Klopp happy with transfer rumours

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho (L) helped Liverpool creep above Tottenham in the league table after beating West Bromwich Albion on October 22, 2016LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 29 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it is “a really good sign” to see Philippe Coutinho and Nathaniel Clyne linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it is “a really good sign” to see Philippe Coutinho and Nathaniel Clyne linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively. The Merseyside outfit’s strong start to the English Premier League campaign has seen them emerge as one of the early contenders for the Premier League title, alongside Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.Key to their success has been the form of two first-team players in the shape of Coutinho and Clyne.Their form has reportedly caught the eye of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, prompting questions over recent transfer rumours.While he is happy with the calibre of team being linked with his players, Klopp is adamant they are going nowhere.When asked about the transfer rumours relating to Coutinho and Clyne, Klopp told the Express: “That’s a really good sign! Only the big clubs, yes?“A few months ago it was like: ‘He will go to Aston Villa and try to bring them back to the Premier League.’“What can I say? It’s better that they talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona.“How many matches have we played? Nine? ****ing hell, nine matches and we talk about all this stuff.“Do they want to get them in winter or the next window? Do they think they can buy Clyney in winter? Come on. It’s nice but not important.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Eight Donegal sports club receive €294K in resubmitted funding

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has received confirmation that eight Donegal Sports Capital applications are to receive funding.The resubmitted applications from 2018 are to be funded to the tune of a combined €294,200.Other substantial Sports Capital funding is to be allocated later in the month by the Department, added Pat the Cope. He said “I wish to congratulate those that have received funding as part of this particular round of funding.“Many other clubs, associations and sporting organisations will have to wait a while longer until the more substantial funding is allocated.”The groups to receive funding are :Cappry Rovers Ballybofey – €95,400Ballybofey Stranorlar Fitness centre – €14,700Drumkeen United football club -€54,000Four Master GAA- € 21,600Illies Golden Gloves – € 14,600IRD Milford -€5,900Letterkenny Golf and social club – €21,600Quigleys Point Swifts football club -€ 64,400 Councilor Patrick McGowan, Cathaoirleach of the Stranorlar MD, welcomes funding for the clubs in the Stranorlar Municipal area, Drumkeen United and Cappry Rovers.“These two great clubs will benefit greatly from this sports allocation and it will further improve their respective facilities,” he said.Eight Donegal sports club receive €294K in resubmitted funding was last modified: January 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Clubsdonegalfundinglast_img read more

Big passenger gains from Salt Lake City makeover.

first_imgA rendering of the airport redevelopment. Image: SLC. It’s been 50 years—five full decades—since Salt Lake City International Airport got more than a mere makeover.Now, that’s about to change.Delta Air Lines’ pivotal western hub is getting a full-blown $US3.6-billion blitz of a rebuild.Phase One is set for a 2020 debut. The last of the massive project is set to come online four years later.The terminal layout will be the soul of simplicity: a large central terminal connected via an underground passenger terminal to a pair of linear concourses. This arrangement will replace the present geriatric terminal.The new facility is set to move both passengers and aircraft about more efficiently. A case-in-point is that most up and down movements via escalator will be eliminated, making the terminal easier and quicker to navigate.The efficiency theme carries through to the tarmac. Salt Lake City airport (SLC) says the new concourses will eliminate aircraft parking bottlenecks, allowing airlines to get their aircraft to the gate and back into the air faster than they’re able now. The bottom line for passengers is fewer delays.The Salt Lake City Department of Airports says the US$3.6-billion rebuild is being paid for entirely through user fees, primarily by the airlines. Salt Lake City International contends, “Even after the project is complete, SLC will have a significantly lower cost per passenger than other major US .” This matters much to continually cost-conscious carriers.”READ: Luggage fees soar as airline bagmen strike.A bit of context: SLC as we know it today is the product of the 1987 merger of Delta and Western Airlines, a classy major airline that fell prey to the merger mania that swept the airline industry in the late 1980s.Currently, Delta commands some 70 percent of the 370 daily scheduled departures. The airport lofts nonstop flights to almost 98 cities.Delta can fly you nonstop from Salt Lake City to London and Paris. KLM flies nonstop to Amsterdam.When the airport’s spacious new terminal and complex become a reality (workers recently “topped out” construction of the project’s first phase) international market access should get a boost, opening up even more connections alternatives—especially for flyers used to arch-rival Denver International.DEN lies a mere 391 air miles to the East, over the Rocky and Wasatch mountain ranges.last_img read more

