Phil Jones says Solskjaer has brought freshness to the team

first_imgThe defender is happy to see how Manchester United has advanced under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and feels the future is bright for his team.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as Manchester United’s manager back in December.And the Norwegian is bringing a new look to the team, at least according to defender Phil Jones.“He’s brought a freshness about the place,” Jones told Sky Sports.“He’s come in and wanted to move us forward and bring those happy times back, and I think he’s done that.”“His man-management skills are very good. He’ll let players know what’s happening, and as players, that’s all you can ask for,” he added.“You just want a manager to be honest with you, and that’s exactly what he gives you.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.Manchester United is currently sitting in the sixth position of the English Premier League table with 45 points.They are 9 points behind third-place Tottenham Hotspur.“We’ve achieved nothing. We might have gone on a little run and everyone’s talking about us, but it means nothing,” he warned about complacency.“We’re outside the top four which is obviously not where we want to be, and we have to make sure we finish in the top four.”“Come to the end of the season, if we do – OK we’ve not had a successful season – but we’ve made the best out of it that we can,” he continued.“Ever since I walked through the door I was made to feel very welcome. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time – it’s been great and long may it continue.”last_img read more



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MA Soars for Digital and Marketing Services While BtoB Media Deals Plummet

first_imgThere was one fewer deal in Marketing & Interactive Services in the first half of 2010, but deal value jumped 81 percent to $5.74 billion. While media companies made several deals in this category (including Penton buying EyeTraffic Media and Dowden Health Media buying Priority Integrated Marketing), those transactions are dwarfed by some others in this category, including New Mountain Capital buying retail market research and software company SymphonyIRI Group for $800 million and Publicis Groupe acquiring Rosetta Marketing Group for $575 million. Through the second half of 2011 and into 2012, JEGI says it expects more “middle market M&A” as companies ramp up with marketing services and mobile and technology assets. Mergers and acquisitions in the media, information, marketing services and tech sectors in the first half of 2011 may not be matching the breakneck pace of the first half of 2010 (which rebounded 61 percent over a dismal first half 2009) but were still up 3 percent in the number of deals (to 484) and 15 percent in overall value (to $23.28 billion), according to The Jordan, Edmiston Group. Buyers are putting a premium on digital, with B2B and BSC Online Media & Technology, Marketing & Interactive Services and Mobile Media & Technology accounting for 71 percent of total deals and 63 percent of deal value for the first half of 2011. Meanwhile, Consumer Magazines generated 16 transactions (up 33 percent) worth $2 billion, driven primarily by Hearst’s acquisition of Lagardere’s magazine portfolio but also TPG Capital’s purchase of Primedia for $525 million and last week’s American Media acquisition of OK! for approximately $25 million. On the other hand, the number of deals in Business-to-Business Media dropped 65 percent to eight while deal value sank 74 percent to $23 million. M&A for Exhibitions & Conferences continued to be few and far between (just 11 in the first half of the year) although deal value tripled over the first half of 2010 to $165 million, with UBM-which bought Canon Communications last year for $287 million–continuing to ramp up events (buying Catersource for the event planning industry and ABM Exhibitions, which serves industrial markets). last_img read more



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Tim BernersLee still believes the web can be fixed even today

