Do We Really Need Amazon TV? No, But Amazon Does

first_imgRelated Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Whether we want one or not, Amazon is building a connected TV set top box for us, according to BusinessWeek. The so-called Amazon TV device will stream Internet video to our televisions, presumably with a bias towards the company’s own Instant Video selections. It may not be something consumers are clamoring for, but then again, neither was Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Indeed, Amazon’s tablets offer a useful analogy for what we should expect from Amazon TV: an affordable device that mimics  existing offerings with direct connections into Amazons products and services. The idea is to provide just enough value to carve out a respectable slice of the market. In the process, Amazon sets up another entryway into its universe of content and goods. As The Verge smartly put it, it’s all about the ecosystem. See Also: What The New Kindle Means To AmazonThe Kindle Fire didn’t turn out to be the “iPad killer” some predicted, but it appears to be selling fairly well. The class of 7-inch tablets it helped popularize were popular enough to induce Apple to release the iPad Mini. For Amazon, the Kindle Fire isn’t a huge money maker, but it plugs millions of people (and their credit cards) into Amazon’s storefront. Expect the Amazon TV to do the same. Another Streaming TV Box? Really? This makes total sense for Amazon as a business, but why do we, the buyers, need another set top box?Each of the devices on the market has its own benefits, but none of them are a slam dunk. Boxee’s buzz has given way to an identity crisis, while Google has yet to apply the proper amount of polish to Google TV. The Roku has tons of content, but Apple TV’s AirPlay feature offers even more, letting iPhone and iPad users stream anything from their devices onto the big screen. It’s really the Apple TV that Amazon is taking aim at here. And the Apple TV, it’s worth noting, has not generated iPad levels of popularity or excitement. Maybe that’s the point. This could be a preemptive strike on Amazon’s part. Whether Apple launches an HDTV set or not, the company is widely expected to make a splash in the Internet TV market sometime this year. By launching something with a TV app store, or at least an AirPlay equivalent, Amazon could beat Apple to the punch. That sounds a lot better than launching an inferior (albeit still good and, crucially, cheaper) competitor after the fact, as Amazon did with the Kindle Fire. How Amazon Can Nail This – And Apple In that sense, this is a huge opportunity for Amazon. A super-cheap device with a bulletproof user experience (this is TV, after all) that taps into a rich app development ecosystem could blow away the Rokus, Boxees and Apple TVs of the world. For consumers, the goal is to get as much content as possible on the new device, including a Web browser. If Aereo survives, Amazon should have an app for that, right alongside Hulu, Netflix and all the little guys building innovative video apps with awesome user interfaces.See Also: The Internet Assault On Traditional TV Is WorkingWhatever shows it plays, the Amazon TV box has to be absolutely painless to operate. Television has been dead-simple to use for decades, a fact that the makers of many Internet TV products seem to forget. None of these boxes will truly take off TV watchers find them the slightest bit confusing or intimidating.Don’t Mess This Up, AmazonHere’s what we don’t want: A half-decent piece of hardware that pushes you toward Amazon’s content but doesn’t let you stream Hulu Plus or YouTube videos. The things most people want to watch are fractured across these devices as it is. The reason Apple’s AirPlay is so promising is that I can get almost everything I want to see on my iPad – and then beam it to my TV. You know what doesn’t work with AirPlay though? The Amazon Prime iPad app. There’s no good reason for that other than the fact that Apple and Amazon are rivals. We consumers shouldn’t get caught in the middle of a corporate spitting match and get stuck with a crappier experience as a result (I’m talking to you, Apple Maps). It’s clear why Amazon is working on a device like this. It makes total sense from the company’s perspective. As long as Amazon also takes the consumer’s perspective into account ours, this could be huge.   12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img john paul titlow 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Amazon#Internet TV#television last_img read more

Over 3 lakh ‘diya’ lit on banks of Sarayu river in new world record

first_imgA new world record was set in the holy city of Ayodhya on the eve of Diwali on Tuesday with over three lakh “diya” or earthen lamps lit up simultaneously on the banks of the Sarayu river, officials said.Rishi Nath, official adjudicator of the Guinness World Records, made the announcement that the record was created at the Deepotsav event on the ghats here. “A total of 3,01,152 diya were lit up simultaneously for a period of five minutes, which is a new record,” Mr. Nath said in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and South Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook.The target was to illuminate a total of 3.35 lakh diya on both sides of the ghats at Ram Ki Paidi here.“It beat the earlier record set in Haryana in 2016, where at an event 1,50,009 diya were lit,” Mr. Nath said and hailed the new record as “phenomenal”.last_img read more

Jazul, Fuel Masters confident of smooth transition under Alas

first_img“I feel younger,” he said. “Since college, we’ve been together and that continued in Alaska.”Jazul has every reason to feel upbeat. After all, his partnership with Alas allowed him to be a part of the Knights squad which won the NCAA title back in 2005, while also a key factor in the Aces’ Finals appearances in the past three years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re all positive here, I know what coach Louie and the coaching staff can do for us,” he said.But with the familiarity also comes responsibility as Jazul will be counted on to make the Fuel Masters’ transition under Alas easier. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there’s someone in Phoenix who knows how great of a coach Louie Alas is, it’s RJ Jazul.Sharing a bond since their days in Letran, the 31-year-old couldn’t help but wax nostalgic over his history with the soft-spoken mentor, whom he has reunited with at the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next ‘Arthur’ producer wants LeBron to appear on the show after viral meme US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track PLAY LIST 01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort However, the 5-foot-11 sharpshooter said that the burden should fall on every player in the Fuel Masters roster to fulfill their roles in the new system Alas will implement.“It’s now up to us. Whoever coach you put in, if the players won’t follow, the success wouldn’t come. So we all have to buy-in to the system of coach Louie,” he said.Pressured as Phoenix is to turn things around after a rather lackluster showing last season, Jazul is just keeping the faith on Alas and his teammates as the Fuel Masters prepare for a turnaround conference starting this upcoming 2018 Philippine Cup.“Since I got traded here in Phoenix, I always had that pressure because it’s expected that the team will do good,” he said. “Now that coach Louie is here, it’s still the same. But it’s up to us as a team to deal with it and hopefully in the coming weeks, we’ll figure out where we’ll end up.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

