The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute announced today that Boston Red Sox third basemen Brock Holt and Pablo Sandoval will serve as Jimmy Fund Co-Captains for the 2015 baseball season.Holt and Sandoval join the ranks of past Jimmy Fund Co-Captains including Clay Buchholz, Tim Wakefield, Daniel Bard, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Will Middlebrooks and David Ross. Holt and Sandoval will be ambassadors for the Jimmy Fund to raise awareness and build support for cancer care and research for adults and children at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. They will also lend their support to Jimmy Fund events, visit adult and pediatric clinics, and more.“In the year since he came to Boston, Brock Holt has made sincere connections with our patients during his many visits to the Institute, and we are now thrilled to welcome him as a Jimmy Fund Co-Captain,” said Suzanne Fountain, associate vice president and director of the Jimmy Fund. “We’re excited that one of the newest Red Sox players, Pablo Sandoval, will be going to bat for our mission this year as a Jimmy Fund Co-Captain. The Jimmy Fund is so grateful for more than 60 years of support from the Red Sox organization, Red Sox Foundation, and Red Sox Nation, and for the willingness of players like Brock and Pablo to help us in raising awareness and critical funds for patient care and research at Dana-Farber.”“Supporting the Jimmy Fund is important to all of us at the Red Sox. I was honored to meet many brave patients at Dana-Farber over the past year, and look forward to doing more for the organization this year as a Jimmy Fund Co-Captain,” said Brock Holt.“I am proud to support the critical work in cancer care and research at Dana-Farber, and honored to be part of this long-standing partnership between the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox,” said Pablo Sandoval.Rally for the Jimmy FundAs they step into the Jimmy Fund Co-Captain roles, Holt and Sandoval are supporting Rally for the Jimmy Fund, a fundraising initiative that allows Boston Red Sox fans to “rally” in their workplaces and schools leading up to Fenway Park’s Opening Day. Rally for the Jimmy Fund encourages co-workers, classmates, and friends to form Rally teams in which each member contributes $5 or more to the Jimmy Fund. In exchange, they wear Boston Red Sox gear to work or school on Monday, April 13 when the Sox take on the Washington Nationals at Fenway Park in the home opener.The top fundraising workplace and school (K-12, college, or university) will win a visit from Holt, Sandoval or another Boston Red Sox player this spring. There will be another opportunity to win: all teams that raise $5,000 or more (workplace or school) will be entered to win a visit from a player.Since 2006, Rally for the Jimmy Fund has raised more than $4 million to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. To start or join a Rally team or to learn more, please visit www.RallyForTheJimmyFund.org.
Neil Paine contributed research. It isn’t that bigs are no longer effective in the pace-and-space modern NBA. As we previously noted, 21 of the league’s 50 most valuable players by VORP two seasons ago stood 6-foot-10 or taller, a high for the league since the ABA merger in 1976. This season, it was up to 26 players.In a league that seemingly gets longer by the minute, it’s telling that switchability — rather than height — is expected to dominate this year’s draft. This year’s NBA Finals pitted 6-foot-7 Draymond Green against 7-foot-1 Marc Gasol, and although the latter won the championship, the incoming archetype more closely mirrors the former. If things play out as ESPN’s latest mock draft suspects, this year’s lottery will feature a bevy of oversized guards, guys capable of being slotted at either guard or wing, bigs with the lateral quickness necessary in modern NBA defense … and one 7-footer.No longer can bigs be immobile. They must now move laterally at a high rate, tread water against guards on pick-and-roll sets and defend multiple positions on the interior. Positional flexibility is here to stay — look no further than Thursday night’s draft. A year after an NBA draft dominated by very large human beings, the draft class