Neymar Neymar recalls 2014 injury: I nearly lost ability to walk Harry Sherlock 23:06 12/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Neymar Brazil PSG World Cup The Brazil international suffered fractured vertebrae at the 2014 World Cup, but the consequences nearly curtailed his entire career Neymar has recalled the brutal memory of his injury at the 2014 World Cup, revealing that he could not move his legs after his clash with Juan Zuniga.During Brazil’s 2-1 win quarter-final win over Colombia, Neymar was tackled from behind by Zuniga, with a knee to his back leaving the PSG superstar with fractured vertebrae.Then at Barcelona, Neymar was subsequently ruled out of the remainder of the tournament, and missed Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals as a result. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Neymar had no idea of the severity of his injury initially, insisting that he wished to continue, and says that it was Real Madrid left-back Marcelo who initially noticed how serious the winger’s injury was.”When he tackles me, I feel a reaction, but I try to get up. I was in a lot of pain and I remember that I had my head on the ground and Marcelo was saying “no, no, get the doctors in.” I said: “No, no, no, I want to play” because I wanted to score,” he said in an interview with former team-mate Gerard Pique.”I couldn’t turn and the doctors came in… I couldn’t manage to lift my legs. I couldn’t move my legs and the doctor took me out and I started to cry because it was painful and I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t feel my legs, so I went to the hospital that’s in the stadium.“And there they left me and I remember that I was with my leg bent and when I stretched it out… incredible pain. Incredible. Then I understood that there was no way I could continue.”Neymar has even revealed that the injury was so bad he could have lost the ability to walk completely.He added: “Then I went to the hospital, did the tests, and they told me: ‘I have two pieces of news. One good and one bad. The bad one: you can’t play at the World Cup, it’s over for you.” And I’m like: ‘what’s the good one?’”‘The good news is that afterwards, you will be able to walk, because two centimetres to the side… football is over for you.’ And, well, there I just wanted them to tell my family. And they were all there, my girlfriend, dad, mom and sister, they tell them that they can see me and, well, then a whole bad week started.”[I watched the semi-final] at home because when I got injured I went to the team camp where my team-mates were and took my stuff, saw the doctor and so on and then went home by helicopter because I couldn’t move my legs. I was in a wheelchair and I went home, and there I watched it all.”
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Urban Meyer Basement FloodedOhio State head coach Urban Meyer has a pretty decent contingency plan heading into the 2015-2016 season, given the fact that he has three quarterbacks capable of winning him another national championship. But he didn’t have much of a contingency plan for his basement after his sump pump broke this past weekend. Meyer’s basement flooded with what appears to be at least a foot of water after yet another rainstorm in Ohio. His wife, Shelley, tweeted out a photo of the damage – both before and after it was drained. Busted Coverage tipped us off:@mariawsyx6 @wsyx6 @SlingerWSYX6 @basementdoctor Darn! Too late for me, Maria. Mine flooded last night. #sumpumprobs pic.twitter.com/bRUW17BgBj— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) June 21, 2015Just home from baseball in Indy-the water AND the carpet AND the drywall are all gone. #sumpumpfail. #2muchrain pic.twitter.com/IWgOE446Xv— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) June 22, 2015In reality, it was probably time for an upgrade on some of the furniture down there anyway. Luckily, we’re pretty sure Meyer can afford to pay someone to fix it all.
