10 months agoSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelsea

first_imgSarri declares Fabregas should leave Chelseaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has backed Cesc Fabregas’ departure from the club. The 31-year-old is on the verge of joining Monaco, managed by his former teammate Thierry Henry.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham, Sarri said: “I can say only my opinion, I don’t know the decision of the club. [And] in my opinion he needs to go.”At this club there’s a rule, the renewal of players over 30 is for one year. I don’t want a player as important as Cesc unhappy.”I don’t know, yesterday he had a free day for the injury, so I don’t know.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Big question for Amazons 2 chosen cities Will it pay off

first_imgWASHINGTON — The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost?Amazon’s decision will bring to Arlington, Virginia, and the Long Island City section of New York a combined 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment over the next two decades. But the influx is sure to swell already-high home prices and apartment rents and could overwhelm public transportation systems. And the two areas combined are providing over $2 billion in subsidies to one of the world’s richest companies — a bounty that many analysts say probably wasn’t necessary to sway Amazon.The decision to bring those jobs, which Amazon says will pay an average of $150,000 a year, to the New York and Washington areas will also exacerbate U.S. regional inequalities, economists say. Such Midwestern cities as Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana, which made Amazon’s short list, would have helped spread the tech industry’s high-skilled, high-paying jobs more broadly.“It’s ambiguous for the winners, not good for the ‘losers’ and not good at all for the nation,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.Still, on the surface, the deal appears to be better than most. Amazon says it’s receiving $1.525 billion in incentives and subsidies from New York state and $573 million from Virginia and Arlington County. That works out to $61,000 in incentives provided to Amazon for each job in Long Island City and roughly $23,000 for each job in Arlington.That compares with a much larger average figure of $658,000 per job for other large deals, said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, a nonpartisan watchdog group. Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn, for example, received $4.8 billion in subsidies for a plant in Wisconsin on which it broke ground this year. That deal is expected to bring just 13,000 jobs.Still, Amazon’s total subsidies will likely end up much higher, LeRoy said. Amazon said it will also apply for existing incentive programs that could add nearly $1 billion to the subsidies from New York.And Amazon’s final selections suggest that all the subsidies and giveaways probably weren’t needed, other economists said. Other state and local governments offered a lot more, including at least $8.5 billion on behalf of Montgomery County, Maryland, and $7 billion for Newark, New Jersey.“If Amazon was pursuing subsidies, it made the wrong decision,” said Michael Ferren, a research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. “Even the biggest subsidies you can imagine really don’t sway these kinds of decisions.”Rather, Amazon’s top priority was having access to a sizable pool of highly skilled employees, Ferren said, and it likely would have chosen the same two locations even without the subsidies.“The only things they’re useful for are the companies that get them and the politicians who get the credit,” he said.Indeed, Jay Carney, an Amazon senior vice-president, acknowledged in an interview on CNN that the company had chosen two locations that offered less in subsidies than others had.“That reflects that talent was really the driving factor for us,” Carney said.Some experts in regional economics suggested that the payoff for the selected cities would go well beyond Amazon’s initial investment. Stephen Fuller, an economist at George Mason University, estimates that the new headquarters in Arlington would generate roughly $1.3 billion in spending each year after the initial construction is complete. That would support nearly 50,000 jobs in the state, Fuller said, in addition to those at Amazon.“It’s really a no-brainer,” Fuller said. “They’re going to pay an enormous amount in real estate taxes and sales taxes.”Fuller also argues that the region is large enough to absorb the influx of new workers.“The region adds 50,000 jobs every year, and no one complains about that,” Fuller said. “They’re not all coming at one time; they’re coming over 15-20 years. It isn’t as overwhelming as people think it’s going to be.”At the same time, Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute, cautioned that with unemployment so low in both cities, many of the jobs Amazon will bring will likely go to people who don’t now live in either Arlington or New York. The inflow of those workers could burden schools and transportation systems.A coalition of non-profit groups warned that Amazon’s arrival will likely worsen housing affordability for many lower-income workers in the two cities. Roughly one-third of residents in Washington, D.C., and 40 per cent in New York pay more than 30 per cent of their income on housing, the groups, which include LeRoy’s Good Jobs First, pointed out. The typical rent in Queens, which includes Long Island City, is already $3,000 a month.Some analysts had thought Amazon might follow a trend that other companies have set and add jobs in cities where salaries and housing were often cheaper. A few Wall Street banks, for example, have sent many of their back-office jobs to states far from New York. The auto factories that once filled the Midwest have migrated to the South, where labour unions have held less sway.Instead, Amazon chose to expand its footprint to two places where salaries and home prices are relatively close to those of Seattle, its current sole headquarters city, said Aaron Terrazas, senior economist at the real estate firm Zillow.“These two markets definitely can absorb this kind of employment shock — and they have some time to prepare for it,” he said.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sinai car bomb kills at least 10 Egypt soldiers security

