Free agent right-back Dani Alves is close to a move to Sao Paulo as the veteran defender will return to Brazil to continue his career.The Brazil international is without a club after his release by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.The 36-year-old took to Instagram last week in a tongue-in-cheek post, asking where he should send his CV as he looked for a new team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The answer seems to have come from his homeland with Sao Paulo prepared to offer him a three-year deal, sources tell Goal, something no European club was willing to do.The player, currently on holiday in the country is expected in the city in the next few days to make the move official as he has already reached a verbal agreement with the club.Sao Paulo initially thought the player’s wage demands would be too high, describing the chances of signing him as “almost unviable,” but the lure of a long-term contract at the club he supported as a youngster has tempted Alves.Alves started his career at Bahia, the only club more successful in Brazil than Sao Paulo, before moving to Sevilla in Spain in 2002 when he was 19.Six years at Sevilla followed, before he made the move to Barcelona in 2008.He spent eight years with the Blaugrana, making 247 appearances in Catalonia and winning 22 trophies while at the club.The honours at Barca are part of the 40 Alves has won throughout his career, making him the most decorated player in history.He spent a season at Juventus after leaving Spain. The Turin giants were one of the clubs rumoured to be interested in the player, who captained Brazil to Copa America glory this summer, picking up the Player of the Tournament award in the process.Inter were another club supposedly in talks with Alves, but no club was willing to offer him anything beyond a one-year deal.English teams were also reportedly interested in the right-back, and he wanted to play in the Premier League. He came close to rejoining Pep Guardiola, a manger of his at Barcelona, at Manchester City before moving to PSG two seasons ago.He helped the Paris club to two consecutive Ligue 1 titles before they released him, paving the way for a return to his home country.
The Best Messenger Bags for Men to Lug Around Your Stuff in Style 1. Counter display with Market view. 2. NYC Velo counter build out. 3. Specialty bike racks for inventory. 4. Custom display. 5. NYC Velo main desk. 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens NYC Velo is one of New York’s premiere bike shops. Located in the heart of the East Village on Second Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, the store provides true biking connoisseurs with a selection of bicycles that range from industry standard brands to bikes that are nothing short of works of art. For nine years, NYC Velo has offered New York residents superior customer service from a highly trained staff.This past December, NYC Velo opened a second location in the new Gotham West Market in Hell’s Kitchen on the west side of the city. We spoke to Andrew Crooks, the supremely passionate and knowledgeable founder of NYC Velo to find out more about the new location and his goals for the store going forward.Why was now the right time to open up a second store location?The Gotham West development people approached me and throughout our conversations it became obvious that I was going to have a partnership with the landlord that doesn’t exist very often in New York. Basically, they were very serious about having a bike shop featured as an essential part of the Gotham West Market and that’s why we got involved. They want the Gotham West building to be a “green building” that promotes an active and healthy life style, which is something we very much align with.How does the bike concierge service that will be offered in the building fit in?We’re managing the bike storage of the residents who live in the residential part of the building. We have a lot of clients who live in very nice buildings who have had issues with their belongings disappearing from bike rooms so this is something where it’s very secure; we’re accountable and it’s managed very well.Can you explain the bike tours that are going to be offered at the new store?Those will be New York area rides that our staff will lead. We’ve been doing shop-led rides for years from the East Village store. We’ve done a lot of single day rides where we transport clients up to the Catskills or the Berkshires where we are in different terrain and there are interesting, safe and challenging roads that people don’t get to ride very much if they are sort of city bound. There are going to be some rides that we’re going to try and tailor to residents of the building that will be driven by what exactly they want. One of the things we have been talking about is a bike tour of some of the original locations of the food vendors that are featured in the Gotham Market. The true relevance of the Gotham Market is that it has such great access to the Hudson River bike path, so it’s much easier to lead a ride that only has to navigate one block of city traffic to get to that path.How will the rides be organized?The rides will be on Saturday mornings and meet at the Blue Bottle store in the Market. We’re talking with the other stores that are open early to see if they can feature one “pre-ride” menu item for our riders to eat before going on what will typically be a three-hour trip. But there will be options for riders of different abilities if they don’t feel up to that length of a trip.What are the main differences between the two stores?The new location is going to allow us to put on a lot more events and social gatherings. The other thing is that our concierge service for the residents is going to be open for up to