‘Collateral’ problem in Madrid

first_imgThe coronavirus crisis has stopped football, but not activity at Real Madrid. The players, confined to their homes, strictly follow the personalized exercise program designed by Gregory Dupont; Zidane and his staff work electronically and are in contact with the players; Y Little by little, they think about the movements to be made for the next season (the club expects at least five sales, as reported this Saturday by AS). Part of the planning was conditioned to the final result of the knockout round of the Champions League against City, where Madrid had to overcome a 1-2, but the pandemic has changed the scenario and modified the times. However, there are issues that the club is aware of that they will have to address in the face of next season: the Bale case, the scorer issue and clearing up the unknown on the sides. The latter will be one of the cases to be resolved in Madrid: With two fixes (Carvajal and Mendy), four men compete for two holes (Achraf, Odriozola, Marcelo and Reguilón). The one who has the most difficult continuity is Odriozola (24 years old). Zidane put him on the market this winter despite being a bet from the club, which paid for him 35 million in 2018. In season and a half, he played 27 games scored a goal, but did not earn Zidane’s confidence. This season he only played five games in white and the defeat against Mallorca signaled him. With a contract until 2024, he was transferred to Bayern until the end of the season, but in Germany things have not been better. He unintentionally injured his partner Perisic and Flick, his coach, has him ostracized: He has only given him 70 minutes in ten games, and 63 of them were due to injuries from Niklas Süle and Javi Martínez. Zidane does not have him in principle and Madrid must find him a destination … On the right side, Carvajal (28 years old) is immovable but the question arises in his rival for the position. Since January, it has been Militao who has occasionally played there with questionable performance. Madrid transferred Odriozola to Bayern in the winter market and Achraf has been in Dortmund for a year and a half. In them both is the question. In the club they are clear that the Moroccan, 21, is already a player made for the rigor of the Bernabéu after two years cooking with great success at Borussia Dortmund (He has played 65 games and 5,249 minutes, has scored ten goals and given 17 assists and has won a German Super Cup). They want me to come back to stay. The player, for his part, does not hide that his desire is to succeed in white, but he prioritizes playing. “I cannot lie, of course I would like to succeed in Madrid, it is my home. But if not, I will try to succeed elsewhere. That is my dream”he said in AS. When his loan ends this year, Madrid and Achraf (their contract ends in 2021) will sit down to talk to make a decision. Zidane holds him in high esteem and understands that he would have a place in his next project, but he must convince him (he has offers on the table) that, despite being Carvajal, he will have an important role. His versatility (he can play on the left and the winger) undoubtedly works in his favor.center_img The other wing also throws up questions. Mendy (24 years old), signed this year from Lyon at the request of Zidane and Bettoni, has earned the coach’s trust and the Bernabéu’s respect for his defensive solvency. He arrived to oxygenate Marcelo (31), whom Zidane was determined to recover, but he has ended up playing the most demanding games precisely because of his seriousness at work back. The unknown is to know what will happen to the Brazilian next season (he still has two contract left). With a discreet performance again this season and with several stoppages due to injury, his future is a mystery. The player has stated on numerous occasions that he wants to retire at Concha Espina, but also that he does not want to be a burden. As reported this Saturday by AS, a joint decision will be made with him based on what his role in the project will be. If Marcelo remains a year in white, that would close the doors to Reguilón (23 years old), side of the quarry that this season has taken flight on his loan at Sevilla. In fact, the youth squad, who signed a year on loan, no longer rules out continuing another campaign in Nervión: “Here I feel very loved.” Madrid have great faith in him, that is why they do not consider a transfer and instead continue on the path of transfer. Everything will depend on what happens with Marcelo’s future …last_img read more

