Another blue diamond found

first_imgA miner holding the Cullinan Diamond. Stone mine managers houses beautiful preserved. A replica Cullinan Diamond, with the nine stones it was cut into. The mine now, with the big hole in the background. The early workings, with coco pans carrying the rock from the mine surface.(Images: Petra Diamonds)MEDIA CONTACTS • Cathy MalinsCorporate Communications Manager,Petra Diamonds+27 (0)44 20 7494 8203• Dave Alderson-SmithCurator, McHardy House Museum+27 (0)12 734 1415Lucille DavieA rare 25.5 carat blue diamond was found at the Cullinan Mine, the third biggest diamond producer in South Africa, last month. Blue diamonds are among the rarest and most highly coveted of all diamonds and the Cullinan mine is the most important source of blues in the world, according to Petra Diamonds, the company that owns the mine.“They are so rare that there aren’t official statistics on their discovery rate,” says Cathy Malins, Petra’s corporate communications manager. In the five years that Petra has operated the mine, over 15-million tons of rock have been brought to the surface, producing about 5-million carats but only three world-class blue diamonds, she adds.A carat refers to the weight of a diamond. One carat weighs 0.2 grams. The diamonds are recovered from one of the biggest kimberlite pipes in the world. Kimberlite is named after the South African diamond mining town of Kimberley, where the gems were first discovered in the country. It refers to a type of potassic volcanic rock known to contain diamonds.Cullinan is some 40km northeast of Pretoria in Gauteng Province. The mine goes to a depth of 732 metres, where this blue diamond was found. “Once the ore is transported to surface, it goes through the processing plant and the blue diamond was recovered during the normal process of concentrating underground material, with final recovery by method of x-ray,” says Malins.In the past five years, several blue diamonds have been recovered at Petra, including a 26.6 carat rough stone which was cut into a flawless and vivid blue 7 carat stone that sold for US$9.49-million – or US$1.35-million per carat – on auction in May 2009. At the time, it was the highest price per carat for any gemstone sold on auction, and the highest price for a blue diamond sold on auction. It was named the Star of Josephine by its new owner, a Hong Kong property tycoon.Malins indicates that it is not clear exactly at present what will be done with the latest discovery. “The blue is currently being evaluated in order to decide the best route to market,” she says.In all, the Cullinan Mine has yielded 11 rare blues which were displayed in 2000 at London’s Millennium Dome alongside the Millennium Star. Famous larger blues recovered at the mine include the 27 carat vivid blue Heart of Eternity, and an unnamed 39.2 carat rough blue which was recovered and sold in 2008.Petra Diamonds indicates that demand for the gems continues to rise, particularly in developing countries like China and India. “Demand growth for diamonds in emerging markets is expected to continue as global wealth and consumer spending increase,” says the mining house.At present, there are 30 significant diamond mines operating in the world today. “To date, the most important discoveries (other than Argyle in Australia) have clustered into three regions of the world: southern Africa, Siberia, and western Canada.”The Cullinan DiamondThe world’s most famous diamond was found in Cullinan around 1905 by Frederick Wells. Thomas Cullinan had bought the farm Elandsfontein in 1903 when he heard that an English prospector, Perceval Tracey, had found a three carat diamond on the neighbouring farm. The diamond was found nine metres down, protruding from the pit wall.Known as the Cullinan Diamond, it was 3 106 carats and measured 10.5cm across, and was as large as a man’s fist. The huge diamond was cut into nine diamonds of varying sizes, the largest, named Cullinan 1 or The Great Star of Africa, weighed 530.2 carats. It is the second largest polished diamond in the world. It, together with the lesser Star of Africa or Cullinan II, forms part of the British Imperial State Crown, and are on display in the Tower of London. They were given to King Edward VII of England on his 66th birthday.The largest polished diamond in the world, the 545 carat Golden Jubilee, also comes from Cullinan. Thomas Cullinan, who was later knighted, was a building contractor. His house, on the ridge in Parktown, Johannesburg, still exists. He remained involved in the mine until 1923, when he resigned as chairman. He died in 1936.Other large diamondsOther large diamonds recovered at Cullinan include the Premier Rose (353 carats), the Niarchos (426 carats), the De Beers Centenary (599 carats), the Golden Jubilee (755 carats) and the famous Taylor-Burton diamond (69 carats). More recently, the Cullinan Heritage, with 507 carats, was recovered and sold for US$35.3-million in 2010, the highest price ever obtained for a rough diamond.Over the years, the mine has produced more than 750 stones weighing more than 100 carats, 130 stones weighing more than 200 carats, and around a quarter of all diamonds weighing more than 400 carats. Prospects for its future are good – it has been estimated that the lifespan of the mine could still be more than 50 years.Petra acquired the Cullinan Mine in 2008, and has interests in eight other mines, seven of which are in South Africa; one is in Tanzania. It also has an exploration programme in Botswana.When the mine was first established, about 26 000 workers were employed in the operation. Nowadays, just 1 000 people work the mine, going down 760 metres by means of 560 kilometres of tunnels. The early excavations have left a large hole, which is three times bigger than the more famous Kimberley hole in the Northern Cape. The vast hole measures a kilometre across and half-a-kilometre wide, and leaves a gap going down into the earth of 700 metres. It is continually widening, as 80 000 tons of rock fall into it every year.Original villageThe original village of Cullinan is largely intact, with a row of semi-detached stone Edwardian houses on either side of Oak Street, now converted into curio and craft shops, interspersed with coffee shops and restaurants. Larger houses within the mine property, with their green roofs and white fascias, belonged to mine managers. A Masonic Hall, a number of churches and a recreation hall, all dating back to the early 1900s and built in local sandstone, indicate the diversity of the early mining community. These days the village consists of 460 houses.The McHardy House Museum in Oak Street belonged to William and Evalina McHardy and their seven children. McHardy was the general manager of the mine and the house was built in 1903. After the deaths of the two daughters in 1984, the mine bought the contents of the house and turned it into a museum. The museum, like many other shops and restaurants in the village, is open every day except Tuesdays.A steam train leaves from Pretoria on the weekends, taking commuters for a day trip to the village and back again. Several tour companies offer tours of the mine and village, providing an informative look inside the operation of hauling large skips above ground, taking the rock to be crushed and washed, and once fine sorting has taken place, to be hauled off to join a mountain of discarded rock being created west of the site.Visitors walk near the big hole. Jacaranda, pepper and coral trees that dot the site, are reminders of another time. The tour ends in the mine shop, where diamonds ranging from R23 000 to R2.3-million can be bought. Diamond cutting can also be observed.On display is a 66-faceted diamond, referred to proudly as the Cullinan cut, a cut that is unique to the Cullinan Mine. A glance at the diamond through a magnifying glass reveals a beautifully crafted gemstone.last_img read more

