Coletti, Hoodikoff, Courson top Zone Men’s Qualifying tournament

first_imgJosh Coletti of Granite Pointe, Jordan Hoodikoff of Christina Lake and Don Courson, golfing out of the Castlegar course, grabbed the top prizes at the Zone One West Kootenay Men’s Qualifying Tournament Sunday in Christina Lake.Coletti and Hoodikoff each fired 8-over-par 152 to claim the top two spots on the Zone One West Kootenay Men’s Amateur team.Meanwhile, Courson edged out Ian Turner in the Senior Men’s qualifying tournament.Courson shot 163 in the 36-hole tournament that started Saturday at the Granite Pointe at Nelson course. Five players qualified for the Zone One West Kootenay Men’s team.Joining Coletti and Hoodikoff are Tanner Kopan Christina Lake, A. J. Cooper of Granite Pointe and Scott Podovelnikoff of Castlegar.Kopan and Cooper tied at 155 while Podovelnikoff was six shots off the leaders at 158.The B.C. Men’s Amateur is July 24-27 at the Swan-e-set Bay Resort in Pitt Meadows.On the Senior Men’s side of the tournament, Leif Petersen of Christina Lake, Turner of Christina Lake and Salmo’s Rick Thomas join Courson.The B.C. Senior Men’s Championship is July 16 – 18 at the Nanaimo Golf Club on Vancouver Island.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JULY 9, 2016

first_imgTrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SONGBIRD IN ‘VERY GOOD’ WORK FOR EASTERN TRIPSuperstar filly Songbird, who reels off fractions with the rhythmical precision of a metronome, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday morning in 1:13.40, breezing, as the undefeated daughter of Medaglia d’Oro trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms prepares for an East Coast campaign expected to lead back to Santa Anita on Nov. 4 for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff.“It was a very good work,” Hollendorfer said. “She galloped out nicely in 1:26 (for seven furlongs) and out a mile in (one) 39 point ninety.” Exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez was aboard.Songbird is scheduled to run in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga July 24 followed by the Alabama Aug. 20. While the $1 million Cotillion at Parx on Sept. 24 has been mentioned as the finale on Songbird’s Eastern junket, Hollendorfer allowed as to how that was not written in stone.“We’ll see what happens after those (first) two races,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “But we could possibly do that. She will leave Santa Anita on the 19th (of July) and she will not work at Saratoga.” Mike Puype54117620%44%$360,850 James Cassidy4574616%38%$427,845 Tyler Baze19231403516%55%$1,559,532 Flavien Prat15038242325%57%$1,856,795 HALL OF FAME JOCKEYS TO SIGN ONE-OF-A-KIND POSTER TOMORROWTomorrow, closing day of the Spring Meet, Hall of Fame jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to sign one-of-a-kind posters featuring three-time champion mare Beholder and the undefeated filly Songbird.Signings will take place in the shaded saddling enclosure. Families are invited to bring the kids, as Santa Anita mascots, Winnie and Lucky, will be on-hand to greet fans and offer Beholder peppermints, her favorite treat. Philip D’Amato992520925%55%$1,606,938 SLUGO RACING & PUYPE ‘TOUCHING RAINBOWS’ IN JULY            From the National Hot Rod Association to the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle, Steve Gasparrelli’s Slugo Racing is a good fit, as once again evidenced by Touching Rainbows’ impressive maiden $30,000 claiming win in last Saturday’s fifth race. Owned by Slugo, Esembee, Inc. or Strauss, the three-year-old Touching Rainbows is trained by Mike Puype and is a California-bred gelding by Aragorn who was making his third career start. Off at 5-2 in his first try around two turns, he won by 4 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat and paid $7.80.Steeped in the vagaries of nitro, burning rubber, leaking oil and the inherent life- threatening danger of racing Funny Cars, Gasparrelli’s late father, Lou, was a nationally prominent Funny Car owner and driver who won 11 division titles before succumbing to cancer in 2011, his victories including Funny Car scores in the prestigious Winternationals in 1986 and 1993.“My dad’s business was automotive, but he loved horse racing as well,” said Steve, who grew up in nearby Monrovia and himself drives the Gasparrelli family Funny Car on the NHRA circuit. “We’ve got about 16 horses now–yearlings, two-year-olds and horses of racing age, and Mike’s become a great friend. We enjoy this so much and it is such a thrill to come to the races when we have a horse running.“I love coming out here in the mornings to watch the horses train and just about everything about the racing experience. Like drag racing, there’s a lot competition, but there’s also a lot of comaraderie and that’s what makes it fun.”(And, whether it’s on turf, dirt or a quarter mile strip of asphalt, it doesn’t hurt to win every now and again, either). Doug O’Neill10112212112%53%$829,076 Kent Desormeaux61119618%43%$484,775 Fernando Perez10113111113%35%$557,713 Mark Glatt7113151118%55%$485,036 Chad Lindsay691171216%43%$248,830 John Sadler63971314%46%$742,733 Peter Eurton4586518%42%$488,880 Santiago Gonzalez18023243113%43%$1,124,768 Tiago Pereira10812161611%41%$535,187 SONGBIRD BREEZES FOR EAST COAST TOURBEHOLDER WORKS FOR HIRSCH AT DEL MARD’AMATO CLINCHES SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE BEJARANO ZEROES IN ON ANOTHER CROWNSLUGO RACING IS AT HOME ON ANY SURFACE Stewart Elliott959879%25%$394,355 Mike Smith45158133%53%$1,014,947center_img Edwin Maldonado15026221517%42%$1,001,870 Martin Garcia781261315%40%$650,094 Joseph Talamo13926192019%47%$1,527,073 BEJARANO NEARS ANOTHER RIDING TITLELike Old Man River, Rafael Bejarano just keeps rolling along.A change in agents a year ago didn’t impair the success of the 34-year-old native of Peru, who is about to capture his 15th riding title at Santa Anita, his 27th in California and his 32nd overall.With two days left in the 40-day Spring Meet, Bejarano held a 43-38 lead over runner-up Flavien Prat. Bejarano is named on six horses Saturday and five on Sunday.Prat is named to ride in eight of the nine races Saturday and in six of nine on Sunday, so mathematically, the title is still up for grabs, although Prat would appear to have a steep hill to climb.As for Bejarano, he loves his job.“I like the competition and I like to be No. One,” he said. “Like every jockey, my dream is to one day win the Kentucky Derby, but that’s the most difficult thing to achieve, because you only get one chance a year, if you’re lucky.”Bejarano’s agent is Tora Yamaguchi, a former member of the racing department who has represented Bejarano for about a year, following the retirement of agent Joe Ferrer.“I’ve had his book since the end of the Santa Anita meet last year, July of 2015,” said the soft-spoken Yamaguchi, who maintains a relatively low profile for such a high profile gig.“It’s always tough to stay on top,” he said, “but it’s always nice to stay on top. That’s what we strive for.” D’AMATO ROLLS TO SECOND TRAINING CROWNPhil D’Amato has clinched his second straight Santa Anita training title, having won the Winter Meet crown with 41 victories. He now stands nine ahead of runner-up Bob Baffert at 25-16 with two racing days left in the 40-day Spring Meet.D’Amato also is the runaway leader this meet in purse earnings with $1,606,938, more than $600,000 in front of runner-up Jerry Hollendorfer. With 23 wins from 96 starters, D’Amato is winning at a 24 percent clip. Baffert, with 16 wins from 55 starters, leads in that category with 29 percent. D’Amato and Hollendorfer are tied for most stakes wins at four each.D’Amato won his first-ever title when he captured Santa Anita’s Winter Meet crown.“Everything’s been firing,” said D’Amato, who won two races Friday. “I’ve got great stock across the board, from younger horses to older horses, and most importantly, I’ve got owners who let me pick the spots to run them in and it’s working out great.”D’Amato has no horses entered at Santa Anita today and four on Sunday, including two in the seventh race. Baffert has one horse entered today and two on Sunday. (Current Through Friday, July 8) Peter Miller581014717%53%$479,865 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Pedroza831391216%41%$403,100 Mario Gutierrez78916612%40%$695,300 Rafael Bejarano18443413023%62%$2,421,245 Richard Mandella4195722%51%$724,512 Jerry Hollendorfer751481419%48%$989,943 Richard Baltas6110121316%57%$466,765 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator worked a leisurely half mile this morning at Belmont Park in 51.63 under Kent Desormeaux in preparation for the Grade II Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 30 . . . California Chrome worked a mile in company Saturday in 1:39.60 at Los Alamitos as the 2014 Horse of the Year readies for the San Diego Handicap July 23 at Del Mar. California Chrome broke well behind workmate Mishegas but was two lengths in front at the wire . . . Jockey Norberto Arroyo is back in California and expected to resume riding when Del Mar opens next Friday, July 15. The 37-year-old native of Puerto Rico renewed his California license yesterday. He will be represented by his 35-year-old brother, Nelson, who also handles Abel Lezcano . . . There will be mandatory payouts in the Pick Six and Super High Five at Santa Anita on closing day Sunday. Patrick Gallagher2972224%38%$266,100 Bob Baffert551612629%62%$861,603 BEHOLDER IN ‘TYPICAL’ WORK THIS MORNINGThree-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked seven furlongs in company Saturday in 1:26.20 for trainer Richard Mandella with regular rider Gary Stevens aboard in preparation for the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30.Stablemate Volume was given a six furlong clocking of 1:14.40.“My company was supposed to go (five furlongs) in 1:01. I stayed four lengths off him, and Beholder did her thing through the lane,” Stevens said of the six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes, a champion at two, three and five whose ultimate goal is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.“It was just a nice, steady work, nothing fancy,” Stevens said. “She ships Monday so Richard didn’t want anything too fancy. It was good, a typical Beholder work.”last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MOTHERS AND OTHERS GROUP GET OFF THE GROUND IN GLENSWILLY

first_imgIt was a quiet weekend in terms of football and the only activity at the club was the Og sport Seven a side on Bank holiday Monday.Under 15 teams from Termon, Buncrana, Muff, Mac Cumhaills and Glenswilly were in attendance and it was a fantastic days football with some quality players on show. Our boys didnt make it through but did fantastic to get that far.The Mothers and Others group had their first meeting at the training pitch last Wednesday and good numbers turned up on the evening, the group will continue to meet every Wednesday at the training pitch from 8 to 9pm. There is also a walking group meeting there at the same time. It is a great social group and an opportunity to meet others.Any queries contact Elaine Mc Fadden on 086 1611240. Due to the Donegal match the Under 13 girls have no training this week. We would like to wish our Under10s all the best this coming Saturday when they travel to Dublin for a competition at Fingal GAA Club and they will also be attending the match in Croke Park thus an exciting day for them all.The annual Summer Camp will take place from August 20th to 22nd at the Clubhouse, places are very limited so to get your names in contact Karen on 0863827312.The Under 16 boys are in the league semi final at home to Carndonagh on Monday August 11th at 7.30pm. Well done to Cormac Callaghan and the Donegal Minor team on reaching the All Ireland Semis where they face Dublin, hopefully Neil and Michael will follow suit with a victory over Armagh next Saturday.The Club had a fantastic evening last Monday when we had the Two County Boys along with the Ulster Cups in a meet and greet at the Clubhouse. Great numbers turned up for photos and anyone looking for their photo can contact Geraldine Diver on 086 0741551. Unfortunately Cormac was unable to attend due to County training, but again thanks to Michael and Neil for their time and patcience on the evening. GAA NEWS: MOTHERS AND OTHERS GROUP GET OFF THE GROUND IN GLENSWILLY was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

Mahikeng airport freight hub on cards

first_img13 September 2013 The government of South Africa’s North West province is conducting a feasibility study for the development of a freight hub at Mahikeng International Airport. The study will form part of a wider freight transport strategy, including a passenger and freight rail plan, that is currently in the process of being drawn up, says Lesiba Moses Kgwele, spokesperson for the North West Premier’s office. The development of Mahikeng International was one of the priorities outlined by Premier Thandi Modise in her state of the province address earlier this year. The airport is currently undergoing a multi-million rand infrastructure upgrade to bring it into strict compliance with the regulations of the South African Civil Aviation Authority and the International Aviation Organisation. Kgwele said this week that R15-million was being spent on the rejuvenation of the airport’s runway, taxiways, apron and landing strip markings. A new 16-element instrument landing system (ILS) has been installed as part of the upgrade of the airport’s electrical grounding lighting system. “R30-million is also being spent on the project, to be completed in the current financial year,” Kgwele said. According to an approved Provincial Land Transport Framework report – which recommended the development of a freight hub or “dry port” in Mahikeng – the upgrades will enhance regional trade, eliminate border-crossing delays and minimise administrative inefficiencies. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

