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Spurs ready to sell Eriksen for less than £40m in January transfer window

first_img“We are not a club that is going to make big transfers in the market, nor is it going towards players who are already developed or at a certain level of expectation, also economically.“I would definitely say no because Bruno is a player of a level and a value that is not for us.”Spurs play Manchester United in the midweek fixtures being streamed live on Amazon Prime.2 Christian Eriksen has been in and out of the team for Spurs this seasonCredit: ReutersJose Mourinho says Manchester United is in his history book as Spurs prepare to take on the Red Devils TOTTENHAM are reportedly ready to cut their losses with Christian Eriksen and sell him in January – for less than £40million.The Danish midfielder is out of contract in the summer and is no closer to agreeing a new deal.2 Jose Mourinho has reportedly failed to convince Christian Eriksen to sign a new contractCredit: ReutersThis is despite an offer of more than £200,000-a-week being on the table for one of Spurs’ star men.But the Evening Standard is reporting that that despite Jose Mourinho replacing Mauricio Pochettino as manager, Eriksen is desperate to move on.He is believed to want to pursue a new challenge in La Liga or Serie A.Now chairman Daniel Levy is poised to sanction the sale of the 25-year-old when the transfer window re-opens in January.There also continues to be speculation over the futures of defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.MOURINHO SPEAKING WITH LEVYSpeaking about the potential outgoings, Mourinho said: “I’m not going to discuss these individual things.”If I tell you that I didn’t speak with Mr (Daniel) Levy about Eriksen, Alderweireld and Vertonghen, I would be lying. So, yes I’m speaking with Mr Levy about it.”At the same time, I speak also with the players, with all of them. We speak and try to understand every detail but it’s not something I’m going to discuss.”The important thing, really, is (they are) great professionals, big relationship with Tottenham, amazing understanding of what the club is and what we need from them.”So, all three ready to play, all three ready to forget the contractual situation.”And that’s the most important thing now because we’re in three competitions. And these boys are great players and Tottenham people. I trust them.”NOT IN  FOR FERNANDESOne player who seemingly WON’T be moving to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium any time soon is Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes.Fernandes, 25, scored an incredible 31 goals in all competitions last season.He dealt suitors a huge blow last month by signing a new four-year deal with a whopping £85million release clause.But Mourinho insists that Spurs can’t afford to do a deal for his compatriot.Mourinho told Sport TV: “We are a different club at this level.Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerlast_img read more

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Windies steering towards defeat at end of day 4

first_imgWest Indies will have to produce a Herculean batting effort on tomorrow’s final day if they are to get a result from the ongoing first Brighto Paints-Q Mobile Test against Pakistan at Sabina Park. The Jason Holder-captained regional side, trailing by 121 runs of first innings after Pakistan scored 407 in their first innings in reply to their 286, reached a precarious 93 for four at the end of today’s fourth and penultimate day. This means that they are still 28 runs behind with most of their top order batsmen already in the pavilion. Openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieron Powell, who put on 22 for the first wicket, were dismissed for 14 and 49, respectively, while Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope could only manage 20 and six. Night watch batsman, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, and one of two remaining specialist batsmen, debutant Vishual Singh, are the not out batsmen. Both are yet to get off the mark. The other specialist batsman remaining is Roston Chase. Leading the charge for Pakistan is Yasir Shah, who in nine overs telling leg-spin, has taken all the wickets to fall. He has impressive figures of four for 33.  Earlier, the West Indies were parried in the field by bowling efforts from their new-ball opening pair of fast bowlers, Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel. Joseph claimed three for 71 and Gabriel three for 92. Pakistan, in the meantime, were spearheaded to their total by captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who after being dropped twice, went on to post an unbeaten 99 not out. Play is scheduled to resume tomorrow at 9:30 am.last_img read more

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Mourinho references German philosopher in retort to critics

