The Real Madrid fans have spoken! They have voted for Harry Kane as the man to replace Cristiano RonaldoThe Portugal captain ended his glorious nine-year spell at Real this summer in favour of a shock €112m move to Juventus after winning four Champions League titles in the past five seasons.But the absence of their all-time record goalscorer, who provided 40+ goals a season, will be sorely missed by both Real and the supporters with Ronaldo having led the charge in their recent dominance in Europe.And the question that everyone at Real has been asking is how can they replace that?Plenty of big-name players have been linked to Los Galacticos with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard the latest favourite to emerge with reports stating that he is set to arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu before the end of the summer transfer window.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.But lately, there have been no further updates on Hazard with Real having announced the signings of goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, full-back Álvaro Odriozola and 18-year-old Vinicius Junior instead.But now the club supporters have given the board a helping hand in deciding who should replace Ronaldo at Los Blancos with the Spanish media outlet Marca having conducted a poll with 200,000 fans casting their vote.The resultsHarry Kane – 26%Edinson Cavani – 14%Mauro Icardi – 14%Mariano – 12%Robert Lewandowski – 12%Alvaro Morata – 8%Rodrigo – 6%Other – 5%Roberto Firmino – 2%Although Real will have a hard time signing Kane after he put pen to paper on a new six-year contract at Tottenham before the start of the World Cup.Meanwhile, runner-up Cavani has recently been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu with the Real board reportedly “considering” making an approach for him.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery praised both Mesut Ozil and Alexander Lacazette for their contribution in the 3-2 Premier League win over Cardiff City on Sunday.Ozil’s place in the Arsenal squad under Emery has was in doubt considering the demands of the new Gunners boss.However, Ozil played 84 minutes of the victory in Wales and was praised by his manager afterward.Emery said: “Ozil, with his quality, I think we need him to give us his moments in the match.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“In the second half he played a good match, he worked every minute he was on the pitch. Maybe in the second half, with his position on the pitch, I think he feels better.”It was a hard-fought win for Arsenal, who were twice pegged back by their newly promoted opponents before Alexander Lacazette’s powerful winner in the final 10 minutes.Asked about Lacazette’s performance, Emery said: “I’m very pleased. ‘I spoke with him because I know him at Lyon. I know he has a big capacity to score in the box and when the team gives him good options.“He has good data to score and today he showed us. It’s good for his confidence.” read more
Nelson: “We know all of our schools are safe, all the occupants, and all of that. We want to ensure there isn’t any hidden structural damage or anything that might cause a major repair.” The Kenai Peninsula was very fortunate to not have as severe of damage as seen in the Anchorage area, but officials are still working to survey borough buildings to ensure continued safety. According to Nelson they are coordinating the assessment of damage for potential assistance to individual property owners. If you have damage to private property, report it as soon as possible to the Office of Emergency Management at http://www.kpb.us/emergency. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 7.0 earthquake struck at 8:29 a.m., on Friday, and caused property and infrastructure damage. Almost a week later and agencies are still working to assess just how much damage was caused. Dan Nelson, Emergency Manager with the Borough Office of Emergency Management: “The borough is right now doing its recovery process, which mainly includes going back and doing full structural assessments of all of our facilities and schools.” read more
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, August 1, 2019:Robert Sean Boisvert (18, Billerica) was issued a summons for Unregistered Motor Vehicle and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. (6:26am)Brandon Thomas Hannon (19, Billerica) was arrested on a warrant. (6:26am)Animal Control Officer rescued raccoons from a dumpster on Middlesex Avenue. (7:26am)Parties were walking on train tracks on Richmond Street and took off when they saw a police officer. (3:53pm)Jaqueline M. Legassie (30, Pepperell) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Suspended Or Revoked Registration; OperatingA Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License; Marked Lanes Violation; and Speeding. Legassie was pulled over on Lowell Street. (5:46pm)Lap Orng (50, Lowell) was arrested for OUI Liquor. A priest at St. Dorothy’s reported a female was unconscious in a vehicle in the parking lot. (8:18pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like 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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issue 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log” read more
