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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Zynga raises full-year guidance despite wider losses in H1 Topics: Casino & games Finance Social gaming Email Address Casino & games 6th August 2020 | By contenteditor Social games developer Zynga has increased its full year revenue guidance for its 2020 financial year, despite reporting an increased net loss for the first half of the year. Overall revenue for the six months through to 30 June amounted to $855.5m (£650.0m/€720.0m), an year-on-year increase of 49.6%, while bookings were also up 28.1% from $735.9m to $943.0m. Online gaming was again the primary source of income for Zynga, with this area of the business generating $732.5m in revenue in the first half, 66.1% more than in 2019. However, despite this growth, Zynga noted a decline in advertising and other revenue, which fell 6.2% to $122.9m. Zynga said this was partially down to lower advertising yields due to reduced demand in the current environment – caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, but this as partially offset by strong player engagement. In terms of spending, total costs and expenses during the first half amounted to $1.08bn, an increase of 38.9% on last year, as spending rose across the board. Cost of revenue hiked 30.1% to $325.4m, while research and development spend jumped 61.3% to $425.8m, and sales and marketing expenses 19.6% to $257.8m. Zynga also reported an increase in general and administrative costs, which were up 45.0% year-on-year to $67.7m. As spending totalled more than revenue for the fist half, this meant Zynga posted an operating loss of $221.0m, above the prior year’s $202.9m loss. After taking into account other expenses, loss before tax amounted to $227.5m, compared to $197.7m in 2019. Zynga paid $26.7m in taxes during the first half, which in turn meant it ended the period with a net loss of $254.2m, compared to $184.7m last year. However, when analysing the results, Zynga focused primarily on the increase in revenue, saying the shutdown of land-based venues around the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic pushed more players online. “We are living in unprecedented times and more people than ever before are turning to games for entertainment and a sense of community,” Zynga said. “With so many of us staying at home, we saw heightened levels of player engagement, social connection and monetisation in our portfolio.” This impact was most felt in the second quarter, during which the pandemic was at its peak in many countries around the world. For the three months to 30 June, Zynga reported $451.7m in revenue, a rise of 47.4% on last year and setting a record quarterly revenue total, while bookings were also up to new quarterly record of $518.0m.Looking more closely at product performance, Zynga saw widespread success in Q2. The developer said its CSR2 and Merge Magic! products had strong quarters, while Empire & Puzzles outperformed, seeing record revenue and bookings.There was also record revenue for Merge Dragons!, Words With Friends and its Zynga Poker products, while the developer said its social slots portfolio achieved all-time record revenue and bookings, driven by strong features and updates on all titles.However, with spending increasing 17.3% year-on-year to $581.0m, this meant the story of the second quarter was similar to that of the first half, with Zynga reporting an operating loss of $129.3m. Loss before tax totalled $132.1m, and after paying $18.2m in income tax, this meant Zynga ended the three-month period with a net loss of $150.3m, which was greater than the $103.9m loss posted at the same point last year. Chief executive Frank Gibeau (pictured) remained upbeat, highlighting Zynga’s recent acquisition deals, including mobile gaming business Peak in July and a new agreement to acquire Turkish outfit Rollic. “We delivered tremendous results in Q2, achieving our highest quarterly revenue and bookings and generating Zynga’s best quarterly operating cash flow in more than eight years,” he said. “We executed our transformational acquisition of Peak and are now entering Q3 with eight forever franchises, adding significant scale to our live services foundation.” As such, Zynga has increased certain guidance for the full year, with revenue now expected to amount to around $1.80bn, which is $110.0m more than previously stated. Bookings guidance has also been increased by $360.0m to $2.20bn for the full year. In addition, Zynga published its forecasts for the third quarter, during which it said revenue is set to increase 29.0% year-on-year to $445.0m, while bookings are also expected to jump 57.0% to around $620.0m. However, Zynga also said it expects to post further losses, with net loss set to amount to $160.0m for the three-month period, compared to net income of $230.0m last year. Zynga noted that the Q3 2019 result included a one-time gain of $314.0m related to the sale of its headquarters in San Francisco, California. “We remain incredibly excited by the growth and innovation ahead for interactive entertainment as more people around the world come together to connect and socialize through gaming experiences,” Zynga said. “As the industry continues to expand and evolve, Zynga is uniquely well positioned as a leading mobile-first, free-to-play, live services game company on the largest and fastest-growing gaming platform. “We remain confident in the execution of our multi-year growth strategy and our potential to drive top-line growth and margin expansion over the coming years.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Social games developer Zynga has increased its full year revenue guidance for its 2020 financial year, despite reporting an increased net loss for the first half of the year.last_img read more


