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Pochettino reveals why Tottenham did not make any signings this summer

first_imgMAURICIO POCHETTINO has admitted Tottenham are likely to make no signings before the window closes.The north London side are the only club in the Premier League not to sign a player this summer.7 Poch told journalists that his club wouldn’t be making any summer signingsCredit: Getty – ContributorSpurs fans were hoping for one or two late additions to bolster their squad for the coming campaign.But at his press conference earlier this afternoon, Poch said: “I think it’s so difficult now because it’s only four hours until the end and I don’t have news now. It will be so difficult.“Always, until you finish the game, you cannot say ‘now it’s the end of the game’.”But in four hours it will be difficult to sign some players.”7 The lack of summer signings didn’t seem to phase the Tottenham boss who thinks his players’ performances during the World Cup will help them this seasonCredit: Getty – ContributorMany Tottenham fans will be miffed the club have not strengthened their squad ahead of their first season at their new £850million stadium.But Pochettino said: “I am happy to keep all the squad together. There have been many rumours during the summer about players out.“I think the club made a massive effort to try to extend contracts with people like Harry Kane.”He is one example but there are many examples too.”7 Tottenham upped Kane’s wages to keep him at the clubCredit: PA:Press AssociationTrying to justify their lack of business, he said: “I think the club is doing an amazing effort to try to finish the stadium as soon as possible and get the lodge finished at the training ground. It’s a massive effort from the club.“Of course it’s difficult to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn’t sign or sell players.”But sometimes in football you need to behave differently.“If we are happy with our squad and cannot improve our squad, sometimes it’s better to keep our squad together.”7 Tottenham had five English players featuring in the semi-finals; Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose, had three for Belgium and one for FranceCredit: ReutersTottenham finished third last year and performed well in the Champions League before Juventus knocked them out.Their squad also impressed on the international stage, where NINE of their team featured in the semi-finals of the World Cup this summer.Putting a positive spin on their lack of business he spoke of the strength he has in his current squad, he said: “We believe a lot in our players and there’s no point now to say why we cannot repeat a similar season like last year or the season before.”We now have more experience with players who competed at a high level in the World Cup.”7 Tottenham’s captain was the World Cup winning side’s captain tooCredit: Getty Images – GettySpeaking of Huge Lloris, he said: “We have a captain who is the world champion, the one who lifted the trophy.”That is I think a fantastic experience for him to translate to our team.”Sure we are going to be in better shape, no doubt about that.”Tottenham made a £25m offer for Aston Villa’s England Under-21 star Jack Grealish, but Aston Villa stood firm on their refusal to sell at any price.7 Tottenham seemed in good spirits as they returned to trainingCredit: Getty – Contributor7 Poch is happy with his current squad after confirming they have no business to do this transfer windowCredit: Getty – ContributorBut when asked if this move would happen, Poch said: “You know I don’t like to talk about players in another team.”There are many rumours during the transfer window,  I think there’s no point talking about players that are in another club.”He continued to defend the clubs stance and said:  “I am happy with the squad I have and I am happy with the players.“I think always it’s to be right in your judgement  and of course working hard to try to improve your squad.“But when it’s not possible it’s not possible and you have to move on and believe in the way we work and be competitive.“I have no doubt that we are going to be competitive, with or without signings.”Sign up for Dream Team 2018/19 nowDream Team is back and better than ever ahead of the new Premier League seasonCompletely free to play£400k jackpot up for grabs across the seasonREGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM 2018/19 HERE Tottenham open new £850m stadium for ‘orientation day’ to fans to check out the view from their new seatMost read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old Traffordlast_img read more

Sevilla will make Barca suffer in Cup final, says Iniesta

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta believes his team will be made to suffer by Sevilla in the King’s Cup final on Sunday (10.30pm), but that they will emerge victorious.Iniesta is wary of the Andalusian side, who won the Europa League final against Liverpool on Wednesday, as both teams try to secure doubles at the Vicente Calderon stadium.“We have to play a complete game against an opponent that will make us suffer in key moments of the match. Both teams are obliged to win,” Iniesta told reporters on Saturday.“This team always has that obligation in a final. We fight for all the titles each season, sometimes we win and other times we’re further away, but the obligation to win is permanent. It is like that in each game, so imagine what it’s like in a final.”The biggest issue before the game was whether Barcelona fans could bring ‘estelada’ flags to the stadium.The flags, which symbolise the desire for Catalan independence, were originally banned by the police, but the club successfully appealed against the decision and they will be now allowed.“I just want the people to go and have a good time, winning the cup could make everyone happy, regardless of what you think of a flag,” Iniesta said.“The club have given their opinion, I will keep mine to myself because what I say could be misinterpreted.“The only thing that interests me is that when the game finishes at just after 11, Barcelona are champions.”Barca coach Luis Enrique thinks the La Liga champions Barcelona will find a way to end their campaign on a triumphant note.“I am an optimist, I think we are going to win,” he said.“It’s the last game of the season, everything has a beginning and an end and we go into the game with a lot of belief, a lot of motivation to win another title.“I see the team in very good shape, the training sessions we have had without midweek games in recent weeks have allowed us to work, and the players are very excited.”last_img read more

