PSG boss breaks his silence on Adrien Rabiots future

first_imgNew Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel would like to keep a hold on Adrien Rabiot, but admits that it is something that is completely out of his controlThe French midfielder has under 12 months left on his contract at the Parc Des Prices and has been heavily linked with Barcelona this summer.But the interest from the La Liga champions appears to have cooled with Ernesto Valverde’s side in need of a new midfield option now after the departures of club legend Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.While Juventus have emerged as another possible destination for Rabiot and are reportedly prepared to wait until next summer to sign the highly-rated 23-year-old.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Of course, I would love to see him stay. Everyone has seen his potential and there’s room for improvement,” said Tuchel, according to Calcio Mercato.“When it comes to his contractual situation, it’s he who has the last word. It’s all up to him, he could stay and adapt to our style or leave the club to start a new experience,” Tuchel concluded.Juventus have recently signed a new midfielder in Emre Can on a free transfer from Liverpool and will likely be prepared to wait for Rabiot as a free agent after spending €112m on the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.last_img read more

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Maybe our best start in the last few years Lloris

first_imgAccording to the France national team captain and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper, his team is playing football very wellTottenham Hotspur is currently sitting in the fourth position of the English Premier League with 27 points.The Spurs is just 5 points away from leader Manchester City.And for France national team and Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, this might be the best start in the last couple of years.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“At the moment in the league, we are in a good position. It is maybe one of our best starts of the last few years,” he told Goal.“We are in a good position and we need to carry on in the same way and try to improve the way we play.”“We are still competitive and we will be ready for top four challenge,” he added.last_img read more

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Nuno Espirito is happy after a surprising victory

first_imgThe Wolverhampton Wanderers manager guided his club to a surprising win over Tottenham Hotspur and the coach is delightedWolverhampton Wanderers surprisingly defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 today.And for manager Nuno Espirito this is a moment of happiness, although he’s surprised.“The second half was really, really good. We managed possession, had chances and goals,” he said according to Four Four Two.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We had a lot of belief after the equalizer, I would have said a draw was a good result, but I cannot control the emotions of the boys if they see space in front of them.”“It is good for the dressing room but to play like this at Wembley – the home of football – is the big thing,” he commented.“We have achieved something very special in getting to the Premier League and it has been a very special year.”last_img read more

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Sadio Mane chooses Liverpools biggest win of the season

first_imgLiverpool forward Sadio Mane has picked the club’s 4-3 win over Crystal Palace as their biggest win in the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.Jurgen Klopp’s side showed resilience to come from a goal down in the second half to secure a narrow win against the Eagles in a tough game’ at Anfield.Two goals from Mohamed Salah and one each from Roberto Firmino and Mane in the second-half canceled out goals from Andros Townsend, James Tomkins, and Max Meyer as the Reds maintained their dominance at the summit of the league table.When asked by the club’s website if the victory over Roy Hodgson’s men was his side’s biggest win after the encounter, Mane said, as quoted by Goal:“100 percent.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“For sure, it was not our best performance but the most important thing for us was the three points. We got them and everybody is happy.”“They played very well in the first half. They scored goals, they were very compact and it was difficult for us to pass between the lines.”“In the second half, we tried to push with the fans behind us and we scored two quick goals. At 3-2 it became more difficult and then we scored the fourth goal.”“It was still a very tough game but [we got] three points.”last_img read more

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Neuer speaks ahead of Liverpool match

first_imgThe Bayern Munich goalkeeper talked how his team knows the rivals, ahead of their Champions League match.Bayern Munich will visit Anfield Road tomorrow to play against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.And for Bayern’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, this is a very exciting match that he cannot wait to play on.“I’m looking forward to playing there. We heard a lot about the fans and atmosphere in the stadium,” he was quoted by The Liverpool Echo.“It will be two great games. For us, it’s very important to play Champions League.”“It’s a knockout game so it will be two finals. Everyone who watches a lot of football knows it’s a special atmosphere,” he commented.“Does it matter? Of course. I like it when fans are cheering a lot, close to the goal.”“But if you want to speak to your colleagues on the pitch it’s not that easy when it’s loud, they can’t hear you. You have to speak in a different way,” he explained.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Bayern was struggling in the German Bundesliga for most of the first part of the season, but now they are just two points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp’s former team.“I think we know Klopp and we know his style. He knows Bayern Munich as well.”“No one is in a better position. We know him, he knows us,” he recalled.“I like his style. I’ve seen him at Rome, and I’ve seen him in the Brazil team, he’s doing a great job,” Neuer added about Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson Becker.Suited and booted. Boss tha’ 👔#packmas #UCL #LFCFCB pic.twitter.com/1kMm57WTck— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 18, 2019last_img read more

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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marine receives Marine of the Year Award

