Mateo Kovacic’s season-long loan deal to Chelsea is complete and he could not be more happy about itThe Croatian midfielder moves to Stamford Bridge as part the deal which sees Thibaut Courtois join Real Madrid on a permanent basis.After making 109 appearances for Los Blancos and winning the Champions League in all three of his seasons at the club, Kovacic is relishing the prospect of testing himself out in a new league.He told the club website: “I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling.“I will try to do my best for this club. It is a new league for me, the beginning is always tough but I am sure the coach and my new team-mates will help me and I am looking forward to a great season.”Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are very happy to welcome Mateo to the Chelsea family. He is a perfect fit for us this season, his style is well suited to how Maurizio wants to play and we are sure he will prove to be a valuable asset for the club.”.@Mateo_Kova23: ‘I am really happy and excited to be here at Chelsea. It is an amazing feeling. I will try to do my best for this club.’ ?#WelcomeKovacic pic.twitter.com/CKHVtCA8rJ— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 9, 2018
With all the negative press that Ousmane Dembele has been getting these past few days in Barcelona, his agent had to come out and defend him.The situation with French winger Ousmane Dembele in Barcelona has reached an important boiling point, there have been several reports of his complete indifference towards his club’s main cause and it has been proven through his late showings to games and training sessions.Just this Monday, the player got a whole new dig from his France manager and confirmed that Dembele does arrive late regularly but he always has an excuse to justify his actions.This really seems to be getting out of control for the player, who hadn’t gotten any type of defense from anybody in the most recent hours until his agent came out to defend him during an interview for RMC Sports.Moussa Sissoko, the former player who turned agent and now manages the careers of several players from his country, was asked about the situation with Dembele this Monday and his response hinted at a possible health-related problem that the player has been going through lately.The main reaction from Sissoko was to confirm that everything that’s being said about Ousmane is fake news, and he even went further.🔉Moussa Sissoko(Dembele’s agent): The criticism of Ousmane Dembele is overblown””All these criticisms make me laugh. “It had already begun with a so-called delay at the meeting before the Champions League match against Inter. pic.twitter.com/ALITdj3wbL— Blaugrana Nation (@Blaugranarealm) November 12, 2018The young star’s agent said that he has been in direct contact with several members of the club to assess the situation with his player, he revealed that the people at the club are very happy with him and there is no truth to everything that’s being said about the kid.“Ousmane is still working hard in a great club, the manager appreciates him, just like Deschamps does in the French National Team,” said Sissoko during the interview.“I also know that Abidal is very happy with everything he’s doing, he knows that he is training very well.”“All the criticism he is getting has a reason, we all know that he needs to improve on several things, but that is completely normal at his age.”“There is a lot of people who are on his toes, there was a rumor about him coming in late before a match, but the manager already clarified this situation. Now, he is suffering from gastroenteritis.”Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“Although it’s true that he called the club late for that, he did it because he was very sick. The lad is only 20 years old and he plays for Barcelona, which is one of the biggest clubs in the world. Dembele had a great start of the season.”“People want to create controversy where there is none, but Dembele has the capacity to navigate through anything,” he added.🎙 [RMCSport] | Sissoko (Dembélés agent): “Barcelona is very happy with Ousmane, Valverde appreciates him and Abidal is also happy of how Dembélé is performing and training.” pic.twitter.com/TPujrlo7Bu— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) November 12, 2018As of right now, Ousmane Dembele is part of the France squad for the last international break of 2018 where Les Bleus will play against The Netherlands and Uruguay.Dembele is considered an essential part of the squad that manager Didier Deschamps took to the World Cup final last summer, the Barcelona player wasn’t a prominent part of that squad and his intention is to change the manager’s mind in order to claim his position alongside other great players such as Antoine Griezmann or Kylian Mbappé.There is a massive contrast between the type of indiscipline that the PSG winger is showing, to the one that Dembele has been accused of lately.Having an important level of activity for France during the next couple of weeks, should be a good enough motivation for him to return to Barcelona with the objective of winning back the trust of all his teammates and the manager.The most worrisome part of all this, is that Dembele wasn’t cheap and losing a talent like him would be one of the Catalan club’s biggest mistakes.After all, we are talking about the most expensive player that has ever arrived in Barcelona.Rassemblés à Clairefontaine depuis ce midi, les Bleus ont effectué une séance légère en début de soirée. pic.twitter.com/WI8vWZV6Kr— Equipe de France ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) November 12, 2018What do you think Ousmane Dembele should do in order to gain back the trust from his club and country? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Chelsea midfielder Pedro Rodriguez feels the club may be in crisis if they fail to recover from their recent run of bad results.The Blues were eliminated from the FA Cup on Monday night after a 2-0 loss on their patch to rivals United, which didn’t go down well with a section of fans in the club.Swedish side Malmo is next on the line in the second leg of their Europa League round-of-32 tie on Thursday, before Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.And former Barca winger Pedro admits the club needs to return to winning ways.“There is an important game in the Europa League for us, and after the final against City,” Pedro told Chelsea’s official website.“The most important thing now is to stay calm, train really hard and recover our best football and our best feeling, because if not we are in trouble.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.’The most important thing now is to stay calm, train really hard and recover our best football and our best feeling.’ – @_Pedro17_ https://t.co/spshoYl2bX— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 19, 2019“It was a very bad day for us, for all the team (against United). It’s a difficult situation. In the first half we played very well, we created chances to score one goal, but they had two situations and scored two goals.“The most important thing was to do a good job creating chances with the ball in the second half, but we couldn’t do it and for this reason, it was so difficult for us to come back.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 17, 2017 – Providenciales – Ready or not, here it comes and by December 1st the Ministry of Border Control and Employment will begin dishing out, to approved applications, new wallet sized, credit card like Work Permits.“We will be releasing more information moving forward over the next two weeks.”Minister Sean Astwood, also the Deputy Premier explained that the hurricane has created a severe delay in the full roll out of the product, but the Ministry is gung-ho on getting the new styled work permit into the marketplace.More secure and difficult or impossible to forge are among the benefits to the card, plus it is easy to tote just in case holders are asked to prove legal status.#MagneticMediaNews#newcreditcardlikeWorkPermits Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #newcreditcardlikeWorkPermits
46 DUI arrests on New Years’ weekend, fatalities down this year Posted: January 1, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In final statistics released by the California Highway Patrol for the New Year’s holiday from 6 p.m. Friday to noon today, driving-under-the-influence arrests and traffic fatalities were both down countywide compared to a year ago.Fatalities were down statewide, but DUI arrests were up. There were 936 DUI arrests statewide in 2017 compared with 1,053 in 2018. There were 40 fatalities reported in California in 2017, seven more than the 33 reported in 2018.In San Diego County, there were 59 DUI arrests over the holiday weekend last year compared to 46 this year. Fatalities dipped from six in 2017 to four in 2018.DUI arrest figures represent only those made by CHP officers. Fatality figures were reported from all law enforcement agencies.Of 29 vehicle occupants killed statewide in the CHP jurisdiction this year, 14 victims were not wearing seat belts, the CHP said.There were also two pedestrians killed statewide in the CHP jurisdiction over the holiday weekend. The CHP investigates all crashes on freeways, and on all unincorporated roads. January 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom
Posted: June 19, 2019 June 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom OCEANSIDE ( KUSI ) – A possible arson fire scorched about an acre Wednesday on the outskirts of Mission San Luis Rey, spreading onto the grounds of a cemetery at the landmark 19th century church complex but causing no reported structural damage or injuries.The blaze erupted near the intersection of state Route 76 and Rancho del Oro Drive shortly before noon, according to the Oceanside Fire Department.It took firefighters about 15 minutes to fully extinguish the flames, OFD Battalion Chief Scott Stein said.A man found near the origin point of the blaze was taken into custody on suspicion of igniting it, Oceanside police Lt. Kedrick Sadler said.The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was still being questioned in the late afternoon, the lieutenant said.The cause of the fire was under investigation, Stein said. KUSI Newsroom, Alleged arson fire spreads onto cemetery at Mission San Luis Rey Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
United Business Media’s Everything Channel announced Friday that it is folding VARBusiness into CRN magazine.According to Everything Channel CEO Robert Faletra, publishing two print products in a market that “can be served by one big brand like CRN” no longer “makes sense.” As part of the merger, and the company’s “ongoing realignment,” Everything Channel has eliminated 10 positions company-wide, a spokesperson told FOLIO:. (Everything Channel employs roughly 200 people.) No editorial positions were affected.VARBusiness’ State of the Market, State of Technology Reports, VARBusiness 600, Partner Program Guide and Annual Report Card will be folded into CRN. VARBusiness subscribers who wish to receive CRN will be placed on a waiting list, the company said. Everything Channel Events will continue to produce the VARBusiness 500 and the Annual Report Card awards ceremony. Serving the indirect technology sales channel, CRN was launched 30 years ago and carries a controlled circulation of 115,000. VARBusiness carried a controlled circulation of 110,000.
