18 days agoBrighton goalscorer Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly dropped

first_imgBrighton goalscorer Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly droppedby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Neal Maupay says Tottenham heads quickly dropped during Saturday’s 3-0 thrashing.Maupay scored Albion’s quickest ever Premier League goal after 150 seconds when the disorientated Hugo Lloris inexplicably dropped the ball before suffering a dislocated elbow when he fell.“We sensed their heads went down after the first goal – that’s why we kept pushing and ­putting pressure on them,” said Maupay. “Losing Lloris and the goal so early was hard for them and they looked worried. We knew they were having a tough time so we wanted to keep going at them. And it worked because they dropped a bit and we got the second goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Highway 29 closed between Chetwynd and Moberly Lake Road

first_imgUPDATE – The highway is now open in both directions.CHETWYND, B.C. – Highway 29 is closed from Chetwynd and the Moberly Lake Road.A collision has caused the closure and an estimated time of opening is not available as of 10:20 p.m. Friday. The only detour is through Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.Drivebc.ca says the next update on the collision will be released at 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 1.If you’re in the area, let us know what you see, email news@moosefm.calast_img

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Industrial production dips 0.1% in March… lowest in 21 months

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s industrial production contracted by 0.1 per cent in March this year, the lowest in 21 months, mainly due to manufacturing sector slow down, official data showed Friday. Factory output, as measured in terms of the Index of Industrial Production (IIP), had grown by 5.3 per cent in March 2018, according to data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). IIP’s previous low was recorded in June 2017, when output shrank by 0.3 per cent. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraOn annual basis, IIP growth slowed to three-year low of 3.6 per cent in the 2018-19 fiscal as against 4.4 per cent in the previous fiscal. Industrial production growth was 4.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent in 2016-17 and 2015-16, respectively. Meanwhile, Index of Industrial Production growth for February 2019 has been revised downwards to 0.07 per cent from 0.1 per cent earlier. The manufacturing sector, which constitutes 77.63 per cent of the IIP, contracted by 0.4 per cent in March as compared to 5.7 per cent expansion in the year-ago month. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysCapital goods output declined by 8.7 per cent in the month under review as against 3.1 per cent contraction in March 2018. Power sector growth slowed to 2.2 per cent in March as compared to 5.9 per cent a year ago. Mining sector growth also dropped to 0.8 per cent in March compared to 3.1 per cent expansion a year ago. As per use-based classification, growth rates in March 2019 are 2.5 per cent in primary goods, (-) 2.5 per cent in intermediate goods and 6.4 per cent in infrastructure/ construction goods. Similarly, consumer durables and consumer non-durables have recorded growth of (-) 5.1 per cent and 0.3 per cent, respectively. In terms of industries, 12 out of 23 industry groups in the manufacturing sector have shown negative growth during March 2019 as compared to same month a year ago.last_img read more

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What Does Kevin Durants Injury Mean For The Warriors

FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. This week’s show was taped live at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. On this episode (Mar. 8, 2017), we talk to Baltimore Raven John Urschel, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in mathematics at MIT during the offseason. Next, we break down what Kevin Durant’s injury means for the Warriors’s postseason prospects. Finally, we investigate some interesting NHL trades and ponder the merits of building a hockey super team. Plus, we turn our regular significant digit segment into a quiz!Links to what we discussed:John Urschel explained his decision to head back to school for The Players’ Tribune last year.Urschel was recently named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner wrote about why Kevin Durant’s injury showed how much the Warriors needed him.The Kevin Shattenkirk trade was a no-brainer for the Capitals, notes The Washington Post’s Steve Allen.Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky says that the Ben Bishop trade was startlingly smart. read more

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UNC head football coach Everett Withers joins Ohio State football staff

Everett Withers, the current interim head coach of the University of North Carolina football team, was hired Wednesday to join new Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer’s staff. Withers will be the assistant head coach, as well as co-defensive coordinator under Meyer, according to a press release. Withers will split defensive coordinator duties with current OSU head coach Luke Fickell. However, Meyer previously said Fickell will call plays for the unit. In his fourth season at UNC and his first as its head coach, Withers led the team to a 7-5 overall record and an appearance in the Dec. 26 Independence Bowl against Missouri. Withers will stay with the Tar Heels to coach its bowl game. A UNC football team spokesman declined to comment to The Lantern regarding Withers’ departure from the university. OSU did not immediately make Withers’ contract details available. Withers is currently in his 24th season as football coach of both NFL and college teams. Withers began his coaching career as defensive coordinator at Austin Peay in 1988 and would eventually hold other collegiate coaching position at Tulane (1991), Southern Mississippi (1992-93), Louisville (1995-97), Texas (1998-2000) and Minnesota (2007) before becoming UNC’s defensive coordinator and secondary coach in 2008. Withers has also served as defensive backs coach for the NFL’s Tennesee Titans from 2001-2006 and oversaw defensive quality control for the New Orleans Saints in 1994. The Independence Bowl Dec. 26 is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. kickoff while Fickell will coach OSU in Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 2 when the Buckeyes play Florida in the Gator Bowl. read more

