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SEA Games: Centeno, Amit on course for 9-ball gold medal battle

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first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Centeno, the reigning champion, took a bye before crushing Angeli Ticoalu of Indonesia, 7-4, to march to the next round.Then two-time world 10-ball champion Amit defeated Indonesia’s Silviana Lu, 7-3, in the other quarterfinal match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFILE – Chezka Centeno of the Philippines during the 28th SEA Games Women’s 9-Ball Pool. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA“As much as possible we want a repeat performance,” said the 18-year-old Centeno who didn’t hide the fact that she looks up to Amit in and out of the pool house.In the men’s 9-ball pool Carlo Biado prevailed over Amnuayporn Chotipong of Thailand, 9-3, to advance to the semis. So far, the billiards team, with former world champions in the fold including Efren “Bata” Reyes, only has one medal to show.Former World No. 1 Dennis Orcollo and Warren Kiamco placed third in 9-ball doubles.The Philippines won three golds last SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next View commentscenter_img Rubilen Amit of the Philippines during 9-Ball competition in 2015 SEA Games. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAKUALA LUMPUR — Filipino pool divas have made their way to an expected gold medal battle.The last Southeast Asian Games’ finalists Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit barged into the semifinals of the women’s 9-ball singles Friday at KLCC.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH duo settle for silver in men’s tennis PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Pocari tests Power Smashers

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMomentum may be on the side of Pocari Sweat at this point in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, but coach Rico de Guzman feels the three-time champion still needs a major adjustment.“The players are having difficulty adjusting because they are so focused on their offense,” said De Guzman. A lot of that offense has been shouldered by Myla Pablo, who has been averaging 20 points in the Lady Warriors’ first two games.ADVERTISEMENT Pocari Sweat tries out its defense when it tests the Power Smashers at 6:30 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre.“We struggled to win those two games, that’s why we want to preserve this momentum,” said Pablo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBaliPure tries to bounce back from a stinging loss to idle co-leader Creamline when it faces University of the Philippines in the other women’s match at 4 p.m.Meanwhile, in the men’s division, Cignal and Sta. Elena clash at 10 a.m. while Café Lupe and Instituto Estetico Manila collide at 1 p.m. in a duel of winless teams. Before living up to darkhorse tag, Pirates must ‘win in classroom,’ says coach Topex Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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A Michigan State Fan Created A 14-Minute Hype Video To Celebrate The Mark Dantonio Era

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first_imgMark Dantonio excited for the teams recent win.mark dantonio hype videoSince taking over at Michigan State back in 2007, Mark Dantonio has led the Spartans to a 75-31 record (45-19 in conference), including four seasons with at least 11 wins. He’s also won the Big Ten title (2013) and posted victories in the Outback Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl. MSU has finished the season ranked No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, over the past two years.Wednesday, a Michigan State fan who goes by MSUAndyHRCMB put together an incredible 14-minute hype video that pays homage to the Dantonio era. It’s titled “Big Stick.” It’s been going viral among MSU supporters.Michigan State kicks off its 2015 campaign at Western Michigan on Friday night.last_img

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Ole Miss Posts Awesome Hype Video Shown To Team At ‘Commitment Ceremony’

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first_imgOle Miss player raising his hand during a game.Vimeo/Ole Miss RebelsOle Miss football holds a “commitment ceremony” ever year ahead of the season, where the coaches, players, and families that make up the program pledge that they are ‘all in’ with the Rebels.In 2014, Jill Freeze, wife of head coach Hugh Freeze, described the ceremony to Heart for the Game writer Marsa Truscott.“We have this ceremony for the coaches, their families, and the players. It is a commitment that we are ‘all in’ and each of us will do our part in committing to do whatever we can to help each other.”Ole Miss posted the video it showed the team ahead of this year’s ceremony. It features 2015 highlights, practice tape, and clips from various speeches delivered to the Rebels this off-season, including those by pastor Chip Henderson and former Tennessee player and motivational speaker Inky Johnson.Ole Miss has previously posted video of the 2014 and 2015 commitment ceremonies as a part of its series “The Season.”The Rebels are prepping for one of the best games of an absolutely loaded opening weekend college football slate. Ole Miss travels to Orlando for a neutral site game against ACC powerhouse Florida State. The game is set to kick off at 8:00 p.m. CT, and will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

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RADA Launches Competition to Boost Productivity

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first_img The RADA offices will be assessed in a number of areas The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has launched a competition among its 13 parish offices aimed at enhancing the agency’s services to farmers island-wide, and contributing to increased agricultural production.Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke officially launched the project on Wednesday, September 11, at his Hope Gardens offices in St. Andrew.Some $1 million is up for grabs in the contest, which got underway in August, and is being held over 12 months concluding in July 2014. The objective is to engage staff in efforts that will boost and enhance service delivery; strengthen parish leadership and team work in areas that will positively impact staff and, by extension, production and productivity in the sector.The RADA offices will be assessed in a number of areas. These include crop production; marketing plans; market-driven production; project and livestock development; formation and strengthening of farmers groups, with emphasis on incorporating women and youth; farmer registration and verification; and agricultural disaster risk management initiatives.Each parish office is expected to write and implement at least two viable projects capable of generating income totaling at least $500,000 or strengthen the capacities of existing initiatives.The winning parish will receive $500,000 and the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries trophy, while the second place parish will land the $250,000 runner-up prize.  A prize of $250,000 will also be awarded to the parish deemed to have topped all competition categories.The top two parishes will present their projects during the 2014 staging of the Denbigh Agricultural, Food and Industrial Trade Show, in May Pen, Clarendon.Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, in launching the competition, said he “wholeheartedly” endorsed the initiative. He pointed out that the competition’s goals and objectives “are things that are practical and…can be done.”“Whatever we do to improve their (RADA) efficiency (and) to challenge them to reach that higher level, is something that is welcomed. This morning’s exercise is just a first step (in this regard),” the Minister said.In his remarks, RADA Board Chairman, Dr. Densil Williams, noted that the competition is geared towards assisting to boost agricultural outputs, while strengthening the agency’s role to this end.“We are of the view that if we are going to move the sector and RADA forward, there has to be some element of competition among the stakeholders. I am of the firm view that at the end of it all, what you will see is a stronger and better RADA and (sector) going forward,” Dr. Williams said. Some $1 million is up for grabs in the contest RADA has launched a competition aimed at enhancing the agency’s services to farmers Story Highlightslast_img read more