Air France offers free flights to help Notre Dame

first_imgThe fire ravages Notre Dame. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Air France is to offer free flights to people involved in the reconstruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.The 850-year-old cathedral was extensively damaged in a fire Monday night that ripped through its spire and roof for several hours, shocking people around the world.More than 600m euros have already been pledged to restore the cathedral, one of the world’s iconic cultural attractions.READ:  Air France innovations help take the stress out of travel.Although the famous bell towers and rose windows remain intact, there is damage to the building’s medieval wooden structures as well as worries about the effect of the fire on its stonework and even its much-photographed gargoyles.Some experts are asking whether the work of the original artisans can be recreated but the feeling is strong that it should be rebuilt.French President Emmanuel Macron this week pledged to rebuild the cathedral within five years, saying  France will mobilize for the effort.“We are a people of builders,’’ he said. “We have so much to rebuild and we will rebuild. We will make it even more beautiful than before and I want it done within the next five years.”However, experts say the project could take a decade and possibly longer.The French national carrier, part of the wider Air France-KLM Group, said staff had been deeply affected and saddened by the fire.It said Air France-KLM chief executive Benjamin Smith had joined with the aviation group’s president and Air France chief executive Anne Rigail to allow the carrier to “ensure the free transport of all the official actors who will take part in the reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris”.“In addition, the Air France-KLM Group will set up a voluntary collection system for its customers in the coming days to help finance the reconstruction work,” it said.Other companies to pledge support for the reconstruction include tech giant Apple as well as the owners of investment firm Artemis, luxury brand LVMH and L’Oreal.last_img read more

