About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Belgium goalkeeper coach Lemmens urges Real Madrid to rethink Courtois treatmentby Carlos Volcano22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium goalkeeper coach Erwin Lemmens has urged Real Madrid to rethink their management of Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was substituted at half-time in Tuesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw against Club Brugge, with Madrid 2-0 down at the time.The 27-year-old was arguably at fault for Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis’ ninth-minute opener and was again beaten by the Brugge striker later in the half.Comparing his compatriot’s woes at the Santiago Bernabeu to David de Gea’s form slump with Manchester United, Lemmens told Radio MARCA: “They have to treat him differently.”He’s a special boy and it’s unusual that he’s always at the highest level with Belgium, but there he suffers with De Gea syndrome.”If the Bernabeu whistles then you have to look at the team as a whole.”He’s a great goalkeeper and he’ll try to make Real Madrid happy again.”
LEXINGTON, KY – NOVEMBER 14: A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Rupp Arena on November 14, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Former Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein, who is set to be selected later this week in the 2015 NBA Draft, has a number of tattoos covering his body. While all surely have significant meaning for the future NBA star, one – his most recent addition – surely means a bit more than the rest. This past weekend, Cauley-Stein got a massive neck tattoo to honor his late friend Blake Hundley, who passed away from cancer in May at the age of just nine years old. Cauley-Stein and Hundley had developed an incredible friendship in a short time. Cauley-Stein even wore “Team Blake” wristbands during games this past season.Cauley-Stein posted an Instagram photo of the design for his fans. He made no mention of where on his body he’d be getting inked.Cauley-Stein is regarded as one of the most likable players in basketball, so his decision to honor Hundley doesn’t come as a surprise. Whichever teams drafts him this Thursday will certainly be getting a high-character person.
Madonna has confirmed Katy Perry as the first guest curator for Art for Freedom in 2014 for the month of January.Madonna Names Katy Perry As Guest Curator for Art for FreedomKaty will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions to be showcased on artforfreedom.com. Since launching in September 2013, Art for Freedom has received over 3,000 submissions globally via artforfreedom.com and its social media platforms.“Art can change the world, but first it needs to be seen and heard,” said Madonna. “Katy Perry and I are asking you to be that voice and show us how you define freedom in 2014. This will be a year of monumental changes for human rights, and we want you to be a part of that change. Let us hear from you.”“I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music,” said Katy Perry. “Now I’m calling all of my incredibly creative KatyCats to use their talent to show Madonna and me how they express their freedom. I believe that 2014 can be a year of great social change. Together we can all stand up for Human Rights. Join the conversation, and let your art be your voice.”As part of the Art For Freedom initiative, Katy Perry will work with Madonna to select one artist during the month of January whose creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights. Madonna will then award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom. David Blaine served as Art for Freedom’s guest curator for the month of December.Launched in September 2013, Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions become part of the Art For Freedom website: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom. The project was launched with the film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein.
unite4:good, the global movement for humanity, and Variety announce the 2015 honorees for the 2nd annual unite4:humanity event to be held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, February 19.The entertainment industry’s brightest stars from the worlds of film, television and music will be recognized and honored for their philanthropic commitment, alongside seven community heroes and leaders who are using their voices and platforms for positive change.Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will receive the Creative Conscience Award for her work with the Jenesee Center; global film star Ewan McGregor will receive the International Humanitarian Award for his work with UNICEF UK; Lauren Paul and three-time Emmy-winner Aaron Paul will receive the unite2gether Award for their work with the Kind Campaign; three-time Grammy-winner Pink – who will also perform at the exclusive soiree – will receive the Music Visionary Award for her work with No Kid Hungry; Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson will receive the Young Humanitarian Award for his work with Straight But Not Narrow. Emmy-winner Christina Applegate will receive the Saint Vintage Love Cures Award for her work with Right Action for Women.The unite4:humanity event will serve as a pre-cursor to the conference4:change, which will take place on March 14 at the University of Southern California, and will explore ways in which media makers can integrate and inspire social change through their projects. Hosted by unite4:good, Variety and USC’s Media Institute for Social Change, the conference will bring together writers, producers, directors, actors, musicians and studio, network and broadcast executives into discussions and breakout groups aimed at transforming the enthusiasm for change generated at unite4:humanity into measurable action.“The mission of unite4:good is to empower people to give back and contribute to their communities through acts of kindness and service. unite4:humanity will honor exemplary community heroes, and also recognize leaders in the entertainment arena who have used their influential voices for good while making a personal commitment to service,” said Anthony Melikhov, global philanthropist and Founder of unite4:good. “The entertainment industry has the most powerful reach of any in the world, and through this event and the conference4:change, we hope to inspire the industry to use its collective creative voice to highlight social causes, develop more avenues for positive content and truly unite to make a difference around the globe.”U4G Group is the presenting sponsor of the exclusive soirée. Premier sponsors include Champagne Piper-Heidsieck and Saint Vintage. Official sponsors include Jet Edge International.For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, please visit unite4good.org/unite4humanity/.
