‘Man Utd can get Dries Mertens for €28m’

first_imgTransfers Man Utd can snap up Dries Mertens for €28m, says ex-Napoli director Goal Last updated 2 years ago 17:05 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dries Mertens Napoli Cagliari Serie A Getty Images Transfers Manchester United Napoli Juventus Premier League Serie A The 30-year-old continues to attract interest from the Red Devils as he has kept up last season’s impressive form, and he will not cost a huge amount Dries Mertens has a €28 million release in his new Napoli contract and remains the subject of interest from Manchester United, according to Napoli’s former sporting director Pierpaolo Marino.United were said to be heavily interested in the attacker last season before he signed a new contract with the Serie A side in May after a sensational season.Man utd win and BTTS v Liverpool 15/4 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The Belgium international is now contracted to Napoli until 2020, but president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said he has a release clause in his contract that can be activated by foreign sides.Although Mertens is 30 years old, he has scored seven goals in as many Serie A games this season and Marino insists he can be snapped up at a reasonable fee should Jose Mourinho’s side act on their interest.”Manchester United are following Mertens very closely,” he told Tuttosport.”He was an underestimated player until he played as a striker, now that he is a ‘real No.9’ he is kept under the eye of big clubs, because the €28 million clause a a low price, even if he’s 30 years old.”Napoli sit two points ahead of Juventus at the top of Serie A with a perfect record so far, and Marino believes Maurizio Sarri’s side can win the league this term.”This could be the year of the Blues,” he said.”But not because Juve are weaker, but because Napoli have improved.”last_img read more

Dabo Swinney Praised For What He Did For Clemson Equipment Manager

first_imgclemson head coach dabo swinney celebrates during national titleSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)It’s been nearly a month since the Clemson Tigers won the national championship, yet Dabo Swinney is still making all the right moves even in the offseason.With the Super Bowl just two days away, Swinney made a very sincere gesture to one of the equipment managers for Clemson.Swinney gave David Saville, a team equipment manager with special needs, two tickets to the biggest game of the year in Atlanta. He presented the tickets to him in front of the entire team after practice.“You do so much for this team, just the joy that you bring every day, the perspective, how hard you work — one of the hardest workers that we’ve got around here,” Swinney saidThe Tigers posted the heartwarming on video for everyone to see, and it is the perfect example of a tearjerker.Check it out:MUST-SEE || Coach Swinney surprises our man David Saville with TWO TICKETS TO THE @SUPERBOWL!!! ??? #ClemsonFamily pic.twitter.com/Z5EERJLGx6— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) January 31, 2019Saville called his father to tell him about their chance to attend the Super Bowl this weekend. Hopefully the family enjoys their trip to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to watch New England face Los Angeles.As for Swinney, he proved exactly why he is appreciated by so many people at Clemson.last_img read more

Forget Bloody Marys & Mimosas: These 4 Unconventional Drinks Go Great With Brunch