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NCAA approves tougher violations rules Gene Smith sees improvement in flawed system

The NCAA Board of Directors released a new, more stringent set of rules Tuesday for enforcing athletic programs’ adherence to codes of conduct. The new rules try to simplify and accelerate what has traditionally been a long and complicated rule-enforcing process. The rules also aim to increase the severity of the sanctions and make punishments more uniform instead of treating things on a case-by-case basis, according to the announcement posted on ncaa.org.  Among the most notable changes involve holding head coaches more accountable for the actions of their staff. Now, violations by any member of the staff will reflect on the head coach, unless he or she can prove their personal effort for an “atmosphere of strict compliance.” There was also a change in tiers of violations. Rather than categorizing a violation as “major” or “secondary,” there will now be four levels, with a level one violation being the most “severe breach of conduct.” The NCAA could potentially disqualify a team for multiple years of postseason play and fine the program millions of dollars for a level one violation. Other consequences for various levels of infractions include harsher scholarship reductions, recruiting limits and head coach suspensions. Suspensions for coaches as well as programs can range from 10 percent of the season to a full season. The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions will expand from 10 members to 24, speeding up the infractions process and handing out violations in a more timely manner. In Ohio State football’s case, this could have meant serving out OSU’s bowl ineligibility during the 2011 season rather than the current season. The last of the most significant changes in the new set of rules includes a more consistent penalty system. Sanctions will no longer be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and the new standards will ensure equal treatment – and punishment – across the NCAA. NCAA President Mark Emmert said the rules aim to eliminate the temptation for teams to do whatever it takes to win. “We have sought all along to remove the `risk-reward’ analysis that has tempted people — often because of the financial pressures to win at all costs — to break the rules in the hopes that either they won’t be caught or that the consequences won’t be very harsh if they do get caught,” Emmert said. “The new system the board adopted today is the result of a lot of hard work and membership input devoted to protecting the collegiate model.” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said he agrees with the new rules and says they help to solve a “flawed” system. “I am supportive of the new legislation,” Smith said. “It provides clarity and transparency to a system of enforcement and infraction management that was flawed. It also will improve the ability for cases to be handled more expeditiously.” Emmert began the process of establishing a new set of rules in August 2011. The new enforcement structure will take effect on August 1, 2013. Dan Hope contributed to this article
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Commentary Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio reflects on Ohio State footballs season

As members of the student-run Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio, we have been given a tremendous opportunity. Sports broadcasting is a rather exclusive field, and when we graduate from Ohio State, it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever get another chance to broadcast another Ohio State sporting event. It’s even more unlikely that we’ll ever get a chance to broadcast a Buckeyes football game ever again. That’s why this particular weekend is going to be a special one for all of us on the football crew for Scarlet and Gray Sports Radio. The football game against Michigan is always the most important sporting event in Columbus every year, but this weekend it’s about more than just bragging rights. This Saturday marks the end of a long (but not long enough) journey for this OSU football team, as players look to finish off an undefeated regular season against that hated school up north. As Woody Hayes once said with tears in his eyes, “It’s Michigan! It’s Michigan!” There shouldn’t need to be any reason other than that, for this to be the most important game of our lives. This year you can throw in the chance OSU has to be one of just two undefeated programs (depending on what Notre Dame does) and a potential Associated Press national championship. This is easily the most important regular season game we’ve had the privilege to broadcast, and as always with these rivalry games, there is a lot at stake. Not many people get the opportunity to even attend a game this important, let alone broadcast it out to the world. In our time covering this team, we’ve been able to follow them through the highs and lows of the last couple seasons. We were present for Devin Smith’s unbelievable game-winning catch against Wisconsin last year, we were there as the defense nearly collapsed in the final minutes against Indiana, and we were there as backup quarterback Kenny Guiton led the team down the field in the final seconds to force overtime, and ultimately win, against Purdue. It’s been an awesome journey, and this Saturday is sure to be a thrilling climax. As much as we love following the team in this capacity, it can be a humbling job sometimes. Since we broadcast online at our website OhioStateSports.net, we get listeners from all over the world. After the Nebraska game this year, we were lucky enough to receive a couple emails from active military members who listened from the Middle East. It was truly awesome to see. For the three seniors who will be on the call for the game, this is it for football. The one sport we all dream to broadcast and take a little more to heart. We worked hard, competing with other very capable and dedicated broadcasters just to get a chance to call a football game. But as many football fans know, this isn’t just a football game, it’s The Game. It’s up to every listener to decide how good a job we do when we put on the headsets every Saturday, but we do know it’s been nothing but a blast broadcasting OSU football this season, just as it is every season. It’s sure to be an exhilarating atmosphere Saturday in the Horseshoe, and we can’t wait to be there for all the excitement. No matter what happens, we will be able to say that we were the only OSU students that broadcast the Buckeyes’ shot at an undefeated season. That is pretty darn cool. read more

