Ince: Hull was best move for me

first_img “We’ve brought Tom in and he’s a great asset and Snodgrass we know can do it in the Premier League,” Livermore said. “It just sends out a good vibe that the club want to go somewhere with British football. We’ve got a great core at the club be it through the Irish, Scottish or English and we all get along well on and off the pitch which is very important and we look to be going places.” Hull’s FA Cup endeavours last year have earned them a place in this season’s Europa League third round qualifiers and Livermore is looking forward to playing in Europe again after doing so at Spurs. “If you asked me whether I’d rather be abroad playing football or just away on holiday I know where I’d want to be,” he added. “I loved playing in Europe. It was great travelling across the world playing in different countries and experiencing different opposition with different styles of football… The players are all still young but the coaches are all still learning too and it’s also great for the fans to go around the world too. We’re all really looking forward to it.” Tom Ince says that a move to Inter Milan would have been a dream, but joining Hull City was the better move to improve him as a player. After leaving Blackpool the 22-year-old was courted by a host of clubs, with Inter widely believed to be at the front of the queue for his signature, but he decided against following in the footsteps of his father Paul and signed a two year deal at the KC Stadium instead. “It was close, I spent three or four days out there. I stood in the San Siro and I thought I was in a dream,” Ince said. “But those types of moves I feel can come if you perform. I’m still a young player and I feel this is not only the time to prove to myself that I can play in the Premier League but this is the right move for me at the right time.” Ince says that new manager Steve Bruce was the key factor in him choosing Hull. He has a long running relationship with Bruce through his father and their days together at Manchester United. “I’m under the right development and like the way the gaffer (Steve Bruce) plays. He knows what I can do and he can enhance my skills and once I do that a few years down the line if there’s another option abroad then maybe I’ll take that chance then. Right now the opportunity of playing Premier League is the right one for me,” Ince added. “I’ve known the gaffer for quite some time not only on a personal basis, but he believes in me as a football player. “When you have that belief from a manager and seeing what the club did last year, with the FA Cup run obviously being the highlight, to be part of that is a great opportunity.” Ince is one of four new faces to sign on the dotted line at the KC Stadium so far this season, with Jake Livermore returning after a loan spell in 2013-14, Robert Snodgrass moving from Norwich and 20-year-old striker Karim Rossi also joining Hull after finding first-team opportunities hard to come by at Stoke. “Not many people realise the squad that Hull have. They’ve got a lot of British players, especially throughout the core of the team and you don’t see that often now in the Premier League,” Ince said. “With the new British players we’ve got coming in and the ones already here we’re a strong team with a lot of talent and there could be a few surprises this year from Hull.” Those sentiments were echoed by new team-mate Livermore, who was still deemed surplus to requirements at Tottenham despite his starring role for Hull last season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Chesters and Evans in European team for Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy

first_img European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and fellow international Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been selected to represent Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India on 26th – 28th March. ChestersEuropean Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and fellow international Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been selected to represent Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India on 26th – 28th March. and Evans in European team for Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and fellow international Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been selected to represent Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India on 26th – 28th March.European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters and fellow international Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) have been selected to represent Europe against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy at the Karnataka Golf Association course in Bangalore, India on 26th – 28th March. The 12-strong side, which will be seeking a fourth successive success in the biennial event, also includes three other Great Britain and Ireland Zone players in James Ross from Scotland and the Irish pair of Dermot McElroy and Gavin Moynihan. The rest of the team is: Albert Eckhardt (Finland), Dominic Foos and Max Roehrig (Germany), Mario Galiano (Spain), Renato Paratore (Italy), Mads Soegaard (Denmark) and Robbie Van West (Netherlands). Both England players have achieved significant victories in recent months. Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire), 24, achieved his biggest success when he won the European Amateur Championship at El Prat in Spain last summer. He is a former S&H county boy champion, won the Lee Westwood Trophy in 2011 and finished runner-up in the Simon Bolivar Cup in Venezuela the same year. Recently he finished equal fifth in the Portuguese Amateur and despite qualifying for the match play stages in the Spanish Amateur, was beaten in the first round. Evans (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), who will turn 27 during the Bonallack Trophy, enjoyed a highly successful trip to Australia in recent weeks including victories in the Lake Macquarie International and the Avondale Medal. He also finished as leading qualifier for the Australian Amateur and ended ninth in the Australian Masters of the Amateurs. Last year, when he finished seventh on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf men’s Order of Merit, Evans won the Berkshire Trophy, the Biarritz Cup in France and the Scrutton Jug for the lowest aggregate from the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies. He also finished runner-up in the St Andrews Links Trophy and the South of England Amateur and made his full England debut in the Home Internationals at Ganton. The European players have been selected based on their R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and high-level golfing performances. Special attention was paid to match play results, particularly those attained in the European Golf Association’s (EGA) international matches and European team events. The format for the match in southern India will include five morning fourball matches and five afternoon foursomes on days one and two and 12 single matches on the final day. Europe has won the last three encounters and five of the seven played in the series. The Asia/Pacific successes came in 2002 and 2004. The scheduled 2010 match was cancelled. Sir Michael Bonallack, who has an exceptional amateur record in golf, will be attending the match. Among many prestigious titles, he won the Amateur Championship five times and was a member of nine Walker Cup teams. He is known as one of the leading contributors in world golf development in the late 20th century. 13 Mar 2014 Chesters and Evans in European team for Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy last_img read more