US-Canada Trade Conflicts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorWASHINGTON (DTN) — Canada could announce a new list of retaliatory tariffs on more U.S. goods, including agricultural products, as early as next week. The tariffs would maintain parity with the U.S. over steel and aluminum tariffs the Trump administration imposed against Canada.David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., highlighted the tariffs Monday as he spoke to members of the North American Agricultural Journalists at the group’s annual meeting in Washington. MacNaughton said Canadian officials are reconfiguring retaliatory tariffs to keep roughly $15 billion in products from the U.S. under either a 25% or 10% tariff.As a result of some exclusions and modifications, MacNaughton said, Canadian officials “will be refreshing that retaliation list,” likely within the next week, to maintain dollar-for-dollar retaliation.The retaliation will include “a significant number of agricultural products.” Possible new targets for tariffs could be apples, pork, ethanol and wine, he said. Once a list goes out, there will be up to 45 days of consultations to see which products would have the biggest impact on the U.S. and least impact on Canadians.“There are a variety of agricultural products we would look at and see to what degree they would impact Canadian producers and consumers,” MacNaughton said. “But I would think it would be a fairly long list.” He added, “I can’t imagine we wouldn’t at least put those kinds of products on consultation.”The Canadian tariffs are in response to “Section 232” tariffs placed on steel and aluminum imports by the U.S. last year. The Trump administration maintains the tariffs on imported steel and aluminum are needed for national security reasons, but the tariffs also helped force Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has become the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA still needs ratification by all three countries to go into effect.“On balance, I think the USMCA is a good deal,” MacNaughton said, adding Canadians want to remain a strong partner with the U.S.MacNaughton added that President Donald Trump has a new trade deal “which he indicates is the best trade agreement ever negotiated,” so the need for 232 tariffs should presumably be gone. “That is an important condition for us moving ahead.”Canada’s government is committed to passing the USMCA, but MacNaughton said the 232 tariffs on Canada and Mexico must be removed for the Canadian government to move the USMCA through its parliament. At the moment, MacNaughton said, there are no talks between the countries about dropping the Section 232 tariffs, only a “restating of positions.” Canadian officials argue the 232 tariffs are unjustified and illegal.Some Trump administration officials have talked about setting steel and aluminum quotas for Canada and Mexico, which MacNaughton said would translate into distorting trade. Under exclusions the U.S. has given already, China has more than 20 times the exclusions Canada was granted by the U.S.“When the stated purpose of these tariffs was to curb overproduction by countries like China, I find it difficult to understand why it is being imposed on Canada,” MacNaughton said.For 15 straight years, the U.S. had a surplus with Canada on imports-exports of steel products. MacNaughton noted, with a little irony, that the U.S. trade surplus ended last year when U.S. exports to Canada fell by $800 million. “So my question is, how’s that program working for you so far?”In terms of aluminum, MacNaughton said, at peak capacity, the U.S. aluminum industry can only produce about 25% of its aluminum needs. The question then becomes where does the U.S. want to get its aluminum?“If you put quotas on Canada, it necessitates that imports will come from other places like Russia, China, Kazakhstan, and how does that enhance U.S. national security?” the ambassador said. “So we think steel and aluminum quotas make no sense.”Canada is facing some time constraints on the USMCA, MacNaughton noted. The Canadian Parliament adjourns June 15 to campaign and will not reconvene until after elections in October. MacNaughton said it’s not a good idea to go into the election with the USMCA hanging out there unratified because it would stir the political pot.“If this is unresolved, if the 232 tariffs are still in place, then the discussion about our relationship with the United States of America will be a central part of the campaign, and it won’t be a really positive discussion, I think,” he said.The ambassador added that it’s important for the U.S. and Canada to maintain their geopolitical alliance because Russia is considering establishing military bases in the Arctic. China also continues to bring political pressure against Canada over the arrest of a Huawei executive by Canadian officials at the request of the U.S. China has arrested at least two Canadians as spies and also cut off imports of Canadian canola and petroleum. MacNaughton said it’s important during the U.S.-China talks for U.S. officials to help Canada address these issues, especially the arrests of Canadian citizens.“We face more challenges internationally today than I’ve ever seen in my life,” MacNaughton said. “It’s a time when the word ‘ally’ actually has substantial meaning.”While U.S. officials appear reluctant to deal with the tariffs, MacNaughton added U.S. officials are consistently seeking Canada’s help with Venezuela as well.“It is that kind of thing that is causing a real sort of irritation and befuddlement as to why?” MacNaughton said. “If our two countries can’t get along, what does that say to the rest of the world?”Approval of the USMCA in the U.S. Congress hinges partially on Mexico passing new labor laws that coincide with the trade deal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., raised that point last week. MacNaughton said it was part of the agreement that Mexico would update its labor laws.“That was part of the negotiations, and I think an important part of it,” he said.Outside the tariff argument, critics of the USMCA deal don’t think Canada opens up its dairy or poultry markets enough under the new deal. Without an agreement, Canada would keep the Class 6 and Class 7 pricing schemes for milk and maintain the current wheat-grading program that discounts U.S. wheat. Mexico would also maintain substantial wage advantages in automobile manufacturing compared to Canada and the U.S., MacNaughton said.“I don’t think there is any question whatsoever that it (USMCA) is an improvement over the status quo,” he said.Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Does the Nest Thermostat Save Energy?

first_imgThe Nest Learning Thermostat has been on the market for nearly four years now. One of the biggest things the Nest folks use as a selling point is energy savings. “Programs itself. Then pays for itself.” That’s the first thing you see when you go to the Nest homepage. But what do the data say? Three independent studies plus a white paper from Nest provide some answers. (GBA first reported on these three studies in a February 2015 news story.)The first study was done on 185 Oregon homes that used heat pumps, and the study was conducted over one heating season (2013-14), with the report released in October 2014. Two nearly identical studies run by two different gas and electric utilities in Indiana looked at both heating and cooling in a total of 700 homes. The results were nearly identical, too. Finally, Nest published a white paper in which they analyzed the energy use of 735 Nest owners with gas furnaces and 624 Nest owners with electric cooling. (See links to all studies at end of article.)Let’s take a look.A study in OregonThis one was focused on heating with heat pumps. The goal was to find a way to reduce the amount of electric resistance heat that typically is installed as a supplemental heat source in heat pumps. The Energy Trust of Oregon, which launched the research project, was looking for an alternative to their “advanced heat pump controls measure.” As I showed in my recent article on Michael Blasnik’s presentation on big data from Nest, there’s a lot of opportunity for savings in heat pump supplemental heating. The Energy Trust installed the Nest thermostats in 185 homes, and 174 of those made it all the way through the study with the thermostat installed and working. The researchers looked at energy use in the heating season before and the heating season after installation of the Nest. They also interviewed the participants at the end of the study period.Here what I think are two of the biggest results they found when they looked at the final data:Homes averaged 12% savings of electricity used for heating after installing the Nest. (These numbers have been adjusted for weather.)More than 60% of the participants found their homes “somewhat more comfortable” or “much more comfortable” while using the Nest thermostat.Then there were some interesting things that fell out when they analyzed the data in other ways. They looked at all kinds of demographics — age, education level, housing type, geographic location, and much more — and here are a few that struck me as noteworthy.Manufactured homes had the highest savings, almost twice as much as the overall average.In homes where the Nest replaced a programmable thermostat, the savings were about twice as high as in homes where it replaced a non-programmable thermostat. The uncertainties were high enough, though, that the report says those numbers only “suggest” that the Nest does better when replacing a programmable thermostat.The homes that used the most energy saved the most energy (1,785 kWh per year), whereas the group with the lowest incomes had the highest percent savings: 11.1% (1,654 kWh).Although the results are encouraging, the Oregon report urges some caution:We have some reservations about the reliability of the results from the subgroup analyses. Each subgroup comparison began with a relatively small sample of pilot homes and cut it into even smaller pieces to analyze. With such small samples to work with and so many comparisons that the team was interested in, there may have been random fluctuations in the data that resulted in observing spurious differences.In other words, they feel more confident about the numbers based on all the participants, less so about the ones based on things like those who live in manufactured housing, those who used to have a different programmable thermostat, and those who floss religiously on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday every single week. Also, the data cover only one heating season, so running it for multiple years would provide a better picture of what’s happening.Still, one of the biggest takeaways here is that this study found good savings with the Nest thermostat connected to heat pumps. In their white paper, Nest discussed the difficulties of using setbacks with heat pumps and included a U.S. Department of Energy warning: “Programmable thermostats are generally not recommended for heat pumps.” That’s because many of them tend to cause the electric resistance heat to run more as the heat pump attempts to recover from setbacks.Two studies in IndianaThese two projects were done by two different gas and electric utilities in Indiana. The Cadmus Group conducted both studies and wrote the reports. Both studies looked at gas use during heating season and electricity use during cooling season. One of the studies had 400 participating homes, the other 300.The Oregon project was a pre- and post-installation study with the same group of homes. The Indiana studies were different. They compared the energy use in homes with a Nest thermostat to homes with a standard programmable thermostat (the Honeywell TH211) by looking at each relative to homes with non-programmable thermostats as the baseline.Here are the main results from both studies:For heating, the Nest showed ~13% energy savings compared to the baseline homes.For heating, the programmable thermostat showed 8% and 5% savings compared to the baseline.For cooling, the Nest showed 16% and 14% energy savings compared to the baseline homes.For cooling, the programmable thermostat showed 15% and 13% savings compared to the baseline.The Nest beat the baseline homes (non-programmable thermostat) by double digits for both heating and cooling. It also beat the standard programmable thermostat for heating. For cooling, the Nest and the programmable thermostat came out about the same.A white paper from NestThis white paper is a good read even without the energy savings information because the paper discusses a lot of the issues around trying to determine whether or not a given measure saves energy and how you would go about determining the amount of savings. (Read the Background and Methodology sections.)The Nest energy savings analysis is different from both the Oregon and the Indiana studies. The researchers used “pooled” data from a control group of non-Nest users and compared that data to data from the Nest users. The first chart below shows percent savings for the control group. Notice that the center of the data is at 0% savings. In contrast to the control group, the data from the Nest users are shifted to the right of the 0% savings line, as you can see in the second chart.The actual numbers they found for savings of natural gas for heating and electricity for cooling are:9.6% for heating (as a percentage of heating, not total energy use)17.5% for cooling (as a percentage of cooling, not total energy use)The heating number is lower than the other studies, but the cooling number is about the same.The Nest white paper discusses potential biases and the issues surrounding using data from the MyEnergy customers. In the end, though, they conclude that there wasn’t any large bias in the results.Yes, the Nest does save energyThe results here provide a lot of evidence that the Nest Learning Thermostat does indeed save energy. It saves on heating energy with both gas furnaces and heat pumps, and it saves on cooling with air conditioners and heat pumps. All four of the reports go into the details of their methodology, telling how they chose the participants, how they collected and analyzed the data, and more. (Use the links below to download the papers.)One important thing to point out here is that the Oregon and Indiana studies used carefully chosen participants, and they installed the Nest thermostats for them. One question that comes up with Nest data sometimes is, what is the effect of having self-selected gadget-geeks or energy savers on the savings data? In those three studies, that’s a moot point. It seems that the average Nest owner will save energy even when they’re not the kind of people who would go out and buy one on their own.Of course, not everyone buys a Nest because it saves energy. Some people get them just so they can adjust the thermostat remotely from the app on their phone. Maybe it’s even because it’s flossing day, and they have to get up early.The Four ReportsOregon Study (pdf)Indiana Study – NIPSCo (pdf)Indiana Study – VectrenNest white paper (pdf) Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESNest Thermostat Data Revealed for First TimeReinventing the ThermostatThe Strange Geography of Thermostat Settings Nest Thermostat Pays for Itself in Two Years, Studies FindGet Ready for Smart AppliancesThe Internet of Things Takes Center StageGBA Product Guide: The Nest Learning Thermostatlast_img read more

