Why €100m Griezmann is Barca’s top target

first_imgTransfers Why €100 million Griezmann remains Barcelona’s top transfer target Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 07:00 3/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Getty Transfers Primera División Antoine Griezmann Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Barcelona Atlético Madrid The France forward is in fantastic form for Atletico ahead of Sunday’s trip to Camp Nou, but the Catalan club hope he will be on their team in 2018-19 Antoine Griezmann is the man of the moment. With seven goals in his last two games, the 26-year-old will be the biggest threat to Barcelona’s unbeaten record and also their title hopes as Atletico travel to the Catalan capital on Sunday.A few weeks ago, Diego Simeone’s side looked to be out of the race for La Liga, but the Rojiblancos have gained ground on Barca and the gap is only five points now. Thanks, in part, to Griezmann, who hit a hat-trick in the 5-2 win at Sevilla last weekend and followed up with all four goals against Leganes on Wednesday.”Now, let’s go to Barcelona to see if we can do something beautiful,” the France forward said after that 4-0 victory. “We have 12 games left and we are going to try to win all of them and we will see how far we can go.” 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 Griezmann, who now has 103 goals in 193 appearances for Atletico and is clearly benefitting from the return of Diego Costa and the Brazilian’s ability to drop deep and drag defenders away to create more spaces, also revealed he hoped to score at Camp Nou on Sunday.But Barca boss Ernesto Valverde said: “Well, I would rather he saved his goals for another time.” Presumably, he means some time in future – as a Barcelona player.Griezmann considered leaving Atletico last summer, but ultimately stayed due to the club’s transfer ban. However, his prohibitive release clause of €200 million drops down to €100m in June and he will be Barca’s top transfer target for next season.Valverde would not be drawn on that in the pre-match press conference on Saturday. “As for his future, I can’t tell you,” he said. “But he is a player who is in excellent form at the moment.”Despite his recent flurry of goals, there are still many who cannot see exactly how Griezmann would fit in at Barca. But the Blaugrana are determined to make him their player in the summer and have been told by the Frenchman’s advisers that he is keen on a move to Camp Nou.Griezmann 103 goals graphicFinancially, at least, a move makes sense. Not so long ago, €100m was what the world’s most expensive players cost. But not now. After Neymar’s €222m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, even the 20-year-old Ousmane Dembele went for in excess of €100m last summer. And, in January, Barca paid €120m, plus a possible €40m in variables, for Philippe Coutinho.In the meantime, a possible price of around €200m is being quoted for Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Forward players who can guarantee goals are always more expensive and a 27-year-old Griezmann – it is his birthday later this month – for €100m would be smart business for Barca.How he would fit in is up to Valverde, but he could play either alongside Luis Suarez, with Lionel Messi dropping deeper, or as a winger with the Uruguayan further forward. It would give the Blaugrana an embarrassment of riches in attack.And, with Messi 31 this year and Suarez already that age, the thinking is that a move for Griezmann, following the arrivals of Dembele and Coutinho, would continue the transition to a younger attack to complement and ultimately replace some of the ageing players at Camp Nou.Before attempting to buy him, however, Barca will first have to try and stop him.last_img read more

