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Umtiti refuses to rule out Neymar move to Real Madrid

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first_imgBarcelona defender Samuel Umtiti believes that a transfer for Neymar to arch-rivals Real Madrid is something that is completely out of their controlDespite having only left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer in a world-record €222m deal, Neymar has been strongly linked with a return to La Liga after being reportedly discontent with life in the French capital.The Brazilian international has been targeted by Real with Florentino Perez having been known to have harboured a long held desire to see Neymar in the famous white shirt at the Santiago Bernabeu.Recently, PSG have announced that they have no interest in parting ways with their prized asset this summer. But the rumours have persisted with Neymar reportedly keen on joining Real.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…“In football, anything is possible. Just because you played for Barca that doesn’t mean you can’t go to Real. If he wants to go, and Real wants him, it will be done.” Umtiti told Canal+.After suffering a metatarsal injury in PSG’s 3-0 win over Marseille in February, Neymar has been absent from the PSG side. But coach Unai Emery has previously revealed that he is confident that the star will return in time for the end of the season games.last_img read more

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Iniesta move to Chongqing Lifan a rumour – coach

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first_imgAndres Iniesta’s reported transfer to Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan is nothing more than a “rumour”, says the club’s coachBoth the Spanish and the Chinese media have been strongly linking the veteran midfielder to the club with Iniesta expected to confirm his plans for the future by the end of the month.However, Chongqing coach Paulo Bento, who was the manager of Portugal in the last World Cup, has now denied this and stated that it is nothing more than a “rumour”.Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“This is a rumor and it is very difficult to comment on rumors.” said the Portuguese coach, according to HurriyetDailyNews.“But I don’t think there is any fan or coach in the world that doesn’t like a player like Iniesta.”Iniesta has kept silent on his future since announcing last month that he had until the end of April to decide whether to go to China or not.last_img read more

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Rodriguez happy at Milan

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first_imgSwiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez’s agent would consider “a team that has a chance to win the Champions League” as he “won’t leave Milan easily,” his agent confirms via Football Italia.The agent met with Rossoneri sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli today, with some taking that as a sign the Swiss left-back will be sold.“It’s all good, we have an excellent relationship with Mirabelli,” Gianluca Di Domenico told MilanNews after the meeting.“There’s great transparency, it was him who wanted Ricardo at Milan, he followed him for a long time.“He’s happy in Milan, he wanted Milan and he loves the city. Milan are second in Europe for [Champions League] titles won and he’s happy to be here.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“If an offer comes in from a team that has a chance to win the Champions League then it would be legitimate for both Milan and the player to evaluate that option, but Ricardo won’t leave Milan easily.“I can’t confirm any offers, none have reached the table. There’s interest of course, but that’s normal for a player who is doing well at the World Cup. There’s no concrete offer on the table.“Leaving aside the period Milan are going through, this remains one of the biggest clubs in Europe.“Even outside of European competition, playing for Milan is a very important thing. There are teams playing in Europe that will never have the value Milan has.”last_img read more

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Juventus announce squad for ICC tour

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first_imgA record of seven consecutive Serie A titles and counting, Juventus head into this summer looking to continue their historic run this year and will begin their pre-season preparations with a challenging encounter against Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the International Champions CupWhile they may be making history in Italy with seven successive league crowns and four straight domestic doubles, Juventus are aiming higher this year in finally winning the one piece of silverware that continues to elude them – the Champions League.And their hopes have undoubtedly been boosted by the timely arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid and the five-time Champions League winner is determined to deliver the crown to Turin.“As the president has told me, it’s not an obsession but a dream,” said Ronaldo.“I’m here to help Juventus make it come true. It’s possible.”But unfortunately, Juventus will have to make do without their record signing for their tour in America ahead of a testing schedule that will see them face Bayern, Benfica and finally Real Madrid.World Cup stars Mario Mandzukic, Marko Pjaca and Blaise Matuidi have all been given extra time off by head coach Massimiliano Allegri.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.But Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Rodrigo Bentancur and Douglas Costa and Juan Cuadrado are injured.Juventus squad for International Champions CupGoalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny, Mattia Perin, Carlo Pinsoglio, Mattia Del Favero,Defenders: Mattia De Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini, Mehdi Benatia, Alex Sandro, Mattia Caldara, Andrea Barzagli, Joao Cancelo, Daniele Rugani, Pietro Beruatto, Roman Macek, Grigoris KastanosMidfielders: Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira, Claudio Marchisio, Emre Can, Leandro Fernandes, Matheus Pereira da Silva, Alessandro Di Pardo, Nicolo FagioliForwards: Federico Bernardeschi, Luca Clemenza, Stefano Beltrame, Andrea Favilli(as announced on the club website).last_img read more

