Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: November 10, 2017

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Alexis Sanchez salary ‘fails Old Trafford stadium workers’

first_imgFour of the Premier League’s top five highest paid players are now at Manchester United with Paul Pogba earning £280,000-per-week, Romelu Lukaku £250,000 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic £220,000.Kevin De Bruyne’s new Manchester City contract puts him third, with weekly wages of £280,000.Mr Naeem is a season ticket holder, but added: “Sir Alex Ferguson often used to say that from the kitchen to the top we are all one family. You would like to think that they would do everything to make sure that they are doing everything right ethically.”Reverend Ian Rutherford, Chair of Greater Manchester Citizens and City Centre Minister at Methodist Central Hall, Manchester said: “As the winter transfer window closes many workers at Old Trafford will be choosing between putting the heating on or a hot meal.“We’ve heard many stories about the real cost of life on low pay for workers at Old Trafford, many of whom are employed directly and struggling to live with dignity.”In a statement sent to talkSPORT, the club said: “Manchester United pays its staff competitive salaries for the jobs they undertake. We have many variations of contracts in place due to the size of the club, although all permanent employees, whether engaged on a full or part-time hours basis, are paid the Voluntary Living Wage, in line with the Premier League agreement.“Staff welfare is very important to the club and we consistently score in the top quartile of employers measured in independent surveys on staff satisfaction.”At 11am on 1 February, campaigners will deliver a letter to Manchester United’s Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward, outlining their requests.The letter is as follows:* * *Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, Manchester UnitedSir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0RADear Ed,We are writing as representatives of the local community to request a meeting with you to discuss how we can work together to see Manchester United FC become a real Living Wage employer.We are Manchester Citizens, a group of leaders from faith, educational and community institutions, as well as parents, parishioners, students, local residents, and football fans. We’re asking you to do the right thing on behalf of the lowest paid staff at Manchester United football club, who have told us of their struggles on low pay in a time when football players are receiving a king’s ransom in wages every week.As the 2018 winter transfer window draws to a close Manchester United FC is once again named the richest football club in the world and is as of this month home to three of the top five highest paid Premier League footballers, we are asking you to show leadership by taking a community-first business approach to ensure the cost of living is met for low-paid workers.The community spirit and passion of low-paid staff has helped to build the club’s prestigious reputation as the Theatre of Dreams. Workers who dedicate time spent away from their families; cleaners and security staff who work on night shifts; everyone who makes the magic of match day happen deserves to live with dignity.We acknowledge the vital contribution that Manchester United FC makes to the UK economy as a global brand. We would be delighted if this boost could be reflected in a wage uplift for all low-paid staff, including sub-contracted workers and casual part time staff, a commitment that has already been made by three other Premier League clubs – Chelsea, Everton and West Ham. moral leadership from a world-renowned football club such as Manchester United would be welcomed by fans and staff alike.We know from speaking to match day staff that some young people are paid less than £7 per hour and are struggling to make ends meet. Why not extend the beliefs of the Manchester United Foundation, which already does good work investing in community engagement with grassroots football and on other charitable causes to supporting your low paid workers and their families with a wage rate that truly reflects the cost of living in our city?We would like to meet with you and your team at your earliest convenience to discuss how we could work together to see Manchester United FC move to paying a real Living Wage to all staff and contractors in 2018.We’re co-signing this letter as the Manchester member institutions and supporters of community organising charity Citizens UK’s campaign on Premier League low pay. The campaign is encouraging both Manchester clubs and all clubs in the Premiership to pay a living wage.We can be contacted on We look forward to hearing from you to arrange a date to meet.Yours sincerely,Greater Manchester Citizens, Citizens UKReverend Ian Rutherford, Co Chair, Greater Manchester Citizens and City Centre Minister at Methodist Central Hall, ManchesterSteven North, Branch Secretary, Salford City UNISON and North West Representative to UNISON National Executive CouncilLynn Sbaih, Coordinator, GM Living Wage Campaign, Greater Manchester Citizens UK is calling on the club to sign up to the Living Wage Foundation and pay all its workers the real Living Wage of £8.75-per-hour.Executive Director Neil Jameson said: “Not only is Manchester United turning a blind eye to the harsh realities faced by the undervalued low-paid staff it employs, the club seemingly has a bottomless pit to pay players.“It is time they showed leadership by getting their house in order and doing the right thing by those who work hard for them off the pitch.”Sophie (not her real name), who works in hospitality at Manchester United FC, said: “The pay I am getting right now is pretty low for any job. A pay rise wouldn’t seem much to most people but it would be a big help. It would help me with the groceries, daily stuff and help with the rent.” Manchester United are being accused of ‘turning a blind eye’ to their low-level stadium staff by paying Alexis Sanchez £400,000-per-week.Charity Citizens UK says it will take the Chilean 82 minutes of his potential home debut against Huddersfield this Saturday to earn the annual salary of a low-paid stadium worker: £14,625.The organisation insists Sanchez’s contract reveals ‘a grotesque tale of two halves with many low-paid staff struggling to make ends meet’.Former Old Trafford steward Furqan Naeem, 31, told talkSPORT: “For a football club the size of Mancheter United it is a scandal that those on the lowest wages do not get paid the living wage.” 3 Alexis Sanchez is reportedly paid £400,000-per-week at Manchester United 3 3last_img read more

