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first_imgSINGER Garth Brooks today said he’s prepared to beg Enda Kenny to be allowed to play five shows at Croke Park at the end of this month.Speaking at a press conference in America, the singer was emotional as he said he would do anything to make sure that the concerts go ahead.“If the prime minister wants to talk to me, I will crawl, I will swim or I will fly to him, I will sit in front of him, drop on my knees and beg – let me play to these 400,000 people,” said Brooks in Tennessee. He said the reason he wanted to do all five – and not three – shows was because everyone should be given the chance to see him.“We don’t do golden circle, it’s always been the same price across the board, You treat everyone equal, same way here, even in Vegas,” he said.A meeting to discuss the issue in Dublin was cancelled earlier – with even the Mexican ambassador offering his diplomatic services to help solve the row.Brooks said he had always been “treated like a king in Ireland” and he was perplexed by the row since Dublin City Council said he could only play three of his planned gigs. “Why are the 160,000 people being treated different to the 240,000? The statement to me was you can make 240,000 happy and play three shows, and mine back was, yes, or you can make 400,000 happy and let me play five shows. I don’t know how we got here but the ‘powers that be’ aren’t here to help,” he said.Some 70,000 people from abroad have booked flights into Dublin for the show. ‘I WILL FLY TO IRELAND TO SEE THE TAOISEACH AND BEG HIM TO PLAY CROKE PARK’ was last modified: July 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Croke ParkGarth Brooksticketslast_img read more

As Mayock steps in, Raiders fire Reggie McKenzie’s right-hand man

first_imgAs the Raiders embark on a new era with Mike Mayock as general manager and Jon Gruden as head coach, they rid themselves of their former general manager’s right-hand man.Joey Clinkscales, the Raiders’ director of player personnel and Reggie McKenzie’s No. 2, has been fired, the Bay Area News Group has learned.This move was expected after McKenzie’s firing, and Clinkscales, who normally traveled with the team, hadn’t done so since the Raiders let McKenzie go on Dec. 10.“I have 15 years worth …last_img

Raider tackles Miller, Brown face tall order in protecting Carr

first_imgNAPA — Things are looking up in terms of keeping quarterback Derek Carr healthy in 2019, and not just because both of his offensive tackles stand at 6-foot-8.Kolton Miller fought and clawed his way through his rookie season, mostly on one knee, and comes back in Year 2 heavier (pushing 330 pounds) and presumably smarter and more confident as the incumbent on the left side.Trent Brown, the NFL’s largest player at … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img

South Africa’s Modise hailed for top career

first_img21 May 2015Portia Modise deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, according to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who saluted the decorated Banyana Banyana forward following her retirement from football.Modise’s contribution to women’s football was valuable, he said yesterday, and while she was hanging up her boots as a player, it was not goodbye as she would continue to be part of sport as an ambassador and mentor.Modise was the first South African soccer player in both the men’s and women’s sports to have scored more than 100 goals for the national team. After a triumphant career as a player, she announced on 19 May that she would retire from Banyana Banyana with immediate effect to pursue a career in coaching.“I’m not saying goodbye to the football association, I’m saying see you later. I would really like to contribute to building football in this country,” she said.“The question of honouring people who have made a contribution in sport is a matter that we are attending to, through the Hall of Fame. People like Portia, I think in even in women’s sports, those that came before her have not achieved what she has achieved in the field of play,” said Mbalula.“She definitely belongs in that Hall of Fame in terms of honour and respect. She needs to be inducted into that Hall of Fame for all her achievements. She is one of the brightest stars of women’s sport.”She was retiring at a time when there were plans to make women’s league football a full-time sport in South Africa. The South African Football Association (Safa) had committed to making Modise an ambassador of women’s sport as she was a role model to young girls and an icon of women’s sport.It was important that efforts be made to train her as a coach so she could pass on her talent through training others.The Mail and Guardian newspaper stated that Modise “is South Africa’s most successful soccer player. She’s the most capped female player and the top goal scorer. Across the board.”Modise, who was born in Soweto, Johannesburg, was the longest serving player in Banyana Banyana, with 124 caps. She scored 101 goals in national team colours, making her the first African footballer to ever score 100 international goals, according to Safa.Nicknamed “Bashin” after the Orlando Pirates goal scoring legend Albert “Bashin” Mahlangu, Modise played a vital role in Banyana’s achievements. She started playing football aged 10, choosing the sport over netball in school. She played for Soweto Rangers at U/10 level and Jomo Cosmos Ladies before joining Soweto Ladies in 1996.At 13 she captained Basetsana before being called-up to the senior side two years later. She made her debut in the senior national team in 2000. She also had a stint overseas playing for Danish side Fortuna Hjorring for two seasons.Source: SAinfo reporter and SAnews.govlast_img read more

