Valeri named Goal’s MLS MVP

first_imgMLS Diego Valeri named Goal’s MLS Most Valuable Player Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 23:14 11/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Valeri MLS Portland Timbers 08062017 Troy Wayrynen MLS Portland Timbers The Portland Timbers star had his finest campaign of an already-stellar MLS career in 2017, earning Goal’s top prize Since he arrived in Major League Soccer in 2013, Diego Valeri has established himself as one of the league’s top attacking talents, and the heart and soul of the Portland Timbers.In 2017, though, Valeri took his game to new heights. In a close race with several deserving candidates, the Argentine’s stellar season has resulted in him being named Goal’s 2017 MLS MVP.On a team with plenty of injury issues, Valeri’s durability took on added significance in 2017, as he reached the 30-appearance mark for the fourth time in his five seasons in Portland. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Of course, more than simply making the lineup, Valeri is our MVP for what he did with his time on the pitch for the Timbers this season. The Argentine put together his finest season in the league thus far, and one of the best campaigns an attacking midfielder has ever had in MLS.Valeri notched 21 goals and 11 assists in 2017, becoming only the second player in league history to record 20 goals and 10 assists in a single season. That other player, Sebastian Giovinco, was named MLS MVP when he accomplished the feat in 2015.It wasn’t just the quantity of the Argentine’s strikes though, with the quality of his output proving just as valuable. Seven of Valeri’s goals were game-winners, meaning nearly half of Portland’s 15 victories on the season were settled by the 31-year-old.And as the season wound down, Valeri took his game into overdrive.Starting on July 29, Valeri went on a scoring run the likes of which MLS had never before seen. When the Argentine’s streak ended on Sept. 30, he had scored in nine consecutive games – the longest goal-scoring streak in MLS history.Portland would go on to finish atop the Western Conference, winning the division on a tiebreaker over arch-rival Seattle.With his team devastated by injuries down the stretch, Valeri showed up in a big way when it counted the most and led his team to a first-place finish. It was the kind of performance that MVP’s are made of. Diego Valeri GFXHonorable mentions2. David Villa: It was another brilliant campaign for the 2016 MLS MVP, who could very well become the first player to win the award in consecutive seasons. Villa finished second in the league with 22 goals and added nine assists to boot, a MLS-best total for a 35-year-old who shows very little sign of aging.3. Sebastian Giovinco: The 30-year-old Italian actually had his worst statistical season in MLS due to injuries, but still managed to post 16 goals and six assists in helping Toronto FC to a dominant Supporters’ Shield-winning campaign. His six direct free-kick goals set a single-season MLS record.4. Nemanja Nikolic: The Hungary international took MLS by storm in his first season in the league, winning the Golden Boot with 24 goals. Nikolic helped Chicago to a massive turnaround in 2017, going from back-to-back last-place finishes to a playoff berth.5. Miguel Almiron: Enjoy the Paraguay international in MLS while you can, because Almiron’s debut season with Atlanta United was so good that a European move is a matter of when, not if. The 23-year-old was at the heart of Atlanta’s high-powered offense, scoring nine goals and adding 14 assists for the expansion side.last_img read more

Debt relief still needed says Bank of Greece chief

first_imgBank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras has called for a compromise between Athens and the troika in an interview with Sunday’s Kathimerini, while also insisting that the eurozone should provide Greece with further debt relief.“It is in the interests of both the Greek side and the troika for there to be an immediate compromise based on current reality and common sense,” said Stournaras as Athens waits to see if its reform proposals will be accepted by its lenders so inspectors return to complete a review that has been on hold for several weeks.Stournaras sided with the government over its insistence that there will not be a problem with a fiscal gap next year. The former finance minister pointed out that the troika has miscalculated Greece’s fiscal gap in the past. Instead, he said that the government should focus on strengthening tax collection, speeding up privatizations and promoting more liberalization measures.However, he also disagreed with some European Union officials who have recently insisted that Greece will not need more debt relief to help its economy. He said that the eurozone should stick by its pledge at the Eurogroup on November 27, 2012 to lighten Greece’s debt load once it has achieved a primary surplus.“I believe the further debt relief foreseen at that Eurogroup has to be implemented, along with the necessary fiscal adjustment, privatizations and reforms that help the growth prospects of the Greek economy,” he said.“Firstly, because the sustainability of the current levels of public debt depend on a very high primary surplus (4.5 percent of gross domestic product) from 2016 onward. Secondly, because the lightening of the Greek debt load, according to the discussions at that Eurogroup, was also seen as a reward for Greece after a long and persistent fiscal adjustment.”Stournaras played down fears that Greek banks would lose access to European Central Bank liquidity if Greece and the troika fail to agree on a new program or conditions for a precautionary credit line by January 1 but said this would not be a welcome option.“In such a case liquidity will not be stopped but will be provided through Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA),” he said, adding that this would be a more expensive form of borrowing that would have an impact on the real economy. “Today Greek banks refinance their loans from the Eurosystem at a cost of about 0.05 percent. In the unwelcome case that they need to turn to ELA the cost will be around 1.55 percent.”The central bank governor also welcomed the recent law on the settlement of non-performing corporate loans, saying it is in the “right direction,” but added that for Greek lenders to play an effective role in the local economy, the remaining loans which are not being serviced would also need to be tackled.“The supply of loans does not just depend on capital adequacy but also on banks’ liquidity as well,” said Stournaras. “Following their recent capital increases, banks have an adequate capital base but the pressure on their liquidity is still strong.“The large amount of nonperforming loans are an important factor in shaping liquidity. That is why the effective management of these loans, based on best international practices, is vital in order for banks to support the real economy.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