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “I am the manager of the one of the greatest clubs in the world but I’m also one of the greatest managers in the world,” said Mourinho, who was the asked if would still be seen as a great coach if he doesn’t win a league title at United.Mourinho then turned to a quote by German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Did you read any philosophers?” he asked reporters. “Or information? You never spend time reading, for example, Hegel? OK, so, just as an example: Hegel says the truth is in the whole. It’s always in the whole that you find the truth.”It was a reference to his overall record as a manager, having won the Champions League twice — with Porto and Inter Milan — and eight domestic league titles in his time in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The man who labeled himself a “special one” when introducing himself to English soccer at Chelsea in 2004 said guiding United to a second-place finish in the Premier League last season, 19 points behind rival Manchester City, was “one of my greatest achievements in football.”“Do you ask that question to the manager that finished third in the Premier League last season?” Mourinho said. “To the manager that finished fourth? To the manager that finished fifth?”United visits Burnley on Sunday after losing at Brighton 3-2 and at home against Tottenham 3-0 in its last two games. The loss to Tottenham was the team’s biggest home defeat in Mourinho’s managerial career.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho stands on the sideline during the English FA Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London. Mourinho has described himself as “one of the greatest managers in the world” and used a phrase from a German philosopher to remind critics of his past successes, it was reported on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)MANCHESTER, England — Jose Mourinho took to channeling the musings of a famous German philosopher on Friday to remind critics he is still the “special one.”The Manchester United manager is under scrutiny after his team’s back-to-back losses in the Premier League, which have come after an offseason in which Mourinho was often in glum mood for missing out on transfer targets.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew US Open to AP: Umpire at Kyrgios match will keep working Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

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Lawmaker Leads Montserrado against River Gee in Semi-Finals

first_imgOne of the outstanding lawmakers at the 53rd National Legislature, Saah Joseph of District #13 will lead Montserrado County to the semi-finals against River-Gee County in a local self-styled County Meet on Wednesday, June 11.Montserrado County defeated Sinoe on Sunday June 8, 2014 in a penalty shootout (4-3) to meet River-Gee and Gbapolu will clash with Grand Cape Mount County.The matches are held at the New Georgia Gulf community sports ground. River-Gee defeated Bong 3-0 to secure its place.In the Montserrado versus Sinoe’s game, lawmaker Saah Joseph played a much instructive role as he led series of goal-bound attacks against their opponents. His role was so inspiring that fans began to cheer for him whenever he came close to scoring.However, he was tightly matched by Sinoe’s defenders and it was through the penalty kicks that the lawmaker made certain victory for his side was a foregone conclusion, scoring one of the goals.Fans expect lawmaker Joseph to lead his side against River-Gee on Wednesday, June 11 against Tony Gain and Jimmy Doyan who scored in their 3-0 victory Bong County.The competition kicked off early last month with teams representing 15 sub-divisions of the Republic of Liberia.Montserrado County Players: Alex Flomo, Joseph Kobo, Luseni Kromah, Abraham Barry, Garlo Francis and Yaya Kromah, Saah Joseph, Samuel Thompson, Peter Samuel, Saytus Myers, and Edward Dean.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Parent-teen group offers help for free

first_imgLANCASTER – Action, a free nonprofit parent and teen support group with programs, is expanding to the Antelope Valley. Meetings for parents and kids who are headed for trouble are being held at 7p.m. Thursday in the courtyard complex at Antelope Valley Principal’s Administrative Unit campus, 43423 Division St., Suite 104, Lancaster. Information is available by calling (661) 297-4660. Among the issues tackled each week are teen anger, defiance and rebellion, truancy, gang involvement and drug and alcohol abuse. The methods include teaching parents to set limits and using positive peer support. Action founder Cary Quashen, a counselor for high risk teenagers and a certified addiction specialist, said many families find themselves in stormy situations when a teen goes through tough times, and problems develop. Action offers programs in Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Glendale and Thousand Oaks. “Parents are easily caught up in the storm of emotion surrounding their teen’s behaviors,” Quashen said. “They expend energy in head-butting contests, parent/teacher conferences, court dates, sleepless nights and endless days of arguments, until they are ready to drop from exhaustion, stress, despair, depression, and the hopelessness of their situation.” Action support groups help parents and their kids manage the conflicts before they escalate. “Support groups for parents of unruly teens are full of moms and dads who are currently going through the same problems and can empathize,” said Stephanie Weiss, a parent who attended meetings for nearly six years and now works as a parent group facilitator. “Support groups allow you to vent, feel validated and encouraged, learn and problem-solve, socialize and help others, as well as build and keep realistic hope for the future.” A good support group also will help parents determine what works and doesn’t in managing their teenagers. Action bills itself as a safe place for parents to talk, cry, laugh and discuss teen behavior with others who offer practical solutions that work. While parents meet in one room, teens have their own group sessions. The program also has a 24-hour crisis line, 1-800-FOR TEEN. Weiss said her own teenager’s problems drew her to the program, where she worked with 40 other parents to cope. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Everton boss Martinez eyeing shock raid on Galatasaray

