Reuse this content Twitter An error message, yesterday. Photograph: Guardian Pinterest Send your letters to email@example.com. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Rob Moline.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSHarry Kane fancies Tottenham’s chances against Real Madrid in the Champions League next month. “Of course, we know it will be tough but it’s two good teams and an open game, probably,” he roared. “It will come down to who is more clinical in the final third – hopefully, that can be us.”Manchester City are concerned that Benjamin Mendy might have Really Very Bad Knee Knack. Mendy, though, doesn’t seem quite so worried.Napoli made a right old hash of their tribute to Arkadiusz Milik last night, handing Lorenzo Insigne the wrong shirt.West Ham and Tottenham have been charged by the FA after the handbags at the London Stadium at the weekend.Something new to haunt your nightmares: Diego Costa lingering in a tunnel.Raphaël Varane has dotted the i’s and ¨ed the e’s (or one of them at least) on a new five-year contract at Real Madrid.A Romanian fifth tier game was called off after 58 minutes yesterday as all their balls had been kicked into a nearby river.THE RECAPSign up and receive the best of Big Website’s coverage, every Friday, it says here. Seems to be a curious lack of mentions for The Fiver …STILL WANT MORE? YOU’RE MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIMEIt takes 96 matches to complete the group stages of Big Cup, a somewhat laborious and time-consuming process when one considers that of the 16 richest clubs in last season’s competition, only Tottenham Hotspur failed to advance to the knockout stages. So, a monumental waste of everyone’s time then, which is not to say plenty of these 96 games aren’t worth watching, whether they’re serving up perfect Harry Kane hat-tricks, sweet, sweet Gareth Bale volleys towards the top corner or the peculiar spectacle of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner asking to be substituted after 32 minutes because the noise generated by Besiktas fans was freaking him out. Bless. Tonight, further treats lie in store, with British teams Manchester United, the Queen’s Celtic and Chelsea all slated to play group games, in Russia, Belgium and Spain respectively. United play Spartak Moscow and are expected to beat them, despite being without Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia, Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones. In his pre-match press conference, José Mourinho stressed the need for he and his players to stay “humble”, a demand that seemed slightly ironic, coming as it did from a man who famously announced himself in England as “a special one” and has such bottomless reserves of self-regard that he makes Donald Trump seem positively self-deprecating. “Yes, we need to go into matches thinking we can dominate but we also have to accept the reality of high-level football and be humble when the opponent is on top,” he explained, pointing out that it is only on the football field that we can expect to witness any sign of his new found humility.Having masterminded enough Big Cup capitulations at Liverpool and the Queen’s Celtic to ensure he never gets too big for his boots, Brendan Rodgers takes the Scottish champions to Anderlecht tonight, in the first of two matches between the sides to decide which of the clubs will go out of Europe before Christmas and which will go out in mid to late February. Having been battered by Paris Saint-Germain in Glasgow, Brendan has urged his players to learn from what he described as a “reality check” and warned them against complacency against a team that is currently seventh in the Belgian league and already looking for its second manager of the season. “They are no mugs,” he said. “They are a good side with a good history. They haven’t started the season as they would have wanted but [Big Cup] is a great motivating factor for them to kick on.”Meanwhile in Spain, things could get a little awkward in the bowels of Atlético Madrid’s fancy new Wanda Metropolitano stadium if the Spanish side’s new recruit, Diego Costa, happens to bump into the former boss and team-mates he treated so contemptuously while sulking his way to a return to the Spanish side. Chelsea are in town, see, although Antonio Conte has said “I have no problem with Diego Costa”, with whom he last communicated through the somewhat cowardly, but invariably effective medium of break-up text during the summer. Although Atlético’s transfer embargo precludes Costa from playing for them before Christmas, he is expected to be loitering in the tunnel area ahead of tonight’s game in order to bid a fond farewell to his former team-mates and ask if one of them wouldn’t mind posting on the white Range Rover he left behind, that’s currently gathering dust in the Chelsea youth team car park. LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Barry Glendenning from 7.45pm BST for hot MBM coverage of Atlético Madrid 2-2 Chelsea, Jacob Steinberg for CSKA Moscow 1-3 Manchester United and Paul Doyle for Anderlecht 0-0 Celtic.QUOTE OF THE DAY Timo Werner doesn’t like what he hears at Besiktas. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images Facebook Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Football “He asked to come off so I took him off. It is impossible to prepare your team for an atmosphere like this. There was a deafening noise [and] at the start of the game we were a bit affected. For me, as coach, it is important to see who I can rely on in moments like these, who is prepared to defend himself against what is going on on the pitch. To encounter such an atmosphere was too much for some” – RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhüttl explains why Timo Werner was substituted after 32 minutes against Besiktas on Tuesday night.SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVER LETTERS“My wife is from Chesterfield, so I have a soft spot for the brilliantly-monikered Spireites (the best nickname in the Football League), despite their recent endeavours making them difficult to love. However, if they appoint Jack Lester as manager, what are the chances he’ll replicate his playing career in Derbyshire by earning himself a three-game touchline ban during the match immediately preceding the Christmas period?” – Ed Taylor.“The link to yesterday’s Fiver in the letters is a real blast from the past. In the 1980s I had an Amiga computer, whose blue screen of death featured a Guru meditation. Very happy that the old 1980s Amigas have found a new life as webservers at Fiver Towers” – Rob Moline. Trouble in paradise? PSG have failed to defuse the fallout from the Cavani and Neymar spat, writes Ed Aarons.What are the most unlikely gigs played at football stadiums? 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Instagram/Taylor LewanMichigan State has owned Michigan on the gridiron in recent history, winning seven of the last eight matchups between the two programs. But one prominent former Wolverine is tired of living in the past, and Wednesday he had a little fun at the expense of his new Tennessee Titans teammate – a former Spartan.Former Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who was drafted 11th overall back in 2014, apparently wasn’t a fan of what former Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin, who was drafted eighth overall this year, had hanging in his locker room. Lewan, after seeing Conklin’s Spartans jersey, playfully told him to “grow up” on Instagram. He added a “Go Blue” for fun too. Lewan and Conklin are both expected to play prominent roles for the Titans this year.
