10 months agoAldridge convinced current Liverpool team best seen in 30 years

first_imgAldridge convinced current Liverpool team best seen in 30 yearsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJohn Aldridge says the current Liverpool team is the best seen in 30 years.Aldridge wrote for the Liverpool Echo: “This is the best Liverpool team since the title-winning side I played in back in 1987/88.”Over the past 30 years we’ve had some great teams but none of them have played consistently at the level we’re seeing from Jurgen Klopp ‘s side this season.”We famously went 29 games unbeaten from the start of the season en route to winning the title in 1988. I would absolutely love to see the current crop beat that record.”Can they do it? I don’t see any reason why not. They are 20 games unbeaten already and confidence is sky high after that 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal.”Going into 2019 seven points ahead of City is a great position to be in. Klopp and the players are saying all the right things about keeping their focus and not getting carried away.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoChelsea midfielder Mount feared long-term injury

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Mount feared long-term injuryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMason Mount has revealed he feared he had suffered a long-term injury against Valencia last week.The midfielder was substituted after 15 minutes during the 1-0 loss, but returned to start against Liverpool on Sunday.”As soon as I did it I thought it was going to be a long-term injury,” Mount said.”But then I iced it and it calmed down and I realised it was not as bad as I first thought. The next day I was jogging on it a little and from then I knew there was a chance of me being involved [against Liverpool yesterday].”There is still swelling there now but it is solid and I felt good and I trained the day before. I was pretty positive the day before the game that I would be involved.”He added: “You have to block the injury out of your mind and focus on the game.”When I had that chance which I felt I should have scored I rolled my ankle a little bit and it felt fine. It was fine throughout the whole game. It was solid.”Your Champions League debut, you don’t want it to end so soon, but that is football, it happened, and I try to stay positive. “I looked forward to the Liverpool game and set a goal that hopefully I could get ready for that. I feel like I am a quick recoverer and we worked on it hard and I was able to get back.” last_img read more

Prince Harry Hits The USA For Charity

first_imgPrince Harry received a fantastic welcome when his tour of America began last week – and a glowing tribute from First Lady Michelle Obama.Hundreds of people greeted him on Washington’s Capitol Hill when he attended an event promoting the HALO Trust, an anti-landmine charity he supports.And when he was announced as a surprise guest at a White House tea reception honouring military mothers he received a standing ovation and more whoops of delight from US servicewomen and their children. He was a surprise guest whose attendance had been kept secret from the 170 invited mothers, grandmothers and youngsters.Mrs Obama and Dr Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, hosted the White House event in honour of military mothers.It was part of their Joining Forces project, a nationwide initiative launched in 2011 to encourage Americans to support and provide opportunities for the military and their families.Before Prince Harry was introduced to the military mothers he had joined their children who were making Mother’s Day goody bags in the White House’s state dining, filling them with bouquets of roses, edible salted dough jewellery and baked crisps.With Mother’s Day traditionally held on the second Sunday of May in America, the children were busy at work. But The Prince soon joined in bending down to talk to the children and pulling faces and joking with the youngsters.At one point Mrs Obama joked that the parents were getting “a couple of minutes of free babysitting”.Earlier in the day Prince Harry was given a deafening welcome when he arrived at the Russell Senate Office building on Capitol Hill for a photographic exhibition highlighting the work of the Halo Trust.He was joined by former presidential candidate Senator John McCain who stepped in as a replacement for his wife Cindy, a leading US anti-landmine campaigner, after she was taken ill.The Prince has followed in the footsteps of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales by supporting the Halo Trust, founded in 1988, and this year the became Patron of its 25th anniversary appeal.Prince Harry also visited Africa to promote the charity’s work travelling to Mozambique in 2010 where, under supervision, he detonated several mines and met people who had lost limbs to landmines.Mr McCain, a former fighter pilot who was held hostage after being shot down in Vietnam, said: “He knew I had been shot down and I told him he was probably a much better pilot than me because he hadn’t been shot down.”The tour will also take The Prince to New York where he will support the Great Campaign, a government initiative which promotes the UK around the world on the back of the success of the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012.Prince Harry will also attend a baseball event in the Big Apple as he promotes a sports programme involving his Royal Foundation. On the final day Prince Harry will play in the Sentebale Polo Cup in aid of his Africa-based charity.Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.orglast_img read more

Union for Safeway workers in Manitoba reach tentative deal with company

first_imgWINNIPEG – The union representing about 2,200 employees at Safeway stores in Manitoba says a deal has been struck in contract negotiations, just hours before it had said they would be in a legal strike position.The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 says in a statement that a tentative agreement was reached Saturday evening with Sobeys West Inc.The workers voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike to back contract demands earlier this month, although no strike date was set.The union had said it would be legally able to strike Sunday, the day after the current contract expired.Details of the tentative agreement will be presented to the members at meetings across the province next Sunday, and a vote will be held on it then.The union says the bargaining committee will be recommending that members accept the tentative agreement.last_img read more

