Man United and Everton target Kalidou Koulibaly to be offered new Napoli deal

first_imgNapoli are preparing to offer Kalidou Koulibaly a new contract as they attempt to stave off interest from Manchester United and Everton.The centre-back has become a key figure in the Napoli team this season and the Italian side are desperate to keep hold of the Senegalese with Champions League football next season looking increasingly likely.United are on the hunt for a defender to partner Chris Smalling and Koulibaly is high up on their list of targets.But Koulibaly’s agent, Bruno Satin, has revealed his client is ready to commit his future to the Partenopei.“I am still in contact with [sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli,” Satin told Radio Crc.“If I understood things, he’s thinking about reinforcing the team with several big players.“A renewal? We’re working on it, but it’s going to take longer than two days.” In-demand Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly 1last_img read more

GAA NOTES: TERMON

first_imgTermon GAA Notes: Week Ending 05/03/12Minor Board:Training takes place on Friday evenings at 7.30 for U13/14/15 at 7.30pm in the Craoibhin. Under 6, 8 & 10 Training will resume this Saturday mornings at the Kilmacrennan National School from 11am until 12.15. The club would like to encourage new children to come along and try the training for the first number of weeks. It is a great way for your child to have fun and get exercise!!Minor Board Registration will take place in An Craoibhin on Friday the 16th March from 6pm until 9.30pm. For any queries please contact Eddie Harkin on 086 608 2512.Ladies Board:On Sunday a mixture of minor,under16 and under14 girls travelled to Bundoran to play a friendly against a team from Louisburg, Co Mayo. Thanks to Maureen and Grainne for arranging this outing which gave some of the girls their first outing of the year. Good luck to Hollie McDaid, Lauren McElwaine, Caroline Gallagher, Niamh Kelly, Elaine Doherty and Roselean Gallagher who are part of Loreto, Milford school team who play in an Ulster final on Friday against Loreto, Cavan and also their manager Grainne McCafferty.Good luck also to Ashling Ryan, Aoife Ryan, Shannagh Kelly and Jamie Lee Murray who are part of the Loreto, Letterkenny school team who also play in an Ulster final on Friday.Well done to all our under-age girls from Kilmacrennan N.S and Termon N.S who both won through to the semi final of their groups in the Cumann na mBunscoil.The Junior Ladies are currently training every Wednesday at 8pm in the Craoibhin, Termon. All new players welcome. Contact Harry McGlynn on 086 850 0734 for information.Lotto: The Lotto draw took place in the Glenveagh Inn on Friday last. The winning numbers were 2, 6, 12 and 24. Claire Friel and Paddy Murray Senior matched 3 numbers and won €40 each. Next week’s draw takes place in the Lagoon, Termon. Joe McDaid and Kathleen McSharry are the coordinators. The jackpot now is €1900.Senior:The seniors play Glenswilly this Saturday at 4pm in the Junior Gaeltacht at the Burn Road. All support would be greatly appreciated.Club Social: The Club social will be taking place this Saturday the 10th of March in the Lagoon. Tickets are €12.50 and available from any member of the executive.MembershipAnnual Membership is now due for renewal. All players, managers and coaches must have membership to be involved with the club. Adult membership with lotto is €80 for adults and €60 for students. Anyone wishing to purchase a Club Donegal ticket which permits access to all men’s club games in the county free of charge can do so for €200 including your club membership. Contact Essie McGrenra for more details on 086 154 2045.GAA NOTES: TERMON was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Termon GAA noteslast_img read more

NEW MASSIVE DONEGAL HOUSE TAX PROTEST PLANNED AS PRINGLE BRANDS NEW CHARGES ‘UNFAIR’

