The ‘maniac’ Arsenal and Man United want in their defence

first_img Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has been linked to Arsenal and Man United With more on Juventus’ 21-year-old stopper Daniele Rugani, check out talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight.Name: Daniele RuganiDate of birth: 29/07/94Born: Lucca, Tuscany (central Italy)Club: JuventusPosition: Centre backInternational: 15 Italy Under-21 caps, two capsWhat’s the latest?Arsenal and Man United are being linked with talented defender Daniele Rugani, who has been limited to one minute of action in the Champions League this season against Sevilla. As well as the Premier League duo, Napoli, managed by Rugani’s former boss, Maurizio Sarri, have also been linked. Another report claims Juve will consider letting Rugani leave, but only on loan.Did you know?1) Rugani came through the ranks at Empoli, but was sent on loan to Juventus – who he supported as a boy – in the 2012/13 season where he played for the youth team (Primavera). He won the Coppa Italia Primavera in 2013 and Juve then bought the player, but loaned him back to Empoli, in Serie B.2) It was in the second tier of Italian football in the 2013/14 season where the young stopper’s reputation grew, as Empoli won promotion to Serie A and Rugani was crowned the best young player in Serie B. It was around this time that Juve and Empoli entered a co-ownership agreement for the player.3) Still with Empoli in the 2014/15 season, Rugani didn’t miss a league game, going the entire season without picking up a booking. Juventus cancelled its co-ownership in February 2015 (this practice has now been banned by Italy’s FA), paying Empoli €3.5m over four seasons. He remained at the club, though, until the end of last season.4) Rugani’s professionalism, positional awareness and his reading of the game have been praised. However, he says he often focuses on negative aspects of a performance, calling himself a ‘maniac’ when it comes to correcting himself. Talking about his season without a yellow card he said it could be down to the fact he is not as aggressive and impulsive as some players, though admitted it is unlikely to happen again. The player claims he certainly doesn’t hold back when tackling.5) He is yet to play for the Italy senior team, but was a member of the U21 side at the recent European Championship, playing against England in the Azzurri’s 3-1 win.What is being said?He says:I consider myself a modern player who is able to play in a three or four-man defenceThey say:He has excellent capabilities and concentration. He will be a very important player for the future of Italian football– Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri thinks Rugani is the best young Italian playerVideo evidence: 1last_img read more


first_imgRenowned clarinettist Evan Christopher leads Django à la Créole in aninspiring fusion of Gypsy swing with hot rhythms from the streets ofNew Orleans, the Caribbean, Cuba and Brazil at an intimate gig atLetterkenny’s Regional Culture Centre on Wednesday night.Don’t miss it.This quartet has already played sell-put gigs across the Uk andIreland as part of its 2012 tour.Steeped in the tradition of early jazz masters, Django à la Créolecelebrates the music of the legendary Django Reinhardt and enlivensswing-era classics with fresh interpretations and virtuosicimprovisation. Describing the style,  Evan Christopher said recently “…plays aDjango Reinhardt tune and adds New Orleans flavours or takes a NewOrleans tune and Django-ises it”.As well as Christopher, Django à la Créole is acclaimed musiciansrhythm guitarist Dave Kelbie, David Blenkhorn, solo guitar and bassistSebastien GirardotTheir first CD, Django à la Créole was released to critical acclaim inNew Orleans during the 25th anniversary of the famous French QuarterFestival and the quartet’s second album  ‘Finesse’ was the 2010 SundayTimes jazz album of the year.Django à la Créole: Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Wednesday17th  October 8pm. Tickets 12/10 euro. Booking:07491 20777 NEW ORLEANS SWING WITH DJANGO à la CRÉOLE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:NEW ORLEANS SWING WITH DJANGO à la CRÉOLE IN ETTERKENNYlast_img read more

Boost for Tottenham as another star set to commit long-term future to club

first_img Toby Alderweireld in action for Tottenham 1 Toby Alderweireld is set to sign a new contract with Tottenham.The defender has outstanding for Spurs since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2015 for an £11.5million fee. The 28-year-old’s performances have led to him being linked with several of Europe’s biggest clubs.However, Alderweireld is happy at White Hart Lane and is now set to end the speculation over his future by penning fresh terms.The centre-back’s current deal expires in June 2020 and that is expected to be extended by two years.Alderweireld’s new contract will also see the removal of the reported £25m release-clause in his present deal.The Belgian will follow a host of other Spurs stars – Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris among them – in committing his long-term future to the north London club.last_img read more

