Steven Davis pushing to leave Southampton for Rangers returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Davis is set to leave Southampton for a return to Rangers.Davis is in the final six months of his contract and Steven Gerrard is keen to bring him back to Ibrox, says the Daily Mail. Gers will try to sign him for a small compensation fee this month.The 33-year-old, who has started just two times this season, is understood to be keen on the idea of returning to Ibrox to gain more regular playing time. The experienced Northern Ireland international is a firm favourite with the Rangers fans having made over 140 appearances for the club during a four-year spell between 2008-12. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: India will require $500-700 billion in renewable energy and supporting grid investment over the coming decade in order to meet its renewable energy targets, the US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said on Friday. In a note titled ‘International Capital Awaits Robust Policy Environment in India’s Renewables Infrastructure Sector’, it reviewed India’s energy market and found some recent policy changes favourable for renewable energy investors. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBut it also noted with caution some sovereign risk issues that need to be resolved quickly. Author Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies with IEEFA, said the world is looking to invest in India’s renewable energy sector. “There has been clear momentum in India’s renewable energy capacity building in the last 24 months, leveraging the expanding opportunities in deflationary sustainable domestic projects,” Buckley said in a statement to IANS. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”India is set to reach 144 gigawatts of renewable energy by the end of financial year 2021-22.” “The country has a clear ambition to transition to a cheaper lower emission electricity system, and that ambition is attracting healthy global investment,” he said. According to Buckley, global capital flows into India will accelerate as long as the Indian government provides a clear policy framework and puts in place measures to lower risks and protect investor confidence. The briefing note highlighted multiple examples of international investment in India’s renewable energy projects, while also noting recent obstacles to India’s renewable ambitions, including a slowdown in the tendering process, grid integration constraints, and issues with excessively aggressive tariff caps on reverse auctions. As a result, during FY2018-19 India failed to capitalise on the momentum built over the previous two years through record low solar and wind tariffs. Only 10.3 GW of renewable generation capacity was added in FY2018-19. Co-author Kashish Shah said the slowdown masks some very positive policy announcements recently which accelerated tendering activity in June 2019, post the general election. “The proposed tariff policy revision and the payment security mechanism enhancements are both significant regulatory reforms, while removing the priority lending limit for the renewable energy sector will accelerate private bank lending to renewable energy infrastructure projects,” Shah added. For global public and private debt and equity capital seeking steady long-term returns, there is a huge investment opportunity in India’s electricity and transportation sectors to support the development of new generating capacity and grid development by 2030. “India wants to meet its renewable targets while showing global leadership in setting a policy framework consistent with the Paris Agreement,” Buckley added.
Spain’s top flight soccer division La Liga has penned down a major deal with Facebook which will allow viewers in the Indian sub-continent to watch every game over the next three seasons for freeThe Spanish football governing body confirmed all 380 league matches for the new season, which begins on Friday, would be available to viewers in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.“We are really happy to be on a free to air service in such an important territory as the Indian sub-continent,” Alfredo Bermejo, La Liga’s head of digital strategy, told Reuters ahead of the announcement.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“One of our goals for the last two years has been to offer content to the widest audience possible, so partnering with free platforms like Facebook, which has 270 million users in India, is key to us.”Facebook and La Liga declined to give financial details of the deal which sees the social network giant unseat Sony Pictures Network as the rights holder in the region.
Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander: “The dipnet fishery was significantly down from previous years. Our gross revenue for the year was $375,000 that compares to a gross revenue of last year of $547,000.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai released its Quarterly Personal Use Fishery Fund Expenditure Report showing a decline in the 2018 fishery. According to the report the overall fishery was down 34.96% in overall revenue. That includes; beach parking, camping, dock launch and parking, drop off fees, and interest earnings. The 2018 Kenai Personal Use Fishery opened at 6:00 a.m. on July 10 and closed at 12:01 a.m., on July 30. The fishery closed two days early per emergency order from the Department of Fish and Game. The DF&G announced the early closure to the dipnet fishery in order to meet the sustainable escapement goal of 700,000 to 1.2 million late-run sockeye salmon in the Kenai River–a goal officials say “would not be met without a reduction in harvest of this stock.”