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 19, 2017  – Nassau – Leading Seaman Sharif Turnquest joined an elite list of marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, after he was recognized as the Marine of the year 2017 at the force’s Annual Christmas Carol Service at the Defence Force Base.A total of 14 marines were recognized by their various sections for their outstanding and dedicated services throughout the year. Sharif, a Physical Training Instructor (PTI) in the Training Department was successful in placing first overall as the overall results.   He became the latest recipient of the coveted Leon Smith Award.  This prize is in honor of the first Bahamian Commodore who headed the Defence Force from 1983 – 1997.   Both he and his wife were in attendance to present the award.“I based my career on some of the positive principles instilled within me by some of my seniors on the Force,” says Turnquest.   “A Marine is at his best when no-one is watching; I always dare to stand out in the crowd; I always thrived to maintain a standard; For every action, there are consequences, and once you understand the consequences, you will be careful of your actions.”Able Seaman Lashando Greene from the Port Security Department was the 1st runner-up, Able Seaman Delron Mitchell from the Airwing Department was awarded the 2nd runner-up; and Leading Seaman Durant Roker from the Headquarters Department received the 3rd runner-up award.Minister of National Security, the Honorable Marvin Dames congratulated all the winners via a teleconference as he emphasized his government’s commitment to continue working efficiently with the men and women of the Defence Force.   Commodore Tellis Bethel also extended his congratulations to all of the awardees and thanked them for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.Leading Seaman Turnquest joined the training staff in 2012.   Prior to that, he served 8 years in the Commando Squadron Department.  He has undergone numerous training locally and internationally.   These include the Military Dive, Combat Dive, Physical Training Instructor and the Skill-At-Arms Courses.   A decorated marine, Turnquest hopes to be an inspiration to others as he continues to fulfill the Defence Force’s mandate in Guarding Our Heritage.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritagePress Release: RBDFlast_img read more

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Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina laments the sewage spills from Tijuana

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 18, 2019 Updated: 8:17 AM Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina laments the sewage spills from Tijuana KUSI Newsroom center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 18, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Mayor of Imperial Beach Serge Dedina is lamenting over the sewage spilling in Imperial Beach from Tijuana.“Millions of gallons of sewage were flowing into the waters of Imperial Beach,” Dedina said.KUSI’s John Soderman has more on this story. last_img read more

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Fairbanks Couple Sentenced For Producing And Distributing Child Porn

first_imgAccording to court documents, beginning in June 2015, Davis and Germain conspired to produce visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Christopher Duane Davis, 32, of Fairbanks, was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. Charity Noel Germain, 27, of Fairbanks, was previously sentenced on Dec. 15, 2017, to serve 22 years in prison, followed by a lifetime term of supervised release. In furtherance of the conspiracy,  while babysitting  children for families in the area, Davis and Germain would sexually abuse the children and record the abuse. Davis would then share the images and videos with other pedophiles on the internet. Davis and Germain became the subject of a federal investigation after an undercover law enforcement agent working with the Australian government identified Davis’s profile on a foreign-based photo-sharing site known to host images of child pornography.center_img Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon prosecuted the case. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Fairbanks couple was sentenced today in federal court for producing and distributing child pornography.last_img read more

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Walker Debate On This Years Dividend Should Be Settled

first_imgThe Senate Finance Committee has proposed paying Alaskans a $1,600 check from the oil-wealth fund this year. The House recommended the same. Walker says he supports that amount and that it should no longer be an issue as lawmakers seek to finish their work with the end of the 90-day session approaching. He took issue, however, with a Senate subcommittee’s denial of some of his public safety funding requests. Senate Finance is working on its version of the budget.center_img He says a final budget, at minimum, should provide added funding tor Alaska State Troopers to travel to rural communities, pilots to fly troopers to those communities and support staff for troopers, among other things. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker says debate over this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend should be considered settled.last_img read more

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Apple Files Lawsuit Against Samsung

first_imgApple is aiming to stop Samsung’s “illegal conduct”, and is after compensation for the alleged damages caused by Samsung’s products.In mid-March, Apple opened a case against Amazon, citing their use of the term “app store” as confusing and misleading to Apple customers, according to Apple representative Kristin Huguet. Apple states that Samsung is impeding on a variety of their patents, including the trade dress of Apple products (and packaging) and trademarked icons used in Apple technology. The complaint says, “The copying is so pervasive, that the Samsung Galaxy products appear to be actual Apple products—with the same rectangular shape with rounded corners, silver edging, a flat surface face with substantial top and bottom black borders, gently curving edges on the back, and a display of colorful square icons with rounded corners.” Apple is set to enter the courtroom yet again with another Android contender; this time, Samsung is the subject of Apple’s complaint.In a complaint filed officially on April 15th, Apple Inc. brings up several points against Samsung (which represents collectively Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC), specifically Samsung’s Galaxy line of smart phones and tablets.The complaint shares the following grievances, “Instead of pursuing independent product development, Samsung has chosen to slavishly copy Apple’s innovative technology, distinctive, user interfaces, and elegant and distinctive product and packaging design, in violation of Apple’s valuable intellectual property rights. …Samsung has made its Galaxy phones and computer tablet work and look like Apple’s products through widespread patent and trade dress infringement. Samsung has even misappropriated Apple’s distinctive product packaging.”last_img read more

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News Notes From WCTV Did You Know WCTV Has A Podcast Studio

