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Rodgers aims to maintain momentum

first_img “It’s early stages but it keeps the momentum going and in the next couple of weeks we have one of the best strikers in the world coming back. “You can’t look too much at it (being top). But you’d rather be there than be at the bottom and what it does is that the more you are up there the more aggression and will and desire you have to stay there. “It’s only four games in, but we’ve had four tough games and we have only lost once in the last 16 odd games so we are getting a level of consistency and that was the biggest thing for me. “Coming here there was no consistency in the performance and now we are just churning out wins and if we can’t win we are drawing games with resilient performances like in the last 25 minutes here. “But I believe we will get better and more fluent as the season goes on so we are happy to be there and it gives us the fight to stay there.” For Swansea, the meeting with Liverpool kicked off a testing week which includes a Europa League trip to Valencia and Sunday’s league visit to Crystal Palace. But Rodgers believes his former club can cope with the demands of fighting in four separate competitions. He said: “It is a tough ask but the one thing I’d say Swansea have which we did not have last year is a strong squad. Monday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea, dominated by Jonjo Shelvey as the former Liverpool midfielder had a hand in all four goals, sent the Reds back to the summit of the standings by a single point as the Merseysiders continue the fine run of form they put together towards the end of last term. Few are expecting the Anfield side to launch a fully-fledged title assault, but Rodgers believes they have shown they can keep themselves in the picture with Uruguay international Suarez returning from his 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic later this month. Press Association “Our squad was very thin last year and we were trying to operate on four fronts. You look through this squad and there is a strong squad here and some of the players have been here for a while and others that are new in. “The Europa League certainly tests your squad. It will be a tough game against Valencia but I am sure Michael will want to do well in the competition, but then they come back and have got another tough game at the weekend. “But I am sure they will cope. They have got a good squad and I hope they do well.” Swans boss Michael Laudrup is well aware of the demands his team face, but felt their performance against Liverpool was an encouraging start to a congested run of fixtures. He said: “The second half was our best performance so far this season. It was very important for us to produce that as it is the first of seven games in less than three weeks. “We have the four Premier League games, two in the Europa League and a Capital One Cup game as well. So to start like this with a good result against a good team and an excellent performance is great for us to build on.” Brendan Rodgers believes his Liverpool side are capable of maintaining their challenge at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, particularly with Luis Suarez close to a return to action.last_img read more

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AgiproNews’ Italian View – New government faces same old industry dilemmas

first_img Related Articles Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Share Whatever form the next Italian government takes following this March’s ground-breaking general election results, Italy’s new political taskmasters’ will have to revamp the country’s existing gambling framework.A coalition government, led by the legislative novices of the 5-Star Movement has a daunting task in creating a more cohesive industry framework, in-line with business provisions set out by Italy’s new ‘Stability Law of 2017’.In 2018, Italian betting stakeholders point to three critical industry concerns which must be addressed by the new government.First up, the government will have to adjudicate new proposals to add a further 10,000 new betting points within Italy’s autonomous regions.Set to be delivered this September, the betting industry has met resistance from multiple state regulators, who have implemented laws restricting the operating of betting points near ‘sensitive places’ such as churches, schools and hospitals.Further concerns are raised about whether a new government will move to approve new betting industry provisions, currently being revised by Italy’s Ministry of the Economy.Betting stakeholders seek a strengthening of the national betting code in relation to Asian Handicap offers, operator Cash-Out functionalities and setting fixed policy and clear practices on ‘market disputes’ relating to bookmakers and their customers.From a long-term industry standpoint, the new government will be tested on whether it can finally align Italy’s complex governing framework between the state and autonomous regions, which has affected previous governments presiding the betting sector.Revamping Italy’s gambling agenda, set in a previous agreement the industry had settled on reducing its overall slot machines portfolio by 35% from 400,000 to about 265,000, with licensed operators significantly reducing machine inventory in bars and tobacconists.Nevertheless, set against the constant battle of federal laws versus regional rights, Italy’s new political actors face numerous obstacles in delivering business/commercial alignment… Italian gambling stakeholders will have to wait and see whether 2018 will truly be a year of change!last_img read more

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Mayor: Waive City Hall filming fee

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The first step, he said, will be to waive the fees the city charges production companies to film at the five City Halls in Los Angeles, including those in downtown and Van Nuys. “The amount we charge is only $300 to $500 a day – it’s negligible,” Villaraigosa said. “But what it means in jobs for Los Angeles is significant. We need to let Hollywood know we want them here.” And while he recently made a cameo appearance on “The George Lopez Show,” Villaraigosa said he is not star-struck. “When I do that, I do it as the mayor of all of Los Angles,” Villaraigosa said. “I do it to show my support for all of the entertainment industry and what it means to the city. “Film, television and commercial production contributes over $25 million a year to the Los Angeles economy. It’s not just the George Lopezes or Eva Longorias who get that money. It’s the grips and the gaffers, the camera people, the caterers. Sending a symbolic offering to Hollywood, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday proposed waiving the “negligible” fee for filming at City Hall – the first of several steps designed to halt runaway movie and TV production. Villaraigosa’s announcement was made at a news media briefing, the first of a series in which he will spotlight local issues, particularly those dealing with economic development. He said he chose the entertainment industry for his first session because of its importance to the local economy and its high-profile image around the world. He said he plans to develop other incentives in an effort to halt runaway production and will back proposed state legislation that would give a tax credit to companies that film primarily in California. “I will unite a broad coalition from the labor, entertainment and business communities to protect middle-class jobs and small businesses in California,” Villaraigosa said. “We need to keep production in California so thousands of middle-class workers don’t lose their jobs.” “It spreads throughout the economy,” he said. Steve McDonald, director of the Entertainment Industry Development Corp., which issues film permits, said it was an important step for the mayor to take and an important message from City Hall. “These film producers are wined and dined and feted by officials from across the country to take their filming outside of Los Angeles,” McDonald said. “This might seem like a symbolic gesture, but it is an important one to let the industry know Los Angeles does want to keep its business here.” Dan Glickman, president and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, also said he appreciated the mayor’s action. “We are thrilled the mayor recognizes the critical importance of the movie industry’s contributions to the economy of Los Angeles,” Glickman said. “We appreciate his reference to some of our common interests and goals today and look forward to making them a reality.” During his presentation, Villaraigosa noted than the average hourlong television drama generates $2 million per episode in spending, while a full season of 22 episodes means $44 million in production-related activity. Even as he makes efforts to woo filmmakers, he said, the city, the EIDC and production companies will have to work with neighborhoods to deal with problems many areas have had in being barraged with film crews. Most recently, the growing downtown residential population has joined the list of areas – many of which are in the San Fernando Valley – that complain they are used too much as backgrounds for films and television shows. “We have to recognize the demands on neighborhoods and work that out,” Villaraigosa said. “We have to let the neighborhoods know how important it is to the economy, but we also want the companies to respect our neighborhoods.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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LE MARS HOSTS ANNUAL TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

first_imgThe Plymouth County Fairgrounds are the host site this week for the 41st annual National Traditional Country Music Association’s convention.The music festival’s coordinator, Robert Everhart, says old time country and gospel music is being performed from morning into the nighttime in Le Mars:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/COUNTRY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………every day. ;06Everhart says the annual traditional country music festival attracts fans and performers from around the globe:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/COUNTRY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..from Newfoundland. :16The music festival coordinator says the traditional old country music sound carries a common theme with gospel music:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/COUNTRY3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..church without walls. :12The festival continues through Sunday in Le Mars.last_img read more

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