Couch commander: Watch Barack Obama share his retirement plans in style

first_imgUS President Barack Obama has always scored high on the cool quotient! His great sense of style, impeccable sense of humour and a knack of passing witty political remarks sure makes him stand out and that’s what happened at his final annual White House Correspondents’ dinner on Saturday.What might be one of the funniest moments of the event was when Obama shared his retirement plans. In a pre-taped video, Obama jokes about his decision to stay in Washington, D.C after he leaves office. The video starts out with reporters joking about the president’s decision.He seeks advice from the US Vice-President Joe Biden about what he should do in the next two years but Biden appears to be more interested in choosing the apt sunglasses for himself. The video shows Obama trying to take up sports or driving as a hobby and he even tries his hand on using Snapchat from his wife Michelle’s phone. But well, he is too cool for it!The highlight of the video is when Obama approaches John Boehner, former Republican Speaker of the House, for advice.”So now you want my advice?” says Boehner in the video. There was a political rivalry between the former Republican Speaker of the House and Obama because the duo was unable to secure a multi-year budget compromise.Boehner tells the president to just be himself. “Yesterday, I had a beer at 11:30 in the morning, and you know McDonald’s now serves breakfast all day long,” Boehner said.advertisementHe even tries to tempt Obama with a cigarette.Check out the video to know what Obama will be up to after he retires-last_img read more

How Real Madrid will line up in 2018-19

first_imgReal Madrid were stunned by the summer departures of coach Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving new coach Julen Lopetegui to face the daunting task of maintaining the club’s high standards in a time of disarray.The 4-2 defeat by city rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup underlined that Real must improve quickly if they are to avoid a repeat of the slow start that cost them the chance to challenge for the title last season.Lopetegui, who was unceremoniously sacked by Spain on the eve of the World Cup after agreeing to take charge at the Santiago Bernabeu after the tournament, has not had long to impress his ideas upon the squad, as his international stars returned in dribs and drabs through the summer after extended holidays because of Russia 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! 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So, with their league campaign starting on Sunday against Getafe, Lopetegui will essentially have to tinker with his team as he goes.Still, while some key figures have departed, Madrid still boast a squad full of stellar talent…Goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois Belgium 2018 World CupMadrid enter the season with a bloated roster of five goalkeepers, although new signing Thibaut Courtois is expected to claim the No.1 spot from Keylor Navas, having pushed through a move back to the Spanish capital from Chelsea.The former Atletico ace insists he has not been assured of a starting berth but it would be a huge surprise if he does not take to the field for the Liga opener against Getafe given Keylor Navas shipped four goals against Atleti in midweek, with Costa Rican badly beaten at his near post for Diego Costa’s opener.Granted, Courtois still needs to gain match fitness after his excellent exploits with Belgium at the World Cup, but it is really a case of when rather than if he usurps Navas as Real’s first-choice shot-stopper.Elsewhere, Andriy Lunin, 19, has joined from Zorya Luhansk and will provide back up, as former Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla is likely to find another club before the Spanish transfer window shuts at the end of August.As for Luca Zidane, the 20-year-old son of former coach Zinedine, he may leave on loan to gain further experience in between the sticks.DefendersAlvaro Odriozola Real MadridMadrid have only added Spain international right-back Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad to a defence which was shaky for much of last season, while young Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi moving to Borussia Dortmund on loan.There is no natural reserve for Marcelo at left-back after Theo Hernandez moved to Real Sociedad on loan but the versatile and ever-willing Nacho Fernandez has provided cover there before.Fabio Coentrao has returned from Sporting Lisbon but Madrid are trying to move him on, while the rest of the defence remains as it was.Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos will be backed up by Jesus Vallejo in the middle, while Odriozola will compete with compatriot Dani Carvajal for the right-back berth.Under Zidane, Madrid’s leaky defence was a problem and although Lopetegui maintained a mean back-line with Spain, the Super Cup shocker underlined that he will need some time to get his rearguard watertight.MidfieldersLuka Modric Real MadridMateo Kovacic joined Chelsea on loan as part of the deal to bring Courtois to the Spanish capital and Madrid have, thus far, ignored Lopetegui’s request for a replacement for the Croatia international.That hints at an increased role for Marcos Llorente in a midfield which otherwise will look identical to last season now that Florentino Perez has refused to allow Luka Modric to move to Inter.The Croatian, Germany’s Toni Kroos and Brazilian anchorman Casemiro have been a formidable midfield trio over the past few seasons and they will be Real’s engine room again this term.Dani Ceballos will provide able back-up, even though the 22-year-old would benefit from regular football after stagnating somewhat since his arrival from Real Betis last summer.However, Lopetegui will face a question that troubled his predecessor: how do you fit Isco and Bale into the team?Both started in the Super Cup defeat by Atletico in a 4-3-3 formation, lining up alongside Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio in attack, with Isco taking the place of Modric, who was left on the bench after only recently returning form holiday.Isco was an essential part of Lopetegui’s Spain side and the coach may choose to deploy him ahead of the Modric-Casemiro-Kroos triumvirate as part of a 4-4-2 formation.AttackersGareth Bale Karim Benzema Real MadridShould Lopetegui opt for that formation, then Bale would be forced into a central attacking role, as a direct replacement for Ronaldo, with Karim Benzema his likely foil.In a 4-3-3, Bale would play on the right wing, as he did in the Super Cup, with Asensio on the left and Benzema leading the line through the middle.The 22-year-old Asensio is an exciting prospect and will certainly expect an increased role this season after breaking through well last term.Lucas Vazquez provides support on the flanks and Borja Mayoral is a centre-forward option but without Ronaldo, Madrid’s front line looks short of a pure goalscorer.New signing Vinicius Junior is not expected to immediately play a significant role for the first team, having been registered with one of the club’s youth sides, but he has impressed enormously in pre-season and fans are optimistic that he will be seen regularly at the Bernabeu this season.ManagerJulen Lopetegui Florentino PerezLopetegui took a job that several other coaches unsurprisingly turned down. After all, following up Zidane’s three Champions League wins in three years is no easy task, and having to do so without Ronaldo makes it all the more arduous.Still, while the former Real Madrid B team coach had a tough time at Porto, where he was sacked after failing to win a trophy, his fine work with the Spanish youth teams (and later the national side) was impressive.However, by just signing Courtois and Odriozola, Perez has sold the new coach short, considering Madrid finished a shocking 17 points behind last season’s Liga champions Barcelona.Indeed, given the current climate of unease, it will not take long for things to sour for Lopetegui if he can not get Madrid off to a good start.How Real Madrid could line upLopetegui will need to experiment with his squad and the 4-3-3 he lined up with against Atletico could ultimately be ditched for a 4-4-2, so that he can fit Bale and Isco into the same team.While players are still gathering match fitness, the coach will have more freedom to leave big names out of the side and settle on his tactics, but should he stick with 4-3-3, he may shoehorn Isco in on the left, by offering him the freedom to roam and create.The defence and midfield appear set in stone, with the formation and which one of Bale, Isco or Asensio to leave out the only outstanding issues… for now!Real Madrid lineup PSlast_img read more