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SAIL supplies first consignment of LHB wheels to Indian Railways

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first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) Tuesday said it has shipped the first consignment of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) wheels to Indian Railways. The Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) of SAIL supplied the first consignment of LHB wheels to the national transporter on Monday, SAIL said in a statement. “SAIL was initially given an order to supply 1,000 LHB wheels whose first consignment has been dispatched. The wheels having unique web profile with metallurgical properties are especially designed to befit the high-speed movement on broad gauge as per the requirements of LHB coaches,” it said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThese LHB wheels are developed with the help of the Research Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO), under the railways, and wheel and axle plant of DSP. The wheels have pneumatic disc brake system for efficient braking at higher speeds, reducing the impact during accidents or emergency situations, SAIL said. “Our entire focus is to begin the supply of this advanced LHB wheels so that the requirement of the Indian Railways can be fulfilled domestically. I believe that meeting the entire requirements of LHB wheels domestically will reduce the imports and also help in saving foreign exchange,” SAIL Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary said. SAIL-DSP is supplying wheels and axles to the Indian Railways for the past five decades and is the only producer of forged wheels in the country.last_img read more

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Tennis Keeps Producing Challengers To Serenas Throne She Keeps Beating Them

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Serena Williams needs just two more wins in this year’s U.S. Open to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam titles. The record would be impressive on its own, but it’s even more notable for the strength of her opposition: Williams has faced the best in the game, over and over, in the 20 years since she won her first major.The 37-year-old captured her first major title at the U.S. Open on Sept. 11, 1999, beating Martina Hingis. Since then, 58 different players have ascended to the top 10, according to the WTA, and Serena has played 55 of them. She’s also played almost all of the women who have made it into the top 5 since her first title, facing 36 of the 37. And more of Williams’s opponents are likely to make their top 10 debuts soon: Bianca Andreescu, whom she faced in Toronto last month, is ranked 15th and could reach the top 10 for the first time after she won Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open.Some of her former adversaries — players who made it atop the rankings in the past 20 years — have already retired, while Williams continues to compete for major titles. Justine Henin, who is 6-8 all-time against Williams, retired in 2008, staged a comeback in 2010 and left the game for good in 2011. Kim Clijsters, who was 2-7 against Williams, retired in 2012.Somehow, Williams has continued to evolve despite facing a seemingly endless parade of young talent.“I think the sport has come a really long way,” Williams said in her post-match press conference on Tuesday. “It’s the best work in the world that a woman can do in my mind.”Serena’s staying power has been a thing of beauty. From 1999 to 2010, she won 13 major titles. She struggled in 2011 and early in 2012, missing large swaths of time with a foot injury and blood clots in her lungs. But after she started working with Patrick Mouratoglou in 2012, reworking some of her approach to the game and recovering from the injuries, Williams reversed her decline and played her best tennis yet. From 2012 to 2017, she won 10 Slams, an improbable count for her age. And, of course, Williams took a year off from the sport around the birth of her daughter in September 2017, skipping four straight Slams until last year’s French Open.At the U.S. Open, she is close to another record. After beating Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-0 on Tuesday, Williams now has 100 match wins at the U.S. Open. If she wins the tournament without an opponent withdrawal, she will pass Chris Evert, who won 101 matches in her U.S. Open career.Even among her historic achievements, a record 24th major victory for Serena will be on the minds of observers on Saturday. Since her last Slam victory in 2017, Williams has come close to the mark, reaching three finals in the past two years. Tonight, she will battle Elina Svitolina, who has beaten Williams once, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Svitolina hasn’t lost a set at the Open and has looked formidable. Still, Williams has a great opportunity this week to finally tie Court’s record, as none of the three other women left in the U.S. Open — Svitolina, Andreescu and Belinda Bencic — has ever won a major.“It feels good,” Williams said. “This is what I’ve been training for.” read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball takes one of three at Oregon Invitational

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Then-junior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (12) spikes the ball during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team left the two-day University of Oregon Invitational this weekend with a win and a pair of losses.OSU first lost to Oregon on Friday, before falling against Illinois State and defeating Central Arkansas in matches on Saturday.In the third match of the weekend and the second of the day on Saturday, against Central Arkansas, the Buckeyes won their first match of the season in four sets (25-20, 25-20, 24-26, 25-19).Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger had 12 kills for OSU throughout the four sets, while Sandbothe added 10. León averaged more than five digs per set while Schirmer added 11 total.Schirmer had five kills in the fourth set to help spark the Buckeyes, while Mitchell, Sandbothe and Sekinger tallied three kills each.Before taking on Central Arkansas the Buckeyes held a tight match against Illinois State, but lost to the Redbirds in five sets (19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 14-16).OSU held a 10-5 lead in the first set, but later gave up a 7-0 run.The Buckeyes stormed back in the second and third sets to take a 2-1 overall lead on the Redbirds, before dropping the final two sets and the match.Against Oregon, OSU kept it close in the first set before struggling in the second and third. Oregon won three straight sets (22-25, 12-25, 16-25) to knock off the Buckeyes.Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe had a team-high 13 points, which included nine kills, four blocks and an ace. Sophomore libero Valeria León led the team with 11 digs. In the first game of her OSU career, freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer totaled two kills and an ace.OSU finished third overall at the University of Oregon Invitational.Sandbothe was the only Buckeye named to the all-tournament squad. She led the Buckeyes with 35 kills, 20 blocks and five aces.The Buckeyes are set to return to action Friday as they host the 9th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic at St. John Arena. OSU is scheduled to play a doubleheader with a game against Auburn at 12:30 p.m. and another against Florida Gulf Coast at 7:30 p.m. The Buckeyes are then slated to play Southern Illinois on Sunday at 2 p.m. read more

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Wrestling Kyle Snyder named Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the