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Summize: Enhancing Search With Heatmaps

first_imgDigging deeper into SummizeBeyond informative heatmaps, Summize does a good job with other search resultessentials. Firstly, it has three sorting knobs – by relevance, by red (bad) and by green(good). It also uses Ajax to show product previews on rollover – which is elegant,unobtrusive and useful. Another interesting feature is the voting up or down, whichallows Summize to collect its own voting information. This looks like the beginning of ahome-grown review system, to supplement the crawler results. Finally Summize shows you the price next to each item, on Amazon. At the moment, theservice is only affiliated with Amazon and offers Ajax popups to buy the item fromAmazon. From the way the popup is designed, we can deduce that other sites will beintegrated in the future. Summize – applying heatmaps to searchJust as CrazyEgg’s application of heatmaps to click analysis is clever and useful, sois Summize‘s way of applying heatmaps to shopping.As with any search engine, you key into the search box what you are looking for. Summizesearches its database and comes back with the results. It is the presentation of theresults that makes this search engine very different. We see a summary of all productratings presented as a heatmap, plus a digg-like voting mechanism and product thumbpreviews presented – all in one clean and simple interface. alex iskold 1 Tags:#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts ConclusionSummize is impressive. Its power is in delivering a lot of information, using arelatively simple interface. And , like the Metacritic movie review aggregator which weprofiledearlier this year, Summize brings together reviews and normalizes ratings to outputessentially a single rating number. The presentation is not only innovative, but useful. One thing that could hurt theadoption somewhat is the fact that there is a substantial percentage of the populationwith various forms of colorblindness. But to address this issue, Summize could develop a version that usesgrayscale. Overall Summize, which is still under the radar, looks promising. Please take a lookat it and let us know what you think. Summize’s infrastructure crawls user reviews all over the web and accumulates themtogether, into a single normalized rating database. The search results show the votesfrom this database using the heatmap. For example, in the figure above we see that thesum total of opinions of the Canon Powershot is 60% – very positive. Only 9% arequite negative and the rest are in-between. So this is essentially an instantrecommendation for the family of products. Beyond that, we get details for each matching product – including a product-specificheatmap. To get reviews of each product, you can click the product link. We wrote about Abdur Chowdhury in our recentcoverage of the Open Data 2007 Workshop. Until recently he was running AOL Search,but left to start a new venture. Abdur is an impressive thinker and articulate speaker,with a great track record in the industry. So we decided to take a look at what he is upto! As it turns out, he is developing an innovative vertical search engine forshopping called Summize. This search engineuses a technique called heatmaps, which we’ll explore in this post.Heatmaps Primer A heatmap is a visualization technique fordisplaying complex information in two dimensions, using colors. For example, heatmaps areused in weather maps to display temperature or amount of rain. The coloring works likethis: you choose a range of values (for temperature on the chart to the right, the rangeis from -60 to 120 F) and then map colors onto this range. There various ways of doingthis mapping, depending on how fine grained you need the map to be. In the case of justtwo colors, say red and green, you can do it using RGB encoding – starting with redmoving towards black, and then passing black towards green.Heatmaps are also actively used in biology, particularly in DNA microarrays. Recently,stats service CrazyEgg applied heatmaps to trackingwhat visitors do on a user’s website. Their software captures user clicks on each pageand then presents a summary in the form of a heatmap. The visual effect is stunning – youget instant insight as to what your visitors are doing on the site. Comparing products using SummizeComparison shopping is an essential part of shopping and product research. Summizeuses heatmaps to compare products. Again, the ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’wisdom proves true. Seeing the heatmaps side by side gives the consumer a quick verdicton what other consumers collectively voted for: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Groupon Co-Founder to Headline Midwest’s Largest Startup Conference