7 In the leadup to the eighth ever Women’s World Cup, there’s been a lot of hype surrounding women’s football. Record crowds and ticket sales have set the stage. Even Hermione Granger’s on the hype train.Enlarge ImageLook! It’s innocent young me kicking a football 10 years ago. Stefan Postles/Getty Images I’m really happy I get to reference Harry Potter. I’m also really happy women’s football has plowed through years of toxicity to get to where it is now. I feel for the players, because I’m not just a budding young journalist. I’m a women’s footballer. My “This is Anfield” plaque beams off the wall in my cluttered childhood bedroom. The early morning practices, the disappointments, the wrecked ankles — I understand what those players have been through. In a way, their success is my dream come true.Let’s go back to late ’90s Canberra, Australia.Travel, trophies and happinessI was the only girl in the local under 8’s football team. I dreamed of playing for Liverpool in the English Premier League, and was naively unaware a women’s version existed. The first girl playing with Harry Kewell and Steven Gerrard! Bend It Like — *shudder* — Bisset.I ended up doing quite well. I made various junior state teams and experienced my first tour representing “Australian school girls” overseas: Scotland, Ireland, England and, trip highlight, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales.The cool experiences kept on coming. I played for Canberra United in the W-League, the premier women’s football competition in Australia. Four seasons in, we won. We qualified for the World Club Championship and played top teams in Japan. I scored one of my two goals ever for Canberra United.Read more: Women’s World Cup 2019: Tournament schedule and how to watch live without cableIt got even cooler, literally. My Czech coach used her contacts to secure my first contract with a team overseas. Where did I go? As far away from Australia as possible. Finland! I spent three of my eight and a half months there acclimatizing to sub-zero temperatures, midday darkness, sleet and exotic white flakes of what bilingual locals call “snow.”Then summer unfurled. I traveled to Paris and Barcelona for the first time, my team won the equivalent of the FA Cup, I continued experiencing Finnish life with the loveliest host family — “Hi, Martta!” — and I tasted salmon soup. That soup alone made the trip.In other words, as football careers go, I did OK!Work, study and sadnessHere’s the bit where I go through all the not-so-great stuff about being a “pro” footballer. I keep putting “pro” in quotations because the money I did make largely came in the form of allowances or the now-minimum W-League wage of AU$10,000 ($7,000, £5,500). Playing women’s football was not a career when I was growing up. Share your voice Comments Tags Back to me running around those dew-encrusted fields in Canberra’s winter. One backroad away from the stark LEDs lighting up the mist — my dad. Reading a newspaper in our car under the cover of darkness. His reading material of choice had to last him 90 minutes before he drove me back home, where I’d be greeted with the healthy meal my mum had spent her post-work evening cooking. As my ravenous, unthankful self scoffed it down, I naively ignored another thing: how hard football would be without my parents’ assistance.Enlarge ImageWow, who knew I was such a dirty player. Stefan Postles/Getty Images Skip forward to graduation. “We know you want to be a pro footballer,” my parents said, “but you need a degree just in case.” It didn’t take me long to realize I’d made a huge mistake by taking French, Chinese and English. In between fruitless, bleary-eyed study sessions I attempted to excel like normal on the football pitch. But my form slipped as my mind chewed on a smorgasbord of new complications. Somewhere in that cloud of anxiety, my passion for football drained.It was the season after I returned from Finland, having won the W-League and completed my studies. At that point, I was confident. I was the seasoned footballer who’d played abroad. Jari Litmanen? That was a new name I’d learned. But I realized something: I wasn’t the only one who’d had a culturally lucrative stint overseas. Our left back had just returned from Sweden. Our center back from Norway.In short, I wasn’t the shoe-in for a starting spot I thought I’d be. I suffered a lot that season. I trained like everyone else, five or six times a week, almost bursting with the strain of doing my best. At that point, I didn’t have a job. Outside football I was what’s known as a lady of leisure. Football was all I had.And it was my worst season yet. I barely played. Still, afterward, I continued to milk my Canberra United reputation. Time to head overseas again, to the Czech Republic, a place of goulash, spirits and fields lumpier than those in Canberra. I rolled my ankle multiple times. I could barely finish the last game of the season.I’d gone from renewing my hope in sport to returning home with a centimeter and a half of cartilage hanging off my talus bone. That’s the lower part of your ankle joint.It’s not pleasant, tearing cartilage. I began the next season in Canberra, running through the pain. But I knew I was done. I needed to make a decision, one that most footballers — women and men — face in their careers. Do I get surgery?My coach suggested yes, and I took that advice. After a very expensive arthroscope, I said hello to crutches and a boot and a year out of the game. During that time, I studied editing and publishing and started looking for work as a copy editor, an occupation previously unknown to me until I harassed my dad to help me find a job. I applied outside Canberra, and moved to Sydney. My time at CNET began.Enlarge ImageLook at the pain on that face. Paul Kane/Getty Images