TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea attacker Willian wanted by Juventusby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea attacker Willian is wanted by Juventus.The Telegraph say the Turin club intends to move for the Brazilian next summer, when his contract with the Londoners expires.Willian’s agreement with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2020 – and so far negotiations for its extension have not been successful .The 31-year-old striker moved to Chelsea in 2013 from Anzhi. During his time with Chelsea, Willian has played 203 matches in the Premier League and scored 28 goals.
Will FulerNo. 9 Notre Dame used some luck of the Irish to pull out a 34-27 victory over Virginia on the road. With starting quarterback Malik Zaire out of the game with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury, and his team trailing 27-26, back-up QB DeShone Kizer took the team downfield in the final minutes, tossing the game winning touchdown to wide receiver Will Fuller with 12 seconds remaining. Fuller’s game-winning score stunned the upset-minded Cavalier faithful. pic.twitter.com/o92NxfHftl— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) September 12, 2015Wow. What a gut-wrenching loss for Mike London and the Cavs, and what an escape for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish.
Former Charlotte head coach Alan Major, right, hired by Ohio State. Courtesy: TNSAfter three seasons of not meeting expectations, it appears Ohio State coach Thad Matta is bringing back another member of his staff that brought him some of his best teams.Alan Major is returning to Matta’s staff for the 2016 season, but this time in a new role. The team said he will serve the role of director of recruiting and player development.Major has spent plenty of time working under Matta. He was an assistant coach to Matta at Xavier University from 2001 to 2004 and went on to OSU to coach under Matta again. From 2004 to 2010, Major helped to recruit and develop big men. He left after the 2010 season to serve as the head coach of UNC-Charlotte for five seasons where he accumulated a career record of 67-70 before leaving the team due to health issues during the 2014-2015 season.Prior to his time with Matta, Major served as an assistant coach at Cal Lutheran from 1992-95, Pacific from 1995-98, Southern Illinois from 1998-99 and Pacific again from 1999-2000.“Alan has many skills and talents above and beyond those he’s utilized as a coach over the years,” Matta said in an email. “I want him to help us develop a complete and well-rounded student-athlete. Alan is the perfect fit for this position.”Major is no stranger to developing players. In his vast college basketball career spanning 23 years serving as either assistant coach or head coach, he has coached such players as former OSU first round NBA selections Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Evan Turner as well as former Xavier star and first rounder David West and Pacific No. 1 overall selection Michael Olowokandi. Nearly everywhere he has gone, Major has found success. While Major worked with Matta both at Xavier and OSU, he contributed to a 234-77 record in his nine years. He reached the NCAA a total of seven times, once at Xavier reaching the Final Four (2004) and once going as far as the national championship game (2007). In 2008, the pair won the National Invitation Tournament title.Along with Major, OSU announced that former manager and graduate assistant Kyle Davis has been promoted to the video coordinator position vacated after Jake Diebler left for an assistant coaching job at Vanderbilt.Davis served as recruiting coordinator for the summer until Major was hired. As a graduate assistant in 2015-16, Davis helped the coaching staff with coordinating recruiting visits and preparing nearly all video footage used for game preparation. This is his first coaching job.
