De Jong told nufcTV: “The plan always was to be part of that game, to be on the bench. I played 72, 73 minutes and hopefully I can be part of the team next week. “We will see what happens. I don’t think I could play 90 minutes yet, especially not on a level higher, so we will have to build it up and see how it goes.” De Jong, a £6million summer signing from Ajax, has made only three senior appearances and just a single league start for the club after first suffering a serious thigh injury and then being laid low by a recurrence of a lung problem. His battle for fitness has proved both gruelling and frustrating, and he is already looking forward to the start of the new campaign and launching his Magpies career in earnest. He said: “It’s getting a little bit better. I still feel that it just improves every day, but I still need to keep on improving. I feel it in the power training, but also on the field and in the game. “I just need to get a few more games in, and I think that will hopefully be a couple of games his season, otherwise start again good next season from pre-season on.” De Jong was signed to help provide a link between midfield and attack and the kind of invention he provides has been sadly lacking for much of the campaign, particularly in recent weeks as a run of six successive league defeats has left Newcastle too close for comfort to the relegation zone. Victory – something they have not tasted since February 28 – over the Swans on Saturday would go a long way towards erasing any fears of being sucked into trouble, although with many fans in open rebellion over owner Mike Ashley’s stewardship, it may do little to ease the tension on Tyneside. Press Association Siem de Jong is on track to play a part in Newcastle’s Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea after taking another step towards ending his eight-month injury nightmare. The 26-year-old Holland international midfielder played 72 minutes for the club’s Under-21s and set up striker Adam Armstrong for the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Tuesday evening. It was his second appearance for Peter Beardsley’s side since recovering from surgery to repair a collapsed lung and while he admits he is still short of match fitness, he is in contention for a seat on the bench at St James’ Park on Saturday if head coach John Carver requires him.
Opening statement“Everyone’s aware based upon our … Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery or video on your mobile device.TAMPA — General manager John Lynch said he harbors no regrets about drafting Reuben Foster last year and that it wasn’t an easy decision for the organization to part with the linebacker after Saturday night’s domestic-violence arrest.Here is what Lynch said in a press conference outside the 49ers locker room an hour before today’s game against the Bucs:
12 October 2010Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has launched a dress rehearsal for Census 2011, calling on all South Africans to get ready to participate in the third national population count since the advent of democracy in the country in 1994.Stats SA will deploy 120 000 officials across the country from 10 to 31 October 2011 to document South Africa’s entire population, including homeless people and illegal immigrants.As part of its preparations for the census, Stats SA is conducting a countrywide “dress rehearsal” between 10 and 31 October 2010.Census 2011 – the last census was conducted in 2001 – will consist of three questionnaires: one for households, one for institutions, and one for people in transit.“We will ask you about your access to services such as water, electricity and sanitation,” Statistician-General Pali Lehohla said at the launch of the dress rehearsal in Pretoria on Sunday.“Out of this arsenal of information we will know whether South Africa is making progress or not. We will also know what needs to be done.”Lehohla said that while South Africa had security issues, people would be able to recognise Stats SA’s enumerators by their yellow bibs, and check their legitimacy via identity cards with photos and identification numbers to which the public would have access.The enumerators will be required to hold a matric certificate, and will be appointed in their communities to cover over 14-million households, Stats SA project director Calvin Molongoana said on Saturday.The estimated budget for the census R1.2-billion, which will cover the cost of the enumerators, the overall logistics, as well as 3 200 training areas for staff and data processing.Stats SA’s deputy director-general for population and social statistics, Kefiloe Masiteng, said the census was something the nation could be proud of.Planning Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, speaking via a pre-recorded video message at the launch, encouraged all South Africans to participate in the census.“We need to know what we’ve achieved,” Manuel said. “We need to know all issues to take decisions about people’s lives. Every person in South Africa counts.”The results of Census 2011 are expected to be released in March 2013.Source: BuaNews