sixteen hours a day; and the concierge service is located in the same space as our service station, which means that our mechanics will be available for that same window of time. Basically, our clients can drop off their bike for service in the morning and still be able to pick it up at night. We have a lot of customers who work from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, which means getting to a bike shop between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM doesn’t work that well. But we’ll have concierge and mechanic service open from about 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM so hopefully that window will work for them. It’s going to be a challenging undertaking, but we want to produce the kind of work and service that our customers expect.How much say did you have in the design of the new store? My education is in engineering and I have a lot of friends that are architects so I wanted to make sure that the form met the function. In addition to the glass storefront, we have one wall with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that looks into the Market. The bike shop is actually a foot and half higher than the rest of the Market. The ceiling heights top out at about 17.5 feet. The store has a very bright and airy feeling that is different than most retail spaces. At one point in the project, Gotham brought on AvroKO to develop all of the Market spaces. I met with them a few times and we gave them suggestions for a basic floor plan and flow as well as a list of elements we would need in the store. The actual look of the space, the shelving and the lighting design was all AvroKO. We ended up building out some of the displays that didn’t make it onto the final build list just to kind of finish off the space a bit—things that are just very specific to certain products. We’ve been very happy with the design and how it has worked with the actual use of the space.What events are coming up at the Gotham West location?The first weekly ride is going to be in two and half weeks. After that, there are a series of professional races in Belgium that start up in a few weeks that are referred to as the Spring Classics—very grueling single day events that don’t get the same attention as the Tour de France but are taken very seriously by bike enthusiasts. We’ll be working with the guys at the Cannibal for some events related to watching those races live in our store. We’ll also be working with El Colmado for viewing parties for Spanish based races and events. And we’ve been talking to Ivan Ramen about some of the Japanese based events. The most prominent of those happen in the fall. Those are just some of the most obvious tie-ins based on the country of origin of the food those vendors serve. Also in the beginning of April we’re doing a book signing for a man named Bruce Weber who is a writer for the New York Times. We got him set up with a bike to do a cross-country ride a few years ago. He did a blog column on it but he also wrote a book called Life is a Wheel and we’re going to do a launch party for him on April 1.All photos courtesy Melissa Hom. Editors’ Recommendations A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking The Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute
zoom A mild shift in the speeds of containerships, especially on the head-hole, can be expected as new liner mega alliances endeavor to speed up their transit times, according to UK shipping consultant Drewry.Aiming to polish up their brands, liner giants that have joined their operating pools are likely to speed up so as to attain greater performance reliability, which has spiraled down over the past few months.The latest data from Drewry shows that the aggregate on-time performance for the Asia-Europe, Transpacific and Transatlantic trades dropped to 58% in December, down from 62% in November and 64% in October.The gentle shift toward higher speeds is likely to be influenced by the oil price drop as well.However, structural overcapacity will remain a barrier in how much can these speeds be accelerated since there is not enough cargo to satisfy the number of existing ships, especially having in mind their ever increasing size.As a result, Drewry believes that despite the shift, dropping of slow steaming practice is not an option since there is not enough cargo to resort to full designer speeds.World Maritime News Staff
The Canadian Press Federal Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says officials are working against the clock as they look for ways to clear a path for salmon that are blocked from spawning areas by a landslide on the Fraser River in British Columbia.Wilkinson says 90,000 salmon are gathering in waters below the slide area and up to two million sockeye are expected to start arriving in less than two weeks at Big Bar, northwest of Kamloops.He says time is of the urgency as rock scalers, engineers and blasters try to find a solution after the natural disaster.He says crews at the slide site are working to move boulders to create a safe route for the fish.Helicopters are also netting salmon in buckets and moving them above the slide area, and a so-called fish ladder has been constructed to help salmon over the slide area but treacherous river conditions are preventing its installation.The salmon use the river to head to spawning areas in rivers, streams and creeks throughout central and northern British Columbia.Wilkinson says heavy rains in northern B.C. have caused the river to rise but hot weather forecast for this week could see water levels drop, giving crews a better chance to move rocks and test the ladder.The slide was discovered in June and has created a five-metre waterfall in a narrow and remote portion of the river that the fish cannot get through.