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television has seen a Podcast explosion in 2019. Have you noticed?Let me start with the quick explanation on podcasting. Podcasts are like radio, but you listen to it on-demand. They are typically a series with a common theme. You can listen to WCTV podcasts through the WCTV App, Soundclound and through the Apple Podcast App. Just search for WCTV. We also list them on our website at wctv.org/programs.WCTV currently has nine podcast series being produced inside our podcast studio. Two of those are driven by WCTV staff. But the other seven come from residents who are interested in sharing their stories, their insights and their interests. If you’re new to podcasting, or very familiar with the platform, I invite you to check out these series from Wilmington producers. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen this sort of widespread creativity in our studio.“Namaste with Renee” is the newest series. Renee Marcou has been spending hours in the studio over the past month putting together her program, which talks a lot about finding your inner peace.“Quick Health Concepts” with Dr. Leslee Quick is all about healthy living. Her first two podcasts talked about cannabis and its applications in health, with specific mentions of CBD and how it’s different than marijuana.“Fresh Perspectives” from Caroline Buckley is produced in partnership with the Substance Abuse Coalition and deals specifically with substance use and recovery.“Minding Your Business” with Amy LaMarche invites local business owners to come in and talk about their industry and offer tips for potential customers. It’s not a sales pitch. It’s all about educating the consumer.“TaP: Teens and Parents” features the mother-son combo of Erica and Connor Marchant. This series delves into issues that families face. The most recent episode was all about social media use and the internet in general.“Mark’s Musings” is one of our longest-running podcasts from producer Mark Ryan. Mark interviews authors in a very conversational setting.“Now This With the North Nurse” is on summer break. But these short clips from Jane Ferrara and Heather Peachey deal with healthy concepts at school. Usually complete with sound effects!“How To Make a Memory” isn’t produced in our studio. But we wouldn’t feel right leaving Jen Tierney’s podcast off this list. Her Wilmington-based series is all about making memories with the ones you love.I mentioned at the beginning that we also have a pair of staff-produced podcasts. At the top of the list is Bridging the Digital Divide, WCTV’s award-winning podcast produced by staff member Lisa Kapala and Brad McKenna from the Wilmington Memorial Library. If you often feel like technology is leaving you behind, this series will get you caught up. We also do a monthly “Member Spotlight” featuring one of our WCTV members.Do you want to join the list of Wilmington podcasters? WCTV will train you on the equipment and host your series on our account. Contact Lisa Kapala at lisa@wctv.org to learn more. If nothing else, please check out an episode. You might be surprised at what you hear.(NOTE: The above announcement was submitted by WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNews & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”WCTV Wants To Help YOU Launch Your Own PodcastIn “Community”PODCAST: Listen To Wilmington Substance Abuse Coalition’s New PodcastIn “Videos”last_img read more

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Bumblebee director on replacing Michael Bay I couldnt go bigger