MONTREAL – Air Canada is looking to cut operating costs and defend against competition from upstart low-cost competitors by adding more planes to its Rouge fleet and flying them on regional routes within Canada.Narrow-body Rouge planes that operate at lower cost could replace smaller regional aircraft operated by airline partners like Jazz on some routes.For example, one of several flights per day on a popular route could be converted to an Airbus plane, industry analysts were told Friday.Rouge aircraft are also available to compete if necessary with ultra low-cost carriers like WestJet’s new Swoop subsidiary, Flair Airlines or Canada Jetlines.“We needed to have the capability of introducing a lower-cost competitive vehicle, both on offence and on defence,” Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said during a conference call about its 2017 results.The increased use of Rouge planes domestically is permitted under changes to the collective agreement with pilots negotiated last year.Several more Rouge planes are being added this summer and once all Boeing 787s are delivered next year there will be no limit on the number or type of single-aisle planes that can be flown by Rouge.Ben Smith, president of passenger airlines at Air Canada, said Rouge Airbus A320s and 321s can be converted to high density single class cabins or possibly another airplane type such as the Boeing 737 Max.Rovinescu also told analysts that a joint venture with Air China expected to be concluded in the coming months would enable it to be more aggressive in the competitive Pacific market.The joint venture would expand the relationship beyond the use of lounges and codesharing as it faces pressures on flights to China and Hong Kong.“It certainly it should certainly be an assistance to us in competing more aggressively,” Rovinescu said.Meanwhile, Air Canada announced Friday a new $250-million cost-cutting plan to be implemented by the end of 2019. That follows the completion of a $500-million plan launched in 2009 that eventually netted about $575 million in savings.The new drive to cut costs comes as the Montreal-based airline looks to maintain margins despite the expected slowing down of its capacity growth with the arrival of its final new large planes.“We showed we can take costs out in bad times but we now need to show we can continue to have that cost discipline in good times,” Rovinescu told analysts.The cost savings are expected to come from procurement, maintenance, aircraft leases, internal engineering, overhead and simplified business processes, added chief financial officer Michael Rousseau.Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital Inc. said the new drive for efficiency is important as Air Canada’s growth slows to about seven per cent in 2018 from nearly 12 per cent in 2017, with more reductions likely in subsequent years.He expects the savings to come from “behind the scenes stuff” that won’t be felt by passengers.Air Canada capped a strong 2017 by earning adjusted net income of $61 million, or 22 cents per share for the quarter — ahead of analyst estimates of 14 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters data.The airline’s operating revenue was $3.82 billion in the fourth quarter, up from $3.43 billion a year earlier and above the estimate of $3.75 billion.Net income was $8 million or two cents per share for the three months ended Dec. 31, which was an improvement over a 2016 fourth-quarter loss of $179 million but lower than expected.“Overall, we liked what we saw in the Q4 results,” wrote analyst Walter Spracklin of RBC Dominion Securities in a note to clients.For the full year, it earned $2.04 billion or $7.34 per share, up from $876 million or $3.10 per share in 2016. Adjusted profits also rose five cents per share to $4.11.Revenue grew 10.7 per cent to $16.2 billion as the airline carried a record 48.1 million passengers, up 7.3 per cent from the prior year.This included record revenues from cargo and Air Canada Vacations along with more than $1 billion in ancillary revenues from payments for checked baggage, seats, food and changed bookings.Strong demand and growing connecting traffic through its three hubs in Canada are expected to result in another good year in 2018, said Rovinescu, who added the performance is under appreciated by investors.Air Canada’s shares grew nearly 90 per cent last year and were up 2.3 per cent at $24.88 in midday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)
Berlin: More than 70 years after the end of World World II, one of Germany’s richest familiy has admitted to its dark links with Adolf Hitler’s regime. Spokesman of the Reimann family, Peter Harf, told Bild am Sonntag of plans to give 10 million euros (USD 11.3 million) to charity after learning of their elders’ support for the Nazis and their company’s use of forced labour during the war. “Reimann senior and Reimann junior were guilty. The two entrepreneurs have both passed away, they belonged actually in prison,” said Harf. Albert Reimann senior died in 1954 and his son in 1984. The company they left behind, JAB Holding, is today a behemoth that owns household brands ranging from Clearasil to Calgon. With wealth estimated at 33 billion euros, the Reimann family is believed to be Germany’s second richest. Harf said the family began digging into their dark past in the 2000s, and in 2014 decided to commission a historian to produce a thorough study into their ancestors’ ties to Nazism. The family plans to make public a full account when the book by the historian, Paul Erker of Munich University, is finished, said Harf. Quoting letters and archival documents, Bild am Sonntag said Reimann senior was a willing donor to Hitler’s SS as early as 1931. His company was in 1941 deemed a “crucial” firm in the war, as it produced items for the Wehrmacht and the armaments industry. In 1943, the company was using as many as 175 forced labourers, and employed a foreman who was known for his cruel treatment of the workers. Harf, who confirmed the conclusions drawn by the Bild report, said there had been no known efforts to provide any compensation to the forced labourers. “But we have since talked about what we can do now,” he said. “We want to do more and donate ten million euros to a suitable organisation.” Many of Germany’s biggest companies have over the decades confronted their Third Reich history.
New Delhi: A Delhi Court Thursday reserved its order on a plea of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the AgustaWestland chopper scam, who had sought seven-day interim bail to celebrate Easter with family. Special Judge Arvind Kumar said he would pronounce order at 4pm after hearing argument of lawyers from both sides. Special public prosecutor DP Singh, appearing for CBI and ED, opposed Michel’s plea, saying India is a country of various festival thousands of prisoners are in jails and everyone has faith in religion so the accused can’t be allowed to go out of jail to celebrate festivals. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said Michel can participate in Easter in custody. The lawyer argued before the court that if Michel comes out on interim bail and makes statement outside, it can derail investigation. Michel’s lawyer argued that since the charge sheet has been filed, there is no point of tampering evidence. He said the accused is cooperating in the case and sought bail. “Being a Christian, he was not even allowed to offer a holy mass even during Christmas…,” said the application moved by the accused. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “It is submitted that the week commencing form 14th April to 21st April is a holy week for Christians and 21st April is Easter which will be celebrated universally. The petitioner wishes to attend the holy mass on Easter day and would like to make offerings during the Easter day,” Michel has said in his plea. The Enforcement Directorate filed a supplementary charge sheet against Michel and others on April 4. He was arrested by ED on December 22 after his extradition from Dubai. He is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the chopper scam by ED and Central Bureau of Investigation. Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa are the two others. The agency had told the court that Michel made 24.25 million euros and 1,60,96,245 pounds from the AgustaWestland deal. ED has told the court that it identified Michel’s properties purchased with proceeds of the crime. CBI has alleged that the deal, signed in Feb 2010 to supply VVIP choppers worth 556.262 million euros, caused an estimated loss of 398.21 million euros (about Rs 2,666 crore).
