Event Check-ins Could Become Faster, More Interesting With New Mobile Apps

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Standing in line for the big conference could become a much less painful experience if a new class of mobile apps that use QR codes prove effective. Once you’ve gotten through the line, your experience attending an event could be made richer with the same technology. EventBee, a startup that sells tickets to events for a flat rate of $1 each, launched Android app today that event organizers can download to their phones. The app then scans 2D bar-codes, or QR codes, that attendees received with their receipts when they buy a ticket. The company says an iPhone app will be launched with-in the next 30 days.Eventbee isn’t alone in thinking QR codes could go well with events. Another startup called Mogotix aims to offer a very similar function, though its organizer-side app is listed as “coming soon.” The advantage of the Eventbee software is that attendees don’t have to do anything but bring their receipts, printed or on their phones. Leading competitor Eventbrite launched an iPhone app this Spring but does not support code scanning for check in. Using Eventbee’s new app, anyone on an event’s staff can be turned into a quick check-in administrator with a simple download to their phones. The check-ins will be much faster and richer than scanning names on paper. QR code-driven check-ins can also provide much richer analytics, in theory, than would be practical to collect manually. Every code can carry a payload of data about the person checking in.Beyond Check-insCodes for events are believed to have a lot of potential beyond checking in, too. Designer Andreas Carlsson articulated a number of different possibilities for consumer-side QR use in a recent blog post; imagine scanning a conference guide with your phone to get a speaker’s slide deck live on your phone while they are speaking, for example.So far event attendees have not adopted QR codes with the enthusiasm that advocates have hoped, however. That may change in the future, but Eventbee’s strategy of focusing on getting codes and readers into the hands of event organizers first seems smart.Regarding consumer features, Eventbee founder Bala Musrif says those are on the road-map. “We’ve got more in the pipe-line in that direction,” he says. “This is our first step – but we’ve got big games planned in real time check-in scenarios.”Disclosure: ReadWriteWeb has purchased the services of Eventbee for ticketing at past events.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

India secrets: Sikkim

first_imgNetuk houseIdeal for those who want to experience the posh of the past, this aristocratic homestay will give travellers a taste of local life with the added comfort of luxury. Decorated in local style with bright cheery interiors and local Sikkimese textiles, the house is a charming old-fashioned retreat. The family-run ‘hotel’ offers local hospitality along with lovely local spreads for discerning foodies. Festooned with Buddhist prayer flags and a warm and friendly vibe, Netuk House comes with an added charm: expect enriching evenings listening to local lore over many cups of chai. There are also gorgeous uninterrupted views of the snowclad mountains. Tibet Road, Gangtok; Tel: (03592) 222 374Pastanga villageTo get the real local feel, you must experience living with  a Sikkimese family in a typical village. Stop by Pastanga village, in Assam Lingzay just outside Gangtok, a truly beautiful spot right in the lap of nature. This little village is flush in rhododendron and magnolia flowers and a wide variety of bamboo species. It is truly a fascinating destination for nature lovers as it provides spectacular walks and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Pastanga is also the starting point for the exciting Khedi trek, rich in biodiversity, popular with adventure enthusiasts. You can enjoy local traditions, dances and music during your stay here. There are nearly ten government approved homestays which are all very reasonable and accessible. 28 km from Gangtok; www.keeppastangasikkim.orgThe teen jhurey trek Starting from a place called Golitar, this is a wonderful nature trek for all those who seek adventure. The richly forested area is known to be the home for various species of wild animals and birds. For those who like the peaceful sport of angling, the hike to River Bhusak is perfect. This is a one day hike but the scenery and the fish at the end of the line are worth the journey. The hike starts from Syari, four km from Gangtok. One can get equipment on hire from local travel agents and you take a local guide along.  25 km from GangtokLocal pickles Sikkim has three major communities–the Lepchas, the Bhutias and the Nepalese–and each of them contribute to the state’s varied cuisine and culture. Apart from the regular momos and thukpas, available at nearly every corner store and restaurant, the foodie should not return from Sikkim without trying some of the local pickles. A must try is sidra ko achar, a pickle made out of a small dried fish called sidra and eaten with rice and dal. For vegetarians, there is the exotic chhurpi ko achar. Chhurpi is a local fermented cottage cheese and is widely used in Sikkimese cuisine; the pickle in mustard oil and spices is quite a tasty accompaniment with plain rice. There is also mesu or fermented bamboo shoot pickle, shimi ko achar or the string bean pickle and the extremely delicious hot dalle and bamboo shoot pickle.  Pick up a bottle at Gupta Tea House or Rainbow, on  M.G. Marg. Also check Sikkim Supreme Factory near SingtamLess known brewsA butter salt tea churned inside a bamboo container is  a popular drink that helps keeping you warm, and thus is consumed in large quantities in the winter. While chaang or the local beer is the most popular drink, other variants of it are also worth a try. These include simal tarul ko jaanr, which is a fermented cassava root alcoholic drink and raksi, a clear rice wine with a strong aroma. Homemade rhododendron and ginger wine can be found in local villages. Kanchan berry juice, a recent favourite, is also rather delicious and comes with medicinal values. A local homestay would be the best place to find these unusual brewsGonjang monasteryEstablished in the year 1981, this monastery, one of the less known in the state, belongs to Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism. Located on the outskirts of the city, the peaceful environment and the prayer chants make it a destination worth a visit, especially it is fairly free of crowds. One can also admire the beauty of the town from here. A host of annual events and festivities add colour to the calm. www.gonjangmonastery.orgGreen foodWhile in this lush green state you will be surrounded by  a mindboggling variety of plants and vegetation that will immediately serve to soothe city-jangled nerves. And while all of them are beautiful, some of them even taste good. Locals have learnt how to use many of the local leaves and ferns in their cooking and have turned them into great delicacies. Try the popular nettle soup or sisnu, prepared out of the local edible varieties of nettle which is served with steamed rice. Wild edible fern or ningro is another leafy treat that is usually mixed with cottage cheese and turned into a delicious curry. Another leafy delicacy is gundruk, the fermented and preserved leaves of radish, mustard and cauliflower. These are soaked in water and cooked before consumption and form an excellent side dish with meat, fish and vegetable dishes. These dishes will be available at homes and homestays rather than restaurants–act like a local and ask for them and enjoy the surprised smiles. And the food. If you stay at a homestay, you will have the best option to try local food. Otherwise ask a your hotel for the best option. Still waters performanceWhat’s a hill holiday without the strums of  a guitar? This folk-rock band from Gangtok with a repertoire of punchy originals in English and Nepali is unmissable. To catch  a gig, check out the schedule at the lovely bohemian pub called Little Italy in Deorali, or Cafe Live and Loud on Tibet Road, another popular hangout for music lovers. You can check the local paper for listings of their shows.Stitch a bakuThe lovely brocade dresses that the local women wear come in a variety of colours, patterns and fabrics. Pick up your desired fabric and take it to Lhasa Tailors or Classic Tailor to get an outfit tailored to your or your partner’s size and specifications. For a great range of designer bakus and honjus, a traditional Tibetan outfit, make your way to Gaari Designs.  Lhasa is near Old Children’s Park; Classic is on M.G. Marg; log on to www.gaaridesigns.comHouse of bambooThis small restaurant tucked away on a quite lane is known for its food and warm ambience. Tibetan delicacies, spicy Chinese fare and a variety of momos, all at a very reasonable price, make this a great option. Definitely try their lip-smacking beef chilli and gyathuk, special noodles cooked with vegetarian or non-vegetarian soup. Their rice preparation with pork is also quite delicious and everything is between the astounding price range of Rs. 40 and Rs. 180. On Nam Nang Road.advertisementadvertisementGangtok: Lily Tshering BhutiaAn avid trekker, Lily is director of a specialised travel company that organises high altitude treks. She lives in Gangtok but feels most at home in the great outdoors, especially the rhododendron forests in her home state. Lily is also a foodie and her two loves can be seen here!Outside Gangtok: Trek to RachelaThis trekking route is an absolute paradise for nature  lovers, with a wonderful array of flora and fauna all along the way. Starting from a place called ‘Hathicheray’, which translates to ‘elephant pass’, you walk for about three and a half hours, after which you reach a place called Mulkharga Lake. This is a great place to set up an overnight base camp with lush greenery all around and a truly breathtaking view as the day breaks. Next morning, continue the trek towards Ramitey Dara. The trek takes approximately two and half hours and passes through stretches of evergreen forest and rocky terrain dotted with caves. The landscape keeps changing and the route meanders through dense bamboo forest and startling pink rhododendron trees. This trek is also fantastic for the variety of birds that one can see along the way. This part of the trek takes most part of the day and will culminate at the gorgeous Rachela Pass. The area is dominated by the Lepchas and one can see their traditional houses along the way. The campsite has a small pond and an old forest reserve bungalow. After a night’s rest, you can trek up two kilometres to the actual pass and enjoy the magnificent view. Rachela is on the border of Sikkim and Bhutan and thus a fairly sensitive and restricted area. While there are tour operators who might bring you up here illegally, please take care to take prior permissions from the forest and tourism departments; Tel: (03592) 221 634; www.sikkimtourism.travelMust do: SikkimStay: Homestay in kewzingImmerse yourself in local culture at Kewzing, a timeless Bhutia village that rests against a backdrop of magnificent mountains. This is the place to stay if you want a first-hand experience of Sikkimese rural life. The rooms are simple but clean and cosy, and the meals, served in the family kitchen, are tasty and wholesome. Activities include birdwatching, excursions to the monasteries dotting the rambling countryside and even working in the fields with the villagers!Kewzing Homestays; Tel: (044) 3988 1000;  www.mahindrahomestays.comEat: MomosIf you are the sort who ventures into Sikkim House in Delhi or momo joints all over north India’s hillstations, then Sikkim is your heaven. Every nook and corner will serve big juicy dumplings filled with the meat of your choice (a number of them). Happy feasting on perfect, thin, meaty momos. In Gangtok, a good place to try is M.G. Market.Shop: Thangka scrollsDepicting Buddhist themes and symbols as well as other religious iconography, thangkas are canvas scrolls that are often framed with silk. Genuine thangkas are made with only vegetable or mineral dyes, and each colour has its own significance; white stands for peace, while gold represents enlightenment. While only Buddhist monks once created thangkas, they are now available in most handicrafts stores. Try the small shop near Rumtek Monastery, about 24 km from GangtokSee: PellingYour usual lazy hillstation filled with friendly people, this is where you can get great views of the mighty Khangchendzonga. Brave the walk to Pemayangtse, about three km from Upper Pelling, for the famous Pemayangtse Monastery, one of Sikkim’s holiest. 120 km from Gangtok.advertisementlast_img read more

