Lewandowski: I’ve heard nothing from Real Madrid

first_imgTransfers Lewandowski’s ‘heard nothing’ from Real Madrid following agent change Chris Burton 18:34 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Lewandowski Bayern 2017 Getty Images Transfers Real Madrid Bayern München Bundesliga Primera División Robert Lewandowski The prolific Bayern striker continues to be linked with a big-money summer transfer and commented on his change in representation Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has rubbished reports suggesting a change of agent means he is off to Real Madrid, with no contact received from Spain.The prolific Pole has turned to ‘super agent’ Pini Zahavi to manage his career, with the Israeli taking on one of the most sought-after talents in world football.Lewandowski is enjoying another productive season at club level, with the 20-goal mark reached in the Bundesliga for a third successive year and the sixth time in seven years spread across spells at Bayern and Borussia Dortmund. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp It is those exploits which continue to see him linked with big-money moves elsewhere, with reports of interest from Madrid refusing to go away.The 29-year-old has, however, once again moved to distance himself from the rumours and play down the importance of a change in representative, telling reporters: “No, that [agent change] has nothing to do with this speculation.“I haven’t heard anything from Real Madrid, I don’t know whether my agent has and people will write what they want, but it doesn’t interest me.”Lewandowski drew a rare blank in his latest outing, as Bayern were held to a goalless draw by Hertha Berlin, but he remains a talismanic presence in Munich.With that in mind, the Bundesliga leaders have no intention of sanctioning a sale, with manager Jupp Heynckes having said of the incessant transfer talk: “A player is allowed to change his agent, it doesn’t mean anything.“Bayern want to – and will – keep our top players.”Zahavi has also played down the Real reports, with no talks held with the La Liga giants at this stage.He told Bild after being confirmed as Lewandowski’s agent: “Of course I have a lot of contacts in the industry, but that has nothing to do with it.“However, one never knows what will happen in the future.”last_img read more

Ranked: Who are Man Utd’s best-paid players?

first_imgManchester United Alexis or Pogba, De Gea or Lukaku? Ranking Manchester United’s best-paid players Kris Voakes Last updated 1 year ago 20:13 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() David de Gea Paul Pogba Alexis Sanchez split Getty/Goal composite Manchester United Premier League Crystal Palace v Manchester United Crystal Palace Gallery The Red Devils have been fairly liberal in handing out huge contracts in recent years, but who sits where in their list of highest salaries? Manchester United caused a real stir in January when snapping up from Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Far beyond the Chilean being recruited from a Premier League rival midway through the season, the biggest bone of contention appeared to be his British-record salary of £350,000 per week.Such is the fascination in the money being spent by football clubs in the modern era, supporters have taken an increased interest in players’ wages as well as the outlays made to selling clubs in the transfer market.And United have led the way in splashing out on playing contracts over the course of the Premier League era, signing themselves up to the five biggest deals in English history over the last five years, most recently with Sanchez. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But who gets what in the current United squad? Below,  Goal  goes through the Old Trafford pay-grades, listing the estimated weekly salary of the top-ranked Red Devils in terms of salary.last_img read more

