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TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Christian Pulisic flop? Why the US whiz on outer at Chelseaby Chris Beattie23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: He can’t say he was never told. Christian Pulisic and his far from hoped for start at Chelsea. The advice now being relayed through the press is spot on. Well, at least some of it is…First, let’s put the fantasists to one side. There’s no anti-American bias at Cobham. And there’s no belief amongst the coaching staff, including manager Frank Lampard, that Pulisic is the wrong fit for his system. Such claims, as we’ve seen in recent days, is simply the stuff of mischief-making.Indeed, the opposite is true. Lampard and his backroom team know they have a potential world-beater on their hands. They know the ability Pulisic possesses. But they need the American to come out of his shell more. To stretch himself amongst his teammates and on the training the pitch. “He needs to fight for it”, as one Cobham source told this column a week ago.As mentioned, no-one doubts Pulisic’s ability inside Chelsea. Like us on the outside, they’ve already seen it in glimpses in preseason and the limited action Lampard has handed him thus far. And we say handed, as for the moment the consensus amongst those pushing the witches hats around is that Pulisic isn’t doing enough in training to warrant selection. And it’s not so much what he does in drills and bounce games – “he keeps it all nice and tidy” – but in his overall drive to get himself ahead of teammates currently occupying what should be his place. As Jurgen Klinsmann, the former USA coach, put it this week, Pulisic needs to get “nasty”.If Pulisic doesn’t have Klinsmann’s number, then you hope his father, Mark, can reach out to the German great and have him call his son. Klinsmann’s interview this week discussing Pulisic’s problems nailed it. He hit many of the points our source made last week. Not just the need for the 21 year-old to show a willingness to compete for his place, but also how he is in unchartered water. As we were told, this is the first time in Pulisic’s career where set expectations are waiting to be met. The staff at Chelsea understand this. They’ve seen it before. But it’s up to the player to cut loose from what he’s known.As Klinsmann says, “He’s a very special player, he’s tremendously talented, but this is a big step, because Borussia Dortmund was also basically the club where he got formed into a professional player.”He came out of the youth system there, he moved himself up, he had all the support within the club and now going to London…”We’d also add Pulisic’s international career to Klinsmann’s assessment. The German capped Pulisic at 17, with no great expectation. At that stage in his career, everything he achieved at senior level was a bonus. It was all about learning his craft, gaining experience. He was given the time and space to adjust to international football. To meet it’s demands. Just as he was with Dortmund.But now he’s in a very different environment. A reputation needs to be built. New relationships established. And a realisation must dawn that he’s not entitled to anything. No-one is going to give him a free pass. Or better yet, a free place in the manager’s XI.Klinsmann again: “He will go through a phase now where more and more he needs to bring his elbows out to fight himself through the system, at Chelsea it goes from game to game, week to week. “You’re basically in training, and you have to tell the coach: ‘I’m in, I’m going to start this game, you have to become nasty to make yourself a starter.”From what we know, Klinsmann and Lampard aren’t close. But the German was definitely helping Chelsea’s manager this week. Klinsmann essentially parrotting what Lampard had stated after leaving Pulisic on the bench for the home defeat to Valencia.”He’s shown some really good moments,” reasoned Lampard, “but what he has to do, as all the players have to, not just the wingers, is reach levels in training daily that make you sit up and go ‘here’s my team selection and that’s actually affected it, I have seen good stuff’. That’s the same for every player in the squad.”Training ground form and application is what makes Lampard tick. It’s what transformed a chubby, but talented, midfielder at West Ham, into a modern day great at Chelsea. Going through the motions. Doing just enough to get by. It just won’t survive within a Lampard-managed squad.Pulisic has been given some great advice this week. And he can make it at Chelsea – so long as he acts upon what Klinsmann says.
