Bale willing to make Man United move, Atletico want Vardy and Sanchez? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Gareth Bale is willing to move to Manchester United in the summer if Real Madrid finally decide to sell him. (Independent)Jamie Vardy and Alexis Sanchez are on Atletico Madrid’s list of striker targets for this summer, as the club will seek to make a signing that both enlivens the attack and adds even more excitement ahead of the move to their new Estadio La Peineta home. (Independent)Brighton are plotting an ambitious move for Liverpool stalwart Lucas Leiva. Chris Hughton wants to bring in top-flight ready players ahead of Brighton’s first Premier League campaign next season. And versatile Brazilian Leiva, 30, who is out of contract this summer, has been discussed as a potential signing. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea are tracking Bournemouth defender Adam Smith. The Blues sent a scout to watch him produce a starring performance in the 2-2 draw against Stoke last Saturday and they will run the rule over him again against Burnley tomorrow. (The Sun)Chelsea want to bring Germany Under-17 star Jann-Fiete Arp to Stamford Bridge this summer. The Blues have been keeping tabs on the Hamburg forward for over six months. (Daily Mirror)West Brom hope to agree a compensation fee with Leeds for Charlie Taylor to avoid going to a tribunal. Baggies boss Tony Pulis has confirmed his interest in Taylor, who is out of contract at Elland Road, and is prepared to offer between £3million and £5million for the left-back. (Daily Mirror)Jesus Navas has been offered a new deal to stay at Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)Middlesbrough have made a £300,000 offer for Hartlepool winger Nathan Thomas. League One champions Sheffield United made an offer earlier this week, which was accepted by Hartlepool. However, Boro have made a bid to keep Thomas in the north east. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Martin Keown expects Arsenal’s late charge for a top four finish to end in failure Martin Keown says Arsenal should do everything to keep Alexis Sanchez this summer – but has suggested he would be happy to see Mesut Ozil goJuventus and Napoli are best placed to land Liverpool target Mattia De Sciglio in the summer Barcelona have made contact about a move for Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu, according to reports in SpainTorino director Gianluca Petrachi says Andrea Belotti won’t be joining AC Milan this summer – claiming only a ‘top club’ can tempt the striker awayEverton are interested in AC Milan midfielder Juraj Kucka, but face competition for his signature from Torinolast_img read more

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Legendary Ferndale football head coach Kim Jorgensen announces he will retire in June

first_imgFerndale >> “He’s the perfect example of high school football in America,” St. Bernard’s head coach Matt Tomlin said.“He’s a master of calling the right play at the right time,” added Fortuna head coach Mike Benbow. “He’s a magician. He’s done it his whole career.”The man these venerable football coaches are talking about is none other than Ferndale High School head coach Kim Jorgensen, who announced he will be retiring in June after 25 years at the helm of the Wildcats program.“I’ve enjoyed …last_img

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Central team to soon visit 11 flood-affected States

first_imgAn Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) under the Home Ministry will soon visit 11 flood-affected States, including Kerala and Assam, to assess the damage. The Ministry has changed rules and from now on, the IMCT will visit the affected areas even before receiving a memorandum from the State concerned. The other States that will be visited by the Central team are Meghalaya, Tripura, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Karnataka.Criticism from KeralaOn Tuesday, Kerala’s Finance Minister Thomas Isaac took to Twitter to criticise the Union Home Ministry of allocating “zero” funds to Kerala. “Home Ministry approves Rs 4,432 crores from National Disaster Response Fund for the flood affected States. Share of Kerala, the worst affected, is zero!” Mr. Isaac said on Twitter.A senior Home Ministry official said the Central team would soon visit other flood-affected States, including Kerala. In the combined rescue operations in the States affected by floods, landslides etc. during the current monsoon season, the NDRF, Army, Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have rescued and shifted to safer places more than 1,53,000 people.‘Constituted immediately’“The IMCT will henceforth be constituted immediately in the aftermath of any natural calamity of severe nature, which will visit the affected areas in the State so as to have first-hand assessment of damages caused and relief work carried out by the State administration. The IMCT will again visit the State after submission of the memorandum for detailed assessment of the damage and relief operations conducted for making final recommendations for allocation of additional funds,” the Home Ministry said in a statement. At present, the IMCT visits the affected State only once, after the receipt of the memorandum from the State.The Centre has also approved release of over ₹4,432 crore to Odisha, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh for the damage caused by natural calamities in these States during the last financial year.Assistance approvedIn a statement, the Home Ministry said a high-level committee, headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, has approved additional Central assistance of ₹3338.22 crore to Odisha for the damage caused by the cyclone Fani; ₹1029.39 crore to Karnataka for drought; and ₹64.49 crore to Himachal Pradesh for avalanches and hailstorm during 2018-19.The funds will be disbursed from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). This additional assistance is over and above the funds released by the Centre in the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) already placed at the disposal of States.During 2018-19, the Central government had released ₹9,658 crore to all States, and during 2019-20, till date, it has released ₹6,104 crore to 24 States from the SDRF, the statement said.The meeting also reviewed the ongoing flood situation in different parts of the country and the logistic support provided by Central agencies, including the deployment of the NDRF and Defence forces.last_img read more

