“I know from sources that Mbappé was almost made by Real Madrid”

first_imgThis one year wait was already announced by AS on April 7. The serious crisis of the coronavirus, which is hitting the club economy, has forced Madrid to rethink its transfer strategy and, therefore, the Operation Mbappé, the most ambitious that the club plans for the coming years, has been postponed until the end of the 2020-21 season. In the road map of the Concha Espina club is that the French star does not renew his contract with PSG, which ends in 2022. The player is fulfilling the plan and in Paris they already take it for granted that they have only one year to enjoy the Mbappé phenomenon. “In no case will there be an extension of Mbappé’s contract with PSG. It will be an agreement between them as PSG agreed to part ways with him this summer. In my opinion, it is only a matter of time ”, Rothen pointed out.That determination of the player not to renew his contract is the key point for PSG to understand that within a year he will have no choice but to negotiate the departure of his star. In 2022 the Frenchman could go for free wherever he wanted with a stratospheric record, something that does not interest any of the clubs whose relationship, by the way, is excellent. Madrid already caresses Mbappé, according to the surprising statements of Rothen who, by the way, in March of last year ventured the following: “I can say it from a reliable source, Griezmann will go to Barcelona next summer.” Months later, Grizzi wore the azulgrana t-shirt … Real Madrid is touching Mbappé. The French striker slipped from his hands to Florentino and Zidane in 2017. The non-departure of Bale, for whom Mourinho sighed, made Mbappé look out of place and preferred to leave PSG for 180 million. After several more unsuccessful approaches this year, it opened a door to hope, and Madrid was very close to sneaking in for it, but the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has closed it abruptly. This is what revealed Jerome Rothen, former PSG player (2004-2009) and with very good sources at the Parisian club, on Radio Montecarlo, statements reproduced on the web ParisTeam. “I know from sources that what Kylian Mbappé did to Real Madrid was almost done. But with what is happening, it is certain that Mbappé’s arrival at Real will be postponed. ”last_img read more

Sunshine Girls fall to England

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC): All three Caribbean teams were beaten on the second day of competition in the Netball World Cup in Sydney yesterday. England edged Jamaica, while Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados suffered huge losses against New Zealand and Australia, respectively. Following comfortable wins on the opening day, both Jamaica and England were fighting to maintain the Pool B lead, but England took a four-goal win over the Sunshine Girls to confirm their status as World Cup title contenders. Jamaica, led by goal shooter Romelda Aiken, took a 14-11 first-quarter lead and doubled their score by the half-time interval. With Jhaniele Flower-Reid replacing Aiken, England stormed back to outscore their opponents, 16-9, and take the lead, 39-37, in the third quarter. The Jamaicans were relentless, but England held onto their narrow lead to seal an important 54-50 win. Aiken finished with 27 goals from 29 attempts, and goal attack Shanice Beckford, 17 from 20, for Jamaica. Joanne Harten, 37 from 46, and Helen Housby, 11 from 13, led the way for England. Trinidad & Tobago, who lost to the hosts on the opening day, were no match for New Zealand in their Pool A match. Despite Rhonda John-Davis becoming the highest test-capped player of the tournament with 150 games for the Calypso Girls, the milestone didn’t stop the Silver Ferns from a second straight victory. Goal shoot Samantha Wallace, 24 from 31, and goal attack Joelisa Cooper, nine from 11, led the shooting for Trinidad & Tobago, but New Zealand led in all quarters, 16-12, 37-25, 56-33 and, finally, 74-38 for the win. In the other Pool match, the Barbadians were no match to Australia as they were limited to single-digit scores in the quarters. The Australian Diamonds restricted the Bajan Gems to three goals in the first quarter, 20-3, and extended their lead, 38-7, 61-11, and 83-16 for a 67-goal margin of victory. Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados are on today, with Jamaica playing Scotland tomorrow to determine who will join England as the second team to advance from Pool B.last_img read more

