Kvitova to play at French Open PARIS (AP): Only two months after picking up her racket for the first time following a knife attack at her home, Petra Kvitova will be playing at the French Open. The two-time Wimbledon champion said yesterday she will make her comeback at Roland Garros, although she still lacks power and strength. Kvitova has missed all season while recovering from surgery on her racket-holding left hand. She sustained damage to the tendons in her left hand, along with injuries to all five fingers and two nerves, during the attack. Doctors initially thought she would need more time before returning to tennis. But Kvitova’s recovery was faster than expected and she said last month that she was signing up for the French Open, which begins on Sunday, in hopes of being able to compete. England win group at U20 World Cup SEOUL, South Korea (AP): England advanced to the knockout stage of the Under-20 World Cup by beating hosts South Korea 1-0 yesterday. Everton midfielder Kieran Dowell scored the only goal in the 56th minute, back-heeling a pass to Jonjoe Kelly and then positioning himself for the return pass and a shot into the far corner. England won Group A with seven points, one more than South Korea. Argentina ended up in third place after beating Guinea 5-0 for its first win of the tournament. The Argentines still have a chance to advance. The top two teams from each of the six groups and the four best third-place finishers advance to the next round. The final is set for June 11 in Suwon. King James breaks Jordan’s play-off scoring record BOSTON (AP): King James has another throne. LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for the top spot on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list, scoring 35 points against Boston on Thursday night to reach 5,995 in his career. Jordan scored 5,987 in his postseason career in 179 games from 1985-2003. James played in his 212th career postseason game on Thursday night, when the Cavaliers beat the Celtics 135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals to advance to the NBA Finals. The Cavaliers star came into the game needing 28 points for the record and hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter against the Celtics to break it. Celtics star Isaiah Thomas unsure if he’ll need hip surgery WALTHAM, Massachusetts (AP): Celtics star Isaiah Thomas says it’s too early to tell if he needs surgery on his right hip. The injury knocked the Boston point guard out of the Eastern Conference finals in Game 2. Although the Celtics won the next game without him, Cleveland went on to win the series in five games. Thomas said at the team’s practice facility yesterday that the swelling must go down before there is a decision on how to rehab. He says surgery is “not the No. 1 option right now”, Thomas says he told doctors that whatever happens, he needs to come back even better – “and I will”.
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A 20-year-old of Lot 15 Rahaman Park, Georgetown, appeared before a City Magistrate on a charge of unlawful assault.It was alleged that on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Rahaman Park, Samuel Azees unlawfully and maliciously assaulted Errol Dualon to cause actual bodily harm.Azees pleaded not guilty to the charge. The virtual complainant, Dualon, was a no-show at court.Representing the defendant was attorney Dexter Todd who told the court that his client has never had any interactions with the law. He added that his client “may have stolen a mango from somebody’s tree but nothing more”.He further made an application for bail, stating that his client is young and engaged, while also noting the VC’s absence.Prosecutor Shellon Jupiter indicated to the court had no objection to the accused being granted bail.As such, bail was granted in the sum of $15,000 and Azees will make his next court appearance on October 27, 2016.