Internationally renowned artists have released a song urging world leaders to reach a global agreement during the United Nations climate conference in December to limit the impacts of climate change.Twelve musical acts, including Sir Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Leona Lewis and UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo, released the single ‘Love Song to the Earth,’ which is now available to download from iTunes and Apple Music. The artists, producers and directors of the song – as well as Apple – are donating their respective proceeds to Friends of the Earth US and the UN Foundation.Written by Toby Gad, Natasha Bedingfield, John Shanks and Sean Paul the single, Love Song to the Earth highlights the importance of taking care of the things we love.Bedingfield said: “Many people turn a blind eye arguing that everything is ok environmentally. The song reminds us that having ownership of our world means taking care of it. With this song we wanted to talk about the environment in a way that would help people feel empowered to do something rather than be paralyzed by fear.”The song aims to reach new audiences with the message that the time to act on climate change is now is meant to encourage people to “Share the Love Song” and “Take Climate Action Now” by signing a petition.This petition will be delivered to world leaders at the beginning of the the 21st meeting of the parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), widely referred to as COP-21 in Paris in December. This petition is part of a unified global movement supporting the UN’s call for a meaningful, universal, global climate change agreement.“The support, engagement, and passion of the creative community are key to engaging new audiences in the call for a meaningful and universal climate change agreement. When UN Member States gather in Paris this December, the voices of everyone, especially the entertainment industry, will help ensure the best outcome possible for a better future for all.” said Aaron Sherinian, chief communications and marketing officer of the UN Foundation.Released on the 4th of September, the song will eventually become available on all music platforms and streaming services worldwide as of September 11th.Accompanying the song is a “lyric video” produced by Jerry Cope. This will also be released on the 11th of September and will feature breathtaking views from around the world. As well as this, scientists and celebrities will be shown holding up signs saying urging viewers to “Keep It safe” to encourage their fans to get involved.“The climate crisis is near a global tipping point, we hope everyone who hears this anthem takes action to encourage our political leaders to keep our planet safe, by keeping fossil fuels in the ground and moving toward 100 per cent renewable energy,” said Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth US.Other artists featuring on the track include Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Colbie Caillat, Johnny Rzeznik, Krewella, Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice and Q’orianka Kilcher.
Nearly half a million people have fled the country in recent weeks since fighting broke out between Government forces and rebels seeking the ouster of Colonel Muammar Al-Qadhafi. In addition, roughly 330,000 people have been internally displaced by the unrest which began earlier this year.“It is absolutely necessary that Libyan authorities stop fighting, stop killing people,” Mr. Ban said during a joint press conference in Budapest with Hungarian President Pál Schmitt, reiterating that the first priority is to secure an immediate and effective ceasefire.The second priority, he said, is to expand the UN’s humanitarian assistance to people in need.The agreement to set up a humanitarian presence in Tripoli was reached during a visit yesterday to the capital by UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos and the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Abdul Elah al-Khatib. The UN has already established a humanitarian presence in the rebel-held city of Benghazi.During their visit, Mr. Khatib and Ms. Amos met with senior Government officials, including Prime Minister Mahmoud Al-Baghdadi and Foreign Minister Abdel Ati Al-Obeidi.They reiterated the strong condemnation by the international community of the use of force against civilians and urged the Libyan authorities to stop immediately military attacks against all parts of the country, especially in Misrata where conditions are believed to be very dire, and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to all those in need.Mr. Ban warned last week that, under the worst-case scenario, as many as 3.6 million people could eventually require humanitarian assistance, stressing the need to mobilize all means at the disposal of the international community, including military, to get aid to those who need it.The UN and its partners have appealed for $310 million to provide vital humanitarian assistance to those affected by the crisis in Libya. So far it has received 41 per cent of the needed funding.The fighting in Libya started out as protests against the Qadhafi regime, and is part of a broader pro-democracy movement across North Africa and the Middle East that has led to the downfall of long-standing regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. 18 April 2011United Nations envoys visiting Libya have reached an agreement with the authorities on setting up a humanitarian presence in the capital, Tripoli, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, while once again calling for an immediate end to the fighting that has taken a heavy toll on civilians.
Almost 2 billion people were affected by natural disasters in the last decade of the 20th century, with floods and droughts accounting for 86 per cent of them, the Geneva-based United Nations agency said, calling for a series of measures in response to the resulting health effects.”The most vulnerable victims are the poor and the marginalized, most of whom live in low-quality housing in flood-prone or drought-prone regions,” said Jamie Bartram, Coordinator of WHO’s Water, Sanitation and Health Programme. “In periods of drought, their desperate search for water leads them to drink contaminated water and fail to exercise personal hygiene. And those fleeing floods often drink unclean water too.”Floods are the second most frequent cause of natural disaster after windstorms, but affect more regions and more people than any other phenomenon, WHO said. Drought is the largest cause of death because it often leads to famine.As statistical studies show floods becoming more frequent, WHO called for more efforts to be put into better preparedness and better prevention measures, especially in the least developed countries.Simple, practical measures such as teaching people how to conserve water and keep it safe from contamination and how to store emergency supplies of safe drinking water would help at-risk communities, WHO said. Chlorination is known to reduce diarrhoea, cholera and other diseases.The agency also said that early warning systems to detect rises in mosquito-borne and diarrhoeal diseases and to evaluate the risk of floods and drought also should be set up. Furthermore, sanitation in many regions should be improved because countries with a good infrastructure for drainage and disposal of human waste have far fewer direct health problems during water-related disasters.