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Pellegrini compares Wilshere to Italian legend

first_imgWest Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has compared the club’s midfielder Jack Wilshere to former Italian great Andrea Pirlo.Former Hammers boss Sam Allardyce criticized the club’s midfield pairing of Wilshere and Mark Noble but Pellegrini insists the pair are a good fit together.The duo have failed to convince so far, as West Ham began their Premier League campaign with a 4-0 loss at Liverpool and a 2-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth.But, asked about Allardyce’s comments, Pellegrini said, according to Sky Sports: “That is the opinion of Sam Allardyce. I know him and I respect him and everyone has his opinion.”“One opinion is that you can play one good player with the other one and the other is that they can play 4-4-2.”“If you need fast players they cannot do it. If you need good technical players that they don’t lose any balls, they can play together.”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“In football there are a lot of things you can do. Remember Juventus, around four or five years ago, played with one holding midfielder. It was Andrea Pirlo.”“And Pirlo is the same as Jack. He has the same characteristics as Jack. I think that every good player can play with others.”The England international spent 10 years with the Gunners and, although he has been hindered by injuries at times, Pellegrini says Wilshere can still reach the heights which once saw him earmarked as a potential superstar.“I’m sure about that,” said Pellegrini.“Because he is just 26 years old, and because he knows better how he must manage his physical work, so as not to be injured.”“In the last two seasons he played a lot of games. This season we’ve been working with him from July 1 and he’s not having any problems.”last_img read more

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Solskjaer on mission to restore United pride

first_imgManchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he wants to restore pride in the “biggest club in the world”.Ahead of his first game in charge, Solskjaer wants the United players to feel proud of their performance once again, reminding them that they are wearing the badge of the “biggest club in the world”.“Attacking football, giving youth a chance and winning. Biggest club in the world, best supporters in the world, best players in the world,” Solskjaer told MUTV.“When I scored on my debut, Eric [Cantona] was there and it was a brilliant feeling. You felt comfortable at Old Trafford and you want the players to feel at home there too.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s about the players being proud of their performance and the fans being proud of their team.“It’s great to be back home. I promise I’ll give everything I’ve got to get this club back to success.”last_img read more

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Prisoners captured

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 5, 2016 – The three men who escaped her Majesty’s Prison on Friday were by Saturday morning recaptured.  While there still remains no details on how the men broke out of the prison and no information on where the men were found or how they were recaptured, residents are relieved that the trio – jailed for burglary, arson and illegal entry – were returned to HMP where they will either serve out their sentences or are awaiting trial.  There is also no word on whether the trio will be hit with criminal charges for that Friday afternoon prison break. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #prisonercapturedcenter_img #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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High Winds Expected For Those En Route To Anchorage Today

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., today. Southeast winds 50 to 65 mph with gusts to 80 mph are expected along Turnagain Arm and the Upper Hillside. While warning level winds are not expected over the lower elevations of the Anchorage bowl, the NWS  is expecting southeast winds 20 to 30 with gusts to 45 mph to develop in town. Winds are expected to peak midday today and diminish below warning level by early Tuesday evening,though gusty winds are expected to persist through Tuesday night. According to the advisory, travel may be difficult. Trees may be blown over.  Loose debris can be moved and damage property.last_img read more

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Apples star witness will testify in Qualcomm case after all

first_imgGetty A key witness in Apple’s patent case against Qualcomm will testify at the trial after all, a development that follows the iPhone maker saying yesterday that he was no longer intending to appear.The two tech giants are warring over three patents that Qualcomm says Apple infringed when it developed some versions of its iPhone. One of those patents allows a smartphone to quickly connect to the internet once the device has booted up. Apple has argued that one of its then-engineers, Arjuna Siva, co-invented the technology and should be named on the patent. Siva had been expected to testify at the trial, which is taking place in San Diego. But on Thursday, Apple lawyer Juanita Brooks said the engineer wouldn’t appear on the advice of newly retained counsel. On Friday, the situation changed again, when Brooks said Apple had filed subpoenas for Siva and Matt Warren, his counsel. Siva, Brooks said, had gotten yet another new attorney, who was amenable to having him testify. Siva, who now works at Google, is expected to testify in court on Monday.The patent case is just one part of a wide-ranging legal saga between the two companies. Two years ago, the Federal Trade Commission, aided by tech giants tincluding Apple and Intel, accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in modem chips. The agency argued Qualcomm’s high royalty rates stopped competitors from entering the market, which has driven up the cost of phones and hurt consumers. That trial took place in January, and the parties are currently waiting for a decision.The San Diego trial, presided over by US District Judge Dana Sabraw, is more technical than the other parts of the legal battle. But it could have implications for how your phone is made and how much it costs.Aside from the boot-up patent, the companies are fighting over two others. One of them deals with graphics processing and battery life. The third lets apps on your phone download data more easily by directing traffic between the apps processor and the modem. On Friday, Qualcomm said it wants $31 million in damages from Apple. That’s based on $1.40 per allegedly infringing iPhone.On Thursday, Apple initially alleged witness tampering because Siva’s new counsel was a former attorney at Quinn Emanuel, the law firm now representing Qualcomm.Originally published March 8, 9:27 a.m. PT.Update, 1:25 p.m.: Adds information about damages. See All Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Qualcomm Apple reading • Apple’s star witness will testify in Qualcomm case after all Apple • Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tech Industry Tags 4 Commentslast_img read more

