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Transfer report: Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham tracking wantaway Algeria star

first_img1 Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham have been given a boost after it was suggested that Rachid Ghezzal’s contract negotiations have been put on hold.According to France Football, the Algeria international has given his clearest indication yet that he will leave current club Lyon as talks over an extension to his current deal have been put to one side.The French media outlet is reporting that Tottenham and Liverpool are keeping a close eye on the situation of the attacking midfielder whose current deal expires at the end of the season.A number of top European clubs have been alerted by Ghezzal’s situation and a January battle to land the 24-year-old is set to ensue with Lyon desperate not to lose him for nothing.The Algerian has made 11 appearances so far this campaign, netting once against Saint Etienne in Ligue 1. Rachid Ghezzal has indicated to Lyon he wants to leave the club last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Borussia Dortmund reveal Ousmane Dembele is ‘on the way’ to Barcelona

first_img Ousmane Dembele is on the verge of joining Barcelona in the second biggest deal ever 1 French starlet Ousmane Dembele appears to be closing in on a move to Barcelona after Borussia Dortmund said the transfer was “on the way”.The Catalan giants are chasing the highly-rated France international after losing Neymar to Paris Sain- Germain.Reports on Thursday claimed the 20-year-old is on the verge of sealing a move to the Nou Camp after Dortmund accepted a £110million bid from Barca.And Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke confirmed at a press conference on Friday that the deal is going ahead.“We are on the way – but the way is not yet at an end.”If the £110m transfer goes through, it would make Dembele the second most expensive footballer in history – just one year after joining Dortmund from Rennes for only £13m.Since Neymar’s departure, Barca have been linked with several big-money signings and Dembele has always been near the top of their shopping list, along with Liverpool’s Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho.At the same time as Barca’s reported interest in Dembele came to light, the player skipped training with Dortmund and was subsequently suspended by the Bundesliga side.Dortmund then revealed they had rejected an offer from Barca for their young forward – who is under contract until 2021 – because “it did not correspond to the extraordinary footballing and additional value of the player and the present economic situation of the European transfer market”.However, the two clubs now appear to be on the verge of an agreement that will see the Frenchman move to the five-time European champions.Dembele joined Dortmund in May 2016 from Rennes on a five-year contract and has attracted top European suitors after a breakout season at the Westfalenstadion.He scored ten times in 49 appearances in all competitions during the last campaign, while he broke his duck for France with the winner in the 3-2 friendly triumph over England in June.last_img read more

Two dead in Antelope Valley shooting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Two men were shot to death early today at 10th Street and Avenue O, authorities said. One of the unidentified men died at the scene. The other died after being transported to a nearby hospital. A third man was wounded. Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are investigating what caused the shootings, which began about 1:50 a.m. but weren’t reported for 95 minutes.last_img read more

