Hamsik thanks Napoli fans after China move

first_imgMarek Hamsik has penned down an emotional open letter to Napoli fans after joining Dalian Yifang stating “I’ll love this city forever.”Napoli confirmed on Thursday that Hamsik was on his way to Dalian Yifang, and the midfielder did not hold his emotions back in a long Instagram post cited on Football Italia.Hamsik joined the Naples side in 2017, where scored 121 goals in 520 games for the Serie A side. He went on to win the Coppa Italia twice.He is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and record appearance holder.“I have to apologize to you” Azzurri fans, “began the departing Partenopei captain.“I wanted, hoped and dreamed of saying goodbye to you. A big lap around the field, embraced by your applause.“You’re always supported and loved me unconditionally, in both I’ll always be grateful.“I’ve tattooed Naples on my skin, as well as our first victory in the Italian Cup after 25 years. It’s impossible to forget that game.“It’s impossible to forget that moment when I beat Bruscolotti’s record or when I broke the Azzurri’s record goal, Diego Armando Maradona.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“That makes me extremely proud. Here in Naples, my three children were born, Neapolitans in every way.“I’d like to thank everyone: the President who gave me the possibility of staying here for 12 years and accepting my willingness to try a new experience; all the Coaches who trained me, to whom I owe my growth as a player and as a man; all the medical and technical staff and everyone else at SSC Naples; my friends who I’ll miss, but I know they’ll never leave me because they’re part of my family.“As soon as it’s possible, I hope you’ll be one of the best at the San Paolo.“I love you all and I’ll love this city forever. THANK YOU FROM MY HEART to the rest of the season: I hope you can win the Europa League! “last_img read more

