Liverpool express interest in signing Juventus star

first_img Martin Caceres 1 Liverpool have registered an interest in landing Juventus defender Martin Caceres, claim reports in Italy.The Uruguayan’s contract at the Italian champions expires at the end of the season but Jurgen Klopp is eager to bring in a defender before then.According to Sport Mediaset, Klopp has identified Caceres as one of his top targets in the January transfer market, along with Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia as he tries to eradicate his current injury crisis.Caceres is keen to leave Juve as soon as possible, having made just 39 league appearances since he signed permanently from Seville in 2012.last_img read more

Brighton 3-0 Brentford: The Seagulls seal third successive win to move into Championship top three

first_img Brighton 3-0 Brentford: The Seagulls seal third successive win to move into Championship top three 1 Brighton climbed up to third in the Sky Bet Championship after Anthony Knockaert, Tomer Hemed and Jamie Murphy secured a comfortable 3-0 victory against Brentford.All the Seagulls’ previous 13 victories this season had been by a one-goal margin and this was their first clean sheet at the Amex Stadium for three months.Brighton now boast three straight wins and Knockaert produced a particularly impressive display before a crowd of 24,096, while Brentford have now won only one of their last seven league and cup games.The match got off to a lively start with the Seagulls going close in the first minute through French winger Knockaert.The former Leicester man shot wide of keeper David Button’s right-hand post after Murphy had a low drive blocked.A mistake by central defender Lewis Dunk presented Brentford midfielder Alan Judge a clear sight of goal and he put an angled shot wide with only goalkeeper David Stockdale to beat.Knockaert threatened again with a tremendous run through the middle which ended with him hitting a deflected shot wide, before the alert Stockdale parried a fine goal-bound effort by Judge at the other end.Brentford had a let-off in the 25th minute when skipper Bruno Saltor’s rasping drive was deflected onto the crossbar by Harlee Dean, but the Seagulls broke the deadlock two minutes later.Knockaert fed Murphy and his cross, after good play down the left, was seized on by the energetic winger, whose low shot from just inside the area brought his first goal for the club.Hemed should have increased the advantage soon after, but shot into the side netting with only keeper Button to beat.However, the Israel striker was on target two minutes before the break, with his downward header from Beram Kayal’s cross his first goal in 11 games.Albion withdrew veteran striker Bobby Zamora for Manchester United loanee James Wilson at the interval and they went close shortly after the break, when Hemed put a glancing header wide from a cross by Murphy.The former Sheffield United winger was wasteful himself moments later when he blazed a good chance over.Brentford, with only one win since the turn of the year, lived dangerously again when Knockaert drove over from a cross by Wilson.The Bees came close to reducing the deficit when Albion keeper Stockdale fumbled a corner from Josh McEachran and midfielder John Swift put a deflected shot over at the far post.However, Knockaert came close to hitting his second goal six minutes from time when narrowly failing to make contact with a Murphy cross.Murphy sealed Albion’s most convincing win for 11 months in the second minute of stoppage time, with a left-footed finish into the corner following a pass by substitute Andrew Crofts.last_img read more

Champions League exit could be blessing in disguise for Arsenal, says double-winning Gunners legend

first_imgFormer Arsenal captain Frank McLintock believes defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League could be a blessing in disguise for the Gunners’ Premier League title bid.Danny Welbeck scored a stoppage-time winner against Leicester City on his return from injury to seal a vital 2-1 victory over their surprise rivals on Sunday.It handed Arsene Wenger’s side a huge boost in their hunt for a first league crown in over a decade, with the Gunners now level on points with second place Tottenham.But Arsenal face a terrifyingly in-form Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League next week, and there are fears going all out to make it past the Spanish giants could have serious implications for their league run.And McLintock, skipper of the famed 1971 double-winning Arsenal team, believes the Premier League should now be the Gunners’ priority.“It’s very likely Arsenal will go out of the Champions League against Barcelona,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I’m not trying to put the blockers on, but Barca are an unbelievable side. We might make it tough for them but I’d be very surprised if we come through against them.“But that could be a blessing in disguise in some ways, as they can just concentrate on winning the Premier League.”Arsenal’s victory over table topping Leicester saw them climb to within two points of the summit, but McLintock insists the title race is still wide open with Tottenham – who boosted their hopes with a 2-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday – also still in the hunt.“It’s almost impossible to call this one,” the Scot added.“It was a very, very important win for Arsenal against Leicester, but they’ve got some tough teams still to play and Tottenham could be their toughest.“This is the best Tottenham team I’ve seen for quite some time. They played terrific against Manchester City and got a good win.“It could still be Leicester. If they don’t get any big injuries they could still do it!”last_img read more

Woman is shot dead at Simi Valley tire shop

first_imgWitnesses said Sutcliffe was sitting in a chair in front of the tire shop reading when the gunman shot her in the face, according to the Ventura County Star. Livingstone told the Los Angeles Times that police were ruling out robbery and instead focusing their investigation on possible personal motives. Dani Alley, who lives near the tire shop, said she went to the shop to investigate the commotion after the shooting, and saw officials covering the woman’s body with a sheet. Simi Valley Hospital officials identified the wounded as Henry John Heeber IV, 37, and Albert Ramirez, 20. Ramirez was listed in serious condition after surgery for a stomach wound, hospital spokesman Jeremy Brewer said. Heeber was treated for gunshot wounds in both arms, and was in fair condition, Brewer said. Heeber was franchise owner of the tire shop, Stephan Longo, director of marketing for Am-Pac/Tire Pros, told the Times. “We have no idea who this gunman was,” Longo said. “This was not a disgruntled employee.” Livingstone said a gun was found, but he could not confirm whether it was used in the slaying. The tire shop is on a corner lot with a parking lot in front. There was a trail of blood between the tire shop and a shop 100 feet away. Simi Valley is a city of 100,000 that is often classed as one of the safest for its size in America, based on reports of violent and serious crimes. Steve Martinez, an assistant manager at a Jiffy Lube shop near the tire store, said he heard gunfire in the morning. He said he assumed it was a car backfiring because he couldn’t imagine a shooting in the area.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOfficers responding to reports of a shooting went to the Tire Pros shop about 7:30 a.m. and found a “chaotic” scene, with people lying in the office and garage areas, Sgt. David Livingstone said. Livingstone identified the dead woman as Susan Sutcliffe, 53. Police declined to identify the suspected gunman, who Livingstone said appeared to have died of a self-inflicted wound. Ventura County deputy medical examiner Michael Tellez said the other fatality was Robert Becerra, 29, of Simi Valley. Sutcliffe was also a Simi Valley resident, Tellez said. CRIME: Two are also wounded before gunman apparently commits suicide, police say. By Jacob Adelman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SIMI VALLEY – A gunman shot a woman to death and wounded two men at a tire shop Tuesday, then apparently killed himself, police said. last_img read more

It’s ropin’ time

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. INDUSTRY HILLS – About 5,000 children from 12 local districts, private and parochial schools were treated to a special rodeo performance Friday morning. All the children received a booklet before the event describing the history of the West and rodeos. The performance kicked off the city’s 22nd annual Pro Rodeo, which takes place today and Sunday at the Industry Hills Expo Center. For more information on the event, call (626) 961-6892. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Galaxy ties New York Red Bulls 1-1 to keep playoff hopes alive

first_imgCARSON – Jozy Altidore’s header in the 16th minute gave the New York Red Bulls a 1-1 tie with Los Angeles on Thursday night, when David Beckham played for the first time in 1? months and the Galaxy kept their slim playoff hopes alive. A loss would have eliminated the Galaxy (9-13-7). Now, they need to win at Chicago on Sunday and get help from other Major League Soccer teams to prolong their up-and-down season. Beckham entered the game as a substitute in the 68th minute with the score tied. He took five corner kicks in 22 minutes, but the Galaxy couldn’t score on any of them. The midfielder had missed 10 consecutive games after spraining his right knee in the SuperLiga tournament final on Aug. 29. He already was playing with an injured left ankle that occurred before he joined the Galaxy in mid-July. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Los Angeles had won five in a row coming into its final regular-season home game. The Red Bulls (12-11-7) already have a date with New England in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Troy Roberts’ header into the right side of the net gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute off a cross by Landon Donovan. But New York came right back on Altidore’s header off a cross by Dave van den Bergh on the left wing. The Galaxy had several good scoring chances late in the game, including a pass by Donovan intended for Carlos Pavon that sailed across the mouth of the empty goal. The Galaxy’s Kyle Martino earned his sixth yellow card of the season in the 54th minute, triggering an automatic suspension that will keep him out of Sunday’s game. New York’s Dane Richards earned a yellow card in the 63rd minute. In the teams’ other meeting this season, the Red Bulls won 5-4 in front of 66,237 at Giants Stadium on Aug. 18, when Beckham made his first MLS start. It was a sentimental evening for the Galaxy’s Cobi Jones, who played the final home game of his career. The 37-year-old midfielder plans to retire after the season, having spent his entire 12-year career with the same team – the only player in MLS history to do so. Jones was a stalwart on the U.S. national team, too. Jones’ teammates warmed up wearing No. 13 white T-shirts with ‘Cobi’ on the back. A video tribute aired before the game and MLS commissioner Don Garber was on hand as Jones’ jersey was retired. The team gave him a ski vacation to a destination of his choice. “Most importantly, I want to say thank you to all the fans who’ve been here from day one,” Jones said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cliff plunge appeared deliberate

first_imgCHASE: Police say driver stopped and started before driving his car over the edge in Palos Verdes Estates. By Josh Grossberg STAFF WRITER A man who drove his car over a cliff in Palos Verdes Estates late Friday stopped and accelerated several times before plunging 200 feet to his death, police said Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Officers spotted the man around 9 p.m. driving a Chevy Tahoe recklessly in the 1500 block of Paseo del Mar. He refused to pull over and led police on a slow-speed chase, said Palos Verdes Estates police Sgt. Patrick Strahn. After a few minutes, the man turned into the parking lot of a viewpoint in the 1300 block of Paseo del Mar. The man, who was alone in the car, stopped at a raised curb before driving over it, Strahn said. He also drove over a rock before stopping at the edge of the cliff. He hesitated a few seconds and then accelerated over the side, Strahn said. The man’s body was thrown from the car and landed on the beach. He had no identification with him and authorities had not determined his name by Saturday afternoon. Police believe he may have been intoxicated, Strahn said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:45 p.m. and his body was airlifted by Los Angeles County Fire Rescue crews more than an hour later, authorities said. The car was towed up the cliff Saturday afternoon. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

PREP-JC ROUNDUP Mary Star closing in on return to playoffs

first_img“I guess we can blame the start a little on the weather,” Cantor said. “It was too hot. Just watching the JV match before, we started off a bit slow, but we came back in the second, third and fourth games.” Ashley Eppler led Mary Star (12-8, 3-3) with 15 kills and eight digs. Robin Skale added 10 kills, three digs and three aces. Lauren Costa contributed 38 assists and four aces, and Charlene Bautista added 22 digs. Cantor said he was also impressed with the play of Michelle Ferrigno, who showed her versatility at outside hitter and opposite hitter. “Ashley Eppler had some big kills, and Michelle Ferrigno had one of her best games,” Cantor said. “Pretty much anything Michelle did was outstanding. She’s working hard, and it showed on the court.” Seini Tukutau had 17 kills for Serra. Marielle Brosner contributed 16 kills and 11 digs, and Christine Barba had 34 assists for Serra (9-6, 2-4). Mary Star had swept Serra earlier in the season, but the Stars said they knew they had a tough battle ahead, especially with a potential playoff berth on the line. “Serra looked a little more confident in this match,” Cantor said. “I guess they were at home and they wanted to beat us, but I knew it wasn’t going to be much of an issue for us. I think we just came in too confident.” Mary Star had high hopes entering league play after eye-opening wins over San Pedro, West Torrance and Venice. But after a slow start in league, the Stars are perking up once again and are closing in on a playoff berth. Mary Star hopes to advance farther than last season, when it was sent packing after a first-round loss to Providence. “We’re getting ready for the playoffs, and we’ve got a lot of talent,” Cantor said. “We’re going to just keep getting better and better, especially in the next few years.” El Segundo 3, Centennial 0: Melanie Palmer had 20 assists and served for 18 points as El Segundo won at home, 25-12, 25-11, 25-6. Taylor Gonzalez added eight aces and Keely Stevenson had four kills on four swings for El Segundo (4-9, 3-4). In the Del Rey League … Bishop Montgomery 3, St. Joseph 0: Rachel Clark had nine kills and three blocks and Kelly Omatsu had eight kills and four digs to lead Bishop Montgomery to a 25-16, 25-14, 25-19 victory at St Joseph. Sarah Prather added seven kills and four digs for Bishop Montgomery (19-6, 6-0) which clinched a tie for the league title. St. Joseph is 18-8, 4-2. In the Harbor League … Rolling Hills Prep 3, Ribet Academy 0: Cathy Leung had seven kills for host Rolling Hills Prep in a 25-13, 25-19, 25-16 win. Kaloni Sam added four aces and six digs for Rolling Hills Prep (7-3, 6-1), which is currently in first place in league. In a nonleague match … St. Bernard 3, Vasquez 0: Ashley Thompson had 10 kills and three aces as host St. Bernard won, 25-12, 25-14, 25-15. Whitley Robinson had six kills, eight digs and seven aces for St. Bernard (8-11).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports In the Pioneer League … South Torrance 3, Torrance 0: Shannon Roberts had 12 kills and no errors along with eight digs and two aces in a 25-14, 25-13, 25-10 win at South. Jackie Landers had eight kills and three blocks. Kiley Tamblyn had 11 digs and three aces for South (21-8, 6-1). Torrance fell to 4-3 in league. North Torrance 3, Lawndale 0: Kristen McNeese recorded eight kills and Amanda Smith had four kills and two blocks in a 25-12, 25-14, 25-12 win at Lawndale. Christine Bell added 11 digs and six aces for North (18-3, 7-0). Bryana Kekauhoa led Lawndale (8-6, 1-6) with nine kills, and Kailey Campos added eight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Mary Star recovered from a sluggish opening game and took the inside track to a CIF Southern Section girls volleyball playoff berth. The Stars rallied for a 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23 Camino Real League victory Tuesday at Serra, moving into third place and tightening their grip on the league’s third and final automatic playoff berth. “We were a little off at the start, but we knew if we lost, we were not going to make the playoffs, and our girls came back strongly,” Mary Star coach Cesar Cantor said. While many high school teams canceled their matches Tuesday due to the conditions caused by the wildfires, Mary Star and Serra tried to play through it. Cantor said it took a bit of an adjustment period at the beginning for the Stars. last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh has called on the Government to ensure that it fully commits to a broadband network which will attract and sustain businesses across Donegal.Many towns and villages across Donegal do not have adequate broadband.The Fine Gael Deputy was speaking as the ESB and Vodafone announced a €450M fibre broadband network for across the country.But the Carrigart-based politician said there is an urgent need to prioritise an efficient broadband structure for businesses looking to set up here in Donegal. “There is an urgent need to prioritise broadband in the North West region. In order to build on existing success of companies in Letterkenny, companies like United Health Care, Pramerica, Zeus and SITA, a high quality standard of broadband access is essential.“Letterkenny has been identified as one of three towns by the IDA for political investment and we need to respond to this proactively by ensuring the infrastructure is in place to support these opportunities,” he said.He said he was also delighted to confirm that the European Regions Network for the Application of Communications Technology (ERNACT), will be presenting to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement tomorrow on a cross border project to enhance communications technology in the Northwest.Joe McHugh TDThe organisation works to develop a range of digital projects with the help of EU funding. But Deputy McHugh added that a state-of-the art broadband system was needed for Donegal if businesses and subsequent jobs are to be attracted into the county.“I am calling on both the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, to engage with local business, communities and existing facilities to ensure any potential job opportunities are identified and pursued, while ensuring that the areas with inconsistent coverage or worst affected by slow broadband are included in the plans“The ability to encourage businesses to set up in rural towns and villages is heavily dependent on access to fast, high quality broadband and once this is in place, it will have a knock on effect on local communities, attracting young families from traditional urban cities and towns and leading to positive developments such as increases in school numbers, post offices, local services etc.“It is also important to highlight that this is only phase 1 of the project and while I welcome that Letterkenny is included in the 50 towns, there are obviously areas across the North West that currently receive poor quality, inconsistent and in some places no coverage at all and it is imperative that we address all areas to ensure that access to broadband is rolled out across the whole country.” McHUGH PLEADS WITH GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT MODERN BROADBAND NETWORK FOR DONEGAL was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:broadbanddonegalJoe McHughlast_img read more

Governor to declare fiscal crisis in California

first_imgDemocrats, who dominate the Legislature, have little choice but to cooperate with the governor, a Republican, in making some kind of cuts because of a voter-approved 2004 initiative that permits the governor to declare an emergency when revenues are substantially below what was anticipated upon signing of the budget. It also allows reductions midway through a fiscal years. The proposition also requires the Legislature to pass and send to the governor legislation to address the fiscal emergency within 45 days. If not, the Legislature is prohibited from acting on any other bills or adjourning in joint recess until such legislation is passed. This is the first time Schwarzenegger has exercised the authority. Since the governor signed the current budget in August, the economy has weakened due largely to a slump in the housing market. Legislators, already scheduled to return for the second-year of their two-year, 2007-08 session in January, will consider the fiscal emergency on a separate “special session” track, aside from regular business. The state’s gap between revenues and spending has become a perennial problem – one that Schwarzenegger vowed to immediately solve when he became governor during an unprecedented recall election in which Davis was ousted in 2003. “This is a common thing for California that we’re going on this roller-coaster ride,” Schwarzenegger said Friday during a speech in Long Beach to promote his health-care plan. “What we have to do is fix the budget system.” One thing the governor said that lawmakers can do to help ease the budget pinch is to pass his health-care plan. Schwarzenegger estimated that his plan would bring in an additional $4billion in federal Medi-Cal funding – money he suggested would prevent otherwise inevitable cuts to social services programs. [email protected] (916) 447-9302. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Facing a projected $14billion budget deficit, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday he will declare a fiscal emergency, which will allow him and lawmakers to cut spending more quickly and also sets the stage for slashing state services and programs perhaps by as much as 10 percent. Legislative leaders said they will meet with Schwarzenegger next week to begin working on what the governor described as “across-the-board” cuts. His aides said departments have been told to prepare for a range of possible cuts, with 10 percent a central figure. “We are going to call this January for a fiscal emergency when the legislators come back,” Schwarzenegger said. “We will make that announcement next week sometime with the legislative leaders.” California’s fiscal crisis, which is beginning to approach levels that undid recalled Gov. Gray Davis, is due primarily to a collapsed housing market and related woes in the subprime mortgage industry. It also doesn’t help that while the state’s revenues are especially volatile – disproportionately reliant on income taxes – it has a number of fixed costs as well as guaranteed funding that was adopted by voters, most notably for public education. Much of California’s general fund budget, which totals $102billion for the 2007-08 fiscal year that began July 1, is earmarked for education, transportation and other uses. Therefore, cuts often fall disproportionately on social services and the poor, elderly and disabled that rely on them. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, indicated in a statement that dealing with a fiscal emergency will not be an easy process. “We look forward to seeing the specific proposals the governor is constitutionally required to put forward in declaring a fiscal emergency,” Nunez said. “We are committed to working with him to address the ongoing imbalance between the services Californians require and the resources to fund them, and not drawing any lines in the sand.” Alicia Trost, a spokeswoman for state Senate leader Don Perata, D-Oakland, said, “We will take it seriously and respond.” last_img read more

Crescenta Valley pulls away in water polo showdown

first_img Singleton made seven saves, but the Falcons moved the ball around and created opportunities to beat sixth-ranked Burbank (6-3). “Their goalie is an excellent shot-blocker,” Crescenta Valley coach Jan Sakonju said. “We knew we had to do some lobs and cross-passes to beat her.” Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Paula Moren scored in the first minute of the third period as Burbank cut the Falcons’ lead to 5-3, but senior Minah Kim countered with two consecutive lob-shot goals over Singleton, and C.V. scored six in a row to put the Bulldogs away. Kim finished with four goals. “That (patience) is something (Kim) learned from last year,” Sakonju said Kim. “She didn’t have any of that last year. It shows maturity.” Kristin McLaughlin scored three first-half goals for C.V., and Ashley Masters added two. Lybov Tchougounova and Kelly Anderson also tallied for the Falcons. Frances Devalle, Meline Khanpapyan and Stephanie Ramirez also scored for Burbank. “(Burbank is) a team we have a lot of respect for,” Sakonju said. “We played them during the summer. … We knew they had talent.” center_img LA CRESCENTA – Crescenta Valley High of La Crescenta’s girls’ water polo team is quite familiar with Burbank’s, and the Falcons took advantage of that familiarity Thursday afternoon, pulling away in the third period in an 11-4 nonleague victory. Crescenta Valley (8-2), ranked No. 5 by the Daily News, outscored visiting Burbank 6-1 in the third quarter, making its game plan work against the Bulldogs’ standout goalkeeper, junior Lachee Singleton. last_img read more

Family, home came first

first_img “She was nonjudgmental. That was a big one with her. She was also big on ‘stand by your man’ and being loyal,” Julie Ryan said. “She placed a huge value on commitment. She went to church every Sunday. She was a devout Catholic woman.” Ryan traveled extensively with her husband to different parts of the world. Her parents were born in Ireland and she particularly loved the two trips she was able to make there. Julie Ryan said the family home was her mother’s “showcase.” Ryan had an eye for interior decorating and knew how to create a space on a tight budget. “She was just as nice as can be. She had a warmth about her. She was my intimate friend, my confidante,” said Barbara Peifer, who lived around the corner from Ryan when they first met 35 years ago. “We needed one another … When things were bad, we cried together. When things were good, we laughed together.” Mary Elizabeth O’Malley was born on Sept. 23, 1924, in Chicago. She graduated in 1943 from Notre Dame High School for Girls in Chicago. She met her future husband, Walter Ryan, on a blind date. They were married Sept. 23, 1950. He died in 2001. Ryan is survived by her children, Joanne Davis, Walter Ryan III, Kathleen Ryan, Mary Beth Ryan, Kevin Ryan, Thomas Ryan, Nancy Scott, Julie Ryan and Stephen Ryan; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday at St. Bernardine of Siena Roman Catholic Church in Woodland Hills. Ryan is buried at Assumption Cemetery in Simi Valley. Memorial donations can be sent to Angel’s Way Maternity Home, P.O. Box 70, Woodland Hills CA 91365. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Her family and her home were the foremost passions in the life of Mary Ryan, who died Monday at her Woodland Hills home from complications of a stroke. She was 81. A homemaker and the mother of five daughters and four sons, Ryan also volunteered once a week from 1972 to ’97 for the hotline at the Pregnancy Counseling Center in Mission Hills. “She reached out to counsel these young girls who called the center,” said daughter Julie Ryan. “She was a very good listener and compassionate to everyone.” Ryan loved get-togethers but she would be the one sitting in a corner, taking in the action. She enjoyed going out dancing with her husband. Her favorite singer was Nat “King” Cole but her favorite song was “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” by Tony Bennett. Her favorite movie was “Doctor Zhivago.” last_img read more

Free catering course offers a tasty way to cook up a new career

first_imgDonegal ETB are currently recruiting for a Catering Course to provide people with skills to cut their teeth in an exciting career in the thriving hospitality industry.This course will give students the vital skills to meet the needs of local employers. Trainees will gain job opportunities arising from the continued development of the Wild Atlantic Way and the shortages of skilled Catering Assistants across the county.The Catering industry is calling out for skilled workforce in the Catering Sector. Donegal ETB are answering these calls by providing Catering Courses at QQI Level 4 which will allow students to enter employment directly in the sector or progress to higher education opportunities within the sector. The Letterkenny-based course is free to all job seekers and job changers, which is sure to be an enticing factor that attracts people seeking exciting new career paths.This is a full-time programme beginning on November 6th 2017. Over 33 weeks, students will gain a focused education in Catering develop their practical skills and enhance their catering knowledge along with gaining valuable work experience with local employers to put their skills into practice.What would I learn?Modules on the course cover all aspects of the catering industry. Tutors will lead classes in Short Order Cooking, Kitchen Skills, Meal Service Skills, Customer Service to name a few! Do you want to boost your employability in the catering industry?This Major Award at QQI Level 4 will benefit learners who want to gain practical skills and knowledge to pursue a career in the Catering Industry.The possibilities are endless, with opportunities to secure employment at home or abroad or to progress to higher education.Your career starts here… so don’t delay contact Donegal ETB today!Why should I study with Donegal ETB?TheDonegal ETB has carried out interviews with employers and identified the demand for catering skills needed. Along with the development with the Wild Atlantic Way this is a sector that is expected to experience continued growth throughout the county.This 33 week long course includes work placement which will allow the learner the opportunity to put their new skills into practice with good opportunity to secure employment. There is an expert team of multidisciplinary tutors with Donegal ETB who will be available to support students at every step of their course. Tutors at the Donegal ETB are well-known for taking an active interest in each learner to ensure they succeed. Tutors will be visiting students regularly during the work-based learning placements to ensure employers are getting what they need and the students are gaining competence in the sector.Would you like a thrilling new career in a kitchen?Am I eligible to apply?The course is open to jobseekers and job changers.Applicants should have a QQI level 3 qualification or equivalent.Competent IT skills are essential and you must have an interest and an aptitude for catering and hospitality. A good level of written and spoken English is also required.How much does it cost?The programme is free to all job seekers and job changers. A Training Allowance will be paid to participants who have an entitlement to a Department of Social Protection payment.Travel and accommodation expenses are payable (Conditions apply). Childcare places are also available through the new Childcare Employment and Training Support (CETS) Scheme.How can I apply, and when can I start?The course will begin 6th of November and run for 33 weeks, including 4 weeks work placement. To find out more, call 074 91 20500 or email [email protected] you like more information?Visit  for more detailsContact: Donegal Education and Training BoardLetterkenny Training CentreBallyraine Industrial EstateLetterkennyCo DonegalTel: 074 91 20500 E-mail: [email protected] catering course offers a tasty way to cook up a new career was last modified: September 18th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cateringDonegal ETBEmploymentjobsWild Atlantic WayWorklast_img read more

Job Vacancies: Permanent part-time retail staff required

first_imgJOBS: Applications are invited for the role of Retail Sales Assistant for busy local shop in Letterkenny.This is a part time position two to four days per week, with hours varying from week to week.APPLICANTS MUST BE FULLY FLEXIBLE AND WILLING TO WORK IF AND WHEN REQUIRED INCLUDING WEEKENDS. Key Duties:Provide an exceptional standard of customer care in a fast efficient and friendly manner.Accurately process sales, complete transactions and payments.Count Money, Balance Cash.Ability to learn and maintain a comprehensive product knowledge.Merchandise the store to an excellent standard and maintain cleanliness throughout.Receive and check stock in line with company guidelines.Maintain knowledge of stores sales and promotions.Conduct stock takes.Be dependable hard working with neat appearance and positive attitude.The ideal candidate will have the following key attributes.Customer Service Experience Retail Sales Experience Strong Interpersonal SkillsAbility to work One to One and build relationships with customers is essential.Strong numerical ability and attention to detail.Proactive, flexible, reliable and hard working.Organised with the ability to work both as part of a team and on own initiative. Please apply with your CV to [email protected] with the subject line RETAIL STAFF 105 Job Vacancies: Permanent part-time retail staff required was last modified: October 31st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobsletterkennyPart-timeretailVacancieslast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Full time and Part time drivers sought by WERS Waste Donegal

first_imgWERS Waste Management in Donegal are looking for an experienced full time and part time driver to join their accomplished team. Successful candidates will be required for household bin collections in Donegal areas and will to need to be in possession of a C Licence and CPC Passes. Key requirements:3 years driving experienceMust be punctual, reliable and a committed team playerGood Communication skillsApplications with a short CV by email to [email protected] or contact our office on 074 91 64718Job Vacancy: Full time and Part time drivers sought by WERS Waste Donegal was last modified: January 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Job VacancyWERS DonegalWERS Waste Donegallast_img read more


first_imgThe only daughter of the late Letterkenny Town Councillor Tadhg is expected to take his place on the council.Lisa Culbert is expected to take her late father’s seat on Letterkenny Town Council.Lisa Culbert has confirmed to Donegal Daily that she is to seek the nomination after allowing her name to go forward for co-option onto the council.The late Cllr Culbert passed away from cancer recently after serving with distinction on Letterkenny Town Council. Lisa has met with the Fianna Fail party and has confirmed she is now seeking to follow in her late father’s political footsteps.“I am happy to let my name go forward for consideration at the upcoming convention. I was born and raised in Letterkenny and I believe I have an understanding of the issues that face the people of the town and I want to help address these.“It would be an honour to follow in my father’s footsteps and take on this new challenge, working for and with the people of the town as a Fianna Fail party representative as he did for many years” said Lisa.Nominations for the co-option, which will be filled by Fianna Fáil, were opened by the Party at the beginning of this week. Lisa attended Loreto Convent before continuing her education at St Patricks College, Maynooth.She currently works as a Clerical Officer in the Outpatients Department in Letterkenny General Hospital.  LATE TADHG CULBERT’S DAUGHTER TO TAKE HIS COUNCIL SEAT was last modified: May 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Town CouncilLIsa CulbertTadhg Culbertlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Creameries has said its performance is broadly on plan for the first five months of 2013 but said it remains cautious for the rest of the year.Chairman Geoffrey Vance said its reliance on revenues from its produce unit during the final quarter made it difficult to say with any authority how it would perform for the year as a whole.Mr Vance described 2012 as a “transformational” year for the group, following the disposal of its liquid milk and agri-food business a year earlier. The company announced a pre-tax profit of €4.65 million for 2012 with revenues up 16.9 per cent to €80.5 million.This was not helped by the extreme weather conditions experienced last year that had a negative impact on the group’s produce business which was partially offset by an increased demand in its Food-Agri business.The company has operations in Ireland, the UK, Holland and Brazil, Donegal Creameries and operates across agri-inputs, produce, property and other investments.Mr Vance told the annual general meeting the board remained excited about the mix of its businesses. It is also optimistic about the global potential of the company’s produce business, the high growth being delivered in its niche dairy business and the ability of the rest of its businesses and assets to provide cash for growth. DONEGAL CREAMERIES BEGIN TO SEE SOME GREEN SHOOTS was last modified: July 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AGMDonegal Creameriesprofitslast_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has cancelled the rest of his British tour after his father-in-law suffered a brain haemorrhage.Daniel and Majella have rushed to be beside her father Tom’s bedside.We revealed yesterday how Daniel and wife Majella have jetted to the island of Tenerife where Tom and wife Marion Roche live.Daniel initially cancelled three concerts but has now cut a number of others to be by Tom’s bedside. Daniel first met wife Majella at Tom and Marion’s bar in Tenerife in 1999.DANIEL CANCELS REST OF TOUR AFTER FATHER-IN-LAW TAKES ILL was last modified: October 15th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnellillMajellaTenerifeTOM ROCHElast_img read more


first_imgDonegal lads Daniel and Matthew Smith whose building was rocked by the Harlem gas blast.A young Donegal man has revealed how he thought he was in the middle of a terror attack after the huge explosion which rocked Harlem.Matthew Smith had only been in America a week when he was caught up in the huge explosion.Matthew, from Burtonport, lives just a couple of blocks from where the explosion went off at 116th and Park Avenue. A picture taken by Matthew from his apartment just seconds after the explosion rocked the area.Last night the 26 year old revealed how his entire building shook amidst the deafening sound of the explosion.Matthew told Donegal Daily how he has walked past the building which exploded a number of times since landing to stay with his brother Daniel just a week ago.“The sound of it was unreal. Even people over in New Jersey could hear it so we are only a couple blocks away so you can imagine how loud it was.“It just sounded like a bomb has gone off. It was that loud and you could feel the vibrations going through the whole building. “I thought it could have been our building at first because the explosion felt very close but then we looked out the window and seen it was only a few blocks away.“It was just mayhem then with fire trucks coming out of everywhere and police sirens going off and you could see people trying to get away from the area.”US officials are still looking into the explosion which is believed to have been caused by a gasleak.Newspapers in America are reporting that eight people have now ben confirmed dead in the blast.DONEGAL MAN REVEALS TERROR OF BEING CAUGHT UP IN U.S. EXPLOSION was last modified: March 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burtonportexplosionHarlemMatthew Smithpolicelast_img read more


first_imgOisin: Home and getting betterDONEGAL teenager Oisin Merritt has sent a big ‘thank you’ to people in the county for their incredible support.The 19-year-old talented footballer, who plays with Finn Harps reserves, had been in a coma in hospital in Mallorca after a fall in the resort of Santa Ponsa in June.But he has made a miraculous recovery and is bow back in Letterkenny and undergoing rehabilitation. The young Stranorlar mans said he was “absolutely overwhelmed by the support that everyone has given me.”He went on: “I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your thoughts, prayers and fundraisers!“They really helped me pull through. I am just about to start my long road of rehabilitation but delighted to be back in Ireland. Thanks so much.”His proud sister Tasha took this pic – making sure a football was included!  BRAVE OISIN SAYS BIG ‘THANK YOU’ FOR YOUR SUPPORT was last modified: August 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballybofeydonegalfallfinn harpsMallorcaOisin Merrittlast_img read more

Second city panel shuns Sunshine Canyon verdict

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said he believes the options other than Sunshine Canyon are too costly to consider because of a $245 million budget shortfall facing the city. However, Sunshine Canyon opponents still dispute the figures used by the city. “What they aren’t taking into account is that they will have to reduce the amount of trash going into Sunshine, and we think they are overestimating the transportation costs to other areas,” said Wayde Hunter, president of the North Valley Coalition. Councilman Greig Smith, who represents the area, said he wants the city to develop alternatives to Sunshine Canyon and to develop a long-term policy that would turn trash to energy and end the need for urban landfills. The council must vote on the contract by Feb. 28. A second city panel declined to make a recommendation Monday on the continued use of Sunshine Canyon Landfill, instead urging the public to voice its concerns before a scheduled City Council vote Friday. The council’s Budget and Finance Committee was told a financial review verified previous estimates that it would cost $15 million to $30 million more to use a site other than the Granada Hills dump for the 4,000 tons of trash Angelenos generate daily. Bureau of Sanitation chief Rita Robinson said her staff worked over the weekend to reassess cost estimates for possible use of other facilities in Riverside and Kings counties. “In the end, it is a policy decision for the council to make,” Robinson said. “This is a bigger issue than where we dispose of our trash. It’s how we will deal with our refuse. It is a problem that everyone here is part of, because we all generate trash.” Since 2003, city leaders have sought alternatives to Sunshine Canyon but have always come back to the Granada Hills dump as the least-expensive option. Officials estimate the cost of continuing to use the Granada Hills dump at $29 million. Using Sunshine Canyon for some trash and sending the rest to El Sobrante Landfill in Corona would cost $44 million. Another option would be to sign up with Waste Management Inc. and MDSI of Los Angeles. Waste Management has proposed trucking trash 60 miles to El Sobrante. MDSI would haul refuse 200 miles to Avenal Landfill in the San Joaquin Valley. The two companies would replace BFI for $59 million a year, roughly $30 million more than BFI. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A headline Wednesday about African-American homesteader John Ballard incorrectly said he was the first black settler in Los Angeles. Historians say Ballard was one of the first African-American settlers in the Santa Monica Mountains area where he established his homestead. last_img read more

U.S. is going to get a peek at Google records

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – A federal judge said Tuesday he intends to order Google Inc. to turn over some of its Internet records to the U.S Justice Department, but expressed reservations about requiring the company to divulge some of its most sensitive data – the actual requests that people enter into its popular search engine. U.S. District Judge James Ware told the Justice Department it can expect to get at least some of the information sought from Google as part of the Bush administration’s effort to revive a law meant to shield children from online pornography. But Ware stressed he was “particularly concerned” about the Justice Department’s demand for a random sample of search requests entered into Google’s Internet-leading search engine. The judge said he didn’t want to do anything to create the perception that Internet search engines and other large online databases could become tools for government surveillance. He seemed less concerned about requiring Google to supply the government with a random list of Web sites indexed by the company. Ware said he planned to issue a written ruling quickly. After the 90-minute hearing, Google attorney Nicole Wong said the company was pleased with Ware’s questions. Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller said the agency looks forward to Ware’s decision. “We hope his opinion will demonstrate the government’s belief that this info would be helpful in protecting the nation’s youth against potentially harmful material,” he said. During the hearing, another Google attorney, Albert Gidari, tried to persuade Ware that the government could get virtually all the information it wanted from publicly accessible services offered by Inc.’s and InfoSpace Inc.’s T. Barton Carter, a communications and law professor at Boston University, said the concerns raised by Ware should be heartening to privacy rights advocates, but cautioned against reading too much into the judge’s comments until his written order. “What’s going to be important is whether he limits the information (given to the government) and whether he explains why he drew the line where he did,” Carter said. Investors seemed encouraged by Tuesday’s developments as Google’s recently slumping stock price surged $14.10, or 4.2 percent, to close at $351.16 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Tuesday marked the first time that Google and the Justice Department have faced off in court over a government subpoena issued nearly seven months ago. The Justice Department initially wanted a breakdown of search requests and Web site addresses from Google for a study that the government believes will prove filtering software doesn’t prevent children from viewing sexually explicit material on the Internet. Google refused to hand over the information, even as three other major search engines turned over some of the requested data. Mountain View-based Google maintained the government’s request would intrude on its users’ privacy and its trade secrets. Google’s protests prompted the government to scale back its requests dramatically. last_img read more

No accountability

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “Mayor backs trash fee” (April 13): Mayor Villaraigosa needs to be reminded that gas is $3 a gallon and going higher. People like my mother are on a fixed income and cannot afford the increase and if he plans to run for governor in four years, Los Angeles taxpayers will remember how he is trying to screw the homeowner. Oh, I also read the City Council wants to float a bond to fix streets. My mother’s street hasn’t been repaved since her house was built in 1947. Will her street be repaved? Not a chance. There is no accountability for the money just like the school bond money. Wake up, people, vote these jerks out of office the next time they run. Maxine Flam North Hollywood Recent history Re: “Mayor backs trash fee” (April 13): So much for Mayor Villaraigosa’s great ideas his true liberal reputation had to get out, in actual actions. Doubling the taxes, right out of the chute. Villaraigosa had better look into what Gov. Gray Davis ran into doubling the car fees … have you forgotten? Or, George Bush Senior saying, “Read my lips”? You liberals have never have seen a tax you didn’t like. Raising water prices, raising power prices, doubling collection fees. Would someone explain to me, when are they going to double my Social Security so that I can pay for all of this garbage? Methods of raising more money so our politicians can steal it for their own uses? William Conroy Northridge More money Re: “Mayor backs trash fee” (April 13): So our mayor is going to put it to us again; he wants more money from the sitting ducks that don’t move. Why doesn’t he ask all his illegal-immigrant friends that he was cheering for at the protests? If he taxed every illegal vendor in the city, we would not have to go after the homeowners. It must be getting close to voting time everybody is starting to tell you how much money they need, like the schools that are not earthquake-safe. What have they been doing all this time? Nothing! Joe Pinoy Lozano Mission Hills Who listens? A government that is only willing to listen to its people through wiretaps is a dangerous government indeed. Laurien DuTremble Northridge Living wage for illegals Re: “Immigration actions spread” (April 11): Your headline is inaccurate. The issue is illegal immigration, not all immigration. The comparison to any people who founded this nation being immigrants is inaccurate, they were not illegal and they were not dependent on taxpayers to subsidize them. The Los Angeles City Council needs to have the mayor explain his actions. And the mayor needs to inquire of all the manufacturers and employers in this city why they are not paying living wages. If the mayor had done that, instead of leading protests on a school day, maybe the city would not have had the expense of restraining thousands of truant children the following week. Lorraine C. Mabbett West Hills Allegiance to laws Re: “Angelenos march against illegal-immigration bill” (April 11): Wow, I feel so uninformed. I had no idea that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is an illegal immigrant and cleans toilets for a living. The reality is he is an American citizen who has been elected by other American citizens as mayor of Los Angeles, a major city in the United States. As an elected official, he is sworn to uphold the laws of our state and our nation. We must have laws that are enforced to maintain a civil society and protect our citizens and legal residents. If we don’t, chaos will ensue. This is an issue of allegiance to the laws of this country and to its law-abiding citizens. Monica Plattenberger Northridge Katie earned it Re: “Katie Couric” (Your Opinions, April 10): I disagree with Hal Rothberg’s assessment of Katie Couric. I have watched Katie for 15 years and she is well qualified to do the job. Is the news media for the “Good Ol’ Boys Club” only? Women have fought hard over the years to stop being second-class citizens but I am finding out that to some men we will always be considered second-class citizens, no matter what we do to change the image. Katie does not have to be compared to Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather or Edward R. Murrow. Katie has her own individuality and that is what has made her successful in her career. She will do a good job for CBS. Brynie Brackin Pacoima Where counts Re: “Tipoff” column, (April 10): I have no doubt that Gloria Molina and 19 other Latina leaders are deserving of recognition for their work in promoting Hispanic leadership. What I do question is why the Hispanic Business magazine, sponsor of the awards, feels the need to take the celebration to Caesar’s Palace? Surely, there are appropriate venues in the Los Angeles area. Or the state of California? To paraphrase a recent TV ad “What money is earned in L.A. should stay in L.A.!” Yolanda Petroski Granada Hills Give them a break Re: “Senior cross over ticket” (April 10): Fast signals, slow people. We drivers all hate to wait for long signals, but we also have to respect those who can’t walk fast give them a break. What if it was your mom or dad crossing that crosswalk? Be tolerant. Bill Humason North Hollywood Obeying the law Re: “Senior cross over ticket” (April 10): Yes, Mayvis Coyle deserved a ticket. I support Officer Kelly. He was trying to protect her, and us motorists, from a serious accident. Officer Kelly was doing his job. Many times I see people starting to cross the street after the “No Walk” sign is flashing. I see people walk diagonally in the middle of the block across Foothill Boulevard in Sunland/Tujunga. They put their hand up signaling for cars to stop for them and they are not in a marked crosswalk. Pedestrians need to make sure it is safe before they cross a street, and motorists need to be aware of pedestrians, whether they are in a marked crosswalk or not. We need to be courteous of one another and obey the law. Judy Beer Sunland And he pays well The words “leak,” “classified” and “fire” mean whatever George Bush wants them to mean. Bush is obviously a great fan of Humpty Dumpty and the book “Through the Looking Glass,” better known as “Alice in Wonderland.” Because, it was there that author Lewis Carroll wrote the following: ” When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.’ ” A little further on, Alice says, “That’s a great deal to make one word mean.” When I make a word do a lot of work like that,’ said Humpty Dumpty, I always pay it extra.’ ” Now we finally know where George Bush really got his presidential education. David Silverman Chatsworth Financial vacuum Iran has become a strong financial and political figure in that area of the world. The United States and European countries are cutting aid to Palestine. That financial Palestinian vacuum will give Iran the opportunity to step in and become a benefactor and collect thousands of unemployed young Palestinian to be trained in what has become an Iranian specialty: terrorism. Terrorism to be exported all over the world. I hope I am wrong. Dante F. Rochetti West Hillslast_img read more

Slaven Bilic satisfied with West Ham’s draw despite conceding late equaliser

first_imgWest Ham boss Slaven Bilic was satisfied with a 1-1 draw away at Astra Giurgiu in the first leg of their Europa League play-off despite seeing his side concede another late goal. Mark Noble fired the Hammers ahead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time following a handball but, shortly after Michail Antonio missed an opportunity to make it 2-0, Denis Alibec made them pay seven minutes from time.West Ham also conceded late on in their opening Premier League match on Monday night, when Diego Costa netted a minute from time to secure a 2-1 win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. But despite not winning the game in Romania, Bilic was content with a draw heading into next week’s second leg at the London Stadium. “To be fair, they put us under pressure and had chances,” the Croatian told BT Sport. “We had some bad clearances, not clean enough. Then they scored a good goal. It is a cheap one from our side.“We were during the game good at set-pieces, especially in the first half from defensive ones. It is a shame, but still it is a good result. “One-one, are we happy? Not totally. Is it a good result for us? We hoped that we were going to win but this kind of team mixed with some youngsters was a good experience. It is a good result for us.”Bilic was disappointed with his side’s defending from the corner that brought the hosts’ equaliser, just after Antonio failed to put the game to bed. “It is a shame because a couple of minutes before the goal when we had a clear-cut counter-attack,” Bilic added. “But unfortunately we missed the target.“And instead of 2-0 and killing the game off or putting it to bed, they get a corner a minute later and score from it.” 1 Mark Noble fired the Hammers ahead from the penalty spot last_img read more

Manchester United’s Europa League squad confirmed: No place for Schweinsteiger

first_imgBastian Schweinsteiger has been left out of Manchester United’s squad for the Europa League group stage.The World Cup-winning Germany star has been completely frozen out at Old Trafford since Jose Mourinho’s arrival as manager.He has yet to feature in any of Mourinho’s squads this season and the Portuguese has admitted it will be “very difficult” to give the 32-year-old any playing time this season.Schweinsteiger, who joined the club from Bayern Munich in 2015, still has two years left on his contract and is determined to stay.But Mourinho has delivered another snub to the veteran German by excluding him from his 27-man Europa League squad list.It means he will not be available for any of the group stage games against Feyenoord, Fenerbahce and Zorya Luhansk.Youngsters Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe, who has yet to make his first-team debut, have been included in the squad.Manchester United’s Europa League squad for the 2016/2017 group stage:David de Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Daley Blind, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford. RELATED: Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger IN TEARS as he plays final game for Germany 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger in his final appearance for Germany last_img read more

Tottenham team news v Stoke: Spurs starting line up including Sissoko!

first_img 11 11 11 11 4. Toby Alderweireld 33. Ben Davies 20. Dele Alli 11 11 12. Victor Wanyama 5. Jan Vertonghen The Premier League is back after the international break as title contenders Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Britannia Stadium to face Mark Hughes’ Stoke City.Both sides have enjoyed indifferent starts to the campaign, but it’s Spurs who are favourites to win the clash.Mauricio Pochettino will hope his side can replicate last season’s 4-0 thrashing of the Potters as they look to keep in touch at the top of the Premier League.Take a look at our predicted Spurs line up, in the gallery above. 2. Kyle Walker 15. Eric Dier 11 11 17. Moussa Sissoko 11 1. Hugo Lloris – Click the arrow above to see the predicted XI in squad number order 11 10. Harry Kane 11 23. Christian Eriksen last_img read more

Report: Lazio to offer Lucas Biglia new contract to fend off Man United interest

first_img1 Manchester United’s pursuit of Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia could be thwarted as the Italians are set to offer the Argentine a new contract.The 30-year-old former Anderlecht man, was touted for a move away from the Stadio Olimpico in the summer window but remained in Serie A.As reported by Tuttosport, the Biancocelesti’s Director of Sports Igli Tare is in talks with Enzo Montepaone, Biglia’s agent, in regards to finalising a new deal.United may still pursue the midfielder but a new contract is likely to be on offer before the January transfer window opens.Arsenal have also been linked with a move for the Argentina international, who has been valued at £25million by Lazio. Both Man United and Arsenal have been linked with moves for Lazio’s Lucas Biglia last_img read more

Arsenal and Tottenham can forget about luring PSG star away from club

first_img1 Adrien Rabiot in action for Paris Saint-Germain Arsenal and Tottenham target Adrien Rabiot will not be sold by Paris Saint-Germain following his impressive start to the season.Rabiot has struggled for years to break through into PSG’s star-studded midfield and it seemed as though his long-term future would lie away from the club.Both Arsenal and Spurs were heavily linked with the talented youngster while AS Roma also attempted to lure him to Italy.However. PSG kept hold of him, insistent that he would come good eventually despite starting just 42 league games over the past four seasons.And he has made a superb start to life under new manager Unai Emery, starting five of their six Ligue 1 games so far this term.There is also talk of a call-up to the France squad for Rabiot, who is under contract at PSG until 2019 and now very much an integral member of their first-team squad after so long on the periphery.last_img read more

Dream Celtic signing, that win against Barcelona and a new career for Klopp

first_img 6 10. You’re in charge of your club’s match day music: what song is a must-have on the stadium playlist?For football it’s anything by Kasabian. Probably ‘Fire’.11. What’s the greatest moment you’ve experienced as a football fan?Celtic beating Barcelona in the Champions League group stages at Parkhead three years ago. Victor Wanyama scored the opener and then teenager Tony Watt came off the bench to score the second. Unbelievable. Twin Atlantic’s Ross McNae tackles our football and music questions 3. Which football manager do you think would make the best music artist?I think Jurgen Klopp would make a pretty solid heavy metal singer.  6 4. Would you rather record a Bond theme or the World Cup’s official song?World Cup’s official song. Actually, James Bond. Wait, I don’t know. How can you ask me to pick?5. Which footballer would you record a song with?Leighton Baines. It feels like he should be in the music industry. He has the haircut, and we all know that’s all you really need. Each week, a leading musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. This week, it’s Ross McNae from Twin Atlantic, who supports Celtic… and has an allegiance to Manchester City, too!1. You’re on a desert island and can have one album with you and one item of football memorabilia – what do you take?I would take Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’. It doesn’t get old and it fits the mood perfectly. Their home is Australia which is pretty much a desert island, right?2. Number one song or your club top of the league?Number one song. Celtic and Manchester City are both top of their leagues and I watch every game they both play so may as well not trade in the number one. center_img 6 6. What was the first single you bought?Placebo’s ‘Nancy Boy’ or Daft Punk’s ‘Da Funk’. Both bought on the same trip to the local record shop with my dad when I was a wee dude. 7. And what was the first football match you went to?I want to say it was Celtic versus Dundee United or Aberdeen, and it was at Hampden when Celtic spent time there while Parkhead was being refurbished. That was the couple of seasons when I was just coming into the age of being able to actually go to the games and we went to most of them for the next few seasons.8. Who is your music idol?I don’t really have one. People don’t believe me but I don’t really think having an idol is healthy. I’ve always liked loads of different bands and artists and obsessed over music as a whole rather than one particular person. Maybe I secretly love myself too much to be able to allow another musical love into my life, or more probably it’s just because I’m realistic and know that people are just people under their clothes.9. And who’s your all-time favourite footballer?Henrik Larsson.  6 6 12. If your club could sign any player in the world TODAY, who would you want that to be?There was improbable talk of Celtic signing Bastian Schweinsteiger. Manchester City have the best team on the planet and I actually don’t know at this point who would make it better.Twin Atlantic’s new album ‘GLA’ is out nowlast_img read more

