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Wednesday 21 Jan #1 – Tour Diary

first_imgGive us a rundown of your day?Today was a relaxing day, where the team was able to sleep in and rest up until 2:30pm. We all gathered at this time for a team meeting to discuss and review what will be going on for the next few days, injury concerns and what needs to be done before game one on Friday. After the meeting we went to Waiwera Hot Springs to relax in the team environment.How is the team shaping up for the 2010 Trans Tasman?The team is looking very sharp and confident for the up coming Trans Tasman. Everyone is excited and looking forward to game one on Friday.What is the Atmosphere like in the team?The Team atmosphere is very special. The team has bonded like no other team I have played in. Being so close makes it easier for us to play together on the field.After a strong performance in the 2009 Trans Tasman series, what can we expect out of you this year?Personally I am just looking to play my role for the team which Bernie has given me. We also have a lot more set up attacking plays and looking forward to running them out on the field.Who is your most annoying team mate to room with? Explain?This is an easy question. Tony Eltakchi is easily the most annoying person to room with. He is always walking around in his g strings listening and dancing to his 1980’s music. My other 2 room mates, Ryan Pollock and Peter Norman are also very annoying.Touch Football Australia would like to thank Ben for answering some questions to give the Touch Football community back home an update of what has been happening on the Tour.last_img read more

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Market sees foreign fund outflow worth Rs 44500 crore in 201819

first_imgNew Delhi: Despite heavy fund infusion by FPIs over the past two month, the domestic financial market suffered a foreign fund outflow of over Rs 44,500 crore on net basis in the fiscal 2018-19 as macroeconomic headwinds weighed on investor sentiment through the year. Hike in rates by the US Federal Reserve, depreciating rupee, rise in crude oil prices, worsening current account deficit, concerns over fiscal deficit and current account deficit target, coupled with trade tiff between the US and China dampened the mood in emerging markets, experts said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn financial year 2018-19, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) pulled out a net sum of Rs 1,629 crore from equities and Rs 42,951 crore from the bonds market, taking the total net outflow to Rs 44,580 crore, the depositories data showed. In comparison, FPIs had infused a net amount of Rs 25,634 crore in the equities and over Rs 1,19,035 crore in the debt market, a total net investment of Rs 1,44,669 crore in the previous fiscal. “After two years of good foreign fund inflows, Indian market witnessed reversal in the trend. We received Rs 48,411 crore and Rs 1,44,682 crore in the year 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively. Global and domestic causes alike have prompted the flows of funds in 2018-19 from the markets and both the equity and debt segments have witnessed outflows”, Alok Agarwala, Senior VP and Head Investment Analytics, of Bajaj Capital said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFPIs remained net sellers almost throughout the recently concluded fiscal except for the past couple of months. October emerged as the month of steepest outflow with FPIs pulling out a massive Rs 38,900 crore from the market. However, fresh fund infusion was witnessed in the last two consecutive months of the fiscal, with March alone accounting for a net infusion of Rs 45,981 crore including a net Rs 33,980 crore in equities and Rs 12,001 crore in debt. In February, the overseas players pumped in a net amount of Rs 11,182 crore in capital markets.last_img read more

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Transfer Quarterbacks Are All The Rage But Do They Deliver At Their

