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Ex-Louisville’s Coach Rick Pitino is Coming for Panathinaikos

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino is in talks with the basketball club Panathinaikos about its coaching vacancy, a Greek team official said Thursday.The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.The official said “contacts have been made” and it is “probable” the Hall of Fame coach and Panathinaikos, the reigning Greek champion, will reach an agreement.The 66-year-old Pitino was fired by Louisville a year ago after the school was implicated in a U.S. federal corruption investigation of college basketball.Panathinaikos fired coach Xavi Pascual on Thursday following a fifth loss in seven games in the Euroleague, Europe’s main club competition.Panathinaikos’ players include former Florida standout and Memphis Grizzlies player Nick Calathes, former NBA lottery pick Georgios Papagiannis and former Knicks player Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo.The hiring would mark a stunning turn for Pitino, who was fired by Louisville in October 2017 following the school’s acknowledgment it was involved in the federal inquiry.Pitino was not mentioned in the complaint and has maintained he was not aware of a scheme to pay the family of former Cardinals recruit Brian Bowen to play for Louisville. The immediate fallout from that scandal — soon after a sex scandal that resulted in the program vacating its 2013 NCAA title— ultimately cost him his job after 16 seasons.While Pitino expressed a desire to remain involved in basketball, he said in September he was likely done with coaching despite feeling “physically very young and mentally very young.”“I think my time has passed, I really do,” Pitino told the AP during a tour for his book “Pitino: My Story,” which told his side of the events leading to his ouster.___AP Sports Writer Gary B. Graves in Louisville, Kentucky, contributed to this report.By DEMETRIS NELLAS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Wired Gets Free Product Placement on Lost

first_imgAs magazine industry followers—and Lost nerds—probably know, J.J. Abrams, the creator and executive producer of the ABC hit drama, served as the guest editor of Wired’s May “Mystery” issue, and promptly filled the magazine with clues that added up to a meta-puzzle subscribers were free to solve.On the April 29 episode of Lost, it appears Abrams gave Wired a cryptic nod. The August 2003 issue of Wired makes a one-second sec cameo. The magazine sits on a chair, and the camera locks onto it briefly before moving away. No mention of the magazine is made by the characters, but the issue’s main coverline is “The Impossible Gets Real!”; supporting coverlines are “The Super Power Issue: X-Ray Vision! Invisibility! Time Travel!” For the uninitiated, the main storyline in Lost pertains to time travel.Click here to watch the episode (season five, number 15) on Hulu. No spoilers here.last_img read more

Source Interlink Reportedly Folding Modified Plus Dozens of Layoffs

first_imgModified magazine is for a very niche group of auto enthusiasts. It’s content is centered on high-end vehicle modifications, and Jalopnik suggests that market has a rapidly shrinking ad base, which is forcing Source Interlink to consolidate its Tuner Group.Still, at this time its website and its social properties are live and updated. There is no confirmation on layoffs, however Jalapnik reports that Modified’s editor, Peter Tarach, plus dozens others from various brands have been laid off. It’s also important to note that commenters on the site are confirming Jalopnik’s story and some are disclosing names and titles. FOLIO: will continue to follow this story as it develops. Gawker Media’s Jalopnik reports that Source Interlink has folded its enthusiast automotive title, Modified. It is also rumored that as many as 100 employees from multiple titles have been laid off.FOLIO: has reached out to Source Interlink but the company has not issued a response.Automotive magazines have been amongst the hardest hit in the ad page recession, according to min’s Boxscores. Take for example Crain Communications’, Autoweek, which suffered an 18 percent ad page revenue decline last year. While Source Interlink’s top titles within that category had mixed results. Motor Trend was up in ad pages in 2013 versus 2012 by just under 10 percent. But Hot Rod’s were down by nearly 15 percent in the same period. last_img read more