Man United’s strongest XI for Liverpool clash? Predicted Red Devils line-up

first_img 11 11 8. Juan Mata (attacking midfield) 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 21. Ander Herrera (centre midfield) 11 6. Paul Pogba (centre midfield) 11 11 3. Eric Bailly (centre back) 11 11 9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre forward) 11. Anthony Martial (left attack) 11 Anfield hosts the first meeting of the season between Liverpool and Manchester United.The hotly-anticipated Premier League clash kicks off at 20:00 BST, as the visitors aim to draw level on 16 points with their fierce rivals.Jose Mourinho spent plenty of the club’s cash over the summer, including a world record deal for Paul Pogba, so the pressure is on the Portuguese coach to deliver.So who might get the nod from Mourinho to start today’s clash? Will he utilise the experience of such players as Wayne Rooney or remain loyal to those in-form?  Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester United XI by viewing the slideshow above. 11 11 11 19. Marcus Rashford (right attack) 17. Daley Blind (left back) 25. Antonio Valencia (right back)last_img read more

Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger wanted by Serie A giants

first_imgAC Milan are ready to offer Bastian Schweinsteiger a way out of his Manchester United nightmare.The German has been deemed surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and he has not played this season.Schweinsteiger’s contract is not due to expire until June 2018 but there appears to be zero chance of a recall under Mourinho.Now, according to reports in Italy, Schweinsteiger is set to be offered the chance to join Milan in January.The Italian club are open to taking the player on loan or signing him permanently – if United decide to forego a transfer fee.As well as Milan, Schweinsteiger is drawing interest from several sides in the MLS and China. 1 Bastian Schweinsteiger during training for Manchester United last_img read more

Zaza being eyed by Valencia as West Ham prepare to cut striker’s spell short

first_imgValencia have emerged as contenders to rescue Simone Zaza from his West Ham misery.The Italian striker is still yet to find the net since arriving in east London on a season-long loan from Juventus in the summer.And it has been suggested that his loan spell could be cut short so the Hammers don’t have to make the move permanent.Napoli looked to be the only club interested in doing a deal for the Italy international.But now, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Valencia are also considering a move to sign the striker.The Spanish club are said to be exploring their options when it comes to signing him and will make their approach ahead of the January window. Simone Zaza in action for West Ham 1last_img read more

Douglas Costa keen to stay at Bayern Munich despite ‘contact from English teams’

first_img Chelsea and Manchester City target Douglas Costa Chelsea and Manchester City target Douglas Costa has revealed that there has been contact with clubs from the Premier League, which he describes as the best division in the world.Bayern Munich’s Brazil midfielder has emerged as one of the most exciting players in the Bundesliga since arriving from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015.It was reported that City boss Pep Guardiola would look to sign Costa, who he managed during his time with the German club, while Chelsea are also tracking him.And, although he insists he is happy at Bayern, Costa has opened up about his admiration for English football, from which he has received offers already.He told Bild: “We got some strong offers from China and also from big clubs from Europe.“When the season is over, we will sit down and analyse everything. First of all, I am only focused on ending the season with all the titles I can win.“It is not my idea to leave Bayern now. I want to win titles. I like Bayern and I think I can win titles with Bayern to reach the highest technical level of my career, to go for the Ballon d’Or, the Champions League, the Club World Cup.“I want to win all sorts of titles and then the World Cup with the Brazilian national team. Then we will think about new markets.“I cannot comment on names, but there are contacts with teams from England, Spain and also France.“I think England is one of the biggest soccer leagues in the world – it’s just fantastic. Just like Spain’s La Liga also, with big players, big teams.“The language is easier in Spain, but England also has great players. For me it is the best league in the world.” 1last_img read more

Chilean fans want Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal – ‘He works by himself!’

first_img1 Unsettled Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez Thousands of Chilean football fans are planning to attend a protest march in an attempt to get national hero Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal.Sanchez fans are unhappy and are keen for the forward to move clubs, saying they are ‘tired of seeing one of our stars working by himself to make his team get through’.An event created has been posted on Facebook with the title “National protest so that Alexis Sanchez leaves Arsenal” – with his future at the Emirates Stadium still up in the air.The 28-year-old has been stalling on signing a new deal with the Gunners as he seeks not only a pay rise but assurances they can compete for trophies.Sanchez has cut an ever-increasingly frustrated figure in recent weeks, culminating in Wednesday’s 5-1 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.He scored the equaliser for the visitors in that game, having seen his initial penalty saved, but was shown crouched on the touchline in a show of despondency as Bayern hammered in their fifth of the night.Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed on Friday morning that the Chile international, as cherished in his homeland for both his skill and his work ethic as he is by Arsenal fans, had returned to Barcelona for a court case.But a Facebook event has called on Sanchez to leave for good in the summer, claiming he is being left to plough a lone furrow for Wenger’s men.Over 6,000 users of the social network site had replied that they planned to attend a protest on March 1, with another 7,400 saying there were ‘interested’ in the event.“We Chileans are tired of seeing one of our stars working by himself to make his team get through,” the details of the planned march read.“We don’t want him to play in Madrid, nor return to Barcelona, the truth is that that we don’t give a damn what team he plays for, only that we want to see him fight along with 10 others to achieve results. Not on his own anymore.”Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014 and has lifted the FA Cup on one occasion since his move to England – during which time he also won back-to-back Copa America titles with Chile.last_img read more

Arsenal and Man United on RED ALERT as Edinson Cavani refuses new PSG contract

first_img Edinson Cavani 1 Arsenal and Manchester United have been put on red alert by the news Edinson Cavani is refusing to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain.The Uruguayan’s current deal expires in June 2018 and he has been in talks over fresh terms for several months.Back in January it seemed as though negotiations had gone well and the 30-year-old would sign a two-year extension.However, according to reports in France, talks between Cavani and PSG have gone sour and he has stalled on putting pen to paper.Negotiations have reportedly come unstuck over a bonus clause in the striker’s new contract and he will not sign until it is resolved.Cavani is said to be open to staying at PSG, but the delay regarding his new deal will give Arsenal and Manchester United fresh hope they could lure him away from the French capital.Both clubs have been linked with the Uruguay international in the past and still maintain an interest in him.last_img read more

Perez wants to STAY at Arsenal, says agent (days after saying he wanted out!)

first_img1 Perez has been made to wait for his opportunities since joining Arsenal Lucas Perez’s agent has backtracked on recent claims the striker wanted to leave Arsenal ‘at all costs’.Perez has made just 19 appearances in all competitions since joining Arsenal from Deportivo la Coruna in a £17.1million move last summer. And agent Rodrigo Lovelle claimed this week that Perez was unhappy at the amount of time he was spending on the bench and would take the earliest opportunity to leave the club.Lovelle told Calcio Mercato: “Look, the truth is that Lucas wants to leave at all costs and is not happy at Arsenal.“He hasn’t settled and hasn’t had a chance to play and show what he can do.”But Lovelle has attempted to backtrack on that, now saying Perez wants to stay and fight for his place.Lovelle told Sportsmail: “Lucas has a contract with Arsenal, he wants to succeed there and as any professional wants to play.“When one does not play (one) is not happy, but we knew this is difficult. (He has a) long contract.”last_img read more

38 Premier League footballers and their surprising first ever FIFA cards

first_img Wayne Rooney, Manchester United, and his first FIFA card 38 Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City, and his first FIFA card Sergio Aguero, Manchester City, and his first FIFA card Roberto Firmino, Liverpool, and his first FIFA card N’Golo Kante, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card 38 Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester City, and his first FIFA card Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card 38 Cesar Azpilicueta, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card 38 Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool, and his first FIFA card 38 38 38 This is Eden Hazard’s (Chelsea) first ever FIFA card – click the arrow above, right, to check out more Premier League players and their debut FIFA card Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur, and his first FIFA card Petr Cech, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card Jamie Vardy, Leicester City, and his first FIFA card 38 Adam Lallana, Liverpool, and his first FIFA card Theo Walcott, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card 38 38 Olivier Giroud, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card David Silva, Manchester City, and his first FIFA card 38 Yaya Toure, Manchester City, and his first FIFA card 38 Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United, and his first FIFA card Hector Bellerin, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card 38 38 Vincent Kompany, Manchester City, and his first FIFA card John Terry, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card David Luiz, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card 38 38 38 38 Pedro, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card 38 Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City, and his first FIFA card 38 38 Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card Dele Alli, Tottenham Hotspur, and his first FIFA card 38 38 It takes blood, sweat and tears to crank up a footballer’s FIFA stats.No player emerges onto the FIFA video game scene with a world class rating, and some have made huge improvements since they were first introduced.In light of this, we decided to roll back the years to reveal a selection of the Premier League’s top players and their first ever card in the game.Scroll through the gallery above to check out 38 players from England’s top flight and their debut card. 38 38 38 38 Romelu Lukaku, Everton, and his first FIFA card Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United, and his first FIFA card 38 Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card Santi Cazorla, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card 38 38 38 38 Mesut Ozil, Arsenal, and his first FIFA card Diego Costa, Chelsea, and his first FIFA card Sadio Mane, Liverpool, and his first FIFA card 38 38 David De Gea, Manchester United, and his first FIFA card Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur, and his first FIFA card 38 38 38 Paul Pogba, Manchester United, and his first FIFA card 38last_img read more

Blair promoting biotech biz on visit

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Promoting Britain’s biotech businesses will be at the top of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s agenda when he meets with California’s government and industry leaders over the next few days. It is the first visit to the state by a sitting British prime minister, and Blair’s visit demonstrates how aggressive his country has become in courting investment in its booming high-tech industries. In particular, Blair is keen to promote Britain’s commitment to stem cell research, and will meet with executives from California’s biotech companies on Monday. Blair’s official spokesman said that a conference on stem cell research – between Californian and British researchers – is planned for November in Britain. Britain considers itself a world leader in stem cell research, and the government is providing $186 million for the industry over the next two years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2California’s massive economy – the world’s seventh largest – is cited as the main reason for the prime minister’s historic trip. Britain exports $5.2 billion worth of products to California, and imports $15 billion in goods from the state, and Blair would like to see those figures balanced. Blair is scheduled to address a meeting today of News International executives, with his speech focusing on Britain’s place in the global economy. Former President Bill Clinton is expected to attend, as is Shimon Peres, the former Israeli prime minister. Rupert Murdoch’s media company is extremely influential in British politics, and the backing of the tabloid newspaper The Sun has been crucial for Blair’s Labour Party. But Blair is also in California to highlight his stance on climate change. He is expected to discuss the need to develop cleaner technology during visits with business leaders and lawmakers, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In Los Angeles, Blair is to attend a round-table discussion with Schwarzenegger, as well as Lord Browne, the chief executive of London-based oil giant BP, and Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group of companies.last_img read more

Fair offers food, fun

first_imgSiblings Daniel Griffiths, 8, and Maia, 6, said it was the roasted corn and the funhouse that they were looking forward to. Inside the home crafts building, people marveled at the eggshell crafts display. Pat Boddi sat at a table piecing together eggshell jewelry pieces that dazzled in pinks and violets. Boddi, who represents the California Tri-County Egg Artists, has been working with eggshell crafts for 18 years. Boddi received a first-place award this year for a golden scepter with a metallic blue egg covered with purple and white jewels. Inside the Youth Expo building, the artwork of preschoolers and high schoolers was displayed side by side. From spider-laced cupcakes to quilts and blankets, children of all ages were encouraged to submit artwork, and they were judged through a Danish system that leaves most kids with an award of some sort. “It’s like a little city that comes to life,” said Pam Doss, assistant superintendent for the Youth Expo. “The day after the fair is always a sad day – it’s like the little city dies,” she said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesFor Ventura County resident Darlene Farwell, it was the country table settings that caught her eye. “There is so much creativity and so much talent,” Farwell said. Farwell has been attending the fair since she moved to Ventura four years ago. The fair offers numerous food options, including this year’s new addition, Los Angeles staple Pink’s Hot Dogs. The fair also has two separate carnival ride areas – one for young children and a midway area with rides for the entire family. VENTURA – Clear blue skies and coastal breezes were just two of the reasons people flocked Saturday to the 131st Ventura County Fair. “We like to call this a country fair with ocean air,” said Craig Underwood, president of the board of directors of the 31st District Agricultural Association, which stages the annual event. Running through Aug. 13, the fair offers everything from farm animal judging to flower displays and free concerts, including one by the classic rock group Foreigner – and even pig racing. “The essence of our fair is tradition and history,” Underwood said as he explained the decision in favor of the “Heart of the Country” theme chosen for this year’s fair. last_img read more

Dog tags a surprise for kids

first_imgSliepka said the response has been extremely gratifying. “Most of the military appreciates the fact someone cares about their family,” she said. The store owner added that the Dog Tags for Kids program was inspired by her brother, who served in the first Gulf War. “My brother was in Desert Storm, and we learned they didn’t have access to many things,” Sliepka said. “He wanted Mother’s Day cards, so we sent him some.” That family gesture evolved into the popular program. To date, Sliepka said she has sent nearly 180,000 dog tags to soldiers in the Middle East, from where the troops then send the tags throughout the United States as well as worldwide. Sliepka, thankfully, has help to make all of this good work happen. She receives assistance from Kids Charities of the Antelope Valley and from several senior volunteers who package the tags. Two of these seniors are particularly familiar with the hardships of wartime because both served in World War II. The demand for dog tags during an average week is usually about 2,000 to 3,000 tags. The most requests, not surprisingly, are made right before Christmas. Funding the Dog Tags for Kids program isn’t easy. Sliepka said donations from the community help tremendously. “Every penny goes to the dog tags,” she said. To make a donation, visit Sliepka’s Web site at and click “donate,” where there are directions for either mailing a check or paying online via PayPal. Even with help from the Antelope Valley community, Sliepka said she still would like more support. Specifically, she said she is surprised no politicians have gotten behind her effort, and she wishes one would. Without political backing, Sliepka said she still relies on common people. “We need to get the word out to the everyday people,” she said. Sliepka said she thinks this is truly a worthwhile cause. “It really gives these kids a connection,” she said. “It’s the perfect connection for soldiers and kids.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – With the back-to-school season in full force, students are stocking up on cool kid gear such as snappy sneakers and hi-tech backpacks. But for youngsters whose parents are serving in the Middle East, a better accessory might be a custom-made dog tag. These youths can thank Rose Sliepka, owner of Lancaster’s 1st Place Awards trophy and engraving shop, for creating the tags – nearly 180,000 of which have been sent out in two years. In 2004, Sliepka founded Dog Tags for Kids, a program through which she manufactures and distributes dog tags to troops stationed in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. The tags, which are engraved with the words “With love from Mom” or “With love from Dad” along with the branch of service, country and year, can then be sent from the military parent to their children back home. last_img read more

Katie too much for p.m. news fans?

first_imgBobby Brown declined to comment, then punched out his lack of comment.It must smart, except for the smart part: Buried in the Senate Intelligence Committee report that disclosed there was absolutely no connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida prior to the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq was that there was no note that there is no connection between the Senate and intelligence.Lost in space: Two spacewalking astronauts attempting to repair the International Space Station lost a bolt when it fell under the spaceship, where they were unable to reach it. On the plus side, shuttle commander Brent Jett did find the left sock he had lost during takeoff. “I never thought I’d find it,” said Jett, “but I’m still missing that damn remote control.”Lost in space II: Osama bin Laden has announced that to ensure he will never be found, he is signing a deal with the Oakland Raider offense.Redefining progress: In an attempt to clarify their remarks this past week citing “progress” in the Iraq war despite the deteriorating situation, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have asked Congress to pass a bill designating the Iraq invasion as “Opposite War.” “9-11 changed everything,” said White House spokesman Tony Snow, “including words and phrases. From now on, quagmire,’ civil war’ and we haven’t found anything,’ will be considered, progress,’ last throes of the insurgency’ and there are definitely WMD.’”School reforms on fast track: With his new Los Angeles Unified School District control well-secured, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has quickly implemented changes to the school system which he feels should “immediately increase grades and attendance.” Some of the modifications include granting video arcades academic accreditation, permitting students to send their pets to school in their place, and hiring Mary K. Laterno as the boys’ gym teacher.Two bad: Britney Spears has given birth to her second child. Condolences to the baby are flying in from around the world.“Girls Gone Wild: — $2.1 million fine”: The entertainment company that produces the “Girls Gone Wild” films and its founder pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that they failed to document the ages of possible underage female “performers” in sexually oriented productions. “Funny, the entire time I was looking at the girls, I never noticed their ages,” admitted the company’s head boob. What a drag: West Hollywood officials say that 35 years of the same-ole, same-ole Gay Pride weekend celebration has gotten stale and should be expanded to an entire month of the staleness, “but with much more fuchsia.”Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” ( local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Not so perky: With ratings already slipping after her first week womaning the anchor desk at the “CBS Evening News,” Katie Couric has lashed out at critics for what they have called “fluff news reading.”“For godsakes, I was the co-anchor of the Today Show,’” said the adorably ornery Couric. “If you wanted Walter Cronkite, you should haven’t hired someone with legs that go all the way up to here … which, because I am so wholesome, I can’t tell you where that is.”1-800-Hott-gov: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office seems unconcerned about the recent release of his comments regarding a Latina legislator’s hot-blooded bloodline. “We thought you caught him grabbing someone’s butt or breasts,” said the governor’s representative, Max Im. “For crying out loud, he made Kindergarten Cop,’ you want us to defend this?”Houston, you had a problem: Claiming she had been in a coma for the past 14 years, Whitney Houston regained consciousness just long enough to announce her separation from former singer and present something-or-other Bobby Brown. “When I came to and my friends told me who I was married to,” the former songstress said, “I really had no choice.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillipslast_img read more

Teen pried open family gun case to kill principal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CAZENOVIA, Wis. – A teenager who pried open his family’s gun cabinet brought two weapons to his rural school Friday and shot the principal to death after a struggle with adults and other students, authorities said. The 15-year-old was taken into custody and charged as an adult with murder, the district attorney said. No one else was hurt. Authorities said the teen had complained about being teased by other students and decided to confront teachers and the principal using a shotgun and handgun taken from his parents’ bedroom. The shooting also came one day after the principal gave him a disciplinary warning for having tobacco, according to a criminal complaint.last_img read more

McTominay and Mitchell: Scouting the starlets predicted as Man United’s ‘future’

first_img Find all you need to know about Scott McTominay and Demi Mitchell below… Jose Mourinho has predicted Scott McTominay and Demi Mitchell are just some of Manchester United’s exciting home-grown players who could become the ‘future’ of the Old Trafford club.The pair, both 20, have travelled with Mourinho’s squad for United’s pre-season tour of the USA, and have both already made their full competitive debuts – playing against Crystal Palace on the final day of the last Premier League season.But, who are McTominay and Mitchell? talkSPORT reveal all you need to know about the Mourinho-praised pair…Scott McTominayA midfielder, McTominay has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence in the United academy system since the end of 2015. Possessing a slight frame, there were doubts he would be able to make it at the elite level of the game, before undergoing a growth spurt that has seen McTominay develop into a 6ft 4ins presence in the middle of the park.He broke into the Under-21 team during 2015/16, and started 17 Premier League 2 matches last season. At times McTominay was forced to play in attack, due to a striker shortage, though when starting for the seniors against Crystal Palace he was deployed in his natural central midfield role.An aggressive player in the middle of the park, McTominay has been touted for a big future as a typically English box-to-box player. The decision to use him upfront shows McTominay has the guile and eye for goal in the final third, while his excellent pass success (90 per cent v Crystal Palace) proves his composure when playing deeper.Doubts still remain about McTominay, however.He still struggles to use his physicality as an advantage over opponents, and it appears he is still getting used to playing following his growth spurt. For such a dominating-looking player, the youngster struggles in the defensive aspect of the game.Secondly, while composed with the ball at his feet, his lack of vision and bravery is startling. McTominay always chooses the safe option, which, while wise at times, often sees the midfielder end promising attacks by recycling possession rather than keeping his head up and looking to move play forward.Demi MitchellPart of the England squad that won the 2017 Toulon Tournament, left-sided player Mitchell also made his first-team United debut against Crystal Palace. Playing at left-back he was vastly impressive, winning five tackles and arguably putting in the best performance of the entire United back-line.Naturally a left winger, Mitchell was converted to a defender last season for the United reserve side.  His permanent change to left-back was in November 2016, and he made 11 Premier League 2 appearances in that position. Like any midfielder converted to defence, Mitchell has a natural desire to attack and dominate the entire flank. A superb penalty taker, Mitchell scored four goals after being converted to a left-back last term – all of them from the spot.The biggest plus for Mitchell at this moment in time is the lack of a quality left-sided defender in Mourinho’s senior squad. Luke Shaw has struggled with injuries since breaking his leg in 2015, and the likes of Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian have all failed to cement the position as their own.There are no indications Mourinho is tracking a left-back upgrade in the transfer market, and a strong pre-season could see Mitchell play himself into contention ahead of 2017/18 Premier League campaign. 1last_img read more

VIDEO: Arsenal duo Per Mertesacker and Arsene Wenger take part in Q&A session

first_img1 Premier League clubs are all about interaction on their social media platforms.Arsenal set up an impromptu question and answer session with defender Per Mertesacker and boss Arsene Wenger, where fans were given the power over their heroes.And the north London club’s support did not disappoint as everything from favourite pets, Richard Gere and Guinea pigs were covered.But perhaps most interestingly, Wenger was asked whether he preferred to travel to somewhere the sun does not rise or the sun doesn’t set.And apparently Wenger is not a fan of seeing the light – which would explain his new two-year deal at the Emirates Stadium.  Everything from favourite pets, Richard Gere and Guinea pigs were covered center_img What do guinea pigs & Brazil have in common? They’re all answers to questions we gave @Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker & Arsène Wenger— Emirates Airline (@emirates) August 10, 2017last_img read more

If Fergie is ‘Mr Premier League’ here’s what today’s 20 bosses should be called

first_img Rafael Benitez – Mr Who Needs Madrid When You Can Win The Championship? 20 20 20 Craig Shakespeare – Mr Off Claudio Ranieri’s Christmas Card List Paul Clement – Mr Carlo Might Give Me A Job Now Gylfi’s Gone Mark Hughes – Mr My Real Name Is Leslie (Mark Is My Middle Name… Shhhh) 20 Slaven Bilic – Mr Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow? 20 Tony Pulis – Mr Baseball Cap 20 Mauricio Pellegrino – Mr Next Saint To Move To Liverpool? 20 20 20 Jose Mourinho – Mr Two, Three Years, Tops 20 Ronald Koeman – Mr Bye Bye Barkley Mauricio Pochettino – Mr Poch Has Gone To Wembley, His Knees Have Gone All Trembly David Wagner – Mr I’m Not Klopp’s Mini Me, Alright?! 20 Antonio Conte – Mr Text Message King Frank De Boer – Mr Shexier Than Big Sham Sean Dyche – Mr ‘I Gargle With Gravel’ Arsene Wenger – Mr Bulletproof Pep Guardiola – Mr How Successful Would I Be At Aston Villa? Jurgen Klopp – Mr Holding Coutinho Captive And I Don’t Care! – Click right to count to see more alternative manager names 20 20 20 20 Manchester United may have been Arsenal’s bitter rivals when Thierry Henry was playing for the Gunners, but he knows when respect is due.“When I met him for the first time, I called him Mr Premier League,” Henry said this week of United’s legendary former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.Henry even went as far as suggesting the Premier League trophy – which Fergie led United to on 13 occasions – should be named in the Scottish manager’s honour.But what if every current Premier League manager was given a ‘Mr’ nickname?Just for fun, we’ve had a go at assigning the 20 current Premier League managers an alternative moniker.Check them out in the gallery above. 20 Marco Silva – Mr How’s The EFL Going, Hull City? Chris Hughton – Mr Nice Guy 20 Eddie Howe – Mr I’m An English Manager So Must Be Linked With The England Job 20 20 20last_img read more

Danny Welbeck will not be allowed to leave Arsenal in January, insists Wenger

first_img Danny Welbeck is set to stay at Arsenal this month 1 Danny Welbeck will not be allowed to leave Arsenal in this transfer window amid interest from Besiktas and Crystal Palace, insists boss Arsene Wenger.The England striker is struggling for form and fitness this season but has still been the subject of much transfer speculation in this January window.But despite the prospect of adding Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to his squad, Wenger believes he needs Welbeck to stay as another attacking option.“I want Danny Welbeck to stay here,” the Gunners manager said at a press conference on Tuesday.The former Manchester United man will not, however, feature in Wenger’s squad for their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea, as he has been ruled out with a minor knock.Discussing his selection options, Wenger revealed: “We might have Aaron Ramsey back in the squad. He will have a fitness test. We have uncertainty about Nacho Monreal and he will also have a test.“Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck are a fraction short.”last_img read more

‘Begging Chelsea keep Conte and Mourinho finishes him off at Old Trafford’

first_imgAntonio Conte is under increasing pressure after his Chelsea side succumbed to a 4-1 loss at Watford in the Premier League on Monday night. The defeat in Hertfordshire comes off the back of a humiliating 3-0 reverse at home to Bournemouth last week and many suspect Conte will be relieved of his duties imminently, with ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique favourite to succeed him. Who could replace Antonio Conte if he leaves Stamford Bridge?However, the Italian remained defiant on rumours surrounding his future despite Chelsea’s downturn in form. Plenty of fans have had their say on Conte and Chelsea in the immediate aftermath of their Watford loss and the morning after. Some have demanded that it is time for a change at Chelsea, while others have suggested that sacking Conte would be part of a bigger problem that originates from the top of the club. Jose Mourinho supporters have also got in amongst it, reminding the world that Conte commented in the summer that he did not want a ‘Mourinho season’ after the Blues secured a Premier League title last season. Scroll down for some of the best tweets and Facebook comments on the Conte question. Chelsea went down 4-1 to Watford on Monday night 1last_img read more

The 72 on talkSPORT 2 – Football League podcast on Thursday, February 15

first_imgDan Windle is joined by Tom Barclay and Sam Parkin to dissect the latest topics dominating the EFL.They discuss the resurgence of Jack Grealish and Aston Villa with David Michael of the My Old Man Said fanzine and podcast.Former Wigan captain Emmerson Boyce also joins the show for an FA Cup flashback, reflecting on the Latics memorably winning the competition in 2013.Simon Grayson also chats to the guys following his appointment as Bradford manager to talk about his new role as well as his departure from Championship strugglers Sunderlandlast_img read more

Hospital plans support group

first_imgAlicia Gonzalez, a hospital spokeswoman, said she has lost a lot of loved ones over the years, and “it’s been very helpful to have this kind of setting where I can talk to someone about the loss. The memory will never, ever go away. We don’t want to forget, and we never will forget.” [email protected] (805) 583-7602 SUPPORT CENTER The new bereavement support groups at Simi Valley Hospital, which will begin next month, are free, open to the public and will meet every Thursday starting Aug. 17 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Aspen Outpatient Center conference room, 2750 N. Sycamore Drive. For more information, call (805) 955-6225.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“I will hear people saying they feel like there is pressure in their chest and they can’t breathe,” he said. Some say they can’t function, that they keep forgetting things, that they just don’t have the energy to get up in the morning. “It is as if their body has been injected of this poison, grief,” he said. “As they tell their story, they release some of that poison, that pain.” The Rev. Lewis Fry, pastor of Simi Valley United Methodist Church, said the new service is needed in the community, and that the clergy here will welcome it. “It’s the kind of thing all ministers like to be able to refer people to,” he said. “When a hospital is willing to provide that service, we certainly can make use of it at all of our churches. It is definitely something that helps the individual recover from that loss, and it helps the community.” SIMI VALLEY – Based on years of experience, the Rev. Ron Hyrchuk understood what Tiger Woods was going through as he broke into tears after winning the British Open last weekend. “In spite of millions of people watching, grief overwhelmed him,” Hyrchuk said, recalling how Woods fell sobbing into the arms of his caddie after his first win since his father, Earl, died of cancer May 6. “The reality just exploded in his face – his father is gone. That captures the whole picture of grief. People feel like their world is coming apart.” To help people cope with such grief, Hyrchuk – Simi Valley Hospital’s new director of spiritual care services – will begin conducting a bereavement support group at the hospital next month for people who have recently experienced the death of loved ones. “It can take a very, very long time for someone to get through their grief,” said Hyrchuk, who knows from 10 years’ experience at various hospitals in California that such groups can help people who are overwhelmed by their losses. last_img read more

Gibson’s arrest handled properly, Office of Independent Review says

first_imgGennaco also said that, although he’d never handled DUI cases while a federal prosecutor, he would not characterize Gibson’s arrest as being “without incident.” Gibson initially issued a statement Saturday apologizing for his “despicable comments,” and followed that up with another statement today in which he apologized to “everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words” he used when he was arrested. “Hatred of any kind goes against my faith,” he said in a statement released through publicist Alan Nierob. “I’m not just asking for forgiveness,” Gibson said. “I would like to take it one step further, and meet with leaders in the Jewish community, with whom I can have a one-on-one discussion to discern the appropriate path for healing.” Gibson said he’s “in the process of understanding where those vicious words came from during that drunken display” and hopes members of the Jewish community, “whom I have personally offended,” will help him in his recovery efforts. “There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark,” Gibson said. “But please know from my heart that I am not an anti-Semite. I am not a bigot. Hatred of any kind goes against my faith.” Some leaders of the Jewish community believe that Gibson’s attempt to reach out to them is premature. Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, said it was too soon for Gibson to meet with the Jewish community, and called anti-Semitism an illness on a par with drug and alcohol addiction. “This is a matter that has to be treated in the same way as his alcohol abuse,” Hier said. “Treatment is not immediate, the results are not immediate. Anti-semitisim wasn’t born in a day and it can’t be cured in a day.” To have a one-day event so quickly after making anti-Semitic statements “would make him look ridiculous and make us look ridiculous,” Hier said. “He needs to embark on a serious introspection on how to end that feeling about Jews. He’s an intelligent man – there are places to visit, books to read – where it’s not a planned event by his publicist.” “He will know and we will know when he is serious about his rehabilitation. If he is serious and really does that, he will not find the Jewish community wanting.” Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said he welcomed a dialogue – after the actor/director completes rehab. “We are glad that Mel Gibson has finally owned up to the fact that he made anti-Semitic remarks, and his apology sounds sincere. We welcome his efforts to repair the damage he has caused,” Foxman said in a statement. “Once he completes his rehabilitation for alcohol abuse, we will be ready and willing to help him with his second rehabilitation to combat this disease of prejudice.” “I welcome his words. And I hope and pray that they are sincere and heartfelt,” but Gibson needs to show “tangible actions” of repentance, said Rabbi Mark S. Diamond of the 280-member Board of Rabbis of Southern California. “I don’t want to minimize for a moment the hurt and anger, the anguish, his words have created in our community,” he said. Gibson acknowledged “there will be many in that community who will want nothing to do with me, and that would be understandable. But I pray that that door is not forever closed.” The sheriff’s deputy who arrested Gibson said Monday he feels badly that the star’s reputation has been damaged but he hopes Gibson will think twice before drinking and driving again. “I don’t take pride in hurting Mr. Gibson,” Deputy James Mee told The Associated Press during an interview outside his home. Mee, who is Jewish, said he didn’t take Gibson’s remarks seriously. “That stuff is booze talking,” the deputy said. However, Gibson’s latest statement said he must take responsibility for making anti-Semitic remarks because as a public person, “when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena.” Gibson noted that his apology and efforts to repair relations with the Jewish community “is not about a film.” ABC announced late Monday that it had scrapped plans for Gibson to produce a miniseries on the Holocaust. “This is about real life and recognizing the consequences hurtful words can have,” Gibson said. To some people, however, it is about movies. “I don’t think I want to see any more Mel Gibson movies,” Barbara Walters said Monday on the ABC talk show “The View.” ABC is owned by Disney, which was in the early stages of planning the marketing for Gibson’s next film “Apocalypto.” This is not the first time Gibson has faced accusations of anti-Semitism. Gibson produced, directed and financed the 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ,” which some Jewish leaders said cast Jews as the killers of Jesus. Days before “Passion” was released, Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson, was quoted as saying the Holocaust was mostly “fiction.” Gibson won a best-director Oscar for 1995’s “Braveheart” and starred in the “Lethal Weapon” and “Mad Max” films, among others. In recent years, he has turned his attention to producing films and TV shows through his Icon Productions. The hundreds of millions of dollars he made from “The Passion” has given the star the ability to finance his own films, giving him a measure of independence from the major studios. His last major starring role was in the 2002 film “Signs.” He played a supporting part in the 2003 film, “The Singing Detective,” which he also produced.285Love live music?Sign up for Festival Pass, a newsletter on Southern California’s festival culture. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“Whether the department was considering how this report might get out into the media and was, maybe, perhaps, looking to shield some of that report from the public realm. Gennaco’s comments came amid a growing outcry that the Academy Award-winning actor and director had received preferential treatment following his arrest on Pacific Coast Highway, where he was clocked driving 87 mph in a 45 mph zone. The arrest report said an open bottle of tequila was in the car. Sheriff’s officials initially said Gibson’s arrest was “without incident.” But portions of the arrest record – posted on the celebrity Web site – detailed Gibson’s tirade, making the comment that “the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” The report also said that Gibson tried to run from the scene after the arresting deputy, James Mee, offered to take him into custody without handcuffs. Gennaco said that while the Sheriff’s Department “prefers” that suspects be handcuffed, deputies have discretion in deciding whether to use restraints. Actor Mel Gibson’s DUI arrest was handled in accordinance with Sheriff’s Department policy, the head of the civilian oversight panel said today, while he vowed to investigate whether the subsequent report was “modified” to protect the actor’s professional reputation. Michael Gennaco, a former federal prosecutor who heads the Office of Independent Review, said his preliminary inquiry determined that Gibson’s arrest about 2:30 a.m. Friday was within policy and that the appropriate information had been turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for review. But he said he was still trying to determine why the report contained a “face sheet” giving the basics of the arrest, with details of Gibson’s anti-Semitic tirade contained in a supplement. “Why was the report was formatted so there was a prelimiary and supplemental report: It has to do with the issue that still remains out there,” Gennaco said during a morning press conference. last_img read more

Lineman involved outside of game

first_imgThe ones who score the touchdowns will get the headlines and most of the publicity, but that’s OK with Wallerstein. In football, a successful lineman must be an ultimate team player, and Wallerstein has learned to put his teammates first. “When they do well, I do well,” Wallerstein said. “When they’re in the newspaper, I know I’m doing my job.” Wallerstein is a part of a top-notch offensive line that includes returning starters Marc Valdez, Nick Madia and Nick Peterson. There isn’t another team in the league with as much strength and blocking skills. “It’s good to have teammates like these guys because if one of us falls, there’s always someone there to pick him up,” Wallerstein said. Wallerstein hopes football can carry him, and with his height and experience there’s a good chance he can develop into a major-college prospect. Beyond dreams of the NFL, Wallerstein hopes to become a forensic scientist. “I like science, and it would fun to investigate stuff,” he said. [email protected] (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – A.J. Wallerstein, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound offensive lineman at Canyon High, isn’t your typical football player. He loves to mix it up as much as anyone, helping Canyon to a Southern Section Div. II championship as a sophomore starter last season, but there’s a lot more to Wallerstein – not just as a player but as a person. For one, he’s among Canyon’s top students, maintaining a 4.2 grade-point average while taking difficult advanced-placement courses. Wallerstein also is on the verge of becoming an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, and he’s an active member of his local temple. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Perhaps most important, Wallerstein earns a great degree of satisfaction as a full-time summer camp counselor for youngsters ages 6-12. The job has allowed Wallerstein, 15, a chance to give back to the community and to serve as a role model, and he loves being a counselor. “Basically, my main job is to just watch out for the kids and make sure they don’t get hurt, but there’s a lot more to it,” Wallerstein said. “It’s a lot of fun, and I’d like to think the kids believe I’m doing a good job.” Besides his counselor job and daily four-hour football practices, Wallerstein has also managed to fit in an online AP chemistry course through John Hopkins University this summer in hope of lightening his academic load this fall. “He’s got a lot on his plate. He’s extremely well-rounded,” said Wallerstein’s father, David. “A.J. is just really good with kids, too.” Soon, the focus turns to football as Canyon prepares for the season opener in late August. Wallerstein’s main job will be to open holes for star running back J.J. DiLuigi, who scored a Foothill League-record 43touchdowns last year, and to protect quarterback Ben Longshore, who’s primed for a productive season. last_img read more

McFadden nets winner on return as Bonagee maintain their perfect start

first_imgDARREN MCFADDEN returned to Bonagee to strike a precious match winner as Bonagee United maintained their perfect start to the new Ulster Senior League.Bonagee United 1 Derry City Reserves 0By Chris McNulty at Dry Arch Park McFadden, in his first game back with Jason Gibson’s team, netted late in the first half as Bonagee made it three wins from three in the League.The clock was heading close to half-time when McFadden got ahead of Oisin Gibson, the Derry goalkeeper, to finish from close range.Bonagee were equally indebted to goalkeeper Eugene Ferry, who pulled off a super save to deny Brendan Barr as the midfielder bore in on goal midway through the second half. Bonagee were down the likes of Jordan Armstrong, Micheál Doherty and Jamie Lynagh, but they began well and Garbhan Grant just couldn’t get enough purchase on an early header. Michael Funston tried his luck from distance, but it was blocked by a defender.Derry enjoyed the bulk of the possession, but they were restricted to a testing Mark McFadden effort in the opening exchange, which Ferry dealt with.Jack Parke had a decent opening after the half-hour mark, but his shot flew off target.Bonagee had the better of the chances and Deano Larkin – who netted a late winner last weekend against Finn Harps Reserves – could have opened the scoring. From just inside the area, however, Larkin had too much elevation on his shot.Bonagee led just before the break as McFadden – who has come back to Dry Arch Park after a spell with Maiden City – broke the stalemate. Funston went close to doubling the lead with a superb effort off the outside of his right boot. The swerving attempt was beaten away by Gibson, who also parried from Ryan Rainey.Ferry turned away an awkward drive from Matty Walker, before the ‘keeper raced from his line to save from Barr at the vital second, just when an equaliser seemed inevitable. Bonagee might have put the issue to rest late in the game, but Larkin was denied by Gibson before sub Chris Breen fired wide.Bonagee United: Eugene Ferry, Michael Funston, Chris Flanagan, Gareth Breslin, Sean Hume, Mark Harkin, Daniel O’Donnell, Deano Larkin, Darren McFadden, Garbhan Grant, Ryan Rainey. Subs: Peter Carr, Chris Breen, Duncan Patterson, John Roulstone. Derry City Reserves: Oisin Gibson, Jack Parke, Matty Walker, Ronan Boyce, Kyle McCann, Brendan Barr, Mark McFadden, Orrin McLaughlin, Patrick Ferry, Dominic Dunne, Jack Coyle. Subs: Shaun McDermott, Odhran Kennedy, Adam Taggart, Caolan McLaughlin, Michael Harris, Daylan Farren, Caoimhan Porter.Referee: Garbhan Taggart.McFadden nets winner on return as Bonagee maintain their perfect start was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BONAGEE UNITEDChris BreenDarren McFaddenDerry City ReservesEugene FerryMichael FunstonRyan RaineyUlster Senior Leaguelast_img read more


first_imgAN OUTBREAK OF flu in the county – including the H1N1 swine flu strain – will get worse before it gets better, the country’s top doctor warned today.Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan said the number of human swine flu cases could exceed the peak seen during the pandemic in 2009.He said there is likely to be a continued rise in cases over the next two to four weeks. During the peak of the pandemic in 2009, Ireland was seeing over 200 new cases for every 100,000 people.That’s more bad news for hospitals, GPs and businesses who are reporting high sickness levels in the county this week.Some clinics at Letterkenny and Sligo hospitals are being cancelled due to an influx of suspected flu patients and illness amongst hospital staff.People due to attend outpatient clinics or surgeries over the next week are being advised to check with their hospitals first. Medical 2 Ward at LGH is closed to visitors for infection prevention and control purposes.In a statement LGH said: “Visitors are asked not to visit the hospital unless it is absolutely essential and, where it is essential, visitor numbers should be kept to a minimum and be confined to visiting times only – visitors are asked to co-operate with staff in all matters in this regard.“Visitors who themselves may be unwell or have any flu symptoms should not visit the hospital. Very young children or those with some other serious illness should avoid visiting the hospital, as they may be particularly susceptible to the virus.“Visitors are asked to wash their hands thoroughly before entering or leaving the inpatient area. Management at Letterkenny General Hospital regret any inconvenience caused and thank people for their cooperation.”Flu has also hit the Donegal GAA team, forcing a delay in the naming of the team for this weekend’s game. SEE SPORT endsSWINE FLU LATEST: HOSPITALS AND BUSINESSES HIT AS MEDIC WARNS ILLNESS WILL SPREAD was last modified: January 7th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fluletterkennysligoswinelast_img read more

Neil Patrick Harris, TV’s Doogie Howser, says he’s gay

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neil Patrick Harris is gay and wants to quell any rumors to the contrary. “(I) am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest,” Harris tells People magazine’s Web site. The 33-year-old actor said he was motivated to disclose his sexuality because of recent “speculation and interest in my private life and relationships.” Harris stars on the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” He started on TV as a teen, playing the namesake doctor on the series “Doogie Howser, M.D.”last_img read more

Investors gaga about Google

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc.’s stock price surpassed $500 Tuesday for the first time, marking another milestone in a rapid rise that has catapulted the Internet search leader into the corporate elite. Continuing a recent surge driven by Wall Street’s high expectations for the company, Google’s shares rose $14.60, or nearly 3 percent, to close at $509.65 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. That left Google with a market value of about $156 billion just eight years after former Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin started the business in a Silicon Valley garage. The Mountain View-based company now ranks as Silicon Valley’s second-most-valuable business, eclipsing the likes of Intel Corp., the world’s largest computer chip maker, and Hewlett-Packard Co., a high-tech pioneer that, 67 years ago, also famously started in a garage. The only Silicon Valley firm worth more than Google is networking-equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc., with a market value of about $163 billion. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Google’s remarkable success has made Page and Brin, both 33, and their handpicked chief executive, Eric Schmidt, multibillionaires. Hundreds of other Google employees are millionaires because so many investors want to own a piece of a company that has become the Internet’s most powerful financial force while building a brand so ingrained in society that it has become part of the English language. It took slightly more than a year for Google’s shares to travel from $400 to $500 – the stock’s longest journey from one major milestone to the next since the company priced its initial public offering at $85 in August 2004. The shares topped $100 on their first day of trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, then crossed $200 in less than three months. The stock broke through $300 seven months later in June 2005 and then breached $400 on Nov. 17 last year. The latest spurt of optimism appeared to reflect a belief that Google will quickly introduce ways to mine more online-advertising revenue from its just-completed $1.65 billion acquisition of YouTube Inc. Google used its stock to finance the deal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Italian, spy’s wife exposed to isotope

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – The wife of an ex-KGB agent fatally poisoned in Britain and the Italian security expert he met the day he fell ill both showed traces of the same radioactive substance found in the dead man’s body, friends and officials said Friday. The inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko widened with the new positive test results, the evacuation of a hotel in southern England, and the sweep of an Irish hospital that treated a Russian opposition leader for what his aides described as poisoning. In Italy, the government sought to reassure the public there was no danger. The Italian, Mario Scaramella, was hospitalized in protective police custody after tests confirmed he had been exposed to polonium-210, the rare isotope found in Litvinenko’s body before he died Nov. 23. “My son has been poisoned,” the Italian’s father, Amedeo Scaramella, said by telephone. He then said he was too distraught to talk and hung up. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Scaramella was exposed to a much lower level of radiation than Litvinenko, doctors treating him at London’s University College Hospital said. He has shown “no symptoms of radiation poisoning,” hospital spokesman Keith Paterson said. Italian news agency ANSA reported that a female companion of Scaramella was being tested for traces of radiation but British health officials could not immediately confirm that. Litvinenko’s wife, Marina, was also “very slightly contaminated” by the radioactive substance found in her husband’s body, the former KGB agent’s friend, Alex Goldfarb, told The Associated Press. He said she did not need medical treatment. Home Secretary John Reid confirmed that a member of Litvinenko’s family had tested positive for signs of polonium-210, but he did not name the person. Pat Troop, chief executive of Britain’s Health Protection Agency, said the relative faced a “very small” long-term health risk. It was not immediately clear how Scaramella or Litvinenko’s wife may have been exposed to the polonium-210. They could have come into contact directly with the substance or been exposed through contact with Litvinenko, who could have excreted trace amounts through his perspiration. last_img read more

Witnesses testify to actions by Van Cleave

first_imgGrand jury testimony reveals that a then-Baldwin Park councilman allegedly threatened to run a rental-car company out of town, took cash advances for expenses later charged to a city credit card and racked up more than $400 on a phone line meant for a city computer. The witnesses’ accounts prompted a grand jury to indict former Councilman Bill Van Cleave in September, and the District Attorney later filed charges accusing him of of misappropriating public funds. Van Cleave has pleaded not guilty and the case goes to trial in February. “I could never screw the city,” he said Thursday. “I would never screw anybody. I had never submitted anything for anything.” The city canceled the councilman’s credit card in April 2004 but later issued him a second one so he could pay for a hotel room for a conference. City documents also showed Van Cleave submitted a request to be reimbursed for working out of his home and using his vehicle for May 25 and 26 when he was supposed to be at a conference in Las Vegas. Van Cleave said the only time he didn’t make it to a conference was the one at Palm Springs. He drove, got ill and stopped at a hotel. He called city officials and told them he would rest in the parking lot and go home. Van Cleave is also accused of misusing a phone line the city installed so council members can access their e-mails and do other work using a city-issued computer. The eventual cost was $462.93. Part of that total came from phone calls to and collect calls from prisons between January and April 2004. But in 2004, Van Cleave said the collect calls were from prisoners he was surveying to retrieve information on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which he was trying to keep out of Baldwin Park. On Thursday, he said when people called 4-1-1 for him, the line the city set up was the one given. He said there was a family staying with them and the children made calls, that someone else who stayed with them took collect calls from her husband who was in prison and that prisoners were calling him with their stories. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But court documents tell a different story. In December 2004, Van Cleave rented a vehicle from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. But after he ignored the company’s demands to pay the rental bill, employees took back the car in April 2005. Records show he later called the Baldwin Park office on June 15, 2005, and allegedly used profanity, yelled and insisted he should not have to pay any money due. He also said “he brought us into this town and he would be the one to take us out,” the company noted. Van Cleave denied threatening an Enterprise employee and said he owes Enterprise nothing. He said he told the company to charge his personal credit card for the rental car, but Enterprise continued to charge the city credit card. City staff acknowledged to the grand jury that they stopped giving Van Cleave cash advances because there were several occasions when they were not “completely sure” he attended the conference he said he was going to. last_img read more

Milestones seen for 2007

first_imgPALMDALE – The city will see its new leader settling in at the helm in the new year, a push on law enforcement, new retail on the east side, and, perhaps, an airline. Mayor Jim Ledford said one of the major changes for Palmdale in 2007 will be reorganization of City Hall under new City Manager Steve Williams. Williams, the city’s former public works director and assistant city manager, is stepping into the role held by Bob Toone for the past 20 years. “The re-organization gives us a new look at everything,” Ledford said. “The city will get a new stamp or mark from the new leadership.” Ledford said Williams will be deeply involved with trying to find ways to enhance public safety. How exactly that will pan out remains to be seen, but the city will be looking for a strong connection with its residents. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see“You will see connectivity with residents and neighborhoods,” Ledford said. “There is a role for our residents to play in helping our Sheriff’s Department. The better job we do with that connectivity, the safer our community will be.” The mayor also expects a partnership between the city and Los Angeles County to create two new fire stations in 2007. Station 93 is scheduled to be built at 57th Street East and Avenue R, next to Domenic Massari Park, and Station 136 should be built near Town Center Drive and Bolz Ranch Road in the Rancho Vista area. The stations are expected to cost roughly $4 million each. A public-safety fund set up by the city’s redevelopment agency in 1993 will pay about 24 percent of the cost for Station 93 and 29 percent for Station 136. Palmdale city government has contributed more than $600,000 toward the two stations and will also contribute $130,000 for roadwork and utility lines to support the stations. Scheduled for late 2007 is the completion of the $239 million Palmdale Regional Hospital Medical Center, being developed by Universal Health Services. The hospital will be licensed for 239 beds and will employ about 1,000 workers. That completion date might slip into 2008, Ledford said. Regardless, the project is expected to attract medical offices and those seeking to provide services to the hospital, Ledford said. “You will see significant investment in development in and around the hospital,” Ledford predicted. “It’s a huge economic development in our city. It’ll put more money into the economy, more jobs will be created in the construction of those developments and more jobs created in staffing those developments when they are completed.” The city should also see major retail development in 2007. Among the projects is a 522,760-square-foot shopping center at Avenue R and 47th Street East that will be anchored by a Target store. The Target is expected to be completed in late 2007. Work on that center will carry over into 2008. At 47th Street East and Avenue S, a shopping center is under construction that will add more than 63,000 square feet of retail and office space when complete. That project will include a Chili’s restaurant, Starbucks coffee and a Subway sandwich shop. “You will see those developments start to materialize,” Ledford said. “They will be welcomed additions to the eastside landscape.” A possibility for 2007 is an airline. A coalition led by Los Angeles World Airports is offering $4.6 million in incentives to attract air service for Palmdale. The coalition, called Wheels Up Palmdale, will offer more than $2 million in funding to offset operating costs for an airline serving the community and an additional $2.6 million in the form of terminal rental waivers and nonmonetary services, such as marketing. The money will be given only in the event the airline shows an operating loss in its Palmdale operations. A $900,000 federal grant is a major portion of that incentive package. “Our federal grant will be a huge factor in that,” Ledford said of soliciting an airline. “That’s a major enticement.” Ledford is also hopeful that LAWA will be able to fill Site 9, the former B-1 bomber factory that has been rented out as a movie soundstage, most recently for the third “Pirates of the Caribbean” film. The facility, at Rancho Vista Boulevard and 30th Street East, has 1 million square feet of industrial floor space. “The movies are fun and exciting, but those buildings are designed for an airport,” Ledford said. “There’s a huge opportunity out there.” [email protected] (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Derby vs Nottingham Forest: Preview, team news, confirmed XIs, plus more

first_img no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Aitor Karanka’s men cannot afford to lose further ground on those above them after suffering a shock home defeat to Preston in their previous fixture.Meanwhile, Frank Lampard’s Rams could climb up to third in the Championship if they secure a third consecutive victory.Where can I listen?Derby vs Nottingham Forest will be live on talkSPORT2, kick-off 7.45pm.Click HERE to listen to full commentary, or tune in through our radioplayer below… 3 BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Frank Lampard’s Derby can climb to third RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Joe Ledley could make his comeback from injury MONEY Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED What the managers are sayingFrank Lampard (Derby): “They are organised, Karanka has a history of being a very good coach and manager, he organises his teams very well and he knows what it takes to get up in this Championship.“Against a team like Nottingham Forest, with the quality they have, and against a team in a Championship and against a team in a big derby, there will be moments when you suffer, moments when the opposition have opportunities.”Aitor Karanka (Nottingham Forest): “I have heard people describe it as being the biggest derby in years. And that is good, because it means we are fighting with a team who has been in this position in the table for much of the last five or six years.“For us to be competing with them, having worked together this season, is because we are doing something well.”Team newsDerby midfielder Joe Ledley, who has not played for the Rams since August 25, is still out with a hip injury.Summer signing George Evans makes the bench after several injury setbacks over the past few months, but Bradley Johnson (suspended) and Mason Bennett (hamstring) will miss out. REVEALED Latest Football News 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 The visitors will be without defender Tobias Figueiredo, who is serving the last of a three-match ban.Michael Dawson and Danny Fox are both doubts, while Hilal Soudani and Sam Byram remain injured.Confirmed line-upsDerby: Carson, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone, Huddlestone, Bryson, Mount, Wilson, Lawrence, Marriott.Nottingham Forest: Pantilimon; Darikwa, Hefele, Robinson, Osborn; Yacob, Colback; Janko, Carvalho, Lolley; Grabban. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Nottingham Forest will look to close the gap on fierce local rivals Derby when they travel to Pride Park for one of the most important East Midlands derbies in years.Both sides are chasing promotion to the Premier League ahead of Monday night’s clash, with three points separating the Rams in fifth and their visitors in seventh. Aitor Karanka knows the importance of the derby huge blow last_img read more