Six years ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes were at the end of arguably their most disappointing season under coach Jim Tressel. Heading into the last week of the regular season, the Buckeyes were 6-4 and looking ahead to what would be the first non-January bowl game of the Tressel era. Then one game changed the outlook of not only the entire season, but also the entire OSU football program. On Nov. 20, 2004, the Buckeyes stunned the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines in Ohio Stadium behind 391 yards of total offense from quarterback Troy Smith. In one game, the Buckeyes went from a disappointing team that lacked an identity to a team with a quarterback of the future who provided them with just that. It was also the start of a streak of domination in the rivalry for the Buckeyes, who have won six straight contests against the Wolverines, outscoring them 181-101 in that stretch. Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez is hopeful that a win Saturday against the Buckeyes will provide a similar reversal of fortunes for the Wolverines. “It’d mean an awful lot, certainly for our fans and for our university, but more importantly for our seniors and our players because they haven’t had the chance to win that,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve got to perform better and get some wins to make us feel better and make our fans feel better.” In his first two seasons as Michigan’s coach, Rodriguez’s teams have lost 42-7 and 21-10 to the Buckeyes. This year’s Wolverine team is the most formidable — at least offensively — that Rodriguez will bring into “The Game.” Unlike Rodriguez’s first two seasons, Michigan’s offensive personnel now fit its spread scheme. The Wolverines have found success behind dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson, an early-season Heisman candidate who fell out of contention because of injuries and a three-game losing streak in the middle of the season. Robinson has rushed for 1,538 yards and 14 touchdowns and has thrown for 2,229 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, leading the Wolverines to a 7-4 record that will land them in their first bowl game under Rodriguez. Tressel said Robinson’s ability to both run and throw the ball makes him difficult to prepare for. “It’s impossible to simulate him because there’s no one like him,” Tressel said. “It’s a tremendous challenge because it gives you all of the problems that a Wildcat offense gives you with a great running back back there. But along with it, it has all of the passing problems.” Robinson has played a critical role in Michigan’s offense, which is ranked 10th in the nation in rushing, with 257.4 yards per game, and 15th in the nation in points scored, with 36.8 points per game. Michigan’s defense has failed to find the same success that its offense has, as it is ranked 99th in the country in scoring, giving up 33.5 points per game. Despite the statistics, Robinson said he hasn’t lost confidence in his team’s defense. “I think our defense is one of the best defenses in the nation,” Robinson said. “I don’t care what nobody say. We play against them every day, and they help us get better.” Tressel agreed that the statistics don’t necessarily tell the tale of the Michigan defense. “They’ve given up too many big plays, but the thing I love about them is I see them flying around and I see a lot of young guys who aren’t young anymore,” Tressel said. The longest streak in the rivalry thus far came from 1901-1909, when the Wolverines got the better of the Buckeyes for nine straight years. A win on Saturday would move OSU two games away from matching that streak. “There’s been pressure every year. It’s something that comes with it,” OSU wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “Nobody wants to be the team that breaks the streak.” With a share of the Big Ten title and a potential sixth straight trip to a BCS bowl game still within grasp, the Buckeyes have more than just pride to play for. OSU defensive end Cameron Heyward said the Buckeyes understand the high stakes. “A lot. A share of the Big Ten title and our biggest rival,” Heyward said. “Michigan is always going to play their best against us. We wouldn’t have it any other way to go out against a quality opponent. It’ll be a rough one, but we’re ready for it.” Regardless of bowl game implications, the Buckeyes remain focused on extending their winning streak over the Wolverines to a lucky No. 7. “The Ohio State-Michigan game is the focus,” Tressel said. “There are tons of by-products for everybody, but the single most one everyone knows that’s ever coached or played at Ohio State is that you’re defined by your Ohio State-Michigan games.”
