Before the 2018 World Cup kicked off last week at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, much had been written about why Russia was so bad at soccer. A convincing 5-0 opening match win over Saudi Arabia — Russia’s first win at the tournament since 2002 also matched its largest margin of victory at a World Cup — surely helped to allay some of those criticisms. But there was still no looking past the fact that the host nation ranked 70th in the FIFA world rankings and was looked at by bookmakers as a relative long shot to win the whole thing.Flash-forward a week, and Russia has already advanced to the knockout round thanks to another convincing win, this time 3-1 over Egypt. Forwards Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba are playing the best soccer of their lives. Russia’s eight goals are the most scored by a host nation through two games since the beginning of the modern World Cup in 1986,1With group play and a 16-team knockout tournament; 24 total teams participated from 1986 to 1994, then 32 from 1998 onward. and before that, only Italy managed to score as many when it did so in the 1934 World Cup (seven of which came against the United States). The Russians have buttressed all that goal scoring with downright stingy defensive play — they haven’t conceded a single shot on goal in open play.2The only shot they’ve allowed is a Mohamed Salah penalty, which was converted.It’s hard to deny the Russians’ early offensive onslaught or their potency on the defensive side of the ball. But they still face one big question: Are they actually this good?A huge factor here is quality of opponent: Russia hasn’t exactly played against a top side yet. Egypt was the sixth worst team in the field entering the tournament, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, and Saudi Arabia was the worst. Between them, the Egyptians and the Saudis have put just six shots on target through four games and have managed to score just once.Russia’s shot conversion rate is also instructive. So far, Russia has had 10 shots on goal, scoring on an astounding eight of them.3Including an own goal. So they’ve been clinical when they’ve directed shots on target. But they’ve taken just 25 shots in two games (there are 14 teams taking more shots per 90 minutes than the Russians),4 Through the first two games of Day 9. while creating a just above average number of scoring chances per 90 minutes. This all makes it difficult to imagine a scenario in which the Russians remain on this blistering goal-scoring pace. They’ve roundly outperformed their 12th-best expected goals rate of 1.42 per 90 minutes — and they’re likely to regress.Russia also hasn’t possessed much of the ball, retaining it just 44 percent of the time. (Only 10 teams have worse possession percentages.) And when they have possessed the ball, the Russians have been sloppy: They’ve successfully completed just 71 percent of their passes — only two teams are worse. Iran18.104.22.168.50.7-0.3 Panama6.51.90.00.00.7-0.7 Uruguay22.214.171.124.91.5-0.6 S. Arabia6.50.90.00.00.4-0.4 ShotsGoals Australia8.42.3126.96.36.199-0.2 Belgium13.95.620.02.81.5+1.3 Peru12.43.70.00.00.9-0.9 Switzerland5.41.8188.8.131.52+0.0 Tunisia5.50.9184.108.40.206+0.1 Sweden220.127.116.11.91.9-1.0 Spain18.104.22.168.91.8+0.1 Colombia7.42.822.214.171.124+0.2 Senegal7.41.825.01.81.1+0.8 Brazil19.45.97.01.42.1-0.8 Portugal8.82.3126.96.36.199+0.8 Egypt188.8.131.52.50.9-0.4 Mexico184.108.40.206.01.3-0.3 Poland10.13.79.10.90.9+0.1 Croatia12.13.3220.127.116.11+0.8 Serbia9.02.710.00.90.8+0.1 S. Korea4.60.00.00.00.5-0.5 Denmark18.104.22.168.90.8+0.1 Teamper 90 MIN.ON GOAL per 90 MIN.Shoot%per 90 MIN.Exp. per 90 MIN.Difference Argentina22.214.171.124.51.4-1.0 *Through the second game of Day 9.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group France126.96.36.199.41.4+0.0 Russia is overachievingHow teams have fared in the World Cup so far* by offensive metrics including shots, shots on goal, shooting percentage (goals/shots) and expected goals Costa Rica5.81.40.00.00.5-0.5 England16.56.4188.8.131.52-0.9 Morocco12.83.20.00.00.9-0.9 Iceland184.108.40.206.51.1-0.6 Japan13.04.6220.127.116.11-0.3 Russia11.74.732.0%3.71.4+2.3 Germany24.68.50.00.01.5-1.5 Nigeria18.104.22.168.90.9+0.1 Russia still hasn’t played Uruguay, the most difficult opponent in a historically lousy group. Unlike Egypt and Saudi Arabia, La Celeste have been playing positive soccer: Uruguay has managed seven shots on goal, and it (along with Morocco) has taken the fifth most shots among teams that have played