“We just got to continue to get some guys back healthy, continue to eliminate mistakes and we can be a good football team,” Whisenhunt told the Arizona Cardinals radio network after the final loss of the season.If only it was that simple, because it obviously is not.Every team has injuries and every player makes mistakes. But most teams don’t suffer the type of season-crippling losing streaks the Cardinals have. So now the Cardinals have some decisions to make, and they’re likely to be made by the time 2013 arrives. The direction the franchise chooses to go will have ramifications for many years to come.Keep Whisenhunt — on a one-year deal, no less — and risk losing defensive coordinator Ray Horton to another team. Also say goodbye to the likes of Dockett, Wells and probably Wilson. Part with the coach of the last six years, though, and take a risk that you can’t actually do better than the only man to ever lead the organization to the Super Bowl. Can the Cardinals do better than Whisenhunt? We don’t know the answer to that question.What we do know, however, is Whisenhunt has a 45-51 record in Arizona, and has compiled a mark of 18-30 in the three years since Kurt Warner retired. In that time not only have the Cardinals lost their fair share of games, but they’ve also lost considerable ground in the NFC West. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo San Francisco? Better.Seattle? Better.St. Louis? Better. A common thread among the three teams who finished ahead of Arizona in division this season is that each hired a new coach in the time since the Cardinals last finished at the top. The Cardinals should not only take note, but also follow suit. – / 22 Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments Share Ken Whisenhunt’s first game as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals came in a loss to the 49ers in San Francisco. Did his final game with the club come with the same result against the same team in the same place?Arizona falling in its season finale by a score of 27-13 Sunday was in no way a surprise. Hell, the team finishing the season with a 5-11 mark isn’t that surprising, especially when you figure eight of 12 Arizona Sports 620 personalities pegged the Cardinals to finish with six or fewer wins this season. Six times since moving to Arizona have the Cardinals finished a season 5-11, and six more times have they finished a game or two worse than that. Yet, this 5-11 season feels worse than any of those.The 2012 Cardinals started the season with a 4-0 record. The 2012 Cardinals have a playoff-caliber defense.The 2012 Cardinals have talented players dotted all throughout the roster.None of that mattered.The 2012 Cardinals are as big of a mess as any previous iteration, with a league-worst offense and a handful of veteran leaders and key players finding their way into Whisenhunt’s doghouse.Adrian Wilson and Darnell Dockett both caught Whisenhunt’s ire this season for different reasons, as did John Skelton and Beanie Wells.Whether it was from mouthing off like Wells, ineffective play like Wilson and Skelton, or for whatever it was Dockett actually did in New York, the fact is the coach tried to send a message via his most important players.It didn’t work as the mistakes, poor play and losses continued.In fact, nothing Whisenhunt did this year worked, and it’s why the Cardinals, for the second time in three years, finished a season with just five wins, which just so happens to be, according to ESPN Stats & Info, a record in futility. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
State Rep. Lana Theis, of Brighton, was today appointed to serve as the chair of the House Insurance Committee by Speaker Tom Leonard.“I’m humbled by the opportunity to serve the people of Michigan in this role,” said Rep. Theis. “I will work with my colleagues to create insurance reforms that reflect the needs of Michigan’s people.”The Insurance Committee deliberates on various issues related to insurance, including private health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, and auto insurance, among other issue areas.Rep. Theis was also appointed to serve as a member of the Regulatory Reform and Law and Justice committees, and will serve as the vice chair of the Judiciary committee.House committees will have their first meetings in the coming weeks.### Categories: Theis News 26Jan Rep. Theis named chair of House Insurance Committee
Richard HaltonAll seven of YouView’s shareholders have agreed to back the UK smart TV platform for at least five more years, with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva remaining equal shareholders. YouView has also announced that it has passed well over one million connected UK homes in the 18 months since its marketing launch.The outfit said that over three million video-on-demand plays were being requested each week, with over half of YouView’s customers watching four half-hour VoD programmes each week.YouView did not reveal the financial commitments made by its shareholders. Reports earlier this week suggested that the broadcasters shareholders were seeking to reduce their funding of the platform by up to 85%, with BT and TalkTalk, which have arguably benefited far more from the platform, taking up the slack.“We are delighted that all seven shareholders have committed to the future of YouView with a five year term. We have achieved a significant milestone with well over 1 million homes regularly using the service and high levels of usage and satisfaction as key indicators of success for the future,” said Richard Halton, YouView’s CEO.“The next phase for YouView involves ambitious developments across a range of devices and we’re looking forward to achieving our long term target of 10 million connected UK homes.”
