‘Perfect example of how strikers can shine without scoring’ – Hamann on Aguero

first_imgDietmar Hamann believes Sergio Aguero’s performance in Manchester City’s Champions League victory against Paris Saint-Germain was the perfect example of how strikers can influence a game without scoring.City booked their place in the semi-finals for the first time in their history with a 3-2 aggregate win over the French giants, with Kevin de Bruyne netting the winning goal late in the second-half.However, most of the post-match talk was of how top scorer Aguero failed to deliver in what seemed a quiet showing from the Argentine.Like fellow star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first leg, Aguero missed a penalty – and by some distance too – with home fans in stunned silence as the usually clinical frontman fired well wide from the spot.Many supporters were disappointed by his showing after the pre-match hype promised a battle between two of the hottest frontmen on the planet.But, according to Hamann, Aguero was no less effective in City’s victory, with his performance showing exactly how strikers can make a difference despite not finding the net.He was kicked, pushed and generally manhandled around throughout the game as PSG attempted to muscle him out of the game, and former City midfielder Hamann insists the striker’s conduct during the game was a great example to his peers, fans and the stars of the future.“He gives you so much more [than goals],” the German told the Colin Murray show.“Even when he doesn’t score, he creates space for the other players around him, he works tirelessly, and he leads by example.“Aguero is a leader on the pitch, and City don’t have enough of them.“As a centre-forward, getting kicked is a part of the game. Obviously there are examples in the past when Ronaldo reacted or Rooney or Zidane in the World Cup final, but very rarely do you see the top players react because that’s why clubs pay top dollar for them.“There have been a lot of players in recent years with all the ability but their temperament got the better of them.“You have to have people in your team who you trust, especially when It comes to a big game like this.“Aguero could have been kicked after ten minutes, reacted, got sent off and Paris could have gone through to the semi-final instead.“These are the fine details which decide games, and yesterday was a classic example of what a centre-forward can bring to the team without scoring.”Listen to Dietmar Hamann’s Champions League recap in full above!last_img read more

Microsoft to Unveil Multiple iPad Challengers, With Keyboards & HTML5, Next Month

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer will unveil multiple new models of tablet computers aimed to challenge the iPad at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas, according to detailed reporting tonight by Nick Bilton at the New York Times.Unnamed sources familiar with the tablets told Bilton that they will run the Windows 7 Operating System, include a slide-out physical keyboard, apps written in HTML5 and distributed app distribution, without a curated app store model. Analysts have called this an essential move for months, but this isn’t quite the type of tablet that some expected.Bilton reports that Microsoft has partnered with Samsung, Dell and other companies to produce tablets that will be announced at CES. Balmer said publicly in July that a new Windows tablet would be available “very soon.”Market analysts Forrester said last Spring that a Windows 7 Tablet was essential, “Microsoft needs a partner to produce a successful Windows tablet that competes with the Apple iPad. At stake is nothing less than the future of the operating system (OS): For Microsoft to remain relevant to consumers, it needs to adapt its operating system to new form factors beyond the traditional PC.”The same Forrester report argued against the “no app store” model that Bilton reports Microsoft has chosen. A Windows 7 tablet can only compete if Microsoft embraces Curated Computing by providing a simple, streamlined, guided experience for consumers, drawing on the design strengths of other Microsoft products like the Zune HD and the Kin. A Microsoft tablet that synchs with the Xbox 360 — with all the implied benefits, including the Natal [now called Kinect] interface — would be a killer hub for the digital home, enabling back-and-forth streaming of videos and games that one-ups the capabilities of the iPad and makes Microsoft relevant for the next decade.It’s a Big MarketIt’s hardly a surprise that Microsoft is making a big push in the tablet space. Next month will mark the 10 year anniversary of Microsoft’s tablet PC products, which experienced far, far less success than Apple’s iPad. The iPad quickly became the fastest-adopted consumer electronics product in history and remade the entire category. In terms of absolute sales, Microsoft’s Kinect now challenges the iPad for the top consumer electronics device crown, as the company predicted pre-launch that it would.Can Microsoft challenge the iPad on its own turf? If it can combine productivity and fun with a responsive interface and an active apps ecosystem, it might put up a good fight. That’s a tall order to fill, though. The company’s willingness to work with multiple hardware vendors already sets it apart from the tightly controlled supply chain that produces the very polished iPad.That strategy has worked, clearly, in the world of PCs – but when the game changer in tablets shines brightest in hardware quality and aesthetics, farming out the hardware seems a riskier strategy.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Spotify Puts New Caps on Free Music (and Knows You’ll Hate It)

