Besiktas move for AC Milan midfielder Alen Halilovicby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBesiktas are moving for AC Milan midfielder Alen Halilovic.The 22-year-old joined Milan as a free agent from Hamburg last summer.Sky Italia says a January exit is imminent with his agent meeting Besiktas to consider personal terms on Tuesday.Halilovic is a Croatia international with nine senior caps, but made no impact at San Siro. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Jemele HillESPN personality Jemele Hill is a proud Michigan State alum, and she let Michigan fans know this during a two-minute segment on her show His and Hers. Hill used the time to call out Wolverine supporters who had been talking smack after the hiring of Jim Harbaugh and the team’s 5-1 start before Saturday’s stunning loss to the Spartans.Michigan State basketball head coach Tom Izzo was obviously impressed by Hill, and he expressed his feelings when speaking with the media today.Tom Izzo: “Jemele Hill should run for president. She was awesome.” @jemelehill— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) October 20, 2015If Hill did run, it would be interesting to see how well she’d fare in the state of Michigan.
With the UniverSoul Circus headed to Tallahassee next week, Suburgatory star and Emmy nominee Cheryl Hines is turning her attention from Hollywood to her roots in Tallahassee in order to urge the North Florida Fairgrounds to follow the leads of other venues across the country and ensure that the circus does not force Nosey the elephant—who suffers from a painful skin condition—to perform in its shows.As Hines explains in her letter on behalf of PETA, Nosey’s exhibitor, Hugo Liebel, faces nearly three dozen formal charges for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, mostly for abusing and neglecting Nosey, including by failing to provide her with desperately needed veterinary care and appropriate shelter as well as chaining her so tightly that she could barely move.“I’m writing today on behalf of my friends at PETA—and as someone who grew up in Tallahassee and has fond memories of the city—to urge you to cancel plans to allow the UniverSoul Circus to exhibit a suffering elephant named Nosey,” writes Hines. “Very recent evidence shows that Liebel continues to deny this elephant the care that she so desperately needs. … UniverSoul can put on an excellent circus show without exploiting a suffering, neglected elephant.”Hines joins a long list of celebrities — including Alec Baldwin, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sarah Silverman, Demi Moore, and Wilmer Valderrama — who have teamed up with PETA to combat circuses that use elephants.Source:PETA
At a special event today at UNICEF Headquarters, global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency’s work to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and adolescents.“Katy Perry is already a champion for children, and we look forward to hearing her ‘roar’ on behalf of UNICEF,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We are delighted that she is joining us as UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador and lending her remarkable voice to amplify the voices of children and young people around the world.”As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Katy will work to engage young people in speaking out about the issues they believe are most important in their own lives and enlisting them more directly in coming up with solutions to those challenges. She will focus her outreach especially on children and adolescents who are most vulnerable, including those living in severe poverty, affected by violence, abuse, and neglect, and in emergency and conflict situations.“I believe young people have the power to change their own lives, with our help,” said Katy. “I am honoured to join UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, and committed to doing everything I can to help children and adolescents who come from such different backgrounds but want the same thing: a brighter future.”Earlier this year, Katy visited Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, as part of a UNICEF mission, bringing much-needed attention to the situation of children there.In October, Katy joined in UNICEF’s celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, lending her hit song “Roar” to the soundtrack of a new PSA to inspire girls and help them become tomorrow’s champions.Most recently, she has called on her massive social media following to support UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts for children, including those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in early November.The international star was joined by Lake and Hannah Godefa, a UNICEF National Ambassador for Ethiopia, who moderated a question and answer session as part of Katy’s official welcome to UNICEF.As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, the 29-year-old singer joins an impressive list that also includes Amitabh Bachchan, David Beckham, Harry Belafonte, Orlando Bloom, Jackie Chan, Mia Farrow, Danny Glover, Angelique Kidjo, Liam Neeson, Leo Messi, Sir Roger Moore, Vanessa Redgrave and Susan Sarandon.Oscar winning icon Audrey Hepburn drew worldwide attention to the role of UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, following in the footsteps of actor and comedian Danny Kaye, who pioneered the concept of the Goodwill Ambassador, serving from 1954 until his death in 1987.