Source: Sports-Reference.com Matt MooreUCLA101.47Oregon St.131.69+30.22 Kevin CraftSan Diego St.109.18UCLA101.72-7.46 Danny EtlingPurdue110.95LSU144.36+33.41 Wes LuntOklahoma St.137.31Illinois119.54-17.77 Will GrierFlorida145.61West Virginia169.18+23.57 Russell WilsonNC State135.47Wisconsin191.78+56.31 Baker MayfieldTexas Tech127.66Oklahoma189.39+61.72 Joe DaileyNebraska111.92North Carolina114.10+2.18 Brock BerlinFlorida161.09Miami (FL)128.65-32.45 Scott McBrienWest Virginia110.42Maryland142.04+31.62 First schoolSecond school Ryan MallettMichigan105.69Arkansas158.11+52.42 Brandon McllwainSouth Carolina99.15California104.41+5.26 Steven ThreetMichigan105.26Arizona St.133.41+28.15 Jordan WebbKansas118.11Colorado103.72-14.39 Ryan FinleyBoise St.115.63NC State140.04+24.40 R. KovalcheckArizona108.91Vanderbilt119.07+10.16 Shea PattersonMississippi141.22Michigan149.85+8.63 Kyle BolinLouisville141.56Rutgers98.21-43.34 Clint TrickettFlorida St.151.55West Virginia132.40-19.15 Jake HeapsBrigham Young114.13Kansas97.00-17.13 Darell GarretsonUtah St.137.68Oregon St.103.97-33.71 Zach MaynardBuffalo124.42California128.36+3.94 Davis WebbTexas Tech138.37California135.63-2.74 Jake RudockIowa129.96Michigan141.50+11.54 Kyler MurrayTexas A&M109.19Oklahoma203.26+94.07 Tyler MurphyFlorida121.05Boston College126.19+5.14 Danny O’BrienMaryland123.54Wisconsin120.73-2.80 Jon BeutjerIowa129.16Illinois126.77-2.39 Pete ThomasColorado St.121.17NC State115.07-6.09 Not every QB transfer is a program saviorQuarterbacks who threw at least 50 passes at another FBS school before transferring to a Power 5 program and how their passer rating changed, 2000-18 Beyond sheer volume, this year’s group of transfer quarterbacks is especially fascinating because it might also be the most talented bunch the sport has seen. Jalen Hurts’s father was not far off when he speculated after the 2017 season that Hurts could be the “biggest free agent in college football history.” The quarterbacks potentially debuting in new uniforms next weekend include a national champion in Hurts and three former five-star recruits (Fields, Washington’s Eason and Northwestern’s Johnson). This could have a major effect. Oklahoma does not need Hurts to do much more than his numbers would already indicate. Even an average 4.9-point bump in passer rating from his career 148.8 would put him among last season’s 20 most efficient quarterbacks in the major conferences.No matter what becomes of this year’s crop of transfers, schools will surely keep swapping quarterbacks in the future. Transfers can be good for the coaches, who find a one- or two-year solution to their quarterback vacancies. After two of his quarterbacks transferred, Arkansas coach Chad Morris replaced them this past offseason with graduate transfers Ben Hicks, originally at Southern Methodist, and Nick Starkel, from Texas A&M. “As I’ve shared all along, we are always in the quarterback market. It doesn’t matter — we are always in that market,” he said last winter. And it appears quarterback reps are going to remain scarce at Clemson, for example, with Heisman co-favorite Lawrence only a sophomore.Still, high expectations will follow a transfer anywhere. It would be hard to ask Hurts to replicate the Heisman-winning seasons of Mayfield or Murray. Expecting Fields, a sophomore with 39 career passing attempts, to equal what NFL first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins did last season is also a stretch.But that doesn’t mean those teams won’t try. “If Jalen does win the starting job from everything I’ve seen, I’m not sure there’s anything we’ve done before I wouldn’t do with him,” Oklahoma’s Riley said in a radio interview last month. Defenses should buckle up. The twists and turns are just getting started. Jake LutonIdaho100.19Oregon St.129.33+29.14 Everett GolsonNotre Dame138.21Florida St.149.16+10.94 Greyson LambertVirginia108.02Georgia139.50+31.48 Keller ChrystStanford128.89Tennessee130.78+1.90 Tom SavageRutgers123.45Pittsburgh138.24+14.80 Robert MarveMiami (FL)107.19Purdue125.91+18.72 Sam KellerArizona St.142.15Nebraska133.74-8.41 Matt LoVecchioNotre Dame125.27Indiana114.24-11.03 Mitch MustainArkansas120.53USC110.47-10.06 Michael MachenKent St.100.56Baylor82.09-18.47 Wilton SpeightMichigan132.20UCLA125.99-6.21 Jeremiah MasoliOregon130.56Mississippi121.11-9.45 Dayne CristNotre Dame127.00Kansas96.52-30.48 Ryan WillisKansas104.36Virginia Tech138.01+33.65 John O’KornHouston123.90Michigan105.48-18.42 You don’t have to look hard at college football these days to find somebody, somewhere, talking about transfers. More players are switching teams each year, and more are seeking waivers that grant immediate eligibility at their new school — and it seems like just about everybody in the sport has an opinion about it.“The issue with the transfer portal is we’ve gotten very liberal in giving people waivers, so, when we do that, it becomes free agency,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said last month. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, too, has cautioned against “free agency in college football.”But even calling it “free agency” is understating the flurry of moves. Of the top 25 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll, as many as eight could start a transfer at quarterback later this month. Five of those eight quarterbacks1This figure could be as high as six, depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle at Washington State University. Anthony Gordon, a junior-college transfer, appeared in two games for the Cougars last season. He is currently competing with Gage Gubrud, who recently transferred from neighboring Eastern Washington, for the starting job, though the current rumors coming out of Pullman appear to favor Gordon. were not active for their current team last season. For comparison, in the NFL — which, of course, has literal free agency — only about four of 32 starters weren’t on their current team last season.2This includes rookie Kyler Murray in Arizona and traded quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Nick Foles in Denver and Jacksonville, respectively. Depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle in Miami, either recent signee Ryan Fitzpatrick or trade acquisition Josh Rosen will start. A few other quarterback competitions remain unresolved as of publication.In the last decade, transferring in college football has increased in frequency. Some of this is due to changes in NCAA guidelines and the establishment of a transfer portal that facilitates contact between players and coaches. The NCAA’s evolving stance on immediate-eligibility waivers — which allowed Michigan’s Shea Patterson to play last season after transferring from Ole Miss, and Justin Fields to suit up for Ohio State this season — has expedited the transfer movement.The optimal approach is to find an elite talent and develop him, as Clemson has done with Trevor Lawrence and Alabama with Tua Tagovailoa. But those who miss out on that chance sometimes turn to the next-best option — and it often works. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, entering his fifth year with the program, has coached the last two Heisman Trophy winners. Both were transfers, Baker Mayfield from Texas Tech and Kyler Murray from Texas A&M. It’s no longer only bench players who move schools in search of more playing time; athletes of all levels and abilities are taking advantage of their newfound mobility to develop their careers.The impact of this wave of transfers is evident at both the college and professional level. Alabama and Georgia produced the current starting quarterbacks for four of the top five teams: the Crimson Tide’s Tagovailoa, the Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Fields. Five of the 11 quarterbacks taken in the 2019 NFL draft were transfers.3The five were Kyler Murray (Texas A&M to Oklahoma), Will Grier (Florida to West Virginia), Ryan Finley (Boise State to North Carolina State), Jarrett Stidham (Baylor to Auburn) and Gardner Minshew (East Carolina to Washington State).The college football programs themselves have also incentivized player movement. Teams’ increasing reliance on younger quarterbacks chases away the rest of the depth chart: If a freshman has a firm hold on the starting job, there’s no playing time available for three years, barring an injury. Lawrence’s emergence at Clemson in 2018, for example, sparked two departures — Kelly Bryant to Missouri and Hunter Johnson to Northwestern — while Georgia’s Fromm pushed out two more, Fields to Ohio State and Jacob Eason to Washington.The search for playing time creates a ripple effect: Soon after Fields showed up at Ohio State, quarterback Tate Martell, previously expected to start in 2019, transferred to Miami. After Hurts arrived at Oklahoma, Sooners quarterback Austin Kendall left for West Virginia.It’s not just at the highest level of the sport. In addition to the eight top 25 teams, Mississippi State (Tommy Stevens, formerly of Penn State), Virginia Tech (Ryan Willis, previously at Kansas) and Missouri (Bryant) are among the power-conference schools who have settled on or considered starting transfer quarterbacks.But what gets lost in the drama of the quarterback carousel is that these transfers are rarely a magic solution. Yes, Mayfield and Murray were the two most successful transfer quarterbacks this century, based on passer ratings.4Three of the pair’s five combined seasons at Oklahoma — Mayfield’s 2016 and 2017 campaigns, and Murray’s 2018 season — rank among the four most efficient passing seasons in NCAA history, according to Sports-Reference.com. But schools turning to a transfer to transform their program often end up disappointed.Since 2000, 94 players have attempted at least 50 passes in a season for two different schools. Here we see the trend over time: five quarterbacks joined a new team between 2000 and 2004, while 13 transferred schools between 2005 and 2009. Twenty-eight quarterbacks transferred between 2010 and 2014, and 48 of those 94 have departed for greener pastures since 2015.Of that group, 58 transferred to a Power 5 school. (This includes both quarterbacks who transferred from non-Power 5 schools as well as quarterbacks who transferred between Power 5 schools.) Nineteen Power 5 transfers improved their passer rating from their first stop to their second by at least 15 points, an impressive rise. But 12 more saw their passer rating drop by at least 15 points.5This also omits the quarterbacks who seek greener pastures but didn’t end up earning enough playing time to merit inclusion on our list. The average change in passer rating is plus-4.9, and the average bump in completion percentage is 2 points, both modest upticks. However it may seem, it’s just not that easy to move towns, learn a new offense, adjust to new teammates and coaches and blossom into a completely different player. A.J. SuggsTennessee113.27Georgia Tech113.35+0.08 Jarrett StidhamBaylor198.95Auburn144.35-54.60 Gardner MinshewEast Carolina127.10Wash. St.147.56+20.46 Patrick TowlesKentucky116.80Boston College113.16-3.64 Kenny HillTexas A&M154.84Texas Christian138.36-16.47 Peyton BenderWash. St.106.30Kansas113.66+7.36 Brandon HarrisLSU133.86North Carolina72.34-61.52 Allan EvridgeKansas St.104.44Wisconsin116.50+12.06 PlayerNameRatingNameRatingChange read more

