Madrid sign Bale on six-year deal

first_img Madrid announced on their website: “Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement for the transfer of Gareth Bale, who will be contracted to the club for the next six seasons.” The deal is subject to Bale passing a medical with the nine-time European champions, with all other details resolved. Real say the 24-year-old will be presented as their new player at the Bernabeu on Monday at noon UK time. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, speaking after Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat at Arsenal, confirmed Bale was leaving for the Bernabeu. “He is going to join Real Madrid so we wish him all the best,” said the Portuguese. “The player is an absolutely wonderful player. He has left us with some great memories from last season which every Tottenham fan cherishes, but he has moved on and we will move on as well.” Spurs had initially resisted Real’s advances, but chairman Daniel Levy explained he had no option but to let the Welshman go after the player’s head was turned. “Gareth was a player we had absolutely no intention of selling as we look to build for the future,” Levy told Tottenham’s website. Press Association After almost two months of speculation and negotiation, Madrid and Spurs both announced the transfer on Sunday evening. Press Association Sport understands Real have paid 100 million euros (£85.3million) for Bale’s signature. Real Madrid have confirmed the world-record signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham. “He is a player whose career we have fostered and developed and he was only a year into his new four-year contract. “Such has been the attention from Real Madrid and so great is Gareth’s desire to join them, that we have taken the view that the player will not be sufficiently committed to our campaign in the current season. “We have, therefore, with great reluctance, agreed to this sale and do so in the knowledge that we have an exceptionally strong squad to which we have added no fewer than seven top internationals. More importantly, we have an immense team spirit and a dressing room that is hungry for success. “We wish Gareth all the best in the future and he shall always be welcome at (White Hart) Lane.” last_img read more

Sierra Leone: Sports Ministry rejects Sellas Tetteh’s appointment as national team head coach

first_imgThe Sierra Leone Sports Ministry has kicked against the appointment of Ghanaian coach, Sellas Tetteh, as the head coach for the country’s men’s national senior team, the Leone Stars.The Ministry’s position was carried in a statement issued 24 hours after the appointment was made public.According to the statement, there were defects with the process of recruiting Tetteh and thus, his appointment could not be approved.The statement went ahead to give details to the effect that representatives of the Sierra Leone FA had shown that they were “pre-determined” to give Tetteh the job ahead of the other coaches who were interviewed.On Tuesday, Tetteh’s appointment was announced and the Sierra Leone FA said that the process was “thorough” and he was set to take over from ex-coach, John Keister.However, per the latest development, it seems the Sports Ministry is unhappy with the turn of events.Below is the full statement from the Sierra Leone Sports Ministry:“The attention of the Ministry of Sports has been drawn to the recent appointment of coach Sellas Tetteh as the head coach of the National Team Football A by the Sierra Leone Football Association.The Ministry of Sports  was represented by the Director of Sports  and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry on the interview panel of the shortlisted coaches. The Ministry is in receipt of reports from both the Director of Sports and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry expressing their dissatisfaction on the process on the process which did not come to a logical conclusion.The report of the Ministry’s representatives also observed that representatives from the Sierra Leone Football Association on the interview panel came with a premeditated mind of appointing the said coach.Therefore, the Ministry does not recognise Sellas Tetteh as the Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National A Team because the process was incomplete.The Ministry of Sports wants to assure all Sierra Leonans that the Government is committed to supporting sports in the country and the process of appointing the National Team A coach will soon come to a conclusion.Tetteh was one of the three scouts Ghana used in the 2019 AFCON tournament in Egypt.last_img read more

