No funding for sea survival training centre in Donegal

first_imgThere has been shock over confirmation that Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) will not apply for the funding to proceed with the €1.5 million Sea Survival Training Center in Greencastle.Donegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has described the lack of plans for the project at the National Fisheries College in Greencastle as “shameful”.The Senator received the information from the Minister for the Marine, who said the proposed project is under review. The Minister confirmed that there is no provision or plans to proceed with this additional project and funding has not been requested by Bord Iascaigh Mhara for 2020, nor has it been provided, for the facility. Senator Mac Lochlainn said it is clear that the plans have been abandoned: “In 2016, just before the general election, the Fine Gael led government announced this funding and it was widely reported in Donegal.“Almost four years on and the latest response from the Minister for the Marine, to my questions, confirms that the well-advanced plans for the centre are still under “review” and that BIM has not requested any funding to move to construction in 2020.“It is clear from the full text of the Minister’s response that they have abandoned this Sea Survival Training Center for fishermen, emergency services and marine tourism providers in the northern half of the island.“This is shameful and I am calling on Donegal Minister Joe McHugh to clarify where he stands on this issue now having welcomed the funding announcement back in 2016,” he said. It was stated that the new centre would include the development of a fifteen-meter simulator pool, an elevated platform equipped with a wave machine, water spray unit and fans capable of simulating the type of extreme weather conditions fishermen are often faced with.The centre would also be equipped with two changing areas, a self-contained heating unit which can maintain water temperatures of 23-28 degrees Celsius, as well as a water treatment unit and a new classroom which can accommodate sixteen students.This would allow the college to replicate weather conditions and provide a more extensive training course.Mac Lochlainn spoke about the importance of training and testing the fishers in tough conditions.“Surely we have learned from too many tragedies at sea how important it is to train and test our fishers in surroundings that accurately reflect the tough conditions that they will face at sea,” he said. The only other centre of its kind is to be found in Cork at the other end of the island.No funding for sea survival training centre in Donegal was last modified: December 11th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:Bord Iascaigh MharadonegalGreencastleNational Fisheries CollegeSea Survival Training Centerlast_img read more

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KZN app developer takes his products to global conference