first_img Goran Pandev 1 Everton boss Roberto Martinez is planning a surprise swoop for Galatasaray forward Goran Pandev in the January transfer window.The Toffees are tracking the Macedonian, 31, after reports in Turkey revealed he is available to go out on loan next month.According to Turkish newspaper Fanatik, the former Lazio and Inter player, who can also operate on either flank, wants to leave the Turk Telekom Arena – despite only signing for the club last summer.Pandev has registered only five appearances this season and Toffees chief Martinez sees his experience, particularly in European competition as a Champions League winner, as an attribute which would boost his squad in the Europa League.Pandev’s wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block but Everton might be prepared to gamble on the player if he can come to Goodison Park and kickstart the club’s inconsistent season.last_img read more

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first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the tapes from inside Anglo Irish Bank, published today in the Irish Independent, reveal a concerted effort by executives in Anglo Irish Bank to defraud the Irish State.The tapes have been put online at as part of an investigation by reporter Paul Williams.Deputy Doherty said the fact that both of the executives continued to work in IBRC on a huge salary, one of them right up to February of this year, is an indictment on this government and called for prosecutions for people involved in the collapse of the Irish economy. He said: “These revelations are shocking to the core. They reveal a concerted effort by executives in Anglo Irish to defraud the Irish State.“They prove conclusively that an investigation is needed into events surrounding the bank guarantee and subsequently and that people must be prosecuted for their roles in collapsing the Irish economy.“Here we have a situation in which two senior executives laughed and joked about their attempts to defraud the state of billions of euros.“Their actions have led to austerity, job losses and hardship across the state. “I revealed in 2011 that 22 of the top 50 Anglo executives were still in place in the bank on huge salaries, 19 of them earning more than 175k per annum.“Alarmingly, John Bowe continued to work for Anglo/IBRC right up to last year and Peter Fitzgerald only left in February of this year. That is an indictment on this government.“How did this man pass any fitness and probity tests by the central bank?“The government’s foot dragging on the banking inquiry is unacceptable. Like the last government, Fine Gael and Labour are taking a hands-off approach to the banks while they pay their executives over the top salaries, increase their interest rates at will and seek increased powers to repossess homes from struggling mortgage holders.” ANGLO-GATE: PEARSE DOHERTY SAYS NEWSPAPER INVESTIGATION SHOWS HOW BANK DEFRAUDED THE COUNTRY was last modified: June 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ANGLO-GATE: PEARSE DOHERTY SAYS NEWSPAPER INVESTIGATION SHOWS HOW BANK DEFRAUDED THE COUNTRYlast_img read more



