Chelsea to battle Lyon for the signature of highly rated Argentine defender

first_img1 Emanuel Mammana in action for Argentina Under-20s Chelsea look set to be matched by Lyon in their quest to sign promising River Plate defender Emanuel Mammana.The 20-year-old is a product of the Argentinian side’s academy and has impressed since making the step up into the first team.Mammana’s form has attracted the attention of a host of top European clubs with Chelsea leading the race for the centre-back.However, according to L’Equipe, Lyon are preparing a bid of their own in an attempt to steal a march on the Blues.Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte first became aware of the Argentina under-20 international during his time in charge of Juventus, with Serie A clubs Fiorentina and Napoli apparently keen on the player.And the Italian has reportedly instructed his Chelsea staff to scout the young star further, before Lyon snap him up from under their noses.last_img read more

Spain World Cup team guide – fixtures, kits, key player, probable line-up

first_imgONE TO WATCHAlready linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, Real Sociedad right-back Alvaro Odriozola will be hoping to show off his talents in Russia. The 22-year-old has serious competition for his position as Dani Carvajal is the guaranteed first-choice, but a hamstring injury suffered by the Real Madrid star could mean he links up with the Spain squad when not fully fit.If that is the case, Odriozola will have the pre-tournament friendlies to try and establish himself in Lopetegui’s plans and add to his two caps.A typical modern full-back, Odriozola started his career on the wing before being pushed back into defence, and it shows as he loves to get forward and support the attack whenever given the chance; he grabbed an assist on his Spain debut by setting up Thiago Alcantara for a goal against Albania.Manchester United have been credited with interest in Odriozola, while Real Madrid and Barcelona are also said to have scouted the right-back who has a £40m release clause written into his Sociedad contract.FIXTURESFriday, June 15: PORTUGAL v Spain (Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi) – kick-off 19:00Wednesday, June 20: IRAN v Spain (Kazan Arena, Kazan) – kick-off 19:00Monday, June 25: Spain v MOROCCO (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad) – kick-off 19:00KITS RECORD IN QUALIFYINGSpain were perhaps the most dominant team in European qualifying, ending five points clear of Italy at the top of Group G. They scored 36 goals in their 10 matches and conceded just three – their two games against Liechtenstein both ended 8-0 – and the only time they dropped points was when they visited Italy on matchday two and played out a 1-1 draw.Diego Costa, Isco and David Silva all finished with five goals to finish joint top of Spain’s scoring charts, and a 3-0 destruction of Italy was the best performance by any nation throughout the entire European qualification campaign.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSBefore getting their World Cup campaign underway, Spain played two friendly matches. The first was against Switzerland on June 3 in Villarreal, which they drew 1-1, and the second was scheduled for six days later in Krasnodar, the city in which Spain’s base camp is located. They faced England’s Group G opponents Tunisia and ran out 1-0 winners.BASE CAMPFC Krasnodar Academy, KrasnodarPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 4 Spain take part in their 15th World Cup this summer. takes an in-depth look at the Group B nation.MANAGERJulen Lopetegui was remarkably replaced on the eve of the World Cup after agreeing a deal to take charge of Real Madrid. Spain won 14 of their 20 games with Lopetegui in charge, drawing the other six, but the Spanish Football Federation were furious over when and how negotiations with Real took place and took the decision to sack him just days before they kick off their campaign against Portugal. Fernando Hierro, formerly of Real Madrid and Bolton, has moved from his role as Spain’s director of football to lead the team at the World Cup. His only experience as a manager was a brief spell in charge of Real Oviedo.CAPTAINOne of the best defenders of his generation, Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos will wear the armband for Spain in Russia. A veteran of 151 international caps and over 600 domestic matches, the 32-year-old is one of the most decorated footballers in the world, having claimed a wealth of silverware playing at both club and international level.As captain, Ramos has to deal with the fractures that may potentially exist in Lopetegui’s squad. The pro-Catalan independence Barcelona players and the rest of the squad must be brought together ahead of the tournament to ensure Spain play to the best of their ability. Ramos’ centre-back partner Gerard Pique is one of the most pro-independence members of the squad, and their relationship will signal to the rest of the players how to deal with differing political stances.KEY PLAYERThere are a number of goalscorers in Spain’s squad, but finding a reliable striker has been hard since the 2014 World Cup. Alvaro Morata was left out of the squad, meaning Diego Costa will likely lead the line for La Roja.Costa has finally established himself as an important player for Spain having struggled following the change of his international allegiance in 2013. He was their joint top scorer in qualifying, with five goals in five games, and he has netted seven times for Atletico Madrid since joining them in January.One of the hardest strikers in the world to defend against, Costa brings a consistent goal threat to Spain, and he’ll also alleviate the pressure on the attacking midfield players such as Isco, David Silva and Andres Iniesta, allowing them more time and space to express themselves in the final third. 4last_img read more