But this year’s Week 1 results aren’t just close by Week 1 standards. The Broncos (over the Panthers), Bengals (Jets), Raiders (Saints) and Giants (Cowboys) all won by just 1 point: That’s the first time that four games in one week have been decided by a single point in 34 years.Since 1993, only one week has been as close on average as the 5.1-point margin tallied so far on opening weekend — Week 5 of the 2001 season. Since 1993, the standard deviation of from the previously mentioned 11.6-point average margin of victory was 2.3 points. That makes this season’s Week 1 a true outlier: At 5.1 points (pending tonight’s games), it is 2.3 standard deviations from average. The graph below shows the average margin in each week of the regular season since 1993: Of course, if you insist on having something to overreact to, your best bet for a hot take this morning is to look at the performance of the two NFC heavyweights, Seattle and Arizona. The Seahawks were favored by 10 points but needed a late touchdown to beat the Dolphins, 12-10. And Arizona, favored by 9 points against a New England squad without both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, missed a last-minute field goal and fell, 23-21. But given that Seattle and Arizona both rank in the top five in wins over the last three years, both teams have earned the benefit of the doubt after one mediocre performance. When a game takes an unexpected turn in Week 13 of an NFL season, it can easily be recognized for what it is: an outlier. But when a favorite is upset in Week 1, it’s harder to say whether the game is an aberration or a sign of how the rest of the season will unfold. Observers have such a tendency to overreact to the results in Week 1 that Football Outsiders has coined it National Jump to Conclusions Week.But this year, in a special Week 1 twist, there’s very little to overreact to, at least at a macro level. As usual, some games unfolded in fascinating ways — the Chargers blew a huge lead to the Chiefs, the Lions blew a huge lead but then still beat the Colts, the Raiders won on a 2-point conversion — but Week 1 should generate surprisingly few hot takes. In fact, the most notable result in Week 1 was how close the games were.Philadelphia beat Cleveland, arguably the worst team in the NFL, by 19 points. That otherwise tame result is notable for one reason: Of the 14 games played so far, this was the only game decided by double digits. That’s already tied for the single-week record, with two games (Washington/Pittsburgh and San Francisco/Los Angeles) still to play this evening.The NFL introduced free agency for the 1993 season, another in a long line of efforts by the league to create parity. From 1993 to 2015, the average margin of victory in Week 1 was 11.6 points; this year, pending the results of tonight’s games, the average margin of victory is a microscopic 5.1 points.
Theresa May took a break from her ongoing Brexit struggles to open a library in a phone box, donating a historical mystery novel by bestselling Scottish author CJ Sansom.The Prime Minister opened the Holyport Book Booth in her Berkshire constituency, taking Sansom’s debut novel Dissolution, the first in his the first in the Matthew Shardlake series, to add to the shelves.The 62-year-old smiled for the crowd as she cut a ribbon to officially open the library, which was the idea of 11-year-old schoolgirl Tate Pickering.Tate was inspired by a question in a mock SATs test, in which people used a redundant telephone box to swap books they have read for new ones.After the phone box in Holyport near Maidenhead, Berks, was bought for just £1 from telecoms firm BT, volunteers worked tirelessly to transform it into a tiny library.Among the books now available to borrow is Mrs May’s copy of Dissolution, which was published in 2003 to rave reviews. Theresa May signs a sticker that was placed inside CJ Sansom’s debut novel DissolutionCredit:Baylis Media/Solent Mrs May signed her name with a Sharpie pen after meeting young Tate and praising her idea. The historical mystery novel is set in 16th Century England during the break down of the monasteries. It follows lawyer Shardlake, who must solve the murder of one of Thomas Cromwell’s commissioners.Before leaving books at the small community library, people sign their name on a sticker which is then placed inside the books cover. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) says it is moving ahead with plans to have squatters from Front Road, Ruimveldt, Georgetown and Sophia, Greater Georgetown relocated to more suitable areas.CH&PA Chief Executive Officer Lelon Saul“Once there is a will, there is a way”, Central Housing and Planning Authority’s (CH&PA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lelon Saul said.Though the previous Governments were unsuccessful in their bid to have these squatters relocated, the CEO says under his leadership it will be done.Probed for an update on the plans to have these squatters relocated, Saul said “We are currently working to develop Cummings Lodge and some of the persons who are living in informal settlements that are not suitable, some of those persons are earmarked to be relocated there,” he posited.The CEO reiterated that his agency has an overall plan to have all squatters relocated and reminded that they have been successful in some areas.