Caulker ‘excited’ to join Saints

first_imgSteven Caulker has told Southampton’s website he did not hesitate to join the club when the opportunity arose.Caulker has been handed the chance to stay in the Premier League after moving from QPR on a season-long loan.Southampton have paid a £1.5m loan fee for the 23-year-old centre-back, who moved to west London from Cardiff City a year ago.QPR director of football Les Ferdinand recently dismissed an approach from West Brom for Caulker but agreed to let him join the Saints.“I’m very pleased. This club’s done fantastically well, especially over the last two years,” Caulker said.“To now join this club and be a part of it for this year is something I’m very proud of. I’m very excited.“As soon as I got the phone call from Les Ferdinand to say a fee had been agreed with Southampton I was delighted to get the opportunity to come and play here.”Caulker also believes Southampton’s style of play under boss Ronald Koeman will suit his game.He said: “They play fantastic football – it’s a style I was quite used to at Swansea.“It’s an attractive style and one I feel comfortable playing in. The manager wants players at the back who are comfortable on the ball and I feel that’s part of my game.”Meanwhile, QPR have had a bid for Wigan’s James Perch accepted and are expected to sign the former Newcastle man in the next 48 hours.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chelsea v Middlesbrough line-ups: Blues star misses out, Boro without trio

first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been ruled out of the game at Stamford Bridge but David Luiz has been passed fit.Luiz fell awkwardly towards the end of last week’s 3-0 victory over Everton, while Kante has a thigh problem.Kante’s absence means Cesc Fabregas is recalled to the starting line-upMiddlesbrough pair Grant Leadbitter and Adlene Guedioura have recovered from hamstring and groin injuries respectively and are among the substitutes.But the visitors, whose relegation will be confirmed if they lose, are without Gaston Ramirez, Victor Valdes and Daniel Ayala.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Fabregas, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.Subs:Begovic, Terry, Zouma, Ake, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Willian.Middlesbrough: Guzan, Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend, Clayton, De Roon, Forshaw, Downing, Traore, Negredo.Subs: Dimi, Barragan, Bernardo, Leadbitter, Guedioura, Gestede, Bamford.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Is a family office right for you?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAsBrian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAsA family office isn’t what you might think it is. It is not the office you use at home to take care of family matters. It isn’t the office the you use to run your family business. A family office is essentially a private team of professionals dedicated to managing the finances of a wealthier family and high net-worth individuals. These wealth management entities help steer a family’s investments in the right direction and, in the United States, they are rapidly growing in popularity.Family offices are typically classified into three different classes depending on which services they offer:Class A: Comprehensive financial oversight, estate management and objective fiscal consulting for a flat monthly fee.Class B: Investment advice and consulting for an as-needed fee, but does not directly manage illiquid assets.Class C: Basic estate and administrative (bookkeeping, mail sorting, etc.) and is run directly by the family.Most family offices provide the following services:Investment managementWealth transfer managementBusiness advising & consultingEstate planningEducation planningPhilanthropy & charity managementBookkeeping, record keeping, reporting & communicationsLegal, compliance & tax advisingInvestment risk management.Working within the confines of a family office could help you avoid certain financial mistakes such as:Making any contractual moves and major decisions without a lawyer’s reviewRushing into investments without performing in-depth research and leaning too heavily on third parties outside of the family for guidanceInvesting your money into ventures that have stalled or shown signs of failureNot balancing the objective best interests of the family, as a whole, with the voices of a few key influencers’ passions within the familyNot having a clear exit strategy for both well-performing assets and poorly-producing investmentsIf you would like to learn more about family office services and if they would be a right fit for you, please reach out to me with any questions. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at [email protected]last_img read more

Future Interfaces: Gestures, Light and the BiDi Screen

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market According to the project team, “The BiDi Screen uses a sensor layer, separated a small distance from a normal LCD display. A mask image is then displayed on the LCD. When the bare sensor layer views the world through the mask, information about the distance to objects in front of the screen can be captured and decoded by a computer.”In the past ReadWriteWeb has covered Pattie Maes presentation of what she describes as “sixth sense” – a wearable interface where users interact with a camera, mirror and colored finger caps. We’ve also looked at other gesture-based interfaces like Microsoft’s Project Natal which encompass sensor-based cameras and voice recognition. Nevertheless, BiDi screen takes a different approach to spatial tracking. The system can be incorporated into a “thin LCD device” like a cellphone and it does not require the use of cameras, lenses, projectors or special gloves.For a complete list of BiDi project specifications or for a look at some of MIT’s video demos, check out the project website. In just a few days at the SIGGRAPH Asia Conference, MIT’s Media Lab will present a revolutionary interface that allows users to manipulate on-screen images with the wave of their hand. While we’ve seen gestural interfaces through the accelerometers in our smart phones and gaming-related devices, this system is different. MIT’s bi-directional display interface (BiDi) screen is capable of capturing both touch and off-screen gestures through the use of embedded optical sensors. dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#NYT#start#startups last_img read more

ITF Welcomes UAEs New Protection for Seafarers

first_imgzoom The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has expressed its support for United Arab Emirates’ recently introduced safety net for seafarers in case of abandonment.“We are strongly behind the mandate issued by the Federal Transport Authority – Land and Maritime, for the financial protection of seafarers operating in the waters of the United Arab Emirates (UAE),” David Heindel, chair of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), seafarers’ section, said.Heindel commented that basic rights are being violated on a daily basis by companies operating in this region, which not only fail to pay wages, but also fail to provide safe working conditions and enough food and clean water for their seafarers.“This mandate makes clear that ship owners must provide financial protection against abandonment, death or injury,” Heindel said.“This is a huge step forward in a region where, historically, ship owners have been allowed to repeatedly abuse the rights of seafarers. This has to stop and it has to stop now.”The country’s FTA said that all ships flying the flag of the United Arab Emirates trading internationally, and all ships operating in UAE waters above 200 gross tons will need to have a contract of insurance to protect seafarers.The insurance relates to cases of abandonment, death or injury of seafarers and covers up to four months’ owed contractual wages and entitlements, according to a circular issued by the FTA.The measure, being introduced as the country readies to ratify the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, is set to enter into force on February 20, 2018.last_img read more