For National Adopt-A-Dog Month, MTV2 is getting into some heavy petting. That’s when dogs and cats will invade the channel to launch MTV2’s #Down2Adopt, an on-air and online campaign to make shelters and rescue groups the go-to choice when looking for your new best friend.MTV2’s #Down2AdoptMTV2 will showcase adoptable shelter and rescue pets during the year-long campaign as they join forces with The Shelter Pet Project, a national public service program from the Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund.#Down2Adopt launches with a series of video pet biographies featuring the voices of Kristen Bell, MTV2’s Charlamagne Tha God and MTV2’s Carly Aquilino comically narrating stories of how some dogs and cats found themselves in shelters.The Ad Council will also distribute the videos as PSAs to over 33,000 stations. The PSAs will air in donated media across the country. To view #Down2Adopt pet biographies, click here. Kristen Bell’s video is also available here.Each year 6 to 8 million dogs and cats find themselves in shelters, but only half will be adopted. The MTV2 #Down2Adopt digital hub will connect animal lovers with their local shelters and provide ways they can help the estimated 2.4 million shelter pets who lose their lives in shelters each year. #Down2Adopt’s digital hub will also highlight the benefits of adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue group over purchasing from a pet store or breeder.The campaign will also consist of social media extensions throughout the year. Puppy lovers and MTV2 viewers can follow Joey, a two-month old Boxer/Pit Bull as he prepares for his adoption on MTV2’s Instagram as part of an ongoing monthly spotlight on an adoptable pet. Joey made his MTV debut at the ‘Pupparazzi Pen’ on the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet last month.“#Down2Adopt is about letting our audience know that, if they’re looking for a pet, the humane, stand-up choice is to make a shelter or rescue group your first stop,” said Chris McCarthy, General Manager of MTV2. “Shelter pets are every bit as healthy, well—behaved, and worthy of love and adoption as any pet, and we can’t think of a better place to shine a light on a few of these beautiful animals and launch #Down2Adopt than on MTV2.”#Down2Adopt is a collaboration with The Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund and will piggyback off of their already established public service campaign, The Shelter Pet Project, which first launched in 2009.“We’re so excited to launch this heartwarming and entertaining campaign with MTV2 that will reach new audiences with our Shelter Pet Project messages,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “With MTV2’s creativity and cross-platform reach, I’m hopeful that we can find loving homes and families for countless pets in shelters across the country.”
OSU redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell celebrates the Buckeyes’ 44-28 win in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAfter having a league record 12 players drafted in the first four rounds of the 2016 NFL draft, the depth of former Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL does not stop there. With the release of the 53-man rosters, 40 former Buckeyes have secured spots with NFL teams for the 2016 season, including 14 members from the class of 2016.Undrafted free agents Jalin Marshall and Tyvis Powell were the biggest question marks throughout training camps concerning former Buckeyes making rosters. However, both Marshall and Powell made the final roster cuts for the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks, respectively.Leading the 2016 Ohio State draft class, Joey Bosa and Ezekiel Elliott are expected to step in and make a large impact for the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys, respectively. Cardale Jones made Buffalo Bills’ roster after throwing for 362 yards and one touchdown in three games of the preseason.Third-round pick of the Houston Texans, Braxton Miller, hopes to inject the offense with instant playmaking ability, similar to what he did in his final year at OSU. Miller will be competing for playing time with a number of young receivers that Houston has been able to gather through the past few drafts.Former quarterback turned receiver for the Cleveland Browns, Terrelle Pryor, has been able to find a good relationship with his new teammate Robert Griffin III after having a limited role last year. Marshall will be joined in New York by 2015 alumnus, Devin Smith, who missed the end of last season after a torn ACL in week 14. Smith will be eligible to play post-week six after opening camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.The NFL season opens on Thursday, Sept. 8, when the Carolina Panthers play the Denver Broncos. Six former Buckeyes will play in that game.
The famous Mino Raiola has now reportedly offered Paul Pogba to Paris Saint-Germain for next season, claims the Daily MailThe football agent is aware that Pogba is growing increasingly unsettled at Manchester United with the midfielder looking set to be dropped from the starting line-up by Jose Mourinho once more for today’s Premier League match against Bournemouth.Raiola is aware that PSG are looking for some extra star power in the upcoming summer transfer window in a bid to mount a successful challenge for the Champions League title next season. Upon learning this, the Dutchman has offered the newly crowned Ligue 1 champions Pogba.It is understood that Raiola is trying to find a suitable solution for Pogba’s worsening situation at Old Trafford with the Frenchman having only scored 10 Premier League goals since his then-world record transfer of £89.3m two summers ago.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Pep Guardiola has already revealed that Raiola had offered him the opportunity to sign the 25 year-old for Manchester City in the January transfer window.But the Mail reports that Pogba’s prospective move to PSG may be in doubt with the French club already over the Financial Fair Play(FFP) limit of €260m due to the signings of both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe last summer.