LAFC makes statement with debut win in Seattle

first_imgMLS Bob Bradley’s LAFC makes statement with debut MLS win in Seattle Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 14:31 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bob Bradley LAFC MLS Steven Bisig MLS Los Angeles Seattle Sounders v Los Angeles Seattle Sounders The expansion side enjoyed a dream start to life in MLS, with Diego Rossi’s winning goal and Tyler Miller’s big saves sparking an season-opening upset Bob Bradley hadn’t coached a match in more than a year, the longest such stretch of his coaching career, but he was rewarded for that wait on Sunday, as his Los Angeles FC made a dream start to life in Major League Soccer.The expansion MLS side went into CenturyLink Field and knocked off the two-time defending Western Conference champion Seattle Sounders, 1-0, to become the first team since those very same Sounders in 2009 to kick off an expansion season with a shutout victory, and first since the 2011 Vancouver Whitecaps to win their MLS debut.It was far from a dominant performance, and came, at least in part, with the help of the fact the Sounders rested some starters. But that doesn’t take away from the reality that LAFC looked like and played like a real team and not a collection of parts hastily thrown together, which can sometimes be the case with first-year squads. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “When you’re starting out as a team, you have to learn how to win different kinds of games,” Bradley said. “A lot of guys gave big efforts.”The dynamic duo of Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi figured to be the focal point of LAFC’s attack this season and needed just 11 minutes to let the rest of the league know just what a problem they will be to defend. Rossi’s one-time blast was the fastest debut goal by an MLS expansion team in league history, and while LAFC couldn’t generate a second, Rossi’s thunderbolt was a worthy first strike.Just as impressive was the defense Bradley was able to build, one that will help LAFC contend in year one. Even with Walker Zimmerman forced out of the lineup before kickoff, the defense was still good enough to keep a dangerous Sounders attack at bay, though it needed goalkeeper Tyler Miller to make a handful of excellent saves against his former team.The Sounders made LAFC earn it, even though veterans Clint Dempsey and Chad Marshall sat the match out to be ready for a vital CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal clash with Chivas on Wednesday. Seattle still had enough firepower to spoil the visiting team’s MLS debut, especially with second-half substitutes Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Handwalla Bwana giving the Sounders a much-needed spark, forcing Miller into a total of seven saves on the night.As much as Seattle was missing key players, LAFC was also without some top options as well. Egyptian midfielder Omar Gaber was left on the bench after having been injured in preseason, Zimmerman was forced out, and newly-acquired Colombian midfielder Eduard Atuesta had yet to integrate into the squad. Throw in long-rumored designated player target Andre Horta, who could still be signed during the current transfer window, and you realize how far away LAFC still is from being the finished product.Nobody knows how much further there is still to go than Bob Bradley, who took the expansion Chicago Fire to an MLS Cup title 20 years ago. He knows how important a good preseason foundation was to build on, but also knows there is no rush to have his team reach its full potential just yet. Unlike his last job — Bradley’s doomed stint at Swansea City — the former U.S. national team coach actually had a hand in building this team. From Miller, who Bradley took first in the MLS expansion draft, to Benny Feilhaber, who he took to the 2010 World Cup during his time as U.S. coach, to first-round draft pick Joao Moutinho, who showed well in his professional debut.LAFC MLS“I don’t think we showed, football-wise, what we’re capable of, but that’s only going to get better,” Bradley said. “I’m very confident that, as we build this team, that we’re going to see some real football.”LAFC still has plenty to work on, including how better to hold onto the ball in order to avoid being bombarded with pressure like we saw on Sunday, but the foundation is clearly there for LAFC to be a strong expansion team, rather than a pushover. With a tough defensive nucleus, and the Vela-Rossi tandem up top, the newest MLS team is already a handful and will only get tougher as the final pieces to the puzzle are added in the coming weeks.Things won’t get any easier for the club though. LAFC faces a tough opening schedule, with five more road games looming before unveiling its new stadium with a visit from none other than the same Sounders team it just defeated. Earning points during this season-opening road trip is key to improving the team’s chances of being a serious playoff contender.”A lot of positives, great to win, but still a lot of work to do,” Bradley said.Could LAFC follow the path of Bradley’s previous expansion team and win a title? It’s way too early for that sort of talk, but what was made clear on Sunday is that Bradley made the most of his time away from the sidelines and has put together a team ready to be competitive against the very best that MLS has to offer.last_img read more

Ronaldo a Real superstar, Bale a fading light

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo still Real’s shining superstar with Bale now a fading light Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 22:39 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Eibar La Liga Getty Real Madrid Eibar v Real Madrid Eibar Primera División Gareth Bale Cristiano Ronaldo Opinion The Portuguese scored both goals to give Los Blancos a hard-fought win at Eibar, in what was another disappointing afternoon for the Welsh winger Cristiano Ronaldo’s rise continues. The 33-year-old was on target twice to give Real Madrid all three points at Eibar on Saturday. But, alongside him in attack, these are trying times for Gareth Bale.The Portuguese made the difference again. His fantastic form in 2018 is quite a contrast to his struggles in front of goal in the Primera Division earlier on in the season. In the first half of the campaign, he netted only four times. But now, in early March and despite the occasional rest, he has already added 14 more.Three goals against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League – two at the Santiago Bernabeu and one at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday –  also helped Zinedine Zidane’s side secure their place in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition. Cristiano is well and truly back to doing what he does best. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But amid Ronaldo’s rise, Bale’s star is fading at Real. The Welsh winger was willing at Eibar on Saturday, but struggled to make an impact in the tight spaces of a small playing surface at Ipurua.It was one of those afternoons for the 28-year-old. Whatever he tried did not really seem to come off. His movement was sometimes slow, while he cut an isolated figure and there appeared to be a lack of communication with his team-mates too. He also missed the target with a header from close range.Bale did not start either of the games against PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League and is clearly falling down the pecking order at Madrid. And, although he is still being used by Zidane in some fixtures, it is a much more secondary role for the former Tottenham man these days.A three-time Champions League winner since his €100 million move from White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013, Bale has been hampered by injuries during his time in Spain and his impressive early-season sparkle has also gone in recent weeks.”He is in a team where there are many players and sometimes he hasn’t played,” Zidane said on Friday. “He is fundamental for us and he will be until the end of the season, just like the others. There is nothing more.Eibar Real Madrid score“I have to pick a team every three days and that is what I am doing. It is not a problem for him because we talk. He knows where he is and that all of the players are important. You [the media] want to look for a problem, but there is no problem. Gareth is important, but there are other important players.”That message, however, is very similar to how Zidane used to speak of James Rodriguez, who was ultimately sent away to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan after finding his opportunities limited under the French coach.It is also quite different to Zidane’s initial message on arrival as coach at Real, when he would not reveal his preferences in terms of team selection, but said: “The idea is to play with the three (Ronaldo, Bale and Karim Benzema) in attack.”Gareth Bale Real Madrid EibarThat is no longer the case, with Zidane also opting for 4-4-2 in recent times and Bale, despite finishing the game on Saturday wide left – the position where he made his name at Spurs – was unable to shine once again.So, while Ronaldo remains as important as ever with his goals for Los Blancos, the Welshman’s influence continues to fade at Real Madrid.last_img read more

