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Naismith has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Canaries for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £8.5million. The Norfolk club have been proactive in the January transfer window, bolstering their squad for the survival battle ahead by bringing in Swiss defender Timm Klose from Wolfsburg, Portuguese full-back Ivo Pinto from Dinamo Zagreb and York teenager Ben Godfrey, while winger Matt Jarvis has turned his loan switch from West Ham into a permanent deal. Naismith had been tracked by Norwich in the summer, but the two clubs were unable to broker a deal. During September, the Scottish marksman netted a hat-trick in Everton’s 3-1 Premier League win over Chelsea at Goodison Park, but has seen his opportunities to play regular football limited, as well as overcoming a recent ankle injury. Naismith made a total of 13 appearances for the Toffees this season, also scoring in the Capital One Cup win at Barnsley. “Where I was in my career, the age I am and the way the first half of the season has gone for me, I had to think a lot about the future,” Naismith said on www.canaries.co.uk. “When January came, it was a case of knowing exactly where I stood and the manager at Everton was good and said that he’d listen to whatever I wanted. “Norwich have displayed class in the way they’ve done their business all the way through. “They’ve been fantastic in the sense of showing how much they wanted me, and I’m delighted to be here.” The 29-year-old is determined to make the most of his opportunity at Carrow Road, and could make his debut in the home game against Liverpool on Saturday. Norwich have announced the signing of Scottish forward Steven Naismith from Everton. Press Association “I want to settle in quickly, get involved and play my part in games. I want to contribute to a team effort to move this club forward,” he added. “I am expecting to go straight into the training. The manager will obviously have his thoughts for the (Liverpool) game and hopefully I’m involved in some respect. “I have played a couple of times here and it’s always a great atmosphere with a full crowd, and I look forward to being on the right side of the fans.” Naismith started his career at Kilmarnock, before moving to Rangers in August 2007, where he would win the Scottish Premier League title three times. After leaving Scotland in the summer of 2012, Naismith went on to make 123 appearances for the Toffees, scoring a total of 25 goals. Everton manager Roberto Martinez was sorry to be losing the services of a “true professional”. “It gets to a point where, this season, we had a lot of options going forward and the playing minutes have been a bit of a problem,” Martinez said on www.evertonfc.com. “Steven is a professional who needs to play and he feels at this moment in his career that he needs to be playing games and that’s very respected from my point of view. “We got a really good value out of a very good servant, he is leaving terrific memories and we wish him the very best in the future and in this new chapter of his career.” Canaries boss Alex Neil hopes Naismith can add a cutting edge to his team, which lost 3-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday. “He is a proven performer at Premier League level and an established international with Scotland so arrives with excellent pedigree,” said Neil. Norwich sold forward Lewis Grabban back to Bournemouth earlier this month, while it remains to be seen whether moves away for Gary Hooper or Kyle Lafferty will be sanctioned before the deadline.
21Aug Rep. Lucido bills protect taxpayers from paying for emergency manager negligence A pair of bills introduced by state Rep. Peter Lucido address the status of emergency managers when it comes to bonding and immunity.House Bill 4861 requires emergency managers to post a bond of at least $5 million, and causes the bond to be forfeited if the emergency manager is found to be grossly negligent in execution of their duties.House Bill 4861 and 4862 exempt emergency managers from governmental immunity.“In this state, we make requirements of people who are in certain trades to be licensed, bonded and insured before they take on any jobs involving third parties,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “If an emergency manager is doing work under the direction of the governor, that manager should be bonded so that taxpayers never have to foot another bill for a malfeasance of duties or when individuals who are appointed aren’t performing up to the standards of a private practice.”The bills are reintroductions of bills Rep. Lucido filed in his first term in direct response to the information which came out of the actions of various emergency managers during the Flint water crisis and the Detroit Public School bailout.“In a case such as Jerry Ambrose, who is being sued individually by the state for his role in the Flint water crisis, my bills would provide a bond which could be seized when gross negligence happens,” said Lucido. “This protects taxpayers. These bills are a straight reintroduction because I want to see oversight, but I want it to be responsible oversight. Whether it is accountants, lawyers or someone taking charge, that individual or group of individuals must perform professionally. More importantly, they must be able to pay if there is negligence or misconduct so that the taxpayer is not the one who pays.”House Bills 4861 and 4862 have been referred to the House Committee on Local Government. Categories: Lucido News,News
The directors of BSkyB have written to shareholders, urging them to back under-fire chairman James Murdoch. Shareholders will vote on whether Murdoch should continue in his BSkyB role at the pay TV operator’s AGM, which is scheduled for next Thursday. One institutional BSkyB investor, the Association of British Insurers, has publicly expressed its concerns, noting that some market watchers were worried about governance issues. However, BSkyB deputy chairman Nick Ferguson wrote in his letter to investors that Murdoch has the respect of senior management, is backed by the whole of the board and is doing a “first class job” in his role at the pay TV company.Ferguson added that the continuing scandal surrounding Murdoch, which concerns the role of News International in the newspaper phone-hacking scandal, has not impacted Sky’s operational performance or share price.