Kashmir on edge Security beefed up restrictions imposed many leaders detained or

first_imgSrinagar: Kashmir remained on edge as the authorities stepped up security at vital installations and in sensitive areas, suspended mobile internet services and either “arrested” or “detained” several leaders in fast-paced developments on Sunday night. Officials said restrictions on movement of people would come into force in Kashmir Valley at the crack of dawn. The officials said former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti would not be allowed to move out of their respective house in view of the restrictions, while Congress leader Usman Majid and CPI(M) MLA M Y Tarigami claimed to have been arrested around midnight. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details However, no official confirmation of the arrests was immediately available. “I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store,” National Conference leader Abdullah tweeted. “To the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us but I am a firm believer that what ever Almighty Allah has planned it is always for the better, we may not see it now but we must never doubt his ways. Good luck to everyone, stay safe & above all PLEASE STAY CALM,” he said in another tweet. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Reacting to the development, Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba said, “How ironic that elected representatives like us who fought for peace are under house arrest. The world watches as people & their voices are being muzzled in J&K. The same Kashmir that chose a secular democratic India is facing oppression of unimaginable magnitude. Wake up India.” Responding to Abdullah’s tweet, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, “You are not alone @OmarAbdullah. Every Indian democrat will stand with the decent mainstream leaders in Kashmir as you face up to whatever the government has in store for our country. Parliament is still in session & our voices will not be stilled.” “What is going on in J&K? Why would leaders be arrested overnight while having done no wrong? If Kashmiris are our citizens &their leaders our partners, surely the mainstream ones must be kept on board while we act against terrorists & separatists? If we alienate them, who’s left?” he said in another tweet. Mobile Internet services have been suspended in Kashmir Valley, the officials said, adding that satellite phones were being provided to police officials and district magistrates. The government imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in Srinagar district with effect from midnight. As per the order, there will be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed. There will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order. After the Jammu and Kashmir administration curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourists to leave the valley at the earliest on Friday, anxious residents continue to throng markets to stock on essentials and serpentine queues have been visible outside shops and fuel stations. The Anantnag district administration, in view of “panic stocking”,ordered all fuel station dealers not to sell petrol or diesel without permission from the district magistrate or an authorised officer. Various educational institutions in Kashmir Valley also directed their students to vacate hostels. The authorities in Jammu and Udhampur district also ordered closure of schools and colleges as precautionary measures. The University of Jammu will remain closed on Monday and all scheduled examinations have been postponed. The authorities have imposed night curfew in Kishtwar, Rajouri districts and Banihal area of Ramban district. Additional paramilitary forces, which arrived in Kashmir in the past few days, have been deployed across the city and in other vulnerable areas of the valley, the officials said. The strength of the security personnel has been increased around vital installations such as the civil secretariat, police headquarters, airport and various central government establishments in the city, they said. Barricades have been erected on many arterial roads, including the entry and exit points to Srinagar, the summer capital of the state. Riot control vehicles have also been kept on standby in some areas where apprehension of law and order disturbances is more, the officials added. In Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with top security officials on Sunday and is believed to have discussed the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. The hour-long meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officials. Political parties in J-K had expressed apprehensions about such action after the Centre deployed additional troops and curtailed the Amarnath Yatra. Jammu and Kashmir Governor S P Malik had earlier dismissed speculations that the Centre might be planning to do away with Article 35A of the Constitution, which gives exclusive rights to the state’s residents in government jobs and land. The parties on Sunday unanimously resolved to fight any attempt to abrogate the constitutional provisions that guarantee it special status or any move to trifurcate the state or “unconstitutional delimitation”, NC leader Farooq Abdullah said. The meeting was also attended by Mehbooba, Omar Abdullah, Taj Mohiuddin (Congress), Muzaffar Beig (PDP), Sajad Lone and Imran Ansari (Peoples Conference), Shah Faesal (J&K Peoples Movement) and M Y Tarigami (CPI-M).last_img read more

SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS ANIMATION SUPERVISOR JOSH BEVERIDGE TALKS ABOUT SPIDERMAN INTO THE

first_imgBy now you know the story. A radioactive spider bites nerdy young Peter Parker giving him a unique set of super powers that leads to him becoming the Amazing Spider-Man. So when Peter Parker (voiced by Jake Johnson) turns up in the new animated feature film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, it’s not a surprise.Until he and Afro-Latino Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) meet up and both of their mutual spidey-sense kicks-off.Spider-Man meet Spider-Man. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Coming from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller — the creative team behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street — this feature length cartoon is receiving rave advance press. Along with the hit movie Venom, the wiley web-crawler is swinging back into action. Taking the series launched by 2002’s Spider-Man directed by Sam Raimi as its cue, rather than the far less appealing later reboot attempts, the animation and VFX work in the new flick was done entirely at Vancouver-based Sony Imageworks.Josh Beveridge was the animation supervisor handling what is rumoured in the industry as being one of the largest teams ever assembled for one project. By the end of this film, viewers will meet everyone from Spider-Woman Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) to Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) and Spider-Man Noir (Nicholas Cage) from the ever-expanding “Spider-verse” multiverse. Each character brings their own distinctive animated style and reality with them, so the work included many unique CG and hand-drawn techniques as well as groundbreaking comic-style quirks.Multiple Spider-Verse characters converge in a Brooklyn bedroom in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. SONY PICTURES ANIMATION / PNG“There were a lot of pressures on this one, beginning with knowing that it was another Spider-Man movie and we had to answer ‘why?’” said Beveridge.“The answer was that it was Miles Morales’ story and told in animation which meant that visually it was going to be wildly different.Plus, people care deeply about this particular character and we had to address that very carefully too. It’s a movie that is a love letter to comic books, which is not a single medium, so that meant we got to show the different universes and styles in the film.”Josh Beveridge. Sony Pictures Imageworks animation supervisor. PNGMuch has been made of such stylistic choices as going to comic book frame layouts in certain action sequences to even evoking old style comic printing on frames. As Beveridge says, it’s not a genre it’s a medium and one that is relatively young and exploding with technology. The team held back on a lot of the digital tricks.“We didn’t want this to be a case of ‘how much can the computer do?,’” he said. “Instead we wanted it to be how much it could feel like a moving comic book playing out in front of you. That meant developing some very high-tech solutions as well as some very low tech.”The cast of characters all clearly had to be “spider people” who looked cool and capable when they were fighting and could convince viewers that they could take out baddies. One thing proved constant in the animators’ study of the different universes. All spider heroes were about extreme angles and suspension of gravity when they were in action. So this became a unifying constant across worlds.“So Peter is able to move more like an older veteran who has taken his shots, Gwen with a dancer’s grace and Miles as a completely modern young kid who didn’t really want to become Spider-Man,” he said. “Then we greatly exaggerated for Spider-Ham with more traditional classical animation and Peni Parker uses all manner of anime styles which constantly change. These characters had to be built completely differently from the others, because they just wouldn’t work otherwise.”The expansion into the Spider-Verse means that Beveridge and team could be spending a lot of time in there, as the potential storylines to develop are plentiful. The typical cinematic universe divisions meant animation was targeted to the TV and live-action blockbusters to the movie theatre. This film confuses that separation and if it is as big a hit as expected, will guarantee more to come.“That’s great, because with animation you can truly stretch out as the only limitation is your imagination,” said Beveridge. “I have always thought that it was wrong that the two were separated, particularly when you are talking about comic book superheroes. We chose an esthetic that straddled between the two worlds to tell the story and I think it really works.”After dozens of live-action VFX mega-budget blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War or Black Panther, the idea of taking superheroes back onto the printed page, or animated screen seems like an excellent plan. Because — wait for it — superheroes aren’t real.BY STUART DERDEYN | VANCOUVER SUN | twitter.com/stuartderdeyn Advertisementcenter_img SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Miles gets his Spider-sense. 2018 [PNG Merlin Archive] SONY PICTURES ANIMATION / PNG Advertisement Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Googles new US data centers will run on 16 million solar panels

