Talking about the manager makes no sense right now Casemiro

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgCasemiro believes Julen Lopetegui is not to blame for their woeful performance at the Camp Nou that culminated in a 5-1 loss.Luis Suarez made headlines with a hat-trick with further goals from Coutinho and Vidal to complicate Lopetegui’s position at the Bernabeu.Lopetegui is likely to pay with his job, but Brazilian Casemiro is adamant that Madrid’s underperforming players are to blame.“Every single one of us has been disastrous tonight,” he opened up to FourFourTwo.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We didn’t give the best image of ourselves. It’s happened too often this season. We didn’t play well enough. We can’t blame the manager. The players are fighting for everything on the pitch, but the result is different.“The players on the pitch have the responsibility to run harder, fight harder. You have to give the maximum at this club. We are not having a very good season.“We have to be calm. We know we are not playing at our best level. It’s going to be a tough season.“Talking about the manager makes no sense right now. It’s the players who have been out on the pitch, we’re the ones who have lost, we’re the players who are responsible for what is happening. We’re worried about it.”last_img read more


All You Brings Social Commentary Into Print Product

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgTrue to its name, the magazine has always incorporated user-generated content into its print and digital products, but has broadened its use recently with “Real Talk,” “Reality Checkers” and a digital video curation initiative.”From the day we launched in 2004, social has been a big component of the brand,” says Nina Willdorf, executive editor of All You. “As editors, our job is not to push information out, but to open up the dialogue and a conversation to other readers, and to capture that dialogue in a way that’s most compelling.”Market-frequent women shoppers looking for value-and distribution-more than a quarter of their 1.5-million circulation comes from an exclusive deal with WalMart newsstands-makes user-generated and social content especially relevant for the title, Willdorf says. “Consumers like to take advice from other consumers,” she says. “You see on Facebook, people share their favorite things with each other and take each other’s advice. We’re taking that thinking and applying it to our brand. All You is hitting something that’s very resonant right now.”With the addition of social sharing features to the “Reality Checker” platform, All You is offering members of the 50,000-plus network the option to send out reviews of select marketer products within their own social spheres.Testimonial content from the program has already been used in magazine advertisements for several years now, and the sharing option is a natural extension, according to Willdorf.”We’re giving them a vehicle to do something that we know they do anyway,” she says.All You filters the user-generated content that is presented on its owned platforms, but the nature of social precludes that, Willdorf admits. The conversation will be monitored, but ultimately, it’s out of their hands.That essentially leaves the door open for All You-sponsored criticism of its own marketers’ products.”We do believe that authenticity is really key to have people believe what you’re telling them,” Willforf says. “If you look at our Facebook page, people tell us a lot. They tell us the good, the bad and the ugly, and we value it all.”To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! All You has even more “you” now after incorporating reader comments and questions into nearly a third of the pages of its most recent edition.The December issue of All You debuted “Real Talk,” an editorial feature that opens each of the magazine’s sections with a question from readers. The franchise is threaded throughout the book as well, with flagged reader comments appearing as sidebars within several stories.An expansion of the testimonial advertising program “Reality Checkers” was also introduced, adding social sharing elements.last_img read more