Beloved comedian, philanthropist, designer and global businesswoman Joan Rivers was known for her exquisite taste in fashion and interior decor. As the recent, highly successful Christie’s estate auction of her fine and decorative art collection revealed, Rivers appreciated quality and consistently bought the best of every category.While many pieces in the Manhattan auction sold for prices beyond the reach of the average buyer, another opportunity awaits on July 20-21 to acquire beautiful furniture, decorative art, jewelry, silver and artworks from the Rivers estate, but at more accessible price points. Litchfield County Auctions will host the approximately 600-lot, no-reserve sale at their gallery, with absentee, phone and Internet live bidding available for those who cannot attend in person. All items are from Rivers’ Connecticut country estate or New York apartment.The Wednesday session will be devoted to fine and decorative art, while Thursday’s lineup features Rivers’ wonderful collection of jewelry and accessories. A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit Guide Dogs for the Blind, and God’s Love We Deliver.All of the auction goods were personally owned by Joan Rivers, and some were family heirlooms. “These are the items my mother used and loved and lived with in her country house,” said her daughter, Melissa Rivers. “I am pleased to know that fans will have a chance at owning a piece of her legacy.”Until 2013, Rivers owned a rambling 76-acre estate on New Preston Hill Road in New Milford, near the gallery where the auction will take place. She was active in the community and frequently attended events and social affairs around Litchfield County, whose towns are regarded as the Hamptons of Connecticut.Every item chosen for her breathtaking residences had to have Joan’s stamp of approval before entering the front door, so even though there may be bargains available on July 20 and 21, Rivers’ discerning eye and uncompromising attention to detail will be evident in each auction lot.The artworks in Rivers’ Connecticut residence crossed many genres, from canine depictions to French landscapes. For her country home she favored British mahogany furniture and traditional accessories. But unsurprisingly, Joan also had a bold and witty side to her decorating choices, as seen in the low bench upholstered in cerise and ivory, with lime-green bolsters.One of the more-recognizable auction items from Rivers’ elegant Fifth Avenue apartment in New York is an antique cast-lead garden sculpture of the Angel Gabriel with his horn. The life-size figure on a marble plinth oversaw Central Park from its lofty perch on the apartment’s terrace and appears in many magazine photos of the Rivers residence.Dinner at Joan’s house was always a stylish affair, with porcelain dinnerware, sparkling crystal and fine silver. Many dinner services will be auctioned, as well as luxe accessories, such as a pair of .800 silver table trees by Ludwig Neresheimer.Arguably, no American designer did more to bring sophistication and superior workmanship to costume jewelry than Joan Rivers. Her now-classic creations allowed every woman the opportunity to accessorize effortlessly, knowing each piece was stylish and beautifully made. The July 20-21 auction will open Joan’s personal jewelry box, containing chains, necklaces, beads, brooches, and the sensational enameled and jeweled bangles that were a staple of her collection. The jewelry items will be grouped in lots and offered with attractive estimates.Nick Thorn, president of Litchfield County Auctions said, “We’re honored to have a role in carrying out the wishes of Joan Rivers and her estate. We expect to see many of Joan’s friends and neighbors on auction day and hope all of her fans will join us, as well, whether it is in person, online or over the phone.”Litchfield County Auctions’ Wed./Thurs. July 20-21, 2016 auction will start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on both days. The gallery is located at 425 Bantam Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Preview from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, July 15 through Tuesday, July 19, inclusive. For additional information on any item in the auction, call 860-567-4661 or email email@example.com. Web: www.litchfieldcountyauctions.com.All forms of bidding will be available, including absentee or live via the Internet through www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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DETROIT – After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.The company unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design centre in Hawthorne, California.CEO Elon Musk said the semi is capable of travelling 500 miles (804 kilometres) on an electric charge — even with a full 80,000-pound (36,287-kilogram) load — and will cost less than a diesel semi considering fuel savings, lower maintenance and other factors. Musk said customers can put down a $5,000 deposit for the semi now and production will begin in 2019.