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.
Tags Porsche Taycan on ice in Sweden Porsche Volkswagen Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Share your voice Enlarge ImageWe’ve already taken the Taycan drifting on ice in Sweden. Now, we just can’t wait to see the darn thing without camouflage. Porsche While the Porsche Taycan electric sports car and the Volkswagen ID 3 electric mass-market hatchback have about as much in common as a tuna fish sandwich and Euler’s formula, they are still both electric cars that happen to offer reservations ahead of production. You might think the much more affordable car would garner a bit more attention than the expensive one; you might also be wrong.According to a report from German-language business newspaper Handelsblatt this weekend, Porsche board member Andreas Haffner indicated that Porsche has 30,000 orders for the Taycan already. This is a pretty large leap from the last estimate we heard in March, when Porsche said over 20,000 people had registered their interest.Consultant and analyst Matthias Schmidt pointed out in a tweet that, according to the most recent data, Porsche has more Taycan reservations than Volkswagen has reservations for the ID 3 electric hatchback. VW’s most recent deposit estimate, about 22,000, came from Jürgen Stackmann, the VW board member responsible for sales and marketing.While it might seem odd that a car with, in all likelihood, at least twice the base price will command more reservations, it makes sense. VW’s ID 3 hatchback is a mass-market vehicle, part of a giant onslaught that will feature multiple body types, and not everyone might want the ID 3 itself over, say, an ID Buzz or an ID Crozz. On the other hand, the Taycan is the first electric Porsche, which carries a bit of cachet, and Porsche fanatics and moneyed EV geeks alike are probably champing at the bit to pick a Taycan up as quickly as possible.Porsche is set to unveil the Taycan in early September. While it’s working on the frontend stuff, it’s also massively investing in its backend, throwing some 6 billion euro at its manufacturing facilities to handle Taycan production. The automaker is clearly impressed with demand for the car, as it’s already made moves to double first-year production from 20,000 cars to 40,000. With a starting price between the Cayenne and Panamera, it shouldn’t break the bank, either.(Hat tip to InsideEVs!) 0 42 Photos Ice drifting in Porsche’s all-electric Taycan 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly 5:27 Electric Cars Sports Cars Future Cars Hatchbacks More From Roadshow 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse Porsche Volkswagen 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box
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.
© 2014 Phys.org Close-ups of an experiment conducted by John Bush and his student Daniel Harris, in which a bouncing droplet of fluid was propelled across a fluid bath by waves it generated. Credit: Dan Harris (Phys.org) —It was an interesting week for physics research, as a team at MIT began taking a second look at pilot-wave theory—they’re wondering if, when looked at a certain way , fluid mechanics might suggest an alternative to quantum orthodoxy—they’re taking a new approach to define whether some types of matter are particles, or waves, or whether it’s about particles being carried along by waves. Meanwhile, another team at Chalmers University of Technology announced that the sound of an atom has been captured. By using sound to communicate with an artificial atom, they are looking to find ways to allow sound to take on the role of light in certain quantum physics situations to demonstrate certain phenomena. And at Princeton University, researchers have begun crystallizing light to create “solid” light that could compute previously unsolvable problems—locking photons together, they suggest, might also help answer some of the fundamental questions physicists still have regarding matter.Space scientists have been busy as well. One team built a model that simulates the birth of our solar system revealing a planetary mystery—are the planets that exist now part of a normal natural process or was there one or more rare events that led to their formation? More research will have to be done to find better evidence. Also, researchers working with Hubble found a supernova companion star after two decades of searching.In more practical news, researchers at the University of Glasgow reported that they had found a Hydrogen production breakthrough that could herald cheap green energy—they claim their process is 30 times faster than conventional techniques. Another team at UW-Madison claimed to have developed a tabletop motor using an entirely new driving principle based on an electric, rather than magnetic, field.There were also some surprises last week as well: Researchers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine announced a potential breakthrough in treating liver cancer—they found that a hormone that is involved in mammalian milk production might also help prevent liver cancer. And another team in England has created a new digital map that reveals some stunning, hidden archaeology of Stonehenge. It’s actually kind of eerie looking at it.And finally, if you’ve been wondering if you, or perhaps some of those around you, are inherently evil, a team of psychologists suggests that evil is not so banal, after all. They’re looking into what is known as the “banality of evil,” where ordinary people go along with atrocities, such as the holocaust, as mindless puppets. They think such instances are not banal at all and instead occur because those that go along when ordered to do so, do it out of a feeling of identification—this would mean that people committing such acts have far more choice in the matter than most of us would like to believe. 