Nigerian striker Osimhen moves to Napoli from Lille


first_img“His contract will begin at four million euros a year and will progressively increase to 4.5 million euros by the end of the contract.”The 21-year-old arrived in France for 12 million euros from Belgian club Charleroi last summer. He has helped Lille finish with the fourth place in the curtailed 2019-2020 Ligue 1 season.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Nigerian striker OsimhenKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  Italian Serie A outfit Napoli have finished the signing of Victor Osimhen from French Ligue 1 side Lille with a reported transfer fee up to 80 million euros, as both clubs confirmed on Friday.The Nigerian international, who scored 18 goals in 38 appearances for Lille in all competitions during the 2019-2020 season, penned on a five-year contract with Napoli.“The club thanks him for all the emotions offered under his colors and is satisfied to have been able to accompany his progress and participate in his development at the highest level,” Lille said in a statement.As the financial details of the transfer were not disclosed, French media reported that Napoli would pay 70 million euros with an extra bonus which could reach 10 million euros to Lille.The figure was then confirmed by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis when he was interviewed by the Gazzetta Dello Sport.“It’s 70 million euros to be paid over five years and 10 million euros of bonuses according to certain results,” the Gazzetta reported De Laurentiis as saying.last_img read more

Local Residents Urged to “Invest in the Navesink”


first_imgBy John Burton |SEA BRIGHT – A cleaner, more sustainable Navesink River is obtainable in the coming three years, was the message Clean Ocean Action’s executive director delivered to supporters this week.“We know what to do…We have the tools,” to again clean up the waterway, said Cindy Zipf, executive director for Clean Ocean Action, an education and advocacy organization.Zipf joined others with her organization and supporters at McLoone’s Rum Runner restaurant, 816 Ocean Ave., Sunday night for an event deemed a “Rally for the Navesink.”The briefing on the condition of the river offered “investment opportunities” for supporters, seeking donations for the environmental organization’s efforts to improve the quality of the area river, Zipf said of the event.Clean Ocean Action had conducted its own analysis and report on the river’s condition, indicating a rising amount of contaminants, and has been working with an unprecedented number of other, diverse organizations, to effect a change and bring about a cleaner water way.Clean Ocean Action board member Bonnie Torcivia told of living in Fair Haven, with her home overlooking the Navesink River, and of watching the almost daily traffic of boats make its way along the waterway – “the parade going by my window every day.”“The river looks so beautiful,” Torcivia told the gathering. “But looks can be deceiving.”Zachary Lees, the organization’s ocean and coastal policy attorney, explained what has been happening with the Navesink over decades, going from when it was “The crown jewel of the shellfish industry,” a century ago and then as it became increasingly polluted due to rate of development, industrialization and the overharvesting of local shellfish population. But things began to turnaround by the early 1970s with the introduction of stricter federal laws governing water pollution. The pollution backslide, however, began registering with the state Department of Environmental Protection about a decade ago and has continued to increase, causing the state agency to classify about 565 acres of the water area contaminated to the point that shellfish harvesting is not permitted.State officials and environmentalists have indicated the river has contaminants such as fecal chloroform, from humans, wildlife and domestic animals, as well as other pathogens.The river’s condition last summer led to the cancellation of summer camp programs that rely on river access, said Zipf. “Our quality of life in the watershed was significantly threatened,” Zipf said.Given the pollutants, “It’s also an ecosystem health issue,” Lees added.But a concerted effort has been undertaken by approximately 35 different and diverse organizations – beyond just environmental groups and including governmental entities, community groups and local elected officials. “And it’s growing,” Zipf said.Correcting the problem involves identifying the sources of the contamination, stopping it and educating the public, getting them to change longstanding practices, Zipf and Lees explained.But the efforts will cost upward of $300,000 to continue the work, she added.It’s vital to stop the public from using storm drains as a catchall for personal products, such as motor and cooking oil and other waste material; and to limit the amount of impervious ground covering from development, which add to contaminated storm water runoff making its way into the river and eventually the Atlantic Ocean, the environmentalists stressed.Clean Ocean Action also hopes to continue to use specially trained dogs to sniff human fecal matter and help locate sources and to correct the situation, Zipf said.It is possible to improve the river’s water quality by 2020, Zipf believes.“Let’s all help to write a happy sequel, written by all of us,” Torcivia said.last_img read more