first_imgBut he said he never anticipated how nation-states would use the web to influence elections and public discourse. After the 2016 US presidential election, he realized this was “not just about … junk out there that you should ignore, but things that people believe” that have been “manipulated by some very clever and malicious people,” he told the audience at the Post event. He said it was at that point that he and the World Wide Web Foundation, which he’d created in 2009 to promote Internet accessibility and equality, had to take “a big step back” to “reconsider the web.” How ‘pods’ can helpNow Berners-Lee says he wants to fix the problems ailing the internet, and he launched two major efforts in November to turn the web around. The first is the Contract for the Web, which he says will make the web more trustworthy and less susceptible to some of today’s problems. The other is a new platform called Solid, which gives users control over their data. The web-contract project is meant to bring together governments, tech companies and individual citizens who agree to establish common principles to govern the online world. “You can’t just outlaw fake news. It’s much more complicated,” Berners-Lee said. “The Contract for the Web is about locking in a midcourse correction, a change of momentum, back toward constructivism, back toward science, facts.” He said it’s important for as many people as possible to get involved in this effort, and he urged everyone in the audience and around the world to join the discussion. He used the issue of speech as an example. “When it comes to hate speech and free speech, we know Germany and Texas have different traditions on where to draw the line,” he said.   The Solid project, which he’s developing with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is meant to give people more control over their personal data, which today is being bought and sold without their permission. The idea is to give people “pods” for storing data, which would let them decide where and how their information is used by apps that are separate from the data storage. That means you could control what data from your pods is accessed by services such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, he explained. “You can have a personal pod, you can have a work pod,” Berners-Lee said. It’s through these efforts that he hopes people will be able to take back control of their personal information and once again use the web for what he’d intended: sharing and collaborating for the greater good of humanity.  Tags How Chrome changed web browsers 10 years ago 4 The hyperlinks let people categorize and organize their information any way they liked, and easily share it, too. The creation of the web spawned a global technological revolution and created an entire economy that thousands of companies rely on today. Three decades after the system was proposed, half of the world’s population is now online, and there are close to 2 billion websites. But it was CERN’s decision in 1993 to keep the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, free and open that allowed the web to flourish. Berners-Lee described how the Gopher protocol, a competitor to HTTP, declined after the University of Minnesota announced it would charge licensing fees. “I’m still not a gazillionaire,” he said. “But that’s fine, otherwise the web wouldn’t have existed.” Trouble brewing Berners-Lee said he was always aware of the potential problems of the web. After all, he explained, there are bad people walking down the street, and those people, like millions of others, have found their way online. But he said it wasn’t until the advent of social media that these voices became amplified. Still, he said he often preached the importance of thoughtful web consumption, telling people who complained of internet trolls to not “browse the garbage websites.” You can’t just outlaw fake news. It’s much more complicated. Tim Berners-Lee 2:24 Where the web began On March 12, 1989, Berners-Lee, who was working at CERN, a physics laboratory in Switzerland, published “a universal linked information system” to help academics from across the globe run a complicated particle accelerator. Within a few years, the World Wide Web spread far beyond its first intended audience of academics and scientists. Fueled by the advent of the then-novel idea of hyperlinking, and a commitment to keep the protocols underlying the network open and free, people could share information on the internet simply by clicking a link. This idea of a decentralized and permissionless way of sharing information was revolutionary. At the time technologists were still building mainframes to store data. “There were folks who thought everything should go onto their own machines, and they invested a lot of their careers thinking everyone had to do it their way,” Berners-Lee said. “The reason why people didn’t go along with these systems is that they wanted to have their own structure and control.” Comments Share your voice Tim Berners-Lee Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Three decades ago, a young computer scientist named Tim Berners-Lee proposed an internet-based hyperlink system to allow the sharing of information among different computers, forever changing how people communicate and use the net. The idea behind what would become known as the World Wide Web was both simple and lofty, he told an audience Tuesday at an event marking the 30th anniversary of his invention. It was about letting people all over the globe collaborate to solve the world’s problems. “Imagine you have a big problem like climate change or curing cancer, but the pieces are in different people’s brains,” he said at the event, hosted by The Washington Post at its headquarters in DC. “That’s what the goal of the web was: to connect all these people.” But 30 years on, the web has been “hijacked by crooks” who could destroy it, Berners-Lee said. It’s morphed into a platform where disinformation spreads like a contagion, hate foments and personal privacy has been relinquished to the highest bidder looking to make a quick buck. Now, the 63-year-old said, he’s working to fix the online world he helped create. I’m still not a gazillionaire. But that’s fine, otherwise the web wouldn’t have existed. Tim Berners-Lee Now playing: Watch this: Internet Tim Berners-Leelast_img read more



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Grocery delivery and pickup are changing how we buy food for the