BEST PLACES TO EAT IN WILMINGTON Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards Announced

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wicked Local recently revealed its 2019 Readers Choice Awards for Wilmington.  Below are the winners and honorable mentions for restaurants.Do you agree with the winners?  Any notable snubs?  Let us know in the comments below or on Wilmington Apple’s Facebook page.Restaurant For Breakfast/Brunch#1 Choice: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Country Chef RestaurantHonorable Mention: Sunny Side CafeRestaurant For Lunch#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Panera BreadHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernRestaurant For Dinner#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernFine Dining Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantItalian Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Rocco Restaurant & BarHonorable Mention: LaRosa’sPizza Restaurant#1 Choice: EJ’s Frozen Fresh PizzaHonorable Mention: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Wilmington House of PizzaThai Restaurant#1 Choice: Jasmine Cuisine#1 Choice: Mango II, TewksburyMexican Restaurant#1 Choice: On The Border, BurlingtonFamily Friendly Restaurant#1 Choice: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: TremezzoHonorable Mention: As Good As It GetsSeafood Restaurant#1 Choice: Michael’s PlaceHonorable Mention: Rocco’s RestaurantHonorable Mention: Seafood ExpressChinese Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: Jasmine CuisineSushi Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerBakery#1 Choice: Josie’s BakeryHonorable Mention: Market BasketCoffee Shop#1 Choice: Heav’nly Donuts#1 Choice: StarbucksHonorable Mention: Dunkin’ DonutsIce Cream Shop#1 Choice: Mac’s Dairy Farm, TewksburyButcher Shop#1 Choice: Elia’s Country Store#1 Choice: Lucci’s SupermarketDeli#1 Choice: Elia’s Country StoreHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Uptown DeliFish Market#1 Choice: Seafood ExpressBar#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: Rocco’s RestaurantCaterer#1 Choice: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Tremezzo (Mama Linda’s Catering)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBEST PLACES TO SHOP IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”Wicked Local Announces Wilmington’s 2016 Readers Choice Award WinnersIn “Business”BEST SERVICE PROVIDERS IN WILMINGTON: Wicked Local 2019 Readers Choice Awards AnnouncedIn “Business”last_img read more

Sistema exits Reliance Communications sells its 10 percent stake

first_imgReliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeRussia’s Sistema JSFC has become the latest foreign operator to exit the troubled Indian telecom market, by selling its 10 percent stake in Reliance Communications in multiple tranches over the past few months. The Russian conglomerate has reportedly lost $ 4 billion on its investments.Sistema JSFC is believed to have decided against the idea of buying RCom’s remaining telecom assets, comprising subsea cables, enterprise business and data centres, following the divergence of opinion with the Anil Ambani-led telco.Sistema JSFC decided to exit RCom after the struggling telco recently got entrapped in insolvency proceedings. It decided against making ambitious investments in India’s brutally competitive and fast consolidating telecom market, having already burnt its fingers.In October 2017, Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) was sold to Reliance Communications in return for a 10 percent stake. RCom has also since closed down its wireless business amid plunging revenue and mounting losses due to intense competition, and operates only an enterprise business, besides running data centres and sub-sea cables.At the time of the merger of RCom-SSTL, RCom shares were hovering at Rs 80 apiece in early November 2015 but collapsed to around Rs 17 when the deal was finally completed in late October 2017.On Wednesday, it gained over 4.8 percent over the previous close to end at Rs 15.30 apiece on the Bombay Stock Exchange. In past months, Sistema has gradually reduced its stake in RCom. It lowered its stake to 7.09 percent by letting minority shareholders swap their shares with those of RCom in March.In April and May, it sold off a further 2.1 percent and 0.55 percent respectively in the open market, lowering its equity holding in RCom to 4.43 percent. The development was seen on the expected lines as the telecom sector in the country is witnessing a huge consolidation and stiff competition.The entry of Reliance Jio by offering attractive discounts on calls and data has violently disrupted the entire telecom markets. The competition is expected to become stiffer in the upcoming days.last_img read more