first_imgProtestors in Letterkenny last MarchANTI household tax campaigners are hoping thousands of people will descend on Letterkenny in two weeks to protest at the charge.The call comes as Donegal TD Thomas Pringle TD criticised the details of the property tax which have been reported today calling it “grossly unfair”, as the upcoming protest in Letterkenny against the household charge and property tax takes place next week.“The leaks have now started on the budget with the property tax details leaked today setting a rate of between 0.2-0.25%, meaning the average home owner will pay between €400-500, with the flat-rate tax being based on the market value of the house,” said the Killybegs politician. “There will be few exceptions to the property tax, with a ‘deferral’ for those on low incomes which in reality is a building up of debt for homeowners already in financial distress.“Proposals make it appear that the household charge is being set a lower rate by the government to encourage people to pay by pitching this 0.2% figure which is actually a hefty sum for many. But it will be after the local elections in 2014 that the increases will really begin when Local Authorities will levy the charge.“The Revenue is to collect the tax with it being very likely that they will have the same problem as the Local Government Management Agency in identifying the property owners and the 700,000 people who have refused to register for the household tax, making the implementation of this unfair tax very difficult. The self-assessment procedure is also very burdensome on those being dealt with the task to value their own homes with penalties applying if they don’t get it right.“Minister Noonan has stated today that Budget 2013 will impact on those who can afford it, but we can see here that this is clearly not the case. “I would call on all those against the household charge and the upcoming property tax to voice their opposition on Saturday December 8th at 2pm at Mr Chippie car park.” NEW MASSIVE DONEGAL HOUSE TAX PROTEST PLANNED AS PRINGLE BRANDS NEW CHARGES ‘UNFAIR’ was last modified: November 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:NEW MASSIVE DONEGAL HOUSE TAX PROTEST PLANNED AS PRINGLE BRANDS NEW CHARGES ‘UNFAIR’last_img read more

Breaking: Cllr John O’Donnell SIPO inquiry finds ethics breaches

first_imgAn investigation by the Standards in Public Office Commission has found that Donegal Cllr John O’Donnell broke councillor codes of conduct during an undercover RTÉ Investigates exposé. The findings of the SIPO hearings have been released today, which found against Councillor O’Donnell in all three of the allegations he faced.The Independent Kilmacrennan councillor was secretly filmed in 2015 during a meeting with an undercover reporter, who posed as a representative of a foreign investment firm looking for his support for a wind farm development. SIPO has found that Councillor O’Donnell made it clear to the undercover reporter that a financial reward would be required for his involvement in the proposed windfarm project.The Commission found that Councillor O’Donnell “did not act in good faith” when he intentionally engaged in conduct which breached the Code of Conduct for Councillors.The report said that the level of intention behind his actions were “at the highest end of the spectrum”.SIPO has determined that Councillor O’Donnell’s behaviour went against sections 168, 169(3) and 170 of the Local Government Act, which are: failing to maintain proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest; seeking assurances of payment and indicating a willingness to provide assistance as a member of the local authority in return for payment); and failing to have regard to and be guided by the Code of Conduct for Councillors. The SIPO Commission also found against Sligo County Councillor Joseph Queenan on three of the four allegations he faced.The Commission has sent copies of the two reports to Councillors, the Cathaoirleach and Chief Executive of each Council and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.The full 253 page report on Cllr John O Donnell is available at www.sipo.ieBreaking: Cllr John O’Donnell SIPO inquiry finds ethics breaches was last modified: March 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Airfares to keep falling next year