The roles (and realities) of rural America show up at the polls


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Once again this week, the massive rift between philosophies, values and political priorities was gashed wide open. Half of the nation was left lamenting and pledging to flee to Canada and the other half was silently smirking at their televisions as newscasters tried to veil their confusion and outrage while blinking back tears to preserve their liberal media makeup jobs.A quick glance though social media indicates that many on the losing side of this election feel votes were cast out of hate, fear, ignorance, and malice and that is the direction this country is now heading. The winning side seems to think finally things are on the right track to moving away from hate, fear, ignorance and malice.This election very clearly had no perfect candidates running for President, but no election ever has. Regardless of which candidate you voted for, I don’t think you voted because you hate anyone, or because you are ignorant or because you harbor an underlying malice for anyone. Are there exceptions to this? Probably, but I do not believe that is the norm.I do think that, by in large, people voted because their scope of reality, when combined with their knowledge base and personal priorities, pointed them in a general direction politically. They then voted for the candidate that best represented those views. Of those factors that shaped individual votes, the scope of personal reality and experience are among the most powerful, which is likely a very significant contributor to the rural/urban divide that was clearly indicated again in the 2016 Presidential Election.The differences in daily realities in rural and urban areas are as impossible to deny as the red and blue counties on the U.S. map after this election. As a general rule, those in rural areas tend to be more in contact with the front lines of the realities of food, energy and natural resource production and use. Urban folks tend to reap the benefits of these labors with an extra layer or two of insulation from the tough realities on the front lines. Part of the difference between the red and the blue counties is that it is just easier to see the realities behind the thin threads holding up our civilized society from the porch swing of an old farmhouse than the balcony of a high-rise luxury apartment downtown.In many ways, the political differences in this country are, at their core, largely based on the varying levels of insulation (and our level of understanding regarding that insulation) we have from the harsh realities that surround us. If the fridge is full of food, the lights come on with the flip of a switch and the furnace kicks on when turning up the thermostat we have the luxury of discussing the minutia of all the political whims of the day. When you are hungry, cold and sitting in the dark, none of those other things seem to matter too much.We are all so fortunate to be very insulated from nature’s wrath on a daily basis in this country — VERY fortunate. And, there is nothing wrong with that insulation. It, in fact, should be celebrated. Rather than lamenting the voice of rural America, urban America should be recognizing the role of those in the countryside. And those in the countryside should be recognizing the fact that their efforts to insulate the rest of society from harsh realities have been so successful due to their urban neighbors. Those different resulting perspectives are a large part of what is great about our country and also a big part of the rural/urban divide that continues to show up at election time.There was an excellent, insightful article from “Forbes” written after the 2012 election on this topic that incredibly foreshadows the trend of what took place over the most recent presidential race. Here is an excerpt from the article by Mark Hendrickson: “Affluent denizens of our metropolises see no inconsistency in supporting the Democratic jihad against ‘greedy corporations’ and ‘the rich’ while also expecting their every whim to be supplied, often by those same corporations and successful entrepreneurs. This is because they are removed from some of the harsher daily realities of life that confront those who are on the front lines of mankind’s ongoing economic struggle. They have forgotten that mankind’s natural state is poverty and that strenuous, heroic efforts are required to produce the astounding affluence and abundant paraphernalia of our modern, affluent lifestyles. To use Marxian terminology, urbanites have become alienated from economic reality.”The people so quick to point to hate and ignorance as the cause of the outcome of this election (and others) seem to fail in considering the role of our nation’s rural front lines and the impact of how that scope of reality shapes their politics. The truth is that both rural and urban America are vital components of this great nation that provide valuable insights and views based on differing scopes of reality.In the end, our philosophies, mindsets and political leanings are not really all that different in many cases, but the realities of our daily lives are, depending on where we live and our lifestyles. Within the wide rift between rural and urban America there is more common ground than either presidential campaign would have us believe. Both sides are missing something by failing to acknowledge this.I think if we simply take some time to view life through the reality experienced by the other side, we’d go a long way in closing up the gaping rural/urban gap. And, rather than cry or celebrate, lament or smirk, we can all be more content that voters have spoken, realize that things won’t be as bad or as good as either side hoped, and rejoice that (mercifully) this ridiculous campaign season has ended.Saying a prayer or two sure won’t hurt, either.last_img read more

