Arsenal make offer to Belgium star Yannick Carrasco

first_imgArsenal have made an offer to Carrasco (Picture: Getty)‘Also on the field, where I had to take my responsibility and the team had to bear. But my wish now is to return.’While Emery is targeting a busy summer, the Arsenal boss will have limited transfer funds to work with.Arsenal have just under £50million to spend and Emery is considering offloading several first-team stars to raise further funds.MORE: Arsenal submit enquiry for €15m-rated Eibar playmaker Joan Jordan Comment Coral BarryFriday 7 Jun 2019 8:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Carrasco has asked Dalian Yifang to let him leave this summer (Picture: Getty)On struggling to adapt to life in China, he added: ‘From a family point of view, I would rather play in Europe and stay closer to my family.‘The adjustment for my family was also difficult over there.‘I have become a lot more mature and have learned a lot. Carrasco admitted he wants to leave China (Picture: Getty)Yannick Carrasco is reportedly close to a switch to Arsenal after receiving an offer to join the Londoners.Arsenal were interested in the former Atletico Madrid star in January, but decided instead to bring Denis Suarez to the club on loan from Barcelona.With Suarez sent back to Barcelona after a dismal loan spell, Unai Emery is keen to resurrect a deal for Carrasco.The Belgium international is ready to end his time in China and Arsenal have tabled an offer for his services, according to Sport.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Arsenal make offer to Belgium star Yannick Carrasco Arsenal were interested in Carrasco in January (Picture: Getty)The switch is thought to be close, as Carrasco has made it clear he wants to return to playing in Europe.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There is now an offer on the table and the negotiations with my agent are progressing well,’ he said.‘I am the most important player in the club, but I hope the chairman understands me.’MORE: How Sampdoria duo Dennis Praet and Joachim Andersen can solve two of Unai Emery’s biggest issues at Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Police “ought not” to have entered Parliament – Top cop

first_img…says chambers still safe…despite “Santa”, singing woman breachesDays after approximately one dozen ranks of the Guyana Police Force had barged into the Parliament Chambers to remove Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill, acting Police Commission David Ramnarine has stated that the ranks “ought not” to have been in the Chambers.In a statement on the recent events at Parliament, which has raised securityThe woman who invaded the National Assembly dressed as Santaconcerns among Parliamentarians, the acting Top Cop assured that security around the Public Buildings remains intact.In an attempt to physically remove Edghill from the Parliament Chambers, several of his colleague Opposition MPs were assaulted by the Policemen. A huge scuffle subsequently ensued between the ranks and the Opposition Parliamentarians, during which a few of the latter, including former Education and Human Services Minister Priya Manickchand, were punched and manhandled by male officers. Other female MPs were also manhandled.The ranks were then removed from the Chambers and, to date, it is unclear who had summoned the members of the GPF into the Chambers. Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, during a press conference on MondayThe undercover cops in the National Assembly on Wednesdayevening, denied calling in the police to remove the Opposition Parliamentarian.Moreover, the acting Top Cop has posited that while the presence of the Police ranks in the Chambers should not have happened, important lessons have been learnt from the incident.“(The) Police’s presence in the Chambers of Parliament, which ought not to have occurred, but it did, and important lessons have been learnt from such an unfortunate situation,” he noted.Ramnarine went onto say, “It would be good for as to contemplate that, in certainThe singing woman being escorted out of the Parliament Chambers by securitycircumstances, necessity knows no law.”Cops at media deskThis incident was followed by the presence of two plainclothes ranks sitting among journalists at the media desk in the Parliament Chambers on Wednesday. Their presence caused much anxiety not only amongst reporters, but parliamentarians as well.The acting Police Commissioner pointed out that those officers who found themselves “enjoying elite company” gave the distinct impression that the Police had not learnt anything from the previous incident, whereby a female dressed as Santa Claus invaded the Chambers while Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo was making his contribution to the 2018 Budget Debates on last Friday.According to the Top Cop, the action of the two ranks further aggravated concerns of security breaches at Parliament.He said “…the two young plainclothes Policemen were not properly nor thoroughly briefed, and also did not follow the specific instructions given; for if they had, they would not have found themselves in the Chambers of Parliament.”To this end, the seniors of these two ranks have been “admonished and reprimanded,” Ramnarine said.Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs, had told reporters on Wednesday that permission was given to have two undercover officers from the Special Branch along with two uniformed female officers in the public gallery at every Sitting of the House. However, he noted that in addition to the officers not being permitted to sit at the press table, they were also improperly attired.Santa invasionMeanwhile, in regard to the Santa invasion incident, Ramnarine opined that it was nothing “more than just a prank”. He explained that the incident could not have been a security breach when enquires have found that the woman’s entry, regardless in whatever shape or form, was authorised.It was reported that the female is the personal assistant of a Government Minister.Singing womanFurthermore, the acting Top Cop asserted that Thursday’s incident, in which an attendee in the Chamber began singing immediately after the House Speaker announced the lunch break, was really nothing near a security breach, since the woman in question was permitted to enter the Public Viewing Gallery by security officials of Parliament Office Security.The woman, who gave her name as Natalie McLennan, was seated in the Parliamentary Chambers behind the Government Ministers. After Speaker Dr Barton Scotland had ended the morning’s session of consideration of the budget estimates, the woman started to sing “God is watching us”. She was immediately escorted out of the Chambers by security. The echo of her voice could be heard as she continued to sing the said song while being escorted out.Nevertheless, Ramnarine said the Police Force, in collaboration with Senior colleagues in Sister Services, has reviewed and enhanced security arrangements in and around Parliament, and is satisfied that the security of Parliament in these times is assured.However, he noted that law enforcement officials sometimes find themselves between a rock and a hard place; and in those situations, they have to contemplate, in a matter of seconds, the ‘dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t’ philosophy of preventive policing.last_img read more

