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Lampard quashes talks of Luiz rift before Arsenal move

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists David Luiz did not go on strike before joining Arsenal © AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAULONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists there was no rift with David Luiz after claims the Brazil defender went on strike before his shock move to Arsenal.Luiz joined Arsenal in an £8 million deal on Thursday after reportedly falling out with Lampard over what he perceived as a diminished role in the team. The 32-year-old was said to have become a disruptive influence at Chelsea’s Cobham base and did not train with the team on Wednesday before completing his switch to London rivals Arsenal on deadline day.Lampard was adamant he took the decision for Luiz to miss training and made it clear the pair had spoken amicably before agreeing the centre-back should leave.“We had some conversations over the last week, honest conversations because I know David well. And I think the conclusion of that was that he moved on,” Lampard told reporters on Friday.“There certainly wasn’t any strikes. And in terms of fall-outs, no, there weren’t. There were honest conversations.“The day that David didn’t train was a decision that I made because we were in the middle of this where we were talking and it was quite clear which way it was going.”– Necessary evil –Luiz spent six-and-a-half seasons with Chelsea across two spells, winning the Premier League and Champions League while playing alongside Blues legend Lampard.The former Derby boss was believed to have told Luiz — who was a regular in their Europa League-winning side last term — he would have to fight for his place, with Andreas Christensen and Kurt Zouma having been picked for Chelsea’s final pre-season friendly.Lampard, who was unable to strengthen his squad during the transfer window because of Chelsea’s transfer ban, accepts allowing players to join Premier League rivals like Arsenal is sometimes a necessary evil.“I don’t think you can always dictate where a player goes, it depends on the situation. This happened close to the deadline day,” Lampard said.“At that point, David was pretty clear at what he wanted, that Arsenal was the club.“Of course he is a good player, he has gone to a competitor, it’s happened before, it will happen again.”Lampard begins his Chelsea reign — in just his second year in management — with an intriguing trip to Manchester United on Sunday.The 41-year-old, who will make a late call on N’Golo Kante’s knee problem, said Blues winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is back in training following last season’s Achilles tendon injury.England winger Hudson-Odoi has entered the final 12 months of his contract and, while Lampard wants the 18-year-old to stay in west London, he says there has been no progress on a potential new deal.“No, on Callum there’s not. The clubs are talking. We hope Callum stays, simple as that,” Lampard said.“The better news is that he’s working hard on his fitness and is back out on the pitch.”0Shares0000(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Golden ball for World Cup final

first_img21 April 2010 When the final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ takes place at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 11 July, the coveted Fifa World Cup trophy will not be the only glittering golden object on show. The Adidas Jo’bulani, a gold-coloured version of the Adidas Jabulani, the official match ball of the 2010 Fifa, was unveiled as the official match ball for the final game of South Africa 2010 on Tuesday. The name Jo’bulani is a tribute to host city Johannesburg, commonly known both as the “City of Gold” and as Jo’burg. While the ball still features the iconic South African-inspired design of the Jabulani, the main colour of the Jo’bulani is gold. Jabulani mean “to celebrate” in isiZulu, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages. This is the second time that Adidas has designed a special ball for a Fifa World Cup final, following the golden Teamgeist Berlin ball that was used on 9 July 2006. The Jo’bulani became available in retail outlets on Tuesday. Both the Jabulani and the Jo’bulani feature Adidas’ newly developed “Grip’n’Groove” profile, which provides the best players in the world with a ball allowing an exceptionally stable flight and perfect grip. Comprising only eight, completely new, thermally bonded 3-D panels, which for the first time are spherically moulded, the ball is perfectly round and, according to Adidas, even more accurate than before. Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

