Field narrows as Giants move on to second round of manager interviews

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants are moving on to the next phase of their search to find Bruce Bochy’s replacement.President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has begun notifying candidates of whether or not they’ll receive a second interview for the chance to become the Giants’ next manager. Former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and current Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada are reportedly among those who will remain involved in the process.According to Florida-based radio host …last_img

Luxury car catches fire in Sirsa, triggers panic

first_imgA luxury car caught fire on Monday in Phulkan village which claimed to have witnessed zero violence through the day before and after the quantum of sentence for Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was pronounced in Rohtak. The incident triggered panic among locals. Around 2.45 p.m., a passer-by alerted the Ding police who reached the spot and doused the fire. “We have taken samples for forensic tests. It doesn’t seem connected to any activities of violence,” said Inspector-General Amitabh Dhillon. An eyewitness, Manjeet Singh, told The Hindu that he saw two cars passing by. “We don’t know what happened but suddenly the car was up in flames. It seems the man driving the car sat in the other car and fled,” he said.last_img

Dave Sittler and Bill Young

first_imgDave Sittler and Bill Young have a really interesting conversation that I’m betting all my January paychecks neither knew was being picked up by the microphone. Take a look below with some comments after the jump. – I like how Sittler makes it a point in the first two seconds to let Young know that he has his tape recorder turned off but neither of them checks the mic. That’s pretty funny.– Sittler calls John Blake a slapdi** after Bill Young says “it wasn’t fun” about being at OU under Blake in 1996-1997 then Sittler goes on to claim that Donnie Duncan (OU’s athletic director at the time) told him that the only reason he gave John Blake the head coaching job for OU was because he was black and they were worried that Bob Simmons had an advantage in recruiting. That’s quite a 20-second exchange, no?! I mean, WOW!– Love when Young says “…and three years later we forgot how to coach.”– What does Young mean when he says “I would almost bet you 100% that some of these schools…maybe even the one down the street [came after Gundy]”? What are they going to do, fire Stoops?Update: as a few of you have pointed out, Young was referencing Arizona State as “the school down the street”, not OU. Makes sense now.– The long-range shot of the two talking at the 3:40 mark really shows you that they have no clue they’re on the mic.– “I just hope I’m going to be back.” Assuming he’s kidding, because If he’s not, that’s a travesty. He’s done a great job with the defense this season and seems like a great fit for the position. Also, he’s the only guy on the staff too old to be considered for a head job!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Suspect accused of killing Phoenix in fatal Point Loma shooting arrested

first_img Posted: October 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities Thursday publicly identified a 20-year old woman fatally shot two weeks ago in front of a Point Loma Heights strip mall, allegedly by her boyfriend, who has remained at large since.Patrol officers responding to reports of gunfire found Octavia Williams of Phoenix, Arizona, mortally wounded in a parking lot in the 4000 block of West Point Loma Boulevard shortly after 11:30 p.m. Oct. 9, according to San Diego police.Medics took Williams to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.Homicide investigators believe that the victim’s boyfriend, 41-year- old Joe Bennette Conway, shot her over some type of disagreement before fleeing, Lt. Anthony Dupree said.Investigators have few leads on the whereabouts of Conway, who, according to police, may be driving a red four-door Chevrolet Cavalier with Arizona license plates.A warrant was issued for Conway’s arrest for murder. On October 30, 2018, Conway was located and arrested in Tempe Arizona with the help of the Phoenix Police Department. Conway isbeing held pending extradition for the murder of Williams. Suspect accused of killing Phoenix in fatal Point Loma shooting arrested October 25, 2018center_img Updated: 7:51 AM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

How Not to Promote Your Magazines Special Issue

first_imgHere’s an e-mail I received from Time Out New York’s publicist, presented without comment:From: [FLACK REDACTED]Date: Tue, May 6, 2008 at 2:27 PMSubject: I see naked people.To: [REDACTED]Feeling hot and bothered? So are we, and we’ve got the boners to prove it. Check out Time Out New York’s horny issue, now online, featuring dozens of naked New Yorkers and an interactive pole, I mean poll, where you can vote on who you want to strip next. It’s hot and sweaty outside, but you can get hot and sweaty at your desk. We won’t tell.It’s worth noting that Time Out New York’s former editor, Brian Farnham, speaking at the 2007 American Magazine Conference, said he had one goal in mind when putting together the 2007 sex issue, his second as editor: Cancelled subscriptions.”If you do a sex issue and no one cancels, you’re probably not doing your job,” Farnham said.It’s also worth noting Farnham is no longer with the magazine.last_img read more