Wenger racks up 700th Arsenal win

first_imgArsenal Wenger racks up 700th Arsenal win Jack Davies 00:17 12/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) wenger - CROPPED Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Watford Premier League Arsenal v Watford Almost 22 years on from his first, the Frenchman made it 700 wins as Gunners boss in the Premier League clash with Watford on Sunday Arsene Wenger chalked up his 700th win in charge of Arsenal as the Gunners beat Watford 3-0 at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.The under-fire manager’s first victory came against Blackburn Rovers way back in 1996, when Ian Wright scored twice in a 2-0 win at Ewood Park.And goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan saw Wenger to number 700, while Troy Deeney – who accused Arsenal of lacking “cojones” earlier in the season – had a penalty saved by Petr Cech. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The match also saw Arsenal score their 1000th Premier League home goal, Mesut Ozil become the fastest player to reach 50 assists and Cech keep his 200th clean sheet in the competition.During his time in charge of the Gunners, Wenger has racked up seven FA Cup titles and three Premier League crowns. The Frenchman’s long reign at the helm has been called into question in recent seasons, with the Gunners failing to qualify for the Champions League last season for the first time in 20 years.And that streak could continue this term, with Arsenal well outside of the top four as the calendar reaches March. Wenger’s best chance at a Champions League return looks likely to be through the Europa League, which Arsenal must win to return to Europe’s top club competition next season.last_img read more

Is football in the Commonwealth Games?

