Sneijder completes Nice signing after medical

first_imgNice, France | AFP | Wesley Sneijder completed his free transfer to Nice on Monday as the Ligue 1 club secured yet another star name.Following the signing of France international Hatem Ben Arfa two years ago and Italian bad boy Mario Balotelli last season, unfashionable Nice have done it again to secure the services of another marquee signing.“Nice can count a third Champions League winner in our squad after Dante and Mario Balotelli,” said the club.“Having arrived on the Cote d’Azur on Sunday night, Wesley Sneijder is an Eaglet after passing Monday’s medical exam.”Nice have made a habit of securing eye-catching acquisitions with Brazilian Dante, who won the Champions League with Bayern Munich in 2013, and Moroccan playmaker Younes Belhanda both joining last summer. Belhanda was on a year-long loan and returned to Dynamo Kiev at the end of last season before moving on to Galatasaray, to replace the departing Sneijder.The Dutchman, his country’s all-time record caps holder with 131, won the Champions League alongside Balotelli under Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan in 2010.He is Nice’s fifth summer recruit, although they have also seen a few players leave with more still coveted by richer clubs.The 33-year-old Snejider has won league titles in four different countries having started his career at Ajax and moved on to Real Madrid, before joining Inter and then Galatasaray.His signing is a huge boost for Nice, who finished third last year and face a two-legged play-off with Napoli later this month to earn qualification for the Champions League group stages.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Rahul Dravid reveals how taking commerce over science led to a career in cricket!

first_imgImage Courtesy: IANSAdvertisement ty3rNBA Finals | Brooklyn VscmcqWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3qwc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3szznlWould you ever consider trying this?😱r3tCan your students do this? 🌚j17Roller skating! Powered by Firework Assessing risk is a pretty tough task in sports, even in cricket, taking decision under a critical point in a match can completely change the outcome of the game. Every great name in the gentleman’s game have been famous for taking such risks in some point of their career, which has often rewarded them in the long run. Former Team India stalwart Rahul Dravid, who is revered for the calm and composed attitude he maintained on the 22 yards, spoke about one important decision back during his academic days that was very impactful for his career.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANSOn Sunday, Dravid teamed up with retired Indian badminton icon and former world no. 1 Prakash Padukone and Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra for the talk show ‘Staying Ahead of the Curve – The Power of Trust’ organised by the Padukone – Dravid Centre For Sports Excellence located in Bengaluru.Joined by the host Mr. Nandan Kamath, the three icons of the Indian sporting fraternity had discussion on various topics ranging from the current novel Coronavirus pandemic to how the lock down might affect the performance and fitness of sportspersons.Advertisement Speaking about the precautionary measures that are necessary during the ongoing virus crisis, the trio were asked about the importance of ‘risk assessment’ in sports. Dravid, who was famous for his defensive and sound approach towards cricket, spoke on how critical decisions impact on a player’s career.“There are certain stages in your career when you need to be able to take certain risks, take certain decisions that probably go against the grain of conventional thinking, if you really want to be a successful sportsman,” Dravid said during the live session.Advertisement Recalling his academic years, there was a certain point of time when Dravid was up against a critical decision to make.He continued, “I got out of 10th standard with an opportunity to get into any of the engineering colleges in Bangalore. They had good cricket teams at that time as well and quite keen to get me to join one of them.”However, the young Dravid took the risk of opting for commerce instead of engineering, so he could invest more time in cricket.“I kinda realised that I would not be able to pursue sports seriously or to the level that I wanted to if I picked up engineering, it would have been a lot more complicated for me at least personally. So, I went with commerce,” the 47 year old added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Virat Kohli reveals origins of his ‘maniac’ mentality to fellow skipper Sunil ChhetriDale Steyn reveals umpire Ian Gould’s fear for his safety influenced decision to give Tendulkar not out Advertisementlast_img read more

