Valverde PSV made life difficult for Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde admits they were fortunate to grab a 2-1 win at PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday nightThe Blaugrana secured qualification for the Champions League knockout stages and top spot in Group B with victory in Holland after goals from Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique.Luuk de Jong did get a late goal for PSV, but the Dutch side were unfortunate after hitting the frame of Barcelona’s goal four times beforehand.The Catalan giants were repeatedly exposed at the back, which set up a tense ending with PSV’s Denzel Dumfries being denied an injury-time penalty appeal after Clement Lenglet’s awkward challenge.“We’re so happy to have mathematically topped the group,” Valverde told the club website.“And considering how much we have struggled away from home in recent years and found it hard to score goals.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’m especially pleased to have got two wins and a draw this year.”“PSV played well. They were very lively on the counter attack and the balls we lost meant they were able to get into dangerous positions and even hit the woodwork a few times.”“It was a hard place to play at” added Valverde. “But the more the game progressed the more chances we able to create.”Barcelona’s final Group B match will be at home to Tottenham on December 11.Meanwhile, they will now turn their focus to Sunday’s home game against Villarreal on Sunday in La Liga.last_img read more

Summit Business Media Folds Financial Title Enters Partnership with Source Media

first_imgIn January, citing a need to focus on its core brands, Summit suspended publication of 30,000-circ. Bank Advisor magazine.Whelan said Summit has since formed a partnership with fellow trade publisher Source Media in which Source acquired certain rights associated with Mortgage Originator Magazine. The partnership allows Source, which publishes Origination News magazine, to fulfill MOM’s subscriptions and take on its advertisers through the end of the year.Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.“It’s a win-win for both of us,” said Whelan. A Source spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comment.According to Whelan, Summit still owns the titles and rights to the publication, and could consider a relaunch “at some point.” But that “most likely wouldn’t be before January 2011, at least,” he said. Summit Business Media has suspended publication of monthly financial title Mortgage Originator Magazine. The June issue will be its last.Launched nearly 20 years ago, Mortgage Originator carried a paid and controlled circulation of 15,000. Summit acquired the magazine about a decade ago.“It’s a strong brand that was an acknowledged, established part of our portfolio,” Summit senior vice president John Whelan told FOLIO:. “But, it’s been caught in the eye of the storm in terms of the worsening economic conditions. The readership has been impacted heavily.”An editor and an independent sales manager were laid off as a result of the closure, Whelan said. Group publisher John DeCesare will remain with the company.last_img read more

Infinitis Detroit Auto Show debut is the electric QX Inspiration concept

first_img Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show Concept Cars Electric Cars SUVs 58 Photos Share your voice Detroit Auto Show 2019 Infiniti See All 2019 Infiniti QX50 has a clever little engine Infiniti 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star More From Roadshowcenter_img reading • Infiniti’s Detroit Auto Show debut is the electric QX Inspiration concept Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago Detroit Auto Show 2019 Tags May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend Post a comment 0 • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Oh yeah, the badge definitely lights up. Infiniti Just after last year’s Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti announced its plans to electrify its entire lineup beginning in 2021. At the 2019 Detroit show later this month, we’ll see a concept that previews the automaker’s EV design language, and yes, you guessed it, it’s a crossover.Meet the QX Inspiration concept, an electric crossover that “represents Infiniti’s plans for high-performance electrified vehicles, offering complete range confidence while signaling a new era for Infiniti design enabled by new technology,” according to a statement the automaker released Friday.Without any sort of powertrain or range details to go on, not to mention the fact that this is purely a concept car, we can’t speak much to the “high-performance” or “complete range confidence” aspects. Hopefully Infiniti will give us a more realistic look into its EV powertrain intentions when the QX Inspiration debuts later this month.The concept has a high-riding stance, with slim lighting elements and a totally closed-off front fascia (EVs don’t need grilles, after all). The QX Inspiration looks to have a two-door layout, and of course, a prominent and illuminated badge.Infiniti says the concept’s EV-specific platform “enables the formation of spacious, lounge-like interiors.” For the QX Inspiration concept, specifically, “the cabin has been hand-crafted using traditional techniques and a choice of materials inspired by a subtle Japanese sensuality,” according to Infiniti. That’s a lot of fluffy PR speak, for sure. But we’ll get a closer look inside the QX Inspiration concept soon. Infiniti will reveal its EV concept on Monday, January 14, the first press day of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.last_img read more

