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A lot of football fans saw the funny side in the Diego Costa news (tweets)

first_img1 Diego Costa has been left out of Spain’s Euro 2016 squad and a lot of football fans saw the funny side.Having been born in Brazil and making two appearances in friendlies for the South Americans, Costa opted to represent Spain who he has played for 10 times including at the 2014 World Cup. However, there was no room in this team as manager Vicente Del Bosque opted for Pedro, Alvaro Morata, Aduriz, Nolito and Lucas Vazquez as his forwards.This season, the Chelsea striker scored 12 Premier League goals, but was plagued by injury in a struggling Chelsea team who finished tenth.And on Twitter there was some pretty funny reaction to Costa’s omission, which you can see below.Five Diego Costa stories Diego Costa was not included in the Spain squad for Euro 2016 and a lot of people found it funny last_img read more

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South African scientist hailed as power woman

first_imgDr Patience Mthunzi has been named one of 20 ‘Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012’ by Forbes Magazine. In April last year, Mthunzi was honoured by President Jacob Zuma with the Order of Mapungubwe in Bronze, one of the country’s highest national awards, for her local and international contribution in biophotonics. (Images: CSIR)MEDIA CONTACTS• Tendani Tsedu Media Relations ManagerCSIR+27 12 841 3417RELATED ARTICLES• Digital drum boosts computer literacy • Hi-tech solution to fix roads • Engineering improves healthcare • Green light for titanium powder pilot Wilma den HartighA South African scientist has been named one of 20 ‘Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012’ by Forbes Magazine. These are women – all under the age of 45 – who are bringing about positive change on the continent by influencing African business, technology, science, policy and media.Dr Patience Mthunzi, a scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), was recognised for her pioneering work in the area of biophotonics, a field of science that enables microscopic study of biological molecules, cells and tissue using laser.Mthunzi is one of only three South Africans to be listed in the magazine – the other two are both prominent figures in the media industry.She heard about the listing late in December last year, and she says making it onto the prestigious list was completely unexpected. “I feel so honoured and humbled for being one of the three South Africans to have made it onto this list,” she says.Mthunzi is fast gaining an international reputation for her work, and she says although she doesn’t work for accolades, the recognition inspires and motivates her to do more.In April last year, she was honoured by President Jacob Zuma with the Order of Mapungubwe in Bronze, one of the country’s highest national awards, for her local and international contribution in biophotonics. This order is awarded to South African citizens for excellence and exceptional achievement.She is South Africa’s only senior scientist for the biophotonics research group within the CSIR National Laser Centre, and she is also the first biophotonics PhD graduate in South Africa.As she was unable to study biophotonics at a local university, Mthunzi became the first South African PhD student at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of St Andrews in Scotland.Developing innovative testing devicesBiophotonics is an emerging area of science in South Africa. Mthunzi explains that it is a versatile, multi-disciplinary field that can be applied to find solutions for challenges in areas such as medicine, agriculture, environmental and life sciences.Research conducted under the umbrella of biophotonics involves disciplines such as physics, biology, medicine and engineering.Part of Mthunzi’s job description is to come up with novel ideas, and that is what she loves most about her work.She’s leading a project to determine possible medical applications using laser technology. “The field has applications for any disease,” she says.She is developing an HIV testing device that makes use of lasers to test blood samples.The device will be particularly useful in remote areas of the country and could change the way HIV testing is done. “Often people in rural areas have to walk long distances to clinics to get tested,” she says. “By the time they get there, it is too late to draw blood and send it with a courier to be tested at a laboratory elsewhere.”Mthunzi explains that the testing tool would be based on site at a clinic. She would like to design the device in such a way that it doesn’t require a medical professional to operate it.“It will be possible to get results immediately and will be easy to use, even by volunteer staff who receive some training,” she says.She is also working on introducing DNA and genes into stem cells and finding applications for lasers in the treatment of cancer. “Our cancer research is looking into ways to separate cancerous and non-cancerous cells,” she says.A hybrid scientistMthunzi’s interest in the field developed when she joined the CSIR’s Laser Centre in 2004, as a biochemist. “I didn’t even know what a laser was,” she recalls. “I was encouraged to do a PhD in laser physics, and I found the field very exciting.”She’s always had an interest in various branches of science such as medicine, physics and natural sciences and even zoology. “I see science in everything,” she says.With biophotonics, she can experiment in all these areas, but Mthunzi says the country needs researchers who are experienced in multiple disciplines.“If I only knew biology, I would be limited in what I can do and come up with,” she says.“Some people call me a hybrid because my undergraduate qualification and my Master’s are in biology, followed by a PhD in physics, but I see myself as just a scientist.”Her peers in laser research are mostly physicists and from that perspective her biology background is somewhat unusual. “But it has equipped me perfectly for the job,” she says.Growing biophotonics and science in SAMthunzi set up a fully functioning biophotonics laboratory at the CSIR and the facility is closely integrated with nearby optical laboratories on the council’s campus in Pretoria. The laboratories are within walking distance of each other, which makes research work much easier.She says South Africa needs more scientists and she enjoys promoting the field. She belongs to the South African Young Academy of Science, an organisation that contributes towards the development of scientific capacity and awareness in South Africa and promotes science at all levels of education.What she would like to see is a greater interest in biophotonics in the country. Mthunzi hopes that in the future biophotonics will become an established discipline locally and be taught as a degree.She says young people also need mentors to inspire them because that’s what helped her achieve her goals.“What helped me as a child is being surrounded by good mentors,” she says. “My aunt was my mentor. She was such a guru. I wanted to be just like her.” The aunt was a teacher and the first person in her family to obtain a Master’s degree.Other South Africans on the listTwo other South African women, both prominent figures in the media industry, were also recognised by Forbes Magazine.Yolanda Sangweni is a senior editor at ESSENCE.com, one of the leading publications for black women in the US. She is also the co-founder of AfriPOP!, an online magazine that focuses on contemporary African youth culture, music, fashion and film from an Afropolitan perspective.Journalist, broadcaster and author Redi Tlhabi is the producer of a documentary on the former South African president Thabo Mbeki. She is also a columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper and author of Endings and Beginnings: A Story of Healing, a book based on her childhood experiences. Tlhabi is the host of a new talk show on Al Jazeera English television channel that will focus on politics, culture, music, health and science.last_img read more

