Nearly twice as many Irish travelled to UK for bankruptcy proceedings in

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF Irish residents who relocated to England in 2012 for the purpose of declaring themselves bankrupt was nearly double the year before.Figures from StubbsGazette have shown that 129 people travelled in 2012, compared to just 69 in 2011.As the year progressed, however, the rate at which people travelled began to decrease, with figures for Q1 of 2012 showing an increase of 131 per cent on Q1 of 2011, whereas the increase in Q4 of 2012 as compared to the same time period in 2011 was just 39 per cent.Just 35 people were declared bankrupt in Ireland in 2012, less than a third of those who travelled to the UK.The managing director of StubbsGazette, James Treacy, said that the upcoming changes to bankruptcy procedures in Ireland – which includes the discharge period being reduced from 12 years to three years – “may stem the minor tide of Irish people seeking bankruptcy in the UK.”It is certainly not practical for the vast majority of people considering the bankruptcy option especially if they have children who would have to be relocated in the UK with all the attendant headaches that entails.Personal insolvency estimatesA recent Red C survey carried out on behalf of StubbsGazette found that 6,900 people are likely to apply for bankruptcy in Ireland within the first year of personal insolvency legislation being introduced, an increase of nearly 20,000 per cent on the 35 that applied in 2012.Read: New insolvency regime may not help troubled mortgage holders – Troika >last_img read more

Quantum Phantom styles itself after Tony Starks computer

first_imgThere are a lot of things Tony Stark owns that you and I never will, but an ambitious developer named Ben Wu has been toiling away to bring a small taste of the Iron Man experience to Windows users.Wu’s Quantum Phantom allows him to use a webcam to draw on his Windows 7 computer’s monitor. The effect is very similar to what happens when you draw on something like a Wacom tablet with its pressure-sensitive stylus, and Wu demonstrates not only some fun scribbling in Tux Paint, but also a slightly more practical application with Windows 7’s built-in handwriting recognition panel to input characters into Microsoft Word.It might also sound a little bit like the many Kinect hacks we’ve seen, but it’s not quite as elegant. It’s clear that Wu is a very clever fellow and that he’s put a lot of time and effort into Quantum Phantom, but it’s a definite step backwards in terms of usability.Kinect — and several similar apps that have been demonstrated over the past few years like FluidTunes — can interpret our movements as input without requiring us to hold anything. Quantum Phantom is ultimately using a webcam more like a Logitech Air Mouse, and that defeats the purpose of a NUI. The system’s awkwardness is compounded by the fact that webcams like the one Wu uses are tethered to our computers by a USB cable, making wireless, accelerometer-powered solutions like the Air Mouse or a Wiimote better suited to this kind of interaction.Nevertheless, it’s great to see developers plugging away and creating new ways for us to interact with our computers. While we’re on that subject, does anybody else wish more had come of the OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator?More at Engadgetlast_img read more

Users report HTC One X suffers from death grip

first_imgBy all accounts, the HTC One X is a truly great Android phone in both hardware and software. After a few weeks of availability, however, some cracks are beginning to form in HTC’s newly rebuilt facade. Users are reporting that the HTC One X suffers from a “death grip” of sorts that indicates a Wi-Fi antenna defect.Users noticed that despite an all polycarbonate shell, the HTC One X was getting fairly mediocre Wi-Fi reception. All phones are different in that respect, but some are now claiming that this is the result of a clear hardware fault.Members of the famed modding community at XDA Forums suggest that One X users ought to test their devices as follows: Grab an app that can accurately measure your Wi-Fi signal in dBm, and hop on your nearest wireless network. Apply pressure on the back of the phone between the camera lens and the volume toggles. If the device is affected by this supposed defect, Wi-Fi signal will improve only to drop back down to middling levels when you release. I suppose this is more of a life grip, actually.There is a long history of the enthusiast community finding bizarre bugs, which are then ascribed to catchable hardware mistakes. Back in 2010 XDA members were busily tearing down Galaxy S phones to re-solder the GPS antenna, which had rather poor performance. Earlier that year people were complaining about the below-average signal reception on the Nexus One.The most prominent example of this pattern is obviously the iPhone 4 antennagate scandal. Owners became obsessed with the idea of a death grip after finding that signal strength could be reduced by touching the iPhone in a certain spot.I am not claiming that these are not problems. If everyone can agree that a phenomenon exists, and it can be demonstrated consistently, that is a bug. However, these are minor hardware problems in the grand scheme of things. If the One X Wi-Fi issue turns out to be real, I don’t expect to see droves of users sending the device back just because it gets mediocre Wi-Fi reception.HTC is looking into the reports, but XDA users are already making video tutorials on how to tear down the unibody device to screw around with the Wi-Fi antenna directly.via GottaBeMobilelast_img read more

