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MLS MLS Wrap: LA Galaxy hit rock bottom, Atlanta United flying high and more Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 05:55 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kelvin Kuo MLS Atlanta United v Orlando City Vancouver Whitecaps v Columbus Crew Montreal Impact v Minnesota United FC Dallas v Seattle Sounders Chicago Fire v DC United Sporting KC v New England Colorado Rapids v New York City Real Salt Lake v Portland Timbers LA Galaxy v Toronto SJ Earthquakes v Houston Dynamo New York RB v Philadelphia Union New England New York City SJ Earthquakes Atlanta United New York RB Toronto Portland Timbers Colorado Rapids Montreal Impact Real Salt Lake LA Galaxy Minnesota United FC Orlando City Columbus Crew Vancouver Whitecaps Dallas Seattle Sounders DC United Chicago Fire Sporting KC Houston Dynamo Philadelphia Union The Galaxy have gone from league powerhouse to league laughingstock, and their demise couldn’t have come at a worse time Empires rise and fall. Call it a reality of civilization, and also one in sports, where even the most accomplished dynasties end, making way for new ones to take their place.MLS Week 28 offered a snapshot to one dynasty’s journey to rock bottom, while another dynasty in the making reached a significant milestone. The LA Galaxy’s embarrassing 4-0 loss to a shorthanded Toronto FC saw them suffer their 10th defeat in 13 matches, the worst current run in the league. It’s a stretch that has allowed the once-mighty Galaxy to drop to 21st out of 22 MLS teams, just one point ahead of the lowly Colorado Rapids.On the other side of the country, Atlanta United enjoyed a banner day at its new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where an MLS record crowd of 70,425 watched a wild and entertaining 3-3 draw against Orlando City in a match that saw the home team rally from deficits on three different occasions. The record crowd left thoroughly entertained and emboldened by a team that has all the makings of an MLS empire, and one that could be a real problem for opponents come playoff time. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Another league powerhouse falling on hard times is FC Dallas, which began the season entertaining thoughts of a treble, including the elusive MLS Cup. Now, FCD is worried about even making the playoffs, with Saturday’s home draw extending the Hoops’ winless slide to an unfathomable nine matches. That collapse has led to a slide down the Western Conference standings, with wins by the San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake on Saturday leading to FC Dallas dropping all the way to eighth place.Though other results grabbed headlines, there weren’t two matches bigger than RSL’s win against Portland and San Jose’s triumph over Houston. The Earthquakes jumped up to fifth place in the West with their 1-0 win over the Dynamo, while RSL kept its playoff hopes alive with an impressive 2-1 win against the previously streaking Timbers.Portland’s loss has helped make things even tighter at the top of the West standings. How tight? The top four teams are separated by a single point. As things stand, Vancouver leads the West, but the Whitecaps face each of the other three teams in the regular season’s final weeks.Here is a closer look at the key storylines from MLS Week 28:GALAXY HIT NEW LOWLosing to Toronto FC isn’t exactly something to be ashamed of in 2017, with the East leaders running away with the MLS Supporters’ Shield, but it was the way the LA Galaxy lost Saturday’s match at StubHub Center that had to leave coach Sigi Schmid exasperated and their fans dreading what feels like the new normal for the longtime MLS powerhouse.TFC rested stars Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore and still came away with a 4-0 win against a Galaxy side missing several players but also still fielding the Dos Santos brothers, Gyasi Zardes, Ashley Cole and newly signed defender Michael Ciani.The defeat, which dropped the Galaxy’s league-worst home record to an abysmal 2-9-3, led Schmid to tear into his team after the match and say, “We all need to look in the mirror because that wasn’t good enough.”The Galaxy were missing a laundry list of players to injury, but Schmid wasn’t about to use that as an excuse for how badly his team played against a TFC playing without Giovinco and Altidore.”We can point to all those things, but all these guys are on professional contracts, so when your number is called you’ve got to play like a pro,” Schmid said.The blowout loss came after a pair of encouraging results — a 3-0 win against Colorado and 1-1 draw with Seattle — but it served as a brutal reminder of how bad things have gone this season.Things aren’t likely to get much better, even when players like Romain Alessandrini and Jermaine Jones return from injury. The Galaxy’s next three games are against teams with some of the league’s best home records, including a red-hot Atlanta United and a Sporting Kansas City side that hasn’t lost at home all season. In other words, as much as Saturday felt very much like rock bottom for the Galaxy, things could get even worse.The Galaxy are now 1-5-2 since firing Curt Onalfo as coach back in July, a record that suggests he wasn’t the problem causing the team’s terrible first half of the season, or at least certainly not the only person responsible. It is looking more and more likely that a front office shakeup will take place this winter, because Onalfo can’t be the only head to roll after a disastrous season at the worst possible time, with Los Angeles FC set to begin play in 2018.LAFC has already begun making a big splash in the market, with the hiring of Bob Bradley as coach, signing of Mexican star Carlos Vela and construction of a new downtown stadium. That is exactly why 2017 was so important for the Galaxy, and why this was the worst possible year to have the team collapse.Galaxy fans who have grown accustomed to their team being one of the league’s best are suddenly faced with the sobering reality that it may not be long before the Galaxy aren’t even the best team in LA.ATLANTA UNITED’S SPECIAL WEEKThe scene of a sold-out Mercedes Benz Stadium is one MLS fans aren’t likely soon to forget. More than 70,000 packed the $1.5 billion stadium to help the team set a new league record for single-game attendance, and that raucous crowd was treated to an action-packed and goal-filled thriller by a team that is built to entertain.That is perhaps the most important