4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Consumers are more likely to turn to social media applications to start their day off and use entertainment applications in the evening, according to a report by Opera Mediaworks. It also found users’ first and last apps of the day vary throughout the month, with news and information apps seeing the greatest loyalty.Opera Mediaworks, a mobile ad platform for brands, has released its Q2 2015 State of Mobile Advertising Report, detailing the kinds of apps users engage with each day, and measuring overall traffic and revenue across mobile platforms. continue reading »
Kawhi Leonard was juggling a lot this past week.The star was not only mulling over what team he would chose, but an ESPN report suggested meetings leading up to his eventual decision to join the Clippers were close — literally. Leonard made trips to California and back to Toronto to have talks with the Lakers, Clippers and Raptors. He also had to accommodate Paul George, who nearly upstaged Leonard’s free-agency announcement with his own decision to join the recent NBA champion in the West.According to the ESPN report, Leonard had to relocate a meeting between Lakers executives Jeanie Buss and Rob Pelinka so he could meet up with George later that day. Related News Raptors thank Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, send ‘nothing but good wishes’ Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: Star to sign with Clippers, reports say The Lakers meeting with Kawhi Leonard was Tues afternoon at a hotel in Westlake Village. Only Jeanie Buss and Rob Pelinka were there, at KL’s request. The location had been switched from El Segundo, at KL’s request, w/ in 24 hrs. It appears KL met with PG, nearby, same day.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 6, 2019But George wasn’t the only player Leonard was after.Before Kevin Durant committed to the Nets, he got a call from Leonard asking “if he’d consider teaming up with him” and signing with the Clippers, according to another Ramona Shelburne report.Leonard seemed to have his eyes set on the Clippers for some time. He told Durant the two would “be great complements to each other,” Shelburne noted, and that “he’d always admired him and had tremendous respect for him as a competitor.”While Durant never bought in to Leonard’s pitch, it shows how heavily the ex-Raptor was recruiting other stars to join him in LA.”Leonard’s ambition in trying to recruit Durant to the Clippers suggested he was serious about joining LA in free agency. But it also suggested that they needed to get him another star.”After the Clippers met with Leonard for approximately three hours at head coach Doc Rivers’ house in Malibu on Monday night, both sides went to work to make that happen. At the same time he was meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors this week, Leonard was meeting, calling and texting with George, trying to convince him to find a way out of Oklahoma City.”As Durant fell out of the picture, the George trade began to take place.George’s agent, Aaron Mintz, had called the Thunder to request the move on behalf of his client a few days ago, according to another ESPN report, which cited unidentified sources. This time, Leonard’s pitch worked even though George had signed a four-year deal with the Thunder last offseason.The two will now team up with the likes of Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Ivica Zubac, who re-signed with the team after it landed Leonard.
MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this week set the date of the public hearing as they prepare to adopt the budget for the city’s next fiscal year beginning on July 1st. The city’s property tax rate for Fiscal Year 2020 will be $13.72 per $1000 valuation, down 11 cents from the current fiscal year.Mayor Bill Schickel says based on the decreased levy coupled with the increase in the state-mandated residential rollback, a home with a $100,000 value will pay about $12 more for the year in city taxes. “The levy will be going down slightly. The overall valuation of property in Mason City has gone up. So it will be about even, perhaps a slight increase in what the average property owner will be paying, along with if you include the utility bill in there, which there is some cost of living increases there. But it will be very similar to last year.”City staff and the council have been holding budget meetings over the last month to formulate the proposed budget. “I can’t say enough good about our staff…you know, we are not able to provide everything that’s requested obviously, the city council has to make choices. Our workers and the staff are very good at helping us prioritize that, and it’s been a very good process this year.”The council will hold a public hearing on the budget and is scheduled to adopt it at their March 5th meeting. By law cities must have their budgets submitted to the state by March 15th.You can view the budget by clicking here and scrolling down to page 141.