Barca open talks over move for starlet Pedrinho

first_imgBarcelona have opened talks with Corinthians midfielder Pedrinho, Goal understands.The Primera Division leaders are already plotting their next move in the transfer market, and Latin American specialist Andre Cury has met with the Corinthians board to find out the status of the 20-year-old.Pedrinho debuted with Corinthians 18 months and has caught the eye of Cury, who is their specialist in the region. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, they face a fight if they are to make a move for the player. Both Paris Saint-Germain and Shakhtar Donetsk have been credited with an interest in him, with the Brazilian side set to put a price tag of €25 million (£22m/$29m) on their player.Predominantly a right winger, Pedrinho can play in a number of offensive midfield roles and has been a regular at club level this season, amassing 28 appearances overall, including six in the Copa Libertadores.During these games, he has yet to score but has produced three assists. The youngster, who has never featured for the national team at any age group, is under contract until 2020.Should Barca make their move, it would continue a recent trend of the Camp Nou outfit signing Brazilian players, with Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Malcom all arriving in Catalunya over the last 12 months.last_img read more

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Pooja Bedi’s daughter Alaia to make her debut with Jawani Janeman

first_imgIn 1992, Pooja Bedi scorched the screen by recreating Marliyn Monroe’s iconic skirt scene in Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, and now 26 years later, her daughter Alaia Furniturewalla is ready to take over the big screen.With over 3,55,000 followers on her verified Instagram account and several fan clubs, Pooja Bedi’s daughter Alaia is already quite the celebrity. And now, the 21-year-old star kid is gearing up for her Bollywood debut with Saif Ali Khan’s Jawani Janeman.ALAIA BAGS JAWANI JANEMANDirected by Nitin Kakkar of Filmistan fame, Jawani Janeman is a coming-of-age story of a 40-year-old man and revolves around his relationship with his daughter.Confirming the news, Saif told a leading daily, “She has all the qualities we were looking for in the young lead, the charm and energy to take the film to the level that it needs. We are lucky to have found our perfect cast and I’m looking forward to work with Alaia.”Jay Shewakramani, who is co-producing the film with Saif, revealed that they zeroed in on Aalia after screen-testing 50 aspirants.”Someone told me that Pooja Bedi’s daughter wants to act, so I checked out her pictures and sent a message to Pooja who put me in touch with Alaia’s agency. We loved her test, she’s got the film completely on her own merit,” said Jay.advertisement”She will play a fun-loving, independent girl, sporting a modern look in the film and will begin her readings and workshops next month, while we will start shooting for the film in March. However, she pretty much needs to be herself in the film as the role is quite tailor made for her,” added Jay.WHO IS ALAIA FURNITUREWALLA?Born to Pooja Bedi and Farhan Furniturewalla in 1997, Alaia has become an internet sensation, courtesy her bold photos. Though she is ready to take baby steps in Bollywood with Jawani Janeman, she is not new to fame.The star kid and her mom Pooja Bedi appeared on the cover of a popular magazine in 2016.Last year, Pooja Bedi confirmed that Alaia has grand plans of making an entry into Bollywood. The former actress in an interview to a daily had said, “Alaia has done one year film direction course in New York University. She has done one-year acting course in New York Film Academy.””She is currently back in India doing extensive training for Bollywood, busy attending acting, Kathak, contemporary, and singing classes. She is getting loads of offers but I want her to focus on her preparation. Next year, we will launch her,” Pooja Bedi had added.ALSO READ | Pooja Bedi’s daughter Aalia to make Bollywood debut: Have you seen these photos of her?ALSO READ | Pooja Bedi’s daughter Aalia slams trolls, says girls wearing bikinis shame her for wearing oneALSO WATCH: Kabir Bedi reacts to Pooja Bedi’s tweet, says there is no excuse for badlast_img read more

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Buying a new phone? 32GB, 64GB or 128GB? How much storage do you really need in your phone

