StumbleUpon The new Serie A season kicked off on 18 August, with Italian football clubs securing a reported €125 million in lead shirt sponsorship revenues.According to data collected by Italian sports business news source SportEconomy’s ‘football shirt sponsor index’, Serie A football clubs continue to grow their lead partnerships, which have grown year-on-year since 2015, when combined Serie A sponsorships dropped to €85 million.As anticipated Turin giants Juventus, the seven-time consecutive champions of Serie A dominated the SportEconomy index, securing a €27 million in sponsorship earnings for season 2018/19, with US automotive firm Jeep and Japanese firm Cygames acting as principal ‘Old Lady’ sponsors. Nevertheless, Modena-based Sassuolo Calcio, one of Serie A smallest outfits has raised eyebrows ranking as the second-placed team on the jersey index through its €18 million sponsorship with owner Mapei, an Italian chemical productions firm.Of particular note to industry stakeholders, will be the low presence of betting/gambling related shirt sponsorships with Serie A clubs.Despite the coalition government sanctioning its ‘Dignity Decree’, which will move to prohibit all betting related coverage across Italian football, only three Serie A clubs have taken-up shirt sponsorships’ with gambling firms; Torino-Sportpesa, Chievo maintaining its legacy sponsorship with Eurobet and SS Lazio securing a fixed-term partnership with Marathonbet.The low visibility of active betting shirt sponsors within Serie A bucks the trend that has been witnessed in other high-profile European football leagues, such as the Premier League and La Liga, which maintain a significantly higher saturation of bookmaker shirt sponsorships than Italian Calcio.Preparing for the final months of legal betting advertising, Italian news sources report that bookmakers will likely ramp up advertising through digital, TV and on-field LED advertising verticals.This scenario will move counter to Luigi di Maio personal mandate seeking to protect Italian sports audiences from being inundated with betting related messages … leaving business commentators to wonder whether Luigi’s Decree was ever really thought out’? Share Related Articles Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Italian nightmare continues as MPs approve new turnover tax May 26, 2020 Share New ADM chief: Italy to keep strictest monitoring on gambling incumbents July 6, 2020 Submit
DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate has voted to ban traffic enforcement cameras in Iowa. In addition, the bill would deny Iowa vehicle information to other states with automated ticketing systems, so Iowans wouldn’t have to pay any ticket anywhere for speeding or running a red light that’s generated by a traffic camera.Republican Senator Jake Chapman of Adel said traffic cameras are used “to generate revenue” for cities.“You know, we’ve heard these called ‘gotcha cams,’” Chapman said. “I call them ‘scam cams’ because that’s what they are. They’re scamming people.”Senator Brad Zaun, a Republican from Urbandale, has been trying for nearly a decade to get rid of traffic cameras in the state.“I almost want to smile today,” Zaun said during Senate debate. “…I could go on and on and on. I’ve become the ‘poster boy’ on this, but the fact is, it’s the right thing to do.”Claire Celsi, a Democrat from Des Moines, voted against the traffic cam ban after revealing she got a ticket in the mail on Monday because she was caught speeding by a camera on the Des Moines freeway.“You know, I deserved it. I was going, I think, 76 in a 60,” Celsi said, pausing as one of her colleagues said, prompting other senators audibly react with a gasp or laughter. “When I get those tickets, I say to myself: ‘Self, slow down.’”Senator Bill Dotzler, a Democrat from Waterloo, said people in his city are “fed up” with vehicles running red lights at a high rate of speed and red light cameras have recently been installed at some Waterloo intersections.“I know that this is an ongoing discussion in my community and I have seen a shift in people’s concerns about the traffic cameras,” said Dotzler, who has voted before to ban the cameras, but voted against the ban today.Senator Zach Whiting, a Republican from Spirit Lake, voted for the bill to “advance the conversation.”“I don’t support banning traffic cameras, but I do support more heavily regulating them,” Whiting said. “We need to do this in a responsible way. We need to address the legitimate due process concerns that have been raised in the current system and we need to equip our state and local governments with the tools they feel are necessary to advance transportation and public safety.”A bill eligible for debate in the Iowa House takes the regulatory approach. It would require proof cameras are placed in areas to improve public safety. The bill also would take 60 percent of the fines away from the cities and instead use that money to finance Iowa Department of Public Safety operations.
