Khedira to Arsenal latest: €30m deal and the highest paid player at the club

first_img Sami Khedira is being touted for a switch to Arsenal 1 Following a starring role in Germany’s 7-1 humiliation of Brazil in the World Cup semi final, reports concerning Sami Khedira’s future have gone into overdrive, with the Real Madrid man tipped for a big money move this summer.Arsenal are just one of the clubs linked with the 27-year-old, but will they land him or will he end up elsewhere?talkSPORT rounds up the latest…Highest paid playerThe biggest development seems to be the problems that have arisen over Khedira’s current wages in Madrid. The Daily Mail report that Arsenal will need to make him their highest paid player – an idea they appear to be open to – but concede that the club could still look elsewhere in their quest to sign a new central midfielder, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender and Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin still being considered.€30m dealSport Bild seem to be keeping a keen eye on proceedings, reporting that Arsenal are preparing a €30m bid for Khedria. However, much like the British media, they also say that in order for the Gunners to secure his services, they will have to make him the club’s highest paid player. Mesut Ozil currently holds that title – earning an estimated €180,000-a-week.Stalled negotiationsSpanish outlet Cadena Ser have shed more light on Khedira’s current situation, claiming that Arsenal representatives have spoken with his agent over a potential move, but talks have stalled over salary demands. They continue that Arsenal have a transfer budget of €100m for the summer, and with Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy set to arrive at the club in due course, there is plenty of money remaining to land Khedira.CompetitionKhedira’s performance against Brazil looks to have prompted Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho into action, according to the Independent. Seemingly not content on signing Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, the Blues are considering a move for Khedira – who has worked with Mourinho during the latter’s time as Real Madrid manager. At the moment it looks to be just fleeting interest, but given Chelsea’s comparable wealth, Arsenal will be keen to get any deal over the line sooner rather than later.Arsenal fans, will you land Sami Khedira? Comment below…last_img read more

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Fox signs on to Movielink venture

first_img But viewers won’t see any of George Lucas’s “Star Wars” films, which Fox distributes in theaters and home video. Fox does not own the Internet distribution rights to the films. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Movielink, a joint venture of five Hollywood studios to offer movies over the Internet, has signed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox, allowing it to offer movies from all major studios for the first time. The deal, announced today, comes at a time when studios and TV networks are looking at alternative ways to distribute programs, including video on demand and portable devices, such as the Apple iPod. While Fox has offered some of its content online at sites such as CinemaNow.com, it has waited until more homes have high-speed Internet access and can view downloaded movies on large screen TVs before signing a deal with Movielink. “I think you’re going to see us be a lot more aggressive in the next few months,” said Peter Levinsohn, president of Worldwide Pay Television and Digital Media at Fox. “This marketplace is really going to start to grow.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Movielink and similar legitimate movie download services exist, in part, to offer an alternative to illegal piracy. Yet Movielink has yet to become popular, in part because films can only be viewed on a computer or watched on a TV screen using a cable. But over the next few months, consumer electronics devices, such as the recently released XBox 360 game console, will allow consumers to more easily view material stored on a hard drive on a large TV screen. Studios also are expected to experiment with other business models, including allowing viewers to purchase movies online and burn a copy to a DVD. “The end of 2005 and into 2006 is really a watershed year,” said Jim Ramo, chief executive at Movielink. “I think you’re beginning to see a snowball effect.” Starting today, Fox will make movies such as “Robots” available and will add more movies over the next few months. last_img read more

