Emmanuel Petit believes Arsenal would be wise to make a move for the “quality” James Rodriguez as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey.The Wales international is reportedly closing in on a free transfer to Juventus for next season with his contract at Arsenal to expire in June.Therefore, the Gunners are in need of a new star midfielder with the club’s highest earner Mesut Ozil struggling to find his best form.Young Barcelona star Denis Suarez has been touted as a potential signing with former Arsenal defender Lauren believing he would be a better option than James.But Petit, who himself starred in the Arsenal midfield between 1997 to 2000, thinks otherwise as James’ quality is a mixture of ex-Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas and Real Madrid playmaker Isco.The Colombia international’s loan deal at Bayern Munich will expire at the end of the season and it remains unclear whether or not the German giants will take their €42m buy option to sign him permanently from Real Madrid.And Petit believes Arsenal would be wise to make a move for James.“I have known James Rodriguez from when he played for Monaco and I think he is a very good attacking midfielder,” Petit told the Daily Mirror.“I believe he is a proper No. 10, I like him in the middle of the park controlling the game.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“He has this quality – it’s a mix of [Cesc] Fabregas and Isco – and I think he would be a very good signing for Arsenal.“If I had to choose between them [James and Suarez] – knowing the situation with Ramsey – Arsenal definitely need an attacking midfielder and need to get a player who has the personality to direct a game and not hide all the time.“I think James Rodriguez is one of them.”The French World Cup winner cannot understand why Ramsey would join Juventus in the first place and warned the Welsh star he’s making a “mistake”.“I don’t want to be negative but I don’t know why he is going to Juventus, honestly,” said Petit on Ramsey.“Serie A? It is not the Premier League guys.“The Premier League is the best in the world, it is the most competitive championship.“You see it every year, you have three or four teams fighting for the title.“You don’t see that in Italy, in Spain, or France or wherever so I think he is making a mistake.”
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The dramatic sell-off on Wall Street through most of the past two weeks could signal a capitulation-type blowout, giving fundamentals the upper hand for the next week.The current slide in stock prices, which on Friday briefly dragged the S&P 500 to levels not seen in more than a year, is reminiscent in breadth and tone of drop-downs seen during the Great Recession.Some argue the decline is warranted. In addition, the market has not seen the kind of sell-off in high volumes that signals a capitulation, and the S&P 500 could enter a bear market, more than 9% below current levels.From most indications the US economy is far from being in a recession, according to many market participants. The repricing in stocks could help the market shift back to fundamentals after years of focusing on the Federal Reserve and its ultra-low interest rate policy.That is welcome news for some in the market who have seen stocks trade on variables other than economic data and company earnings.”I actually am encouraged to see the market drop so we can just get to fair value and take it from there, then it is really determined by the path of the economy, and profits and revenues,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank in Chicago.”To me, this is really a result of Fed influence, just a reversing of all this Fed intervention.”Many point to a slowdown in China’s economy and its expected weight on global growth as a reason for the slide in stocks and the 12-year lows in crude oil futures.The Shanghai index closed Friday at its lowest level since December 2014, down more than 20% from its November high and nearly 44% from its 2015 high.”The spillover from China has been concentrated in crude oil and there are reports that commodity hedge funds have experienced a sharp increase in margin calls as the price of oil falls,” said Gail Dudack, chief investment strategist at Dudack Research Group in New York in a Friday note to clients.”Typical of most margin unwindings, selling will flow into equity markets since stocks are often the most liquid assets in portfolios. This explains why movements in the (S&P 500) have been closely aligned with crude oil in recent weeks.”Friday had some of a capitulation type feel, with 944 New York Stock Exchange issues hitting a 52-week low. It is only the fourth day since the end of 2008 that the number is above 900. It also was the seventh day in a row of more than 500 NYSE stocks at their lowest in at least a year, a streak not seen since October 2008 -the month following the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.Major indexes fell Friday for a third consecutive week. The S&P closed at its lowest since late August while the Nasdaq Composite ended at its lowest since October 2014.FUNDAMENTALS ON TAPUS markets are closed Monday for the Martin Luther King holiday and on Tuesday will reopen to fresh industrial output and retail sales data out of China. Chinese GDP data is also due Tuesday, late Monday on Wall Street.”Some of the (market) fears may be comforted if we get good numbers out of China Monday evening,” said Brian Jacobsen, chief portfolio strategist at Wells Fargo Funds Management in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.He said if next week’s US core inflation data does not surprise on the upside and manufacturing returns to expansion, investors could feel more comfortable returning to the stock market.”That in addition to strong earnings, of course.” Among the largest companies to report results next week are Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs in the financial world, while Starbucks and a handful of airlines will speak to the health of the consumer.
