Di Francesco extends Roma contract

first_imgSerie A Di Francesco extends Roma contract through to 2020 Nicholas McGee Last updated 1 year ago 23:09 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Eusebio Di Francesco, Roma, Serie A, 13052018 Getty Images Serie A Roma After a positive debut campaign in the Italian capital, the 48-year-old has agreed terms which will keep him in his current role for another two years Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has signed a contract extension to keep him with the Serie A club until 2020.Di Francesco took charge of the Giallorossi in June 2017 on a two-year deal and enjoyed an impressive first season in charge.Roma finished third in Serie A under his stewardship and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, only to be knocked out by Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I am extremely pleased to be able to continue to this adventure with Roma and our great fans,” Di Francesco told Roma’s official website.”The confidence that the president and the directors have always shown in me makes me very proud, and I hope to repay them all next season with a campaign even more exciting than our last.”Sporting director Monchi added: “The renewal once again demonstrates the great confidence and belief we have always had in our coach.”We are all convinced that together we can aim for new heights and achieve our objectives.””Last summer, when we appointed Eusebio, I went on record as saying that we wanted someone who could come in and get the very best out of our first-team players and also help bring through some of our great young talent,” president Jim Pallotta said.👏👏👏📄 https://t.co/Ieu25IKALs#ASRoma pic.twitter.com/BqAlB4FXei— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) June 18, 2018″I think it’s clear that he achieved both those objectives in his first season here as coach.”It’s important to have the continuity and stability that Eusebio brings to the project and the contract extension that he has signed is testament to our belief in his abilities to take Roma forward.”last_img read more

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SA State Cup ‘Blacked Out’