aspect of this special expansion season for Atlanta United. Catching the attention of a city that is clearly in love with soccer is one thing, but delivering a product that a fan base can actually enjoy watching is another.The decision to spend big bucks to not only hire coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino but also attacking stars like Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron is paying off big time, with attendance figures blowing away any predictions for the club’s first season. In fact, Atlanta is on pace to set a league record for average attendance, despite having started the season playing at a temporary home in Bobby Dodd Stadium.Wednesday’s 7-0 win over New England served as the ultimate high for the club, but Saturday’s 3-3 draw, which saw the team claw back from deficits on three different occasions, showed us a team capable of fighting in tough matches. The three goals allowed to Orlando City is a concern, with Atlanta’s defense having shown a level of vulnerability that could cost the Five Stripes come playoff time.That defensive frailty cost Atlanta two points Saturday, but the coming weeks should give Martino’s men ample opportunity to work out the kinks. Atlanta’s next five matches are against teams currently outside of the league’s 12 playoff places, and four of those five are at home. A strong run during that stretch could help the first-year team make a push toward New York City FC for second place in the East — and the first-round playoff bye that comes with it. At the very least, it could help Atlanta secure a home match for the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.FC DALLAS SPIRAL CONTINUESRemember when the season began and FC Dallas was looking like a team capable of winning every trophy on its wish list? A nine-match unbeaten streak to start the season had FCD as the league’s lone unbeaten team almost a month after the league’s other 21 teams had suffered losses.That start seems a world away now for a team now mired in the exact opposite sort of streak. The same Dallas team that began the year 5-0-4 is now riding an 0-5-4 slide after Saturday’s draw with Seattle. The draw, coupled with other results around the league, left Dallas at a season-low eighth place in the West, leaving the onetime MLS Cup contender’s playoff hopes suddenly in jeopardy.Normally recording a draw against a strong Sounders side is respectable in its own right, but for a team that hasn’t won since June, a home victory was vital to help turn things around.”You have to be realistic with the players. They know the moment. They know what is going on and what we are going through,” coach Oscar Pareja told reporters after Saturday’s draw. “I would like them to achieve what they achieved last year. I want them to get the points each week and we all walk out of here with a smile on our face, but at this time we are just trying to get through this rough spell. We have to keep fighting. It’s what we are.”As disappointing as the draw may have been, it was probably Dallas’ best performance in some time, which offers some consolation heading into a stretch of matches that are winnable, even if four of five will be on the road. The good news is FCD is only one point out of fifth place and holds a game in hand on the current fifth-place and sixth-place teams.There is still time for Dallas to wake up and climb back up the standings, but next week is crucial. A road trip to Minnesota United is followed by a visit from last-place Colorado. A pair of wins would almost certainly catapult FCD back into the playoff picture, but a stumble could prove fatal to Dallas’ playoff hopes.QUICK KICKSDiego Valeri set an MLS record for consecutive matches with a goal by scoring in eight straight, but his goal against RSL wasn’t enough to keep the Portland Timbers from suffering a tough loss. The loss of Diego Chara to suspension proved costly as his absence made it that much tougher for Portland to deal with the RSL attacking midfield trio of Albert Rusnak, Jefferson Savaria and Joao Plata. The good news for Caleb Porter’s side was Liam Ridgewell made his return from injury. He’s a player the Timbers will need as they make a push for first place in the West.—As we learned last year with Brian Schmetzer replacing Sigi Schmid, sometimes a new coach can step in and push the right buttons and turn a team around. This year, Mike Petke and Chris Leitch stepped into tough situations, and while neither has had smooth sailing throughout their current tenures, they both moved their teams into playoff position with big wins this past weekend.Leitch’s San Jose defeated fellow playoff contender Houston to jump into fifth place in the West, while Petke’s RSL downed Portland to slide into sixth place in the West. Petke has already done enough with a young team to justify his return in 2017, while Leitch has delivered better results than most would have expected from someone who took the job with no head coaching experience. If Leitch leads the Earthquakes to the playoffs, then general manager Jesse Fioranelli will have no choice but to keep him in charge for 2018.—Speaking of coaching changes, you have to wonder whether Montreal coach Mauro Biello is feeling the heat as his Impact slide further away from the playoff picture. Saturday’s loss to Minnesota was a low point, coming at home and coming despite the Impact fielding all of their top players. The latest loss reportedly led the team’s vice president of international relations, Nick De Sanctis, to go off on the Impact players, and basically put the blame on them for the team’s poor run of results.It might seem like an odd move for someone in De Sanctis’ role to do, but the long-held belief in MLS circles is that De Sanctis is the Impact’s de factor general manager instead of official GM Adam Braz. The Impact have lost four straight and have suddenly fallen out of the Eastern Conference’s playoff spots. If Montreal fails to make the playoffs it is tough to imagine Biello surviving, especially with an owner like Joey Saputo, who doesn’t have a reputation for being a patient person.BEST OF MLS WEEK 28Player of the Week: Josef Martinez. Two matches, two hat tricks for the Atlanta United striker, who has been virtually unstoppable this season when healthy.Team of the Week: Real Salt Lake. Posted a vital 2-1 home win against the Portland Timbers that knocked that knocked the Timbers out of first place and pushed RSL into playoff position.Rookie of the Week: Abu Danladi. Scored his second game-winner of the season to help lift Minnesota United over Montreal.Goal of the Week: In a week that saw several long-range goals, Thomas McNamara’s beautiful turn, dribble and finish for NYCFC takes the prize:.@Tommy_Mc15 from the hot spot for @MLS Goal of the Week #NYCFCVOTE https://t.co/7o3sAgAgvO pic.twitter.com/5SkBMbmB5j— New York City FC (@NYCFC) September 18, 2017
