Messi Considering U-Turn to Barcelona

first_imgTRANSFER NEWS…. TRANSFER NEWS….Lionel Messi’s father, who also act as his agent Jorge Messi has hinted that his son could still remain at Barcelona beyond this summer.Jorge and his entourage met with Barcelona board for showdown talks on Wednesday. Jorge Messi Messi stated last week he would love to leave the club in the wake of 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.His father has told Mediaset that talks with Barcelona went “well”, with there still a chance that an agreement can be reached which allows everyone to remain in their current surroundings.Quizzed on whether a six-time Ballon d’Or winner could remain with the Blaugrana until the end of his current contract in 2021, Jorge Messi replied with “yes”.Barca will be hoping that an unwelcome transfer can be avoided at this stage, giving them time to work on convincing their captain that he should prolong his association with them – rather than take on a new challenge elsewhere.Ronald Koeman has expressed a desire to keep a world-class performer on his books, having inherited an ageing squad from Quique Setien, and it may be that the Dutchman gets his wish when this stunning saga is brought to a close with the status quo in Barcelona maintained.Meanwhile, Luka Modric, the Croatian tormentor-in-chief of the Super Eagles at the Russia 2018 has described the potential exit of Lionel Messi from Barcelona as a huge loss.Surprisingly, Modric plays for the rival Real Madrid. He has admitted that the Argentine cult hero will be missed in La Liga.According to Spanish publication, Tribuna, Modric remarked that he understood Messi’s position in the transfer saga.“It would be a huge loss,” the Real Madrid midfielder told AFP. He likened the situation to the vacuum Cristiano Ronaldo created when he left Real Madrid.“Like when Cristiano left… But you can’t think about the past. It’s football and that’s it.“If it happens it will be a huge loss for the prestige of the league. But we need to go forward. Other players will become stars.“When Ronaldo left, the same thing happened, the life of Real Madrid went on without him and it will be the same for Barcelona and La Liga without Messi.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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AFBF releases new agricultural career education games for young students

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released a new “My Little Ag Me” game and a new agricultural literacy display resource, the My American Farm Fair Display Kit.The new version of My Little Ag Me features five new agriculture careers and two expansion levels to encourage deeper learning. It’s geared towards students in grades 3-5 and can be played online at www.myamericanfarm.org.“While playing My Little Ag Me, students will be exposed to careers from all nine of the agriculture career focus areas,” said Christy Lilja, acting executive director of the Foundation. “Along with the game, we’ve also created a volunteer guide for those in the agriculture industry interested in sharing about their careers with students in multiple school settings. This volunteer guide includes presentation outlines, PowerPoint templates and additional activities to support the My Little Ag Me game,” she said.The My American Farm Display Kit is a new resource for volunteers to use at fairs and events to set up a professional, accurate and easy-to-use agricultural literacy display. The kit includes four large banners that bring learners into a life-size corn field, dairy parlor, farmers’ market and machine shed. Each of the banners provides an interactive approach to learning about a specific part of agriculture. The kit includes activity cards that align with the theme of each banner, a welcome poster and a set-up guide to create a complete agricultural literacy experience area. Banners are available to order or download graphics for local printing at www.myamericanfarm.org.The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer. To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visithttp://myamericanfarm.org or http://www.myamericanfarm.org/fairs_events/gaming_area.last_img read more

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Weekly Wrapup: Google Wave, Real-Time Web Trends, And More…