Australian Open order of play on Tuesday

first_imgOrder of play on the main showcourts on the ninth day of the Australian Open on Tuesday (play begins at 0000 GMT, prefix number denotes seeding, quarter-final matches unless mentioned):ROD LAVER ARENAMen’s Doubles – 6-Bob Bryan (U.S.)/Mike Bryan (U.S.) v 15-Marcin Matkowski (Poland)/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan)4-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) v Elise Mertens (Belgium)3-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) v Kyle Edmund (Britain)Not before 0800 GMT1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) v 6-Marin Cilic (Croatia)Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) v 2-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)last_img

England backed to see off Slovakia and seal top spot in Group B – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.England are expected to make a host of changes for their final Group B game against Slovakia on Monday night.But they are still being backed to triumph [4/5] and seal top spot in the group, while Wales are 9/5 to beat Russia and ensure they qualify for the knockout stages.Spain are the 100/30 favourites to win the tournament, while Germany and France are 7/2 and England are 7/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

€250,000 grant welcomed for redevelopment projects in Donegal

first_imgOver €250,000 in Leader has been granted for redevelopment projects in Donegal, it has been announced. €175,000 has been awarded for the redevelopment of Mevagh Hall and €75,000 for Carnone Hall Youth Club near Raphoe.Martin Harley and Jimmy Kavanagh welcomed the news, Harley said: “This is a brilliant result for the young people of Carnone and around Raphoe who use the Carnone Hall. “Leader funding of €75,000 is a fine example of support from Government for projects to help communities and young people. I am delighted to see the group benefitting,” he said.“Carnone Youth Club will now be able to put this money into extending the centre and enhance the facilities to make it bigger and better for the young people and the local community.”Councillor Kavanagh added: “Mevagh Hall will be able to do a huge amount of work and refurbishment with the €250,000 grant from Leader.“The hall is used extensively by local people and it is brilliant when we see community facilities like this, run by volunteers, and for everyone to enjoy, getting rewarded with Government support. “Mevagh Hall, for example, will end up with a new roof and internal ceiling to make the building more energy efficient and a sports floor and stage and new lights.”Kavanagh said the grant will ensure the hall is opened up to all sorts of new social, recreational and cultural events. “Ultimately it will means the facilities get used to their full potential and it makes a massive contribution to the community with a facility that will be enjoyed by everyone in the area for years to come.”“This is a brilliant result for the young people of Carnone and around Raphoe who use the Carnone Hall.”€250,000 grant welcomed for redevelopment projects in Donegal was last modified: February 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:CarnoneMevagh HallRaphoelast_img read more

Trent 1000 issue prompts ANA to cancel 113 flights.

first_imgPhoto: Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines powering Boeing 787s continue to cause grief for airlines with Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) canceling more than 100 domestic flights from today.The 113 July 6 to July 12 cancellations are necessary to allow the airline to carry out mandatory inspections on Trent 1000 engines using blades that could wear prematurely.“We deeply apologize for the inconveniences caused to our customers,” ANA chief executive Yuji Hirako said in a message to customers.“Over the last two years, we have been working very closely with Rolls-Royce and the regulatory authorities to minimize the impact to our flight schedule.“However, due to the additional mandatory inspections which were announced in mid-June, we are canceling a limited number of flights.”No international flights were affected by the inspections and the airline said passengers with reservations on the canceled flights would be re-accommodated to fulfill their travel itineraries.“Safety is always our top priority for our customers, and we consider these cancellations unavoidable to maintain our highest safety standards,’’ Hirako said.The engine issue is a massive headache for Rolls-Royce and primarily affects engines known as Package C.This was compounded when the UK manufacturer announced in June that airlines with older Boeing 787 Trent 1000 engines would need to perform inspections because compressor blades in those engines may also be wearing prematurely.READ: Rolls-Royce to axe 4600 jobs as problems found in older 787 engines.The finding that Package B engines in service since 2012 could also be affected by a  blade durability issue came as the engine-maker continued to grapple with the fall-out of the issue with its Package C engines.The package B problem added another 166 engines to about 380 package C engines already under the microscope.The engine issue has led to flight cancellations and aircraft groundings as airlines faced increased inspections, range restrictions and delays in getting engines repaired. Some airlines have had to lease aircraft to replace out-of-service 787s.The issue was first uncovered on ANA aircraft in 2016 and the airline is one of several which has experienced engine failures as a result of the flaw.last_img read more

