Ronaldo’s Juventus hosts Sassoulo on match day four in Seria A

first_img Tags: Italian Serie A Inter Milan vs ParmaStadio Guiseppe Meazza, MilanSaturday, 15-09-2018 @04:00pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Gianluca ManganielloInter finally got their first win of the season in the last game, winning 3-0 against Bologna. The Nerazzurri had a dismal start to the campaign, one that they had prefaced with open talk of a Scudetto challenge. Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez both missed that Bologna game. The younger Argentine is still struggling with muscular problems, but Icardi is back and featured for his country in a midweek friendly with Colombia in New York. It’s possible the captain will again be rested, allowing Keita Balde Diao to build on his new centre-forward role, supported by Ivan Perisic, Radja Nainggolan and Matteo Politano.Parma clambered their way back into the top flight after bankruptcy in 2015, securing a record three consecutive promotions. It hasn’t been a great start, losing three out of four games (including the Coppa Italia with Pisa) and throwing away a 2-0 lead to draw with Udinese in the opening round. Their injury list remains fairly solid, missing Alberto Grassi, Jacopo Dezi, Gianni Munari, Scozzarella and Jonathan Biabiany. Amato Ciciretti is finally available again, albeit probably from the bench, and Emanuele Calaiò continues his lengthy suspension.Parma have only managed one Serie A victory at San Siro in 24 attempts, 3-1 in May 1999, losing 15 and drawing eight.Napoli vs FiorentinaStadio San Paulo, NapoliSaturday, 15-09-2018 @07:00pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Michael FabbriCarlo Ancelotti’s Napoli are fresh from a heavy defeat as they host an in-form Fiorentina side targeting the top spot. Napoli’s winning start to the campaign was ended in comprehensive fashion in Week 3, when they were beaten 3-0 away by Sampdoria. As for La Viola, they have continued their impressive form at the end of last season into this one with two wins from two, having played a game less due to their opening game being postponed following the tragic events in Genoa last month. The problem might be at the back, as Alban Lafont is struggling with an injury, giving Bartlomiej Dragowski a big test in only his sixth Serie A appearance.Napoli on the other are still adjusting to life under Ancelotti and they need time to reach peak levels, so this difficult start to the season will only help them improve. Fiorentina have not beaten Napoli away from home since 2014, emerging with a draw and four defeats.Frosinone vs SampdoriaStadio Benito Stirpe, Frosinone Saturday, 15-09-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Massimiliano IrratiFrosinone finally get to play in front of their fans at the Stadio Benito Stirpe and host a Sampdoria side brimming with confidence. The hosts really need the support after a dismal start to the campaign, failing to score a single goal in their two away defeats and ‘home’ draw with Bologna. That game was played in Turin and behind closed doors as punishment for last season’s Serie B promotion play-off shenanigans, which included throwing extra footballs on to the pitch to break up Palermo attacks.Frosinone will have to do without two of his main attacking threats though, as strikers Daniel Ciofani and Federico Dionisi are both injured.Blucerchiati on the other hand are flying high after battering Napoli 3-0 in their last match. Manager Marco Giampaolo’s men were too savvy for Carlo Ancelotti’s side and buoyed on by a raucous home crowd they put the Azzurri to the sword early in the game. Samp will have to do without the services of defender Vasco Regini, Belgian Dennis Praet and potentially creative midfielder Riccardo Saponara, who limped off in the match with the Azzurri.Both these teams won their home fixtures against each other 2-0 the first time Frosinone were in Serie A.Roma vs ChievoStadio Olympico, RomeSunday, 16-09-2018 @03:30pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Paolo Silvio MazzoleniBoth Roma and Chievo have been riddled with early season inconsistency and look to overcome heavy defeats. Roma have always found a way to get over the chopping and changing that comes every summer, but this season feels different. The Giallorossi dominated Torino, but were easily contained by the Granata until Edin Dzeko’s individual brilliance late on secured all three points.Chievo on the other hand did face the humiliation of conceding six against Fiorentina two rounds back. Lorenzo D’Anna was trusted with changing their fortunes, but hopes will have been dampened further after the 0-0 draw with new boys Empoli a fortnight ago, meaning that any more dropped points could see the Gialloblu locked in an early season relegation scrap.Roma’s Kostas Manolas is expected to be fit despite picking up a knock on international duty, but Alessandro Florenzi, Patrik Schick and Javier Pastore are all likely to miss out. Stephan El Shaarawy will probably start, even though there is pressure from the exciting Justin Kluivert, while the all Italian trio of Daniele De Rossi, Bryan Cristante and Lorenzo Pellegrini should keep their place in the middle, despite failing to convince as a unit so far this season.Chievo are expected to be without Perparim Hetemaj and Fabrizio Cacciatore.Chievo have only ever beaten Roma three times in 32 Serie A meetings and two of those were in the Capital.Genoa vs BolognaStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris (Genova)Sunday, 16-09-2018 @04:00pmReferee: Luca BantiBologna travel to Marassi to face Genoa still looking for their first goals of the new season. Felipo Inzaghi’s team have collected only one point from their opening three matches of the new campaign.In Bologna’s way stand a Genoa team with one win and one loss from their two matches played this term.There are no new absentees for Bologna, although they are still without duo Godfred Donsah and Nehuen Paz. Neither side will be missing any players through suspension, although Genoa will be without promising young on-loan forward Andrea Favilli through injury. Lisandro Lopez is also