Offensive Hype Video Will Have You Wishing It Was September 3

first_imgAll of it. The music, the highlights, the crowd, everything. And imagine if the offense is actually good this year![Alexander Beiersdorf]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

11 days ago​Argentina boss Scanoli reveals Aguero not involved in full Man City training

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Argentina boss Scanoli reveals Aguero not involved in full Man City trainingby Freddie Taylor11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentina boss Lionel Scaloni has claimed that Sergio Aguero often sits out of full training at Manchester City.Aguero has been involved in most of City’s games this season, managing eight goals in as many games this term.But he is carrying an injury, according to his international boss.Scaloni spoke about Aguero and said to reporters: “Sergio Aguero is not here because he’s been carrying a problem and has not been training 100 per cent with his club.”It is unclear what injury is troubling Aguero and whether he will be fit for his club’s next Premier League game after the international break.The 31-year-old is still one of the key players at the Etihad Stadium club, and will be needed if City are to catch up on the eight point deficit to Liverpool in the Premier League table. last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit’s Thoughts On The AP Preseason Top 25

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.ESPN’s top college football analyst has shared his thoughts on the AP preseason top 25.Kirk Herbstreit appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning to discuss the release of the AP preseason top 25 poll, which you can see here.Here are Herbstreit’s thoughts on the poll:He’s not really surprised with the top five.“I think the one thing that stands out right away is that of the four teams that made the playoff, three are right back up there in the Top 3. I think it tells you a lot of times you’re voting by what happened last season and you’re trying to guess. Keep in mind we haven’t seen any of these teams yet and we’re speculating.”Ohio State at No. 6 might “raise some eyebrows.”“You’re trying to put together a team that can be competitive without knowing anything really. There’s nothing really shocking to me with the Top 5, but Ohio State up at 6 might raise so eyebrows for a lot people because of the losses.”There is parity.“This will be one of those years where there’s a lot of parity and it’ll come down to who’s healthy and who makes the most of their personnel. I don’t think the committee has it in them after 15 weeks of football to vote two teams from one conference. Even if they think they’re in the top four, I don’t see them ever doing that. They’ll be worried about feedback. This might be a year that it might be a valid point, but I don’t think he committee will ever put two teams from one conference in.”A College Football Playoff crasher? Houston. Or Boise State“Houston’s a pick that everybody seems to want to talk about because of last year and I understand that.Greg Ward and that offense is going to score. But if I’m looking at all these teams in (the Group of 5), I’d go with Boise State. They’ll be favored in most of their games after Washington State. Boise State can potentially ruffle some feathers if they beat the Cougs in Week 2.”Who are you picking to win it all this year?last_img read more

Star Bulk Carriers Delivers Profit in 1Q 2018

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek shipping company Star Bulk Carriers returned to profit as its revenues jumped in the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.The company’s net income stood at USD 9.9 million in the first quarter, compared to a net loss of USD 15.9 million reported in the same period a year earlier.Voyage revenues surged to USD 121 million from USD 64.8 million seen in the first quarter of 2017.Time charter equivalent (TCE) revenues were also up at USD 81.5 million, against USD 49 million, as the daily TCE rate stood at USD 12,586 in the first quarter of 2018, up from USD 8,156 earned in 2017.“We are happy to report another profitable quarter, especially during the seasonally weak period of the year,” Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk, said.“We have been busy on the financing front. We have obtained commitments of USD 561 million from ten financing institutions, refinancing almost all of our debt maturities due in 2018 and 2019.”These commitments include “competitive financing terms” reducing the company’s interest cost by USD 2.4 million per year and pushing out average debt maturity by 3 years, Pappas explained.Pappas informed that Star Bulk’s recently announced acquisitions “should improve the liquidity of our share and provide economies of scale.”Following the end of the quarter, Star Bulk took delivery of the Newcastlemax vessel Star Leo. The 207,939 dwt vessel, which was built at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, joined its owner on May 14, 2018. The unit is partially financed under a bareboat charter in the amount of USD 30 million.last_img read more

