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Mitrović wanted to sign for Fulham from the beginning

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first_imgAleksandar Mitrović completed his move from Newcastle to Fulham and he insisted that it was the thing that he wanted to most from the beginning despite the interest being shown from many different clubs.The Serb provided a couple of stellar performances on the World Cup for his national team and he had helped Fulham back to the Premier League before that – so it was clear that Newcastle will have many options where to sell him.The striker spoke about his decision as he said, according to Hammy End:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I told my agent, my brother, my family that this is the only club I want to join. We didn’t even talk. Especially after the World Cup a few clubs were interested but my heart wanted to come here and to continue where we stopped. I didn’t talk to the other clubs. I know that I want to be here.”“Thanks to Fulham and their fans, the people who work in the club to make this come true. They were really passionate. I thought it might happen sooner [than it did]. It was not easy but in the end, we did it and I’m here. I am happy and proud to officially be a Fulham player.”“When I came here I fitted into the club like I’d been here lots of years. I don’t need time to settle in, I just want to play football and try to make big things with this amazing club.”last_img read more

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Zidane Benzema is a real team player

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first_imgFormer Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes that Karim Benzema is “a real team player”The French forward managed just 11 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions in Zidane’s final season in charge of Real.Yet the 46-year-old kept faith in Benzema, who repaid the coach by playing a key role in securing their third straight Champions League title.But, following Zidane’s departure in May, questions over Benzema’s importance to Real have arisen.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Karim was important for the balance of the side in terms of how I wanted the team to attack,” Zidane told UEFA.“He helped to implement our possession game by playing his teammates in. He makes himself available and is a real team player.”Benzema has begun life under new head coach Julen Lopetegui in impressive fashion by scoring five goals in four games.last_img read more

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Jordi Alba discusses move for a new deal talks about bond

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first_imgFollowing Barcelona’s 2-0 win against Celta Vigo yesterday, Barca left-back  Jordi Alba’s discussed his contract with the club as well as a plan to move for a new deal.Jordi Alba’s contract won’t expire until the summer of 2020, but he confirms he wouldn’t mind moving forward with talks on a new deal.“It doesn’t just depend on me, as it also depends on the club,” he said when asked about a new contract after the game via Marca.“When I signed for Barcelona it wasn’t for money.“I came here for the feeling and because it is my home.“In the end, it’s not enough to say that I’m a great player, as actions also matter.“A deadline? When the contract ends.”Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba played together again in the clash against Celta Vigo and the left-back spoke of the bond with Lionel Messi.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“For the first goal he was looking for me and I held the run well,” he said afterward.“On the second, [Ousmane] Dembele and Luis Suarez’s runs left him alone and he never fails.“I know that most of the assists I give will end up going on [the goal].”“We faced a great team that like to play football,” he added.“The first half was very good and in the second we dropped our rhythm a bit and they were able to create.“We are happy with the result.”Barcelona won’t have any more fixtures until a clash with Getafe on January 6.last_img read more

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Juneau Creek Identified As Preferred Route For Cooper Landing Bypass

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first_imgThis signing allows the State of Alaska to address the long-standing issues with the Sterling Highway between Milepost 45-60, which does not serve the volume of traffic, fails to meet modern highway design standards, and has safety concerns. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen): “As you know we have some weekends in the summer, particularly  around dipnet season, where we feel the transportation of thousands of thousands of Alaskans through Cooper Landing will be much safer through the completion of this project.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Federal Highway Administration and Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facility signed the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Cooper Landing Bypass on the Sterling Highway, which concludes an EIS process. Challenges related to developing the project came from its proximity to the Kenai River and Lake, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Resurrection Pass National Recreation Trail, as well as steep terrain, nearby historic and cultural resource sites, and limited right-of-way. The Juneau Creek Alternative was identified as the preferred route it deviates from the existing alignment more than the other alternatives—about 10 of 14 miles would be on a new alignment, according to the project website.The route would run north of Cooper Landing and the Kenai River, climbing the hillside and crossing Juneau Creek Canyon with a new bridge south of Juneau Creek Falls. The new segment would cross the Mystery Creek Wilderness area in the KNWR and would rejoin the existing highway at about MP 56.center_img The alternative includes one large bridge spanning Juneau Creek Canyon. It would be the longest single-span bridge in Alaska. The public comment period is now open on the identified preferred route by Juneau Creek and will end April 16, 2018. Once the comments are reviewed, a Record of Decision will be released. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-cooperlanding-chosen-route.mp3VmJennifer-on-cooperlanding-chosen-route.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Top Execs to Leave RDA

