Southampton ‘could replace Nigel Adkins with Di Matteo’

first_imgNigel Adkins is fighting to keep his job at Southampton and could be replaced by Roberto Di Matteo, The People claim.It is suggested that Adkins’ position  is under threat despite him leading the Saints to two promotions, and that he fears the club’s Italian chairman Nicola Cortese will look to appoint Di Matteo if the Chelsea interim boss is not installed as manager at Stamford Bridge this summer.Marcello Lippi is keen to sign Chelsea striker Didier Drogba for Chinese side Guangzhou, according to the Sunday Mirror.They also report that Chelsea are planning to pip Tottenham and both Manchester clubs to the signing of Lille’s Belgian winger Eden Hazard, as do The Sun on Sunday.Meanwhile, Fulham plan to table a £5m bid for Wolves winger Matt Jarvis and are also chasing Tottenham full-back Kyle Naughton and Nottingham Forest’s Chris Gunter, according to The People.There is speculation about England international Jarvis’ future at Molineux following Wolves’ relegation from the Premier League.And it is claimed he is a target for Fulham boss Martin Jol, who is also keen to sign a right-back this summer.Forest defender Gunter has previously been linked with a move to Craven Cottage, while Naughton, who spent last season on loan at Norwich from Spurs, has been mooted as another possible signing.Who was your man of the match against Bayern? Click here to voteSee also:Overjoyed Di Matteo celebrates incredible Chelsea winDrogba the hero as Chelsea are crowned European championsBayern v Chelsea: player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Philip Glass, Music Apps, And The Future Of The Album

first_imgjohn paul titlow The best part is Glass Machine, a stand-alone feature that lets users remix and build their own minimalist compositions using an interface that is both atypical and easy to use. The controls along the bottom let you adjust tempo and rhythm, filter the sound and choose between piano, organ and synthesizer. The rest of the screen is occupied by two giant circles, both of which contain a single, smaller circle that can be pinched and moved around to adjust the melody. It’s a way of manipulating sound that will look unfamiliar to even experienced digital audio producers, but is completely intuitive to just about everyone. REWORK for iPad costs $10. That’s pricey for an app, but pretty cheap for a full-length album you can interact with. With Some Tweaks, This Model Could Work For ArtistsREWORK_(Philip Glass Remixed) could be even better. People should be able to record and save their Glass Machine compositions. Then they’d be free to share them online and bring them into other audio-editing software to build something completely new on top of them. Weaving in such an open-source spirit might help counter the “walled garden” issue of putting an album into a native apps. If the app came with a code to unlock a digital download – much like vinyl records do these days – purchasing it would be a no brainer for just about any fan. That way, you could experience the interactivity and fluid animations, but also be able to take the music itself with you anywhere and play it on any player. Musicians complain about how easy it is to download MP3s without paying for them. In age when artists are struggling to figure out how to thrive in a digital, mobile world, apps like REWORK offer a few hints about how the music-as-an-app model could work. An experience like this would be much harder for people to pirate, for example. Building stuff like this is expensive, of course, and limiting sales to a single platform is an issue. But there might be a real opportunity here for a smart startup to sell app-building tools to labels and artists.If artists can design something fans would love interacting with and that offered enough value above and beyond the audio itself, the people who care most would shell out $10 or $15. I know I would.  Tags:#apps#digital music#iPad#music#tablets 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… The new Philip Glass album is completely mesmerizing. I don’t mean the CD, or the MP3 download or even the vinyl version – I mean the app. In addition to more traditional formats, the famed composer has released REWORK, a compilation of remixes, as an iPad app. An immersive, interactive and incredibly cool iPad app. Normally, releasing an album in the form of an app would seem like a dumb idea. All the open-source-minded, anti-walled-garden, Web-is-better-than-native-apps advocates out there would agree. Why trap your creative hard work behind the impenetrable wall of a proprietary mobile application? I couldn’t agree more, in theory, but something about the REWORK_(Philip Glass Remixed) app for iPad has me wondering if this apps-as-albums concept might be a surprisingly large part of music’s future. As I’m writing this on my laptop, my iPad is propped up next to me. Just beyond my direct field of vision, there’s an array of cubes floating in 3D space, flowing like water to the rhythm of the drums backing this electronic soundscape I’m listening to in my headphones. If I touch the screen, some of the blocks fly upwards. If I move my finger across the screen, more blocks are disrupted in its path. Limited Functionality Never Felt So GoodThat’s about the extent to which I can interact with the music as it plays. I can’t even fast-forward through each song. But that’s okay. Like a vinyl record, I’m forced to listen to each song or skip it entirely (which takes a few taps, so it’s slightly more cumbersome than we’ve become used to). I can’t help but feel like this app was deliberately designed to encourage me to enjoy the album from start to finish. To quiet my brain’s 21st Century instinct to jump around, to fast-toward, to hit Shuffle. If I want to dip my finger into the liquid digital visualization going on as the song plays, that’s fine. But I can’t skip around. I can’t minimize this app and do other things without cutting off the audio. It’s incredibly simple functionality, but it’s mesmerizing, like some kind of futuristic boombox.  5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts last_img read more