first_imgBoozing at breakfast is quite possibly the greatest thing ever — but unfortunately everyone seems to drink the same tired old cocktails. Mimosas, Bloody Marys, maybe an Irish Coffee if you’re feeling crazy — don’t get me wrong, I love ’em as much as the next guy, but breakfast boozing doesn’t need to be limited to the same three drinks. So to help broaden your horizons and take your brunch game to the next level, we’ve put together a quick collection of awesome and unusual cocktails that go great with brunch. Enjoy!The PledgeThis is one of my personal favorites. Made with a thick oatmeal stout, a good raisiny sherry, and honeyed Benedictine liqueur, it ends up tasting like “breakfast in a glass.” It makes a great brunch drink if you ever get tired of bloody Marys and mimosas, and a sprinkling of sweet, spicy nutmeg gives it a wonderfully autumnal slant. Here’s how it’s made:1 oz. Lustau East India sherry.5 oz. Benedictine liqueurOatmeal stout (we suggest Lost Coast)Grated nutmegStir the sherry and Benedictine together and pour into a pilsner glass. Top it off with the oatmeal stout and garnish with grated nutmeg. Then just sit back and listen to the contented oohs and ahhs that everyone makes after they take the first drink.Breakfast Sangriathis one is awesome because you can make it in one giant batch and leave a pitcher on the table until everyone’s had their fill. It’s a lighter, brighter, and more effervescent take on the classic sangria recipe, and it goes great with practically any kind of breakfast food.Serves 4 to 61 pink grapefruit1 navel orange2 limes1 cup Cointreau1 750ml bottle Prosecco12 to 24 ounces plain or grapefruit sparkling waterSlice the citrus fruit into half moons. Mix with the Cointreau in a pitcher that holds at least quarts. Add the Prosecco and cover the pitcher tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.  When ready to serve, top off the pitcher with sparkling water and serve with lime or orange wedges.Ramos FizzCreated in 1888 by bar owner Henry C. Ramos, the fizz that bears his name takes the already appealing Silver Fizz—a mixture of gin, lemon, sugar and seltzer, with an egg white to add foam and body—and advances it several steps along the decadence line, adding cream, lime juice and a few drops of aromatic orange-flower water (no, not orange juice—the perfume-like stuff usually sold in small blue bottles).2 ounces gin1 ounce cream1 egg white1/2 ounce lemon juice1/2 ounce lime juice2 teaspoons sugar, to taste2-3 drops orange flower waterSeltzerCombine everything except seltzer in a cocktail shaker. Tradition dictates that the drink be shaken very hard for at least one and preferably two full minutes with ice. You can cheat by either whisking the mixture with a milk-frother or whisk (or tossing a spring from a Hawthorne strainer into the shaker and using that to whip the ingredients) until foamy, and then shaking with ice for a good 20 seconds, or you can buckle down and take the fully authentic ride, while working off the calories you’ll be taking in from the cream and sugar. Strain into a chilled Collins glass and add an ounce or two of chilled seltzer, to taste.South of No NorthThis drink comes from Chris Langton of 1022 South — a fantastic cocktail bar in Tacoma, Washington. It’s kinda like a cold irish coffee — except it uses aged tequila instead of whiskey, and egg quite instead of cream. It’s damn good though, and pairs nicely with a meatier, richer dishes like chicken fried steak or biscuits and gravy.1 1/2 oz reposado tequila1/2 oz Cynar1/2 oz simple syrup1 oz of cold coffee1 fresh egg white.Pour all ingredients into a mixer with some ice, and shake vigoriously for a couple minutes to ensure that the egg white gets frothy. Bonus points if you substitute a fine mezcal for tequila, amaro Ramazzotti for Cynar, and some agave instead of simple syrup. Makes it way more classy and interesting. Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make Editors’ Recommendations 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather last_img read more

End of Year Message by the Chairman of the Caribbean Community The Most Honourable Andrew Holness

first_img The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has had an eventful year both regionally and internationally. We have seen advances in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, (CSME), the signing of the New Multi-Lateral Air Services Agreement and we have been invited to participate in meetings of major international partners. I bring season’s greetings to the people of our Caribbean Community on behalf of all Heads of Government at this joyous time of year.The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has had an eventful year both regionally and internationally. We have seen advances in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, (CSME), the signing of the New Multi-Lateral Air Services Agreement and we have been invited to participate in meetings of major international partners.A proper functioning CSME is essential to deliver the goals of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to the people of the Caribbean for the growth and development of our economies. Recognising this fact, my colleague Heads of Government and I renewed our focus on this initiative in 2018 given the need to accelerate its implementation. There has been progress.The St Ann’s Declaration issued after our Special Meeting on the CSME in Port-of-Spain outlines the resolve that we have to move this process forward and to maintain the momentum that had been triggered from the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government in Montego Bay last July.The whole-of-society approach to driving the implementation of the measures is underlined by our agreement to have a formalised, structured mechanism to facilitate dialogue between the Councils of the Community and social partners, particularly private sector and labour.The importance of the private sector to spur growth and development in our Region has been further recognised by the agreement to take all necessary steps to allow for mutual recognition of companies incorporated in a CARICOM Member State. The trimming of the red tape within our domestic space can provide greater opportunity for intra-Community investment and cross-border fertilisation with our private sector.To diversify the range of skills available under the free movement regime, we have decided that Agricultural Workers and Security Guards with a Caribbean Vocational Qualification or equivalent will be added to the agreed categories of skilled nationals who will be entitled to move freely and seek employment within the Community. We also agreed that Beauty Service Practitioners and Barbers will also be permitted to so move and work. These are significant additions that will help to debunk the myth that free movement of skilled personnel caters only for the elite. It will be important for Heads to deliver on these commitments.To encourage greater use of the free movement regime, we adopted the Protocol on Contingent Rights which will cover the rights of persons moving to another country as well as their spouses and dependents. This is another historic step for our integration process taken at Montego Bay, the cradle of modern regional unity. It will give comfort to those wishing to utilise the free movement of skills provisions but have been reluctant to move without the assurance of their families being able to access services in their adopted country. Ten countries have so far signed the Protocol.We have also been making significant strides on the socio-economic front with the report of the Regional Commission on Marijuana being presented to Heads of Government. We have noted the Commission’s findings, conclusions and recommendations in particular with respect to human and religious rights; the social and developmental impact of use among adolescents; the economic benefits to be derived and issues related to its classification. We, therefore, have an analytical platform from the excellent work of the Commission, for whatever further action we wish to take with respect to marijuanaInternationally, His Excellency Jovenel Moise, President of the Republic of Haiti and I represented the Community at the G7 Meeting in Ottawa, Canada while I also represented the Community at the BRICS Summit in South Africa and the G20 Summit in Argentina. Jamaica also represented the Community at all the G20 sectoral meetings throughout the year of the Argentine Presidency. These invitations demonstrate the esteem in which the Community is held globally, being seen as a Leader among Small States.My colleague Heads of Government and I were pleased to receive His Excellency Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of Cuba, in Jamaica, during our 39th Regular Conference in July. President Canel’s visit to Jamaica came just three months after his assumption of office and was his second overseas trip as President. This emphasised the special relationship which our Community and Cuba have shared over the last 46 years.Our strong relations with Chile were underlined as His Excellency Sebastian Pinera, President of Chile made his first visit outside of South America since his inauguration in April to meet with CARICOM Heads of Government in July, also in Jamaica.There is no doubt that this is a Community on the move. A Community that is determined to provide opportunities for all its citizens to maximise their potential and so enhance our prospects for sustainable growth and development. This is a Community which continues to be recognised globally as a leader, whether in the battle against chronic non-communicable diseases, against the negative effects of climate change or within the framework of Small Island and low-lying coastal Developing States.We have a lot to be proud of and a lot more to accomplish. Let us remain resolute in the face of all challenges.I thank my colleague Heads of Government for their support during my term as Chairman and I am certain that Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis will receive the same support as he assumes the chair in January.Let us enjoy this Holiday Season and the message that it brings; with that spirit of peace and prosperity spreading throughout our Community.Happy holidays to all and a productive 2019. I bring season’s greetings to the people of our Caribbean Community on behalf of all Heads of Government at this joyous time of year. Story Highlights A proper functioning CSME is essential to deliver the goals of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas to the people of the Caribbean for the growth and development of our economies. Recognising this fact, my colleague Heads of Government and I renewed our focus on this initiative in 2018 given the need to accelerate its implementation. There has been progress.last_img read more

