Child dies of dengue in Kolkata, death toll rises to 23 in West Bengal

first_imgA three-year boy died of dengue in the city’s Park Circus area, pushing the death toll due to the vector-borne disease to 23 since January, a source in the state health department said on Monday. Aharshi Dhar, a resident of Lake Town, who was admitted to the Institute of Child Health last week with high fever, died on Sunday night because of dengue, a senior doctor of the hospital said. The child was at the pediatric intensive care unit at the medical facility since Thursday, he said. According to a senior official at the state health department, over 40,000 people have been affected by dengue in the state since January. The affected districts include North and South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly.last_img read more

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Ind vs Eng: Raina could be preferred over Yuvraj for Lord’s Test

first_imgMore experienced he might be, but Yuvraj Singh could still be forced to make way for an in-form Suresh Raina when India decide their playing XI for the opening cricket Test against England starting July 21 at the Lord’s.Suresh Raina, also a left-hander but five years younger to Yuvraj, is all set to be rewarded for his consistency and will play on the hallowed turf of Lord’s — an honour that has eluded Yuvraj in his nine-year-old Test career.Lord’s was the venue of India’s greatest triumph outside World Cup when it chased down a target of 326 set by England in the 2002 Natwest Trophy and in which Yuvraj had played a critical knock of 69 runs.This innings came within a fortnight of India sinking England at Lord’s by six wickets but even then, Yuvraj had shone brightly with an unbeaten 64.Yuvraj was India’s hero in India’s triumphant run in recent World Cup with 362 runs at an average of 90.50, to go with his 15 wickets at 25.13 average.Raina, meanwhile, has worked hard to usurp the middle-order batting slot including the revised impression that he was a sitting duck against short-pitched deliveries.The lifting deliveries had threatened to put a pause to Raina’s nascent Test career when he was dropped for the remaining two Tests against South Africa after making 5 and 1 from the two innings of the Centurion Test in the 2010-2011 series.His career so far has been in contrast to the one of Yuvraj. While he has made the most of his opportunity, Yuvraj has squandered most of his even though the latter is widely regarded as more talented of the two left-handers.advertisementTo be fair, Yuvraj never really got a decent Test run, except for nine Tests in 2006 when he made meager returns of 391 runs with just one century and no half century.Misfortune hasn’t helped Yuvraj for it was his flu which provided Raina with a Test debut in Sri Lanka last year.Recently, it was a respiratory problem which stopped him from going to the Caribbean, preceding the present series.Yuvraj’s fine record of 276 runs from four Tests at an average of 46.00 against England hasn’t added to argument in his favour because all these matches were played at home.His left-arm spin is considered a potent threat against England’s impact player Kevin Pietersen but it’s deemed as an additional virtue and not the primary one of weighing in with runs.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Insider report: What really happened when Will and Kate met Bombay royalty

