Real Madrid Arsenal LA Galaxy Boca Juniors — In One Giant Power

The English Premier League is the only league among the 24 that are part of FiveThirtyEight’s club soccer predictions that has six teams in the top 20 of the global team rankings (although it has no teams in the overall top five). However, these rankings suggest that the Premier League’s also-rans would not compete particularly well with the mid-table of other major leagues. Everton, the seventh EPL side, sit 47th. This places the Toffees behind 10 German Bundesliga clubs and 13 teams from La Liga. Even Atalanta, the seventh club in Italy’s Serie A, places above Everton.To explain why this happens requires some discussion of the method itself. League strength is compared in two ways; first, based on how well clubs from different leagues have done in direct competition with one another, such as in the Champions League. And second, the estimated market value of a team’s players, drawn from the website Transfermarkt. The former factor — head-to-head competition — receives much more emphasis when leagues play each other frequently, as teams from the top European leagues do in the Champions League and Europa League. That gives the big European leagues a more natural hierarchy.The relatively poor showing of the Premier League, compared with La Liga and the Bundesliga, is notable particularly because of the massive economic advantage that the English league holds over its continental competitors. The Premier League’s domestic TV contract pays in the range of a billion dollars more per year than Spain’s or Germany’s.1The new domestic Premier League TV contract is estimated to be worth $2.20 billion per year, compared with $1.04 billion for La Liga and $1.36 billion for the Bundesliga. The estimated values of Premier League clubs run about 20 percent higher than the values of clubs in the Bundesliga or Serie A and about 10 percent higher than La Liga. But these values have not translated into strong performances by Premier League teams in European competition. Judged over recent inter-league competition, La Liga’s performance has been about 27 percent better than the Premier League’s, while the Bundesliga’s performance has been 20 percent better. Despite its financial advantage, the Premier League has won only one European Cup in the past four years, compared with seven for La Liga sides. During that time, 19 teams from La Liga have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Europa or Champions League, and 10 Bundesliga sides have done the same. Only six Premier League clubs, barely more than one per year, have advanced to the final eight of the major club competitions.Just as Premier League sides come in below similar clubs from Germany and Spain because of the English league’s struggles in European competition, the continuing failure of MLS clubs to advance in the CONCACAF Champions League leaves American and Canadian sides behind the best teams in Mexico. Other than Toronto FC (171st), no MLS side places above the top 10 teams from Liga MX.The rankings further suggest that the best clubs from South America, such as Argentina’s Boca Juniors (81st) and Brazil’s Corinthians (88th) and Cruzeiro (99th) could hang with the teams at the bottom of the Premier League such as Watford (93rd) and Crystal Palace (102nd). Meanwhile, MLS teams would generally fall in either the second or third divisions in the English pyramid. NYCFC — the second-highest ranking MLS side, at 259th — rates below the top 10 teams in the Championship.MLS still has a long way to go to match up with the top levels of club soccer. These ratings and rankings will move as the various international tournaments play out through the fall, winter and spring. If sides from the Premier League or MLS mean to move up the rankings, they will need to have better results in direct competition with sides from other leagues. When comparing club soccer teams, it’s fairly easy to figure out who is the best of the best. The most talented players in the world play in a handful of European leagues, and the best teams of these leagues face off each year in the Champions League.Judging below this level is more difficult.How do you compare the English club Arsenal, which got through the group stage of the most recent Champions League but lost in the first round of the knockouts, with Celta Vigo of Spain, a semifinalist in the Europa League? And what about the European teams that didn’t play anyone outside their nation’s borders — like Stoke City in England and Freiburg in Germany?Even more difficult is comparing across continents. How well would the best MLS clubs do if they played in the Championship, the English second division?FiveThirtyEight has a new way of answering these questions. The global club soccer rankings compare 426 men’s teams that compete in leagues across Europe, North America and South America. As you might expect, the top three are Real Madrid of Spain’s La Liga, Bayern Munich of Germany’s Bundesliga and Barcelona, also of La Liga. It gets more interesting from there. read more

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Ohio States Deshaun Thomas ready to emerge for mens basketball

