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Chelsea reject Barcelona bid for Willian in excess of Sh6bn

first_imgSky sources understand Barcelona first began efforts to lure Willian to the Nou Camp as long as three months ago.Sky Sports News reported in May that Manchester United were also interested in signing the versatile winger this summer.It was understood that the Brazil midfielder wanted to leave Stamford Bridge if Antonio Conte remained as head coach.Willian made 55 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea last season, scoring 13 goals.However, he was left out of the starting line-up for the 1-0 FA Cup final win over United at Wembley, coming on as an injury time substitute.In total, Willian has scored 44 goals in 236 appearances for Chelsea since joining from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Willian has scored five goals in his last five matches for ChelseaLONDON, United Kingdom, July 3 – Chelsea have turned down a bid in excess of Sh6bn (£50m) for Willian from Barcelona, according to Sky sources.Sky Sports News understands talks are ongoing between the two clubs and representatives of the player, who is currently away on international duty with Brazil at the World Cup.last_img read more

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Takeaways: ‘Selfish play’ costs Sharks in OT loss to Sabres

first_imgBUFFALO — The Sharks weren’t happy with their 4-3 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night. They weren’t terribly upset, either.Just like their meeting with the Sabres on Saturday at SAP Center, the Sharks showed some resiliency in the third period to tie the game as Erik Karlsson scored his first of the season with 8:33 left in regulation time. Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner gave the Sabres a 3-2 lead just 45 seconds into the third period.“Right after we gave up the goal right after …last_img