Houston Got Hammered By Hurricane Harvey — And Its Buildings Are Partly

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img Share David J. Phillip/APDowntown Houston flooded by rain from Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 29, 2017. The buildings in the region exacerbated rainfall from the storm, according to a new study.Hurricanes are dropping more rain and causing more flooding than in the past, and humans are to blame on multiple fronts.Climate scientists have warned for decades that global warming will cause extreme weather to get more frequent and severe. A pair of studies published today in the journal Nature find that hurricanes are already causing more rain than they used to, and that cities themselves may be making the rainfall from those storms even worse.The second finding is particularly novel. Scientists looked at data from the city of Houston during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and compared the rain that fell to a model of how much rain would have fallen if the city and its surrounding area had never been built.“What we found was that the city enhanced the overall rainfall footprint [compared] to what we would have expected if we replaced the urban areas with cropland,” explains study co-author Gabriele Villarini of the University of Iowa. Significantly more rain fell on the Houston area than would have fallen on the coastal grasslands that used to be there.One way to imagine the role of the city’s buildings in generating that rain is to first imagine Hurricane Harvey as a moist, hot wind blowing from the Gulf of Mexico inland across Texas.“The buildings stop the air from being able to move forward, away from the ocean,” explains study co-author Gabriel Vecchi of Princeton. “They sort of stop the air in that general area, and the air has nowhere to go but around the buildings, or up.”When the moist, hot air goes up into the colder atmosphere, the moisture tends to condense into droplets, the way water condenses on a cool glass. Those droplets fall as rain.“The more air that you raise up, in general, the more rain you will have, and that is one of the impacts of these buildings,” Vecchi says.The study didn’t look at which types of buildings — the homes, factories, skyscrapers and businesses that make up Houston — contribute the most to rainfall. But Vecchi and his team did analyze how the sprawling development and paving in and around Houston exacerbated flooding. Because paved areas are impervious to water, the rain that fell during Harvey had nowhere to soak in and quickly flooded the area.Together, the paving and buildings made catastrophic flooding much more likely to happen during Hurricane Harvey.And while this study didn’t examine whether similar dynamics would play out in other coastal cities during hurricanes, previous work by other scientists has found that cities do generally affect rainfall.“Clearly we need to study the mechanisms more, but it is good to see this being validated,” says Purdue climate scientist Dev Niyogi, who has spent years studying the complex relationships between cities, storms and rainfall.He says local governments in hurricane-prone areas can start to examine how development decisions affect disasters. “Can we design cities that can affect help future hurricane impacts?” Niyogi says.“As we think of a future where we are going to have growing rates of urbanization, we may want to understand which structures — and which ways of arranging our structures — lend themselves more to creating this enhanced rain, and which ones are perhaps less conducive to extreme rain,” Vecchi says.“I think one of the values of their study is that this can provide information as urban development continues, and give an idea of things to consider to alleviate the impacts from [hurricanes],” says Christina Patricola, an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who was not involved in the Houston study.Patricola is one of the authors of another study, also published today in Nature, confirming that climate change is already causing hurricanes to dump more rain — hurricanes such as Katrina, Maria and Irma. “We’re finding that the total storm rainfall has increased by about 5 to 10 percent” compared with the rain that would have fallen without climate change, she says.A study published earlier this year found that Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall was driven in part by warm water in the Gulf of Mexico.Patricola and her colleague Michael Wehner also looked into the future. They studied 15 hurricanes from around the globe and modeled their rainfall and wind speeds under pre-industrial conditions, current climate conditions and multiple future warming scenarios.They found that if humans continue to generate greenhouse gases and the Earth continues to warm, hurricanes will only get more severe. “In general, as the ocean warms, we can expect that the wind speeds of tropical storms may increase,” Patricola says.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


DNA study on mummies suggests climate instability drove ancient Peruvians to migrate