How Many of You Subscribe to Topic Feeds?


first_imgSadly, the promising services of 2005 – such as PubSub and Feedster – haven’t made it as far as 2010 (although last year PubSub was born again under new management). It’s possible that LazyFeed and Regator won’t last either, but let’s hope that a startup soon finds the key to unlock the potential of topic feeds.In the meantime I’m curious to know if you subscribe to topic feeds? If so which tools, if any, do you use to track topics? Please leave a comment. I’ll write a follow-up post later this week, highlighting the best apps that are mentioned.Image credit: shizhaoRelated:Top Tools For Tracking Topics on the Web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#Analysis#RSS & Feeds#web 5 years ago I wrote a prediction about RSS here on ReadWriteWeb. I proclaimed that “in the not too distant future, more people will subscribe to topic/tag/remix feeds than feeds of actual people.” I think it’s fair to say that I was totally wrong on that prediction. Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, in particular, many more people ‘subscribe’ to people than topics (subscribe a.k.a. ‘follow’ or ‘friend’). And I’m glad my prediction didn’t pan out, because the social graph of people is much more interesting to follow than a bunch of keywords. But it begs the question: what happened to all the promise of tracking topics using RSS?See also:Top Tools For Tracking Topics on the WebWhile many of us use Google Alerts and apps like LazyFeed to track keywords and topics, that’s still a relatively geeky thing to do.In a follow-up post in January 2005, entitled Why Topic/Tag/Remix Feeds Are The Future of RSS, I wrote that “tools will evolve to let people easily set-up personalized searches for information relevant to them and subscribe to the results [using RSS].” I wasn’t suggesting that conversations or people are unimportant. On the contrary, as I explained in ’05, “topic/tag/remix feeds will make it even easier to find the conversations that matter to you and indeed you are more likely to meet new people and discover new points of view.” That has certainly happened, but not so much due to RSS – more because of Facebook and Twitter. While RSS did expand over those 5 years, social networking services became much more popular as ways to track information. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Also, online media has matured a lot over the past 5 years. Nowadays people commonly subscribe to blogs and other news media across a variety of niches – and that’s how they keep up-to-date on topics of interest to them. For example, I subscribe to NPR All Songs Considered and Pitchfork (amongst other sites) to get the latest alternative music news.Both of these trends (the rise of the Social Graph; and maturing of professional niche media) have made topic feeds from the likes of Google Alerts less attractive than I thought they’d be 5 years ago.However, I still believe in the promise of topic-based RSS feeds. Indeed I currently use a number of services to track a set of topics of interest to me. One is Google Alerts, which I have set up as RSS feeds in Google Reader. Plus I use a couple of services that launched just recently, LazyFeed and Regator. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Solar Power Without Net Metering: Is It Worth It?


