Suarez thanks Liverpool for helping him to the top

first_img0Shares0000Smiling assassin: Luis Suarez is looking to knock old club Liverpool out of the Champions League © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 6 – Barcelona striker Luis Suarez returns to Anfield on Tuesday hoping to dump Liverpool out of the Champions League semi-finals, but remains eternally grateful to the Reds for helping him win a move to the Catalan giants.Suarez shone on the field during a turbulent three-and-a-half years at Liverpool, that included long bans for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and racially abusing Patrice Evra of Manchester United. His role in leading Liverpool to the brink of a long-awaited Premier League title in 2013/2014 saw Barca splash out a then club record fee despite another biting incident on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup that saw him banned by FIFA for four months.That faith has been rewarded as Suarez has enjoyed great success in Spain, winning four La Liga titles, the Champions League in 2014/15 and four Spanish Cups.And he believes his time at Liverpool was the springboard to making him one of the world’s best strikers.“Liverpool gave me a lot to make me better. My time there made me more professional, make me improve technically, many things,” he said on Monday.“To be captain of Liverpool was something unique in my career. We were fighting for the Premier League and you are left with the sensation we were just one step away.“I am among the elite of football, I am at Barcelona, thanks to what Liverpool made me as a player.”Suarez scored the opening goal against his old club as Barca took a commanding 3-0 first leg lead last week to defend at Anfield.However, he warned the Spanish champions of making the same mistakes they did in throwing away a 4-1 lead against Roma in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals and knows that Liverpool can be a different team on home soil.“We have come off the blow of last season when we had a good advantage (from the first leg). We have thought about that a lot and we know that they have an extra edge here in front of their fans.“To play at Anfield is like playing with an extra man for what the fans transmit to the Liverpool players.”However, if Liverpool are to spring an unlikely comeback, it will be without two of their major goal threats as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino miss out through injury.“Firmino and Salah are important players for them, but that does not change our preparation for the game,” added Suarez.“They have other players, most of them internationals and we need to pay them plenty respect.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

At Long Last Zebras are Scannable

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Real World#web curt hopkins 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A user defines an area of the animal to scan, does so and the software’s algorithms assign a unique “stripecode” for the animal. Future scans of the same area will determine whether it is the same animal and conclusions can be drawn about whether the animal has migrated, gotten pregnant, gotten healthier and more. The system was created by UIC’s Computational Population Biology Laboratory and Princeton’s Equid Research and Conservation Laboratory.Additional elements include:Based as it is on distrinctive striping, it could be used on other animals such as giraffes and tigers, who’s coat is alternating colors. CO-1 and StripeCode algorithmWritten in C++ for speedDatabase is stored in plain-text, Excel-compatible CSV formatCan use Dropbox or similar service to synchronize database between many usersRuns on Windows, Mac and LinuxThe researchers plan to present their paper on StripeSpotter at thee International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval in Trento, Italy this month.Zebra photo by Chris Willis | additional sources: PopSci, MSNBC Related Posts First there were bar codes, then there were QR codes, now there are zebras. StripeSpotter, a program co-developed by researchers at the University of Illinois, Chicago and Princeton University scans the distinctive stripes on a zebra.The open-source system, which focuses on field photographs of zebras, can be used to associate field notes on a given animal, with the distinctive pattern, to track them through their life cycle. last_img read more

Modi to launch Kashmir hydropower plant as Pakistan seethes

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate on Saturday a hydroelectric power plant in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting protest from neighbour Pakistan that says the project on a river flowing into Pakistan will disrupt water supplies.The 330-megawatt Kishanganga hydropower station, work on which started in 2009, is one of the projects that India has fast-tracked in the volatile State under Mr. Modi amid frosty ties between the nuclear-armed countries.Pakistan has opposed some of these projects, saying they violate a World Bank-mediated treaty on the sharing of the Indus river and its tributaries upon which 80 per cent of its irrigated agriculture depends.‘Violation of Indus Waters Treaty’“Pakistan is seriously concerned about the inauguration [of the Kishanganga plant],” its Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. “Pakistan believes that the inauguration of the project without the resolution of the dispute is tantamount to violation of the Indus Waters Treaty [IWT].”The Kishanganga project was delayed for several years as Pakistan dragged India to the International Court of Arbitration, which ruled in India’s favour in 2013.These are “run-of-the-river” schemes: IndiaIndia has said the hydropower projects under way in Jammu and Kashmir are “run-of-the-river” schemes that use the river’s flow and elevation to generate electricity rather than large reservoirs, and do not contravene the treaty.A day before Mr. Modi’s trip to the northern State, at least nine people were killed on both sides of the border due to firing by each other’s security forces, officials said.The two countries have fought three wars, two over Kashmir that they rule in part but claim in full.India accuses Pakistan of promoting militancy in Kashmir, a charge that Islamabad denies.Safe passage during RamadanThe federal Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday that it would suspend all operations against militants in the region during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.More than 130 people have been killed this year in militant violence in the Kashmir Valley.Mr. Modi, who is on a day-long visit to the State, will also flag off the construction of the 14 kilometre-long Zojila tunnel to provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh cities.The government said it would be the longest road tunnel in India and Asia’s longest bidirectional tunnel, to be constructed at a cost of $1 billion. ($1 = 67.9850 Indian rupees)last_img read more

