Ajax star Frenkie de Jong is hopeful that with a “little luck” they can cause an upset against Real Madrid in the Champions League.De Godenzonen have been drawn to face reigning champions Real in the last-16 of the Champions League, with the first leg to take place in Amsterdam on Wednesday.This young and inexperienced Ajax team, who boast an average age of 23 years old, are not expected to prevail against 13-time winners Real over a two-legged tie.In fact, Ajax haven’t even made it to the quarter-final of the Champions League in 16 years and the last time they won the competition came in 1995.But De Jong is refusing to rule out an upset against Los Blancos, who are chasing a fourth successive European title this season.“Our upcoming opponent is Real Madrid, a team that is starting to come in,” De Jong told Het Kontakt.“I’m not going to say that we’re going to win the cup. We’ll see it from round to round.“Real in the last five year, have won the Champions League four times, and they are favourites. But if we have a little luck, we are not hopeless.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Apart from a few pains, I feel great fit. It makes a difference that we have a very good team and that every individual player also knows this.”Although Ajax have proven they are no pushovers when it comes to facing Europe’s elite in a match after claiming a thrilling 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich in the group stages this term.Erik ten Hag’s side are also going strong in the Eredivisie this season in second-place and five points off leaders PSV Eindhoven after winning 16 of their opening 20 games.For De Jong, on the other hand, this two-legged tie against Real represents a great opportunity for him to impress his new employers Barcelona against their great rivals.The 21-year-old midfielder will arrival at Camp Nou in July after a €75m deal along with €11m in bonuses was agreed on between Ajax and Barcelona.✖️ HISTORY✖️ IN✖️ GOALS!#heraja pic.twitter.com/QmcS9lVFtc— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) February 7, 2019
Michael HagertyWorkers unload cases of Thin Mints from a semi.Fundraisers for kids’ activities come in all shapes and sizes – whether it’s selling candy bars for band, selling popcorn for the basketball team, selling coupon books, and wrapping paper – just to name a few. And then…there are Girl Scout Cookies. They’re in a league of their own.Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty recently went to Sam Houston Race Park in northwest Houston to observe a sign of just how big the Girl Scout Cookie phenomenon is. It was just the first of this year’s several Girl Scout Cookie drops for the Houston area. In other words, if you ordered cookies from a little girl in your neighborhood, they’re almost here.But, before those Girl Scouts can deliver them to you – and before they can set up a table outside the grocery store to entice you with the $4 siren song of Thin Mints and Caramel Delights – all the cookies for the region have to get from the manufacturer to the area’s many troops. And that giant logistical undertaking is the cookie drop.How many cookies are we talking about here? The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, which serves the scouts in 26 counties around southeast Texas, says 1.2 million packages of cookies were distributed just on the first day, Feb. 10.– / 12How they pull it off is a sight to behold. There were cars, SUVs, trucks pulling trailers, and even rented moving vans in a line about five or six wide and wrapping around a field adjacent to the race park. It had just rained, and there was an inch of mud in some places as troop leaders and parents drove through an assembly line of tractor trailers. Each trailer was filled with just one of the many types of cookie – from Peanut Butter Patties, to Lemonades, to S’mores.Perhaps the most popular truck was the shipment of Thin Mints. That’s where Jemesha Nelson of north Houston was sitting in her rented U-Haul van as volunteers counted out the 32 cases of Thin Mints alone that she was taking back to her troop — part of an overall load 256 cases she was going to pack into her van.“We sell aggressively,” Nelson said. “The girls are excited about getting their cookies in.”Jo Blackburn, department coordinator for product sales for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, helps oversee the massive undertaking. She said all the vehicles and semis make it too dangerous for actual Girl Scouts to participate in the cookie drop. So it’s a reminder of how much work parents and volunteers put in to make the cookie program a success.Selling cookies raises funds for numerous Girl Scout activities and camping trips, along with service projects like relief efforts for victims of Harvey.“I think people understand that it’s more than just the package of cookies,” she said. “That they’re actually supporting Girl Scouts, and they’re supporting that girl in particular.” Share
