Digitally Driven

first_img Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Bank of America blockchain Borrowers Citizens Bank Lenders mortgage Servicing Technology 2018-11-08 Radhika Ojha November 8, 2018 1,785 Views Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Bank of America blockchain Borrowers Citizens Bank Lenders mortgage Servicing Technology Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Digitally Driven Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Home / Daily Dose / Digitally Driven  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Cryptocurrencies recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of their invention. Cryptocurrencies ushered in a new way of doing business and made the world sit up and take notice of the technology it was built on—blockchain. For those who haven’t already heard about it, a blockchain uses a growing list of records called blocks which are linked using cryptography, making this technology a secure and safe way of transferring and saving data.While the technology has been around for some time, it has only been a few years since the housing and mortgage industries began to take notice of this technology as a way of streamlining and securing its operations and making it a part of the overall digital initiatives of lenders to reach and service their customers.Streamlining Processes”There are three key areas that digital should solve: efficiency of document gathering, more choice around the channel, and improved communication. We view digital as an opportunity to remove some of the friction in the mortgage process that customers have consistently voiced as areas where the customer experience could be better across the industry,” said Kathy Cummings, SVP Bank of America.”When we think about the efficiency of time, it’s not just the documentation process that digital simplifies. Digital allows us to create omnichannel experiences that allow customers to choose when, where, and how they engage with their lender so that they can select what channel is most efficient for them,” said Sonu Mittal, SVP and Head of Retail Lending at Citizens Bank.Blockchain, therefore, does play an important role in smoothening out the digital process for lenders. “One such use is for land titles,” said Shidan Gouran, CEO and President of Global Blockchain Technologies. “This does not only simplify property ownership, but it also minimizes the risks of fraud, especially in property transactions.””Digital has enabled more efficient document gathering where lenders can securely gather much of the information and documentation on a customer’s behalf. Customers no longer have to spend valuable time gathering and submitting the documents, which allows them to focus more time on other parts of the home buying process, like inspections and preparing for closing with their attorney and realtor,” Cummings said.Tech vs. TouchAccording to Gouda, while blockchain may have been around for a decade, it is only natural for the technology to take its time. “Remember how long the Internet took to evolve, and how rapidly it evolved once governments and major companies started using it? That is the phase blockchain is in now, and we are likely to see more mortgage and housing developments using it at an even more rapid pace in the next few years,” Gouran said.While blockchain may be evolving as a technology, there are many more digital options that lenders are combining with the human touch to reach out to their borrower base.”A customer who initiates an application via digital channel should be able to move seamlessly between them,” Mittal said. “The mortgage loan process takes place over a longer period of time from start to close because there are other variables with a range of timing, like closing date agreements with sellers. Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases a person makes, so we believe most customers prefer a human-digital experience that allows them to engage in a variety of ways based on their needs at the different points in the process.”Enhancing Borrower ExperienceCummings said that lenders could enhance a homebuyer’s experience when buying a home through digital channels by offering solutions that allowed consumers to simplify the mortgage process and make time for other life commitments. “Homebuyers who feel in control and empowered to take the first steps in achieving their goal of homeownership will have a better experience,” she said.Mittal agreed since digital has improved access to information to enable customers to stay informed about the progress of their loan without having to pick up the phone or email the loan officer.”Those forms of communication are still important, which is why we believe omnichannel is the right approach for the best client experience, but digital has enabled more proactive information sharing than the industry previously had. Not only can customers check on the status of the loan, but they can also track tasks to be completed and collaborate with their loan officers through these digital portals.”Want to learn more about how technology such as blockchain impacts the housing and mortgage industry? Take part in the 2019 Five Star Fintech Summit, March 13-14 in Memphis Tennessee. Click here to learn more. Previous: Mr. Cooper’s Eventful Quarter Next: Back in the Saddle About Author: Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

Pep Guardiola: I’ll reveal my future plans ‘next week’

first_imgBayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says he will announce whether he will sign a new contract at the club or leave in the summer as early as next week.Guardiola’s future is one of the big unanswered questions in European football with his current deal with Bayern Munich expiring at the end of what will be his third season with the club. Bayern had previously spoken of their confidence he will sign a new contract, although that stance did soften amid suggestions a pre-contract had been agreed with Manchester City.City are reported to be very hopeful of landing Guardiola if indeed he does decide to leave Bayern, although Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with the man who won 14 trophies in four seasons at Barcelona. Guardiola says all will be clear next week.”Tonight I have no answer,” he said after Bayern’s DFP Pokal victory over Darmstadt on Tuesday night. “Next week you will know the answer. Next week there will be clarity.”–last_img read more

Happy days are here again!