“We’re confident that this is a product that’s better in every way from a feature standpoint,” Musk told a crowd of Tesla fans gathered for the unveiling. Musk didn’t reveal the semi’s price.The truck will have Tesla’s Autopilot system, which can maintain a set speed and slow down automatically in traffic. It also has a system that automatically keeps the vehicle in its lane. Musk said several Tesla semis will be able to travel in a convoy, autonomously following each other.Musk said Tesla plans a worldwide network of solar-powered “megachargers” that could get the trucks back up to 400 miles of range after charging for only 30 minutes.The move fits with Musk’s stated goal for the company of accelerating the shift to sustainable transportation. Trucks account for nearly a quarter of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., according to government statistics.But the semi also piles on more chaos at the Palo Alto, California-based company. Tesla is way behind on production of the Model 3, a new lower-cost sedan, with some customers facing waits of 18 months or more. It’s also ramping up production of solar panels after buying Solar City Corp. last year. Tesla is working on a pickup truck and a lower-cost SUV and negotiating a new factory in China. Meanwhile, the company posted a record quarterly loss of $619 million in its most recent quarter.On Thursday night, Tesla surprised fans with another product: An updated version of its first sports car, the Roadster. Tesla says the new Roadster will have 620 miles of range and a top speed of 250 mph (402 kph). The car, coming in 2020, will have a base price of $200,000.Musk, too, is being pulled in many directions. He leads rocket maker SpaceX and is dabbling in other projects, including high-speed transit, artificial intelligence research and a new company that’s digging tunnels beneath Los Angeles to alleviate traffic congestion.“He’s got so much on his plate right now. This could present another distraction from really just making sure that the Model 3 is moved along effectively,” said Bruce Clark, a senior vice-president and automotive analyst at Moody’s.Tesla’s semi is venturing into an uncertain market. Demand for electric trucks is expected to grow over the next decade as the U.S., Europe and China all tighten their emissions regulations. Electric truck sales totalled 4,100 in 2016, but are expected to grow to more than 70,000 in 2026, says Navigant Research.But most of that growth is expected to be for smaller, medium-duty haulers like garbage trucks or delivery vans. Those trucks can have a more limited range of 100 miles (160 kilometres) or less, which requires fewer expensive batteries. They can also be fully charged overnight.Long-haul semi trucks, on the other hand, would be expected to go greater distances, and that would be challenging. Right now, there’s little charging infrastructure on global highways. Without Tesla’s promised fast-charging, even a mid-sized truck would likely require a two-hour stop, cutting into companies’ efficiency and profits, says Brian Irwin, managing director of the North American industrial group for the consulting firm Accenture.Irwin says truck companies will have to watch the market carefully, because tougher regulations on diesels or an improvement in charging infrastructure could make electric trucks more viable very quickly. Falling battery costs also will help make electric trucks more appealing compared to diesels.But even lower costs won’t make trucking a sure bet for Tesla. It faces stiff competition from long-trusted brands like Daimler AG, which unveiled its own semi prototype last month.“These are business people, not fans, and they will need convinced that this truck is better for their balance sheet than existing technology. It probably is, based on the specs provided, but this isn’t necessarily a slam dunk,” said Rebecca Lindland, an executive analyst at Kelley Blue Book.Musk said Tesla will guarantee the semi’s powertrain for one million miles to help alleviate customers’ concerns.
New Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals has tied up with the Star Cricket Academy in Surrey, England to re-launch the facility as the ‘Rajasthan Royals Academy’. The centre has a state-of-the-art cricket centre named the Jarrett Centre, RR said in a press release. It is an indoor cricket training centre run by former professional batsman Siddharth Lahiri, along with his team of coaches including former England international and mentor to the academy, Keith Medlycott. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Speaking ahead of the launch of the academy, RR’s England player Jos Buttker said, “I am delighted that Rajasthan Royals are launching an academy in the UK. There is so much talent here and the learnings that can be transferred from the IPL and Indian cricket in general are immense.” Manoj Badale, lead owner of the Rajasthan Royals, added, “Education and sports go hand in hand, which helps in building strong characters and leaders. Rajasthan Royals Academy is a great way to engage the youth, develop talent, and potentially find the stars of the future.” The franchise said it is also keen to create an exchange programme across India and UK wherein the children from the UK will receive an opportunity to come to Institute of Sport, Nagpur.