first_imgCool and windy conditions failed to deter South Australia’s top Touch Footballers and the first State Cup run in South Australia in five years on the weekend. With modest team entries it was always shaping to be a battle between powerhouse affiliates Adelaide University Touch Club (AUTC) and City Touch. With both clubs represented in both final, they failed to disappoint.When the dust settled however it was the AUTC who came out on top. The AUTC Women’s 27’s demonstrated their experience claiming an exciting Women’s Open title 7-3 over City Touch. With scores locked away at 2-all at half-time, the game was poised for an exciting finish however the AUTC women broke the game open early in the second half and City Touch could not reel them in.In the Men’s Open Final it was again a battle between City Touch and AUTC and again the game lived up to all the hype. Both teams traded blows in the first half and at the main break both sides were locked away at 2-all. In the second half both teams played tight defence which limited the scoring options with each side only able to break through once. At the end of regular time scores were deadlocked at 3-all and the first State Cup Men’s final in five years was headed to a drop off. AUTC then scored within seconds of the restart and managed to hold their nerve for the next set of six, claiming the Men’s Open title.In the Bronze medal match, AUTC Men’s 30’s defeated a gallant Mallee Touch Association 6-4 to claim third position.The final standings were:Men’s Open Champions – AUTCRunners Up – City TouchBronze – AUTC Men’s 30’sFourth – Mallee Touch AssociationFifth – Mount Gambier Touch AssociationWomen’s Open Champions – AUTC Women’s 27’sRunners Up – City TouchThird – AUTC Women’s OpenFourth – Mount Gambier Touch AssociationWith AUTC claiming both divisional titles they also took out the overall champion affiliate for the tournament. Mallee Touch Association capped off their visit to Adelaide, taking home the Country Champion Award.Individual award winners included Sharon Gray (AUTC) Women’s 27’s Most Valuable Player, Sarah Meyerhofer (AUTC) Women’s Open Most Valuable Player and Gino Geracitano (AUTC) Men’s 30’s and Matt Mitchell (City Touch) Men’s Open Most Valuable Player. Josh McCormack (Mallee) was awarded Country Referee of the Tournament, while Indy Garner received the MVP referee award.TFSA Business Operations Manager, Tim Wyld was pleased with the event.“Even though team numbers were down on expectations, this event and weekend has been a resounding success,” Mr Wyld said. “The immediate outcomes from this event include the vast number of referee and coaching assessments and feedback provided over the course of the tournament. This is invaluable to South Australia. Some of the country guys have already mentioned to me that they have learnt a lot about themselves in terms of playing but also refereeing and coaching which is what this event is all about.””The event also made a few more people put their hand up for different roles which is a really positive outcome.”Other outcomes include a number of registrations from (new) participants to trial for SA Heat teams in the coming weeks. Mr Wyld stated he believed the event has reinvigorated many players to participate in representative Touch Football.”Most of the teams I spoke to post event have stated they will be back bigger and better next year which is very heartening indeed,” Mr Wyld said.TFSA would like to acknowledge all of the people that made this event possible and make special mention to Mr Greg West, National Director of Referees, for assisting with the assessment of the referees. To Damien Carlson and the entire network of referees, Mick Gray and Mark Jones for their work performing coaching assessments and Jane Russo and all selectors for their work performing Talent Identification. Finally thank you to the participants and affiliates for your support of this event.Touch Football South Australia looks forward to seeing everybody again at next year’s bigger and better State Cup.Touch Football South Australia also held its Awards Dinner on Saturday, 30 October 2010. Damien Carlson has been honoured as the 2010 TFSA Volunteer of the Year at the 2010 TFSA Awards Dinner. The TFSA Volunteer of the Year is the most prestigious award any volunteer can receive from Touch Football South Australia. Reintroduced in 2010, the award recognises a certain individual who has exceeded the boundaries of their duties and worked tirelessly and far beyond the expectations of others for the betterment of the sport.The recipient of this year’s award epitomises exactly what the award represents. Damien Carlson works tirelessly in his role as South Australia Director of Referees. He coordinates an ever growing panel of referees and oversees all TFSA’s referee courses and assessments. Through his role Damien also organises referees for all TFSA events and he himself actively referees at all tournaments and several affiliates. As a Level 6 referee, Level 3 referee Coach, Level 4 course presenter, Damien is one of the state’s most qualified individuals. Having dedicated many years to developing referees in SA and as a committee member of Botanics Touch Club, Damien Carlson is a very deserving winner of the TFSA Volunteer of the Year.In other award categories, Adelaide University Touch Club was announced as Affiliate of the Year for their innovative family division, which increases junior participation at their Waite competition by enabling children to play with their parents/family under modified rules.The Kildare Reick Scholarships for 2010 were awarded to Mark Jones and Madelaine McGinty. Both Mark and Maddie are current SA Heat Coaches and have assisted office staff on numerous occasions, often at their own expense. The scholarship will be utilised to subsidise Mark and Maddie’s attendance at a predetermined tour (i.e. National Touch League)The Administrator of the Year Award was presented to Gerard Treloar (GT) for his dedication towards re-establishing and growing the Flinders Touch competition and his recruitment of several new volunteers to assist with the management of the competition.The Annual Awards Dinner was held at the Saracens Head Tavern with some 40 people attending the evening. Like the State Cup, TFSA is confident that the awards night will become an annual tradition.TFSA 2010 Annual Award Winners Volunteer of the Year – Damien CarlsonAffiliate of the Year – Adelaide University Touch ClubKildare Reick Scholarships – Mark Jones & Madelaine McGintyAdministrator of the Year – Gerard Treloar.TFSA congratulates all awards recipients on receiving these prestigious awards.last_img read more

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‘Akademik Shokalskiy’ and ‘Xue …

first_imgzoom The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) was informed early this morning that both the Akademik Shokalskiy and the Xue Long have managed to break free from heavy ice in Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica. At about 730pm AEDT on Tuesday RCC Australia received a message from the Captain of the Akademik Shokalskiy stating that about three hours earlier cracks had started to open in the ice around the trapped vessel.A short time later the Akademik Shokalskiy began to make slow movements in an attempt to break free from surrounding ice. The Captain reported that at approximately 8pm AEDT they had managed to successfully clear the area containing the heaviest ice and had begun making slow progress north through lighter ice conditions.Shortly after midnight RCC Australia was advised by the Captain of the Xue Long that, at about 9pm AEDT, it too had managed to break free of the heavy ice and is now making slow progress through lighter ice conditions.RCC Australia has advised the Captains of both vessels to attempt to reach open waters and advise the RCC once clear of the ice field. The Xue Long has advised RCC Australia it does not require any further assistance at this time. The Akademik Shokalskiy continues to move through the ice field and RCC Australia is awaiting confirmation that it does not require any further assistance.The United States Coast Guard ice breaker Polar Star will continue to head towards the area until it is clear that both vessels are free of the ice field and no longer in danger.AMSA, January 8, 2014last_img read more