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Bangladeshs returning migrants struggle at home

first_imgSurvivors of a boat carrying migrants that sunk in the Mediterranean during the night of 9 and 10 May, gather at a shelter in the Tunisian coastal city of Zarzis on 11 May 2019. AFP File PhotoLike many poor Bangladeshis, Komol Shohlagar thought moving overseas for work would change his life. It did – but not in the way he hoped.Shohlagar, 33, travelled to Libya with people smugglers in the hope of reaching Europe, but when he got there, the smugglers held him captive to extort money from his family.He was only freed after they paid $14,000 to get him back – money they had to borrow from loan sharks. When he finally returned to Bangladesh last year, he was jobless and saddled with huge debts – a situation that left him feeling suicidal.”I was really depressed. My family had borrowed a lot of money to save me,” Shohlagar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”The lenders came home every other day and threatened us. There were times when I thought about taking a rope and hanging myself.”Charities in Bangladesh say thousands of returning migrants face such struggles and little official help is available.Many are victims of trafficking, but have little redress for the crimes they have suffered in Bangladesh. The country depends heavily on foreign remittances and has an official policy of encouraging citizens to look for jobs abroad.According to official data, at least 1 million Bangladeshis secured jobs overseas in 2017 – the highest number ever recorded.But the system depends largely on unlicensed brokers working in rural areas and opens the door to trafficking and cheating.Last month, 64 Bangladeshi migrants hoping to get to Europe had to be rescued from a boat off Tunisia. In May, 37 drowned in the same region when their boat capsized.”The state does not have a proper system to support the returnees,” said Shariful Hasan, who heads the migration department of Bangladeshi aid group BRAC.”All our policies are focused on sending people abroad. We don’t even have a system that can count the total number of returnees every year.”Abu Bakar Siddique, the civil servant who leads the home ministry’s anti-trafficking work, acknowledged the government needed to develop a system of support for the returnees.One of the survivors of a boat carrying migrants sunk in the Mediterranean during the night of 9 and 10 May, rests at a shelter in the Tunisian coastal city of Zarzis on 11 May 2019. AFP File Photo”For now, what we do is, we ensure that the victims reach their families,” he said. “With the kind of capacity that we have, this is what’s possible.”We do work with girls who were trafficked to India. We also have shelters for victims. But as far as counselling is concerned, it’s not something that we have not managed to do effectively. We have to develop our system.”False PromiseThere is no official data on how many migrants are defrauded, but charities say thousands return to Bangladesh every year after being cheated abroad.A 2017 study by the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, a migrants rights group, found 51 per cent of returning migrants had experienced fraud or degrading treatment while abroad.Nearly one in five of those who paid to be taken abroad did not even make it out of the country, it found.Stories like Shohlagar’s are common.The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which helps repatriate migrants, said many were left with little choice but to go abroad again to try to pay off their debts.”Due to the mounting pressure from the money lenders to pay back the loan, they (migrants) are unable to stay in their house upon return,” said Pravina Gurung, the IOM’s head of migration and development.”The result of an inability to achieve economic self-sufficiency, social re-integration and psychosocial suffering often lead them to another unsafe migration attempt, further debt, and even suicide.”One of a migrants, who were rescued after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian Coast after they had left Libya, is seen inside a local Red Cresent chapter in Zarzis, Tunisia on 11 May 2019. Reuters File PhotoMohammad Jakir Hossen, 40, worked as a technician in a garment factory before he paid a broker to take him to Italy in search of more lucrative work.Instead he was taken to Libya, where he was made to work by traffickers who took a cut of his salary, holding him there with the false promise that he would eventually make it to Italy.Since he returned to Dhaka he has been running a roadside fruit stall, with little hope of making back the $5,000 he borrowed to pay for the trip. But he said he would do the same again.”You may think that I am crazy, but if I get a chance to go outside, I will take a loan again,” Hossen said. “Five people including my old mother depend upon me right now. And what I earn is clearly not enough.”BRAC, one of the few local organisations that provide support to the returnees, follows a three-fold approach, said Hasan, offering practical help with their return, financial help, and counselling.Kamal Chowdhury, an associate professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology at Dhaka University, has counselled migrant returnees.Some had been raped or sexually harassed and all need help, he said, urging the government to make assessments of returnees mandatory.”Migrant workers return home with dreams that are broken,” he said.last_img read more