Real Madrid have announced that Karim Benzema sustained a hamstring injury in their 1-0 defeat to SD Alaves on SaturdayThe French striker was forced to leave the pitch at half-time with teammate Gareth Bale also being withdrawn in the final 10 minutes at Alaves.Reports emerged on Monday stating that Bale had not trained with the Wales squad ahead of their friendly with Spain in Cardiff on Thursday evening.Now Real have confirmed Benzema’s hamstring injury, but did not disclose a timeframe for his recovery.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Following tests carried out today on our player Karim Benzema by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical team, he has been diagnosed with an injury to his right hamstring. His recovery will continue to be assessed,” read a statement on the club website.Normally hamstring injuries require around two weeks to heal, which makes Benzema a doubt for El Clasico at the Nou Camp on October 28 against rivals Barcelona.Marcelo, Isco and Dani Carvajal also remain on the sidelines for Los Blancos with Levante up next after the international break.
Weather causes shelters to open for more than 150 additional homeless February 20, 2019 Posted: February 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Father Joe’s Villages and Connections Housing Downtown will accommodate more than 150 additional homeless residents needing shelter tonight and tomorrow night, according to the San Diego Housing Commission.The commission activates its Inclement Weather Shelter Program when temperatures drop below 50 degrees, the chance of rain is higher than 40 percent or sustained high winds are predicted.The program is funded through a partnership between the commission, the city of San Diego, Father Joe’s and Connections Housing.Father Joe’s can shelter an additional 134 residents throughout both nights while Connections Housing can add up to 30 residents.Check-in at Father Joe’s begins at 4 p.m. and residents are expected to check out by 5 the next morning.Check-in at Connections Housing runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and residents are expected to check out by 7 the following morning.Those at both shelters will have meals provided to them.Residents can dial 211 or visit 211sandiego.org to find out more about the county’s Inclement Weather Shelter Program. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Tags More than 800 deaths from automobile crashes in 2017 could be attributed to phone-based distracted driving, according to extrapolated data from a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study.The IIHS study compares distracted driving in Northern Virginia between 2014 and 2017, the latest full year for which crash data was available. According to its 2018 roadside survey, drivers in that area were 57 percent more likely to be fiddling with a device behind the wheel than in 2014. Of all the drivers observed in the study, 3.4 percent were manipulating a phone behind the wheel, up from 2.3 percent in 2014.Here’s how the IIHS ran its study. It placed researchers at 12 locations across Northern Virginia, including both intersections and straight roads. Approximately 12,000 drivers were observed over the course of the study. It then used that data to create a nationwide model, including additional research that showed the risk of a fatal crash is 66 percent higher when phone manipulation is involved. Enlarge ImageAt the least, people are slowly figuring out that physically holding a phone and taking calls while driving is a bad idea. martin-dm/Getty Images Interestingly enough, drivers observed as part of the IIHS study were less likely to actually hold or talk on a phone. Fewer drivers were seen making hand-held calls and physically holding their phones, but a phone doesn’t have to be held to be distracting, and it appears that folks are just finding different ways to use their phones behind the wheel, contributing to an overall rise in distracted driving.”The latest data suggest that drivers are using their phones in riskier ways,” says David Kidd, a senior research scientist with the Highway Loss Data Institute. “The observed shift in phone use is concerning because studies consistently link manipulating a [phone] while driving to increased crash risk.”During its study, the IIHS found a full 23 percent of drivers were engaged in distracted driving, whether that meant using a phone, smoking, eating or grooming. In fact, the proportion of drivers using phones was actually lower than the proportion of drivers distracted by non-phone activities. Even though crash deaths involving distractions have been lowering, the IIHS notes that this data is tough to source, because it requires the people involved in the crash being truthful to the police about driving while distracted. More From Roadshow 1 Self-driving cars: Wait for these to arrive before you pull out the phone.Concept cars: See how automakers envision post-driving life. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Our favorite car tech and luxury features of 2018 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 17 Photos Comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Car Industry