sidelined.Genoa have won only one of the last nine matches against Bologna.Juventus vs SassouloAllianz Stadium, TorinoSunday, 16-09-2018 @04:00pmReferee: Daniele ChiffiBoth Juventus and second-placed Sassuolo look to remain undefeated as they lock horns in an early season showdown in Turin. Despite still awaiting Cristiano Ronaldo’s first goal in a Bianconeri jersey, the Old Lady have won all three of their opening matches and find themselves in a familiar spot atop the Serie A table. Massimiliano Allegri is still trying to adjust to life with a five-time Ballon d’Or winner. He has tried to use the Portuguese Phenom in a variety of different roles as he continues to look for the best way to integrate him into the side. As a result, we’ve seen Paulo Dybala on the bench more often than he is used to, which could become an issue if the Italian tactician isn’t careful. Juventus have won five consecutive matches in league play against Sassuolo, including a 7-0 thumping last season at home that the Neroverdi are doing their best to put in the rear-view mirror.Roberto De Zerbi’s men have had an impressive start to the season, collecting seven of nine points. Domenico Berardi has two goals already this season, and will need to come up big in Turin on Sunday if his club have any chance of pulling off an upset. Veteran Kevin-Prince Boateng is discovering a new lease of life as a centre-forward, scoring three goals in four competitive games, plus an assist.Juventus have won the last five consecutive Serie A matches played between these two teams. Sassuolo lost all five trips to Turin, scoring one goal and conceding 16.Udinese vs TorinoDacia Arena, Udine Sunday, 16-08-2018 @04:00pmReferee: Paolo ValeriThese teams could be disappointed with their respective starts to the season, but Udinese and Torino know that they have enough talent in their squads for a solid run of form. The hosts come into this off the back of a narrow 1-0 defeat to Fiorentina, one of the in form sides in Serie A, so won’t be too disheartened by that. The win against Sampdoria followed a draw against Parma on the opening day.As for their visitors, they arguably deserved more. A late defeat on the opening day to Roma followed by clambering back from 2-0 down to draw away at Inter meant that in two games they came close to a better result. The 1-0 win at home to SPAL put a W in their win column, but it’s far from what we all expect from a Torino side that still boast some very good players. Walter Mazzarri will know that he can get better out of the likes of Iago Falque and Andrea Belotti and it’s only a matter of time until they click, but until that point, games like this against Udinese will be vital to determining where they take the rest of their Serie A campaign.Torino are unbeaten against Udinese since a 1-0 home loss in December 2015, followed by three wins and two draws. There have been 21 goals in their last five meetings.Empoli vs LazioStadio Carlo Castellani, EmpoliSunday, 16-09-2018 @07:00pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Daniele OrsatoEmpoli host Lazio on Sunday in a game where both sides will be hoping to kick-start some form in the new campaign. The Azzurri have surprised most in their return to Serie A, picking up four points from the opening three rounds. A fortnight ago they held Chievo to a goalless draw and come into this match more than capable of taking points from this fixture.However, they will be without Luca Antonelli for Sunday’s clash as he picked up a thigh injury and is expected to be sidelined until November. Ivan Provedel is back and ready to take the gloves after fracturing his tibia back in January.Lazio will be looking for consecutive victories after their underwhelming opening two weeks of the new season. They narrowly scraped past Frosinone thanks to a Luis Alberto late strike, but will be hoping to silence their critics with a comprehensive performance on Sunday. Jordan Lukaku and Valon Berisha are unavailable for the match as they both aim to recover from their respective injuries.Lazio have won four of the last five meetings with Empoli.Cagliari vs AC MilanSardegna Arena, CagliariSunday, 16-09-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 9)Referee: Rosario AbissoBoth Cagliari and Milan received a real boost with victories just before the break for international duty. The Sardinians lost, drew, and won in their first three games, and will look to build off of a mediocre start in the hopes of a more successful season than last year’s. Milan, on the other hand, are coming off an impressive win against Roma and aiming to keep the momentum going at the Sardegna Arena. Gattuso has worked to instill a possession-based style into his players and they have shown flashes that they can be successful under it. This Sunday’s match will be tough for both sides, but count on Milan to be the side to come away with three points.Cagliari have only won one of their last 29 competitive meetings with Milan, a 2-1 home result in May 2017, along with six draws.Spal vs AtalantaStadio Paolo Mazza, FerraraMonday, 17-09-2018 @09:30pmReferee: Maurizio MarianiSPAL open their newly refurbished stadium, and certainly the hosts will aim to celebrate this with a win over Atalanta on Monday evening. However, the visitors experienced a disappointing result against Cagliari before the international hiatus and, having built their squad to compete on multiple fronts, La Dea certainly will look to spoil the hosts’ party.Atalanta have struggled as of late, especially away from home. Coupled with the fact that SPAL have lost just one of their last eight at home and overall just three of their last 16, Atalanta could find things a lot tougher than expected here.Interestingly enough, neither Leonardo Semplici nor Gasperini have managed to get the better of each other as a manager in two prior meetings. So far, it’s been two draws for the duo. Neither will be missing any players and this fixture could see the visitors mix things up in terms of personnel.SPAL have won their last three Serie A home matches. The last time they won four in row was back in February 1968.Comments last_img read more

