Sarri not intervening in Ronaldo free kick dilemma

first_imgJuventus coach Maurizio Sarri will not intervene to stop Cristiano Ronaldo taking free kicks within scoring range, he said Friday, despite the Portuguese forward’s dismal record for the Turin side.According to the website Calciomercato, Ronaldo has taken 28 free kicks for Juventus since he joined the club before the start of last season and failed to score with any of them. Seven were saved, two missed the target and a remarkable 19 went straight into the wall.He wasted two more attempts during Tuesday’s Champions League match against Lokomotiv Moscow, prompting a wave of criticism on social media and in Juventus blogs, especially as the team has two other expert free kick specialists — Miralem Pjanic and Paulo Dybala.Sarri gave little attention to the problem when asked about it at a news conference on Friday.“The free kicks? We have two right-footed options on the pitch: him (Pjanic) and Ronaldo. So they will have to decide among themselves who takes them, as happens in just about any other side,” he said.The 34-year-old had a similarly poor record with Portugal, failing with his first 44 attempts at European Championship and World Cup tournaments before finally breaking his duck in the 3-3 draw with Spain at the World Cup last year.Juventus, who lead Serie A with 22 points out of a possible 24 and are still unbeaten since Sarri took over in the close season, visit promoted Lecce on Saturday.Sarri said that Ronaldo would have to rest at some point, but could not say when.“Even he will have to take a break, but I don’t know when,” said the coach. “I speak to him every day, about how he feels on the pitch and (about) the numbers that come from the doctors and fitness coaches at the end of the match. We will make the decision based on how he feels.”last_img read more

Ginormous woes for word snobs

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. – It was a ginormous year for the wordsmiths at Merriam-Webster. Along with embracing the adjective that combines “gigantic” and “enormous,” the dictionary publishers also got into Bollywood, sudoku and speed dating. But their interest in India’s motion-picture industry, number puzzles and trendy ways to meet people was all meant for a higher cause: updating the company’s collegiate dictionary, which goes on sale this fall with about 100 newly added words. As always, the yearly list gives meaning to the latest lingo in pop culture, technology and current events. There’s “crunk,” a style of Southern rap music; the abbreviated “DVR,” for digital video recorder; and “IED,” shorthand for the improvised explosive devices that have become common in the war in Iraq. If it sounds as though Merriam-Webster is dropping its buttoned-down image with too much talk of “smackdowns” (contests in entertainment wrestling) and “telenovelas” (Latin-American soap operas), consider it also is adding “gray literature” (hard-to-get written material) and “microgreen” (a shoot of a standard salad plant). No matter how odd some of the words might seem, the dictionary editors say each has the promise of sticking around in the American vocabulary. “There will be linguistic conservatives who will turn their nose up at a word like `ginormous,”‘ said John Morse, Merriam-Webster’s president. “But it’s become a part of our language. It’s used by professional writers in mainstream publications. It clearly has staying power.” One of those naysayers is Allan Metcalf, a professor of English at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., and the executive secretary of the American Dialect Society. “A new word that stands out and is ostentatious is going to sink like a lead balloon,” he said. “It might enjoy a fringe existence.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Poll shows more than 80% free of anti-Semitism in U.S.