Modi breaks silence says pained by Jkhand lynching

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday broke his silence on lynching of a Muslim youth in Jharkhand, saying it has pained him and the guilty must be severely punished, but stressed that all incidents of violence in the country, whether in Jharkhand, West Bengal or Kerala, should be treated the same and law should take its course.Addressing Rajya Sabha, he also spoke on the death of over 130 children this month from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) or ‘brain fever’ in Bihar saying it was a matter of “shame” and the “biggest failure” of seven decades that outbreak of such disease continues to kill even after so many years of independence. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in FranceIn his over an hour long reply to the debate on Motion of Thanks to President, Modi launched a blistering attack on the Congress saying it was sheer arrogance of the grand old party which is unable to accept its defeat and continues to question the mandate of the people through attacks on EVMs. Countering the opposition charge of media bias during elections, he said, “Is media on sale. Was it on sale in Tamil Nadu and Kerala (where Congress and its allies won).” Taking a jibe at Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, he said during the debate some people demanded a return to ‘Old India’ instead of the ‘New India’ where technology is being used to ease lives and end corruption. The Motion of Thanks to President was passed by Parliament following the Prime Minister’s reply. The Motion was passed by Lok Sabha on Tuesday. See P5last_img read more

Hit the road Alberta landlord wins battle to boot squatter from property

first_imgCARDSTON, Alta. – A southern Alberta landlord has won his battle to remove a squatter living in a small shack sitting on a trailer on the man’s rental property.“I’m absolutely relieved,” Ivan Negrych said of his success in getting Bob Cox off his driveway in the town of Cardston, about 235 kilometres southeast of Calgary.A judge in Lethbridge, Alta., ruled Tuesday that Cox, 54, was not to return to the property.The judge also terminated Cox’s tenancy rights as of Monday, and ruled that any property left behind would be considered abandoned.Negrych said the judge also gave him and his wife 60 days to file a civil lawsuit to recover about $3,000 in unpaid rent and damages.He said Cox, who had removed his trailer-shack on Monday, showed up to the hearing late and wasn’t allowed to argue his case.The landlord said he isn’t angry about what happened, but was frustrated with the circumstances.“Nobody in authority wanted to deal with this, which forced us to have to take the matter to court.”Negrych had asked the RCMP to help, but was told it was an issue between landlord and tenant.He had been renting a five-bedroom home to Cox’s former common-law wife. The woman and two daughters allowed him to move in after he was injured in a car accident about 18 months ago.She moved out Sept. 30 and Negrych rented out the property to another person within days, but Cox wouldn’t budge from the driveway.— By Bill Graveland in Calgarylast_img read more