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Gattuso wants winning attitude to continue

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first_imgGennaro Gattuso is impressed with AC Milan’s new winning mentality and wants them to continue in that run as they gear up to face Chievo Verona.Gattuso’s men have overcome their poor start to return to winning ways with a 4-1 win over Sassuolo then came from behind to defeat Olympiacos in the Europa League.“Every game has a different story,” said Gattuso in his Press conference. “We had started well against Olympiacos, and that goal knocked the wind out of our sails, but we did well to react.“This type of attitude is what I want to see, as over the last two months we’ve been missing that. We focused on passing but were missing something.“The last two games have broken the ice psychologically. We’ve shown this season that we have some defects and are working to correct them, but it’ll take time. We’re not far off the top teams and must continue believing in our work.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Cutrone has earned a senior Italy call-up for games against Ukraine and Poland, but Gattuso doesn’t suggest more playing time is in the works.“I don’t enjoy putting Cutrone on the bench, and I was distraught when he was injured. He is someone who changes games with his enthusiasm and dynamism.“Patrick can change a match when he comes off the bench. He has also done well when starting, but always makes an impact as a substitute.“Cutrone should be proud of the call-up, as it must give him incredible joy. We’ll see if he actually goes because his ankle still hurts, but I’m proud he got the nod.”last_img read more

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Barcelona at risk of being expelled from the Copa del Rey

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first_imgBarcelona could be expelled from the Copa del Rey after allegedly choosing to play an ineligible player in Juan Brandariz “Chumi”19-year-old Chumi was named as a starter in Barcelona’s first leg against Levante last week in the Copa del Rey, which they surprisingly lost 2-1.But El Mundo broke the story that the young defender had in fact been suspended by the Spanish FA (RFEF) for receiving a fifth booking in a second division game against Castellón on Sunday for the B team.Now Barcelona could be kicked out of the Copa del Rey as a result of playing Chumi at Levante.“To the club that sets an ineligible line-up with a footballer who does not comply with the regulations to be able to participate in a game, this will be given as a defeat, declaring the opponent the winner by a score of three goals to zero, unless the winning margin was greater,” reads Article 76 of the RFEF’s disciplinary code.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“In the case of a knockout tie, it will be resolved in favour of the opponent.”Barcelona won the second leg of their last-16 tie against Levante 3-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals, which could turn out to have been a pointless effort.Real Madrid had in fact been eliminated from the competition themselves for similar circumstances after playing the suspended Denis Cheryshev in 2015.Barcelona have defended their actions on the matter based on a memo entitled circular 28, which states that the suspension was not relevant.last_img read more

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Test Of Emergency Alert System Scheduled

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first_imgResidents may see several notices from the test on that day, all of which will indicate that the transmission is a test message. Local broadcasters, such as KSRM, will air EAS messages similar to regularly scheduled tests, which include an audible message that is expected to last about one minute and can be seen or heard on local television and radio stations. The KPB Alerts system is a local warning system administered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and is not being tested with the EAS and WEA system. To receive alerts on your wireless phone, a one-time registration is required. All residents of the Borough are encouraged to register for alerts and to visit http://alerts.kpb.us for more information.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system will be conducted, on September 20, beginning at 10:18am.  In addition to the tests aired on broadcasters, the WEA system will be tested for the first time at a national level. This system can send urgent messages to cell phones by broadcasting from active cell towers, and will appear as a notification on cellular phones.last_img read more

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Pentatonix Trace The Evolution Of Rihanna In New Cover Video

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first_imgThe GRAMMY-winning a cappella quintet tackle the “We Found Love” singer’s evolution in new cover trackRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 27, 2018 – 3:56 pm Pentatonix have made a name for themselves cranking out mind-blowing a cappella covers of everything from Christmas favorites to Daft Punk, Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, and so many more. On July 26 the group released their latest, an ambitious romp through Rihanna’s discography in the “Evolution Of Rihanna.”The quintet, comprising Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee, run through some of Rihanna’s biggest career hits, seamlessly transitioning between “S.O.S,” “Work,” “We Found Love,” “Take A Bow,” “Rude Boy,” “Disturbia,” “Wild Thoughts,” and more in the nearly seven-minute video. This is the fourth such installment Pentatonix has released, following Michael Jackson, Beyoncé and a tour of music history.If this cover isn’t enough Pentatonix for you, then good news. The group kicked off their North American tour July 26 in Dallas and you can catch them live in additional cities such as Atlanta, Tampa, Fla., Syracuse, N.Y., and Toronto before they wrap up in Tinley Park, Ill., on Sept. 16.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Watch: Pentatonix Cover Rihanna’s Discography pentatonix-trace-evolution-rihanna-new-cover-video Email Twitter News Facebook Pentatonix Trace The Evolution Of Rihanna In New Cover Video last_img read more

