From QPR to Spain’s most consistent midfielder – La Liga focus

first_img Parejo celebrates scoring for Valencia last season. Things didn’t get any better in the subsequent year. Sections of the fanbase grew increasingly frustrated with a player they perceived to not be trying hard enough, and everything suggested Parejo would leave the Mestalla a fallen hero, the Madrid native actively looking for a way out. Then, for the second time in his career, someone saw something when others didn’t.Marcelino taking charge in 2017 marked the beginning of a return to the top for Los Che, and more than any other, Parejo is the player he has built it around. Despite carrying out a sweeping dressing room clearout, the Asturian saw something worth fighting for when the midfielder was at his worst moment, convincing him to stay and making him the captain once more. Parejo has paid off that faith in spades. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED Confidence and the mental side of things is certainly important, but there is a tactical explanation too: Marcelino has firmly established Parejo’s position as a deep-lying playmaker with license to make late runs into the area (think Xabi Alonso), and that has allowed him to truly excel.With seven league goals he is the highest-scoring central midfielder in La Liga this season. For some perspective, next on the list is Santi Cazorla, with four, then Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic with three each. All are higher profile figures than Parejo, none have been as consistent.And even if his spell in England was brief there is certainly a touch of the English style to his game, box-to-box and specialising in catching opposition defenders out by arriving late from the third line to either finish in the area or drill off a shot from distance.The captain is absolutely indispensable for his coach, playing in 25 of 28 league matchdays so far.Sergio Ramos is the only captain from the other Spanish powerhouses to have played more league games (26). REVEALED ADVICE 5 Di Stéfano’s vision ultimately proved to be sound: Parejo has now leapfrogged the likes of Koke and Saúl in the Spain pecking order thanks to an excellent club season.For a while though, it was touch and go. Capable of truly brilliant moments, for years he also lacked the consistency to fulfil his true potential, not always as fit and sharp as someone without natural pace needs to be in order to cope in midfield. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF Some players explode into life and already dazzle among the best as teenagers. Others chart more of a steady, gradual rise.The latter is the case for Dani Parejo, now establishing himself as one of La Liga’s most reliable at the age of 29. Despite his prolonged path to the very top, no less than Alfredo Di Stéfano predicted the midfielder would be one of the best when few others seemed to believe it.Parejo was the apple of the Madrid legend’s eye, and the late Argentinian insisted he was the finest player he had ever seen in Los Blancos’ youth system. When the Spanish giants disagreed and sent the then youngster on a humbling loan spell to QPR in the Championship in 2008, Di Stéfano stopped going to B team (Castilla) games in protest. huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The first sign we were seeing the best of Parejo was his leadership role in getting Valencia back into the Champions League last year, but it is his repeated excellence this year, even when other members of the team have struggled to deliver, that truly confirms it.A key defensive piece who has recovered possession more than any other outfield player for Los Che, he has also been their most dangerous creative threat, averaging 2.5 key passes per game and 85% pass completion – that’s particularly impressive considering his habit of receiving the ball in congested areas.This year marks Valencia’s centenary, and it could yet prove to be one of the best. Fourth place is still within touching distance, a spot in a first cup final in 10 years has already been booked, and a Europa League quarter-final against relegation strugglers Villarreal offers a favourable path to European glory.Be it David Albelda, Ruben Baraja or David Silva, Los Che’s best modern teams have always featured great midfielders. If they are indeed celebrating come the summer, they can thank the next in that lineage for his major contribution.Di Stéfano would be proud of what Parejo has become. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars center_img 5 LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Parejo in action this season for Valencia. REVEALED Dani Parejo in action for Spain last week. 5 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Di Stefano didn’t agree with Parejo’s loan to Queens Park Rangers. Parejo trained alongside the likes of Fabio Cannavaro, Raul, and Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid. 5 shining 5 Inconsistency is what defined the early part of his time at Valencia. The first real high coincided with the arrival of Nuno Espirito Santo as coach in 2014. The Portuguese took advantage of Parejo’s natural ability in front of goal, giving him room to surge into space behind the striker and score 11 from midfield. That helped a revitalised and rejuvenated Los Che return to the Champions League positions for the first time since 2012.But the lows were particularly low. In Valencia’s horrific 2015-16 season (the one with the Gary Neville experiment) Parejo became a scapegoat for everything that was going wrong at the club. He was stripped of the captaincy by Neville, and Valencia finished as close to the relegation zone as they did the European spots. no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade gameday cracker last_img read more