Why Color May Be The Next Twitter

first_imgColor’s FutureI started out this post by comparing Color’s user experience to Twitter 5 years ago, which baffled early adopters too. Indeed, Color co-founder Peter Pham recently told The Hollywood Reporter that Color is like a “visual Twitter.” In the end, Color is a unique app and it isn’t precisely like any other – even Twitter. While there were some initial problems with the functionality, I am optimistic about Color’s future. As smartphones and other Internet-connected devices proliferate, it will be apps that augment our real world experiences that will prosper. See also:Color CEO: The Tech Justifies the $41 MillionOnce the early adopters get used to Color – and it will take time to figure out how and where Color works best, just as it did with Twitter – then I expect to see usage filter through to mainstream users at concerts, events, conferences and other large gatherings of people. Whoever is the next Lady Gaga in 5 years time, my bet is that her concerts will generate thousands of photos and videos from Color users. In short, I believe that Color has a very good chance of becoming a large scale success like Twitter. Certainly it’s funded to do so!Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts on Color’s future, or your usage of it now, in the comments.UPDATE: See also the follow up post: How Color is Being Used. It features more examples of Color usage, including from a concert and a BBQ. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Location#NYT#Series#UX Evolutions#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Color Demo from Color Labs, Inc. on Vimeo.The ideal use case for Color then, is for events with large groups of people – like a concert or conference. Color ostensibly allows you to share your experience with that group; as well as augment your experience by giving you alternate views and allow you to see things that you’d otherwise have missed. ReadWriteWeb’s resident hacker, Tyler Gillies, recently used Color at a tech conference and noted that it allowed him to see slides from many different sessions.Color Goes to the Movies In mid-April, Color set out to showcase its new app at the premiere of a new Hollywood film called “Water for Elephants.” At the event, 49 people took 788 photos using Color – according to the event’s web page. In scanning those photos, they range from official and fan photos of the movie’s stars as they walk down the the red carpet, to photos of fans as they wait for the action to start. If the goal was “to bring the red carpet to fans who could not be in Manhattan,” as HollywoodNews.com claimed, then that didn’t work. While I personally believe that the world can never have enough photos of Reese Witherspoon, it’s doubtful that 788 blurry photos of the red carpet was a compelling experience for people who didn’t attend. The real question is: what value did the people taking those photos get from Color, while the event was happening? I couldn’t find any of that user feedback online and so I’ve asked Color for comment. In the meantime, I asked the ReadWriteWeb community via Twitter if they’ve used Color, and if so was it of value? Here’s a sample of responses, collected via Storify:center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Love it or loath it, the smartphone app Color is one of the most innovative Web products to have launched this year. It has a user experience that is as unique and different as Twitter was 5 years ago. This has led to confusion about how to use Color and questions about its value. In this post we look at the early uses of Color and analyze its chances of emulating the success of Twitter.Color launched last month in a whirl of hype, mostly due to the eye-opening $41 million prelaunch funding. But since then, the user experience has been the center of focus. Many people have complained that the app is difficult to understand – mainly because the benefits of the app are only clear once you use it amongst a crowd of people and in real-time. The user interface of the app has also been accused of being confusing and inconsistent. What is Color, Again?Color enables you to share “photos, videos and conversations” with a group of people who are at the same location as you. The idea is that it’s only useful when you’re in the proximity of a group of people. That word, proximity, has since become a trending term among the tech set. Rather than being about your social connection to someone, Color is about how close you are to them. Is this the next wave of mobile apps? Color is hoping so.Here’s a quick intro:last_img read more