At least 15 pilgrims injured in Muzaffarpur temple stampede

first_imgAt least 15 pilgrims were injured in a stampede at Muzaffarpur in North Bihar early on Monday morning.All the injured have been admitted to the local government hospital for medical attention. No report of any casualty has come so far.Officials said that a large number of pilgrims had congregated in the town to offer prayer at the local Shiva temple Baba Garibnath. In the month of Shravan Shiva devotees come from far off places to offer prayer at the temple.As the crowd swelled, pilgrims broke the barricade and a stampede took place in which at least 15 were injured, said officials.The number of injured could also go up, officials added.Every year district administration makes elaborate arrangements for pilgrims in the town by deploying large number of security personnel.last_img read more

Rampaging Kings seek IPL glory, resilient KKR stand in way

first_imgThe focus has remained firmly on cricket this time around and in what seems to be the perfect finale, the season’s most consistent team Kings XI Punjab would eye a maiden triumph against the ever-resilient Kolkata Knight Riders in the title clash of the seventh Indian Premier League here on Sunday.After a few controversy-marred seasons, the IPL organisers can finally heave a sigh of relief with the ongoing edition passing off rather smoothly.Having cracked a 58-ball 122 that paved the way for KXIP’s entry into their first IPL final, veteran opener Virender Sehwag along with Glenn Maxwell and David Miller will be the biggest threat for KKR, who will bank on their strong bowling unit, led by Sunil Narine.Players from both sides will have their job cut out as they will look to gift their owners Shah Rukh Khan and Priety Zinta, who had played on-screen lovers in Bollywood film Veer-Zaara, the trophy.Unlike Kolkata, who have won the title once before, Punjab have never been a part of the finals.For Kolkata, to repeat the feat of lifting the trophy for the second time, however, will be a daunting task considering the opponents they are faced with.Kolkata will also have to cope with Maxwell, who is among the top run-getters this season.Boasting of a strong middle-order in Miller, Manan Vohra, skipper George Bailey and Wriddhiman Saha, KXIP should not worry too much about Maxwell’s lean patch of late.The 25-year-old Australian will like to take a leaf out of his 90-plus run knocks in Abu Dhabi and Cuttack in the group stage of the tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

March Madness UK UConn Ready to Vie For National

En route to tonight’s NCAA Tournament championship game, Connecticut, under second-year coach Kevin Ollie, knocked off the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 seeds and then conquered the No. 1-ranked and favorite to win it all in Florida to get to face Kentucky for the title at AT&T Stadium outside of Dallas.The Wildcats’ ride to the penultimate game was just as compelling and unlikely. Starting five freshman, UK, a No. 8 seed, knocked off Wichita State,  defending-champion Louisville and Michigan to make the Final Four and then took out No. 2 Wisconsin–the last three wins, remarkably, all on last-second three-point jump shots by guard Aaron Harrison.And so, there they are: two teams hardly anyone expected vying for college basketball’s top prize.Kentucky will again play without one of its key assets. Willie Cauley-Stein, the  sophomore center, called it ”heartbreaking” that he would have to watch the championship game from the bench. He hurt his right ankle in his NCAA tournament opener against Kansas State, played with pain in a victory over Wichita State and then aggravated the injury against Louisville.He did not play in a regional final victory over Michigan, and was forced to be a cheerleader for a dramatic 74-73 victory over the Badgers on Saturday night.The 7-foot sophomore said earlier in the week, ”Don’t count me out,” when asked whether he might play at some point during the Final Four. But even after he discarded the walking boot that doctors ordered him to wear, the ankle has never felt good enough to get on the floor.”That’s the only thing I can really do is encourage the team to stay positive,” Cauley-Stein said. ”Even though I can’t play, you know, I still serve a purpose of uplifting people and staying in people’s ear and cheering and stuff like that.”The matchup between small but dynamic UConn backcourt of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatwright against the larger and controlled twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison promises to be a battle worth watching and could determine who leaves as champions. read more

