PSG president is 2000 certain Neymar Mbappe will stay

first_imgPresident Nasser Al-Khelaifi is adamant that Paris Saint-Germain will not be required to sell either Neymar or Kylian Mbappe due to the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.The Ligue 1 champions have been under investigation by UEFA for their mega spending spree in recent years.Clubs in Europe are not permitted to exceed certain spending limits and PSG’s got under the spotlight by forking out a world-record transfer fee of €222m to sign Neymar from Barcelona in the summer of 2017.The Parisians then followed that up by signing Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco on an initial season-long loan deal before activating their buy option last summer for €180m.PSG have frequently denied any wrongdoing in regards to claims they’ve breached UEFA’s FFP rules, which has prompted concern over the long-term futures of Neymar and Mbappe as it could force them to sell their star duo.And Al-Khelaifi has retaliated that PSG will not be cashing in on Neymar and Mbappe in order to comply with the FFP rules.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“It’s not 100 per cent, but 2,000 per cent,” Al-Khelafi told Le Parisien on whether Neymar or Mbappe will remain at PSG.“They will stay in Paris. Many media, especially in France, claim that we would need to sell Neymar or Kylian. I want to confirm that Kylian and Neymar will stay here.“Of course, we want to buy, staying within the framework of Financial Fair Play. We are confident. We have the means to recruit.”La Liga president Tebas confirmed that he had asked the UEFA to reopen the case involving PSG after the European football governing body had decided to end their investigation, which had begun in September 2017.“It’s true that at the start of the summer, we asked Uefa to reopen the investigation into PSG,” said Tebas.PSG will be in action today in a Ligue 1 match against Nimes at home with kick-off set for 5:00 PM (CET).BELGRADE, SERBIA – DECEMBER 11: Neymar (L) and Kylian Mbappe (R) of Paris Saint-Germain warms up prior to the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain at Rajko Mitic Stadium on December 11, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)last_img read more

Olson Withdraws From WriteIn Campaign For Borough Assembly

first_imgOriginal Story: Brian Olson announced he will be running a write-in campaign for the upcoming municipal election on October 2. Olson: “After further consideration, I have come to the conclusion that a write-in candidacy is not feasible at this time.  Therefore, I will no longer be pursuing a write-in campaign for Borough Assembly.” Hibbert, owner of Alaska Cab, is running for his second term on the borough assembly. Hibbert declined to comment on the upcoming election. The local municipal election Day is October 2. Absentee voting is open in the borough and begins on September 17 in the cities. Olson: “The reason I chose to do a write-in campaign is because of the annexation vote on the resolution  that took place on Tuesday nights borough assembly meeting. My representative, Brent Hibbert, did not support the Mayor and Mr. Blakeley’s resolution. Mr. Hibbert has one of the largest districts affected by annexation and he’s out of touch with the people out here.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on September 9th, 2018 at 08:34 amUpdate on Sunday, September 9: Brian Olson has announced he will no longer be pursuing a write-in campaign for District 1, on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Olson will take on incumbent Brent Hibbert who is running for reelection in District 1, which includes Kalifornsky Beach Road and part of Kenai.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 6 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Regis College

first_imgWESTON, MA  — Regis, a Catholic university in Greater Boston, is pleased to announce that 415 students have made the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the 2018 spring semester, including the following Wilmington students:The following local residents made the Dean’s List:Nicole Bazarian (Class of 2018)Chloe Boudette (Class of 2020)Siobhan Collins (Class of 2019)Kaitlyn Cowden (Class of 2018)Alyssa Faro (Class of 2019)Janenne McCoy (Class of 2019)To be eligible for the Dean’s List as a senior, junior or sophomore at Regis, a student must have a semester grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.50. For first-year students, a semester GPA of at least 3.25 must be attained.About Regis CollegeRegis is a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston with over 1,900 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the arts, sciences and health professions devoted to engage, serve and advance in a global community.With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the third time.  The intergenerational and multi-faceted Weston campus includes a preschool and a Life Long Learning program (LLARC) for senior adults with a passion for learning.Regis North, a satellite campus in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is an initiative of the Regis Institute of Advancing Studies (IAS) in partnership with Northern Essex Community College (NECC) and dedicated to bachelor’s degree completion in nursing, public health and other health sciences.Regis is also an Apple Distinguished School for 2016-2018. Visit Regis on the web at http://www.regiscollege.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Regis College.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Jennifer Aniston helps Emirates fly high airline ranked UAEs top brand

