For the Albiceleste defender the return of the Argentinean superstar will sure be soon, after he has missed six matchesAfter Argentina was defeated by France in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16, superstar Lionel Messi said he wanted to take a break.And the superstar has missed the last six matches for his nation.But defender Gabriel Mercado has said that his country will welcome Messi back “with open arms” when he returns.“We have to respect his decision, he has his reasons for wanting to take time out and if he wants to consider a return at some point, that will be really important,” he was quoted by Sport 360.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“All Argentineans are waiting for him with open arms, so we have to wait and see what will happen.”“It was really difficult for Argentina since the qualification with three different coaches,” Mercado said.“Jorge [Sampaoli] arrived and tried to implement his ideas and we couldn’t do it at the World Cup.”“It is not easy to play a World Cup because all the teams want what you want. Argentina had additional pressure because at the last World Cup they lost the final and would only be happy with winning the cup,” he added.“We tried, it was our dream, but unfortunately we couldn’t do it and Jorge had to leave us.”
The mysterious founder of “themediaisdying” Twitter feed—a running compendium of layoffs and shutterings in the media industry—has been outed. His name is Paul Armstrong, a part-time journalist and a former communications manager at MySpace. He currently lives in Britain.He wrote a column for BusinessWeek about the demise of the newspaper business:If we’re looking to affix blame, we should look no farther than to ourselves. At the most basic, we stopped “buying” it. Newer generations never grew up depending on newspapers—they’d consider it anachronistic to write the local paper a check for a subscription. At the same time, the “old media” still do not grasp the technological and sociological changes associated with this generational independence. There is a huge miscommunication between creator and consumer in terms of value propositions. Nothing has gone “wrong,” per se, it is simply a changed balance of power. Creator and consumer are no longer tied to the other. Read the full column here …
Flood Magazine has hired Marty Sartini Garner as senior editor. Sartini Garner was previously a contributing editor for the magazine. “Corby started writing about and formulating the ideals of the ‘food movement’ before there was a food movement,” says Gabriel Snyder, editor-in-chief for The New Republic, in a statement. “Now that food is an inescapable part of our culture, he’s perfectly placed to write about the fights worth fighting on both the artisan micro-level and the industrial macro-level. But he’ll do it all with his close-up sympathy and back-far humor that makes him so much fun to read.” The New Republic is continuing its rebuilding process after the messy editorial overhaul at the end of 2014—now, with foray into food. Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: Martin Nisenholtz and John Stellato have been named to the board of directors for Purch. Nisenholtz currently serves on several boards for digital media companies, and is a venture partner at Firstmark Capital. Stellato is a board member of both Conservant Intellectual Property Management and Loyal3. While the move isn’t a major one for TNR, it’s a sign that the magazine is still more than willing to experiment with its content. New York has hired for two newly created sales roles. Daniel Jasper joins as director of sponsorship sales, while Brian Carney is now director of sales development. Corby Kummer is joining the magazine as a contributing editor—he’ll stay in his role as senior editor for The Atlantic—and will be writing a monthly column on the intersection of food and culture. His first piece will appear in the September/October issue as one part of a larger redesign for the book. Meredith has named Elizabeth Anne Shaw editor-in-chief of FamilyFun. Shaw was most recently integrated content director at Scholastic Parent & Child.
ADC AUTHOR A federal judge blocked an administration request Thursday to resume using DOD funds to build southern border barriers while they appeal the judge’s ruling halting use of those funds, The Hill reported Friday.California District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. had issued a previous ruling that blocked the transfer of funds from Pentagon counter-drug accounts. On Thursday Gilliam again decided against the administration’s request to pause his initial ruling.The administration had requested a stay “so that construction and funding for these two border barrier projects can continue.”The officials said that they will appeal their case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.Customs and Border Protection photo by Nicholas Robbs
