Arsenal boss Emery lauds ‘humble’ Gabriel Martinelliby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery was full of praise for Gabriel Martinelli after his performance against Nottingham Forest.The youngster was one of several fringe players who got a chance in the Carabao Cup game, which Arsenal won 5-0.And Martinelli was singled out for praise by Emery in his post-match comments to the club’s official website.Emery said: “Martinelli is a very young player. But he came here and we were waiting and watching him, how he could improve with us and really, really in the pre-season he played very well. “He was working in each training with a big spirit and with a big performance and I spoke with him to have some passion for when he gets his opportunity to play, to do like he was doing in the training and the matches in the pre-season. Tonight he did that. “Really, he deserved it because he is very humble, a humble player and he fights, he is hungry to have that opportunity to help us and really it was perfect, his work tonight.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
After the Cornhuskers made the Big 12 a smaller 11, the Pac-10 snagged Colorado, leaving the Big 12 at 10 teams. Many anticipated more action from the Pac-10, expecting the conference to attempt to rival the Big Ten by expanding to as many as 16 schools. But after swiping Utah from the Mountain West, the Pac-10, now with 12 teams, appears satisfied. Utah will join the Pac-10 in 2011, Colorado in 2012. “I expected that to happen — new commissioner in the Pac-10, new television agreement coming up,” Smith said. “It made sense for them, so I knew the Pac-10 was going to go that way, and I knew that it would affect the Big 12, but I just didn’t know how. When television contracts are getting ready to come up and people see the changing landscape in television, people start adding inventory.” The shakeups left the Big 12 on life support, with just 10 teams and its moneymaker, Texas, contemplating a switch itself. Texas A&M even received an invitation to join the SEC. But a new TV deal, set up to make Texas the main attraction, got all teams on board, saving the Big 12 as a league with 10 schools. But plates continued to shift and movement persisted. Boise State, a perennial BCS bowl-game contender in the last decade, parted ways with loads of inferior competition in the WAC to join the Mountain West Conference. Fresno State and Nevada also will join the MWC in 2012, while Boise will enroll in 2011. One of the signature programs of the MWC, however, isn’t sticking around to face the newcomers. Brigham Young will become an independent in football in 2011, a title only Notre Dame, Army and Navy claim in Division I. For all other sports, BYU will join the West Coast Conference. “We’ve long sought broad, nationwide access to our games for our fans and increased visibility among those who may be less familiar with our university and athletic programs,” BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson said in a press release. “We’ve also been looking for ways to take better advantage of our own unique broadcasting resources.” After the dust settled, there were more rumblings than actual quakes. There was never that one tremor that affected the entire nation, which many expected and some feared. Instead, we’re left with minor face lifts to several conferences, and we’re left with more questions about potential future shakeups. “I’m watching everybody else,” Smith said. “We’re (the Big Ten) basically done for now. I don’t know if we’ll expand anymore, I really don’t. It’s a possibility, but what’s interesting is watching the rest of the landscape.” The rumbling started last winter, when the Big Ten announced its intentions to explore conference expansion. It culminated months later in significant, nationwide shifts. The first tremor shook the Midwest, when Nebraska bolted for the Big Ten. The reshuffling set off a series of quakes felt all around the country, from the Pac-10 to the Big 12 to the Mountain West. In the end, if we have reached the end, the landscape of college football changed, though not as dramatically as the initial quivers suggested. But have these relocations been the result of a routine shakeup, or is this the start of a major restructuring? Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the transformation results from changing revenue streams. “If you look back over the history of college sports, the one thing that’s constant is change,” Smith said. “One of the largest areas of revenue for all of us is television money. People don’t want to talk about it, but it’s true. The reality is, as television changes, and all the mediums change for communication, the conferences have to shift in order to maximize revenue opportunities off of them.” Initial rumors suggested college football could be transitioning to feature four “super-conferences,” each equipped with 12 to 16 teams — enough power and revenue to bury non-BCS leagues in the sand. “I think it’s possible because the thought is there,” Smith said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever get to a playoff like the public wants. I see a lot of challenges with that on a lot of different levels. But do I see playoffs within a conference that could lead to something like that on a smaller scale? Yeah. So, when you get to those 16, you get to two or four conferences with 16 teams, divisions, that type of stuff. I can see that down the road.” The notion of super-conferences stemmed from indications that the Big Ten was prepared to expand to 14 or 16 teams, adding from the likes of Notre Dame, Syracuse, Rutgers, Texas and Missouri to stretch its reach across more of the country. Plucking programs from other conferences would force those battered leagues to fuse together to match the Big Ten’s muscle. “People use the term ‘arms race,’ which I really don’t think is it,” Smith said. “We’re like any restaurateur, we’re like the college of business, we’re like the college of engineering. We’re like everybody else that aspires to be No. 1. Yes, you can use the term ‘arms race,’ but frankly, we’re just strengthening the business.” The super-conference idea hasn’t panned out just yet. Instead, a series of aftershocks sent a handful of teams in and out of new conferences.
Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac fears for the club’s winger Kingsley Coman after he picked up an injury in their opening game of the season against Hoffenheim.The manager who was taking charge of his first game in the Bundesliga fears Coman could have reinjured the same ankle that underwent surgery back in February.The Frenchman was helped off the pitch after being on the receiving end of a strong challenge from Hoffenheim’s Nico Schulz.The 22-year-old was making his first Bundesliga appearance since a blow to the same ankle scuppered his hopes of a spot in France’s World Cup squad.While the extent of the damage is not yet known, Kovac is concerned it could force Coman into another lengthy spell on the sideline.“It doesn’t look good for now. He is in severe pain,” the Croatian told reporters.” As quoted by SportsKeeda.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“He will have tests tonight. I hope it’s not serious but we are fearing the worst.”Adam Szalai’s equalizer for Hoffenheim and Coman’s injury looked to put a dampener on Kovac’s first Bundesliga match in charge.The champions eventually prevailed after Robert Lewandowski converted a contentious penalty at the second time of asking before Arjen Robben sealed three points with a late third.However, an honest Kovac admitted that, had he been in charge, he would not have awarded the game-changing spot-kick that allowed Bayern to retake the lead in the 82nd minute.Franck Ribery made the most of a Havard Nordtveit tackle and Hoffenheim protests were waved away by referee Bastian Dankert.“[The foul] wasn’t crystal clear,” Kovac said. “I wouldn’t have given it.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Students at the Wilmington Middle School — in cooperation with Project 351 — are conducting a clothing drive to benefit Cradles to Crayons. Gently used clothing from ages 0 to adult medium is greatly appreciated. Pajamas and socks must be NEW. Donations are being collected through this Friday, April 5, 2019.Collection sites include the Wilmington Middle School, North Intermediate, West Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street Elementary and the Wilmington Memorial Library. Look for the designated donation bins in the schools’ lobbies.Cradles To Crayons is a non-profit organization that helps families who cannot afford clothing for their children. In return, the children gain confidence and warmth from all the donated clothing.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCradles To Crayons Clothing Drive To Take Place Around Town (March 26-April 3)In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For March 26, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington Memorial Library Receives $7,500 Federal Grant To Provide Programs On Healthy AgingIn “Community”
Reuters fileInvestment in mutual funds could help achieve financial goals in a systematic and easy manner.However most of us often fall for these most common myths associated with investing in mutual funds:Myth 1: A large sum is needed to invest in mutual fundsThat’s a wrong assumption. One doesn’t need a lot of money to start investing in funds. Minimum sum required to invest in equity linked saving schemes (ELSS) is Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 every month when investing in a mutual fund through systematic investment plans (SIPs).Myth 2: Buying a top-rated mutual fund scheme guarantees better returnsMutual fund ratings are not static and are based on performance of the fund over time. So, a fund that is rated highly today, may not necessarily maintain its rating a year later. So in order to see the performance of a fund, one needs to keep a track of it with respect to its benchmark to evaluate whether to stay invested or exit.Myth 3: Investing in mutual funds is the same as investing in stock marketMost of the mutual funds are diversified, meaning they have a mix of equity and debt. Also, the sheer variety of mutual funds means that there is a fund for every type of investor, spanning a risk spectrum of low to high.Myth 4: A fund with lower NAV is betterThis is a popular misconception. A mutual fund’s NAV represents the market value of all its investments. Any capital appreciation will depend on the price movement of its underlying securities. Always remember that existing NAV of a fund does not determine its future returns.Myth 5: You need a demat account to invest in mutual fundsYou do not need a demat account when investing in mutual funds. You may just fill up an application form, attach a cheque of the desired amount and submit the form at the mutual fund office or to your financial adviser.
