Lab Scans And Analyzes Sting’s Brain As Part Of Study Of Mental Music Organization

first_imgFollowing a recent show in Montreal, Sting met with Daniel Levitin, a cognitive psychologist at McGill University to have fMRI images of his brain taken as part of an ongoing study of how the brain of a skilled musician analyzes and organizes music. In a paper outlining the study published on McGill’s website, Levitin explains that he and his partners have developed imaging-analysis techniques to provide insight into how gifted individuals find connections between seemingly disparate thoughts or sounds, in fields ranging from arts, to politics, to science. “These state-of-the-art techniques really allowed us to make maps of how Sting’s brain organizes music. That’s important because at the heart of great musicianship is the ability to manipulate in one’s mind rich representations of the desired soundscape.”The research came about as a result of a mutual admiration between Sting and the McGill psychologist. Years ago, Sting read Levitin’s book This Is Your Brain On Music, and asked to meet Levitin and take a tour of his facilities, as many musicians have done over the years. While there, Levitin asked if Sting would be interested in having his brain scanned, and the musician obliged.Both functional and structural scans were conducted in a single session at the brain imaging unit of McGill’s Montreal Neurological Institute on the hot afternoon of his July 5th concert with Peter Gabriel at the Bell Centre (part of their current Rock Paper Scissors Tour). A power outage knocked the entire campus off-line for several hours, threatening to cancel the experiment. Because it takes over an hour to reboot the fMRI machine, time grew short. Sting graciously agreed to skip his soundcheck in order to accurately complete the scan.Levitin then teamed up with Scott Grafton, a leading brain-scan expert at the University of California at Santa Barbara, to use two novel techniques to analyze the scans. The techniques showed which songs Sting found similar to one another and which ones he found dissimilar based not on tests or questionnaires, but on activations of brain regions. Says Grafton, “At the heart of these methods is the ability to test if patterns of brain activity are more alike for two similar styles of music compared to different styles. This approach has never before been considered in brain imaging experiments of music.”According to Levitin, “Sting’s brain scan pointed us to several connections between pieces of music that I know well but had never seen as related before.” The most surprising neural connection was the similarity in brain activity between Piazzolla’s “Libertango”, a tango composition, and the Beatles‘ “Girl” off 1965’s Rubber Soul. While the songs differ greatly in sound and genre, both pieces are in minor keys and include similar melodic motifs. Another example of similar neurological responses to seemingly different songs was Sting’s own “Moon Over Bourbon Street” and Booker T. and the MG‘s “Green Onions”, both of which have the same 132 bpm tempo and a swinging rhythm. While more information is needed to draw any scientific conclusions, these tests provide insight into the connecting factors between different kinds of music in terms of how they are received and processed by the mind of a musician.[via McGill University]last_img read more