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first_imgIn what it says is an effort to accelerate the transformation of the Reader’s Digest Community across platforms, the Reader’s Digest Association Wednesday appointed Allrecipes.com president Lisa Sharples as president of the division, which encompasses all assets of the Reader’s Digest brand. Sharples replaces Eva Dillon, who has served as president of the Reader’s Digest Community since March 2007. RDA says Dillon [pictured] plans to leave the company before the end of the year and relocate to South Carolina. Dillon will remain with RDA on an interim basis, overseeing the division’s publishing activities until a successor for that function is named. She will report to Sharples.According to RDA, Sharples is a “digital pure-play executive” who was named Allrecipes.com president in May 2007 after serving as senior vice president of marketing at Classmates.com. She will continue retain her position as president of Allrecipes.com. Sharples’ appointment is effective immediately. UPDATE: An RDA spokesperson says Alyce Alston, president of the recently-created Emerging Businesses division, is leaving the company after the end of this week to “pursue other opportunities.” Dillon and Alston were among CEO Mary Berner’s top hires after she joined RDA in 2007. Both worked with Berner previously at Condé Nast.last_img read more

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UBM Ups Investment in Mexico Buys Construction Event

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first_imgThe show is UBM’s second in Mexico—both of which are aimed at the construction market. The Expo CIHAC acquisition follows the launch of Concrete Show Mexico, an extension of UBM’s Concrete Show Brazil property, which will be held at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City later this month (May 21-23).UBM also maintains several offices in Mexico.Expo CIHAC 2014 will be held Oct. 14-18 at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City. UBM is adding to the wave of major event organizations investing in Mexico. The London-based show producer has acquired Expo CIHAC, what it calls one of the 10 largest trade shows in the rapidly growing Mexico market.Terms weren’t released, though the construction industry association behind the show—Centro Impulsor de la Construccion y Habitacion A.C. (CIHAC)—is signing on to provide “long-term” support. Eleven of the group’s existing employees will stay on as well.Expo CIHAC, which serves the infrastructure, construction and housing markets, drew 30,000 attendees, attracted 500 exhibitors and generated around $6.8 million in revenue last year, according to UBM.”We are delighted to have Expo CIHAC as UBM’s first tradeshow acquisition in Mexico,” says Jaime Salazar, managing director of UBM Mexico, in a statement. “Expo CIHAC builds on UBM’s established strategy of acquiring strong events which serve structurally growing markets and communities. We look forward to welcoming the Expo CIHAC team to UBM, and to continuing our close, positive cooperation with the CIHAC association.” last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for September 30 Evidence Of Crash On Salem Street Vehicle Egged

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, September 30, 2018:Police reported extensive damage to guardrail on Salem Street, near North Intermediate. It appeared a tow truck pulled a car out of the woods. Police notified DPW to replace guardrail. (2:26am)A car was egged on Burlington Avenue. (3:07am)A Chestnut Street caller reported property belonging to a neighbor was in his yard. Caller has surveillance footage of someone putting it there. Police returned items to the owner. (9:05am)Railroad crossing arms at Main Street and Middlesex Avenue were halfway down despite no train in the past 15 minutes. Police notified Keolis, who resolved the problem. (8:05pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 4: Police Help Make Bus Stop Safer; Hit & Run at Cumberland Farms; Garbage Truck Takes Down WiresIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Congress investigating deepfakes after doctored Pelosi video report says