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Summerfest 2019 Lizzo Brandi Carlile Rodrigo Y Gabriela More

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first_imgLast week, the fest announced that Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Schoolboy Q will headline the last day of performances at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater, which will host a series of performances with tickets that can be purchased separately from the Summerfest general admission ticket (but also include G.A. access). A weekday admission ticket can also be purchased. More info on the variety of tickets can be found here.  Summerfest features 12 stages and over 800 acts in 11 days, according to the fest. For more information on ticket sales, visit the Summerfest website. Beyonce To Drop ‘Homecoming’ Documentary On April 17 https://twitter.com/Summerfest/status/1115570099811909632 Twitter Facebook News Summerfest 2019: Lizzo, Brandi Carlile & More summerfest-2019-lizzo-brandi-carlile-rodrigo-y-gabriela-more Summerfest 2019: Lizzo, Brandi Carlile, Rodrigo Y Gabriela & More The massive festival will take place June 26–30 and July 2–7 in downtown Milawaukee and will also feature Billie Eilish, The Roots, The Lonely Island and AtmosphereJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 10, 2019 – 4:48 pm Brandi Carlile, Jimmy Eat World, Lizzo and Rodrigo y Gabriela are among the over 100 headlining musical artists that have been announced for Summerfest, the 11-day music festival in Milwaukee, this year.The massive festival will take place June 26–30 and July 2–7 in downtown Milawaukee and will also feature Billie Eilish, The Roots, The Lonely Island and Atmosphere. The full lineup can be seen at the Summerfest website.  Email last_img read more

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Boeing pledges 100M to families of those killed in 737 Max 8

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first_img 49 Photos Share your voice The official causes of the crashes, which appear to be similar, are still under study. Investigation teams in Indonesia and Ethiopia are focusing on faulty sensors and a flight control system designed to push the nose down in the air. Boeing says it has completed the necessary update for review by the FAA. But as of now, the agency has not said when that will happen.”We at Boeing are sorry for the tragic loss of lives in both of these accidents and these lives lost will continue to weigh heavily on our hearts and on our minds for years to come,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing CEO, in a statement. “The families and loved ones of those on board have our deepest sympathies, and we hope this initial outreach can help bring them comfort.” Boeing Tour a B-17 and other aircraft at the Palm Springs Air Museum Boeing’s 737 Max 8 is grounded after two crashes that killed 346 people. Boeing Boeing will spend $100 million in the coming years to aid the families affected by two 737 Max 8 plane crashes. The planes have been grounded since March following the crashes, which left 346 people dead. The company said the funds will address “family and community needs” and support “education, hardship and living expenses for impacted families, community programs and economic development in impacted communities.” Boeing will work with local governments and non-profit organizations to carry out the aid. The first 737 Max 8 crash occured Oct. 29, when Lion Air flight 610 crashed in the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing 189 people. Then, on March 10, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 departed Addis Ababa Bole International Airport bound for Nairobi, Kenya. Just after takeoff, the pilot radioed a distress call and was given immediate clearance to return and land. But before the crew could make it back, the aircraft crashed 40 miles from the airport at 8:44 a.m., six minutes after it left the runway.center_img 0 Tech Industry null Tagslast_img read more

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Minnesota Sees Rise of Payday Loan Alternatives

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first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sky-high interest payday loans are getting some more affordable competition in the Twin Cities area from community-based organizations.Minnesota Public Radio reports that Exodus Lending is one nonprofit offering residents interest-free loans to help pay off debts. Exodus Executive Director Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer says the organization has helped about 200 borrowers since April 2015.Me’Lea Connelly poses for a portrait in her office in North Minneapolis on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Connelly is director of development at Village, a proposed community development financial cooperative. Her organization currently helps people who are in trouble with payday loans and predatory lending. Her product, the New Day Loan helps people who need loans pay off payday loans with lower interest rates. (Tony Saunders /Minnesota Public Radio via AP)Village Financial Cooperative plans to open a credit union next year. Village Financial development director Me’Lea Connelly says the credit union’s goal is to increase access to banking services, including low-cost, short-term, small loans.There are at least five credit unions in Minnesota that already make small-dollar or auto loans to people wouldn’t normally quality for a loan.Payday lenders argue that high interest rates are necessary to make small loans worthwhile.___Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.orglast_img read more