No room for SAI sports medicine centre in Delhi

first_imgThe Sports Authority of India’s sports medicine centre at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has not been set up again after the venue was demolished in 2008.Initially set up in 1986, the sports medicine centre was a big help for thousands of Indian athletes who were either part of the SAI training programmes or were taking part in national camps in the Capital and needed medical cover.Once the stadium was broken down for renovation in 2008, the sports medicine centre went into rubble. And now, two months after the Commonwealth Games (CWG) ended, no space has been allotted for the centre to be set up again.When Mail Today contacted SAI sports medicine expert PSM Chandran, he said: “I have no idea when the centre will come up again. Whatever equipment we had then is now not there.”As it is, the equipment had outlived its utility, having been used for over two decades. I am hopeful the authorities will wake up and re- establish the centre as national camps will again be held in the Capital.” It is well known that when the Nehru Stadium and other venues in the Capital hosted national camps, the SAI sports medicine centre was most sought after. In addition, athletes who were training in SAI venues could also access the place for treatment.Chandran says while a skeletal staff is still there “with no work to do”, he is hoping money will again be spent on this project.”The next year will again be important as in the lead- up to the 2012 London Olympics, national camps will be held in New Delhi. If we start now and order equipment and hire staff, we can set up the centre again in a couple of months,” added Chandran.advertisementIt is well known that apart from sports medicine doctors, the centre requires physiotherapists, masseurs, sports psychologists, nutritionists, physiologists and nursing staff.At a time when people in the sports ministry and the SAI are breaking their heads over what will be the legacy value of the CWG, the SAI sports medicine centre surely seems to have been forgotten.last_img read more

International Cricket Council probes Hong Kong team, confident of clean World T20

first_imgCricket’s world governing body (ICC) said on Monday that its anti-corruption unit was probing the Hong Kong team but ruled out any match-fixing angle to its investigation.A day after ICC anti-corruption unit head Ronnie Flanagan revealed the case in Mumbai, the ruling body’s chief executive Dave Richardson provided more details.”In recent times you would have read in the media that a particular player was suspended from his country and the investigations relate to the same team,” Richardson told reporters.The governing body announced in January that Hong Kong all-rounder Irfan Ahmed had been suspended and charged with failing to disclose an approach from an individual.”We should not speculate that it involves or there’s any match-fixing or anything going on with particular players or a particular teams,” Richardson said.”Often we get our intelligence from players reporting various approaches that corrupt people make to them.”Hong Kong play the first match of the World Twenty20 on Tuesday against Zimbabwe in first-round Group B which also includes Afghanistan and Scotland.The pool winners will go into Super 10 Group 1 with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.The ICC has done stellar work to shield players from full member nations against such approaches but “corrupt” individuals were finding new targets, Richardson said.”We are now finding that the corruptors are now focused on associate members, women’s teams etc etc. So we got to make sure the players from all the teams are very well educated, understand their responsibilities and would not get involved.”advertisement”Unfortunately, this is the world we are living. There are corrupt people all over the world, trying their best to get hold of players.”Cricket has been plagued by a number of corruption issues and a 2010 spot-fixing scandal resulted in bans and jail terms for Pakistan fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, and former test captain Salman Butt.South African Richardson, however, is confident that the sixth World Twenty20, which starts on Tuesday, will not be affected by it.”I’m very confident that we’ll have a clean tournament,” he said.”I know that our anti-corruption unit has been working hand-in-hand with the law enforcement agencies and the police in India to make sure that any information is shared,” he said.”I’m very confident that the matches will be played in the correct spirit.”last_img read more