first_imgAnti-Semitism still exists in America but has diminished significantly in the past three decades, according to a poll released Thursday. The poll of 2,000 registered voters by the Anti-Defamation League shows that the number of Americans who hold anti-Jewish views has remained relatively constant – between 12 percent and 17 percent – over the past decade. Those who hold anti-Semitic views believe Jews are too powerful and use shady practices to succeed, according to the poll. But anti-Jewish bias has declined to half the level that it reached in 1964, when it was measured at 29 percent, and it is down from the 20 percent level of 1992. The poll found that those who were most likely to hold anti-Semitic views had the lowest level of education. Higher levels of anti-Semitism were also measured in Hispanic-Americans born outside the United States and African-Americans without a college degree. Also men, particularly those who are not married and do not have a college degree, are more likely than women to hold anti-Semitic views. Among the negative statements indicating anti-Semitism were: “Jews have too much control and influence on Wall Street,” “Jews are more willing than others to use shady practices to get what they want,” and “Jews don’t care what happens to anyone but their own kind.” The poll also found that 27 percent of respondents believe that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. The poll determined that 29 percent of foreign-born Hispanics held anti-Semitic views, while only 15 percent of Hispanics born in this country – nearly the same as the overall average – held those same views. Among African-Americans, 37 percent of those without college degrees held anti-Semitic views, compared with 19 percent of college graduates. Manuel Pastor Jr., a professor of geography, American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, said the higher levels of anti-Semitism among Hispanic immigrants may be traced to several factors in Latin America, including the teachings of Catholic churches, the rise of evangelical Christianity and the smaller populations of Jews. The positive sign was that Latinos tended to adjust their opinions as they spent more time in the United States, he said. sheppard@dailynews.com 916-446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Those considered anti-Semitic were also found to be much more likely to be intolerant on other issues – for example, having resentment over seeing immigrants succeed more than native-born Americans. ADL national director Abraham Foxman said the report is positive because it shows a “leveling off” of anti-Semitism in this country and much lower levels here than in Europe. But, he added, it is “distressing” that the study also found that more people – 31 percent – feel that Jews in America have a greater loyalty toward Israel than to the United States. That has remained the same for decades. “The fact (anti-Semitism has) continued to drop and it’s leveling off is encouraging,” Foxman said. “The fact that subgroups like African-Americans and Hispanics are slowly becoming more tolerant and accepting of Jews is also encouraging.” He said the overall figure of 12 percent to 17 percent is actually relatively low when compared with attitudes in other nations. Similar polls by the ADL in 11 European countries this year put the levels in some countries more than twice as high. The poll asked respondents whether they agreed with a series of positive and negative statements about Jews. last_img read more

Israel accepts emerging cease-fire deal

first_imgJERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has accepted an emerging Mideast cease-fire deal and informed the United States of his decision, Israeli officials said Friday. Olmert will recommend that his government approve the deal in its meeting on Sunday, said Gideon Meir, a senior official in the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Meir said the military offensive in Lebanon would continue for the time being. It was not immediately clear if it would be halted after the U.N. Security Council vote on the cease-fire deal later Friday, or only after the Israeli Cabinet has endorsed it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Levein: VAR the answer to Scotland’s refereeing woes

first_imgHe said: “I think VAR would help, it’s a lonely place sometimes being a referee.“They have a lot of responsibility and anything that can make your job easier must be welcomed.“I can’t believe for a minute referees like making mistakes, nobody does.”“VAR would be great… I read recently that Ajax gave up their European money to take up the plastic pitches and put down grass pitches for the rest of the clubs in the league.” Hearts boss Craig Levein has called for VAR to be be brought into the Scottish game and joked Celtic and Rangers could fund the technology’s introduction.Levein has bemoaned a series of refereeing calls in recent weeks, the latest of which saw St Johnstone awarded a controversial penalty against the Jam Tarts on Wednesday.The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system is to be utilised in European competitions from February as it continues to be rolled out across the game.Levein reckons the technology could help ease the burden on Scotland’s under-fire match officials. He added, with a smile: “Maybe the Old Firm will give up their European money to put VAR in for everybody. “VAR, for me, is the answer to the problem. As it is, you only get one shot at it, with VAR you get a chance to review.“It seems to be popular in rugby, there are less mistakes.“I think it’s a good idea, just where do we find the money from?”Hearts host Motherwell on Saturday as they look to end a run of six league games without a win.The Tynecastle outfit were the Premiership’s early pace-setters before their dip in form.Levein, who said he will wait until Saturday before deciding whether to start skipper Christophe Berra, reckons his team aren’t far away from making a return to winning ways.He said: “Despite the problems we have had, we’re still focused, still working hard and will need to do that on Saturday.“I feel there is a spark back in the team, it would be fantastic for us to pick up three points.“Momentum is great when it’s with you but quite difficult to break when it’s against you.“You need to establish a platform to build from, I think we did that against Rangers despite not getting any points. “We stepped up again against St Johnstone so I’m hoping we can prove a little bit more.”last_img read more

