Ajax wonderkids play down hype amid Man City links

first_imgAjax duo Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have their feet firmly on the ground despite reaping high praise for their performances this season.Centre-back de Ligt is being courted by Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City and the 19-year-old is believed to be worth at least €50 million (£44m/$57m).Meanwhile, de Jong’s creativity in midfield, which has led to comparisons with Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, has also attracted interest from City and Barcelona. In fact, Goal reported on Wednesday that City are prepared to break their transfer record to secure his signature. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking after Ajax’s 3-0 win over NAC Breda, de Jong told De Telegraaf: “I had a good week with the Dutch team. We managed to qualify for the next round of the Nations League, so that’s great.”I know the stories will come [after good performances], but it [comparison with Cruyff] was quite extreme this time.”I try to stay focussed on what I should be doing. It’s nice to hear [these compliments], but I’m not even close to Johan Cruyff’s level and I’ll never reach it, so I make no illusions.”Ajax are now second in the Eredivisie, five points back from PSV Eidhoven, and sit second only to Bayern Munchen in Champions League Group E. Next, they face the group’s bottom side AEK Athens on Tuesday when a win would see them through the the knock-out phases. De Ligt’s defending has been crucial to their campaign so far and he has been nominated for the Golden Boy award which is presented to Europe’s best player under the age of 21. The Dutchman told AT5: “It would be great to win [the Golden Boy award], but it’s not in my mind right now. We have to focus on Athens [for the Champions League match against AEK].”I don’t see myself as a golden boy, I’m a normal boy. Of course it would be great to win [the award], but I don’t know if it’s going to happen.”last_img read more

Book Review JK Rowlings The Casual Vacancy

first_imgJK Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy, was released in September, and shows a grittier side of the author who brought us Harry Potter. But the book does more than just provide us with a window into the private and dysfunctional lives of the fictional village of Pagford – it shows a side of Rowling that cares about people in the community.The Casual VacancyThe characters in Rowling’s book are essentially at low points in their lives – something Rowling knows from experience. The publication of the Harry Potter books is one of the most inspiring rags-to-riches stories of modern times – Rowling went almost over night from a benefit-dependent single mother suffering from depression to the first living author to earn a billion dollars from her books. And it was while she was at rock bottom that she witnessed the sorts of characters who populate The Casual Vacancy.But throughout the low years, Rowling always managed to give back where she could. After studying French and Classics at University, she worked as a researcher for Amnesty International. And since finding success, Rowling has supported a number of causes, including Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Comic Relief – her books Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages were both published in aid of Comic Relief. She was also the Patron of the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Scotland for nine years, and she now funds MS research through the VOLANT Charitable Trust, which she founded in memory of her mother.But it was an article in the Sunday Times in 2005 that led Rowling to establish one of the most important charities currently operating on a global scale to help the 8 million children living in institutions.“I looked at that photograph of the boy in his cage bed and felt he has absolutely no voice,” said Rowling. “This touched me as nothing else has because I can think of nobody more powerless than a child, perhaps with a mental or a physical disability, locked away from their family. It was a very shocking realization to me and that’s where the whole thing started.”Rowling’s High Level Children’s Group is now known as Lumos, which works at a political and practical level to ensure that UN minimum standards for the care of children are implemented across the whole of Europe and beyond. Rowling is still active at raising money for the cause – in 2007, she auctioned one of seven special copies of her Harry Potter tie-in, The Tales Of Beedle The Bard, for the charity. The result was a US$ 4 million boost for Lumos’ work. The general release publication of the book continues to raise money for the charity, and it was recently released as an eBook for Lumos.Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy, is a step away from anything she’s published before. Definitely not a children’s book, it is a challenging read – both in terms of literature and content. Set in the small village of Pagford, it follows a large set of characters as they fight among themselves to fill a recently vacated position on the parish council.Dark and compelling, The Casual Vacancy is a book that makes you think about the people who make up communities and inspires us to think about those who may “fall through the cracks”. The last 100 pages include some of the best storytelling I have read in a long time.“The Casual Vacancy is set in a small community, which involved writing characters who are adolescents way up to people in their sixties,” said Rowling. “I love nineteenth century novels that centre on a town or village. This is my attempt to do a modern version. As a writer you have to write what you want to write; or rather what you need to write. I needed to write this book.”The Casual Vacancy is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