Makedonas to headline Greek fest

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek singer Kostas Makedonas will perform for free at the 2014 Lonsdale St Festival, on Saturday 8 February. The popular singer will be accompanied on stage by Orchestra Emmetron and Katerina Eugenikou. Born and raised in Thessaloniki, Makedonas’ journey in music began at the age of 10 with classical guitar lessons and continued through his school years at the forefront of his school music performances. As a university student studying economics, he continued to perform in various musical settings throughout Thessaloniki. His debut album No Idea (Δεν Έχω Ιδέα) with music by St. Kraounakis and lyrics by L.Nikolakopoulou was released in 1988 and since then Makedonas has experienced a continuous upward trend in the music scene as one of the most sought after musicians, working with almost all the big names of Greek music. His collaborative efforts include names like Alkistis Protopsaltis, Eleni Vitali , Christos Nikolopoulos, Yannis Markopoulos , Mikis Theodorakis, George Zika , Mimis Plessas, Dimitra Galani , Manolis Mitsias , Aliki Vouyiouklaki , George Dalaras , Harris Alexiou , Marinella , Glykeria , Pantelis Thalassinos, and countless others. He has 12 solo albums and has collaborated in over 40 other artists’ albums. His debut performance in Australia will include some of his biggest hits and tributes to many of the great Greek composers. The 2014 Lonsdale St Festival will be held on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 February and is an initiative of the Greek Community of Melbourne. Kostas Makedonas will also be playing at the Enmore Theatre on Saturday 1 February. For tickets and information visit read more

Picard un microsatellite pour étudier lactivité solaire et son impact climatique

first_imgPicard : un micro-satellite pour étudier l’activité solaire et son impact climatiqueRussie – Le micro-satellite Picard doit être lancé ce mardi depuis le cosmodrome de Yasny en Russie. Il aura pour mission d’étudier les variations d’activité du Soleil et leur éventuel impact sur le climat de la Terre.Comme le souligne le Centre national français d’études spatiales (Cnes), “pour certains experts, plus de 80% du changement climatique actuel proviendrait des gaz à effet de serre et 10-20% du Soleil. Mais tout le monde n’est pas d’accord avec ces proportions”. C’est pour tenter de mieux comprendre l’influence de l’activité solaire sur le climat terrestre que le satellite Picard doit rejoindre cette après-midi son orbite.Conçu pour mesurer la vitesse de rotation du Soleil, sa puissance rayonnée, la présence de taches à sa surface ou encore sa forme et son diamètre, Picard recueillera des données précieuses qui permettront aux scientifiques d’évaluer l’éventuel impact de notre astre et ces cycles sur l’augmentation des températures terrestres. Ce micro-satellite d’un poids de 150 kilos porte le nom de l’astronome français Jean Picard qui, au XVIIe siècle, fut le premier à mesurer le diamètre du Soleil et sa relation avec l’activité solaire.Picard, qui devrait observer le Soleil pendant deux ou trois ans, doit être placé en orbite par un lanceur Dnepr à 725 kilomètres d’altitude, depuis le cosmodrome de Yasny, en Russie. Il embarquera trois instruments, Sodism, Premos et Sovap, qui permettront de mesurer les variations géométriques et énergétiques de l’étoile.Le 15 juin 2010 à 17:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Visite de lusine de la Hague que deviennent les déchets nucléaires