first_imgPremier League Is football in the Commonwealth Games? Goal 02:45 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane England Getty Images Premier League UEFA Europa League The 2018 Commonwealth Games will begin on April 4 and end on April 15, but is football included in the competition? It’s taken four years, but the 2018 Commonwealth Games are now finally on the horizon.England were runaway leaders in Glasgow in the 2014 games with a total of 174 medals, 58 of which were gold, and will be hoping for a repeat performance this time round.But what is the event, who is competing, and will football be included in the schedule? Goal takes a look. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp What is the Commonwealth Games?The first Commonwealth Games was held in 1930 and was marketed as an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.John Astley Cooper, who first proposed the idea of the event in 1891, wanted a ‘Pan-Britannic-Pan-Anglican Contest and Festival every four years as a means of increasing goodwill and good understanding of the British Empire’. Indeed, the Commonwealth is held every four years, with the last taking place in Glasgow, Scotland 2014.There have been a variety of Commonwealth editions, including the ‘British Empire Games’, the ‘British Empire and Commonwealth Games’, the ‘British Commonwealth Games’, and simply ‘the Commonwealth Games’ as we now know it.The Commonwealth Winter Games ran from 1958 until 1966, the Commonwealth Youth Games have been held every year since 2000, while Para-sports were introduced in 1994 for athletes with a disability before they were included as full members for their national teams in 2002.Where and when is the 2018 Commonwealth Games?The opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on Wednesday April 5 and will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The games will come to a close on Sunday April 15.Australia, all-time leaders in the medal table with 852 golds, will host the games for the fifth time in its history.Is football in the Commonwealth Games?Harry Kane Jordan Henderson EnglandIn short, no. A minimum of ten core sports and maximum of seventeen sports must be included in any Commonwealth Games schedule, with the current list including athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, lawn bowls, netball (for women), rugby sevens, squash, swimming and weightlifting.There are also nine para-sports, in this case swimming, athletics, cycling, table tennis, powerlifting, lawn bowls, and a triathalon. On March 8 2016, Beach Volleyball was also officially included in the event list.While football, along with billiards, fencing, and golf, are recognised Commonwealth Games Federation sports, hosts may not select them as official events as the are deemed to ‘need expansion’.With the games running through the middle of April, too, it would not make sense for European club players to participate due to their domestic seasons and with the 2018 World Cup kicking off in the summer.Which sports are played at the Commonwealth Games?The official list of sports included in the 2018 Commonwealth Games is as followed: Sports  Athletics Badminton Basketball Beach volleyball Boxing Mountain biking Road cycling Track cycling Diving Artistic Gymnastics Rhythmic Gymnastics Hockey Lawn bowls Netball Powerlifting Rugby sevens Shooting Squash Swimming Table tennis Triathlon Weightlifting Wrestling Where and when is the 2018 Commonwealth Games?The opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on Wednesday April 5 and will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The games will come to a close on Sunday April 15.Australia, all-time leaders in the medal table with 852 golds, will host the games for the fifth time in its history.Commonwealth Games venuesMain arena Carrara Stadium will host both ceremonies and the athletics, while the vast majority of events will take place in the host city Gold Coast.Some other events require facilities located elsewhere, however. Venue Sport Capacity Carrara Stadium Athletics, Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony 40,000 Robina Stadium Rugby 7s 27,500 Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Swimming, Diving 10,000/2,500 Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre Gymnastics, Netball (finals) 7,500 Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre Basketball (finals), Netball (preliminaries) 5,000 Gold Coast Hockey Centre Hockey 5,000 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre Badminton, Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Wrestling 5,000 Oxenford Studios Boxing, Table Tennis 2,500/2,750 Runaway Bay Sports Centre Squash 3,000 Broadbeach Bowls Club Lawn bowling 2,500 Carrara Indoor Stadium Weightlifting 2,500 Southport Broadwater Parklands Marathon, Racewalking, Triathlon 2,500 Elanora/Currumbin Valley Road cycling N/A Nerang National Park Mountain Biking 2,000 Queen Elizabeth Park[3] Beach Volleyball 4,000 Venue outside of Gold Coast Sport Capacity Cairns Convention Centre Basketball (preliminaries) 5,000 Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre Basketball (preliminaries) 5,000 Anna Meares Velodrome Track cycling 4,000 Belmont, Queensland Shooting 3,000 Which nations will compete in the Commonwealth Games? AFRICA AMERICAS ASIA CARIBBEAN EUROPE OCEANIA Botswana Bahamas Bangladesh Anguilla Cyprus Australia Cameroon Belize Brunei Darussalam Antigua and Barbuda England Cook Islands Ghana Bermuda India Barbados Gibraltar Fiji Kenya Canada Malaysia British Virgin Islands Guernsey Kiribati Lesotho Falkland Pakistan Cayman Islands Isle of Man Nauru Malawi Islands Singapore Dominica Jersey New Zealand Mauritius Guyana Sri Lanka Grenada Malta Niue Mozambique St. Helena   Jamaica Northern Ireland Norfolk Island Namibia     Montserrat Scotland Papua New Guinea Nigeria     Saint Lucia Wales Samoa Rwanda     St. Kitts & Nevis   Solomon Islands Seychelles     St. Vincent & The Grenadines   Tonga Sierra Leone     Trinidad & Tobago   Tuvalu South Africa     Turks & Caicos Islands   Vanuatu Swaziland           Tanzania           Uganda           Zambia           Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

OSU Offensive Line Target Jaylan Jeffers Commits to Oregon

first_imgThe 6-foot-6, 260 pound tackle from Saguaro visited OSU back in June on an official basis as part of a visit-spree that included Colorado and Oregon, but Eugene and all it has to offer made a strong impression on him.“They all have great energy all the time,” he told Oregon Live. “The players love to be there. It’s not a one-sided thing, where a few people are bought in. It seems like everybody is pretty bought in.”Since offering him a scholarship this spring, OSU has planted seeds elsewhere, especially in recent weeks as it became apparent he was leaning heavily in favor of Oregon. While OSU has three OL commitments in the 2020 class, it’s likely they’ll take at least one more — ideally at the tackle spot to complement guard pledges Trent Pullen and Eli Russ as well as tackle commit Cade Bennett. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. In a stunningly well-done video posted to his Twitter on Wednesday, Arizona offensive line recruit Jaylan Jeffers, a three-star prospect who has been on OSU’s radar since the spring, committed to Oregon over OSU, LSU, Arizona State, Michigan and others.Jeffers said in his video he’s been to a number of great places and even mashed up some OSU film, but, he said, “There was one place that really stood out.”COMMITTED‼️ pic.twitter.com/angaejvslv— Jaylan Jeffers (@jaylan_jeffers) July 30, 2019last_img read more