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OSU junior Kyle Snyder shows off his gold medal at the Welcome Back event for OSU Olympians. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorOne of the most decorated athletes in Ohio State history, senior heavyweight wrestler Kyle Snyder, is adding another accolade to his list Wednesday as he was named Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year.This is the second time in three years that an Ohio State wrestler has been given the honor, after Logan Stieber won the award in 2015.“I’m honored to win this incredible award, especially because of what Jesse Owens means to the Big Ten and specifically Ohio State,” Snyder said in a press release. “To be in the company of the many exceptional student-athletes who have earned this award in the past is humbling.” Snyder won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, making him the youngest Olympic and world champion in United States history at 20 years old.During the past year, Snyder also won both Big Ten and NCAA titles in 2017, marking the second straight year he finished on top of those respective tournaments. Snyder was a perfect 17-0 over the course of the 2016-17 season. He helped lead Ohio State to a second-place finish at the NCAA championships and to the second Big Ten title in the past three years.Snyder also spent much of the past season traveling, competing in the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix in Russia at the end of January — where he won a gold medal — and then traveled with the U.S. team to Iran in February, where it came home with the silver medal. From Aug. 21-26, Snyder will travel with the U.S. Senior World Team to Paris to participate in the Paris 2017 World Wrestling Championships. During his last trip to the tournament in 2015, he came away with a gold medal, making him the youngest American to win the highest honor at only 19 years old. “I could not have achieved any of my success without the constant help and encouragement of my family, coaches, teammates and friends,” Snyder said. “I love competing for Ohio State and representing my country.” read more

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Real Madrid gets in the way of Marianos transfer to Sevilla

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first_imgWe got the latest from Real Madrid’s summer transfer attempts, they are willing to get in the way of Mariano signing with Sevilla FC.The Sevilla FC board of directors is fuming at this very moment because the player they want the most from this transfer window, might get snatched from under their noses by Real Madrid. In another example of what the most powerful clubs in the world are able to do against the weaker ones, Florentino Perez realized that he has an option to buy Mariano from Olympique Lyonnais for nearly half of what Sevilla was going to pay for him in the next 48 hours due to a clause on the player’s contract that gives Real a preference to buy him regardless of other offers. This latest information was divulged by Spanish newspaper OK Diario, which is a media outlet that is very close to Florentino Perez and usually has privileged information about the most interesting market deals that the club are planning. The president was not going to buy anyone else apart from the players he already had, mainly because he decided that they were only going after either Neymar or Mbappé if the opportunity presented itself.El Lyon abre la puerta a Mariano… para fichar por el Sevilla https://t.co/tLFFDd9QRA— OKDIARIO (@okdiario) August 27, 2018Mariano’s past as a Madridista.But given the player’s past as a Real Madrid Castilla player and the good relationship that Florentino always had with him, Perez is seriously considering getting in the way of the deal with Sevilla that was about to close for €40 million in the next hours. Olympique Lyonnais has already spoken with Real Madrid about that contract clause, they have decided to wait for the club’s response on Mariano and they have reportedly agreed to accept €22 million from Los Blancos before Friday. Sevilla FC is quite angry about this, because they had already closed the deal for the player and now they are going to have to start from scratch by looking for a suitable alternative to the Dominican/Spanish striker. Just as it’s happened several times before as yet another sign of superiority, Real Madrid will win another battle outside the field with a club that could potentially become a threat in La Liga if they get one of Ligue 1’s most important players from last season apart from Paris Saint-Germain’s front three.MARIANO DIAZ, NUEVO JUGADOR DEL #REALMADRID. El club hizo uso de su opción de recompra y en las próximas horas el delantero volverá a La Casa Blanca. Nuevo jugador para Lopetegui. ¡Éxitos! ??⚽️?¡HALA MADRID! #RealMadrid ? pic.twitter.com/WGuaQziHZE— Real Madrid CF (@RealMadrid_GO) August 28, 2018Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.What Mariano can bring to Real Madrid.During his days at Castilla, Mariano was seen speaking to Florentino Perez several times and he kept telling the president that he would win the Ballon d’Or someday, which is something that Perez always liked because it showed the hunger this player has. The problem for Mariano during his time at Real Madrid was Zinedine Zidane, the French manager always liked other players more than him and never gave him a chance to really prove himself with the first squad. Mariano ended up leaving for no more than €8 million to Olympique Lyonnais and it only took him one season to prove that he is the real deal, even Julen Lopetegui (Real Madrid’s current manager) was analyzing the possibility of taking Mariano to the World Cup instead of other strikers like Morata or Rodrigo because he was born in Catalonia and he is eligible for the National Team. Today a new opportunity presents itself for a player who can compete with Karim Benzema, but has different qualities compared to the Frenchman and can be a great new addition to Los Blancos.#Inda: “El Real Madrid tiene HASTA EL MIÉRCOLES para CERRAR a Mariano y LO VA A HACER”. #ChiringuitoInda pic.twitter.com/0yW9r1lQmJ— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) August 27, 2018Time limit for Mariano’s transfer.We will have to wait at least another 48 hours to know if the deal will go through or not, because Real Madrid still needs to respond to Lyon if they want the striker and Sevilla is expecting for the player to break all negotiations with them if the Spanish giants do go after him. The reason Real Madrid wouldn’t pay the same €40 million that Sevilla was going to pay for Mariano, is because Los Blancos currently own 35% of the player’s rights and this is exactly what has diminished his final price tag but only in the case that Real Madrid would buy him. All the Sevillistas in Spain are going crazy on social media against Real Madrid, they have been roughly criticizing the club because of the dirty play they are using once again to completely waste all the work the Andalucian club has done in the last couple of weeks in their attempt to sign Mariano for their club. Real Madrid also decided to pursue this deal because they would be a laughing stock if this player ends up becoming one of the greats in another club, when they had the chance to buy him for a lower price all this time.ABC Sevilla: Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez has informed Sevilla’s president of Real Madrid’s intention to buy-back Mariano from Lyon. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/CZ36cvP1Oo— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) August 28, 2018What do you think about this tactic that Real Madrid is using against Sevilla? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Aulas desperate to scare away Tousarts suitors