New Public Space to Open at Deep Cut Gardens

first_img“The Deep Cut Gardens Master Plan was updated in 2014 and consensus on the parking lot expansion location, maintenance area location and conversion of the Gardener’s Cottage to public use was achieved as a result,” said Ostrowski. The park, a former estate, is located on Red Hill Road and is filled with beautiful flowers, trees, ponds and wildlife. The scenic views at Deep Cut Gardens attract people from inside and outside of the local area. “I like the park. It’s good for exercise, it’s good to destress,” said William. The couple said they also love to walk the trails and sit by the pond. A patio may be installedin front of the cottage aswell, but Ostrowski said thecottage and its new designwill be the next project afterthe maintenance building iscompleted. Future plans for the cottage have not yet been finalized. However, ideas for the three-story building include office spaces on the third floor, with the first floor used as a welcome area or program area, said Robin Ostrowski, principal landscape architect for the Monmouth County Park System. Current staff operations are conducted in the white and green Gardener’s Cottage at the front entrance of the park. Once staff operations move to the new maintenance building, outside the public area of the park, the cottage will open for public use. MIDDLETOWN — Deep Cut Gardens will see renovations in the coming weeks as part of a sequence of upgrades outlined in the park’s master plan. The new building will be located east of the pole barn, according to the Monmouth County Park System states, screening it from Red Hill Road. It will have a tan exterior with a brown roof, matching the storage pole barn already at the site. On a warm Friday afternoon Aug. 30, William and Anabel Arzola traveled to Middletown from their home in Perth Amboy to enjoy the park, as they do at least once a week. By Allison Perrine Any stormwater from theroof will collect and divert toa dry well where it will filterinto the ground. Gravel willalso be used to minimizestormwater runoff. Keyport residents Kelly Rosman and her 6-year-old niece Emma Matarese were also walking through the park that Friday afternoon. Emma said she likes seeing the flowers and hummingbirds when she visits Deep Cut Gardens. Work is set to begin thisfall and will conclude inspring 2020. A $1 million contract was approved in August by the county recreation commissioners for a new maintenance building as well as employee facilities and staff parking. “We enjoy the fish pond, the big koi, and the big trees that you can actually go under and relax,” said Rosman.last_img read more

A’s notes: Brett Anderson progresses, Mark Canha starts at first base

first_imgOAKLAND — Pitcher Brett Anderson said he felt good as he went through his simulated game Saturday morning and depending on how his arm responds in the next 24 hours, could start at some point on the A’s six-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Baltimore.Anderson threw three simulated innings, 15 pitches each inning — working quite a bit on his breaking ball — at the Coliseum and came out of it in a positive frame of mind. Anderson has been on the disabled list since Aug. 28 with a strained …last_img read more

Now Facebook Can Beam Targeted Ads At You Wherever You Are

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Ads#Facebook#Facebook Audience Network Facebook’s own advertising network is finally here. Today at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, the company announced the social network is officially launching a way for developers and publishers to distribute Facebook ads in third-party applications.Called the Facebook Audience Network, the ad network will use Facebook data to target users with personalized advertisements across a wide range range of non-Facebook apps. These ads will be similar to the targeted commercial messages they already see on the social network itself; now they’ll just be everywhere.Facebook began testing an ad network in January with a handful of partners, and is rolling it out to developers and publishers today.News of Facebook’s ad network leaked last week, although Facebook played them down at the time. Just last week COO Sheryl Sandberg claimed the company was in “very early testing for a mobile ad network.”A Booming Ad BusinessFacebook’s mobile advertising business is on a tear—it now accounts for almost 60 percent of the company’s overall ad revenue. And even as Facebook’s user growth has plateaued in countries like the U.S. and Canada, advertising revenues continue to climb.A large chunk of that revenue comes from app install ads—advertisements that prompt users to download an application right from an advertisement. Those ads have been so successful for Facebook, other companies like Twitter and Yahoo are following suit. The Facebook Audience Network will compete with Google’s AdMob advertising network that places targeted Google ads on third-party sites and apps. But Facebook’s advantage is that the social network has a much richer trove of personal information and can provide advertisers with better-targeted advertisements.A Boon For DevelopersMany developers are already building apps using Facebook developer tools. Parse, the backend-as-a-service startup Facebook acquired last year, makes it easier for developers to build multi-platform applications. Facebook Login, a tool that allows users to login to applications and websites with their Facebook information, powers more than half of total social logins online, according to a report from social analytics firm Gigya.Many developers are looking forward to creating and distributing Facebook-powered ads.“A lot of users use Facebook Login, and if developers can leverage that information and complete the loop using Facebook to source the personal information from that person, and leverage that to connect with ads for Facebook, that can be extremely powerful,” Ashish Toshniwal, CEO of Y Media Labs, told ReadWrite in an interview.Facebook Audience Network will allow developers to bring all their app-building strategies under one roof, giving Facebook the power to help build, manage, and monetize apps each step of the way. With Facebook Login, developers already have some idea of the demographic data behind their users. With targeted advertising, those app users will see more relevant ads as they go from app to app.Image courtesy of Selena Larson for ReadWrite selena larson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