Failed Negotiations: YouTube Will Block Music Videos in the UK

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Google#music#news#NYT#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App YouTube just announced that it wasn’t able to reach a new deal with the UK’s Performing Rights Society (PRS for Music), which collects licensing fees for musicians and labels in the UK. Because of this, YouTube will now block access to all premium music videos for users in the UK. According to YouTube, the licensing fees that PRS was looking for were “simply prohibitive” and Google would lose a “significant amount of money with every playback.” YouTube also bemoans that PRS was unwilling to provide it with a comprehensive list of songs that were actually included in the license.PRS for Music, on the other hand, also just released a statement that accuses YouTube of simply breaking off the negotiations without any consultation with PRS. According to PRS, Google “has told us they are taking this step because they wish to pay significantly less than at present to the writers of the music on which their service relies, despite the massive increase in YouTube viewing.” YouTube goes out of its way to state that this move has nothing to do with the record labels. Patrick Walker, YouTube’s Director of Video Partnerships, Europe, Middle East and Africa, lays the full blame on PRS for Music – and PRS, of course, blames Google for being too greedy. Walker, however, also says that the negotiations continue, so we might just see a solution in the near future. For now, however, users will have to resort to illegally uploaded videos if they want to watch music videos on YouTube in the UK.last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: October 10, 2018

