Chelsea’s players ‘urged Roman Abramovich to make Di Matteo boss’

first_imgLuka Modric is prepared to hand in another transfer request at Tottenham after they missed out on the Champions League because of Chelsea winning this season’s competition, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed the Spurs playmaker, previously a target for Chelsea, is still on the Blues’ radar, with Real Madrid and both Manchester clubs also interested.Meanwhile, Chelsea’s players reportedly urged Roman Abramovich to make Roberto Di Matteo their full-time boss in a dressing room sing-song after their Champions League triumph in Munich.The Mirror say the club’s owner went to see Chelsea’s victorious squad, who pointed at interim boss Di Matteo and chanted: “We want you to stay, we want you to stay.”Abramovich has a decision to make.A source is quoted as saying: “It was one of those rare occasions where the players felt able to push the boundaries with the owner a little.“They all want Robbie to stay and they wanted to get their message across. It was all very light-hearted.“The owner was smiling and laughing as they were singing the Di Matteo song. He knew the players were teasing him.”The Sun claim Abramovich told the players he wants four more Champions League titles.Several papers report comments by Chelsea striker Fernando Torres which appear to cast doubt over his future at Stamford Bridge.Torres, unhappy at being a substitute for Saturday’s final, is quoted saying: “I felt I’ve been treated in a way I was not expecting and not in the way for which the club brought me here.“We have had many conversations and now the season is finished we will have more talks to see what happens in the future because this is not the role for which I came and I’m not happy.“Winning the Champions League makes up for it of course but as far as the future is concerned… well.“Right now I do feel it’s all worth it but the truth is I’ve gone through some very bad moments – the worst moments of my career – during the season and I am not willing to relive those moments.”The Sun and Daily Mail both suggest that Lille’s highly-rated Belgian winger Eden Hazard is leaning towards a move to Chelsea rather than Manchester City or Manchester United.And Fulham are set to make an offer for Newcastle full-back Danny Simpson, according to the Northern Echo.Simpson, who has also been linked with Chelsea, is entering the final year of his contract and is yet to agree a new deal at St James’ Park.It is suggested that Fulham manager Martin Jol is planning a formal approach for the 25-year-old.Jol is keen to sign a right-back and has also been linked with the likes of Nottingham Forest defender Chris Gunter and Tottenham’s Kyle Naughton.Who was your man of the match against Bayern? Click here to voteSee also:Overjoyed Di Matteo celebrates incredible Chelsea winDrogba the hero as Chelsea are crowned European championsBayern v Chelsea: player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

What will it take for Klay Thompson to miss Game 3 of NBA Finals?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Klay Thompson is officially listed as questionable for Game 3 of the NBA Finals due to left hamstring tightness, but he said Tuesday it’s hard to envision a scenario in which misses he the first playoff game of his career come Wednesday night.Thompson suffered his injury with 10:40 left in the fourth quarter of Game 2 … [vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/04/bang_6363a72c-895f-4159-8286-b8c325d578b4″]last_img read more

Adventures great and small

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I’ve shared in the past how the pursuit of fish and game has led me to meet great folks, visit new places and share adventures big and small. A knock on a farmhouse door 20 years ago opened the opportunity to enjoy all three. I was following up on a “Hunting with Permission” sign I saw posted on an out-of-the way CRP field as I scouted for places to hunt pheasants. My research and plat map study eventually brought me to the Baker’s mud room and a conversation with Margaret, who was into her 70s when she first granted me permission to hunt the spot on the family farm. But not before sitting down in the kitchen for a chat.That was the first of 20 such talks around the kitchen table, as she kneaded dough or chopped vegetables as Margaret and I caught up on the previous year. I knocked on the door every October since, too late for most hunters who waited that late in the season to ask for one of the coveted permission slips. I always nervously eyed the same hand-written note Margaret re-taped to the storm door each autumn, after all the allotted slips for that season had been awarded to hunters, stating that it was too late to ask.Each fall it took a little longer for my knock to be answered, before was I ushered into a cluttered kitchen that always smelled of home cooking. Margaret would make me sit and squirm some years before revealing a permission slip that she had set aside for me, but I always left with more than I had come for, beyond the opportunity to walk the rich acreage she and her husband had set aside for wildlife each year. I was welcome and I was trusted, even after starting out as a stranger.I have hunted the patch on Thanksgiving morning carrying an infant in a backpack, paced it countless times with my wife on warm autumn days and hiked it back and forth on bitter cold December afternoons, following one of four English setters that have come and three gone, doing their best to sniff out roosters hiding in the grassy swales there over two decades.A younger version of Margaret met my tardy knock a few weeks ago, and I did a double take before her daughter informed me of her passing. Had I been on time this season I might have shared one more tableside chat, and perhaps some of her famous peanut brittle — which not even family members with the original recipe could replicate. Instead I stepped off the Baker’s doorstep for the final time clasping a note on torn pink paper stating that all the slips are accounted for. I left with memories of adventures great and small enjoyed in a field set aside for just that, and the person who opened the door to do so.last_img read more

