Valverde on Dembele and Griezmann

first_imgErnesto Valverde has hinted on the support given to France international Ousmane Dembele and spoke about his compatriot Antoine Griezmann ahead of the Atletico Madrid clash.Dembele, 21, has had his professionalism called into question this season with disciplinary issues linked to Video game addiction.Dembele is yet to begin a LaLiga game since the 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao on September 29 and is likely to be among the substitutes once again when Barca play Atletico Madrid on Saturday.“He’s a member of my squad and we’re all trying to help get the best out of him,” said Valverde as reported by FourFourTwo.“We want him to put his talent on the pitch. Last season he missed a lot of games through injury, but these type of players, with his talent, are hard to find.“There’s pressure on every player to play and he finds it hard to get a place in the team.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Antoine Griezmann could have been lining up for Barca if he had completed a switch from Atletico, has been pinpointed as a threat for the Catalan giants.“Antoine is a great player and in big games he tends to appear,” added Valverde.“He’s a player we need to consider [on Saturday]. I imagine we’ll see the best of him, although we hope not.“Atleti are getting the best out of him and we will need to stop him.”last_img read more

Evaluating and Valuing Online Properties

first_img“The model of publish content and sell ads, rinse and repeat is not sufficient by itself to support quality, original content,” adds Geffs. “You don’t have to start selling Webinars, but companies need additional revenue that flows from deeper user engagement and other revenue opportunities.”Time Inc. announced in January that it purchased StyleFeeder, a destination site and social e-commerce enabler for fashion products, in a deal The Wall Street Journal cited a source comment as “well into the eight figures.” The company plans to integrate StyleFeeder’s shopping technology into the InStyle brand, eventually scaling it to support People StyleWatch, People en Espanol and Essence as well. The acquisition fits perfectly into the capabilities category. StyleFeeder is essentially a social shopping platform that aggregates content from thousands of retailers and surrounds it with personalization and community interaction features. Revenues are generated from splits with the retailers on each sale of merchandise that is accessed through the StyleFeeder platform.Fran Hauser, Time Inc.’s president of digital for the Style & Entertainment group, said the deal was primarily a result of the company’s four-tiered approach to online acquisitions. “Before we even evaluate an online property, we assess how attractive the category is as a whole. Is the market growing or underserved,” she says.From there, the acquisition must open up a new revenue stream or allow Time Inc. to capture a greater share of high-growth advertising categories, which, says Hauser, are still out there. In this case, StyleFeeder brings in instant e-commerce play.Third, Hauser says the company should already have natural assets that complement and enhance the acquisition, as InStyle and its fashion content does for StyleFeeder.Lastly, says Hauser, the acquisition needs to provide a “functional service or technology that complements our core service, which is content. Buying technology in the digital space that complements our editorial expertise is definitely attractive.”Determining ValueA value is arrived at by closely examining the company’s operational aspects, says Hauser. Audience metrics are key—how many arrive at the site through search, are organically generated, or are bought via SEM.If the company is projecting to double or triple its revenue growth in the out years, ask tough questions about that trajectory. “Where’s this growth going to come from? What tactical plans are you guys executing to grow this revenue? If it’s just that the market is growing then that’s not enough,” says Hauser.If you’re buying a company for its talent, or need to keep them on board after the acquisition, probe the likelihood that they’ll stay and build an incentive plan to keep them.Also involve your top technical executives, adds Hauser. “Do a major code and infrastructure review to make sure they’re comfortable with the technology. Look at integration issues. Is the technology reusable on whatever platform your company is running on? Do that even before you go down the path of due diligence.”Wondering about multiples? They’re still robust, comparatively speaking. One executive with knowledge of the M&A pipeline said forward revenue multiples are in the 3.5 to 4.5x range. EBITDA multiples are upwards of 9 to 11x.BACK TO M&A REPORT HOME PAGE While digital content properties were once a popular acquisition target for publishers, more recent trends indicate technology companies, especially those that can provide a non-ad dependant revenue stream, are the flavor for 2010. Accordingly, performing due diligence requires a hard look at technology integration issues and revenue projections.“We’re seeing more interest in capability plays rather than straight content plays,” says Tolman Geffs, co-president of The Jordan, Edmiston Group, referring to companies that enable a particular content or business model. This feeds into the current state of the industry in that advertising models are much less dependable than they used to be—print speaks for itself, but even online advertising was down 5.4 percent through third quarter 2009 compared to same period in 2008, according to a study by IAB and PricewaterhouseCoopers.In Pursuit of New RevenueBuying a technology-based operation, especially one that can facilitate yet another revenue stream that’s not dependent on advertising, has become much more attractive. last_img read more