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_img More information: Climate change underlies global demographic, genetic, and cultural transitions in pre-Columbian southern Peru, Lars Fehren-Schmitz, PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1403466111AbstractSeveral archaeological studies in the Central Andes have pointed at the temporal coincidence of climatic fluctuations (both long- and short-term) and episodes of cultural transition and changes of socioeconomic structures throughout the pre-Columbian period. Although most scholars explain the connection between environmental and cultural changes by the impact of climatic alterations on the capacities of the ecosystems inhabited by pre-Columbian cultures, direct evidence for assumed demographic consequences is missing so far. In this study, we address directly the impact of climatic changes on the spatial population dynamics of the Central Andes. We use a large dataset of pre-Columbian mitochondrial DNA sequences from the northern Rio Grande de Nasca drainage (RGND) in southern Peru, dating from ∼840 BC to 1450 AD. Alternative demographic scenarios are tested using Bayesian serial coalescent simulations in an approximate Bayesian computational framework. Our results indicate migrations from the lower coastal valleys of southern Peru into the Andean highlands coincident with increasing climate variability at the end of the Nasca culture at ∼640 AD. We also find support for a back-migration from the highlands to the coast coincident with droughts in the southeastern Andean highlands and improvement of climatic conditions on the coast after the decline of the Wari and Tiwanaku empires (∼1200 AD), leading to a genetic homogenization in the RGND and probably southern Peru as a whole. To gain a clearer understanding of early Nasca, Wari and Tiwanaku peoples living in various parts of what is now Peru, the researchers collected DNA samples from 207 mummies found in both coastal and mountainous parts of the region. Mitochondrial analysis and Bayesian modeling indicated that people that had been living near the coast began migrating to the mountains sometime around 640 BC. They also found evidence of a reverse migration as people from the mountains migrated towards the coast around 1200 AD.The researchers compared the DNA evidence with prior research on climatic conditions during the same period. They found that around roughly 640 BC, climate variability due to el Nino or el Nina would have made growing crops in coastal valleys challenging. Also, they found that the highlands areas experienced a long term drought that began around 1200 AD, which would have driven people back down to the coasts. Both climate events coincide with the DNA evidence.Prior to this research, the general consensus among historians has been that the migrations that occurred in the area at the time were most likely due to the expansion and eventual collapse of the Wari empire. Now it appears that it was instead driven by climactic change, forcing people to move to where conditions were favorable for growing their food. The researchers note that the change would likely have had to have been significant as the people in the ancient societies demonstrated anticipatory agricultural adaptations that allowed them to cope with both floods and drought. The team notes that migrating back and forth between the coast and the highlands also appears to have caused homogenization of the peoples from the two areas. (Phys.org) —An international team of researchers has concluded that migrations by pre-Columbian Andean societies were due to climatic changes, rather than growth in the Wari empire, as was previously suggested. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they conducted mitochondrial DNA analysis on mummies from the period combined with a Bayesian modeling approach to trace the migration activities of the people that lived in Peru between 840 BC and 1450 AD. Pikillaqta administrative center, built by the Wari civilization in Cusco. Credit: Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 3.0 © 2014 Phys.org Citation: DNA study on mummies suggests climate instability drove ancient Peruvians to migrate (2014, June 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-dna-mummies-climate-instability-drove.htmlcenter_img El Niño expected to benefit US agriculture Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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.last_img read more


Five times a queen

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgShe was a queen, wife to no less than the mighty Pandavas; yet she was a woman in a patriarchal society who held little sway over her own fate. Draupadi might have lived in another era, but the fate she endured continues to befall numerous women in India and across the world even today.A presentation of the Films and Theater Society, the play is written and directed by contemporary writer Atul Satya Kaushik and is based in a Haryana village in 1960. Draupadi is an imaginative re-telling of certain chapters of Draupadi’a life that juxtaposes the life of the queen of the Pandavas in a contemporary setting, drawing parallels between her and the women of today. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the men of this large family of Haryanvi rural performers gone out to attend a wedding feast, the women of the household decide to use the opportunity to re-enact an old play that was ‘banned’ by the male patriarchs who thought it would corrupt the minds of women.Performing the play, the women take up the roles of all characters including men and reprise the tragedies of their own lives. In the process they discover how closely their lives are a reflection of Draupadi’s life. This intense story unfolds in an incredibly light and seamless way and makes the production a literary marvel presented in a visually delightful manner. Like all other productions of the society this play is also high on folk music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt’s an out and out musical play with many songs of different styles such as Ragini, Qawwali, Ghazal, Heer etc; and tries to narrate a serious issue in a light way. The seriousness, however, is not lost and the play becomes a powerful commentary on the need of women emancipation.By bringing today’s generation closer to mythology in a new and interesting way, the play makes them draw important meanings from it. Be it Draupadi’s failure to find the love of the man she chose, her objectification in the gamble played by Yudhishtir or her public humiliation – the village women manage to find parallels for each of these tragedies amidst their own lives. In the end the women draw the conclusion that even if centuries have elapsed, nothing seems to have changed as far as their fate women is concerned.’Draupadi is not just a mythical character, she’s a metaphor for women of all times and ages. There is no dearth of Draupadis in our world; they are everywhere – be it in the villages of Haryana, in the thriving metropolitan of Delhi, in the slums of Mumbai, on the streets of Ahmedabad or in a village of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwah. This play talks about the helplessness of being a woman in a male dominated world which most of the women must have felt even today,’ says Kaushik. This not a performance to be missed. The tickets are available online at bookmyshow.com. Head over!last_img read more


