TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Leganes goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes confirms Avispa Fukuoka moveby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeganes goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes is leaving for Japan.Serantes has announced his move to Avispa Fukuoka on social media.He will sign for the J-League club tomorrow.pic.twitter.com/714QxafVi9— Jon Ander Serantes (@JASerantes) December 30, 2018
West Ham boss Pellegrini pleased with Rice progressby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is pleased with the progress of Declan Rice.Rice came in for some criticism for his defensive error which contributed to Kosovo’s second goal against England in Tuesday’s European Qualifier at St Mary’s.Hammers manager Pellegrini is confident Rice has the mentality to take everything in his stride and flourish for the national side.”Declan is a very young player, he is improving in every game he plays,” said Pellegrini.”He is only 20 years old and I think with his age it is important he plays for England and it is important for him the way he can demonstrate how he works.”You can expect these mistakes for any kind of player. He is improving and for the moment he is doing well in that position.”If you are 20 years old you always want to play, but we will see if he has any muscle problem. For the moment Declan must continue playing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Kosta KarageorgeCredit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsMoments before coach Urban Meyer addressed the media on Monday, an Ohio State spokesman said the school is unable to comment on the investigation surrounding the death of walk-on senior defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge or the medical treatment he received at OSU.Karageorge’s body was found Sunday afternoon near his apartment in Columbus after being reported missing on Wednesday. Columbus Police said the cause of death appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.The Columbus native had last been seen around 2 a.m. on Wednesday. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Karageorge’s family was concerned his disappearance had something to do with concussion-related injuries, of which he reportedly had a history.During his Monday press conference, Meyer said Karageorge’s death is an “incredible tragedy.”Meyer added that Karageorge “loved” his time as a football player at OSU. He joined the team in August after competing as a varsity wrestler for three seasons for the Buckeyes.On Friday, the OSU Department of Athletics released statements from Meyer and team physician Dr. Jim Borchers. Borchers’ statement said he was “not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes.”After police confirmed Karageorge’s body had been found, OSU athletics released a statement expressing the shock and sadness of learning of the player’s death.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time,” the statement said.When asked about how the OSU handled Karageorge’s health, Meyer said he could not comment but expressed his faith in the medical staff.“This is the best group of medical people I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said.
Fernando Torres played his last game for Atletico Madrid today as his contract won’t be renewed and he can possibly come back to Premier League where he used to play for Liverpool and Chelsea.The Spanish striker can reunite with Rafael Benitez who is currently coaching Newcastle and the manager himself didn’t rule this option out as he admitted that he would be, for sure, interested in this move.Benitez spoke about this possible surprising transfer as he said, according to Shields Gazette:“I think it will be harder for him to come, not because we don’t want to.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I don’t know what’s going on in his head, but maybe he is thinking about something else.”“It would be appealing, but I don’t think it would be easy.”“In Liverpool, he was sensational.”“Then we went to Chelsea and, although he had a bad time when he arrived, he was essential for us in winning the Europa League.”
Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder believes the young Ajax team cannot be underestimated against Real MadridDe Godenzonen have been drawn to face reigning champions Real in the last-16 of the Champions League.Though not many expect the young and inexperienced Ajax team, who boast an average age of 23 years old, to pose much of a threat to Real, who are chasing a fourth successive European title this season.But Ajax have proven themselves to be no pushovers in the Champions League this season following a thrilling 3-3 draw against Bayern Munich.Aside from that, Erik ten Hag’s side are also going strong in the Eredivisie with 15 wins from their 17 games leaving them second and two points adrift of leaders PSV Eindhoven.Sneijder, who started out his playing career at Ajax and also played for Real, warned that an upset could be on the cards.“For Ajax, this is the best moment to take on Real Madrid. I don’t see Real Madrid as being as strong as in previous years,” Sneijder told Marca.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“That’s obvious. Ajax are a very young team, but nobody should be mistaken about them as they have a lot of quality and play very well, especially at home in Amsterdam. It’ll be a difficult tie for Real Madrid.”He added: “Real Madrid are still the favourites despite everything.“But look! If Ajax can achieve a good result in the first leg then Real Madrid could have problems, and we’ve seen that recently when they face teams that keep the ball.“This is a good matchup to check the quality of this Ajax side, one that is very exciting, as they go up against the three-in-a-row Champions League winners.”Sneijder played for Ajax between 2002 to 2007 and won the Eredivisie and two KNVB Cups, while managing 58 goals and 45 assists in 180 appearances across all competitions.The 34-year-old has since played for Real, Inter Milan, Galatasaray, OGC Nice and now Al-Gharafa in Qatar.
Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario expects a “spectacular match” between Barcelona and Real Madrid in tonight’s Copa del Rey encounter.The two Spanish giants will face off against one another for a place in the final of the competition with the first leg to take place tonight at Camp Nou.Real, in particular, are keen to get their revenge on Barcelona following October’s humiliating 5-1 defeat in La Liga last time out in October.As for Barcelona, the chance of winning a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey title is within sight with manager Ernesto Valverde having expressed his enthusiasm in taking on Real over a two-legged tie.And Ronaldo, who played for both clubs during his own playing career, cannot wait for the match to get started.“It’s a spectacular match,” said Ronaldo, according to Marca.“The best Clasico in world football. It’s incredible to play in these games.“The atmosphere is great and let’s hope the footballing gods give us a great game tonight.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Ronaldo, who won the Copa del Rey at Barcelona and two La Liga titles with Real, left reporters in no doubts over where his allegiance lies for tonight.“There is no favourite,” said Ronaldo.“It’s an important game. I have a special history with [Real] Madrid and let’s hope Madrid win.“It’s clear that whoever is ahead, I want Valladolid to win, but they are two great clubs.“Madrid are playing very well, they’ve found a great dynamic, have reinvented themselves and have young players. But then you have [Lionel] Messi and company, who are spectacular.”Isco has been included in the Real squad for the game, despite his struggles for opportunities under head coach Santiago Solari this season, while Barcelona academy star Carles Aleña is hoping to get a chance tonight himself.The match at Camp Nou will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).
Under the proposed settlement, the State will retain the $224 million already collected, and will collect at least $165 million of additional revenue. Chief assistant attorney general for regulatory affairs and public advocacy, John Ptacin: ”Over time, we believe that’ll translate into over a billion dollars additional revenue to the state.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State of Alaska has agreed to settle dozens of cases involving Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) tariff rates for the years 2009-2015. In addition, the carriers will agree that approximately $625 million of costs associated with strategic reconfiguration, a project which automated and electrified equipment along the TAPS pipeline, will never be placed in TAPS tariff rates, keeping rates low into the future. According to a release from the State Department of Law, this settlement will likely increase the value of Alaska North Slope (ANS) crude for tax and royalty purposes. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Tarrif-settlement.mp3VmJennifer-on-Tarrif-settlement.mp300:00RPd To help keep future disputes about TAPS tariff rates to a minimum, the State and the carriers also agreed to use a settlement methodology to calculate interstate TAPS tariff rates through 2021. The settlement is subject to regulatory approval before it is final. In the legal settlement announced earlier in December, the State asserted that TAPS tariff rates were too high, resulting in reduced royalty and tax obligations by the shippers who utilize TAPS.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享FEMA representatives have opened a temporary office at the North Peninsula Recreation Center in Nikiski. The FEMA temporary office is open 10am to 7pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 1pm on Saturday, this week and next week ending March 2. You must apply for Federal Individual Assistance even if you have already applied for State Individual Assistance. The major disaster declaration issued on January 31 for the state of Alaska makes federal funding available to eligible affected individuals in the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Kenai Peninsula Borough. Residents whose homes were affected by the 7.0 earthquake on November 30 are encouraged to apply for the Federal Individual Assistance program. The deadline to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance is April 1. Announcements will be provided for locations in Homer and Seward. You may also apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR With plans to add more than 25,000 sailors and 46 ships over the next five years, the Navy plans to increase financial incentives to bolster retention and recruitment, and adjust advancement policies to stem attrition. The service’s end strength, which now stands at 319,400, is slated to reach 344,800 sailors by the end of fiscal 2023, under the administration’s new budget