2019 Infiniti Q50 Signature brings lots of standard equipment to New York

first_img Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup New York Auto Show 2019 Infiniti 67 Photos New York Auto Show 2019 Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Share your voice 1 • Comment Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint reading • 2019 Infiniti Q50 Signature brings lots of standard equipment to New York Enlarge ImageThe Q50 is still a good looking sedan. Infiniti The Shanghai Motor Show is next week, and Infiniti has a pretty sweet electrified sedan concept set to debut there. The New York Auto Show is happening at the same time, and for that show, Infiniti has… a new Q50 trim. Can’t win ’em all, I guess.Infiniti on Thursday announced that it will bring the 2019 Q50 Signature Edition to the 2019 New York Auto Show next week. The Q50 is in the middle of its lifecycle, so instead of some far-reaching adjustments to its underlying bits, the Signature Edition simply represents a valuable bundling of options as standard equipment.The exterior of the Q50 is already pretty handsome, and the Signature Edition doesn’t change that… much. There’s a sportier front and rear fascia on order, and there’s a unique set of 19-inch alloy wheels along for the ride, and other than that, there’s a Signature Edition badge on the trunk. Inside, there’s special aluminum trim and leather-appointed seats. It’s available in five different colors: Black, blue, gray, a different gray and white.As for the equipment, there’s a lot of it. The ProAssist Package is now standard, and it includes blind spot monitoring, a surround-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors and rear automatic braking. The Essential Package is also standard, adding heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, remote engine start, embedded navigation and a four-year trial of SiriusXM Traffic.Infiniti said the Q50 Signature Edition will only be built in limited quantities, but it didn’t specify how many would be built. Nevertheless, it’ll be at dealerships in May. Pricing will likely be unveiled closer to its release date, perhaps at the New York Auto Show itself. Keep your eyes peeled to Roadshow, because we’ll be at both New York and Shanghai (at the same time! Magic!), bringing you all the new-car coverage we can jam onto the internet. See All More From Roadshow May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know 2019 Infiniti Q50 review: Aged, but with youthful charm 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy More about 2019 Infiniti Q50 Tags Review • 2019 Infiniti Q50 review: Aged, but with youthful charm 2019 Infiniti Q60 review: Can power top subpar tech? 2019 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400: The elder-statesman sports sedan Sedans Luxury carslast_img read more

Setting the style statement high Jacqueline Fernandez shines on the cover of

first_imgJacqueline Fernandez on Bazaar coverPR HandoutOne of the most talented and beautiful actresses in Bollywood, Jacqueline Fernandez never fails to grab the attention with her sartorial choices, and this time was no different where she has graced the July cover of a leading magazine. She has been termed as “the future of fashion”- Joy, freedom and sisterhood.The actress recently stunned everyone with her Oh-So-Stunning look on the July cover of Bazaar magazine, and surely you can’t take our eyes off her.On the cover, Jacqueline poses confidently and has been killing us with her gorgeous looks and enviable figure. The diva is seen in a monochrome look, wearing black bagged pants paired with a white collared shirt and her no-makeup look with messy hair that completes her look. The silhouette has surely nailed the classic pick and we can’t stop gushing over the beauty.Earlier, the actress also shared a motion cover on her social media handle and she looked breezy giving us a sneak peek into the cover that was set to get unveiled. Giving us a cool vibe Jacqueline is surely the future of fashion and is setting the bar high with her ethnic and chic looks.Touted to be a positive growth leader and hailed as the most influential celebrity Jacqueline always succeeds in impressing the fans with her dazzling looks, creating a statement like always! With a massive fandom all across, the fans have gotten a treat with the unveiling of this new cover.The fitness enthusiast is all set to play the role of a serial killer in her first OTT project and fans are going gaga over this announcement. She is all set to mark her Digital debut with ‘Mrs. Serial Killer’.Having several brand endorsements to her credit, Jacqueline Fernandez has emerged as one of the most bankable actresses in addition to being the commercial front runner. Banking upon her social media fandom, brands are constantly attempting to make her the face of their lines and products.The actress will be sharing the screen space with Salman Khan once again. Directed as well as produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, Kick 2 will release on Christmas 2019.last_img read more

Level crossing crash kills 4

first_imgFeni level crossing crash kills 4At least four people were killed and two others injured when a train hit a covered van at a level crossing near Feni railway station early Wednesday, reports news agency UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.Railway police said Chittagong-bound ‘Turna Nishitha’ train from Dhaka crashed into the covered van of ‘Sohel Transport’ at the level crossing around 4:30am as it tried to cross trail tracks, leaving three people dead on the spot and three others injured. The injured were taken to Feni Sadar Hospital where another victim died.On information, police went to the spot and recovered the bodies.It is not clear whether the gateman of the level crossing was present during the accident, said Feni railway police camp, sub inspector Abdul Alim.“The gateman went into hiding after the incident,” he said.last_img read more