US China raise tariffs in new round of trade dispute

first_imgBEIJING, China – The United States and China went ahead with tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other’s automobiles, factory machinery and other goods Thursday in an escalation of a battle over Beijing’s technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth.The increases came as envoys met in Washington for their first high-level talks in two months. They gave no sign of progress toward a settlement of U.S. complaints that Beijing steals technology and its industry development plans violate Chinese free-trade commitments.The 25 per cent duties, previously announced, apply to $16 billion of goods from each side including automobiles and metal scrap from the United States and Chinese-made factory machinery and electronic components.In the first round of tariff hikes, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed 25 per cent duties on $34 billion of Chinese imports on July 6. Beijing responded with similar penalties on the same amount of American goods.The Chinese government criticized Thursday’s U.S. increase as a violation of World Trade Organization rules and said it would file a legal challenge.A foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, declined to give details of the Washington talks.“We hope the U.S. side will get along with us to strive for a good result from the talks with a reasonable and practical attitude,” Lu said.Beijing has rejected U.S. demands to scale back plans for state-led technology development that its trading partners say violate its market-opening commitments. American officials worry they might erode the United States’ industrial leadership.With no settlement in sight, economists warn the conflict could spread and knock up to 0.5 percentage points off global economic growth through 2020.The pressure on Chinese export industries that support millions of jobs adds to challenges for Communist leaders who are trying to shore up slowing economic growth.Factory output, consumer spending and other indicators were weaker than expected in July. Beijing has responded by pumping money into financial markets and announcing plans for higher spending on public works construction.Chinese leaders have promised to help struggling exporters and ordered banks to lend more freely to them. But they have avoided full-scale economic stimulus that would set back efforts to rein in surging debt and nurture self-sustaining growth supported by consumer spending.Forecasters say the impact of U.S. tariffs on China’s economy is small and manageable for now. Credit Suisse said this month that if Trump goes ahead with all threatened U.S. increases, the “worst case” outlook would cut China’s economic growth by 0.2 percentage points this year and 1.3 per cent in 2019.The International Monetary Fund’s growth forecast for China this year is 6.5 per cent, down from last year’s 6.8 per cent and more than double the U.S. forecast of 2.9 per cent.Ahead of the Washington talks, Chinese state TV mocked Trump with a sarcastic video posted on the YouTube and other social media pages of its international arm, China Global Television Network.“You are great,” says a presenter on the nearly three-minute English-language clip, reading a letter that pays a satirical tribute to Trump.“On behalf of doctors, thank you for pointing out the need to wean off American goods like bourbon and bacon,” the presenter says, referring to products on which China imposed retaliatory tariffs.The video appeared to have been removed Thursday from CGTN’s social media accounts.Trump has proposed another possible round of tariff hikes involving 25 per cent increases on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods. Beijing issued a $60 billion list of American products for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with that.That smaller target list reflects the fact that Beijing is running out of American goods for retaliation due to their lopsided trade balance.China’s imports from the United States last year totalled about $130 billion. That leaves about $20 billion for penalties after tariffs already imposed or planned on a total of $110 billion.Chinese authorities have said they will take “comprehensive measures,” which companies worry could mean targeting operations of American businesses in China for disruption.last_img read more

Maha IAS official shoots at injures wife hangs self

first_imgMumbai: A 57-year-old IAS official allegedly committed suicide by hanging after firing two rounds from an airgun at his wife in the early hours of Friday in Maharashtra’s Solapur district, police said.Vijaykumar Bhagwat Pawar hanged himself after shooting at and injuring his wife Sonali in Marvade in Mangalwedha town in Solapur, over 380 kilometres from here, an official said. The Indian Administrative Service official was posted in the state’s Skill Development department and had previously served as collector of Nandurbar district. “Neighbours heard shouting and gun shots from the Pawar household following which they alerted police. The couple was rushed to hospital where doctors declared Pawar dead on arrival. Sonali Pawar has sustained bullet injuries and is undergoing treatment,” the official said. “We have recovered two empty rounds and one live airgun cartridge. A probe has been instituted to find out what caused the incident,” he added.last_img read more

Reggie Waynes Knee Injury Will End His Season

The Colts’ Reggie Wayne will miss the rest of the season after suffering an ACL injury during Sunday night’s win over the Denver Broncos.Wayne went down in the fourth quarter when he tried to come back and catch a low pass. He wasn’t hit on the play but couldn’t get up after planting his right foot into the turf.Wayne is a big time receiver, so this is bad for the Colts. Last week, he became the ninth member of the league’s 1,000-catch club. The pro-bowler had started 189 consecutive games, which is the longest streak among all active receivers in the league.Coach Chuck Pagano didn’t answer the media questions on whether they would sign another receiver to replace Wayne.