Hi3G Access releases a video and still image sharing system for ecommerce

first_img Citation: Hi3G Access releases a video and still image sharing system for e-commerce (2011, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-hi3g-access-video-image-e-commerce.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further University of Washington testing sign language video phones More information: www.b-reel.com/projects/3live-shop/ and www.tre.se/Privat/Ovriga-sidor/3LiveShop/ (in Swedish)center_img (PhysOrg.com) — Hi3G Access, a Swedish-based phone company, has developed a video chat system that allows users to shuffle images on the screen with their hands. The system, which you can see in the video below, is known as 3LiveShop. 3LiveShop is a Flash-based multitouch system that is, at the current moment, being used as a sales tool for Hi3G Access. In order to create this tool Hi3G Access collaborated with a Stockholm-based production company known as B-Reel. The setup is very similar to a Skype chat, in which you are able to see a smaller image of yourself in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.The system is unique, because it allows for the video chat to be shown at a lower resolution, while still images can be shown at a higher resolution. This is achieved by the use of two different streams, one for the video and one for the still images.The system is even tied into an e-commerce system. After having a chat with the sales person online, the customer can see a bill and add then add their new mobile phone, the products that Hi3G Access sells, and pay for it right then and there. The entire system is coded in Adobe Flash, which may be a choice that was made with larger scale distribution in mind, as Flash is a fairly common program.The multitouch screens, which were also developed in conjunction with a company called Teenage Engineering, use a system of mirrors and high-end cameras to create the video feed for chat. There are currently only three of these workstations functioning in the world, but if the program is successful the company hopes to expand the program.This begs only one question. If most of us shop online in order to avoid sales clerks, why would you want to video chat with one? 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

How honeybees maintain protective clumps under stressful conditions

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain Once a year, honeybees, led by a queen, leave their nests in droves to find a new home. But because it takes some time to find a site and build a new nest, there is a period when they have no place to live. To protect themselves during this time, they congregate into masses that hang from tree branches—these clusters are made entirely of bees, each clinging to one another. In its most natural state, such clusters tend to form in the shape of a cone. But prior research has shown that the cone shape becomes flattened during inclement weather, such as when the wind blows. In this new effort, the researchers wondered how the honeybees knew what to do when adverse conditions arose. To find out, they gathered bees from the wild and put them in a container in their lab where they were allowed to form a cluster, dangling from a movable apparatus.Once a cluster formed, the researchers moved the apparatus to pull the cluster back and forth, simulating the impact of wind pushing the branch upon which they hung. As the researchers watched, the cluster slowly flattened, hugging the apparatus. A flatter shape, the researchers noted, would reduce pressure from the wind, just as it would for a person lying on the ground versus standing up. By studying slow-motion video of the bees and tracking the movement of those on the surface of the cluster, the researchers developed a theory—they believed that the bees, upon feeling pulled from the bees they were holding on to, moved themselves to a place of higher stress.To test this theory, the group created a computer simulation of the honeybees and their cluster and then gave those on the outer surface the ability to feel stress and to react to it by moving to a position of higher stress. They found the virtual bees changed the shape of their cluster in the same way as did those in the real one, offering strong evidence that their theory was correct. Inside the brains of killer bees Explore further A team of researchers at Harvard University has discovered the means by which honeybees keep their temporary clumps intact during adverse weather conditions. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the group describes their study of honeybee behavior in their lab and what the found. Journal information: Nature Physicscenter_img More information: O. Peleg et al. Collective mechanical adaptation of honeybee swarms, Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0262-1 © 2018 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. Citation: How honeybees maintain protective clumps under stressful conditions (2018, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-honeybees-clumps-stressful-conditions.htmllast_img read more