request. Navy staffing hasn’t been that large since 2006, when it finished the year with about 350,000 personnel, reports Navy Times. The service’s target end strength could surpass 350,000 if Congress finds a way to fund the Navy’s long-term goal of a 350-plus-ship fleet, Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of naval personnel, told lawmakers last week. … Meanwhile, lawmakers criticized the administration’s 30-year shipbuilding plan, which calls for expanding the fleet from its current level of 280 ships to 355 by sometime in the 2050s, reported Military.com. The Navy’s plan “falls well short” of what the service needs, Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, said last week. The Navy’s goal of reaching a 355-ship fleet within 30 years should be considered a floor, Wittman said.Navy photo by 2nd Class Sabrina Fine
Sprint Tags $999 See All $999 Best Buy $999 See It See It Google Siri Apple See it $999 See It Mobile Tech Industry Culture Apple iPhone XS Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Apple’s pushing further into AI. Getty Images The next time you think of Apple and artificial intelligence, it might be about more than how frustrating Siri can be.The tech giant poached Ian Goodfellow, a high-profile scientist in the artificial intelligence world, from Google last month. CNBC spotted the move when Goodfellow, who helped invent a new approach to the technology, updated his LinkedIn page to indicate he’s working as Apple’s “director of machine learning” at its secretive “Special Projects” group.Goodfellow isn’t the only big-name hire Apple’s poached from Google. Last year, the company lured John Giannandrea away from its rival, where he’d been the head of search. At Apple, Giannandrea handles Siri, as well as its machine learning technology for app developers.”Machine learning and AI are important to Apple’s future as they are fundamentally changing the way people interact with technology, and already helping our customers live better lives,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement last year, when promoting Giannandrea to senior vice president of machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment about Goodfellow.The hires are the latest signs Apple is pushing more heavily into the world of AI, where it isn’t broadly viewed as a leader the way Google and Facebook are. AI is increasingly seen as a key to a new way of computing that will allow machines to identify people in video feeds, drive our cars and anticipate our schedules.Apple’s Siri was one of the first voice assistants offered to the public when it was released in 2011. But it’s struggled to keep up with a growing list of competitors.Amazon’s Alexa, for example, has stood out as an easy way to connect with smart appliances, such as light switches, security systems and even your car. Meanwhile, Google’s made waves turning its assistant into a live language translator. Its Duplex feature helps people schedule appointments by calling businesses and negotiating appointment times for you. Facebook’s AI is being used to more quickly identify extremism and bad behavior. And Microsoft built its AI into an app to help the blind by describing anything a phone’s camera is pointed at.Apple “saw Siri as a feature rather than a platform,” said Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi. One example, she said, is that Apple’s Siri works better on her iPhone because it has access to apps and information she keeps on it. But Siri isn’t as good on Apple’s $299 HomePod speaker because the company hasn’t created robust ways for its assistant to send information between her phone and other Siri-powered devices. Apple’s latest hirings and announcements suggest the company is now taking AI technologies like Siri more seriously, she added. “There is no question in my mind that Apple is either rethinking Siri or accelerating its effort,” she said.More intelligenceApple pitched the AI smarts as a major feature of its A12 Bionic chip for the iPhone and iPad. James Martin/CNET When people think of Apple AI, they typically think of Siri. But there are other AI efforts underway.For example, the company’s A12 Bionic chip, which powers the $999 iPhone XS and latest $799 iPad Pro, includes a “neural engine.” Apple says the engine bolsters the photos you take and the games you play. It also helps the device do a better job with augmented reality, which overlays computer images like a photo filter on the real world.Those technologies extend to the software powering Apple’s iPhone too. Apple said artificial intelligence technologies help to power its Face ID, which identifies you with a sensor in order to unlock your phone.Silicon Valley’s churnApple’s high profile hires aren’t happening in a vacuum. There’s constant churn between Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, Amazon and the many