Jakarta’s Christian governor was jailed for two years Tuesday after being found guilty of blasphemy, in a shock decision that has stoked concerns over rising religious intolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation.Islamic hardliners outside the Jakarta court cheered and shouted “God is greatest!” as news came through that Basuki Tjahaja Purnama would be sent to prison, a surprisingly harsh punishment after prosecutors recommended only probation.Purnama, Jakarta’s first non-Muslim governor for half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader, looked calm when the verdict was announced and said he would appeal, as some of his supporters in court burst into tears.The 50-year-old was hauled into court last year to face trial on charges of insulting the Koran while campaigning for re-election, after the blasphemy accusations sparked a series of mass protests in Jakarta spearheaded by radical groups and encouraged by his rivals.Tuesday’s jail sentence and his loss last month to a Muslim challenger in the Jakarta vote, which he had once been favourite to win, has fuelled fears that hardliners are growing increasingly influential and that the country’s much-vaunted tolerant brand of Islam is under threat.”It’s another big step in the slow decline of religious freedom in Indonesia,” said Andreas Harsono, Indonesia researcher for Human Rights Watch, after Purnama was jailed.”If someone of that political stature can be charged and sent to prison, what will happen to others?”Indonesia, 90 percent of whose 255 million people are Muslim, has a long tradition of pluralistic values and is home to substantial populations of Christians, Muslims and Buddhists. But there has been a rise in attacks on minorities in recent years.The five-judge panel at the Jakarta court found Purnama guilty of blasphemy after a months-long trial, in a case criticised as politically motivated.Announcing the verdict, presiding judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto said Purnama was “convincingly guilty of committing blasphemy and is sentenced to two years in prison” and ordered him to be detained.Blasphemy carries a maximum jail term of five years in Indonesia but the sentence was a surprise as judges typically follow the recommendation of prosecutors in criminal cases.The prosecutors last month urged judges to hand Purnama two years of probation, with a possible one-year jail term if he committed a crime during that period.’Free Ahok’Outside the court, hundreds of Islamic radicals wearing white Muslim skullcaps celebrated as they heard about the jail sentence.”Thank God, he should be jailed — this is right. He has insulted us,” Bachtiar, 38, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP.After the verdict, the governor was taken to a Jakarta prison but it was unclear whether he would remain in jail or be released later to allow him to file his appeal.Authorities said they had begun the process of dismissing Purnama from his post, which he was due to vacate in October anyway, and making his deputy acting governor.Despite the trial, Purnama retained a loyal following in Jakarta, due to his determination to clean up the traffic-clogged and polluted city.Supporters rallied outside court as the verdict was announced and flocked to the jail where Purnama was taken, chanting “Free Ahok”.Tobias Basuki, an analyst from Jakarta think-tank the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said the shock decision could have been driven by pressure from Purnama’s political foes on the notoriously corrupt judiciary to remove the governor from power as soon as possible.The controversy began in September when Purnama, known for his outspoken style, offended Muslims after he quoted a passage from the Koran during his re-election campaign.He insinuated that his opponents had used a Koranic verse to trick people into voting against him. Some interpret the verse as meaning Muslims should not vote for non-Muslim leaders.An edited version of his speech went viral online, sparking outrage.Critics want the country’s blasphemy laws overhauled. The legislation was rarely used during the 32-year rule of strongman Suharto, but in recent years has been exploited to persecute minorities, rights groups say.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThe Trump administration is taking aim at affirmative action in college admissions, allegedly fighting on behalf of White students who allege reverse discrimination. We’ll discuss the issue with Baltimore City Councilman John Bullock, a professor at Towson State University and Matthew Crenson, professor emeritus of political science at Johns Hopkins University. Plus, the Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network talk law enforcement and politics, including the discovery of more body cam footage of a Baltimore cop allegedly planting evidence.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.
