Berlusconi planning comeback as club owner

first_imgFormer Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is considering purchasing a club in the third tier of Italian football.The AC Milan owner along with his former Chief executive Adriano Galliani are considering the romantic idea of purchasing Serie C side Monza.It emerged yesterday that the former Rossoneri owner and his right-hand man were considering buying the Serie C side, and it has now been confirmed that talks are taking place.“The idea is there, but nothing is defined yet,” Galliani told Corriere della Sera, as quoted by Football Italia.Berlusconi and Galliani remember one decision they would have done differently Manuel R. Medina – June 17, 2019 The former AC Milan chiefs believe they would have chosen coach Marco Giampaolo rather than Vincenzo Montella in the 2016-2017 season.Monza is definitely a romantic idea after selling Milan. The President lives 3km from Monza [in Arcore], and I was born in the city. I lived there and trained as a football director.”Berlusconi brought unprecedented success to Milan as the club owner when he bought the club in the 80’s.The Italian politician saw his AC Milan team four European cups including two UEFA Champions League trophies and two consecutive European cups in the late 80s and early 90s.last_img read more

Marco Reus Patience was the key for Dortmund win over Monaco

first_imgBorussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus feels that remaining calm and sticking to the plan was key to their 3-0 win over AS Monaco in the Champions LeagueThe Germany international was among the goalscorers in the second-half as Dortmund claimed another win to retain top spot in Group A with youngsters Jadon Sancho and Jacob Bruun Larsen grabbing the other two goals.“Monaco did very well in the first half, and at times they moved the ball around well. We had some problems creating chances to score, but we didn’t become nervous,” Reus told the Bundesliga website.“We had a good gameplan, wanted to play patiently and already showed that Monaco were slightly vulnerable in defence. In the second half, we played better from the back and created more gaps ahead of us.”The 29-year credited new head coach Lucien Favre for their unbeaten start to the season with Dortmund the new leaders of the Bundesliga.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I know what our coach can do and what kind of philosophy he has, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to me,” said Reus.“We certainly won’t beat all our opponents easily, but the way we’ve been playing – especially in our past two or three matches – makes me feel very positive and we know we can always score. There’s still a lot to do, though.“Monaco also had two or three really good chances on the break. If they’d done better with those, it could have been really dangerous for us. We currently have momentum on our side, but we still have to work hard for that.”Dortmund will next face FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.last_img read more

Pulisic privileged to have joined legendary Chelsea

first_imgChristian Pulisic is proud to have completed a transfer to Chelsea and is looking forward to joining his new team next seasonThe USA forward has completed a €64m transfer to Chelsea today but will spend the remainder of this term on loan at current club Borussia Dortmund.Across the past two years, Pulisic has developed into one of the most exciting young talents in Europe right now after impressing at Germany.The 20-year-old had been linked with moves to Liverpool and Tottenham in the past, but Chelsea ultimately won the race for his services.Now Pulisic can’t wait to get started at Stamford Bridge and fulfil his dream of playing Premier League football.“In summer I move on to Chelsea and to a new competition, the English Premier League,” Pulisic told the Chelsea website.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…“It’s a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club and I look forward to working hard towards being a contributor to their team of world-class players.”Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘We are delighted to have signed one of Europe’s most sought-after young players.“Christian has shown his quality during a fantastic spell in Germany and at just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come.“We look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer and wish him and Dortmund every success for the remainder of the season.”Pulisic has managed 15 goals and 24 assists in 115 appearances for Dortmund across all competitions.last_img read more

Gattuso calls for focus at AC Milan ahead of critical fixtures

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has issued his players a warning as the battle for a top-four spot in the Serie A heats up.The Rossoneri are currently down in sixth-place in the standings and two points adrift of fourth-place AS Roma, who defeated Chievo Verona 3-0 on Friday night.Therefore, victory against Cagliari is a must on Sunday for Milan if they are to retake their spot in the top four of the table in a bid to return to Champions League football for the first time since 2014.Gattuso’s men have only claimed three wins in their last seven Serie A games following a run of tricky fixtures, which recently involved Napoli and Roma.But Milan’s next five opponents are all in the bottom half of the standings and could potentially offer them a chance to establish themselves in the top four.Although Gattuso is taking nothing for granted given Milan’s slip-ups in recent years.“It’s important to stay focused, knowing that for the past seven or eight years we have reached spring and not been in the running for a Champions League spot,” said Gattuso on the club website.“We need to be in a good position when we come to play our final games of the season, this is our objective.“The players have had the opportunity to rest a bit this week, often it’s better to rest than work. Playing before the others has helped us because when we’ve played teams that have less games than us we’ve tended to struggle.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’ll be a difficult match against Cagliari and the stakes are particularly high tomorrow, especially given other results (wins for Lazio and Roma on Thursday and Friday respectively).”In their last 10 league outings, Milan have only found the net eight times and conceded five.“We certainly need to improve technically and fill the penalty area more, and sometimes this can be put down to laziness,” added Gattuso.“However, in order to not concede goals, you have to work hard. It’s all a question of how you are mentally, and we’ve trained to play a certain kind of football.“A lot of desire is needed, and we need to make the difference by thinking about what we want to do.”The Milan and Cagliari will take place at the San Siro on Sunday with kick-off set for 8:30 PM (CET).Coach Gattuso previewed the game against Cagliari. Here are the best bits from the press conference 🎙Un minuto per riascoltare le parole del Mister alla vigilia di #MilanCagliari⏱ pic.twitter.com/eaJC1CSWwj— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 9, 2019last_img read more

