‘Poisonous, arrogant, and egotistical!’ Tottenham fans slam midfielder

first_img1 Nabil Bentaleb in action for Schalke A lot can change in two years.After the 2014/15 Premier League season ended Tottenham Hotspur fans were enamoured with a promising young midfielder by the name of Nabil Bentaleb.The starlet, then 19, was superb alongside Ryan Mason, as Spurs looked to be building something special; as well as impressing in midfield he ended the season with a stunning display at left-back against Everton.But, skip forward, and the Algerian has been given the cold shoulder by Mauricio Pochettino, finding himself out on loan at Schalke in the Bundesliga.And it appears the player is keen on burning his bridges as well, seemingly slamming Spurs fans in an interview with Bild.You can see his reported comments and the reaction below…last_img

Sir Alex aims cheeky dig at Neville following United legends’ win over Bayern

first_img REPLY no dice 1 shining While United edged past Bayern with two late goals in Barcelona back in 1999, the scoreline was far wider this time around, as efforts from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Yorke, Nicky Butt, Louis Saha and Beckham earned them a 5-0 victory.One United legend who was struggling to hit the target was Sky Sports pundit Neville, who showed his lack of prowess in front of goal, firing wide when well placed, leaving Ferguson and his assistant Steve McClaren laughing on the bench. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Gary Neville played in the Man United exhibition match tense The right-back, who netted seven times in 602 appearances for United, spoke about his lack of fitness and what his former manager told him after the match.“You couldn’t shoot 20 years ago son! Why the hell you trying today?” Neville wrote on Instagram.“We’re finished physically to be honest with you, you watch the lads in the Premier League and they’re amazing,” he told BT Sport.“I watch them every week and you feel how far you are away.“My mind knows what to do but my body isn’t taking me there and that’s why we’re all retired. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Gary Neville with only the keeper to beat smashes one wide 🙃Sir Alex’s reaction sums it up 😂#Treble99 pic.twitter.com/PerO7MFgV3— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 26, 2019“It’s brilliant to be out here, we’ve raised a lot of money for United’s foundation, they do a lot of work with young kids who need an opportunity in life and that’s the most important thing.“It was worth coming just to be in the changing room pre-match.“I was happy with the goal at the end for David [Beckham] and Nicky’s [Butt] goal too.” REVEALED center_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE getty huge blow Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury gameday cracker Sir Alex Ferguson jokingly made fun of Gary Neville following Manchester United legends’ 5-0 win over Bayern Munich.The anniversary game marked 20 years since the treble-winning campaign, while also raising over £1.5m for the Manchester United Foundation.Fans got a chance to enjoy a match at Old Trafford this season, something that has not happened much in recent times, as a number of legendary players, such as David Beckham, Japp Stam, Paul Scholes and Dwight Yorke, pulled on the famous shirt once more. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS last_img read more

Motherwell’s Jake Hastie to sign for Rangers this week

first_imgRangers will this week sign Jake Hastie on a pre-contract agreement, STV has learned. The Motherwell attacker, who is out of contract in the summer, will pen a three-year deal, with the Ibrox club having the option of a further year. The 20-year old, who had loan spells at Airdrieonians and Alloa, also attracted interest from English Championship clubs but he’ll join Rangers this summer.Motherwell will be due training compensation, having brought the player through the Lanarkshire club’s youth system. Hastie made his first team debut against Celtic in 2016 but had to wait until this year to become a regular fixture in the Fir Park side.He has made 12 Premiership appearances since the turn of the year and scored six goals. His performances during February saw him pick up the league’s Player of the Month award.last_img read more