Probe ordered into starvation death of Jharkhand girl

first_img According to reports, the mother said the girl died crying “Bhat, Bhat”. Bhat means cooked rice in the local language. Mr. Das on October 17 visited Simdega and spoke with the Deputy Commissioner of the district. The DC informed that the girl died due to malaria and not starvation. Mr. Das announced ₹50,000 to the family of the girl as relief. He also directed the DC to look personally into the issue and submit a report. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on October 17 ordered a probe into the death of an 11-year-old girl in Jharkhand’s Simdega district allegedly due to starvation.The girl, a resident of Karimati village of Simdega district, died on September 28. The death came to light after it was reported on October 15 by an organisation working on food security related issues. The girl’s mother had said in a statement that her daughter died due to starvation as the family members did not get the food grain from the Public Distribution System shop as their ration card was not linked with the Aadhaar card.Also Read Dark clouds over the PDSlast_img read more

Khwaabb trailer gets 1,22,000 hits in 10 days

first_imgNo big names, no formula! Yet the trailer of forthcoming sports-based movie Khwaabb has received 1,22,000 views within 10 days of its release on YouTube. The director is overwhelmed.”The response is a proof that people have not closed minds towards experimental cinema,” Zaid Ali Khan, director of the movie, told IANS through SMS.”It’s very exciting to see this kind of a response and just goes to show that people are open to different, experimental and independent cinema,” he added.The movie deals with the life of an athlete and a swimmer and their dream to win an Olympic medal for India.The first trailer was released Aug 23 in the capital and it was uploaded online Aug 24.”I am very overwhelmed and I never expected such an amazing response,” said Khan.Made with newcomers Navdip Singh and Simran Motiani in the lead roles along with Nafisa Ali and Bajrang Bali Singh, it has been produced by Delhi-based production house, Bullseye Production.The film is slated for an October release.Watch the trailer here:last_img read more

Rae Town Fishermen Certified Under City and Guilds

first_img Rae Town fishermen receive certification in motor vehicle and small boat repairs The 15 participants are now “employable” Story Highlights Training and certification facilitated under JSIF’s GOLA 5 Poverty Reduction Programme Fifteen fishermen from Rae Town in Kingston have received certification in motor vehicle and small boat repairs from internationally renowned United Kingdom vocational education organization,City and Guilds of London Institute (City & Guilds).Their training and certification was facilitated under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) GOLA 5 Poverty Reduction Programme, funded by the European Union (EU).The participants received their certificates during a presentation ceremony at the Rae Town Fishing Cooperative, on Friday, August 23.Speaking at the function, JSIF’s General Manager for Infrastructure and Civil Works, Andrew Neita, noted that the project was aimed at equipping the participants with the necessary skills to, among other things, maintain and repair small boat engines.“(Additionally) the participants have (attained) international accreditation through City and Guilds and the foundation for even more advanced training. They can also train others, ensuring a pool of maintenance and repair personnel to service the needs of the community and beyond,” Mr. Neita said, while noting that the beneficiaries’ commitment displayed for the duration of the training was key to the programme’s success.In noting that the participants were “actively involved” in all aspects of the training programme, showing keen interest in everything taught, Mr. Neita said they have now increased their ability to earn and sustain their families and communities, and improve their general welfare.“We hope that practising the skills learned in this training programme leads to success as a direct result of the hard work and commitment you put in over the past few months,” he added.For his part, Education Minister and Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, where Rae Town is situated, Hon. Rev. Thwaites, welcomed the fact that the 15 participants are now “employable”.“What has happened with you is that you have been through a training course and you are now able to go anywhere and show a certificate and to insist that you are treated properly, that you are engaged as a skilled person. Today, you are at the level of being trained people and, therefore, employable,” Rev. Thwaites said, while urging them to also give consideration to establishing their own operations.Head of Rural Development and Infrastructure, with the EU Delegation in Jamaica, Thomas Opperer, congratulated the participants on their achievements.“Projects like these represent hope for persons seeking to increase their marketability in these challenging economic times,” he said.last_img read more

