Four detainees released, but climate of fear continues

first_img Help by sharing this information September 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four detainees released, but climate of fear continues Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms Follow the news on Nigeria News Reporters Without Borders today said it was relieved to learn of the release of four newspaper employees who had been held since heavy-handed raids by the State Security Service (SSS) on The Insider Weekly and the Global Star newspapers in early September, but it voiced concern that police are still guarding The Insider Weekly and most of its journalists are still in hiding for fear of being arrested.Those released were The Insider Weekly journalists Raphael Olatoye and Cyril Mbamalu, an unidentified distributor of The Insider Weekly and Global Star editorial consultant Isaac Umunna. The first three had been held since their newspaper was raided on 4 September. Umunna had been detained on 9 September, the day after the raid on the Global Star.”It is disturbing to see this resumption of arbitrary raids by the State Security Service in a country where there was a return to civilian rule after a cruel dictatorship,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It would be disastrous for the credibility of the federal authorities if the Nigerian press were again forced to practice the ‘guerilla journalism” that was its only way of surviving under the Sani Abacha regime,” the organisation added._____14.09.2004State police raid another newspaper and arrest editorial consultantReporters Without Borders today condemned a raid by heavily-armed agents of the State Security Service (SSS) on the Lagos offices of the weekly Global Star on 8 September and the arrest the following day of its editorial consultant Isaac Umunna, who is also the editor of the London-based magazine Africa Today. It was the second SSS operation against an independent newspaper in four days. The staff of The Insider Weekly have been living and working clandestinely since their newspaper was raided on 4 September.Calling for Umunna’s immediate release if the reason for his arrest was his work as a journalist, the organisation urged the federal authorities to put a stop to the “brutal methods” being used SSS agents, who are “behaving as if they are dealing with gangsters instead of journalists.”The SSS commando that burst into the offices the Global Star at noon on 8 September and carried out a search said it was acting on orders. Clearly looking for Umunna, who was not there at the time, the SSS agents told the staff who were present that they would be held at SSS headquarters in the Lagos suburb of Shangisha until Umunna showed up. Computers, files and copies of the newspapers were seized.Later the same day, SSS agents also want to the newspaper’s printing press and made several arrests. The Global Star personnel were released four hours later after Umunna’s lawyers intervened.Umunna went to SSS headquarters the next day and was immediately put under arrest without being given any explanation. Since then, he has not been allowed to see his lawyer and only his wife has been able to visit him. News June 10, 2021 Find out more NigeriaAfrica Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria to go further NigeriaAfrica News February 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today said it was relieved to learn of the release of four newspaper employees who had been held since heavy-handed raids by the State Security Service (SSS) on The Insider Weekly and the Global Star newspapers in early September, but it voiced concern that police are still guarding The Insider Weekly and most of its journalists are still in hiding for fear of being arrested. News Organisation Receive email alerts January 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

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Donegal incidence rate may be due to interactions with North – Prof. Mercille

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Donegal incidence rate may be due to interactions with North – Prof. Mercille RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articleNorthern Ireland 100 years old today!Next articleFunding announced for six Fishery Harbour Centres News Highland Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook A UCD Professor says the high incidence rate in Donegal might also be due to people’s interactions with the North.Supports including walk in test centres are being looked at for the county, following the Health Minister’s meeting with the Chief Medical Officer on Saturday night.It was organised because Donegal has the highest incidence rate in the country.Professor Julien Mercille describes what can be done to bring case numbers down there:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/VirusDonegal1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – May 3, 2021 last_img read more

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Who wins the three-way cloud battle? Google vs. Azure vs. AWS