Ohio State sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas is a shooter, but not in the same way Jon Diebler, former OSU guard and all-time Big Ten leader in made three pointers, was. Thomas is a shooter because he likes to shoot – a lot. In high school, Thomas shot whenever he wanted because that’s what his team asked him to do. When he graduated, he was the No. 3-leading scorer in the history of the basketball-rich state of Indiana. So when Thomas came to OSU as a freshman, Thomas did what he had always done. He kept shooting. He was shooting so much that coach Thad Matta had to tell him to slow down, but at the same time he didn’t want to discourage Thomas to the point that he lost confidence. “He’s one of the best scorers in the nation,” OSU sophomore forward James “JD” Weatherspoon said. “You can’t take that away from his game. He’s going to knock down shots. It’s what he does.” Thomas averaged 7.5 points a game in an average of 14 minutes of action as a freshman last year. His ability to score a high volume of points in a short amount of time earned him the nickname of “microwave offense.” This year, with the departure of seniors Diebler, David Lighty and Dallas Lauderdale, who started the majority of the games last year, Thomas plans to step into a starting role for the upcoming season. It’s a role Matta, along with Thomas’s teammates, said he’s grown to accept. “He’s got a much better understanding of how to play,” Matta said. “He understands the importance of the defensive end of it. He understands the importance of the pass, the moving, the rebounding. I’ve been very, very pleased with his progress.” Matta also said Thomas has learned about when to shoot and when to pass. “The other day in the workout he threw a pass away and one of the coaches started to say something,” Matta said. “I said, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. He passed. I’ll teach him how to connect the dots.’” Senior guard William Buford laughed when asked about Thomas shooting too much, but said it was a thing of the past. “No, not no more,” Buford said. “He used to. You know he used to. He’s learning like what’s a good shot, what’s a bad shot. He’s passing more. He’s just a smarter basketball player.” But that doesn’t mean Thomas is going to stop shooting anytime soon or ditch the “microwave” mentality. Thomas embraces it. “I’m going to go out like everybody call me — the microwave,” Thomas said. “I’m trying to heat up at any minute so I’m just going to be the same old me with more time out there and having fun.” More than just shooting, Thomas has worked on the physical aspect of the game as well and has taken full advantage of the Buckeyes’ offseason-conditioning program, Matta said the changes are noticeable. “You can obviously look at him and tell a lot of things have happened to him over the summer,” Matta said. “It’s amazing how he looks this year compared to how he looked last year.” The Buckeyes open their season Nov. 11 against Wright State at 9 p.m. and with the beginning of a new season, Thomas said he’s ready to begin his next chapter too. “I’m here to show everybody what I really got,” Thomas said. read more

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Official Juventus sign Werder Bremen youngster Idrissa Toure on loan

first_imgWerder Bremen have announced that their young midfielder Idrissa Toure has completed his season-long loan move to Juventus with the option of making the move permanent next yearThe 20-year-old was only signed by the Bundesliga outfit last summer after spells in the reserve team with both RB Leipzig and, more recently, FC Schalke 04.The only senior-level appearance Toure has to his name came in a brief cameo for Leipzig in the second division in Germany during the 2015/16 season.Now Toure will take his talents over to Juventus’ reserve team in Serie C, where he hopes to make a lasting impression on the Italian giants so that they will take up their option to sign him permanently next season.“Idrissa should train regularly with the first team and get minutes for the second team. It’s a very good opportunity for him to develop at the highest level,” Werder sporting director Frank Baumann told the club website.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina 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.Toure made 35 appearances for Bremen in the third division last season and managed to score two goals.Idrissa #Toure has signed for Italian champions @juventusfcen on loan with an option to buy.We wish you all the best in Turin, Idrissa! ?? #werder pic.twitter.com/cgBOBBatGg— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) August 3, 2018last_img read more

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Georginio Wijnaldum reveals how Klopp keeps Liverpool grounded

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed manager Jurgen Klopp is stopping the players from being distracted by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.The Reds are currently top of the Premier League, six points above second place Spurs with City having slipped to third after back-to-back defeats.Klopp has spoken of his players focusing on their on game and Wijnaldum says the team will not be distracted by what other teams are doing.“When we played Wolves away (the Friday before Christmas) a lot of the players didn’t even know who City or Tottenham were playing,” he said, according to Sky Sports.“We were just focused on our own game and trying to get the most out of that one. That is why it goes so well.”“We are only focused on the things we can control. We can control our own performance. We are only busy with that.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“If you are maybe less focused than normal, then you have a manager in Jurgen who will tell you directly that there is no space for doing less or enjoying things too much. He says keep both feet on the ground.”last_img read more