Sepp Blatter and two others facing FIFA investigation over salaries

first_imgFormer FIFA president Sepp Blatter and ex-secretary general Jerome Valcke, already banned from football for ethics violations, are facing a fresh investigation over the salaries and bonuses they received in office.In a separate decision, former FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb was given a life ban from any soccer-related activity and fined one million Swiss francs ($1.02 million).FIFA’s ethics committee said its investigators had opened formal proceedings against both Blatter and Valcke, along with former finance director Markus Kattner, for possible ethics violations which included bribery and corruption.The suspected violations were “in the context of salaries and bonuses paid to Mr Blatter, Mr Valcke and Mr Kattner as well as other provisions included in the contracts of these three individuals,” it said. (Blatter regrets he did not reform FIFA)They are also suspected of having breached rules on general conduct, loyalty, conflicts of interest and “offering and accepting gifts and other benefits.”Valcke’s lawyer declined comment while Blatter and Kattner could not immediately be reached although they have previously denied wrongdoing.EARNINGS IN LINE WITH OTHER PRO LEAGUESBlatter has said his earnings were in line with top officials from professional sports leagues around the world.Soccer’s global governing body is attempting to recover from the worst graft scandal in its history which has seen 42 people, including former FIFA executive committee members, indicted in the United States since May last year.Criminal investigations are also under way in Switzerland, where FIFA has its headquarters.Those 42 include Webb, ex-president of the confederation covering North and Central America and the Caribbean, who has pleaded guilty in the United States to offences linked to racketeering, fraud and money laundering.advertisementFIFA’s ethics committee has conducted its own investigation into the Cayman Islander and announced on Friday that was guilty of breaking ethics violations, including bribery and corruption.FIFA said in June that an internal investigation revealed that the three officials had received 79 million Swiss francs ($81 million) in compensation over five years, calling them “massive payouts”.FIFA’s lawyers Quinn Emanuel, which conducted the investigation, said the evidence revealed a coordinated effort by the three to “enrich themselves through annual salary increases, World Cup bonuses and other incentives.”BLATTER SERVING BANBlatter, 80, who led FIFA from 1998 until 2015, has already been banned for eight years, later to reduced to six following an appeal.The ban was imposed for ethics violations related to a payment of 2 million Swiss francs that FIFA made to then European soccer boss Michel Platini with Blatter’s approval in 2011 for work done a decade earlier.He has appealed to sport’s highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and is awaiting a verdict.Valcke was fired in January and has since been banned for 12 years, reduced to 10 on appeal, for ethics violations which included using FIFA expenses for sightseeing trips and destruction of evidence.Kattner, who took over as acting secretary general after Valcke’s dismissal, was fired by FIFA in May.last_img read more

