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Chelsea boss ‘planning £25m bid’ for German star

first_imgChelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is planning a £25m bid for German star Andre Schurrle, according to The People.It is claimed Di Matteo wants the 21-year-old Bayer Leverkusen forward as a replacement for Didier Drogba.Linked with German striker.Schurrle has been linked with several clubs but is said to be swaying towards west London.Manchester United plan to beat Chelsea to the signing of Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski, the Mail on Sunday suggest.United have apparently indicated that they are willing to pay £12m for the striker.The Mail also say Chelsea are closing in on Wigan forward Victor Moses after the Latics made an enquiry for Everton’s Victor Anichebe.Meanwhile, Italian side Roma could gazump Liverpool and sign Clint Dempsey, The People suggest.Dempsey has been tipped to move to Anfield but Fulham are believed to want £10m for the American.And it is claimed that Roma are now preparing a bid for him – with the £12m fee they received from Liverpool for striker Fabio Borini.The Daily Star Sunday say Fulham are still trying to sign Vitesse Arnhem defender Alexander Buttner after the apparent collapse of his move to Southampton.And The People say Wigan are competing with Watford and Blackburn for the signing of out-of-favour QPR striker DJ Campbell. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Brent Burns bolsters his Norris Trophy resumé in Sharks win

first_imgDETROIT — In a span just 55 seconds, the Sharks recorded a string of significant milestones, scoring a pair of goals that propelled the team to a come-from-behind win over the Detroit Red Wings with Erik Karlsson sidelined by injury.Joe Pavelski netted both second period goals, becoming just the 12th American-born player in NHL history to reach the 350-goal mark. Brent Burns picked up an assist on the first goal at 15:50, a power play marker, earning his 70th point in his 63rd game, becoming …last_img read more

South Africa eyes Islamic bond issue

first_imgInterested service providers are expected to submit proposals by 21 December 2011, with the shortlisted bidders set to be informed by 20 January 2012. The successful bidder will also have to market the bond to investors, indicate underwriting and market-making appetite, facilitate the book building process and provide any additional services required to successfully launch the bond. “Sukuk can be structured alongside different techniques. While a conventional bond is a promise to repay a loan, Sukuk constitutes partial ownership in a debt (Sukuk Murabaha), asset (Sukuk Al Ijara), project (Sukuk Al Istisna), business (Sukuk Al Musharaka), or investment (Sukuk Al Istithmar),” the website states. 7 December 2011 Apart from providing advice, the successful bidder will be required to structure, manage and coordinate the issuance of the Sukuk. It will also be responsible for obtaining relevant regulatory approvals, as well as securing a listing for the bond both locally and internationally. According to online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, fixed income, interest-bearing bonds are not permissible in Islam, so Sukuk securities are structured to comply with the Islamic law and its investment principles, which prohibits the charging or paying of interest. According to the Treasury, the invitation is in line with its intention to diversify its funding and investor base. Complying with Islamic law “There is a great interest in the Sukuk market and this is the first step towards meeting the growing appetite for government backed Shariah compliant investments,” Treasury Director-General Lungisa Fuzile said in a statement this week. South Africa’s National Treasury has invited banking institutions to submit proposals to assist in providing advisory services and in the structuring and issuance of a government Islamic bond, or Sukuk, in both local and international markets. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

TV’s Social Game: If They’re Talking Online, They’re Watching Offline

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The television industry knows full well that the TV isn’t the only screen viewers are watching at home. Smartphones and tablets mean Twitter and Facebook activity—and lots of social mentions generally means higher ratings. (And, perhaps, vice versa.) Most of us aren’t ever just watching TV anymore. Before we strategically position ourselves on the couch, we position smartphones, laptops or tablets within reach. Perhaps we are even watching on these devices themselves—which makes the switch between streaming shows and live Twitter feeds a little more difficult.Live-tweets, hashtags and mentions are the premiere link to connecting avid TV fans to their beloved programs and characters. Producers and advertisers as well are able to monitor immediate feedback about what is and is not working. By providing online-only photos and video extras and getting their talent to interact with fans, TV knows exactly what the viewership wants and just how to serve it to them.With reports that Facebook is drawing in more 18-24 year olds during prime-time hours than the four major networks, television execs are making serious efforts to capitalize on the advertising reach the social network giant presents. Facebook released its own statistics about the on-site public conversations occurring during prime time hours, reporting that between 88 million and 100 million Americans are using Facebook’s second screen during peak viewing. The Game of Thrones “Red Wedding” episode garnered 1.5 million Facebook mentions alone. Social data analytics site Trendrr has unveiled a study in partnership with Facebook analyzing second-screen Facebook activity during a week in May. The study reports that Facebook user’s engagement with television was five times as much activity than all other social networks combined. Nielsen and Social Guide release a daily data set that collects the top 10 most-tweeted-about shows from the previous night. They report that for premiere episodes, an 8.5% increase in Twitter activity correlates with a 1% increase in program ratings for adults 18-34 years old. In this chart from the week of July 21-28, the most-tweeted spot is taken by MTV’s Catfish with an astounding 536,309 tweets:  The CW Now app combines both the social and viewing experience by allowing users to watch a show and browse at the same time. The incorporation of commentary to the playback feature is social engagement at its easiest, as viewers are able to watch a show on the same platform where they comment, Tweet, and create conversation. Taking out the middle man of separate screens makes interaction a simple, one-step process.  The symbiotic relationship between TV show and fan is this: producers use social media to talk to their viewers, and vice versa. A pretty simple method, really, but the consistent ratings numbers for social heavy shows proves this method is doing it right. Lead and GetClue images courtesy Alloy Productions, Arrow image courtesy CW Network. Another fandom-driven television show is ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, whose four main actors are active on Twitter, often replying to fans or posting behind-the-scenes photos or videos on set. Much like Teen Wolf’s The Hunt, the ABC Family drama released a web series aptly titled Pretty Dirty Secrets that ran during their break after the Season 3 finale.Watch-and-Chat #SecondScreening The TV-watching experience has become a social package deal for the millions who live hashtag their viewing. Second screen apps have taken this and wrapped it neatly in a bow. MTV’s Teen Wolf has a well-known track record of intense and effective social engagement. After the wrap of Season 2, Teen Wolf instituted The Hunt, a Facebook-scripted social game that spanned eight weeks, a lengthy project during the show’s break to quench the thirst of rabid AlphaPack fans. This game helped Facebook Likes on the Teen Wolf page shoot up by a whopping 127%. Related Posts stephanie ellen chan The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img After Season 1 of VH1’s Love and Hip Hop became a social media darling in the summer of 2012, plans to accelerate Season 2’s social traffic went into high gear. Web series spin-off Check Yourself amassed 1.7 million streams and birthed a Love and Hip Hop ATL Social Leaderboard, a summary of the show’s social performance tracked across various platforms. Various episodes of the show accumulated between 206,566 to 640,637 unique tweets, and mobile activity following the April 2013 premiere showed a 49% increase from last year. Ratings followed suit—by the wrap of the Season 2 finale, Love and Hip Hop dominated the Monday night cable slot. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#social#TV#twitter GetGlue allows users to “check into” a show they are watching in order to access the show’s “feed,” a thread where other viewers can post comments, pictures, quotes, and video. ABC Family posts everything from videos of the latest story arc, to announcements of actor’s live tweets on the Pretty Little Liars GetGlue page. Actors engaging with fans on social media has become a primary way to get viewers excited and participating.  TV’s Social Strategies #socialshows Of course, separating cause from effect here isn’t easy. You’d expect more popular shows to have broader social followings; similarly, a growing social following could boost viewership by drawing in its members’ friends and followers. But whether one causes the other, or whether both phenomena stem from a show’s underlying popularity (or lack thereof) remains much harder to discern.That hasn’t stopped Hollywood, of course.Networks are taking note of the second-screen phenomenon, recognizing that social networking follows viewers even when an episode has finished airing, a season has wrapped, and the TV is turned off. Producers who have made the transition into social media understand its benefits of creating dialogue and keeping viewers satiated with photos, videos and behind-the-scenes extras. The point is to retain interest, knowing that if excitement is generated online, it will be manifested in the ratings.Here are three shows whose smart and persistent social media strategies have earned their ranks in the top five most-Tweeted shows from July 21-28. last_img read more

Durant to stay with Warriors but West joins Clippers

first_imgGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant gestures as he holds the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. The Warriors won 129-120 to win the NBA championship. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO—Kevin Durant is set to make a new contract deal and stay with the Golden State Warriors, but the new NBA champions did lose a legendary player on Monday.Multiple reports said Durant, the Most Valuable Player of this month’s NBA Finals triumph over Cleveland, will opt out of his contract but re-sign with Golden State in a money-saving move under NBA salary cap rules.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The 10-year NBA veteran would then re-sign with the Warriors, the move enabling the team to have more money for contracts with forward Andre Iguodala and other players.Durant was to be paid about $28 million in salary next season, but he will take about $4 million less than the maximum deal he could have been paid.That will better enable the Warriors to keep together the championship roster that includes Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Georgian center Zaza Pachulia and reserves.Durant won his first NBA crown and helped Golden State claim a second in three seasons by averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the best-of-seven NBA Finals, which the Warriors won over Cleveland in five games.Warriors guard Stephen Curry becomes a free agent, but has taken less than maximum money in recent years to set up an expected five-year deal worth $205 million. Curry made $12.1 million last season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES West said his two-year deal to return to Los Angeles came down to being wooed by Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers and executive vice president Lawrence Frank.“For them to want me to come here and maybe think I can help, I am really flattered,” West said. “I think they want to establish their own identity in this town and that is what to me is most important — establish their own identity and ability to win at the very highest level.”West spent the past six seasons with the Warriors. The two-time NBA executive of the year was Lakers general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations for 18 years during which the team won four NBA crowns. He also served as the president of basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2002-2007, the team making its first three playoff appearances during West’s tenure.As a player, West was a 14-time All-Star who went to the NBA Finals nine times but won only once. He averaged 27 points, 6.7 assists and 5.8 rebounds for his career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Mayweather comeback won’t overshadow me—Golovkin What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage READ: Curry, Durant committed to keeping Golden State on topBut the Warriors lost Jerry West, a member of the team’s executive board who on Monday was named a consultant to the Los Angeles Clippers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 79-year-old Hall of Fame guard was an iconic star for the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA’s logo is designed around his silhouette.Durant, who joined the Warriors last July after finishing his contract with Oklahoma City, plans to decline his player option for the 2017-18 campaign and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, according to reports. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Its official Foden signs new City deal

first_imgManchester City midfielder Phil Foden has signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal that could keep him at the club until the summer of 2024.Foden is regarded as one of the brightest youngsters in English football and the Premier League champions have moved to secure his long-term future after reports surfaced he might be tempted to leave the club due to a lack of games with the first team.The teenager has featured in all competitions for the Citizens so far this campaign and had been linked with Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.Foden, who is a product of City’s academy, is now contracted to his boyhood club for the foreseeable future.The 18-year-old’s new deal will reportedly see him earn the sum £30,000 per week.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…“Phil Foden has agreed a new five-and-a-half-year contract extension with City,” the club said on its official website.“The 18-year-old playmaker is now contracted to the club until 2024.”Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “We are delighted to have secured Phil for the next five and a half years.”“He is an outstanding talent and he is Manchester City born and bred so this is where he wants to play his football.”“Under Pep and with the players we have here around him, he is in the best place possible to develop as a player.”last_img read more

Police searching for two woman involved in armed confrontation at 99 Cents

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 4, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A shoplifting incident escalated into an armed confrontation last month at a San Diego discount store, and police Thursday sought the public’s help to locate two female suspects in the case, including one who allegedly held a gun to a store employee’s head before he tackled her and wrestled away the firearm.Police identified the suspects as 25-year-old Ariel Burrus and 22-year- old Irene Lee. The two were allegedly trying to steal several items on Dec. 13 from the Savers 99 Cents Store in the 4100 block of University Avenue when a store employee confronted them and blocked the store’s exit.The employee demanded that Lee show him what she was trying to steal, but both women were uncooperative, San Diego police robbery unit Lt. Eric Hays said.Burrus tried shoving her way past the employee, but was unsuccessful,” Hays said. “Burrus then pulled out a small caliber revolver from the back of her waistband and pointed it at the back of the employee’s head … cocked back the hammer and said `let us go.”’The employee instead turned and tackled Burrus to the ground while taking the revolver from her, Hays said. Lee tried kicking the employee while he tangled with Burrus on the ground, and the combative woman on the ground demanded the gun back, but the employee grasped the firearm until both women fled.Burrus allegedly told the employee that she would come back and kill him, Hays said.Lee is black, roughly 5 feet 8 and 130 pounds. Burrus is black, 5 feet 4, 140 pounds, with a shaved head.Investigators identified the two women from evidence left at the scene and asked anyone who knows their whereabouts to call the SDPD’s Robbery Unit at (619) 531-2299, San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. January 4, 2018center_img , Police searching for two woman involved in armed confrontation at 99 Cents Storelast_img