NFL Eyes London Expansion Team

first_imgLONDON — An NFL franchise in London could generate more than $250 million a year for Britain, according to a study released Oct. 29.The study by accountancy firm Deloitte, commissioned by the NFL and a London marketing agency, also casts doubt on the feasibility of a Super Bowl in the British capital and warns of a negative reaction from the United States.The prospect of a team being permanently based in London has been growing since the NFL first brought regular-season games to the city in 2007. With three games at Wembley Stadium this season, the British government recently offered its backing to persuade a franchise to base itself overseas.The feasibility study forecasts the city enjoying an annual economic boost of 102 million pounds ($165 million) from hosting eight home games, largely driven by fan spending.Including spending outside of the capital linked directly or indirectly to a franchise, Deloitte says a London team’s total potential gross output in Britain is estimated to be 158 million pounds ($255 million) per season. Deloitte is assuming players and staff would play two games on four visits each season, rather than being based in London.The report will be discussed at the next owners’ meeting in 2015, said Mark Waller, the NFL’s Executive Vice President of international who is hoping the obstacles to a London franchise can be overcome.“There is no value to anybody putting a team here and finding the rigors of the season do not allow it to compete at the highest level,” Waller said. “So that’s the work we are going to do. That’s probably a five-year piece of work.”While the 30-page report paints a positive picture, there are reservations about Wembley hosting the Super Bowl.A major hurdle to overcome with a Super Bowl in London would be selecting a suitable the kick-off time. Starting at 4 p.m. EST would be 9 p.m. in London and make transport away from Wembley challenging on a Sunday night.Deloitte says a 6 p.m. local time kickoff “may be unlikely to attract the desired television audience in the U.S.,” where it would be 10 a.m. on the West Coast.Predicting that fewer die-hard fans and season-ticket holders would be able to cross the Atlantic, Deloitte cautions that the atmosphere inside the stadium and on television could be affected and impact on the “wider global brand presence.”“The reaction from the NFL’s core U.S. market could focus on the negative implications of moving a definitively ‘American’ event overseas for reasons that may be perceived as solely financial or commercial,” the Deloitte report says.If the NFL instead opted for expanding the International Series to four games in London, the city would still enjoy an annual financial boost of 58 million pounds ($94 million), Deloitte predicts.The firm estimated that the two games in 2013 directly generated 32 million pounds ($52 million) for London, with league spending accounting for a quarter of that. Renting and securing Wembley cost 2.1 million pounds ($3.4 million) for the two matches.The Wembley contract runs until 2016, but the NFL has not talked to West Ham about potentially using the revamped Olympic Stadium in east London.“When we looked at that venue before West Ham took it on it wasn’t clear to us how it was going to end up as a venue,” Waller said.Sajid Javid, the British cabinet minister with responsibility for sports, said the appetite for the NFL is growing and the report shows the “cynics are wrong.”“The NFL has a huge fan base here,” the culture secretary said. “I hope it will become a second home for American football.”(ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

No need to panic: Joe Root after England’s defeat to Pakistan in World Cup 2019

first_imgEngland batsman Joe Root said his side were determined to learn from their loss to Pakistan in the World Cup on Monday and to not repeat their mistakes in the next match.England put Pakistan in to bat to let their fast bowlers loose but the plan backfired as a well-controlled innings from the visitors left the hosts and tournament favourites with a huge target that they eventually missed by 14 runs.England vs Pakistan: ReportRoot and team mate Jos Buttler put together a partnership of 130 runs, both going on to score hundreds, only for the side to lose narrowly at Trent Bridge.”I felt like we’d done a lot of hard work to get ourselves in a position where we could go on and win the game so I was bitterly disappointed to get out at that stage,” Root told reporters.”The most important thing for us now as a group is to not panic, to stick to what we know works as a formula.”One lesson the side could draw was to tighten up in the field, he said, after England gave away runs to Pakistan due to some fumbled fielding and one huge dropped catch by Jason Roy.”The fielding wasn’t as good as it was in the first game (England’s win against South Africa) and that’s the standard we want to set ourselves. It was disappointing in some respects in the field today but we have to draw a line under that,” he said.Joe Root confident of a strong comeback from EnglandadvertisementHe said England would learn from that and rebound in their next match, against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Saturday.”One thing that this team doesn’t do very often is make the same mistakes twice. I’m sure the guys will take a lot from today and make sure it’s a very different performance in Cardiff,” he said.”There’s definitely no need to panic and I think the temptation is to get a little bit tense. One of our great strengths as a side is that we never waver from what we do. (Captain) Eoin (Morgan) sets the example for that as the leader and we more than ever have got to follow suit and stick to the way that we go about things.”Also Read | Everyone believed we can do it: Mohammad Hafeez after Pakistan stun EnglandAlso See:last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino admits to ‘worst feeling’ of his time at Tottenham

first_img“The season so far?” said Mauricio Pochettino as he considered the question. “It’s strange because my feeling is the worst feeling I’ve had in the five years that I’ve been here. It’s the worst. But it’s the best start ever for the club in the Premier League. It’s strange, no?” Premier League Tottenham Hotspur Share via Email Topics Reuse this content The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Facebook At the end of a week in which his side conceded a late equaliser against PSV Eindhoven after a moment of madness from his goalkeeper and captain, Hugo Lloris, the Tottenham manager could not help revealing his frustration. The failure to beat the Dutch champions means that, despite seven victories from nine Premier League matches, Pochettino’s hopes of emulating last season’s run to the last 16 of the Champions League had all but evaporated before the clocks went back.Before the daunting task of facing Manchester City at Wembley on Monday, it was intriguing to hear the former Argentina defender’s assessment of the campaign.“I don’t know why, it is difficult to explain,” Pochettino said. “The circumstances, because many things happen; I am disappointed we are still waiting for the new stadium when the expectation was to be there at the beginning of the season. I don’t know, many things happened in the summer, many things that make myself not in my best mood or best humour. I know I always have a good relationship with you but my feeling is not the best feeling. I had better feelings in previous seasons.” Manchester City Glenn Hoddle: the genius who Spurs fans love like no other Share on WhatsApp Mauricio Pochettino Read more news Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest As he acknowledged, a new stadium is no guarantee of success – especially against the spending power of a team such as City.“I don’t have the answer how we are going to act when we are going to move there. It is easy to see in the last few years how we act in front of the market, how we act in front of everything and how the other teams were acting. That is the difference. Everything is not perfect but we are in a circumstance and a project that is completely different to another club, at the moment. But maybe when we arrive at the new stadium maybe we will be in the same project, have the same resources as different teams like Liverpool, Man City, United, Chelsea or Arsenal. The way we have been competing in the last few years, the frustration is massive because we have had less in every single aspect.”Tottenham conceded seven goals against Pep Guardiola’s side last season in their two meetings and will be up against opponents who have spent around £360m more on transfers and three times as much on wages since 2015. No wonder it feels a bit like groundhog day for their manager. Read more Pep Guardiola admits he was wrong to call Spurs the ‘Harry Kane team’ Pochettino laughed off suggestions he could replace Julen Lopetegui should the Real Madrid coach be sacked, so the Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, will not be feeling threatened just yet. Pochettino’s five-year contract signed in the summer was a firm commitment as Spurs prepared to move into the newly refurbished White Hart Lane, but the delayed opening until the new year coupled with a lack of investment in the summer transfer window has not helped raise the manager’s spirits.He has overseen Tottenham’s transformation into serial qualifiers for the Champions League with limited resources in comparison with most of their rivals but finds them agonisingly short of truly competing at the top, mainly because of restrictions imposed on him by the stadium costs.“The circumstance that happened in the last years, I think the club is not focused completely in winning titles or winning games,” Pochettino admitted. “We have a lot of focus and you know very well when you are competing with sides, like we are in Champions League and Premier League, the most important thing is to fight in the same conditions as others.“But the club needs to be all focused in trying to win titles. Because today we need to fix other problems and different circumstances that happen that don’t help the team or the club to only be focused on winning titles. Sometimes people expect that we should be winning or we must win titles when the circumstances are not ideal. To go further, you know better than us.” Share on Twitter Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Wenger hails positives for ‘dynamic’ Arsenal in City loss