first_imgSome of Donegal’s sporting projects have been given a timely boost following the funding announcement from The Irish Sports Council.Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Mr. Michael Ring TD announced an investment package of over €2 million in Dormant Accounts Funding for Sport. Myles Sweeney Coordinator with Donegal Sports Partnership welcomed the funding announcement for Donegal by the ISC.The funding will support the development of a community sports programme around water sports, walking and adventure sports with Ionad An Mhachaire and associated sports, community groups and schools in the Maghery area.The second element of the announcement will focus on the provision of a programme of education and training targeting job seekers and the unemployed across Co Donegal in association with Donegal ETB, Department of Social Protection, Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre and the Finn Harps Schools Programme.Funding of €2,089,620 is being allocated to establish Community Sport and Physical Activity hubs across the country and create a National Sports Education and Training hub. The investment will be administered by the Irish Sports Council and will aim to engage with communities across the country, targeting people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and disadvantaged communities.Announcing the investment, Minister Ring commented “I believe it is extremely important that people are encouraged and given opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity.“Participation will lead to a healthier society and an overall improvement in the quality of life.“These innovative hubs will support the sustainable development of sporting opportunities in communities across Ireland”.Speaking at the announcement, Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council acknowledged “The aim of the Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs is to bring local people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations.“Supported by the Council’s network of Local Sports Partnerships, these hubs will provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities and make it easier for people to get involved and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle”. Programmes supported under the investment include the development of an Educational and Career Framework, Youth Coaching, Volunteer Support Programmes, E-learning Programmes (Anti Doping, Child Protection), Training for Jobseekers (Community Coaching), Youth Leadership and further strengthen the existing Sports Disability Training Framework.DONEGAL SET TO BENEFIT FROM €2 MILLION FUNDING INVESTMENT FROM IRISH SPORTS COUNCIL was last modified: July 31st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessnewsSportlast_img read more

WATCH: Sailors’ relief after Lough Swilly Ferry came to the rescue

first_imgThe two people who were rescued off Rathmullan yesterday are counting their blessings that the Lough Swilly Ferry crew came to their aid.Michael Shields and his niece Katie Brennan from Hillsborough, Co. Down, were sailing off Kinnegar beach at Rathmullan on Monday afternoon when their small boat capsized.A 999 call was made from the shore after they were spotted in the water. The Lough Swilly RNLI were dispatched to their aid, but it was a stroke of luck that the Lough Swilly passenger ferry was close by. Skipper Edward Sweeney made a detour to reach them and they were brought aboard by fast-acting crew members. It was a frightening moment for the experienced sailors, who both hold RYI sailing qualifications. They had buoyancy aids but were afloat for half an hour in cold waters.Michael tells Donegal Daily: “The boat filled up with water. The sea bung must have come out without us realising; that meant the boat couldn’t be manoeuvred or sailed.“So we jumped in and tried to swim to shore with the boat. However the tide was turning and the current was taking us further out to sea. “We started to wave and shout to people on the shore but weren’t sure if they heard us. Then we noticed the paddle board instructor coming towards us from shore and at the same time noticed the ferry had stopped and was turning towards us with the ramp down.“At that point we knew that we had been seen and that was a massive relief. We had been in the water for half an hour at this point,” Michael said.Lough Swilly Ferry and Lough Swilly RNLI Rescue, 28th August 2017. Photo: Kevin Mc AteerThankfully both Michael and Katie are well today after a good night’s sleep. They were in Donegal on a family holiday, as Katie (19) prepares to begin studying at university for the first time next week.Michael was full of gratitude to the ferry crew and all emergency services who helped them in their hour of need.“We were so relieved and thankful it wasn’t worse. I was getting very cold and didn’t want to panic my niece but the current was taking us further and further out.“The ferry skipper and crew were brilliant, the Buncrana lifeboat crew boarded the ferry and looked after us professionally and the ambulance crew from Letterkenny couldn’t have been better. “Once we were spotted the ‘system’ kicked in and worked seamlessly and perfectly.“It was teamwork at its finest from a great bunch of people,” he said.Lough Swilly Ferry and Lough Swilly RNLI Rescue, 28th August 2017. Photo: Kevin Mc AteerEdward Sweeney, skipper of the Lough Swilly Ferry, told Donegal Daily last night how it was ‘pure luck’ that his vessel was close by.“A 999 call was made to Malin Head Coast Guard, who contacted us to see if we could do anything. We could see a boat was in trouble and went to their aid. We put the door down and lifted them onto the ferry,” he said. “By pure luck, when we got the call we were only 200 metres away from them.”Edward said he was delighted that the two sailors were alright and everything worked out well in yesterday’s incident.WATCH: Sailors’ relief after Lough Swilly Ferry came to the rescue was last modified: August 30th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

