Real Madrid expect Arsenal and Man City to launch Isco transfer moves

first_imgIsco looks certain to be on the way out at Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Real Madrid believe both Arsenal and Manchester City will be interested in signing Isco in the January transfer window, according to reports in Spain.Isco was expected to move on over the summer but appeared to have made a U-turn, deciding instead to fight for his place in Zinedine Zidane’s starting line-up.However, the midfielder has only started two La Liga games for Real Madrid so far this season and has not featured at all in the Champions League. Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 21 Oct 2019 4:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Isco has been restricted in his chances in the Real Madrid first team (Picture: Getty)According to Spanish outlet AS, Isco is desperate to win his place back in the Spain squad ahead of next summer’s European Championships.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe 27-year-old has 38 caps for his country but was one of a number of high-profile absentees from Roberto Moreno’s most recent squad.He will now reportedly look to secure a long-mooted Premier League move in January having been told that regular first-team football at the top level is what the Spain boss needs to see in order to offer him a recall.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAnd Madrid are said to be certain that both Arsenal and Man City regard Isco as a dream signing with Unai Emery’s midfield still requiring strengthening and Pep Guardiola seeing the Spanish international as a long-term replacement for the departing David Silva.Isco’s departure would also grease the wheels for any incoming transfers with Real supposedly unwilling to make any purchases without clearing room in their 25-man squad. Advertisementcenter_img Eriksen has been a long-term target for Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)The AS report claims that should Isco leave, Madrid could make a January play for Tottenham contract rebel Christian Eriksen in an effort to ensure he does not sell his services to the highest bidder when his current deal expires in the summer.However, president Florentino Perez would rather redouble his efforts to sign Kylian Mbappe, the PSG winger who is likely to command a fee of more than £200million.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Real Madrid expect Arsenal and Man City to launch Isco transfer moveslast_img read more

Institute highlights film media as avenue for social change

first_imgAs social issues such as homelessness continue to affect the Los Angeles community, USC Media Institute for Social Change has taken strides to address these injustices through the artistic expressions of motion pictures, messaging platforms and music.In partnership with the imagery messaging app Kwippit, USC Media Institute for Social Change is addressing homelessness through stickers and gifs called Kwipps, which are intended to encourage social discourse. Image from Sarah London.Since the institute was founded in 2013 by professor Michael Taylor, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has been promoting the use of film media to institute progressive social change.According to the USC MISC website, the organization aims to strengthen SCA’s legacy. It redefines its curriculum to respond to the changing spectrum of media, arts and technology to aid leading social justice movements. According to Taylor, visual media and digital communication platforms are the new language of the 21st century. As a result, USC MISC was eager to form a partnership with digital content network Kwippit to raise awareness within a larger audience.“When you think of the different touch points with people who are excited about ending the cycle of homelessness, you’ve got technology through the Kwippit app, you’ve got media and sharing the video through the USC MISC, and then you’ve got an entire community of hip-hop artist and musicians who are passionate about doing work around ending the cycle of homelessness,” Kwippit Chief Branding Officer Krista Treide said. USC MISC and Kwippit combined their digital and media imagery platforms to create a series of untraditional stickers and gifs — also known as Kwipps — to encourage discourse among the younger generation. “[Kwipps] are all emojis that represent different social issues,” Taylor said. According to Kwippit Chief Integration Officer Bill Ekeler, Kwippit came across USC MISC while looking for a partnership with an organization that communicated through visual representations and vivid imagery similar to the mobile messaging app.“[We] want to be able to tell [our] stories through media, and to be able to customize those stories into imagery that represents what we do,” Ekeler said. “We set up a series of meetings and overtime created imagery that represented different social issues that USC MISC has undertaken to set up a channel for them specifically to raise funds and raise awareness.” According to Ekeler, the USC MISC Channel on Kwippit will generate $1.99 from each user’s subscription fee annually in service of alleviating homelessness rates in Los Angeles. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from channel downloads will be dedicated to foundations seeking to end homelessness.These organizations include United Way Greater Los Angeles, Skid Row Housing Trust, Downtown Women’s Center and scholarship funding for USC MISC students creating content that addresses homelessness. “[Kwippit] is also a micro-donation platform … looking to connect with non-profits all over the world,” Treide said. “We have established really unique partnerships that are more innovative than traditional partnerships and traditional marketing platforms.”On April 19, USC MISC will host a benefit concert to raise funding and awareness for homelessness. The content will take place at the Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles and feature performers such as Del the Funky Homosapien, Ras Kass and Bishop Lamont. According to Treide, these artists have agreed to aid the micro-donation platform on Kwippit by donating profits from their music. Additionally, USC MISC seeks to capitalize on the impact of social media and popular culture to expand the audience scope that their humanitarian content can reach. The institution views the media technology platform as an avenue to educate and interest a wider public audience to participate in social reforms and provoke conversations. “We would like to say that media is the language of the 21st century … Not too long ago, people are writing in papers about all of these issues … You stand the chances of reaching a much wider audience and having a greater impact,” Taylor said. “It may be something that people will watch for its entertainment value. But in addition to being entertained by it … the film may raise their awareness of the issue. And occasionally, it might even change their behavior.” According to Treide, the combination of creative content generation, message micro-donation platform and music as an expressive art form is anticipated to raise funds from subscriptions and accelerate conversation around the social issue of homelessness. “I think getting accessing into the messaging space is very coveted,” Triede said. “Users of smartphones are more likely to open a message immediately. [Taylor] agreed that we can really change the world through media, one Kwipp at a time.”last_img read more