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts When choosing a cloud platform, newcomers may only look at the cost, but many different business needs should be taken care of before making the final call. We hope to help you get a clear perspective on three major cloud platforms.Right now, there are three main players in the market: Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure. The fierce competition has enabled cheap cloud computing prices and excellent competing feature-set. This helps small business to grow easily and big business to capitalize on the growth that they have been doing for so many years.See also: 4 common mistakes companies make in transitioning to the cloudCloud computing has single-handedly changed how technology works. Now anyone can host their website on the cloud, manage their files, and do stuff not possible before. Big business also takes full advantage of cloud computing.Why cloud is important for big and small business playersIt is important to understand why cloud computing is critical for the current market before we dive deep into the actual comparisons. Cloud computing enables companies to forget about maintaining an infrastructure. Many large companies such as LiveEdu, Netflix, and Spotify take full advantage of the cloud and by doing so, they don’t have to worry about the technicalities that go into maintaining a cloud. Also, they don’t have to worry about the infrastructure, enabling them to focus on what they do best: provide their service to the audience.Small business can also take advantage of cloud and focus on developing their product and not the infrastructure that is required to make them operational.Who’s who?Google Cloud Platform (GCP): GCP started their journey on October 6, 2011. With only 5 years in operation, they have created good presence in the market. The initial push was done to power their own services such as YouTube and Google. Later on, they built enterprise services and enabled anyone to host in the cloud. Google manages GCP.Amazon Web Services (AWS): With 11 years in operation, AWS is one of the oldest players in the cloud market. Their computing services are extensive and cover important cloud sections such as deployment, mobile networking, etc. Amazon manages AWS.Microsoft Azure: Azure is also 6 years old and has shown great promise in the market. They can easily be associated with the leader group in the market with AWS. Azure also provide a complete set of cloud services. Microsoft manages Azure.Note: Cloud services are composed of multiple pre-configured products. To give us a reference of providers’ insight, we will call them “solutions.” These “solutions” can be used to solve a problem with good efficiency and reliability.A three-way battleTo understand the difference between the three major players, we need to evaluate them using different parameters. In the end, we will try to also give a general outlook and use cases for which each of the cloud computing services can be used.Please note that we are not going to discuss pricing. The reason is simple; the prices fluctuate too much, and that’s why it’s best to check their respective pricing page to know more. In full disclosure, here they are:GCP pricing page: https://cloud.google.com/pricing/Microsoft Azure pricing page: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/AWS pricing page: https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/pricing/ComputeCompute is the processing power that the cloud services offer. In general, the more compute power, the better. It is directly proportional to the price, and hence price also plays a significant role in understanding the compute power offered by the three players.So if you need more computing power, you just need to allocate more resources to your current session. Startups are most benefited from this approach as they can order compute power anytime they want without worrying about installation, maintenance and hardware costs.Let’s start with AWS. They offer EC2(Elastic Compute Cloud) which handles all the compute services. It works by managing virtual machines which can either be configured by the owner or comes with preconfigured settings for ease of use. In comparison, GCP offers GCE (Google Compute Engine) to do essentially the same thing. Our last contender, Microsoft Azure provides Virtual Machines and Virtual Machine Scale Sets.All of them support containers. They are easy to manage and truly portable. Amazon’s EC2 Container Service(ECS), Google’s Container Engine and Azure’s own container service enable you to handle your instances more swiftly. You can add more stats to them easily or can move them to new locations without much hassle.Conceptually, all of them are similar however, the real struggle happens when you try to see it through the lens of price and user experience. Read the cloud cost analysis on RightScale to get an idea of which cloud platform offers the best bang for the buck when it comes to choosing a cloud platform according to compute power.StorageStorage is yet another important parameter in understanding how a cloud service works. Cloud storage works completely different from the normal HDD or SSD on our computers. They need to solve multiple problems and also make sure that no data is lost during the transfer. The complexity led to some brilliant solution from the best cloud service providers.Out of the three cloud providers discussed here, Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is considered the best. It has been extensive documentation, proper community support and the longevity, i.e., tried and tested. So, if you are looking for a proper storage solution with plenty of resources, Amazon S3 can be your best bet.The other two players also offer decent storage solution. Microsoft Azure Storage and Google Cloud Storage offer reliable services. Just like compute power, storage also has a price tag associated with it. As Amazon has better storage solution, they are costly, and hence only be chosen if you have the budget for it.Backup solutions are also provided, and they work differently when it comes to pricing. LocationsWhen it comes to deploying your application, location is important. First, you want to make sure that the application performs at its peak by having the lowest possible route to the intended customer base. Secondly, you want to make sure that you spend less money when it comes to using these cloud services. Yup, the prices differ according to which region you are taking services from. For example, US can be an expensive place to run a cloud server.All three of them offer great coverage all around the world. Amazon leads the pack with 42 availability zones. Azure also has a good coverage with availability in 32 regions. GCP have a presence across 33 countries. It should be noted that new regions are added on a regular basis.DatabasesA database is a complex thing to handle however, before you invest in any of the cloud platforms, it is advisable to read their software terms and conditions, and how they manage data on their cloud.Database images from different vendors let you get started easily. Google seem to be lacking in providing an option to the end user, whereas, Azure and AWS offer a good amount of option to work with. Amazon’s RDS (Relational Database Service) provides support for major databases including Oracle, PostgreSQL, etc. The service manages everything from updating to patching even to offer solutions to common database problems.Azure SQL database and Cloud SQL offers SQL database handling features for Azure and GCP respectively. They also offer high-performance DB choices such as DocumentDB for Azure, and Aurora for AWS. Clearly, there are multiple types of tools and services offered by the major service providers.DocumentationLast, but not the least is the documentation. Documentation plays an important role when it comes to choosing the cloud platform for yourself or your company. Ease of use is a valid factor and should not be ignored at all.AWS offers the best documentation, followed closely by Azure and GCP. AWS documentation is built thanks to its age and contribution from multiple people over a decade. Some final thoughtsComparing cloud services can be a tough task but this comparison only scratches the surface and is meant for people who are getting started with cloud computing. If you are stuck and cannot decide on which cloud platform to choose, you can always hire a cloud expert readily available in the market. They know the in’s and out’s of cloud platforms and can suggest you a cloud service according to your need.If you would like to go to with the safest option, Amazon AWS is the best way to go. If your application utilizes Microsoft products or languages, Azure can help you sustain and take advantage of Microsoft’s ecosystem. GCP stands in a sweet spot and is viable most of the time. As an individual or a company, you need to ensure proper compatibility and testing before moving to a particular cloud service. This leads us to the end of the article. Tags:#AWS#Azure#cloud#databases#featured#GCP#Google#Internet of Things#IoT#Microsoft#top Dr. Michael Garbade Dr. Michael is the CEO of the Los Angeles-based blockchain education company LiveEdu. It’s the world’s leading project learning platform that equips people with practical skills on creating complete products in future technological fields. last_img read more

