New voters: deadline to register for Texas primary is Feb. 1

first_imgWATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education Linkedin Linkedin Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare <br /> <a href=”https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2686230/Registering-to-Vote.pdf”>Registering-to-Vote (PDF)</a><br /> <br /> <a href=”https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2686230/Registering-to-Vote.txt”>Registering-to-Vote (Text)</a><br /> Absentee BallotsStudents who will be on campus during their state’s primary date can request an absentee ballot be mailed to them to participate in local elections in addition to the presidential primary. Once filled out, the ballot is returned by mail.The Texas absentee ballot can be downloaded from the state’s election website. To request an absentee ballot for another state, visit the Election Assistance Commission website.When to voteVoting season kicks off Feb. 1 with the Iowa Caucus. The first primary is Feb. 9 in New Hampshire.There is also Super Tuesday, March 1, which has the most states, including Texas, voting on a single day.Early voting in Texas occurs Feb. 16 through Feb. 26. Anyone who is registered can participate in early voting.Who to vote forThe site ISideWith.com offers a free quiz to help people decide which candidates they should vote for. The quiz asks users their opinions on a range of political issues and then at the end calculates how much the user’s views line up with each of the candidates. ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis ReddIt Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 photo, “I Voted Early” stickers are seen at an early voting polling site, in Austin, Texas. In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots _ the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Previous articleSenior Minister at University Christian Church announces resignationNext article“Do More Be More” aimed to inspire Rec members Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Facebookcenter_img printFor many students, 2016 marks the first time they get to vote in a presidential election.But first, they need to register to vote. Here are some tips to make the process a little bit easier.Requirements for votingEach state’s registration requirements vary, but in general, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old on the day of the election.Some states require residents to live in the state for a certain amount of time. Texas is not one of those states.When registering, TCU students can choose between their college address, including a dorm room, or their permanent address in their home state. However, post offices boxes are not valid.Additionally, most states have registration deadlines — typically 15 to 30 days prior to an election. In some cases, people can register online. If not, a registration form can be mailed to the state if postmarked by the deadline.In Texas, voters must register at least 30 days prior to an election. The last day to mail in a registration form to vote in the March 1 Texas primary is Feb. 1.How to register to voteVote USA guides people through the registration process for each state. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia offer online registration. The form asks for information such as birth date, physical address and driver’s license number.Texas does not offer online registration. Here are the Texas-specific guidelines to complete the general application below:ID Number. You must provide your driver’s license number to register to vote. If you do not have a driver’s license then you will have to provide at least the last four digits of your social security number. If you have neither, write “NONE” on the form.Choice of Party. You do not have to register with a party if you want to take part in that party’s primary election, caucus, or convention.Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.Residency: You must be a resident of the county in which the application for registration is made (students can register using their college address) + posts CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance Twitter Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Twitter Facebook ReddIt Elizabeth Campbell Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homelesslast_img read more

Listen To The Biscuits Get Spooky Performing At A Haunted Lodge Eighteen Years Ago Today [Full Audio]

first_imgBack in 1999 on this date, The Disco Biscuits were gearing up to hit the Brookdale Lodge in Brookdale, California. The Brookdale Lodge has gained notoriety as a hotspot for paranormal encounters, and during their performance eighteen years ago, The Disco Biscuits honored the space’s haunted vibes with a spooky and spacey night of their early music.To open the show, the banter kicking off the night posed these questions to the crowd, “In this set of Disco Biscuits music, we’re endeavoring to answer the age old question, can the ghosts, not only can they see you physically, but can they read your mind? Can they read your every thought as you run from them or try to make peace with them?” Following this, the band kicked off a twenty-two-minute “Magellan” followed by “Eulogy” before dropping into a fifty-minute jam sequence featuring “Basis For A Day” into “Shem-Rah Boo” to round out the four-song first set. In set two, the majority of the set was encompassed in a “Nughuffer” sandwich, before throwing it back to the show opener, “Magellan,” with the live debut of the song’s reprise.You can listen to pristine audio from that show below, courtesy of Rich Steele.last_img read more