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts ReadWriteWeb’s very first event is coming soon: The ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit on October 15th in Mountain View, California. It’s a 1-day event that will bring together some of the smartest minds doing real-time work for an industry-changing, face-to-face conversation. In conjunction with the Summit, we’ll be releasing our second original premium research report in October. Registration is now open for the The ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit, we hope to see you there!Web TrendsTop 50 Real-Time Web CompaniesAs part of our lead-up to The ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit, this week we listed 50 leading companies of the Real-Time Web. Like any list, it is bound to be missing some worthy companies – so we invite you to add more in the comments. Our aim is to unveil the top100 Real-Time Web companies at our event. Ten Useful Examples of the Real-Time Web in ActionThe Real-Time Web – it’s more than just immediate delivery of Twitter messages to an always-on mobile device, disrupting the concentration that civilization is based on and bringing a rush to crazed social media addicts obsessed with the hottest new buzzwords. No, there are scores of companies building and selling systems today that deliver very real value via the real-time web.We’ve interviewed 40 companies in the real-time web market in preparation for the forthcoming ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit and a companion research report. In this post are nine solid examples of real-time web technology that illustrate what it is and why it’s important – and one possible future scenario that’s important enough it has to be discussed as well.What Early Birds Want to Know About the Real-Time WebThe real-time web is a broad and rich phenomenon emerging online. A wide variety of companies are building and using it in really diverse ways. Because this field is so new and is seeing such breadth of innovation, people have a lot of questions about it. In this post are some of our favorite questions that Early Bird registrants said that they want to tackle.More Proof: Facebook for the Rich, MySpace for the Poor Oh how the mighty have fallen. The one time king of social networks, MySpace, now has the honor of being the site where the less affluent members of the online population stake their claims by way of bedazzled profiles overrun with auto-playing videos and songs. Meanwhile, the upscale, financially solvent users have moved on – and by moved on, we mean to Facebook, of course. At least those are the findings of the latest social networking study done by American consumer behavior analysis firm Nielsen Claritas. Kiva’s Causemopolitan on World Tour: Social Media for Social Good It’s been a long and winding road for serial volunteer and social media philanthropist Sloane Berrent. Since her unplanned departure from an L.A.-based startup in 2008, Berrent has traveled through eight countries, documenting and publicizing the struggles of those in developing areas through her blog posts, tweets, images, videos, and her own presence at events at home and abroad. From post-Katrina New Orleans to a trash dump in Manila to a monastery in Burma, read on for her story of trying to achieve social good through social media.SEE MORE WEB TRENDS COVERAGE IN OUR TRENDS CATEGORYReadWriteEnterpriseOur channel ReadWriteEnterprise, devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ and using social software inside organizations. Trading Scarcity: Is This the Killer App for the Real-Time Web?Most platforms gain traction through a killer app. In the second generation of real time, that killer app was market data for financial traders. What will it be in the third generation? Today, the real-time Web is associated with social networking status updates via services such as Twitter and Facebook. But whether this will be the killer app for this generation is not clear. The killer app matters, because the winner at the platform layer will be the company that hosts it.ReadWriteStartOur channel ReadWriteStart, sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark, is dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs.TechStars Investor Day Hits a Home Run With bleary eyes and bellies full of coffee, a roomful of investors, journalists and young entrepreneurs gathered this morning for the Bay Area TechStars Investor day. The Boulder and Boston-based startup incubator pulled out all the stops as 13 companies took to the stage to plead their case for funding. In this post are the summaries of each.SEE MORE STARTUPS COVERAGE IN OUR READWRITESTART CHANNELWeb Products100,000 Google Wave Preview Invites: Everything You Need to Know Google officially announced this week that it will send out 100,000 invitations to preview Google Wave. These accounts will go to developers who are already in the developers preview and users who signed up for accounts at wave.google.com on a first-come, first-served basis. A select number of Google Apps users will also get access to Wave. Google first unveiled Wave in May and since then the team has focused almost exclusively on making the system more stable and scalable.Twitter and Facebook Investment Terms and Game Plans There is a lot of chatter in the blogosphere about the recent $100 million investment in Twitter at a $1 billion valuation, but most of it based on speculation. Twitter and Facebook are private companies. You cannot get the facts simply by typing a stock symbol into Yahoo Finance. Our mission at ReadWriteWeb is to add to the facts, not just the speculation. Rather than posting confidential information that someone has leaked to us, we prefer to start with publicly available data. We could not refrain from a bit of game theory speculation on how this could play out, and we invited a specialist in startup deals to add his speculation as well. 2 Billion Downloads Later, Apple’s App Store is Still Going Strong Apple this week announced that a total of 2 billion apps have now been downloaded from the App Store. There are now over 85,000 apps in the store, up from 65,000 on July 14, and the number of developers has grown from 100,000 in July to around 125,000 today. iPhone and iPod touch users now download close to 6.6 million apps every day and this number continues to grow.Google and Best Buy Partner on Mobile Applications This week major electronics retailer Best Buy and internet powerhouse Google announced a partnership designed to help the retailer compete in the mobile sales arena. In addition to other Best Buy strategies for ramping up their mobile division, one key aspect to their multiphase plan involves collaborating with Google on a series of exclusive mobile applications, the first one being a shopping app that helps customers find the item they’re looking for within their nearest Best Buy store. SEE MORE WEB PRODUCTS COVERAGE IN OUR PRODUCTS CATEGORYThat’s a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… In this edition of the Weekly Wrapup – our newsletter summarizing the top stories of the week – we continue the build-up to our first event: The ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit on October 15th in Mountain View, California. You can register here for the low price of $195. Also this week we published a list of 50 leading Real-Time Web companies, looked at the release of 100,000 Google Wave invites, compared Twitter and Facebook game plans, and more. We also check in on our two main channels: ReadWriteEnterprise (devoted to ‘enterprise 2.0’ trends and products) and ReadWriteStart (dedicated to profiling startups and entrepreneurs). Subscribe to Weekly WrapupYou can subscribe to the Weekly Wrapup by RSS or by email (form below).RWW Weekly Wrap-up Email Subscription form: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Less Than 2 Weeks Till The ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summitlast_img read more