The Affordable Care Act stipulates that health insurance provided by employers must include birth control as a preventative service at no cost. The Trump administration sought to expand the moral and religious exemptions to that mandate. This is the third time the high court has ruled on the issue. The Supreme Court ruled that civil courts cannot be involved in employment discrimination suits brought against religious organizations where the employee served a religious function. The decision expands upon a ruling from 2012, in which the court said that religious organizations are granted a “ministerial exception” from employment discrimination lawsuits. (Washington, DC) — The Supreme Court is backing a Trump Administration plan to help companies deny giving their workers free birth control.The seven-to-two ruling means up to 126-thousand women in this country may lose birth control coverage. The High Court ruled publicly-traded companies and large universities could claim a religious objection to providing the coverage. Even those without a moral objection are now exempt from the requirement. The ruling helps President Trump deliver on a campaign promise to roll back coverage provided in Obamacare.
By John BurtonSANDY HOOK — It’s been a rough few months as contractors, National Park Service staff and volunteers worked to restore the Sandy Hook national park to something approaching useable for visitors for the coming summer season.The work they are doing is paying off as park service officials have announced some of the park’s recreation areas will be available for use by May.Bathers enjoy the beach at Sandy Hook last season.According to the National Park Service (NPS), Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, which sustained extensive damage from Super Storm Sandy in October, will be partially operational by the summer season. The park has been closed to the public since Sandy but will once again allow public access by May 1, NPS spokesperson Daphne Yun said.Park officials are also expecting to have three beach areas – Gunnison, North Beach and Area B – available for public use by Memorial Day weekend, Yun said.“Things are looking up here,” Peter McCarthy, Sandy Hook’s unit coordinator, said this week about the cleanup and restoration of the park and services. “We think we’re doing extremely well considering the circumstances a couple of months ago.”During the last few months, contractors and crews have been digging out some areas that had tons of sand piled up, including parking areas D and E, where the parking lots and structures were buried. “For all intents and purposes we’re almost all cleared,” in the two parking areas, he said. “We still have to do some work” on lot C.One of the major challenges facing the park service is getting the sewer system fully operational. In a press release last week, Yun said the site’s wastewater treatment plant is not expected to be completed by the end of May; beach areas will be serviced by temporary restroom facilities.“The sewer is our No. 1 challenge,” McCarthy said. He and his fellow workers spent more than two months without running water and had to use portable restroom facilities.Another significant challenge facing the park service continues to be the collection and removal of debris that was strewn on both the ocean and bay sides of the beach. Workers and volunteers have been cleaning up the remarkable amount found there, including typical items, such as timbers, which wash up every winter. Some of the more unusual finds have been a section of a bar and patio deck plus a couple of large metal Dumpsters that have made their way onto the beach.Along with that, the lifeguard stands have to be extracted from a rather inaccessible location where they washed up due to the storm surge, McCarthy said. A contractor will use a small crane to retrieve them.Work that still needs to be completed includes paving the roadways and bike/multipurpose path that buckled in numerous locations from the force of the water. Federal highway contracts will need to be awarded for that work. Once they’re awarded, “We’ll see great strides,” McCarthy said.Less certain will be the future of the Seagull’s Nest restaurant and bar and concession stands.While the NPS has assessed some of the damage to the building, it is waiting to receive a structural engineering study before repair work can begin. “We’re trying to figure out a plan for how we’re going to take care of visitors in regards to concession operations,” McCarthy said.Repairs are not expected to be completed by Memorial Day to the path and commuter ferry dock, located at the park’s Fort Hancock area, Yun said.The National Park Service has allocated $30 million for Sandy Hook repairs with the money coming from funds authorized by Congress and President Obama, Yun said. The money is being divided into five categories: $18 million for buildings; $5 million for beaches and trails; $3 million for utilities; $2 million for equipment; and $2 million for road repair.On top of that, the federal Department of Transportation is contributing another $5.2 million for road and multipurpose path repairs, Yun said.Gateway areas – Sandy Hook, Jacob Riis Park in Queens, N.Y., and Great Kills Park on Staten Island – were “hit especially hard,” Yun said.People should remember that “the federal government works differently than city government, the private industry,” Yun said. “If it felt as if it took a long time … we’ve actually moved along pretty quickly in the federal government sense.”The only other obstacle, she noted, could be the ramifications of the federal sequestration cuts.“All I’ve heard was that it’ll impact Sandy [recovery funding],” at some point, she said. “But I don’t know anything further than that.”