to be announced Thursday night should look a lot … shorter. Big men are obviously still alive and well in the NBA, but this class illustrates that the league now focuses on positional flexibility and finds itself firmly rooted in a style of play that prioritizes shooting, spacing and length over height.According to rankings from ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, there isn’t a single player taller than 6-foot-7 projected to be taken in the first five picks and just one 7-footer forecast for the lottery. The average height of the projected Top 10 selections is 78.8 inches, or nearly 6-foot-7. While that may be well above the national average, by NBA beanstalk standards this would be the fifth-shortest Top 10 of any draft since 1985. It’s also a stark contrast to 12 months ago, when 7-foot-1 DeAndre Ayton went No. 1 overall, five of the first seven selections were bigs,1That list doesn’t include 6-foot-7 Luka Doncic, who is among the league’s tallest point guards. and six lottery picks were at least 6-foot-10. This season, only one projected lottery pick exceeds 82 inches.But just because this year’s draft has downsized doesn’t mean the incoming crop is all Lilliputian guards. The class is full of versatile wings, and surefire top selection Zion Williamson is an athletic marvel unlike anyone in recent memory. In fact, this draft class is perhaps the clearest encapsulation of the league’s transition away from the lumbering frontcourt.Take Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, for example, who is 6-foot-8 and among 20 players invited to sit in the green room. Last season, coach Mark Few tasked him with protecting the rim. Clarke proceeded to set the single-season blocks record and was the backline of the most dominant shot-blocking unit Few has had in his 20 years in Spokane. “I’m not 7 foot,” Clarke told FiveThirtyEight, “but I have really, really good timing by the basket. Even though I’m 6-8, I feel like I play like I’m much taller.”Juxtapose that with Tacko Fall, a 7-foot-6 skyscraper who will likely become the tallest player in the NBA since Yao Ming.2The son of Manute Bol, the tallest player in NBA history, is not the tallest person in this draft class. Bol Bol is only 7-foot-3. He’s coming off one of the most efficient scoring careers in the history of college basketball, but there’s a fairly good chance that he won’t be drafted Thursday night, a notion that would stun front office execs of yesteryear.Indeed, there was a time when the most coveted player in an NBA draft was a 7-foot, back-to-the-basket force, capable of controlling the game on both ends of the floor. From 1980 to 1992, nine of the top overall selections were at least 6-foot-10, with seven3Joe Barry Carroll in 1980, Ralph Sampson in 1983, Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984, Patrick Ewing in 1985, Brad Daugherty in 1986, David Robinson in 1987 and Shaquille O’Neal in 1992. checking in at 7 feet. But the NBA has changed in myriad ways since the draft was first televised in 1980. Nowadays, even the positions are different, as the 1-5 designation has largely be replaced by three options: guard, wing, big. As such, the coveted prototype for each classification has changed dramatically.“Most high school and college coaches would tell a big to stay back and protect the rim,” said Justin Zormelo, a personal trainer who specializes in analytics and has trained NBA All-Stars. “As you can see in the NBA, you can’t do that anymore.”Slow and plodding — like Roy Hibbert — is out. Quick, long and athletic — like Giannis Antetokounmpo — is in. It’s no coincidence that most of the players in the top half of this draft have been lauded for their ability to switch on defense or play multiple positions on the floor.“Being able to move laterally is important,” Zormelo said. “Understanding your length. Being able to play in different areas of the floor rather than just setting up in front of the basket. Developing a shooting touch. This is now critical.”Let’s look at the Top 5 frontcourt selections in this year’s draft: Williamson, De’Andre Hunter, Sekou Doumbouya, Jaxson Hayes and Rui Hachimura. Their average height: 80.8 inches. Compare that to previous years, and there’s a clear disparity.