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market chris cameron The two largest startup ecosystems within the United States are arguably Silicon Valley and New York City, but there’s a whole lot of land between the east and west coast. Smack dab in the middle of the country is Chicago, and not long ago we told you about a demo contest hosted by venture consulting firm midVentures that brought a bit of TechCrunch50 flair to the Windy City. This September, the firm is hosting another event in Chicago that looks to be the largest startup conference in the Midwest.The two day event, midVenturesLAUNCH, begins on Monday September 27th and consists of breakout sessions, keynote addresses and – of course – a startup competition. The main events take place during the afternoon and evening to allow for Chicagoans to attend while still maintaining their work schedules, though an exhibition floor of startups will run during the days. Startups can apply to be selected to either exhibit their products on the floor or to compete head-to-head against other companies in a demo contest with a prize worth $100,000 in cash and services. Expo tables will run you $2500, but are free for those accepted to compete in the demo contest.Providing the keynote speech is Brad Keywell, director and co-founder of Chicago’s darling success story, Groupon. Other notable attendees participating in judging and panels include OkCupid founder Sam Yagan, OCA Ventures CEO Jim Dugan and OpenTable founder Chuck Templeton. Chicago, like most cities, has it’s own unique approach to startups, and it’s encouraging to see this culture continue to grow. As companies like FeedBurner and Groupon have showed us, succeeding in the startup world doesn’t depend on your proximity to the Valley or New York City. For early stage startups and entrepreneurs in the Midwest, events like midVenturesLAUNCH could be a great place to get some exposure to experts and learn from peers in the area. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#events#start center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea, Liverpool buoyed as PSG boss Tuchel confirms possible Rabiot exit

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea, Liverpool buoyed as PSG boss Tuchel confirms possible Rabiot exitby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG manager Thomas Tuchel says he “cannot guarantee” whether Adrien Rabiot will be at the club beyond January.The Frenchman has yet to sign a new contract with PSG and will be a free agent in the summer.Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Barcelona have expressed an interest in the midfielder. And their chances of signing the 23-year-old have seemingly increased with Tuchel’s comments.”I cannot guarantee that Adrien (Rabiot) will finish the season with us because it is still the same thing. He did not say yes to PSG. And as a result of that, everything is possible,” he told reporters.”Like you say, it was necessary and important for me, for us, to sign a number 6 for our team this summer. Now we are in winter and it is the same thing. It depends on the situations of Adrien Rabiot and Lassana Diarra. Maybe we will need them now.” last_img read more

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9 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini unsure of Arnautovic future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini unsure of Arnautovic futureby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini had no problem playing Marko Arnautovic for victory over Arsenal.However, he says it will be a case of ‘wait and see’ on his future this transfer window amid pressure from China.“We will see what will happen in the next days with Marko,” he said. “It’s an issue that the club must see what’s best for the club, the player and everyone. I hope the best position for everyone will be taken.“I’ve been in the situation a lot of times, I’ve been a manager for 30 years, but we will be calm about it because there is nothing 100% sure. We will see how it develops in the next days.” last_img read more

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Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Looking for Jordan: The case resumes Wednesday against several former SNC-Lavalin and hospital executives charged with fraud in Montreal. The court will hear a motion from the lawyer for one of the accused to quash the case under the Jordan ruling, which set strict limits on the wait times for criminal trials.Poker face: The online gambling company formerly known as Amaya Inc. will face questions Wednesday at a hearing in front of the Ontario Securities Commission, which is investigating allegations of insider trading surrounding the 2014 purchase of PokerStars.Factory figures: Statistics Canada will release its monthly survey of manufacturing for September. Sector sales rose 1.6 per cent in August, their first move higher after two consecutive monthly declines.Not dead, yet: The fifth round of talks for renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement kicks off in Mexico City on Friday. The talks are on increasingly shaky ground after a terse end to the last round of talks as the U.S. appears closer than ever to acting on its threats to cancel the agreement.Awaiting inflation: Statistics Canada releases the consumer price index for October on Friday. The country’s annual inflation rate continued to accelerate in September, with a reading of 1.4 per cent that brought the data point closer to the Bank of Canada’s ideal target of two per cent.last_img read more

