Chelsea boss confirms Pereira bid

first_imgChelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed the club have tabled a bid for Porto’s Uruguay defender Alvaro Pereira.But Porto look set to reject the offer for Pereira, 25, who played under Villas-Boas at the Portuguese club.Pereira can play as a left-back, wing-back or in midfield, and featured in Uruguay’s run to the semi-finals of last year’s World Cup. He also impressed in the recent Copa America.AdChoices广告His arrival at Stamford Bridge would potentially give Ashley Cole serious competition for his place in the Blues side.last_img

Stephen Curry: Can the Warriors’ star be “the Great Defuser” between Durant and Green?

first_imgDALLAS – Kevin Durant and Draymond Green smiled and laughed, despite all the negativity swirling around them.The Warriors were minutes away from experiencing a double-digit loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday. Yet, Warriors guard Stephen Curry shared chuckles with DeMarcus Cousins, Durant and Green.Though Curry remained sidelined with an injured left groin, he helped the Warriors in another way. Curry helped defuse the tension between Durant and Green, who had served a team-imposed …last_img

Lady Loggers wrestling off to strong start

first_imgThe Eureka girl’s wresting team won, by a large margin, its first meet of the season last weekend at the Battle of the Border Tournament in Ashland, Or. Four Loggers nabbed first-place medals in the tournament and in total 13 of Eureka’s wrestlers placed inside the top three in their respective weight classes. This Saturday, the Loggers will look to take home another box of medals when they travel to Springfield, Or., for their second meet of the season.“To be honest, we were very strong and …last_img

Take time to address challenges from spring this fall

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.The 2019 growing season has been one of the most challenging in recent memory and as harvest approaches this fall, Ohio’s farmers will continue to deal with the impacts of these challenges. Delayed planting, extreme rain events, and saturated field work performed in saturated soils are some of the challenges from spring of 2019 that will impact the crop as the growing season winds up.For much of the eastern Corn Belt, soils were excessively wet this spring and crops were planted into less than idea soil conditions. Compounded with continued wet weather throughout the growing season, the early wet conditions have resulted in restricted root development. Growers and agronomists who have spent time digging up plants this year have observed shallow root systems, poor soil penetration due to shallow compaction, and narrow, flat root systems that followed the seed furrow because they could not penetrate the compacted sidewalls of the seed trench. Poor root systems are a cause for standability concerns this fall. In areas where root development has been restricted, crops should be harvested in a timely manner to avoid root lodging.In addition to poor root systems, some of the corn crop’s nitrogen has been lost due to saturated soils and denitrification. Drought conditions throughout July and August in some areas stressed the corn crop during the critical periods of pollination and grain fill. In addition to reduced yield, a lack of nitrogen and stress during grain fill will result in the corn plant cannibalizing its stalk to complete the grain fill process. Stalk strength and quality may be a problem in fields with the potential for compromised stalk quality and should be harvested first to avoid losses to due stalk lodging.One common theme that has been discussed throughout the 2019 growing season is variability in both crop condition and growth stage. Yields will vary from field to field and will vary significantly within fields due to the stress caused by weather ranging from too wet to hot and dry. Scouting fields ahead of harvest is always a good idea to determine where problems areas exist and will help determine management decisions. Crop stage of development variability is also a concern for the very late-planted corn. Following a period of drought conditions, the extended forecast shows cooler conditions in late August and into early September. With a lack of heat units, there are some fields across the state at risk of an early killing frost before reaching maturity. Growers should assess these fields and consider the option of chopping them for silage if that is a possibility.With the many challenges this year has thrown at Ohio’s farmers, there will be some critical management decisions to make this fall. With root and stalk concerns, the corn crop should be harvested as early as possible to avoid lodging losses in the field. With later planted corn, though, growers will be facing higher harvest moistures and increased drying costs and a crop that will most likely not stand late into harvest. Field work performed in wet conditions has resulted in widespread compaction across the state. If this compaction is not addressed, it will significantly impact yields for years to come. In some cases, tillage may be the only option for alleviating compaction as soon as field conditions allow. For no-tillers, planting cover crops with penetrating root systems can help with breaking up compaction and minimizing crop root restrictions in the future. It has been a very challenging year many growers would rather forget and move on, however, those who use the rest of the season to manage existing problems will be the most successful in the coming years.last_img read more

What’s Going On With Home Performance?