Disney Plus at 7 Just take this parents money already

first_img2:28 Every Pixar movie will be on Disney Plus, available to stream anytime. That includes all the Toy Stories, Cars, Inside Out, Monsters, Inc, A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory and WALL-E. It’ll also have scads of other Disney movies, including Frozen, 101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp, Mary Poppins, The Parent Trap, The Little Mermaid and, yes, The Princess Diaries. Disney Plus: Every show and movie Disney confirmed What do all these titles have in common? The kids have chosen every single one for Family Movie Night, many of them more than once. A lot of The Princess Diaries went over my 3-year-old’s head, but the older girls loved it. nullNext time we watch (and rewatch) Dumbo, we’ll need Disney Plus. Disney We all watched Dumbo in the theater a couple of weeks ago — to rave kid reviews — and my girls are already talking about Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4. The oldest is begging me to let her watch Captain Marvel. All four, and more, will be available to stream (without a rental fee, four of Daddy’s favorite words) exclusively on Disney Plus. Beyond movie night there’s plenty of other kid fun in the offing. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Duck Tales and Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan are shows my kids know and love. And I’m quite confident they’ll enjoy Monsters at Work and Magic of the Animal Kingdom, two exclusive TV series coming to Disney Plus in year one. disney-plus-frozen-tv-appThe Disney Plus app looks like a one-stop shop for family movie night.  Disney Think of the children! OK, $7 every month or $70 for a yearly subscription isn’t chump change, and these things add up. I can’t see myself quitting Netflix or Hulu, for example (though the promise of a discounted Disney Plus/Hulu bundle has me very interested), and there’s only so many subscriptions I can afford. Subscription fatigue is strong in this one. If Disney had priced its service at $13 (the same as Netflix) or even $10, it might be a tougher call. But there’s something about $7 that feels just right, at least for my budget. Even if that $7 subscription saves me just one $5 rental fee, it’s totally worth it — in part because Disney Plus has a bunch of other stuff that makes my parental heart twitterpate. There’s unlimited downloads, so I can pack the iPad with movies and TV shows for long car trips, camping and plane rides.My kids already love (and spend time customizing) avatars and profiles on Netflix and the Disney Now app, so they’ll be right at home with Disney Plus’ versions.It’s just a matter of time before they’re old enough to watch Star Wars and, yes, Marvel — and paying for those individually really adds up. The National Geographic stuff is the perfect parental screen time sop. It’s educational, right? Sayonara, guilt!I can have them each kick in $1 every month from their allowances and teach them the value of money. “Clean up or I’m canceling Disney Plus.”screen-shot-2019-04-12-at-11-22-34-amMy kids love customizing profiles in Netflix. I’m betting they’ll have a field day with Disney Plus. Screenshot by David Katzmaier/Netflix Seriously, you guys, I’m getting this for my kidsAs if all that kid stuff wasn’t enough, the Disney Plus fare for grownups helps justify part of that $7. Until a couple of weeks ago I wasn’t a Marvel fan, but midway through my binge-race to watch every Marvel film before Avengers: Endgame, that’s no longer the case. Turns out a lot of these comic book movies are pretty darn good, and I can even see myself wanting to rewatch a few. I’m curious about the Disney Plus spin-off series centered around The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, as well as the one about Scarlet Witch and Vision, and the upcoming films, starting with Captain Marvel and including Endgame will also find an exclusive home on Disney Plus. Of course I love Star Wars too, and until my kids are old enough to binge those flicks with me, I’d definitely watch The Mandalorian. The same goes for the final installment, Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker. As it is for many parents, the word Disney for me is synonymous with quality family entertainment. One of our best trips was a visit to Disneyland last summer. My father grew up in Southern California, had a lifetime pass to Disneyland and loved the classic films so much he recorded a bunch to Betamax. We’d sit around watching Robin Hood and Fantasia for my own childhood family movie nights. My kids today understand my job largely with the help of an iconic Goofy short. How to Hook Up Your Home TheaterWalt, you win again. Now, about that discounted Hulu bundle… Now playing: Watch this: More on Disney Plus Tags Toy Story 4 trailer shows Woody and Bo Peep’s long-awaited… You’ve already got a friend in me, Disney Plus Disney just announced the details of Disney Plus, its new standalone streaming service. Available Nov. 12, it costs $7 per month and sounds like our inevitable new destination for Family Movie Night. Comments Media Streamers Digital Media TV and Movies Share your voice Disney Disney Plus is the exclusive streaming home of Frozen 2. I have 9- and 8-year-old daughters named Anna and Ella. Do you think I have a choice? Disney At my house, every Friday is Family Movie Night. Three kids, aged 9, 8 and 3, take turns choosing the film they want to watch. Or rewatch. Or fight over watching for the fourth time. Their negotiations often start days before and become more heated as the fateful night approaches. On hearing that the youngest wants to watch Cars again, his sisters inevitably begin their subtle tugs toward an acceptable substitute, like Coco or Moana.  Sometimes I step in and play arbiter, especially if a movie is available “for free” as part of a subscription. “Kids, Moana isn’t on Netflix anymore, so it’s $4 to rent. How about Incredibles 2?” Usually they ignore my thrifty suggestions. “Fine,” I think to myself, “it’s just $4.” A small price to pay for entertainment harmony, and Moana is really good. But I sure would love the option to watch it, and any number of other great Disney movies, as part of an affordable subscription.  9 My #8: As a parent with kids of a certain age, do I have any way whatsoever to avoid subscribing? https://t.co/ivjlW7BxET— David Katzmaier (@dkatzmaier) April 11, 2019 Disney Plus will cost $7 a month and launch Nov. 12 Disney Plus will allow downloads for offline viewing In Disney Plus Frozen 2 teaser, Elsa’s not OKlast_img read more