Accelerating Storage Innovation in the Next Data Decade

first_imgOver the previous decade, technology transformed nearly every business into an IT-driven business. From farming to pharmaceuticals, these information technology developments have led organizations to reimagine how they operate, compete, and serve customers. Data is at the heart of these changes and will continue its transformative trajectory as organizations navigate the waves of technological progress in the next “Data Decade.”In data storage – which touches every IT-driven business – the pace of innovation is accelerating, yet most enterprises continue to struggle with data’s explosive growth and velocity. Getting the highest use and value from their data is becoming ever more critical for organizations, especially for those with data stores reaching exabyte scale.In order to have strategic value in the enterprise, storage innovation must cross the capabilities chasm from just storing and moving around bits to holistic data management.In 2019, our Dell Technologies Storage CTO Council studied more than 90 key technologies and ranked which ones have the innovation potential to help storage cross that capabilities chasm in the next 5-10 years. This year, there are three key areas we believe will be difference-makers for organizations that are pushing the limits of current storage and IT approaches.Let’s take a closer look.Trend #1: Machine learning and CPU Performance unlock new storage and data management approachesThis year, we will see new approaches that solve streaming data challenges, including the use of container-based architectures and software-defined storage. There is a desire by customers in industries such as manufacturing, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, public safety and healthcare to build applications that treat data as streams instead of breaking it up into separate files or objects.Ingesting and processing stream data has unique challenges that limit traditional IT and storage systems. Since streaming workloads often change throughout the day – storage capacity and compute power must be elastic to accommodate. This requires intelligence within the storage that can instantly provide autoscaling.By treating everything as a data stream, event data can be replayed in the same way we watch a live sporting event on a DVR-enabled TV, where the program can be paused, rewound and replayed instantly. Until now, application developers have been limited in their ability to address use cases that can leverage data as streams for capture, playback and archive. Enabling these capabilities with data will make it easier to build applications that allow new use cases that were never thought of previously.Dataset Management helps solve the data lifecycle problemIn the realm of data management, 2020 will usher in new approaches for organizations wishing to better manage the data that is distributed across many silos of on-prem and cloud data stores. Data growth has been outstripping the growth of IT budgets for years, making it difficult for organizations not only to keep and store all their data, but manage, monetize, secure and make it useful for end users.Enter Dataset Management – an evolving discipline using various approaches and technologies to help organizations better use and manage data through its lifecycle. At its core, it is about the ability to store data transparently and make it easily discoverable. Our industry has been very good at storing block, file and object data, sometimes unifying these data in a data lake. Dataset Management is the evolution of a data lake, providing customers with the ability to instantly find the data they want and make it actionable in proper context across on-prem and cloud-based data stores.Dataset Management will be especially useful for industries (i.e. media & entertainment, healthcare, insurance) that frequently have data stored across different storage systems and platforms (i.e. device/instrument generated raw data, to derivative data at a project level, etc.). Customers want the ability to search across these data stores to do things such as creating custom workflows. For instance, many of our largest media & entertainment customers are using Dataset Management to connect with asset management databases to tag datasets, which can then be moved to the correct datacenters for things such as special effects work or digital postprocessing, then to distribution and finally to archives.Traditional methods for managing unstructured data only takes you so far. Because of new technological advancements like machine learning and higher CPU performance, we see Dataset Management growing further in prominence in 2020, as it offers organizations a bridge from the old world of directories and files to the new world of data and metadata.Trend #2: Storage will be architected and consumed as Software-definedWe can expect to see new storage designs in 2020 that will further blur the line between storage and compute.Some of our customers tell us they are looking for more flexibility in their traditional SANs, wishing to have compute as close to storage as possible to support data-centric workloads and to reduce operational complexity.With deeper integration of virtualization technologies on the storage array, apps can be run directly on the same system and managed with standard tools. This could be suitable for data-centric applications that require very storage- and data-intensive operations (i.e. analytics apps, intense database apps). Also, workloads that require quick transactional latency and a lot of data.This isn’t HCI in the classic sense, but rather about leveraging and interoperating with existing infrastructure and processes while also giving a greater degree of deployment flexibility to suit the customer’s specific environment and/or application. It could open up new use cases (i.e. AI ML/analytics at edge locations and/or private cloud, workload domains, etc.); it could also lead to lower cost of ownership and simplification for IT teams and application owners that don’t always have to rely on a storage admin to provision or manage the underlying storage.Software-defined Infrastructure no longer just for hyper-scalersSoftware-defined infrastructure (SDI) is also becoming a greater consideration in enterprise data centers to augment traditional SANs and HCI deployments. Long the realm of hyper-scalers, traditional enterprises are ready to adopt SDI for the redeployment of certain workloads that have different requirements for capacity and compute than what traditional 3-layer SANs can provide.These are customers architecting for agility at scale and want the flexibility of rapidly scaling storage and compute independently of each other. It’s for the customer that needs to consolidate multiple high performance (e.g. database) or general workloads. As enterprises consider consolidation strategies, they will bump up against the limits of traditional SANs and the unpredictable performance/costs and lock-in of cloud services. This is where SDI becomes a very viable alternative to traditional SANs and HCI for certain workloads.Trend #3: High-performance Object storage enters the mainstreamAs Object moves from cheap and deep, cold storage or archive to a modern cloud-native storage platform, performance is on many people’s minds.One of the reasons we see this trending upward this year is demand for it by application developers. Analytics is also driving a lot of demand and we expect to see companies in different verticals moving in this direction.In turn, the added performance of flash and NVMe are creating tremendous opportunity for Object-based platforms to support things that require speed and near-limitless scale (i.e. analytics, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), IoT, cloud-native app development, etc.). Side note: historically, Object storage hasn’t been fast enough for ADAS workloads, but all-flash is changing that conversation.Flash-based Object storage with automated tiering to disk offers a cost-effective solution, particularly when a customer is talking about hundreds of petabytes or exabyte-scale. It allows you to move the data you need up to the flash tier to run your analytics and high-performance applications and then move the data off to a cold or archive tier when you’re done with it.As Object becomes tuned for flash and NVMe, we expect a higher level of interest in Object for things that have traditionally been stored on file-based NAS, such as images, log data, and machine generated data.As the pace of technology innovation accelerates, so too will the possibilities in storage and data management. We are standing with our customers at the dawn of the “Data Decade.”If the last ten years brought some of the most dramatic changes in tech, just imagine what’s next.Read what other Dell Technologies experts are saying about key technology trends in 2020 and beyond by clicking on the blog links below:“Technical Disruptions Emerging in 2020,” by John Roese, CTO, Products & Operations, Dell Technologies“Dell EMC’s 2020 Server Trends & Observations,” by Robert Hormuth, Vice President & Fellow, Chief Technology Officer, Server & Infrastructure Systems, Dell EMC“Dell 2020 Networking & Solutions Technology Trends,” by Ihab Tarazi, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President, Networking and Solutions, Dell Technologieslast_img read more