It was close to a year ago when the high-flying Nelson Leafs began their descent out of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.Nelson was sitting pretty prior to the Christmas holiday break, and was primed to improve the view from the Murdoch Division penthouse after disposing of the Castlegar Rebels on home ice.However, it was the Rebels that completely dominated the Green and White that cold December night, which started a slide the Leafs could not stop.Fast forward to Friday in Fruitvale.Nelson, is once again tops in the Murdoch Division with a five-point lead, face second-place Beaver Valley Nitehawks in a four-point showdown at the Hawks Nest.The game is the first of three in December between the two Murdoch rivals, and the third of five against division heavyweights as teams begin the sprint to the playoffs.“We’ve got to get back to the basics . . . what’s made us successful to date,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida when asked about the upcoming six games. “We have to remind ourselves what’s got us here and have to get back to playing that style of game.”The Leafs are still smarting from a 7-2 shellacking at the hands last week at the hands of the Fernie Ghostriders.The game was the only contest of the weekend for the Green and White.“It was just one of those games where it was a long bus ride and Fernie was ready to play while we just were not quite ready,” Maida confessed.“We didn’t have a great start . . .. It just wasn’t our night.”Nelson is 2-0 against Beaver Valley this season. Both wins have come at home, including a wild 6-4 victory where the Leafs rallied from a 4-0 deficit, scoring six times in the third period to pull out the win.Friday, it’s a trip to the smallish Fruitvale Arena, where wins have been far and few between of late for Leaf teams.“This is a huge game, for both teams,” Maida said. “But it’s not about who we’re playing, this game, like all games, is about how we’re playing. That’s our approach to make sure we’re worrying about our game and how we’re playing.”Saturday, Nelson hosts Golden Rockets at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Golden, after making it to the second round last season is locked in the cellar of the Eddie Mountain Division with an 8-19-0-3 record.BLUELINES: The Leafs had to reduce the roster to get down to the BC Hockey December 1 deadline of 25 cards. The reduction forced Nelson to trade 18-year-old winger Tyler Garcia to Kimberley Dynamiters for future considerations. In 26 games with Nelson, the Alaska native had seven goals and six assists. . . . Nelson was dealt a huge blow to the blueline when defenceman Austin Seaman suffered a leg injury during the loss to Fernie. The Calgary native was to see a specialist Thursday to determine the full extent of the injury. The Leafs will be using affiliate players from the Kootenay Ice to fill the void until a defenceman can be found through trade or BCHL cut. . . . Defenceman J.J. Beitel, who has been out of the lineup since October with a concussion, is expected to be back on the ice in the New Year according to coach Frank Maida.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2015)–Favored Om got a perfect tracking trip under Gary Stevens and registered a confident, 1 ¾ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf), as he negotiated a flat mile in 1:35.57.With Acceptance, ridden by Alonso Quinonez showing the way into the Club House turn, the Dan Hendricks-conditioned Om, a Kentucky-bred colt by Munnings, sat second throughout, took command at the top of the lane and repelled the challenge of runnerup Perfectly Majestic the final furlong.“The race set up perfectly for him,” said Hendricks. “He’s got the natural speed to be placed wherever Gary wants. We were either going to the front or going to sit second today, and it just worked out perfect.”Off at 6-5 in a field of 11 three-year-olds, Om, who is owned by the Sareen Family Trust, paid $4.40, $3.00 and $2.60. Third, beaten a half length as the 4-5 favorite in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Nov. 28, Om is now a perfect two for two at a mile on turf at Santa Anita and he improved his overall mark to 10-5-1-2. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he improved his earnings to $550,500.