first_imgXolile Xaba explores problems in his community and then devises ways to solve them using technology. He is heading for the One Young World Summit in Colombia, taking place in October, to show off his work.Xolile Xaba is a second year Bachelor of Commerce Law student majoring in business and management accounting at the Pearson Institute of Higher Education. To him, coding is a super power. He has been invited to the One Young World Summit, 4-7 October 2017, to show off his two innovations. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanA young South African who developed an app for his grandmother to help her find her car, has been invited to the One Young World Summit, to be held in Bogotá, Colombia from 4-7 October, to display his innovations.Xolile Xaba, 22, grew up in Newcastle in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Along with Car-Park, he has also designed BizzPort, an app that connects African entrepreneurs with each other and with events near to them. The business news app also has an online boardroom.Xaba represented South Africa at the same summit in Ottawa, Canada in 2016. He was one of 2,500 young leaders and innovators from around the world, invited to attend. This year, he will be attending the summit to showcase his apps on the world stage.The summit, according to online entrepreneur news platform SME South Africa, is geared towards empowering promising and creative young leaders from around the world, aged between 18 and 30, who have a passion for global issues and who possess a track record of having a significant impact in their communities.Young leaders are also introduced to mentors at the summit. Previous mentors include Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Sir Richard Branson, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Emma Watson and Arianna Huffington, as well as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.The appsIn 2015, Xaba founded Prefect Communications and Developments Inc, after he had created BizzPort. “The company is currently focused on developing BizzPort as a product that will be distributed throughout the continent,” he said.“We are driving the company to a position where we will be able to focus on the social side of things by creating apps and distributing them for free to various markets, especially developing economies. That’s where my passion lies.”BizzPort“My granny was the first person I told about idea. From there, I never stopped programming and I realised how exciting it was to just sit down and build something completely new.”He came up with BizzPort after reading an article in his business studies class about how African countries were more connected to countries outside Africa than to others on the continent. “My response to that was to create a solution that could easily be accessed and distributed.”Car-ParkFollowing BizzPort, Xaba created the car park app as a gift for his grandmother. “It wasn’t created for commercial purposes. I was just trying to solve a problem that we have been facing for ages; we even forget it’s a problem and that it needs to be solved.“I realised that a lot of people who owned cars struggled with locating their cars in huge parking lots, whether it was in a shopping mall or at a festival. My granny is part of the statistic,” he explained.“I was just looking at creating a quick solution for the problem, specifically for her. I showed my friends the app and they were so excited about it.“Basically with everything I build I aim to solve a particular problem. Even though it was just a hobby it has taught me a lot about how people of different ages react to different technologies.”The beginningBy 2010, when Xaba was in Grade 7, he was already seeking solutions for everything. By the time he was in matric, he had finished BizzPort. “I wasn’t even sure it was going to work out or not.”Growing up, he looked up to innovators such as Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey and Travis Kalanick. “I just liked their creations and the impact they had on the world at large. I’ve always wanted to build something for my country as well,” he said.“Locally I am inspired by Ludwick Marishane.” Marishane is the inventor of DryBath, a waterless shower gel that lets people wash without having to use water.Xaba did not have a computer at home, so he used the ones at his school to teach himself computer languages. Later, when he started a technology business, he found that it was a challenge working in a small town; another issue was financing the business. He sought help in Johannesburg: “I found it hard for people to listen to me. Sometimes people would show up for a meeting, we’d be evaluated. Then someone would tell me this was way too ambitious.”But he was grateful for the contribution from Brenda Bertels of BDO South Africa. “She made sure I received a laptop. She said she liked how passionate I was. Last year, I attended the pitching den hosted by the SA Innovation Summit because of Mrs Bertels.”ExpectationsHis expectations of the One Young World Summit, Xaba said, was to meet people and engage with young leaders from around the world. “I want to listen to the daily problems they face in their respective countries and how they plan to solve these problems.“We have also created solutions to problems that we have encountered here in South Africa and I think other delegates will be interested in hearing how we did this. For me, that would be the best place to be because people there discuss different things that go way beyond my technological expertise.”Learning like this led you to your next big idea, he said. “Even though funding such initiatives proves to be expensive, the experience is worth it.”Staying motivatedXaba said: “I’m thrilled by how one can just sit down and build something really new, seeing it appear in my hands. And then the next thing it appears in other people’s hands.“It is a bonus is that I live in South Africa, a developing country that is in demand of the skills we possess. Waking up every day and working towards the goal of building our products to what we have imagined them to be, like using our BizzPort to connect entrepreneurs from all walks of life.”Advice to entrepreneursPeople should follow their passions, no matter the conditions. “If a goal already exists in your mind, just go for it with everything you have,” is Xaba’s advice to entrepreneurs, according to Channel Africa’s Change your Game show.“If it’s something you love, trust me, you are bound to stumble across great things along the way… Whatever obstacles you might be facing right now, they are just temporarily putting you to the test.”Sources: SME South Africa and Channel Africa: Change your game.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Ohio Farm Bureau celebrates where it all began 100 years later

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Monday, Ohio Farm Bureau employees, members, and supporters came together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization’s founding. On January 27th, 1919, prospective Farm Bureau members came together to form the organization. A century later, today’s Farm Bureau installed a plaque commemorating the organization in front of the very place it was founded.In this video, Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett talks the exciting time for OFBF, while Dr. Cathann Kress, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State, comments on life in agriculture down the years.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more.last_img read more

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@Mentions Are Now Live on Facebook

first_imgFacebook announced that it would soon support Twitter-like @mentions a few days ago. Today, Facebook actually enabled this functionality. Now, when you type a status update and type ‘@,’ an auto-updating drop-down menu with the names of your Facebook friends will appear. While users could always write the name of their friends in a status update, these names are now linked to a user’s profile. Soon, Facebook will also allow users to tag friends in applications as well. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos frederic lardinois Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#news#web Whenever somebody tags you in a status update, a notification will appear. For now, however, there is no place where you can easily find all the updates where somebody tagged you. It is also worth noting that while Twitter actually displays the @ symbol in status updates, Facebook just replaces it with the full name of the tagged person. Obviously, this now makes Facebook even more like Twitter than ever before. At the same time, though, this is also a very useful feature, as it allows your friends to easily head over to the profile of the friends you tagged in your updates. Facebook’s Twitter-like new Facebook Lite interface, however, doesn’t support @mentions, yet.Tip of the hat to Zee at The Next Web for being the first to notice that this feature was live. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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On the Jobsite with Foamglas