Wired shook up its editorial department this week, poaching David Pierce from The Verge to be its top personal tech writer. Editor-in-chief, Scott Dadich, also handed out several promotions, including naming Robert Capps head of editorial for Wired’s magazine, website and live events. Mark Robinson and Joe Brown were also named executive editors for the brand’s magazine and website, respectively. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Reed Exhibitions appointed Alicia Tillman as its senior vice president of fashion and vision. Tillman had been head of marketing and business services for American Express Global Business Travel. The Economist named Zanny Minton Beddoes editor of the magazine. Beddoes had been serving as the title’s business affairs editor. Sophie Donelson has been named editor-in-chief of House Beautiful. Donelson was most recently at Cricket’s Circle. Fortune has brought on Michael Lawton to be its new creative director, overseeing a redesign of the title. Lawton had been serving as Popular Mechanic’s design director. Robb Report has named Robert Crozier as managing director of its international division. Crozier is a co-founder and had been serving as global business development director for Billionaire. Northstar Travel Media has hired David Blansfield to be executive vice president and group publisher of its meetings group. Blansfield joins Northstar after seven years as president of F+W Media. Garrett Graff was promoted to editor of Politico Magazine. Graff had been a senior writer.
WILMINGTON, MA – Wilmington Public Schools is seeking substitute teachers at the elementary school, middle school and high school levels, according to a job listing posted on October 1.Substitute teacher rates in Wilmington are as follows:Day to day: $75/day without a DESE license, $85/day with a DESE license45-59 days in the same assignment: $100/day without a DESE license, $110/day with a DESE license60-90 days in the same assignment: $115/day without a DESE license, $125/day with a DESE license91 or more days in the same assignment: $250.84/day (must have a DESE license)The school system is also seeking substitute educational assistants ($60/day), substitute LPNs ($75/day), and substitute nurses ($125/day).View the job posting, which includes further information about the application process, HERE.Got a question? Contact Andrea Armstrong, Human Resources Director, at 978-694-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Public Schools Hiring Substitute Teachers, Educational Assistants & Nurses For Upcoming School YearIn “Education”Wilmington Public Schools Hiring Substitute Teachers, Educational Assistants & NursesIn “Education”Wilmington Public Schools Hiring Substitute Teachers, Educational Assistants & NursesIn “Education”
Preview • Nvidia Shield microconsole streams PC games via Nvidia’s Grid, runs Android apps The latest information on Google Stadia Post a comment 4:48 Nvidia Shield Android TV The gaming experience isn’t complete without a good chair Now playing: Watch this: Nvidia Computers Gaming Mobile 56 Photos Tags 0 GeForce Now has been steadily adding games since its original Nvidia Shield launch four years ago. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET With Google’s Stadia cloud-gaming service launch only months away, it shouldn’t surprise me that Nvidia’s almost ready to release its big competitor, GeForce Now, into the wild. In one of its many announcements at Gamescom on Monday, the company revealed “the sun is starting to set on the free beta period.” It’s possible that the company’s been waiting for one of the heretofore big missing pieces, Android support, to be put in place, and now the beta app for the beta service is rolling out to beta subscribers. The RTX Blade servers Nvidia announced last March are also coming online to (hopefully) bring better scalability, quality, performance and stability to the service, starting with Germany and California.Nvidia highly recommends using a Bluetooth controller for Android, since “some games will be unplayable on an Android phone without a gamepad.” Of course, we still don’t know how much it will be when people have to start ponying up or if Nvidia will stick to its “for x hours of gaming” model, two of the huge unanswered questions.GeForce Now, which lets you play games on a relatively low-power local device by rendering them in the cloud and “streaming” the frames to you while sending your input back, is unusual in that you can’t buy games through it, nor is it an all-you-can-play vault service. The app is essentially a hub for games you already own (that have GFN support), and when you hit “play” it runs the relevant launcher for a particular game, such as Steam. Review • Nvidia Shield review: A gamer-friendly 4K streamer in search of mass appeal Share your voice
