Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, April 29

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Manchester United appear increasingly confident that they have won their battle to retain goalkeeper David De Gea’s services for at least one more season by offering him a new contract in the region of £200,000 a week. (Independent)Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is ready to sign a year-long loan deal with Everton at the end of the season. (The Sun)Real Madrid have 48 hours to make a decision on Javier Hernandez as the clock runs down on their first option to buy the Manchester United striker. (Daily Mail)Manchester City face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Wolfsburg star Kevin De Bruyne. City have identified former Chelsea midfielder De Bruyne as a top summer target but the Belgian’s agent, Patrick De Koster, claims PSG are also interested and that he could cost as much as £42million. (Daily Mirror)PSG have told Manchester United and Arsenal that Edison Cavani is not for sale this summer. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal are in pole position to land Charlton wonderkid Joe Gomez. Manchester City and Manchester United have also made enquiries about the England Under-19 international defender but Arsenal are leading the chase. Charlton are willing to do business and want at least £8million for rising star Gomez. (Daily Mirror)Everton, Newcastle and Stoke have indicated they are ready to meet Yannick Bolasie’s £15million asking price. The explosive Crystal Palace winger is looking to leave Selhurst Park this summer after two-and-a-half years at the club, and will net the Eagles a tidy profit on the player they bought for £300,000. (Daily Mirror)Swansea are set to make a £4million bid for St Etienne full-back Franck Tabanou if the French club miss out on Champions League qualification. (Daily Mirror)John Obi-Mikel’s agent has failed to dismiss reports of the Chelsea midfielder making a shock switch to Real Madrid. (Daily Star)Chelsea will only allow Patrick Bamford to join a Premier League club on loan next season if he is guaranteed regular first team football. Crystal Palace, Southampton, Everton and Aston Villa are among clubs showing an interest in the striker. (London Evening Standard)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Arsenal two or three players away from turning into title winners, claims Harry RedknappExclusive – Liverpool MUST ‘spend big’ to catch Premier League rivals, claims former RedExclusive – Southampton chief claims ‘signs look good’ Nathaniel Clyne will pen new deal‘England’s best young manager’ Howe is going nowhere, Bournemouth chairman tells talkSPORTExclusive – Harry Redknapp hails Bournemouth’s ‘amazing’ rise to the Premier LeagueTransfer blow for Man United! Bayern Munich enter race for Borussia Dortmund starReports – Arsenal target contacted by Inter Milan about £30m moveArsenal transfer blow? Inter Milan and Juventus ‘want Dybala the most’, says Palermo presidentManchester United move ahead of Chelsea in chase to land £22m-rated Brazilian starletAtletico Madrid ready new deal for Bayern Munich and Chelsea targetEverton and West Ham target announces he will leave current clubPSG president claims club ‘won’t even consider any offers’ for Manchester United targetBoost for Tottenham! Italy striker’s agent admits summer move is a possibilityChristian Benteke’s agent rubbishes Aston Villa exit rumoursWest Ham join Liverpool and Newcastle in race to sign French hitman on a free transferlast_img read more

MOLAR ROLLERS HIT THE ROAD FOR DONEGAL ACTION FOR CANCER CARE

first_imgBETTY HOLMESON SATURDAY as part of an awareness raising programme surrounding head, neck and mouth cancers, 10 members of Dublin Dental University Hospital’s bike club, the ‘Molar Rollers’, will cycle the 149 miles / 240 km from Dublin to Letterkenny in aid of Donegal Action for Cancer Care.The 10 members of The “Molar Rollers” will leave tomorrow morning from Dublin Dental Hospital.On their journey they will stop overnight in Monaghan and continue their journey to Donegal on Sunday arriving at the Mount Errigal Hotel Letterkenny at approx. 4pm. “It is a very busy weekend in Donegal but DACC hope that people will come out to welcome the 10 cyclists when they arrive at the Mount Errigal Hotel,” said Betty Holmes from DACC.“Please let’s ensure they get a true Donegal welcome remembering that they through their own work & voluntary cycles support Donegal cancer patients,” she added.Such is the importance of raising awareness surrounding head, neck and mouth cancers, members of Dublin Dental University Hospital’s bike club, ‘Molar Rollers’, wish to ensure that Donegal is included.The “Molar Rollers” have supported DACC in the past having made a donation of €5000 a few years back. DACC felt encouraged to continue with their voluntary work for Donegal cancer patients when their work was recognised by the Dublin Dental University Hospital & the Molar Rollers. By funding such projects, the Dublin Dental University Hospital hopes to reduce the incidence of oral cancer by promoting its early detection, diagnosis and treatment. In addition to raising professional and public awareness of cancer issues, the team also hopes to influence health-policy makers to continue to improve the delivery of cancer services in Ireland.Mouth, head and neck cancers are largely preventable as the two major risk factors are consumption of tobacco and alcohol. Early diagnosis and treatment could save lives and people are being actively encouraged to contact their dentist or doctor if they have any concerns in this regard, whether now or in the future.The money raised by the Molar Rollers is of great benefit to the head, neck and mouth cancer causes and is used to fund a variety projects, which will be assessed by a board of trustees chaired by Mr John Hammond who will, in turn, agree and monitor the distribution of funds All dentists at Dublin Dental University Hospital are trained to detect mouth cancer through an examination of the oral cavity – in fact the vast majority of patients with potentially malignant lesions are referred to the hospital by dentist and doctors alike.Mouth, head and neck cancers are largely preventable as the two major risk factors are consumption of tobacco and alcohol. Early diagnosis and treatment could save lives and people are being actively encouraged to contact their dentist or doctor if they have any concerns in this regard, whether now or in the future.Please come out and welcome the “Molar Rollers” Donations to this great effort can be made on http://www.mycharity.ie/charity_fundraiser_list.php?charityID=709MOLAR ROLLERS HIT THE ROAD FOR DONEGAL ACTION FOR CANCER CARE was last modified: May 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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

