Could this be Manchester United’s next away shirt?According to rumours it may well be, as this image appeared, featuring the club’s soon-to-be new kit manufacturers Adidas and the Red Devils’ current sponsor Chevrolet splashed across the front.The club recently announced a record £750m deal with German manufacturer Adidas, with fans eagerly awaiting glimpses of next season’s strips.CLICK HERE TO SEE A ‘LEAKED’ IMAGE OF MAN UNITED’S POTENTIAL 2015/16 HOME SHIRTUnited fans, would you be pleased if this was your new kit? Comment below… Is this Man United’s next away strip? 1
Here are a couple of updates to stories we reported earlier in the category “Everything we thought was wrong.”Globular cluster ages: Our 10/05/2003 entry reported that beliefs about globular cluster ages were undergoing a radical revision. You can almost feel the rumblings in a related story on News@Nature; “In a complex Universe, astronomers thought they had at least one simple system to tell them how stars are born. Turns out they were wrong,” reported Jenny Hogan. Other statements say that globulars “aren’t as simple as astronomers used to think,” and that “it’s changing our ideas completely,” and that this will require us to “tear up textbooks.” Moreover, the realization that GCs are not homogeneous collections of ancient stars, but are now seen to contain young blue stars, will have ripple effects. “If you have problems reproducing star formation in globular clusters, you will have problems with a galaxy,” reported one astronomer. To be sure, a new interpretation is emerging that there were two episodes of star birth in most GCs. Hogan downplays the impact of the revelations, commenting that the new picture “shouldn’t upset long-term calculations of age too much.” To remind us, though, that shouldn’t has an element of wishful thinking in it, she ends: “But, astronomers add, they haven’t yet had time to work out all the implications.”Atmospheric methane sources: In a 01/12/2006 entry, we reported the surprising finding that plants contribute a third of the methane budget in Earth’s atmosphere. Nature brought the story up to date in the 08/17/2006 issue (442, 730-731(17 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/442730a). In “The methane mystery,” the magazine said that this finding has “shaken up atmospheric scientists.” The January claim, corroborated by another team in March, “rattled many, because textbooks hold that methane is produced from organic matter decaying in oxygen-free environments, not from living plants,” the news item said. “If true, his finding could account for a substantial fraction of the methane entering the atmosphere – potentially throwing off calculations of how much humans contribute.” Scrutiny of these announcements has not yielded a consensus to confirm or refute the data. Analysis is complicated further by another finding in Brazil that suggests some species can emit 4,000 times more methane than others. The findings are contentious and may have major ramifications on how atmospheric scientists interpret the human contribution to global warming. The goal now is to collect better data. Nature did not land on a particular side of the debate, but quoted one scientist’s advice, “You need to understand the entire greenhouse budget before you can start thinking about mitigating climate change.”Both these stories came out of the blue. Both are having major impacts on the way scientists think about subjects over which they used to be confident. Both are overhauling textbook orthodoxies, and both are illustrations of the fact that nothing in science is immune to revision.Encore: Here’s a story from the University of Bristol, UK, about Neandertals. It begins, “Neandertals were much more like modern humans than had been previously thought, according to a re-examination of finds from one of the most famous palaeolithic sites in Europe….”Since these are controversial subjects, students should only be taught the standard view. Teachers do not have time to teach the controversy, and it is not the job of public schools to go beyond the prescribed curriculum. Students might be confused by hearing differing views. Despite the credentials of the scientists involved, we can’t be sure they were not politically or religiously motivated. This is how science is done, and if you are going to play the game of science, you must play by the rules. Administrators should prohibit teachers from showing these articles to students under the guise of “supplementary material,” even if they come from the scientific journals. Failure to cease and desist will provide grounds for a lawsuit. (Commentary inspired by Eugenie Scott and the NCSE thought police.)(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
“Two years ago, I asked my dear friend, Al Webber, if I could interview him about his life-long love affair with jazz for Storycorps. He agreed. At the time, various factors prevented us from making the trip to New York’s Storycorps studio. But fortunately, Al and I recorded a rehearsal session at his home. Half of the interview recordings have been uploaded. The other half will be online soon. Currently, the audio does not work on iPhone or iPad. Special thanks to Ted Taylor who retrieved the audio recordings from the disk drive of my defunct laptop. May you find some joy and comfort in these recordings of our loved one and friend.”Webber, who had a passion for New Orleans jazz – something I have in common with this friend of my friend – gigged until the week he died. He had been a husband, a father, a newspaperman and a veteran of the Allied landings at Normandy Beach, but jazz, he said, was the love of his life. As I said at the beginning, we in the tech business are no less charged and altered by the movements affecting our societies than is any other group of people. So, the fact that here in America we have a black president is certainly important. But as important is the fact of a young black geek becoming friends with an old white jazzman and of cheap computerized recording technology and the Web making it possible for his voice to ring out in thousands of ears that never had the pleasure, before today, of hearing the name Al Webber. What love demanded, technology allowed.Tech, people. And love. Listen to Kelvin and Al talk. curt hopkins 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#music#NYT#Real World#web Something I’ve believed since I began work for ReadWriteWeb is that nothing we write about here exists in a vacuum. No matter how obscure or specific or rarefied, every story we tell is about someone somewhere doing something. War, the economy, revolution, social movements – everyone everywhere is affected by everything. So when I saw what my best friend, Kelvin Holland, had done, I saw, among other things, a story about us. Lo these many years ago, Kelvin and I met at what became Ask.com. He wound up as the Head of Testing and I ran corporate projects. He now works in the DC area as the web producer for a history publisher. It was there he met Al Webber, a jazzman of the old school. Al recently passed away, but not before technology empowered Kelvin to capture, preserve and share a part of the man’s ineffable essence. Here, in Kelvin’s words, is how love and tech allowed him to capture a hint of Al’s voice and spirit before Al passed away on April 12 at the age of 85. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus chief Paratici warns Man Utd off Allegriby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sports chief Fabio Paratici is adamant Max Allegri is staying.The Italian coach has been mentioned as a candidate for the Manchester United job for next season.However, Paratici insists Juve are still counting on Allegri long-term.He said, “He is the best possible coach for Juventus and I think the team is also perfect for him.”They suit eachother because of their features. “His future for us is not in doubt.”