I want to give more to Jamaica – Powell

first_imgHis time on the track may be winding to a close, but influential Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell is hoping that when he does hang up his spikes, his time off the track will be largely spent giving back to the society. “It is really amazing, the effect that we (athletes) have on people. There is a lot more that we can do as athletes,” Powell said. “Post retirement, boy, this retirement thing!” Powell laughed. “I really just want to help Jamaica. You have kids coming up who would want to be in my shoes one day and want to be in all the athletes’ shoes, so I am just trying my best to do as much as I can to be a good role model for everyone,” he pointed out. Powell, through his Asafa Powell Foundation (APF) handed over $560,000 to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) yesterday. The funds were raised via an online #SpreadABed4KPH crowd funding campaign. “To see that we can stop traffic, crime, everything in maybe nine seconds or whatever time it is … just for us to come together,” he pointed out, while assuring he would like to see social initiatives in the fight against crime. “It’s up to Jamaica and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association to really form something for the athletes to help a lot more,” he continued. The athlete, who also contributed part of his personal funds from participating at Rio 2016 Olympic Games, said he wants to live a life of making a difference in the country and help with social responsibilities. Powell called it “a great feeling” to give back to Jamaica. “When I am home sitting down, where I go on the balcony and chill, everyone who pass by can see me, they pass by they shout ‘Asafa, Asafa, big up!'” the sprinter reasoned. “The reception I get from people is just amazing, and sometimes I sit back and ask why these people love me so much. It’s just crazy how the people of Jamaica love me. You want that from your country, this is where you should get the love,” he explained. While Powell’s foundation, which was started a few years ago, may have been dormant for some time, Powell said he has changed a few members and will be restarting it in full effect. “We have a lot more things in store. As the years go by, we have a lot more plans and bigger plans.We will re-launch the foundation and will be doing other things,” continued Powell. Speaking of reaching out, the Sub-10 Sprint King said he personally got in touch with American sprinter Tyson Gay, who lost his daughter recently to gun violence in the United States. “Definitely reached out to him. This is something that is so sad and shouldn’t happen to anybody, and I felt really bad knowing he is a fellow competitor of mine. “I reached out to him, and the response that I got is very surprising. I didn’t know he is someone who respected me that much, and now I have a different kind of respect for him now after this tragic incident,’ Powell outlined.last_img read more

Price: BT not yet out of the woods

first_img “With seven games to go, I told the players that we needed to win all games to stay up. We had a blip in the loss against Waterhouse. Now, we have to gain at least a point in the last game to be safe,” he explained. Price praised his senior players for their roles in the team’s revival. “The leadership of senior players – Michael Campbell, Daemion Benjamin, Wayne Ellis, Garfield Gillespie, Rafiek Thomas, Xavian Virgo, as well as young Shamar Nicholson who has netted 14 goals, has been very good,” the former Boys’ Town defender pointed out. With Arnett already safe and still in contention for the title, Price is not taking comfort from that. “We are going to Arnett to win the game on merit, show integrity. It is a Trench Town derby. It is a big game,” Price noted. Andrew Price, the coach of relegation threatened Boys’ Town, said that despite his team’s good recent form, they need at least a point against neighbouring Arnett Gardens in the Trench Town derby tomorrow at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.. Having spent four months in last place in the Red Stripe Premier League, Boys’ Town are enjoying their best form of the season with five wins in their last six league games. That impressive form moved the Collie Smith Drive-based team into ninth position on 35 points ahead of Waterhouse (34), Maverley-Hughenden (32) and already relegated Jamalco who are at the bottom on 30 points. However, after being written off as likely candidates for relegation, Boys’ Town just need to avoid defeat in their last fixture in order to be safe for the nation’s elite league next season. “We are not out of the woods yet,” Price who has been coaching Boys’ Town for over ten years told The Gleaner. NEEDED TO WINlast_img read more