YouTube has launched YouTube for Artists, a service designed to help musicians connect with fans, run promotional programs and get discovered. Through the YouTube for Artists site, video service will offer tips to musicians, including lessons on engaging with fans and a guide to making money on YouTube.“You can also learn about how you can sell merch and promote your shows directly within your video through cards, and have fans directly contribute money to your channel through Fan Funding. These features give you even more ways to grow both your audience and your revenue on YouTube,” said the site in a blog post announcing the launch.YouTube said that it is also working on new ways to celebrate and promote the wide range of artists on YouTube, such as the YouTube Music Awards.
Aerial View from Wisconsin Avenue and Third StreetLast updated on May 15th, 2019 at 04:48 pmThe downtown Milwaukee Business Improvement District (Milwaukee Downtown BID #21) announced today that it will move its office to The Avenue complex.Aerial View rendering of The Avenue from Wisconsin Avenue and Third StreetThe Avenue is the new name for the former Shops of Grand Avenue. The owners of the mall are redeveloping it adding office space, apartments and a first floor food hall to be called 3rd Street Market Hall. Engineering firm GRAEF-USA announced recently that it would move its headquarters from the west side to The Avenue. GRAEF will occupy 35,000 square feet of space on the building’s third floor.The Downtown BID office will occupy 5,000 square feet in the historic Matthews Building at The Avenue, located at 301 W. Wisconsin Ave. The office will open in late summer or early fall. Milwaukee Downtown BID signed a 10-year lease for the space at The Avenue. It will move there from its current location at 600 E. Wells St., near Cathedral Square Park in downtown’s East Town neighborhood.“The roots of our organization began on West Wisconsin Avenue,” said Beth Weirick, chief executive officer of Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21. “At the time, it was an important statement and location for Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 as we launched our clean, safe and friendly programs. The same rings true today. Given the unprecedented development along Wisconsin Avenue, we hope to add vitality to the area and enhance activation.”The Milwaukee Downtown BID space will include 2,200 square feet of street-level office space where the public will be able to access a new Downtown Visitor & Newcomer Information Center, as well as the organization’s administrative office. An additional 2,800 square feet on the lower level will serve as meeting space for the Milwaukee Downtown’s Public Service Ambassador program.“We’re thrilled to welcome Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 to The Avenue,” said Tony Janowiec, partner of The Avenue and CEO of Interstate Development Partners. “As one of downtown’s top cheerleaders, we know the organization will bring a whole new energy that will complement our offerings to visitors, residents and businesses.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Niche marketing Twin brothers in Paris left the insurance business to open a restaurant catering to nude vegans. Contributor President of The Marks Group Image credit: O’naturel | Facebook Next Article Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares 3 min read Gene Marks 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List November 8, 2017 The Dress Code for This New Restaurant Is Your Birthday Suit If you’ve ever had the desire to eat an entire meal in public and be completely naked at the same time well…now’s your chance. Just go to Paris and make a reservation at O’naturel.Yes, that’s the actual name and at the 40-seat O’naturel, which opened its doors last week, customers are asked to leave their clothes in the cloakroom and proceed – in all their splendidness – to dine with other clothe-less patrons. The “bistronomic” menu starts around € 39 (about $45) and features vegan dishes, whitch are popular among naturists, and of course a great wine selection. This is Paris, let’s not forget.Related: Dear Entrepreneurs: Small Is Still BeautifulDon’t worry, health officials, the staff are clothed, patrons wear slippers and the seats have disposable covers.According to two reports last week here and here in Le Parisian, would-be voyeurs on the street won’t get a peep show. The establishment sports a “neutral” front, with a heavy blackout curtain and other screens covering the main windows. The entrance is designed to prevent anyone from seeing inside, even when the doors are opened. The establishment received a hearty thumbs up from members of the Association des Naturists de Paris, who were invited to be the very first diners.Related: 9 Startups Changing the Fabric of FashionThe French, being French, aren’t ruffled. In fact, residents in the restaurant’s neighborhood are mostly indifferent to its uniqueness. “When we learned what was going to be here, obviously it made us laugh. Especially since there is a nursery next door,” one resident who lives above the restaurant