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MTV Hires ExBleacher Report Exec Rory Brown as Head of Digital and

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related “Rory understood the cultural power of sports and broadened its definition beyond scores and stats to transform Bleacher Report into the definitive brand for a whole new generation of fans,” said Chris McCarthy, president of MTV’s group of brands.Brown exited Bleacher Report prior to word that CEO and co-founder Dave Finocchio is also set to leave this summer. Turner Sports has named Howard Mittman, previously chief revenue officer and CMO, to take over for Finocchio.In a statement provided by Viacom, Brown commented, “I grew up with MTV, and it’s a huge part of my DNA.” He added, “I’m beyond excited to work with Jacqueline, Chris McCarthy and all of the talented people on the team leading the resurgence of these iconic brands.”Under Brown’s leadership, Bleacher Report had grown to be the No. 1 brand among sports networks in social engagement, according to ListenFirst Media. He oversaw many of the original series and initiatives at Bleacher Report, including “Game of Zones,” “The Champions” and “No Script With Marshawn Lynch.” He also served on the House of Highlights board of directors, directly managing the team and helping guide strategy for the brand.“Rory has a powerful vision for how to connect with audiences where they live, on their terms and across platforms, and he made the closely guarded world of sports work for millennials and Gen Z in a way that legacy brands never could,” Parkes said in announcing his hire. “With 250 million followers, MTV is the biggest youth media brand on social media, and we’re very excited to see what Rory creates for our fans across our massive footprint.” Rory Brown, following his departure from Turner’s Bleacher Report after a decade, is joining MTV in a newly created position as head of digital and social media for the MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo brands.In the new role, Brown will report directly to Jacqueline Parkes, chief marketing officer and executive VP of digital studios for MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo. Brown will work closely with Viacom Digital Studios, headed by Kelly Day, to develop and produce content for the brands.Brown left Bleacher Report at the end of 2018. Most recently, he had been president of BR for the past three years, overseeing content, product, social media, and programming including the House of Highlights hoops-focused Instagram brand. He first joined Bleacher Report in 2008, prior to its acquisition by Turner in 2012. During his 10 years with BR, Brown helped it grow from a 13-person team with 2 million monthly unique visitors to more than 1 billion monthly social interactions and more than 450 employees worldwide. Dear Sebastian Maniscalco: MTV’s VMAs Were a Safe Space Until You Took the Stage (Guest Column) Popular on Variety VMA 2019 Fashion Moments: From Taylor Swift to Lizzo to Lil Nas Xlast_img read more

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DM visits Bhangar takes stock of project works

first_imgKolkata: With cancellation of the meeting between Jomi Jibika Bastutantra O Paribesh Raksha Committee in Bhangar and highest levels of the state government, the District Magistrate has been entrusted with the job.The District Magistrate visited Bhangar II on Monday afternoon to oversee the developmental projects taken up in the area and to ensure that the work progresses fast.There was a meeting scheduled to take place at Nabanna. Members of the committee, that had been protesting against setting up of the power grid sub-station in Bhangar for quite some time, was supposed to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, the state Power minister and other concerned officials were also supposed to be present there but unfortunately it got cancelled at the last moment and the District Magistrate was entrusted with the job. It is learnt that senior officials of the district went to Bhangar to take necessary steps so that development projects in the area are undertaken without any delay. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSenior officials held meeting with their counterparts at the block level. It is learnt that the committee had placed certain demands like strengthening of a stretch of a road at Polerhat, arsenic-free water in areas including Machibhanga and Khamarait, etc.Concerned officials of the state Public Works Department (PWD) were present along with senior officials of the district to chalk out a plan to ensure fast completion of the projects.More stress has been given for development activities in the past one month and camps were organised to ensure proper distribution of caste certificates and residential certificates. The steps taken up by the government is helping to build confidence among the locals of the area.It is learnt that the meeting between members of the committee and the District Magistrate would be taking place soon in which there would be further discussion on different issues related to Bhangar.last_img read more