first_imgVisite de l’usine de la Hague : que deviennent les déchets nucléaires ? Il y a peu, un convoi de déchets nucléaires est parti de l’usine de la Hague d’Areva pour rejoindre l’Allemagne. Un voyage qui s’est avéré périlleux, chahuté par les anti-nucléaires qui s’étaient mobilisés pour l’occasion. Que transportait réellement ce convoi et que sont exactement ces déchets nucléaires ? Maxisciences est parti enquêter en Normandie au cœur du centre d’Areva.   C’est au nord-ouest de la pointe du Cotentin à 25 kilomètres de Cherbourg que s’étend le site de retraitement de combustibles usés de la Hague d’Areva. Mis en service en 1966, il s’étend sur quatre communes différentes dont celle de Beaumont-Hague et appartient aujourd’hui au paysage de la région. En approchant, on voit ainsi très rapidement se profiler les installations colorées du site où travaillent quelque 6.000 salariés.  “Le site de La Hague est le premier centre de ce type dans le monde. C’est ici qu’AREVA traite les combustibles usés venant des centrales françaises et étrangères. Car c’est bien du combustible que l’on traite et non des déchets comme on peut l’entendre parfois. Un déchet est une matière qui n’a plus d’option de réutilisation. Mais 96% du combustible que l’on reçoit est récupérable et recyclable”, nous explique Catherine Arguant, directrice de la communication de l’établissement Areva de La Hague. Aujourd’hui, 80% des combustibles que recycle Areva proviennent d’installations appartenant à EDF, les 20% restants sont issues de centrales étrangères, notamment allemandes et japonaises. Mais qu’il s’agisse d’installations étrangères ou françaises, le transport du combustible nucléaire nécessite bien entendu la plus extrême des sécurités. Celui-ci arrive ainsi à l’usine chargé dans des énormes “châteaux” pesant 110 tonnes, renforcé de toutes parts et fermé par un couvercle de près d’un mètre épaisseur. Une structure qui suffit pour bloquer efficacement la radioactivité qui émane du combustible. Le danger ne réapparait alors que lorsque le château est de nouveau ouvert. Mais cette opération délicate est effectuée dans une salle très particulière où aucun membre d’Areva n’entre. Cette salle est d’ailleurs unique en son genre puisqu’il s’agit de la seule cellule au monde de “déchargement à sec”, c’est-à-dire un déchargement qui laisse le combustible à l’air libre sans rien pour bloquer les radiations. Au vu du risque, tout se fait donc à distance. Les opérations sont supervisées et surveillées grâce aux écrans et consoles de la salle de conduite. De même, si les équipes doivent intervenir, elles le font depuis l’extérieur à l’aide de manettes et de sorte de bras articulés : elles observent alors tout à travers les vitres de verre traité au plomb d’1,20 mètre d’épaisseur. Les différentes parties du combustible séparéesC’est donc dans cette salle que le couvercle du château est retiré et que les barres de combustible en sont sorties délicatement avant d’être plongées dans des paniers sous l’eau. Un déchargement qui nécessite une journée entière. Une fois les combustibles immergés, les paniers sont transférés dans une piscine, dans l’ordre selon le calendrier, mais en étant toujours maintenus sous une eau à 35°C. Le panier et les 2 mètres d’eau fournissent alors une protection équivalente à celle du château, du moins jusqu’à ce que les barres soient récupérées pour être diviser. En effet, le combustible est composé de plusieurs parties qui vont avoir des destinées différentes : “il y a d’un côté de l’uranium (95%) et du plutonium (1%) qui sont recyclables en combustibles neufs URE (uranium ré-enrichi) et MOX (mélange de plutonium et d’uranium appauvri) et de l’autre côté, des produits de fission (4%) et des structures métalliques qui eux sont de réels déchets et ne peuvent être recyclés”, précise Catherine Argant. Pour que chaque partie soit traitée comme il se doit, elles vont donc être séparées les unes des autres à partir de la barre de combustible. La destinée de chacune va ensuite dépendre des exigences de l’électricien qui a passé le contrat avec Areva. C’est lui qui fait le choix du recyclage en fonction de ses besoins sachant que dans le monde, seuls 50 réacteurs sont autorisés à fonctionner avec de l’URE et 40 réacteurs avec du MOX. De toute façon, ce n’est pas l’usine de la Hague qui se charge de la production du combustible neuf, celle-ci se contente juste des premières étapes de traitement et c’est une autre usine d’Areva baptisée MELOX qui va poursuivre le travail. A la Hague, les opérations vont donc plutôt se concentrer sur les vrais déchets et là encore les deux types vont avoir une destinée différente.Les produits de fission sont la partie la plus radioactive du combustible, ils nécessitent donc bien plus d’attention. Et pour leur “transformation”, Areva a une recette secrète dont l’ingrédient majeur est… le verre. Les déchets issus du combustible sont donc fondus à 800°C puis mélanger à des frites de verre. Une mixture brassée et chauffée à 1.000°C avant d’être coulée dans un conteneur haut de 1,30 mètre et pesant 500 kilos. “Le verre est un conditionnement standardisé sûr et stable sur le long terme. Lorsque vous faites tomber du verre coloré, le verre se casse mais vous n’avez pas d’un côté le verre et de l’autre le colorant. Il reste piégé dans le verre quoi qu’il arrive. Ici, c’est pareil”, commente Catherine Argant.  Des déchets moins radioactifs et volumineux Quant aux déchets métalliques, moins dangereux, ceux-ci sont compactés mais sont comme les déchets vitrifiés insérés dans des conteneurs. Ceci permet de réduire de 5 fois le volume des déchets et de 10 fois leur radioactivité. Que deviennent-ils ensuite ? Qu’ils soient d’origine française ou étrangère, tous les conteneurs prennent une seule et même direction : le hall d’entreposage de 13.000 mètres cubes où ils vont être stockés pour refroidir durant au moins cinq ans. Lorsqu’ils sont façonnés, leur température atteint en effet en moyenne 3,4 kilowatts. Elle doit ainsi passer sous la barre des 2 kilowatts pour que les conteneurs puissent être transportés. Chaque “puits” du hall permet d’entreposer 9 cylindres les uns sur les autres qui sont bien entendu répertoriés minutieusement. Le convoi qui a récemment rejoint l’Allemagne transportait 160 tonnes de conteneurs de déchets vitrifiés renfermant 16 tonnes de produits de fission (coefficient de protection de 10) à une température qui avoisinait les 1,5 kilowatt. Ils étaient donc fin prêts pour retourner vers leur pays d’origine. Il s’agissait du dernier convoi de déchets vitrifiés prévu par le contrat signé avec l’Allemagne mais il reste encore un transport de déchets compactés à effectuer. Pour les conteneurs français en revanche, le chemin est beaucoup moins long puisqu’ils sont stockés sur le site même d’Areva dans l’attente qu’un lieu définitif soit décidé. Un “site de stockage géologique profond” que recherche actuellement l’Andra, agence nationale pour la gestion des déchets, et qui devrait être exploité à partir de 2025. Quel avenir pour la Hague au milieu du débat sur le nucléaire ?  Chaque année, l’usine d’Areva a la capacité de traiter 1.700 tonnes de combustibles usés grâce à ces deux unités de production construites dans les années 90 : UP2 et UP3, la première unité mise en service en 1967 étant maintenant en démantèlement. En 45 ans d’activité, le site a ainsi traité pas moins de 26.000 tonnes de déchets, notamment par l’intermédiaire des contrats signés avec plusieurs pays dès les années 1970. Mais plusieurs de ces accords sont aujourd’hui arrivés à échéance : seuls restent ceux signés avec les Pays-Bas, l’Italie et celui conclu avec EDF. À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylOr, il semble qu’Areva peine à en conclure de nouveau bien que le groupe affirme “être en négociations avec plusieurs pays”. Des difficultés en partie justifiées par l’accident survenu à la centrale de Fukushima qui a relancé le débat sur le nucléaire. Il y a peu, Yannick Rousselet, chargé de mission nucléaire de Greenpeace France expliquait également : “les électriciens ne veulent plus retraiter car les combustibles issus du retraitement fonctionnent mal et sont plus polluants”. “Des pays comme la Suisse et l’Allemagne ont en outre été très sensibles au fait que cette usine pollue énormément. Des radioéléments qui ne peuvent provenir que de cette activité se retrouvent jusqu’en Norvège et au Canada”, avait-il ajouté. Des accusations contredites par Areva qui assure être conforme aux normes françaises.Découvrez en images le centre de retraitement de La Hague sur Maxisciences Information exclusive. Toute reproduction interdite sans mention explicite du site Maxisciences.  Le 16 décembre 2011 à 14:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SPOILERS WWE Smackdown tapings for September 12

