10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari explains leaving Isco on bench

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari explains leaving Isco on benchby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari left Isco on the bench for victory over Rayo Vallecano.Real overcame Rayo 1-0 via a Karim Benzema strike, with Solari pleased about the win, which he discussed after explaining his benching of Isco.”My interest is in ensuring that all players are well, happy and committed and we all work for that,” he said.”I try not to make mistakes in the formation or the substitutions and I do that because it is part of my job.”With the way the match went, I brought Dani Ceballos in for Marco [Asensio] because he was tired then Fede [Valverde] for the midfield and Vini came in because he was the only forward on the bench who could replace Benzema.”We were dominant against Rayo and should have gone in at half-time with a more comfortable lead but when you don’t take your chances you will suffer.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

16 days agoLionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelona

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi has hinted he’s willing to play out his career with Barcelona.Messi, speaking on RAC1, insists he and his family are happy and settled in the city.He explained: “My idea has always been to stay here, it has always been the case and it has not changed. “An extension? I think not, I do not have all the information about it, but for the moment there is nothing according to what my father tells me. Whenever there were negotiations, I always stayed away from the discussions because there were never any problems, everything was always clear. “Today, my idea and that of my family is to finish my career here. Especially because I’m settled in the club and I feel good within the club, after for family reasons, because we are happy in this city, and for my sons also not to change their friendships and break them, I lived it and it had hurt me a lot on a personal level.” last_img read more

Bruce Carson investigation probes claims around 5000 cheque

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe RCMP is investigating claims Bruce Carson received a $5,000 cheque to sponsor a table at the Assembly of First Nations Christmas party from the Ottawa water company he was promoting to federal officials in hopes of landing First Nation water deals, APTN National News has learned.Patrick Hill, owner of H2O Pros, also known as H2O Global Group, said he had the cheque made out at the request of Carson to pay for a portion of the $15,000 cost to sponsor a table at the Assembly of First Nations Christmas banquet on Dec. 16, 2010.APTN National News has confirmed a cheque was made out by the H2O Pros’ bookkeeper but it remains unclear what name was put on the cheque. It also remains unclear whether the cheque was ever cashed.Hill said the Calgary-based Canada School of Energy and Environment (CSEE), which Carson headed, was supposed to pay for the balance of the sponsorship cost.Hill’s company logo was placed next to CSEE’s as co-sponsors of the table at the December event which was held at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau, Que., located across the Ottawa River from Ottawa.“I gave it to (Carson),that is correct. That money was supposed to be for that table which was supposed to be $15,000. You can check the bank accounts. I have nothing to hide,” said Hill.Hill’s bank records for November 2010 obtained by APTN National News, show that two $5,000 cheques were withdrawn from his account Nov. 22, 2010 and another Dec. 17, a day after the AFN event.Hill never provided bank records, however APTN had received copies during its initial investigation last February.APTN National News confirmed that the CSEE never received any $5,000 deposit in relation to the sponsorship.The AFN sent an invoice last April looking for payment for the sponsorship, but after Carson left the school under the cloud of scandal, the CSEE board decided not to pay it. The think-tank also pulled its involvement from an AFN-lead mining and energy conference which was eventually held in Niagara Falls, Ont., last year, AFN sources confirmed.Carson, a former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is currently under investigation by the RCMP, the Lobbying Commissioner and the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner for alleged illegal lobbying and influence peddling. None of those investigations have reached their conclusion.The lobbying investigation is ongoing, while the ethics investigation is currently suspended.The OPP is investigating Hill’s company, which closed its doors last June, for allegedly defrauding clients.The subject of the cheque came up when the RCMP interviewed Nicholas Kaszap, who was a co-owner of H2O Pros until Kaszap left the company in October of 2010 over differences with Hill.The OPP, while conducting a separate investigation into Hill and H20 Pros only, is after the company’s financial records.A source at the centre of the investigation told APTN National News “every official in town” is after those records.APTN National News attempted to contact Carson Thursday morning, texting and calling his cell phone, which still uses the same 403 Calgary area-code number he answered while still with the CSEE.APTN National News has confirmed that the lobbying and ethics investigations have moved beyond Carson’s dealings with the water company to his time as head of the CSEE, which received $15 million in federal funding.Investigators with both agencies have obtained Carson’s emails and documents from his lap top from the think-tank, which was secured after he left.Investigators have also contacted the CSEE and former employees seeking information about Carson’s activities.In particular, the Lobbying Commissioner’s investigator has requested Carson’s expense account from the school.Carson still owes CSEE about $15,000. It was reported late last year Carson spent more than $28,000 in the month before he left, but APTN National News has learned the expenses covered about a two-year-long period.The school is making no efforts to retrieve the money, nor would they grant APTN an interview.Harper requested the probes on March 16, 2011, following a meeting between the Prime Minister’s Office’s director of communications and APTN National News reporters investigating links between Carson and an Ottawa-based water company seeking to sell filtration systems to First Nation reserves hard hit by contaminated water.Hill signed a deal with Carson’s fiancee, Michele McPherson, a former escort, giving her a share of the profits from the sale of water filtration systems to First Nation communities. Hill initially agreed to give McPherson 20 per cent of gross sales and later signed an additional contract lowering the cut to 15 per cent.kennethbrianjackson@gmail.comjbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Little hope seen for oilpatch activity growth as steep price discounts continue

