I love Twitter. Of all the social platforms, it is still my favorite. I like it better than Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or SnapChat.Alas, Twitter is dying. Here is how I would save it.Eliminate AutomationI helped kill Twitter. Some of my tweets are automated. Rather than retweeting some of the things my friends write and share, I automated the tweets.Automation is sharing without engagement. Sharing without engagement isn’t very interesting. The engagement is more important than the sharing by itself.In the race for attention, we automated sharing. Some people automated their direct messages when followed. Now direct messages are nothing more than social spam.Tweets are scheduled. People are automatically followed. Direct messages are automated. We aren’t on Twitter. Our robots are.The first thing I would do to save Twitter would be to eliminate the ability to automate anything. None of your other social platforms are automated. To engage, you have to be there. That’s what makes it social.Bring Back the CountI have mostly stopped hitting the retweet share button on posts.The idea that removing the ability to see how many times something has been retweeted is somehow going to drive revenue is a massive overestimation of power. For that approach to work, people would have to care deeply enough about those stats to pay for them. You can already see where your traffic comes from in a host of other ways.By removing the retweet count on articles and posts, Twitter took the “social” out of social proof.Twitter works when people share. Seeing that a lot of other people shared something is evidence that it’s worth looking at, and it’s good proof that something might be worth sharing. The more people engage with content and share it on the platform, the more people engage on the platform. Engagement is what Twitter needs (well, one of the things).Twitter should immediately bring back the retweet count.Chase Bigger MoneyI have paid to advertise on Twitter. Some people clicked some links. Okay.Users don’t make you any real money. Advertisers make you real money. Google Ads work very well. Facebook Ads work amazingly well. We’ll see how Instagram and SnapChat do soon enough.If Twitter is going to thrive, someone is going to have to chase big money with an advertising platform that works. Facebook has the hot hand. But that doesn’t mean someone else can’t figure out how to do better themselves.In addition to putting ads in the stream, I’d put ads in the Notification stream. Admit it, when you log onto Twitter, the first thing you do is check your notifications. I’d have an advertisement there waiting for you. Those ads would mostly be from big brands that were sold by a professional, consultative sales force with the chops to help advertisers succeed.Honestly, that probably isn’t going to be enough. But I am 100% certain there are enough creative people around to figure out how to make money (a lot of unsexy businesses find a way to make a profit).Maybe Twitter doesn’t have to die. I hope you Tweet this by hand. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
DeMarcus Cousins willing to log big minutes if Warriors need “I’m very proud of our team — and in particular all the guys off the bench,” Kerr said.For the record, the Raptors weren’t particularly impressed with themselves after winning Game 1 and weren’t particularly down about losing Game 2.The Raptors knew this wasn’t going to be easy. They also know an opportunity was missed Sunday night, but they weren’t sounding gloom-and-doom alarms.“You guys didn’t think this was going to be a sweep? I don’t know what you guys thought this series was going to look like, but we went into it expecting a dogfight,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. “And, yes, we won Game 1. I think everybody else outside of our locker room was a lot more excited than we were. We understand what this team brings and what type of effort it’s going to take to beat these guys.”Kerr came up with the “Strength in Numbers” idea himself. It didn’t originate in some white-board session among marketing people; it started in the Warriors’ locker room and then worked its way throughout the organization. By now, clearly, the Warriors believe in its meaning.Durant got hurt late in Game 5 of the second round against Houston, in a close game at the time that could have gone either way. The Warriors won that night, then went to Houston and clinched the series in Game 6, then swept Portland in the Western Conference final — and head home after a split in Toronto.There’s no guarantee that Durant comes back for Game 3.Thompson told Kerr that he’d be ready to play, but that’s hardly assured either.Cousins just played 28 minutes after playing eight minutes, total, in seven weeks while recovering from a quad tear. Kevon Looney, who’s been mostly excellent for Golden State in these playoffs, might be out with the chest or shoulder issue that sidelined him during Game 2 — the Warriors said it was a chest contusion, while Looney was clearly grabbing at his shoulder in pain.“We’ve got to go home and protect our home floor,” Kerr said. “And we’ll see about all the injuries.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Game 2 was the fifth consecutive game where the Warriors got down by at least 10 points at some time in the game. It was the fourth time they recovered and won. They keep getting themselves into messes, and they usually get out of them.It’s not ideal.But if they must do this the hard way, that seems to be just fine with them. Kerr’s mantra is getting heeded.“We need three more wins and we need it to keep going,” Curry said. “But that’s a part of who we are in our DNA. It’s not just what we say.