2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Although deemed as quite a handful due to his mercurial attitude, the 26-year-old center has established a niche as one of the most talented players in the league today.Despite the constant ramblings regarding the slumping franchise’s eminent future, Divac remained confident in his decision and said he’s prepared to face the consequences, in the event that the team will indeed not be better off without their former superstar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“That’s my job, and I take responsibility. And I totally understand why some fans would be upset. They supported DeMarcus, and I like DeMarcus a lot. But I believe we are going to be in a better position in two years,” he told the Sacramento Bee over the weekend.“I want to hear again from these same people in two years. If I’m right, great. If I’m wrong, I’ll step down. But if I go down, I’m going down my way,” he added. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sacramento Kings’ player-turned-GM Vlade Divac has no qualms about trading DeMarcus Cousins. AFP file photo.A week after trading superstar DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings’ general manager, Vlade Divac, is still receiving flak for his decision.READ: Kings exec on Cousins trade: Winning begins with culture, character mattersADVERTISEMENT Valdez proud of what she left in Ateneo Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Meanwhile, in their first game since the trade on Thursday (Friday in Manila), the Kings displayed a more free-flowing offense and emerged victorious against the Denver Nuggets, 116-100. However, the team floundered against Kemba Walker and the visiting Charlotte Hornets on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), losing 85-99.Cousins, on the other hand, has been winless since donning a Pelicans uniform, with lopsided defeats against the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ View comments
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Manchester City and Arsenal have been offered Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, 28, for around £55m. (Guardian) The Gunners are also set to make an offer for Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca, 27. (Metro) Manchester United will demand £5m from any club hoping to take forward Danny Welbeck, 23, on loan for the rest of the season. (The Sun)Arsenal have been pipped to the signing of Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 19, by Roma. (Daily Express)Meanwhile, Gunners forward Joel Campbell, 22, has requested a loan move to Portuguese side Benfica. (O Jogo)Tom Cleverley’s £8m move to Aston Villa from Manchester United is under threat because of the 25-year-old midfielder’s wage demands. (Daily Telegraph) Real Madrid are in talks with Manchester United over taking Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, 26, on a season-long loan. (Daily Mirror) Sunderland are closing in on a loan move for Inter Milan forward Ricky Alvarez, 26. (Sunderland Echo) Tottenham will make a move for Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez, 25, and offer 23-year-old winger Andros Townsend as part exchange in a £14m deal. (The Independent) Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has lined up moves for Norwich winger Nathan Redmond, 20, and Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, 23. (The Sun)Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is still hopeful of re-signing Liverpool forward Fabio Borini, 23. (Sunderland Echo) Valencia officials have met with representatives of Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, 29, to discuss a possible move ahead of Monday’s deadline. (Marca) Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, 31, is wanted by Queens Park Rangers. Defoe currently plays for Major League Soccer side Toronto but they have just sacked Ryan Nelsen, the manager who signed him. (The Guardian)Newcastle United have had an offer for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, 23, turned down by the French club. (Newcastle Chronicle) Celtic face a late dash to land a striker after Stefan Scepovic, 24, opted not to join the Scottish champions from Sporting Gijon. (Daily Express) Fulham hope to sign defender Mark Hudson, 32, and striker Matt Smith, 25, from Championship rivals Cardiff City and Leeds United respectively. (Daily Mail) Newcastle’s 25-year-old French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could join Italian side AS Roma in a loan deal. (L’Equipe)Newcastle want to sign Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld, 25, who currently plays for Atletico Madrid. (Mundodeportivo)After signing striker Fernando Torres from Chelsea, AC Milan are hoping to land Blues midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 21, on loan. (Le Figaro)Manchester United are interested in Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, 24, but they will have to wait until January to get the deal done. (Daily Star)
Martin Odegaard Liverpool and Manchester United target Martin Odegaard is set to hold talks with Ajax and Bayern Munich as he looks to resolve his future.The 15-year-old playmaker is currently on the books of Norwegian side Stromsgodset, but as he has not signed a professional contract he is free to talk to other clubs.Liverpool and Manchester United have both invited Odegaard for trials, while Champions League holders Real Madrid are also interested.However, the Norway international now looks as though he will have an even tougher decision to make after Ajax and Bayern Munich contacted him.talkSPORT told you last week that Bayern were eager to bring in Odegaard, who at just 15 has already played three time for Norway’s national side.According to Tuttomercatoweb, Odegaard will travel to Amsterdam before flying to Germany for a tour and trials at Bayern. 1
