Give us a rundown of your day?Today was a relaxing day, where the team was able to sleep in and rest up until 2:30pm. We all gathered at this time for a team meeting to discuss and review what will be going on for the next few days, injury concerns and what needs to be done before game one on Friday. After the meeting we went to Waiwera Hot Springs to relax in the team environment.How is the team shaping up for the 2010 Trans Tasman?The team is looking very sharp and confident for the up coming Trans Tasman. Everyone is excited and looking forward to game one on Friday.What is the Atmosphere like in the team?The Team atmosphere is very special. The team has bonded like no other team I have played in. Being so close makes it easier for us to play together on the field.After a strong performance in the 2009 Trans Tasman series, what can we expect out of you this year?Personally I am just looking to play my role for the team which Bernie has given me. We also have a lot more set up attacking plays and looking forward to running them out on the field.Who is your most annoying team mate to room with? Explain?This is an easy question. Tony Eltakchi is easily the most annoying person to room with. He is always walking around in his g strings listening and dancing to his 1980’s music. My other 2 room mates, Ryan Pollock and Peter Norman are also very annoying.Touch Football Australia would like to thank Ben for answering some questions to give the Touch Football community back home an update of what has been happening on the Tour.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has lauded the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) for being declared the Best Performing Stock Market globally in 2018 by Bloomberg Businessweek.This was highlighted in a January 18 article, titled, ‘Welcome to Jamaica: Home of the World’s Best Performing Stock Market’.Speaking at the JSE’s just-concluded 14th Regional Investments and Capital Markets conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, Mr. Holness said this performance “reflects the buoyancy and growing confidence in the Jamaican economy”.Additionally, he said the JSE “continues to send the signal that our investment community has the appetite, but, more importantly, it has the cash to invest”.“I am particularly happy when Jamaica is recognised for its business enterprise. That kind of publicity is absolutely important in portraying our country as a place where serious business is taking place,” the Prime Minister said.Mr. Holness pointed out that the JSE has similarly distinguished itself globally in the past, having done so in 2015 and in the early 1990s, and expressed the hope that this prominence will redound to Jamaica’s benefit in the future.“Hopefully, we will see more delegations of investors coming to Jamaica to see what we are doing, and carrying the news even farther afield, so that more investments can come into our country,” he said.The 14th JSE Regional Investments and Capital Markets Conference was held from January 22 to 24 under the theme, ‘Expanding Our Borders: Securing Our Future’.
OTTAWA – Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the government has met its goal of shortening wait times for those hoping to sponsor their spouse from abroad.Hussen says the backlog of applications now sits at 15,000, down from 75,000 in 2016.Processing times are 12 months for those who filed an application prior to December 2016, while applications after that date take about 26 months.The Liberals had made family reunification programs an immigration priority upon coming to office in 2015 and have been gradually increasing the number of newcomers admitted in those programs since.In 2018, admissions are projected to hit about 66,000.Hussen says the government understands how important it is to reunite couples and it also makes for a stronger country.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said applications before December 2016 take 26 months.
Source: Sports-Reference.com Matt MooreUCLA101.47Oregon St.131.69+30.22 Kevin CraftSan Diego St.109.18UCLA101.72-7.46 Danny EtlingPurdue110.95LSU144.36+33.41 Wes LuntOklahoma St.137.31Illinois119.54-17.77 Will GrierFlorida145.61West Virginia169.18+23.57 Russell WilsonNC State135.47Wisconsin191.78+56.31 Baker MayfieldTexas Tech127.66Oklahoma189.39+61.72 Joe DaileyNebraska111.92North Carolina114.10+2.18 Brock BerlinFlorida161.09Miami (FL)128.65-32.45 Scott McBrienWest Virginia110.42Maryland142.04+31.62 First schoolSecond school Ryan MallettMichigan105.69Arkansas158.11+52.42 Brandon McllwainSouth Carolina99.15California104.41+5.26 Steven ThreetMichigan105.26Arizona St.133.41+28.15 Jordan WebbKansas118.11Colorado103.72-14.39 Ryan FinleyBoise St.115.63NC State140.04+24.40 R. KovalcheckArizona108.91Vanderbilt119.07+10.16 Shea PattersonMississippi141.22Michigan149.85+8.63 Kyle BolinLouisville141.56Rutgers98.21-43.34 Clint TrickettFlorida St.151.55West Virginia132.40-19.15 Jake HeapsBrigham Young114.13Kansas97.00-17.13 Darell GarretsonUtah St.137.68Oregon St.103.97-33.71 Zach MaynardBuffalo124.42California128.36+3.94 Davis WebbTexas Tech138.37California135.63-2.74 Jake RudockIowa129.96Michigan141.50+11.54 Kyler MurrayTexas A&M109.19Oklahoma203.26+94.07 Tyler MurphyFlorida121.05Boston College126.19+5.14 Danny O’BrienMaryland123.54Wisconsin120.73-2.80 Jon BeutjerIowa129.16Illinois126.77-2.39 Pete ThomasColorado St.121.17NC State115.07-6.09 Not every QB transfer is a program saviorQuarterbacks who threw at least 50 passes at another FBS school before transferring to a Power 5 program and how their passer rating changed, 