"Ronaldo’s Juventus hosts Sassoulo on match day four in Seria A"

Gardaí warn of increase in scam-related incidents in Donegal

first_imgGardaí in Donegal have warned the public over the rising numbers of scamming reports in the county, urging them to remain vigilant to the threat. The warning comes following several threats of scamming through email, texts, phone calls and letter in recent weeks.A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana in Donegal, said: “We have been getting a large volume of reports of scam emails/ texts/ phone calls and letters that are being received by people in recent times. The best advice we can offer in relation to scams in whichever form they take is to never give out your personal information to anyone by phone, email, post or otherwise. “These scam artists will try and obtain your bank account information, credit card number or other information to identify you, such as your place of birth.“There are a vast amount of types of scams out there at the minute and they all want the same thing…. access to your money!“Never ever give out personal information. If you receive a call or an email etc. do not answer or respond.“Call the bank or whoever the caller was claiming to be making contact on behalf of and verify if they made the contact with you. “If you feel that your bank account has been compromised then contact your bank directly. If you have fallen victim to a scam please come and talk to us.”Gardaí warn of increase in scam-related incidents in Donegal was last modified: November 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

"Gardaí warn of increase in scam-related incidents in Donegal"

SA scores at ‘green’ drinks awards

first_imgRaising awareness Inge Kotze of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative was awarded the Personality Award, while Backsberg walked away with the Sustainability Award. Designed to raise awareness of green issues in the industry and boost the role of marketing in influencing consumer behaviour, the awards also provide a high-profile platform for companies to showcase their positive commitment to the planet. Paul Cluver, founder of Paul Cluver Wines, received arguably the highest accolade, winning the Lifetime Achievement Award for his ongoing, visionary approach to conservation and exemplary environmental credentials. Paul Cluver Wines and Stellar Organics were named runners-up in the Ethical Award category, giving South Africa a notable presence in four of the eight award results. Organised by leading European drinks trade publication The Drinks Business, the awards were held in London on 14 February. ‘Significant moment’ Award winners were selected on criteria including best outright environmental performance, environmental training, motivational initiatives, individual green campaign launches and ethical initiatives worldwide.center_img “This is a significant moment in the development of South Africa’s green credentials and we are delighted so many of our champions are being recognised for the substantial contributions they are making to the advancement of sustainable practice in the wine industry,” Wines of South Africa CEO Su Birch said in a statement this week. 18 February 2010 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South Africa came up trumps at the inaugural The Drinks Business Green Awards, which are designed to highlight leadership on environment, sustainability and climate change by drinks companies worldwide. “These awards will be a barometer of the newest, most innovative, most ambitious and most effective initiatives by drinks companies to respond to the pressing challenges of global sustainability,” The Drinks Business said on its website. “South Africa is a leader in production integrity and is committed to working in harmony with the environment to ensure long-term sustainable and profitable growth,” Birch said.last_img read more

"SA scores at ‘green’ drinks awards"

Taking precision ag to your planter!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The last two months we talked about common questions about precision ag. What is precision ag? How large does a farm need to be to use precision ag? Does precision ag pay? What should I do first to get started with Precision ag? In case you missed it, the short answers to those questions are as follows. Precision ag is using the tools we have available to manage each and every acre to reach its highest economic potential. No farm is too small to utilize some form of precision agriculture. It pays to invest in precision ag. Grid soil sampling and collecting yield data from a yield monitor are a great place to start. This month we are going to look at some technologies