Insider Trading: Man City to rival Spanish giants for Pogba, and Liverpool flop heading back to Italy?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, rounds up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip.He brings us the latest on Manchester City’s pursuit of Europe’s hottest property: Paul Pogba. Can they tempt the Juventus star away from Real Madrid and Barcelona?According to some reports, the Premier League runners-up made an enquiry over the weekend with a view to an £83m bid for the Frenchman. The futures of two City strikers – Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko – are also uncertain, with the former reportedly being lined up by Inter Milan.And will Mario Balotelli be offered a route out of his Liverpool nightmare by Serie A side Sampdoria?Here’s some of the top transfer rumours from talkSPORT.com:Barcelona to fight Chelsea and Manchester City to land £5million Brazilian wonderkidMan City and Bayern Munich to move for Liverpool and Tottenham target Marc BartraManchester United target Roberto Firmino IS moving to England, confirms Hoffenheim star’s agentZlatan Ibrahimovic to hold PSG talks as Arsenal linked with stunning swoopTottenham set to miss out on transfer target Imbula as Inter Milan close on £15m dealEverton open talks with Augsburg defender Ragnar KlavanInter Milan ready bid for Manchester City forward Stevan JoveticSerie A side Sampdoria considering move for Liverpool star Mario BalotelliDanish star set to rule out Liverpool or West Ham move with £7m switch to TurkeyPaul Pogba latest: Juventus boss admits Man City target for sale at the right priceLiverpool transfer news: Tevez to sign? Plus deal for brilliant midfielder and defender latestReal Madrid enter battle for Chelsea and Man City target Mauro Icardilast_img read more

Research Finds Text-Messaging Improves Children’s Spelling Skills

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Teens’ text-messaging habits are legion. They send thousands upon thousands of texts per month, and every once in a while, some unfortunate parents make the headlines when they get a bill in the mail for thousands upon thousands of dollars in texting charges. The increasing use of text-messaging by teens – and increasingly often, by younger children – has given some people cause for concern. They argue that the abbreviations used in texting are detrimental to literacy development. Spelling, grammar, phrasing – these are all somehow poised to suffer, critics of texting contend, because of the use of shortened words and sentences. Soon, they predict, students’ essays will be filled with LOLs and L8Rs.But a new study from Coventry University finds no evidence that having access to mobile phones harms children’s literacy skills. In fact, the research suggests that texting abbreviations or “textisms” may actually aid reading, writing and spelling skills.The research, set to be published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning next month, examined the impact of text-messaging on 9- and 10-year-olds. The study recruited 114 children for the study, none of whom had previously used a mobile phone. Half of the group were given access to a mobile phone. Better Spelling Through Texting?Based on a series of reading and spelling tests, researchers found a “significant contribution of textism use to the children’s spelling development during the study.” The study made it clear that it wasn’t the access to the phone per se, or even the text-messaging as much as specifically the use of textisms that aided the development. The reason, writes Dr. Clare Wood, one of the authors of the study, “is partly explained by the highly phonetic nature of the textisms that are popular within this age group, as the phonological and alphabetic awareness that is required for the construction and decoding of these textisms also underpin successful reading development.”It’s also possible, the researchers add, that textisms add value because they are “another way in which students are exposed to print outside of school.” And while sure, it’s not the same as having students exposed to “great works of literature” on the weekends, it looks like texting is a good influence nonetheless. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#NYT#web center_img audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Police take dog into custody

first_imgA dog was taken into police custody after two persons claiming to be its owners failed to settle the ownership dispute, the police said here.A resident of the Civil Lines area claimed that his dog, which had been missing for two months, was spotted on his neighbour’s roof on Thursday. He claimed that he had brought the labrador from Bareilly on Diwali. However, the neighbour claimed that the dog belonged to him. The police were called when the two failed to resolve the matter between them. The police took the dog into custody. Police station in-charge Devesh Kumar Singh said: “The dog is in police custody. The pet will be handed over to the real owner after a probe.”last_img