LEXINGTON, KY – DECEMBER 07: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to De’Aaron Fox #0 and Malik Monk #5 during the game against the Valparaiso Crusaders at Rupp Arena on December 7, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)John Calipari believes that his incoming freshman class is one of the best he’s ever had at Kentucky, and that is saying something. One of that class’ superstars, guard Malik Monk, showed off his elite shooting ability at the McDonald’s All-American 3-Point Shootout tonight, catching fire down the stretch to win the entire contest.Malik Monk Weather Report: 100% chance of raining treys. He’s our #McDAAG Boys 3pt champ with 21pts! pic.twitter.com/p53rqzwLmS— All American Games (@McDAAG) March 29, 2016The highlights are incredibly impressive:Malik Monk gets on late 3-point run. pic.twitter.com/fVtyAEpmpv— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016Malik Monk (@AhmadMonk )just won the @McDAAG 3Pt- Contest!!!!!!!!! DEFINITION OF A PURE SHOOTER! https://t.co/mjAEFWhfrL— Kentucky! #BBN (@UKBasketbalI) March 29, 2016If that wasn’t enough, he can also throw down like this.Malik Monk: pretty capable finisher. pic.twitter.com/FciQGXVMue— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016College basketball’s rich continue to get richer. Enjoy Monk next season, Kentucky fans.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Final Four >>>
APTN National NewsIn Winnipeg, the sixth annual Kookum walk wound its way through the streets of downtown Winnipeg.Hundreds joined in to share the Kookums message that Aboriginal children deserve to be safe.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.
TORONTO – Another Canadian clothing retailer, Roots Corp., wants to take its company public as it plans a massive North American and international expansion over the next several years.For the heritage-fashion retailer the switch from being a private company for more than four decades comes against a challenging retail environment that’s seen numerous bankruptcies, and mass store closures and layoffs in recent years.The company known for its poor boy style hats and woolly winter mitts that have adorned both Canada’s Olympic athletes and consumers has applied to list on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ROOT.The retailer, which operates 120 stores in North America and has a partner running another 136 between Taiwan and China, is looking to open dozens of new locations.That includes up to 10 in Canada and up to 14 in the States by the end of its 2019 financial year.Roots is also eyeing international markets, hoping to grow by up to 25 new locations between Taiwan and China, and build a presence in Singapore and Malaysia in the same time frame.Beyond that, the company is evaluating partnerships in a dozen new markets abroad.“When you have such large expansion goals and projections, then it makes sense to go forward with an IPO,” said Tamara Szames, a Canadian fashion and apparel analyst for the NPD Group.An initial public offering would provide some of the capital necessary to fund the expansion plan, she said.The price and the number of shares being sold by Searchlight, Budman and Green — the private investment firm that purchased a majority stake in Roots in 2015 — was not immediately disclosed. A Roots spokesman declined to comment.The company’s IPO comes against “a favourable backdrop,” said Craig Fehr, principal investment strategist at Edward Jones Investments.Investor sentiment is quite positive, equity markets have a lot of momentum behind them and stock prices are up across the board, he said.Additionally, Roots disclosed financial growth in its preliminary prospectus that’s quite strong, he said, a good sign that its managing ongoing disruption to the retail industry by the rise of e-commerce and other factors.The retailer is following in the footsteps of other Canadian fashion companies, including recent initial public offerings by Vancouver-based Aritzia (TSX:ATZ) and Toronto-based winter-coat maker Canada Goose (TSX:GOOS).Shares in Canada Goose have soared more than 40 per cent since they began trading earlier this year, however Aritzia shares have struggled and fallen well below their IPO price. The shares debuted on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Oct. 2016, with an IPO price of $16, but are currently trading below $14.Fehr said the different paths of those retailers may demonstrate that a company with a niche offering like Canada Goose is more likely to succeed.Investors may be more comfortable betting on a luxury retailer whose parkas sell for upwards of $1,400, added Szames, than on Aritzia, which sells its goods at a price range where many retailers are struggling.Roots, which points to its leather goods and footwear products as a possible area of expansion, could position itself in a high price bracket, Szames said.However, both IPOs had one thing in common, she said, highlighting that each stock soared on the first day of trading.Szames anticipates Roots will be seen as a similarly hot item.“We’re going to see that surge,” she said, adding no one can predict what will happen next.