Aston Villa in talks over sale of midfielder to Marseille

first_img Carlos Sanchez in action for Aston Villa 1 Marseille are in talks with Aston Villa about landing midfielder Carlos Sanchez.A string of players are expected to leave Villa Park this summer following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.And one of those is Sanchez, the holding midfielder who arrived from Elche in 2014 and has made 48 Premier League appearances.According to La Provence, Marseille are the frontrunners to sign him with positive talks currently ongoing.But it has been reported that the Ligue 1 club are driving a hard bargain and do not want to pay more than £1.75m for the 30-year-old, who arrived for £4.7m less than two years ago.last_img read more

Samsung to build TV factory in South Africa

first_img25 July 2014 South Korean electronics and technology giant Samsung is set to invest US$20-million (nearly R220-million) in a new television factory at the Dube TradePort in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, in order to take advantage of rising demand for consumer goods in Africa. “We plan to start construction of the TV plant in South Africa in the latter half of the year,” Samsung said in a statement cited by the Korea Times earlier this week. “The investment will be $20 million through 2018.” The Dube TradePort is an air-freight logistics hub located alongside King Shaka International Airport, 30 kilometres north of Durban. It is poised to become one of the special economic zones that South Africa is busy setting up in order to boost investment in the country. Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October, in an interview with news agency Bloomberg last week, said Samsung had identified the Dube TradePort “as a space to operate from”. President Jacob Zuma “will launch the special economic zone within a month or so, and the first investment anchor will be Samsung,” October said. The South African factory will be Samsung’s second in Africa. The first, located in Beni Suef, Egypt, began production in September 2013. According to the Korea Times, “while demand for flat-screen TVs has flattened due to the rise of tablets and smartphones, Samsung believes it can awaken idling demand for premium TVs from affluent African consumers”. Korea Times quoted an official from market researchers DisplaySearch as saying: “As the TV markets in North America and Europe are heading towards full saturation, Samsung needs to explore new markets. The South African factory will mainly produce TVs with ultra high-definition (UHD) picture quality.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Preserve the spirit of universal brotherhood, says Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday urged people to preserve the spirit of universal brotherhood on the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.“Let us preserve the spirit of universal brotherhood on this @UN International Day of Peace,” Ms. Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle on Thursday morning.The International Day of Peace is observed throughout the world on September 21 every year.The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace among nations and people.The theme for this year is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”.last_img read more

Man held for raping, killing minor girl

first_imgThe Rajasthan police on Monday arrested a 25-year-old man on charges of raping and killing a seven-year-old girl in Jhalawar district’s Mogya Beh village, where her body was found with injury marks on her neck on Saturday. The post-mortem had established that the minor girl was raped and strangled to death.The accused, Komal Lodha, a resident of the same village, was arrested after a forensic science team, a cyber expert and a dog squad from Kota joined the investigation and helped the police in finding clues to his identity.Known to the victimJhalawar Superintendent of Police Anand Sharma said the accused, who was familiar with the girl and her family, took her to a secluded place when she was going to answer nature’s call. After committing the crime, he allegedly strangulated the girl when she began crying and threw the body in an agricultural field near her home.Komal, a married man, had recently allegedly attempted to tease a girl in the village, after which her family members thrashed him, according to the police. He was let off when his family members apologised and no complaint was lodged with the police.The tribal-dominated Mogya Beh village falls in the Aklera block of Jhalawar district. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje represents Jhalrapatan Assembly constituency in the district, situated 330 km away from the State capital.The police have registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, while listing the matter in the “case officer scheme” to facilitate speedy trial. The accused will be produced in court on Tuesday with the request for police remand.last_img read more

