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Tottenham transfer news: striker signing latest – Young English ace over Serie A forward?

first_img 5 5 5. Danny Ings: Burnley hotshot – click the arrow to see the latest news on other Spurs striker targets – Tottenham continue to be linked with a striker in the transfer window and a number of players have been tipped to join Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, including 22-year-old Ings. His Burnley contract expires at the end of the season and Leicester are said to have already offered £8m. Sean Dyche, his manager, naturally wants him to stay, but should he remain at Turf Moor until the summer it may mean he misses out on a Tottenham transfer altogether. 5 2. Jay Rodriguez: Southampton ace still sidelined – click the arrow to see the latest news on another Spurs striker target – Rodriguez was in superb goal scoring form under Pochettino at Southampton, but a knee injury in the second half of last season halted his progress. It destroyed his World Cup dream and he is still some way off a first team spot. 3. Emmanuel Emenike: Nigeria man to leave Fenerbahce – click the arrow to see the latest news on other Spurs striker targets – Last year it was Chelsea being linked with the Nigeria international and now it is Tottenham. Emenike’s agent is the driving force, claiming: “Tottenham have really only one striker right now so it is not a surprise that they are interested [in signing Emenike].” Apparently a bid of £7.8m has been lodged, which falls quite a bit short of his £15.7 release clause at Fenerbahce. 4. Paulo Dybala: Serie A hot property – click the arrow to see the latest news on other Spurs striker targets – “He’s part Messi, part Montella, all world class,” Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini said of his 21-year-old striker. Italian champions Juventus were interested, but have been priced out of a move, with an apparent asking price of £32m. This season he has scored nine goals in 17 Serie A games and created another six, with Arsenal ready to rival Spurs for the Argentine. 5 5 Harry Kane has shouldered the goal scoring burden this season and Tottenham fans have loved him for it.However someone else needs to help out. Nacer Chadli has, along with Christian Eriksen, but Kane’s fellow strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado haven’t.As a result, the January transfer window has linked the club with a number of football’s top strikers and here, talkSPORT brings you the latest on any potential deals and new arrivals at White Hart Lane. 1. Jackson Martinez: Porto sensation to stay? – With Porto into the last 16 of the Champions League, it looks like the interested parties will have to wait until at least the summer as he attempts to fire them past Basel. The 28-year-old will fancy his chances of scoring against the Swiss side, however, as one of the most prolific forwards in Europe, Martinez will surely move to a bigger league in the next window.last_img read more