U.S. national lab says floating solar could generate 10% of country’s electricity

first_imgU.S. national lab says floating solar could generate 10% of country’s electricity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has evaluated the potential for floating solar (FPV) across the US in a new study, notably highlighting its benefits on water reservoirs in arid regions as well as alongside hydroelectric facilities.The US may have claimed the first FPV installation around a decade ago on an irrigation pond in Napa Valley, California but few projects have materialised since. China and Japan have lead FPV installations, while demand is expected to increase across South East Asia and Europe, due to announced projects.According to NREL researchers, FPV projects across more than 24,000 man-made US reservoirs could generate around 10% of US annual electricity production, which would reduce the land requirements for conventional ground mount PV power plants by at least 2.1 million hectares.NREL noted that its study had intentionally been conservative in its findings, due to the relative underdevelopment of FPV technology and overall global installations.“In the United States, it’s been a niche application; where in other places, it’s really been a necessity,” said Jordan Macknick, the lead energy-water-land analyst for NREL and principal investigator of the project that produced the paper “Floating PV: Assessing the Technical Potential of Photovoltaic Systems on Man-Made Water Bodies in the Continental U.S. “We’re expecting it to take off in the United States, especially in areas that are land-constrained and where there’s a major conflict between solar encroaching on farmland.More: NREL evaluates floating solar technology potential in USlast_img read more