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… European upstart music service Spotify just announced that it is putting new limits on its millions of free account holders. “[I]t’s vital that we continue offering an on-demand free service to you and millions more like you,” the company said in its announcement, “but to make that possible we have to put some limits in place going forward.”CNet’s Greg Sandoval reported yesterday that some new limits were coming, based on unnamed but clearly well-informed sources. Free account holders today are able to listen to up to 20 hours of music on-demand, song by song and album by album, each month. The new limits will allow 20 hours for the first 6 months of any user’s new account. After 6 months, free listening will be cut down to 10 hours. That means 20 minutes on average, every day of the month, for free. That’s still generous, as far as I’m concerned.The company will offer free 30 day trials of unlimited listening for the month of May. Here in the United States, Spotify is generally unavailable.Spotify is a joy to use and free account holders are sure to be unhappy about the changes (maybe they should help pay the bills at the company and be happy for the service).Spotify head of communications Jim Butcher Tweeted just hours before the announcement was made that his gumshield (like a mouth protector for boxers) was in. Spotify UI designer Tobias Ahlin said just after the news went public: “This is a day when I’ll be a sad panda and you’ll try to hit me with sticks.” Spotify Chief Product Officer Gustav Söderström : “Very tough day today…”Good luck guys, and thanks for all the music. marshall kirkpatrick 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#music#news#web center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

9 days agoArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’

first_imgArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar ‘taught me the most’by Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender David Luiz says Valencia great Pablo Aimar was the best teammate he has ever had.The pair played together for three seasons at Benfica, and the Argentine had a profound impact on his then Brazilian teammate.”A lot of players have helped me in my career,” Luiz said at a commercial event with Arsenal. “But Pablo Aimar stood out.”We must always be open to learning, whether it’s with younger players or those with more experience.”One day, Pablo came into my room and began to teach me how to pass from a ball in defence to one in attack.”He taught me how to create spaces and how to hide a pass to try to get it between the lines.”This was advice I had never had before.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

NYK Rolls Out Digital Ship Management Platform

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The NYK Group has launched a new platform for ship management that would reduce onboard duties and make use of Big Data.Named NiBiKi, the platform digitalizes applications, approval, and operation workflow within the safety management system.By following the instructions and inputting appropriate information in provided forms, crews can correctly apply for approval, and that information can be automatically recorded, thus ensuring appropriate procedures by the crews, according to the company.Moreover, the NiBiKi system enables data to be shared between the ship operation company and the management company, and to be accumulated for Big Data analysis.The data will be shared with five ship-management companies overseeing about 260 vessels. The companies are located in Singapore, Tokyo, London, Taipei and Kobe.The group intends to proactively use Big Data for further safety improvements and develop a more comprehensive system that includes crew performance records, such as education and drills completed. As explained, NYK seeks to grasp the tendency of machinery failure and accidents caused by the crew to realize “zero downtime” together with ship management companies.last_img read more

Unknown Shalini Yadav to challenge Modi in Varanasi

first_imgLucknow: The Samajwadi Party has fielded Shalini Yadav as the joint candidate of the SP-BSP alliance in Varanasi to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections.A light-weight candidate, Shalini Yadav has unsuccessfully contested he Mayoral polls in Varanasi on a Congress ticket in 2017.Shalini Yadav is the daughter of former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Shyamlal Yadav.Samajwadi Party sources said that none of the senior party leaders in the region were willing to contest against the Prime Minister and the party then decided to field Shalini Yadav who joined the party on Monday evening. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”I will work to the best of my abilities under the guidance of Akhilesh Yadav and try to wrest the seat from the BJP. The youth is on our side and nothing is impossible if you make the effort,” she told reporters.The Varanasi seat had been won by Murli Manohar Joshi in 2009 and became a VIP seat in 2014 when Narendra Modi defeated his nearest rival Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party by a huge margin of over 3.75 lakh votes.Polling in Varanasi will be held in the last phase of elections on May 19.last_img read more

