Lionel Messi discusses Ronaldo and his coming fifth in Ballon dOr

first_imgArgentine international star Lionel Messi says family is more important than awards and trophies.The Barca forward has numerous awards and trophies, so much so that he can decide to have a museum full of all of them. But he prefers family ties and relationship to all of that.The Argentine spoke to Marca and talked about family, Cristiano Ronaldo and coming fifth in the Ballon d’Or voting this year.“I love football, but family is above everything,” said Messi with regard to his outlook on life, before touching on more specific subjects.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.“The rivalry with Cristiano was very healthy and very beautiful for the spectators,” he said about the competition with the Portuguese.“I heard the nominees for the Ballon d’Or and I knew I would not be in the fight,” he said about finishing fifth, with Luka Modric winning the award.Messi has won Ballon d’Ors five times and five Golden Boots. He could win more in the future.last_img read more

Kerala emerging as hotbed of terrorism NIA books 3 more after the

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) has booked three more Keralites for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities. As per reports, the booked people are Abubacker Siddique and Ahmed Arafath hailing from Kasargode, and Mohammed Faizal from Karunagapally. NIA believes that they were in regular touch with Riyaz Aboobacker, a man from Muthalamada who was arrested recently for his alleged connections with the ISIS.The investigation agency also informed the court that these three people have tried to propagate the ideologies of Islamic State in Kerala. It has been also reported to the court that Riyaz Aboobacker has planned to carry out suicidal attacks in the state during the times of festivals.All these arrests were made by the NIA after the Easter blasts in Sri Lanka. The rising number of Keralites who believe in extreme religious thoughts indicate that the state is slowly emerging as the hotbed of terrorism. A couple of years back, two families from Palakkad, who converted to Islam from Christian, had gone to Syria for participating in Jihad.Shockingly, Riyaz Aboobacker hails from a poor family in the Muthalamada village, Palakkad. The young man was apparently radicalized a couple of years back by Abdul Rashid, an ISIS commander who is currently operating from Syria. It should be noted that an audio clip sent by Rashid from Syria had gone viral on social media a year back.In the spine chilling audio, Abdul Rashid urged Islamic extremists to wipe out non-believers from the planet. He also asked his followers to use trucks and ram into festivals like Kumbh Mela and Thrissur Pooram.Even in the midst of these developments, Pinarayi Vijayan, the Kerala chief minister has not issued a statement about the continuous arrests made on the state. The silence of the Kerala chief minister has irked certain section of people, especially Sangh Parivar workers, and they claim that Vijayan is maintaining silence just for the sake of minority appeasement.last_img read more

UN wants to negotiate with US Canada to resettle Rohingyas

first_imgA Rohingya refugee child smiles at Leda Unregistered Refugee Camp in Teknaf. ReutersThe United Nations’ refugee agency has asked Bangladesh to allow it to negotiate with the United States, Canada and some European countries to resettle around 1,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the South Asian nation, a senior official at the agency said.Tens of thousands of Rohingya live in Bangladesh after fleeing Buddhist-majority Myanmar since the early 1990s, and their number has been swelled by an estimated 69,000 escaping an army crackdown in northern Rakhine State in recent months.The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) would push for resettlement of those most in need, despite growing resistance in some developed countries, particularly the United States under President Donald Trump, UNHCR’s Bangladesh representative, Shinji Kubo, told Reuters on Thursday.”UNHCR will continue to work with the authorities concerned, including in the United States,” Kubo said.”Regardless of the change in government or government policies, I think UNHCR has a clear responsibility to pursue a protection-oriented resettlement programme.”Kubo said 1,000 Rohingya refugees had been identified as priorities for resettlement on medical grounds or because they have been separated from their family members living abroad.”Resettlement will always be a challenging thing because only a small number of resettlement opportunities are being allocated by the international community at the moment,” Kubo said in an interview. “But it’s our job to try to consult with respective countries based on the protection and humanitarian needs of these individuals.”H.T. Imam, a political adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the resettlement proposal was “unrealistic” due to reluctance in the United States and Europe to take further Muslim refugees.Reuters reported this month that officials at an Australian immigration centre in Papua New Guinea were increasing pressure on asylum seekers to return to their home countries voluntarily, including offering large sums of money, amid fears a deal for the United States to take refugees had fallen through.Canada, Australia and the United States were the top providers of asylum to Rohingya Muslims who came to Bangladesh from Myanmar before Dhaka stopped the programme around 2012. A Bangladesh government official said it was feared the programme would encourage more people from Myanmar to use it as a transit country to seek asylum in the West.Canada has said it would welcome those fleeing persecution, terror and war, after Trump put a four-month hold on allowing refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries into the United States, an order since suspended by a U.S. district judge.HOPING FOR ACCESSA Rohingya refugee girl wipes her eyes as she cries at Leda Unregistered Refugee Camp in Teknaf. ReutersThe UNHCR supports around 34,000 refugees living in two government-registered camps in the Bangladesh coastal district of Cox’s Bazar, but a greater number of Rohingya live in makeshift settlements nearby, unregistered and officially ineligible to receive international aid.Kubo said he had asked Bangladesh to give the UN access to all the refugees who have recently arrived, adding that UNHCR and other international agencies were also willing to provide aid to poor Bangladeshis living near the refugee settlements to counter local resentment at the influx.Hasina adviser Imam said providing aid to the new refugees and its citizens was the responsibility of the government.Myanmar said late on Wednesday that a security operation that began after nine police officers were killed in attacks on border security posts on Oct. 9 had now ended.A report released by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Feb. 3 gave accounts of mass killings and gang rapes by troops during the operation, which it said probably constituted crimes against humanity.Two UN sources have separately told Reuters that more than 1,000 Rohingya may have been killed in the crackdown.Northern Rakhine has been locked down since October, and Myanmar has not said when aid groups or reporters might be allowed in.”We’re now hoping for immediate access to the affected areas in northern Rakhine as soon as possible with our resources, our protection expertise,” Kubo said. “That will also have a positive impact on what is happening in Bangladesh at the moment.”last_img read more