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily Sports Generally the unofficial/opening day at Whitewater Ski Resort is a low-key opportunity for the staff to get a dry run of what is to be expected throughout the season. However, Whitewater staff got more than they bargained for as a parking lot full of riders took advantage of great snow and sunny skies to open the 2010-11 campaign. “It’s so nice to see people today at Whitewater skiing and boarding and enjoying the beautiful sunshine,” Indoor Operations and Marketing Manager Anne Pigeon told The Nelson Daily from her office at the hill. The recent dump of snow allowed Whitewater to get a head start on some of the other hills in the province. Traditionally, staff opens the Silverking Chair for a weekend to work out any kinks that may appear in the operations. The hill now is closed until the official date of the start of full operations Saturday, December 10. “We did a lot of renovations during the summer but it takes a day to have people here to really test the facility,” Pigeon explained. “So we have a few little things to work out but by next week it will be perfect.” Conditions were excellent considering the time of the season. Currently Whitewater has a base of 100.1 cm/39.4 inches of base at the top of the Summit Chair. Of course what staff and riders are most excited about it the opening of the new Glory Ridge Triple Chair. The new lift will more than double the amount of terrain riders will be able to access. “The energy this season is absolutely fabulous,” said Pigeon. “We’ve had pass holders back that haven’t purchased passes for years. We’ve had staff return that haven’t been with us for years.” “There’s just so much energy here, and not just from locals but also from people from out of town,” Pigeon add. The chairs have been loaded onto Glory Ridge. SuMMit Lift Company staff says the chair will be loaded and tested soon and should be ready for opening later this month. Whitewater begins full operations Saturday with both Silverking and Summit Chairlifts open from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with another dump of snow expected to hit the region [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgNEWLY INSTALLED SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER IS $24,656 PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $115,062 INTO THURSDAY AT SANTA ANITA; WITH TWO ‘DARK DAYS,’ THE TOTAL PICK SIX POOL ON THURSDAY IS EXPECTED  TO APPROACH $750,000 ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2016)–No one tabbed six winners in Santa Anita’s opening day Pick Six on Monday, creating a carryover into Thursday at The Great Race Place of $115,062.  With two dark days serving as a pari-mutuel stimulant, Thursday’s total Pick Six pool is expected to approach $750,000.First post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PST.  The Thursday Pick Six, which has attracted a total of 68 entries, with five horses listed as also eligibles, will be comprised of races three through eight.Third race post time is at approximately 1:30 p.m.Additionally, there is a Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $24,656 into Thursday.For entries, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit read more


