Chelsea may have had massive investment from their owner Roman Abramovich since 2003 but they have many other sources of finances. There’s the seemingly increasing amounts of cash that comes their way via the sales of TV rights. Sponsorship deals are another way of increasing revenue and Chelsea have had many deals over the past 20 years.Shirt and kit sponsorship are a key source of sponsorship revenue. The English Premier League is shown all over the world. That means sponsoring a kit or getting your name on a shirt is important to companies who want to spread awareness of their brand.Between 1997 and 2001, Chelsea had a shirt sponsorship deal with Autoglass. They were followed by Fly Emirates, more at home with London rivals Arsenal these days. That deal lasted until 2005 when Samsung Mobile and then Samsung were the names on Chelsea’s shirts.They parted ways in 2015 and were replaced by Yokohama Tyres. The two companies signed a five-year deal with Chelsea worth £200m. The final year of that deal has arrived, and negotiations have already begun over a possible extension. However, Chelsea are believed to also be looking for another deal just in case the one with Yokohama doesn’t continue.The 2015 deal was the second biggest in the Premier League, only behind the sponsorship agreement Manchester United had with Chevrolet. United’s current deal with Chevrolet. With more and more viewers watching the Premier League, Chelsea may well feel that they are worth more than £40m a season.In terms of kit sponsorship, Chelsea can attract the very best companies out there for lucrative sponsorship deals. Umbro were the sponsors from 1987 to 2006. When that deal ended, Adidas took over as kit sponsors. In 2010, this was extended in a deal that was worth £160m over eight years. Another £300m extension deal came in 2013 but in May 2016, it was announced the agreement would end by mutual agreement in June 2017. The club agreed a new kit deal with Nike that began the following year. It’s worth £60m a season to Chelsea. 2017/18 saw sleeve sponsorship allowed in the Premier League. Chelsea quickly arranged a deal with the Hyundai Motor Company.Away from the kit, shirt and sleeve, there are several other sponsorship deals at Stamford Bridge. A glance at the Partners page on the official Chelsea website shows they currently have deals with Beats by Dre, EA Sports, Carabao Energy Drink, Hublot, Levy Restaurants, Millennium Hotels, MSC Cruises, Singha and Vitality.Chelsea also have a deal with Sure, listed as their official personal care partner. They have a betting partner too but that’s not going too well at present. 1xBet have been refused a license by the UK Gambling Commission so they may well be looking for a new partner to pump even more money into the club. This is a growing trend in the UK for bookmakers and casino operators to raise their profile and sponsor a Premier League team. Televised games draw in viewers from all over the globe and it is an ideal platform for casinos to get their name out there. This has seen an increase in the number of operators adding a casino to its Sportsbook, and with so much choice, it is always wise to look at a guide to online casinos in the uk.With the Premier League continuing to grow in popularity, the future looks good for more and more sponsorship revenue. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youViral X FilesWorld’s Most Fascinating BridgesViral X FilesUndoTopGadgetAdvisorMilitary Smartwatch Everybody in Hong Kong is Talking AboutTopGadgetAdvisorUndoToptizThe Ridiculous Reasons Why Celebrities Were Banned from Entering Different CountriesToptizUndoFood Eat SafeFruits that Burn FatFood Eat SafeUndoOrganic WelcomeThe 7 Worst Foods For Your Brain That Might Shock YouOrganic WelcomeUndoCampusPal10 Worst Paying College MajorsCampusPalUndoHealth & Human Research7 Drinks That Naturally Cleanse Your KidneysHealth & Human ResearchUndoSUVs | Search AdsSUVs in Hong Kong Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkSUVs | Search AdsUndo
TORONTO – The Warriors do not exactly need to wait for the results to prove what they fear about Kevin Durant. They will have clarity soon enough, though.The Warriors expect to have Durant’s MRI results sometime on Wednesday morning after he traveled to New York on Tuesday for various medical opinions on his right Achilles injury. The Warriors already initially fear Durant tore his right Achilles tendon against Toronto in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, which would sideline him for the …