first_imgOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGroup of six snatch $11,000 in designer purses The following information comes from the Northbrook, Illinois, Police Department as a record of incidents reported to the police and those arrested on criminal charges, which represent accusations that are often dropped or reduced. Updated information may be available from the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Everyone arrested is presumed to be innocent unless found guilty in court beyond a reasonable doubt.Staff at the Northbrook Court Louis Vuitton reported around 3:30 p.m. on October 3 that five men and one woman described as in their early 20’s stole three purses from a display worth about $11,000 before fleeing the area in one foreign type vehicle and another sedan. Police are continuing to investigate. (Last week, four women or girls stole about a dozen purses from another Northbrook store.)     [Source: Northbrook Patch]Apple contracts police to deter thefts at retail storesApple is expanding its efforts to deter thieves from their retail stores in California, as well as beefing up security to prevent further loss. The tech giant has moved to contract local police to provide “tighter security” at its stores. These officers are paid by Apple and are privately contracted, meaning that no tax dollars are at use.- Sponsor – Apple already has security and police guarding its stores across the country, but this new contact is an extension of those efforts in response to safety concerns at California stores. While many malls offer their own security, their power is greatly limited, and once robbers escape the mall, there’s nothing the mall security can do.Thus far, the Sacramento police officers contracted by Apple have helped to put customers at ease, and stores have been robbery free for several weeks, according to CBS Sacramento.   [Source: Security Today]New tech uses product ‘fingerprints’ to detect counterfeitsEntrupy has launched a fingerprinting solution to counteract the growth of counterfeit products, according to a press release. The company’s company’s tech uses computer vision techniques, artificial intelligence and machine learning to verify the authenticity of designer and luxury goods through a fingerprint-like match stored in the cloud.The Entrupy Fingerprinting system, which relies on a mobile app, has been tested by an upscale retail chain in the United Kingdom. The retailer, which Entrupy did not identify, used the system on high-value goods to prevent returns fraud. Verify returns instantly at the point of intake expedites returns and detects if a replica product has been substituted, according to Entrupy.The company said the system has been tested in diverse categories, including apparel, cosmetics, luxury goods, electronics and industrial parts. Brands currently authenticated include Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Celine, Chanel, Chloé, Coach, Dior, Fendi, Goyard, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Saint Laurent, according to Entrupy’s website.  [Source: RetailDIVE]Men in bonnets shoplift thousands from lingerie storePolice in Spartanburg, South Carolina, say two men wearing bonnets shoplifted thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Victoria’s Secret store. The incident happened Monday evening at WestGate Mall in Spartanburg, according to a Spartanburg Police Department incident report.The manager of Victoria’s Secret/PINK told officers she was alerted by the machine at the store’s entrance that detects when merchandise is being shoplifted, according to the report. n employee told officers that when she was cleaning up, she saw a man wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and a bonnet on his head, the report states. Another customer saw two men with bonnets on their heads “grab several thousand dollars worth” of merchandise and clothes from the front table in the store and clothing that was hanging up beside the table, police said.There was surveillance footage of the theft; however, the manager told officers it would not be available from corporate until later. The two bonnet-clad suspects were seen running toward and then through Bed, Bath & Beyond, then getting into an SUV outside the store. The police department redacted the total dollar amount of the stolen items in the report.   [Source: The State]Consumers getting refunds from record fraud judgmentThe government has obtained a record $1.3 billion civil court judgment against AMG Services, Inc. and Scott Tucker on charges they operated a massive payday lending scheme. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) say $505 million of that amount is being returned to consumers the government says were victims of deception. The defendants were charged with violating both the FTC Act and the Truth in Lending Act.The case goes back to 2012 when the FTC charged the company told borrowers they would only pay a one-time fee plus the loan amount. Instead, the government said AMG made multiple withdrawals from consumers’ bank accounts, charging a new finance fee with each withdrawal. Because of that, consumers who borrowed from AMG paid far more for the loans than they had originally agreed to pay.Last year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York concluded prosecution of Tucker and his attorney by securing convictions on criminal charges. Tucker was sentenced to 16 years in prison. U.S. Bancorp, the parent company of U.S. Bank, was fined $528 million for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. Prosecutors said it failed to alert law enforcement to Tucker’s suspicious banking activities.The FTC and DOJ say they are using the money obtained through the civil and criminal cases to make refunds to consumers who took out loans before January 2013 from any AMG company. Recipients should deposit or cash checks within 60 days, as indicated on the check. Consumers should also guard against telephone calls from people claiming to be from the government, seeking information or funds to facilitate payment. That’s an old scam trick.The FTC says it has the companies’ business records and will use them to identify consumers eligible for a refund and will send the check. The FTC never requires consumers to pay money or provide information to cash refund checks.While it is not necessary to contact the FTC, consumers who have questions may call the agency at 866.730.8147.   [Source: Consumer Affairs] Two men shoplift with 3 children, baby carrier in towTwo Illinois men were seen leading three children, a baby carrier and carts of stolen merchandise out of a Walmart. Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities reports two black men in their mid to late 30s were walking out of a Walmart on Sept. 29 when store security confronted them. The men had three children, all of whom appeared to be younger than four years old. One of the men also had a covered baby carrier on his cart.The men refused to cooperate with store loss prevention, according to the report. One men pulled the children into a 2018 Toyota Camry rental car by the arms. The other “tossed the carrier in the back seat.” None of the children were secured. They then left the store. The baby carrier was covered, but LP said they think baby clothes were stashed under the cover. The report says anyone with information can submit a tip anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 309.762.9500 or submitting a Web Tip. Tippers could receive up to $1,000 in rewards.   [Source: WQAD8 News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

ORC Shoplifting Suspects Found with over $25K in Merchandise

first_imgFive women arrested in Elizabethtown (Kentucky) for shoplifting have been charged with engaging in organized crime.Around 10 AM Tuesday, Elizabethtown police were called to the Kroger in the 300 block of Dolphin Drive about several people shoplifting merchandise. The suspect left before police arrived, but officers stopped their car a short distance away. During the traffic stop, officers found additional merchandise from other stores in the women’s car. Police said the total value of the merchandise was over $25,000.According to police, the five women, Antoinette Avant, Jocelyn Jackson, Kimberly Coffer, Elena Rios and Kanissha Price – all have multiple aliases which they had used during previous court hearings. All five provided police with … WAVE3 News- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img