first_img • 4 Shopping at Amazon Go is really freakin’ fast 1:19 Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now CNET Smart Home Tags Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Target Walmart Amazon Prime Amazon There’s no minimum order, so if you wanted to order a single bottle of soda just to see a self-driving delivery pod in action, you could. Nuro My grandmother loved grocery shopping. Raised on a farm in south Alabama, she spent decades dishing up three made-from-scratch meals every day and loved nothing more than casually perusing the aisles all afternoon. One generation later, my mom loathes it. A working woman in the city during the height of TV dinners, she just wants to get in, get out and get on with her day.  Me? For years I had a foot in both camps. Sometimes, the hunting and gathering of pushing a big, squeaky cart through tiny aisles feels soul-sucking. Check with me a week later, when I’m feeling less stressed and more creative, and I might sing the praises of browsing for interesting ingredients and great deals. But all of that is changing. I may never step foot in a grocery store again, and I’m 100% OK with it. Let me tell you why.Retail, reimaginedLike other retail industries touched by technology, online grocery shopping is transforming your weekly schlep to the store into just a few clicks. Stores like Kroger, Walmart and Target are harnessing in-house resources to power curbside pickup and turning to third-party providers like Instacart, DoorDash, Deliv, and Shipt for home delivery. We’re not fully automated yet, but we’re headed that way. Walmart rolled out robots to manage stores’ stock and even clean floors, and Kroger partnered with startup Nuro for autonomous delivery pods in Arizona. Even the smaller aspects of food retail are changing. When it comes to couponing, stores are finding ways to digitize and catalog deals. Target’s Cartwheel and Kroger’s ClickList both make it easy to see where you can save money and apply coupons online. I’ve tried Walmart, Target and Kroger for grocery pickup and each experience was great. When something wasn’t quite right, it nearly always came down to how I input my order. It’s a learning curve, for sure. In my early attempts to grocery shop online, I made mistakes like ordering a single banana instead of a bunch, or forgetting to apply coupons for items I wouldn’t have bought if the discount wasn’t offered. The good, the bad and the ugly fruitIt’s early in the digital grocery era, and we have pretty good options, but no perfect system. There are pros and cons to shopping in person, and just like shopping for clothes or a new car, doing things online will take some getting used to. Pro No. 1: Time savedShopping for groceries online saves time. Yes, you’ll still need to make a grocery list (if you really loathe that, consider meal kit delivery), but the process of typing in each item and adding the right brand or size to your cart is much faster than physically walking the aisles. Plus, you can do it in your PJs from the couch. Anything that lets me get work done from beneath a blanket with coffee in hand is a winner in my book.Pro No. 2: Convenience and general rage reductionI like people, but I’m an introvert. Humans are cool. We do a lot of nifty stuff, and some of us are actually pretty nice. But my shopping-cart rage is worse than my road rage, and most days I just want to avoid the grocery store at all costs. With grocery pickup, I park my car, dial a number and a hardworking store associate brings me my wares, even putting them in my trunk. I never unclip my seatbelt, I never lift a finger. It’s magical. Walmart’s grocery pickup is free, as long as you spend at least $35. Giant Eagle and the Albertson’s family of stores also offer free pickup. There are fees for pickup from some stores. Kroger charges $4.95, so check with your favorite grocery chain to find out if picking up curbside might cost you extra.  It’s important to remember that there are umbrella companies here. Kroger’s family of stores, for example, encompasses 31 brands like Ruler Foods, Harris Teeter, Fry’s and Mariano’s. The Albertson’s corporate family tree of 21 brands includes Jewel Osco, Safeway and Vons. Not all of these brands offer the same pickup and delivery services. Pro No. 3: Digital couponsRewards programs and digital coupons for many grocery stores are also available within the online shopping experience. With Kroger’s Clicklist platform, items with active coupons display a checkbox under the description. All I have to do is click to apply it and purchase the qualifying items. KrogerKroger’s app makes it easy to fill your cart, apply coupons and see your previous purchases.   Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Some stores even add discounts for pickup customers only. With stores putting so much effort into curbside service, it’s no surprise grocery chains are incentivizing it with offers like free pickup when you purchase a specific brand or a certain number of items. I’ve taken advantage of it. It’s much nicer to add another item to my cart than pay a service fee. I get to keep something. I’ll take that deal every time. Pro No. 4: DeliveryDelivery is all the rage, and for good reason. Curbside pickup is great, but if you’re a busy parent, that means you still need to load up the kids and drive to the store. If you’re not feeling well or are in the middle of prepping for a big party, home delivery can feel like a life saver. It swipes a giant task off your to-do list for the day without even putting on your shoes. You can get food from almost anywhere with companies such as Postmates, DoorDash, UberEats, Instacart and Shipt. Like pickup, fees vary, but some waive the fee for your first order of reduce it if you spend enough. wholefoods-storefrontAmazon Prime members get discounts and free deliveries from Whole Foods.  Claudia Cruz/CNET If you’re an Amazon Prime member and choose delivery from Whole Foods, you can take advantage of free 2-hour delivery and free 1-hour pickup in some cities. Most grocery delivery fees range from $5 to $12. Depending on your personal budget, that may or may not be a deal-breaker.ConsCon No. 1: The produce problemThis is the first concern most people cite when I bring up grocery delivery and pickup. Not being able to pick out individual fruits and vegetables or even meats from the deli. Someone else is making that choice for you. I hear you. You won’t get to pick out your individual items, obviously. That’s what you sacrifice for convenience. Here’s the thing: I just don’t care. It’s a risk I’m willing to take. I know there is both emotional and quality-control value in choosing your own food. I won’t pretend for one second that food isn’t deeply personal to each of us. The foods we love grows with deep roots from our childhood memories, cultural backgrounds and most memorable travels.  I think that weight and value lies in recipes. So what if someone else picks out the sweet potatoes? I’m still going to make the sweet potato casserole scribbled in illegible cursive on that decades-old, stained recipe card written by my late grandmother. If having another person help me get the shopping done means I have more time to make and enjoy that recipe with my family, I support that. Con No. 2: SubstitutionsIn many cases, stores make an effort to give you the same or better if your requested item is unavailable. Just last week, I got a bag of coffee twice the size of what I ordered because the smaller size was out of stock and I didn’t pay a penny more. While many platforms allow you to review substitutions and accept or reject them prior to pickup or delivery, you don’t get the option to view every possible replacement. If I were physically in a store and had to settle for another brand, flavor or size, I’d want to look them over. I’d love to see a system where you can browse all similar items and choose your replacement from multiple options. Are grocery stores dying?Because so many people still prefer to physically choose their food, I don’t think online grocery shopping poses as big a threat to brick-and-mortar grocery stores the way online retail does to shopping malls. However, online grocery shopping, whether it’s pickup or delivery, is a new way of getting our food that is only going to gain momentum in our two-day (and now, one-day) shipping society. Grocery stores may begin to act more like fulfillment centers, but I’m optimistic those who want to will be able to shop in person. The pickup and delivery model rests on the shoulders of hardworking employees, and if it does indeed scale to a warehouse-style operation, what does that mean for that labor force? How do working conditions change?The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union has voiced concerns regarding Amazon’s aims to cut shipping time in half for Prime members and the impact that will have on already difficult warehouse conditions. If there’s anything to keep a sharp eye on when it comes to automating these services, it’s how people are treated. No technology is worth the sacrifice of employees’ well-being. My suggestion? Give some type of online grocery shopping a try. If you want to pick out your produce or cuts of meat, do that. But first, park the car for curbside pickup of the duller things in life like garbage bags, toilet paper and dishwashing detergent. You’ll still need to pop into the store, but only for the items you really care about.The future of buying foodRight now, there are a handful of innovations being tested in the grocery retail space. Companies are trying different models for pickup and delivery, working in technology to identify where the supply chain is weak. Ford Europe has developed a self-braking shopping cart that just might solve my cart-rage issues. Amazon, which recently acquired Whole Foods, is reportedly planning a new, lower cost grocery chain. That’s in addition to the Amazon Go stores. Walmart’s Store No.8 incubator is working on AI-powered stores of the future, too. ford-sbc-001Safety first! Ford Europe’s self-braking cart aims to make the aisles safer.  Ford The way I see it, that means our entire grocery system is bound to become smarter and more efficient. It means I’ll have more time to spend with my friends and family and more time to cook and enjoy the foods I love. Who knows? Maybe someday AI and machine learning will train grocery shopping robots to pick me out the perfect bunch of bananas.  Appliances Tech Industry Mobile Apps Autonomous Vehicles Online Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: reading • Grocery delivery and pickup are changing how we buy food for the better See All Comments CNET Smart Homelast_img read more