Farley Speedway to host March 18 informational meeting

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa – The new ownership group of Farley Speedway will host a meet and greet informational meeting this Saturday, March 18 at the Farley Speedway in the Palace Ballroom beginning at 1 p.m.The ownership group will be represented by Jason Rauen at this meeting. All drivers and crew members interested in competing at any of the three speedways under the direction of Farley Speedway Promotions are encouraged to attend.Racing events will be conducted on Fridays at Farley Speedway, Saturdays at West Liberty Raceway and Sundays at Dubuque Speedway.Special events and the entire schedules will be available and discussed. In addition, all in attendance will meet the new track manager. An open question and answer session will be held.For more information, log on to the official website at www.farleyspeedwaypromotions.com.last_img read more

Donegal brothers scoop €530M contract for new London hotel

first_imgA construction firm operated by two Donegal brothers has won a contract to convert an older building into a modern five-star hotel.The Byrne brothers, Cormac and Patrick, who are originally from Killybegs, front the Ardmore Construction company.The company has just been given the prestigious job to convert the historic Old War Office building in Whitehall into a luxury Raffles hotel and super-prime flats. The building conversion, understood to be in the region of €530M, is thought to be the biggest single-stage, fixed-price building contract to be let in the country.The vast Edwardian building, where Winston Churchill once worked and whose 1,100 rooms are linked by more than two miles of corridors, is being redeveloped by the Hinduja Group and Spanish firm OHLD.Ardmore has already worked on a string major London hotel conversions and new build projects in recent years.The firm has now raised hoardings around the site where it will create the 125-room five-star hotel and 85 luxury apartments. Advertisement The complex project will double the number of floors from seven to 14. This will include adding three extra floors to the top as well as extending the existing two-floor basement down with four extra basement levels.A new 25m swimming pool and ballroom will be built in the new basement below the existing central quadrangle. Donegal brothers scoop €530M contract for new London hotel was last modified: October 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdmorecontracthotelLondonlast_img read more

South Africa’s competitiveness consistent

first_imgBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that the competitiveness report is an important factor in building a national brand. (l to r) Josephilda Nhlapo-Hlope; Johan van der Heever; Petrus de Kock, and Raymond Parsons made up the panel of experts.(Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Leo Makgamathe  Brand South Africa  +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • National development plan unveiled • SA improves global competitiveness • Investment incentives portal launched • SA best for regulation of exchanges • Brics development bank underway?Ray MaotaTo coincide with the recent release of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report for 2012/2013, Brand South Africa hosted a panel of experts for a discussion regarding the implications for the country.South Africa’s strengths, weaknesses, competitive risks and opportunities within the Brics and Next11 international political economic environments were the topics at the Wits Club at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg on 28 September 2012.The panel discussion included Brand South Africa’s research manager Dr Petrus de Kock; Josephilda Nhlapo-Hlope, senior expert on nation-building at the National Planning Commission; Prof Raymond Parsons, special policy advisor for Business Unity South Africa; and, Dr Johan van der Heever, senior deputy chief economist and deputy head of research at the Reserve Bank of South Africa.Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, started the proceedings with some background on the work Brand South Africa does and how the WEF report is a factor in establishing a worldwide reputable brand for the country.Matola said: “We are the custodians of the country’s brand and the issue of reputation is important for South Africa’s competitiveness. The competitiveness report shows us how the country is doing as a brand.”South Africa’s competitiveness consistentThe latest WEF Global Competitiveness Report was released on 5 September 2012 and South Africa is ranked at number 52 out of 144 nations.It is also the highest-ranked African country and third-placed among the Brics economies. In this bloc China came in first at 36 and Brazil second at 48, while India and Russia came fourth and fifth at 59 and 67 respectively.In terms of Next11 countries, South Africa is only surpassed by Indonesia, Turkey and South Korea.De Kock said: “We view the report as a learning curve and not as a school report card that says pass or fail.“We can only sell the story of South Africa if we know what the world thinks about us.”South Africa’s ranking on the WEF report has been consistent, coming in at 54 in 2010, 50 in 2011 and 52 for this year.The Global Competitiveness Report uses 12 pillars, which are “building blocks to finding out the country’s competitiveness,” said de Kock.They are: institutions; infrastructure; macro-economic environment; health and primary education; higher education and training; goods market efficiency; labour market efficiency; and, technological readiness.De Kock said: “When we look at the pillars we can see where we are excelling and where we have to improve.We are doing relatively well when it comes to institutions as we were 47 in 2010 and this year we are 43, but health and primary education are challenges – in 2010 we ranked 124 but this year out of 144 countries we are ranked 132.”Expert panel discussionVan der Heever said that South Africa has degrees of freedom in macro-economic policies that are the envy of many countries, but we must use them wisely.“The issue of electricity is one point that must be tackled if we are going to be competitive,” he said.Parsons said that these types of surveys are important, because they act as “reality checks. This particular report is a wakeup call because if you look back six years we have deteriorated quite a bit.”He also said that the country was not exploiting its strengths to their full potential – “but there is no universal law. Countries have to adapt certain points to fit with what is happening in the world economy.”In terms of South Africa’s national development plan, which looks forward to 2030, Parsons said that competitiveness should play a major role in guiding South Africa in years to come.“We need to have a long term vision, just like China sowed its seeds 30 years ago and we too need to rally behind the Vision 2030,” said Parsons.Nhlapo-Hlope remarked on the low levels of trust levels in South Africa, explaining that this was because of inequality. This issue had to be addressed in all spheres so people can all work collectively for the good of the country.Another issue raised was that of South Africa’s regulatory environment which, according to Van der Heever, was not conducive for entrepreneurs to start businesses, especially small businesses.“Of course we need regulation but there is no reason for that regulation to not be business friendly. We need smart tape and not red tape,” he said.Van der Heever also said that there was an over-cautious nature in South Africa that limited innovation.Parsons wrapped up the discussion, saying that we need to take workable ideas and translate them into action, while also pushing Vision 2030.last_img read more