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Chelsea considering making final offer for forward – report

first_imgChelsea are considering making a final improved offer for Bayer Leverkusen’s Germany international André Schürrle, according to The Guardian.The Bundesliga outfit are reported to have turned down a £16m offer for the 21-year-old forward.The Sun say Chelsea’s Michael Essien is being lined up for a £10m move to Fenerbahce.The Daily Mail say the Turkish club are preparing an £8m bid for Essien and have also enquired about Blues midfielder Raul Meireles.Meanwhile, Fulham have again been linked with a move for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe.The Daily Mirror say the Whites, Aston Villa and Sunderland are all keen on the England international.QPR and West Brom are on the trail of Argentina star Cristian Ansaldi, according to The Sun.The Rubin Kazan full-back, 25, is said to have been attracting attention from a host of top clubs, including Chelsea.And a number of today’s papers pick up on comments made by Joey Barton’s agent Willie McKay, who believes the QPR midfielder may join Marseille with Stephane Mbia moving in the opposite direction. This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South Africa’s Formula One great

first_img30 November 2005Ferraris, designed by South African Rory Byrne, have dominated the sport of Formula One in recent years, winning five consecutive World Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships.A former student, Byrne was awarded an honourary doctorate by the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on Tuesday night.He was honoured for his contribution to the sport of motor racing, and for putting South Africa on the world motor-racing map.A lifetime in motor racingDespite not having an engineering background, Pretoria-born Byrne has been one of the most successful designers of Formula One racing cars ever, having won six World Constructor’s Championships, including five consecutively.He has spent a lifetime in motor racing, starting a company called “Auto Racing and Speed Den” not long after graduating with a BSc in chemistry and applied mathematics in 1964.“It took me, from the time I started in motor racing to the time I started designing for Ferrari, about 31 years,” he said, speaking to the media before the award.Those years saw him rise through the ranks of South Africa’s Formula Ford Championship before joining Britain’s Royale company, where he designed the 1974 Super Vee cars.First world championshipHe made the step up to Formula One in 1982, when Toleman racing moved into the premier motor sports league. The company was bought out by Bennetton in 1985. Here he began working with a technical director, Ross Brawn, and a promising young driver, Michael Schumacher.It was with this team that Byrne won his first Formula One world championship, the 1994 Driver’s Championship. They repeated the feat in 1995, this time winning the Constructor’s Championship too.Ferrari’s yearsIt has been with Ferrari, however, that Byrne has won the most recognition and acclaim. Schumacher and Brawn moved to Ferrari, then struggling in the middle of the pack, in 1996. Byrne joined them the following year.Reunited, they went on to completely dominate the sport of Formula One in the last few years. Ferrari won both the Driver’s and Constructor’s Championships for five successive years between 2000 and 2004.In 2002, Ferrari won all but two of the 17 races in the season.‘Engineering exercise’At Ferrari Byrne leads a team of over 100 engineers, all highly specialised at fine-tuning all areas of the cars. Byrne is ultimately responsible for thousands of decisions that all help to shave hundredths of a second off the lap times, and keep them ahead on the opposition.“Motor racing is, essentially, an engineering exercise,” Byrne said.His lack of an engineering background has certainly not been a handicap, although he said he’s “had to pick up along the way.”Byrne’s contract with the Ferrari team will expire in February 2007, when he expects he will retire. Perhaps then, he said, he will be able to visit South Africa more frequently. He plans to settle with his wife and son in Phuket, Thailand, where they are building a holiday resort.“Motor racing is just like life,” said Byrne, “Only it happens 10 times faster.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Cherry 100% Human Hair Eyelashes #47, Best lashes ever. Dramatic yet natural for modelling and going out.

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Researchers Learn Lessons from Remarkably Durable Roman Concrete