Adrian Peterson, the star running back for the Minnesota Vikings and current leader in the NFL for rushing yards, opened his checkbook to donate $50,000 from his All Day Foundation to the disaster response veteran service organization, Team Rubicon.One of the most valuable offensive players for the Minnesota Vikings since 2007, Peterson, also known as “AD,” first joined the team after an award-winning career at perennial college football powerhouse The University of Oklahoma. Since playing for the Vikings, AP has risen to prominence as the league’s leading rusher, earning numerous accolades and setting both NFL and Vikings franchise records in the process.Team Rubicon is an organization that empowers experienced military veterans to deploy rapid emergency response and relief teams to natural disaster sites and other crisis areas around the world.“Military veterans choose to serve even after they take off the uniform because they want to dedicate themselves to a cause larger than their own,” said Adrian Peterson, running back for Minnesota Vikings. “Supporting organizations like Team Rubicon before, during, and after times of disaster allows them to continue their important missions in communities worldwide.”Team Rubicon was created in 2010 and has already lead response and relief missions across both the nation and the globe, activating their veteran emergency response teams (VERTS) in countries such as Burma, Chile, Haiti, Pakistan and Sudan in addition to helping on the home front. Team Rubicon focuses on the integration of veterans into their communities by empowering them to be civic leaders through the utilization of their military skills and experience in times of crisis. As a lead nonprofit partner for Got Your 6, the entertainment industry-backed campaign devoted to changing the conversation around military veterans in America, Team Rubicon has committed to engage veterans and military family members in 1.5 million hours of volunteer service under their Got Your 6 leadership pillar.“When our country is in need, veterans respond,” said Jacob Wood, President and Co-Founder of Team Rubicon. “Adrian’s generous support of our mission will enable Team Rubicon to broaden and accelerate our response efforts in future crisis situations.”
Rabat – The President of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has welcomed the unanimous adoption by the United Nations Security Council of Resolution 2351 on Western Sahara.“The President of the AUC, Moussa Faki Mahamat, welcomes the unanimous adoption by UN Security Council members of resolution 2351 (2017), which extended the mandate of [the United Nations Mission in Western Sahara] MINURSO Until April 30, 2018,” said the commission in statement issued Sunday in Addis Ababa.Mahamat lauded the “constructive spirit” and “determination” that had guided the deliberations of the UN Security Council in advancing the peace process in the region, praising the UN Secretary-General’s “determination” to re-launch the negotiating process with a view to “finding a solution to this conflict.” The resolution, which sets a new course regarding the long-running dispute of Western Sahara, devoted the distinction of the Moroccan autonomy plan, calling Morocco’s efforts “serious and credible” to move forward in the process of settling the issue.The UN Security Council reiterated its call “to the parties and neighboring countries to cooperate fully with the United Nations and with each other and to consolidate their commitment to end the current impasse and make progress towards a political solution.”The UN Security Council, on the other hand, repeated its request for the “registration” of populations in the Tindouf camps in south-western Algeria and “insisted on the necessity in making efforts in this issue.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson (13) puts up a shot against the Washington Wizards’ Kevin Seraphin in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOver a month has passed since the start of the NBA free agency period and one acclaimed player is still unsigned: power forward Tristan Thompson, who made a name for himself this past season playing alongside LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers.When the free agency period began, it was widely assumed that the Cavaliers and Thompson would reach an agreement quickly in the five-year $80-$90 million range. Then, following their agreement, James, who has the same agent as Thompson, would re-sign with the Cavaliers for one year with a player option. He could then opt out again next summer and sign a max deal with the upcoming increased NBA salary cap.For Cleveland, it has not exactly worked as anticipated regarding Thompson. James has already agreed to return to the Cavaliers with a one-year maximum deal with a player option, but Thompson remains without a team.Even though the big man is still on the market as a restricted free agent, Cavaliers fans have nothing to worry about in regards to whether he will return for this upcoming season. LeBron also seemed confident that Thompson will return to Cleveland in a Twitter Q-and-A session where a fan asked LeBron if he thinks Thompson will re-sign. LeBron replied, “Yeah of course he will. Means way too much to our team’s success!”Thompson has no leverage with other franchises as almost all of them would not be able to sign him due to their current salary cap limitations. In addition, he would not want to take the chance of signing with a different team and having the risk of the Cavaliers of not matching his offer, even though Cleveland would likely match any offer sheet.Thompson does own leverage to get his asking price from Cleveland, and it may surprise some. For the past month after Thompson realized he would not get what he was originally asking for, whether it was a full max contract or close to one, he has threatened to accept the Cavaliers’ qualifying offer. This means he would sign for one year and $7.2 million, which is a heavy pay cut from what he would get if he and Cleveland reached an agreement.After playing out this one-year contract, Thompson would then be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016. Next summer is also when the NBA salary cap will rise under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, allowing Thompson to possibly sign for much more money than he would receive this summer. Not only does Thompson have the ability to then sign with any team as an unrestricted free agent, he has more leverage than he does this summer to get what he is asking for from the Cavaliers.Matthew Dellavedova, also a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was in a similar situation as Thompson this summer. Reports stated that Dellavedova was asking for money in the $3-$5 million per year range, but he ended up signing his qualifying offer for $1.2 million, allowing him to be an unrestricted free agent next season.Thompson has already bet on himself once last year when he reportedly declined a four-year, $52 million contract extension. If Thompson does accept the qualifying offer, he risks injury or poor performance, which would take a hit on his value next July.Cleveland’s front office executives have to weigh the decision whether to give in and pay Thompson what he is asking for or if they think he is bluffing about possibly taking the qualifying offer. The only question regarding Thompson at this point is not where he will play next season, but for how much money he will play for.