Fabregas set to make his final appearance for Blues in FA Cup against Notts Forest

first_imgCesc Fabregas is set to make his final appearance for Chelsea against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Saturday.The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, with the Spaniard closing to agreeing a deal to sign for France giants Monaco this month. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Cesc Fabregas looks set to leave Chelsea this month Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade It’s expected that popular midfielder will make his final bow for the Blues in their third round tie against the Championship side this weekend.The former Arsenal has struggled for first-team opportunities this season, being restricted to just six appearances in the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri.However, the Italian had expressed a desire for Fabregas to remain in west London and put pen-to-paper on a new deal – but it appears that wish has fallen on deaf ears.When he was recently quizzed about Fabregas’ future, Sarri said: “In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc. latest Sarri wanted Fabregas, left, to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge “I want him to stay, I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.“But for me it’s very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it’s not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player.“And I think that in the market it’s very difficult to find a player with his characteristics.”The Blues return to Premier League action on January 12 when they entertain a struggling Newcastle side. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions getty revealed appointed Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion scrap gameday cracker Most Read In Football BEST OF RANKED SORRY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 3 3 3 The midfielder is closing in on a move to Ligue 1 giants Monaco last_img read more

Raheem Sterling grabs 13-minute hat-trick to put Man City four points clear

first_imgRaheem Sterling scored a 13-minute hat-trick as Manchester City beat Watford 3-1 to open up a four-point gap at the top of the Premier League.There was an element of controversy over the winger’s opener but his speedy treble turned a frustrating game decisively in City’s favour early in the second half. There was plenty of controversy over Sterling’s opener that was awarded after a lengthy consultation between referee Paul Tierney and his assistant Eddie Smart.Initially Sterling seemed well offside as he ran on to a ball from Aguero, who was deemed to have controlled with his chest despite appeals for handball.But an attempted intervention from Daryl Janmaat proved critical, with the ball rebounding off the defender and then Sterling before looping into the net.Watford’s players reacted angrily when the officials eventually decided the goal should stand and their minds may have been elsewhere when Sterling doubled his tally moments later. Raheem Sterling was a very popular man among his teammates Gerard Deulofeu did pull one back for the visitors at the Etihad Stadium but City held on to turn up the heat on closest challengers Liverpool ahead of their game against Burnley on Sunday.City’s resolve was again tested by opponents seemingly intent on damage limitation.Yet after a week of off-field turmoil for City, Pep Guardiola’s men found a way by once again showing that on the field they remain in good health.When they hosted Liverpool on January 3, City could have fallen 10 points behind at the top but now they are firmly back in control of their destiny. There was a dispute regarding the first goal Gerard Deulofeu bagged a consolation 5 It took time for them to find a way through as Watford, after making seven changes, sat deep. For a third league game in succession, City were involved in a goalless first half.David Silva had an early opportunity when Riyad Mahrez delivered an inviting cross from the right but could not make firm contact with his header.Oleksandr Zinchenko drove an effort across goal that Sergio Aguero could not reach before the Argentinian spurned a fine chance when he headed wide from a Bernardo Silva cross.Mahrez curled an effort over just before the break but any fears City might be facing a long grind were dispelled in the opening minutes of the second half. Raheem Sterling soon added a second center_img 5 5 5 This time there was no debate as the England forward simply tapped in from a low Mahrez cross.The visitors’ resistance was broken and Sterling completed his treble just before the hour as he jinked through the area from a Silva through ball and blasted past Ben Foster.Sterling was replaced by Leroy Sane soon after but Watford also made changes and the twin introductions of Troy Deeney and Deulofeu – who were presumably rested with next week’s FA Cup quarter-finals in mind – made a difference. Within seconds Deeney played in Deulofeu and the Spaniard finished confidently.It was too little too late, though, and City, who had further chances through Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, eased to victory. Sterling completed his hat-trick and settle the match before the 60th minute 5last_img read more

Sergio Ramos answers questions about ‘rows’ with Perez and Marcelo

first_img REVEALED 2 Sergio Ramos has been honest about Real Madrid’s season on Twitter Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card There are 11 live commentaries across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and when you can hear them, below… Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Asked if the yellow card was a mistake, Ramos said: “Absolutely it was an error and I take the blame 200 per cent.”Spanish outlets reported a heated dressing room argument between Ramos and Perez after the shock Ajax defeat.But the defender said: “Dressing room issues are discussed and resolved in the dressing room. There’s no problem whatsoever and everybody has the same interest: Real Madrid.”On a training ground bust-up with team-mate Marcelo, Ramos added: “We have exchanges in every training session.“It’s part of working with pressure. But it’s just an anecdote like so many others that happen from day to day. Marcelo is like a brother to me.” Solari’s job is understood to be at risk after overseeing four successive home defeats.Asked about his manager’s situation, Ramos said: “It’s a decision that’s not ours to make and in which we never interfere.“We have enormous respect for the position and we always support the Real Madrid coach.”Ramos ended his Q&A, saying: “These reflections are, without doubt, the result of a deeply disappointing season but if success didn’t stop us, we’re not going to let defeat stop us. It’s our obligation to carry on, to work and to evolve. 2 RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img BEST OF shining ADVICE Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED As footballers we like to do our talking on the pitch but this season is not turning out that way.Recent events have been disastrous and I’m not hiding. We are not hiding. We the players are primarily responsible and I, as captain, more than anyone.— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) March 11, 2019 MONEY Sergio Ramos thinks of Marcelo as a brother and played down their reported training ground bust up no dice “And to remember that some of us are lucky enough to play for Real Madrid, some of us are lucky enough to form part of its history, but Real Madrid was, is and will always be Real Madrid.“No one name makes the legend of Real Madrid, but we have all written that legend together.“Together we have to work for the future and restore our hope. Madridista Commitment.” LIVE on talkSPORT REPLY Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has addressed his rumoured rows with club president Florentino Perez and team-mate Marcelo.The 32-year-old also took time on his Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages to discuss his relationship with under pressure manager Santiago Solari and his controversial yellow card against Ajax. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Reading vs Leeds (Tuesday) – talkSPORT 2Bayern Munich vs Liverpool (Wednesday) – talkSPORTNottingham Forest vs Aston Villa (Wednesday) – talkSPORT 2Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Crystal Palace (Saturday) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield United (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Huddersfield (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Swansea vs Manchester City (Saturday) – talkSPORTWolves vs Manchester United (Saturday) – talkSPORTMillwall vs Brighton (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2Fulham vs Liverpool (Sunday) – talkSPORT Real and Ramos have endured a miserable season – they are 12 points behind LaLiga leaders Barcelona and were knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax at the last 16 stage.The Spain international said: “As footballers we like to do our talking on the pitch but this season is not turning out that way.“Recent events have been disastrous and I’m not hiding. We are not hiding. We the players are primarily responsible and I, as captain, more than anyone.“That’s why I thought that the most honest way to answer the questions that are circulating around us would be to tackle them directly.”Last month, Ramos was slapped with a two-match ban by UEFA for deliberately getting a yellow card in the latter stages of Real’s Champions League first leg win against Ajax.It was an attempt to ensure a ban would not be hanging over him later in the competition, which subsequently backfired in spectacular fashion.The skipper’s absence was heavily felt in the second leg as the Dutch side thrashed Real 4-1 at the Bernabeu to progress to the quarter-finals.last_img read more

22-goal starlet or PL ace – the strikers Chelsea should sign if ban is overturned

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Icardi has been linked with a move away from Inter several times Luka Jovic (Eintracht Frankfurt, on loan from Benfica)The Benfica forward forward has risen to be one of the hottest properties in Europe with his fine performances in the Bundesliga since joining Eintracht Frankfurt on loan.The 21-year-old has netted 22 goals in all competitions this season, and Barcelona are now reportedly preparing a £50million bid to secure his services.However, if there is any sense of urgency at Chelsea, the Blues hierarchy should move quick to hijack the deal as this forward is the real deal.He has shown his class in Germany and appears to possess the same bullish traits as Chelsea’s last world class striker – Diego Costa.Furthermore, Jovic is still very young and could solve the Blues’ problems up front for many years to come. Chelsea have had a turbulent season under Maurizio Sarri getty BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Dembele has found his feet in Lyon REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade He could prove to be a big hit in the English top flight, with his skill set seemingly perfectly suited to the division.A move for Dembele, however, would no doubt be a risk, but it may be worth taking as he would be a cheaper option than the other forwards in this list. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan)The Argentine has long been linked with a move away from Inter and his position at the club looks precarious after he was stripped of the captaincy in February.There is no question that he is hugely talented as he has a phenomenal goal record for the Serie A side, with 109 strikes in just 179 league matches.It would be a major coup if Chelsea land Icardi this summer, demonstrating their intent to become a force in Europe again. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 5 ADVICE However, there are still some reasons to be optimistic if you’re a Blues fan.Chelsea can still qualify for the Champions League – most likely by winning the Europa League – and their transfer ban may be overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.One thing is certain, however – Chelsea’s squad is in need of a massive overhaul.If the ban is overturned, a new striker is essential, as although Gonzalo Higuain has shown glimpses of his quality throughout his loan spell, he is not the player he used to be.But which strikers should Chelsea target? takes a look… 5 REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Chelsea’s season has hit rock bottom.The fans are revolting because of the manager, the owner has been exiled and the club can’t even sign any players because of their two-window transfer ban. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move gameday cracker Jimenez has been superb for Wolves this season Raul Jimenez (Wolves/Benfica)The Mexican forward has taken the league by storm this season since signing on loan for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side from Benfica.He has helped Wanderers to their best ever Premier League season, netting 12 league goals and adding six assists in 30 matches.Wolves are keen to sign the striker permanently, but now that he has proven himself in the English top flight, Chelsea should snap him up before Nuno’s side complete a deal for the striker. shining 5 Moussa Dembele (Lyon)There was a lot pressure on the Frenchman’s shoulders when he moved to Lyon from Celtic last summer but he has delivered with 19 goals in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side.The 22-year-old is no stranger to English football, having played for Fulham before joining Celtic.But he was still very young during his spell with the Cottagers and now he has more experience under his belt in the Scottish and French leagues. 5 Jovic has been enjoying a prolific spell in front of goal throughout 2018/19 RANKED REPLY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? getty no dice 5 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

Man United ‘to trigger’ Tottenham ace’s release clause this summer

first_imgOld Trafford deal-makers are set ‘to trigger’ the £25million release clause, although they have not yet made contact with Spurs over the move.Aldeweireld has spent four seasons at Tottenham and has accumulated over 100 Premier League appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.The Belgium international has emerged as one of the best defenders in English football throughout his time in north London. Toby Alderweireld has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past REVEALED tense getty gameday cracker Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED By taking up the extension, Spurs activated a £25million release clause which kicks in at the start of the summer transfer window.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already started preparations for a busy summer in the market.He has made Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho his top target – with a £100m deal mooted for the England starlet.According to The Sun, United are also keen to add to their defence and have identified the 30-year-old as the ideal player to slot straight into their first-team next season. Manchester United have reignited their interest in Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, according to reports.The north London club triggered a 12-month extension on the Belgian’s deal at the beginning of the year after failing to reach an agreement over a new contract. huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF REPLY 2center_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 no dice ADVICE shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Alderweireld could be one of Solskjaer’s first signings as Man United manager Former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho spoke openly for months about wanting to sign a centre-half, and Alderweireld was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford.A deal for the 30-year-old was vetoed by the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, however, due to fears Alderweireld could not play as part of a two-man defence.It now looks like the defender could be headed north for a cut-price fee and may well be one of Solskjaer’s first signings as United manager.last_img read more

From Bangkok to Barnet – clubs will now discover Carabao Cup fate at Morrisons

first_img whoops Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea REVEALED Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REAL DEAL deals JIBE Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Fans will once again be able to watch the draw live, either in the store or on the Carabao Cup Facebook page.Manchester City will be looking to win the competition for a third successive season after beating Chelsea and Arsenal in the last two finals.This season’s first round draw, which will produce 35 fixtures, will include cup debutants Salford City.In May, the club were promoted to the EFL for the first time and the 70 teams will be split into northern and southern sections, with first round ties scheduled to be played during the week commencing 12 August.Huddersfield, who finished bottom of the Premier League, will be involved in this season’s first round, while fellow relegated clubs Cardiff and Fulham will enter in the second round. John Barnes,. who will be alongside Ray Parlour for the draw, won the competition with Liverpool in 1995 IN DEMAND Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder A Morrisons supermarket will host the draw for the Carabao Cup first round.On Thursday, former Liverpool star, John Barnes, and Arsenal ‘Invincible’ Ray Parlour will select the balls at the Colindale store, which is around three miles from Wembley Stadium. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Manchester City are the reigning Carabao Cup champions punished Max Rushden and Ray Parlour discuss whether Frank Lampard is ready for the Chelsea job Previous draws have been held in Bangkok, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.talkSPORT’s co-host Parlour, who won the competition with the Gunners in 1993, told “Hosting the draw in a supermarket as fans go about their daily lives provides them with a great opportunity to engage with the competition.”A series of technical faults marred the Bangkok draw in 2017, with incorrect fixtures shown on a television graphic. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Paul Greenwood The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:28Loaded: 11.27%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:28 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen latest 2 boost 2 Getty last_img read more

Man City vs Kitchee: How to live stream friendly clash online for free

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Getty Images – Getty deals Pep Guardiola’s Man City take on Kitchee in a pre-season friendly OFF What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ LATEST 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ New job LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Getty – Contributor 2 targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January center_img FAREWELL Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers They are now set to take on Kitchee before wrapping up their tour on Saturday and heading back to England.City face Liverpool in the Community Shield on August 4 before taking on West Ham in their opening top-flight fixture on August 10. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Man City vs Kitchee: Date and kick off timeThe friendly clash is set for Wednesday, July 24 and will kick off at 1pm UK time.It is being held at the 40,000 capacity Hong Kong Stadium.City will then complete their tour of the Far East on Saturday by taking on sister club Yokohama F. Marinos at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama, Japan.Man City pre-season fixtures: Friendlies in Asia, Liverpool clash plus other ties – dates, times and venuesMan City vs Kitchee: TV channel and live streamCoverage of this match will be shown on Man City for TV – the club’s new streaming service.Users can try a free 30-day trial for Man City for TV while it costs £1.99 per month usually.It is available to stream on devices including Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV Stick. Manchester City continue their preparations for the new season by taking on Hong Kong Premier League side Kitchee.City have been in Asia for their pre-season schedule and lost to Wolves in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy over the weekend. TROPHY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REVEALED latest Raheem Sterling in action for Man City during pre-seasonMan City vs Kitchee: Team newsPhil Foden could get his first minutes of pre-season action after joining up with his City team-mates following England duty.City’s South American and African players are on holiday following their involvements at this summer’s international tournaments.Man City: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Angelino, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Bernardo, Sterling.Subs: Grimshaw, Danilo, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Nmecha, Foden, Touaizi, Pozo, Doyle, A.Garcia, Harwood-Bellis, Bernabe, Poveda, Diounkou.last_img read more

Gareth Bale set to end Real Madrid nightmare with £1m-a-week deal

first_imgZinedine Zidane wanted Bale out of Madrid, but the former Tottenham Hotspur man was content to see out the remaining three years of his deal in the Spanish capital.The Frenchman effectively ended Bale’s Real career after last Sunday’s pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich by saying: “He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure and that’s why he didn’t play.“We’ll have to see what happens in the coming days. We’ll have to see if it goes through tomorrow, if it does then all the better. Let’s hope, for everyone’s sake, that it happens soon. The club is dealing with the club that he’ll move to.”Despite coming off the substitutes bench and scoring against Arsenal, Zidane then gave Bale the silent treatment, choosing not to try to explain the situation with him personally or find out what the player wanted. 2 Gareth Bale is set to sign a deal worth more than £1million a week AFP or licensors To put the deal into comparison, Lionel Messi is the best-paid player in the world on £1.7m-a-week and Bale will not be far off that. A source close to the former Tottenham Hotspur star described the Jiangsu offer as ‘unbelievable’. Gareth Bale will end his Real Madrid nightmare after agreeing a lucrative move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning worth more than £1million-a-week.According to reports, the Wales international is in the final stages of negotiations ahead of his move to the Far East which will see him almost double his current £600,000-a-week wages in Spain. 2 Bale still has three years left on his current deal at Real Madrid getty images According to The Telegraph, a deal is set to be completed in the next few hours and Bale will sign a three-year deal.Owing to his already mammoth wages, European clubs were reluctant to sign the 30-year-old and rumours of a move to Manchester United were pure specultaion. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:11Loaded: 13.93%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Manchester United fan Chris says he doesn’t want Bale or Messi at club In six years at Madrid, Bale collected four Champions League winners medals and a LaLiga title – justifying his world record £86m fee and making him the most successful British export in football.Ezequiel Lavezzi is China’s highest-paid player on £500,000-a-week at Hebei China Fortune, but Bale’s deal will dwarf the Argentine’s pay packet.last_img read more

Kante told Lampard his legs were ‘dead’ before making lung bursting sprint

first_img New job Lampard said he was disgusted by the abuse sent to Tammy Abraham AFP or licensors “At the same time, within moments or hours afterwards, somebody sitting behind a keyboard or a phone has said the most disgusting things possible.“I don’t know how these platforms are allowed that you can do it. It is too easy to be done. Something needs to be done as well as people changing their mindsets completely.“That might not be easy with everybody but I am so angry for Tammy, angry for us as a club because that’s not what we are about.“The club does a lot of work against discrimination of all levels and it is a setback when these things happen.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 3 LATEST Kante played 120 minutes despite carrying an injury FAREWELL Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest 3 A Chelsea spokesman described the posts as ‘abhorrent’, with the club promising the ‘strongest possible action’ if any of their fans are proven to be involved, while Kick It Out also condemned the actions.Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Premier League visit of Leicester, Lampard said he was left ‘disgusted’ by one particular post.“Obviously Tammy is disappointed,” he said. “Who wouldn’t be? He’s more than disappointed, that’s probably the wrong word. I am particularly disgusted by the (one) so-called Chelsea fan.“To see the different ends of the spectrum of the evening: Tammy Abraham asked me to take the fifth penalty because he wanted to take it, wanted to stand up and be brave on a big night when the world is watching. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS OFF Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has heaped praise on N’Golo Kante for his tireless performance against Liverpool in the Super Cup final.The midfielder put in a stellar display on his return from injury for the Istanbul showpiece, despite the Blues’ eventual shoot-out defeat. on target BIG PRESENTS UP TOP AFP or licensors 3 Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error Lampard was delighted with the entire team, but singled out Kante in particular as the standout player.He said: “He’s not trained that much, I’ve had to protect him because he’s played and played and played for years and he had a serious injury.“He said to me at half-time in extra-time that his legs were finished, his legs were dead – and then he’s sprinting 50 yards to cover.“We know how important he is to this club and we’re delighted to have him.“And you saw the difference he made tonight.” deals Last year, Maurizio Sarri was blasted for playing Kante in a more advanced role.But the nimble midfielder has revealed he enjoys playing in that position.“I like to play in this position, this is where I played last year,” he said. “The coach asked me to play in this position, I like to do it.“I know what to do with my teammates and we played a good game tonight.”Meanwhile, Lampard has insisted social media sites must do more to weed out online trolls after Tammy Abraham received racist abuse following the defeat to Liverpool.The England international saw his penalty saved in the shoot-out and was targeted on Twitter as a result. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Abraham has been targeted by trolls online Getty – Contributor Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas stalemate Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested last_img read more

Maddison has gone from washing his manager’s car to Man United and Spurs target

first_img MOST READ IN FOOTBALL ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane gameday cracker appointed 5 Maddison burst on to the scene as a 17-year-old at Coventry latest Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more PAYBACK Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:42Loaded: 9.68%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:42 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen 5 5 “He went to me ‘Who is that player, Steven? He’s different class’. I nodded in agreement.“When you’ve got a manager who has worked with some of the very best in the world saying that about a player you know he’s got half a chance of making it to the top.“I said to people at the club at the time that we had a very special talent on our hands and as you say the rest is history, really.”So just how much can Maddison achieve in the game? And should he resist a potential move to a top-six club and stay at Leicester which could ultimately aid his development further?“I think James is at the perfect club at this moment in time, working under an excellent manager who has a proven track record for nurturing youth,” Pressley stated.“I know the wee man is very ambitious and he’ll want to play at the very top sooner rather than later, but my message to him would not to be in any rush to leave Leicester anytime soon. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed 5 SORRY That impressive run of form has seen Maddison linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium already, with Manchester United and Tottenham both huge admirers.This comes as no surprise to his former Coventry manager, Steven Pressley, who handed Maddison his first ever senior start as a 17-year-old in a League Cup tie with Cardiff City in August 2014.It was ‘tough love’ as far as the pair’s relationship was concerned – Maddison has previously gone on record saying how ‘massive’ the Scot has been in his development.Brendan Rodgers accepts Man United could be ‘too hard to refuse’ for James MaddisonPressley, now in charge of Carlisle United, instilled the type of values and ethics into Maddison he does with every youngster he works with, in the hope he’d go on and have a long, distinguished career.However, there was one occasion when Maddison didn’t meet those standards and felt the wrath of Pressley, who ensured the youngster wouldn’t make the same mistake again.Speaking exclusively to, he explained the incident: “I remember James was out of line on one particular occasion, so I made him wash my car.“As a young lad breaking through at Rangers I had Archie Knox, Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man, giving me the perfect football education – washing his car and cleaning his boots.“I’ve taken those standards that Archie set me into my managerial career, so that day I explained to James that what I was doing wasn’t a punishment, but instead was there to help him grow. “Every now and then we exchange messages and I say congratulations if he’s had a good game and if something hasn’t gone as well as he’d have liked I’ll offer my opinion and he always messages back.“That speaks volumes of the guy. He epitomises the word loyalty – he’s someone who hasn’t forgotten his roots.“James always played with a smile on his face, so to have been a real player in his development is something I take great pride in.”While interest in Maddison continues to intensify in the here and now, the big boys were plotting their move for the wonderkid all the way back in 2014.Arsenal and Liverpool attempted to land Maddison when he was on Coventry’s books, but an injury scuppered a Premier League transfer.Pressley said a visit to QPR to watch an Under-23 game a year earlier had reaffirmed his belief the youngster had what it took to get to the very top.“I was walking down the stairs at half-time about to grab a cuppa and I bump into none other than [QPR manager] Harry Redknapp. scrap center_img Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? getty images “He knew I loved him as a player and a man, and as a manager once you give a player that sort of commitment they buy into it and learn from their mistakes – and that’s exactly what he did.”Pressley recalls Maddison’s first training session with Coventry’s first team, which he says left a number of his senior players stunned at the latter’s talent.“I remember that day like it was yesterday,” he laughs. “James was 16 years of age but was demanding the ball at every opportunity from the older lads and dictating the training game – some of them couldn’t believe what they were seeing. The high standards James Maddison continues to maintain has seen a meteoric rise from the lower spectrum of the Football League to Premier League stardom.The Leicester City no.10 scored seven goals and provided as many assists in 35 league appearances last season – his first in the top flight since a £24m move from Norwich in June 2018.The 22-year-old was the only player to create 100 goalscoring chances in the Premier League in 2018/19, the first English player to reach a century or more since Leighton Baines six years earlier. getty images Even before Pressley came on to the scene it was evident Maddison had a special talent.Former Jamaica striker Paul Hall, who has been heavily involved with the development of young talents such as Ebere Eze and Ilias Chair in his role as QPR’s Under-23s coach, said the ‘little cheeky chappy’ was a cut above the rest in Coventry’s youth team when he was at the club.“He was very, very good. James was always the smallest kid in the team, but the most technically gifted without a doubt,” Hall, Maddison’s Under-13 coach at the Sky Blues, said.“He was a little cheeky chappy, who had that little glint in his eye. You could always see he was a player of real quality.“He understood the game at a very young age, his awareness and technical ability was superior to his peers.“One thing that made James stand out from the rest was his passing range, that aspect of his game was incredible, really.“He would always challenge you as a coach, the best players always do. I’d give him some advice on how to improve on certain aspects of his game and he’d come back to me and try and do it better. He was a good listener – and that’s still the case now. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Maddison is now an established Premier League player “It’s a great football club and it’s giving him a brilliant football education.“He’s improving all the time so I think it will only benefit him in the long run spending more time working with a manager of Brendan Rodgers’ calibre.”Hall added: “James can go right to the very, very top. There is no doubt in my mind about that.“If Manchester United or Tottenham come calling then that would be very hard for him to turn that down, as that would be an incredible opportunity.“I think people forget footballers have very short career spans and you have to embrace the journey that you’re in.“One thing I do know is that with his attitude, quality and commitment that he’s always displayed he won’t look out of place in any of those big sides – he has what it takes to be a real star.” getty images Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Adrian Durham says that says James Maddison should reject a move to Manchester United “He had that arrogance and belief, even at that age, that every top player needs to reach the very top.“He’s technically different class, the only thing I had to assist James with was his understanding of the game without the ball.“I also stressed to him the commitment he had to show day in day out and the sacrifices he had to make to have a career of longevity.”He continued: “I remember when James left Coventry and I received a call from his parents. They thanked me for everything that I did for him and that meant a lot to me.“As a manager knowing you’ve played a big part in a player’s development is incredibly rewarding and the only recognition that I personally truly need.” Steven Pressley was the man who gave Maddison his senior debut for the Sky Blues Leicester only signed Maddison in a £24m deal from Norwich last summer, but already he is attracting interest from the big boys QPR’s Under-23 boss Paul Hall was Maddison’s Under-13 coach at Coventry 5 Getty Images – Getty TOP WORK last_img read more

Liverpool learn punishment for fielding ineligible player in Carabao Cup

first_img What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Liverpool got into trouble for playing Pedro Chirivella 3 Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more on target LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 3 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti appointed Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta LIVE on talkSPORT Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Klopp said he didn’t think the club had done anything wrong targets A statement from the EFL continued: “In particular, the board noted that the club had sought the assistance of the Football Association in securing the return of the international clearance prior to the start of this season, and the club had been able to include the player on team sheets for Premier League Two matches (under Premier League rules) and one Trophy match, which resulted in the breach not being identified until the club reported the issue to the EFL and Premier League following the MK Dons match.“As a result, the club has also been found guilty of misconduct in relation to the same breach for having fielded the player in the defeat against Oldham Athletic in the Trophy on 7 August, with the sanction incorporated into the financial penalty.“The club will be liable for the suspended sum of £100,000, plus an additional sanction, if they were to again field an ineligible player in the Carabao Cup between now and the end of next season.”An EFL spokesman said: “The rules of the Carabao Cup require clubs to ensure all players are registered and eligible in line with their respective league’s rules before they play. Liverpool have NOT been expelled from this season’s Carabao Cup despite fielding an ineligible player in their tie against MK Dons last week.However, the club has been fined £200,000 by the EFL, of which £100,000 is suspended, for the error. stalemate BIG PRESENTS UP TOP rookie error “The player was always contracted to Liverpool FC during this period, and the reason he was not eligible was because the club did not have the relevant international clearance following expiry of an earlier loan agreement.“The club’s breach was in part due to the challenges it encountered with securing the correct international clearance, and its subsequent ability to include the player on team-sheets despite the lack of clearance.“As a result the board concluded the most appropriate sanction was a financial penalty.”Following the EFL ruling, Liverpool issued a statement apologising for the “technical indiscretion”. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship The issue surrounds midfielder Pedro Chirivella, who came off the bench in the 63rd minute of the 2-0 victory, and the absence of an international transfer certificate – required after the 22-year-old returned from a loan spell with Spanish club Extremadura last season.The EFL said in a statement: “Following a comprehensive review of all the evidence, the board determined that it wasn’t appropriate to expel the club from the competition because of a number of mitigating factors.”Liverpool requested the paperwork in July but the process can only be completed with the Football Association’s intervention and that, is where the club are believed to have made the error.EFL rules give it ‘full powers’ to investigate – which could have meant anything from a reprimand to expulsion from the competition. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week “I cannot say too much about it. Other people are working on it. What I can say if it was our fault alone then probably we need to get punished,” the German said.“It didn’t happen on purpose, but my only real concern is the player. He had already a problem, Pedro, that he could not play half a year in Spain and if he were not allowed to play now until it is sorted that would be the biggest problem.“How it is in life, we make a mistake – I am not sure we really made a mistake – but if then it is like this but the player should not be punished for that.”Liverpool face Arsenal in the last-16 at Anfield. The tie will be played on the week beginning October 28. latest AFP or licensors statement Lille vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Swansea (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2AZ Alkmaar vs Man United (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Birmingham vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs Charlton (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 3 Liverpool’s tie at home to Arsenal in the last-16 will go ahead A Liverpool club spokesperson said: “The club accepts the judgement, outcome and punishment imposed by the EFL.“We believe it is proportionate with the technical indiscretion committed and will be making no further representations.“Even though there were mitigating factors, which were beyond our control or jurisdiction, we believe it appropriate we apologise to the competition’s governing body and also to Milton Keynes Dons.”When asked about the issue after it came to light, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp maintained there would have been nothing untoward behind any administrative error. AFP or licensors AFP or licensors Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff last_img read more

Legendary figure visits Solskjaer at Man United training ahead of Liverpool clash

first_img Solskjaer’s job is under serious threat at Manchester United 2 Sir Alex Ferguson was pictured at Manchester United training on Saturday ahead of the club’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.The Red Devils are in desperate need of inspiration following their worst start to a league season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Fergie was pictured at Man United training on Saturday Twitter @MUFC Ferguson’s shadow still looms large over Old Trafford, with the club in gradual decline since his retirement six years ago in 2013.Solskjaer, who played under the legendary Scot, often talks about his continuing influence at the club, while reports have claimed he refuses to park in Fergie’s old parking space to respect his legacy.And the Norwegian would be forgiven for taking some advice from Sir Alex ahead of the visit of Liverpool.United could slip into the relegation zone with defeat on Sunday, while the Reds are aiming to equal Manchester City’s record of 18 straight league victories following their perfect start to the season. Getty Images – Getty 2 Solskjaer will be without key players Paul Pogba and David de Gea, too, but it’s not all doom and gloom for the under-fire boss.In his Liverpool career, Jurgen Klopp has managed more away games against Man United without victory than he has any other side in all competitions (D3 L1).And it’s not been a successful hunting ground for Liverpool’s star player either…Mohamed Salah has failed to score or assist a single goal in his four Premier League appearances against Sunday’s opponents.last_img read more

Tottenham ace waits for Salah’s shirt in tunnel after defeat to Liverpool

first_imgWe’ve signed a tourist. Pathetic— GaryOnCue (@GaryOnCue) October 29, 2019 2 LIVERPOOL FC A few months with Poch and Lo Celso has already lost any winning mentality he might have had.— Shaney (@shane87654) October 29, 2019He was introduced by Poch after 88 minutes as the Lilywhites searched for an equaliser, but many Spurs fans wanted him brought on earlier as Tottenham were struggling to keep the ball to hold off the Reds’ relentless offensive.The playmaker was brought in from Real Betis on loan in the summer, but he has made three Premier League appearances so far, with Spurs supporters still yet to see the best of him. Lo celso couldn’t wait to swap shirts with Salah then. If he only has a tourist attitude perhaps it’s better hes only on loan— Steve (@stespurs84) October 30, 2019 The Argentine, who has not been rushed into action by Poch so far this season due to injury, was only used as a late substitute in the clash, which disappointed many Spurs fans.Have a look some of their reaction below… Tottenham fans have been left irritated by new summer signing Giovani Lo Celso after footage emerged of the Argentine waiting for Mohamed Salah’s shirt in the tunnel following their defeat to Liverpool.Mauricio Pochettino’s men were beaten 2-1 at Anfield at the weekend, and instead of heading straight to the dressing room to reflect on the loss, Lo Celso was seemingly more interested in getting his hands on Salah’s shirt.center_img Salah had no problems with handing over his shirt to Lo Celso Pfft. Laughing stock😡— Net spend champions🏆®️ (@Neddz71) October 29, 2019 LIVERPOOL FC 2 Lo Celso was desperate to claim Salah’s shirt after the match last_img read more

Richarlison signs new contract with Everton to keep him at Goodison until 2024

first_img statement Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ ✍️ | New deal for @Richarlison97: signed! ✅— Everton (@Everton) December 3, 2019“I intend to be here a long time,” Richarlison, 22, told evertontv.“This was the club which gave me the opportunity to show my football.“It was here I managed to get a place in the Brazil national team and it was here I have scored lots of goals in the Premier League.”Meanwhile, under-pressure boss Marco Silva insists he is continuing as normal amid speculation about his future.The Toffees have won just one of their last five Premier League games and sit just above the relegation zone.Ahead of Wednesday’s Merseyside derby, Silva said: “Nothing changed in my feeling for the job.“At some times in the season I was more happy. It is what it is. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship LATEST appointed targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman PEP TALK update center_img Richarlison has signed a new contract committing him to Everton until the summer of 2024, the club have announced.The Brazilian, who joined from Watford in July 2018, scored his 20th Everton goal in 50 starts against Leicester on Sunday. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta stalemate Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son latest rookie error “My work rate here, what I demand from my players doesn’t change but of course we are not happy with the results or the position in the table.”On facing unbeaten league leaders Liverpool, Silva added: “When you play at Anfield it is a fantastic atmosphere to play in.“For sure it will be a tough game. It is a special game for the city and the fans.“Let’s go and enjoy it and embrace the challenge. Let’s go there to play.” Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule last_img read more

Chelsea vs Lille updates: Remy fires home to set up nervy end for the Blues

first_imgFirstPrev1 of 3NextLast13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea survive late scare to beat Lille and secure their place in Champions League knockout stages13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 1 – FULL TIMEChelsea do survive that late scare and will be in the draw for the Champions League last 16!13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 1Hudson-Odoi fires miles over the bar when found well by Willian.Chelsea then come again and work it down into the corner thanks to the experience of Kante and Willian. Clever stuff from both.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 1What a chance to level it!Rudiger’s heavy touch sees Yazici play Remy in on goal. He drives into the box but his effort is so tame and easy for Kepa to collect.Remy had Yazici square and ready to tap home but he didn’t life his head.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 1That could’ve been game over but as Batshuayi swivels and shoots, he leans back too much and fires over the bar from eight yards out.Mount attacks once more and wins a corner that he’ll take. It comes to nothing.We’ll have five minutes of added time. 13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0Just over 20 minutes to go and the Blues are cruising into the last-16.There’s a slight issue with Lille stopper Maignan, he may have to go off here.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0One of the night’s biggest cheers comes from the away fans as their side finally get into the Chelsea’s box and win a corner. The delivery, however, is woeful from Yazici.Chelsea make their first change of the night as Pulisic is replaced by Hudson-Odoi.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0Willian picks out Abraham in the box who in turn neatly touches it off to Azpilicueta. He fires at goal but it’s blocked just in time.A third is surely not far away. 13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0A brilliant run by Araujo is finally ended by an equally fine tackle by Zouma. That had to be perfect inside the box and was.Up the other end, Hudson-Odoi whips an effort goal-bound but Gabriel can head clear.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0Well, while we wait on Maignan, Chelsea do make another sub as Abraham goes off and Batshuayi comes on.Lille are also forced into that change as Maignan, who took a heavy blow from Zouma earlier, is replaced in goal by Jardim. 13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0The Blues come again, they want a third before the break to completely kill this one off. Jorginho whips in a deep cross, Zouma is there and tangles with goalkeeper Maignan and both hit the deck.The Chelsea man, rather harshly, is shown a yellow for that.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0Willian is upended by Gabriel and Emerson fires across another set-piece. Remy clears but the full-back can take the corner.It’s in towards Abraham but Maignan, this time, does well to punch clear under pressure.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0Rudiger goes in firmly but fairly on Remy and the old Chelsea man is down clutching his ankle. Welcome back Loic.Just over five minutes left in the half and it’s been a pretty perfect one for the Blues so far.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0 – Cesar Azpilicueta And Emerson’s fine ball in is duly headed home by an unmarked Azpilicueta. 2-0, job done? 13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 1Good play by Chelsea as they build a promising attack but Azpilicueta’s pass to Mount is wayward.Batshuayi then almost gets a yard of space in the box but the door is quickly shut on him.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 1Azpilicueta breaks out from the back and tries to get Chelsea clear of their own box.It’s all got a little nervy inside Stamford Bridge, all the noise is coming from the away fans.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 1The Blues were in complete control but now Lille have come to life and look dangerous. Araujo is off and Sanches (that former Swansea loanee) is on.For Chelsea, on comes Mount for Kovacic. 10 minutes to go.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 1 – Loic RemyAll of a sudden, Lille have come to life and they are right back in it.Bamba does well to cut the ball back across goal and find Remy. The ex-Blues man takes it first time and fires it home off the underside of the bar. 13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0Azpilicueta and Kante well again to win a corner but Willian’s set-piece comes to nothing this time.The Blues are in complete and utter control here.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0Pulisic is pulled back and Chelsea get a free-kick in A1 position.Willian takes it, gets it up and over the wall but Maignan is there again. He fumbles it slightly but no one in blue can capitalise.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0Fine save by Maignan right at the start of the second 45 as Willian sends a low drive towards the bottom corner but the Lille stopper gets down smartly.Chelsea will want to put this game completely to bed as soon as possible.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0The Blues get us underway again. No changes at the break.Group H as it stands – 1. Valencia, 2. Chelsea, 3. Ajax, 4. Lille.13 days ago10th December 2019MarcSo far, so good! 💪#CHELOSC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 10, 201913 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 2 Lille 0 – HALF TIME 13 days ago10th December 2019MarcChelsea 1 Lille 0Gorgeous from Pulisic as he jinks and cuts his way through the box and to the byline. He fires is across but Lille get back to clear before Abraham can tap home another.Chelsea get a corner and Emerson whips it in with pace…FirstPrev1 of 3NextLastlast_img read more

Alex Fisher hopes to become Inverness CT’s Jamie Vardy success story

first_imgHe added: “I moved away from home when I was young so I’m used to being away from family. In terms of playing in Europe I have got used to different styles of football. “Fast or slow tempo, direct or not so direct so I feel like I have a good all-round knowledge of the game.” New Inverness CT striker Alex Fisher says he takes inspiration from Jamie Vardy as he aims to become the Highland side’s latest successful recruit from England’s lower leagues.The 25-year-old has joined the Scottish Cup holders after a short trial period, just a month after departing National League side Torquay United.Inverness developed a reputation for finding gems in the lower reaches of the English game under previous boss Terry Butcher and coach Steve Marsella, a policy which has continued under current manager John Hughes.As a forward Fisher believes the example of Leicester striker Vardy, who rose from non-league football to break the Premier League’s record for goals in 11 consecutive matches as well as turn out for England, shows the depth of talent available. Now he hopes to make his mark at the Caledonian Stadium, telling STV: “I’ve spoken to a few of the coaches here and the manager and they’ve said what they’ve done for younger players and players in my position.“I think you just have to look at the Jamie Vardys of the world to see what can happen to talent in the lower leagues if they are given a chance. I’m just over the moon that I’ve got this opportunity.“I’ve only heard good things and the longer I can stay here the better. I’d love to settle down but first and foremost I have to perform and if I can do that then I’ll be rewarded with a longer contract.”In addition to his time in his homeland, Fisher has enjoyed spells in Spain, Belgium and Italy and he believes his experience abroad will aid him as he settles into life in the Highlands.last_img read more

Football Talk: Cummings and Judy Murray’s love-in, Messi’s 300

first_imgLionel Messi is 300 not out, becoming the first player to rack up three centuries of La Liga goals on Wednesday night. Although he couldn’t find his hat-trick against Sporting Gijon. Slacker.And the Scottish press reacts to Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson’s damning verdict of his side’s recent performances. It’s all in today’s Football Talk.Jason Cummings and Judy Murray are best buds, giggling at each others’ jokes and braiding each others’ hair.Just when you thought Kingsley couldn’t get any more terrifying. You’d think with a new granddaughter to care for Judy Murray might have missed Tuesday night’s Edinburgh derby. Not a chance.After the game, Scotland’s favourite tennis mum took to Twitter to express her appreciation of Jason Cummings’ #swag. And the Hibernian striker replied in kind – quiff with highlights and all.Meanwhile, Robin Van Persie has given his best R Kelly impression – although it’s somewhat surprising he didn’t opt for ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’ given that goal against Spain.Steven Fletcher might have looked far from fresh as he performed The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for his Marseille initiation, but poor Abou Diaby came close to injuring himself! RVP sings some R Kelly. Disappointed it wasn’t ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ after that World Cup goal.It wasn’t just Steven Fletcher who had to perform a Marseille initiation. Abou Diaby risked injury and everything!Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela take on the 10-ball challenge, whatever that means.Or rather, your daily 300 goals…Anthony Martial will be key for Manchester United in Wayne Rooney’s absence. Richard Sellers / EMPICS SportBobby Brown was inducted into the Scotland Hall of Fame SNS GroupBobby Brown was appointed as Scotland’s first full-time manager on this day in 1967. The former Queen’s Park, Rangers and Falkirk keeper’s first game in charge was the famous 3-2 victory over England at Wembley. SNS GroupSteven Hammell – The Motherwell stalwart turns 34 today.last_img read more

Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher signs for Stoke City

first_imgFletcher made 97 appearances for West Brom and was handed the armband within a week of joining from Manchester United in 2015. Speaking to West Brom’s official site, manager Tony Pulis said: “Of course there is a disappointment in seeing Fletch move on and we wish him well.“I was happy that we made him a fair and competitive offer but, as is his right, he has chosen to accept another opportunity.“He has been my captain since he came into the club and he has led the team superbly. But that is football and we move on. Nothing stays the same forever and the game moves on.” He told Stoke’s official site: “It’s all happened incredibly quickly but I am delighted to be here. “This is a fantastic club with a top manager and a great group of players and I am really looking forward to this opportunity. “I loved every moment of my time at West Bromwich Albion and I loved every moment of my time with Manchester United but this is a new challenge for me now and I like to think I respond well to new challenges.”He becomes Mark Hughes’ first summer signing as the manager refreshes his squad. Darren Fletcher will join English Premier League side Stoke City on a free transfer next month. The midfielder, in the Scotland squad to face England next week, is out of contract with West Bromwich Albion at the end of June.His new club confirmed the 33-year-old has agreed a two-year deal at the Bet365 Stadium. Fletcher had been in contract talks with the Baggies, having triggered a one-year option in his favour earlier this season, but has opted not to extend his two and a half year stay.last_img read more

Gemma Fay: England match is biggest of my career

first_imgWhile the goalkeeper said she appreciated every game in a Scotland jersey, she conceded this would be the peak of her international career.“Every cap is a huge honour,” she said. “If you ask anyone who has ever played international football there’s an awful lot of effort goes into one or two or however many caps you get. “But I am absolutely delighted to get the opportunity to be here with my national team and to represent our country on this stage.“It’s been a long time coming and I think we’re all relishing it. I can only speak for myself but yes, it’s the biggest game of my career.  Scotland captain Gemma Fay has says the national side’s Euro 2017 opener against England is the biggest game of her career.Although it is a huge occasion, the goalkeeper insists the team cannot let it be a distraction from the task at hand.The national team have been placed in a group with England, Spain and Portugal in their first major tournament finals.Making their debut against the nation’s biggest sporting rivals has put the spotlight firmly on Fay and her team-mates. “It’s possibly the biggest game for some other players but I think it’s probably the most exciting as well.”The traditional sporting rivalry with England is undeniable but with Scotland having ambition to progress from the group even on their first appearance, Fay said it would not be a distraction.“When you’re born in Scotland, you’re born into the Scotland-England rivalry in sport,” she said. “You all know about it, be it football, rugby or whatever.“We know the rivalry, it’s one that excites us, but it’s not going to overshadow what we’re here to do, which is to go out and look to win this opening game at the European Championship.”Coach Anna Signeul said there is no doubt England are favourites but her side are determined to give a good account of themselves.“I do think we go out as underdogs tomorrow, that’s for sure,” she said. “But it doesn’t mean we don’t have expectations of us. We do have that. We have expectations to go out and give a good performance.“That’s what we’re focusing on and seeing how far that can take us.”last_img read more

Aberdeen sign Dominic Ball on loan from Rotherham United

first_imgBall has also played for Cambridge United and Peterborough United on loan.The deal was the final Scottish deal of the summer window with Derek McInnes’ squad now complete until the winter transfer period starts in January. Aberdeen have completed the signing of Dominic Ball on loan from Rotherham United.The centre-back, who can also play at full-back or in midfield, will join Derek McInnes’ side until the end of the season.The former Tottenham Hotspur player joined Rotherham on a three-year deal last summer. He spent a season on loan at Rangers in the Scottish Championship under Mark Warburton. last_img read more

Football Talk: Allardyce for Scotland? Messi faces D-day

first_imgNot only would the greatest show on Earth be missing its biggest star but there are dire warnings of social unrest in Argentina if it all goes pear-shaped.Elsewhere, Archie Knox has admitted his part in a sporting scandal, Andrea Pirlo has been linked with a Chelsea coaching role and Malawian match-fixers have set a new standard in stupidity. Gordon Strachan’s future is still undecided but that hasn’t stopped everyone from mulling over possible successors.The Scotland manager could end his time in charge at Hampden after failing to reach Russia 2018.Plenty of candidates have been mentioned in connection with the job but, sit down and pour yourself a pint of wine before taking this one in: ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce hasn’t ruled out throwing his hat in the ring.Admittedly, he didn’t say he would walk to Glasgow to sign a contract either but after saying he wouldn’t talk about it “on air”, you can draw your own conclusions. As the fallout from the 2-2 draw in Slovenia continues, Mark Wotte is the latest person to rubbish Strachan’s genetics theory.Meanwhile, Kieran Tierney has said the disappointment can only make Scotland’s younger players better prepared in the future.It’ll be little consolation to Tierney and company but one of the best players in history might yet miss out on Russia 2018 as well. Lionel Messi and his Argentina team-mates face Ecuador with their qualification hopes in the balance.last_img read more

Russell Martin arrives in Glasgow for Rangers medical

first_imgNorwich defender Russell Martin has arrived in Glasgow to undergo a medical with Rangers.The Scotland international will go through medical tests before finalising a loan deal to join Graeme Murty’s side until the end of the season.Barring any last-minute hitch, Martin will become the fourth new face at Ibrox in the January window, following Sean Goss, Jamie Murphy and Jason Cummings in joining the Rangers squad.Martin is set to leave Norwich after eight years with the club with the defender having made over 300 appearances for the Canaries. The 32-year-old has fallen out of favour at Carrow Road, playing just five times this season despite having been a first team regular in previous years.Martin, who has 29 caps for his country, previously played for Wycombe Wanderers and Peterborough United.Rangers remain keen to add to their squad before the transfer deadline on January 31. The club have been unsuccessful with a bid for Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones and have also held talks with Hamilton over midfielder Greg Docherty.last_img read more

Motherwell reject Celtic’s bid for keeper Trevor Carson

first_imgHe has another two-and-a-half years remaining on his Motherwell contract. The winter transfer window closes at midnight on Wednesday.Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers hinted on Monday he would continue to play Dorus de Vries in Gordon’s absence and a new keeper would likely provide cover for the Dutchman.Third choice Conor Hazard is currently on loan at Falkirk.Carson joined Motherwell in the summer from Hartlepool and has fast become a key player for Stephen Robinson between the sticks. Motherwell have rejected a bid from Celtic for goalkeeper Trevor Carson.The Parkhead side are in the market for a shot-stopper after number one Craig Gordon was sidelined for up to 12 weeks with a knee injury.The Scotland international went off at half time during Celtic’s 1-0 win over Hibs in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.STV understands a bid of £200,000 was turned down by the Steelmen but Celtic are expected to go back in with a second offer on Tuesday.last_img read more

Gemma Fay relishing challenge of developing women’s rugby

first_img“But for people who’ve known I’ve always had a career alongside football it is quite a logical decision for me to make.”Fay was part of a Scotland Women’s side who qualified for a major finals for the first time last summer.The 36-year-old agrees that rugby is playing catch-up given the major leaps forward made by women’s football of late.She added: “We are a few years behind where Scottish women’s football is, but we are on a similar journey. “I understand that journey as I was a part of that for many years, it’s going to be exciting.A number of talented female rugby players have left Scotland to pursue a career elsewhere.Fay refused to rule out the possibility of introducing a professional team north of the border to help combat the talent drain.She said: “We are looking at the league structure. Look, anything is possible, I know that. Let us look at the structure, I am not saying no or yes.” Former Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay has said Scottish women’s rugby is years behind women’s football but insists she is relishing the challenge of helping the sport catch up.Scotland’s most capped female footballer was appointed Scottish Rugby’s new Head of Women & Girls’ Rugby in November.The move caught some by surprise but Fay, who won 200 caps for Scotland in a 19-year career, said it was a logical one given her multi-sport background.She said: “I guess for people who’ve only known me as Gemma Fay the footballer it may have seemed like a strange decision.last_img read more