Get your sneak peek of episode 16 of Play Your Part, here:Sakina Mohamed, CEO of the Greater Rape Intervention Project, is one of the guests on episode 16 of Play Your Part. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSakina Mohamed believes that the world would be a better place if there was no violence against women and children. Mohamed, the CEO of the non-governmental organisation Greater Rape Intervention Project (Grip), is one of the guests on Play Your Part this week.Grip was founded in 2000 after a teenage girl contracted HIV through a rape; she died of an AIDS-related illness.The episode will be broadcast on Saturday, 30 December 2017 on SABC2 at 18:00.Here’s more on the other guests on this episode:Sandi MazibukoSandi MazibukoMazibuko is the founder of the fashion label, Fabrosanz. The company does fashion styling, make-up and hair. The designer began by doing the sewing herself, but now focuses on design; she has employed a team for the cutting and sewing.Shalate TeffoShalate TeffoChildren’s home Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng is run by Teffo and her mother, Asnath. Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng, which means “little gifts of home” in Setswana, has helped hundreds of destitute children and their families. Through the home, Asnath has taken in orphaned or abandoned children and raised them among her own.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#start bernard lunn Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Facebook Rounds of InvestmentData courtesy of VC Experts Valuation and Terms database.Our Theory on This Investment and Twitter’s Game PlanThese high-profile deals have “optics” (i.e. the PR or headline story for public consumption) and fundamentals (i.e. how the investors actually make money). They are very different.The key to the fundamentals is the Liquidation Preference. We touched on this in one of our “Startup 101” chapters: How to Scale Without Losing Your Shirt. Basically, upon exit, the investors get their money out before the entrepreneurs do. That’s reasonable. For example, the Twitter team has not actually built a business worth $1 billion; it is only saying it can do so (with some credibility).So, the investors putting in $100 million have their risk (or downside) covered. The only way they can lose money is if Twitter sells for less than $100 million, which is pretty unlikely… not impossible, but unlikely. But if it sells for $100 million, then all of the other investors lose everything. The exit valuation has to be higher than $157.97 million (total money invested) for the founders and management team to see a dime.So, with their downside covered, investors can focus on the upside. This is where optics matter. With this deal, the entrepreneurs can say the following to any potential acquirers:“Negotiations have to start at $1 billion. It clearly cannot be lower than that,” and“We have a long runway. If you don’t do this deal now, the price will only be higher later.”In this case, the optics are critical. Although the investors in this latest round have protected their downside, they won’t see any upside unless the exit valuation is greater than $1 billion. By putting in a large amount (which they cannot really lose), the investors help to ensure that the exit valuation is high.Ideally, Twitter will exit before revenue, when revenue potential is unlimited. As soon as actual revenue comes in, three bad things happen:Acquirers say, “Let’s wait and see how this pans out.”Costs go up: you have paying customers who demand real service.Revenue targets may go south. Exponential hockey-stick growth is hard enough for a free service (kudos to Twitter for doing that brilliantly) but way, way harder when money changes hands. Real money (not investment money) paid by someone to Twitter becomes friction. Twitter ceases to be a friction-less flywheel.Twitter does have enough cash now to execute on a revenue plan and outlast acquirers who like to sit on the fence. So any way you look at it, this is a smart deal. It is not “evil”: this is all business between consenting adults. Evil would be selling stock to “widows and orphans” in the public market who (A) don’t have Preference and (B) don’t have the means to evaluate the risk on a deal like this. That was Bubble 1.0, and it won’t happen again. This is not Bubble 2.0. This is fundamentally different, even if the optics may look similar.So What Do the Investment Facts Say?Enough about theory, what do the facts tell us?Yes, the Series E investors (the ones that just put in $100 million) get Liquidation Preference. Look at the line for the current round that says Liquidation Preference. If it says “Senior,” then they get their money out first. If it says Pari Passu, then all investors get their money out equally (i.e. all investors get their money out before the founders and managers).But they get only 1x Preference. They don’t get money back plus interest. Nor do they get 2x or 3x. Hint to entrepreneurs: any time you see 2x or 3x, run a mile!What Is the Difference With Facebook?All of the Facebook rounds are Pari Passu. What that really means is that earlier investors in Facebook have more clout. They have bigger funds and can essentially say, “If you don’t do this, we will.” The small funds that invested in Twitter early on, such as Union Square Ventures (USV), cannot meaningfully invest in a $100 million round without Twitter becoming too big a percentage of their portfolio. But based on the valuation it invested in early on, USV will make out big time on any exit over $200 million.The Great Facebook vs. Twitter Exit GameThis is high-stakes poker. Facebook has the potential to do an IPO. It has enough revenue and has at least neutral cash flow. With its actual finances not being in the public domain, we don’t really know how good Facebook’s finances are and therefore cannot know how ready it is to do an IPO. But that’s not a problem; it has enough cash in the bank to wait until it’s ready.So, any company that really wants to buy Facebook and keep it from doing an IPO will have to pay big time. Only two acquirers are