first_img The Miz WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Now Playing Up Next Triple H Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Videos Articles Google+ Videos Articlescenter_img WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Xavier Woods Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Facebook The following was taped on Tuesday night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.WWE Smackdown tapings for September 12, 2014:* WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos, Mark Henry and Big Show def. Goldust, Stardust, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.* Bo Dallas def. Justin Gabriel.* WWE Divas Champion Paige def. Summer Rae in a non-title match.* Mark Henry def. Rusev in an arm wrestling match.* WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler and R-Truth def. The Miz and Damien Sandow.* Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns def. Randy Orton and Seth Rollins.* Added to the Night of Champions PPV on 9/21: Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

Listing schedule for WWE Network for September 16 2014

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Google+ Pinterest WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Seth Rollins WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Facebook Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twittercenter_img WWE Network live-stream schedule for 9/16/14:9:00 am ET – Journey to SummerSlam: 8/19/14. Witness the journeys of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns – from their humble beginnings to the biggest event of the summer!10:00 am ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 12/1/09. A look at Jeff Hardy’s ascension as a singles Superstar with a backstage look at ‘The Enigmatic One’.11:00 am ET – Monday Night War: 9/9/14. Mick Foley’s unorthodox style makes him an unlikely success story and a unique weapon for WWE in their war with WCW.12:00 pm ET – Journey to SummerSlam: 8/19/14. Witness the journeys of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns – from their humble beginnings to the biggest event of the summer!1:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 12/1/09. A look at Jeff Hardy’s ascension as a singles Superstar with a backstage look at ‘The Enigmatic One’.2:00 pm ET – WWE Countdown: 6/30/14. Counting down the Top Ten Most Exciting Celebrity Twists ever in WWE History, as voted by the WWE Universe.3:00 pm ET – Monday Night War: 9/9/14. Mick Foley’s unorthodox style makes him an unlikely success story and a unique weapon for WWE in their war with WCW.4:00 pm ET – Monday Night War: 9/15/14. A controversial end to Bret Hart’s WWE career forever changes the fate of Monday Night Raw and Monday Nitro.5:00 pm ET – WWE Countdown: 9/15/14. Counting down the top ten moments from the Royal Rumble PPV events.6:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 7/25/11. The greatest Superstars of the 21st century profiles 15 superstars that dominated the ring for the first decade of the 2000s.7:30 pm ET – Slam City: 9/14/14. WWE Slam City is an animated show featuring a character The Finisher who fires all of the WWE Superstars which forces them to find day jobs.8:00 pm ET – WWE Main Event LIVE: 9/15/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.9:00 pm ET – Monday Night War: 9/15/14. A controversial end to Bret Hart’s WWE career forever changes the fate of Monday Night Raw and Monday Nitro.10:00 pm ET – WWE Countdown: 9/15/14. Counting down the top ten moments from the Royal Rumble PPV events.11:00 pm ET – WWE Main Event: 9/15/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action from the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles WWE Live returns to China this September, Will hold tryouts this July in Shanghai ROH announces Death Before Dishonor PPV and TV tapings for Las Vegas this September Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Natalya Opens Up About Her Reaction To Roman Reigns’ Cancer Battle Videos Articleslast_img read more

