Decisive Victory for Queensland at Defence Nationals

first_imgAll the championships on offer are heading to the sunshine state after an emphatic final day performance by Queensland teams at the 2017 Defence Nationals in Brisbane.In the Men’s Open division, ACT/Country qualified for the big dance with a thrilling one touchdown victory over North Queensland in the Semi Final. The win set up a showdown with South Queensland A, the front runners all tournament and seeking an impressive sixth consecutive championship in a row nonetheless.If there were any thoughts that this game would be a walkover, they were quickly squashed with both teams scoring five touchdowns a piece in an enthralling try for try first half.In the second half the South Queensland boys got a small break thanks largely to Liam Ross’s third score for the match –  a feat that would earn him the Player of the Final and eventually get his side to hold on to claim a 9-7 victory – their sixth consecutive Men’s Open championship.In the Plate Final Northern Territory A faced Sydney Metro, with the men from the territory edging out Sydney Metro 6-4 to claim the Plate Final.Men’s Open Grand Final Results: Championship:  South Queensland A defeated ACT/Country (9-7)Plate Final: Northern Territory A defeated Sydney Metro (6 -4)Player of the Final: #4 Liam Ross (South Queensland A)Player of the Series: #23 Stephen Holmes (ACT/Country)In the Men’s 30s final it was an all-South Queensland affair with the undefeated South Queensland A team up against their B team teammates. The match was closer than many predicted thanks to a gutsy effort by South Queensland B, however South Queensland A showed their class led by Daniel Judas (Player of the Final) to eventually run out winners 8-5 and maintain their undefeated status.Men’s 30s Grand Final Results:Championship: South Queensland A defeated South Queensland B (8-5)Player of the Final: #5 Daniel Judas (South Queensland A)Player of the Series: #13 Matthew McKeon (South Queensland A)After success in both Men’s divisions South Queensland were looking to complete the trifecta in the Women’s Open division, however they were met by a formidable North Queensland outfit who had been mighty impressive all tournament in the Final.Despite a fighting performance by the southern girls, North Queensland proved far too strong in the final running away with the game in the second half to record a comfortable 8-2 victory.Sheree O’Grady was outstanding all tournament receiving both the Player of the Final and Series awards to go with her championship medallion.The win ensured a decisive victory for Queensland teams at this years nationals.Women’s Open Grand Final Results: North Queensland defeated South Queensland (8-2)Player of the Final: #1 Sheree O’Grady (North Queensland)Player of the Series: #1 Sheree O’Grady (North Queensland)Whilst South Queensland narrowly missed out on a clean sweep of all divisions they were duly recognized as the Champion CB for 2017. Northern Territory received the Most Improved CB.CB Awards Champion CB: South Queensland Defense Touch AssociationMost Improved CB: Northern Territory Defense Touch AssociationFinally, congratulations to following individuals who made the 2017 Defence Nationals Merit Teams in recognition of their outstanding performances throughout the tournament.2017 Defence Nationals Merit Teams Fran Hanson (Team Leader)Annette Coleman (Team Leader) Fran Hanson (Team Leader)Annette Coleman (Team Leader) Women’s Open Merit TeamSheree O’Grady (North Queensland)Amanda Thomas (North Queensland)Brooke Moselen (North Queensland)Courtney Kerr (North Queensland)Tanielle Larkin (North Queensland)Nicola Emsley (North Queensland)Nikki Hall (South Queensland)Sarah Patterson (South Queensland)Rebecca Ringma (South Queensland)Pauline Glassie (South Queensland)Melinda Mckeon (South Queensland)Sallyanne Reiners (South Queensland)Isobel Ponte (Sydney Metro)Mary Yakuac (Sydney Metro) Men’s Open Merit TeamStephen Holmes (ACT / Country)Matthew Bowker (ACT / Country)Owen Winkley (ACT / Country)Neil Wakeling (ACT / Country)Jonte Heirdsfield (ACT / Country)Gilbert Patterson (Sydney Metro)S Collinson (North Queensland)David Krause (North Queensland)B Kingston (North Queensland)Joshua Woo (South Queensland A)Jaruis Nolan (South Queensland A)Liam Ross (South Queensland A)Steven Johnson (South Queensland A)Sam Davidson (Northern Territory A)last_img read more

a month agoDybala delighted after Juventus defeat SPAL

first_imgDybala delighted after Juventus defeat SPALby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaulo Dybala was pleased after Juventus’ 2-0 defeat of SPAL.Miralem Pjanic opened the scoring, then Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a Dybala cross.“It’s important to win these games. We were a little slow in our movements in the first half, but fortunately we broke through at the last second before the break and that meant SPAL had to open up,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia.“It created more spaces for us and we had a lot of chances, the goalkeeper did well, but we got the second in the end.“The move for the second goal was a well-worked team approach with a lot of one-touch football.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