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first_img Legal Facebook Donald Trump Deepfake coverage on CNET Deepfakes may ruin the world. And they can come for you, too Samsung deepfake AI could fabricate a video of you from a single profile pic Tags A manipulated clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has people worried about bogus videos in the run-up to 2020. Larry French/Getty Images Congress is looking to investigate deepfakes after the appearance of doctored videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, says a Tuesday report from CNN. Deepfakes, video forgeries that make people appear to be doing or saying things they didn’t, are the moving-picture equivalent of bogus images created with programs like Photoshop. Deepfake software has made manipulated videos accessible and increasingly harder to detect as fake. One technique enables users to make a deepfake using a single image, such as the Mona Lisa.Speaking with CNN, House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, reportedly said the Russian fake news campaign during the 2016 presidential election could escalate for the 2020 presidential race thanks to deepfakes. “The most severe escalation might be the introduction of a deepfake — a video of one of the candidates saying something they never said,” Schiff said. Schiff called the Pelosi video a “cheap fake.””Very easy to make, very simple to make, real content just doctored,” Schiff reportedly told the publication. “If you look back at how impactful the Mitt Romney videotape about the 47% was, you could imagine how a videotape that is more incendiary could be election-altering. “Combine that with the fact that we already have a president of the United States who says the things that are real, like the Access Hollywood tape, are fake, and things that are fake, like the Pelosi tape — he pushes out as real.” 1center_img Politics Security Culture Digital Media Online Share your voice On May 23, videos doctored to make Pelosi appear like she was drunkenly slurring her words spread across Facebook. Facebook refused to take down the viral clip, despite reportedly having been looking into its manipulated-media policy just days before the video appeared. The Pelosi videos then disappeared from Facebook on Monday, but the social network denied removing them. In her speech, originally made at a Center for American Progress event, Pelosi accused Trump of being part of a “cover-up.” The video was then found by the The Washington Post to have been slowed to around 75% of its original speed, with the pitch of Pelosi’s voice also altered. The doctored videos went viral after being posted to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, with one version on Facebook being viewed over 1.4 million times and shared 30,000 times. Pelosi, another Democrat from California, slammed the social network. “We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians,” Pelosi told KQED News on Wednesday. “I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false. I think it’s wrong.” “[Facebook is] lying to the public … I think they have proven — by not taking down something they know is false — that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election,” she said. Schiff’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Commentlast_img read more

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SBI changes IFSC codes and names of about 1300 branches

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first_imgThe new logo of State Bank of India (SBI) is pictured at the podium of the venue of a news conference after the announcement of SBI’s fourth quarter results, in Kolkata, India May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File PhotoReutersThe State Bank of India (SBI) has changed the names and IFSC (Indian Financial System Code) of about 1,300 branches located in major cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Lucknow among others.This came after SBI merged its five associate banks – State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Travancore, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Mysore – and Bhartiya Mahila Bank, the Press Trust of India reported.”Some of our old associate branches are getting merged with SBI branches. When that merger happens, the IFSC codes get changed,” said the bank’s managing director (retail and digital banking), Praveen Gupta.He also said that the customers holding SBI accounts have been informed about the change in IFSC codes. Internally the bank has also mapped then to the new codes.”Even if some payment comes based on the old IFSC codes, it will get mapped with the new codes. It will not cause any problem to any customer,” he added.The country’s largest lender has nearly 23,000 branches across the country and has put up the updates list of branches with old and new names and IFSC codes on its website. A security personnel stands guard in front of the gate of the State Bank of India (SBI) regional office in Kolkata May 23, 2014. SBI, the nation’s top lender, reported its fifth consecutive quarter of declining profit as slower loan growth and a rise in bad loans take a toll on Indian lenders. REUTERS/Rupak de ChowdhuriIFSC is an 11-digit alpha-numeric code which is used to uniquely identify each branch of every bank in India. This code is given on the chequebook of individuals and firms which is needed to transfer money from one account to another through National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) or Real Time Gross Settlement (RGTS).How to access the updated list of branches with new names and IFSC code? Individuals can easily access the new list through this link:http://www.sbi.co.in/webfiles/uploads/files/RATIONALISED_BRANCHES_WITH_IFSC.pdfCustomers can search their branch or city or district to check if IFSC codes have been changed. Account holders can also search by doing “Control+F.”last_img read more