Hands-On Review: URSA Mini 4.6K with 4.0 Firmware Update

first_imgWhat are your impressions of the URSA Mini 4.6K camera and 4.0 firmware? Share your opinions in the comments below.The URSA Mini 4.6K camera and 4.0 firmware was tested and reviewed by Ryan Patterson and Michael Maher. We got our hands on a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K with the latest firmware. It’s an impressive overhaul, practically making it a whole new camera.Top image via Blackmagic DesignBlackmagic recently released a new 4.0 beta firmware for their Ursa Mini 4K and Ursa Mini 4.6K. With no existing legacy code from the past, the Blackmagic Camera Setup 4.0 is a complete overhaul of their operating system and user interface. Not only that, but quite a few new features that improve the overall functionality of the camera are nicely tucked in there as well.URSA Mini 4.6K Touchscreen MenuPerhaps the most significant change is the overhaul of the touchscreen menu. The visual style of the touchscreen menu system is very simple and clean. On and off switches and adjustable sliders are plentiful, which makes it easy to glance at the screen and see exactly what is going on.Unlike most other production cameras, there is not a list-style menu system to scroll through — only to realize that the function you wanted wasn’t even there to begin with. It seems like Blackmagic took a cue from the RED playbook and gave users the ability to see all your options at once instead of hiding things deep in a menu tree.The simple swipes left and right change the page under any menu header. The ability to get to any of those headers at any time without having to retreat back to a home page makes adjusting settings like turning on a LUT or adjusting off-speed frame rate very easy to do on the fly.There’s a familiarity to it that makes it ever so simple to understand and master. After only a few minutes playing around, I felt like I could change any setting within seconds. In live viewing mode, touching any of the essential settings like white balance, shutter, and ISO allow instant changes to those specific functions.It’s worth mentioning that Blackmagic’s color control is heavily reliant upon post color work with their DaVinci Resolve software and the use of user-generated LUTs that can be loaded in via the CFAST cards. As a result, the absence of color control in camera is refreshingly simple and doesn’t overcrowd the menu system with gamma and color settings most shooters won’t ever really use.Everything in the menu is an important function, and it’s important to note that not only did Blackmagic think about how they laid out the menu system — but what they put in there as well.URSA Mini 4.6K Beta BugsBeing a beta version of any software implies that it might be a bit buggy. Booting the camera up takes too long. Playback mode often takes a few seconds too long to get out of, and it’s not easy to get to a specific point in a clip. Overall, you don’t need tiny fingers to hit any of the options with the exception of the forward, reverse, and play buttons in playback mode. Fortunately, there are also hard buttons for those functions on the physical camera itself that are much easier to use.Swiping left and right on the touchscreen can cause unwanted changes in menu options, especially those that are adjusted via sliders. When in live-viewing mode (not in the menus), swiping left enables a screen for the input of metadata such as slate info, director and cinematographer names, and other shot-specific notes. Seems like that function could be delegated to something more useful, but that is definitely personal preference. It’s quite easy to accidentally touch the screen and land somewhere you don’t want to be like that metadata input screen. Maybe in the future Blackmagic will allow users to customize and lock certain gestures. For now, it’s totally manageable.Utilizing a touchscreen menu system on the same screen used for composing and focusing the shot can be an annoyance without an additional monitor. Although you can change essential settings without pulling up the menu, accessing anything else completely kills the image. There’s also the element of dirt and residue from your hands building up and smudging the screen, especially on location. Tapping an LCD screen too hard can risk permanently damaging it as well.Since we’ve completed our review of the camera, Blackmagic has already updated to Public Beta 2, addressing a few of these concerns — including the slow boot time. For more details on that update, check out the Blackmagic website.URSA Mini 4.6K ReviewPhysically, the camera feels robust and sturdy compared to other brands’ similarly priced models. The rectangular form factor, on par with bigger players like Sony and ARRI, enables comfortable cradling and handheld configurations with nothing jutting out to make things uncomfortable and awkward. This is a major improvement over the pretty goofy form factor of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.To get past a simple tripod setup, you will have to invest quite a bit of money for accessories like the Ursa Mini Viewfinder and Shoulder Rig Kit. Add that to the cost of purchasing larger batteries necessary to run the camera like Anton Bauers or IDX V-mounts, chargers, CFAST cards, a card reader, and you’ve nearly doubled the cost of your investment.URSA Mini 4.6K ungraded screen grab.With that said, this camera should be considered an extremely viable option for independent shooters looking to step up their game. Although the new software stands out among its competitors, it is not enough of a selling point to really be a strong factor in the decision to purchase the camera.For cinematographers who rent for larger projects, but want to own a camera for their own packages — the URSA Mini 4.6K is a solid choice. It’s affordable, takes EF lenses (depending on the model), and you can easily rent any additional gear and accessories for larger productions. There are also great third-party accessories from manufacturers like Wooden Camera.The image quality, physical aspects of the body, and the ability to build it up to a professional cinema-style camera for independent movies and documentaries is a major plus. The URSA Mini 4.6K is certainly capable of having as simple or as large of a set up as you want — from one-man band to a full studio camera.Best uses for the URSA Mini 4.6K:Independent FilmsDocumentary (Short and Feature)Commercials / PromosDP Personal Camera PackageMusic VideosCorporate Videoslast_img read more

‘One more game’

first_imgGinebra will have the momentum to go for the kill, and Cone has hinted that he will prepare his boys to play just one more game.“Our mentality right now is we want to play just one more game,” Cone said after Game 5 of the best-of-seven series. Slaughter was the other big performer for Cone and showed why he is the Best Player of the Conference, finishing with 17 points, 16 rebounds and six swats.Meralco had only five blocks for the night.“I am looking forward to playing in a bigger game,” Slaughter said of Game 6, which will also be at Philippine Arena. “Whoever comes out hungrier for that game will get that game.”Meralco trailed by as many as 18 in the first half before coming back hard in the third period to lead a couple of times. But, like in Game 2, the Bolts suffered a power outage in the most critical time of the game, making just two Allen Durham free throws in a five-minute span.Durham has also been working double time in trying to keep the Bolts in this series, and whether he’s got more to give for two more games will ultimately determine whether Meralco finally breaks through in the pros.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games After five grueling games of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, and considering how he has worked himself ragged to help give Barangay Ginebra a 3-2 lead over Meralco, Justin Brownlee says he’s still got a lot left in the tank as the Gin Kings gun for the clincher on Wednesday night.“No, not at all,” the 6-foot-5 Brownlee said when asked if he was surprised that coach Tim Cone didn’t give him a breather in the second half of a tight 85-74 victory on Sunday before 36,455 fans at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I just have to be prepared,” Cone went on, before someone asked if he was ready to go the full 48 minutes—at least—in Game 6 where the Kings can sew up a repeat. “I’m ready to do whatever it takes for us to win a championship.”Brownlee played 46 total minutes in Game 5 and struggled throughout with the Meralco defense focusing on him hard.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut he delivered when needed by helping in the other aspects in the stretch, as he still finished with 20 points that went with 12 rebounds and five assists. Brownlee also had a night-high three steals—equaling the entire Meralco total—which resulted in a Greg Slaughter bucket that made it 81-70 going into the final 4:30.“Our job’s not done yet,” Brownlee said. Milliam posts rare PPS 3-title romp Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

SMC bloc, allies vow to lend players for Gilas amid PBA impasse

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stephen Curry puzzled over mention in GOP tax proposal CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Narvasa remains defiant: I’m fighting for principleNational team head coach Chot Reyes can heave a sigh of relief as he begins the Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ preparations on Friday evening.Players like June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger, and Von Pessumal of San Miguel, Japeth Aguilar and Kevin Ferrer of Ginebra, Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon of Star, Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort, and LA Revilla and Russel Escoto of Kia have the greenlight to join the national team’s preparations for the Asian qualifiers.The Philippines is set to open its first round assignment against Japan in Tokyo on November 24, before playing Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 27.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA governors may be at an impasse when it comes to the matters about the Commissioner’s office, but the teams remain united when it comes to the national team.The five teams supporting the extension of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said that they won’t allow the controversy to affect the league’s commitment to Smart Gilas Pilipinas.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion In a joint statement released on Friday, San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort, and Kia said they are still allowing their players to suit for national team duties for the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers as part of the PBA’s agreement with Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).READ: Seven PBA governors stand firm, urge Narvasa to resign FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“All five teams composed of San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Star Hotshots, GlobalPort and Kia Picanto will continue to make available its players to the Philippine team that is preparing for the Fiba Asia World Cup qualifier and other league functions. We believe this should not be adversely affected by the board members’ differences in opinion,” the statement read.“We reiterate that we are doing this to protect the league we all love, the game of basketball and the millions of fans who continue to support us.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Read Nextlast_img read more

Popovich has ‘never’ seen an injury like Leonard’s

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion NBA: Paul George demands more ‘respect’ for his defensive prowess NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Luckily for the Spurs, Parker is doing a little better in his recovery from a ruptured left quadriceps tendon he suffered in the Western Conference semifinals series against the Houston Rockets and might be on his way to return “very soon.”“For real, sooner than later. And I’m serious. I’m being honest,” the coach said of the French guard, who could suit up as early as late November.San Antonio is currently tied for third in the Western Conference at 11-7, with its last game ending in a loss to New Orleans, 107-90, on Thursday (Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “What’s really strange is that Tony has the same injury, but even worse. They had to go operate on his quad tendon and put it back together or whatever they did to it. So to have two guys, that’s pretty incredible. I had never seen it before those guys,” he said.Leonard has not hit the court since Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Golden State. He came to training camp before the season in the team’s injured list.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe same ESPN report also cited that Leonard “needs to advance through a rehabilitation process that comprises several steps, including individual work followed by 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills, before he can get full clearance to return to the court,” something which the 26-year-old hasn’t gotten yet.“I keep saying sooner rather than later. It’s kind of like being a politician. It’s all baloney, doesn’t mean anything,” said Popovich. San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, left, is being helped by teammate Pau Gasol in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors on May 14, 2017. Leonard hurt his ankle after landing on the foot of Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia. APAlmost a month into the new NBA season and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich still couldn’t wrap his head around the quadriceps tendinopathy injury that has been keeping his star swingman Kawhi Leonard out of the lineup.In a report of ESPN, Popovich admitted that he “never” seen an injury like Leonard’s. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has missed 17 games so far for the Spurs and doesn’t have a timetable for his return.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

Arnaut Groeneveld’s equaliser rescues Netherlands against Belgium in friendly

first_imgArnaut Groeneveld scored his first international goal to help Netherlands play out a 1-1 draw against Belgium in a friendly at the King Baudouin Stadium on Tuesday.Dries Mertens volleyed an excellent opener for Belgium after five minutes, but the young Dutch side grew into the game and were level before the break thanks to Groeneveld.It was the first draw in 13 matches for Belgium, who had won 11 of their previous 12 games, the only blemish being the World Cup semi-final loss to eventual champions France in July.It was also a second positive result in four days for the rejuvenated Netherlands, who beat Germany 3-0 in the Nations League on Saturday and showed more signs of progression under coach Ronald Koeman as they came close to another victory.Belgium took the early lead when Eden Hazard’s mazy run into the penalty area saw the ball eventually fall for Mertens, whose powerfully volley crashed into the corner of the net.Mertens almost turned provider shortly afterwards when his cross was headed over the bar by striker Romelu Lukaku, while at the other end Memphis Depay only had Simon Mignolet to beat but fired straight at the Belgium goalkeeper.The Dutch were level after 27 minutes when an incisive breakaway saw Depay provide a low cross for unmarked Groeneveld to score his first Dutch goal in his second international.The visitors had seized the momentum and were unlucky not to take the lead when Quincy Promes struck the post with a shot from the edge of the box, although Hazard should have scored for the hosts soon after when he fired wide from 10 metres.advertisementBelgium coach Roberto Martinez withdrew Hazard, Lukaku and Mertens at halftime and one of the replacements, forward Michy Batshuayi, had two chances just after the break but shot wide and had a header saved by goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.The second period lacked the intensity of the first as both teams tired but Dutch defender Nathan Ake forced an excellent save from Mignolet with a header from a corner, while Pablo Rosario also missed a headed chance for the visitors.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

10 months agoFulham join Premier League scamble for Marseille winger Clinton N’Jie

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham join Premier League scamble for Marseille winger Clinton N’Jieby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Marseille winger Clinton N’Jie has been offered a return to England.The Mirror says N’Jie is a target for Fulham and Newcastle.The Whites have joined the chase for the pace-merchant but relegation rivals Burnley and Cardiff are both also interested.The 25-year-old was set to join Sporting CP on loan last summer before the move fell through. N’Jie had an ill-fated two seasons with Spurs before returning to OM last summer. last_img read more