first_imgWhy we need a product like FoamglasI’ve written often about the problems with extruded polystyrene from an environmental and health perspective. Relative to performance, extruded polystyrene (XPS) is a great product. It is water-resistant so can be used below-grade; it has high compressive strength so can be used beneath a concrete slab floor; it insulates very well (R-5 per inch); and it’s inexpensive. These properties make XPS the nearly universal choice for sub-slab and exterior foundation insulation today.But along with these benefits are some significant downsides. All XPS today (as well as expanded polystyrene, EPS) is made with the brominated flame retardant HBCD that has recently been added to the Stockholm list of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and is being banned in much of the world. HBCD provides some level of fire protection, though some studies suggest that its benefits are greatly exaggerated — and that that protection, if real, is irrelevant below grade. RELATED ARTICLES Foamglas — My New Favorite Insulation MaterialGBA Product Guide: FoamglasAvoiding the Global Warming Product of Insulation Stone veneer cement makes a good adhesiveWe installed four inches of Foamglas under the basement floor slab and six inches on the exterior of the foundation walls. Our designer/builder, Eli Gould, and his six-person crew not only did admirably with this little-known material, but he came up with what I believe is a great option for adhering Foamglas to a foundation wall.We were debating whether to use Pittsburgh Corning’s recommended solvent-based adhesive (“tar”) or their acrylic formula (a greener, water-based tar), which apparently doesn’t have quite as good performance properties as the solvent-based option. But the recommended solvent-based formulation sounded quite hazardous (it’s a two-component adhesive with one component consisting of three different types of diisocyanate and the other component consisting of petroleum asphalt, coal bitumen, naphthenic distillate, and hydrocarbon solvents). We wanted a well-performing adhesive, but the solvent-based option didn’t sound like something we wanted to expose workers to during installation or surround our home with. Eli tested different engineered cement products, as modern polymers have dramatically changed the adhesive capabilities of cement in the last couple decades. They are also free of VOCs and sounded far safer from a health and environmental standpoint.We settled on a polymer cement product  made by Ardex used for adhering stone veneer onto masonry walls, and it worked beautifully. The two companies (Ardex and Pittsburgh Corning) were so intrigued by our field-testing that they have begun conversations about testing and developing this alternative adhesive system.Ardex also supplies a waterproofing coating that we applied over the Foamglas on the foundation walls: Ardicoat Plus. We used this in place of conventional asphalt-based (tar) coating, and I feel really good about not having hydrocarbons from the coating seeping into the groundwater or being released as VOCs. In addition, XPS is currently made with the blowing agent HFC-134a, which is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. And some of the petrochemical-derived raw materials, including benzene and styrene monomer, are carcinogenic — though once converted into polystyrene, that carcinogenicity is not present.From a performance standpoint, XPS — like most other foam plastic insulation materials — is readily tunneled through by subterranean termites, carpenter ants, and other wood-boring insects. In my role with Environmental Building News and our GreenSpec Product Database, I get plenty of opportunities to research and write about innovative building products. That’s one of the really fun aspects of my job.On occasion I also get an opportunity to try out new or little-known materials. In the construction of our new home in Dummerston, Vermont — actually the rebuilding of a 200-year Cape — I’ve had opportunity to get some real experience with lots of products. One of these is a cellular glass insulation material known as Foamglas. Foamglas to the rescueFoamglas is a cellular glass, rigid boardstock insulation material. It has high compressive strength, excellent moisture resistance, and tremendous fire resistance without the use of flame retardants. It is moderately well-insulating at R-3.4 per inch (32% lower than XPS), and it’s made without environmentally damaging blowing agents. It is also about the only insulation material that is totally impervious to wood-boring insects — a useful property for below-grade applications — particularly in a warming planet with termites extending their ranges north.Foamglas has actually been around a long time — since Pittsburgh Corning introduced it in the 1930s — but it is used primarily for high-temperature industrial applications, such as insulating steam pipes and furnaces. It’s use as an insulation material for buildings remains very uncommon, though this use is increasing in Europe.Even though Foamglas is significantly more expensive than XPS and its per-inch insulating value is lower, the environmental and health benefits made me want to try it out on our own home. Compared to XPS, it costs more and has a lower R-valueOur foundation ends up with a respectable R-12 under the basement slab and R-22 on the exterior of the foundation walls. That’s not up to the insulation levels in a typical Passivhaus, but it should be good enough to enable us to achieve net-zero-energy performance with a PV system supplying power for an air-source heat pump. And it should last literally hundreds of years — a lifespan that I believe we should be aiming for in home building today.We spent more for the Foamglas foundation insulation than we would have with XPS, but it feels good to have put my money where my mouth is relative to spurring product innovation and demonstrating greener building material options.Eli and I also hope that by leading this sort of collaboration we may be able to help drive down the costs while broadening the market for Foamglas and other innovative products. With Foamglas and other inorganic products like this that may come along, we hope to see more durable, insect-resistant foundation systems that can help reduce energy consumption while minimizing health and environmental impacts.  Foundations are not the only part of the building in which Eli and I plan to help companies “connect the dots” in developing better buildings. We’re working on innovative window solutions for existing homes, superinsulated roof systems, and modular components to speed construction — but those are topics for future columns.Who knows, maybe we can even convince some leading manufacturers to move to the Brattleboro area and help to spur economic development in the region. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also recently created the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

