10 months ago​Hodgson insists Crystal Palace are no longer selling club

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Hodgson insists Crystal Palace are no longer selling clubby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoy Hodgson insists that Crystal Palace are not looking to sell any stars in the winter.Palace have many players that are linked with moves away, such as Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.It is Zaha in particular who has interest from the top clubs in the league.But Hodgson believes the club want to add to the team, not take away quality midway through the season.”If anything, we need to strengthen our squad, not weaken it,” Hodgson told Sky Sports News.”It would take a lot for us to lose players because we are not a selling club at the moment.”At this time of year there will be questions to answer every day because someone, somewhere will be linking players with another club. I accept that as part of the modern football world.”We will deal with that and keep our business to ourselves – I am not one to go out and individually discuss other players all the time.”I am sometimes amused to see players linked with other clubs where I don’t see any connection whatsoever but on occasions you have to think, ‘maybe they have heard a rumour and they’re not so far off’.” last_img read more

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4 days agoLiverpool goalscorer Lallana: This can be my season

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool goalscorer Lallana: This can be my seasonby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAdam Lallana feels he’s back after scoring Liverpool’s equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Manchester United.The midfielder has endured a bleak period in his career in recent years, with injuries and strong competition in the Anfield squad reducing him to the role of bit part player.”I’m delighted. It’s obviously nice to contribute to a top team like this – and I feel that’s the first of big moments me for this season,” he said.”Just because I’ve not started any of the first nine games, I don’t think that means I am not going to play a big part in this team.“Can this be my season? Of course, yeah. It’s a long old season. We’ve got the World Club Cup to come. The Champions League this week, the Premier League at the weekend, the Carabao Cup next week.“So it’s important to stay strong and be ready. That’s where my focus will be and I’m delighted I can make an impact when I get the chance.” Lallana added: “Listen, obviously I feel like I’ve been fit for a good year now, especially since coming back from pre-season. But we’re European champions, we’ve got a top squad, so I’ve had to be patient for my chance.“I’ve done that, and I am delighted to come on and make an impact like that. We are a top team, so to be able to contribute to it is important.” last_img read more

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Facebooks messaging ambitions much much more than just chat