Optical networking technology specialist Sterlite Technologies will use ANGA COM to highlight its Oh-Lite Nova single mode optical fibre product.According to Sterlite, Oh-Lite Nova is a single mode optical fibre with a very low bend sensitivity and tighter attenuation that meets and exceeds ITU-T recommendations for G.652.D and G.657.A1. the company says the product is ideal for long-distance transmission and FTTH applications.According to Sterlite, Oh-Lite Nova combines the low loss benefits of G652D for extended network reach in long haul, metro and access networks and improved bend resistance of G657A1 for higher installation margin. At the same time, a Mode Field Diameter of 9.2µm provides full backward compatibility with legacy installed fibre base, says the company.Steflite will also showcase its Micro Bowlite single mode optical fibre, described by the company as a low diameter optical fiber with low bend sensitivity and water peak attenuation. In addition, Sterlite will highlight its Micro Bowlite (E) single mode optical fibre, described as a version of the product that is optimised for use in the 1310nm, 1550nm and 1625nm windows.Another product in the Bowlite line, the Bowlite Plus single mode optical fibre, which the company sys has low bend sensitivity and zero water peak attenuation, is designed specifically for use in the O, E, S, C and L-bands.Sterlite will additionally showcase the Micro Duct-Lite multi-tube single jacket micro duct fiber optic cable used in micro duct installation applications. According to the company, the product offers the lowest diameter blown cable solutions using next generation 200µm optical fiber for improved duct utilisation with highest fiber density to help overcome high-speed broadband bandwidth bottlenecks.Ankit Agarwal, global head, telecom products, said: “Globally, our customers are demanding optical fiber products suitable for managing surge in high-bandwidth consuming applications and smart network requirements. To address such requirements, we have developed a full portfolio of innovative optical fiber, optical fiber cable and data cable technologies that will be showcased at ANGA COM. We are proud partners to global Telecom operators in Europe, Middle East, Latin America and Asian markets.”Separately, Serlite Technologies’ associate general manager, R & D, has been named to the board of directors of the FTTH Council Asia Pacific. Mishra was previously chair of FTTH APAC Smart Cities Committee.Sterlite Technologies will be exhibiting at ANGA COM in Hall 10.1, stand R25
The BBC now reaches 111 million people per week across all media platforms in Africa, according to new stats released by the corporation.The BBC provides content in Arabic, English, French, Hausa, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Somali and Swahili across the continent and reaches audiences via the BBC World Service, the BBC World News TV channel, the BBC.com website and through international development charity BBC Media Action.The BBC said that African audiences make up the largest share of the BBC’s global audience for its news services, which currently reach 320 million people.Overall the corporation claims that In Uganda, one in five adults consume BBC content each week, while in Sierra Leone the BBC World Service Group reaches 65% of the population.“We are committed to Africa and the African audience and are proud of the array of talented broadcasters that we have working for BBC Africa,” said BBC Africa Executive Editor, Tim Pemberton.“We are dedicated to the impartiality that makes us stand out from other broadcasters and it is wonderful to see the audience responding to this. The continent has a new, young, switched on generation and the BBC will continue to be at the heart of new media and digital innovation.”