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Todd’s Take

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd HultmanDTN Lead AnalystMuch of last week in DTN’s newsroom was spent preparing for USDA’s reports on Friday. Ever since USDA closed the lockup room in Washington, D.C., last year, World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report day has taken on an extra layer of anxiety as a whole village of staff plans and works behind the scenes to make sure we all hum in unison to get USDA’s new estimates out as quickly and accurately as possible.We’ve all seen hectic portrayals of newsrooms in the movies with people yelling and reporters running through the office to make deadlines. WASDE report day at DTN is actually much different. There is an eerie quiet when the clock strikes 11:00 a.m. Every second waiting for data to show up feels like a minute, and when the numbers do appear, a nervous chatter of cross-checking begins.Coming off of a five-week government shutdown, Friday had plenty of new estimates to examine, ranging from U.S. and South American crop estimates to Dec. 1 grain stocks to winter wheat seedings with numerous details in between. As DTN’s lead analyst with exactly one hour to prepare a public webinar, I was scrambling to highlight the most important findings and slap up the best charts I could get ready.Now in my 35th year of watching WASDE reports, I have to admit the process has not gotten any easier. In my role at DTN, I no longer trade markets, but the tight stomach never goes away and I am constantly wondering how USDA might surprise us this time. Both in my older days as a broker and trader and my more recent days as an analyst, there has always been a concern of having overlooked something.After Friday’s duties were done and I had a little time to reflect on what just happened, it seemed to me that the reports in general had been fairly tame. There was even some slightly bullish news. USDA reported record-high corn demand for the first quarter of 2018-19. World ending soybean stocks had also fallen more than expected, thanks to modest revisions from previous years.What I didn’t realize until later Friday evening were the surprises in Friday’s data, which many probably missed. It didn’t come from the WASDE report or the grain stocks report, or even winter wheat seedings. It came from USDA’s Oilseeds: World Markets and Trade, a less-talked-about publication that is full of helpful information (see it here: https://apps.fas.usda.gov/…).The February issue began with a bullish headline: “Smaller Supplies to Limit Brazil’s 2018-19 Soybean Exports.” Opening remarks explained how USDA expects Brazil’s soybean exports to drop from 84.2 million metric tons (mmt) in 2017-18 (the local season that just ended on Jan. 31, 2019) to 70.0 mmt, or 2.57 billion bushels (bb), in 2018-19.WASDE estimates, based on the U.S. crop year, don’t match with Brazil’s local season, but the thought that Brazil just exported 84.2 mmt of soybeans and USDA estimated China’s total import needs at 88.0 mmt is a bit breathtaking. A new-crop estimate of 70.0 mmt of exports offers some relief, but is still a lot of soybeans for the U.S. to compete against.Now for the interesting surprise: Under a section titled “Brazil and Argentina Soybean Stock Adjustments,” USDA explained how they had just gone back to 2000-01 and revised ending stocks estimates for the two countries. For Argentina’s latest marketing year, which will end on March 31, 2019, December’s ending stocks estimate of 16.85 mmt was roughly cut in half, to 8.44 mmt, or 310 mb.For Brazil’s latest marketing year, which ended on Jan. 31, 2019, December’s estimate of ending soybean stocks was raised from 775,000 metric tons (mt), or 28 million bushels (mb), to 1.15 mmt, or 123 mb — not a huge difference. However, looking back at prior years, USDA now says the local seasons from 2011-12 to 2016-17 had far higher ending stocks than previously estimated. Four of the years had ending stocks four times higher than originally estimated.As the report admits, “Determining realistic stock numbers for both Argentina and Brazil has been an issue for some time.” This reminded me of an email exchange I had with a USDA official in early 2016 (written about here: https://www.dtnpf.com/…).At the time, I asked the official if he could offer any insight as to how Brazil’s soybean prices could be so low at a time when USDA was estimating ending stocks at an “unbelievably low 17 mb for the current marketing year?”As I explained in the article, USDA was not willing to make a public comment, but the anonymous official offered some helpful possibilities, which included unreported production and unreported imports. He did not specifically mention Argentina, but it was not difficult to imagine Argentine farmers finding creative ways to get around punitive export taxes by crossing the border.Within four months, USDA revised 11 years of corn data for China, adding nearly 6 billion bushels to its count of ending stocks, and now has revised 18 years of South American ending soybean stocks, showing significant changes through the years.Understandably, some will cuss USDA for being off by so much all these years, and I understand the frustration. But as I see it, the real world is messy. You will not hear me bash USDA for attempting to make their estimates more accurate. I would also not want the unenviable task of trying to figure out how much grain is in any country, especially those that are politically closed or have reputations for political corruption.On a more practical note, however, our customers need to know that DTN’s Six Factor Market Strategies do not depend on USDA’s estimates of world grain inventories, and I would not recommend any producer bet the farm based on these numbers. Let these two recent examples remind us yet again why USDA’s world estimates should be taken lightly. We have other data and market clues that offer more help.After watching WASDE reports for so long, it’s no wonder why my stomach knots up on report day.Todd Hultman can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ToddHultman(BE/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Woest Willem – Geocache of the Week

first_imgLocation:Noord-Holland, NetherlandsN 52° 55.927′ E 005° 00.071′ SharePrint Related Woest Willem is inspired by a popular Dutch children’s book of the same name. Willem is a crusty old pirate that lives alone in his house that he built with his own hands. One day, a terrified boy mistakenly climbs up the roof and Willem begrudgingly rescues him. They become friends and start building a boat together. Eventually, Willem has to admit that he never learned to swim, so the boy teaches him how, strengthening the bond between two unlikely mateys.The cache is located in the Netherlands on the outskirts of a small hamlet called Vatrop. Placed with permission of the property owner, it resides in a large wooden box attached to the property. Opening the box reveals a secret treasure chest Willem hid here after his retirement. It is a true pirate treasure, filled with doubloons and other valuable trinkets. Once you sign the logbook take a few minutes to explore the surrounding area as there are many interesting and unexpected art installations close to the pirate’s home. Rumor has it that Willem got into art after his retirement, but we might never find out if that is the truth. Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More TraditionalGC4Y3F1by De Bosmannetjescenter_img What do geocachers and pirates in common? They both treasure the treasure. Avast ye landlubbers! Join us for another wild ride and learn more about the adventures of Woest Willem (Wild William), a once fierce scourge of the seven seas in our Geocache of the Week. Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5last_img read more