Anabel Sexton joins board of England Golf Partnership

first_img Strategic marketing consultant Anabel Sexton has joined the board of the England Golf Partnership (EGP) as an independent non-executive director. The EGP brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England National Lottery funding. It aims to increase participation in golf, from grass roots to elite level, and make England the leading golf nation in the world by 2020. Anabel, who has extensive interests in sport, has played golf since childhood and has enjoyed a long career within the golf industry. She said: “This is an exciting time for golf and it’s great to be involved in growing the game. I am very enthusiastic about the work of the EGP and its campaign to inspire more people to Get into golf and I look forward to working with the team.” Bill Bryce, the chairman of the EGP, commented: “I’m delighted Anabel has agreed to join the EGP management board. After an extensive recruitment process, Anabel will be an excellent addition to an already impressive team. Her experience, knowledge and skills are well suited to our needs and we look forward to her contribution well into the future.” Anabel started her career in golf with IMG, working with professionals on the Ladies European Tour, before moving into video production and distribution working, among others, with Ian Woosnam on his instructional video.   She set up her own agency in 1998 and took on the PR contract for TaylorMade adidas golf, along with the Wales bid for the 2010 Ryder Cup.  Her successful work with TaylorMade led to her selling her agency and taking on the role of their European Brand Communications Director, a position which she held until 2001. Since then, Anabel has worked extensively as a non-executive director at board level. She served for four years as a director for the Sport & Recreation Alliance, a year on the board of England Netball, has advised Sport England on the distribution of funds to women’s projects, and has just completed her ninth year as a governor of Millfield School in Somerset where she is now deputy chair and governor for sport. 16 Dec 2013 Anabel Sexton joins board of England Golf Partnership last_img read more