first_imgArsenal Wenger: A lot of positives for dynamic Arsenal after Manchester City defeats Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 00:02 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Manchester City Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal Manchester City Brighton & Hove Albion The Frenchman branded Thursday’s performance as “dynamic” and said the scoreline was a harsh reflection of his side’s performance Despite talk of pressure mounting on Arsene Wenger after Arsenal’s second 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City in five days, the manager insists there are still “a lot of positives” for the Gunners.Since the start of 2018, Arsenal have only won four matches in all competitions, a run that has seen them fall 10 points outside the Premier League’s top four and exit both domestic cup competitions.Nottingham Forest sent them packing in the FA Cup and Manchester City recorded a comprehensive 3-0 victory in the EFL Cup final last weekend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player City added further misery with another 3-0 victory over the Gunners in the league on Thursday, while Wenger’s men also lost to Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the Europa League – although they still progressed on aggregate.Questions are being asked about the quality of Arsenal’s squad, while speculation continues to mount that Wenger could leave a year before his contract expires.He remains resolute, though, and insists it is not all doom and gloom at the Emirates Stadium.”We have to analyse in an objective way, the game last night [against City] was not all negative,” he told Sky Sports .”There were a lot of positives in that game. With that size of the score, it is always tempting to think it was all rubbish but that was not the case.”You have to take a perspective, sit back, look at the whole picture and analyse where we were poor and where we were strong and insist on the strong points and get rid of the weak points we showed last night.”The strong points are that we played at a high intensity, we were quite good going forward but we couldn’t take advantage of the chances we created.”I think we had the first chances in the game so overall I believe that we had a very dynamic game and put a lot of effort in. It was a pacey game with both teams really going for it.”They were clinical like they were in the League Cup [final], they took advantage of every weakness we have shown defensively.”In order to arrest their poor run, Wenger knows Arsenal have to pull together, starting at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday – a game Jack Wilshere is a doubt for.”It has taken out confidence and brought big disappointment,” he said. “In football, you lose confidence very quickly and you regain it very slowly and you always have to show strength not to give in.”When that kind of disappointment comes it divides, it splits and our experience has to help us to stay together and focus on the next games.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Pedro & Willian lighten load on Hazard’s shoulders

first_imgEden Hazard has looked like a man carrying a great burden this season, as he has all too often found himself having to win games for Chelsea almost all on his own.Against Newcastle United on Saturday evening, though, Pedro and Willian helped lighten the brilliant Belgian’s load, with both men on target in a hard-fought but vitally important 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.David Luiz’s fantastic through-ball – remarkably, his 26th of the Premier League season – cut out Newcastle’s midfield to tee up Pedro for the opener, though the Spaniard deserves great credit himself for a sublime first touch and a delicate lobbed finish over Martin Dubravka. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Chelsea suffered a surprise setback just before the break, when Ciaran Clark levelled matters with a fine header from a Matt Ritchie corner, but a mazy dribble from Chelsea’s main man Hazard opened up space for Willian, who curled home a brilliant match-winning goal early in the second half.Maurizio Sarri’s side remain in fourth place but, crucially, this latest win takes them six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who surprisingly lost at West Ham earlier in the day, and nine ahead of Manchester United, who face Tottenham away on Sunday afternoon.Hazard’s role in the victory wasn’t insignificant but the game once again highlighted the way in which he is so often starved of possession when deployed in a ‘false nine’ role.The 28-year-old gets a huge number of his goals by carrying the ball, either on the counter-attack or in tight spaces in the box. However, as a false nine, he is required to act as a pivot and provide a threat in behind defences, a discipline to which he is still adapting.It often seems like a terrible waste of his talents. Indeed, he had fewer touches than any of his team-mates to have completed the game, which means that much of his work goes into opening space for his fellow forwards.Willian, of course, was a big beneficiary, netting what was only his fifth goal of the season in all competitions. The Brazilian has rightly copped some flak for his work in the final third from some sections of the Chelsea support of late, so Sarri will now be hoping that Willian’s wonderful winner sparks a return to form for the 30-year-old, who the Blues boss criticised in his most recent press conference.Sarri still views him as a pivotal part of his plans, though, and he has said that it is “impossible” for him to leave in January, despite reports claiming Barcelona have made a £50 million bid for the Brazil international as part of a deal that would also allegedly include Blaugrana misfit Malcom.Willian Chelsea 2018-19Pedro is another player who Sarri believes he can extract more from, as arguably the best striker of the ball at the club. The 31-year-old began the season on fire, but two injuries have hampered his progress and seen his strike rate drop over the winter period.Again, the hope will be that Pedro’s goal will lift the former Barca man, as Chelsea need a fully fit and firing front three if ‘Sarriball’ is to succeed at Stamford Bridge.Misfiring Alvaro Morata remains the subject of much transfer speculation, with Chelsea looking for ways to offload the Spaniard and replace him with AC Milan striker, and Sarri favourite, Gonzalo Higuain. However, a deal for the Argentine remains both complicated and unlikely at this point.Consequently, Sarri may have to stick with his ‘false 9’ formation for now, meaning Hazard will have to continue in the role in which former winger Dries Mertens excelled at Napoli.However, that would mean an even greater onus being placed upon Pedro and Willian to help out Hazard. Saturday represented a good start in that regard. The challenge now, though, is for Pedro and Willian to continue in the same vein. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

