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Reagan Noland

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first_imgReagan Noland, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s newest agronomist, specializes in corn, soybean and small grains like wheat, oats, barley and rye. These commodities have a combined Georgia farm gate value of almost $450 million.The Texas native is excited about working with other UGA Extension agents to conduct applied research on the UGA Tifton campus.“It was appealing to come somewhere where Extension is very relevant,” Noland said. “I want to help transfer the latest and most applicable research-based information to agents and growers who need it, and UGA Extension has an outstanding reputation in this area.”Noland’s 80 percent Extension appointment means that he will spend the majority of his time meeting and talking with county agents about concerns within these specific commodities. The remaining 20 percent of Noland’s time will be spent on research-related projects.“Up front, I will work to identify primary issues and areas of potential improvement to determine where we need to focus our research projects. Information gained from research will be combined with the older knowledge of these crops for Extension programming,” he said. “Grain crops have an important role in Georgia agriculture, and there is great potential for improvement through both research and Extension.”Upon arriving at UGA-Tifton on Aug. 1, Noland’s first order of business was to confer with retired UGA Extension agronomist Dewey Lee.Noland holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, a master’s degree in agronomy from Texas A&M University and a doctorate in agronomy and agroecology from the University of Minnesota.last_img read more

BAP Carrasco, One of the World’s Best Oceanographic Ships

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first_imgBy Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo June 13, 2017 Peru has made a huge quality leap with its recent procurement of the polar oceanographic ship Carrasco (BOP-171), named in honor of Rear Admiral Eduardo Carrasco, a former director of the Naval Academy and a pioneer of Peruvian hydrography. The ship represents the greatest acquisition of the “Improvement of Peruvian Naval Oceanographic Research Services in the Maritime Domain of Antarctica” project. After 19 months of constant work and training, it was finally assigned to the Navy on March 22nd, and it has become a source of great pride for that institution and for the nation. Technology at the service of research “Four officers were placed in charge of supervising the construction – a commander for the operations area, an officer specialized in electronics, one in hydrography, and another in engineering,” Commander Carlos Holguín Valdivia, the ship’s captain, told Diálogo. The results have exceeded all expectations, to the full satisfaction of the entire Navy corps. In scientific terms, the differences are really notable. “Within our territorial waters, we have been working down to a depth of 1,500 meters. The Carrasco is much more powerful in that regard. This ship, within deep-water standards, is considered to be among the five best in the world. We have equipment that can map the sea floor down to 11,000 meters,” he explained. The BAP Carrasco also offers the huge advantage of having laboratories on board. “Now we have eight laboratories. Before, when you did a test, you had to bring it ashore to study it. But now, you no longer have to go back. We bought equipment and laboratories that don’t exist in Peru,” Cmdr. Holguín added. Among its other features, the ship is equipped with a helicopter pad and can carry autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that allow it to go beyond its operational range in its research capabilities. “Seven or eight countries in the world have AUVs. The AUV is a submarine whose price hovers around $2.5 million and allows precise and exact data to be gathered. The work that some of the other equipment does, this equipment does by itself.” said First Lieutenant José Sánchez Malpartida, chief of the ship’s Propulsion and Support Division. In addition to the equipment on board, the Carrasco is advanced in its own handling. “In the propulsion, we have the latest command- and-control system. That affords us freedom on all axes: forward, backward, left, right, and turning. It is a ship that’s designed for the Antarctic — specifically for oceanography — unlike the Humboldt, in which we used to travel before, but that had been adapted,” said 1st Lt. Sánchez. Increasing interest of the international community The level and the possibilities that BAP Carrasco offers have prompted various countries to request to come aboard in order to carry out their research and studies. “The Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS, per its Spanish acronym), which now has its presidency in Ecuador, is on a regional cruise to see the studies done by the four countries [Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru]. The president of CPPS said that with this ship there would no longer be unnecessary costs for the four countries but instead, we will all be able to make contributions and work together on a single cruise,” Cmdr. Holguín explained. Colombia is one nation that has shown full interest in being part of the upcoming trips to Antarctica. “Since it does not have a scientific ship with this capability, [the Colombians] asked us to make room for them so that they can sail with us. They are interested in going on a binational cruise, sharing expenses, and going to Antarctica together. This ship has everything needed to do work on board and to deploy people to do work on land,” he said. Upcoming projects Notable among the ship’s future projects is an accord with the Geological, Mining, and Metallurgical Institute (INGEMMET, per its Spanish acronym), to conduct studies of the sea floor. All that was needed to draw attention to it was to mention one of the ship’s features. “We have equipment that allows us to see the ocean depths and the lay of the sea floor in 3-D. We told INGEMMET that, and they were impressed,” Cmdr. Holguín enthusiastically recounted. “Now, beyond morphology, they want to do some studies in front of Nazca. This ship can do that. We have equipment that can let you see downward to the bottom of the sea, to see the type of sea, the type of land,” he added. The ship’s great technological capabilities open up new possibilities and also renewed opportunities. “Before, there were national competitions, and I hope they resume, taking advantage of the Carrasco. Universities would present their best projects. The top three were subsidized, and they went on to do their study in Antarctica. That was the hook for the scientific community. People from the university see our capability and they can travel with us. The idea is to encourage the scientific community and the universities to participate because this is a splendid platform. All of the theory you’ve been taught is right there,” he said. For all these reasons, commanding this ship is hugely satisfying for Cmdr. Holguín. “Being the first captain of a ship that is considered to be among the best in the world, with this technology, fills you with pride. Obviously for you, and for your family and friends. It’s the best. It’s like winning the lottery,” he concluded.last_img read more