According to researchers, a woman’s choice to fit in with a crowd or stand out may depend on the size of her high heels which explains the deep human urge to gain status in the society.The findings showed that women adopt local trends like changing the size of heels while moving to richer parts of the city but ignore them when they move to socio-economically lower areas.“In other words, most women want to look like rich girls and different from the poor girls,” said Kurt Gray, assistant professor at University of North Carolina in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While moving to posh cities, women tend to closely try and match the size of their heels with the heel size of other women in that city, showing a deep desire for conformity. However, on the contrary, in a bid to keep up with their individuality, they match the size of their heels with the size of their own past purchases, when shifting to poorer localities.The researchers labelled this phenomenon as “trickle down conformity”, because fashion preferences trickle down from the top but seldom up from the bottom. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“From the beginning of time, people have thirsted for respect and social standing, and have aligned themselves with the powerful and distanced themselves from the powerless. So it makes sense that they do the same with heel sizes,” Gray explained in the paper published in the journal PLOS ONE. This “aspirational fashion” of people want to look rich is getting more prevalent, with the increasing inequality in society and widening gap between rich and poor. To examine this trend, the researchers teamed up with a large-online fashion retailer. They examined the size of high heels in five years of shoe purchases —16,236 in total _of 2007 women who moved between one of 180 US cities. Such aspirations also fuel the fortunes of fashion sites that provide high-status goods for low prices, the researchers noted, adding that the phenomenon may also apply to men. “Men do the same thing when they purchase clothes, electronics or cars,” Gray said.
Kolkata: The West Bengal Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 and the Howrah Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the state Assembly on Tuesday. The West Bengal Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 empowers the state government to extend the term of a person through a notification for a period of six months if, for any reason, it is not possible to hold the general election of the Corporation before the expiry of the period of five years. The person, however, after being appointed as Mayor, has to get elected as a corporator of the civic body within six months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Howrah Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill 2018, empowers the state government to appoint a person or persons as an administrator in the event of a possibility of not holding general election of the Corporation within the statutory time limit. “It often becomes difficult to hold elections of urban local bodies across the state at different times. We want the election of all Corporations together and this will save our time and the developmental work will not be hampered. For this, it might become necessary for us to run the Corporation by an administrator for the time being,” state Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said while placing the Bills at the state Assembly. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBoth the Bills have been framed to ease out the banking related processes for the people in various municipal areas. Earlier, transactions could not have been possible in the banks which were situated outside the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation one stays in. There is a provision in the Amendment which will allow the people to transact with the banks, both nationalised and private, outside the jurisdiction of the municipality.
Kolkata: The TMC Thursday charged that BJP’s proposed Rath Yatras in West Bengal were aimed at inciting communal passion in the state and accused the party of trying to divide the people along religious lines ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said his party believes in constructive politics unlike the BJP which “only believes in destruction and dividing people”. He also referred to TMC’s fight to oust the 34-year-old Left regime in the state. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “The kind of statements BJP leaders are making everyday reflects how the BJP is trying to instigate violence in the state. In the name of law violation programme what the BJP and its cadres are doing is just hooliganism,” he told newsmen. His comments come against the backdrop of BJP’s “law violation” programme in various parts of the state against the state government’s decision to deny it permission to hold the Rath Yatra programmes in the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “The sole aim of BJP’s Rath Yatras was to incite communal passion in the state,” he said. Several BJP workers and police personnel were injured after a “law violation” programme of the saffron party turned violent in Basirhat town in North 24 Parganas district on Monday. At least 54 people have been arrested or detained in this connection, police said. The Supreme Court had on Monday declined urgent hearing on a BJP plea challenging a Calcutta High Court order disallowing its Rath Yatras in the state. The three-phased Rath yatra, also being called the ‘Save Democracy Rally’, was scheduled to be held this month and cover all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies. The rallies were to be flagged off by BJP president Amit Shah.
