No Vardy, no problem for leaders Leicester

first_img By extending their unbeaten run to nine games, Leicester officially knocked Manchester City and Arsenal out of the title race a year after the central England team’s priority was fighting relegation. Fourth-place Arsenal, who have gone 12 years without winning the league, were held 0-0 by Sunderland in yesterday’s other game. It was a valuable point for Sunderland, who climbed out of the relegation zone by going above Norwich on goal difference. “It is frustrating because we play to win the title,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Arsenal’s season now rests on holding on to fourth place and qualifying for the Champions League, with Manchester United five points behind in fifth place. United also have an FA Cup final to look forward to. Louis van Gaal’s side discovered yesterday that they will face Crystal Palace on May 21 in a repeat of the 1990 final. In a semi-final overshadowed by Leicester’s game, Palace beat Watford 2-1 with all three goals coming from headers. Yannick Bolasie’s opener was cancelled out by Troy Deeney but Connor Wickham restored Palace’s lead. United also beat Everton 2-1 on Saturday. MAN CITY OUT LONDON (AP): No Jamie Vardy, no problem for Leicester. Even with their top-scorer suspended, the Premier League leaders still overpowered Swansea 4-0 yesterday to move another step closer to collecting the trophy. The only team which can now catch Leicester is Tottenham, but the preseason 5,000-1 outsiders have their destiny in their own hands. Tottenham are eight points behind Leicester in second place going into today’s game against West Bromwich Albion. Regardless of what Tottenham do in their last four games, Leicester will be guaranteed the top flight for the first time in its 132-year history by collecting five points from their remaining three fixtures. Leicester dismantled Swansea with their biggest win in three months. Vardy’s replacement, Leonardo Ulloa, scored twice after Riyad Mahrez’s opener and Marc Albrighton completed the rout. “I talked to my players before the match and I said we had a dream so far, now make a dream reality,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “Now is the right moment to push. If Tottenham are better than us, OK, but we have to fight because we will never have this fantastic moment (again). “Now there are only three matches, we know they are very important for our history but for this reason we give everything. We play with our hearts and it’s difficult to beat those who play with the heart and soul.” The attacking threat provided without 22-goal Vardy will have reassured the Foxes they can cope without him for longer. The England striker is waiting to discover from the English Football Association if his one-match ban will be extended over the angry reaction to being sent off in last weekend’s draw against West Ham. “Without Jamie, everyone makes something more and it was a fantastic show to see my players fight and play together,” Ranieri said.last_img read more

Weight, foe fail to fluster champ

first_img“His eyes were a reflection of his determination to clinch my crown,” said the reigning IBF junior bantamweight king. “But it’s not for the taking.”Ancajas and Gonzalez square off Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) here but the Mexican made his intent clear during the stare down that capped their press conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He got too close and it looked like he wanted to eat me,” said Ancajas in Filipino. “He’s trying to play mind games, but I didn’t bite. He’s just trying to psyche me out.“I have Filipino pride; we’ll know who’s the better man in the ring,” added Ancajas, who will make his fourth defense of the 115-pound crown at the 10,000-seater American Bank Center. Read Next UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: La Salle targets three-peat Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Jerwin Ancajas weighs 115.8 pounds after Thursday morning’s workout.CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS— There was nothing that could rattle Jerwin Ancajas Thursday. Not an added pound less than 24 hours before the official weigh-in. Not an opponent who tried to employ mind games during a stare down.With the clock fast ticking down to fight night, Ancajas remained confident that Israel Gonzalez’s won’t knock the crown off his head.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Ancajas wary of ‘unpredictable’ Sultan00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH First, though, he has to make weight. Just under a pound overweight two days before Friday’s weigh-in, Ancajas was two over Thursday. But his camp wasn’t alarmed.“It’s normal for Jerwin,” said trainer Joven Jimenez. “He can shed two, four or even five pounds in one solid training session” because he perspires a lot.The Ancajas camp revealed a makeshift weapon just in case the pounds stubbornly hang on to Ancajas’ frame leading the weigh-in: An improvised sauna fashioned out of the thick hotel sheets and pillows.After Thursday’s training session, Ancajas was under the beddings to drip off some of his gained weight.Gonzalez said Wednesday that he and his trainer Adalberto Sanchez have thoroughly studied videos of Ancajas’ last few fights and hope to pounce on some flaws they noticed.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