first_imgConcrete is widely used but carries a steep carbon penaltyConcrete is the most widely used construction material in the world. The glue that holds it together is portland cement, a mixture of limestone and clay that’s baked at high temperatures in giant kilns fired by powdered coal, oil, or gas.Modern kilns operate at temperatures of more than 2,600°F, but Berkeley researchers discovered the Roman process required less lime and that it could be processed at a much lower temperature, 1,652°F.“It’s not that modern concrete isn’t good – it’s so good we use 19 billion tons of it a year,” says Berkeley Lab project leader Paulo Monteiro. “The problem is that manufacturing portland cement accounts for seven percent of the carbon dioxide that industry puts into the air.”For every ton of concrete that’s produced, a ton of carbon dioxide also released into the atmosphere, researcher Marios Soutsos told Chemistry World in a 2008 interview. Modern kilns are more efficient, producing about 800 kilograms of carbon dioxide per ton, but that’s still a significant amount.Carbon emissions are not only the result of burning the fuel needed to attain high kiln temperatures but also the breakdown of the calcium carbonate itself. Underwater samples taken from a 2,000-year-old Roman breakwater could point the way to producing more durable concrete and reducing carbon emissions associated with cement manufacturing.The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) announced that researchers working the Bay of Naples in Italy sampled concrete that is chemically different and more durable than its contemporary equivalent. In addition, the limestone used to make it was fired at much lower temperatures than the temperatures required for today’s lime kilns. Not unlike modern fly-ash concreteThe Romans’ concrete recipe seems to show some similarities to modern blends that replace some of the portland cement with fly ash, a waste product from coal-fired power plants or blast-furnace slag. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, up to 40% of the cement in concrete (by weight) can be replaced with coal fly ash.Paul Preuss, who wrote the report on the team’s findings for LBNL, said there are certainly similarities between the two types of concrete. “While fly ash and pozzolan have similar chemistry, many places have access to pozzolan that may not have ready access to fly ash (e.g., Saudi Arabia),” he said in an e-mail.Preuss added that portland cement sets and cures quickly when compared to Roman seawater concrete, so Roman concrete “isn’t a panacea.”center_img The Roman recipeAccording to the LBNL report, Romans mixed lime and volcanic rock to make concrete.“For underwater structures, lime and volcanic ash were mixed to form mortar, and this mortar and volcanic tuff were packed into wooden forms,” the Lab said. “The seawater instantly triggered a hot chemical reaction. The lime was hydrated – incorporating water molecules into its structure – and reacted with the ash to cement the whole mixture together.”The best ash for maritime concrete came from the town of Pozzuoli. Ash with similar characteristics, which is called “pozzolan,” is found all over the world.In modern concrete, the cement binder is a compound of calcium, silicates and hydrates or C-S-H, LBNL reported, while Roman concrete had more aluminum and less silicon. The calcium-aluminum-silicate-hydrate (C-A-S-H) “is an exceptionally stable binder.”“For us, pozzolan is important for its practical applications,” says Monteiro. “It could replace 40 percent of the world’s demand for Portland cement. And there are sources of pozzolan all over the world. Saudi Arabia doesn’t have any fly ash, but it has mountains of pozzolan.”last_img read more

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6 Things Apple Should Fix In iOS 8