Valencia senior lands Grammy gig

first_imgCASTAIC – Christopher Hernacki can spend hours perfecting every note that emerges from his bass trombone. “One time I stayed practicing an eight-second set for an hour,” the Valencia High senior and Castaic resident said. But this 17-year-old’s drive for perfection will pay off in a few weeks when he joins 30 of the nation’s best high school-age musicians, chosen to play with the Grammy Foundation’s Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble program. For Hernacki, who plays numerous instruments including the euphonium, tuba and the tenor trombone, the accolade is great, but it’s still all about the music. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“I just want to spread the joy – it’s about sharing the music with the audience,” he said. Hernacki’s maturity is what Valencia’s award-winning jazz band director, Robert Babko, noticed at first sight. The seasoned music teacher remembers that the first time he met Hernacki, the eighth-grader stood out of the crowd in his professional suit and tie. Before the freckled youngster even played for Babko, he’d built a reputation. “He was auditioning for the district honor band,” Babko said. “I didn’t audition the horns that year, but as soon as he was finished the other band directors asked who was going to get him. “Before I ever heard him play, I was aware of his ability.” Babko is not the least bit surprised that Hernacki was chosen for the Grammy band. “I have never asked him to do something musically which he couldn’t do,” Babko said. Hernacki’s humility is something Babko really admires. The youngster already has been playing professionally in his spare time, touring with the Monterey Jazz All-Star band last summer as well as visiting Italy and Croatia. Yet Hernacki never misses band practice and continues playing in Valencia’s jazz band and orchestra. “I don’t have enough superlative words to say about him,” Babko said. Babko tells his students frequently that it takes three things to be a successful musician – dedication, opportunity and natural talent. Hernacki’s got it all, he says. His stand-out talent propelled Hernacki to the top of the pool of 600 contestants who submitted video auditions to the Grammy Foundation. “This is quite an elite group of young ladies and men,” said David Sears, senior director of the foundation’s education program, describing the final 30 who will visit L.A. in February. The high school-age students will get little time to rest as they rehearse with nationally recognized jazz band directors and perform at various Grammy-related activities, including the official Grammy after-party. The program also features a college day where the country’s top music schools come to scout the cream of the crop – many to offer scholarships to the talented teens. Topping off the week’s activities will be the chance for the young performers to cut a record at the world-famous Capitol Records recording studio, where legends like Elvis Presley and Nat King Cole have recorded various albums. “It is extremely huge for these kids to get into this program because there are no other programs like it in the country,” Sears said. Stan Hernacki is proud of his son, who followed in the family’s footsteps. Dad is a freelance trumpet player who plays in the Canyon Brass Quintet, and Mom Lisa plays the oboe and English horn. “It just feels great,” Stan Hernacki said. Stan Hernacki doesn’t mind that his son’s musical ability has already surpassed what his mom and dad’s were when they were in high school. “All these doors have opened for him, and this will really help with college.” David Hernacki thanks his parents for all their help – up to three private tutors can get pretty expensive. “They have always supported me in whatever I have wanted to do, whether it was baseball, football – they even took me to chess championships when that was my thing,” Hernacki said. Despite trying a couple of different pastimes and hobbies in his short lifetime, Hernacki knows exactly where his future lies. “I want to be a professional musician, maybe land a teaching gig and play jazz clubs,” Hernacki said. (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Baggies eye Griffiths, Dons want Stewart

first_imgDerek McInnes is looking to delve into the transfer market and is eyeing up a move for former Dundee forward Greg Stewart.Elsewhere it seems Hibs could be losing one of their top assets with Jason Cummings seemingly set to join up with Mark Warburton at Nottingham Forest.And Gary Mackay-Stevens could be on his way out of Celtic as Sheffield United look to lure the winger away from Brendan Rodgers’ treble winners. With Harry Kane’s 90+3 minute equaliser at Hampden, the curtain finally fell on the 2016-17 season.But, as ever clubs, are keen to rebuild as quickly as possible, with European qualifiers and League Cup ties just around the corner.For Celtic it may be about holding on to their stars rather than bringing in others. It seems after his free-kick double against England, Leigh Griffiths has caught the eye of English Premier League clubs, with West Brom and Newcastle reportedly interested in the striker.last_img read more

Mbappe stars as France progress, Cavani shines for Uruguay

first_imgBut the Portuguese resurgence was to be short-lived.Minutes later, Cavani produced an unbelievable finish from the edge of the 18-yard line, as he curled the ball into the far corner of Rui Patricio’s net.The PSG frontman was replaced shortly after and looked to be in some discomfort as his side held on for the win.Uruguay progress to the quarter-finals where they meet France on Friday. The victory saw France manager Didier Deschamps preside over his 80th game in charge of his country and become the longest-serving coach in the history of the French national team.Uruguay eliminated European champions Portugal courtesy of an Edinson Cavani double.The South American side took the lead within ten minutes when Cavani converted a Luis Suarez cross.Early into the second half, Portugal replied when an unmarked Pepe thumped home a low header to equalise. Kylian Mbappe stole the show in Kazan, scoring two fine goals that gave France victory in a thrilling World Cup encounter with Argentina.Antoine Griezmann put the French ahead with an early penalty before Angel Di Maria and Gabriel Mercado netted either side of the half for Argentina.Les Bleus equalised in stunning fashion through Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard before Mbappe added two to ensure France progressed into the quarter-finals.Substitute Sergio Aguero grabbed a stoppage time consolation to ensure the game finished 4-3 – the first time that scoreline has happened in a 90-minute World Cup match.last_img read more

