Serie A approves creation of TV rights media company

first_imgTopics : The allocation of TV rights for 2018-21 disappointed Serie A as there was little change in the final amount from the previous period at a time when the value of TV rights for other major European leagues soared. The 2018-21 rights were awarded before Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Juventus in the summer of 2018.Italian media report the league has received two offers to join the new media company, with one group — backed by funds CVC, Advent and FSI — reportedly offering 1.5 billion euros for a 10 percent stake. The clubs will have to vote again before outside investors can be formally invited by the league, but the windfall would be significant for teams that have suffered financially during the coronavirus crisis.  Serie A clubs on Wednesday approved the creation of a media firm charged with handling the league’s TV rights, the first step towards a potential opening to private investment into the football league.The decision to create the new company was unanimously approved by the 20 sides currently in Italy’s top flight during an assembly held in Milan, with the main aim to increase revenues from TV rights.Currently Serie A generates 973 million euros (1.1 billion euros) each year from domestic broadcasters and 371 million euros from foreign broadcasters.last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant dishes on his rehab, ESPN rankings, Dwight Howard

first_img“I think they’re counting on me being on one leg,” Bryant said on the general manager’s poll. “They think I can’t come back from this injury.”What does Bryant make of such skepticism?“I try not to pay attention to it too much,” Bryant said. “It can get to you a little bit and make you impatient, especially when you hear the doubt with, ‘Will I be able to come back?’ It’s not, ‘Will I be able to come back and play well.’ It’s I won’t be able to come back and play well.”It appears Bryant’s feeding off such doubts.In his interview session, Bryant publicly called out an ESPN writer who considered his ranking “fair” in a playful albeit sarcastic tone. He told the reporter afterwards that ESPN’s employees “should be drug tested.” Last week, Bryant also changed his Twitter avatar to “1225” presumably in reference to ESPN’s pre-season Western Conference ranking on the Lakers (12) and his personal ranking (25). But Bryant joked his updated avatar actually refers to “my pet’s birthday.” He insisted “motivation has always been there for me, while describing the public skepticism as “cherry on top of the cake.”“When you hear those things, you want to push and play right away to shut a lot of people up,” Bryant said. You have to be patient, rest and relax and come back when you’re ready. It’s a challenge right in front of your face. You really have to restrain yourself to get out there.”How does he do that?“Just try to be calm and try to be approaching it as the rest and the therapy and it’s all a part of training,” Bryant said. “A lot of times when you think of training, you think of weights and running. If only I looked at it from that standpoint, I’d drive myself crazy. I try to think of it as this process is part of the training as well. This will enable me to come back and get as close as 100 percent as I can.”Yet, there are limits to Bryant’s patience. He expressed optimism this offseason he could play beyond his $30.5 million contract that ends this season, perhaps for another two to three seasons. But as much as he wants to add longevity to his career, he said he’s more consumed with something else.“I’m thinking about this year,” Bryant said. “Obviously we all want to be healthy in years down the road. But the only thing I’m thinking about right now is getting as healthy as I can as quickly as possible so I can come back and try to help us make some noise.” “We saw different ways of leading this team. Dwight wanted to do it one way, which he felt like was effective. I wanted to do it another way,” Bryant said. “There was constant tension.”The Lakers still finished out the regular season 28-12 to finish with a seventh seed in the Western Conference.“In the second half of the season, everything was able to fall in line,” Bryant said. “We wound up making a pretty good run at it. I think Pau [Gasol] stepping in and taking significant load of the offensive responsibilities is a big thing for us as well. It wound up getting Dwight a lot of easy ones and Pau got a lot of easy baskets for everybody else. Things fell in place and we were able to get into the playoffs.”No matter how much Bryant sounded engaging, his biting and playful sarcasm revealed his irritation with numerous outside skepticism.He called ESPN’s recently ranking him 25th “laughable” and “silly.” An anonymous survey of all 30 league general managers posted on NBA.com listing him as the second best shooting guard behind Houston’s James Harden. That marked the first time in the survey’s 12-year history the Lakers’ star didn’t receive top billing. This should’ve marked the time Kobe Bryant’s gearing up for another season, proving Father Time still hasn’t won and that he can still lead the Lakers to another NBA championship.But no matter how much he wants to, Bryant has forced himself to resist even with the Lakers less than a week away from their season opener Tuesday against the Clippers at Staples Center. After participating in some light shooting and jogging drills last week in China, Bryant said he “scaled back” his activity to allow his left Achilles tendon to heal from the added pressure. Despite conceding he wants to begin practicing with a ball in his hands, Bryant said he’s remained “steady” for one simple reason.“Injuries to the lower extremities can always lead to something else,” Bryant said. “It’s not about waiting until I’m 100 percent necessarily. But it’s about making sure you’re running with the proper gate. We’re not putting stress on other areas that can cause problems down the road.”Bryant spoke for the first time this week to reporters in Los Angeles as part of the NBA’s new rule that requires injured players to speak at least once a week. That left him with a lot of topics to address, including providing more detail on his unsuccessful pairing last season with Dwight Howard.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

