Griezmann takes one more step towards the Ballon dOr

first_imgWith Atletico Madrid’s victory against Dortmund, along came Antoine Griezmann’s stellar performance and another claim for the Ballon d’Or.There is no doubt that the Champions League is the ideal tournament for players like Saul Ñiguez and Antoine Griezmann, both of them scored this Tuesday against Borussia Dortmund and proved that Atletico Madrid isn’t dead yet.The ultimate goal this season is the grand final at the Metropolitano, a stadium that witnessed how the Colchoneros were reborn after the appalling 4-0 defeat in Dortmund a couple of weeks ago.The whole race for the Ballon d’Or is entering the final stages of the year, as the ceremony approaches there are two players who seem fit to get the award and Luka Modric isn’t one of them.The most obvious choices right now are only Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann, both players kept the highest level of competition throughout most of 2018 and they both seem to be the obvious choices for all the voters who will have a chance to select the next Ballon d’Or.There are very few other players who can be considered for the award, maybe Modric will get a few votes as Kylian Mbappé also will. But the final race will be between the Frenchman and Cristiano.Antoine Griezmann Damas y caballeros pic.twitter.com/BLHF935tqp— Antoine Griezmann Pics (@griezpics) November 6, 2018In a World Cup year, the reality is that a player from France is the obvious choice after last summer’s success from Les Bleus. The problem here has a name, it’s obviously Cristiano Ronaldo.The Portuguese forward has proved repeatedly that he is even above Lionel Messi during the last couple of years, he has won more trophies and been more important for his squads without question.After moving to Juventus during the summer, Ronaldo proved once again that he is the one who wins the matches as he already got the whole Serie A fanbase in his pocket through incredible performances week after week.But Griezmann isn’t too far behind with night like the one he just had against Borussia Dortmund this Tuesday.The sum of his whole year can actually be described with the whole play in which he scored his goal against the German squad.As he received the ball from Thomas Partey, the French star had a Dortmund defender on top of him and he managed to endure the complicated marking throughout the moments that took him to release a well-placed strike without ever giving up.borussia dortmund, marco reus, jadon sancho, paco alcacerReport: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…Never surrendering to the obstacles, that’s what Griezmann’s year has been all about.¡La joyita que nos regaló Griezmann!Así fue el gran gol que el francés marcó en #CHAMPIONSxESPN ante el Borussia Dortmund 👇 pic.twitter.com/UU5pumhxnA— Sportscenter en español (@SportsCenter_nt) November 6, 2018After the 2-0 result against Dortmund, Griezmann was questioned about the Ballon d’Or and his response proved that he finally learned to not give the subject a lot of importance.“I really don’t know anything about that, all I care is about enjoy and play football. Nights like today are the ones that give me the joy of playing for this club,” said Griezmann via Diario AS.“Maybe today’s performance gives me points for the award, the Champions League is very important for that and people talk about it a lot.”“I mean, who doesn’t want to win the Ballon d’Or, right? I believe every player dreams of winning the award, everybody has this prize in his head.”“It’s better for everybody if I score goals, but today was more important to offer a different image from the one we gave in Dortmund, that match really scarred us.”“We really wanted to prove a point tonight, we did a great job and the ones who got in as substitutes did a fantastic work. This is the path we should follow.””Les teníamos muchas ganas por el palo que nos dieron en Alemania. Hemos aprendido de nuestros errores. Teníamos muchos lesionados, pero el grupo ha respondido perfectamente. Esto es el Atleti”. Antoine Griezmann. #ChampionsMLC pic.twitter.com/KkZ9iLIQNO— #Vamos de Movistar+ (@vamos) November 6, 2018Who do you think will win the Ballon d’Or this year, Griezmann or Ronaldo? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Dhaka has about half a million motor bikes