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Lalu Prasad Yadav on Indian Railways’ success story at India Today Conclave 2007

first_imgLalu Prasad YadavLALU PRASAD YADAVUNION RAILWAYS MINISTER I really feel a proud man today. Till yesterday I was known as a joker, a rustic. Today, after talking to you, I am going to address students of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology who have come all the way here to hear,Lalu Prasad YadavLALU PRASAD YADAVUNION RAILWAYS MINISTER I really feel a proud man today. Till yesterday I was known as a joker, a rustic. Today, after talking to you, I am going to address students of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology who have come all the way here to hear from me about the success story of the turnaround of the Indian Railways.But before talking about the Railways I was thinking that many of our economists and think tanks do not have any idea of what a village is like and yet they discuss at length about the country and the state. The result is that all the resources and capital are today restricted in a few hands. That’s why we have to make policies keeping the common man in mind. People, however, say we make some policies that do not give us any return, such as the ‘mid day meal’ sheme. But if the children of our country turn literate because of it, they become our asset. So it is not a useless expense.Now the Indian Railways. As you all know, it is a big network. It has approximately 14 lakh workers, runs 1,100 trains every day and carries more than 1.5 crore passengers. Till yesterday, the Railways was in a very bad shape, not even in a position to pay dividend. It was completely bankrupt. Some years ago, the Rakesh Mohan Committee was set up and it came up with various suggestions. The Railways is our lifeline, one of the important infrastructures that we have. We could have ignored it only at our own peril. The committee made several suggestions: dissolve the Railway Board and create a regulatory commission; decrease the staff strength; increase the railway budget every year, increase passenger and freight fares every year; privatise services.advertisementTo tell you the truth, when the UPAcame to power in 2004, I was not interested in becoming the railway minister. I wanted to become the home minister but they made me the railway minister and I said okay. I started looking into its functioning and found that accidents were a common feature in the Railways and I used to think, what if these keep happening and I had to face Parliament every day. If accidents happen every day, the MPs will keep asking for my resignation every day and one day I might have to resign too.So I got down to the job earnestly and one of the first things I told the Railway Board was that they must have honesty, commitment and vision. We felt if we increased the fare it would affect the masses. Instead, we reduced the fares. Every day, approximately, 60-70 lakh people travel in Mumbai suburban railway where the passenger fare is already low, but still we reduced the fare by a rupee. We also reduced the fare of the goods train.MID DAY MEALS WERE CRITICISED. AS USELESS EXPENSE. BUT IF CHILDREN TURN LITERATE, THEY BECOME AN ASSET TO THE NATION.I assured all 16 lakh gang men, signalmen and others that they will not be retrenched. The turn around in the Railways is not one man’s effort, I have merely directed it. I just said we will not let anybody steal. We have to stop it. I have personally checked goods trains, weighed the goods on the weighing machine and found huge disparities in load booked and the actual load carried. Several officers have been punished. Earlier the loading and unloading used to take seven days, now it has been reduced to five days. By taking these few small steps only, we were able to save about Rs 10,000 crore. Not just that, we have reduced the expenditure and last year we had a surplus of Rs 13,000 crore and we have paid dividends. This year again we had a surplus of Rs 20,000 crore. We have money now. We are going to get new coaches designed for every class.Almost 60 per cent of freight in India is carried by road and I want that to move to the Railways. Now we are adding lines to handle the extra freight that we envisage. A third line is being built from Ludhiana to Howrah covering all ports including Haldia.I have some other plans also. After the Ministry of Defence, the Indian Railways is the biggest landowner in the country. I intend to commercially exploit this asset. We will build world-class stations, budget hotels as in the West. Look at the irony: the shoes and sandals that we wear are sold in air-conditioned showrooms while the items that we eat like tomatoes, onions, potatoes etc are being sold on footpaths. These things are produced by our farmers and we have to give them all the facilities they need to sell their products and get the prices that they deserve. So we have plans to give land to farmers on lease, create cold storages near the stations with packaging facilities. Corporate houses can come and buy the stuff from the stations and we will carry the stuff by air-conditioned container services. I know that what I have done has not pleased everybody. My only aim is to give relief to the people and take the country forward.advertisement DiscussionQ. From what you have said it appears to me that Indian Railways has the potential to become the largest retail chain in the country. Is this part of your vision or not? Yadav: There is a tremendous scope of improvement in the railways, be it in IT or advertisements or retail. Banks have also started investing in Railways and are handling ticketing and other activities.Q. You talked of the Railways being like the Jersey cow. Yadav: Indian Railways is like a Jersey cow. Cows should be properly bred and milked. They should not be over-milked because that will bleed them and they should not be undermilked, or they will fall ill. In three years, we have brought the Railways on the track and that too without any hardship.Q. There is still a problem of sanitation in the Railways, toilets are not clean. Yadav: We have taken steps. I am introducing a system, just like in aeroplanes, there will be a suction pit. This will be advertised shortly. When trains will go to the washing pit, this suction pit will be taken out. I have seen this in European countries as well. From the washing pit, the waste will be sent to be stored in a different place and then we can utilise it as gas and fertiliser source.Q. You have turned the Railways into a success story. But there are other sectors that are still bleeding. Will you like to turn your attention to them?   Yadav: Please wait till I become the prime minister.Q. Why couldn’t you do for Bihar in 15 years what you did for the Railways in three years? Yadav: We have not failed in Bihar. Our planners, who sit in the Planning Commission, have neglected Bihar since the beginning. You know, Bihar is a strong state, it is a rich state but Biharis are poor. It was abuse of Bihar as a whole. Wherever there are mines and minerals, there is wealth. God has given wealth but we were not the actual owners of mines and minerals. But in united Bihar there was lowest per capita investment in comparison to other states. I fought with the Centre. I made three prime ministers but they did nothing for Bihar. And people criticised Biharis. Biharis are everywhere-in Surinam and Mauritius also. Now the UPA Government is paying attention. We are opening up factories. An electric coach factory will come up at Madhepura, diesel loco at Barhara, wheel factory at Chapra. This is for the first time Bihar is getting justice.advertisementQ. What is the future of UPA Government and Lalu Prasad? Yadav: Who can forecast the future? Lord Krishna said that whatever has to happen will happen and that cannot be averted. But the future of UPA is bright. We will complete five years and more.Q. Your take on SEZs. Yadav: We are not opposing investment and industry. If the farmers are willing to give land directly to industrialist we have no objection. Barren tracts of land can be given to develop infrastructure.Q. What will happen in UP? Yadav: No comments. It will be a hotch potch and the other Yadav will not come back.last_img read more