CALGARY — Hundreds of pro-pipeline protesters rallied outside a Calgary office tower during a clean energy announcement by federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi.The protest by the group Canada Action attracted about 300 people who chanted “build that pipe” and carried signs that called on the federal government to kill Bill C-69.The legislation would repeal the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and retire the National Energy Board.It would leave the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and the Canadian Energy Regulator responsible for reviewing the environmental, health, social and economic impacts of designated projects.Critics say it would make it next to impossible to get any energy projects approved in the future.Sohi told reporters the government is working toward getting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built and that Albertans need to be patient.He rejected the idea of speaking with the protesters to tell them in person.“You know I’d rather focus on the area of solving problems and that’s exactly what I have been focused on since Day 1 with full respect of people’s ability to demonstrate and share their views and make their point,” Sohi said.Canada Action founder Cody Battershill said those suffering in the oil and gas sector are sick of delays.“We’re always hoping to hear from the minister and anyone about what they want to do and what they’re doing for the energy sector but we haven’t seen action the way that we need and we know there’s a lot of layoffs and a lot of people not working,” he said.The consultation period for the Trans Mountain pipeline project is to end June 18.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter The Canadian Press
by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:29 am MDT Struggling Nokia’s third-quarter net loss slumps to $1.27 billion as sales drop 20 pct AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HELSINKI – Nokia Corp. has reported a third-quarter net loss of â‚¬969 million ($1.27 billion) as revenue plunged 19 per cent and sales of its flagship Windows Phone fell under 3 million units.The struggling company said that revenue dropped to â‚¬7.2 billion ($9.45 billion) and gave a grim outlook for the rest of the year.A year ago Nokia reported a third-quarter net loss of â‚¬68 million on revenues of â‚¬8.9 billion.
GAMES3 POINT PERC.2 POINT PERC.GAME SCORERECORDWIN PERC. Source: basketball-reference.com There can be no diminishing the accomplishments of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who came back from a 3-1 series deficit to end the Golden State Warriors’ reign as NBA champions. King James deserves every accolade he receives — and I’m sure he’ll have words for the doubters who didn’t think this was possible. Like me.I’ve been bullish on the Warriors for a while now. Early in the season, I wrote about Stephen Curry’s ability to handle virtually any shooting burden before I even knew that he was a legitimate threat from 30 feet. My operating theory was that Curry should take more and more and more 3-pointers. In the final game of the season, he had 14 attempts (yay!) but made only four (oops).Teams with recent championship experience tend to be money in the playoffs, and this Warriors squad seemed not to be affected much by the strength of their opponents — both of which should have made the team bigger favorites than even our models suggested. So when the winningest team in NBA history needed to win only two of five (and then one of three) games against a team it had beaten all four times they played this season — by an average of 22 points — I felt pretty good about my position. I was wrong.The Warriors ended up losing as many games in the playoffs as they did in the regular season, finishing with a particularly un-GOATish 7-7 stretch against Oklahoma City and Cleveland. Although a 14-game break-even stretch doesn’t sound horrible, it would be highly improbable for a team that won 90 percent of its games, as the Warriors had with Curry playing. Of course, the Thunder and Cavaliers were stronger than the Warriors’ typical opponents (the Warriors did go 5-0 against them during the regular season, and remember they crushed strong opponents as easily as weak ones throughout the season), though this is partly offset by the Warriors’ home-court advantage.A result like that 7-7 raises questions: Have the Warriors been solved? Is Curry unable to carry an offense single-handedly after all, or was his run of bad form because of something else, like a lingering injury? From an empirical standpoint, this bizarre end to the season doesn’t tell us as much as we would like, but it does hold a few insights.Although Curry’s performance in the playoffs clearly regressed from his in the regular season, why that happened is unclear. There are, however, reasons to believe it was more than simply a run of bad shooting luck, but not something as dim as the Golden State model succumbing to playoff basketball. Since his first injury, in Game 1 against the Houston Rockets, Curry hasn’t really been Curry. He’s struggled to turn the corner on defenders on his way to the rim, and he’s had a troubling turnover rate, which may have happened (in part) because he found himself with unfamiliar passing lanes after being unable to create his usual space. Curry’s dropoff was also evident in his shooting weeks ago, and it hasn’t improved. Since his return, Curry has been worse in virtually every significant metric — even compared to his pre-injury performance against the same opponents: Game Score is an imperfect metric for combining box score stats, but in this case, it gets the job done. Pre-injury, Curry performed better against his playoff opponents this season than he did against a typical team.1“Pre-injury, playoff opponents” includes regular-season games against the Rockets, Blazers, Thunder and Cavaliers and Game 1 of the Warriors’ playoff series against the Rockets. “Post-injury” includes Game 4 against the Rockets and beyond. Moreover, he performed similarly against all four squads.Looking at the bottom line: The Warriors went 10-7 