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BAHAMAS VAT DEPARTMENT ISSUES WARNING TO BUSINESSES

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, business, inspection, ministry of finance, vat, warning Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 08 Jan 2014 – The government of the Bahamas is warning business owners to explain themselves and the new Value Added Tax better to consumers. The Ministry of Finance today issued warning in letters to those companies not displaying the VAT inclusive price to the customer and says, if there is still resistance to the warning then there will be fines leveled against these businesses. Bahamians are adjusting and in some cases not so well to the added 7.5% they are expected to pay for products and services with the January 1st, 2015 implementation of this new tax regime.It is the first time for VAT in The Bahamas and the concerns have been varied but widespread; even the threat of losing some tourism business is looming. Nonetheless, government forged ahead with the program and rejuvenated its Price Control Agency to watch for price gouging.In a statement earlier today, the VAT Department explained it is doing its part to protect consumers and shared that there are already warning letters out for registrants who may be making incorrect calculations. Consumers are entitled to refunds if the amounts identified as “tax” or “VAT” exceed 7.5%. In addition, retail businesses are not allowed to disclose as taxes, charges that are not VAT. Add to this, companies incomplete their registration process are advised not to be caught collecting VAT.One gouger jumped as high as 17.5% on the cost of movie tickets.The Department’s advice to consumers: “…challenge assertions which convey impressions that VAT is a significant cost for registered business. The tax is directly borne by consumers. When paid by the VAT registrant it is recoverable as credits.”From The Bahamas, Deandrea Hamilton reporting for One Caribbean News. Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Nowlast_img read more

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Southgate praises Raheem Sterling

first_imgEngland head coach Gareth Southgate believes Raheem Sterling is finally ready to fulfill his potential for England after conquering his national team drought with his brace in the victory over Spain.The Manchester City forward excelled as he scored twice to inspire last month’s impressive 3-2 victory against La Furia Roja in the UEFA Nations League, and since then has scored three in four for his club side, who this week awarded him a new five-year deal.Following four in 11 for club and country before then the only consistent criticism has been his lack of killer instinct in front of goal, something he appears to have been convincingly overcome.“That (against Spain) was a big psychological barrier overcome and he has continued that form with his club over the last few weeks,” said Southgate, according to BT Sport.“We are really looking forward to seeing him again next week.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I am really pleased for him because he is in outstanding form. He had an outstanding performance against Southampton. We have got huge belief in him and that belief in his own game is coming now.”“We have been happy with his performances for a long time and the missing piece has been the goals; you can see what it meant to him in Seville to get the goals which he has been overdue with us.”“In any sport you’re at your best when you’re playing without thinking too much and that’s what he did.”“He got his chance and just hit it; he didn’t have an extra touch or wait an extra half-a-second or millisecond, he just hit things and that’s why he scored the goals he did. You want all players to be free of overthinking; that’s when they’re in a good place and a good flow.”last_img read more

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Judge blocks Californias highcapacity ammunition ban