Athens installs Alexander the Great statue after 27year

first_imgAthens on Friday installed its first Alexander the Great statue, a project mired in bureaucratic delays for nearly three decades.The 3,50-metre (11.5-foot) equestrian statue of a young Alexander, cast in bronze, was erected in central Athens opposite a statue of Lord Byron.According to the city of Athens, it was completed in 1972 and acquired by the state in 1992, at a time of intense nationalist feeling over a bitter name dispute with the newly-independent former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis insisted Friday the move had “nothing” to do with the Macedonia dispute.”The decision to erect the statue was taken in 2015. This is a mark of the delays of Greek bureaucracy,” Kaminis told AFP.The fourth-century BC warrior king, born in today’s northern Greek region of Macedonia, is a hero figure to Greeks. For decades, Athens accused Skopje of seeking to usurp its ancient heritage.Until now, there had also been no agreement in Athens on where to place the statue.A decade ago, a nationalist government in Skopje launched an initiative to erect its own statues to Alexander and his father Philip.In February, the former Yugoslav republic was officially renamed North Macedonia following a landmark deal with the leftist government in Greece that ended the three-decade dispute.Earlier this month, North Macedonia renamed its main football stadium, formerly known as Philip II arena, after the father of Alexander the Great.Skopje in recent months has also dropped Alexander the Great from the name of an airport and a highway.last_img read more

VSCO Launches Wes AndersonInspired Photo Filters in Time for Isle of Dogs

first_img“Dog 2” emphasizes yellow hues and is “inspired by a scene in which foreign exchange student Tracy Walker calls on her classmates to take action,” according to VSCO. “Dog 3” emphasizes pink-purple highlights and is inspired by a lab in Megasaki City. All three filters will only be available for a limited time.“Isle of Dogs” is set to premiere in theaters on March 23. Digital promotion of the movie also included an extensive behind-the-scenes VR experience produced by Felix & Paul Studios.POPULAR ON VARIETY Popular photography app VSCO is launching three new photo filters that have been inspired by Wes Anderson’s color choices for his upcoming stop-motion movie “Isle of Dogs.” “This is the first time we’ve collaborated with a major motion picture, and we couldn’t imagine a better fit than a Wes Anderson film,” said VSCO co-founder and CEO Joel Flory.“As a filmmaker renowned for his unique perspective and aesthetic, it was a natural fit that we’d work with Wes and his team to bring his new movie’s distinctive style to VSCO users,” he continued. “VSCO’s mission is to give creators the tools and inspiration they need to reach their creative potential, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with an artist who has been such a huge influence to so many in our community, including myself.” The three filters, which have been developed in partnership with Fox Searchlight and the “Isle of Dogs” filmmakers, are inspired by three different scenes of the movie. The first one, dubbed “Dog 1,” emphasizes neutral colors and mutes everything too vibrant for a true Trash Island look.center_img ×Jeff Goldblum on Jeff GoldblumVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpHow to Spot a Bootleg Cannabis Vape Cartridge | RS News 8/30/1901:45 facebook twitter reddit Email Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/isle-of-dogs-photo-filters-vsco-1202729830/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedAuto 720p1080p720p406p270p180pLive00:0002:3402:34More Videos01:45How to Spot a Bootleg Cannabis Vape Cartridge | RS News 8/30/1902:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses05:35The Best of Star Wars at D2300:47Bebe Rexha Talked to Sophie Turner About the ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale02:16Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt Talk ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ Working With Quentin Tarantino02:55Emmys: Why Your Favorite Shows Aren’t Nominated01:40Variety’s Power Of Pride Cover Shoot Behind the Scenes03:42Jeff Bridges revives The Dude for John Goodman’s Walk of Fame CeremonyCloselast_img read more