Going, Going, Gomes: 3-Run Homer in 9th Lifts Indians

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — For eight innings, nothing. The Indians did everything in the ninth.Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer with two outs off All-Star closer Greg Holland as Cleveland, down to its last strike several times, rallied for four runs in its last at-bat for Corey Kluber and stunned the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Tuesday night.After Austin Jackson tied it with a two-out bloop RBI single, Gomes connected on the first pitch from Holland (2-3), driving it into the seats in center field to touch off a wild celebration in Progressive Field.Gomes flung his helmet and skipped around the bases as the Indians players danced out of their dugout at the improbable walk-off win.“That was unbelievable, man,” Gomes said. “It was some battle at-bats, too. Austin found the hole out there, but he battled his tail off. That’s the best closer in the NL, and maybe in the major leagues right now. We’ve seen him plenty of times. We all know a little about him. We were just trying to put some good at-bats together and trying to get a win for Corey.”Kluber (10-3) deserved it. The right-hander gave up three hits, struck out 11, threw his second straight complete game and continued his dominance since returning from the disabled list on June 1.But if not for Jackson’s heroics against Holland, the majors’ saves leader, and Gomes’ eighth homer, Kluber would have taken a tough loss. Until the Indians’ late rally, Charlie Blackmon’s homer on Kluber’s second pitch looked like it might stand up as the game’s only run.“First couple hitters of the game, home run, single and then nothing,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Kluber’s latest gem. “It’s fun to watch. It’d be nice to score some runs so he could really enjoy it. He spent two and a half hours being grumpy, then you win.”Holland walked Edwin Encarnacion with one out and struck out Carlos Santana before getting ahead of Jackson. In a two-strike hole, Jackson barely nicked a pitch before fouling off two more and dropping his game-tying RBI single into right-center, the flair just eluding a diving Blackmon.“They all suck anytime you lose especially when it’s your fault,” Holland said. “Walking the tying run and the winning run was the key to the inning. Edwin had a good at-bat. The walk to Zimmer was more on me. I don’t think he ever swung. Jackson had a good at-bat. I thought it was a fly ball off the bat. He just hit it in a perfect spot.”The Rockies honored late manager Don Baylor by hanging his No. 25 jersey in their dugout. Baylor, who died Monday at 68 after a long battle with cancer, led Colorado to the playoffs in 1995 — the expansion franchise’s third season.Indians All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley sprained his right ankle in the fifth, going down after taking a few steps toward a fly ball. Brantley, who played in just 11 games last season following right shoulder surgery, started running after a fly to center when he pulled up. The 30-year-old dropped to the grass and had a concerned look on his face while being checked by a trainer.Brantley, who was on the disabled list in June with a sprain to the same ankle, limped slowly off the field to an ovation and was helped down the dugout steps.Francona said Brantley will undergo an MRI and the team should know more on Wednesday.KLUBER WITH A CAPITAL KKluber is just the third pitcher to strike out at least eight in 13 consecutive starts, joining Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat. Johnson did it three times, and Martinez twice.LEADOFF, LIFT0FFBlackmon’s homer was the 100th of his career — and 27th leading off a game. He’s the 12th player in team history to reach the century plateau. He’s hit a major league-leading 21 leadoff homers since the start of 2015.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: OF Ian Desmond (strained right calf) took batting practice on the field before Tuesday’s game. There’s no timetable for his return. He’s been on the 10-day disabled list since July 16.Indians: Francona said All-Star LHP Andrew Miller may need a few days beyond his stint on the 10-day disabled list to recover from right knee tendinitis. Miller was placed on the DL last week and is eligible to be activated on Aug. 12. Asked when the indispensable Miller will pitch once he’s activated, Francona quipped: “Five minutes after he’s off the disabled list.”UP NEXTTrevor Bauer, who held the Yankees to one run in seven innings last week, starts the series finale for the Indians. Bauer lasted just 3 1/3 innings against Colorado earlier this season. Rookie Antonio Senzatela starts for the Rockies. He gave up two homers in a start against Cleveland in June but got the win.By TOM WITHERSTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Women Encouraged to Emulate Cultural Icons

first_img The call came from Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at the beginning of a cultural series titled ‘Four Women’, held on March 11 at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), downtown Kingston. “Let us be encouraged to follow in the footsteps of these four women and remain committed to making a positive impact in our society,” she said. Story Highlights Women are being encouraged to impact society by following in the footsteps of four cultural icons – sculptor, Hon. Edna Manley; folklorist, author, musician and actress, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley; writer and activist, Una Marson; and opera singer, Mercedes Kirkwood.The call came from Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, at the beginning of a cultural series titled ‘Four Women’, held on March 11 at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), downtown Kingston.“Let us be encouraged to follow in the footsteps of these four women and remain committed to making a positive impact in our society,” she said.In a message read by Executive Director of the IOJ, Vivian Crawford, Miss Grange said the Four Women series will enhance the national consciousness about the nation’s unsung heroes.She noted that the four women are just “examples of an array of outstanding women who comprise a distinct Jamaican heritage of excellence and passion”.“These cultural icons paved the path that so many of us now have the privilege to walk on,” the Minister said.She lauded the four presenters of the series, including Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Lorna Goodison; and Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, who will present on March 18 at the same venue.“As we reflect on the challenges and achievements of these cultural icons whose legacies have shaped our country’s history, we’re joined by an impressive group of contemporary women who are, in like manner, making their own contributions to their respective fields,” she said.The Minister used the opportunity to congratulate Lorna Goodison on receiving the prestigious Windham-Campbell prize this month. She noted that the prize, a significant literary achievement, was unquestionably deserved by Miss Goodison.“Her masterfully crafted poetry and stories on Jamaican lives have resonated with people all over the world across language, gender or racial differences. We are deeply proud of our Jamaican Poet Laureate,” she added.At the event, writer and poet, Rachel Manley; and Associate Curate and Research Officer at the IOJ, Shari Williams, spoke on the lives and works of Edna Manley and Mercedes Kirkwood, respectively.The event was organised by the Jamaica Music Museum, in association with the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ), in celebration of Women’s History Month in March 2018. Women are being encouraged to impact society by following in the footsteps of four cultural icons – sculptor, Hon. Edna Manley; folklorist, author, musician and actress, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley; writer and activist, Una Marson; and opera singer, Mercedes Kirkwood.last_img read more