When Eric Dier drove his penalty kick just past the outstretched fingers of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina and into the back of the net, he broke a 22-year English streak of losing on penalty kicks. The obvious question now is whether England can break a far more important streak that’s lasted even longer: 52 years without winning a World Cup.While every team in the quarterfinals has a nonzero chance of lifting the cup, this question presses on England particularly for two reasons. First, England got a massively fortunate draw. The two powerhouse teams remaining in the tournament, Brazil and France, are both on the opposite side of the bracket. Spain was supposed to block England’s path to the final, but it lost on penalties to Russia. This leaves just Sweden and either Croatia or Russia standing in the way of The Three Lions.And second, it’s not like England had to knock off the world’s best to get here. Drawn into a group with Tunisia and Panama as well as Belgium, England was hugely favored to reach the knockouts. Colombia as a round of 16 draw was difficult on paper, but the absence of superstar James Rodriguez meant that even this match was not against a true equal.According to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index as a measure of the quality of competition,1We used the pre-tournament SPI ratings. Uruguay and Belgium have had the lightest schedule, but each would likely have to get through both Brazil and France to make the final. England has faced the third weakest set of opponents to date, and its run to the final is projected as the second easiest of all the remaining contenders, ever so slightly behind Croatia.2Future opponents’ SPI represents a weighted average of each possible opponent’s SPI in the semifinals and finals and the likelihood of that team advancing that far. These probabilities were taken before the start of play Friday. England’s easy road will remain easyThe eight World Cup quarterfinalists by average SPI of tournament opponents so far and a weighted average of potential future opponents TeamAvg. Opponents’ SPI so farFuture Opponents’ SPI* Wilfried Zaha0.280.56+0.28 Kylian Mbappe0.770.97+0.20 Expected Goals & Assists Per 90 min. Harry Kane0.640.86+0.23 Future opponents’ SPI represents a weighted average of each possible opponent’s SPI in the semifinals and finals and the likelihood of that team advancing that far. France74.082.8 England’s two breakout starsPlayers under age 27 in the big five European leagues who showed the most improvement from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons to 2017-18 in expected goals plus assists Belgium67.885.3 2015-172017-18Difference Russia71.282.6 England70.579.2 The big five are the Premier League (England), Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy) and the Bundesliga (Germany).Source: Opta Sports Mohamed Salah0.721.10+0.38 Raheem Sterling0.600.90+0.31 Willian Jose0.360.58+0.22 Lucas Ocampos0.370.56+0.19 Croatia74.879.2 As manager Gareth Southgate has said, this success in set plays does reflect effective attacking play, forcing opposition teams to give up fouls in dangerous areas. In other words, England is doing a good job of progressing the ball into the final third, and the team is being rewarded with set piece opportunities.However, these tactics do not suit one of England’s best players. England isn’t a legitimate World Cup contender simply because Harry Kane happened. At the same time that Kane was developing into one of soccer’s best pure strikers for Tottenham, Raheem Sterling was making the leap at Manchester City and becoming an elite inside forward. But it’s not just luck for England. As Bobby Gardiner highlighted for FiveThirtyEight, England has developed a legitimately good team with a coherent tactical identity based on pressing immediately after a turnover to win back the ball in dangerous areas.As Gardiner outlined, this tactic was developed in part because most of England’s players ply their trade at some of the highest-pressing sides in the world. But that’s not the only reason: England also lacks a proper creative midfielder. None of the top 30 ball progressors in the big five leagues is English, and the 31st, Jack Wilshere, did not make the squad.The hope is that by forcing turnovers, England can get the ball in advanced positions without asking less expansive passers like Dier or Jordan Henderson to provide progression from deep areas.So far the results have been mixed. England was dominant against Tunisia and created a number of clear chances from open play. But against Panama, Belgium and Colombia, England relied primarily on set plays to get chances. So far in the World Cup, according to data analytics firm Opta Sports, England has 30 shots from set plays, the most in the tournament — Spain is second with 28. Where England has particularly excelled is in winning fouls in dangerous areas to get shots from free kicks, either with direct attempts on goal or designed set plays. The Three Lions’ 17 shots from free kicks are by far the most at the World Cup, with Spain and Argentina trailing at 12. Neymar0.991.19+0.20 Sweden76.282.9 Son Heung-min0.490.71+0.22 Uruguay66.985.4 Florian Thauvin0.460.76+0.29 Brazil73.282.8 The incredible season that Mo Salah had for Liverpool somewhat obscured Sterling’s massive improvement in production — 22 goals and 12 assists in a little over 3,000 minutes in the Premier League and the Champions League. But set pieces aren’t Sterling’s game. While Kane attempted 26 headed shots last season in the Premier League, Sterling attempted just one. Sterling excels at receiving balls at his feet — he was second in the league in progressive passes received with 6.5.Though England’s set plays have been good for Kane — as his two goals against Tunisia demonstrated — they’ve done nothing for Sterling, who has no goals and just one assist in his three games played. The best way to get Sterling involved would be to develop an open-play strategy for getting the ball into the penalty area and allowing him to create. So long as England depends on set plays, the team sidelines one of its most dangerous attackers.The Three Lions have made it this far through an easy draw with the press and set play plan. But if England intends on defeating a superpower like Brazil or France and lifting the cup, it will need both of its forwards in the game.Check out our latest World Cup predictions.