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Curry on mouthpiece-tossing incident: ‘I’ve got to be better than that’

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry dribbles during an NBA basketball practice on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, California.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Apart from being the most electrifying shooter in the NBA today, Stephen Curry is considered one of the sports’ best ambassadors for his supposedly “good boy” image.This is why fans were left baffled by the two-time NBA MVP’s “out of character” action during the Golden State Warriors’ 111-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies over the weekend, as Curry got thrown out of the game for throwing his mouthpiece toward an official.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Still, the 29-year-old sniper acknowledged his mistake and vowed never to do it again.“It was embarrassing, and I know that,” he admitted, per Haynes. “I can’t do that. I know the league wants to crack down on that type of behavior and I understand why. I’ve got to be better than that.”Although he was fined for his infraction, Curry escaped suspension after the league reportedly couldn’t prove that he intended to throw the mouthpiece at the referee.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Steph Curry’s used mouthguard valued at $5k in auctionADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Griffin, Beverley lead Clippers past Jazz MOST READ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP READ: Stephen Curry fined $50,000 for tossing mouthguard at officialAfter paying a hefty $50,000 fine for his outburst, Curry addressed the incident to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s an expensive mouthpiece toss,” he told the veteran sports writer on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).  “At the end of the day, it’s not about the money, it’s about me not doing stupid stuff and losing my cool like that. It’s obviously a tough blow, but it’s more so about me recognizing how to handle myself on the court.”Curry’s mouthpiece has become sort of his trademark on the court, but he’s also been known to throw it on the floor when he becomes frustrated. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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India continue their dominance over Pakistan in ICC tournaments