2000-18 Beyond sheer volume, this year’s group of transfer quarterbacks is especially fascinating because it might also be the most talented bunch the sport has seen. Jalen Hurts’s father was not far off when he speculated after the 2017 season that Hurts could be the “biggest free agent in college football history.” The quarterbacks potentially debuting in new uniforms next weekend include a national champion in Hurts and three former five-star recruits (Fields, Washington’s Eason and Northwestern’s Johnson). This could have a major effect. Oklahoma does not need Hurts to do much more than his numbers would already indicate. Even an average 4.9-point bump in passer rating from his career 148.8 would put him among last season’s 20 most efficient quarterbacks in the major conferences.No matter what becomes of this year’s crop of transfers, schools will surely keep swapping quarterbacks in the future. Transfers can be good for the coaches, who find a one- or two-year solution to their quarterback vacancies. After two of his quarterbacks transferred, Arkansas coach Chad Morris replaced them this past offseason with graduate transfers Ben Hicks, originally at Southern Methodist, and Nick Starkel, from Texas A&M. “As I’ve shared all along, we are always in the quarterback market. It doesn’t matter — we are always in that market,” he said last winter. And it appears quarterback reps are going to remain scarce at Clemson, for example, with Heisman co-favorite Lawrence only a sophomore.Still, high expectations will follow a transfer anywhere. It would be hard to ask Hurts to replicate the Heisman-winning seasons of Mayfield or Murray. Expecting Fields, a sophomore with 39 career passing attempts, to equal what NFL first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins did last season is also a stretch.But that doesn’t mean those teams won’t try. “If Jalen does win the starting job from everything I’ve seen, I’m not sure there’s anything we’ve done before I wouldn’t do with him,” Oklahoma’s Riley said in a radio interview last month. Defenses should buckle up. The twists and turns are just getting started. Jake LutonIdaho100.19Oregon St.129.33+29.14 Everett GolsonNotre Dame138.21Florida St.149.16+10.94 Greyson LambertVirginia108.02Georgia139.50+31.48 Keller ChrystStanford128.89Tennessee130.78+1.90 Tom SavageRutgers123.45Pittsburgh138.24+14.80 Robert MarveMiami (FL)107.19Purdue125.91+18.72 Sam KellerArizona St.142.15Nebraska133.74-8.41 Matt LoVecchioNotre Dame125.27Indiana114.24-11.03 Mitch MustainArkansas120.53USC110.47-10.06 Michael MachenKent St.100.56Baylor82.09-18.47 Wilton SpeightMichigan132.20UCLA125.99-6.21 Jeremiah MasoliOregon130.56Mississippi121.11-9.45 Dayne CristNotre Dame127.00Kansas96.52-30.48 Ryan WillisKansas104.36Virginia Tech138.01+33.65 John O’KornHouston123.90Michigan105.48-18.42 You don’t have to look hard at college football these days to find somebody, somewhere, talking about transfers. More players are switching teams each year, and more are seeking waivers that grant immediate eligibility at their new school — and it seems like just about everybody in the sport has an opinion about it.“The issue with the transfer portal is we’ve gotten very liberal in giving people waivers, so, when we do that, it becomes free agency,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said last month. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, too, has cautioned against “free agency in college football.”But even calling it “free agency” is understating the flurry of moves. Of the top 25 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll, as many as eight could start a transfer at quarterback later this month. Five of those eight quarterbacks1This figure could be as high as six, depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle at Washington State University. Anthony Gordon, a junior-college transfer, appeared in two games for the Cougars last season. He is currently competing with Gage Gubrud, who recently transferred from neighboring Eastern Washington, for the starting job, though the current rumors coming out of Pullman appear to favor Gordon. were not active for their current team last season. For comparison, in the NFL — which, of course, has literal free agency — only about four of 32 starters weren’t on their current team last season.2This includes rookie Kyler Murray in Arizona and traded quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Nick Foles in Denver and Jacksonville, respectively. Depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle in Miami, either recent signee Ryan Fitzpatrick or trade acquisition Josh Rosen will start. A few other quarterback competitions remain unresolved as of publication.In the last decade, transferring in college football has increased in frequency. Some of this is due to changes in NCAA guidelines and the establishment of a transfer portal that facilitates contact between players and coaches. The NCAA’s evolving stance on immediate-eligibility waivers — which allowed Michigan’s Shea Patterson to play last season after transferring from Ole Miss, and Justin Fields to suit up for Ohio State this season — has expedited the transfer movement.The optimal approach is to find an elite talent and develop him, as Clemson has done with Trevor Lawrence and Alabama with Tua Tagovailoa. But those who miss out on that chance sometimes turn to the next-best option — and it often works. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, entering his fifth year with the program, has coached the last two Heisman Trophy winners. Both were transfers, Baker Mayfield from Texas Tech and Kyler Murray from Texas A&M. It’s no longer only bench players who move schools in search of more playing time; athletes of all levels and abilities are taking advantage of their newfound mobility to develop their careers.The impact of this wave of transfers is evident at both the college and professional level. Alabama and Georgia produced the current starting quarterbacks for four of the top five teams: the Crimson Tide’s Tagovailoa, the Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Fields. Five of the 11 quarterbacks taken in the 2019 NFL draft were transfers.3The five were Kyler Murray (Texas A&M to Oklahoma), Will Grier (Florida to West Virginia), Ryan Finley (Boise State to North Carolina State), Jarrett Stidham (Baylor to Auburn) and Gardner Minshew (East Carolina to Washington State).The college football programs themselves have also incentivized player movement. Teams’ increasing reliance on younger quarterbacks chases away the rest of the depth chart: If a freshman has a firm hold on the starting job, there’s no playing time available for three years, barring an injury. Lawrence’s emergence at Clemson in 2018, for example, sparked two departures — Kelly Bryant to Missouri and Hunter Johnson to Northwestern — while Georgia’s Fromm pushed out two more, Fields to Ohio State and Jacob Eason to Washington.The search for playing time creates a ripple effect: Soon after Fields showed up at Ohio State, quarterback Tate Martell, previously expected to start in 2019, transferred to Miami. After Hurts arrived at Oklahoma, Sooners quarterback Austin Kendall left for West Virginia.It’s not just at the highest level of the sport. In addition to the eight top 25 teams, Mississippi State (Tommy Stevens, formerly of Penn State), Virginia Tech (Ryan Willis, previously at Kansas) and Missouri (Bryant) are among the power-conference schools who have settled on or considered starting transfer quarterbacks.But what gets lost in the drama of the quarterback carousel is that these transfers are rarely a magic solution. Yes, Mayfield and Murray were the two most successful transfer quarterbacks this century, based on passer ratings.4Three of the pair’s five combined seasons at Oklahoma — Mayfield’s 2016 and 2017 campaigns, and Murray’s 2018 season — rank among the four most efficient passing seasons in NCAA history, according to Sports-Reference.com. But schools turning to a transfer to transform their program often end up disappointed.Since 2000, 94 players have attempted at least 50 passes in a season for two different schools. Here we see the trend over time: five quarterbacks joined a new team between 2000 and 2004, while 13 transferred schools between 2005 and 2009. Twenty-eight quarterbacks transferred between 2010 and 2014, and 48 of those 94 have departed for greener pastures since 2015.Of that group, 58 transferred to a Power 5 school. (This includes both quarterbacks who transferred from non-Power 5 schools as well as quarterbacks who transferred between Power 5 schools.) Nineteen Power 5 transfers improved their passer rating from their first stop to their second by at least 15 points, an impressive rise. But 12 more saw their passer rating drop by at least 15 points.5This also omits the quarterbacks who seek greener pastures but didn’t end up earning enough playing time to merit inclusion on our list. The average change in passer rating is plus-4.9, and the average bump in completion percentage is 2 points, both modest upticks. However it may seem, it’s just not that easy to move towns, learn a new offense, adjust to new teammates and coaches and blossom into a completely different player. A.J. SuggsTennessee113.27Georgia Tech113.35+0.08 Jarrett StidhamBaylor198.95Auburn144.35-54.60 Gardner MinshewEast Carolina127.10Wash. St.147.56+20.46 Patrick TowlesKentucky116.80Boston College113.16-3.64 Kenny HillTexas A&M154.84Texas Christian138.36-16.47 Peyton BenderWash. St.106.30Kansas113.66+7.36 Brandon HarrisLSU133.86North Carolina72.34-61.52 Allan EvridgeKansas St.104.44Wisconsin116.50+12.06 PlayerNameRatingNameRatingChange
The Ohio State men’s basketball team already dropped its final game of the regular season, but it raked in multiple individual awards Monday.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as being named to the first-team All-Big Ten list by both coaches and media. Russell is the first Buckeye to win the conference Freshman of the Year award since Jared Sullinger in 2011.Russell also becomes the first Buckeye to be named first-team all-conference since DeShaun Thomas and Aaron Craft were both on the list in 2013.Russell finished his regular season campaign averaging 19.2 points per game, good for second in the Big Ten. He also led the Buckeyes in rebounds and was second on the team in assists.Joining Russell on the All-Big Ten freshman team is forward Jae’Sean Tate, who averaged 8.9 points per game this season, while ranking second on the team in total rebounds with 152.Tate earned the honors despite only starting 12 games this season after he stepped in for struggling sophomore forward Marc Loving six games into the Big Ten schedule. The Pickerington, Ohio, native averaged 10.7 points and five rebounds per game in conference play.In addition to Russell and Tate’s accolades, senior guard Shannon Scott and senior forward Sam Thompson were both honorable mention selections by the media.OSU is set to return to action on Thursday in Chicago in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the winner of the Minnesota vs. Rutgers matchup, which is set to be played Wednesday.