first_imgMAVERICKS COLUMN: Following on from the last column on “talking to your barber”, although men primarily come in to Mavericks to get their hair cut, a hot towel shave or a beard trim, we are often asked by our customers for advice on their skin.So to help out the men of Donegal Daily, we have compiled a basic Q&A on skin care for men. How does men’s skin differ from that of women?Men’s skin tends to be both thicker and oilier. This extra lubrication is essential for beard growth and helps to counterbalance the ravages of time, protecting the skin and acting as a natural wrinkle-reducer. Despite the benefits, having excess skin oil does have a downside – when the oil combines with dirt and dead cells, it can clog the pores causing spots.What happens to the skin as men age?Skin changes dramatically as you age. During puberty, when a man’s hormones are kicking into high gear, the body produces more sebum (oil). However, as men get older, oil production in the skin reduces and moisturisers with age-defying ingredients are needed to nourish, hydrate and help combat the skin’s aging process. The sun…friend or foe?While sunshine may lift your spirits the odd time we get it around the hills of Donegal, it does nothing but harm the skin. Exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays is one of the leading causes of premature skin aging and also puts you at greater risk of developing skin cancer. Dermatologists suggest that, regardless of skin type, a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 is essential for year-round use.What is exfoliation and why do I need to do it?Skin produces cells that continually renew themselves. Exfoliation helps rid the skin of the dead cells that build up on its surface. Scrubs containing granules gently buff away impurities and dead surface cells, stimulating skin renewal and revitalising the complexion without any redness or flaking.What products should I use for shaving?When wet shaving, a lot of men try to cut corners and use cheap aerosol shaving foams and gels. The vast majority of these products contain additional chemicals that irritate the skin as opposed to soothing it. To create their texture, they are also heavily aerated, creating insufficient lubrication between the razor and skin. The best products to use are shaving oils or, better again, are the old fashioned shaving soaps or creams. Prorasso has a range of shaving soaps and creams which are second to none. When used correctly they result in the smoothest shave achievable. We use the Prorasso range ourselves for the hot towel shave and it is also available to buy in Mavericks. Anyone who has tried it, hasn’t looked back. Under eye cream: Is it for men?Check out any photo of yourself that’s at least five years old and you’ll no doubt see far more significant changes in the eye area than in any other area of your face. The skin under the eye is extremely delicate, and as you age, it gets thinner, making it extremely susceptible to wrinkles. It’s especially important to feed the vulnerable under-eye area with a nutrient-packed, super-hydrating, under-eye cream. Start today – even if you’re only in your twenties – for results you can see like fine lines beginning to diminish.I hope this helps and gives you an insight on how to slow down the clock.For any more advice on skin care for men just contact us on our Facebook page or call into Mavericks Traditional Barbershop, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny. ARE YOU A MAVERICK? TOP TIPS ON GOOD SKINCARE FOR MEN was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AdviceBusinesscolumnMAVERICKSnewsQ&ASkincarelast_img read more


Player misjudges massive drop when leaping over barrier to celebrate

first_img 1 E questo? Come diavolo fate a non amare l’Europa League, ditemelo che proprio non riesco a capacitarmene #europaleague— Paolo Vigo (@Pagolo) September 20, 2018After tucking away a penalty, he rushed off towards the away fans, leaped over the initial hoardings before running and jumping over a concrete blockade separating supporters from the pitch.He just didn’t see the big drop on the other side.The player disappeared from sight in front of shocked fans and team-mates before being hauled back to pitch level and carrying on with the game. Fortunately Benjamin Kololli, left, was okay after his fall That’s nothing, though, compared to the horror injury former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman recently told talkSPORT about.“I had a little tackle with Lee Chapman when I was playing for Arsenal at Elland Road. It was a 50/50, I went down at his feet and his studs, which started just above my knee, went straight up to my meant and veg.“I was lying down and [Gordon] Strachan was standing over me saying ‘get up you southern softie’ and I thought ‘hang on, I’m northern’. Anyway, he was giving me a load of stick and when the physio came on, he saw the blood and went: ‘oh, sorry, big man.’“What had happened was that I had actually punctured my two veg, went off at half-time, got stitched back up and went out for the second half. That was back in the day.”center_img 🤢 “I’d PUNCTURED my two veg…😳 …but had it sewn up at half-time and went back out!”🗣️ @TheDavidSeaman leaves every male listener wincing with this story about a tackle… on his tackle! 😱— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) September 19, 2018 Often when falling over celebrating wildly in Cyprus, it has something to do with alcohol.For FC Zurich player, Benjamin Kololli, whose goal sealed a 1-0 Europa League win at AEK Larnaca, it wasn’t related to booze despite being a short drive from Ayia Napa.last_img read more

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first_imgLETTERKENNY IT is hoping to forge links with other institutions to form a new university, it was announced today.Athlone IT says it is in advanced discussions with LYIT Dundalk IT, GMIT and IT Sligo.If approved by the Government, the Border Midlands West Technological University would create the largest higher education institution in the state with 27,000 students. A steering group comprising the presidents and senior IT staff are directing the negotiations.“We are looking to create a differentiated institution, one that will be known for the excellence of its teaching and learning, and for its close collaboration with industry,” said Athlone IT President Prof. Ciarán Ó Catháin.“Such a technological university will be much more than the sum of its parts, it will be a powerful agent of change in higher education for all the communities and stakeholders involved,” he told Midlands Radio today.Criteria for the technological universities are due to be published next month. LETTERKENNY IT BIDS FOR UNIVERSITY STATUS IN MERGER TALKS was last modified: January 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYITlast_img read more