Brothers for Life Men’s Dialogue

first_imgDeputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, speaking at the Men’s Dialogue, organised by Brothers for Life.As men of South Africa today we acknowledge the damage caused by acts of violence committed by some men in our communities; affirming that violence against women and children constitutes a violation of the rights and fundamental freedoms of women and children enshrined in our constitution.We pledge:1. NOT to look away, NOT to be bystanders and NOT to be silent.2. To play a role in our personal, professional and leadership capacities to stop:• Rape of all kinds• Sexual Violence• The killing and abuse of Women and Children• Domestic violence of all kinds• Abuse and violations of people with disabilities and• Violence of all kinds3. To change our own attitudes and actions that perpetuate sexism and violence4. To provide support to women and children who have suffered abuse5. To support programmes that seek to create safer and healthier communities by addressing Gender based Violence, Drug and alcohol abuse, HIV and TB in our communities, workplaces and areas of influence.6. To play an active role in ridding the society of harmful practices such as forced marriages and trafficking of women and children.7. To foster a culture of respect for women, persons with disabilities, children and other men and be role models to younger boys in our communities8. To use our networks to engage our friends, colleagues, relatives and encourage them to actively take a stand against violence and the abuse of women and children.9. To support women in our country and actively participate and support their initiatives to address issues of violence and abuse.10. Lastly, as South African men we want to express our collective condemnation of these acts of violence perpetrated in our backyards, in our communities and our beloved country and send our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones in the hands of criminals and pledge that: NO Women, NO Children shall be harmed in our name! “NOT IN OUR NAME”last_img read more

Beukes has a head for hoarding

first_imgBeukes says that when she writes, it’s “like taking a road trip at night. You know where you’re leaving from and where you’re going to, and some of the major landmarks along the way. The rest of the time, it’s pitch black. You can see 20 feet ahead of you in the headlights and you just have to figure it out. And sometimes getting lost or taking a detour from your intended route turns out more interesting.” (Image: Lauren Beukes)• Brand South Africa+ 27 11 483 [email protected] Jane CookA woman of many talents, Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, bestselling novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, TV shows and, occasionally, journalism.Playing her part for South Africa, she is raising the profile of the nation internationally through her novels. Beukes has been described as South Africa’s most inspired new literary voice, writing imaginative fiction with a crazy twist. But her fantastical stories also shine a light on real issues with which people grapple. Beukes’ work is wildly entertaining, and richly nuanced. She says: “I like cute. I like dark. I like rugby-tackling social issues through fiction.”Her ideas develop like Polaroids in her head, she explains. “I always know my beginnings and my endings.”Beukes was born in Johannesburg on 5 June 1976 and lives in Cape Town with her husband and daughter. She graduated with a Master’s degree in creative writing in 2006 from the University of Cape Town, spending the first decade of her writing career as a freelance journalist, including two years in New York and Chicago. It was during these years that she got her real education, meeting interesting people and having out-of-the-ordinary experiences, from diving with sharks to hanging out with wannabe teen vampires and township vigilantes.It was a time that set her on a path to award-winning fiction. She gets her ideas for her work “from stuff I’ve read or seen or overheard, or a news story or an advertising billboard or something half-glanced from the car windows – and I use that as a jumping-off point. The inside of my head looks like a crazy person hoarder house. Full of useless things that sometimes, if I’m lucky, come together in interesting and surprising ways.”Beukes says that when she writes, it’s “like taking a road trip at night. You know where you’re leaving from and where you’re going to, and some of the major landmarks along the way. The rest of the time, it’s pitch black. You can see 20 feet ahead of you in the headlights and you just have to figure it out. And sometimes getting lost or taking a detour from your intended route turns out more interesting.”AwardsIn 2010, Beukes won the Kitschies Red Tentacle Award, followed by the prestigious Arthur C Clarke Award the following year for her energetic, phantasmagorical Zoo City, a hardboiled thriller about crime, magic, the music industry, refugees and redemption, set in a re-imagined Johannesburg. The latter award is for the best science fiction novel and is bestowed annually on a book that has been published in the United Kingdom. The award is presented at a ceremony at the Royal Society in London, in front of an audience of science fiction writers, publishers, academics and fans.The Red Tentacle is awarded annually to the novel containing speculative or fantastic elements that best fulfils the criteria of intelligent, progressive and entertaining. The winner receives a £1 000 (R17 982) prize, a hand-crafted tentacular trophy and a bottle of the Kraken’s finest black rum.Zoo City was also long-listed for the Impac Award. The International Impac Dublin Literary Award is an international literary award for a work of fiction, jointly sponsored by the city of Dublin, Ireland and the company Impac. In South Africa, the novel was short-listed for several prizes, including the 2010-2011 University of Johannesburg Creative Writing Prize, the 2011 M-Net Literary Awards and the Nielsen’s Booksellers’ Choice Award 2011. It was also long-listed for the 2011 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for best novel.The novel was also been short-listed for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire in France for best foreign novel, best translation by Laurent Philibert-Caillat and best cover by Joey Hi-Fi. The cover artwork received the 2010 British Science Fiction Association Award for best art. The film rights have been optioned by the South African producer, Helena Spring.The Shining Girls by Lauren BeukesWriting the fantasticAmong Beukes’s works are Moxyland, Maverick: Extraordinary Women from South Africa’s Past, the graphic novel, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom, with Inaki Miranda and most recently, The Shining Girls, which was short-listed for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize in May. The winner will be announced on 28 June.The Shining Girls is about a time-travelling serial killer and the survivor who turns the hunt around. The novel is set to become a TV series, thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio. The Hollywood star bought the rights to Beukes’ novel through his Appian Way Production company with MCR. The group is looking to adapt the novel for television.Harper, a serial killer in 1932 Chicago, finds a house that lets him travel to various points in history, where he kills women of talent and potential. Kirby, the one girl who got away, is an intern at a Chicago newspaper in 1992, attempting to find the man who nearly killed her. As Harper jumps in and out of history, Kirby starts to realise that she’s not dealing with an ordinary monster.Moxyland is a cyberpunk novel set in a future Cape Town. It is a dystopian, corporate-apartheid political thriller in which cellphones are used for social control. Her first book, published in 2005, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past, is a non-fiction work of short biographies of remarkable raconteurs, renegades and rebels. It was long-listed for the 2006 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.Her graphic novel with artist Inaki Miranda, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom, is a dark Tokyo twist on the fairy tale legend of Rapunzel, set in Bill Willingham’s multi-award-winning Fables series universe. It debuted at number two on The New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller List in August 2013.Children’s writerAs a TV writer, Beukes has written for various children’s shows, including Florrie’s Dragons (Disney UK) and Mouk (Millimages); and as head-writer, she co-created South Africa’s first half-hour animated show, The Adventures of Pax Afrika, which ran for three years on SABC3; she wrote the pilot episode for the political satire puppet show, Z News, and episodes of the Desmond Tutu travel show, The South African Story.She has directed episodes of Pax Afrika and her debut documentary, Glitterboys & Ganglands, about South Africa’s biggest female impersonation beauty pageant, has shown at festivals internationally. It won Best LGBT Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival in 2012. It is irreverent, fun, glamorous, hard-hitting and ultimately a feel-good film about acceptance and tolerance.Comic shorts under her belt are All the Pretty Ponies, with Inaki Miranda in Vertigo’s Strange Adventures, and Birdie with Gerhard Human in The Witching Hour. She has also published short stories in several anthologies and as a journalist, her articles have been published in a wide range of local and international magazines, including The Hollywood Reporter, Nature Medicine and Colors as well as The Sunday Times Lifestyle, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan and SL Magazine. She won Best Columnist Western Cape in the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards in 2007 and 2008.last_img read more

