first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP):Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio will miss the European Championship after injuring his knee while playing for Juventus yesterday.Marchisio was stretchered off in the 15th minute in visible pain after making a tackle. Tests revealed he has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.Juventus beat Palermo 4-0 to move nine points clear in Serie A, with five rounds remaining.”Just got back home,” Marchisio said later in a post on his Instagram account. “The news from the scan obviously hurts me, but these are the risks of our job. I have strength and so much desire to get back well and as soon as possible.”Meanwhile, inside of me there is great joy for this win. We’re ever closer to the great aim. Well done lads. Until the end, we never give up.”Juventus said Marchisio will be operated on “in the next few days”. It is not clear how long he will be out for, but it normally takes around four to six months to recover from such an injury.Italy kicks off its Euro 2016 campaign against Belgium on June 13. It also faces Sweden and Ireland in Group E.valuable playerMarchisio is a fundamental part of the Italy team. The 30-year-old midfielder has made 54 appearances for the Azzurri since his debut in 2009, scoring five goals.”It will be a huge loss,” Juventus and Italy team-mate Leonardo Bonucci said. “Claudio is a leader in this dressing room and that of the national team, apart from being a really great footballer.”Bonucci also wrote on his Instagram account: “An important victory, but there is nothing to celebrate. Today, we lost, for several months, an important player for Juve and the national team. Stay strong Marchisio. We will win for you and we’re expecting you (back) stronger than ever.”last_img read more

first_imgCan the Raiders corral Russell Wilson?The Seahawks starting quarterback is one of the … LONDON — If the Raiders lose to the Seahawks, their season is effectively over. It might already be.But to keep the slimmest of hopes alive for a monumental turnaround under Jon Gruden, the Raiders (1-4) need to put on a show for the Wembley Stadium fans when the NFL takes center stage in London at 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. PST) on Sunday.Here are three big things to watch for in the game.last_img

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#NYT#social networks#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Five years to the month after it was founded, cross-blog social networking widget MyBlogLog will be closed down by Yahoo! in January, we’re hearing from sources close to the project. MyBlogLog is a service that shows blog writers and readers the faces and profile information of other MyBlogLog users that visit their sites. MyBlogLog was a wildly innovative service that grew fast after launching and was acquired in January 2007 by Yahoo! for $10 million. It made a deal with users: Give us your personal information and we’ll show you the faces of people who read your blog. That was a compelling offer and the resulting data amassed could have proven invaluable, had Yahoo! chosen to cultivate it and a developer ecosystem around it. That potential was so great, in fact, that sunset for MyBlogLog is downright tragic. It’s also likely to anger bloggers all around the web.In addition to showing the faces of recent blog visitors, MyBlogLog also offered programatic access to activity streams from social networks that users associated with their MyBlogLog accounts. For example, Yahoo’s Kent Brewster, now at Netflix, built a bookmarklet that would display the recent bookmarks on Delicious, photos on Flickr and job titles from LinkedIn of the latest MyBlogLog users to visit any given blog.Yahoo! has let the service atrophy for years and will now put it to rest. To think that this service offered publishers and developers access to personal, demographic, taste and activity data of a website’s readers – and yet that offering has in the end gone no where – that’s downright crazy. Here at ReadWriteWeb we scraped a feed from our MyBlogLog page of the new users just added to our community, then reached out to thank them for their support and welcome them personally. That was just the beginning of what could have been a very valuable source of data. Imagine getting a feed of the LinkedIn job titles of all your recent readers and presenting that to a blog’s advertisers. Both analytically and financially, there was so much potential in MyBlogLog. See our 2008 post The Significance of the MyBlogLog API if you’re a social web geek and want to have your heart broken.Looking at the ecosystems beginning to form around Twitter, Facebook and other user data – MyBlogLog may just have been ahead of its time. The service isn’t alone among potentially world-changing technologies acquired and then starved of support at Yahoo! We’ve asked Yahoo! for comment and will update this post if we receive any. Image via CrunchBaseWe called co-founder Eric Marcoulier for comment and he offered the following perspective:“So much of your company’s long term sucess when it’s acquired is based on the amount of executive juice it has. The only way it survives and flourishes is if you have an executive champion who promotes it internally. Shortly after we were acquired we were transfered away from our champion and under someone who didn’t feel the same way about MyBlogLog. In those circumstances, things simply slow down. “For any startup that has earn outs, and this didn’t affect us, you’ve got to keep in mind that in 3 months you could be reorganized and the new guy could shut you down. The picture that gets painted early on when you have your product champions can change in a heartbeat and it’s important for entreprenuers to consider that when looking at the deal terms.”R.I.P. MyBlogLog.Update:Chris Yeh, head of the Yahoo! Developer Network, has responded over at the YDN blog: “Frankly, it’s no secret within Yahoo! that we’re actively discussing the future of MyBlogLog. However, it’s also true that we have not made any final decisions at this point. Is a shutdown on the table? Sure, that’s an option. But there are other options as well.” Related Posts center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