Higgins expects tough semi-final against Kyren Wilson

first_imgThe pair begin their match at 1pm and Higgins is wary of the threat the young Englishman carries to his title aspirations.The Scotsman told Eurosport: “He’s a great young talent.“He’s maybe a bit like myself, he’s maybe not as flamboyant as people like Jack Lisowski and Judd Trump but nonetheless he’s such a tough competitor to play against.“He’s such a tough all-round player, pots the great long balls and every credit to him. John Higgins is expecting a difficult match as he faces Kyren Wilson in the World Championship semi-final at the Crucible on Thursday.The 42-year-old is going into the clash in a buoyant mood after defeating Judd Trump 13-12 in a thrilling quarter-final encounter.He now faces 26-year-old Wilson who overcame Northern Irishman Mark Allen 13-6 to reach the semi-final stage for the first time in his career.The match-up will be Higgins’ eighth World Championship semi-final and the world-number-five is looking to close in on winning his fifth title in Sheffield. “He’s learning every year and he’s a really professional young man.“It’s going to be a really tough game.The winner of the tie will face either the 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins or veteran Welshman Mark Williams who compete in the other semi-final at 7pm.last_img read more

MacPhee: Levein can relax with Hearts top of Premiership

first_imgMacPhee added: “I felt relaxed about the role, I have had regular communication with Craig and I am just delighted.“We had asked all the staff and players to do a little bit more at the start of the week and not to change anything that the manager usually did, and they gave a great response, particularly in the first 15 minutes, which allowed the supporters to help the team.“I was delighted with their reaction to losing the goal. They are moments when you maybe look at the dugout and wonder, ‘Where’s Craig?’ But the players and in particular the senior players showed a wonderful attitude to take the team forward to victory.”Jimmy Dunne’s own goal had restored parity early on before the Buddies crumbled before half-time.St Mirren manager Alan Stubbs questioned his players’ desire after they conceded their 12th goal in four consecutive defeats.“I’m saying the same thing week in, week out,” Stubbs said. “We are gifting teams goals.“They got bullied a bit by Ikpeazu. That comes down to a desire, nothing else, not about ability. It comes down to competing. And being a bit clever. He is 6ft 4in and probably 3ft wide so don’t put yourself into a battle with him, be clever. You have got to play loose with players like that and not play to his strengths.“But we got transfixed by that and gave away too many fouls and invited balls into the box. He is a threat, but I think we made him look even better.” “I don’t think he actually watched the game, but I will see him later.“I am just delighted that we managed to win and the infrastructure he set as the director of football helped that.“But also, hopefully because we have won, he can feel relaxed about his recovery. It has happened at a good moment, if these things can, with the international break.“We don’t want him to feel he has to rush back, but I’m sure he will be in the dugout for the Motherwell game.” Hearts assistant manager Austin MacPhee said he was delighted to see the Jam Tarts help Craig Levein’s recovery by going five points clear at the top of the Premiership.The Tynecastle outfit made it four wins from four by cruising to victory over St Mirren, while manager Levein continued his recovery at home after having emergency treatment for a heart problem on Monday.Steven Naismith bagged a hat-trick and Olly Lee volleyed home to put Hearts 4-1 up at the break.MacPhee said of Levein: “I had breakfast with him this morning and I have not yet spoken to him after the game. We talked about different eventualities in the game and as I said earlier in the week he picked the team.last_img read more

Ferdinand using Hammers heroics to help Buddies stay up

first_imgHe said: “I nearly got relegated with West Ham, we had to go to Old Trafford and win on the last day of the season and we done that.“The same at QPR, we stayed up on the last day of the season at Man City on that famous day when they won the league.“I will draw on those experiences, I’ve told the guys we have to stick together.“The main thing is our dressing room is committed to the cause of staying in this league. Anton Ferdinand said he’s leaning upon previous great escapes at West Ham and QPR to help St Mirren avoid the drop.Ferdinand was part of a West Ham side which performed final day heroics back in 2007 by beating Man Utd at Old Trafford to stay up.Five years later, the centre-half breathed a sigh of relief once again as QPR avoided relegation at the death despite Sergio Aguero’s title-winning goal for Man City.Now plying his trade north of the border, Ferdinand said he’ll draw upon those memories in an effort to help the Buddies, who are currently second bottom, keep their heads above water. “At West Ham we galvanised ourselves, had talks in the changing room and anyone who wasn’t on the same page as the skipper and senior players was no longer involved.“I’m not saying we have to do that but that’s what happened at West Ham and it boded well for us.“As much as I’ve been involved in relegation battles I’ve never been relegated. “I’d like to keep that on my CV, that’s for sure.“I believe in the squad and the manager and I think we’re going to do that.”Ferdinand was at the centre of controversy last month when Rangers winger Daniel Candeias was sent off for blowing kisses at the veteran stopper as the Light Blues celebrated their second goal in Paisley.Rangers complained about the dismissal, with their gripes eventually landing the Ibrox club a £6k fine on Thursday.Ferdinand, brother of Man Utd and England legend Rio, played down the significance of the incident but did explain his unhappiness at Candeias’ taunting.The 33-year-old continued: “Football, ain’t it? People have opinions and say what they want to say, that’s that.“I didn’t take kindly to what he was doing.“They won the game fair and square, there’s no need to gloat.“Be professional, win and be right in winning, just as you do when you lose.“What happened happened, it’s football, you get on with it.”last_img read more

Andy Murray tipped to resume career after hip surgery

first_imgBryan said: “When I went and looked at the MRI, it didn’t look good. Going in to get a metal hip implant, there’s no one that’s come back from that in tennis. So there were no guarantees. I’m happy it’s feeling good.“Seeing the way Andy Murray is feeling kind of hit a nerve with me. I would love to see him do a similar surgery, feel the relief that it gives. I think our hips are pretty similar.”Bryan and Murray have been in frequent contact, with the American saying: “He’s been watching me like a hawk, asking me how I’m feeling after matches, after practices. He’s just trying to gauge how long it would take him, if this procedure is an option.“I’m just trying to be supportive. I never once told him this is the way to go because I do see that singles is a different monster. Those guys are really sliding around, killing themselves for four hours. Who knows if this joint would hold up. Andy Murray can have hip surgery and resume his career at the highest level, according to a top doubles player who had the same operation.Bob Bryan underwent hip resurfacing in August and returned to grand slam tennis on Wednesday with a first-round victory alongside brother Mike at the Australian Open.The 40-year-old was forced off the tour after aggravating his hip in Madrid last May and, when attempts at rehabilitation failed, he underwent surgery in New York.Murray said he was “likely” to have the surgery this month, which could either prolong or end his career. “I’m just telling him, ‘I feel great, quality of life is great, practices are going well’. Maybe I’m not 100 per cent yet, but I’m only five months (since surgery). The doctors said this is more of a seven or eight months until you feel perfect.“Until I feel that, I can’t give you the guarantee, but I think he’s to the point where this is probably his last option.“I would love to see him do it just for quality of life. You can sleep, walk, be with your kids, play. It’s frustrating when you can’t put on your shoes. “I personally don’t underestimate Andy Murray. You look at the great workers in history: (Ivan) Lendl, (Jim) Courier, (Andy) Roddick. This guy is maybe even a step up from those guys. I think he could do it.”Murray flew home on Wednesday, two days after his emotional five-set loss to Roberto Bautista Agut.Bryan said: “I was choked up when he announced his retirement. I stayed up until three in the morning watching all the tributes on social media. It really hit a nerve with me. He’s a special guy. No one has a heart like him.”If Murray does opt to have surgery – the other option is to prepare for a farewell appearance at Wimbledon – then it seems likely he would follow Bryan’s example and use Dr Edwin Su in New York.“He’s the only guy that’s gotten professional athletes back to their profession,” said Bryan. “He’s done a baseball guy, an NBA guy, and a hockey guy. No tennis player yet, until me, has come back.“Andy has spoken to him. I don’t know who Andy is going to choose if he goes this route, but I would recommend him.”Bryan is particularly happy to help out Murray because of the support the Scot gave him and Mike when they staged a charity event in December 2017.“He’s such a good guy,” said the 16-time grand slam men’s doubles champion. “We were in trouble with our charity event, we had no big names.“He showed up and spent the whole afternoon playing tennis with these people. We raised a ton of money, over a million bucks. I’ll never forget that. He was there for us. With a bad hip. He was limping. But he was running around and helping out.“If I could lend a little bit of advice or support, I’m happy to do it. He’s extremely educated on this. No one’s done more research about hips, doctors. He knew my doctor inside and out, all the cases.“He’s going to do what’s best for him. He doesn’t want to be limping any more. I know he doesn’t want to be doing that. I think this is the option.”last_img read more

Andy Robertson out of Scotland game with dental problem

first_imgArcher was dropped from the Millwall team for the midweek victory over Birmingham and was not in the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Brighton.Bannan – who has not featured under Scotland boss Alex McLeish – played the full 90 minutes and set up three goals as Sheffield Wednesday beat Blackburn 4-2 on Saturday.There was better news for McLeish as key midfielder Callum McGregor played the full game as Celtic beat Dundee 1-0, before meeting up with his international team-mates at Glasgow Airport.The 25-year-old had been missing for four matches with a calf problem. Livingston goalkeeper Liam Kelly and Kilmarnock centre-back Stuart Findlay were handed first call-ups.Mulgrew has missed his club’s last two games after suffering a hamstring injury and his absence leaves Scotland facing issues in central defence.Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna also emerged as an injury doubt for the after the 22-year-old played with a heavily-bandaged thigh during his team’s 1-1 draw with Livingston on Saturday.Findlay was a Scotland Under-21 regular and has impressed under Steve Clarke at Kilmarnock. The other two centre-backs in the squad are John Souttar of Hearts and Hamburg’s David Bates. Andy Robertson became the latest player to drop out of Scotland’s opening Euro 2020 qualifier just before the squad set off for Kazakhstan.The Liverpool left-back has a dental problem which requires surgery and will miss Thursday’s game in the Astana Arena, but could feature against San Marino three days later.Scotland captain Robertson played in a Premier League win over Fulham on Sunday but is set to be replaced at left-back by Kieran Tierney.The Scottish Football Association had earlier confirmed that Blackburn captain Charlie Mulgrew, Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan had pulled out.last_img read more

Meth materials siezed during search of Pekin home

first_imgContinuing the investigation at the residence, Trooper Bowling and other officers were able to obtain enough information to get a search warrant for the residence. During a search of the residence items were located that are commonly used in the making of Methamphetamine.  The actual homeowner, Joseph D. Sizemore, was already incarcerated at the Washington County Jail on unrelated charges at the time of the search warrant. He was charged with the additional charges from the search warrant of Possession of Chemical Precursors for the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia. William A. McCarty was also charged with the additional charges of Possession of Chemical Precursors for the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia. This past Monday evening, trooper Kevin Bowling of the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg was driving on Voyles Road in Pekin when a female flagged him down advising she had allegedly been battered.  William A. McCarty, 36, was arrested for Strangulation and Battery. He was transported and incarcerated at the Washington County Jail.Carol Martin, 55, from South Martinsburg Road in Salem. She was visiting the residence and after officers ran a check on her, they were advised she was wanted out of Washington County on an outstanding arrest warrant. She was also taken into custody and incarcerated at the Washington County Jail.Darrin Sizemore was already incarcerated at the Washington County Jail on unrelated charges at the time of the search warrant. He was charged with the additional charges from the search warrant of Possession of Chemical Precursors for the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia.For further investigation, Trooper Bowling and other officers went to 8788 Voyles Road in Pekin where the alleged batterer, William A. McCarty, 36, was living.  After speaking to him he was arrested for Strangulation and Battery. He was transported and incarcerated at the Washington County Jail. While officers were at the residence on Voyles Road they came in contact with a female named Carol Martin, 55, from South Martinsburg Road in Salem. She was visiting the residence and after officers ran a check on her, they were advised she was wanted out of Washington County on an outstanding arrest warrant. She was also taken into custody and incarcerated at the Washington County Jail. last_img read more

Pekin Man Arrested for Child Porn Possession

first_imgTuesday afternoon, officers from the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children, (ICAC), Task Force and troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg, arrested Isaac William Schmitt, 25 years of age, from East State Road #60, Pekin anc charged him with possession of child pornography.The arrest was the result of a tip relayed to officers from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (NCMEC), of a subject allegedly uploading child pornography to an internet account. As officers began their investigation Tuesday, it led to Borden, IN, where the suspect was located at his place of employment. After speaking with Schmitt at his place of employment, officers along with Schmitt went to his residence located at 6045 East State Road #60 in Pekin, (Washington County). After completing an initial search of his personal computer he was taken into custody. Schmitt was transported to the Washington County Jail where he was incarcerated on the charges of Possession of Child Pornography, Felony and Child Exploitation, Felony. This investigation is continuing.last_img read more

Groban singing at Derby, Concert set for Oct. 13 at Louisville Palace

first_imgMulti-platinum recording artist Josh Groban will be coming to Louisville twice this year — once to sing the National Anthem at the Kentucky Derby on May 2 and as part of his national tour at the Louisville Palace in October.Groban has announced that he will launch a Fall 2015 North American tour in support of his upcoming album Stages. The tour, produced by Live Nation, will begin on Sept. 12 in Atlanta and will include a stop in Louisville, KY at The Louisville Palace Theatre on Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30pm.THE STAGES TOUR will visit specially selected theaters around the country, giving fans accustomed to seeing Groban perform in arenas (as he did on his 2013 “In The Round” and “All that Echoes” tours) a more uniquely intimate experience. With every ticket purchased online, fans will receive a choice of either a standard physical or a standard digital Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Monday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit for the Louisville show go on sale to the public beginning at 10am on Friday, April 24 at,, the Louisville Palace box office and all Groban will make several television appearances during release week for Stages, which is due from Reprise Records on April 28. He will appear on Good Morning America on April 28, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Live! with Kelly and Michael on April 29, and Dancing With The Stars on May 5.last_img read more

21-Year-Old Killed Money in Jennings County

first_imgPolice are still investigating the cause of a wreck that killed a 21-year-old Crothersville man dead Monday afternoon in northern Jennings County.Police believe speed was a factor causing the crash that killed Paul Tyler Ent. According to a report from Officer Anthony Maberry of the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, Ent died when the 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue he was driving north on County Road 275W near Scipio left the road, hit an embankment, became airborne and landed on the roof of the driver’s side.Ent’s brother, Jared S. Honey, 29, of Seymour, was a passenger in the car but declined treatment at the scene, police said.last_img read more

Scott County Inmate Roster – 3-19-18

first_imgCharges:IC 35-43-2-2(B)MA ~ CRIMINAL TRESPASSOUT OF COUNTY WARRANT ~ OUT OF COUNTY WARRANT Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000286 Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000284 View Profile >>> Charges:IC 35-48-4-13(b)FL6 ~ MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000288 Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000285 SIMOLE, NICK JOHNS, COLIN GAY, HEATHER Booking Date:03-17-2018 – 6:54 am Booking Date:03-18-2018 – 5:41 pm Inmates released from the Detention Center within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:03-18-2018 – 10:41 pm STEWART, TERESA View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000287 Booking Date:03-18-2018 – 2:33 pm Release Date:03-17-2018 – 4:54 pm STEWART, TERESA Charges:IC 35-48-4-10(A)MA ~ DEALING IN MARIJUANA/HASH OIL/HASHISH OR SALVIAIC 9-26-1-1 ~ FAILURE TO STOP ACC WITH INJURYIC 35-47-2-1(E)MA ~ CARRYING HANDGUN WITHOUT PERMITIC 9-24-19-2 ~ DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED (SUSP/PRIOR)IC 9-30-5-1 ~ OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATEDIC 35-48-4-11(A)MB ~ POSSESSION MARIJUANA/HASH OIL/HASHISH OR SALVIAOUT OF COUNTY WARRANT ~ OUT OF COUNTY WARRANT View Profile >>> Release Date:03-17-2018 – 4:54 pm Booking Date:03-17-2018 – 2:39 pm View Profile >>>center_img Charges:IC 35-43-2-2(B)MA ~ CRIMINAL TRESPASS View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000290 MARCUM, MATREVA Booking Date:03-18-2018 – 12:44 am Booking Date:03-18-2018 – 11:18 pm Charges:IC 35-43-4-2(A)MA ~ THEFT — LESS THAN $750 Charges:IC 35-43-4-2(A)(1)(A)FL6 ~ THEFT – GREATER THAN $750 LT $50,000 MCINTOSH, ASHLEY Charges:IC 35-43-4-2(A)MA ~ THEFT — LESS THAN $750 Booking Date:03-18-2018 – 2:22 pm HOLDER, DAVID Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000283 View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000289 BARRETT, KRISTY View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Booking #:SCJAIL:2018-000284 Charges:OUT OF COUNTY Charges:LEAVING THE SCENE NO INJURY Booking Date:03-17-2018 – 2:39 pm View Profile >>>last_img read more

Duke Energy Foundation funds Salem summer youth reading program Grant is part of a $400,000 investment in statewide literacy programs

first_imgWhether it’s called the “summer brain drain” or the “summer slide,”educators know that kids can forget some of what they have learned over the summer. It’s the fourth consecutive year the company has invested in statewide youthliteracy. The grant will fund the “Sounds of Summer” reading program for first and secondgraders. Teachers will design individual reading plans for each child in the program. In Indiana, the Duke Energy Foundation invests approximately $2 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit Minton said it will help prevent the loss of retention of reading progress students make over the summer.  Principal Brent Minton actually wrote the grant.  Duke Energy Indiana’s operations provide about 6,800 megawatts of owned electriccapacity to approximately 820,000 customers in a 23,000-square- mile service area,making it the state’s largest electric supplier.center_img “This is the second year in a row we’ve applied for the grant,” said Minton. “We received it, which will help pay for summer school for students. It will allow them to come to summer school free of charge, they get free books, get transportation and all that’s taken care of.” The program is one of 24 that received Duke Energy Foundation grants for summer and school-year reading initiatives. This grant is part of an approximately $400,000investment the Duke Energy Foundation is making statewide in school literacyprograms. To help keep students from losing ground academically, the Duke Energy Foundation is investing approximately $18,560 in Bradie Shrum Elementary youth to help maintain and improve reading levels over the summer. Facts on reading and education from the National Summer Learning Association:About nine out of 10 teachers will spend as much as three weeks on review because of summer learning loss.Most students lose two months of mathematical skills every summer, and low-income children typically lose another two to three months in reading. “Summer programs not only help kids retain what they’ve learned, but they can alsohelp close achievement gaps,” said Duke Energy Community Relations Manager Bruce Calloway. “Developing young, good readers is fundamental to success in school and later in life.”last_img read more

Lawrence County Inmate Roster – 7-17-18

first_imgBook Date Time DOB SSN Charge Charge Sex Arr Ag Bail Bail Agency Cause No. Code(s) Description(s) 07/16/2018 2304 08/08/1957 *********** M LCPD 209.00HOLT,ROBERT J 47D02-0808-CM-658 00000000079 FAILURE TO APPEAR CR Court: Date/Time: -0000 00000000210 HOLD FOR ANOTHER COU Court: Date/Time: -0000 00000000210 HOLD FOR ANOTHER COU Court: Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: WASHINGTON State: IN Class: MISDEMEANOR A I L M A N A G E M E N T Arrest Report for Courts 07/16/2018 thru 07/17/2018 07/16/2018 1435 03/28/1991 *********** F BEDFORD PD 0.00BUNCH,ALICIA M 47D021801F674 00000000201 PETITION TO REVOKE Court: Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: BEDFORD State: IN Class: FELONY____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 07/16/2018 2047 03/31/1989 *********** F BEDFORD PD 0.00LUTTRELL,CHANDRA D ONSITE 00000000128 POSS OF PARAPHERNALI Court: Date/Time: -0000 ONSITE 00000000118 POSS MARIJUANA U/30 Court: Date/Time: -0000 47D02-1701-F6-17 00000000201 PETITION TO REVOKE Court: Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: BEDFORD State: IN Class: MISDEMEANOR____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________07/16/2018 0215 10/21/1983 *********** M LCPD 2,005.00BURRIS,JESSE D ONSITE 00000000033 CRIMINAL CONFINEMENT Court: Date/Time: -0000 ONSITE 00000000026 BATTERY W/SERIOUS BO Court: Date/Time: -0000 ONSITE 00000000049 CRIMINAL MISCHIEF Court: Date/Time: -0000 ONSITE 00000000148 RESISTING LAW ENFORC Court: Date/Time: -0000 00000000210 HOLD FOR ANOTHER COU Court: Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: HENDRIX CO. State: IN Class: FELONY____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 07/16/2018 1646 01/16/1981 *********** M LCPD 0.00DOWDLE,CHRISTOPHER L 47D01-1708-F5-1158 00000000180 RETURNED FOR COURT Court: SUPERIOR COURT I Date/Time: -0000 Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: NEW ALBANY State: IN Class: FELONY____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________last_img read more

Sports Scores For Wednesday December 4th

first_imgCollege sports were on the schedule for Wednesday. Dordt and Northwestern basketball were on the road, and Northwestern volleyball continued pool play at nationals.GPAC Women’s Basketball(1) Concordia 110, Doane 47(11) Northwestern 75, Briar Cliff 56(6) Hastings 104, College of Saint Mary 53(8) Morningside 86, Midland 66(5) Dordt 77, (RV) Jamestown 58(13) Dakota Wesleyan 73, Mount Marty 42GPAC Men’s BasketballConcordia 83, Doane 77 (2OT)(RV) Northwestern 85, Briar Cliff 83 (OT)(2) Morningside 92, Midland 66(RV) Mount Marty 106, (6) Dakota Wesleyan 98Jamestown 110, (23) Dordt 107 (OT)NAIA National Tournament Volleyball(Court 1)Jamestown (N.D.) 3, Westmont (Calif.) 1Columbia (Mo.) 3, Xavier (La.) 1Missouri Baptist 3, Saint Mary (Neb.) 0Grand View (Iowa) 3, Texas Wesleyan 0(Court 2)Southern Oregon 3, Bellevue (Neb.) 2Time 12:00 p.m. IU Kokomo vs Central Methodist (Mo.)Viterbo (Wis.) 3, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) 1Marian (Ind.) 3, Ottawa (Kan.) 0Montana Tech 3, Indiana Wesleyan 2Concordia (Neb.) 3, Saint Mary (Kan.) 0(Court 3)Eastern Oregon 3, Reinhardt (Ga.) 0Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3, Madonna (Mich.) 0Park (Mo.) 3, Providence (Mont.)  1Morningside (Iowa) 3, Oklahoma City 2Northwestern (Iowa) 3, Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 0 (27-25, 27-25, 25-23)Corban (Ore.) 3, Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 1last_img read more

LISTEN BACK: Sligo Masters footballer Con O’Meara

first_imgSome of the members of the Sligo Gaelic Masters team at a training match in 2017.Sligo made a winning start to their Gaelic Masters Championship with a comprehensive defeat of London on Saturday.Sligo midfielder Con O’Meara spoke to Ocean FM on Sunday Sports…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

Roy of the Rovers a doubt for Waterford tie

first_imgSligo Rovers take on Waterford FC on Friday night in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division clash in The Showgrounds, kick-off 7:45pm.The Bit o’ Red are playing their fourth home league game in succession after last week’s match with St Patrick’s Athletic was postponed.In team news, Rhys McCabe is suspended due to a one-game ban from the red card against Cork City, while Ally Roy is doubtful through injury.Gerard Lyttle said: “We handed the game to Cork with the mistakes we made that night because you will always lose matches when you give teams like Cork goals on a plate.“It was planned to have a day off afterwards because we had played two games in three days, but with the way that game transpired, we cancelled that and decided to come in the next morning and review it together.“We were able to have a full week of training since too which has been great. It’s obviously a very busy period coming up so to be able to work with the group over a decent period of time has been helpful.“We did a double on Monday and an evening session on Tuesday to play some small sided games with the underage players as well to break things up and it was good. I don’t think it was a hard week on the players but it was a productive week.“We showed in the second half that we can get at teams, we can create chances and obviously that’s what we want again. We sat off Cork a bit in the first half and played with pressure on us. I want the team to go out from the start and play with passion, freedom and go out and enjoy and we simply didn’t do it.“We want to start the game with an intensity on Friday and get the best out of ourselves because I think we can give every team in the league problems and that was the biggest disappointment. There are signs of what we can do but we have to show it.”Lyttle said of Waterford: “They have a big backing there financially and they have put together a really good squad. The results have shown that so far. It’s going to be a tough game and they will put it up to us but we want to get at them and show we’re a good side. The run of home games is certainly unique, it allows us the chance to bounce back from the Cork game and that’s what I want.“Rhys is absent and Ally is a slight doubt from the knock in training. It’s 50-50.  The squad will be used this month regardless of injuries or suspension simply because of how quickly games will come but there will be an opportunity for someone with Rhys unavailable.”Kick-of is 7:45pm in the Showgrounds, and the game is live on Ocean FM in association with JBG Security.last_img read more

Gala night as Tip O’Neill 2018 Award recipients honoured

first_imgMore than 220 guests attended the gala Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel to honour this year’s worthy recipients; Boston based Homes of Donegal fundraising committee, former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley and professional golfer and sports commentator Paul McGinley.This prestigious award, which was first established in 2012 to mark the centenary of the great American politician Tip O’Neill whose maternal grandparents hailed from Inishowen in Donegal, is presented annually by Donegal County Council to members of the Irish diaspora who have made a remarkable contribution in their chosen field and for their interest in and support for Ireland and it’s diaspora.In an emotional address, Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton accepted the award on behalf of the 20 members of the Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee and dedicated the award to every Irish immigrant throughout the world. This committee raised a massive $120,000 in Boston to help the people in Inishowen affected by the devastating floods in August 2017.They spoke of their pride in being the first Inishowen people to receive this award and of what Tip O’Neill meant to the people of Boston and indeed to the Irish community in Boston. They paid tribute to the many undocumented Irish living in the US and urged people not to forget about them and to try and understand their struggles.“We are fortunate in that we were able to come back and accept this award” said Boston based Oran McGonagle “but we are only two of twenty and the other committee members deserve our gratitude. We have a great community in Boston, we stick together and look out for each other and that’s what it is like being Irish and living in Boston”.Dunfanaghy native Mick McGinley accepted the award on behalf of his son Paul and thanked Donegal County Council, the organising committee and indeed the O’Neill family for bestowing this award on Paul saying “I am very proud of Paul and of all he has achieved and I would like to thank you for honouring Paul in this way”. He also paid tribute to his wife for “all her good work with Paul”. Former Governor of Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore also spoke of his pride in receiving this award and recounted his own memories of the great Tip O’Neill and of the values and principles he brought to bear in his position as one of the most powerful people in the US. He concluded his address by telling the people of Donegal that “it is true what they say about you – ‘Your hearts are like your mountains in the homes of Donegal’”.Tom O’Neill, on behalf of the O’Neill family congratulated each of the award recipients and spoke of their achievements and outstanding contributions to each of their respective communities. Tom believes that they epitomise all that is great about our diaspora saying that it is not just about leaving and coming back, it is about giving back and each of these recipients ‘give back’ every day.Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council paid homage to the diaspora.He said “It is because of the work done by people like Tip O’Neill, like Martin O’Malley, Paul McGinley, Declan Houton and Oran McGonagle and thousands more like them that when we travel to the US or any other part of the world on trade missions that we are pushing open doors.“These people have laid the groundwork, they have made the connections and have conveyed a positive reputation for a place like Donegal that makes our job so much easier when we are selling Donegal as a great place to live in, work in, do business in or visit.” In welcoming guests to the Inishowen peninsula Cllr. Martin Farren Chair of Inishowen MD paid a special tribute to Tip O’Neill and to his dedication and commitment to Ireland and in particular to his endeavours in bringing Irish issues on to the agenda of the US government and bringing to bear his influence which ultimately helped secure the Peace Process for Northern Ireland.By way of conclusion Cllr. Nicholas Crossan formally launched the new booklet produced by Leonard Roarty outlining three of Tip O’Neills many achievements saying “this work illustrates Tip’s love and service to America and its people and in particular the Irish Diaspora and his unrelenting efforts and success in bringing peace to Ireland”. Each guest received a copy of the booklet.Virgin Media One star (formerly TV3) Ciara Doherty performed MC and the evening concluded with a superb performance by the Henry Girls.Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton enjoying a laugh at the Funding Workshop hosted by Ulster University Magee on Friday morning as part of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award programme of events.Attending the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel is seated l to r award recipients Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, Mick McGinley, Julia McGinley (accepting on behalf of Paul McGinley), Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton (on behalf of Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee). Standing l to r: Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of Advisory Committee, Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Tom O’Neill, Shelly O’Neill, Seamus Neely, Donegal County Council and Cllr. Martin Farren.2018 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award recipients Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, Mick McGinley, Julia McGinley (accepting on behalf of Paul McGinley), Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton (on behalf of Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee) attending the awards ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel with Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD Cllr. Martin Farren, Chair of Advisory Committee Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, elected members of Donegal County Council, Deputy Charlie McConalogue TD, Senator Padraig MacLochlainn, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, members of the Tip O’Neill Award Advisory Committee, Ciara Doherty, MC and management and staff from Donegal County Council.Virgin Media One (formerly TV3) star Ciara Doherty from Letterkenny who was MC at the prestigious Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel.Oran McGonagle and Declan Houton, on behalf of Homes of Donegal Fundraising Committee, pictured receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2018 on Friday night with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Tommy O’Neill and Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Advisory Committee.Mick McGinley, on behalf of Paul McGinley, pictured receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2018 on Friday night with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, Tommy O’Neill and Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Advisory CommitteeFormer Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley pictured receiving the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award 2018 on Friday night with Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council, James Gill, Tommy O’Neill and Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Chair of the Advisory Committee.Pictured enjoying the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel is Oran McGonagle, Tom O’Neill and Declan Houton.Mick and Julia McGinley pictured with the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award which they accepted at a special ceremony on Friday night in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on behalf of their son Paul with their beloved Rathmullan in the background.Virginia McLoone attending the Funding Workshop hosted in Ulster University on Friday morning as part of the 2018 Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award programme of events.Gala night as Tip O’Neill 2018 Award recipients honoured was last modified: September 18th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Traffic lights in Letterkenny to increase volume of audible pedestrian signal

first_imgThe Letterkenny Municipal District has agreed to increase the volume of the audible pedestrian signal to aid the visually impaired in Letterkenny.This comes following a request by Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, who made the request at September’s Municipal District meeting.Traffic lights in LetterkennyCllr Kavanagh had concerns that the current level of the signal was too low for the visually impaired pedestrians in town centre. Following the question, the Municipal District agreed: “The audible signal volume (will) be increased at the traffic lights in (Letterkenny) town to aid the visually impaired pedestrians.”Traffic lights in Letterkenny to increase volume of audible pedestrian signal was last modified: September 23rd, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyLetterkenny Municipal Districtlast_img read more

Full steam ahead over winter for Donegal Railway Heritage group

first_imgThe Donegal Railway Heritage group is now open on Saturdays (10am-4pm) for the winter and well worth a visit.The group is located in Donegal Town and run by County Donegal Railway Restoration CLG and commemorates the operations of the County Donegal Railway which operated two narrow-gauge railway systems in County Donegal from 1863 until 1959.The County Donegal Railway was the largest narrow-gauge railway system in the British Isles, although it began its existence in the form of the Irish 5’3” broad gauge. The first line to open was the Finn Valley Railway from Strabane to Stranorlar in September 1863 and extended in to Donegal Town in 1889.The next twenty years saw the peak of construction of the narrow-gauge lines, from Donegal Town to Killybegs in 1893, and from Stranorlar to Glenties in 1895.The Donegal Railway Heritage Centre opened in 1995 and is housed in the original Old Station House in Donegal Town, which was restored by the then County Donegal Railway Restoration Society.Today, it operates as a visitor attraction comprising a museum, information centre and shop. On display are rolling stock, unique historical artefacts and an audio-visual presentation on the railways’ history. In addition, the organisation also organises charity events and the Centre’s facilities are available for hire and use by the many community groups within the local and wider catchment area.The mission of the organisation is “to develop and promote a robust and dynamic all-weather visitor attraction – which will be of interest across a wide section of society.”“We are a dedicated group of people committed to saving, restoring, developing, celebrating and developing a first-class visitor attraction which played a pivotal part in the history of the County and this island.“We also play our part in creating meaningful and sustainable employment and in the economic regeneration of this part of Donegal. We would encourage you to help us reach this vision,” said a spokesperson.For more information, or to make a donation please contact [email protected] or Tel: 074 972 2655 or check us out on Facebook or at Full steam ahead over winter for Donegal Railway Heritage group was last modified: October 6th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Railway Heritage GroupDonegal TownOPENwinterlast_img read more

More than 1,100 distressed mortgage holders in Donegal could be given lifeline

first_imgA new state-backed finance scheme could help ease the anguish of over 1,100 distressed mortgage holders in Donegal. This comes following the news that 1,129 households in Donegal have owed an outstanding debt for the last two years, while 870 of those have been in debt for at least five years – according to new figures. Despite the scale of the repayment problem by mortgage holders, figures from the Department of Housing show that not one household in the county availed of the Government’s Mortgage To Rent scheme.A Government-approved mortgage to rent provider Home For Life (HFL) is spearheading a drive to enable mortgage holders in unsustainable debt to stay in their current homes debt-free as long-term tenants of their local authority.HFL insisted that they could come up with a solution in many cases of serious mortgage liabilities.At the recent Home For Life (HFL) Advisory Board meeting at the Fr McVerry Trust headquarters in Dublin were Paul Cunningham, CEO HFL, Fr Peter McVerry and Charles O’Reilly Hyland, Chairman, HFL. Pic: William PowerThe company works with homeowners, lenders and the local authority to keep unsustainable mortgage holders in their current homes, avoiding upheaval for families.Paul Cunningham, CEO of Home For Life, said: “I was surprised to find that of the 1,129 cases in Donegal, none had found a solution through mortgage to rent. “This may be due to the fact that councillors, community leaders and advisors were unaware up to now that the Government’s Mortgage to Rent Scheme was a real deliverable solution for homeowners whose mortgages are unsustainable and are at most acute risk of losing their homes.”Under the scheme, a property is sold to Home For Life and then leased back to the State through the local authority which, in turn, sublets the house or apartment back to the homeowner. The homeowner pays an affordable income-based rent to their local authority.More than 1,100 distressed mortgage holders in Donegal could be given lifeline was last modified: November 19th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:debtMortgagemortgage debtlast_img read more

Western Mountain Projects to be in Next Transportation Plan

first_imgThe N.C. Department of Transportation announced today the division level transportation projects that are anticipated to be included in the state’s next draft 10-year transportation plan, which will be released in January 2017. The plan includes the years 2018 through 2027.“Our robust transportation network supports our strong economy and improved quality of life,” Governor McCrory said. “Through the new transportation funding formula, we took the politics out of transportation planning to ensure roads and other important infrastructure are prioritized based on data, while providing flexibility to meet local needs. The new funding formula allows us to make smart decisions that keep North Carolina moving and these projects demonstrate the process is working as intended.”Five bicycle and pedestrian, one aviation, and 16 highway projects are expected to be funded at the division level for Division 14, which consists Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties.Projects include:Expanding Balfour Parkway, a four-lane route north of Hendersonville;Widening the Tuckeaseegee section of N.C. 107 in Jackson County;Increasing the capacity of N.C. 191 from Mountain Road to Mills River in Henderson County with multiple lanes;Improving the safety of five intersections in Bryson City with enhanced vehicle and pedestrian flow; andExpanding South Main Street to create multiple lanes between Hyatt Creek and Pigeon Street in Waynesville.last_img read more

Once Upon a Time Castle Projection Show to Debut at the Magic Kingdom

first_imgShare This!©DisneyA brand new Cinderella Castle nighttime projection show is set to debut at the Magic Kingdom on Novmeber 4!Called “Once Upon a Time,” this heartwarming new show will features Beauty and the Beast’s Mrs. Potts sharing bedtime stories with Chip. Here Guests will go on a magical adventure through favorite Disney movies, including flying over London to Never Land with Peter Pan, watching Winnie the Pooh fly towards the top of the Castle with a colorful balloon, enjoying a whimsical tea party with the Mad Hatter, and more. The show will culminate with classic scenes from Beauty and the Beast, including Belle waltzing with Beast, Beast’s duel with Gaston, and him turning back into a Prince. The conclusion will include a grand finale of additional appearances by beloved Disney characters.“Once Upon a Time” will take its inspiration from a projection show from the Tokyo Disney Resort. Much like the current show, “Celebrate the Magic,” “Once Upon a Time” will utilize projection mapping technology to cover every nook and cranny of Cinderella Castle in vibrant images that appear almost three-dimensional.“Celebrate the Magic” will end its four year run on November 3.last_img read more

Best of Instagram

first_imgMay 28, 2019 Share This!It’s been an exciting week with so many new sights, especially in Galaxy’s Edge. Get caught up here in the Best of Instagram.If you’re new to this series, we post highlights from our Instagram page, along with a top comment or photo featuring YOU, our subscriber.Enjoy!May 27, 2019 June 2, 2019 June 1, 2019 May 31, 2019center_img May 30, 2019 May 29, 2019 Top Follower of the Week!There’s been a ton of tears of joy this week, from everyone there and many of the people following along. Do you have plans to visit Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland or when it comes to Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comments.Should this post inspire you to give our Instagram page a follow, I’ll leave the link right here: read more

Best of Instagram

first_imgShare This!Whether dining at Disney means veggies from The Land or treats from Story Book Dining at Artist Point, we’ve got you covered in the Best of Instagram.If you’re new to this series, we post highlights from our Instagram page, along with a top comment or photo featuring YOU, our subscriber.Enjoy!June 18, 2019June 19, 2019June 20, 2019June 21, 2019June 22, 2019June 23, 2019June 24, 2019Top Follower of the Week!I have a ton of Disney cookbooks here at home, and I’ve even tried making recipes from some of them. Some of the recipes are TOUGH! Have you had any kitchen disasters or successes cooking Disney at home? Let us know in the comments.Should this post inspire you to give our Instagram page a follow, I’ll leave the link right here: read more

Galaxy’s Edge Store Preview: Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

first_imgShare This!We’re counting down the days until the official opening of Walt Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge with a look at some of the sights that you’ll see in this new land. Shopping is a major part of this new land. Next up, we’re showing you some of the merchandise you can find at the Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities.This store is truly the ultimate wow factor in shopping at Galaxy’s Edge. Walking in for the first time, you just look up and around and then pick your jaw up off the floor. Yes, it’s a store, and so there’s plenty of merchandise to see, but the shop itself is its own attraction. There’s so much to see in every corner of the store. From the murals when you walk in to the collection of antiquities high up on the upper level of the store, every inch of this store offers more to look at. The merchandise that really draw people’s eyes are the legacy lightsabers wielded by a variety of characters in the Star Wars universe and the collection of holocrons and kyber crystals. But the store holds a lot more, from jewelry to statues to a mishmash of items that just don’t fit anywhere else but are too cool not to sell. Prices can range from a few dollars for “wisdom stones” up to several hundred dollars for certain pieces of jewelry. (And you thought a $200 lightsaber was expensive?) It would be impossible for me to show you everything that you can find in this store, but I hope these photos give you a glimpse into what you might find. Even if you don’t plan to buy anything in Batuu, you won’t want to skip this shop.last_img read more

This Plush Donald Wants to Speak with a Manager

first_imgI’m not normally one of those mint-in-box-don’t-mar-the-packaging people, but wow, even this box is amazing.Is this Donald on your purchase list?Photos: Christina Harrison Share This!Check out this 85th anniversary Donald Duck plush we found at the Emporium in the Magic Kingdom. Priced at $50, it’s a limited edition replica Charlotte Clark design. I am absolutely in love with how salty Donald looks – like he is absolutely DONE with playing second fiddle.This is not loveable sidekick Donald; this is “Why are there no plastic straws, I need to speak with your manager, NOW,” Donald.last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Elusive Black-crowned Night Heron

first_imgWhat a pleasant surprise I had yesterday! I added three life birds (Horned Grebe, Lesser Scaup, and American Golden Plover) to my birding list, and saw lots of migrating water birds and several neotropical songbirds near Lake Erie.It was wonderful to see the life birds, though I wish I had been able to capture better shots of them (you’ll see a shot of the Horned Grebe at the end of this post).Nonetheless, one of the birds that stood out for me was the Black-crowned Night Heron I saw at Erie Marsh Preserve in Monroe Michigan, just north of the Ohio border. The bird was perched on a tree limb as you entered the preserve; his white and light gray/blue color stood out on the limb, though I expect in a few weeks, the tree foliage will easily conceal him.I was surprised since I usually see Black-crowned Night Herons at dusk or early morning, when they’re foraging for food. And they’re not easy to find, since they often are hidden behind branches or foilage.And it’s been years since I’ve seen a Black-crowned Night Heron in Michigan, but I see them in Florida and along the eastern U.S. shoreline.First time I saw one was about 15 years ago, at the retention ponds in a Chicago suburb at dusk. I followed the bird as it flew from retention pond to retention pond, until it was too dark to spot him.At last month’s Michigan Botanical Club meeting, I chatted with Chris May from The Nature Conservancy who was the guest speaker, talking about the wetland restoration at the marsh. I told him I thought the sign at the entrance said for people to stay out.But Chris assured me the sign was from a private homeowner, who had the sign turned the wrong way. He encouraged me and other birders to come out for spring migration, so I planned a trip.Here’s a few more birds I saw yesterday at Erie Marsh and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: Solitary Horned Grebe at Erie Marsh One of dozens Greater Yellowlegs at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge near Oregon, Ohio Mute Swans, an invasive, aggressive swan at Erie Marsh Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedThe Biggest Week: Birdwatching at Magee MarshMy Mother’s Day weekend isn’t complete without a trip to Magee Marsh in Oregon, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie. What I love about Magree Marsh on Mother’s Day weekend is that it coincides with The Biggest Week, a week of birdwatching activities held throughout northwestern Ohio. In the…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Birdwatching at Magee MarshThe boardwalk was congested with people peering through their binoculars at the dense foilage of the forest. There was no option to get past the crowd, but who would want to? Whenever there’s a crowd on the Magee Marsh boardwalk, there’s always a rare sighting of a bird. Did you…In “Nature”Enjoying The Biggest Week in American Birding“Do you need an American Redstart?” asked the fellow with the green “Biggest Week” baseball cap as he looked upward at the 25-foot tall tree in front of us. “Yes, I do,” I replied. And he proceeded to tell me where to look. “It’s at 11 o’clock. Look at the…In “Nature”last_img read more

Share Your Favorite Plugin: Enable Media Replace

first_imgImagine you’re updating an image gallery on your WordPress site. And all you want to do is replace one image you used last year with a new version. But you want to keep the same file name.You could take the time and trouble to locate the image in your Media Library, delete the file, and upload the new image. Wouldn’t it be easier to use a plugin that makes it simple to replace the image?Enable Media ReplaceAvailable in the WordPress plugin repository, the free Enable Media Replace plugin makes simple work of updating and replacing files in your Media Library. I discovered the plugin from a friend who shared it in a WordPress designer group, and am I glad she shared it. Enable Media Replace has been a timesaver for me when I need to replace images! Why I Like ItEasy to useIt has one goal: to upload a new file to replace an old file with the same nameI don’t have to take the extra steps to delete an image in the Media LibraryHow the Plugin WorksOnce the plugin is installed and enabled, you’ll find a new option, Replace Media, in the edit options for each file in the Media Library. Select Replace Media to upload a new file to replace the existing file in the Media Library.What You Need to KnowI’ve found using Enable Replace Media pretty straightforward. But if the new file isn’t displaying:Clear your cache if you’re not seeing the new imageConfirm you have write permissions to the files in your uploads folder of your WordPress installationSummaryIf you’ve ever had to delete a file in order to replace it with a new version of the same name, you’ll find Enable Replace Media is a time saver for you.One new option for uploading a new file, what could be easier? Have you used Enable Media Replace? Or have you found another method to replace files in the Media Library?This post is the second in my Share Your Favorite Plugin series.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedShare Your Favorite Plugin: Simple HistoryActivity monitoring plugins are essential for troubleshooting a site when something isn’t working correctly. Without a log of what changed on a website, you can feel like you’re on a treasure hunt with no clues. I’ve written about WordPress plugins to track changes in the past and how they can…In “WordPress”Share Your Favorite Plugin: Media Library AssistantAs you publish content on your WordPress website, you’re adding images to your Media Library. Over time, your Media Library will grow in size to hundreds, if not thousands of images. What happens when you want to search for that image of the WordCamp Denver conference you attended last year?…In “WordPress”9 Tips to Help You Safely Change Your WordPress ThemeAt our March West Metro Detroit WordPress meetup, one of our members asked about switching their WordPress theme. They wanted to update the theme with more features and functionality, which their current theme didn’t support. I thought it was a great topic for our meetup group, that other members would…In “WordPress”last_img read more

May 10, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News

first_imgIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn about upcoming user experience and information architecture workshops, find out why, how, and when to use semantic HTML and ARIA, discover what’s new with podcasts and Google search, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your work or projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekDon’t leave out accessibility from your code examples for simplicity. People need to see that accessibility is a part of coding. That includes code examples.— Zoë Bijl (@ZoeBijl) May 8, 2019User ExperienceFat fingers aren’t the issue when you’re trying to access an interactive element on your smartphone. The issue is small touch targets on touchscreens.Designers who prioritize aesthetics over functionally too often forget to create targets that can be easily and accurately selected.In part 2 of his series on project estimation, Leo Frishberg walks you through the steps of creating a scoping and estimating tool and shares some theory on crafting a service business.Don Norman wrote the book on user-friendly design, but what he sees now horrifies him.Companies insist on printing critical instructions in tiny fonts with very low contrast.The Understanding Group (TUG) in Ann Arbor, Michigan is hosting half-day and full-day user experience and information architecture (IA) workshops the week of May 21-23, 2019. Great opportunity to expand your skillset, the workshops include: Understanding IA, Designing User Research, Aligning Stakeholders, and Modeling for Clarity.AccessibilityGetting started with web accessibility can be overwhelming, where do you start? This list of 8 tools that make accessible design easier can make your job a lot easier.Learn how Microsoft is using artificial intelligence to improve accessibility with their AI for Accessibility initiative.In why, how, and when to use semantic HTML and ARIA, Adam Silver explains why starting with semantic HTML is the best choice and why the first rule of ARIA is not to use it.Reframe the conversation and how you approach inclusive design by swapping out one word.hey all you managers/companies wanting to be more #inclusive + #accessible the *very* worst thing you can tell your employees is: “This is a requirement”by swapping out one word and saying: “This is a priority” you can reframe the conversation & the way they approach the issues— Carie Fisher (@cariefisher) May 7, 2019In Scott O’Hara’s some accessibility resources, you’ll find useful accessibility resources, online tutorials, style guides, online meetups, courses (paid and free), as well as links to my weekly news roundup (thank you, Scott!) Fascinating podcast (50-minutes) with my accessibility friends Mike Gifford and Graham Armfield discussing whether Drupal or WordPress is the most accessible content management system (CMS). WordPressWordPress 5.2 is released, featuring Site Health Check improvements, minimum PHP 5.6.20 version, fatal error protection, and many more enhancements.Why do you want to have WordPress activity log on your website? When you’re troubleshooting, it will help you identify the cause of a site error, find a security breach, and know who’s doing what on your website.Returning for the sixth time, the free online WordSesh conference will be held May 22, 2019. The fourteen sessions, including 10 live sessions and four pre-recorded sessions, cover a range of WordPress topics from development, client relationships, search engine optimization, and more. I’m attending, join me?You’ve probably seen the phrase “headless ecommerce” in recent WordPress posts. But do you know what it really means? In his headless e-commerce: everything you need to know post, John Hughes explains what it is, benefits and disadvantages, and how you can set it up and manage it. CSS and HTMLWondering how news sites like the BBC create joined bulletpoint lists with CSS for their stories? They’re using unordered lists and :before pseudo-elements I didn’t know this about Firefox Dev Tools, did you?Did you know you can make the Firefox Developer Tools split into 3-panes? One for HTML, one for CSS, and one for the CSS Grid Inspectore / Font Editor / Changes pane / Animations tool / etc.— Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) May 9, 2019Whoa, impressive browser-based 2D & 3D CSS transform functions visualizer project by Jorge Moreno. What I Found InterestingGoogle is now rolling out podcast results in search results. You can now search for and play podcasts directly in Google Search on Android, iOS, and desktop browsers.Have you received one-ring phone calls in the past few weeks? I have. And it’s frustrating! According to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, they’re one-ring robocalls that may lead you to be billed toll charges similar to calling a 900 number.If you weren’t able to watch the livestream, here’s all the cool stuff announced at Google I/O 2019.If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedFebruary 15, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn the five-step process to create an empathy map, find out how to create better web experiences, discover when to use CSS Grid or flexbox, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting…In “Web design & development links”May 31, 2019 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn 8 tips for conducting user interviews over the phone, find an updated guide for maintaining content in WordPress, discover a tool to generate CSS Grid markup, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a…In “Web design & development links”October 4, 2019: My Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll discover how to summarize qualitative user research, learn about a free 24-hour virtual inclusive design conference, discover how to create a masonry layout with flexbox, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

Marshfield volleyball drops WVC match at D.C. Everest

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWESTON – The Marshfield volleyball team lost 3-1 to second-place D.C. Everest on Tuesday in a Wisconsin Valley Conference match at D.C. Everest High School.Everest won 25-22, 18-25, 26-24, 25-14, to improve to 9-2 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. Marshfield is now 7-4 with one match remaining at home Thursday against Stevens Point.Ema Fehrenbach had 12 kills, Stephanie Rhodes added eight kills, and Anna Ripp led the Tigers with 26 assists and five blocks.Sara Dasler had 20 digs, Maureen Cassidy added 12, and Jenny Scheppler had three aces for Marshfield.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more

Marshfield softball rips Tomah in season opener

first_imgTigers have 16 hits in road winBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterTOMAH — The Marshfield softball team began its 2016 season with a bang, routing Tomah 14-3 in a nonconference game Tuesday afternoon.Megan Donahue was 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs and also struck out nine batters in 3 2/3 innings on the mound for the Tigers.Emily Draeger also went 4-for-5, Jenna Jakobi hit a two-run home run, and Maddie Mews drove in a pair for Marshfield.Kaitlyn Konrardy earned the win for Marshfield, allowing two runs in 2 1/3 innings.Eight of the Tigers’ nine starters had at least one hit.Marshfield will head to Illinois to play three games later this week. The Tigers will take on Hersey High School in Arlington Heights on Friday and will play a doubleheader at Ottawa on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 14, Timberwolves 3Marshfield 405 113 – 14 16 3Tomah 101 010 – 3 4 2WP: Kaitlyn Konrardy. LP: Reis Dermossean.SO: Konrardy (2 1/3 inn.) 3, Megan Donahue (3 2/3 inn.) 9; Dermossean (4 inn.) 0, Morgan Wright (2 inn.) 0. BB: Konrardy 3, Donahue 3; Dermossean 6, Wright 0.Top hitters: M, Jenna Jakobi HR, 2 RBIs; Emily Draeger 4×5, 2 2Bs, 3 runs; Donahue 4×5, 2 2Bs, 4 RBIs; Morgan Nordbeck 2 runs; Konrardy 2×3, 2 runs; Alyssa Ede 2B, 2 runs; Maddie Mews 2B, 2 RBIs; Melissa Roberts 2×4. T, Makayla Hove 2×4.Records: Marshfield 1-0; Tomah 0-1.last_img read more