5 New Year’s Resolutions To Manage Your Tech Habits

first_imgI took two weeks completely offline over the Holidays, and I learned something humbling. I like to blame technology itself for encouraging bad habits.But in my reluctance to come back onto the grid this week, I eased in cautiously, and I realized that most of the problems just arise from me using tech too much and without enough intention. When I use my gadgets and services more deliberately and less often, the problems mostly go away, but still leave me with the benefits of being connected.Maybe that sounds obvious. But what’s less obvious is the right way to change one’s habits to get used to being more deliberate about tech. Here are five New Year’s resolutions I made that are already helping:1. Rearrange Your Bookmarks And Home ScreenThe most important thing I’ve done to encourage better tech habits is to move the “bad” things out of sight. Twitter is my big problem; If it’s ever appropriate to describe a tech obsession as an addiction, I am addicted to Twitter. So I moved my Twitter app off of the front screen of my smartphone. That little extra effort it now takes to launch Twitter is just enough friction to keep me from doing it so compulsively.The desktop version of this is just as useful. If Facebook is your first bookmark or — God forbid — your home page, what do you think is going to happen? If your browser auto-fills to whenever you press the F key, turn off auto-fill. It may not seem like much, but these kinds of little obstacles make a huge difference in moderating your habits.2. Cut Out The Push NotificationsI’m never going to let up on this, even though I’ve said it before. Push notifications are the devil. Their entire purpose is to interrupt you. Turn all of them off unless missing them could cause harm to yourself or others – or get you fired.3. Take Breaks With Time Out AppsThis one has been huge for me. I use a Mac app called Time Out that grays out my screen at regular intervals throughout the day and forces me to get up and stretch. There’s one called Workrave for Linux and Windows. Regular breaks are not just good for resetting your brain. You need to take them to prevent repetitive stress injuries. Also, sitting kills.4. Get A Real Alarm ClockDo not use your phone or your tablet as an alarm clock. If you do, the first thing you’ll see when you wake up is all the Internet crap you have to check, and then you’re instantly stressed out. Get an alarm clock. Remember alarm clocks? They’re not that expensive and you can find ones with all kinds of cool bells and whistles.This is one my friends Brooke and Levi from Digital Detox insist upon, and I resisted, but I have to give in now. Phones in the bedroom are terrible. Whatever your phone is buzzing about can wait until morning. If you need to receive emergency calls and don’t have a landline, I suppose you can use Do Not Disturb mode, but that’s cheating.5. Disconnect Two Hours Before BedI know I’m going to break this resolution, but I’m making it anyway. Our digital habits are built around constant stimulation. They should not be allowed to encroach on sleep. Sleep is too important. So turn the devices off and wind down for a while before going to bed. Doesn’t that sound peaceful?Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img jon mitchell Tags:#Pause#productivity#smartphones What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Realme X or Realme 3 Pro: Which Realme phone should you spend your money on