first_imgMorrison says unusually wet weather in Alberta in September will contribute to soft third-quarter earnings reports from oilfield services companies.The analyst says Western Canada will remain short of pipeline capacity even if Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline is completed by 2020, thus adding 370,000 barrels per day of capacity.He says the short-term situation will improve but not enough to allow growth in activity if crude-by-rail exports double, as he expects, to a record 450,000 barrels per day by the end of this year.“We believe this reality will start to percolate into 2019 capex budgets, with a number of producers likely to delay the issuance of formal guidance until January and then we believe many are likely to announce development programs that show little to no incremental production growth,” Morrison’s report says. CALGARY, A.B. – An energy analyst warns the Canadian oil and gas sector is in a holding pattern in which spending and production growth can’t occur until new ways to get products to export markets are found.CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says in a report that steep discounts being paid for Canadian heavy and light oil production compared with U.S. benchmarks won’t end soon and that means there’s no money for producers to increase their drilling budgets.The report bodes poorly for Canada’s energy services sector as the industry enters the winter drilling season, its traditionally busiest time of the year as the frozen ground allows more access to backcountry sites.last_img read more

Apple Qualcomm bury hatchet in royalties battle royale

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple and American microchip manufacturer Qualcomm said Tuesday they have agreed to “dismiss all litigation” against each other worldwide in what had been a sprawling battle over royalty payments. The last-minute settlement cut short a courtroom clash between the tech giants just as it was getting underway in California. For two years, the companies had fought a multi-front brawl that could have required Qualcomm to pay billions. The news sent Qualcomm’s stock price soaring more than 23 percent on Wall Street, its best one-day performance in nearly 20 years. The deal includes a six-year license agreement with the option to extend for two years, and a payment to Qualcomm from Apple, the companies said. At the heart of the battle were the royalties Qualcomm charges for its patented chips, which enable smartphones to connect to mobile networks. Apple accused Qualcomm, which holds the most patents for chips, of taking advantage of its dominant position to charge exorbitant amounts for its chips or access to its patents. Qualcomm denied the allegations and accused Apple of abusing its position and of taking legal action to negotiate prices down. “I believe both Apple and Qualcomm got deeper into this than they wanted to,” analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said in a statement. “This settlement should be good for the wireless industry as companies should feel free to invest in research, get paid a fair price for those inventions, and consumers take advantage of those innovations at a very rapid pace.” Several hours after the deal was announced, Intel said it was withdrawing from the 5G smartphone modem business, without indicating whether its decision was a cause or consequence of the agreement its rival signed with Apple.last_img read more

Morocco says it has dismantled terrorist cell

first_imgRABAT – Moroccan authorities said Thursday they had dismantled a “terrorist cell” operating in several cities that included people trained in the use of firearms and explosives.North Africa has been on heightened alert in recent years as regional jihadist groups have grown more powerful and as the turmoil in Libya following Moamer Kadhafi’s 2011 overthrow has left the vast and mostly desert region awash with weapons.Morocco’s interior ministry said the operation had netted an individual who had been detained in the past on terrorism charges and who was now coordinating nationwide operations, including fundraising and recruiting militants. The ministry did not specify the number of people arrested nor the cities in which the operation took place.Morocco has announced the dismantling of several alleged terrorist cells this year, and authorities have expressed concern about the proliferation of extremist groups.Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the global terror network’s North Africa affiliate, released a video in September calling for jihad in Morocco, which it referred to as a “kingdom of corruption and despotism”.Morocco, an ally of France and the United States, remains haunted by a wave of attacks in May 2003 claimed by Al-Qaeda in which 33 people were killed in Casablanca.last_img read more

Moroccan actor Loses Role in Son of God Because of Resemblance

first_imgRabat- “Satan,” the famous character played by Moroccan actor Mehdi Ouazzani in the American movie “Son of God” will be removed from the film due to the likeness observed between Mehdi Ouazzani and Barack Obama.Moroccan actor Mehdi Ouazzani, who had participated in the American production of “The Bible,” has been deprived of his role. This “Son of God” film has been shot partly in Ouarzazate.According to The Guardian, controversial scenes in which an actor portrays Satan with a startling resemblance to U.S. President Barack Obama have been cut from the film. The big-screen version is based off a hit mini-series about Jesus’ life. In an interview with the Hollywood reporter, producer Roma Downey stated that the controversy over Satan’s appearance had eclipsed the religious message of the series.“Someone made a comment that the actor who played the devil vaguely resembled our president, and suddenly the media went nuts,” Downey said. “The next day, when I was sure everyone would only be talking about Jesus, they were talking about Satan instead.”She added, “For our movie, Son of God, I wanted all of the focus to be on Jesus. I want his name to be on the lips of everyone who sees this movie, so we cast Satan out. It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor.”Edited by Katrina Bushkolast_img read more