first_imgSUNNY DAYS AHEAD AS HORSEMEN WEATHER THE STORMSANTA ANITA JOCKEYS IN CHARITY GAME NEXT THURSDAYCTBA PRESENTS GRAY WITH KENNETH L. MADDY AWARD ASSEMBLYMAN GRAY RECEIVES MADDY AWARD FROM CTBACalifornia State Assemblyman Adam Gray has been honored as recipient of the prestigious Sen. Kenneth L. Maddy Award, presented by the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association at its annual awards banquet.“Adam has been a great supporter of racing and agriculture in the state and CTBA is honored to present him with such a prestigious award,” said Doug Burge, president of CTBA.Gray, a Democrat representing the 21st District that includes his native Merced, is only the second legislator to receive the award, which is named for the late California senator who was a great friend of the California Thoroughbred industry and a force behind a bill that brought licensing relief to tracks. The only other recipient of the award was Sen. Andy Vidak in 2014.“It is an honor to receive the Senator Kenneth L. Maddy Award,” Gray said. “California horse racing and the breeding of quality California-bred Thoroughbreds are synonymous with Senator Maddy.“California is at the forefront of producing top-quality Thoroughbred racehorses, which are able to compete and win races throughout the country and the world. Two words – California Chrome.”Gray authored a bill in 2016 that will save $1 billion in worker’s compensation costs and he worked tirelessly on an Internet poker bill that would have boosted race purses by $60 million. Gray also has been committed to preserving and protecting agricultural water rights.Gray, first elected in 2012, is chairman of the Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee and serves on committees for aging and long-term care, agriculture and appropriations.The CTBA works diligently at all governmental levels to create the optimum legislative climate to maximize the profitability of California breeders and the overall popularity and growth of Thoroughbred racing. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 J. Keith Desormeaux2972524%48%$434,225 SANTA ANITA VS. HOLY ANGELS CHARITY GAME FEB. 23.The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School game will beplayed on Thursday, Feb. 23, at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will all be available at center court for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m.TVG’s Kurt Hoover will be back for his 16th consecutive season as Santa Anita Jockeys’ Coach.  Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Bob Baffert3584523%49%$816,061 Tyler Baze14427311419%50%$1,314,706 Kent Desormeaux861811921%44%$1,165,831 (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 16) Doug O’Neill9210211711%52%$966,061 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas7915141219%52%$762,154 Flavien Prat13433192325%56%$2,152,593 John Sadler40781018%63%$461,824 William Spawr2091245%60%$261,071 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 Luis Contreras819102111%49%$448,347 Jerry Hollendorfer781491718%51%$1,173,049 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Stewart Elliott9111101612%41%$506,082 Mike Smith35113931%66%$1,152,445 Peter Miller611513625%56%$885,045 Tiago Pereira6496714%34%$272,820 Peter Eurton3473321%38%$382,399 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato50125924%52%$728,970 Joseph Talamo881061611%36%$375,653 MOVE OVER ANNIE: THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROWYes, that was the life-sustaining star known as the sun breaking through rainclouds at Santa Anita Saturday morning after the biggest storm of the Winter Meet took respite.After the storm that hit the Arcadia area with just over three inches of rain Friday, forcing cancellation of that day’s races, it’s game on for Saturday and that’s good news for everyone, including local horsemen.“We’re all going through the same thing,” said trainer Eric Kruljac, who turns 64 nextSaturday. “Some of us are more willing to run on an off track than others, but I’m not real keen on it. I’ve never been a mudder.“I’ve got my share of grass horses, so the weather’s slowed us way down, but I’m optimistic and looking to the future. I started training at 38 and owned horses when I was 23. I claimed my first two horses in 1976 and bought my first two yearlings in 1977.”Kruljac comes from a family of horsemen. His grandfather, Walter S. (for Stele) Markham was a horse owner, cattle rancher and produce broker. Some of his horses were trained by Hall of Famer Buster Millerick.Born in San Jose, Kruljac “kind of split my childhood in Carmel Valley and Phoenix. When Mr. Markham died, he was the longest tenured member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA).”Eric’s 28-year-old son, Ian, is an accomplished trainer in his own right, having developed Finest City into an Eclipse Award champion as best female sprinter of 2016, mainly by virtue of her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita last Nov. 4.Since mid-December, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that began Dec. 26 has been hit with more than 23 inches of rain, according to ever-diligent Track Superintendent Dennis Moore.But if you think it’s been rough at Santa Anita, it could be worse.You could own a car wash. Martin Pedroza719131313%49%$395,063 Mark Glatt4698520%48%$366,510 FINISH LINES: There is a Pick Six carryover into Saturday of $32,114 . . . Richard Baltas and Peter Miller are tied for the training lead with 15 victories each, with Jerry Hollendorfer one back at 14 and Phil D’Amato three behind with 12. D’Amato has Lily Pod entered in today’s Buena Vista Stakes and he didn’t mind that rain forced it to be moved from turf to dirt. “I really entered based on the chance it would come off the grass and be run on dirt,” he said. “She loved that off track when she won last time (romping by 4 ½ lengths on a wet/fast surface at seven furlongs Jan. 21), so we’ll see.” . . . Congratulations to trainer and all-around good guy Art Sherman on the occasion of his 80th birthday yesterday . . . Mario Gutierrez and Israel Ocampo ride in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby today at Golden Gate Fields, the former on 2-1 morning line chance Ann Arbor Eddie for Doug O’Neill and the latter aboard 10-1 Kona Dreams for George Papaprodromou . . . Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, and’s Aaron Vercruysse, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Sunday and Monday, respectively, in the East Pack Gardens at 11:20 a.m. Sunday and 10:50 a.m. Monday, when first post time is 12 noon . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct a regular monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m. at Santa Anita. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast).The Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee will meet 11 a.m. Wednesday at the same location. The public is encouraged to attend. The Board agenda and supporting package of materials are available on the CHRB website, as are those for the Medication Committee (agenda and package) . . . Apprentice jockey Evin Roman is suspended three days (Feb. 26, March 2 and 3) for causing interference aboard Avaudrey in last Sunday’s second race resulting in a disqualification of his mount from fifth to seventhlast_img read more