first_img Tagged with: corporate Funding Google Search engine company Google is to put its oft-mentioned corporate philosophy of “do no evil” further into practice with its announcement that it has set aside $90 million to create a charitable foundation.The foundation’s objectives will be to relieve poverty and advance energy and environmental causes. The company promised in its IPO prospectus in 2005 to donate “approximately 1 per cent of Google’s equity and profits in some form” to a charitable foundation.The foundation has already made some financial commitments but is not soliciting applications at present.Google the company has also pledged to provide $175 million to support the foundation over its first three years.The foundation will be part of Google.org, which is the umbrella title for Google’s philanthropic work. This includes the foundation, the Google grants programme (which donates free advertising space to nonprofits), some of Google’s own projects using Google staff and technology, and other partnerships to benefit nonprofit organisations.Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page are the latest technology entrepreneurs to create a charitable foundation using some of their personal or corporate wealth. Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, has set up a similar network to benefit nonprofit activity at omidyar.net.  440 total views,  8 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Google foundation announced AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Advertisement  439 total views,  7 views today Howard Lake | 18 October 2005 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more


first_imgNews Police arrested a contributor to Indymedia Poland’s website after he filmed an anti-war demonstration in Warsaw on 16 May. He was held in custody for 39 hours and has been accused of assaulting a police officer, a charge that carries a ten-year sentence under criminal law. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF_en Police accused Prujszczyk of assaulting a police officer, even though according to accounts from other people present, particularly other journalists, he took no part in jostling with the security forces. He categorically denied any involvement.The police accusation is based on the evidence of an officer whom Prujszyk says he does not know. One officer reportedly admitted to him while in custody that security forces had been planning to arrest him for some time. No detailed charges have yet been produced.There have been very few anti-war demonstrations in Poland since the government decided to support the US-led coalition in March 2003. Fewer than 5,000 people took part in the biggest, in 2004. Several pacifist activists have however been arrested in Poland since the start of the conflict for “demonstrating illegally”.Indymedia is a collaborative network of websites on which Internet-users post messages freely. Prujszczyk spends most of his spare time reporting without pay for Indymedia Poland and is a member of its editorial team of around a dozen. News Reporters Without Borders protested after student Grzegorz Prujszczyk, contributor to the Indymedia Poland website, was arrested and mistreated after filming an anti-war demonstration in Warsaw.Police arrested Prujszczyk as the rally on 16 May was beginning to break up. He was wearing an orange waistcoat with the word “Press” on it. Police grabbed him first among a group taking part in the march. He was then forced to lie on the floor of the van taking him to the police station with an officer kneeling on his back.At the station, officers viewed his videotape and then held him in custody for 39 hours. He is now under police surveillance and has to report to police once a week. He has been accused of assaulting a police officer, a charge that carries a ten-year jail sentence under the Article 223 of Poland’s criminal law.”This behaviour by police is a threat to press freedom,” the organisation said. “Polish journalists and other media workers should be able to cover every type of event, even those seen as sensitive like opposition demonstrations against the government’s support for the war in Iraq.” Help by sharing this information Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns May 19, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police arrest Indymedia contributor and accuse him of assault on police With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland Follow the news on Polandcenter_img Organisation Receive email alerts PolandEurope – Central Asia PolandEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more