September 30, 2020
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first_imgEverton are eager to push through a 12-month contract extension for Samuel Eto’o and his agents will be in England over Christmas to hold talks.The deal penned by the striker upon his arrival at Goodison Park as a free agent over the summer included a clause which can be activated once he has completed 15 games.With the Cameroon international having shown that he can be an important figure in Everton’s plans with four goals and two assists in his 15 appearances in all competitions, all sides are now keen to gather at the negotiating table.Roberto Martinez has previously admitted that he would like to keep the 33-year-old past the end of the current campaign, with the Spaniard announcing in October: “It’s natural he will get another year.”There are now only a few formalities left to be tied up, with it understood that the terms of Eto’o’s agreement would remain the same.The former Barcelona star has scored four goals in 14 appearances spread across Premier League, Europa League and League Cup competitions so far this season.last_img read more

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first_imgMike Thomas makes a one handed catch.Twitter/@DMoutonWWL Mike Thomas was a key to Ohio State’s 2014 and 2015 offenses, and the 2016 second round pick is already impressing with the New Orleans Saints. During a practice on Friday, Thomas made a phenomenal falling one-handed grab over the top of the defense, on a pass from backup quarterback Luke McCown.Mike Thomas’ tremendous catch. As shot by @sayneykid pic.twitter.com/WISeQWLTJw— Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) July 29, 2016Mike Thomas has quickly earned the trust of Saints quarterback Drew Brees.The future Hall of Famer praised him from the connection the two have developed in a very short time back in June. Brees gave an example of a practice rep, of a route the tandem had not run before, to ESPN:“In fact, I don’t think we’ve ever even talked about it,” Brees said. “But it was one of those where I’m just in the moment, and hey, he’s my guy over there at that position. So I kind of give him a look, give him a signal or whatever, and he goes and makes the play. And ran the route just like I imagined.“So that makes you feel good too. ‘Hey, we’re on the same page even though we haven’t even talked about that yet. You kind of know this offense, you have a feel for the game.’ So I like when I see that stuff out of young guys, where you kind of feel like there’s some instincts there.”Thomas came on strong for Ohio State in 2014, catching 54 passes for 799 yards and nine touchdowns en route to a Buckeye national title. He followed it up with a similar 56 catch, 781 yard, nine touchdown 2015 campaign, despite some turmoil at the quarterback position for OSU. Now, he’s charged with helping replace longtime Brees-favorite Marques Colston, who was released by the Saints this off-season after 10 years with the franchise.last_img read more

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first_imgRoyal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity are delighted to announce Michelle Keegan as their latest patron.Michelle Keegan Named As Patron Of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital CharityCredit/Copyright: The Vain LtdThe former Coronation Street star first got involved with the hospital in 2013 when she fronted RMCH Charity’s Big T-Break campaign. Michelle has now pledged her support to the charity by becoming an official patron, taking time out of her busy schedule to meet with patients at the hospital.Michelle met a number of the hospital’s patients in the Teenzone, chatting away about her previous role in Coronation Street and swapping make up tips with some of the older patients.last_img

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first_imgNew Delhi: Actors Kalki Koechlin and Ranvir Shorey are a part of the cast of the much-awaited second season of ‘Sacred Games’, which will stream on Netflix later this month. The first look of the second season of the series, which became an audience favourite within just a week of its launch last year, came out recently. “Season 2 is coming. Put your chattris in the air. ‘Sacred Games Season 2’. Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey and Pankaj Tripathi in season 2 of ‘Sacred Games’. Please take a moment to join us in screaming hysterically,” read a post on the official Twitter page of Netflix India. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerSeason 2, which promises a new trail of friendship, betrayal, crime, passion, and a thrilling chase through Mumbai’s underbelly, will witness Kalki as Batya, and Ranvir as Shahid Khan. “Personally, I am a fan of the series, and it is super awesome to be a part of the ‘Sacred Games’ and Netflix family. Season 2 promises to be much more exciting and I cannot wait for viewers to watch me in the series,” she said in a statement. Ranvir said: “The digital platform is so empowering and working on this audience-favourite show has been an absolute delight. My character Shahid Khan is a complete departure from any of the roles I’ve played before, and I’m looking forward to fans across the world bingeing on the new season.” Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap upThe show is based on Vikram Chandra’s “Sacred Games”. The second season picks up from Sartaj Singh (actor Saif Ali Khan) pursuing his relentless battle of saving the city and Ganesh Gaitonde (actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui) facing bigger challenges to retain his position as the legendary kingpin of Mumbai. The intriguing Guruji (actor Pankaj Tripathi), introduced in season one as Gaitonde’s ‘third father’, plays a pivotal role in unfolding a chain of events that shape the next season. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan have directed the new season. Vikramaditya Motwane and Varun Grover continue their roles of being the showrunner and the lead writer, respectively.last_img read more