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PVR reports fall in Q2 net profit pins hopes on Ae Dil

first_imgPVR shares were trading almost flat on Friday at Rs 1,225.50 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at around 12.52 p.m. after the multiplex chain operator reported 5 percent fall in net profit for September quarter (Q2), a day earlier, despite revenues increasing by about 17 percent.The company hopes to benefit from the expected box office success of Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” to beef up revenues in the current quarter.The Hindi film hit screens on Friday after facing political hurdles that pit the film fraternity against politicians, especially the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). PVR’s consolidated net profit for the September quarter was Rs 29.13 crore, down 5 percent from Rs 30.70 crore in the corresponding quarter last year while total income rose 17 percent to Rs 554.21 crore as against Rs 474.61 crore in the year-ago period, according to the company’s statements.On a standalone basis, net profit slumped 18 percent to Rs 26 crore.Operating profit margin dipped to 16.8 percent from 18.4 percent in the September 2015 quarter.The multiplex chain operator, which has about 557 screens across 121 properties with a capacity of 1.27 lakh seating capacity, saw a dip in contribution to revenues from top five films.The share price of PVR has appreciated 19.6 percent based on its closing price of Rs 1,024 on July 1, 2016.At one of its multiplexes (in Gurgaon), PVR is charging Rs 1,600 for a gold class ticket to watch “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”. Highlights of September quarterTop five movies contributed 46 percent to gross box office in Q2, FY 2017 as against 51 percent in Q2, FY2016.Occupancy of top five movies in Q2, FY2017 was 40 percent as against 50 percent in Q2, FY2016.The top five releases (for the company from a box office collection perspective) were “Sultan,” “Dishoom,” “Pink,” “Rustom,” and “Happy Bhaag Jayegi,” but the occupancy rate for all the movies was below 50 percent.People spent more on foods and beverages (F&B), while watching films at PVR halls, resulting in a 17 percent increase in F&B revenues to Rs 139.63 crore. Entertainment Tax as a percentage of Net Box office was 29.4 percent in H1, FY2017 as against 26.7 percent in H1, FY2016.The chain operator has opened 58 screens till date in the current fiscal.The company has listed “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” and “Shivaay,” both released this Friday (October 28), as films in its “content pipeline.” ddlast_img read more



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