Casualty update

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event No deaths reported. The latest identifications reported by the military: Army Spc. Daniel L. Sesker, 22, Ogden, Iowa, killed Thursday when an explosive detonated near his vehicle in Beiji; assigned to the Army National Guard’s Troop C, 1st Squadron, 113th Cavalry in LeMars, Iowa. – Associated Press As of Saturday, April 8, 2006, at least 2,350 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 1,846 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. The AP count is the same as the Defense Department’s tally, last updated Friday at 10 a.m. EST. The British military has reported 103 deaths; Italy, 27; Ukraine, 18; Poland, 17; Bulgaria, 13; Spain, 11; Slovakia, Denmark three; El Salvador, Estonia, Netherlands, Thailand, two each; and Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, one death each. The latest deaths reported by the military: 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Soil moisture decreases in China could have global implications

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest An important agricultural region in China is drying out, and increased farming may be more to blame than rising temperatures and less rain, according to a study spanning 30 years of data.A research team led by Purdue University and China Agricultural University analyzed soil moisture during the growing season in Northern China and found that it has decreased by 6% since 1983.The optimal soil-moisture level for farmland is typically 40% to 85% of the water holding capacity, and the region’s soil is now less than 40% and getting drier. If this trend continues, the soil may not be able to support crops by as early as 2090, said study leader Qianlai Zhuang, Purdue’s William F. and Patty J. Miller Professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and Agronomy.“The soil moisture declined by 1.5 to 2.5% every decade of the study and, while climate change is still a factor, this water depletion appears to be largely driven by human activities,” Zhuang said. “A 10% decline in soil moisture over the course of a century would have major implications for agriculture and the fresh water supply in this heavily populated area.”Around 40% of the nation’s population resides in Northern China, according to the country’s population census office. The region also accounts for 65% of the nation’s cropland, Zhuang said.“The drying of soil in Northern China has been well documented, but its causes and the impacts of agricultural intensification in general have been understudied,” he said. “This information is critical to improvement of agricultural practices and water resource management. The demand for food and water is increasing, but current practices to meet this demand threaten the future security of water resources. Unfortunately, with the growing world population, more and more regions could face the same circumstances of agricultural intensification for food security.”A paper detailing the results was published July 9 in Nature’s Scientific Reports journal and is currently available online.In addition to Zhuang, co-authors from Purdue include Yaling Liu, a former graduate student in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences who is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Tonglin Zhang, an associate professor of statistics; and Dev Niyogi, a professor of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and Indiana State Climatologist. Additional co-authors include Zhihua Pan, Pingli An, Zhiqiang Dong, Jingtin Zhang, Di He, Liewei Wang and Xuebiao Pan of China Agricultural University in Beijing; Diego G. Miralles, of the University of Ghent in Belgium; and Adriaan J. Teuling, of the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group of Wageningen University in The Netherlands.The team obtained direct observations recorded at 40 monitoring stations set up by the Chinese government within agricultural plots, and used available data of fertilizer use and crop types since 1983. The team also used satellite remote sensing of water content on the soil’s surface and terrestrial water storage, meteorological observations and measurements of river discharge in their analysis.The team also conducted a long-term study from 1983 to 2009 at two contiguous sites, one a pristine pasture and the other an agricultural site. The results showed a significant drying trend in the soil moisture in the cropland as opposed to a slight increase in the moisture of the pristine pasture soil.The results showed a consistent trend in the reduction of soil moisture that correlated with increased fertilizer usage and the proliferation of crops with high water demands, like maize.Fertilizer causes plants to grow larger and increases the number of leaves per plant. This leads to increased transpiration of water through pores on the leaves, called stomata. In addition, fertilizer use may aggravate soil compaction and soil salinity, which reduces the water holding capacity of soil and, consequently, reduces available soil water, Liu said.“Fertilizer has been overused in China, which accounts for 31.4% of the total global consumption,” Liu said. “Although the negative effects of using fertilizer in excess of the needs of the crop is recognized in the scientific community, it is difficult to reverse the farming practices.”While the increased use of fertilizer is not the only factor involved, the researchers found that it served as a broad diagnostic of the level of agricultural intensification. Other agricultural practices may also play a part in drying the land. For instance, newly developed crop varieties may demand more water and result in declining soil moisture, and increasing irrigation leads to rising withdrawals of surface freshwater and groundwater, she said.“The results of this study underscore the importance of developing strategies for sustainable agriculture,” Liu said. “Perhaps crops that require less water could be substituted, water-saving technologies like mulching, reduced tillage, drip irrigation and improved soil-crop system management could be employed more broadly and advances in agricultural technology could improve the situation. The Chinese government is very interested in this issue, and this work was an important step in the road to sustainability.”The National Basic Research Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China, National Science and Technology Support Program of China, National Non-profit Research Foundation for Agriculture of China, NASA Land Use and Land Cover Change program, U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation funded this research.last_img read more

