10 January 2006Five South Africans have been included in the World Economic Forum’s 2006 Forum of Young Global Leaders, announced in Switzerland on Monday.The South Africans are Cyrille Nkontchou, founder and chief executive officer of LiquidAfrica (Pty) Ltd; Brian Molefe of the Public Investment Corporation; Paul Kapelus, CEO of the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship; Wits University’s Raenette Taljaard; and Sunday Times editor Mondli Makhanya.Unique communityThe Forum of Young Global Leaders is an independent, Geneva-based foundation that seeks to build a unique community of the world’s most extraordinary leaders under the age of 40 and give them a platform to collaborate and shape best practices for the future of the world.This year’s almost 200 Young Global Leaders have been drawn from 50 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.They were chosen from 3 500 candidates by a nominating committee headed by Queen Rania of Jordan and ratified by the chairman of the World Economic Forum’s board, Professor Klaus Schwab.The 2006 Young Global Leaders will join the 2005 group in a series of forums and workshops to understand current and future trends, risks and opportunities at global and regional levels.These sessions form part of the ongoing 2020 Initiative, a comprehensive effort by the Forum of Young Global Leaders to address the complex challenges of today in order to help shape a better future for the world.South Africa’s 2006 Young Global LeadersPaul Kapelus is a founding director of the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship and currently holds the position of CEO.Mondli Makhanya is the editor of the Sunday Times, recently returning from a stint as editor of the Mail & Guardian. He started his career in journalism at the Weekly Mail in 1990, and is on the national council of the South African National Editors’ Forum.Brian Molefe has been CEO of South Africa’s Public Investment commission since July 2003. He was previously deputy director-general of asset and liability management at South Africa’s national treasury, and chief director of strategic planning in the office of the premier of Limpopo.Cameroonian-born Cyrille Nkontchou started Johannesburg-based LiquidAfrica, an online trading site that allows global investors to buy and sell stocks across Africa, in 2000.Raenette Taljaard is a senior lecturer at the School for Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is the youngest woman ever elected to South Africa’s Parliament, where she was the spokesperson for the opposition on a number of key committees before stepping down from her seat in late 2004.Eight South Africans represented the country on the 2005 Young Global Leaders Forum: Taddy Blecher, CEO of Cida City Campus.Thoko Didiza, agriculture and land affairs minister.Ayisi Makatiani, CEO of Gallium Capital Partners.Gugu Moloi, CEO of Umgeni Water.Kumi Naidoo, CEO of Civicus.Nicky Newton-King, deputy CEO of the JSE Ltd.Jonathan Oppenheimer, MD of De Beers.Sandile Zungu, chairman of Denel.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Though San Sebastian evened its standing at 6-6, it should find a way to be more consistent if it wants to break its three-year Final Four drought this season.And the only solution for that to happen is for guys like Navarro to churn out solid numbers to compliment the stable showing of Michael Calisaan.5. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights19.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 assistsLast Week: N/AOnce again, Rey Nambatac showed that he can be a threat for Letran with or without the ball.The senior guard allowed his teammates to shine in the Knights’ 84-73 win over Arellano on Tuesday.But with Letran seeking revenge against first round tormentor Mapua, Nambatac exploded for 17 first half points to steer his side to an 88-79 victory, enough for it to once again get itself in the conversation as one of the favorites to snare those last two spots.6. Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs23.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 stealsLast Week: 6For the third straight week, Kent Salado has found himself still at the sixth spot of this list.That’s what you get after another even week despite another solid showing.Salado’s numbers weren’t enough for Arellano to pull off a triumph against Letran on Tuesday, losing 73-84, but with Michael Cañete providing the much needed support, the Chiefs halted their two-game slide on Friday and remained alive in the playoff race. CJ Perez remains a force to be reckoned with for Lyceum, and his greatness is underscored with his supporting cast also delivering.The energetic forward showed that there’s no such thing as a second round slump for him, getting his bearings back to do it all for the Pirates in their 94-83 win over Perpetual.Lyceum may have clinched a twice-to-beat in the Final Four, but Perez knows there the tougher wars still ahead and their 13-0 record won’t mean nothing if the Pirates don’t get the job done in the playoffs.3. Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions19 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 2Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust like Perez for Lyceum, Javee Mocon’s performance was once again the catalyst in helping San Beda notch its 11th straight victory.The hardworking forward’s performance should largely be credited in keeping the Red Lions in the thick of things, especially after their gritty 65-60 victory over JRU on Friday.But Mocon shouldn’t be alone in hoisting the flag for the Mendiola crew, and coach Boyet Fernandez needs Robert Bolick to rekindle his thunder if San Beda dreams of retaining its NCAA title again later this season.4. Renzo Navarro – G, San Sebastian Golden Stags16 points (5/6 3PT), 3 assistsLast Week: N/ARenzo Navarro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe littlest man of the court once again made the biggest impact in the clutch for San Sebastian as Renzo Navarro took the spotlight for his side.The diminutive guard waxed hot from downtown, going on a near-perfect clip as he unfurled 12 of his 16 points to aid the Golden Stags nab the huge 73-61 win over St. Benilde. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Just when you thought there’d finally be some clarity in the NCAA, the Final Four race just got more muddled.Pacesetters Lyceum and San Beda have now clinched their respective seats in the semifinals, while cellar dweller Mapua has been the first team to get the boot in the tourney.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 shutoutBut the seven other teams still have a crack at the last two spots, with a bounce here and a run there potentially deciding who will make it to the next round.Before that, let’s first take a loot at this week’s best seven players in the NCAA.1. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assistsLast Week: N/A Steady is the word for Bong Quinto.The stocky scorer has kept the ship afloat for Letran as it got itself back on track, snapping its three-game losing skid and forcing a third place tie with JRU.Coach Jeff Napa said that the Knights have finally addressed their issues after that funk, and with Quinto being one of the team’s leaders, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if they secure one of those elusive Final Four seats sooner than later.2. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates21 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ricafort eager to bring energy, help motivate Maroons Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT At 5-8, Arellano is still just two games behind in the Final Four, but the Chiefs must step up in their next games if they want to make it to the postseason.7. Sidney Onwubere – F, EAC Generals19.0 points, 9.5 reboundsLast Week: N/AEAC remained in the running in the Final Four race, but could not extend its streak to three after suffering an 84-79 defeat to Arellano on Friday.But that wasn’t because Sidney Onwubere didn’t fight for the Generals, as the senior forward gave everything for his side.Still, EAC’s performance should be lauded given that it’s playing without its starting frontcourt, and coach Ariel Sison made it clear that the Generals will go for broke to reach its goal of making it to the Final Four. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. When the first camera phones hit the market in 2000, few people could have imagined all of the applications those devices would enable: not just the obvious snaps and selfies, but also electronic check deposits, biometric authentication, and telemedicine, to name just a few.A major reason why these and other applications proliferated is because mobile camera sensors and their adjunct systems have improved dramatically over the past 17 years. The latest milestone is version 2.0 of the MIPI Alliance’s Camera Serial Interface (CSI-2) specification for connecting a mobile device’s camera to its host processor.Version 1.0 is the world’s most widely used interface for imaging and video applications in mobile devices. Version 2.0 builds on that success by giving system designers a variety of new features and capabilities, which in turn enable new market opportunities.CSI-2 Imaging Conduit Solutions (Click Here to see a larger image. Source: MIPI Alliance) For example, MIPI CSI-2 v2.0 is designed for use not only in smartphones, but also Internet of Things (IoT) devices, wearables, medical devices, augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) gear, drones, and vehicles. That expansion reflects the MIPI Alliance Membership: Many of these companies started in the mobile phone market, but are now expanding into applications such as IoT, automotive, drones, and perception and contextual awareness. Their evolution is driving MIPI CSI-2’s evolution. For example, automakers and their suppliers can use MIPI CSI-2 v2.0 to give drivers gesture-based controls so their eyes and attention