first_imgIn the last couple of years, we have witnessed tremendous evolution in the world of smartphones. Compare a modern smartphone with one from five years ago, it’s easy to see the magnitude of the change. Mobile chipsets have become incredibly capable. Screens have gone from small 4-inch panels to large 6-inch+ edge-to-edge screens, with foldable ones looming on the horizon. Smartphones are also sporting more than just one camera to get highly impressive photos. While these are some features that people across various budget categories will eventually adopt, one feature that can affect the price of a smartphone is storage.Manufacturers like Samsung and Apple are pushing the boundaries of onboard storage on their flagship offerings, with 512GB becoming the new limit. Therefore, consumers get attracted to buy the variants with higher storage so as to store all their goodies that they care about without worrying about storage space.While the idea of having more storage is thoughtful, it does beg a question – how much storage is enough for you? Does spending extra on your preferred smartphone model make sense? After all, different types of consumers have varied kind of usage scenarios. Let’s try to answer some of that.How much storage is good enough for you?To decide on the amount of storage, we need to figure out the requirements a particular kind of user requires.For the shutterbug:There’s no doubt that people are taking more photos than they used to previously – thanks to incredible cameras on smartphones. Photos can easily reach up to 12MB in size for shots that hold a lot of detail. Therefore, if you like clicking lots of photos, you need a phone that has at least 64GB of storage. Whether you are using an Android phone or iPhone, Google’s cloud storage can help by offloading some of your precious photos to its servers. If your phone has expandable storage, it’s better to keep at least a 32GB of expandable memory.advertisementFor those who store songs:While it’s fashionable and convenient to stream music from apps such as Gaana and JioSaavn, audiophiles prefer certain types of audio formats and hence end up downloading audio tracks on their devices. A good quality .aac or even a .mp3 file at least consume 10MB of space and storing at least a few hundred albums does require some considerable storage space. Therefore, at least 128GB of internal storage is required to keep some space spare for system files and other kinds of files.What if you are a corporate user:For most corporate users, their phones are required to hold chunks of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, .pdf files and others. Therefore, a bare minimum of 64GB is suggested so as to prevent bothering about storage management.What if you game hard:Mobile gaming is now a serious business and gaming studios are excelling with unmatchable graphics as well incredible physics system. This translates into game files spanning several gigabytes. For example, Asphalt 9, PUBG MOBILE, Codemasters’ Grid Autosport and Modern Combat 5 have an average weight of 2.5GB. Consider the add-ons and updates that developers keep on rolling and it could easily expand by a GB or two. Therefore, 128GB is at least required. If you have noticed, Asus’ first gaming phone– ROG Phone, features 128GB of storage as standard.What if you aren’t interested in any of the above?Well, considering the limited number of occasional photos, certain basic apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Paytm, a music streaming app and a few casual games, 32GB should be good enough for you. However, do keep in mind that creating a backup of your precious files on cloud storage is necessary to always have some additional space for future system updates.A clever tip for everyoneWith the high-speed Internet becoming extremely cheap, it is beneficial in a lot of ways to rely on cloud storage. Google provides an almost unlimited storage solution in the form of Drive and Photos. Even if you invest a little, the rewards are greater. Wonder how? Even if your phone is lost or stolen, you will always have access to your files from any computer in the world.Also, keep in mind that smartphones do require some buffer space to download and install updates. Occasionally, you may need to use your phone’s storage as a portable drive. Therefore, it is always beneficial to gauge your requirements and choose a variant that gives you the extra buffer space.And don’t forget WhatsApp:By default, WhatsApp wants to you see all incoming media, whether it be photos or videos. Therefore, all the photos or GIFs or videos that you receive on WhatsApp are downloaded and stored on your phone. If you are popular in your social circle, then your WhatsApp media is bound to weigh at least a few gigabytes over the course of a few months. Therefore, it is suggested that your phone should ideally contain 64GB of storage, even if you have opted out of the auto download option for media over mobile data and Wi-Fi. If you are on Android, then it is advisable to get the Files app by Google that uses AI to clear up the junk.advertisementALSO READ | Amitabh Bachchan uses Galaxy S9, promotes OnePlus 6T and Xiaomi wants to gift him Poco F1, yet he is sadALSO READ | Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 review: Fast hardware, crazy good battery helps it compete with Redmi Note 6 ProALSO READ | Nokia 7.1 review: Good display but Nokia 6.1 Plus offers better valuelast_img read more

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Quarter-finals begin at National Youth Championships

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThe quarter-finalists of the National Youth Championships have been decided on day three at the Sunshine Coast Stadium.As expected Queensland Secondary Schools Touch and New South Wales Combined High Schools have dominated proceedings in the girls and boys’ divisions.They finished on top of the table in their respective groups and divisions.In the girls, QSST remained undefeated as did NSWCHS.QSST finished first followed by New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges, South Queensland Swans and New South Wales Touch Association Development Team.NSWTA Development sneaked into the top four on a superior for and against from South Australia Heat who were the unlucky ones to miss out.In Pool B, NSWCHS finished on top followed by Victoria, Brisbane City Cobras and Sunshine Coast.In the boys’ division, NSWCHS were winners of Pool A, finishing ahead of Central Queensland Bulls, NSWTA Development and Brisbane City Cobras.In Pool B, QSST was first followed by NSWCCC, Western Tigers and New South Wales Combined Independent Schools.The quarter-finals start at 3.30pm on Friday with the winners advancing to the semi-finals on Saturday.Girls’ quarter-finals:QSST v Sunshine Coast.NSWCHS v NSWTA Development.NSWCCC v Brisbane City Cobras.Victoria v South Queensland Swans.Boys’ quarter-finals:NSWCHS v NSWCIS.QSST v Brisbane City Cobras.Central Queensland Bulls v Western Tigers.NSWCCC v NSWTA Development.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 National Youth Championships (NYC). The Touch Football Australia and NYC websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.nyc.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #nationalyouthchamps) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and game live streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNYC quarter-finalslast_img read more