News May 10, 2021 Find out more to go further News January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Fed’s Kashkari on Interest Rates and Cryptocurrencies  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Neel Kashkari, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, recently participated in a town hall in Pierre, South Dakota, attended by a little over 100 legislators and business leaders. The town hall was moderated by Laura Schoen Carbonneau, CEO of the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce.During the hour-long town hall, Kashkari delved into the usual topics, discussing the Federal Reserve’s dual mandates of juggling inflation and maximum employment, weighing in on the likely impacts of tax reform, and pointing out that he was the lone “no” vote on all three of the Fed’s 2017 interest rate increases (since the inflation rate had been sticking around 1.5 percent, Kashkari said he didn’t see the need to attempt to adjust things via the interest rate hikes).Kashkari also didn’t mince words when it came to the topic of Bitcoin, the hot-topic cryptocurrency that could be either a revolutionary new form of currency or a fad, depending on who is expounding on the subject. There’s even been speculation that, at some point in the not-too-distant future, Bitcoin could be used to purchase a home. Kashkari, however, dismissed the cryptocurrency, saying, “If you live in any modern advanced economy, I would stick with the dollar, I would stick with the yen and leave bitcoin for the, you know, toy collectors.” He added that he views Bitcoin more as a “novelty,” and explained that “the problem is the barrier for entry for anybody creating another version of Bitcoin is zero.”You can watch the full town hall meeting with Neel Kashkari below. bitcoin cryptocurrency Fed Federal Reserve Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Neel Kashkari 2018-02-13 David Wharton Tagged with: bitcoin cryptocurrency Fed Federal Reserve Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Neel Kashkari Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Quickening Mortgage Innovation in an Industry Slow to Change Next: High Prices Collide With Dwindling Inventory About Author: David Wharton Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Fed’s Kashkari on Interest Rates and Cryptocurrencies The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Media, News February 13, 2018 5,331 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more


first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seven men charged by PSNI in dissident probe By News Highland – November 17, 2014 Facebook Twitter Twitter In the North, seven men have been charged with terrorism offences, by police investigating violent dissident republican activity.They were among 12 men held in Newry last Monday during a probe into the Continuity IRA.It’s believed some of those are from the Republic.The 7 accused – aged between 30 and 75 – are due in court this morning.Five others were released pending report to the Public Prosecution Service.Gardai are continuing to question two men over dissident republican activity in Dublin.The men – both aged in their 50s – were arrested on Saturday, after five guns were seized during a garda raid on a house in East Wall.They’re being held at Mountjoy and Coolock Garda StationsSeparate searches were carried out yesterday in Ballymun, East Wall and Cloughran, where semi automatic pistols, a sawn-off shotgun and an AK 47 assault rifle were all seized.Gardaí also discovered bomb making material at one of the locations. Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Google+center_img Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Previous articleRebecca Ferguson reveals partner heartbreakNext articleFire service treating fatal Derry fire as accidental News Highland Homepage BannerNews Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgNews UpdatesCovid-19: Allahabad High Court Expresses Concern Over Re-Opening Of Schools In UP; Inquires By What Date Vaccine Shall Be Available To Public Akshita Saxena14 Dec 2020 4:15 AMShare This – x”Deployment of police personnel is very essential as it alone can make people wear masks”The Allahabad High Court on Thursday expressed concern over re-opening of schools in the State of UP amid the ongoing pandemic. It observed that there is a risk of teachers and/ or students being infected if the health protocols are not followed properly. A Division bench of Justice Ajit Kumar and Justice Siddhartha Varma was hearing the suo moto case concerning Covid-related issues…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Allahabad High Court on Thursday expressed concern over re-opening of schools in the State of UP amid the ongoing pandemic. It observed that there is a risk of teachers and/ or students being infected if the health protocols are not followed properly. A Division bench of Justice Ajit Kumar and Justice Siddhartha Varma was hearing the suo moto case concerning Covid-related issues in the State. It noted that it is a matter of concern whether the teachers and students will follow the Covid-19 guidelines. “There is always a possibility that young children might