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, right, is stopped after catching a pass for a short gain by Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday, Sept. 29. The Browns won, 17-6.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals return home to face the undefeated New England Patriots this Sunday in a game that has great implications.If the Bengals pull out the win, last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns will be viewed as an anomaly. But with a loss and perhaps another weak outing by quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals may find themselves searching for ways to salvage their season.At home, the Bengals (2-2) are undefeated and performed much better against the pass than they have on the road. They have held Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in check, forcing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers into a two interception performance and limiting Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers to 278 yards of total offense.Meanwhile on the road, Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears and Brian Hoyer of the Browns were able to find the holes in Cincinnati’s secondary to help their respective teams win. Bengals fans can only hope that this pattern continues in week five when they face three-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.However, the Patriots, though undefeated, have question marks of their own. Brady began the season with a significantly inexperienced group of receivers who have struggled to stay on the same page as their quarterback. But the wide receivers have shown recent signs of improvement as both Kenbrell Thompkins (127 yards receiving) and Julian Edelman (118 yards receiving) had strong games last week against the Atlanta Falcons.On defense, New England must deal with the loss of defensive tackle Vince Wilfork who sustained a season-ending injury (achilles) against Atlanta. Wilfork is key to the Patriots’ ability to stop the run. Over the last five seasons, New England is ranked ninth against the rush with Wilfork on the field and dead last without him.But the Bengals cannot concern themselves with their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses at this point. They have the talent to beat almost any team in the league, as evidenced by their comeback victory over the Packers. But when they fail to execute on offense, they are capable of losing to any opponent, including a team depleted of its starting quarterback, just like the Browns.While Hoyer gave an inspired performance, Cincinnati’s lack of offense was the biggest factor in the loss. The Bengals converted only four of 14 third down attempts against Cleveland and gained only 16 first downs. Meanwhile, the Falcons lost to the Patriots in week four despite picking up 26 first downs. If offensive coordinator Jay Gruden cannot make the proper adjustments and Dalton continues to miss open receivers, the promise that surrounded the Bengals before the season will quickly vanish.
Jupp Heynckes is likely to quit Bayern Munich at the end of the ongoing season and the club has to look for a possible replacement – and Ottmar Hitzfeld believes that Niko Kovac or Lucie Favre would be the right choices.Niko Kovac used to play for Bayern Munich and he is current coach of Eintracht Frankfurt – to be added, he also coached Croatia national team in the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Lucien Favre managed to lead Nice successfully to the European cups the previous season from the Ligue 1.The former Bayern Munich coach spoke about possible replacements of Heynckes, according to Sports Keeda:“The expectations with Croatia were huge. Kovac showed great games with the team at the  World Cup,” Hitzfeld told Sport Bild.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Frankfurt are now playing beyond their means, next year [possibly even in] Europe. He was also a Bayern player, he knows how the club works. And he is a strong personality who has a clear mindset and open and honest communication.“Every player is equally important to him. He can motivate and excite the team.“Lucien Favre has already done a good job at German clubs and can play good, offensive football. He is also one who can carry a team, a meticulous coach. Basically, he could work for both [Dortmund and Bayern].”
France captain Hugo Lloris believes that the quality within the national team is “explosive” ahead of the World CupLes Bleus head to Russia aiming to win their first World Cup title in two decades, where head coach Didier Deschamps himself captained the side to glory at home soil.France boasts the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele in their ranks this summer and Lloris is confident that they can prove themselves to be a serious threat for favourites Spain and Germany.“I don’t think the French players have the same DNA as the Spanish, the quality of France is that we can be explosive,” he told Marca.“The Spanish and German teams like to have more possession and take their time to create, we can counter-attack at a frightening speed.“We must be ready to suffer in difficult moments, because that’s where we have to be strong as a team and then take our chances to score.”Expectations are high within the French camp, but Lloris would prefer to take things one step at a time and focus on progressing through the group stages first.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“Before looking to the final, you have to focus on the group,” confirmed Lloris.“The danger is to believe that things are going to be easy, we know that at this level every match will be complicated.”You can only be focused on the present, but we do have potential and quality.”The 31-year-old believes that the role of a captain has changed over the years and feels that the most important thing is to be firm in your convictions.“There are different ways of being a captain, it depends on your character,” he said.“Maybe 20 years ago the captain would have made more noise in the dressing room, today there are other ways.“The most important thing is to be firm in your convictions and be respected by the coach and your teammates, I’m aware of my responsibility.”