United, Chelsea rely on strokes of fortune in EPL

first_imgChelsea’s Willian celebrates after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield, Liverpool, England. APLIVERPOOL, England — Manchester United and Chelsea needed fortunate goals to maintain their status as the closest challengers to rampant leader Manchester City in the English Premier League on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Ashley Young’s long-range shot looped up off a defender and spun into the far corner to earn second-place United a 1-0 win over Brighton, for its eighth consecutive victory at Old Trafford.ADVERTISEMENT View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Here’s a look at the action:WHOSE GOAL?With United struggling to break through Brighton’s defense, it found inspiration from an unlikely source in left back Young. The utility player picked up a clearance on the edge of the box and shot into the top corner, via the sprawling Lewis Dunk.“It’s taken a deflection,” said Young, who disagreed with the award of an own goal. “You know, it was going on target, so I’ll be claiming that.”Brighton, which had been undefeated in its previous five league games, gave United one of its toughest challenges this season and was punished for failing to take its chances.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Bohol’s Magsayo defends WBO international featherweight crown vs Hayashi Tottenham will be looking forward to the end of November. For a second consecutive season, it has won just one of its three matches in the month.Harry Kane equalized 15 minutes from the end after Salomon Rondon gave West Brom’s stand in-manager, Gary Megson, the perfect start. West Brom, which hasn’t now won in 11 league games, was playing for the first time after firing its Tony Pulis on Monday.Tottenham is 10 points adrift of City.HAPPY TRAVELERSWatford’s run of scoring two goals in its league away games this season ended at Newcastle, but it didn’t mind.The Hornets went one better with a 3-0 win at St James’ Park. Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored either side of DeAndre Yedlin’s own goal to secure a comfortable win.Watford has more away points in seven matches this season than the team managed in the whole of its previous campaign.LATE WINNERMamadou Sakho scored in added time to give last-place Crystal Palace a 2-1 win over Stoke and move the team to within three points of safety.Xherdan Shaqiri’s solo effort put Stoke in front but Ruben Loftus-Cheek equalized just three minutes later. Sakho reacted first when Yohan Cabaye’s effort came back off the post to seal only Palace’s second win of the season. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next “I want to be honest and give them what they deserve, for me probably they deserve more than the result they got,” United manager Jose Mourinho said.For United, its 39th home game in all competitions without defeat set a club record. The last loss at home was in September 2016 to Manchester City.SALAH SCORES AGAINChelsea was nearly left embarrassed by another former player.Two months ago, it was Kevin De Bruyne — discarded prematurely by then-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in 2014 — scoring the winner against the Blues for Manchester City.Mo Salah was at Chelsea around the same period and made just six league starts before being sent on loan by Mourinho to Fiorentina and then Roma, which he eventually joined on a permanent deal. Chelsea might be regretting it.Salah scored his 15th goal of the season, in just 20 appearances, when he ran into Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pass and slotted home in the 65th. He is the league top scorer on 10 goals and must go down as the signing of the summer.Willian’s goal came within two minutes of coming on as a substitute.“Everything was good,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said, “until Willian crossed the ball.”SPURS’ SEASONAL STRUGGLES Also, Swansea and Bournemouth drew 0-0. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:29Police 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 Chelsea claimed only a point from a 1-1 draw at Liverpool in the day’s standout game and again there was luck involved, substitute Willian’s attempted cross to the far post soaring into the top corner for an 85th-minute equalizer.Still, it was another good day for City, even though the leader wasn’t playing until Sunday at Huddersfield.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 shutoutUnited might have moved five points behind but the Anfield draw saw two more possible title rivals drop points, while Tottenham’s travails at Wembley Stadium continued with a 1-1 draw against lowly West Bromwich Albion.There were also wins for Watford and Crystal Palace.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri happy with Hudson-Odoi for Spurs defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri happy with Hudson-Odoi for Spurs defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with the performance of Callum Hudson-Odoi for last night’s Carabao Cup semifinal first-leg defeat to Tottenham.Sarri gave the winger a start amid transfer talk linking him with Bayern Munich.The manager said, “Hudson-Odoi in the last week has been very normal.”I saw him every day in training and he was really very normal. He is improving, in the last match he played very well and also today a very good match. He played like a player of 25, 26 years. A very good match with application, very good in the defensive phase, but he has been completely normal. Maybe he does not read anything.” last_img read more