Shortterm vacation rental advocates want new rules on November ballot

first_imgShort-term vacation rental advocates want new rules on November ballot August 28, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 28, 2018 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 SettingsMIDWAY DISTRICT (KUSI) – You may have seen the signature gatherers, the petitions circulating throughout San Diego, asking for the new short term vacation rental rules set by City Council in July to be put on the ballot for the voters to have the final say.A group called, “Save San Diego Neighborhoods” gathered today to raise awareness about what they believe to be deceptive tactics Airbnb petition gatherers are using. They claim they have heard them say things like, “Sign this to support affordable housing.”Save San Diego published this press release outlining Tuesday’s event:Save San Diego Neighborhoods will be holding a press conference to raise awareness about the deceptive tactics Airbnb petition gatherers are using to lure local resident into signing their petition. Airbnb petition gatherers have been overheard saying that the petition is “supporting affordable housing to make it easier for people to get off the streets.”In truth, Airbnb is trying to overturn the City Council-approved short-term rental ordinance by collecting signatures to place a measure on the ballot. San Diegans deserve to know that they are actually signing and who is funding this effort.Save San Diego Neighborhoods will be joined by a broad coalition including Unite Here, Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry, Councilmember Lorie Zapf and numerous local residents who are calling for an end to Airbnb’s deceptive tactics.KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez has the details. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Fire at Islamic Center of Escondido may have been caused by arson

first_img 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 SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI) – Police believe an early morning fire at an Escondido mosque may have been caused by arson, an officer said.The fire was reported around 3 a.m. at the Islamic Center of Escondido, according to Escondido Police Lt. Scott Walters. The mosque is on West Sixth Avenue near South Escondido Boulevard.Seven people were inside the building when they noticed a fire had been set to the outside of the mosque, Escondido Police Lt. Chris Lick said. They were able to get the blaze out with a fire extinguisher and called 911.None of the seven saw who set the fire. No one was injured, and the fire only caused minor exterior damage.Graffiti was left on the building making reference to the terrorist attacks that killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this month, Lick said.Detectives were investigating the incident as an arson and a possible hate crime.“Our message to community is to make sure they keep a watchful eye out,” Lick said. “If they see something suspicious, especially around a house of worship, they should call police.” Posted: March 24, 2019 Fire at Islamic Center of Escondido may have been caused by arson March 24, 2019 Updated: 11:45 AMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

New Study Digital Magazines Outperform Other Electronic Media With Ads Readers

first_img18% Digital magazines may seem old hat to some but they compare favorably to other electronic media when it comes to advertising and reader experiences, according to a new survey called “The Case of Advertising in Interactive Digital Magazines,” by Josh Gordon, founder of Smarter Media Sales. The survey is based on 5,612 questionnaires taken from subscribers to the following digital magazines: Grand, HipCompass Escapes, HorseLink, Outside Go!, PopSci Genius Guide, Premier Guitar, VIVmag and Winding Road. Nxtbook Media and VIVmag (published by Zinio) sponsored the survey. Readers Less Likely to Ignore Ads in Digital Editions? According to the survey, 70 percent of the readers of the digital editions that participated in the study were less likely to ignore display ads in digital editions than on Web sites (30 percent said they were more likely to pay attention to display ads on Web sites). While Web sites generate more impressions, digital editions tend to promote a longer user experience. Julian Lloyd Evans, managing director of advertising at Dennis Publishing (publisher of online magazine Monkey) told Gordon that on average, interactive magazines are viewed for 20 to 30 minutes while the average Web site visit is eight to nine minutes. Digital magazines 29% More useful info:81% More visually appealing:83% 20% Easier to read:80% More trustworthy:71% 22% 17% 21% More fun:82% Digital magazines 35% Invites involvement:80% Less intrusive:71% 17% 45% Has more content:55% 19% 20%center_img More credible:79% Web sites More fun to read:85% More trustworthy:79% The Role of Digital ExtrasWhen it comes to reading the digital edition, digital “extras” can often spark interest in an article the reader may have otherwise ignored. About one in five respondents said they play the digital extra before moving on to another article, while 28.1 percent said they will read a bit of the article and then play the digital extra before moving on to the next article. Forty-four percent of respondents said digital extras give articles they had no interest in a second chance to be read. Which of the following “digital extras” have enhanced your reading experience of digital magazines the most?Videos: 75%Extra Photos: 58%Slide shows: 37.4%Audio: 35.7%Flash animation: 30.6% More authoritative:78% More focused experience:80% 29% 20% 15% 27% Better organized:78% The study also found that respondents found ads in digital magazines more helpful than ads in other electronic media. Ads in digital magazines were named the most interesting, followed by TV ads (mobile phone ads were ranked the least interesting). Which forms of electronic advertising do you find helpful or interesting? Ads in digital magazines: 63.2%Television ads: 53.8%Radio ads: 34.8%E-mails: 22.4%Ads in e-mail newsletters: 20.6%Website banner ads: 16.4%Website pop-up ads: 2.3%Ads on mobile phone: 1.9%Reader Experience According to the survey, 82 percent of respondents say digital magazines were “more engaging” than Web sites with similar content (compared to 18 percent who chose the web sites). In terms of overall reading experience, readers chose digital magazines over Web sites (Gordon notes that in some areas, digital editions are perceived to offer more content than Web sites even though they typically offer less, and that readers of digital editions are more accepting of digital extras, like video and flash animation). 21% More authoritative:65% Web sites Look forward to it more:83% 22% Seventy-one percent of respondents said ads on digital editions were less intrusive than Web sites (where reader action is often very goal-oriented) while 79 percent said ads in digital editions were more credible. How would you compare your reaction to display ads in digital magazines with banner ads? Easier to read:73%last_img read more