startups that dot the San Francisco Bay Area and the larger West Coast. It’s likely helped Apple that Google, in particular, has been criticized for its AI efforts. Last year, the search giant’s employees protested against Google’s involvement in Project Maven, a Pentagon initiative to use AI to improve the analysis of drone footage. And last month, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Google’s AI work in China is “indirectly benefiting the Chinese military.”Google’s AI tech gets attention, but also courts controversy. James Martin/CNET Analysts say high profile poachings, like Apple’s with Giannandrea and Goodfellow, also help the company with further recruiting because big names often act as a magnet drawing their colleagues from one company to another.Another way Apple can bulk up its efforts is with acquisitions. Apple was said to have bought an AI-powered voice startup called PullString in February, for example. Purchases like that typically come with new intellectual property (IP), in the form of new apps, code and patents. Cook said last month that Apple purchased 18 companies in 2018.”We’re constantly on the market looking for great IP and fantastic people,” Cook said at the time. “We’re very confident about our future.”CNET’s Richard Nieva contributed to this report. 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Classified documents that the heads of four US intelligence agencies presented last week to president-elect Donald Trump included claims that Russian intelligence operatives have compromising information about him, two US officials said Tuesday evening.They told Reuters the claims, which one called “unsubstantiated,” were contained in a two-page memo appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election that US intelligence officials presented to Trump and president Barack Obama last week.Trump responded on Tuesday evening in a tweet calling the reports: “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!” The Trump transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. One of the officials, both of whom requested anonymity to discuss classified matters, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other US agencies are continuing to investigate the credibility and accuracy of the claims.They are included in opposition research reports made available last year to Democrats and US officials by a former British intelligence official, most of whose past work US officials consider credible.The official said investigators so far have been unable to confirm the material about Trump financial and personal entanglements with Russian businessmen and others whom US intelligence analysts have concluded are Russian intelligence officers or working on behalf of Russian intelligence. Some material in the reports produced by the former British intelligence officer has proved to be erroneous, the official said.The FBI declined comment.SURFACED LAST YEARThe charges that Russia attempted to compromise New York real estate businessman Trump were presented to the FBI and other US government officials last summer and have been circulating for months.The FBI initially took the material seriously, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, which was first reported by CNN.However, the FBI failed to act on the material, and the former British intelligence officer broke off contact about three weeks before the November election, they said.The warning of information about Russia’s compromising claims follows growing US intelligence and law enforcement concerns about what Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has called “multifaceted” Russian influence and espionage operations in Europe and the United States.In addition to hacking computer networks and spreading propaganda and fake news, it includes efforts to cultivate business and political leaders and find compromising personal, financial and other information on persons of interest, US intelligence officials said.The classified briefings last week were presented to Obama and Trump by Clapper, FBI director James Comey, Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan and National Security Agency director Mike Rogers.US intelligence chiefs included a classified summary of the material to make Trump aware that it is circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress, government officials and others, one of the officials said.An unclassified intelligence report released on Friday concluded that Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to help Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign.The report said US intelligence agencies have concluded that as part of the effort Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, used intermediaries such as WikiLeaks and others to release emails it hacked from the Democratic National Committee and top Democrats.