Exports below 2018 levels for U.S. pork, beef

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest February exports of U.S. pork and beef fell below last year’s levels while lamb exports trended higher, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).Pork export volume was down 9% from a year ago in February to 186,745 metric tons (mt), while export value dropped 17% to $455.9 million — the lowest monthly value total since February 2016. For January through February, pork exports were 5% below last year’s pace in volume (388,580 mt) and 13% lower in value ($950 million).Pork export value averaged $45.12 per head slaughtered in February, up slightly from January but 21% lower year-over-year. The January-February average was $44.93, down 16%. Exports accounted for 24% of total February pork production and 21% for muscle cuts only, down from 27.8% and 24%, respectively, a year ago. For January-February, the ratio of total production exported was 23.8% (down from 26.1% a year ago) and 20.6% for muscle cuts only (down from 22.7%).February beef exports declined 6% year-over-year to 94,885 mt while value was down 3% to $581.6 million. January-February exports were 3% below last year’s record pace in volume (199,651 mt) but steady in value at $1.22 billion. The volume decline is mainly due to lower exports to Hong Kong and Canada, as shipments to most other major beef markets have trended higher in 2019.Beef export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $309.39 in February, down 4% from a year ago, while the January-February average was down 3% to $296.19. February exports accounted for 12.8% of total beef production and 10.1% for muscle cuts only, down from 13.6% and 10.8%, respectively, in February 2018. For January-February these ratios were 12.5% and 9.9%, each down one-half percentage point from the first two months of 2018.“The stiff headwinds trade disputes have created for U.S. pork exports have certainly not subsided,” said Dan Halstrom, USMEF President and CEO. “USMEF is encouraged by reports of progress toward resolution of these disputes, but in the meantime missed opportunities for export growth are mounting. On the beef side there is still much to be excited about, especially with the launch of U.S.-Japan trade agreement talks. A great deal is at stake for both U.S. beef and U.S. pork in those negotiations, as exports to Japan deliver remarkable returns for the entire U.S. supply chain and it is essential that we get back on a level playing field with our competitors.” Pork export value to Mexico down nearly one-thirdRetaliatory duties continue to pressure U.S. pork exports to Mexico, with volume through February down 13% from a year ago to 119,430 mt and export value dropping 32% to $171.3 million. The U.S. is still Mexico’s primary pork supplier but Canada, Chile and the European Union have all gained market share in 2019.Demand for imported pork may now be on the upswing in China/Hong Kong due to African swine fever (ASF) as buyers prepare for a looming pork shortage, but China’s retaliatory duties make it difficult for the U.S. industry to capitalize. The duty rate on U.S. pork is 62%, compared to 12% for other suppliers. Through February, exports to China/Hong Kong were down 22% from a year ago to 54,383 mt, with value dropping 34% to $108.2 million.In the leading value market for U.S. pork, exports are feeling the pinch from Japan’s lower duties on imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico. Through February, U.S. pork exports to Japan were down 9% from a year ago in volume (61,464 mt) and 12% lower in value ($248.7 million). Chilled pork exports to Japan were down 6% in both volume (34,685 mt) and value ($166 million).January-February highlights for U.S. pork include:Exports to South America continued to shine behind strong performances in Colombia and Peru and a surge in exports to Chile. Export volume to the region increased 44% from a year ago to 25,772 mt while value jumped 49% to $64.1 million.Strong growth in both Australia and New Zealand pushed exports to Oceania 31% ahead of last year’s pace in volume (20,117 mt) and 18% higher in value ($53.7 million).Despite lower exports to leading market Honduras, Central America continued to be a strong performer for U.S. pork as growth in Costa Rica, Panama and Guatemala moved export volume to the region 16% higher year-over-year to 14,201 mt, while value climbed 12% to $32.4 million. A safeguard measure in the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement triggered April 1, raising tariff rates on U.S. pork through the end of this year, but USMEF still anticipates strong demand for U.S. pork in Panama.Pork exports