College Football Fan Calls For One Of Sport’s Most Historic Rivalries To End

first_imgSix jets flying over Notre Dame's football stadium.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 02: The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a stadium flyover before the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium on November 2, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame and Navy have one of the longest uninterrupted rivalries in college football. The two sides have played every year dating back to 1927.This weekend, the two sides will face off in San Diego. For over four decades, Notre Dame could pencil this one in as a win, but in 2007, Navy won a triple overtime game against the Fighting Irish, snapping a 43-year streak. The Midshipmen have won three times since.I would assume the overwhelming majority of Notre Dame fans support the series. For the two schools, it means more than football.During World War II, Notre Dame—then, an all-male school—saw enrollment plummet. The Navy chose Notre Dame to open a training program, which kept the school from closing.In return, Notre Dame has vowed to keep an open invitation to Navy to play a football game every year. Thus far, the two sides have not missed a season, and there is no indication that it will end anytime soon.A writer for Scholastic, the long-running Notre Dame student magazine, thinks the Navy series has run its course.A day ahead of this year’s game in San Diego, John Horlander published a column arguing that, because of Navy’s triple-option style, the game does more harm than good for the Fighting Irish.The game offers Notre Dame almost nothing from a football standpoint. The one benefit Notre Dame gets is that every other year it has the opportunity to travel to a place like Florida (2016), and California (2018), which are great recruiting spots. But everything else about the game is to the detriment of Notre Dame from a football standpoint.The Irish often come away from the game with a myriad of injuries. Navy’s propensity to cut block the legs of Irish defenders has led to what feels like countless knee injuries, and last year Equanimeous St. Brown was upended by a tackle and landed on his head, knocking him out for the rest of the game. In 2015, Jerry Tillery was sidelined for most of the game with a sprained elbow and bone bruise. It’s a dangerous game, plain and simple. Furthermore, even if the Irish manage to escape the game without serious damage, they have traditionally struggled in the next game, referred to as the “Navy hangover game.” In 2013, Notre Dame lost to a middling Pitt team after knocking off Navy. The next year, the Irish were wrecked by a loss at Arizona State after beating Navy. In 2016, the Irish played Navy and Army back to back, splitting the meetings. It followed up those performances with a loss on senior day at home to Virginia Tech. Playing Navy leaves a lasting impact that affects Notre Dame’s chances to succeed in a very negative way.Teams often struggle during the week after playing an option attack like Navy, Army, Georgia Tech, and Georgia Southern. There are also injury concerns.However, history and tradition is everything in college football, especially for Notre Dame. Because Navy never hosts this game in Annapolis, this game is also a huge opportunity for Notre Dame to visit a fertile recruiting ground that isn’t accessible via its many other annual rivalries.There’s always going to be someone who isn’t into a series like this, but it would be a real shame for it to go away. Luckily, there’s no indication that Horlander will get his wish.[Scholastic]last_img read more

Hardik Pandya on playing helicopter shot in front of MS Dhoni: Happy that it came off