first_img AP, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — High-capacity gun magazines will remain legal in California under a ruling Friday by a federal judge who cited home invasions where a woman used the extra bullets in her weapon to kill an attacker while in two other cases women without additional ammunition ran out of bullets.“Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts,” San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez wrote as he declared unconstitutional the law that would have banned possessing any magazines holding more than 10 bullets.California law has prohibited buying or selling such magazines since 2000, but those who had them before then were allowed to keep them.In 2016, the Legislature and voters approved a law removing that provision. The California arm of the National Rifle Association sued and Benitez sided with the group’s argument that banning the magazines infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.Benitez had temporarily blocked the law from taking effect with a 2017 ruling.In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, a custom-made semi-automatic hunting rifle with a high-capacity detachable magazine is displayed at a gun store in Rocklin, Calif. Such magazines enable a shooter to fire to fire 30, 50 or even 100 bullets before having to reload. They have been used in previous mass shooting and are under scrutiny again after the Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, massacre in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)Chuck Michel, an attorney for the NRA and the California Rifle & Pistol Association, said the judge’s latest ruling may go much farther by striking down the entire ban, allowing individuals to legally acquire high-capacity magazines for the first time in nearly two decades.“We’re still digesting the opinion but it appears to us that he struck down both the latest ban on possessing by those who are grandfathered in, but also said that everyone has a right to acquire one,” Michel said.Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement that his office is “committed to defending California’s common sense gun laws” and is reviewing the decision and evaluating its next steps.The goal of the California law is to deter mass-shootings, with Becerra previously listing as an example the terrorist assault that killed 14 and injured 22 in San Bernardino.Benitez, an appointee of Republican President George W. Bush, called such shootings “exceedingly rare” while emphasizing the everyday robberies, rapes and murders he said might be countered with firearms.The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, named after a former congresswoman who survived a mass shooting, is also still evaluating whether the decision applies more broadly, said staff attorney Ari Freilich.But Freilich predicted the “extreme outlier decision” will be overturned on appeal and criticized a judge “so deeply out of touch that he believes mass shootings are a ‘very small’ problem in this country.”Becerra previously said similar Second Amendment challenges have been repeatedly rejected by other courts, with at least seven other states and 11 local governments already restricting the possession or sale of large-capacity magazines. The conflicting decisions may ultimately be sorted out by the U.S. Supreme Court.Benitez ruled that magazines holding more than 10 rounds are “arms” under the U.S. Constitution, and that the California law “burdens the core of the Second Amendment by criminalizing the acquisition and possession of these magazines that are commonly held by law-abiding citizens for defense of self, home, and state.”Benitez described three home invasions, two of which ended with the female victims running out of bullets.In the third case, the pajama-clad woman with a high-capacity magazine took on three armed intruders, firing at them while simultaneously calling for help on her phone.“She had no place to carry an extra magazine and no way to reload because her left hand held the phone with which she was still trying to call 911,” the judge wrote, saying she killed one attacker while two escaped.The magazine ban was included in 2016 legislation that voters strengthened with their approval of Proposition 63, which was championed by then-Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.In a statement, Newsom criticized the judge’s ruling.“This District Court Judge’s failure to uphold a ban on high-capacity magazines is indefensible, dangerous for our communities and contradicts well-established case law,” the governor said. “I strongly disagree with the court’s assessment that ‘the problem of mass shootings is very small.’ Our commitment to public safety and defending common sense gun safety laws remains steadfast.” AP Posted: April 1, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics Updated: 10:22 PM April 1, 2019 Judge blocks California’s high-capacity ammunition ban FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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OnePlus has great news for OnePlus 5 5T users

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition hidden secret inside box revealed Closecenter_img OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro might be leading the headlines ever since they were officially announced, but it’s time for the bygone stars to shine. One of the best sellers under ONePlus umbrella, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T, are several years old, but still, strike an unwavering appeal. Now, the company brings some great news for its existing users who haven’t upgraded to the OnePlus 6-series or later.OnePlus confirmed in a forum post last Friday that it would rollout OnePlus 7-series’ OxygenOS features to older models all the way through OnePlus 5. This means, OnePlus 5/5T and OnePlus 6/6T will be receiving the critically-acclaimed Android Pie-based OxygenOS 9 update. But what’s more interesting is that the company also confirmed that OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T will receive Android Q update.OnePlus did not reveal a timeline on when to expect the new OS for its older phones, but the move was quite expected considering OnePlus 5 series falls under the company’s commitment for two years of Android updates and three years of security updates. Android Q Beta 3 is available for downloadGoogle”We have already released Android Q Developer Preview on the forum for the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 6/6T, available. For those wondering, rest assured: Android Q will also make its way to the OnePlus 5 and 5T. Just remember, there are no ETAs.,” OnePlus said in its post.The fact that OnePlus is refraining from giving any timeframe is basically a lesson it learnt from Android Pie rollout for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. Originally, the company had promised the end of 2018 timeline, but the software was pushed only this month, drawing major flak from users.Furthermore, OnePlus 3 and 3T won’t likely get Android Q update as the company did not mention anything about it. OnePlus 7 series OxygenOS features coming to older phonesOnePlus forumsWhile users wait for the Android Q update, which is currently under beta and available only for OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro, the rest of the users can enjoy the ultimate features that the current OxygenOS update offers. Ever since we’ve tested the OnePlus 7 Pro, we cannot stop appreciating how far OxygenOS has come in the new version.Owners of older OnePlus smartphones will be able to enjoy features like Fnatic (gaming) mode, Zen Mode, Screen Recorder, DC Dimming, RAM Boost and more.last_img read more