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first_imgAccording to the Italian newspaper Calciomercato, Olympique Lyonnais president, Jean-Michel Aulas, frantically tries to bind in-demand midfielder Lucas Tousart by offering him a new improved contract.The 21-year-old Frenchman was a subject of interest of Inter Milan, Manchester City, and Tottenham Hotspur during the summer transfer window but eventually remained at the Groupama Stadium.However, the European giants are still trying to lure the talented midfielder away from the south of France. Therefore, Aulas would like to see Tousart extending his contract until 2023. The Lyon bigwig also hopes to exclude a buyout clause and make things even more complicated for the potential suitors.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.Along with Ndombele and Houssem Aouar, the Valenciennes FC youth product has been holding down the midfield department for over a year, and Bruno Genesio would hardly accept to renounce his services.Ever since breaking into the Lyon’s first team back in 2015, Tousart has been an essential part of the squad. This season, he was a starter in seven Ligue 1 matches for Les Gones and also played his part in a stunning 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League opener.last_img read more

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Adobe Opens Wired New Yorker Tablet Platform to Publishers with Analytics

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first_imgThe Digital Publishing Suite aims to be a comprehensive solution for turning traditional magazines created in InDesign into digital publications that can be distributed to devices of all sorts. But the one aspect that intrigues me most is this: It includes Omniture analytics for digital magazines. (Adobe acquired Omniture a year ago for $1.8 billion.)If you use the suite to produce tablet versions of your magazine, you can use the analytics service to get a bevy of information about how they’re being read—all aggregated and anonymized to avoid privacy issues. You can see whether readers are opening the issues they’ve bought. You know which stories they’re jumping to, and whether they tap through every page of an article or abandon it after the first one. You can confirm whether they’re watching ambitious multimedia elements such as embedded video. And you can tell whether they’re reading front-to-back, back-to-front, or hopping around randomly.It sounds like a goldmine of useful information that publishers could use to make publications that serve their readers better. And much of it might help with a magazine’s traditional, dead-tree version, too—I suspect that there’d be a correlation between covers that prompt tablet subscribers to open the issues quickly and ones that are newsstand winners.Analytics can’t tell you everything you need to know about your readers’ relationship with your content. Seeing that a lot of people chose to read a particular article, for instance, says nothing about whether they liked what they got once they finished. So traditional research such as surveys and focus groups still have their place, and free-form feedback such as reader comments on online versions of stories can be very useful. But I know that if I were editing a magazine with digital editions produced with Adobe’s suite, I’d be hungry for the new clues about reader behavior that these analytics could provide. Back when I was editor of PC World, creating a magazine that newsstand buyers and subscribers loved was one of the great pleasures of my job. It was also something of a dark art. There were plenty of signs we’d succeeded: issues flying off the stands, renewal rates staying healthy, high scores in the pricey reader surveys we conducted. But in the end, connecting the dots of reader satisfaction was difficult, and agonizingly slow.(The closest I got to instant gratification, incidentally, was when I traveled on an airplane and happened to sit next to someone who was reading PC World. Rather than introducing myself, I’d peek out of one corner of my eye and see which articles my neighbor lingered on, and which ones he or she skimmed right past.)On the Web, things are different.  Analytics services such as Omniture let editors and other media types see what’s getting read, what’s getting ignored, and how consumers navigate through everything a site has to offer. They let you make decisions in real time, rather than waiting for months.At Adobe’s MAX conference in Los Angeles this week, the publishing software company is announcing its Digital Publishing Suite, the fully-commercialized version of the system that Wired, The New Yorker, and other publications have been using to create iPad versions of their magazines. It’s rolling out in pre-release form for publishers who’d like to try it out; the final version is due in the second quarter of 2011.last_img read more

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BTS Drop Fake Love Video With New Album Love Yourself Tear