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ESPN Predicts The Winner Of Notre Dame-Florida State Game

first_imgNotre Dame Fighting Irish stadium.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 16: A general view is seen as the Michigan Wolverines run an offensive play against the defense of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish September 16, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)In a normal season, a game vs. Florida State  would be more of a concern than the one a week later against Syracuse. Of course, this is not a normal year in the ACC, but that might help Notre Dame football’s College Football Playoff hopes.The Fighting Irish are currently No. 3 in the playoff rankings. With no conference championship to add a valuable data point at year’s end, Notre Dame probably needs to run the table to earn a spot.This weekend, ND hosts Florida State, usually an ACC power, but a team in deep turmoil over the last two seasons. The Seminoles are just 4-5 on the season, and in deep trouble of missing a bowl.Notre Dame is a 16-point favorite at home. Even with starting quarterback Ian Book out, that may be low.ESPN’s Football Power index has Notre Dame football as a major favorite over Florida State.The analytics model gives the Fighting Irish a 90.9-percent chance to win the game.ESPN FPI prediction for Notre Dame vs. Florida State.On one hand, Florida State remains very talented, which makes this nearly 91-percent number jarring.On the other, the ‘Noles haven’t looked good all year, and Notre Dame has a top defense, and has won plenty of games with Brandon Wimbush at quarterback, even if the offense is not at full capacity with him in.This is the final home game in South Bend for the Fighting Irish this season. Next week, it plays a Shamrock Series game at Yankee Stadium against the No. 13 Syracuse Orange, and finishes with a game at USC.The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.last_img read more

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Gold futures up on spot demand

first_imgNew Delhi: Gold prices rose by Rs 306 to Rs 34,747 per 10 gram in futures trade Tuesday as participants created fresh positions tracking a firm trend overseas. On the Multi Commodity Exchange, gold for delivery in August contracts traded higher by Rs 306, or 0.89 per cent, to Rs 34,747 per 10 gram in a business turnover of 19,575 lots. The gold for delivery in October contracts, too, rose by Rs 308, or 0.89 per cent, to Rs 34,968 per 10 gram in 5,008 lots. Marketmen said, the rise in gold prices at futures trade was mostly due to widening of positions by participants in domestic markets. Globally, the gold was trading a shade higher by 1.03 per cent at USD 1,432.80 an ounce in Singapore.last_img read more

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Rising risks new mortgage and borrowing rules to slow Canadian growth TD

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2012 1:28 pm MDT Rising risks, new mortgage and borrowing rules to slow Canadian growth: TD AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canada’s economy will underperform even moderate expectations in the next two years, TD Bank economists predicted Wednesday, adding that recent tightening of mortgage and credit rules is contributing to the slowdown.In a new forecast, the TD Bank now expects growth in Canada this year to average 2.1 per cent, shaving a tenth of a point from its March outlook. And it expects two per cent growth in 2013, down four-tenths of a point from the earlier forecast.That is still enough to generate modest job creation and TD says Canada’s national unemployment rate should decline slightly to 7.1 per cent in 2013 from the current rate of 7.3 per cent.TD is the latest of a list of forecasting groups to officially or unofficially downgrade their outlook for the economy, with some — particularly Capital Economics — coming in even weaker.The Bank of Canada is expected to follow suit at its next policy announcement in mid-July and write down a call for 2.4 per cent growth in both 2012 and 2013.TD Bank chief economist Craig Alexander said conditions have deteriorated through much of the world in the past few months.Europe’s problems with government debts in countries that use the euro currency have resurfaced, while China and the U.S. are both underperforming expectations.Europe remains by far risk No. 1, he said.His expects European leaders will stare the abyss squarely in the face and come up with the policies needed to avert a disaster, but he warns the situation will be dire if they don’t.“In the case of Europe, they are toying with the possibility of a global financial catastrophe,” he said. “The good news is that the politicians realize this, so it makes it more likely they will do what is necessary.”Alexander wouldn’t put a number on the odds of another economic slump in Canada because all the risks depend on political decisions in Europe, United States and China “and I have no way of calculating those.”“If I were to make a guess, I’d say it is one in four,” he added.For Canada, the slower global growth and tumbling commodity prices are responsible for about half the reduction in TD’s domestic growth estimate, particularly in 2013.The other half — or about 0.2 percentage points — comes from expectations of lower consumer spending, particularly for housing, as a result of changes to mortgage rules and new restrictions on borrowing.Last week, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced that after July 9, the maximum amortization period on a government-insured mortgage would be dropped to 25 years from 30, which will increase monthly payments assuming all other factors are stable.As well, the federal regulator of financial institutions has told lenders they can only issue home equity loans up to a maximum of 65 per cent of the property’s value, down from the previous 80 per cent.“We think the housing market will cool down even more than we anticipated because of the new regulations,” Alexander said.Overall, he expects consumer spending on durable goods will fall by more than one percentage point from previous expectations, impacting the overall economy.But Alexander noted that he believed the changes were needed for the long-term health of Canada’s housing market, and to rein in household debt.The bright spot in the Canadian economy is business investment, but TD economists believe that will also be dimmer than it might have been because of the risky global situation.On Tuesday, the Conference Board reported its consumer confidence index for June had fallen to where it stood in January, when fears about a European crisis were also elevated. read more