Google’s Udi Manber – Search is a Hard Problem

first_imgRelated Posts Udi Manber, Google’sVP of Engineering, gave a brief 15 minute presentation at Supernova today entitledSearch is a Hard Problem. He explained that with an audience like Supernova, heimagines we understand to some extent how difficult a problem it is, but it’s probably aharder problem then we even appreciate. He laid out three reasons why this is thecase: ConclusionAfter listening to Udi’s talk, I must agree that while I thought search was complex, Iprobably underestimated some of the areas of real difficulty. It is amazing to step backand think about how conceptually complex this is. It sheds new light on many of our challenging experiences around the AltSearchEngine’s Daywithout Google. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Scale and diversity are almost beyond comprehensionExpectations and needs will continue to grow20 to 25% of the queries we see today, we have never seen beforeI found the third point quite amazing. I would think with the number of queries thatGoogle processes, they would have seen a much higher percentage of the queriesbefore.A Deeper UnderstandingNext Udi explained that there are three levels involved in trying to deliver relevantinformation back to users:Users and QueriesModelsLanguagesUsers and QueriesUdi gave some examples of Google’s ability to understand the different between twovery similar queries. For example, Google understands that ‘GM’ stands for ‘GeneralMotors’, while ‘GM foods’ is actually ‘genetically modified.’ If you search for ‘B&BAB’, Google knows that is ‘bed and breakfast in Alberta’, while ‘Ramstein AB’ is‘Ramstein Airbase’.Google also will recommend queries that may deliver better results. For example, ifyou query ‘Types of dogs’ it will give results, but also suggests ‘breeds of dogs’ as abetter search.He then explained that they still can’t find all the answers. As a fun example, hesaid the query “Why Search is Hard” is actually a very difficult query for Google toparse.ModelsNext Udi reviewed some new Google search functionality, which while not live yet –will be soon. Apparently, Google is going to start trying additional queries based oncertain user queries. For example, the query “How much does it cost for an exhaustsystem” will pull up results from “cost of an exhaust system.” Beyond just removingcertain general words, they are also interpreting the question as part of themodel; for example the following two queries:‘overhead view of bellagio pool’ to ‘bellagio pool pictures’‘fedora 5 losing network connections’ to ‘fedora 5 networkconfiguration’Different Queries for Different LocationsFinally, Udi talked about how results need to be different when the query is conductedin different locations. For example, the query ‘government’ needs to return results aboutyour countries’ government. I haven’t tried this in other countries, but here in SanFrancisco the first result is for the US Government.He also reviewed a tool at Google.com.eg,which actually takes a query in another language, translates it to english, runs thequery, and then returns the results in that language. You can actually view the page inthat language. There are a whole suite of language tools Google seems to be leveragingat: http://www.google.com/language_toolsI’m surprised there aren’t more copyright issues here, but I’m not a lawyer. For anexample, here is the Read/WriteWeb homepage translated into Arabic. Apparently, when Udi was demoingthis for Larry Page, he asked why the images weren’t translating. Obviously, there isstill work to be done, but it is quite amazing.center_img sean ammirati Tags:#conferences#Google#search#Supernova 2007#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

RPA: Bringing Greater Productivity to Enterprise Processes

first_imgBig Data, Machine Learning, and Data Analytics dominate headlines about technologies being adopted by enterprises, but a study from KPMG found that the top enterprise investment isn’t in any of those technologies, it’s in  Robotic Process Automation (RPA).Forrester Research forecasts that the market for software robots will grow to $2.9 billion by 2021.Jeff Wong, global chief innovation officer for Ernst & Young, said that RPA saves employees “from repetitive tasks that they tend to enjoy less, and freeing them up to do more meaningful, thought-intensive more focused human work.”Michael Martuccio, network design engineer at AT&T, said that “the time spent gathering that information, formatting it, setting up the data and making sure everything was in the right place was more time consuming than analyzing the final report.”  But after deploying a bot to help him, Martuccio commented that “my time isn’t spent compiling and conditioning data anymore, it’s spent analyzing it.”We’re just at the beginning of deploying RPA bots. A panelist during a discussion of RPA recently commented that “70 percent of enterprises don’t know how to spell RPA just yet.RPA penetration is ‘decimal points versus the opportunity’ (by decimal points, we’re talking .1 percent).”last_img read more