A Zimbabwe Electoral Commissioon (ZEC) official files through the voters roll at an inspection centre in Harare, ahead of Zimbabwe election. Photo: AFPZimbabwe announced on Wednesday it would choose a new president and parliament on 30 July, in the country’s first electoral test since the removal of its autocratic former leader Robert Mugabe.His successor, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, unveiled the date in the official Zimbabwe Government Gazette.”Monday, the 30th day of July, 2018 (is) the day of the election to the office of President, the election of members of the National Assembly and election of councillors,” Mnangagwa said in a proclamation.Once a right-hand man to the 94-year-old Mugabe, Mnangagwa dramatically succeeded the veteran leader in November after nearly four-decades in charge when troops swarmed the streets and briefly seized key sites.Mnangagwa, 75, will square off against the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, now led by 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa following the death of Morgan Tsvangirai in February.If no candidate receives a simple majority in the first round of the presidential election, a run-off will be held on 8 September.Elections under Mugabe were marred by corruption, intimidation and violence, but Mnangagwa has vowed to hold a free and fair vote.The election will be the first to be monitored by Western observers in many years.On Monday Harare and the European Union announced that observers from the bloc would monitor polls in the southern African country for the first time in 16 years.- Western observers -The head of the last EU observer mission, Pierre Schori, was thrown out of Zimbabwe in 2002 on the eve of presidential elections that were condemned as flawed.Following the high-profile spat, Zimbabwe barred the EU and other Western observers from sending further missions to monitor polls in the country as Mugabe grew more and more defiant of foreign criticism up until his downfall.And in a further sign of Zimbabwe’s growing efforts to mend fences with former foes following Mugabe’s resignation, the country has applied to re-join the Commonwealth, the bloc of former British colonies said Monday.Harare’s membership was suspended in 2003 over the violent and graft-ridden elections the previous year.Zimbabwe left the Commonwealth at the height of violent land seizures, when white farmers were evicted in favour of landless black people — a policy that wrecked agriculture and triggered economic collapse.Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland confirmed that the organisation would also send observers to the elections.Mugabe sent shockwaves through the ruling ZANU-PF, the party he dominated for decades, when he recently posed with a retired general who will take on the government in this year’s election.Despite a slew of reformist pledges and announcements it is unclear whether Mnangagwa, who was a vital cog in the ZANU-PF party and helped Mugabe to hold onto power for 37 years, has won the support of ordinary Zimbabweans.
Share Photo provided by NASANASA astronaut Ricky Arnold; NASA astronaut A.J. ‘Drew’ Feustel; and Roscosmos astronaut Oleg Artemyev plan to conduct more than 200 experiments in the International Space Station.The crew of an upcoming mission to the International Space Station (ISS) highlighted Thursday in Houston that some of the experiments they will conduct can help humanity learn to use energy and fuels in a cleaner way.The three members of the crew, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronauts A.J. ‘Drew’ Feustel and Ricky Arnold; and crewmate Oleg Artemyev, of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, spoke about their mission during an event held at the Johnson Space Center.Feustel and Arnold are scheduled to launch to the ISS aboard a Russian Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft commanded by Artemyev on March 9, 2018 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.During the planned six-month mission, the crew members will take part in approximately 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations with the goal of advancing scientific knowledge of Earth, space, physical and biological sciences.Arnold noted that the experiments they will conduct will help to “design cleaner burning engines and better ways to burn fuel here on Earth.”“Our job is make sure the equipment works properly and that the data gets recorded and we can send it back to Earth,” emphasized Feustel.On his part, Artemyev, who spoke in Russian and whose comments were translated to English during the event, said he hopes “the ISS is going to be a good starting point for the improvement of relationships between Russia and the U.S.”Feustel, Arnold and Artemyev are scheduled to return to Earth in August 2018.