Infosys recently announced its partnership with Siemens to build applications for Siemens’ open cloud-based IoT operating system, Mindsphere. Mindsphere connects real-world objects (industrial machinery, systems, equipments and so on) to the digital world with the help of IoT using advanced analytics. It provides industry applications and services to help businesses achieve success. With this collaboration, Infosys and Siemens will enable customers to leverage the true power of data generated by their devices. The initial focus as company plans will be on customers in the manufacturing, energy, utilities, healthcare, pharmaceutical, transportation, and logistics industry. How Infosys plans to help Siemen’s Mindsphere: Infosys plans to offer end-to-end implementation services and post-implementation support for Mindsphere It will be using its repository of Industry 4.0 accelerators, platform tools, etc. to help customers get quickly on board Will enhance customers to have an efficient experience by using data analytics features such as predictive maintenance and end-to-end factory visibility Customers will also benefit by monetizing new data-driven services Ravi Kumar S, President and Deputy COO, Infosys, says, “There is an increasing need for enterprises to accelerate their digital journey and to deliver new and innovative services. This partnership will help us bring exciting solutions to our customers that will combine strategic insights and execution excellence.” With Infosys’ expertise in the field of industrial engineering, industrial analytics, AR and VR and with Siemens’ strength in manufacturing industrial assets brings valuable digital services to customers from different sectors. Know more about the partnership alliance on the Infosys Blog post. Read Next 5 DIY IoT projects you can build under $50 Build an IoT application with Google Cloud [Tutorial] Google releases Android Things library for Google Cloud IoT Core
Rovi Corporation has agreed to buy TiVo in a cash and stock deal worth roughly US$1.1 billion (€961 million).Rovi CEO Tom Carson will lead the combined firm, which will “adopt the iconic TiVo brand” as the new company name.Announcing the deal, Rovi said that the combining the two companies would provide them with complementary products, services, and intellectual property.Carson said that the TiVo deal “strengthens Rovi’s position as a global leader in media discovery, metadata, analytics, and IP licensing” with the arrangement coming at a time of “significant evolution” in the entertainment landscape.“The combined capabilities of TiVo and Rovi place us in a tremendous position to extend services across platforms and to a customer base that includes traditional, over-the-top and emerging players across the globe,” said Carson.“By working together, Rovi and TiVo will revolutionise how consumers experience media and entertainment and at the same time build value for our stockholders.”TiVo’s interim CEO and CFO Naveen Chopra described the deal as the “logical next step for TiVo” and said that the combined company will be a “more influential global player” that is “incredibly well positioned to redefine television”.“In joining forces with Rovi, our customers, employees and stockholders will benefit from being part of a more diversified industry leader with significantly greater market opportunities,” he said.The deal, which was first rumoured to be under discussion last month, will combine TiVo’s experience in traditional TV, OTT and on-demand UX and content discovery with Rovi’s strength in guides, personalisation, advertising, analytics and cloud services.The combined company is expected to make more than US$800 million in revenue this year after purchase accounting adjustments, and achieve at least US$100 million in annual savings – 65% of which will come in the first 12 months.The all-new TiVo will serve nearly 500 service providers across countries, adding Rovi’s current base of approximately 18 million households using Rovi guides to the more than 10 million TiVo-served households.The expanded company will also have a combined IP portfolio of more than 6,000 issued patents and pending applications.The firms said they expect to close the deal in the third quarter of this year after obtaining requisite clearances.
Netflix has introduced a new ‘smart downloads’ feature that will see the service automatically delete an episode once it has been watched and then download the next one.The new functionality is initially available on Android phones and tablets running the latest version of the Netflix app and kicks in when a user is connected to WiFi. Users can opt to manually manage their downloaded content by turning off smart downloads.“We know how annoying it can be to go through all your apps and delete files you no longer need; we also understand that when it comes to Netflix, the faster you can get to the next episode you want to watch, the better,” said Cameron Johnson, Netflix’s director of product innovation, in a company blog post.“We want to emphasise that giving consumers more control over their entertainment experience is at the heart of everything we do, and members can choose when they want to use smart downloads.”Smart downloads builds on the download function that Netflix first rolled out in 2016, which first allowed Android and iOS users to watch selected Netflix content on their mobile devices when they are on the move or not connected to the web.