In Photos: The weekend that was

first_img-Kamworor bags World Half three-peatGeoffrey Kamworor after his third straight world half marathon title in Valencia, Spain on March 24, 2018. PHOTO/IAAFWe start off in Valencia, Spain where Geoffrey Kamworor showed that he is on the way to becoming a road running legend when he bagged his third consecutive World Half Marathon title.Kamworor dipped slightly over an hour to bag the title, but Kenya lost the team title with the next best placed man after Kamworor coming in at 12th.Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei races during the 2018 World Half Marathon in Valencia, Spain. PHOTO/IAAFJoyciline Jepkosgei led Pauline Kaveke to a 2-3 finish in the women’s race won by Ethiopia’s Netsanet Kebede in a new women’s only record of 1:06:11.-Italian Gagli clinches 2018 Kenya Open titleBarclays Bank of Kenya Chairman Charles Muchene dresses Italian Lorenzo Gagli in his winner’s coat after he clinched the 2018 Kenya Open title at the Muthaiga Golf Club on March 25, 2018. Watching is President Uhuru Kenyatta PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaItaly’s Lorenzo Gagli beat Sweden’s Jens Fahrbring in the third hole of a sudden death play-off, to claim the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open Golf title at Muthaiga Golf Club yesterday.The two players had tied on 11 under par 273 after the end of regulation play with Gagli firing three under par 68 in the closing round, while Fahrbring posted 67 to also bring his total to 11 under par.Lorenzo Gagli, winner of the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open Golf Championship follows his tee on the final day of the tournament on March 25, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe two went to the par three-13th hole for the play off, where they parred the hole twice, before Gagli claimed the third hole with a par, to clinch his first victory and the 10-million shilling prize money.-I would rather enjoy my K’Ogalo, says BabaPresident Uhuru Kenyatta together with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga walk on the Muthaiga Golf Club course with other dignitaries during the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open final day on March 25, 2018. PHOTO/PSCUThe new BFFs in town, President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga walked side by side to the 2018 Kenya Open final day in Muthaiga.But while President Kenyatta is an ardent golf fun, Baba seemed not to fancy the ‘gentleman’s game’ a lot.“It was nice watching the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open but I think I’ll stick to watching the Mighty Gor Mahia,” Raila tweeted after the evening’s session in Muthaiga.-Unbeaten KCB retain Kenya Cup titleKenya Commercial Bank captain Curtis Lilako and his assistant Darwin Mukidza lead teammates in celebrating their Kenya Cup win against Kabras Sugar at the Lion’s Den on March 24, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaIt was the closest Kabras Sugar have come to toppling Kenya Cup giants KCB and Saturday’s final at the Lion’s Den in Ruaraka provided a spectacle for neutrals.Well, the Bankers, unbeaten this entire season showed their superiority holding on for 29-24 win, but Kabras left the pitch feeling that sooner rather than later, they will topple the Lions.Calm down, we got this! Kenya Commercial Bank coach Curtis Olago showing confidence on the touchline during their Kenya Cup final against Kabras Sugar at the Lion’s Den on March 24, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaBut one thing that was worth fancying from the tie was Curtis Olago’s confidence.The KCB tactician never seemed to bat an eyelid even when the game was under immense pressure and he cut out a composed figure on the touchline.While his opposite number Charles Cardovillis was animated on the bench, Olago kept his calm, but burst out as soon as the final whistle went.-Kapenguria Heroes, Plateau Queens to Chapa Dimba with Wanyama in LondonKapenguria Heroes players in happy moments after stunning Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 in post-match penalties to win the inaugural Boys Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom title at Bukhungu Stadium on 25th March 2018. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONKapenguria Heroes from West Pokot and Plateau Queens from Nyanza Region were crowned national champions of the inaugural Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament yesterday.Kapenguria upset pre-match favourites Gor Mahia Youth 3-0 on penalties with keeper Brian Lumumba saving all of Gor’s attempts while Plateau won the girls’ title with a 4-3 wins over Tar Tar, also on penalties.Plateau Queens from Nyanza region celebrating after upsetting Tar Tar 4-3 in post-match penalties to be crowned the Girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom champions. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONThe two teams walked home with one-million shillings in prize money and a priceless one-week trip to London where they will benefit from clinics and mentorship from Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama.-Harambee Stars draw Comoros in MarrakechHarambee Stars players hurdle for a prayer after a training session in Marrakech. PHOTO/FKFNot the best of performances from Harambee Stars who on Saturday evening came from behind to draw 2-2 with Comoros, ranked 132nd in the world.Clifton Miheso wiped the blushes off Stars who might find themselves dropping in the next release of rankings after the draw.-Ushuru, City Stars aim to get back to PL businessUshuru players celebrate the second of Billy Oporia’s goals against Nairobi Stima in a National Super League match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on March 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPlaying in the second tier is no joke! It is a tough league where everybody treats a game like a final ultimately hoping to dive into the big boys’ pool, the Kenyan Premier League.Ushuru FC and City Stars have tasted the sweetness of the waters that trickle from the KPL and despite starting their season slow, both sides are aiming to get back to the top.They won their weekend National Super League ties and hope to keep a consistent run throughout.-Oh, poor Hami, It’s Vett’s title!Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (right) celebrates winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix on the podium beside second-placed Lewis HamiltonSebastian Vettel won a thrilling duel with world champion Lewis Hamilton to steal the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.The four-time world champion got the jump on the Mercedes ace off a miscalculation on the pit stop under Virtual Safety Car conditions and held off Hamilton for his second straight win in Melbourne and third overall.Sebastian Vettel (R) celebrates winning the Formula One Australian Grand Prix with second-placed Lewis Hamilton (L) and third-placed teammate Kimi RaikkonenFerrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen resisted a challenge from Australian Red Bull racer Daniel Ricciardo to take third and join Vettel on the podium.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italian Lorenzo Gagli relishes his moment after winning the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open Gold title on March 25, 2018 at the Muthaiga Golf Club.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26- Once again, it was yet another action packed weekend in sports both locally and internationally, some providing spectacular photographic moments.From Geoffrey Kamworor earning a three-peat of the World Half Marathon Championship to KCB retaining their Kenya Cup title and Lorenzo Gagli bagging the 2018 Barclays Kenya Open title, we re-live the weekend that was, in photos.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh’s new QB recruit may be younger than your YouTube account

first_imgBlessed to receive my first … What were you doing when you were 13? Waiting on the front porch for the mailman to deliver your Mad Magazine? Building a Roller Derby track out of Legos? Having rip-roaring belching contests with your friends?Loser.On Tuesday Jim Harbaugh, at whose genius we marveled during his time with Stanford and the 49ers, called a seventh grader and offered the kid a football scholarship to Michigan.Of course the kid, quarterback Isaiah Marshall, tweeted yes.last_img