first_imgDubai-based Emirates airline has bagged No.1 position as the most popular brand in the UAE for the second consecutive year, according to a mid-year best brand ranking which is published every year by market research firm YouGov. The rankings, which were published in 26 countries, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, are compiled using the Buzz score.Residents are asked by Buzz if they have heard anything positive or negative about a brand during the last two weeks either through advertising, news or word-of-mouth. Emirates has continued to create the highest brand buzz among more than 400 brands in the UAE this year alone, according to YouGov.Some of the other brands which retained the top slots are WhatsApp, Samsung, Facebook, Apple, YouTube, Emaar, Google and Eithad.In 2015, the airline’s marketing campaign, which featured popular Hollywood celebrity Jennifer Aniston, caused the airline to jump at the top slot of the annual BrandIndex ranking.According to a survey conducted by Skytrax, Emirates airline was named the world’s best airline for 2016. The airline additionally won awards for the best in-flight entertainment for a 12th consecutive year and the best airline across the Middle East, CNN reported.In Saudi Arabia ranking as well, Emirates retained the ninth position as the best Middle Eastern brand.Emirates airline began its operations in 1985. Today the carrier has one of the world’s biggest aircraft fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s (almost 230 aircraft). The airline flies to 150 destinations in 80 countries across the globe. Over 1,500 Emirates flights depart every week from Dubai to destinations in six continents.Watch Emirates marketing campaign advertisement featuring Jennifer Anniston here:last_img read more

Sen Cruz Incurs Wrath of DC Residents on Obamacare

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz inserted an amendment in the District of Columbia’s appropriation bill that has many District residents and leaders angry. Cruz, a Texas Republican, wants to prohibit the District from using its local funds to carry out one of the hallmarks of Obamacare, the individual mandate, which requires residents to purchase health insurance.“Under Obamacare, millions of Americans have lost their doctors, seen their premiums skyrocket and have been forced into part-time work,” Cruz said in a July 24 statement. “Those Americans living in our nation’s capital have not been exempt from these hardships.”Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District in the U.S. Congress, is speaking out against Senator Ted Cruz’s desire to stop the District from using funds to carry out the Obamacare directive requiring residents to purchase health insurance (Courtesy Photo)D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) quickly responded to Cruz’s action. “Senator Cruz needs to do more for Texas,” Norton said sharply. “Instead, he is stealing precious time and effort from his Texas constituents to abuse congressional power by interfering with the affairs of another member’s district. As the main proponent of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and stripping health insurance from millions of Americans, he cannot bear to see health care offered even at the local level. Unfortunately, for him, the ACA is more popular than ever nationwide, and we will beat his attempts to take out D.C.’s local version.”Three states, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont, have passed legislation that requires its residents to have health insurance. The District, through its budget process, quietly did the same two months ago. The amendment is still pending but has not been acted upon by the Senate and Norton is doing everything she can to convince her senator friends to ensure it doesn’t pass.Cruz has tried to impose his will on the District previously with bills to create vouchers for private schools with city taxpayers’ dollars and trying to gut the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Amendment Act and failed.Cruz isn’t even popular with District Republicans. In the March 12, 2016 Republican presidential caucus, Cruz came in fourth behind Sen. Mark Rubio (D-Fla.), Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Donald Trump. He won no District delegates to the Republican National Convention that year.Norton isn’t the only District resident outraged by Cruz’s amendment. Ralph Chittams, a resident of Ward 7 and the former senior vice chairman of the District of Columbia Republican Party, told the AFRO he is no fan of Obamacare but is disturbed by what Cruz is doing.“Generally, I oppose Congress meddling in local governance issues and the District has a Home Rule Charter governing the city, so I think Congress should let the city have more autonomy,” he said.“However, the U.S. Constitution gives Congress oversight over D.C. For me it is a tight rope situation.”Chittams notes that overturning the will of the people of the District has been done not only by the Congress but by the D.C. Council itself. “We recently had an initiative that was passed by the people,”Chittams said, referring to Initiative 77, that would give tipped workers a $15 an hour minimum wage in several years, that was approved by the voters on June 19. “The D.C. Council is seeking to overturn the Initiative and so is the Council any better than the Congress?”last_img read more