15 days agoMan Utd to try again for Benfica defender Ruben Dias

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd to try again for Benfica defender Ruben Diasby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are ready to try again for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.United may have to splurge up to £80million to prise the 22-year-old away from the Portuguese capital, says The Sun.They made moves for the Portugal international in the summer but missed out.Now with Benfica set to offer the centre-back improved terms, his release clause will rise dramatically from £60m.Benfica are desperate to keep hold of their star man and are believed to be willing to pay him big money in a new deal.But the lure of Manchester United could prove tough to resist for the player. last_img

What The NFL Can Teach Congress About Hiring More Diverse Staffs

Related: Hot Takedown Even so, my findings suggest that a Rooney Rule-style policy could help increase the diversity of congressional staff hires, particularly if Congress has the means and the will to enforce it. In addition to his efforts to require his colleagues to interview at least one nonwhite candidate for any staff vacancy, then, Schumer should also consider urging them to make two further commitments — to provide a fair and equitable evaluation process for these candidates, and to publicly report the demographics of their staffers.3Perhaps he could even move beyond “urging” and build a bipartisan effort to formalize such a rule and its accompanying enforcement mechanisms. With this trio of policies in place, Congressional staffs might finally begin to match the diversity of the lawmakers they work for, and — more importantly — the people they represent.CORRECTION (March 15, 11:30 a.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this article incorrectly described the types of NFL coaches shown. The chart shows head coaches and coordinators, not head coaches and assistants. Although the new 115th Congress is the most racially diverse on record, its staff remains overwhelmingly white.1Exact numbers are difficult to come by, but according to a report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, there were 336 top Senate staffers (chiefs of staff, legislative directors, communications directors, and staff directors) in December 2015, only 24 of whom were people of color: 12 Asian-Americans, 7 Latinos, 3 African-Americans, and 2 Native Americans. As The Washington Post recently reported, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is trying to change that — and he’s using the NFL’s “Rooney Rule” as a model for addressing the imbalance.Established in 2003, the Rooney Rule requires NFL teams to interview at least one nonwhite candidate for any head coaching vacancy. It is an example of a “soft” affirmative action policy — that is, one that is designed to change the composition of the candidate pool, rather than change the criteria used in the hiring process. In this spirit, Schumer has urged his colleagues to ensure that at least one nonwhite applicant is considered for any open position. And if the NFL’s version is any guide, the policy should indeed help improve Congress’s hiring record.In a recent study I published in the American Law and Economics Review, I found that the NFL has hired notably more nonwhite head coaches in the years since the Rooney Rule went into effect. Of course, that increase could reflect the influence of other social, cultural or institutional changes, rather than the impact of the rule itself. So to account for this possibility, I compared the change in hiring trends among NFL head coaches (who became subject to the Rooney Rule) with the change in hiring trends among similar groups that were not affected by the policy, such as NFL coordinators and NCAA head coaches. Those comparison groups show us what the NFL might look like without the Rooney Rule, since they’re affected by the same hard-to-observe forces that may have influenced hiring decisions both before and after the Rooney Rule took effect.Using this technique, I found that a nonwhite candidate is about 20 percent more likely to fill an NFL head coaching vacancy during the Rooney era than before it, even after taking into account the general trend toward hiring more nonwhite candidates at all levels of coaching. In other words, the change can be traced directly to the Rooney Rule itself. Although there are plenty of differences between hiring congressional staffers and hiring NFL head coaches, the two processes share some similarities. Both are influenced by capacity constraints, meaning that NFL franchises and congressional offices can only interview a certain number of candidates because they are working under a limited hiring timeline. Additionally, there is a large amount of “noise” during the candidate-selection process in both fields, since there are no agreed-upon criteria for choosing candidates and it’s impossible to determine the true quality of a given candidate.2The Rooney Rule helps reduce this noise by requiring the franchise to take race into consideration when choosing candidates. These similarities suggest that a Rooney Rule-style policy may work in other organizations. (In fact, Facebook recently implemented its own version of the rule in certain departments, suggesting that the company has hopes for its ability to translate to another industry.)However, the Rooney Rule’s success is likely due in part to the fact that the NFL has been able to closely enforce it. For example, in 2003 the Detroit Lions’ then-president, Matt Millen, was fined $200,000 for failure to interview a nonwhite candidate for the team’s head-coaching vacancy. But when it comes to congressional staffing, there is currently no way for Schumer to force his colleagues to adopt and stick to a Rooney Rule-style hiring policy. The rule also cannot work unless nonwhite candidates are getting fair consideration and going through the same process as white candidates. The NFL has had to continually address teams’ temptation to fulfill the Rooney Rule’s requirements by conducting sham interviews instead of really searching for qualified nonwhite candidates. Finally, the hiring of an NFL head coach is a very public event that will be watched and commented on by reporters and fans alike, which helps maintain pressure to comply with the rule. Congressional offices, on the other hand, are not even required to publicly report the demographics of their staffs. So the positive effects of the Rooney Rule may not fully transfer to organizations that lack enforcement mechanisms. Hot Takedown’s March Madness Special read more