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Barry Blumberg Joins Mammoth Media as Chief Content Officer

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first_imgMammoth Media, a mobile entertainment-app startup, hired former Defy Media exec Barry Blumberg as its chief content officer.In addition, Mammoth said it has added entertainment veteran Sandy Grushow as a strategic adviser and promoted Talia Kocar to VP of content. The appointments come after L.A.-based Mammoth Media announced $13 million in funding led by Greylock Partners.Mammoth is the studio behind story-sharing app Yarn and Wishbone, a tap-to-vote social networking app that lets users generate polls and side-by-side comparisons.Blumberg officially started at the company on Feb. 14, reporting to Mammoth Media CEO and co-founder Benoit Vatere. In his new role, Blumberg will be responsible for all content produced across existing and developing platforms.“I have loved the digital space because of the more direct connection between a diverse array of creators and their audiences,” Blumberg commented. “Nowhere is this more prevalent than in mobile, and I’m tremendously excited by the prospects for this at Mammoth Media.” Most recently Blumberg served as Defy Media’s CCO before departing a year ago. At Defy, he was involved in the creation and expansion of the Smosh comedy brand, and also headed the company’s programming strategy for brands including Clevver, AWE me, and Screen Junkies. He had joined the company with the 2013 merger of Break Media and Alloy Digital. Prior to helping establish Alloy Digital in 2006, Blumberg was president of Walt Disney Television Animation.Kocar, who has been with Mammoth Media since its inception was previously was director of content and community, will work with Blumberg to manage and oversee the editorial and social growth of the company’s apps and businesses. Mammoth was officially founded in 2015, after spinning out of tech incubator Science Inc.The company has tapped Grushow, CEO of investment and consulting firm Phase Two Media, with an eye on collaborating with Hollywood studios and creative execs. Grushow spent nearly 25 years at the Fox Entertainment Group, including six years as chairman overseeing both Fox’s broadcast network and television studio. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Venus found to have aurora type magnetotails

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first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers studying the planet Venus have found that despite a lack of a magnetic field, the planet has magnetotails, which on Earth are part of the process known as the Northern and Southern Lights. This, as the team describes in their paper published in Science, is due to the solar wind interacting with the planet’s ionosphere. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. On Earth and other planets that do have a magnetic field, solar wind is deflected by the magnetism that surrounds the planet into the magnetosphere causing magnetic lines of force to break and reconnect, resulting in the show of lights in the night sky called an aurora. This process known as magnetic reconnection also causes the creation of magnetotails, or elongated stretches of the magnetosphere on the lee side of planets. This new research shows that Venus too has such magnetogtails, though the process of their creation is different.In analyzing data obtained from Venus Express, the probe sent by the European Space Agency, the researchers found that on Venus, the solar wind reacts with the ions in its ionosphere and in one instance resulted in what they describe as a magnetic plasma bubble stretching for some 2100 miles and lasting for just over a minute and a half. This they say is also an example of magnetic reconnection, albeit, one of a different kind.For years, researches have puzzled over mysterious flashes of light coming from Venus, and some have even speculated that they might be caused by magnetic reconnection, but until now lacked evidence. This new research adds strong credence to that theory and may also explain how some comet tails manage to disengage from their heads.As for whether the light generated by such instances of magnetic reconnection on Venus can truly be called an aurora, that remains up for debate. On Earth the Northern and Southern lights, also known as aurora borealis and aurora australis are named after the Roman goddess of dawn and thus are not tied to any specific scientific phenomenon, so it wouldn’t seem to be a stretch to use the same term for a similar effect discovered on another planet. Journal information: Science © 2012 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Cluster opens a new window on ‘magnetic reconnection’ in the near-Earth space More information: Magnetic Reconnection in the Near Venusian Magnetotail, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1217013ABSTRACTObservations with the Venus Express magnetometer and low-energy particle detector revealed magnetic field and plasma behavior in the near-Venus wake symptomatic of magnetic reconnection, a process that occurs in the Earth’s magnetotail but is not expected in the magnetotail of a non-magnetized planet like Venus. On 15 May 2006, the plasma flow in this region was toward the planet and the magnetic field component transverse to the flow was reversed. Magnetic reconnection is a plasma process that changes the topology of the magnetic field and results in energy exchange between the magnetic field and the plasma. Thus, the energetics of the Venus magnetotail resembles that of the terrestrial tail where energy is stored and later released from the magnetic field to the plasma. Citation: Venus found to have aurora type magnetotails (2012, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-venus-aurora-magnetotails.html Venus. Photo courtesy of NASAlast_img read more