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TORONTO, ONTARIO – JUNE 02: Andre Iguodala #9 is congratulated by his teammates Shaun Livingston #34 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors after scoring a basket against the Toronto Raptors in the second half during Game Two of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 02, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO — The mantra for Golden State during Steve Kerr’s five seasons with the Warriors has been “Strength in Numbers.”It’s more than a marketing slogan.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess It’s a catchy phrase on shirts, for sure, and it’s emblazoned plenty of places for all to see — even on one shoulder of Stephen Curry’s gray sweat suit, with the NBA Finals logo on the other side. But it’s hard to imagine a time where it means more to the Warriors than right now, when the only thing being tested more than their mettle is their depth.The champions are heading home off a win ailing, but not trailing. Whether it was DeMarcus Cousins playing 28 minutes, or Quinn Cook tying a playoff career-high with three 3-pointers, or all 13 Warriors getting into the game — some of them for only four seconds, but in nonetheless — the two-time defending NBA champions found a way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGame 2 is in the books. Golden State 109, Toronto 104. Series tied at 1-1.Off to Oracle Arena in Oakland, California for Game 3 on Wednesday night. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “When you get to this stage, our DNA shows up,” Curry said. “It’s not just something you just throw out there to have nice shirts and give out to the crowd at Oracle and have all this marketing stuff. It’s literally how we approach every day from training camp to June. How we support each other, how guys stay ready throughout the year … it shows itself over the course of a season.”Examples of how they support each other can be found everywhere.Kevin Durant — who missed his seventh consecutive game with a calf strain — was in the tunnel connecting the court and the visiting locker room as time expired, absolutely giddy to greet his teammates and repeatedly clapping his hands. Klay Thompson, who left early in the fourth quarter with a hamstring pull, gingerly walked out with just his uniform and socks on, icepack strapped to his leg, to give some hugs.Much was said this year about strife and discord in the Warriors’ locker room.Durant and Draymond Green had a particularly high-profile argument earlier in the year. Seems like a lifetime ago now. The Warriors know what’s at stake, and they’re clearly united.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments
Former Indian women’s cricket team coach Tushar Arothe on Wednesday claimed innocence a day after he was arrested and subsequently released on bail for allegedly betting on an IPL match.”This (cricket) is my bread and butter. Whatever I am today is because of cricket and I will never do such type of activity. Life mei ek paisa idhar-udhar nahi kiya hai (I have never cheated),” Arothe told PTI.The 52-year-old from Baroda was arrested on Monday before being given bail by the police, Vadodara Police Commissioner Anup Singh Gehlot told PTI on Tuesday.”Forget about doing it, I have never thought about it,” the former batsman, who represented Baroda in 114 first-class games.Arothe and 18 others were arrested by the city Crime Branch for betting on the IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab played at Mohali, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Jaydeepsinh Jadeja of Vadodara Crime Branch.”Arothe is a former coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. He was among the 19 persons held by our team last night for placing bets during the live telecast of an IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals,” said Jadeja.Arothe took over the reins of the Indian women’s team in 2017 from Purnima Rao.During Arothe’s tenure, the women’s team had made it to the finals of the 2017 World Cup.He had resigned from the post in controversial circumstances. His son Rishi, a left-arm pacer, also plays for Baroda.Also Read | Ex-India women’s cricket coach Tushar Arothe arrested in connection with IPL bettingAlso Read | International Cricket Council to join hands with Interpol to tackle corruptionadvertisement
The Galaxy Note 10 is the next anticipated flagship from Samsung and there have been numerous reports on the upcoming series already. This time around, Samsung is tipped to launch two models – Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Pro – that will differ in screen sizes and possibly 5G support for the Pro model. Now, some alleged Galaxy Note 10 Pro case images have surfaced on the internet that seem to back what we have heard about the design already.The supposed Galaxy Note 10 Pro silicone case images posted by a Twitter user show off a rectangular design with sharp corners, which is what Samsung’s Note phones typically offer. There are a lot of cutouts of various sizes that are meant for ports and sensor. The bottom side of the case offers cutouts for the S Pen, speaker, Type-C port and microphone. The top side sees two cutouts which is said to be for microphone and IR blaster.#Samsung #GalaxyNote10Pro real life case leaked. pic.twitter.com/Ia9X0PUt2rSudhanshu Ambhore (@Sudhanshu1414) June 15, 2019If the cutouts are what they seem, this would suggest that the Galaxy Note 10 series will not come with a headphone jack as past rumours would suggest. This would be an interesting move considering the Galaxy S10 series retains the headphone jack. We are still leaning or rather hoping for the headphone jack to remain on the Galaxy Note 10, so one should take these case images with a pinch of salt for now.The vertical triple camera cutout on the back of the case is a major indication that Samsung will ideed change the placement of the cameras. The triple camera setup is said to include regular, ultra wide-angle and telephoto cameras. A smaller cutout can be seen next to the camera cutout, which could house an LED flash, heart rate sensor and possibly a ToF camera.advertisementBased on what past rumours have told us, the regular Galaxy Note 10 will offer a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, while the Galaxy Note 10 Pro will sport a bigger 6.7-inch screen. The Pro model will also house a larger 4,170mAh battery and will come with up to 12GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note 10 series is said to launch on August 10.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch may happen on August 10ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Fold might release only after Galaxy Note 10 launch