REGISTRATION CLOSED 24000 persons now of age to cast ballot

first_img Constitutional requirement on General Elections explained Nomination Day in the Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 11, 2017 – Nassau –Approximately 24,000 persons will cast their first ballot come May 10th.  This as persons coming of the voting age of 18 since the last polls held in 2012 make up for an approximate 13.76 percent of the 170,000 registered voting list. And while last minute tallies at Voter Registration Centres across the Bahamas are currently ongoing, Parliamentary Registration Department Commissioner, Sherlyn Hall says he anticipates this figure to increase in the coming days as the count ends.The registration process is said to have closed off 11pm on Monday night, despite the 5pm deadline on Monday.  However, Commissioner Hall is also refuting claims that persons were turned away while standing in line before 5pm.   Initial reports suggested that some centres closed off registration at 3pm as opposed to the advertised closing time of 5pm.   Speaking to Magnetic Media News, Mr. Hall says persons in queue by 5pm were issued tickets to ensure they were able to get processed and registered, as accommodations were made for them. He adds that the centres were supported by members of the Police Service to ensure order was maintained.   The Parliament Registration Department Commissioner underscored that only persons who arrived after the 5pm close off were turned away.According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook, Bahamas population stands at 327, 316, of which 221,187 persons are said to be of the voting age and eligible to cast ballots in the General Elections 2017. Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan#MagneticMediaNews#letsvoteBahamas#voterregistrationclosed Related Items:#LetsvoteBahamas, #magneticmedianews, #voterregistrationclosed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Long lines for Registration, Department ready for influx Recommended for youlast_img read more

Bill Cosby assault accuser jailed in San Diego on suspicion of drug

first_img Jessica Ranck Posted: July 25, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 27-year-old model who has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her when she was 18 remained jailed in San Diego Tuesday on suspicion of bringing drugs and alcohol into a San Diego County jail.Chloe Goins was booked into the Las Colinas Detention Center early Monday on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance in prison and bringing alcohol or drugs into a prison, according to jail records. She’s being held in lieu of $25,000 bond, and an arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday in Chula Vista.According to TMZ.com and the San Diego Union-Tribune, Goins was parked in a lot at the George F. Bailey Detention Center in Otay Mesa when a deputy made contact with her about 10:45 p.m. Sunday. She was arrested a short time later after the deputy searched her car and found a drug thought to be heroin, a sheriff’s spokesman told the newspaper.Goins is one of dozens of women to accuse Cosby of sexually assault. She told investigators he drugged her drink at a 2008 party at the Playboy Mansion, causing her to black out. When she awoke, she was naked with a sticky substance on her chest and Cosby was sucking on her toes, she said.After withdrawing her initial complaint against Cosby, Goins filed a second lawsuit against the comedian last year that also named Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. She accused Hefner of knowing about Cosby’s history of alleged sexual abuse.Cosby denied Goins’ claims, asserting he was in New York at the time of  the party, and prosecutors declined to press charges.  Jessica Ranck, July 25, 2017 Bill Cosby assault accuser jailed in San Diego on suspicion of drug possession Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

GMCs 2020 Acadia looks good and is priced to compete even in

first_img Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 6 Photos 2019 Ford Edge ST review: Compelling performance General Motors 2 Share your voice More From Roadshowcenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous SUVs Enlarge ImageThe 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 is priced at just under $43,000, which makes it a bit of a bargain. GMC The 2020 GMC Acadia is a good example of the newish trend in crossover styling that favors more aggressive, blockier design, and we really like it. We also like the Acadia for other reasons, like its comfortable interior, decent infotainment and 310-horsepower V6 engine.The Acadia naturally is available in a few different trim levels, but our personal favorite is the AT4 trim, which has the advantage of being both more affordable and cooler-looking than the top-tier Denali trim. How much more affordable? Try $7,000, according to a report Wednesday by CarsDirect.With a starting sticker price of $42,495 including destination, the three-row Acadia makes a pretty strong case for itself among the General’s other SUVs, even if it may struggle somewhat against a new crop of competitors like the Kia Telluride, its cousin the Hyundai Palisade, the Subaru Ascent or Honda’s new Passport.The Acadia is set to hit dealers nationwide later this year. Check out the 2020 GMC Acadia’s new look GMC Commentslast_img read more