Option strategies

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Frequently farmers ask for my opinion on buying puts. While generally I’m not a big fan, purchasing puts can be a useful tool in a farmer’s toolbox. However, farmers must be careful to fully understand and consider both the advantages and disadvantages of using them. Regardless of my opinion on buying puts, I think it’s important that farmers understand all of their options when it comes to marketing their grain, so they can develop a plan that works best for them and provides the most piece of mind. Outlined below are several common put buying strategy options and the pros and cons for each scenario. What is a “put” option?Purchasing a put is the right to sell grain at a desired price. That price is called the strike price. Why would farmers purchase puts?Farmers purchase puts to guarantee a floor price for their grain. Purchasing puts allows for unlimited upside potential if the market rallies, but protects farmers if prices fall below a certain price point. Also, there is no risk of margin call purchasing puts, but they do require paying for this right up front.This sounds great. A floor price with unlimited upside potential sounds like a very safe and low-risk option. Purchasing puts has several benefits, so often brokers will suggest this option to farmers by first showing risk assessments where corn could potentially hit $3 in the future (I don’t disagree with that assessment). Such low prices can frighten farmers, and this option can help minimize fear. So in many cases, brokers will recommend purchasing puts for a large percent of a farmer’s production early in the marketing cycle to help ease this fear. Since nobody can predict summer weather conditions, brokers often suggest leaving a farmers’ upside unlimited to take advantage of the unknown. So, are you against purchasing puts?I’m not against purchasing puts, but farmers need to be very clear on all the advantages AND disadvantages when using them.Note: there are two common practices when purchasing puts that farmers need to realize that have a big impact on the profits gained from purchasing puts.A common recommendation by brokers after purchasing puts is to “roll up” puts as prices increase (typically in 30 cent increments) to increase their floor price, since no one knows when the market top will be hit or at what price it will be. Farmers need to understand that there is a cost in doing that, typically it costs about 10 cents for every 30-cent increase of protection.When rolling up puts, the strike prices usually needs to be 20 cents LESS than where futures prices are at any given time. The reason: if a farmer purchased a put close to futures prices the cost verses the expense would be MUCH higher (i.e. more than the 10 cents to roll up a 30 cents gain).Following provides several realistic situations where farmers may consider purchasing puts and how the prices they receive are impacted by this strategy: Scenario #1A farmer purchases a $3.50 put when futures prices are near $3.80.A farmer purchases a Dec ’17 $3.50 put for 15 cents (this was available recently), when the futures were around the $3.80 level. When the futures price hits $4, the farmer rolls up the put from $3.50 to $3.80 for 10 cents.On the surface this looks like a good thing, but often farmers don’t take into consideration the expense of purchasing puts (in this case 15 cents plus the additional 10 cents for rolling the put from $3.50 to $3.80). So the $3.80 floor is actually $3.55 after including the cost of the put.If this ends up being the highest price for the year, the farmer basically had to settle for $3.55, most likely an unprofitable price point even though at one point the farmer could have had $4 (most likely very near a profitable price point). So in this scenario, purchasing puts didn’t really help the farmer, and at worst actually hurt them. Scenario #2Corn rallies to $5 this summer. Let’s assume the farmer continues to “roll up” the puts as the market rallies to $5.00 (i.e. after the $3.80 roll up next to $4.10, then $4.40, then $4.70). This would mean the $3.50 put (originally) will be rolled up $1.20 to $4.70. BUT, the farmer also has the expenses of purchasing the puts plus the cost to roll these puts 4 times:Original put purchase – 15 centsRoll up $3.50-$3.80 – 10 centsRoll up $3.80 to $4.10 – 10 centsRoll up $4.10 to $4.40 – 10 centsRoll up $4.40-$4.70 – 10 centsTotal expenses for purchasing puts: 55 centsIn other words, the cost to have the floor price was 55 cents off the final floor guarantee price ($4.70 – 55 cents = $4.15). While $4.15 is likely a profitable price for most farm operations, the put expenses took a big bite out of the farmer’s potential profits as prices hit a high of $5.00. Again, in this scenario the farmer didn’t benefit much from the purchased put or the unlimited upside potential of the market. Scenario #3Similar to last year, prices go to $4.50 relatively quickly (but few farmers sell thinking prices will hit $5).In this case, the highest put floor that could have been purchased was likely $4.10. Now there is a chance the farmer decided to spend 7 or 8 cents to roll up 20 cents for more coverage to $4.30 thinking that $4.50 was the top, but this would be extremely unlikely. Usually farmers won’t change their strategy when they feel upside potential is still huge.This means that if a farmer started