World Cup Broadcasters Offer Added Kick to Return on Pricey Rights Fees

first_imgVirtual reality is another fancy new addition, with France’s TF1 and Britain’s BBC offering VR experiences through a dedicated app. TF1 will beam matches in 4K, as will beIN Sports, which is dedicating six channels to the tournament. The BBC is rolling out ultra-HD coverage for the first time, plus highlights on YouTube and stories on Snapchat.In soccer powerhouse Brazil, Globo is planning public viewings of some matches transmitted in 8K, in partnership with FIFA and Japan’s NHK. Globo will use augmented reality and artistic effects to enhance its coverage, building on its innovations for the 2016 Rio Olympics.But the big draw remains the matches themselves and the immediacy of live sports, says Florent Houzot, editorial director at beIN Sports.“All the technological, digital stuff is just the icing on the cake, because when it comes to big tournaments like the World Cup, it’s still all about watching it live and on a linear channel,” Houzot says. “Some things never change.”Leo Barraclough, Stewart Clarke, Patrick Frater, John Hopewell, Jamie Lang, Todd Spangler and Nick Vivarelli contributed to this report. “For a free- or pay-TV channel, soccer is great to consolidate leadership, boost prestige and bolster the brand,” says Jean-Baptiste Sergeant, an analyst at MainFirst. “But it’s always a money loser, because even if audiences are huge, it’s mission impossible to recoup the investment with advertising money unless the national team makes it to the final.”In France, where soccer is practically a religion, the 2014 World Cup drew an average of 9 million viewers on TF1, a number that rocketed to 15 million for matches played by the French team, says François Pellissier, head of sports at TF1 Group. “It’s increasingly difficult for linear channels to draw more than 10 million viewers for a show of any kind, but soccer, especially the World Cup, still does it and is able to garner broad audiences well beyond sports fans,” Pellissier says.In spite of the exceptional ratings, TF1 reportedly lost at least €20 million ($23.5 million) on the 2014 World Cup after spending $153 million for the rights. BeIN Sports acquired all World Cup rights for France for 2018 and 2022, and sold 28 of this year’s games on to TF1 for about $82 million, Sergeant says.In Spain, where the World Cup also generates huge ratings, Mediaset España picked up rights to the 24 primetime matches offered by FIFA, whose initial asking price was $41 million, according to Spanish press reports. But no pay-TV linear channel in Spain bought any World Cup rights. In Italy, whose national team failed to qualify for the first time in 60 years, Mediaset reportedly paid $92 million for the rights — less than half of what they usually go for.Even in host country Russia, where an estimated 43% of residents are planning to watch the tournament, the rights were sold to a consortium for $32 million, well below FIFA’s rumored goal of $110 million, according to business daily Vedomosti.“It’s always a money loser, because even if audiences are huge, it’s mission impossible to recoup the investment with advertising money unless the national team makes it to the final.”Jean-Baptiste Sergeant, MainFirst analystChina, the world’s most populous country, has set its sights on becoming a force in global soccer. CCTV has rights to all 64 matches and is partnering with Alibaba-owned Youku to stream games online. The state broadcaster estimates that more than 1 billion viewers will tune in throughout the monthlong tournament.Since the last World Cup, rights holders have been developing technological innovations and star-driven editorial content to try to attract and engage more viewers, including women and millennials. Fox has enlisted David Beckham, Ryan Reynolds and Evander Holyfield, among others, to promote the tournament in the U.S., which remains far less soccer crazy than many other nations and did not qualify for this year’s contest. Fox plans to air more matches on U.S. network television (38) than it did the last four World Cups combined. Fox Sports will also offer five bonus feeds: Team Channels, Match 360, Tactical View, Cable Cam View and Highlights. Even if rights auctions proved underwhelming in many countries, the World Cup, which kicks off June 14 in Russia, remains the second-biggest global TV event outside of the Olympics and a brand booster for broadcasters in most parts of the world.But competition from less costlyprogramming and shifting viewing habits pose challenges for those who splurged for rights to the quadrennial soccer tournament. Outlets are banking on digital innovation, cross-platform coverage and more commentary — often celebrity-led — to maximize ratings, broaden their audience base and lure more advertisers.In Europe, soccer is still a ratings champion, but TV outlets in key territories such as France, Italy and Spain managed to pay less for rights this time than they did for the previous tournaments.last_img read more