Biodiversité : à Nagoya, la tiédeur risque de nuire à l’efficacitéNagoya, Japon – Ouverte pour deux semaines depuis le lundi 18 octobre, la conférence de l’ONU sur la biodiversité rassemble 193 états. Les ONG craignent que les divergences et les soucis économiques ne “tiédissent” le débat, au détriment de mesures pourtant nécessaires. “La conférence de Nagoya peut être notre dernière chance de mettre en place un plan qui marche. Il n’y aura pas de plan B et, bien évidemment, pas de planète de rechange non plus” dit Jane Smart, de l’Union internationale de conservation de la nature (UICN). Pour les ONG, Nagoya ne peut se permettre d’être un “Copenhague bis”, en référence à l’échec du sommet sur le changement climatique de décembre. “Ce sommet (celui de Nagoya) n’aboutira pas à un traité international avec des objectifs contraignants pour les pays” craint pourtant Jérôme Frignet, de Greenpeace. À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 maiSi le Parlement européen et le Conseil de l’Europe entendent proposer des décisions réalistes et concrètes (protection de 20% des terres et des eaux, restauration de 15% des écosystèmes dégradés, suppression de pratiques non durables de la Politique Agricole Commune…), “le gouvernement se prépare à orienter 35 milliards d’euros vers des projets sans aucun critère de biodiversité : bétonnage, OGM…” alerte la sénatrice écologiste Marie-Christine Blandin.L’Union européenne devrait également défendre une meilleure évaluation financière des produits de la biodiversité et un protocole sur le partage de ses ressources. Mais sans mesure d’indemnisation rétroactive pour les pays du sud, aux richesses naturelles déjà exploitées par les firmes occidentales. Enfin, grand absent de la conférence, les États-Unis qui n’avaient pas signé la convention sur la diversité biologique en 1992, sauront probablement y faire malgré tout entendre leurs intérêts économiques.Le 19 octobre 2010 à 14:42 • Emmanuel Perrin
Romelu Lukaku manager Roberto Martinez says his client wants to help Belgium team grab the World Cup trophy instead of winning the Golden Boot for himself.Lukaku who grabbed a brace in Belgium’s opening game against Panama which put him on the right track to finish as top goalscorer in Russia is believed not be walking towards an individual award but a collective win.“He’s not here to be the top scorer at the World Cup, and that pleases me,” said Martinez on Friday via ESPN.“He’s here to help the team to win, and to perform his role. His role is to score goals.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Rom knows what his role is, as I hope every other player on the pitch does. I wouldn’t expect any player to work towards an individual award. I think every player knows what they need to do to becoming a winning team.“I know Rom well — the reason we paid a record fee at Everton was you saw his outstanding finishing quality. Not because he was the finished article, not because he was a player who could give you something apart from scoring goals.“I think his role in the national team has become that: maybe before it was a bit confused. When you ask a player to do things he’s not good at, he becomes diluted.”
