a month agoREVEALED: Tension between Barcelona teammates Messi and Griezmann

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Tension between Barcelona teammates Messi and Griezmannby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi is yet to fully embrace the arrival of new Barcelona teammate Antoine Griezmann.AS says there’s some tension between the pair, with Griezmann sensing Messi isn’t fully supportive of his signing. Indeed, Messi went public last week with his disappointment that Neymar couldn’t be re-signed from PSG.Tuesday’s disappointing 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund was Messi’s first appearance of the season.Inside the club, meanwhile, there is confidence the frostiness between the pair will ease once they start winning games together. last_img

Plane carrying Cardiff City’s new signing Emiliano Sala goes missing

first_imgPlane carrying Cardiff City’s new signing Emiliano Sala goes missingCardiff City’s new signing Emiliano Sala has gone missing after the light aircraft he was travelling in disappeared between France and England.advertisement Reuters ParisJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 19:51 IST Emiliano Sala had scored 12 goals for Nantes this season before joining Cardiff City. (@CardiffCityFC Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEmiliano Sala was boarded in the light aircraft along with one other personThe plane lost radar contact after descending to the altitude of 2,300 feetSala joined Cardiff from Nante last week for a club record fee of 17 million eurosNewly signed Cardiff City soccer player Emiliano Sala was missing on Tuesday after the light aircraft he was travelling in disappeared between France and England the previous evening, France’s civil aviation authority said.Rescue helicopters and boats searched more than 1,000 square miles off the Channel Islands for the single-engine Piper Malibu that was flying Sala from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff when it lost radar contact off Guernsey late on Monday.The 28-year-old Argentine forward joined Premier League strugglers Cardiff City from FC Nantes last week for a club record fee of about 17 million euros ($19 million). He had played in France since 2012.”At this time no trace of the missing aircraft had been found,” Guernsey police said.A spokeswoman for the DGAC aviation authority confirmed Sala had been on board.The plane had been cruising at 5,000 feet when the pilot requested to descend to a lower altitude on passing Guernsey. It lost radar contact at 2,300 feet, the police added.John Fitzgerald, chief executive of Channel Islands Air Search, said: “From what I gather, nothing has been seen as yet. If they are wearing the right dry suits or they got into a life raft, then the probability is not too bad.”If they are in the water without any protection, the water is really too cold at the moment for any form of survival beyond an hour or so,” Fitzgerald told Sky TV.Sala’s father told Argentine TV channel C5N: “I didn’t know anything because I’m away from home, I’m a truck driver. A friend who saw it on TV told me. I’m in despair. I pray that this ends well.”advertisementCardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman said the club was “very concerned”. The club tweeted a video clip of Sala last week saying: “It gives me great pleasure and I can’t wait to start training, meet my new team mates and get down to work.”Sala scored 12 goals for Nantes this season. Officials of the Ligue 1 club did not immediately comment.France’s soccer federation said it had postponed Nantes’s French Cup last-32 game against Entente Sannois-Saint Gratien which had been scheduled for Wednesday.Also Read | Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin ruled out for the rest of the seasonAlso Read | Cristiano Ronaldo accepts fine and suspended jail term for tax fraudFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Emiliano SalaFollow Cardiff CityFollow FC Nanteslast_img read more