Colombian Soldier Landmine Injuries Treated At Bogotá Hospital

first_img BOGOTÁ — Soldiers stretch on the parade grounds and playing field of the Escuela de Ingenieros Militares as if preparing for a sporting event. Lighthearted banter fills the Bogotá morning air. But despite appearances, serious work has begun: these are military personnel who have been injured and, in many cases, severely maimed by landmines. All but one of Colombia’s 32 departments are cursed with landmines, and at Bogota’s Centro de Rehabilitacion del Ejercito (CRE), everyone is all too aware of the damage and suffering wrought by these instruments of war. The clinic, officially known as the Batallón de Sanidad, serves as an office and rehabilitation center and is manned by doctors, therapists, social workers, orthopedic surgeons, psychiatrists and physiotherapists. All these health professionals are here to attend to those wounded by homemade landmines that plague Colombia’s rural areas. No single armed group in Colombia is solely responsible for these artisanal “quiebrapatas” or leg breakers, constructed from deadly explosives and hidden in ordinary household containers like plastic bottles and bags to waterproof them. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the paramilitaries typically use the same approach: place these booby-trapped devices to inflict as many casualties as possible, chasing villagers from strategic positions. In many cases, landmines have been hidden on or near paths leading to a town’s water source. Now, the Colombian Army’s Engineering Division – and the “Coronel Gabino Gutiérrez” Battalion in particular, which is dedicated to demining secured towns and rural areas – has taken on the role of “humanitarian demining.” But there still is much work to do. This year, Cadena’s team hopes to finish demining the towns of Zambrano in Bolivar, Carmen de Chucuri in Santander and Granada in Antioquía. Overall, 72 municipalities in 12 departments across Colombia have been given priority for this project. The key, said Cadena, is that each of these towns receiving humanitarian aid from military engineers must promise to reactivate the local economy. For example, Granada — in the department of Antioquía — is located just eight miles from the main highway linking Bogotá and Medellín. Due to Granada’s precarious situation, this short trip over mountainous terrain used to take six hours. Now, says Cadena, “it can be done in 40 minutes.” Antioquia is relatively accessible compared to the other Colombian departments most affected by mines – Putumayo, Cauca, Caqueta, Nariño, Meta and Norte de Santander. Virtually all of Colombia’s landmines are found in these mountainous, rural areas. The complexities of the civil conflict and the topography make the military engineers’ jobs particularly tough. And three years of heavy rains have triggered landslides throughout Colombia, displacing landmines and shifting their positions significantly. San Carlos is a success story Demining process continues in earnest While spirits are high here around the sports field, and those soldiers fortunate enough to have survived landmine explosions are under constant supervision, Ortiz observes that “each exploded mine, in general, represents one death and one injured.” And this is where Maj. Sara Reyes takes over as the leading physician in charge of rehabilitation here in Bogotá. As a veteran doctor with 14 years of military experience under her belt, the major has pretty much seen everything. “The issue with landmine victims is that this is an injury with massive impact but — over time and after rehabilitation — one which causes the least limitations in the victim’s lifestyle. Most of our soldiers injured by landmines who arrive here are between 16 and 29 years old, and this gives them far more opportunity to recuperate well.” So far this year, Reyes has treated 56 amputation cases; that compares to 274 cases in 2011. “A soldier’s recuperation owes a great deal to his or her personality and desire,” she said. “If that soldier does not have the emotional capacity or willpower, we cannot progress.” Interesting article, but I would like to get something straight: all the images that are shown here, were taken in the Health Battalion of the National Army, not at the Military Hospital. Thanks a lot. You are all so cute, killing yourselves for our peace. This ambitious effort differs from conventional military practice in that three steps take place before demining begins, said Col. Carlos Ivan Cadena Montenegro, commanding officer in charge of the humanitarian demining division. “In March 2011 we were able to completely rid perhaps one of Colombia’s most violent towns — San Carlos, Antioquía — of landmines,” he said. “It was the first town to achieve this status in Colombia. First, the town had been secured from all aggressors. In the case of San Carlos, the local FARC militia had demobilized, permitting us access. Second, the municipality requested our help, and third, we can ensure there will be no further conflict in this town.” San Carlos was an extreme situation, he said, passed back and forth between FARC guerrillas, ELN rebels and then various paramilitaries over the years. Even the town’s central plaza – just 67 miles from the bustling city of Medellin, and neighboring the popular weekend destination and resort town of Guatape – had to be demined. “We were able to secure the return of 2,500 displaced families to San Carlos, a total of 10,000 people driven from their homes,” Cadena said. center_img The Presidential Program for Comprehensive Action Against Antipersonnel Mines (PAICMA) estimates that 65 per cent of all municipalities in the country are affected by landmines. And at least 9,884 soldiers and civilians have been victimized by landmines since 1990, according to PAICMA – including 2,204 in Antioquía alone. At least 1,065 Colombians were killed or maimed in 2005 by stepping on mines — more than either Afghanistan or Cambodia, countries that have been ravaged by civil war. FARC, ELN and other violent groups have planted more than an estimated 100,000 explosive devices to protect cocaine crops. Many soldiers stationed in troubled areas and subsequently injured by landmines end up in the CRE’s Batallon de Sanidad in Bogotá. Col. Javier Ignacio Ortíz Rozo, the commanding officer in charge of the Batallon de Sanidad, is a much sought-after man. All medical staff and wounded servicemen here report to him. “The degree of rehabilitation required depends wholly on the amputation and the soldier’s state of mind,” said Ortíz, who deals not only with amputees from landmines but also victims of leishmaniasis and post-traumatic stress disorder. “On average, most servicemen stay here for six months before they are well enough to leave. We treat between 230 and 250 soldiers annually who have been injured by landmines.” Ortíz’s job is no easy task and not one he can leave behind at the base when he goes home each evening. “I have to treat each person the same as I would anyone else, amputee or not,” he said. “If I don’t force them to get up out of their wheelchair and engage in rehabilitation, they will never succeed.” PAICMA: Nearly 10,000 landmine victims since 1990 By Dialogo June 18, 2012 Attitude is everything when it comes to recovery last_img read more