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Commentary College football Rivalry Weekend again proves every week matters

Auburn junior quarterback Nick Marshall (14) breaks a tackle during a game against Georgia Nov. 16 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn won, 43-38.Credit: Courtesy of MCTCollege football is funny.A sport that brings joy and despair to people across the country week in and week out, the game is particularly dubious on the final weekend of the regular season.Known as “Rivalry Weekend,” the final Saturday before the 2013 postseason did not disappoint either.From an Ohio State’s fan perspective, emotional highs and lows ensued from defeating archrival Michigan in Ann Arbor in thrilling fashion — picking off redshirt-junior Wolverine quarterback Devin Gardner in the end zone to deny Michigan the necessary two points that would give them the victory.Fans, players and the like were proud because the Buckeyes had just recorded their 24th straight win under coach Urban Meyer, but also turned their attention quickly to another rivalry game — The Iron Bowl.The same could be said for both myself and my colleagues at The Lantern, who had just left Michigan Stadium with the knowledge that No. 1 Alabama held a touchdown advantage over No. 4 Auburn. Upon tuning into the game on the radio and hearing that the Tigers had tied it up with 32 seconds to go, we made the correct decision to U-turn into the closest restaurant with a TV (Red Robin) because seeing if the unthinkable could happen — The Crimson Tide no longer rolling — was something we could not miss.All year, OSU has been slotted behind the top-ranked Tide and No. 2 Florida State, who had already taken care of business against rival Florida earlier in the day to finish regular season play unbeaten. So, if the Buckeyes were to even get a chance to compete for the final BCS National Championship, ‘Bama was going to need to either fall Saturday or next week in the SEC Title game. It seems unthinkable that an undefeated OSU would be left out of the national championship game, but because of the national perspective of the Big Ten as second tier to other conferences like the SEC, the possibility was at its highest point.Then lightning struck.While we were waiting to order our food, the referees put one second back on the clock, giving Alabama a chance to save its unbeaten season in regulation. Alabama coach Nick Saban turned to redshirt-freshman kicker Adam Griffith to attempt a 57-yard field goal for the win. Griffith’s attempt was short, Auburn senior cornerback Chris Davis retrieved it, and returned it 100 yards for the game-winning touchdown.Red Robin, filled with members of Buckeye Nation, exploded — and I couldn’t help myself but join in on the excitement.With a win against Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, the Buckeyes — barring any sort of BCS catastrophe that will allow a one-loss Auburn team to jump them in the rankings — will be heading to Pasadena, Calif., in early 2014 in search of the program’s eighth national championship.In a mere four hours, Buckeye fans went from holding their breath when Gardner took the snap on the two-point play, to extreme jubilation when Alabama’s undefeated season was no more. Suddenly, seeing OSU back at the top of the sport is a very real possibility.As a journalist writing on deadline for the OSU-Michigan game, the last half of The Game’s fourth quarter brought stress to both my fingers and head.But as a college football fan, rivalry weekend proved once again why the sport is tough to be topped. read more

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DAngelo Russell and JaeSean Tate earn Big Ten postseason honors

The Ohio State men’s basketball team already dropped its final game of the regular season, but it raked in multiple individual awards Monday.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as being named to the first-team All-Big Ten list by both coaches and media. Russell is the first Buckeye to win the conference Freshman of the Year award since Jared Sullinger in 2011.Russell also becomes the first Buckeye to be named first-team all-conference since DeShaun Thomas and Aaron Craft were both on the list in 2013.Russell finished his regular season campaign averaging 19.2 points per game, good for second in the Big Ten. He also led the Buckeyes in rebounds and was second on the team in assists.Joining Russell on the All-Big Ten freshman team is forward Jae’Sean Tate, who averaged 8.9 points per game this season, while ranking second on the team in total rebounds with 152.Tate earned the honors despite only starting 12 games this season after he stepped in for struggling sophomore forward Marc Loving six games into the Big Ten schedule. The Pickerington, Ohio, native averaged 10.7 points and five rebounds per game in conference play.In addition to Russell and Tate’s accolades, senior guard Shannon Scott and senior forward Sam Thompson were both honorable mention selections by the media.OSU is set to return to action on Thursday in Chicago in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the winner of the Minnesota vs. Rutgers matchup, which is set to be played Wednesday. read more

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Grand Bahama Hurricane Matthew insurance claims 267 Million

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 4, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Insurance claims following Hurricane Matthew were nearly half a million dollars and Grand Bahama accounted for the vast majority of the figure.  Specifically, Bahamas Insurance Association put the figure at $409 million with Grand Bahama clients seeking $267 million in gross insurance claims.According to Emmanuel Komolafe, Chairman of BIA, in speaking to Tribune business, he explained that the figure represents 65%.  Property insurance claims werecumulatively $265M, vehicle claims was $1, marine claims was 674,000 and $533,000 were engineering claims for the country’s second island.  Insurance claims for New Providence were $125M.#MagneticMediaNews#GBafterhurricaneMatthew#267millionininsuranceclaimsforGB Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#267millionininsuranceclaimsforGB, #GBafterhurricaneMatthew, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Deputy Premiers Budget Address