Chelsea’s patience with Alvaro Morata appears to be waning with the club reportedly considering using him in a swap deal involving AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, claims Corriere Dello SportThe Spaniard was signed by Chelsea last summer from Real Madrid for £57m as the replacement for their main forward Diego Costa, who officially rejoined Atletico Madrid in January.After a promising start to life at Stamford Bridge for Morata with seven goals in his first eight games for Chelsea, the 25-year-old’s form quickly faded and he only managed to find the back of the net a further eight times in his next 39 appearances.Morata has now been linked with a return to Juventus this summer, but it is Milan who have emerged as the front-runners for his services.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Rossoneri have offered to exchange their teenage goalkeeper Donnarumma for Morata, which is believed to have captured Chelsea’s interest due to the growing uncertainty surrounding Thibaut Courtois’ future.The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer and previously spoke of his desire to leave for Spanish capital at some point in the future to be near to his two young children.Courtois has just a year remaining on his contract at Chelsea and the London club may be tempted to sign Donnarumma as a potential replacement.The 19-year-old has been touted as one most promising young goalkeepers in Europe and could become a solid long-term replacement for Courtois.
Fresh towels, pillows and blankets are available upon request for a small fee. The system currently extends across 3,500 miles of scenic coastline with ten ferries providing service to over 35 coastal communities. The AMHS summer schedule covers ferry travel from May through September 2018 on the only marine route recognized as a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Dorene-on-Booking-begins-for-summer-ferries.mp3 Courtesy of Alaska Marine Highway SystemThe Kennicott is 382 feet long and 85 feet wide, with a service speed of almost 17 knots. Reservations are available for booking at FerryAlaska.com, by calling 1-800-642-0066, or visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system. The ship has 48 four-berth and 58 two-berth cabins which offer offer sink areas and linens. Onboard amenities include observation lounges with comfortable chairs, a covered heated solarium, a cafeteria-style restaurant, a movie lounge, showers, coin-operated lockers, writing and quiet lounges, and a child’s play area. She is designed to carry around 500 passengers and can carry 70 some vehicles. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For those who are wanting to secure a seat aboard the poor man’s cruise ship, the Alaska Marine Highway System Summer 2018 Schedule is now open for booking. The M/V Kennicott runs from Homer to Bellingham, Washington with stops in Seldovia, Kodiak, Chenega Bay, Whittier, Yakutat, Juneau, and Ketchikan. For around a thousand dollars you can take the whole trip.
The Soldotna City Council at their meeting on Wednesday, March 28, agreed to postpone any further discussion on annexation until their council meeting on May 9. Olson: “Last week they finally pulled the trigger on it and said they are going to annex 7 of the 9 areas. The city has a constitutional right to pursue annexation, but the borough residents also have some rights here. We elected you folks, you represent us, the folks that sit on the city council in Soldotna we don’t get to vote for them. Our only request was that they would choose the local option that would allow the people in the affected areas to vote. Instead, they decided to go with the legislative review process, that means there won’t be any voting by the folks in the affected areas.” City Manager Stephanie Queen spoke at the work session, prior to the meeting, stating that this resolution, if approved, would begin the official annexation process. The postponement allows the council to further address the seven areas of annexation, including removing, or editing the boundaries of some of the areas. The City Council stated the resolution introduced proposes to use the legislative review process when they submit their petition for annexation to the Local Boundary Commission. That means that the overall decision on annexation will not be going to the voters. Brian Olson, the President of Borough Residents Against Annexation testified at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, April 3, to try and garner support from the assembly. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna has considered narrowing down the proposed areas of annexation from seven to nine at their council meeting on March 28. The city plans to focus more studying into the commercial areas, like along K-Beach road, and avoiding more residential areas.