Osimhen opens transfer talks with Napoli

first_imgLille striker Victor Osimhen is expected to open contractual talks with with Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis in Naples on Wednesday (today).Osimhen and his management team met with coach Rino Gattuso and Napoli directors on Tuesday over a potential move. Osita Okolo, a member of Osimhen’s entourage, told Radio Punto Nuovo: “Yesterday, when he arrived in Naples, we headed straight for the first meeting.“Along the way, he watched people on the city streets and admitted that he had been positively impressed.“He then met Italian coach (Rino) Gattuso: they talked about the Napoli project and he was also very impressed here.“Today he will meet with the president, Aurelio De Laurentiis.“What if Victor loved the city? “Absolutely, he was impressed with Naples and its people, although the visit to the city was short.“However, everything went in the right direction.“Now just make a decision about the boy’s future.“Osimhen-mania?“I don’t know what Napoli fans think of him. “I knew that everyone who crossed paths with him was very happy to see him in the city.“And I think it’s a very nice way to be Neapolitans.“I am convinced that fans would also like Victor’s play style very much and this could positively influence the final decision.“When for the agreement with Napoli?RelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years “The impressions were very positive.“He is certainly already very happy that a club like the Azzurri is so interested in Victor.“Serie A, being a striker from Naples, would always be an important step for a young footballer like him.“I haven’t spoken to Victor yet this morning, but we’re waiting for the meeting with De Laurentiis to understand what’s going to happen.“Will there be problems between the two parties?“I don’t think there will be a problem between Napoli and Lille.“I think they will soon find a formal agreement.“Everything is now turning to convince Victor 100 per cent of the transfer.“Let us see what the meeting today will bring in this direction.”Tags: Contract TalksNapoliNegotiationsPlayer TransfersSerie AVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Real Madrid hang on for win after Benzema brilliance

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Karim Benzema scored twice on Saturday in an outstanding performance for Real Madrid against Levante, although his side were left hanging on for a 3-2 win on the day Eden Hazard made his La Liga debut.The French striker’s goals came just six minutes apart in the first half on a wet afternoon at the Santiago Bernabeu, before Casemiro put Real 3-0 up.However Levante, who had won their previous two outings, made a fight of it in the second half as they pulled goals back through Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero.While the manner of their victory was not as convincing as coach Zinedine Zidane might have wished, it was a welcome return to winning ways for Real after they had drawn their previous two games.Hazard also came off the bench for the final half-hour to make his first appearance in La Liga after a thigh injury had interrupted the start of his Real career following his 100 million-euro ($110 million) move from Chelsea.The Belgian could now start for Real when they go to Paris Saint-Germain for their opening Champions League game on Wednesday.Gareth Bale will also be available for that match after suspension kept him out here, but Sergio Ramos will be unable to play against PSG because of a European ban.Zidane was also without the injured Luka Modric here. However, as well as Hazard, fellow summer signing Eder Militao came off the bench in the second half and the former Porto defender could start in Paris in place of Ramos.– Barcelona host Valencia – Real would have won by a greater margin here had it not been for some inspired goalkeeping from Aitor Fernandez, who produced a stunning one-handed stop to keep out a Benzema shot from the edge of the area midway through the first half.However, the hosts went ahead shortly after that when Dani Carvajal held up a cross from the right for Benzema to bullet home a header from the edge of the six-yard area.The Frenchman struck again in the 31st minute, with James Rodriguez pouncing when Sergio Postigo headed the ball down into his path, and teeing up Benzema to score his fourth of the campaign.Benzema was also involved in the build-up to the third goal five minutes before the interval, which concluded with Vinicius Junior squaring for Casemiro to apply the finish.Levante pulled one back in the 49th minute as Carlos Clerc crossed from the left to the near post where Mayoral — on loan from Real — converted.Benzema then curled a shot against the post, while Vinicius had a goal disallowed for offside and Hazard tested Fernandez, but it was Levante who scored again.This time substitute Melero proved too strong for Carvajal at the far post as he headed in a marvellous cross by Jose Campana, yet Madrid held out.Leaders Atletico Madrid will seek their fourth win in as many La Liga games when they play later at Real Sociedad in the first game at the Basque club’s newly refurbished stadium.Barcelona are also in action at home to Valencia, who this week sacked coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, replacing him with the former Real Madrid assistant coach Albert Celades.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