1 Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has paid a glowing tribute to England boss Roy Hodgson as he reaches the 40th anniversary of his first managerial appointment.Hodgson, who will lead England to the Euro 2016 finals this summer, moved into management when he took charge of Swedish side Halmstad in 1976.The 68-year-old’s long and varied career has seen him oversee 19 teams in eight countries. Inter Milan, Liverpool, Fulham and West Brom are among the clubs he has managed while he has also led the Switzerland, Finland and United Arab Emirates national teams, as well as England.Dyke told TheFA.com: “Roy is a great example to any aspiring coach that being open to new experiences and cultures can really develop you as a person. His CV is quite remarkable and it is hard to think of another coach of his stature that has been prepared to learn and grow the way he has.“According to the record books he started in Sweden in 1976 and here he is about to take England to the European finals in 2016, still inspiring and encouraging young players – good young English players.“What a fantastic achievement – 40 years coaching at the level he has puts him up there with the great English coaches, much revered people like Sir Bobby Robson, Dave Sexton and Don Howe.”Hodgson ended his playing career, spent largely in the English non-league system, to become a manager at the age of 28. He made an instant impact by winning two titles with Halmstad and two more with Malmo.Other highlights include leading Inter to the UEFA Cup final, Fulham to the final of the Europa League and Switzerland to two major tournaments.He has been England manager since 2012 and, although his future beyond this summer is uncertain, Dyke believes he has been a superb ambassador for the country.Dyke said: “I am constantly amazed by supporters’ reaction to Roy if you go to a game with him. He is genuinely liked.“It is fascinating – wherever we travel people from different countries seek out Roy to share an experience they had of watching one of his sides, or talking to him about a player he once would have managed, or a coach that he knew.“He’s probably done more for the FA’s international relations than anyone!“We’re very proud that, as England manager, Roy celebrates 40 years of coaching at the highest levels of our game. Long may it continue.” Roy Hodgson and Greg Dyke
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dan rowinski Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#security#web A security audit has found that 123 computers in Japan’s Finance Ministry were infiltrated by malware that went undetected for nearly two years. According to media reports, the ministry said that no confidential taxpayer information was exposed. It is not known who was behind the hack, which started in 2010 and continued until the end of 2011. The Japan Times speculates that hacktivist group Anonymous could have been behind the malware, having threatened an attack earlier this year. Yet, it is not likely that Anonymous carried out this attack.The first instances of the ministry Trojan malware started in January 2010, well before Anonymous came to prominence as a global group of malicious hackers in mid-2011.And Anonymous does not usually launch “phishing” or “spear phishing” attacks, where poisoned emails are sent to a select group of victims in the hope that they will be tricked into downloading malware. Early indications are that the ministry was hit was just such an attack.Instead, Anonymous deploys brute-force tactics, attacking and defacing sites and gaining hooks into databases through operations called SQL injections. A successful SQL injection includes an SQL query of data from a client to an application. It is an effective way to find large data sets, which Anonymous is fond of publishing. See attacks on Booz Allen Hamilton and HBGary. From what is known now, the Ministry of Finance attack does not fit that profile.According to reports, 123 of 2,000 computers checked in the Japanese Finance Ministry (the equivalent of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service) were infected. The ministry claims that the computers mostly belonged to junior officials, most likely restricting data accessed to internal ministry communications.The virus went undetected by antivirus software. Updated antivirus programs spot known viruses. Assuming the ministry’s software was current, the perpetrators likely used a “Zero Day” hack, which exploits a previously unknown vulnerability. When malware goes undetected for a long time, it is likely that the malware is being controlled from an outside server that can send it instructions on when and how to hide itself. This is the second time in one year that the Japanese government has succumbed to malware. In October 2011, systems used by members of the Japanese Parliament were infected after an official opened a malicious email. A researcher for security firm Sophos said that the firm had no specifics of the latest Japanese case as yet, but offered this pertinent bit of advice:“Clearly all government departments, military contractors and businesses need to understand that they could potentially be on somebody’s target list,” said Sophos security researcher Graham Cluley.