Alex Iwobi was pleased to see Arsene Wenger get the big send-off he deserved at the Emirates as Arsenal secured a 5-0 victory against Burnley in his final home matchThe Nigerian ended his goal drought in the Premier League by adding the fourth goal of the game, as Arsenal produced a dominant performance for their departing manager, thanks to an assist from teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his first league goal since January 2018.After the match, a delighted Iwobi thanked the club for giving the Frenchman the send-off he deserved after 22 years in charge of Arsenal.“This was more than a match! Really pleased we gave you the send-off you deserve. Thank you, boss,” wrote the 22-year-old on Twitter.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…This Was More Than A Match! Really Pleased We Gave You The Send Off You Deserve. Thank You Boss ??#MerciArsene pic.twitter.com/3L8zOXLP1s— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) May 6, 2018Iwobi is a product of the Arsenal youth academy and was brought into the first-team by Wenger in October 2015 and the young forward has since scored nine goals in his 94 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners.
Diogo Dalot is eager to work hard in training to impress Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and earn a first team spot.Diogo Dalot was signed by Jose Mourinho this summer for £20million from FC Porto.Dalot was injured when he initially joined United this summer but has worked very hard to regain match fitness and made his debut for United’s Under-23 side last week.The Portuguese defender has now set his sights on earning selection to United’s first team this season.“If the manager thinks I’m ready and he wants me to play, I will play, for sure,” he told ESPN, via Team Talk.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I’m going to prepare myself for that and as soon as he wants me, I’ll be ready.“For sure, I’m going to become a better player here. The team have already helped me a lot and I’ve learned a lot in a short space of time from Antonio [Valencia], Matteo [Darmian], Ashley [Young] and Luke [Shaw].“I’m looking forward to learning more. I think I can get better. We always think we can do better and I have to keep improving.”
Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl believes Marco Reus’ impressive return to action is exemplaryThe Borussia Dortmund captain has put a long-term knee ligament injury behind him by scoring 11 goals in 17 games this season.Reus’ brilliant performances both domestically and in Europe have convinced Joachim Low to recall him into the Germany squad.While the forward will not feature in tonight’s friendly with Russia, Eberl remains full of praise for Reus’ progress.The Monchengladbach chief knows Reus well, from his time with Die Fohlen between 2009 to 2012, and he reckons people are seeing the best version of him right now.“The best Marco Reus of all time? Yes, but no only in terms of his football, but also as a leading player,” Eberl told Sky.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He has become a captain – and impressively so. I didn’t think he would back then at Gladbach.“With the way he always comes back after injuries, he must have set an example for many people.”“For me, Reus is a role model. He was lying on the ground and then came back with such character.“He is an important factor – not only on the pitch, but also as a representation of the club and the team.“That, for me, is extraordinary, and that’s why the best Reus of all time is the full package.”The Germany and Russia game will begin at 20:45 (CET) at the Red Bull Arena.
Today in the Gemma Chan majestic train chronicles… AND IT HAS POCKETS #Oscar2019 pic.twitter.com/xtIdHJKoot— jen yamato (@jenyamato) February 25, 2019 At least Gemma Chan got pockets on her dress, makes it slightly less hideous.— Hayley MJ (@haymaymj) February 24, 2019 Get a room.— Anthony Atamanuik (@TonyAtamanuik) February 25, 2019 Chris Evans escorting Oscar-winner Regina King onto the stage so she doesn’t trip. Love. pic.twitter.com/z7CYZM5ZjZ— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) February 25, 2019 Can they just retroactively give all of Bohemian Rhapsody’s awards tonight to the first Wayne’s World film?— Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) February 25, 2019 “To all of you wondering whether the Oscars stage really does resemble Trump’s hair, you’re not alone. i can’t unsee this!” tweeted Elena Nicolaou. lady gaga and bradley cooper singing the shallows somehow got me pregnant— ziwe (@ziwe) February 25, 2019 Queen, crowned Aquaman star Jason Momoa also turned heads as he appeared with wife Lisa Bonet and, for some reason, a hair scrunchie as a bracelet. Something major just happened. After “Shallow” perf, @ladygaga & Bradley Cooper exited stage for commercial break. During break, they came back to their seats from stage then audience gave them another standing o. I’ve never seen that happen for any performers. Cue embrace#Oscars pic.twitter.com/k9wNh66tn1— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) February 25, 2019 Did the Academy Awards stage look a little familiar? Maybe a bit presidential? The swooping gold elements outlining the stage reminded some social media users of President Donald Trump’s hairstyle. I’m sorry, but Emma Stone’s dress looks like an order of waffles with butter and syrup. #oscars @IHOP pic.twitter.com/NAugJU9KoG— Brian Centrone (@BrianCentrone) February 25, 2019 Turns out the pair got more than one standing ovation. Wowwwwww, wait a second, are they in love? They’re so totally in love, OMG— Rebecca Makkai (@rebeccamakkai) February 25, 2019 Adam Lambert and Queen kick off the #Oscars, ensuring the Glenn Close is sufficiently rocked pic.twitter.com/6cPiChEayU— Asha Kodithuwakku (@AshaKodi) February 25, 2019 “Keenan just Trump’d his Umbrella,” joked Harry Knowles. The president also nudged back into Oscar memes when Keegan-Michael Key flew down from the ceiling like Mary Poppins, then tossed his prop umbrella aside because it couldn’t be closed. The scene reminded some of the president leaving an open umbrella outside Air Force One last fall. Women often complain about how their dresses don’t offer pockets, but Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan even had pockets in her amazing fuchsia gown, and fashion fans had opinions. Some loved it, but one Twitter user noted, “At least Gemma Chan got pockets on her dress, makes it slightly less hideous.” Trump, and his hair Wayne’s World! Wayne’s World! Party time! Excellent! The Academy featured a flashback to 1992 when Mike Myers and Dana Carvey took the stage and delivered some classic catchphrases from that comedy hit. The tie-in, of course, was the Wayne’s World scene where they headbang to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody while riding around in a car. Billy Porter dressed for the 3019 Oscars. Idk what 2019 folk gonna do.