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Glasgow CWG 2014: India thrash Scotland 6-2 in hockey

first_imgIndia’s Raghunath Vokaliga, reacts with Chandanda Nikkin as Danish Mujtaba looks on following a goal by Vokkaliga during his sides field hockey match against Wales at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, Glasgow National Hockey Centre, Scotland. Photo: APThe Indian men’s hockey team on Saturday thrashed hosts Scotland 6-2 for their second consecutive win in the group stage of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.India dominated the proceedings right from the start and it was only in the final moments of the game that Scotland managed to score but it was too late to make a comeback.India got the scorecard ticking early in the sixth minute of the game, with Gurbaj Singh scoring a brilliant field goal.Not wanting to lose their hold in the match, India continued attacking and kept looking for chances to convert.In the 23rd minute, India bagged a penalty corner which was converted through the stick of V.R. Raghunath helping India to increase the lead.At the end of the first half, the scorecard read 2-0 with India leading the match.Going into the second half, India continued its urgency of scoring goals in quick successions.In the 37th minute, Rupinder Pal Singh converted another penalty corner to increase the lead further to 3-0.In the 40th minute, Gurwinder Singh Chandi added one more as he brilliantly struck past the defence to sound the board.India yet again converted a penalty corner stroke in the 45th minute again through Raghunath to make it 5-0.advertisementIndia struck again in the 48th minute through another penalty corner and this time through Rupinder.Trying to break through the Indian defence, Scotland finally managed to open the scoring in the 56th minute when K. Bain scored through a field goal.In the 69th minute, the home team reduced the margin by converting the penalty corner through Nicholas Parkes to make it 6-2.India will now take on Australia on Tuesday.last_img read more