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 20, 2017 – Providenciales – Good evening Mr. Speaker, Hon Premier, the Hon Leader of the Opposition and other members of this honourable House. Listeners in the gallery and to residents and Turks and Caicos Islanders everywhere.  As always a special good evening to my people of Five Cays.Mr. Speaker, I rise to give my contribution to the debate on this historic occasion, Budget Appropriation Estimates for the financial year 2017-2018.Mr. Speaker, it is indeed an occasion to be remembered, as I stand in salute to our Premier and the Minister of Finance, Investment and Trade, who has proven that with an earnest effort, an unwavering dedication, a profound interest in the lives of our people, and a determination to improve the state of our economy, that a Turks and Caicos Islands Government can and has, prepared a budget in less than three months after being elected to office. And Mr. Speaker, for the very first time since the return to elected governance, the Turks and Caicos Islands budget, the people’s budget, did not require UK approval. Mr. Speaker, change is here!Mr. Speaker, as our country’s Deputy Premier and the Minister for Border Control and Employment Services, I would like to pause, in this forum, to thank the many hard working men and women of my Ministry, who have and continues to work under extreme situations, often lacking the necessary resources, but continue to push in these less than ideal circumstances. Change is coming. Mr. Speaker it was, Denis Waitley who stated “there are two choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist or accept the responsibility of changing them.”  Therefore, I have chosen to accept the responsibility of changing the Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services. You see Mr. Speaker, I want to change the way we document who resides in our country, I want to change the way we assist our people in finding gainful employment, I want to change the way we provide customer service, I want to change the way we protect our borders, and I want to change the way we as residents view breaches of our borders and illegal migration, because these issues are no longer immigration issues but national security issues.Mr. Speaker, let us be real, we will not deny that there are many areas of concern in the Ministry that have contributed to the decline in service and morale over the years which requires our immediate attention. Your Government is committed to eradicating corruption and improving the way we conduct business. But, Mr. Speaker, where some would see these as areas of despair or irreparable, Mr. Speaker, I see them as areas of opportunity, and I am pleased to say that efforts are already underway to address these areas, to build on what works and to change what doesn’t, and Mr. Speaker, while the change will at times be painful or difficult, change, we must!Therefore, Mr. Speaker, the 2017/18 appropriation of approximately $8.2 million dollars will be utilized for the implementation of the following programs:Immigration and EnforcementMr. Speaker, one of the main contributors to the many social ills that our communities face is illegal residents. We have persons who continue to live and work amongst us who do not have the legal authorization to do so. Mr. Speaker, there is an unknown number of persons who have remained in our country beyond the time their work permits expired and those who never had a work permit; there are those amongst us who have remained beyond the time their visas have expired, and those remaining beyond their temporary work permits. Mr. Speaker, there are the many who have penetrated our borders and found entry illegally into our country by one means or another, but they all continue to live here in less than ideal circumstances. They continue to pull on the fragile resources of our health and education systems, and hold jobs that should be held by persons with the legal right to do so.Therefore Mr. Speaker, a major focus for the Immigration and Enforcement Units will be improved compliance and prosecution. Mr. Speaker, there will be increased operations with joint law enforcement agencies to detect, apprehend, and prosecute, not only those persons who are illegally residing and illegally employed, but all the residents and employers that aid and abet them. If you stand as surety for a visa applicant, we will begin to hold you to count to make sure that person leaves the country at the expiration of that visa. We must enforce our laws without fear or favour, change Mr. Speaker is Here!Border Control and ProtectionMr. Speaker, while these efforts are ongoing, fundamental to our success will be the prevention of more persons adding to this pool along with mitigation against other high risk and major threats that the global world now faces.Mr. Speaker in recent times and over the past decade, there has been an increase in threats due to transnational organized crimes, trades in illicit drugs, and other commodities, such as guns, human trafficking and illegal migration. Mr. Speaker, these threats are a result of many things, from defects such as our porous borders, to the success in the growth of our tourism industry. Whatever the reason, Mr. Speaker, we continue to experience challenges at our port facilities, especially with limitations in data intelligence and manpower resources.Therefore, Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to say that allocations for the 2017/18 operations of Border Control and Protection will see investment in the strengthening of data intelligence and the available manpower resources.The Integrated Border Management System initiative that began in 2016/17 will become the key mechanism for the processing of Labour Clearances, Work Permits, Visas, and Permanent Residency Certificates. Budget allocation has been made for the inclusion of the registration and citizenship processes, as well as the digitizing and archiving of files. Mr. Speaker, these e-services will not only streamline processes, but will also provide greater efficiency, and shorter processing time for customer applications. This border management system, Mr. Speaker, will further provide my enforcement officers with real time data and reports on the status of individuals in our country thereby aiding in the combat against illegal migration, illegal residency, and illegal employment.To address the threat of international security, terrorism, and the activities of transnational organized crime, we will be implementing an Advance Passenger Information System, in conjunction with the Governments of CARICOM countries, and the Government of the United States of America, for the improvement in the security of the territory from exposure to high risk individuals and commodities being transported via air and sea travel into and out of the country. This will be accomplished through the sharing of passenger information prior to arrival in and departure from our Turks and Caicos Islands.Mr. Speaker, with this initiative and our partnership with the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security, IMPACS, there will be ongoing collaboration, data sharing, and training in intelligence and reporting, which will assist in the capacity building of our officers and those in other law enforcement agencies. Mr. Speaker, I would also like to inform the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands that I leave the country this coming Monday, to travel to Barbados where I will be signing the agreement, on behalf of the TCI, in order to begin preparations for the implementation of this system.Mr. Speaker, at this point I would like to commend the work of those officers who man the Radar Station for their diligence in the detection, and reporting of those vessels that come within the scope of the national radar. Mr. Speaker, the current detection rate of sloops is over 90%, and in our effort to detect all vessels, Mr. Speaker, this year some 300 thousand dollars has been ear-marked for investment in the upgrade to the software and radar equipment, as well as plans for the employment of additional officers to assist in the coverage at the radar station and at the main ports in Providenciales.Employment ServicesMr. Speaker, another major arm of my Ministry is Employment Services, whose mandate is to support full employment among our people, and ensure the availability of required skills in the labour market to support our country’s economic growth.Mr. Speaker, over the years there has been an unprecedented number of work permits issued to foreign nationals without any plan or analysis as to the skills that are required. This, Mr. Speaker, did little but to open the flood gates and in some cases resulted in the displacement of our people in the middle to upper management jobs, that would otherwise have been available to them. Mr. Speaker, this trend cannot continue, will not continue, and change, it must!  We also recognize that with increasing developments there will be a continuing need for migrant workers, and we will facilitate businesses in obtaining the work force they need. However, Mr. Speaker, let me be clear, our people must come first and we will never apologize for this, as we see this as our greatest responsibility. Our people must be afforded every opportunity to grow and succeed in the workplace.Therefore Mr. Speaker, this Government has undertaken the initiative to develop and present to the people of these islands, a Population Policy, that will guide the future growth in the residency within our borders, a policy that will highlight the areas of opportunity for immigrants to live and work amongst us, a policy Mr. Speaker, that will protect the citizens of these islands, and promote their gainful employment, development and prosperity for decades to come.Mr. Speaker, this Population Policy will also be formed on the findings of the National Skills Audit, which is 80% completed and which will inform what skills and certifications are available amongst us and those that are required. Mr. Speaker, this audit is critical to the future of these islands and it is long overdue.The National Skills Audit, in addition to being used to help form the Population Policy, it must also help form our immigration, health, and education policies, to ensure that these systems are also offering the appropriate programs and framework that would meet the needs of our current workforce, even while developing a more desirable labour pool for our developing nation.With these guiding frameworks Mr. Speaker, it is the aim of my Ministry to reduce the timeframe for the processing of work permit applications, across the board, and enable greater scrutiny of applications, to ensure that the persons being requested are absolutely needed, and capable of fulfilling the work which they are committing to do.Mr. Speaker, already there is significant progress in the streamlining of processes within the employment unit, which has brought greater transparency and accountability to the operation and management of the unit.  