first_imgPart of a broader climate change planThe website said that Palo Alto is in the process of creating a “Sustainability / Climate Action Plan” that includes goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions even more steeply than the state’s target of an 80 percent reduction by 2050.Pat Burt, a councilor who chairs the Policy and Services Committee, said that California has a history of adopting progressive building practices that are later picked up elsewhere in the U.S. and prove to be cost-effective.“This is going down the same path,” Burt told the website. “We looked at what things we can do sooner that would not have significant impacts… We felt it was a good measure and it would be sound practice for the long term.”Palo Alto in 2013 adopted a requirement that all new houses have rough-in wiring for charging electric vehicles. And it’s already starting to think about a new round of green building requirements, including a possible requirement for installing photovoltaic panels. The city council in Palo Alto, California, has adopted new measures aimed at making the community more aggressive than the state as a whole in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting green building.Two days before this year’s observance of Earth Day, councilors adopted an energy code ordinance that would make new residential and commercial projects 15 percent more efficient than current state targets, Palo Alto online reported.As part of the plan, all new single-family homes will have to include 500 square feet of dedicated space on the roof for the future installation of photovoltaic panels. Houses also will be required to accommodate diverter valves in laundry room drains for graywater irrigation.The city’s director of development services said the requirements would add about $2,000 to the cost of a 2,400-square-foot home.last_img read more

first_imgSamant: Trial of strengthThe air of despondent uncertainty of a year ago has given way to jubilance and the 108-year-old offices of the Bombay Mill-owners Association (BMA) at Horniman Circle were last fortnight suffused with smiles of triumph.From the walls of the high-ceilinged building, scores of past chairmen looked down,Samant: Trial of strengthThe air of despondent uncertainty of a year ago has given way to jubilance and the 108-year-old offices of the Bombay Mill-owners Association (BMA) at Horniman Circle were last fortnight suffused with smiles of triumph.From the walls of the high-ceilinged building, scores of past chairmen looked down approvingly out of large oil paintings and yellowing prints on victorious meetings and planning sessions of mill-owners chalking out a strategy, now that the 18-month-old strike in Bombay’s textile mills is virtually over.Jubilant about their win over Dr Datta Samant whose strike call on January 18, 1982, brought 62 mills and their work-force of 2.32 lakh to a standstill, the owners were now working on plans that would bring the mills back to work at full swing. Broken from the crippling effects of long-term unemployment, textile workers have, in the last three months, been pouring in more quickly than they can be absorbed.By early July, over 1.17 lakh workers were showing up daily for work in 51 of the city’s mills, compared to daily attendance of around 1.75 lakh in October 1981, before they had shut down. Of the 62 mills, 47 were being run on a three-shift basis although in many the machines were only partially employed.Four of the mills had set up a semblance of two-shift operations, and four more had accepted the returning workers, but promptly laid them off, claiming the mills could not be reopened due to financial constraints.But for most mill-owners, even the partial return to work of the industry was reason enough for celebration, since it was seen as the end of the Samant threat. Towards the end of last fortnight, many insisted that the failure of the textile strike signalled the end of Samant’s career as a labour leader. “As far as the textile industry is concerned, he is completely wiped out.” crowed former BMA chairman Kantikumar Podar, who heads the Podar group of mills, and is currently vice-chairman of the Indian Cotton Mills Federation (ICMF).advertisementSpeculations: Outside the closely-united textile world too, industrialists speculated hopefully that the militant hard-liner was finished as labour boss in the Bombay-Thane belt where he has reigned supreme for the last half decade.Said the head of a large engineering company that only last year gave its Samant-led work-force a wage hike of over Rs 450: “I think the Samant phenomenon is now clearly on the decline, although some people tell me he’s still worshipped by workmen.But how long will they follow his agitational methods when they find they are losing more than they gain?” Even government officials joined the chorus that was joyfully predicting Samant’s downfall.But the widely publicised hopes of Bombay’s industrial barons appeared to be mere wishful thinking, premature at best. Outside the textile industry, the labour unionist’s dominant hold in the Thane-Belapur industrial belt remains virtually unchanged.In recent months, at least as many workers have joined his struggle for better wages as have left him. Agreements in the last quarter, in fact, show his spectacular success. Last fortnight, Samant was involved in more negotiations, strikes and disputes than any other labour leader in the city.In the past three months, at least 12 major Samant-led unions have signed wage settlements with hikes in the range of Rs 250 to Rs 490, which will benefit roughly 7,250 workers. Numerous other unions representing workers of small industrial units, employing less than 200 persons have gained wage