Intensity pervades Urban Meyers first preseason practice with Ohio State football

If the tenor set by Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer on the first day of preseason practice is any indication about what the coming season holds, the 2012 campaign will be an intense one. Meyer led veteran OSU players in an early-morning workout at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center that included stretching, running and drill work, according to an OSU release. Freshmen and upperclassmen walk-on players took part in their first fall practice under Meyer at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Meyer, who was hired Nov. 29, begins preparations for his first season with OSU after stints at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. Meyer was not made available following his first-ever preseason practice at OSU, but sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby confirmed the arrival of a new era in OSU football from players’ perspectives when he said the morning session was more intense than what the team had experienced under former head coaches Jim Tressel and current OSU defensive coordinator Luke Fickell. “You can tell just by practice. It was totally different than coach Tressel,” Roby said. “Just the whole intensity of practice – It’s more urgent, more intensity. Not more competitive, but (coaches) stress the competitiveness so that brings out more.” Roby, who also called the Friday practice high-paced and crisp, said it was Meyer’s newly assembled coaching staff “being on you more” that brought the intense showing from players. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, appearing less camera-shy and open to discussion with the media, said that his teammates came together during the summer. Miller, who rushed for 715 yard and seven touchdown while passing for 1,159 yards and 13 touchdowns during his freshman campaign, also credited the coaching staff for changes in his physique. “I feel a lot (different). My body’s changing, my attitude,” he said. “I had a talk with the coaches about, like, ‘how can I be a better leader?” In keeping with the theme of intensity, Miller also said he had some words of encouragement for his teammates before the early-morning practice. “Let’s go man,” Miller said. “We’re not here to lounge around.” New Season, New Numbers  Three players, including Roby, are wearing new numbers this fall.  Roby, who sported the No. 25 jersey last year, is wearing No. 1 for the 2012 season.  Additionally, senior linebacker Ross Oltorik is wearing the No. 20 jersey and freshman defensive lineman Se’von Pittman will sport the No. 95 jersey.  OSU begins its 2012 season Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio) at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff, set for 29 days from Friday, is scheduled for noon.  Patrick Maks contributed to this story. read more

London stay was key – Mourinho of FA Cup game win

first_imgJose Mourinho thanked Fulham for their hospitality and voiced his opinion that Manchester United’s stay in London was one of the key factors in the win in the FA Cup semi-final clash over Tottenham.United will be going to their 20th FA Cup final after their win, while the Spurs will be going home in the semi-final stage of the FA Cup for eighth consecutive time.Before the game, Mourinho & co. stayed in London for five days, training at Craven Cottage and Fulham’s Motspur Way training complex.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The fact we stayed together for five days was good,” Mourinho said, according to the Standard.“We stayed away from Manchester, away from home, we stayed in London, we stayed together, we spend our time, we spoke, I had a chance to feel them and I had the chance to speak with some individually, everything was really good, I think the weather helped too.”“Fulham was fantastic to provide for us, fantastic conditions for our training session,” Mourinho went on to add.last_img read more

Trippier backs Kane for being the captain

first_imgGareth Southgate decided to name Harry Kane the England national team captain over Jordan Henderson and Kieran Trippier insisted that it was a good choice by the manager because Kane is a great leader.Trippier is Kane’s teammate from Tottenham Hotspurs and they are about to play together in the national team as well – he insisted that the English star has helped the youngster a lot and he is a great role model.The full-back spoke about Kane’s leadership as he said, according to Football London🙂“I didn’t know anything about it. He is a top professional, on and off the field.”“He helps all the youngsters out at Tottenham, and us. He’s a real leader, all the boys know that and I couldn’t be happier for him.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He’s got that fire inside him like everybody. He’s not the one to talk bad about people off the field.”“He’s just a top lad, top professional and I couldn’t be any happier and I think the lads are as well.”“We’ve got leaders all the way around the dressing room, everyone’s a leader.”“Everyone will help each other out – that’s the most important thing.”last_img read more