Hampshire respond to good luck message from Rose

first_img23 Sep 2016 Hampshire respond to good luck message from Rose Hampshire – buoyed up by a video good luck message from Justin Rose – took an early advantage over Cornwall on the opening day of the Men’s County Championship.In the video Rose told the team: “Go out and give it 100%, I am sure you will wear the badge well.”He remembered playing in Hampshire’s winning team at the 1996 County Finals – their only victory so far – and said: “I have fond memories of my time playing for the county and winning that time for Hampshire was a big deal.”The players responded by beating Cornwall 2-1 win in the morning foursomes at Sandwell Park Golf Club, Staffordshire. Tom Robson and Mark Burgess got up quickly in their game and finished 4/3, while George Saunders and Billy McKenzie came through a tight game to win 2/1.The championship is being contested by the representatives of the four England Golf men’s regions. In the day’s other match Yorkshire beat Warwickshire in all three fouromes.Will Whiteoak and Ben Hutchinson were first in, working their way steadily to their 5/3 win. English champion Dan Brown chipped in on 17 to win 2/1 and stop a fightback by Warwickshire. Brown and partner Steve Robins (image © Leaderboard Photography) were four up after nine holes, but Matt Cryer and Ian Winstanley had grabbed the momentum over the inward half and after a birdie on 16 were only one behind.In the final game Bailey Gill and Kealan Lowe came back from a shaky start to win 3/1.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

SA’s mergers boom continues

first_imgMerger and acquisition (M&A) activity rose sharply in South Africa in 2007, with total deal volumes up 81% over the previous year and the top 10 deals coming in at R208.1-billion, a 51.5% increase over the top 10 deals of 2006.“For M&A in South Africa, 2007 will go down as a phenomenal year,” Ernst & Young transaction advisory services director Dave Thayser said in a statement last week ahead of the 11 March release of the Ernst & Young Review of Mergers & Acquisitions Activity for 2007.“International trends were reflected in the continued presence of private equity deals, and the tapering off of these transactions by the end of the year,” Thayser said.“This trend was most evident in the sale of clothing retailer Edcon to a private equity consortium, which was the third-largest overall deal in South Africa last year and the largest private equity deal in emerging markets as a whole.”International trends were also reflected in the overall increase in the volume of transactions and increased presence of emerging market companies on the local scene, such as the sale of a 20% stake in the Standard Bank group to the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.Black economic empowermentThe major drivers of M&A that were evident during 2006 remained powerful forces during 2007. “Black economic empowerment (BEE) remained top of mind for corporate South Africa, and the effort to forge a new and inclusive society remains a work in progress,” Thayser said.“As we predicted last year, the finalisation of the codes of good practice for broad-based BEE during 2006 has resolved many of the grey areas, and encouraged the completion of many transactions that were waiting in the wings.”According to Thayser, South Africa’s largest deals were typically transnational, agreed deals between companies in the same sector, with the motivation for the deals being an attempt by firms to achieve a larger physical presence and achieve efficiencies through economies of scale.Though the increase in M&A activity in South Africa from 2006 to 2007 was impressive, Goldman Sachs’ SA head Colin Coleman pointed out that the South African market was “lumpy”, and that the tally of total deal flow could be affected by coincidence rather than a clear trend.Global boomAccording to Ernst & Young, research house Dealogic found that the volume of global M&A deals in 2007 rose to a historic level of US$4.83-trillion, some 23% more than in 2006 – which was itself considered to be a boom year.The year featured major deals such as a successful $95-billion bid for Dutch bank ABN Amro by a consortium led by the Royal Bank of Scotland, and a “mammoth” $152-billion bid by the world’s largest miner, BHP Billiton, for rival Rio Tinto in November.Yet Dealogic noted that there was a marked slowdown late in the third quarter which continued into the fourth quarter of 2007, with second-half volume dropping by 21% and the $216.2-billion transaction volume for September being the lowest monthly figure since November 2005.“Mega-deals are set to continue in the medium term, say a cross-section of M&A participants, but there may be a lull in the short term,” Thayser said.“Certainly, the contracting credit markets in the second half of 2007 put the kibosh on private equity transactions, since cheap and available credit is the lifeblood of private equity business. Yet local private equity companies remain cash-flush and hungry for targets.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA scientists in comet strike discovery