two games. Limiting the chances of a Uruguayan side that boasts two of the world’s deadliest hitmen, in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, might prove more difficult than stopping a Saudi side void of a world-class forward and an Egyptian side reliant on a hobbled Mohamed Salah.To this point, Russia’s goalie, Igor Akinfeev, has touched the ball in open play just seven times. And he’s had to make only one play on 27 crosses faced. These stats, coupled with the fact that the only shot he’s faced came from the penalty spot, suggest that his defenders have made life very difficult for opposing attackers. That’s the upside.Monday’s match with Uruguay won’t decide whether Russia gets to play more soccer this summer. It will decide which team Russia faces next — very likely either Portugal or Spain. But in some sense, that also doesn’t matter much — either opponent would represent a major upgrade in class. Ceding possession to teams with less than positive attacks hasn’t hurt Russia, but don’t expect the same to be true when faced with Suarez and Cavani, Diego Costa or Cristiano Ronaldo.Check out our latest World Cup predictions.
Related Items:#legalizemarijuanaintheBahamas, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 18, 2018 – Nassau – The conversation on the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana took an official form when a recent town hall meeting hosted by a CARICOM Commission sought to find out how Bahamians feel on the hot button issue. Professor Rose Marie Bell Antoine, explained that the meetings were happening in all CARICOM member states and would result in a report for the heads of government meeting in July.Perspectives were varied and included issues related to addiction, negative health reactions, positive health benefits, so called irrational treatment of users by the justice system, de-escalation of gang related crime and the potential for agri-business – all linked to marijuana. Here are just a few comments by various persons who attended the town hall meeting.“I hate the fact that people smoke cigarettes which are filled with over 500 chemicals but yet I cannot smoke a plant.”“With sound regulation there are lots of opportunities, it all depends on how the government and the private sector involve say how this should go forward.”“If they legalize it guess what, I don’t have to buy it from anybody, I have a bottle full of seeds now. What am I going to spend $5.00 for a joint for when I can grow myself a whole plant.”“It turns criminals out of our own sons, we’re turning criminals out of our own sons.”“Legalization ends the violence, what did Portugal do, Portugal legalized, the violence stopped ”“It destroys families, I don’t know if any of you have had any relatives that have been addicted.”The comments were chronicled by the panel and will be merged with other perspectives on the controversial issue, which continues to grab headlines in The Bahamas.#MagneticMediaNews#legalizemarijuanaintheBahamas
Kylian Mbappe believes he has already become a leader at Paris Saint-Germain after his impressive second-half cameo inspired them to a 2-0 win over MarseillePSG manager Thomas Tuchel benched Mbappe along with Adrien Rabiot from Sunday’s Le Classique for disciplinary reasons after arriving late for the pre-game team talk.However, with the scoreline goalless, Tuchel substituted Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for Mbappe in the 62nd-minute and the youngster responded emphatically.It took just three minutes for Mbappe to score the opener for PSG before he later assisted Julian Draxler’s injury-time goal to seal a 2-0 win.Now the 19-year-old admits he feels like a leader for a team that wants to down in history.“The team needed this win,” Mbappe told Canal+.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“A great team relies on its leaders and they have to make a difference at key moments. I think I can take on that role and I did.“We have to continue on the right path. Marseille showed they have a team that plays with the ball. They had several sequences of play where we were in trouble, so all credit to them.“But we were able to be effective and we leave with the win. We are competitors. We want to go down in history. We mustn’t disregard any match.”Mbappe has now scored 12 goals and added four assists in 10 appearances across all competitions this season.PSG have also now won all eleven of their opening Ligue 1 fixtures this term, which hasn’t been accomplished in any of Europe’s top five leagues since Tottenham in 1960.