Creating magic with classics

first_imgCelebrating Indian classic cinema, a five-month long film festival titled Best of Indian Cinemas is being organised in the Capital that will screen movies every alternate Saturday. The festival, in association with Doordarshan will kick off on 25 October at National Museum Auditorium. Eleven movies in different languages which are Indian classics will feature in the event. The opening day of the festival will screen the English movie For Real. Directed by Sona Jain, the movie throws light on the point of view of a six-year-old girl caught in a family discord. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’English movie Stumble (directed by Prakash Belawadi) will be screened on 8 November. The film won the Indian National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English in 2003. Nishad, a Malayali movie directed by Shaji N Karun will be shown on 22 November. The movie plot is on the tensed atmosphere of 1971 when the war broke out between India and Pakistan.Marathi movie, Maala Aai Vhhaychy, directed by Samruoddhi Porey and Bengali movie Elar Char Adhyay directed by Bappaditya Bandopadhyay will be screened on 13 and 27 December respectively. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTamil movie Kanchivaram by Priya Darshan; Marathi movie Deool, directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni will be screened on 10 and 24 January respectively. English movie Mr & Mrs Iyer, directed by Aparna Sen; Hindi movie Khargosh directed by by Parseh Kamdar will feature in the month of February on 14 and 28.The last month of the festival will screen the English movie The Last Lear directed by Rituparno Ghosh and Bengali movie Herbert directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay on 14 and 28 March  respectively.When: 25 October – 28 March Where: National Museum, Janpathlast_img read more

35yearold woman killed in accident

first_imgKolkata: A chaos broke out on Purulia-Raghunathpur State Highway on Sunday morning following a road accident in which a 35-year-old woman was killed.An irate mob went on rampage, ransacking a police vehicle following the accident.Locals staged a demonstration and put a road block at Padalara village in Purulia at around 6 am protesting against the reckless driving of vehicles.The victim has been identified as Bisakha Mahata (35). She was walking along the road to get drinking water from a nearby area at the time of the accident. According to police, the woman was hit by a pickup van at Padalara village on Purulia-Raghunathpur State Highway. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAnother woman Pranati Mahata, who was accompanying the victim, also received injuries in the accident.Eyewitnesses told police that the Raghunathpur-bound pickup van was running at a high speed when the driver lost control over the vehicle and it knocked down the victim.Bisakha Mahata died on the spot as she received critical injuries on various parts of her body. The accused driver fled the spot along with the vehicle. Locals rushed the injured victim to a local hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter being informed police reached the spot and recovered the body of the deceased. A heated altercation broke out between the police and the villagers, some of whom ransacked a police jeep.The incident caused traffic jam in the area for nearly an hour. A huge contingent of police later rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.Senior police officers assured the villagers that the accused driver would soon be arrested and action would be taken against vehicles flouting traffic norms.last_img read more

Bengal braces for impact as Fani rushes in from Odisha

first_imgKolkata: The Alipore weather office predicted on Friday that districts of South Bengal including Kolkata will face the effects of cyclonic storm Fani, the brunt of which will hit the city between late Friday night and early Saturday morning, with wind speed hovering around 90 to 100 km/h. Heavy rainfall in various parts of the state will accompany the cyclone.”The cyclonic storm which had hit the Odisha coast on Friday morning, has weakened in speed while travelling in the Northeast direction. It will hit the coastal areas of Bengal on Friday night at a wind speed of 90 to 100 km/h, which can go up to a maximum of 115 km/h. It will pass over other districts of South Bengal including Kolkata, gradually weakening along the way and will cross over to Bangladesh in the afternoon on Saturday. Weather conditions are expected to improve from Sunday,” said Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, deputy director, India Meteorological Department, Calcutta. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe coastal areas of East Midnapore, West Midnapore and South 24-Parganas will be the worst affected by the cyclone. The entire coastal belt of the state with districts like East Midnapore, South 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Jhargram, West Midnapore and Howrah, is expected to receive heavy rainfall particularly on Saturday. Districts like Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, North 24-Parganas, Burdwan East and West and Murshidabad will also receive moderate to heavy rainfall from Friday night till Saturday. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”North Bengal will also bear the brunt of the cyclonic storm on May 4, with heavy rainfall predicted in some parts. There are chances of kaccha houses collapsing, trees uprooting and waterlogging in urban areas due to the effect of the cyclone,” the official warned. With the weather office recommending total suspension of tourist activities from the evening of Thursday to May 4, popular coastal destinations in the state like Digha and Mandarmani wore a deserted look on Friday. The state Transport department arranged a number of buses from Digha on Friday morning to carry passengers to the city. People living close to the river in Namkhana have been removed to cyclone centres and temporary relief camps set up by the district administration.last_img read more