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IPOs worth Rs 25000 crore ready to hit the market this year

first_imgKnow which companies line-up for IPOsREUTERS/Danish SiddiquiThe year 2017 was a golden one for the Initial Public Offer (IPO) market as it saw companies collectively raising over Rs 67,000 crore through their respective IPOs.This year, too, the primary market seems set to get busier in the coming months with IPOs. At least 24 companies from different sectors are lined up to raise Rs 25,000 crore through share-sale offers, reported news agency PTI.Lemon Tree Hotels, Sarveshwar Foods Ltd, Hindcon Chemicals Limited and Barbeque-Nation Hospitality have got approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to go public.Apart from these, state-owned companies are also planning to go public. State-owned Bharat Dynamics and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) have received approval from SEBI for issuing IPOs.Many firms like John Energy, SembCorp Energy India Ltd, RITES, Mishra Dhatu Nigam Ltd, Bandhan Bank, Nazara Technologies and Route Mobile have filed DRHP (Draft Red Herring Prospectus) with SEBI and are awaiting the market regulator’s nod to float IPOs.Finance companies including IndoStar Capital Finance and ICICI Securities — the broking subsidiary of ICICI Bank — have also filed draft papers with SEBI to get approval for issuing IPOs.In January and February, companies including Newgen Software Technologies, Aster DM Healthcare Ltd, Galaxy Surfactants and Amber Enterprises India have already hit the capital markets.Many of the firms planning to launch IPOs wish to utilize their IPO proceeds for expanding their business and for working capital requirements.It is expected that the IPO market will continue to see the vibrant activity as over a dozen firms are awaiting SEBI’s approval to launch their public issues. Also, it is expected to attract the attention of more investors towards IPOs.Rajasthan-based infrastructure construction and management company HG Infra Engineering IPO for Rs 462 crore opened on February 26.Last year, 36 companies had collectively raised Rs 67,147 crore through IPOs, while 26 companies raised Rs 26,493.8 crore in 2016..last_img read more

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Superhenge turns out to be giant circle of chalkfilled post holes

first_img © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Superhenge turns out to be giant circle of chalk-filled post holes (2016, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-superhenge-giant-circle-chalk-filled-holes.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. Stonehenge archeologists find huge neolithic sitecenter_img The excavation is part of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, which is seeking to better explain the nature of Stonehenge by digging up and studying other parts of the landscape that may contain other structures or artifacts from the same time period. Last year, a study was made of Durrington Walls, a monument approximately two miles from Stonehenge. Today, it exists as a semi-circular mound (approximately 1,640 feet across) of chalk and dirt with a ditch situated just next to it. Radar guns suggested 200 to 300 anomalies beneath the ground at regular intervals which archeologists believed were likely long, tall stones buried below. But now that the team has dug out two of the anomalies, they have discovered that the radar was picking up columns of chalk blocks sitting in five-foot-deep holes that they now believe were once used to keep wood posts upright in the ground. Both holes also had a shallow connecting hole that is believed to have been used to help steady the pole in the ground. At the bottom of one of the holes, the researchers found the remains of a cow shoulder blade that had been fashioned into a primitive shovel.The researchers now theorize that the site was intended to be used for conducting unknown types of rituals, but was never finished—instead, the posts that had been laid were pulled from the ground and were filled in with blocks of chalk and then the whole site was covered over with dirt and chalk bits, as if attempting to remove its existence from the landscape. They suggest it appears likely a change occurred, either in religious or political leanings, or a new group of people came in, took over, and then sought to remove evidence of the structure. Stonehenge. Image: Wikipedia. A team of researchers working at a site near Stonehenge made headlines last year when they conducted radar tests on a 4,500-year-old monument called Durrington Walls. They reported that they had found evidence of a circle of buried stones that was much larger than Stonehenge, leading to the nickname Superhenge. Now, after excavating two of the locations thought to contain stones, the team is reporting that they are not stones at all, but are instead holes in the ground that once held wooden posts but which are now filled with small blocks of chalk.last_img read more