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Olympic marathon champion Sumgong banned 4 years for EPO

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The panel ruling on her case said the 32-year-old Sumgong’s hospital story was “inconsistent at best.”“We might go so far as to state that the athlete’s attempt to explain how the substance entered her bodybordered on an attempt to deceive the panel,” the ruling said.Sumgong became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon when she triumphed at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Games. She failed an out-of-competition test on Feb. 28 and was banned for four years fromApril 3, the date her provisional suspension was announced.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 shutoutIt makes her ineligible for the 2019 world championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Sumgong is the highest-profile athlete on a long list of Kenyans to be banned for doping in recent years.Her case follows that of Rita Jeptoo, who was the top women’s marathon runner in the world when she also tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in 2014. Jeptoo also received a four-year ban. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Sumgong waived her right to have her backup “B” sample tested and said she had taken EPO unintentionally after visiting Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi six days before her doping test to be treated for an ectopic pregnancy. She claimed she was suffering from severe abdominal pain and was given a blood transfusion and unidentified medication by an unnamed doctor.The Olympic champion couldn’t provide the name of the doctor who supposedly treated her or reliable documents showing she was admitted to the hospital, the tribunal said. It said documents she provided were denounced as fake by the hospital.The hospital visit was not disclosed by Sumgong at the time of the doping test. She said that was because of the “taboo” surrounding ectopic pregnancies and she wanted to hide it from her husband, who is also her manager.The only record the hospital had of a visit by Sumgong was in April, when she inquired about treatment for ectopic pregnancies.The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya said it believed Sumgong was taking EPO ahead of the defense of her London Marathon title in April.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 FILE – This is a Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 file photo of Kenya’s Jemima Sumgong as she celebrates winning the women’s marathon during the Summer Olympics athletics event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong of Kenya on Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017 was banned four years for using the banned blood-booster EPO. Sumgong’s ban was announced by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya. The agency ruled her ineligible from April 3 this year. The gold medalist at the Rio de Janeiro Games failed an out-of-competition doping test on Feb. 28. (Johannes Eisele/Pool Photo via AP)Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong was banned for four years after a doping tribunal rejected her explanation that blood-boosting hormone EPO was in her system from being treated at a hospital in Kenya days before her failed test.The tribunal found no legitimate record of the hospital visit and treatment for an ectopic pregnancy claimed by Sumgong, it said Tuesday in a decision released by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Here come the Lions Sumgong has also won the Rotterdam and Las Vegas Marathons and finished runner-up in the Boston, Chicago and New York races. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Alapag confident of Gilas’ chances in another PH-Korea duel