Why don’t people care about cyber security?

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first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are an increasingly large number of examples of Americans changing from a “Can do” to a “Can’t do” or “Won’t do” nation.The latest example is the news that “more than twice as many taxpayer accounts were hit by identity thieves than the agency first reported, with hackers gaining access to as many as 330,000 accounts and attempting to break into an additional 280,000.” (WSJ).  Many of you will undoubtedly deal with  the consequences of these breaches first hand.The IRS’s underbelly is its system for accessing consumer tax information online.   We learned earlier this year that hackers had broken into the system and gained access to taxpayer info but what we learned yesterday was that the break in was much more extensive and far-reaching than the IRS first believed.  The type of information the hackers gained access to is ideal for establishing a fake identity. It potentially includes   line-by-line tax return information and income reported to the IRS. continue reading »last_img read more

Nadhlatul Ulama condemns job creation law as ’oppressive’, calls for judicial review

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first_img“But in fact, it benefits only a handful of people and creates an imbalance. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer,” he said.Muhammadiyah, the country’s second-largest Muslim organization, also voiced its concern about how the government had handled the law.Muhammadiyah general secretary Abdul Mu’ti said that given the widespread protests and strikes against the law across the country, the government should “understand the public’s psychological state and disappointment.”“[The government] should have a dialog with elements of the public, particularly those who are opposed to the law,” Mu’ti said in a statement on Muhammadiyah’s official website, adding that the government should avoid taking an “authoritarian approach.”Earlier this week, a group of religious leaders – including Muslim clerics Maksum Mahfudz, Busyro Muqoddas and Roy Murtadho, Christian pastors Merry Kolimon and Penrad Sagian – had also declared their opposition to the Job Creation Law. Penrad also posted an online petition calling for the public to reject the law. As of the time of writing, the petition has gained over 1.3 million signatures.Topics : “Within the omnibus law, education [institutions], for example, are treated as if they are companies. This is wrong,” he added.Said called for a tasawuth (moderate and balanced) solution in the form of a judicial review. “Our stance is critical [against the omnibus law] but let’s do it in an elegant way and without violence,” he said. “We demand a [judicial] review.” He further appealed to NU members to continue speaking out for the people. He said that Indonesia’s rich natural resources were sufficient for the welfare of the country’s entire population if managed fairly. Said Aqil Siradj, the chairman of Indonesia’s largest Islamic mass organization Nadhlatul Ulama (NU), has stated that the recently passed Job Creation Law is “oppressive” and benefits only the rich.“[The law] only benefits tycoons, capitalists and investors but tramples on the interests of laborers, farmers and the lower classes,” Said said in a video uploaded to NU’s official YouTube account.last_img read more

