Berta advocates suppressing the summer transfer market

first_imgThus, it is assumed since the period between this season and the next will be shorter than usual, and you don’t even know when that space will be given. Because, Berta advocates a change: “For me, you could remove the summer window, which could coincide with the final of the championships, and stay with the current teams until January, when the reopening of the market would be more logical, because then the clubs would have clearer the losses and the sense of the investments they can afford. First, however, it will be necessary to understand how to play safely again. “The Italian refers to the economic coup that all entities will suffer, so it is already intuited that the next one will be a strange market, with difficulty executing large investments like those of the last summers in the elite. In addition, deadlines complicate everything, because club football becoming more and more likely in July. With the calendar it will be necessary to wait and on the financial side, the clubs are already moving. Atlético itself has announced an ERTE this Friday that will affect all employees of the entity … The stop forced by the coronavirus crisis It not only affects sports competition itself, but also what moves the most between one season and the next: the signings. The clubs do not know very well what to expect, because they do not yet know when they will play and when they will rest. About, Andrea Berta, Athletic director of Atlético, has granted an interview to Tuttosport where proposes that the summer transfer window be removed directly.last_img read more

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BBC to Air Documentary on Famous Liberian Quilter who Met Queen Victoria

first_imgThe BBC World Service will air this weekend a mini-documentary about a woman born in slavery, who later migrated to Liberia with her family and there became famous through her talent for making quilts.Portrait of Mrs. Martha Anne Erskine Ricks, Queen Victoria’s visitor, photographed in London (courtesy: National Portrait Gallery, UK)In this documentary, Beryl Dennis from Virginia, USA, goes in search of a long-lost quilt her relative, Martha Ann Erskine Ricks, made for the British Queen Victoria. It uncovers the remarkable tale of how, 125 years ago, a former slave came to meet the most powerful woman in the world.Martha was born into slavery in Tennessee, USA, in 1817, but aged 13, after her father secured the family’s freedom, they migrated to Liberia as part of the American Colonization Society’s initiative which believed newly freed slaves would face a better future in Africa.In Liberia, Martha established a reputation as an accomplished needlewoman especially as a maker of quilts, a tradition brought over by the settlers. And ever since Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1838, Martha was fascinated by her and determined to meet her.  Finally, aged 76, Martha was able to travel to London to meet the Queen. She took with her a hand-stitched quilt in the design of a coffee tree as a thank you for her role in the abolition of slavery.Newspapers of the time followed the story of their meeting, and Aunt Martha – as she is respectfully known – made an impression on Queen Victoria, who noted in her diary that she had a ‘kind face’.  There’s even a photograph of Martha in London’s National Portrait Gallery, but the Coffee Tree Quilt seems to have disappeared.In the US – now the home of the Dennis family – the documentary features accounts of Aunt Martha’s charm and determination and of the letters she wrote describing life in Liberia, which are now kept in the Library of Congress.Also featured are contemporary quilters in Liberia who are recreating the quilt and talk of Martha Ricks with great affection as their inspirational Coffee Tree Queen.Congresswoman Johnson received a hand-woven quilt gift from President Sirleaf in Dallas, Texas recentlyThe documentary also features President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who revived the tradition of giving quilts as diplomatic gifts. She discusses why it was so important for her to help preserve this uniquely Liberian tradition.In an ironic coincidence on Friday, June 30, President Sirleaf presented a handmade Liberian quilt to United States Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson of the 30th Congressional District of Texas, as a gift.  The quilt was presented during a reception held in President Sirleaf’s honor by the US Congresswoman, who earlier that evening presented the Liberian President with the Seal of Congressional Records. During the presentation of the quilt to Congresswoman Johnson, Liberia’s Deputy Chief of Protocol, Mrs. Ethel Toles, gave a brief history behind the use of hand-woven quilts as a presidential gift in Liberia. According to Mrs. Toles, the practice dates back to the 1800s during the era of Liberia’s first President, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, who used quilts hand-woven by a group of women as gifts.Looking for Martha’s Quilt will air on the BBC World Service on Sunday, July 9th and is available online at www.bbc.co.uk/worldserviceradio.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Edwards still awesome, awe-struck

