Unai Emery reacts to Sami Khedira’s surprise Emirates Cup appearance

first_imgUnai Emery reacts to Sami Khedira’s surprise Emirates Cup appearance Metro Sport ReporterMonday 29 Jul 2019 10:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Advertisement Sami Khedira attended Arsenal’s pre-season friendly against Lyon at Emirates Stadium (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery praised Sami Khedira after the Juventus midfielder was spotted attending Arsenal’s pre-season friendly at Emirates Stadium against Lyon on Sunday.The 32-year-old midfielder was restricted to just 20 appearances in all competitions last season due to injury and appears to have been deemed surplus to requirements by new Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri.Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot arrived on free transfers from Arsenal and PSG earlier this summer to bolster an already formidable looking Juventus midfield engine room, which also includes the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi.Khedira played no part in Juve’s pre-season tour of Asia, is under contract for another 12 months and has been linked to the likes of Arsenal, Fiorentina and Valencia.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Dani Ceballos made his first Arsenal appearance during Sunday’s defeat against Lyon (Picture: Getty)Commenting on the former Real Madrid star’s presence on Sunday, Emery said: ‘Khedira is a very good player but this is the first time I have heard his name mentioned.’Emery already has an abundance of midfield options given Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka will remain in north London despite speculation surrounding their futures earlier this summer.Dani Cabellos, meanwhile, arrived on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid earlier this week and he is likely to fill the role vacated by Ramsey.Arsenal are said to be increasingly confident of securing a deal for Celtic left-back Kirean Tierney, despite having struggled to match the SPL champions’ £25m valuation, while they are expected to announce the club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille this week.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Commentlast_img read more

Pompey ‘interested in signing Derry’

first_imgPortsmouth are interested in taking Shaun Derry back to Fratton Park, according to The People.Pompey are expected to be given the green light by the Football League to make signings and are said to be ready to offer a deal to the midfielder, who played for the south-coast club between 2000 and 2002.Linked with Pompey return.The People also say QPR are planning a £6m bid for Celtic’s Korean star Ki Sung-Yeung as well as competing with Liverpool for the signing of Barcelona’s Spain Under-19 striker Gerard Deulofeu.Meanwhile, Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Fulham’s Moussa Dembele and believe they can land the Belgium star before the start of the season, The People suggest.Dembele has been consistently linked with a move from Craven Cottage. It is claimed that Fulham will demand at least £15m for him.The People also say Whites boss Martin Jol is keen on Marseille’s Alou Diarra, 31, but only if he can sign the France midfielder on a free transfer.The Sun on Sunday say Fulham have clinched the signing of striker Romelu Lukaku on a season-long loan from Chelsea.Gabby Agbonlahor has told The Sun he will definitely shake John Terry’s hand when Aston Villa play Chelsea and believes all players will do the same.The Villa forward was reacting to speculation that some black players may snub the Chelsea captain in the wake of Terry’s clash with Anton Ferdinand.Terry was cleared in court of racially abusing the QPR defender during last October’s west London derby at Loftus Road.“Players like me have to set a good example to kids,” said Agbonlahor.“A lot of kids love their football and watch us all the time — that’s why we have to be good role models. That’s definitely more important than political points-scoring over an opponent“I don’t think there will be players who won’t shake his hand. I think they’ll all do it. When thousands and thousands are watching, you’re not going to refuse someone’s hand easily.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Saudi crash – 29 hurt

first_imgA Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 767-300 on lease from Thai Orient Airlines, operating flight SV-2841 from Mashad in Iran to Madinah in Saudi Arabia has made a partial wheels-up landing injuring 29.According to Aviation Herald flight SV-2841 had 299 passengers and 16 crew on board and was on approach to Madinah when the pilots received an unsafe indication for the right hand main gear and aborted the approach at 03:30 local time.The pilots put the 767 into a holding pattern while they tried unsuccessfully to resolve the issue. They also received a visual confirmation from the control tower during a slow fly by.The crew then performed a partial gear up landing and the 767 came to a stop on the runway resting on left main and nose gear and right hand engine.During the subsequent evacuation 29 passengers received injuries and 11 of them were taken to hospital.last_img read more

IBM vs. Microsoft: Will the Open Web Change the Game?