Jamaica to Host Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on Gender Equality

first_img Jamaica will host the Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on Gender Equality for ParlAmericas’ Anglophone membership in Kingston from January 24 to 25, 2018.This was disclosed by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, during the 25th anniversary awards luncheon of the Jamaica Women’s Political Caucus held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on December 5.The ParlAmericas Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality (PNGE) promotes women’s political leadership and gender mainstreaming in the agendas and operations of the national legislature of the Americas and the Caribbean.Minister Grange said the workshop will provide an opportunity for regional parliamentarians, as well as civil society and governmental actors, to engage in dialogue and plan concerted actions to address a priority gender-equality issue in the region.Since its creation in 2003, the Network (formerly known as the Group of Women Parliamentarians) has carried out activities and initiatives that bring together legislators from across the hemisphere for the exchange of knowledge and good practices to advance women’s rights and gender equality.Through its inter-parliamentary gatherings, the Network has addressed topics of shared importance, such as women’s economic empowerment, ending gender-based political violence, electoral reforms to promote women’s candidacies, gender-sensitive media and communication, among others.The outcomes of these activities also inform the development of specialised resources and online communities for parliamentarians. Jamaica will host the Inter-Parliamentary Meeting on Gender Equality for ParlAmericas’ Anglophone membership in Kingston from January 24 to 25, 2018. Minister Grange said the workshop will provide an opportunity for regional parliamentarians, as well as civil society and governmental actors, to engage in dialogue and plan concerted actions to address a priority gender-equality issue in the region. Story Highlights Minister Grange said the workshop will provide an opportunity for regional parliamentarians, as well as civil society and governmental actors, to engage in dialogue and plan concerted actions to address a priority gender-equality issue in the region.last_img read more

Monty Williams Gets 4Year Extension With Hornets

New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams was a serviceable player for the New York Knicks, a first-round pick out of Notre Dame who was smarter than he was talented. He lasted 10 years in the NBA on being hard-nosed and cerebral.His transition to coaching was surprising at first, but upon further review, made perfect sense. He understood the game. And what he has done since becoming coach of the New Orleans Hornets in his two year has earned him a four-year contract extension, the AP reported.“I would like to thank Mr. (Tom) Benson, his family, Mickey (Loomis, executive vice president) and Dell (Demps, general manager) for putting their trust in me and showing me their commitment,” Williams said in a statement released by the club. “The love and support the city and its fans have shown me and my family in the time we have been here has been incredible and I look forward to continuing to work to make the city and the Benson family proud of the Hornets.”Williams came to the Hornets after five seasons as the assistant coach in Portland under then-head coach Nate McMillan.“The Hornets have a promising future and an exciting young nucleus,” said Hornets executive vice president Mickey Loomis. “It is our opinion that Monty is the perfect coach to develop and lead this group of talent going forward.”Williams took the Hornets to the playoffs his first season with a 46-36 record. Last season, the club went 21-45 after trading star Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal that helped New Orleans build for the future with the acquisition of 23-year-old shooting guard Eric Gordon and an additional first-round draft choice.The Hornets then won the NBA’s draft lottery and selected Kentucky star Anthony Davis first overall and added Duke’s Austin Rivers with the 10th pick.This off-season, the Hornets have also traded to acquire forward Ryan Anderson from Orlando and center Robin Lopez from Phoenix, giving Williams something to work with for the future. read more