first_imgHardik Pandya on playing helicopter shot in front of MS Dhoni: Happy that it came offMI vs CSK, IPL 2019: Hardik Pandya changed the course of the match in Mumbai Indians’ favour with his all-round performance against Chennai Super Kings on Thursday.advertisement Rohan Sen MumbaiApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 12:22 IST Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard smashed 45 runs for MI in the final two overs vs CSK (IPL Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya’s helicopter-shot six travelled as far as 91 metres in the Wankhede stadiumPandya smashed 25 off 8 balls and picked up 3 wickets vs CSKMumbai Indians (170/5) beat Chennai Super Kings (133/8 ) by 37 runsOut of the three sixes that Hardik Pandya hit against Chennai Super Kings on Thursday night, one was a helicopter shot that he played right in front of the man who invented the unique shot – MS Dhoni.Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard took the Super Kings bowlers to the cleaners at the Wankhede in the slog overs to take Mumbai Indians to 170 with 45 runs coming off the final two overs.Pandya smashed Dwayne Bravo for two sixes in the final over with the first being a helicopter shot. The ball travelled 91 metres as Pandya replicated MS Dhoni’s trademark shot.Hardik Pandya ended up with 25 not out off 8 balls while Kieron Pollard smashed 17 off 7 balls. Their partnership off 45 runs in 12 balls turned out to be a turning point in the game in the end.Hardik opened up on his helicopter shot after the game revealed how he copied it from Dhoni after watching him play the shot so many times over the years.”Very special, I have been working on that shot (helicopter). After playing that shot I was kind of proud, I was expecting MS to come and say ‘good shot’. Generally people like to bowl at the stumps against me. It’s a shot which is not easy but I have seen MS hitting them so many times.”He is an inspiration and we try to copy a lots of shots which he plays and this is one of the shots which I’ve copied from him and quite happy that it came out well,” Hardik Pandya said.advertisementSpecial to hit helicopter shot with @msdhoni watching: Hardik”Hoped MS would congratulate me after that shot “An overjoyed @hardikpandya7 talks about emulating inspiration MSD’s pet stroke against CSK. Interview by @Moulinparikh #MIvCSK @mipaltan (@IPL) April 4, 2019KIERON POLLARD AN MI LEGENDThe Mumbai Indians all-rounder also spoke about Kieron Pollard and the special bond that he shares with the West Indian cricketer on and off the field.”He is a special cricketer. He is very dear to us, he’s like a brother to me. He’s a match-winner no matter if he is batting, bowling or fielding. Whenever you put him in the spot he will deliver. According to me his an MI legend,” Hardik Pandya said.Pandya also picked up three crucial wickets, including that of MS Dhoni, as he came up with a special performance in front of the home crowd.Hardik revealed he had been training hard during his time away from the senior national team and all that is helping him strike the ball as cleanly as he is in the ongoing season of IPL. Hardik was sidelined from international action during a back injury he picked up during Asia Cup last year. Shortly after his comeback, Hardik faced a suspension for his controversial comments in a popular television show — Koffee With Karan.Nonetheless, the Mumbai Indians all-rounder has returned to peak form in IPL 2019 and is expected to play a key role for India at the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.”It feels really good to help the team win and to contribute to it. It’s been seven months since I played much competitive cricket. Have batted and batted and batted in the nets. Touch wood, it’s helping me,” Hardik said on Wednesday.He added: “I am someone who loves to have game time and I am hitting them really well at the moment. Yes, the injury happened and then the controversy too. These seven months weren’t easy and I wasn’t sure of what to do.”This award is special and I dedicate it to all those who stood by me during those tough times. My goal is to keep performing and hopefully, help India win the World Cup.”Also Read | Wanted to play the brand of cricket Mumbai Indians are known for: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | MS Dhoni blames poor fielding and death bowling for CSK’s crushing defeat vs MIAlso Read | Mumbai Indians 1st team to win 100 IPL matches, CSK’s winning streak endsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow IPL 2019Follow MI vs CSKFollow MS DhoniFollow Dhoni helicopted shotFollow Hardik Pandya helicopter shotFollow Kieron Pollardlast_img read more

Caribbean Conference of Accountants to Focus on Climate Change and Natural Disasters

first_img The impact of climate change and natural disasters on the region is among the key topics for discussion during the upcoming 37th Annual Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean Conference in Jamaica.The event is slated for June 20 to 22 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, under the theme ‘Navigating Global Disruption: Creating Opportunities’.It was officially launched by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, on February 8.Other slated sessions will focus on Caribbean immigration and entrepreneurship, the wellness imperative and a review of the regional implications of the global village of nationalism and populism, among other areas.More than 600 participants, comprising accountants, finance managers, entrepreneurs and accounting professionals across the Caribbean, as well as policymakers in Jamaica are expected to attend the two-day event.Guest speaker will be Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CoveyLink Worldwide, Stephen M.R. Covey.The world-renowned speaker is also the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal’s best-selling book, ‘The Speed of Trust’.Also slated to speak is Global Strategy Director for Financial and Professional Services Industries, Oracle America, Kimberly Ellison Taylor.Chairperson of the Conference Planning Committee Chair, Gail Moore, said the event will focus on issues relevant to Jamaica’s business environment.“We believe that our diverse range of topics and high-quality speakers will provide remarkable conference experience while also providing excellent opportunities for regional visibility with decision-makers across several business sectors around the region,” she said.Additionally, Miss Moore said the event will offer a “premier networking opportunity with great professional development opportunity and a wonderful time in Kingston, Jamaica”.She indicated that the Conference will also comprise social activities to expose the delegates to Jamaica’s rich cultural offerings.The event will open with a welcome cocktail followed by the President’s Dinner. The impact of climate change and natural disasters on the region is among the key topics for discussion during the upcoming 37th Annual Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean Conference in Jamaica. It was officially launched by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Fayval Williams, on February 8. Story Highlights The event is slated for June 20 to 22 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, under the theme ‘Navigating Global Disruption: Creating Opportunities’. last_img read more