VP Mike Pence Visits Miami as UM tests COVID Vaccine

first_img“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a tremendous impact in South Florida and across the world,” said Dr. Susanne Doblecki-Lewis, an infectious disease expert at the University of Miami who will lead the initiative. “We are testing vaccines with the goal of finding a safe and effective way to halt the spread of the virus.” The clinical trials will test a vaccine developed by National Institutes of Health scientists and their collaborators at the biotechnology company ModernaTX Inc.Prospective volunteers for the study will need to be at least 18 years old. A news release said the school plans to use community outreach and mobile operations to recruit from a wide variety of demographics. To register to volunteer, you can sign up by clicking here“We are committed to engaging people who represent the range of residents impacted by COVID-19 in South Florida by gender, age, race, and ethnicity, as well as those who are particularly at-risk because of medical conditions,” said Doblecki-Lewis. “This is how we will help ensure that any vaccine that is developed will be relevant for those who could benefit most from it.”Participants are paid for their time and inconvenience during what is scheduled to be a three-month study. Vice President Mike Pence visits the University of Miami today to discuss a possible coronavirus breakthrough.Mike Pence will visit the University of Miami, where clinical trials are getting under way on a vaccine.About a thousand people will be part of a clinical trial involving a vaccine developed by Moderna. The university’s Miller School of Medicine is taking part in the “Phase 3” trial of the vaccine.Pence will take part in a roundtable discussion with school leaders and members of the Miller School of Medicine along with researchers on what could help in the ongoing battle: https://t.co/hpMa8fMdDq— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) July 27, 2020last_img read more

Hertfordshire girls win inaugural matches

first_img23 Aug 2012 Hertfordshire girls win inaugural matches Hertfordshire girls won the inaugural East region junior county match week at South Herts Golf Club. The team (Image © Leaderboard Photography) won all five of their matches, beating Bedfordshire 3½-2½, Essex 4½-1½, Suffolk 6-0, Norfolk 5-1 and Cambs & Hunts 6-0. Every member of the team contributed to the score and their top scorer was Scotland girl international Nicola Callander (Mill Green), who played all five games and won them all. The other team members were: Nicola Bennett (Porters Park), Emily Chan (South Herts), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Zara Houchin (The Hertfordshire), Sian Hulse (Mill Green), Ella Ofstedahl (Mill Green) and Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted). The runners-up were Suffolk on 4pts, followed by Bedfordshire 3, Essex 1½, Norfolk 1 and Cambs & Hunts ½. Kent took the honours in the South region junior county match week, hosted by Hampshire at Basingstoke. They scored 3½ points from the four matches, halving with Surrey and beating Sussex 6-1, Hampshire 5-2 and Middlesex 6-1. The runners-up were Surrey, on countback from Sussex, after both scored 2½ points, Hampshire 1½, Middlesex 0. Kent’s top scorer was Emily Royer (Chart Hills) who won all four of her matches, followed closely by Jerri Sewell (Shooters Hill) who won 3½ points from four. Also unbeaten was Molly Lawrence (Rochester & Cobham) with three out of three. The team was completed by Marnie Barber (North Foreland), Jessica Gregory (Sittingbourne), Fiona McCann (North Foreland), Ainee O’Connor (Sundridge Park) and Lily Price (Royal Blackheath).last_img read more

The Deets: Nick Bosa’s already the 49ers’ best defender and Dee Ford is nearing “bust” territory

first_imgConsidering how fast media and fans want to hand out grades following the NFL Draft, I don’t feel at all premature in making a declaration:Nick Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in last April’s NFL Draft, has been an A-plus pick for the 49ers.Yes, he’s only played three games, but what more do you need to see to know that he was the best possible selection the 49ers could have made in the spring?And this might put me out on a limb, but as I argued on KNBR Tonight on Monday, the rookie has been …last_img