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Bangladesh wont repatriate any Rohingya by force

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first_imgForeign minister AK Abdul MomenForeign minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday said Bangladesh does not want to do anything by force and laid emphasis on removing trust-deficit among Rohingyas who refused to return to their homeland, reports UNB. “It’s regrettable… what else you can do!” the foreign minister said while talking to a small group of reporters at his office. Momen said there is a trust-deficit among Rohingyas and reiterated Bangladesh’s call to take 100 “majhis” or Rohingya leaders to Rakhine State, and show them what measures and arrangements are taken to welcome Rohingyas to their own homes as they fear about their safety and security. The foreign minister said he is thinking about forming a commission with people from various countries to go and see the development in Rakhine and inspect whether peace and stability are prevailing there or not with required steps. “Myanmar should prove that development is there and peace is prevailing,” he said adding that Myanmar can also take journalists there to see the situation on the ground. Foreign minister Momen said Myanmar should come forward if they remain honest and should give access to Rakhine to see the situation there. Responding to a question about Rohingyas’ demands, the foreign minister said they cannot be hostage to their demands. “They (Rohingya) need to realise their demands by going back to their homes.” Momen said they were hoping that the repatriation would begin today (Thursday), at least on a small scale, but it’s yet to begin. “We’re still waiting with a high hope. Myanmar has created the problem and solution lies there, too. We don’t want to do anything by force,” he said adding that representatives of Myanmar, China and Bangladesh governments were present there. Responding to another question, the foreign minister said they will identify those distributing leaflets, supplying English-written signboards and carrying out campaigns encouraging Rohingyas not to return to Myanmar. “We’re identifying them,” he said adding that steps will be taken. He indicated about slower fund flow — both from locally and internationally — which might create problems for the Rohingyas though they are living a comfortable life now. “For their own better future, they should go back.” The foreign minister said their efforts will continue for voluntary and safe return of Rogingyas to their place of origin. Responding to a question, he said there are both positive and negative aspects of welcoming Rohingyas in 2017, and Myanmar did never say they will not take back their nationals. Despite all the preparations, no Rohingya turned up on Thursday to avail of the “voluntary” repatriation offer given to them to go back to their place of origin in Rakhine state of Myanmar prompting the authorities to suspend the repatriation process for the day. While briefing reporters, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam said they interviewed the listed Rohingyas over the last couple of days and encouraged them to return to their homeland. But nobody did show up at Ghumdhum transit point on Thursday, he said adding that five buses were kept ready to take the Rohingyas to Myanmar’s Rakhine state, their place of origin. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since 25 August, 2017. The two countries signed a repatriation deal on 23 November, 2017, but there has been little progress. On 29 July, Bangladesh handed a fresh list of 25,000 Rohingyas from around 6,000 families to Myanmar for verification before their repatriation to Rakhine state. With the latest list, Bangladesh has so far handed the names of around 55,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities and around 8,000 of them have been verified. Myanmar only cleared 3,450 Rohingyas for beginning the repatriation. On 16 January, 2018 Bangladesh and Myanmar inked a document on “Physical Arrangement”, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland. The “Physical Arrangement” stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start. The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on 15 November last year but it was halted amid the unwillingness of Rohingyas to go back for lack of a congenial environment in Rakhine. On 20 August, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said both Bangladesh and Myanmar were “fully ready” to resume the repatriation of Rohingyas to their homeland but some Rohingya leaders and NGOs are reportedly discouraging them to return. “We’ve heard some Rohingya leaders emerged there. They don’t want the return of any Rohingya (to their homeland). They’re trying to stop returnees. Some INGOs and NGOs are instigating them (Rohingyas),” he told a small group of reporters at his office. He said Bangladesh wants to see Rohingyas’ return to Rakhine state as soon as possible.last_img read more