first_imgIndia beat Pakistan by 124 runs (D/L)  in their Champions Trophy 2017 opener at Edgbaston.A record-breaking crowd of 24,156 turned up — dominated by Indians, to watch the game despite the London attack a few hours before the high-profile game between the two sub-continental giants. And the sizeable Indian crowd were not disappointed as Virat Kohli’s men dismantled Pakistan in Birmingham. This was India’s 13th victory over Pakistan in 15 ICC encounters.Riding on half-centuries from Rohit Sharma (91), Shikhar Dhawan (68), Virat Kohli (81*) and Yuvraj Singh (53), India posted a big total of 319/3 from their quota of 48 overs in a rain curtailed match.The bowlers backed them well as they bowled out their arch-rivals for a paltry 164 from 33.4 overs with Umesh Yadav (3/30) being the pick of the bowlers. Ravindra Jadeja (2/43) and Hardik Pandya (2/43) supported him ably.Here are the previous occasions were India beat Pakistan in an ICC tournament:1992 WORLD CUPIndia beat Pakistan by 43 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Riding on Sachin Tendulkar’s 54* India posted 216/7 from their 49 overs. The bowlers came out all guns blazing and bowled out Pakistan for just 173. Manoj Prabhakar was the pick of the bowlers with 2/22 from his 10 overs.1996 WORLD CUPIndia beat Pakisatn by 39 runs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium to knock them out in the quarters.Navjot Singh Sidhu’s 93 helped India post 287/8 from their 50 overs. Pakistan were provided a good start by Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar but ultimately failed to capitalise on it as they kept losing wickets. Ultimately India won the match with the help of three wickets each from Venkatesh Prasad and Anil Kumble.advertisement1999 WORLD CUPIndia beat Pakistan by 47 runs in the Super Sixes at Old Trafford, Manchester.India only managed to score 227/6 from their 50 overs. Rahul Dravid top scored for India with 61. The Pakistan batsmen failed to build partnerships and made a mess of the small target as they were bowled out for 180. Prasad starred with the ball for India with 5/27 from 9.3 overs.2003 WORLD CUPIndia beat Pakistan by six wickets at Centurion.Reuters PhotoPakistan posted 273/7 from their 50 overs after Saeed Anwar slammed a brilliant 101. The Indians came out dashing and Sachin Tendulkar’s dazzling 75-ball 98 helped India chase the total down against a fierce Pakistan attack as they chased the total down in just 45.4 overs.2007 WORLD T20Group Stages:India beat Pakistan by a bowl-out after the game ended in a tie.Robin Uthappa scored a steady 50 to help India post 141 from their 20 overs. Chasing 142 Pakistan kept losing wickets but Misbah-ul-Haq kept them in the game with a fifty but he failed to take them over the line as the game ended in a tie.The match went to a bowl out where all three Indians — Uthappa, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag hit the wicket whereas all of Pakistan’s bowlers in Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi and Yasir Arafat missed the target.Final:India became the first ever World T20 winner as they beat Pakistan by five runs.Gautam Gambhir’s 76-ball 75 helped India post 157 from their 20 overs. Pakistan failed to build partnerships and were staring at defeat but Misbah kept their hopes alive before playing a loose shot with six runs to win in the last over to hand India the victory and the cup.2011 WORLD CUPIndia beat Pakistan by 29 runs in the semi-finals at Mohali to knock them out of the tournament.Tendulkar’s 85 helped India score 260/9 from their 50 overs. Wahab Riaz starred with the ball for Pakistan as he took 5/46 from his 10 overs.Reuters PhotoPakistan were off to a steady start but they lost the plot and eventually ended up on the losing side despite Misbah’s 76-ball 56.2012 WORLD T20India thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets in Colombo.Pakistan posted 128 from 19.4 overs with Lakshmipathy Balaji taking 3/22 from 3.4 overs.Kohli led India’s charge and guided India home with an unbeaten 78 from 61 balls, thus helping the team continue their dominance in ICC tournaments.2013 ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHYIndia beat Pakistan by eight wickets in a rain curtailed match at Edgbaston.Batting first, Pakistan were all out for 165 from 39.4 overs.Chasing a revised target, India cruised home to 102/2 from 19.1 overs with the help of Shikhar Dhawan’s 41-ball 48.2014 WORLD T20India beat Pakistan by seven wickets at the Shere Bangla stadium in Mirpur.Pakistan scored 130/7 from their 20 overs.Chasing 131 to win, Suresh Raina, Dhawan and Kohli all chipped in with important 30’s to help them reach the target in 18.3 overs.2015 WORLD CUPIndia hammered Pakistan by 76 runs in Adelaide to maintain their dominance in the World Cup.Kohli’s century and half-centuries from Dhawan and Raina helped India post 300/7 from their 50 overs.advertisementReuters PhotoThe Pakistan batsmen never really got going and Misbah’s 84-ball 76 again failed to take them past the line. Mohammed Shami starred for India with the ball — picking up 4/35 from nine overs.2016 WORLD CUPIndia beat Pakistan by six wickets at the Eden Gardens in a rain-hit match.Batting first, Pakistan managed 118/5 from their 18 overs.In a tricky chase, the hosts lost Rohit and Dhawan early but Kohli steadied the ship and his 37-ball 55 eventually helped India beat their arch-rivals and maintain their winning run in the ICC tournaments.last_img read more