Prothom Alo illustrationTwo minor girls have reportedly been raped in Dinajpur and Jhenaidah while a teenage boy has been arrested in Chattogram for killing his niece after rape, reports UNB.Besides, a schoolteacher has been held in Natore for sexually harassing a girl while police have arrested a youth in Khulna over the rape attempt on a minor girl and the husband of a rape victim has come under an acid attack in Noakhali.In Dinajpur, a six-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a youth at Matikata village in Hakimpur upazila on Sunday.The alleged rapist is Sagar Mia, 19, son of Abdul Malek of Panchbibi upazila in Joypurhat.Quoting family members and locals, Rezaul Karim, officer-in-charge of Hakimpur police station, said Sagar took the girl to a field while she was playing in front of her house in the afternoon and raped her there.Locals rescued the girl hearing her screams while the rapist managed to flee the spot.The victim’s father filed a case against Sagar with the police station on Sunday night.In Jhenaidah, a five-year-old girl was violated by a sexagenarian man at Nawdapara village in Kaliganj upazila on Sunday.OC of Kaliganj police station said Ansar Ali, 60, took the girl to his room while she was going to school in the morning and raped her.The girl, a nursery student, narrated the incident to her mother, he said.In Chattogram, police arrested a teen for reportedly killing his nine-year-old niece after rape in Bandar Milermatha area of the port city.Son of Siddiqur Rahman of Koralia in Sadar upazila of Bhola, the accused is a Class-IX student of Begumjan High School.Police said the boy violated the minor girl, a Class-II student, when she was alone at the house on Sunday.Later, he strangulated her to death when she passed out after the nefarious act. He also hanged the body from a ceiling fan to make it appear that she committed suicide.OC of Bandar police station Sukanta Chakrabarty said they arrested the accused after victim’s mother filed a case in this regard.In Khulna, police on Monday arrested a young man who allegedly tried to rape his minor cousin in Sheikhpara area of the city on Sunday.The accused is Shariful Islam Ashique, a maternal cousin of the victim.The victim’s mother said she and her sister’s family live in a single house and Ashique used to molest the girl which she never disclosed.On Sunday, victim’s relatives came to know about the matter after the girl raised hue and cry when Ashique tried to violate her.The victim was sent to the one-stop crisis centre of Khulna Medical College Hospital as she fell sick.The victim’s mother filed a case with Sonadanga police station in this regard, said sub-inspector Bidhan Chandra Roy.They arrested the accused from Lohapatti area around 10am, he said.In Natore, police arrested a schoolteacher on charge of sexually harassing a third grader girl.The arrested person was identified as Abdul Hakim, an assistant teacher of Natore Govt Girls’ School.Jalal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Natore police station, said Hakim harassed the girl sexually during a class on Sunday.Later, the girl informed the matter to her mother when she submitted a written complaint to the police station.Police arrested the accused teacher on Monday noon, the OC added.Meanwhile, a three-member probe body was formed to look into the matter.In Noakhali, the husband of a rape victim came under an acid attack at Uttarcharbaga village in Subarnachar upazila early Monday as he took part in a human chain against rape and torture on women on Sunday.The victim, Nasir Uddin, sustained 9 per cent burns on his hands, chest and thighs and he was taking treatment at Sadar Hospital, said Khalil Ullah of the hospital.On 2 August, Nasir filed a case against a local – Joynal – who allegedly raped his wife several times through blackmailing her. Joynal used to violate the victim threatening to make the video of the rape incident viral on social media.The accused also fined a counter misappropriation case against him and the witnesses of his case.The victim’s mother said Nasir joined the human chain in front of the Naokhali Press Club protesting separate incidents of rape in the district.Around 2am on Monday, a group of 6-7 people hurled acid on Nasir when he came out of their residence to respond to the call of nature.Officer-in-charge of Char Jabbar police station Shahed Uddin said no complaint has yet been lodged in this regard.