For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A story Tuesday incorrectly identified David Fleming as vice president of the California Chamber of Commerce. In fact, he is the incoming chair of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. A story Saturday incorrectly identified Daniel Medina as a co-owner of International Recording Corp. In fact, he was a manager of the Burbank company.last_img read more

Pochettino urges Spurs fans to show Levy some love, says he is ‘suffering’

first_img Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has suffered several setbacks surrounding the new stadium 3 Mauricio Pochettino heaped praise on Daniel Levy Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY 3 “He is trying to make everyone happy but it’s a massive project. I think people don’t realise the magnitude of the project and how difficult it is to manage everything.“Everyone is disappointed because we are still not playing there but the day we move everyone is going to realise how massive the project was and how good the facilities are.“It doesn’t just depend on him. When you build something, you depend on many companies. I think it’s more than 20 that are working there. It’s so, so difficult.“That is why I think he needs to feel the love from the fans and the club. He is working so hard, too hard, to leave a legacy forever. And I think that’s fantastic.“When you compare the new stadium to other stadiums, we are going to be so lucky to play there.“He is not an easy man. But he is so passionate to create some things for the fans and the staff and the players. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy deserves more credit from supporters of the club.Levy is currently ‘enduring sleepless nights’ over delivering Spurs’ new stadium – a project that has suffered escalating costs and many delays and problems along the way. The east stand of Tottenham’s new stadium ADVICE 3 no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions There could be good news on the horizon, though, as the club are expected to announce test events at the state-of-the-art arena early next month and Pochettino is convinced it will be like no other stadium.Levy is not universally popular with Spurs fans but Pochettino, who admits his boss is “not an easy man”, thinks he deserves credit.“The chairman is suffering a lot,” Pochettino said. “He is so tired about work. The last few months he didn’t sleep because he is trying to deliver the stadium. Latest Football News “He is always thinking to do things for other people. And of course, for the fans. That is a fantastic thing but the people sometimes struggle to understand.“The team wins and the praise is for the players, the coaching staff or the manager. When lose, the first is him that the people blame – sometimes deserved! Sometimes, no.“I think he deserves a fantastic recognition because what he’s doing, him and the board, is a fantastic thing for the club and it’s going to be there forever.” Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

Carragher reveals the one weakness City have which Liverpool must capitalise on

first_img Pep Guardiola has watched his side be decimated by injuries “It is a great position to be in, there’s no doubt, and if you didn’t say that you would be a liar. And what Liverpool have to do is capitalise as much.“And not just not think eight points is a great lead; try and make it 10, make it 12, if possible. Especially while City have problems at the back, like having Laporte out.“Because there is no doubt that when Laporte is back and City back on their feet, they’re a team capable of doing exactly what Liverpool are doing and going and winning 17, 18 games.” 2 It may be early days, but Liverpool are in a terrific position thus far Getty Images – Getty 2 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:30Loaded: 11.02%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen City have been blighted by injuries this season, with their defence taking the biggest hit. Aymeric Laporte was one of the stars of last season, but is set to miss around six months after a nasty knee injury.Conversely, Liverpool have remained largely injury-free and face a woefully out of form Manchester United side after the break. Mohamed Salah appeared to pick up a knock against the Foxes but has since been cleared.And Carragher, who was involved in several title chases with the Reds, believes his former side must show no mercy in their quest to win the league for the first time in 30 years.“I think what we are seeing with Man City now is they are being affected by injuries now in the same position and that’s a problem for them,” he told Jason Cundy and Andy Goldstein on Drive.center_img Simon Jordan shares his view on Jurgen Klopp“That’s a problem for anyone even though they have got a better squad than Liverpool and you see how much it is hurting them.“You may actually think it would hurt Liverpool more if they injuries because, as I said, they don’t quite the squad City have.“But to be fair, Man City have problems where they are weakest, at centre-back, in terms of numbers and quality.“But there is no doubt a big injury to a big Liverpool player will severely hamper them. So that’s why I don’t think anyone really at Liverpool is getting too carried away. MAN CITY INJURY LIST Leroy Sane – Knee Ligaments (February 2020)Aymeric Laporte – Knee Ligaments (Unknown)John Stones – Muscle injury (October 2019)Ilkay Gundogan – Strain (October 2019) The Citizens are currently missing four key first-team players Jamie Carragher has urged Liverpool to capitalise on Manchester City’s injury problems to press home their advantage at the top of the Premier League.The Reds extended their advantage at the top of the table to eight points thanks to a stoppage time penalty, which secured all three points against Leicester City.The champions were unable to response and, just 24 hours later, slipped to a shock 2-0 loss at home to Wolves. Getty Images – Getty last_img read more