New Jupiter Mouse Accelerometer Less But Better

first_img The Jupiter Mouse rests comfortably in your hand and operates in a free-style fashion which directs the cursor by tilting the wooden ball in the direction and velocity a user desires. The Jupiter in operation with its smooth wood grain exterior creates an aesthetic desk accessory and navigation tool. (PhysOrg.com) — Actbrise Electronics embraces form and function in creating the Jupiter Mouse. The round wooden mouse is made from Chinese Flowering Ash located in the countryside of Gunma Prefecture in Japan. The accelerometer wooden mouse has natural color wooden swirls which resemble the planet Jupiter. The click button resembles the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Early Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese star-gazers referred to Jupiter as the “Wood Star” representing one of the ancient Five Elements. 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. The Jupiter Mouse has a tactile soothing feature that lends itself to being used as a stress reduction device. Rolling the Jupiter Mouse in your hand produces a relaxing experience. The standard ergonomically designed mouse while greatly improved in the past five-years doesn´t compare with the earthy-feel of the Jupiter Mouse. A light weight round wooden ball poised to navigate in all directions with a twirl and a right click, left click and click-on button along the swirling rings of Jupiter. When the Jupiter Mouse is not in use it rests on a Zen inspired square wooden block. The Jupiter Mouse with a single inconspicuous cable uses the USB 2.0 port as a connection to your PC desktop or laptop. Minimalism design captures the essence of “less is more.” Inspired by traditional Japanese design, minimalism transcends geography as represented by the German Pavilion in Barcelona. Minimalism is characterized by subtle use of color and natural textures with clean and fine finishes. The inherent beauty of the object is the focal point. Actbrise Electronic´s design team has created a functional piece of art which might be described as “Less, but better” a motto of industrial designer Dieter Rams. Japan Trend Shop´s on-line store offers the Jupiter Ball for $227. Handmade does not come cheap in any marketplace. For a glimpse of the Jupiter Mouse in action, check out the Jupiter Mouse YouTube video. © 2008 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Jupiter Mouse. Image: Actbrice Electronics. Citation: New Jupiter Mouse Accelerometer: Less, But Better (2008, November 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-jupiter-mouse-accelerometer.htmllast_img read more