first_imgAs the number of motorcycles has doubled in the capital city over the past eight years, experts recommend controlling the two-wheeler as it is a ‘very risky mode of vehicle’.The number of registered motorcycles increased to 4,69,888 in April 2018 from 2,10,081 in 2010, according to statistics provided by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).Around 75,251 motorcycles were registered with the BRTA in 2017, a year when different ride-sharing companies, including Uber and Pathao introduced their bike services in the mega city.Urban and transport experts said if the number of the motorcycles continues to grow in the city, it will create an anarchy in the traffic system and thus worsen the traffic management.Saying that the rate of motorbike accident is very high, they suggested the government should streamline the public transport system to control motorbikes in the city right now.Professor Nazrul Islam, himself an urban expert and former chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), shared his own bitter experience of falling victim to motorcycle accident in the city in May.”When I was crossing a road through the zebra crossing in front of Oxford School in Dhanmondi-27 on 31 May, a speedy bike hit me. Since I jumped to escape any serious injury, I sustained wounds in my legs and hands falling on the ground,” he said.”The motorbike rider didn’t stop the bike and fled the scene. And even no one came forward to help me during the accident,” he added.He suspected that the motorbike was of any ridesharing service provider as both the riders were seen having helmets.The urban expert said the motorbike riders are desperate and hardly follow the traffic rules. “If the number of motorbikes goes up and the number of its alternative mode of transport doesn’t decrease, it’ll create anarchy in traffic system.”He said there should be separate lanes for motorbikes in the city as in cities of the developed nations.Prof Islam, however, said car services of different ridesharing companies is traffic-friendly ones and particularly good for middle-class people.Transport expert professor Shamsul Haque of Civil Engineering department of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), said motorbike is a commuter-friendly transport but not healthy for the city’s traffic system as it is ‘very risky’ both for the biker and passenger.”If the number of motorbikes goes up commercially, it’ll intensify the risk of commuters,” he said.Professor Haque said the motorcycles are not recognised as public transport in the developed countries. “But, the two-wheeler vehicles are used on narrow roads or lanes as a component of integrated public transport system in some countries.”He said the rise of motorcycle use should be stopped soon for the sake of commuters’ safety and traffic disciple.Professor Moazzem Hossain, director of Accident Research Institute (ARI) of BUET, said the number of motorbikes is going up sharply on the city streets due to its substandard public transport system. “The rate of motorcycle accident is greater among all motorised vehicles.”Mentioning that the speed of the city’s buses is very low, the ARI director suggested allowing public buses to be operated by a single company to address traffic congestions in the city.Though the ridesharing companies claim that their motorcycle services are getting good response in the city, service recipients accused them of being too commercial and providing substandard services.Priyanka Kundu, 24, a working woman, said she frequently avail of the ridesharing service on her way to and from the office, but she found the high speed of bikes very risky.She also claimed that bikers refuse to go to her desired destinations in some cases.When contacted through email, the Uber spokesperson refused to reveal the number of bikes registered with the company.But Uber said, “We were incredibly excited with the launch of UberMOTO given how this product can help serve the need to navigate–faster and cheaper. UberMOTO has received encouraging response from our riders and partners since its launch.””The safety of riders and driver-partners is of paramount importance to us. We encourage bikers using the Uber app to act in compliance with all relevant local laws and the rules of the road at all times. Breaking the local laws can lead to bikers losing access to their account,” the Uber spokesperson said.“In case of any incident or unpleasant experience, we urge riders to use the in-app feedback method to inform us of actions that threaten the safety of driver-partners and riders.”last_img read more

90 Shibir men sued over explosive recovery

first_imgPolice filed a case accusing 90 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, hours after the alleged recovery of crude bombs and other explosives from its office in Chattogram city’s Chandanpura on Friday.Sub-inspector Anisur Rahman filed the case with Chakbazar police station early Sunday.The case was filed accusing 52 named, including city unit Shibir president Abdul Jabbar, general secretary ASM Rayhan and treasurer Hamed Hasan Elahi, along with 38 unnamed people, said SI Anisur.last_img read more