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Sixth month drop in Fuel Factor Rate means lower power bills

first_img FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Mar 2015 – The fuel factor rate has dropped again this month; FortisTCI reporting that it is the sixth consecutive month that the rate has shown a decrease. CEO Eddinton Powell agrees that, “the lower fuel factor, as a result of what is happening in the world market, is good for our customers who are seeing much-needed relief on their electricity bills.” A week after the nation learned from the Cabinet that Energy & Utilities Commissioner, Malike Cummings has completed his review of fuel costs in the country, Powell explains that “FortisTCI will continue to explore infrastructure development that would streamline and simplify our fuel supply chain which would reduce, on a long term basis, the cost of electricity to our customers.” During the opening of the Salt Cay power plant, Powell announced that FortisTCI had signed a contract to investigate the viability of its own fuel offloading rig. Related Items:drop, eddinton powell, fortis tci, fuel factor, power bill TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieveslast_img read more

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Homeless man arrested in slaying of Oceanside man

first_img KUSI Newsroom, October 22, 2018 Posted: October 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – A homeless man was arrested in connection with the slaying of a retiree two months ago in his Oceanside home, police said Monday.DNA evidence obtained from the scene of 77-year-old John Roth’s slaying in August led homicide detectives to identify 21-year-old Carey Lamont Reid Jr. as the perpetrator, Oceanside Police spokesman Tom Bussey said. Reid is known to be a transient who lives in Oceanside.Officers were called to the 500 block of North Coast Highway on Sunday for a person lying on the ground in a parking lot, Bussey said. Officers arrived, identified the man as Reid and took him into custody.Reid was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to jail records. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.The parking lot is located directly behind the residence where Roth was found dead, Bussey said.A back door was found open, but there were no signs of forced entry or a struggle at the couple’s home in the 500 block of North Tremont Street when Roth was found by his wife shortly before 7 a.m. on Aug. 14, Detective Erik Ellgard said.Roth had suffered severe trauma to his upper body, according to police, who have withheld the nature of the fatal wounds.Zui Pang, 41, had last seen her husband alive about 16 hours before she returned home, Ellgard said.Missing from the victim’s home were some of the couple’s possessions, including costume jewelry, a wooden jewelry box, an Asus laptop computer, an LG cellphone and Pang’s wedding ring.Four days later, an acquaintance of the victim found Pang’s stolen purse, photos of the couple and other personal effects of theirs dumped in an alley off North Ditmar Street, a few blocks from their home Homeless man arrested in slaying of Oceanside man Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Get the Most Out of Your Ad Network