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Environmental Groups Raise Concerns about Gulf Coast Petrochemical Boom

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first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Dave FehlingA view of petrochemical and refining facilities near Houston, TX.center_img 00:00 /00:48 In a new report tallying up the Gulf Coast petrochemical industry boom of recent years, environmental groups say they’re worried industrial facilities are being built too close to flood-prone areas.Fracking has driven huge investments in plants that use oil and gas to make things like plastic and fertilizer. A report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) says regulators in Texas and Louisiana have approved 31 new plants – or plant expansions – along the coast over just the past two years. The report says the two states have approved more than 70 such projects since 2012.“A lot of these are being built in flood zones, where inevitably there’s going to be storm surges,” says Tom Pelton, an EIP spokesperson.Environmental groups say companies need to do more to bolster these plants against the more-intense storms climate change is expected to cause.There are signs that the industry agrees: after Hurricane Harvey, some plants in the Houston area looked at whether their “worst case scenarios” for storm planning will be good enough down the road. Sharelast_img read more

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Judge Says ExLawmaker Squandered Life Faces Prison

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first_imgBy MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs WriterCHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge Thursday handed former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds a six-month prison sentence for not filing tax returns for income on consulting work from Africa, telling the Harvard graduate he had “squandered” opportunities to be something better in life.Judge Robert Gettleman noted how Reynolds, 66, rose from poverty in Mississippi to become a Rhodes Scholar and then a member of Congress. The judge said he could recall thinking to himself in the early 1990s that Reynolds had tremendous promise.Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds speaks to members of the media at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse after receiving a six- month prison sentence for failing to file tax returns for four years after a hearing Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)“It’s a tragedy that you squandered the opportunities you had and the type of person you could have become,” he said.The judge alluded, not just to Reynolds’ tax case, but to his 1995 statutory rape conviction for having sex with a 16-year-old campaign worker. Later, he was convicted of concealing debts and diverting money meant for voter registration drives into his election campaign.With credit for two months served in jail, the Chicago Democrat will end up serving closer to four months behind bars.Reynolds had argued he shouldn’t be imprisoned at all, saying a year of probation would have been the right sentence.“To put me in jail serves what purpose?” he asked the judge. “To teach me a lesson? … I’ve been taught about this racist society … every day of my life.”Reynolds, who acted as his own attorney, argued it was unfair to give too much weight to his convictions in the 1990s in calculating a sentence for his conviction at a bench trial last year on four misdemeanor counts of not filing tax returns. Prosecutors say the undeclared income was money made consulting for Chicago businessmen in Africa.“The question is: How long does a person have to pay for mistakes?” Reynolds asked about the older crimes. At other periods in his life, he had been in the military and raised three children, he said. And he added, “I wasn’t just living my life as a wheeler-dealer.”Prosecutor Georgia Alexakis had asked for at least two years behind bars, citing what she described as Reynolds’ decades-long pattern of flouting the law.“There are aspects of the defendant’s life that are … laudatory,” said “But the good doesn’t outweigh the bad.”The maximum penalty Reynolds faced was four years in prison.Reynolds also spoke about growing up in Mississippi in what he said “was the poorest city in the poorest county in America.” He described getting shot at during a campaign in the early ’90s, saying he still grappled with the lingering trauma. In earlier court filings, he said recent financial hardships have left him “virtually homeless,” often scrambling to find places to stay.Gettleman expressed bewilderment at Reynolds’ descent from political star to convict within just a few years in the 1990s. Reynolds won his 2nd Congressional District in 1992 and resigned in 1995 after the statutory rape conviction.The judge said he hoped Reynolds would use his time in prison to reassess his life, telling him: “It will give you some time to think where you go from here.”Reynolds, who will report to prison later, told reporters outside court that he already knew where he would go after prison.“I’m going home to Africa,” he said. “I’ve given up on America because how long do African-Americans put up with this nonsense?”last_img read more