Russias Group Is The Easiest In Modern World Cup History

2002CBrazilTurkeyChinaCosta Rica1750-51.8 1994DArgentinaGreeceNigeriaBulgaria1757-43.6 Powerhouse France, coming off a loss in the finals of the 2016 European Championship to Portugal, will be looking to move through and claim its second ever World Cup trophy. Peru owns a 47 percent chance to make its second-ever knockout stage appearance and first since being defeated by Pelé’s Brazil in Mexico in 1970. Group B is projected to be the strongest in the tournament, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, and will be headlined by an early game between old rivals Portugal and Spain, which will face off for just the second time at a World Cup. The Iberian Peninsula neighbors met for the first time in 2010, when the Spaniards won 1-0 on their way to the country’s first ever World Cup victory. And the duo could meet again on the grandest stage of them all: They have the highest combined chance of making the final of any two teams in the same group. 2018ASaudi ArabiaEgyptRussiaUruguay1720-97.8 2010FParaguayItalySlovakiaNew Zealand1713-66.9 Luck of the draw?The easiest groups in expanded World Cup history based on the difference between average Elo rating of group and the average of the tournament, 1986-2018 YEARGROUPTEAM 1TEAM 2TEAM 3TEAM 4AVG. ELO RATINGDIFF. FROM TOURNAMENT AVG. 2006HSaudi ArabiaTunisiaUkraineSpain1744-44.7 2014HAlgeriaBelgiumSouth KoreaRussia1734-92.0 1998BAustriaCameroonChileItaly1747-52.3 2002BParaguaySouth AfricaSpainSlovenia1749-53.0 Belgium and England will be extremely pleased with how the draw turned out for them, as they’re combined chances of making it out of the group stages are the highest of any two teams in the same group. What’s more, they don’t play each other until the final round of group-stage matches, so depending on how they fare against Tunisia and Panama, the Belgians and English could have already qualified by the time they meet. Before the World Cup draw on Friday, there was reason to suspect that Russia would get off easy. As the host country, it was slotted into Pot 1, which made it impossible for them to be grouped with a powerhouse like Brazil or Germany. But it looks like the Russians also had a little luck on their side. In fact, by one metric, Russia’s Group A is the weakest group in modern World Cup history.Based on Elo ratings — a measure of a team’s quality that takes into account factors such margin of victory, game importance and game location — Russia’s group with Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia has an average rating of 1720, which is 98 points worse than the average of all World Cup teams. That’s the largest gap between group strength and the World Cup average for any group in the World Cup since the expansion to the modern format in 1986.1With group play and a 16-team knockout tournament; 24 teams from 1986 to 1994 and then 32 from 1998 onward. 1986BBelgiumMexicoIraqParaguay1757-45.0 Using Elo averages, no group in this next World Cup cracks the top 10 most difficult since 1986, but all are obviously tougher than Group A. Here’s a look at which teams should advance from each: The Russians avoided a whammy each time a pingpong ball was selected. After Uruguay joined them as the group’s Pot 2 team — Uruguay is middle of the pack, with an 1849 Elo rating — things really started going Russia’s way. Egypt, which has the second-weakest Elo of any team in Pot 3, was drawn, and the group was rounded out with Saudi Arabia, which has the lowest Elo in the field of 32. Compared with all of the potential ways Russia’s draw could have played out, its group ended up being among the easiest 2.2 percent of all possible combinations, according to the average Elo rating of its members.(Of course, this is even better news for Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, because they get to face Russia — the worst Pot 1 team by a wide margin — in addition to one another.)While Group A is the easiest when compared to the 2018 World Cup field, it actually doesn’t hold the claim for lowest raw score among all groups since 1986. That distinction belongs to Group F in 2010, which featured the defending champion Italy, Slovakia, Paraguay and New Zealand. No team from this group would make it past the quarterfinals.That said, Russia should stroll into the knockout stage. Indeed, FiveThirtyEight is giving Russia a 74 percent chance of advancing that far, with Uruguay followed closely behind with a 72 percent chance of reaching the knockouts. After scraping through the qualifying stages, Argentina is the clear favorite in Group D, with a 74 percent chance of advancing. But all eyes will be on Iceland, which famously beat England in the 2016 Euros on their way to the quarterfinals, to see if the country of just 330,000 people can go on another magical run. And they may be ready to shock the world again: Iceland’s chance of advancing to the knockout stage is just 33 percent, which will likely become even smaller after they face the Argentines in its first game. 2006GFranceSwitzerlandSouth KoreaTogo1732-57.2 Group F is in the mix for being this tournament’s “Group of Death” as reigning champions Germany will be joined by Mexico and Sweden. The Mexicans’ and Swedes’ qualifying chances are separated by just 3 percentage points, which is the smallest difference of any teams drawn out of Pots 2 and 3 in the same group. Rounding out the group is South Korea, which famously made it all the way to the semifinals in 2002, when they co-hosted the tournament, and currently have the third-worst SPI rating of any team traveling to Russia. The prize for second place in Group F? A possible date with Brazil in the Round of 16. Good luck. After its heartbreaking 7-1 defeat by Germany in front of its home fans in the 2014 World Cup semifinals, Brazil will be out for revenge in Russia. The way the tournament’s bracket is set up, Brazil and Germany could be on a collision course to meet in the final if they both win their respective groups. As it stands, Brazil and Germany have the highest and third-highest chances of making the final in 2018. The Polish could be the most likely team from Pot 1 to fail to qualify for the knockout stage, as they currently have the second-lowest SPI rating of any team from Pot 1. They’ll be joined by Colombia and Japan, which have a 70 percent and 49 percent chance of advancing to the knockout stage, respectively. This means that Group H is the only group that has three teams with at least a 49 percent chance of making it out of the group stage. With the Colombians ranked the ninth-best team in the tournament and the Japanese being the highest-ranked team of any from Pot 4, Poland faces one of the toughest tests of teams from Pot 1.Additional contributions from Neil Paine and Dean Strachan.CORRECTION (Dec. 4, 10:50 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Colombia’s and Japan’s chances of making it to the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup were 2 percentage points apart. Poland’s and Japan’s are 2 percentage points apart. read more

Scouting Michigan A look at the 2015 Wolverines

Michigan redshirt senior quarterback Jake Rudock (15) during a game against Penn State on Nov. 21 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Ohio State football team lost its first game of the season against then-No. 9 Michigan State last week. But for the Buckeyes, the going is only getting more tough, as they are set to travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on archrival Michigan (9-2, 6-1) on Saturday. Under the direction of first-year coach Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines have solidified their place back in the discussion as an elite program. After finishing just 5-7 a year ago, Harbaugh has changed the culture and turned the Wolverines into one of biggest surprises in college football this season. Here is a look at Harbaugh’s squad.Hot Peppers Coming out of high school, Jabrill Peppers was one of the most sought-after recruits in the country. Peppers, a consensus top-five player, eventually chose to take his many talents to Ann Arbor, but his freshman season was cut short after being injured in September. He appeared in just three games, which allowed him to pick up a medical redshirt. Now, the New Jersey native is healthy and showing why college coaches around the nation did everything in their power to get him on their teams. Although he is technically going to start at safety, that is just a label. It doesn’t restrict him.On defense, he will play nearly everything except defensive lineman. In a base package, he plays as the strong safety, but the former state champion in the 100-meter dash will become a cornerback in the nickel. When defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin sends out the dime package in passing situations, Peppers often will slide over and play linebacker to have extra speed on the field. He’s fourth on the team with 40 total tackles, 5.5 of which have been for a loss, and second in pass breakups with 10. When Michigan’s defense gets a stop on third down — which is often, evidenced by the team ranking second in the country in third-down percentage (.232) — Peppers doesn’t leave the field. Instead, he drops back to return punts. On the season, he is averaging 11.4 yards per return, with a long of 41. Now, increasingly more often, Peppers won’t leave the field after he handles his return duties. To take further advantage of his skillset, Harbaugh has begun to play the redshirt freshman on offense, like Charles Woodson did for the Wolverines during his tenure. Peppers has gotten handoffs out of the backfield and taken direct snaps out of the wildcat while also splitting out wide to catch passes. He doesn’t always touch the ball when he lines up on offense, but the possibility of him getting it requires defenses to know where No. 5 is at all times. In total, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Peppers has 17 offensive touches for 97 yards and two scores. His offensive snaps have increased as the season has progressed, so expect Harbaugh to use him often against the Buckeyes. Incredibly, Peppers is fourth on the team in all-purpose yards with 514. Coaches often talk about players that impact the game in more ways than one. Peppers is the gold-standard of that mantra.Expect him to be all over the field making plays during Saturday’s game. The defense is suffocatingOSU’s offense got smothered by Michigan State’s defense last week. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, they’re going to be going up against an even better defense on Saturday. Michigan’s defense ranks second in the country in total defense, allowing just 263.1 yards per game. The Wolverines are allowing just 100.2 yards rushing per contest, while Peppers and the secondary are surrendering only 163 yards through the air. Both marks are good for fourth in the nation. The success in shutting down opponents starts with the defensive line. Senior defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow had been anchoring the unit, but he was lost for the season against Rutgers. Despite the loss, junior Maurice Hurst has filled in nicely at nose tackle. Flanking him on both sides are seniors Willie Henry and Chris Wormley.The trio does an incredible job occupying blockers, creating opportunities for the linebacking corps to crowd the line of scrimmage and pile up tackles. Two linebackers — senior Joe Bolden and redshirt senior Desmond Morgan — lead the Wolverines in tackles with 67 and 64, respectively. When teams get the ball on the perimeter, like Utah did against Michigan in the season opener, the linebackers get exposed a little bit because they’re not necessarily elite athletes. They’re an instinctive, hard-nose group, but that is their one weakness. Alongside Peppers in the secondary, juniors Chandler Stribbling, a physical 6-foot-2 cornerback, and Jourdan Lewis, are fundamentally sound. Durkin, who was a graduate assistant at Bowling Green under OSU coach Urban Meyer from 2001-02, will be creative in his blitz and coverage packages to try and confuse the Buckeye offense. The Scarlet and Gray offense will be motivated to get back its high-powered ways, but to do so, it will have to navigate its way past the talented Wolverine defense. Trending upFrom the season opener to now, the Michigan offense is different like night and day.The unit started slow, but as redshirt senior Jake Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa in his first year with the program, started to become more confident in Harbaugh’s scheme, the offense started to click. After scoring just 17 points against Utah in Week 1, the Wolverines have not scored fewer than 23 points in any game. Michigan, arguably, has the most talented group of pass catchers that OSU has faced at any point this season. Redshirt junior wide receivers Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson — who have combined for 1160 receiving yards and 12 scores — will test the Buckeyes’ secondary with their top-end speed and precise route running. Complementing the duo is 6-foot-6 junior tight end Jake Butt. The Pickerington, Ohio, native uses his size to his advantage and is one of Rudock’s favorite targets on third down.  Beyond those three, a strong group consisting of senior tight end A.J. Williams, freshman wide receiver Grant Perry and junior running back De’Veon Smith provide Rudock additional hands to throw to. Smith is also the leading rusher, carrying the ball 145 times for 621 yards and six touchdowns. The Warren, Ohio, native is a serviceable player, but this Michigan offense relies heavily on Rudock’s play. But as of late, Rudock’s play has been as good as any quarterback in the Big Ten. In the past three games, he’s thrown for over 344 yards and three touchdowns per game. As long as he continues that level of play, the Michigan offense will test the OSU defense on Saturday. Beyond the Buckeyes If Michigan beats OSU, and Michigan State loses to Penn State, then the Wolverines will be traveling to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec 5. If the said scenario does not happen, then Harbaugh and his team will wait patiently for its undecided bowl game. read more

Solari hopes Messi plays in El Clasico

first_imgThe Real Madrid coach wants the Argentinean superstar to play for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey Semifinal.Real Madrid and Barcelona will play in the Copa del Rey Semifinal.The first leg will be played tomorrow at night at Camp Nou, while the second leg is scheduled for February 27th at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.But Barca’s superstar Lionel Messi might not play the first leg of the Semifinal, because of a thigh problem in Saturday’s 2-2 Spanish La Liga draw with Valencia.“In football, it is good for the best players to play in all games,” Solari said to ESPN as he wants Messi to play this match.“That is how it is.”When asked if the doubt over Messi’s participation will change his preparation for the match, Solari replied: “Not at all.”“Nobody is undroppable in football,” he said after being asked about Vinicius JuniorMadrid will have one less day to prepare for the match, as Barcelona played earlier in the weekend, but for Solari, that’s just something that happens in football.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I hope not, although it is curious, to say the least,” Solari said.“We do not set the calendar, which is for La Liga [authorities] to answer for. We just have to go out there and give our best.”Madrid has a very difficult month of February, as they take on Barcelona tomorrow in Copa del Rey, then on Saturday, they visit Atletico Madrid.Next week Los Blancos will play against Ajax in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, and then will have two La Liga matches: against Girona and Levante.They end their February month hosting Barcelona in Copa del Rey action.🎙💬 This is what Solari had to say about tomorrow’s Clásico!#RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Wi3GkRrs6b— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) February 5, 2019last_img read more