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Wealth management key for banks amid slow growth in retail banking

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted May 19, 2013 6:00 am MDT TORONTO – As Canada’s biggest banks prepare to report their second-quarter results, analysts say those that rely more heavily on wealth management and global markets will fare better amid slowing growth in Canadian retail banking.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) and Royal Bank (TSX:RY) are expected to lead the pack this quarter because of their focus on wealth management and capital markets.Meanwhile, CIBC (TSX:CM) is expected to lag the group because of its heavy reliance on domestic retail banking.Slowing loan growth with Canadians reluctant to add to already record debt levels and a cooling housing market combined with squeezed margins are expected to pressure the retail operations of the big banks.Gareth Watson, vice-president of investment management and research at Richardson GMP, said earnings from capital markets and wealth management should provide for a “decent quarter.”If retail earnings are better than expected, the banks even have a shot of beating analyst expectations, Watson said.“There is only a limited number of ways for banks to claw money out of 35 million Canadians,” said Watson.“But in the past they’ve actually been pretty good at finding new ways to do it.”Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier, said he doesn’t foresee any “huge disappointments” because expectations in the sector are already quite low.Analyst Robert Sedran from CIBC World Markets said he expects earnings per share to decline by 2.5 per cent from the first quarter because of the fewer number of interest-earning days.But year-over-year he predicts seven per cent growth.“Profit growth for the Big Six may be slowing, but those same earnings streams remain resilient,” Sedran said in a report.“While these are not boom times for the Canadian banking sector, the recent share performance of the sector as a whole is in our view more pessimistic than fundamentals would suggest.”Analyst John Aiken at Barclays was more skeptical, predicting a four per cent decline from the first quarter.“After a surprisingly strong first quarter, aided by incremental expense management and significant declines in provisions for credit losses, we fear that banks may be running out of items in their bag of tricks to offset slowing loan growth and margin compressions,” Aiken wrote in a note.But he said rising global equity markets and the RRSP contribution season mean wealth management and capital markets should perform well.TD Bank (TSX:TD) will report its second-quarter results on Thursday morning, followed by Scotiabank on May 28 and Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) on May 29. Royal Bank and CIBC will both announce their results on May 30.According to the latest estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters, TD is expected on average to see earnings of $1.91 per share, while Royal Bank is expected to report earnings of $1.31 per share.Analysts predict Scotiabank will report $1.26 per share, BMO will see earnings of $1.48 per share and CIBC will report $2.06 per share. Wealth management key for banks amid slow growth in retail banking AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Opinion Michigans resurgence a blessing for Ohio State college football