D’Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert lead Nets to Game 1 stunner over 76ers

first_imgBrooklyn Nets’ Caris LeVert, right, dunks the ball as Philadelphia 76ers’ Tobias Harris, left, defends during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — D’Angelo Russell rang up a scoring burst that helped Brooklyn dial up an upset and filled Philly’s home court with a barrage of boos.All-Star Ben Simmons wants to put the fans on mute — and the Sixers could stand to silence their cellphones.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sixers benchwarmer Amir Johnson was caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and scrolling through his phone late in the fourth quarter and the Sixers down big. Johnson showed All-Star Joel Embiid whatever message was on the phone and then slid it into his warmup pants pocket.Embiid said Johnson received an update on a sick daughter. Sixers coach Brett Brown called Johnson’s actions “completely unacceptable.”So was Philadelphia’s performance.Jimmy Butler scored 36 points and saved the Sixers, widely considered a favorite to at least reach the East semis, from losing by 25. Embiid slogged his way through 24 forgettable minutes on his bum left knee. Simmons was a postseason dud against Russell, his high school teammate.The sixth-seeded Nets turned Philly in the city of 20,000 boos — and that’s just counting the ones echoing throughout the Wells Fargo Center — as they phoned in one of their worst efforts of the season.Sixers starters Simmons, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick combined to shoot 11 of 31 from the floor for 18 points. The Sixers missed 22 of 25 3-pointers.“We all got to do a better job. Us. The fans. We have to bring the fun,” Embiid said.Poised for a postseason breakthrough, Russell flourished and hit a string of jumpers in the third that never let the Sixers seriously chip away at the lead. LeVert’s third 3 in the fourth made it a 16-point game and there was no looking back — at least not for Russell as he raised his arms in celebration as he headed down the tunnel into Brooklyn’s locker room.“I trust our offense. We got great minds behind it,” Russell said. “Coach set us up earlier this season with a routine and recipe for the offense and it’s been flowing ever since.”Embiid was introduced to a roaring standing ovation and heard chants of “MVP!” and “Trust the Process” when he opened the game with two free throws. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I think earlier in the season, especially when we were struggling, we’d lose games like that,” coach Kenny Atkinson said.Not in April.Russell, LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie gave the Sixers fits off the dribble, buried open looks from 3-point range (11 of 26) and smoked a Sixers team that resembled one straight out of the early Process era.Russell got the first win of his playoff career and the last laugh, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and leading the Nets to one of the biggest wins since they moved to Brooklyn. It came days after Los Angeles Lakers executive Magic Johnson, who dumped Russell on the Nets, resigned. Russell, who scored 19 points in the second half, can safely scroll through his phone to see his Nets are trending.The 76ers might want to keep their phones on lock.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “If you’re going to boo, then stay on that side,” Simmons said.Russell flashed some postseason magic, playing like the All-Star leader Brooklyn needed with 26 points, and Caris LeVert scored 23 to lead the Nets to an impressive 111-102 win Saturday over the 76ers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’ve got the right pieces to keep it going,” Russell said.Check out this update on a mobile device: A Nets team that got hot late just to make the playoffs has the upper hand on the road over a 51-win team stocked with stars. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “We think he’s the right leader to take us where we need to go in the playoffs,” Harris said. “I’m focused on the Brooklyn Nets.”UP NEXTGame 2 is Monday in Philadelphia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DJ Augustin has 25, hits winning 3, Magic beat Raptors Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting But he just wasn’t ready to play at an All-Star level for any serious length of time. He was hit with a technical when he shoved Jared Dudley to the ground and went back to the locker room for more treatment with about 3 minutes left in the first half. He scored 22 points — including 12 free throws — and had 15 rebounds.Butler kept the Sixers in the game with a sensational first half that showed why the franchise surrendered so much to land the four-time All-Star. He buried a 3 at the horn to send the Sixers into the break down 62-54. He was 6 of 10 and scored 23 points while the rest of the Sixers shot 10 of 38 for 31 points.Embiid has always fancied himself a 3-point shooter, and with tendinitis in his left knee that cost him most of the final month of the season rendering him immobile, he decided to camp out a bit more beyond the arc. He missed all five 3s in the half — and the Sixers missed their first 11.“I thought that Joel looked like he hadn’t played for a while yet was still dominant,” Brown said.With or without a healthy Embiid, the Nets were about unstoppable for much of the half with the Sixers clearly not ready to play. Dinwiddie and DeMarre Carroll hit consecutive 3s during a 12-0 run. LeVert hit two straight 3s for a 14-point lead and the Sixers — who had been the darlings of the city during the Process — were soundly booed off the court by 20,000 fans ticked off at a supposed East contender.TIP-INSNets: C Jarrett Allen was whistled for fouls on Philadelphia’s first two possessions.76ers: Butler and Tobias Harris are both eligible for free agency and could stick around after they were acquired in mid-season trades. Team owner Josh Harris said both players could be re-signed. “It’s really hard to get good players of their caliber. Now that we’ve attracted them into our system, we’re going to work really hard at keeping them around for a while,” Harris said.VOTE OF CONFIDENCE?Harris said Brown was a “great coach” but offered no assurance he would return to the bench for another season if the Sixers failed to make a deep run in the playoffs. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Leo Austria puts positive spin on Terrence Romeo’s outburst: ‘He’s a warrior, he wants to win’