R3.6bn investment for Limpopo

first_img06 July 2007The Limpopo government is to spend over R3.6-billion on upgrading and providing new infrastructure, while also assisting municipalities to implement the new Property Rates Act and to handle their finances better.Provincial local government and housing spokesperson Clayson Monyela said this week that the department would also spend over R1-billion for rural electrification.In addition R600-million has been allocated for municipal support, township establishments and site demarcations, which forms part of the province’s plan to improve capacity within municipalities to deal with issues of financial viability and infrastructure development.“We have to co-ordinate over R4-billion over and above other budgets by parastatals and sector departments to enhance infrastructure and service delivery,” Monyela said.He said most of the province’s towns were experiencing capacity constraints, due to ageing infrastructure that could not cope with current growth in demand.Given the massive rural sanitation backlog in the province, he said the department was investigating alternative innovative technologies as a replacement to the pit latrines.“We are also going to use the expanded public works programme approach to ensure that we involve many of the beneficiaries in the actual projects implementation so that we can maximise delivery,” he said.Several dams being commissioned or completed, he explained, would go a long way in ensuring bulk availability of water in the province’s fast-growing towns like Polokwane, Makhado, Tzaneen, Lephalale and Tubatse.He added that there was a bulk supply upgrade planned for linking Polokwane and Flag Boshielo Dam which will ease supply pressures to the capital city.Building capacityThe department is also assisting municipalities to ensure institutional structures are conducive to implementing their integrated development plans and accelerating service delivery.Monyela said the department was committed in ensuring all key positions in the province municipalities were filled. These positions, he said included those of municipal, technical and planning managers.“To this end we continue to second experts to municipalities with capacity constraints through Project Consolidate,” he said.Through the Project Consolidate, government deploys experts including experienced municipal managers from efficient municipalities, senior local government officials, private sector managers and officials from local government institutes, to 136 municipalities around the country that have been identified as “weak”, assisting them to improve operations and make better use of available resources.“We also continue to assist municipalities with revenue enhancement strategies so that more revenue can be collected to increase available resources for service delivery,” Monyela said.He added the department would also assist municipalities to implement the Property Rates Act through development of valuation rolls, by-laws and rates policies.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

From Daveyton to New York, Lira’s still singing her heart out

first_img“Artists like myself, who still preserve the language, we bring a sense of coolness to it,” Lira (Image: misslira.com)With her vocal gymnastics, flamboyantly African fashion sense, and the enviable ability to effortlessly switch genres, from R&B to pop to jazz, it’s no wonder that Lira went from being broke in Daveyton, to mesmerising audiences in New York.There is a lesson in her life for her young fans, she says. “A way will always exist for those who will keep pushing and fighting their way forward. It’s not going to be easy but we need to stop complaining and start creating some solutions for ourselves. We all need to find ways of making something of our lives. We will literally have to carve a new path where there has been none.” “You know there’s something very special about knowing who you are and knowing how you came to be,” Lira (Image: misslira.com)last_img read more

Gene editing oversight clarification needed

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Development of an emerging technology promising major animal health and environmental benefits is currently stalled at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, prompting the National Pork Producers Council to renew its call for U.S. Department of Agriculture regulatory oversight of gene editing for livestock.“The pace of FDA’s process to develop a regulatory framework for this important innovation only reinforces our belief that the USDA is best equipped to oversee gene editing for livestock production,” said Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio and president of the National Pork Producers Council. “U.S. agriculture is one our nation’s most successful export products; we can’t afford to cede leadership of gene editing to other countries.”Gene editing accelerates genetic improvements that could be realized over long periods of time through breeding. It allows for simple changes in a pig’s native genetic structure without introducing genes from another species. Emerging applications include raising pigs resistant to Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, a highly contagious swine disease that causes significant animal suffering and costs pork producers worldwide billions of dollars.Dr. Dan Kovich, NPPC director of science and technology, is advocating for USDA oversight of gene editing. According to Kovich, “In addition to dramatic animal health gains and reduced financial risk for farmers, gene editing’s promise includes less need to use antibiotics to care for livestock and reduced environmental impact from more efficient farm operations.”Despite no statutory requirement, the FDA currently holds regulatory authority over gene editing in food-producing animals. FDA oversight will treat any gene edited animal as a living animal drug — and every farm raising them a drug manufacturing facility — undermining U.S. agricultural competitiveness relative to other countries with more progressive gene editing regulatory policies.last_img read more

