Deschamps denies Laportes France snub is personal

first_imgFrance coach Didier Deschamps insists he cannot have two left-footed defenders at centre-back in his team following Aymeric Laporte’s shocking claimsSince arriving from Athletic Bilbao in last January for a club record fee of £57m at Manchester City, Laporte has become regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe.But the 24-year-old surprisingly continues to be overlooked by Deschamps for France with the likes of Kurt Zouma and Mamadou Sakho getting the nod instead.This led the uncapped Laporte to make a stunning accusation against Deschamps by claiming it’s personal last week.But the former Juventus boss insists his decision was based purely on footballing reasons.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I do not understand [why Laporte made those statements]. I do not know,” Deschamps told RMC Sport.“I do not have a problem with anyone. When I choose someone it is not for me. I repeat. I only have one thing to say to him and that is that he continues to perform well.“If you tell me he must be in [Marseille centre-back Adil] Rami’s place then I stop you right away.“Sorry but two left-footed defenders at centre-back at international level… We have a lot of left-footers and few right-footers.”Laporte, who’s played every single one of City’s Premier League games this season, will likely start in today’s clash against Crystal Palace.last_img read more

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Ballroom Dresses On Sale In Wilmington On September 14 Registration Required

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Ballroom On A Budget is holding its annual Fall Trunk Sale on Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 10am to 4pm, at its Wilmington location within RE/Max (314 Main Street) inside Presidential Park.This fall trunk sale allows customers to “grab a great dress at a great price.” Come early for the best selection. Choose a dress and make an offer! No reasonable offer on any dress will be refused. All dresses will be on sale.  Come see all the new inventory that has come in over the summer months.To register, contact Linda Covino at 978-808-3440, Charlotte Browne at 617-733-4056, or info@ballroomonabudget.com.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… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Ballroom Dresses On Sale In Wilmington This Saturday; Registration RequiredIn “Business”PHOTO: Ballroom Gowns On Sale In WilmingtonIn “Photo of the Day”Middlesex Deputy Sheriff Association To Hold Gold Star Families Breakfast On September 15In “Community”last_img read more

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Houstons The Suffers Has Its Own Brand Of Gulf Coast Soul

first_img Share Todd Spoth /Courtesy Big Picture MediaAfter the census of 2010, demographers discovered that a Texas city had surpassed New York and Los Angeles as the most diverse metropolis in the United States. Perhaps, then, it was inevitable that group of musicians like The Suffers would emerge about the same time out of Space City.There was a terrific local singer, Kam Franklin, and bass player Adam Castaneda. And Castaneda knew someone, who knew someone else – and that person wanted to play with this other person. And, before they knew it, a full-fledged eight-piece band emerged and made its debut. That was seven years ago. The Suffers have come a long way since that early gig, playing a prom in Jackson, Mississippi.“If you think you’re an entertainer, and you’ve never played for a group of teenagers, you are not an entertainer, because teenagers hate everything,” Franklin says.The Suffers release their newest collection of songs Friday. It’s titled Everything Here. Franklin calls it Gulf Coast Soul, a label that pays tribute to the band’s roots. Franklin says drawing from Gulf Coast culture — its people, its music, even its food – has helped The Suffers succeed.“I feel like the reason we’ve done so well and we continue to do well is because we kind of just have chosen to embrace our city and embrace our sound,” Franklin says. “It’s not a familiar sound but, at the same time, when you listen to it, it kind of is.”At least some Houstonians and hip-hop fans will find familiar voices in “Everything Here,” which features appearances by Texas rappers Paul Wall and Bun B.Overall, Castaneda sees the new album as a branching out from their first album, which he calls a “homemade project.” In contrast, “Everything Here” involved two producers and a string section.“I might be able to unclog a drain but that doesn’t mean I can plumb a whole house, so we need to have plumbers come in here,” Castaneda says. “So, we had our specialist friends come in and help out in places that made the record better.”Production value wasn’t the only sound influence on “Everything Here.” While none of The Suffers were directly affected by Hurricane Harvey, its impact is felt in one of the songs.“‘After the Storm’ is a song about, basically, trying to make a hurricane boo,” Franklin says. “But at the same time, it’s about extending your hand to your neighbor but in a more sensual way, and telling them ‘hey, I probably should have said this before the storm, but I wanna see you after the storm, I wanna know how you’re doing, I wanna check in on you, I wanna make sure you’re okay in more ways than one.’”Written by Kevin Wheeler.last_img read more

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Pedestrians follow the herd instinct when crossing the road

first_img More information: Collective behavior in road crossing pedestrians: the role of social information, Behavioral Ecology (2010) 21 (6): 1236-1242. doi:10.1093/beheco/arq141 (PhysOrg.com) — A Leeds University study has discovered pedestrians are likely to act like a herd when crossing roads, blindly following other pedestrians. Deciphering the movement of pedestrians in a crowd 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: Pedestrians follow the herd instinct when crossing the road (2010, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-pedestrians-herd-instinct-road.htmlcenter_img Explore further The study was led by Dr Jolyon Faria who was at Leeds University in the UK but has now relocated to Princeton University in the US. Dr Faria said the study aimed to find out if the behavior of pedestrians crossing a busy and dangerous road was affected by the behavior of people on either side of them.The study analyzed the behavior of 365 people at a busy crossing in Leeds during peak traffic periods over three days. The pedestrian crossing was chosen because it was especially busy and one at which pedestrians often went against the Don’t Walk light, placing themselves in a potentially dangerous situation. Computer simulations were also used to determine what might happen if pedestrians ignored the actions of those around them.The study, published in Behavioural Ecology and Planet Earth Online revealed that people are 1.5-2.5 times more likely to cross a busy road if the pedestrian next to them sets off first, and males were more likely to follow other pedestrians than females.Dr Faria said the behavior could be because people feel safer when making a dangerous crossing with others. He speculated the gender difference may be because women are more conscious of their surroundings than men, who are more willing to risk following someone else.The behavior may have originated in our evolutionary past, since herding behavior is common in many species. For example, wildebeest wait nervously on river banks until one is brave enough to go in first, after which all the herd follows. In their case the behavior makes sense because of the likelihood of crocodile attacks. Similarly, penguins wait on the edge of ice floes until one of them is brave enough to dive in and face attack from leopard seals.Dr Faria said he hoped the study might encourage people to think twice before blindly following others onto the road, and said it also adds to our understanding of herding, flocking and shoaling behaviors. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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