Julio Jones Is the Best

T.Y. HiltonIND2525623844167.8 Doug BaldwinSEA487321627167.4 Weighted overall rank comparison of wide receivers, 2014-16 Allen RobinsonJAC242083684165.1 RECEIVERTEAMTARGET FREQ.AVG. DEPTHCATCH RATERUN BLOCKAFTER CATCHWEIGHTED SUM Antonio BrownPIT457151944105.2 Emmanuel SandersDEN1423413175130.1 Odell BeckhamNYG751371517115.5 Steve SmithBAL1064345333166.3 Julio JonesATL240302728103.0 Rishard MatthewsTEN2936332056143.5 Larry FitzgeraldARI208214164142.9 DeAndre HopkinsHOU122769390139.1 Demaryius ThomasDEN35949432123.9 RANK Jordy NelsonGB1942292241128.5 Jarvis LandryMIA896111612135.6 Eric DeckerNYJ224645583149.0 Brandon MarshallNYJ183572980161.7 Mike EvansTB6681796126.0 Rankings are out of the 98 wide receivers with a minimum of 500 receiving yards in 2016 or 900 yards from 2014 to 2016.Sources: ESPN Stats & Information Group, ProFootballFocus.com Willie SneadNO398018225164.5 Let’s get this out of the way at the top: Julio Jones was the best receiver in football this season. Just about any way you slice it, whether using traditional stats,1Yards per game, for instance. advanced metrics2Like FootballOutsiders.com’s defense-adjusted yards above replacement. or even play-by-play grades,3Such as the ones compiled by ProFootballFocus.com. Jones was the receiver who kept defensive coordinators up at night worrying about all the havoc he could wreak. His explosiveness and diversity of skills enabled offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to build the one of the best offenses in NFL history.But what makes Jones so good?At the most basic level, Jones dominates because of an unmatched combination of size and speed. Posting a 4.34-second 40-yard-dash before he was drafted, Jones ran the ninth-fastest combine time of any wideout who had at least 400 receiving yards in the 2016 season.4One limitation to this approach is that combine data is a snapshot of speed at age 21 or so. Needless to say, that number is probably a tad outdated for an NFL veteran like, say, 37-year-old Steve Smith Sr. Still, for most players, combine times give a decent approximation of their pure speed. All of the faster receivers are also smaller — nearly 5 inches shorter than the 6-foot-3 Jones, on average. While Jones was one of the fastest at the position regardless of height, most NFL wide receivers as tall as Jones ran the 40 slower than the overall position average of 4.47 seconds. A.J. GreenCIN531312961109.4 Wideouts that big and that fast are very difficult to cover. Think of Randy Moss (who, at 6-foot-4, ran an “unofficial” 4.25 second 40 in 1998) or, more recently, the two unrelated Johnsons, Andre (6-foot-2, 4.40) and Calvin (6-foot-5, 4.35), who used that formula to dominate the league’s receiving leaderboard in recent years. Moss in particular showed that a receiver who can stretch the field in all directions with speed, and then pluck balls from over defenders’ heads, can make an offense run far more efficiently than its individual components suggest it should.But Jones’s dominance is more than just a product of “big guy runs fast.” Since he returned from a foot fracture that cost him most of the 2013 season, no receiver has put those gifts to better on-field use than Jones — across every aspect of the position, from the flashy to the technical.We can measure how good Jones has been by breaking down what makes a great all-around receiver:The guy has to get open, so we’ll look at how often the ball comes his way (targets) as a percentage of his routes run.Ideally, receivers can go deep, so we’ll look at how far the ball travels before it gets to him (air yards per target).Then he still has to catch the darn ball, so we’ll look at his catch rate. (Air yards and catch rate are usually at odds with each other,5In my sample of top receivers from 2014 to 2016, the correlation between those two metrics was -0.7. since it’s harder to catch deep throws than short ones.)Once he’s open, has run a long ways and has caught the pass, it’d be nice if he could keep running without being tackled. So let’s also look at yards after the catch per reception.Oh, and one more thing — being a receiver isn’t all about receiving, so let’s look at blocking ability by using ProFootballFocus.com’s run-blocking grades.If we rank every active receiver6With a minimum of either 500 receiving yards in 2016 or 900 total yards from 2014 to 2016. in those categories over the past three seasons and add up the ranks (with some weighting based on the relative importance of each category7Specifically, the ranks for air yards per target and catch rate were assigned no special weight; targets per route was given 50 percent extra weight; yards after the catch was given 75 percent less weight; and run blocking was given 15 percent less weight. These weights were determined by regressing the first four categories against adjusted catch yards per route, an overall measure of receiving effectiveness, and running a separate regression against PFF’s “overall” grade to determine the relative value of blocking.), Jones rates as the most complete wide receiver in the NFL. Among the 98 receivers in our sample, he ranks 40th or better in every area of the game — the only receiver in the league who can make that claim.8Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson ranks in the top 42 in each category. Alshon JefferyCHI173268942143.7 Jones’s impressive combination of size and speed shows up most notably in his ability to get free of defenders — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan targeted Jones on 30 percent of the routes he ran, the second most of any receiver (behind Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill at 31.5 percent) — as well as in his rare talent for keeping his catch rate up even as he goes deep. Based on the length of Jones’s average target — 11.9 yards beyond the line of scrimmage — we’d expect him to have caught only about 60 percent of the balls thrown in his direction; instead, he caught nearly 66 percent, a difference that amounts to 26 extra catches, many of the big-play variety. (Jones has 20 total receiving touchdowns over the past three seasons.) In other words, Jones mixes the reliability of a possession receiver with the big-play potential of a deep threat.And once he catches the ball, he’s frequently off to the races:So what hope do the New England Patriots — specifically, their defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia — have of containing Jones on Super Sunday?For their part, the Patriots had the NFL’s 10th-worst pass defense during the regular season and the 13th-worst D against No. 1 receivers like Jones. But they also boast two of the 12 highest-rated cover cornerbacks in football (according to PFF) in Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan, plus Devin McCourty, PFF’s top-rated coverage safety. And in the playoffs, they’ve also held both Antonio Brown (No. 2 in our receiver rankings above) and DeAndre Hopkins (No. 10) to relatively tame performances.In Jones and Atlanta’s high-powered offensive “buzzsaw,” however, the Pats face their toughest challenge yet. The Falcons have had a startling offensive breakout this season: They easily led the league in expected points added (EPA) through the air — and offensive EPA in general — during the regular season, QB Matt Ryan enjoyed one of the most efficient passing seasons in league history, and the offense has only improved in the playoffs.9During the regular season, Atlanta averaged 11.5 more offensive EPA per game than an average team, 9.0 of which came in the passing game. After adjusting for the defenses they faced, the Falcons are averaging 21.5 offensive EPA above average in the playoffs, 20.9 of which have come via the pass.At the center of that offense is Jones. “Nobody can stop us but us,” Jones told reporters after the NFC title game. Whether that’s true or not will largely depend on whether New England can slow down the game’s most uncoverable receiver. Based on Jones’s performance these past few seasons, that’s a pretty tall (and fast) order. read more

Big Ten Tournament forecast foggy with a chance of upsets

Grant FrekingLantern reporterfreking.4@osu.edu 1. The tournament is Ohio State’s to lose. Sure, Michigan State is a deeper team and Wisconsin is a popular sleeper pick, but OSU has the ultimate trump card in Evan Turner. The likely Big Ten and National Player of the Year is capable of taking over and dominating any of the teams in the bracket. The Buckeyes’ only concern is depth, since coach Thad Matta rarely plays more than one or two guys off the bench.2. Illinois-Wisconsin will produce a surprise winner. Illinois shot itself in the foot to end the regular season, dropping five of its last six to put its NCAA Tournament hopes squarely on the bubble. However, they have a poor man’s Evan Turner in guard and fellow St. Joseph product Demetri McCamey, who is capable of breaking down opposing defenses like his high school teammate. A win over Wisconsin could be enough for the Fighting Illini to sneak into the NCAA Tournament.3. Purdue could falter in the quarterfinals. Now that star forward Robbie Hummel is out for the season, the Boilermakers’ front-court depth is questionable. If JaJuan Johnson gets into foul trouble, Purdue becomes a below-average offensive team and is very capable of being beaten by either Indiana or Northwestern.4. The Big Ten failed to live up to the hype this season. The conference sent seven teams to the NCAA Tournament last season and national pundits predicted that as many as eight teams would make it this season. However, Michigan and Minnesota struggled with inconsistency and were colossal disappointments. Moreover, Northwestern, hoping to gain a bid to the tournament for the first time in school history, had their hopes extinguished in November when the team’s leading scorer, Kevin Coble, broke his foot and opted for season-ending surgery. 5. Ohio State will prevail over Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament finale. Evan Turner will begin his postseason crusade by shredding the Spartan defense and putting the Buckeyes up early, similar to what happened when OSU visited East Lansing last month. The Buckeyes will hold off Sparty, and depending on Duke’s ACC Tournament success, may secure a No. 1 seed. Zack MeiselSports editormeisel.14@osu.edu 1. People should stop sleeping on the Wisconsin Badgers. Bo Ryan’s crew finished just one game behind the Big Ten champion trio of Ohio State, Michigan State and Purdue. The Badgers won their final four regular season games by an average of 20.3 points per contest. Plus, Wisconsin recently welcomed forward Jon Leuer back from injury. The 6-foot-10-inch junior promptly responded by winning the Big Ten Player of the Week award last week.2. The first round should be a snooze-fest. Don’t expect lowly Indiana to give Northwestern trouble. To prevent its bubble from being burst, expect Minnesota to fend off Penn State. And whoever wins the Michigan-Iowa matchup will only matter for another 24 hours before losing to Ohio State. The hard-fought, intense games won’t begin until the quarterfinals on Friday.3. The NCAA Tournament committee will be praying that a Cinderella isn’t still alive come 3:30  Sunday. Should Michigan, Penn State or Northwestern sneak into the tournament final, the committee will be sweating it out. Since the Big Ten Championship game is the last one to take place, the NCAA Tournament bracket is usually mapped out before the game’s conclusion. A team hovering around mediocrity could throw a wrench into the committee’s plans by advancing on to Sunday.4. No Big Ten team will receive a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, at least two will receive No. 2 seeds. Unless Duke falters very early in the ACC Tournament, the final No. 1 seed will belong to Coach K’s Blue Devils. The winner of the Big Ten Tournament will likely receive a No. 2 seed, as long as the winner is Ohio State, Purdue or Michigan State. If any of those teams reach the tournament final, that squad should also earn a No. 2. 5. Michigan State will top Ohio State for the Big Ten Tournament title. The Spartans peaked in March last season, when they surprised everyone outside of East Lansing by reaching the NCAA Championship game. Their depth could give OSU trouble, since the Buckeyes rarely play more than six players. Joshua A. DavidsonLantern reporterdavidson.252@osu.edu 1. If there is such a thing as a sleeper in the conference tournament, Michigan is it. The Maize and Blue are led by Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims, two of the most talented players in the Big Ten. After being a top 15 team in the preseason, Michigan has severely underachieved. However, a conference tournament championship still provides the Wolverines with a berth in the NCAA Tournament, which is plenty of motivation for their two-star upperclassmen.2. The most intriguing game in this year’s tournament is probably the quarterfinal matchup between Wisconsin and Illinois. The Fighting Illini will be battling for an NCAA berth and another quality win over Wisconsin could lock up an at-large bid. However, Bo Ryan’s Badgers are a tough out in the Big Ten Tournament and are playing to improve their own seed come Selection Sunday. The border rivals split their regular season games, both teams winning on the road.3. Look for Michigan State’s Raymar Morgan to be the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. The forward possesses tremendous talent but has been inconsistent throughout his career. But now, as a senior, this is Morgan’s last chance at Spartan immortality and he’s playing like it. Morgan scored a season-high 22 points on senior night in East Lansing, Mich., for the Spartans’ last game. Also MSU needs to replace the scoring of suspended guard Chris Allen. Look for Morgan to pick up the slack.4. Curse of the No. 1 seed: of the 12 previous Big Ten Tournaments, the top seed has only won four times. Fans of top-seeded Ohio State shouldn’t expect to be dancing on the court at Conseco Fieldhouse come Sunday. However, if the Buckeyes do claim the tournament championship, they look to be destined for greatness in the NCAA Tournament. Three of the four No. 1 seeds who did win the conference tournament advanced to the Final Four. 5. Even with Chris Allen suspended, Michigan State has the talent and depth to win the Big Ten Tournament. Tom Izzo’s teams are built for tournament play, as can be seen by his five Final Four appearances. The Spartans will defeat Wisconsin on Sunday to claim their third conference tournament championship. In turn, MSU will lock up a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. read more

Toure thanks everyone at Man City

first_imgYaya Toure has thanked everyone at Manchester City for a “very special night” after playing his final home game for the club in their 3-1 win against BrightonThe 34-year-old will be leaving the Premier League champions at the end of the season after eight years.City paid tribute to their long-serving midfielder by starting him for their final home game of the season against Brighton at the Etihad Stadium and made him the captain for the night, as Toure led the club to breaking three Premier League record that were all previously held by Chelsea.Prior to his last home match, Toure was presented with a framed shirt, a mosaic plaque and a lifetime season ticket with his older brother, Kolo Toure, at his side and has now taken to social media to thank everyone.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Thank you to everyone for a very special night at the Etihad! It really means a lot,” wrote the Ivorian on Twitter.Thank you to everyone for a very special night at the Etihad! It really means a lot. ??#ComeOnCity ???? pic.twitter.com/tbMN2ZvOGT— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) May 10, 2018last_img read more

Hotline numbers released to report price gougers

first_img Bahamas Min. of Labour speaks on Price Gouging Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PriceGouging, #PriceInspectors PNP Opposition: Premier has got the Power Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 5, 2017 – Nassau – Labour Minister Dion Foulkes had something to say to merchants today, and to the consumers he announced a hotline number to report #pricegouging which is a crime.    The Minister said, “it is illegal, unethical and immoral for businesses in The Bahamas to artificially increase the price of goods and services offered for sale or hire in an attempt to secure abnormal profits in anticipation or in the aftermath of a national disaster, in this instance, Hurricane Irma.”Minister Foulkes explained that the Government has directed #PriceInspectors throughout The Bahamas, Inspectors from the Bureau of Standards, and Family Island Administrators to be keenly vigilant and monitor businesses suspected of price gouging.The Hotline numbers are: 376-1507 and 376-5125.The Minister said his officers will pay special attention to those who try to inflate prices on bread basket items.    It was also explained that the three of the major fuel suppliers had sufficient fuel (regular and diesel) to satisfy the public demand pre and post Hurricane Irma.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas PM warns “Price Gouging is a criminal offense”last_img read more

Trump Inks Huge Increase In Military Appropriations

first_imgSenator Dan Sullivan R-AK: “For that reason, our strategic location, and our strong support from the communities, we’re getting a lot of military construction dollars headed towards our great state.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With the signing of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law on Tuesday, President Donald Trump set into motion a robust military expansion in Alaska. It also authorizes an early Christmas present: news that all military members will receive 2.4% pay raises. Senator Dan Sullivan R-AKSenator Dan Sullivan R-AK: “Part of the funding is 28 additional interceptors at Fort Greely, so a whole new field.  It has $200M military construction authorization for just that portion.  That is going to be good for country’s missile defence, but it’s also going to be good for Alaska’s economy.” Sullivan says that the bill includes funding for advancing key missile defense technologies and for beginning to build a space-based sensor layer. Sullivan thinks that the numbers add up to a lot of construction jobs in Alaska, in 2018.  He says that over the last three military authorizations, over a billion dollars in construction has been invested in Alaska. It also authorizes funding needed to procure an additional 20 missile interceptors required to operationalize the field.center_img As the hub for air combat power for the Asia-Pacific and the Arctic, Sullivan says that Alaska will be home to more than 100 fifth generation fighter aircraft – probably more than any other place in the world. The Act includes authorization of $12.3B for the Missile Defense Agency. Additionally, it authorizes $168.9 million pointed at supporting the beddown of two squadrons of F-35As at Eielson AFB. Other initiatives include authorization to build a new heavy-class polar icebreaker, a U.S Navy study on ice-hardening its ships, and provisions aimed at improving and increasing the Alaska Guard’s combat search and rescue capabilities. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dorene-on-trump-inks-huge-increase-in-military-appropriations.mp3last_img read more

How One B2B Publisher Used a CuttingEdge Digital Platform to Drive Leads

first_imgFlockXchange.com exists both as stand alone platform, where each business sector is sponsored by a publisher, and as a ‘white labeled’ software solution. Publishers can choose either option or a combination.Fig. i) shows ‘Rock Products’ as sponsors in the Aggregates’ sector. Here, the branded results pages feature the sponsor publication and their customer’s content. Fig. ii) shows http://resources.mining-media.com/, Mining-Media’s ‘white label’ version of the FlockXchange platform. Mining Media received free sponsorship on FlockXchange with their white label license, adding traffic to their customer’s content automatically mirrored on FlockXchange.Required Deliverables●      Substantial new revenue from current advertisers●      Enticing new prospects and renewed activity for what had previously been shut-out accounts●      A state-of-the-art, user-friendly, mobile-friendly interface●      The fastest onboarding on the planet — minimizing the sales team’s learning curve and bandwidth●      Complete subscriber database integration●      Minimal maintenance and automated delivery of leads to sponsors with full company and contact information, and the exact content they had viewed in an easy-to-download spreadsheet via email●      User friendly admin and informative activity reports.“We have been exceptionally pleased with the working relationship we have with the Xposure Team. The level of service is outstanding and their licensing and development rates are very very affordable. We are continually evaluating the platform with our clients and their agencies, adding features and working in partnership with Xposure to create a road map for the product lifecycle that will make the Resource Center the state of the art digital lead generation platform for our clients.” Jones enthused.Immediate benefits for MMI and their customers●      Capability to offer state-of-the-art, bleeding edge digital product to our clients●      Increased automation of sales and marketing to and for our clients●      New revenue stream directly corresponding to our customers’ success●      Integration of access to content via our publication websites and newsletter, making both assets vastly more valuable●      Products that compete with Google and other non-traditional competitors●      Advertisers/sponsors receive contact information from prospects and customers including phone/email/title/company, as well as the content and downloads they viewed●      One-click distribution of posted assets to social media outlets●      All media types can post: video/PDF/PPT/catalogs/promotions/webinars/audio●      Industry prospects and customers are subscribers and users targeted to your content●      Traffic is constant and derived via search, advertising, email marketing, and social media●      Pay only for actionable leads (CPC) “Now, three years in, we are not only very pleased with the software and the revenue it creates, but what is really exciting is that advertisers and their agencies are adopting this product because it delivers tangible results and can be tracked. We are extremely optimistic about what we can offer in the future,” Jones added.“We were behind in our digital offerings, and we didn’t want to just catch up — we wanted to lead,” Jones said of MMI’s aim. FlockXchange offered a highly innovative, user-friendly platform to not only deliver their goal but exceed it! In 2015, Mining Media International (MMI) was looking for innovative digital solutions to improve their digital directory products and offerings, which had become in desperate need of an upgrade. They also wanted to make print production easier and current using exports from the digital products.“Our digital directory and content business wasn’t where it needed to be. Basic banners, newsletters, and email blasts were often given as free add-ons to our print sales and buyers guides. We had essentially trained our own customers that digital advertising was low value just when we needed to be finding new streams of revenue to combat the first indications of declining print revenue,” David Jones, director of marketing, said.“B2B print products are still strong in our sectors, but the industries we serve had been facing a long, tough business cycle resulting in shrinking ad budgets and clients that needed to show more results and value for their ad budget.”MMI had already begun the process of better managing and monetizing subscribers by working with a third party subscription management platform. The concept of email marketing to subscribers was a relatively easy sell to both their clients and sales team. What was needed next was a complete digital product suite that could capitalize on this investment and further leverage subscriber data.The Challenges●      Clients were hungry for state-of-the-art digital products from B2B publishers●      A large amount of clients’ advertising spend was going to non-traditional digital competitors such as directindustry.com, Google and social media●      MMI’s internal sales team had been reluctant to sell digital products in part because of the learning curve and perceived inferior revenue opportunitiesClearly, MMI needed a new way of delivering digital for both its customers and its sales team.MMI went to Xposure, a New York City-based shop that had already established a track record of delivering imaginative revenue streams for B2B publishers. Through Xposure, MMI began to explore a new platform they were developing as a combined approach to digital buyers guides and client generated content.Xposure — as hybrid tech shop and digital marketing agency — is uniquely qualified to deliver a solution that provides publishers with new revenue, advertisers with quality leads, and audiences with valuable content.After a remarkably short time establishing priorities and key deliverables, MMI was ready to launch “white label” buyers guides and, most recently, their lead-generating Resource Center based on Xposure’s FlockXchange directory/content social platform. The FlockXchange Platform delivered the following features for Mining Media: About FlockXchange.com and XposureThe Xposure portfolio has evolved since 2001 to meet the ever-changing needs of publishers as they’ve embraced the digital business model, leveraging the web, mobile, big data, eCommerce, and cloud-computing.  For information on how FlockXchange can help your media brand generate revenue, check out the website or contact Stephan Gittings at Sgittings@getxposure.com, or at (212) 625-1738.last_img read more

10 Things To Know For Wednesday

first_imgAPUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson steps out of a plane upon arrival in Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, Russia, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Tillerson is due to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Ivan Sekretarev)1. TILLERSON, LAVROV OPEN TENSE MEETING IN MOSCOWAmid tensions in Syria, the Russian foreign minister says he has a lot of questions about the “very ambiguous” and “contradictory” ideas coming from the U.S.2. RECORDS MATCH SOME UKRAINE LEDGER PAYMENTS TO EX-TRUMP AIDEFinancial records obtained by the AP confirm that at least $1.2 million in payments listed in the ledger next to Paul Manafort’s name were received by his U.S. consulting firm.3. WHAT CHINESE LEADER IS TELLING TRUMPXi Jinping calls to tell the U.S. president that Beijing is willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, but wants a peaceful solution.4. UN PEACEKEEPERS’ CHILD SEX RING LEFT VICTIMS, BUT NO ARRESTSAn AP investigation of U.N. missions during the past 12 years finds nearly 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and other personnel around the world.5. WHO’S MAKING A SURPRISE RUN FOR IRANIAN PRESIDENTMahmoud Ahmadinejad files to run in the country’s May election, contradicting a recommendation from the nation’s Supreme Leader to stay out of the race.6. ‘I’M A GONER’AP recounts the final hours before the freighter El Faro and its 33-person crew perished in the waters off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin in 2015.7. UNITED PLEDGES TO REVIEW BUMPING POLICIESThe head of United’s parent company says the airline is reaching out to the Kentucky man dragged off a United Express plane in Chicago to “resolve this situation.”8. KANSAS OUTCOME A WARNING TO GOPA slimmer than expected Republican win for a U.S. House seat in Kansas may portend a tougher fight for three more special elections in Georgia, Montana and South Carolina.9. FOR THE PARALYZED, HOPEToyota is introducing a wearable robotic leg brace designed to help partially paralyzed people walk.10. WHERE BILL O’REILLY IS HEADINGThe Fox News Channel host is taking a planned vacation from his show amid sponsor defections triggered by sexual harassment allegations. Sharelast_img read more

Fahion hacks for a quick new look

first_imgYour clothes portray your style and your fashion choices. They radiate your confidence and make you feel good. Some people dress eccentrically to stand out in a crowd. Fashion is an art and art is always versatile which not only relates to the dress you are wearing but everything that integrates into your outfit. In order to succeed, fashion brands have no choice but to be creative. But don’t worry; we always have a solution and you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket to become a style expert. It’s time to upgrade your cupboard with chic styling ideas. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNeck-tie for watch strapGot some old-ties dead in your cupboard from high school times? Time for some watch makeover! This is something really comfortable, colorful and economical at the same time. Just cut off the old and worn-out strap from your watch and replace it with a colorful neck-tie you have. Simply roll the tie on your wrist 1-2 times and tie a small knot to have the comfortable look. You can also add some beads and chain locks at the ends. Besides that, it’s easily washable, unlike leather straps. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFishnets and ripped jeansThe ‘ripped jeans’ trend has completely flooded the planet. It is so common to see people pairing these up with t-shirts or crop tops. But there’s always something different that can be done. You can wear fishnet stockings under your ripped jeans to have a completely different and attractive look. All it takes is the right amount of inspiration to work them into your existing wardrobe. Let them peek out from under your jeans, or show a few inches of fishnet just above your pants’ waistband. Scarf for sandal strapsSummer is the ultimate season for sandals, but don’t just settle for plain flip flops. With a little creativity, you can make cute ‘scarf sandals’ out of your old flats. All you need is a cheap pair of flip flops, a colorful scarf, and scissors. Cut the scarf in two and start wrapping half of it on the strap of your slippers and tie a little knot at the end. You can wrap the remaining length of the scarf around your ankle to create a sandal look. You can use small hooks, beads or simple knots to hold the ends together. If you ever get bored, you can just change up the scarf and give your sandals a whole new look.Sock bootsAll you need to make your own ‘sock boot’ is a pair of pointy-toed pumps, thin knit socks, and a piece of sandpaper. Simply roll the sock over the heel of your pumps, cut a hole at the heel and slide it through the sock and stick sandpaper (or non-slip grips) at the bottom of the sole to avoid any skidding. This will also save the lives of so many innocent animals killed to make those expensive leather boots. Another thing you can do is to wear a similar color stockings under a tying-sandal to get the perfect boot look for summers. The fitting of these boots are much more attractive than the regular boots, less warm and don’t restrict movement.Go ahead and apply these fashion hacks to have your own unique look this summer.last_img read more

IMA slams idea of Bridge Course for dentists

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has condemned the idea of ‘Bridge Course’ to create cadres of mid-level health practitioners by allowing dentists to practice mainstream medicine in various health centres.Niti Aayog, along with the health ministry, is examining a proposal to introduce Bridge Course for the dentists so that they can be used as mid-level health providers in various health centres across the state, particularly where there is a crisis of MBBS doctors. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDr Santanu Sen, national president of IMA, declared that there is no shortage of doctors in the country. “Around 63,250 MBBS graduates come out of 494 medical colleges in the country. But India has only 23,729 post graduate seats,” Dr Sen said. “The fact remains that the government does not have the capacity to absorb the rest of them. Every year the unemployment among young medical graduates is a great cause of concern. The frustration of these youngsters with an undergraduate degree has to be addressed first,” he added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateCondemning the idea of mid-level practitioners, IMA secretary general Dr RV Asokan said the government’s attempt to provide half baked medical care to the citizens through mid-level practitioners is dangerous. “The government should give permanent posting to MBBS graduates in 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres. Ad Hoc postings are not acceptable,” he said. It may be mentioned here that a meeting on this proposal is scheduled to be held at Niti Aayog on April 22.last_img read more

Cable and telecom investor Altice has successfully

first_imgCable and telecom investor Altice has successfully raised US$8.6 billion (€7.6 billion) in new debt and has announced a 10% capital increase to finance its acquisition of US cable operator Cablevision.The debt comprises a seven-year senior secured term loan to the tune of US$3.8 billion, 10-year senior guaranteed notes to the amount of US$1 billion and US$3.8 billion in seven and 10-year senior unsecured notes.Altice said that the Cablevision financing package had an average cost of 7.6% and an average term of 7.9 years. It said that the total debt financing for Cablevision amounted to US$14.5 billion, including existing retained debt of US$5.9 billion. Cablevision has also secured a five-year US$2 billion revolving facility, which Altice said helped ensure that the company had “ample room” to meet its liquidity needs.Altice has also said it was launching a 10% capital increase to the tune of €1.8 billion by issuing up to 69,997,600 A shares and 24,832,500 B shares. Altice managers have committed to subscribe to the new shares for an aggregate amount of at least €150 million. The price of the new shares will be agreed by JP Morgan Securities and Altice at the close of the placing. JP Morgan Securities is acting as the sole global coordinator and bookrunner.The latest announcements come after the price of Altice shares dropped significantly on concerns about the company’s level of indebtedness, fuelled by overall market volatility and economic uncertainty.last_img read more