first_imgIt must be tough to direct your first live-action film with Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay looking over your shoulder. But for Travis Knight, director of Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, those two singular filmmakers weren’t just the movie’s producers, they provided the touchstones that inspired the film.”ET was my spirit animal in this movie”, explained Knight as I sat down with him in London to discuss Bumblebee. “I saw it when I was around 8 years old with my mom in a darkened theater and I was a big, blubbery mess at the end of it … On some levels Steven’s films from that era are responsible for me becoming a filmmaker.”And it shows: Not only is Bumblebee set in the 1980s, but the spirit of ’80s movies like ET and Short Circuit shine through in the adorable adventures of a girl and her robot buddy. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  Now playing: Watch this: 1:34 Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over TV and Movies Knight’s previous filmmaking experience was as an animator, directing the stunning stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings.”Stop motion is probably the subset of animation that’s closest to live-action,” he says, “in the sense you’re physically shooting these things with real lights and real cameras, and there’s props and sets and costumes and hair.”But there were still plenty of new things to learn on this, his first live-action film.”A lot of times I was flying by the seat of my pants,” he says, laughing.Knight brought what he called “an animator’s discipline and planning” to the film, mapping out each sequence in detail.”I do believe in the adage that the trimmer the vessel, the more it can carry,” he says. “Animation is very organized and disciplined. You can’t shoot coverage, you can’t play around. But in live-action, you can play around, and sometimes you’ll create little magical moments.” Enlarge ImageJohn Cena provides several comic highlights in Bumblebee. Jaimie Trueblood He particularly enjoyed John Cena’s ability to improvise in the role of a burly secret agent pursuing Bumblebee.”John’s like a one-man ad-lib factory. We would do the scenes, and then we get to the end of the scene, I’m like, ‘All right, John, now let’s play a little bit,’ and he would always do something really unexpected. He’s just a very, very clever, funny man.”Eye candyA major criticism of Bay’s past Transformers movies is the fast-paced computer-generated action, an assault on the senses that’s often hard to follow. While it has plenty of action, Bumblebee tones down the CG carnage. But Knight insists this shouldn’t be seen as a criticism of Bay’s style.”It wasn’t in any way addressing any feedback from the fans,” he says. “It was just a story I wanted to tell. That last one [Transformers: The Last Knight] is one of the biggest movies I’ve ever seen — and I couldn’t go bigger than that. So let’s go the other way, let’s focus in on a small corner of this canvas and really get to know one of these characters. Let’s balance the emotions with the explosions … The core relationship mattered to me more than anything else. And if that didn’t work, none of the other stuff matters. It’s just bombast. It’s just eye candy.”Mixing the spectacular, visual effects-driven action with a character-led story was “a high-wire act”, but Knight credits writer Christina Hodson for striking the right balance.”She’s gained something of a reputation in Hollywood as this kinda badass chick writer with these cool, action movies,” he says, “When you talk to her, the films that she always references are cool action movies like T2 … But when I sat down and talked to her about the film and my vision of it, I realized very quickly she has a big soft gooey heart just like I do.”Knight’s next big project is 2019’s Missing Link, a new stop-motion adventure from his animation studio Laika. As for where the Transformers movies go next, Knight is sanguine.”It’s hard to say. I think at this point, candidly, they’re probably just waiting to see how people react to [Bumblebee]. If people vote with their wallets for these kinds of Transformer movies, then they’ll get these kinds of Transformer movies.”Bumblebee opens in Australia on Dec. 20, in the US on Dec. 21 and in the UK on Dec. 24. Spielberg was a producer on Bumblebee, as was Michael Bay — the man who resurrected Transformers by directing all five previous movies in the series.”From a director’s perspective he was a dream producer,” Knight says of Bay. “We sat down early on and it was great for me, director to director, to pick his brain, to get a sense of his philosophy on the Transformers. He was really respectful and recognized this was someone else’s movie, my take on these characters, and the best thing that he could do was to support me and protect me. He let me do my thing, and I’m really appreciative of it.”Bay gave Knight one memorable piece of advice for working on a mega-budget franchise movie surrounded by people from the studio, the toy company and elsewhere all pulling a director in different directions.”He said the one thing you have to do is protect the movie,” Knight remembers. “That was advice Jerry Bruckheimer gave him, and he passed it on to me — remember the movie you intended to make and protect it.”  I do believe in the adage that the trimmer the vessel, the more it can carry. Travis Knight, Bumblebee director Post a comment 0 Tags 77 Photos Filmmakers Bumblebee transforms from action-packed to adorablelast_img read more

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UNHCR operations chief in city to see Rohingya crisis

first_imgUNHCR’s assistant high commissioner for operations George Okoth-Obbo has arrived in Bangladesh to see the Rohingya situation on the ground, reports UNB.In Cox’s Bazar, the head of UNHCR operations who arrived in Bangladesh on a three-day visit on Tuesday, will meet Rohingya refugee families to better understand their needs and review UNHCR’s response, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said in a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.While in Dhaka, he will meet Bangladeshi authorities to underline UNHCR’s readiness to significantly ramp up its response and provide support to the government in addressing the humanitarian needs and ensuring the protection of refugees, according to a message UNB received from Geneva.Meanwhile, UNHCR emergency airlift lands in Dhaka as Rohingya crisis deepens further.On the other hand, Mohammed Abdiker Mohamud, director of the department of operations and emergency, International Organization for Migration (IOM), and their teams are also currently visiting the country to observe the current influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Land ministers PS lands in jail

first_imgKutub Uddin AhmedA Dhaka court on Sunday sent land minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif’s personal secretary Kutub Uddin Ahmed to jail in a case filed for corruption, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate AKM Moinuddin Siddique handed down the order after investigation officer of the case Mirza Zahidul Alam, deputy director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), produced him before the court.Earlier in the day, the ACC arrested Kutub Uddin Ahmed from Segunbagicha area in the city at noon and a case was filed against him with Gulshan Police Station, said ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharjee.According to the case statement, Kutub Uddin illegally allotted a 10-katha plot in Gulshan in the names of some people, including his father-in-law and mother in law.last_img

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Minor boy shot dead in Noakhali

first_img.A 10-year old boy was shot to death by a man following previous enmity with his father at Khobir Miar Bazar area of Hatia municipality in Noakhali on Sunday evening.The father also sustained bullet injury in the incident.The deceased is, Nirob, 10, a student of class V of local Rahmania Fazil Madrasa and son of Md Miraz Uddin of the upazila.Police identified the miscreant as a local named Jinnur.Miraz had a dispute with Jinnur and the fatalities occurred due to that enmity, said Hatia police station officer-in-charge Kamruzzaman Shikdar.Jinnur fired several gun shots at Miraz and his minor son all of a sudden at around 7:30pm. Both sustained bullet injuries while trying to escape, according to the police and witness.The injured were immediately rushed to the nearest Upazila Health Complex, later shifted to Noakhali General Hospital where Nirob succumbed to his injury around 12:00am on Monday, said police.A case is being processed to file in this conection.last_img read more