Solar Power Puts Dugway Proving Ground on Path to Net Zero

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR As Army officials prepare to celebrate the opening next week of a 2-megawatt solar array at Dugway Proving Ground, the installation confirmed plans for the construction of a 3-megawatt array about 20 miles away.When the second array is completed, the two will provide 25 percent of the electrical needs of the test center, administrative buildings and homes at Dugway, located in the West Desert of Utah. That output would meet DOD’s goal of obtaining 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and advance the proving ground’s efforts to become a net zero installation, reported Army Public Affairs.“Not only are we on track to meet the Army’s goal, but we are acting as good neighbors with the state of Utah,” said Don Smith, Dugway’s garrison manager. “We will be able to shave of a portion of Rocky Mountain Power’s output during its peak hours, which will benefit everyone.”The first array, which began operations in February, is made up of more than 7,000 solar panels on 10 acres of land. It cost $7.7 million to build.To support its effort to adopt renewables, the proving ground is building a microgrid, which will allow it to operate on stored energy when the commercial grid is down.“With the aging infrastructure of the commercial power grid it became critical that we find an alternate method to ensure an uninterrupted power source,” Smith said.last_img read more

MercedesAMGs nextgeneration sports cars will be quieter report says

first_img 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable 8:42 Review • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door review: Defying expectations 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT first drive: A refresh that polishes an already good car Post a comment Mercedes-Benz 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 packs one hell of a four-cylinder engine Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow Share your voice Enlarge ImageYour neighbors will probably appreciate the shift to interior sound synthesizers, even if you won’t. Mercedes-Benz Automakers have been on a tear lately with their exhausts. Whether it’s the muted crackles and pops of AMG’s straight-six mild hybrid setup or the all-out insanity of the Jaguar F-Type R, OEMs have upped their noise game in a big way over the last several years. But, apparently, it’s all about to come crashing down.Mercedes-AMG is warning that its upcoming new line of sporty vehicles will be a fair bit quieter than in generations past, Motoring.com.au reports, citing statements that Mercedes-AMG product planner Bastian Bogenschutz made during a press drive for the A45 S. The timing couldn’t be worse, because these cars pack the M139, otherwise known as the most powerful production four-cylinder engine ever. That deserves some noise.The aforementioned hot hatch and its sedan-ish sibling, the CLA45 S, are AMG’s first cars coming out under new European regulations concerning exhaust loudness. In case you’re wondering why automakers can’t just hide the sound away in a specific mode, it’s because the regulations measure the loudest exhaust system the car has on offer. preview-928x522Enlarge ImagePeople have been cutting out catalytic converters and replacing exhausts for decades. This isn’t a problem the aftermarket can’t solve. Mercedes-AMG Even worse, Europe’s regulations are about the flip the bird (or the V, depending on your country of origin) to the rest of the world. Borgenschutz told Motoring that the company could design different exhausts for markets outside Europe, but cited complexities and cost for reasons why the company won’t do that.I hope you like synthetic sound, because that’s what automakers plan to use in order to provide some sort of aural symphony in lieu of the cannons out back. Heck, a number of ’em already have these systems in place, whether that involves physical tubes channeling intake noise to the cabin or electronic systems that pump sound through the speakers. Major noise fans can always upgrade to an aftermarket exhaust, as there are many companies building exhausts out there, each with their own unique note. Those third-party bits can get mighty expensive, though.While that’s a big old bummer, it’s unclear just how many automakers will follow in Mercedes-AMG’s footsteps and make things quieter across the board. Jalopnik’s David Tracy pointed out that, during a recent drive of the Alpina B7, BMW’s representatives told him the European-spec car had a quieter exhaust than the car destined for the US. Then again, the B7 starts at $142,800, so maybe Alpina can pony up the dough for a second exhaust system. Worse comes to worse, it’s nothing a reciprocating saw can’t solve. 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers Auto Tech Sports Cars Performance Cars Tags More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door 0 31 Photos 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car Mercedes-Benzlast_img read more