A Conversation with Harlequin Productions “Stardust” Author, Harlowe Reed

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Harlequin ProductionsI was lucky enough to sit down with the mysterious Harlowe Reed for an exclusive interview with the author of the Stardust Musical.Where do you find your inspiration for story lines?Inspiration is everywhere, but largely it comes from having watched actors work in other projects and beginning to see Stardust characters emerge. These are situation comedies, so the next step is finding a situation. The ideas for the situations or problems are one percent pure luck that must be supported with the ninety-nine percent hard work.Do you ever decide to abandon plot concepts mid-way through writing?If a plot will be abandoned, it needs to happen right at the beginning. That’s the place you have to recognize that you’re headed to a dead end. Not half-way through. Once you are committed to a storyline, you tend to make it the story you want even if it requires a staple gun, a shoe horn, and bailing wire. If a sledgehammer is needed to get you to the finish line, you’ll know better next time.Any particularly strange Stardusts we almost had?They are all strange. We joke about various concepts like setting the show in the Star Wars Cantina or in a remote future where all the performers are robots or clones. These ideas are unlikely to be explored anytime soon; however, the Cantina version has its attractions. I always loved the jazz combo in that scene.Do you have any favorite Stardusts past?Naturally the shows I like the best are the shows that audiences like the best: Stardust for Christmas, Operation Stardust, The Stardust Serenade, and last year’s Stardust Christmas Blizzard rank high. But, as you know, the real favorite is always the one you are working on at the moment.Do you find that your original vision usually comes to fruition in the final product, or does the vision tend to evolve during a process?It has absolutely got to evolve in the process. It can’t be helped. The performers bring their own brilliance to the project and new and irresistible possibilities come to life. And that is what makes the “original vision” viable. You have to begin with raw eggs to end up with an omelet. The ideas are the raw eggs BTW …not the actors. With an original script, you can’t go in thinking it’s already cooked. That’s a formula for disaster. You might get a disaster anyway, but the chances are greatly reduced by letting it morph organically into its true potential. This does, however, require knowing what and what not to keep. You have got to know a speed bump for what it is. How has your writing style changed over these 19 years?Writing comedy is trial by fire. You learn the hard way what has a chance of working and what makes it work when it does. I’ve learned a lot about tempo and phrasing. I like broken and overlapping lines because it’s the way people actually banter with each other. Smart actors can do that, but the tempo has to be correctly balanced in the line. Also, consonants are vital. Finding the clear words that help actors communicate a feeling or situation to the audience can be the difference between keeping them with you or confusing them. I’ve done the confusion part and now attempt to do something else. I also used to be much more sentimental. We still want a happy ending, but keeping it terse actually seems to make that more rewarding.What led to your decision to move from the 1940’s to the 1950’s?We spent seventeen Christmases in the 1940s, mostly the war years. We covered well over 200 songs from the period. Most of them were ballads. It’s time to move it to the 1950s and the more upbeat popular music of that decade. It was an optimistic time, maybe the last non-cynically optimistic period in American history.What do you love about this year’s feature?The homeless youth element and the way it resonates with contemporary problems. His situation is a catalyst for a sequence of crazy events that (I hope) keep us engaged and rooting for everyone concerned.What would you say is the thesis of this entire body of work?Simple: The Stardust Series is really a collection of big noisy Christmas cards. These are alternative holiday shows that provide a bit of added cheer and entertainment. I have nothing as lofty as a “thesis,” but the intention to reach out to the community with a happy offering has endured.Do you have any relation to Fletcher Reed, Jim Carry’s character from the 1997 smash Liar, Liar?Sadly, no. That was one of Jim’s better roles. I am, however, tangentially connected to the journalist John “Jack” Reed (1887 – 1920). He was born in Portland, Oregon, lived for a time in Greenwich Village.  He had Communist leanings and wrote prodigiously about the Russian Revolution and was given a hero’s funeral when he died in Moscow. Obviously he got in lots of trouble. I’m nothing like that.Do you spend much time with the Director, the fabulous Linda Whitney?Collaboration is required to pull these things together. Time is an imaginary concept.last_img read more