first_imgDon’t Limit Yourself to One NetworkTo maximize results, publishers should consider working with multiple networks, says Derek Reisfield, chairman of BBN Networks Inc., a b-to-b ad network. “Some ad networks really approach it like moving volumes of inventory and see it as a commodity and not differentiated,” he adds. The less differentiated it is, the easier it sells, but at a lower price. “Some networks can package your inventory in a way that’s not a premium you get by selling directly, but at a premium to commodity type in the marketplace,” adds Reisfield. “You can get fairly good rates out of that, but it’s harder to sell volume so you probably need to build multiple layers of ad networks to maximize how you will serve those ads.”It’s also important to learn as much about where the ads will be served, as this has led to various problems across the industry. Some networks provide a reach of 400 to 500 sites, which can be valuable to advertisers looking to reach a mass audience. Others are on the smaller scale and provide exclusivity.CPMs vary wildly in the ad network arena. They can be as low as a few dollars and upwards from there. Complex Media’s CPMs start at $15 and go up depending on whether there are rich media units or other factors, Antoniello says. Some of BBN’s products have rates well in excess of three figures, according to Reisfield. Use It or Lose ItPublishers have to realize that an unused ad impression is a perishable asset. “As soon as that impression is served—if it’s not served with a purpose—it’s gone,” Reisfield says. “It’s like an airline seat—if you don’t board the plane, it’s gone. You may decide you don’t want to sell at x price, but that’s an asset and you need to do something with it.”There are several things a publisher can do to manage ad inventory that goes beyond just setting a price, Reisfield says, sticking with the airline analogy. “What the airlines do is very sophisticated at this point,” he says. “When you start understanding the different levers they can pull, you think about business in a different way.” Like airlines, publishers can boost inventory at times of peak demand, by increasing the number of impressions generated and increasing the CPM.What To AvoidThere are some potential pitfalls to avoid when choosing to participate in an ad network too. “Ad networks arbitrage inventory and data and compete head-to-head with your own direct sales efforts against the same client lists,” says Kirk McDonald, president of Time Inc. Digital. McDonald launched and oversees Time Axcess, a branded network solution offered by Time Inc.McDonald says some of the deals out there are flat-out bad for business. “For less sophisticated buys, that don’t put value on the brand associations and audience context, ad networks can seem like a good deal,” he says. “These buyers are missing the appreciation of audience in context and the emotive value inherent in advertising. This trend to push algorithms to answer complex media placement questions drives commoditization in digital display media. This is bad for publishers today and eventually bad for buyers tomorrow.”McDonald’s solution is to highlight the complementary relationship between the buying based on audiences and the buying based on placement and sponsorships. “It’s not an ‘either/or’, it is an ‘and’,” he says, “and publishers can and should provide both to their valued clients.”SIDEBARSemantic Ad TargetingThe new trend in online advertising is semantic targeting, which uses technology to understand in a broad and deep way the meaning and sentiment of text, according to James Oppenheim, chief marketing officer of tech firm Peer39, a specialist in this field. “We can go to a page of text and understand what the page is about on a very high level,” he says.The key to semantic targeting revolves around the basic principle that advertising does better when a message of advertising is in harmony with the content of the page. Oppenheim compares semantic targeting to contextual targeting, which he says is key-word-driven and -based, and therefore, limited. “Everyone has seen ads that have funny adjacencies,” he says, noting golf ads surrounding the Tiger Woods scandal, for example. “All of these challenges in the contextual arena negatively affect ad results. When advertisers have less than good results because of this, it drives CPMs down. You don’t have advertisers spending more for poorly targeted ads.” Oppenheim says semantically targeted ads command higher CPMs, have greater reach and deliver higher results. The ad network space is a confusing marketplace these days. While there’s much talk about the decline of ad networks and some are outright closing shop—Yahoo! recently shuttered its small-publisher ad network—still others are thriving. Now more than ever, publishers have to know how to maximize opportunities and avoid the pratfalls in this space.Ad networks are still a good choice for publishers looking to attract larger advertisers. They provide reach and scale that simply may not be attainable by the traditional means of a direct sale, especially for those looking to go beyond endemic categories. When getting started, ask to speak with four or five publishers involved in the ad network to gauge their experience, says Rich Antoniello, CEO of Complex Media, which has 39 publishers in its network. “If the network won’t provide that, don’t work with them,” he says. It’s also important to know which companies are involved in the network. “What other brands do you want to be rubbing shoulders with?” says Antoniello. “Other sites in the network will be representative of the quality and the way people will evaluate you.” Transparency in this space is critical and Antoniello warns against choosing a partner that is foremost a technology firm outsourcing the creative content.last_img read more

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FCC chairman addresses 5G safety concerns in letters to lawmakers