To Preserve Aerospace Cluster San Antonio Needs to Revisit Its Value Proposition

first_imgSan Antonio needs to think strategically about the advantages it offers the aerospace industry to ensure it doesn’t lose a chunk of the sector to other places, a senior executive with Port San Antonio said at a chamber of commerce event last month.Officials should consider further investment in facilities and the workforce, expanding the components of the aerospace industry the region excels in and competing on qualities other than price, according to Jim Perschbach, executive vice president for business development at Port San Antonio, the reuse project at the former Kelly Air Force Base.The city specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul, with a core competency in servicing aging types of airframes and engines, reported San Antonio Express-News. But it could strengthen its aerospace cluster by branching out to commercial paint application, satellite communications, landing gear and navigation, Perschbach said. The port is home to nearly 12,000 workers in the aerospace, manufacturing, logistics and DOD sectors.“We have a skill set that I would put up against anywhere in the world for working on those platforms,” he said. “But when you look at newer aircraft coming online, newer engines coming on line, it’s an entirely new technology. And it’s going to require that we maintain that edge.”Perschbach also highlighted the need for San Antonio to review the incentives it offers major employers, a tool that continues to play an oversized role in attracting aerospace companies.“What are others doing? It’s big cash incentives, big infrastructure incentives, all targeted to employers who do three things: pay well, attract other employers and are in it for the long haul,” he said.  Through continued investment in its aerospace facilities and workforce development programs, the city could be in a position to guarantee the industry cluster never leaves the region.  “There is such a thing in industry as being too big to fail; and we need to make sure that whatever industry it is, whether it’s aerospace or cyber, whatever, it just can’t afford to pick up and leave,” Perschbach said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Pentagon Reform Plan Would Prevent Future Savings Analysts Say

first_imgTwo analysts argue that House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry’s proposal to eliminate seven defense support agencies as part of an effort to cut $25 billion in annual spending from Pentagon overhead would have the paradoxical impact of hampering DOD’s ability to trim waste in the future. By shuttering the Office of Economic Adjustment, the plan would make it more difficult to close unneeded facilities, state William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, and Miriam Pemberton, a federal budgeting expert and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, in separate op-eds.“Going after military waste, Rep. Thornberry wants to shut down the agency whose job it is to help the Pentagon get rid of expensive bases it doesn’t need or want. Tell me what sense this makes,” Pemberton says. OEA has helped communities convert excess military bases into new civilian uses while replacing most of the lost civilian jobs, both point out.“Eliminating the agency will enable waste writ large, on a scale larger than anything that might be saved by reducing bureaucracy alone,” Hartung says. He describes the proposal as “a faux reform plan that is the policy equivalent of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.”DOD photo by Army Sgt. James McCann Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The next Game of Thrones Epic books headed to TV and movie