Battle Ground has changes for handling lost dogs

first_imgBattle Ground’s partnership with a local veterinarian’s office to house and look after lost dogs has ended, and city officials have a few options for city residents who come across a lost dog.City Manager Erin Erdman said the city had contracts with both the local vet’s office and the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, and brought impounded animals to the vet’s office because it was closer. She said the office notified the city in mid-August it didn’t want to renew the contract.The contract with the vet’s office cost the city $186.30 for each impounded dog brought in, according to the city’s 2019 fee schedule.“It was pretty hit and miss,” Erdman said. “There were periods of time where we didn’t have any, and periods of time where we’d have three or four in a week.“We just started talking to a couple of different organizations about somewhere we can take animals after hours and on weekends,” she said.Anyone who finds or takes in a lost dog can report it to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. The society’s website has a lost pet form, can also be brought to the Humane Society Shelter, 1100 N.E. 192nd Ave., Vancouver. Residents whose dog is lost or missing can report it to the Humane Society at the organization’s lost pet form, read more

Watfords bosses wanted to thank their supporters

first_imgThe team has a very successful English Premier League campaign and reached the FA Cup Final for the first time in history.The 2018-2019 campaign could be one for the record books for English Premier League side Watford.The team ended in the 11th position of the table with 50 points, just seven points away from European spots. The Hornets won 14 matches, drew eight, and lost in 16 occasions.And they also reached the FA Cup Final where they lost the title against Manchester City.But according to Gino Pozzo, and Scott Duxbury, Watford’s owner, and chairman, it was all thanks to the team’s supporters.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“To all Watford supporters around the world – and especially those 32,500 of our fans inside Wembley Stadium yesterday for the FA Cup Final – we offer our sincere thanks for your unwavering unity with the team, our coach, the players, and the club,” they wrote on the club’s official website.“It was humbling not just to witness a sea of flags accompanied by proud voices everywhere across our half of the stadium, but then to also look around the Royal Box and notice the applause being offered towards the actions of our supporters.”They added: “This moment truly served to put into context just how far we have come together as a football club. We said right back in 2012 that if we are together then we can achieve great things. We have – and we will continue to do so.”“The achievement of reaching an FA Cup Final and having a chance to compete for one of just three titles available to clubs inside the confines of this country should never be diminished by yesterday’s game itself or indeed the final scoreline.”“This is just the start of the club’s journey competing against the best. We may not always be able to be successful, like yesterday, but we will not go away and will return unbowed, with renewed vigor and determination, to improve on the feats of this season,” they concluded.last_img read more

Benfica fire Joao Felix transfer warning to Man United

first_imgChief executive Domingos Soares de Oliveira warned Manchester United that offers below €120m will not be accepted for Benfica star Joao Felix.The future of 19-year-old Felix is set to become one of the big sagas of the summer transfer window following his breakout campaign at Benfica.The Portuguese forward provided 15 goals and nine assists in 26 appearances to help Benfica win a 37th Primeira Liga title.Felix also became the Europa League’s youngest hat-trick scorer since Sergio Aguero in 2007 during Benfica’s quarter-final first leg against Eintracht Frankfurt last month.Now United, Manchester City and Juventus are expected to compete for the highly-rated Felix this summer.In fact, it’s been alleged that United are already plotting a €100m bid for the teenager.But De Oliveira made it clear to all interested clubs that unless Felix’s buy-out clause of €120m is met, then no offers will be entertained by Benfica.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The goal is to keep the squad. If someone hits 100 million for Felix, the intention is not to sell,” he told TVI24.“100 million is a lot of money, there has never been a player sold for that amount in Portugal, but the goal is to win on the pitch and we will do everything in that direction.“Today, if they do not meet 120 million, the player stays.”De Oliveira added: “I think the president still has the intention of reviewing, but on the other side there is the player, the entrepreneur, the family.“What we have to do is to anticipate, looking at the potential of the player, are try to persuade the other party.“There are talks and rumours, it is true that the biggest European clubs have interest, but no proposal has come to us.”Felix was named in Portugal’s 23-man squad for the UEFA Nations League on Thursday, despite having never played for the senior team.LISBON, PORTUGAL – APRIL 11: Joao Felix of Benfica celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg match between Benfica and Eintracht Frankfurt at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on April 11, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)last_img read more