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook, already the leader in enabling you to share photos, videos and links, now wants to be a force in messaging, commerce, payments and just about everything else you do online. The company’s ambitions harken to how WeChat has become the centerpiece of digital life in China, where people use it to order movie tickets, subway passes, food delivery and rides. If Facebook succeeds in turning its own messaging services into a platform for everything, it could ultimately threaten established services such as Snapchat, Yelp, Venmo, eBay and even Apple and Amazon. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”It’s clear that Facebook does have very broad ambitions here,” said Bob O’Donnell, president and chief analyst at Technalysis Research. “Their goal is to be the WeChat of everywhere but China.” But Facebook faces numerous hurdles. A key one is restoring user trust, following a string of privacy failures that include the sharing of personal information from as many as 87 million users with a consulting firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s campaign. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAnd any change may cause users to rethink their relationship with Facebook. “Facebook has a lot of momentum but it’s not completely invincible,” said Roger Kay, an analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates. “People came to Facebook for a particular thing. Offer them a different thing, and they’re likely to re-evaluate whether they want to be there at all.” After all, Friendster and Myspace came and went as Facebook grew. Yahoo and AltaVista moved over for Google. And remember when AOL was popular, powerful and rich enough to buy the traditional media company Time Warner? Both AOL and Yahoo are now fading brands within Verizon. After building an advertising-supported service that depends on vacuuming up data on your hobbies, interests and political views, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last week that Facebook will now emphasise ways for small groups to communicate in a truly private fashion. This involves scrambling all messages in WhatsApp, Instagram Direct and Messenger so that even Facebook itself can’t read them. Facebook will also let messages automatically disappear after a set amount of time, something rival Snapchat already does. Facebook, Zuckerberg said, will “then build more ways for people to interact on top of that, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other kinds of private services.” Facebook declined to further elaborate on its ambitions, and a spokeswoman reinforced that it is early in the process. But there are clues in what Chinese tech giant Tencent has already done with WeChat in China. WeChat combines functions that are typically done by separate companies elsewhere think of Facebook and its messaging services combined with PayPal and Uber. People use WeChat to buy goods in retail stores, split restaurant bills with friends, pay utility bills, donate to charities and hail rides from the Uber-like Didi Chuxing service. Facebook already lets people send money to other individuals through Messenger in the US and a few other countries and is testing payments through WhatsApp in India. The New York Times reported that Facebook is also developing its own digital currency to make it easier for users to send money to their messaging contacts. Facebook didn’t offer many details on its digital currency endeavors, but said a “new small team” was looking for ways to make use of the type of technology powering bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. While the current payment options require linking Facebook to bank accounts or services such as PayPal, a digital currency could potentially work without them. That could appeal to users, especially in Asia and Africa, with limited access to banking services, said Avivah Litan, a Gartner analyst who specializes in security and payments. And it would solve a key challenge with commerce on phones. Litan said entering credit card details on a phone is cumbersome, and businesses often lose customers before they complete orders. If Facebook can integrate payments into messaging, it can keep users within Facebook and convince advertisers they’re more likely to complete sales. Facebook could also diversify revenue beyond advertising. For instance, it could take a commission, whether for newspaper subscriptions or food deliveries, much as Apple already does with a cut of up to 30 per cent for app payments. Kay said messaging could become one-stop shop for Yelp-like business reviews, OpenTable restaurant reservations, on-demand delivery similar to Uber and a marketplace akin to eBay the latter being something Facebook already offers on its main app. Amazon might be tougher to challenge, he said, given the company’s expertise in delivery logistics, but there might be pieces such as grocery delivery that Facebook can go after.last_img read more

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EC seeks report on Yogis Modi ji ki Sena comment

first_imgGHAZIABAD: The Election Commission has sought a report from the Ghaziabad district magistrate on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath calling the Army “Modi ji ki sena” at a rally on Sunday, as it may violate the election code.Yogi’s remark provoked condemnation from the Congress, which called it an insult to the armed forces. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was addressing a rally in Ghaziabad near Delhi on Sunday when he used the words repeatedly to draw a contrast with “Congress ke log (Congress’s people)”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Congress people used to serve terrorists biryani and Modi-ji’s Sena (Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s army) gives them only golis and golas (bullets and bombs). That’s the difference. Congress people use “ji” for terrorists like Masood Azhar but under the leadership of PM Modi, the BJP government is breaking the backs of terrorists by striking their camps,” said Yogi Adityanath, addressing a rally in Ghaziabad. “What was namumkin (impossible) for the Congress is mumkin (possible) for PM Modi. Because when Modi is there, the impossible becomes possible.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayMamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of Bengal, called it “shocking” that her Uttar Pradesh counterpart had used the words for the army. “It is shocking to hear the UP CM saying that the Indian Army is the ‘Modi Sena’. Such blatant personalization and usurping of our beloved Indian army is an insult and a humiliation,” said the Trinamool supremo. The opposition has often accused the government of trying to exploit the army for electoral gains. The Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed, and India’s subsequent air strike targeting a terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, have been “politicized” and portrayed as the BJP’s achievement, many opposition parties have alleged. Following their complaint, the Election Commission underscored that the army cannot be used in political campaigning. PM Modi has accused the opposition, especially the Congress, of talking Pakistan’s language.last_img read more

