first_imgBEIJING (AP): Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has signed to play for Shanghai Shenhua, becoming the latest in a procession of star players to join the Chinese Super League. Shanghai Shenhua said yesterday that they paid an US$11 million transfer fee to Argentine club Boca Juniors. A person familiar with the negotiations said the 32-year-old Tevez would be paid US$40 million over two years. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to divulge details of the transaction. Tevez is expected to join team training on the Japanese island of Okinawa next month, with a formal introduction to follow soon afterward. The next Super League season begins in March. Chinese clubs have spent heavily over the past year to attract mainly South American stars. Last week, Shenhua’s city rivals Shanghai SIPG sealed a deal with Oscar from Chelsea. Other stars to join Chinese clubs include the Brazilians Hulk, Ramires and Paulinho, Colombian striker Jackson Martinez and Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. Tevez will be coached by Gus Poyet, the former Sunderland and Real Betis manager who became Shenhua’s manager in November. Other internationally recognised managers in the Chinese Super League include Guangzhou Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas, and Hebei China Fortune’s Manuel Pellegrini. China’s government wants to turn the country into a football power, setting the goal of having a team capable of winning the World Cup by 2050. Leading the national team is Italian coach Marcello Lippi, signed earlier this year to a hefty contract of his own. China has also invested in youth soccer and building stronger pipelines to develop homegrown talent.last_img read more

first_imgSpaldings High set a new record in the girls Open sprint medley relay at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium, becoming the first team in history to dip below four minutes in the event. The Spaldings team ran 3:57.58 to win ahead of Edwin Allen, 4:03.28 and Hydel, 4:03.59. Spaldings’ time bettered Edwin Allen’s 4:00.47 set at this championships in 2014.last_img

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Xavier Alexander powered the 1-1 Slingers with a 27-point, 11-rebound, and 12-assist line while Ryan Wright finished with 24 points and 18 rebounds as Singapore relied on just five of its players to score.Alab managed to make the game close in the third after cutting a 13-point deficit, 68-55, with a 16-4 run that Ivan Johnson capped off from the free throw line to cut the margin to 72-71 with 26 seconds left in the period. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut the new-look Alab Pilipinas struggled to take over the game for good and succumbed to their second setback at home. Chukwunike Okosa led Alab with 24 points and 10 boards while Johnson added 19 rebounds and eight assists. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PHOTO FROM ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUESingapore dealt Alab Pilipinas its second straight loss in the Asean Basketball League with a 97-83 beating Wednesday at Sta. Rosa Arena.The Slingers used a 21-4 game-closing run to fend off Alab Pilipinas with AJ Mandani capping off the surge with a mid-range jumper.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Caracut also finds his mark to keep Green Archers alivecenter_img LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

first_imgCouncillor Evans says the movie is bound to get a few chuckles. [asset|aid=917|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6f8445d9eeac92ee517b1e31143ca771-movie Larry Evans 2_1_Pub.mp3] Show time for the movie is at 7pm. Tickets are available at the Fort St. John museum or at the door and are by donation only. If there is enough demand, another screening will be held at 8:30pm. The Lido Theatre will be playing a rare piece of Fort St. John history tomorrow. The movie titled The Peace and Plenty documents life in the Peace region more than 50 years ago. Councillor Larry Evans encourages everyone to view the city’s history.- Advertisement – [asset|aid=916|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=6f8445d9eeac92ee517b1e31143ca771-movie Larry Evans 1_1_Pub.mp3] He says the movie documents the four main industries of the Peace at the time: farming, mining, forestry and oil and gas.There are numerous interviews with local celebrities like Dr. Kearny, as well as local farmers and business owners.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles’ efforts to buy more “green” power got a boost Friday as officials approved two contracts to purchase electricity generated by hydroelectric, biomass and wind farms in the Pacific Northwest. The contracts with Powerex Corp. will increase the Department of Water and Power’s green power purchases by 2percent and bring the total amount of power generated by renewable sources to 8percent. The DWP is scrambling to find alternative energy sources to meet a mandate from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa that 20percent of the city’s electricity be generated by environmentally friendly sources by 2010. “This is a great example of the mayor, the City Council and labor working together to make Los Angeles the greenest big city in America,” the Mayor’s Office said in a statement. The Powerex deals will provide electricity generated by hydroelectric plants, wind farms and landfill gas in the Pacific Northwest. The electricity will be delivered to Los Angeles via transmission lines that the DWP owns. The contracts had been stalled for months amid grievances and complaints by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, which represents DWP employees. The union was concerned the utility was buying power rather than developing its own reliable sources of green power staffed by DWP employees. The DWP and the union reached a settlement earlier this month under which the IBEW dropped its grievances in exchange for the utility setting a schedule to develop green-power facilities and pursue re-starting natural-gas generating stations in Los Angeles. “The agency is utilizing power purchase agreements such as this as a bridge to increasing our supply of renewable energy in the short term, while pursuing plans to build renewable power generation for ownership over the long term,” Board of Water and Power Commissioners President David Nahai said. The Powerex contracts will provide electricity for about 70,000 homes a year. The agreement takes effect April1 and will cost up to $39million a year. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgIt sounds like something straight out of a futuristic film: House hunters, driving past a for-sale sign, stop and point their cell phone at the sign. With a click, their cell-phone screen displays the asking price, the number of bedrooms and baths, and lots of other details about the house. Media experts say cell phones, the Swiss army knives of technology, are quickly heading in this direction. New technology, already in use in parts of Asia but still in development in the United States, allows the phones to connect everyday objects with the Internet. In their new incarnation, cell phones become a sort of digital remote control, as one CBS executive put it. With a wave, the phone can read encoded information on everyday objects and translate that into videos, pictures or text files on its screen. “The cell phone is the natural tool to combine the physical world with the digital world,” that executive, Cyriac Roeding, the head of mobile-phone applications for CBS, said the other day. Beyond the bar code In much the same way that Web publishing took off because of the ability to link to other people’s sites, cell-phone technologies linking everyday objects with the Web would reveal the digitally encoded attributes of tangible things on grocery shelves or newsstands. “Everything in the physical world has information related to it somewhere electronically, including yourself and the desk you’re sitting in,” said Has Fritz, chief executive of Neo-Media Technologies, a company developing these cell-phone capacities. The most promising way to link cell phones with physical objects is a new generation of bar codes: square-shape mosaics of black and white boxes that can hold much more information than traditional bar codes. The cameras on cell phones scan the codes, and then the codes are translated into videos, music or text on the phone screens. These codes are already appearing in the United States on some state driver licenses and on some mailing labels, mostly for commercial use. There are other technologies being developed to scan objects, including radio waves, computer chips or satellite location systems, but the bar-code technology is the most developed – and simple and cheap enough even for individuals to publish them on printed materials or on Web sites. But Hewlett-Packard and the Publicis Groupe are meeting for the second time with cell-phone companies in May to advocate for the technology. Technology companies such as Motorola and Microsoft have also been researching uses for the codes. In Japan, the codes did not become mainstream until the largest cell-phone companies started loading the code readers on all new phones a few years ago. Now, millions of people have the capability built into their phones, and businesses, in turn, are using them all over – on billboards, street signs, published materials and even food packaging. In the late 1990s, several dozen startup companies tried to create devices that would scan print content and ads and then reveal extra information to the reader. But consumers balked at using a special device only to interact with magazines and newspapers. But now the time seems right for cell phones, ubiquitous and increasingly sold with cameras, to be pressed into service as the scanners. “There are three things you tend to carry – your keys, your wallet and your phone,” said Raised Tobaccos, chief executive of Denny, a unit of the Publicis Groupe that focuses on emerging and future technologies. “I can see something in advertising in one place, scan it with my phone and recall it later when I am shopping. Or, imagine, I can buy it using my phone.” About one-third of the 84 million households with cell phones in the United States have phones with cameras on them, according to Forrester Research, and that number is expected to grow as consumers replace their phones. But few people with those phones have downloaded the software to read the codes. In Japan, some highway billboards have codes large enough to be read by motorists’ phones. Hospitals put codes on prescriptions, allowing pharmacies to instantly scan the medical information rather than read it. Supermarkets stick them on meat and egg packaging to give expiration dates and even the names of the farmers who produced them. One of the most popular uses in Japan has been paperless airline tickets. About 10 percent of the people who take domestic flights of All Nippon Airways now use the codes on their cell phones instead of printed tickets. Yasuko Nishigai, 22, used her cell phone recently to buy a ticket from Tokyo to the Japanese tropical island of Okinawa. To board her flight, she waved the code on her cell-phone screen over a scanner. “I didn’t use a single piece of paper, just my phone,” she said. Old media, new tech The codes are “a natural extension of print,” said Nina Link, the president of the Magazine Publishers Association. “How many times have you engaged with a magazine, and you’ve seen something and you’ve said, `Boy, I’d really like to remember to get that information.’ And you have to remember to write down the URL.” The new technology would allow phones to read the codes from computer screens, too. Commuters rushing out the door could scan Web sites on their computer screens with their phones to take the content with them. MySpace users could put a code on their personal pages, so that their friends can quickly transfer the profiles to their phones. The technology would also allow advertisers to do something they could never effectively do before: monitor the impact of their ads in old media such as magazines and billboards by measuring how often their codes are clicked. In the Philippines, the Daily Philippines newspaper has run ads with the codes. In Britain, News Group Newspapers, the division of the News Corp. that includes such newspapers as The Sun, is testing the codes along with some of its sports articles. Readers can scan the code in the newspaper and then see videos relating to the article. In the United States last fall, Canadian alternative-rock band Barenaked Ladies placed the codes on concert posters. Publisher Prentice Hall is including the codes in a new marketing textbook for undergraduates so that they can get updates on case studies using the codes. Advertisers have also experimented with Bluetooth wireless devices and radio frequency identification to beam messages from billboards to consumers’ cell phones, but those technologies are more expensive than the codes. Getting consumers to use new technologies such as these codes takes a lot of marketing by the carriers, said David Oberholzer, associate director of content programming of Verizon Wireless. He said the company is just starting to “bear the fruit” of the work it did to create interest in text messaging.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Japan, McDonald’s customers can already point their cell phones at the wrapping on their hamburgers and get nutrition information on their screens. Users there can also point their phones at billboards to receive movie trailers and at magazine ads to receive insurance quotes, and they can board airplanes using their phones rather than paper tickets. Advertisers say they are interested in offering similar capabilities in the United States, but cell phones here do not come with the necessary software. For now, consumers must download the technology themselves. Still, big advertising and technology companies such as Hewlett-Packard and the Publicis Groupe, an advertising conglomerate, are pushing to popularize the technology in the United States. Until now, in most parts of the world, Web surfing has been separate from everyday activities such as riding the train, watching television and driving. But the new technology might erode that distinction. “You’ve picked up this product, and you don’t want to go back to your PC,” said Tim Kindberg, a senior researcher at the Bristol, England, lab of Hewlett-Packard. “Or you’re outside this building, and you want more information. We call it the `physical hyperlink.”‘ last_img

first_img0Shares0000Samuel Eto’o won the Champions League in successive years with Barcelona and Inter Milan © AFP/File / Josep LAGODOHA, Qatar, Aug 14 – Samuel Eto’o sought the advice of Xavi Hernandez and Wesley Sneijder before choosing to play in Qatar, the Cameroon star said as he was unveiled by his new club Tuesday.After a whirlwind transfer — Eto’o was playing in Turkey a week ago — the beaming 37-year-old striker was presented by Qatar Sports Club, his 13th side, at a chaotic press conference in Doha. The four-times African player of the year said he had spoken to his ex-Barcelona and Inter Milan colleagues before committing to the one-year contract, and they convinced him to play in Qatar.“Xavi and Sneijder are best friends,” said Eto’o.“Before I came to Qatar I spoke to them and they told me all conditions are good, to seize the experience and that it is good to play here.”Xavi has played in Qatar with Al Sadd since 2015 and has been tipped to become the country’s coach when they host the World Cup in 2022.Sneijder plays for Al Gharafa and has been in the Gulf since the beginning of the year.In 2009, Eto’o won the Champions League with Barcelona playing alongside Xavi.A year later he won Europe’s biggest club trophy with Inter, this time in the same side as Sneijder.In Doha he will play in the number 81 shirt — Eto’o was born in 1981 — and could make his debut as early as Friday when his new team take on Al-Sailiya in the Qatar Stars League.His signing is a coup for Qatar Stars Club.They have won eight league championships, but the last of those came in 2003 and they are not expected to challenge this season.Last season they finished in mid-table in a 12-team league, a massive 36 points behind champions Al Duhail.They have played two games so far this season, winning one and losing the other.Eto’o also said he was confident that Qatar would host a good World Cup.Asked about fears over 2022, Eto’o pointed to the experience of Russia, where he played with Anzhi Makhachkala.“A lot of people said it won’t be good.“I was playing in Russia and I heard a lot of things like that and now Russia has held the best World Cup.“Qatar’s World Cup will be at the same level as Russia, or even better.”Although some will be cynical about him playing in Qatar, Eto’o is likely to prove a big draw for the many African fans working in Qatar.Many came to the Qatar Sports Club to cheer his arrival, decked out in Cameroon shirts and kissing posters of their hero.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgJust moments later, a second supporter, dressed all in black, sprinted across the BayArena pitch to snap a selfie.An angry Ronaldo pushed the fan away before security staff intervened.Embrace: A pitch invader hugs Ronaldo © dpa/AFP / Rolf Vennenbernd“I feel good, the annoyance I felt has passed and the team is in good shape,” said Ronaldo who appeared to hurt his shoulder in the incident.