What Facial Features, Body Parts, and Body Types Are the Most Attractive?

first_imgWait . . . am I really the only one who finds the female bodybuilder fantastically erotic and alluring?  Whatever.  You people are missing out.  There’s nothing like being with a woman with thunderous and powerful thighs.A new survey asked people what body types, facial features, and body parts are the most attractive.  Here’s what they found . . .1.  Curvy women were voted the most attractive, followed by average and thin.  Muscular women got less than 4% of the vote.2.  Men with average bodies were voted the most attractive, followed by muscular and thin.3.  The EYES were voted the most attractive facial feature on both men and women in a landslide.  The jaw line and the mouth came in second and third.4.  The most attractive body parts on a guy are biceps, chest, and stomach.  The legs were the least important.5.  And the most attractive body parts on a woman are the chest, butt, and legs.  Arms were the least important.last_img read more

Is Schema.org Really a Google Land Grab?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Last week the Web’s three leading search companies – Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! – announced a new structured data collaboration called Schema.org. It includes more than 100 new types of website markup for content like movies, music, organizations, TV shows, products, places and more. The stated aim of Schema.org is to “improve the display of search results, making it easier for people to find the right web pages.”However, is this collaboration routing around existing web standards, as promoted by the governing web body the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)? Since the news was announced, we’ve discovered that the W3C was not consulted about Schema.org. And given that Google dominates the search market, should we be worried that Google will control a substantial part of the markup used on webpages if – as expected – Schema.org gets significant take-up? Here’s why the alarm bell should be rung…Firstly, for big picture context, this situation is somewhat reminiscent of the Microsoft land grab in the dot com era of the Web. Remember when Microsoft controlled the browser market and was able to dictate how webpages were marked up? Webmasters and developers were forced to use markup that catered to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Schema.org may well be leading down the same path, with webmasters and developers having to use Schema.org markup in order to get their webpages ranked highly in the major search engines. Specifically, here are the two main issues about Schema.org which leads us to suspect this is a land grab: 1) The 3 companies – Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! – write the schemas and host them centrally. These schemas sometimes directly compete with existing open standards – such as the e-commerce markup standard GoodRelations, which has been receiving solid take-up from the likes of Best Buy. Update: Martin Hepp, creator and lead developer of GoodRelations, replied in the comments that “Google and Yahoo have confirmed that they will continue to support GoodRelations in RDFa for product and offer information.”2) Whereas open standards like GoodRelations use RDFa (a simpler version of RDF, the main markup of the W3C-sponsored Semantic Web), the Schema.org markup will use Microdata – which is a spec written by Google.RDFa Adoption Will SufferSchema.org will certainly lead to a decrease in RDFa usage, which ultimately hurts the W3C’s long-running push towards the Semantic Web – that is, a Web with added meaning and structure.Over the past year, RDFa received significant take-up from large companies like Facebook and Best Buy. It’s particularly notable that Facebook used RDFa in its Open Graph protocol. Facebook is Google’s main competitor in the social Web, so Schema.org could also be viewed as a competitive move by Google against Facebook.Simply put, the argument here is that Schema.org is a strong push by Google (and less so Microsoft and Yahoo!) to be in centralized control of key aspects of Web markup – at the expense of W3C open standards. As Web data becomes more and more structured, we have to question any moves by a large, influential company that may put it in a position of control over that data. Indeed, last year we raised the same questions about Facebook’s Open Graph. Because although Facebook used RDFa, they used their own custom version of it. Despite this, both Facebook and the W3C argued that the Open Graph would actually help the adoption of RDFa.Why Did Schema.org Choose Microdata Over RDFa?ReadWriteWeb has learned of rumors that Yahoo! wanted RDFa to be a core component of Schema.org, but that Google and Microsoft insisted on Microdata. Why is that?Microdata is the markup specification written by Google on which Schema.org is based. It’s similar to RDFa, in that it adds semantics to HTML in order to provide more structure to Web markup.Google explained the Schema.org decision to use Microdata over RDFa on a Google Webmaster Central help page:“Historically, we’ve supported three different standards for structured data markup: microdata, microformats, and RDFa. Instead of having webmasters decide between competing formats, we’ve decided to focus on just one format for schema.org. In addition, a single format will improve consistency across search engines relying on the data. There are arguments to be made for preferring any of the existing standards, but we’ve found that microdata strikes a balance between the extensibility of RDFa and the simplicity of microformats, so this is the format that we’ve gone with.”That explanation makes logical and business sense, but even so we have to ask why Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! chose to route around the W3C supported standard of RDFa. There is some politics happening here, because Microdata is sponsored by a non-W3C work group called Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG), which was formed in 2004 in response to the perceived slow development of web standards at W3C.Is This a Land Grab by Google? You Tell Us…Regardless of the politics, there is a real danger that Google in particular will come to control a significant part of Web markup through Schema.org.While it is a positive sign that the major search companies are pushing for more structured data, the big question is about control. Why isn’t Schema.org using RDFa, the W3C open standard, as the base for its schemas? Does Google now have too much influence over the future of structured data? We’d love to hear your thoughts about these important issues regarding the future of the Web. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard macmanuscenter_img Related Posts Tags:#Google#search#Semantic Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Amid agony, scientists discover world’s first venomous frog

