1 Wolfsburg are set to offer Kevin De Bruyne a bumper new contract as they look to fend off interest in the playmaker.talkSPORT exclusively revealed last month that Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain had made contact with De Bruyne’s agent, Patrick De Koster, about a possible summer move.City are reportedly desperate to win the race for the 23-year-old, who has been one of the Bundesliga’s star performers since returning to Germany after a disappointing spell with Chelsea, and the deposed Premier League champions have been tipped to launch a £35million move.However, Wolfsburg do not want to lose their star man and their sporting director Klaus Allofs is due to hold talks with De Bruyne’s agent where he will put a huge new contract on the table.Wolfsburg hope that the lucrative offer, likely to be around £100,000 per week, and their qualification for the Champions League will convince the Belgian to commit his future to them. Kevin De Bruyne
Harry Redknapp believes the signings of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin can turn Manchester United into Premier League title winners.The Red Devils are expected to announce the arrivals of the midfield pair on Monday, as Louis van Gaal looks to create a squad capable of wrestling the league championship away from Chelsea.And former Tottenham and QPR manager Redknapp insists the duo will be a hit at Old Trafford.“Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin are great signings for Manchester United, and great value,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“Schweinsteiger is a player who is guaranteed to fit in and has got a great attitude.“They are two excellent signings and it really beefs up that midfield.“I can see them maybe getting back to where they’ve been for many years, challenging for the Premier League title.”
When I got a sit-down with Rudy Giuliani at his California campaign headquarters last month, I had to get the usual California questions out of the way: Early primary. Arnold’s endorsement. Immigration. More immigration.As his campaign staffer got antsy and Giuliani was pumped up on an apparent Red Bull streak, I got to squeeze in one last question: “Part of your appeal,” I asked, “has been with wooing moderate voters. What does the endorsement of Pat Robertson say about that?”“It says I can reach out to all voters,” Giuliani responded quickly.“Considering some of the controversial things he’s said, though,” I continued, “about Ariel Sharon, about gays -“ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“Remember that in getting his endorsement, I haven’t changed any position. Unlike some other candidates who have had dramatic changes in position in the last year or two, I haven’t changed any position,” Giuliani responded, taking the opportunity for the Mitt hit.“Pat endorsed me for the three reasons that are very clear and are very important. He endorsed me because he believes I’d be the strongest in dealing with the Islamic terrorist threat against America, that I would handle the War on Terror better than anyone else. He endorsed me because he thinks I’d be the best at restraining spending and lower taxes. Frankly, I’m the only one who has a record of doing that.“And, third, he felt that I would be the best in appointing judges,” Giuliani continued as I inwardly furrowed my brow. “Those are the three reasons he endorsed me. He hasn’t had to change any of his positions; I haven’t had to change any of mine. It’s a straight-out, honest assessment that in those three areas, I would be the strongest. … Because I don’t have to change my positions to get wide support. I can be myself.”But his self was standing on a stage beaming with, accepting the endorsement of, a man who’s said some pretty unsavory things in the guise of religious leadership.Giuliani is hardly singled out here: Mitt Romney had previously courted Robertson’s endorsement with appearances at Regent University, one in which he suggested that the single life was selfish. “You cross into the deep waters by marrying and raising good children,” Romney said to Regent graduates this spring. Romney got the endorsement of Catholic-bashing Bob Jones III, who as president of the school in 2000 only dropped its ban on interracial dating under heavy media scrutiny. “We have the same things we want to fight for on issue after issue, so I’m happy to have his support,” Romney said in October.Lifting the ban on interracial dating came with a caveat that parents give written consent. “When you date interracially or marry interracially, it cuts you off from people,” Jones reportedly said in March 2000.Haven’t we moved past the point of endorsements from folks like this mattering anymore?At some point, wouldn’t a candidate of character stand up and say, “Sorry, endorsement not needed”?As a registered Republican – and Catholic who hoped that following the passing of Jerry Falwell there would be a new GOP era with greater religious tolerance – the question weighed heavily on my mind after my chat with Giuliani.You’re bound to be endorsed by people with whom you disagree on some issues. But on the campaign trail, you’re known by the company you keep. Your message is either strengthened or tainted by the donations you might take. And that which may be intended to show arms-open inclusiveness may instead demonstrate a willingness to put political victory over principles.Like why would any politician accept donations from one of Sun Myung Moon’s many front groups