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UEFA Nations League a healthy competition Neville

first_imgFormer England defender Gary Neville has hailed the introduction of the UEFA Nations League by Europe’s football governing body UEFA.The former player who also worked as an assistant coach during Roy Hodgson‘s tenure as head coach of England believes the competition is a welcome improvement to the friendly matches played by European countries by this time of the year.“I think with the Nations League what we have to be is patient and accept the principle of taking the friendly element out of the game is something positive.” Neville told Sky Sports.“There’s always been the excuse with friendlies and we should welcome every game actually mattering. We’re seeing it at an embryonic stage but when you think about where the Champions League is compared to when it started, it has made a huge difference.”Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“When I was part of the set up under Roy Hodgson the players always wanted to turn up. We had very few pullouts and this is a very good group of lads, they always were. It’s disappointing to see a couple of pullouts but players do need a rest.”“People can try and disregard it and question what the point is, but introducing a competitive element is so important. There were too many games that we disregarded.”“What really is important is how your rankings help you towards a more comfortable draw when it comes around, so the players should absolutely be focused on winning.”last_img read more


PDM to reinstate Daylight Savings Time

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI July 20, 2017 — Daylight Saving Time (DST) will be reinstated in the TCI with effect from April 2018. The announcement came from Cabinet this afternoon.The time change will take effect next in order to allow enough time to notify the public and all relevant local and international organizations. DST will be reintroduced in the winter months and Local Standard Time will be effective during the summer months. According to the Cabinet note, DST is being reintroduced following extensive public consultation. The note said also that the response to the proposed DST reinstatement was favourable. No evidence of the consultation has been provided, however, although at a public meeting in Provo last month some residents expressed interest in returning to DST.DST was abandoned in 2015 following a 2014 Cabinet decision. The removal was delayed in order to provide international carriers with sufficient time to adjust schedules. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, daylight savings timecenter_img No time change for Turks and Caicos Day Light Saving Time Delayedlast_img read more


Urban Latin Music Dominated 2018 According To Streaming Services

first_img Facebook 2018 Was A Huge Year For Urban Latin Music urban-latin-music-dominated-2018-according-streaming-services Twitter Email News Urban Latin Music Dominated 2018, According To Streaming Services YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music have revealed their 2018 top music lists, all of which prominently featured Urban Latin artists, showing the genre’s increasing growthJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 6, 2018 – 2:32 pm You’ve heard it a thousand times: Latin urban music is reaching greater audiences in the United States and outside the Spanish-speaking world. In 2018 alone, the genre known as the “Latino Gang,” GRAMMY nominee Cardi B, Latin GRAMMY winner J Balvin and Latin GRAMMY nominee Bad Bunny dominated streams and charts with “I Like It.”This year’s Latin GRAMMY Best New Artist Karol G and Latin GRAMMY nominees Ozuna and Nicky Jam also made waves with hip-hop and dembow inspired hits heard everywhere.To further cement Latin urban’s reign, streaming services YouTube, Pandora, Apple Music and Spotify have all released data that continue to show how the internet is helping the genre carve out a place in the U.S and global music market.On the global scale, YouTube has released its top most-viewed videos of 2018, with eight of its top 10 being Spanish-language songs. Taking first place is the remix version of Casper Magico, Nio Garcia and Darell’s reggaeton breakup song “Te Bote,” which also features rap verses by Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny and Ozuna with 1.45 billion views year-to-date, according to Variety.Meanwhile, Nicky Jam’s “X” featuring J Balvin, another reggaeton-infused, hip-shaking track, trails behind “Te Bote” with 1.40 billion views.This year the list features two more Spanish-language artists than last year. In 2017, six Spanish language songs made the top list with Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” in the No.1 spot.Music-streaming giant Spotify’s most globally streamed artist is Drake, but Colombian reggaeton artist J Balvin follows close behind at No. 4. Other artists on the global list’s top 10 include Ozuna and Bad Bunny at No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. Cardi B, who has had a few collaborations with Latin urban artists like Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Ozuna, is the No. 3 most streamed female artist of the year.Arguably, Spotify’s playlist game, with a recently launched strategy to make global music bigger, makes them the leader in that lane too. Urban Latin music makes an appearance on their top most-followed playlist of the year as the Baila Reggaeton is No. 4.While not as popular as in other lists, Cardi B, J Balvin and Bad Bunny popped up in Apple Music’s top lists, too. “I like It” is No. 6 on the Global 100 list and No. 10. The song was chosen by staff as Song Of The Year. READ: Ozuna Is Making Reggaeton Hits That Are Getting Global AttentionPandora, currently only in the U.S., published a list featuring the top Latin music streams and urban Latin music dominates. “I Like It” holds the No. 1 spot, followed by Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X,” and Ozuna’s La Modelo featuring Cardi B at No. 3. “Te Bote.”The growth in urban Latin music presence on digital charts, thanks in large part to streaming, is estimated to continue growing, but we’ll have to wait for 2019 to see how that will look like.Rosalía, Other Latin Music Artists Seeing Boom In Europe ShowsRead morelast_img read more