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Get Testing: Mozilla Releases Firefox 4 Beta

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melanson Tags:#Browsers#news#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Word hit the Web this week, via a Mozilla executive posting on a developer list, that Firefox 4 was finally on its way next month. The only thing standing in the way? About 160 “hard blockers”, or significant bugs, that needed to be addressed. A big part of fixing bugs is testing and today Mozilla announced the next major version of Firefox 4 Beta for users to help test. The latest version includes increased performance, start-up time, bookmarking and graphics capabilities. Read on for the details.The next version of Firefox 4, said Mozilla senior director Damon Sicore, “is gonna kick ass” and here’s why, from the Mozilla blog:Firefox 4 Beta is built for the way people use the Web today, offering more control over the browsing experience. It introduces a fresh new look and features like App Tabs and Panorama to make it easier and more efficient to navigate the Web. Firefox 4 Beta also includes performance enhancements to make everything faster from start-up time to page-load speed and the performance of Web applications and games. Firefox Sync is integrated into the browser with Firefox 4 Beta, giving you access to your Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs and passwords across computers and smartphones.Firefox 4 Beta also enables developers to create fun Web apps and websites. With full support for HTML5 features in Firefox 4 Beta, developers can create new ways for people to enjoy the Web. This includes WebM and HD video, 3D graphic rendering with WebGL, hardware acceleration and the Mozilla Audio API to help create visual experiences for sound. Director of Product Platform Management Chris Blizzard has a full overview of all developer tools in Firefox 4 Beta.Now, if you’re anything like many of us here at ReadWriteWeb, you forgot about Firefox a good six months to a year ago and have fully moved on to Google Chrome. (For me, it’s something about the ultra-simple design – I just can’t pull myself back to anything else.) But that isn’t true for everyone.When you look at the global browser usage stats, it looks like Firefox has remained essentially even-keeled over the past year, while the most movement has been in adoption of Chrome and abandoning of Internet Explorer. 2009 ended with Firefox at around 31% and a year later, Firefox was at 30%. Chrome, in the meantime, went from around 5% to 15% and Internet Explorer (all versions) dropped from around 56% to 47%. Will Firefox 4 change anything? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Scouting Michigan State A look at the 2015 Spartans