Google Pixel 3 XL: Review done, specs and design shown, this is the phone Google will launch in October

first_imgGoogle is yet to reveal the launch date of its third generation Pixel phones – the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. But at least one of these phones — that is the Pixel 3 XL — is already on sale, albeit at an outrageous price of $2000 (around Rs 1.4 lakh) and through the personal Telegram account of someone in Russia. The Pixel 3 XL has also been revealed thoroughly, has been reviewed on couple of Russian websites, its specs and hardware details have been shown to all, and its design has been displayed from all angles in photos and videos. As far as the leaks go, the Pixel 3 XL leak is as extensive as it gets.Officially, the phones are expected to launch in October. But it seems that ahead of the October launch, a batch of Pixel 3 XL were on their way to the Google office in Mountain View from China, where they were manufactured. The plane carrying the Pixel 3 XL units stopped in Ukraine, and the Google phones were stolen. Bad for Google we suppose, but not so much for the smartphone users who were looking forward to these phones. Now, all the details of the Pixel 3 XL are known. And here is a quick summary of everything that we have learnt about the Pixel 3 XL.Pixel 3 XL is already on saleA Ukrainian dealer has reportedly managed to get hold of some pre-production units of the Pixel 3 XL and has leaked images, unboxing video and the retail box of the phone. The Pixel phones this year will come bundled with Pixel buds.advertisement The dealer – who goes by the name Luchkov — is selling the Pixel 3 XL units for $2,000 each – which is roughly around Rs 1.4 lakh – in the black market. Google legal and security teams, and Foxconn’s team are both investigating the matter and are involved in internal discussions about the leaks.Pixel 3 XL review is outMeanwhile, another Russian website has somehow got the Pixel 3 XL and has posted an early review of it. The reviewer has also compared the Pixel 3 XL camera samples to that of the Huawei P20 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The review comes with a disclaimer in the beginning – in which the author says that this is a pre-production unit of the Pixel 3 XL and hence some aspects of the phone rough and some features are not fully developed. But overall, the reviewer says, the final product will look exactly like the pre-production unit.Pixel 3 XL is mostly glass and that notchAs far as the design of the phone is concerned, the Pixel 3 XL will look a lot like the Pixel 2 XL. The front design of the phone, however, will see a drastic change compared to the predecessor. The Pixel 3 XL follows the latest trend and comes with a notched display. Compared to the iPhone X notch, the Pixel 3 XL notch is much wider (length-wise) – which doesn’t look very appealing. The notch – as seen in the leaked pictures -includes the selfie cameras. The Pixel 3 XL is expected to come with two front sensors, and sensors along with the earpiece. The back panel of the phone will be made of glass and the leaked hands-on video shows that the phone will come with wireless charging support. Just as the Pixel 2 XL, the rear side of the 3 XL will include a single camera paired with LED flash, followed by a circular shaped fingerprint sensor.Wireless chargingA hands-on video leaked by the earlier this week revealed that the Pixel 3 XL will come with wireless charging support. In another video, leaked by a Twitter user, who goes by the name Khoroshev, the Pixel 3 XL is seen with built-in Qi wireless charging support. Rumours also suggest that the Pixel 3 XL will not come with the wireless charger, which means consumers will have to buy the charger separately. Previously, we did come across rumours of a Google Pixel Stand wireless charging dock, which the search giant is expected to launch along with the third-gen Pixel phones in October. Some rumours suggest that only the Pixel 3 XL with glass back design will come with wireless charging support and not the cheaper model — the Pixel 3.Dual selfie camerasContrary to earlier rumours, the new images of the Pixel 3 XL posted by the black market dealer as well as the review reveal that Pixel 3 XL will not come with dual cameras on the back. The phone – just like the Pixel 2 XL — will come with a single camera of the back paired with a dual LED flash. As far as the camera specs are concerned, the Pixel 3 XL is tipped to sport 12-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.8, dual pixel PDAF and laser-assisted auto focus.advertisement Meanwhile, on the front, going in line with the previous leaks, the new images also show that the Pixel 3 XL will come with dual selfie cameras. This camera will have an 8-megapixel primary image sensor. One of the two selfie cameras will come with a wide angle lens. A new report coming from 9toMac reveals that the Pixel 3 XL will be able to shoot ‘Super Selfies’, meaning the phone will feature faux bokeh for Portrait Mode.As far as the camera performance is concerned, the Russian website that put up the review of the Pixel 3 XL compared the pictures clicked with the Pixel phone with that of the Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei P20 Pro. Camera has always been the best thing about Pixel phones, and the same is expected of the Pixel 3 XL as well. But, according to the reviewer, the camera samples of the Pixel 3 XL don’t look as promising as that of the other two phones. This could probably be because pictures are taken with a pre-production unit.Google Pixel 3 XL specificationsThe reviewer clicked a picture, keeping the Pixel 3 XL, Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei P20 Pro next to each other, and there’s no doubt that the Google phone is the biggest of the three. The Pixel 3 XL is said to sport a 6.7-inch display with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio and screen-to-body ratio of 94.4 per cent. The Pixel 3 XL will come with OLED panel, with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on it. In the review, the screen of the Note 9 looks brighter than the Pixel phone’s under direct sunlight. The Pixel 3 XL will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 paired with 6GB RAM with 64GB/128 GB. The phone will run Google’s latest Android 9 Pie. The Pixel 3 XL will use a 3430 mAh battery and come with fast charging support.Google Pixel 3 XL priceThe final price of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL is yet to be revealed by Google. But, rumours suggest that the Pixel 3 XL will be priced around $750, which roughly translates to Rs 53,000, while the Pixel 3 will cost $650, which when converted to INR comes around Rs 45,000. Meanwhile, the leaked retail box reveals that this year’s Pixel phones will come bundled with Pixel buds which will cost around $150 (roughly Rs 10500) if bought separately.last_img read more

Boos for Steve Smith even after his hundred disappointing: Glenn McGrath on Edgbaston crowd

first_imgAustralia bowling great Glenn McGrath expressed his disappointment over the hostile reception received by Steve Smith by certain sections of the English crowd during his innings on the opening day of Ashes 2019.There were boos, chants, and men with masks that had Smith’s crying face as he walked on to bat in the morning session of the 1st Test against England.Former captain Smith hit his 25th test century in only 65 games after returning from 1-year suspension for being involved in a ball-tampering scandal during the third test against South Africa in 2018.Smith was booed even when the Australia batsman got to the 3-figure mark and again when he walked off the ground after being dismissed for 144 at the end of the innings.McGrath added that this was expected at the start but also said that the players themselves had moved on from the scandal.”You’d expect that at the start,” he said. “It was always going to be built up and quite hostile and they were going to give (them) a hard time. We saw it in the World Cup.”But it’s 16 months ago. People make mistakes, they paid the penalty and they’ve moved on.”To see people boo him when he got a hundred, an exceptional innings, is a little bit disappointing. But that’s the way it goes.”Australia recovered from 122-8 to 284 all out against England on the opening day of the Ashes series on Thursday.At Stumps, England were 10 for no loss and were still 274 runs behind.advertisementAlso Read | Doesn’t bother me: Steve Smith on boos from Edgbaston crowd after Ashes hundredAlso See:last_img read more

