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Gabriel’s agent reveals Lille star turned down bigger offers to join Arsenal

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first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Aug 2020 11:31 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Comment Advertisement Gabriel’s agent reveals Lille star turned down bigger offers to join Arsenal Gabriel had offers from Napoli and Manchester United (Photo by Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images)‘Arsenal was nowhere near the best proposal [money wise],’ Guilherme Miranda told Freddie Paxton of the Guardian. ‘Gabriel chose them over more lucrative offers because Edu convinced us of the project. It’s 100% because of Edu Gaspar and Arteta.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta will be buoyed by Gabriel’s decision to join the club and he arrives alongside fellow youngster William Saliba, who signed for the Gunners last summer but stayed on loan at St Etienne.Gunners will be hoping the duo can form a new partnership in the heart of Arsenal’s defence to cure the defensive problems they’ve experienced in recent years.Gabriel will become Arsenal’s second signing of the summer following Willian’s arrival on a free transfer from Chelsea but Arteta hopes to make further additions.Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey is a leading target, while Arteta may decide on signing another midfielder if Dani Ceballos’ stay is not prolonged. MORE: Malang Sarr agrees to join Chelsea on four-year deal Gabriel is set to sign a five-year deal with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The agent of Arsenal-bound star Gabriel Magalhaes has revealed the Lille defender turned down more lucrative offers elsewhere in order to move to the Emirates.The Brazilian was at the Gunners’ training ground on Monday to undergo a medical with the club ahead of a £22million move to north London.Arsenal saw off competition from Napoli, Manchester United and Everton for the defender’s signature and the work of Mikel Arteta are said to have been influential in the Brazilian’s decision. The decision was clearly not down solely to finances as Gabriel’s agent has confirmed he could have earned far more elsewhere but for Edu’s work in convincing the Brazilian about the ‘project’ at the club.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

UWF Men’s Golf Finishes 6th at the Hartford Hawks Invitational

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first_img Share UWF Men’s Golf Finishes 6th at the Hartford Hawks Invitational Sept. 15, 2007BOSTON, Mass. – West Florida finished with 902 strokes, only 2 strokes from 4th place, and a mere 30 strokes from the team champion Old Dominion (872), at The International Golf Club in Boston, Mass. Keegan Bradley of St. John’s was the overall individual winner at four under par. He was the only person to shoot under par from the championship tees on the challenging course. John Murphy of Old Dominion was second at even par. Everyone else was above par.Kyle Scott (Fr. / South Africa) and Matthew Galloway (Sr. / Valric, Fla.) were the top UWF finishers at four over par, which tied them for 14th best. As a team, the Argos placed 6th out of the 13 teams participating. Most of the participating schools were Division I teams. Other finishers for West Florida included Kevin Cooper (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) in 33rd place, Federico Damus (Sr. / Argentina) in 44th place, and Ryan Zebeau (So. / Cedartown, Ga.) in 57th place.The strong showing for the Argos should prepare them for their next tournament in Farmingdale, NY next Friday and Saturday (Sept. 21-22). They will be playing on The Red Course @ Bethpage in the McLaughlin Tournament hosted by St. John’s University. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Tipp management hopeful players get through college games unscathed

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first_imgTipp senior football management are hopeful all their players will come through this week of college games unscathed.They travel to Ennis to take on Clare on Sunday afternoon – but a number of players are featuring for colleges in the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon cup matches this week.This weekend’s game is important, with the Premier aiming to notch up another victory. Tipp coach Shane Stapleton says it’s a difficult time for young inter-county players..last_img

Raiders training camp: Top 5 position battles

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first_imgJon Gruden stressed all offseason that he wants competition at every position, and he meant it.Just look at the flurry of offseason signings made to bulk up position groups you thought already had enough bodies.Let’s take a look at the five most intriguing training camp battles before Gruden and Co. get the ball rolling on Friday.5. Backup quarterback The only reason this one makes the top five is because we saw Derek Carr go down last season. Who knows if a similar injury happens …last_img read more

The Sharks are the team to beat in the Western Conference

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first_imgWINNIPEG, Manitoba — Captain America is Captain Clutch, and apparently, Mr. Jet Killer, as well.Joe Pavelski lifted the Sharks to a 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, scoring his sixth game-winning goal of the season by chipping in a pass from Timo Meier on a two-on-one play with just 3.6 seconds left in regulation. Pavelski also scored the overtime winner when the Sharks beat the Jets in Winnipeg back on Feb. 5.With the win, the Sharks maintained a one-point lead for first place in …last_img read more

What Sparked the Mammal Explosion?