Tetris 99 gets offline mode for Nintendo Switch but it costs 10

first_img The #Tetris99 Big Block DLC is available on Nintendo eShop for $9.99 and adds offline modes! Battle 98 bots in CPU Battle, and survive in Marathon mode to clear the most lines possible! Stay tuned for more on additional upcoming game modes.— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 10, 2019 How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 See It $299 Tetris 99 Big Block is available for download in the Nintendo eShop.  Amazon The #Tetris99 3rd MAXIMUS CUP is set for 5/17, 12 AM PT – 5/19, 11:59 PM PT! Celebrate the @tetris_official 35th anniversary with this special event! All participants who earn 100 event points will unlock an in-game theme inspired by the original Game Boy game!— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) May 10, 2019 $289 Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Share your voice Nintendo Switch Walmart $299 See it See It Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Tags See It Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Gaming News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Post a comment 0 Nintendo Tetris 99 Nintendo Nintendo released an online-only battle royale version of the iconic puzzle game for the Switch in February, and now it’s available for offline play. The Mario maker tweeted the release of Tetris 99 Big Block on Thursday. Priced at $9.99, the downloadable content adds an offline mode to Tetris 99 where players will face off against 98 computer-controlled competitors in lieu of competing online against human players. Also included is Marathon mode, which is the traditional mode to see how long a player can last. Nintendo surprised many gamers when it revealed the new take on classic line-clearing game. Tetris 99 was made available for free to anyone with a Nintendo Switch, however, as it was an online-only game, those wanting to play needed a subscription to the Nintendo Switch Online service, which costs $19.99 a year or $3.99 a month.To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Tetris, Nintendo will host its third Maximus Cup starting on May 17 at 12 a.m. PT until May 19 at 11:59 p.m. PT. All Tetris 99 players competing online during this period can receive points for placing high in matches. The 999 players with the most points will receive My Nintendo Gold Coins to use in the Nintendo eShop. $299last_img read more

