Arsenal were NEVER in for Khedira, insists Wenger, as he rules out signing Real star

first_img Sami Khedira 1 Arsene Wenger insists he has never had any interest in signing Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.The German World Cup winner has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer.At one stage in July, reports in Spain claimed the Gunners had all but finalised a £25million deal for the 27-year-old.But Wenger says, with Jack Wilshere back fit and an array of midfield options at his disposal, he does not need Khedira.The Frenchman commented: “I don’t know who has put Khedira on the market – is it his agent or the press?“We were never close to signing him. Jack Wilshere is back fit and in midfield we have offensive midfielders and quite a few box-to-box players.”Wenger may not be in for Khedira, but he is ‘open’ to making more signings this summer.The Frenchman has been active in the transfer market so far, splashing out to bring in the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers.“We still have three and a half weeks before the transfer market closes,” he said.“I am open to it but Joel Campbell has come back plus the addition of the four players we have already bought.“We have not lost players until now so we have a big squad at the moment.”last_img read more

Stolen Donegal lorry found thanks to eagle-eyed motorist

first_imgPolice in Derry have praised the assistance of the public who have helped officers track down a lorry which had been stolen in Co Donegal.The Renault truck was eventually tracked down to the village of Maghera.A cross border operation between the PSNI and the Gardai is underway to find those behind the theft. PSNI Magherafelt say on its Facebook page: “One of the great things about F District is how quick you guys are to contact us when things don’t seem right.“Another great example of this was a few days ago when someone spotted this lorry on the move.“They had earlier seen a post on Facebook of a lorry stolen in Donegal, believed they recognised it driving towards Tobermore and called us.“Crews were able to recover it outside Maghera. “We were then able to make arrangements to return the lorry to its owner.“We are assisting the Garda with their investigation regarding those involved.”Stolen Donegal lorry found thanks to eagle-eyed motorist was last modified: October 24th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Derrydonegalfoundlorrypolicelast_img read more

Google Maps Launches Labs: What Will You Enable?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#web Some of the new options clearly fit more in the category of “just for fun” – like the one that adds the “beta” label back to the service’s logo or the “Where in the World” game which lets you guess where you are based on satellite imagery. Our Favorite New FeaturesHowever, a few of the other features are more intriguing. For example, the “Aerial Imagery” feature sounds suspiciously like Bing Maps’ “Bird’s Eye view.” In Bing, Bird’s Eye view lets you see aerial imagery in an angled view. Using four different angles, the perspective is more useful for seeing detail than traditional aerial imagery which looks straight down on the rooftops. In fact, Bing’s unique Bird’s Eye view feature has been one of the service’s key selling points for some time. But now, it sounds as if Google plans to add the same – especially since the Labs description notes “currently imagery is only available in certain areas, but we’re adding more all the time.“Another interesting option is the “What’s Around Here?” feature. Enabling this experiment adds a second search button next to the search box. When you have a map pulled up on your screen, all you have to do is click that button and thousands of round markers appear on the map denoting places of interest. This is a handy way to explore an area when you don’t necessarily have something in particular that you’re searching for. It’s easy to imagine how a future version of this feature could tap into other Google location-based services like the new Google Buzz or Google Latitude, for example, in order to add layers of social activity to the map, similar to Bing’s Twitter “mapplication.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Maps has just launched an “experimental” section called Labs where you can find the latest prototypes and test features to try out for use with the company’s online mapping service. As with other Google products, like Gmail for example, the Labs section lets users opt-in to features that – as Google describes it – “aren’t quite ready for primetime.” But some of the features in Gmail will never be mainstreamed into the email service itself – they’re simply fun extras which some people love but others would hate…or simply have no use for. So will the new Google Maps Labs be the same? Filled mostly with fun but ultimately minor upgrades among a handful of gems? Or will it truly serve as the testing ground where the next major features planned for Google Maps make their debut? We checked it out this morning and found a couple of options worth enabling right now.Discovered by Google Blogoscoped, Google Maps Labs launched with nine experimental features. You can access this new section by clicking on the green test tube icon which now appears at the top of Google Maps. In the pop-up window that appears, you can enable or disable the extra features. Currently, the line up includes:Drag ‘n’ Zoom: Click the Drag-and-Zoom button, then draw a box on the map to immediately zoom into that place. Aerial Imagery: Available for certain areas, aerial imagery “gives you rotatable, high-resolution overhead imagery presented in a new perspective.” Back to Beta: This will simply add a “Beta” icon to the Maps logo. Where in the World Game: Guess the name of the country from satellite imagery. Rotatable Maps: This puts north facing downwards, for instance. What’s Around Here?: This will trigger a search for anything (“*”), showing the top places for a given location. LatLng Tooltip: Shows the latitude/ longitude of where your cursor is positioned. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The two features described above registered as the stand-out options worth enabling right now, but we’ll definitely be watching the Labs section to see what other options show up later on. Do you have any feature requests you would like to see appear in Labs? If so, let us know in the comments. Related Posts sarah perezlast_img read more