12 Unit Testing Tips for Software Engineers

first_imgUnit Testing isone of the pillars of Agile Software Development. First introduced by Kent Beck, unit testing has found its way intothe hearts and systems of many organizations. Unit tests help engineers reduce the number of bugs, hours spent on debugging, andcontribute to healthier, more stable software.In this post we look ata dozen unit testing tips that software engineers can apply, regardless of their programming language orenvironment.1. Unit Test to Manage Your Risk A newbie might ask Why should I write tests? Indeed, aren’t tests boringstuff that software engineers want to outsource to those QA guys?That’s a mentalitythat no longer has a place in modern software engineering. The goal of software teamsis to produce software of the highest quality. Consumers and business users wererightly intolerant of buggy software of the 80s and 90s. But with theabundance of libraries, web services and integrated development environmentsthat support refactoring and unit testing, there’s now no excuse for software with bugs.The idea behind unit testing is to create a set of tests for each software component.Unit tests facilitate continuous software testing; unlike manual tests, it’s cheapto perform them repeatedly.As your system expands, so does the body of unit tests.Each test is an insurance that the system works. Having a bug in the code means carrying a risk.Utilising a set of unit tests, engineers can dramatically reduce number of bugsand the risk with untested code.2. Write a Test Case Per Major Component When you start unit testing, always ask What Tests Should IWrite?The initial impulse isto write a bunch of functional tests; i.e., tests that probe different functions of the system. This isnot correct. The right thing is to create a test case (a set of tests) for each major component.The focus of the test is one component at a time. Within each component, look for an interface –a set of publicly exposed behaviour that component offers. You then should write at least one test per public method.3. Create Abstract Test Case and Test Utilities As with any code, there will be common thingsall your tests need to do. Start with finding a unit testing for your language. For example, in Java, engineers useJUnit – a simple yet powerful framework for writing tests in Java.The framework comes with TestCase class, the base class for all tests. Addconvenient methods and utilities applicable to your environment. This way, all your tests cases can share thiscommon infrastructure.4. Write Smart Tests Testing is time-consuming, so ensureyour tests are effective. Good tests probe the core behaviour of each component, but do it with the least code possible.For example, there is very little reason in writing tests for Java Bean setter and gettermethods, for these will be tested anyway.Instead, write a test that focuses on the behaviour of the system. You don’t need to becomprehensive; create the tests that come to mind now, then be ready to come back to add more.5. Set up Clean Environment for Each Test Software engineers are always concerned with efficiency, so when they hearthat each test needs to be set up separately they worry about performance. Yet setting up each test correctlyand from scratch is important. The last thing you want is for the test to fail because it used some oldpiece of data from another test. Ensure each test is set up properly and don’tworry about efficiency.In cases when you have a common environment for all tests – which doesn’t change astests run – you can add a static set up block to your base test class.6. Use Mock Objects To Test Effectively Setting up tests is not thatsimple; and at first glance sometimes seems impossible.For example, if using Amazon Web Services in your code, how can you simulate it in the testwithout impacting the real system?There are a couple of ways. You can createfake data and use that in tests. In the system that has users, a special set of accountscan be utilised exclusively for testing.Running tests against a production system is risky: what if something goes wrong and youdelete actual user data? An alternative is fake data, called stubs or mock objects.A mock object implements a particular interface, but returns predetermined results.For example, you can create a mock object for Amazon S3 which always reads files from your local disk.Mock objects are helpful when testing complex systems with lots of components. In Java,several frameworks help create mock objects, most notably JMock.7. Refactor Tests When You Refactor the Code Testing only pays if you really invest in it. Not onlydo youneed to write tests, you also need to ensure they’re up to date. When adding a new method to a component, you need to add one or more correspondingtests. Just like you should clean out unused code, also remove tests that are no longerapplicable.Unit tests are particularly helpful when doing large refactorings. Refactoringfocuses on continuous sculpting of the code to help itstay correct. After you move code around and fix the tests, rerunning all the related testsensures you didn’t break anything while changing the system.8. Write Tests Before Fixing a Bug Unit tests are effective weapons in the fight against bugs.When you uncover a problem in your code, write a test that exposes this problem beforefixing the code. This way, if the problem reappears, it will be caught with the test.It is important to do this since you can’t always write comprehensive tests right away.When youadd a test for a bug, you’re filling in the gap in your original tests in a disciplined way.9. Use Unit Tests to Ensure Performance In addition to guarding correctness of the code,unit tests can help ensure the performance of your code doesn’t degrade over time.In many systems slowness creeps in as the system grows.To write performance tests, you need toimplement start and stop functions in your base test class. When appropriate you canuse a time-particular method or code and assert that the elapsed time is within the limitsof the desired performance.10. Create Tests for Concurrent Code Concurrent code is notoriously tricky andtypically a source of many bugs. This is whyit’s important to unit test concurrent code. The way to do this is by using a system of sleeps and locks.You can write in sleep calls in your tests if you need to wait for a particular system state.While this is not a 100% correct solution, in many cases it’s sufficient. To simulate concurrency in a moresophisticated scenario, you need to pass locks around to the objects you’re testing.In doing so, you will be able to simulate concurrent system, but sequentially.11. Run Tests Continuously The whole point of tests is to runthem a lot. Particularly in larger teams where dozensof developers are working on a common code base, continuous unit testing is important. You canset up tests to run every few hours or you can run them on each check-in of the code or just once a day (typically overnight).Decide which method is the most appropriate for your project and make the tests run automatically andcontinuously.12. Have Fun Testing! Probably the most important tip is to have fun. When I first encountered unit testing, Iwas sceptical and thought it was just extra work. But I gave it a chance, because smart people whoI trusted told me that it’s very useful.Unit testing puts yourbrain into a state which is very different from coding state. It is challenging to think aboutwhat is a simple and correct set of tests for this given component.Once you start writing tests, you’d wonder how you ever got by without them. To make tests even morefun, you can incorporate pair programming.Whether you get together with fellow engineers to write tests or write tests for eachother’s code, fun is guaranteed. At the end of the day, you will be comfortable knowingyour system really works because your tests pass.And now please join the conversation! Share unit testing lessons from your projects with all of us. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex iskold 1 Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Analysis#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