UAE wants to show the nations global sporting credentials

first_imgThe country will host the FIFA Club World Cup in December in the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain; so far four teams are qualified: Real Madrid, Chivas de Guadalajara, Team Wellington and Al-AinThe United Arab Emirates will host the FIFA Club World Cup in December, and Abu Dhabi wants to amplify the country’s international credentials for supporting world-class sportings events, reported Emirates New Agency WAM on Sunday.“The FIFA Club World Cup is now intrinsically linked to Abu Dhabi since the emirate has hosted three previous editions and we’ve done a good job as far as FIFA, sponsors, teams, and fans are concerned. All of the feedback from previous years has been overwhelmingly positive,” Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi said.videoOFFICIAL: Qatar will host the next two Club World Cups Manuel R. Medina – June 3, 2019 FIFA has announced today that the next two competitions will be played as planned, after meeting today in Paris.The tournament will take place between December 12th to the 22nd, with eight matches played between the cities of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. The competition will feature continental club champions from six FIFA confederations: Europe (UEFA), Oceania (OFC), Africa (CAF), Asia (AFC), South America (CONMEBOL), North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), and host team Al Ain FC.“Personally, I would love to see a really popular team from Africa – perhaps an Egyptian team – because it would really boost attendances in specific matches at the start of the tournament. In terms of Asia, we’re hoping for a confederation champion that corresponds with a large community living in Abu Dhabi. This is key to maximizing attendance from fans living in the UAE,” added Al Romaithi.A FIFA delegation will visit the country in September to check out the infrastructure available for the tournament, such as stadiums and training pitches, but according to Al Romaithi, the local organization team is already one step ahead.last_img read more

Klopp refuses to become complacent

first_imgJurgen Klopp said Liverpool are still involved in a marathon and will not be complacent with their Premier League title chances.Klopp’s men surged nine points clear at the top of the table with a 5-1 mauling of Arsenal on Saturday.Rivals Man City could reduce the gap to seven points if they win at Southampton before they host Liverpool on Thursday.Asked about Liverpool’s nine-point cushion over Tottenham, who lost to Wolves earlier in the day, Klopp said via Sky: “I would really love that we switch and you all come here and I come there.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“In our case, by the way, tomorrow it will be seven and when we play against Man City it could be four. It’s possible.“I’m not the smartest person in the world but I’m really not an idiot – not always, at least. It’s absolutely not important how many points you are ahead in December, even in the end of December.”Klopp also said knowing Tottenham had lost made no difference to their approach against Arsenal.“Before the game we heard because it was on all the screens about the result of Tottenham. Did you think the party started already?” he added. “I didn’t see a smile on any faces in the dressing room. Just see it [the result] and then go on.last_img read more

Grandfather of Ten Jailed Over Seizure of 1m of Marijuana

first_img Related Items:#grandfatherjailedfordrugs, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 26, 2017 – Nassau – A grandfather of 10 was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday, May 22, after pleading guilty to several drug related charges in connection with a recent seizure of marijuana in South Andros worth over $1m.Dominic Emile Levarity, 45, who also has ten children, pleaded guilty to all four charges concerning the May 18 incident, namely conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply, conspiracy to import dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply and importation of dangerous drugs.Subsequent to entering a guilty plea to all four counts, the Armbrister Street, Fox Hill resident was sentenced to five years, three years, five years and three years imprisonment respectively for each count, all to run concurrently.Another man, 59-year-old Bernard Clarence Young of Mar’s Bay, South Andros, pleaded not guilty to all four charges concerning his alleged involvement in the incident in question, and was subsequently remanded to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BCDS). His matter was adjourned to June 6 for trial.According to initial reports, two Bahamians were arrested on Thursday after police in South Andros seized drugs weighing 1,602 pounds, with an estimated street value of $1.6m.The large quantity of marijuana was found in 44 nylon sacks, a suitcase containing a number of small packages and 19 individual packages of various sizes, police initially reported.On Monday, Levarity’s attorney Alex Morley petitioned the judge to be lenient with his client, stating that Levarity had no previous convictions and has “many dependents,” in the form of ten children and ten grandchildren. Mr. Morley also said Levarity has been a fisherman for some 30 years.In response, however, Magistrate Andrew Forbes said the Fox Hill resident’s actions ultimately had a “detrimental affect” on Bahamian society, especially when considering the “violent component” associated with drug trafficking.Levarity was ultimately sentenced to five years in prison, with the sentence to start from May 22, according to the magistrate.#magneticmedianews#grandfatherjailedfordrugs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 79 offer private medical insurance to staff

first_imgRead the full Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017. EXCLUSIVE: More than three-quarters (79%) of employer respondents offer private medical insurance (PMI) to employees, according to research by Employee Benefits and Staffcare.The Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017, which surveyed 271 employer respondents in February-March 2017, also found that 73% of respondents offer PMI to partners and dependents.In 2016, 71% offered PMI to staff, and 62% offered it to partners and dependents.Ten years ago, when asked which benefits they offered as part of their core benefits package for all or some staff, 28% and 38% of all respondents listed PMI for employees, respectively. This year, among the 79% of respondents that offer PMI for employees, 45% do so as a core benefit to all staff and 40% do so for some staff.Counselling or employee assistance programmes (EAPs) have long been a mainstay of employers’ core benefits package, with their popularity growing over the years. In 2004, just 30% of respondents offered an EAP for staff. By 2007, 51% of respondents offered this to all staff and 7% to some employees. Ten years on, 70% of respondents offer counselling or an EAP for employees, of which 89% do so on a core basis for all staff, while 3% do so as core for some of their workforce. This growth may be due to employers’ increasing awareness of stress and mental wellbeing issues and their corresponding desire to provide support for staff.Notably, more than a quarter (26%) of respondents provide mental health first aid or champion training, and 10% plan to introduce this.last_img read more