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: Best of Last Week – The sound of an atom captured, solid light created and the banality of evil (2014, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-week-atom-captured-solid-banality.html Explore further The sound of an atom has been captured
Early last month, the team at OpenZepplin announced their first release candidate ‘OpenZepplin 2.0 RC1’. Yesterday, the team released a completely stable, audited, and fully tested package of this framework. OpenZeppelin is an open-source framework to build secure smart contracts for Ethereum and other EVM and eWASM blockchains. This framework provides well tested and audited code to secure blockchain-based projects. It caters to a new generation of distributed applications, protocols and organizations to counter the high risks and challenges faced while writing simple and secure code that deals with real money. Features of OpenZeppelin 2.0 #1 A Stable API One of the major updates of this release is that OpenZeppelin 2.0 now comes with a stable API to deliver reliable updates. The previous releases of OpenZeppelin have almost always encountered a change in its API. This has helped the team come up with multiple ideas for the framework. The experimental contracts in the drafts/ subdirectory can, however, experience changes in their minor versions. With the growing size and complexity of smart contract systems, developers can use this framework as a predictable interface to design vulnerability free contracts. The team plans to release more information on the Stable API in the following weeks. #2 Improved test suite The team has been improving the OpenZeppelin’s test suite over time. OpenZeppelin 2.0 now has 100% test coverage. Every line of code in the package is now automatically tested. #3 Full Independent Audit LevelK team audited the OpenZeppelin 2.0.0 Release Candidate and found some severe issues. They then went on to suggest many improvements which helped fix almost all the issues and notes reported. Users are requested to check out the LevelK Audit – OpenZeppelin 2.0 project for all the details. The audit has helped the team secure the code further and help future developers easily deploy these contracts as they are intended to be used. #4 Miscellaneous Updates In addition to a stable API and an improved test suite, the version update comes with new concepts and designs along with many renames and restructures. These include changes like Ownable contracts moving to a role based access . Derived contracts cannot access state variables directly- as they are now private – use of getters is important. This was done to increase encapsulation. The team has also removed a few contracts that are not secure enough. For instance: LimitBalance, HasNoEther, HasNoTokens, HasNoContracts, NoOwner, Destructible, TokenDestructible, and CanReclaimToken stand removed. You can check all of these upgrades as well as the entire changelog at Github. Alternatively, head over to their blog for more insights on this release. Read Next Ethereum Blockchain dataset now available in BigQuery for smart contract analytics Will Ethereum eclipse Bitcoin? The trouble with Smart Contracts
TORONTO — Air Canada Vacations’ new route from Toronto to Quito opens up more options for cruise clients.The route will be operated three times weekly by Air Canada Rouge, from Dec. 8, 2019 until May 11, 2020.Clients can fly to Quito and discover the unique beauty and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands with Celebrity Cruises, and ACV. Celebrity Cruises offers 10 night+ cruise packages, giving clients the opportunity to explore the Galapagos and Quito, the capital of Ecuador.Galapagos and Quito cruise packages include luxury hotel accommodation with VIP check-in and check-out, multiple fully escorted exclusive excursions in every location, Galapagos National park entrance fee, Galapagos Tourist Card fee and all other entrance fees, a luggage service and check-in at the hotel before departure, all-inclusive seven-night Galapagos Cruise with a Celebrity Concierge Service / Tour escort and all gratuities.The itineraries are offered via Celebrity Cruises’ Galapagos fleet: Celebrity Xpedition, Celebrity Xploration, Celebrity Xperience and Celebrity Flora, the newest ship and one that was designed and built for Galapagos. Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Thursday, April 4, 2019 New Quito flights work well with Celebrity’s Galapagos cruises, says ACV Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Celebrity Cruises, Galápagos, Quito