Bayern München Rummenigge slams Lewandowski for Bayern criticism Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 09:17 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Robert Lewandowski The Polish striker is on shaky ground after his criticism of Bayern Munich’s transfer policy, drawing an angry response from the club’s CEO Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hit out at Robert Lewandowski after the star striker criticised the German champions and their transfer policy.Lewandowski was critical of Bayern’s restrained policy as he urged the Bundesliga giants to match the spending power of Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, who broke records in deals for Neymar and Ousmane Dembele.Bayern 13/2 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Bayern made Frenchman Corentin Tolisso the most expensive player in Bundesliga history following his €41million arrival from Lyon, while James Rodriguez – on loan from Real Madrid – Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Sule also moved to Allianz Arena.Already on shaky ground after claiming he was not supported enough by his team-mates in the race for the Bundesliga’s top scorer award last season, Lewandowski was slammed by Rummenigge following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim.”It would be a pity, if he actually saw it that way. Loyalty is part of Bayern’s DNA and very important to our fans,” Rummenigge told Bild.”For a long time now we have a serious and successful philosophy that brought us big success. I stick with our chancellor who said the fees should be regulated and reduced.”Obviously Robert was irritated by PSG’s transfers. He is employed with us as a football player and earns a lot of money. I regret what he said. Whoever publicly criticises the club or his team-mates will get in trouble with me personally. He already made false claims last season following the Freiburg match, where he claimed he had not been supported enough.”I don’t think the player’s might is that high. And Lewandowski can see that when he looks at his contract. He signed until 2021 without an exit clause.”Regrettably his agent often is his ‘Spiritus Rector’. That was the case here, too. The interview was consciously organised around FC Bayern. He harms Robert with that.”
Patrice Evra Graphic content: Evra shows off gruesome leg injury that needed three stitches Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 19:20 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool v West Ham United Liverpool West Ham United Premier League WTF The veteran defender is thrilled to be back in the Premier League and even a nasty cut can’t stop him from “loving this game” Patrice Evra showed earlier this season when he was at Marseille that he is not afraid to back down from confrontation.The veteran left-back was ultimately sacked by the Ligue 1 club for kicking out at a fan prior to a Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes in November.After a troubled spell in France, the 36-year-old has returned to the Premier League, where he has joined up with David Moyes’ West Ham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Evra made his first start in England’s top flight for the Hammers on Saturday, when they went to Liverpool. Although the match ended unhappily for the London side, who suffered a 4-1 defeat, it was an experience the French defender cherished – despite getting a nasty wound on his leg.“That why I miss the @premierleague wake up the next day with 3 stitches I love this game,” he posted to his Instagram followers, along with a picture of the nasty gash on his leg.Evra managed 90 minutes at Anfield, where he played on the left of midfield, and he will hope to regain fitness ahead of a trip to Swansea on Saturday. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
The deadline for feedback is Nov. 3. The final report is expected Dec. 31. To view the terms of reference for the review, visit www.ednet.ns.ca/adminreview. Ms. Glaze has extensive experience in system and school improvement. She has worked with educators in almost 50 countries. On behalf of consultant Avis Glaze, government is asking parents and members of the public to comment on the recently announced Education System Administrative Review. The review, by Ms. Glaze, is looking specifically at the education system administrative model, including governing school boards, central administrative offices and administration at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The goal of the review is to ensure the right administrative structure is in place that best supports student success. Ms. Glaze is looking for feedback on three questions available at https://novascotia.ca/adminsurvey/ what administrative changes would you propose should be made to the education system to ensure the focus is on the needs of students? what changes would you propose should be made to the Department of Education and Early Child Development? what changes would you propose should be made to the administration of school boards?
APTN National NewsA community in northern Manitoba is trying to get some answers about what happened to one of its members more than three years ago.Craig McDougall, 26, was shot by Winnipeg police in August 2008.By law, an inquest has to take place.But that’s only after police hand over the investigation.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson found out, no one seems to know where that investigation stands.