John Oliver robocalls FCC to protest inaction on robocalls

first_img FCC This isn’t Oliver’s first time calling out the FCC. In May 2017, he aired a segment on net neutrality and asked the audience to flood the FCC with comments supporting net neutrality. Hours later, the agency’s comment system crashed. “Yes, FCC, we meet again, old friends,” said Oliver toward the end of the segment. The comedian stood on stage next to a sculpture of a giant finger about to press a huge button, saying he’d robocall the FCC commissioners every 90 minutes. “This time, unlike our past encounters, I don’t actually need to ask hordes of real people to bombard you with messages because, with the miracle of robocalling, I can now do it all by myself!”The FCC didn’t respond to a request for comment. Last Week Tonight declined to comment beyond the segment.  Share your voice John Oliver joked Sunday that he’d call the FCC every 90 minutes. Screenshot by Marrian Zhou/CNET John Oliver is taking on his “old friends” at the FCC once again. On HBO’s Last Week Tonight on Sunday, the comedian zoomed in on the robocalls problem, citing research that says half of mobile phone calls in the US will soon be scam calls. The Federal Communications Commission has criticized robocalling and said it’d take action on the issue. In November, the agency said it planned to create a database that businesses can check to make sure the numbers they’ve been given permission to call haven’t been reassigned to other people. The FCC is also undertaking “light touch” regulatory actions to give wireless carriers more flexibility to block spam text messages.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in February also called on carriers to implement robust caller ID authentication systems to combat illegal robocalls and spoofing. He said companies need to get their programs in place by the end of the year, or the FCC will consider “regulatory intervention.”However, Oliver said that’s not enough. He argued that although Pai “urged” telecom companies to implement call authentication programs, if he’d “required” them to do it, the problem might have already been fixed. Mobile Tech Industry Digital Media Politics TV and Moviescenter_img Tags 2 Commentslast_img read more


Get early access to Elder Scrolls Blades on iOS and Android

first_imgBethesda describes The Elder Scrolls: Blades as a “classic dungeon crawler reimagined.” Your customized character is a Blade, one of the Empire’s top agents, who’s forced into exile. While you’re fleeing, your hometown is destroyed. The company said it plans to add new features to the game after the launch. It’s letting early-access players into the game in waves, but there’s still time to sign up here. Bethesda also provided a full list of supported devices. Early access supports English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Russian. Earlier this week, to kick off its celebration, Bethesda offered a free PC copy of Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. 3:18 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Elder Scrolls: Blades hits the new iPhone Bethesda is offering early access to The Elder Scrolls: Blades. Bethesda Gaming studio Bethesda said on Twitter Wednesday that The Elder Scrolls: Blades is getting a limited early-access program on iOS and Android. The early access is part of the 25th anniversary celebration for the Elder Scrolls game series. “Ready to play? We’re inviting players in waves, so make sure to keep an eye on your email for the invite,” Bethesda said. As part of our #TES25 celebration, we’re excited to announce that The Elder Scrolls: #Blades is officially in Early Access!Ready to play? We’re inviting players in waves, so make sure to keep an eye on your email for the invite.Here’s the updated FAQ: https://t.co/TZsYW4pnJy pic.twitter.com/2reothr8Zs— The Elder Scrolls (@ElderScrolls) March 27, 2019center_img Comments Share your voice 2 Gaming Mobile iOS 12last_img read more