Forest fire prompts full evacuation of Pikangikum First Nation in Ontario

first_imgPIKANGIKUM, Ont. — The Ontario government says a full evacuation of the northern First Nation of Pikangikum has begun as a forest fire burns nearby.A spokesman for the Ministry of the Solicitor General says around 2,000 vulnerable members started to be moved to Kapuskasing, Ont., and Hearst, Ont., on Sunday.Brent Ross says the full evacuation means others in the community of 3,800 will now be flown out as well.The evacuation comes a day after Pikangikum declared an emergency due to smoke from the nearby blaze, which is about 404 square kilometres in size and burning about six kilometres southwest of the community, on the opposite side of a lake.It’s the second time this year that residents of the First Nation have had to leave due to forest fires — more than 2,000 were forced from their homes in late May and early June.Meanwhile, the northwestern Ontario First Nation of Keewaywin has also declared an emergency and evacuated its residents last week as a different forest fire — which is about 719 square kilometres in size — burns eight kilometres south of the community.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Significant Digits For Monday Nov 16 2015

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.2 roundsRonda Rousey was knocked out for the first time in her UFC career, going down in the second round against underdog and the anti-Rousey Holly Holm. [Los Angeles Times]10 percentAccording to Pornhub, a website that provides the exact services you think it does, traffic plummeted by 10 percent when “Fallout 4,” a hotly anticipated video game, became available to the gaming public. [VentureBeat]10.4 percentThe Chicago Cubs will increase season ticket prices by an average 10.4 percent following a run at the World Series and forthcoming deals with free agents. [ESPN]19 percentFollowing a wild weekend of college football, Alabama is now the most likely team to win the national title, with a 19 percent chance according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. [FiveThirtyEight]20 bombsWith 129 reported dead from the terror attacks in Paris, France has taken an increased role in combating the Islamic State, coordinating a 20-bomb campaign in northern Syria. [Sky News]1,000 resignationsMore than 1,000 members reportedly resigned from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints following the announcement that the Mormon church would no longer baptize the children of same-sex couples. [The New York Times]1,900 spiesU.K. Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the government will hire an additional 1,900 spies for its intelligence agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ following the terror attacks in Paris. [The Telegraph]71,871Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has surpassed Brett Favre’s record for most career passing yards. Manning now has 71,871 yards, but was pulled from the field in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs in favor of backup QB Brock Osweiler. [Pro Football Reference]$10.3 billionAmount collected by public universities from student fees to support athletics programs over the past five years, according to a Chronicle of Higher Education and Huffington Post investigation. A lot of schools are beginning to question how much that investment is really worth. [Chronicle of Higher Education]If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. read more