first_imgThe heavy gold-embossed invite announcing the Black Tie dinner for the Royals was security-cleared and delivered under great secrecy as per protocol demands. It came with detailed instructions (a manual, no less!) on the proceedings of the evening.The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, was a perfect setting for the Black Tie dinner. It was full of symbolism. Taj had hosted four generations of the Royal family in the last 135 years and to host the youngest Royals was really important for them. There was an unmistakable sense of history as you ascended the majestic red carpet steps of the Taj.Also Read: When SRK and Aishwarya met Prince William and Princess Catherine  The mix of people was the best Mumbai has to offer. Glittering Bollywood beauties and powerful captains of industry. The dress code was Black Tie or National Dress and the party seemed to be divided right in the middle. Almost like a generational split. Alia in an off-shoulder gown wearing her fresh beauty ever so lightly. Sonam in a white fusion outfit with elaborate head accessories. Jacqueline in a tight hourglass gown. Parineeti showing off her new, toned abs in a cropped top and flared pants. Aditi (Rao Hydari) showing off her new stylist. All proudly wearing Manish Malhothra. Madhuri wearing her ageless charm and beauty in a saree. Aishwarya in a mukaish nude saree with beaded tassels. While all the younger actresses worked red carpet gowns, the older actresses still sported the Indian national dress–the saree. The wives of the captains of industry, Anu Mahindra, Swati Piramal, Neerja Birla wore Indian outfits, while those of the younger tycoons like the Poonawallas wore gowns. There seemed to be a generation gap.advertisementPicture courtesy: Twitter/@KensingtonRoyalEvery guest was allotted a table at the drinks reception and could move around freely and socialise until the arrival of His/Her Royal Highness (HRH). Constant advisories were announced by the British High Commission delegates on the acceptable behaviour in the presence of HRH. It seemed a bit like being back in the colonial times, remarked one of the guests. As if the British were still educating and civilising the unruly Indian mob. After the arrival of HRH, all phone and selfie sticks had to be put away and guests had to restrict their movements to their assigned tables with an assigned host from the British High Commission. The royal couple, on arrival, would split up and visit each of the tables, shake hands and official pictures would be taken. A guest remarked that it seemed like a bit of a Russian roulette because you didn’t know which of the Royals you would end up meeting. There was a lot of debate on who would be the favourite between the two. There was hushed excitement in the room and lots of talk on which designer Kate would wear. There was a lot of chatter that she would go Indian and sport a saree. Another strong rumour was that she would wear Manish Malhothra. A lot of guests were practising what they would say in the 30-second interaction they would have with the Royals. The Royals arrived 20 minutes late. The chatter was that Bollywood always arrived late and thus the Royals had to be delayed. One guest remarked, “Now they know who the real Royalty is!”A hush fell over the room and the excitement was palpable as everyone patiently awaited their turn at their table. The top of the heads of both Kate and Will could be spotted as they moved slowly through the room greeting all the guests. They stood a head taller than most of the gathering.See Photos: Royal couple gets grand welcome in India Kate, in her Jenny Packham navy blue gown, glided through the room with a short chiffon trail to match. So much for the Indian designer. And a missed opportunity for Kate. The sight of her in a saree would have set the world media aflutter. Just imagine social media. She flashed her perfect smile and tilted her head ever so lightly. Every interaction was personalised. One of the guests, giddy after their interaction with Kate, remarked, “In 30 seconds she made me feel as if I was the most important person in the room. She looked deeply and right into my eyes and looked ever so interested. I am sure they get trained for this. Trainers go to the Royal Palace.”She talked about her clothes to the fashionistas, charity to the do-gooder wives, and about her son George to others. And for those who want to know–she is painfully thin. But much softer in real life. Her skin is luminous and her smile perfect. Will was equally charming and could be seen laughing like one of the boys at one table and then mildly flirting with the Bollywood beauties at another. And their smiles remained intact even after greeting 200 guests and making 30 seconds of polite conversation with each one.advertisementAfter the “darshan” as one guest called it, the party moved inside for a sit-down dinner. The hall had been decorated with large flower elephants in a corner, chhatris suspended from the ceilings, and low-mood lighting. The decor was a bit jaded.Picture courtesy: Twitter/@KensingtonRoyal Picture courtesy: Twitter/@KensingtonRoyal The head table had the handsome Raghuram Rajan, who was not seated next to the Prince. Instead, Will had to make do with a very giggly Aishwarya who was seen talking to him most of the evening, while Kate was entertained by SRK in a white jacket and black tie. The other guests at the high table were Karan Johar (his suit was well-fitted but he seems to have put on a lot of weight), Natasha Poonawalla in a gold glittering gown, and the High Commissioner, among others.  The head round table of 12 was in the centre of the hall and then the tables fanned out in order of importance. The table next to the head table was occupied by the likes of Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar, Anand and Anu Mahindra, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, Kumar Mangalam and Neerja Birla. Neither the cricket legend nor the modern-day industry captains got to sit at the head table.The menu was an elaborate thali. A decent thali, but with all the excitement and waiting, most guests were ravenous and though the food was adequate, it was not by any means spectacular or the best that Taj can do. But to be fair, Taj pulled off an enviable guest list. All A+ guests that are used to special handling, and having them in one place could not have been easy. But the experience of their staff managed the tough assignment with ease and everyone looked pleased. Maybe the generous pouring of Champagne helped. The service was excellent. And for once, Indians–who have a reputation for not being able to sit through a sit-down dinner–stuck to the table plan. There was no switching name tags and no hopping between tables. As a diamond-dripping guest ruefully remarked, “It still takes a Brit to discipline the Indians!”The entertainment on stage, which was on one end and thus quite far from the Royal table (thank God for small mercies) was not much to write home about. There was a duet performance by Shankar Mahadevan and his son, who did a Bollywood medley which was nice. Then there was dinner with elevator music which was followed by a super tacky, super loud skin show-cum-performance by Shiamak Davar’s troupe on Bollywood’s popular hits. The only novelty was to watch the stars watching extras performing their most popular hits. Ash and Madhuri looked amused as the dancers performed Dola Re Dola; Alia was foxed as they performed Radha on stilts and SRK could be seen explaining to Kate some finer details when his numbers came on. Finally, SRK and Ash were invited to formally welcome the couple. SRK said a few lacklustre words, and Ash presented Kate a bouquet of flowers wrapped in pink crepe paper which she had to hold through Will’s short and sweet speech.advertisementPicture courtesy: Twitter/@KensingtonRoyal They gave us elegance and grace and we gave them brash, tacky, loud dances. Really, India is so much more.  After that the Royal couple left. And the who’s who of Mumbai tried to get out of the hall and to their cars. The likes of Sachin, Rishi Kapoor, Ash, and Anil Kapoor were seen jostling with guests to get out of the hall and to their cars. This must have been a new experience for them. They looked bemused. And even though for a few minutes it felt like the world order had shifted, soon all was restored. The hotel lobby, passageways, doors and the porch were by now thronged by fans, screaming and chanting, waiting to see their true royalty. And it isn’t Kate and Will.last_img read more