ConnectSense brings inwall outlet smarts to CES 2019

first_img The outlet also monitors its own internal temperature and can notify you of overheating. We reviewed the new ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 recently, and praised it for its functionality. It lacked appealing design, however, with a bulky size and boxy shape.  Available in both 15A and 20A options, the Smart In-Wall Outlet is compatible with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The ConnectSense app helps you link up these accounts and allows you to control and schedule each individual socket and any device plugged into it. Post a comment CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Share your voice All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 ConnectSense Launching in the first half of 2019, ConnectSense’s In-Wall Smart Outlet brings smart home connectivity and power monitoring to your wall.  A sleeker, smoother alternative to smart plugs, the ConnectSense In-Wall Smart Outlet monitors the total power consumption of each outlet in real-time voltage readings. The outlet allows you to track your energy and receive notifications when consumption data appears abnormal.  Now playing: Watch this: 85 Photos ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 Review • This smart outlet works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri for flexible smarts CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Smart Home CES 2019: What tech to expect 1:44 Tags 0 CES Productslast_img read more

Diverted Vistara flight lands in Lucknow just 10 minutes before running out

first_imgFacebookA Vistara Mumbai-Delhi flight, which was diverted to Lucknow because of bad weather conditions, eventually landed with minimum fuel left, after the pilot issued a Mayday alert to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) on Monday, July 15. The flight was carrying 153 people.”The flight could have managed only 10 more minutes in the air before exhausting the fuel. The aircraft had barely 300 kg of fuel left when it touched down at the Lucknow airport,” Vistara Airlines told NDTV.The passenger flight was unable to land in Lucknow despite diversion from New Delhi due to the drop in visibility, said a statement released by Vistara airlines. After the flight was rediverted towards Prayagraj, the Lucknow ATC informed the crew to make its landing in Lucknow.Vistara statement on UK944 diversion, July 15. pic.twitter.com/HrdQfCBeKU— Vistara (@airvistara) July 17, 2019The Airbus A-320 NEO flight usually lands with enough fuel for approximately 60 extra minutes, aviation experts told NDTV.The incident came in the backdrop of the notice on fuel planning issued on July 5 by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The notice asked Indian airlines to carry enough fuel to fly two or more alternative destinations to avoid plane crashes caused by diversion.The DGCA has grounded a Vistara pilot over the incident, reported ANI.last_img read more

Podcast Platform Himalaya Raises 100 Million Launches Apps With Tipping Function

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Himalaya is distributing these shows via its website as well as Android and iOS apps, which also offer access to a catalog of some 20 million syndicated podcast episodes. “Himalaya seeks to be the cleanest, most intuitive app that also does the most for its partners and the community, said the company’s vice president of global partnerships and marketing Peter Vincer.News of Himalaya’s launch comes just as Spotify is doubling down on podcasts: Earlier on Wednesday, the streaming music service announced that it has acquired podcast studio Gimlet Media and podcast monetization startup Anchor.One of the differentiators that Himalaya wants to use to attract podcasters to its platform is a tipping feature that allows fans to support their favorite shows with micro-payments.Over time, Himalaya is also looking to add paid content to its app. “The U.S. market has shown that it can support paid content and other large international markets have developed models even stronger in premium,” Vincer said. “We see potential in the future to add greater in-app premium capabilities, and we are strategically planning for this future.”One service Himalaya may take inspiration from for such premium content plans is Ximalaya FM. Run by Himalaya’s biggest investor, Ximalaya FM has become the largest spoken word audio sharing service in China, with a self-reported 400 million app downloads.The two companies appear closely linked, but Vincer was quick to declare independence when asked about the relationship between the two companies this week. “We have access to the expertise and resources of Ximalaya, but are lucky and thankful to operate with an independent vision and unique goals,” he said.Setting up Himalaya as an independent entity may have been a strategic decision in light of the current tension between the U.S. and China, as well as the constraints a spoken word platform operates under in that country. The setup also helps to ensure that Himalaya isn’t associated with some of Ximalaya’s more peculiar efforts: Last year, the Chinese company launched a dedicated version of its smart speaker for members of the Chinese communist party. Popular on Variety center_img San Francisco-based podcasting startup Himalaya Media has raised $100 million in funding to establish itself as a new force in the podcast distribution space. The company has launched apps for Android and iOS, and is getting ready to roll out a series of exclusive shows.Himalaya’s main investor is Ximalaya, China’s biggest spoken word audio platform. Other investors include General Atlantic and SIG. Himalaya has also struck content partnerships with the Dallas Mavericks, Starburns Industries and Studio71.Some of the original shows scheduled to debut on the platform include a podcast by “Vanderpump Rules” star James Kennedy, a weekly food podcast hosted by Atlanta-based celebrity chef Hugh Acheson and a show starring OZY’s editor-at-large Eugene S. Robinson. Himalaya is also working on a podcast from Mavericks player Luka Doncic.last_img read more