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Commercial Fleet Marks Slowest Annual Growth in a Decade

first_imgzoom The world’s commercial fleet grew less and got older in 2014 than in any other 12-month period in over a decade, with the effects of mergers in liner shipping becoming more prominent, the UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2015 reveals. At the beginning of 2015, the fleet totalled 89,464 vessels, with overall 1.75 billion in deadweight tonnage, a 3.5% percent increase year-on-year, and the lowest annualgrowth rate in over a decade.Data on fleet deployment illustrate the process of concentration in liner shipping, which has seen the recent mergers of Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores and Hapag-Lloyd, and Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica and Hamburg Süd. While the container-carrying capacity per provider for each country tripled between 2004 and 2015, the average number of companies that provide services to each country’s ports decreased by 29 per cent.Both trends illustrate two sides of the same coin: as ships get bigger and companies aim at achieving economies of scale, there remain fewer companies in individual markets.The Review of Maritime Transport 2015 says that it will be a challenge for policymakers to support technological advances and cost savings, for example through economies of scale, yet at the same time ensure a sufficiently competitive environment so that cost savings are effectively passed on to the clients, that is, importers and exporters.At the beginning of 2015, the report reveals, the top 10 liner shipping companies operated more than 61 per cent of the global container fleet, and the top 20 controlled 83 per cent of all container-carrying capacity. Together, the three largest companies have a share of almost 35 per cent of the world total.All companies with vessels on the order book are investing in larger vessels, with the average vessel size being larger than the current average container-carrying capacity. This attempt to realize economies of scale increases the risk of oversupply, UNCTAD notes.The average vessel size for all new vessels on order by the top 15 companies is above 10,000 twenty-foot equivalent units, which is double the current average size of vessels in the existing fleet of each company. Only very few companies outside the top 20 carriers have placed any new orders and these orders are for far smaller vessel sizes.Rates of tonnage added to the global fleet continued to decline in absolute terms compared to previous years. The report notes, however, that the overall growth rate of tonnage remained above indicators such as that of global gross domestic product and trade growth, and slightly higher than that of the growth of seaborne trade (3.4 per cent in 2014).The Review of Maritime Transport 2015 says that total tonnage delivered in 2014 was only slightly more than half the tonnage delivered in the peak year of the historically largest shipbuilding cycle in 2011. The report explains that because several years pass between the placement of an order for a new ship and its delivery, ships are often ordered when the market is perceived as strong, only to be delivered years later, when the market may have become weaker.As the report explains, tonnage delivered in 2014 had been ordered in some cases as long ago as 2008. While this oversupply may not be good news for shipowners, UNCTAD argues that it is a positive development for the revival of global trade because there is no shortage of carrying capacity and the cost of trade continues to decline in the long term.In addition, the report reveals that, for the first time since the peak of the shipbuilding cycle, the average age of the world fleet increased slightly in 2014. The delivery of fewer new ships, combined with reduced scrapping activity, means that newer tonnage no longer compensates for the natural aging of the fleet.last_img read more

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PETA Statement On Chester Benningtons Death

first_imgPETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien has made a statement on the tragic death of Chester Bennington, frontman of Linkin Park.“PETA will always remember Chester Bennington as a musical powerhouse and a powerful force for animal rights. He bared his skin to help animals keep theirs in PETA’s “Ink, Not Mink” campaign, and he spoke passionately about both the cruelty of the fur industry and the need to adopt homeless dogs and cats, telling PETA, “[W]e need to show our respect for all creatures of this world.” The world lost a kind heart today.”last_img

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First Nations have right to block developments on territories Atleo

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Hundreds of billions of dollars worth of development projects across the country won’t ever break ground unless the federal government finally realizes First Nations have a final say over what happens on their territory, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo.With about $400 billion worth of resource-based activity expected across the country in the coming years that impacts traditional First Nations territories, Atleo said it was time for Ottawa and industry to get serious about respecting the rights of Indigenous peoples to have final word over what happens on their land.“We have much to gain by working together and a lot to lose if we don’t – because those projects cannot and will not take place without our agreement, without our involvement and without our active engagement from start to finish,” said Atleo Friday, during a Toronto speech to the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Indigenous Bar Association.Canada’s First Nations have the right to reject projects that impact their territories and continued attempts to minimize or ignore that right will lead to conflict, said Atleo.“We must not slide down the old slippery slope towards new conflicts. We must march forward on a new path,” he said.The stiff First Nations opposition facing Enbridge’s Keystone pipeline project and mining firm Taseko Mine’s gold and copper project in the British Columbia Interior comes from ignoring First Nations’ right to “free, prior and informed consent,” said Atleo.Atleo said the right is “established in international human rights standards,” but Canada, despite endorsing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, continues to fight it both on the home and international front.“Canada and other states have said they want to constrict this standard saying that it is an impossible threshold, too close to a ‘veto’ and therefore unacceptable,” said Atleo, according to the text of his speech. “The right of Indigenous peoples to approve or reject activities that affect their rights is a fundamental element of self-determination.”last_img read more