first_imgadriana lee Given that battery drain is one of the top nuisances of smartphone usage, and that GPS is often a primary culprit, it would be great if users could actually control the function. Right now, we can go into Location Services (in Settings) and turn it on or off—across the board or on an app-by-app basis. But frankly, it’s still a pain in the neck.Apple gives app makers the ability to adjust GPS and location services through its Core Location framework. This lets developers decide whether their apps will engage the GPS antenna consistently—essential for functions like navigation—or just occasionally.But not all apps use this tool efficiently. And rather than forcing me to delete them or block them completely, let me choose which apps can occasionally hit up the GPS. That way, I can still use them without sucking my battery dry.5. Tighter Integration Between OS X And iOS Tags:#Apple#iOS 8#iPhone#WWDC 2014 Digging into my iPhone’s inbox for a specific message—a friend’s list of recommended Napa wineries—I can only think of one thing: I could really use a glass of pinot right now. Searching within the Mail app is clumsy, broken and frustrating. And it’s not the only annoyance in Apple’s mobile operating system.When iOS 7 came along, it was a major software upgrade, both visually and functionally, offering the most changes users have ever seen in one fell swoop. But it didn’t solve everything. The 2-year-old Maps app, though evolving, still has plenty of room for improvement. The lawsuit-inspiring iMessage debacle also clearly needs some urgent attention, especially if a user’s friends have switched from iOS to Android. And there are other fundamentals in the operating system that sorely need a revamp.Where Apple Should Cast Its “i” Next If there’s a top priority, it has to be fixing iMessage. When users leave iOS, iMessage doesn’t realize they’ve left and attempts to deliver iPhone texts to them through Apple’s system. This, of course, doesn’t work. And the intended recipient—now on Android or another platform—never gets the message.Apple pledges to fix this, but its past attempts haven’t squashed the bug yet. Granted, the solution may be trickier than it seems. It might even require carriers reporting in whenever iPhone users jump ship to another handset. Or even doing the unthinkable, like looping in Android to ensure cross compatibility.Regardless, Apple has to sort this out and fast. The fundamental part of a smartphone is not the “smart” part; it’s the phone. Making sure that a core communications feature—i.e., SMS texts—”just works” is non-negotiable. Too many people rely on it.2. Fill In Obvious Gaps In Apple AppsSearching Mail is a horrid experience, with no way to filter or sort results. And it’s rather obvious that the app is not searching the messages on the server, no matter what it tells you.See also: How iOS 8 Will Fix Apple MapsMaps has come a long way since it launched. At least you don’t hear about people being navigated into lakes anymore, which is good (though it’s hardly anything to write home about). The app, though, is still missing a core function: transit info. Apple acquired Hopstop last year, so there’s really no excuse not to integrate that data right into Maps in iOS 8.Meanwhile, over in Safari, I’d love to save webpages to Pocket or Evernote. There’s simply no straightforward way to do that without emailing links.3. Let Users Change Default Apps Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement When I interviewed LastPass founder Joe Siegrist, he mentioned something that stuck with me: His app—which saves and protects passwords—can’t function the way he wants it to in iOS. The reason? Sandboxing.“Basically, sandboxing means that apps are isolated and can only play within their own sandbox,” he said. “LastPass is special, in that it needs to interact with other sandboxes. It needs to interact with other apps.” This is why you can’t just access an account in Safari, and have LastPass auto-fill your username and password, like Android users can. And although Apple offers its own built-in password manager for Safari, neither that nor LastPass can fill in logins for your banking, Facebook or other dedicated apps.Apple has always held an iron-fisted grip on its ecosystem, largely to ensure a smooth experience for its users. But continuing to isolate apps—during a time when software development is all about integration—could wind up making iOS feel hopelessly out of date.Turns out, Apple may know that all too well. Rumor has it that the company has been developing an API to let apps share data with each other. Hopefully iOS 8 will benefit from all that work, and actually let apps communicate directly.One More Thing …Some of these issues are longstanding complaints about the experience with the iPhone and its iOS cousins, the iPad and iPod Touch. And in the past, the odds that Apple might actually address such fundamental issues were next to nil.But that was then. Apple during Steve Jobs’ reign was steeped in technological righteousness. (If you couldn’t get a signal, it’s not the phone’s fault. You’re just holding it wrong.) It was easy to overlook the company’s control freak personality, because it kept many sketchy developers and poorly written apps at bay. But now, it just feels limited. Even old-fashioned.Current CEO Tim Cook likely knows that. At the very least, he seems to be running a different joint than his predecessor. Cook’s Apple admits failures. It recognizes bugs and pledges to fix them. It might even reverse course and buck the departed Apple co-founder: Jobs once told journalists that no one would buy big smartphones. Now, some sites believe a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is in the works. If true, that would be the largest iPhone that has ever existed.In years past, the company would have never considered the wish list items mentioned above. It still might not. But times have changed. Some may not like this kinder, gentler Apple, but in that, others might see hope for more flexibility. It’s something Apple greatly needs, if it wants to cast its “i” to the future.Sandbox image by Flickr user Ben Dunham The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img If Apple can’t (or won’t) fix its stock apps, at least let people switch them out.iCab Mobile is an extremely useful, adaptable mobile Web browser capable of handling plugins and other features. It’s an app I wish I could use more often, but I can’t. Every time I click a link in an app, it fires up Safari. The Mailbox app from Dropbox has helped me tame my inbox, but when I need to email a link, pic or other item, I don’t have an option to use it; I always get Apple’s inbuilt Mail app instead.I’d also love to ditch the default Calendar and Camera, not to mention Apple’s stock keyboard. Every time I see an Android user zooming through text entry with a Swype gesture-based keyboard, I can hardly contain my jealousy.And after years of issuing iOS releases, it’s mind-boggling that users still can’t delete the Stocks app. It’s a minor grumble in light of the rest, but its persistence is simply inexplicable and frustrating.4. Allow More Control Over GPS To Help Battery Life Related Posts Next week, the company kicks off its Worldwide Developers Conference, where it’s expected to unveil iOS 8. This is a prime opportunity to address a few ongoing issues for users and developers alike.It’s good timing, too. Apple devices may still account for the biggest market share globally, but according to data from Net Applications, its slice of the pie is shrinking. Last month, worldwide iOS share on tablets and smartphones slumped from 53.29 percent in March 2014 to 51.11 percent in April 2014. That was its lowest point in a year. In April 2013, iOS accounted for 59.04 percent.Here are some of our hopes for things the iPhone maker could do to make users and developers happy—including fixing its own Apple-made apps, letting users replace them, and allowing apps to talk directly to each other.1. Fix iMessage—And Stat! Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Apple has clearly brought its mobile operating system and desktop OS X closer together in numerous ways, thanks to updates in iOS 7 and Mavericks. Reminders glide easily between devices and laptops, as do notifications, notes and other apps or features.Things break down when you get to AirDrop, though. The native Apple utility, which allows the sharing of docs between iOS devices or between Macs, could have been an incredibly handy feature. Unfortunately, there’s a weird disconnect in that mobile and computer users can’t reach out and share with each other.So you can AirDrop a photo from your phone to your iPad, but to have it on your Mac, you have to sync it to iTunes, email it to yourself or use a third-party app. This just doesn’t make sense.Another candidate for the “enigmas of iOS” pile: Mail (again). Some people rely on the range of flag colors in the desktop version to prioritize their messages. In the mobile Mail app, all those color-coded flags all combine into one single orange heap.6. Loosen Sandboxing Restrictions On Apps What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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Lyft and nuTonomy announce self-driving R&D partnership