Continue reading


Businesses urged to engage with ‘Brexit Ready’ workshop

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has urged people doing business in Donegal to take part in a special Brexit Ready workshop tomorrow.The government-led Getting Ireland Brexit Ready workshop will take place on Friday 30 November 2018 at Letterkenny Institute of Technology from 9.30am.Individuals / companies with an interest in the business, agri-food / fisheries and tourism sectors are welcome to attend the workshop for free but registration is required in advance. “The Getting Ireland Brexit Ready event will be invaluable for giving people the best advice to prepare for the UK leaving the EU,” Minister McHugh said.“I would like to thank Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney for taking part.  We will be on hand to take questions from the floor and to hear concerns from local businesses and point them to the best advice.“These workshops have proved invaluable in helping businesses learn from the experience of others and how to best prepare and watch out for potential pitfalls.“The event is free and it will include excellent networking opportunities, exhibition stands for people to raise issues and a Q&A session with the Ministers. “It will be a big opportunity for business people in Donegal to get sound advice and I’d urge anyone involved in the agri-food, fisheries and tourism and hospitality sectors to get on board.”The next Getting Ireland #BrexitReady roadshow is headed to Donegal!State agencies will be on hand to provide advice about all the supports available to help to prepare your business.Register for FREE 👉 https://t.co/bl7BYPjLaO pic.twitter.com/LD9yNGS035 Advertisement — Getting Ireland Brexit Ready (@BrexitReadyIRL) November 28, 2018Minister McHugh added: “The input of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and chief executive Toni Forrester was important in helping to get the event in Donegal.“The Chamber sees and hears the issues around Brexit every day and they recognise the strong business and community links throughout Donegal and across the border.”The event includes 12 information stands manned by Government agencies including Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Bord Bia, Failte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Office, Health and Safety Authority, National Standards Authority of Ireland and Intertrade Ireland.Minister McHugh said: “The day will also have breakout sessions where we can delve a little deeper on agri-food and fisheries issues, tourism and hospitality and business. “Experts in those areas will be on hand to talk about Government supports, offer practical advice on how to make the best applications for supports.“The final session of the day has proven to be really beneficial at other events around the country and it allows several business people to talk about their experiences, the supports they have used and what people need to do to get the best from Government.”Information is the Government’s Brexit preparations is available on https://www.dfa.ie/brexit and registration for the event is available here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/getting-brexit-ready-donegal-tickets-52404621634Businesses urged to engage with ‘Brexit Ready’ workshop was last modified: November 29th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Continue reading


Khaldoon Al Mubarak dismisses ‘ridiculous’ speculation over Manchester City star

first_img1 Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has stressed Sergio Aguero’s place in the squad is an “absolute must” and dismissed “ridiculous” speculation about the Argentina striker’s future.The arrival of teenager Gabriel Jesus in January saw the 28-year-old, who has scored 122 Premier League goals in 181 appearances since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2011, lose his place in the side.Injury to Jesus saw him regain his place and Aguero finished the season with 20 league goals, well ahead of Jesus and Raheem Sterling (both seven), but that has not stopped rumours about his future.“I’ve read a lot about the speculation on this and it is ridiculous,” Khaldoon told mancity.com.“Sergio Aguero is one of the best players in the world and we are a team that aspires to win in every competition we compete in.“Having Sergio Aguero as part of the squad is an absolute must and has never been a doubt.”Aguero’s position at City now appears to be safe and Khaldoon is hopeful midfielder Yaya Toure will stay on beyond the expiry of his contract this summer, while he is also looking forward to seeing rejuvenated captain Vincent Kompany next season.He added: “(Manager) Pep (Guardiola) has a lot of trust in him and I hope Yaya will be with us and continue this journey with us.”But there are significant changes to the squad still to be made and boss Pep Guardiola’s clear-out has already begun with the departures of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna – all full-backs – winger Jesus Navas, and goalkeeper Willy Cabellero already announced.Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva has already signed for £43million with Benfica goalkeeper Ederson also set to join after arriving in Manchester for a medical ahead of a £35million move.City have also been linked with Tottenham’s Kyle Walker and Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy to fill their full-back positions and are looking to get their business done early.“The manager is thinking about the squad every day and that thinking evolves throughout the year to get to a final point at the end of the season when decisions are made,” added the chairman.“(Manchester City owner) Sheikh Mansour asks for regular updates on how our thinking is evolving so there are no surprises by the time I come with the final list of recommendations.“There are particular positions that are clear. With the players exiting, full-backs – both right and left – require investment from our side.“Pep relies heavily on that position and a particular requirement in terms of the type of players he wants for the role.“That clearly requires some work. Pep knows exactly what he wants and who he wants.”While Khaldoon offered no indication of the players they were targeting, he did admit they all fit a certain profile – namely young and quick – as they seek to freshen up an ageing squad.He added: “I think the transition of this squad started last year. If you look at the players we brought in, we have introduced youth, talent, speed.“I look back at some of our dealings last year and it is an indicator of how we are rebuilding this team.“Leroy Sane: the right age, the right talent and one of the most exciting prospects in Europe and he has shown that on the pitch this year.“John Stones, 22, is going to be one of the best central defensive players in the world – I have no doubt about that.“Gabriel Jesus, 19, (is) one of the top future talents in the world.“Just looking at these three examples that is what we did last year and that is what we should expect this year.“We want to go and get some of the best talent in the world to be part of this strategy we have been pursuing.” Sergio Aguero will not be leaving Manchester City this summer last_img read more