Lewandowski believes Coutinho will give Bayern the edge

first_imgRobert Lewandowski believes the arrival of Philippe Coutinho at Bayern Munich could fire the team to domestic and European glory.According to Sport Bild, the Polish international seems to think the added dimension and skills that Brazillian Coutinho gives his side is a boost over both domestic and Champions League rivals.The Pole believes the midfielder has the ability to make the difference for his new side and particularly in the Champions LeagueLewandowski had publicly expressed concern that Munich was going to fall behind opponents on all fronts unless they invested in replacements for Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.The German Bundesliga Champions secured defensive acquisitions very early. With the signing of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard.While these were worthy signings, and bring world cup winning experience to the team. Lewandowski wanted more attacking signings. There closest league rivals, Borussia Dortmund were busy and efficient in the summer and Lewandowski questioned Bayerns credentials if something wasn’t done soon.He said:“Dortmund did a lot [in the summer window], they have a big squad.”But since the last couple of weeks transfer exploits by Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Hasan Salihamidzic. Lewandowski has a much more pragmatic outlook.He added:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But in the end it’s not about quantity, but about quality.”“From that point of view it’s clear to me that we have the players of higher quality.”He appears to be amazed by that quality in Philippe Coutinho.He added.“His [Coutinho’s] final ball is insane.”“He can be the key in important games, especially in the Champions League.”“He can give us that something special. It makes us more unpredictable [with Coutinho in the team], which makes us more dangerous.”MUNICH, GERMANY – AUGUST 20: Robert Lewandowski of FC Bayern Muenchen runs next to his team mate Philippe Coutinho during a training session at FC Bayern training ground Saebener Strasse on August 20, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)last_img read more

Puyol Messi cant wait to win a trophy with Argentina

first_imgBarcelona legend Carles Puyol is certain Lionel Messi remains as hungry as ever to win silverware for Argentina ahead of his comeback game.The 31-year-old forward’s Argentina future had been in doubt for nearly nine months following last summer’s World Cup last-16 exit to eventual winners France.Messi had since skipped the last four international breaks and refused to comment on his plans, despite the Argentine Football Association (AFA) repeatedly attempting to assure fans of his return.However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is now back in the international fold and Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni is expected to name him as a starter for tonight’s friendly against Venezuela.And Puyol is delighted his former Barcelona team-mate decided to not call it a day on his international career.“The fact Messi’s returned to the national team is great news for Argentina and for football lovers. The more matches we see from Messi, the better, because it’s a delight to watch him play,” said Puyol, according to Sport.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“It’s incredible how they much they live for football in Argentina. I understand how they might get angry with their team but they can’t place all the responsibility on Messi. For me, he’s the best player of all time but one person alone can’t win anything.”Messi has enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at Barcelona, where he’s won an incredible nine La Liga titles, six Copa del Reys and four Champions League crowns.Aside from an Olympic gold medal in 2008, though, Messi has never won a major tournament with Argentina after losing three Copa America finals and the 2014 World Cup final.Puyol added: “I believe that Leo plays with the same intensity for Argentina that he does with Barcelona.“I know how he feels about his national team, it’s everything, he can’t wait to win a trophy with the national team. The others need to help him out.”The Argentina and Venezuela friendly will take place at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).BARCELONA, SPAIN – JANUARY 27: Lionel Messi (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammate Carles Puyol after scoring his team’s second goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou on January 27, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)last_img read more

Ferdinand wants to end RonaldoMessi debate Theyre ridiculous talents

first_imgRio Ferdinand reckons it’s a blessing to live in the era of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who he believes have long since booked their spots as one of football’s all-time greats.The iconic duo have been the ruling forces in world football for over a decade now following record-breaking careers, which has seen them both collect five Ballon d’Ors and reach feats that were previously unimaginable.Although the long-held debate as to who is the best out of the pair has continued to generate many arguments among players, coaches, pundits, and even fans.Messi himself gave a very revealing interview on his relationship with Ronaldo at the end of last month, where he confessed that his respect towards the Portuguese and expressed his belief they both remain the world’s best.But Ferdinand, who was teammates with a young Ronaldo in his early days at Manchester United, believes people should stop comparing the pair and instead simply relish what they’re witnessing.“We are blessed that we are in the presence of these two amazing footballers and it doesn’t matter if you think one is better than the other at this stage,” the ex-defender told Goal.“They are both just ridiculous talents and what puts them so far ahead of everyone else is their mental strength. That area of their game never ceases to amaze me and separates them from everyone else. It is something I marvel at, definitely.“To consistently want to do what they have done at that level for so long is not something many people have and, when you throw in their talent, it’s an incredible combination.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The joy for us as viewers is watching this incredible battle between two great players who are clearly being driven on by the fact they are playing in the same era of the game.ROME, ITALY – MAY 27: Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Manchester United FC and Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)“If Ronaldo scores a hat-trick one night in the Champions League, you just know Messi will follow up the next night with a hat-trick of his own or some kind of crazy goal that only he can score.“It’s great TV and we should relish it. I think these two have definitely been driven on by each other and we have seen examples of how this works in other sports as well.“Rodger Federer and Rafael Nadal are examples of two incredible sporting talents that have had to go to the next level and the next level because they are pushing each other on.“It was the same when (John) McEnroe and (Bjorn) Borg were at the top of tennis. They have always had someone to compete with. Muhammad Ali with Joe Frazer and George Foreman pushing him is another example.“What Ronaldo and Messi are doing is just amazing, but I’m not surprised to see Cristiano at this level. From the moment we saw him at United, all of us in the dressing room said he was going to be the best player in the world and that is what he became.“What’s amazing with these two is they have not just been the best player in the world for one or two years, which was the norm up to this point. They have been the best players in the world for 10 and 12 years, which is ridiculous.”MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 23: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid greets Lionel Messi of Barcelona prior to the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 23, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)MADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 23: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid greets Lionel Messi of Barcelona prior to the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 23, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)last_img read more