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Netflix CFO David Wells Is Leaving the Company

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first_imgDavid Wells, a 14-year veteran of Netflix who has guided the company through a period of massive growth since 2010 as chief financial officer, announced plans to leave the company.Netflix said Wells will step down after helping the company choose his successor and announced that its search for a new CFO will include “both internal and external candidates.” Wells said in a statement that after exiting Netflix, he intends to focus more on philanthropy “but I’m not sure yet what that looks like.”“After discussing my desire to make a change with Reed [Hastings, Netflix’s chairman and CEO], we agreed that with Netflix’s strong financial position and exciting growth plans, this is the right time for us to help identify the next financial leader for the company,” Wells said.Hastings, in a statement, said, “David has been a valuable partner to Netflix and to me. He skillfully managed our finances during a phase of dramatic growth that has allowed us to create and bring amazing entertainment to our members all over the world while also delivering outstanding returns to our investors.” ×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 Popular on Variety center_img As CFO, Wells has engineered a debt-fueled binge on content spending, with Netflix projecting programming costs of upwards of $8 billion in 2018 (on a P&L basis). He also was a key leader in Netflix’s aggressive international expansion of the streaming service to more than 190 countries.It’s possible that Wells is simply looking for a change and that he’s “burned out,” said Raj Das, global head of digital practice at executive recruiter Buffkin/Baker. Or, Das speculated, “maybe the board said, ‘Let’s bring a fresh face into the mix to take the company to the next level.’” Buffkin/Baker is not currently working with Netflix on any executive-placement assignments, according to Das.Wells was named Netflix’s chief financial officer in 2010, when then-CFO Barry McCarthy departed. Prior to that, Wells served in a variety of roles, most recently as VP of financial planning and analysis. From July 2015 to July 2017, he lived and worked in the Netherlands as part of building up Netflix’s European operations.Before joining Netflix in 2004, Wells worked for Deloitte Consulting in multiple roles from August 1998 to March 2004 and in the non-profit world before getting his MBA. Wells holds an MBA and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia.Wells is on the board of the Trade Desk, a programmatic-advertising platform company, which he joined in January 2016, and serves as audit committee chair and on the compensation committee.last_img read more

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Rep OMalley on State of the State Prioritize skilled trades and Michigan

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first_img State Rep. Jack O’Malley, of Lake Ann, issued the following statement after the governor’s State of the State address:“Michigan’s economic comeback depended on smart investments and I’m dedicated to working with my House colleagues, listening to the people we represent and acting in their best interests.“Record investments in K-12 schools and a renewed, modern focus on hands-on skilled trades gives students important training for high-quality careers. We must continue to invest in improving our schools to give our kids the best possible opportunities.“We are also investing more than ever into our roads that drive our economy. Michigan needs more than a vague plan and a catchphrase. The people we represent want to see their tax dollars spent wisely on priorities that matter. We need to figure out how to get more out of every dollar we use, rather than increase the bill for taxpayers.”### 13Feb Rep. O’Malley on State of the State: Prioritize skilled trades and Michigan roads Categories: News,O’Malley Newslast_img read more

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Music broadcaster Box TV has launched a free live