Michigan State then-redshirt junior quarterback Connor Cook (18) during a game against OSU on Nov. 8, 2014 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe 10-game warmup for No. 3 Ohio State has come to an end.Now begins the most important, and difficult, two weeks of the regular season for the Buckeyes, starting with Michigan State on Saturday. The forthcoming game has been circled on the schedules of college football fans since the season began in August when both teams were ranked in the top five of the AP poll. Anticipation hit its peak during Weeks 4 and 5, as the Buckeyes and Spartans occupied the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in the AP poll, respectively. The matchup began to lose some of its luster ever since, especially on Nov. 7 when the Spartans fell to Nebraska 39-38 on the road. Even though it is no longer a meeting of unbeatens, there is still a lot of hype about a game between two top-10 teams with major implications on who advances to the Big Ten Championship Game. Here is a look at the 2015 Spartans. Can Connor still cook? Redshirt senior quarterback Connor Cook is an integral part of Michigan State’s success, but unfortunately for coach Mark Dantonio and his team, there are questions surrounding Cook coming into Saturday’s contest. Cook did not play in the second half of the Spartans’ 24-7 win over Maryland because of an apparent shoulder injury. The Hinckley, Ohio, native took two major hits in the first quarter. On the second one, Cook was slow to get up and visibly favored his right shoulder. He stayed in the game but his arm strength was clearly diminished. The decision to trade his helmet for a headset in the second half was more a precautionary one, Cook said after the game. Both Dantonio and Cook downplayed concerns about the redshirt senior’s availability against OSU, but there is reason to wonder how effective he will be able to be. For a quarterback, an injury to the shoulder is about the worst place, besides maybe to the hand, to be ailing. It’s highly likely that Cook suits up — on Monday, multiple OSU players said they are preparing as if Cook will play — but questions of whether he can he still be the same guy who ranks 28th nationally in passing yards and has a 32-4 record as a starter are legitimate. Everything Michigan State does offensively revolves around Cook’s ability to distribute the football so efficiently. Cook has talent on the outside, namely senior wide receivers Macgarrett Kings Jr. and Aaron Burbridge, who have combined for well over half of the Spartans’ receiving yards, but if his arm isn’t able to deliver the football with the same zip to these players, the offense is vulnerable.The Spartans’ rushing attack has taken steps backward this season with the loss of Jeremy Langford to the NFL, as it ranks 92nd nationally. So, if Cook cannot be his normal self, meaning a larger reliance on the run game, the Spartans could struggle mightily to put up points against the vaunted OSU defense. Reviving the old recipe The old recipe for Spartan success was typical smash-mouth football: a strong run game to set up nothing more than an effective passing game, complemented by an imposing defense to win low-scoring affairs. This has worked incredibly well for Dantonio and Michigan State since he took the helm in 2007. However, the past two years have seen the program veer slightly away from this formula to a more wide-open offense spearheaded by Cook with really good, but not great, defenses — especially this season. The Spartans’ defense has not been the feared unit it has in the past yet this season. It can partly be attributed to injuries in the secondary, but even so, the defense’s performance against Maryland might be what it needed to regain its old mojo. The Spartans have held opponents below 20 points just twice: the Terrapins last week (24-7) and Central Michigan in Week 4 (30-10). However, the old, dominating defense re-emerged against Maryland. The Spartans, who are led by redshirt junior linebacker Riley Bullough, limited the Terrapins to 289 yards total offense, about 100 fewer than OSU allowed. They also forced five turnovers: three interceptions and two fumbles. The latter statistic — turnovers — will be an area where the Michigan State defense will need to repeat its success against OSU, especially because the Buckeyes have been slightly turnover prone this season. The Scarlet and Gray have turned the ball over in each of their past three games, including twice last week against Illinois. For Michigan State to have a real shot at upsetting OSU, the Spartans’ defense will need to be able to generate turnovers, and the offense will have to capitalize on the extra possessions. Beyond the BuckeyesFollowing Saturday’s tilt against OSU, Michigan State is scheduled to return to East Lansing, Michigan, for its final game of the regular season against Penn State. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

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Oversigning footballs latest overindulgence

Oversigning. It’s when a school signs more recruits than it has roster spots available. The gods of college football’s recruiting gluttony? The SEC. Today is National Signing Day, college football’s version of the NFL Draft. However, instead of the pro teams picking players, the players choose their schools. The NFL Draft is spaced out over three days. ESPNU has dedicated 10 straight hours to coverage of Signing Day. There’s no such thing as excess when it comes to football in this country. Schools are allotted 85 total players on scholarship at a given time. Last year the SEC implemented a rule limiting its teams to 28 signees between Signing Day and May 31. The rule, now adopted by the NCAA, isn’t being strictly enforced. One reason schools are circumventing the rule is the spacing of the two dates. Auburn signed 32 players last year because it brought in five players, including Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton, in January. The Tigers had 27 players signed between February and May — one below the limit. According to a January Sports Illustrated report, LSU had to use more cutthroat methods in 2008. Coach Les Miles misjudged how many of his borderline academic qualifiers would become eligible. By summer’s end, Miles had to cut quarterback Chris Garrett because he had two more newcomers than available scholarships. He then had to tell signees Elliott Porter and Cameron Fordham — both of whom declined scholarship offers from other schools to accept Miles’ and LSU’s promise of playing football in Baton Rouge — that there wasn’t room for them. Porter had already moved into his dorm room and started classes when he received the news. The same report stated that eight of the 12 SEC schools had averaged 25 or more signees over the past five years. The website Oversigning.com, which chronicles the practice, lists six SEC schools projected to be over the scholarship limit following Signing Day. The leader of the clubhouse? Ole Miss, which has a projected 14 players over the limit. The website projects Ohio State, which is normally far from the oversigning hoopla, to be right at the 85-man limit following Signing Day. I love college football. I love the pageantry and the rivalries. I spend my Saturdays in the fall glued to the television. The sport dominates my life for a little more than three months. But this practice is bad belly fat on the sport. The presidents and athletic directors of every school around the country — not just those in the SEC — need to step up, show some accountability and actually police the guilty coaches. Whether it’s stricter NCAA laws or a shake weight for SEC schools, something has to be done. read more