Last Tuesday’s win over Iowa was the 110th in the career of Ohio State forward David Lighty, tied for the most in school history. Sunday, with his team trying to hold off a furious comeback from visiting Minnesota, Lighty fouled out with two-and-a-half minutes remaining in the game. Now relegated to the bench, the fifth-year senior could only watch as his teammates tried to clinch his record-breaking victory. It was “the most nervous I’ve probably ever been because I can’t do anything about it,” Lighty said. “I can’t get back in the game to help my team win.” When junior William Buford blocked a potential game-tying shot as time expired, the No. 2 Buckeyes (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) sealed a 67-64 victory, despite nearly blowing an 18-point, second-half lead. Lighty finished with a game-high 19 points. As is often the case in the Big Ten, the game featured a slow, bruising pace for most of the afternoon. Both teams had stretches in which they struggled to score and both committed a lot of fouls, combining for 44 overall. After finishing his third conference game of the year, freshman Jared Sullinger said he’s learned a lot about what it takes to succeed in the Big Ten. “For me, it’s physicality,” Sullinger said. “It’s real physical down in the paint and the refs just look at you like, ‘Uh, this is the Big Ten,’ so I’ve learned that you have to be physical.” Early on it was hustle, not physicality, that Sullinger used to spark OSU. Midway through the first half, Sullinger dove to the floor on the defensive end to force a jump-ball. Although Minnesota retained possession, it left the Gophers with little time on the shot clock and forced them to take, and miss, a contested, low-percentage shot. More importantly, Sullinger’s play ignited the near-capacity crowd at the Schottenstein Center for the first time all afternoon, and the Buckeyes responded. Starting with a 3-pointer from Buford on the ensuing possession, OSU went on a 10-0 run, culminating with a 3-pointer from freshman Aaron Craft. The Buckeyes opened up a 12-point lead and eventually went to the break up 10. The Gophers cut the lead to eight with just more than 11 minutes to go. But 3-pointers from both Craft and senior Jon Diebler, coupled with two from Lighty, sent the Buckeyes on a 12-2 run. The run gave OSU a 16-point lead, its biggest of the game. However, the Gophers answered with a run of their own, cutting the lead to seven with less than six minutes to play. Several Buckeye turnovers and missed free throws, to go along with Gopher baskets down the stretch, shrunk the OSU lead to just four with less than two minutes to go. An Al Nolen 3-point play with a minute to go cut the lead to three. Senior Dallas Lauderdale then missed two free throws, giving the Gophers possession with a chance to tie the game. “One thing happens on one end and you can’t run to the other end and compound the mistake,” coach Thad Matta said of his team’s struggles down the stretch. “We’ve got to continue to look and learn and make sure our execution should be at an all-time high.” On the final possession, when the Buckeyes most needed a stop, the execution was just as the coach wanted. Lauderdale denied Minnesota’s Blake Hoffarber the ball, forcing freshman Austin Hollins to take the desperation 3-point shot, which Buford blocked to preserve the win. “I was about as proud as I could be of our defense for probably the first 32 minutes of the game,” Matta said. “There were a couple plays that happened and really, really turned the momentum, and we have to be tougher and play through that.” Forward Trevor Mbakwe led the Gophers with 16 points, but several Gophers made big shots down the stretch. Minnesota made all 19 of its free throw attempts in the second half, and finished 24-27 from the line overall. It was one of the few times all year that the Buckeyes have been challenged down to the wire, but despite not executing to perfection, Lighty said he was happy with the perseverance his team showed. “It got a little hectic and we just had to keep our heads,” Lighty said. “Things didn’t go our way, but we stuck in there and found a way to win.” Sullinger finished the game with 15 points and 12 rebounds, his eighth double-double of the season. Craft, who played 34 minutes off the bench, finished with 11 points and a team-high seven assists. The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play Michigan at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Sam Allardyce managed to avoid the relegation troubles after coming to Everton to replace Ronald Koeman in the first half of the season but his position has been doubted despite that.The former England national team has had a difficult position as it has been said that the majority of fans wants him to leave after the season and be replaced with someone younger and more perspective – but the coach doesn’t agree.The experienced Englishman spoke about his future as he said, according to Sports Mole: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 really talk about my prudential or non-prudential outside of the fact that I do the job to do the best of my ability.”“Listening to what’s happening outside has a detrimental effect on you, good or bad, and my job is to accept what people think I am and who I am and I can’t change that because it’s happened over a long period of time.”“There are sceptical fans everywhere and there are very few of them at the moment. You’re talking about the minority instead of the majority.”
The Uruguay national team player was transferred today from Genoa to the Italian powerhouseAfter many rumors surrounding his pass from Genoa to AC Milan, winger-back Diego Laxalt has arrived for the team’s medical tests.The Uruguay national team footballer arrived at the Westin Palace Hotel, where the team houses their new signings, as reported by Football Italia.“Thank you, I’m happy,” he told Sportitalia while walking into the venue.The 25-yeard-old player did not say anything else to the press and is expected to sign soon for AC Milan.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….According to Calcio Mercato, the Uruguayan could make a move for €14 million plus €4 million in bonuses.The World Cup footballer started his professional career with Defensor Deporting C in Uruguay.After that, he was transferred to Internazionale in Italy, before being loaned to Bologna, Empoli, and Genoa.In 2016 Genoa bought his contract and now it can be acquired by AC Milan.