2017 SAG Awards Holiday Auction Benefitting the SAGAFTRA Foundation

first_imgThe Screen Actors Guild Awards Holiday Auction benefiting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Children’s Literacy and Actors’ Assistance programs is live now at sagawards.org/auction.The annual Holiday Auction features the ultimate SAG Awards VIP Package, with two tickets to the 24th Annual SAG Awards Ceremony and Gala on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, a backstage tour, two United Airline tickets and a three-night stay at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Other highlights include autographed film and television collectibles from Trevor Noah, Mary J. Blige, William Shatner, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Margaret Atwood, and the casts of “This Is Us,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “GLOW” and more. Also up for bid are unique gifts, such as tickets to a taping of “Will & Grace” plus a set tour and meet-and-greet with the cast, VIP tickets to a live taping of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” and several SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seats packages. Bidding begins online today at 6 p.m. (PST) and concludes on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at 6 p.m. (PT) at sagawards.org/auction.A selection of Holiday Auction items will be featured in a display for invited media and publicists at the SAG Awards Nominations Announcement at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on Wednesday, Dec. 13. The Actor Nominations will be announced by Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse, The Predator) and Niecy Nash (Claws, The Soul Man) and will be carried live on TNT, TBS, truTV, sagawards.tntdrama.com, truTV.com and sagawards.org, preceded by the announcement of the stunt ensemble action performance nominees at 9:50 a.m. (ET) / 6:50 a.m. (PT) carried live on sagawards.tntdrama.com and sagawards.org. The Actor Nominations also can be viewed via TNT’s Facebook, Twitter @TNTdrama and YouTube channels and TBS’s Facebook, Twitter @tbsnetwork and YouTube channels.Proceeds from the SAG Awards Holiday Auction support the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy program Storyline Online, the interactive children’s literacy website that attracts more than 12 million global views each month. The auction also supports the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund, Emergency Assistance and Scholarship Program for SAG-AFTRA artists and their families.The following is a partial list of items up for bid at the SAG Awards Holiday Auction:Experiences, Tapings and PackagesSAG Awards VIP package – 2 tickets to the 24th Annual SAG Awards Ceremony and Gala, a Backstage Tour, 2 United Airline tickets and 3-night stay at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CASAG Awards Backstage Tour and 2 Front Row Red Carpet Bleacher Seats4 Front Row Red Carpet Bleacher Seats to the 24th Annual SAG Awards Arrivals2 tickets to a taping of “Will & Grace” plus a set tour and meet-and-greet with cast4 VIP tickets to a live taping of “Conan”2 VIP tickets to a live taping of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”2 VIP tickets to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”2 tickets to a taping of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen”SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seat packagesAutographed Collectibles and Memorabilia“This is Us” pilot script signed by the cast“The Handmaid’s Tale” poster signed by cast members and producers“The Handmaid’s Tale” paperback book signed by author Margaret Atwood plus gift basket“Glow” poster signed by cast“I, Tonya” poster signed by cast and creators“Will & Grace” poster signed by Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally, Debra Messing and Eric McCormack“Mudbound” poster signed by Mary J. Blige and Dee Rees“Breathe” poster signed by Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy and Andy Serkis“Brockmire” baseball signed by Hank Azaria“The Walking Dead” Negan POP! doll signed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan“Mr. Robot” limited edition backpack“The Walking Dead” gift package including poster collection, special edition board game & baseball cap“The Walking Dead” journal signed by cast members plus a Rick Grimes limited edition bobble head“The Walking Dead Vol.1,” “Outcast Vol.1” and “Invincible Vol.1” graphic novels signed creator Robert Kirkman“Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” hardcover book signed by author Trevor Noah“Zero-G” hardcover book signed by author William Shatner“Stirring Up Fun with Food” hardcover book signed by creator Sarah Michelle Gellar“Unqualified” hardcover signed by author Anna Faris“We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere” paperback book signed by author Gillian Anderson“Ballerina Body” paperback book signed by creator Misty CopelandPremium Itemslast_img read more

Alaska senator requests tariff exemption for states seafood

KODIAK, Alaska — An Alaska senator has written to the U.S. trade representative asking for Alaska fish species to be removed from a list of goods facing tariffs.The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported Tuesday that Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last week.As part of an ongoing trade dispute with China, earlier this month the Trump Administration announced an increase in tariffs from 10% to 25% on $200 billion worth of products and tariffs on an additional $300 billion in goods.Sullivan says he asked Lighthizer to consider removing tariffs from seafood fished in Alaska including salmon, some species of rockfish and flatfish, Pollock, and Pacific cod.The letter was also signed by Sen Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, who are both Republicans.___Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.comThe Associated Press read more

Hate speech threatens to unleash ethnic violence in DR Congo – UN

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today spoke out against incitements to ethnic violence in the country and called on the authorities to take action against those responsible. MONUC “is gravely alarmed at the rising incidence of hate speech at political rallies, in news publications, TV and radio commentaries, especially in Kinshasa and the eastern provinces,” the mission said in a statement. “Incitement to hatred, xenophobia and repeated references to ethnic or tribal differences threaten to tear apart communities already struggling with the harsh realities of recurrent armed conflict,” it warned. A community radio station in Moba, in the Katanga province, recently began to air false rumors to the indigenous population that Congolese Tutsis were to be resettled by the UN in their region from refugee camps abroad, according to MONUC, which said this led the people of Moba to ransack the local UN office “in a well-orchestrated early-morning assault.” Four UN military observers were wounded, and some 21 UN staff had to be evacuated from the region. To prevent further escalation, the Mission called on the DRC authorities to investigate those responsible for the rise in hate speech and tribal hatreds and hold them accountable for their acts. In a separate development, MONUC announced today that it has suspended five civilian staff members for “procurement irregularities” following an investigation by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). That probe led the Department of Management and the Department of Field Support to dispatch a high-level team to the DRC to address the OIOS findings and recommendations, and to “advise the UN Mission on an action plan to implement the recommendations for strengthening internal control measures and ensuring continuity in MONUC’s procurement activities,” spokesperson Farhan Haq said. 3 August 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today spoke out against incitements to ethnic violence in the country and called on the authorities to take action against those responsible. read more

Army says priority for security when releasing land in North

However he said that national security is given priority when deciding which land can be released.Some families in the North have been protesting for several weeks demanding that their land held by the military be released. (Colombo Gazette) The Army says priority will be given for national security when releasing land in the North.Army spokesman, Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said that the process to release land held by the military is underway.