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first_imgMusic broadcaster Box TV has launched a free live streaming service and interactive Freeview portal for its portfolio of music channels.Channels 4Music, heat, Kiss, Kerrang!, Box, Smash Hits and Magic can now be viewed for free through a new simulcast service on 4Music.com and the respective channel websites. The channels are being made available via a bespoke video player and content will be available on the web and via mobile and tablet devices.Box TV has also launched a new interactive TV portal that gives 4Music viewers on the Freeview platform access to three of the channels – Magic, Kiss and Kerrang! – via the Red Button.According to the broadcaster, this is the first time live IP streams have been added to a broadcast digital-terrestrial TV channel to create a portal of additional content.It also marks the first time an MHEG-ICS service has made use of encryption to protect the streams.Box TV has chosen SimpleStream to provide the platform for the live streaming services. The simulcast service launch follows Box TV’s channels becoming free-to-air services on Sky and all but 4Music becoming free-to-air on the Freesat platform.Julie Wright, business development and commercial director at Box TV, said: “Music and TV consumption patterns are changing and we are now able to meet our core 16-34 audiences on their preferred connected device and on compatible Freeview devices. We’re offering innovative, editorially curated and legal alternatives to pirate internet TV services and are giving our advertisers exciting new opportunities to market their brands and products.”last_img read more

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The owners of music video hosting service Vevo are

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first_imgThe owners of music video hosting service Vevo are reportedly close to hiring Goldman Sachs to look at sale options for the company.According to Bloomberg, citing three unnamed sources, Vevo’s shareholders are exploring options including the sale of a majority stake in the company.Vevo is owned jointly by Vivendi’s Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Google and Abu Dhabi Media.According to Bloomberg, Vevo is considering offers from DreamWorks Animation, Liberty Media and the joint venture recently created by Peter Chernin’s Chernin Group and US telco AT&T to invest in OTT services.Earlier this month, Chernin and AT&T said they would invest up to US$500 million in OTT ventures.Vevo currently shows content from Sony and Universal and averages about 5.5 billion views monthly, with about 80% coming from outside the US.Speaking at the Billboard Latin Music Conference last week Vevo president and CEO Rio Caraeff said that he planned to expand the service to 20 new countries and generate over half of the company’s revenues from outside the US by the end of this year.last_img read more

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Satellite operator SESs Brazilian subsidiary SES

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first_imgSatellite operator SES’s Brazilian subsidiary SES DTH do Brasil has secured frequency rights at two new orbital positions – 48° West and 64° West – following an auction organised by Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel. SES now has four years to make capacity available at 48° West and six years to make capacity available at 64°. At the 48° West position, SES will focus on multiple uses of fixed satellite services and will operate in C-, Ku- and Ka-bands.The 64° West orbital position will be exclusively for direct-to-home use. The exploitation rights are valid for 15 years, renewable once for the same period. SES invested a total of BRL59.8 million (€19.7 million) in securing the new slots.last_img

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Chipset manufacturer STMicroelectronics and conten

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first_imgChipset manufacturer STMicroelectronics and content security and identification specialist Civolution have teamed up to integrate Civolution’s NexGuard forensic watermarking with ST’s UltraHD-4K Cannes and Monaco chipsets to enable the detection of detect unauthorised sharing of digital content.According to Civolution, the addition to NexGuard to ST’s Cannes and Monaco SoCs meets MovieLabs guidelines that require platforms distributing and playing 4K content to support encryption methods, a secure media pipeline, a hardware root of trust to protect studio content, as well as forensic watermarking to securely mark video on the server or client side to facilitate the detection and location of breaches.“The strong adoption of ST’s Cannes and Monaco SoCs globally is the result of the powerful ARM multi-core processor-based design, incorporating superior 2D/3D graphics performance and integrated hardware Faroudja multimedia subsystem with HEVC-capable robust video decoder,” said Philippe Notton, group vice-president and general manager, consumer product division, STMicroelectronics.“Adding Civolution’s NexGuard forensic watermarking to the Cannes/Monaco security toolbox for UltraHD-4K premium content complements the chips’ existing industry-leading security capabilities and raises the bar in content-rights protection.”last_img read more

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Vodafone Portugal has launched a set of public ser