first_imgThe combination between solar panel installation costs, electricity rates, and market incentives offer a valuable alternative that allows you to save money on your utility bills and contribute in the fight against climate change. However, one of these elements appears to be at risk, according to latest events in some jurisdictions that seem to jeopardize the whole solar PV industry in the US. Net metering is a billing mechanism that offers the chance for those with photovoltaic systems installed on their homes to receive a credit for every kWh that is injected back to the grid, thanks to the installation of a bidirectional energy meter that runs backwards when excess solar power is generated. Despite the fact that the mechanism is not established at Federal level, over 38 States have mandatory net metering rules. Net Metering Mechanism Across Multiple States in the US. Source: SEIA New concerns in the residential and commercial sector have risen due to the promotion of bill HF669 in the state of Iowa. This bill is believed to remove the net metering mechanism and leave solar customers without the chance for receiving a compensation for the excess energy that they inject into the grid.RELATED ARTICLESThe Pros and Cons of Solar StorageThe Hidden World of Solar HardwareRevisiting Net Zero EnergySolar Panels That Don’t Look Like Solar PanelsA New Ground-Mounted Solar Array According to the Solar Energy International Association (SEIA), between 20% and 40% of the electricity produced by your solar panels goes back to the grid. Therefore, not receiving compensation for 20% to 40% of energy generated can indeed become a serious problem for the solar industry. However, before jumping to conclusions, let’s analyze what this bill is all about. Bill HF669 for the State of Iowa  According to the bill, the injection of solar power into the grid involves infrastructure and operational costs to the power utility companies that are not considered when establishing tariffs for electricity consumption. The bill attempts to pass a share of these operational costs (which are not yet specified) to the consumer sector in order to eliminate a “cross-subsidization.” To pay the share of costs, bill HF669 proposes several options. The most probable and easy to implement option involves a minimum charge rate structure that represents a small amount that will be added to the consumers’ electricity bill every month. Now, what is most important is to notice that according to the bill: This tariff rate structure shall allow the private generation facility to offset the private generation customer’s energy usage, and shall allow excess energy to carry forward in the form of excess energy credits to offset the private generation customer’s energy usage in future billing periods. That description matches with the definition of net metering. In other words, bill HF669 is not attempting to eliminate net metering. Instead, it still promotes net metering as the mechanism in rule to compensate consumers for excess solar power injected into the grid, but with a small new charge rate that will slightly reduce your earnings monthly. The importance of this statement lies in how small this charge rate will be, as to allow both parties—customers and utilities—to receive earnings and compensate costs of excess solar power operation. However, it is unlikely that this minimum charge rate will reduce your earnings drastically enough to avoid considering solar power. What is solar without net-metering?  Net metering has become an important mechanism for the solar industry. However, it is not indispensable. In the state of Hawaii, solar power has been running for almost 4 years without the net metering program that was supported by Hawaiian Electric. Since 2015, no new customer is entitled to apply for the net metering mechanism. So, what happened to new solar power installations? The solution was to implement two new mechanisms: Customer Grid-Support Plus (CGS Plus) for grid-tied systems and smart export for grid-tied with battery backup systems. Both of them offer the option to the customer to receive compensation for the energy that is injected back to the grid but with the condition of using equipment that is smart-grid ready as to allow the grid operator to manage the PV system when needed to maintain a reliable and safe operation of the power grid. As with these mechanisms, other mechanisms such as Feed-in Tariffs can also be implemented to substitute net metering and provide compensation for excess energy. Comparison of net metering vs Feed-in Tariff Mechanisms. Source: NREL The excess solar power in the Hawaiian Electricity grid led to the end of the net metering program since the grid is able to safely operate and distribute the excess solar power until a certain limit. However, as you can see, this does not mean that solar power was over. As new communication technologies appear on the market and new constraints appear on the grid, new requirements for solar power equipment will be implemented, particularly related to inverters. While traditional inverters convert all DC power from solar and send it to the grid, advanced inverters with grid support features will allow grid operators to control the energy flows from solar power installations to avoid grid-stability issues and ensure safe operation of the grid. If you are about to install a PV system it is better that you get smart-grid-ready. What can I do with excess solar power if not injected back to the grid?   In the unlikely case that no other mechanism replaces net metering, how could you obtain the best from your solar power system? Going off-grid is always a choice, however, if you have grid connection available, it is probably unjustifiable that you do not use that important resource. The best answer is to install a grid-tied with battery backup system that increases self-consumption where the excess energy is not injected back to the grid. Instead, it goes into an energy storage system under a Grid Zero mode of operation that avoids sending excess energy to the grid. Finally, an important consideration is what to do when the energy storage device is completely charged and there is excess solar energy. The most optimum system will store this excess solar power as thermal energy in a hot water system. Sending the excess solar energy to the water heater will make sure that every kWh that your PV system generates will be used and will offset your consumption from the power grid to achieve revenues. -Carlos Huerta is a trained solar engineer deeply involved in the solar industry with a background in the design of photovoltaic systems for the residential and commercial sector. He is a promoter of sustainable technologies and solutions with a passion for renewable energy. His website is read more