The U.S. States Attorney’s Office, Baltimore Police and the FBI announced Tuesday morning the indictment of 12 members of a dangerous Baltimore gang.Seven of the 12 indicted gang members are (l-r): Terrell Sivells, 26; John Harrison, 27; Taurus Tillman, 28; Linton Broughton, 24; Dennis Pulley, 30; Montana Barronette, 22; and Roger Taylor, 26.. (Courtesy Photos)The TTG gang or “Trained To Go” gang, according to police and the Feds are, “Ruthless, killing within their own communities, and now the alleged crimes, some dating back years, have caught up to them.”According to authorities, members of TTG, engaged in drug distribution, murder, kidnapping, assault, robbery, and witness intimidation.“They do it to protect turf. They do it to eliminate and intimidate rivals,” U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning told the AFRO.According to the U.S. Attorney, the gang has been linked to at least 10 murders over a six year span, including a triple murder that took place almost 2 years ago.Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said at the press conference that TTG was, “calculating and cold blooded and they premeditated their killings.”“When they can leave their homes with guns in their waistbands, and execute people on the streets of Baltimore, and leave 45, 50 shell casings at a crime scene , and think they can get away with it, this is hopefully a message to them,” Commissioner Davis said.According to law enforcement, the gang often targeted areas where they lived in the Sandtown neighborhood of West Baltimore.Each gang member Indicted faces a maximum sentence of life in prison on the racketeering and drug conspiracy charges. Five of the 12 Indicted face mandatory life in prison for murder and racketeering.These charges are death penalty eligible as a federal capital offense.One of the 5 defendants facing mandatory life sentences is 22 year-old Montana Barronette, (also known as Tana or Tanner).Less than a year ago, Barronette was Baltimore City’s Public Enemy #1 and #1 trigger puller as identified by Baltimore Police.“Barronette is very good at his craft,” said Commissioner Davis. “His craft is killing.”The defendants are:Montana Barronette, (Tana or Tanner), age 22Terrell Sivells (Rell), age 26John Harrison (Binkie), age 27Taurus Tillman (Tash), age 28Linton Broughton (Marty), age 24Dennis Pulley (Denmo), age 30Roger Taylor (Milk), age 26Brandon Wilson (Ali), age 23Brandon Bazemore (Man Man), age 24Timothy Floyd (Tim Rod), age 27Hisaun Chatman, age 31James Woodfolk, age 20The FBI said they are still looking for 26-year-old Roger Taylor. If you’ve seen him, you are urged to call the FBI, Baltimore Field Office at 410-265-8080.
The Arizona Cardinals made some roster moves Tuesday.The team announced they signed linebacker Alex Bazzie, cornerback Daniel Gray and wide receiver Chris Hubert, while waiving linebacker Mikey Bart.Bazzie played the last three seasons with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, where he recorded 83 tackles, 29 sacks and two forced fumbles in 50 career games.The linebacker spent time with the Colts and Panthers this offseason before being released by Carolina on May 30. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Gray is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Utah State. The corner played his freshman season at Tennessee before going to Utah State where put up 87 tackles, 10 passes defended and an interception in his 27 games.Gray participated in the Cardinals rookie mini-camp in May on a tryout.Hubert is back with the Cardinals after being released on May 10, 2016. During his rookie season, Hubert split time between the Cardinals active roster and practice squad after signing as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Fayetteville State.At Fayetteville State, Hubert had 1,784 receiving yards, with 129 receptions and 19 touchdowns. Top Stories
Telecom Italia has agreed to sell its 100% interest in its free-to-air station La7 to Cairo Communications.The firm, which is run by Urbano Cairo, a former associate of Italian media magnate and politician Silvio Berlusconi, agreed to pay a consideration of €1 million for the channel, in a complex deal that will see the channel then recapitalised so it has a financial position of at least €88 million.“The transaction will allow Telecom Italia Media to stop providing financial support to La7, while at the same time keeping the network operator Telecom Italia Media Broadcasting within the Group,” the firm said in a statement.It added that as part of the deal, Telecom Italia will waive financial receivables due from Telecom Italia Media for a total of €100 million.Cairo Communications emerged as the front-runner for La7 last month when it was reported that it was in exclusive negotiations to buy the channel.