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — During Republican Mike Dunleavy’s successful run for governor last year, he offered few specifics for his vision of limited government but was clear that Alaska residents should get a full payout from the state’s oil-wealth fund. “Nothing should be off the table,” he said. The dividend provides a financial boost more critical for residents with lower incomes and those in high-cost rural areas. Checks have ranged from about $331 a person in the program’s early years to $2,072 in 2015, the year before it was capped. He’s faced criticism for participating in what some see as friendly venues, including events hosted by the limited government group Americans for Prosperity-Alaska, which asked people to register in advance and reserved the right to kick out anyone who was disruptive. Some of the gatherings drew protesters; police alleged one woman yelled at the governor in Nome and resisted their commands, but the prosecutor there declined to pursue charges. Jan MacClarence said she and her husband, who are in their 70s, are moving from a state-owned elder-care facility in Anchorage after 3½ years and into an apartment to avoid the budget stress. State officials have proposed rate increases of between 40% and nearly 140% for Pioneer Home residents to reflect costs of care, though they have said no one would be evicted or barred entry based on their ability to pay. Dunleavy argues the state must live within its means. He says spending is the problem, not the dividend, and sees revenue that would come from new or increased taxes as a pathway to more spending. Dunleavy is seeking constitutional changes that include a spending cap, giving voters a say on tax or dividend changes approved by lawmakers and giving the Legislature a say on tax-related voter initiatives. Key senators have begun kicking around the idea of a change in the dividend calculation. Lawmakers in recent years blew through billions of dollars in savings as they struggled to address the deficit. With savings dwindling and disagreement over taxes and continued cuts, they began tapping permanent fund earnings, typically used to pay dividends and fortify the nest-egg fund, to help pay for government last year. This created tension, with the decades-old dividend, widely considered an entitlement, seen as competing against other programs for funding. “The governor’s looking at any kind of pool of money he can try and grab, and it’s all going into this dividend promise that he made,” Kelty said. “I don’t think that’s right.” Dunleavy has proposed sweeping cuts, including potentially selling a state museum; idling Alaska’s ferry fleet while the future of that service, critical to many coastal communities, is debated; slashing health and social service programs; shifting costs to local governments; and cutting the University of Alaska system budget by an amount nearly equivalent to the cost of running two of its three flagship campuses. Roger Stone, a Dunleavy supporter from Ketchikan, doesn’t agree with everything Dunleavy proposed but sees his budget as a wake-up call that something’s got to give. Alaska has no personal income or state sales tax. He hasn’t said if he would accept a smaller dividend, or how heavily he’ll wield his veto power. He said he’s willing to use “every tool available to make sure we have our fiscal house in order.” But now that he’s governor, residents are learning what it will take to pay a full dividend, and many don’t like their options. A new law that seeks to limit what can be taken from fund earnings calls for a withdrawal of $2.9 billion for the coming budget year for both dividends and government expenses. Paying a full dividend for 2019 alone would take $1.9 billion. That doesn’t include any back-payment. Some see this as a manufactured crisis that doesn’t consider potential new or increased taxes and too highly prizes the annual checks over education and other government services. Frank Kelty, the mayor of Unalaska, a community of about 4,300 along the far-flung Aleutian Islands that is home to one of the nation’s busiest fishing ports, likens Dunleavy’s quest to pay a full dividend to President Donald Trump’s push for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. “I think that they need to take a hard look at what’s really necessary in state government,” Stone said of lawmakers. Once that happens, he said he’s willing to have a lower dividend, seeing that as preferable to a sales or income tax. Dunleavy’s call for paying the full amount this year, around $3,000 each, plus what they missed out on the past three years, was a centerpiece of his campaign. The state wants to hire a consultant to recommend “reshaping” the system and reducing its costs. Dunleavy has expressed openness to keeping some runs going while that process plays out, but no boats are currently set to sail past Oct. 1. MacClarence said being on their own and using food delivery and personal care services as needed is better than worrying every year about what lawmakers might do. Former state Sen. Rick Halford unsuccessfully sued Walker for roughly halving the amount available for dividends in 2016 and agrees with Dunleavy’s effort to pay a full dividend. But he said it isn’t a full debate when options such as taxes on oil and other resources aren’t being considered. As lawmakers have held hearings around the state on Dunleavy’s budget proposals, the governor has begun traveling to make his case. The formula for calculating the amount residents receive from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings is set in state law, based on an average of the fund’s income over five years. Starting in 2016, former Gov. Bill Walker and the lawmakers capped the yearly dividend, at $1,022, $1,100 and $1,600. A full dividend this year would be roughly $2,900 to $3,100. Community meetings and some budget hearings held by lawmakers have drawn big crowds. Hundreds spoke against cuts to the ferry system, a thoroughfare for coastal communities not connected to the mainland road system. Lawmakers and Dunleavy’s predecessor kept the annual checks at $1,600 or less the past few years as they struggled to address a budget deficit that has persisted amid low to middling oil prices and is now estimated at $1.6 billion. Many residents of small southeast Alaska communities travel by ferry with their cars to the bigger city of Juneau to buy supplies at places like Costco, or fly there and take the ferry home. Walt Weller, the mayor of Pelican, a town of about 70 people 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Juneau, called the ferry a lifeline. “When you’re out here at the end of everything — I mean no roads, float planes only — 100% weather-dependent, we’re pretty doggone dependent on that ferry,” Weller said. He acknowledges people choose to live there but said the ferries — even with limited runs — have helped make that possible. “To have people claim that they’re going to give everybody giant (dividend) checks and then rip our road out from underneath us is fairly upsetting,” he said.