“The agency is currently on plans to develop additional areas and over a period of time in the medium to long term we hope that we will be in a position to address the issue of squatting that will see persons being relocated from several areas,” he said.The relocation process for the squatters at Broad and Lombard Streets, Georgetown has been put on hold as a result of resistance from Mocha Arcadia residents coupled with unsuitable soil.Some of the squatting homes on Lombard & Broad StreetsSome 68 adults and 100 children are living in the area under severe poverty and the land belongs to a private individual, who has been granted a judgement against the squatters in the High Court.They were supposed to be relocated to Barnwell North, East Bank Demerara, but the residents of Mocha Arcadia held protests over the relocation.Despite attempts, the squatters themselves have been opposed to moving from that area. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRelocation of Broad & Lombard streets squatters postponed till October- CH&PAFebruary 6, 2018In “latest news”Illegal structures in Sophia/Cummings Lodge to be dismantled – CH&PAOctober 25, 2017In “latest news”Communities Ministry finalising regularisation, relocation plan to tackle squattingFebruary 20, 2017In “latest news”
On Monday May 11, Costas Socratous arrived around 9 am to his work, the electoral office of Theo Theophanous in Melbourne’s inner northern suburb of Northcote. The previous week was a difficult one for the Victorian Labor Government, as daily negative reports saturated the media, after the release of the Ombudsman report on the Brimbank City Council investigation. Socratous, also a former Councillor in Brimbank, had testified to the Ombudsman. Around 11:30am that Monday, Theo Theophanous unexpectedly came into the office. Half an hour later he called Costas into his office, and in the presence of another staffer, acting as a witness, he announced his decision to fire Socratous from his position as electoral officer for disloyalty. Theophanous’ decision was founded on the fact that Costas’ testimony to the Ombudsman suggested that Theophanous had pressured him on at least two issues debated in the Brimbank City Council. Regardless of factional loyalties, most Labor people see the Brimbank scandal as having damaged the entire Labor apparatus. In his 200 page report the Ombudsman, George Brouwer paints a bleak picture of the dealings in the Brimbank Council. He highlights, amongst other things, the influence exerted on the council by outsiders, especially Labor Party operative, Hakki Suleyman, Labor MPs George Seitz and Theo Theophanous, as well as Andrew Theophanous, Theo’s brother the disgraced former Federal MP, and husband of former Deputy Mayor of Brimbank Kathryn Eriksson. The Obudsman’s report has again shone a light on the darker politics plaguing the grassroots organisation of the Labor Party. The report forced Federal Labor to take away preselection processes from the Victorian ALP and hand it over to the party’s national executive. What is ironic is the fact that Labor MP George Seitz prompted the Ombudsman’s investigation, through his parliamentary outburst naming the Brimbank City Council’s ruling faction as an “underbelly”, and calling the former Mayor of Brimbank and daughter of Hakki, Natalie Suleyman, “the Robert Mugabe of Brimbank”.“This whole saga has a lot…. of history dating back when Seitz and Theophanous were still members of the Left faction of the Party,” suggested a senior Labor official who wished to remain anonymous. “With the Brimbank byzantine politics as a background, political careers were built, not excluding that of Premier John Brumby,” emphasised the same official. The critical issue is whether Brimbank has wounded the Victorian Labor enough to impact on its electoral chances. “On it’s own, probably not; but combined with a mounting sense of disillusionment in the electorate relating to many dysfunctional infrastructure areas that affect everyday life, it has the potential to seriously challenge Brumby’s might depicted presently at the polls,’ said this official.As for George Seitz, and Theo Theophanous what will the future hold for these mighty powerbrokers? Another senior Labor official dared to predict with brutal honesty: “The reality is we have got to evaluate the continuous offerings that some individuals, as Members of Parliament make to the party; everyone has their use-by date!” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Un homme et un renard enterrés ensemble dans une tombe vieille de 16.500 ansRelatée fin janvier dans la revue PLoS One, la découverte, par des archéologues britanniques, dans le nord de la Jordanie, d’une tombe recélant les restes d’un homme et ceux d’un renard, suggère l’existence d’un lien particulier entre les deux.Dans une tombe, outre les restes d’une femme, quelques os ayant appartenu à un homme, ainsi que le crâne et l’humérus droit d’un renard. Dans une tombe adjacente, la dépouille du même homme, et le reste des os du renard : c’est le mystère sur lequel ont planché les chercheurs qui étudient, depuis 2005, cet ancien cimetière, datant d’il y a environ 16.500 ans, à Uyun-al-Hammam, en Jordanie.