‘Beast’ Conte shows axed Ancelotti way forward

first_imgChelsea ‘Beast’ Conte shows axed Ancelotti how to succeed in adversity Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 20:00 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte Getty Images Chelsea Bayern München Premier League Antonio Conte Carlo Ancelotti Opinion The current Chelsea manager offers a fine example to a former Blues boss of what is required of a coach in the modern, cut-throat world of football Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti could not have had more contrasting evenings in the Champions League on Wednesday.At the same time that Chelsea’s current manager was pulling off arguably the best European result of his coaching career, a former Blues boss was watching his side slump to a 3-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain that cost him his job at Bayern Munich.Ancelotti ultimately paid the price for losing the dressing room. The two-time Champions League winner had allowed dissension within his ranks to go unchecked and, after dropping Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mats Hummels for the game at the Parc des Princes, he was ultimately forced out by his own players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “There were five players against Ancelotti,” Bayern president Uli Hoeness told Westfalenpost. “It was impossible to get out of that.”Uli Hoeness Carlo Ancelotti PSAncelotti has been here before, of course. He is affectionately known as ‘King Carlo’ at Stamford Bridge, after winning a domestic double in the first of his two seasons in charge, but he was ultimately dethroned by key figures within the Chelsea squad.Harsh as it may sound, Conte would never have allowed a mutiny to develop, as underlined by the cut-throat way in which he ostracised Diego Costa before the striker’s inevitable return to Atletico Madrid.Chelsea 14/1 for CL gloryThis is a man who wants things done his way. If they’re not, either a player walks – or he does.When he disagreed with Juventus’ transfer strategy in the summer of 2014, he sensationally quit. Conte almost always exits on his terms.Compare this with Ancelotti: he has held some of the most prestigious positions in football – Bayern, Real Madrid and Chelsea – but he was, rightly or wrongly, discarded by all of those clubs.When the going gets tough, Ancelotti is often sent packing. Conte, by contrast, has proven himself adept at dealing with adversity and conflict.Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio ConteAs former Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo – who also served under Ancelotti at AC Milan – said earlier this year: “I have nothing but respect and admiration for Conte.”If he takes a job, any job, it has to be on his terms: the players he wants to sign; those he wants to get rid of; the style he wants to play.“I have played under a lot of great managers. but I can say that Conte is a genius. And, like all men who possess genius, he is a little mad.“The man can be a beast. A dressing room when he is angry is one of the most dangerous places you can be!”Only this summer, Conte had to put his foot down regarding the Costa stand-off and what was, until deadline day, an unsatisfactory transfer market, as far as he was concerned.Despite the undoubted disharmony at Stamford Bridge when the season began, which manifested itself in a shock opening-day loss to Burnley, Conte steadied the ship and navigated Chelsea safely through choppy waters.Andrea Pirlo Antonio Conte PSIndeed, the Blues have now won seven of their last eight games in all competitions, drawing the other. They lie third in the Premier League, just three points behind the Manchester clubs, and sit top of their Champions League group, with a maximum six-point haul from two outings.Conte deserves immense credit in this regard for handling arrivals as well as departures.Alvaro Morata has made a fine start to his Premier League career and the Spaniard attributes his early success to his new boss: “I came to Chelsea because one club and one coach believed in me.”Club icon John Terry has not been missed whatsoever and while Nemanja Matic is presently proving his worth to Manchester United, Conte’s decision to offload the Serb for a tidy sum is hardly hurting Chelsea, given the replacement, Tiemoue Bakayoko, is looking like the perfect midfield foil for N’Golo Kante.Bayern also lost a couple of important players over the summer, Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso, but they were not adequately replaced, leaving a leadership void that Ancelotti failed to fill.Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio ConteIndeed, while there are clearly issues within the Bavarian club itself, the Italian never looked capable of guiding through what was always likely to prove a tricky transitional period. In truth, as great a coach and classy a character as he is, transition has never been his forte.Conte, by contrast, was the man who completely overhauled Juventus, transforming them from the seventh-best team in Serie A to champions in the space of a single season. He handles crises well, even making light of a four-month touchline ban during his time in Turin.Unlike Ancelotti, he does not shy away from confrontations. His contract renewal destabilised Chelsea for a period as well but the Blues boss ultimately received the pay-rise he demanded for delivering a Premier League title.The club’s transfer policy was central to those negotiations, so Conte will have great sympathy for Ancelotti, given Bayern’s refusal to spend big during the summer – a strategy that was publicly criticised by star striker Robert Lewandowski.Certainly, Ancelotti could have done with acquiring players more loyal to him, as his supporters ultimately found themselves outnumbered in the Bayern dressing room.The 58-year-old should still be regarded as a great coach but he may want to look to Conte for a few tips on how to survive in a crisis.In return, Ancelotti could offer his compatriot a few pointers on how to win the Champions League. Although, Conte showed at Atletico on Wednesday night that he may no longer need any help in that regard.last_img read more

Everton complete £40m signing of Richarlison from Watford

first_imgTransfer window Sign up for The Fiver, our daily football email. Read more Topics Share on Twitter Share via Email Everton Share on Messenger Will Everton’s failed gamble mean top six disappear over horizon? Silva told evertontv: “He is a good player who will make our team and our squad more competitive. The player is fast, strong, very good technically and he can play in three positions across the front line. He can also score goals.Evertonians will see a player who will be 100% committed to helping our team always.”Everton and Watford have had a somewhat testing relationship, with the Merseyside club seeing an initial approach for Silva rebuffed after they sacked Ronald Koeman in October last year. Share on LinkedIn Richarlison has completed his move to Everton from Watford which he hopes can help his “dreams to become a reality here at one of the biggest clubs in England”. The five-year deal will cost the Merseyside club up to £40m.Richarlison told evertontv: “I want to have a lot of success with Everton. I think it is going to be important for me here to be with Marco Silva again. I will learn more because I am still learning as a player and I aim to develop and grow here. Everton have put their faith in me and I intend to honour this shirt and demonstrate on the pitch why I came here.”center_img Read more Share on Facebook Watford It emerged last week that Everton were closing in on signing the Brazilian forward, who played for the Toffees’ manager Marco Silva at Vicarage Road last season. Richarlison said: “I’ve known the manager for a while obviously, so I know how he works.”The 21-year-old joined Watford, where Silva was newly installed as manager, from Fluminense last summer. He scored five times in his opening 12 Premier League matches but did not find the net again for the rest of the campaign.Richarlison added: “I want to score more goals, provide more assists for my teammates and help in whichever way is possible. Everyone in the world knows Everton. It is a very big club, one of the biggest in England as I said. I am really happy and honoured to be here.” Share on Pinterest Richarlison has all attributes to repay Marco Silva’s faith again at Everton Watford subsequently decided to dispense with Silva’s services in January, saying the “unwarranted approach” had been the “catalyst”, leading to “a significant deterioration in both focus and results”.Everton named Sam Allardyce as Koeman’s successor, and after he was then sacked at the end of the season, Silva was appointed on 31 May.With recruitment finally under way the new manager has to start trimming down a bloated squad. So far only Wayne Rooney and the reserve goalkeeper Joel Robles have departed permanently but Silva is keen to bring in more players, with an interest in the Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne. Share on WhatsApp news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Addresses Lee Corso’s Future On College GameDay