Dell Inc is set to announce an agreement on Monday to sell its non-core information technology consulting division to Japan’s NTT Data Corp for $3.5 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.The move will allow U.S. computer maker Dell to trim some of the $43 billion in debt it is taking on to fund its pending cash-and-stock acquisition of data storage provider EMC Corp, a deal worth close to $60 billion.The sale will also offer NTT Data, one of the world’s largest technology services companies, a bigger foothold in the United States, where it is looking to expand in healthcare IT, insurance and financial services consulting.Announcement of any agreement is subject to NTT Data’s board approving the deal when it meets in Tokyo, the people said, asking not to be identified because the transaction is not yet official.Dell has also made progress in syndicating $10 billion of its financing package for the EMC acquisition dubbed ‘term loan A’, the people said. This is expected to be increased in size by $500 million to $750 million due to strong demand, with the extra money to be used to downsize some of the more expensive tranches of the remaining $33 billion in financing, the people added.The group of banks participating in the term loan A has been expanded from the original eight underwriters to 25, with more expected to join before the syndication is completed in the next week, the people said.Dell declined to comment, while NTT Data did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Reuters had reported first on Feb. 12 that NTT Data was in exclusive talks to buy Dell’s IT services unit.Formerly known as Perot Systems, Dell’s IT services division is a major provider of technology consulting to hospitals and government departments. Founded in 1988 by former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot, it was acquired by Dell in 2009 for $3.9 billion.However, Dell has since divested some of the unit’s operations and integrated some others, which it is not including in the sale. Some of the unit’s capabilities were seen by Dell as redundant in the wake of the acquisition of EMC.Dell has also been speaking to private equity firms about selling Quest Software, which helps with information technology management, as well as SonicWall, an e-mail encryption and data security provider, Reuters has previously reported. Together, Quest and SonicWall could be worth up to $4 billion.Dell’s acquisition of EMC, which is backed by founder and Chief Excutive Michael Dell as well as private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is subject to approval by EMC shareholders. EMC is expected to hold a shareholder vote on the Dell deal in May, allowing for the transaction to be completed sometime between July and October.
Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo persons were killed in what the law enforcers called gunfights in Kushtia and Cox’s Bazar early Sunday.In Kushtia, the deceased Khokon Ali, aka Hatkata Thandu, 45, son of late Aijal Ali of Pukurpara in Alampur of Kushtia, was killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of robbers in Mollaeghoria Canal Para, Kushtia. He was accused in several cases including that of robbery, reports UNB.Being informed about a gunfight between the two groups of robbers, a team of police conducted a drive in the area around 1:30am, UNB quoted Nasir Uddin, officer-in-charge of Kushtia model police station as saying.Sensing the presence of police, the gang members opened fire on them and fled away the scene, he said.Later, police rescued Khokon as bullet hit and took him to Kushtia General Hospital where physicians declared him dead.Police recovered a foreign-made pistol and four rounds of bullets from the spot.In Cox’s Bazar, Ziaur Rahman Zia, 32, son of Md Islam of Marine Drive Road in Baharchhora union was killed in a gunfight between the two groups of drug traders early morning, reports UNB.Being informed about a gunfight, when a police team reached there, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight, UNB quoted Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station as saying.After a brief gunfight, police rescued Zia as bullet-hit condition, he added.Later, he was taken to Teknaf Upazila Health Complex where physicians declared him dead.Police said to have recovered three local arms and 20,000 yaba tablets from the spot.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.At least 437 people have fallen victims to extrajudicial killings across the country in 10 months from January this year, according to Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK).