American Media Inc. is converting almost 25 percent of its outstanding debt into equity holdings for its new owners, the company announced Monday.The agreement reduces AMI’s $500-million-plus debt load by $121.3 million, and decreases interest expenses by $12.4 million annually. That’ll free the company to go into growth mode, says David Pecker, AMI’s chairman, president and CEO. “This is the dawn of a new and exciting period of growth for AMI,” he says. “Our ability to work with investors who share our strategic vision underscores our commitment to deleverage the balance sheet and focus on reducing the company’s interest expense which allows us to execute an aggressive strategy to transform American Media into a premier lifestyle brands company. My team and I are already moving assertively to execute this strategy with growth capital and we remain focused on continuing the investment in digital growth.”An emphasis on digital isn’t trailblazing, but it’s important for a print-centric publisher like AMI.According to its 2014 fiscal year annual report, the company relies on print for 57 percent of its revenue, with more than three-quarters of those dollars, or $150 million, coming from the newsstand—a revenue stream that’s drying up fast. Four of AMI’s Top 5 performers (National Enquirer, Star, Shape, OK! And Men’s Fitness) have seen single-copy sales decline. Overall, their sales are down 20.1 percent at the newsstand since 2011, per the Alliance for Audited Media. The closing of Source Interlink Distribution, one of AMI’s biggest distributors, mess didn’t help, though Pecker says distribution will be back on track by the fall.Against that backdrop, digital has been a comparative bright spot. Digital revenue increased 83 percent in FY 2014. But at just $23.1 million, it’s still a small portion of the company’s total earnings (total revenue was $344 million for the period). Pecker tells The Deal Pipeline he’s projecting $60 to $70 million in digital revenue by 2015, though that’s still less than half of what AMI currently generates on the newsstand.See also: 13 Magazines, One App—AMI’s Plan for Digital AccessThe debt-to-equity swap comes on the heels of a big ownership shift at AMI. Chatham Asset Management and Omega Charitable Partnership, existing stakeholders in the company, recently combined to purchase 100 percent of the business for $2 million in cash and the assumption of $513 million in debt.Monday’s announcement marks the fourth major financial restructuring for AMI since 2009.
IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:02Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Jet Airways’ pilot body, the National Aviator’s Guild (NAG), has appealed to the State bank of India (SBI) to release ₹1,500 crore funds. It also sought PM Modi’s intervention to save 20,000 jobs in the financially troubled airline. NAG vice-president Adim Valiani said: “We would like to appeal SBI to release ₹1,500 crore funds to help the airline continue operations. We also appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to save 20,000 odd jobs at the airline.” Close Naresh Goyal quits as Jet Airways chairman, stake slashed to 25% A Jet Airways passenger plane moves on the runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 24, 2013.Reuters fileIt seems Jet Airways’ financial woes are far from over. After a marathon meeting on Monday, lenders deferred the much-awaited decision to provide emergency funds, deepening the crisis once again. In internal communication, Jet Airways chief executive Vinay Dube said the lenders could not reach a consensus on the emergency funding and the board would meet again on Tuesday to further deliberate on the matter. The development came amid its pilots’ union appealing the lenders and the prime minister to the save the debt-ridden airline.In an email to its employees, Vinay Dube also extended the cancellation of its west-bound flights, to and from Amsterdam, London, and Paris until 19th April. The email said: “As you are aware, we have been working with the lenders to secure interim funding for our operations. The interim funding has not been forthcoming thus far, and as a result, we have extended cancellation of international operations until April 19.”He further added: “The current status of our engagement with the lenders and other related matters shall be placed before the board tomorrow morning, where the management will seek guidance from the board on the next steps forward. We will keep you updated on all critical developments.” Stewardesses from Jet Airways (L) and Etihad Airways listen to a news conference by Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways and James Hogan, chief executive of Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways, (both not seen) during a news conference in New Delhi July 23, 2014. [Representational Image]ReutersMeanwhile, Jet Airways is operating only 7 aircraft domestically due to the grounding of over 80% of its fleet by lessors following non-payment of dues. Moreover, the carrier has a fuel supply only until Tuesday afternoon. The vendors and fuel supplier have threatened to stop the supplies on further delays of payments.On Monday, Jet Airways’ pilot union including its engineers and cabin crew members assembled at its headquarter to demand their salaries. Notably, its pilots, engineers, and senior staff were last paid in December 2018. Additionally, the carrier has also defaulted on March salary of other categories of employees as well.