iOS 13 vs Android 10 iPhone beats Android in some significant ways

first_img See also Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now Google Stadia is a play-anywhere streaming game platform… 1:56 Minding your privacy Advantage: iOS 13 Over the years, Apple has made keeping user data private a selling point. And unlike Google, Apple’s business is not dependent on targeted ads based on user data, instead making money on the hardware, apps and services it offers. At WWDC, Apple said it would give users greater control of location permissions with apps, choosing to share that info once and then have the app request it again if it wants it. Apple also unveiled a new sign-in method that lets you anonymously sign into websites and apps without being tracked. The feature, Sign in with Apple, will be mandatory for apps to include this fall.Google also talks up protecting user data, most recently in a New York Times opinion piece where Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote that “privacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services.” But Google has a tougher case to make because a major source of revenue is its ad business, based on what users search for, for example, and which videos they watch. It does take a big step in the right direction with the next version of Android: Android 10 gives users more control over what information they share through apps and services.But the two companies’ approaches to privacy show up in different ways. For example, Google is working on an update to its Chrome browser that developers say may hobble ad-blocking and privacy extensions. In contrast, Apple last year announced Safari would prevent third-party trackers from monitoring your activities across the web. Dark mode for allAdvantage: iOS 13Besides letting you switch it up from a bright white screen, turning on a dark mode can offer the benefit of preserving battery life by lighting up fewer pixels on the screen and also reducing eye strain. Google folded a dark mode into an Android Pie update earlier this year, but the company didn’t use the theme everywhere. In the early betas of Android 10, the dark theme is more evenly distributed across the mobile OS. Some of Google’s mobile apps, including Gmail and Chrome, still lack a dark mode option, however. Apple has more experience in this area. It went moody on the desktop first and rolled out a dark appearance in MacOS Mojave in 2018. In iOS 13, Apple will bring a dark theme to its mobile OS. At its Worldwide Developers Conference this week, Apple lists a broad collection of places that display the dark mode theme — from wallpaper, widgets and notifications to Calendar to Messages  — and from the brief glimpse we got of it, iOS 13 should offer a more uniform dark experience. Phones WWDC 2019 Apple Event Android Update iPhone Update Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6:50 46 Photos Dark mode for iOS 13: iPhone’s dark side never looked so good 9 Photos • Apple’s Messages and FaceTime or Google’s Duo and Hangouts and Messages and … Advantage: iOS 13 Apple puts its messaging focus on FaceTime and Messages, which are hard to beat for video and text chat. Communications are encrypted end to end. The messaging handoff between iOS and MacOS devices is seamless. And you can further customize Memoji avatars. Google’s messaging approach on Android is, err, more varied, with Duo and Hangouts for voice and video calls, Google Voice for dedicated voice calls, Hangouts Meet and Chat for business communication, and Messages for text messaging. You can use the Hangouts website to continue messaging on your Mac and Windows device, and you can keep up with your Messages texts via the web version of the app. The web version is handy but not flawless, and it sometimes seems to forget it’s connected to the mobile version of the service. facetime-11Messages and Memoji. CNET Google Assistant vs. Siri voice assistantAdvantage: Android 10, by a long shotApple may have been first out of the voice assistant gate in 2011 with Siri, but Google Assistant runs circles around it, and over the years, Apple has done little to close the gap. In iOS 13, Siri gets a new robot voice and picks up a few tricks here and there, like searching for WatchOS apps on the Apple Watch and being able to read and respond to incoming messages through AirPods and stream radio stations. iOS 13 will also come preloaded with Siri Shortcuts. But Siri doesn’t perform nearly as well as Google Assistant at recognizing and understanding different voices and commands. It’s this basic functionality that’s at the heart of the issue, but Google assistant is also integrated tightly into everything you do on your phone, and can proactively make recommendations by looking at your calendar and Gmail account for upcoming reservations and appointments.Google has put its assistant on every Android phones, in the $49 Google Home Mini and $299 Google Home Max, and into cars as Assistant Driving Mode, and at its recent Google I/O developer conference, the company showed off a range of Google Assistant personalization features.Siri is also widely available — working on iOS, MacOS and WatchOS devices and the HomePod. Siri shortcuts can create personalized tasks that Apple’s smart assistant can perform for you. However, Siri is still underwhelming, mostly because the database it draws from is limited, while Google rules Assistant. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Swipey keyboards Advantage: Android 10, maybe If you swipe instead of type, iOS 13 gaining a swipable keyboard is a big — but extremely belated — deal. Google has its own swipable keyboard, Gboard, and many other Android phones implement other apps like SwiftKey, into their default virtual keyboards. There is a lot to like about Gboard, especially, beyond its swiping capabilities. I like being able to apply different themes, use different languages and easily insert GIFs. Apple’s demo of QuickPath Typing, the swiping part of the iOS 13 keyboard, looks good as well, but it’s so far behind the competition, it’s hard to see this as anything but long overdue catch-up. 2019-06-03-15-15-14 In iOS 13, you can swipe in addition to type. Apple Mapping and exploringAdvantage: Android 10If you just need to get from here to there, Apple Maps is up to task. And with iOS 13, Apple is rebuilding Maps to include better road and pedestrian information and more precise addresses. Apple’s upcoming Maps app will also have  a Look Around tool that lets you see a 3D view of a location.Google Maps has had these features for a while, however, including its own 3D mode called Street View. But Google has much more, constantly updating its Maps app to make it even more useful getting you places, in part by folding in the useful bits of its other map app, Waze. But Maps is also useful after you arrive. For example, its Explore tab lets you find a seemingly endless list of places to eat and things to do in your Maps’ Look Around tool lets you see a 3D view of a location. Apple Shara Tibken contributed to this report. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.Originally published June 3, 2019. Update, June 6 at 3:30 a.m. PT: Added more details.center_img WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote reading • iOS 13 vs. Android 10: iPhone beats Android in some significant ways 77 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now iOS 12 Android 10 (Android Q) Adobe Privacy Microsoft Office Google Microsoft Siri Apple Now playing: Watch this: Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? WWDC 2019 See All Comments Without the software that powers them, iPhones and Android phones would be slabs of glass, metal and plastic. So let’s see how the upcoming mobile OSes from Apple and Google compare, now that Apple has announced iOS 13 for iPhones at its annual WWDC event. On one side of the table, iOS 13 includes a systemwide dark mode, more control over privacy settings and a bushel of improvements designed to make the iPhone more secure and easier to use. On the other side, Google’s Android 10 also brings on dark mode, a focus on privacy and useful AI enhancements.While Android 10 is in its four beta (we’ve been using it for months), iOS 13’s beta is only available for developers now, with a public beta coming in July and the final release pushing to iPhones in fall (iPhones that will be compatible with iOS 13 stretch back to the iPhone 6S). Android 10’s final release  — previously codenamed Q — will ship by fall. That means we’re basing this comparison on the features Apple showed off at its developer conference and the ones we’ve seen from Google so far, and not yet on direct comparison on final devices. We’ll save that real-world battle for after the final version of iOS 13 and Android 10 come out.One final note — this piece doesn’t cover every feature that Apple or Google announced. It focuses on the main elements that we think are the most interesting, useful and important to everyday people. Here’s a more complete list of the key features in iOS 13. Apple’s iOS 13 turns to the dark side Taking, editing and sharing photosAdvantage: Android 10Google Photos offers almost everything you’d want in a photo service. It combines effortless backup and photo sharing with powerful, easy-to-use editing tools to create an essential photography tool for an Android phone. Night Site mode on Pixel phones almost by itself is enough to tip the scale to Android. Because its from Google, you can search for people, places and things to see all the images Google Photos has assigned the tag to. And the first 15GB of online storage is free.Apple Photos comes with a rich of editing tools, and in iOS 13, the app will gain even more, including the ability to adjust the intensity of portrait lighting with a slider. Apple Photos excels at recognizing faces, objects and scenes to help you sort through your images. Unfortunately, much of the app’s power is available just to Apple’s users. And the first 5GB of iCloud storage is free.Dark mode sure makes photos stand out.  Screenshots by Jason Cipriani/CNET Running mobile apps in other places Advantage: iOS 13 (and MacOS) At last year’s developer conference, Apple said it would start moving some of its own iOS apps to MacOS using a new developer tool that was named Project Marzipan and is actually now named Project Catalyst.This week, Apple said it would start letting iPadOS developers bring their own iPad apps to Mac. The move should benefit developers — who will be able to more easily create an app that can run on Apple’s mobile and desktop platforms — and Mac users, who potentially get access to a richer selection of apps. Google also lets app developers move software between platforms by giving owners of recent Chromebooks access to Android apps through the Google Play Store. But the limitations of Chromebooks — they require an Internet connection, for example, and they lack popular Windows and MacOS apps such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop — also limit the usefulness of this option. android-aplicaciones-chromebook.jpgAn Android app on a Chromebook. Google Gaming: Arcade vs. StadiaAdvantage: Well, it depends With Apple Arcade, you’ll be able to play games on your iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV devices. Interestingly, Apple at WWDC said Arcade will work with Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers. Google with its Stadia service is all about streaming games and will let you play them anywhere you can find a Chrome browser. Google Stadia will have its own controller and work with third-party controllers. With Arcade coming later this year — and Stadia debuting in November — we have little to go on beyond studying video demos of each service (and playing with Stadia for a bit at the recent Game Developer Conference), but we’d suggest if you like console games and have a good internet connection, Stadia might be a good fit with its controller-driven service. If you’re a casual gamer who likes playing mobile and indie games in your spare time, Apple’s approach might be a better fit. Share your voicelast_img read more