Mike Gundy on How Coaching is Like Parenting

first_imgOne of my favorite things to do every week is to peruse Mike Gundy’s Monday presser quotes to see what kind of gems got buried in the avalanche of Spencer Sanders and Chuba Hubbard news.Because Gundy is a character — for which I am (and this business is) grateful — some of the throwaway quotes take on a more hilarious tone. There’s more weight and more humor there because Gundy has been around so long and because we feel like we know him or at the very least we know the caricature of him.One example of this is when he goes down the parental advice path. Part of the reason for this is because, well, I’m a parent. The other is because it’s always enjoyable to think about this mulleted man who once wore zip-away ski pants to coach Bedlam in (#neverforget) parenting three kids of his own in a home I’m sure he often feels like he’s lost control of.Anyway, he talked this week about how Sean Gleeson is acclimating to FBS ball and how that’s actually a lot like being a parent for the first time.“I thought he was good,” Gundy said.Sean, your thoughts?“There’s a difference between being emotional and being erratically emotional and out of control. He gets emotional during football games. It’s like parenting.”Go on.“When you’re raising your first kid, you get emotional when they do things wrong and you overreact. Then you come back later and you’re like, ‘That wasn’t worth all that.’”This is quite true.“You’re better off just chilling and then teaching them after a while. Coaching is the same thing. Sean gets excited but then he can get right back into it and focus; some coaches go and lose their marbles, but he doesn’t.”I loved all of this, and I think it says a lot about Gleeson. He was, uh, clearly jacked up during the Texas game last week so to hear Gundy say he could get it all back together quickly is encouraging.One of the biggest (fairest) frustrations of the Mike Yurcich era was in-game adjustments. I don’t know if that was because of emotions or something else — and I also don’t want to crown Gleeson after he handed it to Chuba 203 times in a row for 3.3 yards a pop in Austin — but I did enjoy the comp and am generally excited about the Gleeson era.Not the Gundy + Gleeson era … but the Gleeson + Gleeson era. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

9 months agoRed Bull Salzburg striker Moanes Dabour eager to hear from Liverpool

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Red Bull Salzburg striker Moanes Dabour eager to hear from Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg striker Moanes Dabour has welcomed interest from Liverpool.TMW says Dabour is waiting for a call from Liverpool to bring him to Anfield.Despite rival interest from Valencia, he is reportedly desperate to play for Jurgen Klopp.Liverpool can snap up Dabour, 26, for £22.3m (€25m) because of a release clause in his contract.The Nazareth-born hotshot is enjoying a prolific campaign for Salzburg.He has scored 20 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions, including nine strikes in the Austrian Bundesliga.Dabour is under contract at Salzburg until the summer of 2021. last_img read more

Third International TVET Conference Slated for November 29 to December 1

first_img The Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, will host the third International Conference on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) from November 29 to December 1 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay.The JCTE’s Senior Marketing and Business Development Consultant and Conference Chair, Jacqueline Knight-Campbell, says the event will bring together individuals and organisations that are collaborating to develop the education sector.“It will explore the building of educational partnerships; strategic leadership for institutional growth development; and professional development in higher education”, she said.She was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the agency’s head office in Kingston on Tuesday, October 24.The conference, which will also be supported by Delaware State University in the United States, will include concurrent sessions, workshops, exhibitions and panel discussions.Among the key events are a power breakfast, where heads of local and international companies will engage representatives from educational institutions in dialogue; and an awards ceremony to recognise outstanding educators, the Tertiary Student of the Year and outstanding corporate local and international individuals who have made indelible contributions to education.“It is a leadership conference that will provide the platform for building awareness on the readiness, activities and international exposure and exchange of what is happening in education,” Mrs. Knight-Campbell said.Additionally, she said persons are being invited to present research papers at the conference that should be submitted to the JCTE by Thursday, November 9.The focus areas include developing partnerships for an integrated approach to internationalising tertiary education; enhancing career through networking industry certification and professional organisations; and financing tertiary education for growth and sustainability, both locally and internationally. For further information on registration for the conference, persons may email theJCTE at: jctesecretariat@gmail.com, and for the submission of research papers: jctepr@gmail.com. Persons may also call 632-4136, 616-7620 or visit www.ucj.org.jm. The Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, will host the third International Conference on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) from November 29 to December 1 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay. Among the key events are a power breakfast, where heads of local and international companies will engage representatives from educational institutions in dialogue; and an awards ceremony to recognise outstanding educators, the Tertiary Student of the Year and outstanding corporate local and international individuals who have made indelible contributions to education. Story Highlights The JCTE’s Senior Marketing and Business Development Consultant and Conference Chair, Jacqueline Knight-Campbell, says the event will bring together individuals and organisations that are collaborating to develop the education sector. last_img read more

