De Jong fuels Barcelona transfer talk

first_imgTransfers De Jong fuels Barcelona transfer talk as Ajax wait on offers Chris Burton 03:42 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Frenkie de Jong, Ajax, 02252018 PROSHOTS Transfers Barcelona Ajax Eredivisie Primera División The 21-year-old midfielder is among those being considered by the Camp Nou club as they seek to bring in a suitable replacement for Andres Iniesta Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong is unable to rule out a summer move to Barcelona after being identified as a possible replacement for Andres Iniesta.Goal revealed recently that the 21-year-old has registered on the transfer radar at Camp Nou for some time.Initial contact has been made with Ajax, with tentative talks held before Barca discovered that Antoine Griezmann would be snubbing them to remain at Atletico Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move With that switch ruled out, the La Liga giants have money to invest in other areas – with De Jong considered to be a useful addition for the present and future.The Netherlands U21 international is aware of the rumours and concedes that something could be done, telling AT5: “Of course, you can never promise that [staying at Ajax] as a footballer.“There may be a club tomorrow that offers so much that you are away. But, as it stands, I play at Ajax.“First, I have to get fit. And just see if I can play football a bit, then we’ll see further.”Quizzed specifically on the links to Barcelona, De Jong added: “I do not really read the Spanish newspapers.“Right now it is not so serious for me that I have to keep myself busy with it. I leave that to my agent.“I do not know if he is working on it. Maybe, maybe not.”De Jong has made just 27 Eredivisie appearances for Ajax after stepping up from their youth side.He has recorded only one goal, but is considered to fit the ball player mould that Barcelona are looking for.Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan is another to have been linked with a switch to Catalunya to fill Iniesta’s boots, but the Germany international has sought to distance himself from such talk.last_img read more

The Beginning Of Life A Movie About A New Beginning For Humanity

first_imgThe Beginning of Life, a groundbreaking feature documentary that explores the impact of a child’s early environment on their cognitive, social and emotional development, will be released worldwide on Netflix, iTunes and Google Play on 1 June 2016.The film, supported by UNICEF and featuring supermodel Gisele Bündchen and Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner James Heckman, is the brainchild of Director Estela Renner (Way Beyond Weight) and was produced by Brazil-based Maria Farinha Filmes.The 90-minute feature documentary was created in response to advancements in neuroscience that uncover the crucial role that the early years of children’s lives play in determining their futures successes.Filmed across Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Italy, Kenya and the United States, The Beginning of Life documents the early lives of children and their families; and features interviews with specialists from the early childhood development arena.“Effective early childhood development takes place when children feel nurtured, cared for, protected and loved. When children receive all of these key elements in their formative years of life, they have the best possible chance of developing fully,” UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development Pia Britto said.“This beautiful film, which we are so proud to support, depicts how social environments are as important as genetics in influencing children’s development. The evidence should compel governments and policy-makers to act now and prioritize investment in the earliest years of children’s lives – from parenting to care and early learning programmes for all children,” Britto said.The families starred in the film are from a range of cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds, including supermodel Gisele Bündchen in Brazil, and Phula, a girl who cares for her siblings by herself in India. Maternity leave, the role of fathers, co-parenting, poverty, child rights, violence and neglect are explored throughout the film, providing a unique basis and understanding of early childhood development.“Emotional recollections for both good and evil have a much greater weight during this period, which is a time of formation, creation and structuring of individuals,” said film director Estela Renner.In a testimony in the film, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences winner James Heckman said “taking proper care of our babies is the best investment that can be made in humanity”.In addition to UNICEF, the film is also supported by Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal Foundation, Bernard Van Leer Foundation and Alana Institute. It is dubbed in six languages and subtitled in 21 languages.last_img read more