Minimal Fire Growth Expected On Caribou Lake Fire Due To Possible Rainfall

first_imgHelicopters and firefighters will be using a portion of the gravel pit parking area on Basargin Road as a helispot in support of the Caribou Lake Fire. Fire officials are asking people to avoid parking in the area near the helispot for the safety of the firefighters and public. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking Kenai Peninsula hunters to avoid active wildfire areas. Original Post: 9:30am:Minimal fire growth is expected on the Caribou Lake Fire with a chance of rainfall beginning Friday evening. The fire remains at 904 acres and at 57% containment.On Thursday, firefighters continued with the full containment strategy. Crews secured existing control lines and mop up to reduce potential for flare-ups and spotting, while working to secure the northern edge of the fire in the Boxcar Hills. The Caribou Lake Fire is being managed as a full suppression fire with a goal of 100 percent containment estimated by September 4. Smoke may be visible from within the interior of the fire perimeter until there significant and repeated rain or snow.center_img Sarah Saarloos with the Incident Command Team:“Were that containment is remains at the edge of where those cabins are. We are feeling very confident that those cabins in and around the lake are not threatened.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This will be the last daily update for the Caribou Lake Fire unless significant activity occurs.last_img read more

Shaky Times at ALM

first_imgBelow, via Gawker, is an internal memo from ALM CEO Bill Pollak [pictured above]:Folks, Several weeks ago, I wrote to you about our business results for the first quarter of 2008 and shared some of the challenges we face as a result of the credit squeeze and other market factors. I also described our intention to tighten our belts and reduce costs. With no change in sight on the economic horizon, the senior management team and I have spent the past few weeks examining our business options. Our goal was to find solutions that would lower expenses without compromising quality, and which would allow us to continue to invest in and meet our long term business goals. In particular, we all strongly agree on the need to continue investing in our Web infrastructure, while expanding ALM’s ability to generate and publish content online.We looked at each business with these questions in mind: Are we getting the right return on our investment? Do we need to keep doing this work? Can we do this work another way? We believe that while we are primarily doing the right work in the right way, there are changes we need to make immediately to respond to economic conditions.Some of these changes involve revising the timing or scope of planned initiatives. Others, however, are staff related and go beyond simply delaying the filling of open jobs. In total, we have decided to eliminate forty-two current positions across ALM and Incisive’s US operations. These staff reductions are distributed across businesses, locations and job levels and all the employees involved have already been notified.The business changes we will be making are also broad in scope. These include scaling back plans to grow Real Estate Media’s Florida publication into a monthly magazine; closing down the Operations Department of Incisive’s Norwalk, CT. office; and shifting Law Firm, Inc. from a print magazine to a digital product.Another change in business strategy – and the one that will have the greatest impact on staff – is our decision to restructure ALM’s Event Division and reassign management responsibility for many of our existing SRI conferences to Insight in Canada, Incisive’s Events group in London and ALM’s Legal Publishing Division. A number of SRI’s financial events will be eliminated.Accepting and working through change is never easy, and changes that affect our colleagues and friends can be particularly painful. We did not make these decisions lightly. But we know that our future success depends on our ability to align ourselves with our markets and clients, and to ensure we have the resources we need to develop and grow our brands. The changes announced today will not only help us during the current economic turbulence, but will make us stronger in the future.As always, if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a note at[Redacted].Bill Ever since British acquisition firm Incisive Media purchased U.S.-based ALM last July for $630 million, it seemed that the Apax Partners subsidiary was on the fast track, quickly evolving from an entrepreneurial startup to a b-to-b powerhouse.Now, it seems there is some apprehension from inside—mostly about revenues. Is the legal market not as recession-proof as once thought?Earlier this month, ALM slashed 42 jobs across the board. The company apparently is scaling back plans to grow Real Estate Media’s Florida publication into a monthly magazine and is shifting Law Firm, Inc. from print to online only.last_img read more

