The Chilean Charles Aránguiz, on the Atlético agenda

first_imgAránguiz arrived in German football, at Leverkusen, in 2015 where He signed for five seasons and his injuries have been stalked, such as the Achilles tendon rupture nothing more sign that had him away from the grass eight months: he could only play seven games (with two goals). This season another injury, now muscular, has caused only has been able to dispute 63% of the minutes.This season Atlético has faced him in the Champions League. If in the first match they met, the third in the group stage in the Wanda Metropolitano, Aránguiz did not play for a fissure in the foot, in the following one, the fourth of the group stage, did play and was key for Leverkusen to achieve victory against the rojiblancos, his first in this group phase: a great play of his ended in a center that Thomas slipped into his own door. Now his name flies over the Metropolitan with the possibility that next season they may be partners. While Atlético ‘team’ prepares for the next two ‘finals’, Sevilla in the league and return of eighth against Liverpool in the Champions League, and that can settle the season, the Athletic ‘club’ works in the offices in the preparation of what will come, next season. Plans, names. If from Mexico the one of Raúl Jiménez is pointed out, from Chile another one is revealed: Charles Aránguiz, a 30-year-old Chilean Bayer Leverkusen midfielder (turns 31 in April).It has been placed by the player’s representative, Fernando Felicevich, on the rojiblanca agenda, talking about his future. The player ends contract now, in June 2020, and has received several offers, including a red and white. “We are waiting for several offers from Europe. He wants to continue there but for now there are no offers that we like. Atlético, from Spain, and Atalanta and Fiorentina from Italy have called us, but have not made an offer“revealed the agent at Fox Sports.last_img read more

ADHD is label that conceals problems

first_imgStudents who can’t control their impulses and pay attention are popping up in classrooms across the nation. Try these calming strategies to help your children and students focus and succeed. “Some children seek out more, more, more,” says Michelle Yoder, a therapist. “They are disruptive, up and down in their seats, are loud talkers, chew on nonfood items and have to touch everything. They come up with any excuse to move.” The behavior gets many kids mislabeled as having ADHD, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Yoder says. But instead, they are having difficulty regulating the information taken in through their senses. The nervous system either overreacts or underreacts to what’s going on around them. At either extreme – craving stimulation or avoiding it – the problem can be a sensory processing disorder that disrupts a child’s daily life. At home or school, create opportunities for kids to play in a vertical position. When a youngster paints at an easel, she is standing and her hand has to be extended. That develops the wrist extension necessary to write and cut. At home, give a child a bucket of water and let her paint a fence or garage, which also build her muscles . Go to www.southpaw enterprises.com for tools and equipment to help children get their bodies and brains working together. “Sensational Kids” (Putnam, 2006, $24.95) by Lucy Jane Miller, occupational therapist and researcher on sensory processing disorders. Can you help? Question: “What do you do when not only a child in your class doesn’t listen, but the parents don’t listen either? We have a 2-year-old in our class who obviously never hears the word no at home. His parents refuse to follow our school rules, such as wearing closed-toe shoes instead of Crocs.” – A preschool teacher in Raleigh, N.C. If you have tips or a question, please e-mail us at p2ptips@att.net. Betsy Flagler, a journalist based in Davidson, N.C., teaches preschool and is the mother of a teen-age son. If you have tips or questions, please e-mail us at p2ptips@att.net or call Parent to Parent at 704-236-9510.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! All students, no matter their sensory issues, benefit when they have chances to move around during the school day and do “heavy work,” says therapist Diana A. Henry. In class and at home, kids need jobs. Find outside work for all seasons: digging holes for plants, raking leaves, shoveling snow, washing the car, pushing a wheelbarrow and pulling a loaded wagon. Set your grocery bags inside the door and have your child push them into the kitchen. In class, have your students carry or move bins, push or pull cartons of books, help stack chairs on tables, and clean the chalkboards and desks, Henry suggests. Work that lets kids use their muscles is calming and helps them focus, says Henry, whose Web site is www.ateachabout.com. Less time for outdoor play puts more pressure on teachers, she says, to find strategies to manage their classrooms. Activities at break times where a child stretches or bears weight on the hands, such as the crab walk or wheelbarrow walk. last_img read more