Facebook-owned Oculus officially launched its Oculus Go virtual reality (VR) headset at the company’s F8 developer conference Tuesday. The headset is an attempt to kickstart mass VR adoption with a $199 price point and an all-in-one form factor. A weeklong test of a review unit supplied by Oculus showed that the company may be onto something here.First things first: The Oculus Go is a mobile all-in-one headset, so you won’t need to your phone or your computer to run VR games and experiences on it. It runs the same software as Samsung’s Gear VR headset, which means that over 1,000 apps developed over the past three years already work on it out of the box.This includes games like the new multiplayer space shooter Anshar Online and the VR puzzler favorite Land’s End, entertainment apps like Netflix and Hulu as well as everything from guided meditation apps to VR roller coasters. In addition, Oculus is launching a new version of its Rooms app on the device, which allows users to meet up with friends and listen to music, play games or simply chat and hang out together. The performance of the Oculus Go seemed to be roughly equal to mobile VR headsets like the Gear VR, and adequate for most of the content available on the Oculus store. However, there were instances when the Go seemed to get a bit out of breath. Oculus allows users to stream their VR sessions live to Facebook, but turning it on at times significantly impacted the performance of the headset, making browsing through menus a bit painful, and causing the audio in one of the apps to stutter. Other apps, however, seemed to perform fine while being live streamed.Go wireless, one way or anotherSpeaking of comparing the Go and Gear VR: The biggest difference between the two devices, other than the absence of a phone on the Go, is input. Samsung launched the Gear VR without any external controller back in 2015, and instead integrated a touch pad on the right temple.Fast forward to 2018, and the Gear VR has a controller very similar to the one that’s shipping with the Go — but the touchpad is still there. That’s useful if you ever misplace the controller, but it can also be annoying when you accidentally launch apps, or misfire during a game, just because you try to adjust the headset. All of that won’t happen with the Go, which only has a volume rocker and power button on top of the display area.Not using a phone for mobile VR also comes with a few minor downsides. For one, there is currently no way to get phone notifications on the device. When you are in VR, you are in VR, and you might miss any incoming calls. Then again, you also won’t be bothered with any app notifications that you don’t want to be bothered by anyway, so there’s always a silver lining.Not using your phone also means that you won’t be able to access some of your phone’s unique other features. Gear VR owners can cast their gameplay to any Chromecast-equipped TV. This makes it much easier to show off a VR game, and can make the experience of wearing a headset in the presence of others a bit more social. Oculus Go is not a Google-sanctioned Android device, which is why casting is not supported. Go try it onThe Go is a headset that offers what VR insiders call three degrees of freedom. The action of VR games will happen all around you, but you can’t truly lean in, or walk within a game, as you could with higher-end VR devices like the Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR. Similarly, the controller can be used to point at objects, and swipe through menus with a built-in trackpad, but you won’t be able to reach out, or bring your virtual hand up to your face.The headset comes with integrated speakers that pipe stereo sound straight to your ears. That works surprisingly well if you use it at home, or anywhere else where it is quiet enough — there isn’t really any isolation to mute outside noises. Likewise, the speakers aren’t all that private, and instead just blast any audio loud enough for everyone nearby to hear. Luckily, there’s also a headphone jack to add your own earbuds.Wearing the Go is reasonably comfortable. It’s not super light, and weighs about the same as other phone-based VR headsets. But the straps hold it well in place, and it still feels okay on your face even after extended wearing. There was some light creeping in from the nose area, which doesn’t have a whole lot of padding, but the effect wasn’t too distracting.Go ahead, read the specsFacebook has done a lot to get you the most bang for your buck. The Go uses a 2560 x 1440 pixel LCD screen that’s capable of a frame rate of up to 72Hz, and it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor — all optimized for VR usage.The result is that the picture quality is truly remarkable, especially if you have seen other mobile headsets in the past. Sure, if you pay close