Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgAs the end of the season approaches the stakes grow higher for the teams competing in the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12, so the match-winning heroes are all the more celebrated while the villains are for the high-jump. Back-handed complimentSaracens wing Dave Strettle is among the Saints this week for his astonishing, back-handed offload which created a try for Chris Wyles. Saracens were trailing 10-7 to Exeter Chiefs after 20 minutes when a big hit by Maro Itoje forced the ball loose and his second-row partner George Kruis snaffled it. Saracens set off out of their own half with Alex Goode and Wyles making ground then passing to Strettle, who went haring up the left. When Ian Whitten came flying across to make the cover tackle, Strettle off-loaded magnificently out of contact and out of the back of his hand to find Wyles and the centre sprinted in for the try. Tanks mate: Luke Cowan-Dickie (left) hugs “Tank” Waldrom. (Photo: Action Images)Top TankThomas Waldrom helped Exeter Chiefs to one of the most crucial wins in their history by scoring two tries against Saracens. Both were from close range after a series of drives by the pack but the second one was particularly clever as Waldrom touched down at the base of the post – the one place it was totally impossible to defend with the mass of bodies on the line.Exeter’s 24-20 win put them in the top four and keeps alive the Chiefs’ hopes of reaching the Premiership play-offs for the first time.For Waldrom, the tries were his 15th and 16th touchdowns of the season, putting him four ahead of the next most prolific players from this Premiership campaign, Tom Arscott and Christian Wade, and just one behind the all-time record for a forward in a Premiership season, which was set many moons ago by Dominic Chapman of Richmond. The SaintsHometown heroesHats off to two of the Aviva Premiership’s greatest one-club men, Mark Cueto and Ugo Monye, who both played their last home matches for their teams before their impending retirements – and signed off in style.Monye made his Premiership debut for Harlequins in the 2002-03 season and after 12 campaigns in the top flight (and one in the Championship) now has 166 Premiership appearances and 52 tries to his name.He scored two of those tries on Friday night in a Man of the Match performance in defeat against Bath and in so doing, became Quins’ all-time top Premiership try-scorer.Cueto will finish his 14-season career at Sale next week as the entire Premiership’s leading try-scorer after he notched up try number 90 in the 34-28 win over Newcastle. That particular touchdown owed everything to the generosity of Sale’s other wing, Tom Brady, who passed outside to Cueto, when he had a clear run to the line himself. However after 218 Premiership appearances for the club, you have to say Cueto deserves everything he gets. Top man: Josh Matavesi with his Man of the Match award after the Ospreys’ win. (Photo: Inpho)Ospreys flyingJosh Matavesi was the Man of the Match as the Ospreys beat Glasgow Warriors 21-10 to go into the last week of the regular season in the Guinness Pro12 on top of the table and on a five-game winning streak.The centre had an outstanding game in defence as much as in attack, but some of his limelight was stolen by Ospreys scrum-half Rhys Webb who scored a fine individual try.The Ospreys were 11-3 up after 58 minutes when a lineout move from the training ground sent Webb through a gap and down the right flank, then he chipped deftly over Glasgow wing Niko Matawalu, re-gathered the ball and touched down for his 17th try of the season, which Dan Biggar converted for an 18-3 lead.The Ospreys are still not assured of a home semi-final in the Pro12 as just one point separates the top four clubs but they are in the best position going into the final round next Saturday. Tiger show their teethLeicester’s team deserve a pat on the back for the way they dug in after Seremaia Bai was sent off in the first half, and battled to a 26-21 victory at Wasps – a win which takes them up into third spot and raises their hopes of avoiding becoming the first Tigers side in ten years to fail to reach the Premiership play-offs.Niall Morris, Niki Goneva and Adam Thompstone scored Leicester’s three tries but it was an all-round team effort which earned the precious four points. Ouch: Matt Kvesic sends Tomas O’Leary plunging to the ground. (Photo: Getty Images)The SinnersForwards marchedTwo Aviva Premiership forwards received their marching orders in this weekend’s matches, plus one from the Guinness Pro12, as Leicester’s Seremaia Bai, Gloucester’s Matt Kvesic and Ulster’s Iain Henderson were all shown red cards for illegal and potentially dangerous play.Bai flew into a ruck off his feet late in the first half and clattered head first into the exposed head of Wasps’ No 8 Nathan Hughes. At first referee Wayne Barnes showed Bai a yellow card but upgraded it to red after looking at the replays.Henderson’s offence was similar, although his forearm seemed to make contact with Ronan O’Mahony’s head just before his own head followed in, but referee Nigel Owens sent him for an early bath.Kvesic was sent off for a tip tackle on Tomas O’Leary in the 23rd minute of Gloucester’s clash with London Irish. The openside picked up the scrum-half – who didn’t even have the ball – and dumped him on the back of his neck, causing an injury which ended O’Leary’s participation in the game. Kvesic will be the third Gloucester player to be up before the beak in two weeks, after Bill Meakes and Ross Moriarty both got two-week bans last week. Closing in: Matt Jess (right) gets ready to tackle Ashton. (Photo: Action Images)Great saveExeter wing Matt Jess also played a key role in their win, but in defence rather than attack. In the dying seconds of the match, Saracens attacked from their own half, seeking a winning try. Dave Strettle was brought down by Henry Slade but Neil de Kock still got the ball to Chris Ashton, who was steaming into the 22 on a diagonal run. The former England wing looked set to score, but Jess chased back and just grabbed his left ankle, bringing him down and saving the day for Exeter. Mr Cool: Paddy Jackson kicks the vital conversion, but what is Paul O’Connell shouting? (Photo: Inpho)Paddy powerAnother kicking hero was being anointed over in Ulster as Paddy Jackson landed a conversion from the touchline with the last kick of the game to give Ulster a 23-23 draw with Munster and enable them to stay in the hunt for a home semi-final in the Guinness Pro12.Jackson’s long pass helped create the decisive try for Paul Marshall, as Ulster trailed 23-16 with the 80 minutes up, and the fly-half then put the conversion on target from wide on the left. As no away team has ever won a Pro12 semi, it could be a priceless kick from the excellent Ulsterman. Far from coolOne Harlequins staff member should be thanking their lucky stars Marland Yarde came out of Saturday’s match in one piece as their concern for their own safety meant they failed to stop the wing taking a major tumble. The man was sitting on an ice box close to the tunnel – presumably ready to take drinks on – and, when he saw Yarde back-pedalling towards him trying to catch a high ball, he decided to remove himself from the danger zone, but didn’t attempt to take the ice-box with him. Poor Yarde clattered into it and fell over backwards. TAGS: Leicester TigersOspreys Champion qualityWell done to Bristol and Worcester Warriors, who both negotiated somewhat nervy Greene King IPA Championship play-off semi-finals and will play one another in the two-legged final on 20 and 27 May. Whichever of the two wins the single promotion spot to the Aviva Premiership, they will certainly be better prepared than poor London Welsh were after their surprise play-off victory last year. Bristol and Worcester both have players of international quality in their squads and should cope much better with the step up.Final countdown: Bristol boss Andy Robinson celebrates with Olly Robinson. (Photo: Getty Images) Ford focusedGeorge Ford secured a crucial win for Bath at Harlequins with a 75th minute penalty which took the visitors from 26-24 down to 27-26 up and enabled them to make certain of a Premiership semi-final spot – and a home one, at that – for the first time in five years.The lead had already changed hands half a dozen times in a ding-dong battle and the final penalty had to be taken from 15 metres in from the left, not far inside the 10m line, but Ford landed the tricky kick as coolly as you like and sent the travelling fans into raptures. Flying highCongratulations to the RAF rugby team who became the Inter-Services Champions for the first time since 1994, thanks to the Army’s 36-18 win over the Navy in the Babcock Trophy match at Twickenham on Saturday.The RAF had already beaten the Army 33-29 at Aldershot last month and drawn 32-32 with the Navy, so their squad were on hand to watch the last of the matches at Twickenham and collected the coveted Inter-Services Cup at the end. Better together: Mark Cueto (left) crosses the line with Tom Brady. (Photo: Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Not a top-knotHe may be a ridiculously talented, superbly athletic 18-year-old, who has scored 18 tries for the New Zealand Sevens team in this season’s HSBC Sevens World Series, but even Rieko Ioane can’t get away with this top-knot. Make an appointment at the Salon of Shame, Rieko.Hair-raising: Rieko Ioane (left) and his top-knot at the Glasgow Sevens. (Photo: Getty Images)last_img read more

Payment innovations to be key theme of IoF Technology Group conference

first_imgFood for thoughtThe fourth stream will range widely. As well as a panel discussion on diversity and to what extent it affects fundraising,  tech, Macmillan will relate their experience of using an online will-writing service, and Mast ICT will show how to throw data up into the cloud and “paint a rainbow with it in Power BI”.Usurv will present the surprising reasons why donors do – and don’t – hit “submit”, and Mags Rivett of Make-A-Wish will share her insights on creating a digital strategy. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement Business processesThe afternoon keynote will be presented by Liz Curry who will explore whether GDPR is more like oil – helping us strike it rich and making heroes of data teams; or asbestos – dooming us to years spent cleaning up the mess.Curry is now a GDPR consultant having worked in senior CRM and business planning roles at Comic Relief for 20 years.The business processes track will feature Advanced’s David Eder draw on his experience of large-scale migration and implementation projects to showcase the business process as linchpin and saviour. How the British Heart Foundation wards off duplicate records to keep their database clean, mean and fully compliant will be explained.Julie Pitt will reveal the hidden costs of poor data, and share details of low-cost tools that will help charities tackle their  own data gremlins.Aris Tsontzos will explain the processes required to support a charity’s data retention policy. Howard Lake | 16 May 2018 | News In addition to the four content streams, the event features time for networking, including lunch and a drinks reception. Last year 200 delegates attended the conference, from small and large charities.There will also be a supplier exhibition, at which the event’s sponsors will appear, including Wood for Trees, Access Group, Care2 and Mast ICT. Some of the sponsors will give lunchtime talks. Tickets are available for the IoF Technology Conference. This year there is an extra discount this year for small charities (income under £1m/year).  205 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17center_img  206 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Tagged with: Amazon Charity CRM data data protection GDPR payment Technology Payment innovations to be key theme of IoF Technology Group conference The Institute of Fundraising Technology Group’s annual conference next month will feature payment innovation as one of its four core themes.The one-day event, sponsored by MyLife Digital, takes place on Friday 8 June at America Square Conference Centre near Aldgate, central London.Payment innovationAmazon’s Karen Pepper will kick off the day with a keynote speech on new payment technology for charities.The theme will be continued throughout the day in the payment innovations stream, featuring case studies from Médecins Sans Frontières, the Royal British Legion and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. These sessions will cover topics ranging from contactless community fundraising to blockchain.SEE ALSO: Amazon Alexa users can donate to 40 US charities by voice CRM and building blocksThe perennial challenge of CRM procurement and implementation will be covered by another stream.In response to perennial demand, this stream will give solid advice on CRM procurement and implementation.Speakers will include Dawn Varley on “the secrets of CRM that nobody ever tells you about”, and Harrison’s Fund founder Alex Smith will talk about his experiences in choosing a donations platform. last_img read more

Pioneer Days continues today

first_img Sponsored Content Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories Print Article Pioneer Days continues today Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Pioneer Days opened at the Pioneer Museum of Alabama in Troy Friday with nearly 600 students from around the area enjoying a hands-on history learning experience.Pioneer Days will continue today with demonstrations and exhibits that include everything from biscuit baking to blacksmithing and a variety of campsites to visit.Elaine Daniels, a first grade teacher at Newton Elementary School, said her students learned a lot about the old ways and had a great time doing it. “Not until my sister, Betsy, said ‘Lawd, that’s Davey!’ That’s why I named my gun Betsy – after my sister.”Stories were shared at each campsite and will be again today when Pioneer Days continues.Bruce Brennan’s 2B Wild West Show features trick roping demonstrations and tales right out of the Old West. The War Between the States campsite will feature a field hospital and the Chuckle Wagon Gang keep kids and adults giggling.Alabama artist Jack Deloney will be featured at a book signing from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and Broken Strings Bluegrass Band will entertain at 1 p.m.Everyone is invited to Pioneer Days. The gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m.Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for students, grades K-12.Admission to Pioneer Days also includes admission the museum that houses thousands of artifacts. Skip You Might Like Paxson views exhibit as vital to community Duane Paxson moved to Troy when he was 3 years old so he considers himself “almost” a native son. As… read more “The children were fascinated by so many different things,” Daniels said. “The boys especially liked the Civil War and Native American exhibits. They were very interested in the outdoor toilet. They wanted to know where the water was and how the toilets were flushed.”Daniels said it was a good learning experience for the children, and she definitely wants to bring her students back next year.Monica Pugh of Montgomery home schools her children and they have been studying pioneer life and Pioneer Day was a perfect compliment to their studies. Published 9:39 pm Friday, October 9, 2009 Book Nook to reopen “This is a wonderful learning event for all ages,” she said. “We have several home-school groups here and this is something that we will certainly want to do again.”The students spent a lot of time visiting the different campsite and learning about pioneer days from folks like Davy Crockett who shared stories of his boyhood.“When I was a young boy, I got in trouble with my daddy and he was going to give me a good licking,” Crockett told a group of young boys. “I ran from him and he ran after me. Soon he got tired and had to stop. I kept going and ran away from home.”Crockett said about two years later he returned and his own family didn’t recognize him. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Public given more time to have their say on TEN-T Network

first_imgDonegal County Council has announced an extension on the timeframe for feedback on the TEN-T road network.Large levels of interest in the Emerging Preferred Route Corridors had led to the feedback period being extended until 29th March 2019.Three sections of the TEN-T Network in Donegal have been prioritised for improvement and these are the N15/N13 Ballybofey / Stranorlar Urban Region, the N56/N13 Letterkenny to Manorcunningham and the N14 Manorcunningham to Lifford / Strabane / A5 Link. Public consultation events took place in February in Lifford, Ballybofey and Letterkenny to allow the public to view and comment on the Emerging Preferred Route Corridors identified. Due to the level of interest and requests for an extension of time, feedback is now requested by 29th March 2019.Information presented at the recent public consultations is available at and comments and observations can also be made here.Following confirmation of the Preferred Route Corridor, the scheme Design will be developed and Environmental Impact Assessment Report will be prepared.The TEN-T Network in Donegal is a TII Funded Project and is being undertaken by Donegal County Council with design consultants RPS Consulting Engineers / Barry Transportation. Public given more time to have their say on TEN-T Network was last modified: March 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilTEN-T Networklast_img read more

Online system to combat ID fraud

first_img18 August 2010 South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs is working on rolling out an online Identity Document (ID) verification system that is expected to cut down on document fraud in the country. The project will give the South African Social Security Agency, banks, insurers and retailers, among others, real-time access to the Home Affairs National Identification System (Hanis) in order to verify the identities of current and prospective clients. Hanis stores South African citizens’ ID numbers, fingerprints and photos. Accessing Hanis will enable these sectors to conduct on-the-spot verification of the fingerprints of clients against the information stored in Hanis. “This will make it difficult for people who have fraudulent IDs to use them,” Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni told a media briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday. According to Apleni, the system will be up and running by the end of this year. The department signed a memorandum of understanding with the South African Banking Risk Information Centre in this regard in March. This comes in light of the escalating ID fraud. On Monday, the police arrested three men in connection with 588 fraudulent IDs found hidden in a roof of a house in Eldorado Extension 9 in Johannesburg. The police were looking for a man in connection for attempted murder. When they searched his home, they found the fraudulent IDs hidden in his roof. The man and two others were arrested. Brigadier Govindsamy Mariemuthoo of the Gauteng police said their rapid response unit also found two car radios and suspected stolen car parts hidden in the suspect’s bedroom. The Police also confiscated 1.5 kilograms of dagga. “When they searched the house they found the ID books wrapped in plastic in the ceiling. The suspect told us that he bought them from an official at the Department of Home Affairs in Roodepoort. The suspect said he was planning to sell them,” Mariemuthoo said. The police suspect that the man was selling false ID books to people who crossed the South African border illegally. Mariemuthoo said their forensic team would check his mobile phone calls to see if he had communicated with any Home Affairs officials. Welcoming the arrest, Apleni warned officials who were teaming up with criminals that they would face the full might of the law. The department would also conduct its own investigation to find out how the IDs fell into the hands of the suspects. “The arrests once more underline our conviction that working together with our law enforcement agencies, we can make serious inroads in our fight against crime and corruption,” Apleni said. The suspects, who are South African citizens, were due to appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto on Wednesday. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

India beat Sri Lanka by 39 runs in one-off T20 match

first_imgVirat Kohli’s fine half-century and Irfan Pathan’s opening spell helped India beat Sri Lanka by 39 runs in the one-off Twenty20 International played in Pallekele on Tuesday.Riding on Kohli’s well-crafted 68, the Indians managed to put up a respectable 155 for three. In reply, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 116 in 18 overs, largely due to Pathan (3/27) and career-best effort of four for 19 by Ashok Dinda.Pathan bowled a fine opening spell as he dismissed Tillekaratne Dilshan (0), Upul Tharanga (5) and the dangerous Mahela Jayawardene (26, 5×4) during his first spell of three overs. If Pathan ran through the top-order, Dinda cleaned up the lower order, taking the last three wickets without conceding a run.Aided by condition that helped seamers, Pathan repeatedly swung the ball back into the right handers as he induced Dilshan into playing across the line and getting him castled in the process.Left-hander Tharanga got a ball that swung away from him as he went for a drive only to offer a simple catch to first slip.Jayawardene, who hit Umesh Yadav for four boundaries in an over, got one from Pathan that came back to hit him on the pads. The Lankan skipper wasn’t happy as he felt that the delivery might have been missing the leg-stump.At 35 for three, Lahiru Thirimanne (20) and Angelo Mathews (31) joined hands to add 33 runs before Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed the former who went for an ambitious reverse sweep. At 68 for four, things looked ominous for the islanders.Mathews edged one to Dhoni off Dinda and Jeevan Mendis hit one from Yadav straight to Rahane at covers. At 100 for six, the Lankans could hardly do anything better than wait for the inevitable.advertisementlast_img read more

Hendrick signs new Burnley deal

first_imgBurnley have announced that midfielder Jeff Hendrick has signed a contract extension to stay at Turf Moor until the summer of 2020.Hendrick has made 91 appearances and scored five goals since joining Burnley from Derby County in August 2016.The 26-year-old started 29 Premier League games last season to help Burnley finish seventh in the Premier League and qualify for Europa League.The Ireland international is known as versatile midfield man and has been deployed centrally and in a more attacking role this season.His current deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but the club has today exercised their option to extend his stay by 12 months.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.LATEST: Clarets Extend Hendrick Stay— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) December 20, 2018“He’s done well for us,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche told the club’s website.“We have asked a lot of him. We have used him in a number of different positions that sometimes aren’t natural to him and over time he has delivered good performances for us.”last_img read more

Guardiola doesnt expect a more mature Benjamin Mendy

first_imgDuring a press conference this Tuesday, Pep Guardiola revealed that he doesn’t expect a more mature version of left-back Benjamin Mendy.In football there are players like Benjamin Mendy, who are different from the rest, they have a more jovial demeanor as they can’t seem to have an off switch and manager Pep Guardiola knew this when he first signed the Frenchman from AS Monaco.Ever since he got to Manchester City, this player has always shown a predilection for the more active way of life, the one that isn’t necessarily as private as perhaps the manager would like.Pep Guardiola has learned to separate the player from the public persona with Mandy and other players, but the Frenchman is the one who has given him a more challenging relationship.From the very start at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola repeatedly stated that he never really appreciated the social media life that his defender led, Mendy vowed to slow it down a bit but he never really did it.Now after a couple of years have passed, it appears that the Catalan manager has finally given up on his pursue to stop Mendy from being so public with his life and he has finally accepted the Frenchman for who he is.🗣 | Pep Guardiola: “Benjamin Mendy is in the squad tomorrow (against Burton). Maybe on the bench.”#FPL #FantasyPL #FFScout #GW24 #mcfc— Fantasy Football Scout (@FFScout) January 22, 2019On Tuesday, when asked about this public persona that Benjamin Mendy has on all his social media accounts, Guardiola explained why he doesn’t have a problem with it anymore.The Catalan manager will be happy as long as the payer responds on training and on the pitch, he doesn’t care about the stuff outside work anymore.“I am delighted with Benjamin,” Guardiola told a news conference via Four Four Two.“I am sad because we were not able to play him because of injuries but that sometimes happens.”“The way he is training, the way he is in the locker room… you cannot imagine how much the people love him. I am delighted – I just want to use him more! That’s all.”“I am not unhappy with Mendy [using social media heavily]. I am not here to change his mentality. His way, the way he lives… is what it is. When we bought him, we knew it.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“So, when we are talking about training sessions, always it’s perfect but he is active on social media. He likes to be. It is what it is.”“We try to convince him, but I’m not his father! [I tell him]: ‘Be focused on your job and what we have to do. You are young, and you can be one of the best left-backs, but it’s up to you,’” he added.Pep Guardiola: Benjamin Mendy ‘needs to be focused’ to achieve potential— Prem Brew (@prembrew) January 23, 2019After hearing Pep Guardiola speak frankly about Benjamin Mendy’s lifestyle, thinking about the poor way in which Jose Mourinho managed this with Paul Pogba at Manchester United is inevitable.The Portuguese manager truly hated this side of the French midfielder, they were always at odds for several reasons but one of the biggest disagreements they had was due to an Instagram story that Pogba posted after Manchester United was eliminated from the FC Cup by Derby County.We could see Paul laughing on a short video right after the Red Devils were eliminated in penalties, this was the origin of the already famous argument between the two of them on next morning’s training session after the infamous defeat.Pep Guardiola takes a very different approach to this with Benjamin Mendy, he prefers to understand his players instead of trying to limit him and this has brought a very peaceful relationship between the two.Even if Pep Guardiola doesn’ like the whole circus that is the social media lifestyle, he understands that times have changed and everybody has to adapt to the new era.‘I’m not his dad’ – Guardiola won’t change much-loved Mendy— Cleansheet (@Cleansheet) January 22, 2019What’s your take on players who love using social media for everything? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

4 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The Transfiguration

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The following four children were baptized and joined the Parish of  the Transfiguration on Sunday, August 4, 2019:Anthony Joseph RuplisValentina Elizabeth SanchezMadelyn ShalkoskiCallen James SutherlandCongratulations to these children and their families.(NOTE: List is from the latest St. Thomas/St. Dorothy church bulletin. The cover photo is from Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”2 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”5 Children Baptized At The Parish Of The TransfigurationIn “Community”last_img read more

Qualcomm hurts competition Apple and manufacturers say in opening pitch to jury

first_imgApple, which initially filed suit against Qualcomm in January 2017, argued that it essentially pays Qualcomm twice, first by purchasing processors and then by paying royalty fees. The tech giant said it should pay fees based only on the cost of the wireless chip inside its iPhones. Apple partners Foxconn and Pegatron, which assemble its devices, agree and have joined the lawsuit. Qualcomm countered that it isn’t a monopoly and said its technology is more than modems so it should be compensated based on the selling price of the phone itself.”In the summer of 2016, Qualcomm went too far,” Cordell said during Tuesday’s opening arguments. “Apple was asked questions by the government. Apple answered the questions, and that enraged Qualcomm.” Then Apple “had the audacity to buy products” from another company, which also “enraged Qualcomm,” he said. At stake in the case are tens of billions of dollars. Apple’s manufacturing partners want a refund of $9 billion for allegedly overpaying royalties since 2013. Under antitrust law, that amount could be tripled. Qualcomm wants damages of its own for breach of contract, though it hasn’t detailed the amount. An even bigger concern for Qualcomm: whether it will have to change its entire business model, collecting far lower royalties based on the price of its chips, not the phones they’re in.The contract manufacturers paid Qualcomm $31 billion for chips from 2010 to 2016 and overpaid $7 billion to $9 billion, Richard Doren of Gibson Dunn said Tuesday during opening arguments on behalf of Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal. The overpayment is what could have been tripled under antitrust law. “Why didn’t the contract manufacturers step up?” Doren said. “The reality is they didn’t dare. They are literally between a rock and a hard place” — between their customers and Qualcomm demands. “It’s a delicate and difficult balance. But if you don’t maintain it, you will not survive, and so they stayed quiet,” he said. For consumers, the battle could have resulted in iPhone connectivity speeds that can’t match up to those of Android devices. Apple’s current modem supplier, Intel, doesn’t yet have a 5G chip ready. Qualcomm is the only option for handset makers that want to tap into the ultrafast wireless network this year. We may not see a 5G iPhone until 2020 or even 2021. And if Qualcomm and Apple didn’t resolve their problems, it was unlikely Apple would have Qualcomm modems in its iPhones again anytime soon. Originally published at 10:39 a.m. PTUpdate at 11:11 a.m.: Adds comments from contract manufacturers’ attorneyUpdate at 3:45 p.m.: Adds details about Qualcomm opening argument and settlement. Apple, Qualcomm go head-to-head — with billions at stake • Now playing: Watch this: Apple 4 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple and Qualcomm settle licensing dispute amid trial’s opening arguments Apple v. Qualcomm jury includes pilot, former MLB pitcher, retired nurse Apple, Qualcomm head into latest legal battle, with billions at stake What the Apple-Qualcomm battle means for your next iPhone Qualcomm can’t get back the billions it paid Apple, judge rules Cordell noted that 20% of mobile standard essentials patents come from Qualcomm, while 40% come from Ericsson, Nokia, LG, Huawei and InterDigital combined. Those companies together get paid royalties of $3.34 per iPhone, he said. Qualcomm demands $13, Cordell said. “Does that make any sense?” Cordell says. “Is that fair and reasonable?”While Cordell said Qualcomm asked for royalties of $13 per iPhone, Apple testimony during an FTC trial against Qualcomm in January revealed that discounts lowered the Qualcomm licensing fee to $7.50 per iPhone. During the trial, Apple said it should pay only $1.50 per device, a 5% fee for the cost of each $30 modem used in an iPhone. Chesler, meanwhile, argued that Apple’s contract manufacturers were fine with its licensing terms for about 20 years before Apple instructed them to stop payments to Qualcomm.”After all that time, almost 20 years, in April of 2017, all four of the contract manufacturers stopped paying anything for our technology,” he said. At the end of 2018, they owed Qualcomm about $8 billion. “In fact, they have not paid us a dime in the two years since then. Literally billions of dollars.”He noted that because of the battle, Qualcomm’s “stock has plummeted. People have been laid off. Research and development to develop new technology have been canceled.”Duking it outApple has long made the processors that act as the brains of its iPhones, but the company has relied on Qualcomm’s modems to connect its devices to cell networks. From the iPhone 4S in 2011 to the iPhone X in 2017, Qualcomm was the sole provider of 4G chips that helped Apple’s devices access Verizon, AT&T and other wireless services.Qualcomm is the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips, and it created technology that’s essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing those inventions to more than 300 device makers, mostly handset companies. Some patent holders license their intellectual property on an individual basis; Qualcomm licenses all its patents as a group. For a set fee, a device maker gets to use all of Qualcomm’s technology.Because Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G phones — as well as other features like software — any handset makers building a device that connects to a network must pay it a licensing fee, even if they don’t use Qualcomm’s chips. Apple licenses Qualcomm’s technology through its manufacturers, like Foxconn, rather than purchasing a license of its own. See also See All Qualcomm 4G LTE Foxconn Apple 3:14 Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Phones Components Tech Industry Qualcomm’s no license, no chips policy — in which it wouldn’t provide processors to a phone maker until the company signed a licensing agreement — meant it effectively charged Apple twice for its patents, said Ruffin Cordell, an attorney with Fish & Richardson who’s representing Apple.”No license, no chips allows them to double dip,” he said during opening arguments. “They get paid twice for the same product. … The other thing it does is allow them to charge patent royalties that are far in excess of that fair and reasonable level.”Qualcomm’s lawyer, meanwhile, argued during his opening statement that the chipmaker was the one harmed in the situation and that it commanded higher royalty fees because its technology was more valuable than its peers.”The reason they pay us more is because what we created is worth more,” said Evan Chesler of the firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore.Monday marked the start of the five-week, $27 billion trial that was expected to determine whether Qualcomm operates a smartphone modem chip monopoly that charges too much in licensing fees. The jury trial was being argued before US District Court Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel of the Southern District of California in San Diego. The outcome could’ve affected what wireless networks your phone taps into.  But Qualcomm attorney Chesler hadn’t yet finished his opening arguments when news broke that the two companies had reached a settlement. (Check out our full report on that here.)Licensing spatQualcomm engaged in four anticompetitive acts, Cordell said Tuesday. It had a policy of not licensing patents to competitors, which he said broke Qualcomm’s vow to the standards body. Qualcomm’s no license, no chips strategy made customers pay twice, Cordell said, while its exclusivity agreements locked out competition. Qualcomm’s agreements with companies also included obstruction/gag clauses that reinforced Qualcomm’s “illegal scheme.””This case is about the fact that Qualcomm has used its monopoly … to set unfair prices and stifle competition and dictate terms to some of the biggest, most powerful companies in the world, that rational companies would never agree to in a million years,” Cordell said. From 2010 to 2016, the iPhone maker paid Qualcomm $16.1 billion for chips and $7.23 billion for licensing fees. But the amount should have been much lower, Apple said.  No license, no chips allows them to double dip. Ruffin Cordell, an attorney with Fish & Richardson who’s representing Apple Share your voice Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Comments reading • Apple, Qualcomm make opening arguments just before settlement is unveiled Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Lawyers for Apple, its contract manufacturers and Qualcomm made their pitches Tuesday morning to a jury about why their side was right in the licensing dispute. But before the opening arguments even finished, the parties had reached a settlement. So marked the end of a battle that had the potential to change the mobile industry. Apple had accused Qualcomm of anticompetitive practices that have raised chip prices, restricted competition and hurt customer choice. Qualcomm had countered that Apple’s iPhone wouldn’t be possible without its technology, and it deserved to be paid for its innovation. Apple and its contract manufacturers have paid Qualcomm billions of dollars for chips and licensing, but the bill should have been much lower, their attorneys said Tuesday in opening arguments at the trial that was to determine the future of Qualcomm’s licensing business. last_img read more