first_imgLee Corso ahead of the national title game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Lee Corso looks on during the first quarter between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The college football season ends today as Alabama and Clemson meet for the third time in four years to play for the College Football Playoff national title game. With the end of the college football season, comes the end of ESPN’s College GameDay.Kirk Herbstreit and company kick off their final show on Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. ET prior to the title game. Fan-favorite Lee Corso won’t be a part of the group, but he will appear on Championship Drive – with the rest of his GameDay crew – for a two-hour show before Alabama-Clemson IV.Herbstreit was asked about Corso’s future with College GameDay. The 83-year-old analyst signed a multi-year deal with ESPN before the 2017 season and Herbstreit doesn’t see him leaving any time soon.Per 247Sports:“Eighty-four next fall, and he of course had a stroke 10 years ago that affected his speech. But if you really know him or watch him, his cognitive thinking is as sharp as it’s ever been. He knows players, he knows what’s going on. It’s just so impressive if you have a chance to talk with him. Hopefully he’ll keep it going and we’ll enjoy him and his headgears for a lot more years to come.”It looks like we’ll see Corso in 2019.last_img read more

Prudence au volant cet été

first_imgLa fête du Canada marque la première longue fin de semaine de l’été, et le gouvernement et la GRC rappellent aux gens de la Nouvelle-Écosse de faire preuve de prudence sur les routes et de planifier leurs déplacements. « Avec le temps plus chaud, de plus en plus de gens profitent des activités de plein air et utilisent nos autoroutes, nos plages, nos sentiers et nos parcs provinciaux, souligne Lloyd Hines, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. La conduite avec facultés affaiblies peut avoir des conséquences tragiques pour vous et pour les autres utilisateurs de la route. Cette longue fin de semaine est le moment idéal pour se réunir en famille et entre amis. » « Prévoyez donc une façon de rentrer à la maison en toute sécurité. Ralentissez et portez votre ceinture de sécurité pour bien arriver à destination. » Les policiers seront présents en grand nombre et patrouilleront sur les routes. Les conducteurs doivent s’attendre à voir des postes de contrôle de la circulation. « Tout le monde a un rôle à jouer dans la sécurité routière, affirme le sergent d’état-major Jeff West, responsable par intérim des Services de sécurité routière de la GRC en Nouvelle-Écosse. Puisque nous prévoyons une augmentation de la circulation routière cette fin de semaine, il est particulièrement important pour les conducteurs de se concentrer sur la route pour pouvoir réagir rapidement aux dangers imprévus. » « La sobriété au volant est également essentielle. Nos policiers seront prêts à effectuer des tests de sobriété aux postes de contrôle de la circulation, qu’il s’agisse de l’alcool ou de drogues. » Le gouvernement provincial travaille avec des partenaires en matière de sécurité routière, y compris la GRC, l’Association des travailleurs de la construction routière de la Nouvelle-Écosse et l’organisme Safety Services Nova Scotia pour sensibiliser les gens à la sécurité routière. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la sécurité routière, consultez le http://novascotia.ca/tran/roadsafety/roadsafety.asp .last_img read more

Stars Keep The Music Playing With Education Through MusicLos Angeles

first_imgOn September 29, Broadway and TV stars aligned to create heartfelt music at a private soirée benefiting Education Through Music-Los Angeles’ music education programs in disadvantaged Los Angeles County schools.Karen David, Kate Flannery, Eric Thomas Peterson, Gabrielle Ruiz, Anthony Evans, Courtney Reed, and Kelley JakleCredit/Copyright: John McCoyThe 7th Annual Keep the Music Playing event featured spectacular vocal performances by special guests Courtney Reed (Aladdin; In The Heights), Gabrielle Ruiz (In The Heights; Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Kelley Jakle (Pitch Perfect), Eric Thomas Petersen (School of Rock; Shrek: The Musical), Karen David (Once Upon A Time; Galavant), Kate Flannery (The Office), and Anthony Evans (Beauty and the Beast; The Voice).Hosts Chris Lennertz (Composer, Pitch Perfect 3, Lost in Space) and Shannon Lennertz, Tim Wynn (Composer, Supernatural, Warhawk) and Heidi Wynn, and Music Supervisors Julianne Jordan and Julia Michels (Pitch Perfect (1-3), A Star Is Born) welcomed over 100 guests to drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a cabaret-style concert.A gleeful fangirl moment between Reed and David – two Princess Jasmines from Broadway and from ABC/Disney’s Once Upon a Time – charmed the audience during their first-ever duet. In addition, tap dancing from Flannery, moving musical numbers and speeches, and an emotionally-charged finale from Evans left guests enthralled.The artists shared their personal views on the importance of keeping music in schools. Ruiz reflected, “My vocal training is solely from public school education. My high school choir teacher, the late David B. Custer, taught me to respect not only music but also others, how to work as a team…and to be the best you can.”“I had a band teacher in high school who showed me such a passion for music and excellence, and how to hold yourself to a high standard and have fun at the same time,” Petersen shared. Reed added, “You never know when the next Mozart is going to be growing up, or the next Beyoncé!”Now in its 13th year, ETM-LA has expanded from two schools and 800 children to 36 schools and approximately 15,000 children with weekly music as part of the core curriculum.Board Member Lennertz stated, “The mission of ensuring every child has access to quality music education at an early age is so vitally important. Shannon and I were thrilled to host an event with such an amazingly talented group of performers.”last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Several artists, including Tany Tagaq, are pulling support for the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns about cultural appropriation. (REBECCA WOOD PHOTO) Advertisement Facebook “When we draw on those experiences that are true and authentic to us, there’s really nothing we can’t do.”The awards ceremony is set to be held in Winnipeg on May 17 as part of the annual Manito Ahbee Festival.By Adina Bresge ~ The Canadian Presscenter_img Login/Register With: The Yellowknife-raised sisters said in an interview their decision was spurred by the IMA’s nomination of a non-Inuit artist who performs throat singing, which they view as an “insensitive” appropriation of their culture.Mackay and Ayalik declined to name the musician at the centre of the controversy, saying they wanted to focus on the broader issue of appropriation between Indigenous groups. “In cultural practices like throat singing, which were just about extinct and are now in a creative reclamation, there’s so much context that’s lost if it’s appropriated rather than collaborated with,” Mackay said by phone from Sudbury.Mackay and Ayalik said they and other members of the throat-singing community worked “quietly” in recent weeks to resolve the issue with the artist and IMAs, but have yet to see any action.A spokesperson for the IMAs did not provide comment Monday.Ayalik emphasized that there are vast variations between Indigenous cultures, even in communities as close as 50 kilometres apart, and each deserves to be respected.“We aren’t all one big group; and just as distinct as Scottish culture is from Norwegian culture, we’re just as different between Indigenous groups.”As disappointed as they are to be pulling out of the awards, Mackay and Ayalik said they hope to resume their relationship with the IMAs once policies are put in place to acknowledge these cultural distinctions, such as ensuring Inuit representatives are involved at every step of the event’s organization.“We are light in our hearts knowing that what we’re doing is going to help make people understand the various beautiful differences across cultures, and that people can also listen and look at Indigenous music with a bit of a different lens and focus,” Ayalik said by phone from Vancouver. Several artists are pulling support for the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns about cultural appropriation of Inuit throat singing.Tanya Tagaq, Kelly Fraser and Iva are among the musicians who posted to social media pledging not to participate in the awards until the organization revises its policies or includes Inuit representation on its board.The throat-singing duo PIQSIQ, comprised of Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Ayalik, announced on Twitter Monday they are withdrawing the nomination of “Altering The Timeline” for best electronic music album. Twitterlast_img read more