AS Roma’s sporting director is analyzing legal action against Barcelona over Malcom’s transfer, and Ousmane Dembele is meditating an exit from the Catalan club.The latest FC Barcelona signing Malcom has produced some serious ripple effects in both Rome and Barcelona, the Brazilian’s arrival in the Catalan city came as an unexpected surprise from the AS Roma board of directors. The Italian club’s sporting manager Monchi, explained to Cadena COPE the reason his club might be considering to take legal actions against FC Barcelona. He states that AS Roma had a closed deal with the player and the Catalan club got in the middle of the negotiations. But that’s not all, French winger Ousmane Dembele is very unhappy with Malcom’s arrival because he sees it as a clear message directed towards him.?️ Monchi, director deportivo de la @OfficialASRoma:➡️ “Tengo mensajes con los agentes de Malcom y del presidente del Girondins con el acuerdo cerrado. Esta mañana me piden subir la oferta porque el Barça está pagando más. Estamos valorando si tomar procedimientos legales” pic.twitter.com/OKZbYMBdE8— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) July 24, 2018Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Monchi spoke live with the Spanish radio show Partidazo de COPE about AS Roma’s situation, he confirmed that the Italian club reached an agreement with French club Girondins Bordeaux but Barcelona got in the middle of the negotiation and convinced the player not to honor their deal: “I have all the texts I sent Malcom’s agents and Girondins president in which we reached an agreement for his transfer to AS Roma. Then they asked me to raise the offer this morning because Barcelona offered more money. We are seriously considering taking legal action against both clubs,” said the former Sevilla sporting director to Cadena COPE.?DEMBÉLÉ (@Dembouz) está valorando buscar una salida del Barça. Cree que el fichaje de Malcom demuestra que no se apuesta por él. Su relación con Valverde es distante. Espera que le aclare qué rol tendrá, quiere protagonismo para explotar (….) @partidazocope @deportescope— Helena Condis Edo (@HelenaCondis) July 24, 2018While all that drama is taking place, another situation unfolds in Barcelona with French player Ousmane Dembele. According to Spanish journalist Helena Condis Edo. The player is not happy with Malcom’s arrival and he feels it as an invitation to leave the club due to a lack of trust in his skills. However, Barcelona has already told the media that Dembele will not leave the club because they consider him a very important player for the institution. The Brazilian winger’s arrival should be seen as an increase in competition for Dembele rather than an obstacle in his development as a star inside the Catalan club.
South Korea have appointed former Portugal national team coach Paulo Bento as their new coach. Bento has been appointed to become the South Korean men’s national team head coach.The Korea Football Association (KFA) made the announcement to the public at its headquarters in Seoul. Bento has signed a four-year deal with Korea that would see him take the national team to the next World Cup in Qatar in 2022.The 49-year-old has succeeded Shin Tae-yong who was in charge of the team at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia. Shin wasn’t offered a new deal after his contract ran out at the end of the World Cup with the KFA looking to take the team in another direction.“After reviewing his plans, we believe Bento is a coach who can develop South Korean football if we can support and wait for him for four years,” Kim Pan-gon, the head of the Korea Football Association’s Technical Committee, told a press conference in Seoul on Friday, according to ESPN.South Korean fans will sue after Ronaldo snub Manuel R. Medina – July 30, 2019 Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo did not play in the Bianconeri against K-League All-Stars last Friday and the supporters were angry.Kim admitted that Bento had not been on his original shortlist of three candidates which were reported to include former Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic and Quique Sanchez Flores who has coached extensively in Spain.“While we were in negotiations with the others, we heard that Bento had become available. We were excited with his results at Euro 2012 and while there were problems at the 2014 World Cup, he had already proven his leadership qualities.”Kim also dismissed worries about Bento’s time in China. “Even there, he improved and developed the team’s training. I have no worries at all about his ability.”
Pablo Zabaleta insists he is not considering retirement anytime soon, despite being out of contract at West Ham this summerThe 33-year-old defender continues to be an integral member of the West Ham squad after starting 12 of their 16 Premier League matches this season.But Zabaleta’s future at the London Stadium is in doubt with the Argentine out of contract with West Ham at the end of the season.The former Manchester City star recently confessed that a move to the Middle East would be an attractive option for him.However, for now at least, Zabaleta plans to remain focused on the present.“I don’t know,” replied Zabaleta on Sky Sports, when asked about a contract renewal at West Ham.“The main thing for me is to keep enjoying my football, I’m so happy to be part of the West Ham family.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“I know I’m not getting any younger but I still feel alright, I’m playing in every single game and physically I feel good.“We will see at the end of the season what the best decision is for me, the club, for everyone, but at the moment I don’t want to think about this, I just want to enjoy playing games. The main thing is to have a good season with the team.”Although the two-time Premier League winner is adamant he will not be heading into retirement.He added: “No, I’ll be 34 in January and I love football so much. If I continue playing in every game it means I can go for a few more years.“When you are in your 30s you cannot think about long-term, that is the only thing, but I’m not thinking about retirement.“If I can go for another few years I do will 100 per cent because I’ve got so much love for football.”