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Bank of England chief Firms not ready for nodeal Brexit

first_imgLONDON — The governor of the Bank of England says most British businesses aren’t ready for a no-deal departure from the European Union.Mark Carney told the BBC on Thursday that “less than half of businesses have initiated” contingency plans designed to protect operations in the event Britain leaves the 28-nation bloc without an agreement on future trading relations.When asked if businesses are ready, Carney said “as best as we can tell, the answer is no.”The comments come as lawmakers from all parties are criticizing the agreement Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with the EU, increasing the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit. Carney warned Wednesday that a no-deal departure would trigger a recession more severe than the one that followed the 2008 financial crisis.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Not to glorify war

first_imgThe raging frenzy against Pakistan following Pulwama massacre after a suicide bomber rammed in an explosive-laden SUV into a CRPF convey leading to the death of 40 soldiers on February 14, had toned down considerably and was nearly put to rest until Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed in a statement that based on their intelligence report, India is planning another attack on Pakistan. The western neighbour’s “reliable intelligence” specifies the time of this attack to be in between April16 and April 20. The foreign Minister’s concern was shared with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. As a matter of fact – and politics – the retaliation to Pulwama came with the widely-sensationalised Balakot air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed establishment in PoK just two weeks later. The relation between these nuclear-armed nations nose-dived to unprecedented lows after successive events of aggression. Qureshi did not give any comprehensive point on the evidence Pakistan had or the basis on which he could be so specific with the timing, but confirmed that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had agreed to share the information with the country. Such a stunt in politics deserves an independent and elaborate commentary. Prime Minister Khan blames Indian establishment for whipping up war hysteria over claims of India shooting down a Pakistani F-16 during the February standoff. India’s accomplishment in the Air strike on Jaish-e-Mohammad militant camp, however, is given to doubt after satellite images betrayed little evidence of damage. Also Read – A compounding difficultyIndia refrained from making a statement immediately but eventually replied befittingly and politically correctly that it rejects the statement by Pakistan Foreign Minister and termed it as irresponsible and preposterous. Also, that his statement comes with a “clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region. This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake a terror attack in India,” the spokesperson of Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. War hysteria was, in fact, whipped up a fortnight earlier when Pakistan sponsored the suicide attack on Indian soldiers. War-mongering is deployed as a political tool. Both sides have a pressing need to focus on development over politics at the cost of development and welfare. The possibility of war between two nuclear-armed nations is a serious international concern and will end up affecting sovereignty and integrity of especially India, given how it has carved an image in the global arena in the past 5 years. Elections happen routinely but the impact of war is suffered for generations together.last_img read more

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EC bars Mukul Roy from being present in any of the 9

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission on Saturday has restricted the entry of BJP leader Mukul Roy in all the nine Lok Sabha constituencies which will go to polls on Sunday.The development came after Trinamool Congress moved the Election Commission urging it not to allow the entry of Roy into the jurisdiction of any of these nine constituencies because he is not a voter of the state. Within hours after the complaint reached the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), the election officials issued an order saying that Roy would not be allowed to enter any of these constituencies. The issue raised by the ruling party in the state was found valid by the Commission. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSoon after the order was issued by the office of the CEO, Roy urged the Commission that he would like to stay in Howrah on Sunday when the elections would be held in the Parliamentary seats of Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Kolkata North, Kolkata South, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Mathurapur and Joynagar. During an interview with a vernacular television channel, Roy said that he was aware of the restrictions. As he was not a voter of Bengal, he decided to stay in Howrah. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayTrinamool Congress leaders from the state on a number of occasions in the recent past have alleged that Roy has been visiting various places to intimidate voters. It was also alleged that BJP leaders were trying to distribute money among the people in order to make them cast their votes in their favour. There were instances where the BJP leadership from the state or their associates were found carrying huge amount of money. A letter submitted to the CEO office by the Trinamool Congress says that as per the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), any political leader who is a voter of another state cannot remain present is any constituency where the election is being held.last_img read more

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