Marshfield girls soccer upends Ashwaubenon in WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal

first_imgBy Paul Lecker Sports ReporterASHWAUBENON – The Marshfield girls soccer team pulled off a big playoff win Thursday, upsetting No. 3 seed Ashwaubenon 2-1 in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal.The sixth-seeded Tigers, who had lost to Ashwaubenon 4-3 during the regular season, improve to 6-16-1 and will move on to a D-2 regional final at No. 2 seed Rhinelander (17-3-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Hodags shut out Merrill 4-0 on Thursday.Marshfield lost to Rhinelander 5-2 at the Hodags’ home tournament on May 13.Julia Urban scored off an assist from Olivia Haessly just 2:26 into the game, and Kendra Tremelling added another goal at the 12:35 mark to give the Tigers an early 2-0 lead.Marshfield’s Andrea Carolfi had eight saves in goal, giving up just one to the Jaguars’ Sakora John 5:02 into the second half.“The defense played particularly great in shutting down Kayla Minor, who had a hat trick in their win against us earlier this season,” Marshfield coach Steve Lindner said. “The whole team had a great week, and even though the rotation was smaller for the players, it was a team victory.“Emily Critelli played outstanding, her greatest game as a Tiger. She saved two goals with kicks that were heading in the net to preserve the win.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 2, Jaguars 1Marshfield 2 0 – 2Ashwaubenon 0 1 – 1First half: 1. M, Julia Urban (Olivia Haessly), 2:26; 2. M, Kendra Tremelling (O. Haessly), 12:35.Second half: 3. A, Sakora John, 50:02.Saves: M, Andrea Carolfi 8.Records: Marshfield 6-16-1; Ashwaubenon 9-9-6.last_img read more

Stratford girls basketball blasts Rib Lake, improves to 6-0

first_imgZuelke scores 24 points for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterRIB LAKE — The Stratford girls basketball team ripped off its sixth-straight victory to start the season, beating Rib Lake 55-30 in a nonconference game Thursday night at Rib Lake High School.Andie Zuelke was dominant inside for the Tigers (6-0), pouring in a game-high 24 points. She had five field goals in each half, was 4 of 7 at the free throw line, and had a team-high 12 rebounds. No other Tiger scored in double figures.Katie Cardey had 14 of her team-leading 15 points in the first half for Rib Lake (2-3) as the Tigers limited her to just one free throw in the second half.Stratford outscored Rib Lake 28-12 in the second half.The Tigers return to action next Thursday at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 55, Redmen 30Stratford 27 28 – 55Rib Lake 18 12 – 30STRATFORD (55): Olympia Garrigan 0-0 0-0 0, Taya Nett 2-7 2-4 6, Blaire Linder 2-4 0-0 4, Sammy Griesbach 2-4 0-0 4, Brooke Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Olivia Burrows 1-3 1-2 3, Mariah Zawislan 0-0 1-2 1, Chelsey Gliniecki 3-10 0-0 6, Kaylee Hollatz 3-7 0-0 7, Andie Zuelke 10-13 4-7 24. FG: 23-48. FT: 8-15. 3-pointers: 1-5 (Hollatz 1-2, Griesbach 0-1, Linder 0-1, Nett 0-1). Rebounds: 32 (Zuelke 12). Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 6-0.RIB LAKE (30): Emily Espinoza 0 0-0 0, Katie Cardey 6 1-3 15, Cami Schethauser 0 0-0 0, Hailey Wuzi 0 2-4 2, Sam Rodman 0 0-0 0, Gracie Weinke 3 0-0 9, Raginna Wright 2 0-4 4. FG: 11. FT: 3-11. 3-pointers: 5 (Weinke 3, Cardey 2). Fouls: 12. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-3.last_img read more

Marshfield wrestling whips Eau Claire North in regular-season finale

first_imgTigers have eight pins in home victoryBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield wrestling team finished its regular-season dual meet schedule with a resounding 59-10 win over Eau Claire North in a nonconference match Thursday at Marshfield High School.Marshfield won 11 of the 14 matches, eight by pin, in the dominating victory.Tanner Kanable (120 pounds), Brayden Richardson (126), Nolan Hertel (145), Payton Young (152), Bentley Ostermann (160), Sam Mitchell (170), Alex Brost (182), and Conner Peterson (195) each won by pin for Marshfield. All but Hertel’s and Brost’s pins came in the first period.Sam Bauman (220) and Anthony Kanable (138) each won by decision as well for the Tigers, and Caden Pearce (132) won by technical fall. Bauman beat Antonio Putnick 7-2, two weeks after losing to him at the Sparta Tournament.Marshfield will compete at the Wisconsin Valley Conference Tournament on Saturday at Stevens Point Area Senior High. With a first- or second-place finish, the Tigers would win their first WVC championship since 1958.“I am happy we were able to add it to our schedule,” Marshfield coach Jackson Hein said. “It was one last opportunity for our three seniors (Anthony Kanable, Peterson, and Bauman) to wrestle in front of their home crowd.“It was a huge win for (Bauman). He works incredibly hard, and for him to beat a guy tonight who he lost to only two weeks ago shows himself and his teammates that anything is possible. We look to carry this momentum into the conference tournament.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 59, Eau Claire North 10106: Ethan Johnson (ECN) def. Shane Westerhausen 9-7.113: Carter Duerkop (ECN) won major dec. over Caden Dennee 14-2.120: Tanner Kanable (MAR) pinned Ben Lee in 0:51.126; Brayden Richardsno (MAR) pinned Andrew Carey in 0:40.132: Caden Pearce (MAR) won by technical fall over Efrain Sueldo 17-2.138: Anthony Kanable (MAR) def. Josh Schneider 8-1.145: Nolan Hertel (MAR) pinned Ben Heril in 3:16.152: Payton Young (MAR) pinned Joe Vang in 1:52.160: Bentley Ostermann (MAR) pinned Chase Van Ryen in 1:30.170: Sam Mitchell (MAR) pinned Mason Tibits in 0:22.182: Alex Brost (MAR) pinned Tou Vang in 3:28.195: Conner Peterson (MAR) pinned Joey More in 0:37.220: Sam Baugman (MAR) def. Antonio Putnick 7-2.285: Jack Curruth (ECN) def. A.J. Leonhardt 1-0.last_img read more

Kraus captures K&N East opener at New Smyrna

first_imgFor the Hub City TimesNEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – Derek Kraus made a thrilling three-wide pass for the lead, then pulled away to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway on Feb. 11.Kraus was running third in the Bill McAnally Racing No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, with 41 laps remaining, when he took advantage of the two leaders coming in contact while battling side-by-side. He darted to the inside to take the lead.Kraus said he anticipated the pair would touch. When they did, he made his move.“They drifted up in (turns) 3 and 4,” he said. “I saw an opening and I took it.”The 17-year-old from Stratford faced a big challenge, starting 16th after qualifying was rained out on Feb. 10 and the grid was set per the rule book. He and his BMR NAPA team had an extra day to think about their strategy, with the 175-lap race being postponed a day due to the weather.“We made a lot of adjustments after practice and that helped,” Kraus said. “We had a really good car all night. We had to save our tires and I feel like that’s what helped win the race. That helped us out there in the end.”He made a pit stop during the first of two scheduled breaks, then remained on track during the second one. After seizing the lead, he pulled away from the field and then held on after another restart with 10 laps remaining.“It was a big win for me,” Kraus said. “It’s a great way to start off the season.”The victory by Kraus marked his sixth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series win, but his first in a K&N East event. In two previous series starts at New Smyrna, Kraus finished third in 2017 and fourth in 2018.The race will be televised on NBCSN on Feb. 13.The next event on the K&N Pro Series East schedule will be at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway on April 6.last_img read more

World Summit action plan

first_img4 September 2002After more than a week of tough behind-the-scenes bargaining, over 100 heads of state and government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development have agreed on a plan of action to eradicate poverty and protect the environment, finally concluding negotiations that have taken place over nine months and on three continents.Negotiators at the Summit in Johannesburg finally reached on renewable energy sources, the last major stumbling block in the action plan. The agreed text calls on all countries to: “With a sense of urgency, substantially increase the global share of renewable energy sources, with the objective of increasing its contribution to total energy supply” – but without setting any percentage target or target date.The European Union had been pushing for a target of making 15% of energy come from “renewable energy” sources such as windmills, solar panels and waves by 2015. The US and Opec oil-exporting countries, however, were opposed to such targets.Children of the world present a message to the Summit (from left to right): Analiz Vergara (Ecuador), Liao Mingyu (China), Justin Friesen, (Canada), Julius Ndlovena and Tiyiselani Manganyi (South Africa). (Photo: UN Johannesburg Summit)The plan of action, together with a political declaration, was formally adopted at the close of the Summit.Among the provisions agreed on are commitments to increase access to clean water, proper sanitation and energy services, to improve health conditions and agriculture, particularly in drylands, and to protect the world’s biodiversity and ecosystems.Environmentalists scathing, politicians upbeatEnvironmentalists have slammed the plan as toothless, criticising it for, among other things, failing to set targets for the use of renewable energy sources, failing to ensure accountability of multinational corporations, and making no mention of the “ecological debt” that resource-greedy richer nations owe less developed nations.Ministers, however, have praised the plan, describing the environmentalists’ expectations as unrealistic.South Africa’s Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin told the Star newspaper that issues such as getting the United States and Japan to agree on specific renewable energy targets had been politically impossible to resolve, adding: “But we brokered a deal. There are no targets, but there’s no question about it – renewable energy is now a new issue on the sustainable development agenda.”Erwin said that South Africa’s technical and brokering skills in chairing the “Johannesburg Process” that led to final consensus had been appreciated by the world’s trade and environment ministers, adding that the plan contained “about 41 substantial agreements relating to the environment in one way or another”.Johannesburg Summit Secretary-General Nitin Desai said that renewable energy targets had been a worthwhile goal, “but the reality is that, with sustained action, we can build up the renewable energy industries to the point where they have the critical mass to compete with fossil fuel-generated energy. We have a commitment to make it happen, and now we need the follow-through.”South African Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohamed Valli Moosa said the Summit had made some very significant advances. “In some areas, it has made seminal advances.”Valli Moosa said the breakthroughs came during three days of round-the-clock ministerial negotiations. The idea of ministers sitting for days dealing with the “nitty-gritty” of the issues involved was a surprise, he said. “It represents the seriousness with which the [Summit] is taken by developing and developed countries.”The high-level negotiations were necessary, he said, because the remaining issues needed to be resolved at the political, not technical levels.Sustainable production and consumptionCountries have agreed to establish a voluntary world solidarity fund to eradicate poverty and promote social and human development that, without duplicating existing UN funds, will encourage the role of the private sector and individual citizens.Also agreed on was a provision that encourages countries to develop a 10-year framework of programmes to shift towards sustainable consumption and production – that asks countries, in other words, to live within the means of their supporting ecosystems.Desai, detailing some of the commitments, said that country agreements on water and sanitation were backed up by a United States announcement of an investment of $970-million in water projects over the next three years, and a European Union announcement to engage in partnerships to meet the new goals, primarily in Africa and Central Asia.The UN had received 21 other partnership initiatives in this area, with at least $20-million in extra resources.In energy, Desai said countries had committed themselves to expanding access to the two billion people that do not have access to modern energy services. He added that while countries had not agreed on a target for phasing in renewable energy, they had commited to green energy and the phasing out of subsidies for types of energy that are not consistent with sustainable development.Bolstering these commitments, Desai said, a group of nine major electric companies had signed agreements to undertake sustainable energy projects in developing countries, while the EU had announced a $700-million partnership initiative on energy, and the US had announced investments of up to $43-million for energy in 2003.On health issues, in addition to actions to fight HIV-Aids and reduce waterborne diseases and the health risks due to pollution, countries had agreed to phase out, by 2020, the use and production of chemicals that harm human health and the environment.Proposals for the Global Environment Facility to fund implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification have already been adopted, and will have a major impact on improving agricultural practices in drylands. The United States had said it would invest $90-million in 2003 for sustainable agriculture, Desai said, and 17 partnership submissions to the UN contained at least $2-million in additional resources.There were many commitments made to protect biodiversity and improve ecosystem management, Desai said. These include commitments to reduce biodiversity loss by 2010; to restore fisheries to their maximum sustainable yields by 2015; to establish a representative network of marine protected areas by 2012; and to improve developing countries’ access to environmentally sound alternatives to ozone-depleting chemicals by 2010.These commitments were supported by 32 partnership initiatives submitted to the UN, with $100-million in additional resources, and a US announcement of $53-million for forest management in 2002-2005.“It’s impossible to know just how many resources the Summit has mobilised”, Desai said, “but we know they are substantial. Furthermore, many of the new resources will attract additional resources that will greatly enhance our efforts to take sustainable development to the next level, where it will benefit more people and protect more of our environment.”Boost for Kyoto ProtocolOn Kyoto, countries agreed in the Summit plan that states that have ratified the Kyoto treaty on global warming “strongly urge states that have not already done so to ratify the Kyoto Protocol in a timely manner”.The Protocol received a huge boost at the Summit, with Russia, China, Canada and Japan announcing their intentions to ratify the treaty, leaving the US and Australia as the only major powers holding out.Minister Valli Moosa told the Star that Russia’s surprise decision meant that the anti-global warming pact could now come into force, as it would bring a “big chunk” of carbon dioxide emissions into the equation.‘There is still the other half’The commitment to a target of 2015 for reducing the numbers of people who lack access to proper sanitation followed the already agreed upon goal of halving the proportion of people who lack access to clean water, one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.“It is hard to imagine how we can implement sustainable development when two billion people lack proper sanitation facilities”, said Desai. “This is an historic commitment, because for the first time the world has made the issues of water and sanitation a high-level political priority. We need this political commitment, and now we need the practical measures and partnerships to ensure that the new goals are met.”Desai cautioned, however, that the new targets, if met, would only bring clean water and proper sanitation to half of the people who lack these necessities. “There is still the other half, and we cannot stop until everyone benefits.” reporter. Sources: Johannesburg World Summit 2002, United Nations: Johannesburg Summit 2002last_img read more

Museum that bridges past, future

first_imgThe Red Location Museum of the People’s Struggle in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth – winner of three international awards – was designed to be both a monument to South Africa’s struggle against apartheid and an integral part of community life in a township that acted as a crucible for the struggle.The museum is located in the Red Location shack settlement, New Brighton’s oldest neighbourhood, scene of one of the first public acts of defiance against apartheid when, in 1952, black railway workers refused to show their “passes” to enter railway property.The striking, industrial warehouse-styled complex uses space, oxidised corrugated iron, wood and steel to echo its shanty town surrounds – the Red Location shacks for resettled blacks, orginally constructed out of material recycled from defunct Anglo-Boer War concentration camps.International awardsThe museum, which opened to the public in November 2006, has won three major international awards.In June 2006 it was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ inaugural Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding work of architecture outside the UK and Europe by a member of the institute – beating stiff competition from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and the Terrence Donnelly Centre in Toronto.The museum project also landed the city of Port Elizabeth the 2005 World Leadership Award for architecture and civil engineering, and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality the 2005/06 Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building.“To build a museum of the apartheid era in the midst of the township that acted as a crucible for the struggle is an extraordinary achievement,” the Lubetkin Prize judges said in a statement. “The Red Location Museum brilliantly rises to the challenge, using architectural skill of the highest order to produce an unforgettable experience that is both viscerally and intellectually moving.”Part of the surrounding communityThe museum complex, designed not only as a tourist attraction but also as an integral part of the surrounding community, includes an art gallery specialising in the work of Eastern Cape artists and will also house a market, a centre for creative arts, a library and adult literacy centre and a conference centre.Hundreds of new state-subsidised low-cost houses have been built in the surrounding area.The museum integrates into the existing neighborhood of former victims of apartheid as a seamless part of their daily life. “In this way, the horror of apartheid becomes more apparent simply by its calm presence in the museum side by side with a functioning community,” says architect Jo Noero of Cape Town-based Noero Wolff Architects, who designed the complex.‘Memory boxes’The museum’s design draws on notions of memory to show both the horrors of institutionalised racism and the heroic efforts of the anti-apartheid movement in sharp relief.“All museums concern memory and history; it was therefore all the more impressive to encounter one in which particular histories and memories have evoked an extraordinarily powerful architectural idea,” the Lubetkin judges said.The concept of “memory boxes” – in which migrant workers on South Africa’s mines carried artefacts to remind them of their homes in the countryside – forms the basis for a building which is in itself one huge memory box.Designed in industrial form to incorporate the rusted corrugated iron – the Red Location – theme of the surrounding settlement, the museum houses steel containers tipped on end to make individual memory boxes, giving its curators a blank canvas in which to exhibit memories, responses and ideas.The most powerful of these piles of boxes, according to the judges, contain police files on those who were murdered, judicially or otherwise, during the struggle against apartheid. Above the boxes hang three nooses.“The building works as both metaphor and object: deliberately unglamorous, this is an architectural tour de force.”In contrast to the memory boxes, visitors to the L-shaped museum first pass through a hall of columns, designed by artists to resemble totems, honouring those who gave their lives in the struggle against apartheid.Having seen how the apartheid government used architecture and planning as tools of racism and division, Noero hopes to use architecture to heal. The museum, he says, “seeks to build new memories – ones that will not let us forget apartheid’s atrocities, and those that will allow us to begin to hope for an African renaissance.” reporterArticle last updated: March 2007 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 14

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Harrismith, Free State province: Balloons in a restaurant. Photo: Graeme Williams, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res imageTOURISM AND LEISURE 14:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library?Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Etihad flies daily to Cape Town

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “In addition to the strong demand for flights from expatriate South African nationals, business and leisure travellers, many thousands of football fans are expected to travel there next year when South Africa hosts the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Hogan added. 2 October 2009 The airline will make use of an Airbus A330 on the route. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched daily flights between its Abu Dhabi home base and Cape Town. Many more South African nationals live across the Middle East region and also will be able to connect quickly and easily back home via Abu Dhabi, the airline said. “South Africa is a leading global destination of choice for tourism and commerce and we are thrilled to launch a daily service to Cape Town, our second city in the country,” Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan said in a statement this week.center_img Etihad started flights to Johannesburg in December 2005, and has since then established itself as one of the airline’s most successful destinations. According to the statement, the new Cape Town service is expected to be welcomed by the South African expatriate community living in the UAE, which now stands at approximately 40 000 people. Expatriate community SAinfo reporter Cape Town becomes Etihad’s second destination in South Africa, after Johannesburg, and joins Cairo, Casablance and Khartoum as the airline’s fifth destination on the African continent.last_img read more

Bafana frenzy grips the nation

first_imgBafana Bafana has captured the hearts ofSouth Africans.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)  Vuvuzelas blared from the residential block of flats in Sunnyside, Pretoria’s lively, cosmopolitan suburb. South Africans hung out of their windows and burst from the corridors to celebrate and blow their favourite plastic trumpets. It was a short-lived moment, but one I had been expecting.South Africa’s national football squad Bafana Bafana was playing Denmark in a friendly match that day, 5 June, and I had decided to go loll at a park in nearby Troy Street – I was against the idea of being glued to a television screen.I knew the noise made by the throng of football fans in the area would be a pretty good indication of the score: I anticipated a spirited round of vuvuzela toots for every Bafana goal, and a collective sigh of “aaaaahs” if our opponent scored.I was kept in suspense for some time, but eventually I heard the eruption of noise. I knew very well our boys had scored a critical goal – the only one of the match. It came in the 76th minute from striker Katlego “Killer” Mphela.The celebrations went on for about three minutes at that stage, but the lasting sense of excitement came as the referee blew the final whistle. We had won.The vuvuzelas were out again, and the hubbub resonated throughout central Pretoria. Masses of young football fans, clad in their Bafana gear, celebrated the victory with their trumpets, song and dance. And cars whizzing past showed their support too, with mini South African flags attached to their roof tops.It’s scenes like these that show the pride in the 23-man national squad, which will play the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in a few days’ time.“We’re very elated and excited about what see throughout the country every day. Scores of people are wearing the Bafana jersey,” the team’s media officer Matlhomola Morake said.“[South Africans] are giving us courage,” Morake added. “We’d like to thank them and hope that this support will continue throughout the World Cup.”Support for Bafana is streaming in through various channels countrywide, as fans’ good-luck wishes are publicised on television, radio, newspapers, online social network sites and mobile phones. “That’s ayoba,” my colleague, Lesego Madumo, would say.‘We’re behind you’A day before the Demark clash, friends Mzukisi Zuzile and Masanda Nomeva joined hundreds of other South Africans outside Luthuli House in Johannesburg to show their confidence in Bafana Bafana. And they weren’t shy about where their allegiances lay: “We’ll support them up until the end of the World Cup. South Africans will stand by them,” Nomeva said.“Bafana Bafana must play their hearts out, knowing very well that the nation is behind them,” Zuzile added.The team has gone without a loss in its last 12 matches, making the craze well-deserved. Notable wins include the 5 June Denmark friendly and a 5-0 record defeat of Thailand a few days’ before.The group stage matches involving Bafana were sold out even before World Cup ticket collection centres were opened, another indication of strong belief in the national side.This also means that vuvuzelas will be out in full force. “We need the vuvuzela – it is our 12th man, and it will help us a lot,” Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said during his announcement of the final player selection on 1 June.The national team has been drawn into Group A to face Mexico, France and Uruguay. It’s been tipped to pick up at least six points, but must win the first clash against Mexico to achieve this, experts say.Promise of victoryPresident of the South African Football Association Kirsten Nematandani has promised the nation that Bafana will make it proud. He is confident that the team is well-prepared and ready to tackle the stiff competition.“The boys are ready … they will make us proud,” he said during the celebrations at Luthuli House.“Come the 11 June, Mexico won’t know what hit them.”South African politicians are showing they’re not immune to the Bafana frenzy either, with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and official opposition, the Democratic Alliance, both sending out messages of support.“Bafana, you carry the hopes and aspirations of all South Africans …” said ANC chairperson Baleka Mbethe, on behalf of her party. “We have complete confidence and trust in you.”Good dose of Madiba MagicPresident Jacob Zuma and Fifa head Sepp Blatter are among the legions of World Cup fans who are hoping that Nelson Mandela will make it to the tournament’s opening ceremony at Soccer City on 11 June.It’s still not entirely clear whether the frail, 91-year-old statesman will be there, but Zuma has said it will be a bonus if he is.“We have hope that Mandela will be there,” said Mbethe.Mandela’s presence will undoubtedly give Bafana Bafana a good dose of “Madiba Magic” ¬– a term coined during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, when the then-president donned a replica of the captain’s jersey to spread national pride and show his support for the host team.He did the same during the African Cup of Nations a year later, and many say this helped inspire the South Africans to win both tournaments. In recent years South Africans have increasingly used Madiba, Mandela’s clan name, as a fond term of reference.The Bafana World Cup squad was introduced to their former president on 3 June at a gathering at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg. On this day too, Mandela chose to wear the captain’s jersey.last_img read more

Top award for South African TV drama

first_img5 October 2010South African television drama Hopeville scooped a Rose d’Or award for best drama and miniseries in Lucerne, Switzerland last week, beating 10 shortlisted programmes from a total of 85 international entries in the process.The awards, celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, are among the most prestigious in the international television industry, celebrating the highest standards in TV productions from around the world.First broadcast on SABC2 in 2009, and since made into a full-length feature film, Hopeville tells the story of Amos, a reformed alcoholic on a mission to forge a relationship with his estranged son Themba.When father and son arrive in the dusty town of Hopeville, they discover a community where apathy, fear and suspicion are the order of the day. When Amos decides to restore the public swimming pool – both for the local kids and for his son’s swimming career – he is met with scepticism and resistance.Through patience, determination and courage, Amos’ act ripples through Hopeville, inspiring others to take action and to do what they know is right.A co-production between Heartlines and SABC Education, Hopeville was produced by Curious Pictures and filmed in the picturesque town of Waterval Boven in Mpumalanga province.The six-episode series was directed by John Trengove, with Harriet Gavshon and Mariki van der Walt as executive producers, and features some of South Africa’s top actors, including Jody Abrahams, Desmond Dube, Leleti Khumalo, Fana Mokoena, Themba Ndaba and Terry Pheto.NGO Heartlines, in partnership with SABC Education, commissioned the series as part of its work of using television and film to help South Africans strive towards the values of humility, compassion, responsibility, perseverance, and other positive goals, in their lives.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA now making, assembling 50% of taxis

first_img19 March 2013 South Africa has made significant progress in localizing the manufacture and assembly of minibus taxis, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on the weekend. “Some 12 months ago, none of the taxis on our roads were assembled in South Africa. Today about 50 percent of all taxis that are purchased are made or assembled here in South Africa, and we’re moving towards the target of localizing two-thirds of assembly in the taxi industry by 2015.” The government is leading a campaign to promote the local procurement of supplies across all industries in order to boost the economy’s capacity to create jobs. Patel said the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) had been mandated to develop a national localization strategy to guide all spheres of government. He said the labour-absorbing capacity of local manufacturing industries had to be boosted to stimulate job creation and economic growth, adding that a strong local manufacturing sector would have a positive impact on South Africa’s balance of payments. “We are working in partnership with a major manufacturer, Toyota, who has expanded the factory in eThekwini, as well as a partnership with the IDC and a Chinese manufacturer called the Beijing Automotive Works that has started a factory in Gauteng. These companies had already employed 220 people to assemble taxis locally, with the number set to increase significantly by 2015, Patel said. In October 2011, the government, business, labour and community-based organisations signed a Local Procurement Accord committing the parties to work together to increase local procurement as part of South Africa’s plans to create five- million jobs over the next decade. And in December, the government put the buying power of the state firmly behind local manufacturers, with new amendments to the the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act allowing the government to name sectors and products that require a minimum level of local content to qualify for state procurement. Bus manufacturing was among the first batch of sectors designated for local procurement under the amended law, resulting in the local sourcing of 80 percent of all inputs and supplies in the manufacturing of bus bodies for the rapid public transport systems in Pretoria, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Other products designated in the first batch included power pylons, rolling stock, TV set-top boxes, clothing, canned vegetables, footwear and leather products. In January, the Department of Trade and Industry announced a second batch of designated products, namely electrical valves, manual and pneumatic actuators, electrical and telecommunication cables, and components of solar water heaters. Source: read more

Freedom ‘is our common heritage’

first_img25 September 2013Telling the country’s history in an all-encompassing way shows us that the freedom we now enjoy is not “the exclusive preserve of any one social grouping but a proud heritage of all South Africans,” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Tuesday.Motlanthe was addressing a Heritage Day rally at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane township outside East London.The Deputy President said that South Africans marked the national holiday “with the conscious understanding that there is a great deal about our history that is bad and hurtful, yet we must accept it as part of the growing pains of the free society we set out to create in 1994; a society that is united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and just.”Tuesday’s occasion also marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Mdantsane. Home to more than 500 000 South Africans, Mdantsane is one of the oldest townships in South Africa, and was a hotbed of political activism against apartheid.Earlier in the day, Motlanthe unveiled an upgraded memorial and laid a wreath at the site of the Egerton Massacre. In 1983, communities from East London and Mdantsane had embarked on a boycott to protest an unannounced five cent increase in bus fares.The boycott culminated on 4 August in what was later called the Egerton Massacre, which claimed 11 lives, with a further 36 commuters injured. The massacre took place at Egerton Railway Station outside Mdantsane, where police officials from the apartheid bantustan of Ciskei shot and beat residents.Motlanthe said that the struggle for South Africa’s liberation was waged by “the broadest cross-section of the people of our country and was not just about political freedom, but also about social, cultural, psychological and economic freedom”.Mdantsane, he said, had to be “supported with the necessary socio-economic infrastructure to realise its full reintegration into all avenues of South African life, and not continue as a reserve for the abode of the poor, the unemployed and the disenfranchised”.The Mdantsane heritage project, like all others in South Africa, should be “inclusive of the names, languages, places, people and cultures that were manipulated and falsified to bring about divisions,” Motlanthe said.“Unity of all South Africans is a guiding principle which should never be undermined by sectarian and parochial interests.”SAinfo reporter and read more

SA small-scale farmers take on hunger

first_img25 October 2013 The government has set aside R2-billion to support the Fetsa Tlala (End Hunger), President Jacob Zuma said at the launch of the food production initiative in Batlharos outside Kuruman in the Northern Cape on Thursday. Fetsa Tlala seeks to promote self-sufficiency by helping communities to produce food – including maize, beans, wheat, sunflower, ground nuts and potatoes – on communal and under-used land. The initiative aims to help small-scale and smallholder farmers put one-million hectares of land which has been lying fallow under production over the next five years, as well as to help small businesses process the crops once they have been harvested. Zuma said that Fetsa Tlala also aimed to shift perceptions about the importance of agriculture and farming in general, noting that agriculture was one of six job drivers – along with mining, tourism, the green economy, manufacturing and infrastructure development – identified in the government’s New Growth Path. Encouraging people to go back to farming “We are encouraging people to go back to farming. We are encouraging every household to develop a food garden. We want to see women’s co-operatives and community groupings focusing on vegetable production, livestock or chickens to earn a living and fight hunger and poverty.” Zuma said that, while South Africa’s overall food insecurity figure was declining, there were still families that lived in poverty. At the same time, the country remained a net importer of food. The worst poverty is concentrated in South Africa’s former apartheid “homelands”, which account for 13 percent of the country’s land and were home to half of the black population before 1994. “These areas have remained extremely poor and underdeveloped, and are heavily dependent on remittances from workers in industrial South Africa,” Zuma said, adding that South African agriculture continued to be characterised by a racially skewed distribution of assets, support services, market penetration, infrastructure and income. “Some 36 000 large-scale farmers control over 86-million hectares of farmland, while 1.4-million black farmers have access to about 14-million hectares of farmland.”Support, markets for small-scale farmers Zuma said there was a significant amount of land that still lay fallow in South Africa’s rural areas, some of which had been freed up through land reform. Smallholder farmers, communities and households would be given assistance in developing this land through the provision of mechanisation support, distribution and technical services. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, addressing a business breakfast briefing in Johannesburg last month, said her department had already brought 200 000 hectares of land under producbtion on seven province – the goal being one-million hectares by 2019. “Once the food is produced and harvested through Fetsa Tlala, we will then ensure that there is sufficient support for SMMEs [small, medium and micro enterprises] in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries processing sectors to mill the meal or pack the vegetables.” Joemat-Pettersson said the department would also work with the Department of Trade and Industry to establish markets for small-scale farmers, fishers and foresters. “This is no dream; it is already happening on the ground, where thousands of hectares have been successfully placed under production – some for consumption, and some for sale, stimulating local economies. “Government runs hospitals … we have the South African National Defence Force, school feeding schemes, and prisons. Smallholder farmers and producers should have a market in these organisations,” she said. “Government should be buying food straight from our smallholders and creating viable markets for them. This is what Fetsa Tlala is about. It is about unlocking the economies of rural areas.” Source: read more

Africa ‘increasingly better managed’

first_img13 November 2013Prospects for strong and sustainable growth in Africa are looking positive, with the continent now being better managed, Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Daniel Mminele told the second Institute of International Finance Africa Financial Summit in Johannesburg this week.Africa’s resilience to the financial crisis can be partly explained by the rise in commodity prices, said Mminele.“Africa has been increasingly better managed, with the improvements in governance helping to promote an overall conducive environment to growth and development. There has been a steady rise in the contribution of domestic demand to gross domestic product [GDP],” he said.Mminele said central banks could make a meaningful contribution to growth by keeping inflation in check and creating an environment of financial stability.“While most of the structural reform imperatives fall outside the mandate of central banks, I believe that central banks, by keeping inflation in check and creating an environment of financial stability, can make a meaningful contribution.”Mminele said that to be effective in Africa, central banks had to fulfil more traditional roles: “Monetary policy can only play a facilitating role in enhancing the productive capacity of the economy.”Structural changeMany African countries are experiencing a rapid growth in the middle class. Estimates by the African Development Bank show that consumer spending by the continent’s middle class reached US$680-billion and accounted for 25% of Africa’s GDP in 2008. This figure is projected to reach $2.2-trillion by 2030.“On the supply side, the rise of the services sector has been one of the defining characteristics of the structural change in African economies,’ Mminele said. “Telecommunications, banking and the retail sector have been flourishing in many countries.“This has contributed to the improvement in Africa’s growth prospects which, in turn, has attracted the attention of foreign investors.”Africa is regarded as an attractive investment destination by multinational investor groups that are keen to benefit from intra-Africa trade opportunities. Many investors that already have operations in Africa are looking to expand their footprint.“As expected, multinationals from South Africa have seized the opportunity to expand their production networks across the continent. The number of projects in Africa originating from South Africa has increased by over 500% in the past decade,” said Mminele.Between 2010 and 2013, South African multinationals made foreign direct investments (FDI) investments in 18 African countries. In 2012, South Africa invested in more new FDI projects in Africa than any other country in the world.However, infrastructure, education and training remain the key challenges for the continent, Mminele said.Source: read more

Households with electricity up by 50%

first_img Source: 15 November 2013 The number of South African households with electricity has increased by almost 50% over the last 10 years, according to Statistics South Africa’s latest survey on household energy. Releasing the survey in Pretoria on Thursday, Statistician-General Pali Lehohla said the number of South African households with legal electricity connections had increased by 49% between 2002 and 2012, from 8.3-million to 12.4-million households. Lehohla said the gap had been closed with the addition of 4.1-million connections over the 10-year period, despite 3.8-million new households being added over the same period, bringing the total number of households to 14.6-million in 2012. In all, 85.3% of households were connected to the electricity grid in 2012, up from 77.1% in 2002. Of the 15% still not connected by last year, four percent had no electricity access, while 11% were connected to electricity but not via the mains, with many of these being illegal connections. He said that since the introduction of free basic electricity in 2005, the number of households that qualified for the provision had steadily declined, from 45.8% to 27.5% last year, because of the sharpening of the criteria to qualify for the provision. Lehohla said it was concerning that 12.6% of South Africans, mainly in the country’s rural areas, still used wood for cooking. He recommended that the country provide more off-grid power solutions and renewable energy sources for poor households, particularly in rural areas where provision of electricity from the grid was not cost-effective. South Africa should also introduce effective and efficient technologies to reduce the hazards of using solid fuels for heating, cooking and lighting, Lehohla said. Statistics SA’s survey also revealed that among households with a per capita income of under R390 a month, just 79% had electricity connections, compared to 94% for those with monthly incomes of R4 000 or more. While 94% of formal homes and 91% of state-subsidised homes were connected to the grid, just 54% of households in informal areas and 63% in traditional areas had connections to the grid. Over three-quarters of South Africans use the pre-paid method to pay for their electricity, with just 21% opting to pay for their electricity by way of monthly bills – ranging from six percent in rural areas to 27% in urban areas. Nationally, only 4.6% of households do not pay for their electricity, according to the survey. In all, 3.4% of households reported that their electricity had been cut off in the 30 days prior to the survey because of non-payment. The survey also revealed that households consume 13% of South Africa’s electricity, with manufacturing industry the country’s biggest user, consuming 49%. Other findings from the survey include: Households spend on average R2 494 a month on electricity, gas and other fuels.In all, 18% of rural households and 8.4% of urban dwellers use candles and paraffin for lighting.57% of households said it was acceptable to protest about electricity prices, while 97% reported that it was never acceptable to steal electricity.last_img read more

Active Schools Initiative

first_imgThe Active Schools Initiative (ASI) is a registered NPO that is providing a holistic violence prevention & empowerment programme called ´Play & Learn´ at 15 primary schools in 8 different disadvantaged communities of Cape Town and JohannesburgThe programme assists children to cope with difficult living conditions and empower them to become positive change agents in their own schools, neighbourhoods and communities.Play & Learn includes school ground development, interval programmes, holiday programmes, leadership training for selected child trainers and teacher workshops on topics including positive discipline, numeracy and literacy games, substance abuse prevention and others.We need assistance with office supplies and stationery, clothing and food for ASI staff, books and learning equipment for our school library, material which can be used to build jungle gyms etc, on which the children can play during interval times, and harnesses, helmets and other equipment for our kids climbing programme.We also need financial assistance/ donations for Play & Learn items like balls, skipping ropes, hula-hoops, trampolines, balloons, face paints and stationery.Contact person: Dayana DrekeTelephone: 079 635 6671Address: Milner Road 3, 7700 RondeboschE-mail: [email protected]: read more

Redesigning a Cape Town landmark

first_img Entries were judged by two panels and were assessed against six criteria: aesthetic value, sustainability, cost, technical feasibility, buildability, as well as a reflection of the World Design Capital (WDC) ideals. Design24 is an official WDC project. Weideman said Media24’s “implementation team” would now find the best design solution, which could include elements of the top three designs, within the “modest budget”. Media24 is Africa’s biggest media company, with interests in newspapers, magazines, digital publishing, printing, distribution, book publishing and ecommerce. In August 2000, Media24 – the former Nasmedia – became an independent company. Its majority shareholder is Naspers, a multinational group of media and ecommerce platforms. SAinfo reporter 7 April 2014 Not one but three designs caught the eye of judges in the competition to redesign the façade of the landmark Naspers Centre, head office of Media 24, Africa’s most successful media company. Media24 chief executive Esmare Weideman named the winners at a function on the building’s roof on Friday night. While 94 designs were received, none met all the criteria set in the design competition, which sought concept ideas to reimagine and rejuvenate the iconic building, once the tallest skyscraper in the Mother City. Most fell short on the cost criteria. The company has set aside R15-million to complete the project. The Naspers Centre, located on Cape Town’s foreshore, still has a commanding presence, looking out across the harbour and Table Bay, as well as inland towards Table Mountain. “Some of the entries truly reimagined the iconic Naspers Centre, so even though there wasn’t a clear winner we decided to split the [R320 000] prize money equally between the top three entries as recognition of their artistic contribution,” Weideman said. The three companies are, in no particular order: Tsai Design Studio, whose design “Urban Sculpture” imagined a folded sheath wrapped around the building, with a prominent media wall facing Walter Sisulu Avenue.MLB Architects, whose design “Reimagining an Icon” used glass, mesh and green planting to create an entirely new silhouette for the building.DBM Architects, whose design “Roots” imagined tangled roots reaching up the full height of the building, in reference to Media24’s 100-year history in Cape Town. last_img read more

Citizens play their part to build the nation

first_imgThe Play Your Part TV series will feature 13 episodes of 48 minutes each, and will be hosted by Kabelo Mabalane (pictured in the centre)South Africans who are doing the country proud with their positive work will be highlighted in a television programme created by Brand South Africa and SABC 2, which launched the Play Your Part TV Series at the Market Theatre in Newtown on 11 June.As the nation celebrates 20 years of freedom, the show aims to inspire the people of the country to do the smallest of things that will affect another person, to make South Africa a better place. The show will air from Sunday, 15 June on SABC 2 at 9pm. The series will feature 13 episodes of 48 minutes each, and will be hosted by Kabelo Mabalane, a kwaito star, Comrades Marathon runner and recovering addict. Mabalane has been playing his part by highlighting addiction and doing various charity work.Mpumi Mabuza, the stakeholder programme manager at Brand South Africa, said: “We are happy to be launching this inspiring TV series at the newly named John Kani auditorium at the Market Theatre. How fitting for us to launch such a programme in our 20th year of freedom on a stage named after a South African theatre and television legend.”Play Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of the nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change. “There are amazing people doing amazing things every day, in every part of our country, and the Play Your Part platform is perfect for you to share your stories, and to celebrate each other as citizens of our wonderful country,” said Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s brand manager.The TV series at the newly named John Kani auditorium at the Market TheatreVISION 2030The chief executive, Miller Matola, recalled how South Africans rejoiced four years ago when the country hosted the football World Cup. “We are launching this programme on a day that brings much joy to me. It was this time four years ago that I was filled with pride to be South African,” he said.Matola spoke about how everywhere he went he could tell who was South African by how proudly they stood. “South Africans everywhere were walking upright as a sign of pride for hosting the World Cup with no major glitches and showing the world how good they are at being hosts.”He also told the audience how Brand South Africa was the custodian of the image of the country and that Vision 2030 was the next World Cup for South Africa. Every citizen should help to bring it to fruition.The National Development Plan, or Vision 2030, is a plan to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.LET’S ALL BE CHANGE AGENTSMabalane, who rose to fame in the late 1990s as part of the trio TKZee, a kwaito group, said he believed the good in South Africa outweighed the bad – and that was why he agreed to be part of the show. “My epitome of active citizenship is the youth of 1976, who I believe showed what a group of ordinary people could do if they put their heads together.”He had fun recording the TV series and gaining insight into events like choosing South Africa’s flag after the first democratic election. “After seeing some of the entries of the designs for the flag, I thank God some were not chosen,” he said, to much laughter.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola with Play Your Part TV series host Kabelo Mabalane. Matola said that all South Africans had a role to play in bringing the country’s Vision 2030 strategy to fruitionPLAY YOUR PART STORIESSome of the inspiring stories featured on Play Your Part are:● Mercy Senyatsi, a life orientation teacher at Dr AMS Makunyane Secondary School in Polokwane, Limpopo. “Originally, I was inspired by my late parents who raised and tutored many children, irrespective of their family background,” she says. Throughout her career, Senyatsi says she has been touched by the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children. She is living up to her name, bringing mercy and hope into the lives of those who most desperately need it.● Emmanuel Khumalo, founder of Numbers Foundation in KwaMashu, Durban. “In November 2013, I launched Numbers Foundation, a non-profit organisation with the main objective of providing extra lesson tuition, fighting bullying and discrimination, and aimed at getting kids off the streets and into homes and back to school. We believe that education, shelter and love are important. My name is Emmanuel Khumalo, I am 18 years old and I live in KwaMashu, Durban and my story is of educational change. I am the founder and the president of Numbers Foundation, a foundation aimed at improving and changing our country.”● Trevor Knowlden, founder of Freewheelers Cycling Club in Steenberg, Cape Town. “[We use] the bicycle as a lure to keep youth away from drugs, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy and growing the numbers of gangs… In 2004, I founded Freewheelers Cycling Club to provide a healthy alternative to youth of Steenberg in the Western Cape. We take youth from various surrounding communities on mountain biking and road cycling outings.”last_img read more

Bank hikes rates, calls for resolution of strike

first_img18 July 2014The monetary policy committee of the South African Reserve Bank decided on Thursday to raise its repo rate – the rate at which it lends to the country’s commercial banks – by 25 basis points, taking it to 5.75%.Speaking to reporters in Pretoria following the committee’s meeting, Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus said the central bank’s monetary policy stance remained supportive of the domestic economy, and that any future moves would be gradual and highly data-dependent.Marcus reiterated the bank’s view that monetary policy should not be seen as the growth engine of the economy.“The sources of the below-par growth performance are largely outside the realms of monetary policy. In the short term, an improvement in the interaction and relationships between management and labour is essential to foster a climate of trust and confidence, and get South Africa back to work,” she said.Earlier on Thursday, Standard Bank said it expected the bank to hike rates by 25 basis points, especially with inflation running above the bank’s target 3% to 6% range. Consumer inflation rose to 6.6% year-on-year in May.In January, the bank hiked the repo by 50 basis points, having previously left it unchanged at 5% since July 2012.Inflation forecast raisedOn Thursday, Marcus said the bank faced an increasingly difficult dilemma of rising inflation and slowing growth. While the core mandate of the bank was price stability, it had to be mindful of the impact of its actions on economic growth.The bank has upped its inflation forecast from an expected average of 6.2% to an average 6.3% for 2014, and from 5.8% to 5.9% for 2015.“Inflation is still expected to return to within the target band during the second quarter of 2015, provided that there are no further shocks to the system.”Marcus said the rand continued to pose an upside risk to the inflation outlook, with the currency having depreciated by 2.6% on a trade-weighted basis since May. The current trend in wage settlements posed a further upside risk, she said, adding: “These pressures are likely to intensify in the current difficult labour relations environment.”Growth outlook deterioratesAt the same time, South Africa’s growth outlook has deteriorated, compounded by continued labour disruptions.“Following a contraction of 0.6% in the first quarter, the outlook for the second quarter is expected to be positive but subdued, particularly in light of weak mining and manufacturing data in May,” Marcus said.The bank’s latest forecast – which assumes a speedy resolution of the metalworkers’ strike – sees growth coming at 1.7% for 2014, compared to 2.1% previously. The growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016 have been reduced from 3.1% to 2.9% and from 3.4% to 3.2% respectively.Source: read more

South African products, services on show in Maputo

first_img25 August 2014A delegation of South African companies has begun showcasing their products and services at the 50th Maputo International Trade Fair, which got under way in the Mozambican capital on Monday.The 29 companies – including 19 small, medium and micro enterprises and six emerging exporters – are participating in the week-long fair with the help of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).The companies will be looking in particular to tap into the growing Mozambican market in transport and communication.“Mozambique is one of South Africa’s top five trading partners in Africa, and we want to expand our market share to enable our companies to compete with other countries that have since made substantial inroads into the country,” said the DTI’s economic counsellor in Mozambique, Matome Kgowedi.The director of export promotion at the DTI, Julius Nyalunga, said Mozambique was an important country in relation to the government’s diversification strategy in Africa.“It is one of the countries that we are targeting, with the understanding that it is amongst the 10 fastest growing economies in the world, and that it has signed a number of memoranda of understanding with South Africa that seek to strengthen trade relations,” Nyalunga said.“We also intend to increase South African outward investment into Mozambique, but it is interesting for us to understand that if we are not going to aggressively participate in Mozambique, there is going to be a challenge, because role players from the world over are here and they are trying to get a foothold into Mozambique’s market.”Source: read more

Dube TradePort South Africa’s newest Industrial Development Zone

first_img8 October 2014The Dube TradePort in the South African port city of Durban is now officially an Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), joining three other similar economic zones spread out across the country.President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, 7 October, handed over an IDZ operator licence to the Dube TradePort Corporation for the precinct, which has already attracted investments worth nearly R1-billion since it was opened in 2012.The Dube TradePort IDZ is the latest in the nationwide rollout of special economic zones aimed at growing the country’s economy to meet the target of 5% growth by 2019.The first IDZ for Durban, the Dube TradePort IDZ joins similar projects in Port Elizabeth, East London and Richards Bay that have attracted a combined investment of over R5- billion. According to Department of Trade and Industry director general Lionel October more special economic zones will be rolled out across the country as government intensifies its approach to industrialise South Africa’s economy as demanded by the National Development Plan (NDP).Special economic zonesOctober says government has identified IDZs as the most effective way to grow the South African economy and create jobs; “We are suffering with slow growth and we are going to reindustrialise this country. We need to fast-track economic development and the special economic zones are the way of fast-tracking development but also to decentralise development.“Naturally investors want to relocate towards the big centres of the economy like Johannesburg because it’s closer to the market. Through these IDZs we want to attract investors to the new areas like the Dube TradePort, Coega, Richards Bay and the East London IDZ,’ said October.Trade and industry minister, Rob Davies, concurred, and said special economic zones have been shown to be useful tools to promote industrial development and diversification of the economy.“These are the industries that are largely supporting our export markets and are located in ports and around airports. In the life of the last administration we looked critically in what we can achieve from the special economic zones programme. I can say today that the three active IDZs (Coega, East London and Richards Bay) have now attracted investment worth R5-billion in total so the strategy is working.’He said government was setting up a Special Economic Zones Board to advise the minister on implementing special economic zones.Investor tax incentivesDavies said what makes the IDZs unique is that they offer a variety of incentives for investors, including a 15% corporate tax rate.Situated at the heart of King Shaka International Airport, the Dube TradePort IDZ is set to transform Kwazulu-Natal into a central business gateway and a noteworthy player in the global supply chain. Two investment areas – Dube TradeZone, and Dube AgriZone – will be crucial in the IDZ’s success.Industries that will be represented in the IDZ include electronics manufacturing and assembly; aerospace and aviation-linked manufacturing; agriculture and agro processing; medical and pharmaceutical production; and clothing and textiles. Zuma said the Dube TradePort is expected to create more than 150 000 jobs by 2060, by when the development is also expected to have contributed R5.6-billion to the country’s GDP.“We are determined to create an environment that is investor-friendly. We will continue to improve support measures both through the special economic zones and other development tools,’ Zuma said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

IATA warns Trump trade war could hit airline demand

first_imgIATA boss Alexandre de Juniac Global airline lobby group IATA has warned that a US-led international trade war could hit worldwide demand for air travel.Fears of a trade war increased Thursday after US President Donald Trump pushed forward with plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports but said the administration would use the next 15 days to negotiate exemptions for allies, including Canada and Mexico.The 25 percent impost on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum is opposed by senior members of Trump’s own Republican Party and has provoked threats of retaliation from some trading partners.The move coincides with an International Air Transport Association report showing that airlines opened 2018 with the slowest year-over-year global passenger traffic growth for almost four years.IATA said the increase in demand in January of 4.6 percent compared to January 2017 was affected by a number of “temporary” factors such as the later timing of the Lunar New Year in mid-February.It said the later Lunar New Year holiday accounted for about 40 percent of the slowdown.“Despite the slower start, economic momentum is supporting rising passenger demand in 2018,’’ IATA director-general Alexandre de Juniac said.“That said, concerns over a possible trade war involving the US could have a serious dampening effect on global market confidence, spilling over into demand for air travel.”De Juniac said aviation was the “business of freedom” but for it to be able to grow it needed “borders that are open to trade and travel, and infrastructure to support the demand for connectivity”.IATA’s figures saw the global passenger load factor fall half a percentage point to 79.6 percent as demand failed to keep up with a 5.3 percent rise in capacity.READ: IATA wants biofuel flights to carry one billion by 2025. International passenger traffic growth slowed to 4.4 percent but all regions stayed in positive territory.A regional breakdown showed demand growth in the Asia-Pacific, where the Lunar New Year is particularly important, at a 46-month low of 4.6 percent.Europe was the only region to see an acceleration in traffic compared to the prior month with 6 percent growth while Latin American carriers enjoyed the strongest growth at 7.3 percent.At the other end of the scale, Middle East carriers registered the weakest traffic growth of 0.5 percent as the market to and from North America was particularly hard hit.North American carriers saw traffic rise 3.5 percent, while African airlines were up 4.9 percent.Growth was more robust on the domestic front, where passenger markets were up 5.1 percent in January but were again hit by the later Lunar New Year.last_img read more