Dear Lionel Messi Please Please Dont Quit Argentina

To: Lionel Andres MessiFrom: Benjamin Morris, professional skeptic, sports researcher and Messi obsessiveDear Mr. Messi,Over the past half dozen years, you have been far and away the best player in the world’s most popular sport, but we know you’ve been having a bit of a rough time of late. You’ve been dealing with tax evasion charges. You’ve dealt with injuries, and fallen to third in scoring in La Liga. Your club team Barcelona was unable to repeat last year’s amazing treble after being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in the quarterfinals.And finally, following Argentina’s loss against Chile in the Copa America final – in which you missed a kick that may have been the difference in a penalty shootout – you seemed to indicate an inclination to retire from the Argentine national team:It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over. I think this is best for everyone. First of all for me, then for everyone. . . . It’s very hard, but the decision is taken. Now I will not try more and there will be no going back.We’re not entirely sure what you meant by this, and I hope by the time this letter reaches you, you’ll have relented. But, just in case: Retiring is a terrible idea.Of course you don’t owe anyone anything, and you can do what you want. But here’s why you shouldn’t:You missed a damn free throw.Look, you screwed up. You missed a penalty kick that would have put Argentina ahead, and your team ended up losing. You also failed to put the ball on frame – thus violating the first rule of penalty kicking.But let’s dispel the myth that penalty kicks are easy. In the top divisions of soccer (the Big Five leagues and major international tournaments) about 75 percent of the penalty kicks taken connect – similar to the rate at which free throws are made the NBA (76 percent in 2015-16). But even this partly masks their difficulty, as penalty kicks are generally taken by the designated (and typically best) penalty kicker on each team.You’ve made about 78 percent of your penalty kicks, for both club and country. This is below the rate of some other top strikers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (who have made around 85 percent each), but is above average overall. For comparison, LeBron James has made around 74 percent of his free throws in his career (below average in the NBA) — and just made 72 percent against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.High-leverage misses are painful — had LeBron missed his second straight free throw in the waning seconds of Game 7 and the Warriors tied the game, it would have been a disaster, percentages be damned. But percentages win out in the long run nonetheless, and following this miss, you’ve now made three of your four shootout shots for Argentina, perfectly in line with your career penalty kick conversion rate.International play may not be as pretty, but you’re still the best at itAnother persistent myth in soccer is that you haven’t been as good for Argentina in international play as you’ve been for Barcelona in club play. While it’s true that the numbers you’ve put up at Barcelona have been mind-boggling, you’ve also played brilliantly for Argentina. To see just how much so, let’s look at some very basic stats: Goals plus assists per game played, for both club and country (excluding international friendlies). Here’s what we have according to ESPN Stats & Info data (which includes data from most club and some international results back to 2010-11, and from World Cups back to 1966): You come out on top, even though some players have fewer games and higher variance (the three other dots in your neighborhood are – you guessed it – Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Suarez). Of the players who have done worse for club than country, only Neymar and Robin Van Persie have produced within 0.1 GPA/G of the 0.88 you put up for Argentina.If you take an unweighted average of country and club performance, your 1.17 GPA/G easily tops all players, with Ronaldo second at 1.08 and Ibrahimovic in third at 0.96.Still not convinced? Here are a few hundred million other reasons to keep playing.So you’ve never won a major cup for Argentina. Continuing to play is no guarantee that you will. And no matter what you do, some Argentinians will never think you’re better than Maradona. International play is hard and high variance.But it’s also incredibly popular.You’ll be turning 31 at the start of the 2018 World Cup, meaning you could legitimately have two or three more runs on the grandest stage in sports left in you.Of the hundreds of millions of soccer fans who have seen you play, most have seen you in the blue and white.1Note your most famous fan isn’t wearing creamsicle. I think I can safely speak for all of us when I say that we appreciate seeing your magic on the international stage, even if it’s a long, frustrating and potentially futile struggle. Your play for Argentina has been the third-most productive on a game-by-game basis (0.88 GPA/G over 42 games). Of the 324 soccer players with at least 20 appearances for both (Big Five) club and country, only two have put together more productive runs: David Villa, with 0.90 GPA/G over 31 games for Spain and Klass-Jan Huntelaar with 0.96 GPA/G over 29 games for the Netherlands. (In fact, despite international soccer being notoriously low-scoring, the international version of yourself has been more productive than any club players save yourself, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Luis Suarez.)As great as Villa and Huntelaar have been, they’re basically the result of the field playing playing “best hand” against you. How well have their international hot streaks have been corroborated by their club careers? In the Stats & Info data, Villa scored 0.49 goals plus assists per game in club play, and Huntelaar scored 0.61. You’ve scored 1.46. In other words, their combined club production still falls well short of yours.Your play with Argentina does affect your legacy. It cements it.But let’s face it: In Barcelona, you pretty much play for an all-star team in a game so unequal it makes Major League Baseball look like a communist revolution. You play for a team so good that you aren’t even the most productive player on it! I mean, you’re likely still more valuable, but Luis Suarez has had a Messi-like season.Playing for Argentina is your one chance to play a substantial number of games on a relatively even playing field.Of course, other players benefit from playing for what are essentially all-star teams as well, but on the other side: While Argentina is a decent team on its own, without you it doesn’t have the star power as Germany, Brazil, Spain or the Netherlands. Many players have been significantly more productive playing for their international team than their club team, and vice versa. We don’t always know which represents a player’s true strength, so let’s look at the less productive setting of the two for everyone: read more

