EPL clubs put cap on away tickets

first_imgLONDON (AP):Fans of away teams at Premier League matches will pay no more than 30 pounds (US$43) for tickets for the next three seasons.The decision was taken at a specially-convened meeting of topflight teams on Wednesday following mounting criticism from fan groups about the cost of attending matches as revenue from the 2016-19 television rights is rises to 8.3 billion pounds (US$12 billion).The biggest winners will be fans seeing their team play at Arsenal, which had been charging up to 64 pounds (US$91) in the away end. Now tickets for visiting fans will be more than halved.Additionally, Arsenal will partially subsidise tickets for its fans watching Arsene Wenger’s team on the road. The north London club will ensure no Arsenal fan pays more than 26 pounds for an away ticket the cost of the cheapest home ticket at the Emirates Stadium.”We know that following the club is a commitment and are always seeking to strike the right balance in our pricing,” Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said.The Premier League price cap comes as the competition thrives, with surprise leader Leicester shaking up the title race, the television rights revenue being un-matched in global domestic football and attendances averaging 96.2 per cent of stadium capacities this season.”Most clubs have recognised for some time that we need to do something for the travelling supporter,” Everton chief executive Robert Elstone said. “It is absolutely right that football, as a family, looks after that group of fans.”Our away fans are among the most dedicated and committed throughout the Premier League and that loyalty is deserving of this commitment by the clubs.”last_img read more

Data Hacker Pageranks Members of the US Congress

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#NYT#politics#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What’s the fastest way to evaluate the true behavior of a Senator or Representative in Congress? How about through a ready-made mathematical model and some charts? That’s what Josh Tauberer has created as the latest project at congress-tracking site GovTrack.us. (Numerical methods for determining leadership and ideology in Congress)“Bulk access to legislative information makes large-scale statistical analyses possible,” Tauberer writes. He’s performed analyses he says are like Google’s Pagerank, but for politicians: he’s tracked which politicians vote together in order to discover moderates and extremists, and he’s treated sponsorship and co-sponsorship of legislation like an endorsement of leadership, similar to the way Google treats links between Web pages as an endorsement. The resulting chart, below, tracks Senate members on axis of leadership and ideology. It’s a fascinating way to see important qualitative matters quantified and to get a quick snapshot of politicians you might not follow very closely. Something like this could also be helpful in assessing claims and pushing for accountability of elected officials. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market One interesting thing that sticks out to me: Joe Lieberman may be best known for taking conservative positions that drive many of his fellow Democrats crazy – but day in and day out, he votes with them more than a number of other party-mates. As he has said, though: “I agree more often than not with Democrats on domestic policy. I agree more often than not with Republicans on foreign and defense policy.”This kind of “birds of a feather flock together” statistical analysis reminds me of the fabulous, now-two-year-old project Memeorandum Colors. That Firefox extension used similar math to help color code political blogs for rapid display of their partisan orientation. I sure hope we’ll see a lot more work like this being done in the future. The instrumentation, or making data-enabled, of a wide variety of experiences in public and private life promises to serve as a foundation for new levels of social and self awareness and the creation of innovative new services.last_img read more