first_imgOriginally published May 19.  Now that the Game of Thrones is finally played out, how will you fill your time? You could watch some of the best fantasy and action TV shows already available, or you could go back to George R.R. Martin’s novels when he gets round to completing the Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired HBO’s smash hit. But then what?Luckily there’s no shortage of epic fantasy, sci-fi and thriller books being adapted into movies and TV shows in the coming months and years. From beloved classics to contemporary best-sellers, these are some of the adaptations that will challenge Game of Thrones’ crown to become your new obsession.Dune Call Me By Your Name star Timothy Chalamet leads the glittering cast in a new version of Dune. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images The cult 1984 movie and 2000 miniseries have their fans, but in November 2020 we’re being treated to a new big-screen version of Frank Herbert’s classic novel. In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides and his son Paul battle over life-giving spice with the venal Baron Harkonnen on the desert world of Arrakis. After reimagining Blade Runner 2049, acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve takes on another sci-fi classic with the help of a galaxy of stars: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem are among those involved. Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over Post a comment FoundationIsaac Asimov’s seminal Foundation series is coming to Apple’s streaming service, Apple TV Plus. Beginning as a series of short stories in 1942, the Foundation books make up a vast, dense sci-fi saga about scientists trying to stave off an oncoming dark age. The 10-episode series is being developed by Josh Friedman, the man behind the Terminator TV series, and David Goyer, co-writer of the Dark Knight movies.Who Fears DeathGame of Thrones fans will be interested to know George R.R. Martin is an executive producer on HBO’s show based on the 2015 novel by Nnedi Okorafor. The post-apocalyptic afrofuturist story follows young Onyesonwu on a quest to find her father — a sorceror who raped her mother. It’s being adapted by Twilight Zone writer Selwn Seyfu Hinds. Good Omensgood-omens-amazon-tennant-sheen-goodomens-106-03098-1-fnlMichael Sheen and David Tennant enjoy Good Omens. Chris Raphael David Tennant and Michael Sheen are perfectly cast as a demon and an angel throwing a wrench in the works of the apocalypse in Good Omens on Amazon. The miniseries is based on the devilishly funny 1990 novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman about the delightful shenanigans that ensue when the antichrist accidentally grows up with the wrong family. While many others on this list are still in development, Good Omens premieres soon, on May 31.Lord of the Rings Amazon paid a quarter of a billion dollars for the rights to a new TV show based on JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings stories, because who hasn’t looked at Peter Jackson’s movie series and thought, yeah it’s OK but it could be longer. Rumors suggest Amazon Video’s series could be set in the distant history of Middle-earth, years before the events of The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. We’ll find out in 2021.The RookYoung Myfanwy Thomas can’t remember why she’s woken up surrounded by dead bodies. But it’s probably got something to do with a secret service for humans with weird abilities in this supernatural spy thriller based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley. Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson and Olivia Munn star in this TV show premiering on Starz June 30.ArmadaThe runaway success of Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One guaranteed his next book, Armada, was bought by Universal Pictures before it was even published. The book follows high school student Zack Lightman as he suspects his favorite online game is a sophisticated simulator training him to face a very real alien invasion.GormenghastIt was adapted by the BBC in 2000, but this time Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman are involved in a new adaptation of the baroque novels by Mervyn Peake. Murder and betrayal ensue as the rightful heir Titus Groan to Castle Gormenghast challenges the scheming Steerpike.His Dark MaterialsForget the underwhelming 2007 movie version of The Golden Compass. This planned BBC adaptation is a TV show, which should give the space and depth for a satisfying take on Philip Pullman’s novels Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Steered by some of the producers behind Doctor Who, the story follows young Lyra in an adventure spanning twisted parallel versions of our reality. Logan’s Dafne Keen stars as Lyra with James McAvoy and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Now playing: Watch this: 77 Photos 0 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Tags The Kingkiller Chronicle Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and cult director Sam Raimi are reportedly overseeing TV and movie adaptations of this recent series by author Patrick Rothfuss. First released in 2007, The Name of the Wind and sequel The Wise Man’s Fear recount the memoirs of musician and magician Kvothe. Like Game of Thrones, the final book, called The Doors of Stone, has yet to be published.Consider Phlebas Amazon boss Jeff Bezos gave a personal stamp of approval to the announcement that Amazon’s streaming service is adapting Iain M. Banks’ 1987 novel, the first in the Culture series. These weighty space opera stories are set in a utopian society in which civilizations awkwardly co-exist with each other and with artificial intelligence, while spaceships have names like “Prosthetic Conscience” and “No More Mr Nice Guy.”Game of Thrones prequelOK, so maybe nothing can replace Game of Thrones. If only Westeros will do, HBO has you covered with a planned Game of Thrones prequel series set centuries before the hit show. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts 6:20 50 Photos TV and Movies Game of Throneslast_img read more