first_imgPaddy McGrath will be a key man for Ardara tonight as they seek to put local rivals Naomh Conaill to the sword and book their place in the last four of the Donegal SFC.Naomh Conaill face off with bitter rivals Ardara tonight for a coveted spot in the last four of the Donegal SFC.Naomh Conaill and Ardara played out an enthralling quarter-final clash at Tir Chonaill Park on Saturday, but a late, late free from Brendan Nelis secured a relay for Ardara.Ardara had led by five points at one stage in the second-half, but Naomh Conaill inspired by county Anthony Thompson powered back to lead as the clock ticked into injury-time. However, Ardara had the final say, and in doing so forced a replay with their neighbours which takes place tonight at Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey.The prize for the winners is a semi-final showdown with current Donegal SFC holders Glenswilly this weekend.The last time the pair met before this year’s Donegal SFC was in 2009.That game also went to a replay, and in the replay extra-time had to be played to separate the sides. Naomh Conaill eventually edged Ardara out after extra-time, but it was one hell of a battle.You wouldn’t bet against extra-time being required for tonight’s clash between the old rivals.Paddy Campbell’s side will head into tonight’s clash again as slight favourites, Anthony Thompson, Leon Thompson, and Dermot Molloy will all be key players for Naomh Conaill tonight.Kenneth Doherty was the best player on the pitch last Saturday, and Ardara will need him to exert his influence over the game again tonight.While the likes of Paddy McGrath, Gareth Concarr and Martin Shovlin will also be expected to play significant roles. It promises to be another cracking game, and it will be another closely fought affair.Glenties should edge it though, although this game could go to extra-time again.VERDICT – GLENTIES DONEGAL SFC: NAOMH CONAILL AND ARDARA BATTLE IT OUT AGAIN FOR SEMI-FINAL SPOT was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ArdaraDonegal SFCDonegal SFC quarter-finalGAAHome-page SportNaomh ConaillnewsSportlast_img read more


Star-studded concert for 2010

first_imgThe 2010 Fifa World Cup will kick off instyle with a spectacular concert the daybefore the opening ceremony. (Image:Chris Kirchhoff, more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jermaine Craig, media manager2010 Local Organising Committee+27 83 201 0121• Rich MkhondoLOC chief of communications+27 83 201 0254RELATED ARTICLES• Football for Hope to unite SA • Get kitted for Football Fridays• Artificial fields for SA footballers• 2010 to give SA a $2.5bn boostJanine ErasmusThe first Fifa World Cup ever to be held on African soil will kick off on 11 June 2010, and to celebrate Fifa is organising a spectacular concert featuring top international and home-grown stars.The world football body has hired global eventing company Control Room, headed by Kevin Wall, to organise the show for the day before kick-off, 10 June. Control Room has extensive experience in live events and is responsible for, among others, the Live 8 series of free benefit concerts, and Live Earth 2007.“We are honoured to have been selected by Fifa to organise and produce this first-ever event for the world’s largest sport,” said Wall. The 2010 concert will be the first Fifa-approved music event to take place on the eve of the World Cup.Attracting younger fansWhile the traditional opening ceremony will still happen on 11 June, Fifa hopes that the music concert will attract the attention of younger fans, and draw them in to the excitement of one of the world’s biggest sporting events.It is expected that the South African concert will have much the same feel as Live 8, which featured some of the world’s most popular entertainers, all giving their time for the sake of helping others less fortunate.Fans can also look forward to guest appearances by football greats from past and present, as well as material from Fifa’s archives.All proceeds from the concert will go towards 20 Centres for 2010, Fifa’s official legacy campaign for the football extravaganza. The goal of the project is to build 20 Football for Hope centres across Africa, five of which will be in South Africa, and the rest in other African countries.Each centre will comprise an artificial football field made of one-star turf, with other services such as education and health care facilities, for the upliftment of the community.Historic settingThe multi-use Orlando Stadium in Soweto, which re-opened in November 2008 after a US$38-million (R280-million) revamp, is to be the concert venue. Fifa and the organisers chose Soweto because of its strong symbolism for change in South Africa’s history. The stadium can accommodate a crowd of 50 000 people.The three-hour music event, scheduled to start at 8pm local time, will also highlight South Africa’s vibrant cultural diversity, sporting prowess and visual appeal. The country is known for its rich musical culture as well as for its famed sporting achievements, and has produced many legendary artists such as Miriam Makeba, Johnny Clegg and Hugh Masekela.Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said, “There are few things in life that can kindle such widespread passion as football, but music is without doubt one of them. With this celebratory kick-off event, football fans are in for a huge treat.”SuperstarsArtist names being tossed around include music diva Beyonce, rapper Jay-Z, and hip-hop group, the Black Eyed Peas. The official line-up, as well as details of how to obtain tickets, is to be announced at a later date.“The plan is to make this the greatest live music event ever to come out of Africa,” said Wall in an October 2009 interview with Music Week. “We’re lining up some of the biggest stadium acts in the world to perform alongside African bands and artists, while the concert will emphasise the connection between music and sport.”Wall added that the concert will break new records in terms of the number of countries tuned in.“We’ve been working with Fifa for four months on this and we’re confident we’ll cover 99% of the footprint of broadcasters that are showing coverage of the World Cup itself,” he said. “We’ve already cleared all 54 countries in Africa to take the coverage on terrestrial TV, which is the first time that’s ever been achieved.”Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at read more