Apple’s application for patenting some of the Swift features has successfully reached the “Grant” stage. Swift is the Objective-C based programming language that Apple introduced in 2014 and open sourced in 2015 under the Apache License 2.0. By licensing its contributions under the Apache license, Apple grants developers a perpetual, royalty-free license to use all of its patents that are necessary in order to use Swift. Apple submitted two patents 9,329,844 in 2016 and 9,952,841 in 2018. Under the 9,952,841 patent, the company has made 23 claims and 22 claims under the 9,329,844 patent. These patents are mainly about supporting multiple languages in the same compiler, with various specific limitations. These patents will be infringed if you are implementing a Swift compiler, assuming it included Objective-C compatibility and also if another language wanted to add a similar built-in compatibility layer. What could be the consequences of Apple’s patents? These patents caused a huge discussion among the Swift developers. They feel that software patents are silly and should not exist. They believe that we can find prior art for many of the features mentioned in these patents, for instance, optional chaining. One of the Swift developer discussing the consequences of these patents said, “The big problem here is not only ongoing lawsuits but projects that won’t ever be started because of the risk of lawsuits. A great example here is that Clang and LLVM (and Swift probably too as directly based on Clang and LLVM) wouldn’t be as easy to start or to develop at all if C and C++ were patented.” This could also lead to cases that we are seeing today, for instance, the ongoing Oracle’s copyright and patent claims on Google’s Android operating system, which is built on top of Oracle’s owned Java language. Another example is problems that Mono and other alternative implementations of .NET faced because of Microsoft’s patents. In the future, Apple could also transfer these patents to an independent non-profit organization similar to Linux. One of the developers mentioned his concern on the discussion forum, “But as a contributor to Swift’s ecosystem, I feel unsafe now as we have a precedent of Oracle ruining Java’s ecosystem 50 with its patents. Can we be sure that Apple never ever does this to any 3rd-party open-source project related to Swift as a “business decision”?”. While some developers are worried, some feel that it is just a countermeasure against patent trolls, “I wouldn’t worry. Apple uses patents as a way to fight trolls and counterclaims. It’s also full of prior art.” You can read the full discussion on Swift discussion forum. Read Next Swift 5 for Xcode 10.2 beta is here with stable ABI Swift is now available on Fedora 28 ABI stability may finally come in Swift 5.0
He urged authorities to ensure that the instigators of the failed coup are not harmed and that there are no reprisals against their perceived supporters, journalists, human rights activists and the many civilian protesters.At the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about Burundi and emphasized the need for regional leaders “to join efforts to help resolve the crisis,” said deputy spokesman Farhan Haq. Ban plans to talk to Nkurunziza and other regional leaders in the coming days, he added.Haq then summarized Ban’s statement from Thursday that urged “all political and security leaders to clearly and openly reject the use of violence, refrain from acts of revenge and rein in their militants.”Nkurunziza’s motorcade drove to Bujumbura from the northern city of Ngozi, where he was greeted by many supporters after returning from Tanzania, Abayeho said.Smoke was still billowing from the building housing the Radio Publique Africaine, which was among four popular independent radio stations and a TV station attacked in the fighting.The national broadcaster that the coup plotters tried to seize was heavily guarded by army personnel, and many police checkpoints were set up along a highway in southern Burundi. His jubilant supporters cheered his return and the failure of the coup. Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare, a former intelligence chief, had announced Wednesday while Nkurunziza was in Tanzania that he had relieved the president of his duties.That triggered fierce fighting in the capital between his forces and those loyal to Nkurunziza. The city was calm but tense Friday, with many businesses closed. Some residents who don’t support the government emerged from their homes to resume protests.Three army generals accused of trying to topple Nkurunziza were arrested when they were found hiding in a house, while another senior security official was caught at the border while trying to flee to Tanzania, Abayeho said. He added that Niyombare remained at large and a manhunt was underway.The United States government said it was alarmed by reports of retaliatory attacks and the growing risk of violence and atrocities. U.N. officials, too, urged authorities to ensure that a campaign of reprisals do not take place against the supporters of the coup and other opponents.The U.S. urgently called on Nkurunziza to condemn and stop the use of violence by police and the ruling party’s Imbonerakure youth militias against those who participated in protests against a third term, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said. Washington opposes attempts to seize power unlawfully, but also believes that Nkurunziza’s decision to disregard the 2003 peace accords that ended civil war by seeking a third term “has created instability and violence,” Rathke said.Rathke said the U.S. was taking steps to impose visa ineligibilities on those responsible for violence and called on other governments to do the same. The U.S. also warned that it cannot provide military training or assistance to units that commit human rights violations, and welcomed the decision by donors to