The curious incident of the opossum and denied time

first_img Pinterest Share on Facebook Facebook Non. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images Read more SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in these emails, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVEЯ LETTERS“For no reason in particular, here’s the England team at the 1986 World Cup in Panini form (stickers not bread) and also the stickers for them at their clubs. Interestingly, Chelsea appeared to have no sponsor, Ipswich Town were sponsored by the darkly named Radio Orwell and Spurs seemed intent on warning us there was a left turn coming up soon” – Noble Francis.• Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com with “The FiveЯ” in the subject line. Or just “World Cup Fiver” if that’s easier. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver.THE RECAPGet the best of Big Website’s coverage sent direct to your inbox every Friday lunchtime BST. Has the added bonus of being on time. Sign up here.BITS AND BOBSMichel Platini has raised his standing on the international stage by suggesting a “little trickery” was used to increase the chances of France meeting Brazil in the 1998 World Cup final.Radja Nainggolan has dispatched each and every toy from his pram in a perfect parabola after not being included in Belgium’s squad by immediately retiring from internationals. “The reason is tactical,” sniffed Bobby Martínez, whose tactics, however, do include Christian Benteke.Adrien Rabiot has told Didier Deschamps he must be off his bascule if he thinks he’ll sit on France’s standby list rather than in the main squad, and has sent the manager a snotty email to that effect. “He made a bad decision,” bof, zut-alorsed a French FA suit. Pinterest Football Rafael Márquez: Naomi Klein-approved. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images Share on Messenger Twitter Twitter Now, the Fiver is not suggesting English referees should be thankful they aren’t good enough to have been selected for this summer’s Ethics World Cup or that there is any chance of marsupials being deployed as weapons in Russia. We’re just noting that there are good and bad ways of channelling anger and Peru seemed to get it right in 1970. Aragua, not so much.All of which brings us back to Guerrero, who is likely to miss the Ethics World Cup after the court of arbitration for sport ruled on Monday that his ban for testing positive for the cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine should be extended from six to 14 months. Cas accepted the player did not seek to gain an advantage but maintained he should have been more careful, disappointing the player who had explained: “I had an anise tea in Peru because I had indigestion, and I had black tea with lemon and honey in Argentina because I had the flu. I don’t blame anyone, but the substance could have been in a jar or a cup.” Indeed, the player’s lawyers suggested there’s no way of knowing for sure when the substance invaded their client’s system, noting that remnants linger for ages if traces found in three perfectly preserved 16th century Inca mummies discovered in 1999 are anything to go by. That cut no ice with Cas, apparently.Peruvians have mobilised to persuade Fifa otherwise, as have the captains of France, Denmark and Australia. “We believe that in the interest of fairness and proportionality (…) Paolo who — as everyone agrees did not cheat — should be able to participate with, and against, his fellow professionals in the [Ethics] World Cup,” wrote Hugo Lloris, Simon Kjaer andCaltex Caltex Mile Jedinakeroo in a letter to Fifa. Guerrero even met this week with Fifa overlord Gianni Infatino – to little effect. “The Fifa president stressed the fact that the sanction had been imposed by the court of arbitration for sport, after an appeal lodged against a decision of an independent Fifa judicial body,” a Fifa wonk wibbled.In happier news, Fifa also announced this week that all of Russia’s players are clear to play at the tournament after an investigation into anti-doping violations found “insufficient evidence” of any cheating by anyone in the hosts’ squad.QUOTE OF THE WEEK“We have consulted with different experts and we decided to take actions that, to our understanding, will not prejudice Márquez” – The Mexican Soccer Federation explain that defender Rafael Márquez will train in a strip featuring no sponsors in case a training kit emblazoned with logos somehow affects a US Treasury Department investigation into him for alleged drugs trafficking. He denies the accusation. PERU PERUSALNews that Peru fans have been protesting in the streets against the doping ban imposed on the country’s captain, Paolo Guerrero, has got the Fiver looking forward to some thrilling attacking football from the South American side and wondering again about a vengeful marsupial. We may be extrapolating too much from the precedent set by Peru’s 1970 campaign but you knew the risks when you signed up for this guff. And the fact is that 1970 was Peru’s most successful World Cup and it, too, was preceded by popular rage against a perceived injustice – and followed by a curious incident of an opossum and denied time.In the qualifiers for the 1970 tournament Peru lost 2-1 to Bolivia in circumstances that led to the referee becoming a marked man down Lima way. The Venezuelan whistler disallowed one Peruvian goal, sent off two Peruvian players and detonated the golden age of Peruvian swearing, with new terms invented at a rate of 73 per minute just to pour scorn on the official. Even though Peru overcame that defeat and went on to play dazzling attacking football all the way to the quarter-finals, some folks remained embittered enough to smile when they read three years later about a Venezuelan cup match between Aragua and Portugesa that ended in mayhem as the same referee was accused of blowing for full-time five minutes early, leading to furious Aragua players hitting him with fists and feet and, in the case of goalkeeper Dario Castillo, reportedly with a black-eared opossum that happened to be passing.center_img Share on WhatsApp World Cup Fiver England will train their squad in how to be racially abused over fears they could be targeted in Russia. Meanwhile, new England captain Harry Kane says anything other than winning the Ethics World Cup “is not good enough” so let’s see how that one unfolds.Argentina’s Sergio Romero will miss the Ethics World Cup due to knee knack, while Mauro Icardi will miss it with selection-gah after he was left off Jorge Sampaoli’s 23-man list.Will Smith is supposed to be recording the official Ethics World Cup anthem with reggaeton star Nicky Jam, and Kosovan dancehall EDM singer Era Istrefi.STILL WANT MORE?Ruben Loftus-Cheek is not intimidated by anyone, not even Panama.Remember when Brazil were thwacked 7-1? That was good.Being a captain is pretty redundant nowadays, so just score some goals Harry, writes Paul Wilson.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!AH, 2014 features Rival teams ask Fifa to lift Paolo Guerrero ban for positive cocaine test Share on Twitter Reuse this content Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Facebook Topicslast_img read more