Stock market turmoil pushes Norway’s oil fund to loss

COPENHAGEN — Volatility in stock markets last year pushed Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest of its kind, to report a loss of 485 billion kroner ($56.4 billion) for 2018.Fund manager Norges Bank Investment Management says the fund’s worst-performing investments in 2018 were in the German pharmaceuticals maker Bayer AG, Facebook Inc. and brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev. The fund’s return was a negative 6.1 per cent.Chairman and Norwegian Central Bank Governor Oeystein Olsen says the results were “weak” and blamed fragile stock markets in the first and fourth quarters of 2018.Norway first deposited oil and gas profits into the fund in 1996. The fund invests oil and gas proceeds mainly into stocks but also bonds and property worldwide to secure wealth for the Nordic nation’s 5.3 million people.The Associated Press read more

New unrest flares in TimorLeste UN police reports

23 August 2007Fighting involving 100 to 300 people armed with machetes, steel darts and bows broke out in Timor-Leste today, almost completely destroying a market in the town of Metinaro in the latest violence following inconclusive elections two months ago, the United Nations Police (UNPOL) reported today. Fighting involving 100 to 300 people armed with machetes, steel darts and bows broke out in Timor-Leste today, almost completely destroying a market in the town of Metinaro in the latest violence following inconclusive elections two months ago, the United Nations Police (UNPOL) reported today. Latest reports indicate that trouble flared up again in the afternoon and 10 houses and a motorcycle were set on fire. The police and the fire brigade are in attendance. Three people were arrested. The International Stabilization Force (ISF) and other police units rushed to the scene, east of Dili, the capital. Two people were also reported to have been killed in a confrontation in Ermera, another eastern region of the small South-East Asian country that the UN helped shepherd to independence from Indonesia in 2002, but no further details were available, UNPOL said. In Dili, UNPOL attended to eight incidents, firing tear gas to control the crowds and arresting six people. Large groups engaged in sporadic fighting in the vicinity of Surik Mas and Bairo Pite. Separately, a fire was also reported near the Comoro roundabout, which was extinguished with only minor damage. A small fight near Bebonuk primary school was also brought under control by police. Timor-Leste has been shaken by unrest after the formation of a new government following the June elections, which failed to produce a single outright winner. The UN enhanced its peacekeeping and policing roles in the country last year after violence attributed to differences between eastern and western regions killed at least 37 people and forced 155,000 others, 15 per cent of the population, to flee their homes. read more

999 service turns to taxis after running out of ambulances

first_imgMr Kemp said all the taxi drivers have been “rigorously checked” by SCAS, the NHS and the local authority, including undergoing Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks like ambulance staff.He added: “I can see how it would make people nervous but if they access it the same way as an ambulance and it is following a specialist assessment, then it will work.”We see all patients as our responsibility and we will be checking on how the pilot is going.”South Central Ambulance Service provides ambulance services to Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire, and a Care Quality Commission report in May this year rated the service as “good” despite it missing response time targets.All ambulances in the UK are supposed to respond to at least 75 per cent of Red 1 calls – when someone becomes unresponsive and has a life-threatening condition like a cardiac arrest – within eight minutes.The same target is set for Red 2 calls – when a person has a potentially life-threatening condition such as a stroke.SCAS responded to just 73.67 per cent of Red 1 calls within eight minutes and only 71.53 per cent of Red 2 calls in May 2016.MPs in the area and patient groups  raised concerns about the project.Conservative Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond, 54, said: “Taxi drivers aren’t trained paramedics.”I do have concerns about this and would like to see some more details.”A fixed budget has not been set aside for the project as SCAS is unsure of the number of patients who will fit into the category of being suitable for the taxi service.Fareham MP Suella Fernandes said the scheme could ease ensure those who really need an ambulance get one. She said: “People who require urgent care or A&E but are not in a life-threatening condition should seek alternative ways to getting to A&E.”Using taxis may help to ease pressure on SCAS, ensuring those in genuine medical emergencies get the best possible response and treatment.”John O’Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “When times are hard, everything must be done to keep costs down and authorities must find the most efficient way of transporting patients.”The use of taxis may well ease the pressure on the ambulance services so it isn’t an inherently bad idea, but hard-pressed taxpayers will want to know that savings actually have been made.” NHS One of Britain’s biggest ambulance services has started using taxis to take patients to hospital due to a shortage of emergency vehicles.The new pilot scheme will see South Central Ambulance Service booking and paying for cars instead in a bid to ease the pressure on ambulance call outs over the winter.Officials said the project aimed to free up emergency vehicles for patients with more serious conditions, and those with minor injuries can instead travel by taxi for treatment.But the service has come in for immediate criticism, with MPs pointing out that cab drivers are not paramedics, and would not know what to do if a patient deteriorated. South Central Ambulance Service is rolling out the taxi replacement scheme in Portsmouth, Hampshire. The trust states that only people who request an ambulance for a minor injury which requires hospital treatment, such as a dislocated finger, will have a taxi booked and paid for.Rob Kemp, head of operations for south-east Hampshire at SCAS, said: “This project is about using a taxi service for very well patients who we sometimes have to convey to hospital for minor injuries.”We are bringing in the pilot from today to help ease the pressure in the winter period. Demand has already started to increase.”We have this terrible position where poorly patients are waiting while our resources are with other people. We can free up these resources with this taxi service.”Our obligations are to make sure we have the resources for our poorly patients. They are our priority.”A decision could be made when a patient calls 999 and tells the call-handler why they need an ambulance, and if it is thought to be minor, a taxi will be sent.Or, if a paramedic arrives and deems the injury to be slight and an ambulance is not needed, a taxi will be ordered.Mr Kemp added: “A decision would be made only if it is entirely appropriate.” taxicenter_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Taxi drivers are not paramedics, one MP notedCredit:PA  MPs raised concerns that taxi drivers would not know what to do if a patient’s condition worsenedlast_img read more