Growth to make it easier to say ‘hola’ to Latin America

first_imgPhoto: Latam Getting around Latin America is set to become easier over the next two decades as a growing middle class ensures that air travel doubles.Plane maker Airbus is predicting the regions middle class will grow from $350 million people to 520 million by 2037.And as that happens, more and more Latin Americans will be saying hola! (or ola!) to air travel.The European aerospace giant says passenger traffic in the region has already doubled since 2002 and it is forecasting that trips per capita will increase from 0.4 in 2017 to almost 0.9 in 2037.There is also a changing in the mix of traffic with intra-regional travel growing faster in 2017 than the historic market leader, domestic traffic.Airbus says less than half of the region’s top 20 cities are connected by one daily flight creating a great potential for the region’s airlines to build intra-regional traffic”.The aviation “megacities” in Latin America  — Panama City, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City, Santiago and Sao Paulo — are expected to be joined by Mexico’s Cancun and Rio de Janeiro.READ: Latam launches major international expansion. The manufacturer  defines megacities as those with more than 10,000 long-haul passengers daily.In terms of aircraft, the Airbus Global Market Forecast predicts the Latin America and Caribbean region will need 2,720 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at $US349 billion to meet the rising demand.This is almost double the existing fleet of 1420 aircraft and breaks this down into 2,420 small and 300 medium, large and extra-large aircraft.Of these, 940 will be for replacement of older-generation aircraft, 1,780 will be due to growth, and 480 are expected to remain in service. The result will be a fleet of 3200 aircraft by 2037.“We continue to see growth in the region’s air transport sector, despite some economic challenges,’’ Airbus Latin America and Caribbean president Arturo Barreira said at an airline forum.“With two of the world’s top 13 traffic flows expected to involve Latin America, and traffic expected to double, we are very optimistic that the region will continue to be resilient.“Also, with intra- and inter-continental demand rising, Latin American carriers will be in a very strong position to increase their footprint in the global long-haul market segment.”Separately, Airbus announced Tuesday that Europe’s easyJet had converted purchase rights for 17 A320neos to firm orders.The manufacturer said this took the budget carrier’s combined order for the NEO to 147, including 30 A321neos, and meant easyJet has ordered 468 A320 Family aircraft to date.“This repeat order cements easyJet’s position as the largest European operator of our leading A320 family,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer.The aircraft are configured with 186 seats in a single class configuration and powered by Leap CFM engines.last_img read more

Super-sensitive high tech scanner to shorten airport queues

first_imgA super-sensitive passenger scanner that reveals hidden security threats is being trialed in the UK.The walk-through scanner, which uses space technology to image human body heat, is the result of a collaboration between Sequestim Ltd. and Cardiff University scientists.Computer learning allows the scanner to distinguish between threats and non-threats but without the need for passengers to keep still or remove outer clothing.See video of scanner hereGlobally, around 12 million passengers travel by plane every day on 120,000 flights.The technology has the potential to cut queues at airport terminals as it screens people on the move. It will also impact on the effectiveness of security and help keep passengers safe.“Passenger numbers are expected to double in 20 years, putting airport security facilities under immense pressure,” said Ken Wood, Sales and Marketing Director of Sequestim Ltd, a joint venture between Cardiff University and QMC Instruments Ltd.scanner“Our scanner combines a number of world-leading technologies developed by our team here in the UK. It uses the human body as a source of “light”, in contrast with existing scanners which process reflected and scattered millimetre-waves while the passenger is required to strike a pose.”“Our system only needs a few seconds to do its work. Passengers walking normally through security would no longer need to take off coats and jackets, or remove personal items such as phones.”The trial takes place privately, by invitation only, from 4 to 7 December 2018 at Cardiff Airport and will not affect passenger journeys.The project is one of eight to receive some of the £1.8m funding made available by the UK Government earlier this year through a Defence and Security Accelerator themed competition. Part of the five year Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme, the multimillion-pound initiative seeks innovative ideas such as this new passenger scanner to help strengthen aviation security.Originally built to study the furthest reaches of the universe, the technology used is so sensitive it could see a 100W light bulb at a distance of 500,000 miles (twice the distance to the Moon.)The scanner quickly “learns” the difference between items that can and cannot be taken onto an aircraft, reducing the risk of false alarms which inconvenience passengers and slow down screening.“The detector technology was originally developed to study the most distant astronomical phenomena. For example, we study how stars are born from gigantic clouds of gas and dust,” explained Mr Wood.“It detects millimetre-waves, which are just like visible light but at a wavelength more than one thousand times longer. The ability of the scanner to reveal hidden objects has also attracted interest from Border Force, responsible for the UK’s frontline border control operations at air, sea and rail ports.“Any concealed items show up very clearly as a shadow because the human body, by dint of its heat, acts like a light bulb for our scanner. The new scanner images do not present any ethical issues because anatomical details do not show up. No-one will need to see the images when the technology is eventually used for real, however, because the system will be completely automatic.”The airport trial aims to prove that passive terahertz imaging is robust, versatile, fast and convenient.UK Aviation Minister Liz Sugg said: “We have a proud history of innovation here in the UK and passenger safety across all modes of transport remains an important priority for the government. The Future Aviation Security Solutions programme demonstrates our support for pioneering projects that can help to reduce security threats in airports. I am pleased to see that the funding awarded to Sequestim has helped the team take space technology and trial it as part of a new passenger screening system at Cardiff Airport.”Cardiff Airport was bought by Welsh Government for £52m in 2013. Nearly 1.5m passengers passed through the airport in 2017. The trial of the passenger scanner in December represents a first for Wales, and a local collaboration with enormous impact potential.First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said: “Welsh Government and Cardiff Airport are delighted to be hosting the proof-of-concept trial of Sequestim’s innovative technology. This cutting-edge security camera not only promises a huge improvement in our experience of air travel, but also brings with it the prospect of job creation as Sequestim aims to manufacture future scanners here in Wales.”The purpose of the trial is for key members of industry, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, the Civil Aviation Authority and other government bodies including BorderForce to see the technology in action.last_img read more

Out with the gold as United reveals new livery

first_imgOur next livery has been cleared for takeoff. Stay tuned right here for more from our celebration in Chicago tomorrow!— United Airlines (@united) April 24, 2019 Photo: United Given the plethora of blues in the new United Airlines livery, it was only fitting that it was unveiled in Chicago.The new paint job had already leaked, as these things tend to do, ahead of the ceremony and the carrier released a time-lapse video of it being applied.Speculation that the gold in the previous livery would disappear proved correct and it was in with three versions of blue: Rhapsody, Sky and United.READ our ratings for the airlineThe three blues were introduced last year, along with purple, in new uniforms. United is reducing the use of gold, which was added to the brand 30 years ago.The tail is now a gradient of all three blues and the gold and white globe on the tail is now a cleaner, mainly Sky Blue version.The gold in the sweeping line along the fuselage, known as the swoop, is now Rhapsody Blue.UnitedThe new tail. Image: United/TwitterThe most striking changes are the giant United logo (the “wordmark”)  on the side of the aircraft and the striking United Blue engine nacelles and winglets.A new tagline “Connecting people. Uniting the World” appears near the nose and the plane’s belly is painted “Runway Gray”.The US carrier said the modernized livery would bring a refreshed look to its fleet that was “a visual representation of United’s ongoing brand evolution while staying true to the history it has developed over the last 93 years”.“As we improve and elevate our customer experience, we are changing the way people think and feel about United, and this branding captures that new spirit,” United chief executive Oscar Munoz said in unveiling the livery.“Each improvement we’ve added to our service advances our evolution as an airline, furthering our effort to elevate and redefine customer service in the sky.“This modernized design, especially our iconic globe, enhances the very best of United’s image and values while pointing in the direction of where we intend to go next in serving our customers.”The airline said its aircraft on average receive a new paint job every seven years so it will take some time for the new livery to work its way through the airline’s 779 mainline aircraft and the 569 regional aircraft operated by affiliated carriers.The 737-800 unveiled Wednesday will be joined by a mix of narrowbody, widebody and regional aircraft with updated livery throughout the year.last_img read more

Collective Leadership: Getting Everyone Involved

first_imgToday’s companies recognize that every individual on their team is important and that their contributions have an impact on the company as a whole. At the same time, in the age of big data, more information is widely available to all stakeholders, shaking up the traditional, top-down communication style. These changes bring about a state of collective leadership – where individuals can easily collaborate to make decisions that improve performance, at both the personal and business-wide level. Organizations that embrace the idea of collective leadership early on will be more strategic and agile, fostering an open and collaborative environment. Once this happens, the company can benefit from a work culture that enhances employee engagement and is committed to continuous improvements. Consider how greater collaboration and the resulting increase in transparency can drive change and create better results throughout an organization: Individual Development As almost all work activities take place through digital interactions, there is a wealth of data created throughout the day, offering a level of insight and visibility into performance management that wasn’t possible even five years ago. Organizations can collect this data in real-time, analyze it and identify performance issues right away, instead of letting problems fester and get worse. As such, the concept of annual or quarterly performance reviews will soon be a thing of the past. Why wait for arbitrary milestones when improvements can be initiated on an immediate basis? Better Business Performance The case for immediate improvements expands beyond just personal development. For example, consider how traditional account management is typically reactive; the company might not learn until weeks after the fact that a certain account was slipping away. By using new account management software and the wealth of data and analytics they provide, the company can recognize potential problem areas and provide the needed support. Rather than one resource at the company collecting data and sharing it at a later date, real-time information can be accessed by different users, ensuring the team takes a collaborative approach to address client issues before it’s too late. Listen to Everyone With an open source environment, individuals can feel more included with business decisions and be more aware of what is going on in the company. By utilizing any of the ever-growing number of information-sharing tools – like wikis, social media platforms and intranets – all employees across business units, departments and physical locations can contribute more easily. This way, employees at all levels will feel that their ideas are heard, and the company benefits from a range of perspectives that might not be found in the boardroom. Breaking Down Barriers Embracing transparency and the many tools that improve communications enables the company to engage its employees like never before. This is especially important in light of the growing challenges of managing a multigenerational workforce. Gone are the days when senior employees could close the door on information and hoard it for power. With real-time data readily available for anyone in the company, those corporate hierarchies separating individuals, generations and job functions disappear, bringing everyone to the same level. Like it or not, business and internal practices have become more transparent – and any attempts to hide, control or manipulate information will make you lose credibility. Instead, by embracing the level of visibility that new technology provides, organizations can ensure they foster a collaborative environment where all employees share their thoughts and the company benefits from the best ideas, regardless of who came up with them.last_img read more

SHRM Advocacy Team Spotlight – Shoals Chapter SHRM

first_imgSHRM Advocacy Team Spotlight – Congressional Recess Activity by Sandra Sockwell, Shoals Chapter SHRMThe Shoals Chapter SHRM was pleased to host Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who presented the Chapter’s program at Cypress Lakes Golf and Country Club in Muscle Shoals, AL, on Thursday, August 14.  Since he had visited our Chapter a time or two in the past, and we had visited him many times in regular SHRM Hill Visits, for this meeting we asked him to tell us what was going on in Washington, DC.  He spent most of the time explaining his views on immigration reform.  Very detailed, he laid out the reasons he and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) are so adamant that reform be approached in a comprehensive way.  We see that Rep. Brooks voted “Aye” on H.R. 2575, the “Save American Workers Act,” which defines full-time employees as working 40 hours instead of 30 as under Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  Also, Rep. Brooks was listed as a new co-sponsor, along with several others, of the “Legal Workforce Act” (H.R. 1772), subtitled, “Supplying Knowledge-Based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visas Act.”  We believe these bills are good for America’s workforce and business—and that they support HR best practices. We are fortunate to have Rep. Brooks’ field representative, Laura Webb Smith, attend our Shoals Chapter meetings whenever her schedule permits.  When the A-Team sent the first reminder about the then-upcoming August recess, I phoned her immediately and she arranged for the Representative to visit us since he would be home on our meeting date.  It has been rewarding to have a field rep interested in helping an elected official realize how important the HR community is for supporting American business interests, as well as the interests of our several thousand employees represented by the Shoals Chapter’s members.  When SHRM was encouraging officials during Hill Visits to support making Section 127 of the IRS Code permanent a few years ago, we encouraged Rep. Brooks, an economist by education, to check out the bill to see if he could/would support it.  To our excitement, he signed on as a co-sponsor to that bill in the House!  And it passed.  Now that was a rush. We are encouraged to have such a relationship established with an elected official who values the input of his constituents and who arranges to visit us when District visits coincide with our meeting dates.  We heartily encourage all Chapters to try a similar approach.  Savvy staffers, we’ve found, blaze the way to an official’s schedule!Sandra Sockwell, Ph.D., SPHRShoals Chapter SHRMFlorence, ALSHRM A-Team Member To visit the SHRM Advocacy Team blog page, please click here.To visit the SHRM Policy Action Center, please click here.last_img read more

Convention Week #2: One Week Down, and One Week Closer to Election Day

first_imgOne thing is certain: This year will be a landmark year for our country, and the HR voice needs to remain part of the local, state and national conversations in the months ahead. SHRM believes so adamantly in the power of the HR voice that SHRM advocacy will continue to be a major Society focus this election year.Fortunately, SHRM provides the perfect opportunity to have a voice and an impact: the Advocacy Team (A-Team). This amazing network of over 8,300 of your HR peers ensures that HR professionals nationwide are engaged and working closely with elected officials to shape effective workplace public policy. Currently, only four members of the 535 total members of Congress have any experience in Human Resources – and that number could change after Nov. 8. Whichever candidates see victory after votes are cast on Election Day, SHRM, CFGI, the SHRM A-Team and HR professionals from coast to coast are making sure candidates are aware of the “Principles for a 21st Century Workplace” and how legislative and regulatory proposals affect employees and employers in every district across the country.Regardless of political party or ideology – as we look to welcome a new presidential administration and Congress next year, we at SHRM, and you as HR leaders, need to come together through advocacy. Want to get started today? Over the coming weeks, consider treating candidates like you would a new hire. Provide them with all the information, resources and support possible as they look to serve you and your state – now and into 2017. And know that SHRM is here to offer you support to be an effective advocate for the profession. Visit SHRM’s HR Policy Action Center at and download the SHRM Advocacy mobile app for the resources you need to research your candidates, engage in the months ahead, and serve as a valuable advocate for HR.Questions about SHRM’s A-Team and advocacy efforts? Contact SHRM’s Meredith Nethercutt at [email protected] the meantime, continue to catch all the action from these critical National Conventions from SHRM and CFGI through Daily blogs, HR News articles and Twitter action this [email protected] Yet come Thursday evening, the balloons will fall, the applause will die down, and the candidates on the fall ballot will head back to the campaign trail to stump and share their platforms, working tirelessly to gather votes for November. The glitz, glam and media coverage will ebb, and we will all return to our daily lives – hopefully with some summer vacation and fun built in! And before you know it – BOOM – November will be here. Convention Week #2: One Week Down, and One Week Closer to Election DayWell HR friends, the general election season is definitely here. You received very cool on the ground posts from the SHRM/CFGI family last week, giving you the inside scoop on all the activity and content from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. And now I bet you have a lot to think about as the events kick off in Philadelphia today for the Democratic National Convention. You hopefully noticed that workplace public policy issues – particularly those highlighted in the SHRM CFGI Principles for a 21st Century Workplace – were repeatedly referenced last week by the GOP, and will undoubtedly be themes of the Democratic Party this week. Thank goodness SHRM continues to be the only HR organization attending these Conventions, and that you can rest assured we are THE thought leader on workplace issues this campaign season.last_img read more


first_imgGhosting can occur in many parts of the candidate/employee lifecycle. Three points in time specifically stand out to me – the applicant, the candidate, and the new hire – where HR partners, recruiters and hiring managers can make some changes to minimize their chances of being ghosted. What is common between all three of these? The importance of timely communication! The Applicant Online job boards make it so easy for people to just click and apply. When I get an applicant from one of these sites that look good, I’m excited, but not that hopeful. I’ll usually call or email but not hear back. However, the sooner I reach out after they’ve put their application in, the more likely I am to get a response. I put my email address in the job postings, so if someone takes the extra step to apply and send me an email, I’m more likely to reach out to them because they’ve explained that they’re serious about their search and interested in the role I have posted. It’s common to be ghosted in the applicant process because at this point people have no skin in the game because they’ve never interacted with you. The Candidate Someone who’s applied does return your call or email. How are you going to keep them engaged throughout the process? I can easily tell if one of my candidates prefers phone or email. I can tell if they do better with multiple one-line emails going back and forth, or if they will read/process one longer email with everything they need to know. Since candidates are driving the bus in the current market, it’s important for HR Reps/recruiters to adapt to their candidates’ communication preferences. Timing of feedback is another important aspect. If you leave a candidate floating out there for over a week with no feedback after an interview, they may already be on to the next opportunity. The New Hire What can you do now to minimize the chances of being ghosted once someone has shown up for their first day? In the industry I work in, manufacturing, it’s definitely a candidate driven market and there is a skills shortage in my area for machinists and mechanics. People care about more than base pay, and they need to offered a great place to work and other perks because otherwise they will have no problem going down the street to the competitor for 25 cents more an hour. To limit your chances of being ghosted, really evaluate what your employee value proposition is and how you’re explaining that to applicants and candidates, and then how you’re walking the talk once they start. Another important aspect is to build a relationship with that new hire starting on day one. People are less likely to ghost someone they know well and respect.last_img read more

Expressing the Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

first_imgIn recognition of Valentine’s Day, a group of employees engaged in an exercise around love languages. The task was for them to identify and discuss their love languages among themselves. The goal was for each person to have a better understanding of how they like to show or receive love in the workplace. Love in this context is not referring to romantic relationships at work. Instead, it is referring to ways employees can support one another. The exercise was based on the Five Love Languages—Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch—identified by Dr. Gary Chapman.In his book called The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, Chapman introduced the subject by using this analogy— Each of us learned to speak a language that eases the flow of communication with people around us. However, communication becomes difficult when we meet someone with a different language. When this happens, we are forced to act out what we mean, point at things, or draw out images; which may not be effective. So, for effective communication to occur, we must learn the language of the other person. The group exercise caused me to think of how love languages translate to the workplace. In terms of workplace culture, what do they mean? I later learned that Dr. Chapman has a follow-up book focused on the workplace which I would like to read. However, I want to think of them in terms of appreciation and support for employees. Who wants to work in a place where they do not feel valued?Acts of ServiceAnything a person does to ease the burden of responsibilities on another.A coworker was struggling with setting up a conference room for a meeting. I noticed that she kept moving the tables around and seemed frustrated doing so. I offered to assist. Within a short period, the room was all set. Throughout the day, she said “thank you” many times expressing relief. Another employee may not have received the same effort with the same amount of gratitude. Other acts of service include offering thought partnership on a project or taking some work off a colleague’s plate. Words of AffirmationUnsolicited compliments mean the world to you.I have come across people who do not believe in giving compliments to other employees, and it is rooted in the idea that everyone is paid to get their jobs done. While that is true, the person who values words of affirmation still wants to hear or read compliments for a job well done. The words of affirmation show the employee that they are being noticed and appreciated. Saying or writing words like, “Outstanding job on that presentation today” or “I want you to be part of this meeting because I value your perspective” usually go a long way in motivating the employee. One thing to note, however, is that being specific with your compliment is often more significant. Receiving GiftsThe thought and effort behind the gift matter.Thoughtful gifts require attention to details. Those details may include a particular need or a favorite color, food, or event. Most times, the receiver is looking out for the thought and effort behind the gift. For example, if you know that your coworker loves to visit a particular coffee shop every day, you can show appreciation to that person by buying a gift card to that coffee shop. For another person, that same gift card may not mean much. The main idea is understanding what the employee values.Quality TimeOffering full, undivided attention.A person who appreciates quality time is looking to see how interested you are in supporting or getting to know them professionally. In this case, regular check-ins, lunch meetings, or one-on-one meetings are some ways to offer quality time to coworkers. Quality time provides an opportunity to discuss goals or challenges, and strategies for navigating them. It also shows your interest in their success. The regularity of the meetings often impacts the feeling of support.Physical TouchPhysical contact is crucial.Physical touch is the most sensitive language to apply in the workplace. In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, everyone needs to observe caution here. When showing appreciation, it would be best if you did not go about rubbing people’s backs or hugging people that don’t want hugs. However, to show appreciation to those who prefer this language of physical touch, your safe bets may be high-fives, fist bumps, or just a proper handshake!These languages of appreciation may not be all-encompassing in the workplace. So, it is best to apply them practically. The goal should be to communicate and show appreciation appropriately.last_img read more

Schwartz on Network Services

first_imgrichard macmanus Listened to the latestGillmor Gang Show, with Jonathan Schwartz as guest. Sun’s Schwartz is one very smartcookie and a very effective speaker. The following quote in particular stood out forme:“We [Sun] want a world where there are tons and tons of interesting, interactive iPodequivalents – where people are doing interesting things with their devices attached to anetwork. Why? Because that creates more demand for network services, where we[Sun] can actually come in and do a good job at monetizing it with more scalablehardware, more affordable storage or better infrastructure software.” [at about 46 minmark]He goes on to talk about “lots of added value” on the network, citingtelecommunications carriers / network operators who give away mobile phones in order tosell services. He used the phrase “cost compression” several times near the end toemphasize that businesses (like Sun and Microsoft) need to find new business models onthe network.A lot of what Schwartz said (especially that last point) complementsthe ideas that came out of myinterview with Tim O’Reilly. Web services business models is a fascinating subject,but rather than focusing on the bigco’s I prefer to look at how the little companies arecreating new opportunities in this Web 2.0 world. Companies like Bloglines, Flickr, Feedburner, TheRobot Co-op.And by the way (as Jonathan might say), an eBook Reader is one device beggingto be attached to the network. One problem is that there’s noiPod-equivalent for eBook Readers. There are many reasons for that, which I won’t gointo right now. My point for this post is that there are many potentialbusiness opportunities for new companies to create network services around eBooks, shouldthe right platform ever be put in place (in the same sense that the iPod is a platform formusic services). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#E-Books#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Hollywood Writers Strike To Put Web Video On TV?

first_imgThe much hyped web drama “Quarterlife,” which is set to debut on MySpace on November 12, may be making the jump to television as a result of the Hollywood writers guild strike. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick-backed web show is rumored to be in talks with NBC to be used as strike-contingency programming.Zwick and Herskovitz, the creative team behind the cult hit TV show “My So-Called Life” and the Oscar-nominated film “Blood Diamond,” make up one of the more high profile teams to try their hand at a web-only production. They would follow the successful run of Michael Eisner’s “Prom Queen” earlier this year.According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Quaterlife” could appear on NBC as early as February. The show, which was initially developed for ABC three years ago, will go on with its Monday MySpace debut as planned, a spokesperson for Zwick and Herskovitz told the paper. However, Herskovitz has gone on record as saying that their MySpace contract only covers the first four hours of the show and the team would like to explore other distribution channels.This would, of course, not be the first time NBC has looked to the web for talent for its television network. The network’s late-night staple Saturday Night Live famously hired Andy Samberg after viewing some of his popular web video shorts. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img josh catone 1 Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Unveils Slicker, Faster iPhone Interface

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement According to our network blog last100, Google unveiled a new user interface today for its iPhone Web apps. Daniel Langendorf reports:“With Google for the iPhone, users will get an improved UI optimized for the touch screen, customization of default tabs (easy access to favorite applications), faster Gmail (email automatically show up, no refreshing needed), a speedier Calendar (including a new month view), and iGoogle.”According to Vic Gundotra, VP of engineering at Google, over Christmas the number of queries on Google search from iPhones surpassed the number of queries from Symbian-based phones for the first time. “It’s about usage, not just units,” Gundotra said in an interview with CNet. “The data proves that people are using the browser on the iPhone.” Dan noted:“By providing a quicker, slicker user interface, more customization, iGoogle gadget integration, and more speed for all apps, Google is acknowledging the iPhone’s rosy future. iGoogle on the iPhone can be reached by pointing the phone’s browser at standard mobile version of Google, made available just over a month ago, is still available at, but it’s more limited and is available only in the U.S. It brought together a suite of applications like search, Gmail, Calendar, and Reader into one easy-to-use interface.”It should also be noted that iGoogle integration enables developers to create widgets for the iPhone, an option not available to them natively on the iPhone because it is not an open platform.Full story on last100…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Google#mobile#Product Reviews#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Forrester: Enterprise Mashups to Hit $700 Million by 2013

first_imgPresentation layer mashup. This is the most simple variety. Presentation layer mashups present content from disparate sources together in a unified view. A start page like Netvibes would be an example.Data mashup. More complex than presentation layer mashups, data mashups “combine, manipulate, and tie together disparate data sources to present a unified view.” An example would be Twittervision.Process mashup. Says Forrester: “The most complex of the three, process mashups allow users to mashup not justdata sources but also business processes themselves, customizing process design and invoking business logic across multiple applications.” A new report from Forrester Research predicts that mashups will be coming to the enterprise in a big way — to the tune of a $700 million market by 2013. Mashup platforms that make it easier for consumer to create mashup applications, such as Yahoo! Pipes, Dapper, or Microsoft Popfly, are beginning to have analogues in the enterprise space. “Mashup platforms are in the pole position and ready to grab the lion’s share of the market — and an entire ecosystem of mashup technology and data providers is emerging to complement those platforms,” says Forrester analyst G. Oliver Young.Forrester defines mashups as “custom applications that combine multiple, disparate data sources into something new and unique.” Starting in 2005, says the report, with the proliferation of free APIs, mashups came to the web in a big way, combining data and visualization tools from multiple services in meaningful and useful ways. More recently, mashup platforms have emerged that have allowed consumers with little or no development experience to create their own mashups. josh catone 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Now enterprise mashup platforms, such as Presto Wires from JackBe, are starting to gain traction. In January 2007, an Economist Intelligence Unit survey (PDF – please note that this is a separate report than the Forrester report mentioned elsewhere in this post) revealed that mashups were the most popular traditional web 2.0 technology in the enterprise, with 64% of companies saying they already use or planned to use mashups within the next 2 years.Mashups come in three distinct flavors in the enterprise, says Forrester: Related Posts Tags:#Mashups#Trends#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Forrester believes that the enterprise mashup market will hit a tipping points in 2009-2010 and will fold into the IT landscape by 2013. “As a result,” writes Forrester, “we expect traditional collaboration and productivity vendors like IBMand Microsoft to ultimately come to dominate the mashup platform market, rolling mashup platforms into major products like SharePoint and the Lotus application suite.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Location-Based Social Networking to Generate $3.3 Billion by 2013?

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement According to a rather speculative report by research firm ABI Research, location-based social networks like Brightkite, GyPSii, Pelago and Loopt could reach revenues as high as $3.3 billion by 2013. The report, however, also warns that the business models might differ from what most analysts are expecting today. According to ABI research, most of these networks will make their money from licensing and revenue-sharing with network providers or handset manufacturers. Nokia, for example, acquired Plazes a month ago, while GyPSii has deals in place with Garmin and Samsung. Loopt, too, has partnered with virtually all the major US mobile carriers.Still LimitedWhile we have little doubt that mobile social networking will become a big market in the future, today’s reality is still rather bleak. Because of the limitations in the current hardware and software implementations, a lot of the location-based social networks like Loopt, WhosHere, Pelago’s Whrrl, and others feel limited and at times rather gimmicky. Also, most of these networks simply suffer from the fact that they don’t have many users and that the chances of finding any of your friends on them are relatively low for now.What About the Established Networks?In the near future, mobile social networking is only really going to grow once the big social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, LinkedIn, or MyYearBook start releasing location-aware applications for mobile devices.Overall, we don’t put too much stock into the ABI report. Thanks to highly targeted location-based advertising, there is a good chance that a mobile social network that manages to attract enough users (or any of the already establish social networks that releases a location aware application) will be able to be financially successful. For right now, however, with a market that is barely establish, trying to put a number on the potential success of these networks is almost silly. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#news#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

“Yes We Can” Director Releases Video About Science Commons

first_imgFilm director Jesse Dylan, the co-creator of the Emmy award winning Barack Obama support video Yes We Can has released a new work, this time explaining the Creative Commons Foundation’s science initiative, Science Commons.Dylan, who coincidentally is the eldest son of folk legend Bob Dylan, uses his familiar style to aggregate a quick selection of scientists explaining why a web-based revision of copyright policy is so important for the advancement of scientists. “Scientists are the ultimate remixers,” one interviewee says, and we agree that Creative Commons in science is a very exciting idea.Few media are as compelling as video and we hope that this new short work is helpful in garnering support for Creative Commons in the sciences.Dylan’s work joins a long list of well made Creative Commons videos, which have been helpful in explaining the movement to revise copyright to countless people, no doubt including even President Elect Barack Obama, whose own website was recently put under a Creative Commons license. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

True Ventures: The VC Startup

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#A-team#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img This is the first in a weekly series of interviews with venture capitalists. We chose True Ventures to kick off the series because it closed a Series A deal for Syncplicity in the dark days of October 2008, earning it a spot on our A-Team. When it closed a second Series A with Loopfuse in February 2009, it joined a very small contingent of VCs that have done two Series A deals since the financial meltdown.Listen to the InterviewDownload the MP3.True Ventures is a VC startup. It is small, scrappy, and willing to take on the big guys and question the status quo. You can listen below to the whole 24-minute interview with Phil Black (Partner) or just read the abstract here. If you plan on meeting with True Ventures (or indeed pitch to any VC), listening to the whole interview may be a good investment. Most of his points are well known; what is different is how True Ventures is acting on them.The Changing VC ModelQuestion: As the VC model changes — more singles, less out-of-the-park home runs — does that mean earlier profitability and that VCs must fund all the way to profitability?Phil pointed out that 85% to 90% of exits are trade sales, which has always been the case, and that the majority of companies exit between a range of $25 and $75 million. The outliers get all the press, but the bell curve is pretty standard. Exiting between $25 and $75 million is decent as long as you have not invested $40 million to do it. So the right formula is to invest less money in more capital-efficient ventures. Doing this is possible because of the lower costs of startups today, as a result of better platforms, outsourcing, and a capital-efficient mindset and management toolkit.As Phil put it, “It is possible that the VC model is geared towards the big, big wins, and that’s not the mainstream of what most entrepreneurs want today”. He stressed that entrepreneurs need to find a VC that will enable them to “raise the amount that he or she wants to raise based on the needs of their business, not on what the VC’s needs are”.Question: What is the exit for a smaller but profitable venture?Phil described two different types of exit valuations:Type A, based on a financial metric, such as a multiple of revenue or profit, where the acquisition can be accretive to earnings.Type B, based on the price at which the acquirer “does not want to lose the company” for some strategic reason. Current profit is neither necessary nor a primary consideration in this type of valuation.Type B valuations are higher, but buyers are scarcer, whereas Type A valuations always attract plenty of buyers. So it depends on your appetite for risk, which makes the answer to our next question interesting.Question: For a long time, there has been a difference in risk tolerance between the entrepreneur, who has only a few shots at success, and the VC, which has many shots. The entrepreneur probably has had to borrow money to get Series A funding, while the VC typically has less of its own money at stake. So the VC may have a higher appetite for risk than the entrepreneur. Do you see this changing, and how?True Ventures has clearly thought about this carefully. As Phil put it, “Alignment of interest is critical.” The VC does not want an early strong performer to exit too soon just because the entrepreneur needs some cash and security. The really big returns still come from the outliers and not the middle of the bell curve. But for the entrepreneur who has struggled for years and is not financially secure, a “few million dollars” is life-changing.When an entrepreneur is faced with an opportunity to exit, the decision is often between certainty (an acquisition offer) and uncertainty (the possibility of building a bigger business over time and getting more money later). Phil said that True Ventures’ aim is to offer both certainty and the opportunity to build a bigger business over time.“We have countered every acquisition offer with a term sheet for that entrepreneur, so that they have a firm alternative,” said Phil, adding, “By no means is it a requirement that they take it.”Scale First, Monetize LaterWe also asked Phil for his opinion of “scale first, monetize later” ventures such as Twitter. He pointed out that that model was “all the rage 10 years ago and had disastrous effects for a lot of the companies,” but that the model is okay as long as you “have some kind of framework with which you are going to monetize.”He quoted Toni Schneider, a Partner at True Ventures and CEO of Automaticc, “You have to be able to exercise that muscle.” Getting revenue early will lead you to more revenue opportunities, and you will get better at it.The example of forgoing early revenue that everybody cites nowadays is of Google resisting the temptation to put advertising on its home page. The lesson from that is not to delay revenue, but rather to choose the optimal revenue model for your business.Talking Their BookVCs have to hustle like the rest of us, and we want to give them a chance to promote one or two of their portfolio companies at the end of our interviews. The two that Phil chose to highlight are:TextDigger: feed your site into TextDigger and it will highlight the words you should be using to better promote your business online.LoopFuse: marketing automation using open source, from a team that includes both former JBoss and BEA executives.Listen to the InterviewDownload the MP3. bernard lunn 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Ten Tips to Building a Better Resume

first_imgWhen you’re good at what you do, you don’t typically spend a whole lot of time thinking about what your next job might be, let alone the need to construct a better resume. In our work lives, we challenge ourselves to succeed and excel, and make the sacrifices necessary to set ourselves apart. We focus our efforts on building a future; working hard, working smart, and making the right decisions. We see this as the key to our professional development plan. But sound decisions aren’t limited to what we do on the job. What we do beyond the workplace can have a real and vital impact on how our careers unfold.As a vehicle for growth, crafting a quality resume can be one of the most important tasks in your professional career. Unfortunately, it also happens to be one of the most underrated and under-utilized growth tools for far too many of us.[text_ad use_post=’2385′]- Sponsor – The resume has to be more than an accumulation of dates and facts. It has to tell a story. It has to grab attention. It has to send a message. But it also has to be honest and genuine. It should be dynamic and confident. It should be organized and concise. It should show the building blocks of your career. It should help you stand out and stand tall. A better resume is intended to represent who you are as a professional. It is a point of first impression. As such, it demands your effort and attention to ensure that it fills that role.Every job search is a competition. A company is trying to match their needs with an individual that will best meet all of the different aspects that a particular position entails. Those involved in hiring decisions typically begin the search process by narrowing down the field of potential candidates from among those that have applied. Various strategies may be used to assist decision makers in the process, but one common denominator almost always comes into play – the resume.The resume is a visual and informational representation of the candidate throughout the hiring process. From entry-level positions to the pyramid heads for some of our largest companies, this remains a constant. If we want to set ourselves apart from the pack, then our efforts should start by building a better resume.Many minimize the importance of the resume in the overall hiring process. They surmise that a resume alone won’t get them a job. They rationalize away the need to provide too many details. They feel that once they get into the interview process, they can convince the hiring parties that their skills and capabilities make them the best choice. Let’s break this down:It’s absolutely correct to state that a resume alone won’t typically get anyone a job. Hiring decisions are progressive, and many considerations go into the overall process. However, while a better resume doesn’t guarantee a bad candidate a job, a bad resume can cost a good candidate an opportunity for the position of a lifetime.It’s true that too many details can hamper a resume. Readers can get bogged down by wordy descriptions and information overload, losing interest as a result. But it’s not the quantity of the words that we use, rather the quality of our statements that set the tone. Choosing our words wisely speaks volumes about our overall ability and understanding of who we are and what we do.The ability to interview for a job is an opportunity that we create, not a platform that we are granted. We have to earn it, often in more ways than one. The resume document represents a summary of our professional experience, achievements, and competency. If we’re not willing and/or capable of demonstrating our skills and abilities as part of a document that says so much about who we are, what message are we sending?Building a better resume forces us to actively reflect on our careers, reviewing all of the many events and decisions that brought us to where we are today. In many ways looking back helps us to move forward. A resume is a road map. It tells others where we’ve been, where we are today, and most importantly – where we want to go. By this, we don’t intend to imply there simply needs to be an “Objective” heading to begin the resume. We’re talking about the ability to bring the resume to life.As we constructively critique the path that we’ve traveled, it helps us to more clearly define the direction that we’re headed as well. By guiding the reader through our past and giving them a clear picture of where we are today, it helps to project where we’re headed. This allows them to better view us in the role that they are trying to fill and see the potential that we can bring to the position. Furthermore, it can give a glimpse into what lies ahead, and the value that we can offer their organization moving forward.What does your resume say about you? Is it a true reflection of who you are? Are you sure? What messages are you sending? What’s missing? “It’s good enough” is never the right answer. No one wants to hire someone that’s just “good enough”. The best don’t settle for “good enough” – they drive to set themselves apart. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting your career, or leading a program, or somewhere between the two; until you have the right answers to all of these questions, you’re letting yourself down. Take the time to put together a resume that you can be proud of. Send a clear message. You’re worth the extra effort. You’re worth another look. Make sure that others think so as well.10 Tips to a Better ResumeFocus on truths, not tricks. Finding a job is about finding a match. If your resume doesn’t truly represent who you are, you’re only hurting yourself. A well-written resume helps build confidence and credibility in a candidate, but that only holds true when it is a true depiction of who we are. “Fluff” and exaggeration have a tendency to come to light at some point during the search process, and once credibility is lost, so is the opportunity.Use a resume format that grabs attention, and holds attention. It’s important that you choose a format that is visually appealing, but it also must be easy to read, and easy to follow. The reader must be able to segregate jobs, segregate skills, and segregate other valuable information about the candidate. The resume should be well organized, and allow the reader to take the different pieces that make up the candidate and put them together in a systematic way that paints a clear picture. Allow the decision maker to structure their thoughts in a way that helps them draw a conclusion – and the right conclusion.In the most basic of terms, the most important thing on your resume is your NAME. Your name should stand out, and be the first thing that people see when they look at your resume. Isn’t that the point to begin with? We want decision makers to see and remember our name, and who we are. That’s not to imply that it should be in big purple letters across the top of the entire document, but it should stand out. Use a font (typically 18-24) that is larger than the rest of the text.Use fonts for the text that offer a professional appearance and are easy to read. A resume shouldn’t look like a wedding invitation or a graduation announcement. Scripted or complex fonts should not be used for your resume.Don’t simply post a list of job descriptions. It’s not just the position that you’ve held that’s important, but what you’ve accomplished in that position that will set you apart. Represent your talents, skills and abilities! Did you make a difference? Did you build partnerships? Were you commended for your performance? Was there anything that showcased your abilities? Not if you don’t say so! Remember, if you don’t say so, it didn’t happen as far as anyone else will ever know.Choose information that best represents the role that you filled, and what you were able to do with it. What’s most important about a particular role? What’s important to say about what you did in a particular role? We typically won’t have the space to say all that we want to say, so we want to use our available space to send the best possible message.Use descriptive words that show action, responsibility, accountability, leadership, cooperation, and potential. Manage, develop, implement, supervise, lead, direct, train…Find power words that accurately describe your responsibilities.Education reflects a professional investment. Accurately and appropriately describe your education. For example, if you’ve graduated from college, make sure that you say so. “2005 graduate, University of (Anywhere USA); Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.” One of the most common places that individuals will embellish or misrepresent their background involves their education. If you’ve spent the time, effort and financial resources necessary to receive a degree, you’ve earned the right to display your commitment. Make sure that you do so.The proof is in the details. Proofread your resume for any potential errors in spelling or grammar. Ensure that dates are correct. Make sure to display complete contact information to include full address, phone number(s), and email address if available. As simple as it sounds, many will miss basic but crucial details that can cost opportunities.Keep your resume current. The best opportunities often come when we’re not looking for them. Waiting until a need or opportunity presents itself may lead to delays, mistakes or exclusions that can prove costly. Show the organization and foresight that comes with being prepared.For more information on finding a loss prevention career, visit This post was updated December 20, 2016.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

ICE Seizes 181,000 Counterfeit Items Worth Nearly $43M

first_imgUnicodeSpecial agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) on Tuesday completed counting the counterfeit items seized in Laredo in June which totaled more than 181,000 items. HSI estimates the street value of the seized items at more than $42.9 million, which is HSI’s largest counterfeit seizure in Laredo, Texas.In mid-June 2018, HSI special agents conducted surveillance over a three-day period and observed boxes containing suspected counterfeit merchandise being moved. During the enforcement action, HSI discovered that all shipping labels on all the boxes depicted fictitious delivery addresses in Laredo. HSI confirmed the boxes contained counterfeit merchandise and detained the boxes. HSI eventually seized 795 boxes containing 181,615 pieces of trademark-infringed merchandise, which included many counterfeited brands, such as the following names: Adidas, Apple, Calvin Klein, Casio, Chanel, Coach, Diesel, Fendi, Gucci, Hugo Boss, LG, Luis Vuitton, Mark Kors, Nike, Rolex, Samsung, Sony, Under Armor, Yves St. Laurent; and DC and Marvel Comics.Through its investigation, HSI discovered that the Laredo-based criminal organization was the same organization that agents identified from a separate May 2018 counterfeit merchandise seizure. During the May 2018 seizure, HSI seized $16.1 million in trademark-infringed merchandise that was destined for illegal export to Mexico. Taken together, the two seizures represent $59 million in seized counterfeit merchandise, more than 260,000 pieces of garments, consumer electronics, cosmetics and jewelry. This HSI-led investigation is being assisted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations, Mexican Customs and representatives from the trademark industry. To date, no criminal charges have been filed in this case. This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information about the sale of counterfeit items can submit a tip at Reports can also be made to the HSI tip line at 866.DHS-2-ICE.    [Source: ICE Newsroom]- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

How to Sell Your Proposal to a Senior Loss Prevention Executive

first_img“Great ideas are worthless unless they are put into practice.”Most, if not all, of us have experienced this maxim time and time again in our business careers. We have a brilliant plan that will significantly reduce shortage, improve efficiencies, and increase safety of our employees and customers. There is just one problem: we can’t get the organization to approve it.Dr. Richard Hollinger highlighted some of these same frustrations expressed by loss prevention executives in trying to accomplish their goals in past findings from the National Retail Security Survey. In his survey, loss prevention executives identified such issues as “lack of upper management support,” “staffing,” “ineffective training,” and “budgetary pressures and constraints” as major impediments to the success of the LP department.- Sponsor – While many factors went into those responses, we must continue to look within and decide if we are doing a sufficient job in presenting our proposals in such a manner as to gain support from the organization.This post looks at how we improve our odds of getting approval for what we’re requesting. While it would be impossible to give an exact formula for success in every company and project, it is reasonable to explore a framework that can be used to increase our chance at getting our proposal approved and implemented.A Framework for All Levels of ManagementIt is also important to understand that this framework can be applied at all levels of an organization. Too often, we think in terms of corporate executives maneuvering the political landscape to get budgetary approval, corporate blessings, and senior executive support.However, proposals and projects have to be sold at all levels of an organization. At the same time the vice president of loss prevention is sitting in a budget meeting with the CEO and CFO, the store-level LP manager in a location far removed from the corporate office is having an important meeting with the store manager of operations and his district LP manager, trying to sell them on his proposals for addressing issues at his location.Whether you are a senior loss prevention executive, store detective, regional LP manager, or an investigator, you have to sell your ideas to others to get buy-in, approval, and budget. In fact, most senior loss prevention executives want their direct reports to do a better job at presenting proposals.One loss prevention executive confided, “It seems as if my regional directors believe it is my job to get approval for projects. They simply send in a list of what they want without presenting any real justification or argument for it.”There are at least two important lessons in that comment. First, no one has a better grasp on the proposal you are submitting than you do. If you want to see it succeed, you have to help those who are responsible for approving it understand its importance. Second, the manner in which you present proposals reflects on you as a professional and establishes—or undermines—your credibility. An individual who presents well-thought-out proposals that are convincing and effective is not only improving their odds of getting that “Yes” answer, but is also building their own long-term credibility as an independent thinker and leader within the company. Your ability to be a salesperson and present good projects in an effective way affects your future success.This can often be seen at budget time within an organization. It is certain that your financial staff has developed an informal list of those individuals who present well-supported budgets that have clear data to support them and those executives who don’t. Do you want to guess whom they spend more time with during budget reviews and whom they challenge more aggressively?Think about the implications. If you present a budget that gets challenged and ultimately reduced by a significant amount, what reputation are you establishing within the organization? How receptive is your audience going to be in the future to your proposals?What you need is a framework to improve your odds. The framework we will examine involves four key components—process, premise, proof, and presentation. In this post, we examine the first two components.ProcessWhen setting out to construct an effective strategy for selling your proposal, the first thing to consider is the process that you will need to follow to succeed. This includes considerations such as:What are the protocols in my organization for presenting this type of plan?Is approval dependent primarily on one person or a committee?Who will be the decision makers? How do they feel about me and my department?What are the priorities of my audience?How does my proposal fit into overall corporate strategy?What are the most likely objections to my proposal?How have they reacted to similar proposals in the past? Have they said or written anything in recent months that might give an insight as to how they will react to this proposal?Will there be others who support or oppose the plan?Do you see the common theme? People. The whole idea of selling your proposal is about persuasion. Persuasion is about people. We’re trying to persuade someone to adopt an idea or viewpoint they don’t currently hold. Or, at minimum, we are asking that they not oppose or fight us on an idea until they have all the facts. In many cases, we are asking them to spend money on an idea that could otherwise be spent in hundreds of other worthwhile efforts.So, before you think about premises, proofs, and presentation, you have to understand that it’s about people. You must consider who you’re trying to influence, how they view the world, how they are predisposed, and what biases they may hold.This process also involves considering how your proposal fits into the decision maker’s interpretation of corporate strategy. For example, in the retail sector, let’s say the CEO has just been in a chain-wide meeting where she announced the corporate strategy for growing the business is to focus on creating an upscale environment and make the shopping experience as pleasant as possible. How would that impact a proposal you have been preparing to lock up all of the high-shrink accessories? How do you think the CEO is going to respond? In other words, how does locking up accessories align to a corporate strategy of a luxury shopping environment?In addition to how this affects the current proposal you are considering, you must examine the consequences of the proposal to your long-term credibility and expertise. If you go forward with your proposal to lock up the accessories, what will the CEO’s perception be of your business acumen and understanding of corporate strategy? This is not to suggest, in this hypothetical example, that you should automatically drop your proposal. Rather, these are considerations that must be factored into the process.During this phase, it’s helpful to consider the types of arguments that have been successful with the audience in the past. In addition, what types of arguments do they use when they’re selling a proposal? Recognize what works for them, and, if it fits your proposal, you may want to appeal to them on the same level. It is also wise to consider whether there will be people involved in the process who already support your plan or, conversely, may oppose it.On the tactical level, one of the best ways to answer many of these questions is to meet one-on-one with all key decision makers you want to influence before you formally present your proposal. This will accomplish many of the goals identified above and one more, very important result—it gets them involved in the process. The others involved and impacted by your proposal need to feel as if their input is valued and matters to the direction it will take. Surprisingly, this step is often overlooked to the detriment of the process.On this point about decision-making: Jim Collins, author of business best-sellers Built to Last and Good to Great, says one of the best things CEOs can do to make better decisions is to say, “I don’t know,” and let other people give the answers. While the CEO still makes the ultimate decision, he or she can involve other people by listening to their reasoning as a part of the process.Unfortunately, when we don’t involve people in the process, we open the door to a potentially hostile environment and possible backlash. Why? Because the others were left out of the process; they didn’t get to buy-in to the result. Remember, the process has to start with people.PremiseIn order to effectively sell your proposal, it is critical that you identify the underlying premise that it is based upon. In other words, what are the primary reasons, from the viewpoint of the audience, that your plan should be adopted or invested in?Identifying your premise is important for at least two reasons. Most obviously, it is the building block for your proposal and subsequent steps in our framework. However, clearly identifying your premise serves perhaps an even more important purpose—it allows you to clearly articulate your message repeatedly and consistently.You are attempting to convince others to “vote” for your plans. That requires you to consistently and repeatedly articulate the underlying premise of your argument. It is important to realize that there are many different types of premises you can use and, in choosing one, you may drastically alter the appeal you are making to your audience.It is worth noting that you may use multiple premises–that is, two or three underlying reasons–for adoption of your plan. However, one should be cautious of trying to use too many. Even if your argument is supported by every category of premise listed here, you must be careful to avoid muddling the water by using them all. You should consider picking the two or three most important and persuasive premises and build a clear, “on point” proposal around them.Mandate. Perhaps the most straightforward argument is based on the premise that the proposed action is mandated or required by law. Businesses and organizations must comply with numerous federal and state requirements, including those regarding financial investments, disability accommodations, safety, employment, data security and protection, and many more.Other legislation that impacts retail LP operations includes various state laws around licensing, regulation, and screening of retail security officers.But perhaps the most common “mandate” of all comes from your boss, rather than a government agency. The fact is that sometimes there is little justification needed for a project if your boss or the organization simply tells you that it has to be accomplished. However, if that is the case, it is a worthwhile exercise to see if you can find another premise to support the initiative, in addition to the charge from your supervisor.Aligning to Corporate Strategy. An initiative’s primary selling point might be that it supports the business and aligns to the corporate strategy. There are several examples of this specific to our industry, including open merchandising of product and brand protection.Thirty years ago, the “open merchandising” of women’s accessories, a historically high-shrinkage item, was an issue that caused LP executives to examine new strategies. In the past ten years, the issues are the same, but the product affected now includes video games, ink toner cartridges, and jewelry. Why would organizations put these high-value items out in easy reach of potential shoplifters? Of course, the answer is to increase sales and make the customer shopping experience more seamless.As a result, savvy LP executives had to devise alternate protection or mitigation strategies to limit the losses on these items. The premise behind the deployment of these strategies (such as EAS) has largely been around the issue of “supporting the business,” or, in other words, aligning to the corporate strategy.Another example where corporate strategy plays an important role in the approval of loss prevention initiatives is in brand protection. This can mean different things for different companies, but many retailers are concerned about product diversion, organized retail crime, and counterfeiting of proprietary product in relation to the impact these problems have on brand image and perception.For example, they’re concerned about their products being sold on eBay or other online auctions—not just because of the financial loss if the merchandise was stolen, but, more importantly, because their product being sold in this channel (or in swap meets), cheapens and devalues their brand image.If aligning to corporate strategy is not your primary premise or, as importantly, if you’re proposing a project that might conflict with certain aspects of your corporate strategy, you will want to come back and examine this issue. It is not to suggest that you should never propose an initiative that flies in the face of corporate strategy. However, you must recognize the risks this involves and make sure that the other supporting reasons are so strong that it justifies the project.You must also recognize the possible risks to your professional credibility. The last label you want to have hung on you by the CEO is, “Here’s someone who doesn’t understand the needs of the business.”Financial. In most businesses, this is the most important premise you can use. If you use the classic business objective of “delivering shareholder value,” then financial return on investment (ROI) is a great premise. In fact, one of the major perceptions that CEOs have of our functions that we have to overcome is that we are simply a cost center. If, by contrast, we can make an ROI argument for a project, we will capture their attention.When your premise is financial, you speak the language of senior management. You are also speaking the same language as most of your competitors within the organization. Remember, you are competing for a limited pool of funds within your organization. Your “competitors” are operations, HR, real estate, merchandising, buyers, and any other group that is seeking funding for their initiatives. If they are all speaking in terms of ROI or payback period and you are not, you are out of step and have a harder sell for your initiative.Emotional. Most executives don’t want to admit they use emotion as a premise for justifying their initiatives. Perhaps this is because they view it as a “weak” premise. But, in reality, it is used often. In fact, most loss prevention practitioners have probably said, on at least one occasion, something like. “If we don’t do this, we are going to have [insert fear] happen.” Maybe it was an increase in theft or a lawsuit or any number of other possible negative outcomes.It can also be used to fund an initiative designed to bring about a positive emotion. For instance, there are many times after an incident occurs at a store that extra measures are taken—increased attention, contract guards, improved physical security—in large part to make the store staff “feel better.” Or, in a publicly traded company, many initiatives are undertaken to not only make employees feel better, but also investors who might be concerned about short-term results in the stock market.Another emotional response can come in the form of a reaction to an emotional event in a company. If an employee or customer dies in a store location from a heart attack, it might prompt a company to make a significant investment in the deployment of automatic emergency defibrillators (AEDs) that are not required nor do they make financial “sense.” Rather, it is an emotional reaction to a tragedy that causes the reaction.Risk Management. This is a common premise, if for no other reason than the fact that much of the LP discipline is based in risk management theory. Many of our programs fall into such classic risk management strategies as risk avoidance, risk transfer, risk reduction, and risk mitigation. How many times have you argued for a proposal based on the fact it will reduce liability? Or that it will limit losses should an incident occur?Additionally, many loss prevention groups are getting more actively involved in safety issues and the management of general liability expense. At a recent meeting with senior LP executives, several major retailers reported that their general liability reserves are almost as high as their shrinkage reserves, so the financial impact here is significant.This can also lead to an argument to support an initiative based on reducing insurance premiums. When dealing with major insurance and reinsurance packages, premiums can run into the millions of dollars and can be negotiated provided that you can convince your insurance carrier you are implementing initiatives that will reduce their financial exposure.Shift in Environment. A crisis, a competitive threat, or a sudden or gradual change in demographics can drive a need for new initiatives or proposals. For instance, the tragic events of 9/11 caused many loss prevention professionals to face new issues. Suddenly, business continuity planning was thrust onto the plate of nearly every senior loss prevention executive. While no one might have seen these events coming, the sudden impact of the terrorist attacks caused a major shift in environment that necessitated different strategies, initiatives, and budgets.Fortunately, not all shifts in environment are so tragic, but they may still be extremely important to the business. For instance, a change in the competitive environment may provide an impetus for new strategies or proposals. As noted in an earlier example, many companies have moved to “open merchandising” of high-risk product. In the office superstore segment, this has resulted in the major players merchandising their ink-jet and laser cartridges on the floor. Once one company in this segment takes this action, others may follow. If you are at a company where this strategy has not been considered, you may find yourself implementing the same initiative in your organization because of this “shift in environment.”Finally, there are major shifts going on with the demographics in the United States. Notable in these shifts are the generational and ethnic changes in the makeup of our customer base and employee population. The aging of the Baby Boomers and their retirements from the workforce require us to consider how to mine their expertise and knowledge for lasting impact into organizational performance. The entry of a younger, more diverse workforce (Generations Y and Z) requires us to examine the strategies we use to influence, train, and engage this new demographic group.This article was originally published in 2005 and was updated July 11, 2018.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Monitoring and Measuring Interviewer Performance