with Curry playing after his first injury. Again, although that doesn’t look dramatic, the likelihood of it happening by chance alone can be quite slim: For a team that wins 90 percent of games, the chances of losing seven of 17 are around 1 in 10,000. At 80 percent, they’re around 1 in 100, and at 70 percent, they’re around 1 in 10.2Based on a binomial calculation assuming that the Warriors were as good as their record, that their odds of winning were the same in each game, and that each game’s outcome is independent of the others. Note that these would not be great assumptions for making a precise calculation but are fine for a first cut, particularly with a Warriors team that for most of the season — did I mention? — didn’t seem to care much who they were playing.Also, when the Warriors lost three games to the Thunder (before going on to win the series), it seemed unremarkable — in part because it was in line with the tendency of teams that are good at winning also being good at winning playoff series. But now that the Warriors have lost four games to the Cavs, those results corroborate each other, suggesting that the Warriors weren’t just running badly, but that there was something systematically awry.3By Game 7 of the Finals, sportsbooks appeared to have this pegged, with most putting Golden State around -180, which would be absurdly low under normal circumstances.A 1-in-10 phenomenon is well within the range of stuff that happens in sports every day, and even 1-in-10,000 phenomena still happen. But the question isn’t whether the Warriors’ dreary finish was unlikely, but, given its unlikeliness, what is the most likely explanation. Did the Warriors just get unlucky? Are they — gasp — anti-clutch? Did two teams suddenly figure them out? Or was Curry’s injury a bigger factor than he let on?As usual, when something crazy happens, there can be many causes. A few Warriors may have performed poorly in the clutch. Teams may have “figured them out” to some degree. And they may have gotten a little unlucky. But those are the sorts of things that all teams have had to deal with historically, and teams as good as the Warriors haven’t broken overnight. More importantly, for the Warriors to pin this on fortune alone would require luck so profoundly bad that they’d be dodging falling pianos. That’s good news for Warriors’ fans. It means that, should they be able to heal what’s ailing them — such as a lingering injury to the league MVP — winning more championships still depends on fairly predictable outcomes rather than cruel turns of chance.At the very least, revolutionaries have good reasons to be hopeful that next season will continue where this season seemed destined to go rather than where it ended up. Pre-injury, non-playoff opponents44.8%56.5%24.361-789.7% Post-injury Steph played worse, won less Pre-injury, playoff opponents49.656.625.811-191.7 Post-injury39.348.517.110-758.8 VIDEO: The greatness of LeBron James
After reaching the playoffs for the first time in 15 seasons last year, the Cincinnati Reds open their season at home against the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon to begin their 2011 campaign. Here are five key factors for the Reds to reach the playoffs in back-to-back seasons — a feat the club hasn’t accomplished since winning consecutive World Series titles in 1975–76. Avoiding the ‘sophomore slump’ In 2010, the Reds debuted two pitchers — Travis Wood, 24, and Mike Leake, 23 — who came into the starting lineup and flashed signs of dominance in giving the club a combined 13 wins between the two rookies. With starting pitchers Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey battling shoulder injuries that have them on the disabled list to start the season, Wood and Leake will begin the season in the starting rotation. Building on their rookie success could be key factors in the Reds’ 2011 success. Position to watch After declining to bring back shortstop Orlando Cabrera, Paul Janish will enter the starting role. He is a player who isn’t talked about often, but he could have a huge impact on the season. His batting numbers have been weak, but have improved over each of his three seasons in the major leagues, while his defense has always been superior. Reigning World Series MVP Edgar Renteria was signed in the offseason and will serve as Janish’s backup. Renteria will likely see significant playing time. Regardless of who ends up as the full-time starter, the shortstop position appears to be the most intriguing entering the season. Names to know Last year, players like Janish, veteran infielder Miguel Cairo and then-rookie outfielder Chris Heisey came up big when regular starters were injured or needed a day off. If injuries catch up to the Reds at any point this season, don’t be surprised to hear names like infielder Yonder Alonso, outfielder Dave Sappelt or infielder Chris Valaika get a chance to step into the starting lineup. Alonso and Valaika both saw playing time for the Reds last season. Also keep in mind left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis, a former All-Star with the Florida Marlins, who signed with the Reds during the offseason but will begin the season in the Reds’ farm system. All four players have the potential to play at the major-league level and make an impact. Jay Bruce’s break-out season? When outfielder Bruce was called up to the majors in 2008, he started off his career with three home runs and seven RBIs in his first week as a pro. Expectations were high, and when his numbers fell down to Earth, fans and the media were quick to grow impatient with Bruce. However, Bruce’s batting average was .305 after the All-Star break last year, and he also hit 15 of his 25 home runs on the season in that time span. National League MVP Joey Votto’s rise to baseball stardom should take some of the pressure off Bruce, and the former first-round right fielder finally could have his break-out season. No longer the underdog The biggest challenge for the 2011 Reds is a simple one — they no longer can play the underdog card. They outdueled the perennially playoff-contending St. Louis Cardinals down the stretch and brought the NL Central crown to Cincinnati. No one will be surprised when outfielder Jonny Gomes comes up clutch in the bottom of the ninth inning, or when the speedy center fielder Drew Stubbs uses his speed to reach first base on what appears to be a bad bunt. This year, the only surprise will be if the Reds aren’t competing for a playoff spot as October approaches.