“I met the (Spurs) chairman (Daniel Levy), and saw the way he goes about his business at the club,” said Villas Boas, who arrived at Chelsea on the back of a stellar season at Porto guiding them to several trophies including the league title and the Europa League.“He knows what he is doing, approaching the market in a different way. He is a person of great football understanding and he had the effect of giving me the assurances I wanted in terms of building something.”Villas Boas, who was named Spurs coach on July 3 succeeding Harry Redknapp, said that Spurs style of adventurous football should suit him down to the ground.He said he wanted to emulate the achievements of legendary coach Bill Nicholson who in a 16 year reign (1958-74) delivered a domestic double (1961) and two further FA Cups as well as the 1963 Cup Winners Cup (now defunct) and 1972 UEFA Cup (now the Europa League).“Tottenham are linked with great football in the past,” said Villas Boas, who earlier in the week claimed he should have got some credit for Chelsea going on to win the FA Cup and Champions League under his replacement Roberto di Matteo.“It is something they have always valued highly. There is a wonderful history of attractive football, and Bill Nicholson left these messages of football well played and doing things in style, which is what I want to achieve as well.“The structures that surround Tottenham are extremely good. There are competent people in and around the football club. The club is driven towards success, and everybody knows they must play a part in achieving that success.“They are not looking for certain scapegoats, and when so many people are striving forward, it makes your job easier.”Villas Boas, whose side ironically will have to contest the Europa League as Chelsea’s win in the Champions League saw them take Spurs place in next season’s premier European club competition, said he had not received the promised backing for his project at Chelsea.“Words did not meet the actions of what we were doing [at Chelsea] in terms of the project, so I think I was cut short,” he said.“This club (Tottenham) is much more important than me and what I have to do is try to take them to success and not make it a personal issue.”Villas Boas said that in terms of players he was willing to let Croat star Luka Modric go but not Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart.“With Van der Vaart, at the moment I am absolutely counting on him,” he said.“It is a totally different situation from Luka (Modric), who has been chased by different clubs in the past two seasons and is continuing to drag interest.“We have to make sure the club’s interests are met and it is up to the chairman to decide that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, July 15 – Andre Villas Boas’s bitterness at his sacking by Chelsea last season surfaced again on Sunday as he said at his new club Spurs they did not seek out scapegoats if they were going through a bad patch.The 34-year-old Portuguese – who lasted just 256 days at Chelsea before owner Roman Abramovich lost patience after a run of just one win in six Premier League games and sacked him – said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had a better feel for football than Abramovich.
Giwa, a club owner, was appointed to run Nigerian football in controversial circumstances on August 26 after the incumbent, Aminu Maigari, was arrested and held by the country’s secret police, allegedly to stop him attending a meeting of top NFF officials.In a statement, FIFA’s Emergency Committee said it had sent a letter to the NFF “confirming that the NFF will be suspended with immediate effect should there still be persons claiming to have been elected to NFF positions on 26 August 2014 and occupying their offices on Monday 8 September 2014 at 0800 (Central European Time, 0700 GMT)”.The ultimatum means FIFA only recognises Maigari as properly elected. Giwa has said he will not step down.The suspension will last “until the board claiming to be elected vacates the premises of the NFF and the NFF General Secretary (Maigari) is able to perform his work without interference”, the statement added.Fresh executive committee elections should be held as early as possible, FIFA said.A power struggle for leadership of the NFF has been rumbling since the end of the World Cup finals and has seen Maigari ousted, impeached on corruption allegations and reinstated even before his detention.FIFA suspended Nigeria from international competition in July on the grounds of “government interference” in the running of its affairs but later lifted the ban.Giwa’s disputed appointment led to a league boycott by referees, clubs and players last weekend.The dispute has dominated the build-up to Nigeria’s first Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Congo, which takes place on Saturday in the southeastern city of Calabar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ZURICH, September 4- FIFA on Wednesday set Nigeria a new deadline to elect officials to run its game, threatening the African champions with immediate suspension from international competition if the current regime did not step down.The world governing body said on its website that it had decided to extend by one week a deadline for Chris Giwa to stand down as the head of the NFF with his appointed executive committee.