first_img Share your voice FCC 6 Mobile FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says lawmakers need not worry about 5G safety concerns.  / Getty Images FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is trying to quell fears among lawmakers that 5G radios are dangerous to health. On Thursday, the chairman sent a series of letters to lawmakers in response to inquiries about health concerns related to 5G that been sent to him in the past couple of months. In each of the letters he said that the FCC places a “high priority on the safety of wireless services and devices.” He said the agency’s guidelines for RF exposure are derived from guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the industry group the IEEE and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. “The FCC relies on the expertise of health and safety agencies and organizations with respect to appropriate levels of RF exposure,” he said. “These institutions have extensive experience and knowledge in RF-related issues and have spent a considerable amount of time evaluating published scientific studies that can inform appropriate exposure limits.”The response comes as concerns about the safety of 5G wireless technology has been increasing among lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Three Congressmen in the past two months have sent letters to the agency expressing their concerns about potential negative health effects due to exposure to radio frequencies used in delivering 5G wireless service. Representatives Andy Kim, a Democrat from New Jersey,  Thomas Suozzi, a Democrat from New York, and Peter Defazio, a Democrat from Oregon, say their constituents are worried that 5G radios, which are being deployed atop street lights every few blocks in many communities, may have negative effects that are still unknown. “Small cell towers are being installed in residential neighborhoods in close proximity to houses throughout my district,” said Rep. Suozzi in his letter. “I have heard instances of these antennae being installed on light poles directly outside the window of a young child’s bedroom. Rightly so, my constituents are worried that should this technology be proven hazardous in the future, the health of their families and value of their properties would be at serious risk.”5G, which refers to the fifth generation of cellular technology, is the next big thing in wireless technology and it’s been hailed as the foundation for other big trends like self-driving cars and streaming virtual reality.Unlike previous generations of wireless, 5G will require up to five times the amount of infrastructure as 3G or 4G deployments. The big promise of 5G — a massive leap in speed — requires the use of super high-frequency radio waves, called millimeter-wave spectrum, that are limited by range and obstructions like trees. The result is a network requiring radios on every city block, versus 4G gear that transmits signals over miles.What this means is that there could be nearly 800,000 of these so-called small cells deployed in the US between 2018 and 2026 to provide 5G, according to a study commissioned by the wireless industry trade group CTIA. In a separate report, CTIA estimates that roughly 323,000 cell sites were in service at the end of 2017.Rep. Kim said in his letter that the FCC noted that the agency has not updated its regulations regarding radiofrequency RF safety since 1996. He also pointed out that the current RF safety guidelines don’t account for the higher frequencies that 5G service uses or the fact that so many more radios are needed to achieve 5G service coverage. He asked the FCC to answer a series of questions about what research has been conducted as it relates to the safety of 5G.”Despite the close proximity to sensitive areas where these high-band cells will be installed, little research has been conducted to examine 5G safety,” he said. He added that the FCC has admitted that its guidelines need to be reassessed with respect to the use of newer wireless technologies. Rep. Defazio noted that the Government Accountability Office made a similar recommendation in 2012. “It is unacceptable that six years later the FCC still has not conducted a reassessment of its 1996 guidelines,” Defazio said in his letter.In his letters, Pai noted that the FCC has had an open proceeding to address updating its guidelines since 2013. And he assured the lawmakers the agency is working through the “voluminous” record to see if anything needs to be changed or updated. But he did not address specific concerns brought up in the letters. He also offered to bring congressional staff into the FCC’s testing facility in Columbia, Maryland so that they could “see and speak with our engineers and technicians as they operate the RF testing equipment.”Pai’s response is consistent with comments he made to the press in April. When asked about the issue during a press conference in April, Pai acknowledged that the nature of 5G “will be very different” than  4G, since it relies on small cells. But he said that the radios operate at much lower power than traditional cell sites. He added that “from that perspective, I am confident that in consultation with the FDA, which is the lead on this issue, that the technology will be safe.” Tags Commentslast_img read more

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WATCH Congress leader in Telangana gets into fist fight with local worker

first_imgEmbarrassing moments are piling up by the dozen for political parties as the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections is just around the corner.The most recent incident took place on May 11, Saturday, in Telangana when Congress MP Hanumantha Rao got into a fight with a local Congress party leader, Nagesh Mudiraj, and their entire scuffle was filmed. Hanumantha Rao is a senior Congress leader in Telangana and also served as a Union minister. #WATCH Telangana: A scuffle broke out between Congress leaders V Hanumantha Rao and Nagesh Mudiraj during the protest by opposition parties today in Hyderabad against state govt over the issue of state board intermediate results. pic.twitter.com/lyUsD8ZDKU— ANI (@ANI) May 11, 2019They were allegedly fighting over the seating arrangement on the stage and the argument led to blows. The fight then escalated to such an extent that the duo began to drag each other off the stage and to the ground. They only stopped when other leaders came in between and physically put an end to the fight.The incident happened during a meeting organised by the Opposition parties to rally against the TRS government and the irregularities of the results of the state board examinations which led to the suicides of 22 students. The opposition parties included Telugu Desam Party, Left and Congress.The TRS government had set up a committee last month to look into the IT firm which was involved in the publication of the exam results. Many students had resorted to suicide after their intermediate exam results showed that they had failed the exams.last_img read more

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Man killed over Cumilla land dispute

first_imgA man who sustained injuries during a clash over land dispute at Chandsar village in Chandina upazila of Cumilla on Tuesday, died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Shafiqul Islam, 45, son of late Ali Mia of the village.Locals said there was a long-standing dispute between five sons of Ali Mia and his neighbour Abdul Hakim’s four sons over a piece of land.The two sides locked into an altercation centering cutting down a tree branch on Tuesday morning.At one stage, sons of Abdul Hakim swooped on the Ali Mia’s family with sharp weapons, leaving Safiqul, Toufiq, Faruk and his wife Lily Begum critically injured.Among them, Safiqul was shifted to Dhaka as his condition deteriorated.Deceased’s elder brother Mamotaj Uddin lodged a murder case with Chandina Model police station, said Md Abul Faisal, officer-in-charge of the police station.Meanwhile, police arrested four people in this connection for interrogation, the OC added.last_img read more

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