Patents can typically take years to approve, and Microsoft’s approach doesn’t mean that the PC of tomorrow will replace a mouse or keyboard with a network of sensors stuck to the bottom via adhesive tape. Microsoft also showed off a prototype of an EMG controller in 2010, and has filed complementary EMG controller patents as well as a patent covering the gestures used to control them. Biometric ControlResearchers have long looked for alternative methods of controlling devices biometrically, with varying degrees of success. Microsoft first treated the human body as just another input device when it launched the Kinect sensor, which tracks a user’s face and body via an onboard camera. Computing via brainwaves has also been proposed as an alternative method of input. Finally, EMG-controlled devices, such as prosthetics, have been talked about for some time. Still, all three methods have their challenges.But EMG-based computing does imply several interesting possibilities: the ability to type without a keyboard; wiggling a finger, rather than an arm, to provide fine-grained Kinect controls; or new ways to control “waldos” and other robotic appendages. Microsoft even suggests that a glove-based version of the EMG controller might be used to automatically translate American Sign Language into written or spoken English or other languages. That’s pretty cool.Microsoft’s patent application claims that an EMG sensor is a “universal” method of controlling any computing device, such as a television or light sensor. That may be true, although something like voice commands could also control just about anything. However, it does offer some sneaky, secret-agent possibilities:“Further, it should also be appreciated that the control and interface capabilities provided by the Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller are potentially invisible in the sense that a user wearing one or more such controllers can remotely interact with various devices without anyone else being able to see or hear any overt actions by the user to indicate that the user is interacting with such devices,” the patent application says.How Does It Work?The human skeleton is connected via tendons. When the brain tells a tendon to contract, motor neurons fire, transmitting tiny electrical signals down to the muscle fiber. An EMG sensor can read the electrical impulses these so-called “motor units” produce. What Microsoft’s patent proposes to do is to interpret these electrical signals without the need for a physical interface.These sensors could be built into any number of devices or articles of clothing: watches or armbands, anklets, potentially even a Spandex undergarment. The problem, and one Microsoft’s application goes into great lengths to compensate for, is calibration. Fat, skin and other muscles interfere with the minute electrical signals the sensors need to detect, so one of two things must occur: either a single sensor must be well placed, or a network of sensors needs to interact with each other to interpret the signals. The most likely possibility is that the sensor would need to provide some sort of feedback: either a tone to indicate that the sensor is properly aligned, a voice signal (“Keep turning! Keep turning! Got it!”) or some other way of notifying the user. Microsoft also suggests a variety of other methods, including using RF signals to position the sensors or even applying minute electrical shocks so that the sensors can calibrate themselves.The EMG sensors would, most likely, connect wirelessly to a central hub or controller, which would serve as the central point for communicating with external devices. Microsoft suggests that this hub could be something like a smartphone, or an integrated device like a wristwatch, with the “watch” portion serving as the hub, and sensors built into the band itself – a truly “smart watch.”Twitch gesturesYou don’t always think about this when using a keyboard or mouse, but a physical device provides either haptic, tactile or visual feedback. Twitching a muscle to surreptitiously control an electronic device may or may not be properly recognized, or the user may simply not know if the command was accepted.Microsoft’s armband – the preferred EMG controller, based on the number of times this example is used – would include a ring of vibrating elements around the edge of each armband, which would buzz the user when a command was accepted. The system could be programmed for any number of muscle movements or twitch gestures, defined as “a finger movement of any type,” Microsoft says. “A gesture may also be for a specific type of movement, for example, lift, press, bend, etc.”And yes, Microsoft even suggests that the system be turned off and on through a standardized movement, such as squeezing both hands simultaneously. And that’s good news, or else “talking with your hands” might take on a whole new meaning.Images courtesy of Shutterstock. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… markhachman Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… In the future, Microsoft apparently believes, people may simply twitch their fingers or arms to control a computer, game console or mobile device.Microsoft applied for a patent on electromyography (EMG) controlled computing on Thursday, suggesting that a future smart wristwatch or armband might simply detect a user’s muscle movements and interpret them as gestures or commands. The “Wearable Electromyography-Based Controller” could also use a network of small sensors attached to the body, all communicating wirelessly with a central hub. Tags:#Microsoft#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture In this episode of the How To CEO podcast, I was privileged to speak with sought-after leadership expert Dr. Mark Goulston. Whenever I talk to Mark, I always gain a world of insight and inspiration all within a few short minutes. This podcast episode was no exception. Here are the tips for aspiring CEO’s from People Hacker, Dr. Mark Goulston.Here are a few highlights of what he and I talked about:Going Where You’re Looking and Looking Where You’re GoingThe first point Dr. Goulston made was that “Leaders go where they’re looking, and managers look where they’re going.” In other words, a leader should be above the fray and see a vision beyond the horizon that no one else sees. But leaders need good managers.A manager is tied to performance and gets things done (which can sometimes cause conflict between leaders and managers.) CEOs are good at seeing beyond the horizon, but they often need to be reined in by good COOs or other kinds of managersPivot!Continuing the above thoughts, Mark told me that it’s often tough to “rein in” visionary CEOs. Visionaries run on momentum, he explains, and this means they’re not always flexible enough to be able to pivot. Are you rushing toward your vision with so much momentum that you’re unable to pivot or change course when needed?Be Compelling to Open Minds and Convincing to Close DealsMark explained that too many CEOs attempt to be convincing right out of the gate. This is a mistake because you need to first gain access to the other person’s mind before rushing in. If you try convincing someone the moment you get in front of them, you’ll come off as “annoying or a bore.”Learn to Make Great Judgement CallsTo be a great leader, Mark advises that the ability to make a productive or beneficial judgment-call is essential. The secret to being a successful CEO is to be able to make a significant judgment call in the areas of strategy, people, and crisis. You need to have a vision for a product or service that solves a problem. But after that, it’s all about the ability to make successful judgment-calls under pressure.Be Able to Create “Whoa. Wow! Hmmm. Yes!”Great leaders can attract amazing employees. I asked Mark for his advice about how a leader can get people on his/her team.He pointed out that CEOs such as Steve Jobs and Elon Musk have been famously difficult to work for. Nonetheless, people always seek jobs at Tesla, SpaceX, and Apple. Why? Because working for them is your “ride to the future,” as Mark put it.Employees of these companies get to be part of something huge – a part of “science fiction,” even. Are you a visionary? Do you have a vision that’s so astounding that people will flock to your company?According to Mark, you need to follow the formula that Steve Jobs followed (and that Elon Musk still follows today.) You have to create “Woah. Wow! Hmmm. Yes!” What does this mean? Listen to the episode for more.Don’t Allow a Toxic Workplace to DevelopMark also gave some excellent advice about creating a rewarding and productive work environment. No one at your company should be afraid to come to work because of someone else’s personality. Don’t condone abuse to make money. Are you willing to walk away from money to keep a healthy work environment?Mark’s Most-Admired CEOsI asked Mark which CEOs he greatly admires. At the top of his list is Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft. Why? One primary reason is that Satya is open-minded. He has a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset, and he’s a “learn-it-all,” not a know-it-all.Mark also discussed other traits to look for in a valuable CEO and gave other excellent leadership advice. Be sure to listen to the podcast to hear more profitable advice. How to CEO Podcast Interviews Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Murray Newlands is an entrepreneur, investor, business advisor and speaker. He is the founder of the How to CEO podcast and you can read his blog at MurrayNewlands.com. Murray Newlands Related Posts What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#Leadership
Sijdah HussainDigital Marketer After completing her English Literature degree in 2017, Sijdah, set out for a professional career as a Content Marketer so she could feed all 7 of her cats and work towards her ambition of opening an animal shelter one day.She works as a social worker as well as a cat whisperer in her free time – contributing to spreading awareness about child and animal abuse.She also aspires to be an author/ poet like Sylvia Plath and Charlotte Bronte. postmaster@info@sales@admin@hr@ Related Posts Tags:#bulk email verification#email marketing#guide ReadWrite: The Fastest Email App to get to Inbox ZeroFree Email AuthenticationsHowever, one should always keep in mind that nothing is ever free on the internet except for the offers provided to you by your internet providers, of course, lol. You will have to create an account for any sort of email address validations.If you have a large number of email addresses to verify as in you are going for bulk email verification then it would be best to go for paid services. You can customize your package as per your budget and the magnitude of services you