Photographer Captures Iconic Image

first_imgIt was much more than another assignment for photographer Gary Gellman.Gellman was in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, on hand to photograph Pope Francis, capturing what posterity may eventually consider among the iconic images of the visit as well as allow him to get in touch with his spiritual side.“As a Catholic,” Gellman said, “being able to photograph the successor to St. Peter was really neat and a great honor.” Gellman, a Howell-based still photographer and videographer, was provided access to the tarmac for the plane’s arrival in Philadelphia, and captured the image of Francis blessing the 10-year-old disabled boy in his wheelchair. That photograph has already been widely distributed and seen.“It was very emotional,” Gellman offered.“And to me as a Catholic to be that close to the leader of the our church and to know I was selected and blessed to be selected to be there, the signature event,” he explained, “it was a wonderful experience.”Gellman has in the past photographed the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has taken portrait photos of Diocese of Trenton Bishop David M. O’Connell and knows Archbishop Charles Chaput, with Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who helped Gellman along the lengthy process of obtaining security clearance for the assignment. That process took the better part of 10 months, beginning last November, to secure security clearance to be a photographer for the World Meeting of Families event, according to Gellman.
“I like to say it was a 10 month process and a 27-year training period,” he said, referring to his time as a professional in his field.On the airport tarmac as the jet arrived and the pope and passengers disembarked, “It was something quite unique to be blessed to be so close,” with only about 200 people there and only a couple of photographers – “probably the smallest group surrounding the pope during his visit.”At the time “I was in work mode,” concentrating on the assignment. “Until that one point,” with Pope Francis “coming down those steps, I realized where I was, what I was doing,” and it having a profound effect on him, he acknowledged.Over the years, Gellman has photographed many, including such celebs as Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and many others, especially in his role as photographer for the New Jersey Hall of Fame. “I’ve met a lot of cool people, many are special in their own right.“But this,” assignment, he stressed, “was one of a kind, really special.” By John Burtonlast_img read more

Inversion and drift mitigation workshop Dec. 14

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Cindy Folck, Ohio State University ExtensionRecognizing weather conditions that could cause inversions is important when using certain herbicides in corn and soybeans. On December 14, join a discussion about recognizing inversions as well as ways to improve communication between farmers growing sensitive crops and pesticide applicators.Inversion and Drift Management Workshop, presented by the Ohio State University Extension IPM program will be conducted on December 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Farmers and pesticide applicators can attend the workshop in-person at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 or attend virtually through the online webinar link. More information about the workshop is available at http://go.osu.edu/IPMLeading off the workshop will be Aaron Wilson, weather specialist and atmospheric scientist with OSU Extension and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. Wilson will focus on weather conditions that cause inversions and provide useful measures and observation to help determine if inversions are happening. Wilson will also look at average growing years and the days available for herbicide applications that avoided inversion or wind concerns.Jared Shaffer, plant health inspector with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, will speak next focusing on FieldWatch, the sensitive crop registry available to Ohio farmers and used throughout the Midwest. Shaffer will showcase tools available for farmers with sensitive crops to communicate about the location of their crops. Shaffer will also detail techniques available to applicators to find real-time information about crops in the area and how this information can be used in their spray planning.There is no cost for the workshop; however, pre-registration is required at attend in-person at the Reynoldsburg location and is limited to the first 75 registrants. Registration is online at go.osu.edu/IPM.Commercial and private applicator recertification credits for core will be available only at the Reynoldsburg location. No recertification credits are available for online participants.For further information about the workshop, contact Cindy Folck at 614-247-7898 or folck.2@osu.edu. The workshop is sponsored by the OSU Extension IPM Program and the USDA NIFA Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program (Grant number: 2017-70006-27174).last_img read more