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Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique in Twitter battle ahead of El Clasico

first_imgAhead of the weekend’s El Clasico, the Spanish teammates and La Liga rivals Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique are at loggerheads once more after the latter posted a cryptic tweet during Real Madrid’s 4-2 win against Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.Barcelona’s Pique has always been vocal about his dislike of Real Madrid and the Spanish centre-back didn’t hold back last night as well when he tweeted “…” after Cristiano Ronaldo scored an offside goal against Bayern Munich. (One-man show: Just another day for Cristiano Ronaldo, yet another record)…- Gerard Piqu (@3gerardpique) April 18, 2017Sergio Ramos, as always, wasn’t letting Pique go and soon got back at him. “Nothing new. I’m not surprised. He should rewind and look back to the PSG game and see if he thinks the same about the referees.” (Bayern Munich left fuming over Champions League ‘robbery’)Pique has time and again accused referees of favouring Real Madrid and earlier this year, he was fined 3,000 Euros for his repeated criticisms of Spanish referees.Contra los mismos equipos. 8 puntos. 8 y tal. Los recortes son de prensa de Madrid por la duda. pic.twitter.com/nZUDgrjuVd- Gerard Piqu (@3gerardpique) February 26, 2017Real Madrid and Barcelona will be taking on each other on Sunday night in La Liga in what can be a title decider.Real Madrid sit atop the La Liga table with 75 points from 31 games while Barcelona are just three points behind having played a game more (32) than their Spanish rivals.last_img read more

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Europa League: Manchester United to face Celta Vigo, Ajax take on Lyon in semis

first_imgManchester United will play Celta Vigo and Lyon will take on Ajax in the semifinals of the Europa League.The draw was made on Friday, with United and Lyon getting home matches in the second legs.The first legs take place on May 4, with the return legs on May 11.United is seeking to win Europe’s second-tier competition for the first time, which would earn the English team direct entry into next season’s Champions League.Celta Vigo has advanced to a semifinal of a top European club competition for the first time and is bidding to become the eighth Spanish winner of the Europa League or UEFA Cup in the last 12 years.Ajax is back in a European semifinal for the first time since the Champions League in 1997.Lyon has been this far in Europe only twice: 2010 in the Champions League, and 1964 in the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup.last_img read more

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ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Has A Message For Michigan After Saturday

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumOutside of maybe No. 1 Alabama, no college football team has been more impressive as of late than Michigan.The Wolverines, who have won every game they’ve played since a Week 1 loss to Notre Dame, hosted Penn State at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday night.Michigan dominated the contest, winning 42-7 to improve to 8-1 on the season.Kirk Herbstreit was impressed.The ESPN college football analyst was on the call for the game and tweeted a message for the Wolverines following the game.“This @UMichFootball team is getting better each week. Confident-Focused-Unselfish-Motivated. Big win tonight against @PennStateFball at the big house. Game on the 24th LOOMING!!” he tweeted.This @UMichFootball team is getting better each week. Confident-Focused-Unselfish-Motivated. Big win tonight against @PennStateFball at the big house. Game on the 24th LOOMING!! pic.twitter.com/o3NNhsseR2— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 3, 2018That Nov. 24 game is certainly looming.Michigan is set to travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State in what could be a College Football Playoff elimination game.We can’t wait for that one.last_img read more

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Public Information Sessions Planned

first_imgThe Department of Natural Resources will hold two publicinformation sessions this week on the progress of restorationwork at several provincial parks. “Hurricane Juan caused significant damage in many of ourprovincial parks, particularly in the Halifax RegionalMunicipality,” said Natural Resources Minister Richard Hulburt.”Some of the parks have been cleaned up and are open, but othersstill require some work which will be carried out in the next fewweeks and months. We want to provide park users with an updateand an opportunity to discuss the progress to date.” The sessions will be held on Wednesday, May 26 at the EasternPassage Fire Hall and Thursday, May 27 at the LawrencetownCommunity Centre. Both sessions will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Eastern Passage location will provide updates on McNabs andLawlor Islands, McCormacks Beach, Rainbow Haven Beach, ConradBeach and Cole Harbour Heritage Park. The Lawrencetown sessionwill provide an update on Porters Lake, Lawrencetown Beach,Martinique Beach and the Salt Marsh Trail.last_img read more