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year the BP Teachers of Excellence program recognized 21 Alaska teachers, among those are three Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers. Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Liaison for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District: “The BP Teacher of Excellence program has been going on for many years in our state, and on the Kenai Peninsula we have so many amazing educators. BP likes to highlight the teachers and show what’s happening in our classrooms.” BP Alaska President Janet Weiss: “These teachers represent the best of Alaska education, and it’s an honor to recognize them with this award. At BP, we’re proud to play a part in supporting their continued success and showing our ongoing commitment to the state and to creating the leaders of tomorrow.” Winning teachers receive a $500 gift card and a $500 matching grant to their school. Teachers also receive a trip to Prudhoe Bay to learn about BP’s operations and paid admission for the Alaska Resource Education’s teacher course. Julie Doepken, William H. Seward Elementary SchoolJennifer Hornung, Nikiski Middle/High SchoolWendy Todd, Paul Banks Elementary School All teachers and educational allies will be honored at an award ceremony in late April, where the statewide BP Teacher of the Year will be announced.
Refugees and migrants wait to be rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil aboard an overcrowded rubber boat, north of Libyan coast, on 6 May 2018. AP/UNB File PhotoIn recent times, youths in Sylhet have become desperate to migrate to European countries, without bothering the least about their finances or personal safety. The tendency is particularly acute among the residents of Beanibazar upazila.Recently, four young men of the area went missing while they were crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach Italy via Libya. There are hundreds of their likes who started their trip to Europe via Libya and Turkey. A good number of them went missing before they reached the destination.Surprisingly, their family members are reluctant to cooperate with the authorities.A 28-year-old man named Tuhin went missing on his way to Europe, said, Abani Shankar Kar, officer-in-charge of Beanibazar Police Station. He contacted with his family members for the last time on 6 May.Another man, Abdul Halim Sujon, 32, went missing the same way. He is the son of late Ahmad Ali of Maijkapon village in Muria union.Sujon was an auto-rickshaw driver. He contracted with a broker named Parvej Ahmed about a year back to get to Italy at a cost of nearly Tk 1 million (he paid Tk 983,000). He had started his journey to Italy soon after and reached Libya, said his elder brother Abdul Alim.After waiting in war-torn Libya for a long time, he along with others boarded a trawler meant for Italy via the Mediterranean Sea on 9 May. From then, Sujon is missing. The broker, who sent him on the trip, confirmed to Sujon’s family that he boarded an Italy-bound trawler.Hearing news of the recent boat containing Bangladeshis capsizing in the Mediterranean, killing dozens of them, Abdul Alim expressed his fear that his brother might have drowned in the sea.Earlier, two other people named Rafik Ahmed and Ripon Ahmed went missing in the same way.Three people of Sylhet went missing in the Mediterranean Sea three years ago. They are Imon, 22, Faridul Alam, 24, and Imran, 30. But no case has been filed yet in this regard. The silences may have something to do with the fact that they embarked on their journey knowing full well that their route fell outside the law.A source requesting to be unnamed said that at least 1,200 people of Sylhet are still waiting in Libya, where Bangladeshis cannot go legally since 2014, for migration to Italy, crossing the Mediterranean. Of them, around 150 people are said to be from Beanibazar, who reached Libya via several countries. Just to reach Libya, each of them had paid TK 6-7 lakhs to the traffickers already.Abani Shankar Kar said those who lured them into such danger for luxurious lives won’t be spared, and law enforcers stand ready to take the necessary action if a case is filed.In the last six months, more than 300 youths left Beanibazar hoping to migrate to Italy, France, Spain, Portugal using Libya and Turkey as transit points. Many of their fates remain unknown.Nahid, one of those who survived the hazardous journey to Italy but is now back in Bangladesh, shared his experience of the voyage through the Mediterranean.”A boat with 80 people, much more than its capacity, is floating on the stormy ocean, rollicking in the waves. Sharks are spotted around the boat. If you fall off the boat, they will pounce. The 80 souls are desperate to reach Europe, beckoning like a paradise where their fates will change. But in that moment, a hellish death is closer to them.”