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Situation in West Bengal’s riot-hit Baduria town ‘tense but under control’

first_imgWhile the situation in Baduria in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas remained tense but under control, the political slug-fest over the Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi ‘summoning’ Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee  and her subsequent reaction continued for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.Leader of the Trinamool Congress Legislature Party Partha Chatterjee said that the party has written to President Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressing strong reservations to Governor’s call. “If the Governor does not express regret over the developments, we will be forced to take strong decision,” Mr. Chatterjee said, adding any attack on Ms. Banerjee will not be ignored.  “We did not expect the Governor to act beyond his Constitutional limitations,” he said.Defending the Governor, BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said that the Governor was within its rights to speak to the Chief Minster over the developments. He went on to say that it is Ms. Banerjee who should apologise for making the details of conversation between the two public. He also sought to know why the State delayed in seeking central forces.The Left Front has demanded that all-party meeting be convened on the situation in Baduria and Basirhat. Communist Party of India (Marxist) MP Modh Salim said that it is not a personal issues between the Chief Minister and Government but more important is that peace and amity be restored.With the TMC mounting its attack on the Governor, experts fear that the situation may create legislative bottle neck. “It is totally incumbent on the Centre on who will be the Governor and how long his or her term can be.  While there has been instances of rift between the Constitutional head, the Governor and head of the Government Chief Minister in the past there has been no instance when Chief Minister has held a press conference against Governor,” Biswanath Chakraborty, head of Department of Political Science, Rabindra Bharati University, said.  Meanwhile, with four companies of Border Security Force (BSF) there was a huge deployment of security forces in the strife-torn areas in State’s North 24 Parganas which has been on boil over the past few days over a Facebook post.Though the blockades have been lifted  shops and commercial establishment remained closed in Baduria and adjoining areas.  Prohibitory orders under Section 144  of CrPC have been imposed in the area.  Along with area domination the police and security forces are also making public announcements to maintain peace in the area.last_img read more

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Knicks’ Enes Kanter says anyone against Turkey president is a ‘target’