20 Questions on SSD #4: How consistent is the performance of your SSD?

first_img20 Questions on SSD: Things you’ll want to ask.Question #4: How consistent is the performance of your SSD?In the last few blogs of our 20 questions on SSD series, we looked at OEM qualification, endurance, and power loss protection. In this blog, we’ll look at a question that’s critical to performance in RAID sets and planning in your data center, “How consistent is the performance of your SSD?”We’ve talked about SSDs in the past with analogies using cassette tapes, Peter Frampton, and my vintage Honda Civic… This time, we’ll use the 1981 Yamaha XJ550 Seca I started riding in the late 80s. Let’s just say it was well worn (+50k miles) when I bought it for a mere $250 in 1988. It was a sweet ride and great on gas, exciting as I was completely broke at the time. The point here is it was a great bike… although it did have a small problem with the starter. Sometimes the starter worked, sometimes it didn’t, sometimes my 119 pound self just had to push start it, and most of the time I parked at the top of a hill just in case.I never knew whether or not the starter would behave which was terribly frustrating. I could have used a little consistency.. which brings me to my point about SSDs. Planning in the Enterprise data center requires components that perform consistently and SSDs are no exception.So let’s start with a couple of graphs, these are from some testing we did internally at our lab in the NVM (Non-Volatile Memory) Solutions Group here at Intel. The 1st graph on the left (in blue) is an Intel SSD DC3500 Series drive performing a mixed 70/30 read/write workload with 4k blocks across the whole span of the drive at a queue depth of 4. We used Iometer and a recent Intel Xeon E5-2600 server to create this load on the SSD. You’ll notice that the performance over time averages between 20-22k IOPS consistently during the entire duration of the test series. Next let’s look at a really good drive of the same capacity as the Intel SSD DC S3500 Series from a top manufacturer on the right (in red).This graph is the result of running the exact same workload in the exact same configuration as the Intel SSD. You’ll notice immediately that if you average out the IOPS of both the Intel SSD and this other SSD, the other SSD is a bit lower… but pretty close. You’ll also notice that the other SSD occasionally peaks at about 2x IOPS, but also dips to only 70% the IOPS we see from the Intel SSD. We’ve found this type of inconsistent performance behavior in many of the SSDs we’ve evaluated internally from other manufacturers.Now take a look at the RAID 0 scaling tests we did with the same drives. We used RAID 0 for demonstration purposes as it requires the least amount of overhead from the RAID controller. Perfect linear scaling is shown in gray, good scaling from a consistent SSD is shown in blue, and poor scaling from an inconsistent SSD is shown in red. What we found here is that the worst element in a RAID set dictates the overall performance of the array in general. In other words, you really can’t duplicate Shakespeare’s work by running a tornado through a pile of random shredded documents.Now let’s frame this in terms of the Enterprise data center. For example, I’m planning for a new SQL database (DB) deployment and I’m putting SSDs in a RAID 5 for my main database files and a RAID 10 for my log files. The question is, “Do I want to plan around a drive that delivers the same consistent performance regularly?” I know that Intel Data Center SSD is going to cost a little more than the competition. However, my alternative is to deal with inconsistent performance and the potential for application problems that would be difficult to troubleshoot and impossible to reproduce. It’s akin to asking whether or not you want a guitar amplifier that “goes to 11”… as long as you’re OK with a volume knob that sticks at “7” on an unpredictable basis. And… unlike my erratic starter in that XJ550 Seca, I can’t exactly park my database at the top of a hill every time and give it the old run, jump, & bump. I know which SSD I’d prefer for my production environment.Consistency in performance, much like OEM qualification, endurance, and power loss protection are critical to data center deployments and come built-in with every member of the Intel Data Center Family of SSDs. I’ll be back in a few weeks to talk about more SSD goodness in the 5th installment of our 20 questions blog, see you then…- ChrisChristian Black is a Datacenter Solutions Architect covering the HPC and Big Data space within Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. He comes from a 23 year career in Enterprise IT.Follow Chris on Twitter at @RekhunSSDs. #ITCenter #SSDlast_img read more