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Madrid & Barca January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid & Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Harry Kane sets Real Madrid demands Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:20 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blancos and Blaugrana as the January transfer window heats up Harry Kane sets Real Madrid demandsHarry Kane has conditions that must be met if Real Madrid are to have any hope of signing him, Diario Gol reports.The Spanish outlet claims Kane would prefer to work under Mauricio Pochettino rather than Zinedine Zidane, with the latter looking likely to be replaced in the summer.Signing Pochettino would go a long way to getting Kane on board, but it is said that the England striker has no desire to work alongside Karim Benzema or Cristiano Ronaldo and would ask that the Spanish capital club sell those players on before his arrival. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Messi urges Barca to sign AsensioMarco Asensio Real MadridBarcelona star Lionel Messi has urged his club’s board to consider a move for Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio, according to Don Balon . The 22-year-old is considered one of Spain’s biggest hopes for the future, but his lack of game time at the Bernabeu has Messi convinced that Barca can swoop in and steal him away from their great rivals. Messi has another motive too: revenge. The Argentine is reportedly upset with Madrid’s pursuit of PSG star Neymar, who just left Barca last summer and is still close with Messi. Barca face Ruiz competitionFabian Ruiz, Real Betis vs Barcelona, 17/18Inter Milan are hoping to beat Barcelona to the signing of Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz, claims Calciomercato.com.Reports had suggested Barca have already agreed a deal to sign Ruiz, who has a €15 million release clause in his contract.But with Betis hoping to raise that figure to €30m, Inter are aiming to step in and pip Barcelona as well as Serie A rivals Napoli and Roma to the capture of the 21-year-old.Barca close in on ArthurArthur Melo GremioBarcelona are closing in on a deal to sign Gremio midfielder Arthur Melo, according to  Marca .The Blaugrana have already brought in Philippe Coutinho and Yerry Mina during the January transfer window, but Ernesto Valverde is keen to bring in Arthur before the end of the month.Ronaldo considers Chelsea moveCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridReal Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is weighing up a move to Chelsea this summer, according to  The Sun .Ronaldo is keen to leave Santiago Bernabeu after this season, with the Premier League his preferred destination.Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United, however, has ruled out a return to Old Trafford.Chelsea, though, are keen to take advantage and bring the Portugal captain to Stamford Bridge.Man City plot £150m Hazard moveEden Hazard ChelseaManchester City are ready to launch an astonishing £150 million bid for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, according to the Sunday Mirror .Hazard is currently in a contract deadlock with the Blues, and if that still stands in the summer City will look to rival Real Madrid for the Belgian’s signature.Though City refused to pay big money for Alexis Sanchez before he joined Manchester United, they believe Hazard represents greater value, and Pep Guardiola is willing to sanction a move.Pochettino, when asked about the possibility of a move earlier this week, refused to rule out the idea, and Real may test Spurs’ resolve in the coming months.Real, Barca & City tracking SkriniarMilan Skriniar InterReal Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City are all interested in signing Inter defender Milan Skriniar, according to Gazzetta dello Sport .Skriniar, 22, joined Inter from Sampdoria last summer and has excelled in his debut season at San Siro, leading to reported interest from three of Europe’s powerhouses.Real Madrid line up Pochettino approachMauricio Pochettino Zinedine Zidane Tottenham Real MadridReal Madrid are lining up an approach for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to replace Zinedine Zidane, reports the Daily Mirror .The Argentine masterminded Spurs’ 3-1 victory over Real earlier this season, as well as a gutsy 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu, and Real have been impressed by the club’s performances in Europe.Neymar happy at PSG Neymar PSG Montpellier Ligue 1 27012018Neymar claims he’s happy at Paris Saint-Germain amid mounting speculation that the Brazilian could be headed for Real Madrid this summer. “I’m happy with my team-mates and I’m happy at PSG,” he told reporters. “I have good games and numbers, and came here to make history and do my best.”Read his full quotes here. Ronaldo reveals future plansCristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo has revealed he has no plans to leave Real Madrid amid talk of transfer interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.Real’s struggles in 2017-18 have highlighted the need for a freshening up of the ranks, with it suggested that Ronaldo could be a victim of that process.But Ronaldo has pledged his future to the Blancos – read the full quotes right here on Goal! Messi: Barca balanced without NeymarNeymar PSG Montpellier Ligue 1 27012018Is it possible that the loss of Neymar actually helped Barcelona improve? Lionel Messi seems to think so. Barca lost Neymar in the off-season after French giants Paris Saint-Germain sensationally activated his €222million release clause in August.But the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said Barca – unbeaten and 11 points clear atop the table – are better without the Brazil star.See his reasoning right here.  Neymar to Real ‘possible’ – RobinhoNeymar Paris Saint-GermainNeymar leaving Paris Saint-Germain for Real Madrid is “a possibility”, according to fellow Brazilian and former Blancos star Robinho.Amid mounting speculation suggesting that a man who was involved in a €222 million deal last summer could be about to make another big-money switch, Goal recently revealed that PSG have vowed to open the exit door if Champions League glory is secured in 2018 .Robinho is the latest to have his say on the potential transfer – read the full story right here on Goal! Real Madrid plot £500m summer raidEden Hazard ChelseaReal Madrid are planning an astonishing £500 million summer raid on the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail . The Spanish club have their eyes on two main attacking targets, each of whom would draw a world-record £200m fee: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.  In addition, the Blancos would also shell out £100m for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.last_img read more