first_imgAIRFARES will continue to fall in real terms next year as consumers benefit from more destinations and increased global flight frequencies that will see  73 aircraft depart each minute.The International Air Transport Association is predicting the average return fare next year will be $US351 before surcharges and taxes, or 63 per cent lower than 22 years ago when adjusted for inflation.That compares with an average return fare of $US363 this year and $US407 last year.The number of unique city-pair connections is expected to reach 18,000 this year,  almost double the number 20 year ago.Consumer spending on air travel is expected to hit $US769 billion,  or  0.9 per cent of world GDP, as the wider economy gets a significant boost from the industryBut traffic growth , which is measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs), is expected to slow  to 4.9 per cent as almost 4 billion people take to the air.“RPKs, which have been growing well above trend despite a sluggish world economy, are forecast to slow further in 2017 as the price stimulus from lower fuel prices starts to reverse,’’ IATA’s latest economic report said. “Next year we expect air travel to be growing close to its 20-year trend.’’The airline umbrella group reported that airline chief financial officers and heads of cargo were still positive about the growth of air travel and more so about cargo, which is expected to see traffic growth of 3.3 per cent next year.“But there is much uncertainty about the outlook: price stimulus from lower oil prices is moving into reverse, the impact on growth of Brexit and the economic policies of the new US President are not yet clear, while world trade remains much weaker than before the GFC,’’ it said. “In this forecast, we have assumed that economic growth will accelerate moderately in 2017, as fiscal policies ease a little.’’Airlines are expected to take delivery of about 1700 new aircraft this year and more than a 1000 next year to bring the global fleet to almost 29,000.This means there will be almost 4.1 million seats available by the end of next year but aircraft will not be flying quite as full with the average global passenger load factor slipping to below 80 per cent.“Aircraft are also being flown more intensively,’’ the report said “The number of scheduled aircraft departures is forecast to exceed more than 38 million next year. That’s an average of 73 aircraft departing each minute of 2017.’’One downside for passengers, according to IATA, is that they are increasingly bearing the direct  cost paid for using infrastructure such as air traffic control and airports. The trade group said the cost using airport and air traffic control services had risen steeply over the past decade “partly because competitive pressures are very weak in this part of the supply chain.’’“Moreover, inefficiencies causing delay and inefficient routings add to the direct cost,” it said “We forecast that the delays caused by inefficient airspace management in Europe alone will cost the industry over €2.8 billion next year, as well as generating unnecessary CO2 emissions.”The time passengers waste in these delays is a consumer cost worth an estimated €4.8 billion.’’For those looking for a job, the pace of hiring is expected to slow compared to the recent strong pace but airline employment to grow by 2.2 per cent to reach 2.67 million worldwide.Wages and jobs will rise as employees share the benefits of improved performance,’’ the report predicted, before adding: “There are risks if labour costs become unsustainable when the next downturn arrives.’’IATA calculates that the gross value added to national economies by each airline employee will rise 2.9 per cent to top $100,000 annually.last_img read more

Wozniacki beats Pavlyuchenkova to retain Pan Pacific title

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 201:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ “I was really disappointed in the first three games,” said the Russian. “I felt I was a bit unlucky and really believe if I had turned those points round and won the games, it may have been a different match. I was a little down on myself and missed more than I should.”The Russian fought harder in a second set that went with serve until the 12th and final game.Yet she failed to earn a break point in the match and appeared outclassed in her first Premier-level final since Moscow in 2015. Semifinal opponent Angelique Kerber was the only seed she faced this week before third-seeded Wozniacki.“It’s disappointing to lose no matter which round it is, even more disappointing in the final,” said Pavlyuchenkova, who needed three sets to win all four of her matches en route to the final.“I felt a little flat due to the previous matches. I didn’t have so much energy left.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “This was my seventh final of the year — it gets harder to get that last win,” said world No. 6 Wozniacki, who has now won at least one title every year since 2008. “I’ve been putting myself in a position to win all year. It was really important for me to stay focused and positive.”Wozniacki had crushed world No.1 Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals and a similar score looked on the cards here Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The court suits my game. She plays powerfully so it was important for me to make her move around early on. In the first set everything was going my way. In the second set she served better, so it was tricky for me to break.”The first set lasted only 20 minutes as Pavlyuchenkova struggled to get a foothold. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Jarin on NU loss: ‘Adamson guards outplayed us’ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Nextcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark poses with the winner’s plate after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO — Caroline Wozniacki overwhelmed Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 7-5 to retain her Pan Pacific Open title on Sunday.The victory gives Wozniacki, also champion in Tokyo in 2010, her first title of the year. The Dane had lost all six of her previous finals in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