Kathleen Martens APTN News Speaking from her hospital bed, MMIWG families’ advocate Delilah Saunders said Tuesday she is recovering from acute liver failure and called for a review of provincial policies around who gets a liver.“It’s something that needs to be revised and looked at.”The 26-year-old thanked her family and strangers for offering to give her parts of their healthy organs.“I didn’t plan on becoming an advocate for this sort of cause,” Saunders told reporters gathered in her Toronto hospital room. “But the more I’ve been learning about it…seeing how many families have reached out and expressed that they have had to just accept the policy despite many other factors.Saunders was rushed to an Ottawa hospital in critical condition last week.An emergency her family said was caused by a combination of using acetaminophen to deal with wisdom tooth pain and drinking alcohol.Consuming alcohol within six months of needing a new liver eliminated her from a possible transplant under protocols of the Trillium Gift of Life Network, which regulates organ donation in Ontario.It is a policy Saunders friends and family quickly labelled discriminatory and tried to change via public pressure that included vigils in different cities, an online petition and posts on social media.“Delilah is really recovering and it looks good but she’s not out of the woods yet,” said her friend and fellow Labrador Inuk Ossie Michelin, a former APTN News reporter.“We can’t be sure until she’s done with all the specialists.”Saunders confirmed she “was unconscious for a while” but now has trouble sleeping.She looked tired as she faced the cameras, but her trademark confidence as a human rights crusader was evident as she called for reforms to the transplant rules.“Registering as a donor and also revising these outdated, antiquated policies and procedures that section off a large population…,” she said, as her younger brother and lawyer looked on…“I think that these situations should be looked at on a case-by-case basis.”Saunders rose to prominence when her older sister Loretta Saunders was murdered in Halifax in 2014.Delilah handled media, police and court issues, and cracked only when the killers were sentenced, screaming at them in front of the judge.She said she was sober but turned to alcohol after reliving that experience while testifying at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) last month.That wiped out her chance for a new liver – a health crisis she says many families have suffered and lost.“The nurses and the doctors they have their hands tied,” she said. “My cousin brought up that in Europe, you are automatically considered a donor unless you opt out.”Delilah doesn’t know when she will be released from hospital but said she considers herself fortunate and hopes her experience will get more people considering organ donation.“Because that demand is so high and because people aren’t registering as donors it’s making a more difficult situation even more impossible,” she said.“The outpouring of support has been beautiful and really, really encouraging” but she feels “for the families who have lost loved ones due to these policies, due to small technicalities, and things that could have saved so many lives.”An email seeking comment from Trillium wasn’t immediately returned.
Mr. Ban made the pledge in a message for Africa Day, which marks the founding in 1963 of the Organization of African Unity, now known as the African Union (AU). The annual event serves as an opportunity to highlight Africa’s achievements as well as take stock of remaining challenges.Drawing attention to the devastating effect of the ongoing economic downturn on the continent, the Secretary-General urged the international community not to step back from its commitments.“At the very time when Africa has achieved several years of sustained economic growth and improved stability, the global economic crisis is having a severe impact. We must protect the continent’s poorest and most vulnerable people,” he stated. Another threat to Africa’s development is climate change, he said, emphasizing the importance of countries to “seal a deal” and reach agreement in Copenhagen this December on a new global pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.“If we work hard, and agree on deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, we can avoid some of the worst consequences – but not all of them,” said Mr. Ban. “That is why we must also support adaptation, especially for the poor, who will suffer first – and worst.”The UN chief also pointed to what he described as “a troubling re-emergence of unconstitutional changes of government” on the continent. “This reminds us not only of the need to support democratization, but to strengthen Africa’s capacity to maintain peace and security,” he stressed. Toward that goal, he said, the UN Security Council is building a closer working relationship with the AU Peace and Security Council. The world body is also moving ahead with the UN Ten-Year Capacity-Building Programme in support of the AU, especially in providing technical support for AU peacekeeping. 25 May 2009Spotlighting some of the major challenges facing African nations today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed the commitment of the United Nations to supporting the people of the continent in building durable peace, security and sustainable development.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2013 3:03 am MDT Chinese gambling city Macau aims for Las Vegas boxing action with big-name bouts MACAU, Macau – A Chinese fighter’s victory at a Macau showdown brings the world’s top casino market a step closer to challenging Las Vegas for dominance of another Sin City staple: big-time boxing matches.Macau, which long ago eclipsed Vegas as the world’s top gambling city, is looking to add to its allure by holding the kind of boxing bouts for which Las Vegas is known.The tiny Chinese enclave near Hong Kong is hosting a series of high-profile bouts this year featuring a pair of Asian stars: Chinese two-time Olympic gold medallist Zou Shiming and Philippine fighter Manny Pacquiao.Zou made his professional debut in April, winning the “Fists of Gold” match at Macau’s Venetian resort. He returned for a second installment of the series on Saturday night, defeating his Mexican opponent in a unanimous decision at the Cotai Arena.Zou’s rise has helped boost boxing’s popularity among fans in China, where the sport was banned until the mid-1980s. Chinese fans, mostly subdued for the six preliminary “undercard” fights, rose to their feet for the main event, calling out “Jia you!” — Chinese for “Let’s go!” — and stomping their feet as Zou fought a six-round flyweight match with Jesus Ortega.Now all eyes are on the “Clash in Cotai” in November, featuring Pacquiao for the main event and Zou on the undercard. Organizers say it’ll be the biggest professional boxing match ever held in China. It’ll also be the first outside of the U.S. since 2006 for the Filipino superstar, who has lost his two last bouts.Boxing’s emergence in Macau is another reminder of how the global gambling industry’s centre of gravity has shifted to the East thanks to rising incomes in China. The former Portuguese colony, now a semiautonomous region of China, overtook the Las Vegas Strip in 2006 as the world’s most lucrative gambling market. Last year it raked in $38 billion in gambling revenue, six times more than the Strip. But authorities want Macau to be known for more than gambling and see big events as a way to turn the city, which has a lingering reputation for seediness and corruption, into a broader tourist destination.Zou’s celebrated trainer, Los Angeles-based Freddie Roach, left no doubt about how the focus has changed in the boxing world.