first_imgFONTANA – When Carl Edwards first arrived on the NASCAR scene, fans and media members marveled at the driver’s attitude. To Edwards, everything was a “cool,” “neat” or “awesome” experience. And the 27-year-old driver seemed as surprised with his sudden rise to prominence as everyone else. Many a wide-eyed athlete has arrived at the big leagues with a refreshing outlook, only to adopt a jaded veteran mentality as the newness of fame and fortune wears away. But that is the exact opposite of what Edwards wants. When Edwards smiles, everyone smiles with him. His enthusiasm is contagious and a bit magnetic, given that his success story somehow makes others feel good about themselves, too. Or perhaps it’s because however many strangers are in the room when Edwards enters, there are few when he leaves. Even walking into a private reception at Hollywood hotspot Bar Marmont last week, Edwards shook hands and greeted seemingly everyone in the room. Despite knowing hardly anyone, he made eye contact and spoke to each person. When he talks about himself, he somehow works everyone from his motor coach driver to his public relations representative into the stories and shows no regard for his status in the racing world. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that he learned those he held in high esteem were just regular people like him. “There’s a big paradigm shift when you get (to Cup),” he said. “Mark Martin is just a normal guy, a hard-working, down-to-earth regular guy. It’s like you’re hanging out, talking to Matt Kenseth about something and it’ll be, `Hey, a while back, Matt Kenseth was just this guy that you watched on TV.’ “I kind of had these ideas about how people were, but everybody’s been really cool. It’s amazing.” Edwards uses that same word to describe his experience with starting his own music label (the first CD is now on iTunes) and getting the chance to act in the hit TV show “24” and a low-budget movie called “The Disciple.” He had a couple lines in the latter, in which he played a hospital worker helping a patient. For example: “Are you family?” “You know, standard stuff that I do when I’m tending to patients,” Edwards deadpanned. He hit the red carpet – which he said actually was blue – after the Grammy Awards to some post-ceremony parties and posed for the paparazzi with California Speedway president Gillian Zucker. But Edwards is careful to point out for each of his show business-related activities, he does five times as much racing. “I spend so much time in the race car, more time than I ever thought I would,” he said. “On average, I get a day off a week where I can just do whatever. I probably don’t even need a day off. I really enjoy it.” That’s why, despite entering his third season racing both the Cup and Busch Series full-time, Edwards doesn’t see an end in sight to his mega-loaded schedule. jeff.gluck@sbsun.com (909) 386-3865 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img He once said his greatest worry was somewhere down the line that people would say he’s changed from the genuine nice guy he once was. To Edwards, racing still is cool – really cool, in fact. Not only does the third-year Cup driver get to do what he loves, he gets to experience amazing opportunities that come along with being one of the drivers in America’s biggest racing series. Take his trip to California as an example. When speaking about his travels, Edwards sported such a wide grin that he nearly laughed with every word. “The fact that I qualified my Cup car (in Daytona), and then I get a police escort from the garage to the private airplane hangar where they had a jet waiting with the door open and food that I guess at some point in my life I told somebody what my favorite foods were, and they’re all on the plane with some reading material with two pilots calling me Mr. Edwards. (They) flew all the way here, put on some suit that some stylist picked out for me, then went to some Grammy parties and hung out with Kid Rock a little bit? “I mean, that whole thing is crazy. It’s weird. It’s like I’ve lived two separate lives. I’m telling you, they weren’t even letting me in (California Speedway) five years ago. There’s no way. It’s just funny.” last_img