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first_imgNews Monsta XPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images Shinee’s TaeminPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTS Announce New Full-Length Album Twitter BTSPhoto: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment BTSPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP Monsta XPhoto: Courtesy of Starship Entertainment Seventeen’s VernonCourtesy of Pledis Entertainment BTS Announce New Full-Length Album NCT 127Photo: VCG/Getty Images Chung Ha, Wanna One Announced For KCON 2018 LA BTSPhoto: Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment Watch BTS’ V In “Singularity” Video Chung HaPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com TwicePhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com More K-Pop Monsta X Ready For Summer U.S. Tour Shinee’s TaeminPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” BTSPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Is BTS Coming To Your Town? Monsta X Ready For Summer U.S. Tour BTS Rise To New Art Pop Height With “Euphoria” LovelyzPhoto: Courtesy of Lvlz8.com Chung Ha, Wanna One Announced For KCON 2018 LA BTSPhoto: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images Korean pop superstars release imagery-packed new video along with their third LPNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 18, 2018 – 7:45 am The wait is over for the BTS fans, as their new album Love Yourself: Tear arrives today along with a brand-new music video for “Fake Love.” The album is their third LP and the second in the “Love Yourself” series, and the striking video continues the group’s ongoing narrative. Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP BTS’ J-HopePhoto: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images BTS Rise To New Art Pop Height With “Euphoria” J-Hope’s “Airplane” Flies Out Of The Shadows For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up BTSPhoto: Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment BTSPhoto: Jason LaVeris /Getty Images Shinee & Fans To Reflect On 10 Years In May BTSPhoto: Jason LaVeris /Getty Images BTS’ J-HopePhoto: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images NCT 127 & Stray Kids Coming To KCON 2018 NY Monsta XPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images BLACKPINKPhoto: VCG/Getty Images LovelyzPhoto: Courtesy of Lvlz8.com Seventeen’s VernonCourtesy of Pledis Entertainment BTS Meet Their Billboard 200 Goal With No.1 Hit Shinee & Fans To Reflect On 10 Years In May Monsta X Ready For Summer U.S. Tour Watch BTS’ V In “Singularity” Video BTS Meet Their Billboard 200 Goal With No.1 Hit BTSPhoto: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment NCT 127Photo: VCG/Getty Images Email TwicePhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com Shinee & Fans To Reflect On 10 Years In May For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day”center_img BTSPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images J-Hope’s “Airplane” Flies Out Of The Shadows Watch: BTS’ New Video “Fake Love” bts-drop-fake-love-video-new-album-love-yourself-tear BTS Drop “Fake Love” Video With New Album ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ Monsta X’s “Jealousy”: Rap Pop Synthesis BTS Announce New Full-Length Album BTSPhoto: Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment BLACKPINKPhoto: VCG/Getty Images Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day” NCT 127Photo: VCG/Getty Images Seventeen’s Supportive “Call Call Call!” For Japan BTS Rise To New Art Pop Height With “Euphoria” BTSPhoto: Jason LaVeris /Getty Images BLACKPINKPhoto: VCG/Getty Images GOT7Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Seventeen’s Supportive “Call Call Call!” For Japan Seventeen’s VernonCourtesy of Pledis Entertainment J-Hope’s “Airplane” Flies Out Of The Shadows BTSPhoto: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images BTS Meet Their Billboard 200 Goal With No.1 Hit BTSPhoto: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment Meet Female K-Pop Group BLACKPINK Meet Female K-Pop Group BLACKPINK Is BTS Coming To Your Town? BTSPhoto: Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images Meet Female K-Pop Group BLACKPINK Monsta X’s “Jealousy”: Rap Pop Synthesis Chung Ha, Wanna One Announced For KCON 2018 LA Monsta XPhoto: Courtesy of Starship Entertainment Chung HaPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com For GOT7 The “Look” Is Up Prev Next Is BTS Coming To Your Town? NCT 127 & Stray Kids Coming To KCON 2018 NY LovelyzPhoto: Courtesy of Lvlz8.com Facebook Lovelyz Celebrate Sweet And Sour With “That Day” NCT 127 & Stray Kids Coming To KCON 2018 NY BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” Chung HaPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” GOT7Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage TwicePhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage.com Shinee’s TaeminPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage Monsta XPhoto: Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images Watch BTS’ V In “Singularity” Video Monsta X’s “Jealousy”: Rap Pop Synthesis Monsta XPhoto: Courtesy of Starship Entertainment GOT7Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage BTSPhoto: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images BTS’ J-HopePhoto: RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images Watch: Twice’s “What Is Love?” From New EP BTSPhoto: Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images Seventeen’s Supportive “Call Call Call!” For Japan Chock-full of symbolic imagery of sand, water, fire, and a flower that won’t bloom, “Fake Love” sees the group members alone in solitude in various settings and dancing together with sharp choreography, creating slick mirror and shadow effects. The video is the second from Love Yourself: Tear following V’s “Singularity,” which dropped less than two weeks ago.BTS’ highly anticipated album features 11 songs, including “Singularity” and “Fake Love,” and covers a wide range of sonic spaces and moods, infusing hip-hop, EDM, and alt-R&B elements into the group’s carefully crafted pop sound. The songs “Love Maze” and “Magic Shop” are dedicated to the group’s fanbase, known as “ARMY,” while “The Truth Untold” features Steve Aoki in a raw, stripped-down piano ballad — quite a different approach from the first collaboration between Aoki and BTS, last year’s upbeat “Mic Drop” remix.Love Yourself: Tear follows 2017’s Love Yourself: Her EP and the group’s previous LP, 2016’s Wings. Pre-orders for the new album surpassed 1.4 million copies, according to Billboard, topping …Her’s sales totals in pre-sales alone.The Korean pop superstars are currently in the U.S. preparing for appearances at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 20 and on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on May 25. BTS will return to the States later this year when they embark on the Love Yourself World Tour where they’ll perform in six North American cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Fort Worth, Texas.The tour kicks off in Seoul, South Korea on Aug. 25. In the meantime, fans now have a new album and music video to hold them over.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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Priyanka Chopra talks about sexting FaceTime sex with Nick Jonas cheeky reply

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first_imgPriyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, Miley CyrusInstagram/Getty ImagesPriyanka Chopra is one Bollywood actress who has now went on to become an international star and keeps appearing on late night celebrity chat shows in the west. The 36-year-old actress graced Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen couch on Thursday night along with Willie Geist and from sexting or FaceTime sex with Nick Jonas to shading her husband’s ex-girlfriend Miley Cyrus, Priyanka spilled a lot of her secrets on the show.During the interaction, when Cohen asked Priyanka if she believes in sexting or FaceTime sex when she’s away from Nick Jonas, 26, for a longer period of time, PeeCee answered ‘for sure’ acknowledging the fact that the couple do have some heat in their new marriage.Later, when she was asked if she had ever helped Nick with ‘manscaping’, Priyanka admitted that she has done only once on the back of his head. “Once, I did once. Just his fade, back there,” she said.A few days ago, most people had found Priyanka’s reply to Miley Cyrus’ cheeky screenshot post of Nick Jonas who DMed her on Instagram after looking at her throwback photo a little shady. But Priyanka has now rubbished all the speculations saying that she admires Miley as a fan and revealed that she had even spoken to the couple about going on a double date. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth at the Paranoia premiere.Kevin Winter/Getty Images”I’ve met Miley just a couple of times, but she’s amazing,” Priyanka said adding that Miley had showed so much support to her husband Liam Hemsworth and their movie Isn’t It Romantic when he was unwell.Well, it looks like Priyanka’s clarification would be enough for gossip mongers to stop these speculations around her shading Miley Cyrus with her Instagram comment.last_img read more

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Sources deny LufthansaEtihad stake deal Report

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first_imgGerman carrier Lufthansa is not in talks with Etihad Airways for a stake sale, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday, denying rumoured media reports that stated otherwise.”A financial stake is out of question for the moment,” a source, who was familiar with the airliner’s plans was quoted as saying by Reuters. Another source said the Abu Dhabi-based carrier will not be willing to pay for a stake in the German carrier.Also read: Lufthansa pilots resume strike; more than 800 flights cancelledAn Italian media report had earlier said that managers from the two airlines were reportedly holding talks and vetting the possibility of Etihad acquiring 30-40 percent stake in Lufthansa as a pre-cursor to a merger. Following the news, shares of Lufthansa went up by six percent on Tuesday. In December 2016, Lufthansa and Etihad had inked a code-sharing agreement to link their route networks. The two airlines said they would look at further cooperation. The first source quoted by the agency said Lufthansa was indeed in talks with Etihad over code-sharing and catering cooperation, but not merger. However, analysts quoted by the agency questioned the benefits of the deal. They also cited foreign ownership rules with regard to international traffic lights and called the rumoured deal as “implausible.”69 percent of the German-based carrier is owned by German investors, 13 percent by US investors and 9 percent by other nationalities.last_img read more