“I think I’ve got a new home,” he said at a news conference last week, referring to the Venetian, the flagship casino resort of billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Macau casino arm, Sands China Ltd. “Macau has become the capital of the boxing world.”For promoter Top Rank, it’s a chance to get a head start on bringing the sport to the huge, untapped market in China. Boxing was banned under Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong for being too violent and too Western. It wasn’t until 1986 that the ban was lifted.The sport is nowhere near as popular in China as soccer or basketball, but Top Rank boss Bob Arum sees a vast potential market of new fans. Key to his plan is Zou, who became a celebrity in China after winning a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics and another at the London Olympics.Zou “has energized people who follow sports in China,” said Arum. “The number of people who watched his last fight in China was quite remarkable, anywhere between 100 million to 200 million homes based on the surveys we’ve had done. That’s outstanding. Most countries don’t even have that many people.”Top Rank put on a Vegas-style production for the Macau fights, complete with spotlights, scantily-clad “ring girls” and announcer Michael Buffer, best known for his catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble!” Arum said production costs for a Macau show amount to $500,000, about the same as for bouts in Vegas.Arum said he envisions Top Rank, which organizes 60 boxing shows a year, eventually holding four to six a year in Macau. Las Vegas, in comparison, is hosting a dozen pro bouts this year.For Arum, the big prize in bringing boxing to China is the potential for pay-per-view profits that would dwarf those in the U.S.Zou’s fights were carried on state broadcaster CCTV. Arum had hoped to offer the Pacquiao fight on pay per view but he said lining up a deal with potential partners has been harder than expected. China’s broadcasting industry is dominated by state-run broadcasters while premium cable and satellite channels have little role to play.One idea had been to offer the November fight for $5 in China on smartphones. That’s a fraction of the $50-$60 typically charged to see a live bout on cable in the U.S but the sheer numbers of potential viewers in a country with more than 1 billion people would make up the difference.“We were hoping to do pay per view in China but we are not anywhere near ready to do it yet. That’s something for next year and the year after,” he said.“Once we get that going, it could be a monster,” said Arum.Even if Chinese pay per view doesn’t take off, Macau will still remain a viable boxing venue because for non-American fighters it will represent a bigger purse. They won’t have to pay U.S. taxes of about 40 per cent on their earnings.That would be a substantial incentive for someone such as Pacquiao, who would only be subject to lower tax rates in the Philippines or Macau on the $25-$30 million that Arum said he’s expected to earn from the November fight.The biggest upside from the fight nights, however, may be for the casino. It benefits directly from more visitors, which will help raise gambling revenue. The Pacquiao fight will be an especially good chance to reel in the high-rolling mainland Chinese VIP gamblers that have supercharged Macau’s casino industry.It also gives casinos another way to circumvent the advertising and promotional restrictions that come with mainland China’s ban on casinos.“The boxing in Macau without doubt helps promote Sands China or the Venetian brand in China,” said Aaron Fischer, head of gaming research at brokerage CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets. “Marketing of casinos is illegal in China and hence gaming companies will have to indirectly promote the integrated resort by marketing the non-gaming facilities like the hotel, conventions or by marketing the various events like boxing matches.”_______Follow Kelvin Chan at twitter.com/chanmanOnline:Top Rank: http://www.toprank.com/
The Rome-based agency said its Food Price Index averaged 205.9 points in July, which is 4 points below June and 7 points lower than in July 2012. The Index measures monthly changes in international prices of a basket of meat, dairy, cereals, oils and fats, and sugar.The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 227.7 points in July, down 8.8 points from June and as much as 33 points below July last year. “The sharp decline mostly reflected falling maize prices as favourable weather boosted hopes of a significant production increase in several leading maize-producing countries,” said the agency.Wheat prices also fell but the strong pace of exports limited the decline. Rice price changes varied according to origins, with a decrease in Thai prices contrasting with higher Vietnamese quotations.The FAO Oils/Fats Price Index averaged 191 points in July, down by 7 points from June and the lowest level in three years. Meanwhile, while dairy prices fell overall – 2.6 per cent from June – the decline was by a smaller margin than in the previous two months as a result of tightening availabilities in Oceania and stagnating milk production amongst other exporters, principally in Europe, South America and the United States. Meat prices, FAO noted, were more or less unchanged from the revised June level. Prices for poultry and pig meat were lower, while those of bovine and ovine meat rose. In addition, sugar prices declined for the fourth consecutive month in July, on the back of anticipated large surplus production in major producing areas, notably in Brazil, the world’s largest sugar producer and exporter. Declining ethanol prices in Brazil also provided an incentive to convert more sugarcane into sugar instead of ethanol, which put additional downward pressure on international sugar prices, FAO stated.