Joburg’s Xtreme Parks wins gold

first_imgWilgeheuwel Park was created in one day and is one of Joburg’s successful Xtreme Park projects, which brings new greenzones to busy developments. Diepkloof Park during the makeover process, which took just 24 hours. City Parks MD Luther Williamson accepts the Planning for the Future criteria award. (Image: Dongguan Today)Janine ErasmusThe City of Johannesburg’s innovative and uplifting Xtreme Parks project won a gold medal at the 2008 International Liveable Communities award ceremony, a programme run under the aegis of the United Nations programme for environmental protection. The ceremony took place in mid-November.The Living Communities Awards were launched in 1997 and ceremonies have since been held in cities around the world including Madrid, Al’Ayn in the United Arab Emirates, Hamamatsu in Japan, Washington D.C., and London.The programme is run as a UK-based non-profit organisation and is endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme. It’s aimed at acknowledging those communities worldwide that enhance and protect their landscape and heritage, with an emphasis on sustainability, healthy living and best environmental practice.Communities’ commitment to tackling social and conservation issues such as pollution, poor housing and unemployment are also a factor in the decision of the judges.A world firstThe Xtreme Parks project, which is overseen by Johannesburg’s City Parks division, sees neglected spaces around town transformed into vibrant community parks in 24 hours. Luther Williamson, MD of City Parks, is the brains behind the idea.Williamson says he was inspired by the similar concept seen on the American television show Extreme Makeover Home Edition and felt that it would be an effective way to reduce the community development backlog, as well as encourage communities to take ownership of their green spaces, raise the profile of city parks in general, and attract the private sector.In June 2007 the world’s first 24-hour park was created in Wilgeheuwel suburb west of Johannesburg, when a neglected patch of soil was transformed literally overnight into a charming 1.2ha play space complete with mini soccer field and fountain. Under normal circumstances, said Williamson, such an area would take three to six months to develop.City Parks repeated the feat in 2008 when they tackled Diepkloof Park in Soweto, a 2ha area that was used as an illegal rubbish dump but now boasts a splash pool, mini-soccer field, multi-purpose court, landscaped gardens, concrete walkways, ablutions, and a natural amphitheatre area with a big screen for sport and cultural broadcasts.Residents of both areas can now enjoy a better quality of life, while children have a safe, dedicated place to play. “I love the swings. I haven’t played on the swings for a long time and I feel like I can play on them until sunset,” said an excited nine-year-old of the Diepkloof Park.Rewarding communities that careThis year there were 50 Liveable Communities finalists from five continents. The City of Johannesburg had three finalists in the Sustainable Project category, which is further divided into two sub-categories for Built and Natural projects.In the Natural Projects section Xtreme Parks took gold along with New Zealand’s New Plymouth District. Johannesburg’s Klipriver Greening and Rehabilitation Project took silver in the same category, as did the town of Plzen in West Bohemia, Czech Republic, which successfully improved the quality of the water in its Velky Bolevecky pond, a popular recreation site. Broadland district in the UK also took silver for its Stairway out of Crime initiative.In fact, all three Johannesburg finalists in the project category were lauded, because the massive Cosmo City housing development won a silver award in the Built Project sub-category.The City, which was the sole representative from the African continent in 2008, came third in Category E of the Whole Cities category, which is divided into five sub-categories according to population. Category E is for cities with a population of over 750 000.Johannesburg also scooped a Criteria award for its Planning for the Future strategies. Awards are given for each of the six criteria that are considered essential for liveable communities. These include Enhancement of the Landscape; Heritage Management; Environmentally Sensitive Practices; Community Sustainability; Healthy Lifestyles; and Planning for the Future.“This community has really had to reinvent its philosophies and its values,” said New Zealand judge Rob Small, commenting on Johannesburg’s achievements. “It has been an enormous challenge but consultation and engaged communities have been the secret to delivering these outstanding programmes and projects.”The judging panel, comprising environmental and horticultural luminaries, gathered at the Songshan Lake Science and Technology Industry Park in Dongguan, China, to decide on the winners.Among them were experts such as Japanese academic Yoritaka Tashiro, president of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architects, Belgian Gabriel de Buysscher of the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration, Krista Vilta of the City Environmental Department of Haapsalu Municipality, Estonia, and Canadian horticulturist Claudette Savaria who chaired the panel.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Davis Cup: India beat New Zealand to enter World Group Play-offs