you can use on your planting operation. Auto steerMost of the precision ag Displays you could utilize to collect data can also be used as the interface to control your auto steer on your tractor pulling the planter. Auto steering systems come in two types. Assisted steering and integrated steering systems. Assisted steering systems mount to the side or underneath the steering wheel and they steer the vehicle for you by turning the steering wheel. The integrated steering systems tee into the hydraulics of your vehicle and steer the vehicle hydraulically. These tend to be a little more accurate and less intrusive to the cab than the assisted steering systems. An integrated steering system should keep the vehicle within an inch of the GPS directions and an assisted steering system tends to keep the vehicle one to three inches from the GPS directions. But the steering is only as accurate as the GPS signal that is guiding it. GPS varies in accuracy depending on the type of GPS correction you use. WAAS is six- to eight-inch pass-to-pass and RTK is one-inch repeatable. GPS.gov states that GPS guidance saves 7% to 10% of fertilizer and pesticides by not overlapping. Our customers tell us they typically experience a 2% to 4% reduction on a planting operation with RTK. With that kind of savings, it does not take long for a steering system to pay for itself. Planter performance monitoringSeveral Precision ag displays can turn your planter into a test stand. You no longer have to wait until the seed comes out of the ground to see what type of job you did planting. These displays will monitor population, skips, doubles and misplaced seeds. This can save you thousands by catching a problem during planting before you plant hundreds of acres with costly errors. Automatically controlled individual row clutchesYou can use the same GPS unit and Precision ag display to automatically shut off each individual row on your planter. Some planters are now coming equipped from the factory with clutches on each row. However, if that’s not the case with your planter, never fear, we can add our clutches to your existing planter. This technology pays off very quickly. The average savings our customers see with this technology is between 4% to 5% of their seed inputs. But that’s only part of the payback, there’s also the increase in yield on the 4% to 5% that is no longer double planted. The smaller and more odd-shaped the field, the more savings you will see. Variable rate populationOur precision ag displays can also be used to control the variable rate drives on your corn planter, if equipped. We can also add variable rate drives to your existing planter if you do not have them. These drives allow us to place higher rates of seed corn in the high producing areas of the field and reduce the rates in the low yielding areas of the field. Our customers saw a four-bushel advantage in corn and a 1.5-bushel advantage in soybeans with VRA seeding. We now have the ability to switch hybrids on the go. This technology allows us to place a high-yielding offensive hybrid in the best ground and a defensive hybrid in the tougher ground. Electric row unit drivesWe can install electric motors on each row unit to drive your seed meter. These drives act as a clutch and a VRA controller but they do much more than that. One of the biggest problems we see with planters is noise in the drive train. This can come from a flat spot on a drive tire, a hard spot on a bearing, misaligned cogs on the hinge points or a frozen or tight link in one of the drive chains. All of these can cause the meter on the row unit to skip, jump, speed up or slow down causing misplaced seed. Electric row drives eliminate all of that driveline noise or inaccuracies. They also turn your VRA into HD by controlling the rate of each row individually. Automatic hydraulic downforce controlHave you ever struggled with how to set your downforce springs on your planter? Some areas of the field require a lot of downforce to plant at the right depth while other areas require little or no downforce. Hydraulic downforce control systems can manage those situations for you automatically. We install a load pin on your depth control mechanism that allows us to measure the amount of downforce on your depth gauge wheels. We then can adjust our downforce on the row unit automatically to help us maintain constant depth while not over compacting the seed trench.As you can tell there are many different technologies that you can add to your planter. To get the biggest bang for your buck we recommend using a combination of several or all of them. Visit your Precision ag dealer to see what technologies best fit your operation.last_img read more