Winning streak ends for Ohio State field hockey in blowout loss to

OSU sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey (23) runs with the ball during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won 5-0. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team’s four-game winning streak came to an end Wednesday when Miami University’s Henni Otten and Bea Dechant each scored twice to bring the Redhawks a 5-0 victory.Despite being outshot 18-4, the offensively driven first half gave OSU sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro a chance to shine with seven saves at the cage. Combined with the second half’s four, Tamburro finished with a season-high of 11 saves and 49 total for the season. The first goal was scored nearly 23 minutes in as a breakaway goal from Otten, with an assist from junior midfielder/forward Carla Romagosa. Seven minutes later, the Redhawks struck again when Dechant scored through a backhand shot, bringing the game to 2-0.The lead became three goals early in the second half when Otten scored her second goal of the game nearly five minutes in.OSU was unable to break through the opponent’s balanced defense for a goal during the remainder of the game, and Miami scored again at the 52- and 70-minute marks, closing the game in its favor, 5-0.Miami’s strong defense caused the Buckeyes to come out with a season-low tally of four total shots, three of which were on goal. Junior midfielder Paige Hamilton shot two of them, and the remaining two were by junior forward Brooke Hiltz and sophomore midfielder Morgan Kile. OSU is set to hit the field again for a noon game Sunday in State College, Pennsylvania, to face off against Big Ten competitor Penn State. read more

Klopp says they wont change for Real Madrid

first_imgJurgen Klopp recently announced Liverpool would not be changing their famous attacking approach for the final of the Champions League against Real Madrid.With only six days left ahead of the last fixture of the Champions League, Liverpool vs. Real Madrid, which will take part at Kiev on May 26, Klopp had his say on Liverpool’s future behaviour.Despite the fact that Real Madrid will be looking for getting their hands on the third consecutive Champions League win – a task rather daunting – the Reds will not be making any special changes.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“If I was to ask the boys, ‘What do you want to do in this game?’ they would say, ‘What we always did’. I am pretty sure that would be the answer,” explained Klopp, according to the official website of Liverpool.“In football you always have to try to create a plan to deny the qualities of an opponent, but you also have to bring through your own qualities. If we would only think about trying to deny their qualities, that would be quite difficult.”“It’s not that we go there, run like crazy and have no clue how to defend, it won’t be like that. But we will play our football and hopefully at the highest level,” Klopp went on to add.last_img read more

Review Serbia – Brazil

first_imgBrazil didn’t dominate, but showed why it is the main favorite with a 2-0 victory over Serbia. Paulinho and Thiago Silva were the goalscorers.The big matches don’t stop coming.Here are the teams for #SRBBRA and #SUICRC! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/YGLcioHceA— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018Paul Pogba, Manchester UnitedReport: Neymar blocked Paul Pogba move to PSG Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba allegedly agreed on a shock deadline day transfer to Paris Saint-Germain only for Neymar to block the deal.Brazil’s star left back Marcelo had to be subbed off in the 10th minute of the match at Spartak Moscow’s stadium because of what looked like a muscle injury. He waited for a while on the sidelines while Filipe Luis prepared and then limped off the pitch. During the first 20 minutes, Serbia’s high press was disturbing Brazil’s organization and didn’t allow them to play their game. In the 25th minute, Serbia’s defenders couldn’t take the ball away from Gabriel Jesus and Neymar inside the box. They kept pushing until Neymar finally made a left-footed attempt that Vladimir Stojkovic deflected with his fingertips. Gabriel Jesus avoided an offside trap in the 30th minute and had a great opportunity to score. However, he didn’t seem to be convinced he was not offside and reacted somewhat slowly. After faking out the first defender, the second one blocked his shot.In the 32nd minute, Adem Ljajic received a yellow card for a rough challenge on Neymar. Four minutes later Brazil took the lead. Paulinho escaped his marker and made a forward run. Coutinho saw him, sent a perfect high ball and Paulinho poked it over the keeper. Simple as that. Stojkovic’s indecisiveness cost him. Just like in the match versus Switzerland, Serbia started enthusiastically and then became inferior as the half moved along.Just as Serbia got some pressure on Brazil, The Green Canaries went on a lightning quick counter attack that ended with Stojkovic saving Neymar’s shot. In the 61st minute, Alisson punched Rukavina’s cross right into Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbian forward’s header was way too weak to cause problems. A tremendous opportunity missed. Mitrovic had another header in minute 65. The Eagles were getting more aggressive. Tite felt the need for a refreshment, so he replaced the goalscorer Paulinho with Fernandinho. Serbia’s hopes were buried in the 68th minute, when Neymar found Thiago Silva during a corner kick and the PSG center back smashed a header at the near post to give his team a 2-0 advantage.Three minutes later, Filipe Luis forced Stojkovic to make a save with a long-range bomb. Thiago Silva’s goal woke up the Brazilian crowd and the team played on the wings of that support. Meanwhile, the goal really demoralized the Serbians. Adem Ljajic gave way for Andrija Zivkovic in the 75th minute. Next up to leave the field was Philippe Coutinho. Renato Augusto was his replacement. Then, Nemanja Radonjic came in for Filip Kostic.The Brazilians were routinely bringing the game to a close. Neymar had a chance in the 83rd minute, but his shot from inside the penalty area bounced off the grass and went over the bar. He tried to get fancy three minutes later when the ball deflected off a Serbia player, leaving him alone with Stojkovic. The goalkeeper read Neymar’s lob idea and prevented it. Stojkovic blocked Neymar for one last time in the 93rd minute. After that, the referee blew the final whistle and we were done. Brazil finished first and will play Mexico, while Switzerland will take on Sweden.last_img read more