À lire aussiPourquoi les hommes ont-ils une érection le matin ?”Ce que nous semblons avoir trouvé, c’est un cas où un renard a été tué et enterré avec son propriétaire. Plus tard, la tombe a été rouverte pour quelque raison et le corps de l’homme a été déplacé. Mais, parce que le lien entre le renard et l’homme avait été significatif, le renard a été déplacé aussi, pour que la personne continue d’être accompagnée par l’animal dans l’au-delà”, explique le Dr Lisa Maher, du Centre d’études sur l’évolution de l’homme à l’Université de Cambridge.Un cas unique, puisque, jusque là, la plus ancienne sépulture mêlant des restes humains et ceux d’un animal domestique, trouvée en Israël, était plus récente de 4.000 ans. Il s’agissait bien-sûr d’un chien, vite préféré par l’homme préhistorique au trop capricieux et trop farouche renard.Le 31 janvier 2011 à 20:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima Sony finished their E3 2018 press event by showing an extended look at the eagerly anticipated Spider-Man. We got to see more of the game’s core mechanics along with some story elements. As with other previews, this latest video only makes the wait harder to bare. Thankfully, Sony gave journalists at the event a chance to finally play the game, including yours truly. Though I only spent ten minutes with it, I can safely say the hype for Spider-Man is real. Sony and Insomniac Games are set to release a proverbial monster this fall.The demo began with a standard tutorial segment, which is cleverly interwoven into the gameplay. Pressing R2 makes Spider-Man swing, while pressing X makes him shoot forward quickly. The swinging mechanics are easy and intuitive. In just a few short minutes, I all but mastered traversal. I swung around the city, ran on the sides of buildings, and jumped as far as I could. Like Spider-Man 2 on PS2, simply traveling across the city as The Wall-Crawler is its own reward.It didn’t take long for Spider-Man to run into a group of bad guys that needed thwarting. Combat is surprisingly deep. Not only can Spidey attack with kicks and punches, he can also use his webs to incapacitate foes or to grab objects in the environment to use as weapons. Spidey can even unleash devastating special attacks. Truth be told, I was somewhat overwhelmed by how many options there are during combat. I know mastering the fighting mechanics means getting the most out of enemy encounters.Spider-Man’s rendition of New York City is exceptionally put together. The lighting effects help bring the metropolis to life, helping you see every little nuance. Despite how richly detailed everything is, the game contains a distinct art style that helps it stand apart from other action adventure titles. It isn’t graphically on par with the likes of God of War or Detroit: Become Human, but it’s still a looker. Trust me, this is a title you’ll use to show off your 4K TV.The demo I played wasn’t finished and I hit a bug while playing. This prevented me from completing the main mission where I needed to fight one of Spider-Man’s famous villains. Since I couldn’t progress the story, I chose to do a side quest where I had to discover who is tampering with the ventilation system of random buildings. These missions involve solving a simple puzzle, which I found interesting. The final version will no doubt contain a great deal of side quests, challenges, collectibles, and more.In another side quest, I needed to take out a dangerous gang. Each wave of foes was harder than the last. These sort of missions are great for keeping one’s skills sharpened. The final wave had enemies carrying rocket launchers, which is something I wasn’t expecting. Thanks to modern-day games, I wondered if there are missions I could not complete until I progressed and became stronger. I was told this isn’t the case. All one needs to complete any quest is a good understanding of Spidey’s skills. This is refreshing in an age where games stop your progress if you are under-leveled. Don’t expect that in Spider-Man.My time with Spider-Man was brief, but it’s clear Insomniac Games is going to deliver the goods. To be honest, I had some minor worries about the game. After all, for every good Spider-Man title there are 20 that are complete garbage. I do not see Insomniac’s Spider-Man falling into that category. After playing the demo, I want summer to end as soon as possible so I can play the full game. If ten minutes left such an impression on me, I can only imagine how amazing and spectacular the final product will be. Don’t sleep on this one, gang!Spider-Man releases exclusively on PS4 on September 7, 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
SEATTLE — Environmentalists are seeking to stop exploratory drilling on forest lands near Mount St. Helens in Washington state as a Canadian company prepares next month to drill more holes to probe for copper, gold and other minerals. Ascot Resources, of Vancouver, B.C., plans to drill on a site within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Skamania County, where it owns mineral rights. The site is about 12 miles northeast of the volcanic crater and partly within the blast zone of the 1980 eruption that killed 57 people.The environmental group Gifford Pinchot Task Force sued in federal court in Tacoma last week to get the U.S. Forest Service to conduct environmental reviews and allow for public comments. It claimed the project could lead to polluted drinking water and loss of wildlife habitat, and interfere with hunting, fishing, backcountry and other recreational uses that draw thousands of visitors to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument each year. “It’s an important public issue, and I think the public deserves the opportunity to comment on it,” said Jessica Walz, conservation director for the Portland-based Gifford Pinchot Task Force, whose opposition to a proposed copper mine in the same area helped derail the project in 2008.Bob Evans, director of Ascot USA, on Tuesday called the lawsuit frivolous.“Ascot’s operation is a small exploration drill program with very limited impact,” he wrote in an emailed response. “Ascot, in consultation with the USFS, has followed best practices to leave virtually no imprint on the environment.”
The guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) is shown in the South China Sea, March 6, 2016.ReutersThe US military said on Wednesday it sent a Navy warship through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from China, a move likely to anger China during a period of tense relations between Washington and Beijing.Taiwan is among a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which include a trade war, US sanctions and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols.China on Wednesday warned that it is ready for war if there was any move towards Taiwan’s independence, accusing the United States of undermining global stability and denouncing its arms sales to the self-ruled island.The warship sent to the 112-mile-wide (180-km) Taiwan Strait was identified as the Antietam.”The (ship’s) transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, said in a statement. “The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” he added.The voyage risks raising further tensions with China but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from US President Donald Trump’s administration amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing.The United States has no formal ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to help provide the island with the means to defend itself and is its main source of arms.China has been ramping up pressure to assert its sovereignty over the island, which it considers a wayward province of “one China” and sacred Chinese territory.On Wednesday, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a news briefing on a defence white paper, the first like it in several years to outline the military’s strategic concerns, that China would make its greatest effort for peaceful reunification with Taiwan.”If there are people who dare to try to split Taiwan from the country, China’s military will be ready to go to war to firmly safeguard national sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” he said.China has repeatedly sent military aircraft and ships to circle Taiwan on exercises in the past few years and worked to isolate it internationally, whittling down its few remaining diplomatic allies.
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman have successfully sold Hollywood on their ambitious plans to create a kind of next-generation HBO or Netflix — with bite-size original programming designed for smartphones. Now the question is whether their “NewTV” venture will deliver something consumers will actually pay for.WndrCo, the holding company Katzenberg co-founded, announced that it has secured a $1 billion seed-funding round for NewTV.Backers include a who’s who of Hollywood studios: Disney, 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, AT&T’s WarnerMedia (formerly Time Warner Inc.), Lionsgate, MGM, ITV and Entertainment One. Tech investors include Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group; strategic investors include VC firm Madrone Capital Partners, which led the round, along with Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and John Malone’s Liberty Global. The funding officially closed July 31. “Really, this allows us to launch our vision of bringing together the best of Hollywood and Silicon Valley,” said NewTV CEO Meg Whitman. Katzenberg tapped the former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and eBay to run the startup earlier this year.NewTV is aiming to launch by the end of 2019, with a premium lineup of original, short-form series comprising episodes of 10 minutes each. The service will have two subscription tiers: an advertising-free plan and an “advertising-light” option (a la Hulu), according to Whitman.The opportunity for a service focused on mobile entertainment is huge, as the world’s billions of smartphones users watch an increasing amount of video on their devices, according to Katzenberg, formerly CEO of DreamWorks Animation and chairman of Walt Disney Studios. “We don’t consider this competitive with Hulu, or HBO, or Netflix, or the networks,” he said. “It’s a completely different use case.”Of course, there’s nothing stopping Netflix, HBO or anyone else from jumping into shorter-form programming in a big way — indeed, Netflix has already launched “The Comedy Lineup,” a series of 15-minute stand-up specials. But Katzenberg insisted that NewTV will be fundamentally different: built from the ground up to be 100% focused on the user experience for mobile viewing.NewTV will feature a range of scripted and unscripted shows, including sitcoms, dramas, reality and documentaries; it won’t include any live TV, according to Katzenberg. “For all the different formats of television, there are ways to innovate and adapt them into content you can conveniently watch in chapters on the go,” he said.Key to NewTV’s business model is partnering with traditional entertainment producers. The company will license programming and won’t own or produce any shows itself.