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All-Queensland NYC finals

first_imgThe 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships 18’s Boys and 18’s Girls grand finals will be all Queensland affairs. In the 18’s Girls division, Queensland Secondary Schools Touch will meet the Brisbane City Cobras after defeating New South Wales Touch Association Development and New South Wales Combined High Schools respectively. In the 18’s Boys division, Queensland Secondary Schools Touch will play the Central Queensland Bulls in the grand final following their wins against the South Queensland Sharks and New South Wales Combined High Schools respectively. The last permit to make it to and win a National Youth Championships grand final was the Sydney Mets in 2007, when they defeated QSST 4-1. The 18’s Girls grand final between QSST and Brisbane City Cobras will be played at 3.20pm. You can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xpZR0AAdqQ The 18’s Girls grand final between QSST and the Central Queensland Bulls will be played at 4.20pm. You can watch it live here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E526rSdTM2M Keep up-to-date with all of the latest from the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausDownload ‘Team App’ and search for ‘National Youth Championships’ to keep up-to-date with all of the latest National Youth Championships related information.Related LinksNYC Finallast_img read more

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20 days agoMan Utd, Chelsea know Kane unsettled at Spurs

first_imgMan Utd, Chelsea know Kane unsettled at Spursby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Kane is unsettled at Tottenham.The Times says the England captain fears this Spurs team have reached the end of it’s cycle.And he is now considering his future at the club.Manchester United and Chelsea are monitoring developments closely, well aware that Kane is unsettled.Though it is Spain which is regarded as the favoured option where Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a huge fan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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5 days agoMan City to offer Raheem Sterling £450,000-a-week deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City to offer Raheem Sterling £450,000-a-week dealby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are to offer Raheem Sterling a £450,000 a week deal.City want to keep him out of the clutches of Real Madrid, says the Daily Express.The Spanish giants are keeping tabs on Sterling, who has been transformed into one of the best players in the world by Pep Guardiola.It was only last November that the Premier League champions handed Sterling a three-year extension to his current deal which now sees him pick up around £300,000 a week.It made him Manchester City’s second-highest-paid player behind midfield playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who currently earns around £350,000 a week.And they are now ready to make the England international the Premier League’s top earner to cut down on the likelihood of a £200million move by Real from succeeding. last_img read more