How to Find the Right Payment System

first_imgJuly 9, 2019 This story appears in the July 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 1. Prioritize Anytime, Anywhere PaymentsFrom Joey Rault, head of enterprise sales, SquareIf you’re a quick-service or retail franchise, a traditional sale means a customer is entering a physical store and purchasing an item. But customers’ expectations of convenience keep getting higher, so we’re seeing many of the franchises on Square leverage self-service kiosks, e-commerce, and mobile apps to facilitate payments anywhere. For example, we work with Ben & Jerry’s, and if you’re a franchisee, a great place to sell is outside the store in the summer, or at the local high school football game. When you’re looking for a merchant service provider, be sure to choose one that can, in any circumstance, allow you to accept all forms of payment: mag stripe, chip cards, mobile payments, and gift cards. You’ll also want to consider how the provider presents data, which is critical to understanding your customers. Whether your annual revenue is $500,000 or $500 million, connecting the dots on customer data from different channels — in-store, events, e-commerce, mobile — may be difficult, especially if you have a different service provider for each. When a customer swipes a card, Square logs a record of that transaction associated with that customer’s name. Every future transaction will automatically show up there, and the franchisee can get to know not only that customer but also her purchase habits, like whether she typically buys in-store or online. This kind of information can guide future decisions that will be critical to a franchisee’s top-line revenue and scalable growth.Related: How to Streamline Your Company’s Purchasing2. Look for a Holistic ApproachFrom Steven Johnson, franchisee, Mr. Appliance Mr. Appliance, a Texas-based operation with more than 275 locations, offers in-home and in-office appliance repairs. Almost a decade ago, longtime franchisee Steven Johnson partnered with payment processor CardConnect because of its… a. Data. Easy-to-access transaction records are vital to Mr. Appliance’s business. Johnson uses CardConnect’s portal to pull up invoice numbers, purchase amounts, and transaction entry numbers, which makes it easier to reconcile invoices with proof of payment. b. Communication. Johnson values CardConnect’s quick response rate. If there’s ever a platform issue or the company can’t determine how a payment was processed, he says, his CardConnect representative replies right away.  c. Personalized service. Johnson’s business recently enjoyed a growth spurt, and CardConnect notified him that the increase in processed payments qualified Johnson for additional savings on American Express transactions. “Three-fourths of a percent might not sound like a lot,” he says, “but we do more than $15,000 a day in credit card sales.”Related: A Good Accountant Is Key to a Good Franchise Operation. Here’s How to Find One. 3. Unexpected SuccessFrom James Meeks, CEO, MOVE SystemsWhat he expected: After the 2014 launch of his sustainable mobile food-cart company, Meeks signed on with Clover, a payment processing system that prides itself on personalization and could help him secure payment hardware that would withstand the bumps and thumps of a jostling food cart. What he got: In addition to hardy hardware, Meeks was able to customize the checkout experience through Clover’s integrative app store, which can help manage loyalty programs or encourage end customers to round up their purchase total for charity. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Man airlifted to hospital after accident on Staffordshire road saw car overturn

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo people have been taken to hospital after a car overturned in an accident on a Staffordshire road this afternoon (Tuesday April 2). The B5030 was closed in both directions and there is very slow traffic due to an overturned vehicle between Old Uttoxeter Road and Hook Lane in Crakemarsh, near Uttoxeter.  Police, paramedics and firefighters are on scene of the crash, which involved two vehicles, and the collision is affecting traffic between Spath and Rocester according to traffic data company Inrix. One man was airlifted to hospital while a woman, who was in the same vehicle, was taken by land ambulance after both were freed by the fire service. Read MorePub to be demolished to make way for new homes   A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said emergency services were called at around 2.25pm today. She added:  “Crews arrived to find a car which had overturned, with two occupants inside, following a collision with a second vehicle. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to the man and woman, whilst working closely with fire service colleagues to extricate them from the vehicle. “The man was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital whilst the woman was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the same hospital for further emergency treatment.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live?  Let us know – Tweet us    @SOTLive    or message us on    our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. Driver named following fatal collision Location of the collision (Image: Inrix) Police confirmed the road had reopened by around 6.15pm. A spokesman  said:  “Road now reopened. Thank you for your patience whilst officers conducted enquiries at the scene.” A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said:  “Uttoxeter and Longton crews are at an incident involving an overturned vehicle in Crakemarsh. “Two casualties were trapped and the firefighters have quickly released one woman and are now working to free a male casualty. Ambulance are also in attendance.” A short time later they added:  “Both casualties have now been released from the vehicles and are in the care of the paramedics. Crews are now ensuring the area is safe and will be leaving the scene shortly.” In a separate incident this afternoon, a motorcyclist has been taken to hospital after a collision on the A521 near Forsbrook. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more