2 brothers among 3 killed in road crash

first_imgRoad Accident LogoThree people, including two brothers, were killed in a road crash on Chuadanga-Meherpur road at Kulpala village in Alamdanga upazila of Chuadanga on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Rakib Hasan, 22, Sakib Hasan, 12, sons of Akul Ali of the village and driver Liton, 34, son of Ali Hossain, a resident Pirpur village in Sadar upazila.Abdus Salam, deputy director of Chuadanga Fire and Civil Defence said a stone-laden truck hit a human hauler and the two brothers, leaving human hauler driver Liton dead on the spot and the two brothers injured.The injured were taken to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital where physicians declared them dead.Being angered by the accident, local people put barricade on the highway which halted vehicular movement for sometimes.Two teams of police from Sadar and Alamdanga police station went to the spot and brought the situation under control.last_img read more

Iran says tanker ignored distress call taken to Bandar Abbas port

first_imgUndated handout photograph shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged vessel owned by Stena Bulk, at an undisclosed location, obtained by Reuters on 19 July. Photo: ReutersIran has taken a British-flagged oil tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz to a nearby port, where the vessel and its crew will remain while an accident it was involved in is investigated, Iran’s Fars news agency said on Saturday.The Stena Impero was in collision with an Iranian fishing boat whose distress call it ignored, the agency quoted the head of Ports and Maritime Organisation in southern Hormozgan province, Allahmorad Afifipour, as saying.With the seizure inflaming already fraught relations between Iran and the West, Britain’s foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said he was worried that Tehran’s action had put it on a “dangerous path”.Afifipour said the vessel had been taken under the guidance of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards to Bander Abbas port, situated on Iran’s southern coast and facing the strait.”All its 23 crew members will remain on the ship until the probe is over,” he was quoted as saying. They comprised 18 Indians and five others of other nationalities, he said.Operator Stena Bulk said on Friday the tanker had been “in full compliance with all navigation and international regulations”, but was no longer under the crew’s control and could not be contacted. It had no further comment early on Saturday.Hunt said on Saturday that Britain would ensure the safety of its shipping, and that there were signs that Iran “may be choosing a dangerous path of illegal and destabilising behaviour after Gibraltar’s legal detention of oil bound for Syria.”The British navy seized Iran’s Grace 1 tanker in Gibraltar on July 4 on suspicion of smuggling oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.Hunt reiterated that the response to the Stena Impero’s seizure would be “considered but robust”. He had said on Friday that Britain was however “not looking at military options. We are looking at a diplomatic way to resolve the situation.”Blundering Towards War?The vessel had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia and suddenly changed course after passing through the strait at the mouth of the Gulf, through which a fifth of the world’s oil supplies pass.US president Donald Trump said he would talk to Britain about Friday’s seizure, which drove oil prices up above $62 a barrel.The United States has blamed Iran for a series of attacks since mid-May on shipping around the Strait of Hormuz. Tehran rejects the allegations.Washington also said it had this week downed an Iranian drone near where the Stena Impero was seized.Iran on Friday denied that assertion, and its Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, quoted in Venezuela on Saturday by news agency IRNA, accused Washington of creating worlwide “instability, pressure on people and increased extremism and terrorism.”The United States is sending military personnel and resources to Saudi Arabia for the first time since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and international concerns is growing that Washington and Tehran could blunder into a war in the strategic waterway.Bilateral relations worsened last year when Trump abandoned a 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.Under the pact, Iran agreed to restrict nuclear work, long seen by the West as a cover for developing atomic bombs, in return for lifting sanctions. But sanctions have been imposed again, badly hurting Iran’s economy.last_img read more