can stay focused on the road instead of fumbling with knobs, buttons, and sliders.Systems designers have two physical layer options for implementing CSI-2 v2.0: MIPI C-PHY and MIPI D-PHY. Performance is lane-scalable, with support for up to 24 Gbps using a three-lane (nine-wire) C-PHY interface, or 18 Gbps using four-lane (10-wire) D-PHY interface.Both PHY specs have been updated to support CSI-2 v2.0, enabling backwards compatibility. This also reduces cost and time-to-market for users because they can leverage their existing product designs as they migrate to CSI-2 v2.0.Keep your eyes on the road MIPI CSI-2 v1.3 supports a wide variety of resolutions, including 1080p, 4K, and 8K, in both single- and multi-camera implementations. CSI-2 v2.0 enhances those capabilities by adding support for RAW-16 and RAW-20 color depth, which significantly improves intra-scene high-dynamic range (HDR) and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR).These capabilities are a particularly good fit for automotive applications such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). For example, CSI-2 v2.0 enables those applications to maintain high performance even when the environment changes suddenly and dramatically, such as when a car emerges from a dimly lit tunnel into bright daylight.Automotive system diagram (Click Here to see a larger image. Source: MIPI Alliance) The HDR and SNR enhancements also benefit the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) used by drones for vision-based navigation. When a drone is subject to big changes in lighting conditions, for example, the HDR and SNR enhancements help it quickly adapt to ensure consistent performance.Another key addition in CSI-2 v2.0 is Latency Reduction and Transport Efficiency (LRTE), which has three major benefits in automotive applications:It increases the number of supported image sensors by as much as 40 percent without requiring costly Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) or PHY changes.It facilitates optimal transport while preserving system integrity for multiple vision applications.It substantially reduces frame transport latency for real-time perception and decision-making needs.A third key enhancement for automotive applications is the addition of scrambling. This reduces Power Spectral Density (PSD) emissions, thus minimizing interference when sensitive receivers are installed in the vehicle.Many automakers are adding collision-avoidance features both to maximize safety and help differentiate their vehicles in the eyes of buyers who seek those kinds of advanced safeguards. The more things that a collision-avoidance system can sense, the better able it is to protect the vehicle’s occupants.CSI-2 v2.0 supports up to 32 virtual channels (up from four virtual channels in the previous version), which can carry data from the vehicle’s image sensors to its collision-avoidance system. The additional channels also help systems designers accommodate multi-exposure, multi-range sensor fusion for ADAS applications. Just as important, all 32 channels support multiple data types, including raw, compressed, and meta.Finally, CSI-2 v2.0 adds support for Differential Pulse Code Modulation (DPCM) 12-10-12 compression qualified over varying degrees of image set intensity, contrast, and Modular Transfer Function (MTF) to ensure superior Image Quality (IQ). This is particularly useful for vision applications sensitive to compression artifacts such as automotive and drone navigation.New capabilities atop a proven foundation The MIPI Alliance was founded in 2003 to provide something that the marketplace desperately needed: a standardized camera interface specification for mobile devices. But MIPI Alliance members went a few steps further by ensuring that CSI-2 also provides the high bandwidth necessary for high-resolution images, the low power consumption that’s key for battery-operated devices such as IoT sensors and wearables, and very low electromagnetic interference (EMI) for mission-critical applications such as health care.That forward-looking design is a major reason why CSI-2 v2.0 is ideal for more than just smartphone applications. Another reason is that CSI-2 is mature and proven, giving systems designers the confidence that it can be the foundation for IoT devices, drones, automotive, and other applications outside the traditional mobile space.Click Here for a deeper dive into CSI-2 v2.0’s features and capabilities. The MIPI Alliance Camera Working Group already is hard at work developing the next round of camera, imaging, and vision enhancements. Click Here to learn more about MIPI membership and to become engaged.Haran Thanigasalam is chair of the MIPI Alliance Camera Working Group and senior platform architect at Intel Corporation. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, Consumer, Industry, Medical Continue Reading Previous The second wave of smart speakers is comingNext Is the surveillance industry ripe for a storage change?