Benitez believes Klopp has the best Liverpool squad ever

first_imgAhead of Newcastle’s trip to Anfield Road, Rafael Benitez praised Jürgen Klopp’s ability to assemble the best Liverpool squad in modern history.Spanish manager Rafael Benitez is about to visit Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool on Boxing Day, he is going back to the stadium where he became a legendary manager for all the Reds’ supporters and he has high praise towards the German manager.The Newcastle United boss is very impressed with how well Klopp has done it with Liverpool in the few seasons he’s managed the squad, he even thinks that the German boss has managed to put together the most impressive Liverpool squad that anyone has ever seen.“What I think is they have the best squad. When you spend money you bring in better players so when they sign Fabinho and Keita, spending some money, and they keep Henderson and Wijnaldum, you keep the good players and bring in good players and the squad is better,” said Rafa via The Mirror.“That means different competition, different games and still you have a strong team on the pitch.”“Best team? It is difficult to say a team because always on my mind when we beat Real Madrid and Barcelona, there was a great team.”“I see Liverpool and Manchester City ahead of the others and Liverpool are in form, they are doing really well and it will be a difficult game for us.”Benitez also had very nice things to say about Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah, who is officially back to his best form in the last few weeks and will start on Wednesday against Newcastle.“In every game, he is doing really well. He has the pace, the vision, the ability. He is clinical in front of of goal and he has a lot of things,” he added.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“But it is not just him, they have a very good team and a very good squad so you can change players and still have a very good 11.”“When I was there we had to sell to buy and now they are bringing in players who were good and now they are even better.”“He is doing so well and the team is helping him to do well every week, football is about consistency and quality and at the moment he has everything.”About what he expects from the match, Rafa dropped some wishful thinking ahead of the match.“I would like to go there, enjoy it and come back with three points and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.”“We have a plan to beat them and if we do well and they make mistakes we can do it. With these top sides you have to do everything right and they have to have a bad day and then you have a chance,” he concluded.[Media] Benitez: I had to sell before I could buy players at Liverpool https://t.co/24IWp59hkc pic.twitter.com/iBEwOVA9XK— LFCMAGAZINE (@LFCMAGAZINE) December 26, 2018last_img read more

A Doubleclick Alternative

first_imgVance Publishing has added a new section to its sales sheets in the past year by teaming up with online ad serving technology AdJuggler.An alternative to 800-pound gorilla Doubleclick, AdJuggler allows Vance to sell and manage ads that can be rotated and spread out among its 60 b-to-b Web sites, targeted by time and day, keyword, cookies and geography. Vance could run a campaign for the month of July with the goal to guarantee click-throughs, targeting users only in the Midwest. The ads would be tracked based on a number of criteria including impressions served, if a lead was generated, if a sale was made, etc. Then, Vance could define a daily report for its customer, based on criteria such as gross revenue or ROI, that would automatically generate each day, with a 15-minute lag.Reed Rizzo, product manager at Vance, says he chose AdJuggler because it had the necessary functionality and was cheaper than its competition. It also doesn’t have a limit, as he says Doubleclick does, on how many views the sites need to bring in to be part of the service.The next step for Vance, according to Rizzo, is to sell ads across its 60 sites at once to advertisers like Nextel and Ford, who may want to market to businesses in general rather than within a particular industry.last_img read more