Kajal to be part of Hollywood crossover film based on true story

first_imgKajal Aggarwal.PR HandoutActress Kajal Aggarwal is all set to become a global star with her upcoming flick which said to be a crossover film. She is going international with an opportunity to pair up with Jeffrey Gee Chin, who is popular in Hollywood for award-winning short film Lil Tokyo Reporter. This film will be made in three languages – English, Hindi and Telugu and Kajal will be playing the leading lady. While Jeffrey will be seen in the English version, Manchu Vishnu will be seen in the Telugu version. The shooting for the three languages will begin on July 15.The film is a relationship drama and will feature many prominent Hollywood actors in the English version and several Indian actors across the country for Hindi and Telugu versions. According to sources, the film is based on a true story. It is more about a couple who are injured in an accident and the changes in their life after that. Hunting for the lead actor of the Hindi version is still on and in addition to Kajal, the film will have one more heroine.An official confirmation from Kajal Aggarwal about this project is awaited. Further details of the film will be announced soon, The Times of India reported.Crossover films are becoming popular nowadays and this is going to be the second crossover film from the Telugu film industry. Anushka’s Nishabdam tops the list and the shooting of the film has been going on in Seattle. This film has Madhavan, Shalini Pandey, Anjali and others too in key roles.last_img read more

WB provides Bangladesh 570m for 2 health projects

first_imgWBThe World Bank on Friday endorsed a total of $570 million for two projects in Bangladesh to improve health, nutrition, and population services as well as to strengthen the country’s public procurement.Announcing the approval of the financing, a WB news release said the two projects will help further progress towards better health outcomes and optimal use of public resources through an effective public procurement and monitoring system.“The World Bank and the government have been working together for years to improve the health sector and public procurement performance,” said WB country director Qimiao Fan.“This will benefit the entire nation and support Bangladesh’s journey to becoming an upper middle-income country.”The $515 million ‘Health Sector Support Project’ is designed to strengthen the country’s health system and improve quality and coverage of essential service delivery, with a focus on Sylhet and Chittagong divisions, where key health indicators are below national average.It aims to increase the number of mothers receiving quality delivery care in public health facilities to at least 146,000 mothers annually in Sylhet and Chittagong divisions.  It will also provide basic immunization to nearly 5 million children, the news release said.In Sylhet and Chittagong divisions, it will support school-based adolescent health and nutrition services.It is expected to enable over 7000 community clinics to provide complete essential data on service delivery, and ensure at least 150 health facilities to each have two accredited midwives on staff.“Since 1975, the World Bank has been working with Bangladesh to improve health, nutrition and population outcomes, helping reduce maternal mortality by 40 per cent as of 2010 and under-5 child mortality by 29 per cent as of 2014,” said Patrick Mullen, WB task team leader.Co-task team leader Kari Hurt added, “The project will support Bangladesh to address emerging health challenges; complete the Millennium Development Goal agenda; and set the foundation to achieve progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.”The financing will contribute to the government’s $14.7 billion health sector programme between 2017 and 2022.The other financing approved, the $55 million ‘Digitising Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project’, will help Bangladesh improve public procurement performance, including its capacity to monitor implementation of development projects and programmes using digital technology.Bangladesh spends over $7 billion yearly on public procurement, which constitutes about 70 per cent of the annual development programme.The WB helped Bangladesh roll out electronic procurement (e-GP) in four key public procuring entities in 2011, and establish a high capacity data center in 2016 to accommodate increasing demand for electronic procurement. The new project will expand e-GP to all 1300 government procuring organisations.The project will help the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division effectively monitor the execution of annual development programs by establishing a single online platform connecting all public sector organisations.The project will also engage citizens to monitor quality and progress of development work.“Since 2002, the World Bank has been supporting Bangladesh to make systemic changes in public procurement to improve the efficiency and transparency of public spending,” said Zafrul Islam, WB task team leader. “By institutionalising electronic procurement and digitising project implementation monitoring, the project will improve effective utilisation of public resources. It will also help enhance accountability of public officials through citizen engagement.”last_img read more

BSF kills Bangladeshi along border

first_imgBSFA Bangladeshi national was shot to death reportedly by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) members along Sahebnagar border in Godagari upazila of Rajshahi on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased is Jamal, 45, son of a certain Golam Mostafa of Char Ashariadaha in the upazila.Confirming the incident, BGB Sahebnagar camp commander Nayeb Subedar Sultan Molla said the BGB members from Char Ashariadah camp opened fire to some ‘cattle traders’ including Jamal while they went to pillar no. 1 on the bordering area, leaving Jamal dead on the spot.last_img

Why Metro Is Making Some Changes To Its New Bus Network

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Gail DelaughterA Metro bus stationed on Old Katy Road during the recent floods.It was almost a year ago that Metro unveiled a totally revamped bus network. But officials said riders would see periodic changes.The transit agency makes service adjustments three times a year. Those changes are made in January, at the end of the school year, and at the start of classes in the fall. The latest changes affect over thirty Metro routes and that includes both local buses and park and rides. They went into effect last weekend. Metro’s Jerome Gray says one thing they’re trying to do is ease overcrowding on some of the more popular routes. “We’ve added some trips earlier in the morning to accommodate people asking for that,” Gray says.Changes also affect the park-and-ride buses. Gray says ridership usually dips toward the end of the school year and they also thought they’d have fewer riders because of oil and gas layoffs. But it turns out that wasn’t the case. “Interestingly enough on several of those park and ride routes we’ve actually seen an uptick in the ridership,” says Gray. “I think a number of people are just opting to not drive their car all the way into work. They’re opting to park it and get on the bus.”  Still more changes are expected in the months to come. New Metro Chairman Carrin Patman says one of her goals is to find neighborhoods that were left out when the new bus system was designed. X 00:00 /01:16 Sharelast_img read more