Clearer Vision for Many

first_imgScores of Jamaicans now have a clearer vision of the future, having benefitted from the services offered by Cuban specialists under the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme.This intervention has afforded them the opportunity to undergo treatment for eye conditions that would have otherwise been costly, free of charge.Launched in January 2010, the local programme seeks to help reduce preventable blindness in adults, through surgical treatment for persons suffering from three specific conditions.These are: Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy (damage to the retina caused by complications of diabetes) and Pterygium (a non-cancerous fleshy growth, usually on the surface of the eye).According to the programme’s Co-ordinator, Gregory Thomas, since its inception, over 4,200 surgeries have been performed; and over 3, 790 patients have received surgical treatment. This is in addition to the over 46, 000 consultations that have been conducted.He told JIS News that the programme evolved from the five-year, Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Project, which previously saw persons being screened for various eye conditions in Jamaica and sent to Cuba for treatment. During that period, 2005 to 2009, over 5,600 surgeries were performed.“The first Bilateral Agreement of Co-operation between the Governments of Jamaica and the Republic of Cuba for the establishment of an Ophthalmology Centre of Excellence in Jamaica (at the St. Josephs Hospital in Kingston), where persons would be treated for eye disorders here instead of having to seek treatment abroad, was signed on July 28, 2009. This marked the end of an era spanning five years and the beginning of a new one,” he said.Explaining how the programme works, Mr. Thomas said care is delivered to patients in four phases: Screening (Diagnosis and Selection); Pre-Surgical Evaluation (Clinical, Ophthalmic and Optometric tests); Surgery; and Post-Surgical treatment (four visits).“Prospective patients need to expect that when they turn up for a screening session, every effort will be made to provide them with a diagnosis. If their condition is treatable under the programme then they can expect to be issued an appointment for Pre-Surgical Evaluation (Pre-Op) within weeks of being screened. If they cannot be treated by us, we will refer them to the most appropriate public health facility for treatment,” he explained.“Upon completion of Pre-Op, patients are issued with an appointment for surgery along with instructions to follow leading up to surgery,” Mr. Thomas added.He noted that it is imperative that on the day of surgery, patients are accompanied by an adult, preferably a family member. Cataract and Pterygium Surgeries are done at St. Joseph’s Hospital, while Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy takes place at the National Chest Hospital in Kingston.To access the programme, persons may visit their health centre, family doctor or ophthalmologist to obtain a referral which they would take, along with a valid ID and contact telephone numbers, to a location where screening is being conducted, Mr. Thomas told JIS News.The Co-ordinator pointed out that screening is an important part of the process, as it is here that persons are evaluated to determine whether they are eligible for treatment under the programme.He noted that while most screenings are conducted at the Jamaica/Cuba Ophthalmology Centre in Kingston (National Chest Hospital), screenings are also done in other health facilities across the Island.“Screening has been on-going. Between January 2010 and December 2012, over 15, 000 persons were screened in over 60 locations…We intend to screen at least another 5,000 persons during the current calendar year,” he informed.Mr. Thomas said plans are now in place to improve the programme. He notes that efforts are being made to shorten the turn-around time between the time of selection of the patient and the time the patient receives surgery.He pointed out that the programme will continue to provide the highest level of care to patients to keep the number of complications to a minimum.“Since the start of the programme, there has been only one case of serious complication of the over 4, 200 surgeries performed,” he noted.The Cuban Government has the gratitude of the Jamaicans who have benefitted and will benefit, as well as the appreciation of the Government of Jamaica which has been enjoying diplomatic relations with Cuba for the past 40 years.Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson has expressed appreciation for the assistance the Government has received, particularly in the area of health.“Jamaica is most appreciative of this internationalist medical service from Cuba, always in a spirit of goodwill and humanism. We are forever indebted to the Cuban government and the people of Cuba,” he said, following a tour of the screening centre and ophthalmology ward at the National Chest Hospital.Dr. Ferguson noted that the eye project had brought huge benefits to eye patients in the country, and mentioned the relief which patients experienced when their sight is restored.For further information, persons can contact the offices of the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme, located at the Ministry of Health, 2-4 King Street, Kingston, at telephone numbers: 948-0017 or 924-9287; fax: 948-0017 or via e-mail: Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

LieutenantGovernor to Use Temporary Quarters

first_imgLieutenant-Governor-designate Mayann Francis will use expanded office space in Halifax Maritime Centre while extensive repairs to Government House are undertaken, Speaker of the House Cecil Clarke said today, Sept. 5. Repairs to Government House — the oldest vice-regal house in Canada — are needed to ensure safety and its ongoing preservation. The province had announced more than a year ago that those renovations would begin in earnest at the conclusion of the current lieutenant-governor’s term. “The building is an historic landmark,” said Mr. Clarke, who announced the plans by telephone from Nigeria, where he is attending meetings of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. “It has had piecemeal repairs over the years but has been continuously occupied since 1805. It is time for the province to go in and complete work that simply cannot be done when there are people working or living there.” Ms. Francis will be installed as the 31st Nova Scotia lieutenant-governor since Confederation in a ceremony at Province House on Thursday, Sept. 7. She will continue to live in her personal residence in Halifax until all the renovations at Government House are complete in about two years and will receive an allowance to offset additional costs incurred by that arrangement. Offices at Maritime Centre, which overlook Government House, will be expanded and consolidated to accommodate the lieutenant-governor and some official functions. Administrative staff of the lieutenant-governor are currently located in that building. The closure of Government House will result in some employee layoffs. The Speaker said that while the lieutenant-governor’s space at Maritime Centre is being prepared, she will work from Province House. He said the lieutenant-governor will have her own office space and the Veterans Room will be reserved for her use. Ms. Francis will also have ready access to the Red Chamber for official functions for the six to eight weeks that it will take to prepare the Maritime Centre space. “It is fitting that the lieutenant-governor will be at Province House, even on an interim basis, in a building that represents the work of the people of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Clarke. “Every effort is being made to see that Her Honour will experience minimal disruptions and inconvenience during these transitions. When work is complete on Government House, she will be able to welcome Nova Scotians to a safer, more comfortable version of this historic treasure.” Work began in 2005 on $2 million in repairs needed for safety reasons to a retaining wall that surrounds the building. That work is expected to be completed by Oct. 31. Renovations and upgrades to the interior of the building are expected to include full replacement of the boiler and heating systems, work on the century-old wiring and on ventilation systems, installation of an accessible washroom and revisions that will bring the structure up to current fire code standards. A full audit of the building will be undertaken to determine what other work may be required. The interior renovations are expected to cost more than $3 million. Mr. Clarke said about $1.5 million has already been included in this year’s budget by the Department of Transportation and Public Works.last_img read more