first_imgI’ve been involved, if somewhat peripherally, with the Home Performance industry for quite a while. I was one of the original group working on Home Performance with Energy Star in Atlanta quite a few years ago. As I learned more about this evolving field, I felt that it was both important and necessary, and thought that it had potential to be a profitable business model.I had concerns that the program was being managed by building science types (read: geeks) who were focused on collecting reams of data from performance testing and using this to sell improvements to homeowners. Fairly quickly, I determined that unless it moved from a technical to a sales focus, it wasn’t going to go anywhere.While there are a few companies who have managed to balance the technical aspects with the necessary sales skills, most auditors and contractors have struggled to create profitable, sustainable business models. Early on, there was a focus on keeping the auditors independent in order to provide an unbiased report that a homeowner could use to compare proposals from contractors for the work. I saw this as a cumbersome model that increased costs, complicated the sales process, and might not help advance the program in any meaningful way. Will it survive into adulthood?The big question is, what will happen to the home performance industy as incentives go away? It will probably fare better in regions with high energy costs, where paybacks are faster. Where energy audits or HERS ratings are required at the time of sale, there may be some more demand.My fear, however, is that in many markets, demand will start to wither, homes will go unimproved, and many of the thousands of trained professionals, many of whom entered the industry after their old careers dried up, will, once again, be looking for new lines of work. Performance enters pubertyFast forward about eight years, and home performance is beginning to mature, benefiting from government and utility incentives designed to stimulate an industry that would sustain itself when those incentives were gone.On the positive side, many local programs have moved to the combined auditor/contractor model, which, despite its drawbacks, does lead to more completed projects. I am concerned that where the auditors are employees of specialized improvement contractors that they may suggest solutions through the lens of their business operations. HVAC contractors may focus on HVAC solutions to the detriment of envelope improvements. Insulation contractors will likely find insulation is the answer to problems they uncover.If all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail. I still believe that the combined auditor/contractor model can work, but maybe I am just being naïve.last_img read more

Apple (Again) Promises To Fix iOS iMessage Bug

first_imgThe failure of Apple’s iMessage service is a major black eye for the behemoth maker of iPhones. Apple’s messaging service has been experiencing bugs where messages fail to send (or take a long time to send) since the release of iOS 7 last year. Recently, many users that have switched from Apple’s iPhone to Android smartphones have reported that their texts are still stuck in Apple’s cloud and not being delivered to the intended recipient. And the problem isn’t new. iMessage has been trapping user text messages since iOS 5 was released in 2011.The problem occurs after a user switches to another smartphone operating system but their phone number is still attached to an iMessage account on Apple’s cloud. Even though the user has a new smartphone, iMessage continues to recognize the users phone number as being tied to iMessage and then fails to deliver texts. Apple suggests that users disconnect their phone numbers from iMessage before buying a new smartphone. The iMessage bug does not affect texts between iPhone users.See also: Apple’s Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To AndroidApple is facing a class-action suit in California over the various iMessage failures. Apple has repeatedly attempted to fix the various problems plaguing iMessage, but new issues keep on cropping up. In October, 2013, Apple issued an update to iOS 7 that was intended to fix the problem that it said affected “a fraction of a percent” of iMessage users. According to Ina Fried from Recode, Apple’s iMessage problems were made worse by a server bug that Apple attempted to fix. Apple promises a fix in the future, but does not specify when the fix will be available for users.“We recently fixed a server-side iMessage bug which was causing an issue for some users, and we have an additional bug fix in a future software update,” Apple told Recode.  dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#iCloud#iMessage#instant messaging#SMS#texting The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Video Tutorial: What Does “Dirtying the Frame” Mean?

first_imgWith this technique, you can add even more dynamic movement to your moving shots and more depth to your simple shots. So how does it work? All right, if we can all be mature about this, it’ll be a lot easier to explain this technique. I mean, easier said than done; I want to share with you one of my favorite filmmaking tricks, and it’s called “dirtying the frame.”Go ahead. Take a minute.Okay, dirtying the frame is my go-to method to give moving shots more movement and simple shots more depth. Here’s how it works.Find the angle and subject you want to capture. If the frame doesn’t seem interesting enough, you can use objects, props, and even characters in the foreground to give it depth. If the foreground object doesn’t serve a purpose outside of stylistic enhancement, be sure to blur it out more with a wider aperture or a longer focal length. This will ensure that dirtying your frame doesn’t distract your audience.Dirtying the Frame can also be used to capture the POV of a character, either by filming over their shoulder to gain perspective or filming to imply someone who’s watching from beyond the frame. This is a great way to enhance the creep factor of any shot.Take a look at the full video for more tips on how you can use this technique to add some drama to your cinematography. And if you’re looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Creative Video and Photo Ideas using Fireworks3 Visual Effects You Can Create with a Whip Pan TransitionVideo Tutorial: Top 10 After Effects Mistakes To AvoidMake Your Titles And Graphics Pop with This Advanced Glow EffectCreate a Responsive Infographic in After Effectlast_img read more