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Women And MinorityOwned Houston Businesses Make Their Pitch For The Super Bowl

first_imgFlorian MartinArnetta Meekins (right), owner of Totally You Medical and Sports Massage, pitches her services to Houston’s Super Bowl host committee at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum.Super Bowl LI is less than half a year away. The event is expected to give a boost to Houston area businesses.To make sure that includes minority- and women-owned companies in America’s most diverse city, Houston’s Super Bowl host committee has put together a supplier registry.On Friday, about a hundred small businesses gathered at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Midtown. They are some of the more than 400 women- and minority-owned businesses from Houston that were chosen for the NFL’s diversity supplier program Business Connect.Arnetta Meekins owns massage therapy spa Totally You in Bellaire. She got three minutes to pitch her services to the host committee.Meekins said one group that can benefit is the media covering the Super Bowl.“They’re trying to catch every single event, they’re sleep-deprived,” she said. “One hour of massage is like eight hours of sleep. It can give you that kind of restoration.”She said she felt good about her pitch and the committee’s response.LaMecia Butler, community relations director at Houston’s Super Bowl host committee, oversees the program.“The NFL comes into the market and they have prime contractors who help with producing the events,” she said. “The NFL strongly encourages those prime contractors to hire from the Business Connect program.”The contractors have access to a directory that lists all the companies that are part of Business Connect.Butler said pitch day gives the committee an opportunity to learn more about each company, so they can recommend them to contractors who are looking for specific services. X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:12last_img read more

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Where To Point The Finger As Mumps Cases In Texas Hit A

first_img Share Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said many of the people with mumps in Texas probably did get vaccinated. (That’s not to say he isn’t concerned about historically low vaccinations rates in the state. He is.)Hotez said the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, known as MMR, is about 80 percent effective.“Of the three vaccines in that MMR vaccine, mumps is kind of the weak player,” he said.The disease is spread through coughing and sneezing, as well as sharing cups and utensils. Even if you get two doses of the vaccine, Hotez said, it barely gets you to 90 percent protection if you are exposed to mumps. So, this outbreak probably can’t be pinned to people who didn’t get vaccinated. KUT’s Ashley Lopez reportsChris Van Deusen with the Texas Department of State Health Services said the outbreak actually has more to do with geography.“They have been experiencing a really bad outbreak in Arkansas,” he said. “They have had almost 3,000 cases to this point. And we know that some of our cases – quite a few – are linked to that outbreak and people who travel back and forth.”So far the worst outbreaks have been in North Texas. The state also found a cluster of cases among people who visited South Padre Island for spring break.Van Deusen said he expects the numbers to continue to rise.Even though mumps is not something people really worry about anymore, he said, the state is asking Texans to be on the lookout for symptoms like swollen salivary glands on either side of the neck.Hotez said one of the bigger questions will be whether the state and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decide to implement a third mumps vaccine in some areas.“That really depends on the circumstances, and if we are seeing an outbreak in a really defined community that can be helpful,” Van Deusen said.Copyright 2017 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM.last_img read more

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Authors Corner Shes All Caught Up