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is aware that more goals are needed from him after Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Viktoria PlzenThe Frenchman found the net for the first time in eight games across all competitions as Real secured a much-needed win in the Champions League.The result helped slightly ease the pressure on under-fire coach Julen Lopetegui, who has been reassured that he will be in charge for Sunday’s El Clasico against Barcelona.While defending Lopetegui, Benzema also acknowledged that he needs to score more goals to help his coach and the team.“We’re pleased to have won after our recent results. We’re feeling confident because it wasn’t an easy game and we now have to get ready for the next one, which comes around fast,” Benzema told reporters on the club website.“People always want more from us and we’re here to give our all, by scoring goals and creating chances. The important thing tonight was to get the win. The solution to our problems was to win, so that we could take confidence from it”.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We support the coach and are behind him. It’s not always just down to the manager, but the players too, we need to do more on the pitch.“The coach is brilliant and we will keep plugging away to get the results as a team. I know I need to score more goals.“I have that in my head, it’s my motivation, and I’m going to work hard for it. When we are on the pitch we give it our all but sometimes we are unlucky and the ball doesn’t go in”.Marcelo was the other goalscorer as Real took the top spot of Group G with six points.Benzema has scored six goals in 13 appearances for Los Galacticos this season and he became club’s eighth-highest appearance-maker with 88 games in the Champions League on Tuesday.Below is the list of the seven players that lie ahead of Benzema:Marcelo (91).Guti (99)Cristiano Ronaldo (101)Roberto Carlos (109)Sergio Ramos (116)Raúl (132)Iker Casillas (152)
Thank you for taking the time to write about Mygazines. I did however want to clear up a few misunderstandings about our site. We will re-iterate we have every intention of working with the industry to fortify the future of magazines and the industry in general. The comparison to Napster with respect to someone driving past you with a radio on and claim that sharing, is not at all our position.We are saying, if you were to take all of the office’s in the world that purchase magazines for the sole purpose of providing entertainment for their clients, is the same as sharing. Furthermore, these offices see different people everyday, so the sharing is constant and consistent and usually includes many back dated issues as well as new. By virtue of the fact that these groups change everyday makes it like a free magazine store.The most surprising aspect of almost every article is that they are completely missing our inactive revenue model. We have ways of drawing revenue from a number of sources, some more obvious than others. Mygazines is hardly a pirate website with the interest of breaking the industry. Rather, we offer a paradigm shift that is far more fiscally comprehensive than meets the eye and yet easily transitionable by even the biggest publishers.The true future of the industry lies in the final stages of our site concept. We can easily transition to the final revenue model quickly with the co-operation of the publishers. We cannot however reveal the full concept at this time as we are saving that discussion for the publishing industry directly.If our goal were to be pirates, we could have made live a number of features, including but not limited to, downloading and printing allowable to visitors and members alike.Finally, to compare us to other similar sites with the only difference with of us being free, is to disregard the importance of the ‘mygazines’ custom magazine for users, notifications, and our full ability to share on the go, across the globe instantly.As per our press release: We have every intention of working with the industry to provide not only revenue streams that are vast, but also an answer for the Publishers in general. Our method will increase current revenue, halt and reverse advertising revenue lost to the internet, and overcome the lack of the ability for magazines to stay current.Mygazines sharing model is a solid one with lots of hidden potential revenue and demographics to appease all.We can certainly continue to make our case and meet in the courts if need be. That seems to be the intention of the publishers as a whole. But ask yourself, to what end. Even if they are triumphant in this battle, they will lose the war. Apple already has a delivery system for digital reading via both the iphone and now ipod. Microsoft is also working to employ touch sensitivity to its products.Our idea would work as easily for those companies due to our concept. If we were to reveal such to those corporations, they could follow the business model and succeed without the need for working with the publishers at all. That’s all I can say at this point regarding our current revenue potential as well as the future model.The competitiors have missed the boat. Even the sites that think they have come up with the future online version for magazines, they have not! Publisher friendly or not! There is a final stage missing that can’t be seen unless one has the freedom to think outside of the limitations of the industry as is. In doing so, we have ironically found a way to fortify the industry for all of those involved, increase jobs and magazine selection, while cutting overhead and increasing revenue dramatically for the publishers and industry as a whole.We cannot elaborate fully as that would be tipping the hand too much. We wish to only divulge that information to the industry directly and sooner rather than later.As well, aren’t we an interesting option for Google, Yahoo and Microsoft as the next major asset in the ads war. We can work with the industry or independently to achieve such. We prefer the former. This Mygazines thing has taken on a life of its own. Over the weekend I got a cryptic e-mail from a “jsmith” at mygazines.com:—–Original Message—–From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2008 2:23 PMTo: Dylan StablefordSubject: Addition: MygazinesAs well, aren’t we an interesting option for Google, Yahoo and Microsoft as the next major asset in the ads war. We can work with the industry or independently to achieve such. We prefer the former.I replied with some questions, and have yet to receive a response. But it appears it was a truncated version of an email that’s making the rounds in other media outlets. Here’s the one U.K.-based Press Gazette got:
New Delhi, September 25 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 77.67 points down to stand at 19842.54. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 21.95 points down to stand at 5870.50. BHEL and Zee Entertainment were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.73% and 5.75% along with Apollo Hospitals and Sobha Dev with an increase of 4.82% and 4.56% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Technologies and MCX with a decrease of 9.92% and 4.60% along with JP POWER and HPCL with a decrease of 4.43% and 3.74% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 9.70 points at 11,180.22 while the banking sector is down 103.74 points at 11,494.18 and the realty sector is down 9.88 points at 1,217.68. The Indian currency is up 0.36% at Rs 62.53 per dollar.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at the premiere of AladdinInstagramIt is not surprising that Will Smith was fearful of playing Genie in Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin. Considering how he had to fill the late actor Robin Williams’ shoes, the task was no piece of cake. However, once he started shooting songs for the film, all the childlike silliness flowed through the actor!In an interview with SlashFilms, Smith opened up on dealing with the pressure of playing Genie, which was originally Robin Williams’ jam. He said, “Disney magic is real. This is my first Disney movie, and there’s something that Walt Disney did in the design of these stories and at the core of these stories is something that shocks the inner child within you and forces it to come alive and smile and appreciate the moment. For me, coming into this, first starting with fear – what Robin Williams did with this character was…he didn’t leave a lot of room to add to the Genie – so I started off fearful. But then when I got with the music, it just started waking up that fun, childlike, silly part of me.”Prince Ali songYouTubeHe further continued, “The song that got me over the hump of, ‘Yes, I can play Genie’ was ‘Friend Like Me.’ I went into the studio the first day and I really wanted to play with it to see if I could add something to it. Literally thirty minutes in the studio, starting to play with it, finding that 94-96 bmp (beats per minute) range, we were playing around in there. Ultimately I think it was a little bit faster than that, but that 94-96 bmp range is right old school hip-hop. So I grabbed The Honey Drippers’ ‘Impeach the President,’ which is a really classic old school hip-hop break beat, and I had them throw that break beat under there. I messed with that, and I messed with Eric B. and Rakim’s ‘I Know You Got Soul’ under ‘Friend Like Me,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m home. I’m home.’ I started playing with the hip-hop flavor and the Genie was really born in my mind from the music.”Another interesting fact that Will Smith revealed during his interview was the truth behind his spotless blue Genie. Turns out the Genie in Aladdin is actually 100 per cent CGI! “A lot of people don’t even recognize this, but the Genie is 100% CGI. People look at it and think it’s my face blue, and it’s my body. The Genie is 100% CGI. There’s none of me in the Genie. It’s like the work was so good, that they don’t even get credit for it…I would just be on set, we’d run the scenes and everything, and I could improv on set because I knew it wouldn’t necessarily be in the movie. Then we’d do the first round of the CGI work and we could go again and work it. Then Guy watched the whole movie, and I had another chance to go back and we could play with lines and make adjustments because [the visual effects people] were going to create it anyway. So for me, there was tons of improv,” said Smith.Recently, a premiere of Aladdin was held where Will Smith’s family appeared. The whole family including Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow, Trey and Jaden were present to support Smith. Aladdin releases today, May 24.
The main gate of Bailey Road branch of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College in Dhaka. UNB File PhotoThe authorities of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College (VNSC) on Friday appointed a new acting principal and morning shift in-charge for its Bailey Road branch after the posts were vacated following suspension over suicide of a student, reports UNB.Hasina Begum, an assistant professor of the institution, was appointed to the post of acting principal while Mohsin Talukder was made the morning shift in-charge, said Golam Ashraf Talukder, president of the school governing body.The decisions were taken at an emergency meeting in the evening.Aritree Adhikari, a ninth grade student of the institution, reportedly committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the capital on city on 3 December after allegedly being rebuked by teachers for using mobile phone during an examination.Following the incident, the victim’s father Dilip Adhikari filed a case against three teachers of the school.It sparked a wave of outrage inside and outside the school and students demonstrated at the campus for three days demanding justice over the incident.Later on Wednesday, the governing body of the school suspended its three teachers—acting principal Nazneen Ferdous, morning shift in-charge of Bailey Road branch Jeenat Akhter and Aritree’s class teacher Hasna Hena—over the incident.A Dhaka court on 6 December sent Hasna Hena to jail after detectives in a raid arrested her from the city’s Uttara area on Wednesday night.