“Today we played a good second half. We are all growing and even I personally felt better today, more confident and I hope to continue like this.”Ronaldo scored his second Champions League goal of the season for Juve who were already sure of top spot in Group D and a spot in the last 16.Substitute Paulo Dybala was the creator of the 75th-minute opener, crossing low for Ronaldo to tap in a record-extending 128th goal in the competition, before Gonzalo Higuain’s injury-time clincher for the Italian giants.0Shares0000(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Close call: Cristiano Ronaldo berates a pitch invader who wanted a selfie with the Juventus star © AFP / INA FASSBENDERPARIS, France, Dec 12 – Cristiano Ronaldo was confronted by two pitch invaders, including one seeking a selfie, after his goal helped Juventus defeat Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.Firstly, the Portuguese star was warmly hugged in the middle of the pitch by a fan wearing a Juve shirt and hat.last_img read more

first_imgSeamus O DomhnaillCllr. Seamus Ó Domhnaill has confirmed that he will not have his name on the ballot paper at the Fianna Faíl convention due to be held in the Clanree Hotel this Sunday.Ó Domhnaill who has been a member of Donegal County Council since 2009 said tonight: “At this time I wish to concentrate on serving the local community of the Glenties Electoral Area and ensure that the services and provisions which are required in the Area are delivered upon under my tenure.“Having topped the poll on the two occasions which I stood I plan to continue to use that strong mandate to serve the needs of my electorate as effectively as possible”. “The importance of working within the strong Fianna Faíl team in the Council cannot be underestimated and I hope to continue to work as a united front with my fellow FF Councillors to constructively deliver for the people of Donegal.”Of the selection process Ó Domhnaill stated that, “I had the pleasure of attending 6 Fianna Faíl meetings across our County in recent weeks and putting my pitch to the 900 odd members within the County.“I am humbled by the fantastic response which I received and delighted with the feedback from the party membership in regards to the ongoing work which I am involved in within the Council”.Commenting on his reason for withdrawing his name from convention Ó Domhnaill is frank in his opinion that he “ Passionately believes that Fianna Faíl can win two seats in the Donegal Constituency at the next general election but I believe the strategy which must be implemented is a three-candidate strategy so as to maximise the vote and ensure a transfer at the later Counts. “After careful consideration I have decided to withdraw my name in the interest of re-enforcing the point that 3 candidates must run for Fianna Faíl, the largest party in Donegal County Council having obtained the highest vote of any party in Donegal at last years local elections. Whilst I accept that Deputy Chalie Mc Connologue from Inishowen and Pat Gallagher from the West of the County will be on the FF ticket I believe it to be imperative that a candidate from the middle of the County is also allowed to run under the Fianna Faíl banner.“To that regard I will be giving my full support to Cllr. James Pat Mc Daid who based in Glenswilley offers a new, energetic and dynamic choice to the electorateand is ideally placed to maximise the FF vote within the County.”Ó Domhnaill continued “ The Political landscape across our nation and indeed County has changed dramatically in recent years and with a large, young population situated in the Letterkenny – Milford EA I feel that we as a party absolutely must give James Pat an opportunity to contest the upcoming election.“Since his election in 2014 Cllr. Mc Daid has demonstrated that he is be a vital part of the Fianna Faíl team and I hope that he is afforded the opportunity to have his name on the ballot at the forthcoming General Election. To have a young candidate so eager and energetic about running is a positive departure for Fianna Faíl and for Donegal, one that should be welcomed and not feared by his fellow colleagues.”On the future for Ó Domhnaill he is assertive in that “ Whilst I am withdrawing my name at this juncture I hope and strive to be on the Fianna Faíl general election ticket into the future, where I will absolutely commit to give the same dynamic and enthusiasm to securing a seat in Daíl Eireann and offering strong, straight and honest representation to the electorate across this fabulous County as I am currently portraying in my role as a County Councillor . CLLR SEAMUS Ó DOMHNAILL PULLS OUT OF FIANNA FAIL RACE AND BACKS McDAID FOR BALLOT was last modified: October 1st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgTHE countdown is on to next week’s fun Easter camp at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar.The Centre is hosting a fun week activities for children aged from 4 to 12 and there are a limited number of places left!The Centre has come up with a superb menu of activities for its ‘Easter Camp 4 Champs’ with loads lined up every day over the Easter break. The camp runs for five days from next Monday March 21 until next Friday, Good Friday March 25.The activity camp featuring a range of sports including soccer, bowls, hockey and athletics – and much much more – runs from 10am to 2pm each day.It costs €10 per day or €50 per child for the week with discounts for second and third children in families.To book call Niall on 086 1038036.  FINN VALLEY EASTER KIDS CAMP STARTS MONDAY – STILL A FEW PLACES LEFT was last modified: March 18th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EASTER CAMPFinn Valley Centrelast_img read more