All was looking up with all the Ronaldo speculation.. heard a £3.5 million bid was 1/2— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Hi, I’m enjoying it here, and I am getting a lot of good experience working so it’s all good :). ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 100 duck-sized horses. A horse-sized duck would be pretty scary! You? ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Here’s how Twitter reacted:The classic horse sized duck question He really enjoyed the experience A dinner conundrum “Eddie’s time with the Southern Twitter team was part of a structured work experience programme with Govia Thameslink Railway – for which the intake has more than quadrupled this year – which Eddie has excelled in.”During this time he has spent time with Train Service Managers, as well as information controllers, Train Service Assistants and Fleet Control Managers.”Using social media to keep our passengers up-to-date is a key part of our modernisation plan.” Suite yourself, a horse-sized duck would be pretty ferocious 😬 ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 It has to be the chicken fajitas 😉 ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Hi, it has to be a war monger. The fish monger at my nearest ASDA is amazing. ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Eddie’s fan base quickly grew Probably a sloth. I can’t picture them running away. ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 His first appearance on the rail company’s Twitter account on Tuesday sparked a series of questions from social media users – most of which had nothing to do with trains. You’re not having him. He is ours 🙂 ^Neil— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 It shouldn’t but just in case you may as well ask station staff to let you out. ^Neil— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 But Eddie soon returned All i want is a chicken fajita 😂 ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Hi, Eddie here! Here on Work Experience and ready to answer your questions! 😊— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 No, not yet. I am 15 😂. ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Huge respect to you Eddie! Smashing it mate pic.twitter.com/h6snWmNB5p— John Brown (@brownbare) July 11, 2017 Guess who’s back?! #AskEddie pic.twitter.com/sbbxgBAyU2— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) 12 July 2017 Hi, what service will you be on tonight? Be sure to make me some! ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 And Eddie had a day to remember Thank God for that. I was getting concerned and had a swat team ready. We’ve got your back Eddie. Grand job!— Sgt Harry Tangye (@DC_ARVSgt) July 11, 2017 Hi, if you need the correct amount, always start off with around 200g per person, then build up depending on how much 1/2— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 There were more unusual questions Southern Rail have earned some rare social media praise after letting a work experience teenager take over its official Twitter account.The beleaguered train network, which has faced widespread criticism as strikes resulted in severe disruption and rail cancellations earlier this year, put a 15-year-old boy called Eddie in charge of its social media.The teenager quickly became a social media sensation, after his quick witted responses won over Twitter users who began asking him questions using the hastag #AskEddie. On Wednesday morning Southern Rail announced that Eddie was taking the reigns of the company’s Twitter account once again, as they released a photograph of Eddie at work. And Twitter was delighted Hi, it has been such an insightful period and it keeps getting better! ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 I’m still here! ^Eddie— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) July 11, 2017 Baked goods connoisseurs Greggs previously showed how to handle a social media nightmare after this offensive logo appears on Google. 10 of the most brilliant customer service exchanges ever seen on TwitterA Southern spokesperson said: “We are pleased to have given Eddie an insight into working life in our social media team and are thrilled to see that he won over so many of our customers yesterday. We have been very impressed at his quick-wit and positive approach at the age of just 15. ‘Neil’ then tried to muscle in Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
As I keep on trying to tell my girlfriend, there’s really no point to getting married. Reigning blows down upon me and shrieking something about freely lactating cows, she refuses to believe me… but luckily, Mark Zuckerberg does, and the proof is in the addition of a couple new relationship statuses on the popular social networking site that will make it easier than ever for people to specify what exactly they’re doing with that person they live with.The new relationship statuses are being described as gay-friendly descriptors, although like all of Facebook’s relationship statuses, there’s no actual mention of sexual orientation in the new statuses. Still, if you live in the U.S. you can now choose “In A Domestic Partnership” and “In A Civil Union” as a relationship status, alongside the old standards: “Single,” “Married,” “Engaged,” In a Relationship,” “In an Open Relationship,” “Divorced,” “Separated,” and “Widowed.”AdChoices广告According to Facebook, “This has been a highly requested feature from users. We want to provide options for people to genuinely and authentically reflect their relationships on Facebook.”There’s not much more to say, but you might be interested in knowing why none of Facebook’s status updates specify sexual orientation. Last year, Facebook teamed up with the Gay and Lesbian Allienace Against Defamation (or GLAAD) to help curb gay targeted bullying, and eschewing an actual mention of sexual orientation in relationship statuses is one of the solutions they came up with.I personally think it’s a good thing — surely, the important thing is whether you’re with someone or not, not what terminals and ports are being used — but it is a curious decision for Facebook to take, given how much Zuckerberg promotes openness and honesty online. I guess that only applies to advertising data, huh, Mark?[via Gearlog]
Daniel Day-Lewis is calling it quits on his acting career The multi Oscar-winning actor is giving up his acting career at the age of 60. Daniel Plainview – There Will Be Blood (1503) Image: Dave Bedrosian/Geisler-Fotopress By Sean Murray Christy Brown – My Left Foot (3612) Other (549) Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 10:09 PM Bill the Butcher – Gangs of New York (1877) Image: Dave Bedrosian/Geisler-Fotopress Share497 Tweet Email2 Bill the Butcher – Gangs of New YorkAbraham Lincoln – LincolnChristy Brown – My Left FootDaniel Plainview – There Will Be BloodGerry Conlon – In The Name of The FatherOtherVote Gerry Conlon – In The Name of The Father (3334) 40,604 Views MULTI OSCAR-WINNING actor Daniel Day-Lewis has announced that he is set to quit acting.The 60-year-old, widely considered one of the best actors of his generation, will retire from the profession with the upcoming Phantom Thread set to be his last film.In a statement released by his representative today, Day-Lewis confirmed that he “would no longer be working as an actor”. The statement added that he was “immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years”.Day-Lewis has starred in multiple memorable roles in a career which has spanned four decades. He has won an incredible three Oscars for My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln.Although born and raised in London, Day-Lewis holds both British and Irish citizenship.He is well-known for his portrayal of Irish characters, such as Christy Brown in My Left Foot and Gerry Conlon in In The Name Of The Father.His versatile style and meticulous attention to detail has earned him widespread notoriety and praise. While filming My Left Foot, for example, he reportedly stayed in character when the cameras stopped rolling to remain immersed.As Day-Lewis hangs up his acting boots, we want to know: What is your favourite Daniel Day-Lewis performance? Jun 20th 2017, 10:09 PM http://jrnl.ie/3455148 Poll Results: 82 Comments Abraham Lincoln – Lincoln (619) Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek Australian woman has received a five month jail sentence for posing as a doctor. Nora Zacardas posed as a doctor to friends and even sat in on delicate medical procedures. Magistrate Louise McManus called this a “gross breach of trust” before sentencing Zacardas. Zacardas will be appealing this decision on 19 September.