first_imgLoss prevention associates are measured and evaluated against the organization’s expectations in a variety of areas. LP managers are ranked based on shrinkage numbers, cash handling in the store, internal and external apprehensions, plus asset recovery, to mention but a few.Many of these tasks are easily measured, while others are more difficult to benchmark.Evaluating interviewer performance is one area that can be difficult to measure against the department’s overall expectations, but can be a major return on investment for the interviewer and organization.- Sponsor – A number of factors will influence an interviewer’s overall success, making it difficult to compare performance between interviewers. Differing employee populations, frequency of cases, interviewer style, training, management support, availability of a mentor, and emphasis on performance are just some of the factors that make it difficult to compare one interviewer against another.Unfortunately, many interviewers have learned to interview by observing coworkers who may or may not have had the skills to excel in an interview or to train the observer. In other situations, interviewers have been rewarded with a confession even when they have applied improper or ineffective strategies. Receiving this positive result translates into the misguided belief in the strategy’s effectiveness. If novice interviewers had the ability to test strategies in a large number of confrontations, they would discover for themselves the ones that are ineffective, but that requires time and insight. Meanwhile, management is left with a group of interviewers who are each marching to their own drummer.Why Monitor Interviewer Performance?There are a number of benefits for monitoring interviewer performance. The primary ones are related to lawsuits, employee morale, shrinkage numbers, and department reputation.Spending the time to monitor and measure an interviewer’s performance requires an investment of time, effort, and money by the organization. Employee development could be reason enough to institute a program, but it may be easier to justify the effort once a needs analysis has been conducted. Looking at the numbers alone won’t give a clear indication of the skills of the organization’s interviewers. Anyone who has worked in a company for any length of time knows that what should be happening and what really goes on are not always the same.Focus GroupsPrior to making any changes, the pulse of the organization should be taken. What is being done well, and where are the opportunities for change? The most effective way to determine this is through the use of focus groups. When well planned and used effectively, a focus group offers a bright-light solution to quickly identify the opportunities to improve.It is often useful to bring in a neutral party to act as the moderator for the group discussions. This removes obstacles to communication in the group. Associates will be more candid in their comments and observations when speaking to a third party. Using a third party who understands the business may help give the group’s responses a context and insight that an unfamiliar moderator might not possess. Of course, this assumes the moderator listens and does not encourage a particular outcome toward which he is biased.Selecting the topics of inquiry is generally done with senior management based on their knowledge of the organization and perception of existing problems. Once these topics have been determined, the focus group moderator develops questions to explore them and establishes an outline for the focus group’s discussion.When selecting individuals for the focus groups, it is useful to separate senior management from lower-level associates so there is the freedom to speak candidly at all levels without fear of repercussions. Including various levels of competence in the group may also assist in developing additional insights that would not have come to light otherwise.The moderator is responsible for controlling the discussion and preventing the meeting from deteriorating into a gripe session or one which is controlled by a single individual. Looking for problems and possible solutions, the moderator explores the agenda and identifies information that may be useful to institute future change. It is here that the moderator explores the methods and techniques used to elicit admissions from dishonest associates during interviews.Once the moderator has identified the performance baseline for the organization, a plan can be instituted to develop solutions. The next step is to establish best practices against which performance will be measured.Best Practices for Measuring Interviewer PerformanceOne of the most disconcerting things to discover from focus groups is that the top performers are not necessarily using best practices to achieve their results. Confessions may be obtained through the use of ineffective strategies, threats or promises, or something not observable when looking at a statistical analysis alone.Because of their lack of experience, many interviewers fail to follow a plan, instead selecting bits and pieces of things they have observed in an attempt to build “their own style.” Unfortunately, these bits and pieces do not necessarily make for a compatible technique that gives the best return on the investment of their time and energy.Define Superior Performance. The first decision that management must make is what constitutes superior performance in an LP interview. Using the established policy, the department examines and critiques the performance of investigators as they develop the complaint from inception to conclusion. Each case, with its resulting reports, is matched against the expectations of the department, and the investigator is given feedback on his efforts. It is here that many organizations fails to monitor and measure what occurred afterward in the interview room, simply accepting a successful conclusion has occurred because a confession was obtained.Determine Preferred Methods. The initial step in developing an interviewer is to determine what strategies will be the preferred pattern of the organization. Many methods and variations could be used to confront a dishonest associate. This alone would make it difficult to mentor a large number of interviewers if they were allowed to mix and match loss prevention interview techniques on a whim. The monitoring program should not be so stringent that it does not allow for a flexibility of options that might be necessary should special circumstances arise. However, there should be a clear preference for a method that gives a consistent, desirable result and against which the interviewer can be evaluated.Standardize Evaluation. Once the preferred method has been selected, the real work begins to set in place a program that allows the development of the organization’s interviewers against the established benchmarks. Besides the coaching of the interviewer, the organization will standardize the evaluation by creating a universal process against which all interviewers are measured. This process will identify training opportunities and correct inappropriate behavior while encouraging the implementation of techniques that consistently achieve desirable results.One by-product of this standardization is peace of mind for senior executives, who no longer have to guess what occurs during the interviews. In addition, the organization is focusing on the interviewer’s communication skills, which can have a positive application in so many other areas of the job.TrainingAn important component in the development of an interviewer is providing an intellectual understanding of the loss prevention interview process selected. Too often, interviewers are allowed to observe an interview, and, while they see and hear what is being said, they lack an understanding of why it is being done in that way.The training process supplies the interviewer a context and an overview of the components in which he will later be asked to become competent, plus modeling their proper ruse. Supplemental testing of the interviewers can enhance their retention of the material and confirm their understanding of the content. The training mirrors the benchmarks against which the interviewers will be expected to perform during the interview.The Role of Coaches. The second component of the program is to train coaches who will evaluate the interviewers’ performance against the established best practices. The coaches must understand the mechanics of each component and use the selected method as their yardstick for measuring interviewer performance.The coaches undergo specialized training to hone their skills at observing and assessing the interview process, while practicing evaluations of the concepts being developed. This turns out to be the key component in making a mentoring program work, since the failure to correctly critique an interviewer results in encouraging inappropriate techniques, plus failing to identify additional training opportunities.An important part of the coaching experience is learning to give accurate feedback in a positive way that encourages change in the interviewer. The mentor-coach uses modeling, roleplay, and feedback to test understanding and mold the desired change in the interviewer. Changing an interviewer’s existing habits requires consistent practice with feedback in the selected method to reach the desired benchmark of performance.Practice the Script. The third part of the equation for change is self-practice and critique by the interviewer himself. Having been presented with a model of expected performance, the interviewer, through practice and self-critique, can modify his own performance in anticipation of the required role plays with the mentor coach. The interviewer has received the training and been apprised of the coming expectations of performance so he can now practice to exactly model the material and structure of the interview.Like with any skill, an individual who wishes to become proficient at interviewing must practice. Expecting to be able to perform without putting in the time to make the skill one’s own will result in sub-par efforts. These efforts will likely be confused and may contain patterns of behavior from what the interviewer used to do. A reversal to old patterns happens because those actions feel comfortable and do not require thinking or effort by the interviewer. The old adage, “Practice like you want to play,” is just as true in interviewing as in sports.The interviewer can initially prepare by using a written “script” that closely matches the model of the best practice interview. Reading the script multiple times familiarizes the interviewer with the flow of the material and prepares him for following the correct sequence of the interview’s internal structure.Next, the interviewer reads the script out loud a number of times to hear himself actually say the words. By now the interviewer has practiced the exact model of the structure perhaps a dozen times without the stress of having to improvise the words or flow of the material. At this point, the interviewer reads the script into a tape recorder and reviews his work, listening to the pacing and emphasis of the words. Each listening will help the interviewer modify his delivery making the words sound more natural and spontaneous. This consistent practice allows the interviewer to know what is coming next in the presentation making the transitions between parts more fluid.Practice without the Script. By now, the material has been practiced enough that it is beginning to replace the former patterns of the interviewer. The next stage of practice is to attempt the presentation without the use of the script.Again using a recorder, the interviewer goes through the structure using only an outline instead of the entire script. Reviewing the material, the interviewer will identify areas that are missed or misstated. Repeated self-corrections soon lead to ownership of the material with an easy flow and delivery.Finally, delivering the material without any notes and self-critiquing one’s efforts leads to the final polish of the interviewer’s presentation. The self-critique incorporates many of the facets that the mentor-coach will be looking for during the role plays or actual interviews.FeedbackThe mentor-coach uses a sheet that lists the preferred structure of the interview and all its subcomponents with space for ranking the interviewer’s efforts. This worksheet can be used by the interviewer or coach to evaluate the performance of the interviewer in role plays or actual interviews. The worksheet includes the structure of the interview so the coach can follow the interviewer’s progress as he moves through the framework. Skipped topics or improper emphases in the structure are noted for feedback at the exercises conclusion. Each area is rated from one to five indicating an ineffective to effective performance.For example, if the coach was evaluating an interviewer’s handling of denials, these would be some of the areas that would be considered in evaluating effectiveness.Interviewer’s timing in recognizing a subject’s emphatic denial was about to occurWords or statements that triggered the emphatic denialTone of voice and speed of deliveryPhysical behavior used to stop the subject’s emphatic denialVerbal behavior used to stop the subject’s emphatic denialTimeliness in re-accusing the subject after a denialEffectiveness at handling denials overallEffectiveness at avoiding denials all togetherTransition back to rationalization after the denial was handledEach of these will have subcategories that will be taken into consideration to determine the overall effectiveness of the interviewer. For example, the interviewer’s words or statements that trigger a subject’s denials have many elements that could be evaluated.Was the denial triggered by an inappropriate rationalization or by personalizing a rationalization before the subject was ready? Either might cause a subject to deny and the interviewer would need to be coached to correct this even if he was handling denials in a satisfactory manner.The subject might deny because the interviewer had mistimed the component parts of the interview.Denials could also be encouraged because the interviewer had misstated evidence or ignored the strength of the individual’s denials.The complexity of the evaluation requires that the coaches have a clear understanding of the process and the underlying strategies of the chosen method. The mentor-coach is attempting to move the interviewer as close as possible to the best practices model selected by the organization.One difficulty of this approach is controlling the mentor-coach’s natural tendency to teach outside the system. This requires that the mentor-coaches be monitored to assure a consistent accurate message is being delivered to the interviewer. Remember, the goal is to provide a solid foundation for the interviewer so that he can use that foundation for future growth.Monitoring the MonitorsThe final piece of the program is the commitment by senior management to the success of the program. This will require supervision of the coaches to make sure that the evaluations are being completed with the interviewers and that the feedback is having the desired effect.This can be accomplished with a reporting system spreadsheet listing the interviewers and their progress.It is also useful to sample performance on a random basis during visits to the interviewer either with the coach or in his absence to compare the evaluations to actual performance. The larger the number of interviewers, the more difficult it can be to manage without commitment of senior managers.While this process requires a significant commitment of time and effort, the end result is a significant return on investment, including better performance and case resolution, a more qualified valuable employee, and peace of mind for management. This article was originally published in 2004 and was updated July 18, 2018.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Open Source: What’s it Worth to You?

first_imgThe scales have tipped. Open Source has gone from geeky to mainstream. In a survey of security managers, 53 percent said that given two software products with equivalent functionality, that they would choose Open Source over proprietary.80 percent of those questioned said the main reason to consider Open Source was price. But the Open Source route doesn’t always mean free. And in fact many companies are learning how to effectively combine Open Source as part of an otherwise commercial for-fee strategy.2007 has seen success by a number of Open Source vendors. Red Hat’s revenues are up 26 percent this year. SourceForge is up 35 percent. Novell’s Suse is valued at $210 million. And many more companies are scrambling to see how they too can adopt and reshape Open Source for their purposes, like Microsoft, Adobe, AutoDesk, 3Com, Intel and others.A blog on ZDNet proposes that Open Source should move beyond free and to one where people can pay for perceived value. The idea is a little like PriceLine‘s name your own price. When you download the software you would have an opportunity to contribute an amount equal to the value that Open Source software provides you. You decide how little or how much you’d like to pay.While the idea is interesting, it isn’t really new. There are already many sites that solicit contributions, typically via a PayPal link. Paying for “what it’s worth” though is probably not going to be sufficient to grow a sizable company founded on Open Source. A ‘blend’ approach, like that taken by Red Hat, Alfresco and others, makes more sense — a little bit of service revenue, a little bit from training and consulting, and a little bit from maintenance. If part of the blend includes contributions, that certainly won’t hurt, but revenue diversity is needed to derive a more predictable source of revenue and for companies to be able to survive long term.last_img read more

Cloud Computing: New Standard for Interoperable Storage

first_imgCloud computing offers benefits of cost and convenience, but one problem frequently cited is the difficultly of being able to interoperate with data stored in the cloud among different cloud service providers and storage vendors.  A new specification is now available that tries to solve that problem.  It’s called CDMI (Cloud Data Management Interface) and it was developed by the SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association).  Cloud Computing is still in its infancy, and CDMI would be the first industry-developed open standard for cloud computing.  The guidelines are applicable to public, private or hybrid cloud storage.CDMI metadata defines things like how long the data should be retained and whether or not multiple copies of the data are needed or whether it should be distributed geographically.  The metadata will allow the discovery of cloud data information.  The specification does not explicitly address security but it can be used to identify security capabilities of a cloud storage environment.An unfortunate aspect of CDMI is that a vendor does not need to implement the complete specification to be compliant, vendors can pick and choose.  While that may be great for vendors and also is a way to speed up the by-committee agreement of the specification, it can make things confusing for customers.   Customers will need to read their contracts carefully.SNIA said that  “the majority of existing cloud storage offerings today will likely be able to implement the interface,”  but because CDMI is based around the REST standard for Web services,  Amazon’s S3 storage system, for example, which is an example of a cloud storage service using SOAP, would need some work to make it ready for CDMI.CDMI was architected by the SNIA Cloud Storage Technical Working Group (TWG), a group of about 180 individual members representing about 60 organizations.  Discussions around the CDMI standard have been going on for about one year.last_img read more

Cloud Computing: Working Through the Details

first_imgMany early adopters of cloud computing are enjoying the benefits, but the journey isn’t necessarily without bumps.  Consider the case of Eli Lilly.  Lilly enjoys all that benefits that utility-like on-demand computing can provide.At Eli Lilly, hundreds of scientists have been using Amazon AWS computing power to perform high-performance research.   Storage and processing power can be adjusted up or down based on the current activities in the business.  An Amazon virtual server can be deployed in three minutes compared to the previous seven and a half weeks that had been needed to bring a new machine on line.  Dave Powers of Eli Lilly said that  “the deployment time is really what impressed us. It’s just shy of instantaneous.”  Powers also sees the cloud as a focal point where internal researchers could share and collaborate with researchers from outside their company.That Amazon-Lilly relationship was reported to have hit a snag this summer though.  In late July an article in Search Cloud Computing reported that Eli Lilly was planning to drop the use of Amazon services or at least to not to move forward with expanded use of the service because of a conflict over terms in the licensing, particularly in the area of legal indemnification.  The report said that Eli Lilly wanted Amazon to accept more accountability for potential problems that might occur, like security breaches and network outages.  But Amazon was said to have pushed back.  Eli Lilly was said to have been frustrated that Amazon was unwilling to negotiate anything different than what was part of their standard contract.  The story was later disputed by Amazon’ CTO Werner Vogels.While the story wasn’t true, it does highlight the anxiety that many customers are feeling about cloud computing.  Customers need to be able to come to terms with their cloud vendors on important contract points, especially in the area of how potential risks are to be shared by the two parties.  It also highlights the need for vendors to be totally transparent in their licensing terms to win over customers who are hesitant to jump over to the cloud.last_img read more

Technology: Kundra Resignation Blow to Government

first_imgOne bright spot in the Obama administration has been the handling of IT in the Federal Government.   Federal IT is in the midst of a turnaround, and much of the success has been due to Obama’s creation the new role of federal chief information officer and the appointment of Vivek Kundra to that position.   Indian-born Kundra held the position of Federal CIO for two and one-half years.  Kundra is leaving in August to become a joint fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.While all is not rosy with the current state of IT in the Federal government, Kundra was a strong an influential leader, and set a new direction.  As somewhat of an anomaly to how government typically works, the changes Kundra made within federal IT seemed to be smart and well thought.Kundra took the Federal CIO job at a time when operational costs of the aging government IT infrastructure were increasing rapidly, and failed projects were common.  He attempted to streamline IT infrastructure and identified areas for cost savings.  He initiated a strategy to consolidate government IT data centers and developed a strategy for moving forward with the idea of cloud-based computing.  And while many of those problems still exist, Kundra has steered the efforts in a good direction.Kundra acknowledged as recently as April of this year that federal IT had many problems still to overcome.  “The president is absolutely right. When we came into office, federal IT was undeniably broken.  These problems weren’t created overnight, and they won’t be solved overnight.”John Wonderlich of the Sunlight Foundation commented that “Vivek built the and the IT Dashboard as tools to aggressively pursue transparency that affects how the government works.”Kundra commented on his resignation by saying “The work that I dedicated myself to while serving as the federal CIO – in cutting waste, strengthening cybersecurity and building an open and transparent government through technology will also drive my research interests on both the national and international levels.”One of the reasons for Kundra’s exit may be the environment of budget cutting.  Congress has reduced the funding for the e-government initiative from $38 million to just $8 million.  Those dollars exist to fund projects like, and  Budget cuts caused Kundra to have to eliminate the Fedspace social network program and severely cut back on other project funding.What’s next?  We’ll have to wait and see.last_img read more

Enterprise Software: Rise of Big Data Increases Interest in NoSQL Databases

first_imgNoSQL databases are structured stores that differ from traditional databases in that they are not based on fixed table schemas and are prized for their high scalability.  The scalability comes at a price — many query features of relational databases, particularly join operations, are not available in NoSQL databases, and this can make working with NoSQL data more challenging.  On the other hand, using large datasets with traditional databases presents it’s own challenge of performance and resources.As more organizations collect large datasets — Big Data — NoSQL databases are gaining popularity.  An Evans Data survey found that 56 percent of enterprise developers have used NoSQL on at least one project and 63 percent of developers expect to be using NoSQL on projects that they will be involved in over the next two years.  Interest runs highest among enterprise developers.  When the population of all developers is considered, 43 percent of developers expect to be taking on a NoSQL project over the next two years.Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp said that “the advent of Big Data is driving adoption of NoSQL, and this is especially true in the corporate enterprise.  While it may have got its start on the web with innovations like Big Table and MapReduce, it’s the enterprise that can most benefit from NoSQL and developers realize this across all geographical regions.”Interest in NoSQL is global.  In EMEA, 39% of developers report plans to use it and in the APAC region  more than a quarter of the general developer population uses NoSQL today and 68% have future plans.last_img read more

Storage: IT Fights Back to Slow Explosive Storage Demands

first_imgTechnologies like business analytics and Big Data are increasing the amounts of data that business need to store. For example, Syed Masroor, Head of technology and solutions at NetApp India, recently told ComputerWorld that Netapp has always “firmly believed that the entire datacentre will revolve around the storage system. And we are right today.”But heavy demand for increasingly more storage is putting a high stress on IT budgets.  In order to allocate more storage, businesses are being forced to spend more money on new storage.  And that in turn is forcing IT managers to be more creative in utilizing existing resources.The main tactic being deployed by IT managers is more efficient utilization of existing storage.  The top three tools being used by IT managers include:Data compressionDeduplication, andStorage VirtualizationNatalya Yezhkova, research director, Storage Systems at IDC, said that our “research shows that the increased use of storage efficiency technologies is one of the major contributing factors in the slowdown of storage capacity shipments over the past 12 months. As awareness of these technologies increases, storage vendors should be ready to deliver a variety of technologies to the whole spectrum of customers, from large businesses all the way down to small companies.”last_img read more

Raleigh Chapter Launches in March

first_imgAmerica’s Future Foundation is excited to launch the Raleigh chapter on March 13 with a roundtable discussion on the role of the constitution in defining marriage.If you would like to learn more, please join the Raleigh email list, join the AFF Raleigh Facebook page, or email Joe Coletti at [email protected], Jenna Ashley Robinson discusses the new chapter.last_img

Inside Twitter’s Developer Fears with OneForty’s Laura Fitton

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts That being said, if Twitter does choose to acquire more application services, Fitton’s recently launched Twitter Toolkits suddenly become even more useful than their initial consumer benefit statement. Fitton’s toolkits feature curated Twitter application lists from high profile tastemakers like Guy Kawasaki, Brian Solis and Steven Rubel. With web celebrities openly endorsing their favorite apps, Twitter and other potential investors get a glimpse of what lies beyond download and usage numbers. Investors see which applications have elite web celebrity advocates – these applications then more attractive for acquisition. Acquisition candidate or not, ReadWriteWeb’s own Audrey Watters’ wrote a fantastic articleto help you assuage any fears you might have as a developer. As for Fitton, she’s already met with a group of 27 top third party application developers and carried the group’s concerns to Twitter platform lead Ryan Sarver. In the future she plans on expanding this group and formalizing the process in which oneforty carries developer needs to platform executives. If you’re a developer and you’ve got Twitter-related questions or comments, you can reach Laura Fitton by tweeting @pistachio with a brief note and link to any relevant blog posts or material. Photo Credit: (cc) Kenneth Yeung – dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… After a busy couple of days, oneforty app store founder Laura Fitton is in the unique position as the unofficial spokesperson for a developer community turned upside down in the wake of the Tweetie acquisition and Promoted Tweets launch. As the company hosts its first Chirp developer conference, thousands of coders are questioning their role and ability to monetize on the microblogging platform. Always an optimist, Fitton and oneforty are intent on collecting and answering the many questions plaguing developers. The Tweetie acquisition in particular has sparked wild speculation from the blogosphere. For the first time since Twitter chose as its official link shortener, developers are reminded of the sobering fact that building on a single ecosystem can prove shortsighted. When asked how third party application developers can mitigate the risk of being cannibalized, Fitton agrees that integrating applications into the broader real-time web (not just Twitter) is always a good idea. While she acknowledges her own product is marketed as a Twitter app store, a number of the featured services integrate with other platforms. We asked Fitton how her community’s developers are responding. She answered, “Tensions always exist between platforms and the companies that build on them. Entrepreneurs have to realize that and be ready to pivot in the face of competitive forces they cannot master. But really, in what industry do startups NOT face competitive forces they cannot master?”She makes the point that Twitter web clients have been competing with the browser client interface for almost as long as the community has existed. Says Fitton, “It hasn’t been within Twitter’s core competency to utterly master the user experience, so the competition there might not be as one-sided as everyone thinks. The company has to realize that a diverse ecosystem is going to remain critically important to their growth. If a client monoculture forms and diverse use cases/engagement styles are not well served, user uptake and retention will eventually slow.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Live Blog: Apple’s Fall Event (New iPods, iOS 4.1, iTunes 10, Apple TV)

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 9:55 AM: Audience is settling in. Eric Clapton playing in the background.10:00 AM: Steve Jobs takes the stage.Perfectly on time.10:01 AM: Steve points out that Woz is in the audience. His “old partner in crime.”10:03 AM: Update on Apple retail. New stores in Paris, London and China. There are now 300 Apple stores. On some days, more than a million people visit Apple’s stores on a single day. Apple teaches 80,000 one-on-one classes in its stores per week.iOS Update10:05 AM: iOS update: Apple has shipped 120 million iOS devices. Apple activates 230,000 new iOS devices per day. Steve Jobs notes that some of Apple’s competitors seem to count upgrades as well.10:06 AM: 200 apps per second being downloaded from App Store.10:07 AM: iOS 4.1 Coming today (iPhone and iPod): bugs fixed: proximity sensor, bluetooth, iPhone 3G speed. New features: High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos, HD uploads over WiFi, TV show rentals, Game Center.10:11 AM: Game Center: play games with friends online. Showing how it works in Angry Bird.10:09 AM: shows off HDR photos – very standard implementation of HDR with three different exposures. Coming next week.10:12 AM: Epic on stage to demo new game: Project Sword. Role-playing game (looks great on the iPhone). Uses Game Center. Show how easy it is to find other players (friends and strangers) to play with. Going to be available in time for the holiday season.10:15 AM: Sneak Peek at iOS 4.2: Update for iPad10:17 AM: Air Play: stream audio, video and more over WiFi.New feature: wireless feature and something called Air Play (“we will talk about this later”).Demo of printing: iPad will get an option to print – print queue will be in the multitasking bar at the bottom.10:18 AM: Demo of iOS 4.2 on iPad. Steve shows off multitasking, folders, etc. Everything looks just like iOS 4 for the iPhone.Release date for iOS 4.2: November for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.iPod Update10:20 AM: 275 million iPod’s sold to date. 10:21 AM: “We have gone wild.” All-new designs for all models. Shuffle: “It’s been a really big hit.” Recaps history of the Shuffle. People missed the buttons on the last generation shuffle.New Shuffle: buttons, voice over and playlists. Also includes Genius mixes.Will come in five different colors. Will sell for $49.10:24 AM:iPod nano: “How do we make this better. The iPod nano has been super popular. We want to make it smaller and better. The nano is now a really tiny iPod touch. Space for four icons. Comes with FM radio, volume buttons and 24 hour battery life.“One of our board members plans to use this as a wrist watch.10:26 AM: Demo of new iPad nano. 10:30 AM: New nano will come in 8 different colors, including a Product RED edition. Price: $149 for 8GB and $179 for 16GB10:30 AM:iPod Touch update: “It’s an iPhone without a contract.” Also: most popular game player in the world. Now Apple’s most popular iPod.Over a 1.5 billion games and entertainment devices have been downloaded to the iPod touch.10:32 AM: New iPod touch won’t get the iPhone 4 look. Instead: thinner, Retina display (“the best display in the world”), A4 chip, 3-axis gyro, iOS 4.1, front-facing camera. Support for FaceTime (also between iPhone and iPod touches).Also: rear camera with HD video, 40 hours of music playback.Pricing: 8GB for $229, 32GB for $299 and 64GB for $399.Available next week. Pre-order starts today.10:37 AM: Showing new ads. iTunes Update10:38 AM: “People have downloaded over 11.7 billion songs from iTunes.” 100 million movies, 35 million books, 450 million TV episodes. “It’s clearly the #1 digital media store in the world.10:39 AM: iTunes 10New logo10:39 AM: New feature: hybrid view – instead of long list with the same album title, you can now choose to see cover in the list view instead.Discovery: “How do you find out about new stuff?” “What are my friends listening to? What concerts do my friends go to?”Find out what your friends are listening to and downloading. With status updates, too.Ping: a new social network all about music. Right in iTunes.10:42 AM: Custom Top 10 chart based on what your friends and the people you follow are downloading from iTunes. “Just for you.”Shows Lady Gaga’s Ping page. You can follow her, Twitter-style. If you want to, you can also allow anybody to follow you.“It’s super easy to use. Most of us will live in our feeds and all the music from people we follow will be delivered to us.”10:44 AM: Strong privacy controls: choose who can follow you, follow and be followed. “You can be as private or as public as you want.” Available immediately.10:46 AM: Demo time. Jobs shows how ping works. 10:48 AM: Posts to Ping can include text, video, audio. Shows profile pages. Looks a lot like Facebook.10:49 AM: Ping will be available on the iPhone and iPod touch. Will show up right in the iTunes store on iOS (but not the iPad yet, apparently). 10:50 AM: iTunes 10 will be available later today.One More Thing10:51 AM: “We’ve got one more thing. Actually – it’s one more hobby.” “We have sold a lot of them, but it has never been a huge hit.” But the people who have them tend to love them.10:51 AM: “What do Apple TV users want? Hollywood movies and TV shows (“they don’t want amateur hour” – a little swipe at YouTube), lower prices for content. Consumers don’t want a computer in the living room. Don’t want to manage storage. 10:53 AM: People don’t want to manage storage. Want a silent, cool and small device. 10:53 AM:2nd generation AppleTV. Extremely small. One-fourth of the size of the original. Black. Built-in power supply, 802.11n wifi, Ethernet, HDMI.10:56 AM: No more downloads. All HD (when available). Prices:First run HD movies for $4.99 the day the DVD comes out.$0.99 cent TV show rentals. Only ABC and Fox for now. Jobs hopes others will get on board soon.Netflix support. YouTube streaming.10:58 AM: New UI – includes ratings from Rotten Tomatoes for movies.11:00 AM: Jobs shows demo of Netflix (instant queue, etc.), photo slideshows, movie rentals. 11:03 AM: Apple TV demo continues with TV rentals (Jobs apparently like ‘Glee’). The user interface looks very slick. 11:04 AM: “This is by far the easiest implementation of Netflix to use.” (a swipe at Roku)11:05 AM: With Air Play, you can stream movies from iOS devices to Apple TV. Seamlessly switch back and forth between iPad and Apple TV. See photos from your iPhone on your Apple TV. No apps, though.11:08 AM: Pricing: “$200-$300 price range was a bit too high” New lower price: $99. 11:08 AM: Available in about four weeks.11:10 AM: Recap of today’s announcements. 11:11 AM: Obligatory music performance at the end of the event: Coldplay’s Chris Martin (“I have no new products to reveal.”)11:14 AM: And while Chris Martin plays “Yellow,” that pretty much wraps it up for today’s event. Thanks for reading everybody! frederic lardinois Apple is holding its annual Fall event today. Historically, these events have always focused on the iPod line. While we definitely expect to see a revamped iPod lineup, the rumor mill also points towards a new Apple TV and a major update for iTunes. A number of pundits also expect Apple to release iOS4 for the iPad today.To find out what really happens, check out our live blog below. The event is scheduled to start at 10am PT/1pm ET.Live StreamingFor the first time in years, Apple plans to provide a live video stream of today’s event. By default, this stream will only be available to Mac, iPod and iPad users. There are some workaround for this for Windows users, however, and we also expect to see numerous rogue streams on sites like USTREAM and Blog9:42 AM:The live video stream will be available here. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts Tags:#Apple#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Weekly White Paper: Curbing Skyrocketing IT Energy Costs

first_imgalex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Switch on a server and you’ve just doubled its cost. According to Gartner, between 2007 and 2012 most U.S. enterprise datacenters will spend as much on power and cooling as on the hardware itself.Gartner predicts that energy costs for IT operations could also double by 2012 due to the volume of data that will flow through organizations and the expected increase in utilities.The answer? Consolidate your servers and optimize them as best as possible.Download White Paper PDFcenter_img Tags:#cloud#RWCloudSponsored Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Snags Microsoft’s Open Web Manager to Become Developer Advocate

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#Microsoft#news#web The open web industry leader exodus to Google continues. Chris Wilson, former IE developer turned Principal Program Manager of the Open Web Platform in Microsoft’s Developer Division, has announced that he’s leaving Microsoft to join Google as a Developer Advocate.Wilson joins a long line of key developers building cutting edge technologies to join either Google or Facebook. Wilson admitted last year when he took this latest position at Microsoft that it wasn’t entirely clear what the Open Web is, “But to me, it’s CSS, HTML 5, JavaScript and other APIs developed by the W3C,” he told Microsoft watchdog Mary-Jo Foley in July 2009. Those are technologies that foster open, accessible innovation, as opposed to vendor lock-in.Wilson offered limited explanation of the move on his personal blog yesterday, beyond joking that he had stolen all the office supplies he could at Microsoft and thus it was time to move on.“I’m very excited to work for a company that invests so much in making the Web platform better for developers and consumers,” he wrote, “and I hope that I can use this as an opportunity to not only do no evil, but to actively do good.”Google’s gain is Microsoft’s loss – Wilson will now actively encourage developers to build on technical standards in a Google kind of way, rather than with Microsoft or Facebook as the primary industry giant in their sights.A 2006 photo of Chris Wilson in Spain, by Dave Shealast_img read more

This Week’s Live Stream is All About Search and Big Data

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#news alex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts We head to Boston tonight. Heading there for Lucene Revolution, a conference that is all about open-source search. It’s really about the future of search and the role of distributed systems, the search requirements that are needed and the challenges faced by companies like Twitter, LinkedIn and Cisco. We’re super juiced about this event. Why? It’s another chance to grasp the meaning of big data. And it’s another chance to do some live streaming interviews like we did at Oracle Open World. It’s my shtick these days. If I am going to travel all over the country, I might as well get out the camera and share some interviews.We’ll start the live stream on Thursday at 12:30 pm PST. We’ll go for 30 minutes to an hour. Hope you can join us.I posted the basics on Plancast. We’ll post a reminder Thursday morning.The goal is to get a better view of the market, get to know some more people and see some familiar faces. I’m looking for insights, news and generally all the stuff journalists look for when attending these kinds of events.We hope to see you there!Disclaimer: Lucid Imagination is paying for Alex Williams’ airfare and hotel to attend Lucene Revolution.last_img read more

Overall Investment Dollars Down, Says Quarterly Report, But Seed Deals Strong

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… For the full report, including information about health and green sectors, see the CB Insights website. Tags:#start#tips A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Investment research firm CB Insights has released its report on the third quarter of 2010. And the report is very much a mixed bag: overall funding dollars are down, but the number of deals is up. And seed funding in particular, according the report, is strong.VC funding dipped to $5.4 billion in the third quarter of this year, a five quarter low. But deal activity recorded its second highest tally in 8 quarters. Absence of mega deals, according to the report, hurt the funding total. The report finds that California, Massachusetts, and New York saw a decreased number of deals and the amount of funding (from 70% of funding dollars in the second quarter to 63% in the third quarter), while Washington state saw an increase. Despite some of the reports that have found investment flow down this year, the CB Insights report sees seed funding gaining in prominence. The report finds that early stage funding for Internet companies was the strongest in the last quarter than it’s been over the last 5 quarters.center_img Within the Internet sector, VC investment remained strong in advertising and in social. audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

Sponsor Post: The Ultimate Check-in: Your $29.97 Dumb Phone

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… rww sponsor 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Sponsors#web center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Editor’s note: We offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write posts and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.With yesterday’s announcement of Facebook read/write APIs into Places, it seems to be a good time to reflect on a) location aggregation, b) finding your lost grandmother, and c) lazy user interaction design.Sure, there are plenty of services that will let you “check-in” to your favorite restaurant, bar, club, airport, or friend’s girlfriend’s house. The process is usually quite simple: Fire up an app on your iPhone, Android or smart phone of choice, choose your location, add a witty blurb (or not), and you’ve joined the throngs of other hipsters broadcasting their latest conquest. Heck, you might even earn a badge or a coveted mayorship for your hard work.Unfortunately, if your square friends aren’t using one of these services they’ll never know how hip you are, so you’d have to resort to publishing your location out to your status message, wall, feed or some other activity stream. Facebook’s announcement today changes things slightly in that it will aggregate your check-ins from a variety of sources and then make that location data available in their semantically friendly Graph API. Facebook, [email protected]: Checkin to Foursquare and find out where your friends who checked in on Gowalla are #FBMobileBam! Now your friends can drop a pin on a map, get turn-by-turn directions and know what bars to avoid just by pinging your Facebook location. Now, your non-smartphone-carrying friend (c’mon, we all have them) is saying: “Man, I wish I could use one of these awesome location services, but my $29.97 phone won’t run any of these apps.” Fear not, there’s an app for that. Or to be more precise, there’s an API for that. It’s called Location Based Services and your cell phone knows all about it.Back in the day emergency folks found it hard to dispatch fire and police to 911 calls from cell phones. Luckily, the government stepped in and mandated that all mobile operators provide latitude and longitude information with every call to 911. What does this mean for you and me (and Facebook)? That nifty, GPS-lacking feature phone in your friend’s pocket and your grandmother’s purse is just as capable of broadcasting its location as your wiz-bang smartphone. In fact, over at Open API Service, we’re aggregating network location from a variety of carriers and making it available to developers in a ridiculously simple API. (Even I can use it, and I’m not a developer, by far.)But what if you or your friend are too lazy to check-in all the time? Ah, so there’s the catch. You don’t need to check in. Your phone is always broadcasting so the carriers always know where you are. Creepy? Then don’t opt-in. But this could solve a serious issue with user interaction on location services. I may be going out on a limb here, but I’d venture that most of us probably don’t think to check-in to every place we visit. Network location provided by Location Based Services is an easy way to passively provide your location to friends. You just need your phone turned on and preferably somewhere near you.No, network location probably can’t tell whether you’re in the coffee shop or the bookstore next door. Perhaps you could store your path through a city and then check-in to a few spots when you get back to your house (like after-the-fact GPS waypoints or a quasi-form of geocaching). Who knows? The point is, users don’t have to do anything to enable this. And, as mobile operators start to deploy more and more femto (or small cell) technology, the accuracy of these services will increase, too. Eventually they could tell that you’re at Gate 13 in DFW as opposed to Gate 14.So, hey, developers, what do you say we take the millions of feature phones out there, chuck the need to build an app, opt-in users’ phones and help them start broadcasting locations to their friends today.Justin Tormey is the senior manager of API programs at Alcatel-Lucent and the former director of product management for MTV’s APIs, video platform and digital distribution. Follow Justin on Twitter at read more

U.N. Takes Stand Against Freedom of Speech, Religion: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Tags:#Government#international#NYT#web In a move that will give states and other parties who are offended by free speech precedent to further restrict it, the United Nations has again passed the resolution forbidding “defamation of religion.”This is its third time through the Byzantine U.N. voting process. Allegedly put forward to protect religion from, well, people saying mean things, the resolution was tellingly put forward by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, not a group renowned for its defense of minority religious practice. Although this year’s resolution replaced “defamation’ with “vilification” and installed a few other cosmetic changes, it was the same bill. And although it passed by a smaller margin, it passed nonetheless, so the news that the move’s support is eroding is a bit rosy. The continued implications of this move are the same as last time. Among the most important is the fact that tyrannous states already use religious rationale to justify imprisonment and torture – such as that of Kareem Amer of Egypt and Walid Husayin of Palestine – and will use it more; those who don’t use it as much, will. The text of this year’s resolution threw alleged concern for “Judeophobia and Christianophobia” into the text, but neglects to speak of these two groups anywhere else. This resolution is certain to give moral and political juice to anyone in a non-Islamic country, such as those in Europe, who seek to criminalize criticism of Islam. Countries with a fully-functioning mechanism of tyranny will not suddenly open up to religious freedom. You won’t see a church in Riyadh or a falun gong meeting house in Shanghai. You might see a critic of Islam in Hamburg locked up, however, or a Copt in Egypt jailed for protesting that Christ is the light and the way. So much for freedom, of religion or speech. Indian arrested for email joke. A government employee from Kerala state named Moithu was “summoned to the Cyber Police Station there and arrested on Nov. 11 for forwarding an email joke about the election debacle of the ruling CPM (Communist Party-Marxist) party to a few friends.”U.S. District Court denies warrantless GPS tracking. “A divided federal appeals court in Washington this afternoon rejected the U.S. Justice Department’s request that the full court overturn a ruling that requires law enforcement officials to get a warrant before using a GPS device to track a suspect.” This is a bit of push-back to the post-9/11 tendency in the U.S. to relax civil rights protections in law for the supposed sake of security and is a welcome thing. “UltraSurf” added to arsenal of circumvention tools. A computer security specialist once told me, “Any group, with enough time and enough money, can find out who you are.” This is too often forgotten in a dreamy belief in tools that too many imagine to be fool-proof anti-tyranny devices. Although UltraSurf, created by American falun gong practitioners, gets good reviews, and although most people who are arrested for online activities have done their work in full view, with real names and no protection, nothing is fool-proof. Anyone who wants to use a tool like this should be aware of that. Kuwaiti blogger and journalist arrested, again. Mohamed Abdel Qader Al-Jassem was originally sentenced to six months for slander in April for his writings on the government and ruling family, particularly on the prime minister. The sentence was suspended and he was released on bail pending an appeal. He is a journalist both online and on TV, an observer for human rights groups and a blogger. Several days ago he was re-sentenced for the same alleged crime, this time for one year. Egypt tries Facebook user in military court. Accused of disclosing military secrets on his Facebook group, Ahmad Hassan Bassiouny has been hauled before a secret military court. The Facebook page gave information on compulsory military service and was named after the ministry that oversees that service, the Administration of Military Recruitment and Mobilization. The sole goal of the group seems to be to provide information to fellow recruits on the process. It’s bad enough to bang people up because they say you suck, it’s cosmically retarded to do so when their actions are “patriotic.” But those who will do one, will clearly do the other. Tyranny is a disease that doesn’t distinguish between a “guilty” vector and an innocent one. Photo of religion stencil by Tom Rolfe A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

9 Photos From Day 1 of the ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit

first_imgRichard MacManus, ReadWriteWeb founder, and Mike McCue, Flipboard founder and CEOBaratunde Thurston, Director of Digital for The Onion 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#conferences#RWW 2WAY 2011#web abraham hyatt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Chris Dixon, hunch founder, left, and Marshall Kirkpatrick, ReadWriteWeb co-editor. Chris Dixoncenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts danah boyd, researcher at Microsoft Research New EnglandFred Wilson, venture capitalistAndy Carvin, senior strategist, social media desk at NPR and Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Universitylast_img read more

FTC Issues Final Privacy Framework Report to Protect Users’ Data

first_imgdan rowinski 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#advertising#Browsers#Government#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img The Federal Trade Commission has issued its Final Privacy Framework Report that outlines guidelines for how companies can and cannot use consumer data on the Internet. The initial report was released in Dec. 2010 and the FTC took in consideration 453 public comments in the final report. The FTC provides guidelines for Do-Not-Track provisions, how information can be tracked on mobile devices and how large platform providers like Facebook and Google can use consumer data. Since the initial report, the FTC brought enforcement actions against both Facebook and Google to, “require the companies to obtain consumers’ affirmative express consent before materially changing certain of their data practice and to adopt strong, company-wide privacy programs that outside auditors will assess for 20 years.” While Google and Facebook drew the ire of the FTC, any company that tracks personal consumer data on the Web is now put on notice. We urge industry to continue to move forward with a Do-Not-Track system that would let consumers choose what information is collected about them online and how it is used … We call on Congress to enact legislation addressing data security, which we long supported. And data brokers, without the support or even the knowledge of the vast majority consumers, collect and traffic the data we have left behind as we travel through virtual and brick-and-mortar worlds.” ~ Jon Leibowitz, chairman, Federal Trade Commission.Five FocusesThe FTC is focusing on five action items in the privacy report. It also changed the scope of framework to take burden off of small business. The final report concludes that the framework, “should not apply to companies that collect and do not transfer only non-sensitive data from fewer than 5,000 consumers a year.” The primary theme of the FTC privacy framework is to prohibit companies from tying consumers to personally identifiable data. Comments on the original report cited concerns that new technologies make it easier for companies to “reasonably link” personal data to individual consumers. For instance, data created on Facebook or a Google account tied to Google+ could be reasonably linked to a specific individual. “The final report concludes that data is not ‘reasonably linked’ if a company takes reasonable measures to de-identify the data, commits not to re-identify it, and prohibits downstream recipients from re-identifying it.”The five main action items in the report:Do-Not-Track: Includes browser vendors that have developed tools to allow consumers to limit data collected on them. Commends the Digital Advertising Alliance, a self-regulatory group of the advertising industry, on developing an icon-based system to honor the browser tools as well as the W3C on created standards to protect consumer data.Mobile: Urges companies to work toward improved privacy protections and to development meaningful disclosures. The FTC has also created a project to update its business guidance about online advertising disclosures. The FTC is holding a workshop in D.C. on May 30, 2012 to discuss mobile privacy, advertising and consumer data. Data Brokers: Consumers often do not know how they are being tracked on the Web and do not have the ability to figure it out. The FTC recommends that data brokers create a centralized website to identify themselves to consumers and detail the access rights and other options they provide for the consumer data they maintain. Large Platform Providers: This includes Internet Service Providers, operating systems like Windows or Mac OS X, Android or iOS, browsers, and social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook. The ability of these platforms to track consumers’ online activities raises privacy concerns. The FTC plans a workshop on large platforms in the second half of 2012.Promoting Enforceable Self-Regulatory Codes: The Department of Commerce is undertaking a project to facilitate development of sector-specific codes of conduct. Companies that adhere to the privacy framework will be viewed favorably in connection with the FTC’s law enforcement work. “The Commission will also continue to enforce the FTC Act to take action against companies that engage in unfair or deceptive practices, including the failure to abide by self-regulatory programs they join.”The three pillars of the framework are; “Privacy by Design;” Simplified Choice for Businesses and Consumers;” and “Greater Transparency.” “Your computer is your property,” said FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz, “No one, no one, has the right to put something on it that you don’t want.”Broad Strokes The FTC said that about 90% of online advertisers, tech companies and the DAA support Do-Not-Track and feel confident that self-regulation will encourage adherence to the FTC privacy framework. The big issues outside of Do-Not-Track are how mobile data is handled and what can be done about the platform providers, especially Google and Facebook. More so than any other companies, Google and Facebook fit into all of the categories that the FTC has concerns about in terms of operating systems, social platforms, mobile presence and data and large data brokers. “Just recently, Facebook and Google have signed FTC consent orders to give consumers more privacy choices and to obtain outside audits for their privacy practices,” Leibowitz said. “Actions that protect well over one billion users worldwide. It is a staggering number, especially for a small agency like ours.”Few digital companies are outside the scope of the FTC report. Some are affected more than others, such as Facebook and Google but also companies like CarrierIQ, the cellular operators and ISPs, and advertising networks that have data dossiers on millions of consumers. Outside of what the FTC has outlined with its privacy framework, the commission does not plan on adding any new mechanisms to its enforcement actions other than creating advanced rules for how children are tracked online later in the year. Some question whether or not the FTC has bite behind its words. As an enforcement agency, it can take actions against companies that opt-in to its guidelines but many feel that legislation, especially around Do-Not-Track, is necessary if the government really wants to protect consumers on the Internet. What do you think of the FTC’s framework? Is it comprehensive enough? Will it deter ad networks, Facebook or Google from violating user privacy? Or, is the FTC a paper tiger in the government system, roaring loudly for the cameras but unable to enact meaningful reform? Let us know you thoughts in the comments. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#start You probably know about, largely through lots of word of mouth and TV advertising, but did you know about several other online legal services? Luckily, the folks at have done some of the heavy lifting. Whether you’re starting a business or simply registering a trademark, they have determined which provider is the best alternative to a physical lawyer. The best providers make it easy to file paperwork and identify which government agencies you’ll need to file with. We last wrote about NextAdvisor in December and their independent reviews of several business credit cards. For legal services, both LegalZoom and RocketLawyer both warranted five stars. The former is best for beginners but more expensive, the latter has a subscription-based pricing scheme of $10 a month, which is better for those that need ongoing services. “Expensive” is all relative: A basic S-corp filing, for example, will cost $200 or less with these services, which is still much less than what most of the in-person lawyers I have used over the years charged to start the paperwork on my companies. Here is what they had to say about one service: “Rocket Lawyer is like having your own personal legal team to help you out with all your legal troubles. They feature a vast range of legal options to choose from and offer outstanding customer service to their members. If you are looking for a one-time legal fix, you might find it harder to utilize Rocket Lawyer’s services.” I like the NextAdvisor reviews: They are very in-depth and talk to user interface issues, the level of support in various media, and specifics on the types of services that are offered. Besides the two sites already mentioned, they also reviewed CorpNet, USLegal, MyCorporation and LawDepot. If your startup needs legal services, check out the reviews and see if one of these six online outfits will fit your particular needs. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… david strom Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Why Zynga is Shedding Users