DR of Congo Rwanda agree to new mechanism on border issues Annan

The new technical body, first discussed in June at a summit convened by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, will be launched in October and be known as the Joint Verification Mechanism (JVM). It will comprise experts from the Governments of both countries as well as the UN and the African Union.A statement issued by a spokesman for Mr. Annan said the Secretary-General “believes that the JVM will be an effective instrument of confidence building” and looks forward to the active engagement of the Regional Support Group in future efforts to help the DRC and Rwanda to normalize their bilateral relations.In his latest report on the DRC, the Secretary-General said a regional support group composed of African personalities “could be envisaged to increase confidence-building, at the political level, between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighbours.”Mr. Annan’s announcement today followed a working lunch he hosted for DRC President Joseph Kabila and Rwandan Prime Minister Bernard Makuza as well as members of the Regional Support Group.In a related development, Mr. Annan also welcomed the statement adopted today by the International Committee in Support of the Transition (known by its French acronym CIAT) that endorsed the “critical path” of the DRC transition, called for a mechanism for sustained dialogue between the Committee and the country’s transitional institutions, and urged the international community to provide the assistance in military integration and police training.The Secretary-General welcomed CIAT’s call on the international community to harmonize its political and economic strategies by carefully calibrating its political goals and financial and material assistance as a means of encouraging the DRC’s authorities to move the transitional process forward.”He stresses that at this critical juncture of the peace process in the DRC, the international community must increase its involvement to ensure that the progress achieved to date is consolidated, and that many outstanding tasks of the transition are completed,” the statement by Mr. Annan’s spokesman said. read more

Feds funding gap has long put First Nations students at disadvantage PBO

OTTAWA – The federal government has for years failed to address the higher costs of operating First Nations schools, leaving some students at a disadvantage compared with their peers in the provincial system, the parliamentary budget officer says.The funding divide between educational programming on reserves and in the provincial systems was as wide as $595 million in 2012-13, and could reach $665 million in 2016-17, says a new report from the fiscal watchdog released Tuesday.That said, about $3.7 billion in financial commitments made by the Liberal government over the next five years could begin to narrow the gap starting in 2016-17, and eventually eliminate it by 2020-21, the report says.Educational funding in Canada is primarily a provincial responsibility except for on-reserve schooling, which is financed by Ottawa.“There’s a huge gap between the average funding that the (federal) government provides for First Nations reserves and what the provinces are providing,” said Mostafa Askari, assistant parliamentary budget officer.“Now, how that impacts the students, that’s a different issue … But certainly there’s a funding shortfall relative to the provinces.”For example, the report found that on-reserve schools received per-student funding of $14,500 under the federal formula in 2012-13. But when calculated under the Ontario provincial rules, they would have been allocated between $21,000 and $25,000 per pupil.In comparison, Ontario’s per-student funding was $11,500 that year.The budget office said the funding gap was a result of the federal government’s failure to provide enough financial support for First Nations schools, which often face greater costs due to factors such as remote locations, socio-economic challenges, higher rates of special education and the inclusion of culturally relevant lessons.Canada has some 500 band-operated schools, which accommodate 110,000 students. More than 140 of the schools can be considered either remote, special access or north of the 55th parallel, the report said.It also noted that these schools face added obstacles such as higher maintenance, heating and supply costs as well as the ability to attract and house qualified teachers.The effectiveness of the new federal commitments will depend on how the money is eventually used, the study notes. Even the provincial approach could prove inadequate for these schools, it points out.“Funding formula methodologies used in the provinces may not fully address the reality of First Nations communities, but they represent a starting point that is both transparent and evidence based.”The report also examined the shortfall in federal capital funding for on-reserve schools.It said that over the next few years the federal commitments in this area have the potential to address capital funding gaps, but only if Ottawa puts an end to its past practice of failing to spend large amounts of funds it had dedicated for First Nations schools.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Feds’ funding gap has long put First Nations students at disadvantage: PBO by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 6, 2016 8:20 am MDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Aaron Craft sets Ohio State assist record in 7962 win against North

Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) goes up for a layup. OSU won against North Dakota State University, 79-62, Dec. 14 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOn the cusp of making Ohio State basketball history, Aaron Craft made it look effortless.The Buckeye senior guard passed Jamar Butler for the most assists in program history early in the second half of OSU’s 79-62 victory against North Dakota State Saturday. The assist was No. 580 for Craft’s career.Craft entered the game needing five assists to tie Butler at 579, then set the new record on his team’s first possession of the second half when he found junior forward LaQuinton Ross wide open under the basket for a score.“It’s a very humbling experience … we’ll have a lot of time to think about it when I get older. By the time I’m a grandfather it’ll probably be about 800 assists in my career,” Craft said after the win. “It’s great to think about right now, but we still have work to be done this year and hopefully we can keep getting better.”Craft finished the game with seven assists to go along with six points. OSU coach Thad Matta said Craft is unlike any other player he’s coached.“It’s hard to put into words, in my opinion, in terms of what Aaron has meant to this program, to this university,” Matta said following the win. “I think anytime that somebody breaks a record, if you’re a true sports fan, you sit down and say, ‘OK, let me think about who he just passed.’ And you think about all the great players that have played at this university. for him to be the leader in two: steals and assists. I think it tells you just the type of basketball player he is. Happy for him.”Four Buckeyes — junior forward Sam Thompson and Ross, senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and freshman forward Marc Loving — all finished the win against the Bison in double figures scoring. The Buckeyes shot 52.9 percent from the field in the game, and 50 percent from beyond the arc.OSU (10-0, 0-0) received one first place vote in the most recent USA TODAY Coaches Poll. That one coach was North Dakota State’s Saul Phillips, who said he “didn’t change his mind” after playing the Buckeyes.“They shot the ball extremely well, they executed extremely well … they’re a very good team, they’re very well coached,” Phillips said. “I was up all night a couple weeks ago trying to find a weakness and I realized that they really don’t have a lot.”Phillips singled out Craft in his postgame remarks as well.“Craft is such a unique player in that he can dominate a game and shoot five times and go two-for-five,” Phillips said. “There aren’t many like him out there.”Smith Jr., the only other OSU senior, said playing with Craft makes things “a lot easier.”“You don’t have to worry about when your next shot’s coming or try to force up shots,” Smith Jr. said after the win. “You kind of just wait and sit and you know Aaron’s going to find you and you have your feet ready and your hands ready and you shoot the ball.”Craft said that shooter-passer relationship helped him break the record against the Bison (7-4, 0-0).“Ever since I’ve been here I’ve had the easy job. I’ve played with a lot of great players, with a lot of great shooters that have done the hard part,” Craft said. “I just gotta find those guys and put them in a great opportunity to score and fortunately enough I’ve played with a lot of those guys.”Up next, the Buckeyes are set to take on the Delaware Blue Hens (5-4, 0-0) Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Lisa McInerney Hands off celebrity baby bumps

first_imgLAST WEEK, Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel gave a speech criticising the erosion of Kate Middleton in favour of the beatific mummy character designed carefully to take her place.Her lecture was wilfully misinterpreted by the tabloids, who took swathes out of context in order to manufacture a jealous attack by an uppity harpy on an innocent treasure. The swiftness of the condemnation of Mantel was remarkable; people were only too happy to launch themselves into the fray headfirst and claws-out so as to protect the Royal Incubator from anything that might distract her from her higher calling.Just the week before, Beyoncé Knowles’ autobiographical documentary ‘Life Is But A Dream’ aired on HBO, and almost immediately breathed air into a conspiracy theory I had thought had been retired by all but the most bored crazies. Beyoncé, whose daughter is just over a year old, is deemed by a perplexingly significant number of rubberneckers to have used a surrogate, rather than having personally undertaken the messy business of pregnancy and birth.“A public woman’s body is public property”Beyoncé appeared on TV whilst pregnant and her baby bump appeared to ‘fold’. Beyoncé ran in five inch heels to a waiting car the night before her daughter was born. Beyoncé vaguely offered that pregnancy was a magical time in which she lay around looking radiant as cherubs fed her grapes and rubbed her photogenically swollen belly. All instances are totted up as ‘proof’ of her gynaecological history, when the real issue is that it’s not for us to demand the details of how the Knowles-Carter baby was born. If Beyoncé and Jay-Z ordered her from a vending machine, it wouldn’t be anyone else’s business, but there you go. A public woman’s body is public property, and pregnancy doesn’t constitute an amnesty.If anything, a celebrity’s pregnancy is the time when we’re most interested in her, innards and all. Post-Diana, post-Britney, post ‘socialite’ becoming a valid career choice, the elevation of pregnancy from biological imperative to picture-perfect feminine vocation has been striking. Whatever the celebrity in question has done in her pre-motherhood incarnation is forfeit; we’re now free to empathise with and coo over her. Partied lots? Wore hot pants? Clambered, knickerless with legs akimbo, from a taxi? All forgiven and forgotten, as if her life up to this point had been but a placeholder for her true form: motherhood.How she handles this transition is of the utmost importance.It’s unusual for pregnancy to be a wholly enjoyable experience. There are lots of women who have had relatively problem-free pregnancies, but it’s a rare lass who hasn’t experienced at least one of the following: morning sickness, evening sickness, early-afternoon sickness, swollen ankles, swollen calves, back pain, front pain, phantom pains, real pains, mood swings, mood swings whilst puking, having to get up twice in the middle of the night to pee, having to get up twice in the middle of a bus journey to pee, having to get up twice in the middle of a pee to puke… and those are just some of the normal symptoms of that miraculous time when a woman is growing a new life inside her.“She’s required to present a rosy image of pregnancy”For the female celebrity, handling the public’s newfound interest in her uterus is quite the balancing act. She’s required to share enough to present a rosy image of pregnancy, without grossing anyone out with the gory details. It’s a great idea to be seen parading a baby bump in a designer dress, or, even better, posing naked on the front of Vanity Fair in a tastefully sexless shot that manages to show off as much un-stretchmarked skin as soft lighting and Photoshop skills will allow. It’s not such a great idea to have a documentary film crew recording you as you stumble out of your car and barf exuberantly onto the hard shoulder.Kate Middleton has tried her very best to sanitise The Royal Pregnancy in this way, save for an embarrassing interlude with hyperemesis gravidarum, which some onlookers treated as some sort of madey-uppy excuse for laziness. She’s since atoned by appearing in public sporting a fetchingly tidy bump in a sophisticated dress. Feigning perfection while her body lurches from one internal crisis to the next is in the duchess’ job description, and I’d wager many of those who were so eager to defend her from Mantel’s supposed disparagement would back away very quickly if she were to relapse into ugly ill health.“Speculation that she procured her daughter through nefarious methods”So what, in that context, was Beyoncé’s crime? Apparently, it was keeping the details of her pregnancy a secret, not giving any of herself away, not courting a nosy public with belly-cradling glamour shots or details of her funniest cravings. She didn’t present the expected version of pregnancy: blooming grandeur without the ick factor. She didn’t present any version at all, and instead kept it all to herself like a right greedy mare. Her vague references to a time in her life that’s no one else’s business is punished by speculation that she procured her daughter through nefarious methods.So what can we extract from the public treatment of Kate and Beyoncé’s contrasting experiences? That a female celebrity’s body is in the public domain from her debut, and that we somehow believe that we’re entitled to her stories of mumsy cutesiness – speculation on baby names and stories about wanting chocolate ice-cream for breakfast, rather than sickness so bad it requires hospitalisation.That there’s no special dispensation for baby bumps; female flesh is ours to pore over, rank and judge.And the stark, depressing usual: that female celebrities can’t win.Read previous columns on TheJournal.ie by Lisa McInerney >last_img read more