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first_imgIf you think tiny shrew-like mammals scurried afoot below dinosaurs right before they went extinct, you’ve got the wrong picture.A paper in Current Biology has a curious headline: “Mammalian evolution: A Jurassic spark.” Despite the pun, the title implies something dramatic happened when the first mammals appear in the fossil record—a “spark” of rapid diversification reminiscent of the Cambrian explosion.Mammals first appear in the fossil record at about the same time as the earliest dinosaurs (∼220 million years ago), and so the first two-thirds of mammalian evolutionary history thus occurred during the Mesozoic ‘Age of Dinosaurs’. Mesozoic mammals were long portrayed as tiny, shrew-like creatures, unable to diversify due to severe competition and predation from dinosaurs and other reptiles. However, discoveries in the past two decades have greatly expanded the known diversity of Mesozoic mammals, revealing the existence of specialised gliders, climbers and burrowers, semi-aquatic forms and even badger-sized carnivores that ate small dinosaurs. Evidence of extensive ecological differences has been found even between closely-related species, and quantitative analyses of the skulls and skeletons of Mesozoic mammals suggest a diverse range of diets and locomotor modes. Although the ecological and functional diversity of Mesozoic mammals has received increasing attention, the tempo of their adaptive radiation has seldom been quantified. In a new paper in Current Biology, Close and colleagues now show that, during the Mesozoic, mammals evolved very rapidly during the early and middle Jurassic (∼201–164 million years ago), with the average rate of change during this period being twice as fast compared to the remainder of the Mesozoic.This period of rapid evolution also broadly coincides with peaks in morphological disparity (as measured by the average morphological difference between contemporaneous species) and lineage diversity (as measured by the number of contemporaneous branches on the evolutionary tree). Together with previous studies which have highlighted the ecomorphological diversity of Jurassic mammals, these results demonstrate that mammals underwent a sustained and extensive adaptive radiation during the Jurassic, when dinosaurs also underwent a major increase in diversity and disparity.Why is this not portrayed in museum dioramas of dinosaur habitats? Lee and Beck describe how the old (incorrect) picture of Jurassic mammals proceeded from biased sampling of morphological characters and phylogenetic techniques that incorrectly portrayed temporal modes of evolution. In short: mammals appeared abruptly and rapidly inhabited all kinds of habitats. True, the largest weighed about a kilogram in the Jurassic (up to 10 kilos in the Cretaceous), but the variety of adaptations calls for excessive amounts of mutation and selection for the time available. And you know evolutionists are in trouble when they pull out their magic wand, convergent evolution —The Jurassic radiation of small mammals also underscores the prevalence of convergent evolution. Phylogenetic analyses of modern mammals have highlighted how similar ecomorphs (e.g. ant-eating forms, gliders, specialised burrowers and carnivores) evolved multiple times during the Cenozoic. Ongoing studies of their fossil relatives are revealing that many of these ecomorphs also evolved repeatedly, and relatively rapidly, during the Age of Dinosaurs. Early mammals, despite living in the shadows of the dinosaurs, were diverse and successful.Close et al. describe the mammal radiation as an “intense burst” of evolution. They use the word “rapid” three times.Contrary to the traditional view that Mesozoic mammals were exclusively small, generalized insectivores, discoveries in the last two decades, especially from China, have demonstrated that they were adapted for diverse feeding and locomotor ecologies. These finds extend the early mammal repertoire to include digging, climbing, gliding, and swimming and show that some non-therian lineages achieved surprisingly large body sizes (up to approximately 1 kgGiven these revelations, what else about the fossil record are they not telling us?Let’s play word association games like the ones pollsters do about politicians. What word comes to mind when you hear “evolutionist”? Answer: liar, untrustworthy, dishonest, … (Visited 132 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