“I am confident that the International Day of Human Space Flight will remind us of our common humanity and our need to work together to conquer shared challenges,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on the Day marked worldwide on 12 April. “I hope it will also inspire young people in particular to pursue their dreams and move the world towards new frontiers of knowledge and understanding,” the UN chief added. In 2011, the General Assembly declared 12 April International Day of Human Space Flight to reaffirm the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development. The Assembly also expressed interest in promoting and expanding the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes. This day, 12 April back in 1961 was the date of the first human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen. This historic event opened the way for space exploration. “Yuri Gagarin’s journey as the first human in space 54 years ago has inspired us all to advance the boundaries of exploration”, said United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Director, Simonetta Di Pippo.To mark the day, UNOOSA has launched the fourth edition of its ‘Messages from Space Explorers’, a collection of messages from Space Explorers serving as a memorabilia of their contribution and inspiration to future generations. “Recording the messages of the many men and women who have travelled into space allows us to commemorate the role these people have played as Ambassadors for humankind,” said Ms. Di Pippo. The new edition – available on UNOOSA’s website in six different languages – contains messages from space explorers from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States. One of the featured explorers, Scott Kelly is currently on a one year mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), which started on 28 March 2015. The autograph album also contains a copy of the signed sheets received from 57 other space explorers from 20 nations, among which Valentina Tereskhova of Russia, the first woman in space, and Charles F. Bolden, the current NASA Administrator, and copy of the autographs of Yuri Gagarin, and Edward H. White, the first American to walk in space.
Following a hard-fought 20-17 victory at Iowa last weekend, No. 8-ranked Ohio State returns home on Saturday for its 107th meeting with Michigan and its regular season finale. Although the win put the Buckeyes into the history books as the only team in conference history to win 10 games or more in six straight seasons, coach Jim Tressel said his team’s thoughts immediately shifted to the rival Wolverines. “It seems like Iowa was a long time ago. We knew it was going to be a battle and it was,” Tressel said. “It wasn’t 30 seconds over that our thoughts began to rumble about this one, and we’re anxious.” The Buckeyes have dominated the Wolverines at the Horseshoe in recent history, winning every game against Michigan in Columbus since 2000. Senior defensive tackle Dexter Larimore said OSU will face a much-improved Michigan squad. “It’s crazy to think that last year they were almost a completely different team,” Larimore said. “This year, they have just turned it on offensively and just been able to score on anybody.” Pryor comes through in the clutch Junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor didn’t have his most impressive statistical game in the Buckeyes’ victory in Iowa City, Iowa, completing 54.5 percent of his passes and throwing for two interceptions. However, Tressel said he was impressed by his signal caller. “I thought he played pretty well,” he said. “There were a couple times where, from the sideline, I thought he should have stood in and waited for something to develop, and then when you watched it on film, I could see why he moved around a little. … I would say his grade was as good or better than any he’s had. He really had a grasp on what we were trying to do.” Even with the interceptions, Tressel said it was Pryor’s performance down the stretch that stood out. “He ran the ball well. He got us in and out of plays we needed to be and obviously, you know, you’re evaluated by how you do when the chips are down, and I thought he did a nice job in that last six minutes,” he said. Senior day Twenty-four OSU seniors will run out of the tunnel onto the field at the Horseshoe for the last time Saturday, hoping to stay unbeaten in their careers against Michigan. Couple that with the magnitude of the rivalry, and Tressel said it is going to be a special day. “We’re looking forward to 24 seniors, the last time they go out there, and that’s a big deal to us, but that’s a bigger deal to them,” he said. “They have been a part of some good football teams and they’re trying to lead this team into being a good football team and they know they only have one more chance back in Ohio Stadium.” The seniors agreed that their last game in Columbus will be memorable. “It will definitely be emotional and definitely a kind of bittersweet feeling knowing that I made it through the five years,” senior offensive lineman Bryant Browning said. “At the same time, it is going to be the last time I get to run out onto the field with my team at the Horseshoe and play in the great stadium, so it is going to be something I remember for the rest of my life.” Downtrodden Wolverine defense The 2010 edition of the Wolverine defense is certainly not one of the best Michigan has produced. Heading into its final regular season game, Michigan has allowed more than 33 points per game and given up an eye-popping 445.2 yards of offense per game. Despite the shortcomings, senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said he expects to see a better Wolverine defense Saturday. “We’re obviously confident in our offense no matter who we are facing,” Sanzenbacher said. “We’ll game-plan for whatever we think is going to work, but at the same time we always know that they’re probably going to be a little better than what we see on film.” Tressel said the magnitude of the matchup will bring out the best in all parties. “I can promise you this, they are going to play the best they can possibly play and then some,” he said. “They’re going to play better than they are. We need to play better than we are, and that’s, to me, the fun of this game.”