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Summer fabrics made local at Kairi 2018

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first_imgFind a range of tie and dye, khadi, ajrakh, bagru and dabu prints, laheriya, ikats and weaves in sarees, dupattas and fabrics at the three-day exhibition of textiles for summer. KAIRI 2018 is an initiative of Delhi Crafts Council to provide marketing assistance to skilled weavers and printers from across the country.The exhibition will go on until March 17 at the Aga Khan Hall, New Delhi.Sarees, dupattas, stoles and fabrics will be available at the exhibition including a range of Khadi, Ajrakh, Bandhani, Banaras weaves, Laheriya, Ikat, Kota, Maheshwari, Chanderi, Bagh prints, Tribal weaves from Bastar, Andhra weaves and Prints from Jaipur amongst a huge variety of traditional techniques. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe exhibition showcases a wide variety of traditional techniques ranging from Abdul Rahim’s vegetable dyed Ajrakh sarees, master craftsman Shyamji Vankar’s intricate Gujarat weaves, Brocade and woven fabrics from Benares and Hari Shankar Meher’s Odisha ikats.Biren Basak’s presents delicate Jamdani’s from Bengal and Rashid has ethereal printed fabrics from Jaipur. Sajid Khatri, Sridevi Handlooms and Badshah Miyan present a collection of Bandhani, Ikat and Lehariya respectively that are perfect for the summer. Bagru bring vibrant prints, Salma Khan with Chikankari and Malkha’sunique range of Khadi fabrics are also part of the exhibition.Other exhibitors showcasing their collections at Kairi include Batik by Shunya Batik, Chitrika’s Andhra weaves and Sajid Khatri’s Bandhej and Shibori from Kutch.Self-help groups are well represented by Tana Bana with beautiful weaves from Maheshwar and Kantha by Street Survivors.last_img read more

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A Look at the GlobalApps Scene and Why You Should Care

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first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read Register Now » October 1, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The apps-creation craze may be thoroughly embedded in the U.S. tech scene, but, on the other side of the world, young would-be entrepreneurs are not only paying attention, they’re becoming rivals.Tasnim Al Khaldi, a recent graduate from Al Ain University in Abu Dhabi, is leaving college with both a degree and an app under her arm. After taking a crash course in app creation, she and a classmate Ruba Awadallah finalized iMonitor — an app that can send text message warnings to parents when their teens drive faster than posted speed limits — and submitted it to the Nokia App University Challenge in the United Arab Emirates.“I had no past experience in mobile application development or in the tools that I used to develop the app,” says Al Khaldi, 21, who studied software engineering in a school.So why the sudden burst of inspiration?The promise of prize money, along with mentorship opportunities or research assistance for starters.Related: Local App Competitions Fuel Tech Startups Mobile phone makers such as Research in Motion and Samsung as well as telecom operators like Etisalat in the UAE and Saudi Telecom Company are trying to grow the app ecosystem across the Middle East and Africa. Nokia has been organizing innovation summits in Africa, while also launching incubators like mLabs in Egypt, Kenya and South Africa to spur new app-development projects.“It’s really about focusing on stimulating innovation at the base,” says Jussi Hinkkanen, vice president of corporate relations and business environment at Nokia in the Middle East and Africa.Nabeel Ayub Kassim (center) won top prize in Nokia’s app challenge by creating BonAppetit, a program that finds restaurants in the United Arab Emirates. His rewards included $5,000 plus a summer internship at Nokia’s Middle East office, which is overseen by Tom FarrellThe incentives can prove alluring for any burgeoning app creator, particularly at a time when youth employment across the Middle East and Africa has stoked frustration and fuelled riots. Al Khaldi and her partner Awadallah, who came in second place together, won $3,000 cash and new smartphones. Nabeel Kassim, who helped develop the winning restaurant-finding app called BonAppetit, walked away with $5,000 in cash and is slated to attend a study tour to the Nokia Research Center in Finland next month.Although the prizes certainly seem generous, the business opportunities for revenue-hungry handset manufacturers and telecom operators are that much greater. “Mobile makers promote apps [because] they want people to continue upgrading their devices to higher specs,” says David Ashford, an e-business consultant who used to run an app development fund in the UAE.Related: At College Pitch Contests, Giant Companies Are Listening “Telcos promote apps [because] they want people to consume more paid-for data traffic,” he says. “The Middle East market is particularly attractive because demand outstrips supply: There are very few Arabic apps and yet the Middle East has a massive Arabic-speaking population which is very young and one of the fastest growing populations in the world.”The smart phone penetration rate in the Middle East and Africa is also only half that of mature markets like Europe and the U.S., but it’s growing much more rapidly, says Thomas Kuruvilla, managing director of Arthur D. Little Middle East, a Dubai-based consultancy that covers the telecommunications industry.For college students, the money is surely helpful, but so is the credibility that comes from participating in the competitions. After winning top prize in Nokia’s app challenge, Kassim, a 21-year-old electrical engineering student from the American University of Sharjah in the UAE, started a summer internship with the Finnish handset maker’s developer experience team. “I believe that this will give me a leading edge in the current job market,” he says.Plus, Kassim hopes he’ll expand his reach and better inform future efforts. “We need to familiarize ourselves with the current platforms and think of ways to attract developers to our preferred platform, Windows Phone.”Related: How to Start Up from Your Dorm Room Still, there are plenty of hurdles for young coders eager to create apps for the Middle East and Africa. Little funding exists, and neither domestic telecom regulators nor venture-capital firms have provided much in financial support, Kuruvilla argues. There is also a general lack of technical expertise to help app developers meet global benchmarks.Yet Kuruvilla has some quick tips for young developers looking to go global. For starters, participate in world-wide, online app development forums to help in exchanging knowledge and expertise. Also, he adds, develop partnerships with device manufacturers like Apple, Research in Motion and operating-system providers such as Google. “This will help in both marketing and technical support,” Kuruvilla says.If you could make and app for another country, which would you choose and why? Let us know in the comments section.last_img read more