Study shows crayfish exhibit anxietylike behavior when stressed

first_img Play Spontaneous behavior of unstressed crayfish in the aquatic dark/light plus-shaped maze. Credit: Pascal Fossat. In another part of the experiment, the researchers examined the stressed crayfish and found they had elevated levels of serotonin, the same neurotransmitter that has been found to be elevated in stressed humans. The team found that they could cause the same types of protective behavior in the crayfish just by injecting them with serotonin. They also found that they could calm the crayfish by injecting them with chlordiazepoxide, a drug used to treat anxiety in humans—afterwards the stressed subjects ventured into the well-lit parts of the tanks in much the same ways as the unstressed crayfish. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Science 13 June 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6189 pp. 1293-1297 DOI: 10.1126/science.1248811 A new tiny species of crayfish from the swamps of coastal eastern Australia Citation: Study shows crayfish exhibit anxiety-like behavior when stressed (2014, June 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-crayfish-anxiety-like-behavior-stressed.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreencenter_img (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working in France has found that when stressed, crayfish tend to exhibit anxiety-like behavior. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they conducted experiments involving crayfish behavior under stressful conditions and found that in addition to changes in behavior, the crustaceans also had elevated levels of a neurotransmitter also found in stressed humans. 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. Stress and anxiety are common problems in modern life as people try to fulfill expectations that arise from their jobs, family life and friends. Prior research has shown that stress is hard on people, both mentally and physically. For that reason, scientists have been searching for many years for ways to alleviate the stress that people feel—they’ve come up with many solutions, from advocating exercise to administering pharmaceuticals. None have been found to be the ultimate cure, however, so the search continues. In this new effort, the researchers in France studied anxiety behavior due to stress in crayfish to gain a new perspective on the condition and perhaps ways to treat it.To find out how crayfish respond to stress, the researchers subjected several of them to mild electric shocks then placed them into a specially designed tank of water—it was shaped like a cross, with two wings well lit, and two left in the dark. The researchers found that when the stressed crayfish were placed into the tank, they tended to avoid the well lit wings—a protective sort of behavior. Unstressed crayfish placed in the tank were tentative but did eventually explore the well-lit parts of the tank as they searched for food. Play This AAAS animation describes a primitive form of anxiety in crayfish, which is controlled by serotonin and treatable with anxiolytic drugs. Credit: Science/AAAS. The researchers note that their findings do not indicate that crayfish feel stress or anxiety in the same ways as we do, but instead suggest that the mechanism behind both is clearly similar, which hints at a shared evolutionary origin. A crayfish entering a light arm. Credit: Jean-Paul Delbecque. Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more

Landscapes Recreated

first_imgPriyanka Govil is an artist who invests her creative energies into painting landscapes. But interestingly her works are not about landscapes as landscapes or landscapes in art history. Her work, basically reflects various natural and man-made things around her. Showing human tendency towards nature has become her major concern lately. In the conventional sense her works are not landscapes. But each time one looks at her works, one could see the places that exist somewhere in nature. They could be mental projections of the viewer or they could be the collective memories of her journeys.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In her up-coming exhibition, at Art Konsult, her work will emphasis on importance of natural elements and intervention of man-made elements in a natural space. The fascination towards open spaces is a key point in her works. She considers these works as transformation stages where she merges landscapes with objects or shapes; treating them as part of a positive space. She treats them as cultural images representing social surroundings.The use of surface texture plays another signature role in her work.  In the landscapes and with the use of various other elements, she prefers to reduce the subjective elements to minimum details like adding lights to a particular section, just to suggest their presence. And these depictions become her way of telling stories.last_img read more