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Have no control over rules

first_imgLondon: England skipper Eoin Morgan said players “do not have control over the rules” set by the ICC after the governing body’s much-criticised boundary count rule decided the winners of the 2019 World Cup. England were adjudged the winners of the World Cup on the basis of their superior boundary count — 22 fours and two sixes — to New Zealand’s 17 after the epic final, and the ensuing Super Over, ended in a tie. “If you could give an alternative I’d be able to, like compare the both. But I can’t think of an alternative at the moment. The rules are obviously set out a long time ago and we have no control over them,” said Morgan. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherEarlier, when New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was asked if the rule was a fair way to decide a World Cup final winner, he admitted it was hard to swallow. “I suppose you never thought you would have to ask that question and I never thought I would have to answer it (smiling),” was Williamson’s reaction. “While the emotions are raw, it is pretty hard to swallow when two teams have worked really, really hard to get to this moment in time. “When sort of two attempts to separate them with a winner and a loser it still doesn’t perhaps sort of shine with one side coming through, you know,” Williamson said, summing up. However, he had no intention of questioning the rules set by the governing body, slammed as “ridiculous” by former cricketers. “It is what it is, really. The rules are there at the start. No one probably thought they would have to sort of resort to some of that stuff. A great game of cricket and all you guys probably enjoyed it,” Williamson said.last_img read more

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Quebec parents seek class action against makers of addictive Fortnite game

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec law firm is seeking authorization to launch a class action lawsuit against the makers of the Fortnite video game, alleging it is highly addictive and can cause health problems.Montreal-based Calex Legal is seeking to sue Epic Games Inc., the U.S. company behind the popular online video game, as well as its Canadian affiliate based in British Columbia.The filing is on behalf of two plaintiffs — parents of Quebec children who are 10 and 15.The children are described as highly dependent on the Fortnite video game and the parents say, had they known, they would have prevented them from downloading the game or monitored their activities more closely.The filing adds there are real physical, mental and social consequences for those who are addicted to the game.The request for authorization, filed Thursday with Quebec Superior Court, has not been approved by the court, and a spokesperson for Epic Games was not immediately available for comment.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 4, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Germany: Moroccan immigrant attacked by alleged neo-Nazi element

first_imgTaroudant- A Moroccan immigrant was attacked Friday morning in the destitute East German town of Hoyerswerda by a cyclist allegedly belonging to an alleged “neo-Nazi anti-migrant group.”According to the Washington website DC Mcclatchy, a Moroccan resident was slapped and beaten for no reason when he “was standing on the ancient and very quaint city square.” “A resident riding by on a bicycle slapped him, then turned around and came back and hit him again, at least a couple times,” said the same source.Unlike the attacks that took place in 1991, in the same city, when an estimated 500 neo-Nazis and anti-immigrant protesters attacked a refugee center and apartment house for international contract workers, this time the aggression was conducted by one person driven by “anti-migrant” tendency.The Hoyerswerda police announced that the assaulter, who was interrogated on Friday, had no “known connections to neo-Nazi groups”, but “had a record as a petty thief.” While the EU has recently introduced and initiated a broad set of measures to combat different forms and manifestations of racism and xenophobia, anti-migrants attacks and insults have risen steadily in the continent. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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VIDEO Beach Boys from Veszprem

Antonio Carlos Ortega has opened the season of the same targets, dreams and wishes in Veszprem. The fourth team in Europe in season 2013/2014 wants more in the upcoming season with even stronger line-up reinforced with EX-Kieler Christian Zeitz. New season began with a lot of positive energy. Team-building strategy began from the Balaton lake where Nagy, Ilic and Co. played beach handball, but than got some rafting and aqua-ski experience.Watch the video about sunny day in Veszprem… ← Previous Story Men’s U20 EHF EURO 2014: Spain attacks France – Mini 1/4 finals in Linz Next Story → Women’s Youth WCh 2014: Furious Montenegro, Hungary and Korea Beach handballhandballveszprem read more

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The Evening Fix now with added scary clown