require. Spam Trap detectionAs we discussed above, spam trap detection is a highly important feature for bulk email verifications. The sole purpose of this feature is to catch any kind of spammer coming your way. Catch-All Server CheckAlthough every company or business should create a strategy of their own to handle email addresses – you still should have an email verification service to identify them easily and save time to use it somewhere more important. International Email VerificationNot everyone uses the same language or words to converse amongst themselves and others. Therefore, the support of international domain names and email addresses has been booming in the internet world.Some users use Punycode in order to convert Unicode characters to ASCII to use their native language/ script while creating emails. With this feature, you will not turn them down just based on a difference in language and instead you can gain more of a global audience. Service Level OptionsThe reason for such services is productivity. Get your work done at a rapid speed to get results. However, the results might be inconclusive. Therefore, your email verification service should allow you to choose the kind of setting that you wish for.Your setting choice lets you include a long timeout setting and repetitive attempts to give you the results that are 100% accurate. Data securityJust because you are letting an email verification service take over your emails, it doesn’t in any way mean that the emails should be public property or used as one. Your data security is important and essential – therefore make sure that when choosing an email verification service – it is the one that provides you with data security.ReadWrite: 6 Email Marketing Trends you need to be aware of!Selecting the Email Verification Service for yourselfThere might be many email verifying tools and applications on the internet but not all would cater to your needs. Thus, before selecting one service blindly it is best for you to compare different service providers to see which might have your best interests at heart.Source: formget.comEmail marketing is here to stay and so is the fact that companies spend quite a lot of their revenue on it. It is important to have email verification(s) every now and then because many a time people often make mistakes while filling their information.No more wasting your mental and financial investment on invalid email addresses just make it easy for yourself. The verification will reduce your chances of getting a spam or error code every time you try to send bulk emails either via newsletter or because of some other reason. Email marketing has been around a long time as a marketing strategy. It was created to reach the target audience in the fastest way possible. It is not only cost-effective but also more comfortable to address many people at the same time. Here is a guide to performing bulk email verification.Why do you need a quality email?The increase in the number of your subscribers is directly proportional to the number of advantages you might get from your list. That is one of the main reasons many websites nag you to subscribe to their weekly newsletter, before processing the results you require. However, your email list needs to have quality emails.What is a quality email?It means that you need to make sure the email addresses you have are valid. You’ll want to avoid sending emails to any invalid addresses. Valid email reduces the chances of your email server domain from any blacklisting, which in turn would enhance your email campaign performances.The market is filled with all sorts of email list cleaners (software); therefore – you need to know which one suits best as per your needs. What is a Bulk Email Verification Service?A bulk list verification is termed as an essential tool for companies that ought to send mass emails. The purpose of this tool is to determine the validity of an email address. It tells you if the email address is fully valid and messages can be delivered to it.A verification service analyzes the whole list address-by-address. It is offered as a hosted software. You will come across many Email Verification services and tools. While some might offer you a trail or some few services, others might charge you for the same functions.Analyzing emails.In order to analyze your emails, you will need to add a list of email addresses in a sheet format. Now, remember, this is just one example – different tools can have different options. One company may transfer your lists online, via CSV excel sheets or even give you the choice to have an ‘add-on’ service. Some go through the email address while typing an email.Email marketing and verification both come with many choices — use these to your advantage.How Does Email Address Verification Work?There are a number of techniques that can validate an email address. They are a combination of validation techniques embedded with exclusive algorithms and depend on the internal databases.Once the validation process is complete – any invalid email addresses in your list will be filtered out. The end product will be a clean and deliverable email list just waiting for you to seek out for your marketing campaigns.Email validation process.Email Address Syntax Check: Removal of any improperly formatted email addresses, according to the IETF standards.Domain/MX Records Check: Verification of the DNS entries of an email