Ind vs WI: India struggle in second Test


first_imgIndia’s top-order struggled against a fiery West Indies pace attack as the visitors were reduced to 44 for four at lunch on the first day of the second Test at the bouncy Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Tuesday.West Indies pacers exploited the conditions well and took two cheap India wickets early on to reduce the visitors to eight for two after skipper Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to field.Admirable Ravi Rampaul wreaked havoc, picking up three wickets in his two spells for figures of 8-5-4-3 at the break.Opener Murali Vijay (11) and VVS Laxman weathered the storm after the early slump, adding 30 runs for the third wicket before the former was dismissed by Rampaul.A lot was expected from Virat Kohli (0) but the Delhi batsman lasted for just two balls before being sent back packing by Rampaul as India slumped further to 38-4.Laxman was batting on 23 and Suresh Raina (0) had just joined him at the crease.Runs were hard to come by for the visitors on a bouncy pitch against an occasionally hostile but always disciplined West Indian attack.Opener Abhinav Mukund could do little better than lob a catch off the handle of his bat against Rampaul in the second over of the morning.It’s the eighth straight innings that Rampaul has got an opener’s scalp in his first spell this season, discounting the two straightforward chances put down, including the costly miss of Rahul Dravid by skipper Darren Sammy in the first Test.– With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

US Open: Ankita Raina Advances to 2nd Round of Qualifying, Ramkumar Ramanathan Ousted


first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: India’s Ankita Raina knocked out ninth seed Belgian Ysaline Bonaventure to progress to the second round of the US Open Qualifiers but Ramkumar Ramanathan bit the dust in the men’s singles here.The 194th ranked Ankita was up against a higher-ranked player but prevailed 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 for her second win against the Belgian on the Pro Tour. She had beaten the 111th ranked Bonaventure in her own country in 2014 on clay.Ankita converted five of the six breakpoints and saved five of the eight chances on her own her serve.Our champion off to a spectacular start! Ankita Raina defeated the 9th seed Ysaline Bonaventure 61 16 62 to move into the second round !! Great beginning to the US Open for us!— Indian Tennis Daily (@IndiantennisFan) August 19, 2019 “I started solid. There were a very few unforced errors in the first set. I stayed longer in the points and kept her moving. She had aggressive forehand and when she was in position she would absolutely kill so I had to make sure to keep her on the run,” Ankita said, explaining how she brought about the fall of the Belgian.”I changed my racquet thinking new balls and it didn’t work in my favour actually so I switched back to the previous one but she got her rhythm,” she added.Ankita said she was aware of the strength of her rival but was prepared for a battle.”It was different (from 2014) as it was on clay back then. I knew she can play incredible tennis but was ready for it and was confident through out even after losing the second set.”I felt she was also getting affected by the heat so in the third set I made sure to keep her longer in the points.” Ankita has not gone beyond the second round at the Grand Slam qualifiers and she has a good chance to better that stat as she is up against Czech Republic’s Denia Allertova, who is placed 85 places below her at 279.In the men’s singles, Ramkumar Ramanathan bowed out with a 5-7, 6-7(9) defeat against Italy’s Filippo Baldi.Tough loss for Ramkumar Ramanathan against Filippo Baldi (ITA, 145) with a score of 57 67 (9). Video from the last 4 crucial points of the match.— Indian Tennis Daily (@IndiantennisFan) August 19, 2019 Ankita RainaIndian tennisramkumar ramanathantennis First Published: August 20, 2019, 6:06 PM ISTlast_img read more