Captured Indian pilot handed back by Pakistan

Pakistan has freed an Indian fighter pilot captured after his plane was shot down in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over to Indian officials on Friday at the only legal border crossing with Pakistan. Minutes earlier, the pilot said on Pakistani TV that he was “very impressed” by the Pakistan army. India and Pakistan – both nuclear powers – claim all of Kashmir, but each controls only parts of it.The pilot is being hailed as a hero in India, with fireworks being set off in the capital Delhi. Praising the pilot, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the nation was “proud of your exemplary courage”.In what appeared to be an edited statement aired on Pakistan TV, the wing commander described how he was shot down and rescued from an “agitated” crowd by Pakistani soldiers.“The Pakistan army looked after me really well, they are very professional,” the pilot said while in uniform, adding that he saw potential for peace. On Thursday Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said the pilot’s release was a “peace gesture” to India. Wing Commander Abhinandan also criticised the Indian press, saying they always exaggerate and say a lot of damaging things that mislead people. (Courtesy BBC) read more

Scouting Virginia Tech A look at the 2015 Hokies

Virginia Tech then-junior cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) attempts to break through a group of OSU defenders during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State’s quest to repeat as national champions is set to begin on Monday against the only team that beat them last year: Virginia Tech. Here is an in-depth look at what the 2015 Hokies bring to the table.Offensive weapons returning The Hokies have 16 starters from last season returning — eight on both offense and defense. They also have their punter and kicker back.Every offensive player who scored a point for Tech in 2014 is returning for the upcoming year.Their quarterback — redshirt senior Michael Brewer — is back for his final year. Brewer’s top two targets, sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Ford and redshirt sophomore tight end Bucky Hodges, will both suit back up for Tech in 2015.Ford led the squad in receiving in 2014 with 709 yards.  He tied with Hodges for the team lead in touchdown receptions with six. The 6-foot-7 Hodges uses his size to create mismatches for smaller defenders. In addition to the six touchdown catches, he was second on the team in receiving yards with 526.In the backfield, senior J.C. Coleman, a 5-foot-6 speedster, will get most of the carries early in the year. Coleman, who rushed for 533 yards and three touchdowns in 2014, became the starter after injuries to sophomores Marshawn Williams and Shai McKenzie.Williams, who is still recovering from the anterior cruciate ligament injury he sustained last season against Duke, and McKenzie, who is suspended, won’t be available to play against OSU on Monday. Redshirt junior Trey Edmunds, Tech’s leading rusher in 2013, will most likely be the back Hokie coach Frank Beamer uses to spell Coleman versus the Buckeyes.The 2014 Hokie offense was far from prolific — ranking 96th in the nation. However, with all of its key players at the skill positions back for another season, the outlook for the unit is more promising.Shut-down unitTech’s defense — led by defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who is widely regarded as one of the country’s best — looks to be one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s — if not the nation’s — top squads. Last year, they ranked 21st in total defense in the NCAA.Junior cornerback Kendall Fuller, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, will look to continue shutting down opposing team’s top receivers. Despite playing the majority of last year with a fractured wrist, he still managed to tally 15 pass breakups, a forced fumble and two interceptions.Opposite Fuller at cornerback will be redshirt sophomore Brandon Facyson. He was sidelined for most of last season because of a broken leg, but he looks to regain the form he had in 2013 when he was a 247Sports first-team freshman All-American.On the defensive line, the Hokies return four key cogs to a unit that has the potential to be great. Each of the four starters was named to the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy, which is handed out annually to the nation’s top defensive player.That group — highlighted by redshirt senior defensive end Dadi Lihomme Nicolas, a preseason All-ACC selection — will look to apply pressure on quarterbacks all year long. At the other end position, redshirt junior Ken Ekanem will continue to give offensive lineman fits. In 2014, he and Nicolas combined to record 33 tackles for a loss and 18.5 sacks.On the interior, the Hokies have even more talent with redshirt senior defensive tackles Luther Maddy and Corey Marshall.Maddy — who was hurt on Sept. 23 last year and missed the rest of the campaign — was third-team All-ACC in 2013. Additionally, he was selected alongside Nicolas to the preseason All-ACC team for the upcoming year.Marshall earned second-team All-ACC in 2014, after recording 41 tackles, 9.5 of which were for a loss.Even though the Buckeyes boast one of the top offensive lines in the country, expect the loaded Hokie front four to pose challenges for the “The Slobs” and the rest of the O-lines they face in 2015.Last year, defensive dominance was the reason why Tech left the Horseshoe victorious. To pull the upset for a second straight season, its defense will have to wreak havoc again.Biggest question markThe biggest question mark facing the Hokies in fall camp was who would start on the offensive line.The unit lost three seniors to graduation, which opened up starting spots at center and right tackle. Those spots seemed to be claimed at the end of spring practice by sophomore Eric Gallo and redshirt senior Wade Hansen, respectively.The picture was slightly less clear until Monday morning when the depth chart was released.With Hansen battling a foot injury, sophomore Parker Osterloh — a 6-foot-8 versatile lineman who can play every position on the line except center — had filled in nicely for him.Hansen is still the starter, but the time he missed might have stunted the growth of the O-line’s chemistry.However, the performance of Osterloh and freshman Yosuah Nijman gives Beamer and his staff a little bit of comfort knowing that if the starting group struggles, he has two solid players to substitute.The ability of the new lineman to step in and play at a high level will be crucial, as the overall success of the offense — especially the Hokie running game — hinders predominantly on the line’s performance.If they are able to take care of their business against a Buckeye front seven that is missing its best player — suspended junior defensive end Joey Bosa — things could get interesting.Final overviewIf the Hokies are going to have a chance at upsetting the Scarlet and Gray, their defense will have to be disruptive — like it was in 2014. If Tech’s loaded defensive line can get into the backfield and pressure whoever is playing quarterback for the Buckeyes, it could make the game interesting.Fuller, the elite corner, will be assigned to mark OSU’s No. 1 receiver, Michael Thomas. Separation might be limited for Thomas, which will force an already-depleted receiving corp for the Buckeyes to step up and help out the quarterback.On the other side of the ball, the offensive line will need to be in control of the line of scrimmage, which will create holes for Coleman to run through and time for Brewer to connect with his targets.Beyond the BuckeyesThe Hokies’ Monday tilt against the defending champs will be their biggest game all year.Following the opener, they are slated to play three more non-conference games — all winnable matchups against Furman, Purdue and East Carolina — before starting their ACC schedule on Oct. 3 at home versus the University of Pittsburgh.The only other preseason AP Top 25 opponent Tech is scheduled to play is at No. 16 Georgia Tech on Nov. 12.The Hokies are set to end their 2015 regular season on the road against in-state rival Virginia on Nov. 28. read more