Sharks’ GM considering a different approach at trade deadline this year

first_imgSAN JOSE — Doug Wilson might take a different approach to the trade deadline this winter.Over the last few years, the Sharks general manager has scoffed at the idea of pursuing high-profile rentals at the deadline, insisting he would only look for deals that work “for now and into the future.” But with the Sharks in clear win-now mode, Wilson acknowledged that he’s more inclined to add an impact player before the Feb. 25 trade deadline if his team needs an extra push down the stretch.“The …last_img read more

Brain Is Faster Than the Blink of an Eye

first_imgYou blink about every 4-6 seconds, says David Burr in Current Biology,1 adding to over 17,000 blinks a day.  Each time the world goes black for 100 to 150 milliseconds, as the eyelids attenuate the light a hundredfold.   Why don’t we see the world like a flickering movie?  We generally perceive an uninterrupted stream of visual information.  It turns out that there is a synchronized interlock between the blink response and the visual cortex of the brain, such that the brain temporarily suppresses vision during each blink.    To find this out, a team of scientists in London, also publishing in Current Biology,2 repeated a 25-year-old ingenious experiment, but this time added functional MRI imaging on the brain.  They made the retina see continuous light by shining it up the palate of test subjects wearing lightproof goggles, then watched how the brain reacted during blinks, even though the light seen by the retina (through the mouth) was continuous.  Sure enough, the brain anticipated each blink by suppressing the visual cortex during the blink.  This means that we don’t see the dark; when we blink, the brain just skips the interruption.  See also the summary on EurekAlert.1David Burr, “Vision: In the Blink of an Eye,” Current Biology, Vol 15, R554-R556, 26 July 2005.2Bristow et al., “Blinking Suppresses the Neural Response to Unchanging Retinal Stimulation,” Current Biology, Vol 15, 1296-1300, 26 July 2005.While this feat was evolving, we wonder if it was like the early fighter planes trying to shoot machine guns through the propeller.  Until engineers figured out how to synchronize the firing between the propeller blades, how many test pilots shot themselves down?  (Uh, whoops….)  How many cheetahs in a full gallop had to learn to coordinate their attacks when the lights were on, till they got frustrated and sent their brains back to Tinker Bell’s workshop for an upgrade?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South African families give back on Mandela Day