first_img(Dónal Mulligan/YouTube) The Northern Lights are visible at Porsanger Garrison, near Lakselv, Norway. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesHERE ARE ALL the things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED#CONCLAVE The frontrunners have emerged in the last day of the pre-conclave talks over who will become the next pope in the Roman Catholic Church. Vatican insiders put Milan Archbishop Angelo Scola in the lead, while Brazilian Odilo Scherer, the archbishop of Sao Paolo, is also seen as in with a chance.#FIRE A man aged 62 has been pronounced dead after a house fire on Clare Island. Gardaí said they are not treating the fire as suspicious.#LONDON Taoiseach Enda Kenny met with British Prime Minister David Cameron today, where he made a speech at the London School of Economics. Following his speech – during which he called today “symbolic and important” – he was asked by an audience member if Ireland would rejoin the Commonwealth. His answer was negative.#REFUGE A refuge for domestic violence sufferers is still unopened, a year after TheJournal.ie revealed that it had been completed but never opened due to a lack of funding. Funding issues persist, although the HSE is in negotiations with Teach Tearmainn, who runs the centre. It is hoped a solution can be found by the end of the year.#JAILED A former UK minister, Chris Huhne, and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce have been jailed for perverting the course of justice after she took penalty points he had been given for speeding 10 years ago. They have both been sentenced to eight months in prison.#PISTORIUS Lawyers for Olympian Oscar Pistorius have filed an appeal in a South African court against bail restrictions imposed on him. He is charged with murdering his girlfriend, and his lawyers say that the conditions appealed against are unwarranted and not substantiated by the facts.A photo taken today on the shores of Lough Mask, Clonbur, Co Galway, by TheJournal.ie reader Tomás Burke, who described it as “frosty and windy”. Quite! THINGS WE LOVEDSnow! Snow! Snow! And there’s more on the way… so here are 14 tips for dealing with the snow. You’re welcome.Is there anything a good bun (or muffin, or fairycake) can’t fix? Here’s how a treat cheered up one young girl after she met Pat Kenny. Don’t worry, all will become clear when you click on that link.After a 3-year-old girl requested that Pauline, the damsel in distress in the game Donkey Kong, should get to do the rescuing for a change, her dad stepped in to help. We love this story. (Mike Mika/YouTUbe)THINGS WE SHAREDA pine marten wanted to get in with the action during a Swiss football match on Sunday – and the footballer who caught him ended up getting more than he bargained for…Not a fan of clowns? Then DON’T click on this link to a vintage Hovis ad… hey! We said don’t!This comic video has been doing the rounds in the wake of the recent Oireachtas communications committee meeting about social media:last_img read more

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Japan is in the midst of a major crisp shortage and prices

first_img 16 Comments Japan is in the midst of a major crisp shortage and prices have skyrocketed online Violent typhoons wiped out potato crops. Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 9:45 AM Share162 Tweet Email8 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Potatoes are only harvested once a year.A dizzying number of government regulations on potato imports is exacerbating the shortage problem.Japan may not usually be associated with crisps, but industry figures show they rake in nearly $1.46 billion in annual sales.© – AFP 2017Read: North Korea threatens weekly missile tests as Trump says they ‘gotta behave’ >Read: Japan court upholds death sentence for ‘black widow’ who killed three boyfriends > By AFPcenter_img Apr 26th 2017, 9:45 AM http://jrnl.ie/3358761 18,300 Views Short URL Source: NewsBeat Social/YouTubeLEGIONS OF JAPANESE crisp addicts are suffering and it doesn’t look like they’ll be getting their full fix anytime soon.The country is in the midst of a dire crisps shortage after violent typhoons wiped out potato crops in top tuber producing island Hokkaido.The unprecedented series of storms last year has forced chipmakers Calbee and rival Koikeya to halt production of some of their most popular flavours — including pizza and French salad.Pictures online have shown store shelves bare and bags have been selling for inflated prices on Internet auctions.There are reports that crisps are going for up to $12 dollars on Yahoo Japan’s auction website.Calbee, Japan’s top snacks maker, has stopped selling about 30 kinds of crisps in all or part of the country since the middle of April.“We don’t know when we’ll be able to restart,” company spokesman Masaya Kawase told AFP on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Gasperini wants defeat to be treated as fresh problem

first_imgAtalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini has said his team’s defeat to Cagliari on Sunday has nothing to do with their exit from the UEFA Europa League.The Italian club were knocked out of the Europa League via the playoffs on Thursday on penalty shootouts by Danish side FC Copenhagen and have now followed that disappointing exit with a league defeat.The defeat to Cagliari ensured the conclusion of a nightmare week for the Orobici, who failed to make it to the group stages of the Europa League this season despite making it to the round of 32 during last season’s adventure.“Cagliari did well and we were missing our best characteristic, which is organisation,” the Gasperini told Radio Rai, as quoted by Football Italia.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“The lads put the effort in, but we had a few problems tactically and different alternatives didn’t work out. We didn’t play well and at the end of the day games like this can help you learn a few things.”“The fans are so supportive and I don’t think there were any after-effects to the Europa League defeat. We just had some tactical issues and were unable to resolve them.”Gasperini couldn’t have wished for the International break to come sooner, as he will be hoping to have his team firing on all cylinders when the league resumes in two weeks time.last_img read more