To mark its 40th anniversary, Sweden’s Göteborg Film Festival will hold “an extremely intimate screening” of a sci-fi movie. How intimate? Well, let’s just say coffins don’t generally have a ton of space for stretching. The video teaser for the “world’s most claustrophobic cinema” shows a terrified-looking Meghan Markle lookalike walking through dark corridors until she comes upon a cavernous room containing a single sarcophagus. The footage then shows her from the inside of the tomb, breathing heavily, touching the top of the small, dark compartment with shaky hands and definitely not looking like she’s enjoying a relaxing afternoon at the cinema. Post a comment Share your voice Tags TV and Movies 0 Aniara, the film that viewers will watch in the confined space, is a 2018 adaptation of a science fiction poem by Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson about space colonists who leave an Earth ravaged by extreme weather, only to find cosmic travel presents its own problems. In the 106-minute Swedish movie, a spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the passengers to consider their place in the universe. Watching the action from the custom-made sarcophagus will presumably give viewers a sense of what’s it like to be alone in space, totally isolated from the outside world. It might feel lonely and restrictive in the box, but at least you won’t have to deal with those annoying audience members who spend the whole film talking and texting. “We want to explore what happens when you watch a film in extreme conditions,” the festival says of the experience, which runs at the international fest in Gothenburg from Jan. 27-31. The Göteborg Film Festival attracts more than 160,000 visitors annually, according to the website, though only a limited number will get to swap a seat for a sarcophagus. Those interested in the opportunity can share their email on the festival site for a chance to get a ticket. The site doesn’t list a price, but I’ve reached out to the festival for comment. “Limited space available,” the video teaser ends (get it?). “Book now.” Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers.
Robert White was an independent at-large candidate in the 2014 general election. (Photo credit: Facebook)One of the candidates for the D.C. Council at-large position in 2014 has started the process of running for the city’s legislative body in 2016.Robert White, who came in fourth in the D.C. Council at-large position in November 2014 as an independent, has set up an exploratory committee to seek one of the two at-large council seats in 2016. White, who will be running as a Democrat this time, said that District residents have encouraged him to seek a council seat once more.“I am grateful for the calls from across the District asking me to step into the race,” White said. “This exploratory committee will allow us the opportunity to get started. We recognize that new leadership [in the city] is required.”An exploratory committee is set up by a candidate to determine the feasibility of running for an elected office. The activities of exploratory committees, according to District law, consist of polling, travel and telephone calls to assess the benefits of being a candidate.The committee officially goes out of business when the candidate files papers with the D.C. Board of Elections and the campaign finance office to run for a position.White said that District residents want leaders who are accountable to the people.“It’s time to wipe away the last vestiges of a checkered past and expectations of insider dealings and corruption so a new kind of leadership can emerge-a leadership that advocates for a level-playing field and transparent government and offers every citizen a better chance to participate in the economic growth in the District,” he said.White told the AFRO that the issues that he campaigned on in 2014 are the same as in 2016.“I am concerned about the schools in the city, jobs for D.C. residents and particularly now, public safety,” he said. “Those issues are still completely relevant and now they are more urgent.”The Democratic Party primary takes place on June 14, 2016, and White’s main opponent will be D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large). Political activist David Garber has joined the race and many political observers are waiting to see if former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray also joins the fray.White, a District native who holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a law degree from the American University School of Law, has worked for D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) as legislative counsel and is presently employed as the director of community outreach for the Office of the District of Columbia Attorney General. He is also the president of the Brightwood Park Citizens Association in Ward 4, where he resides.In 2014, White ran a campaign as an independent that received endorsements from labor unions, business groups, media organizations and former and present members of the D.C. Council.White said his campaign operation will be different next year.“One of the things I will focus on during this exploratory stage and the campaign is name recognition,” he said. “The last campaign that we had consisted of volunteers, even the campaign manager was a volunteer, and they did very well but this time we will have an experienced team to get our message out.”White’s campaign chairman is Matt Frumin, a well-known Ward 3 education activist and candidate for the D.C. Council at-large seat in April 2013.“Robert White can pull the people of the District together: rich, poor; Black, White; east and west,” Frumin said. “With Robert on the council, all of the people of the District have a better chance of sharing in the benefits of our city’s increasing prosperity.”One of White’s opponents in 2014, entrepreneur Khalid Pitts, serves as the treasurer of the exploratory committee.“Robert represents the future of the District-an inclusive place where each neighborhood gets the kind of support it needs to move forward,” Pitts said.While White works for District Attorney General Karl Racine, he makes it clear that he is not interested in being associated strongly with his boss’s unofficial political organization or that of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s electoral apparatus.“I am 100 percent my own guy and I am an independent voice,” he said. “I don’t fall into anyone’s camp.”
By Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, email@example.comAfter the rash of deaths at their resort properties in the Dominican Republic, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts issued its first public response to the incidents that took the lives of two Prince George’s County residents last week as they were preparing to head back to the United States. Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, who owns the Grand Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana, responded to what they call “inaccurate and false information,” regarding several deaths of American tourists at the property. Nathaniel Edward Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day were found dead by resort staffers on May 30 from respiratory failure and pulmonary edema with no signs of violence.Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, the company who owns the Grand Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana in the Dominican Republic, did not offer any explanations into the untimely deaths of Prince George’s County couple Cynthia Ann Day and Nathaniel Edward Holmes (pictured above) and a string of other deaths connected to the resort group. (Courtesy Photo)In their response to reports from international media outlets, including those from the United States, the company was in full damage control mode. They protected the image of their resorts and never addressed any of the evidence surrounding the mystery or evidence in the cases that remain under investigation.“We reiterate that we completely disagree with the dissemination of false information issued publicly, which threatens the image and reputation of the company and the integrity and the rights of our employees and their families, reserving, where necessary, the right to take the appropriate legal action,” the release stated.Holmes and Day appeared to be in good health and were apparently enjoying themselves to the point where they posted on social media they weren’t ready to come home. However, their vacation in paradise ended in an unexpected nightmare with their families asking questions the company didn’t answer in their prepared statement. The most interesting omission in the press release is the absence of any mention of the reports of carbon monoxide in the room, which could lead to the symptoms that may have led to the deaths of Hall and Day, according to the initial findings of the Dominican authorities.“The safety and comfort of our guests and staff stand at the core of our company values, and we work daily to ensure it,” the company wrote. “All our properties in the Dominican Republic hold some of the most prestigious certifications in the industry, including Travelife certifications at the Gold level, as well as a Global Reputation Index (GRI) of 90 percent.”The families of Hall and Day are waiting to have their bodies returned to the United States so they can have independent autopsies. They have publicly stated their relatives had no health issues of late, as within the last 24 hours of their deaths, which only adds to their grief.
An opened Samsung HD753LJ hard disk drive. Researchers predict that, in 2020, hard disk drives will likely be less expensive on a cost per terabyte basis than any of the competing technologies. Image credit: Christian Jansky. (PhysOrg.com) — The ability to store and retrieve data is an important component of today’s computers, as well as other modern electronic devices such as cell phones, video game consoles, and camcorders. Since their invention in the 1950s, magnetic-based hard disk drives (HDDs) have been the primary method of nonvolatile storage. However, researchers are currently developing several new and promising nonvolatile memory (NVM) technologies, but for one of them to replace HDDs within the next decade, it will be a challenge. According to a new study, if HDDs continue to progress at their current pace, then in 2020 a two-disk, 2.5-inch disk drive will be capable of storing more than 14 TB and will cost about $40 (today, a typical 500 GB hard drive costs about $100). Although flash memories have also become popular – with advantages such as lower power consumption, faster read access time, and better mechanical reliability than HDDs – the cost per GB for flash memories is nearly 10 times that of HDDs. In addition, flash memory technology will reach technical limits that will prevent its continued scaling before 2020, keeping them from replacing HDDs.In a study published in a recent issue of IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Professor Mark Kryder and PhD student Chang Soo Kim of Carnegie Mellon University have investigated 13 up-and-coming NVM technologies to see whether one of them might outperform HDDs on a cost-per-TB basis in 2020. Their results showed that most technologies will probably not be competitive with HDDs or flash memories at that time, except for two potential candidates: phase change random access memory (PCRAM) and spin transfer torque random access memory (STTRAM).As Kryder and Kim explained, PCRAM is based on the phase change properties of chalcogenide glass. With the application of heat, the glass can