Maptek laser imaging technology receives international quality accreditation

first_imgMaptek, the mining hardware and software developer has gained accreditation to the international quality standard ISO 9001 for its Laser Imaging Solutions division. Athy Kalatzis, Manager of Laser Imaging Solutions for Maptek said “This is the result of almost two years concentration on formalising our process and procedures to ensure our quality systems meet the exacting requirements of this standard”.The final authorised audit was conducted by ECAAS in late May, with official notification of success on June 16.“Led by Manufacturing Support and Quality Manager, Quentin Lewis, the entire laser imaging system team in Adelaide was involved to bring this to fruition. The accreditation is formal recognition of the improvements that Maptek has implemented during 5 years of significant growth and structural change in the Laser Imaging Solutions division. It will provide customers with an additional measure of confidence in our capability to manufacture robust, quality systems,” added Kalatzis.The registration covers the Quality Management System for the provision of the Design, Development, Manufacture, Supply and Maintenance of Measurement Equipment, related accessories, software, processing packages and consultancy services.Since becoming involved in laser scanning in 2001, Maptek has progressed the I-Site product range to the current offering of 3 laser scanners and 4 software systems tailored to mining, civil engineering and forensic applications.last_img read more

Aussie Eurovision inclusion increases Greeces chances

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With the announcement that Australia will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in May, some have already started talking tactics. Along with being able to include an act in the grand final of the contest, Australia will have the chance to vote for its favourite act, giving countries with large migrant populations in Australia a chance of picking up some extra points. Australian host to the Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Zemiro, says there’s a good chance Greece might get 12 points from Australia judging by the community’s size and involvement. “I wouldn’t be surprised (if Australia votes for Greece),” she tells Neos Kosmos. “There’s that really big community in Melbourne.”Even if it didn’t count, SBS has been offering Australian fans a chance to cast their votes online for a number of years.Almost every year, Greece has been in the top five. Notably, when Greek heartthrob Sakis Rouvas was representing the country in 2009, Greece won the SBS fan vote by a landslide. Ms Zemiro says the voting will be a “social experiment” this time round.“Australia’s got this wild card,” she says.“In a way it will be fascinating, of the viewers that we have, who will be giving their votes to Europe and who in Europe will give Australia the votes.”She has an inkling that most voters will vote with patriotism.“There’s this assumption that our Greek or French relatives are going to vote (for their country),” she says. “Who knows?”On the fluke chance Australia wins the competition this year, SBS will be tasked with co-hosting, but won’t be able to take the competition down under.It will co-host the contest in a European city together with an EBU member broadcaster.Would SBS consider choosing Greece as the host country? Julia Zemiro says she’s already keen to bring it up to SBS management.“That’s a bloody great idea. I’ll pass it on to the boss,” she says. “I suppose if Greece wants to put in their bid now and say we will do it cheap-as-chips, because we have to, I’d love that.” No word yet on who will represent Australia on stage in Austria. There’s a big push to get Kylie Minogue on board, and more interestingly, there’s been a call for anti-pop band, TISM (This is Serious Mum) to represent the country.Former member Humphrey B. Flaubert (Damian Cowell) found the petition to get the band to Eurovision “hilarious and deeply flattering [that TISM was associated] with trashy crap disco music performed in a shoddy cheesy fashion in a highly rigged political arena”.Eurovision initially was created to unify a post-WWII Europe in a friendly and peaceful competition but has never really avoided touching a political nerve. Many acts have tried to sneak in politically motivated lyrics into their songs while others show their allegiance with their votes. Greece is notorious for that, giving 12 points to its best friend Cyprus for years, with Cyprus doing the same for Greece.Last year’s winner, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, saw many countries leave politics behind and support the gay rights movement.Forty countries will participate in the contest this year, with Cyprus, the Czech Republic, and Serbia all returning, while Ukraine announced their withdrawal due to financial and political reasons.last_img read more

Last Female of Rare Turtle Species Dies in China Zoo

first_img Watch: Florida Panthers Hit With Mysterious Crippling DisorderWorld’s Last Loa Water Frogs Found Malnourished, Rescued in Chile Stay on target A zoo in southern China is reporting that the only known female member of one of the world’s rarest and most endangered turtle species died Saturday. It was more than 90 years old.The female Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) died at the Suzhou Zoo in Suzhou, China a day after an attempt at artificial insemination, part of an effort to help save its species from extinction. The death means only three giant softshell turtles remain in the world.The city government said in a statement that experts have already used technology to collect the turtle’s ovarian tissue for future research.The world’s rarest turtle, Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle, saw one more death at Suzhou Zoo, E.China’s Jiangsu on Sat. The death of the only known female in China increases the extinction risk of the species, whose population now drops to three (1 in China, 2 in Vietnam). pic.twitter.com/aTJFCL1HGw— People’s Daily, China (@PDChina) April 14, 2019The Suzhou zoo is home to another Yangtze giant softshell turtle — a male. Two others live in Vietnam, but they are both thought to be males.According to state-run newspaper People’s Daily, the turtle had been inseminated five times since 2008. Although the last insemination was said to have gone smoothly and the turtle appeared to be in fine health after the procedure, her condition deteriorated the following day.The last female Yangtze giant softshell turtle is seen here in 2015 during an attempt at artificial insemination. (Photo Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)In 2015, scientists from the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), San Diego Zoo Global, and Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Bronx Zoo, assisted in an attempt for artificial insemination, in what was then called a “last chance” to breed the rare turtle.The female turtle was transferred to Suzhou Zoo from Changsha Ecological Zoo in 2008 to be paired with the male, believed to be more than 100 years old, as part of a captive breeding program designed to recover the species. Although the two turtles have displayed courting behavior, eggs laid by the female were infertile.The male Yangtze giant softshell turtle at Suzhou Zoo is seen here in 2015. It is now believed to be one of only three remaining in the world. (Photo Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)Listed at the top of the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species, as critically endangered, the Yangtze giant softshell turtle is the most critically endangered turtle in the world. Much of its demise has been attributed to over-harvesting and habitat degradation.More on Geek.com:Endangered Whale Species Experience Mini Baby BoomMore Than 40 Animals Rescued From Notorious ‘Zoo of Sorrows’ in GazaRussia to Free 100 Orcas, Belugas Held in ‘Whale Jail’last_img read more