with a purchased put at $3.50 (as in the example above) and rolled up every 30 cents, the maximum floor potential this farmer would have purchased was $4.10. After the purchase expenses (15 cents + 10 cents + 10 cents = 35 cents) the floor price is actually only $3.75. This price is most likely unprofitable for most farmers and a hard pill to swallow when nearly $4.50 was available to trade. Scenario #4Farmers don’t roll up puts to increase floor priceFor this scenario, I ask, “what’s the point of purchasing puts and rolling up then if I don’t make any money doing it? I will just buy the put and not roll up at all.” Let’s assume a farmer’s breakeven is $4. If the farmer doesn’t roll up, buying a $3.50 put is useless because their true floor after the put is $3.35 This particular farmer might do better just holding the grain and waiting for prices to just increase and sell at least ½ of their grain at $4.00 or $4.20 and gamble with the balance. This seems like the worst idea of all of them on this list. Scenario #5What is the impact on put purchase strategies when farmers scale up sales (i.e. selling grain in increments as the market rallies above their cost of breakeven)?Let’s assume the farmer will start selling 10% of his production when prices hit $4.20 and will continue to sell 10% every 10-cent increase after that (i.e. scaled up selling). This is when the brokers typically recommend that a farmer SELL the purchased puts back to minimize total put expenses on the scaled-up prices.Why?It’s important to remember that puts lose value as the market rallies and the SELL price of a purchased put is far less than what was paid in an up trending market. For example, if the market is at $4.20, (assuming there was a roll to $3.80) that put has at least 25 cents cost in it. When the farmer goes to sell their put at the point of the $4.20 sale, it’s likely the value at this point would only be 12 cents. So the value of the future sale would be $4.07 ($4.20 – 13 cents). While this is profitable for most farmers, it isn’t as great as what it seems when making that $4.20 sale.If futures rally to $4.50, let’s assume the farmer rolled up at $4.10. With the $4.50 futures sale, the final price would be worth $4.33 ($4.50 – 35 cent put price + probably 17 cent on the put sell back). This isn’t necessarily a bad trade, as long as the farmer fully realizes the expenses associated with it and the actual real price they get. But recall that last summer futures only went to $4.495. Many farmers missed this potential trade by a half cent and had to do the next trade. Scenario #6Prices go up and puts get rolled up. Then prices start going down without the farmer having sold.I’ve seen some brokers get creative when this happens, advising farmers to start rolling the puts DOWN to potentially add profit. The theory is to try and bank some profit on the puts as the market goes lowers and hits bottom. Then they hope for the market to go back up significantly to add extra money. Usually they suggest to roll down for a collection of 2 cents for every 3 cent move.Continuing with the example above, if prices go from $4.10 (with a purchased put and roll of 35 cents costs) to $3.50. They will sell their $4.10 put and repurchase a $3.50 put at a premium of 40 cents for this 60 cent move This would mean a 40 cent profit, capturing 2 out of the 3 cents in the put move. However there was a cost of 35 cents to get to this point and after all the trading the farmer has 40 cents of profit in one trade but only a net of 5 cents and no grain is sold and futures are at $3.50. Granted the farmer has a free $3.50 floor, but that doesn’t seem very exciting.While I’m not against this type of creative trading, it’s important to realize that it adds risk to the farmer. It is assuming that the low will hit and a rally will follow soon. That is not something we saw last year or are expecting this year. Plus, rolling down puts reduces the protection in place. Again, I may consider allocating 5% to10% of production for this kind of trade. However, I’ve seen farmers who were advised to allocate a high percent of their production — some brokers have advocated 80%+, which would make me uncomfortable after looking at several different ways that this won’t pan out. When does it make sense to purchase puts?The best scenario for purchasing puts is when the market moves to extreme ups quickly (i.e beans last summer). Long-term sideways markets are bad for put purchasers. Looking back historically, when I’ve done this type of trade, it has tended to be the least profitable of all trades for the year. This is why I usually avoid it or allocate a very small percent of my production to just out right purchasing puts.Options are great tools for farmers. But when you are promised something that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Too often farmers are lured into doing these trades with dreams of trading at the top of the market while having downside protection. Also, having no margin-call is a bonus. Farmers need to realize — there is no magical position farmers can put on that will guarantee the top, while providing downside protection. If there was EVERYONE would want that.The question that farmers need to ask themselves is “what is their overall grain marketing goal?” The answer of, “to make as much as I can,” is not a marketing plan. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