These have in turn brought greater efficiency in the few short weeks that this work has begun. Change, Mr. Speaker, is here.Mr. Speaker, we are aware that there is a need for improvement in the number of labour disputes being heard to completion, and the ministry will be undertaking a review of the legal framework and policies, as well as staff resources of the Labour Tribunal in an effort to address this. However, Mr. Speaker, one of the main reasons there are so many disputes in the work place, is the fact that many employees are not aware of their rights, and either through fear, frustration, or feelings of inadequacy, they are unable to articulate their concerns to their employers in a constructive manner. We will also be seeking to have more disputes settled by the Labour Commission therefore, lessening the number of cases reaching the tribunal.Employment Initiatives  Mr. Speaker, in an effort to tackle the elephant in the room leftover by the PNP administration, that being unemployment. My ministry will be hosting the first annual National Career Expo during the month of May. The expo will be in two parts namely a job preparedness symposium and the largest job fair this country has ever experienced. We will be connecting people with jobs in new and exciting ways. Participants will be assisted by providing the necessary tips and guidance on how to improve on-the job performance, as well as performance in interviews. Mr. Speaker, partners in the private sector will be brought in to share particularly what it is that they value in an interview, and further offer advice on how potential employees can improve their chances of landing that job. Other initiatives will include media programs and presentations at staff meetings of corporations throughout these islands. Mr. Speaker I am also happy to report that discussions have already begun between my ministry and the Ministry of Education on the planned placement of our students graduating out of our scholarship program. We must get our young people excited again about returning home after finishing their studies.Mr. Speaker, many of the social disturbances, crime, and delinquency are just few of the effects of unemployment. There are many young TCIs who have found themselves on the other side of the law and now being blocked from employment. You would have heard it before but I will say it again, change is here! The Premier, all of her life has demonstrated that this is an area she intends to fix through government and private sector intervention, and works have already begun.Mr. Speaker, not only does unemployment negatively impact the tax revenues of Government, but Mr. Speaker it also negatively impacts the very institution that has brought stability to our communities, and the lives of our people throughout time, the family.  Mr. Speaker, out of frustration due to the relentless search for gainful employment, many persons are turning to substance abuse, abuse of spouse, abuse of children, and overall neglect, and abandonment of the home. Mr. Speaker, needless to say, the family unit is in trouble and for too long the welfare and lives of our people have played second fiddle to the political spoils of the political wills of past Governments, but I say no more Mr. Speaker, Enough is truly Enough!Mr. Speaker, in addressing unemployment, this budget will support and enable the fostering of a partnership with the private sector for the placement, training and advancement of Turks and Caicos Islanders as a priority in the work place, as long as they are qualified, able, and willing. My Ministry will also be exploring the idea of instituting a point system on work permits, that would track the training of our people and contribution that foreign workers are making to the development of our youth. Mentorship, lecturing, and understudy programs that are just few of the many ways that foreign workers will be able to fulfil their obligation in being granted leave to work in our beloved islands.Additionally Mr. Speaker, during this budget year we will be developing a database for the collection and reporting of labour market statistics, based on the demographics of the population and work force. This, Mr. Speaker, along with the national skills audit and the population policy, will enhance our policy development and they will drive the amendments to our major legislations to ensure that the frameworks by which we live and work are both relevant and appropriate for the era in which we live, and for the sustainable development of our economy and our people.Registration and CitizenshipMr. Speaker, we intend to carry out a full review of the areas of permanent residency and citizenship status in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The granting of these statuses must be done in a strategic and deliberate manner, aimed at growing our population by a designed vision rather than the reactionary position as has historically been the case. The persons who are privileged with the honour of obtaining such status must be people who love and care about this country, as we do, and those who would be right for the long term sustainability of the core values and brand of our country.Therefore Mr. Speaker, the review of the PRC process and criteria that will be undertaken by the Ministry and the Government, will also determine whether or not there should be an annual quota on these status. And the regulations that will govern the operation of the TCI Status Commission has already been initiated.In addition to this Mr. Speaker, there has already been an initial review of the process to improve the efficiency and reduce the processing time for PRCs, applications for naturalization, as well as for births, deaths, and marriages certificate requests, which I am pleased to say is already gaining public approval. And Mr. Speaker, we will continue to gain public approval as we implement the plans that we have for these areas, which will ensure that the public can feel the change that is here.Rebranding and The Way We WorkMr. Speaker, for too long the Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services has borne the reputation of having poor work ethic and not being customer focused. While there has been a seemingly lack of focus over the years on customer service and service delivery, Mr. Speaker, I must say that contrary to perception, there are many very hard working civil servants in the Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services, who are deserving of our recognition and encouragement. As we improve the resources and performance management of the Ministry, Mr. Speaker, we are also doing much to improve the way that we work.Effective immediately, all applications for services from Border Control and Employment will be initiated in the Customer Service Center, where staff who are trained and continue to undergo coaching and development can inform and assist in a professional and courteous manner. These staff will communicate the new delivery timelines for services as they are implemented in the coming weeks. Mr. Speaker, the departments will continue the back office support, research, and processing of the applications for delivery back to the customer service center for final communication with the customers. Mr. Speaker, there will be no more holds beyond seven days for additional submission of documents, and customers will receive either approval or denial in the target times that will be set. Mr. Speaker all calls will be routed to the telephone hotline where trained agents can further assist callers on status updates and other information required, thereby improving the Ministry’s response times to both call-in and walk-in customers.Mr. Speaker, with this new customer centered attitude comes new facilities and new attire. This budget year will see the relocation of the Employment Services and Customer Service Center to the newly renovated Sammy Been building in the upcoming weeks, and the retrofitting of the additional buildings for the relocation of the Ministerial offices. Budget provisions has also been made Mr. Speaker, for the provision of uniforms and critical gear for all officers.As we continue to rebrand ourselves Mr. Speaker, there will be investment in skills building and cross training of officers, so that they are exposed to all areas of the Ministry. We will be able to properly assign resources to the appropriate areas as the demand arises. And Mr. Speaker, this will include frequent familiarization sessions for officers to remain updated on the ordinances and other legal frameworks and policies of the Ministry.Mr. Speaker, as I have outlined above, we have a lot that we working tirelessly to accomplish and many of the tasks we have already begun. No budget is perfect or complete Mr. Speaker, and so there remains other initiatives that we look forward to in future years; the construction of a new fully resourced Detention Center, an additional Coastal Radar Station and additional advancements in technology for the protection of our borders are just a few of those future initiatives, these will come in time. Mr, Speaker, and while we look forward to the future, we are grateful for the present Mr. Speaker, The Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services, my Ministry, my staff, we are committed to the plans put forth in this budget today, we are committed to improving the way that we work, we are committed to changing the way that we serve, we are excited about the Ministry that we know we can be, and we are ready to be that change that we all wish to see.My Constituency Mr. Speaker, at this time, I would like to direct your attention to my constituency of Five Cays, which includes Five Cays Proper, Chalk Sound, South Dock, and Old Airport Road. Mr. Speaker just when I thought that I could not be anymore surprised by the PNP, yesterday the Leader of the Opposition had the unmitigated gall to let the name of my constituency come out of his mouth. Mr. Speaker the member said that we should clean up the beach and build a hotel there. Can you believe that Mr. Speaker? When the opportunity was there, when a proven developer was ready, when the people of my constituency was longing and when in my position as the representative of Five Cays and a member of the than opposition I went to the former Premier and the current Leader of the opposition, who was the Minister of Finance at the time. Mr. Speaker I begged them to consider this hotel development, and their response to the developer was silence. The former government clearly demonstrated that the people of Five Cays was of no interest to them.  Mr. Speaker, let me assure the people of Five Cays that change is here and you will get everything that I have been working on and everything I promised.In my Five Cays Manifesto, I outlined my plans for my constituency under the heading “Operation Facelift”.  Mr. Speaker, in these past three and a half months as MP for Five Cays, I can proudly announce to the residents of Five Cays that Operation Facelift is well on its way. This budget will see two roads being properly paved in my constituency. This is a big deal for my constituency Mr., Speaker, as the PNP Government had deliberately withheld budgetary funds from my constituency during the last four years.  In fact Mr. Speaker the public should know that there hasn’t been any road paved in Five Cays for the past ten years. Mr. Speaker that will change this year.  Change is here!  I will also be reaching out to the Dwayne Wade Foundation and the Sandals Foundation to fulfill their commitment for the renovation of the basketball court that, in which no effort or interest was demonstrated by the former government to facilitate this project.  I spoke about this project in the House of Assembly, this project was discussed in the local media, and the former Government showed absolutely no interest in seeing this come to fruition.  Mr. Speaker, there is a lot in store for my constituency that will be unveiled during the year.  If you are a resident of Five Cays and you have not seen my manifesto and the contents of Operation Facelift, I recommend that you obtain a copy so that you can tick off my commitments to my constituents as they are accomplished.  Five Cays, as your representative and Deputy Premier of our Country, I can firmly state that Change is Here!PNP Operatives Warning Mr. Speaker there is one other matter that I must address before closing and that is the mischief of certain PNP operatives who continue to get on Facebook and create lies and spread rumors to strike fear and distrust in our people of their beloved government. Let me give them their first and only warning, Facebook while online, do exist in the real world, and that any further attempt to spread lies on me or my office will be met with a quick and harsh factual response, that will call into question their creditability and expose them to the people of this country. Mr. Speaker, they should consider themselves warned as there will be no further warnings.Now Mr. Speaker, I end where I started, in extending thanks to the staff of the Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services for believing in the change. I would also like to acknowledge the former PS Mrs. Gardiner for her hard work, thank you to the residents of Five Cays for allowing me to serve you and the people of these islands, thanks to the members of this honourable House for your keen attention and support, and thanks to you Mr. Speaker for the time and this platform to be able to speak to our people.I will finish this way: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”Mr. Speaker, may God continue to bless these our Turks and Caicos Islands. Related Items:last_img read more