Let India beat Pakistan and ensure they don’t advance in World Cup: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that India should look to play Pakistan and beat them in the upcoming ICC World Cup match on June 16 rather than boycott the arch-rivals in the tournament.Gavaskar’s suggestion is purely based on logic than emotions which are currently running high in the country following the Pulwama terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans lost their lives on February 14.Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack on the CRPF bus which was blown up by a Jaish suicide bomber.Speaking to India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai, Gavaskar, who was part of India’s first World Cup-winning team in 1983, provided a different solution from the ones that are being suggested by the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh, who feel boycotting Pakistan in the tournament is the best way forward.Gavaskar said not playing bilateral cricket hurts Pakistan more but giving away two points in a tournament like the World Cup would end up hurting India eventually.”If India decide not to play Pakistan in the World Cup, who wins? Pakistan will get two points. We have beaten them every time in World Cups. We can play them and beat them and make sure they don’t reach the semi-finals. Not playing bilateral series vs Pakistan hurts them.”I know India are strong enough to qualify by not playing Pakistan. Not playing bilaterally hurts them. But it’s a World Cup, it’s two points…,” Gavaskar said.advertisementThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) reportedly wants the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to write a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) asking the world governing body to ban Pakistan from the upcoming World Cup in May-June.Gavaskar though feels, this is a step which India can look to take but it won’t result in anything eventually.”It will not happen because the other countries have to agree. India can certainly go ahead but that is not likely to happen.”The right forum is at the United Nations. I am not too sure the International Cricket Conference is the right forum to bring this up. We are all down with the tragedy. I am not too sure it will work because the other countries might say it’s an internal issue between two countries so please don’t involve us,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Sunil Gavaskar to Imran Khan: You are my friend. Where is Naya Pakistan?Also Read | India can try and throw Pakistan out of World Cup but it won’t happen: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Keep Pakistan out of Cricket World Cup, BCCI to tell ICC in wake of Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | India should put pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup: Chetan Chauhanlast_img read more

Leganes make history with Bernabeu win

first_imgReal Madrid v Leganés Leganes make history by dumping Real Madrid from the Copa del Rey Allen Ramsey 06:50 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(31) Leganes, Real Madrid Javier Soriano Real Madrid v Leganés Real Madrid Leganés Copa del Rey For the first time in their history Los Blancos have been dumped out of the Copa del Rey after winning the first leg on the road Leganes made a bit of history Wednesday, becoming the first side in history to dump Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey with a win at the Santiago Bernabeu after losing the first leg at home. The season for Los Blancos continues to fall apart, with Zinedine Zidane’s men effectively out of the running in La Liga where rivals Barcelona are 19 points clear of Madrid. Before Wednesday, the Copa del Rey and Champions League were the best hopes of silverware left for the team and, after finding a late winner at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque through Marco Asensio, Madrid would have been confident in advancing to the semi-finals against a team that struggled against relegation last season.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player After all, Los Blancos had never once in their history failed to defend a first-leg Copa lead at their home ground and Leganes, though much improved this campaign, are still a bottom-half team in La Liga.Javier Eraso’s goal just after the half-hour mark put the home side on notice, as Madrid failed to register a shot on target in the first half for just the second time this season. But Karim Benzema’s equalizer just after the break had Madrid looking like favourites once more. Then came the stunner, with Gabriel putting the visiting side back in front just seven minutes later, and Madrid would never recover. The loss is a brutal blow for Madrid, who face the daunting task of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16, with Europe’s top prize the only realistic chance for silverware remaining in what has become an unfathomably disappointing season. 1 – Leganes are the first team in Copa del Rey history to knock out Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu after losing at home in the first leg. Correction. pic.twitter.com/tO51r3r4HK— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 24, 2018Madrid will face three league matches against Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad, before they get their first crack at PSG on Feb. 14, but Zidane’s side will have to find some way to get the ship righted to have any real hope of moving past the French giants. For Leganes, the win over Madrid is one for the history books for another reason as well, with the club securing a first trip to the Copa del Rey semi-finals. They will be joined in the final four by Sevilla, Valencia and either Barcelona or Espanyol.last_img read more