ExNFLer Alonzo Spellman Released From Jail

Alonzo Spellman, who played the defensive line for nine seasons in the National Football League, has been released from jail in Tulsa, Okla., after pleading no contest to a variety of charges, multiple sources reported.Online court records indicate Spellman, who was in Tulsa County Jail, pleaded no contest on Monday to 10 counts filed in 2008. They include eluding a police officer and assault with a dangerous weapon, both felonies, plus obstructing an officer and public intoxication, both misdemeanors.The 40-year-old Spellman was sentenced to one year in jail and was released after receiving credit for time served. David Phillips, Spellman’s attorney, has said that Spellman has a mental illness. Spellman, who played at Ohio State, was the 22nd pick in the 1992 draft by the Chicago Bears, and played for them through 1997. He also was with the Dallas Cowboys (1999-2000) and the Detroit Lions (2001). read more

Key to the game Will OSU throw the ball downfield against Nebraska

OSU Redshirt Junior Quarterback J.T. Barret (16) drops back into the pocket for a pass during the game against Northwestern on Oct. 29, 2016 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 24-20. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe sixth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes square off in the biggest home game so far in 2016 against the No. 10 Nebraska Cornhuskers in primetime in Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The Scarlet and Gray are honoring the 1916 Big Ten championship team and Chic Harley, who served during World War I, with a special-edition, throwback uniform.The jerseys will be a new look for OSU, but many rather witness a change in the style of play than what the Buckeye offense has displayed the past four weeks. Enhanced by excellence at times, and marred by stagnation on other occasions, the passing game for OSU has been riddled with inconsistency, which has kept fans on edge. At Wednesday’s press conference, Meyer indicated that a breakout in the downfield passing game is coming from redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett.“I’m ready if you are,” Meyer said.In last week’s 24-20 victory over Northwestern, OSU attempted just a handful of passes downfield and only registered one completion over 20 yards, which set up the game-winning score. Barrett said that it’s difficult for the receivers to run past defenders when they’re playing 10 to 12 yards off the ball — a look that Northwestern often showed the Buckeyes.One of OSU’s touchdown drives against Northwestern took just nine plays to go 94 yards in under three minutes. Two drives later, OSU milked the clock for more than eight minutes and scored after 15 plays. Meyer said whether it be up-tempo or wearing a defense down throughout a drive, he just cares about scoring.“If we’re getting certain defenses that we don’t like (in up-tempo), then you get stuck in a bad play,” he said. “Throughout the course of the game we can go to tempo any time that we want.”Barrett might face his toughest challenge of the year going against a Nebraska secondary that has ball-hawking tendencies. Nebraska leads the NCAA in interceptions with 15, including two returned for touchdowns. Safeties Nate Gerry and Kieron Williams lead the team and the Big Ten with four interceptions, making the Cornhuskers one of the most difficult teams to throw downfield against.Nebraska allowed one pass for more than 20 yards in its loss to No. 8 Wisconsin the previous week. However, The Cornhuskers surrendered 5.9 yards per carry on the ground against the Badgers. Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and junior H-back Curtis Samuel have been heavily involved in the passing game and have been given a combined 25 to 30 carries each game.Establishing an effective running game with Weber and Samuel might force Gerry and Williams to play up, therefore opening up the second level for receivers like redshirt sophomore Noah Brown.“We definitely work on the deep ball every week in practice. We try to put it in the game plan every week,” Brown said. “We’re very confident in the deep ball and we’ll get it done.”Kickoff is at 8 p.m. read more