first_img8 October 2013 A team of South African scientists and international collaborators has discovered the first evidence of a comet entering Earth’s atmosphere and exploding, “raining down a shock-wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path”, Johannesburg’s Wits University announced on Tuesday. According to the university, the discovery “has not only provided the first definitive proof of a comet striking Earth, millions of years ago, but it could also help us to unlock, in the future, the secrets of the formation of our solar system”. The research, which will be published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, was conducted by a collaboration of geoscientists, physicists and astronomers including lead author Professor Jan Kramers of the University of Johannesburg, Professor David Block of Wits University, Dr Marco Andreoli of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, and Chris Harris of the University of Cape Town. “Comets always visit our skies – they’re these dirty snowballs of ice mixed with dust – but never before in history has material from a comet ever been found on Earth,” Block said in a statement.Massive explosion over the Sahara According to the researchers, the comet entered Earth’s atmosphere above Egypt about 28-million years ago. As it entered the atmosphere, it exploded, heating up the sand beneath it to a temperature of about 2 000 degrees Celsius, resulting in the formation of a huge amount of yellow silica glass which lies scattered over a 6 000 square kilometre area in the Sahara. “A magnificent specimen of the glass, polished by ancient jewellers, is found in Tutankhamun’s brooch with its striking yellow-brown scarab,” Wits University said. The research team’s main focus was on a mysterious black pebble found years earlier by an Egyptian geologist in the area of the silica glass. “After conducting highly sophisticated chemical analyses on this pebble, the authors came to the inescapable conclusion that it represented the very first known hand specimen of a comet nucleus, rather than simply an unusual type of meteorite.” Describing the moment of reaching this conclusion, Kramers said: “It’s a typical scientific euphoria when you eliminate all other options and come to the realisation of what it must be.”Comet material highly sought after Comet material is very elusive. Comet fragments have not been found on Earth before, except as microscopic-sized dust particles in the upper atmosphere and some carbon-rich dust in the Antarctic ice. Space agencies have spent billions to secure the smallest amounts of pristine comet matter. “Nasa and ESA [the European Space Agency] spend billions of dollars collecting a few micrograms of comet material and bringing it back to Earth, and now we’ve got a radical new approach of studying this material, without spending billions of dollars collecting it,” Kramers said. The impact of the comet’s explosion also produced microscopic diamonds. “Diamonds are produced from carbon-bearing material,” Kramers said. “Normally they form deep in the earth, where the pressure is high, but you can also generate very high pressure with shock. Part of the comet impacted and the shock of the impact produced the diamonds.” The team have named the diamond-bearing pebble “Hypatia” in honour of the first well-known female mathematician, astronomer and philosopher, Hypatia of Alexandria. The study of Hypatia has grown into an international collaborative research programme, coordinated by Andreoli, which involves a growing number of scientists drawn from a variety of disciplines. Dr Mario di Martino of Turin’s Astrophysical Observatory has led several expeditions to the desert glass area. “Comets contain the very secrets to unlocking the formation of our solar system, and this discovery gives us an unprecedented opportunity to study comet material first hand,” said Block. Kramers, Block and Andreoli are scheduled to reveal more details their discovery in a public lecture at Wits University (Auditorium 3, Wits Science Stadium, West Campus) at 6pm on Thursday (RSVP [email protected]). An online version of the scientific journal article can be accessed here. Wits University and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Offline Gmail Becomes Standard Feature (But Still Uses Gears?)