18 Million WordPress.com Blogs Compromised In Attack

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Automattic, the company that owns the WordPress.com blogging platform that powers more than 18 million blogs, announced this morning that its servers had been broken into and source code, among other things, could have been exposed. WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg writes “Tough note to communicate today: Automattic had a low-level (root) break-in to several of our servers, and potentially anything on those servers could have been revealed.”According to Mullenweg, the break-in was limited but proprietary information could have been accessed:We have been diligently reviewing logs and records about the break-in to determine the extent of the information exposed, and re-securing avenues used to gain access. We presume our source code was exposed and copied. While much of our code is Open Source, there are sensitive bits of our and our partners’ code. Beyond that, however, it appears information disclosed was limited.Update: According to Automattic, this break-in “affects most of Automattic’s services […] Root level access potentially allows access to everything on the servers.”TechCrunch’s Alexia Tsosis argues that Mullenweg is downplaying the severity of the incident, pointing out that “WordPress.com VIP customers are all on ‘code red’ and in the process of changing all the passwords/API keys they’ve left in the source code.” TechCrunch, among other big blogs, is a WordPress VIP customer.“While Automattic is down playing the leak, site source code includes API keys and Twitter and Facebook passwords,” writes Tsosis.Mullenweg says that the investigation is ongoing and that they have “taken comprehensive steps to prevent an incident like this from occurring again.”Mullenweg also suggests that users should use strong passwords, different passwords for each site and, “If you have used the same password on different sites, switch it to something more secure.” In other words – change your passwords, folks. Tags:#news#security#web center_img mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Should I be a “Curator”?

first_img“to select and “preserve” or share resources, often within a particular topic area. The term is drawn from the work done by curators at museums, who use their knowledge and expertise to select particular works to bring to the museum, purchase, or organize for public display.” – Curation article, eXtension.orgShould you be a curator? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then you should be curating.Do you have an area of interest where others look to you for advice?Is there a topic in which you would like to be perceived as an ‘expert’?Is there a topic for which you would like to share information with others?Tools to use to curate:All of the tools mentioned here are free (or have free levels) and are incredibly easy to learn and use.PinterestThe new kid on the block and has been generating a lot of interest recently.  Pinterest lets you categorize web pages and write a little about each one.  You can also upload pictures and write about them as well.  One requirement is that the web page you “pin” has a picture larger than thumbnail size.  Followers can repin or post comments to what you’ve pinned.WARNING: This site can be addictive.Learning Guide: Pinterest from University of Wyoming ExtensionProfessional development opportunities:Using Pinterest in Education – A Conversation 2/16/2012 2:00-3:00pm ESTUsing Pinterest in Extension – 2/3/2012 recordingScoop.itCreate your own ‘gorgeous magazine’ with Scoop.it. Articles you scoop can have images or not.  They don’t have the ‘social’ aspect and are more formal than Pinterest. Followers can subscribe to your Scoop.it page and can get an email each day you post a new article.  You can post articles you find and get article suggestions that are relevant to your topic to add to your magazine for others to see.Scoop.it sites that are relevant to Extension and educationWorking DifferentlyCooperative Extension EvaluationDelicious & DiigoAlso known as social bookmarking, these sites have been around for years and have many of the same advantages as Pinterest and Scoop.it. They just don’t have the pictures and pretty layouts. You use these sites to bookmark particular webpages, and add tags and descriptions. You can chose to make the bookmark public, which enables others to see the pages you have bookmarked and tagged.One advantage of Delicious and Diigo is that they use RSS to allow followers to use other tools (Google’s personal home page, feed readers, or many others) to get the content delivered to them without having to return to their website.Learning Guide: Diigo from University of Wyoming ExtensionBlogs These have been used for years and are easy to create, maintain and post.  Some examples of popular free blog hosting sites are: Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress. Many blogs have evolved to include static pages, content management and many more features so you can use a ‘blog’ as your own website.Blogs also generate RSS feeds for followers to subscribe.Learning Guide: Blogging from University of Wyoming ExtensionGeneral Curation Resources:What is Aggregating and CuratingNeVC: Curate The Cloud. How Too Much Information puts Humans Back In Charge.last_img read more