Good vibes Coupling electron spin states and carbon nanotube vibrations

first_img 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: Good vibes: Coupling electron spin states and carbon nanotube vibrations (2012, May 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-good-vibes-coupling-electron-states.html (Phys.org) — An electron’s spin is separate from its motion, and is suitable for use in both highly-precise magnetic sensing as well as a qubit in quantum computing. Recently, scientists at the University of Konstanz in Germany have theoretically investigated the coupling of electron spin in carbon nanotube quantum dots, showing that the carbon nanotube’s nanomechanical vibrations can significantly affect the spin of an electron trapped on it. Moreover, their findings also theoretically show that the carbon nanotube itself can be affected by the electron’s spin. The researchers state that their findings have important implications for magnetic and mass nanosensors, quantum computing and other nanoscale applications. Explore further “The idea was that a nanomechanical resonator – in this case, a piece of carbon nanotube suspended over a trench – can act as the phonon cavity and allow for the analogous effect,” Burkard explains. “If the resonator mode is on-resonance with the so-called Zeeman energy required for a spin flip, quantum information can transferred back and forth between the spin and the phonon; in off-resonance, a prolongation of the lifetime of the spin qubit can be achieved. The latter is therefore also something that is interesting for quantum information processing.”Mathematically, Burkard continues, the challenge was to investigate the spin-phonon system, which is both driven from outside and at finite temperature. “We used and developed two methods for this purpose: a numerical computer simulation allowed us to include all relevant effects and in particular finite temperature; and a so-called semi-classical approximation helped us to understand the main effects of the driven system at zero temperature.”Regarding next steps in their research, the scientists are currently looking into possible applications for quantum information processing, with spin playing the role of the quantum bit, or qubit. “In such a scenario,” Burkard points out, “our results may lead to spin-readout schemes, as well as to new quantum-coherent spin-spin coupling mechanisms.”Burkard also outlines what would be required for the construction of physical apparatus that could test their theory – namely, a highly sensitive readout of the motion of a nanomechanical resonator. (Several labs worldwide are working on this, such as that of Leo Kouwenhoven, Herre van der Zant, and Gary Steele at the Technical University (TU), Delft, The Netherlands.) “Another requirement,” he adds, “is the ability to operate at low temperatures.”Burkard sees a key impact of their findings being the potentially enhanced performance of nanotubes in sensing applications. ‘’Magnetic sensing would be based on the sensitivity of the electron spin with regard to external magnetic fields.” Since electron spin is coupled to the mechanical resonator – the vibrating carbon nanotube, which carries an electric charge by virtue of the electron confined to it – the signal could then be read out by electrical means.“Mass sensing, in turn, would utilize a change of vibration frequency of the mechanical resonator when a small mass is deposited on it,” he continues. “The change in frequency would then affect the spin and could be read out via, for example, spin-sensitive electric transport measurable as current flowing through the nanotube.”Burkard also sees benefits beyond the group’s own work. “Currently, there is great interest in hybrid systems for quantum information processing, as well as for studies of fundamental physics,” he notes. “In our case, it would be interesting to create quantum entanglement between the spin of a single electron and the mechanical motion of a much larger object, such as the nanotube in our current study.”“A fundamental question in quantum mechanics,” he continues,” is about its range of applicability – that is, how large an object can be and still be in a quantum-mechanical superposition of two different places. We know that electron and single atoms behave quantum-mechanically, but objects in our macroscopic everyday world don’t. The question is,” Burkard concludes, “how far we can apply quantum laws. By providing some new tools, our results may open a new door in this direction as well.” From lemons to lemonade: Reaction uses carbon dioxide to make carbon-based semiconductorcenter_img Copyright 2012 Phys.Org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: Spin-Orbit-Induced Strong Coupling of a Single Spin to a Nanomechanical Resonator, Physics Review Letters 108, 206811 (18 May 2012), doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.206811 Schematic of a suspended carbon nanotube (CNT) containing a quantum dot filled with a single electron spin. The spin-orbit coupling in the CNT induces a strong coupling between the spin and the quantized mechanical motion u(z) of the CNT. Image (c) Prof. Dr. Guido Burkard, Physics Review Letters 108, 206811 (reproduced with permission) Prof. Dr. Guido Burkard, Postdoctoral Researcher Andr´as P´alyi (now in the Department of Materials Physics at Eötvös University, Budapest) and their colleagues faced a number of challenges in their theoretical study of this phenomenon occurring at what they describe as the ultimate quantum limit. “One of the main challenges was to theoretically analyze the spin-phonon system, including the effect of its temperature,” Burkard tells Phys.org. “For previously known systems such as atom-photon cavities, one can safely assume zero temperature – but in a solid-state environment like ours, one needs to take into account a finite temperature.” In other words, even if experiments will be done very close to absolute zero temperature – the typical point in current research studies is one-tenth of a degree Kelvin above absolute zero – this may affect the behavior of the system. “This was not only theoretically challenging, but also rewarding: since there hadn’t been any need to do so, the relevant theoretical model, the so-called Jaynes-Cummings model, had not been studied at non-zero temperature for a driven system before, and we had a chance to enter unchartered territory here. In summary, we found that the sought-after quantum effects can still be identified at finite temperatures.” In a driven system, the resonator is actuated by an external source in the form of an antenna proximate to the resonator that couples to the charge on the carbon nanotube, causing it to move and – due to the nanotube’s inherent stiffness – vibrate. By measuring the amplitude of its oscillation, the presence of, coupling to, and (ideally) the state of the spin can be determined.In addressing such challenges, Burkard cites a particular conceptual insight based on what the team knew from studying electron spin relaxation, or the decay of a prepared spin state, in semiconductor nanostructures known as quantum dots: that the predominant mechanism for spin relaxation involves the emission of a phonon – a quantized sound wave – into the extended solid. Spin relaxation is therefore like spontaneous emission of a photon. Spontaneous emission from atoms can be suppressed by the use of an optical cavity where in the so-called strong coupling regime, the photon resides in the cavity long enough to be reabsorbed and reemitted many times before it is lost – a phenomenon known as vacuum Rabi oscillations. last_img read more