In America, the Senate Finance Committee has unanimously approved an amendment offered by Senators Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) and Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) that extends until 2010 a critical alternative fuels tax credit that will help accelerate the production of clean, domestic coal-to-liquid (CTL) fuels. Finance Committee members approved adding the CTL tax credit amendment on October 4 to a larger tax package primarily focused on aiding the reauthorization of federal agricultural support programs. The amendment extends an existing 50% per gallon fuel excise tax credit for CTL until 2010 and requires CTL producers to capture and store 50% of carbon dioxide emissions. CTL producers could be required to capture and store 75% of carbon dioxide emissions should an independent arbitration panel determine that such a level is commercially feasible. Without an extension, the tax credit, created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, is set to expire in September 2009.National Mining Association President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz: “Looking forward, the CTLC (Coal-To-Liquids Coalition) will continue working with all Senate CTL supporters to ensure this tax credit extension is signed into law.”
Following the announcement by the Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia on March 27 that he would not approve the proposed takeover of OZ Minerals by China Minmetals Non-ferrous Metals Co if Prominent Hill was part of the transaction, OZ Minerals has negotiated commercial terms for a transaction involving the sale of certain assets to Minmetals. The parties have signed a term sheet and are now working towards the execution of a sale and purchase agreement. The proposed transaction, which requires shareholder approval, involves the sale by OZ Minerals of Sepon, Golden Grove, Century, Rosebery, Avebury, Dugald River, High Lake, Izok Lake and certain other exploration and development assets to Minmetals for $1,206 million. OZ Minerals will retain Prominent Hill, Martabe, specific exploration assets in Cambodia and Thailand and its listed equity interests (including its interest in Toro Energy). If OZ Minerals retires all its debt (except for the Convertible Bonds on issue), it is expected to also have a cash balance of approximately A$600 million immediately upon completion of the transaction.Barry Cusack, Chairman of OZ Minerals, said: “While this is a structurally different proposal to the previous cash proposal from Minmetals of 82.5 cents per share, we believe it represents an attractive offer for OZ Minerals and our shareholders. Importantly, it also provides a complete solution to OZ Minerals’ refinancing issues.”Andrew Michelmore, Managing Director and CEO of OZ Minerals, added: “This structure also allows OZ Minerals’ shareholders to retain full ownership of Prominent Hill, which has now commenced production and is expected to become cashflow positive during the second half of 2009. Prominent Hill has significant upside potential, and OZ Minerals will have the financial capacity to continue its development. Shareholders will now be able to retain full exposure to the long-term growth profile of Prominent Hill.”The sale price assumes the businesses are purchased on a “cash free, debt free” basis and assuming normal levels of working capital. OZ Minerals is expected to retain all existing cash and debt obligations, and intends to use part of the cash proceeds to pay down most or all of its debt facilities.The parties have entered into an Exclusivity Deed, which will operate until April 13 . This Deed obliges the parties to use best endeavours to agree formal legal agreements for the asset sales and grants Minmetals exclusivity in relation to corporate transactions involving OZ Minerals until April 13 (other than the Martabe gold project).
WISH WE WERE there. If you need something to transport you this Christmas Day, you could do worse than dip into the National Geographic best travel photos of 2013. The top 50 are here.They are compiled from the daily photo feature, Travel 365, on National Geographic Travel’s site.All images below are ©Travel365. Enjoy.