16 days agoRichards has dig at Man City kids: Only Foden has right attitude


first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Richards has dig at Man City kids: Only Foden has right attitudeby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City defender Micah Richards believes Phil Foden is a class apart from the other promising youngsters at the club.City now possess one of the best youth teams in the country and Foden is the shining light of the club’s academy.”Phil Foden is an exceptional talent,” he told the Gloved podcast.”He is going to get games.”Whereas some of the young players are just happy to say they play for Man City.”They’ve got pictures on Instagram, they’ve got the nicest cars and they’re earning good money.”No disrespect to them, but they think they’ve made it already.”It’s only really Foden who’s probably going to get a chance within the current squad because he’s the only one who is showing the signs that he could play at that level.” last_img read more

Teachers Urged to Listen to Students


first_img “Yes, we do have the technical expertise, but the critical part of our education system and education reform has to be that the student is at the centre of what we do,” he added. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has charged teachers to listen to their students and tailor lessons to meet their various needs. He noted that “oftentimes they (students) are able to tell you what would work, what won’t work, and, as such, we have to organise our system around some of their wants and their needs”. Story Highlights Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has charged teachers to listen to their students and tailor lessons to meet their various needs.He noted that “oftentimes they (students) are able to tell you what would work, what won’t work, and, as such, we have to organise our system around some of their wants and their needs”.“Yes, we do have the technical expertise, but the critical part of our education system and education reform has to be that the student is at the centre of what we do,” he added.Mr. Green was addressing a ‘Boys and Girls’ Speed Networking Career Day’ at The Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on May 3.Professionals from various organisations engaged the youngsters in one-on-one sessions aimed at steering them towards achievable goals, engendering more confidence in their ability to contribute responsibly to society, while creating a safe space for dialogue and sharing new ideas.The Minister welcomed the networking session, noting that “it will go a far way in helping the young people to explore some of the real avenues that are out there”.“I think the concept of having our youth engage with us in relation to careers is something that we need to do right across the length and breadth of Jamaica. We do still have a deficit in relation to adequate career counselling, and that is why we are still having a mismatch in our society between the areas in which our young people are being trained and what we really need in relation to the growth agenda,” Mr. Green said.The networking day was organised by the British Council as part of its ‘Boys in Education Week’ from April 30 to May 3 under the theme ‘Supporting a Nation of Champions’. The week involved support from the Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC).“I am very happy that the British Council has taken on board and elevated the issue of boys in education, especially to this level,” Mr. Green said.The week included an empowerment session for educators, an empowering parents’ seminar, and a mentoring session for boys.Boys in Education Week, now in its second year, is a precursor to a three-year programme that the British Council will be implementing in collaboration with the JTC.The Council will be launching a mentoring programme in September under the initiative.The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. It operates in 110 countries around the world.last_img read more

CP NewsAlert Manitoba premier moves up election date to Sept 10


first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he is moving up the next provincial election by more than a year.The next vote was scheduled for October 2020, but Pallister has set the day for this Sept. 10.He had been hinting for months that he was preparing to go early.By law, the campaign can’t officially start until 28 to 35 days before Manitobans go to the ballot box.Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives were elected in 2016 with 40 of the legislature’s 57 seats — the largest majority government in Manitoba in a century.The Tories recently fulfilled their biggest campaign promise by cutting the provincial sales tax to seven per cent from eight.The cut is to take effect July 1, six years to the day after the former NDP government raised the tax.last_img read more