Tottenham boss Pochettino: Toughest time in five years hereby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino concedes they’re in crisis after their defeat at Brighton.Pochettino was expecting a response from his players, only for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to gift Neal Maupay a bizarre opener.The Spurs captain suffered a freak arm injury in the process, and Aaron Connolly compounded Tottenham’s problems by doubling Brighton’s lead on his first Premier League start.And although Spurs made a positive start to the second half, Connolly killed off any hope of them launching a fightback as the 19-year-old Irish striker produced a well-taken strike for his second goal to seal Brighton’s first home win since March.Pochettino said: “Hugo Lloris’ injury had massive impact on the game. It was so early in the game. To concede so early and losing our captain it had an emotional impact on the team. We tried to find solutions, a different way to play but it was impossible. It’s a very difficult moment.”I want to say thank you to the fans, it was a big effort to the fans and we put out that performance. We were at the top together but now we need to get more. It is not easy.”On how to improve, he added: “After five and a half years this is the first tough time we are having. There is a feeling that this is not good at the minute. We are feeling the emotion. I want to keep working hard and believing.”I hope the pressure is coming to me and leaves the pressure off the players. Now is a moment to be strong. We cannot underestimate the situation but we need to work. There is always the possibility to make us stronger.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
A resident of a southern Ontario First Nation surrounded by industrial facilities is taking the provincial government to court to demand it complete an air quality review promised eight years ago.Ada Lockridge of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, in an area known as “Chemical Valley” near Sarnia, Ont., first secured a commitment in 2009 from the Ministry of the Environment to review how air pollution is regulated where there are multiple emitters.Currently, the ministry only considers the emissions of one particular facility when issuing approvals and orders, not any cumulative effects from various facilities.The Environmental Bill of Rights sets out a legal duty for the ministry to complete a review like the one promised to Lockridge “within a reasonable time.”Eight years is not reasonable, Lockridge argues.“I don’t know if they’re waiting for me to die or what, but I’m still here and I haven’t given up yet,” the 54-year-old said in an interview.Lockridge submitted the 2009 application to protect all Ontario communities with significant sources of industrial air emissions, but also to protect herself, her daughter, and her community, her lawyer Kaitlyn Mitchell writes in the application for judicial review.“The closest industrial sources of air contaminants to Aamjiwnaang are adjacent to the reserve and across the street from important community institutions,” the application says.Aamjiwnaang residents have long complained of high rates of asthma, headaches, learning and behavioural problems in children, and miscarriages.A 2005 study of Aamjiwnaang birth records found that baby girls outnumbered boys by a two-to-one ratio. Tests performed years later by a McGill University professor suggested a possible link to pollution when he found that mothers and children were being exposed to higher-than-average levels of harmful hormone-blocking pollutants.Three years ago, after Ontario’s environmental commissioner raised the issue of the — then five years-delayed — review, Environment Minister Glen Murray said he would look into it immediately.The ministry now says its review will be complete and made public this fall. In a statement it noted that data from the local air monitoring station indicates that contaminants have decreased over the period.Lockridge is skeptical, saying the one monitoring station doesn’t provide enough information, for example what is in the air at a given time when there is an incident at a nearby facility.“They average it out for the whole year so we can’t even tell the days it was really bad,” she said. “I always have to question a lot of the things they say.”Dianne Saxe, the current environmental commissioner, said she has asked the ministry about the review nearly every month for the past year and a half.“For the people who breathe in that community, it doesn’t matter where the pollution comes from,” she said in an interview. “They are affected by the total level of contaminants.”The ministry has been busy lately, implementing two major pieces of legislation on waste and cap-and-trade, Saxe conceded.“I certainly have some sympathy for the ministry staff, who I know are working hard on a very difficult issue,” she said. “But when it comes right down to it, eight years is just outrageous.”