Bhujbal quashes speculation of joining Sena

first_imgDismissing speculation of his defection to the Shiv Sena ahead of the Assembly polls as “baseless”, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal on Friday said he would continue to remain by the side of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. “How many times should I say that I am with the NCP, am working with the party and will continue to remain with Pawar saaheb… All this phoney talk of my proposed defection to the Sena has originated in the media, who claim to have knowledge that I will be switching alliances to the Sena from certain ‘sources’… I wonder who these sources are?” Mr. Bhujbal said ahead of the NCP’s core committee meeting in the city to discuss pre-poll strategy.He said the very fact that he was present at such an important party meeting ought to put a stop to rumours.Speaking to a television channel, Mr. Bhujbal said it was not his fault that speculation about his alleged exit refused to die down, but that of the media’s, which kept stoking the fumes of rumour.The last couple of months have witnessed an exodus of leaders and legislators from the NCP and Congress to the BJP and Sena. Rumours that Mr. Bhujbal was planning a return to his political alma mater, the Sena, gained some credence when he remained absent for NCP MP Supriya Sule’s ‘Samwad Yatra’ in Nashik. Ms. Sule had maintained that Mr. Bhujbal was with the party.According to the political grapevine, while ordinary Sena workers wished Mr. Bhujbal — once a dyed-in-wool Shiv Sainik for more than 20 years — to be inducted into the party, the top leadership led by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray was resolutely opposed to his entry.Meanwhile, the NCP’s core committee meet at the city’s Baramati Hostel, presided by Mr. Pawar, saw the top party leadership in attendance, including State president Jayant Patil, Mumbai unit chief Nawab Malik, senior leader Ajit Pawar and Ms. Sule. Terming Congress leader Harshavardhan Patil’s bitterness towards the NCP over the Indapur Assembly seat “unfortunate”, Mr. Patil said a decision over the seat was to be taken following a discussion between Mr. Pawar and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Delhi.last_img read more

Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

first_imgFILE – In this June 20, 2016, file photo, a man handles the Olympic tickets he just purchased at a shopping mall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tokyo Olympic organizers launched their ticket website on Thursday, April 18, 2019, which is where only Japan residents can buy tickets when they go on sale on May 9. The site can also be accessed by people outside Japan, where basic prices are listed. But they can’t buy there. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)TOKYO— It’s Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games.“Time flies,” said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan. “It’s as if the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were just yesterday.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Under Olympic rules, ticket resellers are appointed by the local national Olympic committee. The reseller for the United States is CoSport, which also handles sales in Australia, Jordan and several European countries. Resellers can mark up the ticket price by 20 percent, which is termed a “handling charge.”However, many sought-after tickets are packaged by resellers with top hotels and other perks, and the markups can be much more than 20 percent. These are aimed at the wealthy, hospitality packages and corporate buyers, for whom price is not always a concern. The resellers also run the risk of getting stuck with tickets they can’t sell.CoSport, a division of Jet Set Sports and based in Far Hill, New Jersey, came under criticism at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Not only did buyers have to pay the markups, but they were also penalized by the fluctuation in the exchange rate at that time in Brazil. That was not CoSport’s fault, but it pushed some prices up by another 50 percent to buyers outside Brazil.Hidenori Suzuki, the senior director of tickets for the Tokyo Olympics, said local organizers try to scrutinize the authorized ticket resellers.“In case the resellers set inappropriate ticket prices, there will be some procedures we are getting into,” Suzuki said Thursday, speaking through an interpreter. “The most rigorous case is the ticket reseller might have their license revoked.”ADVERTISEMENT If buyers outside Japan are patient and don’t rush to buy they may get some deals. It happened in Brazil. And it happened at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.Tokyo organizers will open sales globally in the spring of 2020, meaning any remaining, unsold tickets can be purchased at the prices offered in Japan. In Rio de Janeiro, many top tickets were unsold as the games neared, and some desirable tickets were put back into the pool after they were sold but never paid for.Tokyo estimates it will have 7.8 million tickets to sell, with 20-30% dedicated to sales outside Japan. Organizers hope to generate about $800 million in ticket sales, a large source of revenue for the $5.6 billion privately funded operating budget.Overall, Japan will spend about $20 billion to prepare for the games, and about 70 percent is public money.Suzuki said the 7.8 million ticket number could change with stadiums and arenas still being configured for seating.“We still lack information about the physical structure and layout of some of the venues,” Suzuki said. “This is the same with past games.”The opening ceremony on July 24 will feature the most expensive ticket — 300,000 yen ($2,680). The most expensive ticket for the closing ceremony is 220,000 yen ($1,965).The most expensive ticket for the men’s 100-meter final is 130,000 ($1,160), while the men’s basketball final goes for 108,000 yen ($970).Tokyo organizers say 50 percent of the tickets will sell for 8,000 yen ($70) or less. The cheapest ticket is 2,500 yen ($22). The now-retired Kitajima helped Tokyo Olympic organizers launch their ticket website on Thursday, where only Japan residents can buy tickets when they go on sale in the host country on May 9. But the useful site can also be accessed in English by people outside Japan, where basic prices are listed along with the full competition schedule.But you can only start to buy if you’re a Japan resident.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTo purchase tickets, everyone else in the world has to contact what are known as “authorized ticket resellers,” which operate in most major countries. They can’t start selling tickets until June 15 and they are also listed on the website.Buying in the host nation — this time Japan — is straightforward with prices clearly set. But buyers outside Japan need to be careful. They will pay more; sometimes a lot more. 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