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Nepal Army, wildlife officer dismiss Indian Army’s Yeti claim

first_imgKathmandu: The Nepal Army and a wildlife expert have dismissed the Indian Army’s claim that its soldiers have spotted footprints of Yeti, the mythical beast found in the Himalayas, near the Makalu Base Camp, saying they were likely that of a bear. On Monday, the Army claimed its mountaineering expedition team in Nepal found mysterious large footprints in the snow that they believe belong to Yeti, or the abominable snowman. In Nepali folklore, Yeti is a mythical ape-like creature taller than an average human that is said to inhabit the Himalayas, Siberia, Central and East Asia. “For the first time, an Indian Army Mountaineering Expedition Team has sited (sic) Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti’ measuring 32×15 inches close to Makalu Base Camp on 09 April 2019. This elusive snowman has only been sighted at Makalu-Barun National Park in the past,” the Indian Army tweeted on Monday night. The Army also released photos showing large footprints in the snow which they claim belong to the creature. However, Director General of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Man Bahadur Khadka has dismissed the Indian Army’s claim, “According to our experts, it may be the footprint of a bear found in the Himalayas,” he was quoted as saying by the Kantipur Daily. According to Nepal Army spokesperson Bigyan Dev Pandey, a liaison officer of the Nepal Army, who accompanied the Indian Army expedition team, had not directly seen the footprint. Pandey said some 3 to 4 years ago, a French expedition team had reported a similar sighting of giant footprints. At that time it was reported that the unusual footprints were seen in the mountain. When the wildlife experts were contacted for verification, they said that the Makalu Barun region is home to large snow bears and the footprints might belonged to them, the officer said. An Indian Army team of 18 personnel led by Major Manoj Joshi embarked on an expedition to Mount Makalu in Nepal on April 2. On April 9, the team spotted “mysterious footprints” measuring 32 X 15 inches to close to the Makalu base camp. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,485 metres. It is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas, some 19 kilometres southeast of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and Tibet, China. Stories of the Yeti first emerged as a facet of Western popular culture in the 19th century. Given the lack of evidence of its existence, the scientific community has generally regarded the Yeti as a legend.last_img read more

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Moroccan-Danish Forum Demands Explanations Over Polisario’s Presence in Egypt

Rabat – The Moroccan Danish Forum called on the Egyptian coup President Abdelfattah El Sissi to account for a visit to the country by a delegation of the self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).Chairman of the Moroccan-Danish Forum Ahmad al-Sghayer and civil staff member, Idris al-Hams, handed a letter to the Egyptian Embassy in Copenhagen calling on Egypt to provide a clarification regarding presence of the breakaway Polisario front in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh.Addressing El Sissi via the Egyptian Embassy in Copenhagen, the memorandum said Egyptians owe the Moroccans an explanation over the move, which it said testifies to Egypt’s disregard for historical legitimacy and recklessness towards the long-standing Moroccan-Egyptian fraternity bonds. Speaking to Hesspress, Chairman of the forum Ahmad al-Sghayer said the Egyptian diplomat at the Copenhagen Embassy hailed the move and reiterated Egypt’s acknowledgment of Morocco’s territorial integrity.The Egyptian diplomat said that that Egyptian government did not extend an invitation to the Polisario delegations, adding that only parliamentarians bear a direct responsibility for receiving the Polisario envoy.The Egyptian diplomat vowed to transmit Moroccans’ concerns to the Egyptian presidency and to push for a formal response at the soonest time possible.A delegation from the self-styled Polisario took part in the Arab-African parliamentary congress, held in Sharm El Sheikh, in a move that is believed to herald a turn for the worse in the Egyptian-Moroccan bilateral ties. Egypt, meanwhile, has denied that it extended any invitation to delegates of the separatist movement. read more

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UN official in Côte dIvoire discusses peace process with political party leader