Doing a job well

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Topanga Fire: What went right” (Oct. 1): It is simply amazing how well the “mutual aid” program for California’s firefighters is working out. They come from everywhere, quietly do their job and then return to their own communities without a word. We do not miss the political actions of the politicians making speeches and looking for photo ops. My hat is off to the fire personnel and the other emergency personnel doing a job well. Are these the people that our governor calls “special interest?” Their special interest is working for the interests of the people who need them. Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills This is L.A. Re “Topanga Fire: What went right” (Oct. 1): Toto, I don’t think we’re in New Orleans anymore. This is L.A. and the LAFD. Thousands of acres, hours and hours of fighting the blaze and three homes and one injury. C’mon. Give it up for the Los Angeles Fire Department and all the other departments who assisted! They are America’s finest. Tim Culhane Woodland Hills Inter-agency system Did you ever wonder how it is possible to bring together within a few hours 3,000 personnel from many different agencies working together effectively on a 20,000-acre incident? That system is called the Incident Command System that was developed by an inter-agency program in Southern California. Originally designed for use in wildfires, ICS has now become the standard for all jurisdictions and emergency-response disciplines in the country for any type of incident. A component of that system is unified command, which ensures that each agency with incident jurisdiction has a say in developing objectives and a single overall incident action plan. Terence Haney West Hills Agriculture program Re “Grant High cutting agriculture program” (Sept. 29): I was plant manager at Grant High School from 1982 to 1989. In those years, just about every principal threatened to close the program. Doc Wainwright always had a fight on his hands. The sad thing is that the program was one of the most successful programs I ever saw in the 25 years I spent with the LAUSD. Wainwright has a magical ability to get along with the kids and can get through to them. Even the most hard-core types. I’ve seen kids do a 180-degree turnaround under Doc. This is one of the reasons that the LAUSD is such a dismal failure. They abandon successful programs in favor of those that have political clout. The kids just don’t seem to matter anymore. I feel sorry for the kids. James P. Biddle Quartz Hill Building for fire Re “At ‘war’ with fire” (Sept. 30): Just as with New Orleans, a city built eight feet below sea level with inadequate levees and sea walls, we here in Southern California build homes surrounded by more than adequate fuel for wind-driven annual fires. These fires are not surprising anyone. These are annual conditions. So the question lies wherein: Why do our “city planners and leaders” continue to allow housing construction in these areas, but don’t enforce large firebreak areas to be built by the developers? This should be standard procedure. These breaks must be monitored just as graffiti is. Wake up, Los Angeles! It’s quite obvious. Richard Detanna Granada Hills Sense of modesty Re “Pinups lift G.I.’s spirits” (Sept. 27): We Americans are so ignorant sometimes. Hmmmmmmm let me see … My husband (or boyfriend) is away in Iraq with the National Guard, how can I comfort him? I know, I’ll lose all self-respect and sense of modesty, take a risque picture of myself and send it overseas to him and his buddies to salivate over. Our soldiers do not need any more help to be unfaithful to their spouses or loved ones, especially when so far away from home when temptations are strongest. (Nor should they have to worry about their spouse at home allowing someone to take intimate shots of them for the front page of a local newspaper.) How about a fabulous “I love and miss you” care package? Joann Saraceno Glendale Stealth religion Re “‘Intelligent design’ not taught” (Sept. 29): Bravo for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. So-called “intelligent design” is merely a stealth name for creationism, which the U.S. Supreme Court has already banned from public schools on grounds that it is religion, not science. ID proponents are fundamentalist Christians who desperately oppose evolution because it lays the lie to their mythological beliefs. Michael D. Harris Reseda Maybe a trade-off Re “‘Intelligent design’ not taught” (Sept. 29): If push comes to shove, “intelligent design” should be taught in our school classrooms. A fair trade-off would be to have every church pay a scientist to come to their place of worship and teach their flock that God is nothing but a man-made theory. The scientist could then point out that humans “doing something” instead of praying for it is more productive. And if we fairly taxed all religions, we could fulfill Christ’s orders to feed the hungry, heal the sick and take care of the poor. Wait a minute. That would make Christ out to be a commie. Never mind. Dick Denne Toluca Lake Best for elephants Re “L.A. Zoo needs to give its elephants a break” (Their Opinions, Sept. 28): It is absurd that the city of Los Angeles is planning to spend $16 million to expand the elephant enclosure to two acres _ this is nowhere near enough space for these very large animals to reside. It is well known that elephants can roam up to 25 miles or more in a single day. What good is two acres? This city is being selfish when it comes to the well-being of these animals. What is best for these animals is to send them to a sanctuary, which is what some zoos are now doing. At a sanctuary they have hundreds of acres in which to roam, not two. Hopefully the mayor will do what is best for them and not do what is best for the city. Tia Triplett Los Angeles Wal-Mart works Re “Wal-Mart prepared” (Your Opinions, Sept. 28): Go Wal-Mart. Where do we sign up to support Wal-Mart _ other than traveling miles to shop at their store because the unions won’t let them come to our neighborhoods? I’m for WEMA (Wal-Mart Emergency Management Agency). Ruth Fairrington Los Angeles Heinous criminal Re “She’s a scapegoat” (Your Opinions, Sept. 29): Art Haendiges is completely mistaken. Lynndie England is not a scapegoat. Lynndie England is a heinous criminal, a torturer, who should have been sentenced to death. Therefore, in order for our military to regain a semblance of honor she should be executed in military fashion, which I understand is by firing squad. Note I said semblance of honor, and not the real thing. Our military and country lost all honor, irretrievably, with Mei Lai long ago. Kathryn Durfee Agoura Deadlier disaster As America is transfixed by Katrina’s and Rita’s horrible devastation, avian influenza is growing into a global epidemic deadlier than the 1918 Spanish flu, which killed 50 million people. The deadly virus originated in Asia’s poultry farms and has already spread to Russia and Europe. Millions of Americans will succumb, once the virus mutates to allow transmission among humans. Raising animals for food also increases the risk of many chronic diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans annually. It funds pollution of waterways by animal waste, destruction of wildlife habitats, and abuse of animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses. William Davidson Woodland Hillslast_img read more

Warner Bros Adds 5 More Movie Titles to Facebook Rentals, But Is It a Threat to Netflix?