Chinese streaming giant iQiyi is boosting its original content production with a partnership to produce a web series with Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers, and four series to be made in Taiwan this year.Announced on Tuesday at Hong Kong FilMart, iQiyi will team up with Shaw Brothers Pictures International for the first time to produce suspense thriller “The Protector.” To be produced by Hong Kong’s TVB veterans Virginia Lok and Chung Shu-kai, the series fictional series probes the secrets behind the insurance industry. It will star Michael Miu and Bosco Wong, and location shooting take place in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and Prague.iQIYI has gained traction for its streaming service in Taiwan and is now cementing that position by producing original series on the island for the first time. Four titles — “Meet Me @1006”, “Befriend”, “Plant Goddess” and “Re-play” — are in different states of production and are slated for release this year. Each series comprises 24 one-hour episodes. Production of all four is overseen by veteran Taiwanese director Sam Liao. Original series production has proved to be a winning strategy for the company, notably in helping to convert casual users who access the advertising supported version of its platform into paying subscribers. iQIYI claims 50.8 million subscribers at the end of 2017.Mainland Chinese search engine giant Baidu will continue to own a majority stake in the company after the ongoing IPO of iQIYI on the NASDAQ exchange in the U.S. iQIYI expects to raise some $2.25 billion, much of which will be spent on new content. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety
Kolkata: State Forest department is coming up with a new arboretum for showcasing the wide variety of mangrove plants that exist in the Sunderbans. The arboretum will come up adjacent to Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, which is deemed as a prime location for wildlife spotting.”There are around 54 species of mangroves among which 34 species are found in the Sunderbans. No other mangrove forest in the country has so many species of mangrove as the Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve. We feel that the tourists, who visit the Sunderbans, will be interested in gaining knowledge about the mangrove variety,” a senior official of SBR said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe official further said they will take the help of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) for the purpose of labelling the species of mangroves.The state Forest department also has plans to develop its existing arboretum at Bakkhali to make it more interesting for the tourists.The department has also taken up a study of the socio economic impact of the various schemes undertaken by them for the upliftment of the village folk in the Sunderbans.We have 65 Joint Forest Management Committee (JMFC), which work for developing the social and economic condition of the people living there, through different schemes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”They have taken up activities like creating irrigation channels, brick paths, pond jetties, Self-Help groups, piggery, goat rearing, poultry etc. The study will assess the impact of the work of the JFMC’s and accordingly plan the future course of action that is to be undertaken,” a senior official of the Forest department said.The department hopes to complete the study by March 2019 and come up with a report in April.The study will be carried out by a team of experts from prominent educational institutes in the country, who are adept in such impact study.
Everyone, at least for once, have come across the works of William Shakespeare or have in the least heard about him. Also, there are many, who are familiar with the name of Shakespeare, but might not have got a chance to witness his work through a book, a play or a movie.To introduce such people to the world of the greatest dramatist of all time and to commemorate his 400th death anniversary, six movies from different internationally acclaimed director were recently screened in the CD Deshmukh Auditorium at India International Centre (IIC) in the national Capital. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe film screening ‘A Date with Shakespeare’ was the part of IIC annual festival ‘The IIC Experience-2016’.The films screened included Macbeth, King Lear, All Night Long, Hamlet, Throne of Blood and Othello, which were directed by Roman Polanski, Peter Brook, Basil Dearden, Grigori Kozintsev and Iosef Shapiro, Akira Kurosawa and Orson Welles respectively. Each film was critically acclaimed at its time and had bagged many awards. Othello had received Grand Prize of the Festival at Cannes Film Festival in 1952. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe films, which are considered as classics now, are individualistic. While some portay the plays in traditional manner, others transport the action to other periods and setting. For example, Basil Dearden’s All Night Long, translate ‘Othello’ to the smoky world of sixties London jazz clubs, showing just how current and relatable the themes of Shakespeare’s work continue to be.King Lear (1971) is a noted tragedy in black and white, which delivered the saga of the aging, self-deluding regent in a evocative manner. Whereas Othello (1951) rearrange the order of the tragedy and starts with the funeral of the protagonist, thereby turning it into a film noir as the murder investigation takes place to find out the cause of their deaths. The movie concluded the film festival.William Shakespeare’s plays remains highly popular and are constantly studied, performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political context throughout the world. Around 400 films based on Shakespeare have been made and shared online. Shakespeare has an annual commercial value of over $ 1 billion with over 5,000 individual stage production each year.