first_img Share your voice Tags 5 Comments Google Google plans to purchase 100 percent renewable energy for its data centers and offices in the US and around the world.  Google Google will amp up its expansion in the southeastern US with millions of solar panels. Google wants the electricity consumed by its new data centers in Yum Yum, Tennessee, and Hollywood, Alabama, to be “matched with 100 percent renewable energy from day one.” To meet this goal, the search giant said Wednesday it’s struck a multi-year deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority to purchase output from several new solar farms, which will total 413 megawatts of power from 1.6 million solar panels. The two largest solar farms will produce roughly 150 megawatts each, according to a Google blog post. They’ll be among the largest renewable energy projects in the Tennessee Valley region, Google said, and the biggest solar farms ever built for the search giant.Google said in 2016 that the company planned to source carbon-free electricity on a 24/7 basis for each data center. The search giant tried to reach 100 percent renewable energy purchasing goal in 2017. So far, Google has sourced carbon-free energy for its data centers in Finland, Netherlands, Taiwan, North Carolina and Iowa, according to Google’s October 2018 report. Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. Tech Industry Sci-Tech Internet Serviceslast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday January 17

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThere is language within Baltimore’s consent decree with the Department of Justice, which offers no admission of guilt for the misconduct of the Baltimore City Police Department, that would allegedly protect the city from further lawsuits. We’ll talk about it with Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun and former federal prosecutor Sheryl Wood. Plus, we’ll open the phone lines to ask our listeners what they think of Baltimore’s official denial of misconduct by a police department accused of systemic misconduct? These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

Tangelo in the town

first_imgThe year has begun well for the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia. The Faculty organised Tangelo Town’13, the annual techno-cultural fest which commenced on Friday.The theme is globalisation, model United Nations, international conference on sustainable technologies and tangelo sports league are the flagship events among 50 events to roll out in the next three days. ‘For the first time, the students council of Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jamia has taken an initiative to move towards an international festival which has been named Tangelo Town. This festival will be a combined cultural, technical, sports, literary and arts festival. Spread over a span of three days, it’s expected to recieve a footfall of over 45,000 people,’ said Hammad, event coordinator. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The list of popular events to be held at the fest includes Pro Nite, Model United Nations, Photography Exhibit, Overnight Hackathon, Junk Yard Wars, Stage Play Competition, Tangelo Sports League 2013, Reflections, Altercatio and Nukkadh Natak. There will also be a photo exhibition called 50 States 50 Days which will be held in the MF Husain Art Gallery. Cricketer, Virender Sehwag, an alumnus of Jamia, will be the chief guest at the festival.While Tangelo Sports League started on 14 January, it had colleges and universities competing in football, tennis, badminton, basketball and cricket. Stunt Arena, Tech Fiesta and Management Fest are other events rolling in from today. If you are the management geek kinds and have an inclination towards money involved in economy, this is the place for you. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe most sought after Pro Nite will see singer Angaraag Mahanta (Papon), of Jiye Kyu and Tere Naam fame performing on the last day of the festival . ‘I am happy and take pride in the ability of my students to organise such a wide scale celebration  which is already beginning to make its mark,’ said Najeeb Jung, Vice Chancellor, Jamia.So be there.DETAILAt: Jamia University campusOn Till: 20 JanuaryTimings: 11 am to 5 pmlast_img read more