The demise of Apples 12inch MacBook

first_img 5 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sarah Tew/CNET The end came quietly, slipped in with a series of back-to-school announcements about better screens and lower prices for the MacBook Air, and, uh, more Touch Bars for the MacBook Pro. No formal announcement was made in the jargon-filled press release letting us know that the entry-level Pro now features “Touch Bar and Touch ID, a True Tone Retina display and the Apple T2 Security Chip,” but a quick check online confirmed that the 12-inch MacBook had been removed from Apple’s website. And the 12-inch MacBook wasn’t alone in going to the big upstate farm where old computers allegedly roam, with free Wi-Fi and plenty of power outlets. The “classic” MacBook Air and the Touch-Bar-less MacBook Pro also exited active duty. But those are easier to let go of. The former was so outdated as to be hard to recommend, the latter is getting the higher-end features of its more-expensive cousin while keeping the same price. I’ll come right out and say it. The 12-inch MacBook was an unfairly maligned, misunderstood product. In fact, at several points since its 2015 debut, it’s been my favorite laptop. Insanely portable, very light, great 12-inch display, and a sharp look that turned coffee shop heads back when smaller-screen laptops were mostly low-end junk. In 2016, I proudly declared it “my favorite laptop” and “my top go-to machine.” I even wrote most of a 75,000-word book on its super-shallow keyboard. But I also acknowledged why a lot of people just didn’t “get” the 12-inch MacBook. “The knocks against this system — an odd-man-out, not part of either the Air or Pro MacBook lines — were numerous. Its screen was too small; the keyboard too shallow; not enough ports; no MagSafe power connection; underpowered, even compared to the base MacBook Air; and battery life that didn’t measure up to the MacBook standard.”I also said, “The 12-inch MacBook won’t do everything and isn’t for everyone. But its strictly enforced minimalism will make this laptop the model that industrial designers will strive to copy for the next several years.” And that has certainly come to pass. USB-C as the go-to standard? Check. Butterfly keyboard on every MacBook? Check (although who knows for how much longer). Higher-res, Retina-style screens as table stakes for premium laptops? Check.I recall people tearing their hair out over the single USB-C port in the first 12-inch MacBook. No USB-A, no HDMI — how could anyone use a laptop like that? Now, many super-premium 13-inch laptops have at best a couple of USB-C ports and little else. Apple Macbook 12-inch 2017Just one port.  Sarah Tew/CNET It reminds me of when Apple led the way dropping things like Ethernet jacks and optical drives from computers. The company was just a little ahead of the curve about what features were on their way out. The 12-inch MacBook didn’t physically connect to anything because many modern laptops don’t need to physically connect to anything. Between Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cloud-connected services, I can’t recall the last time I had to plug something into a travel laptop. I was excited to get a USB memory key with dual USB-A and USB-C ports several months ago. Still haven’t taken it out of the package. If it was so great, then what killed the 12-inch MacBook? The culprit was the very system the it was originally supposed to replace. The 13-inch MacBook Air, for many years the single most universally useful laptop you could buy (and a staple for students and office workers alike), had fallen into the phantom zone where Apple sticks products that stagnate with minimal, if any, updates for years on end. But last year, the Air finally got the top-to-bottom makeover it needed and became a sales leader, leaving few reasons beyond slightly better portability to choose the 12-inch model instead. Call it natural selection or survival of the fittest, but it’s the law of the gadget jungle. And before I get too morose over the death of the 12-inch MacBook, I should remember that I’m writing this on — you guessed it — an excellent new 13-inch MacBook Air. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple • Apple Tags Computers Laptops Comments See All reading • RIP 12-inch Apple MacBook, my misunderstood friend Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorslast_img read more