a month agoRangers hero Fernando Ricksen passes away

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen passes awayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has died at age 43 after a six-year battle with motor neurone disease, the Ibrox club have confirmed.The Dutch international had been battling the condition since 2013.Ricksen was a fans’ favourite during his six-year spell at Rangers after being signed by Dick Advocaat in 2000.He helped the club win the domestic cup double in 2002, the treble in 2003 and was captain for a trophy double in 2005.Rangers said they were “deeply saddened” to be announcing the news of Ricksen’s passing.”The thoughts of everyone at Rangers is today with his wife Veronika, his daughter Isabella and all his family and friends,” the club added. last_img read more

Katherine Webb Will Apparently Be At ESPN’s College GameDay Tomorrow

first_imgUpdate: Webb has deleted the post from her Instagram page. Perhaps she jumped the gun on the news.Earlier: Katherine Webb will be returning to your television screens, college football fans – even if just for a brief moment. Friday, Webb, on Instagram, announced that on behalf of Pizza Hut, she’ll be making a “special appearance” at College GameDay tomorrow. She’ll apparently be holding a sign – and fans can win free pizza if they enter the code on it.Webb, now a model, was the talk of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game after announcers Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit commented on her looks during the broadcast. She was then the girlfriend of Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron – they’re now married.Katherine Webb Pizza Hut College GameDayWill it actually be Webb in the flesh tomorrow? We’ll find out.last_img read more

Japan urges nuclear plants to prepare for decommissioning era

first_imgTokyo: Japan’s nuclear policy-setting body adopted a report Monday saying the country is entering an era of massive nuclear plant decommissioning, urging plant operators to plan ahead to lower safety risks and costs requiring decades and billions of dollars. Twenty-four commercial reactors or 40 per cent of Japan’s total are designated for or are being decommissioned. Among them are four reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant that were severely damaged by the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan. The annual nuclear white paper, adopted by the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, urges utilities to learn from US and European examples, especially those of Germany, France and Britain. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USJapan hasn’t yet completed the decommissioning of any reactors and doesn’t have concrete plans for the final disposal of radioactive waste. “Taking into consideration further increase of nuclear facilities that will be decommissioned, new technology and systems need to be developed in order to carry out the tasks efficiently and smoothly,” the report said. “It’s a whole new stage that we have to proceed to and tackle.” Japanese utilities have opted to scrap aged reactors instead of investing in safety requirements under post-Fukushima standards. The decommissioning of a typical reactor costs nearly 60 billion yen ( USD 560 million) and takes several decades. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsCiting the government-run Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s plan to scrap about half of its 79 research facilities, the report raised concerns about the weakening of basic research on nuclear energy. Before the Fukushima disaster, Japan had 60 commercial reactors that provided about 25 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Despite the government’s renewed ambitions for nuclear power, reactor restarts are proceeding slowly as nuclear regulators spend more time on inspections. Meanwhile, anti-nuclear sentiment persists among the public and makes it more difficult for plant operators to obtain local consent in making revisions to their facilities. Any plan related to nuclear waste storage tends to get strong resistance. Since the Fukushima accident, only nine reactors in Japan have restarted, accounting for about 3 per cent of the country’s energy supply, compared to the government’s ambitious 20-22 per cent target. In July, Tokyo Electric Power Holdings Co., or TEPCO, announced plans to decommission all four reactors at its second Fukushima plant, Fukushima Dai-ni, which narrowly avoided meltdowns in 2011. The move followed eight years of demands by the local government and residents for the reactors’ closure. TEPCO said the decommissioning of Fukushima Dai-ni alone would cost 410 billion yen ( USD 3.9 billion) and would take four decades, but experts have raised concerns about whether those estimates are realistic for a company already struggling with the ongoing cleanup of the wrecked Fukushima plant, estimated to cost about 8 trillion yen ( USD 75 billion). Japan Atomic Power Co., which has been decommissioning its Tokai nuclear plant since 2001, announced in March that it was pushing back the planned completion of the project by five years, to 2030, because the company still has been unable to remove and store highly radioactive materials from the core.last_img read more