ShareTweet “It needs to be scrapped altogether,” added the Foyle MLA.‘Universal Credit should be scrapped not stalled’ – Mullan was last modified: January 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: “It was supposedly designed to simplify the benefits system but the roll-out so far has clearly shown that it is riddled with faults, complications and delays.“And while the mitigation measures secured for the North have gone some way to alleviating the worst aspects of Universal Credit, the fact remains that people are suffering hardship and poverty as a result of this disastrous policy.“Despite this, the British Government is still insisting that all claimants will be on Universal Credit by 2023.“They need to start listening and stop ignoring the evidence on the ground that Universal Credit has been a disaster. Stalling it won’t fix it. Delaying it won’t bring people out of poverty. UNIVERSAL Credit should be scrapped not stalled, says Sinn Féin’s Karen Mullan.The Foyle MLA was commenting after the British Government confirmed that the next stage of rolling out the controversial welfare benefit is to be scaled back after it was beset with a string of problems. “This latest move by the British Government is further evidence that Universal Credit is simply not fit for purpose,” said Karen Mullan. British GovernmentFOYLE MLAKAREN MULLANUNIVERSAL CREDIT‘Universal Credit should be scrapped not stalled’ – Mullan
The population of Madagascar has more than doubled over the past generation, from 11.8 million in 1990 to 25 million today. And with more mouths to feed, residents are cutting down rainforests so there will be more land for agriculture.That’s a threat to the rainforest ecosystem. Madagascar rainforests are home to rare and endangered species like the black-and-white indri, the largest known lemur, topping out at about 20 pounds.Responding to concerns from environmental groups, in 2015 the government restricted the clearing of virgin forest for agriculture as well as logging or mining activities.That would mean that people in rural areas could lose their ability to make a living.So Conservation International and the government of Madagascar came up with a plan. The non-governmental group would give supplies and training to locals to help them find new ways of earning a living, from chicken farming to beekeeping to fish farming. They called these initiatives “livelihood projects.”Researchers have looked at how this compensation plan is working out and published their findings in a study published last week in PeerJ, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.What they found is that good news for lemurs might be bad news for humans.”As well as bringing benefits there are also private costs of conservation restrictions,” says Julia Jones, professor of conservation science at Bangor University and one of the paper’s authors. “These tend to be felt by the people right at the forest frontier, the people whose livelihoods depend on clearing a small patch of land to feed their family.”The study examined a rainforest in eastern Madagascar called the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor (CAZ). Local Malagasy villagers have been farming in and around the CAZ for generations. Most of the forested land in Madagascar, including the CAZ, legally belongs to the state.Conservation International administered the compensation in partnership with the Malagasy government, but funding is provided by the World Bank through the REDD+ program. REDD+ (Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) is an international effort to slow carbon dioxide emissions by preventing deforestation in developing countries.To find out if the so-called “livelihood projects” were helping locals cope, a team of researchers from the U.K. and Madagascar conducted a series of interviews with villagers.Walking for many days to reach villages, climbing mountains and crossing rivers, the researchers eventually spoke to 450 households.The results were not encouraging.The project targeted approximately 2,500 households. But thousands of people affected by the new restrictions did not receive “livelihood projects,” because the original World Bank report had significantly underestimated how many people would be affected.And when communities did receive “livelihood projects,” their value wasn’t enough to make up for what they were losing by not being able to clear new land for farming.According to the paper, Conservation International made a one-time investment of $100 to $170 on each household’s livelihood project, with the hope of seeing long-term benefits. But when villagers were asked to assign a dollar value to the aid, their rough estimate was less than $80.And while many of the recipients were appreciative of the efforts to help them, the projects did not always pan out, says Rina Mandimbiniaina, a Malagasy native who was hired as a research assistant and is one of the paper’s authors.”One family got chickens, just a few poultry,” she says. Raising chickens “was very of hard for them. They got about ten or so. But most of the poultry died.”For its part, Conservation International seems to recognize that it may need to modify its approach. “We always aim for improvements that benefit people and nature,” the organization said in an email to NPR. “Research such as this helps us improve our work on the ground.”Still, Conservation International notes that the study does not fully account for the long-term value of an intact rainforest. When other intrinsic benefits of conservation are included, such as clean water, the compensation gap may shrink.Robin Naidoo, a senior conservation scientist at the World Wildlife Fund who was not involved in the study, agrees that there are other conservation benefits the study didn’t take into account. For instance, villagers can forage for fruit and medicinal plants in intact forests.”They excluded wild harvest products from income calculations,” Naidoo says. “It’s difficult to value those but they are nevertheless a benefit.”So what’s the next step?”They [Conservation International] recognize that there is limited money out there for the community development side,” Jones says. “So yes, there are all these policies saying don’t harm local people, but the money available is very limited.”She believes that the international community needs to provide more funding for such conservation efforts.In the end, Malagasy people are open to conservation, says Sarobidy Rakotonarivo, a post-doctoral researcher at Scotland’s University of Stirling and another study author who did research on the ground. But they want respect just like anyone else. “They know that conservation is important, and they want their kids to see lemurs,” Rakotonarivo says. “But they’re very frustrated when they realize that lemurs are more important than they are.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.