Secure Federated Cloud Computing: Here’s How You Can Enable It

first_imgNo doubt you’ve been following Intel’s Cloud 2015 vision announcements. A core element of our strategy is the notion of “federated.” The federated cloud simply means that enterprises can procure compute capacity on demand and safely share data and compute across internal and external clouds. There are three key steps to enabling a federated cloud. First: Move your applications and data to the cloud or between clouds.Second: Have scale-out storage to recognize dispersion of data to need.Third: Ensure that your environment is secure and compliant.Move your application and data to the cloud or between cloudsYour enterprise may see a sudden surge in demand or may need to move its compute environment for business continuity. Traditionally to address such needs we would have to build redundancy or excess capacity in our environment. With a federated cloud one can move data and applications to the cloud or between clouds to address such needs, without building excess or redundant capacity. The reference architecture on cloud onboarding explains how we accomplish this critical business need via Cloud On-Boarding with Citrix OpenCloud* on the Intel platform.Scale-out storage can be implemented with Xeon-based servers and EthernetFederated cloud and explosion of data volumes are requiring a different paradigm in storage that requires efficiency of storage. Traditional storage architectures based on SAN or NAS have limited ability to meet these new usage models, due to efficiencies & flexibility required in meeting volume scale & storage location requirements (i.e. in a remote data center or cloud service). The way to achieve the goal of efficiency and flexibility is to use scale-out storage architecture that federates the storage according to end-user need and tracks the split (or federation) of the storage using metadata. Scale-out storage is not a new concept but is being commonly used by large Internet portals such as Google and Facebook. With digital content doubling every year and the advent of the federated cloud, scale-out storage is quickly becoming the wave of the future. Such storage can now be deployed using standard Xeon-based servers and Ethernet fabric.For a detailed description, the reference architecture “Scale-out Storage with EMC Atmos*” gathers in one place the essentials of a scale-out storage architecture based on EMC Atmos and Xeon servers. It provides you a recipe to embark on new storage architectures to achieve true cloud federation.Achieve security and transparency with Intel® TXTFederation brings good things, but it also brings the underlying concern of security of a federated environment. How do I know if my remote or federated cloud is secure and compliant to my requirements? One way to achieve security and transparency in a federated infrastructure is to use Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT). TXT establishes a root of trust in the infrastructure by measuring compliance of platform components, like BIOS, OS, and VMMs (virtual machine managers), during boot. This root is extremely difficult to defeat or subvert and substantially reduces the security risks of using a remote infrastructure. This third reference architecture explains how we built a cloud with VMware vCenter Server*, VMware vSphere Hypervisor*, Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series-based server platforms, and a plug-in designed to interface with TXT.Within Intel Cloud Builders, there is a wealth of real-world examples. Many more white papers and case studies detail how Intel technologies are utilized as the foundation for storage and security for federated clouds. Look around and let us know if we can help you build a new federated cloud architecture or modify and rework an existing one. Feel free to ask me questions.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

ICC considers restricting bat sizes before World Cup

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering placing limitations on the depth of a bat with less than a fortnight left for the World Cup to begin to restore the balance between batsman and bowler.ICC chief executive David Richardson has said the balance between batsman and bowler “may have shifted a bit too much” in favour of the former.”No one begrudges an AB de Villiers, who plays some superb shots, Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara, they are exceptionally talented and no one minds if they hit some great shots which go for six,” Richardson was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday.”But where some batsmen are mishitting balls and it is just carrying over the rope and going for a six instead of being caught at the boundary, that is what some cricket people believe has become unfair,” he said.”The MCC (World Cricket Committee), as law makers, and the ICC will be looking at giving perhaps some consideration to placing limitations on the depth of a bat in particular,” he added.The idea, however, has been met with criticism from bat manufacturers who said they do not think it is quite “fair” to reduce the width of a bat.Greg Eime, the brand manager at Gunn and Moore, said smaller grounds were a big factor for batsmen mishitting balls for sixes.”Effectively the game has changed and the way the batsmen play has changed,” Eime said.”It’s a combination of a lot of things, even down to the players’ physical fitness and strength. To go finger pointing at the bats, I don’t think that’s quite fair.”advertisementMichael Reid, the sponsor manager at bat manufacturer Gray-Nicolls, said there has been “a number of changes to the game which contribute to the higher scores and so forth. Not necessarily the bat sizes.”last_img read more