Asia stocks dollar edge lower as markets await Fed Bank of Japan

first_imgAsian shares and the dollar edged lower on Monday as investors awaited central bank meetings in the United States and Japan this week that are expected to hold clues to future policy moves.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trading, taking its cue from a mixed day on Wall Street on Friday.Markets in Australia were closed for Anzac Day, a public holiday.Japan’s Nikkei stock index shed about 0.5 percent as the yen pulled off its lows. Investors also locked in gains after the index soared to an 11-1/2 week high following a report the Bank of Japan will consider another easing step at its two-day policy review that ends on Wednesday.Bloomberg reported on Friday that the BOJ is considering applying negative rates to its lending programme for financial institutions.But some investors still believe the central bank might opt to hold steady as it assesses the impact of its negative interest rate policy unveiled on Jan. 29. A semi-annual report on the country’s banking system issued on Friday by the central bank said the policy has caused some disruption in fund flows and will hurt financial institutions’ profits for the time being.Underpinning sentiment, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered his government on Sunday to compile an extra budget package to fund reconstruction from recent earthquakes that hit Kumamoto prefecture in southwestern Japan, with an aim to put it into effect by June 1.Against the yen, the dollar slipped about 0.4 percent to 111.41 yen after it earlier rose as high as 111.90, its loftiest peak since April 1.”The wide interest rate differential between the U.S. and Japan make it costly to be long yen without momentum,” Marc Chandler, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York, said in a not to clients.”Momentum and trend followers appear heavily represented in the futures market, and they have been caught the wrong way. This may see the tone shift from selling dollar rallies to buy dips,” Chandler said.The euro added about 0.1 percent to $1.1231. Last week the European Central Bank held its policy rates at historic lows as expected.The Fed, which lifted its benchmark overnight interest rate in December for the first time in nearly a decade, meets on Wednesday.Policymakers are expected to hold interest rates steady when they meet this week, but may tweak their description of the economic outlook to reflect more benign conditions, leaving the path open for future rate rises.A Reuters poll showed on Friday showed that economists expect the Fed to stand pat and then deliver a rate hike in June, and follow up with another by the end of this year.Crude oil prices slipped after rising on Friday and notching their third straight week of gains as market sentiment turned more upbeat amid signs a persistent global supply glut may be easing.Brent fell about 0.7 percent to $44.79 a barrel, while U.S. crude shed about 0.9 percent to $43.36.last_img read more


Ravens Star Jimmy Smith Suspended Four Games for Domestic Abuse

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, pgreen@afro.comRavens star player Jimmy Smith will miss the first four games of the 2018 NFL regular season after violating the league’s personal conduct policy.According to ESPN, Smith’s suspension stems from a petition filed by his former girlfriend and mother of his child, accusing the eight-year-veteran cornerback of domestic violence and abuse. Upon investigation, the league discovered evidence of Smith’s “threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors” towards, prompting the suspension.Baltimore Ravens defensive back Jimmy Smith has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The suspension stems from Smith’s behavior toward his ex-girlfriend. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)“I would like to sincerely apologize to my former girlfriend, the NFL, the Ravens organization, my coaches, my teammates, my fiancée and all our fans. I’m very disappointed that my past actions have led to this suspension,” Smith said in a statement released by the Ravens. “I promise that I have already learned much and will continue to learn more from this experience. I believe I am, and will continue to try to be, a better person and a better father because of this. I am committed to being the best I can be, both on and off the field.”Smith was initially dealt a six-game suspension from the league, but it was reduced by the two games after an appeal, according to ESPN. Smith said he takes full accountability for his actions.“I take full responsibility for my past conduct. Moving forward, I will work with the NFL and the Ravens to ensure that what happened in the past will never happen again,” Smith said in his released statement. “I will take all necessary steps to be a positive role model for both my sons, for the NFL and for the entire Ravens community.”The Ravens organization released a statement, saying it was aware of the NFL’s investigation into Smith’s conduct and plans to retain him throughout the suspension.“As a result of this entire process, we will allow Jimmy to return to our team after his suspension,” the Ravens’ media statement read. “Jimmy has acknowledged his behaviors were wrong and accepts full responsibility for them. He has completed a clinical evaluation and has agreed to undertake any follow-up care or treatment that may be recommended.”The Ravens’ decision not to release Smith was perhaps surprising, considering how the team cut former Ravens star running back Ray Rice after he was suspended five years ago for domestic violence. Ravens owner Steve Biscotti said back then that the Ravens would never draft any players with a history of domestic violence, per ESPN.“Through our conversations with Jimmy, we believe he is taking the proper steps to improve and that he can change,” the team stated. “Jimmy has assured us that he is fully dedicated to making this change. He also understands the consequences if he does not.”last_img read more