A mathematician and a biologist have calculated that there’s “plenty of time for evolution.” Why? Evolution has a spy: natural selection. Darwin’s spy vastly decreases the amount of time that “doubters” have argued it would take to create a complex organism like a butterfly. Will their argument fly? The short paper by Herbert Wilf and Warren Ewens was published in PNAS with the simple title, “There’s Plenty of Time for Evolution.”1 The gist of their argument is that evolution, contrary to the ideas of critics who envision everything having to evolve sequentially, works like a parallel processor: “Evolution is an ‘in parallel’ process, with beneficial mutations at one gene locus being retained after they become fixed in a population while beneficial mutations at other loci become fixed,” they said. “In fact this statement is essentially the principle of natural selection.” They used some equations to show that their model drastically reduces the time required for the evolution of complex systems,2 without referring to any biological cases in particular. Their model, however, assumes that every beneficial mutation will become fixed during the random mutational search. PhysOrg accepted their claims uncritically, even saying in the headline, “New mathematics research proves there’s plenty of time for evolution,” and that “the idea that evolution would require ‘too much time’ to be true is proved false.” Proof is a strong word. For support, PhysOrg quoted Wilf comparing evolution to a hacker. If a hacker tries to guess a complex password, it would take a very long time to do a random search. But if a spy tells the hacker every time a correct character is found, the time plummets dramatically. The article tries to clinch the argument:But what does hacking have to do with the evolution of species? Simple, Wilf said. In the case of evolution, the hacker is evolution itself. The password is the string of codons that describes, for example, a butterfly. And the spy is natural selection.So far we seem to have nothing but a restatement of Darwin’s thesis, or worse, that a butterfly evolves because it evolves. It also sounds reminiscent of Richard Dawkins’ computer algorithm that converges on “Methinks it is like a weasel,” given that each correct letter mutated in a random string sticks when it is correct. But who verifies the correctness of each letter? Who is the spy assisting the hacker? Buried in the model is the assumption that each mutation has survival value. Wilf explained in the PhysOrg article:“If, when we guess the full string of letters [for a new species], one of the letters is correct – for instance, one that describes correctly the eyes of a butterfly – then that letter has survival value,” he said. “It will not be discarded as future mutations take place because the intermediate creatures are seeing very well, and they will live and reproduce. So although it seems at first glance that the process of random mutations will take a very long time to produce a higher organism, thanks to the spying of natural selection, the process can go very rapidly. “In the paper, these ideas are precisely quantified, according to this model, and the extent of the speedup is found. It is enormous, and shows that there is indeed plenty of time for evolution.”But before Wilf and Ewens can write Q.E.D., a number of questions arise. Who is watching, and who watches the watchers? Darwin was trying to rid biology of guiding intelligences that could steer any process toward a goal by design. The main problem with Dawkins’ analogy was that a target sequence had been preselected by an intelligent agent, and some invisible watcher was verifying the correct letters (in his computer, the algorithm comparing the string with the target sequence). Evolution has no target sequence; nothing in evolution moves toward the arrival of the butterfly. Evolution has no comparison algorithm. Survival cannot be the algorithm; there’s nothing inherent in survival requiring a complex organ to emerge. Fitness cannot be the algorithm; there is no independent measure of fitness in evolutionary theory outside of survival, which reduces “survival of the fittest” to a tautology – the fitness of the fittest, the survival of the survivors (see “Fitness for dummies,” 10/29/2002). Additionally, measures of fitness are often based on bad statistics (03/30/2009, 09/05/2008). In addition, no single mutation entails any foresight to a distant result. Wilf and Ewens envisioned beneficial mutations, even if as rare as one in 10,000, having independent, additive benefits to an organism. This ignores cases where no benefit is conferred till multiple genetic modifications are in place (irreducible complexity), and also fails to account for the damaging effects of pleiotropy – benefits in one gene causing disasters in another (e.g., 06/30/2009) – and epigenetics (07/27/2009, 01/27/2009). Another challenge is posed by indirect genetic effects that produce “slippage on the treadmill” when fitter offspring facing fitter brethren and enemies (see 03/17/2003). Arguments from analogy are also fraught with pitfalls (cf. 05/04/2010). Genomes are “infinitely more complex” than passwords (04/05/2010), containing codes upon codes (04/18/2010, 05/06/2010), and may be fractal in their overall architecture (10/13/2009). Even a single cell has “staggering complexity” (02/02/2010, 12/29/2009). Wilf and Ewens’ paper only included two references and did not answer the criticisms of earlier efforts to overcome the time problem. See also the 11/14/2010, 09/30/2010, 09/28/2010, 03/08/2010, and 04/02/2008 entries.1. Herbert S. Wilf and Warren J. Ewens, “There�s plenty of time for evolution,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print December 13, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1016207107.2. For an unknown word of L letters, drawing from an alphabet of K letters, the sequential model would require KL trials to guess the word. They argue that parallel processing reduces the trials to approximately KlogL.This paper might have attracted attention in 1860, when Darwin’s X-Men were on a roll (03/04/2004), but not after a century and a half of thought about natural selection and multiple revolutions in genetics. These guys seem oblivious to all the counterarguments made against similar notions in the past. Where have they been? What is most instructive is that such an easily-refuted idea was published by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, and was offered as “proof” of Charlie Daddy’s story by the popular press. If this is the best they can offer after so much time, spilled ink and spilled blood, take heart. Darwin’s totalitarian regime is nearing intellectual collapse.(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