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Messi names the 8 players that could star in the World

first_imgNaturally, Lionel Messi is expected to be one of the main stars in the World Cup but the Argentine has now revealed that he is predicting EIGHT other players to shine in RussiaThe 2018 World Cup looks set to be an unbelievable tournament this summer with only six days remaining until the hosts Russia begin the tournament when they face Saudi Arabia in their Group A opener at the Luzhniki Stadium.Many experts and fans alike are expecting great things from both Messi and his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Russia as the duo chase their first World Cup titles in what may well be their final appearance in the tournament.But Messi believes that there are other stars set to shine in Russia.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Brazil have Ney and Philippe [Coutinho]. Spain have Andres Iniesta and Silva. Germany don’t have any one star but they are very solid,” said the 30-year-old, according to the Daily Mail.He added: “Belgium have [Eden] Hazard and [Kevin] De Bruyne. France have [Antoine] Griezmann and [Kylian] Mbappe. The tournament is full of very good players.”After having their final warm-up game against Israel cancelled, Argentina will now travel to Russia for their Group D opener against Iceland on June 16.last_img read more

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Bale named Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner

first_imgGareth Bale has won the Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball award following his impressive performances at Abu DhabiThe Welsh winger proved to be a vital member of the Real Madrid squad this week as they became the first team in history to win three Club World Cups in a row.Bale proved to be unstoppable in Los Blancos’ 3-1 win against Japanese side Kashima Antlers in the semi-finals by scoring a hat-trick.In the final itself on Saturday, Bale played the full 90 minutes and helped Real defeat local side Al Ain 4-1 – which nearly saw him repeat his overhead Champions League final goal as well.Now Bale’s exploits in Abu Dhabi have crowned him the Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Al Ain’s Caio won the Silver Ball with River Plate’s Santos Borre collecting the Bronze Ball.Last year’s winner for the Golden Ball was Luka Modric, who has since gone on to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.🌍🏆 @GarethBale11 🎖 Club World Cup Golden Ball winner#RMCWC | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Mn7vi4SsWE— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 22, 2018last_img read more

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De Laurentiis is tired of racism in Italy

first_imgThe Napoli chairman believes that if the Italian Football Federation doesn’t fix the racism problems in the league, he will quit the competition.Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused during the match against Internazionale Milan in the Italian Lega Serie A.And the Italian Football Federation, better known as the FIGC, did not take serious actions against those who insulted the Partenopei footballer.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….“Once again the system, understood as an organization, has shown that it does not know how to change, punishing the victim and not the executioner,” said Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli’s CEO, according to Calcio Mercato.“If we go on like this, football seriously risks imploding, hurting itself. I am ashamed to be part of this system from which I will be going out very quickly if the FIGC will not use drastic measures against racism.”“In this way, Koulibaly is even more humiliated by this affair. I’m offended for him. He was touched, moved, struck in his sensitivity, his and family. His exhibition capacity was exemplary, I’m sorry he did not have justice,” he concluded.last_img read more

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