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… At Lotusphere this year, the contrast between IBM and Microsoft could not be more distinct. IBM is making it clear it is banking on a strategy that embraces a loosely coupled framework – a foundation based upon principles that are often discussed in the context of the open Web. For instance, as we mentioned yesterday, xPages, HTML5 and RESTful Web services will all be tools that push forward efforts such as Project Vulcan, the next generation of Lotus Notes unveiled here at Lotusphere this week.Sharepoint, in contrast, is an enterprise collaboration service that has leveraged its proprietary framework into a $1 billion business. Tightly integrated with Microsoft Office, Sharepoint is not an open technology but does integrate with third-party applications.IBM looks like it has momentum with Lotus Live, which now has 18 million users. It’s coming off a big win at Panasonic. Its open approach will be what sets the company apart from Microsoft. In return, Microsoft has made it clear that it owns the market share in the enterprise, quick to point out IBM’s shortcomings, especially with Lotus Notes email. Julia White, director of the Exchange product team, said the company has 74% market share in United States companies with 500 employees or more. She says Lotus Noted email has a 7% share. In fact, she said, the Lotus Live win at Panasonic was not a major defeat for Exchange. What’s striking is how the open Web may be the biggest game changer we have seen in decades. We were reminded of how far back the rivalry goes between IBM and Microsoft in a lunch conversation today with Martin Koser, a collaboration consultant based out of Stuttgart, Germany. Since the mid-1990s, Microsoft Office has ruled the enterprise with its operating system. In those years, its proprietary nature helped lock it in as the productivity suite of choice. But now the tide is changing.The open nature of the Web has lead to what we now know as Enterprise 2.0. Companies are developing their own API’s. RESTful Web services are helping companies like MindTouch provide corporate customers with dashboards that can pull in data from the Web. IBM’s Project Vulcan will add an analytics layer on top of its collaboration platform. It’s a hybrid that will pull data from the cloud and on-premise, making recommendations for the user. IBM executives are sharp in their criticism when questions are posed about the differences with Microsoft. That’s not too unusual, considering the deep and storied rivalry between the two companies.“A struggle for relevance,” said Lotus Software General Manager Alistair Rennie about Microsoft and its approach to the market. “It’s a tightly integrated proprietary stack… It’s an approach whose time is over.”It’s important to note that Microsoft Office is widely popular in the enterprise. It’s a $1 billion business for the company. Sharepoint has its own ecosystem of third-party companies that have integrated with Sharepoint. IBM’s Web-based approach is distinctly different than the document-centric world of Sharepoint. It’s this Web-oriented, open approach that may prove to be the difference for IBM. We’ll have to see. Microsoft remains the major power in the enterprise. Its future is in proprietary systems. But who knows. As the cloud becomes more a part of doing business, Microsoft may continue to have the upper hand, especially if it can execute on its partnerships with third-party application providers. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news#Trends alex williamslast_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham offer terms to Samir Nasri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham offer terms to Samir Nasriby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are offering terms to Samir Nasri.The Mirror says they have offered Nasri a six-month contract worth £80,000-a-week.The Irons have backed boss Manuel Pellegrini by handing the 31-year-old French midfielder a heavily-incentivised deal until the end of the season.It means the pair are reunited after Nasri lifted the title under Pellegrini at Manchester City four years ago.It also comes with Pellegrini hit by the loss of striker Javier Hernandez and defender Fabian Balbuena.Balbuena suffered a knee injury against Watford on Saturday and striker Hernandez came off with back and hamstring problems.Should Nasri impress, West Ham will have an option to keep him beyond next summer. last_img read more