Continue reading


Gardai to keep man’s car keys until he gets alcohol treatment

first_imgGardai are to retain the car keys belonging to a man caught drink-driving for the sixth time in less than a year until he gets treatment. Inishowen man Martin Cassidy appeared at Buncrana District Court to face all the alleged cases. Cassidy, of Trillick, Buncrana, had been told last week to surrender the keys of his car to Gardai.It followed concerns by Gardai that Cassidy would get behind the wheel while drunk if he was given access to his car.His solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had been drink-free for nine days and that referrals have been made for Cassidy to receive treatment at a facility in Dublin.He said he believes this treatment may uncover other issues his client has.“There is a sequence of charges but I believe Mr. Cassidy has underlying issues that need to be resolved,” added the Defence SolicitorMr. Dorrian asked asked him to adjourn the matter to April.Judge Paul Kelly warned Cassidy that he must adhere to the strict conditions and Garda Inspector David Murphy said they will ensure this is done ‘as best they can’.Mr. Dorrian said he would inform gardaí if and when Cassidy received a place in the treatment facility in Dublin and Judge Kelly adjourned all matters until April 12.Gardai to keep man’s car keys until he gets alcohol treatment was last modified: February 9th, 2018 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) Tags:alcoholbuncranacarcourtGardaiKeysMartin Cassidylast_img read more

Continue reading


Drake Men’s Basketball Signs Gibbs And Thomas

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team has signed guards Jalen Gibbs and Noah Thomas to National Letters of Intent, head coach Niko Medved announced Friday, May 12.Gibbs is a 6-3 guard from Waldorf, Md., that was recently named the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Most Outstanding Player and was a Washington Post first-team All-Met selection and became North Point High School’s all-time leading scorer.Thomas, a 6-2 point guard from Sydney, Australia, competes for the AUSA program in Australia.”We’re excited to get a player of Noah’s pedigree to join our program,” Medved said. “Noah is a point guard with great speed and quickness that knows how to get others involved. He has the ability to score when needed. He’s a well-traveled player that has competed against great players here in the U.S. and around the world. We think he has the potential to make a big impact on our program moving forward.”In the United State, Thomas has been a member of 22ft Basketball Academy and Oak Hill Academy.”Noah has something special to his game that I really think you can’t teach,” said Steve Ivimey, managing director of AUSA. “That shiftiness, crazy speed and ability to win games are natural gifts Noah possesses. I truly believe Coach Medved and his staff are going to be able to get the most out of Noah, on and off the court.”Gibbs, a guard Medved states can score from any spot on the floor, scored 621 points as a senior at North Point High School to average 28.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game while chipping in 3.3 assists per outing.”We’re thrilled to add a player like Jalen to our program,” Medved said. “Jalen is a classic guard that can affect the game in so many areas. He can defend multiple positions on the perimeter and has a great nose for the ball. We feel like he’s a guy that will have a huge impact for the Bulldogs.”He scored 30 points or more nine times in his senior season with 10 20-point games and 10 double-doubles.”Jalen signing with Drake was one of the rewarding signing days I have been a part of,” said North Point head coach James Ball. “After a stellar sophomore season, we changed our offense to accommodate the players we had. Jalen scored 100 fewer points and had fewer scoring opportunities, but didn’t say a word about the changes and just wanted to win games. Jalen could have transferred out to another program, but he didn’t. He told me he wanted to finish what he started. I will always have a special place in my heart for Jalen and his family for the support of our program.”Gibbs and Thomas are set to join a roster that is projected to include nine returning letterwinners and seven that were regular starters in 2016-17.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Continue reading