Massive exoplanet discovered using gravitational microlensing method

first_img Explore further © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Massive exoplanet discovered using gravitational microlensing method (2017, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-massive-exoplanet-gravitational-microlensing-method.html Astronomers discover new substellar companion using microlensing The light curve data for MOA-2016-BLG-227 is plotted with the best-fit model. The top panel shows the whole event, the bottom left and bottom right panels highlight the caustic crossing feature and the second bump due to the cusp approach, respectively. The residuals from the model are shown in the bottom insets of the bottom panels. Credit: Koshimoto et al., 2017. 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. Gravitational microlensing is an invaluable method of detecting new extrasolar planets circling their parent stars relatively closely. This technique is sensitive to low-mass planets orbiting beyond the so-called “snow line” around relatively faint host stars like M dwarfs or brown dwarfs. Such planets are of special interest for astronomers, as just beyond this line, the most active planet formation occurs. Hence, understanding the distribution of exoplanets in this region could offer important clues to how planets form.The microlensing event MOA-2016-BLG-227 was detected on May 5, 2016 by the Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA) group using the 1.8 m MOA-II telescope at the University of Canterbury Mt. John Observatory in New Zealand. Afterward, this event was the target of follow-up observations employing three telescopes located on Mauna Kea, Hawaii: the United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope (UKIRT) 3.8m telescope, the Canada France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) and the Keck II telescope. VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile and the Jay Baum Rich 0.71m Telescope (C28) at the Wise Observatory in Israel were also used for these observations.This subsequent observational campaign allowed the research team led by Naoki Koshimoto of the Osaka University in Japan to detect the new planet and to determine its basic parameters.”The event and planetary signal were discovered by the MOA collaboration, but much of the planetary signal is covered by the Wise, UKIRT, CFHT and VST telescopes, which were observing the event as part of the K2 C9 program (Campaign 9 of the Kepler telescope’s prolonged mission),” the paper reads.The team found that MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb is a super-Jupiter planet with the mass of about 2.8 Jupiter masses. The parent star is most probably an M or K dwarf located in the galactic bulge. The mass of the star is estimated to be around 0.29 solar masses. MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb orbits its host at a distance of approximately 1.67 AU. Other main parameters like the radius of both objects and orbital period of the planet are yet to be determined.”Our analysis excludes the possibility that the host star is a G-dwarf, leading us to a robust conclusion that the planet MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb is a super-Jupiter mass planet orbiting an M or K-dwarf star likely located in the Galactic bulge,” the researchers concluded.The authors call for further investigation of the MOA-2016-BLG-227 event, which could deliver essential more detailed information about the newly found planetary system. They noted that this event should be revisited with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and Keck adaptive optics (AO) system. Promising results could also come from future space and ground based telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), the Thirty Meter Telescope and the Extremely Large Telescope (ELT). (Phys.org)—Astronomers have found a new massive alien world using the gravitational microlensing technique. The newly detected exoplanet, designated MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb, is about three times more massive than Jupiter and orbits a distant star approximately 21,000 light years away. The finding was published Apr. 6 in a paper on arXiv.org. More information: MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb: A Massive Planet Characterized by Combining Lightcurve Analysis and Keck AO Imaging, arXiv:1704.01724 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1704.01724AbstractWe report the discovery of a microlensing planet —- MOA-2016-BLG-227Lb —- with a massive planet/host mass ratio of q≃9×10−3. This event was fortunately observed by several telescopes as the event location was very close to the area of the sky surveyed by Campaign 9 of the K2 Mission. Consequently, the planetary deviation is well covered and allows a full characterization of the lensing system. High angular resolution images by the Keck telescope show excess flux other than the source flux at the target position, and this excess flux could originate from the lens star. We combined the excess flux and the observed angular Einstein radius in a Bayesian analysis which considers various possible origins of the measured excess flux as priors, in addition to a standard Galactic model. Our analysis indicates that it is unlikely that a large fraction of the excess flux comes from the lens. We compare the results of the Bayesian analysis using different priors for the probability of hosting planets with respect to host mass and find the planet is likely a gas-giant around an M/K dwarf likely located in the Galactic bulge. This is the first application of a Bayesian analysis considering several different contamination scenarios for a newly discovered event. Our approach for considering different contamination scenarios is crucial for all microlensing events which have evidence for excess flux irrespective of the quality of observation conditions, such as seeing, for example.last_img read more


Camera maker GoPro has pledged to give up to US5

first_imgCamera maker GoPro has pledged to give up to US$5 million (€4.4 million) annually to content creators as part of its newly-launched GoPro Awards scheme.The firm said that the Awards programme will reward the GoPro community for sharing their best GoPro photos, raw video clips and video edits, with the company – which will include it in GoPro Channel programming, licensing and more.GoPro said it is looking for content that “emotionally engages, amazes, or excites” across a variety of genres including adventure, animals, family, motorsports, music and travel.“Our customers are some of the most creative people on the planet. A key component of our programming strategy is user generated content,” said GoPro founder and CEO Nicholas Woodman.“GoPro Awards creates exciting opportunities for our customers. Whether it’s helping them monetise their content in the form of financial rewards, helping to license their content to other businesses, or helping them get more exposure through our global social and media distribution channels, we’re dedicated to sharing with our community. We believe this program enables our customers to further pursue their passions.”GoPro launched an on-demand channel – consisting of GoPro-shot content – on the Roku streaming platform earlier this year and in July launched a content licensing portal, aimed at global advertising brands and agencies.last_img read more