😆🖤✨— 🆃🆁🆄🅳🆈 (@thetrudz) February 24, 2019 Porter wore a Christian Siriano black velvet outfit styled like a tuxedo on the top half and a wide-skirted gown on the bottom half. “Billy Porter dressed for the 3019 Oscars,” cracked one Twitter user. I can’t be the only one that thinks the Oscars stage looks like @realDonaldTrump hair? @TheAcademy #Oscars2019 pic.twitter.com/Xcj6S7FZzo— Evan Golden (@Golden_TV) February 25, 2019 Billy Porter’s look for the #Oscars2019 just gets more iconic the more you look at it. Stab me in the eyes because honestly I never need to see a single red carpet look again after this. Complete and total perfection. pic.twitter.com/n6YKgb1Agw— Harry Clayton-Wright (@HClaytonWright) February 24, 2019 Looks like a nun from Gone With the Wind— JenniferAnn (@Jennife52397195) February 24, 2019 “I want to find someone that looks at me the way Lady Gaga looks at Bradley Cooper,” wrote one Twitter user. Tuxedos and gowns are common attire at the Academy Awards, but actor and singer Billy Porter managed to combine both. The look definitely had a Gone with the Wind vibe, with hints of both Scarlett O’Hara and her love Rhett Butler. Courteous Captain Mirror mirror on J Lo, who’s the fairest of them all? #Oscars https://t.co/2kif3EWSTF— Camach-a-fella (@Camachafella) February 25, 2019 Chris Evans can’t resist acting like ever-courteous Captain America, even at the Academy Awards. Regina King won the Oscar for best supporting actress for If Beale Street Could Talk on Sunday night, and also won the arm of Cap helping her safely onto the stage. Some fans swooned. Life seemed to imitate film at Sunday’s Academy Awards when Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who played a romantic duo in A Star is Born, steamed up the stage while singing Shallow, the song from that film that won the best-song Oscar. Keegan descending with that umbrella…#Oscars pic.twitter.com/E4gEFPMUs1— Annelisa J. Purdie 🐏 📜 🌾 (@RosyShepherdess) February 25, 2019 Chris Evans escorting the queen, Regina King, up the stairs was exactly what we needed to start the #Oscars ! pic.twitter.com/pYbR7ekunY— Lorraine Cink 🌈 (@lorrainecink) February 25, 2019 I want to find somone that looks at me the way Lady Gaga looks at Bradley Cooper pic.twitter.com/O8BOiO5NXB— Doña Mónica🇲🇽🌹 (@MoniCurlsCastro) February 25, 2019 I can’t be the only one saying this, but the red Oscars in the background look like Melania’s Christmas trees and the stage looks like Trump’s hair. #Oscar pic.twitter.com/EmuoICsNFv— Tom Piechura (@tompiechura) February 25, 2019 Fashion police, on duty Return of Wayne and Garth “Wayne’s World” is ten times the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” is.— Brian Schmid (@SchmanthonyP) February 25, 2019 It’s 27 years overdue but Wayne’s World should’ve been nominated for an oscar— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 25, 2019 Post a comment to all of you wondering whether the oscar’s stage really does resemble trump’s hair, you’re not alone. i can’t unsee this! https://t.co/Jh5bXo6Sd7— Elena Nicolaou (@elenawonders) February 25, 2019 Share your voice Billy Porter: Rhett, where will I go? What shall I do?Also Billy Porter *switching sides*: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. https://t.co/QMNSkJZQDZ— Lukas (@Ginger4TheDucks) February 24, 2019 A coordinated pink velvet scrunchie.— KirstennotKristen (@LettersK) February 25, 2019 Seeing Wayne and Garth back together delighted nostalgic fans — many of whom aren’t fans of the Oscar-nominated Queen biopic. Wrote critic Alan Sepinwall, “Can they just retroactively give all of Bohemian Rhapsody’s awards tonight to the first Wayne’s World film?” While Emma Stone’s gown reminded some of waffles and butter, and some of a meatier meal. And Jennifer Lopez’s gown did it with mirrors. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre Sunday. Getty Images 0 Keenan just Trump’d his Umbrella pic.twitter.com/tvvdzryNYc— Harry Knowles (@headgeek666) February 25, 2019 Me going to my prom, my wedding and my funeral at the same time. #Oscars #BillyPorter #Oscar2019 pic.twitter.com/XtIW7H7gmk— cosita (@GheraldTaylor) February 24, 2019 Regina King wins an Oscar AND gets helped to the stage by a velvet-jacketed Chris Evans?! WHAT A NIGHT! – J #oscars— Heather & Jessica (@fuggirls) February 25, 2019 After all the controversy about the show not having a host, turns out they maybe don’t need one. Instead the awards show started off with Queen and Adam Lambert, and fans rocked out. Adam Lambert and Queen just did one of the best openers for the #Oscars I’ve seen in a long time. pic.twitter.com/JAncGGhiZq— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 25, 2019 Who wore it better? #Oscars #EmmaStone pic.twitter.com/nR5S4n5kz4— Madison (@mgilmore8) February 25, 2019 me with my Duane Reade umbrella that won’t close when i get on the subway #Oscars pic.twitter.com/6RPluGh3K1— Meg Lewis (@_meglew) February 25, 2019 The best part is Momoa is totally wearing a scrunchie on his wrist. #oscars pic.twitter.com/F2xFF07X4g— Ani Bundel (@anibundel) February 25, 2019 wait they cut away just as they were about to make out #oscars— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) February 25, 2019 Tags TV and Movies
Bran the Builder in Game of Thrones prequelGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Now that Game of Thrones has finally ended, Westeros fans are eagerly waiting to see Game of Thrones prequel, rumored titled Bloodmoon.As per earlier interviews, Game of Thrones prequel is set around 5000 years ago before the events showed in the television adaptation of The Song of Ice and Fire. The prequel will chronicle the world’s descent from the Golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. As per several speculations, darkest hour in the series means the birth of Night King and subsequently the rise of White Walkers.As per George RR Martins books, the Age of Heroes is the time period in which the Children of the Forest made a pact with humans or men, and when Bran the Builder — the Stark ancestor lived. As per the old nan tales, Bran the Builder is the one who built The Wall to keep the White Walkers at the bay.Since the prequel is going to feature Bran the Builder, it is most likely that we finally get to see the construction of the Winterfell and The Wall.As per the books, the Wall is a colossal fortification which stretches for more than 482 kilometers along the Northern border of the Seven Kingdoms, separating the entire realm from the domain of the wildlings who live beyond. The wall is reported to be over 700 feet tall and it averages 300 feet in width. Bran Stark is the Night KingFacebookThe Wall was constructed by Bran the Builder and is supposed to have all sorts of magic to protect it from the White Walkers. As per the events are shown in Game of Thrones, the Wall has grown considerably since it was first constructed by Bran, as the Night’s Watch has spent thousands of years augmenting it with huge ice blocks and has even upgraded its defense system.As of now, there is nothing sure about Game of Thrones prequel. The production is likely to begin from this June and fans are hoping to see something magical when it will finally air on HBO in 2020 or 2021. The much-awaited Game of Thrones prequel will feature an ensemble cast of Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, and Sheila Atim. The show’s story is written by George RR Martin and Jane Goldman is overlooking the project as the showrunner.