attention, you’ll still see those pixels, but everything is rendered very smoothly, and the image quality generally felt on par, if not even better, than those of a Gear VR with a Samsung Galaxy S8. Except for one thing: Samsung’s phones use OLED screens, and the Go’s LCD simply can’t match those blacks, with dark sequences instead looking a bit more grey and washed out. The awkward moment when you realize that not all Gear VR apps are optimized for the Oculus Go yet.Android users may miss a few other essentials they are used to from their phone. There is no file manager for the Go for instance, and the device also doesn’t offer a way to quickly see how much storage you have used. The Go will however warn users when they only have 2GB of storage left, and repeat that warning at the 500 MB mark. Oculus is also selling a 64 GB version for VR pack rats for $249 — but it would have been nice if the company had included an SD card slot for users to manually add storage.Finally, the two headsets are binary compatible on paper, which means that apps for the Go will run on the Gear VR, and vice versa. But in practice, it will take some time for developers to really embrace the new headset.Until then, you’ll likely see a virtual representation of the Gear VR controller in many Go apps and games. That’s admittedly only a visual oddity, which doesn’t affect the actual usage. It’s more confusing when you find out that some inventive developers figured out ways to incorporate the heart rate monitor of a Samsung phone into their meditation app — and now ask you to use that non-existent heart rate monitor on your Go.Go check out these shiny new thingsCoinciding with the launch of the Go, Oculus is also launching a new version of its social Rooms app — and the relaunch is actually really well done. There is a new avatar creation process, and users get to get together in their own customized rooms with up to four friends to watch videos, listen to music together, play Hasbro tabletop games and simply chat with each other.Users can also meet up in rooms, and then enter other social VR apps together, and the entire experience feels very well-designed and natural. Oculus clearly has big plans for social VR, and this seems like a great starting point. CREDIT: Courtesy of Facebook Playing Games in Oculus Rooms.Oculus is also promising to launch a new venues app as well as a TV app in the near future, both of which is supposed to make it easier to find things to do when you put on your headset. Neither app was ready during the test period though. The TV app is supposed to launch with support for Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, Pluto TV and others later in May. Popular on Variety However, Oculus did line up a number of games and other titles in time for the launch of the Go, and some of them really make the headset shine. Anshar Online, the aforementioned space shooter, just looks gorgeous, and makes you forget that you only have a $200 device strapped to your head. Virtual Virtual Reality, which has been a hit on Daydream, is finally making its way to Oculus. And Coaster Combat, a VR roller coaster slash shooter, is, pardon the pun, quite a ride.Go ahead, buy it if you don’t already have a headsetAt $199, the Oculus Go is almost a no brainer. If you don’t have a VR headset yet but want to explore the medium without spending an arm and a leg, the Go is the right device for you. If you are already a VR convert, and want to convince others, $199 is also a very giftable price point. And if you have an iPhone, the Go is really the first viable and affordable way to explore mobile VR.Granted, the Go doesn’t offer advanced tracking, which means that a lot of truly immersive VR remains out of reach with this device. But taking the plunge to high-end VR still requires a significant commitment. Gaming PCs required to run high-end VR cost $800 to $1000, and high-end VR headsets start at $400. Only PlayStation VR is significantly cheaper, especially if you already have a PlayStation 4. But even then, high-end VR requires a lot more setup work, whereas the Go works out of the box.That being said, there is no real reason to switch if you already have a Gear VR, or even a Daydream for that matter. Mobile VR is what it is — a stepping stone that promises to be a lot of fun until a better version comes around. The iPod that came before the iPhone, if you will.Virtual reality will truly unleash its potential once high-end all-in-one devices with positional tracking, which combine the ease-of-use of the Go with the immersion of a Rift or HTC Vive, become available to consumers — but that likely won’t happen until next year at the earliest. Until then, the Go is a great entry-level VR device. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. 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