Then sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Credit: Lantern File PhotoSince the turn of the century, Michigan has been to five BCS Bowls. The Wolverines won two: a three-point victory in the Sugar Bowl over Virginia Tech in 2012 and a one-point victory over Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl. However, their Rose Bowl performances have been utter disappointments. Additionally, they have yet to participate in the Big Ten Championship Game.Since 1950, Michigan has captured one national championship; Ohio State has won seven.Since the turn of the century, Purdue’s four wins over OSU are more than Michigan’s three.Simply put, Michigan football has been marred in recent decades by coaching instability, poor quarterback play and an inability to win The Game.Having said this, the question as to the annual significance of the OSU-Michigan game must be raised. Seemingly, rivalries like the Auburn-Alabama, OSU-Michigan State, LSU-Alabama and Oregon-Stanford have overshadowed The Game due to recent dominance by the men in scarlet and gray. In fact, in most of our lifetimes, only one game between the two comes to mind as meaningful; a clash of the titans, per se. That one game, however, epitomizes the importance of The Game, as I can recall every little detail despite having been just a little 9-year-old Buckeye without a master’s degree in OSU fandom.The game of the centuryIt was a pleasant fall afternoon in Hudson, Ohio. Autumn leaves fell from high above as the sun departed from the clear blue sky. Inside our neighbor’s house, our family and friends reminisced over school systems, neighborhood drama and our crazy families. Meanwhile, two hours south down I-71, the same could not be stated. College GameDay set up shop on the OSU campus to promote the heavyweight title fight between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation. When Lee Corso donned the Michigan helmet in front of thousands of Buckeyes, he was met with ruthless replies to the likes of, “Corso sucks!”Regardless, this game clearly had a special place in the rivalry’s history, as to this day it remains the only installment of The Game to ever kick off at 3:30 p.m. in ESPN/ABC’s primetime window. The town was buzzing. The hype was tremendous. Ohio Stadium was bursting with excitement. And the Big Ten was ready to put one of its two signature programs in the national championship game.Dubbed “The Game of the Century” as kickoff became imminent, conversation back in Hudson swayed to BCS projections, to quarterbacks Troy Smith vs. Chad Henne and to the duel between two coaching greats, Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr. Finally, OSU won the coin toss, deferred to the second half, and Michigan prepared to receive the opening kickoff in what would go down as one of the greatest college football games not only in the OSU-Michigan rivalry, but of all time.After trading touchdowns on their opening possessions, both teams followed by exchanging punts. In the beginning of the second quarter, the Buckeyes took their first lead behind a Beanie Wells 52-yard touchdown run. Add on two Smith touchdown throws — one to Ted Ginn Jr. and the other to Anthony Gonzalez — offset by one Michigan touchdown, and OSU would take a two-touchdown lead into the second half.The ‘Shoe was hopping. The family room in which I watched the game was buzzing with excitement and anticipation. I realized that the Buckeyes were just two quarters of solid football from the national championship game.Unfortunately, no football game comes without adversity. OSU would learn that the hard way.In the blink of an eye, the Scarlet and Gray went three-and-out, conceded a touchdown and compounded the mistakes with a pivotal interception captured by Michigan defensive lineman Alan Branch.Great teams, however, overcome adversity and respond stronger.The Buckeyes proceeded to stymie the Michigan offense and held it to just a field goal, and they soon after responded with a touchdown of their own. All of a sudden it was a two-score game. All of a sudden the dream of two national championships in a four-year span was unfolding before my very eyes.After a couple of series of mistake-filled football, Michigan started the fourth quarter in the red zone, down 11. Running back Mike Hart scored two plays later, cutting the lead to just four. A Buckeye fumble followed, but Michigan could not capitalize.OSU would then not miss this opportunity to close the game out for good. An 11-play, 83-yard, season-defining drive ensued, punctuated by Brian Robiskie’s 13-yard touchdown grab.With just over five minutes remaining, it seemed as if OSU had its plane ticket to Glendale, Arizona, booked, but Michigan, once again, as great teams do, fought back.A clutch 11-play, 81-yard drive capped off by Tyler Ecker’s 16-yard touchdown reception and a two-point conversion brought the Wolverines to within three. An onside kick could reverse the course of college football history.But it wasn’t meant to be that day for the Maize and Blue. Ginn secured the onside kick, the victory and a date with Florida in the championship game.Pandemonium infiltrated the exit stairways of Ohio Stadium and followed students and alumni alike to the High Street bars and to drives up and down I-71 home. This was a classic OSU-Michigan game, magnificent in quality of play and implications. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about many of the games played recently.A new eraEven with the advent of the College Football Playoff and the resurrection of the Wolverines, it is naive to expect every clash in the next decade to become a de facto qualifier for the Big Ten Championship Game, and thereby the playoff. It is way too early to elevate Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer to the status of Woody Hayes vs. Bo Schembechler and to associate any upcoming OSU-Michigan game with the great ones from the “10 year war.”However, with Michigan beginning to supplant itself as an annual contender, this rivalry that has seemingly lost a bit of its luster should and will revive its tension. And no college football fan can deny that an intriguing and relevant OSU-Michigan game is the greatest game on turf.I’m not asking for every Buckeye-Wolverine showdown to match the classic that was the 2006 clash; just every once in awhile it would be appreciated that the two of the most historic programs in college football provide a game that is worthy of the national spotlight it inevitably attracts.I’m not asking for every Buckeye-Wolverine clash to be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash of the titans. Sometimes, in fact, it adds to the rivalry when one team has the opportunity to undermine the rival’s playoff aspirations even amidst a disappointing season.But, thinking about the potential of the OSU-Michigan game turning into the must-see game every year is tantalizing. What if someday, the Buckeyes and Wolverines somehow met for the national championship? It’s definitely not impossible given the precedent the CFP committee has set on schedule strength, margin of victory and quality of loss.It would be tough to deny a one-loss OSU team that traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan, as the No. 2 team preparing to face undefeated and No. 1 Michigan. And this scenario is coming sooner rather than later, especially with the recruiting standards Meyer and Harbaugh are currently setting.Gone are the days of Michigan being worse than Purdue. Home are the days of Michigan being the archenemy it was destined to be. And I can’t wait. Nor can the world of college football. read more

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Denis OBrien believes politicians are the economys biggest problem

first_imgI’m going to stick with global telecom stocks…I’m comfortable that the equity markets will continue to be better over time with increasing value and dividendsIt’s reported by Bloomberg TV that:Billionaires attending the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting this week expect to be richer when they return to the Alpine village next year.Income inequality looks likely to be the key theme for this year’s meeting. Income gap has been identified as “the most probable menace to the global economy during the next decade”, according to a study released last week by the forum.It said, “Wealth disparity… driven by globalisation and the recent financial crisis…threatens to breed poverty and social disorder.”The chairman of Hamilton, the Bermuda-based Digicel Group Ltd, O’Brien has attended Davos for more than a decade and flew in last year on his Gulfstream 550 jet plane.Source: Bloomberg TVEuropean stocks mixed as Chinese economy growth slows down>Why the world’s saying ‘Ireland is back’> THE WORLD ECONOMIC forum is on this week and Denis O’Brien will be among the billionaires attending.Speaking ahead of the event in Davos, O’Brien says the biggest hurdle facing the global economy are politicians.“They are more and more worried about their re-election than growing their economies”.Commenting on the coming year, O’Brien believes that “stocks will rise, interest rates will remain low and they’d avoid investing in the virtual currency Bitcoin in 2014″.The 55-year-old added:last_img read more