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Why Small Business Should Be Paying Attention to Artificial Intelligence

first_img 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » May 25, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the face of business. No longer a futuristic concept, its impact is real. From tech giants like Google, Apple and Amazon to user-centric behemoths like Uber and Starbucks, everyone seems to be using AI technology to transform the customer experience (CX). But, it’s not just corporate giants that are deploying AI. Smaller organizations are following suit.Across industries, small businesses are investigating how AI can help them drive down costs, better accommodate customers and remain competitive with their increasingly tech-driven peers. For small businesses unfamiliar with AI, the prospect of rolling it out can be daunting. But, by adopting a strategic approach, small businesses can get a head start on harnessing AI and reaping the benefits it offers. Related: The Big Trends from Google I/O 2017Applying AI: Learning from StarbucksStarbucks is one notable example of an enterprise that’s embracing artificial intelligence to optimize its CX. At the end of January, the company announced that it would offer voice ordering capabilities via Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based virtual assistant with a continuously expanding base of skills. Linking up with Amazon, the coffee giant created a new Alexa skill specifically geared toward ordering at Starbucks. The skill — called Starbucks Reorder — provides users with a voice-activated way to place their typical order (“Alexa, tell Starbucks to start my usual order.”) or check their card balance.Currently in the beta phase, Starbucks’ evolving use of Alexa points to the experimental approach companies are willing to take when it comes to deploying AI. While big business use of AI is generating the most publicity, small businesses should also consider how they can leverage the technology to meet customer needs.Related: 8 Companies Changing How Machine Learning Is UsedAs customers become accustomed to AI-powered solutions like Starbucks’ Alexa offering, they’ll expect the same from their local businesses. Here are some proactive steps small organizations can take to lay the groundwork for business-applied AI:Give AI a try in your personal life. Before deciding if AI is appropriate for their companies, small business owners should put on their consumer hats and use the technology outside of work. Test out Amazon Alexa or Google Home to determine what you like and dislike about the devices, and how your own customers might use similar technology to interact with your business. Brainstorm ways you could potentially weave AI into your company and weigh the pros and cons of implementing emerging tech.Lay out business-specific AI goals. Small businesses shouldn’t approach AI without a set plan — it’s crucial to prioritize specific applications for artificial intelligence technology. For instance, if you run a clothing store, perhaps you’ll look into predictive analytics technology to reduce staffing inefficiencies. Alternately, if you own a restaurant, you may focus more on the potential of autonomous delivery vehicles. And if you’re a company with complicated accounting, you might look to ease the process with AI. By setting specific and highly focused goals, small businesses can more easily lay out a game plan to fulfill them.Related: How to Learn Anything in the Age of AIGet your IT capabilities up to speed. As a November 2016 study on the mounting adoption of AI pointed out, difficulty tracking and making sense of data is one of the key roadblocks enterprises face when deploying artificial intelligence. Small businesses cannot benefit from AI if they lack the IT infrastructure to support it. Therefore, smaller organizations should begin their journey toward AI by adopting a modernized approach to IT — one that moves away from legacy on-premises solutions and toward cloud-powered resources that will be able to scale up as artificial intelligence technology is implemented.Track the growth of AI. Actively following the evolution of AI now will pay dividends in the long run. Even if your small business isn’t currently ready to deploy emerging AI tools, it’s important to keep a close eye on the market. That way, you’ll see when technologies emerge that may benefit your business — and you’ll be able to track the AI moves your competitors are making so you don’t fall behind.As the examples set by companies like Starbucks illustrate, businesses are pursuing AI to optimize operations and improve the customer experience. By actively making an effort to learn about and embrace artificial intelligence, small businesses can prepare for a future powered by AI solutions.last_img read more

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October 10 2016Human Nature Dance Theater returne

first_imgOctober 10, 2016Human Nature Dance Theater returned to Arcosanti for their 23rd annual performance on Saturday, October 1. 2016.This years title and theme was “Migration”. It was a small group of three people, Paul Moore, Delisa Myles and Jayne Lee, but as in all of the previous years, the intense subject was expressed with a seamless and passionate performance.[photos are stills from a video, sa]“When does it become necessary to move from one’s home? Think of the phases of life that you must pass through to come to a time, when you pack your essentials and walk out the door, perhaps never to return.We live the american dream of working hard, building a home to raise a family, let them fly and then we settle in to retire. I imagine a disaster that might cause me to build up reserves, cut back on expenses and hunker down in my home.But what if the storm is so severe, that the only recourse is to abandon everything and search out a new land on which to start again. Some of us are living that life now. First one, then another and then entire communities floating over seas, walking across borders and landing in unknown territory with no map of the future, like butterflies.” –HNDTHuman Nature Dance Theatre creates original dance performance, as a collective of cross-disciplinary artists, emphasizing experimental, environmental, and inter-generational perspectives.We intend our work to be a model for how diverse people can support and learn from one another in artistic collaboration.For over twenty years, HNDT has produced original dance evenings at venues like the Colly Soleri Music Center at Arcosanti, Coconino Center for the Arts and Prochnow Auditorium in Flagstaff, the Elks Theater and Granite Street Studio in Prescott, and Headwaters Theater in Portland, Oregon.See the following links for Human Nature past performances here at Arcosanti2015  IGNITE and link 2, link 32014 WEATHERWILD and this link2013 NIGHT DRESSED AS DAY and this link2012  VERTICAL HORIZON2011 ONE WAS THE OTHER and this link2010 ANIMAL ETIQUETTE and this link2009 FLYING AT NIGHT2008 STILL LATE AND AWAKE2007 DANCE DOWN RIVER2006 ESSENTIALLY2005 TOUCH AND GO and this link2004 EXTINCTION, ONCE THERE WERE BIRDS2003  THE LAST DOOR2002  UNVEILING THE MIRAGE2001  NOWlast_img read more