first_imgRealme has released some stellar smartphones over the past one year of its existence. Last year, the company sort of peaked with the Realme 2 Pro. In 2019, the Realme 2 Pro was succeeded by the Realme 3 Pro, which was even more disruptive as it brought features like a Snapdragon 710 chipset and VOOC fast charging under Rs 15,000. Earlier this week, Realme launched the Realme X, which is easily the company’s best smartphone yet.The Realme X has a starting price of Rs 16,999, which puts it at spitting distance from the Realme 3 Pro. To recall, the Realme 3 Pro was launched in India starting at Rs 13,999. Both the phones are very different in terms of the specs they offer, but one thing remains the same – the chipset. The Realme X and Realme 3 Pro are powered by the same Snapdragon 710 SoC. So, should you go for the Realme X or the more affordable Realme 3 Pro? Here’s what the two phones offer for their price to help you decide which one you should go for.Realme X vs Realme 3 Pro: Price in India and availability detailsThe Realme 3 Pro is currently available in India at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB storage variant and Rs 16,999 for the 6GB + 128GB options. There is also a 6GB + 64GB variant available for Rs 15,999. The Realme 3i comes in three colour options – Lightning Purple, Nitro Blue and Carbon Black – and can be purchased on open sale on Flipkart and On the other hand, the Realme X is a higher-priced smartphone that starts at Rs 16,999 for the base variant that comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage and goes up to Rs 19,999 for the 8GB + 128GB version. The Realme X is available in Polar White and Space Blue colours and will go on sale for the first time on July 24 at 12pm on Flipkart and Realme’s online store.advertisementRealme X vs Realme 3 Pro: Design and displayWhen we reviewed the Realme X, we called it a refined version of the Realme 3 Pro. This is because while both the phones look premium and attractive, the Realme X looks a little more polished by offering a minimalistic design and trendy 2019 features like a notchless display and in-display fingerprint sensor. Both the phones come with 3D curved glasstic panels with a glossy finish and in attractive gradient colours. The Realme X also gets a Type-C port while the Realme 3 Pro offers a microUSB port.Both the phones offer great displays, but the Realme X gets an edge here again as it offers a large 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with no notch or punch-hole cutout. You get an immersive viewing experience without any distractions along with a more attractive display that offers bright, vivid colours and deeper blacks compared to the Realme 3 Pro’s LCD panel. The Realme 3 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ Dewdrop display.Realme X vs Realme 3 Pro: Hardware and batteryThe Realme 3 Pro and Realme X are powered by the same Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset, which means you will get a similar outcome as far as performance is concerned. Both the phones run smoothly when it comes to performing day-to-day tasks like messaging or social media browsing. They are some of the best phones in their segments for gaming as well thanks to a fast and lag-free Adreno 616 GPU. The Realme X comes in 4GB and 8GB RAM variant, while the Realme 3 Pro comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM options. Both the devices also ship with Color OS 6 based on Android Pie. ColorOS 6 brings and app drawer and gradient colour theme for the UI along with a mess of preloaded third-party apps.While performance may be similar, the Realme X is a clear winner in the camera department as it gets a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary camera on the back alongside a 5-megapixel depth sensor and 16-megapixel selfie snapper houses in a pop-up camera. The Realme X offers some of the best camera in its segment as it is capable of shooting detailed, high resolution photos using the main camera.The Realme 3 Pro also impressed us with its 16-megapixel /1.7 Sony IMX519 primary sensor which is the same sensor used on the OnePlus 6T. This is paired with a 5-megapixel secondary depth sensor. Meanwhile, the front camera offers a 25-megapixel selfie sensor. So, while the Realme X may offer high-quality photos using the main 48MP sensor, the Realme 3 Pro offers sharper selfies with its 25MP camera. Both phones also support Nightscape, Chroma Boost, Portrait and HDR modes as well as EIS. The Realme X also comes with 960fps @720p super slow-mo video recording, which was also added to the Realme 3 Pro via a software update.advertisementAs for the battery, the Realme 3 Pro houses a 4,045mAh capacity while the Realme X offers a smaller 3,765mAh battery pack. In our time with the devices, we found the Relame 3 Pro to offer a terrific battery life, offering over a full day of juice on a single charge. The Realme X is almost as good as it delivers a full-day battery life as well. Both the phones also support VOOC 3.0 fast charging that will charge the devices up in zero to 100 per cent in about 80 minutes.Should you buy the Realme X or Realme 3 Pro?The Realme 3 Pro is one of the best phones you can buy under Rs 15,000. If you have a strict budget of Rs 15,000, then you should go for the Realme 3 Pro as it offers a complete package that includes an attractive display, good ergonomics, a fast and smooth Snapdragon 710 processor and a stellar battery life topped with VOOC fast charging.But if you can stretch your budget a little further, the Realme X will offer you a true flagship experience. It is for those who want the best of 2019 trends in a smartphone. You get a fantastic notchless Super AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera, 48MP dual camera setup and an in-display fingerprint that makes the Realme X a true 2019 smartphone. There is no other phone that offers this combination of features under Rs 20,000 right now.ALSO READ | Airtel offers massive price cuts on its HD and Internet TV set-top boxes, also offers extra benefits worth Rs 1,000ALSO READ | Jio is now second-largest telecom operator in India, leads overall broadband sector by 55 per cent market shareALSO READ | Oppo K3 launched in India with Snapdragon 710 SoC, AMOLED display: Price, specs and sale datelast_img read more

Iran agrees to new UN nuclear inspections and safeguards

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors will visit the heavy water research reactor at Arak by the end of this month and will also finalize the safeguards approach at the fuel enrichment plant in Natanz early next month, the IAEA said in a press statement issued at its headquarters in Vienna.Iran and the IAEA also agreed on the designation of new agency inspectors, according to the statement.The deal follows a two-day visit to Iran by a team of IAEA experts – lead by Olli Heinonen, the agency’s Deputy Director General for Safeguards – that ended yesterday.The visit follows last month’s meeting between IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and Ali Larijani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran.The IAEA and Iran have also agreed to hold another meeting in early August on steps to resolve remaining issues pertaining to the country’s past plutonium experiments.Tehran has stated that is nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but other countries contend that it is driven by military ambitions. 13 July 2007The United Nations nuclear watchdog announced today that it has reached agreement with Iranian authorities to allow new inspections and safeguards at some of its key facilities. read more