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Police investigate Aggravated BurglaryGarden loop

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred around 12:30am this morning (Thursday 27th July 2017) in the area of Garden Loop, Grace Bay Providenciales.Upon arrival, the victims told officers that four (4) males entered their home with guns and demanded money. They also stated that the men had their face covered, one wearing a black short pants and the other had on a grey sweater material shirt with a light blue green cloth covering his face. The culprits took a watch and two (2) cell phone and fled the scene.An investigation is ongoing into this report.Anyone who may have information about these four (4) men are asked to contact the police at 338-5901 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Joao Mario reveals proper preparation was the key

first_imgJoao Mario thanked Inter Milan fans for their support and revealed his surprise start against Lazio was a product of hard work and maturity.Mario last featured for Inter in a 1-1 draw with Fiorentina on January 5. And the former Hammers trainee had to settle for the bench but was surprisingly picked in the starting XI for the 3-0 victory over Lazio.“I prepared well and am trying to train to the max every day in order to earn this opportunity,” the 25-year-old said on Football Italia.“The most important thing is to be ready. It was my turn in this game and I am very happy.”Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…It’s a far cry from the player signed for €40m from Sporting CP in 2016 and who declared only a few months ago that he didn’t like Italian football.“I have grown up a great deal. It is in moments of difficulty that you really grow up as a person and I’ve been through a lot of those. I try to do better, become another person and another player.“I said that I wanted to transform the jeers of the fans into applause. I am happy the supporters gave me this gift of applause as I left the field and I thank them.“Now it’ll be important for me to be ready at all times, so I’ll keep working hard.”last_img read more

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Some San Diego public facilities closed for Presidents Day

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 SettingsIt’s Presidents Day, which means there are some closures. Government offices, public buildings in Balboa Park, libraries, and city pools will be closed.Public golf courses, recreational areas, and skate parks will remain open.There will be no service on the vintage trolley downtown loop. MTS will operate on the Saturday while the Sorrento Valley and North County Coasters will offer regular service. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 19, 2018 Some San Diego public facilities closed for Presidents Daylast_img read more

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DMV to open on Saturdays in response to excessive wait times

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 SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) – After several weeks of long wait times at several San Diego DMV locations, lines are still long and wait times are still averaging 4-5 hours.Ginger Jeffries was live at the Poway DMV to check out the lines and see what the DMV is doing to improve wait times.Related: Bad to worse: Poway DMV experiencing 5 hour wait timesIf you are like many others and can’t take off work to stand in what seems to be an endless line, then this weekend’s your chance. Several offices around San Diego will be opening up for limited Saturday hours.In San Diego County, the San Marcos, Poway and Chula Vista locations will be open on Saturday, June 16 and June 23.In July, the offices will transition to the first and third Saturday of every month. The offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Behind-the-wheel exams will not be available on Saturdays.Appointments are recommended but not required for Saturday service. Posted: June 22, 2018 June 22, 2018 Ginger Jeffries, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ginger Jeffries DMV to open on Saturdays in response to excessive wait times Updated: 3:23 PM 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 SettingsTo schedule a Saturday appointment just go to the DMV website, or call 1-800-777-0133. last_img read more