BCCI big wigs to take guard in Sunday meet sans power

first_imgMuch before the Indian cricket board (BCCI) became a superpower the decision making was carried out by a sacrosanct BCCI working committee.On matters that needed a resolution, a BCCI Special General Meeting (SGM) comprising of all state associations would be convened. One such meeting is scheduled this Sunday.On the agenda is formulation of BCCI’s next move after the setback at ICC with the most powerful cricket board hopelessly outvoted on revenue and governance matters.Over the years the BCCI head ruled over ICC but following the legal turbulence of the last three years the balance of power has turned away.There is a bit of iffy’ air amongst a powerful bunch of thick skinned administrators. They want to use the strong arm tactics of old with the ICC but know there is a third umpire in the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) watching.The COA has made it clear any decision against the interest of Indian cricket (pulling out from Champions trophy) will force them to appeal to the Apex Court again.The elected BCCI members who range from top politicians to business magnates haven’t found themselves more powerless before. Even if they resolve to implement the lingering threat of pulling the Indian team out of the Champions trophy, the courts may have a final say on the matter.Yet some find reasons to stay upbeat; taking solace from the fact that at least the decks are cleared over their SGM participation, albeit temporarily.Niranjan Shah, the 72 year old Saurashtra Cricket boss confirms he will attend.advertisement”I will attend the SGM. I chaired the NCA meeting also the other day,” he says.This after the COA clarified that in the absence of any Supreme Court directive on the member’s eligibility for meetings they would not bar any association representative from attending.”Since the Hon’ble Supreme Court has not yet decided the issues raised in the Third Status Report, the Committee of Administrators is refraining from issuing any direction which has the effect of barring any Members and/or their nominees/ representatives from participating in any Special General Meeting or Annual General Meeting at this stage,” goes the COA’s latest communication to BCCI member units.That opens the window for former BCCI and ICC boss N Srinivasan as well. He may be ineligible to be a BCCI office bearer on various counts but the specific Court directive on his SGM participation representing Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) would not come before Court proceedings resume in July. “We haven’t decided yet. There are still a few days to go for the SGM,” says TNCA Secretary Kasi Viswanathan.Association representatives at BCCI SGM don’t have to be office bearers in those bodies so many other members of the BCCI old guard like former President Anurag Thakur, former Treasurer MP Pandove could attend if they wish. But most of them are aware all this is only to stay relevant in cricket administration. With the third umpire watching there is little room left to manoeuvre or dictate terms anymore.last_img read more

Greek Freak’s 32 Pts, 13 Reb. Secure Win over Kings; Papagiannis Scores 4, Grabs 7 (Video)