said. “But it does not bother me.”Even though it’s early days, things seem to be going pretty well for Mike and Stéphane Saada, the twin-brothers who own the restaurant. The Saada twins are ex-insurance industry executives and, unsurprisingly, ardent naturists. The restaurateurs are hoping to tap into the two-million strong naturist community in France. “We have already had quite a few reservations on the Internet,” they said, adding the comments coming in on their website are “very nice.”Related: 7 Steps to Defining Your Niche MarketLots of people open up restaurants and it’s no secret that many of them fail. It’s a hard and competitive business. Which is why a potential road to success is picking a demographic — whether it’s vegans, naked people or even lovers of the Golden Girls — and (of course) serving up good food. In this highly specialized world, many smart business owners I know are zeroing in on a targeted industry and becoming excellent at a particular skill to stand out and profit. So why not excellent food that caters to the community of French naturists?Oh, and the best thing about O’naturel? Well, in my opinion, it’s that no matter how high the bill is, you’ll never feel like you’ve lost your shirt.
Guest Writer Green Entrepreneur Podcast Lawmakers loath to raise taxes but eager for new revenue are increasingly open-minded about legal marijuana. August 9, 2018 Add to Queue Marijuana Is a $794 Million Windfall for the States That Have Legalized Adult Use Image credit: Hillary Kladke | Getty Images Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article 3 min read There are several good reasons for state lawmakers to embrace legal adult-use marijuana — criminal justice reform, ending mass incarceration, respect for individual rights — but for many the most compelling reason is this number: $793.6 million.That is the estimated 2017 total of taxes and fees raked in by five states where adult-use marijuana is legal, according to a report from the National Cannabis Industry Association. The NCIA, founded in 2010, represents about 1,500 businesses in the marijuana industry across the United States.Much of the rhetoric advocating legal marijuana revolves around arguments such as cannabis being less dangerous than alcohol or the social justice issues surrounding the implementation of drug laws. Those are strong, valid arguments but when it comes to actually changing minds, it’s wise to remember that money really does change everything.Related: Education and Employment Is High in Cannabis-Friendly StatesA windfall where the law allows it.The cannabis economy offers ambitious entrepreneurs the chance to flourish in an already competitive environment, but it’s the money governments are bringing in that is really turning heads in many public offices around the country. The NCIA-reported revenue for just five states. The numbers (rounded) from each are:Washington — $441 millionColorado — $234 millionOregon — $68.6 millionAlaska — $6.1 millionNevada — $43.7 millionThat Nevada number is particularly eye-catching because the state only started regulated sales of marijuana in July 2017.For state governments, there is simply nothing else aside from a gargantuan tax increase that can generate that much additional money this fast. Many observers think the potential for a large and reliable new source of marijuana tax revenue will push more states to legalize, just as New Hampshire’s legalization of a state lottery in 1964 prompted most other states to eventually follow suit. There are currenly just six states — Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, and Utah — without a state lottery. Related: Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Dr. Quinn Medicinal Marijuana Woman’ Spoof Is HilariousEstimates of potential marijuana tax revenue has energized the push for legalization in other states.This talk heated up especially in Illinois last year, with even the Chicago Tribune weighing in that legalizing marijuana could help solve the state’s intractable budget problems. Voters will get a chance to approve recreational marijuana sales in November. However, it’s just an “advisory” ballot question. State lawmakers would still need to act. But a majority “yes” vote on legal adult-use cannabis would give lawmakers on the fence the political cover they need to move forward on legalization.Late last year, the Pennsylvania auditor general also advocated legalized marijuana to solve that state’s budget crisis, conservatively estimating $200 million in new revenue.Legalizing and taxing adult-use recreational marijuana is an increasingly viable option for states. The biggest barrier, as always, is lawmakers and state executives who led these states into a budget crisis in the first place. Voters who remember the promise of those who promoted state lotteries also might be skeptical about what marijuana tax dollars can accomplish.That said, for embattled state leaders, legalizing adult-use marijuana is a path more and more are willing to take — or at least seriously consider.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. –shares dispensaries.com Legal Marijuana Listen Now