The American corporate sector believes that the Budget is trying to make positive structural changes.ReutersThe Union Budget 2019, presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, has been widely hailed by the American corporate sector who believes that the budget is not only inclusive but will also attract foreign investments.President of the US India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF), Mukesh Aghi said, “The budget is inclusive and policy decisions are encouraging for American companies.”Aghi told news agency PTI, “It is good news for companies like Apple. The Budget opens up the Indian market, and encourages US companies to invest more, at the same time it ensures prosperity and growth for the lower sections.”He also added saying that the Budget is trying to make positive structural changes.”We are pleased to see a 2019-2020 Budget that delivers a forward-looking and reform-minded approach for the Modi government’s second term,” Nisha Desai Biswal, president of US India Business Council, said as quoted by PTI.USIBC welcomes proactive measures to double farmers’ income, liberalise FDI in a number of sectors and allow 100 per cent FDI for insurance intermediaries, and increase FPI investment limits — all reforms USIBC has actively supported, she said.USIBC members will be encouraged by the Budget’s focus on skilling Indians, with an emphasis on jobs in data analytics, artificial intelligence, and robotics, Ms Biswal said.”Goals like transforming India into a global space and aviation hub also demonstrate the longer-term thinking of the new government. We look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi and the Government of India to make these priorities, and the larger vision for a modern India a reality,” Ms Biswal said.”This is a visionary budget from the first woman Finance Minister of India marked with a long-term 10-year plan while retaining focus on immediate priorities,” said Karun Rishi, president of USA-India Chamber of Commerce said.The focused impetus for sustainable job creation via targeted investment in infrastructure will have a ripple effect on secondary and tertiary employment.The mission to provide housing to all by 2022 has the potential not just for growth in downstream sectors such as cement and steel but also for overall job creation in these vital industries, he said.It is a relatively cautious Budget, considering the government’s election mandate, noted Rick Rossow from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) think-tank.”I expected some bigger ideas, but instead we saw a continuation of key programmes such as infrastructure development, expansion of social programmes in rural areas, and nods to big campaigns like Digital India and Make in India,” Rossow said.From a foreign business perspective, it was a mixed bag, he said.”On the positive side, several sectors were listed for foreign investment reforms including insurance, media, and single brand retail,” he added.”Customs duties are to be reduced in some narrow areas like speciality chemicals and capital goods for electronics manufacturing. But in a range of other sectors, customs duties will be increased including auto parts, video recorders, metal fittings, and more. This Budget is not going to alleviate the current state of trade tensions between the US and India,” Rossow said.Lauding the fiscal deficit target of 3.3 per cent for FY 2020, Rishi said that much will depend on the execution and global economic factors.The budget strikes a reasonable balance between addressing the objective of inclusiveness and laying the path for Prime Minister Modi’s vision of a USD 5 trillion economy by focusing on infrastructure spending incentivising affordable housing and providing growth capital for PSU banks, he said.Setting up the National Research Foundation (NRF) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and co-chaired by Principal Scientific Advisor K Vijay Raghavan to fund, coordinate and promote research in India will be a game changer, Rishi said.”The NRF’s focus on promoting and funding multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, multi-investigator led research by having robust industry-academia collaboration could tremendously benefit the biopharma and healthcare industry in India. Indian and global patients can look forward to cutting edge innovative medicines coming out of India in the next five to ten years,” he said.Stating that USA-India Chamber of Commerce has been encouraging structured research in India for over 12 years, Rishi said the current setup is not efficient.The NRF can correct the deficit in research, he asserted.As per data released by the central government, India’s research and innovation investment vis-a-vis global standards in terms of percentage of GDP is quite less (0.68 per cent) in comparison to the United States (2.8 per cent), China (2.1 per cent), Israel (4.3 per cent) and South Korea (4.2 per cent).”If India aims to emerge as a global research and innovation hub, apart from just increasing the funding, we also need to have a central systematic mechanism to fund and monitor research and innovation outcomes, especially in the fields of national importance.””Under the guidance of top leadership, the NRF has the potential to make India a global partner in BioPharma Research and Development. A 15.4 per cent increase in allocation to the healthcare sector compared to the previous year’s revised budget is a remarkable step,” Rishi said.(Inputs from agencies)
© 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Earlier this summer, the International Commission on Stratigraphy announced that a new geological time category had been approved. The Meghalayan Age covers the time span from 2200 BCE up till the present. Prior to this summer, it had been generally referred to as the late Holocene period. The group chose the starting point of the age as approximately 4200 years ago because prior evidence has shown that was the beginning of a mega-drought. Middleton does not dispute this claim, but focuses on other statements made by members of the group that proposed the change. In their presentation, they noted that the mega-drought resulted in the collapse of a number of civilizations—in Greece, Mesopotamia, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, the Yangtze River Valley and the Indus Valley. This last one was particularly significant because the new age was named for a state in what is now India—Meghalaya. Middleton claims that there is no real evidence of mass civilizations collapsing. He suggests that at most, there was restructuring of several societies due to the drought. He further suggests that because of this inaccuracy, it is inappropriate to use the date chosen as a meaningful threshold for a new geologic age. He adds that he believes that such errors crop up due to a lack of communication between archaeologists and historians—a problem that could be solved with more interdisciplinary collaborations.Such statements have angered some of the people who proposed the labeling of the new age, according to Robinson Meyer, in a column for The Atlantic. He claims a squabble has arisen due to the piece Middleton published. He writes that some of the Meghalayan group have even gone so far as to question Middleton’s credentials, calling him a “failed archeology Ph.D.” Others have suggested that the claims by Middleton were poorly researched and are misleading. Citation: Historian angers group who proposed labeling late Holocene as Meghalayan Age (2018, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-historian-angers-group-late-holocene.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Guy Middleton, a historian at the Czech Institute of Egyptology at Charles University in Prague, has angered members of the group who successfully pushed for the creation of a new unit of geological time called the Meghalayan Age. In his Perspective piece published in the journal Science, he claims that evidence of widespread collapse of civilizations following the onset of a mega-drought in 2200 BCE, is lacking. Journal information: Science Explore further More information: Guy D. Middleton. Bang or whimper?, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aau8834 Anthropocene vs Meghalayan—why geologists are fighting over whether humans are a force of nature