Kansas City Royals confirm death of 25yearold World Series winner Ventura

first_img http://the42.ie/3199843 By AFP 10 Comments Short URL Source: Charlie RiedelKANSAS CITY ROYALS pitcher Yordano Ventura died Sunday after a car accident in his native Dominican Republic, the Major League Baseball team confirmed in a statement.Ventura, 25, a member of the Royals pitching rotation during their 2015 World Series win, died early Sunday, the team said. No details of the accident were immediately available.Ventura’s death came on the same day that former major league player Andy Marte died in a separate car crash, also in the Dominican Republic, according to US media reports.“Our prayers right now are with Yordano’s family as we mourn this young man’s passing,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement.“He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We will get through this as an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano.” We are heartbroken. #RipAce pic.twitter.com/1LXyGwxwZ0— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 22, 2017 Jan 22nd 2017, 8:00 PM 29,899 Views Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 8:00 PMcenter_img Source: Kansas City Royals/Twitter Source: Kansas City Royals/Twitter Share2 Tweet Email1 Official statement from the Kansas City Royals organization. pic.twitter.com/AgInmjHWAB— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 22, 2017 Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013, enjoyed a break-out season in 2014, going 14-10. He forged a reputation as a power pitcher, hurling a 96.2 miles per hour fastball in 2014, the second fastest in the league. Overall he had a 38-31 record at Major League level.– © AFP 2017Craig Breen finishes fifth overall at the Monte Carlo RallyAnother Australian Open upset sees the women’s top seed and defending champion crash out Kansas City Royals confirm death of 25-year-old World Series winner Ventura Yordano Ventura died after a car accident earlier today in his native Dominican Republic. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Agent Vinicius Junior not returning to Flamengo

first_imgThe agent of Vinicius Junior has dispelled rumours that he could be on his way back to Flamengo on loan in JanuaryThe 18-year-old winger was signed by Real Madrid this summer for €46m from Brazilian side Flamengo.However, Vinicius has struggled to break into the first-team and head coach Julen Lopetegui has since demoted him to the Real Madrid Castilla team.Rumours have emerged of a supposed clause in his contract that will allow Vinicius to return to Flamengo in January to gain more top-flight football experience.But his agent, Frederico Pena, has denied such a clause.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“This option does not exist in his contract,” Pena told GloboEsporte, via AS.“The plan is being strictly followed, so a return to Flamengo in January is unlikely.”Pena explained that Real Madrid’s plan is to closely monitor Vinicius’ progress amongst their own ranks.After a quiet first game for Castilla, Vinicius scored a brilliant brace against Atlético Madrid B last time out.However, the match ended in controversy after Atletico B captain Tachi attempted to bite his head.last_img read more