first_imgDid you remember to put your clock forward forward by one hour at 1am this morning?Ireland today officially ushers in summer time.Donegal is about to bloom and with it comes the arrival of swallows, lawnmowers and weeks of long summer days – hopefully! DID YOU REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR CLOCK FORWARD? was last modified: March 29th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal soccer star Ryan McConnell is desperate to regain full fitness and find a new club in England following his release from Old Trafford.Manchester United opted against offering McConnell a new contract and released the talented defender in June this year. The news was a sobering blow for McConnell who had spent THREE years at the Premiership giants.However, the news didn’t come as a surprise to McConnell as he was plagued by injuries last season and only made ONE appearance for the club’s U21 and reserve side.McConnell conceded that it was a devastating blow to be released but said there was no disgrace in being let go by Manchester United.McConnell believes the experience he has gained during his time at Manchester United will hold him in good stead as he attempts to regain full fitness and find a new club in England. McConnell has returned to Old Trafford where the club are allowing him to use their medical facilities to get back to full fitness before going on trial at other clubs.McConnell told The Herald, “There’s no disgrace in getting released by Man United.“They do say that the only way is down when you leave United, but you can start off at the top and drop down.“I have learned a lot in the time I was here, I felt part of the family and it will be hard leaving it but I have to take it on the chin.”“It is so hard to break through at United. They have the money to go out and buy any player in the world that they want, so you have to be so good to make the breakthrough and it’s hard for an Irish lad.“But at the same time it was a great experience, I learned a lot and I am happy I came here, not many people can say they played for Man United. “You learn a lot and pick up good habits from the senior pros, players like Jonny Evans were really good to me, helped me out a lot,” added the Letterkenny native.McConnell is hoping to find a club in England but said he is happy to return to Ireland and play in the League of Ireland if he isn’t able to win a contract in the UK.“Since I found out I was being released a lot of people have helped, the head of education at United came to speak to me about my options, it’s a great club and I could never say a bad word about United, it was just unfortunate with my injury.“Finn Harps were on to me about training there but I was happy to come back to Manchester and train with United. “If it goes well I will get a club over in England, if not I will go home and try my luck in Ireland. My preference would be to get a League One club.“I have to be realistic as a move to the Championship may not suit as I need to play games. Once I can get a club and get a few games I’d be confident that things can move on for me.”RYAN MCCONNELL – “THERE IS NO DISGRACE IN BEING RELEASED BY MANCHESTER UNITED” was last modified: July 6th, 2015 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:newsSportlast_img read more

Green Up Your Carpet Life-Cycle

first_imgSome background on carpetMost carpet has three primary components: the soft tufted face fiber, the primary backing through which the face fiber is punched, and the secondary backing (the visible back side that locks the face fibers in place). Most residential carpet installations also include a separate cushion or pad.The face fibers in residential carpet are most often nylon or polyolefin, both thermoplastics, and recyclable. The primary backing in carpet is usually polypropylene (another thermoplastic that can be recycled) and the secondary backing is either a latex material or polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Carpet cushion or pad is usually polyurethane foam, also recyclable. While each of these materials is recyclable individually, it gets tricky when they are mixed or bonded together.Tearing carpet outThis can be a nasty job and the path to the dumpster almost irresistible. But we toss more than 2.5 million tons of carpet a year in this country and lots of work has been done to make recycling of carpet and carpet pad possible.In 2002, the carpet industry, key government agencies, and non-profit environmental organizations, created the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE). CARE has always had ambitious goals for carpet diversion, starting with 40% by 2012. CARE’s latest report shows a total diversion rate in 2009 of around 25%.There are currently 72 CARE reclamation partners in the US; you can find the one nearest you using the interactive CARE map. Many CARE locations also take carpet padding. There is also an interactive location tool for carpet and carpet padding recycling at Earth911. If you don’t find any carpet or carpet pad recycling facility within striking distance, talk with your local municipal recycling or solid waste coordinator. It may be possible to work with your town or city on a collection location that then trucks the material to an existing facility.Recycling costs for carpet and pad are high; while it may be cheaper to recycle than to toss in the landfill, the materials are not high enough in value to mean you will get paid for the material.Selecting flooringNow that you have the old carpet torn out, what flooring material do you use to replace it? Wall-to-wall carpet has lots of advantages: it is relatively inexpensive, it’s comfortable to walk (and crawl) on, and it deadens sound fairly well. And many homebuyers like or even expect certain rooms to be carpeted. But carpet is not without its disadvantages: it is not nearly as durable as hard-surface flooring materials, it is difficult or not feasible to repair rather than replace when damaged, and it can harbor quite a number of undesirables, such as dust mites, pet dander, and moisture.Here are some recommendations for other flooring materials and for greener approaches to carpet.1. Refinish and rug what you uncover – many hard and softwood floors live underneath wall-to-wall carpeting. Refinishing these floors and using area rugs (which can much more easily be properly cleaned or replaced) is a good combination of durability, comfort, appearance, and indoor air quality.2. Consider carpet tile – While this approach is much more common in commercial settings, it has a number of advantages. Carpet tiles have a tight durable face fiber and can easily be patched and repaired.3. Look for greener carpet – Carpet manufacturers are increasingly offering products with recycled content and better air quality profiles. Also look for carpet with the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Green Label.4. Look for greener carpet pad – There are a wide variety of greener carpet pad materials, including natural materials, such as jute or animal hair, and synthetic materials such as rebond.5. Mechanically fasten carpet – Carpet can be installed without any adhesives; stick (pardon the word choice) with nailed-down tack strips for installation.6. Protect carpet from the outdoors – simple things like shoe benches and walk-off mats at entrances to the home and encouraging a no outdoor-shoes policy in your homeowner’s manual can make wall-to-wall carpeting a much better performing flooring.7. Avoid carpet in high traffic and high moisture areas – Bathrooms, kitchens and basements are tough areas for wall-to-wall carpeting. Other less absorbent sheet goods are a better fit in these areas, but let’s save vinyl flooring for another blog!last_img read more