Kolkata: The Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) has set June 25 as the deadline to introduce the online payment system of property tax.This comes after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directed the civic body to introduce the same as early as possible. She gave the direction while presiding over the administrative review meeting in Howrah on June 7.HMC had been working rigorously for the past few months to introduce the online property tax payment system after the decision to implement the same was taken in a high-level meeting headed by Mayor Dr Rathin Chakraborty. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsArun Roy Chowdhury, member, Mayor-in-Council for Tax and Licence, said: “Chief Minister had directed us to ensure its introduction as early as possible. The work was expedited and it is expected to get introduced on June 25.”It may be mentioned that a major part of the work to introduce the system is almost complete and the remaining work is being carried out in a war footing following the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Around 1.70 lakh people will be benefited with the introduction of the online system to pay property tax. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt will ensure better civic amenities to the residents of Howrah as people will no more have to visit the headquarters of the civic body to pay off their property tax.Instead, they can do the same just by logging into the website of the civic body. It will bring an end to the days of standing in long queues to pay property tax.Earlier, it was possible to pay off taxes of the current month without paying the old ones. In such cases, mainly a section of real estate developers used to pay the current taxes saying that the same of the previous months are clear but they have lost the documents. However, it is no longer possible as the HMC authorities have taken necessary steps in this connection and the same will be done with introduction of the online system as well.But, with heavy lightning on Tuesday some of the systems, which are already in place, got a bit affected. The civic body authorities have already taken up necessary steps to ensure timely completion of the work.It may be mentioned that the system of making online payment of property tax is already in place under Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC).
Art Spice, the luxurious art gallery at a five star deluxe hotel, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa presented the inauguration ceremony of a beguiling group exhibition “Songs of India”. Over some of the finest wines and hors d’oeuvres, the incandescent event at the capital was attended by high profile personalities and dignitaries from various fields including designer Anupamaa Dayal, Jatin Kochhar, artist Neeraj Gupta and Ruchi Chadha, Gudmun Dur Eiriksson, Executive Director, Jindal Global Law School, amongst others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf “Songs of India” a group exhibition by 21 Indian artists brings to you vivid artworks of India’s heritage which is changing the face of society. As Indian art goes truly global, Indian artists have tried to explore recent trends that delve deeply into symbols and expressions embedded in local culture. The illustrious artists participating include Seema Kohli, Shyamal Mukherjee, P Gnana, Bhaskar Rao, Sanjay Soni, D.V.S. Krishna, K Ravi, Manu Parekh, Pramod MV, Sreekanth Kuruva, Ramesh Gorjala, Dharmendra Rathore and many more. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Speaking on the occasion, Babita Gupta, Director, Art Spice Gallery said, “We live in a diverse land, with different cultures and various ideologies. The multiplicity of existence is what makes the world distinctive and beautiful. Indian artists have traditionally taken inspiration from the philosophical thought that the absolute cannot be created nor destroyed but it can only be felt and understood. Bringing all these elements together through a show is my main idea.”The exhibition is on view till May 13.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now The new Office embraces change.Combined with Microsoft’s upcoming Surface tablet and its Windows Phone mobile OS, the new Office software can help open new opportunities for firms that have been hesitant about using touch-based tools. With its tile-based look, buttons are large and navigation for complex programs such as Excel is simple. With rival Google claiming that 4 million businesses use its Google Apps office software suite, Microsoft needed a cloud-based makeover. The new Office’s integration with SkyDrive means documents can be accessed via a desktop app, Web app or mobile device. Contacts can be culled from Outlook, for example, and ported into social media.And the download time is quick. Users can be running the upgrade in less than 15 minutes.Related: Microsoft Upgrades Office for Cloud, Social The learning curve will be steep.While the new features can be useful, a business that upgrades from an older version of Office to this one might be overwhelmed by how different it is.For example, the new Office uses the “Metro” style interface used in Windows 8, eliminating the old-fashioned virtual desktop, that showed a user’s documents, and making it so that you never have to leave the app. It’s now possible to search the web and upload photos from within Office itself. That’s a major shift in thinking from shrinking a window or clicking into another tab.Another feature, called Resume Reading, lets users immediately pick up where they left off in a document, even if they were previously on another computer. While handy, it might be distracting or disorienting for some. Veterans of previous Office iterations will have to learn a new way of thinking.And even though collaborative features have elegant interfaces, they can be complex to learn. There is a dizzying array of buttons for everything from launching a meeting to sharing comments or documents.Related: Why Microsoft’s ‘Surface’ Might Be Your Next Tablet More work to do when it comes to the cloud.Many team features in the new Office are improved but, at least in this early demo, Office is not the collaborative engine Google Apps is. Basic documents are still aimed at single-person editing. And it can be slow for teams to learn to work together in real time. Collaborative team sites have to be set up and administered for working on different documents and projects. Will you upgrade to the new version of Microsoft Office or continue using the tools you currently have? Let us know in the comments section below. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The new features that come with the recently announced Microsoft Office 2013 — such as a touch-friendly interface and new Internet-oriented collaborative features — are sure to be useful tools for businesses large and small. But when it comes to switching from an older version of Office to this one, the interface is so drastically different that it might be too much for many users to make a quick adjustment.And for companies that are already using plug-and-play apps such as Google Apps or Zoho, upgrading to the new Office might not be a consideration at all.So, does the new Office make the case for replacing the tools you already use? Here are our initial impressions of the free Office 365 preview and what they mean for small-business users: July 17, 2012