Voluntary secondary schools at funding disadvantage ESRI

first_imgA LACK OF TRANSPARENCY is contributing to different secondary schools receiving different levels of funding from the Government according to the ESRI.A comprehensive study by the think-tank shows that voluntary schools, such as those under private management  in the trusteeship of religious communities and boards of governors, are far more reliant on contributions from parents than other schools.87 per cent of voluntary secondary schools receive such contributions compared with 62 per cent  of community schools and 49 per cent of vocational schools.The levels of contributions also tend to be higher in the voluntary secondary sector, with half asking for €150 or more per year, while the levels of contributions in the other sectors tend to fall between €50 – €75.These sources are more likely to be particularly vulnerable in the current economic downturn and puts voluntary secondary schools at a disadvantage according to the ESRI.Government fundingIrish schools receive Government funding in a number of different ways. Voluntary secondary schools per capita grants for their students from the Department of Education while vocational schools receive State funding in the form of a ‘block grant’ which is allocated to Educational Training Boards and then distributed.Community schools negotiate a budget with the department on an annual basis.The ESRI however say that greater clarity is needed in school funding and running costs so that accurate like-for-like comparisons can be made. They say that this would require changing the basis on which such information is reported and recorded.“This research adds to the growing international debate on State funding of second-level education,” according to the ESRI’s Merike Darmody. “Specifically on how denominational schools are being funded. Drawing on experience from other countries, it shows the difficulty in balancing school autonomy and funding.”Read: Protestant FG councillors say their schools are being discriminated against >Read: Educate Together appointed patron of new schools in Dublin and Galway >last_img read more

Viewer numbers for 3/10 WWE Smackdown, viewers down

first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership goes up, WWE remains at the No. 1 spot on Tuesday Facebook Velvet Sky Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?center_img Last night’s 3/10 WWE Smackdown on USA drew 2.19 million viewers on Thursday night. This is down from last week’s show that drew 2.49 million viewers.The CNN Florida GOP Debate dominated the night with 11.8 million viewers.Smackdown averaged a 0.65 rating among adults 18-49, down from 0.77 last week.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Google+ Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itlast_img read more

Robertson denies a nervous Liverpool

first_imgThe Reds footballer says the team is still thinking on lifting the English Premier League title at the end of the season.Liverpool has dropped seven points in their last five matches in the English Premier League.And yesterday they drew 1-1 against West Ham United, making many people question if they can last in first place to lift the title.The Reds are currently in first place of the table but Manchester City is dangerously close now.“I wouldn’t say nerves are showing, did anyone say that when Manchester City picked up no points at [Crystal] Palace and Leicester?” Liverpool player Andrew Robertson told Sky Sports.“I don’t think they did.”“A lot of people talk about pressure because we’ve not been in this position but it’s February,” he explained.“Everyone needs to relax and try to enjoy the run-in. I’m sure many other teams would want to be in the position that we’re in now.”“Nerves aren’t showing in the changing room. It’s been two poor results and poor performances – that happens during a long season,” he said.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We might look back on [the draw with West Ham] as a good point.”“We need to get back on track by winning games and playing better football,” Robertson continued.“We can’t worry about Manchester City. They’re in a good moment just now, we’re having a wee blip and just need to try and get over the line in a couple of games.”“Divock [Origi] had a chance in the 92nd minute [against West Ham] and if that goes in we’re talking very differently, but we keep going, we dust ourselves down,” the footballer said.“There is still a long way to go.”Andrew Robertson, the best in the business…Agree? ➡️ https://t.co/VscalqhBul pic.twitter.com/YY7khDuqnl— Premier League (@premierleague) February 4, 2019last_img read more