Kolkata: The sale of Baluchari silk has seen a sharp spike in Bengal, after the state government launched the ‘Baluchari’ project a few years ago, aiming to revive the textile which harks back to the colonial times.”In collaboration with the West Bengal State Handloom Weavers’ Cooperation Society (Tantuja), the Directorate of Textiles had launched the Baluchari project, which has been a major success. The sale of this particular kind of silk has increased on a major scale as we roped in weavers from Bishnupur, who blended some old and new designs, keeping in mind the current trend and demands of the consumers,” said Director of Textiles Debasis Ghosh on Wednesday. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBaluchari, a quintessential textile of Bengal, which found a home in Bishnupur of Bankura district after its place of origin Baluchar in Murshidabad, had succumbed to the vagaries of nature. Even in Bishnupur, the design, looms, weaving technique and the thread used underwent drastic change with time, leaving the originality of the textile in shambles. In such a scenario, the Baluchari project has aided its grand revival, with the hike in sales figures. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataGhosh further said: “After the launch of the project, the West Bengal State Handloom Weavers’ Cooperation Society eventually undertook its marketing duties and launched an exclusive showroom in Park Street which specialises in Baluchari silk, among others. The annual turn- over of the showroom has reached crores.” Tantuja procures handloom fabrics from cooperative societies and artisans through 12 procurement centres and two training-cum-production centres. It has 83 sales outlets all over India. Speaking about the initiative taken by the government to help the farmers in cultivation of silk, the extension officer of the directorate of textiles Partho Pratim said: “There are 59 government sericulture farms in Bengal which cultivate superior-quality seeds. These seeds are then given to the farmers at a subsidised rate, who then produce the raw silk. When the raw silk is sold in the market, the farmers earn good revenue. The weavers who buy the raw silk spin it into sarees, shawls and other garments.”
