‘Tottenham sign this player for £18m? He is worth it to me!’

first_img1 Southampton star Victor Wanyama As Tottenham Hotspur’s indifferent start to the season continues they’re now being linked with several transfers, including Southampton’s Victor Wanyama.The dominating defensive midfielder who has starred for the Saints over the last two years has reportedly asked to leave the club, piquing the interest of Spurs, while Arsenal and Liverpool are also monitoring the situation.Some Tottenham fans are delighted with the news they could be landing the Kenyan, although his price tag could be a little hefty at around £18million, but others are a little disappointed.You can see how they have reacted on Twitter below…last_img read more

‘I wish I could have been in there’: Ramon Laureano is anxious to get back on the field, but must take it slow

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s had the bases loaded, two outs down just a run on Tuesday night against the Giants, a familiar situation to this point. Some of Oakland’s best ball — its most competitive at bats and timely hits — has been played in the later innings of late.Chad Pinder struck out swinging at Will Smith’s high fastball, leaving another comeback just one run short. A couple feet away, Ramon Laureano was more hyped than ever.“It’s crazy, last night, I’ve never been like that in a game, so …last_img read more

Residents of Bloemfontein invited to join Brand South Africa on 26 October 2016

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 19 October 2016 – Brand South Africa’s nationwide campaign – Play Your Part will be in the capital city of the Free State province on Wednesday 26 October 2016 and citizens are invited to join the programme.The Play Your Part activation themed “start doing” is aligned to Brand South Africa’s mission and purpose to inspire citizens to participate actively in building the Nation Brand. Active citizenship refers to an ethos where people get involved in their local communities which strengthens the country’s democracy at all levels.The activation in Bloemfontein follows similar engagements with communities in Limpopo and Port Elizabeth during which the innovative and interactive PYP cube was introduced to citizens. Community members shared their empowerment projects as well as pledged their time, money and skills towards improving the lives of the people of the South African Nation Brand.The citizens of Bloemfontein will also have an opportunity to engage and participate in community projects as well as showcase their active citizenship through the interactive PYP cube.On its third leg, Brand South Africa brings along its inspiring partners: Dj Sbu’s Leadership 2020 and SABC’s One Day leader programmes which promote leadership and entrepreneurship within society. In addition, Bloemfontein’s active citizens such as 23 year old author and winner of One Day leader season four Zareef Minty, hip-hop dancer and motivational speaker Oscar von Memerty and founder of I Am a Phenomenal Woman, Thato Mokhothu will lead the conversations on Playing Your Part and start doing.Dj Sbu imparted reassuring words in the previous leg of Play Your Part activation saying ‘Every young person needs to do something, no matter how small, do something that will better someone else. Vision 2030 and Brand South Africa’s Play your Part initiative want to change the mindset of young people in order to make every day a Mandela Day and make the positive change in the lives of everyone.”Engage with the PYP Cube, Brand South Africa and its partners on #PYPCube.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date : Wednesday 26 October 2016Time : 09h00 -13h00Venue : Mangaung Indoor Sport Centre,Corner Moshoeshoe Road& Chief Moroka Crescent, RocklandsRSVPS/Enquiries : Ntombi NtanziEmail ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comMobile number 081 7041488Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrand#PYPCUBEProgramme for the Brand South Africa Play Your PartProgamme Directed by : Sbu Leope and Seadimo TlaleTimeItem 1Item 2 08H00      INTERACTION AND ENGAGEMENT WITH THE PYP CUBEBRAND SA10H00PROGRAMME INSIDE THE VENUE COMMENCESBRAND SA10H15PLAY YOUR PART BRAND SA AVAV10H20OPENING AND WELCOMEBRAND SOUTH AFRICA10H25AV OF “ONE DAY LEADER ALUMNI”AV10H40ADDRESS FROM ONE DAY LEADERODL Free State Seadimo Tlale Season Two Finalist10H55MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER / ICE BREAKER11H05LEADERSHIP 2020 TRAINING PROGRAMMEOSCAR VON MEMERTYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6o9krBsWrUZAREEF MINTYhttp://www.leadership2020.co.za/index.php/speakers/141-zareef-mintyTHOBILE MUSHWANAhttps://www.facebook.com/Dentalmarathon/THATO MOKHOTUhttp://theyoungindependents.co.za/mzansis-100/mzansis-100-disruptor-thato-mokhothu/12H15PANEL DISCUSSION / AUDIENCE INTERACTIONlast_img read more