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Hull new boy Diame admits debut against West Ham was ‘strange’

first_img Mohamed Diame in action for Hull 1 Hull midfielder Mohamed Diame has confessed it was strange playing against his former West Ham team-mates.The Senegalese midfielder, who moved to the KC Stadium on deadline day for around £3m, scored on his Hull debut against the Hammers in a 2-2 draw on Monday night.The 27-year-old chose not to celebrate the strike and admitted it was odd to turn out against players he had played with for two years.“I enjoyed my debut very much,” Diame told the Hull website.“We wanted to win the game but in the end it was a draw and West Ham played very well.“It was strange playing against my old team and colleagues, but it is something that I had been looking forward to while I was away on international duty.“I was dreaming on Sunday night that I would score two, but in the end it was just one. But it was still a very special moment.”last_img read more

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Mbappe reveals talks with Real before PSG move

first_img“There were many rumours of a transfer, it’s true that we spoke, but I think that’s now in the past for me and for Real Madrid.“I play for PSG now and I am going to defend these colours 100 percent,” he said in an interview published Wednesday in Spanish sports daily Marca.Mbappe, who turned 19 last week, said he wanted to play for PSG because Paris is his hometown.“It is like a child from Madrid has the opportunity to play in his team and goes somewhere else, another country. No, I wanted to play for PSG and I am happy for now with how things are going,” he added.“I have time, and as I have said I want to play in the best team in the world and PSG has everything to achieve this. If this team grows with me, there is no reason to leave.”Mbappe finished seventh behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or voting this month — ahead of the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane and PSG team-mate Edinson Cavani.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France’s Kylian Mbappe speaks during a press conference in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on October 5, 2017, as part of the team’s preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match against Bulgaria and BelarusMADRID, Spain, Dec 27 – French striker Kylian Mbappe has revealed he held talks with Real Madrid before joining Paris Saint-Germain but now no longer dreams of a move to the Spanish champions.Mbappe had reportedly been a target of Real after he helped fire Monaco to a first French league title in 17 years last season, but instead he joined Paris Saint-Germain in August on an initial loan deal that will become permanent for 180 million euros ($209 million) next year.last_img read more

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Juventus star distances himself from Man United transfer reports

first_imgHowever, one of his closest friends from Italy is now plying his trade in England – one Paul Pogba. The Manchester United midfielder remains in close contact with Dybala and (according to the former Palermo star) would like to play alongside one another in the future after facing each other in the Champions League.“The first match was amazing for me, the second amazing for him,” Dybala told the Daily Mirror.“We have remained in touch since he left. “We’re still very close and who knows, maybe in the future we can play together again.”However, fans of Manchester United may not wish to get too excited as a move to Old Trafford seems highly unlikely. getty targets When asked if he could move to the Red Devils, Dybala quickly replied: “I’m not thinking about the transfer market.“Right now I’m really happy at Juventus and the focus is simply winning all the titles here.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest transfer stories from talkSPORT.com RANKED LIVING THE DREAM Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Paulo Dybala has distanced himself from a move to Manchester United, despite revealing he wants to play alongside former Juventus teammate Paul Pogba again.The diminutive attacking midfielder has developed into one of the brightest talents in world football and is surely set to be vying for Ballon d’Or crowns once they are released from the clutches of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Although rumours of a move to the Premier League have continued to float about, the Argentina international seems settled in Turin. LATEST targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 1 Dybala and Pogba stuck up a bond in Turin Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland last_img read more

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Govt allays farmers’ ‘land grab’ fears