#sidibouzid: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgTags:#TWiOT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkinscenter_img Media missing in action for Tunisian protests, social media takes over. As protests over brutality, repression and economic neglect intensified in Tunisia over the past week, social media users kicked into gear. Traditional media neglected most of the news, including the killing of about 50 civilians by government forces. Social media users, both inside Tunisia and outside, reported news of protests, riots, arrests, government actions and deaths via Twitter and YouTube. The hastag #sidibouzid was omnipresent on the social web. This hashtag was the town where the protests started, in the wake of a suicide by a despondent young man named Mohamed Bouazizi. There was something iconic about it, nearly religious, a rallying cry not just for justice to be done in Tunisia, but as a way of its users assuring themselves that none of them were altogether alone. At about 3:00 p.m. (PST), news arrived – via Twitter, of course – that one of the detainees, and a writer for ReadWriteWeb France, Slim Amamou, had been released, along with another detainee, Azyz Ammami.A number of concessions are said to have come from these electronically-amplified protests. Few to none can be considered to be confirmed. The firing of the Tunisian interior minister, Minister Rafik Belhaj Kacem, for allowing the police to use “excessive force.” (Cute phrase for the deaths of dozens of civilians.)The end of web censorship.The promise by prime minster Mohamed Ghannouchi not to run for election again.The promise the police would not allowed to use live ammunition except in self-defense. (At the time of this writing, reports of live firing on civilians were still coming in.)Li Hong has become second online writer to die in detention. Li Hong’s death in Ningbo, China, was the second, after Omid Reza Mir Sayafi‘s death in Iran on March 18, 2009, involving a blogger in prison. Like Omid, Hong’s death was a direct result of untreated medical conditions. Hong had spent three years in prison where treatment for a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, was withheld. Like Omid, Hong was tortured to death over a period of years. Shame, China, SHAME!U.S. government to create “verified ID” for the internet. A largely undefined program to create an “identity ecosystem” for verified online identities has been turned over to the Commerce Department. While some find it vaguely unsettling, others believe it to be a safe and useful idea. Court subpoenas Twitter for user info in Wikileaks case. The document demanded data for half a dozen people associated with Wikileaks and its release of war and diplomatic documents. Twitter pushed back at the subpoena, requesting, and receiving, permission to inform the targets of the inquiry what had been asked of them. Russia moves toward national internet. Former President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin recently signed an executive order requiring all Russian governmental organizations and departments to go open source by 2015. Proprietary software – from Microsoft, Google and so on – puts Russia in a state of dependence on a sector that is overwhelmingly American. Russia joins Iran, China and Turkey as nations that have been exploring the possibility of walling off their national internet from the world. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Joe Girardi Was A Good Manager In 2017 Thats Not Enough

