Jack Butland and Stoke City were relegated to the Championship after failing in their attempts to avoid the drop – and despite the goalkeeper is likely to leave now, he admitted that it is a terrible feeling.Butland came back after a series of injuries but he failed to help his side away from their troubles – and he admitted that it will be difficult to heal from this experience as it has been very tough lately for him.The England international spoke about his side’s relegation as he said, according to 101 Great Goals:“It’s been a tough two years but I’ll recover from it like I recover from anything.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I have to suck up the bad stuff and process things quickly – the injury, losses, relegation – and mentally you have to move on quickly.”“Relegation hurts — even now just thinking about it, it’s a horrible feeling. But life goes on for all of us and we have to dust ourselves down, whether it’s the lads going to the World Cup or on holiday.”“We all have to accept what has happened and improve.”“It’s my nature to strive for the best and to keep pushing and that’s what I’ll continue to do whatever the future holds.”
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has dismissed critics’ views over his footworkThe 26-year-old delivered his best performance for Los Blancos in Saturday’s goalless draw in El Derbi against old club Atletico Madrid with three saves.But critics have been quick to question Courtois’ footwork as the competition between himself and Keylor Navas to be Real’s permanent number one grows.“I’m not bad with my feet,” Courtois told Belgofut.“I may not be among the best, but I’m certainly not bad either. Sometimes I miss a long ball but I dare to play with my feet.“The last ball on which [Nikola] Kalinic put pressure was given to [Raphael] Varane with my right. Many goalkeepers would have cleared that ball.“Sometimes I give a bad ball, yes, but I know more goalkeepers who are, so to speak, phenomenal with their feet making more mistakes than me.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’m just doing what I have to do, and that’s the most important thing.”Saturday marked the first time Courtois had gone up against Atletico as a Real player.“You stop that ball and hear the whole stadium cheer,” said Courtois.“And then they chanted my name. I liked it. I have to try to take my place little by little.“I have to show myself, especially if you have two good goalkeepers, as is our case. Helping the team is always the most important thing.”Real will take on Russian side CSKA Moscow in their second fixture of Group G in the Champions League tonight at 21:00 (CEST).
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 18, 2017 – Providenciales – A 17 year old male of Providenciales was arrested and charged with two counts of Robbery and Possession of Imitation firearm with intent to cause fear in connection with reports made on Tuesday 4th and Saturday 8th July 2017.Around 3:30pm on Tuesday 4th July 2017, the complainant contacted the station and reported that a masked man came into her Variety Store with a handgun and pointed it at the employee and demanded money. He then walked behind the counter, hit the employee on her arm with the gun before opening the cash register and took an undisclosed amount of money.Later that week on Saturday 8th July, a report was made around 8:11am that an unknown male with a small handgun was seen running from the Good Taste Liquor Store located on South Dock Road and heading into Five Cays. As a result, Police visited the scene. The victim told officers that shortly after 8am he noticed a male wearing a ski-masked walked into the store brandishing a small gun, he ran into the store room and hide. The culprit took a small sum of money from the cash register and then exited the store and ran towards Five Cays.Police launched an investigation into both reports. The accused was arrested on Monday 10th July 2017.He appeared in court and was not allowed to enter a plea. He is remanded and the matter is adjourned until later this month for sufficiency hearing.Press Release: RTCIPF
16 Photos Sci-Tech More plants Plant-robot hybrid can make its own way to sunny spots The best indoor plants to bring the outside in How to water your plants while you’re away According to the study, the unmodified plants didn’t affect the concentration of either gas much. But the modified plants changed the concentration of chloroform dramatically inside the tube, making it drop by 82 percent just after three days. By the sixth day, it was almost completely undetectable. The concentration of benzene also decreased thanks to the modified plants. By day eight, it dropped by an impressive 75 percent.”People haven’t really been talking about these hazardous organic compounds in homes, and I think that’s because we couldn’t do anything about them,” study author Stuart Strand said in a statement. “Now we’ve engineered houseplants to remove these pollutants for us.”The research team plans to add a protein to pothos plants that can break down another hazardous pollutant inside some homes: formaldehyde. This harmful compound is often found in wood flooring and cabinets. Tags Plug in your plants with these 15 connected garden gadgets (pictures) Post a comment 0 CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The best place to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Houseplants do more than just add natural beauty to your abode. They also help clean the air.Enlarge ImageA University of Washington scientist tests genetically modified pothos ivy to see how fast the plant can break down harmful chemicals. Mark Stone/University of Washington Now, researchers at the University of Washington have improved the air-cleaning properties of one common household plant, the pothos ivy (epipremnum aureum).The team genetically modified pothos ivy to not only remove carcinogens such as chloroform and benzene from the air, but to synthesize a protein, called 2E1, that transforms these harmful compounds into molecules the plants use for their own growth.The researchers chose pothos ivy as the plant for modification because it grows well indoors in a variety of conditions. They detail their work in a new study published this week in Environmental Science & Technology. The scientists added benzene or chloroform gas to modified and non-modified plants in glass tubes. Over 11 days, they collected data on how each pollutant’s concentration changed. Share your voice