Unai Emery slammed for starting Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil against Wolves

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first_imgUnai Emery slammed for starting Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil against Wolves Comment Emery is under huge pressure at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Arsenal let another lead slip to draw to Wolves and former Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino slammed Emery’s decision to start Ozil.ADVERTISEMENT‘It smacked of poor leadership,’ he told The Times.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘If the Arsenal manager genuinely believed Ozil was the man to lift his faltering team, he would have used him more than twice in the Premier League this season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Instead, his selection seemed motivated by a desire to appease the Arsenal fans. If Emery is to turn things around at the Emirates, he needs to do more than simply pick a fan favourite.‘Arsenal are a side who will always offer an opening to their opponents. Wolves had 25 attempts to Arsenal’s ten on Saturday and it was only a matter of time before they equalised.‘It was interesting hearing Emery say afterwards that his side had spurned the opportunity to score a second goal. Unai Emery has been slammed after starting Arsenal star Mesut Ozil against Wolves (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery’s decision to start Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil against Wolves ‘smacked of poor leadership’, according to Tony Cascarino.Ozil appeared to be set for another frustrating season at the Emirates after being left out of six successive Arsenal matchday squads earlier in the campaign.But the German World Cup-winner impressed in the Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool last week and then started Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Wolves. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Nov 2019 12:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kSharescenter_img Emery speaks to press after Arsenal draw 1-1 with Wolves at homeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:06FullscreenEmery speaks to press after Arsenal draw 1-1 with Wolves at homehttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-speaks-press-arsenal-draw-1-1-wolves-home-2040884/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘With this Arsenal team, there is no guarantee that going two goals ahead will put the game to bed. Emery’s priority must be to make this side more solid.’Emery is under huge pressure at Arsenal and, speaking after the demoralising Wolves draw, said: ‘I am very demanding of myself.‘We are not proud of our result today. The result is not good. I feel every time my responsibility to work and come back with better results.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal provide injury updates on Tierney, Martinelli and Sokratis ahead of Leicester clash

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first_img Comment Mustafi is expected to return to full training in October (Picture: Getty)Gabriel Martinelli remains the furthest away from a comeback.The Brazilian striker has had a successful arthroscopic procedure to repair a lesion in the cartilage of his left knee and has been undergoing a strengthening and recovery programme. He is targeting a return to full training by the end of the calendar year.Who will reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup?Arsenal0%Leicester0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Martinelli remains out (Picture: Getty)Sokratis is struggling with a right calf problem but will also return to full training by the end of the week, while Cedric (tight calf) has returned to training but is being left out as a precautionary measure.Young midfielder Emile Smith Rowe is another absentee. He hurt his right shoulder in training and while he is out of a protective sling, he will only be back in full training within the next 10 days.Of the longer-term absentees, Pablo Mari is in line for a return to full training for the end of the month, having sprained his ankle ligaments against a clash with Manchester City in June. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalCalum Chambers, who has been out since December last year, shouldn’t be far behind him. He is expected to return to full training in October. Shkodran Mustafi, who injured his right hamstring in the FA Cup semi-final win over Man City in July, has had a successful procedure and has been on a running and strenghtening programme, with light ball work involved. He, like Chambers, is also hoping to return to full training in October. Advertisement Arsenal provide injury updates on Tierney, Martinelli and Sokratis ahead of Leicester clashcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Sep 2020 6:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.9kShares Tierney will not face Leicester (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will be without Kieran Tierney, Cedric Soares and Sokratis Papastathopoulos for their Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City on Wednesday, while the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Shkodran Mustafi remain long-term absentees. Tierney was a late withdrawal from Mikel Arteta’s squad ahead of their 2-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday due to a left groin injury. Arteta said after the match: ‘Kieran is fine. He had a little muscular discomfort in the last few days. He tried today and worked in the warm-up but he wasn’t feeling comfortable today.‘We could not control it. We believed that he was going to be fit but during the warm-up, in the last 10 minutes, he said he wasn’t feeling OK.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We had to make a decision. We were prepared just in case and Kola [Sead Kolasinac] came on and had a good game.’But despite it being a minor issue, Tierney won’t be ready for the clash with Leicester. However, he’s expected back in full training later this week.last_img read more

IPE Views: Is there an alternative to alternatives?