PM HasinaPrime minster and Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina on Saturday greeted the countrymen on the occasion of AL’s 70th founding anniversary saying the party along with the people would build a hunger-poverty free, happy and prosperous Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu.“On this day I recall with respect the greatest Bengali of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. I recall Awami League’s founder president Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani and general secretary Shamsul Haque. I recall with respect Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy,” she said in a message issued marking the anniversary.She recalled with respect the four national leaders, and all martyrs of struggles for freedom, Liberation War and struggles for democracy and all leaders and workers of AL who had embraced martyrdom to turn the party into the largest organization of masses.The AL president greeted the party leaders and workers and supporters on the occasion alongside the countrymen.“Awami League has a glorious role in every major achievement of the nation. People are the source of power of Awami League. In future Awami League along with the people will build a poverty-hunger free, happy, prosperous and developed Sonar Bangladesh as envisioned by the Father of the Nation,” she said.She recalled that the party was established on 23 June in 1949 at “Rose Garden” on KM Das Lane in Dhaka and said the history of the AL is closely linked with the people’s struggle for realizing their rights.“The Language Movement in 1952, the Jukta Front election in 1954, the anti-Ayub movement in 1962, the restoration of communal harmony after the 1964 riot, the six-point movement in 1966 and the mass upsurge in 1969- all took place under the leadership of the AL,” she said.In the general elections of 1970, the people of Bangladesh gave an absolute majority to the Awami League and in continuation to that, Bangabandhu on 7 March in 1971 declared that “This time the struggle is for our freedom. This time the struggle is for our independence” the prime minister mentioned.She continued that on the Black Night of 25 March in 1971, the Pakistani occupation forces swooped on the people and the history’s most brutal genocide began.Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had declared the country’s independence using the then EPR wireless in the first hour of 26 March, she said.Soon after the declaration of independence by Bangabandhu, Pakistani occupation forces arrested him and sent to West Pakistan jail, she added.The premier said the country had achieved its final victory on 16 December in 1971 following the Liberation War conducted under the AL government formed at Mujibnagar in Meherpur district on 10 April.After independence when Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was busy building the nation, the assassins killed Bangabandhu and most of his family members on the fateful night of 15 August in 1975.Subsequently on 3 November in 1975 the four national leaders were killed in prison to make Awami League leaderless.The prime minister said there were national and international conspiracies to destroy the AL, but those intrigues went in vain.She said after a long struggle to establish democracy, the AL returned to power in 1996 and then the AL ran the country successfully from 1996 to 2001.Sheikh Hasina said the AL government turned food-deficit Bangladesh into a food-surplus country, signed the Ganges water sharing treaty with India and inked the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace treaty.Waging a movement against the BNP-Jamaat government and facing all conspiracies of the caretaker government, the Awami League was once again voted to power in 2008, she added.In the last 10 and an half years, she said the Awami League government carried out tremendous development in all sectors, specially agriculture, education, health, communication, information technology, infrastructure, power, rural economic growth and diplomacy.“Bangladesh is now a role model of development in the world. The country’s GDP growth stood at 7.86 per cent last year and this year it will be above 8 per cent. The people’s income and purchasing capacity have increased. Our per capita income has increased to US $1,909,” she noted.The premier said the income of over five crore people enhanced to middle income level from the lower income status and the country achieved self-sufficiency in food production.“At present the country’s around one-fourth people have been brought under the social safety net while 93 per cent people are getting electricity facilities,” Sheikh Hasina said, adding different development data including the health facilities for the rural people who can get 30 types of medicines at free of cost.She said Bangladesh has launched Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into the space as the 57th country in the world.The Awami League government, she said, has been implementing massive programmes for infrastructural development including construction of roads, bridges, flyovers, alleviated expressway and railways.Construction works of metro-rail in Dhaka is underway while the Padma Multipurpose Bridge is being constructed with country’s own finance, she added.The premier said her government is pledge-bound to turn Bangladesh into a prosperous country by implementing ‘Vision 2021’ and ‘Vision 2041’.She called upon the people irrespective of party affiliations and opinions to come forward to continue this trend of development.
Map of Brazil locating a jail some 28 km from the Amazonas state capital of Manaus, where 15 inmates were killed in clashes on Sunday. Photo: AFPClashes between inmates killed 15 people at a jail in Amazonas state in northern Brazil on Sunday, the regional prison authority said.The clashes broke out around 11:00 am (1500 GMT) during visiting hours at the facility, located some 28 kilometres (17 miles) from the state capital Manaus.”It was a fight between the inmates. There had never been deaths during the visits,” Colonel Marcos Vinicius Almeida told a news conference.An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the fight, Almeida said.Almeida emphasized that authorities had reacted within minutes to the Sunday violence, preventing a potentially worse result.In January 2017, the same facility was the scene of a prison rebellion that lasted almost 20 hours and left 56 people dead.Brazil has the world’s third largest prison population, with 726,712 inmates as of June 2016, according to official statistics.The population is double the capacity of the nation’s prisons, which in 2016 was estimated to be 368,049 inmates.Along with severe overcrowding, Brazil’s prisons are plagued by gang violence, while riots and breakout attempts are not uncommon.