“He felt super today,” said Stevens, who has ridden him in his last starts, including victories in a pair of Grade II stakes, the Del Mar Derby on Sept. 6, and the Twilight Derby at Santa Anita on Oct. 24. “We got beat by a good horse in his last out in the Hollywood Derby and it just wasn’t his day down there.“Today, everything went perfect. We were rolling into the turn, I got to slow it down and he got a nice breather. He hit the after-burners at the eighth pole. There was a horse coming to him and he still had something left and he gave it to me.“The turf course here is superb. Santa Anita has done a great job with it.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Perfectly Majestic rallied from far back for the place, finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Vigilante. Off at 23-1, Perfectly Majestic paid $14.00 and $7.40.Vigilante, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, was last after a half mile and rallied to overhaul pacesetting Acceptance by a half length for the show. Off at 8-1, he paid $5.00.The Mathis Brothers Mile, the second of four graded stakes on Santa Anita’s Opening Day, was carded as the sixth race on a nine-race program.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2016)–Although Saturday’s $100,000 Robert J. Frankel Stakes was for the moment denied its Grade III status due to a shift from Santa Anita’s turf course to the main track, Irish-bred Goodyearforroses unleashed a graded-worthy performance, as she took command turning down the backside under Corey Nakatani en route to a powerful 5 ¼ length win as she covered a mile and one eighth over a sloppy surface in 1:51.42. (The Frankel’s ultimate graded status will be determined by the American Graded Stakes Committee in the coming week).Idle since running a close third in a Grade III stakes run at 1 ¼ miles over Woodbine’s synthetic main track, Goodyearforroses made her first start on dirt today in what was also her Southern California debut for new trainer Richard Baltas.As for Nakatani, who made his return to the saddle here on Monday following an 8 ½ month hiatus from the saddle, the victory, which was his second on the day, was vintage “C. Nak,” as he seized the initiative early aboard a horse he’d never ridden in the afternoon.“The plan was, whatever came easy to her, don’t take it away,” said Nakatani. “It was an off track, so I just went out there and did my job. I just shook her up a little turning for home, and she kicked on…It’s always nice to win here at Santa Anita Park…I have to thank Richard and the owners for having faith in me.”With no show wagering due to three late scratches necessitated by the change in surface, Goodyearforroses was off at 5-2 in a field of four fillies and mares three and up and paid $7.60 and $3.60.A 4-year-old filly, Goodyearforroses, who is now owned by Abbondanza Racing, LLC, got her fifth win from 13 starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased her earnings to $199,195.“She’s trained very forwardly and has worked well,” said Baltas. “When the race came off the turf, we thought, ‘Well, it’s a small field and she kind of skips across the dirt in the mornings.’ I didn’t know if she was going to like it or not, but she’s a very sound horse and I thought it was worth giving her a shot, especially with all the scratches.”Part of a three-way tussle for the early lead along with the winner and eventual third place finisher, Frenzified, Argentine-bred Pretty Girl finished second by 7 ¼ lengths. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Pretty Girl was off at 7-2 and paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.44, 47.12, 1:11.24 and 1:37.53.
Nine more Venezuelan women were on Monday deported when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Marlinez Sanchez, 25; Zulibe Grando, 25; Verenez Moreno, 35; Martha Lizboa, 48; Ocerez Navas Gracia, 23; Carlyn Lomas, 25; Creys Martinez, 20; Franics Tovar, 20; and Vanessa Martinez all made their appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.They were all charged for entering Guyana at Eteringbang, Cuyuni River and disembarking without consulting an Immigration Officer.The women bemoaned the harsh life in their homeland of crisis-hit Venezuela and revealed that passports were being issued for some US$500 when they were only being paid some US$10 per month.They were all fined $30,000 with a default sentence of four weeks in prison, and were expected to be deported.