first_imgaudrey watters A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Earlier this month, Warner Bros announced that it would become the first Hollywood studio to make its movies available for sale or rental via Facebook. Its first offering: The Dark Knight. Now Warner Bros has added five more blockbuster titles to its Facebook rental catalog: Inception, Life as We Know It, Yogi Bear, and the first two Harry Potter movies.The new films will cost between 30 and 40 Facebook credits (between $3 and $4) for a 48-hour rental period. During that time period, you’ll have unlimited streaming access to the movie, meaning you can pause, rewind, watch on different computers, and watch numerous times. The movies are purchased and streamed within the Facebook page, meaning you won’t have to leave the site in order to watch. You’ll still be able to update your status and chat with friends. However, as the video player is Flash, you won’t be able to watch your Facebook movies on your Apple devices. The move by Warner Bros to make its films available to stream via Facebook is an effort to expand the company’s digital distribution efforts. The titles released today include a number of very recent movies. Yogi Bear was just released on DVD last week, and Life As We Know It came to DVD in early February.But the real competition here might not be the DVD rental business: it’s likely Netflix and its video streaming service. Certainly renting a movie for $3 to $4 a pop isn’t as good a deal as Netflix’s $8-per-month streaming subscription. Netflix has more titles, and that $8 gets you unlimited access to them.However, none of the six titles that Warner Bros has released via Facebook are available to stream on Netflix. (You can get the DVDs in the mail, of course, with the exception of Yogi Bear. New titles have a 28-day waiting period before coming to the movie rental site).Recent statistics point to Netflix as controlling a major share of the video streaming market – 61%. But despite its success with customers, the movie rental company has frequently butted heads with the movie studios. Warner Bros has not indicated what its plans are for releasing more movies via Facebook, but it may be looking to sidestep that control that Netflix currently has over the online streaming market.center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#NYT#Video Services#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Cisco Hearts Internet Of Things

first_imgTags:#Cisco#Internet of Things Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Cisco is one of those companies people have a hard time figuring out. Despite the confusion, though,he company has posted a 44% increase in income from last year in its fiscal second quarter earnings released on Wednesday. And its long-term future looks even better.Clearly, some people have gotten Cisco figured out, because they’re doing business with the networking giant. The question is, what kind of business?Retreat Or Strategic Withdrawl?Look at the history of Cisco, and you see a company very much in retreat from the consumer market it had briefly coveted. Instead of routers for consumers and Flip video cameras, now its business is done back in the server rooms and network cabinets, as it once again targets the IT infrastructure of enterprises and governments around the world.The drive to be the big-kid networking company on the proverbial block is more than just about selling equipment by the ton. It’s also about developing a platform on these devices upon which applications can be run. Along with apps on the clients and the servers, Cisco is envisioning applications that will also run on the routers and switches. The end result, Cisco believes, will be a network that instantly responds to the needs of the data flowing within it, without the need to consume resources at either end of the data transmission.Software-defined networks are but one outcome of this type of network-app paradigm. All-in-one networking appliances built to handle very specific tasks are another.This is not, by any means, a sudden pivot by Cisco. As far back as 2009, the company was holding developer contests and hackfests to kickstart this type of app development (Disclosure: in 2009, I was an honorary judge for one such contest, while working with the Linux Foundation.) This is a vision that it has seen for a long time.Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The NewsIronically, even as Cisco seems to retreat into the server rooms and network centers, the impact of the company may be felt by more consumers than ever were touched by its actual consumer product lines.Cisco execs have made no secret that the future of their business lies in the Internet of Things, the hardware-oriented network of communication that will let your car tell your mechanic a fan belt is 1,000 miles away from epic fail even as the car is toodling down the Interstate. Or the micro-sensors in your heart that will tell your doctor basically the same thing, if the futurists’ visions are on the ball.As cool as that kind of information transfer will be, somebody’s got to build the network to handle all that data – and all the other big data that will be generated through the “regular” Internet of ecommerce and entertainment systems.(See also Peta, Exa, Yotta And Beyond: Big Data Reaches Cosmic Proportions [Infographic])This is the job Cisco envisions for itself, and even though this current repositioning may be painful, the end result may put the company in the best place to take on this massive undertaking.Which would be a bright future, indeed.Image courtesy of Adriano Castelli/Shutterstock.last_img read more