Green charcoal to save forests

first_imgThe green charcoal will be made from agricultural waste such as the invasive typha weed. (Image: Wikipedia) An environmental NGO in northern Senegal is about to go to market with “green charcoal” – a household fuel produced from agricultural waste materials to replace wood and charcoal in cooking stoves.With Senegal’s trees disappearing, finding viable alternatives is a must. At least half the country’s 13-million people rely on wood and charcoal for household fuel, and 40% use petrol products like butane gas, according to the Ministry of Energy.“You need to cut down 5kg of wood to produce only 1kg of charcoal,” said Ibrahima Niang, an alternative household energies specialist at the energy ministry.“Less than 30 years ago, charcoal consumed in Dakar came from 70km away, from the Thiès region. Now you have to go 400km from Dakar to find forests.” Dakar is the capital of Senegal.According to the country’s Department of Water and Forestry, 40 000 hectares of forest are cut every year for fuel and other commercial uses.Deforestation is said to exacerbate soil erosion – already a considerable problem in parts of Senegal. The country is part of the Sahel, a region where erratic rainfall, land degradation and desertification are constant setbacks for a population largely dependent on agriculture and livestock.The “green charcoal” is produced by compressing agricultural waste, such as the invasive typha weed, into briquettes and then mechanically carbonising. The product has the look and feel of traditional charcoal and burns similarly.“The technology is efficient, effective and economical because we can produce a substitute for charcoal at half the price,” Guy Reinaud, director of Pro Natura International, the French NGO that has partnered with the Senegalese government on the green charcoal initiative. The project is based in Ross-Bethio, a town 300km north of Dakar in the Saint-Louis region.Environmental firms and governments have long been working to transform plants and natural waste materials into energy, such as water lilies in the Philippines.Tough sell or consumer demand?Despite the apparent advantages, marketing the green charcoal in Senegal is a challenge, according to Mireille Ehemba, specialist in alternative household fuels at the Programme for the Promotion of Rural Electrification and the Sustainable Supply of Domestic Fuels (Peracod), a joint Senegalese and German renewable energy initiative and another partner in the green charcoal project.  “We have not been able to penetrate the charcoal market in urban areas. People are very attached to charcoal,” said Ehemba. “Much more [education] is needed, including cooking demonstrations that explain how this new fuel works, if we want people to make the switch.”Not only buyers need to be convinced. Identifying distribution networks and responding to the needs of charcoal vendors are also major challenges, Ehemba said. For 1kg of green charcoal, a vendor makes a profit of 5 US cents (about 9 South African cents), whereas conventional charcoal brings in almost 20 cents (R1.80) per kilogram.“We must talk to producers to get them to increase the scale of their operation in order to increase the profit for vendors if this is to work,” Ehemba said.On the other hand, Senegalese consumers may be tempted to switch to the new product because it is the cheapest fuel. One kilogram of green charcoal sells for just 20 cents (R1.80), whereas traditional charcoal currently costs three times that. A 6-kg bottle of butane gas costs about $5 (R45.50).Fatou Camara from Ross-Bethio has tested the new fuel when cooking for her family of 10. “I can use 1kg of green charcoal and that will cook the dinner. It is cheaper than normal charcoal.”Camara said she used to use butane gas for cooking, but recurrent gas shortages pushed her to switch to green charcoal.In the past, butane gas was heavily subsidised and promoted by the government as an alternative to charcoal. But such measures are no longer sustainable, according to the energy ministry’s Niang. The government plans to phase out butane subsidies in July.Peracod’s Ehemba is concerned the move will put more pressure on Senegal’s forests as poorer households return to traditional fuels like charcoal.“It is now very important that we propose alternatives like improved stoves and bio-charcoal so that people have affordable ways to cook cleanly,” she said.ProNatura and the Senegalese government plan to turn the project into a profit-making venture called Green Charcoal Senegal that will produce up to 800 tons of the green fuel a year for sale in the Saint-Louis region.ProNatura will soon start a project in Mali, transforming cotton stems into green charcoal, and plans similar projects in Niger, Madagascar, China, India and Brazil.“It has global potential in terms of its adaptability to different local environments, and it uses local waste materials,” said Reinaud.Added the energy ministry’s Niang: “It is not possible to completely replace charcoal. But even if we can replace 10% or 15% that is good. It will preserve the forests.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]: Irin NewsRelated articlesMount Mabu yields hidden bounty Using waste to save the world Corking carbon emissions Africa’s carbon-trading potential Useful linksPeracod (French)Pro-Naturalast_img read more