Toronto protesters slam Harper telling him theyre Idle No More

first_imgBy Delaney WindigoAPTN National NewsToronto – They met gathered in Toronto and snaked their way through the financial district to Queen’s Park telling the federal government they’re Idle No More.If their voices weren’t loud enough they were armed signs slamming Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government.They started their march at Toronto’s Sheraton Hotel where the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers were meeting. They then made their way to Queen’s Park.“It’s a result of Harper’s agenda. Harper has created this movement inadvertently by showing his true colours and really trying to oppress people through legislation,” said demonstrator Jody Kechego of Bill C-45 that aims to limit control of First Nation land.A number of youth attended the rally too.One Cree Elder said he’s glad to see young people so engaged.“I feel that the youth are listening. That’s the most important thing is listening about our culture, our heritage and everything and I think a lot of young people are wanting to do it, but a lot of us older ones, we need to get our s**t together and show that example,” said Vern Harper.The rally also fell on the International Day for Human Rights, something that didn’t go unnoticed.“There’s just erosion of human rights and that’s been an ongoing story throughout history, constantly trying to get rid of the Indigenous responsibility,” said Tantoo Cardinal.last_img read more

NASA spacecraft explored edges of Martian sea in 1997

first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s first rover mission to Mars, the Pathfinder, may have explored the edges of an early Martian sea in 1997, according to scientists who say that images from the probe could yield evidence of habitability on the Red Planet. The landing site is on the spillway of an ancient sea that experienced catastrophic floods released from the planet’s subsurface and its sediments. Nearly half a century ago the Mariner 9 spacecraft returned images of some of the largest channels in the Solar System. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangOrbital observations of the gigantic channels suggested they were formed approximately 3.4 billion years ago by cataclysmic floods, much larger than any known to have occurred on Earth. The prospect that abundant flowing water once sculptured the Martian landscape ignited renewed interest in the possibility that life may have once thrived on the planet. To test the Martian mega-flood hypothesis, NASA deployed its first Martian rover; the Sojourner, on board the 1997 Mars Pathfinder spacecraft that journeyed to the Red Planet. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpNASA spent a total of USD 280 million on the mission, including the launch vehicle and mission operations. The terrain within the rover’s visual range includes potential fluvial features suggestive of regionally extensive flooding. However, those features suggest floods that were at least 10 times shallower than those estimated using images obtained from orbit. Hence, the mission was not able to exclude still disputed alternative views sustaining that debris or lavas flows could have in fact dominated the channels’ formational history without significant water discharges. “Our paper shows a basin, with roughly the surface area of California, that separates most of the gigantic Martian channels from the Pathfinder landing site,” said Alexis Rodriguez, lead author of the study published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports. “Debris or lava flows would have filled the basin before reaching the Pathfinder landing site. The very existence of the basin requires cataclysmic floods as the channels’ primary formational mechanism,” he said. “The basin is covered by sedimentary deposits with a distribution that precisely matches the inferred extent of inundation from potential catastrophic floods, which would have formed an inland sea,” Rodriguez said. “This sea is approximately 250 kilometres upstream from the Pathfinder landing site, an observation that reframes its paleo-geographic setting as part of a marine spillway, which formed a land barrier separating the inland sea and a northern ocean,” he said. “Our simulation shows that the presence of the sea would have attenuated cataclysmic floods, leading to shallow spillovers that reached the Pathfinder landing site and produced the bedforms detected by the spacecraft,” Rodriguez said. The team’s results indicate that marine spillover deposits contributed to the landscape that the spacecraft detected nearly 22 years ago, and reconcile the mission’s in situ geologic observations and decades of remote-sensing outflow channel investigations. The sea bears an uncanny resemblance to the Aral Sea on Earth in that in both instances they lack distinct shoreline terraces. Its rapid regression over shallow submerged slopes resulted in rates of shoreline front retreat too fast for the terraces to form. The same process could partly account for the long-recognised lack of northern plains shorelines.last_img read more