Ohio States Storm Klein reinstated

Formerly-dismissed Ohio State linebacker Storm Klein has been reinstated to the Buckeyes’ football team. OSU spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed in an email that first-year coach Urban Meyer has let the senior back on the squad, though “he will not be allowed to play in a game until at least the third week of the season.” “As I had indicated previously, if there are any changes in the charges against Storm, I would re-evaluate his status,” Meyer said in a released statement. “The charges that would have violated our core values have been totally dismissed. I have spoken extensively to members of both families and that has prompted me to re-assess his situation and allow him back.” According to Franklin County Municipal Court records Klein pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct Monday morning having originally faced charges for domestic violence and assault. Klein was arrested late on July 6 after allegedly striking the mother of his child. A day later, Meyer dismissed the linebacker from the team and said in a released statement that the charges against Klein “violate the core values of the Ohio State football program.” Meyer, though, said, “If there are any changes in the charges” he would re-evaluate Klein’s status with the program. On Wednesday, Klein’s lawyer, Larry James, confirmed to The Lantern that both the domestic violence and assault charges were indeed dismissed. All that Klein faces now, he said, is 18 months of probation and court fees. If Klein has been reinstated, James added that Meyer told him any infraction “whatsoever” could still result in a penalty to pay. In his three years on the field, Klein has amassed 73 tackles in 38 games for the Buckeyes, including 45 in 2011. Before his dismissal, Klein was not listed as a starter on OSU’s depth chart. read more

Review England – Belgium

first_imgWith a moment of individual brilliance, Adnan Januzaj gave Belgium a 1-0 victory and the first place in Group G.The final two matches of the group stage are soon upon us…Here are the teams for #ENGBEL!#ENG #BEL pic.twitter.com/rvom0sQ4Ru— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018Januzaj tips United to return to the top Obinna Echi – November 14, 2018 Adnan Januzaj has backed his former club Manchester United to start challenging for the Premier League title soon.Januzaj believes United need to make the…Even though first place was up for grabs, both Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez decided to make multiple changes to their starting lineups today in Kaliningrad. There was no Harry Kane, no Eden Hazard, no Romelu Lukaku and no Kevin De Bruyne. The lack of star power didn’t mean the fans weren’t still hoping to see an entertaining encounter.A defensive lapse allowed England to have a moment in the opening two minutes that ended with Courtois blocking a cross before it came to Jamie Vardy. Youri Tielemans blasted a long-distance strike in the 7th minute, catching Jordan Pickford a bit asleep. Luckily for England’s goalkeeper, the shot was in the middle of the net, so he made the save. A couple of minutes later, Adnan Januzaj made a few dribbles and then lobbed a cross that came to Mitchy Bashuayi. He headed the ball back towards the central area in front of Pickford and even though there wasn’t a distinct shot, the ball rolled towards the goal line before Gary Cahill cleared it just before it went in.Tielemans received the game’s first yellow card. In this contest, cards were particularly important, as they could determine the final standings in case of a draw. With this card, Belgium had two more than England overall. Another foul on Danny Rose earned Belgium’s second booking. This time the guilty party was Leander Dendoncker. Whistles were coming from all over the stadium. The fans weren’t happy. The Belgian defensive trio was passing the ball among each other, while the English players refused to press. It was more than obvious both teams were satisfied with the current situation.Gareth Southgate decided to save his main defender’s energy and replaced John Stones with Harry Maguire at the half. In the 51st minute, Adnan Januzaj’s individual brilliance gave The Red Devils a 1-0 advantage. He dummied Danny Rose and then curled a beautiful left-footed shot, leaving Pickford with no choice but to take the ball out of his net. Belgium took over first spot in Group G with the goal. Later on, Thomas Vermaelen suffered a cut on his eyebrow after an aerial duel with Jamie Vardy. Marcus Rashford missed from an ideal one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper in the 66th minute. What a miss! Courtois got a touch on the ball, but it doesn’t change the fact that if Rashford wants to be considered as a starter, he must not miss those types of opportunities.Roberto Martinez decided to give the recently recovered Vincent Kompany a run, taking off Vermaelen to make place for the experienced center back. The next swap was Danny Welbeck for Trent Alexander-Arnold, signalling a wish to tie the game. Although, based on the play, that wish was really weak. On the other hand, why would England try to earn a draw? Losing this match meant a meeting with Colombia (possibly without James Rodriguez) in the Round of 16 and then (potentially) either Switzerland or Sweden in the quarter-finals. It also meant avoiding Brazil, as well as the other superpowers in the top part of the draw. Pickford saved Dries Mertens’ effort in the 89th minute. Marouane Fellaini missed in the 92nd minute and that was it. Belgium won for the third time in three matches, finished first with 9 points and will meet Japan next.last_img read more