Greater Houston Partnership Develops 50 Million Strategic Plan For The Region

first_imgThe Greater Houston Partnership has developed a plan that aims to place Houston among the top cities worldwide.Dubbed “Houston Next,” the plan focuses on three core areas: the economy, quality of life and opportunity for all. The “opportunity for all” area is mostly centered on education and job training.Overall, the plan includes a more targeted economic development effort to recruit businesses and talent to Houston, a flood mitigation center, a mobility plan, and advocacy for more education funding and workforce development.The GHP set some specific goals to be reached by 2025, including improving the region’s GDP ranking from seventh to fourth place in the nation, increasing the number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Houston, advancing the city’s digital talent ranking to No. 20 from currently No. 34, pushing Houston up in The Economist’s Global Liveability ranking, increasing median household income by $10,000, and having at least half of Houston’s 25-to-34-year-olds with a certificate or degree.“There’s a competition between major metros, and Houston is clearly counted among a leading city – I’d call it a top 20 to 30 leading city,” Bob Harvey, president and CEO of the GHP, said. “But that competition is very dynamic, and it’s all about positioning Houston correctly, so that we will continue to attract talent, continue to attract investment and continue to advance as a great global city.”To implement the plan, the GHP has launched a $50 million fundraising campaign and, as of Jan. 31, has already secured about $13 million from some major companies, including CenterPoint, Phillips 66, Chevron, BP and HEB.Click on the audio to listen to the full interview with Bob Harvey. Share Courtesy of GHPBob Harvey, CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership, talks about “Houston Next” at the organization’s annual meeting at the Marriott Marquis downtown. Listencenter_img 00:00 /04:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Netflix Unveils Italian Original Baby Based on RealLife Teen Prostitution Scandal

first_img Popular on Variety ×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 Since the announcement of “Baby” a year ago, Netflix has come under fire from such organizations as the U.S.-based National Center on Sexual Exploitation for glamorizing underage prostitution.One of the screenwriters, Re Salvador, acknowledged that they took their cue from the real-life “Baby Squillo” scandal, but insisted that “it’s still a story about love, not prostitution.” The show’s other director, Anna Negri (“Good Morning Heartache”), said that one of her tasks was “to bring a female gaze” to “Baby” but that her emotional connection to the material “wasn’t just the feminine aspect.”The two episodes shown to journalists Tuesday did not feature any scenes of prostitution. But it was clear that the narrative was building up to just that, along with other dubious behavior by the nihilistic, social media-crazed Roman rich kids played by its young ensemble cast, led by Benedetta Porcaroli and Alice Pagani. The show runs to six parts, though it was originally announced as an eight-episode series.Netflix Vice President of International Originals Kelly Luegenbiehl said that the target audience for “Baby” is the young-adult crowd. “The first thing that we are always looking for is authenticity, and this show has that,” she said.The screenwriters, including Salvador, belong to a collective called the Grams. Producer Nicola De Angelis said the young writers were crucial to getting “Baby” greenlit by Netflix. As for teen prostitution being a hot potato, De Angelis noted that “Baby” was announced “at the worse possible time, when anything associated with sexual harassment was a problem.” But he said that Netflix’s response was: “Go forward. We believe in this product. We believe that this generation needs to be depicted in the most natural and authentic way….There was some turmoil, but we got through it because we always had their strong support.”center_img At a preview Tuesday of “Baby,” its second Italian original scripted series, Netflix was eager to defuse the controversy over the show’s storyline, which involves teen prostitution and takes its cue from a real-life scandal in Rome.Andrea De Sica (“Children of the Night”), one of the show’s two directors, called it “the story of how a group of youths can embark on an adventure in the labyrinths of transgression, at times even getting lost.” The series bows on Netflix globally on Friday.“We tried to be as faithful as possible to their conflicts and their choices,” De Sica told reporters at a screening of two “Baby” episodes. He added that “what you’ve seen is not a chronicle of real life events” and “it’s up to you to draw your conclusions.”The show is loosely based on the discovery in 2014 that two high school girls from Rome’s wealthy residential Parioli district were selling sex in order to buy designer clothes and electronic gadgets. Five people, including the mothers of both young women, were arrested at the time.last_img read more