Government to Auction Two Licences in Telecommunications Sector

first_imgGovernment is to auction two licences for use in the 700 megahertz (MHz) band, with a view to attracting new entrants into the telecommunications market.This was disclosed by the Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, during Tuesday’s (March 26) sitting of the House of Representatives.The licences will be awarded to the highest bidders, once their bids meet or exceed the reserve price, and upon being determined as “fit and proper” by the regulators. Both licences have a 15-year term. The licencees will also be required to deploy their network and/or services across 90 per cent of the country within five years. “I would like to underscore here how serious the Government is about the requirement to deliver mobile broadband services within the timeframe established; and if the timeframe is not adhered to, I will promptly withdraw that licence,” Mr. Paulwell said.The Government will begin pre-auction activities in early April 2013 with the issuance of an Information Memorandum which will be advertised internationally, as well, as posted on the websites of the Technology Ministry and Spectrum Management Authority (SMA).“From the date of the issue of the Information Memorandum until the issue of the Request for Proposals in May 2013, the Ministry and the Spectrum Management Authority will be actively working to sensitize the market as to the economic potential and the commensurate market value of this offering,” the Minister said.The Minister added that the Request for Proposal will remain open for one month, with the entire process completed by July 15, 2013.The 700 MHz band is the upper portion of the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band, specifically channels 52 to 69 (698 MHz to 806 MHz). Internationally, the band was used for analogue television broadcasting; however, it has been allocated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for broadband wireless services.The band, which is considered to be low band spectrum, tends to be more penetrative and propagates farther, meaning that the signal goes through walls more easily, giving better coverage inside buildings, and requires fewer towers to cover a specific geographical area. “This dramatically reduces the cost of deployment, especially when compared to the costs of deployment of systems operating at higher frequencies,” Mr Paulwell said.Since commencement of operations in April 2001, the SMA has collected approximately $1.83 billion for Spectrum Licence Fees, and since the 2003/04 financial year, has collected $1.66 billion in Regulatory Fees, which cover the normal operating expenditure of the SMA.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more