violate the guidelines,” it said. Under such circumstances, the Court has directed the District Administration of all the districts of the State of UP to inspect regularly all the schools and see that Covid-19 guidelines vis-a-vis sanitization and wearing of masks are followed, without discriminating between the Government and the Private Schools. Police surveillance The Court stressed that proper policing is required to be done to see that 100 per cent masking is done. On the previous hearing, the Court had directed the State Government along with the local administration to come up with such steps which would restrain the rise of the active Covid-19 cases. On a perusal of the affidavit filed by the District Magistrate, Lucknow, the Court observed that almost 300 and odd people are getting infected everyday in the city alone. “Though we appreciate the sincere efforts of the Police Administration but we find a lot more is needed to be done and it cannot be said that things are now under control. Further efforts should be made for restricting the spread of the infection of Covid-19,” it said. The bench directed the Police Administration of the cities of Lucknow, Gautambudh Nagar, Ghaziabad and Meerut to file a ‘better affidavit’, indicating the names of police personnel said to be deployed in every stretch of 2 kms of every road. “The affidavits shall give the names of the police personnel deployed. The deployment of police personnel is very essential since we have found that policing alone can make people wear masks,” the order states. Other directions: 1. The Court has asked all the District Administrations to see that no food is consumed in the open, especially in Lucknow, Gautambudh Nagar, Ghaziabad and Meerut. “The restaurants/eateries/street vendors may be allowed to sell their edible products but only in closed packets,” the order directs. Allahabad HC Issues Instructions To Regulate Restaurants/Eateries Amid Pandemic 2. The Court has directed the Additional Advocate General to bring before the Court all the safeguards which would be taken by the UP Government for holding the Magh Mela, 2021, in the month of January and February, 2021, especially with regard to bathing. 3. The Court has asked the Additional Solicitor General of India, SP Singh, to take instructions as to by what date the vaccine would be available for the general public. [On a previous date, the ICMR assured the Court that a vaccine to prevent further spread of the virus shall be available in the ‘near future’.] Lastly, the Court directed the Additional Advocate General to look into the grievance of an intervener-applicant, regarding non-supply of proper masks and PPE kits to the healthcare workers and doctors, who are the front-line warriors in the COVID-19 pandemic. The matter will next be taken up on December 17, 2020. Case Title: In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres… Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more


first_img 1 Boards must agree a shared, accurate definition of leadership. Leaders must be able to motivate people to achieve goals.2 Boards should strengthen the CEO selection process by resolving strategic and political conflicts among themselves. An agreed-upon strategic direction will make choosing the CEO with the right vision for the company that much easier and can clarify the job for them.3 The board needs to measure every CEO candidate’s soft qualities. Economic measures are important, but integrity, the ability to provide meaning and the talent for creating other leaders are critical.4 Boards should beware of candidates who act like CEOs. Charisma and glossy pitches can be enticing, but they are rarely the stuff of true leadership.5 Boards should accept that real leaders will more than likely overturn the status quo.6 Boards need to know that insider heirs usually are not apparent, and finally, they should always avoid making a hasty decision. Hiring the right CEO is a slow process at best. Ultimately, the surest way for boards to pick the right CEO is to cultivate and nurture talent in the making. Adapted from Don’t Hire the Wrong CEO by Warren Bennis and James O’Toole. Harvard Business Review, May-June 2000 Chief Executive OfficersOn 18 Jul 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more


first_imgLettersOn 7 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Thisweek’s lettersWhat’s to stop our staff from taking us allto the cleaners?Ifworkers ever realise en masse how easy it is to make a successful claim againsttheir employers’ liability insurance, we can all get the redundancy deals outnow! It is impossible to successfully defend a claim – only gross ineptitudecould lead to failure. Liabilityinsurers, loss adjusters etal will happily inform you that they expect 95 per cent of claims to be settledwith a payment to the claimant. They are often the result of unwitnessed accidents (after all,no-one would make a malicious claim, would they?).With personal injury claims, you have two options: fight it and pay, or don’tfight it and pay. Allmy staff complete foundationlevel health and safety (H&S) training and manual handling training. Wehave risk assessments, and work instructions and standard operating