first_imgCAIRO – At least 10 soldiers were killed and 35 wounded as a car bomb targeted an Egyptian army convoy Wednesday in the Sinai where security forces are battling Islamists, a security official said.The bombing took place near El-Arish, regional capital of North Sinai where attacks on security forces have mounted since the army’s ouster in July of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.A parked car blew up as the military convoy passed, the security official said. Wednesday’s bombing was the deadliest since an August 19 ambush by gunmen on a convoy of security forces that killed 25 policemen in the town of Rafah in North Sinai.That attack was the bloodiest in the Sinai Peninsula in several years.Dozens of soldiers and policemen have been killed in near daily attacks in Sinai, especially since Morsi’s July 3 ouster by the army.Egypt’s army has poured troops and armour into the restive peninsula to crush militant activity.Egypt’s security forces are also engaged in a sweeping crackdown on Islamist supporters of Morsi in other parts of the country.The crackdown has resulted in more than 1,000 people being killed and more than 2,000 arrested nationwide since mid-August.last_img read more

Last Years Warriors Werent The Best Ever But This Years Might Be

4Warriors2014-156/16/15103✓1822.3 10Pistons1988-896/13/8999✓1788.1 1Bulls1995-966/9/9697✓1853.1 There was plenty of “greatest of all time” speculation swirling around the Golden State Warriors at this time last year, as they tore through the Western Conference after breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for regular-season victories. As it turns out, though, the Warriors weren’t even the greatest team of the 2015-16 season, since they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. I suppose we all learned our collective lesson, because there hasn’t been anywhere near as much GOAT chatter this time around.The irony, of course, is that this version of the Warriors might actually be the best NBA team ever. Although they “only” won 67 games during the regular season, the 2016-17 Warriors had a better schedule-adjusted point differential than they did in their 73-win season, and then they rattled off what is so far the most dominant postseason of any team in recent memory (including the fabled 2001 L.A. Lakers).And if they can take care of Cleveland without much trouble in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, they’ll officially become the GOAT — at least, according to the Elo ratings, our pet system for judging an NBA team’s strength at any given moment.As my boss wrote on Saturday, the LeBron James Cavaliers have had a tendency to make Elo look silly. But by now, Elo has learned from its mistakes and is (mostly) giving Cleveland its due. The main reason our prediction system is still giving the Cavs a minuscule 10 percent chance of defending their championship, then, is that the Warriors are just so ridiculously dominant.Golden State’s Elo rating is currently 1850.5, which ranks second in NBA history to the peak rating of the ’96 Bulls (1853.1) — which was set after Chicago took a 3-0 lead over the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA Finals. (The Bulls’ Elo would dip to a final rating of 1823 after they lost two of the next three games to the Sonics.) TEAMSEASONDATEGAME NO.DURING PLAYOFFS?ELO 3Warriors2015-1612/11/15241838.6 The best peak Elo ratings in NBA history 6Bulls1996-972/4/97471811.3 9Bulls1997-986/10/98101✓1788.3 8Lakers2008-096/14/09105✓1790.0 7Spurs2015-163/19/16691800.1 2Warriors2016-175/22/1794✓1850.5 5Celtics1985-865/29/8696✓1815.7 To surpass those Bulls and set a new peak-Elo record of 1853.2, the Warriors would need to prevail by eight or more on Thursday night. That’s far from an unreasonable goal; Golden State has the superior rating and is at home, so Elo actually considers them nine-point favorites for Game 1. (The Las Vegas betting line for Game 1 has the Warriors winning by seven.) According to research by Wayne Winston and Jeff Sagarin, the probability of a nine-point NBA favorite winning by at least eight is about 54 percent.But even if Cleveland plays the Warriors close in Game 1, a new Elo record is inevitable as long as Golden State keeps winning. A string of one-point victories in Games 1 through 3 would be enough to push the Warriors past the Bulls’ mark with at least a game to spare in the series. But any loss could be a major setback for the record-breaking bid. Even a three-point loss in Game 1 would need to be followed by four straight four-point wins to pull Golden State ahead of Chicago; a stray double-digit loss would require four 10-point wins in a row. And two losses in the series might prove too much for the Warriors to overcome unless they also rack up offsetting blowout wins, particularly if the Cavs’ wins are spaced apart in the series (Elo gives more weight to more recent games).Then again, it’s also possible that the Warriors could set an all-time peak Elo record after Game 1 and then the Cavs could rally back to win the series. In that scenario, Golden State’s season would parallel that of the 2007 New England Patriots, who set the NFL’s peak Elo record when they rattled off 18 straight wins before losing the Super Bowl. We’re guessing the Warriors would probably rather have the title. Source: ESPN, Basketball-Reference.com read more