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Megacomplex Lego creation sorts bricks has 37000 parts

first_imgMore at Brickit via Make Anyone that has used Lego bricks to build anything past the most simple of creations knows that sorting bricks is half the battle. You can’t work from a big bucket of spare parts — you need a system where that 2×2 blue brick will be available at a moment’s notice, without having to hunt all over for it. This will save you untold amounts of time and will ensure that your project moves along at reasonable rate of progress. But how to sort all those blocks?If you are a master Legoteer then what you do is build a block sorting robot that is capable of organizing bricks not just by size, but also by color. The sorting robot works just like the ones in factories that sort everything from apples to peanuts to gravel (if you’ve watched How It’s Made you surely know what I’m talking about). There is a combination of electronic sensors and physical sorting tools that are designed to get every block where it needs to go without slowing down the production line. All this is powered by Lego Mindstorms NXT, the company’s programmable robotics kit. By combining the intelligence of seven NXT Intelligence Bricks with 28 motors and 22 sensors the machine is able to sort any 2×4 or 1×2 block that you throw at it. Of course this required a firmware upgrade to the Intelligence Bricks (No, really, it did. It’s called LeJOS), but it’s Lego-powered nonetheless.And once the blocks are sorted, what then? Is a human supposed to, ugh, retrieve them himself? Forget that. The sorting machine will send a bot along to retrieve the full palette, move it to a different part of the micro facility, and replace it with an empty palette. The whole thing even had a big red on/off switch — see 2:52 of the video. The project was put together by the team at Dynaway. They don’t specialize in Lego, they are actually a software company that works with Microsoft’s Dynamics AX (the company’s ERP software). The company built the sorting machine as a small scale model of a “manufacturing execution system”.last_img read more

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Three Dublin Bus routes to be operated by GoAhead from Sunday

first_imgThree Dublin Bus routes to be operated by Go-Ahead from Sunday Go-Ahead Ireland won a contract in 2017 to operate 10% of routes previously operated by Dublin Bus. Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 1:45 PM By Cónal Thomas Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 65 Comments Mar 23rd 2019, 1:46 PM https://jrnl.ie/4557361 Image: RollingNews.ie Share348 Tweet Email THREE MORE BUS routes are to be privatised and operated by Go-Ahead Ireland instead of Dublin Bus from Sunday onwards.Routes 18, 76 and 76a will now switch to the private operator, which has already taken over the operation of 24 bus routes in Dublin. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has said passengers on these routes “will see immediate improvements in frequency and service levels”.NTA Chief Executive Officer Anne Graham said: “This final phase of changes being introduced this coming weekend are part of an overall process of increasing frequency and improving services on about 50 bus routes in Dublin.”In 2017, Go-Ahead Ireland won a contract to operate 10% of routes previously operated by Dublin Bus, primarily in the outer Dublin metropolitan area.The NTA has said there will be no changes to fares or tickets for the three routes but that commuters are advised to check timetables and frequency before travelling as these may be altered. 51,799 Views Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

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Churches given more freedom

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new law allowing the Catholic, Anglican and other churches in Greece to administer their affairs without state involvement was passed through parliament this week.Education and Religious Affairs Minister Andreas Loverdos described the legislation, which gives the churches similar statuses to state bodies that operate under private law (NPID), as a “big deal.”“People spent life in prison for these issues,” he said. The new law applies to the Catholic, Anglican, Coptic, Ethiopian Orthodox, Assyrian and Greek Evangelical churches. It is the first law related to foreign religious communities to be passed in Greece for 68 years.Source: Ekathimerinilast_img read more

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BouchesduRhône le premier gros incendie de lété détruit 900 hectares de végétation