switch between two different states (amorphous and crystalline) to be used as a memory. With their small cell size and ability to store multiple bits per cell, PCRAMs have the potential to offer high densities and be cost-competitive with HDDs, but their biggest drawback is that they require somewhat higher power than most other technologies. PCRAMs are already beginning to be marketed by Numonyx Inc., an Intel-ST Microelectronics joint venture, and so are closer to practical realization than STTRAM.STTRAM, which is similar to magnetic RAM, uses a spin polarized current to write data by reorienting the states of a magnetic tunnel junction between parallel and anti-parallel orientations. In their evaluation, Kryder and Kim found that STTRAMs appear to potentially offer superior power efficiency, among other advantages. If STTRAMs could be improved to store multiple bits per cell, the researchers predict that STTRAMs’ density could make them candidates for replacing flash memory and possibly HDDs. Citation: What Comes After Hard Drives? (2009, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-hard_1.html Explore further “We were surprised to find that the study indicated that, even in 2020, hard drives were likely to be considerably less expensive on a cost per terabyte basis than any of the competing technologies,” Kryder told PhysOrg.com. “It was also somewhat surprising to find that the technical potential of a technology was not necessarily well-correlated with where the industry was investing the most dollars; rather, industrial firms are tending to invest where they have the most know-how. This is not necessarily the wisest decision, but is quite understandable.”The other NVM technologies that Kryder and Kim evaluated were ferroelectric RAM, magnetic RAM, carbon nanotube RAM, probe memory, holographic memory, copper bridge RAM, resistive RAM, racetrack memory, single electron memory, molecular memory, and polymer memory. Although these technologies offer potential, each of them still faces significant performance challenges over the next decade. Holographic memory, for example, offers high density and is inexpensive, but it currently only offers “write once, read many times” (WORM) functionality, and with its 50-year storage lifetime it may be better suited to the archival market. The researchers also pointed out the intriguing concept behind single electron memory, where information could be stored in something as small as a single electron, but they predicted that this technology likely won’t be practical until beyond 2020.Kryder, who has previously been CTO for Seagate Technology, the world’s largest hard drive maker, explained that he had been continually asked to review new technologies that were often touted as potentially replacing hard drives. “Feedback from industrial associates has indicated that having a structured set of criteria to evaluate technologies was very useful and that the study has helped them to prioritize the technologies that they look at,” he said. “This study allowed us to identify the most promising technologies on which to work, and we are now attempting develop multi-level cell STTRAM.”More information: Mark H. Kryder and Chang Soo Kim. “After Hard Drives – What Comes Next?” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 45, No. 10, October 2009.Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 16 Gb Samsung’s Flash Solid State Disk to Replace Hard Drives This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: Former Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta was allegedly harassed by some youths late on Monday night while she was on her way home with one of her colleagues in a cab.The accused youths allegedly followed her all the way to the area where she lived and tried to get her out of the car. When she screamed for help, the youths fled. Later, police arrested seven youths. According to Sengupta’s post on Facebook, on Monday night, near Exide crossing towards Elgin, a few youths, who were riding a bike without helmets, hit her cab from behind. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThey allegedly blocked her way and started yelling at the driver. Within a few minutes more youths appeared in the spot and started banging on the car window. They also dragged the driver out of the cab and started beating him. Sensing danger, Sengupta ran to Maidan police station, which was close to the spot to sought help of the police. When a police officer approached, the youths fled. The youths followed Sengupta and her colleague even when they reached near home. They had blocked her way and pelted stones on the car windshield. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe accused youths even tried to break her mobile phone when she was recording the incident. When Sengupta shouted for help, some local residents arrived to help her. Seeing the locals, the youths fled the spot. Following the incident late on Monday night, Sengupta along with the cab driver went to Charu Market police station and lodged a complaint against the accused youths. After lodging the case, cops checked the CCTV camera footage of the road and arrested seven youths.