Jan. 15 Deadline to Submit Apps to the Mobile Premier Awards

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#apps#mobile Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The mobile ecosystem is in the midst of an unprecedented wave of transformation. As business models adapt, new verticals and players emerge. Technology evolves, perceptions shift, and lives are improved.The Mobile World Congress, which will take place from Feb. 14-17 in Barcelona, is doubtless the most important of its kind, and every year, for a couple of days, the city of Barcelona pauses its romantic and alternative style and becomes the centre of the mobile technology world. In this atmosphere, a parallel event like the Mobile Premier Awards means a great opportunity for developers to show their apps.With an estimated 50,000 mobile professionals from over 200 countries attending the MWC, the congress aims to promote mobile technologies. Now in its fifth year, the MWC will focus on the early stage aspects of mobile development and showcase the most innovative apps from around the world bringing the developers and entrepreneurs to the spotlight.This post first appeared on ReadRiteWeb Spain.ReadRiteWeb.es is supporting the MPAs as media partner. You can follow our coverage on the Web and @rwwes. Follow us on Twitter for a chance to win one of five tickets to the Mobile Premier Awards.Mobile World CongressIn terms of digital innovation, old Europe is usually behind North America and Asia, so hosting a major event like the MWC – which is organized by the GSMA and which unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators and more than 200 companies in the mobile ecosystem – encourages local companies to find better ways to compete.There are other important European events related to IT, like LeWeb, and certainly they provide an excellent way to attract international attention, but the MWC goes beyond and puts Barcelona, Spain and Europe in the centre of the mobile industry.Mobile Premier AwardsIt sounds like a great idea to award some of the best and most innovative mobile apps in the same city -and at the same time – where major companies, media and every one else interested in mobile technologies are all together talking about the future.Smartphones have offered a new business line for small developers, a fantastic new line indeed; nevertheless it is very difficult to find success in a market that is full of competitors. The MPA gives entrepreneurs and developers a fantastic chance to show their apps.The awards are organized by dotopen, a consulting firm, and are supported by major companies with a common goal: promote multi-platform development and establish the awards as the reference for the community formed by entrepreneurs, startups and developers. This year’s awards ceremony will take place for the first time at the amazing Diagonal 00 tower, the new Telefonica R&D Catalunya headquarters.Last year’s edition received over 600 submissions, and this year the number could be even higher due to the great growth the app market has seen, the tremendous success of the iPhone 4, the rise of Android phones and the arrival of tablets (we mean the proper arrival).AppCircus at the Mobile Premier AwardsParticipation in the MPAs is free to any entrepreneur, company or developer with a mobile app. The nominated apps include a selection of the AppCircus Categories and the winners of last year’s AppCircus events.AppCircus is a series of traveling shows focused on mobile apps and is produced by dotopen as well.This traveling showcase is very dynamic, dotopen’s Rudy de Waele told us. “In 2010 we have done over 30 events globally between September and December. In 2011 we plan to do between 50 and 100 events globally,” he said.You still have a chance to pitch your application at the MPAs: the deadline to submit an app is Jan. 15. Read more information here.center_img miguel galera What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Basecamp Gets an Official Mobile Web App

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Prominent online project management service Basecamp has launched a free mobile web app, built in HTML5 and custom designed for users on a multitude of different handsets. It’s attractive, easy to use and hopefully a model that will be followed by 37Signals on its other apps like Backpack.Loading basecamphq.com on your mobile device will take you to the new version automatically. Makers of the several 3rd party Basecamp mobile apps, who were probably making a fair sum on their software, are unlikely to be pleased. I’m excited to use it though. I really hope it supports Backpack soon.The company says the web app will work on the following devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Incredible, HTC Evo, Palm Pre 2, BlackBerry Torch, and any device running iOS 4+, Android 2.1+, webOS 2, or BlackBerry 6. Related Posts last_img read more