This week: NAFCU celebrates 50 years, in Hawaii; TCPA, patent hearings ahead

first_imgNAFCU this week is celebrating its 50th anniversary with credit unions during its Annual Conference and Solutions Expo in Honolulu. The association will also be monitoring hearings reviewing lawsuit abuse related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and patents, and a mark-up of flood insurance legislation.NAFCU’s Annual Conference kicks off on Tuesday and runs through Friday. For live updates on the conference, follow NAFCU Today and Twitter with #NAFCUAnnual.The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice on Tuesday will review lawsuit abuse in connection with the TCPA. NAFCU has repeatedly shared with Congress and the Federal Communications Commission how the interpretation of the TCPA makes it more difficult for credit unions to contact members about potentially fraudulent activity, identity theft and data breaches.Also on Tuesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet will examine a recent Supreme Court decision that now limits patent holders’ ability to concentrate their infringement lawsuits in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. NAFCU said this decision is a win for credit unions because it will now be harder for patent trolls to come after them with frivolous claims. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

HGK TPV: In 2018, the preparation of the basis for the new Croatian Tourism Development Strategy should begin

first_imgYesterday, the 4th session of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held in Zagreb, at which the current year was analyzed, as well as the expectations from the tourist year 2018.In the first nine months of 2017, there were 18,1 million arrivals and over 100 million overnight stays in Croatia, and despite the fact that this number includes commercial and non-commercial overnight stays, this is a great result, said the director of the Sector for Market Research and Strategic Planning at CNTB. in Igor Borojević and added that more than 85 percent of the turnover was realized in commercial accommodation, 12 in non-commercial, and 3 percent in nautical. “December will also be good, due to well-established Advent programs. Virtually all of our traditional markets have brought highly positive arrival and overnight numbers, except for Italy. The strongest growth was recorded by family accommodation with 20 percent more arrivals and 15 percent more overnight stays, hotels grew by 8,8 and 5,6 percent, and camps at similar rates”, Borojevic points out.Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism Ivo Bašić congratulated everyone on the good tourism results and stressed that the results this year and plans for next indicate the fulfillment of 4 strategic goals of the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy, ie investment growth, new employment, accommodation quality and changes in structure the same and increase revenue. He additionally pointed out that in 2018, the preparation of the basis for the new Strategy for the Development of Croatian Tourism for the period from 2020 should begin.”The tourist year 2017 was a good one, and I am extremely glad that some of the measures were launched for 2018 as a result of the activities of the Tourist Business Council, which pointed to key issues burdensome for the entire tourism sector. In 2018, it is necessary to continue with activities aimed at solving key problems of the sector, primarily the high tax burden with emphasis on VAT on accommodation and catering, further solving the problem of labor shortage, enacting the necessary new legislation based on proposals and needs of the profession and the issue of environmental protection as our most competitive advantage“Concluded the President of the Tourist Business Council at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (TPV) Franco Palma at the 4th session of the TPV.last_img read more