Property Information Available Free Online

first_imgNova Scotians will now have more information about their property assessments through free online access to sales data from the Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) beginning Monday, Jan. 14. Previously, sales information used for property assessments was not broadly available to the public and only provided to owners who appealed a property assessment. “Nova Scotians want easy access to property sales data and this change ensures they have that access in an efficient manner,” said John MacDonell, Minister for Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “It will help property owners make more informed decisions about their assessment, and bring clarity, improved efficiency and greater transparency to the assessment appeal process.” Property sales data on comparable properties from July 2010 will be available online at “We believe the improved PVSC website will provide property owners with the information they need when reviewing their property assessment,” said Russell Walker, chair, PVSC board of directors. Property sales data is used for property assessment purposes. Making this information more easily available will allow property owners to make informed decisions about whether or not to appeal their property assessment based upon market values. The Nova Scotia Association of Realtors is pleased to see these changes to assessment appeals and access to information. “These changes will empower the public with essential details, when they are buying and selling a home, and if they need to appeal an assessment,” said Nova Scotia Association of Realtors president Wayne MacIntosh. “With access to property sales information and guidance from real estate professionals, property owners will better understand the real estate market, and that’s great news.” Nova Scotia property assessment notices for 2013 will be mailed out the week of Jan. 14. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations amended the Municipal Government Act in the spring of 2012 to allow for the disclosure of property sales prices and related information to the public. The Assessment Act was also amended to extend the property assessment appeal period from 21 days to 31 days, change the name of the Regional Assessment Appeal Court to the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal and clarify its authority. These changes went into effect Jan. 1, 2013.last_img read more

Pakistan hurting after World Cup slump says Mohammad Hafeez

first_imgLondon: Mohammad Hafeez said Pakistan’s dismal showing at the World Cup was hurting the players, who were determined to battle back in a bid to reach the semi-finals. Pakistan are languishing in ninth place in the 10-team table, with only Afghanistan below them, after a single victory in five matches. The 1992 winners need to win all four of their remaining games and hope other results go in their favour, with four teams qualifying from the round-robin phase. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev Their next match is against fellow strugglers South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday and Hafeez said the players were determined to make amends for their poor performances so far at the tournament in England and Wales. “I tell you that to see the team at number nine is hurting all of us,” said veteran Hafeez, whose 84 anchored Pakistan’s innings of 348-8 in their only win, over hosts England. They opened their campaign with a seven-wicket loss against West Indies, also going down to defeats to Australia and India, while their match against Sri Lanka was washed out. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships Their final three games are against New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. “We failed collectively as a team,” said Hafeez. “We could not produce a team effort and individual brilliance did not help us either. In cricket these days, you need a team performance.” “We can’t blame any single person. Everyone is responsible for failing to deliver,” added the 38-year-old, who said harsh media criticism after their heavy defeat against India on Sunday had been tough on the players. “All of us are also hurt by the negative campaign in the media where players and their families were targeted. There was talk of groupings (factions) in the team which was wrong. “Why don’t you talk about such things when the team is winning?” Hafeez said despite the perilous situation, all was not lost for Pakistan. “All is not finished for us,” he said. “We are focused on our next game and we are eager to win that match. We had ample time after the India game to regroup for a new beginning.” Hafeez defended the decision to send India in to bat after winning the toss, despite advice from Prime Minister Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to their 1992 World Cup win, to do the opposite. “It was a team decision and that cannot be made on what someone has tweeted. It was the team’s decision. We didn’t bowl well and that’s why we lost that game,” he said.last_img read more

Green spaces may help you trust strangers

first_imgGreen spaces and colourful urban design elements may lead to higher levels of happiness, greater trust of strangers and environmental stewardship than locations without those amenities, a study has found. The study, published in the journal Cities and Health, suggests that simple, inexpensive urban design interventions can increase well-being and social connections among city residents. “The urban design interventions we studied are relatively simple and low-cost, but show great potential to improve individuals’ emotional and social lives,” said Hanna Negami, a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo in Canada. “Something as simple as adding greenery to a concrete lane or painting a rainbow crosswalk could help to enrich urban public spaces,” Negami said. For the study, participants were taken on walking tours of Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood and asked to complete a questionnaire via a smartphone application at six stops. This included a pair of laneways (one green, one concrete), crosswalks (one painted rainbow, one standard zebra), and a pair of greenspaces (one wild community garden and one manicured greenspace). The addition of greenspace and place-making initiatives can help promote social connections for citizens, and help to mitigate social isolation, researchers said. They hope that these findings will ultimately help improve the experiences of people living in cities. “We know that the design of a city has direct, measurable, psychological impact on its citizens,” says Colin Ellard, a professor at the University of Waterloo. “We have been able to show how such impact can be measured and what it can tell us about good, psychologically sustainable design,” Ellard said.last_img read more

Not part of Krrish 4: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

first_imgMumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he is not part of the Hrithik Roshan starrer superhero film Krrish 4. There were reports that Nawazuddin will play a baddie in the fourth installment. Asked if the reports were true, Nawazuddin said: “This is the first time, I am hearing about it from you (media) and there is no truth in it.” The Raman Raghav 2.0 star was at the launch of a book. Asked what book, according to him, can be adapted into a film, the actor replied: “It depends… sometimes you have to simply translate the book or sometimes you have to make an adaptation of the book.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerNawazuddin made a mark in the industry coming from a non-filmy background. He is known for his films like Gangs Of Wasseypur, Badlapur, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Manto among many others. Asked if he feels that outsiders are not given enough opportunities in film industry, he said: “I think the good thing about this industry is that if you have talent then someday people recognise it and no one can stop that person from getting work.”last_img read more