first_imgSouth Africans will celebrate Mandela Dayby giving back and helping others.(Image: Nelson Mandela Institute)MEDIA CONTACTS• Mihlali KhumaloNelson Mandela Institute+27 73 469 7349RELATED ARTICLES• Mandela: a remarkable 92 years• World celebrates Mandela Day• Mandela Day now a global event• Mandela’s legacyNosimilo RamelaFamilies across South Africa are gearing up to embrace the spirit of Mandela Day on 18 July and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.Primary school pupil Thomas Kedge, from Hyde Park in northern Johannesburg, says he’s very excited about it. He has collected a pile of toys and books to donate to underprivileged children in Orange Farm, one of the largest informal settlements in the country, situated 45km south of the city centre.“I’ve asked all my friends and cousins to give us toys and books they don’t use anymore. My parents and I will be going to Orange Farm, where we will be giving them out to the children there on Mandela Day. I will play cricket and soccer with the young children like myself, and read them some of my favourite story books.”The Kedge family plans to spend the entire day in Orange Farm. Thomas’s mother, Katherine, has been tasked with making hot dogs and baking biscuits to share with the community.“We’ve been collecting blankets, toys and books over the last two months because we really want to do something as a family to honour Mandela’s special day,” she says. “It’s also a way to teach our children about giving back and interacting with South Africans from different communities who may not be as fortunate as they are.”Sixty-seven minutes for humanityThe 18th July is the birthday of former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who is turning 92 this year.It’s also a date that’s now recognised in South Africa and around the world, following the UN’s 2009 decision to declare it “Nelson Mandela International Day”.This declaration encourages everyone to take 67 minutes to help change the world around them, using whatever abilities they have. The time frame represents the number of years that Mandela spent fighting for the rights of humanity.Nthabiseng Sithole and her family, from Midrand in Johannesburg, will spend their 67 minutes helping refurbish an orphanage in Tembisa township, east of the city.“I wish we could do so much more, but with the little that we have we will be changing the lives of the people around us,” she says. “We will be taking our paintbrushes, brooms and mops and go there to help the orphanage and the young people who live in the township. We will also be donating our old book shelves, clothes, bed linen and paintings for the kids’ rooms.”Art from the heartNthabiseng says her three children have been hard at work painting pictures to take to the orphanage.Thabiso, one of her sons, says: “I feel bad that these children don’t have parents and their own homes, and own room like me. I am drawing them nice pictures that will make them smile and feel special and loved. Mandela has always said things that make people feel strong and give them hope, so I am writing special messages on the paintings to give the children hope too.”Thabiso’s little sister, Lerato, says she will be donating her dolls and teddy bears to the little girls at the orphanage. “I still love some of my dolls – they make me happy and comfort me when I’m sad or scared. But I am going to give some of them to the other children so they too can have something to make them feel safe. I want to give up something close to me and make someone happy on Mandela Day because Mandela has spent his life living for us and we are happy today.”Caring for the carersSikhumbuzo Ngwenya, from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, says he will be going with a group of close friends to a hospice in Umlazi, in the east of the province, to relieve the workers there for a day.“We admire the people who spend their lives caring for the terminally ill in their last days. That is a true sacrifice – the true spirit of Mandela Day. We are going there to take over their duties for the day, so they can just relax and enjoy a braai and some good music.”Ngwenya says his group will take their own braai stands and music systems to Umlazi to throw a small party for the caregivers and the patients. “Not only do we want to give the caregivers a day off, we want the patients to have a fun day too, so they can laugh and relax, and just forget about their pain and solitude for a little while,” he says.The South African government has also endorsed Mandela Day and urged all citizens to make a difference on that date: “We once again call on all sectors of our society to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to help the needy, poor and vulnerable members of our communities,” says President Jacob Zumalast_img read more

Free Podcasts on Building Topics

first_imgWhen Corbett Lunsford got out of the music business and took up building diagnostics and consulting, he learned that old hands in the industry weren’t always interested in sharing their trade secrets. They were, in fact, “a little bit cranky” when Lunsford came calling.So the Chicago-based Lunsford vowed that when he became more established, he’d share what he knew with anyone who was interested — for free.The result is a series called The Building Performance Podcast. To date, Lunsford has produced 58 podcasts ranging from 15 minutes to 45 minutes in length. You can listen to them online or download them as MP3 files.The podcasts are a sideline for Lunsford, the managing director and trainer of the Green Dream Group, a company which he started with his wife, Grace Lunsford, in 2008. About 60% of his time goes to Green Dream, which performs building diagnostics, and about 40% to the Building Performance Workshop, which trains others.Lunsford produces all of the podcasts himself, recording them “guerrilla style” with his iPhone. He says there are about 2,000 downloads per episode.The podcasts also have become a learning tool as Lunsford tracks down and interview experts on topics he’d like to learn more about it. In that sense, he says, the podcasts are a little selfish.Lunsford, a HERS and Passive House Institute U.S. rater, is also author of a book, Home Performance Diagnostics: The Guide to Advanced Testing.last_img read more

