Former Raiders’ special teams coach going to Texans

Former Raiders assistant coaches are quickly moving on with their lives.

A day after the Chicago Tribune reported the Bears and new coach Matt Nagy are interviewing Todd Downing for their quarterbacks coach position, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Wednesday that the Houston Texans are hiring Brad Seely as their new special teams coach.

Seely served in that same capacity for the Raiders for the last three seasons under Jack Del Rio before new coach Jon Gruden hired Rich Bisaccia as his assistant head coach/special teams coordinator. Downing was the Raiders’ offensive coordinator in 2017.

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Seely has a long history of coaching in the NFL, including a 10-year run with the New England Patriots from 1999-2008. He also coached with the Cleveland Browns for two years and the 49ers for four years before joining the Raiders in 2015.

On Raiders’ special teams this season for the Raiders, punter Marquette King was fourth in the NFL with a net yards average of 42.7 yards. Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio hit 16 of 21 field goals and 33 of 34 extra points and Cordarrelle Patterson was sixth in the NFL with a kick return average of 28.3 yards.

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Officially, the Raiders have just four members of their coaching staff in place — Gruden, Bisaccia, offensive coordinator Greg Olson and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Unofficially, other coaches appear to be in place such as defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley and running backs coach Jemal Singleton.

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Fed survey finds solid growth and rising wages

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that the economy was growing at a moderate pace at the start of the year, with the majority of business contacts optimistic about prospects for 2018.

In its latest survey of business conditions nationwide, the Fed said that wages were rising at a modest pace. Some Fed districts were seeing a broader range of industries giving pay raises, especially in areas where employers are having a harder time filling positions.

While 11 of the Fed’s 12 regions described growth as modest or moderate, the Dallas region reported robust growth compared to 2017, led by strength in a number of sectors including manufacturing.

With the unemployment rate at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent, the Fed report found businesses in most districts dealing with tight labor markets and difficulties finding qualified workers in a number of sectors. The report said the labor shortages were constraining economic growth in some cases.

The Fed’s report, known as the Beige Book, will be used to guide discussions at the central bank’s next meeting on Jan. 30-31. The Fed in December signaled that it will boost rates three times in 2018. However, some economists believe the central bank will need to accelerate rate hikes this year to keep inflation in check.

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Net neutrality ruling got you down? You can always build your own ISP

It’s been just over a month since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to put an end to Obama administration net neutrality rules. After repealing Title II, the FCC ultimately put the future of the internet into the hands of internet service providers (ISPs), effectively killing the open internet. And while we’ve yet to see the fallout from the move, some are already thinking of a backup plan. The most popular of these, if you’re flush with cash, is to create your own ISP. It’s no cakewalk, and it’ll set you back about $25,000 (plus $2,700 a month) according to…

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Placido Domingo returns to San Francisco Opera in 2018

From the gripping double bill of “Cav” and “Pag” to the heartfelt delight of “It’s a Wonderful Life” — and the long-awaited return of Placido Domingo — San Francisco Opera’s 2018-19 season has plenty of thrills in store.

Announced by General Director Matthew Shilvock this week, the company’s 96th season will run Sept. 7 through June 28, 2019. Nine operas will be presented in productions new to the War Memorial Opera House.

“What we have in these productions are very visceral expressions of emotion which will be told through the artistry of opera at the highest level,” said Shilvock, adding that the works span a range from verismo intensity to fairy-tale enchantment.

The season opens Sept. 7 with Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” — that’s “Cav” and “Pag” to you — in José Cura’s double-bill production set in Buenos Aires.

The fall season also includes Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux” (Sept. 8-27), starring soprano Sandra Radvanovsky; Puccini’s “Tosca” (Oct. 3-30), featuring the company debut of soprano Carmen Giannattasio; and Strauss’ “Arabella” (Oct. 16-Nov. 3), with Ellie Dehn in the title role. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Nov. 17-Dec. 9), by Bay Area composer Jake Heggie, makes its West Coast premiere with tenor William Burden as George Bailey.

Domingo, in his first S.F. Opera appearance since 2010, returns in concert Oct. 21. Soprano Ana María Martinez and tenor Arturo Chacón Cruz join Domingo, conductor Jordi Bernàcer, and the San Francisco Opera orchestra in a program of arias and duets. The renowned tenor’s appearance will be “a very special highlight of the season,” said Shilvock, “and a real celebration of this company’s legacy.”

The summer season (June 5-28, 2019) brings Bizet’s “Carmen,” starring J’Nai Bridges; Handel’s “Orlando” with Sasha Cooke and David Daniels, and Dvorak’s “Rusalka.”

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