There’s a building pilot shortage among regional airlines in the United States. The issue: just how significant is it? The government’s Government Accountability Office concludes in a just-released report there’s “mixed evidence regarding the extent of [the] shortage.”This much is sure: according to the report, “Pilot schools that GAO interviewed reported fewer students entering their programs resulting from concerns over the high cost of education and low entry-level pay at the regional airlines.”The report says it can cost more than US$100,000 to get a degree from a four-year aviation program. According to the U.S. Air Line Pilots Association the average staring pay for regional airlines first officers is US$22,400. In contrast, the average pay for an assistant manager at fast-food McDonalds is $28,622 according to Glassdoor.com.There’s a dramatic disconnect here, one underscored in red when you consider the assistant manager of the fast-food restaurant isn’t responsible for the lives of a cabin full of passengers hurtling through the heavens at 35,000 feet.How’s this potentially affect you? GAO says, “Some mainline airlines (from those majors often recruit pilots) expressed concerns that entry-level hiring problems could affect their regional airline partners’ ability to provide service to some locations.” In recent years, legacy airlines like American, Delta and United have contracted with regionals to take over an ever-increasing share of the flying, even on some routes formerly the province of large jets.The good news is those new first officers in the right-hand seat of regional aircraft now have to have at least 1,500 hours as a pilot. It used to be 250. The rule was changed in the wake of the infamous crash of Colgan Air (Continental Connection) Flight 3407 back in 2009. The accident was the result of pilot error. Fifty people died.GAO indicates regional airlines are responding to the pilot shortage by partnering with aviation schools. Some regionals have even “offered new first officers signing bonuses or tuition reimbursements to recruit new pilots” says the reportIt might take precisely that sort of approach to avoid what could be a nasty surprise looming just over the horizon: plenty of regional airline passengers, but not enough pilots to fly them.See comprehensive report here; https://www.airlineratings.com/news/243/pilot-shortage-looms
21 July 2010 The HIV/Aids prevention community is abuzz with excitement over news that South African research has developed a vaginal gel – known as a microbicide – that can reduce sexually transmitted HIV infection by as much as 54%. A two-and-a-half-year study of 889 women by the Durban-based Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) found that a vaginal gel containing the antiretroviral drug tenofovir was 39% effective in reducing a woman’s HIV risk when used for about three-quarters of sex acts. It was 54% effective when used more consistently, and also halved the incidence of genital herpes infections. The research results were published online by Science magazine on Monday. “Tenofovir gel could fill an important HIV prevention gap by empowering women who are unable to successfully negotiate mutual faithfulness or condom use with their male partners,” said Quarraisha Abdool Karim, one of the lead investigators of the study and associate director of Caprisa. “This new technology has the potential to alter the course of the HIV epidemic, especially in southern Africa, where young women bear the brunt of this devastating disease.” More than half of new HIV infections in Africa occur in women and girls. The Caprisa study findings are likely to revive flagging morale among researchers disappointed by two decades of failed efforts to develop a female-controlled method of HIV prevention. “We are giving hope to women,” Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAids, said in a statement this week. “For the first time we have seen results for a woman-initiated and controlled HIV prevention option. “If confirmed, a microbicide will be a powerful option for the prevention revolution and help us break the trajectory of the Aids epidemic.” Funded by the South African and US governments, the Caprisa trial involved 889 HIV-negative, sexually active South African women who were considered to be at high risk of HIV infection. Half of the women were given vaginal applicators containing a 1% concentration of tenofovir gel, while the other half were given a placebo gel. The