Canadian man 51 arrested at airport in Amsterdam for alleged bomb threat

first_imgAMSTERDAM — Police in Amsterdam are interrogating a 51-year-old Canadian man after he allegedly claimed he had a bomb.Joanna Helmonds, a spokeswoman for the border police agency in The Netherlands, said the incident occurred Monday evening at around 7:15 local time in one of the airport’s departure halls.As of Tuesday morning, she said authorities are trying to figure out what his motive was.“Yesterday, he reported that he had a bomb in his luggage that was set to go off,” said Helmonds.“Fortunately, he did not actually have a bomb or explosives in his luggage, but it’s a very serious threat.”Helmonds said the departure hall was evacuated for about half an hour as a precaution, but was later reopened after the arrest.She said he is facing charges in connection to making a false bomb report.Further information, such as the man’s identity or what province he was from, is not available yet as the investigation is ongoing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

All You Courts Hispanic Market With Custom Magazine

first_imgTime Inc.’s All You is looking to increase its penetration into the Hispanic women’s market with a multipoint holiday campaign. The magazine, aimed at practical, price-conscious consumers, is publishing a 12-page custom insert in the December issue, along with several mobile, social and digital components that will run through the first week of January.Diane Oshin, group publisher for All You, says the magazine’s audience is 11 to 12 percent Hispanic right now, trailing the overall population by 4 to 5 percent. She’s hoping to narrow that gap with this effort.”We thought we were doing a really good job in serving this market,” Oshin says. “If you look at our visuals—digitally, in the magazine, in any books, anything—you will see quite a diverse picture of women.” “[But] it was not doing the job,” she continues. “We recognized that it was not just about being inclusive visually. You needed to have the voice and the cultural cues of a Hispanic or Latina community.”The special issue is incorporating that voice and those cultural cues by turning to notable Latina bloggers for content—a community-driven content strategy that’s falls in line with the traditional editorial featured in All You.Oshin also noted that their research has shown high mobile and social penetration among Hispanics in the magazine’s target market. As such, they’ll have Latina contributors participate in Twitter chats and will highlight content (and the campaign’s sponsor, Nestlé) in multiple positions on the mobile site.See Also: All You Launches M-Commerce Pilot Program While All You will publish the content in English, Nestlé’s ultimate aim is to drive traffic to a Spanish-language site*, El Mejor Nido (“The Best Nest,” in English). Is that a conflicting goal?”Our marketers make their own decisions about that representation,” Oshin says. “We were quite diligent about whether we wanted this to be in Spanish or English, and everything that we learned about the community, even in homes where they’re bilingual, they [read in English]. We have so many young consumers and moms, and it’s a next generation that is much more acculturated than the prior generation of Hispanics. We took a forward-facing perspective and wanted to be sure we were going to be relevant with these young moms moving ahead.”All You will distribute 380,000 copies of the special issue to a mix of qualified subscribers and newsstands in key Hispanic markets.The magazine has seen total circulation rise steadily since 2008, currently standing at more than 1.5 million subscribers, per the Alliance for Audited Media. Ad pages have fallen since then though (as they have throughout the rest of the industry), dropping 5.6 percent year-over-year for the first three quarters of 2013, according to PIB. A spokesperson from All You says the magazine is up 6.05 percent in November however, and expects a 25-percent bump in December.*Editor’s note: Neslé also does provide an English-language version of the site, at elmejornido.com/en.last_img read more