Cardinals Qualify 11 Individuals Five Relays to NCAA Championships

first_imgStory Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following their third place finish at the ACC Championships, the University of Louisville women’s swimming and diving team qualified 11 individual swimmers and three relay swimmers to the 2019 NCAA Championships, which will be held on March 20-23 in Austin Texas. Mallory Comerford returns to NCAAs as the two-time 200 freestyle champion and will look to build upon a successful ACCs, where she swept her individual events (100/200/500 Free) for the second consecutive year. The senior is the top-seed in the 200 free (1:41.29), third in the 100 free (46.57) and fourth in the 50 free (21.58). Looking to build on their program-best fifth place finish at last year’s NCAA Championships, the Cardinals’ 11 individual qualifiers are entered in a combined 29 races. In addition to the individual swims, Louisville has also qualified in all five relays. Four of the Cardinals’ relays are currently ranked within the top-16, highlighted by the sixth-seeded 400 free and 400 medley relays. Louisville won gold in the 400 free relay and silver in the 400 medley relay at the ACC Championships. Psych Sheet center_img A full list of Louisville qualifiers below:Mariia Astashkina (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Sophie Cattermole (200 Free, 500 Free, 1650 Free)Mallory Comerford (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free)Morgan Friesen (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Alina Kendzior (100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM)Alena Kraus (200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Fly)Grace Oglesby (100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 IM)Arina Openysheva (100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free)Maria Sumida (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Fly)Lainey Visscher (50 Free, 100 Free)Kaylee Wheeler (100 Breast, 200 Breast)Relay swimmers: Avery Braunecker, Diana Dunn, Casey Fanz Alena Kraus is also seeded in scoring position with the 16th-seed in the 200 fly, where she was the ACC bronze medalist. Junior Grace Oglesby is another Cardinal to watch heading into the NCAA Championships. Oglesby won her second straight 200 butterfly title at ACCs and earned a silver medal in the 100 fly and bronze in the 200 IM. She will enter NCAAs as the fifth-seed in both the 100 (50.75) and 200 fly (1:52.64).  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Cards Upend Notre Dame 53 in Series Finale

first_imgNext Game: INDIANA 3/26/2019 | 5:00 p.m. A two-out solo home run by Cait Brooks in the fifth pulled the Irish within a run. Live Stats Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The Irish (18-10, 3-3) got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the home half of the inning. Katie Marino led off with a hit and eventually crossed the plate on Melissa Rochford’s single. Quinn Biggio’s RBI hit brought Rochford home to make the score 4-2. SOUTH BEND, Ind. –The University of Louisville softball team defeated Notre Dame 5-3 Sunday at Melissa Cook Stadium in the teams’ ACC series finale. The Irish threatened in the sixth when a single, a walk and a fly out placed a pair of runners in scoring position, but reliever Danielle Watson got a fly out to Butler in left field to end the inning. In the seventh, a leadoff hit by Ali Wester brought the tying run to the plate, but back-to-back fielder’s choices prevented a runner from getting into scoring positon and a groundout to Maddy Newman at second secured the win. Caitlin Ferguson had two hits, scored twice and a registered pair of stolen bases and Kyra Snyder collected two RBIs to help lead the Cardinals at the plate. Megan Hensley (8-1) notched the win and Danielle Watson picked up her first save of the season. Previewcenter_img Snyder’s two-run single sparked a three-run fourth as the Cards extended their lead to 4-0. Hensley got the inning started with a walk and was lifted for pinch runner Jordyn Wolfe, who took second on Rebecca Chung’s sacrifice bunt. Ferguson reached safely on an infield hit to put runners on the corners and proceeded to steal second. Snyder’s hit plated both runners and she would eventually score on a wild pitch. The Cardinals (20-10, 3-3 ACC) will return to action on Tuesday when they play host to No. 20/22 Indiana at 5 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium. Hensley picked up her team-best eighth win of the season after giving up three earned runs on five hits and striking out two in 5.1 innings. She also registered one of Louisville’s eight hits in the game. The Cards tallied six stolen bases in the contest with Butler registering career-high three stolen bases, Ferguson had two and Melton swiped her team-best 15th of the season. Matchup History The Cards pushed their lead back to two runs in the sixth. Freshman Charley Butler delivered a two-out single, stole second and third and scored on junior Celene Funke’s base hit, bringing the score to 5-3.  Louisville struck first with a run in the second inning. Ferguson led off the frame with a single, stole second and crossed the plate on senior Madison Cousineau’s double to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. Alexis Holloway (8-6) took the loss, surrendering four earned runs on five hits and striking out one in 3.1 innings of work. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Lahiri finishes tied 28th

first_imgAnirban Lahiri rounded of his challenge at the WGC-HSBC Champions with a two-under-par 70 finishing at tied 28th place. Lahiri’s four-day total of even-par 288 saw him finish tied for 28th place and brought about mixed emotions for the five-time Asian Tour winner, who was playing in his first World Golf Championship event this week. While he was left to reflect on a poor short game, the 27-year-old Indian knows he has the game to take on the world’s best players again. ‘I wouldn’t say I’m pleased with my performance as I came into this week playing some good golf. I’m still playing good golf but it’s just my short game and putting that let me down this week. All of us (Asian players) who are here are good enough to win this event but for that you got to show up and play your best game and have everything working,’ said Lahiri. Lahiri started the day staring at a massive 13-shot gap that separated him from Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell who led after the third round. But he showed character by making up ground quickly with a flawless outward-nine at the Sheshan International Golf Club.last_img read more

Antihijack mock exercise conducted at Kolkata Airport

first_imgKolkata: A mock anti-hijacking drill was conducted on Monday at NSCBI Airport, Kolkata, wherein the response time of various agencies involved in the exercise was checked.The anti-hijack mock exercise was conducted by creating a situation akin to a plane hijack. The entire operation lasted for about an hour. The drill was successfully conducted without causing any inconvenience to airport operations. Measures taken during any eventuality of hijacking were deliberated in the meet. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAgencies like the National Security Guard (NSG), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), police, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and other units associated with flight operations took part in it. The event was followed by an Aerodrome Committee Meet (ACM) under the chairmanship of Hari Kishore Kusmakar, Secretary (Coordination) Home Department, of the state government. Another Airfield Environment Management Committee (AEMC) meeting was also held at the Airport Director’s office under the chairmanship of Kusmakar. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSeveral points such as waste disposal system, drainage system, open meat shops around the vicinity of the airport were the major points of discussion as they are the primary causes of attracting birds in and around the airport. The forest department officials were also requested to take appropriate steps in order to curb the menace of wild animals around airport premises. Representatives from municipalities, state Pollution Control Board, PWD, CISF, Irrigation Department, Forest Department and local administration were also present.last_img read more

United States issues travel alert to Europe during the holidays

first_img WASHINGTON, DC — The Department of State has alerted U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season. The alert, which was issued on Nov. 21 and expires on Feb. 20, 2017, advises Americans to exercise caution at holiday festivals, events and outdoor markets.Credible information indicates the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates continue to plan terrorist attacks in Europe, with a focus on the upcoming holiday season and associated events.  U.S. citizens should also be alert to the possibility that extremist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks during this period with little or no warning. Terrorists may employ a wide variety of tactics, using both conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.While extremists have carried out attacks in Belgium, France, Germany, and Turkey in the past year, the Department remains concerned about the potential for attacks throughout Europe.  If you are traveling between countries in Europe, please check the website of the U.S. Embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backU.S. citizens are advised to exercise vigilance when attending large holiday events, visiting tourist sites, using public transportation, and frequenting places of worship, restaurants, hotels, etc. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds, when possible. Review security information from local officials, who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country. Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Travel Alert Tuesday, November 22, 2016 United States issues travel alert to Europe during the holidayslast_img read more

Michael Paull The rise of sportsfocused online vi

first_imgMichael PaullThe rise of sports-focused online video provider BAMTech and of live online sports is complementary rather than disruptive of traditional pay TV, according to company CEO Michael Paull.In an onstage interview at the NAB Show, Paull also played down the idea that non-sports fans could churn from pay TV as more entertainment content became available from other sources.Paull said that services such as Major League Baseball’s MLB.tv, which is delivered by BAMTech, are “complementary to traditional television”, bringing additional content to audiences over and above what is available from other sources. “I don’t view my job as to disrupt anything,” he said.Playing down the idea that the rise of OTT TV gives non-sports fans an alternative to traditional big-bundle subscription services, Paull said that while there are “hardcore sports fans” that will always sign up to view everything, there are also a lot of people that just want to watch the World Series. He said most viewers would continue to take mainstream pay services.“There are people that are not huge sports fans, but when it gets to be really entertaining and dramatic, everyone becomes a sports fan,” he said.OTT TV allows service providers to ‘micro-programme’ and bring new events and background content to the fore, he said.Paull admitted there are consumer segments, particularly among younger age groups, that are not interested in pay TV, primarily because they look to mobile first. He said behaviour was driving the rise of new consumer services rather than the other way round.On the rise of mobile viewing and moves to unlimited data packages, Paull said that “unlimited plans…will provide people with the ability to watch as much video as they want”. He said that for the content industry, “this is definitely good news”.Paull said that one key trend is that the wealth of data available now allows content providers to “super-serve their customers,” which will also help with programming decisions and investments. “I think data will play a very important role in the future of television.”He said that “building more sophistication in data analysis is critical” for online programmers. It is key to use data to ensure quality and data can also be used to provide services such as dynamic ad insertion, which BAMTech is doing, he added.BAMTech was created by Major League Baseball to enable it to address its customers on the internet, and has been responsible for streaming baseball on the web for 14 years.Disney took a US$1 billion (€900 million) stake in the business last year and the company is now a joint venture between MLB, Disney and the National Hockey League. BAMTech Europe, a JV with Discovery that will power Eurosport online, is also in the process of being set up.last_img read more

The Nordic markets have among the highest uptake o

first_imgThe Nordic markets have among the highest uptake of SVOD services in Europe, but Netflix is struggling, new research has revealed. According to industry expert Ampere Analysis, the average market share of Netflix in the region is just 49%, compared to an average of 71% in the rest of Western Europe.Local players like Viaplay, TV2 Play, C More and the regional version of HBO account for the majority of streaming service contracts in the region. In every other Western European market except Germany, Italy and Spain, Netflix claims the majority of SVoD subscriptions. The Nordic flair for noir is reflected by the analysis of content currently in production or development (but not yet completed or aired) in the region. According to Ampere, 47% of all shows are crime or thrillers. Although the local linear channels and broadcasters have far more shows in development than local streaming players (59 different shows versus 23 from streaming players), an even greater proportion are crime. More than half (52%) of all shows in production for linear channels are crime compared to just 39% for streaming players, suggesting that international services are not doing enough to cater to the crime-hungry audience.Elinor Clark, analyst at Ampere Analysis said: “The Nordic countries are home to the most dynamic streaming TV markets in Europe and local players have had to deal with a rapid transition of TV viewers to streaming services. “Content is now the key battleground and, while Nordic Noir has served the region well, there is indication that local players will now look to develop comedy and period drama as the next big push.”last_img read more