motivated enough and big enough to do this: Google and Microsoft.Where does that leave Twitter? The $100 million round helps a lot. It is for show, not for spending. It has enough cash for negotiating clout. Facebook would cost Google or Microsoft way more than Twitter. If one of them bought Facebook, Twitter would be even more valuable to the other.If Facebook does an IPO, Twitter’s valuation would go up based on that public market comparable.We cannot bet on this in the public markets, so we can only have fun watching the game.How Does Perception of the Founders’ Motivations Influence the Game?In poker, perception matters. What you think the other person will do affects how you play your hand.The exit valuation depends in part on how credible is the founder’s drive to remain independent. Do acquirers really believe the founders are sincere in their stated desire to remain independent by going all the way to IPO? If the acquirer believes that the founder’s desire to remain independent is very strong, then it will raise its bid. So, who does the market see as being more driven to remain independent: Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook or Ev Williams and Biz Stone of Twitter?We asked Greg Boutin of Growthroute Ventures to comment on this part of the game. This is what he had to say:“My perception of Ev Williams/Biz Stone is that they are not in it for the journey, but for the destination. Any way I look at it, those guys are not geek visionaries with a mission; they are money-driven. They’ll flip Twitter to the highest bidder, if there is one. They know everyone is questioning Twitter’s potential for revenue creation, and the hype effect will die out in a matter of months. Twitter has mostly unfolded during the crisis; being in SF has sure influenced their thinking. And unlike Facebook with its platform status, it really has only so many options to create revenue, none of which is likely to support the valuation.”Greg thinks that Mark Zuckerberg is a different story:“Zuckerberg strikes me as someone who is driven less by the money – especially now that Facebook is turning a profit – than by the visceral “geek need” to prove he’s smarter. He’s demonstrated a strong desire to grow Facebook into the next big thing and I’d say even challenge Google for domination of the Internet.”Greg is willing to stick his neck out and make a prediction: “Twitter will sell next year for $2.5 billion to Google (or some other company that can come up with that kind of money). And Facebook will IPO.”He also thinks the high price will be based on non-rational factors: “They want to acquire it for the trophy factor, like top lawyers fighting to get the most expensive downtown offices. It’s an ego and brand thing.”What Insights Do You Get from This Data?We hope that people who are better qualified than us can describe what is significant in these deal terms, apart from the obviously high valuation.What jumps out at you from this data? How do you think this will play out? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… There is a lot of chatter in the blogosphere about the recent $100 million investment in Twitter at a $1 billion valuation, but most of it based on speculation. Twitter and Facebook are private companies. You cannot get the facts simply by typing a stock symbol into Yahoo Finance. Our mission at ReadWriteWeb is to add to the facts, not just the speculation. Rather than posting confidential information that someone has leaked to us, we prefer to start with publicly available data. That takes a lot of leg work and crawling through regulatory filings. Luckily, a firm in this industry does that professionally: the VC Experts Valuation and Terms database. It has given us access to and permission to publish the investment facts, as publicly recorded, for both Twitter and Facebook. We could not refrain from a bit of game theory speculation on how this could play out, and we invited a specialist in startup deals to add his speculation as well. But let’s start with the facts.The Twitter Rounds of Investment
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Crystal Palace launch bid for Everton striker Niasseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have launched a bid for Everton striker Oumar Niasse.The Sun says Palace have made a £6.5million bid for Niasse.Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has turned to the 28-year-old Senegalese international after a loan deal for Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke fell through.Hodgson is desperate for another striker to boost his team’s fight for Premier League survival.And he believes Niasse can supply the goal power he needs while record signing Christian Benteke continues to recover from knee surgery.Everton boss Marco Silva will not stand in the way of a player who has not started a single Premier League game this season or scored since last May. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd in talks to find new shirt sponsorby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are in talks to find a new shirt sponsor.The current Chevrolet deal, which started in 2014, is worth more than £450m over seven years and remains the biggest sum paid to a football club for shirt sponsorship.Sky Sports says industry sources are confident a new deal will see United match or even surpass their current agreement.The current Chevrolet deal equates to £47m per year and was more than double the previous sponsorship with AON.AON still sponsors the United training kit and training ground – a deal which nets the club £17m a year alone.The Chevrolet deal expires in 2021.