Lassiter open to Gilas return

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 AFP official booed out of forum He begged off from national team duty back in 2016 due to pneumonia, leaving him out of the squad which competed in the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.Now, however, is a different story as Lassiter is in the best shape of his life and is ready to answer whenever an opportunity knocks.“I just got to keep preparing myself and stay healthy. I’m just trying to stay healthy and that’s the most important thing,” he said as he has his sights set on helping San Miguel win its fourth straight Philippine Cup.Currently, Gilas only has two legitimate knock-down shooters in Matthew Wright and Roger Pogoy with Terrence Romeo still out of commission due to a knee injury. Kevin Ferrer could also be in the conversation, but the sophomore has yet to be called up for the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.This dearth in gunslingers could be considered the lowest in years, dating back to the days when Jimmy Alapag, Jeff Chan, Dondon Hontiveros, Larry Fonacier, and Gary David were donning the national tri-colors.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lassiter’s addition to the pool would definitely change that notion as the Beermen marksman expressed glee with the recent development between the PBA and Gilas Pilipinas.“That’s just great,” he said. “It’s a great thing to have more players coming in so at the end of the day, we should be able to find a good team for these upcoming events.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn dire need of a shooter, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes may finally get the snipers he badly craves for after PBA commissioner Willie Marcial lifted the player limit for all teams.And with that development, one name comes to mind: Marcio Lassiter.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lopez, Lakers top Thunder Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Undoubtedly one if not the best shooter in the country right now, Lassiter is closing in on a possible return stint with the national team as his potential inclusion is guaranteed to be a huge shot in the arm when it comes to artillery from beyond the arc.For now, Lassiter is just leaving everything to Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I hope so, but it all depends on coach Chot. We’ll see what happens. When it comes, it comes,” he said.Lassiter last played for Gilas in the 2011 Fiba Asia Championship in Wuhan, where the Philippines finished fourth. View commentslast_img read more

Touch Football Represented At Sports Women’s Ball

first_imgOver 100 people attended the Ball, including Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy as well as several other politicians. 2011 World Cup Australian Women’s Open assistant coach, Dean Russell, was part of a panel interviewed by MC Stephanie Brantz and joined Australian Opals squad members Liz Cambage, Carly Wilson and Marianna Tolo, Opals coach, Carrie Graf and Capital Football Chief Executive, Heather Reid on stage. Russell told the crowd about Australia’s impressive record at the Women’s Open level, having never lost a game at World Cup level as well as the amount of females taking part in Touch Football across Australia. “The international program for Touch Football started back in 1985 for women. It’s been an extremely successful program. We are extremely proud of the results we’ve produced on the field and the athletes we’ve produced off it,” Russell said. “We do have a lot of females playing (Touch Football) but we are probably lucky in the sense that we have a category at social level and domestic that is very popular which is Mixed Touch. A lot of families get together and play with their Mums and Dads and sons and daughters which introduces them into the sport and then they can see the pathways that develop through regional, club, state and international level.”Recently named as the Federal Minister for Sport, Senator Lundy spoke about her passion for sport and in particular women’s sport. “I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be here tonight, I’m so privileged and honoured to have this portfolio. It’s something that is a part of me, my love for sport. It has always been a big part of my life and part of my family’s life,” Senator Lundy said. “Tonight we are particularly acknowledging the role that so many women have played in our sporting landscape. As Senator for the ACT I am incredibly proud of the local women in sport and the Canberra community’s wonderful response to the successes, their support when they are not going so well and most of all drawing from the participation base in the community that finds itself again and again inspired by the performance of our elite female athletes.”“The Government is committed to supporting women in sport and despite all the work that has been done, we recognise that more must be done to bring women’s sport to its rightful place in this country.”Chief Executive Officer of Sports Hydrant, Andy Turnbull, told the crowd that the promotion of elite women’s sport through the event was just one of the Sport For Women initiatives that the organisation drives. “Sports Hydrant, through the Sport For Women website, seeks to increase participation through we believe redefining the definition of sport. We want sport to be an integral part of the sporting landscape by including dance, individual fitness initiatives and not actually separating sport and recreation from leisure,” Turnbull said. Thank you to Bec Lewis from BL Imaging for providing the photos.last_img read more