According to the former Red Devils footballer, the Reds and Chelsea’s supporters will surely wish for a United victory at the DerbyManchester City is currently leading the English Premier League in first place with 29 points.The Citizens have won nine matches, drawing twice and losing none.They are being trailed by Chelsea and Liverpool, who have 27 points each, but one less victory.And this is why fans from both teams will surely support Manchester United in today’s Manchester Derby.“Liverpool fans will absolutely be supporting United on Sunday, no doubt,” said former Red Devils footballer Gary Neville to Sky Sports.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Not supporting, but desperate for them to take points off Man City. So will Chelsea.”“There is a danger here to what City are doing that they could run away with this again. There is a danger,” he added.” I did not think it three or four weeks ago, but in the last few weeks there have just been signs that they could pull away.”“They do not look like they are blinking, or wilting in any way, shape or form. I thought that the Wolves game was a game that could give others encouragement,” he explained.“It has not proved to be the case. They have destroyed everything in front of them and they are playing at such a high level.”
A little more than a week after announcing it was eliminating 111 employees and consolidating positions company-wide, Emmaus, Pennsylvania-based Rodale Tuesday reported third quarter revenue was down 5 percent compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile, revenue through the first nine months was up 2.5 percent.As a privately held company, Rodale did not release specific figures but attributed its year-to-date revenue growth to continued expansion of its Women’s Health and Best Life magazine brands and to revenue from the Flat Belly Diet! and Eat This, Not That! books. Rodale expects to sell more than one million copies of each book by year’s end.“While our advertising is affected by the market downturn, we’ve been able to achieve our profit goals by delivering books, magazines and online products digitally to our growing global audience,” president and CEO Steven Murphy said in a statement. Rodale, it says, saw third quarter digital revenue—including from its magazine sites—increase 22.7 percent over the same period in 2007. Online advertising for its magazine sites was up 18 percent while print advertising revenue was down 1.7 percent.Revenue for the Men’s Health brand—including sales from Eat This, Not That!—increased 10.7 percent during the third quarter, the company said. Advertising revenue at magazine, which saw ad pages fall 14.8 percent during the quarter, decreased 11 percent. Online revenue was up 30 percent.The Women’s Health brand recorded the largest growth with combined revenue increasing 38 percent over the third quarter in 2007. Also seeing growth during the quarter was the Best Life brand (30.4 percent), the Runner’s World Media Group—which includes Runner’s World and Runner’s Times magazines (10 percent) and Organic Gardening (25.7 percent).Revenues were down at Rodale’s Cycling Group—which includes Bicycling and Mountain Bike magazines (-22.8 percent), Rodale Books (-15 percent) and its direct marketing group (-17 percent).Rodale said the layoffs and staffing consolidations were necessary “in order to shift resources toward its highest growth potential activities,” including its online, book and international businesses. Rodale has launched 11 international magazine editions so far this year.
Dear Editor and Wilmington Voters,I am writing today to ask you to join me in supporting Jomarie O’Mahoney for Selectman. I knew of Jomarie through our community but never had the pleasure of meeting her until she was appointed by the Governor to be a state appointee on the Wilmington Housing Authority.Jo conducts herself with confidence and professionalism at all times. She has a tremendous background and she would be a great asset to our Town.Jo is smart, kind and thinks things through as she just wants what is right. She is a strong supporter of new Elderly Housing, that is affordable and located close to shopping. She supports and wants new businesses to be brought in for the Route 38 empty store fronts.She wants what is best for Wilmington, she is raising her family here and will be a voice for you. Please join me on April 27th and cast your vote for Jomarie.Sincerely,Stacie A. MurphyLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jomarie O’Mahony Brings This Community Together, Has My Vote For SelectwomanIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”
-Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday alleged that chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has been staging a mockery in the name of dialogue ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections, reports UNB.Speaking at a milad mahfil-cum-commemorating meeting, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi urged the election commission (EC) to work for the restoration of people’s voting rights to gain public confidence instead of making any mockery.”People will consider it as a mockery what’re you [CEC] doing now in the name of dialogue. Stop it, and work for restoring people’s voting rights which will help you gain public trust,” he said.The BNP leader further said, “The CEC said they’ll only consider the suggestions of civil society members which are made in the light of the existing law and the constitution. If this is the case, why did you make a mockery in the name of talks? You shouldn’t have staged such a drama.”Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal organised the programme at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, marking the fourth death anniversary of its ex-office secretary Munshi Jamaluddin Ahmed.As part of the roadmap prepared by it, the EC sat with civil society members on 31 July, commencing its around two-month-long talks with different stakeholders about the next general election.Most of the participants suggested the commission earn people’s trust through making their activities visible as an independent body. They also recommended defining army as law enforcers so that they can be engaged in the next polls for holding it in a free and fair manner.Rizvi asked the CEC whether they invited the intellectuals to insult them by ignoring 90 percent of their suggestions. “The election won’t be free and fair, if it is held under the current law and constitution. In fact, you [CEC] don’t have any commitment to holding a fair and impartial election.”He came down hard on the CEC saying Huda is not sincere about holding a credible election as he is a pro-ruling party man. “Your activities give us an impression that you’re plotting to hold a lopsided election to prolong one-party Baksal rule.”The BNP leader alleged that their party has not been allowed to hold any programme in the current month as the ruling party is set to observe the national Mourning Day on 15 August commemorating the brutal killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on that day in 1975.”Did you make one of the 12 months disappeared from calendar that no other political party can arrange any programme in the month?” he asked the ruling Bangladesh Awami League.Rizvi said ruling party men and law enforcers are obstructing their party’s member collection programmes and attacking their party leaders and activists at different parts of the country.Describing 15 August a tragic incident, he said, “We also say a shocking incident took place in the month of August, and this is also justified that Awami League should observe a mourning day. But obstructing others from holding any programme in the month is an exposure of the party’s Baksal attitude.”
Yanghee Lee. UNB file photoThe UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Yanghee Lee has lamented the decades long cycle of violence perpetuated by the authorities against ethnic minorities in Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims, reports UNB.In a statement following her visits to Thailand and Bangladesh last month, she also said talk of repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas anytime soon was premature.Lee said that what the Myanmar government claims to be the conduct of military or security operations was actually an established pattern of domination, aggression and violations against ethnic groups, according to a statement UNB received here from Seoul on Thursday.”Recent reports of attacks against civilians; against homes and places of worship; forcible displacement and relocation; the burning of villages; land grabbing; sexual violence; arbitrary arrests and detention; torture and enforced disappearances; are acts that have been alleged against the military and security forces for generations,” she said.”While reports from Rakhine State have rightly provoked international outrage; for many in Myanmar, they have elicited a tragic sense of déjà vu.”She said the atrocities committed against the Rohingyas in the aftermath of the 9 October 2016 and the 25 August 2017 attacks, have been repeatedly witnessed before, albeit not on the same scale of the recent attacks against the Rohingya.”I was told repeatedly by the other ethnic groups I spoke to — be they Kachin, Karen, Karenni, or Shan — that they have suffered the same horrific violations at the hands of the Tatmadaw over several decades and — in the case of some groups — continuing today,” Lee said.”In Thailand, representatives from different ethnic groups that I met expressed their concern that as the world’s attention is focused on the atrocities in Rakhine State, potential war crimes are being committed in Shan and Kachin State without so much as a murmur of disapproval from the international community.”Lee said that set against this background of violence in the ethnic areas of Myanmar, was a continuing erosion of democratic space.”The civilian government has failed to usher in a new era of openness and transparency and is instead persisting with repressive practices of the past.”Lee, who was informed by the Myanmar authorities last year she would no longer be allowed to visit the country on the grounds her reporting was unfair and biased, called on the democratic government to break with the repressive practices of the past, and to allow people who have fled their country to return home – to where they belong.But she added: “For returns to be ever realized in a way that is voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable they must be treated as equals — citizens of Myanmar with all the rights that that status affords.”She said that while the government of Bangladesh had made it clear that no refugees would be forced back to Myanmar, the international community must pressure Myanmar to create conditions for their return before it is too late.”This must be done in a principled way that prioritizes the need for these people to be recognized as Rohingya and as citizens of Myanmar,” she said.Lee said that during her visit to a camp in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, she saw great anxiety and fear when speaking to refugees about the prospect of returning to Myanmar.”One mother said to me, ‘Our beautiful children were slaughtered. How can we go back?’ Refugees have been entirely excluded from conversations about their fate, and going forward they must be involved in a meaningful way.”Without equality, Myanmar will never be free from violence and the country’s tragic déjà vu will reverberate through the future as it has through the past. The cycle of violence must end, and Myanmar must be supported in implementing the profound and meaningful reforms that are so urgently needed.”Lee said she hoped to regain access to Myanmar. “I remain ready to work with the Government and other stakeholders to promote and protect the human rights of all people in Myanmar,” she said.
