JOSE MOURINHO will give a vote of confidence to Eric Dier by including him in his starting XI against Bournemouth today.The new Tottenham boss caused a major shock on Tuesday when he substituted the England international – bringing on Christian Eriksen after just 29 minutes of the Champions League match against Olympiakos.2 Jose Mourinho will start Eric Dier vs Bournemouth as he tries to make amends to the midfielder for hooking him early against OlympiakosSpurs were 2-0 down at the time but battled back to win 4-2.But a source close to Mourinho confirmed Dier was in the the Portuguese coach’s team to face Bournemouth at White Hart Lane.He stressed Mourinho was a big fan of the player, who can play in defence or as a holding midfielder.After the match on Tuesday, Mourinho went to great lengths to explain his treatment of Dier was nothing personal.Mourinho said: “The most difficult moment of the game was not when they scored the first two goals, it was when I made the change in the first half.””It hurt the player but also myself. It’s not easy for him or me.”It’s important that the player understands, and I was lucky my choice was a very intelligent boy who has very good understanding of what the team is, because I did it for the team.”It was not about his performance, but what the team needs.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him”We are losing 2-0, in a very difficult situation in that moment, and I felt that one positional midfield player was enough.”I thought I needed a second creative player who could play with Dele Alli in what I call an open triangle, and not with a closed triangle with two deeper midfielders.”I apologise to Eric, but he knows I did it for the team and not to hurt him. I think the fans understood too.” 2Jose Mourinho says he would not swap the Spurs manager’s job for any other in the world
May 8 2018Technology that allows BMW’s assembly lines to run more efficiently is now being used to accurately indicate when residents in Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) are at increased risk of falling.William Kearns, president of the International Society for Gerontechnology and associate professor at the University of South Florida College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, collected 43 million pieces of location data by monitoring the movements of 53 ALF residents for a year. He did so by tracking their wristbands with a Real Time Location System (RTLS) sensor network. The technology was created by Ubisense and is currently used by BMW. Dr. Kearns calculated the straightness of their walk in near real-time using fractal dimension, a mathematical tool used to explain how complex travel patterns change based on the scale of measurement.”From my previous research, my colleagues and I found the poorer the score on the Mini Mental State Exam, which assesses cognitive function, the higher the fractal dimension value,” said Dr. Kearns. “It’s through this calculation I learned that increased errors navigating the environment are related to long-term cognitive impairment due to dementia.”Dr. Kearns makes this conclusion following his study at the Sunrise Village Assisted Living Facility in Tampa, where automated computerized reports on each resident’s fractal dimension value were generated. Future daily reports will allow administrators to more closely monitor increasing signs of wandering and investigate the potential causes, such as changes to a resident’s diet, medication or sleeping habits. By making adjustments, fractal dimension values can be reduced, improving their navigation and ultimately prevent an impending fall.Related StoriesWeightlifting is better for the heart than cardioRhythmic movement can be coordinated without neuronal interactions between body partsResearchers use Twitter and artificial intelligence to see who’s exercisingMost ALFs have high turnover rates, some exceeding 150% per year. So the “corporate memory” about an elder’s health status may be erased after just a few months. ALFs are also generally understaffed and cannot provide continuous individualized attention and care.”We found the study by Dr. Kearns to be eye-opening,” said Bunny Markarian, former administrator at Sunrise Village Assisted Living. “By monitoring our residents’ walking pattern and any deviation, we, along with the visiting physician or ARNP, could intercede after investigating the cause. In many cases, this intervention prevented hospitalization of the resident or re-admission. And the residents involved in the study were excited to have a role.”RTLS is much more accurate than GPS and updates 100 times per second. It pinpoints one’s location, indoors or outdoors, within six inches. GPS is limited to the outdoors and has a one-meter resolution. RTLS is most effective for open floorplans, typically found in ALFs, since there are typically fewer obstacles to negatively affect accuracy.Dr. Kearns believes the wristband technology will eventually be used in at-home care. He’ll present his findings at the International Society for Gerontechnology 11th World Conference tonight (May 7) at 5PM (EST) in St. Petersburg, Florida. Source:http://health.usf.edu/
Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) works and person are enigmatic. Historians and music critics, both during his lifetime and today, are divided about his works and the essence of the man. Some say his works are extremely hard to fathom and equally hard to listen to. Nonetheless there is no denying the impact his 7th symphony had on the outcome of the city Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia) and on the fate of World War 2 as a whole. Written and performed while the city was under one of the most harrowing sieges in history, it came to embody strength and defiance in the face of overwhelming adversity.Dmitri Shostakovich in the audience at the Bach Celebration of July 28, 1950. Photo by Roger & Renate Rössing. Fotothek_df_roe-neg CC BY-SA 3.0 deTo this day, over seventy years after it was written, the “Leningrad Symphony” is considered the musical symbol of the Soviet Union’s/Russia’s resistance and triumph against Hitler in WWII.It is played every year at a memorial for the heroes of the city of Leningrad who number a half million (and likely many more). The first strains of the work are still likely to induce tears in Russians young and old, much like the strains of Tchaikovsky did when Napoleon’s invasion was remembered.Saint Petersburg/Leningrad.Shostakovich himself is the subject of debate. Some consider him a middling talent. Others a great one. Still others believe that his talent was purposely suppressed in a time when everything, including musical works (even those without lyrics) was political.Other voices say he was a political survivor who simply did what he could to get by. The truth is likely somewhat a combination of all of these things. No one who lived during Stalin’s reign of terror could truly be his or her self. One always was guarded, and trusted very few, if any. Shostakovich himself was many times on the verge of arrest or worse – not for his words, but solely because of his art, and the qualities that Stalin and his many toadies attributed to it or not.Birthplace of Shostakovich (now School No. 267). Commemorative plaque at left. Photo by Smerus CC BY 2.5Dmitri Shostakovich was born in St. Petersburg itself. He was connected to, and part of the city. Those readers familiar with Russian/Soviet history will know that St. Petersburg was founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great.During the Bolshevik Revolution is was called Petrograd and in the Soviet Era which followed, it was known as Leningrad, after the “Father of Soviet Communism.” Today, it has been renamed yet again and is St. Petersburg once more.Saint Petersburg.He came from a middle-class background (which later did not help him with Soviet authorities looking for reasons to condemn him), and was a musical prodigy likely from birth.He took piano lessons from his mother but soon was playing and writing things far beyond her abilities to keep up with.When he was thirteen, just a year or so removed from the revolutionary upheaval of the Bolshevik’s, he entered the Petrograd Conservatory.Shostakovich in 1925.While at the conservatory, he was both admired and criticized. Instructors recognized his talent but criticized him for being too willing to copy those who went before, such as Stravinsky and Prokofiev.Still, when he wrote his First Symphony, which premiered in 1926, he was recognized as a great young talent, and fortunately (or unfortunately) was noticed by Russian Field Marshal Tukhachevsky, a hero of the Bolshevik Revolution and the subsequent Russian Civil War. Tukhachevsky prided himself on being an educated and refined man, and personally sponsored many artists and athletes.Mikhail Nikolayevich Tukhachevsky.The Field Marshal’s wish was to elevate the masses, to lift up their culture, rather than bring the culture of Russia down to them. For a time, he was quite successful and having Tukhachevsky as a patron was a very good thing – for a time. It meant that in the unbelievably dangerous and political times of the 1920s and 30s in the U.S.S.R., you had “proteksiya” — protection.Unfortunately, Tukhachevsky, while recognized as a great tactician and patron, was not a great politician. As Stalin rose in power, Tukhachevsky fell. Even before his death in the Great Purge of 1936-37, his star was on the wane, and anyone associated with him was suspected of working against the regime – Stalin in particular. This meant Shostakovich, among many many others.Joseph Stalin.In 1936, Stalin made two trips to the opera/symphony in Moscow that were meant to convey a very strong message. The first performance, by a little-known composer, Stalin said had “great ideological and political value.”This little-known composer rose in the ranks of favored musicians and gained the many perks that went with it. Ten days later, Stalin again attended a performance, this time of Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.”Left to right – Sergei Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Aram Khachaturian, 1945.Told beforehand that Stalin would be there, Shostakovich canceled a previously arranged tour. When Stalin got up without clapping and left immediately, everyone present, especially Shostakovich, knew he was in trouble. When the show ended, Shostakovich was white as a ghost and shaking so much from fear he could barely take a bow.Within weeks, Shostakovich’s commission dried up, his income was cut by over 75 percent, and he contemplated suicide. Naturally very nervous, and likely with a case of OCD, Shostakovich’s only reason for living was his wife and two children.Told he was to be arrested one particular night, he waited with packed bags by the buildings’ elevators so when the police came to take him away, they wouldn’t wake his family. Many of his artist friends – writers, fellow musicians, actors – were swept up in Stalin’s purges. Many were shot. Many served time in the Gulag and never returned. Others did, but were never the same.Shostakovich in 1950. Photo by Deutsche Fotothek CC BY-SA 3.0 deDesperate to find work and feed his family, Shostakovich took work writing movie soundtracks. He also went secretly to work on his Fifth Symphony, which premiered a year later.Purposely introducing sounds that could be related to Russian folk music (representing the peasantry), and industrial sounds from horns and percussion (symbolizing the workers), the Fifth brought Shostakovich back into Stalin’s good graces. Temporarily. His 6th Symphony followed in 1939, it was a safe work, following the dictates of what good “Soviet” music should be.Shostakovich voting in the election of the Council of Administration of Soviet Musicians in Moscow in 1974. Photo by Щербинин Юрий CC BY-SA 3.0Shostakovich’s most famous work, the Leningrad, is mysterious. Some of his friends and family said, after Stalin’s death and again after Gorbachev’s period of “Glasnost,” or (“openness”), the composer had begun work on the symphony before the German invasion of the U.S.S.R. and the siege of Leningrad. They say he was secretly condemning not only the rise and threat of Nazi Germany, but the totalitarianism at home as well.Shostakovich himself said that when the Nazi invasion came and the Germans were at the gates of the city, he wrote with “an inhuman intensity I have never before reached.”, turning out page after page. The symphony is long – over seventy minutes, and Shostakovich had to be almost forcibly evacuated from the city to the interior of the country to finish its last movement.While he was doing this, hundreds of thousands of his countrymen were dying in Leningrad – it was a horror show of artillery, starvation, disease, thirst, and cannibalism. This last has been verified in the years since the fall of the U.S.S.R.Dmitri Shostakovich in 1958.In December 1941, two years before the siege was lifted and as German troops were at the gates of Moscow, Shostakovich finished his work. Ironically, the people of Leningrad and most of the Soviet Union did not hear the work until it was broadcast live in both London and New York. A microfilm of the score had been sent out of war-torn Russia.Eight months after its completion, the Leningrad Symphony was played for the survivors of the siege, who still had more than two years of horror to endure. Many said after the war that the first performance lifted them up out of the city and gave them the courage to carry on – at least for a time. The work was incredibly popular during the rest of the decade and came to symbolize not only Leningrad’s fortitude but the resilience of the Soviet people, who lost over twenty million of their countrymen during the war.A Russian stamp in Shostakovich’s memory, published in 2000.As for Shostakovich, he continued writing, completing various smaller works and eight more symphonies in his lifetime. But beginning in 1948, it looked again like he might not be able to complete anything. Stalin began another purge, for various paranoid reasons. The reason given for Shostakovich’s removal from the Moscow Conservatory (the most elite of them all) was that he wrote music with “too much Western influence.”He was briefly rehabilitated for propaganda reasons in 1949, and was sent to the U.S. for a public tour, but was humiliated when exiled novelist Vladimir Nabokov described him as “not a free man,” and an “obedient tool of his government.” When he returned to the U.S.S.R., not having publicly fought back against this (it was true), he again was in Stalin’s dog-house.Read another story from us: Scotland’s Largest and Oldest Clan has Appointed its First Chief in 337 YearsWhen Stalin died in 1953, and Khrushchev slowly began to loosen some chains in the U.S.S.R., Shostakovich once again was rehabilitated. In 1960, he joined the Communist Party, a move which some friends condemned, but while in an “elected” position, he wrote works interpreted as being sympathetic with the Soviet Union’s oppressed Jewish minority.Dmitri Shostakovich died in 1975 after a long illness.