CALGARY – Calgary has pulled back from killing a bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games.City council was steering towards an off-ramp last week, but changed course and voted 9-6 in favour of continued work on a potential bid Monday.“I’m really happy that councillors . . . really spent a ton of time over the weekend considering their position, analyzing themselves, asking themselves questions about whether they were doing the right thing or not,” Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi said.“I was really encouraging my council colleagues to think about the big picture, about what we’d be giving up if we stop now.”The city will continue establishing a bid corporation, developing a public engagement campaign and planning a plebiscite for later this year.The proposed makeup of the bid corporation’s board of directors includes representation from Calgary and Canmore, Alta., the federal and provincial governments, the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic committees and Indigenous communities.Nenshi didn’t want the city to bail on a bid before the financial picture becomes clear or before Calgarians have a chance to say what they think.But some councillors were becoming uncomfortable with what they felt was a lack of clear information from city administration. A vote on a slate of motions keeping a bid on the table barely passed 8-6 in March.Councillors on a priority and finance committee voted 9-1 last week in favour of putting continued work on a bid to another vote.Sensing a bid was in jeopardy, Olympic and Paralympic athletes who live and train in the Calgary area began campaigning via letters and social media messages to councillors.Calgary’s chamber of commerce joined them saying Calgarians deserve to see the outcome of more rigorous exploration of a bid.“We’re happy we’ve lived to fight another day, although council has brought up some really important comments,” Olympic bobsledder Seyi Smith said Monday outside city council chambers.“The onus is really on us, the community, to make sure we do this properly.“Now that the bidco is going to be put together, whoever is on that committee, the entire city, our province, the country is going to be looking at you specifically. Can you do this right? We just hope you can.”Calgary was the host city of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Council heard Monday getting another 30 years out of the ’88 legacy facilities will cost between $200 million and $250 million.Nenshi has indicated a successful Calgary bid could bring in much-needed infrastructure money from the province and the feds.The International Olympic Committee’s deadline to submit 2026 bids is January 2019. The successful host city will be announced September 2019.A bid’s price tag is estimated at $30 million. Calgary and the provincial and federal governments have committed to a three-way split on the cost.The Alberta government is making its share conditional on Calgary holding a plebiscite to measure public enthusiasm for hosting another Winter Games.Calgary has already spent about $6 million. That sum includes the work of the Calgary Bid Exploration Committee which wrapped up its work late last year.CBEC concluded it would cost $4.6 billion to host the games, although council has since been told that estimate is likely too low.“There’s no business case to continue proceeding with an Olympics,” said Colin Craig, Alberta’s director of the Canadian Taxpayers Association. “The reality is, a lot of households and businesses are struggling right now.“If we go ahead and bid for the Olympics, you can imagine what’s going to happen to property taxes. The reality is there’s no money for an Olympic bid.”Coun. Jeromy Farkas listed a number of IOC corruption scandals in recent years among his reasons for opposing a bid.Former luger Jeff Christie countered the 1988 Games in Calgary and the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C. weren’t beset by corruption.“I think we have an opportunity to do it differently and as Canadians we won’t engage in that type of activity,” he said. “If we do proceed to a bid, I think we’ll stay above board.”
The thieves then loaded up a pair of duffle bags with 25 of the digital cameras, worth an estimated $10,000. Wright said that the two thieves were in and out of the store in less than a minute, and that the two were focused only on stealing the cameras, explaining that the pair ignored several pieces of stereo equipment that were sitting out in the open.According to the surveillance video, one of the suspects was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie, jeans, and dark-coloured running shoes. The other was wearing a grey hoodie, light gray sweatpants, and white Nike running shoes. It’s not known how old the suspects are or what their ethnicity is, since their faces were not caught on camera.Wright said that the two suspects likely walked in across the store’s front lawn, since the parking lot camera was not activated. It is not known if or what type of getaway vehicle the thieves used.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said that police are currently investigating the break-in, and are asking anyone with information to call the Fort St. John RCMP at (250) 787-8100, or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Mounties in Fort St. John are searching for two suspects who broke into Autographics Trim & Signs this week.Autographics co-owner Jason Wright said that the break-in happened at around 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning. According to surveillance video that the store posted on its Facebook page, two men smashed the front door to gain entry to the store, and proceeded smash a locked display case containing Go-Pro digital cameras.