Healthcare Information MA Up 21 Percent

first_imgWhile media M&A has slowed to a near standstill, healthcare information and technology may be a bright spot in 2009, according to a recent report from the Jordan, Edmiston Group. In 2008, this category saw 122 transactions worth a combined $7.3 billion, up 21 percent in deals and 83 percent in value, JEGI said. Driving the activity is technology investments, such as electronic medical records; a focus on cutting costs (JEGI cited Elsevier buying MEDai, a predictive analytics company that improves the delivery of healthcare); the need to fill drug pipelines more efficiently; a shortage of medical professionals, particularly nurses; and the need to enhance revenue cycle management. JEGI said several private equity firms have invested in healthcare companies, including ABRY Partners investing in Orion Healthcare; Betram Capital investing in PMG Partners and Austin Ventures investing in Revenue Cycle Solutions. Several traditional publishers have been active in the healthcare category in recent years, including Hearst, which bought Zynx, a company that specializes in clinical decision support; Elsevier Health Sciences, which bought Gold Standard in 2006 and saw revenue and operating profit grow 5 percent and 10 percent respectively, in 2008; Thomson Reuter’s healthcare group, which saw a 4 percent increase in revenue last year; UBM, which has made five healthcare acquisitions in as many years; and Wolter’s Kluwer, which saw a 3 percent drop in revenue in 2008 but recently replaced the leadership in its healthcare division, and last year acquired UpToDate, an evidence-based, peer reviewed information resource.last_img read more

IDGs Amplify Integrating Social Media into Advertising

first_imgIn March 2009, IDG Communications launched its Amplify service, a social media marketing services group. The concept is akin to a custom publishing operation, but strictly focuses on helping marketers navigate and leverage the social Web. After about 15 months in, we caught up with Matt Yorke, IDG’s president of strategic marketing services, who gave an update on how the service is going.What kinds of campaigns is Amplify creating for its marketing partners?On the marketing side we’ve been doing this now for about 15 months and early on we had a lot of clients asking us about social media and asking for help. The first simple thing we did was build an ad unit, bringing the social Web into the unit, or sharing the ad unit within the social graph. We sold millions and millions of dollars with those types of units and it made us realize that there is another more complex part of the puzzle, which is social media services. We can help clients understand what the social Web is, how consumers talk about brands and from that, build a map to help clients design objectives around social media. What are the KPIs? And then around that, build a social media strategy.How has this aspect crept into your proposals in general? Are these standalone proposals or part of broader services?Pretty much every single proposal that leaves this office related to a marketing initiative has a great big chunk of social in it. It could be tactical where we build a campaign that brings the social Web into the ad unit or we broadcast the ad unit to the client’s social graph. Or it could be more strategic where we’re building Facebook or Twitter pages. We’ve worked with IBM, HP, Sprint, Microsoft, Dell and some smaller clients in the gaming space.What do these ad units look like? How do they work?It’s a standard banner or leaderboard, there are several different versions. But typically you’d see an ad and maybe there’s a video in the ad and then above the video there’s a count that shows how many PCWorld readers watched that video that day. It shows how many users engaged with the ad and makes it feel more personal. There’s an embedded share link and it can be embedded in a Facebook stream, which registers as impressions too.A similar unit has a running stream of people commenting about a brand or market. If you click on that link it drops you into that particular blog or article. It’s contextually relevant. Here’s more content around the ad unit from the long tail of the Web and here’s more users just like you who are commenting on it. We trust each other more than we trust the advertiser, it just means more.How are publishers uniquely positioned to offer these services?It’s about understanding how people engage with content, and that’s a publisher’s actual job. We used to build these very detailed qualification criteria for customers to get our publications, which brought us very close to the customer. Over time it became a battle of circulation and weren’t as close. Then the Web arrived and we didn’t know you at all. The social Web allows us to go back in time and get to know them better. We have a direct relationship with users again.last_img read more