point guard derryck thonton dukeJust one day after he met face-to-face with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, five-star Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton has committed to the Blue Devils, according to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi. Breaking News. PG Derryck Thorton has told ESPN that he has made a verbal commitment to Duke. STORY http://t.co/cdlFzc6kM1— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) April 21, 2015As Biancardi states, Thornton will reclassify to 2015 and enroll at Duke this summer. His decision fills a crucial void for the national champions, who didn’t have a true point guard on their roster following the departures of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones. The 6-foot-2 Thornton will be expected to run the show for Krzyzewski’s squad, which is still in the running for a handful of 2015 recruits, including five-star wing Brandon Ingram. Despite the losses of Jones, Cook, Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor, Duke projects as a borderline top-10 team next season with Thornton, forward Chase Jeter, shooting guard Luke Kennard and Rice transfer Sean Obi joining a nucleus of returnees which includes starting forward Matt Jones, Final Four hero Grayson Allen and veteran big men Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson.
Most reporters flocked to players like sophomore foward Jared Sullinger and senior guard William Buford during the men’s basketball team’s media day Thursday, Oct. 13. But some players were left alone, with only the occasional reporter stepping forward to ask questions. The man behind the Jordan Sibert name tag was one of the loners until finally, one reporter came up. “Hey Jordan,” the reporter said. “You mind if I ask you a few questions?” The man smiled. “Um, I’m actually J.D.,” he said. The name tag was wrong and the man who was sitting behind it was actually sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon, not sophomore guard Jordan Sibert. Weatherspoon hasn’t been the most recognizable face on the OSU basketball team. He joined the team last year, but was declared academically ineligible for Winter Quarter and missed much of the season. It was an experience Weatherspoon said was difficult to deal with, but his teammates never abandoned him. “They showed me so much love and they were always there to support me so that really helped,” he said. Weatherspoon was reinstated for Spring Quarter and was able to travel to OSU’s 62-60 loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the Men’s NCAA tournament. He’s been a full-time member of the team ever since. “It feels good being back with the team,” Weatherspoon said. “Just a minor setback for a major comeback. That’s my mindset.” This year, Weatherspoon hopes his “major comeback” will find him a spot in OSU’s rotation. Although he lost almost a year of game experience, Weatherspoon is confident he can fit in with the chemistry of the team. He’s been playing with some of his teammates since grade school. “(Sullinger and I have) been playing with each other since we were in fifth grade,” Weatherspoon said. “And then me, (sophomore guard Aaron Craft) and Jordan Sibert played AAU together with Sully, so, I mean, the chemistry was still there.” Former OSU guard David Lighty, who is now playing professional basketball in Italy, has been talking to Weatherspoon on a regular basis about the role he can play for OSU this season. Weatherspoon tries to model his game after Lighty and said he thinks he can help replace Lighty on the defensive end of the floor. “I’ve been talking to (Lighty) a lot,” Weatherspoon said. “He’s been a big brother to me as soon as I came here. We are both athletic. We play the same position, built similar. So it really helped out a lot.” Coach Thad Matta has noticed a change in Weatherspoon. He said Weatherspoon has come a long way in the past year and could definitely play a role for the team. “I think J.D. has learned maturity,” Matta said. “He’s got a very good work ethic about him. His maturity level has improved. He’s a very, very good athlete and from that perspective, he’s understanding what his role is going to be on this team. “What he needs to do is defend and rebound for us.” Who knows, maybe if Weatherspoon fills his role, they’ll give him his own name tag for media day in 2012.