Diego Simeone would never coach his son at Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone confessed that he would never give his son Giovani a spot on his squad while he is the manager.After striker Giovanni Simeone’s first ever match for Argentina in a big match last week in which he scored a goal, the rumors about Atletico Madrid getting the player due to Diego Simeone’s desire to coach his son started spreading like wildfire. But this Monday the Argentine manager spoke about the possibility for the first time since his son started playing as a professional, he denied that Giovanni playing for Atletico under him in the near future was a possibility. Situations like this in which nepotism can become a very dangerous subject, are something that straight arrows like Diego Simeone will always try to avoid during their career. ‘Cholo’ has always been proud to play by the book, always living by the rules and never taking advantage of his position in any shape or form during his time as the manager for Atletico Madrid. Giovanni Simeone does look like the perfect fit for Atletico Madrid, he plays in a very similar manner to Diego Costa for example.#PartidazoSimeone https://t.co/juu15vNi0h— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) September 10, 2018Contrary to popular belief, Diego Simeone just confessed that he wouldn’t be on board with the idea of him coaching his son in any of his teams at such an early age. There were rumors that suggested that Diego Simeone desperately wanted to sign his son Giovanni, the striker has every single attribute that the boss looks for in his favorite type of striker as a potential signing for the Colchoneros. But contrary to what the general idea was about ‘Cholo’ having his son on the squad, he didn’t want this because he feels like it would be too complicated for the relationship given that he would be even more strict than he usually is with the rest of his pupils. The eldest Simeone recently spoke to Cadena Copa about many different topics, but he was very adamant to deny his son’s possible arrival to the Colchoneros and didn’t close the door for that chance but after he leaves the club.?️?Simeone en el Partidazo de COPE: “Griezmann este año fue sin ninguna duda el mejor jugador del mundo. Sin duda”#PartidazoSimeone pic.twitter.com/gA1KAvnjtl— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) September 10, 2018Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa 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…“Watching him play in the national team gives me chills. He knows exactly what we feel for the national team, he has it in his blood like me. I think he did a very good job but I don’t like talking about him from a father perspective, but I do like talking about him from a manager’s perspective. He is a lad who has all the characteristics to play for one of my teams, but I will unfortunately never bring him to Atletico while I manage the club. I don’t want to say never but… It’s very difficult having a son in the dressing room. It would be difficult for him, as well as the relationship… Maybe 5 or 6 years from now he becomes an even more important player than he is today, maybe we can discuss something. If he becomes an even bigger start and he plays for me it would be easier for everyone because he would be more protected. He is going through the stages of his career in the perfect manner. Maybe someday when I’m no longer the Atletico Manager, maybe then he could come and play here,” said Diego to Cadena Cope.#SelecciónMayor @Argentina comienza su entrenamiento en el centro deportivo de @NYCFC. pic.twitter.com/IDSZgKLBDu— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 9, 2018Giovanni’s great performance for Argentina.Diego Simeone was incredibly proud after his son scored the first ever goal for the National Team, this was during the 3-0 victory against the Guatemala side last Thursday and he celebrated with a lot of excitement. This goal marks a great historic moment because there are not many Argentina players who can presume to have more than one generation playing for the National Team in history, Giovanni looks like he could potentially become a great player like his father but with very different abilities. Because as we all know, Diego Simeone was a defensive midfielder in every club he played and Giovanni is a striker with very different skills. It’s a bummer we are not going to see Diego Simeone coaching his son this early in his career, but we are confident that they will meet as manager and player down the line when the young striker becomes a world-class star.#SelecciónMayor Tras la victoria ante Guatemala, el técnico Lionel Scaloni y los jugadores dialogaron con los medios de comunicación ➡ https://t.co/eYublPG2Y3 pic.twitter.com/Rj33w6anpC— Selección Argentina ?? (@Argentina) September 8, 2018How long do you think Giovani will take to become manageable for Diego Simeone? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