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Magazine Industrys Top Young Innovators A Call for Nominations

first_imgWho says publishing is an old person’s game? On the contrary, as the magazine industry, and media in general, evolves into avenues beyond print and traditional advertising models, a crop of fresh, young talent is surging to the top, leading their companies in their respective fields of work and innovation.For the November issue, FOLIO: will be profiling 13 of these rising stars, looking at how they’re redefining traditional roles such as editorial, sales, production, design and audience development, as well blazing a trail in new types of positions in social media and e-commerce. And every one of them will be younger than 30. While we have a pretty solid idea of who we’re going to write about, we don’t want to miss anyone. So, we want to hear from you! Tell us who you think is deserving enough to make the list and, most importantly, why. Just fill out the form below.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Although I technically am still “under 30” I unfortunately will not be eligible to make this list. So, I regret to say that you’ll have to hold those nominations…]last_img read more

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Inside Here Medias Decision to Rebrand One of Its Most Successful Titles

first_img “We’ve consistently been doing well over the last few years, and in fact, we’ve often been the top performing print magazine in the company [Here Media also publishes Out and The Advocate],” she says. “Our ad sales are consistent and we don’t face the same economic setbacks that other advertising arenas do, like fashion or travel advertisers, for example.” “No other magazine speaks to the health needs of these readers the way we currently do,” she says. “And the pharmaceutical companies, big advertisers, are desperate to reach [this segment].” Under Anderson-Minshall’s purview since 2011, the title had already begun to widen its editorial scope. Now, it’s aimed more at health-conscious gay and bisexual men, instead of strictly at those suffering from HIV or AIDS. Broadening the potential pool of readers through a diversification of editorial coverage has made it work though. The magazine has increased its folio size by nearly 20 percent since Anderson-Minshall arrived, with close to a third of those pages sold as advertising. It’s an issue Here Media’s HIV Plus has weighed for the last several years and the magazine reached a tipping point last week, officially taking “HIV” out of its title. Fearing the stigma associated with the disease, readers wouldn’t take the magazine out of the doctor’s offices and professional facilities where it’s distributed, says Diane Anderson-Minshall, editor-in-chief of Plus. Removing “HIV” will hopefully remove that fear, she says, while also broadening its appeal in a play to attract both readers and advertisers. The 225,000-circulation magazine is almost wholly controlled-circ and institutionally driven, free in bulk subscriptions to organizations providing services to people with chronic health conditions. Organizations don’t read magazines though—their clients do. And in an age of granular audience development, aiming at a demographic level, rather than an individual one, can make marketing harder. Last year’s U.S. Conference on AIDS was a turning point, Anderson-Minshall says. The magazine had a significant presence there, both in print and through its staff, and they took advantage by conducting focus groups with attendees—ranging from people with HIV themselves, to friends and family, to medical practitioners. Magazines continually struggle to balance the realities and aspirations of the communities they speak to. Leaning too far one way, too often, can be isolating. “All kinds of people would come up to us and say ‘I love Plus magazine,’” she says. “So they were already calling us Plus. At the same time, we were also finding out that people wouldn’t take the magazine home because it had HIV in the title. We’d hear, ‘I have a lot of clients who read this, and we know this is information they need, but we just can’t get them to take it with them.’” Getting readers to pick up their magazine is a challenge for publishers of all stripes, but Plus’s distribution model makes the issue all that more important.last_img read more

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Bandarban landslide kills woman

first_imgA woman was killed in a landslide amid heavy rains in sadar upazila of Bandarban district on Tuesday morning.Protima Rani Dey, 45, wife of a certain Milan Kanti Dey was buried alive when a chunk of mud fell on her tin-shed house in Baruartek area around 12:00pm, reports UNB.On information, members of fire service and civil defence recovered the body and sent it to sadar hospital morgue for an autopsy, said fire service and civil defence assistant director Iqbal Hossain.Besides, multiple landslides occurred in different places of Ruma and sadar upazilas, said Bandarban deputy commissioner Md Aslam Hossain.”Using loudspeakers, villagers were asked to leave their vulnerable houses on the slope of hills and take safe shelters,” he added.Since Monday night, heavy rainfall occurred across the district.Meanwhile, road communication between Bandarban and Rangamati has been suspended since Tuesday morning due to heavy rainfall and landslides at different places on the road.last_img read more