Turmoil in Lacks Family Shadows Premiere of Oprah Movie

first_imgLawrence Lacks has no personal problem with Oprah Winfrey or her interest in the life of his mother, Henrietta Lacks, donor of the now world-famous immortal HeLa cells. In 1951, a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital took samples of Henrietta’s cervical cells without her knowledge or permission. Lacks, his son Ron, and the entire family attended “the meeting” as Lawrence calls it, with high hopes. They thought Winfrey came with interest in learning more about their story.The entire Lacks family with Rebecca Skloot (center). Several members of the Lacks family take issue with the upcoming Oprah Winfrey produced movie ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.’ (Courtesy photo)“But Oprah came to announce to us what she had already decided to do,” Lacks told the AFRO. Oprah Winfrey purchased the rights to Rebecca Skloot’s book on Henrietta Lacks and the medical miracle of the HeLa cells, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”  HBO and Winfrey first announced the film project in 2010 and visited the Lacks family in 2016 before the start of filming.“She offered $50,000 to be split among the entire family but we would have to sign an agreement,” Lacks said.  Lacks said the HBO agreement contained multiple limitations on his right to “speak freely about my own mother” and declined to sign. Ron and his entire family declined as well.In a recent interview with the New York Times, Winfrey mentioned her disappointment in not having the cooperation of Lawrence and Ron to sign on to her portrayal of their family in her upcoming film.“We offered them to be consultants on the film, but a small portion of the family didn’t want to be a part of it,” Oprah told the paper referring to Lawrence, Ron and other family members who did not sign the lengthy HBO waiver of rights.Ron said that three family members, including his uncle David “Sonny” Lacks, signed the HBO agreement. “After attorney’s fees, they only received about $4,000 each,” Ron said questioning the value of being legally bound to Winfrey’s adaptation of the Henrietta Lacks story.  (David Lacks suffered a disabling stroke in 2015.)Lawrence Lacks said he informed Winfrey’s HBO attorney that he had already established an estate in the name of his mother and questioned why Winfrey was connecting with individual family members rather than going through the estate.  HBO, according to Lawrence, has not responded.“My dad felt it was important to get a handle on all this that was going on with my grandmother,” Ron Lacks said.“I can’t understand since we have the estate in place that they would simply go around me,” Lawrence Lacks said of Winfrey’s decision to sign on with individual family members.A matter of respect Lawrence Lacks says he is not trying to be difficult. He is a soft-spoken, reflective man, but becomes resolute in affirming his mother and her legacy.  The 82-year old Lacks is proud to be the patriarch of his family, and proud of the singular contribution his mother has inadvertently made to science.The encounter with Oprah and the HBO Production team is simply one of a number of troubling exchanges Lacks has had with medical and corporate entities who have become interested in the Lacks legacy over the last 40 years. He characterizes these exchanges as “disrespectful.”  Lacks has been amazed at the gulf between his world as Henrietta Lacks’ eldest son and the interests of Hopkins, Skloot and HBO.Bobette and Lawrence Lacks tried repeatedly to connect with Hopkins Hospital through the 1970’s and the 1980’s.  After Bobette’s chance encounter with a doctor at Hopkin who mentioned the HeLA cells project in 1975, they tried every way they could to obtain information about the HeLa Cells Project, Henrietta’s medical care, about the unsettling images Lawrence remembered from his youth – of multiple white doctors in his mother’s hospital room – the Colored wing at Hopkins.“My wife was up there at Hopkins almost every week trying to get them to tell her something,” Lacks said about Bobette’s relentless efforts to seek details about the HeLa Cells project.Then, in the late 1980’s-early 1990’s Rebecca Skloot started contacting the Lacks family. She also curiously gained access to the plethora of detailed medical records and information from Johns Hopkins that unlocked the mystery behind the HeLa cells for research on her book that was ultimately published in 2010.Most of the information in Skloot’s book and, ultimately, in Winfrey’s upcoming HBO portrayal about the Lacks family came from interviews with Deborah Lacks, Lawrence’s younger sister.  Deborah, who died in 2009 before the book was published, served as Skloot’s guide to members of Henrietta Lacks’ extended family in Virginia.Deborah, who would have been a child when her mother died, was interested in Skloot’s book because it provided a window to her mother’s life and the mysterious information about the HeLa cells – a window denied to Lawrence Lacks and his wife in the years they sought to gain the same information from Hopkins that Skloot used to publish and profit from a New York Times best-selling book.“Deborah was always asking me about our mother, always asking me about the family,” said Lawrence. He shared information and photographs with Deborah that she ultimately passed on to Skloot.  Lacks said he never saw a copy of the agreement Skloot made with his sister and when he asked Skloot for   the agreement after Deborah’s death, the author did not respond.“After all of that information she got from my sister, she didn’t even come to Deborah’s funeral,” Lacks taking said.  Skloot’s book documents the fact that the relationship between her and Deborah had cooled.  “Dale (Deborah) knew she was being exploited,” Ron Lacks said.Skloot did not respond to a request for a comment on Lack’s allegations. Her publisher, Crown Publishing Group , said in a statement, “In advance of the book’s publication, Ms. Skloot provided multiple copies of the manuscript to members of the Lacks family and solicited their comments and corrections, which were subsequently incorporated in the book. Lawrence Lacks consented to be interviewed by Ms. Skloot during her reporting and attended meetings with Ms. Skloot and other family members at which the contents of the book were discussed at length. The manuscript also went through an extensive fact checking process, and we fully stand behind it. Mr. Lacks, who reportedly acknowledged that he has never read the book, has made statements about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks that are baseless and inaccurate. A better story needs to be toldBoth Lawrence and Ron Lacks believe there is more to the legacy of their mother and grandmother, Henrietta Lacks. Lawrence remains unsettled by Johns Hopkins’ denial of any responsibility for harvesting Henrietta’s cells without her knowledge or consent.  Johns Hopkins has repeatedly indicated that today’s informed consent standards, which would have protected Lacks, were not in place in 1951.“It’s a real story and they could have come and got it from her son who watched Henrietta all the way to her death bed,” said Ron Lacks about his father.last_img read more