Oxfam Celebrates 15 Years Working With Coldplay

first_imgThe 2017 leg of Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ tour, which comes to the U.S. on August 1st, marks 15 years of Oxfam working with Coldplay.In that time, over 60,000 Coldplay fans have signed up to support Oxfam campaigns to highlight unfair trade practices and the plight of refugees.Chris Martin said: “As a band, we’re really proud to have had Oxfam on the road with us for the past fifteen years. It’s given our incredible fans the chance to show their support for campaigns from Make Trade Fair to supporting refugees.”Coldplay has been among Oxfam’s most high profile and vocal supporters, using their worldwide success to help Oxfam campaign on all five of their tours in over 50 countries. Front man Chris Martin first travelled with Oxfam in 2002 to Haiti. Since then he’s visited coffee farmers and projects in India.Oxfam first joined Coldplay on their 2003 ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’ tour, then the 2005 ‘Twisted Logic’ tour, their mammoth ‘Viva La Vida’ world tour in 2008/9 and again at their ‘Mylo Xyloto’ tour in 2012. During that time, thousands of volunteers have been recruited in each country to talk to fans at the concerts.

In 2016 Oxfam campaigners launched the Stand as One campaign to highlight the need to help and protect people forced to flee conflict and disaster. So far 32,000 Coldplay concert goers have signed up to the campaign.

Rachel Edwards, Oxfam’s on tour coordinator said: “The tour is really important in creating a global movement of Coldplay fans from the Philippines to the UK who are standing with refugees and demanding that world leaders do more. More than 65 million people have been forced to leave their homes through no fault of their own, and it’s fantastic to see how the people we meet on the tour want to support our campaign for change.”A few volunteer spots remain for music fans who’d like to join Oxfam and Coldplay at shows on this tour. Go to www.oxfamamerica.org/coldplay to apply.last_img read more

Distractions and exercise may be key to managing chronic pain

first_imgBy Sally Robertson, B.Sc.May 21 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)A man who developed scoliosis as a teenager has developed ways to cope with chronic pain without using pain medication. Stirling Witt from Kansas City says that rather than taking the medication, he stretches, exercises, follows a healthy diet and focuses on staying positive.Untitled Title | ShutterstockWitt found that in his teenage years and 20s, the chronic pain that he was in led to negative thoughts and depression, which only further exacerbated the pain.Witt describes the pain he was in as a “low-grade kind of menacing pain that ran through my spine and mostly my lower back and my upper right shoulder blade and then even into my neck a little bit.”Although the pain was difficult to live with, Witt found the sense of helplessness it led to was even more difficult to cope with. Struggling with back pain led him to feel depressed and like a social outcast. In the case of the stove example, this would mean a person never touched the hot stove again.‘Pain processing’ regions of the brainAnother reason that higher order animals have brains that link pain and emotion may be empathy, suggests Crook. When a person experiences pain, they develop empathy for other members of their social circle or family who experience pain and then try to offer help.Beth Darnell, a psychologist at Stanford University, says that although this emotional response to pain and empathy for others is beneficial, pain can also be destructive.Mental health disorders, for example, amplify pain: “They engage regions of the brain that associate with pain processing. And they can also facilitate rumination and fearful focus on the pain.”When the pain persists, it can eventually cause changes in the brain and pain signaling that no longer provides any benefit. Instead, the signaling can lead to depression, anxiety and stress… like Witt experienced.Darnall says it can be possible to break this cycle. Patients can learn to gain control over the pain signaling, by slowing their breathing and relaxing their muscles, for example. A state of relaxation can serve as an antidote to the pain responses that the experience of pain triggers.‘There’s hope’In some cases, such techniques can serve as an alternative to taking pain medication and for patients who do rely on these drugs, psychological therapy can help the medications work more effectively.However, patients are not generally offered psychological therapy, says Darnell, who believes that too much emphasis has been placed on treating pain as a biomedical problem that requires pharmaceutical intervention.Witt, now 40 years of age and making a living from art and music, says he no longer paints or writes songs about pain, nor does he take pain medication. He stretches and exercises instead and also follows a healthy diet and tries to stay optimistic. I’m actually not convinced that I have to live with this for the rest of my life. I very well may. But at the same time, I live in that state of mind all the time that there’s hope.” Having that emotional component linked to the sensory experience really is a great enhancer of memory. And so humans, for example, can remember a single painful experience sometimes for their entire lives.” At first, Witt decided to channel his emotions into music and paintings that would portray the pain, as a way to express and liberate himself. He found that absorbing himself in songwriting and painting enabled him to tune out the pain.”When I’m making art and music, I feel less pain. While I’m doing those things, I’m so distracted from my pain that it’s almost like I don’t have it.”Scientists say Witt’s experience is a typical example of how sensations of pain can turn into something much more complex.What connects pain and emotion?Karen Davis from Krembil Brain Institute in Toronto says that essentially pain is just something that makes you say “ouch” and that everything else a person experiences is the outcome of the pain and how it affects emotions, feelings, and behavior.The initial “ouch” response to pain occurs when nerve endings called nociceptors become activated, which triggers a cascade of signals that move through the nerves and into the spinal cord and brain. Once this happens, the situation becomes more complicated because the pain signals interact with various brain regions, including the ones involved in thinking and emotion.”There’s quite a pattern of activity that permeates through the brain that leads to all the complexities of what we feel associated with that initial hurt,” says Davis.Robyn Crook, a brain researcher at San Francisco State University, studies the evolution of pain and is currently comparing how the pain system works in mammals with how it works in squids and octopuses.One of the questions she is trying to answer is why the brain links pain with emotion.Crook says the most obvious purpose pain serves is the prevention or limitation of damage to the body. If you touch a hot stove, the pain will make you quickly move your hand away, but evolution did not stop there, she says.”In some animals with more complex brains, there’s also an emotional or a suffering component to the experience.”In dogs, for instance, pain seems to cause a similar level of distress to that seen in humans and one reason for this could involve memory: I felt like I was being attacked by this invisible enemy. It was nothing that I asked for, and I didn’t even know how to battle it.” Source:The original interview, which was conducted by Jon Hamilton for WESM 91.3 FM can be found here.last_img read more

Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations

first_img“Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or ZIP code,” Cook said in a statement.Cities around the country offered financial incentives in an attempt to land Apple’s new campus, but Cook avoided a high-profile competition that pitted them against one another, as Amazon had before deciding to build huge new offices in New York and Virginia. One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions—and offer huge sums of public money—in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly before making its big move. Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks about Apple’s new campus announcement in Austin, Texas, Thursday, Dec, 13, 2018. Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax break passed by Congress last year. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP) Cities have been eager to bring in more tech employers because their hires often make six-figure salaries. That can ripple through the economy, with new employees filling restaurants and theaters, buying property and paying taxes.But an influx of affluent tech workers can also drive up rent and home prices, making it more difficult for those in lower-paying jobs to make ends meet.”When tech companies invest in a place and try to hire thousands of workers, it is of course good news for tech workers who are already there and want to be there,” said Jed Kolko, chief economist for employment website Indeed.com. “But it can put a strain on the housing market and transportation.”Texas Gov. Greg Abbott hailed Apple’s new campus as a milestone development that “truly elevates Austin as one of the premier technology hubs in the entire world.”Apple’s move was cheered Friday by President Donald Trump, who thanked Cook in a tweet for “agreeing” to expand its U.S. operations. It was sharp change in tone from September, when Trump responded to Cook’s concerns about tariffs by telling Apple to make its products in the U.S. instead of China. Apple uses plants in China and elsewhere to produce components and assemble its products. Amazon could receive up to $2.8 billion in incentives in New York, depending on how many it ultimately hires there, and up to $750 million in Virginia. Apple will receive up to $25 million from a jobs-creation fund in Texas in addition to property-tax rebates, which still need approval. The figure is expected to be a small fraction of what Amazon received.The government incentives offered to Apple seem “more in the line of normal business site selection” compared with Amazon’s public “shakedown,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Center.”There’s a growing backlash in the country against the entire process of subsidies and relocation inducements,” Muro said. “That said, the Apple numbers for a very significant increase in jobs are much less eye-popping than the Amazon numbers.”The spots where Amazon and Apple decided to expand were obvious choices, based on an analysis released earlier this year by CBRE Research. Washington, D.C., ranked as the third best place in North America for tech talent, behind Silicon Valley and Seattle. New York ranked fifth and Austin sixth. No. 4 was outside the U.S.: Toronto.The new Austin campus, with about 3 million square feet (nearly 280,000 square meters) of office space, will be about a mile from another large office that Apple opened five years ago. Apple currently employs about 6,200 workers in Austin, making it the company’s largest hub outside Silicon Valley even before the expansion.The new jobs are expected to mirror the same mix Apple already has at its Cupertino, California, headquarters, ranging from jobs in technology and research that pay well over $100,000 to lower-paying positions in customer call centers. The outcome was largely the same: Amazon and Apple are running out of room in their West Coast hometowns and establishing a major foothold in a handful of U.S. cities already known as second-tier technology hubs.But this week, at least, Apple may have won the prize for completing its search with the fewest hurt feelings.Apple announced plans Thursday to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a city that has already become a destination for tech startups and bigger companies.The decision comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax cut on overseas profits, which prompted the company to bring about $250 billion back to the U.S.The company said it will also open offices in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, each employing at least 1,000 workers over the next three years. Apple also pledged to add hundreds of jobs each in New York; Pittsburgh; Boston; Boulder, Colorado; and Portland, Oregon.”They are just picking America’s most established superstar cities and tech hubs,” said Richard Florida, an urban development expert at the University of Toronto.Apple’s scattershot expansion reflects the increasing competition for engineers in Silicon Valley, which has long been the world’s high-tech capital. The bidding for programmers is driving salaries higher, which in turn is catapulting the average prices of homes in many parts of the San Francisco Bay Area above $1 million. Many high-tech workers are thus choosing to live elsewhere, causing major tech employers such as Apple, Amazon and Google to look in new places for the employees they need to pursue their future ambitions. 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(Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s Vice President of People, speaks during an event about Apple’s new campus announcement in Austin, Texas, Thursday, Dec, 13, 2018. Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed plans to open a major office outside California on the heels of a massive tax break passed by Congress last year. (Ricardo Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)last_img read more