reduce or withdraw assistance to Burundi in response to violence.In New York, members of the U.N. Security Council called for the swift return of the rule of law and a genuine dialogue to create conditions for peaceful, transparent, inclusive and credible elections. In a statement, they also specifically condemned those who facilitate violence, and called on the Burundi authorities to address the crisis while respecting fundamental freedoms.In his speech, which was posted on his website in Burundi’s official language of Kirundi, Nkurunziza thanked “the security and defense forces for the efficiency with which they fought the coup against the democratically elected institutions.” Top Stories The U.S. Embassy was closed Friday, a day after the State Department ordered the departure of nonemergency government personnel and dependents of embassy staff. Rathke said the U.S. could offer only limited emergency services to U.S. citizens and underscored a travel warning urging all Americans to leave Burundi as quickly as possible.Dozens of Nkurunziza supporters turned out in the Kamenge area of the capital to celebrate his return, blowing whistles and carrying balloons with the ruling party colors.Supporter Aloys Ntabankana said they were happy over Nkurunziza’s return, and he decried those who tried to oust him.“The thing they wanted to do in Burundi would have sunk Burundi into chaos. It would have been a civil war. People would have died because of the coup against Nkurunziza,” he added.Burundi descended into civil war in 1993 following the army assassination of the country’s first democratically elected President Melchior Ndadaye, a Hutu. That conflict, which opened longstanding ethnic tensions between majority Hutus and minority Tutsis, lasted until 2005.Nkurunziza, a Hutu, took over as president and embarked on a campaign of ethnic reconciliation and economic rehabilitation. But a youth wing of his party has been accused of human rights violations, including killing political opponents. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility He said “peace reigns throughout the country, even in Bujumbura where this small group of criminals wanted to commit the irreparable,” a reference to the coup plotters, and he added that they had been preparing their actions “for a long time, since last year and before.”Nkurunziza called for an immediate end to all hostilities and urged dialogue.“We therefore urge the immediate cessation of the demonstrations, that those who have claims do so in dialogue and consultation, not through force and revolt,” he said.The protests began April 26, a day after the ruling party made Nkurunziza its presidential candidate, and at least 15 people have been killed in the unrest.Opponents said his plan violated the constitution as well as the peace accords that ended a civil war. The constitution states a president can be popularly elected to two five-year terms, but Nkurunziza maintains he can run for a third because parliament voted him into office the first time, leaving him open to be popularly elected to two terms.More than 105,000 Burundians have fled to neighboring countries recently, according to the U.N., and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warned Friday that the country is at risk of descending further into chaos. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — President Pierre Nkurunziza thanked his security forces for crushing a military coup that tried to topple him, and he urged an immediate halt to the protests that have erupted in Burundi in recent weeks since he decided to seek a third term.Nkurunziza’s motorcade rolled into the capital on Friday and he returned to the presidential palace, said his spokesman, Gervais Abayeho. The president did not appear in public. Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement ___Jerome Delay in rural southern Burundi, Edmund Kagire in Kigali, Rwanda, Bradley Klapper in Washington and Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling For the better part of their time in Arizona, the Cardinals have not exactly been known as a free-spending organization.In fact, pretty much from the time they moved to the state in 1988 until at least the time when University of Phoenix Stadium was constructed the Bidwills — who owned the team — were generally considered to be a tad bit frugal.A guest of the Dan Bickley Show with Vince Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday from Radio Row in New York, super agent Leigh Steinberg said that wasn’t always the case. 0 Comments Share “Two approaches,” he said of how the Bidwills ran things. “When they were in St. Louis, they were notoriously frugal, and when they came to Arizona, they changed.“They realized that the whole concept of being in a small market was different.”Steinberg talked about the “very successful negotiations” he had with the Cardinals involving quarterbacks Neil Lomax and Jake Plummer as examples of how money wasn’t always a sticking point. The 64-year-old who is credited as the real life inspiration for the movie “Jerry Maguire” went on to tell a story about how he learned not to call out owners in public like he did once when negotiating a contract for Cardinals second-round pick Theodis Brown in 1979.That experience helped shape how he approaches owners nowadays. “So when I had Leonard Davis or Jake (Plummer) or Neil Lomax, I stayed inside the system,” Steinberg said. “They changed because their economics changed. They changed because of a new stadium. They changed because they’re in one of the biggest thriving markets going.