Looking to Cut the Cable Cord Dish Networks Sling TV Is Now

first_img Enroll Now for Free Cutting the cord just got easier. As of today, Dish Networks is opening up Sling TV, its new live cable streaming TV service, to everyone in the United States. No invite needed.The service, aimed at “cash-strapped millennials” who aren’t up for pricey cable packages, officially launched Jan. 5, on an invite-only basis. Today Sling TV opened itself to the masses nationwide and is trying to lure customers in with a 7-day free trial. And, no, you don’t have to be a Dish Network customer to subscribe. (That would pretty much defeat the purpose, right?)For $20 a month, Sling TV delivers a variety of news, sports, children’s and other channels — plus viral Internet videos — to users’ TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones. Similar to the now defunct Aereo, Sling TV subscribers can either watch content live or on-demand. However, they can’t record content and play it back later, as Aereo users could before its devastating Supreme Court loss.  Related: Is Apple Getting Into the Web TV Game?The revolution will be televised. Sling TV is here. #TakeBackTV http://t.co/4P3hTEHIqP— Sling (@Sling) February 9, 2015The channel lineup is relatively robust for a streaming TV newcomer. Essentially it’s what Dish subscribers are already privy to via Dish Anywhere, according to Geek.com. The base package includes: AMC (added and announced just today); ABC Family; Adult Swim; Cartoon Network; CNN; Disney Channel; El Rey; ESPN; ESPN2; Food Network; Galavision; HGTV; TBS; Travel Channel and TNT. These are all part of Sling’s “The Best of Live TV” core package, available for a $20 monthly subscription. Access to the startup’s VOD library is included.  For access to channels outside of the base package, there are three “add-on packs” available for $5 each per month. There’s a kids’ pack (featuring Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV, and Duck TV), a news pack (featuring HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY and Bloomberg TV) and a sports pack (featuring SEC Network, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, Univision Deportes, Universal Sports, and beIN Sports).  The inclusion of ESPN and ESPN 2 marks the first time either network will be available to over-the-top non-cable subscribers. Maker Studios is also making history with Sling TV. The popular multi-channel video network is offering a single channel on the nascent streaming service. Looking to diversify distribution, this is the first time Maker Studios will serve up videos outside of YouTube, reports TechCrunch.Related: Defiant Streaming TV Startup Aereo Finally Caves, Files For Bankruptcy A 3-day replay feature enables subscribers to view shows that have aired in the past three days on select channels, including HGTV, DIY, Travel Channel, Food Network and a half-dozen or so others.  The complete list of Sling TV compatible devices includes Android tablets and phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, PC and Mac, Roku players, streaming sticks and Roku TV models.On its website, Sling TV, which CEO Roger Lynch describes as “a work in progress,” says it will “soon” also be available on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Xbox One and Google Nexus Player.Related: More Than Tween Stars: How YouTube Is Steering Brands Into the FutureNotably missing from the lineup are the Big Four network heavies streaming on Hulu — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Also less than ideal is that Sling TV users can only access content on one device at a time. It’s a single-stream deal. If you’re hoping to skip out on commercials, you’re out of luck. Sling TV pushes the same ads you see during typical commercial breaks on TV channels delivered via satellite or cable TV services.Related: Unstoppable Nostalgia: Netflix Said to Be Developing a ‘Legend of Zelda’ Series Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min readcenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 9, 2015last_img read more