Milya Timergaleyeva, VP, market strategy, Oregan Networks talks about the challenges facing pay TV operators in delivering advanced services.What are the main challenges facing pay TV service providers as they attempt to upgrade their subscriber bases to receive advanced connected or hybrid TV services?The biggest common challenge faced by MSOs is meeting the growing demand for bandwidth, as content consumption preferences shift toward non-linear models. Intensified by the increasing appetite for Full HD and 4K content, the ‘bandwidth bottleneck’ has the potential to stress both managed and Over the Top Services to a level where customer experience can be adversely impacted.DRM fragmentation also continues to raise challenges for operators that deploy services across multiple devices and networks, and this is an area where goalposts are constantly changing, in terms of new security requirements from studios on UHD content, as well as ecosystem changes such as those recently made by Google to the Chrome browser.As a platform and services vendor, Oregan employs a combination of well-established technology building blocks and innovation components that tackle these issues. During IBC this year, Oregan will showcase recent integration with the V-Nova Perseus compression technology which holds a promise of significantly reducing the bandwidth requirements, thus making premium content accessible at lower OPEX levels. Core to Oregan’s bandwidth solutions strategy is close alignment and pre-integration with leading CDN and DVR vendors, such as Alcatel Lucent.Thirdly, the high velocity of the evolution of standards and emerging connectivity use cases pose operational challenges for operators who wish to stay relevant and competitive. On the one hand, the in-sourcing platform management strategies have proven effective for larger operators, on the other hand, the need to continuously explore, implement and trial new products in an Agile manner, have created an elevated demand for highly skilled engineering teams and product evolution methodologies that can be ‘plugged’ into a project rapidly and deliver to a high standard.How useful is cloud technology in helping deliver advanced TV services to pay TV operators’ subscribers and which applications are likely to be prioritized by operators?The trend to virtualize services that were once provided exclusively within the operator’s own managed headend is well underway. During the last 12 months Oregan has worked on deployment projects where many aspects of the traditional headend have been moved out into the cloud, allowing operators to reduce complexity and costs associated with onsite hosting.We are involved in projects today with tier-1 telecoms operators, where key video delivery platform components such as the CMS, Network PVR, DRM Key Server, TR-069 ACS Server and Upgrade Management Server are all provided as managed services hosted in the Cloud.Indeed, we see traditional cable and satellite operators deploying on-demand VOD services in some markets, where the Service Delivery Platforms I entirely outsourced and hosted in the cloud. This enables rapid time to market as well as immediate economies of scale, by utilizing pre-established cloud encoding and CDN platforms for OTT delivery to hybrid STBs and other OTT devices.Oregan’s video client technology has been developed from the outset to bring together the worlds of traditional broadcast, with IPTV and OTT technologies. A legacy or new generation STB running Oregan’s middleware can mix-and-match content from broadcast, IPTV and OTT sources, whilst providing a seamless and unified user experience to the consumer. The latest iterations of Oregan’s Secure Media Player solution, brings this consistency to multi-screen devices and OTT platforms, as well as the more established traditional CPE.What are the main challenges facing pay TV service providers as they attempt to upgrade their subscriber bases to receive advanced connected or hybrid TV services?The first and foremost decision faced by an operator is the approach to the existing devices. The reality is that the initial investment that was made deploying the original CPE is frequently making it difficult to commercially justify a complete replacement. Oregan’s legacy Pay TV migration methodology encapsulates the key product evolution process that allows the operator to synchronize, wherever possible, the capabilities and features across legacy and new generation devices.Oregan’s project experience with BT and its legacy Mediaroom STBs enables us to offer a field-proven solution to operators where the in-field upgrade process is flawless, with the entire fleet of devices upgraded remotely, courtesy of a well designed and implemented remote upgrade methodology. The crucial goal and a measure of success of any such upgrade project is elimination of any need for ‘truck rolls’. As part of the initial technical and financial analysis, Oregan carries out a thorough impartial feasibility assessment, which will determine the optimal product evolution path, feature sets, content security implications, timescales and any trade-offs related to the legacy STB’s intrinsic capabilities.What are the principal technology choices facing operators as they seek to build next-generation TV platforms and what are the key advantages and disadvantages of each?As technology sourcing becomes increasingly modular, with emphasis on upgradability and future-proofness, the component choices are becoming less restrictive. In this new scenario, which is made possible by the general move towards open architectures and community-sourced components, the choices tend to be related to the operating system utilized inside the CPE, the degree of association and prominence of competing OTT services offered side-by-side with the core content offering and, thirdly, the content protection technologies.A continued exploitation of multicast delivery infrastructure for live events, especially sporting events is an option that many operators are having to determine their approach to.And lastly, offering support for Common Encryption standards across devices, which enables operators to simplify the head-end infrastructure of a multi-DRM deployment is a transition that many operators consider as a matter of natural platform evolution.Oregan Networks provides market-leading technology expertise in delivery of Digital TV over broadcast and IP networks, with emphasis on ensuring content security, quality of service for consumers and mitigating project risk. 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