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first_imgVodafone Portugal has launched a set of public services offerings on its TV service.Vodafone said it was responding to a call by the country’s Agência para a Modernidade Administrativa(AMA) to help improve public services over digital network as part of the country’s Simplex state administration modernisation project.Vodafone customers will be able to access services from various public bodies through a dedicated app – Serviços Públicos – available through its TV box.Services available initially include the ability to request a digital mobile key via the TV box and the issuance of electronic passwords for public services such as the institute of employment and professional training, the institute of mobile and transport and the social security department. Customers will receive SMS confirmation of services requested and an assigned password.In the coming months, the operator will add the ability to renew ID cards and log changes of address, and the ability to book medical consultations.Vodafone said it was the first operator in the country to participate in the programme in this way.last_img read more

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Technical note We did not include all SP 500 co

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first_img [Technical note: We did not include all S&P 500 companies in the above chart – only those for which share structure data was available since the first quarter of 2003. For example, Google went public in 2004 and was not included. We followed the same method with the HUI Index, with the only stock excluded being New Gold Inc. (T.NGD).] Since there is little growth in shares outstanding, the majority of the market capitalization (Mcap) growth can be attributed to share price performance. The total Mcap of the S&P 500 increased by 78.6%, or about 6% per year on a compounded basis. And no wonder – the sector includes a lot of large stocks that do not grow at the same rate as mining juniors. However, the chart also shows how quickly market value can shrink when a crisis hits. Let’s now have a look at what happened to the HUI constituents within the same time frame. There are two observations to be made from these charts. First, compared to S&P 500 companies, gold producers grossly overissued new shares. Since 2003, as a group, they more than doubled their shares outstanding, significantly diluting existing investors. Second, despite the large increase in shares outstanding, HUI companies have grown their market capitalization by 302.5% as of the fourth quarter of 2012, quadrupling the size of the group. This comes in stark contrast to the 78.6% growth of the S&P 500. On a compounded annual basis, gold companies grew at 14.9% annually for the last ten years, more than twice as fast as the S&P. So while shares outstanding of the gold miners were increasing at a high rate, the market capitalization of the HUI constituents outpaced the growth of shares outstanding, because the assets miners purchased with the funds they received from the new shares generated extra value. Since market capitalization doesn’t necessarily expand when new shares are issued, it’s the price performance that accounts for this growth. Looking at the next chart, you can see that the performance of gold stocks continues to be both stronger and more volatile than the S&P 500. Note that we didn’t modify the indexes here – these are the performance numbers that investors have been looking at for the past decade, and they make the case that the gold-mining sector has been far from lackluster. The gold-mining sector has been outperforming the S&P 500 for the vast majority of the last decade. With this focus on efficiency and economics, gold companies should richly reward those bold enough to invest in them now.  But there’s another way to play the gold market that doesn’t involve buying producers, nor does it require buying the yellow metal itself.  And it could be even more profitable… The chart is hardly a surprise: the precious-metals producers had a poor showing, losing 26.6% in 2012 – something we think will reverse this year – while stocks in the S&P 500 delivered a solid 14.2% annual gain. We think that while last year’s performance of the S&P 500 companies is commendable, the future may disappoint investors who believe the US economic recovery is on solid footing: last week’s GDP data suggest that our economy continues to struggle, something that was immediately reflected in the price of gold the day the news was released. As 2013 progresses, we expect to see more signs of a weaker economy and subsequently, stronger gold prices. But let’s look at the bigger picture to see how the S&P 500 has expanded as a group during the past decade. To measure the rate of expansion, we plotted the total market capitalization against growth of shares outstanding. The idea here is to compare the rate of S&P 500 share dilution to the change in size of the companies. Size does not equal performance (we’ll look at that in a moment), but it gives a rough idea about how much market value investors may have gained had there been no dilution at all.center_img We often hear the claim that gold producers have not met investors’ expectations for the past couple years. While there are many potential reasons for this, one explanation for their underperformance lies in the fact that producers diluted their share structures, leaving shareholders with smaller gains than they would have otherwise harvested. To show how this dilution has impacted the industry, let’s first review how gold miners performed last year compared to the S&P 500.last_img read more

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