New Yorker Leads ASME Awards Field

first_imgThe American Society of Magazine Editors has announced the finalists for this year’s National Magazine Awards. Leading the pack is the New Yorker, with 10 nominations, including nods for general excellence, reporting and feature writing. GQ was nominated for eight awards.Twenty-four other titles received multiple nominations: New York (6), Esquire (5), National Geographic (5), Backpacker (4), Bon Appétit (4), The New York Times Magazine, (4) Wired (4), The Atlantic (3), Harper’s Magazine (3), Mother Jones (3), Newsweek (3), Runner’s World (3), Time (3), W (3), the American Scholar (2), Business Week (2), Fast Company (2), Field & Stream (2), Gourmet (2),  Health (2), The Nation (2), Texas Monthly (2). Vanity Fair (2), and Virginia Quarterly Review (2). The winners will be announced on April 30 at Lincoln Center in New York.A total of 1,707 entries were submitted by 350 magazines print and online publications. Finalists were chosen by 275 judges. The New Yorker, a perennial favorite, was nominated for 12 Ellies in 2008. It won just one.Click here for a complete list of this year’s finalists.last_img read more

Vanity Fair Publisher Moves to Condé Nast Media Group President

first_imgHere’s a recap of CN activity over the past month:CN chief operating officer and chief financial officer John Bellando and editorial director Tom Wallace leave the company; David Geithner (ex-Time Inc.) is the new CFO (July 23).Lucky enters into a co-venture with e-commerce specialist BeachMint (Aug. 11).CN executive VP and chief integration officer Drew Schutte becomes Details VP and publisher (Aug. 13).CN agrees to sell much of Fairchild Fashion Media to Penske Media Corp. (Aug. 19).Edward Menicheschi succeeds Lou Cona as Condé Nast Media Group president and chief marketing officer (Aug. 21). The seemingly endless summer of Condé Nast corporate and executive activity continued on Aug. 21 with the announcement by four-year president Bob Sauerberg that Edward Menicheschi (pictured) was ending eight years as Vanity Fair VP and publisher to become president and chief marketing officer of Condé Nast Media Group (CNMG)—the company’s corporate sales unit. Menicheschi is succeeding Lou Cona, who was with CNMG for six out of his 13 years with the company. In April 2013, the former InStyle, VF and The New Yorker publisher was promoted to CNMG president and chief revenue officer, and now-four-year Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg said at the time that Cona had turned CNMG “into a multidisciplined organization [that] delivers an expanding collection of assets to our clients.”Now, it is Menicheschi winning Sauerberg’s praise for “posting extraordinary business results while leading VF‘s drive into cross-platform ad initiatives including digital, print, video and event activation.” Further, the monthly produced “record revenue and profit performance in 2013” (sum not disclosed) with catalysts including VF‘s 21-year-old Academy Awards party becoming the culmination of a week-long series of events with many partnerships. Earlier in his career, Menicheschi was president of Fairchild Fashion Media from 2001-2006 when W and Details were part of his purview and Mary Berner (now MPA president and CEO) was his boss. His being Vogue executive editor from 1992-1994 meant serving as an “editorial liaison” to now-26-year editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. More on this topic Condé Nast Reorgs Digital Sales and Marketing Louis Cona Promoted to President, CRO of Condé Nast Media Group Condé Nast Realigns Management for Growth Jason Wagenheim Named Glamour VP/Publisher Condé Nast Announces Management Restructuring Executive Shakeup at Condé NastJust In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered bylast_img read more

Digital Circulation Continues Slow Creep Upward

first_img The former actually reported a year-over-year decline in digital circulation through the first six months of 2015, down to 11.3 million issues, though that’s a little misleading since the total number of titles in the study shrunk as well.* Looking only at magazines audited in both years, digital circulation grew 2.6 percent. Overall growth was at 13 percent in the same period last year, and nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013. Digital circulation was more common among BPA’s titles. The firm doesn’t release exact circulation figures, but says digital issues accounted for 25.7 percent of all qualified circulation through the end of last year, up from 24 percent in the previous period. It also says nearly 44 percent of its 550-plus brands reported at least some digital readership. Publishers haven’t given up hope on digital editions yet, but the industry might run out of patience soon. Numbers were up, but losses weren’t uncommon. Even Game Informer, which, with 2.7 million digital readers accounts for almost a quarter of the total market, saw a 3.4 percent decline in circulation. And much digital growth came at the expense of print readership as publishers cut costs. Digital edition circulation was up again, according to statements from both major audit houses, the Alliance for Audited Media and BPA Worldwide, though just barely this time.center_img *Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that AAM measured digital circulation at 11.4 million issues. In comparing numbers here, it’s worth nothing that BPA’s client roster is made up of a mix of B2B and consumer magazines, while AAM serves consumer titles almost exclusively. Additionally, the timeframes of the respective studies don’t line up—BPA’s report looks at July 1 – Dec. 31, 2014; AAM’s examines Jan. 1 – June 30, 2015. Other major magazines did see legitimate digital gains however. Allrecipes (115 percent), New York (111 percent), Family Circle (89 percent), Better Homes and Gardens (86 percent) and National Geographic Traveler (85 percent) were all winners to start the year.last_img read more