My vote is “No”.I am not making light of this desire of many diaspora Greeks to vote and to participate politically in the affairs of the homeland. Unlike many of the several million Greek diaspora, I am likely to be in an eligible category to vote. I am a Greek citizen, with passport and national identification card. I have lived in Greece, worked there, paid taxes there, and served in her army. But I do not live there anymore, and I believe that those who live with the consequences of their vote – should vote.I might be accused of hypocrisy, because as American citizens abroad for over seven years, we voted in US elections. It is my understanding that Australians abroad can also vote, but the differences between Americans (or Australians) abroad and Greeks abroad are many and fundamental.Americans abroad are generally expatriates, whereas Greeks abroad are a diaspora. Let’s consider the difference. Roughly six million US citizens live abroad, approximately two per cent of the US population. Often enough Americans abroad work for large US multinationals, or their stay abroad is finite. I would imagine the case for Australians abroad is rather similar. Usually Americans do not integrate into their host societies, unless they are already dual nationals. Consider the large Greek American and Greek Australian pensioner population in Greece.The Greek case is decidedly different. Greeks from time immemorial have been leaving their homeland, alternately integrating, assimilating, and sometimes repatriating. There are at least four million clearly identifiable Greeks in the diaspora. That number is almost forty per cent of the total population of Greece, and even a portion of those voting can seriously distort an election process. While passionate about being Greek, the gap between the homeland and the diaspora can be vast. How much does a third-generation Greek American from, say, my Salt Lake City, Utah hometown, know about issues in Greece to make an informed voting choice? Why, too, with nothing at stake in terms of day- to-day life, should she choose for those who will live with the consequences of her vote? Who is, further, a Greek? How far back to you go, what percentage Greek do you have to be? What are the criteria? Even if we use the criterion of Greek passport holders, I would suggest that this is problematic as well. We might argue that Greeks born and raised in Greece, or Greek passport holders, are well informed enough to exercise voter rights. Consider, however, this: my son and daughter are both Greek citizens, though my daughter has never as yet visited Greece, and my son lived in Greece for two years as a toddler. Absent their highly unlikely return to Greece to live, mere citizenship hardly qualifies them to make voting decisions.Proper voting requires being informed. I like to think that I have a good understanding of Greece from being well-read and from living there. However, my living experience there was nine years ago, and already things have changed to the point of being unrecognisable. If just a few years’ separation is an issue, imagine decades.Of course, there are many who would counter that “Greece needs us”, that the diaspora will infuse civic spirit into the motherland. Perhaps, but it is a dangerous generalisation to make, and one easily countered by another, that the diaspora is often more nationalistic. There is a useful parallel to draw with our northern neighbour, FYROM. Their government allowed the diaspora to vote, and their votes generally went to the most extreme nationalists. Often, people in-country are more tolerant of their neighbouring countries, because they must live with them, trade with them, and suffer consequences if the neighbourhood goes bad. We do not have the right to make that decision for them. Greece is a land inspiring true devotion across distances of oceans and generations, and I do not doubt the love the diaspora has for her, but for the reasons I wrote about, my vote to vote is no. Those who live with the consequences should vote, and we can only hope they vote wisely. If we really must vote in Greece, we ought to vote with our feet first, by moving there!Alexander Billinis is a Greek American with a lifelong interest in Byzantine history. He has worked at global banks in the US, Athens and London and has written books and articles for various diaspora Greek and Serbian publications in the US, Canada, Greece and Australia. He currently lives in the USA. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 7, 2017 – Providenciales – On Tuesday 13th June, 2017, the Department of Disaster Management Emergencies (DDME), in collaboration with the TCI Community College (TCICC) will be hosting a Culinary Cook-Off with three culinary teams from the TCI College Hospitality Department. The event will take place at the TCI Community College, Downtown Providenciales, beginning at 10:00am.The Cook-off promotes the importance of non-perishable foods, which can help us weather a storm. Judges for this event have been selected from Professional Culinary Chefs in the Turks and Caicos Islands and persons with Disaster Management background.The participating student chefs will be given items from a hurricane food supplies basket, from which they will be required to prepare a three course meal. This event will give the students the opportunity to compete in a friendly food-centered competition; allowing them to showcase their talents and develop their culinary skills. The competition is an excellent opportunity to highlight to the wider public how a well-balanced meal can still be prepared under the extenuating circumstances events such as hurricanes may present.Under DDME’s Hurricane Season’s theme for 2017, “Are You Prepared for the Unexpected,” this event further highlights the importance of being prepared for the season; encouraging all households to be equipped with essential and sufficient nonperishable Hurricane Food Supplies, for each family member, for at least three (3) days.This initiative will help the DDME strengthen the relationship with its partners as the Turks and Caicos Islands moves towards Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) – building resilient communities, throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands. Related Items:
2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Preview • 2019 Honda Pilot: Sugar, spice, nice 0 More From Roadshow Share your voice For those not at the wheel, it’s all about killing time. Passengers can watch movies, listen to music, check out nearby points of interest and control the car radio and other vehicle features. Better yet, it doesn’t require some expensive rear-seat entertainment system — it’s all done through a person’s mobile device. Some of the driver’s features are available, too, so passengers can also buy movie tickets or whathaveyou from the back seat, too.Honda’s got a load of partners on the passenger-content side. The automaker collaborated with DC, Lego Group, Univision Music and a few other content creators to try and keep passengers entertained on long journeys. And yes, the DC tie-in means comic books are available for perusing.Somehow, that’s not all. There’s also a rewards program wrapped around this entire ecosystem. People can get points for spending money in various ways through Honda Dream Drive, and those points can be used for… something. Honda was pretty vague about the perks of the rewards system, saying only that the points can be spent “at [a person’s] favorite local and online retailers.” Dream Drive is still in prototype form, and Honda says it’s willing to take on as many partners as it can handle, but the underlying bits of this system seem pretty darn ready for production. While some parts of the system are unique to Honda, GM has had success implementing marketplace-style features in its infotainment systems, as well. Just don’t let your kids go wild with the credit card. Review • 2019 Honda Pilot Review 85 Photos All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Auto Tech Future Cars CES 2019: Every story so far.Concept cars: Can’t get enough of concept cars? We’ve got you covered. CES 2019 Honda Post a comment Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More about 2019 Honda Pilot 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Distraction be damned, people want more and more features jammed into their infotainment systems. Honda, happy to deliver, came to CES 2019 with a vast in-car platform that covers just about everything you could want.Honda Dream Drive is a prototype that is all about that content, baby. Split between driver and passenger, with each being privy to different features, the ecosystem has evolved significantly from its initial concept at CES 2017.The driver’s experience with Dream Drive focuses largely on in-car purchases. It’s working with Visa, Mastercard and PayPal to offer straightforward purchases without having to whip out a card. It’ll cover your usual daily purchases like gas and parking, in addition to slightly more fun things like movie tickets and food delivery. The driver can make restaurant reservations and share the car’s location with others. It’s working with a bunch of companies on this, like Chevron, Grubhub, Parkopedia and Yelp. Honda
Dhaka protest.Photo: UNBMyanmar has come up with another false claim showing Bangladesh’s St Martin’s Island as part of their territory prompting Dhaka to sharply react and lodge a strong protest officially against the ‘deliberate’ attempt, reports UNB.The government on Saturday summoned Myanmar ambassador in Dhaka U Lwin Oo and strongly protested the matter.Maritime affairs unit secretary at the ministry of foreign affairs ministry retired rear admiral M Khurshed Alam summoned the Myanmar envoy to his office in the afternoon and handed over a strongly-worded protest note to him.However, Myanmar ambassador Lwin acknowledged the matter saying that it was a ‘mistake’ to show the St. Martin’s Island as part of their own territory, UNB quoted a diplomat as saying.The Island was never a part of Myanmar if anyone looks back at the history since 1937.It was part of British-India when Myanmar got separated back in 1937, an official told UNB adding that this means it was part of India. “A clear line was drawn in between.”And in 1947, the official said, it was part of Pakistan and after the liberation war the island became part of independent Bangladesh.In 1974, it was clearly stated through a signed agreement that the island is part of Bangladesh.”Even when Bangladesh won the maritime boundary dispute against Myanmar through International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in March 2012, it was clearly mentioned that the island is part of Bangladesh,” the official said.He went on saying, “There’s no doubt. How could they (Myanmar) claim St. Martin’s Island as part of their territory? It’s a deliberate attempt.”A diplomatic source said secretary Khurshed Alam had nearly a one-hour meeting with the Myanmar envoy and protested the matter by handing over relevant documents.He reportedly asked the Myanmar envoy why the Myanmar side carried out survey in St. Martin’s Island. “You can’t do it. On what basis you did it?” Khurshed Alam was quoted as telling the Myanmar envoy.The Myanmar envoy was tight-lipped with a gloomy face when the UNB correspondent approached to know why he was summoned.The Myanmar reportedly spread the maps to two global websites showing St. Martin’s Island is part of Myanmar’s territory.The Myanmar envoy pledged to discuss the matter with his government and convey Dhaka’s concerns.Earlier, Myanmar circulated a picture that claims to show insurgents training, which is actually a photograph of freedom fighters during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.The Myanmar military later issued a rare apology acknowledging that two photographs it published in a book on the crisis over the Rohingya Muslim minority were ‘published incorrectly’.