Attorney For Dennis RiveraSarmiento Asks HISD To Help His Client Avoid Deportation

first_imgICYMI, Hundreds of students from Austin HS in Houston walked out in protest of their classmate, Dennis, who because the school and police department failed him now finds himself in ICE Detention. #FreeDennisSign the petition:— United We Dream (#DreamActNow: 478-488-8059) (@UNITEDWEDREAM) February 15, 2018 Photo via Actionnetwork.orgThe immigration attorney for Dennis Rivera-Sarmiento, a 19 year-old undocumented immigrant from Honduras who is currently at risk of deportation, asked Thursday for help from the Houston Independent School District.The immigration attorney for Dennis Rivera-Sarmiento, a 19 year-old undocumented immigrant from Honduras who is currently at risk of deportation, asked Thursday for help from the Houston Independent School District (HISD).Brandon Roche, the immigration attorney who is representing Rivera-Sarmiento, said during a conference call organized by United We Dream his client was defending himself during a January 30th altercation near Austin High School after which he was arrested and subsequently turned to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).Roche said HISD, whose police department originally arrested Rivera-Sarmiento, should investigate the incident and inform ICE.Angie Junck, supervising attorney with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, agreed with Roche on what HISD can do and commented there are processes in which the school district can look into supporting Rivera-Sarmiento’s ability to even get legal relief from deportation “because he’s been a victim of a hate… hate crime or racial slurs as well.”HISD responded to a rally held Wednesday at Austin High School because of Rivera’s detention and said in a statement it is committed to educating every student regardless of their immigration status.After being bullied for being undocumented, Dennis was failed by his school system and police department and now finds himself in ICE Detention.Sign this petition and call ICE to demand he be released – he deserves to be back at school: #FreeDennis— United We Dream (#DreamActNow: 478-488-8059) (@UNITEDWEDREAM) February 15, 2018 ICYMI, Hundreds of students from Austin HS in Houston walked out in protest of their classmate, Dennis, who because the school and police department failed him now finds himself in ICE Detention. #FreeDennisSign the petition:— United We Dream (#DreamActNow: 478-488-8059) (@UNITEDWEDREAM) February 15, 2018center_img Sharelast_img read more