Looking Back at the Writing Fellows Program’s 2018

first_img2018 has been a big year for AFF’s Writing Fellows Program. In June of this year, I had the privilege of joining the program staff to help grow and improve the writing fellowship. It’s been a pleasure to work with the program staff, fellows and alumni to help give more people the skills to be effective communicators of free-market principles. I’m happy to share a few highlights from the last year, as we look toward an even bigger 2019.The Alumni DinnerThis year, we re-launched the annual alumni dinner. AFF alumni joined us in DC to reconnect with their classes and build new connections while hearing from our keynote speaker, Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review. We also recognized the work of several writing fellows, giving the Aumni Achievement Award to Chelsea Follett for her work as managing editor of HumanProgress.org, the Op-ed of the Year award to Tyler Bonin for his Wall Street Journal op-ed “My Advice to Grads: Start Mopping,” and AFF Blog Post of the year to Lynn Hu for her post “How I Became Disillusioned with Communism.”AFF’s Growing ProgramThis year we’ve set new records for the size of the Writing Fellows Program. We’ve trained 58 new writing fellows, 24 of whom were part of our fall class — the largest we’ve had so far. In fact, for the first time, we’ve split the program into separate in-person and virtual classes in order to reach even more young writers while still maintaining the small class sizes that give our fellows the chance to interact personally with our guest speakers. This year, those guest speakers included incredibly talented people like Stephanie Slade of Reason, Ginger Gibson of Reuters, Ingrid Jacques of Detroit News, and Tim Carney of The Washington Examiner.Our AlumniAll of this growth wouldn’t be possible without the work the alumni have done to direct promising young writers to our program. During the fall, nearly a quarter of all fellows came to the program through an alumni referral. And beyond helping us grow, the alumni have been doing amazing work for themselves. This year, alumni of the program have published more than 2,700 articles under byline. The AFF blog highlights some of this work every week, though these features only scratch the surface of the remarkable things the alumni are doing.Graduates of the program now serve as editors, commentary writers, senior policy analysts, congressional communications directors, and more. We’re excited to see where our alumni go and to help them and many more writing fellows to come, in 2019 and beyond.last_img read more

Why The Wearables Developer Market Population Is Taking A Plunge

first_imgWhy Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… Matt Asay How to Avoid Being Part of 90% of Failed Companies Related Posts Tags:#Internet of Things#VisionMobile#wearable center_img Few things are as hyped as the Internet of Things (IoT), so why is the wearables developer population shrinking?According to a new VisionMobile report,  21% of IoT developers have near-term plans to develop for the wearables market, down sharply from 28% just six months earlier. See also: The Best Shot At Success For Indie Developers: Go Work For “The Man” While long-term interest in wearables remains high, in the short term, developers seem content to wait for the market to mature.Honey, You Shrunk The DevelopersOver the last year, the wearables market has exploded, with shipments booming 223% between Q2 2014 and Q2 2015, according to IDC.  That data is backed up by a Forrester report which concludes that “consumer adoption has taken off.”Still, we need to put “booming” in perspective. Apple’s Watch is now second only to Fitbit in terms of volume, but with a total pie of just 18 million units shipped in Q2 2015, we clearly have a long way to go before the wearables market can pay the rent for a large population of developers.This may be one reason that the wearables developer market has actually declined over the last six months, as VisionMobile survey data shows. Source: VisionMobileAs can be seen, long-term interest in wearables hasn’t waned. Instead, it grew during this same period. But much of the heady interest of Q4 2014 has taken a more pragmatic turn in Q2 2015, even despite (or because of) those 18 million units shipped.Feeding The DogNone of this changes VisionMobile’s original forecast that IoT will require millions of developers by 2020. It will, and wearables should drive a big chunk of those expected 4.5 million developers.But there’s a peculiar dissonance between where those developers live, and the platforms driving wearables.For one thing, most of the wearable developers are in Asia Pacific (44%), nearly as much as North America and Europe combined. Source: VisionMobileBut remember those wearable shipment details? Fitbit and the Apple Watch dominate shipments, and most of their business is in North America and Europe. Fitbit has been trying to saturate Asia-Pacific but has been struggling, falling behind the Misfit in China. Android leads the Asia-Pacific market in both smartphones and smart wearables.In other words, the developer population is misaligned with the wearables market.This will sort itself out, of course, but it could be crimping near-term plans, as the developers most likely to build for the wearables market are in areas with comparatively little traction (in terms of shipments). I suspect we’re seeing Western developers take their time to think through their approach, while APAC-based developers are retrenching as they wait for shipments in their market to catch up with expected demand. Lead photo by Shinya Suzuki  Building a Workplace for the Next 100 Years Why Your eCommerce Business Should Have a Pop-U…last_img read more