Federal Highway Administration Approves CSX Tunnel Expansion in DC

first_imgThe Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) had given its stamp of approval to CSX Transportation’s proposed reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel in Southeast Washington, D.C., ending a three-year-long environmental review process.The tunnel project is privately-funded by CSX, but because construction will impact federal and District property, approval from FHWA and the D.C. Department of Transportation are necessary.In August, the FHWA delayed issuing a record of decision (ROD) on the project, at the behest of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., to give the DC Council a chance to review the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and other aspects of the plan. But, on Nov. 4, the federal agency greenlighted use of the roadways, including Interstate 695 ramps, needed to complete the project.“After a consideration of the effects of the FHWA approval action on the natural, human and built environments and reasonable alternatives to those actions based on information presented in the FEIS…the FHWA decision is to approve the short-term closure of I-695 ramps located at 6th and 8th Streets SE [and] the occupancy of a portion of the 11th Street Bridge right-of-way located on I-695,” the decision read.“The basis for this ROD is supported by the information presented in the FEIS, supporting technical documents, the associated project record, and input received from the public and interested District of Columbia and federal agencies,” the ROD continued. “The FHWA considered the impacts of the Project and alternative courses of action under NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) while balancing the needs of CSX, the project sponsor, to reconstruct its tunnel facility located under Virginia Avenue SE with public and agency concerns regarding the Project.”FHWA supported CSX’s preferred alternative, which involves replacing the 3,800-foot, 110-year-old tunnel with two new permanent tunnels constructed sequentially. The tunnels will be rebuilt to accommodate double-stacked intermodal freight trains and to alleviate a chokepoint along CSX’s eastern seaboard freight rail corridor, which connects Mid-Atlantic and Midwest states.“The Virginia Avenue Tunnel is a critical piece of our national and regional transportation infrastructure,” said Louis E. Renjel, Jr., vice president of strategic infrastructure initiatives for CSX, which is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. “Reconstructing the aging tunnel will eliminate a long-standing rail bottleneck that impacts freight and commuter rail, and it will increase the network’s capacity ahead of anticipated growth in freight-rail traffic.”Some residents who live near the VAT reject FHWA’s decision, however, and say the project should be halted until the DC Council completes its comprehensive Rail Plan study that is currently underway.“This decision shows that the public has never been treated fairly.  Our concerns – namely the grave public health and safety risks posed by the project and how passenger and commuter rail in the District can expand – have consistently been ignored. And we know now that DDOT had pre-approved CSX’s preferred plan from the very beginning before any environmental review had been conducted,” said Helen Douglas of DCSafeRail, the group against the expanded tunnels. “This project should NOT be granted any permits until the appropriate answers are provided, including waiting for completion of the Council’s Rail Plan so that its analyses and conclusions are part of a new or modified environmental review.”CSX said community input has helped shape the project and they will continue to work with residents to address their concerns.“While this decision is the end of the Federal environmental review process, it is just the beginning of a new phase of CSX’s relationship with the community,” Renjel said in his statement. “We are committed to doing this project the right way; safely, respecting our neighbors and working closely with residents and businesses to minimize impacts and to ensure that they are informed about construction plans.”last_img read more

Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos Exits After ATTs Otter Media Buyout