Copper fields Quantum criticality in hightemperature cuprate superconductors

first_img The research team of Asst. Prof. Johnpierre Paglione faced significant challenges in designing and implementing an experiment to determine the relative importance of quantum criticality in the cuprates. “The relevance of quantum criticality to shaping the properties of the cuprates is a pivotal question that remains unsolved,” Paglione tells “There are several ‘phases’ of these materials, including insulating, anomalous metallic, superconducting and normal metallic ground states – and understanding how these phases arise, coexist, and interact will allow for understanding the underlying physics that gives rise to them.” This is, he adds, the key impetus motivating researchers to understand the phase diagram of the cuprates.“One of the main challenges in doing so,” Paglione continues, “lies in the fact that there are few actual compounds that can be tuned through the full phase diagram – that is, from parent compound Mott insulator, through the anomalous non-Fermi liquid metallic/superconducting phase, to over-doped ‘normal’ metal. Well-known compounds like yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) have a limited range of chemical tuning – by way of oxygen doping or rare earth substitution – which make it difficult to study their properties through all three of these regions of the phase diagram, resulting in the necessity to patch together results from different systems to obtain what is widely held to be the generic cuprate phase diagram.” Luckily, Paglione points out, there are some systems, such as the “hole-doped” (La,Sr)2CuO4 and “electron-doped” (La,Ce)2CuO4 that allow for a wide range of substitution – and ongoing work has made use of these to answer many questions.“Another challenge,” Paglione explains, “lies in understanding the details and importance of some of the anomalous normal state properties, that is, above the temperature where superconductivity exists. In particular, most studies to date have focused on the hole-doped cuprates because their superconducting phases exhibit the highest transition temperatures, but these systems all harbor the infamous ‘pseudogap’ phase (a state where the Fermi surface of a material possesses a partial gap) on the underdoped side of the superconducting phase. Much effort has been spent on understanding whether this phase is a ‘friend or foe’ of superconductivity.” ( — Superconductivity is a complex phenomenon that is considerably more intricate than many casual observers realize. This caveat applies equally to the subset of this research known as high-temperature superconductivity – which, it should be noted, is described as such only in relation to the near absolute zero temperature range at which conventional superconductors are found, and furthermore is not to be confused with the loftier goal of room-temperature superconductivity. That said, certain aspects of electronic properties in high-temperature copper oxide, or cuprate, superconductors imply that the absence of conventional metallic Fermi liquid behavior – the standard model of electrons in metals – and the presence of unconventional superconductivity are closely related. While such a partnership often occurs proximate to what is known as a quantum critical point (a special class of continuous phase transition that takes place at the absolute zero of temperature in a material where the phase transition temperature has been driven to zero by the application of a pressure, field or through doping), the role of quantum criticality in the cuprates has remained elusive. Recently, however, researchers at the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials and Department of Physics, University of Maryland, have studied the anomalous properties of the cuprate material La2-xCexCuO4, or LCCO, concluding that quantum criticality plays a significant role in shaping the anomalous properties of these superconductive materials. Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Another issue was that cuprate superconductivity is an amazing phase, having the highest transition temperatures and critical magnetic fields of any known material – but for the purposes of studying the underlying ground state that gives rise to Cooper pairing this is actually a key difficulty. ”Specifically,” Paglione notes, “to study the true ground state properties at the lowest energy scales – those approaching absolute zero – superconductivity must be somehow suppressed. Such high temperatures and fields make it extremely difficult to do high-sensitivity experiments in a practical manner.”Addressing these issues required no small amount of ingenuity, as well as the particular LCCO compound used in the study. “Firstly,” notes Paglione, “this compound is unique in that it can be synthesized with a wide range of cerium (Ce) concentrations that span across the entire phase diagram, from insulating (x=0) to overdoped metallic (x>0.175). Secondly, this is an electron-doped system, in which the anomalous pseudogap phase is absent. Therefore comparisons of its anomalous properties to those of its hole-doped counterparts with the pseudogap present has allowed us to identify traits common to both, and therefore not associated with the pseudogap phase.” This includes, most importantly, the linear-in-temperature normal state resistivity that surrounds the superconducting phase. “We can now associate this anomalous scattering with the presence of well-characterized magnetic fluctuations that are almost magnetically ordered, giving strong reinforcement to the well-known hypothesis of quantum critical fluctuations dominating the properties of the normal state,” Paglione explains.The lower transition temperatures and critical fields of this system allowed the team to probe the ground state in their lab using high but practically attainable extremes of temperature (0.020 Kelvin) and magnetic field (17 Tesla). “With this, we discovered a striking quantum critical scaling of the physical properties with the ratio of temperature to field, which is not seen in a normal metal due to an upper energy scale of the electron system – the Fermi energy – that dominates all characteristics of the metal, such that the normally static factor of temperature is now dynamic. This is a telltale sign of quantum criticality.”In addition, Paglione points out, there are other innovations that might be developed and applied to the current experimental design. “Due to the crystallographic nature of the LCCO system, it is only stable in thin-film form and therefore single-crystalline samples cannot be synthesized easily.” This is a drawback, since further study of the thermodynamic properties of the system – such as heat capacity and magnetization, which require more sample mass to detect – in the quantum critical regime would allow further insight into its physical description and origin. “Higher magnetic fields and even lower temperatures would allow us to extend the range of applicability of the anomalous properties and therefore further elucidate the extent to which standard model solid state physics fails to explain these materials,” says Paglione.Relatedly, the team has already defined the next steps to be applied to their research. “Currently we’re most interested in observing the same phenomena in other cuprate materials, allowing for more general conclusions to be made. In particular,” Paglione illustrates, “the similarities of the overdoped side of the phase diagram between hole- and electron-doped cuprates are striking, and they carry a strong potential statement about what governs the demise of superconductivity with increasing doping but require further verification in different compounds.”One particularly interesting outcome of the study is how the team’s findings impact the development of using the selective response of spin fluctuations and superconductivity to magnetic fields and charge doping to segregate the resulting two distinct signatures of criticality. “The observation of two distinct signatures of quantum criticality is an interesting find. We expected to see only one signature of critical magnetic fluctuations, as given by one set of critical exponents, since an incipient magnetic order and its strong quantum fluctuations are what most people believe lies ‘underneath the dome’ and drives the Cooper pairing. The observation of a second flavor of quantum fluctuations, which we conclude arises from the demise of the superconducting transition temperature to absolute zero, suggests that fluctuations of this separate type of order – that is, superconducting, not magnetic – can also cause anomalous physical properties to arise. These may in fact be the cause of most properties associated with the overdoped side of the phase diagram, including the suppression of superconductivity itself and the strong tuning of the eventual normal metal Fermi liquid ground state.” Paglione points out that a theory exists for this type of superconducting fluctuation, but a calculation of the expected transport properties has not been done. However, he adds that they are working with Prof. Galitski at the University of Maryland to do just this.Finally, Paglione explains, there are other research areas and applications that might benefit from their findings. “The study of quantum criticality is a wide field of research that overlaps with superconductivity in several areas, including the cuprates but also in heavy-fermion systems and the more recent discovery of superconductivity in iron-based materials. Our results have implications for all of these areas, where a strong interplay of superconductivity and magnetism results in an easily tunable phase diagram of the sort found in the cuprates. Beyond that,” he concludes, “a deeper understanding of high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates and iron-pnictides has the potential to allow for crystallographic engineering of new compounds that could harbor even higher superconducting transition temperatures useful for room temperature power, electronic and communications applications.” Explore further Swimming upstream: Flux flow reverses for lattice bosons in a magnetic field Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Quantum critical scaling at the edge of Fermi liquid stability in a cuprate superconductor, PNAS, Published online before print May 9, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1120273109 Doping evolution of magnetic field-temperature phase diagrams of La2-xCexCuO4. (A-D) The magnetic field dependence of the evolution of superconducting (yellow), Fermi liquid (blue), and non-Fermi liquid (red, white) ground states of the electron-doped cuprate system La2-xCexCuO4 is shown for several electron doping levels (x). Image Copyright © PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1120273109 Citation: Copper fields: Quantum criticality in high-temperature cuprate superconductors (2012, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