First Quarter Media MA Report

first_imgMergers and acquisitions in b-to-b media fell off dramatically in the first quarter of 2011, down to four deals compared to 13 deals in the first quarter of 2010, according to the Jordan Edmiston Group’s first quarter M&A report. Deal value for b-to-b media topped out at $15 million in the first quarter, compared to $66 million in the same period last year. Meanwhile, consumer magazine M&A saw an uptick with seven transactions valued at $1.4 billion in the first quarter, compared to just four transactions at a value of $20 million during the same time last year. Notable M&As include Hearst Corporation’s acquisition of Lagardere’s mag portfolio for $651 million, according to the JEGI report (though this deal is not officially done, with the close expected in third quarter). Apax Partners purchased the Trader Corp. division of Yellow Media for $745 million.Compared to the first quarter in 2010, JEGI’s 2011 Q1 report saw a 39 percent decrease in “B-to-B Online Media and Technology” transactions, falling from 38 to 23 deals. However, the deal value was six times those of deals in the first quarter of 2010, rising from $462 million to $2.8 billion. In the “B-to-C Online Media & Technology” M&A  category, deals were up from 60 to 78, valued at $3.4 billion, an increase of 30 percent. The first quarter transactions were led by AOL’s acquisition of Huffington Post for $315 million and GSI Commerce’s acquisition of Fanatics for $277 million. “Exhibitions and conferences” had six M&As in the first quarter of 2011, worth $34 million, down from seven deals worth $35 million in the first quarter of 2010.last_img read more

The Kapil Sharma Show Archana Puran Singh taunts at being paid less

first_imgThe Kapil Sharma Show: Archana Puran Singh and Kapil SharmaInstagramThe talk about pay disparity in Bollywood extended to the world of television when India’s favourite comedy show judge Archana Puran Singh brought it up subtly on an episode of The Kapil Sharma Show that aired on Saturday, April 6, 2019.It seems Archana Puran Singh taunted Kapil Sharma and Salman Khan, the producer of the show, about being paid less than Navjot Singh Sidhu, the cricketer-politician whom she has replaced for some time after a controversy. This is how it happened.John Abraham and Mouni Roy were the celebrity guests on The Kapil Sharma Show, who were there to promote their film, Romeo Akbar Walter. Mouni Roy, who is popular on the television show Naagin as a shapeshifter, is asked by Kapil Sharma who she would be if given a chance. To which, Mouni Roy replies that she would love to be Audrey Hepburn, the Hollywood actress and icon. When John Abraham is asked the same, he replies that he would want to be Kapil Sharma. Very flattering for Kapil but a rather diplomatic reply by John. John Abraham and Mouni Roy will be seen on The Kapil Sharma Show.PR HandoutNext, Archana Puran Singh is asked the same by Kapil Sharma and she replies that she would want to be in Navjot Singh Sidhu’s shoes. And why would someone feel that about their predecessor? Archana Puran Singh makes it clear that it’s because she gets paid way less than Sidhu on The Kapil Sharma Show, not even half of what he gets! This is a direct comment for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and the channel, we feel, on how she deserves to be paid as much as the cricketer.There was a report in February that Navjot Singh Sidhu was being a whopping Rs 25 crore per season of The Kapil Sharma Show, while Archana Puran Singh was being a relatively (very) less Rs 2 crore per season! This is apparently because she charged the same amount for being on Comedy Circus and the stint on Kapil Sharma’s new show was just a replacement.Navjot Singh Sidhu was temporarily suspended from The Kapil Sharma Show following his pro-Pakistan comments after the Pulwama attack by Pakistan sponsored terrorist outfit Jaish-E-Mohammed on February 14 this year. He also made a comment on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for using the “Army as a tool for fighting the election”. Sidhu is now busy in the run-up to the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, having joined the Indian National Congress as its star campaigner. It will be a while before he returns to The Kapil Sharma Show.last_img read more

Students Talk Gun Violence in Communities of Color

first_imgAya Elamroussi, Special to the AFROWashington D.C. high school students gathered last week in McKinley Technology High School in Northeast to discuss the issue of gun violence.The Interschool Seminar, titled Student Voices on Gun Violence & Social Justice, comprised mainly of five student-led discussions. The AFRO observed a student-facilitated discussion on gun violence in communities of color. Due to lack of permission for media release, not all students quoted will be identified.A list of discussion tops at the seminar. (Photo by Aya Elamroussi)About 12 students, most of whom were Black, spent the one-hour discussion mainly contrasting the media and social attention of the Never Again movement, which was sparked by the Parkland shooting, and the lack of attention given to Black communities when they face gun violence.“The Whites, they get more attention,” a Black high school student said during the discussion. Referring to last month’s March for Our Lives, the student continued, “We would never have the whole D.C. shutdown for us. All the tables, tents, celebrities. We wouldn’t have gotten all of that. Black Lives Matter is a terrorist group.”While the government isn’t exactly calling the BLM movement members “terrorists,” a 2017 FBI report introduced the category of “Black Identity Extremists” and linked the group to participation in “premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement” motivated by the group’s “perceptions of police brutality against African Americans.”The phrase “hands up, don’t shoot” made its way to the March for Our Lives rally. Bustle reported that its use was to protests gun violence against Black and brown people, too.  But the students at the seminar didn’t see it that way.“It’s kind of disrespectful to the Black community,” one Black student said. “We’ve been through so much with police.”The seminar was organized by the D.C.-based non-profit Center for Inspired Teaching, which trains teachers to be instigators of thought, not merely information providers.“Every [seminar] is student-facilitated. Students choose the topics,” Cosby Hunt, senior officer of teaching and learning for Center for Inspired Teaching, told the AFRO. “Adults come. But they sit in the background, and they listen.”Cosby added that these seminars were born from students’ deep desire to talk to each across the Greater Washington Area.Two Black high school junior students led the seminar on gun violence in communities of color and served as discussion facilitators.“I felt a calling to do that because that’s what I’m passionate about,” Nailah Tukpah, student facilitator of Edmund Burke School in Northwest DC, told the AFRO.To prepare as a facilitator, Tukpah read several articles contrasting the Never Again movement to gun violence in communities of color.Tukpah,17, pointed out that mass shootings and gun violence in communities of color are two different problems. She said that while she can’t relate to experiencing a mass shooting, others can’t relate to being around gun violence “daily” in communities of color.“But overall, we all want the same goal,” Tukpah said.  “We want more gun regulations.”Sydney Jackson, 16, also co-led the discussion.“I chose gun violence in communities of color because I feel like those are the communities that are most affected on a daily basis,” Jackson told the AFRO.Jackson pointed out that the shooting in Parkland, Fl. got attention, both from news media and advocacy organizations, because Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is majority- white. “They had the money and the backings to make such an impact and a change.”“Personally, as a person of color, that makes me feel incredibly sad because it’s the sad truth we live everyday: my life will never be as protected as a White’s person’s life.”Jackson is biracial, Black and Native American, but she said she experiences life as a Black person because that is how she is seen in the world.Both Jackson and Tukpah said they enjoyed being facilitators and value the conversations the Interschool Seminar platform allowed them to have.“In D.C., we really do live in a liberal bubble…I really wish I could have these conversations with people who don’t agree with me,” Tukpah said.Jackson echoed, “Everyone should have these kinds of discussions because they’re important to our growth and our learning and our understanding of the world around us.”last_img read more