First Cristiano Ronaldo, now Antoine Griezmann. David Beckham’s MLS franchise is already taking shape.Antoine Griezmann told L’Equipe (via FourFourTwo) that he would welcome a move to David Beckham’s new MLS franchise Club Internacional de Futbol Miami, or Inter Miami CF for short.“If Beckham wants me in his club then I’ll go,”Beckham’s club will begin competing in MLS starting 2020, by which time the 27-year-old Griezmann will be 29 and would have another three years left in his Atletico Madrid contract that runs through 2023. The world champion doesn’t know where exactly he’ll go, but seems convinced he’ll play in the United States one day. “I want to finish my career in the US. I don’t know yet if it’s going to be in Miami or Los Angeles. Two great cities. “I like the mentality and the show culture of the US.”This news comes days after Beckham revealed he intends to pursue Cristiano Ronaldo once the Portuguese superstar’s stint with Juventus is over. Getting Griezmann and Ronaldo to play on the same team would not only make Inter Miami competitive from the onset, but it would also ignite revenue unlike any other MLS club has even come close to collecting.Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…Wayne Rooney is another name closely associated with Inter Miami, which is far from unexpected considering the bond between him and his former Manchester United colleague David Beckham.For now, though, Beckham is simply proud to have his new franchise up and running.“This is such a proud day for myself and for the entire team. It’s an honour to announce the new name and crest to our fans.” – David Beckham, Miami MLS Owner and President of Football Operations#InterMiamiCF #ThisIsMiami #MLS pic.twitter.com/9LSeQa4V6W— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) September 5, 2018
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has admitted the team imploded at Old Trafford after losing a two-goal lead to Manchester United.The Magpies netted two goals in the first ten minutes of the game to silence Old Trafford thanks to Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto.However, Juan Mata curled home a free-kick to spark a come back that brought about Anthony Martial’s equalizer before Alexis Sanchez sealed the victory with a header late in the game.Benitez said: “As a team, we did so well. It is a pity because, for 70 minutes, the organization and determination of the team was so good. It’s just a pity that, in the end, we lost against a very good team,” said Rafa quoted by The Northern Echo.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We conceded the first goal, and that changed the game. They continued pushing and pushing, and it was difficult to defend. We still had chances on the counter-attack.“We had chances in the first half to score a third goal, and chances in the second half too. We could have done a little bit better; we didn’t score. They were pushing, and they scored.“Obviously, they changed things, and they were really playing with four strikers at the same time. Their substitutions were top-class players, and it was difficult to stop, especially when you have players who are getting tired. They had fresh legs and quality, and they were very strong at the end.”The defeat leaves Newcastle in 19th position in the table, and means they have now claimed just two points from their opening eight games.
State Trooper Spokeswoman Megan Peters: “If you have a plan to go out and party, have a plan to get home safe and make it so that anyone that’s driving with you or around you or anything else, it’s a sober time on the roadways.” Local law enforcement agencies will also be increasing their patrols. Lieutenant Ben Langham, with Kenai Police Department says officers haven’t noticed anything sinister so far, but reminds drivers to be safe over the holiday: “We will have KPD officers out on patrol. Drivers, if you’ve had too much to drink stay off the road and help keep our communities safe.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers will be conducting focused enforcement patrols on Wednesday, October 31, to ensure the safety of Alaskans celebrating Halloween. KPD plans to focus on areas with foot traffic as well. Lt. Langham: “We’ll be targeting areas that receive a high volume of trick or treaters. We’d like to remind our trick or treaters to wear something bright and watch out for cars.” Local law enforcement encourage everyone to Report Every Dangerous Driver (REDDI) Immediately by calling 9-1-1.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Bangladesh since 25 August, 2017 amid military-led crackdown in Rakhine state of Myanmar. UNB File PhotoForeign secretary M Shahidul Haque on Sunday said the repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State will begin anytime mentioning that the issue is very much on the table, reports UNB. “It (repatriation) can start anytime. It’s a continuous process,” Haque said without giving any specific date when he was asked whether the repatriation of Rohingyas will begin on 22 August. The Red and Green Research, an initiative of journalists, organised the discussion titled ‘Rohingya Crisis: Way Forward’ at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in the city. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Bangladesh since 25 August, 2017 amid military-led crackdown in Rakhine. The foreign secretary said the repatriation has always been one of the priority issues for Bangladesh as it is looking for a peaceful solution to the crisis. BIISS chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad and former chairman of National Human Rights Commission Mizanur Rahman also spoke at the discussion. Red and Green Research director Shahidul Islam Chowdhury presented the keynote paper.
The Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball on September 11 at 10:30 a.m at the Community College of Baltimore County, Owings Mills’ campus, 10300 Grand Central Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117. View displays of photographs and memorabilia that tell the stories of Negro baseball from the 1800’s to 1949. Lunch will be served. To register call (443) 840-4700.
Kolkata: In a bid to cater to the huge demand of Haringhata Meat in North Bengal, the West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation (WBLDC) has come up with a cold storage facility in Siliguri which will act as a central store for storing frozen meat.”We have as many as 35 franchises ready to sell Haringhata Meat in North Bengal. However, due to lack of cold processing unit in North Bengal, we were facing difficulty to supply to these franchises from our unit in Haringhata, Nadia. This 10 metric tonne facility will help us to provide quality meat to the people of North Bengal in a more organised way,” Gouri Shankar Koner, managing director of WBLDC said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe same building with the storage facility also has an animal hospital with facilities for investigation of diseases and guest house facilities. The whole project has entailed an investment of around Rs 2.16 crore. Koner said WBLDC, which comes under the aegis of the state Animal Resource Development department, has also set up a pig breeding farm at Mohitnagar in Jalpaiguri. Around 1,800 animals will be produced annually there.”Haringhata Meat procures pig from farmers and in some cases, there have been concerns over quality. Now, we will have our own infrastructure for pig breeding and these animals will be slaughtered in our pig processing plant at Haringhata,” Koner said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that pork products like salami, bacon and sausages of Haringhata Meat are in huge demand in the state. The pig breeding farm has had an investment of Rs 2.29 crore. WBLDC has a 3.5 metric tonne capacity processing unit of chicken and pork at Haringhata in Nadia. Frozen meat and a plethora of value-added products made from meat are sold in 230-odd outlets in the state, under the brand name Haringhata Meat. WBLDC is setting up a chicken and pork processing plant at Phansidewa in Darjeeling district which is expected to be operational by the middle of 2018.”All these projects will help us to cater to the gap of demand and supply in North Bengal and most importantly open up an avenue for export to North-Eastern states and Bhutan where there is a huge demand for quality meat,” Koner said.
Kolkata: A couple died in a road accident while their 4-year-old son sustained serious injuries in the same. Four others have also been injured in two separate accidents in the city.The first accident took place in Nadia’s Ranaghat where the bike, which the victims were riding, was hit by a truck on Sunday morning. Police said one Rajesh Mondal, a resident of Begopara area of Nadia was going with his wife and his 4-year-old son to Ranaghat along the National Highway 34. When they were passing Doyabari area, a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction hit them. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe truck driver and the helper fled the spot immediately after the accident leaving the vehicle at the spot. According to the locals, the truck was running at a high speed as a result of which the driver failed to control the vehicle. The locals rushed the injured victims to a nearby hospital where the couple declared brought dead while the boy has been fighting for his life in the hospital.Police have seized the vehicle and are conducting raids to nab the truck driver who has been absconding since the incident took place. The accident caused traffic congestion on the National Highway 34 after the accident. Normalcy was restored after an hour following the intervention of the district police officers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn another incident, a speeding car lost control and overturned on Mahim Haldar Street in Kalighat injuring the driver. The locals rescued the driver and sent him to MR Bangur Hospital at around 12.30 am on Saturday midnight. According to the hospital sources, the victim’s condition is serious. Police later reached the spot and seized the vehicle. Police suspect that the victim might have been driving the vehicle in a drunken state. CCTV footages are being looked into. They have started a probe in this regard.The third accident took place in Bidhannagar where two persons travelling in a car received injuries after the vehicle dashed against the road divider. The accident took place near Baguiati in the wee hours of Sunday. The victims have been identified as Md Tarif (27) , Kaushar Ali (24) and Md Samsul (26). They were taken to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital.