TMC GoM holds meet to foil BJPs conspiracy

first_imgKolkata: Following the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Monday held a detailed meeting to foil “BJP’s conspiracy” of restricting the state’s growth by calling bandh.After the meeting of the GoM, the state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said: “BJP is trying to disturb the peace in the state. The administration will take all necessary steps to ensure that everything functions normally like any other day on September 26.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Necessary steps will be taken if BJP and its wings, including Bajrang Dal and RSS, threaten people to observe the bandh,” Chatterjee said, adding that the police have also been asked to maintain vigil to avoid any untoward incident in the state. He further said that all state government offices will function as usual. “We also urge private schools and colleges to keep the institutions open. The state government will ensure their safety and security,” Chatterjee said, adding that it would be a criminal offence if anyone damages public property. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee said the state Transport department is also taking necessary steps to ensure that the public transport system does not get affected due to the bandh called on September 26. The matter will also be discussed with private operators. The state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari has also been directed to take necessary steps in this connection. Chatterjee further said that the people of Bengal have never supported any bandh since 2011 and this time too the people will not support the same. “Calling a bandh is a conspiracy to purposefully restrict the growth of the state. Mamata Banerjee is working towards overall development of the state and there have been constant effort by them (BJP) to hamper the same. But the people of Bengal will never let it happen,” Chatterjee maintained. It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had earlier said that there will be no bandh in the state as it leaves a negative impact on its image and at the same time, it leads to a huge financial loss with everything coming to a standstill on the day of bandh. The Chief Minister, who is at present in Milan, had set up the GoM before leaving for her visit to Germany and Italy. The GoM has been tasked with holding meetings and taking the final decision on various issues that are cropping up in the state, in the Chief Minister’s absence. The GoM has discussed various issues to ensure that people do not face any inconvenience after setting out of their homes on September 26.last_img read more

Korea Tourism Organization gives Jeju Island the star treatment

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Jeju Island, Korea Tourism Organization Friday, July 19, 2019 Korea Tourism Organization gives Jeju Island the star treatment TORONTO — Few Canadians are familiar with Korea’s Jeju Island, but that’s about to change, says the Korea Tourism Organization.In the spirit of Korea Tourism Organization’s (KTO) new model of bringing popular Korean regional tourism organizations to Canada, the KTO gave Jeju Island the star treatment at trade events last week in Toronto and Vancouver.Dinner presentations attended by travel retailers and KTO supplier partners showcased Jeju Island’s culture and natural beauty.Jeju, Korea’s largest island and only an hour flight from Seoul, is filled with folklore and culture, says the KTO. The island is known for its beach resorts, volcanic coastline and cavelike lava tubes.At the Vancouver event: Douglas Yiu, Sales Manager of Korean Air Vancouver office; Youngdon Lim, Regional Manager of Korean Air Vancouver office; Hongbai Park, President of Jeju Tourism Organization; John Park, Director of Korea Tourism Organization Toronto officeIan Rhee, General Manager of the Jeju Tourism Organization (JTO), says: “Whether you are here just for travelling or relaxation, there are unlimited things you can do ranging from outdoor activities to various theme parks or you can enjoy ocean views at the cafes. Take a tea class and enjoy the freshly made teas at the largest green tea farm on the island is also another way to explore the island as it is famous for its green tea products.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamJeju Island has its own distinct culture that differs greatly from that of the mainland Korea, he added. Due to its special geographic location, both historically and in modern day, Jeju is a sought after and much-visited destination in Asia. The geographical evolution of the island is truly unique and offers a very different landscape and culture than the mainland of Korea.At the Toronto event: John Park, Director of Korea Tourism Organization Toronto office; Hongbai Park, President of Jeju Tourism Organization; Cheol Heum Hwang, Regional Manager of Korean Air’s Toronto officeJohn Park, Director of KTO, Toronto Office, added: “The island is famous for its strong winds, stone, and its women. Tourists will have a chance to experience and see Haenyeo, the female divers who played a key role in the economy of the island by harvesting seafood for many centuries.”Visitors can meet the divers and learn more about the Haenyeo culture by visiting the Haenyeo museum or Aqua Planet, notes Rhee. They can also learn to become a Haenyeo by visiting the fishing village or experience life in the ocean as a Haenyo at the diving school. As it is a disappearing culture, the government is trying to preserve and encourage a newer generation to become a Haenyeo.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerWith the announcement of world’s second largest Grand Hyatt hotel, plus a Four Seasons hotel, set to open on the island in 2020, Hong-Bai Park, president of JTO, says he believes the new developments will give visitors more choices in the increasingly popular tourist destination.Over 12 million passengers flew between Seoul and Jeju in 2016, making it the busiest air route in the world.More information about Korea is at visitkorea.or.kr.center_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more