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Please join me at All-Hands today where I will speak more about this transition and we will hear from Tony Goncalves and Andy Forssell.Sincerely,-George George Strompolos, founder and CEO of Fullscreen, is stepping down as chief exec to move into an advisory role, a move coming after AT&T’s deal to secure full ownership of Fullscreen parent Otter Media.Strompolos founded Fullscreen in January 2011 as one of the original YouTube multichannel networks that aggregated the channels of thousands of creators.In a memo to Fullscreen employees Friday, Strompolos wrote that he will be moving into an adviser role to Fullscreen and Otter Media. Fullscreen staff will continue to report into Otter Media COO Andy Forssell.“After spending some time away from work and reflecting on my own personal journey, I have decided that now is the right time for me to step down as CEO,” Strompolos wrote.Fullscreen sold a majority stake to AT&T and Chernin Group in 2014, in what would become their Otter Media digital-video joint venture. AT&T acquired Chernin Group’s controlling stake in Otter Media in June. Popular on Variety Since becoming part of AT&T/TCG’s Otter Media, Fullscreen has undergone a series of significant shifts. It made a significant investment in a subscription VOD service, launched in April 2016, targeted at millennials and stocked with original shows. But Fullscreen pulled the plug on it at the end of 2017 after the SVOD service failed to gain traction.Today, Fullscreen is primarily an influencer marketing and branded-content agency, according to Otter Media CEO Tony Goncalves, speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment and Tech Summit in L.A. on Thursday. Where Fullscreen once had as many as 75,000 creator partners three years ago, it now counts 4,500, according to AT&T.Prior to launching Fullscreen, Strompolos worked at Google’s YouTube for more than six years, where he co-created the YouTube partnership program.Read Strompolos’ memo to Fullscreen staff:Team,After spending some time away from work and reflecting on my own personal journey, I have decided that now is the right time for me to step down as CEO. Tomorrow I will be transitioning into an Advisor role to Fullscreen and Otter Media. Fullscreen will continue to report into Otter’s COO, Andy Forssell.Building Fullscreen has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. We knew early on that online video, the smartphone and social media would change the world. Together we built a first-of-its-kind company that empowers a diverse spectrum of creative voices and redefines how brands approach their marketing in the modern era. I will never forget the friendships, the late night sessions, the challenges, the wins, the work, the laughs we’ve had and the culture we built. Thank you.My hope is that I have instilled a real spirit of creativity, relentlessness and innovation here that will continue forward in each of you for years to come. We have a deep bench of leaders who reflect these values and will ensure that the future of Fullscreen remains bright. I look forward to supporting this team as an Advisor going forward.last_img read more

Doctors protest against assault by patients family in Alipurduar

first_imgSiliguri: The doctors of the District Hospital in Alipurduar resorted to a protest against the assault on a doctor and have refused to attend the outpatient department (OPD) since Monday.Sources said that on July 23, Sutapa Biswas, a residentof Palashbari, had beenadmitted to the hospital and had given birth to a baby boy on the same evening. Shewas released on Sunday afternoon.Due to repetitive complaints of a severe ache in the spine from Sutapa, Amrit Biswas, her husband, who is a police constable in the intelligence branch, refused to take his discharged wife home. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe patient party complained that the medications from the hospital were unable to cure Sutapa’s ache.During Dr. Mayukh Chakraborty’s visit on Sunday evening, Amrit and one of his colleagues had an altercation with the doctor, going on to assault him in the femaleward.The incident took place at around 7:30 pm on Sunday. Dr. Chakraborty had been rescued by the on-duty nurses and other staff present in the hospital premises. A meeting was held in the hospital on that very day at around 8:30 pm by the board of doctors, to discuss the incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAmrit has been missing since the incident. The rescued doctor had been admitted to the CCU.Except for the indooremergency department, all the other services have been discontinued by the doctors, as a mark of protest against the assault.The protest prompted the district administration to intervene, following which Amrit has been suspended by the district police.”The doctors have boycotted the services of the hospital and set up a temporary camp near the hospital. We are trying to resolve the matter. We are having meetings with the high authorities to resolve the problem at the earliest,” said Chinmay Burmun, the superintendent of the hospital.Under the instructions of the superintendent, Sutapa and her son have not been released from the hospital yet.last_img read more

Amazon rolls out AWS Amplify Console a deployment and hosting service for

first_imgOn day 1 of AWS re:Invent 2018, the team at Amazon released AWS Amplify Console, a continuous deployment and hosting service for mobile web applications. The AWS Amplify Console helps in avoiding downtime during application deployment and simplifies the deployment of the application’s front end and backend. Features of AWS Amplify Console Simplified continuous workflows By connecting AWS Amplify Console to the code repository, the frontend and backend are deployed in a single workflow on every code commit. This lets the web application to get updated only after the deployment is successfully completed by eliminating inconsistencies between the application’s frontend and backend. Easy Access AWS Amplify Console makes the building, deploying, and hosting of mobile web applications easier. It also lets users access the features faster. Easy custom domain setup One can set up custom domains managed in Amazon Route 53 with a single click and also get a free HTTPS certificate. If one manages the domain in Amazon Route 53, the Amplify Console automatically connects the root, subdomains and branch subdomains. Globally available The apps are served via Amazon’s reliable content delivery network with 144 points of presence globally. Atomic deployments In AWS Amplify Console, the atomic deployments eliminate the maintenance windows and the scenarios where files fail to upload properly. Password protection The Amplify Console comes with a password to protect the web app and one easily work on new features without making them publicly accessible. Branch deployments With Amplify Console, one can work on new features without impacting the production. Also, the users can create branch deployments linked to each feature branch. Other features The Amplify Console automatically detects the front end build settings along with any backend functionality provisioned with the Amplify CLI when connected to a code repository. With AWS Amplify Console, users can easily manage the production and staging environments for front-end and backend by connecting new branches. With AWS Amplify Console, one get screenshots of the app, rendered on different mobile devices to highlight layout issues. Users can now set up rewrites and redirects to maintain SEO rankings. Users can build web apps with static and dynamic functionality. One can deploy SSGs (Service Selection Gateway) with free SSL on the AWS Amplify Console. Check out the official announcement to know more about AWS Amplify Console. Read Next Day 1 at the Amazon re: Invent conference – AWS RoboMaker, Fully Managed SFTP Service for Amazon S3, and much more! Amazon re:Invent 2018: AWS Snowball Edge comes with a GPU option and more computing power Amazon re:Invent 2018: AWS Key Management Service (KMS) Custom Key Storelast_img read more