Did China test antiship ballistic missiles in the South China Sea

first_imgAn artificial island in South China Sea.ReutersThe Pentagon said on Tuesday (July 2) a recent Chinese missile launch in the disputed South China Sea was “disturbing” and contrary to Chinese pledges that it would not militarise the disputed waterway. The South China Sea is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which include a trade war, US sanctions and Taiwan.China and the United States have repeatedly traded barbs in the past over what Washington says is Beijing’s militarization of the South China Sea by building military installations on artificial islands and reefs.A US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said China tested multiple anti-ship ballistic missiles over the weekend.”Of course the Pentagon was aware of the Chinese missile launch from the man-made structures in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands,” Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Dave Eastburn said.”I’m not going to speak on behalf of all the sovereign nations in the region, but I’m sure they agree that the PRC’s behaviour is contrary to its claim to want to bring peace to the region and obviously actions like this are coercive acts meant to intimidate other (South China Sea) claimants,” Eastburn added. PRC is an acronym for the People’s Republic of China.China has not confirmed the missile tests and on Tuesday the foreign ministry declined to comment, referring questions to the defense ministry, which did not respond to a request for comment.The Chinese government has said that the military was carrying out drills between the Spratly and Paracel Islands starting last weekend and ending on Wednesday, warning other shipping not to enter a designated area.China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year, are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.News of the China missile test was first reported by NBC News.last_img read more

Swiss president arrives in Dhaka

first_imgSwiss president Alain Berset arrives in Dhaka on Sudday. Photo: UNBA red carpet was rolled out as the president of the Swiss Confederation Alain Berset arrived in Dhaka on a four-day official visit on Sunday, the first official visit by any Swiss president to Bangladesh, reports UNB.President Abdul Hamid received his Swiss counterpart as he arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by an aircraft of Swiss Air Force at 1:14pm.Cabinet members, including foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam, dean of diplomatic corps, chiefs of three services, inspector general of police, secretary concerned to the president, among others, were present.A smartly turned out contingent comprising members of Bangladesh Army, Air Force and Bangladesh Navy gave guard of honour to the Swiss president. He was welcomed with a 21-gun salute.Two tiny tots presented bouquets to president Berset.After the warm reception at the airport, the Swiss president was taken to Sonargaon Hotel in a ceremonial motorcade where he will be staying during the visit.President Berset will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district on Tuesday and listen to stories of tortures from Rohingyas.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali will meet the Swiss president at Sonargaon Hotel at 6:00pm on Sunday.On Monday, president Berset will visit Savar National Mausoleum to pay homage to Liberation War martyrs.He will also visit Bangabandhu Museum at Dhanmondi to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.The Swiss president will have official talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Monday afternoon.President Abdul Hamid will host dinner in honour of his Swiss counterpart at Bangabhaban on Monday evening.There will be two main focuses — solidarity with a country that is severely affected by the crisis in neighbouring Myanmar and the establishment of closer bilateral relations, says the Swiss Embassy in Dhaka.Apart from underscoring the current status of bilateral relations, the two countries will discuss ways to further strengthen economic, development and cultural cooperation during the visit.Besides, solidarity with Bangladesh over the Rohingya crisis will be a major focus of the talks, according to the Swiss Embassy.On Tuesday, Berset will visit the Kutupalong camp in the Cox’s Bazar, where Switzerland provides humanitarian aid to refugees from the Rohingya ethnic group who have fled Myanmar.During his stay in Bangladesh, Berset will meet civil society representatives, Swiss businesses active in Bangladesh, and visit the Dhaka Art Summit, of which the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is a partner.Switzerland and Bangladesh enjoy longstanding relations in the area of development cooperation. Bangladesh is a priority country in Swiss development cooperation.At the same time, the bilateral economic relations are growing.The volume of trade between the two countries has more than doubled since 2010.last_img read more

BNP forms steering committee for polls

first_imgBNP has formed an election steering committee headed by its standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan to oversee the election activities of the party, reports UNB.The committee has been formed as per the party high command’s decision, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB on Wednesday.He said the names of other members of the committee will be announced very soon.Nazrul, also the coordinator of the 20-party alliance, did not file his nomination to contest the election from any seat as he was made the chief of the BNP election steering committee, party insiders said.last_img read more