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Gay porn Behind the paywall of OnlyFans with model Jack Mackenroth

first_imgRead more:I rarely enjoy sex with other men, can I still call myself gay?Courtney Act explains why HIV undetectable equals untransmittableNo man with undetectable HIV passed on HIV to their partner in study of 343 gay couplesHere are the 20 biggest myths about HIV and AIDS bustedGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Jack Mackenroth explains why he’s taking a break from HIV activismIcons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsBisexual porn star reveals the differences between gay and straight pornRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/jackmackenroth-onlyfans/ The HIV positive activist, and face behind the #WeAreAllClean campaign that stormed Instagram in 2015, spoke to GSN exclusively. He describes his behind the scenes life as a paid-for porn personality.He explains he’s not who he has you believe in front of the cameras.We spoke candidly about the mental health of the stars and consumers, PrEP and being undetectable, invisible safer sex, hypersexualisation, the financial lure and personal sacrifice.Hi Jack! Briefly, could you tell me in your own words what OnlyFans/JustFor.Fans is?They’re subscription sites. Anyone can subscribe to their favorite porn star, or internet personality, and receive a private feed of content anywhere between PG13 and X-rated.It’s guys flexing, jerking off, and people like me who’ve chosen to go balls to the wall and do full on porn – which I charge $14.99 a month for.How long have you been using OnlyFans and why did you join?I started in January this year. Fans have always called for me to do porn, as I’ve always been sex-positive and naked on Instagram. But I really have no interest in studio porn. Then OnlyFans came out. I told my Instagram fans once I reach 100,000 followers I’ll do it.The money is really incredible. I’m going to nursing school in the fall, so this is a means to an end for me. I charge the cost of three lattes at Starbucks a month, but people are so demanding; there’s no way I can have sex and film something everyday!I have absolutely zero interest in being a porn personality and more notorious than I already am. But as it’s going to happen anyway, I’m interested in the money.How much money could an OnlyFans model make in a month?It’s several thousand dollars a month. I know people in the porn industry who have all of this content and they’re just churning it out to upwards of 5,000 fans making $40,000 a month. It’s a shit tonne of money for not sitting in a office cubicle.OnlyFans: ‘It’s sex, it’s real, but of course you’re conscious of the cameras and phones’OnlyFans only takes a 20% cut of the subscription fee, so if you figure I charge $14.99 a month and have close to 800 fans – you can do the math.How much work do you put into creating content each week?On an average week, I spend 20 hours a week doing OnlyFans related stuff.What videos have you made that have gone outside of your usual comfort zone? There’s a six-way video on your profile, that must of been intense.So first I did a three-way, and then I did a four-way. And then some gay porn stars invited me to join this six-way. I have no interest in group sex, I’d rather be, as an older guy, in a monogamous or semi-monogamous relationship, but it was still fun.It’s sex, it’s real. But, of course you’re conscious of the cameras and phones, everyone filming and making themselves look good, filming the cum-shot. I wasn’t completely relaxed so even though they’re great guys, I wouldn’t do it again.One of the videos features a trans guy. Was this your first trans sexual experience?I’d never done it before [had sex with a trans man] and I was always really intrigued.I’d filmed a scene with a friend of his who hooked us up when he came to LA. It was really amazing and I had a great time. He is a porn personality so it wasn’t a big deal for him.‘If you’re undetectable, which I am, there’s no chance of transmitting HIV’We actually planned on doing something off-camera but our schedules didn’t work out; I’m sure I’ll hang out with him again.As a HIV activist, do you use the platform to educate?I’ve been positive since 1989. Today, it’s a proven fact if you’re undetectable, which I am, there’s no chance of transmitting HIV.When I started I didn’t think about it. The porn community is really well versed; most porn guys, if they’re negative, are on PrEP and if they’re positive, they’re undetectable.However, when I started shooting scenes, some guy would tell me about people writing on their feed saying: ‘Oh, he’s famously positive – I hope you protected yourself’.A lot of ignorances popped up. I have little chats with people and say: ‘If this happens, here’s a website you can send them to help teach them.’It’s been a tool to educate people about PrEP and being undetectable. I didn’t go into this thinking ‘oh, this is going to be another advocacy platform’, but it follows me wherever I go.Do you think it’s important porn models practice visible safer sex, like condoms, to promote their use in the fight against rising STD infections?I have friends who work in the health department here [in NYC] and I know STIs are a huge problem. But they actually always have been. Going into some of the early PrEP studies, a third of the subjects already had other STIs.I’m not anti-condom. I just think that we have to be realistic. Even before PrEP, people weren’t using condoms as an option all the time anyway. I don’t think it’s the porn community’s responsibility to wear condoms. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… I think the more important message is: you can have sex without condoms and protect yourself.Jack Mackenroth: ‘not using condoms is powerful’Everyone I know, myself included, gets checked for other STIs every three months. We [fellow stars] have those conversations and opt out if we’re under treatment for something.Condoms are not part of my usual regime. I have been positive for so long that I used to sero-sort and only have sex with positive guys. But in the last five years or so – with PrEP – everything’s changed.In a weird way, the visibility of [negative] people on PrEP having sex with someone who is openly HIV positive and undetectable is educating. Not using condoms is powerful. It says we’re having protected sex without anyone being able to see it.Do you think OnlyFans is turning ‘Instafamous’ gay men into ready made porn stars?I’m a prime example of someone where it [making porn] was never in my lexicon at all, but then the allure of how much money you can make I think, for sure, has [made it] now.