Planting by the phase of the moon?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In these days with more science than the world has ever known, there is still plenty that is unknown in the world of agriculture. Because of that, there are still those out there who consider the sage advice in the pages of almanacs.At the office, we consulted multiple farmer’s almanacs this spring to identify the best days to plant corn. In general, according to almanac wisdom of old, it is best to try and plant corn in the first quarter following the new moon. In both April and May, the new moon phase starts on the 18th. The very best dates are after the first quarter, which starts on the 25th of both months. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are considered the best Zodiac signs for planting.With all of this in mind, we came up with a list of the best days to plant with input from Blum’s Farmer’s and Planter’s Almanac, Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac. For planting corn in Ohio, the best days are April 19, 20 and 23 though 25 and May 21, 22, and 28 through 31.Scott Labig, who farms in Darke County, looks at the field conditions, soil temperatures, and carefully tracks the weather forecast like every farmer during planting season. He also considers the phase of the moon in his planting decisions.“I think it does have some merit,” he said. “In February or March I dig the almanac out of the nightstand and start looking at the dates for the windows we need to plant in. This year the key planting dates are more limited than what they have been in the past.”Then, if all the other factors for planting are right, Labig tries to get as much corn in the ground as possible during the windows of optimal planting according to the almanac.“We are right in an optimum period right now and we are missing it around here,” Labig said. “Usually when I get started rolling I don’t stop, especially if I’m in that window. I really try to go on that day to get that corn in if I can and slow up or stop when I get way outside that window. But if I am outside of that window, it is hard to sit idle and watch the neighbors farming around me.”Along with telling farmers which days to plant, the moon phase also offers advice on when not to plant — the last quarter. In both April and May this year those dates are the 11th through the 17th. Labig said that he has noticed that planting by the phase of the moon does translate in some positive realities in his fields.“Last year I planted into Mother’s Day weekend. That was the worst corn I had and it was outside of the window,” he said. “I don’t know that I see it so much in the yields, but I have seen differences in the emergence. Years ago Dad asked me why I thought some fields we planted would emerge so much better than others. That is when I started buying the almanac.”As an experiment this planting season, we are going to keep track of planting progress around Ohio and the country and take note of the percentage that falls into the optimum planting windows (and the not so optimum windows) according to the moon phases in the almanacs. At the end of the season we will make a 2015 corn yield estimate based on what we find, then see how planting by the moon phase translates into a final yield at the end of the season. Stay tuned and have a great planting season.last_img read more

Rice U. and Houston’s Third Ward: A Happy Alliance Between Academia and Community Development

first_imgBack in May, GBA posted an item on the Ze-Row House, Rice University’s entry in the 2009 edition of the Solar Decathlon, a competition that challenges 20 teams from academic institutions here and abroad to develop and construct highly efficient, low-cost solar-powered homes. A biennial event, the Decathlon is scheduled for October 8-18 on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall, where the competing teams will set up their houses for public viewing and judging. For many Decathlon houses, the mall is the last stop before they’re permanently dismantled. But that will not be the fate of Ze-Row House. Whatever its overall ranking in the competition, Ze-Row House will be returned to Houston and reconstructed in the city’s Third Ward, one of its oldest neighborhoods and the focus of historic preservation and revitalization efforts by the Row House Community Development Corporation.“It has been a constant goal of Rice Solar Decathlon to bring an end to the site-less and client-less designs of many previous Solar Decathlon houses,” the team explains on its Ze-Row House website. “Our team worked hard to design a house that will be uniquely suited to withstand the rigors of Houston’s Gulf Coast climate – where the house will spend most of its operational life – and will be designed specifically for the client, Row House Community Development Corporation.” Established in 2003, Row House CDC has been renovating and building Third Ward homes with the aim of providing housing for low-to-moderate-income residents. As Row House CDC’s director, Alain Lee, recently told GBA Managing Editor Dan Morrison, students participating in the School of Architecture’s Rice Building Workshop program have long been collaborating with CDC on Third Ward projects, including renovations of many the neighborhood’s single-story “shotgun” bungalows and the design and construction of new buildings, including artist studios and nine duplexes, all of which reflect the Third Ward’s architectural history. The Rice Decathlon team says that the design concepts developed for Ze-Row House, which is 800 sq. ft. and cost about $150,000 to build, could be replicated for six more energy-efficient one- and two-bedroom homes on two 50-by-80-foot lots in the Third Ward.last_img read more

The Connection Between Obesity and Climate Change

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Positive feedback loops that reinforce global warming are scary. Here’s an example of such a feedback loop: warmer temperatures melt Arctic sea ice earlier in the spring and reduce the size of the summer ice pack. Since the dark ocean has less reflectance than ice, a smaller ice pack means that more solar radiation is absorbed by the ocean every summer, further warming the planet.Another worrisome positive feedback loop arises when warming temperatures melt long-frozen permafrost. The melting permafrost releases methane gas bubbles that have been captive for thousands of years. The release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, warms the planet further.Now researchers are focusing on another feedback loop affecting the global climate: obesity. Here’s how the loop works: when people walk less and drive more, they gain weight. Once they’ve gained weight, they are even less inclined to walk. (Heavier people are more likely to drive and less likely to walk than people who aren’t overweight.) Once this positive feedback loop starts, the number of miles driven continues to increase — and so does the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.The issue is discussed in a paper by Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts, two researchers from the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Their paper, “Population Adiposity and Climate Change”, was published in The International Journal of Epidemiology. “When it comes to food consumption, moving about in a heavy body is like driving around in a gas guzzler,” Edwards and Roberts wrote. “The heavier our bodies become the harder and more unpleasant it is to move about in them and the more dependent we become on our cars.”It turns out that the driving-versus-walking feedback loop is only one of many… last_img read more