Gold Prices Rebound to 3Week High Despite Chinas Currency Devaluation Move

first_imgGold prices rebounded to a three-week high on Tuesday despite a move by China to devalue its currency to revive its slowing economy.In the international markets, prices of the yellow metal rose more than 1% to $1,120 per ounce, recovering from a five-and-half year low hit recently for a combination of reasons.  The precious metal has suffered heavy losses in the past few trading sessions, as a strengthening dollar dragged gold prices down. The dollar appreciation came on the back of rising expectations over interest rate hike by the US central bank in September.But a continued slowdown in the world’s second largest economy China has prompted the country to devalue the yuan, in order to boost the slumping exports from the country.As a result, the Chinese exchange rate witnessed its sharpest single-day decline in more than two decades. Initially, the announcement led the US dollar to appreciate, but it quickly gave up gains as doubts over the US Federal Reserve rate hike in September resurfaced.Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer had said on Monday that the central bank is concerned over “the global deflationary trend”, raising uncertainty over the timing of the rate hike.A deflation in other countries may also lead to a fall in consumer prices in the US, making it difficult for the US Fed to hike interest rate.”Gold prices just need a new acceleration point. We still expect the interest rates in the U.S., and the dollar, to (provide that),” Phillip Streible, senior commodities broker for RJO Futures in Chicago, told CNBC.In the domestic markets too, gold prices rose sharply by over 1% to trade at around Rs 25,380 levels, as jewellers stepped up buying to meet the demand during the upcoming festive season.last_img read more

9 protesting students freed on bail

first_imgStudents, who have been released on bail, are with their family and relatives on 19 August, 2018. Photo: Iqbal Hossain, KeraniganjNine students, arrested on charges of vandalism and attack on police during their recent demonstrations for safe roads, have been released from jail on bail.Dhaka Central Jails additional jailer, Zahidul Alam, told Prothom Alo that nine students got out of jail gate around 7:30pm on Sunday.Another 13 students will walk out of jail tomorrow, Monday, he added.Following criticism and demand from various civil rights groups, some 25 students were granted bail in cases filed for obstructing duties of police and vandalism during the recent demonstrations for safe road in the capital and elsewhere in the country.Separate courts in Dhaka on Sunday granted the bail upon hearing petitions.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate AKM Moinuddin Siddiqi granted bail to 15 students while chief metropolitan magistrate Saifuzzaman Hero granted bail to ten students after hearing their separate bail petitions.The bail petitions were filed with the court today, Sunday. The hearing was held between around 11:00am and 12:00pm.The lawyers in favour of the bail petitions said there were no specific charges against the arrested students. Their names are not mentioned in the case statement.The lawyers also argued that the students were detained on suspicion.According to the court officials and police, a total of 99 people have so far been arrested in 51 cases filed for obstructing duties of police and vandalism during the demonstrations demanding safe roads. Among the detainees, 52 are students.Of 14 detainees, 10 students were granted bail in the case filed with Badda police station.They are: Noor Mohammad, Zahidul Haque, Iftekhar Ahmed, Mohammad Hasan, Redwan Ahmed, Tariqul Islam, AHM Khalid Reza, Reza Rifat Akhlaq, Rashedul Islam and Mushfiqur Rahman.Nine students got bail in the case filed with Dhanmondi police station.The students are Sohad Khan, Masriqul Alam, Tamal Samad, Omar Siam, Mahmudur Rahman, Mahbubur Rahman, Iqbal Hasan, Minhaj Rahman and Naimur Rahman.Those, who got bail in the case filed with Bhatara police station, are Mashad Mortuza Bin Ahad, Sakhawat Hossain, Shihab Shahriar, Azizul Karim Antor, Mahedi Hasan and Foyez Ahmed Adnan.Some 14 students were detained for vandalism in Aftabnagar, and 8 others for vandalism at Basundhara.On 7 August, the court put 22 students on a two-day remand for each.Akhtar Hossain, the lawyer for Zahidul Haque and Nur Mohammad, said he was very happy securing the bail of his clients.Family of the detained students expressed their satisfactions over the bail. Many of them crowded the court area since morning.“It’s a happy day for me. None will understand the pains I’ve undergone since my son was arrested,” Mehedi Hasan’s father MA Masud Khan said.“I’m very happy as we would observe the Eid festival together,” said Mabia, Nur Mohammad’s sister.Several court officials said the court may hold hearing on bail petitions for others on Monday.The students of different schools, colleges and universities took to the street across the country demanding safe roads after two of their fellows were killed in a road crash on Airport Road on 29 July.last_img read more