Women’s Tennis Bests Omaha, 6-1

first_imgDrake won five of the six singles matches with lone defeat coming after Sophia Haleas had to retire in the No. 5 match. Preview Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Drake 6, Omaha 1Singles competition1. Liza Petushkova (DU) def. Ines Absisan (OMAHA) 6-7, 6-4, 10-82. Daria Walczak (DU) def. Janelle Wilson (OMAHA) 6-3, 6-13. Carmen Palumbo (DU) def. Marie Kapelevich (OMAHA) 7-6, 5-24. Kenya Williams (DU) def. Natalie Lorentz (OMAHA) 6-3, 6-05. Savanna Crowell (OMAHA) def. Sophia Haleas (DU) 1-6, 6-6, 1-0, retired6. Kelsey Neville (DU) def. Emily Behling (OMAHA) 7-6, 6-2 Drake (5-6) had its scheduled 1 p.m. match against Iowa State postponed. The Cyclones weren’t able to travel to Des Moines due to inclement roads and weather. The match could possibly be made up in the future. Drake travels to Fort Collins, Colo. for its next two matches as it plays Colorado State March 2 at 11 a.m. followed a neutral match against Air Force March 3 at 11 a.m. Next Game: DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University tennis team bested Omaha, 6-1, Sunday, Feb. 24 morning at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. at Colorado State 3/2/2019 – 5 P.M. Match Notes:Omaha 3-8Drake 5-6Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,2,6,1) Print Friendly Version Story Links Doubles competition1. Liza Petushkova/Kenya Williams (DU) def. Savanna Crowell/Natalie Lorentz (OMAHA) 6-32. Ines Absisan/Janelle Wilson (OMAHA) def. Carmen Palumbo/Daria Walczak (DU) 6-13. Megan Webb/Kelsey Neville (DU) def. Emily Behling/Marie Kapelevich (OMAHA) 6-3 Against Omaha (3-8), the Bulldogs claimed the doubles points with win a by Megan Webb/Kelsey Neville in the No. 3 match 6-3 and a win by Liza Petushkova/Kenya Williams in the No. 1 match 6-3. The Mavericks claimed the No. 2 match in between those two decisions. PDF Box Score last_img read more

Continue reading


Carragher: Reds deserved their point

first_imgLiverpool defender Jamie Carragher insisted his side deserved their point against Chelsea.Luis Suarez’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw came after Chelsea had dominated most of the game at Stamford Bridge.But Carragher told Sky Sports: “In the first half Chelsea were on top, but in the second half I think we probably deserved a point in the end.”He added: “Chelsea are playing well this season. They have good attacking players in the final third.“At half-time the manager said we are quite tentative. We were not willing to take the chance and in the second half we were more willing to get forward.“It is a good point but we have to kick on now and start getting some wins.”More reaction to follow.last_img read more

Continue reading


The iWatch Is Coming, And That’s About All We Know

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#iWatch The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img nick statt Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces We’ve known for some time that Apple’s rumored “iWatch” appears to be a real concept, with patent filings that suggest a device completely distinct from the already watch-like 6th-gen iPod Nano. A report from Bloomberg this morning adds a few details — namely that the product is being headed up by Apple design guru Jony Ive, who’s reportedly long been obsessed with smart watches since at least the mid-2000s, when he supposedly ordered boxes of Nike sports watches for his design team to play around with.The Verge’s Nilay Patel chimed in with a report that the iWatch will run a modified version of iOS, not a beefed up version of the Nano’s touch OS. That certainly sounds likely, given that Apple designed iOS from the ground up for the initial iPhone instead of simply updating the iPod OS. (See also: Who’s Manipulating Apple Stock With This iWatch Story?)Whether or not all that really tells us much about Apple’s vision for the iWatch is another question entirely. Apple could be aiming for a device that performs a wide array of phone functions, with a smartphone in the pocket as the backup. Alternatively, it might still be taking a stripped-down Bluetooth approach, in which the smartwatch will only work in tandem with an iPhone and perform simple functions, like receiving notifications and checking emails and texts.A more capable smartwatch, however, must also clear the hurdle of battery life. The Pebble smartwatch promises a week between charges, though it’s a fairly simple device compared to the claims being made for the iWatch. And Apple may be having difficulty making an iWatch with even a 4-5 day battery life, as The Verge’s Patel reports that the current prototype lasts only “a couple [of] days max.”Crippling battery drain would present a huge problem should Apple be hoping to dominate the much-talked-about segment of wearable devices. That’s a market Google is already clearly targeting with its projected release of its augmented-reality Glass device.last_img read more