first_imgTitle: She’s All Caught Up!Author: Jamila T. DavisRelease Date: 08/26/14Jamila T. Davis, born and raised in Jamaica Queens, New York is a motivational speaker, prison reform activist and the author of several books geared to empower women. Through her powerful delivery, Davis illustrates the real-life consequences that result from poor choices.Davis, a former real estate investor, is no stranger to triumphs and defeats. From a self-made millionaire at age 25, Davis’s life took a tragic twist. Today she’s known as federal prisoner #59253-053, sentenced to  12 1/2 years for bank fraud.From behind bars, Davis embarked on an intense journey of healing and restoration. Documenting her findings, she created the Voices of Consequences Enrichment Series, which has helped to transform the lives of female offenders across the country. Her message of hope transcends to women of all backgrounds: “You don’t have to let your past dictate your future. Success is a matter of choice!”What was the impetus for writing this book? On July 16, 2008, I was sentenced to a 12 1/2 year sentence for bank fraud. Never in a million years did I think my life would take such a tragic twist. Instantly, I was forced to adjust. I had to make every effort to understand the purpose of my pain and survive. Trying to make the best out of my time, I participated in a prison public speaking group created to warn at-risk youth about the severe consequences of poor choices. Watching the most rebellious teens vow to deter from crime after hearing my story inspired me to pen my book, “She’s All Caught Up,” because I realized I could make a difference!What surprised you about the development of the book?Writing my book forced me to deal with the reality of my situation. It made me focus on subtle moments, key experiences and people who had a great influence on the warped mentality that I had developed. It surprised me most to see how powerful influences are to young children. I developed an esteem for certain individuals at a very young age that no one could break. Even though my parents tried their best to rear me up on a straight path and I followed them for a while, when the opportunity arose I reverted back to the influences I idolized as a young child. I was completely mesmerized by hustlers and the fast life, and eventually it became my lifestyle.For what audience is your book written?My book is written as a cautionary tale for youth, but people of all ages can relate. Many adults who’ve read my book told me it made them reflect on their own lives, and it helped them recognize the common pitfalls their children may fall prey to.“She’s All Caught Up” is a must read for every little girl who ever thought she was not good enough or pretty enough, whether young or old. I believe it is an eye opener that will help readers clearly see how jumbled up our lives can become when we live to gain the esteem or acceptance of others.What one thing do you want the reader to learn?I want my readers to learn to love themselves, be themselves and know its okay to be by themselves. The best thing a person can gain is self-confidence. When you know who you are, and whose you are, that’s true beauty that radiates from the inside out.Trying to figure out your self-worth based on the perception others may have of you is a certain way to follow the path of unhappiness and self-destruction.What one thing do you want the reader to remember forever?Every negative choice we make in life comes with a consequence. Sometimes the price we are forced to pay is severe! Therefore, be mindful of the choices you make. Live for today, but keep tomorrow in mind!What did you learn during the writing process?Through the writing process I learned to let go of shame and guilt. Instead of worrying about what others think of my mistakes and my most embracing moments, I allowed myself to be vulnerable, which opened the door to true inner healing. Writing this book changed my life because it forced me to truthfully acknowledge my faults, learn from my mistakes and let the past go!Jamila T. DavisWhat’s next on the horizon for you?I created the “Voices of Consequences Enrichment Series” for incarcerated women. It is a three book nondenominational, faith-based series to empower incarcerated women to heal, recognize their potential and recapture their dreams. Spending years behind bars I have been in a unique situation to really see the powerful strongholds that have hindered many women such as myself. I utilized my own path of self-discovery and inner healing, and documented my findings to help women who truly desire to change. (See www.vocseries.com)I also created “The High Price I Had To Pay” Book Series to give incarcerated women a platform to tell their stories. Each volume reveals the life of a different woman serving decade plus sentences for nonviolent crimes. It was important to me to utilize this book series to educate the public to the real faces and stories of women behind bars in federal prison, and to expose the injustices many of us have encountered within the U.S. judicial system.Often times people say to God, “use me.” But, when the opportunity comes to be a vessel, they get frightened and back off. Through my most painful experience in life, which has been my six years of incarceration, I have completely surrendered to God, and He has used me mightily to help many others in need. He has imparted gifts within me that I didn’t even know I possessed. Through this dark path that I have traveled, He has led me every step of the way and has empowered me to do things that I never imagined I could do. My work behind bars has given my life purpose and has made the pain of my experience bearable. I look forward to gaining back my freedom and living each day of my life happy, prosperous and most importantly on purpose!last_img read more

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Stan Australian Streamer Inks Content Deal With Paramount

first_img Related Popular on Variety Dylan O’Brien to Star Opposite Mark Wahlberg in ‘Infinite’ (EXCLUSIVE) ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “The Great,” also produced for Hulu by MRC Television, will premiere exclusively on Stan in 2020. Starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, the drama series follows Catherine the Great and her rise to power after marrying the Emperor of Russia. Oscar-nominated Australian screenwriter Tony McNamara (“The Favourite”) is writer and showrunner.Movies covered by the supply deal include the “Mission: Impossible,” “Transformers,” and “Star Trek” franchises, in addition to library titles “Top Gun,” and “The Godfather” trilogy. “Paramount has built a fantastic slate of premium scripted television series in addition to (its) iconic box office blockbusters, legendary film franchises and library of classics,” said Mike Sneesby, CEO of Stan.Stan’s slate of original Australian content includes series “No Activity,” “Wolf Creek,” “Romper Stomper,” and “Bloom,” and movie “The Second.” Currently in production are: Vicki Madden’s “The Gloaming,” starring Emma Booth, Ewen Leslie and Aaron Pedersen; “The Other Guy: Season 2,” with Gracie Otto directing; and “The Commons,” starring Joanne Frogatt and Damon Herriman. Stan, the Australian streaming video firm owned by Nine Entertainment, has signed a content supply deal with Paramount Pictures. The multi-year agreement adds to Stan’s line up of arrangements with Hollywood suppliers that already includes MGM, Disney, and Lionsgate.Subscription video has taken off hugely in Australia, where there are now an estimated 12.3 million subscriptions, according to a new report published this week by researcher Telsyte. The country was this week confirmed as one of the first launch territories for the new Disney Plus service. Netflix is the SVoD market leader in Australia, with 4.9 million subscriptions, according Telsyte. Stan, is the second largest, having passed 1.7 million subscribers at the end of June.Paramount Television’s “Looking For Alaska” will be the first Paramount-supplied series under the new deal to launch on Stan, premiering on Oct. 19. The eight-part limited series was produced for Hulu and is based on the book of the same name by John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Paper Towns”). Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Finally Finds Backing With Paramount, Cross Creeklast_img read more