The Inaugural Urban One Honors Makes History in Chocolate City

first_imgBrianna McAdoo, AFRO Staff Writer, mgreen@afro.comOn Dec. 9 the legendary Cathy Hughes brought the inaugural Urban One Awards to Washington, D.C. bringing a little more soul and music to Chocolate City.Hosted by comedian D.L. Hughley, the Urban One Honors took place at the Anthem in Southwest, Washington, D.C. The Honors was not only a celebration of individuals in entertainment, education, activism, sports and business, but a celebration of Black Excellence in totality.The night began with melodies from the R&B singer, Elle Varner. Timeless talented acts performed throughout the night including native Washingtonian, Johnny Gill who serenaded the audience with roses and some of his beloved songs including, “My, my, my.” Later on in the evening, there was a performance from K-Ci of Jodeci which he dedicated to the founder of Three Brown Girls and model, the late Kim Porter.District of Columbia’s representative to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and journalist Roland Martin at the the inaugural Urban One Honors, held at the Anthem in Southwest, Washington, D.C. to celebrate Black excellence in media, education, music, sports, activism and politics. More photos on D4. (Courtesy Photo)Avery Sunshine brought down the house with her tribute to the Queen of Soul, the late Aretha Franklin. This soulful songstress brought everyone onto their feet as they sang along to some of Franklin’s classic songs including “Daydreaming”, “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You” and “Jump To It.”Dr. Michael Eric Dyson presented the Global Ambassador Award to Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of Trayvon Martin.“Thank you all for continuing to stand with us. Who knew that 2,479 days ago that we would be in a position to speak for the voiceless. 2,479 there was an injustice that occurred across this country and it’s still happening today,” said Martin when accepting his award.Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby presented Dr.Nadia Lopez with the Education Maven Award. Dr.Lopez is the founding Principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy in New York City where she works tirelessly to create positive impact in the lives of young people; when accepting the award she encouraged listeners to support educators in their fight for equity and equality.When accepting the Social Change Agent Award activist Shaun King said, “I really think we are just scratching the surface on how we can organize ourselves. I think this past election was a sign of what happens when we organize in really smart ways. There’s never been a problem that we haven’t organized ourselves out of; so let’s take our organization to another level not just in elections but against injustice in powerful ways.”A common denominator in the honorees’ awards speech was an outright gratitude expressed for Cathy Hughes in everyone’s individual success as well as collective success in many aspects of the Black community.Bishop Marvin Sapp was awarded the Inspirational Impact Award.  When accepting his award Bishop Sapp said,  “I gotta thank Cathy Hughes, she has been a crazy support of mine and I just love her with all of my heart.”Singer-Songwriter, Ray J introduced his sister Brandy as she received the Cathy Hughes Excellence Award. Initially he reminded the audience of some of the firsts that have made Brandy the trailblazer she is today.“[Brandy is] the first Black Cinderella, the first Black singer to be the face of Covergirl, the first celebrity to be Black barbie for Mattel and also the first female artist of the 90s to reach 1.5 billion streams in music and also the vocal Bible to millions of fans.”“I’m really touched by this moment, it would be a memory impossible to forget and I would like to dedicate this award to a special vessel, Ms.Cathy Hughes,” said Brandy when she accepted the award. “You are an inspiration, an example, for the culture, for all people and you are the epitome of Black Girl Magic; and you have demonstrated that desires are the proof that dreams are a true reality. And I love you and thank you.”Journalist Roland Martin presented the Public Servant Award to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. Norton expressed her gratitude for the tenacity of Cathy Hughes which ultimately helped her serve in Congress for 30 years.“I saw that when Cathy is all in, everybody else better get out of the way. She was all in for Eleanor Holmes Norton and she was very important to my winning that seat- that seat I have held all of these years.  So I come to thank you for this award, particularly to thank Cathy Hughes for all she did for me to get me to Congress in the first place,” Norton said.Hughes presented radio veteran, Tom Joyner  with the Lifetime Achievement Award.Among other icons honored were June Ambrose who received the Fashion Icon Award; Benny Pough, Record Executive of the Year; DJ Khaled, Hip Hop Impact Award; April D. Ryan, Media Personality of the Year; Jade Novah, Viral Sensation Award; Rotimi, Generation Next Award; Rick “Doc” Walker, Sports Legend Award and Jermaine Dupri, Living Legend Award.Reflecting back on the night, Urban One Chairperson, Cathy Hughes, said “I am immensely proud of our inaugural Urban One Honors awards show.“We exhibited and experienced Black on Black love and appreciation, something that is extremely critical during these times. We are already planning for next year and look forward to creating a rich tradition of celebrating the best and the brightest of who we are.”The Urban One Honors are set to air in 2019.last_img read more