STATE REP RACE Town Manager Makes Announcement Regarding Political Lawn Signs

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The town’s bylaws prohibit political lawn signs be displayed more than 45 days prior to an election.Chapter 5, Section 4 of the Town Inhabitant Bylaws reads:Temporary political signs may be placed on private property, the size and location of which shall not serve to obstruct the sight of motorists and pedestrians using or occupying the public ways and/or the right of access thereto. Temporary signs may be mounted only upon properly registered and insured motor vehicles. Signs may NOT be exhibited more than 45 days prior to election and MUST be removed within 3 days after the election.Town Manager Jeff Hull issued a statement earlier today, explaining why the town is not removing political lawn signs that have been placed well before the 45 days. It reads:It has been brought to the Town’s attention that election signs for the September state primary have been placed on private property throughout Town. That practice conflicts with Chapter 5, Section 4 of the Town of Wilmington Inhabitant By-Laws which addresses the timing for display of political signs. However, Town Counsel has advised that based upon a recent Supreme Court decision, the Town’s by-law related to political signs is most likely unenforceable. As a consequence, the Town will not be taking any action at this time to enforce that by-law as it relates to the display of election signs.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… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: DPW & Library Staff, Town Secretaries & Admin Assistants To Receive 7.5% Salary Increase Over 3 YearsIn “Government”Town Counsel Disagrees With McCoy, Rules Petitioned Warrant Articles Are ValidIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”last_img read more

Toyota Supra TRD Performance Line concept piles on the aerodynamics

first_img Post a comment Review • 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: The best it’s ever been More about 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Toyota Preview • 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Techier than ever Tags Enlarge ImageThis concept was originally teased with a giant wing, but perhaps TRD thought better of it. TRD Japan The Toyota Supra isn’t even on sale yet, but already, TRD rolled out a concept loaded with aerodynamic enhancements.Toyota this week unveiled the Supra TRD Performance Line concept on TRD’s Japanese-market site. This concept packs a number of aerodynamic enhancements that, according to the airflow images provided, should boost the car’s down downforce and make it handle even better than the stock Supra. It’s unclear if these parts preview actual TRD upgrades that will be available for the Supra in the future, but it’s never too early to start hoping. The front bumper gets larger spoilers to help push the nose down at speed, improving traction, while similar enhancements on the side skirts help push air to the right spot on the rear bumper, which has — you guessed it — more parts designed to improve downforce. Not only are they functional, they’re attractive, making the Supra look lower, wider and meaner than the base model. The whole thing is capped off with a set of 19-inch forged aluminum wheels. There don’t appear to be any modifications to the Supra’s powertrain, comprising a 335-horsepower, 365-pound-foot 3.0-liter I6. Then again, thrusting more power into the equation isn’t going to end well if the car can’t handle it, so I think it’s wiser to focus on the aero first.This is just a concept for now, and Toyota has made no announcements about an official TRD upgrade catalog, so we’ll have to hold tight for now. That said, the bottom of the TRD concept’s site says “To be continued,” so perhaps there’s more just over the horizon. Toyota More From Roadshow 0 15 Photos Coupes Sports Cars 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Toyota Supra TRD Performance Line concept looks like it can handlelast_img read more