Continue reading


Ahead of Kumbh, Ganga gets an ‘army’

first_imgIn January 2019, when the Uttar Pradesh government organises the Kumbh Mela, it will have a special unit to help: a volunteer force of ex-servicemen. The Ganga Task Force (GTF), specially trained by the Ministry of Defence will help with crowd management, spread awareness on keeping the river clean and stop people and industry from polluting the river.Currently, a “battalion” of 300 personnel has already been trained and stationed in Allahabad. Plans are afoot to expand it to 500 and post them in Kanpur and Varanasi, said Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director-General, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG).“The GTF is a unit of the Territorial Army deployed in the services of the Ganga with the approval of Ministry of Defence for four years till December 2020. It consists of three companies of over 100 men each to be stationed at Kanpur, Allahabad and Varanasi, with the Battalion headquarters at Allahabad. The full strength would be 532, including 9 officers and 29 Junior Commanding Officers (JCOs). Big mandate Their functions will include: Planting trees to check soil erosion, patrolling sensitive river areas for biodiversity protection, patrolling ghats, monitoring river pollution, and assisting during floods/natural calamity in the region,” says a note by the NMCG viewed by The Hindu.The jawans have also been trained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to measure the health of the river.In 2015, the government, had cleared the creation of such a force. However, a defined mandate — such as to punish or imprison those found polluting the river — is being fleshed out in a forthcoming ‘Ganga Act,’ which is yet to be ironed out as a Bill and is under discussion. “They may have the right to bear arms, but we wouldn’t want them to be involved in imprisoning offenders, as that could conflict with the State police,” said Mr. Mishra.The jawans will have boats to keep a watch on activities, the note added.The NMCG runs the ‘Namami Gange’ mission to clean the Ganga river. It has a ₹20,000-crore, Centrally-funded, non-lapsable corpus and consists of nearly 288 projects.last_img read more

Continue reading


Box office report 2016: MS Dhoni biopic and other films in the Rs 100-crore club

first_imgMS Dhoni might be Bollywood’s latest entrant in the enviable 100 crore club in 2016, but in recent times the Bollywood framework has changed. It’s no longer a question of whether a film reaches Rs 100 crores or not. The question is in how many days. With multiplex chains opening up in most tier-2 and tier-3 cities apart from the metros, means that more many screens and multiple shows during the day. Even the ticket prices have steadily increased with a multiplex ticket costing a minimum of Rs 150 as against Rs 60-80 in a single screen.ALSO READ: When Ankita Lokhande called up ex-boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput after watching MS Dhoni The Untold StoryALSO READ: MS Dhoni biopic continues to fly on Day 11 even after completing century at box office Sushant Singh Rajput’s MS Dhoni The Untold Story is capitalising on the Indian captain’s popularity and is earning the bucks in various languages – Marathi, Tamil and Telugu apart from Hindi, given Dhoni’s pan-India appeal. Let’s take a look at the films fastest to gross Rs 100 crore and how many days it took them.1. Sultan – 3 DaysThe Salman Khan-starrer has been Bollywood’s flag-bearer for 2016. Another Eid along with another Salman Khan release meant the fans lined up to lap up Bhai’s debut in a sports film as he played a washed-out Haryanvi wrestler, who makes a return to sport through MMA. The film reached the 100-crore mark in 3 days and went on to gross Rs 584 crore worldwide by the end of its run.advertisement2. Rustom – 9 daysAkshay Kumar’s film based on the famous KM Nanavati case of the 1960s took 9 days to cross the Rs 100-crore mark, making it Kumar’s third film to cross the feat in a single calendar year. Rustom was directed by debutant Tinu Suresh Desai and produced by Neeraj Pandey. Rustom went on to gross about Rs 218.8 crore at the end of its 5-week run.3. MS Dhoni The Untold Story – 9 days  (including Tamil, Telugu and Marathi)Neeraj Pandey’s biopic based on India’s limited overs captain is singularly the highest opener for a Bollywood biopic and is on its way to becoming the most successful biopic of all time. The film including its dubbed versions in Tamil, Telugu and Marathi where it has done decently because of Captain Cool’s pan-India appeal.4. Airlift – 10 daysAn unlikely candidate to be in this list, thanks to Akshay Kumar’s starpower brought this gritty re-telling of the Kuwait evacuation of Indians during the Saddam Hussein invasion in 1990. The film reached the 100 crore mark in 10 days and went on to gross Rs 231.6 crore worldwide by the end of its run.5. Housefull 3 – 13 daysSajid Nadiadwala’s hit franchise banking again on the star-power of Akshay Kumar, Ritiesh Deshmukh and also adding Abhishek Bachchan to the mix meant the writing duo of Sajid-Farhad delivered yet another 100-crore movie. It took the film 13 days to deliver the franchise’s third consecutive 100-crore film, grossing Rs 188 crore worldwide by the end of its run.last_img read more

Continue reading