first_imgIndia’s Yuki Bhambri recorded his first ever victory in a live fifth rubber of the Davis Cup, beating New Zealand’s Michael Venus in straight sets in the second reverse singles match on Sunday to send India to the World Group Play-offs.After Somdev Devvarman levelled the tie with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Kiwi Marcus Daniell in the first of the reverse singles, India advanced with a 3-2 win over New Zealand in the Asia/Oceania Group I tie, thanks to Bhambri’s authoritative 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 drubbing of Venus in the decider.It was a do-or-die situation for India when Devvarman stepped on the court and the country’s numero uno singles player ensured that India remained in the hunt. Bhambri, playing only his second live fifth rubber, came out all guns blazing against Venus, who had stunned Devvarman in the first match of the tie.The 23-year-old Delhi lad turned out to be India’s hero in this tie as he won both his matches. He had lost the deciding fifth rubber against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in September in Bangalore last year.Bhambri stamped his class and authority right from the start and did not face a single break point till the sixth game of the third set. He asserted himself by breaking Venus twice in each of the first two sets, running away with a 2-0 lead.It was in the third set that Venus threatened a bit when he had Bhambri down a break point in the sixth game but the Indian was up to the task and thwarted his rival’s attempts.advertisementBhambri saved two more break points in the eighth game and finally converted his third match point to seal the tie for his side. India will now strive to make the World Group when they compete in the Play-offs in September.Earlier, Devvarman delivered when it mattered the most, taming Daniell in two hours and 18 minutes to keep India afloat in the tie. Daniell replaced Jose Statham, who was down with a flu, but could not help his side seal the tie.Devvarman went about his business calmly and made a perfect start to his match when he broke Daniell in the very first game of the opening set. The advantage of that early break stayed with him throughout and he served out the set in the 10th game.He thwarted Daniell’s attempt of a comeback by saving a break chance on his serve in the sixth game. Daniell kept fighting hard, saving two break points in the third game of the second set, which went on serve till the eighth game.But Devvarman found a way to get that elusive break in the ninth and converted his first set point in the next for a 2-0 lead in the crucial rubber. The Kiwi was down by two break points at the start of the third set but saved both. However, he double-faulted when he was down by another break point in the fifth game.Devvarman though let go of the advantage by dropping his own serve in the next game before cashing in on another chance in the ninth. It was a matter of holding serve in the next which he did to level the tie 2-2.last_img read more

Work as Software Engineer at IIT Kharagpur: Salary upto Rs 40,000 per month!

first_imgThe Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur has released an employment notification, inviting interested, eligible candidates to apply for the position of Software Engineer.Vacancy detailsTotal posts: 5Name of the posts:Software Engineer: 4Software Engineer (Accounts): 1Eligibility criteriaEducational qualification:The candidates interested in applying for this post should possess the below mentioned qualifications and skills:BTech or higher qualification in computer science and engineering or information technology or equivalent discipline or MCA with one or more years of experienceGood knowledge of relational database and database developmentExperience with web based application and developmentHands on working experience with strong back ground in spring frame work, J2EE technologies especially on JSP, JDMC, HTML5, JSON, Postgres SQL, RDBMS, Java script front end frame work like jQueryData base design/development for high performance computing, XML and UMLKnowledge of communication protocols TCP/IP, HTTP.(Read: Indraprastha University is hiring for 29 Assistant posts! Apply before August 29) Pay scaleThe selected candidates will be getting a monthly salary of Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 (depending upon qualification and experience).How to apply:The candidates interested in these posts are required to send their applications in the prescribed format along with all other relevant documents to ‘Office of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur-721302.’Important datesThe last date for the submission of application is August 31.Read: Haryana State Sports Council Recruitment 2016: Apply before August 31 Read: HAL hiring for various Apprentice posts: Attend walk-in interview on August 11 and 12 For information on more latest government jobs, click here.  advertisementlast_img read more

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