proceduresare written and displayed. Ditto for safeworking procedures. We have ‘lock-off’ arrangements, signs,health and safety newsletters, mandatory eye, ear, hand and foot protection,high visibility jackets, safety data sheets,  first–aiders, fire wardens, an environmental H&Scommittee… Welive and breathe health and safety. Yet, we currently have 25 active claimsamong our 250 staff, and our insurers expect to pay out on every one. Guesswhich way our liability premium is going.Anongoing claim has proved to be the most incredulous of all. A fully-trainedmechanic failed to wear the safety glasses he had been issued with when hittinga punch with a hammer. He was wounded when a shard of metal entered his eye. AHealth and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that he knew he shouldhave worn the glasses, and admitted he couldn’t be bothered to get them fromhis toolbox. He’d received H&S training, and was trained for the task. TheHSE exonerated us of blame and took no action. Result?The claimant’s representatives have accused us of 13 areas of negligence, andasked for 24 items of documentation. Wehave provided all the evidence, including accident reports, first-aid log,witness statements, accident investigation report, evidence of training, evidence of issuing safetyglasses, the new risk assessment, and work instruction. But our insurers do notexpect to defeat the claim, and want to settle out of court to avoid excessivelegal costs. Liabilityproviders are complacent. They appoint their loss adjusters, who write theirreports. Both sides of the legal coin hand over standard replies. They finallyagree to settle out of court to avoid further legal costs. Everyone makesmoney, but someone must pay – the employers. Details suppliedIn our last issue, we asked readers if unionlearning reps should be government funded. Here is a selection of your replies…Yes: the service is open to everyoneIhave just voted ‘yes’ in answer to your news barometer question: ‘Should unionlearning representatives (ULRs)be Government funded?‘. Yes,because the work we undertake and the service we offer is not just for unionmembers – it is open to all employees for assistance and advice.Thework undertaken can be intense, confidential, and vast, and so is the training.Manyemployers are using the ULRsfor work (skills analysis and such like) that they themselves should havealready done or should be doing. This is abuse of our role. We are supposed towork as a complementary service to encourage colleagues to improve theirskills, not to manage jobs for them.IfULRs were Governmentfunded, then more employers might just ‘get on board’. ULRs have joined and championed the cause of thegovernment-funded Essential Skills and Life Long Learning programmes. If theagenda is to be achieved, then perhaps an increased status for learningrepresentatives would be beneficial for all concerned.Lynne GoochUnion learning representative, Public and Commercial Services Union Employers should fork out the moneyItwill be interesting to see what conclusion may be drawn from the result of yournews barometer poll (News, 24 August).Ihave voted ‘no’, but this should not be interpreted as rejecting the need tofund the training of union representatives. Theinvolvement of union representatives in the workplace consultation anddecision-making process is valuable and essential in a modern economy andsociety. It is in the interests of employers that this participation isundertaken with great competence and confidence,enabling workforces to feel truly involved and adequately represented.Whoshould pay for this? Well, trade unions already contribute considerableresources to the training, support and encouragement of workplacerepresentatives. I am not convinced that further costs should fall on unions.Nor that the Government should feel it must subsidise the cost, as it may feeltempted to assist in a nominal, symbolic way, rather than an adequate one.Surely it is the employers – who benefit from having well-trained unionrepresentatives with which to confer and negotiate – who should find theresources needed for this function, rather than the public purse?SoI voted ‘no’ in your poll, because I believe the employer should pay for thetraining of union representatives. This may be the reason why others also voted‘no’ (at the time of voting, 94 per cent of voters appeared to agree with me).Youmay wish to conduct a future poll on this question: ‘If successfulemployer-employee relations are partly dependent on well-trained unionrepresentatives, should emp-loyerspay some of the cost of their training?’Trevor PhillipsNATFHE (Union for further and higher education)Change in attitude needed for successIam a trade union representative. Ben Willmott,employee relations adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment (CIPD), said that the move was welcome, as long as it was used togive union representatives a better understanding of business, and not aboutwho has the edge in negotiations. “It’sabout attitude,” he said. “They need to think in terms of positiveoutcomes, rather than maintaining adversarial relations.”Frankly,this kind of attitude needs to be swiftly consigned to the dustbin of history,despite coming from the