Kinvey Service Fixes Crack In Facebook’s Open Graph Back-End

first_imgFacebook’s Native Mobile Problem With Open GraphIn 2010, Facebook attempted to redefine the meaning of “verbs” in the Web Era. The company’s Open Graph turned users actions (such “Jon ran” or “Susie listened”) into status updates, tied to Web apps. The Open Graph opened up a new world of data to Facebook and its developer community. But there was a hitch and, like many of Facebook’s recent issues, the source was mobile. In the Mobile Era, Facebook’s Web-centric approach has caused it many problems, from monetization to user experience in its mobile app on iOS and Android.On the other hand, Facebook’s biggest strength is its ability to make connections between its users’ friends, what they “like” and what they do. The more threads that Facebook can tie to a user, the better able it is to sell advertising to them. That makes Open Graph the biggest single innovation Facebook has introduced in the last few years. Integrating Open Graph has been a problem since the it was announced in 2010 and expanded in late 2011 to include the new Timeline profile. Apps with Web-based back ends, such as Spotify, have been easily able to use Open Graph but the option for most native developers was beyond their means. But developers with “native” mobile apps had to go through extraordinary lengths to tie the Open Graph to their applications and only a handful of well-funded startups (such as Instagram or RunKeeper) with big development teams have been able to pull it off. The problem was that the backend systems for native mobile apps are difficult to optimize to Open Graph. Kinvey’s Middle PointA startup in Boston is aiming to fix that. Kinvey, a “Backend-as-a-Service” provider for mobile application development, has created a simple way for native developers to connect their apps to Open Graph and allow users to use easily use more “verbs” on their timelines from their smartphones and tablets.  Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#app development#Facebook The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Open Graph functions by pulling in data from Web endpoints by connecting the action (verbs like “run,” “cook,” “listen” etc.) with metadata from the Web app. So, if I am baking cookies, I can hit the “I baked cookies” button on some webpage and Facebook will crawl for the metadata associated with that action and post it to Timeline. This works only because the webpage has metadata, stored on the Web, that Facebook can crawl. Mobile apps do not often have this type of metadata available to be searched, nor any backend system or URL that Facebook can crawl. Kinvey has a simple solution. It takes the metadata (known as the “object”) from a mobile app and hosts it on its own servers. It then takes that data and creates its own Web endpoints for Facebook to crawl. It is a clever bit of integration. Kinvey is not changing the basic nature of Open Graph nor doing anything extraordinarily technical, rather it is creating a new middle point between a developers’ apps and the Open Graph – with an interface that lets them push or retrieve data. Kinvey sets up the entire system on its own and handles the data flow for the developers.Good For Everyone?The benefit for mobile developers is clear: they can extend native apps actions to Facebook’s entire population and make them accessible on Timeline without creating an entirely new structure.Facebook benefits because it does not have to completely reconfigure Open Graph to serve the large native mobile developer environment. Plus, it gets previously unavailable data from smartphone and tablet users. This could significantly help Facebook spread through the app ecosytem just as it has already done with Web pages. Users get the benefits of Open Graph on the Web extended to mobile applications.last_img read more