Sophie Turner is ready to cause chaos as Jean Grey in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET In the full trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, we see the mutant superheroes face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own. The trailer, released late Thursday, shows a rescue mission in space that goes wrong and almost kills Jean Grey (Sophie Turner). A mysterious force enters the X-Men character’s body. It not only makes Jean infinitely more powerful, but also unstable. 77 Photos Post a comment Marvel X-Men Share your voice Jean unleashes her powers, and spirals out of control. She hurts those she loves and, ultimately, could be what divides the X-Men once and for all. And if that’s not enough, there are aliens who want to weaponize Jean’s power and rule the galaxy. Jessica Chastain plays a shapeshifter character named Smith, and she is shown manipulating Phoenix for her own agenda. Chastain was interviewed by late-night host Jimmy Fallon in tandem with the trailer’s release. 0 Enlarge ImageX-Men: Dark Phoenix will be the 12th movie in the series. 20th Century Fox On Tuesday, Twentieth Century Fox released a poster for the film that offers more clues to fans wondering whether their favorite Marvel mutants will get screen time in Dark Phoenix.In addition to Turner and Chastain, X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters.It’s the first installment in the newest X-Men trilogy and the 12th movie in the X-Men film series. The second in the new X-Men trilogy is The New Mutants, expected out Aug. 2.X-Men: Dark Phoenix is scheduled for release worldwide on June 7.Correction, Feb. 28 at 6:55 a.m. PT: Fixes the release date for the movie. Tags 2019 movies to geek out over TV and Movies
4K LCD $650 4K FALD LCD Tags 55-inch Now Share your voice The FALD on the chart above refers to full-array local dimming LCD backlights, the most effective image quality improvement for LCD TVs. The 8K versions bring back Sony’s Backlight Master Drive technology, which utilizes “ultra-dense LED modules that are independently controlled” and can “intelligently boost the brightness in the areas where it needs to be boosted.” The 8K LCDs and the higher-end 4K OLED TVs, the A9G series, are part of Sony’s so-called Master Series. They feature Sony’s Picture Processor X1 Ultimate processing, its best yet. Sony says the 8K version “has a unique algorithm specially developed for 8K that can intelligently detect and analyze each object in the picture, resulting in exceptional detail and contrast for a more realistic picture that represents the creators’ intent.” That sounds a bit like the AI processing Samsung uses. XBR-43X800G 49-inch XBR-98Z9G Now XBR-55A9G Now Now 75-inch XBR-55X950G XBR-65X950G June $3,500 $70,000 Technology May June XBR-55X800G Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors TVs 65-inch 55-inch $1,200 $13,000 LG Samsung Sony Apple 4K OLED XBR-55A8G $8,000 XBR-85X950G 8K FALD LCD 4K OLED XBR-77A9G $3,500 55-inch 4K OLED 4K OLED 4K LCD XBR-75X800G Sony’s Master Series 8K Z9G comes in 85- and 98-inch sizes. They’re big. I’m 6′ 3″. Sony The 2019 8K TV battle lines have been drawn, and both heavyweight contenders have thrown down the platinum-plated gauntlet. In one corner is Samsung, the champion by dint have having introduced the first 8K TV to the US, the $15,000 85-inch Q900. Now its other new models are out, including a 98-inch version that costs — wait for it — $70,000.In the other corner is the challenger, scrappy upstart Sony. It introduced its own 85-inch and 98-inch 8K TVs at CES earlier this year but waited till now to reveal: $13,000 and, yes, $70,000 respectively. That’s a $2,000 savings over Samsung’s 85-inch TV. On the other hand Sony isn’t selling any smaller, cheaper 8K TVs this year, while Samsung goes all the way down to 65 inches for $5,000. 85-inch XBR-65A8G late April $5,000 $3,500 Now Model XBR-85Z9G 98-inch June 1:49 May News • The best Apple HomeKit devices of 2019 $2,200 $900 4K LCD XBR-85X850G $1,400 XBR-65X800G 4K OLED 85-inch 4K LCD May • $4,500 Price May 37 Photos Preview • Apple’s slow-moving HomeKit is a smart-home slacker 55-inch 65-inch 4K LCD Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Now The new 8K sets also have full-spec HDMI 2.1 inputs complete with 48Gbps capability, which means they’re compatible with higher frame rates and resolutions that could come down the pike soon, like 4K at 120 frames per second or 8K at 60fps. All 2019 Sony TVs support enhanced audio return channel (eARC) — with the exception of the A8G. Support for the other two major HDMI 2.1 features — variable refresh rate (VRR) and automatic low latency mode (ALLM, or auto game mode) — isn’t final yet. A Sony representative says that once the HDMI 2.1 evaluation period is over, the company will be able to provide more information.98 inches is, like, really big. Sarah Tew/CNET Sony also revamped the sound quality, using four front-facing speakers to position the sound so it seems to emanate from the screen. Unlike Sony’s OLED TVs, however, the screen itself doesn’t produce the sound — instead there’s an array of drivers surrounding the screen (on the 8K LCDs) and positioned toward the top of the screen on the back (on the 4K LCDs). Here’s a few more details on Sony’s 2019 4K TVs. Sony’s new A9G OLED TV. Sarah Tew/CNET A9G Master Series OLED TV: Sony’s highest-end OLED TVs for 2019 are really similar to the 2018 version, the Master Series A9F, except that now it offers a 77-inch option in addition to 55- and 65-inch sizes. The main different is in design; the A9G has a more standard ultraslim look, without the large “kickstand” lean-back design of the A9F. Sony’s OLED TV screens are actually big speakers, and the version on the A9G (“Acoustic Surface+”) supposedly offers better sound. The A9G is OLED-typical slim from the side. Sarah Tew/CNET A8G series OLED TV: Sony’s step-down 2019 OLED sets, the A8G series lacks the fancy processing of the Master Series and have just the standard Acoustic Surface screens. The series comes in 55- and 65-inch sizes. X950G series 4K LCD TV: Available in 55-, 65-, 75- and 85-inch sizes, these sets look similar on paper to the X900F we reviewed in 2018, complete with full-array local dimming and Dolby Vision. It gets a couple new features however, including improved sound (“Acoustic Multi-Audio”, said to improve sound positioning) and a far-field mic for Google Assistant. Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support: Similar to LG’s and Vizio’s, Sony’s 2019 TVs will work with Apple AirPlay 2 and Homekit via a software update coming this summer. That means iPhone, iPad and Mac computers can be used to control TV show and movie playback on the big screen, whether from iTunes movies and TV shows or other compatible apps. Photos can also be shown on the TV screen, and it can mirror a phone or computer screen to show web pages for example. The TV can be part of a multiroom audio setup, and controls for the set itself can appear on the phone screen. With HomeKit, “these TVs can be added to the Home app and included in scenes or automations with other HomeKit accessories” according to Sony’s press release. “For example, users can create a ‘Movie Night’ scene in the Home app to easily turn on their TV and dim the lights, and simply ask Siri to launch the scene.” I expect to review the first 2019 Sony TVs later this spring. Stay tuned. Update April 29, 2019: Adjusted price on Samsung’s 98-inch 8K TV from $100,000 to $70,000. Samsung’s web site currently still shows the $100,000 price, but a Samsung representative told CNET: “The $99,999 price was our introduction/launch price and since launch it was planned to move to the lower price in April.” Clarified support for HDMI 2.1 features. Sony 2019 TVs 65-inch Now 8K FALD LCD XBR-49X800G reading • Sony challenges Samsung for 8K crown with $70,000 98-inch TV 4K FALD LCD Now $2,000 Available See All Apple HomeKit 85-inch 65-inch Now Now playing: Watch this: XBR-75X950G 4 4K LCD Sony’s 2019 8K, 4K and OLED TVs go against Samsung and LG 75-inch $3,500 Apple 4K FALD LCD The first Sony 8K TVs are really, really big at CES 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? XBR-65A9G Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 4K FALD LCD 43-inch $750 77-inch Comments Size $2,500 Here’s where I remind you that only folks with money to burn should buy any 8K TV. They’re (duh) too expensive, there’s no 8K content and, like all first-generation technology, they’re destined to be replaced by cheaper, better versions next year. Sony also announced pricing for the rest of its 2019 TVs. Here’s the full lineup:
Chattogram mayor AZM Nasir UddinChittagong City Corporation mayor AZM Nasir Uddin allegedly slapped an engineer of National Housing Authority on Monday.Nasir allegedly slapped assistant engineer Ashrafuzzaman at a meeting at the city corporation office. Officials of NHA Chattogram circle on Tuesday observed a strike protesting the incident.Nasir, however, denied the allegation and said he scolded the engineer for his ‘indecent behaviour’.Officials said, NHA and city corporation authorities were at loggerheads over a piece of land. NHA alleged that the city corporation is using a piece of their land without taking permission for extending a city road. The two authorities arranged a meeting to settle the matter on Monday evening.According to the NHA officials, a six-member team led by Chattogram circle superintending engineer Md Shamsul Alam went to the Nagar Bhaban to discuss the issue with city corporation authorities.At one point of the discussion, mayor Nasir slapped the engineer, alleged the NHA officials. City councilor Golam Mohmmad Zobayer also allegedly joined in the beating.Zobayer, too, denied the allegation.Md Shamsul Alam said the strike was observed in 16 Zilas of Chattogram circle and they informed the incident to the high-ups of the department.They would announce further programme if they do not get justice, he added.Denying the allegation, mayor Nasir told Prothom Alo that NHA want to set up a makeshift market in the disputed land while city corporation wanted to construct a road and a drain to curb water logging problem of the city.The engineer showed offensive behavior towards me. I just told him he doesn’t know how to behave with a mayor. At that point, others took him away,” said Nasir.
Share 00:00 /00:46 At a news conference held in New York Friday morning, Rosa said she was body-shamed and forced to use duct-tape on her body.“My skin on the side was pulled down – and it’s very hard to do because I’m not a bigger-weight person – it was pulled down and with the tape taped under my short, just to slim out the area right here,” she said under tears, pointing at her waist area.The lawsuit alleges assault, sexual harassment and violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, among other charges.It’s one of two similar lawsuits against the team. The Texans are asking for an order that both cases be submitted to arbitration under the supervision of the NFL commissioner. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 8Another former cheerleader has joined a lawsuit against the Houston Texans.Angelina Rosa is the sixth former Texans cheerleader in the suit filed by well-known attorney Gloria Allred. X Listen
Baltimore County Public Schools on December 2 will host a Leadership Summit for Young Women in High School focused on academic and career issues. The summit will kick off with keynote remarks from BCPS superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Howard Bank CEO Mary Ann Scully, and Major General Linda L. Singh, the Adjutant General of Maryland. Participants will attend their choice of two workshops focused on building skills in areas ranging from confronting racism, building self-esteem, leadership confidence, time management, and managing a digital footprint to college selection and effective interviewing. The Leadership Summit for Young Women in High School will take place at Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 N. Charles Street, Baltimore 21210. Call 410.887.5908 for details.