Haiku Harlem on Twittersphere

first_imgTwitter is flooded with intertextual one and multi-liners meandering through its massive heart. Some call it ‘micropoetry’. Others prefer Twitter haiku. But 17 syllable or not, it’s spontaneous outpouring of powerful emotion into the belly of this cyber beast. Writers like Nigerian-American Teju Cole, English Joyce Carol Oates, poets like Jacqueline Saphra, among others have taken to Twitter to not only experiment with this new ‘box’ – for that’s what they call any kind of formulaic structure, celebrating it as much as lamenting its potentials of literary innovation – but also connect with their ardent readers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Oates tweets, ‘The novel is the novelist’s effort at assuaging a profound loneliness. Again.’ Cole, on the other hand, juxtaposes a game of football (FIFA final match between Germany and Argentina to be precise) and turns it into an opportunity to philosophise with scintillating imagery. ‘Germanyconnecting like centipedes but …nein.’ Twitter behaves like a mammoth, many-headed hydra with billions of eyes, each eye creating its own Oracle of Delphi. In Britain, poets and rappers come together on Twitter and organise competitions lasting a day or more. Benjamin Zepaniah, a new wave poet creating ripples of digital dissension, tweets thus: ‘Intelligence may not mean intelligent/ The news may not be new/ From where we are/ To be awake/ May not mean/ To be conscious.’ Evidently, the culture of salon repartee and coffeehouse duels has shifted to this cyberutopia.       Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat about us Indians? When not posting lines of his own, writer and academic Amitava Kumar often quotes authors with the intention of making a polemical point.    ‘’Because I come from the West Indies / certain people in England seem to think / I is an expert on palm trees’ from poem by John Agard’, he recently tweeted. Twitter is a readymade field of play, custommade for imagist-style, pithy and startling observations on things here and now, on the eternal and ephemeral, leveling big names with the almost anonymous. Writes @sapiotextual: ‘A plan as spontaneous as procrastination.’ Or: ‘’You be the dream, I the silent shattering.’ Here’s a gem from @parekhit: ‘When the truth sets you free, it usually cages someone else.’ Here’s @shakti_shetty: ‘A doubt called tomorrow.’ Or: ‘The roads less travelled miss us.’  Twitter poets are here to stay. They pass by like movie credits, often unnoticed, but make your timeline a little more worthy of your attention. Between The Covers is a weekly column on reading up and rating downlast_img read more

Lanes closed on M6 due to five vehicle accident and fire in

first_imgThere are a number of lanes closed on the M6 motorway due to a five vehicle accident in Greater Manchester this morning. Highways England report the southbound carriageway is shut between junction 23 (East Lancashire Road) and junction 22, near Newton Le Willows due to the accident – with a resulting fire also leading to two lanes being blocked northbound on the same stretch of the motorway. Emergency services are at the scene of the collision – which is reported to involve four cars and a van. A Highways England spokesman said: “Traffic has been stopped on the M6 southbound between J23 and J22 due to a vehicle fire & road traffic collision involving 4 cars and 1 van. “Two lanes now closed northbound. Emergency Services and North West Motorway Police are on scene with Highways England Traffic Officers.” Long delays are now reported in the area. We will update this story when more information becomes available. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.08:09UpdateA Highways England spokesman said:2 lanes now open #M6 southbound between J23 and J22 following a vehicle fire & road traffic collision involving 4 cars and 1 van. The burnt out vehicle is in the closed lane. Recovery is being arranged. “07:38LatestA Highways England spokesman said:Traffic has been released on the #M6 southbound between J23 and J22. It’s currently passing on the hard shoulder. 3 lanes remain closed due to vehicle fire & road traffic collision involving 4 cars and 1 van. All lanes running northbound. “07:10What we know so farThe southbound carriageway of the M6 is shut between J23 snd J22.Two lanes of the northbound carriageway are also closedThe accident involves four cars and a vanAt least one of the vehicles is understood to have caught fireEmergency services are at the sceneHighways England first confirmed the closures at around 6.50amlast_img read more

Portuguese pay TV operator Nos said that its new N

first_imgPortuguese pay TV operator Nos said that its new N Play subscription video-on-demand service passed the milestone of 1.6 million hours viewed in its first month of operation, boosted by a catalogue that included the entire list of Star Wars films as well as series including The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and Game of Thrones.The SVoD service, launched on September 9, is available for €7.50 a month, giving viewers access to content in HD on multiple screens.Nos is making the service available free of charge to subscribers to its advanced Iris TV service until December 10.Nos launched the service in September ahead of tomorrow’s arrival in Portugal of Netflix.last_img