to the Dominican Republic remained on a record pace and variety meat exports to Trinidad and Tobago surged, pushing exports to the Caribbean significantly higher in both volume (9,331 mt, up 18%) and value ($22.1 million, up 16%).Fueled by strong growth in the Philippines and Singapore, exports to the ASEAN region were up 29% year-over-year in volume (7,982 mt) and 21% higher in value ($20.4 million).Taiwan has emerged as a strong growth market for U.S. pork, with exports climbing 85% in volume to 4,200 mt and value up 50% to $8.6 million. After slumping in 2016, pork exports to Taiwan have trended higher over the past two years.High inventories and lower domestic prices caused pork demand in South Korea to pull back from last year’s record-breaking pace, but exports to Korea remained relatively strong in both volume (38,209 mt, down 6%) and value ($102.1 million, down 14%). Korea’s hog prices gained momentum in March and were at or above last year’s levels from mid-March to mid-April, suggesting Korea’s pork demand remains strong and the industry is preparing for ASF’s potential impact on global pork supplies. Impressive growth for beef exports to Japan, KoreaBeef exports to leading market Japan remained strong in February, pushing January-February exports 8% above last year’s pace in volume (47,695 mt) and 10% higher in value ($309.3 million). Frozen beef exports to Japan, primarily short plate and cuts in the clod/round category, rebounded from last year when frozen U.S. beef was still subject to Japan’s 50% snapback duty rate. Variety meat exports (mainly tongues and skirts) have also performed especially well in 2019, soaring 35% in volume (8,707 mt) and 29% in value ($58.9 million). But the competitive landscape continues to intensify in Japan, as major competitors enjoyed another decrease in import duties on April 1. The duty rate for beef cuts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Mexico dropped from 27.5% to 26.6%, while the U.S. rate remains at 38.5%. The duty rate for beef tongues and skirt meat from these competitors is now 5.7%, while the U.S. rate remains at 12.8%.Following a record-shattering 2018, beef exports to Korea continue to push higher, though at a more moderate pace. January-February exports to Korea increased 7% in volume to 35,529 mt while value was up 11% to $261.7 million. U.S. beef continues to make strides in the Korean supermarket and foodservice sectors, driven by red-hot demand for U.S. steaks. Prepared U.S. beef products are also increasingly popular in a wide range of home meal replacement items.Other January-February highlights for U.S. beef include:While beef exports to Mexico were steady with last year in volume (40,048 mt), value climbed 13% to $197.9 million. Beef muscle cuts achieved strong growth in both volume (24,434 mt, up 15%) and value ($155.5 million, up 19%).Exports to Taiwan were 3% ahead of last year’s record volume pace at 8,342 mt, but value slipped 6% to $73.7 million.Beef exports to Central America cooled in February but January-February exports to the region were still up 17% year-over-year in volume (2,357 mt) and increased 14% in value ($13.2 million), with growth driven mainly by Costa Rica and Honduras. Beef exports to the Dominican Republic have surged in 2019, climbing 87% in volume (1,470 mt) and 78% in value ($11.5 million).Africa has been a promising source of beef variety meat growth this year, with variety meat exports to South Africa (mainly livers) increasing 80% in volume (1,179 mt) and more than doubling in value ($1.1 million, up 113%). Variety meat exports were also sharply higher to Gabon, increasing 311% in volume (739 mt) and 157% in value ($529,000).As noted above, a slow start to 2019 in Hong Kong and Canada partially offset solid growth in other markets. Exports to Hong Kong fell 40% to 13,712 mt, valued at $110.4 million (down 35%). Exports to Canada were down 15% in volume (15,908 mt) and dropped 13% in value to just under $100 million. Lamb exports continue to gain momentumU.S. lamb exports continued to trend higher in February, driven by muscle cut growth to the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama and Saudi Arabia and strong variety meat demand in Mexico and Canada. February exports of U.S. lamb totaled 1,361 mt, up 51% from a year ago. Export value was $2.43 million, up 31%. For muscle cuts only, exports climbed 17% from a year ago in volume (244 mt) and 31% in value ($1.55 million).Through February, lamb exports were 67% ahead of last year’s pace in volume (2,745 mt) and 37% higher in value ($4.57 million). Muscle cut exports were up 46% in volume (488 mt) and 38% in value ($2.72 million).last_img read more