employee relations adviser at the CIPD. There is a longway to go before unions and management can negotiate with anything approachingpartnership. Thearticle went on to say: “…the Confederation of British Industry hasquestioned whether employers would have to pay for the time spent out of theworkplace, and asked how employers would be expected to accommodate trade unionrepresentatives undergoing training.” Thiscomment from the CBI encapsulates the insularity and short-term thinking soinherent of that organisation. Irene DanksDetails supplied ‘Tory’ policies cost support of unionsIthas been obvious over the past few years that the present Government holds ontoConservative policies, despite the fact it is supposed to be a Labour party runfor the workers.It’sno wonder the present Government is losing the support of the trade unions andtheir donations. TheLabour Party, run similarly to way the Tory party was run by Margaret Thatcher,is looking after the super rich, the chief executives, and the companydirectors’ fat-cat bonuses. So I say ‘no’ to Government funding for trade unionrepresentative training (News, 24 August).Ian WhitewayDetails suppliedPay for training with union subscriptionsThisnew Government initiative to fund the training of trade union representatives(News, 24 August) is ridiculous – what are trade union subscriptions for? Thetaxpayer should not be expected to subsidise something that the trade unionsshould be doing themselves. If they think there is merit in this, then theyshould be paying for it.Graham MurrayHR manager, Roslin Institute, Edinburgh Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more


first_imgMarch 25, 2019 /Sports News – National Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski announces retirement from NFL Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Rob Gronkowski is hanging up his cleats after nine seasons in the NFL.The New England Patriots tight end made the announcement in an Instagram post Sunday.“It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far,” Gronkowski wrote in the post. “I will be retiring from the game of football today.”He went on to thank his teammates, fans and the Patriots organization.“But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success,” Gronkowski said.A team source told ESPN Gronkowski called Patriots owner Robert Kraft earlier on Sunday to let him know of his plans to leave the game.In a statement, Kraft commended the tight end for his “hard work, preparation, selfless attitude and the sheer dominance of his game.”“‘Gronk’ quickly became a fan favorite and the most dominant player at his position for nearly a decade,” Kraft said. “I look forward to honoring him in the near future as both a Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer.”Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a statement it was a “pleasure and a privilege to coach Rob Gronkowski the past nine years.”“From his rookie year until his final season and through countless times in between, Rob was a major reason why we won games and championships,” Belichick said. “His elite combination of size, skill, intelligence, toughness and ability to perform in pressure situations set him apart.”Gronkowski’s teammate, quarterback Tom Brady, also responded to the news of his retirement, writing in an Instagram post, “What an honor and privilege to play with you these past nine years @gronk! You accomplished so much and our team was almost unbeatable when you were on the field!”“The NFL was a better place with you in it! But I have no doubt you will be a success in anything you do!!!” Brady added.Gronkowski, 29, was drafted by New England in 2010 and has spent his entire NFL career with the team. In his nine seasons in the league, he has played in 115 regular-season games, amassing 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_img WhatsApp Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ CVS now administering COVID-19 vaccines in Indiana nursing homes By Network Indiana – December 29, 2020 0 152 Google+ Twitter (Photo supplied/CVS Health) On Monday, CVS Health began administering COVID-19 vaccines to nearly a thousand long-term care facilities in Indiana.Aspen Trace Family-first Senior Living Facility in Bargersville will have 200 people vaccinated, including 100 residents and staff.Gregg Gormal is the chief operating officer of CarDon and Associates, which operates eight long-term care facilities in central Indiana and 20 across the state.He says Aspen Trace is one of three CarDon communities beginning vaccinations Monday. 95% of residents have committed to get their first Moderna dose. That’s compared to a 50% commitment a few weeks ago.Gormal credits education for the increase. The facilities made sure staff and families understood the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.Gormal also says the vaccination rollout will continue to the other CarDon communities by mid January. Previous articleMichigan woman steals police car, crashes it early MondayNext articleLakeville firefighters rescue man who fell through thin ice Network Indiana Twitter Facebook Pinterest Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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