London Olympics: Bigger test ahead for Men’s hockey team

first_imgIndia coach Michael Nobbs piloted the hockey team’s return to Olympics in February this year and he now embarks upon another challenge to gauge the level of preparation of his wards for the London Games.The Indian men’s team leaves for London on Friday to participate in the four-nation Olympic test event which has three of the world’s top outfits, including Australia.With Australia, Great Britain and Germany in the fray, India’s chances do look bleak but the eight- time Olympic champions could not have asked for a better opportunity to test their strength ahead of the Olympics.The matches will be played on bluecoloured pitches at the Riverbank Arena in London from May 2 to 6 and although India would have done better to get accustomed to the nature of the new turfs, Nobbs believes there’s still time for the team to make adjustments.”Preparations have been as expected and as planned. The Olympic test event will be an opportunity for us to play on the blue pitches although the other participating teams have been practising on them for the last six months,” Nobbs told Mail Today on Thursday.The Indian team was to practice on the blue- coloured pitches in Jalandhar but the Sports Authority of India (SAI) couldn’t get it ready in time.However, playing against some of the best teams in the world and in the same venue which will host the hockey matches in Olympics would serve as an ideal opportunity.”David John (team physio) and I have been planning everything for the last eight months and the results have been very positive. The fitness of the players has been improving. Now the question is how good we are and the test event will tell us that,” said Nobbs.advertisement”We have got nothing to lose as compared to the other teams who would be expected to do better. But of course, that doesn’t mean we will take it easy and allow us to be driven by those teams.”The level of competition would be high with Australia, which probably will win the gold at the Olympics, and then the other two teams will fight it out for the next two spots.”Over the past few months, Nobbs has been rotating and experimenting players at various positions and has not shied away from taking some hard decisions which saw the ageing Rajpal Singh and Arjun Halappa being kept out of the Olympic qualifiers.However, he justified his decision after the Indian team qualified for the Olympics.The test event will again see India rotating the players and Nobbs hopes to iron out the deficiencies. India have rested Ignace Tirkey, who played a pivotal role in the midfield during the qualifiers, for the tournament and Nobbs does not want to put too much pressure on the 30- year- old’s body.”Ignace is not getting younger and we didn’t want him to be overworked. He will be back for the Azlan Shah tournament which will be another important tournament for us.”last_img read more

YM Efficiency Suffered Heavy Rolling Before Losing Boxes

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Australian Transport Safety Bureau The Liberian-flagged container ship YM Efficiency lost 81 containers overboard and suffered structural damage in gale-force weather conditions.The incident also resulted in damage to a further 62 containers and damage to the ship’s gangway, superstructure and lashing bridges.The 4,250 TEU vessel was on its way from Kaohsiung, Taiwan to Port Botany in Australia, when it was hit by severe weather conditions on June 1, according to a report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).While it was in a position about 16 nautical miles east-south-east of Newcastle, the ship experienced a period of quick, heavy rolling for about 60 to 90 seconds. The rolling was estimated by the ship’s master as having reached angles of up to 30º to port and starboard.Shortly after the start of the rolling, several engineering alarms sounded and the main engine shut down with the rpm reducing to zero.The second officer reported hearing loud noises on deck and suspected that there had been some cargo damage. He turned on the ship’s deck lights and observed that containers had been damaged and possibly lost overboard from the bays aft of the accommodation.Soon after, the main engine was re-started and the engine telegraph on the bridge was placed at ‘dead slow ahead’ and then, almost immediately, placed at ‘stop’ again. The ship continued to drift in the gale force winds and seas for some two hours, when the main engine was started and the ship resumed passage for Port Botany.In the morning, the ship’s crew conducted more detailed damage assessments and attempted to stabilise the damaged and collapsed containers on deck. The container loss and damage was found to be limited to bays 52 and 56.Over the next few days, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), along with Roads and Maritime Services, NSW, continued to work with the ship’s owners and insurers to detect, identify and track containers and their contents on the NSW coast.YM Efficiency eventually berthed in Port Botany on June 6 and over the next days it underwent a number of investigations. On June 11, the first damaged container was discharged and by June 21, all remaining damaged containers had been removed. YM Efficiency departed Port Botany for Melbourne on June 22.ATSB launched an investigation to analyse the ship’s container stow and lashing arrangement, its stability condition, actions of the ship’s officers and crew following the incident and weather conditions at the time of the incident.last_img read more