In This Issue Dollar is in same position as y

first_imgIn This Issue. * Dollar is in same position as yesterday. * But there are a couple of bright spots today! * Aussie Trade deficit drops significantly! * China to stimulate their economy. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Oil Plunges Below $50! Good Day!…  And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! The Spinners song: I’ll be around, greets me this morning. Talk about a song with a beat, rhythm, and you can dance to! (sounds like I’m on Bandstand, HA!)  Well day one away from the desk, was interesting, when I encountered technical problems and the Pfennig had a delayed departure. These were not your normal, everyday technical problems, we had to call in the guys from Jacksonville to look into the problem! But all is well now, and everything worked like a charm all day yesterday, so getting the Pfennig out on time this morning should be a lay-up. Well, this morning is much like yesterday morning in that the dollar still has the conn. But there are a couple of bright spots this morning, and one really dark spot. let’s start with the really dark spot. The Russian ruble is plunging again, and is back above 60 (at 63 and change).  The price of Oil dropped below $50 yesterday, and that was the catalyst to the ruble plunge. Yes, the other petrol currencies are also doing the rope a dope, but the dollar is pounding them all, just not as badly as the ruble is getting pounded this morning. So. Let’s spend a minute with this latest drop in the price of Oil. $48. WOW!  It’s quite a phenomenon, how quickly this price dropped, don’t you think? Those out there that have far greater gray masses than I, think that this drop has come because of a supply glut. Really? From $100 to $48, because of a supply glut? I guess in this day and age, anything is possible, eh? But I prefer to think of this as something that has happened because of outside forces. I’m not able to talk about the conspiracy thought I have, so I’ll just leave it at that!  There is a supply glut, though, I’ll admit to that, but that can’t be the single factor here. Not with that kind of fall. I see that another 17 Oil rigs closed down here in the U.S. last week. Recall last week I told you about how closing Oil rigs was a sign that the price of Oil had gotten too cheap, and that we would probably see the closing of Oil rigs continue. My good friend, and author that everyone should read, Dennis Miller, told me that you can’t really associate the Oil industry having problems with Oil rigs closing, and then he went on to explain why. I truly appreciated his contribution.  So, apparently, I’m barking at the wrong tree here. But you know me, I’m so darn hard-headed, I’m going to keep barking until the squirrel gives up and comes down! So, all along I’ve been telling you about countries that are enjoying the price drop of Oil. And you can add Australia to that list! The Aussie November Trade Deficit fell to A$925 Million, VS an estimate of A$1.6 Billion.  Exports rose 1% from Rocktober, along with imports. Of course the cheaper A$ gets some credit for this nice looking report. But if the Aussie Trade Deficit can print as pretty as this in November, imagine what the December print will look like!   So the two of the bright spots in the currencies today are the Aussie dollar (A$) and N.Z. dollar/ kiwi. The A$ got things moving in the right direction when the Trade data printed, but then really got on the rally horse when it was announced that China was going to inject $1 Trillion in stimulus into their economy. Now, let’s see, what does Chuck have to say about this meddling in the economy, for he has been so darn tough on the U.S., Japan, U.K. and Eurozone for their meddling. Hmmm. Well, this is what I think. Front and Center the thing to think about here is that there’s a MAJOR difference between China and those other countries that meddled and are still meddling in their economies, and that is China has the Treasure Chest of reserves / cash that they can dig into and not upset the applecart with debt.  the other countries simply added to their debt, so that future generations will have to deal with. But I’m no fan of meddling in economies, but if you have to meddle, and all countries and their Central Banks these days think they know better and that they have “to do something”, then I would rather it came from money that was saved for a rainy day, than from future generations’ taxes and liberties. Kiwi joined the A$ in rallying on the news of the good Trade data and the Chinese $1 Trillion of stimulus. I just have to wonder if this love for these two is a one-day and done thing, which has been the MO lately.  The news in the early part of 2014 was all about the rate hikes in N.Z. and eventually it will return here this year, but problem not until the 2nd half of the year. Gold has found its way above $1,200 again. , I see where the great Porter Stansberry believes that Gold has hit its bottom and is ready to take off again. I’ve always held Porter in high regard, and his calls have been bang on in the past few years, so much so that I’m telling you this now. Now I can’t say stuff like that, but Porter can, and I can tell you that he said it, so heed his words folks. He’s so darn smart! Another guy that I believe is quite intelligent, James Rickards, says that investors should buy their Gold now while they can, because he feels that when it begins to soar, that obtaining physical Gold will be difficult.   Of course these are guys that might have vested interest in telling you to buy Gold now. and then they might just want to help you so they can make tons of money in the future the next time they tell you to do something!  Whatever the reason, these are just opinions by these guys, and they could end up being wrong, right? I’m interested in the Gold / Oil ratio.. It has caught my attention. Just another thing for me to keep track of, and I’m not sure it tells me anything. but I’m intrigued and think it just may tell me something if I study it long enough! HA!  Anyway, the Gold / Oil ratio yesterday was 1 oz. of Gold cost 23.9 Barrels of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Oil.  Just for grins I went back in history and found that in 1973, the ratio was 1 oz. to 41.4 Barrels of WTI.  Now, I’m not saying that the ratio is going to go back to 1973 levels. NO WAY! I’m not saying that! I’m just saying for it to get there, the price of Oil would have to drop more.  So, can anyone guess why I picked 1973?  At the same time, another fellow that I believe is smarter than the average bear, (way smarter actually!) Mike “Mish” Shedlock, has posted some nasty things to say about the Chinese renminbi becoming the next reserve currency.  I’ve always held what Mish had to say in high regard, but I do believe that either he didn’t understand what was asked, or something was misunderstood, period.  Because, you long time dear Pfennig readers know that I’ve said that by the end of this decade, which is now 5 years from now that the renminbi would be the reserve currency, not now, not next year!  They, the Chinese, still have tons of work to do, of which, Mish pointed out in his rant, but one has to step back and take note of all the changes the Chinese have made to date that are going to allow their currency to become the reserve currency, and the promises they’ve made to make the remaining ones. Remember, the Chinese were the ones that said that , “It’s time for an end to the dollar standard”.. not me, not anyone else in the West, but the Chinese, and if I’ve learned one thing from my years of studying the Chinese, they don’t say stuff just to impress people! The only say things when they mean to do something about them! So, the so-called safe havens are back on the front page of the newspaper this morning. Japanese yen, if you can get past the heavy, belly laughing, is rallying. U.S. Treasuries, again, if you can get past the laughing, are below 2% (10-year) and when you count inflation they are negative, and Gold. well, this one finally makes sense, are all stronger this morning.  I don’t know if you noticed one long-time upstanding member of this so-called safe haven club, is missing. The Swiss franc. The franc is weaker again this morning, and once again the cross with the euro is getting dangerously close to the 1.20 floor the Swiss National Bank (SNB) set for the cross a few years ago.  (1.2014, as I write). Remember what I told you the SNB would have to do to defend this cross, and going to negative rates won’t really do the trick for too long. The SNB would have to sell francs and buy euros. And who would want to own euros right now? Speaking of Treasuries. the Treasury bubble just keeps getting air pumped into it. I don’t know any other way to explain this. The Treasury bubble should have popped 5 years ago, but it’s still floating around the room avoiding the pins. The 10-year has a 1.99% yield today. And like I just said, when you factor in inflation, the 10-year yield is negative. OK, so let me get this straight, for 10-years you get to have the U.S. Gov’t use your money, and you pay them?  Oooooh, where do I sign up for that? Here? Oh, thank you kind sir, you have been so helpful with my money. To whom do I make this check that represents my life savings to? . What? You don’t think that scenario doesn’t play out? Better think again my friend. The euro just slipped below 1.19. When I turned on the screens this morning, the euro was trading in yesterday’s clothes, but has just slipped below 1.19. The poor beleaguered single unit has had to endure a lot lately. Greece, Draghi’s love affair with all-out QE, recessions all around. Speaking of negative yields on Gov’t bonds. the German Gov’t bond, called bunds, is trading with a negative yield. OUCH! Now that’s going to leave a mark!  What does these bond moves indicate to us? Well, if you ask the bond king, Bill Gross, he would tell you that it means that the Fed won’t hike rates until late in 2015, and maybe not then either!  Speaking of Bill Gross, have you seen the massive withdrawals from the PIMCO bond funds follow Gross to Janus Funds?  No wonder they call him the bond king, the size of these moves were mega-massive! The U.S. Data Cupboard is back on board today, but first, yesterday’s Data Cupboard fare was vehicle sales for December, which were very nearly bang on with expectations, thus making it a real December to remember for car companies! (remember platinum and palladium should be beneficiaries of cars being built for sale). OK.. today’s cupboard has Factor Orders for November (that seems so long ago, right? ) Rocktober’s Factory Orders printed a negative -.5%, and the expectations for November are for another negative print.  I know it’s only Tom Terrific Tuesday, but, this Friday is a Jobs Jamboree Friday. It’s never too early to start thinking about this report and all the games the BLS plays with it. I say that facetiously, of course, but there is always a touch of seriousness with me when it comes to the BLS. For What It’s Worth. Well, I found this, and thought it played nicely in the sandbox with my call that Japan is a basket case. the whole article can be found here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-02/death-nation-japanese-births-drop-lowest-ever-deaths-hit-all-time-high   And here are a few snippets.. Supporters and opponents of Abenomics may debate the metaphorical death of Japanese society as a result of the terminal hyper-Keynesian, hyper-monetarist policies implemented by Abe and Kuroda for the past 2 years until they are blue in the face, but when it comes to the literal death of Japan, there is no debate: as the FT succinctly puts it “deaths outnumbered births in Japan last year by the widest margin on record, underscoring the scale of the challenge facing the government as it tries to ensure a dwindling pool of workers can support growing ranks of pensioners.” Indeed, while Japan may or may not survive the collapse in the Yen, which will send the Nikkei225 soaring although nobody will be able to enjoy this unprecedented paper wealth because nobody can afford to eat, drive or heat their house, and all Japanese companies will be long bankrupt, it now looks almost certain that the death of Japanese society will not be due to a runaway printer, but due to, well, death itself. As the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare reported earlier this week, while Japan recorded 1.001 million births in 2014, or the lowest number in recorded history, this was offset by 1.27 million deaths: also the highest on record. Chuck again, the article goes on to give you numbers and data on the how the drop in population will take place and when. You know, I’ve described this demographics problem in Japan several times in the past, and I keep telling you that Japan’s problems center around how they will not allow foreigners to take up residence in their country. They need them badly, but. it’s not going to happen in Japan, they would rather go down with the ship rather than fixing the hole in the floor of the boat! To recap. Much of the same dollar strength today as yesterday, but we are seeing a couple of bright spots in A$’s and kiwi, yen, and Gold.. the price of Oil has fallen below $50 and the latest plunge in black gold, Texas Tea, has caused another plunge of the Russian ruble. Aussie Trade data was better than expected, and China announced that they would spend some of their treasure chest cash in the amount of $1 Trillion to stimulate their economy, and Chuck describes the difference in meddling here. The 10-year U.S. Treasury has a yield below 2% again, making it actually negative when you factor in inflation. Where do I sign up for that?  Currencies today 1/6/15. American Style: A$.8125, kiwi .7730, C$ .8490, euro 1.1895, sterling 1.5200, Swiss $ .9900, . European Style: rand 11.7385, krone 7.7160, SEK 7.9260, forint 268.25, zloty 3.6190, koruna 23.2670, RUB 62.83, yen 119.30, sing 1.3360, HKD 7.7535, INR 63.57, China 6.1256, pesos 14.95, BRL 2.7125, Dollar Index 91.61, Oil $48.66, 10-year 1.99%, Silver $16.26, Platinum $1,214.38, Palladium $799.00, and Gold. $1,210.40 That’s it for today. Well, baseball will announce the newest Hall of Fame class today. Three pitchers, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, and Pedro Martinez appear to be shoo-ins for the Hall, thus making this year’s class as strong as last year’s.  I’m a real stickler on the Hall of Fame, and I have problems with a lot of the players that get elected. They should all be held to the same on-field performances of the Babe, Stan the Man, Cy Young, and so on. if not, why are they getting in? Because they were the best of their era? That doesn’t cut it with me!  Oh well, it is what it is. Congrats to those that get elected today.  Football in St. Louis and Missouri is over, our college basketball teams are very good this year, hockey plays a couple games a week, and baseball is still a ways off. these are the dark days of winter for sports here. UGH!  Dionne Warwick is singing: Walk on by to me right now, I just melt when I hear her sing that song. It rained a little bit here yesterday, but not a big thing, and I was able to sit outside most of the day. I’m reading another James Patterson book right now. I’m hooked on this guy’s books, and he sure has a lot of them!  OK, I’ll get out of your hair for today. I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