Its Blitz At 10 How The Dancefloor Classic Marked A New Era

first_imgNews Email Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘It’s Blitz!’ Celebrates 10 Years its-blitz-10-how-dancefloor-classic-marked-new-era-yeah-yeah-yeahs https://twitter.com/YYYs/status/1104125884150108160 Twitter Facebook When the GRAMMY-nominated garage-rock heroes released their third studio album in March 2009, they explored new electronic sounds and showcased their buoyant versatility, most notably on the single “Heads Will Roll”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 18, 2019 – 3:45 pm In March 2009, New York garage-punk heroes Yeah Yeah Yeahs shared their highly anticipated third studio album, It’s Blitz!, with the world. Dropped a month ahead of its original release date (due to a then-all-too-frequent torrent site leak), the album showcased the band’s newly electronic-tinged, synth-enhanced sound, evoking a new sonic direction, but not one that rendered them unrecognizable. The LP and its unforgettable second single, “Heads Will Roll,” firmly placed frontwoman Karen O and bandmates Nick Zinner and Brian Chase as not only one of the bands to revitalize NYC’s punk scene a decade earlier, but as an act capable of evolving out of it. ‘It’s Blitz!’ At 10: How The Dancefloor Classic Marked A New Era For The Yeah Yeah Yeahs The album also earned the YYYs their third nomination—their first two LPs also earned category nods—for Best Alternative Music Album at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards. They were still, and will always be a rock group, but their shinier sound gave their music a new home under disco balls far and wide.Initially forming in New York City in the early ’00s, the trio, alongside contemporaries like LCD Soundsystem, The Strokes and Interpol, ultimately played an important role in Manhattan’s reemergence as a rock ‘n’ roll incubator. Their debut album, Fever To Tell, arrived in 2003, and Show Your Bones followed in 2006. By the time It’s Blitz! came along three years later, the YYYs’ third record allowed them to continue their leading role as sound pioneers in the alternative music space. The album embedded them deeply into the conscious of both alt-rock and alt-electronic spaces, with, as Stereogum accurately called, “dance music that had deep roots in a community of misfits.”2009 ended up being a big year in a lot of ways for the group, as they earned even widespread recognition and praise, performing at major festivals across the globe, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury.Showcasing their well-loved rock loudness in what many music critics lauded as a more polished package, It’s Blitz! utilized synths in a new way for the band, resulting in glittering ’70s disco and ’80s glam-punk sounds on louder tracks like “Zero,” “Dragon Queen” and “Heads Will Roll.” This was further balanced out by the relatively quieter, slower-paced tracks, like the album’s third and final single, “Skeletons,” a powerful slow burn that echoed their 2003 breakout single, “Maps.”With “Skeletons,” as well as the closing track “Little Shadow,” Karen O’s yelping voice shone but did not overshadow her anxious, self-reflective lyrics, which revealed a conversation with her dark side: “Patience, shadow / For all your sight, there’s no sight to see. / Little shadow, little shadow / To the night, will you follow me?” That just goes to show: It doesn’t always matter how successful you become: No one is immune to uncertainty about the future. In the video for “Zero” Karen sings, “You’re never so far gone / so get your leather on” as she puts on her now-iconic studded leather moto jacket. This jacket, complete with “KO” emblazoned on the back, became an indelible part of her instantly recognizable fashion sense and was one of the many pieces designed by stylist Christian Joy, whose career arguably took off by exclusively designing costumes for Karen O. In the video she dances through the streets—and on top of a car—in San Francisco, Calif. until she meets her bandmates to play in an alley and a corner store. It is a simple concept, but feels big and fun, not unlike the album as a whole.”It’s one of the simplest videos we’ve done—a lot of me walking around and joining up with the guys here and there. But I’m trying to live out a rock star fantasy of what I’d want to look and act like with this record, things I’ve always secretly been smacking my lips about,” Karen O told Pitchfork at the time. “What was really important in the process of making this record was that we made them in a really conventional, organic way at first. We had no idea that this was going to turn into more of an electronic-sounding record in the beginning. What I like least about electronic music is that there’s often an emotional detachment, so it was really important for me to avoid that,” she continued.Both guitarist Zinner and drummer Chase adapted to their new sound in the studio, with Zinner teaching himself the keyboard/piano and Chase creating different beats on the drums to chop up into different sounds on the album. The group spent several months at Sonic Ranch in Texas with their longtime producer, TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, who also worked on their first two albums.They also brought on Nick Launay for production for the first time, who explained his and Sitek’s complementary work styles in a 2009 interview, saying, “We have very different approaches to making records. Dave is very good with electronic stuff, that’s his thing. He’s very quick at working with sequencing and electronic elements, whereas my strength is more in emotion and organic stuff. I think the record works really well because they both complement each other and rub against each other in a way that makes it very interesting. There’s a rebellious nature to that record, and there’s also a lot of beauty.”Meanwhile, ultimate dancefloor bop “Heads Will Roll” immediately placed Karen O among ’80s pop powerhouses like Pat Benatar and Blondie’s Debbie Harry.”I feel like we’ve been trying to write a dance song that we love since the first EP, but we’ve never succeeded,” Karen O told Clash Music in August 2009. “I think one of the big sentiments that has not changed whatsoever is that we want to make a raucous, noisy, emotionally cathartic sound. We were living in New York at a time when people stood there with their arms crossed in the audience and just felt really indifferent or ambivalent about music.”At the time, “Heads Will Roll” resonated with a diverse set of listeners: the longstanding punk lovers, the indie-rock die-hards, the house music heads, the ’80s pop nostalgia crew, the disco-lovers and lots of people in between.Remixes of the song were endless, beginning with Canadian DJ/Producer A-Trak’s official remix, which came shortly after the song was released as a single in June 2009. More followed, along with a remix EP as well as unauthorized ones, including one six years later in 2015, where a SoundCloud user JVH-C sped up the song and looped the “dance ’til you’re dead” lyrics. While this remix doesn’t do justice to the actual song, it became “internet-famous” in the meme world and, along with placements of various versions of the song on TV shows (including “Glee”), video games and movies, kept the song relevant long after its late ’00s peak. Commenting on how It’s Blitz! reflected the YYYs’ garage-rock past and experimental future, Karen O said it best: “It sounds like it’s going to be our most punk record—it’s punk in spirit, at least. There’s definitely more ‘bliss’ for me on there than ‘blitz,’ but with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs there’s always got to be that ‘tz’ at the end. Otherwise, it doesn’t feel like us.”Robyn, The Isley Brothers & HAIM To Headline Pitchfork Music Fest 2019Read morelast_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of November 11 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, November 11, 2018.Sunday, November 11No MeetingsMonday, November 12No MeetingsTuesday, November 13The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 5pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 5:30pm (Executive Session) in Town Hall’s Room 9. The public session is expected to begin around 6:30pm. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm at the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Auditorium. Read the agenda HERE. 362 Middlesex Avenue is on the agenda for 8:15pm.Wednesday, November 14The Reading Municipal Light Department’s Citizens Advisory Board meets at 6:30pm at RMLD Headquarters. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read hte agenda HERE.Thursday, November 15The Wilmington Elderly Services Commission is scheduled to meet at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. The agenda will be posted HERE.The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission is scheduled to meet at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. The agenda will be posted HERE.Friday, November 16No MeetingsSaturday, November 17No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)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… RelatedWhat’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