The Need for Strong Biases in Sales

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now When I wrote Eat Their Lunch, my editor recommended I remove the words “strong bias” from one chapter heading. In his view, the words were too charged for our hyper-political climate in the United States. I took his recommendation and instead used the word “opinion.” The word “opinion” is not the correct word for the idea I was trying to convey, which I why I originally chose the word “bias.”The word “bias” indicates something more than an opinion, even a strong opinion. My editor’s challenge in my using the word “bias” was that the very definition includes the idea of “prejudice,” and it is the first word in the definition of “bias” in the New Oxford American dictionary that sits on my desk. Here we are using the word “bias” to mean “favoring one idea or solution over another.”When you are sharing your ideas and insights, you need a bias, a point of view that suggests that “this” is better than “that.”Your Views and ValuesIn the second chapter of Eat Their Lunch, I wrote on Capturing Mindshare or shaping the way your client views their business and their challenges and opportunities. Part of the framework included in that chapter consists of a section on your Views and Values, how you see things and what you believe to be good and right and true.Salespeople and sales organizations struggle here, mostly because they prefer to talk about their company, their products, and the results they produce. However, when you live in the Red Ocean and are forced to compete where things are mostly equal, your biases (or your views and values) offer differentiation. They can also create a competitive advantage.It’s important to have a strong bias about the implications of the trends and changes that are occurring in your dream client’s business and what they should do about them. There is a dichotomy of being impartial and open to looking at different choices and possessing a strong bias that one thing is more important than another, one option better than some other.You Are Not SwitzerlandYou and your company have collected insights and ideas about what should be causing your clients to change, and because in many industries the systemic challenges are ubiquitous, so are many of the insights. The very nature of a systemic challenge makes it known and recognizable–even to some of your competitors.If you want to capture mindshare, differentiate yourself, and create a preference, you cannot be neutral (or only biased in the belief that your solution is better than your competitor’s). Your views and values create a different level of conversation.What is the most critical challenge your clients need to address? How should they address that challenge?Why should they address this challenge before some other problem?Why would they fund this solution instead of some other priority of the many competing priorities that all require their attention?Biases and OpinionsMy bias is that you need to create a greater level of value to be relevant in sales. There are others who possess a bias that success means being more transactional.I am also biased in my belief that cold outreach is necessary for B2B sales. There are others who have a bias in shape contract to mine, believing that sales success now requires an inbound-only approach and that cold outreach should be gone forever.If you want to be consultative, you form by acquiring business acumen, through your experiences serving your clients, through your research and studies, and your views and values. These biases are more than opinions, and they differentiate you from your competitors.last_img read more

All 67 MLAs in Himachal cast vote

first_imgAll 67 legislators of the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Leader of the Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal and Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail exercised their franchise in the presidential polls on Monday. The State has a 68-member Assembly but one seat is vacant following the death of Congress MLA Karan Singh.Independent membersSecretary of State Vidhan Sabha Sunder Lal Verma said that 35 Congress MLAs, 28 Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs and four Independent MLAs voted in the polls. Both the BJP and the Congress have claimed support of two Independent members each.Unicameral HouseIn the Unicameral House of the State, each MLA vote has a value of 51 votes and the State has four seats in the Lok Sabha — all occupied by the BJP. It also has three Rajya Sabha seats, one occupied by the BJP and the other two by the Congress. The Congress has a minor edge in the polls if no cross voting takes place.BJP meets GovernorRight after casting their votes, a delegation of the BJP met Governor Acharya Devvrat. Memo submittedThey submitted a memo urging him to dismiss the Virbhadra Singh-led government due to the “worsening law and order situation” in the State. Independent MLAs Balbir Verma and Manohar Dhiman, who recently joined the BJP, were part of the delegation.last_img read more

Streaming giant Netflix has bought a documentary a
Streaming giant Netflix has bought a documentary a

first_imgStreaming giant Netflix has bought a documentary about professional ‘amateur’ pornography following the Sundance Film Festival.Hot Girls Wanted, which comes from directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, will premieres in all Netflix territories this year. The filmed debuted at the recent doc festival in the US.The doc follows young women that cycle through the world of professional ‘amateur’ porn, focusing on one that uses the internet to swaps her small town life for one of a fledgling adult actress.“Jill and Ronna have exposed a shocking world of hope and heartbreak,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix’s VP of global independent content. “The filmmakers gained unprecedented access into a world never documented until now, and we are proud to bring their unflinching work to a global audience.”“Netflix is the ideal partner for us; not only do they understand this film but they’re the perfect platform to reach the many people who need to see it,” said actress Rashida Jones, who produced the doc.Bauer, Gradus, Jones and Brittany Huckabee, who is also writer and editor, produced the project.Bauer and Gradus’ debut documentary, Sexy Baby, is already available on Netflix.On Friday, Netflix revealed its latest comedy stand-up special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden. It launches in all Netflix territories on March 6.last_img read more