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COLUMN We must explore new innovations for building better roads in Michigan

first_img Categories: Mueller News It is no secret our roads need to be fixed, and I believe it is time we begin exploring innovative solutions that will be beneficial to Michigan drivers for the long term.  Michigan has an opportunity to launch itself into the forefront as the state with fiscally responsible and environmentally friendly solutions to its’ crumbling infrastructure, and it has been very exciting to learn about some of the ideas being proposed here in our state and around the world.I recently had an opportunity to sit down with representatives from a Michigan-based Dow Chemical to discuss some of the innovative road solutions they are working on.  It was exciting to learn Dow has been piloting the concept of building roads using a mix of recycled plastic and asphalt, which was to be cheaper to construct and longer lasting. The idea is still being tested around the U.S. and Europe to measure durability under different temperatures and conditions, but the results thus far have been positive.Using plastic has particular advantages important for Michigan’s unique climate and economy, including weather resilience and vehicle durability under heavy truck usage.  With Michigan’s lake effect and freeze thaw, our roads are drastically different from our neighboring states, and this plan takes that into account. Additionally, plastic roads can cut landfill waste and reduce our environmental impact.  Reusing plastic could significantly reduce plastic being dumped into landfills, and Dow has already prevented 220,000 pounds of plastic bags from entering landfills by recycling them in roads.As discussions continue in the House over road funding, I want to stress the importance of keeping an open mind to fiscally responsible and environmentally friendly solutions.  The House Transportation Committee has made tremendous progress to this end, and we have had the opportunity to hear from many experts who build and maintain our roadways. However, I believe it is imperative to continue communicating with our local leaders as we work together to improve the quality of Michigan’s infrastructure.While plastic roads may not be the solution to all our road problems, it surely deserves some thought.  Michigan is known for testing and exploring new ideas, and, we have the workforce to continue finding new paths.  If we can focus on increasing quality and reducing costs, the state will not have to ask Michiganders to support another tax increase. I encourage everyone to talk with their local leaders about ways we can accomplish that goal, and I hope you will reach out to share your thoughts and questions. You can reach my office by calling (517)-373-1780 or emailing MikeMueller@house.mi.gov. 09May COLUMN: We must explore new innovations for building better roads in Michiganlast_img read more

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ATP Media the broadcast arm of the ATP World Tour

first_imgATP Media, the broadcast arm of the ATP World Tour, will launch a revamped version of its streaming platform ‘TennisTV’ in January 2017.The new TennisTV will include an improved user experience and will be available across the web, mobile and a range of streaming media devices.The relaunched service will also include an archive of classic matches, full match replays on-demand, data overlays and the ability to programme personalised channels across multiple devices.“This is a significant step forward to present the ATP World Tour in a new and meaningful way to our fans,” said Mark Webster, CEO of ATP Media.“We are in an excellent position to expand the global footprint of the ATP World Tour even further and these developments are part of ATP Media’s ongoing commitment and investment to evolve the tennis viewing experience for fans around the world.”last_img read more

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Investors are running for cover… Financial marke