Ants in space find it tougher going than those on Earth

first_img Explore further Where ants go when nature calls The Ants In Space CSI-06 investigation looks at how an ant colony responds to the extreme environment of microgravity aboard the International Space Station to solve their collective need for resources. Data gathered from this study may help with algorithms for robotics on Earth. Credit: NASA Last summer, a team of researchers in the U.S. affiliated with several institutions across the country described experiments they were planning to conduct with ants by sending some to the International Space Station—they wanted to know how the ants would change their searching activities to compensate for the lack of gravity. Those experiments have been carried out and the team now reports that the ants showed a remarkable degree of adaptability and tenacity in carrying out their searching activities.Scientists still do not understand how ants band together as a unit to get work done—there is no central leader yet different ants fill different roles and all the things that need to happen to build and maintain a colony happen, most particularly, foraging, where ants check out new territory and then bring back food. Scientists know that the ants communicate by smelling antennae, or chemicals left on trails, but other than that, are baffled. The researchers on this new project were hoping watching ants deal with space conditions might help in understanding how they do what they do.The experiments consisted of having a group of ants start off in a box that served as a nest. At some point, a door would be opened allowing the ants access to new territory—they were filmed as they moved into the new territory and began searching. In watching the video, the researchers noted that the ants were far less efficient than ants in the exact same conditions back on Earth, they spent much more time simply trying to cling to walls, and quite often found themselves slipping and hanging in the air—oftentimes for several seconds, until they found something they could grab onto to bring them back to their task area—the end result was less territory searched or re-searched and more time taken to find resources.Thus far, it does not appear the ants in space experiment has yielded much else in the way of explaining how the ants know what to do and when, but, the team suggests, their ability to adapt to new surroundings and to continue searching might help other scientists looking to develop better computer algorithms for programming robots to do the same sorts of things. © 2015 Phys.org More information: Collective search by ants in microgravity, Front. Ecol. Evol., 30 March 2015. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00025AbstractThe problem of collective search is a tradeoff between searching thoroughly and covering as much area as possible. This tradeoff depends on the density of searchers. Solutions to the problem of collective search are currently of much interest in robotics and in the study of distributed algorithms, for example to design ways that without central control robots can use local information to perform search and rescue operations. Ant colonies operate without central control. Because they can perceive only local, mostly chemical and tactile cues, they must search collectively to find resources and to monitor the colony’s environment. Examining how ants in diverse environments solve the problem of collective search can elucidate how evolution has led to diverse forms of collective behavior. An experiment on the International Space Station in January 2014 examined how ants (Tetramorium caespitum) perform collective search in microgravity. In the ISS experiment, the ants explored a small arena in which a barrier was lowered to increase the area and thus lower ant density. In microgravity, relative to ground controls, ants explored the area less thoroughly and took more convoluted paths. It appears that the difficulty of holding on to the surface interfered with the ants’ ability to search collectively. Ants frequently lost contact with the surface, but showed a remarkable ability to regain contact with the surface. Citation: Ants in space find it tougher going than those on Earth (2015, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-ants-space-tougher-earth.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. (Phys.org)—The results of a study conducted to see how well ants carry out their search activities in space are in, and the team that sent them there has written and published the results in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. They found that while the ants demonstrated a remarkable capacity to adapt to the weightlessness of space, they still found it much more difficult than ants performing the same sorts of activities back here on Earth.last_img read more

Kolkatans thwart attempts of bandh supporters to halt daily life

first_imgKolkata: Kolkatans on Wednesday foiled the 12-hour bandh called by BJP, with daily life functioning normally.The premier schools in the city, both private and those owned by the state government, recorded high attendance of students on Wednesday. The scenario was the same in the government-aided schools as well.The bandh called by BJP to protest the death of two youths at Islampur in North Dinajpur, hardly had an impact on the people in Kolkata.A senior official of a renowned private school in Central Kolkata said that their school recorded 90-95 percent attendance, just like any other normal day. The students did not face any difficulty as there was adequate number of buses on the city streets. Many students from the school, however, said that they came to school in private cars and faced no inconvenience while going to school. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to a senior official of the School Education department, all the schools operated normally and the attendance of the students in various schools was also noteworthy. A headmaster of a government-aided school in South Kolkata said that there was enthusiasm among the students.People of Bengal have shunned their old habit of sitting idle in the house during a bandh. People now-adays come forward to thwart the attempt of bandh called by any party. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned here that all the state-run medical colleges and the hospitals in the city also functioned normally, with large number of patients visiting the out-patient departments of various medical colleges.The Health department had instructed all the hospitals in the state to ensure adequate arrangement of doctors, nurses and other health workers. Hospital authorities were also asked to take precautionary measures in case of any incidents of violence in the city. BJP leaders and activists, however, created chaos in some parts of the city. They tried to terrify people and attempted to close down the shutters in various shops in Kolkata. However, the people gathered courage to thwart their attempts. The police administration also remained vigilant throughout the day.Some of the BJP-backed goons threatened to stop vehicles in some parts of the city, from the morning. As a result, people in buses engaged in heated altercations with the bandh supporters in some places. In Jorabagan area in the city, some BJP supporters were seen asking shop owners to pull their shutters down, but the shop owners remained unmoved despite the threats by the hooligans.last_img read more