first_imgBouches-du-Rhône : le premier gros incendie de l’été détruit 900 hectares de végétationBouches-du-Rhône, France – Le premier gros incendie de l’été, qui s’est déclenché samedi 24 juillet dans les Bouches-du-Rhône, à Châteauneuf-les-Martigues, a détruit quelque 900 hectares de végétation. Ce lundi matin, sa progression a été complétement stoppée.Cet incendie, d’origine criminelle, s’est déclaré vers 21h samedi soir sur la commune de Châteauneuf-les-Martigues, près de l’étang de Berre. Attisé par un fort mistral, il est descendu jusqu’aux abords de Sausset-les-Pins et Carry-le-Rouet où 2.000 vacanciers ont dû par précaution être évacués. À lire aussiL’étrange comportement d’une flamme dans l’espaceAprès avoir ravagé 900 hectares de végétation, sans faire de victimes, l’incendie était ce lundi matin enfin fixé. “La nuit s’est très bien passée, le feu n’a pas progressé, il est ‘fixé’, seulement trois petites reprises ont dû été traitées” a déclaré ce matin peu avant sept heures le lieutenant-colonel Vincent Honoré, chargé des opérations de secours. Une centaine d’engins et quelque trois cent cinquante pompiers étaient toutefois encore mobilisés pour surveiller la zone et éteindre définitivement les derniers foyers. Des hélicoptères bombardiers d’eau se tenaient également prêts à intervenir en cas de reprise du feu.D’origine criminelle, le feu aurait été provoqué par l’incendie volontaire d’un 4×4 de luxe retrouvé au milieu du massif, sur une voie qui n’était pas ouverte à la circulation. Cette voiture avait été volée dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi et la piste privilégiée des enquêteurs est celle d’unepanne qui aurait conduit les cambrioleurs à abandonner le 4×4 en le brûlant.Le 26 juillet 2010 à 14:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lille star Rafael Leao dismisses comparisons with Kylian Mbappe

first_img19-year-old forward Rafael Leao insists he still has a very long way to go before he can become an equal of the “accomplished” Kylian Mbappe.The Portugal U-21 international started out his playing career in his homeland at Sporting Lisbon, where he graduated into the senior team last year and managed two goals with an assist in five games.But a training ground incident last May saw several players and staff members attacked by around 50 fans, which led to Leao and several of his teammates terminating their contracts at Sporting.The U-17 European champion then sealed a free transfer to Lille OSC and has since made a great impression over in France with seven goals in 14 Ligue 1 appearances to help the club move up to second in the standings.Leao’s breakout campaign over in France has led to fans dubbing him the “Portuguese Mbappe”.However, while Leao regards the Paris Saint-Germain forward as a “source of inspiration” for him, the teenage star believes he hasn’t earned the right yet to be compared to Mbappe.“I try not to pay attention,” Leao told Le Parisien. “Mbappe is an accomplished player.“He has already shown everyone his potential and won several big titles. I still have everything to prove, many things to learn to become a great striker like him.“He is a source of inspiration, a model. But I’m not Mbappe. I have my own story and I am my own way.”Despite interest from Manchester City, Leao has no regrets of choosing to join Lille last summer due to being able to enjoy regular football.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“For the young player that I am, it is important to chain the matches in order to progress,” said Leao.“What’s the use of being in a big club if I do not play?“I prefer to play in a team that gives me play time and allows me to grow.“When [Lille sporting director] Luis Campos called me to express his interest, I saw no reason to refuse. He told me about the project and introduced the team he was setting up.“But what pushed me to come here was especially the possibility of having play time.”🤙 @RafaeLeao7, c’est 7 buts dont 6 lors des 7 derniers matchs 🔥Le huitième dès dimanche 🆚 @MontpellierHSC ? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/wRlsQPMFK1— LOSC (@losclive) February 14, 2019last_img read more

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Two House Amendments on Cuba Need Soy Grower Support

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) thanks those who made calls last week to their Senate offices in favor of amendments easing the restrictions on availability of credit to Cuban purchasers. Your work went a long way toward reaching our goal of greater access to the Cuban marketplace for American soybean producers.This week, the process moves from the Senate to the House, and similarly, there are two amendments that will come before the House on Cuba. We ask that you contact your House offices and urge them to vote in favor of both amendments.First, an amendment from Rep. Rick Crawford, of Arkansas, will lift restrictions to exporting ag goods to Cuba. The second amendment, introduced by Rep. Mark Sanford, of South Carolina, will lift restrictions on travel to Cuba. Both of these amendments will have a long term benefit of helping to normalize relations with Cuba and thereby allow a greater flow of U.S. agricultural goods into Cuba from the U.S.Please contact your congressional offices and urge support for both the Crawford and Sanford amendments. Visit the Soy Action Center for more information and to find contact numbers for each House office in your state.last_img read more

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Woman in critical condition after being stabbed multiple times in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A woman is in critical condition after being stabbed multiple times in Miami.Officers responded to a call about a woman stabbed in the area of Northwest Fifth Avenue and Fourth Street at approximately 5:30 a.m., Monday.She was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition and is currently undergoing surgery.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where a trail of blood could be seen on the steps of a church in the area and continuing onto the streets.The stabbing is currently under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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So Your CEO Says You Need to Be A Digital First Publisher