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Ajax stuns Ronaldo, Juventus to reach Champions League semi

first_imgJuventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Champions League, quarterfinal, second leg soccer match between Juventus and Ajax, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Ajax won 2-1 and advances to the semifinal on a 3-2 aggregate. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)TURIN, Italy— Cristiano Ronaldo shook his head as he walked off the field, while the Ajax players and staff celebrated with their fans long after the final whistle.The youth-filled Ajax team knocked off another one of Europe’s giants on Tuesday, beating Juventus 2-1 in Turin to reach the Champions League semifinals for the first time since 1997. It is the first time since 2010 that Ronaldo has failed to reach the last four, having won the competition the last three years in a row with Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “He’s disappointed as we all are, but we can’t be dragged down by this disappointment,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.Juventus signed Ronaldo in the offseason in the hope of ending a 23-year wait for the Champions League but one goal from the Portugal star wasn’t enough against the Dutch team, which erased a first-half deficit and largely dominated the final 45 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Cristiano increased our chances of winning the Champions League but football isn’t math,” Allegri added. “It’s not one plus one equals two, but one plus one can equal three, four, zero.”Having already seen off Real Madrid in the previous round, Ajax showed no fear against Ronaldo and the Italian giant either, advancing 3-2 on aggregate. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s an unforgettable night for Ajax, we eliminated one of the favorites for the competition,” Ajax coach Erik ten Hag said. “We played with confidence and patience. With our footballing philosophy we can go beyond expectation, we have once again surpassed our limits. It’s very difficult to play against us and our philosophy.”Even going behind to a goal from Ronaldo in the first half didn’t faze Ajax’s young players as Donny van de Beek leveled shortly after and 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt scored the winner in the second half.Ajax will play either Manchester City or Tottenham in the semifinals.Ronaldo’s old rival Lionel Messi is very much in contention, though, after scoring two goals to help Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-0 and progress 4-0 on aggregate in Tuesday’s other quarterfinal.Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the previous round against Atletico Madrid to almost single-handedly overturn a two-goal deficit, and had also found the back of the net in Amsterdam. The 34-year-old Portugal forward added his fifth goal in three Champions League matches in the 28th minute on Tuesday, heading in a Miralem Pjanic corner.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid But Ajax leveled six minutes later when Hakim Ziyech’s mishit shot turned into an assist for Donny van de Beek, who beat the offside trap to redirect it past Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.Ajax grew in confidence in the second half and had a number of chances to take the lead, with Szczesny making a couple of stellar saves to keep the game level. But Juventus continued to look vulnerable without captain and key defender Giorgio Chiellini, and Ajax finally found its breakthrough in the 67th as De Ligt outjumped both Daniel Rugani and Alex Sandro to head in a corner.It could have been worse for Juventus as Ziyech had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Encouragement from Marc Pingris sparks Ian Sangalang’s clutch showing Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