Ban on grizzly bear hunt regulatory changes takes effect April 1

first_imgVICTORIA – A ban on hunting grizzly bears in British Columbia comes into effect next month, along with a number of regulatory changes.The NDP government says taxidermists and tanners will be required to report information about any grizzly bears or parts brought to them as of April 1 to help enforce the hunting ban or face a $230 fine.The province announced the ban in December to protect the roughly 15,000 grizzlies in the province — a move that was welcome by environmental groups.The government previously said roughly 250 grizzlies were killed annually by non-First Nations hunters.Hunters will now be required to carry all their species licences during hunting trips, including cancelled licences, and show them to conservation officers as requested.The province says the changes to the Wildlife Act also increases the amount of edible meat hunters can collect from big game by including neck and rib meat.Requirements to remove edible portions of an animal, which previously pertained to types of deer, moose, elk, sheep and goat, has been expanded to include cougars as well.last_img read more

TD CEO says bank would consider cannabis sector financings once legal

first_imgTORONTO – TD Bank would consider participating in cannabis sector financings after recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada later this year, said its chief executive Thursday.Bharat Masrani said to reporters after their annual meeting of shareholders that the Toronto-based bank views the federal legalization of pot for adult use as an “important data point.”Any potential cannabis client would be assessed on its merits but the bank would have to ensure that it did not have a presence in the U.S., where marijuana remains illegal on a federal level, he said.“If it’s against the law, we will not of course be in that business. In Canada, it’s changing, and we will look at it greater detail,” Masrani said. “And where appropriate, we will see what we can do for some of our clients.”The bank is continuing to study the industry to determine what are the key risks that the bank has to mitigate, he said.Canada’s largest banks had largely steered clear of the country’s cannabis sector until January, when Bank of Montreal co-led a $175 million bought deal financing for licensed producer Canopy Growth.Canopy, Canada’s largest licensed producer, does not have any exposure to the U.S. market.While cannabis for recreational or medical use is legal in several states, such as California and Colorado, it is classified as an illegal schedule 1 drug under U.S. federal law.As Canada prepares for national legalization of the drug, the Trump administration is taking a harder line on cannabis than its predecessor.In January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo which suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where the drug is legal. Instead, Sessions said it would be up to federal prosecutors in states where the drug is legal to decide how aggressively to enforce the law.last_img read more

Syndicate involved in fake visa racket busted two held

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Tuesday said that they have busted a syndicate, who sent people abroad on fake UAE employment visa, from IGI airport. The law enforcement agency has arrested two agents who were involved in 17 cases of fake UAE visa racket.The investigating agency said that one of the accused used to ‘sell’ visa through announcement on the street of Kaptanganj in Uttar Pradesh. Police identified the accused as Javed Ali (46) and Manoj Kumar Sharma (46). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said that in the year 2017, total 17 FIRs were registered on the complaints filed by immigration officials wherein it is alleged that on April 8, 2017, total 17 passengers were deported from Dubai Airport (UAE) as all were found using fake UAE employment visa. “Immigration officials got verified the alleged 17 employment visa from UAE Embassy in India and they were found fake,” said DCP IGI. He further said that during investigation, it was found that alleged 17 visa were provided to them by Javed Ali for a considerable amount of Rs one lakh from each passengers. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice said that accused Javed Ali was advertising for easy UAE employment visa through Public Address System in local city Kaptanganj, Uttar Pradesh and induced the public at large. On April 17, police team nabbed him from village Babhnauli. “He used to shout “visa le lo” on the corner of the street,” added investigator. The investigating agency further added that Ali in connivance of his two accomplices, named Prince Yadav and Manoj Kumar Sharma, provided fake visa to 17 persons, all residents of his neighbourhood villages in UP. During the course of the investigation, bank account details were obtained and eventually accused Manoj Kumar Sharma has also been arrested. The search of co-accused Prince Yadav is being made. Investigation revealed accused Prince was the one who prepared and printed the fake Visa in these cases. Shops being used for running fake racket According to investigators, the fraudsters involved in such type of racket are running the racket in the garb of shops.”In cases, we have found that property dealing shops used for crime,” said investigator. They further added that these gangs select those places where people want to go abroad for a job. After opening a common shop in the locality they also tell people about their visa activity when they visit accused place. “Rates for the preparation fake documents also changes,” said police officer adding that most of the gangs run on four to five people.last_img read more