first_imgIn my last post, I laid out the importance of the mobile web to publishers and dove into two strategic and operational mobile questions that CDOs need to address. In this post, I’ll pick up where I left off, and address three additional questions:• Which devices should you support?• What content should be available on the site? • What’s your mobile revenue model?Which Devices Should You Support? The first step in deciding which devices to support is to review your mobile data from Omniture or Google Analytics. During this process you should evaluate both the devices that are most in use today and their relative growth over the past six months. Consider breaking this information down into the following categories:• Smartphones vs. Feature Phones • Tablet Devices vs. Smartphones• Operating Systems (i.e., Android, iOS, etc.)• Operating System versions (i.e., 6.0, 6.1, 7.0)• Browser (this is an upcoming category as more users choose to use a browser other than their default mobile browser)Once you have the data, I suggest focusing your design and development capital by applying the Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule. At ALM, for instance, when we embarked on the creation of our mobile strategy, we found that 15 percent of our visitors were already accessing ALM content on mobile devices. Of that 15 percent, 80 percent were on Apple devices and more than 90 percent were on smartphones. Equally as important, we identified Tablets as the “next” platform for growth Less than four months after launch, we’ve leveraged our understanding of our audience’s mobile inclinations to grow overall mobile traffic from 15 percent to almost 25 percent of our user base. We’ve seen tablet usage increase by 7 percent. We accomplished this by investing in a more iOS centric look and feel, launching a tablet-optimized site (not just a smartphone version) and by ensuring backwards compatibility to earlier iOS operating systems. What Content Should Be Available on the Mobile Website?Smartphones: When you’re considering what content to include on your smartphone-compatible website, your biggest consideration (and your biggest challenge) is screen size. How do you fit all your web content onto such a small screen? The answer is: You don’t. Instead, focus on understanding what content do your users read “on the go” and make that content available to them. In this process, remember that mobile readers snack on content, often taking it in little bites, because they’re usually looking to either solve a simple problem or to fill in free time (e.g., in the elevator). So, you want content that’s to-the-point, easily consumed, and easily read no matter the size of the screen. Everything else should be excluded from your mobile website. While tailoring your mobile site to meet these standards might feel like a recipe for denying your readers needed content, it’s actually a great opportunity for both the product team and editorial to rethink their content strategy. Over the past few years, an everything-in-the-kitchen sink approach to posting web content has prevailed. Customizing a mobile site permits you to refine your content and your overall message about what your site really means to each reader. And, if you’re really still concerned about readers missing out on content that they want, a simple solution is to add a link to your online site at the bottom of your mobile webpage, thereby providing the user with the best of both worlds. Tablets: While most publishers today are repurposing the same content across all devices, content for tablets probably shouldn’t be the same as that for smartphones due to different use cases (“on the go” vs. “on the couch”), but I’ll have to hold off on this for a future post. Assuming you are going to repurpose, here’s the most important thing to remember—pay attention to inoperability issues with tablets. Two important differences to consider: (a) Flash won’t work on many devices, and all those great infographics may not display properly and (b) Navigating by your finger is different than navigating by a mouse and inherently changes the user’s experience with certain content pieces. A Reminder: While your primary focus will likely be on repurposing your editorial content, you also must define your non-editorial content for smartphones and tablets, including advertising and classifieds. For many readers, those print ads were valuable content in and of themselves. You should be sure to integrate them thoughtfully into the mobile experience. Also keep in mind the sales challenges of having a separate mobile site:  For example, do you need to have one-to-one parity between ad units online and mobile web ad units? What’s Your Revenue Model? While this is theoretically a straight-forward question, many people invest in the mobile web without understanding the ROI or how it fits in with their overall strategy. Generally, the mobile web should be an extension of your online and print business models. This means that you’ll need to incorporate access control parameters at launch, and align print and digital ad operations and sales. Here’s a breakdown of some issues to take into consideration as you develop your strategy:Mobile Advertising: Marketing dollars allocated to mobile ads are increasing exponentially and represent a huge opportunity for companies. For instance, Facebook is realigning its entire business to capture the growing mobile audience and mobile revenue. However, as publishers, we need to remember that mobile ads have the lowest CPMs around (hopefully you’ve heard the adage “print dollars, to online dimes, to mobile pennies”). This is compounded by the reality that there is typically only one ad per mobile page versus 4 -6 ads per page online. Add to this the fact that new creative is needed for mobile and it’s not worth it for many b-to-b advertisers to boil down their messages into a 320×50 actionable ad unit. Now we’ve got ourselves a real business challenge. As a result, I would suggest that you be realistic when projecting your ROI and give the market time to adjust to the new realities and opportunities. This is going to be a big opportunity, it just is going to take more time to develop.Subscriptions: Most publishers will extend their online subscriptions to mobile devices at no additional charge. The only real challenge in doing so is to be sure to redesign the sign-on and subscriptions screens so that they are optimized for smartphone and touch-screen devices. Forcing users to tap and zoom to enter a password and not keeping them automatically signed in are user behaviors you want to avoid. SummaryIn short, mobile web is the next big opportunity for publishers. More users are reading content on mobile devices each day, and as a result, more advertising dollars are flowing to mobile web daily. That said, getting to a great mobile web experience requires significant time, energy, and investment from across your organization.last_img read more

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