13 May 2010The top United Nations envoy in Côte d’Ivoire, Y. J. Choi, has met with the leader of the Rally of Republicans (RDR) political party, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, to discuss the situation in the West African country, particularly issues related to the electoral process and reunification. “We have noticed a prolonged political impasse with regard to these two issues and it is creating tension,” Mr. Choi, who serves as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, said after the meeting yesterday.“The situation is very delicate for the crisis-resolution process. The electoral dynamic must be rapidly renewed and efforts must be made towards reunification, so that together we can make progress in the crisis-resolution process,” he added.Presidential elections were supposed to be held as far back as 2005 but have been repeatedly postponed, most recently from this past March. A new date has not yet been set.Mr. Choi, who is also the head of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), said that he had discussed the forthcoming Security Council meeting on the country, scheduled for June 2010, with Mr. Ouattara.In this regard, Mr. Choi, who on Tuesday met with the leader of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI), Henri Konan Bédié, explained that he intended to meet with all the protagonists of the Ouagadougou Political Agreement.The Ouagadougou Agreement, signed in the capital of neighbouring Burkina Faso in 2007, details a series of measures to deal with the crisis that first divided Côte d’Ivoire in 2002 between the Government-controlled south and the north. read more

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Ontario to ban corporate union donations to council and school board candidates

by The Canadian Press Posted May 18, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated May 18, 2016 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Ontario government plans to ban corporate and union donations to municipal politicians.The Liberals are expected to propose amendments to the Municipal Act at committee today to prohibit companies and unions from donating to local politicians.The government, which introduced legislation Tuesday to ban corporate and union donations at the provincial level, had said it would be up to municipal councils to decide whether or not to change their own fundraising rules.But Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin has told The Canadian Press that the government has heard from a number of individuals and organizations across the province about the proposed Municipal Elections Modernization Act.McMeekin says the province will ban corporate and union donations to council candidates and would-be school board trustees in all 445 Ontario municipalities.He says the ban will create an even playing field for all political candidates.Toronto already bans corporate and union donations during municipal elections, and several other municipal councils, including Ajax and Barrie, have been talking about a similar rule change to reduce the influence of money in local campaigns, especially from developers and home builders.However, the majority of councillors in Richmond Hill voted against introducing a similar ban and sent the idea back to staff for further study.Other proposed changes to the Municipal Elections Act would allow towns and cities the option of using ranked ballots in the 2018 elections, and would shorten campaign periods by opening candidate nominations in May instead of January.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter Ontario to ban corporate, union donations to council and school board candidates read more

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Bera Bera wins Spanish championship

9CB Mar Alicante2619 Bera Bera handballSpanish handball 4Helvetia BM Alcobendas2638 3BM Rocasa ACE Gran Canaria2642 1Balonmano Bera Bera2647 Spanish team Bera Bera wins the national championship for the first time in the history. After years of Itxako domination, some other team got a chance to become the first force of Spanish women’s handball…. 7Cleba León BM2622 11Grupo Asfi Itxako Navarra2617 8Zuazo Barakaldo2620 13E. Castelldefels2615 10Valencia Aicequip2619 14Promociones Paraiso Castro Urdiales262 5Mecalia Atl. Guardés2635 ← Previous Story Balkan trio to HC Dinamo Minsk Next Story → Anikó Kovacsics is the Women’s EHF CL best young player 6BM Porriño2627 2Elche-Mustang2645 12Kukullaga Etxebarri2616

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Wellknown criminal shot dead in west Dublin gun attack

first_img Short URL By Rónán Duffy 88,882 Views Dec 2nd 2016, 8:46 PM Share154 Tweet Email3 88 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A lot of shock and upset in Lucan over gangland shooting in Griffeen Valley Park— William Lavelle (@LucanCouncillor) December 2, 2016center_img http://jrnl.ie/3117203 Well-known criminal shot dead in west Dublin gun attack The shooting happened in the Lucan area. A MAN HAS been shot dead in the Lucan area of west Dublin.The man’s body was discovered this evening at about 8pm in Griffeen Valley Park. Source: William Lavelle/Twitter Friday 2 Dec 2016, 8:46 PM Gardaí at the scene Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieIt’s understood that the man was Mark Desmond, a well-known criminal who was previously charged over the murder of two men in an incident that became known as the ‘Canal Murders’.Desmond was aged in his 30s and has been known to gardaí since his teens. The scene Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieEmergency services are at the scene and gardaí have appealed for witnesses.last_img read more