9 months ago’Secret’ Juventus medical today for Ramsey

first_img‘Secret’ Juventus medical today for Ramseyby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set for a Juventus medical today.Gazzetta dello Sport says Ramsey is ‘set to have his Juventus medical in London on Sunday’ as the Italian giants look to finalise a deal for the Welshman. Ramsey’s contract expires in north London in the summer and as he is free to discuss terms with teams abroad, it appears Juventus are closing in on a smart free transfer. He will undertake part of his medical in secret in London, just a day after Arsenal suffered defeat to city rivals West Ham. Ramsey is expected to sign a five-year contract worth £140,000-a-week plus bonuses if he plays 50 per cent of all the games in a season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The Big Five in North American Pro Sports

Yesterday, Ritchie King and I ran the numbers on the most popular teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and the English Premier League, according to the number of Google searches they generate.The rankings compared teams within each league. But we can also make cross-sport comparisons. What’s the most popular North American professional team in any sport, as judged by Google search frequency globally?It’s either the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox. Each generates about 30 percent more Google searches worldwide than the most popular NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys, and almost 40 percent more than the most popular NBA team, the Los Angeles Lakers. You can skip down to the giant chart at the end of this blog post to see how all teams in the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB compare to one another.The Montreal Canadiens, the most popular NHL team, aren’t particularly close to the most-searched teams in other leagues. Does that mean there’s really a “Big Three” rather than a “Big Four”? (Disclosure: ESPN doesn’t broadcast NHL games, and the league isn’t the subject of all that much focus at the network.)I’d say that the NHL’s status as a major league isn’t in question. The average NHL team generates about two-thirds as much Google search traffic as the average NBA team. There’s a gap there, but it’s no larger than the one separating the NBA and MLB. Furthermore, there’s a lot of overlap in the rankings. The 60th-percentile NHL team (roughly speaking, the Washington Capitals) is about as popular as the 40th percentile NBA team (the Philadelphia 76ers).Keep in mind that these figures are based on global search traffic, so that includes traffic in Canada. Canada — despite its much smaller population — generates almost as much revenue and fan interest for the NHL as the United States.But if we’ve included the NHL, what about Major League Soccer, the Canadian Football League and the WNBA?We have bad news for fans of women’s basketball. The most popular WNBA team, the Seattle Storm, generates only about one-quarter as much search traffic as the least popular Big Four team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.MLS has a better argument. Its most popular teams, the LA Galaxy and the Seattle Sounders, generate more search traffic than the Blue Jackets. The Galaxy and Sounders also earn about as much search traffic as the least popular NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks.If MLS has a case, the CFL probably does, too. Two of its teams, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Edmonton Eskimos, also surpass the Blue Jackets in search popularity.But we’ve neglected the league that has the strongest case for inclusion alongside the Big Four. You may have heard of Mexico. It has the 11th-largest population and the 14th-largest economy in the world. It’s a part of North America. And soccer is awfully popular there.In fact, Mexico’s top professional soccer league, Liga MX, is comparable to the NHL in terms of global popularity. Liga MX’s most popular team on Google, C.D. Guadalajara, produces about as much search traffic as the Canadiens, the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Bulls.So, if we’re talking North America — not just the U.S. — there’s really a “Big Five”: the NFL, the MLB, the NBA, the NHL and Liga MX. The most popular teams in MLS and the CFL are more popular than the least popular teams in the Big Five, but their inclusion is debatable, especially because they are surpassed by other leagues playing the same sport on the same continent.In the spirit of inclusivity, we’ve ranked the teams in all seven North American leagues in the humongous chart below. (Rankings are taken relative to the average team across all seven leagues, which works out to be roughly the Buffalo Bills or the Cincinnati Reds.) We haven’t included the English Premier League. The top teams in the EPL swamp everybody else in global search traffic; even the Yankees are no match for Man U. read more

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