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Nebraska’s Michael Rose-Ivey: “In Some Ways, We Feel Disrespected”

first_imgHerbie Husker celebrates a touchdown.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Herbie Husker celebrates a Nebraska Cornhuskers touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan 23-9. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images) MRITwitter/Michael Rose-IveyNebraska, which has a new coach (Mike Riley) for the 2015 campaign, isn’t being picked by many to win the Big Ten. In fact, when 40 media members voted back in July, only five picked the Cornhuskers to win the league’s West division, and nobody picked them to win the entire conference.That apparently doesn’t sit well with junior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey. Rose-Ivey gave an interesting set of quotes to Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star earlier this week.“It’s easy for us to say, ‘Don’t read the headlines, don’t listen to what people are saying,’” Rose-Ivey told reporters Tuesday. “But to be blatantly honest, in some ways, we feel disrespected.We understand what we have as a team offensively and defensively. We understand a lot of people aren’t counting on us to do much coming out of the West and whatnot. But that’s why you have to play the games.”Nebraska has lost exactly four games per season seven years in a row, so it’s understandable that both fans and media members expect much of the same in the immediate future. But with Nebraska’s program now under the direction of a new coaching staff, will that change? Rose-Ivey clearly thinks so.last_img read more

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Ohio State mens hockey trying to get back on track vs Penn

OSU junior forward Nick Schilkey (7) during a game against Minnesota on Feb. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Evan Szymkowicz | Sports DirectorThe Ohio State men’s hockey team (8-16-2, 3-7-2) will want to put a disappointing weekend at home in the past as it gets set to travel to Penn State (18-8-4, 8-5-1) for the first time this season.The last time the two sides met was back on Jan. 23 in Columbus. That contest ended in a 5-1 Buckeye victory, and OSU will be looking for a repeat performance at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania.OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the team is looking to get off to a strong start this weekend to avoid the large deficits early on, which is what happened against Minnesota on Saturday.“If we’re determined and we play desperate, we’re a pretty good hockey team,” Rohlik said. “We just kind of ran out of time there on Saturday, but we put ourselves in a big hole against a team like (Minnesota), a 4-1 lead. It’s tough to come back even though all of us believed we could’ve.”Consistency countsThe Nittany Lions enter the series with a three-game unbeaten streak. The nation’s fifth-ranked offense scored five goals or more in two of those contests. Penn State’s last time out was a 2-2 tie against Michigan State, but eventually, it would grab the victory in the shootout.OSU senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple said he isn’t stressing too much about any drastic changes to the game plan despite the Nittany Lions’ offense prowess.“We’re just going to keep to our game,” Dalrymple said. “We know they shoot the puck.” Because of that, OSU will try to keep Penn State’s offense outside of the area right next to the goal. Outside shots and those from the safe areas are the ones the Buckeyes are “OK with,” Dalrymple said. “We know shots are going to come, but we’ve just got to limit the Grade-A opportunities,” he said. Rohlik said he hopes to bring some uniformity to the Buckeyes’ play. The last five games have been a mixed bag for the Scarlet and Gray, with two wins and three losses, including Friday’s overtime defeat.“You guys can see it. We play good then all of a sudden, it’s like a turnover you just can’t explain, and it ends up being in the back of our net,” Rohlik said. “It’s some of the little things that end up costing us. If you could take back 50 seconds of a hockey game, all of a sudden that’s three goals.” On the other hand, an example of consistency is junior forward David Gust, who has 16 points over his current 15-game point streak. He currently leads the Buckeyes with 20 assists and 27 points this season.OSU forward Tommy Parran (6) tries to clear the puck in front of the Buckeyes’ goal in a game against Minnesota on Feb. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Evan Szymkowicz | Sports DirectorPower play powersIt will be a battle of power play offense versus shorthanded defense in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions currently lead the Big Ten in penalty kills with 46. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes are tied for second in the conference with 10 power play goals. The Nittany Lions are also dangerous offensively while shorthanded, leading the nation with 10 shorthanded goals. Gust currently leads the Buckeyes with 11 power play points, coming from two goals and nine assists. Fellow junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey leads OSU in power play scoring with five goals.Schilkey highlighted his disappointment with the lack of points gained from the Minnesota series, but he said he is looking forward to facing the Nittany Lions once again.“We’ve got to get back out there and get back to our game,” Schilkey said. “It’s frustrating to drop another two games to Minnesota. They’re a good team in our league, but we have another chance to play another good team in our league this weekend. We’re going to get back out there and get those points back.”The goals keep comingDespite their struggles on defense, the Buckeyes have still been scoring goals at a high rate. They have scored three goals or more in four of their last five games, which includes the 5-1 win against the Nittany Lions back in January.The Buckeye offense will have to challenge Penn State’s standout junior goaltender Eamon McAdam once again, who currently leads the conference with a .931 save percentage. Even with his solid play, the plans put in place to score goals stays the game, Schilkey said. “You’ve got to get shots on them, work them down low,” he said. “Get them moving side to side. Just like any other goalie.”The puck is set to drop at the Pegula Ice Arena at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and again on Saturday at 3 p.m. read more