Creating magic with classics

first_imgCelebrating Indian classic cinema, a five-month long film festival titled Best of Indian Cinemas is being organised in the Capital that will screen movies every alternate Saturday. The festival, in association with Doordarshan will kick off on 25 October at National Museum Auditorium. Eleven movies in different languages which are Indian classics will feature in the event. The opening day of the festival will screen the English movie For Real. Directed by Sona Jain, the movie throws light on the point of view of a six-year-old girl caught in a family discord. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’English movie Stumble (directed by Prakash Belawadi) will be screened on 8 November. The film won the Indian National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English in 2003. Nishad, a Malayali movie directed by Shaji N Karun will be shown on 22 November. The movie plot is on the tensed atmosphere of 1971 when the war broke out between India and Pakistan.Marathi movie, Maala Aai Vhhaychy, directed by Samruoddhi Porey and Bengali movie Elar Char Adhyay directed by Bappaditya Bandopadhyay will be screened on 13 and 27 December respectively. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTamil movie Kanchivaram by Priya Darshan; Marathi movie Deool, directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni will be screened on 10 and 24 January respectively. English movie Mr & Mrs Iyer, directed by Aparna Sen; Hindi movie Khargosh directed by by Parseh Kamdar will feature in the month of February on 14 and 28.The last month of the festival will screen the English movie The Last Lear directed by Rituparno Ghosh and Bengali movie Herbert directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay on 14 and 28 March  respectively.When: 25 October – 28 March Where: National Museum, Janpathlast_img read more

Class X student died of suffocation

first_imgKolkata: The preliminary postmortem report of the Class X girl who was found dead in her school washroom on Friday has indicated that she died due to suffocation caused by the polythene bag that was wrapped around her face, cutting off the supply of oxygen. The multiple slash injuries on her wrists were self-inflicted but did not lead to her death. Sleuths investigating the death of Krittika Pal has found similarity of her pattern of suicide to a web series that she would watch on her cell phone. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe suicide note that was recovered from the washroom beside her body clearly indicated that there was some sort of anger and depression within her. However, the sleuths are still in the dark about it. “She has written of somebody trying to inflict injury upon her in the suicide note. She may be suffering from some sort of hallucination or may be there was really somebody whose behaviour had been traumatising her. We need to speak to her parents for further leads but they are yet to recover from the shock,” an investigating officer said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateChairperson of West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti who visited the school in Ranikuthi on Saturday said the school has informed her that the victim’s mother had told the school authorities after her daughter’s death that she had earlier made suicide attempts. “The school would have been extra cautious if they were informed of this suicidal tendency of the child earlier,” she added.last_img read more

GTA announces 1 lakh exgratia for families of bridge collapse victims

first_imgDarjeeling: The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 lakh each to the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured in a bridge collapse incident in the Kalimpong district on Sunday. Two persons died and five were injured.The incident occurred at Mungpel village under the Pabringtaar gram panchayat, Kalimpong Block 1 of the Kalimpong district on Sunday. A suspension constructed of wooden planks and bamboo poles collapsed killing two and injuring five. The village is located around 100 km from Kalimpong town. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Sunday, the villagers had gathered to carry out repair works on the bridge when the wire on one side snapped resulting in the collapse of the bridge. The bridge is located 2km from the village on the Turung river. During monsoons the villagers cross this mountain river to the agricultural fields. “The villagers were repairing the bridge on Sunday when the accident occurred,” said Sukraj Rai, a local resident. When repairs were on, a wire on one side snapped and the suspension footbridge collapsed. People repairing the bridged plunged into the river. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTwenty-three-year-old Aitaraj Rai died on the spot. Tek Bahadur Subba (52) later died in the hospital. The five seriously injured people — Ribendra S Wazi, Nahang Subba, Tikaram Subba, Sukman Subba and Bibek Subba — were admitted to the hospital. “We are with the affected people in this hour of crisis. We appeal the public to inform the GTA about vulnerable bridges in our area. The concerned officials will take necessary steps after inspection,” said Anit Thapa, Chairman, GTA. The suspension bridge was built in 1986 and repaired by the DGHC and repaired twice. “This time, however, the GTA had decided to reconstruct the bridge and work was scheduled to commence soon. There is another footbridge. However, as it takes around 30 minutes more if one uses the foot bridge upstream, villagers used to prefer the suspension bridge,” said GTA member Sanchabir Subba. On October 22, 2011, a footbridge collapse on River Little Rangeet at Bijanbari, 38 km from Darjeeling, had resulted in the death of 33 persons, including children. More than 150 persons had been injured in the incident. On that day, local residents had gathered to attend a foundation stone laying ceremony by the then GTA Chief Bimal Gurung. An event had been organised to mark the occasion. With a huge crowd trying to cross the footbridge, the cables had snapped.last_img read more