Report Texas Electricity Consumers Face Too Many Hidden Fees

first_imgThe Power To Choose website is run by the state’s Public Utility Commission. X 00:00 /00:50 Listen Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Texans looking to choose their electricity provider often go to the Power to Choose website run by the state’s Public Utility Commission. It’s meant to help consumers find the right electricity plan for them, but a report by Texas ROSE, an energy consumer advocacy group, found it doesn’t do a good enough job of informing consumers about fees on top of the kilowatt-per-hour rate providers charge.Pamela Ferris, the group’s executive director, said the site would be more informative “if there were a more standardized presentation and the even definition of the fees, so that if you have seven different fees that are similar you know you’re talking about the same thing.”She said she has found outrageous disconnection fees, for example, and some fees that violate state law.The report lists some examples of excessive fees:Disconnection notice fees of up to $20.00 for a simple notice of disconnection sent to the customer;Standard disconnection fees of up to $75.00 where the costs of actual disconnection by Transmission and Distribution utilities are recovered in charges of generally less than a dollar, but no more than $21.00; andStandard reconnection fees of up to $50.00 where the costs of actual reconnection by Transmission and Distribution utilities (TDUs) are recovered in charges of generally less than a dollar but no more than $11.00.PUC spokesman Andrew Barlow maintained the agency already tries to list all fees on its website, but said it’s always open to reviewing its methods.“We’re constantly keeping our ears and eyes open for input from public utility customers and others that are in the conversation to make sure we’re doing the best that we can on behalf of Texas utility customers,” Barlow said. last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | October 17, 2011 Hologic Mini C-Arms Offer Greater Range of Motion Technology | Mobile C-Arms | November 06, 2018 Siemens Healthineers Announces FDA Clearance of Cios Spin Mobile 3D C-Arm Siemens Healthineers announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of the Cios Spin, a new mobile C-… read more Feature | Mobile C-Arms | April 18, 2018 | Jeff Zagoudis Mobile C-Arms Mature But Improving The market for mobile C-arm techn… read more October 17, 2011 — New this year at RSNA 2011, Hologic will showcase its Fluoroscan InSight-FD Mini C-arm. The system includes a number of new features including an innovative flat panel detector that rivals standard X-ray images, greater range of motion in a more ergonomic design for ease of positioning and greater surgical access, and new image processing algorithms. For more information: www.hologic.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Procedure Navigation Systems | November 20, 2018 Stryker’s Advanced Guidance Technologies Partners With Synaptive Medical and Ziehm Imaging Stryker’s Advanced Guidance Technologies business (formerly known as Stryker’s Navigation business) has entered into… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Feature | Mobile C-Arms | July 01, 2019 | By Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, M.D. Mobile C-arm Technology Helps Build Efficiency A mobile C-arm is a medical imaging read more Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read more News | Mobile C-Arms | October 26, 2017 Ziehm Vision FD Earns Best New Product of the Year at Stevie Awards October 26, 2017 — Ziehm Vision FD has been recognized with the Silver Stevie Award as “Best new product of the year” read more Image courtesy of GE Healthcare Technology | Angiography | February 06, 2019 Canon Medical Debuts Alphenix 4-D CT at RSNA 2018 Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. recently introduced a new angiography configuration featuring its Alphenix Sky + C-arm… read more GE’s OEC Elite CFD Related Content Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more News | Mobile C-Arms | November 02, 2017 Ziehm Imaging Named Mobile Interventional X-ray Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan November 2, 2017 — Based on its recent analysis of the mobile interventional X-ray solutions market, Frost & Sull read more last_img read more

The 2018 World Travel Awards – Australasia winners

first_imgThe 2018 World Travel Awards – Australasia winners were announced on Monday night 3 September [local time] at a gala black-tie dinner at the InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong.Among the Aussie winners were:Australasia’s Leading Hotel – Sheraton on the Park, SydneyAustralasia’s Leading Destination – SydneyAustralasia’s Leading Airport Lounge – Etihad Airways Premium Lounge @ Melbourne AirportAustralasia’s Leading Business Hotel – InterContinental SydneyAustralasia’s Leading Airport – Sydney AirportAustralasia’s Leading Cruise Line – Royal Caribbean InternationalAustralasia’s (and Australia’s) Leading Travel Agency – Flight CentreFiji picked up a number of awards including for Tourism Fiji, named Australasia’s Leading Tourist Board, and Fiji awarded Australasia’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination. Sigatoka River Safari was named Australasia’s Leading Adventure Tour Operator, and Taveuni Palms Resort in Fiji crowned Australasia’s Leading Boutique Resort.CLICK HERE for the full list of Award Winners. AustralasiaHong KongWorld Travel Awards 2018last_img read more

Ever the technological innovator luxury watchmake

first_imgEver the technological innovator, luxury watchmaker and jeweler Boucheron has created a unique, interactive application that will allow iPhone users to virtually “try on” their favorite pieces from the House.Clients can choose from a variety of haute products, take a snapshot of their wrist or hand using the iPhone’s built-in camera, and simply slide the product image on. The image can then be sent to friends and family—whether to get a second opinion, or drop a serious hint.In addition to a selection of Boucheron’s most desired designs, the new application also offers a store locator and a phone background that doubles as a time display, depicting the popular Paname watch. It is available in both English and French, starting this month.Visit www.boucheron.com for more information.last_img read more