What to expect from Steph, KD and Klay at all-star festivities

first_imgWith the NBA all-star festivities starting Friday evening, most of the Warriors’ players and coaches will take time off to recharge for the final stretch of the regular season and playoffs.That will not be the case for the Golden State’s three all-stars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who will be making their 10th, sixth and fifth appearances, respectively.What might we expect from each this weekend?(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)Stephen Curry: Charlotte’s MayorWhile …last_img read more

SOA is a Long Tail Enabler?

first_imgChris Anderson coined the term ‘The Long Tail’ in a Wired magazine article of October 2004.  The idea is that being able to sell just a few copies of each of many products having low demand or low sales volumes can be just as profitable as selling many copies of a single blockbuster product.  Anderson sees the Internet, because of its reducing storage and distribution costs as being an enabler of The Long Tail sales strategy, being able to provide wide selection of many niche-value items.An article by ZapThink‘s Ronald Schmelzer notes that IT moved from centralized mainframe model to a decentralized client/server one and then back to a centralized model based around the web.  But Web 2.0 and technologies like SOA and Web Services with more participatory and collaborative capabilities can push the overall computing model back towards decentralization.In this model, individual business units can easily sponsor and pay for low-cost Web Services that expose niche interest information while centralized IT continues to spend the bulk of their resources on ‘best sellers’.  Tools and products to publish and consume Web Services are making it easy for business units to create specialized data mashups tuned to their niche needs. Schmelzer predicts application development to gradually move from being the responsibility of a centralized IT to one that is shared by different groups throughout the enterprise.  The role of IT then shifts to one of governance and standardization of the components and business processes that emerge and maintainer of overall infrastructure.  He sees this trend as changing the way budgets are defined and projects are managed, developed and deployed.One example for how this is unfolding are Web Service-enabled content repositories like that offered by Formek.  Business units can publish their unique documents and other content securely both internally and externally.  Content-based Web Services can be set up to provide data feeds that can be consumed and channeled into portals and business processes within the enterprise.last_img read more

How to Read Histograms

first_imgIs your image too dark or too bright? Your histogram will let you know.If you taking pictures or video you probably have at least seen a histogram. Simply put, histograms are a visual representations of the tonality of your image. White pixels on the right, black pixels on the left and mid-tones…well you get the idea.Practically speaking a histogram will tell you if an image is underexposed or overexposed. The goal is to create a hump in the middle with the falloff not touching the left or right side of the image. The following video will give a quick rundown on how histograms work and how you can use them to become a better photographer/filmmaker. The video covers:Reading HistogramsSetting Up HistogramsUnderstanding the LayoutIf you shoot on a Nikon camera finding the histogram can be a little tricky. To avoid issues check out Nikon’s post on histograms.This video was first shared by CreativeLive on their YouTube channel. If you are interested in learning about other exposure/color scopes we recommend checking out our post on Vectorscopes and Waveforms.Have any recommendations for working with histograms? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Mizoram gets its first Lokayukta chairman

first_imgRetired IAS officer C. Lalsawta was sworn in as the first Chairman of the newly constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram on Monday, officials said. He was sworn in at the Raj Bhavan here, they said.Governor Jagdish Mukhi administered the oath of office to Mr. Lalsawta, an official said.Chief Minister Zoramthanga, other Ministers, Assembly Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo, legislators and senior officials were present on the occasion, he said. The function was presided over by State Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo, younger brother of the new Lokayukta chairman.Mr. Lalsawta is a 1981-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer. He was the Principal Secretary of the Finance department in the State from 2008 to 2011. After returning to Bihar, he was made the State Vigilance Commissioner, the official said, adding that he retired in 2015. The Lokayukta would function from a rented building here.last_img read more