A captivating evening of dance and music was hosted in the loving memory of the brave soldiers, who have sacrificed their lives for their motherland. The evening titled ‘Ek Shaam Shaheedon Ke Naam’ at the India Islamic Cultural Centre in the capital was organised by Arts Vintaage (a project by NGO Sparsh) hosted in collaboration with the famous Naad Foundation, to celebrate India’s 71st Independence Day. The star-studded evening was a brainchild of Nishi Singh (Director – Arts Vintaage). “This evening is a tribute to the martyrs who gave their lives so that the coming generations can breathe in independent India. The motive of the evening is to bring the hidden talent out of these young kids who are the future of our country,” said Nishi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe glorious event was graced by several luminaries including Sudha Gupta (Chairperson – Mother’s Pride & Presidium), Udit Raj (Parliament Member – BJP), Master Rahul Jain (Popular Child Artist), Mohsin Khan (MD – Prime News) and Sandip Marwah (Renowned International Media Personality).As an experienced educationist, Sudha Gupta addressed expressed the importance of patriotic values in laying a sound foundation for strong character. “Art is freedom. It can only spring from a heart that is free and a soul that is liberated. Therefore, it is very appropriate that we are celebrating 71st Independence Day with an evening of music and dance. What’s even more heart-warming is that the evening is dedicated to the brave souls to whom we owe our freedom,” she said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpecial performances by Shankar Sahney and Divyanshi were some delightful attractions of this magnificent event, which inspired all to come forth and join hands in remembering our martyrs, without whom breathing in a free India wouldn’t have been possible.Senior Member of Parliament and Dalit leader Udit Raj also graced the evening. “It’s a good initiative by Naad Foundation and their contribution to the society is commendable. This sort of events should be continued in future”, said Udit Raj.The evening saw a full house attendance of Delhi’s social fraternity that was spotted enjoying the dance and music performances by the talented artists.
Kolkata: The state Finance department has declared holidays on the Lok Sabha election days in Bengal. The state goes to polls in seven phases. The holidays will be effective for the respective LS constituencies on the days they are going for polls. In the first phase, Cooch Behar and Alipurduar goes to polls on Thursday, April 11. Hence, there will be holiday in all the Assembly constituencies that come under these two LS constituencies. There will be holiday on April 18, Thursday at Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Raiganj Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLS constituencies. Five constituencies, namely Balurghat, Malda Uttar, Malda Dakshin, Jangipur and Murshidabad will have holiday on Tuesday, April 23. Baharampur, Krishnanagar, Ranaghat, Burdwan Purba, Burdwan- Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur and Birbhum constituencies will have holiday on Monday, April 29. The bypoll for Krishnanagar Assembly constituency will also be held on April 29. Bongaon, Barrackpur, Howrah, Uluberia, Sreerampur, Hooghly and Arambagh will have holiday on Monday, May 6. Uluberia Purba Assembly constituency is also going for by-elections on the same day.
StreetLinks to SCORe with System Update Share December 9, 2011 451 Views Just in time for bowl season, “”StreetLinks Lender Solutions””:https://www.streetlinks.com/ has released an updated version of “”SCORe””:https://www.streetlinks.com/products/riskmgmt/SCORe, the company’s appraisal review product. The original incarnation of SCORe was launched in 2010 to provide a solution for the validation of comparable within appraisal documents, and the platform expansion will include the addition of a repurchase and loss warranty with each report.[IMAGE]SCORe was initially created to target a market void in credible, affordable, and fast appraisal review modules, and the newly added capability gives lenders greater confidence in appraisal reports. “”We set out with a simple mission – to challenge the status quo of appraisal review products. Since the 2010 launch, the success and accuracy of SCORe├â┬ó├óÔé¼┼¥├é┬ó has been validated in the marketplace. We are now expanding the access of the product to the entire lending community and adding a comprehensive loan repurchase and loss warranty to every SCORe we deliver,”” noted Steve Haslam, StreetLinks’ CEO.Continuing his commentary, Haslam added, “”Historically, lenders have relied on AVMs or watered down review products completed by people who aren’t even located in the same state. Without local market knowledge and expertise, these products routinely produce errant or inconclusive findings. The reconciliation process creates additional monetary spend and delays – in addition to the risk of making a bad loan with an inferior or inaccurate product.””The USPAP-compliant reviews and ratings for comparables generated by SCORe are brought to completion by an