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WATCH Marco Rubio Faces Students Questions Over His Acceptance Of NRA Money

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Marco Rubio says he would support raising the age limit to 21 for those wanting to purchase AR-15-style rifles.“If you are 18 years of age, you should not be able to buy a rifle,” Rubio said at a CNN town hall meeting Wednesday night. “I will support a law that takes that right away.”Rubio, who has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, said he does not support arming teachers, but does support background check regulation reform.Rubio also said he was “reconsidering” his position on high-capacity magazines. “I’ll tell you why,” he said, “because while it may not prevent an attack, it may save lives in an attack.”The comments represent a softening for a lawmaker whom the NRA has endorsed and praised as someone who has “vigorously fought to promote and defend the right to keep and bear arms.”One week after the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 people, lawmakers and a representative of the NRA faced tough questions from students, teachers and parents at a CNN town hall meeting to discuss how to prevent such tragedies in the future.Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel/TNS/Getty ImagesMarjory Stoneman Douglas student Cameron Kasky asked Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., if he will continue to accept money from the NRA during a CNN town hall meeting on Wednesday.Rubio was joined by Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., started by answering parents and students at the event in Sunrise.Rubio was the lone Republican lawmaker on the panel, as CNN’s Jake Tapper said both President Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott declined invitations to attend.Throughout the event, Rubio found himself in the hot seat, fielding the majority of the questions.One of them came from Cameron Kasky, a junior who survived the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and drew cheers and applause from the audience: “Sen. Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?”Rubio’s response did not appear to satisfy the audience: “These positions I hold on the Second Amendment, I’ve held since the day I entered office in the city of West Miami as an elected official,” he said, adding, “People buy into my agenda.”The Florida senator also said it is not the NRA’s money that has a large impact on gun policy. “The influence of these groups comes not from money,” Rubio said. “The influence comes from the millions of people that agree with the agenda, the millions of Americans that support the NRA.”When Sen. Nelson was asked by junior Samantha Grady — who was shot twice at at the school last week — what he would do to strengthen background checks, he said that there are so many other things that can be done, but that “when you get right down to it, the gun is what is going to do the killing.”Nelson added, “I’ve always had guns. I’ve hunted all my life. I still hunt with my son, but an AK-47 and an AR-15 is not for hunting — it’s for killing.”Deutch furthered Nelson’s sentiment, challenging Rubio, who said there were too many loopholes in assault weapons bans.“If there is a problem with the assault weapons ban … if there was a problem with the way that was written, if there were too many loopholes for people trying to get around it to utilize, then let’s bring up the assault weapons ban and close all those loopholes, so we have a bill that keeps people safe,” Deutch said.National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch offered the organization’s response to the massacre.When asked by Emma González, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, if it should be harder for people to obtain semi-automatic weapons, Loesch focused on the mental state of those purchasing firearms.Speaking about the gunman, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, Loesch said, “I don’t believe that this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm — ever.”Loesch said that she spoke for herself and the millions of members of the NRA in saying that “none of us support people who are crazy, who are a danger to themselves, who are a danger to others getting their hands on a firearm.”The NRA does believe there is a need to strengthen background checks, and for state and federal law enforcement to follow up on “red flags,” such as social media postings as a form of prevention, she said.Loesch also took aim at what she sees as flaws in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, citing a fact that states are not federally mandated to report convictions to the system.The spokeswoman argued that last week’s shooting as well as one last November in Sutherland Springs, Texas, could have been prevented by more thorough reporting to the database. In Sutherland Springs, the gunman killed 26 and was able to purchase firearms because the Air Force failed to submit his convictions on domestic abuse charges while enlisted.Students, teachers and parents of victims asked Loesch about the actions the NRA is taking to prevent more school shootings.Loesch noted that the NRA supports banning bump stocks and promotes safety in schools with its National School Shield program that focuses on “improving school security in an effort to help prevent national tragedies at educational institutions in America.”“It’s up to the school and the parents of those schools if they want to use those resources and use those suggestions,” she said.“If [schools] want to have armed guards, if they want to have retired military, if they choose and teachers volunteer to be armed…that’s up to each individual school … but if they also want a solution that doesn’t involve firearms. If they want to talk about checkpoint systems, if they want to talk about reinforcing doors, the NRA, our resources are at their disposal,” she said.Loesch was joined on stage by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who responding to President Trump’s comments in which he supported arming teachers with firearms, said, “I don’t believe teachers should be armed. I believe teachers should teach, but that’s exactly what’s wrong with this country.”When asked about raising the age limit for purchasing firearms, Loesch defended the NRA’s position.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Trinamool Congress leading in gram panchayat seats

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first_imgKolkata: The ruling Trinamool Congress today surged ahead in 1,800 gram panchayat seats while the BJP and the CPI(M) were leading in 100 and 30 gram panchayat seats respectively, as per initial trends available at 10 am, SEC officials said. The panchayat elections were held for 621 zilla parishads, 6,123 panchayat samitis and 31,802 gram panchayats in West Bengal on May 14. The counting of votes began at 8 am amid tight security, the State Election Commission officials said. Of the 48,650 seats in 3,358 gram panchayats, 16,814 were uncontested and of the 9,217 seats in 341 panchayat samitis, 3,059 were uncontested. In the 20 zilla parishads, 203 of the 825 seats were uncontested, the sources said.last_img

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SC to hear plea challenging WBs decision to grant funds for Durga