Betting racket busted, NCP leader held in Pune

first_imgThe city police on Wednesday arrested five persons, including a leader from the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), for operating a betting racket in Pune’s Nigdi area.Javed Shaikh, a NCP corporator from Akurdi, was among the few in his party to withstand the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) juggernaut which swept the cash-rich Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) in the civic polls held in February this year.Betting on TNPL matchesAccording to the Nigdi police, Mr. Shaikh (47), along with Navin Mittal (43), Rakesh Mehta (37), Pravin Pawar (36) and Zakir Shaikh (29) were said to have been running a betting operation from a building in Chikhali, betting on matches in the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).In a morning raid, the police retrieved betting articles amounting to Rs. 2.77 lakh including Rs. 53,000 in cash.“Acting on a tip-off, we raided a flat in Mittal Building in Chikhali and seized a number of betting paraphernalia including mobile phones, a laptop, a betting register used by the accused during the course of their operation. We have booked them under relevant sections of the Bombay Prevention of Gambling Act, 1887,” said senior police inspector Vijakumar Palsule, remarking that further investigations were on to ascertain the scope of the racket.Arrested in 2009 for extortionThis is not the first time that the NCP leader has courted trouble. Mr. Shaikh, known as a party strongman in the PCMC area, was arrested in 2009 by the Nigdi police in an extortion case.He weathered the BJP storm this year to be elected for the third consecutive time from the Akurdi panel, defeating the Shiv Sena’s Maruti Bhapkar (once a prominent Aam Aadmi Party leader) by a formidable margin.The BJP won a landslide in the Pune civic polls, snaring 77 of the 128 seats to break the NCP’s long domination of the PCMC with Mr. Shaikh being one among only 35 corporators from his party to get a mandate.last_img read more

Lyceum completes first round sweep with Mapua rout

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Schooling slams critics after SEA Games golden double SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum asserted its dominance in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 97-74 decimation of Mapua to complete the first round sweep Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez anchored the Pirates with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in their ninth straight win to remain unbeaten after the first round.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Wilson Baltazar also notched 12 markers built on two triples.Coach Topex Robinson said that as gratifying as the 9-0 run was, the battle is only halfway done as it braces for the tougher duels in the second round.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“As much as it’s ok, we still have nine more games to play and we have lots of things that we should work on, especially on our turnovers because it is still a problem for us,” he said.With Perez leading the charge, the Pirates jumped to a commanding 22-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, extending the lead to its biggest at 32, 78-46, with 1:49 left in the third period. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Read Next That early pullaway allowed Lyceum to distribute minutes among its third stringers, with Jeffrey Santos and Spencer Pretta pouring nine points each in the victory.“We’ll take this win,” said Robinson after the Pirates finally played the Cardinals in a game which has been postponed twice due to inclement weather.“It’s nice to come off a long break with a win. We made the most of the time that has been given to us. It’s a time for us to work on some things, time for the players to reflect on the first few games that we played. We know we still have a lot of room for improvement if we want to be one of the elite teams in the NCAA.”Christian Buñag topped Mapua (1-7) with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while JB Raflores had 16 markers and eight boards in the defeat.To add to the Cardinals’ woes Kim Magboo hurt his knee late in the first quarter leaving Atoy Co with only eight players at his disposal in the tiff against the top seed.ADVERTISEMENT The Scores:LYCEUM 97 – Perez 18, Baltazar 12, Santos 9, Pretta 9, Tansingco 8, Jv. Marcelino 8, Nzeusseu 6, Jc. Marcelino 6, Ayaay 5, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 3, Caduyac 2, Sinco 2, Serrano 1.MAPUA 74 – Buñag 17, Raflores 16, Nieles 13, Gabo 10, Aguirre 8, Victoria 4, Orquina 4, Magboo 2, Jimenez 0.Quarters: 22-8, 52-34, 80-51, 97-74. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Longest, darkest lunar eclipse of the century