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This morning Google announced that “offline Gmail” is leaving the Gmail Labs testing area and will be implemented as a standard feature for all users. Once enabled, this feature allows you to access your Gmail even when no internet connection is available. You can read and respond to messages, star them or label them just as you would if you were online. When a connection is restored, all the changes you made are synced with Google’s servers and any messages in your Outbox are sent out. As of today, all Gmail users will now have this feature turned on by default, however those who have never used it before will need to configure it first in order to take advantage of the enhanced functionality.Gears Makes a Public DebutThe Labs section of Gmail is where experimental and in-development programs, add-ons, and extra features are housed, allowing Gmail users to switch them on or off as desired. Offline Gmail was one of those experiments, launched back in January of this year. Using Gears, an open source plug-in technology designed by Google, email messages are downloaded to your local machine when you switch to offline mode. Also, if your internet connection is dropped unexpectedly, offline Gmail is automatically enabled. In the year in which offline Gmail has been in testing, the company says they received a lot of feedback from users. Some of the requested features have already been implemented, including the ability to choose which messages get downloaded for offline use and the ability to send attachments while offline. According to the Google blog post, anyone who was already running the Labs version of offline Gmail won’t have to make any changes but those who had never turned on the setting will need to do the following: Click the “Settings” link in the top-right corner of Gmail. Click the “Offline” tab. Select “Enable Offline Mail for this computer.” Click “Save Changes” and follow the directions from there.But Isn’t Google Switching to HTML5?At first it seems like “graduating” offline Gmail from Labs is step in preparation for next year’s launch of Google Chrome OS, the web-based operating system that ditches the desktop, the hard drive, and computer applications for a web browser where everything users access lives online. Because online applications require an internet connection to work, there have been some concerns as to how functional this OS will be in a world that is not yet blanketed in Wi-Fi or 3G. Since Google has made no mention of built-in hardware providing 3G and cellular access as a backup to Wi-Fi, there will be a lot of programs that simply don’t work when you go offline… that is, except for the programs that Google develops itself. The company has already implemented its Gears plug-in on two other products in addition to Gmail: Google Reader and Google Docs. Meanwhile, other companies have also adopted the technology including online office suite Zoho and to-do list app Remember the Milk. What’s odd about this launch of Google Gears into primetime via Gmail is that this seems to conflict a bit with what Google execs announced last month regarding the company’s plans for its upcoming operating system, Chrome OS. During the Q&A session at the end of the press event, an audience member asked about Google Gears support to which Google’s vice president of product management, Sundar Pichai, replied by saying that Chrome OS will take advantage of HTML5 for local storage. He made no mention of Gears.HTML5, a proposed revision to HTML, the markup language of the World Wide Web, includes offline storage as one of its many new features. And it’s this specification that Google plans to support in the future, not Gears, according to numerous reports. For example, in a recent article in the L.A. Times, a Google spokesperson was quoted as saying: “We are excited that much of the technology in Gears, including offline support and geolocation APIs, are being incorporated into the HTML5 spec as an open standard supported across browsers, and see that as the logical next step for developers looking to include these features in their websites.”Also, Linus Upson, the engineering director at Google told PC Magazine that the company was abandoning its work on Gears 2, the next version of the plug-in, and will be focused on HTML5 instead. “You can almost think of what’s in HTML5, with app cache, and database, and those things, as essentially Gears [version] 2,” he said. “That’s how we view it.” Upson noted, too, that the company would be able to influence the adoption of HTML5 through their web browser, Google Chrome, the foundation of the new Chrome OS. “Now that we’re a browser vendor, we can help move HTML5 forward not as a plug-in, but as part of Chrome,” Upson said.So in other words, the Gears functionality being switched on now in Gmail may not be the same technology used a year from now when Google Chrome OS hits the market. That begs the question: why bother? If Google plans to replace Gears with HTML5 in the near future what’s the point of rolling out the soon-to-be abandoned plug-in to all its users now? Will Gears and HTML5 converge somehow or will Google just rip out the plug-in in favor of HTML5’s “plug-in-less” technology instead? Let us know what you think in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perezcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#cloud computing#Google#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Weekly Poll: What is the Buzz at OSCON and Online About the Open Cloud?