13 days agoWest Ham midfielder Rice: Moyes right with past rollicking

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Rice: Moyes right with past rollickingby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Declan Rice says a past rollicking from former manager David Moyes was deserved.Moyes was questioned for pointing the finger at the rookie after his mistake against Arsenal opened the floodgates to a 4-1 defeat in 2018.”You know what, he was right to hammer me,” said Rice. “I ducked for the ball and it’s gone in the back of the net. It was one of my early league starts [his 10th] and he absolutely grilled me in front of the lads.”I just sat there and took it but looking back on it now I think you need those moments, something to make you realise you have to get better. You can’t be thinking after a few games that you’re in.”You are going to get hit with something, and when I made that mistake against Arsenal it was kind of a reality check.”It was tough when Moyesy was grilling me in the dressing room, it hurt. But it was the right thing to do because I needed to be told.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Toronto stocks up on final day of a difficult year for the

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher on the final day of trading of what has been a difficult year for stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 7.53 points at 14,229.53.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 114.15 points at 23,176.55. The S&P 500 index was up 2.89 points at 2,488.63, while the Nasdaq composite was down 0.87 of a point at 6,583.65.The Canadian dollar traded for 73.29 cents US compared with an average of 73.32 cents US on Friday.The February crude contract was down 33 cents at US$45.00 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 23.1 cents at US$3.07 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down 40 cents at US$1,282.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 4.35 cents at US$2.64 a pound.last_img read more

Second Rotary Mega Lottery Early Bird Draw winner announced

first_imgRicky Kok, of Fort St. John, was the winner for the $5,000 draw.The final draw for the Mega Lottery is on January 12, 2019.For tickets and further information, you can visit https://rotarymegalottery.org/ FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Rotary Club has drawn another winner for the Rotary Mega Lottery early bird draw at the Northern Grand Hotel on Thursday.This Early Bird Draw was the second of two draws, with the first one taking place on October 25.Rotary Club members had the honour of drawing the ticket.last_img read more

58% ads eye women only, 35% target both genders

first_imgMumbai: Marketers in India are missing potential opportunities to reach out to men in the categories where both genders are equal decision makers, according to a Kantar report. It revealed the disconnect between consumer and business opinions of gender portrayals in advertising. The AdReaction report noted that 58 percent ads on air target women exclusively, and only 35 percent are targeted towards both genders. While the clear majority of marketers globally (more than 75 percent) think they are avoiding gender stereotypes, 76 percent of female consumers and 71 percent of male consumers believe that the way they’re portrayed in advertising is completely out of touch, it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt noted that globally, gender-balanced brands drive greater brand value while brands that skew towards men tend to underperform and are valued on average $9 billion less, while only one in three brands achieve this balance in India. In the wake of the ‘MeToo’ movement, the industry globally claims they are actively designing for both genders and representing them in a progressive context. But less female marketers are convinced with the way theyre portraying men in the advertisements, it said. It observed that getting the gender placement right is important, especially from a digital and static perspective because it can be used as a targeting and optimisation variable in these channels. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt also noted that new information has the highest receptivity in India, more than 50 percent men and women become more positive towards the ads that have new information. This is closely followed by humour which has a critical role to play in improving the ad receptivity with both genders. “The report highlights that the bulk of ads in India are targeted at women; but marketers appear to be targeting them led more by stereotypes. Gender targeting should not be an either or decision and we need to challenge these outdated assumptions. From a portrayals perspective, more emphases need to be made towards aspirational and authoritative roles. The industry as a whole needs to be more aware than ever that things need to change, said Vishikh Talwar-managing director- Kantar Millward Brown, South Asia.last_img read more