first_img29 June 2011 The South African government has used a one-day consultative meeting with the country’s commercial farmers to allay their fears regarding “land grabs”. The consultative gathering between Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti and farmers’ organisations TAU SA, AgriSA and the Agricultural Business Chamber took place in Pretoria on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, AgriSA deputy president Theo de Jager said: “From the farming community, there [are] always … fears that there might be Zimbabwean-style land grabs by the civil society. “We are glad that today we’ve come a long way to bridge the gap between commercial farmers and government on issues of insecurity, as we’ve been on the receiving end of most issues,” De Jager said. “We are grateful, and [it is] refreshing that from now onwards, we will be working together with government and other stakeholders on all issues affecting us.” TAU SA’s central Gauteng chairperson, Wannie Scribante, said: “It is true that some farmers are leaving the country because of the so-called land grab fears. “However, as the farmer’s organisation, we don’t want to jeopardise everything in the industry, which is economically viable. We don’t want to see the farming industry going down the drain.” Scribante said that, following the meeting, though there was still more to be done, they were looking forward to working with government and other stakeholders in finding reasonable solutions regarding land reform in the country. It was Nkwinti who announced that together with the farmers’ unions, they would be drafting legislation on an Office Valuer-General, Land Management Commission and Land Rights Management Board to support land reform. “We’ve all agreed to work together, but we will continue to engage each other,” Nkwinti said. “This is a tremendous achievement since we are now moving towards the same direction, and I want to reiterate that we will be representative with all the relevant stakeholders during these processes.” Nkwinti said the creation of the Valuer-General was long overdue, adding that it was very important institution, given that the current system used by valuers was unknown. The Land Management Commission, according to Nkwinti, would also help resolve the contradictions between surface rights and prospecting and/or mining rights. He said there had to be a provincial Land Rights Management Board in each of the nine provinces for efficiency and better decision-making, adding that the boards would consult with local government before undertaking any development project within any municipal space. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Google Search Gets Personal: Social Search Launches in Google Labs

first_imgRelated Posts Sources: Gmail Contacts, Google Reader Subscriptions and Your Google ProfileSocial Search can tab into three different sources, so you will need accounts on at least one of these services to make Social Search work. Social search uses the Gmail contacts you have added to your friends and coworker lists and those you have chatted with on Google Talk. Social search also looks at your Google Reader subscriptions and the social networking profiles you have added to your Google Profile. While you don’t need to have a Google Profile, this service is a hub for your social networking profile on Social Search. Based on the information in your Google Profile, Google can auto-detect your social networking profiles and your friends on services like Flickr, FriendFeed, YouTube, Reddit, Digg, del.icio.us, BrightKite and many others. How it Works and How to Trigger Social Search ExplicitlyOnce activated, Social Search results will appear at the bottom of the standard search results page and will be clearly labeled as “results from people in your social circle.” As Google’s search evangelist Matt Cutts pointed out to us in an interview earlier today, it is important to note that not every search will trigger Social Search results. When it does, however, the results should be highly relevant. You can also explicitly trigger Social Search from the search options panel. There, Google will now also present a list of your friends that it thinks are the most closely related to the keywords you were searching for. By clicking on a name, you can restrict your search even further and just see results from this one person. Social Search Makes Google Profiles More UsefulThis new feature will also put a new emphasis on Google Profiles. Google has made some moves to make these profiles more prominent by highlighting some profiles when users search for people, but Google Profiles has generally not received a lot of attention from users. Now, however, as the hub for Social Search, users have an incentive to fill out their profiles – which, of course, will also give Google more information about you and your social network.Privacy Concerns?We talked to Google Fellow Amit Singhal, search evangelist Matt Cutts, and Maureen Heymans (the Technical Lead for Social Search) and Murali Viswanathan (the Product Manager for Social Search) earlier today and the team was obviously excited about this launch. The Social Search team was especially excited about the fact social search will now make your friends’ knowledge far more accessible than ever before and that this will make it easier to find trusted product reviews and local search results. Social Search just went live in Google Labs. Google announced that it was working on this Social Search feature at the Web 2.0 Summit last week, but at that time, Google’s Marissa Mayer announced that it would only be available “in a few weeks.” Social Search taps into a user’s social network profiles and displays relevant links and status updates that members of a user’s own social network have shared at the bottom of the default search results page. According to Google, Social Search will enhance the search experience on Google by providing users with more personally relevant search results.To get started, you first have to head over to Google Labs‘s experimental section and activate this feature. For now, Social Search will only be available in the US and in English. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… We also asked the team about how they thought users would react to the fact that Google indexes and surfaces all of their social networking profiles and connections, which could spark some privacy concerns. In reaction to this, Matt Cutts pointed out that all of the info that Google indexes is already publically available on the Internet, including a user’s friend connections. He also stressed that this was an opt-in experiment.Social Search as “A Big Chess Move Against Facebook”As our own Marshall Kirkpatrick pointed out last week, Social Search can also be seen as a “big chess move against Facebook.” Both Google and Facebook want users to come to their sites to see what their friends are saying about a given topic. Google, however, can’t tap into your social circle on Facebook and hence won’t be able to highlight status updates from your Facebook friends, which explains why Google needed to make a deal with Twitter to get access to status updates from their service. frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Unnao rape case: arrest MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, Allahabad HC directs CBI