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Jet has fuel supplies only till this afternoon

first_imgNew Delhi/Mumbai: Financially-stressed Jet Airways has time till Tuesday afternoon to pay fuel vendors failing which it might have to ground its operational fleet, industry sources said on Monday. According to industry insiders, the company is almost out of funds and is relying solely on the scant funds being infused by lenders on an expense-to-expense basis. “The fuel supply is expected to run out from Tuesday afternoon as fresh payments would be required for vendors,” an industry source told IANS in New Delhi. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalCorroborating this, a Jet Airways official told IANS in New Delhi: “A proposal for a fresh fund infusion has been given to the lenders.” At present, Jet is operating only 7 aircraft for domestic operations due to the grounding of over 80 per cent of its fleet by lessors owing to non-payment of dues. The full service carrier’s situation is critical as the airline, that once operated around 120 aircraft, is now left with just 16 planes in its fleet. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostCurrently, the airline owes over Rs 8,000 crore to a consortium of lenders led by the state-run State Bank of India (SBI). Jet has suspended international operations till Monday afternoon. The only hope for the airline now lies in an immediate dose of interim funding and the completion of the stake sale process initiated by the lenders. The airline on Sunday said it has extended the cancellation of its west-bound flights — to and from Amsterdam, London and Paris — until April 16. On Sunday, Jet’s pilots’ union deferred its decision of “no pay no work” from Monday, citing the meeting of the lenders’ consortium with the airline management slated for later in the day. A senior member of the National Aviators’ Guild (NAG) had said that the pilots would await the outcome of Monday’s meeting.last_img read more

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American Pharoahs A Superhorse But Hes No Secretariat

After American Pharoah (sic) won this year’s Preakness Stakes, I warned you all to be skeptical of him in the Belmont Stakes.Oops.In my defense, I was technically being skeptical of any Triple Crown hopeful, not this horse in particular — and I (mostly) stick by that. But American Pharoah appears to be a legitimate superhorse.Indeed, he may be one of the most super superhorses in history (at least among American 3-year-olds). Like Secretariat, American Pharoah has broken a multi-decade Triple Crown slump. Like Secretariat, American Pharoah won all three races without much difficulty. American Pharoah won the 1.5 mile (12 furlong) Belmont Stakes in a time unmatched by any other Triple Crown winner (save Secretariat) in history. American Pharoah also led wire-to-wire, and won by an impressive five and a half lengths.But as great a run as American Pharoah had, it still didn’t really approach Secretariat’s. Picture how far ahead of the field American Pharoah was at the end of the Belmont. Now double it (multiply by 2.4 to be exact). That’s about how far American Pharoah would have been lagging behind Secretariat (13 ¼ lengths). In a Belmont field featuring the 11 Triple Crown winners running their Belmont-winning times, Secretariat would have led the other horses by the following distances:1I converted the difference between each horse’s finishing time to lengths using the typical rate of five lengths per second. Still, this is amazing company, and American Pharoah’s triumph is only the fourth Triple Crown since 1948.All that said, American Pharoah’s win didn’t clear up whether a horse that wins at 9.5 and 10 furlongs (the distances of the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby, respectively) is likely to be able to win at 12 furlongs. The types of horses that win the Belmont may be more naturally calibrated to the longer distance.There’s some evidence of specialization in the race’s winning times. Since the Belmont Stakes moved to 12 furlongs for good in 1926, American Pharoah’s time is only seventh-best, with four of the six better times coming during the most recent drought:The most interesting thing about this chart is what we do not see: There hasn’t been a recent bunch of Belmont superhorses. In fact, Belmont times have been on the rise for the past 20-plus years, and their five-year average in 2014 (pre-American Pharoah) was the highest it has been since the 1930s.While this makes a win by American Pharoah a little less spectacular than if he had to fend off a troupe of ever-improving distance-running specialists, it makes his time – the best by any horse in over a decade (since Point Given in 2001) – even more impressive, relative to the recent trend.CLARIFICATION (June 7, 3:37 p.m.): An earlier version of this article included a chart that suggested it showed all Triple Crown winners’ Belmont finishes. It showed all Triple Crown winners’ Belmont finishers since the Belmont race was lengthened to 12 furlongs in 1926. read more

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Sullinger To be spit on is just nasty