SPBSPRLD alliances prospects to improve in next 2 phases polls Maya

first_imgAzamgarh (UP): Rubbishing the BJP’s claim that it was doing good in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, leaders of the opposition BSP-SP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh said on Wednesday that on the contrary, its prospects were improving day by day.”Our (electoral) prospects are improving…the prospects of the opposition alliance will further improve in the remaining two phases of Lok Sabha polls,” BSP chief Mayawati said at joint rally with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghRLD chief Ajit Singh also addressed the rally at the Azamgarh Muslim Education and Welfare Trust ground. The BSP supremo said ever since the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) was formed, “BJP leaders have lost their sleep”. Mayawati appealed to the voters to ensure a historic win for Yadav, who is the joint opposition candidate from the seat held by the SP in the outgoing Lok Sabha. Hitting back at the BJP, the BSP chief said, “We are not ‘mahamilawati’, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is ‘mahamilawati’ (highly adulterated).” Modi has often labelled the opposition alliance as “‘mahamilawati”. Dubbing the Congress and the BJP as two sides of the same coin, she said, “Dono kaa chaal charan ek hai (both have same nature and character).” She said Modi would try to create more confusion in the days to come and appealed to the voters not to fall prey to his designs. PTIlast_img read more

The air we breathe

first_imgMonday evening showers brought respite to the National Capital Territory which has been enduring the scorching summer heat. Mercury dipped and a cool breeze blew past the streets as millions cherished the occasional summer chill. But more than heat, the respite, though not evident, was regarding the air quality. While the statistics still portray the Air Quality Index (AQI) as poor, if not very poor, rains definitely settled the dust which only adds to the problem. AQI has been specifically poor during winters with Delhi experiencing a blanket of smog and health complications in locals. Graded Response Action Plan was constituted to tackle alarming levels of AQI but the city required a cure anyway. Preemptive measures will yield tremendously but less has been done regarding those. While worsening AQI was largely restricted to winters, spiked AQI in summer is a cause of worry. AQI on Monday was “very poor”, aggravated by westerly winds bringing dust from neighbouring states, stubble burning in parts of Punjab and Haryana, and forest fires in Uttarakhand. The debate regarding meandering levels of AQI, though between poor and very poor and not average or good, has done its rounds with National Green Tribunal and neighbouring states over their unintended contribution into Delhi’s air pollution. Authorities have taken up the issue several times and activists have mentioned how stubble burning and westerly winds are a cause of trouble bringing in dust and smoke in the NCR atmosphere. However, vehicular emission has still not been adequately addressed though it remains to be one of the top air polluters. Even if we put the mark at one crore vehicles, which is an understated figure, the emissions from one crore vehicles are finding its way into the atmosphere, making us breathe poor air while we tend to other imminent events – elections. Also Read – A strong standpointGeneral elections have definitely swung the mood of the nation which has 14 of its cities in the list of top 15 most-polluted cities in the world as per a UN survey released in 2018 which also states that Air pollution contributes to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths each year in India. People do actually die of complications caused due to PM 2.5 particles which enter the respiratory system. It is not a fluke. But it has not been able to reverberate as an alarming issue across masses simply because minimal awareness has not let it. Discourses on nationalism have been more prevalent than Air Quality and that alone shows the mood of the nation. It is because of additional emphasis paid on the entire national security issue since Balakot Air Strike that environment, though present in manifestos of political parties, could not be as vehemently discussed as nationalism and national security were. And, that, is just pitiful. It makes us sad humans with narrow mindsets and depleted humility. It is often said that people’s thoughts reverberate across the corners of the nation which are often steered by politicos who run the government on our behalf. They utter what matters to us. And, if they have been uttering a lot of nationalism and national security, then that is only because it matters to us. Only a fool would incessantly speak of an agenda which anyone seldom supports. How, then, can we blame our politicians or leaders for lack of environmental concern when we ourselves are less concerned about the same. Today we have the liberty to discuss air pollution with ease since it has not wreaked havoc yet. Human tendency, somehow, has always been to ignore unless forced to walk the precarious line. Rubbishing reports of deaths due to air pollution is only in line with that mindset as was done by the Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan who argued that “No death certificate has a cause of death as pollution” despite the Lancet Commission’s report on Pollution and Health which said that 25 lakh Indians died from pollution-linked ailments in 2015, the highest in any country. Also Read – Development misconstruedWe protest whenever we see the water going above the head. And, why not since protests are very much part of a healthy democracy. Be it for reservations, justice, government support, corruption, et al, the agenda has been clear that masses are capable of influencing government machinery. Why not then have masses reached a consensus to protest regarding the failed attempts in tackling the rising air pollution? It is because worsening AQI has not yet impacted the masses. Public Interest Litigations (PILs) have surely made it to the apex court over environmental concerns but even those have failed to garner grand attention towards this perpetual, and now a perennial problem. IIT Delhi has put in concerted efforts through The Centre of Excellence for Research on Clean Air (CERCA), stressing on the need of data gathering, raising awareness and role of democracy and law to resolve the issues related to air quality. AAP government’s odd-even rule for regulating vehicular traffic in the city was also a novel idea towards controlling and curbing air pollution but residents still lie in wait of another run, which, in fact, should be made a norm for NCR. Pollution is not just a local problem but a global one and cities across the globe have initiated measures and undertaken activities to curb it. London’s congestion charge levied on drivers entering the city centre, has been around since 2003. Madrid’s selective entry to city areas for cars apart from environmental labels on cars is a method to check the polluting cars and deal appropriately. Paris’s norm to make public transport free of cost during peak periods, encouraging people to use public transport and leave their cars at home is a good incentive to bring down vehicular emissions. But classic Indian argument would be whether Delhi can emulate these cities owing to its own logistical challenges amidst a humongous populace. Well, efforts in this direction will yield answers and all we need to do is urge the authorities to act. Waiting for them to wake up might cost us. The city evidently chokes with vehicular emissions. And, with raised metro fares are not helping. A person traversing from the metro and paying 100 rupees might as well take out his bike or car and utilise 100 rupees in petrol. Convenience is always attractive. And, not to forget that it is the convenience of travelling, of slow impact on health through air pollution, of waiting for authorities to do something about pollution and of not being directly responsiblefor the rising pollution that has spiked the average AQI to “very poor” quality in the first palace. When UN adamantly advocates for SDGs and environmental activists speak up on environmental degradation, only then it is brought to our notice that our environment is suffering. A budget for the environment would have been a remarkable way to showcase one’s concern for the same but Kisan budget suited the current appetite more this election season. Promises are aplenty but none speak of an issue whose proximity covers every living thing. Maybe someday, some election will see the pollution concerns and bring it up strongly in their manifestos and promises. And, maybe then, some concrete action will be taken to repair what could have been prevented long ago i.e., today!last_img read more