More resignations – including losing top lawyer – hit MMIWG inquiry

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is dealing with more resignations.APTN News has learned two key members of the inquiry’s communications team are the latest to depart, meaning nearly 30 staffers have left the federally-funded probe.Shaylen Smith and Nadine Gros-Louis are the latest to go, confirmed Catherine Kloczkowski, special advisor – project management.Gros-Louis took a provincial job with the Quebec government, Kloczkowski said in an email.And Smith is pursuing “new opportunities.”The inquiry is looking to fill two positions until it hands in its final report in spring 2019 on the root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls.“As you can appreciate,” Kloczkowski added, “with the announcement in June of a six month extension instead of the anticipated two year extension requested, staff are understandably beginning to think about their next steps and career opportunities beyond the National Inquiry.”Smith and Gros-Louis aren’t household names but were go-to personnel for media outlets seeking information and arranging interviews with inquiry commissioners and employees.Jennifer Cox, the commission’s co-lead legal counsel, is also gone, APTN has learned.She followed Breen Ouellette  out the door to become the seventh lawyer to exit the inquiry.Cox was named Project Lead of the Enhanced Child Family Initiative at the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative in October that will see the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia assume control over child welfare matters.Some former staff members have spoken out in the past – saying the inquiry is hobbled by poor management and infighting.But Chief Commissioner Marion Buller has declined to comment publicly on the turnover, citing privacy around personnel issues.And the lawyers sign contracts that forbid them from sharing any inquiry information.They swear in witnesses and handle sensitive testimony that will form the final report.The inquiry has two final hearings remaining – Nov. 26-30 in Calgary and Dec. 10-14 in Ottawa.The two-year inquiry was established by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in September 2016.His government rejected a request to double the time period – and $50 million in funding – of its mandate.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

Bill placed in US Congress against JamaateIslami Shibir

first_imgBill placed in US Congress against Jamaat-e-Islami, Shibir. Photo: CollectedA bill has been placed in the US Congress, calling on the Bangladesh government to stop radical organisations including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, who pose threat to the country’s stability and secular democracy, reports BSS.Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana State introduced the bill titled ‘Expressing concern about the threat posed to democracy and the democratic process by theocratic groups operating in Bangladesh’ in the House of Representatives on 20 November, according to the US Congress official website.The House Resolution 1156 has been referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee as per the website.The bill called on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department to halt all partnerships and funding arrangements with groups affiliated radical organisation including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir.Quoting a report of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, it said religious minorities were targeted by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Jamaat-e-Islami, and Islami Chhatra Shibir, during previous elections, as a result of which 495 Hindu homes were damaged, 585 shops were attacked or looted, and 169 temples were vandalised between November 2013 and January 2014.It also referred that Jamaat-e-Islami activists have been involved in recent attacks on religious minorities in Bangladesh.Mentioning that national elections are expected to take place in Bangladesh on 30 December 2018, the bill called on the Bangladesh government to heed the Bangladesh election commission’s request to ensure security for minorities and maintain communal harmony for a peaceful election.The bill acknowledged the victims of the 1971 War of Independence and the spirit of secular democracy on which Bangladesh was founded.The nation of Bangladesh achieved independence in 1971 and established a secular democratic state, the bill mentioned and also noted this freedom was won at the cost of approximately 3 million deaths, more than 10 million displaced, and 200,000 women raped, many at the hands of Islamist militants led by Jamaat-e-Islami.The bill said repeated attacks on religious minorities, expanding religious intolerance, and growing destabilisation caused by radical groups, including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, undermine United States economic and strategic interests in Bangladesh.In a statement, Philadelphia-based think tank, the Middle East Forum (MEF) has welcomed the bill saying “Jamaat-e-Islami is an influential and dangerous Islamist group with a long history of violence.In October last, Bangladesh Election Commission revoked the registration of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, a major ally of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, as a political party in compliance with a High Court order.In August 2013, the High Court declared Jamaat’s registration illegal following a writ petition filed in 2009 by Bangladesh Tariqat Federation’s secretary general Rezaul Haque Chandpuri and 24 others.In the petition, they said Jamaat was a religion-based political party and it did not believe in the independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh.last_img read more

Will fund projects via longterm debt not fare hikes or tax payer

first_img“Loan is way forward (infrastructure) development. Countries like US, China and Europe have taken loans for development of their infrastructure,” Prabhu said in an interview to Lok Sabha TV.Asked whether the government is going in for privatisation of railways in future, he explained: “We are taking debt for development of railways infrastructure, that means we are not doing privatisation. Besides there will be no burden of development on passenger fare as well as tax payers money.” Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashPrabhu expressed confidence that institutions like LIC (in India),pension funds and sovereign funds can provide debt and they will not insist on early repayment of loan. “The LIC, pension fund and sovereign wealth funds don’t insist on repayment of loans in short term, rather they want us to pay in over 30 years,” he added.On hitting the ground running, he quoted a famous saying, “Rome was not built in a day. There are few things which would be done this year like 3000 unmanned crossings will be removed and work will start immediately to improve cleanliness, safety, security and surveillance.” The Minister hinted that some initiative like train-sets, redesigning of coaches, doubling and tripling of rail lines, may take longer than expected to be implemented. On running of bullet trains in India, he said, “Our thrust would be on basic facilities first like sanitation, time bound arrival of trains which is going to be implemented in the stipulated time period. Those would be focus areas.” Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsOn private participation in railways, Prabhu said that there would be a system to regulate private sector players willing to invest in station development projects. On decentralisation of power to improve efficiency of railways, he said,”This will happen for the first time that more responsibility will be given to officers. It is not on Railway Minister or Railway Board which will do everything.” Earlier, in his Budget speech, Prabhu said: “We will monetise our assets rather than sell them”.  On Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV), he said, “We have created new SPVs with the oil ministry, coal ministry… those will deliver. Rather than one entity, there will be multiple entities delivering.”last_img read more