‘Wherever Mourinho goes he wins trophies, that’s a fact’ – Rose

first_img Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To DateThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role Models “It’s no different with the manager now. He’s a serial winner. Wherever he goes he wins trophies, that’s a fact. “Whatever team he puts out [against Boro] will be a team he fully expects to win and it’s obvious the FA Cup is something he has an eye on. “The top four is harder now but when [Mourinho] took over we were 12 points behind [Chelsea] and we got it to three. We maybe took one step back but we have shown we can close the gap.” Spurs’ “step back” came in their last Premier League outing when they suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat to table-topping Liverpool. Mourinho’s side had their chances in that game, with Rose looking to take positives from it heading into an important run of fixtures across multiple competitions. The England international left-back added: “It felt like one of the better performances we had over the Christmas period. Everyone’s gutted that we weren’t clinical enough to take one of our chances. “What hurts the most was that it was just a case of a lack of concentration from a throw-in. We managed to sort of control their world-class front three.” Read Also:Mourinho: I’m Not Jealous Of Man City, Liverpool While Tottenham did a decent job of containing Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, the latter did net the only goal of the game to keep Spurs eighth in the table and nine points adrift of the top four. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Jose Mourinho wins trophies “wherever he goes”, says Danny Rose, with the Portuguese expected to have Tottenham as serious challengers for the FA Cup in 2020. Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho Spurs stumbled at the first hurdle in that competition this season, with a third-round replay due to be taken in with Middlesbrough on Tuesday. Edging past Championship opposition in north London would keep them in the hunt for major silverware, with Southampton waiting at the next stage. Mourinho is expected to prioritise domestic cup glory, with the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss having fared admirably in knockout tournaments before. His CV is littered with major silverware and he was appointed as successor to Mauricio Pochettino with the intention of delivering long-awaited success for Spurs. Rose believes the 56-year-old will end a barren run, but says Tottenham’s mindset has not changed despite former manager Pochettino having previously been quoted as saying that the Premier League title and Champions League are the only “real trophies”. “I’m not sure that Mauricio did [prioritise the League and Champions League],” Rose said. “Whoever we played, Mauricio wanted to win. Whatever team he put out, he fully believed that team could win.last_img read more

Morrison progress pleases Allardyce

first_img The 20-year-old was one of the stars of United’s fabled youth system but was limited to just three first-team outings for the Red Devils as his life off of the field began to overshadow his undoubted talent on it. A thirst for first-team involvement saw Morrison move to Upton Park and, after a season on loan at Birmingham last year, the precocious talent has started to show through in the Barclays Premier League. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes he signed a boy in former Manchester United teenager Ravel Morrison but that the midfielder will return to Old Trafford on Saturday as a man. Morrison is West Ham’s top goalscorer this season with five and Allardyce feels the player has developed so much over a short period of time that he will be completely different when he lines up against United for the first time on Saturday. “Sir Alex (Ferguson) let Ravel go for his own benefit,” he said. “He (Ferguson) said that if he comes down to you hopefully he will find a new life and a new way of living. “His ability will then start to come through because all he asks and all he wants in his life is to play first-team football, that was all he said he wanted to do and why he wanted to leave. “In actual fact he struggled to look like he was capable of playing football in the first team with us. That’s why we sent him on loan to Birmingham and I thought since that year he’s grown up. “Somewhere along the line the lad has woken up and I think he’s changed himself and delivered.” Allardyce admitted it was Ferguson’s expectation of the player Morrison could become that was the simple deciding factor on his striking a deal to take the player to east London. “Fergie told me about his talent and that was it,” he said. “That’s enough for me. (Ferguson said) “If you can sort this lad out, Sam, you’ll have one of the best players you’ve ever had”. I don’t need anything more than that do I?” Morrison has been a shining light in an underwhelming season so far for West Ham, who will be hoping Wednesday’s 2-1 Capital One Cup quarter-final success at Tottenham can kick-start their league campaign. But even Morrison has off days and Allardyce is keen to keep him focused and unlock the match-winning potential as often as possible, with a warning that he should not try and steal the show against his former club. “The expectation becomes “will it come every single week” and that can’t really happen at such a young age,” Allardyce added. “It’s nice if it does. We’ve got to manage the situation and just try and keep encouraging him. “I think from our point of view, if he gets selected for Old Trafford on Saturday, that the real message from me to him would be to try and get a result as a team and play one of your top performances in a team situation when you would help to get us that result by using your abilities in a team performance. “When you’ve got his ability there is going to be the temptation to go out and show “look at me” I think and I have to try and guard and avoid that situation.” Morrison is likely to feature after starting on the bench against Spurs and, with captain Kevin Nolan still suspended – and a host of other first-team players sidelined or working back to full fitness – Allardyce is limited in terms of options. Press Associationlast_img read more