Lok Sabha bypoll: ex-Sikkim governor pitted against NCP’s royal turncoat

first_imgSenior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and ex-Sikkim Governor Shriniwas Patil will take on ex-NCP MP and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate, Udayanraje Bhosale, in the Satara Lok Sabha bypoll to be held along with the Assembly elections in Maharashtra on October 21.Mr. Patil, a former IAS officer and a close associate of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, staged a show of strength in Satara after filing his nomination on Thursday.Mr. Pawar had earlier urged senior Congressman Prithviraj Chavan to contest the by-election. However, Mr. Chavan, the sitting MLA of Karad South (in Satara) had declined, preferring instead to focus on the Assembly elections.Mr. Patil has been elected MP twice, in 1999 and 2004, from the erstwhile Karad Lok Sabha constituency in Satara before its delimitation ahead of the 2009 polls.Political equations have changed overnight in Satara, which was completely dominated by the NCP before this year’s Lok Sabha polls after the defections of both royals — Shivendrasinh Bhosale, the former NCP MLA from Satara and Udayanraje Bhosale, the ex-NCP MP from Satara Lok Sabha constituency — to the ruling BJP.The NCP currently holds three of the six Assembly segments in Satara — Koregaon (Shashikant Shinde), Wai (Makarand Patil) and Karad North (Balasaheb Patil) — while Mr. Chavan holds the Karad South seat, the sole Congress borough in the district.Mr. Chavan, a former Maharashtra Chief Minister, too filed his nomination on Thursday, accompanied by Mr. Patil and other supporters. He is pitted against the BJP’s Atul Bhosale, who staged a spectacular show of strength in Karad before filing his nomination.“Our aim is to weed out the BJP’s socially divisive policies. Karad has been the wellspring of progressive thought. I am confident that the people here will reject the regressive ideology of the current government in the upcoming elections,” Mr. Chavan said.last_img read more

Rep Canfield sets office hours for Sebewaing Caro

first_img14Feb Rep. Canfield sets office hours for Sebewaing, Caro ### Categories: Canfield News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., will host local office hours in Sebewaing and Caro within the next few weeks.The details:3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 at Sebewaing Village Hall located at 222 N. Center St. in Sebewaing.4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 3 at the Caro Area District Library located at 840 W. Frank St. in Caro.“This is a good opportunity to meet and talk about the issues that are most important in Huron and Tuscola counties,” Canfield said.No appointment is necessary.Canfield, of Sebewaing, is in his second term as a state representative.For those unable to attend, you may contact Canfield’s office any time at 517-373-0476 or through email at EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Nokia Lumia 1020 Netflix is teaming up with Nokia

first_imgNokia Lumia 1020Netflix is teaming up with Nokia to give UK buyers of the phone maker’s latest smartphones free access to the subscription video-on-demand service. The offer, which is available via Vodafone, will give new customers who buy a contract for Nokia’s September-released Lumia 1020 Windows Phone a 12-month free subscription to Netflix.The operator will also give a 6-month Netflix subscription to customers that buy the June-launched Nokia Lumia 925 or the August-released Nokia Lumia 625.UK mobile phone retailer Phones4U is also offering six-months of Netflix to Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 625 customers.The Financial Times, which first reported the tie-up, said that Nokia is running similar Netflix campaigns in other countries, including Finland, where it working with operator Gigantti on a similar six-month deal for buyers of Nokia’s Lumia 625 handset.last_img read more

Swisscom grew its TV base by 133 yearonyear to

first_imgSwisscom grew its TV base by 13.3% year-on-year to the end of September, despite what it described as “fierce competition” from cable operators.Swisscom said it had 688,000 TV 2.0 customers on its books at the end of September, out of a total TV base of 1.275 million. TV 2.0 custoemrs increased by 124,000 in the third quarter, most of whom upgraded from another offeringThe overall TV base grew by 37,000 in the third quarter. Fixed-feee subscriptions account for 1.11 million of the overall TV base.The number of retail fixed-line broadband connections saw a year-on-year increase of 65,000 or 3.5% to 1.94 million. The growth in the number of TV and broadband connections – up 152,000 together – more than offset the decline in the number of fixed network connections, according to Swisscom. The number of revenue generating units increased year-on-year by 182,000 or 1.5% to 12.5 million.By the end of September 2015, the number of customers using a bundled package had increased year-on-year by 202,000 or 17.5% to 1.36 million. Revenue from bundled contracts rose year-on-year by CHF 242 million or 17.2% to CHF 1,647 million.Swisccom’s Italian subsidiary Fastweb  saw its broadband business grow by 156,000 or 7.7% to 2.17 million over the year.last_img read more