or enterprises, considering the things he’s said about America (“Satan’s harvest”), women (“a line of prostitutes”), Jews (who, he said in 2003, brought the Holocaust upon themselves) or gays (“dirty dung-eating dogs”). The self-proclaimed messiah and convicted felon has vowed to “conquer and subjugate the world,” and in 1994 said “any politician who wants to run for president will come to me.”And he was literally crowned by some lawmakers on Capitol Hill in 2004.Religion has fast become the hot potato in Campaign 2008. But we should realize that rejecting endorsements or contributions from those who divide and offend is not discounting the right for Americans to worship as they choose. Instead, it’s about standing up for the principles of fairness, equality and respect that heretofore have made this nation truly great.Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News and blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to her by e-mail her at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sinn Féin justice spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said there can be no doubt left for Minister Shatter that the days of political appointments to the judiciary have to stop.The Inishowen TD was responding to news that a committee chaired by the Chief Justice has called for a change in the way judges are appointed.Last year, Deputy Mac Lochlainn published legislation to put an end to the system of political appointees being made judges in Ireland. The Reform of Judicial Appointments Procedures Bill 2013 is designed to amend the way in which the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board operates in order to increase transparency and accountability in judicial appointments.The Donegal North East TD said “Confirmation that the Judicial Appointments Review Committee has made a submission to the Department of Justice describing the system of judicial appointments in Ireland as ‘demonstrably deficient’ is another nail in the coffin of political appointments to the judiciary.“I welcome that the committee has said that ‘the principle of appointing a judge by merit should be established in legislation’ as I have published legislation last year to do just that. The Judicial Appointments Review Committee also have said today ‘As a matter of principle, political allegiance should have no bearing on appointments to judicial office’.He added that the appointments process needs drastic reform and public confidence in the justice system is contingent on a judiciary which is free from political control or political or other bias. “It is essential that there is an independent and impartial judiciary which is representative of the community it serves.“A truly representative judiciary would enhance confidence in the justice system. It would also promote the development of a non-partisan judiciary, and thereby further promote a culture of judicial independence. Future judicial appointments should be drawn from a wider pool of qualified candidates that is fully representative of the community in order to eradicate the corrosive and unaccountable system of patronage previously in operation.”POLITICAL APPOINTMENTS TO JUDICIARY MUST STOP – MacLOCHLAINN was last modified: January 31st, 2014 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:appointmentsjudiciaryPADRAIG MACLOCHLAINN
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Seeing people like Whittier resident Susan Spongberg – all decked out in Christmas-themed clothes, ornaments dangling from her ears, sleighbells hanging around her neck – may make some people feel woefully inadequate in the holiday “spirit” department. Have we come to equate the holiday spirit, as some suggest, with a competition for who can put the most lights up on their house or affix the most Christmas symbols to one’s body? Is it about giving the most generous gifts? What does having the the holiday spirit really mean to people in today’s hectic world? An unscientific, anecdotal survey of local residents suggests that, by and large, most people – including non-Christians – see the holiday season as a good time to gather with family and friends and share in the spirit of giving to people of lesser means, especially children. “We’re not big religioius people,” Spongberg said. “To us the holiday spirit is about giving. It makes me feel good. We give to the Salvation Army and to kids and I give gift bags of cookies and avocados to my neighbors. Christmas is just a fun time when everyone’s feeling good, trees are decorated and Christmas music is playing everywhere.” Ironically, Charles Dickens’ classic story of Scrooge in his 1843 story “A Christmas Carol” probably best illustrates what our popular notion of the holiday spirit means: the idea of generosity and making sure the holidays are special, even magical, for children. “I think the spirit is for the love of children,” said the new Montebello Mayor Bob Bagwell. “They’re the ones who need our guidance, protection and love. You can see they’re the innocents. You try to protect that as long as possible.” Topping the list of holiday spirit-definers was connecting or reconnecting with family. Carmen Pantoja of Montebello said that even though many members of her family have died, she always has the spirit enough to have a buffet-style dinner for her children and friends. “Christmas was always about the family for us,” Pantoja said. “My dad would play the guitar and everyone would come over and sing. I would play, too, but I