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10 months ago​Crystal Palace defender Souare undergoes surgery

first_img​Crystal Palace defender Souare undergoes surgeryby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Pape Souare has gone through with an operation on his dislocated shoulder.The Senegalese international was injured against Grimsby in the FA Cup over the weekend.There is hope that he will be back soon, but it is not a major loss for Palace. Souare had only played in four games this season prior to his injury.Souare took to Twitter to say: “Quick minor op, and it went great can’t wait to get back doing what I love.”I wanna thank everyone for their ongoing support. See you soon.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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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

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15 days agoRodrygo Goes delighted with first months at Real Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Rodrygo Goes delighted with first months at Real Madridby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRodrygo Goes is delighted with his first months at Real Madrid.The striker already has a first senior goal, while he is a regular with Raul’s Castilla.”My adaption has gone well,” he said in Brazil during international break. “I live in a really nice city, at the biggest club in the world, with the best footballers in the world, who have really welcomed me in. It was easy to adapt.”After his first goal, coach Zinedine Zidane wasn’t slow to praise the youngster.”My relationship with Zidane is really good,” Rodrygo added. “He was one of my idols, I was always looking at videos of Zidane, he always inspired me. To have him as my manager is something wonderful. He won everything and has a lot of experience to share with me. He is a man who loves to speak and give advice. I make sure to learn and develop.” last_img read more

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Yukon college attempts to bridge gap between prosperity resource development

first_imgAPTN National NewsMany aboriginal communities are wrestling with industries who want to exploit the resources on traditional territories.The promise of jobs and cash often runs up against environmental protection and the compromise of sovereignty.The latest front in this struggle is the Yukon, a place the Harper government as singled out for its resource riches.APTN’s Shirley Mclean reports from Whitehorse where a local college could soon help Aboriginal People take advantage of any opportunities.last_img

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HIDCO to run air conditioners using solar power at Nazrul Tirtha

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) will soon run air conditioning machines on solar power in a portion of Nazrul Tirtha.Some of the ACs installed in the west wing of the second and third floor of the auditorium will be run using solar energy. The solar installation will be put up by Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation Co (KRT) that has recently been instrumental in setting up a solar-powered temperature-controlled warehouse at Tapasi Malik Krishak Bazaar in Singur. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaOn January 21, state Information Technology and Electronics minister Amit Mitra had inaugurated the facility. “We have already handed over the autoCAD drawings of the floor areas. Information on the existing central AC modules, their times of operation, roof space and balcony space available for installing the solar panels were discussed so create the designs,” a senior official of Hidco said. Keiichi Higuchi, president of Kawasaki Rikuso Transportation Co, and other officials inspected of a portion of Nazrul Tirtha and then recently held a meeting with senior Hidco officials. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Maintenance-free conventional batteries with periodic recycling would be provided. The idea is to move huge AC power requirement in the city space to renewable energy sources so as to move towards a greener earth. A project report would be prepared within a month,” the official said. It may be mentioned that Hidco chairman Debashis Sen had paid a visit to the warehouse in Singur developed by KRT in February and was impressed with its infrastructure. There are two rooms for keeping fruits and vegetables fresh and the temperature inside the two rooms hover around 19 degree Celsius, with wall-mounted digital thermometers registering the temperature. No electric power from the grid is being used. Interestingly, the facilities put up at the warehouse also include a magnetic rat-trap to ensure that rodents do not feast on the fruits and vegetables stored in the warehouse, where they remain fresh for six to seven days. The KRT facility at Singur is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency. If the proposed solar model at Nazrul Tirtha works well the state Information Technology and Electronics department may use this model to run the air-conditioning system of some community halls and offices maintained by the state government in New Town.last_img read more

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Why UABs Football Team Couldnt Even Last 20 Years