Stuart winning in county commissioner race

first_imgClark County Commissioner Steve Stuart appeared to pick up another four-year term Tuesday, as preliminary results showed him with 51.9 percent of the vote.Republican Alan Svehaug received 47.9 percent of the vote.A total of 4,043 votes separates Stuart and Svehaug.The 39-year-old widely endorsed Stuart campaigned on his efforts to keep the county afloat during the recession and ongoing attempts to diversify the county’s economy in the wake of the homebuilding bust. The county’s general fund has been cut three times since January 2009 by a total of 22 percent.County staffers have been rewriting development code to make it, as Stuart often says in meetings, “better, faster, cheaper” to bring jobs to Clark County, which has the highest unemployment rate in the state. As an extra incentive, commissioners recently approved a 14-month-long fee waiver for certain business developments.Stuart, a Democrat, told voters he understands the complexities of the full-time job, which pays $98,220 a year. Svehaug, in contrast, campaigned against a proposal to put tolls on a replacement Interstate 5 bridge, an issue not under the direct control of county commissioners. Svehaug, 58, stood out as the lone Republican who couldn’t win the endorsement of the Building Industry Association of Clark County, despite his promise to be more accommodating to developers. According to reports filed with the Public Disclosure Commission, Stuart raised $79,739 to Svehaug’s $5,763.Svehaug, founder of the Learning Excellence Corp., which teaches speed-reading, did receive thousands of dollars worth of advertising from David Madore of Notolls.com.last_img read more

Sheryl Crow Releases Redemption Day A Duet Featuring The Voice Of Johnny

first_img Email News https://twitter.com/SherylCrow/status/1119344500550316038 Twitter Sheryl Crow & Johnny Cash Seek “Redemption Day” sheryl-crow-releases-redemption-day-duet-featuring-voice-johnny-cash Sheryl Crow Releases “Redemption Day,” A Duet Featuring The Voice Of Johnny Cash “Johnny stood up for what he believed in at a time when what he believed wasn’t so popular…And I feel like he would be standing up now, probably in his own way through his music,” Crow tells the Recording AcademyAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 19, 2019 – 4:03 pm GRAMMY winner Sheryl Crow has released the lead single for her 11th studio album. The social justice-focused song (and video) “Redemption Day” posthumously features the late GRAMMY-winning country icon Johnny Cash.The song, which Crow originally wrote after a trip to war-torn Bosnia and recorded for her GRAMMY-winning 1996 self-titled album, was dropped with a moving, jarring visual. The music video, directed by Shaun Silva, is centered on a young girl watching scenes from our history play out before her, many of them tragic, of environmental destruction and war across the globe. Despite the tough topics tackled in the song—that really still ring true 23 years later—there is a message, of hope, of redemption.In 2003, the same year Cash passed away, he was introduced to Crow’s 1996 song by a son-in-law, a press release explains, which led the pair to meet and discuss the song. He recorded his version of the song and wanted to release it on his next album, but, due to his passing, it wasn’t released until 2010 on the posthumous American VI: Ain’t No Grave.After performing the song on tour in 2014 with Cash’s vocals, she asked his estate about rerecording the song along with his vocals. Now, in 2019, the song gets new life as a powerful, poignant duet between the pair.”I believe Johnny Cash believed there is a train that we all get on at the end of life and what you do with your life before you get on that train matters. So to hear him sing ‘There is a train that’s headed straight for heaven’s gate. Every woman, man and child is waiting,’ means to me that what you say and how you treat each other matters every day until you reach that gate. Johnny is the man to have singing that,” Crow told the Recording Academy in an email. Facebook “Johnny stood up for what he believed in at a time when what he believed wasn’t so popular. I mean he got all up in the middle of things that he believed in. And I feel like he would be standing up now, probably in his own way through his music,” she added. “One of the things that’s deeply profound for me by having Johnny sing on ‘Redemption Day’ is that I have small children and everyday I’m trying to teach my kids that it matters what the truth is and it matters that you stand up for what you believe in.”Related: Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, More To Perform At Jason Isbell’s ShoalsFestThe album is due out in “late summer,” according to the press release, and will also feature an amazingly diverse and stacked list of collaborators, including Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks and St. Vincent. During an interview last summer, Crow said the forthcoming LP would be her “last full album.”Beyoncé Created A Space To Celebrate Black Culture At Coachella & More Things ‘Homecoming’ Taught UsRead morelast_img read more

Sega of America acquires Atlus will publish Persona 5 and all future

first_imgBack in 2013, Sega acquired Atlus’ bankrupt parent company, then secured the developer in 2014. Now, Sega has finalized its acquisition of Atlus and will publish all of its future games in North America. This includes the eagerly anticipated Persona 5.For those who may be worried about this: fear not. According to a press release from Sega, Atlus will continue to function as an individual entity. Sega stated that “no games or products will be adversely affected by the publisher unification.” Sega also said that Atlus USA has helped them localize games like Yakuza 5 and Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F since it integrated the company into its business.“After nearly a year working under the Sega Games division, both Sega of America and Atlus USA have thrived and released a combined total of 23 game products,” said Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka. “Between Atlus’s ability to localize and release Japanese video game products efficiently and the strength of Sega of America’s reputation as a leading publisher in the industry, the situation could not be more symbiotic for both companies.”Sega and Atlus coming together like this is certainly beneficial not only to both companies but to their respective fan bases. Sega has been in a bit of a slump for a while now while Atlus has consistently released quality titles that many enjoy. Not only does this union assure that Sega as a publisher will deliver better games to its fans, but it also assures that folks will continue to get Atlus titles for a good long while.last_img read more