What Makes You Human?

first_imgIf you are a war-mongering beast who likes to burn things, you’re displaying your evolutionary past.  That’s what a couple of news reports are claiming.  New Scientist has a review of two books: Fire: The spark that ignited human evolution by Frances D. Burton, and Catching Fire: How cooking made us human by Richard Wrangham.  Saswato R. Das got the message.  He entitled his review, “How Fire Made Us Human.”  Here comes the synopsis in the form of a just-so story:Anthropologist Frances Burton suggests that taming fire led to the evolution of modern humans.  Millions of years ago, our ape-like ancestors may have overcome their fear of fire to pick at found delicacies – maybe an animal accidentally cooked in a forest fire.  Over time, they learned how to keep a flame going by feeding it twigs, how to use fire to thwart predators and how to harness it for heat and light.  This familiarity with fire, Burton argues, changed the hormonal cycles that depend on light and darkness: light from nightly bonfires may have caused a change in the nocturnal flow of melatonin.  Over time, this changed the rates and patterns of our ancestors’ growth, and the regulation and activation of genes, leading ultimately to us.Das did not explain why no apes have been found repeating this experience in recent times.  Regarding the second book, Das said that “Wrangham builds a compelling case” that cooking turned an ape into a human, “although archaeological proof of his theory has yet to be found.”  Das ended with colorful prose: “These fascinating books show how the biological evolution of human beings may not have been a matter of biology alone, and why, as Wrangham writes, ‘we humans are the cooking apes, the creatures of the flame.’”    Dan Jones wrote for Nature that “War and migration may have shaped human behaviour.”  Reviewing other anthropologists’ work, he explains that make love, not war is a false dilemma: it was making war that led to human altruism.  Here came his just-so story: “intergroup conflict would have been common among our hunter-gatherer ancestors, and estimates that it accounted for roughly 14% of all deaths – much higher than the mortality rate seen in wars of recent history,” he said, without explaining where he got the statistics.  “Under these conditions, [Samuel] Bowles [Santa Fe Institute] shows that even costly group-beneficial altruism and cooperation could be favoured.”  His theory relies on group selection – a controversial theory among evolutionists.  Adam Powell [University College London], by contrast, looks to human migration as most influential for human culture and behavior.  Chris Stringer [Natural History Museum, London] called this a “nice bit of work” but was “not convinced it is the whole story” that explains what makes us human.  None of these evolutionists attempted to explain why warring chimpanzees have not started an Ape Red Cross, let alone built a fire or cooked their meals after all these millions of years.1.  Dan Jones, “War and migration may have shaped human behavior,” Nature 4 June 2009 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2009.546.Evolutionary anthropology should not be understood as following the scientific method to achieve conclusions that are observable, testable, repeatable, falsifiable or any of that good stuff you associate with the word science.  No; it is the endless quest for a good story (see 12/22/2003 commentary).  Since the storytelling rules eliminate design as a possibility (see Brett Miller cartoon), you can be sure the stories will be funny.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Google Scholar Gets Smarter: Now Features Legal Opinions

first_imgfrederic lardinois Google just announced that it now features legal opinions in Google Scholar. Starting today, Google Scholar will feature the full text of legal opinions from US federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts. Through this, users can now easily find the text of Roe v. Wade or Brown v. Board of Education, for example. Google Scholar also lists other legal opinions and journals that cited these opinions. In addition, users can also do standard keyword searches to find legal documents. Users can easily restrict searches to opinions from federal courts or courts in certain states. In addition to finding the case and legal opinion, Google Scholar also displays related documents in a sidebar, as well as a list of cases where a certain opinion was cited. Google’s Anurag Acharya also notes that a lot of these opinions are surprisingly readable. Tags:#Google#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts As Google points out in the announcement, finding these legal opinions has typically been difficult. Now, the company makes it very easy to find any legal opinion about Napster, for example. Google notes that it hopes that access to this information will allow regular citizens to “learn more about the laws that govern us all.” It’s interesting to see that Google continues to add more and more public data to its repositories. Just last week, Google added data from the World Bank to its search results. Earlier this year, Google also started to include data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Division. Google didn’t go as far as integrating these legal opinions on its search results page yet – though for searches for Roe v. Wade or Miranda v. Arizona, these results could really enhance the current search results. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade

first_imgFILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) is guarded by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. Irving gets his new address and Isaiah Thomas gets to play with LeBron. They both can say they won in this Celtics-Cavs blockbuster deal. But the sum of the parts says Cleveland got the better of Boston in this swap of All-Star point guards. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)MIAMI— It’s not the principals that will define the blockbuster trade between Cleveland and Boston. Great point guard leaves one city for another. That seems fair.All the other parts, they will tell the story.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Regardless of all these Celtics-Cavaliers fireworks, it’s still Golden State’s world and probably will be for a long time. This deal didn’t change that.The Warriors will still be the favorites to win the last game of next season.The first game of next season, as luck would have it, just happens to be Boston at Cleveland.And just like that, the NBA has drama again. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES LeBron James heads to Manila again on September 2 View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Minnesota never offered Andrew Wiggins. Miami never offered half its roster. Portland wasn’t giving up Damian Lillard. In the end the Cavs still got a star for a star, and since Thomas is only making about $6.3 million next season they got plenty of bonus parts as well to make the trade work.It also solved one big Cleveland problem.James’ only motivation is rings, and this move gives him just that.He will be looking to go to the Finals for the eighth consecutive year. Only three teams in NBA history have been to four straight finals — the Lakers, the Celtics, and the Miami Heat when James was with them. Golden State will be heavy favorites to join that club next June. The Cavaliers won’t surprise many if they join them.James will show up at camp in a couple of months and begin plotting ways to get his team back to the Finals. Had Irving still been there, James surely would have been wondering if they could make it work again. With Thomas, there won’t be a question. James and Thomas already have great respect for one another, and Thomas runs on the same prove-people-wrong gasoline that James uses.Cleveland has been through the free-agency-is-looming dance with James before, of course. If the Cavs want to keep him next summer, they simply have to go all-in to make him as happy as possible. This trade probably wasn’t a bad start on that front.In Boston, the Celtics will look very different this season.Irving and Hayward are in; Thomas, Crowder, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and Amir Johnson are out — meaning five of Boston’s seven top scorers from a No. 1 seed now play elsewhere.The Cavs weren’t overhauled; Irving is gone, Thomas, Derrick Rose and Jeff Green arrived.From a continuity standpoint, obvious edge to Cleveland as well. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program There are many ways to claim victory in the deal made Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving wanted his own team and got it, so he wins. Isaiah Thomas gets to play with LeBron James, so he wins. The Cavaliers got rid of a supposedly disgruntled star, so they won. The Celtics now won’t have to decide if Thomas is worth something like a $180 million deal next summer, so they won. It’s all semantics.But look past all that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the end, Cleveland won. James won, too.Here’s a few reasons why James will be celebrating this deal: He’ll still have a high-octane point guard; he’s getting an absurdly good defender in Jae Crowder (he could have helped the Cavs’ cause against Golden State in The Finals); he won’t be going into the season dealing with drama about Irving’s Cleveland future; this trade might even reap the Cavaliers the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses All good things, all edge to Cleveland.Give the Celtics credit for being bold. Danny Ainge knew winning the Eastern Conference’s regular-season crown last season was meaningless, so he completely blew up a team that was a No. 1 seed and got hammered by the Cavaliers in the East finals. Sure, the Celtics played most of that series without Thomas, but that wasn’t going to matter. The Cavs weren’t losing that series.So Ainge goes out and gets an All-Star point guard in Irving, after he hauls in Gordon Hayward during free agency and adds probable rookie of the year front-runner Jayson Tatum to the mix in the draft — plus gets another draft pick in either 2018 or 2019 for his trouble.It’s not a bad deal for the Celtics. They get Irving. It’s his team. A storied franchise is in his hands and he will savor that.It’s just a better deal for Cleveland, at least right now.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Israel Folau’s fight for religious freedom leaves behind ugly mess