Puri Jagannadh confirms the sequel of iSmart Shankar RGV all set to

first_imgiSmart ShankarTwitterIn the beginning this year, there was news that Puri Jagannadh and team have registered a title called Double iSmart at the Film Chamber of Commerce. But not many had believed in this because back then the shooting of iSmart Shankar was still going on.The Ram Pothineni, Nabha Natesh and Nidhhi Aggerwal starrer has released on July 18 and its pouring collections all over. All the shows on the first day have been full and the team is celebrating the success of the film. Ram Gopal Varma with Puri JagannadhTwitterImpressed with the way the film has been doing at the box office, director Ram Gopal Varma, the guru of Puri Jagannadh, took to twitter to appreciate and congratulate the team. He wrote, “Double Congrats on the Double Dhimaak..Earth Shaking Phenomenal Openings …” (sic)In the next tweet, he wrote to Ram Pothineni and Puri Jagannadh and asked them to start the sequel immediately.Hey @purijagan and @ramsayz Immidiatley please start ISSMART SHANKAR 2 …Instead of DOUBLE DHIMAAK it should be TRIPLE DHIMAAK ???— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 18, 2019TwitterTo this, Puri Jagannadh had replied and confirmed the news that he had registered the title already. So the title of the sequel is going to be Double iSmart. RGV also tweeted to Charmme Kaur and Puri Jagannadh that he is going to Hyderabad to party with the team and celebrate the success of the film.Hey @Charmmeofficial I am coming tmrw to PARTYYY with ur entire #iSmartShankar team of @purijagan @ramsayz @NabhaNatesh @AgerwalNidhhi #ManiSharma and #BhaskarBotla ???— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) July 18, 2019TwitterDetails about the sequel are yet to be revealed and this is definitely going to take some time is what we guess. Well, good to know that Ram has one more film in his kitty.iSmart Shankar is said to be inspired by iBoy, a British film which released in 2017. In a recent interview, director Puri Jagannadh agreed that the outline of the story is inspired by Hollywood movies.last_img read more

Safeguarding handicraft and handloom

first_imgThe President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has said that concerted and collective steps at multiple levels should be taken to safeguard handicrafts and handlooms in the long term. Speaking after presenting the National Awards, Shilp Guru Awards and Sant Kabir Awards to weavers and artisans for the year 2014 here today, the President said, ‘These (measures) could include, for example, facilitation of easier access of these sectors to credit from banks and other financial institutions and the promotion of the products of these sectors in domestic and foreign markets.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The president gave away 46 national awards in handloom and handicrafts and ten Shilp Guru Awards and two Sant Kabir awards for the year 2014. Speaking about the challenges faced by weavers and craft persons the President said that the products in this sector remain vulnerable to competition from cheaper imports and machine made substitutes. These factors need to be addressed urgently, systematically and comprehensively and we must give more attention to development of capacity, skills, designs and infrastructure. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHighlighting the importance of the sector the President said that the handlooms sector in India, with 24 lakh handlooms, provides employment to about 44 lakh persons and our handicrafts sector provides employment to about 70 lakh persons. The textile sector provides largest employment opportunities next to agriculture. Between 2010 and the present, it is seen that despite the overall slowdown in the Indian economy there was a growth of 34% in exports from the handlooms sector and 126 % in the exports from the handicrafts sector. Minister of State Independent charge for Textiles, Santosh Gangwar congratulated the winners and conveyed nation’s gratitude for preserving, promoting and enriching the traditional cultural heritage of the country. He also informed about the various scheme being run by the Textiles Ministry in 12th Five Year Plan for handloom and handicrafts. ‘Main thrust of these schemes is to provide momentum through training and capacity building by integrating technology with craft and weaving techniques, which will lead to value addition in the craft as well as handloom products,’ he said.The Minister also informed of approval of two mega clusters at Guntur and Prakasam in Andhra Pradesh and Godda in Jharkhan. These clusters are in addition to previously sanctioned four mega clusters. In addition, The Ministry is supporting setting up of Raw Material Bank to facilitate easy and regular availability of certified raw material to artisans. Gangwar also highlighted the Ministry’s efforts to broaden existing marketing infrastructure so that the artisans and weavers continue to get opportunities to sell their products throughout the year without having to face the patches of lean demand.Textiles Secretary, Zohra Chatterjee reiterated Ministry’s commitment to the welfare of the artisans. She emphasized the need to popularize traditional products among the youth. She said that Setu Yozna of associating designers with handloom and handicraft cluster is bringing good results.The office of the Development Commissioner (handicrafts) and Development Commissioner (handlooms) jointly implement the scheme of Shilp Guru, Sant Kabir and National Awards for Master Weavers and Master Craftpersons.last_img read more