first_imgJAZZ 108, KNICKS 101SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Utah rallied to defeat New York.The Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Knicks dropped their third in a row.Gobert carried the Jazz throughout with the 7-foot-1 Frenchman scoring off pick-and-rolls, offensive rebound put-backs and even going full-court for a dunk after a steal. The Jazz struggled on offense, but Gobert connected on 13 of 14 shots.Gordon Hayward finished with 19 points and eight rebounds for the Jazz.Kristaps Porzingis led New York with 24 points, while Derrick Rose added 17 and Carmelo Anthony tallied 16.TweetPinShare0 Shares BUCKS 116, KINGS 98SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) — Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points, 13 rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, which cruised to a victory over Sacramento.The win moved the Bucks into a tie with Indiana for the sixth spot, one game behind fifth-place Atlanta in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race. The Bucks have been the NBA’s hottest team the past three weeks, winning 10 of 12 games.Greg Monroe had 15 points for the Bucks, who have won two straight and four of five. Mirza Teletovic and Khris Middleton had 13 points each and Malcolm Brogdon had 12.The Bucks swept the season series from the Kings with a 116-98 win last night!! #OwnTheFuture pic.twitter.com/kxl3Ef15DM— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 23, 2017Rookie Buddy Hield had 21 points and Tyreke Evans added 18 for the Kings. Arron Afflalo and Garrett Temple had 12 points each.OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook recorded his 35th triple-double of the season with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 122-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.The Thunder have won 16 straight games against Philadelphia, a run that stretches to the 2008-09 season, the franchise’s first in Oklahoma City.Westbrook, who made all six of his field-goal attempts and all six of his free throws, has recorded five triple-doubles against Philadelphia, his highest total against any NBA team.He needs six triple-doubles in Oklahoma City’s final 11 games to tie Oscar Robertson’s single-season record, set during the 1961-62 season.Nik Stauskas led the 76ers with 20 points, reaching the 20-point mark in consecutive games for the first time in his career.NUGGETS 126, CAVALIERS 113DENVER (AP) — Wilson Chandler scored 18 points in his return from a pulled groin and provided stellar defense on LeBron James in Denver’s victory over Cleveland.The Nuggets bounced back from consecutive heartbreaking last-second losses to Houston with a signature win that increased their lead to 1 1/2 games over idle Portland in the race for the final playoff spot in the West.Will Barton scored 20 points, Kenneth Faried added 17 and Jamal Murray had 15 off the bench for Denver, which also got 21 points from Gary Harris and 16 from Nikola Jokic.Kyrie Irving lead the Cavs with 33 points but James had just 18 and the two stars sat out much of the fourth quarter with Cleveland trailing by double digits.CELTICS 109, PACERS 100BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points, Avery Bradley had 18 with eight rebounds and Boston beat Indiana night for its fifth win in six games.Al Horford added 15 points with eight boards and eight assists, and Jae Crowder also scored 15 points for Boston, which won for the 12th time in 13 home games.Paul George led the Pacers with 37 points and Jeff Teague had 25. Indiana has alternated by winning and losing in its last 15 games.BULLS 117, PISTONS 95CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic scored a season-high 28 points as Chicago beat Detroit.Mirotic shot 12 of 15 and made 4 of 6 3-point attempts to lead Chicago to an easy win after dropping eight of 10.Jimmy Butler added 16 points and 12 assists. Joffrey Lauvergne filled in for suspended center Robin Lopez and outplayed Andre Drummond with 17 points and seven rebounds. Rookie Paul Zipser added a career-high 15 points.HORNETS 109, MAGIC 102ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Marco Belinelli came off the bench to add 20 as Charlotte pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat Orlando.Orlando entered the fourth quarter with a five-point lead but Frank Kaminsky came off the bench to score 13 of his 18 points and Walker added eight points to help the Hornets outscore the Magic 32-20 in the final quarter. Cody Zeller also had 15 points and Nicolas Batum added 10.Terrence Ross led five Magic in double figures with 19 points while Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 12 rebounds.WIZARDS 104, HAWKS 100WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 28 points and John Wall added all 22 of his in the second half to help Washington over Atlanta.Wall also had 10 assists on a night he shot just 6 of 21 from the floor, including two assists to Beal during a late 14-2 run that helped Washington ensure victory after Atlanta had led by as many as 12 early.Ian Mahinmi had 10 rebounds off the bench as the Wizards used a 55-44 edge on the glass to overcome 40 percent shooting.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 29 points and Dennis Schroder had 18 to lead the Hawks, who fell to their fifth consecutive defeat.last_img read more