Jordan Peele Warns Effedup Dystopia Using AI to Make Fake Obama V

first_imgThe problem with reality is that discerning what truly is can take an enormous amount of work. Take science, for instance. There is actually pretty consistent data on what types of food most should be eating — particularly if you do deep dives into the research to investigate the methodology of this or that study. But most people (and, seemingly, members of the press) don’t have time to investigate each of these. That makes it very easy for someone to come in with a bogus source and claim something that is, that just ain’t so. Jordan Peele is now among those sounding alarm bells about a potential “fake news apocalypse.” With technology and particularly machine learning tools making it easier to replicate people’s faces and re-jigger them to do whatever (see also: fake porn). Peele, Academy Award-winning director of Get Out, has put out a PSA warning about how easy it will be in short order for people to create their own videos of famous world leaders saying just about anything. And when that era comes, what can we do?In the video above, Peele has Obama saying things like “Killmonger was Right” and “Donald Trump is a Dipshit.” This is all based on some new innovations in tech allowing computers to take videos of people, and augment their expression with AI. Combine that with a talented voice actor or the type of vocal reproduction tech we saw last year, and you can start getting disturbing close to something that could start tricking people. The seems are still pretty obvious for now, but how many of your relatives have you seen sharing and believing low-res meme images on facebook? Muck the video up a little, and it’d fool someone today, probably. In a few years, this tech could be truly terrifying. In the video, which was made in partnership with BuzzFeed and, Peele pleads for more rigorous consumption of media. And he quite cleverly plays with BuzzFeed’s rather odious reputation thanks to clickbait-y title, “You Won’t Believe What Obama Says in This Video! ”We sure are living in a time. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Are US chains taking over Costa Rica

