Zaha shows off his new look after chopping off dreadlocks

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first_imgWilfried Zaha has revealed his new haircut after chopping off his trademark dreadlocks.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Culkin Cracks Up The Web With His Own Version Of ‘Home Alone’You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldPlus-Size Babes Who Will Make Your Heart RaceTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Loading… The Crystal Palace star posted the photos of his new hairstyle on social media on Monday night and brought back memories of himself as a young player, when he used to have the same trim. Zaha has recently given his club a major boost by telling the Eagles he is willing to stay until the end of the season.The Ivory Coast forward had been seeking a move this month, and as Sportsmail revealed a fortnight ago has appointed super-agent Pini Zahavi to broker a transfer.But he has accepted no club is willing to meet Palace’s £80million valuation and will not attempt to force an exit.Zaha, 27, was unhappy at being denied a move to Everton last summer but is more sanguine about being forced to stay at Palace for the rest of the season.He brought back memories of himself as a young player, when he used to have the same trimRead Also: Zaha to stay at Crystal Palace this seasonTottenham and Chelsea have expressed interest in him this month, but both clubs are prioritising the recruitment of a back-up striker and cannot go anywhere near Palace’s valuation for a wide player.Palace’s dogged negotiating stance is based on Zaha’s importance to the side, the fact he has three-and-a-half years left on his contract and the strength of his relationship with the management and executives at the club.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Top-four spot the priority – Gourlay

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first_imgChelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has reiterated the club’s focus remains on securing Champions League football next term before a permanent managerial appointment is made. Rafael Benitez, whose side take on Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League on Thursday night, was appointed interim boss after the Blues became the first Champions League holders to exit the competition at the group stage earlier this season. Gourlay, who was speaking in Kuala Lumpur while promoting the forthcoming tour, said the status quo remains for now, with Benitez on course to fulfil his brief. “Achieving one of the Champions League qualification slots is very important to this football club,” Gourlay said on chelseafc.com. He added: “Our whole philosophy is based on success on the football field and we have been doing everything in our power to ensure one of these slots. We want to be pitting ourselves against the top clubs in Europe next season.” Former Liverpool manager Benitez was never a popular appointment at Stamford Bridge and confirmed last week he would be leaving at the end of the campaign, in order to encourage supporters to back the team, rather than barrack him. That rant, coupled with his criticism of the ‘interim manager’ title, led to suggestions the Spaniard could depart prior to the end of the season, while speculation of a permanent replacement for Roberto Di Matteo has been incessant. Gourlay said: “We said from day one that Rafa was coming in as interim manager to the end of the season. “It is important that we remain focused on the job in hand which is qualifying for the Champions League and then at the end of the season we will sit down, have a look at the situation and we will determine how we go forward.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

E-books revolutionize culture

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first_imgThe forward march of societal progress is bound to meet with some dissent, particularly where technology is concerned.The sudden surge in the prevalence of e-books is no exception. Young and old alike have found fault with the burgeoning literary medium, lamenting the loss of intimacy granted by the tangible form, the growing presence of electronic devices in the classroom and the disappearance of big-box booksellers like Borders and neighborhood bookshops alike that have recognized their time is up and bowed out of the business.In our panic, it seems we have forgotten that e-books, while fundamentally different, are not fundamentally bad. On the contrary, they represent a positive cultural evolution, a necessary adaptation to the rapidly changing needs of 21st-century life.It’s as if we’ve been given wings, and one particularly vocal segment of the population is too afraid to fly. Thus, they remain on the ground with resources growing scarce, while the rest of us delve eagerly into the new land of plenty — plentiful reading, that is.Already, we live in a society where the world is at our fingertips. Music, photos and reference materials are all readily accessible, while instantaneously contacting anyone with whom we’ve ever networked can be achieved in a single well-spent minute on the Internet.As USC students, we’re almost expected to have some sort of electronic database on our person at all times. For instance, it’s not out of the ordinary for a professor to request that a student look up the dictionary definition of a word on his or her smartphone while in class.To have e-books become equally commonplace is to complete the long overdue task of bringing literature up to speed with the rest of the world. Their efficiency and convenience is undeniable. Suddenly an entire library can be contained with a pocket-size device that weighs less than one paperback book and can be whipped out on the subway, during a coffee break or in line at the bank.In an age where technology threatens to permanently distract people from literature altogether, the value of a piece of technology that could actually integrate reading into tech-dependent lifestyles cannot be ignored. This applies to cost as well, as e-books have made reading more affordable in some cases — though the price of the e-readers themselves often provide a significant barrier for many would-be users. Digital content is infinitely cheaper to produce than traditional books, as well as cheaper to store, market and distribute. This has proven particularly beneficial for college students, for whom the daunting cost of textbooks is just one of many financial burdens.E-books also offer multiple features that enhance the reading experience itself, such as search functions and direct links to dictionaries and other reference material. Readers of e-books have the benefit of immediately available resources should they come across an unfamiliar Spanish phrase in work, or the need to hunt down a particular quote in a mammoth-size novel like War and Peace.Meanwhile, many of the legitimate complaints raised by e-books are only temporary issues that can be easily resolved in the near future. Annotation difficulties are an example of one such lingering problem, but manufacturers of wireless reading devices have already designed applications for note-taking. Refinement of these kinds of applications will happen naturally as e-books become more widely used.The lack of an effective lending system is another commonly cited issue. But again, libraries worldwide are already taking steps to digitize their collections. Once the transition is completed on a larger scale, the burden on libraries will be eased enormously. No longer will they have to worry about the upkeep of massive collections of bulky, decaying material.E-books will also prevent the further production of more of this material, saving countless numbers of trees and doing our environment a huge favor at a time when it can use all the help it can get.True, e-books can be hard to stomach for millions of die-hard bibliophiles, but they, nonetheless, remain the logical, efficient and cost-effective successor to their physical counterparts.People complained when computers phased out typewriters, too. You would have to search far and wide, however, to find a person who takes issue with today’s word processing software. The transition will take getting used to, as does any significant cultural shift.In the meantime, it’s not as if books are being burned. In fact, the opposite is occurring: Books are being reinvigorated, given a new chance to take hold in a society that once threatened to no longer have room for them.last_img read more