first_imgBrazilian biologists have discovered the world’s first venomous frog the hard way.  When Carlos Jared of the Butantan Institute in São Paulo, Brazil, picked up a Brazilian hylid frog (Corythomantis greening, pictured)—a small, lumpy, green amphibian—while doing fieldwork in a jungle in the Goytacazes National Forest near the southwest coast of Brazil, the frog raked the spines hidden within its upper lip across his hand. He dropped the frog, and excruciating pain shot up his arm for the next 5 hours. Several other species of frogs are poisonous, but until now none have been shown to be venomous—that is injecting a toxin into their host. C. greening’s venom is twice as potent as that of the deadly pit viper, the researchers report online today in Current Biology. The team found another venomous Brazilian hylid frog, Aparasphenodon brunoi, also in the Goytacazes National Forest. Its venom was a whopping 25 times more deadly than that of a pit viper, but this time the researchers were smart—they didn’t pick it up. Both frogs deliver their venom from head spines resting in toxic glands in their skin. When the animals attack, the skin contracts and the poison-coated spines protrude from the frog’s lip. Researchers imagine as a hungry predator closes its mouth over the frog, it begins shaking its head and jabbing the spines into every corner a frog’s face can fit. These two frog species are not very closely related, so researchers think several more frogs could have evolved to be venomous. It’s possible the adaptation evolved multiple times in the perilous rainforests, but scientists just never picked up on it.last_img read more

Varun Gandhi’s temple visit irks pilgrims, BJP

first_imgIt was supposed to be BJP leader Varun Gandhi’s “secret visit” to the temple town of Kukke Subramanya in Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district.But he ended up upsetting the devotees by asking the authorities to bar the entry of pilgrims to the temple on Tuesday while he was there. He also riled the BJP workers by refusing to meet them.The BJP unit had invited the media to the temple town for the coverage of his visit. But they were taken aback when Varun refused to meet the leaders.”It is unbecoming of Varun Gandhi. He has insulted the footsoldiers of the BJP. He is an MP, and he should have spoken to the local BJP party workers and pilgrims,” Manjunath Ammanna, a BJP worker in the town, said.Varun Gandhi at Karnataka’s Kukke Subramanya temple.The temple authorities refused to comment on his visit, but said they did not prevent other pilgrims from entering the shrine when Varun was around.”It is just that Varun did not want to be disturbed. His visit to the temple was for personal reasons, and we are not in a position to disclose them,” an official said.Varun arrived in Mangalore on Sunday and proceeded to Kukke Subramanya, located in the Western Ghats, by road.”We were supposed to accord him a grand welcome. But he shunned our reception. We will take it up with the BJP state leaders,” Ammanna said.It is common for VIPs, sports personalities and celebrities to visit Kukke Subramanya. Even Sachin Tendulkar visited the temple town in 2006.The town was recently in the news for “made snana” (an uncivilised practice in which people from the scheduled tribes and lower castes roll on plantain leaves and the leftovers of lunch served to the Brahmins).advertisementlast_img read more