SNAP Consolidates Conferences

first_imgThe Society of National Association Publications has become the latest magazine association to downsize its events.The group has decided to consolidate a pair of annual events into one, effectively folding its November conference in Chicago into its Association Media and Publishing conference, planned for June 3-4 in Washington, D.C.According to SNAP president Kathleen Rakestraw, the decision “allows us to further elevate and enhance our Association Media and Publishing conference, focusing our efforts on bringing members the highest caliber conference possible and ensuring we cover content relevant to all types of association media.””The Chicago conference became broader-focused than our membership there,” SNAP executive director, Amy Lestition, told FOLIO:. “Less than 30 percent of attendees were coming from Illinois—they were traveling from all over the country. So, we decided to produce one larger annual event.” As part of the decision, SNAP is launching a series of “targeted” half-day education programs that will “cater o specific career paths, media types and association structures.” The first of these programs is scheduled for March 27 in Chicago.Last week, the Audit Bureau of Circulations postponed its annual conference in Toronto. Last month, the Magazine Publishers of America canceled its American Magazine Conference, the consumer magazine association’s annual, glitzy gathering of high-powered magazine editors and executives. A week later, b-to-b publishing trade association American Business Media downsized its two-day, e-media-focused Digital Velocity event to a half-day series of live Webinars.last_img read more

UK house builders Are Berkeley Group Bellway and Persimmon a value buy

first_imgCan anyone solve the UKs growing housing crisis? The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has a huge challenge on his hands now that he is settled at City Hall. He promised during his election to make 50% of all new homes in London genuinely affordable.This is how bad matters have become in London: according to estate agents Savills, first-time homebuyers in the capital now require a deposit equalling 131% of their annual salary.Just look at the way that adults aged up to 34 have seen home ownership fall as a result of increasingly unaffordable housing – just 9% of 16-24 year olds owned their own homes in 2013/14, compared with 36% in 1991.Only 36% of 25-34 year olds owned their own homes in 2013/14, compared with a massive 66% in 1991 (Chart 1).To this end, Mayor Khan will use the £400m ($580m, €519m) that remains of the London Mayors affordable homes budget to support housing associations to build more London homes.This is not, however, exclusively a London problem. Indeed, back in 2004 the Barker Review concluded that the UK would need to build 250,000 new homes per year just to keep pace with the growing population.But of course, this has not been achieved.Matters are now so extreme that housing charity Shelter reported last year that a quarter of all adults under the age of 35 in the UK were still living in their childhood bedroom with their parents.How big is the UKs housing shortage today?Estimates vary, and the 2014 Lyons report estimated a shortfall of around 1 million homes.Just look at the number of homes built per year since 2004, the year of the Barker Review. The National Housing Federation (NHF) assesses the need for new homes at 245,000 across the UK each year. But, in the last 11 years there has not even been one year where that many homes have been built.Chart 2 illustrates this graphically – the last time that anything like that many homes were built in a single year was actually in 1988, 28 years ago.If we look at the yearly shortfall in newly-finished housing from 2004 to 2015, the total shortfall in housing today comes to a massive 880,000 houses and flats (Chart 3). Even this year, we are unlikely to see more than 170,000 new homes built in total, so still at least 75,000 short of the NHFs annual target.Some believe that house builders are facing a big bustAll of this might sound like music to the ears of the nations house building companies like Berkeley Group, Bellway and Persimmon.But there are naysayers who believe that these house builders face a big drop in their share prices, similar to the drops suffered during the last recession in 2009.The Daily Telegraph is one such predictor of house builder doom, judging from an April article Shares in UK housebuilders are the biggest value trap the market has ever created.It argues in essence that despite the seemingly attractive valuation levels that these house builders currently trade at, that they face a number of headwinds such as:a sharp post-Budget slowdown in buy-to-let housing demand from budding landlords now put off by higher taxes,the risk that the EU Referendum scares off foreign property investors, andthe late point in the current UK house building cycle, just as a housing bubble forms and cost pressures increase.While all of these points are perfectly valid, I do not believe personally that these effects will be enough to push house building shares down further. After all, they have already suffered heavily from the end of last year up until April this year.But the last month or so has seen a marked upturn in their fortunes, with many of their share prices back to or even exceeding end-2015 highs (Chart 4).I believe that house builders will benefit from steady demand growthI am not a house building doomsayer. Firstly, as we have already established, there is a clear long-term demand for housing in the UK that is very far from being satisfied.Secondly, house builders continue to enjoy rising selling prices for their new homes – Bellway have seen a 16% rise in the average selling price of their private homes for the six months ending 31st January 2016, which was 87% of their overall homes sold (Chart 5).Mortgage lending is also holding up well, demonstrating that even after the rush by budding buy-to-let landlords to get a mortgage in March to beat the Budget deadline for the new higher stamp duty on buy-to-let properties, home buyers were still very active in April.Indeed, the Council of Mortgage Lenders report that Aprils gross mortgage lending was as high as £18.5 billion, lower than Marchs bumper figure but still 16% above April 2015s level.And investors are paid to wait, with juicy income yieldsFor investors starved of income by ultra-low or zero savings interest rates in bank accounts, house builders represent an attractive source of income from dividends paid out twice per year.Holding UK house builder shares could well net you a 5.5% average income yield in the form of dividend payments over the coming year (Chart 6). And remember, dividends generally grow over time in line with profits, so this income payout can even improve in the future.Summary: I think there are a number of good fundamental reasons to expect house builders to rise over the remainder of this year, so dont believe the doomsayers and tuck some shares away in your ISA.last_img read more