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first_imgThere is a sub-category of “alternatives” which we describe as ‘same assets, different process’ which can also offer the valuable diversifying characteristics found in traditional equities and bonds. The consistent theme is that, whilst the underlying asset classes are similar, the targeted risk-return profile is more asymmetric than a traditional buy-and-hold (or ‘long-only’) strategy, making them attractive both in their own right but also as a complementary holding alongside traditional solutions.Different Assets, Same ProcessThese assets are typically managed along the lines of a traditional buy-and-hold approach but, because of their underlying characteristics, can perform differently to traditional investments, in addition to providing attractive risk-adjusted returns. One such example would be infrastructure projects which have a specific risk-return profile and are typically more defensive and yield-focused.Given the appeal of these types of underlying assets, it is unsurprising that they attract such high levels of demand from pension funds, sometimes unfortunately to the detriment of their prospective returns.Is there an alternative to alternatives?Rather than simply defining asset classes by their historic popularity (traditional or alternative), in an ideal world, each investor could create its own categorisation based on their specific context – their clearly defined goals, objectives and constraints.  The universe of asset classes and investment strategies could then be mapped out against this specific frameworkFor example, is the portfolio required to deliver a steady income stream?  This may allow greater scope for some credit asset classes which offer regular and certain cashflows but that may be less liquid and/or more complex in nature, and less scope for more volatile asset classes such as equities.  We found this outcome-oriented approach to be incredibly valuable in mitigating the potential for asset classes such as social housing and infrastructure debt to “fall between two stools” when the spreads on offer were highly attractive for the risk taken following the financial crisis, in addition to the matching properties they could provide.Recognising this might not be a feasible starting point for some investors, particularly where the objectives and constraints are difficult to precisely define, we find a useful starting point is to map out both traditional and alternative strategies according to (a) liquidity of the asset or strategy and (b) certainty of cashflows. As this categorisation is based on what characteristics are offered by an asset class, it helps investors to quickly narrow down which asset classes offer the best fit according to their needs, and in which order of priority they should be implemented.  .Challenges remainEven with what we believe is a more helpful form of categorisation, the challenges (perceived and real) of asset classes or strategies that may be unfamiliar remain.Important questions to ask include:What does the risk-return profile of the opportunity look like? What role will the investment play in the portfolio? Is the underlying risk premia from which returns are earned both identifiable and persistent?In summary, when considering alternative assets and processes, we disregard categories and labels and look more closely at the underlying characteristics of the strategy. This allows for the selection of assets which should help investors meet their objectives over time.An alternative to ’alternatives’ is needed as the label itself is not very helpful. We believe that assessing assets, both traditional and non-traditional, by the “liquidity” and “certainty” of cashflows is a far better way of understanding their potential fit within a portfolio. These lenses enable clients to make decisions about the outcomes, characteristics and combinations of seemingly unrelated assets.Ultimately, manager due-diligence is essential as we investing in people and their processes rather than purely selecting individual assets.Pete Drewienkiewicz is head of manager research at Redington Pete Drewienkiewicz on the mystery of the ’alternatives’ label, and why investors should simply look at asset classes based on their investment goals and objectivesIn a world of investments dominated by equities and bonds, the category of ’alternatives’ offers great allure to portfolio investors – the promise of attractive returns and, at the same time, potentially both diversification and downside protection is a seductive one.  It is a “catch-all” label to help investors quickly categorise the universe of opportunities.However, the label ’alternatives’ also purveys a sense of mystery, additional complexity and high fees which create unnecessarily high hurdles for some assets and strategies that, as a result, are quickly excluded from consideration. Such a broad label can leave investors thinking too myopically about the opportunities available to them. Before considering an alternative to this catch-all label, it’s useful to understand what might be meant by “alternatives”.Same Assets, Different Processlast_img read more