All access pass

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgArt lovers can head over to Gallery Five as it organises its next monthly art exhibition titled Excess Denied. The show displays a wide range of works by India’s leading and upcoming modern and contemporary artists. The participants are – Anjaneyulu Gundu, Arpit Biloria, Deviba Wala, Manish Barodia and Shahanshah Mittal. Excess Denied is an ode to purity of thought and action which have led to the creation of these artworks.The collection demonstrates the fundamental technical skills and conceptual strength of an artist. They blur the boundaries between the everyday and art without succumbing to histrionics and excesses. They embrace the basic tenets of being human and humane. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ ‘The utilitarian objects represented in my paintings speak of the lives of the people who handle/use them in their daily little histories’- says Gundu.  He believes that every object is an actor in a larger scene and every scene is part of another act. That is why he concentrates on the individual object in his hyper realistic paintings. Biloria noted, ‘Volume is something which can be realised even when you take away the distracting color’. White, he sees, as a ground, where images lay hiding. Black acts as connecting point between dimensions revealing these images. He plays with what exists and what does not. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDeviba summarises her minimal and usually monochrome abstract work as having a naive depth. Naive in the context that her art is one that’s kept devoid of all obvious influences of the daily life and today’s world but not in its literal sense. Her work consists of broad spectrum of lines intersecting into each other as if weaving a beguiling net for the viewer to immerse in. She wants her art forms to create a niche and exclusive mind space in the viewer thus letting him/her strike a chord with their inner self. The strength in her art is the ode to a life’s pure existence. The many subtle layers in Mittal’s paper work represent inner monologues which cannot be vocalized.last_img read more


Jaya Bachchan at Shrines

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgDressed in an elegant long kurta, the graceful Jaya Bachchan walked into the Habitat Centre’s Visual Arts Gallery last night to close a historic Sanjay Bhattacharyya exhibition titled ‘Shrines’.Chaste Bengali was heard between two artists, one from the art world and the second from the cine world and Jaya was all ears and eyes as she spent time looking at the show that had four paintings and three drawings. She spent the greatest amount of time in front of the Kalighat canvas that held its own for its elements of design details and the virtuosity of colour.Jaya has been following Sanjay Bhattacharyya’s works for more than two decades and can wax eloquent on his work.The evening also had curator and art historian Aman Nath and Habita Director Sunit Tandon in attendance along with curator Uma Nair , artists Anwar, Anandmoyi Bannerjee and gallery Director Payal Kapoor.last_img read more


Apple announces the iOS 1214 with a fix for its Group FaceTime

Posted On Aug 26 2019 by

first_imgYesterday, Apple announced the release of iOS 12.1.4 to fix Apple’s Group FaceTime video bug discovered during the end of last month. Apple immediately disabled this bug that allowed callers to eavesdrop on people before they could even pick up their phone. Apple also plans to reward the 14-year-old Grant Thompson and his mother for first reporting the bug. Apple is “compensating the Thompson family for discovering the vulnerability and providing an additional gift to fund Grant Thompson’s tuition”, the Verge reports. As reported by TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson told them in a statement, “In addition to addressing the bug that was reported, our team conducted a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service and made additional updates to both the FaceTime app and server to improve security. This includes a previously unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime.” Source: The Verge “To protect customers who have not yet upgraded to the latest software, we have updated our servers to block the Live Photos feature of FaceTime for older versions of iOS and macOS”, Apple reports. To know more about this news in detail, head over to The Verge. Read Next Apple reinstates Facebook and Google Developer Certificates, restores the ability to run internal iOS apps Apple revoked Facebook developer certificates due to misuse of Apple’s Enterprise Developer Program; Google also disabled its iOS research app Apple disables Group FaceTime till it fixes a security flaw that gave access to microphone and camera of users, even before picking up the calllast_img read more