Crop insurance fail: only ₹8 cr. spent for NE

first_imgOut of ₹1,400 crore earmarked annually for the north-eastern States under the Centre’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, only ₹8 crore — or just over half a per cent — was actually spent last year, according to senior Agriculture Ministry officials. Four north-eastern States — Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram — are not covered under the scheme at all.In fact, farmers in seven States and four Union Territories nationwide will not be covered by the scheme in this kharif or summer season, for which sowing begins next month.Lack of interest Some large States like Bihar and West Bengal have withdrawn from PMFBY to set up their own State-level schemes and Punjab has never participated in the scheme, while UTs like Delhi and Chandigarh are largely urban spaces. However, States in the Northeast, as well as the Union Territory of Daman and Diu, face challenges such as the lack of interest by insurance companies and the lack of State budgetary resources to pay their share of the premium, say officials. The Centre is now making it compulsory for insurance companies to bid for these States as well.As The Hindu had reported from Mizoram on Thursday, this lack of coverage has left thousands of maize farmers devastated by losses from the fall armyworm pest there without any hope of insurance.“Although the north-eastern States have only 2.5% of the country’s cultivable area, 10% of the budget for PMFBY and RWBCIS [Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme] is earmarked for them. But all the funds are lapsed,” said a senior official administering the scheme, who did not wish to be named. While Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have never been covered under the scheme, which was launched with much fanfare in 2016, the scheme was implemented in Mizoram and Manipur only in the initial season.“Insurance companies have been reluctant to bid for these States, as the administrative costs are high. There are no proper land records. Historic yield data is not available for these States, particularly at the gram panchayat and block level. It is difficult to conduct CCEs [crop-cutting experiments] needed for many of the horticulture crops,” said the official. “Insurance companies are also not interested because the coverage is so limited. There are low number of loanee farmers in the Northeast, except in Assam,” added the official. Lack of forecasting infrastructure has also hampered the penetration of the weather-based insurance scheme in these states. The Centre also argues that several State governments are not sufficiently interested in promoting the scheme.last_img read more

Crops worth ₹150 crore destroyed in Maharashtra floods

first_imgThe loss of crops due to floods in the State has been put at ₹125 crore, according to preliminary assessment by the government. Even as the exact extent of the damage will be known only after flood waters have fully receded, senior officials said around 27,468 hectare of agriculture land has been completely destroyed. This could even cross one lakh hectares when the panchnama is complete, senior officials said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Saturday that the total length of road damaged is 484 km, while 2,615 transformers were damaged partially or fully. The destruction to agriculture land will cross over 1.5 lakh hectares, state Minister of Employment Guarantee and Horticulture of Maharashtra, Jaydutt Kshirsagar said on Saturday. Chief Secretary of the state Ajoy Mehta too has confirmed that crops across one lakh hectares could be affected. The State horticulture department has said they are drawing up the estimates with the help of satellite images, and the panchnama has been started with the help of Department of Revenue and Agriculture. “We expect major damage of agriculture crop to spread across 11 districts, while the centre of the destruction is Kolhapur where 30% of this damaged crop is located,” said an official of the Department of Revenue and Agriculture.Mr. Fadnavis said the government will not only compensate damaged crops but also help in removing silt from the farms, and provide assistance of ₹13,000 per hectare to the farmers. The work will be assisted by many organisations like Art of Living, Siddhivinayak temple, and Pandharpur temple, who have promised to come forward to help, he said.last_img read more

Mapua beats Ateneo for Filoil juniors title; NU wins bronze

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken National University also capped the preseason tournament with a piece of recognition after fending off University of Santo Tomas, 86-75, for the third-place trophy.Rhayyan Amsali had 30 points and 14 rebounds to lead NU. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Mapua topped Ateneo, 89-82, in the high school finals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Clint Escamis delivered an offensive assault for the Red Robins, finishing with a game-high 23 points to go along seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Escamis, though, wasn’t the lone Red Robin to punish the Blue Eaglets.Mapua’s frontcourt duo of Warren Bonifacio and Will Gozum crushed Ateneo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBonifacio finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, nine of which came from the offensive glass, while Gozum had a 17-point, 14-rebound double-double.Dave Ildefonso led Ateneo with 16 points and eight rebounds while Kai Sotto finished with 15 points and 14 boards. MOST READ Ronaldo hits milestone as Portugal sink New Zealand What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more

Nargis raps Neetu over bikini shoot

first_imgNargis, who was last seen in the Akshay Kumar and John Abraham-starrer Garam Masala, says she would never wear something that makes her family uncomfortable.Taking a dig at her Garam Masala co-star Neetu Chandra ” who was recently in news for a hot bikini shoot ” Nargis says sporting a bikini is out of question for her.The actress goes on to say she has, in fact, missed out on “a whole lot of films” because she refused to do things which were ethically unacceptable to her.Is that the reason she has done a single film ” Pranali ” since her debut three years ago in Garam Masala? Talking about her career, Nargis says her third film, Morning Walk, is scheduled for release on July 10.The actress, however, says she is happy about the fact that Neetu went on to become a better known face and also tried the bikini.”I am really happy for her. She is a great person and actor and we have been good friends,” she says. “( But) the bikini is out of limits for me. I even refused to wear a bikini in Morning Walk , though the director had asked me to,” she adds.Courtesy: Mail Todaylast_img read more