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Alapag had his last joust with Korea in the 2015 Jones Cup, where the Nationals bowed, 82-70.READ: Gilas PH squad underdog no moreThe 2011 PBA Most Valuable Player expects a lot of emotion to come up in the game, saying the Philippines is going to be in an uphill battle in the quarterfinals.“It’s gonna be a big game. If you look at the quarterfinals in Lebanon, each quarterfinal game is a tough game,” said the Gilas assistant coach.But Alapag is confident that the Philippines can pull the win off against the Koreans, especially with the way the team has been playing in the group stages.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino, punches D-League Finals ticket Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: Great Fiba Asia start for long shot Gilas“I’m confident with the guys. We’ve all seen their performance so far. The guys have been playing great,” he said. “I think if they can continue with the way they’ve been playing, we’ll have a good chance to advance to the semifinals, but we all know Korea. The important thing is we come out and play well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “When you think of Korea, it’s their perimeter shooting. So it’s gonna be important for us to try to limit their perimeter game because all of them can shoot from outside,” he said. “At the same time, we have to be solid defensively and we’re gonna have to make our shots as well because in the past, Korea loves playing zone, and the only way to get them out of the zone is to make shots,” said former Gilas veteran Jimmy Alapag.READ: Gilas five needs pluckFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlapag has had his fair share of wars with the Koreans as a former member of the national team since 2002, suffering a number of heartbreaks at the hands of the Philippines’ fierce rivals.His dagger three from way downtown punctured the bottom of the net to lift Gilas past Korea in the semifinals of the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship here and, in the process, book a ticket to the 2014 Fiba World Cup. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith Gilas Pilipinas set to face Korea in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup on Wednesday, Filipinos are immediately reminded of bitter memories against their fierce rival.But after countless battles in the Asian stage, the Filipinos are already familiar with the Korea’s deadly style of play and it’s just a matter of sticking to the system if they want to advance further in the continental tilt.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Govt wants to freeze accounts of ILFS auditors 21 others

first_imgMumbai: In more troubles for the auditors of the crippled IL&FS–Deloitte and BSR, the corporate affairs ministry Tuesday moved the NCLT seeking to freeze their bank accounts along with those of 21 others who are impleaded in the main petition in the one of the largest fraud cases. This comes even as the NCLT is yet to pronounce its verdict on the ministry plea seeking to ban these auditors for their omissions and commissions in the case for five years. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe ministry counsel said he wants their accounts frozen as an interim measure till the tribunal delivers on its demand to ban these auditors for five years. Seeking to restrain their activities by freezing their accounts, ministry counsel Sanjay Shorey said the tribunal can allow these individuals to withdraw a certain amount say Rs 1 -2 lakh every month based on their requirement like it had done in case of IL&FS former directors. He explained that the move is based on the fact that the ministry doesn’t have the powers to halt the operations of these statutory auditors Deloitte Haskins & Sells, and BSR Associates which is an associate of KPMG, and they should be allowed to access money to meet only operational expenses till the order of their ban is passed. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBut the tribunal did not offer any interim relief saying these auditors have moved the NCLAT challenging the tribunal order to implead them and prosecute them at the appellate tribunal, which will hear the matter on August 19. “Hence, we will only hear your arguments and not pass any order today,” the tribunal bench comprising VP Singh and Rajesh Sharma added and adjourned the matter to August 28. To this, Shorey pointed out that the tribunal has the powers to give an interim relief to attach the accounts, otherwise the coffers will be empty by the time the NCLAT verdict comes in. “Moreover, the objective is to ensure that if fraud has indeed taken place, there should be something realisable from the parties to the fraud,” he added. It can be noted that after NCLT had stayed its own order to prosecute the auditors on July 25 for four weeks to allow the auditors to appeal in NCLAT, the auditors approached the appellate tribunal. The NCLAT would hear the pleas of auditors on August 19.last_img read more