unbiased, proximate, licensed appraiser from the local market being evaluated. Differentiating itself from traditional appraisal review products, SCORe analyzes the accuracy of comparables utilized to establish and confirm its findings.StreetLinks executive vice president, Tom Hurst, said, “”Recent changes in review product offerings within the valuation industry have left some correspondent lenders looking for a better review product and process. The addition of the warranty coverage to SCORe provides lenders with an easy decision on every appraisal and unlike other products on the market, SCORe is available on any appraisal – regardless of where it was originally ordered. For $95 the lenders get an appraisal-quality conclusion with the added security of knowing that, in the unlikely event that a SCORe is errant, our warranty will cover the loss.””StreetLinks is considered a source of comprehensive valuation services and lending technology solutions for banks, lenders, and other mortgage industry businesses. The company’s platforms are currently used by thousands of housing, banking, and mortgage professionals around the U.S. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Valuation 2011-12-09 Abby Gregory
Marie-Christine SaragosseFrench media regulator the CSA has reappointed Marie-Christine Saragosse as president of France’s international media outfit France Médias Monde for a further five years.Saragosse will serve as head of the organization, which operates news channel France 24, RFI and Monte Carlo Doualiya (MCD) for a further five-year terms from October 5.The CSA said that France Médias Monde’s position had improved significantly under Saragosse’s stewardship, which had seen the integration of the three entities that make up the organization, the launch of new digital initiatives and growth in the group’s audience.Saragosse has proposed an expansion of the group’s activities, including notably the planned launch of a Spanish-language version of France 24 by 2022 in partnership with the Spanish-speaking editorial team of RFI, and the launch of a digital service in Turkish.Other plans include the launch of RFI in African languages, the launch of France 24 in HD in different markets, distribution of France 24 on digital-terrestrial platforms in Africa, distribution via OTT in North America and distribution via social networks, digital platforms and by syndication in the Arab world.
Having a popular content brand name like Netflix remains a key driver in picking up viewers, new data shows.Respondents to Hub Entertainment Research’s study claimed networks have no influence on what they watch, but their behaviour suggests otherwise.The findings, published yesterday, showed that 41% claimed network brand didn’t affect their viewing preferences.However, given a choice of 52 networks and told price was no object, viewers choose only 19.When price-per-channel were included, viewing habits become even more selective, with respondents plumping for just nine of the possible 52.Even more striking findings came in questions about hypothetical television shows across genres.Netflix generated the highest amount of interest in competition reality, despite barely setting foot in the space.Hub claimed its findings – presented at the annual Media Insights and Engagement Conference in the US this week – highlight how SVOD services such as Netflix and Amazon have transformed from content distributors to full entertainment businesses.The data showed that viewers wanted “easy access to brands they care about”, but were put off by platforms that require them “to deal with lots of brands and networks they don’t care about”.It pointed to Amazon Channels, the streaming service that offers D2C and programming services from content companies, as an example of a platform embracing these ideals.The emergence of ‘skinny bundle’ pay TV services such as YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV, which drop non core networks and reduce monthly costs, could be seen as further cases of Hub’s hypothesis.“These findings suggest that viewers have developed clear expectations for the kinds of viewing experience different brands – networks and SVODs – will deliver,” said Jon Giegengack, principal at Hub. “This new brand paradigm has wide reaching implications for brand marketing and distribution.”
Naspers has appointed the managing director of Ericsson’s Nuvu on-demand service, Niclas Ekdahl, as the CEO of its recently formed connected video unit.Niclas EkdahlEkdahl is due to take up his new role on September 10, heading up the unit that runs the Showmax and DStv Now internet TV services in Africa and is responsible for developing new over-the-top services for the MultiChoice group.“OTT video services are growing rapidly across Africa,” said Imtiaz Patel, CEO of Naspers’ video entertainment business.“We’ve made a healthy start preparing for this future with our Showmax and DStv Now services and it’s now time to consolidate those learnings in a single unit to build the best possible services for our customers.”Ekdahl brings more than 19 years of experience to the role, including a number of years spent at MTG, latterly as CEO of Viaplay.