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first_imgMauricio Pochettino has revealed that Barcelona great Lionel Messi almost joined him at Espanyol in 2005 ahead of their Champions League tie on Wednesday.Pochettino is preparing his side to face Barcelona in an intriguing Champions League showdown at Wembley on Wednesday.The North Londoners lost their first Champions League group game to Inter Milan, and they are bidding to return to winning ways against the Spanish Champions.Pochettino revealed to Sky Sports: “I started to hear about him when I was a player at Espanyol.“A small guy, playing in the academy in Barcelona.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Then I heard he was so close to signing for Espanyol – very close – in the season Barcelona played against Juventus in the Joan Gamper (an annual pre-season tournament).“I remember that summer.“But, because he was so fantastic in the Joan Gamper, they changed their minds. They kept Messi at Barcelona.“So, if you look back in history, maybe if he did not play in the Joan Gamper in that summer, maybe today he could have been the biggest star in Espanyol.“Maybe I would still be at Espanyol managing him!”last_img read more

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first_imgInter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti claims his team must be at their best if they’re to overcome Lazio in the quarterfinals of the Coppa Italia.The Nerazzurri host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday looking to secure a place in the semis, and Spalletti insists they have no margin for error if they’re to defeat Simone Inzaghi’s men.“Tomorrow’s match is an important and difficult one: winning it would mean progressing to the semi-finals of the competition, so we know what it’s all about,” he said, according to the club’s official website.“It is going to be a game where we’ll be faced with difficult situations, but we know what the solution is: being Inter. If we play like Inter we’ll have a good chance of getting into the next round. There is no need to evaluate whether what we put into the previous game was enough. We have to put everything we’ve got into matches.”Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.“In recent games, we haven’t been able to do this. We have to remember who we are every time we take to the pitch and put everything we’ve got into it.”The Nerazzurri produced one of their best performances of the campaign when they faced Lazio in October, and Spalletti said: “We managed the game well that evening, having more possession than them despite Lazio being a technical side. Defensively we were compact when they looked to counter, while we also managed to score goals.”“A bit of everything is needed. There is a need to fully demonstrate all of these qualities in matches every time we play. If we can get all these ingredients back then there are more possibilities.”last_img read more

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first_img Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Post a comment Tesla 0 49 Photos Car Industry Electric Cars Now playing: Watch this: 2:47 Share your voice Enlarge ImageTesla’s Chinese Gigafactory 3 is practically rocketing up, with estimates now placing it as being at least partially operational by the end of 2019. VCG/Getty Images Tesla has been toiling away trying to get its third official Gigafactory near Shanghai online and ready for production, and the work has gone at an almost shockingly quick pace. So quick in fact, that Morgan Stanley’s Chinese automotive team said that it should be ready to start building cars by the end of the year, according to a report published Wednesday by Electrek.The cars being built in that time wouldn’t be like the cars from the company’s Fremont factory, though. Instead, they’d be built from what are called complete knockdown kits or partial knockdown kits. This means that the cars are partially assembled elsewhere and Shanghai would be responsible for final assembly.This is relatively standard practice throughout the industry. Many manufacturers, such as Ford and others, have done it to get models such as vans or SUVs into the US without having to pay the “Chicken Tax” on imported light trucks and SUVs.Morgan Stanley’s team estimates that Tesla’s Shanghai facility should be able to produce 35,000 to 40,000 vehicles in 2020 and that number could increase to as many as 60,000 cars in 2021. That’s not anywhere near the level of Fremont’s output, but that’s also likely just a starting point. Fremont’s production rate didn’t happen overnight.”Our China team’s view of Tesla’s ability to ramp domestic production and to take commercial share in the domestic Chinese market is more bullish than the forecast implied within our earnings model,” said Morgan Stanley’s analyst, in a statement. “We have allowed for a greater level of execution risk in our assumptions, given the complexity of bringing an all-new plant with all new workers and many new suppliers on line within the Chinese market.”Elon Musk’s estimates for production in China are predictably more grand, with his estimates placing the figure somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 Model 3s per year by the end of 2019. Tesla offered no official statement regarding Chinese production estimates, or Morgan Stanley’s report.  2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best More From Roadshow Tesla’s Model 3 Performance subtly adds the power 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Watch the Tesla Model 3 ace european crash tests Tags Teslalast_img read more

