Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Leinart had a promising rookie season after being selected with the No. 10 pick, but never won the favor of head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who took over prior to the former USC star’s second season. In all, Leinart appeared in 29 games with the Cardinals — including 17 starts. He completed 57.1 percent of his passes for 3,893 yards and 14 touchdowns while being picked off 20 times. The Cardinals went 7-10 in games he started. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires You won’t get much argument from Arizona Cardinals fans if you tell them Matt Leinart proved to be a bust of a draft pick.Now, there may be some debate as to why he was a bust, but not that he was one.At any rate, placed Leinart among the “Biggest NFL Draft Busts of the Modern Era.” Fortunately, he’s the only Cardinal on the list.His Heisman trophy and national championship ring might as well have been glorified paperweights when Leinart stepped up to the next level. He threw more interceptions than TD passes his first season with the Cardinals then proceeded to languish on the bench before being cut in 2010.last_img read more

Rep Filler House budget plan repairs roads improves schools without massive tax

first_img13Jun Rep. Filler: House budget plan repairs roads, improves schools without massive tax hike State Rep. Graham Filler this week voted to support a House budget plan that includes record funding for road repairs and schools without a tax hike.“We dug through the budget to find savings and efficiencies so we could deliver better value to seniors, families and workers all throughout Michigan,” said Filler, of DeWitt. “Instead of asking taxpayers for more money, we’re using the tax dollars they already provide more effectively to increase our investments in priorities like roads and schools.”The House approved several budget measures this week, advancing the plan to the Senate for further consideration.Key elements of the budget plan:Roads. The plan ensures money spent on taxes at the gas pump goes to improve our roads – including the 6 percent sales tax motorists already pay. Once fully phased in over two years, this change could add more than $800 million more per year to road repairs – without raising taxes. This change would be accomplished without sacrificing money for schools, local government revenue sharing or other essential public services.Schools. The plan raises the state’s minimum per-pupil foundation allowance by $180 per student, which covers the majority of Michigan’s school districts. All districts would get at least $90 more per student under the House plan. This comes on top of the largest annual per-student increase of the past 15 years – which schools are receiving in the current budget year – while continuing to close the gap between the state’s lowest- and highest-funded districts. Early literacy and career training are special focuses as the overall school aid fund would surpass $15 billion.Criminal justice reform. Our efforts to reduce crime are working. Data continues to show that problem-solving courts produce substantial savings for taxpayers by significantly decreasing the number of people who reoffend. We will continue this trend by fully funding drug treatment courts, mental health courts and veterans’ treatment courts.Agriculture. This spending plan prioritizes our farmers and farming communities by maximizing existing state resources. We continue to support local programs that get food from farm to table across the state and supplements county fairs that help our farmers get their products to market. We worked hard to ensure that every dollar put toward agriculture in Michigan is well spent and critical services are funded without raising fees or increasing general fund dollars.Filler said the House budget plan costs Michigan taxpayers about $1.3 billion less than the plan recommended by the governor.### Categories: Filler Newslast_img read more

European broadcasting firm Modern Times Group MTG

first_imgEuropean broadcasting firm Modern Times Group (MTG) has raised SEK 1 billion (€113 million) in the Swedish bond market to refinance an existing SEK 1 billion loan.MTG said that the new bond has a maturity of four years and will be listed on the NASDAQ Stockholm.The move comes after MTG replaced its SEK 6.5 billion of previous bank financing with a SEK 5.5 billion long-term revolving multi-currency facility and a SEK 1.0 billion loan in December 2013.“The interest in our first local bond offering has been high and reflects our strong financial position, our diversified and growing business, and our highly cash generative operating model. We have refinanced and diversified our overall funding structures over the last six months and built a platform for further investment in our long term growth,” said MTG’s chief financial officer Mathias Hermansson.last_img read more

Nokia releases an Asha phone with a dedicated WhatsApp button

first_imgAdvertisement HTC and Nokia have previously released handsets with Facebook-devoted buttons, but this marks a first for WhatsApp thanks to  Nokia  releasing a mobile phone with a dedicated WhatsApp physical button.The feature triggers the cross-platform messaging app which offers a free alternative to SMS texts.Analysts suggested the move would make WhatsApp the text app of choice on the handsets, but suggested it would have limited impact on the wider mobile phone market due to it’s limitation to a few mobile phone models.Nokia’s Asha 210 runs on the firm’s proprietary Series 40 operating system and will be targeted at consumers in emerging markets looking for a cheaper alternative to the Finnish firm’s Windows Phone range and other companies’ smartphones. The OS supports third-party web apps and software written in the Java programming language. – Advertisement – To achieve a targeted retail price of £47 ($72) Nokia decided that the device’s 2.4in (6.1cm) screen would not be touch-enabled.Users have to use its built-in Qwerty keyboard and navigation button to launch and operate apps, so having a dedicated key gives WhatsApp an edge over alternatives on the handset.In addition owners of the phone are offered a subscription to the app for the device’s lifespan rather than having to pay the normal annual fee.Nokia  however refused to reveal the financial terms of the arrangement and said it would monitor customer response before deciding whether to include the feature on any of its other devices.According to a study published by tech consultancy Ovum, WhatsApp is the world’s third most popular social messaging service after Facebook Chat and Google Chat.“WhatsApp is doing quite well in emerging markets, but you have local players who are outstripping it simply because they are more culturally specific and can therefore outshine the US firm,” said Neha Dharia, an analyst at Ovum.Since Nokia’s Asha range is predominantly targeted at consumers in Asia, Africa and the Middle East any benefits from the tie-up will come from those territories.WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and those phones can all message each other because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your contactsInformation from BBC News was used in this Article.last_img read more

Uganda to extend ecargo tracking system to Kenya

first_imgAdvertisement In order to curb theft and diversion of goods destined for its market through the port of Mombasa, Uganda will extend its Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) into Kenyan as part of strategy.The two countries have struck a deal on the scheme to be implemented in a few months, Uganda Revenue Authority said .“We are currently finalising the cost estimates of the requirements. Thereafter, we will do the procurements and go ahead with full implementation,” the commissioner for customs, Richard Kamajugo said.The main transit routes to Uganda from the port of Mombasa have been mapped for coverage by the Internet-based tracking system. When all is done, goods destined to Uganda will be monitored all the way from Mombasa and Nairobi in Kenya up to their destinations in Uganda,” the official said. – Advertisement – [related-posts]Launchd in May 2014 and already active in Uganda, the tracking system comprises satellites, a central monitoring centre and special electronic seals fitted on cargo containers and trucks, which give the precise location of goods in real time.The system triggers an alarm whenever there is diversion from the designated route, an unusually long stopover or when someone attempts to open a container.The system also helps to seal loopholes that cause the country losses in revenue through suspected under-declaration of the value of exports or theft of cargo.“Over the past few months of implementation, the system has helped to foil highway robberies among other anomalies before cargo gets to its destination or crosses the border into another country,” Mr Kamajugo said.Via CIOlast_img read more