Paying utility, credit card, insurance and phone bills through mobile devices is an incredible way to save users a lot of time and effort. The process is simple and efficient. Apart from these payments, you can support charity causes from the comfort of your home or office via online payment services. However, there is a growing concern over cases of cyber-theft, which can include identity theft and financial fraud. This legitimate concern demands practical steps to safeguard online payments, with a view to reducing or eliminating cyber-theft.What can be done to overcome this monster that has cost individuals and corporate organizations billions of dollars? Let’s give consideration to these useful tips:1. Check websites for HTTPS.The first sign of security you should look out for whenever you log in to any website is HTTPS. This secure connection will give you the needed guarantee that whatever transaction takes place between you and the site is exclusively restricted to only you and the system.Related: Security Hacks are leaving a Lasting Impact on RetailersNote that if the HTTPS is missing an “S”, it is a red flag. Don’t log in. The site is definitely not secure for vital transactions.2. Always update your gadgets.Do you have any idea why browser apps are updated regularly? It is an effective method of blocking potential security loopholes in outdated versions. To take advantage of these security features, which can guarantee you adequate protection from malware and other software programs that can put you at risk for cyber-theft, always update your browser app.According to Charles J. Harris, executive vice president of TSYS Merchant Solutions, “You should update your device to the latest version of its operating system to ensure you are as secure as possible. If this is not possible (some older devices cannot update to the latest version of the operating system due to hardware limits), upgrade to a new mobile device to stay current.”The process of updating it is relatively simple. The results are absolutely awesome.3. Keep public WiFi at arm’s length.If you are shopping outdoors, always reject the temptation to use public WiFi. If you use it, you are unwittingly exposing yourself to cyber-theft. Instead of using it, stick to the old-school way of doing things, use 3G/4G for browsing.Related: The Beginner’s Guide to Securely Using Public Wi-FiIf you are shopping from home, ensure that you are browsing on a network that is protected by WPA-2 and enable the encryption settings. This should give you maximum security from potential cyber thieves.4. Look for important security signs.One of the security signs you should look out for is a small padlock on browsers. If you want to make an online purchase and this padlock icon is missing, try another store. The padlock is a sign of security for data and information. If the icon is conspicuously absent, any private data that you transfer may be compromised.Don’t be in a hurry to make that purchase. Look for that seemingly unimportant icon as well as many other signs that assure you of security. It could make the difference between the protection or loss of your money.5. Don’t expose your log-in credentials.Accidental exposure of your log-in details will automatically put you at risk of cyber-theft. There are cyber-criminals who are adept at punishing people who make such mistakes. Before you can even raise an alarm, your money might have developed wings and gone. That will be hard on you.6. Don’t store sensitive data on your mobile device.Some mobile device users have the habit of storing important and sensitive card data on their devices. The rationale behind the habit is to have easy access to their data whenever they need it. That is good. It will make online purchases more convenient.Related: 11 Tips to Secure Mobile Devices and Client DataIf you can have easy access to your credit card data, don’t you think others will have access to the same pieces of information if the device is stolen? If you practice that habit, stop it. If you are contemplating cultivating the habit, don’t. It is the easiest way to expose yourself to theft. If the app you are using for payment has “store and forward” feature, turn it off.7. Use a complex password or security pattern on your device.This tip is very useful for making you invulnerable to cyber-theft if your mobile device accidentally gets into the wrong hands. You could use hard-to-break passwords or patterns gotten from a random password generator. When you do, the chances that others will lay their hands on your transactions history and use the information to hurt you will be immediately reduced.You can also make provision for automatic locking if the device is idle for a pre-determined period of time.Simply put, these suggestions are easy and effective. If you can cultivate the habit of taking these precautions, you will be able to safeguard yourself from people who are ready to prey on you.Happy shopping! 5 min read September 12, 2016 Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 6, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.The companies will share “hashes” — unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos — of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms.”We hope this collaboration will lead to greater efficiency as we continue to enforce our policies to help curb the pressing global issue of terrorist content online,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday.Tech companies have long resisted outside intervention in how their sites should be policed, but have come under increasing pressure from Western governments to do more to remove extremist content following a wave of militant attacks.YouTube and Facebook have begun to use hashes to automatically remove extremist content.But many providers have relied until now mainly on users to flag content that violates terms of service. Flagged material is then individually reviewed by human editors who delete postings found to be in violation.Twitter suspended 235,000 accounts between February and August this year and has expanded the teams reviewing reports of extremist content.Each company will decide what image and video hashes to add to the database and matching content will not be automatically removed, they said.The database will be up and running in early 2017 and more companies could be brought into the partnership.The European Union set up an EU Internet Forum last year bringing together the internet companies, interior ministers and the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator to find ways of removing extremist content.The Forum will meet again on Thursday, when ministers are expected to ask the companies about their efforts and helping to provide evidence to convict foreign fighters.(Reporting by Julia Fioretti; editing by John Stonestreet)