*Includes more than one stint as manager.Source: Baseball Gauge MLB’s 2017 class of departing managers is unusually good On the flip side, there have been 22 Yankee managers since 1903 that lasted fewer than four seasons — some across multiple tenures. And it’s not like these were all losers: Of those 22, 13 managers posted records of .500 or better. Girardi ranked only sixth in manager points among Yankee skippers — behind everyone else who managed 10+ years — but was poised to add to his total considering the franchise’s position.The future looks bright for New York. Between the emerging youngsters, a promising farm system and the capacity to spend hundreds of millions of dollars, the Yankees are on track to contend for years to come. It’s hard to say how much of their success in the past decade belongs to Girardi, but all the available metrics suggest he was an above-average skipper. Now the Yankees will need to find someone else to preside over their bright future, and it may not be as easy as management thinks.Neil Paine contributed research.CLARIFICATION (Oct. 26, 2017, 4:30 p.m.): The source of our data for managers’ postseason success, The Baseball Gauge, credits managers with a World Series win even if they managed only part of the season in question. The story has been updated to clarify Billy Martin’s relationship with the 1978 Yankees, who won the World Series that year.CORRECTION (Oct. 27, 2017, 4:20 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said Joe Girardi chose to not review a pivotal call in the ALCS. The play in question occurred in the ALDS. 1197162.6 41973111.6 9200061.2 Joe McCarthy1931-46 (16 yrs.).62787107.3 YEARMANAGERS LET GOAVG. MANAGER POINTS THAT YEAR 62011111.5 10199871.1 8199761.2 Source: Baseball Gauge 3201361.7 5200671.6 71978111.3 Yankee skippers have lofty standardsHow the 10 longest-tenured New York managers compare Miller Huggins1918-29 (12).5976370.3 MANAGERTENUREWIN %ALWSTOTAL MANAGER PTS Joe Girardi2008-17 (10).5621139.0 This year has featured an unusual level of managerial turnover. Nationals skipper Dusty Baker and Red Sox head John Farrell were also fired despite leading their teams to the playoffs. Using manager points, a Baseball Gauge metric that sums up record and playoff benchmarks, this group of managers qualifies as the second most accomplished set of unemployed skippers since 1969.1These numbers do not prorate regular season performance or postseason accomplishment for managers fired midseason. And according to Elias Sports, this is the first time three playoff teams switched managers in the same offseason — which is remarkable considering the offseason still hasn’t officially begun.Of the three unemployed skippers, Girardi might have been the best. He didn’t have the pitcher-destroying reputation of Dusty Baker or the tactical problems of John Farrell. Over 10 years as the Yankees’ manager, Girardi racked up 910 wins, earning a winning record each season. He was helped by massive budgets, but he also presided over multiple failed free agent contracts that landed the team in a cycle of rebuilding. This year, the Yankees seemed to be on their way to championship contention, and Girardi took them deep into the ALCS before losing to the Houston Astros.Girardi had his weaknesses. He inexplicably benched star catcher Gary Sanchez toward the end of the season. He made the unwise decision not to review a call in a pivotal game of this year’s ALDS, and it could have cost the Yankees dearly. But overall, Girardi was a good tactician: From his bullpen management to taking advantage of platoon splits, he often put his team in the best position to win.The other knock on Girardi was that he failed to develop young players. This season ought to have disproved that, however: With the emergence of Aaron Judge, Sanchez and Luis Severino, the Yankees have one of the best up-and-coming cores in baseball. By wins above replacement, the Yankees’ age-27-and-under hitters were the fourth most productive in baseball, and their young pitchers were second in the league.As strange as it may seem considering his win percentage, Joe Girardi was actually given a long leash by the standards of the Yankees brass. Six managers in Yankees history maintained their positions for 10 or more years,2Ralph Houk did it across two different stints. and all but Girardi won multiple championships in that time. (The Baseball Gauge credits Billy Martin with winning a World Series with the Yankees in 1978 even though he left the team midseason. He did manage the majority of that team’s games.) Clark Griffith1903-08 (6).531009.3 TITLES Joe Torre1996-2007 (12).6056494.1 2201762.0 Billy Martin1975-88 (8)*.5913235.8 Buck Showalter1992-95 (4).539008.3 After he brought the team to the brink of the World Series, manager Joe Girardi was let go by the Yankees on Thursday. Girardi’s tenure included a championship and 10 years in which the team was usually a playoff contender, but it wasn’t enough to save him from Yankees’ management and their exacting standards. In a postseason full of questionable firings, Girardi’s release will go down as one of the strangest. Casey Stengel1949-60 (12).623107106.1 Bob Lemon1978-82 (4)*.576218.6 Ralph Houk1961-73 (11)*.5393242.0 read more