first_imgRelated Posts David Curry IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#Autonomous#Boston#driverless#Lyft#NuTonomy#R&D#ride-hailing#ride-sharing#Self-Driving#taxi center_img Uber rival Lyft and self-driving startup nuTonomy have announced on Tuesday a R&D partnership focused on the “end-to-end experience” of riders in autonomous vehicles.nuTonomy will work on the performance of the self-driving system and how it interacts with the rider, while Lyft will focus on the routing and booking of rides. In a press release, the companies said they want to learn and improve from one another.See Also: Delphi joins crowded autonomous taxi run in SingaporeThe R&D will take place in Boston, where nuTonomy has been testing self-driving vehicles for half a year. NuTonomy is following normal protocol when it comes to self-driving tests, with an engineer in the driver seat to take control if needed.“By combining forces with Lyft in the U.S., we’ll be positioned to build the best passenger experience for self-driving cars,” said Karl lagnemma, CEO and co-founder of nuTonomy.“Both companies care immensely about solving urban transportation issues and the future of our cities, and we look forward to working with Lyft as we continue to improve our autonomous vehicle software system.”Lyft already has GM investmentThe firm has already forged partnerships with General Motors and Waymo, two of the leaders in self-driving technology. The ride-sharing app does not have that much self-driving prowess, but it is the second largest ride-sharing platform behind Uber in the U.S., which makes it a valuable partner.“At Lyft, we imagine a world where car ownership is optional and cities are designed for people instead of cars. Partnering with nuTonomy is an important step towards making this vision a reality,” said Lyft CEO and co-founder, Logan Green.NuTonomy did not say whether the new partnership would affect the company’s partnership with Grub, a ride-sharing service in South-East Asia. NuTonomy also plans to launch its own shuttle service in Singapore. 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and…last_img read more

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