4 Ways Personal Technology Outperforms Enterprise Software

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The freelance economy rapidly is growing in the United States. More than 15 million people are self-employed, and numerous experts predict we’ll soon see a steep increase in the number of individuals who leave corporate America to work for themselves. One study put the number at 60 million people by 2020 — nearly 40 percent of the workforce.Why are so many people making the switch, and which changing dynamics have made it possible? While no single answer explains the shift, we can identify a number of contributing factors. For example, we know employers see the benefit of hiring a contractor to perform specific functions for a limited period of time. It’s more cost-effective than hiring a full-time employee. We also know numerous platforms exist today to connect freelancers with available work. All this makes it easier than ever before to be self-employed.But other drivers are at play, too. Here’s one that might surprise you: There is substantial disparity in the technology capabilities of large corporations versus self-employed freelancers. According to enterprise software expert Sean Nolan, founder and CEO of Blink, personal technology currently has a substantial edge.“Enterprise software is far behind the standard being set by personal technology today,” Nolan says. “In fact, it is so bad that it is giving a competitive advantage to startups and freelance workers who are more productive, more satisfied with their work and able to operate their small businesses more cost effectively.”These are four ways personal technology is superior to present-day office technology:1. User friendliness.It might not be fair to compare personal and office technologies in this regard because they’re designed for completely different audiences. Still, that doesn’t justify how far behind the times office technology has fallen.Personal technology has the user in mind. Interfaces are clean and engaging, data is visualized in digestible ways, and many functions are gamified to encourage use. Taken as a whole, these systems make it more enjoyable to be in business for ourselves. We can hand-select the software that best suits our working preferences and style.“We are all conditioned by the technology we use at home, so when we go to the office and have a vastly inferior experience, that is hugely frustrating,” Nolan says. “It’s destroying employee productivity and retention.”Related: 5 Productivity Tools for Self-Employed Internet Entrepreneurs2. Mobile applications.Desktop computers are almost synonymous with “old technology.” But in many companies, it’s the only device an employee has to do his or her job. We’re confined by that workstation and the very limited software installed on our system. By contrast, home-office technology is typified by its flexibility.Freelance professionals work from their phones, tablets and laptops while they travel on planes and trains. They get things done in cities around the world. They’re able to do so because their work programs feature excellent applications. They can access the files they need from any device, and they all connect to the same information stored on the cloud.Apart from the frustration of working on an outdated console, employees who are limited by old technology are less effective in their roles. They cannot work unless they’re at their desks. The workforce — and millennials, in particular — demand a better work-life balance. Mobile applications allow employees to be effective anywhere they go.Related: 5 Ways to Be More Mobile-Friendly in 20173. Customization.Everyone has different needs depending on the job they perform. Naturally, this means they need access to different kinds of information and tools. Here again, personal technology outperforms enterprise technology.“At home you can change the settings on all of your applications and devices to help you do your job most effectively,” Nolan says. “But the average user of enterprise software is confined to limited, preset options. A large percentage of the workforce cannot even access job-critical information without the help of other employees.”Of course, enterprise software is designed to be big, which makes it difficult to be customizable on a user-by-user basis. Even so, a wealth of new technologies can assist with that problem. Bots, micro apps and chat functions are a few of the solutions for large-scale employers looking to improve user experience.Related: How Technology Rapidly Is Changing the Way Things Get Done Across Industries4. Artificial intelligence.It’s hard to write anything about artificial intelligence (AI) that hasn’t been covered elsewhere, but we can’t ignore it, either. Personal technology already incorporates AI into numerous software products freelancers use to do their work. From sales and marketing platforms to billing and accounting technologies, these systems all use AI to exponentially increase productivity.The corporate world has been slow to adopt AI for its own use. It needs to embrace the functionality that AI can deliver or risk falling further behind. According to an MIT study, only 38 percent of CEOs list technology renovation among their priorities.Related: The Growth of Artificial Intelligence in EcommerceWhat might push enterprise-technology enhancements higher on the agenda? An exodus of high-quality employees from the corporate world might get some attention. When the best professionals prefer to freelance their talent, executives must take stock of the fundamental differences between working for a company and working for oneself. Technology has to be a factor. 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Stack Overflow survey data further confirms Pythons popularity as it moves above