Spencer baseball holds on to beat Marshfield Columbus Catholic

first_imgLuepke hits home run, drives in four for RocketsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Spencer scored six runs in the second inning to turn an early deficit into a lead, and it held on for an 8-7 victory over Marshfield Columbus Catholic in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball game Thursday at Jack Hackman Field.Columbus scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning only to see Spencer respond with six in the top of the second.The Dons rallied to tie the game at 6-6 in the fifth before Spencer scored twice in the top of the seventh to regain the lead.Columbus scored once in the bottom of the seventh to pull closer but could not get the tying run across.Evan Dieringer had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Columbus offense.Hunter Luepke had a single, a home run, and four RBIs, and Lukas Ellefson was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs for Spencer.Columbus hosts Neillsville, and Spencer is at Gilman in Cloverbelt East action Friday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 8, Dons 7Spencer 060 000 2 – 8 10 1Columbus Catholic 301 020 1 – 7 9 2WP: Caden Schillinger. LP: Bryce Fuerlinger.SO: Dominic Wichlacz (4 1/3 inn.) 3, Schillinger (2 2/3 inn.) 2; Bailey Keffer (5 inn.) 5, B. Fuerlinger (2 inn.) 1. BB: Wichlacz 5, Schillinger 2; Keffer 5, B. Fuerlinger 3.Top hitters: S, Lukas Ellefson 3×4, 2 runs; Hunter Luepke 2×4, HR, 4 RBIs. CC, Evan Dieringer 2×2, 2 RBIs; Jarred Mandel 1×3, 2 RBIs; Ryan Dieringer 2B.Records: Spencer 7-8, 7-6 Cloverbelt Conference East Division; Columbus Catholic 5-10, 5-9 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

African tourism without borders

first_img18 September 2009South Africa’s Mpumalanga province is to partner with neighbouring countries Mozambique and Swaziland to create a wild, scenic, cross-border tourism magnet in south-eastern Africa.Mpumalanga, Swaziland and Mozambican tourism authorities have agreed to pool their resources, and collectively package their tourism products, to draw more international tourists not only to South Africa but to its southern African neighbours as well.Announcing the deal in White River, Mpumalanga on Wednesday, Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency CEO Charles Ndabeni said the idea was to enable visitors “to have breakfast in Mpumalanga, lunch in Mbabane, Swaziland, and supper in Mozambique”.Ndabeni said a memorandum of understanding would be signed in November to seal the deal, after a “few outstanding issues have been ironed out”.The three tourism authorities plan to collaborate in developing a regional brand identity, as well as in regional destination marketing campaigns, tourism airlift strategies, research and information management, tourism product development, and 2010 Fifa World Cup initiatives.Ndabeni said the partnership might expand in the future to include South Africa’s northern Limpopo province, Angola and Zimbabwe.Of the 924-million people who toured the world in 2008, 498-million visited Europe, while only 45-million visited Africa. Ndabeni said the partnership aimed to change this.“We [want] to start packaging our key iconic areas so that we are not looking at ourselves in isolation from the big picture, which is that Africa as a continent is harvesting less than 2 percent of global tourism, and this needs to change,” he said.Mpumalanga province is a major South African tourism drawcard, covering nearly 80 000 square kilometres and offering spectacular scenic beauty and an abundance of wildlife in both private game reserves and the world-famous Kruger National Park.Mpumalanga – which translates loosely “the place where the sun rises” – also provides a microcosm of Ndebele and Swazi culture, history and heritage.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Accoona, Once Pretender to Search Throne… Now Niche B2B Service