first_imgRomeo received two quick technical fouls for berating a referee in the fourth quarter of the Beermen’s 108-101 Game 2 win Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in a scene where the combo guard seemed uncontrollable.Austria said Romeo felt that the Hotshots were too aggressive on the defensive end but still managed to get away with a few physical hits that triggered Romeo’s ire toward the game officials leading to his ejection with 6:23 left to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: Beermen have ‘nothing but praise’ for Terrence Romeo“I think he feels that he was on the receiving end of excessive fouls, I think that’s what happened,” said Austria in Filipino. “Prior to the technical, there was a prior incident where a foul wasn’t called.” “But I like the kid because he wants to win,” said Austria of Romeo. “He’s a warrior, that’s a sign that he doesn’t want to be stepped on. But still, this is a basketball game, sometimes someone will get ahead of you sometimes not.”“He should be mature already but slowly he’ll get there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “They [the Hotshots] kept bugging him and there were no fouls, and then when he does that he gets called with a foul in an instant.”San Miguel governor Robert Non tried to pacify Romeo, who finished with 13 points and three fouls in 20 minutes of play, but his efforts fell on deaf ears.READ: Finals first-timer Terrence Romeo ‘serious’ about mulling retirement if Beermen wins titleAlex Cabagnot and the other Beermen then took a shot at calming down Romeo but they too failed to control their teammate.Austria, though, found a silver lining in Romeo’s outbursts.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Marcio Lassiter gets confidence boost after strong Game 2 showing MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel head coach Leo Austria believes emotions just got the best of Terrence Romeo in his outburst in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup finals.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton: Dunk return key to Everton win

first_imgBrighton boss Hughton: Dunk return key to Everton winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton was happy to have Lewis Dunk back for their 1-0 win over Everton.Dunk returned to keep a clean sheet alongside Shane Duffy in the heart of defence, and Hughton was pleased to see the pair rekindle their successful partnership.“It’s important because they know each other very well, and that’s not taking anything away from Leon Balogun, who’s played well in the last few games for us.“But they’re a partnership that know each other very well, and they had to deal with a fair bit of pressure towards the end of the game.“It’s been a good year for us. We’re on the back of two really good performances, both at home against two very good teams.“That puts us in good stead, but we now go through a difficult away game on Wednesday and we’ll have to show a lot of what we’ve showed over the last two games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoPerez: Everton more likely to buy Propper than Ajax

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Perez: Everton more likely to buy Propper than Ajaxby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax striker Kenneth Perez could see his old club being interested in Brighton midfielder Davy Propper.However, Perez says Ajax would not have the spending power to convince Brighton to sell.”Do you really think they could just pick up a boy like that?” quizzed Perez on FOX Sports.”He played one year in the Premier League at Brighton (in fact two years). He did very well.”What would Brighton not ask for him?”He had a good year at Brighton. There is a good chance that another English club would also be interested. For example, Everton laughs and pays thirty, forty, fifty million euros for a domestic transfer.” last_img read more

Local Celebrities Called to be IBI Ambassadors

first_imgThe Governor-General’s “I Believe” Initiative (IBI) is pulling out all the stops to encourage Jamaicans to believe in themselves. With the support of newly designated “I Believe” Ambassadors Yohan “The Beast” Blake, reggae superstar Patrick “Tony Rebel” Barrett and Love 101’s popular broadcaster Nadine Blair, ‘fixing what is wrong with Jamaica’ by using ‘what is right with Jamaica’ is becoming more of a reality. Their ambassadorial roles were made official during a pinning ceremony held on May 1 at King’s House. His Excellency The Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen expressed his pleasure at the induction of these three personalities in the group of “I Believe” Ambassadors: “It evokes all sorts of positive emotions to have these three outstanding Jamaicans as mentors in the “I Believe” Initiative. Wherever they go and whatever they do, they will lift the IBI’s mantra. Yes! We can fix Jamaica. They, like so many others, are what is right with Jamaica.” The Governor-General said that the new ambassadors exhibited many of the core values governing the IBI, such as self confidence and the belief that they can contribute to national transformation. He was certain that they would be excellent representatives of the programme. Other influential and inspirational Jamaicans, including renowned chef and entrepreneur Levi Roots, author and researcher Glenford Smith, and international motivational coach and best-selling author Alvin Day, recently accepted invitations to represent the initiative. Day’s collaboration led to the birth of county-based “I Believe I Can Fly” motivational seminars for awakening the hunger for positive change in the people of Jamaica. The IBI Ambassadors now total 21, and include a cadre of young professionals who continue to willingly volunteer their time and talents in the activities pursued by the programme. The “I Believe” Initiative focuses on three pillars: youth, family and education and operates on the mantra that “there is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed by using what is right with Jamaica.” For further information contact: Office of The Governor-General Tel: 927-6424/9276425 Ext: 2033last_img read more