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. (FILES) In this file photo taken on January 1, 2018, Enes Kanter of the New York Knicks plays the Denver Nuggets in Denver, Colorado. – Kanter, staying home from an NBA game JUanuary 17, 2019, in London over safety fears, ripped Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a Washington Post column on January 15. Kanter, who says he receives death threats for his complaints against Erdogan, said he refused to join the Knicks on the trip to Britain for a game against the Washington Wizards because he worried Erdogan might have him kidnapped or killed. (Photo by MATTHEW STOCKMAN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)New York Knicks center Enes Kanter, staying home from an NBA game Thursday in London over safety fears, ripped Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a Washington Post column Tuesday.Kanter, who says he receives death threats for his complaints against Erdogan, said he refused to join the Knicks on the trip to Britain for a game against the Washington Wizards because he worried Erdogan might have him kidnapped or killed.ADVERTISEMENT “Anyone who speaks out against him is a target. I am definitely a target. And Erdogan wants me back in Turkey where he can silence me,” the 26-year-old Turkish standout wrote in an opinion essay on the newspaper’s website.Kanter says he is often told to “keep calm and play ball” rather than speak out against Erdogan, but said he prefers the philosophy of former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the pre-game US anthem to protest racial inequality and social injustice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I can’t risk traveling overseas. Even if I did, I wouldn’t travel this week to Britain, where I easily could be kidnapped or killed by Turkish agents,” he wrote.“Erdogan’s arms are long. He hunts down anyone who opposes him. In 2017, his security team —- or thugs, as The Post’s editorial board described them —- even beat up peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington.“The situation in Turkey has been very bad since a failed coup attempt in 2016. Erdogan unleashed a massive purge, firing more than 100,000 public-sector workers and imprisoning more than 50,000 people. These people are not criminals. They include judges, academics and journalists. Erdogan thinks free speech is dangerous, and he accuses critics of being terrorists.”Kanter, 26, recounted being on the run from police in Indonesia and fearing he might be sent to Turkey when he arrived in Romania. After help from US lawmakers to get back into the United States, Kanter learned a Turkish arrest warranted for him had been issued.“Turkish prosecutors want to put me in jail for four years for insulting Erdogan on Twitter. They claim I am a member of an ‘armed terrorist organization,’” Kanter wrote.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 3 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBA PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I was lucky. Turkish business executives, educators and others around the world have been kidnapped or detained, and then deported back to Turkey by governments eager to stay in Erdogan’s good graces.“Erdogan is a strongman and I knew there would be a backlash for the things I’ve said about him and the Turkish government, but I didn’t know it would be like this.”‘Dictator is wrecking Turkey’Kanter said he skipped last year’s Human Rights Foundation Freedom Forum in Oslo for reasons similar to those keeping him off the court this week in England.“I receive many death threats. I used to love walking around New York City alone, but I can’t do that anymore. My friends and family in Turkey could be arrested just for talking to me,” he wrote.“My decision not to travel to London was difficult from a competitive standpoint but much easier from a safety one. It helps puts a spotlight on how a dictator is wrecking Turkey — people have been killed, thousands are unjustly imprisoned and countless lives have been ruined. That is no game.” Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ SPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The advice I prefer comes from Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ad campaign: ‘Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,’” Kanter wrote.Kanter said Erdogan uses global law-enforcement group Interpol “as a tool for having his critics arrested in other countries” and worried because he lacks US citizenship or a US passport. 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Halle Open: Roger Federer cruises past defending champ Florian Mayer into semis

first_imgTop seed Roger Federer reached the Halle Open semi-finals on Friday, beating defending champion Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4 and edging closer to a ninth title at the Wimbledon tune-up event.The 18-time grand slam champion, whose last title at Halle was in 2015, skipped the entire claycourt season after winning the Australian Open and claiming titles at Indian Wells and Miami this year, to prepare for grass.He will now face rapidly rising talent Karen Khachanov, who won his all-Russian quarter-final against Andrey Rublev 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-3 to reach his first tour semi-final of the year.Federer, who has yet to drop a set in Halle after crashing out of Stuttgart in his first match back last week, limited his serve-and-volley game against the German who is a fine returner and Mayer was broken quickly as his opponent won the first set.The 33-year-old Mayer squandered two break points at 1-0 in the second set and paid the price as Federer broke again and never relinquished his advantage to win in just over an hour.Frenchman Richard Gasquet also reached the last four, edging past Dutchman Robin Haase, who had eliminated second seed Dominic Thiem in the previous round, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 and looked to be hitting top grasscourt form at just the right time.Gasquet will now play the winner of the last quarter-final between local favourite Alexander Zverev and Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut later on Friday.last_img read more

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New core and API seek to meld multiple AI engines