first_imgThis year’s Stack Overflow Developer Survey results provided a useful insight into how the programming language ecosystem is evolving. Perhaps the most remarkable – if unsurprising – insight was the continued and irresistible rise of Python. This year, for the first time, it finished higher in the rankings than Java. We probably don’t need another sign that Python is taking over the world, but this is certainly another one to add to the collection. What we already know about Python’s popularity as a programming language Okay, so the Stack overflow survey results weren’t that surprising because Python’s growth is well-documented. The language has been shooting up the TIOBE rankings, coming third for the first time back in September 2018. The most recent ranking has seen it slip to fourth ( C++ is making a resurgence – but that’s a story for another time…), but it isn’t in decline – it’s still growing. In fact, despite moving back into fourth, it’s still growing at the fastest rate of any programming language, with 2.36% growth in its rating. For comparison, C++’s rate of growth in the rankings is 1.62%. But it’s not just about TIOBE rankings. Even back in September 2017 the Stack Overflow team were well aware of Python’s particularly astonishing growth in high-income countries. Read next: 8 programming languages to learn in 2019 Python’s growth in the Stack Overflow survey since 2013 It has been pretty easy to trace the growth in the use of Python through the results of every recent Stack Overflow survey. From 2016, it has consistently been on the up: 2013: 21.9% (6th position in the rankings) 2014: 23.4% (again, 6th position in the rankings) 2015: 23.8% (6th) 2016: 24.9% (6th) 2017: 32% (moving up to 5th…) 2018: 38.8% (down to 7th but with a big percentage increase) 2019: 41.7% (4th position) But more interestingly, it would seem that this growth in usage has been driving demand for it. Let’s take a look at how things have changed in the ‘most wanted’ programming language since 2015 – this is the “percentage of developers who are not developing with the language or technology but have expressed interest in developing with it:” 2015: 14.8% (3rd) 2016: 13.3% (4th) 2017: 20.6% (1st) 2018: 25.1% (1st) 2019: 25.7% (1st) Alongside that, it’s also worth considering just how well-loved Python is. A big part of this is probably the fact that Python is so effective for the people using it, and helps them solve the problems they want to solve. Those percentages are growing, even though it didn’t take top position this year (this is described by Stack Overflow as the “percentage of developers who are developing with the language or technology and have expressed interest in continuing to develop with it”): 2015: 66.6% (10th position) 2016: 62.5% (9th) 2017: 62.7% (6th) 2018: 68% (3rd) 2019: 73.1% (2nd, this time pipped by Rust to the top spot) What’s clear here is that Python has a really strong foothold both in the developer mind share (ie. developers believe it’s something worth learning) and in terms of literal language use. Obviously, it’s highly likely that both things are related – but whatever the reality, it’s good to see that process happening in data from the last half a decade. Read next: 5 blog posts that could make you a better Python programmer What’s driving the popularity of Python? The obvious question, then, is why Python is growing so quickly. There are plenty of theories out there, and there are certainly plenty of blog posts on the topic. But ultimately, Python’s popularity boils down to a few key things. Python is a flexible language One of the key reasons for Python’s growth is its flexibility. It isn’t confined to a specific domain. This would go some way of explaining its growth – because it’s not limited to a specific job role or task, a huge range of developers are finding uses for it. This has a knock on effect – because the community of users continues to grow, there is much more impetus on developing tools that can support and facilitate the use of Python in diverse domains. Indeed, with the exception of JavaScript, Python is a language that many  developers experience through its huge range of related tools and libraries. The growth of data science and machine learning While Python isn’t limited to a specific domain, the immense rise in interest in machine learning and data analytics has been integral to Python’s popularity. With so much data available to organizations and their employees, Python is a language that allows them to actually leverage it. Read next: Why is Python so good for AI and Machine Learning? 5 Python Experts Explain Python’s easy to learn The final key driver of Python’s growth is the fact that it is relatively easy to learn. It’s actually a pretty good place to begin if you’re new to programming. Going back to the first point, it’s precisely because it’s flexible that people that might not typically write code or see themselves as developers could see Python as a neat solution to a problem they’re trying to solve. Because it’s not a particularly steep learning curve, it introduces these people to the foundational elements of programming. Something which can only be a good thing, right? The future of Python It’s easy to get excited about Python’s growth, but what’s particularly intriguing about it is what it can indicate about the wider software landscape. That’s perhaps a whole new question, but from a burgeoning army of non-developer professionals powered by Python to every engineer wanting to unlock automation, it would appear that the growth of Python both a response and a symptom of significant changes.last_img read more