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MakeAWish And ESPN Highlight Inspiring Wishes

first_imgAthletes need more than talent to reach the top. They also need perseverance and courage – just like Make-A-Wish kids.You can see, then, why so many wish kids look up to world-class athletes as their roles models.This year, ESPN SportCenter has been giving you an insider’s view of Make-A-Wish kids who meet their favorite athletes. Between Sunday, July 19 and Thursday, July 23, SportsCenter has been highlighting one inspiring wish a day. Viewers have experienced five unique wishes that feature the following wish granters: the San Francisco 49ers, Olympic gold -medalist Michael Phelps, WWE Superstar John Cena, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen, and Minnesota Lynx player Maya Moore.SportsCenter will air a one-hour “My Wish” special on Thursday, July 23 with highlights from all five wishes. Viewers can tune into a special showcase on Saturday, July 25. Each story may also be viewed at ESPN.com following its original air date.Make-A-Wish extends its thanks to Disney and ESPN for their support of this year’s “My Wish” series, and for their help in creating these incredible wish experiences and sharing them with the world. Beyond assisting with this year’s series, Disney – which owns ESPN – has been a steadfast friend of Make-A-Wish for 35 years and has helped the organization grant nearly 100,000 Disney-related wishes, including the first official wish in 1980.Source:wish.orglast_img read more

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Florentinos transformation as Real Madrids president

first_imgWe give you a brief historical account of the way that Real Madrid went from a buyer to a selling club in less than 20 years, all thanks to Florentino Perez.There is no doubt that Real Madrid under Florentino Perez has been under two different periods, both were successful in their own right but both of them had completely different philosophies. Back when the club’s president started his first spell leading the Spanish giants, he believed in a more globalized club that could win trophies by spending inhumane amounts of money and he never really paid attention to the player factory he had at his disposal. The arrivals of players like Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo Nazario, and even David Beckham, spoke clearly about Florentino’s flamboyant style of dealing with other clubs. The man became a true sensation who could convince any player to play for Real Madrid, but the model he utilized failed him miserably because the trophies simply stopped coming his way exactly after one year that Zinedine Zidane scored that magical volley in Glasgow. Things went downhill from there and the fans started doubting their president, Florentino stepped down a few years after failing to implement this model.QUÉ FÁCIL LO HACE REAL MADRID. La broma de Isco Alarcón a Florentino Pérez tras ganar La Decimotercera: https://t.co/bk6MXibH7a pic.twitter.com/zT7YqQskFV— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) September 6, 2018After a couple years of resting from the public eye and watching Real Madrid fall apart from the sidelines under president Ramon Calderon, the fans were in desperate need of a savior and they started to think that Florentino Perez needed to make a triumphant comeback regardless of his transfer politics. The man did come in with a bang after signing many world-class players for the squad, a pack that included Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa, and Ricardo Kaká. Out of all the players that cost Los Blancos over €200 million overall, only the Brazilian didn’t reach the expectations but the rest were very successful at the club. Florentino’s model seemed to be working perfectly but something had changed in the president, nobody expected this brand new philosophy that has completely transformed Los Blancos from a club that was used to buying all the top quality players, into pro footballer factory that buys players with untapped potential and then sells them back for incredible figures.Florentino Pérez presentará las mejores cuentas de la historia: 750,9 millones de euros en ingresos https://t.co/6TUqIRxNtS— OKDIARIO (@okdiario) September 6, 2018Florentino’s new plan after the last spending spree.The club’s president as intelligent as he’s always been, truly became a club management mastermind during his last five years leading Real Madrid. The man started tapping into a personal network of scouts he started setting around the world that has brought him many impressive talents to the club, the most prominent ones are located in Brazil and Spain as Florentino started paying a lot more attention to local players for the club’s future. After setting up these networks and just waiting for a little while, Florentino has managed to get Spanish players like Marco Asensio, Daniel Carvajal, Isco Alarcon, and Nacho Fernandez. But his outside network has brought him the ability to sign players of the likes of Casemiro, Raphael Varane, Vinicius, Mariano Diaz, and Federico Valverde. All of these players came at an early age and some of them got the chance to leave on loans and grow their skills to then return and win many trophies with the club. Florentino’s plans suddenly changed from a man who didn’t care about spending a lot of money for great players, to a true businessman who worried about the club’s economy.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.? @RealMadrid president Florentino Pérez? Goalkeeper of the Season (@NavasKeylor)? Defender of the Season (@SergioRamos)? Midfielder of the Season (@lukamodric10)? Player of the Year (@lukamodric10) pic.twitter.com/KJ3TltrHz5— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) August 30, 2018This more austere approach is the reason all the club’s members are incredibly happy with the way that Florentino Perez has managed the club in the last decade, they understand his philosophy perfectly now and they almost never go against his decisions because they know that he is looking two or three steps ahead. Only this year, Real Madrid won their third consecutive Champions League and also closed the year with an estimated budget of €752 million which is 11% more than the club had closed the year with last season. Plus, the Spanish giants have transformed into a club that sells players with the fourth consecutive year selling over €100 million in professional footballers to other major clubs in European football. Doing things like this and still competing for trophies, is the perfect way for Florentino Perez to remain in power at Real Madrid until the day he decides to retire. Right now this man is untouchable because the fans know that their beloved club is in the perfect hands and great things will keep happening for them as long as Florentino is on their side.#TS: RONALDO decidió en el último minuto cancelar su vuelo a Montecarlo para la gala de la UEFA, ya que se le informó que el Presidente del #RMadrid, Florentino Pérez, estaba presionando a la UEFA para que premiara a MODRIC.El poder político de Pérez no es secreto para nadie. pic.twitter.com/1Vl5GAqjHI— Juventus Venezuela (@Juventus_VEN) September 5, 2018How would you describe Florentino Perez management skills at Real Madrid? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Digne Evertons wow factor made me leave Barcelona