Police have detained a madrasa teacher in Fatulla of Narayanganj city for allegedly trying to sexually assault a student, reports UNB.The detainee is Nizam Uddin, 25, a teacher of Ramarbagh Hafizia Madrasa.The victim’s mother said Nizam tried to commit sexual assault on the boy, 12, on Saturday and Sunday when he was asleep at night.He disclosed the matter to his mother when she went to visit him on Monday.Following a complaint, police detained the madrasa teacher around 10:00pm, said sub-inspector Fazlul Haque of Fatulla model police station.However, Nizam denied the allegation, saying the student fabricated the story as he asked him to study attentively.
Journal information: ACS Nano The researchers, led by Chunyi Zhi, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the City University of Hong Kong, have published a paper on the new yarn battery in a recent issue of ACS Nano.So far it has been challenging to develop high-performance wearable batteries due to a lack of materials that are both highly conductive yet strong and flexible enough to be woven into fabric. By addressing these issues, the new yarn battery exhibits one of the best performances to date, including a power density similar to that of supercapacitors, as well as an energy density and capacity similar to that of conventional batteries.”We utilize highly conductive and weavable yarns to fabricate a yarn battery with state-of-the-art performance in terms of capacity, energy density, power density, and rate capability,” Zhi told Phys.org. “The yarns are further weaved to make a wristband battery to power various personal electronics.”The core of the yarn battery consists of highly flexible micrometer-sized stainless steel filaments, onto which metals are deposited (zinc as the anode, nickel cobalt hydroxide as the cathode). A gel electrolyte is then coated around the entire piece of yarn. A new low-cost battery offers a hefty voltage and sustained energy capacity As the researchers explain, each material contributes to the good performance of the overall battery: The stainless steel yarn is strong enough to be woven and knitted by both machine and hand, and its conductivity also provides good long-distance electron transport. Synergistic effects between the nickel and cobalt metal ions boost the capacity and energy density values above those that would be possible using either metal alone.By the numbers, the battery delivers power densities of 2.2 W/cm3, and 33 mW/cm2 for the whole battery. It has energy densities of 8 mWh/cm3, and 0.12 mWh/cm2 for the whole battery. All of these values are among the highest reported to date. The battery’s capacity, 16.6 mAh/cm3, is the highest value so far reported for a fiber-based energy storage device, to the best of the researchers’ knowledge.After bending and twisting for 1,000 cycles, the battery retains 80% and 70% of its initial capacity, respectively. The researchers explain that the capacity loss is due to the formation of cracks on the electrodes when deformed.To demonstrate the battery, the researchers wove the conductive yarn into a large conductive cloth, which could be used as a wristband battery to power electronic devices such as watches and LEDs. They expect that the yarn battery will have applications for wearable electronics, smart garments, and in healthcare in the future.”Next we plan to make textile batteries that are washable, water-proof, and durable, in order to be closer to commercialization,” Zhi said. The flexible, conductive yarn can be woven or knitted into cloth, which can later be used to power various electronic devices. Credit: Huang et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society (Phys.org)—Researchers have fabricated rechargeable batteries by using highly conductive yarns that have a diameter and flexibility similar to that of a piece of cotton yarn. The new yarn battery can be woven into fabric and worn as a wristband or other type of clothing to power watches, LEDs, pulse monitors, and other small personal electronics. A wristband made of cloth woven from the new yarn battery can power a watch (left), LEDs (upper right), and a pulse sensor (bottom right). Credit: Huang et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society More information: Yan Huang et al. “Weavable, Conductive Yarn-Based NiCo//Zn Textile Battery with High Energy Density and Rate Capability.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b03322 Explore further © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Watches, LEDs powered by yarn battery (2017, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-powered-yarn-battery.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.