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Threedimensional femtosecond laser nanolithography of crystals

first_img Explore further Wet etching nanopore lattices engineered by 3DLW in YAG. a) Nanopore lattice etched for 120 hours with average pore dimensions (257 ± 7 nm and 454 ± 13 nm) along x and y directions and 1 mm length along z. b) Vertically overlapping nanopores after 2 h wet etching (average dimensions of 131 ± 5 nm and 1,300 ± 35 nm along x and y, and 1 mm lengths). c) Top optical microscope view of nanopores along the z direction etched for 1 hour (129 ± 6.8 µm length). Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-018-0327-9 Etching nanopores in YAG along mm to cm scale lengths. (A) Optical microscope side view of etched pores. (B) Optical microscope top view of etched nanopores. (C) SEM side view of etched nanopores. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-018-0327-9. Subwavelength diffraction gratings and MOW (micro optical waveguides) in YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) crystals. a) Image of a centimeter-long, 700 nm pitch grating under visible light illumination. b) Experimental and calculated absolute diffraction efficiencies of a subwavelength grating (700 nm pitch) with 1,070 nm wavelength. Efficiency is calculated as the diffracted power divided by the power incident to the embedded grating. Error bars correspond to the experimental standard deviation of ~0.07%. Inset: scanning electron microscopy (SEM) close-up image of the fabricated grating. c) Optical waveguide with hexagonal structure, 500 nm horizontal pore-to-pore spacing, mean pore size of 166 × 386 nm^2 and 4 mm length. d) Simulated intensity mode profile at 1,550 nm with full-width at half maximums (FWHMs) of 862 nm (vertical) and 972 nm (horizontal). e) Diffraction- limited near-field image of the waveguide output mode measured at 1,550 nm, with a FWHM of ~1.5 µm. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-018-0327-9 Within 170 hours, the scientists achieved nanopores with cross-sections of 368 x 726 nm2 and lengths of 3.1 mm; to show that nanopores with millimeter-scale length could be engineered in a single etching step. Nanophotonic devices typically require such lattice dimensions from the micrometric to the centimeter scale, without brittle fracture of the crystal due to excessive stress. In this way, the scientists implemented a scheme to homogenously etch nanostructures and microstructured optical waveguides (MOWs), on the desired scale across the whole sample.To test if the observed selectivity of nanopore etching with YAG was transferrable to other crystal types, the scientists conducted similar experimental nanostructuring with sapphire. They found a parallel nanopore etch rate of ~1 x 105 in sapphire, similar to YAG and higher than the rate previously observed with microchannels etched in sapphire. Ródenas and co-workers formed millimeter-long nanopores in sapphire with cross-sections as small as ~120 nm and tested the feasibility of the method by engineering nanopore lattices etched for 170 hours without fracturing the crystal. The results showed an etching selectivity at a value larger than 1 x 105 at the molecuar level between the modified and pristine crystalline states, hitherto not observed in a photo-irradiated material. The observed value was approximately two orders of magnitude higher than that of alumina etch masks on silicon. Ródenas et al. determined the etching rate of unmodified YAG at ~1 nm/hour. The proposed method allowed the design and fabrication of nanophotonic elements inside a crystal that could provide the desired optical responses, at the subwavelength structure. The scientists were able to control the features of pore direction, size, shape, filling fraction and length of nanopore lattices in YAG crystals by combining 3DLW and wet etching.The YAG lattice was etched for 120 hours to obtain average pore dimensions in the x and y directions. The pore shape and size were controlled by tailoring the laser power and polarization. The diameter of etched nanopores depended on the laser power and could be studied for both linear and circular laser beam polarizations. As limitations of the technique, they found that 3-D photonic structures were characteristically isolated in space, needed supporting walls, and suffered shrinkage and a low optical damage threshold. Optical properties of materials are based on their chemistry and the inherent subwavelength architecture, although the latter remains to be characterized in depth. Photonic crystals and metamaterials have proven this by providing access through surface alterations to a new level of light manipulation beyond the known natural optical properties of materials. Yet, in the past three decades of research, technical methods have been unable to reliably nanostructure hard optical crystals beyond the material surface for in-depth optical characterization and related applications. The capability to control lattice formation down to the nanometer scale will be useful in practical photonic applications. For instance, photonic bandgap lattices can be designed with stopbands in the visible to mid-infrared range in solid-state laser crystals for photonic information technology. To further expand the potential of the 3-D nanolithography technique, Ródenas et al. engineered MOW (microstructured optical waveguides) with different lattice spacings and cavity sizes. They obtained dimensions in the range of a centimeter in length, with 700 nm pitch grating observed under visible light illumination. Ródenas et al. conducted theoretical and simulation methods of the subwavelength gratings prior to their material fabrication. For the numerical simulations, they used the finite element method (FEM) in COMSOL Multiphysics 4.2 software. The scientists used the same FEM software and method to model YAG MOWs prior to fabrication.This ability to create controlled 3-D nanostructures of crystals opens up new routes to design compact, monolithic solid-state lasers. The resulting crystals can incorporate traditional cavity elements (gratings, fibres, microfluidic cooling channels) or novel microresonators inside the crystal. The prospect of engineering large, nanostructured laser crystals will provide a new basis for precision technology in metrological applications and allow for potentially new applications with ultra-strong deformable laser nanofibers in microelectronics and for drug delivery in medicine. © 2019 Science X Network (1). Evolution of pore size and cross-sectional aspect ratio as a function of laser power for linear and circular polarizations in YAG. (A) Power dependence of pore widths (in red) and heights (in blue) for linear (LP) and circular (CP) polarizations, measured from pores etched for 1h. (B) Dependence of cross-sectional pore aspect ratio (height divided by width) for linear and circular polarizations. (2) Etching crisscrossed nanopores. (A) The large index contrast between etched and un-etched pores is depicted in a raw bright-field transmission image. (B) 3D sketch of 90º crossing pores at different vertical offset positions. (C, D) SEM pictures of crossing pores at 90º and different crossing heights. Ag sputtered nanoparticles are also visible on the main surface. (E) Close-up view of the inner smooth surface of a pore. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-018-0327-9 Journal information: Nature Photonics In the experiments, the scientists used a standard 3DLW with an ytterbium mode-locked ultrafast fiber laser (1030 nm wavelength and 350 fs pulse duration). A 1.4 numerical aperture (NA) oil-immersion objective was used to tightly focus the laser pulses inside the crystals. Ródenas et al. used computer-controlled XYZ linear stages for 3-D nanopositioning of the samples. After laser irradiation, they laterally polished the crystals to expose the irradiated structures followed by wet chemical etching. For this, the YAG crystals were etched in hot phosphoric acid in deionized water. A key technical limitation of the etching process was the difficulty in refreshing the exhausted acid inside the nanopores fabricated using the method detailed. , Nature Materials (1) Scheme to achieve infinitely long and homogeneously etched nanopore lattices by means of 3D-connecting etching pores. (A) 3D sketch of the vertical etching channels architecture for etching microstructured optical waveguides (MOWs). (B) SEM of a polished cut through a MOW partially revealing 3D etching pores. (C) Microscope top view of an etched array of MOWs with vertical etching channels every 80 µm. (2) Etching mm long pores in sapphire. a) Dark-field image of three arrays of 1-mm-long pores after 170 h of total etching time. Pores on each array were written at ~10 mW and at depths ranging from 4 to 30 µm. b) Example of pores written at medium power (9.4 mW) and 29 µm depth, after 30 min etching. c) Example of two pores written at 24 µm depth and at the photo-modification power threshold (~4 mW) for which no secondary pores are observed. Credit: Nature Photonics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41566-018-0327-9. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Three-dimensional femtosecond laser nanolithography of crystals (2019, January 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-three-dimensional-femtosecond-laser-nanolithography-crystals.html More information: Airán Ródenas et al. Three-dimensional femtosecond laser nanolithography of crystals, Nature Photonics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41566-018-0327-9Markus Deubel et al. Direct laser writing of three-dimensional photonic-crystal templates for telecommunications, Nature Materials (2004). DOI: 10.1038/nmat1155 Amit Banerjee et al. Ultralarge elastic deformation of nanoscale diamond, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aar4165 , Science For example, laser lithography developed by the semiconductor industry is a surface-processing technique used for efficient etching of a range of materials, including silicon, silica glass and polymers. The process can produce high-quality two-dimensional (2-D) nanophotonic devices that can be extended to 3-D, which was demonstrated two decades ago with infrared femtosecond laser direct writing. However, the photopolymerized structures are impractical as they cannot be interfaced with other photonic elements. While 3-D nanostructured optical fibres have delivered functionalities well beyond those possible with ordinary unstructured glass to revolutionize nonlinear optics and optical communications, reliable manufacture of materials in crystalline media has remained elusive.Alternative methods include direct machining 3-D nanostructures with laser-induced dielectric breakdown and micro-explosions triggered inside transparent crystals to form voids and induce sub-micrometer structures within them. But such methods occurred at the risk of extended lattice damage and crack propagation. Therefore, despite efforts, a standard method for large-scale, 3-D volume crystal nanostructuring remains to be reported.In a recent study published in Nature Photonics, Airán Ródenas and co-workers at the Institute of Photonics and Nanotechnology and the Department of Physics departed from existing methods of engineering the crystal nanoarchitecture. Instead, they proposed a method whereby the inner chemical reactivity of a crystal, given by its wet etch rate, could be locally modified at the nanoscale to form dense nanopore lattices using multiphoton 3-D laser writing (3DLW). The interdisciplinary scientists showed that centimeter-long empty pore lattices with arbitrary features at the 100 nm scale could be created inside key crystals such as yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) and sapphire, typically used for practical applications. Ródenas et al. performed direct laser writing before etching, creating the desired pore architecture inside the solid-state laser crystal for photonic applications. New insight into nanopatterning diamond The scientists engineered the photonic structures using circular polarization to reproducibly create air pores in the nanoscale region below 200 nm. The nanophotonic structures (air pore photonic lattices) created in the crystal maintained spatial resolution equivalent to that obtained with state-of-the-art multiphoton polymerization lithography. For practical applications, nanophotonic devices require robust and efficient optical interconnections to form large, complex circuit designs with other optical elements. To achieve this, Ródenas et al. controlled the differential etch rate to maintain large pore lengths between the photomodified volumes and the surrounding crystal. They used scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to observe and prove the 3-D etching process. last_img read more

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