Robbie Williams show at World Cup opening ceremony is too short to ever be dull

first_img Pinterest It was, perhaps, inevitable that Robbie Williams would begin the 2018 World Cup opening ceremony by singing Let Me Entertain You, rather than Party Like a Russian, the 2016 single that reportedly caused a certain amount of disquiet in the titular nation. It was certainly a robust opening for British viewers, but one wondered if it had quite the impact for the rest of the world: Williams’s stardom has been largely confined to Europe and isn’t of the wattage it once was. Still, nothing hung around long enough to get dull – Let Me Entertain You faded into the soprano Aida Garifullina warbling on the back of a “firebird” for a few seconds before Williams returned for a snippet of Feel, before Garifullina joined him for, inevitably, Angels. “And through it all she offers me protection,” Williams sang, echoing the prayers of flair players towards referees. Read more World Cup 2018: Opening ceremony and Russia’s flying start – in pictures features Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Then there are the scores of unofficial songs: from Rasputin Rebooted by the Stars House Band, featuring Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefsand the former cricketer Andrew Flintoff, a song so awful it managed a total of 3,540 views on YouTube as of Thursday lunchtime. Rather better is Chin Up, by hipsters du jour Rhythm Method, though don’t expect it to be echoing round the streets, sung lustily by post-pub gangs of drunk fans.Old music, too, gets a push. World Cup advertising campaigns get built around music – for people of a certain age, Massive Attack’s Inertia Creeps isn’t so much an expression of dread as the accompaniment to Adidas’s 1998 World Cup campaign – and the money that flows in from “syncs” to advertisements is a major revenue stream in this age of declining sales. World Cup Robbie Williams and the Russian soprano Aida Garifullina during the World Cup opening ceremony. Photograph: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images Share on Twitter Topics Twitter The whole thing – compact, based around partial songs rather than a dragged-out epic – felt based not on the self-conscious pomposity of Olympics opening ceremonies, but the tightly scheduled wham-bam of Super Bowl half-time shows. Albeit this was a Super Bowl half-time show done on a fraction of the budget. There were no bonkers mass dance displays, but there were women in some Fifa-approved bastardised national costumes. (Williams, it emerged later, flipped the bird during his version of Rock DJ, although this was missed by ITV in the UK who were already focusing on the football.) And a man in a wolf suit giving high fives to Ronaldo – the original one – and a child identified in Fifa’s official schedule only as “kid”. Presumably all those Fifa riches were heading straight for grassroots football projects even as Ronaldo and “kid” grinned awkwardly at each other. It was short, it was mostly painless. And it was completely pointless.But the opening ceremony was just the spearhead of a month in which the music business will expect to make serious money. Williams and his label, Universal, will be hoping for the massive increase in sales and streams that traditionally follow a globally televised appearance; the official World Cup song – Live It Up, by Nicky Jam featuring Will Smith and Era Istrefi – will doubtless get it little boost after being played throughout the tournament. But away from the Luzhniki Stadium, the industry is gearing up for a lucrative month.For starters, Live It Up isn’t the only “official anthem” of this World Cup. Tournament sponsor Coca-Cola has its own “official anthem” – Colors, by Jason Derulo and Maluma. Telemundo, which holds the Spanish-language broadcast rights to the tournament in the US, has released J Balvin and Michael Brun’s Positivo – an old song with repurposed lyrics – as its World Cup anthem. And there are three more songs that appear to have been given “official” status, too, originally with the intention of there being a Fifa-sanctioned album, though there’s been no sign of it yet. Still, that pales in comparison with the nine – nine! – songs that were granted official status one way or another for the 2014 World Cup. Share on Pinterest Robbie Williams This year, Beats by Dré has commissioned a four-minute mini-movie directed by Guy Ritchie called Made Defiant, telling the “origin stories” of World Cup stars – and soundtracked by hip-hop star Anderson .Paak. You can also expect to hear AC/DC on Coca-Cola ads and Major Lazer on Pepsi ads. Even the streaming services aren’t letting up, with Deezer and Apple creating World Cup-themed playlists. And a nation awaits what lachrymose power ballads BBC and ITV have chosen for their montage sequences (Oasis, of course, claimed to have written Stop Crying Your Heart Out in expectation of it accompanying England’s exit from the 2002 World Cup).But what British audiences hear will be just a fraction of the World Cup’s musical spread. The combination of Latin American music’s booming popularity around the world and the fevered obsession with football in South America means that this could be a massive tournament for the music industry there: it’s no coincidence that both Fifa’s and Coca-Cola’s songs feature Latin artists – Nicky Jam and Maluma. This could be the reggaeton World Cup. Certainly, by the time the tournament finishes on 15 July, no one will be talking about Robbie Williams. Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Robbie Williams ‘selling soul to dictator Putin’ in World Cup gig Facebook World Cup 2018 View gallery Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Ohio State Fans Will Love Urban Meyer’s Wife’s Latest Message

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Speculation about Urban Meyer’s future as Ohio State’s head football coach has been rampant for much of the 2018 regular season.Meyer, of course, was suspended at the start of the season for his role in the Zach Smith scandal, and there are some who think the Buckeyes’ head coach hasn’t looked right this year.The Ohio State head coach has sternly clapped back at any of this talk. He says he’ll be coaching at Ohio State in 2019.Meyer’s wife, Shelley, appears to be on board with that, too.Check out her latest message to the Ohio State head coach:“Keep going, Urbs. You can do this,” she wrote.Keep going, Urbs. You can do this. ? https://t.co/pXN0hFit8z— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) November 13, 2018OK then.Ohio State is set to play Maryland this weekend before hosting Michigan in Columbus on Thanksgiving weekend.The Buckeyes, 9-1, remain in Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff contention.last_img read more