Ronaldo: ‘I’d only play Champions League’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo admits he is driven by the “important games” and would only play “for the national team and in the Champions League” with Juventus if he could. The 34-year-old has won most of what’s on offer at club level and is motivated by the games where he can feel the “pressure”. “I’ll tell you, if it were up to me, I would only play some important games,” the Portuguese international said in an interview with France Football. “Those of the national team and in the Champions League. “It’s these kinds of games that emerge, those with something at stake, with a difficult environment, with pressure.” But he concedes that he always gives his all when he enters the pitch, whilst he doesn’t care too much about the reactions from the outside world. “You have to be a professional and perform well every day, to honour your family and the club you represent, the ones who pay you. For the rest, I do not give much importance to the reactions I get from the public,” he added. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Liverpool boss is Guardiola’s ‘Klopptinite’!

first_imgLiverpool Klopptinite! Liverpool boss boasts best managerial record against Guardiola Harry Sherlock 02:48 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Pep Guardiola Liverpool Manchester City Getty Images Liverpool Manchester City Premier League Liverpool v Manchester City Jürgen Klopp Guardiola Stats The Reds manager has now beaten his Manchester City counterpart on five occasions, more than the likes of Jose Mourinho and Luis Enrique Liverpool’s breathless 4-3 win over Manchester City should have come as no surprise to Jurgen Klopp, who now holds the best record of any manager against Pep Guardiola.The Reds’ triumph, which ended City’s 30-game unbeaten league run in the process, made it five wins for Klopp against Guardiola, more than Jose Mourinho (4), Arsene Wenger (3) and Luis Enrique (2).Klopp’s Dortmund beat Pep’s Bayern three times – 4-2 in the 2013-14 German Super Cup final, 3-0 in Bundesliga in that same season and 2-0 in the 2014 Super Cup final – while his Liverpool side have now won twice, after also beating them 1-0 in the Premier League last term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player 5 – Jurgen Klopp has beaten Pep Guardiola on five different occasions in all competitions; more than any other manager. Flattened. pic.twitter.com/IA5UVmza7Z — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 14, 2018 Dortmund also defeated Bayern on penalties in a 2015 German Cup semi-final, but that statistically counts as a draw as opposed to a victory.Despite Liverpool’s efforts, City remain 15 points clear of the chasing pack – Manchester United, Chelsea and Klopp’s men all have 47 points – but the gap could be cut to 12 if United defeat Stoke City at Old Trafford on Monday.The Reds’ victory also moves them three points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, and eight ahead of Arsenal, who lost 2-1 to Bournemouth on Sunday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Ohio State womens soccer beats Indiana qualifies for Big Ten tournament