JADE Celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2019

first_imgThe Jamaican Association of Miami-Dade Educators (JADE) will be celebrating its 25th Year as a 501(3)(C) non-profit, service and professional organization. Members and friends will commemorate the occasion with the Annual Scholarship Award Banquet and Dance on May 11, 2019, at Miami Marriot Dadeland Hotel, located at 9090 S. Dadeland Boulevard. This event will commence at 9:00 P.M. Once again, members will be recognizing and presenting some well deserving high school graduates with scholarships in the amount of $1,000.00 each in recognition of their scholastic achievement and community service.It certainly promises to be a celebratory event with live entertainment including dancing, singing, skits, followed by the “lighting-up” of the dance floor with music provided by Cosmic Force. We will be honored with the presence of the newly appointed and versatile Jamaican Consul General, Hon. Oliver Mair. Presentation of scholarshipsThe highlight of the evening will be the presentation of scholarships to the winners who will be introduced to the audience, and given the opportunity to talk about themselves. Cover charge for the event includes entertainment and a specially prepared four course meal by the hotel, along with Starbucks coffee, and Tazo Tea Station as well as nonalcoholic beverages. A cash bar will provide alcoholic drinks.JADE’s accomplishmentsSince the inception of JADE in 1993, the organization began with activities commencing with citizenship drive, distribution of toys to inner city children, donation of Thanksgiving Baskets to indigent families here in the United States. The association has since extended its outreach to schools and other institutions in Jamaica by adopting schools and presenting instructional materials. In addition, JADE collaborated with other organizations such as the Jamaican Ex-Police Association of South Florida, Don Daly Medical Mission, and other enterprises to provide assistance and resources (such as books, toys and audio-visual equipment) to institutions such as libraries and hospitals.JADE members have mentored students, conducted Educational Community Forums, and participated in Diaspora Conferences locally and in Jamaica. $100,000 in scholarshipsTo date, JADE has donated close to $100,000 (U.S. dollars) scholarships to students in the US, and to a lesser extent in Jamaica. Members have visited close to twenty schools and other institutions in Jamaica. Those schools have been the recipients of books, school supplies for teachers and students, instructional audio-visual equipment (computers, projectors, televisions) toiletries, and educational toys for the children. Dr. Cohen, Co-founder and Past President recalled a statement made by the Principal of Easington Primary School in St. Thomas: “We appreciate the school supplies, but if we could get a stove to prepare hot meals for the children, we would be so grateful.”  JADE had never donated appliance before, but members were so touched by her request, that they purchased a commercial stove and had it delivered to the school. Everyone is welcome to celebrate this milestone with us. Send us an email at, or lgcohen@ Pictureslast_img read more