Congress dubs gas price hike as fuel loot

first_imgCOMMENTS COMMENT Published on The hike in natural gas prices by 10 per cent will have a spiralling effect on the prices of CNG, PNG, urea, fertilisers and electricity, the Congress claimed on Monday. The party termed the rise in fuel prices as unpardonable and said the Narendra Modi government has burnt gaping holes in the pockets of common people.Spiralling effectParty spokesman Pawan Khera said the mirage of Achhe Din has been shattered beyond repair. Non-Subsidised LPG cooking gas cylinder prices have increased by ₹465 since the Modi government has come to power, Khera said and added that it will have a spiralling effect on the prices of many other products. “This will result in increase in cost to generate electricity, thereby impacting our electricity bills. Couple all this with the ever increasing prices of petrol and diesel, and the decimation of the budgets of the common people is complete,” he told reporters at the AICC headquarters.‘Subsidy, a jumla’He said the call for giving up cooking gas subsidies has turned out to be the biggest jumla on both the middle class and poor people. He said the prices of subsidised gas cylinder have gone up from ₹412 per cylinder (May 2014) to ₹502 (September 2018), which is an increase of ₹90 per cylinder in 52 months of Modi government.‘Ujjwala scheme, a flop’Khera said the ‘Ujjwala Scheme’ is not guaranteeing a second refill. “Under Ujjwala Scheme, Modi government gives so-called concession of ₹1,600 for the gas connection. This cost is also eventually paid by the beneficiary in instalments. The cost of gas burner, as also of first cylinder, too is paid in instalments. Thereafter, the entire cost of every subsequent cylinder refill is also paid by the beneficiary. Absence of resources with the beneficiaries is the principle reason for its failure,” he said.Duty hikesHe said since May 2014, the Centre has increased excise duty 12 times, raising the central excise duty on petrol by 211 per cent and on diesel by 443 per cent. “Customs duty has been increased manifold. This has led to a ₹12-lakh crore ‘fuel loot’ by ‘fleecing and duping’ the common people. Why doesn’t Modi government roll back the excise and custom duty to give relief of ₹10-15 per litre?” he asked.The Congress leader also demanded to know why petrol and diesel prices continue to rise despite average crude price during the last 52 months has been 55 per cent lesser than that during the UPA tenure. October 01, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL politics prices, inflation and deflation customs and excise natural gas SHARElast_img read more

Disgruntled MP Udit Raj leaves BJP joins Congress

first_imgSHARE File photo of Udit Raj SHARE SHARE EMAIL Disgruntled BJP MP from northwest Delhi Udit Raj joined the Congress on Wednesday, a day after being denied a ticket by the saffron party.Raj joined the Congress after meeting party president Rahul Gandhi here this morning.On Wednesday, Raj tweeted he would not have been “hurt” had the BJP told him earlier that he would not be given a ticket.The BJP had replaced Raj from the North West Lok Sabha constituency with Punjabi Sufi singer Hans Raj Hans.Aslo read: BJP fields singer Hans Raj Hans from North-West Delhi Lok Sabha seat On Tuesday, he had said the BJP might have decided to drop him for protesting against the apex court’s order that nullified the stringent provisions of the Dalit protection law.The former BJP MP had often held views contrary to the party’s stand, especially during the Sabarimala issue and ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by Dalit organisations last year.Earlier this month, he was at the centre of controversy after being caught in a sting done on several MPs, which purportedly showed lawmakers accepting use of black money for contesting the elections. April 24, 2019center_img COMMENT Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more