The World Wide Web at 30 feels a lot like the early

first_img Internet Laptops Computers Desktops Share your voice World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee at LeWeb 2014 Stephen Shankland/CNET The internet has many birthdays. There was 1969, when remote computers communicated directly for the first time. Then there was 1983, when the TCP/IP standard was adopted. Today we’re celebrating 1989, the year Tim Berners-Lee laid out the basic concepts of the World Wide Web in a proposal, which included ideas like HTML, URL, and HTTP. March marks the 30th anniversary of that last milestone, which is perhaps the most important one, as the web is primarily what we think of as the “internet” today. cernAnd 30 years later, we have Seamless.  Tim Berners-Lee/CERN A few days ahead of that anniversary, Berners-Lee is giving a talk in Washington DC at the Washington Post Live Center about the founding of the web and the decades that followed. It’s a topic that resonates with me (and likely a lot of people in my age group) because I was there from nearly the beginning. In the middle of an industry obsessed with youth, I don’t often like to admit it, but my first email address came in the form of an undergraduate VAX (virtual address extension) account. I recall that email address being at least partly comprised of my social security number, which gives you an idea of the state of online security at the time. Version 1.0In the early to mid ’90s, we were all stumbling around the in the dark. We discovered things like Mosaic, the first web browser most of us ever saw. I registered my first domain name (which I still own) in January 1998, about eight months before Google was incorporated. Like many ’90s kids starting their careers after college and grad school, I ended up as a part of the Dotcom 1.0 boom. Mid-1998 saw me make the jump from print magazines and becoming employee number 20-something at a pop culture and video game web property called UGO.com, then a spinoff of an early ecommerce company called Interworld. We were bright young things gripping our on-paper stock options, calculating just how much cash we’d rake in for an IPO that always seemed just over the horizon. garySadly, we could not.  Screenshot by Dan Ackerman That IPO never happened, but I did manage to be a part of the one of the first viral publicity events of the era. My colleagues and I created the Gary Coleman Webathon, which was the first online celebrity fundraising event. Gary’s gone now, and so is UGO, shut down by one the publishers that scooped it up along along the way for a pittance. (Humanity-affirming footnote: The original UGO editorial crew still gets together about once a year or so, even though most of us last worked together almost 20 years ago.) But even as a grizzled internet veteran, I’m lucky enough to have avoided most of the biggest disasters of the Dotcom 1.0 era. I left companies before they imploded and eventually landed here. My wife was not as lucky, riding some of the most infamous Dotcom flameouts down into the ground, including Kozmo.com and TheGlobe.com. Everyone back then was addicted to checking and rechecking what may have been the TechCrunch of its day, a daily compendium of layoffs and shutdowns, with a name I won’t mention here. Let’s do the time warp againWhat’s amazing to me, now that the World Wide Web enters its third decade, is that I still have much of the same sense of wide-eyed wonder about the the possibilities that lie ahead. From online augmented reality experiences to impossibly thin laptops to artificial intelligence in anything and everything, I still can’t wait to see what’s next. But there are also things that feel familiar, and not always in a good way. Consider this my old-man-waving-a-stick warning, but the endless cycle of hype over everything — from cryptocurrency to blockchain to virtual and augmented reality to new ways to share social media experiences — often reminds me of the boiler room salesmanship of pre-Dotcom Bust era. Today it’s Theranos, Google Plus and Juicero. Back then it was Pets.com, Pseudo and Flooz (look it up). But the Dotcom 1.0 version of me would have also found many of today’s online experiences mindblowing. From the democratization of live video broadcasting to decades of movies and music on-demand to maintaining more-important-than-they-sound social media weak ties with childhood friends and industry colleagues. Despite a growing dark side of technology that has led to major problems like rampant data misuse and the social media hate speech and harassment crisis, I still believe the web’s best days are ahead of it.  3center_img Comments Tagslast_img read more

FTC cracks down on robocalls with new initiative

first_img Now playing: Watch this: How to stop robocalls Comments 2:42 4 Hi. I’m a robot. May I bother you? Getty Images The Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement partners unveiled on Tuesday a new initiative to combat robocalls. “Operation Call it Quits” is a partnership at the local, state and federal level that includes 94 actions targeting illegal robocall operations, including shutting down robocall companies and issuing fines in the millions. “Nearly all robocalls are illegal unless you’ve given consent in writing,” Andrew Smith, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said during a press briefing.The initiative comes at a time when illegal robocalls have permeated not just household and business landlines but also hospital phone lines. These calls run the gamut from services that promise to reduce your credit card’s interest rate to operations that say they’ll help you earn money from home. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill mentioned during the briefing that last year alone $10.5 billion was lost to phone scams in the United States. “The actual amounts are probably much higher … because … the elderly don’t report their calls,” said Hill. For consumers, simply answering a call from an unknown number can increase the likelihood of further robocalls because it signals to scammers that the phone number is active, says the FTC.  “We’re all fed up with the tens of billions of illegal robocalls we get every year,” said Smith. “Today’s joint effort shows that combating this scourge remains a top priority for law enforcement agencies around the nation.”Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission gave wireless carriers the green light to block robocalls for customers by default. Similarly, the FTC hopes that in the upcoming months Congress will give it greater jurisdiction over telecommunications carriers to trace calls back to their source, according to Smith. center_img FTC Tags Security Share your voicelast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Friday July 15

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A review of some of the top news stories of the week, directly from the pages of the AFRO with managing editor Kamau High. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on politics and law enforcement, including resistance to law enforcement reform in the wake of the Dallas shootings.
These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img