don’t play like I used to. Sadly, my parents and my siblings are dead, but I still keep the spirit up for the rest of us.” To many people who associate the holiday season with their spiritual traditions, religion plays a large part. Jesus Uribe, 42, of Pico Rivera said the holiday spirit involved attending church all month and making resolutions for the following year. “I think it’s about reflection on what things you’ve done wrong and how to make things better next year,” Uribe said. Despite the outward demonstrations of holiday spirit, Montebello Councilwoman Norma Lopez-Reid said it originates inside a person. “Some people show it by what they wear or how they decorate their homes, or by the cards and gifts they give,” Lopez-Reid said. “But whether we have lights and gifts under the trees or not, if we feel festive inside and thankful for what we have, I honestly believe it comes from the heart.” No Scrooges or Grinches could be found to contribute an alternate viewpoint to this article. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029
Internet TV has finally found a perfect home – the classroom. We’re sure the last thing most parents want to hear about is their children watching more TV, but if they’re going to be staring at a screen, it may as well be educational. Google agrees and has announced Google TV for EDU, “a seeding program to support university research.”From Google’s blog post announcing the program, it sounds like Google is taking a two-pronged approach at approaching Google TV in the classroom by both examining its role as an educational tool and working to “generate new interest in television engineering.”Google sais that it has been working with the Google Student Ambassador Program and university programs to bring Google TV to campuses. Now, the company wants to ask faculty how their research could: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson Generate new interest in television engineering Make computer science tangible for students Help in the development of smart TV curricula and new educational tools Contribute to in-classroom and distance learning over television Reach a wide audience According to the post, Google launched the program yesterday and chose a number of “university faculty with experience and leadership in television” to provide with Logitech Revue units. I have to say, my primary interest comes in two forms – either as a device that brings new and innovative interaction and information overlay to my normal TV experience or as a device that allows me to exist outside of the standard, temporally linear TV watching experience. The idea of accessing your email or Facebook via Internet TV seems a bit misguided, but educational content and programming seems to be a perfect fit. The potential for group interaction via an app on Google TV seems huge. Why not redirect attention already spent on a smartphone toward good use?“Already, the web on TV has proven itself as a great platform for for early education and reading skills with web apps like PBS Kids and Meegenius,” writes Google on its blog. What uses do you see for Internet TV in the classroom? Related Posts Tags:#Google#Internet TV#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Sales is a lot like baseball. If there is a way to track a metric, a statistic, we’ll track it. We measure everything, great or small. We were Nate Silver before being Nate Silver was cool.How many calls did you make? How many connections? How many face-to-face sales calls? How many opportunities? What was the average value of those opportunities? How many days has that opportunity been in that stage of the sales process?I could continue this list for pages and pages, capturing activity after activity, and outcome after outcome. But there are really four big measurements that matter: How did you do against your number at the end of the each of the first three quarters, and how did you do at the end of the year. Those are the judgment days about which we worry most. As long as we make our number, we don’t worry too much about the numbers underneath. Mistake!As long time readers know, I don’t believe you can cram success. I’ve seen it tried, but I’ve never seen it work. The secret to avoiding a bad judgment day is to recognize that each and every day is judgment day and act accordingly. Excellence is a habit.Today, and Every DayAre you proud of what you accomplished yesterday? Did you do the work that you needed to do? Or, were you distracted by work that won’t really produce the results you need? Was it worse than that? Were you distracted by novelties and trivialities having nothing to do with your work?The question you have to answer is this: “If you were judged on yesterday’s results alone, how would you fare?”Every one of your days counts. They all matter. The measurements we take at the end of each quarter are result of all of the days leading up to that measurement. The better results you produce each day, the better your final result.Judgment DayToday is judgment day. At the end of the day, look back over the activities you took and the outcomes you produced. If you were judged by this single day, would you be proud of the work you accomplished? Or would you be embarrassed by the lack of activity and the lack of real outcomes?You can only effect the big measurements on the final judgment day by doing something about all the little judgment days leading up to it.QuestionsAs if there weren’t enough questions in the body of the post.How would your day be different if you were going to be judged at the end of that day–by that day’s performance alone?How do you consistently do work of which you are proud?What prevents you from making your number on judgment day, really? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
NEW YORK — Mark Canha began April 19 with 12 at-bats, seven of which were strikeouts, and an .083 batting average.“He is definitely the guy that is getting the short end of the stick here,” Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said before batting practice. “It’s just been a tough go for him more than anybody else as far as at-bats.”Given a chance, Canha came through and gave the Athletics yet another one-run win.After Jed Lowrie doubled in the 11th inning for his fourth hit of the night, Canha singled off the glove of a diving Didi Gregorius at shortstop to drive in the go-ahead run in a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees.“I played in the minor leagues for four years, and I got sick of that really fast. So, honestly, I’m just happy to be in the major leagues,” said Canha, who actually spent five seasons in the minors. “Whether it’s on the bench or playing, I’m a happy camper doing both and rooting for the boys.”Melvin had been concerned about the state of mind of the 27-year-old, who hit .254 with 16 homers and 70 RBIs as a rookie with the A’s last season.“You try to give him a little bit of a pep talk,” the manager said. “He goes, ‘Don’t worry about me. I’m fine. I’m fine. I’m going to keep working. I’ll be ready when my number’s called.’”Canha entered the game in the ninth inning against Yankees closer Andrew Miller, who had struck out his seven previous batters. “It’s not like I gave him a day at the beach with his first at-bat,” Melvin said.Canha struck out on three pitches. “You have at-bats like that sometimes, and it kind of locks you in for the next one,” Canha said.Yankees rookie Johnny Barbato (1-1) pitched a perfect 10th, but Lowrie doubled into the right-field corner against him with one out in the 11th, then took third on a groundout by Khris Davis, who had struck out in his previous three at-bats.Up came Canha. “As long as it wasn’t Miller. I think I would have been happy with anyone else,” Canha said.He fell behind 0-2, then hit a slider off Gregorius’ glove for his second RBI this season.“I just tried to make it too good and left it up,” Barbato said. “It didn’t break.”Fernando Rodriguez (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings, and Ryan Madson got three straight outs for his fifth save in five chances as Oakland (7-7) won its third straight following a four-game losing streak.The A’s are 5-3 in one-run games. They did not get their fifth one-run victory last year until June 15 and finished 19-35, according to STATS.“We know we can win ’em this year,” Oakland catcher Stephen Vogt said. “I think that what happened last year is we got off to such a bad start in close games that it started to become, well, they’re going to get us at some point, or, man, we’re really going to have to get lucky today to win this close game.”New York starter Michael Pineda allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. Oakland’s Eric Surkamp pitched 5 2/3 innings, one shy of his big league high, and gave up two runs and seven hits.Alex Rodriguez’s RBI single in the first was negated by Marcus Semien’s run-scoring single on a 3-0 pitch in the second.Carlos Beltran’s sacrifice fly put the Yankees ahead 2-1 in the fifth, but Danny Valencia tripled off the glove of diving left fielder Brett Gardner leading off the sixth and scored on Lowrie’s one-out single through the drawn-in infield.When it was over, Melvin was buzzing about Canha.“If you watch him in pregame, he’s playing like it’s a game,” he said. “He’s shagging balls in left. He’s shagging balls in right. First base — taking ground balls. He takes it seriously.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Celtic Rodgers: Dembele will be back for Old Firm clash Goal Last updated 2 years ago 09:42 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Celtic Rangers v Celtic Rangers Premiership The young forward made his return from injury at the weekend but sat out a mid-week cup clash, though the manager says he’s fit to face Rangers Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says forward Moussa Dembele will be back in the side when the club faces Rangers in an Old Firm derby this weekend. Bhoys 8/11 for victoryThe 21-year-old returned from injury to face Ross County last weekend, playing an hour and scoring a goal, before sitting out a 4-0 Betfred Cup win over Dundee midweek. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 But the former Liverpool boss claims his young star is fit and ready to help the club take on their rivals at Ibrox. “Moussa will be back on Saturday,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by the Evening Times. “Sometimes when you have midweek games, you play and then recover and don’t do a lot of physical work in between.“We had to make a decision – come out of working hard in training to play for an hour, or stay behind and get four good sessions?“That’s what we did. Moussa has had a good week and will be ready for Saturday.”The club will also be boosted by the return of defender Jozo Simunovic, who the manager claims “is fine” after recovering from a knee injury. Celtic come into Saturday’s match at the top of the table, holding a six point lead over third-placed Rangers.