The agent of Nabil Fekir is adamant that his client’s potential transfer to Liverpool from Lyon remains a possibility for this summerShortly after their Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month, the Reds were believed to be close to sealing a £53m to bring Fekir to Anfield before the start of the World Cup.The France international had actually completed a medical at the French training camp, but then Lyon released a statement announcing that the talks had broken down and that Fekir would be remaining at the Groupama Stadium for next season.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…But the forward’s agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, is adamant that the move can still go ahead.“He didn’t sign because uh, it is not over! This is not the end of the story,” he told La Chaine Info, via AlbaWaba.Fekir is currently with the French squad for the World Cup and came on as a substitute for Ousmane Dembele in the 70th minute of their 2-1 win over Australia in their World Cup opener last Saturday.
The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue. In addition to the performance on stage, Katie will also be involved in music-based activities in New York City. Katherine Delker’s performance scheduled for Sunday, February 4th in New York City. Katherine Delker, a 9th grade student at Soldotna High School, has been selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Katie will perform Soprano 1 in February with the Honors Women’s Choir. Participation is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the nation.The performance at Carnegie Hall is scheduled for Sunday, February 4th. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Many blessed with vocal talents envision the day when they can be on stage, maybe one of the grandest stages; how about Carnegie Hall. Katie will join other performers from the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Canada, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. All will perform at Carnegie Hall. Katie Delker on nomination processAudio PlayerDecker-on-nomination-process.mp3VmDecker-on-nomination-process.mp300:00RPd Katie Delker on choir and tour eventsAudio PlayerDecker-on-choir-and-activities.mp3VmDecker-on-choir-and-activities.mp300:00RPd
Sealaska Corp.’s latest Seattle-based seafood investment Orca Bay is merging with Odyssey Enterprises, another processor investment. (Image courtesy Orca Bay Seafoods)Sealaska is increasing its investments in Seattle’s seafood-processing industry, as part of the Southeast Alaska regional Native corporation’s effort to boost revenues and increase dividends.Listen nowThe first investment in the industry came in 2016.Sealaska bought a minority interest in Independent Packers Corp., a Seattle processor employing about 180 people.It later purchased a majority stake in Odyssey Enterprises, also based in Seattle and has about 200 workers.Both do value-added processing, which means they turn seafood into fillets, soups, stews, breaded products and similar items.The new addition is Orca Bay, based in Renton, about 10 miles southeast of Seattle, makes similar products and has about as many workers.“The products they have, their customer base, their marketing strategies, their access to resources, all is very complimentary,” said Anthony Mallott, president and CEO of Sealaska, with nearly 23,000 mostly Tlingit or Haida shareholders.He said Orca Bay is in the process of merging with Odyssey.Sealaska’s corporate headquarters are in this Juneau building.(Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)“The combination of the two offers not only good scale, but the opportunity to have an expanded customer base and give us a platform where we can continue to build our marketing expertise, try innovative new products and be the beginning of the seafood platform that we envisioned,” he said.Cliff White, executive editor of the website SeafoodSource, said the acquisitions make Sealaska a medium-sized player in the industry. He said the latest purchase is a good move.“Orca Bay is renowned for its marketing and its strong ability to connect with customers. It’s a smaller player, but it’s doing things the right way,” he said.Mallott said it’s Sealaska’s last processing investment for now, but the corporation also plans to purchase Alaska seafood for the plants.McDowell Group senior seafood analyst Andy Wink said too much of the catch heads overseas.“To have another buyer out there in the U.S. that’s looking to grow their line of products using fish from Alaska is just another bump in demand,” he said. “Alaska produces something like 5 to 6 billion pounds in harvest volume. So it’s probably relatively minor, but it helps.”Sealaska’s seafood buys are part of a five-year recovery plan after its construction company lost more than $25 million and other businesses more than doubled that amount in 2013.With revenues, the loss added up to about $35 million.Among other things, the plan called for development of businesses closer to Southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, where many shareholders live.Earlier investments included plastics factories as far away as Alabama and Guadalajara, Mexico.Mallott said processing is one reason the corporation has been able to boost its businesses’ part of this month’s $11 million shareholder distribution.“The earnings have improved across the board,” he said. “Natural resources, government services and the new seafood investments are all adding to the earnings that are culminating in this increased dividend.”The dollar-per-share contribution isn’t a lot, but it’s the largest in the past few years. Earnings from Sealaska’s Marjorie Young Permanent Fund added another 86 cents per share.But the largest amount comes from natural-resource earnings shared by all 12 regional Native corporations. The amount, $4.10 per share, is down.“The distribution is driven by oil income from Arctic Slope Regional Corp. So the main driver is the lower oil price,” Mallott said.Sealaska also pays shareholders a spring dividend. It’s driven, in part, by revenues from the Red Dog zinc mine. That‘s on property owned by the Kotzebue-based NANA Regional Corp.Read more about the dividends’ breakdown.