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Alab bags victory–and new team sponsor

first_imgAlab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter a shaky start in its second season in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), things are finally looking up for Alab Pilipinas.Not only has Alab brought down one of the early favorites in Chinese team Chong Son Kung Fu Lions, 94-91, in overtime on Wednesday night in Santa Rosa, Laguna, the Filipino ball club also secured a new backer in San Miguel Corp., which had a brief yet successful stint in the regional tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ San Miguel is returning to the ABL five years after winning the crown in 2013 with a team coached by Leo Austria. AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Lady Blazers near Final Four berth 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Ray Parks rediscovered the form that made him the local Most Valuable Player last season, pouring a season-high 31 points, while imports Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee joined forces in overtime, contributing 20 points apiece as Alab improved to 7-4.It was Alab’s fifth win in the last six games—a run that coincided with the entry of Balkman and Brownlee, the import who led Ginebra to back-to-back Governor’s Cup titles last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChong Son blew a double digit lead in the second half as Josh Urbiztondo broke out of his shooting slump to will the Filipinos back into the game, hitting three triples in the final three minutes to forge overtime.The victory came as a welcome respite for Alab as it searched for sponsors, after cutting ties with its initial backer, Tanduay, a couple of weeks ago, following disagreements with player and import selections. Sources said the team was informed of the San Miguel partnership after the win over Chong Son. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

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Judge loosens some of terror suspect Mohamed Harkats release conditions