Our fans are the worst Mame Diouf

first_imgThe Stoke City Senegalese footballer is not happy about the lack of support from the team’s fans in the English Championship.Stoke City is currently in the 16th position of the English Championship with only 52 points. The Potters have only won 11 matches, tied 19, and lost 12 times.And just yesterday, they lost a 2-0 advantage against Rotherham, to end up drawing 2-2 at the end.“They’ve loved me too much here. That’s why I’m sad about the current situation because Stoke means a lot to me,” Diouf told Goal.“English fans are demanding, but, frankly, our fans are the worst.”Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.He added: “They’re really passionate, but they don’t encourage the players. Even if you barely miss a pass, they tear you to shreds. It’s really hard.”Mame Diouf started his professional career in 2006 with Diaraf in Senegal, he moved the next year to Molde in Norway, before getting his big break in 2009 to play for Manchester United in the English Premier League He has also played for Blackburn Rovers, Hannover, and since 2014 for Stoke City.“I really tried, but I can’t do it,” he said about his change of position.“You take me to play as a striker and just after you stick me on the wing. What does that mean?”There are only four matches left in the 2018-2019 Championship season, as Stoke City is set to visit Middlesbrough and Millwall. Meanwhile, they will host Norwich City and Sheffield United.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho names Ronaldo Messis successors

first_imgJose Mourinho has named THREE candidates who could potentially succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi once they eventually retire.Replacing Ronaldo and Messi, who have dominated the football world for over a decade now, will be no easy task for any player – no matter who it is.The iconic duo have scored a combined total of 1,204 goals and provided 455 assists at club level. Five Ballon d’Ors each have also come their way in the last 11 years.But all good things must come to an end someday, with Ronaldo and Messi being no exception. The pair are now into their thirties and will surely have retirement on their minds at some point in the near future.In fact, Messi is unsure if he’ll still even be around for Argentina in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He will be 35 years old by the time the tournament begins in November that year.But Mourinho reckons there are already three potential players in Mohamed Salah, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar that could someday take over Ronaldo and Messi’s place as the world’s best.“[Salah, Mbappe and Neymar] are three strong names,” the ex-Manchester United boss told Eleven Sports.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Unequivocally three important names who are there waiting to see what happens to the monsters [Ronaldo and Messi].“The other day I was asked a question similar to yours and I said that it has to be a winner.“A golden boot, the best player in the world, has to be a winner. This thing with a lot of quality, a lot of talent, no titles, it doesn’t work.“Right now, if Juventus had won the Champions League, we were saying that Ronaldo will win the [Golden] ball.“If Barcelona had won the Champions League, they would have won the Spanish championship, now they’re going to the Copa America, the golden ball for Messi.“Because they’ve been removed from the European football championship, we’re already talking about who could win, because they can’t. That’s why I always say, always sustaining victories and important victories.”MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 08: Russian Matryoshka dolls of Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Lionel Messi of Argentina are seen in a souvenir souvenir shop ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on June 8, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)last_img read more