Three now on the run after Grand Turk prison break

first_img#magneticmedianews Related Items:#grandturkprisonbreak, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 2, 2016 – Police say three men broke out of the Grand Turk prison but there is no word yet on how they managed to do it.One man is a Grand Turk native and was on remand for burglary. Nothing is known of his accomplices as yet.Officer Kevin Clarke quashed rumors that 21 inmates are running free.  Police just released these names:Names of escaped Prisoners: Stavon Harris, Randal Rigby and Henrico Morris.The men who escaped Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk are both convicted and remanded inmates.Stavon Harris (white shirt) was convicted for causing a major fire in Five Cays in January where around two dozen homes were gobbled up in the blaze.Harris was charged with setting fire to his brother’s place and it spread to other residences.Randal Rigby is pictured bareback and on remand.Henrico Morris, with the ‘afro’ is held for burglary.Call Police to report any sight of these men.last_img read more

Washington ethics panel tosses free meal complaint

first_imgOLYMPIA — A legislative ethics panel this week dismissed a complaint about some Washington state lawmakers accepting free meals from lobbyists, but it encouraged the Legislature to clarify how frequently such meals should be permitted.The Legislative Ethics Board’s Wednesday decision, which was released publicly Friday, said that if the Legislature doesn’t address the issue in the 60-day session beginning in January, the panel will work to establish rules on an enforceable standard.The investigation was prompted by a complaint filed after The Associated Press and a consortium of public radio stations found that the state’s 50 most active lobbyists pampered legislators with $65,000 in free meals in the first four months of this year. Washington ethics law prohibits public officials from accepting free meals on more than “infrequent occasions,” but the panel noted that the rule is not clearly defined in the Ethics in Public Service Act.“The absence of any standard or guidance has created a situation where legislators do not know at what point their actions may constitute a violation of the Act,” the ruling reads. “Because of the uncertainty surrounding the statute the Board is divided on the question of whether there is reasonable cause to believe the Act has been violated in this case.”The ethics complaint focused on the top five recipients identified by reporters: Republican Sens. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale, Steve Litzow of Mercer Island, Joe Fain of Auburn, Mike Hewitt of Walla Walla and Mark Schoesler of Ritzville.last_img read more

What Makes a GoodLooking Site Click

first_imgFor Time.com, it meant killing “deks” on the homepage. “One of the things we came to realize was that the way people browse the Web has evolved into a ‘quick-scan’ mindset, which is very different from how they read print media,” says Sean Villafranca, design director, Time.com. “This is why we decided to do away with story summaries and designed with headlines only.”With editors and writers, Villafranca says Time.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel “put the impetus on them to create more compelling and concise headlines, so that they wouldn’t have to rely on a dek to make it more interesting.”Wiping the Slate CleanFor Time.com’s most recent redesign, launched last October, Villafranca and his team took inventory of the existing site, then established a hierarchy of how the content would be presented. “We moved blocks of content around different areas on the page to see how a user’s eye would track.”Ultimately, a modular design offers flexibility down the road. “If we feel that the multimedia module should go higher on the page, we can easily do that.” MacKenzie agrees: “If you are a content site, make it easy to keep it fresh. You could have the best looking homepage in the world—if it’s static, it’s useless.”Striking a BalanceAnother challenge is striking a balance between the needs of ad sales and editorial.“The biggest challenge we had, and will continue to have, is balancing the needs of the business side of the operation with the creative/editorial side,” says MacKenzie. “We often have very different ideas about the homepage and how it should represent the brand as a whole. But the business side recognizes that the creative/editorial side is what truly differentiates the site from any other in the space—it defines the Motor Trend brand.”This is important, he says, because the lead generation side of the business is largely becoming commoditized. “The brand adds value because it creates a community of interest that will come to the site regularly,” MacKenzie says. “We have seen clear evidence this recently—lead gen has been hit by the economic downturn, but the number of visitors to the homepage”—in other words, visitors who have not come to the site through search engines—“has remained strong.”  ResultsMotortrend.com’s traffic has grown gradually since an initial major redesign of the site in 2006, from approximately one million unique visitors and six million page views per month to more than three million uniques and 17 million to 18 million page views. “It is hard to know what effect the design has had on the overall numbers,” MacKenzie says. “Stories that reach the top of the home page flash box tend to perform better than stories that do not make it there.” Adding the “Wide Open Throttle” box to the homepage—a blog-style content aggregation piece with 15-20 posts a day—has resulted in 600,000 additional page views per month. SIDEBAR5 Web Site Design Mistakes to Avoid• Don’t let designers design in a vacuum—solicit opinions from stakeholders as early in the process as possible.• Don’t get stuck on one design—try/solicit new ideas.• Don’t let ad folks dictate the direction.• Don’t get too carried away with bells and whistles.• Don’t strip away too much editorial in an effort to de-clutter the site. Much attention is paid to what content management system or other back-end architecture a Web site should have—and with good reason.But a smooth-running site that looks terrible won’t win readers or advertisers.For Motor Trend, designing a homepage with eye-catching visual effects (MT users are big on photos, as automobiles are, inherently, a very visual subject) and, of course, space for ads, was no exception.“The challenge is trying to get as much editorial content out on the homepage as possible without overwhelming the design and making it too cluttered,” says Angus MacKenzie, Motor Trend’s editor-in-chief.last_img read more