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first_img © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved. (Phys.org) —With the rise of social media, it is possible to organize public demonstrations on larger scales and in less time than ever before. In response, some governments are trying to decide how to regulate and impede the organization of these demonstrations, in order to maintain safety, order, or for other reasons. But very little is known about exactly how repressive legislation affects social media networks and their users. New research now suggests that social networks may be surprisingly resistant to such legislation. “Our work shows that social media are very powerful tools to spread information,” Marcoux told Phys.org. “The reason for this is because of the scale-free and hierarchical structure of social media networks, in which some highly connected individuals act as hubs to transfer information. In such a network, it only takes a few steps for information to travel between two individuals at extreme locations on the network. Also, the overall structure of the network of interactions on Twitter did not change after the passage of the Bill. Thus, information could still travel quickly after the passage of the Bill. It demonstrates nicely the resilience of big scale-free and hierarchical networks to perturbations.”Because the network structure was not significantly affected by the legislation, information about the protests continued to flow through the network like before. Individuals were still able to organize mass protests, despite some changes in user behavior. Overall, the researchers concluded that this natural experiment shows the power of social media to connect and mobilize a large number of individuals, as well as the resilience of social networks to changes in individual behavior. As the researchers note, a better understanding of networks is already helping policymakers in other areas.”Policymakers can use network knowledge to influence social changes,” Marcoux said. “For example, in a vaccination campaign, a better understanding of the social structure of a community might help to identify key individuals (highly connected hubs) that could speed up the spread of positive information about vaccination.”Currently, the researchers are working on other projects, although they explain that more work could be done in this area.”This project was a side to my other research projects, but I would love if someone took over to look at the content of messages that were sent before and after the legislation,” Marcoux. On the other hand, the network structure was relatively the same before and after the legislation. The structure was hierarchical and followed a scale-free distribution, in which a few Twitter users had very high rates of tweet exchanges while most users had low rates of exchanges. The few individuals with high connectivity were positioned between cliques, while users with low connectivity tended to be part of highly connected cliques. The number of tweets per day related to the 2012 Quebec student strike changes before and after the passage of Bill 78. Despite this change in user behavior, however, the scale-free hierarchical network structure remained the same. Credit: Marcoux, et al. ©2013 EPLA Study examines best methods for gaining Twitter followers Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) The largest connected cluster in the network of tweet exchanges related to the 2012 Quebec student strike (a) before and (b) after the passage of Bill 78. Importantly, the network’s structure does not significantly change. Credit: Marcoux, et al. ©2013 EPLA Explore further In a new paper published in EPL, Marianne Marcoux and David Lusseau at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, UK, have analyzed millions of tweets from Twitter users in Quebec, Canada, who were protesting an increase in college tuition in 2012. That winter, 300,000 students—about 75% of all college and university students in Quebec—went on strike for several weeks. The strike and related protests were organized primarily with Twitter.On May 18, after 14 weeks of the strike, the Quebec government passed special emergency legislation called Bill 78 in an attempt to block the organization of the protests. Bill 78 requires that any organizer of a demonstration involving more than 50 people must provide the local police with an itinerary of the demonstration at least 8 hours before the event, and also ensure that the demonstration follows the itinerary. Individuals and organizations that did not follow Bill 78 were severely fined, and the government also considered fining any individual who transferred information about illegal demonstrations.To determine what effect Bill 78 had on Twitter users, the researchers compared the behavior of Twitter users who were involved in the protests, as well as the structure of their interaction network, before and after the passage of the bill. They analyzed nearly 200,000 tweets sent from February 12 to June 4, 2012, that contained relevant hashtags, using Twitter data that was made freely available by O. H. Beauchesne at olihb.com. The researchers’ main result was that the legislation changed the behavior of Twitter users, but not the overall structure of the network in which they interacted. In terms of behavior, although the number of tweets posted per day was higher on average after Bill 78 was implemented than before, the rate of increase dropped. Twitter users also showed an increase in “cliquishness” by limiting the tweets they sent to users within tight clusters to which they belonged. The researchers suspect that this change in behavior may indicate that the students became more cautious regarding who they sent tweets to. More information: Marianne Marcoux and David Lusseau. “The influence of repressive legislation on the structure of a social media network.” EPL, 104 (2013) 58004. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/104/58004 Citation: Anti-protest law changes Twitter users’ behavior, but not network structure, physicists show (2014, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-anti-protest-law-twitter-users-behavior.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would be visiting China in June end to attract more investments in different sectors of Bengal. Centre for Promotion of India-China Cooperation had invited the Chief Minister to grace a programme in China where there will also be discussions on trade and commerce. Banerjee will also address it. There are possibilities that the Chief Minister would be visiting Beijing, Yunnan Province and Jiangsu Province during her visit to China. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere would be discussions to attract investment for Bengal in food processing, automobile, healthcare, tourism and IT sectors. The development that Bengal has witnessed in the past six-and-a-half-years will be highlighted in the programmes and it will also come up during discussions with industrialists from different provinces of China. The state’s number one position in Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) in the country will also be highlighted. It is learnt that state Finance Minister Amit Mitra along with senior officials of the state government will be accompanying the Chief Minister during her China visit. A team of top industrialists from the city will also be a part of the Chief Minister’s delegation. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedDignitaries from China had invited the Chief Minister to their country during their visit to the state. Banerjee had earlier visited Singapore, Dacca, London, Scotland, Italy and Germany. Now, she would be visiting China. It may also be recalled that during her visit to Singapore in 2014, Governor of Yunnan Province Li Jiheng had met her and invited her to visit China. Again in 2015, Chinese Vice-President Li Yuan Chao had visited Kolkata and invited her to visit China. It may be recalled that around 30 industrialists from China had visited the Bengal Global Business Summit this year, including 10 industrialists who had visited India for the first time.The visit of the top industrialists from China in the BGBS had helped establish a connection with them and the business from the state. The Chief Minister’s visit to China in such a situation will ensure more investment for Bengal.last_img read more

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