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Congo warlord convicted

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The international criminal court has delivered the first verdict in its ten-year history, finding a Congolese warlord guilty of recruiting child soldiers. Thomas Lubanga was convicted of snatching children from the street and turning them into killers. He showed no emotion as the presiding judge, Adrian Fulford, read out the verdict. In a unanimous decision, the three judges said evidence proved that as head of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) and its military wing, Lubanga had been responsible for the conscription of child soldiers active on the frontline. He now faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The court cannot impose the death penalty. Prosecutors had alleged that Lubanga, 51, was using a rebel militia to dominate the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Ituri region, home to one of the world’s most lucrative gold reserves. Children as young as 11 were recruited from their homes and schools.last_img read more

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Arsenal Chelsea target Jan Oblak

first_imgAtletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has reportedly caught the interest of both Arsenal and Chelsea as they look to rebuild their respective squads after a disappointing seasonThe Slovenia international joined Atletico back in the summer of 2014 in a €16m deal from Benfica after Thibaut Courtois returned to Chelsea from he’s loan spell at the club.Since then, Oblak has performed strongly in his three seasons in La Liga with the goalkeeper having kept 57 clean sheets. The 25 year-old has now become regarded as one of the very best goalkeepers in the world and a huge fee will be expected for any kind of bid.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…So far this season, Oblak has conceded just 14 league goals and boats the best save success rate in all of Europe’s top five leagues with 88.3%.The Express has reported that Chelsea are monitoring the situation with the Slovenian with Courtois looking set to leave the club for a return to the Spanish capital. But Arsenal are also believed to be interested in signing Oblak after another lacklustre season from Petr Cech which has seen the Czech international commit some high profile mistakes this season.last_img read more

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Vancouver councilman now has opponent

first_imgA political newcomer filed Wednesday to run against Vancouver City Councilor Bart Hansen- in the August primary.But Jack King O’Neal III, 31, also said he doesn’t plan on doing much campaigning. A mechanical engineering student at Portland State University and staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve, said he’ll let the voters decide. “I’m not running against the guy who’s in there right now,” O’Neal said. “I’ll kind of leave it to the voters. I’m going to do my thing and see what happens on election night.”O’Neal, who lives in east Vancouver, has served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, earning the Bronze Star for service.He said there’s no specific issue facing the city that he’s focused on; he simply wants to join local government. “It’s just about my desire to be in politics, and I feel like I have a lot to offer,” O’Neal said. “Instead of sitting back and watching the conversation, I want to be a part of the process.”O’Neal said he does not have any prior experience in city government.He’s lived in Vancouver since September 2007 and has a wife and daughter. He considered running for mayor while serving in Iraq, but lacked the two-years minimum residency requirement at the time.He’s the first and only person to file to run against Hansen, who was appointed to the city council in January to fill the position vacated by Mayor Tim Leavitt.last_img read more

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Going DigitalOnly Last Ditch Effort or Smart Strategy