Spalletti hails Skriniar amid links to United and PSG

first_imgLuciano Spalletti has warned Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain that Inter Milan’s defender Milan Skriniar “is priceless suggesting “Nobody can afford him.”There has been a great deal of interest around the Slovakia international who turns 24 next month.Inter Milan secured the services of the defender for €34m from Sampdoria in the summer of 2017 and his value has since sky-rocketed.“Nobody has the money to pay for Skriniar. He is priceless,” said the Coach in this evening’s Press conference via Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello 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.“He is staying here, because nobody can afford him.”The situation is different for Brazil international Joao Miranda.“This sort of rumour damages Inter and weakens the club. If Miranda did tell anyone he wanted to leave Inter, he didn’t say it to me. Every time I played him, Miranda has done well.”The Serie A giants secured their passage to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia after beating Benevento 6-2.last_img read more

Antilarvae drive KMC calls highlevel meeting on June 19

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has convened a high-level meeting on June 19 with senior officials of the Centre and the state government as part of the anti-larvae drive.The meeting will be attended by senior officials of Metro Railway, Eastern Railway, BSNL, Kolkata Port Trust, Satyajit Roy Film and Television Institute, state Public Works department. Senior KMC officials of the health department will also be present at the meeting. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe civic authorities will discuss in detail the steps taken by these agencies to keep their establishments clean. Senior KMC officials said drives have been conducted in Central and state government establishments, hospitals and educational institutions along with private housing complexes and individual residential buildings to see whether the garbage had been cleared or not or whether the accumulated water has been cleaned. But these drives are not enough and to make anti-larvae campaigns successful, cooperation between the state and Central government establishments are an absolute necessity. The civic officials said used plastic tea cups and bottles, broken furniture kept on rooftops and empty cans serve as potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The larvae take seven days to grow into adults and so if drives are conducted twice a week, the mosquito population can easily be checked. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that the KMC has been conducting anti-larvae drives from January as the breeding pattern of the mosquitoes has changed due to global warming. The state Urban Development department has given Rs 4 crore to the KMC to conduct intense campaigns against malaria and dengue.Debashis Biswas, Chief Vector Control Officer of the KMC, said: “Cooperation of people from all walks of life is needed. If the masses and KMC will work hand-in-hand, the number of malaria and dengue cases will fall drastically.”last_img read more

Turkey blast toll mounts to 95

first_imgAt least 95 people were killed in Ankara when bombs set off by two suspected suicide attackers ripped through a crowd of leftist and pro-Kurdish activists at a peace rally, in the deadliest such attack in Turkey’s recent history. The twin blasts that occurred on Saturday, near Ankara’s main train station, ratcheted up tensions ahead of Turkey’s November 1 snap elections which were already soaring amid the government’s offensive on Kurdish militants.Bodies of slain demonstrators were seen strewn across the ground after the explosions, with the banners they had been holding for the “Work, Peace and Democracy” march lying next to them.The attack also left 246 wounded, 48 of whom are in intensive care, according to an updated toll announced by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s office. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced what he called a “heinous attack” targeting “our unity and our country’s peace”.Declaring three days of mourning, Davutoglu said there were “strong signs” the attack was carried out by two suicide bombers.last_img read more

Setting a Policy for Blogs

first_img 2 min read Blogging has recently been causing all kinds of ruckus in the business world. These online journals are far from a harmless pastime–employees from companies including Delta and Google have reportedly been fired for transgressions such as disclosing information about their pay and benefits packages in their personal blogs. How can you protect yourself from negative publicity and employee litigation stemming from blogs?”We spend so much time at work that the line between work and personal life becomes blurred,” says David Micah Kaufman, HR expert and co-author with attorney Deborah Weinsteinof the forth-coming book [email protected] He believes it’s necessary to establish an official policy on blogging for your employees. Any policy should prohibit disclosing confidential company information and/or trade secrets. It should also set guidelines about disparaging clients or co-workers, which could be considered harassment.Weinstein, an employment law expert, adds, “Workers should also be educated on the policy–don’t just hand it to them.” Discuss exactly what’s considered confidential with employees.Still, employees’ personal blogs aren’t inherently bad–some companies even encourage them as a way to market the company from the employees’ perspective, says Jennifer Loftus, national director with Astron Solutions, an HR company in New York City. The key is communicating standards upfront. Says Loftus, “Think back to when [companies] started adding policies about e-mails–what was all right to disclose and what wasn’t–and now take that to the next level.” This story appears in the November 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 1, 2005last_img read more