Writer Maggie OFarrell has survived some terrifyi

first_imgWriter Maggie O’Farrell has survived some terrifying episodes. She’s had a machete pressed to her throat during a robbery, once contracted amoebic dysentery while traveling and nearly bled out while giving birth to her first child.All told, O’Farrell says she has experienced 17 different brushes with death — each of which she details in her new memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am. The book was inspired, in part, by O’Farrell’s daughter, who was born with severe eczema and life-threatening allergies. O’Farrell says she wanted to understand what happens to people when they come “back from the brink.””These experiences always take up residence inside us,” she says. “We’re different people afterwards. We’re wiser, we’re a little bit sadder — but also we value what we have.”Interview Highlights On a frightening incident that happened when she was 18 and working at a retreat in a mountain valley I was on this walk … and I realized I had seen [a man] further down the valley, and I still don’t know how he got ahead of me to intercept me on the way up, and so I walked past him and then he came after me. And he said he wanted to show me a bird on the lake, and so he put his binocular strap around my neck, and I knew, as everybody does, that it wasn’t right, it wasn’t true, it wasn’t just about the bird, and I knew he meant to harm me. … I think there is a kind of almost animal instinct, a bit like dogs sniffing each other; you know that somebody means you harm.So I talked my way out of it. I just ducked out under the binocular strap and I talked to him and I kept him talking and I asked him about the birds and I knew that the only way I could save myself — because he was a lot bigger than me and he was a lot stronger than me — the only way to get out of there was to use my brain instead. …[Police] didn’t tell me anything, but they asked me about the incident in very close detail and then asked me to look at some photographs and to say if I saw the person with the binoculars among these photographs, which I did, and I pointed him out. I knew what had happened. I could sense it, and I said to them, “He has killed someone, hasn’t he?” And they wouldn’t tell me anything, but then a few days later I read in the newspaper that a girl had been killed, that she had been raped and then strangled and then buried not very far from where I had been walking.On overhearing a nurse say she was going to die when she was hospitalized with encephalitis, a virus in her cerebellum, at age 8 As a child nobody tells you things. All the conversation about you and your illness and your symptoms and your prospects are all done elsewhere — they’re all told to your parents when you’re not in the room. So you have to become this person who picks up on things. You’ve got to look at … the facial expressions of the people looking after you, your parents and the nurses and the doctors, you’ve got to try and interpret the silences around you, what people are saying and what they’re not saying.And so hearing from this nurse in the corridor mistakenly let slip that I was expected to die, I think that was the biggest shock to me. When I heard it, I knew it in a sense. It didn’t come as a huge shock, but it made everything that was happening around me suddenly made sense. I thought, “Of course. Of course I’m dying. How did I not realize that?” …You couldn’t hear that and not be changed by it. And then when I didn’t die they said I wouldn’t walk again, that I would lead a life of incapacity. And so for whatever reason, I managed to find a loophole out of both of those destinies that were mapped out for me. So I’ve always felt, really, since then, or I’ve grown up with this sense that I lived this almost charmed existence, that I managed to hoodwink these two paths in life, and almost as if I’m living on borrowed time or extra time. … I’ve always been really filled with the idea that I must make the most of it and I must live the biggest and the broadest life I possibly can, because it’s been a gift twice over.On nearly bleeding out during the birth of her first child I labored for three days — three very long days and nights, I would like to say — and after three days the baby’s heartrate was dipping and it was showing signs of distress. So I said I really need to talk to a doctor. … And the doctor who came to my bedside was the very same doctor who I had seen all those months before who had been so rude to me, and so I begged for a cesarean. … And he did grant me a cesarean, but he said it would go down on my notes as medically unnecessary and thought I was being hysterical and lying.So basically what happened in the operation was that because the labor had gone on for so long, my son had got jammed in an immovable position and so they had to kind of wrestle to get him out, poor child. And during that something must’ve ruptured because I started hemorrhaging and started losing blood. This is quite graphic, all my intestines came out. Everything came out of my abdomen, so they had to try to get it all back in again, and stop the bleeding and it was all going pretty badly wrong.On staying calm when her daughter is experiencing a life-threatening allergic reactionThe most useful thing that someone told me — and this is a friend of mine who actually is a play therapist, so she’s trained to play with children in hospital — and [what] she said to me is, “What you have to remember is that your emotions and your daughter’s emotions are on a loop. So whatever you’re feeling … she is feeling — and vice-versa. … If she is terrified and panicking, you need to be calm, because whatever calm and confidence you exude, she will pick up, because it’s all in a loop.”And that’s one of the single best pieces of advice I ever had on being a parent to a child with additional needs, that you’ve got to hang onto that.Therese Madden and Thea Chaloner produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Bridget Bentz, Molly Seavy-Nesper and Scott Hensley adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2018 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.last_img read more

This year malaria got a cool new cartoon Aardman

first_imgThis year, malaria got a cool new cartoon. Aardman Animations, creator of the popular “Wallace and Gromit” claymation films, and actor Hugh Laurie teamed up for a 2-minute video on the history of this disease, which claims 450,000 lives a year. It’s called “Malaria Must Die, So Millions Can Live.” And it stars “Mozzie the Mosquito.”It’s very clever. And accurate. But some malaria specialists are actually more impressed with a 1943 anti-malaria video, produced by Walt Disney for the U.S. government and starring the Seven Dwarfs.The 10-minute film explains how malaria is spread — and how it might be stopped. And it’s surprisingly relevant in 2018.”I gotta say, it was a very well-done video,” says Daniel Sledge, an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Texas, Arlington.”It’s very practical,” he says. “Avoiding standing water is really critical. Screening windows is really critical.”In his research, Sledge has focused on malaria control and eradication in the United States, particularly before 1950.The Disney video details many of the important measures Americans took to protect themselves from malaria, he says: getting rid of standing water, screening windows, papering over cracks in the walls, even weeding ponds and lakes to make it easier for fish to eat mosquito larvae.Most of the things they describe are “really, honestly, best practices,” he says.Lessons for todayBut not everything in the video holds up. Coating standing water in oil to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, for instance, would ruin drinking water in addition to causing environmental damage. And in many places, it’s impossible to weed the vast bodies of water where mosquitoes breed.In the film, Bashful happily pumps clouds of green insecticide over a lake. “A thin film of Paris green is strong enough to kill the wigglers [mosquito larvae], but won’t kill the fish,” the narrator confidently explains. Paris green was an insecticide used mainly in the 1940s but was soon replaced by the more powerful DDT. DDT, of course, has been banned in many countries for its environmental and health side effects.Spraying with insecticides still plays a role in preventing malaria, especially in Africa. The insecticides — including, in some countries, DDT — are sprayed on the walls of homes, where some mosquitoes rest after feeding.Other techniques shown in the video are still widely used.”Bed nets, certainly,” says William Moss, professor of epidemiology, international health and molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Moss’s expertise is in malaria control in sub-Saharan Africa. While malaria still exists in many parts of the world, including Asia and Latin America, it is most deadly in Africa. About 90 percent of the yearly deaths happen there, Moss points out.Bed nets treated with insecticides are perhaps the most widely used method to prevent the spread of malaria, Moss says. “Millions and millions of nets have been distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa in the past decade,” he says, calling them a “cornerstone” of malaria control.”That’s had an important impact on reducing numbers of infections and child mortality,” Moss says. Indeed, the treated bed nets have reduced child deaths — from all causes, not just malaria — by 20 percent, the CDC says.Moss also highlighted the importance of getting rid of standing water and making home improvements to prevent malaria.”If you close the open eaves and put screens on [windows], that can have a major impact,” he says. He says these techniques may be hard to apply on a wide scale in sub-Saharan Africa. “But it is an important strategy,” he adds.In the 21st century there are other tactics critical to treating malaria and preventing its spread — notably diagnostic tests and new medications to treat the disease.How cartoons help malaria controlThe Disney video comes in two languages, English and Spanish, so it’s likely that Latin America was a target audience in addition to the U.S., where malaria was still a problem in many parts in 1943.Regardless of its intended audience, Sledge says, “the Disney video was very well-done and probably had very high-quality technical advisers.””Slightly updated, it would be very useful,” he adds — for preventing not just malaria but other diseases as well, such as dengue, West Nile, yellow fever and Zika.The fun, sometimes silly animation seems to lighten the mood and make the instructions more fun to follow. After all, when it comes to fixing up a house yourself, sometimes you might feel a little Dopey or Grumpy.”It has a broad appeal,” Moss says. The video reminded him to Dr. Seuss’s wartime pamphlet, “Ann Drinks Blood.” Ann — short for anopheles, the type of mosquito that carries malaria — loves going out at night (“she’s a real party gal”) and drinking… GI blood. The lighthearted illustrations had a serious message: American soldiers were at risk of contracting malaria in many battlefields, but they could take steps like covering up and using bed nets to minimize their risk.Bigger pictureAs important as those measures were, however, they are mostly individual-level efforts. There are larger improvements communities and governments can make in to prevent and eradicate malaria.William Moss says there’s a sort of “philosophical divide” in addressing malaria. Some researchers focus on high-tech interventions, he says, while others believe improving socioeconomic status — especially the condition of homes — “is really critical to decreasing malaria.”For instance, in the video, a mosquito bites a poor man suffering from malaria, and transmits it to a rich man — who then falls into financial ruin because he’s unable to work.”There’s a very strong link they’re trying to make between malaria and poverty,” Moss says. Researchers often focus on the rates of mortality from malaria, he says. Perhaps focusing on the economic costs as well could prompt changes, he says.Daniel Sledge points out another crucial way the United States controlled malaria: creating county-level health departments to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks.”In the United States, we put in place high-quality local public health infrastructure, disease surveillance, things along those lines – to make sure these diseases are not a problem,” Sledge explains.The efforts outlined in the video may help individuals protect themselves and their neighbors from the disease, but some changes need to come from the top, he says.”You can do all this stuff, but if you don’t make it permanent, the disease will come back,” he says.Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe on Twitter) is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A disabled MP has spoken of her pride at being abl

first_imgA disabled MP has spoken of her pride at being able to speak openly about being dyspraxic, after having to hide her diagnosis from employers for years before she entered parliament.Emma Lewell-Buck (pictured) was previously a social worker but was “acutely aware that if there were any job cuts that would come around, it would be used against me and I would be the first one in the dole queue”.She said sheused to take work home with her at weekends, work late into the evening andstart early in the morning because, like many other disabled people, she feltshe had to “go the extra mile” and “work that little bit harder to proveyourself or keep up”.She wasspeaking at the launch event of Neurodivergent Labour (see separate story), a political campaign group that will fight forthe rights of people with neurological differences such as autism, dyslexia,dyspraxia and dyscalculia, both within the party and in wider society.Lewell-Buck,the shadow minister for children and families – who later confirmed toDisability News Service that she is happy to be described as a disabled MP –said that being dyspraxic affected her every day in her work.She said:“Every single thing I do I need to prep for meticulously, down to the tiniestdetail. “But I’m oneof the lucky ones because I am in a job where I can openly speak about mydisability and I can use my profile to raise awareness.”The MP forSouth Shields said she was only diagnosed at the age of 27, after beingassessed by an educational psychologist on the advice of a lecturer while shewas studying for a masters degree.She said:“My whole life clicked into place. I suddenly realised why, when I was growingup, I always felt different to other kids and always used to isolate myself. “I realisedwhy I put my shoes on the wrong feet, why I couldn’t tie my laces properly,button my coat up, why I was always spilling my drinks and why the whole familyalways referred to me as ‘our clumsy Emma’. “I wasalways so frustrated that things that used to come so easily to other kids wereso, so hard for me.”This caused“tremendous low self-esteem and self-confidence” as a child, she said.But she saidshe now saw her dyspraxia as an advantage.She said: “Ijust see it as I’m a little bit different to some of those around me. I’veembraced it. “It doesn’tdefine me, it’s just part of me. I’ve been forced to adapt and face thosechallenges, and come up with solutions, and I certainly don’t feeldisadvantaged.”She thankedthose neurodivergent party members who had developed the idea of the neworganisation, as well as shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who has supportedthe idea over the last three years and spoke at Saturday’s launch event.She said:“It is thanks to you that people like me have the confidence to talk about andembrace who we are and thanks to all of you that the fabulously neurodivergentpeople have been given this platform to help us on the way to that much-neededsocietal and cultural shift.”Lewell-Bucksaid that she, McDonnell and other Labour colleagues were “determined to changethe culture of our society and how neurodivergent people and people withdisabilities are treated. “Ourapproach is a clear move away from the dehumanising and debilitating hostileenvironment we have seen under the Tories to one where people will be treatedwith dignity and respect.”She said itwas “the neurodivergent people in this world who have always been the bigthinkers, and creators and innovators. “We are theones who always have the ability to think outside the box and come up withsolutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.”Among thedecisions agreed by the launch event was to endorse a draft Labour autism andneurodiversity manifesto that neurodivergent party members have spent threeyears developing.Included inthe manifesto are calls for neurodiversity training for all teachers andteaching assistants as part of their “core training”, support forneurodivergent students, smaller class sizes, and neurodiversity to be includedin the school curriculum.Lewell-Buck,who is leading on Labour’s special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)reforms, said the proposals in the draft manifesto were “an exact fit to thosethat I have been arguing for behind the scenes in my team meetings”, becauseshe was committed to making SEND “an embedded and intrinsic part of our overalleducation system”.She saidthat a good education “can make the difference between where you begin in lifeand where you end up. “I am livingproof of that: a dyspraxic, dyslexic, shy working-class girl, growing up on theestate where I did, and never destined to be a member of parliament. “So goodeducation can absolutely make the impossible happen. I am proud to be a LabourMP and I am very proud to be dyspraxic.”She added: “You have all stopped me feeling different and I have found my home and for that alone you are always going to have my help and support, and I look forward to working with you all.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Monday