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Sebastian Govinco tips Juventus for European glory

first_imgToronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco has backed his former club Juventus to win their first Champions League title since 1996.The Italian giants signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid with a clear intention of European glory after becoming runners-up twice in the last four seasons of the Champions League.The ex-Bianconeri man Giovinco feels that this could well be Juve’s season.“I think it might be their season,” the 31-year-old told Malta today.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.“Moreover, in the summer they have improved by signing important players. They’re clear favourites to win the Scudetto as well.“Juventus have gained more awareness of their own resources. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, who knows how to win in Europe, is undoubtedly a major help.”“Juventus are top of Serie A table and will be facing Valencia in their last Champions League group stage encounter.”last_img read more

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Taylor Swift Jay Z Beyoncé Harry Styles Hottest Summer Tour Poll

first_imgIt just so happens that the summer 2018 touring calendar is positively stacked — whether it’s hip-hop jams, pop smashes, classic rock, country fun, or hips that don’t lie that you seek, there’s a show for you.No doubt one of the hottest tickets his summer, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are set to launch their On The Run II tour, hitting select stadiums in the U.S. starting June 25 in Cleveland. Speaking of stadiums, Taylor Swift promises to pack them in during her summer tour in support of Reputation, with Camila Cabello and Charli XCX in tow.”Photograph,” “Don’t Stop Believin'” … hits, hits and more hits will be the recipe for arguably the classic rock bill of the summer in Def Leppard & Journey. The titans will be crisscrossing the U.S. through October.Find out what makes Luke Bryan country during his What Makes You Country tour. The singer/songwriter will “Light It Up” with hits such as “Strip It Down” and “Crash My Party” in stadiums and amphitheaters all summer long.Get ready for another must-see hang with G-Eazy. The Oakland, Calif.-based rapper is teaming with Lil Uzi Vert and Ty Dolla $ign for his 2018 The Endless Summer Tour, which will commence July 20 in Auburn, Wash.Ready to go toe-to-toe with Tog Dawg’s best? The Championship Tour will ring the bell with an all-star lineup from the label’s roster, including Kendrick Lamar, SZA, SchoolBoyQ, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul. The trek, which kicked off in May, is going strong through June.She’ll bring plenty of pop and he’ll spit the bars. Together it will add up to some big-time adventure. Kesha and Macklemore will tag-team for The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore Tour in support of Rainbow and Gemini, respectively — all coming to you starting June 6 in Phoenix.Shakira is saving the U.S. leg of her El Dorado World Tour for the hottest month of the summer: August. The Latin GRAMMY-winning “Whenever, Wherever” icon will bring the heat starting Aug. 3 in Chicago, wrapping Sept. 6 in San Jose, Calif.Harry Styles is winding down his tour in support of his acclaimed self-titled debut album. The “Sign Of The Times” singer/songwriter will be back in the States on June 5 in Dallas before winding up in Los Angeles on July 14. As if you needed some extra incentive, GRAMMY winner Kacey Musgraves will be opening.Before you fire up the grill and unofficially kick off summer this Memorial Day weekend, we want to know: Which show is your hot ticket for summer 2018? Cast your vote in our poll and stay cool.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook Taylor Swift, Jay Z & Beyoncé, Harry Styles: Hottest Summer Tour | Poll News The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore Tour Def Leppard & Journey From Kesha & Mackelmore and The Championship Tour to Shakira and Def Leppard & Journey, which summer tour do you have circled on your calendar? Tim McPhateGRAMMYs May 25, 2018 – 8:20 am It’s here. That’s right, with Memorial Day upon us, it’s time to start basking in those #summervibes. And the perfect complement for some sun and fun? It’s got to be a summer concert.Polls Which tour is your must-see summer 2018 concert? Taylor Swift, Reputation Tour Luke Bryan, What Makes You Country XL Tour Vote: Which Summer ’18 Concert Are You Going To? taylor-swift-jay-z-beyonc%C3%A9-harry-styles-hottest-summer-tour-poll G-Eazy, The Endless Summer Tour Other Kendrick Lamar, SZA & Co.: The Championship Tour Harry Styles, Live On Tour Twitter Jay Z & Beyoncé, OTR II Tour Choices Email Shakira, El Dorado World Tour last_img read more