first_img Continue Reading Previous nVent completes acquisition of Eldon enclosures businessNext Farnell: Avnet SmartEdge Industrial IoT gateway now available Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, Digital Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.center_img BRUSSELS, Belgium — A serious number of AI chip startups, many gunning for the automotive market, have popped up in the last few years, but there has been a counterpoint. OEMs and Tier Ones are reportedly eager to design home-grown AI chips — much like Tesla’s groundbreaking development of its own “full self-driving (FSD) computer” chips.If the latter case is the trend, where does it leave IP core licensors like Ceva, Inc.? And what should they do next?First and foremost, they must increase the performance of their licensable IP cores designed for AI architecture. They need, above all, to make their neural network cores even more irresistible to SoC designers.Perhaps even more important is to ensure that their IP cores do not get designed out. They must avoid the risk of their IP cores getting replaced by nouvelle AI processors developed by startups or car OEMs.In what might be viewed as a preemptive strike, Ceva came here with two announcements demonstrating it’s achieving those objectives.At the AutoSens, opening this week in Brussels, Ceva rolled out its second-generation edge AI processor architecture for deep neural network inferencing. Called “NeuPro-S,” the new AI architecture includes “a number of system-aware enhancements that deliver significant performance improvements,” claimed Ceva.In parallel, Ceva unveiled what it calls its CDNN (Ceva Deep Neural Network) Invite API, a deep neural network compiler technology designed to support not only Ceva’s own NeuPro cores but also third-party neural network engines in a single, unified neural network architecture.As neural networks continue to advance, Yair Siegel , director of segment marketing at Ceva, told EE Times that car OEMs and Tier Ones want to “see a flexible AI architecture” that allows third-party neural network solutions for specific use cases, in addition to NeuPro cores, under one roof.Click here for larger imageConcept for CDNN Invite (Source: Ceva)Concept for CDNN Invite (Source: Ceva) Mike Demler, senior analyst at The Linley Group, described the CDNN-Invite as “an interface that allows mapping the customer’s AI accelerator into the same computational graph alongside NeuPro, so that it can be run by the same host controller.” Demler sees Ceva’s advantage in its ability to build on an established foundation. He called Ceva’s “CDNN-Invite” feature “novel.”Ceva claimed that the CDNN-Invite would create a much needed “open environment” for AI architecture, as opposed to “Nvidia whose architecture is completely closed.”Demler, however, questioned if that is entirely true, if you look at system-level solutions. He pointed out, “Actually, if you’re using Nvidia’s GPU as an accelerator in a heterogeneous system, the software framework is completely open to plug in other engines. Audi’s zFAS system, for example, uses both EyeQ and [Nvidia’s] Tegra processors. It’s not a problem.Jeff VanWashenova, director of the automotive market segment at Ceva, responded, “The difference here with CDNN-Invite API is we are allowing other neural network engines to be on the same silicon” with NeuPro.Demler acknowledged that Ceva is “making it easier for customers that already use their IP to extend it,” by allowing third-party accelerators to be inside a single neural network engine.NeuPro-S Ceva’s NeuPro-S consists of a NeuPro-S engine and Ceva-XM, a fully programmable vector DSP.The strength of NeuPro-S is that “the fully programmable CEVA-XM6 vision DSP incorporated in the NeuPro-S architecture facilitates simultaneous processing of imaging, computer vision and general DSP workloads in addition to AI runtime processing.” This unified imaging, computer vision and AI combo is the key, explained Siegel.As more people dabble with neural networks, they are beginning to realize that not all imaging/visual tasks should be left to AI. Imaging tasks such as wide-angles and SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping), for example, are better handled by traditional computer-vision algorithms, explained Ceva’s Siegel. After images are cleaned up, then, they are handed over to an AI engine. AI is better suited to perform functions like segmentation, detection and object classification.Click here for larger imageNeuPro-S, Single Core System Diagram (Source: Ceva)NeuPro-S, Single Core System Diagram (Source: Ceva) But the biggest improvements in NeuPro-S come from its “memory optimized design,” noted Ceva’s Siegel. By extending support for multi-level memory systems, NeuPro-S “reduces costly transfers with external SDRAM,” while it provides “multiple weight compression options.”More specifically, weight compression is achieved by retraining and compression via CDNN (offline) and decompression via the NeuPro-S engine (real-time). Further, by enabling seamless use of L2 memory types, internal memory improves. It also features robust DMA and the local memory system by optimizing parallel processing and memory fetching to minimize overheads. This means that NeuPro-S does not draw power from a main computer.All these memory optimization design results in “on average 50% higher performance, 40% lower memory bandwidth and 30% lower power consumption, when compared to CEVA’s first-generation AI processor,” Ceva claimed.The NeuPro-S family includes NPS1000, NPS2000 and NPS4000, pre-configured processors with 1000, 2000 and 4000 8-bit MACs respectively per cycle. The NPS4000, for example, featuring up to 4096 8×8 MACs, offers the highest CNN performance per single core with up to 12.5 TOPS at 1.5Ghz. The company said that it is “fully scalable to reach up to 100 TOPS.”last_img read more

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