first_imgalex williams Tags:#cloud#news A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The open cloud is dominating discussions that we are having with people at OSCON. And over the past week, that conversation online has accelerated as the conference approached.Open cloud computing is a big topic. At a granular level, we are hearing lots of talk about the rise of “DevOps,” and “NoSQL“. Topics like open government, APIs and standards are surfacing in panels, keynotes and hallway discussions.Here’s the poll:In terms of open source, everything is on the table. Standards processes are being questioned following Benjamin Black win at a debate at the Cloud Summit. He argued against standards. Here are his slides:OSCON 2010 – Cloud Standards DebateRackpace and NASA announced on the eve of OSCON that they would reveal their code and technology as part of an open cloud initiative called OpenStack.The DevOps movement is getting some buzz. According to Patrick Debois, DevOps is bridging the gap between projects and operations. Practitioners use Agile techniques in development, project management and system administration.Companies in this space include Opscode and Puppet.And NoSQL continues to gain momentum. The topic came up several times at CloudCamp. A number of vendors are here to present their offerings. NorthScale, for instance, released its latest version of membase.So, what do you think? What is the buzz at OSCON and online about the open cloud?center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

2015 Queensland Junior State Cup Results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners and runners-up of the 2015 Queensland Junior State Cup in Hervey Bay. 10’s Boys Rockhampton Red 3 defeated Toowoomba White 2Player of the Final – Todd Williams (Rockhampton Red)10’s GirlsRedlands 2 defeated BMTA Red 0Player of the Final – Ella Searston (Redlands)12’s BoysToowoomba White 4 defeated Gold Coast (A) 3Player of the Final – Ryan Ward (Toowoomba White)12’s GirlsGold Coast (A) 4 defeated BMTA Red 2Player of the Final – Faythe Manera (Gold Coast A)14’s BoysRedlands Red 5 defeated Gold Coast (A) 3Player of the Final – Manaia McIntyre (Redlands Red)14’s GirlsGold Coast 6 defeated BMTA Red 3Player of the Final – Francesca MacDonald (Gold Coast)16’s BoysRockhampton 6 defeated BMTA Red 3Player of the Final – Liam Grant (Rockhampton)16’s Girls Labrador Green 5 defeated BMTA Red 3Player of the Final – Tori Dayberg (Labrador Green)18’s BoysRockhampton 11 defeated Redlands 5Player of the Final – Alex Western (Rockhampton)18 Boys Division TwoNoosa 6 defeated Gympie 218’s GirlsGold Coast 3 defeated BMTA 2Player of the Final – Keelee Waipuka (Gold Coast)18 Girls Division TwoRedlands 5 defeated Palm Beach 3 Player of the Final – Shadae Solien (Redlands)Eggers/Mowles Affiliate Championship Gold CoastMedium Affiliate Championship GladstoneSmall Affiliate Championship GympieKerry Norman Award Rae Barker (Brisbane Metropolitan)Scott Notley Award Winner Justin Cridland (Gladstone/Rockhampton)For all of the results from the 2015 Queensland Junior State Cup, please visit the Queensland Touch Football website – Related Links2015 QLD JSC Resultslast_img read more

9 months agoJuventus interested in Chelsea fullback Emerson Palmeiri

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus interested in Chelsea fullback Emerson Palmeiriby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus are interested in Chelsea fullback Emerson says Juve want to sign the former AS Roma defender as competition for Alex Sandro, who penned a new deal earlier this season.Emerson moved to Chelsea a year ago, but the transfer hasn’t gone as planned due to the form at left-back of Marcos Alonso.As such, the Brazilian is open to returning to Italy this month.And it’s suggested should Chelsea sell, they will move for Sassuolo fullback Rogerio, on-loan from Juve, as a direct replacement. last_img read more

7 days agoGini Wijnaldum warns Liverpool: We could fall away like Man Utd!

first_imgGini Wijnaldum warns Liverpool: We could fall away like Man Utd!by Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum says they will not under-estimate Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.United have made their worst start to a Premier League campaign, but Wijnaldum says Liverpool still respect them.“The way we handle every match is to respect the opponent and give 100 per cent,” he said. “We try to do everything as good as possible, to work as hard as possible.“Every game in the Premier League is tough. Look at the results we have had. I can’t remember a game where it was easy. “We have won them all so far because we give everything and were totally concentrated. Also we have had a little bit of luck.”United’s decline is a shock to those fans who grew up during the trophy-laden years of Sir Alex Ferguson and Wijnaldum claims it could happen to any big club – even Liverpool.“It can happen to anyone,” he said. “It could happen to Liverpool, or Manchester United. It has happened to big clubs in Holland, but I don’t really think about it. I concentrate more on Liverpool.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more