ICICI Securities eyes Rs 4000 crore from IPO Five things to know

first_imgICICI Securities IPO eyes Rs 4000 crore: Key points to know REUTERS/Adnan AbidiICICI Securities, the broking subsidiary of private-sector lender ICICI Bank, will hit the initial public offer (IPO) market next Thursday.The company will offer 7,72,49,508 equity shares for subscription. Here are the key things to know about the ICICI Securities IPO:• ICICI Bank proposes to raise Rs 4,020 crore by selling a 24 percent share in ICICI Securities• ICICI Securities IPO will open March 22 and close March 26. The offer will be open for anchor investors March 21• The price band of the IPO has been set at Rs 519-520 per share. Investors can apply for a minimum of 28 equity shares and multiples of 28 thereafter• Citigroup, CLSA, Edelweiss, IIFL, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and SBI Capital Markets are the managers of the IPO• The proceeds from the issue will be headed to the bank and the equity shares offered by the company are proposed to be listed on Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and National Stock Exchange (NSE)ICICI Securities is the brokerage and merchant banking arm of ICICI Bank. The firm provides services including brokerage, financial product distribution, and investment banking to both institutional and retail clients.ICICI Securities got the approval from market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in February this year to float IPO.ICICI Securities is the third entity of ICICI Bank where the lender is diluting its stakes. In 2017, ICICI Bank had diluted part of its holdings in ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company and general insurance wing — ICICI Lombard. ICICI Lombard was the first general insurer to go public.Bankers and stock market experts have predicted that 2018, like 2017, will be a busy year for capital markets. Companies from different sectors are lined up to raise crores through share-sale offers in the coming months.last_img read more

Personal Finance Dont fall for these 5 common mutual fund investment myths

first_imgReuters fileInvestment in mutual funds could help achieve financial goals in a systematic and easy manner.However most of us often fall for these most common myths associated with investing in mutual funds:Myth 1: A large sum is needed to invest in mutual fundsThat’s a wrong assumption. One doesn’t need a lot of money to start investing in funds. Minimum sum required to invest in equity linked saving schemes (ELSS) is Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 every month when investing in a mutual fund through systematic investment plans (SIPs).Myth 2: Buying a top-rated mutual fund scheme guarantees better returnsMutual fund ratings are not static and are based on performance of the fund over time. So, a fund that is rated highly today, may not necessarily maintain its rating a year later. So in order to see the performance of a fund, one needs to keep a track of it with respect to its benchmark to evaluate whether to stay invested or exit.Myth 3: Investing in mutual funds is the same as investing in stock marketMost of the mutual funds are diversified, meaning they have a mix of equity and debt. Also, the sheer variety of mutual funds means that there is a fund for every type of investor, spanning a risk spectrum of low to high.Myth 4: A fund with lower NAV is betterThis is a popular misconception. A mutual fund’s NAV represents the market value of all its investments. Any capital appreciation will depend on the price movement of its underlying securities. Always remember that existing NAV of a fund does not determine its future returns.Myth 5: You need a demat account to invest in mutual fundsYou do not need a demat account when investing in mutual funds. You may just fill up an application form, attach a cheque of the desired amount and submit the form at the mutual fund office or to your financial adviser.last_img read more