The Ohio State women’s soccer team ended its regular season on a high note Sunday afternoon, knocking off Indiana, 3-0, on Senior Day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. With the win, OSU finishes the regular season with a 10-8-1 record. More importantly, the Buckeyes’ 5-5-1 mark within the conference is good for seventh-place and earns the team qualification into the Big Ten tournament, to be held Nov. 2-6 at Northwestern. Senior goalie Katie Baumgardner, who recorded her sixth shutout of the season, said getting a win and a clean sheet in her last home game was the ideal situation. “It couldn’t have gotten any better,” she said. “We got everyone on the field so that was our goal and I’m just happy we got the win and are moving on.” Junior forward Tiffany Cameron and senior forward Caitlyn Martin had first half goals for the Buckeyes, while junior midfielder Kendyl Reed tallied a score in the second half. Martin said that scoring a goal to go along with the victory was “icing on the cake.” “It was really special,” she said. “We have a great senior group and we’re really close so it was really special to go out here on our last day in the Jesse and get a win and play for each other. It was a great team effort.” The victory was No. 49 for the women’s soccer 2011 senior class, moving them into a tie for second place along with the 2006 class for the winningest four-year group in program history, two wins behind the top-mark of 51 achieved by last year’s class. With the possibility to play up to three games in the conference tournament, the 2011 class will have a chance to tie or eclipse that number. “This is a really competitive group of girls,” Baumgardner said. “I’m sure we’re going to try and get those last two (wins) to at least tie it up, and with three more wins we would win the Big Ten tournament so that would be ideal. Hopefully we get there, too.” Coach Lori Walker said that the thing that stands out most about the seniors is the quality of their character. “From top to bottom I think they’re just some of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with,” she said. “…Anytime you can have nine seniors go from the beginning to the end together it’s a testament to their strength.” The Buckeyes will take on Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Wednesday at a time yet to be determined. OSU defeated the Fighting Illini, 2-1, in the teams’ regular season matchup in Columbus on Sept. 23 for the program’s 200th victory. Stay tuned to the Lantern for a preview of the Buckeyes in the Big Ten tournament later this week. read more

Conte believes Burnley is an easier job than Chelsea

first_imgAntonio Conte is certain that Sean Dyche enjoys an easier job at Burnley, than he currently has with ChelseaThe two sides will meet later today at Turf Moor with Chelsea looking to grab the necessary three points to maintain their slim hopes of making the top four alive.But Burnley are no pushovers and have emerged as the surprise of the season with Sean Dyche’s side currently challenging Arsenal for sixth place in the Premier League standings with just two points separating the pair.While hailing the achievements that his counterpart has managed this season, Conte admitted that he feels that Dyche has a “more simple” job than he does at Chelsea.“I think he is doing an important job,” said Conte, according to Football365.“He is doing a great job this season.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“But if you start the ­season to fight to avoid the relegation zone it is more simple. It is more simple also if you have a small budget because you can count on a team that in the past reached qualification to play again in the league.“It is more difficult when you have to prepare the transfer market to win something because only one team wins. The others must see the other team win.“It is more simple because you have to avoid the last three places at the bottom and then you can stay between 10 teams. You can play only for this target.“Then, if you have a good base and in the previous season played very well, you can count on this. You have to fight only to avoid this.“It is difficult if you have to play to win because only one team wins and if the other doesn’t win you are the first to speak about a failed season. If you don’t win the FA Cup, the league, the Carabao Cup, the season is a failure and, for this ­reason, it is more difficult to play for this target.”last_img read more

Saul Ñíguez risked his own health for Atletico

first_imgThe Atletico Madrid footballer remembers his worst injury with his club that leaves him with problems for months after itAtletico Madrid midfielder Saul Ñíguez was hit in the kidney by Kyriakos Papadopoulos in a UEFA Champions League match in the 2014-2015 season.This left him injured for many months and was the worst time the Spanish footballer had in his professional life.“I had to risk my own health to defend Atletico Madrid’s colors,” Saul was quoted by Spanish newspaper AS.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We were going to the hospital in the ambulance and Saul, crying, told me he didn’t feel his arms and legs,” Saul’s father Jose Antonio told French magazine So Foot.“He told me he was prepared to have his kidney striped that stop playing football, but German [Burgos] convinced him not to do it.”According to Saul’s dad, the Atletico Madrid assistant coach told him “Do not take it off, after football, there is still a long life to live.”last_img read more