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Chaka Khan Delights At Bulova Brunch Bash During GRAMMY Week

first_imgNews Chaka Khan Rocks Bulova Brunch At GRAMMY Museum chaka-khan-delights-bulova-brunch-bash-during-grammy-week (L-R) Grandmaster Caz, Chaka Khan and Grandmaster Melle MelPhoto: Charley Gallay/Getty Images ​Her words were powerful, her music even more so, delivering a powerhouse performance of a collection of flawless melodies including “I am Every Women,” “Ain’t Nobody” and “Sweet Thing.”  She glided on stage, both her and her backup singers draped in all black.  The fan blew her signature messy hair, reminding everyone why she is a bonafide superstar. The multifaceted artist, who has inspired generations with her effortless vocals, continued to hit notes on stage that she once belted out in the ’80s.  In fact, Khan is working on a new dance album, her first in 12 years.  If the sound of her voice at the Bulova event and the enthusiastic audience participation are any indication, everyone is ready for more Chaka.  The whole crowd was on their feet, including Grandmaster Caz and Melle Mel, rap pioneers hailing from the Bronx, N.Y. Khan penned the hit single “I Feel For You” in 1984 with Melle Mel, member of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. It was a platinum-selling smash was one of the first R&B/rap crossover hits. When asked what brought the two artists together, Khan responded, “Divine synchronicity.”Guests heard and saw more of the hip-hop legends at the rooftop brunch that followed the performance, where Bulova announced its partnership with Grandmaster Caz and Melle Mel’s organization, Windows of Hip-hop, a nonprofit, Bronx-based economic development project promoting the educational, communal, and historical perspective of hip-hop. “We’re really excited to partner with Bulova,” Melle Mel said.  “The goal is to help children make good choices, and get them more involved in their own education.” With all this jaw-dropping entertainment in the name of making such a positive impact, Bulova and the Recording Academy provided yet another reason to celebrate, sip champagne and roll out the red carpet during GRAMMY Week. Facebook Email Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images The GRAMMY Museum’s Scott Goldman sat down for a one-on-one conversation with the R&B legend, whose illustrious career includes over 22 albums spanning over four decades.  Khan, who has broken barriers in dance, gospel and rock, was charming, humble and eloquent in conversation.  Her words were soft but powerful and intentional. She shared stories about her unique friendship with Joni Mitchell (the two icons are working on a tribute project together), her work with Prince, and winning her first GRAMMY.”The first time I heard my song on the radio was actually after I won my first GRAMMY,” she recalled.  It’s clear from the conversation that Khan is in alignment with her gift, and understands the power of song. “Music is the language of angels,” she told the audience.center_img Chaka Khan Delights At Bulova Brunch Bash During GRAMMY Week Celebration of the exciting partnership between Bulova and the Recording Academy continues with a knock-out performance by Chaka Khan and the announcement of a new partnership with Windows Of Hip-HopLakeia BrownGRAMMYs Feb 9, 2019 – 7:02 pm There is no greater gift than time. As the official timepiece for the GRAMMYs, Bulova teamed up with The Recording Academy again to celebrate timeless music, which included a live performance by 10-time GRAMMY winner Chaka Khan.The exclusive event began in the Clive Davis Theatre of the GRAMMY Museum, where producers, record executives and tastemakers filled each seat for a chance to sing along with one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time.  The event kicked off with a few words from Michael Benavente, managing director at Bulova, who shared his continued excitement for the partnership with the Recording Academy and announced that all first-time GRAMMY winners will receive a signature classic timepiece this year. Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61th GRAMMY Awards will take place at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb 10, airing live on CBS.2019 GRAMMYs Viewer’s Guide: Where To Watch Music’s Biggest Night(Lakeia Brown is a freelance writer and host of the podcast, Decoded with Elle Bee. She has been published in publications like O, The Oprah Magazine, Essence and Complex. You can follow her on IG @decodedwithellebee.)Read more Twitter last_img read more

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