Emerging Players in TechFashion Innovation

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global While device makers remain focused on manufacturing new shiny objects, they’ve left a hole in the market when it comes to fabricating products for toting around technology — a gap entrepreneurs are all too eager to fill.Some ventures, including Scottevest, which produces vests, jackets, pants and clothes with a plethora of pockets for gadgets, create storage spaces that are just deep enough for any brand of phone or tablet. “There’s not a lot of room for error,” says Scott Jordan, Scottevest’s CEO and co-founder who’s in his late 40s.Still, following in Scottevest’s footprints hasn’t been easy. From keeping up with demand to finding a likeminded manufacturer, the challenges of launching similar tech-fashion garb have been pronounced for several young entrepreneurs.Here are four emerging players, as well as some key lessons they’ve learned along the way:Nicole Kelner, a student at Penn State University, says a key challenge with her company is keeping up with demand.Image credit: onwardstate.com/Keep up, don’t catch up.Sick of digging around in a purse or bag for your phone only to find that no one text messaged you? So was Nicole Kelner, the 19-year-old Penn State University student who, fed up with countless wasted searches, launched a line of “SmartPurses” to address the problem.Related: How One Young Trep’s Quest to Encourage Women Engineers Led Her to GoldieBloxLast March, she launched a shop through the online marketplace Etsy to sell items from her line, which uses water-resistant plastic — allowing purse owners to text and make calls while their phones sit securely inside. Though Kelner has so far only made around 300 purses, which sell for $50 to $65 a pop, she has sold nearly 75 percent of them. She was also recently featured in Vogue in the United Kingdom.So what’s Kelner’s biggest business issue at present? “I am working on a strategic plan to make sure I can handle the demand from Vogue,” says Kelner, who plans to turn her creations into a full-fledged startup by the time she graduates. Next step: find a company to manufacture a sample of her merchandise and secure a quote for mass-production costs.Founders Kelley Coughlan (left) and Jenn Deese (right) were frustrated by the slow pace of finding a manufacturer for their iPhone purses.Image credit: pursecase.comYou need to walk before you can run.Perfecting a prototype takes time — much longer than Kelley Coughlan and Jenn Deese expected. These 25-year-olds, who are based in Los Angeles and co-founded the boutique public relations firm Melrose PR, are now launching “pursecase,” an iPhone case that slips around the wrist like a bracelet and doubles as a mini-purse for holding a credit card and ID. (The ladies found that their once-trusty carryall handbags became a “Bermuda triangle” for cellphones).Related: How ZinePak Built a Growing Publishing Empire on the Back of Bieber FeverCoughlan and Deese have found private investors willing to financially back their venture, and they’ve met with fashion bloggers and magazine editors keen to feature their designs. But they’ve been waiting months to finalize their prototypes. “We’ve started marketing, but we’re holding it back a little bit because we don’t want to go full-blast until we have the final sample,” says Coughlan. They had initially delayed plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year but then did so in February, and successfully surpassed their $35,000 goal.Stand out from the crowd.Other treps are remaining focused on a niche market, where they can more easily control production demands. JQ Crimaldi, a 19-year-old at DePaul University in Chicago, launched LoopyQ last year to sell “peculiar pouches for peculiar people” at music festivals and online. Her line of suede neck pouches, many of which include beaded tassels, keeps a smartphone near the chest rather than lost amid the festival shuffle. Sales have aligned with her first-year expectations, even though she knows the pouches aren’t for everyone.Information is everything.Ok, so this next device-centric accessories maker isn’t young per se. But STM Bags has some key lessons for young treps. To this 15-year-old company, information is pivotal. STM Bags sells around 150 satchels, backpacks and sleeves for storing digital devices. To stay ahead of the curve, employees at STM Bags scrutinize gadget blogs for leaked specs of forthcoming cellphones and use the dimensions to help design new prototypes of bags.Related: Appboy Founder on Turning a Chance Encounter into Entrepreneurship GoldWorkers at the company’s Poway, Calif., office then eagerly await word from colleagues who stand in lines outside of tech retailers near the company’s headquarters in Sydney. That’s where employees, alongside Apple and Samsung fanboys, can sometimes grab a new iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S mobile a full day in advance of U.S. customers.Once obtained, the device gets slipped into a prototype bag’s pocket. The fit must be snug enough that a phone doesn’t slip out, but not too tight, either — which would frustrate customers. “If it works, we quickly build and ship. If not, we quickly redesign,” says Adam Ziegelman, vice president of STM Bags. “Even 24 hours is a big deal.”What production or marketing lessons have you learned along the way that might help an aspiring entrepreneur? Let us know with a comment. 5 min read May 20, 2013 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