first_imgProduct MixAt its recent meeting, the board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) expanded the definition of a digital magazine edition to include content published via any digital means, not just an exact electronic copy. Beginning with June 2009 ABC statements, magazines may report paid digital editions in two categories: “replica,” where the advertising and editorial content exactly match the printed publication, and “nonreplica,” where the basic identity and content are similar to the printed edition but the articles and advertising may differ. Free, unrestricted public access to a Web site does not qualify as a paid digital edition.Ziff Davis made PCMag.com and a new digital network—including sites ExtremeTech, Good Clean Tech, Gearlog, DL.TV, Appscout and CrankyGreeks—the focus of its digital strategy (Young says the network averages 7 million unique visitors per month). A digital edition powered by Zinio offers more “magazine-like” content. “The Web site is the heart and soul of the brand and the digital magazine is sort of a continuation of what the print magazine did,” says Young. “We had to think and act as a pure play right from the beginning. We didn’t have to educate customers why they should be buying digitally, they’d already been doing it for seven or eight years.” Penton recently shuttered the print editions of marketing trade titles Promo, Direct and Multichannel News, shifting their focus online while debuting a new print title called Chief Marketer, which will be sent on a bi-monthly basis to 25,000 readers culled from the Promo and Direct databases, with a digital edition from NxtBook Media. However, if your product suffers from core problems such as weak editorial, going online-only won’t help. “If you are planning to move to digital-only, the easiest thing to do is duplicate what you were doing before,” says Allan Brown, sales director at UK-based Graduate Prospects, which went digital-only several years ago. “But you must ask yourself, ‘Why was it not working in print?’ If you fail to address the answer to this, it is unlikely you will succeed in your new venture.” New Economic RealitiesMost publishers jumping to digital expect a smaller but more profitable business, but it could take years to get back to where they were. Young won’t reveal specifics, but did say PCMag.com is profitable, albeit smaller. When it folded in January, PC Magazine alone generated more than $80 million in annual PIB revenue (and was still profitable despite a 25 percent drop in ad pages, according to Young).Even accounting for overestimation by PIB, that’s a lot of revenue to walk away from. “We’re not going to function at the level of total scale and profitability that we did at the peak of print for a considerable period of time but there’s a good business here and a clear path because we have achieved that level of scale and profitability that digital media companies covet in the digital space,” says Young. Converting Audience To OnlineMany titles continue to see significant separation between their print and online audience. A recent survey from the Rosen Group found that while more than 80 percent of respondents had consumer magazine subscriptions, only 7 percent of those subscribers also sought out the magazine’s Web site.When O’Reilly Media’s Craft folded in February in favor of the digital edition and Web site, it offered existing subscribers full access to its digital archive through April 1, 2009, in addition to refunds. Subscribers who transferred their subscription to Make were incentivized by continued, unlimited access to the digital edition archives provided by Texterity.While 90 percent of PC Magazine readers were also going to the Web site, Ziff offered digital editions to every print subscriber so they knew there was an ongoing magazine-like experience. “We were pleasantly surprised at the number of subscribers who opted to continue to get it in digital format,” says Young. Popular Science is prepping its readers for e-readers going more mainstream. Last month the magazine launched a new digital product called The Pop Sci Science Guide that uses Zinio’s latest digital publishing version, which lets publishers embed video, animation and hyperlinks. The Guide is testing various price points of 99 cents to $4.99 per issue, with the goal of getting 900,000 readers combined for the first four.Advertisers may need to be coaxed as well. Don’t use this as an excuse to nickle and dime them. Some publishers charge to make hyperlinks live in digital magazines —something they never would do with their Web site. But remember, if the print product can still sustain your business as you ramp up online, don’t make the jump too soon. “We had a magazine that was declining up until its last issue but it was producing real cash,” says Young. “That gave us time and capital to get the digital business to a level where it could profitability carry the business forward. For publishers that have suddenly become untenable and don’t have that digital scale, I don’t know if it can carry them forward, You’re going to see a lot of businesses go away.” PC Magazine. Avenue A. PROMO. Craft. The list of former print titles going digital-only is growing almost weekly as publishers shift from a print product that is no longer economically feasible to what they hope is the future of their brand.But going digital-only isn’t an automatic recipe for success; for many publishers, it’s a last ditch effort before folding completely. If your online business hasn’t been at least as important as your print product, going digital-only now may only prolong the inevitable, instead of revitalizing your brand. “The biggest distinction between what we’ve done and what you see other companies go through is we made the decision back in 2001,” says Jason Young, CEO of Ziff Davis, which has taken several titles digital-only, including 700,000-circ PC Magazine in January. “That was a several-year process. Unfortunately, a lot of these businesses are saying ‘We’re going digital-only,’ but when they haven’t built that scale, they won’t be successful.”At the FOLIO: Growth Summit last month, IDG CEO Bob Carrigan offered an indicator of whether a publisher can make it online. “When they find you through organic search—that’s the Holy Grail,” Carrigan said. IDG has changed from a revenue mix of 74/16/10 percent print/event/online in 2002 to a 38/20/42 percent last year.last_img read more

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In Other News Robins AFB University Renew Ties

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Mercer University and Robins AFB held a formal signing ceremony at the school’s Macon, Ga., campus last week to renew their long-standing educational partnership agreement. The close collaboration between the two organizations dates to the early 1980s when the commander of Warner Robins Air Logistics Center and the president of Mercer came up with a plan to fix the Air Force’s shortage of engineers, prompting the university to open an engineering school, reported Mercer News. The partnership is more than just a workforce pipeline for Robins, however; now the university’s applied engineering and research arm provides extensive support to the Air Force.Photo courtesy of Mercer Universitylast_img