‘Am I possibly pushing away a potential soulmate…?’Some guys, who were not even porn-adjacent, but have massive followings [on Instagram] they can’t monetize, came to OnlyFans. It caught on like wildfire because, for example, if you only have 100 subscribers and you’re charging $10 a month, you’re getting $800 a month.But, if I were 30 and still had a whole career ahead of me, I wouldn’t do what I’m doing.Is there a danger stars’ mental health could suffer constantly under pressure to produce themselves?There is an intrinsic danger to mental health, especially in an industry so stigmatized.I’m lucky I came into this version of Jack Mackenorth later in life and I was already quite self-confident. I’m very clear this is a brand and a means to an end. I don’t internalize it beyond that, I’ve developed a bit of a “fuck it” attitude. Other people’s negative opinions don’t bother me. That being said—it is a game of fans liking you and staying engaged, but I try not to take that personally.It’s like any job. Some people will like your work, others may not.I do think there is more of a risk with younger guys who might put more of their self worth in their success on these platforms.Take Our PollDo you think your real self suffers under the hypersexualised produced version of Jack Mackenroth?There’s a piece of me that thinks: ‘Yeah, If I was making this much money with this little effort doing something non-sexual, I’d prefer it.’My outward facing brand is not very true to my real personality and my real life. It seems very sexy. But actually my life’s not very exciting and I usually am in bed by 10pm watching Netflix with my dog. I’d like nothing more than a solid relationship, but ironically I’m packaging myself to push that away.I’m hypersexualising Jack Mackenroth even more by having sex on camera. It was a question of weighing the positives and negatives: Am I possibly pushing away a potential soulmate that doesn’t think it’s cool? Yeah possibly. But, eventually I’ll have a nursing degree and this will be in the past. Do you think consumers struggle to meet the standards set by your hypersexuality and experience issues around their own image?I’ve never really thought about that. I just do me.I realise that people come in all different shapes and sizes. That’s why I went out of my way to have sex with a trans guy.We all think we don’t measure up because there’s people out there with 11-inch cocks who are just throwing all this stuff out there; it’s not just in porn, its in life.What is the future for Jack Mackenroth on and off Only Fans/JustFor.Fans? After my nursing degree I want to disappear from public consumption, for the most part.I started modelling when I was 20, pre-digital, and now, at 49, I’m done. If there was no money involved now I would go off into the sunset and just be a nurse.With JustFor.Fans, I’m going to stick to more intimate, personal stuff. In my real sexual life I’m very adventurous. There’s a bunch of people I’ve contacted I want to work with. I’ll keep doing one-on-one’s, maybe a three-way here and there.So many guys are migrating to JustFor.Fans now, but still keeping their OnlyFans accounts – so keep a look out for new content on both.By the way, I welcome requests too. I do personal videos, for example for one guy who was really into feet – so I did stuff with my feet.Gay Star News encourages readers to educate themselves on the latest findings in HIV research, including undetectable=untransmittable, and sexual health and to consult a practitioner before taking part in any sexual activity deemed ‘risky’ by the health service in their respective countries. GAYSTARNEWS- New online platforms are turning everyday men into paid-for self-made porn stars, or ‘personalities’ – as former Project Runway model turned OnlyFans star, Jack Mackenroth, 49, calls them.‘Instafamous’ gay and bisexual men, with tens of thousands of followers, are turning to platforms like the infamous OnlyFans and new competitor, JustFor.Fans, to monetize their PG-rated Instagram fame – by selling a subscription to their X-rated lives. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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Central American nations to sign trade deal with South Korea

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican importers decry black market avocados 1 year after ban Costa Rica enters into free-trade agreement with South Korea Russia OKs imports of Costa Rican beef, milk powder US ambassador to Costa Rica talks marijuana legalization, trade Five Central American nations are to sign a free trade deal with South Korea on Wednesday after more than two years of talks to ease tariffs and barriers on a range of products, El Salvador’s government announced.Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama will seal the pact with the Asian country, sending their economy ministers to the signing ceremony.Six Central American countries had been involved in the negotiations, but one of them – Guatemala – is staying outside the deal at this stage.Guatemala said it had yet to finalize trade discussions with South Korea. Belize was not involved.Talks on the pact started in June 2015 and covered 21 chapters addressing market access, rules of origin, trade facilitation, health and phytosanitary measures, trade defense, investment and technical obstacles to trade.The agreement “is an example of how an adequate balance can be found between opening new market opportunities for products and, at the same time, respect the sensitivities of productive sectors,” the Salvadoran economy ministry said in a statement.After the signing, the accord is due to be submitted for ratification to the participating countries’ legislatures.In 2016, Central America imported $1.08 billion from South Korea and exported $143 million to the country. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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