Crystal Palace have completed the signing of midfielder Jordon Mutch from Premier League rivals Queens Park Rangers.Mutch only moved to Loftus Road from Cardiff in August in a £6million deal, signing a four-year deal with Harry Redknapp’s side.But he has failed to make an impact for the Hoops since his arrival and has made just 11 appearances in all competitions this season.Now he has been allowed to make the move across London to join up with Alan Pardew’s Palace, freeing up funds for Redknapp to boost his under-performing squad.The Eagles have not disclosed the amount they have paid for the 23-year-old, but it is understood to be in the region of £4.75million, with potential add-ons.Mutch has penned a four-and-a-half year contract with Palace, who are currently four points above 19th-placed QPR in the Premier League.He is the second signing made by Pardew since his appointment at Selhurt Park after the arrival of Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo on loan earlier this month. Jordon Mutch 1
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo seem to break incredible new records every week, but there are plenty of Champions League landmarks they have yet to reach.Watch the video above to see a selection of the goalscoring records the talented duo still have to pass, including the fastest ever European goal and the most goals scored in a single European season.They may be the two greatest players of their generation, but they will have some way to go if they’re to beat some of these achievements!For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here.
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By Emily UnderwoodMay. 30, 2017 , 1:15 PM Scientists discover a sixth sense on the tongue—for water Viewed under a microscope, your tongue is an alien landscape, studded by fringed and bumpy buds that sense five basic tastes: salty, sour, sweet, bitter, and umami. But mammalian taste buds may have an additional sixth sense—for water, a new study suggests. The finding could help explain how animals can tell water from other fluids, and it adds new fodder to a centuries-old debate: Does water have a taste of its own, or is it a mere vehicle for other flavors?Ever since antiquity, philosophers have claimed that water has no flavor. Even Aristotle referred to it as “tasteless” around 330 B.C.E. But insects and amphibians have water-sensing nerve cells, and there is growing evidence of similar cells in mammals, says Patricia Di Lorenzo, a behavioral neuroscientist at the State University of New York in Binghamton. A few recent brain scan studies also suggest that a region of human cortex responds specifically to water, she says. Still, critics argue that any perceived flavor is just the after-effect of whatever we tasted earlier, such as the sweetness of water after we eat salty food.“Almost nothing is known” about the molecular and cellular mechanism by which water is detected in the mouth and throat, and the neural pathway by which that signal is transmitted to the brain, says Zachary Knight, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco. In previous studies, Knight and other researchers have found distinct populations of neurons within a region of the brain called the hypothalamus that can trigger thirst and signal when an animal should start and stop drinking. But the brain must receive information about water from the mouth and tongue, because animals stop drinking long before signals from the gut or blood could tell the brain that the body has been replenished, he says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In an attempt to settle the debate, Yuki Oka, a neuroscientist at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and colleagues searched for water-sensing taste receptor cells (TRCs) in the mouse tongue. They used genetic knockout mice to look for the cells, silencing different types of TRCs, then flushing the rodents’ mouths with water to see which cells responded. “The most surprising part of the project” was that the well-known, acid-sensing, sour TRCs fired vigorously when exposed to water, Oka says. When given the option of drinking either water or a clear, tasteless, synthetic silicone oil, rodents lacking sour TRCs took longer to choose water, suggesting the cells help to distinguish water from other fluids.Next, the team tested whether artificially activating the cells, using a technique called optogenetics, could drive the mice to drink water. They bred mice to express light-sensitive proteins in their acid-sensing TRCs, which make the cells fire in response to light from a laser. After training the mice to drink water from a spout, the team replaced the water with an optic fiber that shone blue light on their tongues. When the mice “drank” the blue light, they acted as though they were tasting water, Oka says. Some thirsty mice licked the light spout as many as 2000 times every 10 minutes, the team reports this week in Nature Neuroscience.The rodents never learned that the light was just an illusion, but kept drinking long after mice drinking actual water would. That suggests that although signals from TRCs in the tongue can trigger drinking, they don’t play a role in telling the brain when to stop, Oka says.More research is needed to precisely determine how the acid-sensing taste buds respond to water, and what the mice experience when they do, Oka says. But he suspects that when water washes out saliva—a salty, acidic mucus—it changes the pH within the cells, making them more likely to fire.The notion that one of the ways animals detect water is by the removal of saliva “makes a lot of sense,” Knight says. But it is still only one of many likely routes for sensing water, including temperature and pressure, he adds.The “well-designed, intriguing” study also speaks to a long-standing debate over the nature of taste, Di Lorenzo says. When you find a counterexample to the dominant view that there are only five basic taste groups, she says, “it tells you you need to go back to the drawing board.”