Replete 20 updated with ClojureScript 110516

first_imgMike Fikes, the creator of Replete, a ClojureScript REPL for iOS and Android, announced last month that Replete 2.0 has been updated with ClojureScript 1.10.516. Replete 2.0 offers a full-featured REPL environment, ideal for ClojureScript language learning.  Replete 2.0 is a new flagship version that includes an Android application along with a handful of other functions. Replete 2.0 introduces file & network IO via replete.core, replete.io and replete.http namespaces. Replete depends on the ability of ClojureScript to self-host, and thus always essentially carry its compiler with it. Replete iOS was one of the first applications that used self-hosted ClojureScript. Replete was then ported to Android, just recently, states Fikes on Hacker Rank. Fikes had also tweeted earlier in January this year, stating that he wanted help from people who can test the beta version of Replete 2.0. Moreover, with Replete 2.0, users can now send text to Replete via a URL from other apps for evaluation as the ‘generic hooks’ still exist. In fact, there used to be an iOS app called Lisping earlier that allowed you to edit text and then send it to Replete for evaluation. Fikes further stated that he only uses Lisping and Replete for ‘quick checks of things’ (observing what a particular form might evaluate to, checking a docstring, etc). “I’ve never really used Replete for any heavy development”, states Fikes. Read Next Clojure 1.10 released with Prepl, improved error reporting and Java compatibility ClojureCUDA 0.6.0 now supports CUDA 10 Clojure 1.10.0-beta1 is out!last_img read more

July 13 2012Katie passed quietly in her home the

first_imgJuly 13, 2012Katie passed quietly in her home the morning Wednesday June 27th 2012, surrounded by the love of her family.Katie Farmer – Hillis – Crist was born in 1919 in Atoka, OK, where she and her 3 brothers: Louis, Carl, Pat and 2 sisters: Clara and Betsy, grew up on her father’s farm. Katie told stories of her family traveling by covered wagon to see relatives in neighboring states. At the age of 9 Katie’s mother passed away. Shortly after she took her first job in a local diner to help the family with expenses and with few exceptions she held a job from age 9 to 77.After Katie’s brother, Louis [abombadier] was taken prisoner and later died in a German POW camp she moved her husband and boys to Oakland CA. There she worked in the ship yards not as Rosie the Riveter but as Wendy the Welder. Katie became a certified welder in just over 3 weeks [half the normal training time]. Because she was both tiny and fearless she welded hulls up high, down low, and in all sorts of tight spaces – “send Katie, she’ll fit”. At the close of WWII Katie turned in her stinger and rod and returned to Oklahoma. Waitress work provided her the ability to support her family and time with her children. Waitress wages, tips and a frugal way allowed Katie to raise her children in comfort. Katie worded the graveyard shift as it allowed her more time with her kids. She would get them off to school, sleep some, spend most of the day with them, and tuck them in before heading off to work. Katie was fiercely protective of her children and very devoted. Katie retired the first time from Prospectors Skillet in Prescott, AZ where celerities such as Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood and John Wayne were among her regular customers when they were in town.Intending to volunteer, Katie began working various jobs at Arcosanti outside Cordes Junction AZ. After 2 weeks it was noticed that she was as dedicated to the project as any staff. To her surprise she was given a paycheck to which her response was “I guss I better get working then.”Friendly and adventuresome Katie developed strong friendships. Abouth the age of 70 she and a girlfriend rende a couple of quad-runners and went camping for 4 days in the desert. That was not unusual for Katie; she was alway up for a new experience.At the age of 77 Katie moved to Phoenix to be closer to her family. She had a loving heart, open home and could be depended upon in a crisis.Katies family came to Arcosanti last week to say good-by to her in a place that Katie loved. Each time she visited she said how much she would like to come back.Katie is survived bydaughters Cindy and Susie,sons John and Bobby,grandchildren Shannon, tiffany, Jay, Cory, Derek, Frank, Merinda, Michella and Heath,great-grandchildren Nicki, Georgia, C.J., Cyndle, Siera, Hilo, Nina, Robbie, Alexander, Justin and Christina.[text: from Katies family & photo: Sue]last_img read more