For a science about designs in nature, some evolutionists seem eager to take credit for biomimetics.Evolutionary Algorithm“Evolution Inspires More Efficient Solar Cell Design,” blares an oxymoronic headline on Science News – contradictory, because inspiration is a spiritual term, and because efficiency and design are engineering terms not in the Darwin Dictionary. What could the article possibly mean?Using a mathematical search algorithm based on natural evolution, the researchers pinpointed a specific geometrical pattern that is optimal for capturing and holding light in thin-cell organic solar cells….The researchers employed a genetic algorithm, a search process that mimics the process of natural evolution, explained Wei Chen, Wilson-Cook Professor in Engineering Design and professor of mechanical engineering at McCormick and co-investigator of the research.“Due to the highly nonlinear and irregular behavior of the system, you must use an intelligent approach to find the optimal solution,” Chen said. “Our approach is based on the biologically evolutionary process of survival of the fittest.”Only the most convoluted logic could link an “intelligent approach” of “engineering design” to “survival of the fittest” in the “biologically evolutionary” sense. Clearly this was an experiment in artificial selection: having a design goal, using an algorithm, and pinpointing a desired result.Functional InformationIn another example, Live Science began a story that could have been founded on intelligent design theory: “Uncovering the Function of Fish Shapes.” Katherine Gammon’s article states, for instance, that eels are “designed for hiding away and sticking in holes.” She reported how Kara Feilich of Harvard “decided to investigate the theory that the form of a fish’s body yield [sic] information on its functioning.” Information – function – those fit well with ID theory.But then evolutionary theory took over. Feilich’s mentor Paul Webb described a fish’s shape in terms of “evolutionary strategy” (another oxymoron). Webb explained that “when it comes to evolution, an animal doesn’t have to be perfect – it just has to do a little better than its competition.” Next in the article, a museum curator who “studies fish evolution” made a cameo appearance. Then came a very strange section mixing intelligent design, engineering, biomimetics and evolution:Feilich said that even though she’s more interested in the evolutionary ecology of fish, uncovering the secrets of fish motion can help engineers build better biomimetic robots underwater– and also in the sky.“What applies to one fluid can apply to another,” Feilich said. “Having different sciences draw from each other to answer evolutionary questions is really important. We couldn’t do this without engineers.“So while Gammon’s article was primarily about biomimetics and engineering design, evolution made a prominent appearance of doubtful substance, leaving those “evolutionary questions” vague and undefined. Most biomimetics news articles, like this one on spider silk from PhysOrg, don’t even mention evolution.It is said that a Senator is someone who finds which way the crowd is going, then runs up front and proclaims himself their leader. That’s what Charlie D. is doing here, except a better label might be Sin-ator in In-Sin-uator. He’s terrified that biomimetics is leaving his legacy in the trash heap of history, so he is trying to re-invent himself as the head honcho of engineering. If anyone can figure out what on earth a blind, unguided, purposeless process, whose only outcome is to one-up the competition, has anything to do with designs so efficient our best engineers desire to imitate them, please explain – provided you can list all the chance mutations from sterile laguna to Charlie Tuna. Otherwise, stop the smokescreen gimmicks like “evolutionary algorithm” and “evolutionary inspiration” that presume Evolution is some kind of intelligent goddess haunting the Engineering department. Charlie doesn’t believe in spirits, he doesn’t have the tools, and he can’t order free lunches. (Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
23 October 2009South Africa is to extend its child support grants to children up to the age of 15 from January 2010. The grants only apply to children from poor households, and their caregivers have to ensure that they remain in school in order to qualify for the grants.The grants will be further extended to 16-year-olds from January 2011 and 17-year-olds from January 2012, at a total cost of R1.3-billion, R2.6-billion and R3.5-billion over the next three years respectively.Currently, only children up to the age of 14 years are eligible for child support grants.Speaking in Pretoria this week following a meeting of the Cabinet, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said the three grant extensions would benefit approximately two-million children from poor households.Maseko said the government recognised that social grants were still the most effective form of poverty alleviation, especially during the current financial downturn.Over 13-million South Africans, nine-million of whom are children, currently receive social assistance benefits from the state.In April 2009, the government increased its monthly old age and disability grants from R960 to R1 010, the child support grant from R230 to R240, the foster care grant from R650 to R680, and the care dependency grant from R960 to R1 010 a month.Source: BuaNews