CL: Lionel Messi is just unstoppable, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

first_imgJurgen Klopp admitted Lionel Messi was “unstoppable” on Wednesday after he left Liverpool needing a miracle to reach the Champions League final. Luis Suarez poked in against his former club before Messi hit a late double, the second a stunning free-kick for his 600th Barca goal, as his team took a 3-0 lead from a pulsating semi-final first leg ahead of next week’s return at Anfield. “He’s unstoppable,” said Klopp afterwards. “Obviously we couldn’t defend the free-kick. What a strike. He’s a world-class player but I knew that already. It’s no surprise.” Klopp could only smile after Messi’s curling shot nestled in the top corner but this result was harsh on his side. They matched Barcelona in the first half, dominated them early in the second and could still have left with an away goal after Messi’s brilliant brace, only for Mohamed Salah to hit the post. “I said to the boys I was proud of how we played against a side like this,” Klopp said. “If you lose away it’s not a massive problem as long as you score a goal. That’s our problem tonight – it doesn’t make our life any easier.” Messi and Suarez did what they have done all season, their tallies now at 47 and 27 goals respectively in all competitions. It had been a breathtaking contest befitting two of Europe’s most exhilarating teams. The first half was electric, a reel of chances, breaks and blocks, while the second was tense, a tactical battle where Barca dared Liverpool to over-exert. The comeback will be even tougher for them given Barcelona, with La Liga wrapped up, will surely rest a host of players against Celta Vigo this weekend while Liverpool, a point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, will have to be at full throttle again away at Newcastle on Saturday. “They can still make us suffer,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde. “The result is good but the tie is open.” ScintillatingMessi was already fresh, after playing just over half the La Liga minutes he could have done in April, and he looked sharp early on, weaving through the centre while for Liverpool, the sensational Sadio Mane raced down the left. The attacks were scintillating but the defending was good too. Andy Robertson scrambled across to block Messi’s finish from six yards and moments later it was Sergi Roberto on the slide, preventing Mane from sprinting clear. Messi wanted a penalty when the ball jumped up on Joel Matip and Naby Keita went off injured in the 25th minute, replaced by Jordan Henderson. A minute later came the goal. Arturo Vidal sprayed the ball left to Philippe Coutinho, who cushioned back for Jordi Alba. Alba shaped to cross but instead curved a perfectly weighted pass to the near post, where Suarez nipped in. Liverpool came again. Mane scampered in behind then flicked the ball round Sergio Busquets. He should have scored too, Henderson’s cross finding him free from eight yards but the shot flew over. Barca took control just as Suarez began to lose it, irked by James Milner barging Messi into the sideboards after the Argentinian had danced past Robertson. But Liverpool were re-energised at the start of the second half. Marc-Andre ter Stegen pushed away shots from Milner and Salah, and held a Milner drive. Then Messi intervened, striking twice in seven minutes. His own run started the first, setting Sergi free to square to Suarez. Off balance, Suarez could only knee the ball against the crossbar but it came back for Messi, who chested and finished into an open net. Two was tough on Liverpool but Messi was not done. The free-kick was central, 30 yards out. He whipped it over the wall and into the top corner. Barca were delirious but Liverpool almost grabbed an away goal when a clearance on the line fell kindly for Salah, who hammered against the post. It could have been a lifeline. Liverpool are on the brink. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more