By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROA Baltimore police officer has been indicted for falsely accusing an innocent city resident of committing a crime.The latest charges allege a member of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), officer Michael O’Sullivan perjured himself when he testified a city youth possessed a gun despite body camera footage that purportedly contradicted his testimony.The charges stem from O’Sullivan’s testimony against a yet to be identified Baltimore resident. During a trial last year Sullivan accused the defendant of possessing a hand gun. The defendant spent several months in jail before prosecutors eventually dropped the case.The gun possession case was the result of a chase during which O’Sullivan dispersed a group of teens and later found a handgun. He subsequently accused a member of the group of possessing the gun. But prosecutors allege body camera footages shows that Sullivan could not have actually witnessed who was carrying the gun when the youths scattered.On May 28, an arrest warrant was issued for O’Sullivan, who joined the police department in 2000. According to the city’s open data web site Sullivan earned $122,000 in 2018.Police spokesman Matt Jablow did not respond to a request for comment.O’Sullivan joins a long list of officers who have either been indicted or pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence or giving false testimony.Former Baltimore Police Sgt. Keith Allen Gladstone recently pleaded guilty to planting a BB gun on a Baltimore resident who was struck by a vehicle driven by a member of the Gun Trace Task Force. The charges allege the scheme was concocted to cover-up the fact that GTTF member and ring leader Wayne Jenkins panicked after he intentionally ran over a suspect with his police vehicle.Jenkins called Gladstone who drove to the scene and placed a BB gun near the injured suspect who was incapacitated. The victim was charged with possession of a handgun, but the case was eventually dropped by prosecutors.The Gun Trace Task Force was a group of eight officers who were either convicted of or plead guilty to robbing residents, dealing drugs, and stealing overtime.Last year Richard Pinheiro Jr. was convicted of planting evidence on a Baltimore resident. The charges were filed after body camera footage was released that showed him planting evidence in a Southwest Baltimore alley.The BPD is currently under federal consent decree. The city entered the agreement after a Department of Justice report found the troubled agency used racists and unconstitutional tactics to target African-Americans.
India have an unenviable task of avoiding the prospect of relinquishing their grip on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy when they square off against Australia in the third Test of the four-match series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday.Having lost the first two Tests, India would be aware that another loss would help Australia reclaim the coveted trophy they are competing for.But despite the ominous stare at another humiliation and the lopsidedness of the contest that the 2-0 scoreline suggests, it hasn’t been all too easy for the hosts. On the contrary, the series has seen an intriguing contest. The Adelaide Test produced a compelling battle on the backdrop of utmost grief and sadness following the untimely death of Phillip Hughes. Brisbane was an extension of that competitiveness. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaFor Australia, it’s simply a matter of producing more of the same at Melbourne despite having to rejig the winning combination due to the absence of the injured Mitchell Marsh. The 25-year-old Joe Burns will take his place, as is fit-again pacer Ryan Harris instead of Michell Starc.Australian skipper Steven Smith on Thursday cleverly intensified the mind games, saying that India are “whingeing and complaining among themselves”, turning the focus towards the visitors’ on the question of sledging. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: Shastri“At the moment, the Indians are doing that themselves. They’re doing a lot of whingeing and complaining among themselves. They’re doing it all for us. Hopefully that can hinder them this week,” he said.India though have more pressing issues to address, beginning with the form of opener Shikhar Dhawan and middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, whose only ‘contribution’ so far has been to fire up opponent pacer Mitchell Johnson with some unsolicitated sledging. He seemed clueless in the middle, a far cry from his record-breaking One-Day International (ODI) knock of 264 at the flat track of Eden Gardens. DhawanÂ’s tour has taken a similar route, with no worthwhile contribution with the bat. But more alarming is the shambolic way in which his arm injury of a spurred up Johnson delivery was handled, giving birth to a petty controversy that threatens to unsettle the team, as a fallout of the usually astute skipper’s surprising ‘unrest’ comment.Dhoni was quick to downplay the effects of his revealing comment, saying reports of a dressing room disquiet were “made up stories”, also defending his team’s ploy of sustained chattering on the field.“There haven’t been any formal complaints from our side so far. If I respond to that, it won’t be an adequate response. I feel a bit of chirping is good on the field. That’s what makes cricket interesting. If the guidelines are followed, I’m not really bothered. The chirping has nothing to do with our performance.”India failed to grab the initiative at the Gabba when Australia were 247 for six, and allowed the tail to wag doggedly, missing a wonderful opportunity to set Australia a more imposing fourth innings target. That should be more painful than the defeat, as they did all the hard work diligently to show that Australia are vulnerable if subjected to pressure.
Dinesh MoorjaniComcast’s venture capital arm has appointed the co-founder of dating app Tinder, Dinesh Moorjani, as managing director.Moorjani, who is a serial entrepreneur, senior operating executive and seed investor, will join Comcast Ventures, based in Santa Monica.“We are building a team of smart, proven investors with knowledge and success across a variety of sectors. Dinesh brings unique experience that bridges later stage private equity transactions with an accomplished track record of angel investments and will be an excellent addition to our team,” said Amy Banse, managing director and head of funds at Comcast Ventures.Moorjani previously worked as executive-in-residence at Warburg Pincus where he continues to serve as an advisor.Before this he founded and was CEO of Hatch Labs, where he and his team built and and ran mobile startups – including Tinder. He has also held leadership roles at IAC/InteractiveCorp and Samsung Electronics.“Comcast Ventures has built a unique investment platform, as evidenced by its strong portfolio and reputation. I’m looking forward to working with the team to invest in promising technologies and help entrepreneurs build successful companies,” said Moorjani.Comcast Ventures has previously invested in firms including virtual reality broadcast specialist, NextVR. This summer it also contributed to a US$2.5 million seed round raised by virtual reality studio Kite & Lightning.