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to hear tomorrow an appeal challenging the West Bengal government’s decision to grant Rs 10,000 each to puja committees in the state for Durga Puja celebrations. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was apprised that on Wednesday the Calcutta High Court had refused to interfere with the Mamata Banerjee government’s decision to grant money to Puja committees in the state. The bench also comprising Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph was told by lawyer Saurav Dutta, who had filed an appeal against the high court’s decision, that the decision of the state government was against the established principle of law and sought an urgent hearing on his plea.last_img

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Dewang Agarwal of La Martiniere for Boys tops in ISC exam from

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first_imgKolkata: Girls have performed better than boys in both ICSE and ISC examinations in Bengal in terms of the pass percentage. However, Dewang Kumar Agarwal of La Martiniere for Boys in Kolkata has bagged the first position in the country in ISC examinations by scoring 100 percent in the ISC examination.The pass percentage of girls in ICSE has been 98.38 while that of boys has been 97.39. In ISC, the pass percentage of girls is 98.05 while that of boys is 95.91. Anwesa Chattopadhyay of Garden High School, Avi Saraf of Frank Anthony Public School and Raj Ghosh of Purwanchal Vidyamandir in Kankurgachi all with 99.40 percent marks have topped the state in ICSE examinations and features second in the overall merit list in the country. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChief Minister Mamata Banerjee has congratulated all the students who have excelled and those who passed the ICSE and ISC exams. “Good wishes to your parents and good luck for all your future endeavours,” Banerjee tweeted. Dewang wants to pursue Computer Science and would prefer to go to other states for future studies. “Teachers have been an integral part of my success and my parents have always been my greatest motivation,” he said. Apart from academics, Dewang loves swimming and reading. He had scored 98 percent in Class X at St. James School and switched over to La Martiniere. Four students from Bengal have bagged the second position in the ISC merit list with 98.75 percent. They are Khusi Daga of Our Lady Queen of The Missions School, Salt Lake, Debdut Mondal of K.E. Carmel School at Amtala, North 24-Parganas, Nirjhar Das of WWA Cossipore English School, Kolkata, and Dimitri Malik of Auxilium Convent School, Kolkata. Khusi Daga has topped the state in Commerce stream. “I had worked very hard and the support that I received from my school has been immense. I want to do MBA,” Khusi said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAnwesa Chattopadhyay said she would not pursue medical or engineering and would love to go for research in future. “There were no specific study hours for me but there has hardly been a day when I had not studied for an hour at least. Apart from studies, I love reading books, listening to music and I am a food lover too,” she added. Raj Ghosh, who has scored the same marks as Anwesa, wants to become a doctor. “I had expected 98 to 99 percent marks but 99.4 percent and first from the state has really made me very happy. I will study biology as I want to become a doctor and to be associated with AIIMS,” Raj said. His father Salil Ghosh is a state government employee. The total number of candidates who appeared from the state are 35769 in ICSE and 24791 in ISC. The overall pass percentage from the state is 97.82 and 96.88 in ICSE and ISC respectively.last_img read more

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Keep your serverless AWS applications secure Tutorial

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first_imgHandling security is an extensive and complex topic. If not done right, you open up your app to dangerous hacks and breaches. Even if everything is right, it may be hacked. So it’s important we understand common security mechanisms to avoid exposing websites to vulnerabilities and follow the recommended practices and methodologies that have been largely tested and proven to be robust. In this tutorial, we will learn how to secure serverless applications using AWS. Additionally, we will learn about the security basics and then move on to handle authorization and authentication using AWS. This article is an excerpt taken from the book, ‘Building Serverless Web Applications‘ wriiten by Diego Zanon. Security basics in AWS One of the mantras of security experts is this: don’t roll your own. It means you should never use in a production system any kind of crypto algorithm or security model that you developed by yourself. Always use solutions that have been highly used, tested, and recommended by trusted sources. Even experienced people may commit errors and expose a solution to attacks, especially in the cryptography field, which requires advanced math. However, when a proposed solution is analyzed and tested by a great number of specialists, errors are much less frequent. In the security world, there is a term called security through obscurity. It is defined as a security model where the implementation mechanism is not publicly known, so there is a belief that it is secure because no one has prior information about the flaws it has. It can be indeed secure, but if used as the only form of protection, it is considered as a poor security practice. If a hacker is persistent enough, he or she can discover flaws even without knowing the internal code. In this case, again, it’s better to use a highly tested algorithm than your own. Security through obscurity can be compared to someone trying to protect their own money by burying it in the backyard when the common security mechanism would be to put the money in a bank. The money can be safe while buried, but it will be protected only until someone finds about its existence and starts to look for it. Due to this reason, when dealing with security, we usually prefer to use open source algorithms and tools. Everyone can access and discover flaws in them, but there are also a great number of specialists that are involved in finding the vulnerabilities and fixing them. In this section, we will discuss other security concepts that everyone must know when building a system. Information security When dealing with security, there are some attributes that need to be considered. The most important ones are the following: Authentication: Confirm the user’s identity by validating that the user is who they claim to be Authorization: Decide whether the user is allowed to execute the requested action Confidentiality: Ensure that data can’t be understood by third-parties Integrity: Protect the message against undetectable modifications Non-repudiation: Ensure that someone can’t deny the authenticity of their own message Availability: Keep the system available when needed These terms will be better explained in the next sections. Authentication Authentication is the ability to confirm the user’s identity. It can be implemented by a login form where you request the user to type their username and password. If the hashed password matches what was previously saved in the database, you have enough proof that the user is who they claim to be. This model is good enough, at least for typical applications. You confirm the identity by requesting the user to provide what they know. Another kind of authentication is to request the user to provide what they have. It can be a physical device (like a dongle) or access to an e-mail account or phone number. However, you can’t ask the user to type their credentials for every request. As long as you authenticate it in the first request, you must create a security token that will be used in the subsequent requests. This token will be saved on the client side as a cookie and will be automatically sent to the server in all requests. On AWS, this token can be created using the Cognito service. How this is done will be described later in this chapter. Authorization When a request is received in the backend, we need to check if the user is allowed to execute the requested action. For example, if the user wants to checkout the order with ID 123, we need to make a query to the database to identify who is the owner of the order and compare if it is the same user. Another scenario is when we have multiple roles in an application and we need to restrict data access. For example, a system developed to manage school grades may be implemented with two roles, such as student and teacher. The teacher will access the system to insert or update grades, while the students will access the system to read those grades. In this case, the authentication system must restrict the actions insert and update for users that are part of the teachers group and users in the students group must be restricted to read their own grades. Most of the time, we handle authorization in our own backend, but some serverless services don’t require a backend and they are responsible by themselves to properly check the authorization. For example, in the next chapter, we are going to see how serverless notifications are implemented on AWS. When we use AWS IoT, if we want a private channel of communication between two users, we must give them access to one specific resource known by both and restrict access to other users to avoid the disclosure of private messages. Confidentiality Developing a website that uses HTTPS for all requests is the main drive to achieve confidentiality in the communication between the users and your site. As the data is encrypted, it’s very hard for malicious users to decrypt and understand its contents. Although there are some attacks that can intercept the communication and forge certificates (man-in-the-middle), those require the malicious user to have access to the machine or network of the victim user. From our side, adding HTTPS support is the best thing that we can do to minimize the chance of attacks. Integrity Integrity is related to confidentiality. While confidentiality relies on encrypting a message to prevent other users from accessing its contents, integrity deals with protecting the messages against modifications by encrypting messages with digital signatures (TLS certificates). Integrity is an important concept when designing low level network systems, but all that matters for us is adding HTTPS support. Non-repudiation Non-repudiation is a term that is often confused with authentication since both of them have the objective to prove who has sent the message. However, the main difference is that authentication is more interested in a technical view and the non-repudiation concept is interested in legal terms, liability, and auditing. When you have a login form with user and password input, you can authenticate the user who correctly knows the combination, but you can’t have 100% certain since the credentials can be correctly guessed or stolen by a third-party. On the other hand, if you have a stricter access mechanism, such as a biometric entry, you have more credibility. However, this is not perfect either. It’s just a better non-repudiation mechanism. Availability Availability is also a concept of interest in the information security field because availability is not restricted to how you provision your hardware to meet your user needs. Availability can suffer attacks and can suffer interruptions due to malicious users. There are attacks, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), that aim to create bottlenecks to disrupt site availability. In a DDoS attack, the targeted website is flooded with superfluous requests with the objective to overload the systems. This is usually accomplished by a controlled network of infected machines called a botnet. On AWS, all services run under the AWS Shield service, which was designed to protect against DDoS attacks with no additional charge. However, if you run a very large and important service, you may be a direct target of advanced and large DDoS attacks. In this case, there is a premium tier offered in the AWS Shield service to ensure your website’s availability even in worst case scenarios. This requires an investment of US$ 3,000 per month, and with this, you will have 24×7 support of a dedicated team and access to other tools for mitigation and analysis of DDoS attacks. Security on AWS We use AWS credentials, roles, and policies, but security on AWS is much more than handling authentication and authorization of users. This is what we will discuss in this section. Shared responsibility model Security on AWS is based on a shared responsibility model. While Amazon is responsible for keeping the infrastructure safe, the customers are responsible for patching security updates to software and protecting their own user accounts. AWS’s responsibilities include the following: Physical security of the hardware and facilities Infrastructure of networks, virtualization, and storage Availability of services respecting Service Level Agreements (SLAs) Security of managed services such as Lambda, RDS, DynamoDB, and others A customer’s responsibilities are as follows: Applying security patches to the operating system on EC2 machines Security of installed applications Avoiding disclosure of user credentials Correct configuration of access policies and roles Firewall configurations Network traffic protection (encrypting data to avoid disclosure of sensitive information) Encryption of server-side data and databases In the serverless model, we rely only on managed services. In this case, we don’t need to worry about applying security patches to the operating system or runtime, but we do need to worry about third-party libraries that our application depends on to execute. Also, of course, we need to worry about all the things that we need to configure (firewalls, user policies, and so on), the network traffic (supporting HTTPS) and how data is manipulated by the application. The Trusted Advisor tool AWS offers a tool named Trusted Advisor, which can be accessed through https://console.aws.amazon.com/trustedadvisor. It was created to offer help on how you can optimize costs or improve performance, but it also helps identify security breaches and common misconfigurations. It searches for unrestricted access to specific ports on your EC2 machines, if Multi-Factor Authentication is enabled on the root account and if IAM users were created in your account. You need to pay for AWS premium support to unlock other features, such as cost optimization advice. However, security checks are free. Pen testing A penetration test (or pen test) is a good practice that all big websites must perform periodically. Even if you have a good team of security experts, the usual recommendation is to hire a specialized third-party company to perform pen tests and to find vulnerabilities. This is because they will most likely have tools and procedures that your team may not have tried yet. However, the caveat here is that you can’t execute these tests without contacting AWS first. To respect their user terms, you can only try to find breaches on your own account and assets, in scheduled time frames (so they can disable their intrusion detection systems for your assets), and only on restricted services, such as EC2 instances and RDS. AWS CloudTrail AWS CloudTrail is a service that was designed to record all AWS API calls that are executed on your account. The output of this service is a set of log files that register the API caller, the date/time, the source IP address of the caller, the request parameters, and the response elements that were returned. This kind of service is pretty important for security analysis, in case there are data breaches, and for systems that need the auditing mechanism for compliance standards. MFA Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is an extra security layer that everyone must add to their AWS root account to protect against unauthorized access. Besides knowing the user and password, a malicious user would also need physical access to your smartphone or security token, which greatly restricts the risks. On AWS, you can use MFA through the following means: Virtual devices: Application installed on Android, iPhone, or Windows phones Physical devices: Six-digit tokens or OTP cards SMS: Messages received on your phone We have discussed the basic security concepts and how to apply them on a serverless project. If you’ve enjoyed reading this article, do check out ‘Building Serverless Web Applications‘ to implement signup, sign in, and log out features using Amazon Cognito. Read Next: Google Compute Engine Plugin makes it easy to use Jenkins on Google Cloud Platform Analyzing CloudTrail Logs using Amazon Elasticsearch How to create your own AWS CloudTraillast_img read more

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