Roberts explains Bielsas reactions

first_imgThe Wales footballer says Bielsa was okay after Leeds United lost 4-1 against West Brom, but he obviously was not happyWales national team and Leeds United striker Tyler Roberts has explained how head coach Marcelo Bielsa endured the 4-1 defeat against West Brom.“I haven’t seen him blow up,” Roberts told Sky Sports.“He was OK after Saturday (when Leeds lost 4-1 at West Brom).”“He always shakes everyone’s hand when we come in from the pitch,” he added.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“It’s always the same, win or lose. He was obviously not happy about Saturday, but that’s the same in every team after a result like that.”“I started as a winger with him (Bielsa),” Roberts commented.“But he’s seen me come away with Wales and play the number nine role.”“He’s taught me a lot about runs in behind, staying up the pitch and making important movements,” the forward said.“He’s opened my eyes to another part of my game that maybe I didn’t see as well before.”last_img read more

Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to talk

first_img Citation: Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to ‘talk’ (2013, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-similarities-birds-babies.html Explore further Credit: CDC.gov © 2013 Phys.org 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. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Stepwise acquisition of vocal combinatorial capacity in songbirds and human infants, Nature (2013) doi:10.1038/nature12173AbstractHuman language, as well as birdsong, relies on the ability to arrange vocal elements in new sequences. However, little is known about the ontogenetic origin of this capacity. Here we track the development of vocal combinatorial capacity in three species of vocal learners, combining an experimental approach in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) with an analysis of natural development of vocal transitions in Bengalese finches (Lonchura striata domestica) and pre-lingual human infants. We find a common, stepwise pattern of acquiring vocal transitions across species. In our first study, juvenile zebra finches were trained to perform one song and then the training target was altered, prompting the birds to swap syllable order, or insert a new syllable into a string. All birds solved these permutation tasks in a series of steps, gradually approximating the target sequence by acquiring new pairwise syllable transitions, sometimes too slowly to accomplish the task fully. Similarly, in the more complex songs of Bengalese finches, branching points and bidirectional transitions in song syntax were acquired in a stepwise fashion, starting from a more restrictive set of vocal transitions. The babbling of pre-lingual human infants showed a similar pattern: instead of a single developmental shift from reduplicated to variegated babbling (that is, from repetitive to diverse sequences), we observed multiple shifts, where each new syllable type slowly acquired a diversity of pairwise transitions, asynchronously over development. Collectively, these results point to a common generative process that is conserved across species, suggesting that the long-noted gap between perceptual versus motor combinatorial capabilities in human infants1 may arise partly from the challenges in constructing new pairwise vocal transitions.center_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from Japan, Israel and the U.S. has found evidence that suggests birds and human infants learn to string syllables together in roughly the same way: through stepwise improvement. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they taught songbirds to sing a new tune and compared an analysis of the results with sounds made by human infants saved in a database. Journal information: Nature The remarkable process that allows humans to learn to talk as they move through various stages of development has been the focus of a lot of research. To gain some insight into the process, researchers have often turned to the animal world—less complicated systems are easier to study. In this new effort, the researchers looked first at zebra finches. Prior research has led most in the field to believe that songbirds such as finches learn how to voice syllables by listening to the birds around them. After that, the ability to string them together into song is innate—it just happens. In this new research, the team has found evidence that it’s not innate, but is instead the result of a lot of work on the part of the bird.To come to this conclusion the team removed three young finches from others of their kind and taught them to sing in the lab. As expected, the birds picked up syllables rather quickly, mimicking the sounds they were played. Next, they were taught to string two syllables together, such as sound A and sound B. Then, they added another syllable, but introduced it as a pair, BC. Then finally, they asked the birds to sing the whole song, ABC, ABC, etc. But that was only the beginning, next the researchers taught the birds to sing another song that was made up of the same sounds, but in a different order: ACB. In studying how the birds went about learning the new song, the researchers discovered that they did so in stepwise fashion, trying out different parts before putting the whole song together. That proved, the researchers claim, that learning songs in songbirds, is not innate. Left turn in speech research—Key insights in study of zebra finches Play Example of step-wise learning of vocal transitions in a songbird and a human infant. Credit: Ofer Tchernichovski and CHILDES database But that wasn’t the end of the study, the researchers found another team in Japan had been conducting a very similar study with Bengalese finches and came up with nearly identical results. Intrigued, they began looking at sounds made by babies that have been stored in a research database. After much analysis, they discovered that the infants were following a nearly identical path in learning to string syllables together to make words as the birds had done to make songs.The results of this research suggest that the basic underpinnings that lead to language development in people, is similar to song development in birds.last_img read more