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Juan Hidalgo Jr vows to keep working for Americans

first_img November 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:44 PM KUSI Newsroom Juan Hidalgo Jr. vows to keep working for Americanscenter_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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Candidate for the 51st. congressional district Juan Hidalgo Jr. stopped by our live shot Tuesday evening, and vowed to keep working for the American people. Posted: November 6, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Mygazines Wants to Work with Publishers To Fortify the Future of Magazines

first_imgThank you for taking the time to write about Mygazines. I did however want to clear up a few misunderstandings about our site. We will re-iterate we have every intention of working with the industry to fortify the future of magazines and the industry in general. The comparison to Napster with respect to someone driving past you with a radio on and claim that sharing, is not at all our position.We are saying, if you were to take all of the office’s in the world that purchase magazines for the sole purpose of providing entertainment for their clients, is the same as sharing. Furthermore, these offices see different people everyday, so the sharing is constant and consistent and usually includes many back dated issues as well as new. By virtue of the fact that these groups change everyday makes it like a free magazine store.The most surprising aspect of almost every article is that they are completely missing our inactive revenue model. We have ways of drawing revenue from a number of sources, some more obvious than others. Mygazines is hardly a pirate website with the interest of breaking the industry. Rather, we offer a paradigm shift that is far more fiscally comprehensive than meets the eye and yet easily transitionable by even the biggest publishers.The true future of the industry lies in the final stages of our site concept. We can easily transition to the final revenue model quickly with the co-operation of the publishers. We cannot however reveal the full concept at this time as we are saving that discussion for the publishing industry directly.If our goal were to be pirates, we could have made live a number of features, including but not limited to, downloading and printing allowable to visitors and members alike.Finally, to compare us to other similar sites with the only difference with of us being free, is to disregard the importance of the ‘mygazines’ custom magazine for users, notifications, and our full ability to share on the go, across the globe instantly.As per our press release: We have every intention of working with the industry to provide not only revenue streams that are vast, but also an answer for the Publishers in general. Our method will increase current revenue, halt and reverse advertising revenue lost to the internet, and overcome the lack of the ability for magazines to stay current.Mygazines sharing model is a solid one with lots of hidden potential revenue and demographics to appease all.We can certainly continue to make our case and meet in the courts if need be. That seems to be the intention of the publishers as a whole. But ask yourself, to what end. Even if they are triumphant in this battle, they will lose the war. Apple already has a delivery system for digital reading via both the iphone and now ipod. Microsoft is also working to employ touch sensitivity to its products.Our idea would work as easily for those companies due to our concept. If we were to reveal such to those corporations, they could follow the business model and succeed without the need for working with the publishers at all. That’s all I can say at this point regarding our current revenue potential as well as the future model.The competitiors have missed the boat. Even the sites that think they have come up with the future online version for magazines, they have not! Publisher friendly or not! There is a final stage missing that can’t be seen unless one has the freedom to think outside of the limitations of the industry as is. In doing so, we have ironically found a way to fortify the industry for all of those involved, increase jobs and magazine selection, while cutting overhead and increasing revenue dramatically for the publishers and industry as a whole.We cannot elaborate fully as that would be tipping the hand too much. We wish to only divulge that information to the industry directly and sooner rather than later.As well, aren’t we an interesting option for Google, Yahoo and Microsoft as the next major asset in the ads war. We can work with the industry or independently to achieve such. We prefer the former. This Mygazines thing has taken on a life of its own. Over the weekend I got a cryptic e-mail from a “jsmith” at mygazines.com:—–Original Message—–From: jsmith@mygazines.com [mailto:jsmith@mygazines.com] Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2008 2:23 PMTo: Dylan StablefordSubject: Addition: MygazinesAs well, aren’t we an interesting option for Google, Yahoo and Microsoft as the next major asset in the ads war. We can work with the industry or independently to achieve such. We prefer the former.I replied with some questions, and have yet to receive a response. But it appears it was a truncated version of an email that’s making the rounds in other media outlets. Here’s the one U.K.-based Press Gazette got:last_img read more

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Making Video Pay

first_imgVideo ad options include pre-roll and post-roll spots and video overlays. Themis’ latest addition is a custom video skin that surrounds the video player. Themis is also capitalizing on an emerging business model called “cost-per-completion” advertising. “In other words, the advertiser will pay you for completed pre-roll rather than just the beginning of a pre-roll,” says Macris. “That’s important for advertisers because a lot of users on YouTube are randomly surfing and if they hit a pre-roll ad, they stop and go to another video. Advertisers don’t want to pay for people who haven’t been exposed to the ad.”Macris says Themis has a 97 percent completion rate for its pre-roll advertising and gets a $25 to $30 CPM on pre-rolls. Video skins offer a $45 CPM with a 6 percent to 10 percent clickthough rate. “This is definitely more expensive than doing text-based Web content, but if you factor in that you can get a $5 CPM for display ads and a $25 CPM for video ads, it’s pretty clear this is a good investment,” he adds. Macris also contends that original video is immune to ad networks driving pricing down. “Unlike display ads, video ads are holding strong because it’s harder to find premium video,” he says. “So many ad networks are aggregating poor display ads that it’s forcing the market down. If people want to advertise with user generated content, they go to YouTube, they don’t need ad networks for that.” However, video advertising won’t work for all markets–or all products. “If they don’t have a great 15-30 second spot or a product that works with that, then it’s not the right fit,” says Macris. “If they’re doing a movie or new game, great. If they’re doing a book, not so much. The biggest misconception is that they can do longer pre-rolls than they can. Advertisers want to do five-minute pre-rolls. Maybe you can do that before a movie but on the Web, most of the content they’re coming to see is five minutes long.” While Macris says print has taken the brunt of ad dollars shifting to online video to date, online dollars will be diverted from television budgets going forward. “You’re going to see a shift toward larger budgets and better ad units, because more people are substituting online video for their TV viewing.” Video is increasingly being packaged with social media campaigns. Themis builds videos that may feature a Twitter hash tag that allows the consumer to interact with the brand (Themis built a similar social media package for the Aliens vs. Predator game series). “Ultimately, when you can offer a complete solution, that’s where you’ll derive value,” says Macris. “The pricing gets complex but you have to look at the ROI for the client and the cost for creating these custom units. It ends up being a mix of creative and media spend for the client.” With some exceptions, online video has proven to be a more effective editorial tool than revenue stream for magazine publishers. And as resources continue to shrink, even that may be declining-new data from video technology platform Brightcove says magazine sites streamed 174 million videos in the second quarter of 2010, down 7 percent from the first quarter. That decline comes after eight consecutive quarters of growth in video streams (although magazine and newspapers continue to post more online video that other media outlets, according to Brightcove). However, some publishers are having tremendous success with video as a revenue generator provided it’s the right fit for the market and the publisher invests in developing quality original video, rather than thinking they can magically tap into user generated content. Themis Media, a publisher of video game related content, sees more revenue and more traffic from original video than any other channel, with about 7 million video streams generating around 25 million page views. “Our strategy is to create branded series,” says president and CEO Alex Macris, who points to popular Themis video shows targeting gamer culture such as Zero Punctuation, Escape to the Movies and Unskippable. “As a result, we create loyal users to watch shows they know about instead of aimlessly searching through the vagaries of user generated content.” last_img read more