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Microsoft to Acquire GitHub for 75 Billion

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first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals The name GitHub may not mean much to you, but for developers it’s a big deal. GitHub is the largest host of source code in the world; it hosts over 57 million project repositories and over 28 million users rely on it to keep that code safe and accessible. Now Microsoft owns it.Bloomberg initially reported a rumor that Microsoft was about to acquire GitHub, and now Microsoft has confirmed the acqusition for an eye-watering $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. Back in 2015, the company was valued at roughly $2 billion.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed the acqusition, stating “Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation. … We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges.”Talk of an acquisition concerned developers yesterday, who were understandably worried about what Microsoft would do to the service. Microsoft is focused on selling proprietary software, whereas GitHub has always been a friend of open source, offering free accounts to such projects. Activity overnight reflected this concern is real, with GitHub alternative GitLab enjoying a huge surge is project migrations from GitHub.Developers can relax a little, though. Microsoft explained that, “GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries.” In other words, GitHub will continue to operate as normal, without any big changes happening, at least for now.In terms of management changes, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman, founder of Xamarin, will become GitHub CEO. Chris Wanstrath, current CEO, will become a Microsoft technical fellow working on strategic software initiatives.Speaking of the acquisition, Wanstrath said, “I’m extremely proud of what GitHub and our community have accomplished over the past decade, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. The future of software development is bright, and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Microsoft to help make it a reality. … Their focus on developers lines up perfectly with our own, and their scale, tools and global cloud will play a huge role in making GitHub even more valuable for developers everywhere.”The acquisition won’t be finalized until customary closing conditions and a regulatory review is completed. After that, I expect the first thing to happen behind the scenes is GitHub becoming a service hosted on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing infrastructure. Beyond that, expect a softly-softly approach to introducing anything new that may scare off developers and projects.Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:35 a.m. ET with confirmation from Microsoft. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » June 4, 2018 3 min readlast_img read more

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Busy Staffordshire road closed after twovehicle smash

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first_imgPolice search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –   Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –   For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA busy Staffordshire road remains closed after a two vehicle collision. Staffordshire Police revealed the B5066, Sandon Road, was closed between Sandon and Hilderstone shortly before 4.40pm today (May 8). A spokesman said: “The B5066 Sandon Road between the A51 Sandon and Hilderstone is closed in both directions due to a two vehicle collision. Please consider alternative routes at this time.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.   The force did not confirm if anyone was injured in the collision. Traffic monitoring service INRIX reported traffic is slow between Lichfield Road and Jolpool Lane. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

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