Asian shares and the dollar edged lower on Monday as investors awaited central bank meetings in the United States and Japan this week that are expected to hold clues to future policy moves.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trading, taking its cue from a mixed day on Wall Street on Friday.Markets in Australia were closed for Anzac Day, a public holiday.Japan’s Nikkei stock index shed about 0.5 percent as the yen pulled off its lows. Investors also locked in gains after the index soared to an 11-1/2 week high following a report the Bank of Japan will consider another easing step at its two-day policy review that ends on Wednesday.Bloomberg reported on Friday that the BOJ is considering applying negative rates to its lending programme for financial institutions.But some investors still believe the central bank might opt to hold steady as it assesses the impact of its negative interest rate policy unveiled on Jan. 29. A semi-annual report on the country’s banking system issued on Friday by the central bank said the policy has caused some disruption in fund flows and will hurt financial institutions’ profits for the time being.Underpinning sentiment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered his government on Sunday to compile an extra budget package to fund reconstruction from recent earthquakes that hit Kumamoto prefecture in southwestern Japan, with an aim to put it into effect by June 1.Against the yen, the dollar slipped about 0.4 percent to 111.41 yen after it earlier rose as high as 111.90, its loftiest peak since April 1.”The wide interest rate differential between the U.S. and Japan make it costly to be long yen without momentum,” Marc Chandler, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York, said in a not to clients.”Momentum and trend followers appear heavily represented in the futures market, and they have been caught the wrong way. This may see the tone shift from selling dollar rallies to buy dips,” Chandler said.The euro added about 0.1 percent to $1.1231. Last week the European Central Bank held its policy rates at historic lows as expected.The Fed, which lifted its benchmark overnight interest rate in December for the first time in nearly a decade, meets on Wednesday.Policymakers are expected to hold interest rates steady when they meet this week, but may tweak their description of the economic outlook to reflect more benign conditions, leaving the path open for future rate rises.A Reuters poll showed on Friday showed that economists expect the Fed to stand pat and then deliver a rate hike in June, and follow up with another by the end of this year.Crude oil prices slipped after rising on Friday and notching their third straight week of gains as market sentiment turned more upbeat amid signs a persistent global supply glut may be easing.Brent fell about 0.7 percent to $44.79 a barrel, while U.S. crude shed about 0.9 percent to $43.36.
The CDC found firearms were the most common method of suicide.John Madigan with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says that’s why they’re working with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to distribute information at gun stores in Texas. “And it’s not about confiscating and taking guns away, but simply educating,” says Madigan. “If your son John is diagnosed with depression and you’re a gun owning family in Texas, what’s your family’s plan to lock the weapon in a safe place?” The expert says they’re also pushing the state legislature next year to adopt a law requiring mental health professionals be trained in suicide prevention.Deaths by suicide have come to the forefront of public discussion again this week after two celebrities, fashion designer Kate Spade and renowned TV chef Anthony Bourdain, died by suicide. Bourdain died on Friday while he was in France working on an episode of his CNN series Parts Unknown. Suicide rates are rising in almost every state including Texas, according to a new report that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released on Friday.Between 1999 and 2016, suicide cases have soared across the country, and in Texas the increase was almost 19 percent. Share
The researchers, Rebecca Sainidou from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Jan Renger from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), and coauthors from various institutes in Spain, have published their study on the new method for dielectric light enhancement in a recent issue of Nano Letters. As the scientists explain, one of the biggest problems for nanophotonic devices made of metal is that the metals in these devices absorb some light, limiting the overall light intensity. Here, the researchers proposed using dielectric rather than metallic structures, and described three different arrangements for achieving a large light enhancement: dielectric waveguides, dielectric particle arrays, and a hybrid of these two structures. In each of the three proposed arrangements, the researchers show that, by suppressing absorption losses, light energy can be piled up in resonant cavities to create extremely intense optical fields. “Metallic structures can produce a similar level of enhancement via localized plasmon excitation, but only over limited volumes extended a few nanometers in diameter,” coauthor Javier García de Abajo from CSIC told PhysOrg.com. “In contrast, our work involves a huge enhancement over large volumes, thus making optimum use of the supplied light energy for extended biosensing applications and nonlinear optics. In metallic structures, absorption can be a problem because of potential material damage and because it reduces the available optical energy in the region of enhancement. This type of problem is absent in our dielectric structures.“One could obtain large light intensity enhancement just by simply accumulating it from may sources (e.g., by placing the ends of many optical fibers near a common point in space, or by collecting light coming from many large-scale mirrors). But this sounds like wasting a lot of optical energy just to have an enhancement effect in a small region of space. However, this is essentially what metallic structures do to concentrate light in so-called optical hot-spots using plasmons. In contrast, our structures do not concentrate the light in tiny spaces: they amplify it over large volumes, and this has important applications. This amplification is done through the use of evanescent and amplifying optical waves, which do not transport energy, but can accumulate it.” Although theoretically there is no upper limit to the intensity enhancement that these structures can achieve, fabrication imperfections limit the enhancement to about 100,000 times that of the incident light intensity. In a proof-of-principle demonstration of the dielectric waveguide arrangement, the researchers showed a light intensity enhancement of a factor of 100. The researchers predict that this moderate enhancement should be easily improved by reducing the interface roughness through more careful fabrication, and are currently working on experiments to demonstrate a larger light enhancement.As the researchers explain, part of the “holy grail” of designing nanodevices for optical applications is the ability to control light enhancement, as well as light confinement and subwavelength light guiding. By demonstrating the possibility of achieving an extremely large light intensity in large volumes, the researchers have opened up new possibilities in many nanophotonics applications. For example, nanophotonics components have already been used to produce artificial magnetism, negative refraction, cloaking, and for biosensing.