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22 days agoBellerin says Arsenal ‘hungry’ to improve after thrashing Standard Liege

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Bellerin says Arsenal ‘hungry’ to improve after thrashing Standard Liegeby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHector Bellerin says Arsenal are “hungry” to improve after a resounding 4-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday.18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli scored twice and set-up another as Unai Emery’s side stamped their dominance making it two wins from two in the Europa League.”The team had a great performance. It’s a very important win for us,” said Bellerin.”We played 100% and wanted to get more goals. “We wanted to press, the team is hungry, the team wants to win and wants to improve and I am very pleased for the boys.” last_img read more

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New CBB Polls: Kentucky Is Nation’s Lone Undefeated Team, Gonzaga Receives First Place Vote

first_imgKentucky cheerleaders holding up signs that say We Are UK.LEXINGTON, KY – FEBRUARY 28: Kentucky Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) The 'Zags are starting to get some No. 1 love. (Twitter/@TrueToRecruits)The ‘Zags are starting to get some No. 1 love. (Twitter/@TrueToRecruits)With Virginia’s loss to Duke, Kentucky is now the only undefeated team remaining in college basketball. However, the Wildcats aren’t quite the unanimous top team. One voter in the USA Today Coaches Poll selected the 22-1 Gonzaga Bulldogs as the nation’s No. 1 team. Kentucky received the other 31 votes in that poll, and all 65 first place votes in the AP Poll. After Kentucky and Gonzaga, Virginia hangs in at No. 3 despite its loss to Duke, which remains at No. 4, with Wisconsin at No. 5.Here are both the AP and USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls.RankAP PollCoaches Poll1.KentuckyKentucky2.GonzagaGonzaga3.VirginiaVirginia4.DukeWisconsin5.WisconsinDuke6.ArizonaArizona7.VillanovaVillanova8.KansasLouisville9.LouisvilleKansas10.Notre DameNotre Dame11.Iowa StateUtah12.North CarolinaWest Virginia13.UtahNorth Carolina14.Northern IowaIowa State15.West VirginiaNorthern Iowa16.Wichita StateMaryland17.MarylandWichita State18.VCUVCU19.BaylorBaylor20.Ohio StateOhio State21.OklahomaOklahoma22.ButlerButler23.SMUSMU24.GeorgetownGeorgetown25.TexasIndianalast_img read more

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