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Bomblike object sends EW Metro workers into tizzy

first_imgKolkata: Workers carrying out construction work at the proposed East West Metro project stumbled upon something that resembled a bomb, near the proposed site of Subhas Sarovar Metro station on EM Bypass on Sunday morning. The bomb was recovered from a place on the western side of the proposed station, where tracks are being laid for running of rakes.The labourers working at the site informed their seniors, who contacted the Phoolbagan police station. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWithin a few minutes, a police team reached the spot and informed the bomb squad of Kolkata Police. The officials from the bomb squad, along with a sniffer dog, was pressed into service and the object was defused.”The bomb had gun powder and splinters in it and if it had exploded, then things could have been worse,” a worker involved with the construction work of the Metro project said. Engineers from Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL), the implementing agency of the EW Metro project, also visited the spot. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”We have informed the police and they are investigating the matter. Work has resumed at the site,” said Biswanath Dewanjee, Chief Engineer (Civil) of KMRCL.Sleuths who recovered the object, said that it was a bomb shell and the gun powder inside it was not strong enough to cause any explosion or injure anybody.”We are trying to find out how it reached the place,” an investigating officer from Phoolbagan police station said, who seized the object after it was defused.last_img read more

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Of wilderness and abstractions

first_imgCurated by Kiran Pundir and Artsaroma, Beanstalk is holding a solo show, titled Flow of Life by artist Nandini Verma. Through her work, Verma, who hails from Chattisgarh traces her roots back to the place, where semi-arid jungles, native tribes, rural rustic villages, industrial suburbs and small towns create a landscape full of colours, culture and life. She says: “This vivid canvas of life kindled my curiosity and drew me into exploration of various arts and crafts to capture it. I started experimenting with various abstractions, while enjoying ethnic and folk painting inspired by the nature and culture of Chhattisgarh. Painting semi-abstract depiction of themes, colours and textures fascinate me the most.” She further adds: “I am actively exploring the interplay of nature and influence of human settlement because this is the most critical issue that I’m confronted with all the time”.last_img read more

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Choose lace pieces for this New Year party

first_imgWondering what to wear at this New Year’s Eve party? Go for lace pieces that will accentuate your features, says an expert.Sujit Kumar Mohanty, Brand Head, Intrika – premium lace apparel brand, suggests what to choose for the celebration: * Ditch the classic black and white lace this season and opt for a brighter pop of colour with shades like fuchsia, red and yellow. For those who are not ready to go bold, a calmer navy blue or bottle green works best.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* It’s time for jumpsuits to take a back seat. Matching sets are the new in thing this season. The matching set in white lace is a crowd favourite. You can wear them as pants and skirts with tops for formal occasions or shorts for a casual brunch.* Deep intense colours are not just for your nails or lips. Lace dresses in colours like oxblood, forest green and navy blue are ruling the party scene. Channel your inner diva, and don a lace gown. * A beautifully draped lace sari is not just the perfect go-to for some glam and chic look, but also the lightest fabric ensuring that you can dance your night away.last_img read more

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Traditional pay TV operators in the US are facing

first_imgTraditional pay TV operators in the US are facing an unprecedented challenge and their growth will hinge on the success of their TV Everywhere services, according to new research.As OTT and broadband content services win market share and the number of broadband customers in the US approaches parity with the number of pay TV subs, pressure is on the traditional cable and satellite operators to generate returns from new services, IHS Screen Digest says.By 2016 there will be 99.9 million broadband subs in the US. At the same point there will be 100.4 million cable, DTH and IPTV pay TV subscribers.“Based on our continuing analysis of TV Everywhere and OTT services like Netflix, it’s clear that the US pay TV industry has reached a historic juncture,” said Tom Adams, IHS director and principal analyst for US media research, ahead of a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show. “Neither print nor audio media have been able to properly capitalise on – or even just withstand – the internet juggernaut. So, the key question for US pay-TV operators in the years ahead is: will TV Everywhere keep customers coming to them, rather than to their OTT competitors, for video entertainment?”last_img read more

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