“Certain molecules are produced in our bodies preferentially when we suffer some illnesses (e.g., tumors, infections, etc.),” García de Abajo said. “The detection of these molecules can sometimes be a difficult task, because they are seldom encountered in minute concentrations. A practical way of detecting these molecules, and thus unveiling the potential illness to which they are associated, is by illuminating them and seeing how they scatter or absorb light (e.g., how light of different colors is absorbed by these molecules or how they change the color of the light). Therefore, it is important to amplify the optical signal that these molecules produce, so that we can have access to them even if they are in very low concentrations. Our structures do precisely that: they amplify the light over large volumes, so that if the molecules to be detected are placed inside those volumes, they will more easily produce the noted optical signal (absorption, color change, etc.). This is thus a practical way of detecting diseases such as cancer.“In a different direction, light amplification is useful to produce a nonlinear response to the external light, and this can be directly applied to process information encoded as optical signals. This is an ambitious goal that is needed to fabricate optical computers. Such computers are still far from reachable, but they are expected to produce a tremendous increase in the speed of computation and communication. Our structures provide an innovative way of using light in devices for information processing.” Citation: Extraordinary light enhancement technique proposed for nanophotonic devices (2010, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-extraordinary-technique-nanophotonic-devices.html Explore further More information: Rebecca Sainidou, et al. “Extraordinary All-Dielectric Light Enhancement over Large Volumes.” Nano Letters, ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/nl102270p Breakthrough in nano-optics: Researchers develop plasmonic amplifier (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study, scientists have shown that simply tailoring the nanoscale geometrical parameters of dielectric structures can result in an increase in the light intensity to unprecedented levels. Theoretically, they calculate that the light intensity could be increased to up to 100,000 times that of the incident intensity over large volumes. This large light enhancement could lead to new developments in all-optical switching and biosensing applications. 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. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.
Kolkata: Jadavpur University has been identified by the union government as the state’s only university and one of the 10 universities in the country to develop synergy between the varsity and centrally funded research institutes.”This will enable us to have access to infrastructure facilities of central research institutes located in and around Kolkata. It will enable us to create opportunities of joint collaborative research with these central institutes and at the same time, we will be able to carry out joint research projects and joint supervision of PhD dissertations by the faculty members of JU and these research institutes,” JU Vice-Chancellor Suranjan Das said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a senior JU official, the university teachers couldn’t avail the excellent infrastructure facilities in the research institutes. “Now, with this distinction, the standard of research will surely get a big boost,” he added.According to a senior official of the varsity, JU is probably the only varsity in eastern India to avail these facilities.The central institutes with whom JU can develop synergy are Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, SN Bose Institute, Bose Institute, Indian Association of Cultivation of Science and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre. The joint faculty council of Science and Technology as well as the executive council of JU have already accepted the Centre’s proposal in principle and have resolved that Boards of Studies will discuss the modalities for implementation of the scheme. The Union ministry has also given the nod to JU to take on board any other experts as desired from universities and national laboratories in proximity.
Amazon has launched its much-anticipated TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, taking on the likes of Apple TV and Roku with its own internet-connect set-top.Available to order now in the US, the small US$99 (€72) box makes it easy for viewers to access Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service from their TVs – as well services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Watch ESPN and Showtime.Among the features of the device is voice search, which users can activate by pressing a button and speaking into their remote. The box can also be paired with an Amazon Fire Game Controller, letting users play video games from major firms including EA, Disney and Ubisoft.“Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price—people are going to love Fire TV,” said Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos. “Our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more. On Fire TV you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards.”Amazon claims that the set-top includes a quad-core processor that has three times the processing power of Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku 3 devices.It also comes with 2GB of memory – four times the memory of these rivals, allowing content to load faster and games to run smoother, according to Amazon.At launch Amazon said that the device will offer more than 200,000 movies and TV episodes from Amazon Instant Video alone. More than 100 games are also available with “thousands more” coming in the next month.A feature called ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction) will also help to predict which movies and TV episodes viewers will want to watch and pre-buffers them for playback so that they will start instantly.Users can also use Amazon Fire TV to view their own photos and personal videos on their TV, and to access music streaming services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.Fire TV is being powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and supports 1080p HD video as well as 7.1 Dolby surround sound.