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Leigh Steinberg – NFL Agent Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletterFour Seasons prides itself in providing extraordinary culinary experiences. Drawing on some of the biggest talents in the Four Seasons family, for the first time ever, three top chefs – three Michelin star Chef Chan Yan Tak, two Michelin star Chef Fabrice Vulin and three Michelin star Chef Christian Le Squer – will combine their expertise for a one night event at Caprice at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. On 25 May 2016, the Pearl of the Orient meets the City of Light as the star chefs of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong and Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, come together for a dinner in celebration of gastronomic excellence.Mighty talents uniteAs the first Chinese chef to ever win three Michelin stars, Chef Chan Yan Tak is legendary for his role in elevating the concept of Chinese cuisine on the global stage. Hong Kong born and raised, he began cooking at a young age out of necessity, but quickly grew to find his passion in the kitchen. Having worked at some of the pre-eminent Hong Kong restaurants, Chef Tak found a home with Four Seasons first at The Regent Hong Kong (formerly a Four Seasons hotel) and later as Executive Chinese Chef at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong and its Chinese restaurant, Lung King Heen. For all the accolades he has received for his refined, elegant take on classical Cantonese cuisine, Chef Tak is quick to share credit with his team, many of whom he has worked with for decades. “I have been amazed at the response from people around the world,” says the Executive Chinese Chef. “I just carry on doing what I do every day and what I enjoy, and that is cooking good food for people.”Having joined Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong just two years ago, Chef Fabrice Vulin has fast left his mark on the dynamic Hong Kong food scene, earning two Michelin stars in both the 2015 and 2016 Michelin guides. A child of the French Alps, Chef Vulin has enjoyed a varied career, travelling and finding his culinary style influenced by the cities where he lives. He has worked in some of the most acclaimed restaurants in Europe including Maison-Pic in Valence and Restaurant Hotel du Parc des Eaux-Vives in Geneva, where he achieved two Michelin stars. The call of Marrakesh lured for a time, when he relocated to open two restaurants. France ultimately drew him back where he again earned two Michelin stars at the famed La Chèvre d’Or in the south of France. Guests can taste all Chef Vulin’s past influences on his menu at Caprice, as meanwhile he finds new inspiration in Hong Kong, including from the bounty of nature he enjoys on weekly hikes with his family. Chef Vulin’s style continues to evolve in his adopted city as he creates the finest classical French cuisine while always looking forward with a contemporary spirit.Like Chef Vulin, Chef Christian Le Squer is a relative newcomer to Four Seasons, having joined Four SeasonsHotel George V, Paris, in 2014 as Executive Chef. Chef Le Squer came from the famed Pavillon Ledoyen where he had been awarded three Michelin stars for twelve consecutive years. Acknowledging the long history of renowned chefs working at the George V, Le Squer took up the post with the intention “’to make the George V even more Parisian.” What Le Squer creates is “the art of eating French style.” Christian defines himself as a creator of flavours and composer of tastes. His memorable signature dishes provide diners with a refined culinary experience keeping in mind a strong sense of wellbeing that is so important today. His technique is delighting guests and critics alike, with the 2016 Michelin guide awarding the restaurant of the Hotel, Le Cinq, the coveted three star rating for the first time under Le Squer’s leadership.Eight stars unite for one night onlyOn 25 May 2016, Chef Vulin and the Caprice team will welcome Chef Tak and Chef Le Squer into the breathtaking environs of Caprice at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong for a unique collaborative dinner. The seven course dinner will showcase the talents of all three culinary icons featuring dishes such as Chef Tak’s seafood trio including truffled crab salad, crispy scallop, and pan-fried lobster; Chef Vulin’s lukewarm pan-fried foie gras, fresh almond, pistachio and burlat cherries; and Chef Le Squer’s line caught sea bass, kristal caviar, and buttermilk. The dinner will feature a sweet ending from Caprice Pastry Chef Nicolas Lambert. Guests will also have the option of choosing a wine pairing menu or allowing Head Sommelier Sebastian Allano to hand select wines from the extensive cellar, including prestige wineries from Burgundy and Bordeaux.Go back to the e-newsletter
Favorite ‘Game of Thrones’ death scene? Its stars weigh in by Mesfin Fekadu And John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Apr 10, 2019 12:42 pm PDT NEW YORK — “Game of Thrones” has shocked and pleased viewers with the way they’ve killed off its characters — from the jaw-dropping “Red Wedding” episode to the explosive green wildfire that eliminated most of the cast, which then led to the epic way Tommen Baratheon essentially said, “You know what everyone, I’m over this,” and took a dive from a high window, killing himself.Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, who play TV sisters Sansa and Arya Stark, said their favourite death was the crushing of Oberyn Martell’s skull.Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, said she enjoyed seeing Tywin Lannister being shot with an arrow while on the toilet. Conleth Hill, who plays Varys, was surprised when Ned Stark died in season one. Hill said: “I kept thinking, ‘Oh someone will save him.’”“Thrones” premieres Sunday on HBO.Mesfin Fekadu And John Carucci, The Associated Press This image released by HBO shows Kerry Ingram portraying Princess Shireen Baratheon in the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” The final season of the series premieres on Sunday. (HBO via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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