Italy is renewing its historical ties with India by commemorating the legacy of one of its iconic Oriental scholars and Indophiles Luigi Pio Tessitori, who unearthed the Indus Valley site of Kalibangan in Rajasthan in the early 20th century.In a special ceremony, the Italian Cultural Centre in the Capital dedicated its multi-purpose hall to Tessitori, naming it after him. It was followed by a series of presentations on Tessitori by historian Nayanjot Lahiri and professor Furio Honsell, the mayor of Udine and the former vice-chancellor of University of Udine, who is lecturing in the Capital throughout the week. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tessitori, born in Udine in Italy in 1887, died of pneumonia in Bikaner in 1919 at the age of 32. He documented the Bardic traditions of Rajasthan as a photographer, researched extensively on The Ramayana, and wrote comparative treatises.While studying the ancient civilisations and history of India, Tessitori discovered that some ruins around Bikaner showed a pre-Mauryan character dating back to the Indus Valley. He sought the help of John Marshall of the Archaeological Survey of India and identified the ancient Harappan lineage known as Kalibangan. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTessitori is a local hero in Bikaner — with a landscaped grave and a bust in the city — was invited to Bikaner by former ruler, Ganga Singh. The Italian carried the ancient culture and traditions of India to his homeland at a time when awareness about the country’s rich heritage between 1900-1914.His works were subsequently published in both Italian and English. They were preserved in both Italy and India.Tessitori, who was a scholar of Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit and Marwari, also a collector of Indian antiquities and manuscripts. He explored nearly 100 historical sites in Rajasthan. The mayor of Udine, Furio Honsell, an authority on Tessitori and his work, said he was determined to ‘connect Bikaner and Udine as twin cities in memory of Tessitori’s work.’‘Several years ago, the government of Italy had initiated the process to declare Udine and Bikaner twin cities. The process never really came through but I am determined to revive it,’ said Furio Honsell.This Indo-Italian exchange will continue through October with an exhibition of Islamic paintings and artefacts, ‘Akbar: The Great Emperor of India’, that will open at Palazzo Sciarra, Fondazione Roma Museo on 22 October.An exhibition of about 60 rare photographs of Indian freedom fighters by early Italian modernist and revolutionary Tina Modotti also opened at the Italian Cultural Centre .
An 18-year-old married woman was crushed to death by a speeding truck, which hit the motorbike on which she was pillion riding, in South Delhi’s Sarita Vihar area on Sunday night. Two other persons – her husband and sister-in-law – also suffered injuries but were reported to be in a stable condition by Monday evening.The deceased was identified as Shilpi (18). She was reportedly pillion riding with her husband, Govind (24), on a motorcycle. Govind’s sister, Babita (14) was sitting between Govind and Shilpi. The accident was reported around 11.30 pm as they were heading for their residence in Sant Nagar in Old Faridabad, said a police official. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreHe further said that they were hit by a speeding truck from the back and Shilpi, consequently fell off the motorbike. She landed under the gigantic wheels of the truck, which dragged her across a few metres on the road. She died on the spot and her skull was split open.Locals gathered immediately and one of them informed the police. All three of them were rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Centre, where Shilpi was declared brought dead and the other two were admitted with several injuries. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedLocals also got hold of the truck driver, identified as Raj Kumar (44) and handed him over to the police. Raj Kumar is a resident of Panipat. He was taken for a medical test, but he was not found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. A case under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC was registered immediately at the Sarita Vihar Police Station.“It is also not clear whether the pillion riders were wearing helmets or not. It is possible that Shilpi’s helmet – if she was wearing one, was crushed due to the immense pressure,” said the police official.The three of them – Govind, Shilpi and Babita – had gone to visit Shilpi’s parents at Ganesh Nagar near East Delhi’s Mother Dairy area and they were approaching Faridabad through the Aasram Chowk, intending to take the Mathura Road.
Psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, can be easily deal with by homegrown solutions.Psoriasis, which usually appears in red patches anywhere on the skin, particularly the knees, the elbow, the lower back and scalp happens due to several factors such as environment, genetics and the immune system.Here are some home remedies suggested by Dr. Navin Taneja, director of the National Skin Centre that will help tackle the skin disease.Oatmeal bath: Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Oats are considered one of nature’s finest skin soothers. Oatmeal is loaded with vitamins and minerals which are excellent for nourishing and healing damaged skin. It is also an effective way to relieve itching, redness and irritation.Dead Sea salts: Add Dead Sea salts to lukewarm water. This helps to remove scales and eases itching. Do not forget to apply moisturizer once you are done with your bathing.Get gaudy: Plan a weekly diet; pick a handful of fruits and veggies of every colour. This will ensure that your body is getting a good assortment of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants which are needed to heal smashed skin and will put off future flare-ups. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAvoid dyes and aromas: Purchase only all-natural products or those labelled ‘sensitive skin’ and completely read the label before applying any new product.Banana peel: Banana peel will soothe your skin and remove rashes. Rub the inner area of the peel on your lesions. Baking Soda and water: Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and four teaspoons of water. Apply this with cotton or cloth to the affected area. Leave it on until it dries and falls off.
2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 17, 2014 Entrepreneurs are some of the most stressed-out people you’ll ever meet. If left to fester, the constant worry and pressure of running your own business can spiral into a nerve-thrashing mess of anxiety, depression and despair. It’s not pretty.But Spire, an ambitious zen master for your pocket, sure is — in looks and in concept. Clipping onto your belt, or your underwear or bra, Spire is a stone-shaped activity tracker like a Fitbit Zip — only it also measures something equally as important to your health as footsteps. It measures your state of mind, or so its makers claim.Related: A Fitbit For Your Employees’ Emotional Health? It’s Already Happening. Using the real-time breathing pattern data it constantly collects and crunches, Spire gently informs you of how tense, distracted or just plain freaked out you are. Then — here’s the coolest part — it gently nudges you to focus, breathe deeply and calm down. And not in a pushy way either. It sends a series of soothing suggestions and meditations directly to your smartphone.Or, should you fall into a funk, a lethargic slump, Spire turns into a motivational coach, goading you to get up and get moving.”It’s very hard to stay mindful throughout our chaotic and always connected day,” Spire co-founder and CEO Jonathan Palley told The Huffington Post. “The design of the Spire experience is not to interrupt you every time you’re tense, but to bring mindfulness and awareness streaks of tension/focus/calm within this chaos.”Related: Weird But True: Microsoft Is Developing a Stress-Monitoring BraThe wireless-charging gizmo costs $150 and works with a free iPhone app (an Android app is on the way) that pings you with pacifying notifications all day long. Sometimes it too many notifications, according to one re/code reviewer who reported that the Spire was glitchy. Wireless connectivity was an issue and so was battery life, during her test. Spire said it’s working on it and should have the kinks worked out with updates to its hardware and software.To see Spire in action for yourself, take a deep breath and check out trippy promo video:Related: Nintendo Unveils First ‘Quality of Life’ Device: a Non-Wearable Sleep Tracker Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
Sky has taken an undisclosed minority stake in Synamedia, joining fellow minority shareholder Permira funds in backing the newly independent video software provider.Synamedia said that Sky’s investment will reinforce its position as a long-term technology partner to a growing roster of pay TV operators and media companies.The company was formed last year from the sale of Cisco’s video processing and video solutions business to funds advised by private equity firm Permira.Yves PadrinesSynamedia builds on more than 30 years of expertise and claims to be the largest global provider of video solutions, with more than 200 pay TV and media customers – including Sky and its parent company Comcast.“We’ve long collaborated with the team at Synamedia to help bring great content, products and entertainment to millions of customers across Europe and this investment will help deepen our innovative partnership,” said Andrew Griffith, Sky’s group chief operating officer.Synamedia CEO, Yves Padrines, said: “At a time of accelerated evolution in the pay TV industry, this investment is a fantastic endorsement of our product vision, R&D roadmap and service portfolio from Sky, Europe’s leading media and entertainment company.”Synamedia’s customer base also includes companies like AT&T, beIN, Charter, Disney, Foxtel, Get, Liberty Global, OSN, Tata Sky, Verizon, Viasat and Vodafone. The company’s workforce is located across the US, UK, Israel, India, Belgium, China and Canada.