first_imgLucas Digne revealed he just couldn’t turn down Everton and coach Marco Silva in the summer, despite being settled at a club like BarcelonaThe 25-year-old left-back completed a summer move to Goodison Park for an undisclosed fee in a five-year deal.With a background of playing for the likes of AS Roma and Barcelona, Digne’s switch to the lowly Everton came as something of a surprise to observers.But Digne has excelled at Merseyside this season with 10 Premier League appearances and 800 minutes of football to his name.The defender, who credited the move to Everton as the reason for his recall to the France team, has now revealed why he chose the Toffees over Barcelona.“I wasn’t really planning to leave Barca and they were not looking to sell me,” Digne told Goal.“But when I spoke to Everton manager Marco Silva on the phone I got this special feeling,”“He really light a fire inside of me and I thought: ‘Wow! I really want to play for this club and manager.’Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Then I went to Barca and asked them to please let me go. After a few talks, they accepted, that this was my wish. I am thankful for that, because now I feel happy in Everton.“Barca was my childhood dream, so yes, it was difficult to leave, because I could have stayed to continue a great life in the club and the city. The club wanted me to stay.“But I am 25 years old now and in a phase of my career, where I want to play every week, have a bigger role in the team and feel the full confidence of the coach. So I could not turn down the Everton project.“I was only 22 when I signed for Barca, and it was the perfect place to develop myself.“In my two years at Camp Nou I played 46 games for what I consider the greatest club in the world, training every day with the very top players in the world, like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Neymar and so many more.”Digne made 46 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions in his two years at the club.The former Paris Saint-Germain player won La Liga and two Copa del Rey titles at Camp Nou.last_img read more

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Mbappe has a great personality – Matuidi

first_imgFrance midfielder Blaise Matuidi believes international teammate Kylian Mbappe has the kind of personality ‘every great player’ requires to fulfill their potential.Matuidi insists the Paris Saint-Germain star needs his great personality to become as successful as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.Mbappe has become one of the best attacking players in the world over the past three years and was nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or award, having lifted three domestic trophies at club level and the World Cup in Russia, earlier this summer.Matuidi believes the former AS Monaco youngster has the self-confidence and persona to become a true great in the game.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“It is his personality. It’s the player he is,” Matuidi told a news conference, according to FourFourTwo.“He is a great player; he is very talented. Every great player has a great personality. I’ve known that with Zlatan. I see that with Cristiano. Messi is also like that.”“Kylian will be a great player. He is already. He is doing big things. It’s good; we need players like him. So, I encourage him to stay like that.”last_img read more

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