One for the earth

first_img5 June is celebrated as World Environment Day. The date marks the day on which the United Nations Conference on Human Environment (the Stockholm Conference) began in 1972 when countries of the world came together to discuss global environmental issues for the first time.Respect for the environment has been an integral part of India’s glorious culture. The relationship between the earth and human beings has been likened to that between a mother and her child. From the Rig Veda to the Yagyavalkya Smriti, the ‘Panch Tatvas’ or the five elements are mentioned.  These are prithvi (earth), pavan (wind), jal (water), tej (solar energy) and nabh (sky). We are taught to live in harmony with the environment. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Environmental sustainability is also a moral issue. In this context, ‘I have been deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and his concept of ‘trusteeship’. This may be interpreted as the present generation acting as trustee for the future by enjoying the wealth of nature in a way that it benefits the next generation,’ says Jitendra Padam Jain- Curator of the show.  The choice in front of us is clear. Either we allow environmental degradation to continue unchecked or we take remedial steps to ensure happiness of the future generations. Government action alone is not the key to the environment changes that are required. No strength is mightier than people’s participation. It is the small steps we take in our daily lives that will make a big difference in the quest for an environment friendly planet. Through art, our show would highlight environmental awareness, and bring together all fraternities in working towards this cause. We should adopt a plant and nurture it to become a tree, as we do with our children.last_img read more

Man stabs facebook friends father to death

first_imgKolkata: A 28-year-old man stabbed his facebook friend’s father in West Bengal’s Faridpur area, police said on Monday. “The Uttar Pradesh-based man claims to have a long time relationship with the girl whom he met on Facebook. There is a possibility that the girl’s father had seen them together, following which the man stabbed him on Sunday night,” the police official said. He further said that the accused was putting up in a nearby hotel and was in the city to meet the girl. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Believed to be the eyewitness, the girl said, “I ran downstairs after I heard my father screaming. He tried attacking me also with a knife. I went up and shouted for help after locking the door.” Denying the version of the accused, the girl said she had no friendship with him. “He was arrested after the girl’s mother lodged a complaint. Motive and the actual reason will be clear only after further investigation,” the police added.last_img read more

Care for your hair dear brides

first_imgFor women, the preparations towards perfecting the bridal look starts way in advance. Give your hair the care it deserves before your D-day and afterwards too, say experts. Pre-wedding hair care routine:-Best is to start a regime at the onset itself from the very day you say “yes”.-A deep conditioning treatment, recommended by your hair expert, should be an obligatory pre-wedding must-do to prep your hair. Also remember to stay hydrated and drink lots and lots of water. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Most importantly, make sure you arm yourself with the right products to protect and prep your hair for your big day. The right product regime – a shampoo and conditioner combination with repairing properties will work to improve the texture and condition of your hair over time. Post-wedding hair care routine:-Regular moisture-infusing conditioning treatments and anti-breakage treatments are a must follow-up after all the wedding day shenanigans. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Here are few more tips:-The foundation of haircare for a bride-to-be is to shampoo, conditioner and apply hair serum or hair potion on her hair, way in advance. This three-step approach is the most important and goes a long way in ensuring healthy, frizz-free and lustrous hair on the D-Day.-Another very important haircare hack is regular deep conditioning treatments and hair spas at your nearest salon. This is not only a luxury, but a necessity designed to strengthen hair follicles, stimulate blood circulation, nourish the roots and revitalise the scalp.-The third most important step is to avoid harsh chemicals and products that can damage your hair before your wedding. Read the label on haircare products before you buy them. Couple these tips with healthy sleeping habits, a fitness regime and nutritious eating.-The morning-after-hair tends to feel frizzy, dull and dry due to the exposure to hairstyling products and the flashlights. Make sure you wash your hair properly with a mild cleansing agent to remove all the hair product and styling mousse that was used the previous evening.-Once you complete the routine hair care and conditioning, detangle by combing your hair carefully to remove all knots. Divide your hair into sections and use a wide-toothed comb to avoid breakage.-Use products that contain argan oil, and moisturising agents that can bring back lost luster. Hair potions come in handy for a quick fix when you step out for the post-wedding functions.last_img read more