Liberty Global reported a net loss of US$12 million (€9.09 million) in its second quarter and a drop in operating income, though received a customer boost thanks to its recent acquisition of Virgin Media. Liberty said it had a 41% or 13.7 million year-on-year increase in revenue generating units (RGUs), largely driven by the acquisition of Virgin Media in June 2013 and by 1.3 million organic subscriber additions during the last twelve months.Commenting on the results, Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries said: “The highlight of our second quarter was the successful acquisition of Virgin Media. This transaction marks an important milestone in our efforts to consolidate what remains a very fragmented European cable market. Virgin Media significantly enhances both the scale of our business and our levered equity growth strategy.”At the end of June Liberty provided 24.5 million unique customers with 47.5 million services. These consisted of 21.9 million video, 13.9 million broadband internet and 11.8 million telephony subscriptions. Some 13.5 million customers, or 55% of its customer base, subscribed to more than one product.On an organic basis, Liberty said it added 191,000 RGUs in Q2, mainly driven by subscriber growth in Germany, where it added 129,000. In the “highly competitive” Dutch market, however, it lost 7,000 RGUs.Liberty said that it’s next-generation web-connected TV service, Horizon TV, now has more than 270,000 subscribers in the Dutch and Swiss markets as of the end of July.“We will continue to grow our Horizon TV reach with roll-outs planned for Ireland and Germany in the coming weeks. In addition, we finished the second quarter with 1.7 million TiVo subscribers in the UK,” Liberty said.The firm’s US$12 million the loss compared to a net profit of US$702 million for the same period last year when its results were boosted by a US$924 million gain on the disposition of its interest in Australian telco Austar.Operating income was US$445 million in the quarter, down 7% year-on-year, though Liberty said that the impacts of the Virgin Media deal “more than offset operating cash flow during the three-month period.” Consolidated revenue was up by US$637 million year-on-year to US$3.16 billion.
‘Programmatic buying’, also known as automated media buying, will account for 20% of US TV advertising spend by 2018, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm claims that traditional TV ad buying practises, which have been “fairly static for decades” will start to shift in the coming years, as firms try to improve operational efficiencies.Strategy Analytics defines programmatic buying as the use of data, technology, and software to drive better media buying decisions, and says this has already become “entrenched” in online advertising and is making “significant inroads” in online video.Programmatic buying has already been introduced in a number of television services, notably Sky TV’s Adsmart platform in the UK, said Strategy Analytics.“There are challenges ahead, notably in industry education, technological limitations and control over pricing. But we believe that the benefits of programmatic buying are beginning to outweigh perceived obstacles to its wider adoption in television,” said Michael Goodman, associate analyst at Strategy Analytics.
Liberty Global has said it will reduce the headcount of its Dutch operations by approximately 450 over the next three years as a result of the merger of its existing UPC Netherlands unit with Ziggo. The reduction is expected to impact product development, innovation and infrastructure and management staff. The company will close its offices in Heerhugowaard, Rijswijk and Nijmegen and will relocate staff elsewhere where possible.
CBS in the US has launched a 24-hour streaming sports news network offering news, highlights and analysis.The free service is a collaboration between CBS Sports and CBS Interactive and uses the combined resources of CBS Sports, CBSSports.com, 247Sports, SportsLine, CBS Sports Fantasy and MaxPreps to deliver live news, game previews, post-game analysis, highlights and statistical breakdowns.“CBS Sports HQ is another key step in the evolution of the CBS Corporation,” said Leslie Moonves, chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation.“From CBS All Access to Showtime OTT to CBSN, we are creating best-in-class direct-to-consumer streaming platforms that are positioning us to be leaders in the future of premium content distribution.”Jim Lanzone, CEO, CBS Interactive and chief digital officer, CBS Corporation, said: “CBS Sports HQ is for fans who want more coverage of the game. Sports fans can now get the news and highlights they want in a true, round-the-clock sportscast on any device, where and when they want.”At launch, CBS Sports HQ is available on CBSSports.com; the CBS Sports app for connected TV devices including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku; the CBS Sports mobile app for iOS and Android; CBSN; and the CBS All Access subscription service.CBS Sports HQ replicates the model CBS News and CBS Interactive used to launch 24/7 streaming news service CBSN, which went live in November 2014.