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Social gaming company Zynga had an outstanding 2011, leading to a well-hyped IPO in December. But Zynga’s biggest risk was always an over-reliance on Facebook, with most of its revenue and users coming from the social network. It’s now six months after Zynga’s IPO and its stock price has halved, currently sitting at under $5. That’s because many of its high profile gaming products are tanking.At the time of its IPO in mid-December, Zynga had the top five games on Facebook by daily active users. But, according to app tracking website AppData, three of those five apps have declined dramatically in Daily Active Users (DAI) since then.All of Zynga’s main “ville” products have lost a lot of users over the past six months. None moreso than the previous leader in Facebook’s gaming category, Cityville, which echoed Zynga’s share price drop to fall from over 10 million to below 5 million daily active users.All three Ville games have now fallen out of the top 10 Facebook apps by DAI. It’s not all bad news, as Zynga still has four apps in the top 10: Texas HoldEm Poker (3), Words With Friends (4), Bubble Safari (5) and Draw Something (6). richard macmanus Of the four apps still in the top 10, only one has shown strong growth over the past month: a new arcade-style game called Bubble Safari, which has quickly amassed 6 million active users since its launch in May. In fact it’s currently the top growing app on Facebook, by total users.Mercifully, for the average Facebook user, Farmville continues to decline – from 4.6 million DAI to 4.1 million over the past month. But of most concern to Zynga is Draw Something, the Pictionary-like game which it acquired for $183 million in March this year. Its usage has been falling ever since. Just in the past month, the daily active users of Draw Something fell from 9 million to just over 5 million. Zynga has attempted to stop the freefall by adding 12 languages to Draw Something this week, in order to entice more global users. The upshot is that Zynga’s fortunes are still ultimately tied to Facebook – and vice versa. Social gaming is moving onto smartphones and tablets, which is also where Facebook wants to expand its social networking platform. The reality is that both Facebook and Zynga need to aggressively expand onto smartphones and tablets, in order to get their stock prices moving upwards again. Tags:#Facebook#gaming#web Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App The main reason for Zynga’s stock price fall this week was a report from financial analyst firm Cowen and Company entitled “Facebook Gaming in Accelerating User Tailspin.” The report stated that Zynga’s social gaming daily active users declined by 8.2 percent to 54.2 million in May. According to Cowen analyst Doug Creutz, that’s because casual gamers are moving away from the Facebook platform to play games on their smartphones and tablets. However Creutz hedges his bets, by noting that Zynga is “aggressively pursuing mobile game development.” Accordingly, he has a “Neutral” rating on Zynga shares. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Flok wants to bring chatbots to the small business masses

first_img HomeDigital MarketingFlok wants to bring chatbots to the small business masses Posted on 27th July 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Flok wants to bring chatbots to the small business massesYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Small business mobile marketing platform flok is seeking to bring chatbots to the mass of local business owners. Today, the company launched chatbot integration with its consumer app, enabling enrolled local businesses to answer common customer questions and provide information via an automated assistant.The company refers to the new chatbot functionality as an “AI marketing assistant.” It can interact with consumers and answer a range of questions, which may be different depending on the individual business and business category. A salon bot would potentially have different things to say than a restaurant or sporting goods store bot.After joining an individual business’ loyalty club, users can initiate a chat with that business. Above and below are screens from dummy accounts, reflecting the flow and user experience. In the above example, customers are prompted with questions that the bot can readily answer.The company has tried to make set-up and implementation simple, given that this is directed toward local businesses and not developers. Bot chat content is substantially drawn from the provided data when a business owner joins flok. As mentioned, however, chatbot content varies somewhat by category and can be further enhanced or customized by individual businesses.If a consumer asks a question that stumps the bot, the business owner or marketing representative will receive a ping on her smartphone and can respond manually in real time to the customer through the flok app.In a survey released two weeks ago, flok found that messaging and use of SMS by local businesses for customer communication was well established behavior: “4 out of 5 Baby Boomers & Gen-X business owners are already messaging with customers about business-related topics.” And more than 90 percent of local business survey respondents said these tools were useful for customer service.Facebook has been promoting bots and chat as a broad platform for commerce and customer communication. Right now flok bots are only available through the flok app. Later in the year, however, flok plans to enable small business bots for Facebook Messenger and other social messaging apps.From our sponsors: Flok wants to bring chatbots to the small business masseslast_img read more

How to solve the mystery of what your customers really want

first_imgFrom our sponsors: How to solve the mystery of what your customers really want How to solve the mystery of what your customers really wantYou are here: How well do you really know your customers? If your company is like most brands, you already realize that you don’t really know them at all. In fact, a 2015 study from Aberdeen Group found that just 4 percent of organizations are fully satisfied with their ability to ensure data-driven conversations with their customers.That’s a shockingly small number. And it’s also a huge problem, especially in today’s customer-first culture. Data-driven insights are the key to increasing customer satisfaction. If you don’t know your buyers, how can you really help them? That disconnect can very quickly translate into reduced ROI and decreased revenue for your business. That’s why it’s so important to incorporate data and analytics into every activity designed to support the customer experience. It’s simple math: better customer interactions equal superior business results.So, if it’s so simple, why aren’t more companies doing it? What does it take to use analytics effectively, and how can you turn data into the kinds of insights you can use to meet the rapidly changing needs of your customers? Let’s look at three key strategies for success.Start with a unified view of the customer journeyEvery customer travels on a unique path to reach your organization. By understanding the different channels they use, the changing needs they have during various stages of their life cycles and what their behaviors are telling you over time, you can gain a clear view of who they really are — and what they want. Business intelligence and customer journey mapping tools can help you fill in the gaps in the customer picture. But of course, that information is just the beginning.Turn data into insights you can actually useKnowing your customers is only valuable if you actually put that information to work for you. That’s why it’s critical to take the huge volume of data you gather (and it will be huge) and make sure it’s integrated into everything you do around the customer — and across every team that’s involved in shaping your customers’ experience with you. It’s also important to keep that insight current. Buyer needs change quickly, and it takes a steady, ongoing assessment of the data to keep up with them.Make sure the data is really working for youCreating happy customers is only the beginning. It’s also important to make sure those customers are doing what you want them to do and converting in ways that matter to your business. So in addition to using analytics to personalize and customize their interactions, you need to continually track how your customer experiences are performing — and how they’re impacting your key indicators.Putting it all togetherHere’s an example. Let’s say you’ve just released version 2.0 of an exciting new smart watch. The company has set and is pursuing an aggressive target of increasing revenues by 10 percent in a very competitive market. They plan to achieve this business goal by developing and launching a multichannel campaign that targets customers based on preferences. A few days after launch, the marketing team logs into IBM Customer Experience Analytics to check the results. Traffic is up and customers are adding the smart watch to their shopping cart, but conversions are down.Using the same solution and interface, the marketing team quickly identifies which customer segments are not converting. They drill directly into sessions and discover that a promo code entered by customers is not being accepted by the system.The team wants to know where this bad code came from. They examine the entire customer journey and discover a typo in the promo code distributed on Facebook.The team quickly takes action to fix the issue by issuing a correction. They identify the segment of customers who experienced the code denial and follow up with a personalized message apologizing for the error and providing the correct code. Once the code is fixed and the follow-up messages sent out, the team sees their conversion rate return to normal, positioning them to meet the desired 10 percent increase in revenues.Only by using in-depth customer analytics, with a comprehensive view across channels, at a macro and micro level, and over time, can you really get to this degree of insight. Posted on 13th June 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharecenter_img HomeDigital MarketingHow to solve the mystery of what your customers really want Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

SSP Smaato adds machine learning for directing inventory to DSPs

first_imgSSP Smaato adds machine learning for directing inventory to DSPsYou are here: HomeDigital MarketingSSP Smaato adds machine learning for directing inventory to DSPs Supply-side platform Smaato announced Tuesday the addition of machine learning to its Automated Traffic Curation (ATC), a step that it says can “significantly” reduce the traffic overload for Demand Side Platforms (DSPs) and result in better pricing matches for publishers.What this means. For the past year or so, the San Francisco-based firm has been employing its ATC to better manage the ad requests from the inventory for the 90,000+ app publishers it represents.Let’s say a placement in an app from Publisher A calls for an ad in the Smaato exchange, and the exchange then sends the request to any of the 260+ DSPs in its network.But, Chief Product Officer Freddy Friedman told me, DSPs are getting swamped with ad requests from apps and other inventory, because of the increased traffic generated by header bidding and other factors.Some DSPs are undertaking their own efforts to “throttle” the flood by arbitrarily filtering out some ad requests. This allows those DSPs to better handle the bids coming in for the remaining inventory ad requests, but it also means that some inventory is pushed aside.Why machine learning helps the process. Before today, Smaato’s ATC helped to steer ad requests to selected DSPs instead of broadcasting them out across the board, using manually-set rules about CPM rates, clickthrough rates, territory, kinds of ads, time of day, and other characteristics of each DSP. The same ad request is often sent to multiple DSPs.Now, Friedman said, the addition of machine learning allows the flow of ad requests to DSPs to be modified in real time, based on each one’s ongoing record of bidding behavior. Smaato claims that its ATC can now reduce undesirable bids by as much as 72 percent, because of this better DSP targeting.This allows the decisions about which inventory goes to which DSPs to be continually modified on the fly, instead of following static rules.He added that, while he assumes other exchanges are similarly directing ad requests to specific DSPs, he isn’t aware of announcements by others indicating that they employ machine learning.Why this matters to marketers. Guiding inventory ad requests to the most favorable bidders is the key goal for digital publishers, so Smaato’s enhanced ATC — if it works as advertised — could help publishers sell the most in-app inventory at the best prices. Fewer, more valuable inventory opportunities can mean higher bids, and could help publishers place all of their inventory.Friedman says that the ATC intelligent funneling of ad requests also reduces time and expense for the DSPs, a savings that could then be passed on to the advertisers. He also says that the new system helps advertisers by matching their bids with the most relevant inventory.This story first appeared on MarTech Today. For more on marketing technology, click here.The post SSP Smaato adds machine learning for directing inventory to DSPs appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: SSP Smaato adds machine learning for directing inventory to DSPs Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 24th October 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

When And How To Use CSS Multi-Column Layout

first_img HomeWeb DesignWhen And How To Use CSS Multi-Column Layout When And How To Use CSS Multi-Column Layout When And How To Use CSS Multi-Column Layout Rachel Andrew 2019-01-11T15:00:30+02:00 2019-01-11T15:32:41+00:00In all of the excitement about CSS Grid Layout and Flexbox, another layout method is often overlooked. In this article I’m going to take a look at Multi-column Layout — often referred to as multicol or sometimes “CSS Columns”. You’ll find out which tasks it is suited for, and some of the things to watch out for when making columns.What Is Multicol?The basic idea of multicol, is that you can take a chunk of content and flow it into multiple columns, as in a newspaper. You do this by using one of two properties. The column-count property specifies the number of columns that you would like the content to break into. The column-width property specifies the ideal width, leaving the browser to figure out how many columns will fit.It doesn’t matter which elements are inside the content that you turn into a multicol container, everything remains in normal flow, but broken into columns. This makes multicol unlike other layout methods that we have in browsers today. Flexbox and Grid for example, take the child elements of the container and those items then participate in a flex or grid layout. With multicol, you still have normal flow, except inside a column.In the below example I am using column-width, to display columns of at least 14em. Multicol assigns as many 14em columns as will fit and then shares out the remaining space between the columns. Columns will be at least 14em, unless we can only display one column in which case it may be smaller. Multicol was the first time that we saw this kind of behavior in CSS, columns being created which were essentialy responsive by default. You do not need to add Media Queries and change the number of columns for various breakpoints, instead we specify an optimal width and the browser will work it out.See the Pen Smashing Multicol: column-width by Rachel Andrew (@rachelandrew) on CodePen.Front-end is messy and complicated these days. That’s why we publish articles, printed books and webinars with useful techniques to improve your work. Even better: Smashing Membership with a growing selection of front-end & UX goodies. So you get your work done, better and faster. Explore Smashing Membership ↬Styling ColumnsThe column boxes created when you use one of the column properties can’t be targeted. You can’t address them with JavaScript, nor can you style an individual box to give it a background color or adjust the padding and margins. All of the column boxes will be the same size. The only thing you can do is add a rule between columns, using the column-rule property, which acts like border. You can also control the gap between columns using the column-gap property, which has a default value of 1em however you can change it to any valid length unit.See the Pen Smashing Multicol: column styling by Rachel Andrew (@rachelandrew) on CodePen.That is the basic functionality of multicol. You can take a chunk of content and split it into columns. Content will fill the columns in turn, creating columns in the inline direction. You can control the gaps between columns and add a rule, with the same possible values as border. So far so good, and all of the above is very well supported in browsers and has been for a long time, making this spec very safe to use in terms of backwards compatibility.There are some further things you might want to consider with your columns, and some potential issues to be aware of when using columns on the web.Spanning ColumnsSometimes you might like to break some content into columns, but then cause one element to span across the column boxes. Applying the column-span property to a descendent of the multicol container achieves this.In the example below, I have caused a element to span across my columns. Note that when you do this, the content breaks into a set of boxes above the span, then starts a new set of column boxes below. The content doesn’t jump across the spanned element. The column-span property is currently being implemented in Firefox and is behind a feature flag.See the Pen Smashing Multicol: column-span by Rachel Andrew (@rachelandrew) on CodePen.Be aware that in the current spec, the values for column-span are either all or none. You can’t span just some of the columns, but you can get the kind of layout you might see in a newspaper by combining multicol with other layout methods. In this next example, I have a grid container with two column tracks. The left-hand track is 2fr, the right-hand track 1fr. The article in the left-hand track I have turned into a multicol container with two tracks, it also has a spanning element.On the right, we have an aside which goes into the second Grid column track. By playing around with the various layout methods available to us, we can figure out exactly which layout method suits the job at hand — don’t be afraid to mix and match!See the Pen Smashing Multicol: mixing layout methods by Rachel Andrew (@rachelandrew) on CodePen.Controlling Content BreaksIf you have content containing headings, then you probably want to avoid the situation where a heading ends up as the last thing in a column with the content going into the next column. If you have images with captions then the ideal situation would be for the image and caption to stay as one unit, not becoming split across columns. To deal with these problems CSS has properties to control where the content breaks.When you split your content into columns, you perform what is known as fragmentation. The same is true if you split your content between pages, such as when you create a stylesheet for a print context. Therefore, multicol is closest to Paged Media than it is to other layout methods on the web. Because of this, for several years the way to control breaks in the content has been to use the page-break- properties which were part of recently the CSS Fragmentation specification has defined properties for fragmentation which are designed for any fragmented context, the spec includes details for Paged Media, multicol and the stalled Regions spec; Regions also fragments a continuous piece of content. By making these properties generic they can apply to any future fragmented context to, in the same way that the alignment properties from Flexbox were moved into the Box Alignment spec in order that they could be used in Grid and Block layout.break-beforebreak-afterbreak-insideAs an example, I have used break-inside avoid on the element, to prevent the caption being detached from the image. A supporting browser should keep the figure together even if that causes the columns to look unbalanced.See the Pen Smashing Multicol: break-inside by Rachel Andrew (@rachelandrew) on CodePen.Unfortunately, support for these properties in multicol is pretty patchy. Even where supported they should be seen as a suggestion due to the fact that it would be possible to make so many requests while trying to control breaking, that essentially the browser can’t really break anywhere. The spec does define priorities in this case, however it is probably more useful for you to control only the most important cases.The Problem Of Columns On the WebOne reason why we don’t see multicol used much on the web is the fact that it would be very easy to end up with a reading experience which made the reader scroll in the block dimension. That would mean scrolling up and down vertically for those of us using English or another vertical writing mode. This is not a good reading experience!If you fix the height of the container, for example by using the viewport unit vh, and there is too much content, then overflow will happen in the inline direction and so you get a horizontal scrollbar instead.See the Pen Smashing Multicol: overflow columns by Rachel Andrew (@rachelandrew) on CodePen.Neither of these things are ideal, and making use of multicol on the web is something we need to think about very carefully in terms of the amount of content we might be aiming to flow into our columns.Block Overflow ColumnsFor Level 2 of the specification, we are considering how to enable a method by which overflow columns, those which currently end up causing the horizontal scrollbar, could instead be created in the block direction. This would mean that you could have a multicol container with a height, and once the content had made columns which filled that container, a new set of columns would be created below. This would look a little like our spanning example above, however, instead of having a spanner causing the new column boxes to start, it would be the overflow caused by a container with a restriction in the block dimension.This feature would make multicol far more useful for the web. While we are a little way off right now, you can keep an eye on the issue in the CSS Working Group repo. If you have additional use cases for this feature do post them, it can really help when designing the new feature.What Is Multicol Useful For Today?With the current specification, splitting all of your content into columns without consideration for the problems of scrolling isn’t advised. However, there are some cases where multicol is ideal on the web. There are enough uses cases to make it something you should consider when looking at design patterns.Collapsing Small UI Or Text ElementsMulticol can be useful in any place where you have a small list of items that you want to take up less space. For example a simple listing of checkboxes, or a list of names. Often in these scenarios, the visitor is not reading down one column and then going back to the top of the next, but scanning the content for a checkbox to click or an item to select. Even if you do create a scrolled experience, it may not be an issue.You can see an example of multicol used in this way by Sander de Jong on the DonarMuseum website. In this design by Veerle Pieters, multicol is used to layout multiple boxes or cards as columns. (Large preview)Grid And Flexbox FallbacksThe column- properties can also be used as a fallback for Grid and Flex layout. If you specify one of the properties on a container, then turn that container into a Flex or Grid layout by using display: flex or display: grid any column behavior will be removed. If you have, for example, a cards layout that uses Grid Layout, and the layout would be readable if it ran in columns rather than across the page, you could use multicol as a simple fallback. Browsers that do not support Grid will get the multicol display, those which support Grid will get the Grid Layout.Don’t Forget Multicol!Fairly frequently I answer Grid and Flexbox questions where the answer is to not use Grid or Flexbox, but instead to look at Multicol. You probably won’t use it on every site, but when you come across a use case it can be really helpful. Over at MDN there are useful resources for multicol and the related fragmentation properties.If you have used multicol on a project, perhaps drop a note in the comments, to share other ways in which we can use the feature. Posted on 12th January 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share When And How To Use CSS Multi-Column LayoutYou are here: On DonarMuseum, we can see multicol used to display lists of names. (Image source) (Large preview)Known Small Amounts Of ContentThere are times when we design a site where we know that some piece of content is relatively small, and will fit on the majority of screens without causing unwanted scrolling. I’ve used multicol on Notist presentation pages, for the introduction to a talk.Andy Clarke designed a lovely example for the Equfund website. (il)From our sponsors: When And How To Use CSS Multi-Column Layout Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 On the Equfund website, you can see how different HTML elements remain in normal flow while displayed inside columns. (Image source) (Large preview)To avoid the possibility of very small screens causing scrolling, remember that you can use media queries to check for height as well as width (or in a logical world, block as well as inline). If you only enable columns at a breakpoint which has a min-height large enough for their content, this can save users of very small devices having a poor scrolling experience.Masonry-Like Display Of ContentAnother place where Multiple-column Layout works beautifully is if you want to create a Masonry type of display of content. Multicol is the only layout method that will currently create this kind of layout with unequal height items. Grid would either leave a gap, or stretch the items to make a strict two-dimensional grid.Veerle Pieters has a beautiful example of using multicol in this way on her inspiration page.last_img read more

How To Safely Share Passwords With Others Who Need Them

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#1Password#Dashlane#Dave Dash#encrypted email#encryption#Freedom of the Press Foundation#KeePass#KeePassX#LastPass#OneLogin#password manager#passwords#Per Thorseim#RedPhone#Runa Sandvik#Signal#SnapPass#SplashID#Strip#two factor authentication It’s easy to poke fun at companies that treat sensitive information recklessly, sending or receiving plaintext passwords via unencrypted email or chat, or storing customer information in ways that are far from secure. But it can be a logistical nightmare to let multiple remote employees log into a shared account in a secure fashion.Luckily, there are a few options to make this a little easier. Here’s a quick run-through of some of the best options.LastPassLike most password managers, LastPass lets users to log in with just one master password; the tool stores all of their other passwords. Among other things, this makes it easy to create long and complex passwords and to use different passwords for each login account.In addition, LastPass’ enterprise accounts will let you share login data between individuals and across teams, with customizable permissions. That means that you can choose who has access to which folders, and make changes that are synced automatically. Enterprise accounts cost anywhere from $18 to $24 a year per user, depending on the number of users.It’s also possible for a Premium account holder to share password information in a single file with up to five other LastPass users, which could be useful for tiny startups, partnerships, or people needing to share passwords with friends or family members. Premium accounts cost $12 a year, and only the main account holder needs to have one.Because LastPass is cloud-based, it makes things easier for people logging into multiple computers, but has some drawbacks as well. For instance, you’ll be uploading your passwords—though not your master password—to the cloud, though in encrypted form.In addition, “[a] third party service [like LastPass] will be able to see which sites you have an account on … not the password itself, but when you’re accessing each password,” says privacy and security researcher Runa Sandvik, technical advisor for Freedom of the Press Foundation.KeePass and KeePassX“Keepass and Keepass X may not be as pretty as all the other tools, but it is open source, it is free, and it works,” Sandvik says. This password manager is one you have on your computer, so no third party knows when you access different sites. However, you do need to make sure you’re backing up the database frequently. (Let’s just say that losing your database of passwords would be … bad.)To share passwords with others, you need to create a database, enter the password, send the database to another person, and somehow securely send them the password to open the database. We’ll discuss that a little later.OneLoginOneLogin is another cloud-based option. OneLogin allows users to log into multiple cloud services using a single sign-on account. It can integrate with a company’s “active directory” of user accounts and permissions.Another benefit is that OneLogin can integrate with a large variety of enterprise applications. Plans range from $2 to $8 a month; there’s a free version as well.1Password 1Password is a personal privacy manager tool that allows users to create several password vaults, and share a single password vault with a group of people who also have 1Password installed. However, you do need to use Dropbox to synchronize the data.“That is a sharing solution is suitable for a family and a small team, but it’s not an enterprise solution or one for a big company,” says security adviser Per Thorseim, founder of the Passwords hacker conference. Licenses cost $49+.SplashID Safe for TeamsSplashID is an enterprise product that allows large teams or companies to share passwords and other information with larger groups of people, such as entire departments or large companies. The IT team can create users and groups and permissions, so only people who need access to passwords can see them, or to review logs of records and usage.DashlaneDashlane for Teams is yet another privacy tool that works on the company level. It syncs passwords within a team, which is helpful any time someone needs to change a password, as the change will get pushed out to all team members and their devices.Dashlane also sends security alerts to users’ devices when an account may have been compromised. A security dashboard provides tips for making an account even more secure. Licenses cost $39.99 a year for each user. There’s also a freemium version with very limited features.StripStrip is another enterprise solution that has team password sharing. It allows synchronization over Dropbox, Google Drive, and local Wi-Fi, and creates local backups of data.Don’t Forget Two-Factor AuthenticationLastPass, 1Password, and Onelogin support two-factor authentication, which adds an extra step to checking a user’s identity when they log into a website. For instance, logging into the service require not just a password, but an authorization code that’s texted to a user’s phone.Two-factor authentication is challenging to use with tools like Twitter if you have a distributed team, since a single phone number must be used, but there are often other options. Google, for example, allows users to generate backup codes, which can be shared with remote users who don’t have access to the mobile device to which the SMS code.How To Safely Share Just One PasswordSuppose you need to send someone just one password, and would rather not deal with the hassle of setting up shared-passworld tools. Or, similarly, say you sent someone a KeePass database, but then also need to send them a password so they can open it. “The challenge is that even if you were to store a shared password, you’d still need a password to get into the database in the first place,” Sandvik explains. So what’s the easiest way to safely share that single password?Options might include sending encrypted emails, which require a bit of technical know-how, or using encrypted phone or messaging apps. Open Whisper Systems’ RedPhone (Android) and Signal (iOS) apps are particularly user-friendly.SnapPass is open-source software used at Pinterest that allows people to send a URL to someone that links to a password. It may require a bit of tinkering to set it up; it stores passwords in a Redis database on the user’s own computer system.  “The URL leads to the password,” says web operations consultant Dave Dash, a former internal tools engineer at Pinterest who built SnapPass. He continued:You can only click on it once and it expires after a few days. If I need to set up an account on any system for someone, I could send them the URL, and then they’d have the password and could then change it for added security.Dash recommends that anyone setting this up make sure that the application and database aren’t publicly accessible. It’s also wise to limit the number of people who have access to the running application and its associated database.Of course, there are non-technical solutions as well. You could, for instance, send a password through a different channel than the one used for login information—you could send one through email and another via chat, for instance.This is the same concept that banks use when they send a debit card in one envelope and a temporary code in a separate one, and mail them out on different days, although of course it’s not foolproof. “That’s an option, but it assumes that NSA isn’t the entity you’re worried about,” Sandvik points out. If nothing else, just promise us you won’t store all of your passwords in plaintext in a directory called “passwords.” Photo by Tit Bonač A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img yael grauer Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

South Dakota ~ Corporate Income, Franchise Taxes: IRC Conformity Bill Passes House

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe South Dakota Senate has passed a bill that would, if enacted, update South Dakota’s bank franchise (income) tax federal Internal Revenue Code (IRC) conformity date to January 1, 2017 (the current conformity date is January 1, 2016). The bill passed the South Dakota Senate on January 17, 2017.S.B. 38, as passed by the South Dakota House on January 25, 2017last_img

North Carolina Budget Bill Makes Major Tax Changes, Updates Conformity

first_imgThe North Carolina General Assembly voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of budget legislation. The legislation updates the IRC conformity date for computing corporate and personal income tax liability and includes many other income tax changes.IRC ConformityThe legislation updates the IRC conformity date from January 1, 2017 to February 9, 2018.Sales Factor Sourcing RulesThe legislation requires that a corporate income taxpayer’s sales factor include receipts from certain incidental services. The requirement applies to incidental services sold as part of, or in connection with, the sale of tangible personal property in North Carolina.Under current law, a taxpayer’s sales factor must include receipts from services if the taxpayer performs the income producing activities in North Carolina. The legislation incorporates existing Department of Revenue sourcing rules for services. An “income-producing activity” means an activity performed for the ultimate purpose of generating the sale of the service. It applies to activities directly performed by the taxpayer or its agents. If the taxpayer performed income-producing activities in and outside North Carolina, the taxpayer must source the receipts based on a ratio that compares:the income-producing activities performed in the state; andthe total income-producing activities performed everywhere.Repatriation Transition Tax AdjustmentsThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) enacted the IRC Sec. 965 repatriation transition tax. The new Code section requires taxpayers with untaxed foreign earnings and profits to pay a tax as if those earnings and profits had been repatriated to the U.S. IRC Sec. 965(c) allows a deduction for a portion of the repatriated earnings that reduces the overall tax rate.The legislation allows taxpayers computing North Carolina corporate income tax liability to subtract IRC Sec. 965 income. However, taxpayers must addback the IRC Sec. 965(c) deduction.FDII and GILTI AdjustmentsThe TCJA added Code sections concerning intangible income earn by corporations outside the United States.IRC Sec. 951A requires U.S. shareholders of any controlled foreign corporations (CFC) to include its global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) in gross income for the tax year. This provision operates in a manner similar to Subpart F.IRC Sec. 250 provides domestic corporations with reduced rates of U.S. tax on foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) and GILTI. It also allows a deduction for a portion of the domestic corporations FDII and GILTI.The legislation allows taxpayers computing North Carolina corporate income tax liability to subtract GILTI. However, taxpayers must addback the IRC Sec. 250 deduction.Deferred Gain on Opportunity Zone PropertyThe TCJA created IRC Sec. 1400Z-2(b) which allows taxpayers to elect to exclude gain on the sale or exchange of property from income if the taxpayer reinvests the gain in a qualified state opportunity zone. The taxpayer must reinvest the gain within 180 days of the sale or exchange. The election allows the taxpayer to defer gain until the earlier of:the tax year in which the investment is sold or exchanged; orDecember 31, 2026.If the taxpayer recognizes deferred gain on December 31, 2026, before the fund investment is sold, the recognized gain increases the basis in the fund.The legislation requires an addition adjustment in determining North Carolina income tax liability for the deferred gain. The adjustment does not result in a difference in basis of the assets for North Carolina and federal income tax purposes.Individual income taxpayers must also add the amount of gain that the taxpayer would include in federal adjusted gross income but for the step up in basis.The legislation allows taxpayers to subtract gain when the taxpayer recognizes it for federal income tax purposes. This adjustment would prevent double taxation of income since the taxpayer already reported the deferred gain as income in North Carolina.Domestic Production Activities DeductionThe legislation repeals the income tax addbacks for the domestic production activities deduction (DPAD) under IRC Sec. 199. The TJCA repealed the federal DPAD for tax years beginning after 2017.Addback for Renewable Energy Property DonationsThe legislation eliminates the corporate income tax addback for charitable contributions of property when the taxpayer also claims the North Carolina renewable energy property donation credit. The addback applied to charitable contributions made to:nonprofit organizations; andNorth Carolina state and local government agencies.Franchise Tax Depreciation AdjustmentCorporations computing the net worth basis of the North Carolina franchise tax can claim a deduction for accumulated depreciation, depletion, and amortization. A corporation must apply the method it used for its federal tax return when determining the deduction. In addition, the corporation must also determine the value of the underlying assets applying the same method it used for federal income tax purposes.Tax Exemption for Foreign Captive Insurance CompaniesThe legislation provides an exemption from North Carolina insurance gross premiums tax to foreign captive insurance companies formed and licensed under the laws of another state. North Carolina captive insurance companies must file a return and pay tax on premiums for business done during the year.Personal Income Tax Filing ThresholdsThe legislation ties North Carolina personal income tax filing thresholds to the state’s standard deduction instead of federal income tax filing thresholds. Taxpayers must file a North Carolina income tax return if their federal gross income exceeds:$17,500 for taxpayers with a filing status of married filing jointly or qualifying widow(er);$14,000 for taxpayers with a filing status of head of household; or$8,750 for taxpayers with a filing status of single or married filing separately.Nonqualified Withdrawals From IRC Sec. 529 Education Savings PlansThe legislation modifies the personal income tax addback for nonqualified withdrawals from IRC Sec. 529 education savings plans. Effective for tax years after 2017, North Carolina requires the addback to federal adjusted gross income if the taxpayer does not use the amount withdrawn to pay for education expenses permitted under IRC Sec. 529.The addback provision previously referred to “qualified higher education expenses”. The TJCA amended IRC Sec. 529 to allow the plans to distribute no more than $10,000 in tuition expenses during the tax year for designated beneficiaries enrolled at a public, private, or religious elementary or secondary school.The North Carolina addback does not apply if the withdrawal was:rolled over to a savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families, called an ABLE account; ornot subject to the additional tax imposed by IRC Sec. 529(c)(6).Automatic Filing ExtensionsEffective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, North Carolina grants an automatic return filing extension to all taxpayers, including partnerships, if the taxpayer received an automatic extension to file a federal income tax return.Federal Determinations and Amended ReturnsThe legislation changes the requirements for reporting federal audit adjustments to the Department of Revenue. A taxpayer must file a North Carolina income tax return if:the IRS or other competent authority changes or corrects the taxpayer’s federal taxable income or federal adjusted gross income; andthe federal change or correction affects the taxpayer’s North Carolina income tax liability.The return must reflect each federal change or correction. The taxpayer must file the return within 6 months after receiving notice of each federal change or correction.The legislation adds a requirement that taxpayers file an amended North Carolina return if they filed an amended federal return. If the amended federal return would increase the taxpayer’s North Carolina income tax liability, then the taxpayer must file an amended state return within 6 months. If the amended federal return would decrease the taxpayer’s North Carolina income tax liability, then the taxpayer can file the amended state return within the limitations period for seeking a refund.The federal determination and amended return requirements also apply to:fiduciaries;employers, pension payers, and other payers required to withhold North Carolina income taxes.Penalties apply to taxpayers who fail to follow the federal determination and amended return requirements. Taxpayers also forfeit the right to any refund.Assessment Limitations PeriodIf a taxpayer files a return as a result of filing a federal amended return, the legislation provides that North Carolina can assess any tax due within:1 year after the taxpayer filed the return; or3 years after the taxpayer’s original return was filed or due, whichever is later; or3 years after the date the taxpayer filed an federal amended return, if the taxpayer does not file a state returnS.B. 99, Laws 2018, effective July 1, 2018 and as notedLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

New Jersey Expands Tax Base for Occupancy Taxes

first_imgEnacted legislation imposes New Jersey state sales and use tax and hotel/motel occupancy fees on transient accommodations. Also, the bill authorizes municipalities to impose the taxes and fees on transient accommodations.Marketplaces for Online Room RentalsTransient space marketplaces are required to collect and pay New Jersey taxes on transactions made through the marketplace. The transaction may involve a “transient accommodation” or a hotel room. The marketplace collects the taxes on behalf of persons who rent transient accommodations or hotel rooms via the marketplace.What Accommodations are Taxable?“Transient space marketplace” means an online marketplace through which a person may offer transient accommodations or hotel rooms to individuals. It allows transient accommodations or hotel rooms to be advertised or listed through an online marketplace in exchange for consideration or provides a means for a customer to arrange for the occupancy of the transient accommodation or hotel room in exchange for consideration.A transient space marketplace does not include an online marketplace operated by or on behalf of a hotel or hotel corporation that facilitates customer occupancy solely for the hotel or hotel corporation’s owned or managed hotels and franchisees.“Transient accommodation” means a room, group of rooms, or other living or sleeping space for the lodging of occupants, including but not limited to residences or buildings used as residences. However, it does not include:a hotel or hotel room;a room, group of rooms, or other living or sleeping space used as a place of assembly;a dormitory or other similar residential facility of an elementary or secondary school or a college or university;a hospital, nursing home, or other similar residential facility of a provider of services for the care, support and treatment of individuals that is licensed by the state;a campsite, cabin, lean-to, or other similar residential facility of a campground or an adult or youth camp;a furnished or unfurnished private residential property (i.e., condominiums, bungalows, single-family homes and similar living units) where no common hotel services are made available (i.e., maid, room, or linen changing services) and where the keys to the property, whether a physical key, access to a keyless locking mechanism, or other means of physical ingress, are provided at the location of an offsite licensed real estate broker; orleases of real property with a term of at least 90 consecutive days.“Residence” means a house, condominium, or other residential dwelling unit in a building or structure that is designed, constructed, leased, rented, let or hired out, or otherwise made available for use as a residence.Requirements Of Transient Space MarketplacesFor at least four years following the end of the calendar year in which the transaction occurred, the transient space marketplace must maintain the following data for those transactions consummated through the transient space marketplace:the name of the person who provided the transient accommodation or hotel room;the name of the customer who procured occupancy of the transient accommodation or hotel room;the address, including any unit designation, of the transient accommodation or hotel room;the dates and nightly rates for which the consumer procured occupancy of the transient accommodation or hotel room;the municipal transient accommodation registration number, if applicable;a statement as to whether such booking services will be provided in connection withshort-term rental of the entire unit,short-term rental of only part of the unit, and/orshort-term rental of the entire unit, or part of it, in which a non-short-term occupant will continue to occupy the unit for the duration of the short-term rental;the individualized name or number of each such advertisement or listing connected to such unit and the uniform resource locator (URL) for each such listing or advertisement, where applicable; andsuch other information as the Division of Taxation may by rule require.Permanent Residents And Charitable, Non-Profit OrganizationsThe bill treats permanent residents (i.e. any occupant of a transient accommodation for at least 90 consecutive days) and charitable, non-profit organizations that lease or rent transient accommodations consistent with how those individuals and organizations are treated for purposes of hotel and motel occupancies.Local Occupancy TaxesLocal taxes passed by the legislation include:Hotel Occupancy Tax;Atlantic City Luxury Tax;Atlantic City Promotion Fee;Cape May County Tourism Sales Tax;Cape May County Tourism Assessment;Municipal Occupancy Tax;Sports and Entertainment Facility Tax; andMeadowlands Regional Hotel Use Assessment.Ch. 49 (A.B. 1753), Laws 2018, effective October 1, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

DJ Must-Have: The All-New Rich Medina 45 Bag

first_img DJs are not known for packing light. Between records, turntables, headphones and other equipment, things can get heavy very easily. But no biggie now that our very own DJ Rich Medina has teamed up with Tucker & Bloom, a Nashville based bag company, for the all-new, swagged out Rich Medina 45 Bag. Sleek and compact, the bag is the perfect accessory whether you’re a stylish mixer or just someone who tends to take a lot on the go. DJ Medina kept in mind both the average spinner who lugs around 45 RPM records  and the everyday professional on-the-go for the creative collab. The result is a “durable, high quality shoulder bag to add to [your] tool kit or traveling luggage.” Be ahead of the game and place your pre-order now before the official bag release on July 22. Rich Medina 45 Bag And, check out our video with Rich below.last_img read more

“El Chapo” convicted of drug-trafficking charges

first_img(AP) – The notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been convicted of drug-trafficking charges at a trial in New York.The verdict reached on the sixth day of jury deliberations could put the 61-year-old behind bars for the rest of his life in a high-security U.S. prison selected to thwart another one of the escapes that embarrassed his native country.last_img

JC motorcycle rider badly hurt on Highway 179

first_imgA motorcycle rider is flown to the hospital after a wreck in Jefferson City.Police say a car making a left turn crashed into Anthony Adrian’s Harley going the other way on Highway 179 at Missouri Boulevard at about 3 p.m. Sunday.Adrian, 60, was ejected. Police say he is in critical condition.The car’s driver, 29-year-old Darrel Weakly, was not hurt.last_img

Fond Stories Over Coffee: The Passing of a Friend

first_imgOn Friday, November 2nd, 2007, our friend and colleague, Rob Carpenter, passed away suddenly. He was an incredible man, father and friend. His work with pre-testing and validation of new technologies for the Intel data centers will continue to live on. In fact, he had just filmed a follow-up video blog on the Wednesday before his passing. With the permission of his family, we have posted the video He was passionate about his work and sharing his knowledge with others.It may be out of the ordinary for one to find eulogies in a community sharing IT best practices, but Rob was and is a part of our community….the fabric of who we are. In honor and memory of Rob, I am republishing, with permission, some stories from his son Justin. Rob didn’t want a formal memorial service, instead he requested that he be remembered with “fond stories over coffee with friends.” Grab a cup of coffee…….”My earliest clear memories of him are from the early days of his private law practice, and his postdoctorate work in applied mathematics on the side, in his early thirties. He was just as amazing then, brilliant, twenty years ahead of his market (already thinking about standardization of computer networks and how one scheduled protocols in a protocol-heterogeneous environment where “pipe is pipe and traffic is traffic,” before many families even had microcomputers), His excitement and sincere enthusiasm was infectious, his integrity was already the stuff of legend, and he was never content to rest his mind.Even at the time of his death, he was working on numerous projects with Intel, and at the same time, teaching a course at Berkeley’s College of Divinity School of the Pacific in Benedictine contemplative meditation, serving as a volunteer subject matter expert in HAM and emergency radio technology, applying to be an oblate (layman participant in a Christian monastary, often part-time on weekends), avidly pursuing semi-professional photography as a hobby and passion, beginning to pen a second book unifying Christianity and Buddhism meditative traditions, and regularly conversing with me about my in-progress graduate work in the epistemology of mathematics. He never needed to read the texts I read; he simply asked for a two-sentence summary of their arguments, and could immediately form better arguments than the authors themselves.When I was four years old, I asked him what he was teaching in the evenings to take him away from Mom and I during cartoon time in the evenings, and he explained that it was applied math for physics. I blinked, and said with a mumble that I didn’t think I could do anything that hard, and he looked very surprised, sat me down at the dining room table, and proceeded to teach me algebra, basic trigonometry and the principles of calculus in two amazing hours. We started doing lessons instead of after-dinner TV, and by the end of the semester, he gave me one of the tests (no doubt simplified a bit) from his class. I passed it (with I believe an 89), and he said to me very seriously, “Justin, NEVER say that you can’t do something that seems hard. You can do just about anything if you really try. I want you to promise me that you’re not going to avoid doing things that look hard at first.” I promised him that I wouldn’t, and I find myself repeating that promise often, as the many grim realities of the current situation set in.His courage was amazing. During early 1995, our family was under a standing death threat from two different crime syndicates due to my father’s diligence as district attorney in prosecuting the people responsible for drug trafficking to New York through a Palenville airstrip. He never showed stress, never changed his routine beyond asking for a police escort at times. He’d sit calmly, albeit away from windows, with his ubiquitous glass of caffeine-free Diet Coke, and conversed with us from a room away. The conversations were like any other evening, just a little louder.I learned yesterday, after speaking to some of his friends in law enforcement in New York, that the situation was much more serious than I ever realized, and that he had a strong reason to believe that his life was very much in danger that evening. As we sat and nibbled dinner in two rooms, our house was under armed guard. My mother and I never knew. You could never judge the severity of a problem by my father’s composure, as it never faltered.It has been difficult to explain to people why there is no memorial service or funeral planned. My father held a memorial service for my mother, but asked that he simply be cremated and scattered without ceremony. When I asked him about the needs of the living to gather and remember, he suggested that those who wished to remember him, as best I can remember the quote, “go out for coffee, or pie, or breakfast, and come together as the living in a moment of life.” He explained that he did not want people in mourning clothes, with their eyes held low, listening to somber songs in a rented space — that the way to remember life was by imitating life, not by entering the atmosphere and mood of death.And so, there will not be one memorial service for my father, but many. There are moments of silence in Mt. Tremper where he attended the monastery, and a dinner in New York this weekend to toast, quote, “the finest district attorney the state has ever seen.” There will be tears shared among his many friends at several Intel sites, and fond stories of him at the next Sierra Foothills ARC brunch. In Tampa, there has been a memorial every time I’ve opened my mouth to speak in the last five days.There could be no one memorial large enough to encompass even most of the lives he touched, nor could even his closest fifty friends attend one, no matter where it was held. I considered holding one despite his wishes — I am certain he would have understood the need of the living to mourn — but I realized that his life was too big to bring into a room, or even a small concert hall. He had close, dear, personal friends in several countries and nearly every state, and every one of them was touched by his presence and would feel the need to be there. Robert Edmund Carpenter, the man so loved that his memorial service required an event space the size of the internet.There will be many memorials, you see. Every time you and others sit and remember him to one another, tell stories about his life, be they funny or amazing, every time you remember something he told you, or share him as an example to others, you are celebrating his life. Every time there is pain, or better yet, a happy anecdote to share, we can come together and share it — and you will hear, first- or second-hand, the anecdotes of others passed on for sharing.This is, I think, why he wanted it this way. No one is left out, no one is “unable to make it,” no one is forgotten, and the memorial takes as long as it needs to, for every story to be told, for everyone to be a part of it. When I think about it this way, I think he really had the right idea, and though I cannot imagine being even a pale shadow of the man he was, when I pass, I hope to be remembered the same way, through fond stories over coffee when I’m remembered now and then”last_img read more

Balancing Act: Protection and Productivity

first_imgIt’s inevitable… a few times a week, my system slows to a crawl doing seemingly mundane tasks. Moving from one application to the next, or even navigating our intranet becomes a trial of patience. Originally I thought it was the application set I was using on a daily basis. Enterprise resource planning, internet browsers, development studios, mail and instant messenger clients. Each of these a known resource hog vying for what little available scraps of memory my system would cough up.After some hallway grumbling with my co-workers, I turned my attention to not what I was running but what was being run for me. Automatic backup utilities, automatic patching software, and in the anti-virus suite with its omnipotent host intrusion protection. These applications lurk in the background, helping to keep us safe from the pitfalls of the electronic age. They are absolutely necessary to protect our company and its stockholders, but the value can come at a high cost.Any one of these apps coupled with your normal application load can bring an older system to its knee’s on its own, but how about your backup utility kicking off while your antivirus software is in mid-scan as you happen to be running collaboration software sharing out a debug session in your development studio. Not pretty.The productivity loss is cumulative… two minutes here, five minutes there, ten minutes for a reboot after a hard crash. Soon you’ve lost an hour or two over the course of the week, or a day or two over the course of a month. These things can be minimized by having systems capable of handling the multiple application loads that both the users need, and the ever shifting security environment requires. The threats won’t ever go away. More than likely, they will get worse and the applications needed to stop them will get bigger and more resource intensive.last_img read more

Networking Equipment Webinar: Intel and Sun discuss Xeon 5500 blade servers

first_imgHow Sun’s Network Express Module technology worksHow easy it is to achieve high availability and near-instant failover How to reduce network cabling by a factor of 10:1How to simplify network and storage management. Intel’s RK Hiremane & Sun’s David Caplan discuss Xeon 5500 blade servers virtualization ROIJoin experts from Intel, Sun Microsystems, and Ziff Davis Enterprise on August 20 for an informative eSeminar, where you will learn:last_img

Whitepaper: Prioritizing Information Security Risks with Threat Agent Risk Assessment

first_imgDownload the Whitepaper:  javascript:;Intel IT has developed a threat agent risk assessment (TARA) methodology that distills the immense number of possible information security attacks into a digest of only those exposures most likely to occur. This methodology identifies threat agents that are pursuing objectives which are reasonably attainable and could cause unsatisfactory losses to Intel.It would be prohibitively expensive and impractical to defend every possible vulnerability. By using a predictive methodology to prioritize specific areas of concern, we can both proactively target the most critical exposures and efficiently apply our resources for maximum results.  The TARA methodology identifies which threat agents pose the greatest risk, what they want to accomplish, and the likely methods they will employ. These methods are cross-referenced with existing vulnerabilities and controls to pinpoint the areas that are most exposed. Our security strategy then focuses on these areas to minimize efforts while maximizing effect.Download the whitepaper and share your thoughts, criticisms, and ideas.Other security whitepapers: javascript:;javascript:;javascript:;last_img read more

How IT Leaders Can Save Money on Software by Upgrading Hardware

first_imgRecently at Intel, we were faced with an important question: Are our data centers driving up our software costs?After several rounds of research and testing, we found our answer. When running software that is licensed on a “per-core” basis, the answer is probably “yes.” In the past few years, many enterprise applications, such as Microsoft Windows Server 2012, have started licensing based on computing power. Rather than licensing based on users or physical processors, some software providers are now offering the option to purchase licenses based on the number of cores you’re using in your server cluster.By upgrading to single-socket servers, companies are experiencing a modest increase in performance while significantly decreasing their software costs. As Intel CIO Kim Stevenson revealed in a recent interview, we know from experience:We are seeing up to 35% performance increase in our Electronic Design Automation application workloads. We have deployed more than 5,000 of these servers, achieving better rack density and power efficiency, while delivering higher application performance to Intel silicon design engineers.By moving from one two-socket server to four single-socket servers, we have reduced the number of cores in use while retaining equal throughput. Since there are fewer cores in a single-socket server cluster than there are in a two-socket cluster, the cost of any per-core software licensing can be dramatically reduced.It’s a win-win: By upgrading to single-socket clusters, we’re seeing a 35 percent increase in performance while reducing the need to add software licenses. If your data center seems to be causing higher software costs, it might be time to re-think your server clusters.For more information on optimizing your data center, check out the Intel Server Configurator tool. To join the conversation on Twitter, please follow us at @IntelITCenter or use #ITCenter.last_img read more

NVM Express* Technology Goes Viral – From Data Center to Client to Fabrics

first_imgAmber Huffman, Sr Principal Engineer, Storage Technologies Group at IntelFor Enterprise, everyone is talking about “Cloud,” “Big Data,” and “Software Defined X,” the latest IT buzzwords. For consumers, the excitement is around 4K gaming and 4K digital content creation. At the heart of all this is a LOT of data. A petabyte of data used to sound enormous – now the explosion in data is being described in exabytes (1K petabytes) and even zettabytes (1K exabytes). The challenge is how to get fast access to the specific information you need in this sea of information.NVM Express* (NVMe*) was designed for enterprise and consumer implementations, specifically to address this challenge and the opportunities created by the massive amount of data that businesses and consumers generate and devour.NVMe is the standard interface for PCI Express* (PCIe*) SSDs. Other interfaces like Serial ATA and SAS were defined for mechanical hard drives and legacy interfaces are slow, both from a throughput and a latency standpoint. NVMe jettisons this legacy and is architected from the ground up for non-volatile memory, enabling NVMe to deliver amazing performance and low latency. For example, NVMe delivers up to 6x the performance of state of the art SATA SSDs1.There are several exciting new developments in NVMe. In 2015, NVMe will be coming to client systems, delivering great performance at the low power levels required in 2-in-1s and tablets. The NVM Express Workgroup is also developing “NVMe over Fabrics,” which brings the benefits of NVMe across the data center and cloud over fabrics like Ethernet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand*, and OmniPath* Architecture.NVM Express is the interface that will serve data center and client needs for the next decade. For a closer look at the new developments in NVMe, look Under the Hood with this video. Check out more information at document performance of components on a particular test, in specific systems. Differences in hardware, software, or configuration will affect actual performance. Configuration: Performance claims obtained from data sheet, Intel® SSD DC P3700 Series 2TB, Intel® SSD DC S3700 Series: Intel Core i7-3770K CPU @ 3.50GHz, 8GB of system memory, Windows* Server 2012, IOMeter. Random performance is collected with 4 workers each with 32 QD. Configuration for latency: Intel® S2600CP server, Intel® Xeon® E5-2690v2 x2, 64GB DDR3, Intel® SSD DC P3700 Series 400GB, LSI 9207-8i, Intel® SSD DC S3700.© 2015 Intel CorporationIntel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

Capturing Value from Emerging Tech Is Aiding a Culture Change in Utilities

first_imgInterview with Cameron Freberg, Utility Strategist, Emerging Tech Team at Austin EnergyHow can a utility company steward meaningful change in its service territory, while also providing a beachhead for the whole world to replicate and scale the value captured from emerging technology?To help answer this question, I looked to my own backyard. Recently, Austin Energy has been at the pulse of some of the biggest changes in the utility sector—winning one of only seven SHINES grants, and submitting the City of Austin’s bid for the US Department of Transportation’s $40–50M national Smart Cities Challenge.But that is nothing new—Green Building and ECAD, electrical Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and large-scale and distributed renewables and electric vehicle initiatives all started at Austin Energy. That kind of well-rounded evolution doesn’t happen in a silo. Indeed, what’s unique about this perpetual ratcheting up of performance is that it takes a whole utility, and all of its people power to really support the region and the nation as an example of collaboration and human ingenuity in the utility space.I asked Cameron Freberg, an extremely busy utility strategist—a “doer” rather than a communications staffer—to sit down and talk with me about some of the big issues in emerging tech, how Austin Energy does things, and its role in shaping the future of the energy sector.DJ: Austin Energy has a long history of innovation in energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, AMI, and EVs. AE developed its Emerging Technology & EV team in the past six years. How is emerging tech getting a