Big cow tests animal store Petcos all leashed pets are welcome policy

first_imgPetco has since responded regarding the steer’s visit. “We mean it when we say ALL leashed pets are welcome in our stores,” the company said on Facebook Tuesday. Good to know Petco doesn’t have a beef with leashed farm animals stopping by. Badass animal GoPro photos More animal news 31 Photos Sci-Tech Tags African Watusi steers don’t look like the typical cow. They weigh an impressive 1,000 to 1,600 pounds (454 to 726 kilograms).Their unusually large horns have the largest circumference found in any cattle breed. The largest horns have been measured as 37.5 inches (95.25 centimeters) by the Guinness World Records in 2003.”We decided to take a chance and call Petco’s bluff on the ‘All leashed pets are welcome’ policy; the awesome crew at Petco – Atascocita did not disappoint!” Browning posted on his Facebook page. “They welcomed Oliver the African Watusi with open arms,” Browning continued. “The staff members here are always super friendly and courteous to us.”center_img This docile African Watusi steer named Oliver receives a very warm welcome at a Texas Petco store. Shelly Lumpkin/Facebook Adoring pet owners who love taking their cats and dogs wherever they go know they can bring their furry friends inside retail pet food store Petco. But two Texas ranchers decided to test Petco’s policy that “all leashed pets are welcome in the store” by bringing in their beloved bovine. Ranchers Vincent Browning and Shelly Lumpkin put a leash on their African Watusi steer and took him into their local Petco in Atascocita this week, according to news reports. Browning’s steer, named Oliver, is famous in his own right, having a Facebook page of his own with 34,817 followers.  2 Comments Curious koala in Australia sneaks inside a parked car to cool off Watch a kangaroo attack a landing paraglider in Australia Romeo, the ‘world’s loneliest frog,’ finally gets a crack at love Share your voicelast_img read more

The choice of mind

first_imgUnseen Passages, an art show that exhibits the works from the studios of two young and discerning women is on in the Capital that started off on 13 October. Delhi based artist Pallavi Singh’s series Desire to be Desired explores her observations of male vanity and the conditions that feed it. Punctuating the generation of the millennial is easier and faster access to information resulting in renewed socialisation and an increased interest in one’s self-image. Singh breaks away from the stereotype by focusing on the urban male to whom fashion and grooming are an important norm. A middle–aged potbellied bald man is her choice of protagonist, comically represented fussing over his physical appearance. The comment is intended to be both realistic and ironic, with Singh ensuring that the viewer steps aside from the work wearing a smile. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Soghra Khurasani’s from Baroda work is about freedom of thought and draws from a deep angst against unjust social and religious prescriptions. Her large-scale prints are compositions dominated by red: a colour that she feels expresses her rage and despair at the redundant injunctions imposed on common people. By morphing cells of blood into roses through valleys and volcanoes, her art posits the bittersweet moments. Khurasani’s current series Silent Landscapes reveals a resistance to violence and the telling impact of its trauma in rows, swirls and circles that inform the viewer of a never-ending cycle of repression and defiance.last_img read more