"Taking precision ag to your planter!"

New Twitter Analytics Product Launching Soon? More Evidence…

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Real-Time Web#twitter#web curt hopkins “I wish we were launching something worth ‘all this whoop-la,’ but this is an update to an existing analytics product that very few people see.” However, a post on an official Twitter blog seems to give the lie to that statement.According to the post, by Twitter engineer Ryan King on the Twitter Engineering Blog this evening:“Our analytics, operations and infrastructure teams are working on a system that uses cassandra for large-scale real time analytics for use both internally and externally.”In other words, Twitter is in fact working on an important analytics product that will launch to the public soon. This blog post bolsters the Tweets we referenced in our earlier article. Cassadra is an Apache “open source distributed database.” A “change in strategy,” as King describes it, means Twitter will not use Cassandra to store Tweets as it planned. Now it’s going to be used for the real-time analytics that we reported on. Not a big deal? Nah, it’s a big deal. To paraphrase Marshal Kirkpatrick, “Twitter is launching a public analytics product for the countless business customers who will line up to use it.”So, with all due respect to the VP, we’re going to stick to our guns. Related Posts Several days ago we wrote that Twitter’s analytics team was about to launch a new project. Twitter VP of Communications Sean Garrett denied there was anything earth-shaking going on. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

"New Twitter Analytics Product Launching Soon? More Evidence…"

GALLERY: UAAP Season 80 opening ceremony

first_imgADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Gilas taps Austin, Akhuetie for Fiba Asia Champions Cup Former Ateneo volleyball player Alyssa Valdez during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer Ateneo volleyball player Alyssa Valdez during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNU Standout Danny Ildefonso during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNU tennis ace Tin Patrimonio during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoe Lipa, Ronnie Magsanoc and Pia Cayetano lead former UP standouts during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSen. Pia Cayetano during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer UST Growling Tigers Cyrus Baguio and Dylan Ababou during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer FEU Tamaraws RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer FEU star Rachel Anne Daquis during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEU volleybelles Rachel An Daquis and Bernadeth Pons during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNU’s Bobby Ray Parks and FEU’s Terrence Romeo exchange high-fives during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEU crowd during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer La Salle star Renren Ritualo during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle legends during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNU standouts during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTisha Dominguez-Abundo during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUST legends during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerformers during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