March Madness Final Four Set With Badgers UK UConn

Remarkable, but the NCAA tournament tops itself almost every year. This version of March Madness produced countless dramatic finishes, upsets, surprises and heroes. Only a quartet of teams remaimn standing, a Final Four in Texas that has the makings for something special.Here’s how No 1. Florida, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Connecticut advanced to the biggest weekend of  A NCAA basketball season, where the Gators will face surprising UConn, and UK, with five freshmen starters, will take on the deliberate Badgers:* Kentucky outlasted Michigan, 75-72, on Aaron Harrison’s 25-foot three-point shot with 2.6 seconds remaining. It was a thrilling game that put the Wildcats in rarified air: The Wildcats are the first set of five freshmen starters to advance to the Final Four since Michigan’s renown “Fab Five” in 1992. Also, Kentucky is the first team in NCAA Tournament history to defeat both participants of the previous year’s championship game (Michigan and Louisville).* Shabazz Napier of Connecticut was dazzling in leading UConn to a 60-54 victory over Michigan State, the team picked by many to win the title. Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the final 20 minutes. His three free throws with 37.6 seconds left were typical of the clutch play he exhibited. And so, the Huskies came back from nine down in the second half to  make it to next week against Florida.* Florida was too big, too strong, too talented and too determined to allow Dayton to derail the Gators’ championship aspirations. Florida won 62-52, and the outcome never really was in doubt. Florida controlled the pace of the game and limited Dayton’s transition opportunities. The Flyers had been running and gunning in their three previous tournament wins, but scored just eight transition points on Saturday thanks to Florida’s full-court pressure defense.* Wisconsin’s tough defense and deliberate pace were key factors in the Badgers advancing past No. 1-seed Arizona, 64-63, in overtime. Center Frank Kaminsky had 28 points, six in OT, and 11 rebounds and scored from inside and outside, including three 3-pointers, for the No. 2 seed Badgers (30-7). It’s Wisconsin’s first Final Four appearance since 2000, and first for 66-year-old coach Bo Ryan, who earned his 704th career victory. read more

Corruption cripples Mongla Burimari ports TIB

first_imgCorruption is widespread in the country’s Mongla sea port and Burimari land port, according to a study of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).The findings of the study titled ‘Burimari Land Port & Customs Station and Mongla Port & Custom House: Governance Challenges in Import-Export and Way Out’ were presented at a programme at TIB’s Dhanmondi office on Sunday.Presenting the report, TIB officials Manzur-e Khoda and Md Khorshed Alam said rampant corruption have crippled the two ports.In Mongla port, car importers have to give bribes of Tk 4,000 for tax clearance in six departments of customs house and Tk 1715 more in 10 places of the port to unload a car.Customs house takes Tk 35,700 as bribe for tax clearance of every imported bill of entry in the port. Unloading the imported goods within 5:00pm requires bribe of Tk 6,000 while it is Tk 1200 for unloading at a later time.Moreover, for entry and exit to the port, every ship pays Tk 8350 as bribe to the customs house and Tk 21,000 to the port officials.In Lalmonirhat’s Burimari Land Port and Customs Station, exporters and importers need to pay bribe at different places. Exporters pay Tk 1750 against every bill of entry to the port while the amount is Tk 1500 for importers.TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said corruption has been institutionalised in these two ports.Around 60 per cent of the cars imported are done at the Mongla port. Clinker, coal, fertiliser and LP gas are also imported through this port.In the 2016-17 fiscal year, Mongla port earned Tk 2.27 billion and while the customs department earned more than Tk 30 billion.Burimari port earned over Tk 70 million during this period.last_img read more