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The Solution to Ubers Culture Crisis Could be Hiring Veterans

first_imgUber Add to Queue Guest Writer Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. –shares Image credit: Uber Next Article Andrew D. Wittman The Solution to Uber’s Culture Crisis Could be Hiring Veterans March 10, 2017 Military service imbues values that every employer hopes new hires have. 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Uber is being skewered in the news right now for their “unrestrained” corporate culture that may have led to incidents of sexual harassment at the company. Not to mention the recent caught-on-camera argument between the company’s CEO and one of its drivers. Believe it or not that’s not all. The New York Times has now reported that Uber’s been deliberately evading the authorities in markets that were trying to limit the company’s operating ability.Uber isn’t the only company to be exposed for their corporate culture kinks. The sales scandal involving millions of fake customer accounts at Wells Fargo as well as the dog-eat-dog environment that exists over at Amazon are just a few that come to mind.Related: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Says He Needs to ‘Grow Up’ after Video of Argument with a Driver ReleasedSo you see, even the CEOs of the world’s most innovative and successful companies need leadership help from time to time. My best advice to companies like these? Hire more veterans.By far, the biggest values a veteran adds to any company’s broken culture are restraint and unit cohesion. They’re taught to adopt a philosophy that equally embraces two crucial business priorities: mission accomplishment and troop welfare, something that the companies mentioned here seem to struggle with.There’s a philosophy out there among many organizations that says, “We can train hard skills, but we hire for attitude and soft skills.” Soft skills being things like positive attitude, strong work ethic, resilience and mental toughness to name a few. The problem with that philosophy is, anyone can have a good attitude when they want to get something from you, like a job for example. It’s easy to put on a show for an interview or series of interviews and relying on personality assessments has hardly solved the problem.In order to increase your firm’s chances of landing a recruit with a bona fide, genuine package of those ever-elusive softs skills, hire more veterans. Why? Because they’ve already been trained, tested and trained and tested again for them. Here are 8 soft skills that veterans bring to every company’s culture and why you should hire them into leadership positives to solve corporate culture problems.Related: Uber Says It Will No Longer Use Tech to Target Law EnforcementUnit cohesion.This goes beyond simply being a team player. It is the bonding together of team members and employees in such a way as to sustain their will and commitment to each other, the company, the task at hand, and the overall mission and values of the organization, despite obstacles, adversity and stress.Balanced business objectives.The veteran equally embraces two crucial business priorities: mission accomplishment and troop welfare. The mission must be accomplished and it gets accomplished by the troops. Companies that run roughshod over their employees in order to accomplish the mission will not last. As this progresses, good employees leave and it gets more difficult to acquire real talent going forward. Veterans in leadership positions unconsciously do this so you don’t have to spend time and money training it.Related: Uber Founder Resigns From Trump Council.Withstanding burnout.Veterans generally are much better at withstanding burnout because they have been tested beyond what we would consider normal limits. Thus, veterans have more stamina and endurance for stress. Most veterans are mentally tough and resilient because they been through far more difficulty and stress than you can imagine. They’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt, coffee mug and souvenir shot glass — all before they were in their mid-20s.Related: In Defense of Uber, Amazon and MeritocracyDealing with difficult people.Veterans are desensitized to difficult personality and communication styles by design, and therefore, learn not to internalize a boss’s demeanor, or to confuse style with content. Veterans are trained to put more weight on what was said and less weight on how it was said, which makes for a dream employee for tough and demanding bosses. As a byproduct, veterans don’t get sucked into office drama of personal slights and gossip.Can do attitude.Veterans spend their energy focusing on what can be done, not why it can’t be done. This is a radical shift from the clear majority of employees in today’s workforce. For veterans, proactively solving problems is who they are. Being a walking solution to any and all problems is infused in the veterans’ DNA.Related: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Launches Investigation into Sexual Harassment ClaimsDiversity and inclusion.From the first day to the last of military service, veterans entrust their lives and well-being to those in their unit. Military units are made up of every imaginable combination of background, race, socio-economic level, religion, personality, education, gender and ethnicity. Nothing like a little incoming to get over differences and divides real-quick.Related: How a Stronger HR Function Could Have Helped Uber Avoid the Sexual Harassment ScandalMonster work ethic.For veterans, entitlement is something for civilian millennials, please don’t lump them in with that group. Companies are spending massive amounts of money on figuring out how to manage millennials. The military already did, so do yourself a favor and piggy-back on what they’ve already accomplished.Related: What Businesses Can Learn from #DeleteUberCore values.Veterans live by the core values of duty, honor and respect. They know who they are and what values they ascribe to. Most people are rarely able to articulate the core values that dictate their actions, habits and behaviors, but without them, company cultures easily find themselves astray. Sexual harassment, discrimination, records falsified, short cuts taken, fake accounts created, prices fixed, insider trading and on and on.Most importantly, veterans lead from the front. They influence the entire company culture by modelling these behaviors. Regardless of their title or position, veterans will set a shining and unbending example to every single person in the company. The more you fill your ranks with them, the greater impact they will have on your culture, performance and bottom line. Personal and Executive Leadership Advisor Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »last_img read more

Tesla Seeks 16 Billion to Build a Gigafactory

first_imgInnovators Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Jason Fell 2 min read –shares Tesla Seeks $1.6 Billion to Build a ‘Gigafactory’ Entrepreneur Staff February 26, 2014 “The Gigafactory is designed to reduce cell costs much faster than the status quo and, by 2020, produce more lithium ion batteries annually than were produced worldwide in 2013,” Tesla says in a blog post. “By the end of the first year of volume production of our mass market vehicle, we expect the Gigafactory will have driven down the per kWh cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent.”Despite a series of fires, Tesla’s Model S luxury electric car was recently named Consumer Reports’ overall top pick for 2014.Related: Elon Musk Admits to ‘Conversations’ With Apple About Tesla The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Director of the Entrepreneur Partner Studio Elon Musk’s electric car company, Tesla, needs some cash. It says it needs $1.6 billion, to be exact.The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company today announced that it is opening an underwritten registered public offering for that amount in order to fund its growth plans, which include the development and production of its “Gen III” mass-market vehicle and construction of a battery-making facility called the “Gigafactory.”Tesla says it will work with “strategic battery manufacturing partners” to build the Gigafactory, which will span 500 to 1,000 acres of land and employ approximately 6,500 workers. The factory could be located in one of a small handful of U.S. states that are vying for the project, including Texas and Nevada.Here’s an early rendering of the Gigafactory plans: Next Article Apply Now »last_img read more

Microbes causing cystic fibrosis change rapidly within 23 years after first infection

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 5 2019A new study, recently published in Nature Communications, has looked at infections in Danish youth with CF over a period of 10 years. This is the largest longitudinal study to date of the evolution – both involving traits and genes – of the disease-causing microbes that persistently infect young CF-patients.CF-patients have a genetic defect which results in dehydrated sticky mucus in the lungs, leading to severe and persistent lung infections often caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa.The research shows that within the first two to three years after infection with P. aeruginosa, the bacteria are already adapting rapidly to the environment, growing slower and optimizing their fitness to survive.”Across all of our patients within the first three years, the bacteria on average slow their growth rates significantly and they reduce their susceptibility to ciprofloxacin, a first line drug in treatment of CF-patients. This means that one should pay extra close attention in this period of time to avoid the infection becoming persistent,” says Jennifer Bartell, Postdoc at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) and co-first author.Looking beyond antibiotic resistanceClinicians usually focus on detecting antibiotic resistance during infections, and this appears to be an effective way to follow the development of short-term acute infections.Antibiotic resistant bacteria are identified by their ability to survive above a specific concentration of an antibiotic. The researchers saw a rapid increase in the concentration of antibiotics that the bacteria could tolerate. But at the same time, few bacteria achieved detectable antibiotic resistance in the early infection period of CF. The researchers suspect this pre-resistance adaptation to be an underused marker of progression in the infection. This pre-resistance adaptation likely occurs in other persistent infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).Besides looking for antibiotic resistance, clinicians also monitor bacterial mucoidity – a trait where bacteria produce a protective, slimy coating, as a marker of a chronic infection.But according to the new study, bacteria can become persistent and resilient to treatment regardless of the appearance of mucoidity. Other bacterial traits such as the ability to attach to surfaces and aggregate in biofilms – hefty structured layers of adherent cells – evolve more consistently in these persisting infections than mucoidity and may serve as a better sign of early chronic infection.Related StoriesHinge-like protein may unlock new pathways for cystic fibrosis treatmentBritish teenager with life-threatening infection successfully treated with phage therapyHuman pancreas on a chip could help identify possible cause of CF-Related Diabetes”We can see which traits might actually be valuable for the clinicians to monitor in addition to antibiotic resistance,” says Lea Sommer, Postdoc at Rigshospitalet and co-first author.Potential for new diagnostic toolsThe researchers identified these important evolving traits of P. aeruginosa by screening 443 isolates from 39 young cystic fibrosis (CF) patients over a ten-year period and mapping traits adapting in tandem using statistical modeling approaches. Usually, studies focus on bacterial isolates collected from older CF-patients with chronic infections, who have become multi-drug resistant and already have adapted to the human lungs.These results emphasize that trait evolution measurements are important and should not be neglected, even though genomic tests are advancing.”In this early phase, the bacteria change a lot and become much more robust, but the doctors do not necessarily see this with current clinical measurements,” says Lea Sommer.Going forward, the researchers wish to find out how the adapting bacteria respond to a larger panel of antibiotics that are used to treat patients. Armed with this comprehensive map of evolutionary pathways, clinicians would have a much better chance of categorizing the infection and, hence, take the necessary precautionary steps.”In the clinic, doctors would potentially be able to take a single patient’s bacterial screening data and analyze how this patient responds to the current treatment. As we gain experience with more patients, it will be easier to assess what can be done to stop the transition to chronic infection, “says Jennifer Bartell.Thus, this could pave the way for developing more fine-tuned personalized treatments for all patients suffering from continuous persisting infections, such as CF, COPD, and perhaps diabetics with chronically infected wounds.Source: http://www.biosustain.dtu.dk/nyhedsbase/nyhed?id=933A4764-BAD0-43E4-89FD-72537C033759last_img read more

Egypts Bent Pyramid Opens for First Time in More Than 50 Years

first_img The ministry’s project department restored the 331-foot-tall (101 meters) Bent Pyramid and its satellite during their closure. Some of this restoration process included work on the internal and external stairs, the addition of a lighting network, and the repair of some of the stone work in the corridors and burial chamber. In addition, the ministry announced that its archaeologists had found the remains of an ancient wall that dated to the Middle Kingdom, about 4,000 years ago. This nearly 200-foot-tall (60 m) wall sits south of another pyramid from the 12th dynasty pharaoh King Amenemhat II, which is also in the Dahshur necropolis. In recent years, Egypt has announced archaeological discoveries with the hope of increasing tourism, which took a hit after a 2011 uprising against the Egyptian government. An ancient mummy with a funerary mask. Credit: Photo courtesy Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities “Sneferu lived a very long time … the architects wanted to reach the complete shape, the pyramid shape,” Mohamed Shiha, director of the Dahshur site, said, according to The Guardian. “Exactly where he was buried, we are not sure of that. Maybe in this [Bent] pyramid, who knows?” Shiha said. The Bent Pyramid, as well as the other pyramids in the Dashur royal necropolis (a part of the Memphis necropolis), are registered as World Heritage sites with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndo Purrfect Photos: Cat Mummies and Wooden Cat Statues Discovered at Ancient Egyptian Burial Complex A recently discovered mummy in a sarcophagus. Credit: Photo courtesy Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities For the first time since 1965, two pyramids built by the ancient Egyptians, including the unique “Bent Pyramid,” are being opened to the public, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. The two pyramids — the Bent Pyramid and its satellite in the Dashur royal necropolis — sit about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Cairo. Both are more than 4,000 years old. Along with the announcement, made Saturday (July 13), the ministry revealed its latest discoveries of stone, clay and wooden sarcophagi, some of which contained mummies with wooden funerary masks. The findings also included stone-cutting tools dated to the Late Period, which lasted from 664 B.C. to 332 B.C., or about the time of Alexander the Great. [Photos: Exquisitely Preserved Ancient Tomb Discovered at Saqqara]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65944-bent-pyramid-egypt.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  The Bent Pyramid, built in about 2600 B.C. by the Pharaoh Sneferu during the Old Kingdom, is a one-of-a-kind structure. Archaeologists note that its architecture is a transition between the Djoser Step Pyramid, built between 2667 B.C. and 2648 B.C., and the Meidum Pyramid, which also dates to 2600 B.C., Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said in a statement. The pyramid almost looks like its shedding: the bottom half is still covered with its original limestone casing. The sides rise at a streep 54 degrees angle, but later tapers off at a 43 degree angle toward the top, giving it a “bent” look. Photos: Teen’s Skeleton Buried Next to Pyramid in Egypt Photos: Mummies Discovered in Tombs in Ancient Egyptian Citylast_img read more

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