But, surprisingly, my football career didn’t end. My phone threw a blip of light into the subway gloom. “Western Sydney are looking for players,” my old Canberra teammate wrote in a text. “Can I give your number to the coach?”My immediate reaction wasn’t excitement. It was pain. I wasn’t grateful for a new chance to play at a high level, I was stuck on bitter memories of past failures. Regardless, I handed over my number.Then I discovered training (and trials) were at 6:30 a.m. One hour away from where I lived. Luckily, I’m crazy: I agreed to go ahead with it.In the early morning darkness, I found the field, didn’t say a word to anyone — and did OK! I ran around as much as I could, stuck my passes and tackled so well I was signed as a defender. I’d never played anywhere farther back than midfield.Wait, I don’t remember this picture! That’s cool. Stefan Postles/Getty Images Regular training satisfied my exercise craving, and somewhere along the way I started having fun. I wasn’t focused on making the first team. I weirdly preferred training over the insane games. How insane? Imagine being plonked on a treadmill in the middle of the Australian summer, the voice of your boundlessly angry coach yelling at you to keep running or you’re benched … wait, you’ll take me off? That sounds ideal!I also became really good at driving long distances every morning, and being super tired at work. I barely had time to eat breakfast and went to bed in a state of mental and physical exhaustion.It wasn’t sustainable. If it had gone on any longer than four months, the bags under my eyes would be even darker. But that season satisfied a question. Could I play at that level again? Yes. Yes, I could.When I see the success women’s football has found in the lead-up to the Women’s World Cup, I pause. It takes me a second to realize I’m no longer bitter or in pain when I think of women’s football. I’m happy, genuinely. I’m hoping this article helps with getting those players even the tiniest bit of extra exposure. More people than ever are going to watch the next Women’s World Cup, and one day, we might see equal pay — at the national team level at least.One thing is clear to me: Those women deserve it.Originally published June 7. Sports read more
By The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — Police in Maryland are investigating a fatal stabbing.A Baltimore Police news release says officers were dispatched to a home around 4 a.m. northeast of the heart of the city.There they found a 54-year-old man with stab wounds. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. His name wasn’t immediately released.Homicide detectives are now probing what happened and seeking the public’s help.
Explore further Citation: Modern men are wimps, according to new book (2009, October 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-modern-men-wimps.html The book, Manthropology: The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male, by Australian anthropologist Peter McAllister, describes many examples of the inadequacy of the modern male, calling them as a class, “the sorriest cohort of masculine Homo sapiens to ever walk the planet.” Given spiked running shoes, Indigenous Australians of 20,000 years ago could have beaten today’s world record for running 100 and 200 meters. As recently as last century, some Tutsi males in Rwanda could have easily beaten the current high jump world record, and bodybuilders such as Arnold Schwarzenegger would have been no match in an arm wrestle with a Neanderthal woman.Twenty thousand years ago six male Australian Aborigines chasing prey left footprints in a muddy lake shore that became fossilized. Analysis of the footprints shows one of them was running at 37 kph (23 mph), only 5 kph slower than Usain Bolt was traveling at when he ran the 100 meters in world record time of 9.69 seconds in Beijing last year. But Bolt had been the recipient of modern training, and had the benefits of spiked running shoes and a rubberized track, whereas the Aboriginal man was running barefoot in soft mud. Given the modern conditions, the man, dubbed T8, could have reached speeds of 45 kph, according to McAllister. McAllister also presents as evidence of his thesis photographs taken by a German anthropologist early in the twentieth century. The photographs showed Tutsi initiation ceremonies in which young men had to jump their own height in order to be accepted as men. Some of them jumped as high as 2.52 meters, which is higher than the current world record of 2.45 meters.McAllister, interviewed in his temporary residence in Cambridge, UK, also said women of the extinct hominids such as the Neanderthals carried around 10 percent more muscle than modern European men, and with training could have reached 90 percent of the bulk of Arnold Schwarzenegger at his physical prime. Her shorter lower arm would have given her a great advantage in an arm wrestle, and she could easily have slammed his arm to the table. (PhysOrg.com) — A new book claims even modern athletes could not run as fast, jump as high, or have been nearly as strong as our predecessors. Other examples in the book are rowers of the massive trireme warships in ancient Athens who far exceeded the capabilities of modern rowers, Roman soldiers who completed the equivalent of one and a half marathons a day, carrying equipment weighing half their body weight, and Australian Aborigines who could throw a spear over 10 meters further than the current javelin world record.McAllister attributes the decline to the more sedentary lifestyle