first_imgInvestors are running for cover… Financial markets around the world have had a meltdown over the last few days. US stocks are coming off their worst week in four years… The Euro Stoxx 600, an index that tracks 600 of Europe’s biggest companies, has lost 8% over the last five days… And in China, the Shanghai Stock Exchange is down 38% since early June. There’s been almost nowhere to hide from this global sell-off…except in gold. The price of gold rose 3.8% last week, while US stocks lost 5.8%. These are average gains. The very best gold stocks gained far more. In the 1990s, Doug Casey made a 26,000%-plus return on one junior miner. It’s not uncommon for small gold-mining stocks to rise 1,000% during a strong market. We call these “10-baggers.” Recommended Links Training UPDATE Wednesday’s Training session has been changed to an Emergency Market Briefing.  Dr. Eifrig will present an update on the market including what’s going on, what’s coming next and the safest investments you can make today. Learn More. — •  Right now, gold miners are coiled like a spring… Gold mining stocks are some of the cheapest stocks on earth right now. Gold miners are in their second-worst bear market since World War II. They’ve been falling since April 2011. As a group, gold miners are down 82% from their 2011 high… The chart below compares the HUI, a gold miner index, to the price of gold. The lower the ratio, the cheaper gold-mining stocks are compared to physical gold. As you can see, gold-mining stocks are the cheapest they’ve been in the HUI’s 20-year history. Cigars with Doug Casey in the Desert On October 16 – 17, Doug Casey is hosting a collection of the world’s sharpest financial minds… including James Altucher, Marc Faber, Gerald Celente, and Richard Maybury… for the 2015 Casey Research Summit in Tucson. To get all the details for this must-attend event, click here. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida August 25, 2015 – Most investors see these charts and vow to never buy a gold mining stock. They want nothing to do with a sector this volatile. It’s true that investing in gold mining stocks isn’t for everyone. But if you do want a shot at the huge gains gold mining stocks can offer, now’s the perfect time to get in. As we mentioned earlier, gold mining stocks go through huge booms and huge busts. And the best time to get in is just after a huge bust…like we just had. Louis James, editor of International Speculator, travels the world to find the next 10-bagger mining stocks for his readers. No one knows more than Louis about gold miners… You can find out Louis’ favorite junior mining stocks right now by subscribing risk-free to International Speculator. But you should act quickly…we’re doubling the price of International Speculator soon. Click here to get started. •  Meanwhile, most commodities continue to crash… In June 2014, the price of oil topped $106. A barrel of oil now costs just $38. While oil gets the most headlines, regular Casey readers know that it’s not the only commodity that’s hurting. Aluminum and copper have also hit fresh six-year lows. And just yesterday, the Bloomberg Commodity Index, which tracks 22 different commodities, slipped to its lowest level since August 1999. For comparison, the US stock market is 47% higher than it was in 1999. China’s problems are dragging down commodities. China has the world’s second-biggest economy. It’s also the largest consumer of commodities. During the first quarter, China’s economy grew at its slowest pace since 1990. And its stock market is crashing…The Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese stocks have lost $1.2 trillion in value over the last four days. Two weeks ago, China’s central bank devalued its currency, the yuan, in an effort to help its economy. A weaker currency makes a country’s exports cheaper. But it also makes imports more expensive. The Wall Street Journal explains how a weaker yuan will put even more pressure on commodities… Most commodities are priced in dollars, so a weaker yuan will raise the cost of imports for buyers in China, weighing on demand. Given China’s role as a huge buyer of global commodities—it consumes nearly half of the world’s annual output of metals, for instance—any drop in demand there is likely to put further downward pressure on resource prices, many of which are already at multiyear lows. E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, points out that oversupply is the other reason why commodity prices are so low… Global copper production was 151,000 tons higher than demand during the first half of the year. It’s the same story for other commodities. The world produces more oil than it needs…iron ore production is running at full steam while prices crash… and this year’s corn crop will likely be the third-largest ever in the US. Producers continue to flood the market despite weak prices. This is how commodities work. Prices rise. Suppliers ramp up production. They oversupply the market. Then prices collapse. It’s a predictable boom and bust cycle. We’ll have more on the collapse in commodities later this week… Chart of the Day Stock markets around the world crashed yesterday… The MSCI World Index fell 3.7% on Monday. This index tracks stock markets in the United States, Japan, and other developed nations. It was the index’s biggest single-day drop in four years. According to Bloomberg Business, Monday’s sell-off erased $2.7 trillion from the value of stocks worldwide. The crash pushed the MSCI World Index into a correction. A correction is when an index falls 10% or more from its high. The MSCI World Index is now down 12% from the all-time high it set in May. It’s down 7% on the year. Today’s chart shows yesterday’s $2.7 trillion drop-off in the value of stocks worldwide. Louis James, editor of International Speculator, says gold is doing exactly what it should… The worsening stock market crash in China is spreading around the world. The Nikkei is down in Japan. So are the markets in Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, India, Australia…and, of course, in the US. In this context, it makes sense for gold to rise. That’s what a “safe haven” asset should do in times of financial chaos. Gold is the ultimate wealth insurance. Unlike stocks, bonds, and paper currencies, gold is valuable no matter what happens to the global financial system. It’s preserved wealth through recessions, wars, and every kind of financial upheaval. That’s why people always flock to gold during a financial crisis. •  Gold miners are doing even better than physical gold… GDX, an ETF that holds major gold miners, has gained 8% since hitting a record low on August 5. Investors own physical gold for security. Gold stocks won’t give you security. They’re extremely risky and extremely cyclical. This means they go through huge booms and huge busts. The reason to own gold stocks is leverage. During gold bull markets, gold stocks usually rise much higher and much faster than the price of gold. Gold mining stocks can make huge gains in short periods…if you buy them at the right time. The chart below shows how gold stocks jumped 1,331% and 319% during the last two gold bull markets.last_img read more

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