My normal, crazy, mixed-up country

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first_imgJann Turner, the director and joint writer and producer of White Wedding. . (Image: White Wedding) South African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Are there lions in the streets? Do you live in a mud hut? How come you ain’t … ?As a South African, I get the strangest questions from Americans. Their impression of Africa ranges from the lions-snakes-loincloths version, all the way to the guns-Aids-ghettos version. Often they are wildly off the mark, although, since we hosted the World Cup soccer tournament, they do know that we have stadiums, TV and vuvuzelas.What they don’t know is that we have it all! Wild animals and guns, Aids and ghettos are here, but we also have highways, high schools, high-tech, high-life and high hopes. We’re on Twitter and Facebook and all the other social networks. Charlize Theron is one of us. So is Elon Musk, the PayPal founder and Dave Matthews of the band. We invented super-glue, open-heart surgery and short-range tactical nuclear weapons and we were also the first to ever give up the latter voluntarily.Our country is hauntingly beautiful – beaches, mountains, deserts, forests, cities, jungles. It’s the size of California and Texas combined and 50-million of us live here, of all colours, speaking 11 different languages. Since Nelson Mandela led us out of our painful past, we’re all working hard to get along and make our country a success. And slowly, we’re getting it right. Most of us even have rhythm now.Take Beyonce, Denzel, Obama and Oprah. Throw in LeBron and Tiger. Sprinkle with Bill Gates, Al Sharpton, Pat Buchanan, Spike Lee and Paris Hilton. Make most of them poor, but some rich. Given them each a different language. Now tell them to sort out the US, quickly and peacefully. Get the idea? Ask anyone who visited us for the World Cup. We live in a crazy, mixed-up, fun loving, rich-and-poor, up-and-down place, and we are immensely proud of it.The point I’m trying to make is that South Africa is fast becoming just a normal, crazy mixed-up country. So we – that’s my two partners, Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulana Seiphemo and me – want to tell stories that are fun, real, and normal.So White Wedding came about from a road trip the three of us took across the country about seven years ago – two black dudes and white girl and all the bizarre, funny, typically South African things that we encountered.It was on that long drive that we made up the story about Kenneth (Elvis, the groom) and Rapulana (Tumi, the best man) trying to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town to Elvis’s wedding. Things go wrong – but not in the way you might expect. George (the goat), played by Bella (the goat) isn’t a guest at the wedding – he’s the lunch – a gift from Grandma. Befriended by Rose (the heartbroken British hitch-hiker), George sits in the back seat of the car with Elvis, while Tumi and Rose flirt in the front. Tony, the ex-boyfriend of Ayanda (the bride), pays for her wedding dress. Elvis hasn’t made the transfer from the bank, because he’s lost in mountains, and there’s no phone signal. It’s not really George’s fault that they crash, but in the end, poor George ends up getting cooked and eaten. Or does he?We ended up with a funny, romantic, feel-good road-movie, reminiscent of Sideways and Little Miss Sunshine. We shot the film in 18 days, for a budget of less than U$1-million (R7-million). And South Africans loved it. When did you last see a film in which you laugh at different scenes to the person next to you – and you don’t understand the jokes you are missing? Or when, at the climax, people stand and dance to the soundtrack, shouting in excitement? We heard many stories of black and white strangers hugging each other as the credits rolled, or of employers and their housekeepers sitting side-by-side, shedding simultaneous tears when the story gets weepy.We sent Nelson Mandela a copy for his 91st birthday and he loved it. Mandela is a Xhosa, like Grandma and the beautiful Ayanda, but he wouldn’t mind the gentle fun that is poked at their laid-back, stubborn stereotype. The film gives everyone a bit of a rev.But you don’t need to be South African to appreciate it. At heart, it’s a universal story about love and prejudice. It’s warm, charming, and reminds us that our similarities are greater than our differences. President Obama, you should see it!So … I’m not black. I live in the suburbs, and the lions I hear at night are in the Joburg zoo. But I am South African, and I think Americans are going to like our movie. If you do see it, don’t be afraid to laugh aloud, whistle, dance, cry and applaud during the show. And tell your friends.That’s how we do it.last_img read more