UN urges move to global green economy for World Environment Day

first_imgNo related posts. June 5th is World Environment Day, and this year’s theme is “Green Economy: Does it Include You?”Established in 1972 by the United Nations World Environment Program (UNEP), World Environment Day, or WED, is one of the largest efforts through which the U.N. “stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action,” according to UNEP.UNEP defines a green economy as “one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one that is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.”A UNEP report released last year found that investing 2 percent of global GDP (about $13 trillion) in 10 key sectors of agriculture, buildings, energy, fisheries, forests, manufacturing, tourism, transport, water and waste management could “kick start” the development of a global green economy. The report predicts that transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy would produce higher growth in GDP and per capita GDP by 2050 than the current world economic model, including a 50 percent reduction in the global economy’s ecological footprint by mid-century.Additionally, the report notes, global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, a prime agent of anthropogenic-induced climate change, could be held below the critical 450 parts per million line – beyond which average global temperature increases of more than 2 degrees Celsius are predicted to cause irreversible ecological damage – if national and international policy reforms support the transition to a global green economy. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

China to reinvestigate human flesh capsule claims

first_imgDeng said in a statement that China would investigate again following new reports of such pills being smuggled into South Korea, Xinhua reported.The statement was not posted on the ministry’s website and calls to the ministry rang unanswered.The Korea Customs Service said Monday it had seized capsules made in northeastern China from dead babies whose bodies were chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder.Deng said Chinese health departments would work with police, customs agencies and commerce authorities to investigate the latest claims, Xinhua said.The South Korean customs agency began investigating after receiving a tip a year ago. No sicknesses have been reported from ingesting the capsules.South Korean customs officials have refused to say where the dead babies came from or who made the capsules, citing possible diplomatic friction with Beijing.They said they had discovered 35 smuggling attempts since August of about 17,450 capsules disguised as stamina boosters. Some people believe the capsules are a panacea for disease. However, they contain bacteria and other harmful ingredients, the customs agency said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths BEIJING (AP) – China will reinvestigate allegations that Chinese-made drug capsules containing powdered remains of dead babies are being smuggled into South Korea, state media reported Tuesday.Ministry of Health spokesman Deng Haihua said an investigation launched last August found no proof that such capsules were being manufactured in China, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Some people believe the capsules can cure a variety of diseases. How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

Egypt churns USD 48 billion revenue from tourism sector

first_imgAccording to an Egyptian government official, the revenue from tourism jumped to 77% to around the first USD 4.8 billion compared to the same period last year. The official also confirmed that a total number of visitors during the first six months of 2018 grew 41% to about 5 million. “Indicators suggest the sector will earn about USD 9 billion by the end of this year,” the official said, he also added that there were expectations of good visitors’ turnout from western Europe, Italy, Germany and Ukraine towards the end of 2018. Tourism is an important revenue generator for Egypt and is the key forex earner for the country. The international credit rating agency Moody’s also raised Egypt’s credit outlook to positive from stable confirming the ambitious economic reform plan backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  It said, “The substantial progress made by the government in implementing reforms agreed with the IMF has imparted a degree of financial stability not present earlier in the decade.”last_img read more


first_imgappointmentsSydney Sydney’s Veriu Broadway Hotel has announced Patrick O’Meley as Hotel Manager, ahead of its June 2017 opening. The new city fringe hotel development is part of a pipeline of five hotels set to open under the Veriu brand by the end of 2018. Coinciding with the Veriu Broadway opening, the rebrand of two properties in Camperdown (28 rooms) and Randwick (35 rooms) will take place following their extensive refurbishment. Further openings for 2018 are scheduled for Sydney Central (110) and Pyrmont (36 rooms). The much anticipated 144-room new build hotel at Green Square in partnership with property fund managers, Folkstone, is also slated for early 2019. Veriu Broadway will open its doors to the first guests on 2 June 2017. An $18 million conversion of a former warehouse space, it will offer 64 self-contained studios – each over 40 square metres; and one and two bedroom split level apartments. Ideally located close to the International Convention Centre, the hotel will provide a true and genuine local experience with team members trained as local area guides, plus on-site food & beverage sourced from local providers in keeping with the precinct’s contemporary café and bar offerings. Announcing the appointment of O’Meley, Shanker Chandra, Group General Manager of Veriu Hotels and Suites said:“Patrick is an excellent choice to lead the hotel and execute our brand service culture. An essential part of staying with Veriu is supported by the local knowledge of our team members and ensuring a bespoke experience in line with our guests needs, and Patrick’s exemplary guest service experience will ensure this is core to our service delivery.” O’Meley most recently worked at luxury five-star hotels Palazzo Versace and QT on the Gold Coast, have previously been engaged with other luxury brands including Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island, The Sebel Pier One and The Star Hotel & Apartments.last_img read more