Kim Jong Un visiting China expected to discuss his nukes

first_imgKim Jong Un file photoNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un is making a two-day visit to Beijing starting Tuesday and is expected to discuss with Chinese leaders his next steps after his nuclear summit with president Donald Trump last week.Kim’s visit to Beijing, while expected, is one way for China to highlight its crucial role in US efforts to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program. The US has long looked to China to use its influence with North Korea to bring it to negotiations, but the visit comes as ties between Beijing and Washington are being tested by a major trade dispute.Chinese president Xi Jinping “is exerting a lot of influence from behind the scenes,” said Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Glaser said it was predictable Xi would want to be briefed by Kim directly about the North Korean leader’s talks with Trump.”I expect they will talk about the path going forward and where priorities should lie,” Glaser said. Those priorities, from China’s perspective, would be to ensure that Beijing is included in any in peace treaty talks and for creating an environment on the Korean Peninsula that will make it unnecessary for US troops to remain.Security was tight Tuesday morning in the Pyongyang airport, where another flight was unexpectedly delayed and later at the Beijing airport where paramilitary police prevented journalists from shooting photos. A motorcade including sedans, minibuses, motorcycles and a stretch limo with a golden emblem similar to one Kim used previously was seen leaving the airport.Roads near the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, where senior Chinese officials meet with visiting leaders, were closed and the same motorcade with motorcycle escorts was later seen heading into the compound. A ring of police vehicles and black sedans surrounded the perimeter of the guesthouse where Kim stayed on his first visit earlier this year. Kim’s presence there and the schedule of his visit, including any meetings with Xi, have not been confirmed.Kim was diplomatically isolated for years before making his first foreign trip as leader in March to meet with Xi in Beijing. This would be his third visit to China, North Korea’s main ally and key source of trade and economic assistance. Following his summit with Trump, Kim was expected to meet with Chinese leaders to discuss progress in halting his country’s missile and nuclear weapons programs in exchange for economic incentives.The Singapore meeting resulted in a surprise announcement of a US suspension of military drills with its South Korean ally, a goal long pursued by Beijing and Pyongyang. That move is seen as potentially weakening defences and diplomacy among America’s Asian allies, while bolstering China and Russia.The US has stationed combat troops in South Korea since the Korean War, in which China fought on North Korea’s side and which ended in 1953 with an armistice and no peace treaty.The state media treatment of Kim’s visit departed from past practice of not announcing his travels until Kim returned home. Analysts said Beijing appeared to be trying to normalize such visits.Cheng Xiaohe, an associate professor at Renmin University’s School of International Studies in Beijing, said the frequency of Kim’s visits was “unprecedented.” He noted that unlike on previous visits, China’s state broadcaster CCTV announced Kim’s visit before his departure.”This is an improvement. This shows that China is moving toward a healthier and more normal direction in relations with North Korea,” Cheng said.The visit comes as a dispute over the large trade imbalance between China and the US has been escalating, straining ties between the world’s two largest economies and moving them closer to a potential trade war.Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for intellectual property theft. The tariffs were quickly matched by China on US exports, a move that drew the president’s ire. On Tuesday morning China woke to news that Trump directed the US Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports, a move swiftly criticized by Beijing.A trade war with the US could make it less attractive for China to use its influence over North Korea to help the US achieve its objectives of denuclearization.”The potential comprehensive trade war will make the cooperation between China and US in North Korea’s nuclear issue more complicated,” Cheng said. “There will be a big question mark over whether China and US will continue this cooperation.”last_img read more

Walz Named Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year Candidate

first_img Muffet McGraw Notre Dame ACC Vic Schaefer Mississippi State SEC Louisville needs 12,900 fans to attend the game on Thursday to eclipse an average attendance of 10,000 for the season. It would mark the first time since the first two seasons (2010-11 – 10,859, 2011-12 – 10,670) at the KFC Yum! Center to eclipse 10,000-plus fans per game for a season. Jeff Walz Louisville ACC Carolyn Kieger Marquette BIG EAST Kelly Graves Oregon Pac-12 Geno Auriemma UConn AAC Tara Vanderveer Stanford Pac-12 ATLANTA (February 27, 2019) – The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today that University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz is one of 15 coaches in the running for the 2019 Werner Ladder Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year honor.Walz has led the No. 3 Cardinals to a 25-2 record this season and at 12-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, they are two wins away from clinching a share of their second consecutive regular season conference title.The winningest coach in Louisville women’s basketball history, Walz recorded his 300th career victory earlier this season at Western Kentucky, where he began his coaching career under the tutelage of Paul Sanderford.The Cardinals host Senior Night vs. No. 10 NC State on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET. Lisa Bluder Iowa   Big Ten NAME SCHOOL CONFERENCE Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Amanda Butler Clemson ACC Katie Meier Miami ACC Wes Moore North Carolina State ACC Story Links Lynne Roberts Utah Pac-12 Scott Rueck Oregon State Pac-12 Lisa Fortier Gonzaga WCC Kim Mulkey Baylor Big 12 Park Community Credit Union will donate $1 to Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana for every fan over 8,000 at Thursday’s game. For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.last_img read more