PQA Plus revisions crafted at Pork Expo

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Revisions to the voluntary Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) 3.0 were announced during World Pork Expo in Des Moines. The updated program reflects pork producers’ commitment to continuous improvement and more fully incorporates the six “We Care” ethical principles and the role of caretakers.New research information has been incorporated to increase the program’s effectiveness and to help ensure its validity with customers and consumers. Pork producers maintain a commitment to providing a safe, high-quality product while promoting animal well-being, environmental stewardship and public health.“PQA Plus demonstrates to our customers our commitment to doing what is right when it comes to raising and caring for pigs and producing pork,” said Stephen Summerlin, senior vice president of live operations for Seaboard Foods. “It also lets our employees on our farms, as well as our supplier partners in raising pigs for our pork brands, know that we have high standards and expectations for food safety and animal care.”The PQA Plus enhancements include:The We Care ethical principles now serve as program chapters.The 10 Good Production Practices are now sub-chapters and align with a caretaker’s daily flow of responsibilities.The site assessment now aligns with the Common Swine Industry Audit.Flexibility in the program allows for customization and alignment with an farm’s standard operating procedures.Online training is divided into 14 individual modules that range from 2 to 14 minutes.To help prepare for the implementation of FDA guidance 209 and 213 on Jan. 1, 2017, a new 12-page Responsible Antibiotics Use Guide accompanies the new version of PQA Plus.“PQA Plus has been and still is the heart of our industry’s commitment to doing what’s right for people, pigs and our planet,” said Jan Archer, National Pork Board incoming president and a pork producer from Goldsboro, North Carolina. “This program is the standard that pork producers have endorsed since 1989. Through this program, we earn the credibility from our consumers.”For more information on the revised PQA Plus program, visit pork.org/certifications.last_img read more

Whuffaoke or Bust: RWW’s Road Trip Resources

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first_imgTags:#Lists#web Related Posts After publishing her book about social capital and the power of social networking,The Whuffie Factor, Tara Hunt is doing what any change agent does. She’s changing. She’s quit her job, purchased a winnebago and coerced five friends to karaoke across the country with her. Wuffaoke Or Bust is a cross-country road trip where six crooners and one pug will live stream their 13-city karaoke tour from San Francisco to Montreal. Think of it as a Rental Car Rally with a talent competition or Bullrun Rally with geeks instead of “petrolsexuals.”The group plans on tweeting, blogging, photo blogging and live streaming the event. If you’d like to plan your own wired road trip, here are a few tools that can help you get started:SHARED TRAVEL PLANNING: Both Tripit and Dopplr are fantastic tools for keeping track of itineraries and sharing travel plans with friends. Meanwhile Gliider is a great tool for saving large blocks of trip-related text and syncing them to offline folders. gliider from jared richardson on Vimeo.DIRECTIONS: TeleNav provides GPS services for a number of mobile devices including the iPhone. The tool offers voice driving directions, spoken address recognition, rerouting for accidents and traffic jams, and locates wireless hotspots, the lowest gas prices, parking lots and ATMs. TomTom for iPhone is also expected to be a great tool as the docking station doubles as a charger. FOOD: Many of us are familiar finding food with the Yelp and Urbanspoon iPhone apps; however, if you want an authentic road trip experience you might want to consult Roadfood. This site lays claim to the “most memorable local eateries along the highways and back roads of America.” We get heart palpitations just looking at the heaping plates of pulled pork, burgers and ribs. Meanwhile, if you’re looking to picnic with something more healthy and sustainable, Local Harvest’s farmer’s market finder coupled with the Locavore iPhone app offer users the chance to find local in-season produce. Locallectual offers a similar tool with their iLocavore app. VIDEOS & PHOTOS: One way to get images up quickly is to stream them directly from your camera. Eye-Fi uses a wireless connection to upload photos and videos directly to your Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Picassa accounts. If you want to live stream sans touch ups or editing, Eye-Fi is an extremely useful cordless solution. Other mobile streaming video and image options include Qik, Flixwagon, Stickam, Justin.tv and Kyte Producer. GEO-TAGGING: AroundShare is a mobile application that allows users to publish photos to Google Maps. Meanwhile, Flickr’s users can also organize their videos and photos on a map via the site’s geo-tagging features. As for geo-based discovery, Flickr mobile utilizes the locational features of the Android and iPhone and allows members to explore public photos from nearby sites.TRACKING:Google Latitude lets users share their location on a map in real time from their phones or computers. Maps can be embedded in public websites and road trippers appear as moving dots on the map. Imagine your best friend surprising you with Thai food just as you pull up to your hotel. Services like Brightkite and Loopt also broadcast your location; however, these services are based on push notifications rather than real time tracking. TELLING THE STORY: The Whuffaoke group is using Dipity to aggregate their media. The service allows users to upload their Tweets, blog posts and photo sets to a map, time line and flip book interface. The nice thing about this tool is that it can either be embedded (as seen here) or shared via Facebook, Delicious, StumbleUpon, Reddit or Digg. Other tools to aggregate road trip-related media include JS-Kit’s Echo, Disqus or an embedded hashtag feed. whuffaoke on Dipity. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more