Ohio State redshirt senior receivers Parris Campbell and Johnnie Dixon celebrate after Campbell records his second touchdown reception of the day. Ohio State defeated Tulane 49-6. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAs Urban Meyer walked through Ohio Stadium for the first time since returning from his three-game suspension, the focus began to shift back to football.While all the headlines were on the head coach’s first game back on the sidelines, and with No. 10 Penn State coming up next week, No. 4 Ohio State left no doubt on the field, outplaying an undermatched Tulane team from start to finish in a 49-6 victory.Haskins said it was great to have Meyer back on the sidelines.“We missed not having him there the first of the year,” Haskins said. “Being with him before we go out on the field together, the excitement he brings, the energy he brings, it was definitely missed.”Ohio State outgained Tulane 570-256 in total yards, most of which came through the air.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins throwing for 304 yards and five touchdowns in the first half, and tied for the third most 300-yard games in school history after only his fourth start.Haskins said he wants to show how good this Ohio State offense can be.“I just want to show how dangerous this offense is,” Haskins said. “With me at the helm a lot of plays can be made.”Nearly half of Haskins’ production came through redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell, who tallied 147 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches.Haskins found Campbell early and often in Ohio State’s 43-point win over the Green Wave. With a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, Haskins, with plenty of time in the pocket, found a streaking Campbell, placing the ball perfectly over his shoulder. Though the redshirt senior receiver bobbled the catch, he came up with it in bounds, giving Ohio State a 21-0 lead. Ohio State would not give up that lead for the remainder of the game.On the defensive side, playing without junior defensive end Nick Bosa and redshirt junior defensive tackle Robert Landers, who were out with injuries, Ohio State continually found its way to the backfield, ending the day with 13 tackles for loss and three sacks.Meyer was impressed by the way the defense shut down senior quarterback Jonathan Banks, who threw for 141 yards, and ran for only 14 for the Green Wave.“It was a tough game,” Meyer said. “[Banks] only threw the ball 14 times, and he’s a hell of an athlete, so the biggest thing is getting him down and not having something pop up behind you.”Tulane managed to slow down both Ohio State running backs, with redshirt junior Mike Weber rushing six times for 18 yards, and sophomore J.K. Dobbins ending with 11 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown.Weber would leave the game in the second quarter after coming up limping on a run out of bounds, and would not return.Ohio State was held scoreless in the third quarter with redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell at the helm, gaining only 10 yards in the first time it has been held without a point in a quarter all season.Martell came in for a drive in the second quarter, then played the entirety of the second half, ending the day with 115 yards passing and 22 yards on the ground, including a one-yard touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in the game.Ohio State will take on Penn State in Happy Valley on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.Story updated at 8:23 p.m. to include quotes from Meyer and Haskins.
Basel’s president Bernard Heusler, who sanctioned the winger’s initial move to the Premier League, to be specific – to Chelsea, has now shared his prediction that if Real come calling for Salah, he will make the right decision and won’t be thinking too long.Salah’s performance lately has been overwhelming – from scoring 4 goals in a single match, to breaking Premier League records – he has been unstoppable. This has led to countless rumours of a transfer of the Egyptian mostly to La Liga – Barcelona and Real Madrid.Heusler refused to discuss which one of the two clubs could Salah actually end up playing for, but he shared his opinion on the eventual transfer of the winger.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“It would not be appropriate for me to discuss that,” Heusler shared, according to the Express. “What I would say he has done everything right in his career so far.”“He is well advised and is such an intelligent person I believe he will always make the right decisions,” Basel’s president went on to add.