After the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 71-67 loss in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, freshman forward Jared Sullinger accused Wisconsin fans of spitting on him. Via his Twitter account, @Jared_Sully0, Jared wrote that Badgers fans spat on him before and after the game. “To be spit on is just nasty. On top of that in my Face,” he wrote. “I just kept walking. More fuel to the fire.” Jared did not reference the incidents during postgame interviews, but he did tweet that one of the incidents occurred after Badgers fans rushed the court to celebrate the victory. Justin Doherty, University of Wisconsin assistant athletic director for external relations, told Madison.com that the incidents are under investigation. “We were made aware of it (Saturday) night,” he said, according to the site. “That’s about where it is right now.” Jared’s brother J.J. told The Lantern that the spitting incident was “uncalled for.” “That’s the biggest sign of disrespect you can have,” he said. “To spit on someone just because they’re wearing a different jersey than you, I don’t understand how that could be something that you would even do.” J.J., who played basketball for the Buckeyes from 2003–06, said no fan has ever spit on him. “There’s always going to be that knucklehead that takes it too far,” he said. “I’m sorry it happened to my brother and I’m glad I wasn’t there.” Wisconsin fans also chanted vulgarities, directed at senior guard Jon Diebler, when he was at the free-throw line. OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg declined to comment on the alleged spitting incident. “We are preparing for the (Michigan State) game Tuesday,” he said. Jared could not be reached for comment. Wisconsin officials declined The Lantern‘s request for comment. read more

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Wenger to decide future before the start of the World Cup

first_imgArsene Wenger recently admitted that he is far from sure for his future after his departure from Arsenal, where he spent the last 22 years, but confirmed he will make up his mind before the World Cup starts.The manager claimed despite being physically well, he is unsure if he wants to stay in management as he thinks he should have complete influence on the club and not just on a couple of players.“I haven’t decided yet,” Wenger admitted, according to 101 Great Goals. “That’s a decision I have to make. I’m physically in quite good shape. I have to decide do I continue to manage.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I’m not decided completely unless I can have a huge influence on the club, how the club wants to be perceived, what is important to it, what kind of values does it want to represent.”“If I can have a complete influence on the club, I would consider it. I’ve given myself until the start of the World Cup to decide.”Currently, Mikel Arteta is considered the favourite as the now former Gunners manager himself backed the Spaniard for the position.last_img read more

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Allegri anticipates a complicated runin for Juventus

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri feels that the latter part of the new Serie A season will be a difficult challenge for his squad after the 2018/19 fixtures were released on ThursdayThe Bianconeri are chasing an eight successive Serie A crown and much has been made of the stunning arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid this summer, which people feel will only strengthen their chances both domestically and in Europe.But despite starting their league campaign against the troubled Chievo Verona on August 20, it is the latter part of the schedule that has Allegri concerned.“It’s a calendar where the first games seem manageable, but I always look at the final part of the calendar and it’s similar if not more difficult than last year,” he told the club website.“In the last seven games, starting with Milan, we have Fiorentina, the Turin derby, Inter, Atalanta, Roma and Sampdoria. It will be a complicated run-in, but we will need everyone and have to prepare in the best way.”Even though Juventus have won the league title for the past seven seasons, Allgeri feels that this season may be their toughest yet and he thinks that the championship could very well go down to the wire.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I believe that this year, the championship will be decided right at the end because there are many head-to-head matches between the top contenders. The first half of the season is always important but the second half is decisive,” said the 50-year-old.As for the Boxing Day fixture away to Atalanta, he added: “We have to get used to it. A choice has been made and so we will go to Bergamo on Christmas night.”Below are all the fixtures of Juventus’ 2018/19 Serie A campaign.E’ il momento di ricapitolare. Questa è la @SerieA_TIM che ci aspetta. Pronti per un’altra grande avventura? #FinoAllaFine#ForzaJuve ⚫️⚪️ pic.twitter.com/wKKuBIaUmk— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 26, 2018last_img read more

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