increases as large. For example:Bharat Gears gave its 675 workers hikes in the Rs 310-470 range;Amar Dye-Chem, whose 1.800 workers had already got Rs 150 in an interim settlement last year conceded Samant’s followers an additional Rs 250;Rallis India’s pharmaceutical division agreed to pay its 400 workers a Rs 300 wage increase, along with Rs 4,000 each in back wages;Britannia’s 1,550 workers will receive increases in the Rs 300 to Rs 340 range:Fit V Tight Nuts and Bolts will pay its 1.000-strong work-force a Rs 350-390 increase;Even clubs like Willingdon Sports and Bombay’s Gymkhana have accepted Samant’s demand for wage hikes of over Rs 250 for their 700 workers.Although some industrial unions, particularly in Nasik, have undoubtedly left Samant’s fold, this is in fact different from the shifts and changes which took place in earlier years. Shopping around for whoever can deliver the goods in the shortest possible time, workers in certain units have constantly shifted loyalties between militant independents like Samant, R.J. Mehta, K.N. Dastur, and some politically-affiliated unions like the Lal Nishan group and splinter groups of the Indian National Trade Union Congress.Thus, while Samant has lost his standing in units like Bush India. Chase Bright Steel and three others, involving a combined work-force of 1.800. to Mehta, he has gained a large following in others – Fit ‘n’ Tight, the Mathadi staff of the Tata Oil Mills, Khatau Junker, and a host of other smaller units. Admits Mehta: “One has to accept that a number of units will remain loyal to the doctor, but I don’t believe any fresh unit will go across to him now.”advertisementEven in the textile industry, it is by no means clear that Samant is the spent force he is widely believed to be. While the unionist’s claim that the strike is not really over has little substance, and workers who remain at home do so only because of the mills’ refusal to have them, the true impact of the broken strike on his reputation is difficult to gauge.Financially battered by the 18-month strike – 21 months in some cases – workers in the Parel-Lalbag-Dadar textile region appeared willing to accept work at any cost, even if it meant the humiliation of joining the Rashtriya Mill Mazdoor Sangh (RMMS) and accepting sharply-tightened work norms. But the mood of the outwardly subdued workers remained surprisingly pro-Samant.Unpopular Union: “We have only returned to work because of our hunger and suffering,” said a driver at Bombay Dyeing who returned to work three months ago, “but don’t believe anything they tell you about our leaving Datta Samant or joining the RMMS.If they take a secret ballot today, it will be a miracle if the RMMS gets more than 10 percent of the votes.” Workers leaving the Morarjee Goculdas Mills after the morning shift were similarly adamant about their loyalty to Samant, although they refused to disclose their names, for fear of reprisals.Although RMMS membership is swelling as desperate workers join up in order to qualify for entry into the mills, resentment against the traditional textile union appears to have reached an all-time high.According to a senior official in the Maharashtra labour commissioner’s office, their joining the RMMS does not “change the animosity they have for the sangh, and any loyalty the RMMS obtains today is only forced by immediate economic compulsions.” Today the recognised bargaining agent for textilemen has managed to build up a membership of roughly 75,000 compared to last year’s figure of 15,000.Rather than consolidate on the failure of the textile strike by actively wooing the workers, the RMMS has spent the last 18 months appeasing mill-owners and further alienating its own members.Fully justifying the charges of betrayal of workers levelled against it, the RMMS has used the strike and the consequent absence of workers to push through a series of agreements with mill-owners which effectively results in the retrenchment of roughly 15,000 workers.Work norms have also been raised; “A jobber who used to look after 48 looms has now to handle 56, and the the unskilled jobs of four people are now being performed by two.” said a worker from the Crown Mills.advertisementVacuum: Similarly, other proposals which were opposed by the workers have been pushed through. Admits Podar: “The rationalisation and the cut-backs in staff which would normally have taken three to four years have now been done in one.”Adds Ashok Piramal, chairman of the Morarjee Goculdas Mills: “I don’t think Samant can justify the massive hardship he has caused, but the people are fed up with the RMMS too. And that means there is a dangerous vacuum for leadership, so you can’t rule out a come-back at some stage for Samant.”But as things stand, it is unlikely that Samant will be able to pull much weight in the industry in the immediate future. Although textile workers undoubtedly continue to swear by his leadership, economic hardship and the huge debts they have run up during the strike period have robbed them of the capacity to act upon his directions.Last fortnight, however, soon after his return from a hectic electioneering campaign for the Sangli by-election, the labour leader was gearing himself up for another attempt to organise the disarrayed workers.Leaflets stating that the workers had joined the RMMS only because of compulsion were passed around in various mills, and by the end of last fortnight, the unionist had collected over 15.000 signatures to that effect.To keep up the visibility which is an essential part of his appeal to workers. Samant organised a huge public meeting at Bombay. Commented J.K. Malhotra, an industrialist: “I have seen a lot of Samant and spoken with workers in units where he has lost strikes, and one thing which is very clear to me is that you can’t wish him away. He will continue to be around and play a major role in trade unions, but what remains to be seen is whether he can maintain that iron hold over workers which he is famous for.”last_img read more