humans have lived since the industrial revolution, which has made modern people less robust than before since machines do so much of the work. The fact that we are constantly improving and breaking athletic records is because they are only in comparison to the performances in recent decades. If you compare today’s athleticism with that of humans much further back we see a real decline.According to McAllister humans have lost 40 percent of the shafts of the long bones because they are no longer subjected to the kind of muscular loads that were normal before the industrial revolution. Even our elite athletes are not exposed to anywhere near the challenges and loads that were part of everyday life for pre-industrial people.The Cro-Magnons, the first anatomically modern Europeans, living around 30-40,000 years ago, were impressively tall (many over 6 feet 6 inches), strong, fit, and with larger brains than humans of today. They had an active lifestyle and an abundant and balanced diet of meats and vegetables. The advent of agriculture (described by anthropologist Jared Diamond as the worst mistake in history) meant a steady supply of food, but it also meant our diet became lower in quality, less varied and contained fewer nutrients. The result was that we became smaller and weaker, only regaining size and strength in the last century or so after improvements in sanitation and the development of medicines such as antibiotics.The good news from the findings described in the book is that the human body is plastic, and can change over generations. Each individual body can also change over much shorter periods of time. With a good balanced and varied diet and with plenty of exercise, there is plenty of scope for improvement in almost all of us.More information: More info about the book can be found here.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Manthropology: The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male. Neanderthal/human relationship questioned 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. read more
This story comes a long way. From a Bangla band, not unlike so many in Kolkata in the 1990s, to a full-fledged album in 2014. The journey is a long one and obviously not an easy one, especially when it spans two continents and tries something very new. Shikawr (roots in Bengali) is a cumulated effort from musicians across two continents, coordinating through Whatsapp, Skype and Facebook! Shikawr is well-known singer Sahana Bajpaie’s first contemporary album. Sahana is better known for her work with Rabindrasangeet, Baul and folk songs. Also Read – CBI examines former ISRO chief Radhakrishnan‘Like most university-going lads back in late 90s growing up in Kolkata, I had a Bangla rock band – where I used to write the lyrics and strum guitars. Come 1999 I left Jadavpur University, left the city and started living a nomads life across continents and that was pretty much the end of doing any music,’ says Saptarshi Routh, the man behind the lyrics and the music for Shikawr. Between 1999 and 2014, Saptarshi lived across three continents, hardly ever touched the guitar, as he says. Also Read – Centre to procure pulses directly from farmers starting NovemberHe however, did the ‘B-School thing’ at Oxford, climbed the stairs that people usually climb, ending up as a director and European Practice lead at one of the world’s most respected research and advisory firm, Gartner. So perhaps the no-touching-the-guitar was not a bad thing! But well, that space of having done it all needed something more. Musicians are musicians at the end of the day! After realising, thanks to a friend, that he had pretty much done all that he wanted to and didn’t know what he wanted to do next, Saptarshi took a step backwards to his Bangla band days and started writing lyrics in Bengali. The journey, left behind after college, restarted for Saptarshi. ‘And then realising I have no one to go to, no band to form, I started composing. First time in my life (and I don’t have any formal music background, I was just a self taught and very average guitarist). Scary, I know. Even more scary was to approach Sahana, who has a pretty decent fan following, to ask her to sing – and I was one of the fans,’ Saptarshi says. Sahana agreed and clearly there was no looking back! Saptarshi feels that the singer agreed to join ‘forces’ because they shared some common perspectives – like loving and hating the city they left behind in equal measures and then some. All of these come to life through the lyrics Saptarshi penned. The next step was collaborating with Samantak, a very talented musician and singer from Kolkata who did the music arrangement and direction for Shikawr. ‘We agreed to do something unusual, that is to design the soundscape fully in the acoustic mode with no programming whatsoever. Using a host of relatively unconventional instruments like the cello, rabab, esraaj, accordion, harmonica et al. – giving it a distinct non-band like feel,’ says Saptarshi. ‘The whole project was designed and executed across two continents – London and Kolkata (Sahana and me in London, Samantak and my other singer, Gorki in Kolkata) so most songs took full shape over Skype/Whatsapp/Facebook and long distance phone calls. It was fun!’ Saptarshi adds. Now the finished product has hit the stands. And we for one cannot wait to find out how it all adds up for music lovers and critics. Even if you aren’t Bengali – find these guys and give them a listen. We have heard a bit and we assure you – you won’t regret it. read more