Mubashar Hasan CaesarrThe kidnappers of North South University (NSU) teacher Mubashar Hasan Caesar debated whether they should kill him or keep him alive.“I heard the kidnappers, for a few days, arguing whether they should kill me or not,” Mubashar told journalists in front of his South Banasree residence in Dhaka on Friday morning.Mubashar returned home in the small hours of Friday after remaining ‘missing’ since 7 November.Coming out of his residence with his father, uncle and sister in the morning, he exclaimed, “Such a bright day after so long!”“The kidnappers kept me locked in a dark room. There was a window but they had sealed it. There was a dirty mattress in the room they locked me in. I slept on that,” said Mubashar, an assistant professor of political science and sociology at NSU.“There was another room. I could overhear them talking. They used to serve me food brought from cheap hotels.”Mubashar said he heard the kidnappers talking about money often. They also snatched Tk 27,000 he had with himself.“It seemed to me that one of the kidnappers had gone missing. They used to ask me whether any big gun is my friend,” the NSU teacher added.“The kidnappers had blindfolded me before forcing me to board a vehicle. Then they dropped me somewhere on the Airport Road saying, ‘Go. If you look back we shall kill you’. I called a CNG-run auto-rickshaw and returned home,” said Mubashar, while narrating his return.Responding to queries about what had happened on the day of his abduction, he said, “I called a UBER car to return home after attending a meeting at the UNDP building in Agargaon area of Dhaka. I was working on my mobile phone after getting into the car. Soon, several men intercepted the car and said ‘this is a stolen car, you have to get down’.”“I got down and was about to look for another vehicle. Then someone rubbed ointment on my eyes from behind and I was thrust into a microbus. They gagged something on my mouth and I lost consciousness.”Mubashar thanked the media for its role during the time he was ‘missing’.“It seems that we have got a new life. We are very happy,” said Mubashar’s father Motahar Hossain.
Photo via Offutt Air Force BaseAAA experts say drivers can expect gasoline prices to continue declining into the end of the year.Retail gasoline prices across Texas rose a nickel this week.AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $2.33 per gallon. Nationwide gas prices are up 2 cents, to average $2.56 per gallon.Association officials say San Antonio has the cheapest gasoline in Texas this week at an average $2.23 per gallon. Drivers in Midland are paying the highest prices for gasoline at an average $2.50 per gallon.AAA officials say the current average retail gasoline price in Texas is 22 cents higher than a year ago. Share
Vodafone Germany has added white label smart TV and OTT specialist NetRange’s smart TV portal to its TV offering.Vodafone has integrated NetRange’s portal in its TV user interface and has made access to NetRange’s on-demand services available free of charge to its customers via its TV Center boxes.“Vodafone ranges among the top brands worldwide and is therefore one of our most prestigious customers. Again, we can prove that we fulfill the highest demands of our customers concerning the quality of service”, said Jan Wendt, CEO of NetRange.
Amazon is reportedly due to introduce a new version of its Prime music streaming service in the coming weeks.According to a New York Times report, Amazon is due to introduce a music service with a “full catalogue” that will be available in the US for US$10 per month.Customers of Amazon’s voice-activated speaker system, Echo, will be able to access the service for roughly half the price, said the NYT.Amazon currently offers Amazon Prime customers in the US, UK, Germany and Japan unlimited, access to over one million songs and thousands of playlists and stations. However, it does not currently offer the service on a stand-alone basis like music streaming rivals Spotify and Apple Music.A Prime subscription in the states costs US$10.99 per month or US$99 a year, and also includes free two-day shipping on physical goods, access to more than a million ebooks, unlimited photo storage, and access to movies and TV shows through Prime Video.Reuters reported in June that Amazon would launch a US$9.99 per-month standalone music streaming service towards the end of summer or early autumn, reporting at the time that label deals were being finalised.Amazon launched Prime Video as a standalone, pay-monthly service for the first time in the US in April, charging US$8.99 per-month for the SVOD service and undercutting rival Netflix by US$1 per-month.In the UK, a monthly subscription option for Prime Video, priced at £5.99 per-month, has been available since Amazon launched Prime Video there in 2014, as this continued over from the LoveFilm Instant package.The NYT also reported that US music streaming service Pandora will also launch an expanded version of its US$5 per-month service – possibly as early as this week.