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Tags:#Product Reviews#web Accoona’s new focus is on business search and news search. More from Zuula here:Although it never reached the search engine “major leagues”, Accoona was a serious minor-league player for several years.  The service was launched almost four years ago at a major PR event attended by former president Bill Clinton, who reportedly carried out the first public search on the service.  Investments totaling as much as $100 million apparently were made to ensure that the service was backed by the best technology (and, of course, marketing).  And, if memory serves, the site even managed to garner a decent — if not earth shattering – amount of traffic in its first year or two.At some point, though, Accoona’s fortunes took a wrong turn.  The quality of its search results didn’t meet expectations.  There were accusations of inappropriate marketing tactics on behalf of the search engine and inappropriate sales techniques by affiliated websites.  All of this — and more — ended up in a New York Times article last August that was far from flattering.It wasn’t much of a surprise, then, when the Accoona announced late last year that it was halting its plans for an IPO.It also wasn’t a surprise to most search industry veterans when word started leaking out over the past few months that Accoona was downsizing and considering alternative strategies for its business. […] Today, Accoona quietly unveiled its new strategy, and web search apparently is not part of that strategy.  Instead, the new focus is on business search and news search. According to the Zuula blog, former search king pretender Accoona has finally given up on becoming a major search player. When Accoona was officially launched in December 2004, at a ceremony featuring Bill Clinton, Accoona claimed to have search technology that would be “more efficient than the likes of Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft’s MSN.” Accoona was built using “artificial intelligence technology to derive the meaning of words typed into a search.” Sadly for them, it fizzed and their expected IPO never happened. last_img read more

Should the U.S. Government Trust the Cloud?

first_imgjohn paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud computing#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It wasn’t long after the last week’s Amazon Web Services outage was resolved that the cloud hosting services provider had some big news. A new zone, called AWS GovCloud, was launched for the explicit purpose of giving U.S. government agencies and contractors a secure, cloud-based environment for sensitive data and applications. While this month’s AWS outage wasn’t nearly as long or severe as the one we saw in April, such disturbances are a potential cause for concern. If you think having Reddit or Tumblr go down for an hour can cause a panic, imagine having mission-critical systems at the Pentagon grind to a halt. How Can Cloud Computing Help Government?The biggest advantage cloud computing offers governments is the areas efficiency and affordability. In his 25-point proposal (PDF) to reform federal IT, outgoing U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra identified cost savings as one of the main justifications for adopting the “cloud first” approach to federal IT he advocates. In the report, Kundra cites the 50% cost reduction seen over five years by the General Services Administration when they switched to Google Apps for email. That was a savings of about $15 million, which is just a fraction what would stand to be gained if other federal agencies followed Kundra’s recommendation of migrating three “must move” services to the cloud. By migrating more data and services into the cloud, the U.S. government could stand to save as much as $3 billion. In addition to financial savings, employing cloud-based IT solutions generally makes it easier and quicker to deploy solutions and scale in the face of rapid growth in demand on resources. Downtime and Security Issues Cause ConcernWhile some government agencies have jumped on board with the cloud migration idea, some are more hesistant, a fact explored in a recent story in the New York Times. According to the Times:Surveys of chief information officers of federal agencies, conducted by various research companies, show an elevated degree of concern about security when asked about cloud computing. But the agencies must comply with Mr. Kundra’s “Cloud First” policy, which encourages the use of cloud services for new projects and requires them to move at least three existing projects to the cloud by next summer.Of course, solutions like AWS GovCloud are designed with the strict and specific security needs of government agencies in mind. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has outlined the federal government’s standards when it comes to information security risk management, and those guidelines are met by GovCloud. As far as concerns about downtime, government agencies would be well advised to borrow a page from Netflix’s playbook. Even during the worst of this April’s AWS outage, the movie streaming service stayed up and running, thanks to an approach to engineering that aims to avoid the side effects of exactly that type of outage. Related Posts last_img read more