Rangers given Ryan Kent warning

first_imgSteven Gerrard is keen on signing Ryan Kent permanently from Liverpool but it appears that the youngster will not be allowed to leave this summer. Ryan Kent had an excellent loan spell with Rangers last season and went on to pick the SPFA Young Player of the Year award.After impressing so much at the Ibrox, Steven Gerrard is keen on signing the youngster on a permanent basis from Liverpool. However, it appears that the youngster will have a chance to feature for the Reds first team next season.Jurgen Klopp decided to field Ryan Kent in both of his team’s preseason games in which he impressed.And while Steven Gerrard is keen to sign the player, club legend, Sir Kenny Dalglish has warned his former player that he will have to be patient.“I’m sure Jurgen Klopp will try to be helpful to Steven Gerrard whenever he can,” Dalglish wrote in the Sunday Post.“We’ve seen that with the number of players who have made the journey from Anfield to Ibrox on loan since Steven became Light Blues manager.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But Jurgen’s priority is his own team. And, right now, Klopp needs Kent.“Liverpool’s pre-season is well under way, but they are still missing one or two players. So that’s why the likes of Kent and Harry Wilson have been getting a game.“If Kent impresses and really catches the eye of the manager, then he may well not be allowed to leave as Jurgen will see him as part of his first-team squad.“Alternatively, a big-money bid could come in for Ryan, and there would be a decision whether to sell or not.“We will just have to wait and see what happens. Rangers will need to be patient with this one.”And with Gerrard keen on challenging for the title next season, it is likely that the midfielder is not going to give up on the dream to sign Ryan Kent this summer.last_img read more

Official Rooney Signs for the Rams

first_imgWayne Rooney will join Phillip Cocu’s staff at Derby County as a player-coach.As we brought you earlier at Wayne Rooney was back in England discussing a potential move back from the USA.According to Sky Sports and Derby County Football Clubs official website, the discussions are over.The deal signed, sealed and delivered.Rooney will join up with his new club in January.He has put pen to paper on an 18-month deal.The agreement will see him continue in a playing capacity but also become an integral part of manager Phillip Cocu’s backroom staff.Rooney himself said:“I am sure I can make a big contribution and can’t wait to meet everyone, especially the supporters.”He will complete the MLS season, which will be over no later than November.This will give him ample time to recuperate from a full season at DC United. Then be ready to help his new club complete their push for promotion back to the Premier League.wayne rooney, harry kane, englandReport: Rooney talks Engalnd Kane and Guardiola George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Wayne Rooney has spoken of his England record, Harry Kane smashing it and Pep Guardiola for England.In an interview on his Wayne Rooney podcast…He went on to say:“I am very excited about the opportunity that Derby have provided me with. ”“I am looking forward to joining Phillip Cocu, his coaching staff, and the first-team squad from the start of January.”Cocu said of the signing:“It is an exciting prospect for him to be joining Derby County.”“He can bring so much to this squad, both on and off the pitch.”“He has enjoyed a wonderful career, both in club football and for England, and he still has so much to give as well.”” I am looking forward to working with Wayne from the start of next year and welcoming him to the club.”Pleased with this one, Rams? 😉#WR32— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) August 6, 2019last_img read more

Fundraiser for family of local woman killed in dive boat fire

first_img Posted: September 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News Tags: Nicole Quitasol FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:19 PMcenter_img September 5, 2019 Fundraiser for family of local woman killed in dive boat fire 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCORONADO (KUSI) – Coronado restaurant Nicky Rottens is holding a fundraiser today for the Quitasol family who lost five of their loved ones in the tragic dive boat fire near Santa Cruz island.Nicole Quitasol worked as a bartender at Nicky Rottens before she tragically passed away. Now the restaurant is helping raise money for her family.The event is from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Nicky Rottens in Coronado.last_img read more

Joey of endangered kangaroo species born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

first_imgJoey of endangered kangaroo species born at San Diego Zoo Safari Park KUSI Newsroom September 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 6, 2019 Polly want a joey! Polly’s joey is peeking at the outside world and is ready for the spotlight. This is the first birth of an endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo here at the Park, providing a much-needed ray of hope for the species. Details:— San Diego Zoo Safari Park (@sdzsafaripark) September 6, 2019SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Zoo announced Friday that a Matschie’s tree kangaroo joey was born at the Safari Park earlier this year.The joey’s mother Polly gave birth in March in the Safari Park’s Walkabout Australia habitat. Animal care staff have yet to determine the joey’s gender or name it as it is still developing inside Polly’s pouch. The joey is the first Matschie’s tree kangaroo born at the Safari Park, according to the zoo.“We are thrilled with the birth of this Matschie’s tree kangaroo joey,” Safari Park keeper Breanne Barney said. “Due to the small population of Matschie’s tree kangaroos, this joey provides hope for the future of this species.”The species first arrived at the Safari Park last year as part of a program to save threatened species from extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species lists the Matschie’s tree kangaroo as endangered and fewer than 2,500 remain in the wild due to hunting and habitat loss in its native Papua New Guinea.The joey was about the size of a jelly bean at birth and has more than doubled in size since then, according to the zoo. In total, the joey will stay in its mother’s pouch for as long as 10 months as it continues to nurse and develop. Even after being weaned at one year old, it will remain close to Polly for nearly two more years.“Polly is an excellent mother, consistently grooming her little one,” Barney said “We are really looking forward to the joey fully emerging soon.”Safari Park visitors can spot Polly and her joey at the Walkabout Australia exhibit. Access to the exhibit is included with admission to the park. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more