first_imgA partial lunar eclipse that was observed in New Delhi on Thursday. A total lunar eclipse as seen in Manila, Philippines.The moon’s bright white glow turned crimson brick red when it delved into the dark centre of the Earth’s shadow during the century’s longest and darkest lunar eclipse. The awesome spectacle of the moon being eclipsed was visible all over the country, including the national Capital.The full moon appeared much dimmer than usual, but sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere gave the lunar surface a deep reddish hue.”This was the century’s longest and darkest total lunar eclipse as the moon immersed deeply inside the umbral (darker) shadow of the Earth,” Nehru Planetarium Director N. Rathnasree said.The total phase of the eclipse lasted 100 minutes. The last eclipse to exceed this duration was in July 2000.The next such eclipse will take place in 2141.”The penumbral lunar eclipse began at 22:54:34 IST and will end at 04:30:45 IST,” Rathnasree said. The total lunar eclipse began at 00:52:30 IST and ended at 02:32:42 IST.As the earth came in between the sun and the moon, its shadow first began sweeping across the moon blocking out much of its bright light and as the shadow descended gently, the moon’s face turned red.A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth in course of its orbit around the Sun, comes between the moon and sun in such a way that moon is hidden in the shadow cast by the Earth.”This can occur only when the sun, earth, and moon are aligned in a straight line,” C.B. Devgun from Science Popularisation Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) said.advertisement”People living in eastern Africa, the Middle East, central Asia and western Australia were able to watch the entire eclipse, from beginning to end,” Arvind Paranjpye, scientific officer of Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, said.”Thursday’s eclipse is also one of the darkest due to the ashes thrown into the Earth’s atmosphere by the recent eruption of Iceland’s most active volcano, Grimsvotn,” he said. An all night lunar eclipse ‘Moon Carnival’ was celebrated by sky enthusiasts in the Capital.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp insists he’s counting on Lallana

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists he’s counting on Lallanaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he’s counting on Adam Lallana this season.The midfielder has been linked with a move away this month.Klopp said, “Adam is actually in outstanding shape – I said it a few times maybe, but it’s unbelievable in training. So we have to say it was close in the last game: ‘Do we start him or not?’ and stuff like this. “It’s really, really good and it’s like always in life, if you learn from your experiences… you cannot learn too much from being injured and stuff like that, but how is your mood? Adam is a player who always wants to play. He would play four games a day if possible just from his desire to play football. “He is really, I would say in the moment, in the best moment since I know him, just like as a person he is fantastic. He will have a big part of our season I am really sure and that’s cool. But in training everything is good, when he came on everything was good so far, so now he is ready to take these little steps.” last_img read more

Jared Leto Named As WWF Ambassador

first_imgAcademy Award-winning actor, musician and director Jared Leto is now a WWF global ambassador.Video: Jared Leto Becomes WWF Global AmbassadorIn this role, Leto will work with WWF to raise awareness of the most urgent, critical issues facing our planet.Leto recently traveled to South Africa with WWF to learn first-hand about wildlife crime and specifically the rhino poaching crisis and WWF’s efforts to save rhino populations on two continents.“My latest adventure in South Africa was as mind-blowing as always,” Leto said. “Being that close to majestic creatures like rhinos and elephants reminds me of the deep connection and important responsibility we have to protect and shepherd these fragile species and their habitats.“I’m committed and passionate about doing all I can to help ensure that these endangered animals survive, and will continue to encourage others to get into action as well. We must join together and protect these powerful yet extremely vulnerable animals from all the senseless slaughter and double our efforts to restore their populations across Africa and Asia. It can and—with a focused global effort—will be done. I’m honored to join with WWF and the global conservation community and do my part. I hope you will too.”While in South Africa, Leto joined WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project veterinarian Dr. Jacques Flamand and other biologists and scientists with the andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve to tag and collar three southern white rhinos as part of a translocation program. Later this year, those three rhinos and roughly 100 others will be moved from high poaching areas to undisclosed locations to help with breeding efforts.

During his trip, Leto presented wildlife rangers with notecards written by children from across the United States with words of thanks and encouragement for their brave role in safeguarding wildlife.

WWF works to protect existing rhino populations and their habitat, partners with communities and governments to create policies that encourage local people to protect rhinos, and leads campaigns in Asia to reduce demand for rhino horn. As a result, several rhino species have begun to recover, including both white and black rhino numbers in South Africa.

”The world needs to wake up to the fact that we’re losing rhinos, elephants and other critically important species, said Carter Roberts, president and CEO of WWF-US. “Their recovery lies in our hands. We need strong voices that can mobilize the efforts of many and I’m grateful to Jared Leto for lending his reputation and passion to the cause.”last_img read more