Dolphininspired sonar overcomes sizewavelength limitation

first_img More information: Yu Zhang, et al. “A biomimetic projector with high subwavelength directivity based on dolphin biosonar.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.4896509 A highly focused or “directional” acoustic source offers the advantages of reducing noise interference, increasing the detection resolution, and enhancing sound intensity in the direction of interest. However, high directivity also requires an acoustic projector of large size in comparison with the wavelength, or high-frequency sound beams. Most sonar sources consist of large arrays, and the total size of the arrays is much larger than the wavelength. This problem is known as the size-wavelength limitation.While this problem plagues man-made sonar, Yangtze finless porpoises don’t seem to have the same limitation. Through millions of years of evolution and natural selection, the animal has developed a relatively small head (compared to man-made sonar) that can manipulate acoustic waves into a beam with high directivity. Porpoises and dolphins use these highly efficient biosonars for foraging, avoiding predators, and group coordination. Studies have shown that, despite serious vision degradation in water, dolphins can locate centimeter-sized objects 100 meters away using echolocation.Now a team of researchers from Xiamen University and the Institute of Hydrobiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China, as well as The Pennsylvania State University in the USA, has designed and constructed a biomimetic sonar projector based on dolphin biosonar that achieves high directivity with a subwavelength sound source, overcoming the size-wavelength limitation. Their work is published in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.”The biomimetic projector breaks the size-wavelength limitation of traditional man-made sonar systems and provides a new concept for the realization of directional acoustic devices in the subwavelength regime,” coauthor Wenwu Cao, Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, told Phys.org. 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. (a) CT image of a neonate finless porpoise’s head. The region bounded by dashed lines represents the acoustic path. (b) Schematic diagram of the biomimetic projector. Credit: Zhang, et al. ©2014 AIP Publishing Citation: Dolphin-inspired sonar overcomes size-wavelength limitation (2014, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-dolphin-inspired-sonar-size-wavelength-limitation.html For bats and dolphins, hearing gene prestin adapted for echolocation Explore further The researchers’ work builds on their recent computed tomography (CT) studies of the complex structure of dolphin biosonar. The CT results show that the Yangtze finless porpoise has three main acoustic elements in its head: a skull, melon (fatty tissue), and air sacs. The researchers designed elements to mimic each of these features: a steel structure to mimic the skull, a gradient-index material to mimic the melon, and an air cavity to mimic the air sacs. “These three elements collectively could manipulate the omnidirectional wave generated from a subwavelength source into a highly directional one,” said Yu Zhang, project leader and Professor at the Key Laboratory of Underwater Acoustic Communication and Marine Information Technology of the Ministry of Education, Xiamen University.By successfully mimicking a dolphin’s acoustic elements, the researchers could achieve a very high-performing sonar system using a single sound source. Experiments and simulations showed that the bio-inspired sonar system could have both a miniature size and high directivity, breaking the size-wavelength limitation. Compared to the traditional strategy of using a horn for making directional beams with a bare subwavelength source (without all of the dolphin-inspired acoustic elements), the new biomimetic projector has superior angular resolution by an order of magnitude, in addition to other advantages. As it does not require complex circuitry, such a sonar system also has low energy consumption and very low cost.These properties make the bio-inspired sound projector promising for applications in underwater sonar, medical ultrasound, and other related areas. The researchers also want to investigate what happens when part of a dolphin’s biosonar is damaged.”In the future, we will focus more on the function of each component and the physical mechanism of beam focusing using gradient materials,” Cao said. “In principle, a dolphin’s acoustic structure should affect its biosonar function. But, we found a dolphin with partially damaged acoustic structure that lives independently and is able to avoid vessels, which suggests its echolocation ability is still intact. Our next goal is to find out why such acoustic structure damage did not cause catastrophe in the dolphin’s life. In addition, the biomimetic structure will be further optimized using artificial materials having an impedance gradient much larger than in the dolphin bisonar system. Hopefully we could apply the principle of the research finding to build better sonar systems in the near future.” “[Before now,] the compromise in size or frequency has inevitably brought many serious problems, including large physical size for low-frequency sound beams, high power consumption, and strong attenuation at high frequencies that reduces the detection distance,” he explained. “Therefore, it is important to be able to operate a directional sonar in the subwavelength range, which allows the sonar device to be made in small size with high resolution.” Journal information: Applied Physics Letters © 2014 Phys.org The experimental set-up of the biomimetic projector, which breaks the size-wavelength limitation of traditional man-made sonar systems. Credit: Zhang, et al. ©2014 AIP Publishing (Phys.org) —In a typical man-made sonar system, pulses of sound emitted by the projector bounce off hidden objects underwater. The echoes are then detected by the receiver to infer the location and size of the hidden objects.last_img read more