The University of Alabama at Birmingham knew its football team was going to have to battle for survival from the start. In 1996, its first year of Division I-A ball, the team’s slogan was unusually defensive: “We’re here to stay,” the omnipresent banners and billboards around Birmingham read. Less than 20 years later, the team is gone.On Tuesday UAB President Ray Watts announced he was shuttering the football team, citing a study from an outside consulting group that determined the program would need to dramatically increase its operating budget in order to remain competitive. “We have considered many options to fill this financial gap, including through philanthropic support; but our informed analysis of current and past support and interest concluded that the gap is simply too wide,” Watts wrote.UAB faced two major problems, one of which was specific to its circumstances, and one of which is staring down all universities that have recently tried their hand at big-time football.The University of Alabama never wanted UAB to be a competitor, making life difficult for UAB even before a team arrived. Even though the two institutions share a board of trustees and a medical school, Alabama has been leery of UAB’s foray into major sports since Gene Bartow left his job as UCLA’s head coach to found UAB’s basketball team in 1978. Citing a range of grievances over recruiting and fan support, Alabama has refused to engage UAB on the court or on the gridiron. The Tide have faced the Blazers only once, in basketball, when they were pitted against each other in the National Invitation Tournament. UAB didn’t help matters by winning 58-56.In 1989, Bartow, UAB’s athletic director, started to put together a football team. Alabama’s athletic department was not happy. Its head coach, Bill Curry, was particularly adamant: “Not only would we not play them, we don’t understand why they are talking about bringing another football team into the University of Alabama system,” he said at the time. “I’m the only [football] coach in the University of Alabama system. We don’t need another football team at one of our other campuses.” In 1991, Bartow sent a letter to the NCAA accusing former and current Alabama coaches — including Bear Bryant — of recruiting violations.The system’s board of trustees has tended to represent Alabama’s interests over UAB’s, perhaps because the large majority of them are alumni of the Capstone. (Trustee Paul Bryant, Jr., for example, is the son of the legendary coach.) They’ve blocked UAB’s attempts to move out of the cavernous and decaying Legion Field and into a new stadium, and they nixed a deal for UAB to hire Jimbo Fisher, who would go on to win a national championship with Florida State.But even if the Blazers hadn’t been undercut by their own trustees, they still would have had a tremendous hill to climb, one that’s getting steeper every year as the gap between the haves and the have-nots of football continues to grow. UAB was in the vanguard of a recent trend of universities starting football programs from scratch with the plan to get to Division I as soon as possible, and reap the PR and financial benefits that come with a major football program. Nine other universities that are in or are about to join the Football Bowl Subdivision have started football programs since UAB did, and they share several commonalities.All of them are based in the South, and all of them felt they had a chance to succeed because of the prestige of the game and the fertile recruiting grounds in the region. But they’ve found it incredibly expensive to field a competitive FBS program. They all have losing records against fellow FBS schools, and they all receive substantial subsidies in order to keep their athletic departments afloat. They’ve had trouble attracting supporters, perhaps because most football fans in the region are already loyal to other teams. And as the Big 5 power conferences start to crank up the financial pressure — both with lavish spending on facilities and upcoming allowances for players — it’s possible that some of these programs could join UAB on the sidelines.Only one of the new teams looks like it’s making the leap to sustainability. South Florida not only has the highest attendance and lowest subsidy percentage of the bunch, it’s also the only school that’s made it out of the C-USA and Sun Belt Conference dregs and into the relative comfort of the American Athletic Conference. (That said, the team has regressed recently, winning only six games in the last two years.)The rest of the teams look a lot like UAB with slightly better attendance. They bring in far less than the average FBS athletic department, and all their athletic departments receive at least 60 percent of their revenues in subsidies — meaning that a combination of student fees, institutional support and state funding are used to cover the majority of their expenses.In his letter to UAB faculty about the shutdown, Watts specifically cited the huge subsidy as a reason the football team had to go, along with an unwillingness to shell out even more cash for upgraded facilities. If that’s actually the case, and cold numbers rather than system-wide infighting cost UAB its team, then there are plenty of other programs facing similar deficits.Watts claims the UAB athletic budget will stay the same even after the football program folds, meaning that more resources can be put toward other sports, including the basketball team, which has recently fallen on hard times after years of winning seasons. Perhaps UAB can look to the success of Virginia Commonwealth University, its former Sun Belt Conference foe, which eschewed the lure of football to focus on basketball. The Rams now play in the hoops-centered Atlantic-10 and regularly make deep runs in the NCAA tournament.Making the Blazers’ basketball team into a powerhouse won’t be a simple task. But it will certainly be easier than the existential struggle its football team just lost.CORRECTION (9:30 a.m., Dec. 8): An earlier version of this article misstated the year that Gene Barlow started UAB’s football program; it was 1989, not 1991. read more

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