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Friday directed the CBI to arrest BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused in the Unnao rape case. A bench comprising Chief Justice DB Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar gave the direction to the agency after the counsel for the Uttar Pradesh government informed it that Sengar has been detained for interrogation and not arrested yet.The court directed the CBI to carry out investigation strictly in accordance with law and to consider filing an application for cancellation of bail granted to other accused in the case. It also directed the CBI to file status report by May 2. The bench passed the order on a letter written by senior advocate Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi demanding a court-monitored investigation of the incident and treated it as a PIL.On Thursday, the court had asked the Advocate General whether the state government proposes to arrest Sengar. Advocate General Raghvendra Singh had replied that he was not in a position to make any statement in this regard and that the police would proceed in accordance with law only after recording statement of the complainant and witnesses.The CBI registered three separate cases in connection with the alleged rape and detained Sengar for questioning in the early hours on Friday. The cases pertain to the alleged rape, killing of the girl’s father and a case of arms act which was slapped on her father in which he was arrested by local police. He had subsequently died in judicial custody and the autopsy report showed serious injuries on his body.last_img read more

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Twitter turns into India-Pakistan battleground after Sakshi Malik’s medal win

first_imgAmid the countless stories pouring in about India’s failures at providing for its athletes in Rio, Sakshi Malik’s bronze medal came as a breath of fresh air.And as Indians celebrated Malik’s feat, some users decided it was their moment to ridicule the fact that it was the country’s sole win, despite the participation of 118 other athletes.One such user was Omar R Quraishi, the editor of digital properties at Pakistan’s Samaa TV. “Finally one of the 119 competitors that India sent to Rio has won a medal – a bronze – now see how they portray it as if they won 20 golds,” he tweeted.The tweet sparked off a sort of an India-Pakistan war on micro-blogging platform.People reminded him of Pakistan’s own sullen record at the Olympics And its record in the ongoing games @omar_quraishi You know what they say… pic.twitter.com/Y7dj5g2pGERajit Vikram Singh (@rajitsingh) August 18, 2016Errrr..They suggested various ‘sports’ where Pakistan was most likely to qualify And even named teams for it OUCH. More terrorism references were made@omar_quraishi pic.twitter.com/jzRGXIgfFG Konark Buwaniwala (@Kbuwaniwala) August 18, 2016None of Pakistani shooters have qualified for the #RioOlympics bcz of this ???? pic.twitter.com/haIlFFegE8MumBaekar.. (@katamulgi) July 15, 2016The state of women in Pakistan was also brought up Some embarrassing numbers were thrown around Actor Amitabh Bachchan had things to say too And even fellow Pakistanis reminded Quraishi to take the truth pill People were mostly just like: Come on now Pakistan, don’t be so jealousadvertisement .@omar_quraishi bhai, spray maar le, lagta hai bahot jal rahi hai teri ???????? pic.twitter.com/YmrMUtFHQDPhD in Bak*****? (@Atheist_Krishna) August 18, 2016.@omar_quraishi ???? pic.twitter.com/3D1rldUSKRPaglu Dan (@PagluPiggu) August 18, 2016 There were a few reminders about India’s own sportsman spirit And Indians reminded Quraishi exactly why the medal mattered so much And of course, it was a mauka to ignite some cricketing memories The night’s final burns were delivered with PV Sindhu’s semi-final win  More than 12 hours since it was posted, Quraishi’s tweet is still generating wars of words. But he has other things to gloat about:Aaj kaafi Desh bhakton aur NaMo fanboys ki dhunai kar daali pic.twitter.com/flbEgQpXuz omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) August 18, 2016last_img read more

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