Graft trial against Moudud Mosharraf to continue

first_imgMoudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf HossainThe Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petitions of BNP leaders Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain seeking review of its verdict for continuing trial proceedings against them in two graft cases.A three-member Appellate Division bench, headed by chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, passed the order.With the apex court order, there is no bar to continue the trial proceedings of the cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission against them, said ACC lawyer M Khurshid Alam Khan.Advocate AJ Mohammad Ali argued for Moudud Ahmed while lawyer Moudud Ahmed led the hearing for Khandaker Mosharraf and Khurshid Alam Khan represented the ACC.On 16 September 2007, the ACC filed a case against Moudud with Gulshan police station on charge of amassing wealth of Tk 9.04 million from beyond known sources.The graft watchdog filed the other case against Mosharraf with Ramna police Station on 10 January 2008 for acquiring illegal wealth of Tk 120 million.Moudud and Mosharraf filed separate petitions to the High Court to repeal the cases after the ACC pressed charges against the two BNP leaders in 2008.In 2012, the High Court turned down their petitions to quash the trial proceedings.On 21 May 2014, the SC turned down the pleas of Moudud Ahmed and Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain to quash the trial proceedings against them in two graft cases.Later, the two BNP leaders filed the review petitions.last_img read more

Gang war kills 11 of an Indian family

first_imgEleven members of a family were found dead in India’s capital on Sunday, most of them hanging from the ceiling of their home, blindfolded and hands tied behind the back, in a part of the city that was the scene of a gang war just two weeks ago.The victims included four men and seven women, including teenagers. A neighbor in the Burari district found the victims early on Sunday, police said.One of the bodies was found lying on the floor and the others hanging from a railing attached to the ceiling, media reports said.“We don’t know the reason yet, our team is at the spot and investigating this,” said a police official posted in the area, who did not give further details. The official cannot be identified under briefing rules.On 18 June, three people were killed and five were injured when members of rival gangs fired at each other in the main Burari market. Police said the two gangs are headed by men whose enmity goes back to 2013.While the police are yet to establish any connection between the two incidents, the investigation will consider all possible aspects, a senior police officer who is handling the gang war case told Reuters.last_img read more