IIM-Ahmedabad to Open its First Overseas Extension Center in Dubai

first_imgThe Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIMA), one of the leading business schools of India, will soon set up its first Extension Center in Dubai. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed between IIMA and BRS Ventures of United Arab Emirates (UAE). The center will start its operations in June 2018.“The UAE Extension Center will begin with executive education programs that are relevant to the region and will include both open learning and customized training programs. With the synergy, this partnership is expected to benefit both organizations, besides benefiting the UAE regional business and governance,” BRS Ventures said in a statement.The MoU was signed at the World Government Summit 2018 in UAE. According to the agreement, IIMA will provide academic and training expertise while BRS Ventures will facilitate the required support, including infrastructure, industry links and logistics.Depending on the response and other factors, IIMA-BRS Ventures will consider rolling out other programs in UAE of longer duration in a phased manner. These programs will be relevant globally and will ensure that the groups that are trained are not restricted to any region.“For an institute with global footprint of alumni, it is important to have physical presence beyond the national borders. UAE has been the gateway and hub for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s business connect with the world,” IIMA director Errol D’Souza said, Khaleej Times reported.D’Souza added that the partnership with BRS Ventures, given their distinguished service to UAE as well as deep understanding of the region and its priorities, will help IIMA in implementing the planned activities and programs successfully.The programs will be offered in a two-phase process, beginning with executive education and public policy programs. The long-duration programs will be offered once IIMA creates its foothold in the region and is given good feedback, the report added.“The IIMA Extension Center will immediately benefit UAE and MENA regions’ economies, public policies, executive skills and industry overall,” said BR Shetty, the chairman of BRS Ventures. He added that when longer duration programs are launched, the graduating students will be entitled for preferred employment at BRS Ventures’ diversified businesses. “They will always remain of great interest to other government and non-government businesses in UAE and internationally,” said Shetty.Dubai is also set to have a Manipal Medical College, after an agreement to the effect was signed by BRS Ventures and Manipal Global Education Services. Related ItemsacademicsDubaiIIMlast_img read more

Lynx capture 4th WNBA title, overcome Sparks in 5 games

first_imgCoach Cheryl Reeve has always regretted not getting Fowles more involved late in Game 5 a year ago, andthey made sure to force-feed their MVP this time around to close the door. After Parker’s 3 cut Minnesota’s lead to 68-64, Fowles corralled a loose ball and finger-rolled it in just ahead of the shot clock buzzer for a 70-64 lead.The Lynx looked to have things in control when Augustus’s jumper gave them a 79-67 lead that lasted until Jantel Lavender’s layup with 90 seconds to go. But Riquna Williams hit two free throws and Sims had two steals for layups, one of which she converted for a three-point play to pull Los Angeles within 79-76 with 35 seconds to go.But Moore responded with a tough pull-up in the lane and Fowles hit a couple of foul shots to ice it.“We’re not a team and I’m not a person to make excuses,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “We just didn’t do what we needed to do to …”A rivalry this tight just had to come down to a Game 5, and Minnesota forced it with an 80-69 victory Sunday in Los Angeles. The Sparks and Lynx went five games last year before Los Angeles won on a last-second put-back from Ogwumike. The previous 12 meetings between these two teams, starting with Game 1 of last year’s finals, had a cumulative score of 908-908.ADVERTISEMENT “I think every time you do this, it gets a little more special because it gets a little harder,” Whalen said. “And more meaningful because you know it’s not easy. It’s not something we try to take for granted ever.”Candace Parker had 19 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for the Sparks, who were looking to become the first repeat champions in 15 years. Chelsea Gray had 15 points and eight assists, but Nneka Ogwumike fouled out with 5:29 to play and finished with 11 points. Los Angeles turned it over 17 times.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith a team that had the makings of a new dynasty bearing down on it, the Lynx responded to reassert their own. They have been in the finals in six of the last seven years and now find themselves in the company of Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and the Comets that dominated the league’s early days.“They wanted to take their place next to the Houston Comets,” coach Cheryl Reeve said. “So they did it.”The game the Lynx rule now is bigger, faster and deeper and the proud core of Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Augustus and Whalen have had to earn everything they’ve accomplished. They led by 12 in the third quarter, but Los Angeles pushed right back, trimming the deficit to four at the start of the fourth. 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Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Odyssey Sims of the Los Angeles Sparks and Lindsay Whalen #13 of the Minnesota Lynx go after a loose ball during the fourth quarter of Game Five of the WNBA Finals on October 4, 2017 at Williams in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lynx defeated the Sparks 85-76 to win the championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and broke her own WNBA Finals record by grabbing 20 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to their fourth championship in seven years with an 85-76 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 5 on Wednesday.Maya Moore had 18 points and 10 rebounds and hit a huge runner with 26 seconds to play, Lindsay Whalen had 17 points and eight assists and Seimone Augustus added 14 points to help the Lynx move level with the Houston Comets for most titles in league history.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES A capacity crowd packed Williams Arena, turning one of the oldest basketball arenas in the country into a rollicking women’s hoops mecca, reminiscent of Whalen’s days here as a star for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. The old “Barn” is filled with obstructed views — seats behind support posts and under awnings that make seeing the court difficult.They were all filled on Wednesday night, and even if they had to crane their necks for the right view, they saw a game as long on turnovers as it was tension. The Lynx turned it over 18 times, but were able to overcome that with 22 points off of the Sparks’ mistakes.last_img read more