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Walmart is getting bruised in its battle with online leader Amazon.The world’s largest retailer on Tuesday reported a smaller-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as it wrestled with slower e-commerce sales during the busiest time of the year. The results underscore the company’s challenges in a fiercely competitive retail landscape.Its stock took a beating, falling 10.2 per cent to post its biggest single-day percentage drop in 30 years. Its decline was a big factor in a drop of 1 per cent by the Dow Jones industrial average.The fourth-quarter profit numbers overshadowed the discounter’s better-than-expected sales at its established stores and higher customer traffic as online services linked to its stores attract more shoppers.The company’s mixed results raise concerns its push to narrow the gap between itself and Amazon.com Inc. may be losing steam. This despite it making huge investments in both its digital business and its stores, where it has taken steps like lowering prices.Walmart’s e-commerce sales growth in its U.S. business slowed to 23 per cent during the fourth quarter, a sharp decline from 50 per cent in the third quarter. It noted last year’s results got a big boost from its acquisition of online retailer Jet.com.But it also acknowledged its own mistakes — a surge of TVs, toys and electronics into its warehouses during the peak periods of the holiday season crowded out more basic items. Still, Walmart finished the year with more than 40 per cent growth in online sales in the U.S., and it expects that online sales will be revived this year to hit that same pace.Walmart and other retailers are looking at new ways to compete in light of swiftly changing shopping habits. Albertsons Cos., the owner of Safeway and other grocery brands, announced Tuesday it is buying the drugstore chain Rite Aid.Walmart itself is building fewer big stores and focusing on investments in its online business while beefing up benefits for its workers.Since buying Jet.com for more than $3 billion a year and a half ago, Walmart has added online services, acquired brands like Bonobos and ModCloth and vastly expanded the number of items available online. Walmart is also getting ready to launch an overhauled website with a focus on fashion and home furnishings. It has teamed up with Lord & Taylor to create dedicated space on its site.Walmart has aggressively cut prices and plans to double the number of stores where groceries can be ordered online and picked up curbside this year to 2,000 locations.“We’re accelerating innovation in the business to make shopping faster and easier for our customers,” said Walmart CEO Doug McMillon,But Walmart has a long way to get even close to Amazon’s online dominance. Amazon.com Inc. has leveraged its $99-a-year Prime membership program into intense loyalty from customers, and it’s recently stepped into Walmart’s turf, no longer content with only online sales. After spending $14 billion to acquire Whole Foods last summer, Amazon just announced two-hour delivery from the grocery chain for its members.Walmart Inc., based in Bentonville, Arkansas, earned $2.17 billion, or 73 cents per share, in the three-month period ended Jan. 31. That compares with $3.76 billion, or $1.22 per share, in the year-earlier period.Excluding charges, Walmart earned $1.33 per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research were calling for earnings of $1.36 per share.The world’s largest retailer posted revenue of $136.27 billion, exceeding the average analyst estimate of $135.04 billion.Revenue at stores opened at least a year rose 2.6 per cent at its namesake U.S. stores. That marked the 14th consecutive quarter of increases. Customer counts rose 1.6 per cent.At Walmart’s Sam’s Clubs, same-store sales rose 2.4 per cent in the fourth quarter. The company announced earlier this month that it was offering free shipping for premium members and simplifying its membership tiers.Last month, Sam’s Club began closing 63 U.S. clubs while turning a dozen of them into warehouses for digital sales, with the goal of speeding up deliveries.The company said Tuesday that its federal corporate tax rate for the current year will be between 24 and 26 per cent due to the new tax reform. Walmart’s previous tax rate was 32.5 per cent. Walmart’s Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said that it expects a cash benefit of $2 billion for the year.Its shares ended Tuesday down $10.67 to $94.11, its biggest single-day drop in percentage terms since Jan. 8, 1988._____AP Health writer Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this report._____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzio
WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its economic outlook for the United States in 2018 and foresees a strong year for the global economy as well. But its chief economist warns that the prospect of an escalating trade conflict “threatens to undermine confidence and derail global growth prematurely.”The IMF predicts that the U.S. economy will grow 2.9 per cent this year, up from the 2.7 per cent it had forecast in January and up from the 2.3 per cent growth the economy achieved last year. The U.S. economy will enjoy a boost through 2020 from tax cuts President Donald Trump signed into law in December, the IMF predicts.The lending agency kept its forecast for worldwide growth this year at 3.9 per cent, which would be its fastest pace since 2011.