"GALLERY: UAAP Season 80 opening ceremony"

a month agoAston Villa ace Grealish: Terry driving me towards Euros

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa ace Grealish: Terry driving me towards Eurosby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJack Grealish says an inspirational chat with Aston Villa assistant John Terry has turned his focused towards Euro2020.The Villa midfielder has struggled so far this season, having watched peers Mason Mount and James Maddison selected ahead of him for the recent England squad.Asked if an England breakthrough is on his mind, Grealish told Standard Sport: “Yeah definitely.”I think the position I play at the moment there are so many talented players out there: Madders, Dele [Alli], Mason Mount and [Jesse] Lingard, so many good young English players.”So there is a lot of competition there but I know I can play. I back myself to get into the England team.”[I need to] add goals and assists to my game. At the start of the season I know I haven’t been playing to the standard I know I can. I can perform better. From being in the Championship last year, now to being in the Premier League it is going to take a bit of time.”I was speaking to John Terry the other day and he said it always took him five or six games to get to the standard he knew he could be at and I think that is the same as me at the moment.”I know how good I actually am, how good I can be and I want to start adding goals and assists to my game, I am sure I can force my way into the England team.” last_img read more

"a month agoAston Villa ace Grealish: Terry driving me towards Euros"

JBI to Launch Scholarship Programme

first_img In an interview with JIS News, Director of Lands and BCDP Administrator at the JBI, Dr. Dianne Gordon, explained that after graduating, the students who benefit from the scholarships will serve the cluster areas as resource persons. The programme was created to facilitate sustainability for the JSIF/JBI Water Harvesting and Greenhouse Cluster Project, which is administered under the Bauxite Community Development Programme (BCDP). The Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) is to launch scholarships for young persons in its greenhouse cluster areas, called the JBI/Alcan Rio Tinto Legacy Fund Scholarship Programme. Story Highlightscenter_img The Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) is to launch scholarships for young persons in its greenhouse cluster areas, called the JBI/Alcan Rio Tinto Legacy Fund Scholarship Programme.The programme was created to facilitate sustainability for the JSIF/JBI Water Harvesting and Greenhouse Cluster Project, which is administered under the Bauxite Community Development Programme (BCDP).In an interview with JIS News, Director of Lands and BCDP Administrator at the JBI, Dr. Dianne Gordon, explained that after graduating, the students who benefit from the scholarships will serve the cluster areas as resource persons.“Although the greenhouse farmers have been trained and all the material has been provided to them, we need to be assured that going into the future, they would become more independent and not rely so much on us. To facilitate them in becoming more self-reliant, we felt that it would be a good thing to have some persons from the greenhouse cluster areas (apart from those who are currently involved in greenhouse production) to be professionally trained,” she explained.Dr. Gordon said that funding had been sought from the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) through the Alcan Legacy Fund and the scholarships were established for the two-year Associate Degree in Agriculture, tenable at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) with a special focus on greenhouse production and management.“Upon graduation, they are expected to go back to their communities and impart their new-found knowledge to the farmers and to assist them with the management processes,” she noted.Dr. Gordon pointed out that six of the eight scholarship recipients had already been identified and had begun studies at CASE in the 2018/2019 academic year. The other two students, who are yet to be chosen, are slated to begin studies in September 2019. The scholarships are valued at $600,000 ($300,000 per year) and cover the cost of tuition, boarding, meals and other basics. The launch and official signing ceremony will take place in March 2019.Under the BCDP greenhouse project, 160 greenhouses have been established in clusters on mined-out bauxite lands in Clarendon, Manchester, St. Ann, St. Catherine and St. Elizabeth.Sweet peppers and tomatoes almost ready for harvesting at the Content JSIF/JBI Water Harvesting and Greenhouse Cluster Project in Manchester. The project is aimed at promoting agricultural activity on reclaimed bauxite lands.last_img read more