Want to Be a Web Developer Heres Where the Best Opportunities Are

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. January 8, 2015 2 min read Enroll Now for Freecenter_img With the constant talent wars waging on in major startup hubs, the ever-changing technology landscape and the skyrocketing salaries, it’s good be a web developer. But how good? Well, it depends.While there currently are approximately 18.2 million software developers worldwide (the figure is expected to balloon to 26.4 million by 2019), not all are treated the same, according to AppDynamics, a software application data analytics company.  Developers versed in programming language Ruby, C and Python are, on average, making six figures, whereas those proficient in C# and PHP are on the lower end of the wage spectrum, pulling in less than $90,000, which is still more than double the national income average of $44,888. If you have no idea what these languages are used for, don’t worry, the handy infographic embedded below provides a quick cheat sheet.  Related: 5 Pieces of Bad Advice You Should Ignore If You Want Your App to SucceedAnd it’s just not the type of developer you are that can make a difference but where you are located. Unsurprisingly San Jose, Calif. and San Francisco made the list of top cities for tech jobs but there were also some unexpected spots like Madison, Wisc. (Oddly, not included is New York City.)Whether you are considering becoming a web developer, you already are a web developer or you are a business owner looking to hire a web developer, you probably want to know where developers are and what they expect to be paid. Have a look at the infographic that was generated on behalf of AppDynamics.Related: 6 Techniques to Effectively Gamify a Mobile AppClick to EnlargeRelated: 7 Resources That Can Help You Create a Stunning Mobile App Design Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more