Michael Matlosz, president and CEO of the French National Research Agency (ANR) in Paris, resigned today following months of controversy over how the agency handles grant proposal evaluations.Arnaud Torres, who currently oversees ANR programs that support research clusters, will be the agency’s interim head.Matlosz, a U.S.-born chemical engineer, presented his letter of resignation earlier this week after agreeing that the agency needs “a new impetus,” according to an 18 July statement from France’s research ministry, which oversees ANR. 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Hoflack headed ANR’s scientific evaluation panel for cellular and developmental biology in this year’s main request for proposals. Demands from scientists to solve the issues were not heard, Hoflack says.ANR, which was created in 2005 to fund projects in all scientific disciplines, is France’s main competitive research agency. It has about 280 staff members and an annual budget of more than €600 million. Over the years, ANR’s dwindling funding and success rates—now 12.5% for proposals across all fields—have caused dissatisfaction among researchers, and increased frustration with perceived inefficiencies in how the agency evaluates applications. Many researchers claim the situation became worse after Maltosz took the helm of the agency in 2014.Over the past 2 years, the agency has experienced several public crises. In March 2016, it dismissed sociologist François Héran from his position as head of ANR’s social sciences and humanities department; the move apparently came after he led a call for reform in the agency’s governance. Héran and other department directors reportedly were unhappy that ANR expert researchers were not involved in the day-to-day operations of the agency. In June 2016, members of one of the agency’s evaluation panels—for mathematics and informatics—resigned en masse to protest the agency’s funding and administrative practices.Last month, ANR dismissed another department director—molecular biologist Catherine Dargemont, who led biology and health programs—after her group complained to ANR’s administrative board. In particular, it said that agency officials were bypassing scientific expertise in the agency’s governance, damaging the quality of proposal evaluations.At about the same time, Hoflack and his panel sent a letter to Matlosz, in which they deplored cumbersome and time-consuming procedures for recruiting external referees and fuzzy selection criteria for the funding of young researchers. They also criticized a measure introduced this year, which according to the ANR website aims to give applicants a chance to contest external reviews before they are used by the panels to rank proposals. But Hoflack’s panel said that, in practice, the policy has created confusion and raised false hopes among applicants.In its statement, the ministry broadly defended Matlosz’s tenure, saying among other things that he had “reorganized the agency and introduced important simplification measures in … its annual funding calls.” Matlosz has now been asked to write a report on public funding mechanisms in France. (Matlosz declined ScienceInsider’s request for comment.)Outside researchers are cautiously optimistic that the move could help resolve some of the tensions. Matlosz’s resignation “is very good news and will open, I hope, a new era in the functioning of this agency,” says Patrick Lemaire, a developmental biologist at the Cell Biology Research Center of Montpellier in France. He belongs to a grassroots association of scientists that over the last few years has called for national reforms and better funding in science.But it is unlikely that the research ministry’s promise of a “reorientation” at ANR—by returning the agency “fully to the service of researchers’ projects”—will end widespread unhappiness over funding issues. In the latest blow, the new government of President Emmanuel Macron announced last week that that the 2017 higher education and research budget is to be cut by €331 million, as part of sweeping national budget cuts. The cut is expected to hamper Macron’s campaign promise to not only preserve public spending on science, but to boost the nation’s overall spending on research to 3% of gross domestic product; now, France spends 2.24% of GDP on research.Still, theoretical physicist Édouard Brézin, former president of the French Academy of Sciences in Paris, is holding out hope for better times. “In a context where the budgets are amputated, we’re not in a good shape,” he says. But “we are still waiting” to see what happens next. Nathan Hughes Hamilton/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) French funding agency president resigns amidst tensions