Four Tools for Scouting Social Media Leaders in Your Network

first_img Congratulations. You finally have a handle on the social media thing. Now the real work begins: pinpointing the most powerful people in your online networks and cultivating those relationships into more business wins.Big brands like beauty retailer Sephora and giffgaff, the U.K.’s fastest-growing mobile network, have called on enterprise social media suite provider Lithium Technologies to help launch and sustain their strong online communities. According to Lithium’s principal scientist Michael Wu, a key part of that process is identifying top influencers and turning them into company advocates.For small businesses with smaller budgets, there happen to be a number of low-cost (or free) social analytics companies–several with targeted business offerings–that provide scores and reports to help you find and engage your network superstars.Many of them are still works in progress, Wu cautions, with an overemphasis on “bandwidth,” or activity and quantity of followers, friends and fans. “Even if you make a lot of noise, you’re not guaranteed to be influential,” he explains. “But of course the algorithms will get better.”Below, we take a quick look at a few of the most influential influence rankers.1. KloutTagline: The standard for influenceScore: Based on more than 35 variables on Facebook and Twitter to measure “true reach,” “amplification probability” and “network influence”Features: In-depth score analysis; list of most influential followers and their topics of expertise; list of influences; achievements for tweet and retweet benchmarks @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: 88 to 93Advantage: Free and arguably the most high profile, Klout has partnerships with foursquare, Google Chrome, The Huffington Post, LinkedIn, Spotify and about.me2. TwitalyzerTagline: Serious analytics for social businessScore: Measured by 10 criteria: influence, impact, engagement, velocity, generosity, signal, clout, followers, followees and listsFeatures: User-type classification (thought leader, social butterflies, trendsetters, etc.); Twitter integration with view of followers, commonly used hashtags and recent topics; map of location @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: 73.9 to 74.3Advantage: Comprehensive data reports (subscriptions start at $4.99 per month) that facilitate geographically targeted outreach efforts and offer a slew of add-on features like weekly e-mail reports and API access3. PeerIndexTagline: Understand your social capitalScore: Measures a combination of “audience,” “authority” and “activity” in eight distinct subject categories (business, politics, sports, news, etc.) across various social media accountsFeatures: Breakdown of areas of expertise; list of popular topics, top sources, friends and groups @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: 86 to 82Advantage: The general scores are free to all, but the “bespoke” paid service can find influencers specific to an industry or community4. TraackrTagline: Relevance drives influenceScore: Evaluates eight types of media (blogs, reviews, social networks, photos, etc.) to discover users’ “reach,” “resonance” and “relevance”Features: Constantly updated report of top 25 influencers; web presence information, including recent posts; user contact info, location and stats; filter capabilities to track certain mentions and conversations; ability to add tags, tasks and notes @barackobama vs. @ladygaga: N/A–no universal score since it’s dependent on market or industry contextAdvantage: The most established of the bunch, the subscription service (plans are $499 a month and up) helps clients like Honda identify and then engage top influencers relevant to a specific brand, product and campaign This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. September 14, 2011 Enroll Now for Free This story appears in the September 2011 issue of . Subscribe » 3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

Google and Waze share their best practices for canary deployment using Spinnaker

first_imgOn Monday, Eran Davidovich, a System Operations Engineer at Waze and Théo Chamley, Solutions Architect at Google Cloud shared their experience on using Spinnaker for canary deployments. Waze estimated that canary deployment helped them prevent a quarter of all incidents on their services. What is Spinnaker? Developed at Netflix, Spinnaker, is an open source, multi-cloud continuous delivery platform that helps developers to manage app deployments on different computing platforms including Google App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, AWS, Azure, and more. This platform also enables you to implement advanced deployment methods like canary deployment. In this type of deployment, developers roll out the changes to a subset of users to analyze whether or not the code release provides the desired outcome. If this new code poses any risks, you can mitigate it before releasing the update to all users. In April 2018, Google and Netflix introduced a new feature for Spinnaker called Kayenta using which you can create an automated canary analysis for your project. Though you can build your own canary deployment or other advanced deployment patterns, Spinnaker and Kayenta together are aimed at making it much easier and reliable. The tasks that Kayenta automates includes fetching user-configured metrics from their sources, running statistical tests, and providing an aggregating score for the canary. On the basis of the aggregated score and set limits for success, Kayenta automatically promotes or fails the canary, or triggers a human approval path. Canary best practices Check out the following best practices to ensure that your canary analyses are reliable and relevant: Instead of comparing the canary against the production, compare it against a baseline. This is because many differences can skew the results of the analysis such as cache warmup time, heap size, load-balancing algorithms, and so on. The canary should be run for enough time, at least 50 pieces of time-series data per metric, to ensure that the statistical analysis is relevant. Choose metrics that represent different aspects of your applications’ health. Three aspects are very critical as per the SRE book, which includes latency, errors, and saturation. You must put a standard set of reusable canary configs in place. This will come in handy for anyone in your team as a starting point and will also keep the canary configurations maintainable. Read Next Thunderbird welcomes the new year with better UI, Gmail support and more Introducing Azure DevOps Server 2019 RC1 with better UI, Azure SQL support and more! AIOps – Trick or Treat?last_img read more