Storify Update Feels Like a Cleaner Social News Experience

first_imgalicia eler With the new interface, searching for content is incredibly easy. The drag-and-drop feature makes it even simpler to add social media to the curation stream. Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… This radically shifts the way stories are being found and created on the web. Facebook and Twitter users may be content creators, but their content doesn’t go anywhere outside of the social network. With Storify, the ability to instantly gather Tweets and Facebook posts into one longer story make the new version of Storify even more powerful.How Storify is Trying to Make the News More SocialLast month, The Guardian and The Washington Post went social with Facebook apps. Anything you read will be automatically sent into Facebook, with the intention of making the news you’re reading more social.In today’s Storify announcement, they note that their goal is to “make Storify a great place to read the news in a social way.”Whereas Facebook is feeding news you’re reading on outside sites into the network itself, Storify encourages users to grab news and manually bring it into the network. The frictionless sharing element does not exist on Storify, making users feel in control of their content – whereas Facebook elicits the opposite feeling from its users.This new update comes on the heels of the SoundCloud integration into Storify, which gave users an easier way to drop audio into their streams.Storify logo via jeffthechimp. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Blogging#social networks#Social Web#web Today Storify launched its new editor interface, featuring slicker, easier-to-use tools for fast content curation. The new foundation flip-flops the search and editor sides of the interface, and places a higher priority on each content curator writing their own text for the story. Photo searches are big and bright, and the results are displayed in a handy gallery format that mimics a slick, white cube art space. The drag-and-drop functionality makes story curation more user-friendly. Previously, Storify didn’t have a logo – now it does. Storify has its own login system now, too. Storify’s previous user interface made searching for social media content feel more difficult than it should. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Why Does Storify Want To Be More Blog-Like?In July of this year, Storify “grew up”, becoming blog and SEO-friendly. Our own Marshall Kirkpatrick writes: “…social media curation is becoming a first class citizen of the open Web, just like blogging.” The new Storify makes it feel like you’re writing a blog post and adding social media to it, rather than dropping a ton of social media into a stream. Installing the Storify bookmarklet into your other social media lets you Storify anything you find on the web, including stuff you find on Facebook. It’s even more ubiquitous feeling than the Like button. Try installing the Storify bookmarklet, then mouse over a post on your Facebook news feed. The Storify button will come up. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Proposed Regulation Would Expand ACA-Exempt Short-Term Insurance (NPRM REG-133491-17)

first_imgIn response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13813, the Departments Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury (the Departments) are proposing regulations to expand the availability of short-term, limited-duration insurance by amending the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance. This change is proposed to apply 60 days after publication of final regulations in the Federal Register.What is Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance?Short-term, limited-duration insurance is a type of health insurance coverage that was designed to fill temporary gaps in coverage that may occur when an individual is transitioning from one plan or coverage to another plan or coverage. Although not an excepted benefit under Code Sec. 9831, it is exempt from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposed individual-market requirements because it is not considered individual health insurance coverage. Thus, insurers providing short-term coverage do not have to cover (among other things) pre-existing conditions.The Proposed ChangeUnder the proposed change, short-term limited duration covers may offer a maximum coverage period of less than 12 months after the original effective date of the contract. The proposed definition provides that the expiration date specified in the contract takes into account any extensions that may be elected by the policyholder without the issuer’s consent.Historically, the maximum term for a short-term policy was less than 12 months, but that was changed to less than 3 months under regulations issued in 2016 (T.D. 9791). This move by the Obama Administration made it more difficult for insurers to offer stripped down, short-term coverage to the young and healthy in competition with individual market ACA-compliant coverage that has to be available to any applicant.Why it MattersThe Trump Administration has made it a priority to allow short-term insurance as a means of avoiding Obama-era ACA regulations that impose consumer protections on insurers and require them to cover any applicant. To the extent insurers take up the opportunity, short-term, limited duration coverage should be less expensive.Although these changes are primarily aimed at the individual insurance markets rather than group plans, the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance is relevant to group health plans and group health insurance issuers. For example, an individual who loses coverage due to moving out of an HMO service area in the individual market triggers a special enrollment right into a group health plan (Reg. §54.9801-6(a)(3)(i)(B)). Also, a group health plan that wraps around individual health insurance coverage is an excepted benefit if certain conditions are satisfied (Reg. §54.9831-1(c)(3)(vii)).Proposed Regulations, NPRM REG-133491-17Other References:Code Sec. 54CCH Reference – 2018FED ¶44,051AFCCH Reference – 2018FED ¶44,094CTax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC HEALTH: 9,120CCH Reference – TRC HEALTH: 9,118Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more