first_imgOTTAWA – A judge has granted terror suspect Mohamed Harkat more freedom — though not as much as he asked for.In a judgment made public Wednesday, Federal Court Justice Sylvie Roussel gave Harkat permission to travel anywhere in Ontario or Quebec for 72 hours without notifying authorities.The Algerian refugee — who faces deportation on national security grounds — can also report to officials in person just once a month, not every two weeks.Roussel denied Harkat permission to have a laptop computer with internet capability for personal use outside his home. But she opened the door to the possibility of internet access for employment purposes.Overall, the judge found the existing release conditions were “disproportionate with the danger posed by Mr. Harkat” and that they should be relaxed.Harkat’s wife, Sophie, expressed disappointment with the ruling, saying the hurdles set out for internet use at work could scare prospective employers away.At a two-day hearing in November, Harkat asked the court to impose less strict monitoring of his everyday activities by the Canada Border Services Agency as he awaits the outcome of his extended legal saga.Harkat, 49, was arrested in Ottawa in December 2002 on suspicion of being an al-Qaida sleeper agent. He denies any involvement in terrorism.The federal government is trying to deport the former gas-station attendant using a national security certificate — a legal tool for removing non-citizens suspected of ties to extremism or espionage. Harkat fears he will be tortured if returned to his Algerian homeland.Following his arrest, Harkat was locked up for more than three years. He was released in June 2006 under stringent conditions that have gradually been eased.At home with Sophie, Harkat has access to a computer connected to the internet. Prior to Wednesday’s ruling, he was required to report in person to the border agency every two weeks. And, though Harkat could travel within Canada, he had to provide the border agency with five days’ notice of his plans as well as a full itinerary when leaving the national capital. He also had to report to the border agency by phone once a day while travelling.Harkat’s submission to the court said he “presents no threat to Canada or to any person” and that he has diligently complied with requirements. “A continuation of these conditions is not justified.”The couple said the restrictions had caused great stress and hardship.Harkat works part-time as a church custodian. But Sophie testified the limitations on computer use have denied her husband opportunities to be a retail cashier or parcel courier.Roussel said if Harkat is to fully embrace the values of his adopted country, it is “important that he be given the opportunity to obtain gainful employment.”She instructed Harkat and the border agency to discuss the sort of internet-linked devices he could use at work. The agency would approve or reject specific proposals, with the court having final say in a disagreement. Harkat’s employer would be obliged to report any unauthorized internet use to the agency.Sophie Harkat said Wednesday the conditions mean her husband “will continue to be dehumanized around his employers,” adding the couple could be forced into further costly court proceedings.Roussel said she didn’t have sufficient evidence of Harkat’s need for personal internet use outside the home.She also turned down Harkat’s request that he be allowed to travel anywhere in Canada without restriction.Border services officers have followed the couple on trips to a cottage and to the funeral of Sophie’s grandmother.Roussel expressed concern about the “degree of intrusiveness” of the border agency’s physical surveillance, saying there should be better guidance on when and how it is done.Meanwhile, the border agency is in the process of seeking a “danger opinion” as a step toward deportation.A delegate of the immigration minister will determine whether Harkat poses a danger to national security and, if so, whether the risk to Harkat of removing him outweighs the danger or severity of the acts he allegedly committed.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Nearly one billion international tourists recorded in first nine months of 2016

first_img Posted by Share Travelweek Group Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Tags: UNTWOcenter_img Nearly one billion international tourists recorded in first nine months of 2016 MADRID — International tourism is on the rise, reports UNWTO, with 34 million more international tourists travelling between January and September 2016 over the same period in 2015.According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, demand for international tourism remained robust in the first nine months of 2016, though growing at a somewhat more moderate pace. After a strong start of the year, growth was slower in the second quarter, only to pick up again in Q3.While most destinations report encouraging results, others continue to struggle with the impact of negative events, either in their country or in their region.“Tourism is one of the most resilient and fastest-growing economic sectors but it is also very sensitive to risks, both actual and perceived. As such, the sector must continue to work together with governments and stakeholders to minimize risks, respond effectively and build confidence among travellers,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaRifai added that “no destination is immune to risk” and that the travel community needs to “increase cooperation in addressing these global threats,” namely those related to safety and security.“Real crises are often magnified or distorted by misperception and affected destinations are facing important challenges, although at the global level demand remains strong. We need to support these countries in restoring confidence, as doing so will benefit the entire tourism sector and society as a whole,” he added.Asia and the Pacific led growth across world regions, with international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) up 9% through September. In Europe, international arrivals grew by 2% between January and September, with solid growth in most destinations. Nonetheless, double-digit increases in major destinations like Spain, Hungary, Portugal and Ireland were offset by feeble results in France, Belgium and Turkey.International tourist arrivals in the Americas increased by 4% through September, with South America (+7%) and Central America (+6%) leading results. In Africa (+8%), sub-Saharan destinations rebounded strongly throughout the year, while available data for the Middle East points to a 6% decrease in arrivals. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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