Old man arrested for alleged theft from a TCI association 90 counts

first_img#TCIPolice#MagneticMediaNews Seven TCI men ‘lost at sea’ found safe on Fish Cay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recordedcenter_img Editorial: Listen to your Mama Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #tcipolice Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos – July 12, 2017 – A Provo man was arrested for allegedly stealing from an association or charity in the islands. The Financial Crimes unit is on the case, ,and a 72 year old man is slammed with 88 counts of forgery, one count of theft and one count of using criminal property.The report was made on April 10th this year, and Police in a media release explained that the report was that, “… the male stole a large sum of money from an Association Body for which he represented. Investigation revealed that the offences were committed between March 2009 and December 2011.”The man is unidentified and so is the association he allegedly robbed, but Police say the 72 year old got $55,000 bail and is due back to court later this month.last_img read more

Okaka set for Udinese switch

first_imgWatford striker Stefano Okaka is expected to complete a switch to Serie A side Udinese in the next few days according to reports in Italy.Football Italia reports Okaka will arrive in Udine on Sunday and undergo his medical 24 hours later with the deal set to be wrapped up by Monday.Rumours are rife in Italy that the 29-year-old will join the Zebrette on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.The former Italy international last played in Serie A with Sampdoria, leaving in the summer of 2015 to sign for Anderlecht and then Watford.Okaka has only played a cameo role for the Hornets’ in the first half of the season, managing just 47 minutes of competitive football.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Udinese and Watford are both owned by the Pozzo family, making this a straightforward deal.#Udinese, medical visits for #Watford’s #Okaka set for Monday https://t.co/YX9oDszMYy— Pablito (@ilcano22) January 4, 2019last_img read more