Serena Williams Thinks Athletes Should Be Grateful for Colin

Serena Williams said every athlete “should be completely grateful and honored” for the protests started by former NFL players Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid.Kaepernick and Reid, two former San Francisco 49ers now out of the league, were each given huge ovations when they were introduced and shown on the big screen during the match between Serena and Venus Williams at the U.S. Open on Friday night. Serena Williams said she was focused on the match and did not notice the pair in the stands. Reid raised his fist and Kaepernick smiled for the fans.Kaepernick tweeted a photo of his young niece with Serena and wrote, “Lani lost it when Serena surprised her after the match!!! Thank you so much Serena!!!”Serena said she was grateful for the stand they took that has seen both players take on the NFL. An arbitrator is sending Kaepernick’s grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league’s request to throw out the quarterback’s claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. A similar grievance is still pending by unsigned safety Eric Reid, who played with Kaepernick in San Francisco and joined in the protests.Kaepernick began a wave of protests by NFL players two seasons ago, kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. The protests have grown into one of the most polarizing issues in sports, with President Donald Trump loudly urging the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem.“I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African-American should be completely grateful and honored how Colin and Eric are doing so much more for the greater good, so to say,” Serena said. “They really use their platform in ways that is really unfathomable. I feel like they obviously have great respect from a lot of their peers, especially other athletes, people that really are looking for social change.”Serena Williams equaled her most-lopsided victory ever in 30 professional meetings with sister Venus, beating her 6-1, 6-2 in the third round. read more