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Three-dimensional shapes fill physical space in a certain way. If you pour marbles into a jar, the marbles will randomly pack within the jar. If you carefully placed every marble, layer-by-layer in the jar such that the marbles in one layer sit within the crevices between marbles on the layer below it, you can pack a few more marbles in the jar than if it was randomly packed. This will give you the highest density packing, or the least amount of space between particles. 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. Citation: Close-packing rules may not guide nanoparticle self-assembly after all (2018, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-close-packing-nanoparticle-self-assembly.html Explore further Cersonsky et al. found that in all of polyhedral systems that they studied (FCC, SC, and BCC) the packing density was greater than the random close-packing density, which was greater than the minimal density for self-assembly. This result shows that spontaneous order does not occur because of a packing mechanism and that these systems cannot be ordered by packing. In other words, packing rules are not necessarily predictive of the ideal shapes for self-assembly even though the dense packing structure is the most thermodynamically stable structure.This paper looked at nanoparticles that were not confined. According to Greg van Anders, assistant professor of physics and co-author of the paper, “We expected that we would find that colloids would order by packing. Instead, we found that they don’t. This is particularly surprising because particles don’t pack even when the structures they form are so-called ‘close-packed’ structures.”Usually in materials science, packing rules are used to predict the optimal shape for a nanostructure, but given these results, the question becomes if, and when, packing rules can be used to predict the thermodynamically optimal shape for self-assembly.There is still some correlation between packing shape and optimal particle shape, and therefore, packing shape may be helpful in guiding predictions, but ideal packing shapes should not be the goal in nano-structure assembly. Dr. van Anders points out that this is actually good news for people trying to synthesize polyhedral nanoparticles that self-assemble into nano-structures:”After we found that the mechanism that drives the formation of structure is not packing, we realized that this might mean that perfectly-shaped particles, which pack most densely, but can be technically challenging and expensive to make, might not be the ideal shape for target structures.” More information: “Relevance of packing to colloidal self-assembly” Rose K. Cersonsky, Greg van Anders, Paul M. Dodd, and Sharon C. Glotzer, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1720139115 , On Arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1712.02473 Linus Pauling applied this idea of packing density to ions, and proposed that packing principles lead to the formation of crystal structures. Nature does not like empty space, so particles should pack in the highest density or close-packed formation. In the field of materials science, colloid crystals and nanoparticle superlattices form via self-assembly of small particles in which the particles form a thermodynamically stable structure. The structures nanoparticles form are very often those found in conventional metals: face-centered cubic, simple cubic, and body-centered cubic.The theory is that packing principles guide the self-assembly of colloidal crystals. However, researchers from the University of Michigan have shown that the ordering mechanism for colloid crystals does not cause particles to self-assemble. Instead crystal assembly and packing are correlated, not causal. Furthermore, they show that packing principles may not be the best prediction tool for colloidal crystal shape. Their work appears in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.In self-assembly, a thermodynamically stable structure is formed. This structure minimizes free energy. For colloids, this frequently happens when entropy is at a maximum. However, when studying the mechanisms that guide self-assembly, researchers look at what happens at extreme conditions. At very high pressures, rather than maximizing entropy, hard particles will maximize density.To investigate the fundamental question of whether packing principles guide self-assembly, Cersonsky, et al. used modeling methods to compare three different density terms. The first is the self-assembly density, which is the lowest density where self-assembly is observed. The second is packing onset density. As the name implies, this is the lowest density where packing behavior is observed. The third term is the random close packing density, which is the maximum density that the system can be found in a disordered state.When looking at mathematical models at very high pressures (i.e., infinite pressure), there should be a boundary at which particles being to pack. The authors tested for this boundary using Maxwell relationships to define packing onset density. If the self-assembly density is found to be approximately equal to the packing onset density, then packing is likely guiding self-assembly. However, if the self-assembly density is less than the packing density, then something other than packing rules guides self-assembly. Furthermore, packing density is compared to the random close-packing density. , arXiv How particles pack in a confined space © 2018 Phys.org Shape Family and Structures. The authors rely on a previously defined parameterization (A) which continuously maps two values, α3 and α4, to convex polyhedra. This parameterization, here known as the ∆423 family, contains the space-filling shapes for (B) FCC, (C) SC and (D) BCC. Credit: Rose Cersonsky et al., arXiv:1712.02473 [cond-mat.soft]
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December 26, 2002Arcosanti said ‘Good-Bye’ to the Sicilian construction crew and the students from Roma Tre. The Sicilian construction crew cooked an authentic pasta dinner for the occasion. >>from left>> Linda Roby from public relations, Caterina Loy, general managers Mary Hoadley and Tomiaki Tamura [standing], Paolo Soleri, Sicilian crew members Salvatore Bisconti and Filippo Bisconti, Roma Tre student Alessandro Celleti, Poldi from the Academia Di Architectura in Mendrisio(Switzerland), Roma Tre students Alfonso Rubeis and Valerio Pellegrini, Sicilian crew members Rosario Bisconti and Angelo Barrrale. [Photo & text: sa] Cheers to a wonderful time at Arcosanti. [Photo & text: sa] The Sicilian crew posing with Paolo Soleri >>top left>> Rosario Bisconti and Filippo Bisconti. Angelo Barrale, Paolo Soleri and Salvatore Bisconti. [Photo & text: sa]