CEEfocused channels provider Viasat World has lau

first_imgCEE-focused channels provider Viasat World has launched its new drama channel and associated subscription video-on-demand offering, Epic Drama and has named a line-up of distribution partners for the service.Viasat World has struck deals with operators across the region to carry the service. Operators including Poland’s Cyfrowy Polsat, Romania’s RCS & RDS, Digi in Hungary, Slovak Telecom and United Group’s units in Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia will carry Epic Drama from today. Cyfrowy Polsat’s rival nc+ will carry the service from January 1.Epic Drama will provide over 600 hours of period drama content, which will be available in HD on both a linear and SVOD basis. The company said that a significant portion of the service’s content would be exclusive to each of its markets.Series on Epic Drama will include ITV Studios Entertainment’s Harlots, Mr Selfridge and Poldark, All3media International’s The Minaturist and Banijay Rights’ The Restaurant and Versailles.Shows that will be available either for their first run or exclusively on the platform include Beta Film’s Borgia, Copper and A Letter for Evita and eOne’s Klondike.“We are delighted to see the majority of our key operator partners adding Epic Drama to the mix – proof of our commitment to understanding the needs of our clients, and our shared goal of delivering relevant content to audiences,” said Irina Gofman, Viasat World’s CEO.“We are confident that Epic Drama’s differentiated proposition will truly make it stand out from the crowd and succeed – giving people access to world-class, acclaimed drama content 24/7, when and where they want it. The launch is indicative of our agility, as an independent broadcaster, to respond to what viewers and partners are looking for, alongside our ambition to grow our overall reach and audience.”last_img read more

Amazonowned video game streaming platform Twitch

first_imgAmazon-owned video game streaming platform, Twitch, has announced plans to drop ad-free viewing as one of the perks of a Twitch Prime membership.In a company blog post, Twitch said it had “re-evaluated some of the existing Twitch Prime benefits” and will stop offering advertising-free video streams after October 15.Users that have an annual Twitch Prime subscription, or upgrade to one before this date, will continue to have ad-free viewing until their renewal date.Twitch said that other Prime advantages – like free monthly games, exclusives and in-game loot – will not change. Twitch Prime users also get all other Amazon Prime benefits, like free two-day shipping and access to Prime Video and Prime Music.Meanwhile, ad-free viewing will still be available with a ‘Twitch Turbo’ subscription, a separate pay-monthly offering that includes services like an expanded emoticon set, custom chat username colours and priority customer support.“Advertising is an important source of support for the creators who make Twitch possible. This change will strengthen and expand that advertising opportunity for creators so they can get more support from their viewers for doing what they love,” said Twitch in a statement.“We want Twitch to remain a place where anyone can enjoy one-of-a-kind interactive entertainment, and ads allow us to continue making Twitch the best place for creators to build communities around the things they love and make money doing it.”Twitch Prime rolled out globally in more than 200 countries and territories last June. Amazon bought Twitch for US$970 million in 2014.last_img read more

Djerejian available to comment on Syria and Turkey

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduDjerejian available to comment on Syria and TurkeyThe founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute is a former US ambassador to Syria and assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairsHOUSTON – (Nov. 27, 2012) – Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Syria, is available to comment on the Syrian crisis and Turkey’s request to NATO to assist in protecting Turkey from Syria with Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries. In June, Djerejian traveled to Istanbul, where he met with Turkish policy experts and Syrian opposition representatives.A leading expert on the complex political, security, economic, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East and South Asia, Djerejian served in the U.S. Foreign Service under eight presidents, from John F. Kennedy toBill Clinton. Prior to his nomination by Clinton as U.S. ambassador to Israel, he was assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs in both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations. In 2003, Djerejian chaired the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim World at the request of then-Secretary of State Colin Powell and was senior adviser to the Iraq Study Group in 2006. Djerejian is the author of the book “Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador’s Journey Through the Middle East.”The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media who want to schedule an interview with Djerejian. For more information, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327.To see a previously aired interview with Djerejian discussing the Israel-Hamas cease-fire, click below or go to Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Djerejian on Twitter: @edwarddjerejianDjerejian biography: courtesy: Rice University’s Baker Institute FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more