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FW Sells Majority Stake to Private Investment Firm Tinicum

first_imgNussbuam and the existing executive committee will remain in place, but a new board will be selected, with Nussbaum continuing as chairman. Update: There will be no other staffing changes as a result of the deal. “Tinicum’s investment will bolster F+W’s ability to aggressively target both bolt-on and larger-scale acquisitions to build out its core categories of craft, art, writing, design, lifestyle and outdoors,” says Nussbaum in a statement. The company has been fairly acquisitive in the last couple years, buying The Martha Pullen Company, Aspire Media and New Track Media, among others. It also expanded its licensing agreement with Hubert Burda Media into a 50/50 joint venture this year. In 2010, F+W underwent a significant financial restructuring, reducing debt by 50 percent. Lead investor at the time Abry Partners subsequently had a much smaller share in the company as the management team took on a larger ownership stake.Update: The ownership structure had not changed much since then, aside from some equity issued to private equity firms Frontenac and Catalyst as the result of the Aspire Media deal, says Ogle, who says the new ownership structure will likely be more consolidated once the tender offer is complete. On the heels of announcing a corporate rebranding, F+W has sold a majority stake to Tinicum L.P., a New York-based private investment firm. Terms of the deal were not released, but F+W says it has grown its e-commerce business—described by chairman and CEO David Nussbaum as a “very meaningful percentage” of the company’s overall revenue—from $6 million in 2008 to about $60 million this year. Update: According to F+W COO/CFO Jim Ogle, the deal includes an initial investment for a 62 percent stake that could go up to 95 percent, depending on the results of a tender offer that went out last Friday. Current stockholders have 20 days to respond. “We expect some holders to retain their share in the business so final Tinicum ownership will end up somewhere in between [that] range,” he says. last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for June 9 OUI Arrest Car vs Rock Wall Truck

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, June 9, 2018:Molly Joan Boen (24, Stoughton) was arrested for OUI Liquor. The arrest took place at a female operator was observed possibly sleeping at the entrance of Yentile Farm Recreational Facility on Cross Street. (2:01am)A caller reported a landscaping truck took down a stop sign at the Cross Street and Lowell Street intersection. Police were able to get in touch with the operator. (8:43am)A caller reported numerous vehicles parked on both sides of roadway due to yard sales. Caller stated it was difficult to drive down roadway. Police checked area and felt there was plenty of room to pass. (9:05am)Polie retrieved a syringe in front of a caller’s house on Boutwell Street. (3:10pm)A caller reported a group of juveniles set off fireworks on their property. Group ran towards Revere Avenue. Police were unable to locate. (9:52pm)A vehicle struck a rock wall on Chestnut Street. Fire Department evaluated infant in vehicle. No injuries noted. Vehicle towed. (10:51pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 28: OUI Arrest; Trash Truck Fire; Car vs. MotorcycleIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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ARREST LOG A Quiet Week For Wilmington Police

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between August 16, 2018 and August 22, 2018:Thursday, August 16NoneFriday, August 17NoneSaturday, August 18NoneSunday, August 19Moises Tulio DeOliveira (26, North Andover — Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (Summons)Monday, August 20NoneTuesday, August 21NoneWednesday, August 22None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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McLarens Lego Senna is one 50000th of the price of the real

first_img Tags McLaren Preview • 2019 McLaren Senna: Refined brutality Car Culture 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 McLaren Senna Share your voicecenter_img 81 Photos 0 Post a comment 2019 McLaren Senna: A 789-horsepower race car for the road More From Roadshow Finally, a McLaren that I can afford. Lego Not all of us can afford a genuine, 789-horsepower McLaren Senna — and after all, each of the 500 copies has already been sold. But for just one 50,000th of the price, you can get a 5-inch-long recreation in the form of the new Lego Speed Champions Senna set.Where the genuine McLaren Senna requires about 300 hours of labor to assemble by hand, the Lego version apparently takes a lot less time, with the set consisting of just 219 pieces. The Senna’s shape has been faithfully recreated, with details like its roof snorkel, massive rear wing and striking, aerodynamically optimized nose all produced in plastic bricks. The paint scheme is a menacing Victory Grey with orange accents. There are different wheel designs, in case you want to change up the car’s look, and the Senna’s clear windshield can be removed.Lego Speed Champions McLaren SennaThe rear wing, diffuser, taillights and other details are all recreated on the scaled-down Lego Senna. McLaren The included minifigure wears a McLaren racing suit with Pirelli sponsorship branding. Also included is a wind-tunnel fan, a reference to the Senna’s incredible aerodynamic performance that yields 1,764 pounds of downforce. Sadly, unlike the genuine article, the Lego model does not include a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, so it’s unlikely that the model car will be able to rocket to 60 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds.McLaren has previously teamed up with Lego to offer Speed Champions versions of the P1 and 720s, both of which the carmaker says sold out quickly. The Senna set is on sale now for $15. Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the services featured on this page McLaren Legolast_img read more

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BSE closes points 7767 down on September 25

first_imgNew Delhi, September 25 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 77.67 points down to stand at 19842.54. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 21.95 points down to stand at 5870.50. BHEL and Zee Entertainment were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.73% and 5.75% along with Apollo Hospitals and Sobha Dev with an increase of 4.82% and 4.56% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Financial Technologies and MCX with a decrease of 9.92% and 4.60% along with JP POWER and HPCL with a decrease of 4.43% and 3.74% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 9.70 points at 11,180.22 while the banking sector is down 103.74 points at 11,494.18 and the realty sector is down 9.88 points at 1,217.68. The Indian currency is up 0.36% at Rs 62.53 per dollar.last_img read more

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