California, Texas, Florida and Ohio.These four states are synonymous with historically dominant high school football, but three have a leg up on the other: Ohio is the only state out of the group that does not allow spring practices for high school football teams. It is time for that to change.As someone who played high school football in Ohio and has seen the game through the eyes of a coach, I know spring practice could be more than beneficial for the Ohio High School Athletic Association.I understand the health of the players is a concern, but even allowing non-contact practices at this time of year would help players get acclimated to a playbook and to each other.There is no arguing that California, Texas and Florida produce some of the best, if not the best, pro prospects coming out of college and I have to believe the extra practices have something to do with it.If Ohio wants to be a part of that conversation, adding just 10-15 spring practices could give it the boost it needs.California allows 10 practices, Texas allows 15, and Florida allows 20 practices while Ohio high school football players are either playing another sport or living in the weight room.According to multiple studies, Ohio ranked fifth in players born in the respective states behind California (224), Florida (186), Texas (147) and Georgia (91) that are currently in the NFL with 78.If you were wondering, Georgia also allows spring practice.I’m not saying that if Ohio allowed spring practice it would instantly produce more NFL players, but I am saying it would give more players a chance to shine on the field and get noticed.It would also give coaches — especially incoming coaches — a chance to see what their new team is capable of and develop a depth chart going into summer practice.I never had a chance of playing on the varsity squad as a sophomore in high school, but I was behind the eight-ball to begin with when I had to learn an entirely new playbook in just weeks before two-a-day sessions began in August.This is the dilemma that high school football players all over Ohio have to deal with, and if there is a player who is talented enough to get varsity time as a sophomore or even as a freshman, spring practice would get them ready to make an impact in the fall.For now, Ohio high school coaches will need to continue to prepare their teams as best they can in the weight room in the spring while other coaches in the football hotbeds are allowed to blow their whistles on the field and install their playbooks.Make the change, OHSAA. It’s for the kids.
Max Meyer’s Schalke career appears to be finished after he was banned from attending training sessions with the first-team for the rest of the seasonThe German midfielder previously announced that he will be leaving the Bundesliga side at the end of the season as a free agent and had publicly criticised Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel for the way he handled the contract negotiations with him.“I simply did not want to stay with Schalke and work under Heidel. It’s all about this. Lately, it just feels like bullying to me.” said Meyer, according to Sky Sports.Following that interview with the German publication Bild, Schalke has since banned Meyer from attending any further first-team training sessions.“We can’t tolerate such statements and such behaviour,” said Heidel.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are upset more by his accusations of bullying, which we strongly deny, than his untrue allegations. Schalke 04 have always behaved correctly to Max Meyer.”The 22-year-old has featured regularly for Schalke this season and has largely played the role of a holding midfielder this season.After leaving a training session on Wednesday with a foot injury, Meyer has since not appeared at the club and refused an MRI examination.“My impression for a long time was that Max felt at home here. That’s what he expressed to the coaching staff,” explained Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco.“I’m disappointed at his personal attacks and can’t fully understand them as they simply don’t add up.”
Brazil midfielder Fred has thanked Manchester United teammate Nemanja Matic after the Selecao’s 2-0 World Cup win over Serbia on Wednesday.He reckoned the towering midfielder will be a “great teammate” once the two join forces at Old Trafford next season.“It was a nice chat with him, he welcomed me for coming to the great club that is Manchester,” Fred said via ESPN.“We exchanged shirts, too, he will be a great teammate.”Neymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.With Brazil on to the round-of-16 in Russia, Fred admitted he hasn’t thought much about life at United just yet.He said: “It’s a big change, but I have not stopped yet … It still hasn’t set in, I’m very focused here on the World Cup.“I do not think much about it, but it’s a great club in Europe, it’s one of the biggest, so I’m very happy for that.”