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Game of Thrones prequel Bloodmoons details leaked online

first_imgBran the Builder in Game of Thrones prequelGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones fans are eagerly waiting to see the prequel series based out of Westeros. After such delays and speculations, it looks like some major details about HBO’s upcoming fantasy drama have been leaked online.Game of Thrones season 8 ended in May and it left viewers wanting more. Since there are no more Arya Stark or Jon Snow spinoffs in making, fans simply have to wait for Game of Thrones prequel which may release sometime in 2020 or 2021.Fans were clueless when it comes to the title of Game of Thrones prequel. There were several assumptions that the upcoming series will be called The Long Night. However, Game of Thrones author George RR Martin made it clear in the past that the said title is not official.”HBO has informed me that the Jane Goldman pilot is not (yet) titled THE LONG NIGHT,” Martin previously wrote on his blog. “That is certainly the title I prefer, but for the moment the pilot is still officially UNTITLED. So … mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa.”As per WatchersOnTheWall, HBO is yet to confirm the title of the show but apparently, the series’ logo, which the production is using, has made its way online. Game of Thrones Game of Thrones Official YoutubeAs per the site, the logo of Game of Thrones prequel reveals the title of the show would reportedly be Blood Moon. The revealed logo shows Blood and Moon separated by a spear. Whereas, the second O of Blood is making a reflection as the first O in the Moon. As of now, it is not confirmed whether this is going to be the official logo or the title of Game of Thrones prequel but the revealed logo does look intriguing as it opens so many doors for the fans to speculate.Meanwhile, there have been several other speculations about the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series. There were several who are assuming that the upcoming HBO fantasy drama is going to feature Bran Stark from Game of Thrones in some capacity. The king of Six Kingdoms possess the power of going back in the past and if he travels back in time, then there are chances that we might get to see him again.In addition to Bran the Broken, the upcoming series is going to show Night King as the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch and how he will be kidnapped by the Children of The Forest and how a young man will be turned into a White Walker.last_img read more

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A petal of peac

first_imgVisual Art Gallery presents Prashanti- solo art exhibition by Pushpa Bagrodia and  curated by Uma Nair. Six or so paintings of a large format will be displayed in the show that will be inaugurated by and member of Parliament Jaya Bachchan. The exhibition will be held at the Visual Art Gallery, at the Capital’s India Habitat Center from December 11 to 18. These works have their origin in a series of perspective studies of flowers and plants, in which the position of the horizon line has been shifted within an  intuition of a nature lover. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The resulting “structures” of flowers serve as the framework for the development of the works in which flowers gradually take form and spiritual substance. Scraps of narrative become discernible and relate to one another, suggestive of the aesthetic typical of a meditative mood. Also in the show are a series of seascapes and plant studies allied with the beauty springing from the artist’s brush. Art critic Uma Nair who has penned an essay for a book states that “Pushpa Bagrodia is India’s Georgia OKeefe-her works emanate a poetics of banality, an aesthetic of the outskirts shot through with echoes of nature rhythms.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixElsewhere, the silhouette of palms and bamboo stalks and leaves fill the spaces of the work that seem to stem from organic laws of painting more than from a requirement for narrative. Rather than the staging of a guiding narration, Pushpa Bagrodia’s viewpoint is articulated in a manner of painting the world that surrounds her in her lush landscaped home at Vasant Kunj Farms.She envisages her subjects as a concentrated construction in process, interrupted in each painting and continued in the next, reaching towards an end that is more utopian and eternal in tonality. She thus presents us with the “experience of a painting” rather than the “painting of an experience”, entifying in the pictorial field the subtle blend of the Impressionist and the Realist schools of the past. A book on her works will also be released by Jaya Bachchan. The quiet thinker who plumbs the depths of nature to create realist studies that capture the limpid tones of the lotus pond, Pushpa Bagrodia is one of those silent workers who embraces nature’s bounties with a serenity you can’t imagine. “Even when I traveled in later and early years, my unconscious search would be to find  trees and plants,” says she. “It excites me, anytime any place.” She takes photographs of plants and trees and landscapes wherever she goes and comes back and puts it to paper with her watercolour pencils. In her early years she learned from the wash artist Indra Dugar. Over the past 15 years she has been mentored by the brilliant water colourist Sudip Roy. She held many exhibitions in Calcutta, Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Chandigarh.Where: Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Center, New DelhiWhen: December 11- 18last_img read more

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