Lennon helps Toffees bounce back

first_img The defeat is QPR’s fifth in a row since Chris Ramsey was confirmed as permanent manager just over a month ago and it places added importance on their next two matches away to fellow strugglers West Brom and Aston Villa. Everton, who bowed out of the Europa League to Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, may start looking up the table as two consecutive league victories, combined with a kind looking run-in, should see Roberto Martinez’s side avoid a nail-biting relegation scrap. Rangers set their stall out early with a number of long balls into the away side’s penalty area and the direct approach caused problems as Bobby Zamora, Nedum Onuoha and Charlie Austin all went close. Everton came through a bruising opening quarter unscathed, however, and in the 18th minute the visitors opened the scoring with their first meaningful attack. Arouna Kone’s cut-back arrived at the feet of Leon Osman who, turning down the chance to shoot, played right to Coleman and the full-back’s guided finish flew into the net off the far post. Undeterred, Rangers continued to float balls up for Zamora, but they wouldn’t drop for the striker, whose only clear-cut chance came from an Austin cross shortly after the half-hour and he failed to connect with the header. The start of the second half brought no respite for Everton, who had the linesman’s flag to thank when Junior Hoilett’s bending effort hit the bar and Zamora eventually bundled home the rebound. The visitors, unable to impose their usual possession game, dropped deeper and deeper into their own area and in the 64th minute, Rangers found the breakthrough. Press Association Aaron Lennon scored a late winner as Everton beat QPR 2-1 to move nine points clear of the relegation zone and deal a heavy blow to Rangers’ own hopes of survival. Seamus Coleman’s excellent finish put Everton ahead against the run of play in the first half before substitute Eduardo Vargas slammed home a Rangers equaliser shortly after the hour. The hosts piled forward in search of a winner but Lennon provided a sucker-punch 13 minutes from time with his first goal for the Toffees to give Everton a much-needed victory that leaves Rangers four points adrift of safety. Everton failed to clear Joey Barton’s corner and in the ensuing chaos the ball ended up with Vargas, who thrashed the ball into the roof of the net from close range. The hosts could have made it two soon after when Zamora broke free of Phil Jagielka but with only the keeper to beat, the Rangers striker blazed over. The missed opportunity would prove costly as the Toffees restored their advantage in the 77th minute. Coleman’s cross was half-cleared by Onuoha under pressure from Kone, but the ball fell straight to Lennon who side-footed home for his first goal in an Everton shirt. The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of Rangers but there was still one final chance in injury-time as a long ball up-field spilled out to Adel Taarabt. The Moroccan ‘s shot look destined for the far corner but instead it clipped the bar and sailed over to send the home supporters away deflated again. last_img read more

Monaco captain not surprised by Anthony Martial’s start for Manchester United

first_imgAnthony Martial has made a remarkable start to life in the Barclays Premier League, but neither Monaco captain Jeremy Toulalan nor manager Leonardo Jardim have been surprised by the Manchester United striker’s early success. Louis van Gaal’s United forked out an eye-watering amount at the end of the transfer window to coax the 19-year-old from the principality. Monaco could end up receiving as much as £58million for the striker, but becoming the most expensive teenager of all time appears to have added little pressure on Martial. A remarkable solo debut effort against Liverpool has been followed up by several more impressive displays, taking his tally to four goals in six matches. Martial’s immediate success has shocked many onlookers, but not his former captain at Monaco. “No, it is not a surprise for me,” Toulalan said when asked by Press Association Sport. “Anthony has got a lot of qualities. “He is a good man and he will have a lot of success in Manchester. “For Anthony, to be honest, it was difficult to refuse an offer like this. I am happy for him, he plays well at Manchester United.” Martial moved to the principality from Lyon in 2013, making 70 appearances and scoring 15 goals for Monaco before heading to Old Trafford. Jardim, like Toulalan, completely understood the striker’s desire to move on and has not been surprised by the way he has begun life at United. “Anthony is a young, very good player,” the Monaco boss said on the eve of the Europa League tie with Tottenham. “Last year he played bad in the beginning of the season and after worked a lot physically and mentally. “When you work in a club like Monaco with good methods and a good team, it is easy to improve and to go to a big European club.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more