first_imgShare on Messenger The Israel Folau dispute is set to become a test case for religious freedom in Australia with ramifications that will potentially go way beyond the confines of rugby. Rugby Australia chief-executive Raelene Castle announced Folau’s $4m contract had been terminated after an independent panel found he committed a high-level breach of the code of conduct for posting religiously inspired, anti-gay, comments on social media.Folau has three days to appeal the decision, but there was strong speculation he will by-pass an appeal and take the matter straight to the Supreme Court. He confirmed he was “exploring his options” but there is not much point in Folau appealing. Even if a new three-person panel was appointed to hear an appeal, it is highly unlikely Folau would escape without any sanction at all. Topics Share on Twitter Play Video Rugby Australia terminates Folau’s contract – as it happened Share on Facebook Unlike the US, Australia has no constitutional or statutory bill of rights that protects religious freedom. Section 116 of the Australian Constitution precludes the federal parliament from making laws that prohibit the free exercise of any religion, but does not stop the states from making such laws. But the Federal Fair Work Act prohibits discrimination on the ground of religious belief or activity in employment contexts as do laws in all states except NSW and South Australia. Read more Australia sport Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Israel Folau sacked by Rugby Australia: here’s why – video report Reuse this content RA stated Folau was entitled to his religious beliefs, but had to express them more “respectfully”. If ever laws required clarification, it is those relating to religious freedom in Australia.While Folau fights for the right to religious freedom, what about the state of the game he is leaving behind?RA is not flush with funds. There is a report that RA has already spent more than $350,000 in attempting to sack Folau. Could it afford a protracted and costly legal battle it is not guaranteed to win? Going from a code of conduct hearing to a court-room would be a whole new ballgame.Folau’s controversial social media comments have divided the community and the game. Some of Folau’s former teammates at the Wallabies and the NSW Waratahs have publicly criticised his comments, but many are Pacific Islanders who share his religious beliefs and may feel resentment at the way he has been treated.The Waratahs’ season has been adversely affected by Folau’s absence. They have won only one of four games since he was suspended and will struggle to make the playoffs. And, of course, rugby is now without the services of one of its best players in a World Cup year.There will be a lot of soul-searching about how rugby arrived at this point. Is there anything RA could have done to prevent it? Were there missteps along the way in handling the issue? When Folau posted his first anti-gay comment a year ago, RA simply could have stated that Folau’s views were his own and did not reflect those of the organisation and left it at that.Did Rugby Australia pursue Folau over the matter to uphold its policy of inclusion or was there commercial pressure from sponsors? Or a combination of both? Or was this matter always going to end up in court no matter what RA did or did not do?If Folau takes legal action and is successful, it be a victory for religious freedom across Australia, particularly in workplaces, and if he fails, he will become Australia’s first sporting religious martyr.center_img 1:45 Australia rugby union team Israel Folau sacked over social media posts after panel rules in favour of Rugby Australia Israel Folau Share via Email Read more And given Folau believes he has done nothing wrong, it would be hard to see him accept a suspension or a fine. For Folau it seems the issue is not just about saving a multi-million contract, but a crusade for the right to express his religious beliefs without discrimination. Folau believes he has a “duty to share God’s word.”Folau, 30, has steadfastly rejected overtures to end the dispute, which re-ignited on 10 April when he posted that Hell awaited homosexuals and an array of other sinners if they did not repent.Folau could have saved his career by taking down his offensive posts, but did not do so; he reportedly knocked back an offer of $1m to settle the matter before the code of conduct hearing, but rejected it out of hand. He has dismissed mediation as a possible solution.All of this leads to the conclusion that the matter was always heading to a court of law where it will almost certainly become a test case – a legal action whose purpose is to set a precedent. There has certainly been nothing like the Folau dispute in the history of Australian sport, perhaps even workplace relations in general, where contract law is pitted against freedom of religion. features … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Rugby union Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

25 days agoCleverley calls on fans to ‘stick with’ struggling Watford

first_imgCleverley calls on fans to ‘stick with’ struggling Watfordby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Cleverley wants everyone associated with Watford to stay patient as they attempt to climb out of a hole.The Hornets have yet to win a game all season, while they only have two points from their first seven league games.It puts them rock bottom, four points off safety. But Cleverley does not want a knee jerk reaction from players, fans or management.”Stick with us,” he said to reporters when asked what he would like to tell fans.”It’s not a work rate issue, hopefully they can see that. Maybe at times, there’s been a lack of quality and maybe a lack of intensity defensively but stick with us, we’ll keep putting the work in and we’re working for our performances to improve.”As players, we just have to be accountable for our own performances, take responsibility and work as hard as we possibly can until it gets better.”We’re a team with two points out of seven, low on confidence, it’s not clicked. “The new signings have both started today and maybe we need a little bit of time to bed in, but you’ve just got to be accountable for yourself and that’s what I’m going to do until we’re out of this little lull we’re in.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more