first_imgThe Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce said 171 foreign franchises operate in Costa Rica, an increase from 147 in 2011, and they operate approximately 900 stores. Not all new franchises arrive from the United States, although 60 percent of foreign franchises are U.S.-based. Spanish clothing store Zara will bolster its number of locations in the country. Brazilian restaurant chain Spoleto is set for an expansion of 15 franchises in five years. Costa Rican eatery Bagelman’s  intends to expand. But the trend seems to be toward bringing in more U.S. franchises. The reason seems to be both Costa Rica’s eagerness for foreign investment and an improving U.S. economy that allows U.S. companies to invest in store construction and brand promotion. And Costa Rica’s middle class is a worthy target market. “Costa Rica is a good market for many kinds of international brands, including Pollo Tropical,” wrote Marc Mushkin, Pollo Tropical’s senior vice president of international development, in an email. “This is because of a number of factors, including the growing purchasing power of consumers, high levels of international tourism, an educated workforce and good supply chains for most products.”A large list of U.S. brands has opened stores in Costa Rica in the past year. Carl Jr.’s opened multiple stores near the end of 2011. They’ll try to compete in a burger market that has dozens of McDonald’s (the first-ever Costa Rica franchise was a McDonald’s, which opened in 1979), Burger Kings and Wendy’s. And coming soon: Denver, Colorado’s fast-casual burger chain Smashburger.Family restaurant Applebee’s inaugurated its second Costa Rican location in the spring, in Sabanilla, east of San José. The chain plans to open two more restaurants in the provinces of Alajuela and Guanacaste by the end of 2014. In November, Applebee’s will be joined by Chili’s, another member of the casual dining brethren that will open in Mall Multiplaza, in the southwestern suburb of Escazú. Moe’s Southwestern Grill will introduce Tex-Mex to Central America in June, also in Escazú. Salads and sandwich franchise Cosi’s is christening multiple stores here in 2012 and 2013. That brand has plenty of catching up to do, as sandwich shop Quizno’s opened its 20th location in the country last month. On Wednesday, Quizno’s won an eight -year contract to operate the food court at Juan Santamaría International Airport, the busiest airport in the country. With a $4 million investment, QSR International will open another Quizno’s, and a KFC, Smashburger and Teriyaki Experience in the airport food court. Still, Quizno’s has less than half the number of franchises in the country as sandwich king Subway.Restaurants constitute about a quarter of the foreign franchises in Costa Rica. Clothing stores and hotels each represent another 20 percent. In April, Starwood Hotels opened two more lodgings, compounding a market that contains big names like Holiday Inn and Hilton Hotels.Grupo Roble, the Salvadoran group that owns Mall Multiplaza Escazú, Multiplaza del Este in San José and other projects, closed the Escazú location of Honduran department store Carrión at the beginning of the year. Carrión will be replaced by Tico department store Cemaco and three popular U.S. clothing stores: The Gap, Banana Republic and Forever 21. The rest of the U.S. franchises fall under a wide gamut of categories ranging from beauty shops to auto rentals. But those brands are showing less noticeable growth than the biggest areas of food, clothing and hotels.Bad News for Tico Brands?The number of Costa Rican chains is increasing alongside foreign companies. But the risk of oversaturating the market rises with each store opening. José Andrés Masís, a franchise legal expert, said he believes U.S. brands can survive in Costa Rica because many already are well-known by young Ticos. “The No. 1 factor for foreign chains, is the openness of Costa Ricans toward foreign brands, especially U.S. ones,” Masís said.The relatively strong economy in Costa Rica, compared to the rest of the region, means Costa Ricans are aware of many of the brands that hope to break into the market. Many U.S. brands already have a toehold in the country since locals know products from vacations in the U.S., via the Internet or from television commercials. Local malls are providing more spaces for foreign brands. Avenida Escazú, the plaza that will be home to Starbucks by May, keeps growing. In 2013, Costa Rica will see the inauguration of two major complexes: Lincoln Plaza in Moravia, northeast of San José, and Mango Plaza in the northern Alajuela province.It’s difficult to say if these foreign businesses are taking spaces that would go to Costa Rican brands, or if there is more opportunity for investment. But certainly there’s a demand for more foreign products.Elsa Rojas, marketing manager of Grupo Roble in Costa Rica, said that’s part of the reason the company wants to bring clothing stores like Gap and Forever 21 to the isthmus. “[Consumers] like to touch and to buy things here, like they would in the United States,” Rojas said.In many instances, Costa Ricans prefer foreign products, which complicates business for national chains, Masís said. He could list only a few items that Costa Ricans took pride in buying local, citing sustainable tourism, fruits and vegetables or coffee. Starbucks is one foreign company Masís feels might struggle here. He said, “If Starbucks does not promote Costa Rican coffee, if it does not make it obvious that its product will be Costa Rican, then it’s going to suffer problems, because we are very proud of our coffee.”However, for products like clothing or shoes, Costa Ricans shrug their shoulders about the item’s origin, Masís said. Their main concern is buying something that’s affordable and fashionable. That does not make it impossible for national businesses to best foreign products, and some national brands have succeeded in not only dominating the Costa Rican market, but also expanding outside the country to the rest of Central America. Pops Ice Cream serves as an apotheosis for Costa Rican business owners. The ice cream store even has its own U.S. location in Florida, where it goes by a name that brims national pride, Pops Costa Rica’s Creamery.Masís said to survive, local retailers need to reassess their focus and emphasize promoting products that are local, cheaper and better than the competition. With the right strategy, Costa Rica can avoid a future where Starbucks and McDonald’s are on every corner. But that will depend on how national business owners approach this surmounting challenge. “If Costa Rican businesses cling to old ways, then yes, they could suffer enormous losses in sales, and it’s possible they could disappear,” Masís said. “If they learn how to adjust mindsets, if they learn how to suit themselves to the games of the competition, they’re going to produce better products, because they will toughen up. If they leave their comfort zones what they can do is create tools, create products that can compete directly with foreign chains.”is create tools, create products that can compete directly with foreign chains.” Facebook Comments U.S. fast food chain Pollo Tropical opened its first Costa Rica location in April. Related posts:Dairy Queen invests $1 million to open four stores in Costa Rica Hooters, Chili’s, Applebee’s expanding in Costa Rica Carl’s Jr. hamburgers come to Costa Rica Wendy’s to Open First of 15 Locations in Costa Rica Alberto Font From the print editionTeddy Mora devours a plate of marinated ribs at the new Pollo Tropical restaurant across the street from San José’s Central Park. Next to him, O’Hong Wong finishes off a couple of chicken wings. This is not their first time eating here, and they’re already fans of the U.S. chain, headquartered in Miami, Florida. The restaurant chain opened its first location in Costa Rica at the beginning of April, and has plans for four more sites here. After returning from a day of work in the city of Heredia, north of the capital, Mora and Wong appreciate a brand new restaurant where they can grab dinner. But not even two weeks after it opened, Pollo Tropical lost its status as the latest chicken franchise in town. On April 13, Popeyes, a U.S. fried-chicken franchise from Louisiana, opened a $1.5 million Costa Rican restaurant in the eastern San José suburb of Curridabat. In the same market, the two must square off against U.S. franchises KFC and Church’s Chicken, Guatemalan brand Pollo Campero and Costa Rica’s own Rostipollos, among others. The sector of restaurants specializing in chicken embodies only a small part of the influx of U.S. brands that are moving here. The arrivals could oversaturate the market and result in fierce competition between both international and local brands, market analysts said. But franchise expansion continues because customers like Mora enjoy the increasing number of options. “I think it’s good because you have more to choose from,” Mora, 37, said. “[There are] more options for food, for fast food. … There’s a lot of variety. It’s always hard to find authentic Costa Rican food in central San José. At home, we eat casados, [Costa Rica’s traditional dish, with] rice, beans, meat and plantains. When we leave the house we want to try something different.”last_img read more

Porsche officially debuts Taycan prototype showcases the electric car on racetracks around

first_imgSource: Charge Forward Porsche is now officially showing off its Taycan prototypes. Even though the company is still camouflaging the vehicle with exhaust pipes, it is showcasing the electric car on racetracks around the world. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Porsche officially debuts Taycan prototype, showcases the electric car on racetracks around the world appeared first on Electrek.last_img read more