"JBI to Launch Scholarship Programme"

Closures announced during DetroitWindsor Tunnel renovations

first_imgDETROIT – An underwater commuter traffic tunnel between Detroit and Windsor, Ont., is closing for more than a week as part of a nearly $22-million renovation project.The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is scheduled to close Friday night and reopen the morning of Oct. 30 as crews replace the concrete ceiling and make other infrastructure improvements.Border crossings in the Detroit area will be diverted to the Ambassador Bridge.Renovations are scheduled to be completed next June.Other periodic closings are planned during the construction project, and details are posted on the tunnel’s website .The tunnel opened in 1930 and runs beneath the surface of the Detroit River.About 12,000 vehicles use the tunnel daily.last_img read more

"Closures announced during DetroitWindsor Tunnel renovations"

Is It A Clown Question To Ask Why Bryce Harpers Stats Are

When Bryce Harper was introduced by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Clearwater, Florida, and slipped on a red pinstriped No. 3 jersey, the amount of fanfare that greeted him hadn’t been seen since the team traded for Roy Halladay in 2009. The club reportedly sold 100,000 tickets to regular-season games within hours of Harper’s signing. The Phillies hope it ushers in an era of sustained competitive baseball with Harper as a $330 million keystone. After all, what made Harper so promising was not only his talent but also his relative youth, as a 26-year-old free agent.Harper should still be productive in the near term and deliver important wins for the Phillies (after the signing, FiveThirtyEight’s projections for the 2019 season bumped the Phillies up to 84 wins, from 82, although other sites have been more bullish). But as we wrote last week, Harper’s consistency is a concern. Historical comps for a player with Harper’s unusual and volatile career to date suggest that he might have already peaked and that star-level players, in general, have reached their peaks by age 26. Since we are already in the habit of raining on the parade in Philadelphia, let’s look under the hood at Harper’s underlying stats and see where the specific problems may reside.For starters, Harper’s defensive metrics fell off a cliff last season.According to an average of Defensive Runs Saved (which Baseball-Reference.com uses for its defensive WAR) and Ultimate Zone Rating (FanGraphs’s metric of choice), Harper was the second-worst right fielder in the game (-12 runs saved compared with average) and the fourth-worst center fielder (-9 runs saved). Harper played 860 innings in right and 477 innings in center last season. And if Harper becomes more and more a one-dimensional player, in an era in which his power hitting stands out less, he loses relative value.But perhaps those concerns are a little overblown. Although baseball’s defensive metrics are getting better all the time, they are still prone to big swings between seasons. In 2017, before the big decline last season, Harper was actually 3 runs better than an average right fielder. His 24-run drop ranks second-worst among outfielders under age 271As of June 30 of the season in question. who played the same position for the same team in back-to-back years between 20022The first season of granular, pitch-level data at FanGraphs. and 2018, trailing only Matt Kemp (who fell from being exactly average in 2009 to 31 runs below average in 2010). In the season after that, Kemp still wasn’t good — he was -6 relative to an average CF — but he at least reclaimed some of the ground he’d lost in his annus horribilis.As it turns out, that’s a pretty common story if we look at the rest of the outfielders who met our qualifications from above and dropped off by at least 15 runs in a season since 2002: The fates of outfielders with Harper-esque defensive dropsPlayers who had a decline of at least 15 defensive runs* relative to average in a season since 2002, were younger than 27 and played in the same position for the same team There were some other players who experienced the same kinds of defensive declines and responded by changing positions entirely. (Such as Mark Teahen, Adam Eaton and Marlon Byrd.) But among those who stayed at the same position, they averaged to be about half as bad (relative to average) in the following season as they’d been in the decline year, regaining about 20 percent of their previous form.In the end, though, the Phillies are paying Harper to produce runs and hit homers. So perhaps the more