Rodgers: Vardy is a natural goalscorer

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first_img “But he is right up there with the elite strikers in world football, how he threatens the line and his explosive speed over a short distance is absolutely phenomenal. He is very focused, he is in his early 30s now but he’s still as quick as ever. read also:Barnes, Vardy doubles put Iheanacho’s Leicester back on track “He has an appetite for the game and he’s got that old school mentality where he wants to fight, he wants to run and his whole attitude to the game has been absolutely brilliant since I came in. He’s a natural goalscorer, if you get the service to him, he will finish.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Leicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers has described Jamie Vardy as a player among the elite in the game. Rodgers and Vardy Rodgers has enjoyed working with the veteran striker. He told Sky Sports: “Before I came in, I was watching him from afar and seeing him maintain that real quality that he has as a goalscorer and I was really looking forward to working with him when I arrived. I was seeing the quality in the games, but it was going to be interesting to see how he was on a day-to-day basis.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?center_img Loading… last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds headline four Winter Challenge Series dates at Canyon

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first_imgPEORIA, Ariz. – IMCA Modifieds run for $1,000 to win and berths on the Fast Shafts Allstar Invita­tional all four nights of the 2018 Winter Challenge Series at Canyon Speedway Park.Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 20-21 and Jan. 27-28 programs also feature IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods in $500 to win features while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chase $250 top checks.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Allstar Performance State and special series, but no track points, will be given all four nights. Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region points will also be awarded to Modifieds, EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region points to Stock Cars and Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region points to Hobby Stocks.Pill draw is $25 for the Modifieds, $20 for both Stock Cars and Northern SportMods, and $10 for Hobby Stocks.Pit gates will be open throughout both weekends and camping is available. Grandstands open at 11 a.m. and racing begins at 1 p.m. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $20 for kids ages 7-11 and free for six and under. All minors need a notarized minor release form filled out. The form is available on the Canyon Speedway Park website.Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and military, and free for kids 11 and under.Open practice sessions start at 7 p.m. Fridays Jan. 19 and 26. Practice night pit passes are $20 and under 12 are free with a notarized minor release form.More information is available at the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com website or by calling 602 258-7223.last_img read more

Protesters hopeful on ticket prices

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first_img Press Association Football Supporters Federation (FSF) chief executive Kevin Miles attended the meeting with Scudamore along with representatives of fans’ groups from Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal. Miles said: “I’d like to say we’ve won an immediate reduction in all Premier League ticket prices – that’s not the case but we have been able to express, in the meeting and in terms of the numbers outside, the strength of feeling on the issue of ticket prices. “We got a response that was ‘willing to listen’. They shared some of our concerns and agreed to ongoing dialogue to try to come up with some solutions. We regard this as the start of a process rather than the end.” The Premier League continues to grow in wealth with a new three-year £5.5billion global television rights deal coming into effect from the start of the 2013-14 season. Calculations revealed by the FSF show that the increased revenue would be enough to cut the price of every ticket at every game by £51.30. The Premier League has previously said it encourages “stretch pricing”, where a range of prices are offered to ensure those with lower budgets are catered for. A statement read: “The Premier League today met with a group of supporters who took part in the demonstration outside our offices. It was a positive meeting in which we listened to the group and answered their questions. “In the meeting we explained that keeping attendances high is our top priority and that encouraging the attendance of locally-based supporters and incentivising away attendance are key parts of that. “While it is for individual clubs to set their ticket prices, we agreed with the group that we would further encourage stretch pricing at our clubs in order to make Premier League football available to a wide range of supporters. We recognise the commitment of attending fans and look forward to further discussing the matters raised with the Football Supporters’ Federation.” A group of fans believe they have made positive progress in their campaign for lower Premier League ticket prices following a protest in London.center_img Supporters from across the country gathered to demonstrate outside Premier League headquarters on Wednesday afternoon while a delegation met with the competition’s chief executive Richard Scudamore inside. Disgruntlement over the rising cost of attending matches, particularly away matches, has grown in recent years and notably commanded attention after Manchester City’s visit to Arsenal in January. City returned around one third of the 3,000 tickets they were allocated for the game after fans baulked at the £62 price. last_img read more