital has successfully removed a tumour weighing around five kg with a diameter of 11 cm from the lower abdomen of a 27-year-old woman from Murshidabad.The victim, Nargis Begum, a resident of Raninagar area of the district was admitted to NRS Medical College and Hospital on 8 January. After performing necessary tests the doctors found a big size tumour stretching from her pelvis up to the kidneys, almost blocking her food pipe. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe patient first visited the Outdoor department after which she was advised to get admitted. The doctors decided to conduct a surgery to remove the tumour and it was not easy as there was a possibility of organs being affected with high-risk of tumour bleeding. The doctors informed that the tumour gradually grew over a period of two years and finally took the shape of a football. A team of doctors took all precautionary measures before conducting the operation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThere was a possibility of large intestine getting damaged while removing the tumour but the doctors successfully managed to remove it after three hours without affecting any other organ. The tumour was touching the left ovary of the patient and close to the urinary tract. The health condition of the patient is improving and she is being provided with liquid food. According to the hospital, the patient would be discharged in a few days. “The prevalence of such a tumour is found in every 6000-7000 patients. In most of the cases, that big a tumour has various roots which is why it becomes difficult for the doctors to remove but here, the tumour was could be completely removed as it had no major roots attached to other organs,” a senior official of the hospital said.
U.S. hotel rates up 2%: Hotel Price Index DALLAS — Even with several major political shifts and currency fluctuations around the world in 2016, travellers fared pretty well with average nightly hotel prices unchanged globally from 2015, as reported in the latest Hotel Price Index from Hotels.com. The U.S. had a slight average price increase (up 1%) throughout 2016, while declines from most other regions tempered the overall global picture.The HPI is an annual report on hotel prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid (per night, including taxes and fees) for their accommodation. The data is from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of hotels on the Hotels.com websites worldwide.Seven out of 10 of top international travel destinations saw a significant price decrease, including a 7% drop for Thailand (now $93 per night) and a 2% drop for China (now $134 per night), compared to 2015.International trends such as Brexit have prompted a strengthening of the dollar and best value prices for trips to European hubs. Among cities analyzed in the HPI, the most popular international destinations were London (prices down 11% from 2015 to $230 per night) and Paris (prices down 12% to $184 per night).More news: Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backDespite global economic uncertainty and the average price of hotels in the U.S. increasing 2% during 2016, international travellers were undeterred. The top 10 most popular American destinations remained consistent. New York (prices down 3% from 2015 to $252 per night), Las Vegas (prices up 5% to $138 per night), Orlando (prices up 2% to $112 per night), Miami (prices down 5% to $186 per night), San Francisco (prices down 3% to $218 per night), Honolulu (prices up 5% to $263 per night), Los Angeles (prices up 5% to $183 per night), San Diego (prices up 2% to $157 per night), Chicago (prices down 3% to $202 per night) and Washington D.C. (prices up 1% to $212 per night) rounded out the top 10. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: America, Trend Watch Travelweek Group
Share Tags: Agent Incentives, Contiki, USA & Canada TORONTO — Just in time for Canada Day, Contiki has announced the launch of its new ‘USA & Canada 2018-20’ program featuring a range of 25 adventures across the continent.The new program comes on the heels of the company’s recent studies that showed a trend towards travel to areas of natural beauty, with half of young respondents highlighting nature and the outdoors as two major factors in their travel plans. Known worldwide for its abundance of untouched wilderness, Canadians are now increasingly looking to their own “backyards” for their travels, says Contiki.To entice Canadians to explore their own country, Contiki is offering savings up to $1,319, or 10% off, if they pay in full by Sept. 5, 2018. For clients looking to road trip with their group of friends and family, everyone can save 10% when 10 or more travellers book on the same adventure, or the 11th person travels free; 7.5% when seven or more book together; and 5% when four or more book.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughts“We’re excited to launch this new program as an ode to our beautiful country and continent,” said Sheralyn Berry, President of Contiki Canada. “From snow-capped Grouse Mountain, the never ending outside activities in Banff, ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ at the Calgary Stampede to the cobblestone streets of Quebec City, travelling on any of our Contiki road trips are guaranteed to be packed with immersive experiences, great value and of course, delicious quintessentially Canadian food!”New for 2018-20 is the ‘Orlando Explorer’, an un-escorted three- or five-day stay that includes admission for a one (three-day version of the trip) or two-day (five-day version) park to park admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure with easy access to the area’s famous amusement parks. This short-stay trip does not need to be booked in conjunction with a trip and can be booked as a standalone.Also available is the 13-day ‘Canada & The Rockies (plus Calgary Stampede) itinerary, which includes highlights like the Lillooet Mountain Range, Kamloops, Jasper, Banff, Calgary and Vancouver. Due to popular demand, more departures have been added during the Calgary Stampede, which features 10 days of nonstop entertainment.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthClients can also book the 20-day ‘Grand Canadian’ road trip, which takes in the sights of Vancouver, Toronto, Quebec City and Montreal and includes a stay in Jasper National Park.For more information go to www.contiki.com/ca/en/activity/usa-and-canada-deals. Posted by Contiki launches new USA & Canada program with 10% EBB Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>