Think Like a Publisher: 3 Tips to Generate More Leads

first_img Free Inbound Lead Generation Kit Topics: – One of the key components of generating revenue from advertising is based upon the position of your ads. You may have noticed that search engines have advertising at the top of the page and down the right hand side of the search results pages. This is because this is the optimal arrangement of ads to generate revenue without annoying visitors. You should think about placing your calls to actions in similar locations. Other good places are above or below the title and directly after the content on blog articles. 1. Ad Placement Think about it: both types of business are trying to attract a lot of quality traffic and they both are trying to generate revenue. Once a visitor is on either type of website, the first step to generating revenue comes from a simple mouse click on an advertisement or an call-to-action (CTA). As a business owner or marketer looking to increase revenue, it is critical to boost the flow of new inbound leads to drive revenue growth.  Because sites that make money from pay-per-click advertising are experts at driving more clicks on their ads, business owners can learn from them about how to produce more clicks on their CTAs, and thus, generate more leads. – One secret to generating clicks is having an offer that is similar to the interests of the visitor. Google serves ads based upon keywords from the content of the page. If you have an offer on a page about apples, try a CTA about apples or fruit, but avoid offers about meat or vegetables. The more related the CTA is to your pages content the more clicks you will get on the CTA. Download the free kit 3. Be Relevant 3 Lessons To Generate More Online Leads  for tips and tricks to drive more leads and business to your site. – Generating clicks is all about standing out. Now that you have your CTAs in the right places to get noticed, you should help them stand out from everything else on the page. Images or bright colors will draw peoples attention. Another trick is to use contrasting colors. If your site is blue, try a green CTA. It will be sure to stand out.center_img The trick is to become a vertically integrated publisher. Instead of paying for advertising space on another site, start a business blog and bring in more traffic to your own website and display your own “ads” in the form of CTAs. Think more like an advertiser by leveraging some of these lessons. What are other ways you can think like a publisher? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack 2.  Get Noticed elycefeliz Originally published Feb 16, 2011 10:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Photo Credit: Lead Generation Learn how to generate more inbound leads using SEO, blogging, and social media.last_img read more

How to Jack the News to Generate Marketing Buzz

first_img Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Piggybacking on newsworthy information in marketing often leads to big successes. Historically, we have encouraged marketers to keep track of newly released industry reports, upcoming events, and opportunities to tie their brand to a story that is currently generating a lot of buzz in the news. Such techniques help us become more agile marketers and gain stellar public exposure.David Meerman Scott’s new book Newsjacking: How to Inject your Ideas into a Breaking News Story and Generate Tons of Media Coverage invites marketers to look around themselves and spot more “newsjacking” opportunities.Here is an excerpt from David’s new book, Newsjacking:As journalists scramble to cover breaking news, the basic facts—who/what/when/where—are often fairly easy to find, either on a corporate website or in competitors’ copy. That’s what goes in the first paragraph of any news story.The challenge for reporters is to get the “why” and the implications of the event. Why is the company closing its plant? The corporate website may offer some bogus excuse like “because it wants to spend more time with its family.”Competitors may quote some expert’s speculation on the real reason, but a reporter can’t cite that without adding something self-demeaning like “according to an expert quoted in the New York Times.” Journalists need original content—and fast.All this is what goes in the second paragraph and subsequent paragraphs. That’s why the newsjacker’s goal is to own the second paragraph. If you are clever enough to react to breaking news very quickly, providing credible second-paragraph content in a blog post, tweet, or media alert that features the keyword of the moment, you may be rewarded with a bonanza of media attention.If there is one organization we all count on for a quick reaction, it’s the fire department. So it is encouraging to find that the London Fire Brigade (LFB) is able to newsjack at lightning speed.News of the rescue, along with photos of the dramatic fire, quickly became the lead story in media worldwide. But the story was thin, few outlets had an original angle on it, and no one had reporters in the British Virgin Islands. For editors in the ferociously competitive UK media, situations like this are hideously stressful. So imagine their collective relief when the local fire brigade showed up to the rescue.Within hours of the initial reports on the fire and Winslet’s role in the rescue, the LFB offered Winslet the chance to train with firefighters at its training center. The offer was made in a story written by the LFB and posted on its website.This clever newsjack got the LFB huge attention, as the offer to Winslet was featured by news outlets worldwide.  What the LFB did—quickly posting the Winslet offer on their site and alerting reporters—took no more than a few hours and probably cost nothing. But the resulting media exposure was worth millions. It was a gambit that succeeded because the timing and the message were perfect. You can newsjack, too.This excerpt clearly communicates the value of following what’s in the news and being able to remix it in a marketing context. So what should a marketer do in order to be prepared to newsjack?Follow the NewsIt might sound simple, but the importance of following the news cannot be emphasized enough. Read not only your favorite media outlets’ websites and blogs, but also sign up for Google Alerts to receive notifications when certain (industry) keywords are being mentioned.Follow JournalistsBy following and building relationships with influential journalists who cover stories in your industry, you expose yourself to more opportunities to hear about what they are interested in and to pitch them ideas. Muck Rack is one tool that can guide you in this task — it helps you to find journalists and follow the conversations they engage in.Be QuickIn order to take advantage of newsjacking, you need to act fast. Most likely, you won’t have time to develop a full-fledged marketing strategy. There might be time to only host a quick brainstorm session with your team. Make sure you are prepared to involve the right people and assets in this process.Have you had success with newsjacking? Share it with us in the comments below. Originally published Nov 16, 2011 7:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Newsjacking Topics:last_img read more