Alcino LavradorAltice Labs’ general manager, Alcino Lavrador, discusses IP delivery, the advent of 5G and unpicks some of the biggest technical challenges facing the TV industry today.What television or broadcast projects are currently occupying most of Altice Labs’ time?At Altice we want to offer the best and most unique user experience to our television customers. For that, Altice Labs is working on an “Altice User Experience” supported over a unified platform for all access networks: FTTH, Cable, xDSL, Wi-Fi, 3G/4G. This means, among others, and not to mention the technological challenges of merging platforms, presenting content in a more thematic way, less siloed in channels. On the mobility side, our efforts are to bring more and more functionalities previously restricted to fixed-access IPTV, namely better personalisation and seamless continuity between platforms.What do you think are the biggest technological challenges facing the TV industry in 2017?Customers today want to watch TV not only on the big screen but also on the move and on more and more portable devices, even at home and simultaneously. So, WiFi delivery inside the home, supporting multiple streams with the same quality that the customers are used to, is probably the biggest challenge. To deliver 4K TV consistently over WiFi is no small feat today. 802.11ac with 4×4 and mesh extenders will help and will have a big push in 2017, but compatibility issues with existing STBs will come up. In addition we will see growth in data mining and analytics about customer behaviour – aiming at a better personalised offering and also a new revenue stream for advertising. Not least, as digital content availability is growing exponentially, new and easier ways to discover real-time and stored content must appear in order to enhance the customer experience.How useful is full duplex DOCSIS 3.1 for maximising cable bandwidth and what technology or technologies will come after that?Full duplex DOCSIS 3.1 and other such evolutions for cable can represent additional tools in our toolbox for delivering the best possible bandwidth to our customers as a very efficient value-for-money proposition. It’s possible that it will be used in some places, and in other places maybe GPON is a better solution. Or we could keep the cable plant as it is or with small improvements and just do a selective subscriber migration, putting the most eager customers on FTTH/GPON, which leaves more bandwidth for the remaining ones. We need to remember that FDX DOCSIS 3.1 comes at a price, with added complexity, without MPEG-TS Video and an all new silicon solution required. At Altice Labs we are working on NGPON2, developing our own equipment and technology, because we believe this will be the future for next-generation access networks.What challenges will arise from the greater move towards IP delivery of content?At Altice Labs we don’t see this move as a set of challenges but more as a new opportunity. In Portugal we have, for a long time, had a full IPTV solution in place and we think that IP delivery of content is a significant improvement. For instance, as a multi-national group, Altice can leverage our data networks in completely different geographies to allow us to produce content in one place, complement it in another, and deliver it to all the group operators. To do that in a non-IP network can be a nightmare, but with IP it just leverages our existing infrastructure, knowledge and investment. Most cable operators are already using IP delivery of content as the back-end for QAM muxes, for VOD or catch-up TV, so most times you just remove the QAM muxes. You need a correctly dimensioned CDN. However, you should have it in place anyway since most of the growth in consumption is in on-demand and is happening in additional devices that are already IP-only.How important do you think 5G will be to the future of TV, as viewers increasingly stream content on the move and to different devices?Although the big screen TV will continue to be a staple of our day to day life, and people still want to see the hottest content on the biggest screen, there is no doubt that personal and mobile video consumption will continue to grow. 5G will have an important role in that respect. According to research, by 2020, more than half of all mobile traffic will be video. People are watching it on small and not so small screens with increased resolutions, some with 2K and 4K screens, so video quality really matters. What also matters is latency and buffering time, all areas were 5G promises to improve the customer experience. We also expect that in the future, people will increasingly broadcast self-produced content as has been demonstrated by trends like Periscope, Facebook Live and YouTube Live. 5G will allow for this kind of experience in crowded spaces, like music festivals, where today’s technologies have a huge challenge. These are only a couple of examples. We expect new uses cases in line with the increasing digitisation of our society enabled by current 3G/4G with services like Uber and other digital platform-based services.Do you think traditional over-the-air broadcast will eventually become obsolete? If so, how long until that will happen?If you’re talking about DTT, yes I think that it will become obsolete. The main reason is that these frequencies are a prime asset for