women were asked to insert a dose of the gel 12 hours before sexual intercourse and a second dose within 12 hours after intercourse. Over the course of the year-long study, 98 women became HIV positive – 38 in the tenofovir gel group compared to 60 in the placebo gel group. On average, adherence to the gel was over 70%, but among women who used the tenofovir gel for more than 80% of sex acts, the gel provided greater protection from HIV. “We believe that the most responsible plan of action now is to quickly and efficiently articulate the sequence of steps necessary for confirmation and follow-up of these results, while also aggressively planning for potential roll-out of a licensable product,” Mitchell Warren, executive director of the Aids Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, said in a statement. “As exciting as this result is – and as important as it is to follow it up without delay – the reality is that this product will not be available for widespread introduction tomorrow,” Mitchell said. “It is critical to manage expectations while maintaining urgency.” Source: Irin PlusNews and MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
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Man City midfielder Phil Foden: Why I only want to stayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Phil Foden insists he’s happy where he is.Foden played the full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s comfortable 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Preston.It was only his third appearance of the season – the other two being late substitute entrances in the Community Shield and last month’s opening Premier League win at West Ham – but the 19-year-old insists he is not getting impatient.Asked if he was frustrated, he said: “No, I played here so that is the main thing. I am just looking forward, I am just trying to take my minutes any time they come and do my best. Any time I get game time is important. I just try and enjoy it.”It is my boyhood club and a dream to play for this club, so any time I put the shirt on I just enjoy it to the max.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Spurs manager Pochettino: First 30 minutes against Bayern Munich were season’s bestby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMauricio Pochettino says Tottenham’s first thirty minutes against Bayern Munich were their best of the season.The scores were tied at 1-1 before Robert Lewandowski scored on the stroke of half-time.Bayern then piled on five more to make it 7-2, with Harry Kane chipping in with a penalty for the hosts. And Pochettino was left baffled by his team’s second half-display when speaking after the match.He said: “To be honest after the first 30 minutes it was my best moment managing the team this season. “That is so difficult to accept that the second half changed things. But when you have the talented players Bayern have, they were clinical and we need to give credit to them. “We need to move on. We’ve lost three points and we need to move on and face Brighton and then at this stadium again in the Champions League next.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:NTR) SASKATOON — Nutrien Ltd. says 34 maintenance workers have been trapped in its Cory potash mine in Saskatchewan since Tuesday afternoon.Company spokesman Will Tigley says the service shaft to lift the workers out of the mine has stopped working and the company is working on a solution.He says the maintenance workers are safe underground and have halted work.Tigley says the company’s teams are making arrangements to rescue the worker “as soon as practicable” in the safest way possible.He says there is no estimate as to when the workers will be brought to the surface. In May, dozens of Nutrien workers were trapped for hours at its Allan potash mine after a fire broke out.
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez who was suspended from all football-related activity for four months after the incident in Brazil four years ago will face Egypt on Friday.“What happened in Brazil is part of real life and of course it’s been a lesson for him to achieve greater maturity,” said Tabarez, according to BBC.Even though Suarez escaped being given a red card for the bite, he did not feature in Uruguay’s next game, a 2-0 defeat to Colombia in the last 16. Four years before the infamous bite, Suarez was also at the centre of the goal-line handball that earned him a sending-off in the quarter-final against GhanaHowever, Tabarez is confident the 31-year-old will let his quality shine as Uruguay look to make an impression in Russia.Barca’s Umtiti out for weeks with broken bone George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a broken bone in his foot.Last week, Samuel Umtiti withdrew from…“He’s prepared a lot, he’s got the right mindset for this World Cup, and I do believe he’s meeting all my expectations,” added the Uruguay boss.“In addition to being a great player, he’s very smart, very intelligent, and he comes to the World Cup with a great deal of maturity so we are going to really capitalise on him.”Suarez is Uruguay’s all-time leading scorer and, with strike partner Edinson Cavani, is expected to pose the biggest threat to Egypt’s defence in Yekaterinburg.