Partial list of attacks on transit drivers Assaults often during fare disputes

first_imgWINNIPEG – Winnipeg Transit is proposing a pilot project to test safety barriers for bus drivers following the fatal stabbing of one of its employees last winter. A city council committee is to consider the recommendation along with other ideas to improve safety. Union leaders across the country have voiced concern for years about attacks on transit drivers.Here’s a partial list of some bus driver assaults:August 2016: A video posted online appears to show a Winnipeg driver fighting back after being spat upon over a fare dispute. The driver leaps from his seat, pursues a man outside and attempts to tackle him. The man, who is later charged with assault, attempts to grab the back of the driver’s head and knocks off his sunglasses. A union spokesman says there needs to be a different way to collect money from passengers.August 2015: A bus driver in Delta, B.C., is hit in the face with bear spray by a man who boards without paying. The man runs off and threatens to spray a citizen who gives chase. A suspect is arrested 14 months later on the SkyTrain and found with drugs, an extendable baton, a butterfly knife and a set of brass knuckles. He is charged with various weapons offences.February 2011: A bus driver in Burnaby, B.C., is sucker-punched by a passenger who is angry that he has been told not to board through the back door. Charles Dixon’s face is shattered and will require multiple surgeries to insert a plate and screws. He also suffers a concussion, nerve damage and cognitive problems. Del Louie later pleads guilty to assault. A provincial court judge cites Louie’s troubled childhood and aboriginal ancestry and spares him jail time. She sentences him to an 18-month conditional sentence in a rehab facility.December 2009: Bus driver Tom Bregg is viciously beaten during morning rush hour in Edmonton. A drunken man who did not want to pay the $2.50 fare hits the driver repeatedly, drags him off the bus and stomps on his face more than a dozen times. Bregg suffers brain injuries and loses an eye. Gary Mattson later pleads guilty to aggravated assault and is deemed a dangerous offender. In February 2015, federal legislation called Bregg’s Law is passed to allow more severe penalties for attacks on bus, taxi and limo drivers.August 2008: A woman on Toronto public transit starts screaming at a female bus driver and attacks her with a hammer. The woman is believed to be angry because the driver did not pull over at her stop. The driver needs care in hospital for her injured and swollen hands. A 23-year-old woman faces six charges, including assault and assault with a weapon.March 2006: A lone and drunken passenger realizes he has missed his stop and starts swearing and yelling at Winnipeg driver Murray Tarvis. The passenger becomes increasingly agitated as the bus returns downtown. The driver twice calls for security. The man charges Tarvis, pulls him out of his seat and punches him in the face, breaking his glasses. Rick Ganton pleads guilty to assault and mischief and is sentenced to 26 months in prison.last_img read more

Delays at Sturgeon Refinery add to Alberta heavy oil price discount woes

first_imgHe says the refinery contains some 7,000 pieces of equipment and getting them all to operate in concert is taking more time than expected, with the latest setback involving a heat exchanger that was apparently damaged during installation.Sturgeon, the first new refinery built in Alberta in more than 30 years, was completed 12 months ago and has since been producing diesel from synthetic crude upgraded at an Alberta oilsands mine.MacGregor says the refinery is benefiting as high discounts on prices on stranded Alberta heavy oil have also begun to affect light oil and synthetic oil, leading to its feedstock costing as much as US$30 per barrel less than usual.He says the refinery is currently producing between 35,000 and 40,000 barrels per day of diesel.“I think we’re going to be running on bitumen by the end of the year,” he said in an interview.“It will take a while to come up to full capacity because as we put bitumen into it, we’ll find other problems.” The refinery is a joint venture of North West Refining and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which is to provide 25 percent of its bitumen feedstock. The rest is to come from the government-owned Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission. CALGARY, A.B. – A new refinery touted as part of the solution to Alberta’s oversupply of heavy oil likely won’t begin processing oilsands bitumen until year-end, several months later than expected.That means 80,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen that would have been delivered to the $9.7-billion Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton is instead joining the queue to be placed on overcrowded pipelines leaving the province.Ian MacGregor, CEO of co-owner North West Refining, Inc., says multiple equipment failures have prevented the startup of the part of the refinery designed to break down heavy, sticky bitumen into an upgraded oil that can then be converted into consumer products.last_img read more