“If you look at the job here of wanting to create a unique quality of content, we also need quantity — and the only way to achieve that quantity is by being able to get the resources, support and access of the big studios,” said Katzenberg. “From Day One, it was essential to have their support for this. We have built a licensed model that is highly, highly appealing to them.” But will people really pay to watch snack-size TV shows on their phones? Katzenberg cited the rapid growth of subscription music-streaming services Spotify and Apple Music to illustrate the opportunity for NewTV. He also pointed to the continued rise of smartphone users: In 2018, the number of global smartphone unique subscribers will top 3 billion, with a penetration rate of 55% of the population, according to Forrester Research estimates.“From an enterprise value-creation opportunity, it’s the biggest thing we’ve ever seen,” Katzenberg said.While short-form content has flourished on platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Snapchat, Katzenberg posited, no one has invested TV-level bucks into production budgets and talent the way NewTV intends to at scale.With the funding announcement, WndrCo’s NewTV released statements of support from select investors:Bob Iger, chairman/CEO, Walt Disney Co.: “Technology continues to open up new avenues for great storytelling, and we’re pleased to be part of this promising venture that will serve audiences with high-quality, short-form content designed especially for mobile viewing.”Peter Rice, president, 21st Century Fox: “NewTV is opening a significant growth opportunity for creators across Fox with an entirely new way of story-telling, designed to address the exploding market for mobile video consumption. Jeffrey and Meg bring an unprecedented level of expertise and insight to this venture, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them to define the next generation of mobile storytelling.”Kevin Tsujihara, chairman/CEO, Warner Bros.: “We’re big fans of Jeffrey’s and are excited about NewTV. As viewing habits continue to evolve, we’re constantly looking for new platforms and outlets to help deliver our high-quality content to consumers, where, when and how they want it.”Greg Penner, founder, Madrone Capital Partners: “The trends are clear that mobile video consumption is where the growth is happening, and NewTV’s unique subscription platform, focused on premium, bite-sized content, is an exciting investment for Madrone Capital.”Joe Tsai, co-founder/executive vice chairman, Alibaba Group: “We are thrilled to partner with Jeffrey and Meg to explore the future of entertainment on mobile platforms.”NewTV is currently housed in offices at Serendipity Labs’ co-working space in Hollywood. Whitman said the company’s future offices will be located on the third and fourth floor of the building. NewTV also is looking to partner with telcos and others on distribution deals. Worth noting here is Verizon’s shuttering last month of Go90, its ad-supported short-form video service that never hit critical mass; for the second quarter of 2018, the telco took a $658 million of writedown mainly related Go90’s demise.Mark Burnett, chairman of MGM’s Worldwide Television Group, said he’s very bullish on NewTV. “This is the right thing at the right time. People now watch most of their content on mobile — and this idea is amazing,” Burnett told Variety, adding, “If anybody can make it work, it’s Jeffrey Katzenberg.”Burnett, the longtime TV producer whose hits include “The Voice,” “Survivor” and “Shark Tank,” said NewTV is offering to pay top dollar for content. “The economics are great. You want to get A-list people, you have to pay appropriately. NewTV are paying appropriately,” he said.The $1 billion in funding for NewTV — a massive amount for an initial round — is separate from the capital that Katzenberg’s WndrCo has raised. To date, WndrCo has secured $750 million in funding; a good portion of that is being invested in NewTV. Last year, Katzenberg told Variety that he was seeking to raise $2 billion to launch the venture, but even with half that amount he’s confident NewTV can deliver a robust product. “Our focus was getting the studio partners and the financing. Those two things took a year,” he said.WndrCo does not own a majority stake in NewTV but “we are a significant shareholder,” said Katzenberg, who is managing partner of WndrCo and chairman and founder of NewTV. The company isn’t disclosing the valuation of NewTV.Whitman noted that NewTV’s lead investor, Madrone Capital, is led by Greg Penner, chairman of Walmart. The retailing giant is currently scoping out plans to launch its own subscription-video service in a bid to challenge Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.NewTV is a placeholder name. Whitman said the company expects to announce its official moniker along with senior-executive hires within the next two months. The company currently has fewer than 10 employees. Whitman and Katzenberg are now actively recruiting execs and staff for NewTV. “Jeffrey and I are spending half to three-fourths of our time interviewing,” Whitman said. They’re looking to hire a CTO, chief product officer, creative, partnership and marketing teams, as well as personnel for back-end corporate functions like HR and IT.In the next 2-3 years, Whitman projects that NewTV’s staff will number between 200 and 300 people. “This is not a terribly headcount-intensive business,” she said.WndrCo, in addition to its interest in NewTV, has made smaller investments in various digital media companies. Those include Whistle Sports, TYT Network, Mixcloud and Axios. Katzenberg co-founded WndrCo with partners Ann Daly (ex-president of DreamWorks Animation) and Sujay Jaswa (former CFO of Dropbox).But NewTV is the main project Katzenberg is focused on. “It’s the one I’m most invested in, in terms of my time and efforts,” he said. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Keeping in mind the passion and the intimacy of print as a visual art medium, The Lalit Kala Akademi, has launched its first International Print Biennale to discover new artistic trends in printmaking, nationally and internationally. The Akademi has been serving the entire country by promoting the creative endeavours of Indian artists. Pivotal to the Lalit Kala Akademi’s mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art before diverse local, national and international audiences. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Print Biennale has been scheduled for the month of March and April 2018, in the Lalit Kala Akademi and NGMA galleries. It will be a one of a kind event where artists from all over the world will be able to send in their works and showcase their artwork on an international platform. Further, there are five grand prizes of two lakh each, apart from the honourable mentions for a few selected meritorious works. The Akademi will also hold a five-day workshop of the awarded artists. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the decreasing practice of printmaking among the artists, C.S. Krishna Setty, Administrator, he Lalit Kala Akademi said, “Over the years, the practice of printmaking is decreasing among artists. As a result, many printmakers are taking refuge in other mediums for their survival. To arrest this situation, we need to boost this medium with international exposure. Moreover, with the advancement of new technologies, this medium has taken new dimensions all over the world, which needs to be showcased to the art fraternity and connoisseurs.” The biennale will be organized in collaboration with National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Speaking of the same, Adwaita Gadanayak, DG, NGMA, said, “The museum has international facilities which will be given to the Akademi to present their best foot forward for this international endeavour. It is imperative for more and more organisations to come together and create an atmosphere of art creation and growth.”The first selection will be made based on the digital entries sent by the artists. If the work gets approved by the jury, it will be displayed during the exhibition. Later in the second round, selected artists will be asked to send their original work so that it gets easier to choose the winners. Paula Sengupta, a printmaker and teacher, mentioned that printmaking is over four centuries old and is a culmination of many years of practice. Further on, she mentioned, “The reason printmaking is alive in India is that it is still fostered in Indian art institutes and the studios that Lalit Kala Akademi has provided in its regional centers.”The Akademi will also invite few senior and veteran artists for the exhibition under the invited section. Anupam Sud, a senior and internationally known Delhi based printmaker has been given the responsibility of the Commissioner of the exhibition. Other steering Committee members are well-known printmakers like Ananda Moy Banerji, Dattatraya Apte, R.S. Sham Sunder, Paula Sen Gupta and Vijay Bagodi.
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S&P Global Reaffirms LoanCare Ratings 2018-07-27 Kristina Brewer LoanCare, a ServiceLink company, has announced that its rating has been reaffirmed and maintained as Above Average, both as a residential mortgage primary servicer and as a residential special servicer, from S&P Global. According to their press release, the outlook is stable for both rankings.According to S&P Global’s results, the rankings reflect LoanCare’s “enhanced technology environment, multiple levels of internal controls, sound training program and well-managed vendor oversight area.” This report points to several positive attributes of LoanCare including, “an experienced management team, competitive turnover metrics and proactive default management practices that are inclusive of automation.” in Headlines, journal, News, Servicing S&P Global believes that LoanCare has made improvements to its infrastructure to highlight efficiencies and reduce risk. “We expect LoanCare to remain a competitive servicer in the residential marketplace,” S&P Global stated.”We are honored that S&P Global reaffirmed our rating and recognized LoanCare with Above Average rankings,” said Dave Worrall, president of LoanCare. “This rating is a reflection on our company’s mission to provide service that exceeds expectations. We assure that we operate at the highest level of conduct through quality customer service, compliant practices, and innovative technology.” LoanCare, a ServiceLink company, is one of the top three providers of full-service subservicing and interim subservicing to the mortgage industry. Presently, LoanCare subservices more than 1.2 million loans in all 50 states, approximating $244 billion in loan balances. July 27, 2018 674 Views Share
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