troubling trend of Harper’s for the Phillies is his failure to address holes in his swing.Harper’s ability to make contact has been in decline. Last season, his rate of contact on pitches in the strike zone was the fourth-lowest among qualified hitters, dropping from 84 percent in 2017 to 78 percent in 2018. His strikeout rate rose by 4.2 percentage points, the 24th-greatest increase in the majors. Since 2015, his 15-game rolling average regarding contact ability (on all pitches) has been volatile but gradually declining.According to Statcast data from Baseball Savant, Harper’s whiff rate against fastballs3Four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. increased from 15.2 percent in 2016, to 20.2 percent in 2017 to 26.4 percent last season (ranking as the 36th-highest whiff rate in 2018 among 352 batters to offer against at least 200 fastballs). Against fastballs 95 mph and faster, Harper’s whiff rate increased from 18.8 percent in 2016 to 22.0 percent in 2017 to 31.5 percent in 2018.Harper has always had a weakness against up-and-away fastballs. Since 2015, he has swung and missed at a 40.7 percent rate when offering at up-and-away four-seam fastballs.Last season, Harper swung at 111 four-seam fastballs in those zones and whiffed 52 times, a 46.8 percent rate.While defensive metrics can still be somewhat volatile from year to year,4Even among players who stayed at the same position in back-to-back years, the correlation between a player’s percentile rank at his position in defensive runs per inning from year to year is 0.36 since 2002. a player’s contact rate is much “stickier”5The same correlation for a batter’s strikeout rate in back-to-back seasons is 0.79. — suggesting that big changes in the ability to make contact are more likely to represent a real change in skills and not just random variance.It’s not all bad news at the plate, however: Against fastballs,6Again, four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. Harper hit .306, with a .651 slugging percentage, according to Baseball Savant data.Because Harper was effective when making contact against fastballs, perhaps he was trading the ability to make contact for more power. What he has not done is change his swing plane, according to launch angle data. His average launch angle was 14.5 degrees in 2015, 14.6 in 2016, 13.6 in 2017 and 13.9 in 2018. His pull rate did spike, jumping from 35.5 percent in 2017 to 42.3 percent in 2018.Harper has elite plate discipline. He has elite power. But not every player who has made power gains in recent years — see Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Justin Turner and Jose Ramirez — has had to sacrifice contact. And the best, most efficient offensive performers typically do not trade contact for power.What’s concerning is that even though some traits age well, like plate discipline, power generally does not. So if Harper’s defense continues to decline and he’s limited to a corner outfield position and continues to lose contact ability — if he becomes a Three True Outcomes hitter — he probably won’t age as the Phillies would like. He would likely morph from a highly sought-after asset, a 26-year-old star free agent, to the type of player easily found (a Three True Outcomes corner outfielder).Because Harper was a prodigy in part as a result of relentless work and practice at a young age, he may have fulfilled his potential soon after his arrival in the majors. But he doesn’t have to be Trout-like to justify his contract. At $25.4 million per year, the Phillies are not paying him as an elite superstar. And if Harper helps Philadelphia add another World Series banner to Citizens Bank Park in the not-too-distant future, then it will likely be $330 million well spent regardless of how well he ages. Luis Matos2003-0524-26CF+9-8-2 Matt Kemp2009-1124-26CF0-31-6 Fielding Runs vs. Avg Jeff Francoeur2007-0923-25RF+20-3+4 Mike Trout2012-1420-22CF+15-5-9 Jay Bruce2010-1223-25RF+180-3 Historical playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 Bryce Harper2017-1924-26RF+3-20? current playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 From ABC News: Fielding Runs vs. Avg * According to an average of the defensive metrics found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.Minimum 700 innings in all years. Ages are as of June 30 of the season in question.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraph Andre Ethier2007-0925-27RF+4-11-11 Nick Markakis2008-1024-26RF+17-5-8 Odubel Herrera2017-1925-27CF+6-11? read more

"Is It A Clown Question To Ask Why Bryce Harpers Stats Are"