address occurs in this step. In case of an invalid domain or a missing MX entry – this procedure marks any such corresponding email addresses as invalid.Role-Based Account Detection: Role-based email addresses can be thought of as negative and affect your deliverability. It might just even blacklist your email address with some ISPs.This third step is to flag such addresses to save you from future problems like this. What are role-based emails? Email addresses starting with a role are role-based emails. For example; Disposable Email Address (DEA) Detection: Many people use useless email addresses for different sign-up forms or login forms that require a valid email address. Such emails Throwaway/disposable email addresses or “junk collector” email addresses,” are spotted and removed from your list to save your resources and time.Honeypot/ Spam Trap Detection: This step is all about the detection of spammy email addresses used to bait people. It traps all the spammers and thus came the name of this step too.Checking DNSBLs and URI DNSBLs for blacklisting: A DNS-based blackhole list (DNSBL) or Real-time Blackhole List (RBL) is a list of IP addresses mostly used for spam emails or so.Final Verification: The last step is to go for a thorough check for SMTP (simple mail transfer protocol) verifications on all email addresses. The emails from such addresses will be directed for the mailbox existence without really sending an actual email to your inbox, in order to save time. 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Australian Simon Taufel (left) was adjudged the best umpire in the world by the International Cricket Council for five consecutive years, from 2004 to 2008. He was highly respected by the top players.On the one hand the new BCCI set of office-bearers are taking steps to curtail unnecessary expenditure, and on the other the Board has been spending a fortune on educating its umpires.It is a fact that no Indian has made it to the ICC Elite Panel – the highest level umpires can reach – for more than 11 years, since S. Venkataraghavan officiated in a Test match in January 2004.As if to set that wrong right, the BCCI in 2013 decided to import experts to educate Indian umpires. Retired Australian Simon Taufel, currently ICC’s Umpire Performance and Training Manager, was chosen to educate 100 Indian umpires before the 2013-14 season.Taufel’s services, however, have come at a big cost as the BCCI has paid a total of US$1,10,000 as fee for 2014 and 2015, says a source in the BCCI. At the current rate of exchange of Rs 63.81 per dollar, it amounts to more than Rs 70 lakh.”Taufel was hired to educate Indian umpires ahead of the 2013-14 home season. In 2014, the Board paid him a total of $55,000 as fee and for 2015 he would be paid the same amount again,” the source told Mail Today.”Mind you, this is only his fee. This amount doesn’t take into account the other services that he has availed during his visits, like hotel accommodation etc.,” he pointed out. “If the BCCI is out to check excess expenditure, maybe they could take a look in this area too.”advertisementOne of the most respected umpires till he retired after the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 – he won the ICC’s Best Umpire Award for five successive years, from 2004-2008 – Taufel is said to have prepared a “improvement-oriented curriculum” for Indian umpires. His other responsibilities in India include conducting workshops and seminars, giving lectures, and conducting examinations etc.The previous BCCI set-up, led by N. Srinivasan, contracted Taufel for three years, till this season. The Jagmohan Dalmiya-Anurag Thakur combine came to power in March, and it remains to be seen if they persist with the existing policy with regard to umpires or bring in a new one.According to a senior BCCI official, the outcome of Taufel’s involvement with Indian umpires so far has been “positive” as he has helped them raise their standards.”How many umpires [familiar with modern methods] do we have [for this job]? Only Venkataraghavan – or V.K. Ramaswamy or Piloo Reporter. There’s none beyond them. Taufel is an expert in his field, that’s why he has been given this contract,” he told Mail Today.”But, at the same time, it is unfortunate and shameful on our part that after Venkataraghavan, no Indian has made it to the ICC Elite Panel. What I personally feel is that our umpires can be good in the practical aspects of the job, but when it comes to writing in the English language they are found wanting,” he said. That was why the BCCI told them a few years ago to learn the language, even if they have to join coaching classes.This year, Taufel, 44, took charge of the Umpires’ Training and Performance Management Programme before the 2015 IPL started and is back to watch the business end of the tournament.The Australian, who officiated in 74 Tests, 174 One-Day Internationals and 34 Twenty20 Internationals between 1999 and 2012, will now conduct the viva-voce and practical exams of the Level-II aspirants from May 26-29.No examination for Level-II aspirants has been held for more than one-and-a-half years. To get rid of the rust, the BCCI held a refresher course for them on May 16 and 17 at the National Academy of Umpires in Nagpur. A total of 57 young umpires, who had passed the written Level-II test and had been patiently waiting for the viva and practical examination, turned up for the course.