telecommunications and there will be a point in time that people will place more value on this spectrum being used for ‘mobile data’ than for broadcast TV. People will get all the TV they want as ‘mobile data’ anyway. It will take some time but it will happen.What do you think about the long-term viability of DTH satellite TV as a mass-market delivery mechanism? I don’t believe that DTH will go away anytime soon. It’s a completely different proposition than DTT, there are countries like Brazil that have a massive area with people scattered all over the place that will only be able to get broad, good quality content this way. In these countries it will still be a mass-market proposition. In other countries, like in Europe, it will be used more as a complementary solution for places that the fixed network will not reach. Even the foreseen 5G will not be suitable as an alternative to deliver 4K, 8K or whatever resolution we will have at that time. DTH will always be able to solve this.How does Altice Labs divide its efforts between its teams in Portugal, the US, France, Israel, Brazil. Do you all have different remits and responsibilities?We try to take advantage of what is being done better in each geography avoiding overlap and duplication of work. If we have a good application developed in France, the United States, or whatever geography, we’ll try to use it in all the group operations. The origin of Altice Labs dates back to 1950 with over 66 years shaping the telecommunications evolution not only in Portugal but also in all the places where our technology has been deployed. Achievements like mobile prepaid services that we pioneered in 1995 have been of worldwide benefit. Over our 66 years of history, much more could be highlighted, like one of the first commercial interactive cable TV service in 2001. More recently, in August 2015, we did a field trial of NGPON2 technology with Verizon, the first with tuneable optics offering symmetrical broadband speeds of up to 10 Gbps, with the potential to go even higher – up to 40 or even 80Gbps in the near future. An existing innovation ecosystem in Portugal, supported by strong partnerships with universities, industry and startups, and complemented with R&D collaboration projects under European Union Framework Programmes like H2020, enables a continuous flow of innovation. This is feeding the process of developing new and advanced products that are being deployed in over 40 countries in the world, not just in Altice’s geographies. We do not simply follow the technological evolutions; we are part of them!What are Altice Labs’ key aims for the year ahead?The first objective is to support Altice’s aggressive expansion providing state-of-the-art technology enabling a clear differentiation to competitors. Besides being an R&D lab, we have a solid product orientation strategy with a market positioning and growth ambition. We believe we are a key factor that can help turn Altice into the most innovative CSP in the world. We are committed to evolving our products for the most efficiency practices, incorporating the results from R&D exploratory projects in network architectures – like SDN and NFV for our product lines of network systems, OSS, convergent charging and policy platforms, and TV solutions. Of course, maintaining the creativity culture that has been in our DNA for years, in parallel with the committed and quality delivery of solutions to the market, is the main challenge in a fast-paced industry.Alcino Lavrador will speak at Cable Congress in Brussels this week. He is due to appear on the ‘Fostering Innovation’ panel at 16:45 on March 8, 2017.
The Tower MuseumA new programme aimed at helping visually impaired visitors to access information at the Tower Museum will be launched tomorrow.From Wednesday, February, 3, the Discovery Pen Programme will allow those with limited vision to access detailed audio descriptions of the objects on display in the Story of Derry exhibition.Speaking ahead of the launch, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, said the new audio aids would be a fantastic resource at the Museum.“I am delighted that Derry City and Strabane District Council is introducing the Discovery Pen Programme at the Tower Museum. The pens will really bring the exhibition to life for those whose visitor experiences are limited and allow them to access all the information they need to enjoy the Story of Derry.“I hope that the pens will really make a difference to anyone visiting the exhibition who is visually impaired.” ShareTweet Education Officer with the Tower Museum, Margaret Edwards, said: “Our primary aim at the Museum is to make the story of the city open and accessible to all, and with the new Discovery Pens we can now make the exhibition even more inclusive.“I think that the pens will be an extremely useful resource and will open up the museum to new audiences.”Shaun Canny from the Royal National Institute for the Blind will join the Mayor to launch the Discovery Pens and will examine the benefits of the programme before a short demonstration of how to use them.The event is free and takes place on Wednesday February 3rd at 10am. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org TOWER TO LAUNCH NEW DISCOVERY PEN PROGRAMME TOWER TO LAUNCH NEW DISCOVERY PEN PROGRAMME was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: