Security agency raids Shabelle Media Network again, two held

first_img RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists RSF_en Follow the news on Somalia SomaliaAfrica January 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the latest raid by Somalia’s National Security and Intelligence Agency (NISA) on Radio Shabelle and Sky FM, two Mogadishu-based radio stations owned by Shabelle Media Network. Both stations have again been closed and two of their journalists are still being held.The NISA’s third raid on the stations in the space of 18 months was carried out on 3 April by five heavily-armed teams that stormed Shabelle Media Network’s headquarters, seized all of their broadcasting equipment and arrested a total of 25 people, including 23 journalists and media workers.Most were released after being questioned but Radio Shabelle director Mohamed Muse and editor-in-chief Ahmed Abdi Hassan are still being held and the NISA is actively looking for Shabelle Media Network president Abdimalik Yusuf.Radio Shabelle broadcast a recording by Sheikh Ali Dheere, the spokesman of the Islamist rebel group Al-Shabaab, claiming responsible for the 2 April massacre of students in Garissa University, in neighbouring Kenya.The NISA said this violated a verbal instruction it issued in September 2014 banning the broadcasting of Al-Shabaab statements – an instruction that was never confirmed by any written government order.“The Somali government’s harassment of Radio Shabelle’s personnel is turning this media outlet into a martyr of its censorship policies,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“We call for the immediate reopening of these two radio stations and the immediate release of Mohamed Muse and Ahmed Abdi Hassan, who just relayed information about a news development of particular interest to the Somali population. This is what journalists are supposed to do.”The NISA filed a complaint against Muse and Hassan with the prosecutor-general’s office on 6 April, requesting their detention for an initial 20 days. The prosecutor-general refused to accept the complaint until the two journalists appear before him and, on the face of it, does not seem to support their arrests, which were not carried out under any law.Radio Shabelle and Sky FM had only resumed broadcasting in mid-March after being closed since the last NISA raid on 15 August 2014, which resulted in the prolonged detention of several of their journalists.These two radio stations are unfortunately not the only media outlets being targeted by Somali authorities.Radio Goobjoog reporter Abdifatah Hassan Ahmed was arrested by police in Wadajir on 31 March and was held for seven days without any reason being given. His arrest was widely commented by fellow journalists as he is Somalia’s only blind journalist.In Berbera, in the breakaway northwestern territory of Somaliland, Kalsan TV correspondent Ahmed Said Mohamed was arrested on 1 April while doing a report on a financial dispute between the regional authorities and the port authorities. He was given an arbitrary seven-day sentence the next day and is still being held by the police.Somalia is ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts April 9, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Security agency raids Shabelle Media Network again, two heldcenter_img News News SomaliaAfrica February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region to go further Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia March 2, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

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National Rebuilding Day 2014 Brings the Community Together, Helping Each Other

first_imgSubmitted by Rebuilding Together Thurston CountySee all those people?  They are your neighbors!  They are just some of the folks who spent a recent Saturday working on the maintenance needs of some very special homeowners in Thurston County.  As part of Rebuilding Day 2014 there were over 150 volunteers who worked on the homes of nine individuals and families – all of whom were incredibly grateful.  It was a fabulous day and the rain held off just long enough to complete all the necessary repairs – whew!With morning pastries provided by Momma Bear’s Bakery in Yelm, and a welcome from each of the House Captains, the six different work groups set about getting their chores checked off the proverbial list:  power wash driveways, decks and patios; pull weeds, cut back overgrown bushes and rambling ivy, plant new flowers, spread mulch, and water; replace windows that let in lots of cold air and water; clean out and repair gutters; install grab bars; repair drippy faucets; install new doors; paint; and lots more.Eight of the projects were located in Lacey (including a mobile home park where four homeowners received services), so we were delighted to have a visit from Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt from the Lacey City Council.Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet and a homeowner on National Rebuildling Day.She toured several of the projects, met with the homeowners and came away impressed with the work of so many volunteers and donors.  Mayor Pete Kmet of Tumwater rolled up his sleeves to work with the volunteers at Cheryl’s home.  Though she has an Olympia address, her home is closer to services in Tumwater, so it was particularly noteworthy that he was so generous with his time with RTTC that day.  Thanks to Ms. Pratt and Mr. Kmet, both of whom are clearly interested in the efforts of their citizenry to make their towns and homes healthier and safer.Olympia Federal Savings (and their significant financial support), United Roofing (and their 12 roofers!), the very capable services of Hometown Property Management, and Lacey Gateway Rotary members (and their strong backs) were the movers and shakers behind the biggest project this year: Shirley’s home.  After her husband died three years ago, this 76 year old lady lost interest in most everything and didn’t have the ability to take care of much of it in any event.With the assistance of about 45 volunteers, her home was transformed and in the end was a stunning example of how much good can be done in a day!  With a completely new roof, numerous smaller projects completed around the home and extensive landscape maintenance, her home is in a truly beautiful setting; and most importantly she feels like it’s something that she can maintain now that it is all under control.Special thanks go to Western Cedar Supply/PABCO for the roof supplies, to Ken Kirkland for his House Captain leadership, and to Dirty Dave’s for a terrific lunch. Susan, a 70 year old woman now living alone, received services from the Lacey Presbyterian Church (a team of about 32 men and women who have been with us on Rebuilding Day for several years now; thank you, volunteers, and to the Church for their continued financial support of RTTC!).  Big thanks also go to Rob Hodgeman, the House Captain, and to Subway for the donated box lunches that kept the volunteers going through the afternoon.Cathy Johnson, owner of Dandelion Gardens, sprucing up old planters on National Rebuilding Day.The project at Crestwood Park in Lacey had an energetic crew from the YouthBuild Construction Trades program (New Market Skills Center in Tumwater) who teamed with an equally hard working larger group from KAYO/KGY Radio.  This was definitely a case of age and experience, mixed with eagerness and wonder – surely the best of all combinations!  All three homeowners (Curt, Vietnam vet; Drema, a 71 year old lady living alone; and Ivan, who is disabled) were all absolutely thrilled with the work done on their homes and the differences were significant!  The team of volunteers also replaced the security bollards at the entrance of the park that were taken out in a car accident earlier this year.  Coordinating all these efforts was the Sater family (Lane, Tonya and all five of their children, each of whom contributed to the successes of the day).  In addition, T & S Cleaning (Ted and Shirley were both there); Chris from Gillaspie’s Tree Service; and Casa Mia and their pizzas all contributed to a job well done.  And since then, we’ve received calls from others in the park who would like assistance.Failing windows can cause lots of angst for any homeowner, but imagine if you did not have the funds to do anything about it.  That was the position 67 year old Cheryl was in, so with the enthusiasm of HomeStreet Bank employee Chris Hutchison and the major financial backing of the same institution, along with the construction skills of Nick Bevans (Bevans Construction) and John Hays (Puget Construction), she was the very happy recipient of five (yep, 5!) new windows!  In addition, Mayor Kmet was a member of this crew and Pizza Hut donated lunch for everyone.And finally there were the Robyn and Cameo projects.  Both are relatively young women (Robyn with certain disabilities and Cameo a single mom with three kids) with leaking, safety, and security repairs – important to address to keep the homes in good and safe condition as both intend to live in their homes for years to come.  Lowe’s on Martin Way in Olympia was not only instrumental in providing work crews for both projects but also provided the expertise of James Powers (Assistant Manager of Lowe’s on Martin Way) as the House Captain for both projects.  Subway and Jimmy John’s provided lunches for participants.In addition to all these outstanding companies and volunteers, there were several more who absolutely need recognition for their contributions, which were connected to more than one project:  Cathy Johnson of Dandelion Gardens worked on two projects and was instrumental in the coordination and design of both projects;  Mary Carskadon and Jackie Ashley enhanced everyone’s lunches by providing cookies and chips to each site; Cutter’s Point Coffee provided warming coffee for several of the sites; and Rob’s Excavation and NW Cascade provided port-a-potties for each work site.And where would we be without Lowe’s on Martin Way in Olympia? Not in the position we’re in, that’s for sure.  They’ve been working with us for months to make sure that all materials we needed were pulled and delivered at exactly the right time; that all their employees were trained in how to deal with us and the coordination of materials; and their financial support has been huge.Here’s a huge THANK YOU to our Executive Director, Raechel Kilcup, for all of her hard work and dedication to coordinating all of these projects as well as to all volunteers and participants who made Rebuilding Day 2014 the success that it was!Altogether, we served 32 homes in our county during the month of April, utilized over 400 volunteers, and for every $1 donated we were able to turn it into $13 of service to these homeowners. Typically, $1 is turned into $4.  We are extremely proud of the work done and thankful for the support of our community. Facebook98Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Brave volunteers sought for world’s most scenic parachute jump

first_imgHow would you like to experience views of the magnificent Carrickfinn landscape from 12,000ft in the air – without a plane?The No Barriers Foundation are calling on brave volunteers to take on a high-flying challenge this May Bank Holiday weekend. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do a sponsored tandem parachute jump and see the amazing Donegal Airport from above. Donegal Airport won the title of ‘World’s Most Scenic Landing’ for the second time in a row this month. So, if you’ve been dreaming about crossing this spectacular journey off your bucket list, this jump is a very special opportunity to do it in style.The sponsored parachute jump will take place on 4th, 5th or 6th May 2019. If you are interested in taking part please contact the No Barriers Foundation on Facebook (click here) or email [email protected] Barriers Sponsored Tandem Parachute Jump at Donegal AirportMoney raised will go towards supporting patients who use the No Barriers Exoskeleton, which was purchased for the benefit of patients in Donegal through a community-led project.Johnny Loughrey, Director and Lead Physio for The No Barriers Foundation said: “This year we are delighted to have two full-time No Barriers staff providing the Exoskeleton service for the Northwest “Money raised via the jump will be used to help cover staff wages to be able to keep providing this service to those suffering from spinal injury, MS, brain injury and stroke around the North West for as low a cost as is possible for the Exoskeleton user. “Any additional revenue will be used to help acquire new much-needed exercise equipment to create an inclusive gym environment in Donegal. This gym will allow wheelchair users and those with varying levels of mobility to train side by side with others within their community.”See the exoskeleton in action with No Barriers service user Anita Jackson here: Taking part in the 2019 No Barriers parachute jump is one way to support this life-changing local project. If you are interested please contact the No Barriers Foundation on Facebook (click here) or email [email protected]  For more information on No Barriers, visit www.nobarriers.ieBrave volunteers sought for world’s most scenic parachute jump was last modified: April 1st, 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 Airportno barriers foundationparachute jumpSkydivelast_img read more

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Sub-surface nutrient placement options

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By John Fulton and Trey ColleySub-surface placement of nutrients is a best management practice (BMP) in an effort to reduce off-site transport of P and N. There is variety of placement techniques and equipment which becomes important information as farmers decide a solution or suite of solutions to adopt. Frequently, it is unclear which types of implements are best suited to meet the nutrient management goals for a farm operation. Equipment capable of sub-surface placement can vary in horsepower requirements, placement options, and the level of surface disturbance. The “right” implement will vary from farm-to-farm based on the differing management strategies.An Ohio State University Fact Sheet (Opportunities for Sub-surface Nutrient Placement in Ohio) has been developed to help review and understand specification of different implements for sub-surface placement of fertilizers. This publication can be accessed at https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-56401. To help identify which implement(s) is best suited for your farm, the Ohio State Precision Ag Team compiled a list of sub-surface placement benefits and categorized available equipment options. The benefits of sub-surface placement of fertilizers can include:makes fertilizers readily available for crop uptake,potentially reduces pre-plant field passes to a single operation, conserving fuel and reducing compaction,strip-till, sub-surface placement equipment allows for optimal seedbed preparation, improving planter performance, andcan reduce off-site transport of fertilizer in overland runoff.It is important to understand these implements do not accomplish the same thing during field operations, but there remains a number of implements available on the market to place fertilizer below the soil surface. Implement options can vary greatly in both function and suitability-of-use. For a decision aiding tool, categorized currently available sub-surface placement implement options into one of the four categories:“Deep rip and placement implements apply a fertilizer band (generally 3- to 8 inches) of liquid, dry, or anhydrous, prior to the growing season and usually involve some type of tillage or seedbed modification. Generally able to operate 3 to 6 miles per hour in a minimal till to strip-till environment, producing more soil disturbance than “zone mixing” or “injection” implements.“Zone mixing” type implements mix fertilizer and soil in a tilled zone generally around 8 inches wide and 6 inches deep. They typically use a multiple coulter setup to induce a thorough mixing action on the soil while blending liquid, or dry fertilizer or manure. Generally these implements are able to operate in the 7 to 12 miles per hour range in a strip-till or similar environment, while producing more soil disturbance than “injection” type implements.“Injection” Type implements apply a shallow, narrow band of fertilizer (generally 3 inches to 5 inches), of liquid, dry, or anhydrous fertilizer. Typically, these implements utilize a single coulter or similar opener to inject the fertilizer product into a thin opening of the soil. These implements normally operate in the 7 to 12 miles per hour range in a no-till or minimal till environment, while producing the least amount of soil disturbance compared to other implements.Broadcast then incorporate applications are typically conducted by a dual spinner-disc spreader, followed by incorporation through disc, field cultivator, or similar tillage tool. Incorporation can be done any time after the broadcast application, but preferably within 3 to 5 days.Sub-surface placement tools offer many advantages through optimizing nutrient placement and seedbed preparation, but often are more time-consuming than traditional (over-the-top) fertilizer spreading. Try to incorporate as many of the benefits as possible into your operation by selecting a tool that maximizes the value for that pass over the field.Find additional information related to fertilizer application at the Ohio State University Digital Ag website under Precision Crop Management: https://digitalag.osu.edu/precision-ag/research-focuses/precision-crop-management. Dr. John Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

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Is App Addiction a Real Thing?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Trends#web sarah perez Do you jokingly refer to yourself as an “app addict?” That is, are you someone so obsessed with your mobile phone applications that you’ve filled numerous screens full of apps, play with them anytime you have 5 minutes to spare and sleep next to your phone just so it can be the first thing you grab in the morning? While there haven’t been any studies yet on the impact of mobile phone application use and health, USA Today recently ran an article practically dubbing “app addiction” a real thing. “What is app addiction doing to people’s health?, the article asked. What indeed?, we wonder. How about nothing at all? Addiction is a Serious Word“Addiction” is a word that’s often tossed around in fun somewhat haphazardly, with people claiming they’re “addicted” to everything from chocolate to TV to shoes. But real addiction is no joking matter. An addict is someone with a psychological or physical dependence to something and are unable to put an end to their behavior despite its negative consequences – behavior which, especially in the case of drug or alcohol addiction, can even lead to death. In more recent years, compulsive behaviors like gambling and online gaming have also fallen under the banner of “addiction” in cases where the behaviors become uncontrollable by the affected person. Given the psychological component of addiction, it’s not entirely off-base to question whether becoming addicted to mobile apps is the next big thing in technology-related addictions, as USA Today is obviously doing. But with no reported cases, no research, and no scholarly articles, it seems a little bit like jumping the gun to claim that app addiction is becoming a health issue. Still, that didn’t stop some experts from weighing in on the matter. Marina Picciotto, professor of psychiatry, neurobiology and pharmacology at Yale University told the paper, “there are a few parallels we can make from other addictions, like compulsive shopping. The consequences can be bad — credit debt, time lost.” And Hilarie Cash, a psychotherapist and co-founder of reStart, a Fall City, Washington-based Internet-addiction recovery center, warned that users should keep tabs on whether apps are taking over their real lives. So how do you know if it’s taking over your life? Cash says that if you spend more than 2 hours per day engaged with your digital equipment for non-work related or homework-related reasons, “then you’ve got cause for alarm.” Wow, if those are the guidelines for addiction then just about every American has television addiction given the 2 hours they sit in front of their TV sets from 8 PM to 10 PM watching primetime programming. Could this Become a Real Problem?That’s not to say that people won’t get addicted to mobile applications at some point, but let’s not start a panic before all the data is in. Most of the self-proclaimed “app addicts” these days are still maintaining a healthy balance between work, life and play and are able to put their phones away when the time is right. Even those who use their mobile phones and related apps regularly aren’t necessarily addicts in the true sense of the word. What do you think? Is “app addiction” a real thing? Or will it become a serious problem in the future? Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Microsoft Retires Bing Cashback

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting For the last few years, Bing Cashback offered shoppers cash back rewards when they bought merchandise from some partners and advertisers on Microsoft’s search engine. Most of the time these cash-back offers ranged between 2% and 10% of the price of the product. Now, however, Microsoft has decided to retire this feature. According to a post on the Bing blog, Microsoft “did not see the broad adoption that [it] had hoped for.”The cash-back feature will remain in place until the end of July. Users will be able to redeem their cash-back earnings until July 2011. In lots of ways, this was a great feature – we had over a thousand merchant partners delivering great offers to customers and seeing great ROI on their campaigns, and we were taking some of the advertising revenue and giving it back to customers. But after a couple of years of trying, we did not see the broad adoption that we had hoped for.Yusuf Mehdi, senior VP, Online Audience Business GroupBing Shopping, the price comparison section of Bing that featured the cash back rewards, grew rapidly since its launch. With Bing Cashback, Microsoft was able to give users a reason to return to Bing regularly and give monetary rewards to its frequent users. Last year, when Microsoft ran a “Double Cashback” promotion, traffic to Bing Shopping increased 169%between June and July. We don’t have any recent data, but in August 2009, Bing Shopping was the fourth most popular price comparison shopping service in the U.S. As Microsoft’s senior VP of the Online Audience Business Group Yusuf Mehdi notes, Microsoft started offering this feature as a way to “help advertisers reach you with compelling offers, and to provide a new type of shopping experience that would change user behavior and attract a bunch of new users to Bing.” He also points out that Microsoft was able to attract “over a thousand merchant partners delivering great offers to customers and seeing great ROI on their campaigns.” Ultimately, though, these numbers did not live up to Microsoft’s expectations. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#news#NYT#search#web last_img read more

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Can Zynga Bounce Back With Online Gambling?

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#business#gaming#law#zynga A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Even as virtual farms lose their luster, Zynga is looking to rebound in greener pastures – ones lined with real cash.Even as it suffers a spate of bad news related to its traditional social-gaming businesses, the company is now working on ways to throw its weight behind real-money gaming in the U.S. – in the hope of very real new revenue streams. Zynga’s Silver Lining PlaybookOn Monday, Zynga announced plans to close offices in New York, Texas and Baltimore. The Baltimore office will suffer about 30 layoffs, with the rest of the staff being farmed out to other Zynga HQs. The team in Baltimore was focused CityVille 2, a social game that the company axed earlier this month just five months after its launch.That’s a big come-down over the past year. In March 2012, Zynga shares were trading at a 52-week high of $15.91. They opened at $3.41 on Tuesday. Something has to change. The company may be synonymous with the advent of social gaming on Facebook – FarmVille, Mafia Wars, etc. – but its best hope now seems to shifting gears toward more lucrative real money games – assuming it can get legislators to go along.In a way, getting its hands dirty in gambling is a return to its roots. Zynga’s first game, Texas Hold’Em Poker (now known as Zynga Poker) launched way back in July 2007 – two full years before FarmVille started polluting our Facebook feeds. Now, Zynga hopes to benefit from the rivalry between revenue-starved states eager to legalize – and tax – online gambling. Online Gambling Legislation Fast-TrackedAfter signing a fast-tracked bill into law last week, Nevada is the first state in the nation to allow virtual gambling. New Jersey is right on Nevada’s heels, and Governor Chris Christie could sign a similar bill as soon as this week. The legality of online gambling in the U.S. has a confusing history – one typical of U.S. law trying to grapple with emerging online phenomena.The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which “prohibits gambling businesses from knowingly accepting payments in connection with the participation of another person in a bet or wager that involves the use of the Internet,” solidified online wagering’s illicit status back in 2006. So states like Nevada and New Jersey will still have to reconcile their state laws with federal regulatory agencies – a process that could delay big profits for Zynga and other companies hoping to get into online gambling. Is Zynga playing dead? An Uphill Battle RemainsAccording to The Wall Street Journal, Zynga may have to play the waiting game for another 18 months – and even then there’s no guarantee of a big pay-out: “The opportunities within Nevada are somewhat limited since its population is small, but bigger opportunities might emerge. State officials have discussed the possibility of forming compacts with other states considering legalizing poker to merge markets and create bigger groups of players, much as lotteries have done with large lottery draws such as Powerball. California is among the other states that have considered bills in their legislatures to legalize online poker.”Zynga Poker allows anyone over the age of 13 to play, but the company hasn’t released hard numbers on who exactly plays the game. With age and location narrowing the pool, there are some big questions about how many of Zynga’s existing players are ready to convert to real cash gamers.A Sea Of MishapsIn the meantime, Zynga has been hemorrhaging talent. Chief Game Designer Brian Reynolds, who worked at the Baltimore office, jumped ship last month.  Last October, Paul and David Bettner, co-founders of Words With Friends, left the company’s Austin studio. That’s a big deal because while the company has been quick to axe underperforming products, ad-ridden Scrabble-clone Words With Friends remains one of Zynga’s top properties. The company reported that in December 2012 alone, players spent 7.5 billion minutes shuffling around virtual tiles in the game, which launched four years ago. (See also ReadWrite DeathWatch: Zynga.)Still, the failure of games like CityVille 2 point to a flaw in Zynga’s casual-gaming formula. Zynga CEO Mark Pincus has admitted that the company’s sluggishness and lack of innovation has failed to keep users engaged with its cadre of social games. But rather than improve its recipe to make better games – or better clones of other, better games – Zynga seems to have its sights on the real deal. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Zynga Is Ready To GambleOpen any free Zynga game in the App Store and you’ll be assaulted with a shamelessly busy user interface. There are so many pop-over and click-through ads that getting rid of them is basically a hyperactive mini-game all its own. Zynga’s mobile and social games won’t win any design or innovation awards – rather, they have addiction woven into their fabric. Incessant notifications draw users back, pop-up prompts prod players to invite their entire social circles. Those techniques should translate well to actual gambling.So in spite of all the bad news and likely delays in legalized online gambling, Zynga’s shares have perked up lately. With 38 million players, Zynga already has the world’s largest free-to-play online poker site – it only needs legislators to open the gates and let the cash start pouring in. Images courtesy of Shutterstock and Zynga. taylor hatmakerlast_img read more

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Foton tries to snap F2 Logistics win streak

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “We want to win this game because I believe that they are one of the biggest challenges in our goal of winning the title,” said Branislav.Whether the effort would pay off will be seen when the back-to-back champion Tornadoes take on the Cargo Movers in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Batangas City Sports Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This game will be very crucial, F2 Logistics has yet to lose,” said Branislav, adding that a win in the 6 p.m. match would serve as a strong statement to the league.The match may decide which team takes the top ranking in the knockout phase that begins Dec. 5. Petron, meanwhile, takes on Iriga City in the opener at 4 p.m. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ PBAPC honors ‘sixth man’ Jalalon, Pingris, Cone The entire Foton team, not just its coach Moro Branislav, showed up just to see F2 Logistics play against Cignal last Tuesday.For the outspoken Serbian coach, it’s better that the players see for themselves how the unbeaten league-leader plays ahead of their encounter on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

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Everton close to Gylfi Sigurdsson deal, says Ronald Koeman

first_imgEverton are “close” to signing attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City as they look to add three new players to the squad, manager Ronald Koeman has said.According to British media, Everton’s initial bid of 40 million pounds ($52.21 million) for Sigurdsson was rejected by Swansea, who value the Iceland international at 50 million pounds.”We are close (on Sigurdsson), we have to wait…the deal is not done,” Koeman told Sky Sports after Everton’s 2-2 with Sevilla on Sunday.”Everybody knows we are looking for three more players – a left centre-back, a left full-back, a player who can play out of both positions, a winger and a striker and that’s the picture, what the best is for our team and we will see what we can do.”Winger Aaron Lennon was not included in the Everton’s squad in their last pre-season friendly against the Spanish side. He has been linked with a move to Watford but Koeman said the club have received no offers for the 30-year-old.”The reason that he wasn’t in the squad is that he was not fit to play today. I don’t know about any interest for Aaron, I don’t know,” the Dutchman added.Everton have been one of the active Premier League clubs in the close season transfer window, having added Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez Wayne Rooney and Cuco Martina to their squad.Koeman’s side host Stoke City at Goodison Park in their opening game of the league season on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

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