Ex-QPR man defends Man Utd winger

first_imgFormer QPR defender Clarke Carlisle has defended Ashley Young following recent controversy surrounding the Manchester United winger.Young has been accused of diving after winning penalties in matches against QPR and Aston Villa.But PFA chairman Carlisle, who was a team-mate of Young at Watford, said: “I wouldn’t say he is or has been prone to falling over.“He is quick and slight so it doesn’t take much contact to make him go over.”Click here for our latest QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Evolution Ag announces opening of new Plain City location

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After over three years of planning and construction during the past 12 months, Evolution Ag announced the opening of its new dealership south of Delaware at 13275 US 42, Plain City (intersection of Jerome road and SR 42).Doug Loudenslager, Principal and one of the owners said that the 45,000 square foot facility has been designed to serve not only the agricultural community but the suburban homeowner as well.“Our principle business is to provide agricultural producers the Case IH line of agricultural equipment, parts and service support required to profitably produce and harvest a crop today. We provide homeowners the tools they need to manage their mini-farm and landscapes,” Loudenslager said.The dealership sells and services lawn mowers, tractors and utility vehicles through Gravely, Kioti, and Grasshopper. The dealership is now considered a full-line sales and service center for Stihl handheld power tools and is an authorized Gold Dealer for the Big Green Egg line of smoker/grill. In addition to Case IH, the company will be carrying MacDon, Geringhoff, Great Plains, Unverferth and J&M agricultural equipment lines.The dealership will be home to a regional training center for Case IH. Loudenslager said technicians and other Case IH personnel from throughout the country will be coming to the new facility for technical training on the full line of equipment. Steve Hayes, a former Field Service Manager and trainer for Case IH was recently hired by Evolution Ag to lead the training effort.“This expansion will allow us to better serve our customers with service, parts, technical support and equipment. The Delaware facility had served us well for many years but could no longer accommodate the large agricultural equipment needed in today’s agriculture.” Loudenslager said.The existing Delaware facility will be maintained as an outdoor power equipment center servicing the Kubota, Grasshopper, Gravely, Stihl and Big Green Egg lines. Customers visiting the new dealership will find a state of the art equipment and service center with energy efficiency and conservation in mind. Loudenslager said the wash bay captures the water, oil and debris, and processes it before being reused in the cleaning process.An added feature is a toy tractor and equipment display with over 250 pieces on loan from the Don Loudenslager Trust.“My father collected toys for over 40 years. Since his passing we have been looking for a way to share a portion of his collection. He would be exceptionally proud to have his toys in a place that others can enjoy.” Loudenslager said.In addition to its new Plain City location Evolution Ag has dealership facilities in Circleville, Delaware, Utica, Upper Sandusky and Lisbon. More information can be found on its website www.evolutionagllc.com.last_img read more

The top 10 “best” geocaching songs — Volume 2

first_imgMission Impossible2. Mission Impossible theme for gadget cachesBongo beats, trumpets, and that sassy jazz flute! MI6 anyone? Born To Be Wild3. Born to Be Wild – SteppenwolfGet your motor runnin’Head out on the highwayLookin’ for adventureAnd whatever comes our way The top 10 “best” geocaching songs — Volume 2What makes a great geocaching song? Sure, the tune has to be catchy (cache-y?), but there’s a lot more to it than that. The lyrics and spirit must include one or more of the following: discovery, far away travels, overcoming incredible physical challenges, the thrill of victory, and agony of defeat.So in response to our original post about geo-music, you submitted your own sing-a-long suggestions. Here they are in all their glory, the second list of the Top 10 “best” geocaching songs.* Ain’t No Mountain High Enough10. Ain’t no mountain high enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi TerrellListen baby, ain’t no mountain highAin’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough babyIf you need me call me no matter where you areNo matter how far don’t worry baby Boxes7. Boxes – Goo Goo DollsWe’ll have tiny boxes for memoriesOpen them up and we’ll set them freeThere’ll be bad days and some hard timesBut I’ll keep your statistics, if you keep mine On the Road Again9. On the Road Again – Willie NelsonOn the road againGoin’ places that I’ve never beenSeein’ things that I may never see againAnd I can’t wait to get on the road again You Can’t Always Get What You Want6. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling StonesNo, you can’t always get what you wantYou can’t always get what you wantYou can’t always get what you wantBut if you try sometime you findYou get what you need I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)8. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The ProclaimersBut I would walk 500 milesAnd I would walk 500 moreJust to be the man who walks a thousand milesTo fall down at your door cachecenter_img SharePrint RelatedAin’t no Mountain High Enough… for Geocachers – Interview with Team GCTransAlpsJune 8, 2015In “15 Years”Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 – Ain’t no Mountain High Enough… for GeocachersJune 9, 2015In “15 Years”The top 10 “best” geocaching songsMarch 5, 2018In “Community” These Boots Are Made For Walkin’5. These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Nancy SinatraThese boots are made for walkingAnd that’s just what they’ll doOne of these days these boots are gonna walk all over youAre you ready, boots? Start walkin’ And the number one song for geocachers has got to be…Happy TrailsHappy Trails – Roy RogersWho cares about the clouds when we’re together?Just sing a song, and bring the sunny weather.Happy trails to you,Until we meet again.*And yes, the word “best” is intentionally in quotation marks! We Are The Champions4. We Are the Champions – QueenAnd bad mistakesI’ve made a fewI’ve had my share of sand kicked in my faceBut I’ve come throughWe are the champions, my friendsAnd we’ll keep on fighting ’til the endWe are the championsWe are the championsNo time for losers‘Cause we are the champions of the world Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

More Bad News on Ventilation System Effectiveness

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members When researchers look at the effectiveness of ventilation systems installed in new homes, what do they find? To some extent, the answer depends on what area of the country you’re talking about, but we can safely report that:Let’s look three recent field studies: one in Washington, one in Florida, and one in California.In 2014, six researchers — David Hales, Ken Eklund, Rick Kunkle, Michael Lubliner, Adria Banks, and Charlie Stevens — performed a field study of ventilation systems in 29 homes in the Pacific Northwest. Their report, “A Field Study of Ventilation System Effectiveness in Low Air Leakage Residences,” is available online.The systems were pre-screened. The ventilation researchers only included systems that were able to meet the requirements of the ASHRAE 62.2 standard. So right off the bat, a lot of ventilation systems were excluded, simply because they weren’t properly designed or installed.The 29 homes included a variety of systems, including exhaust-only systems, central-fan-integrated supply ventilation systems, HRV systems, and ERV systems.Here’s a key finding of the study: Most of the occupants of these homes didn’t know how to operate or maintain their ventilation system.The researchers wrote, “The fact that over 90% of the occupants were satisfied with their system performance and indoor air quality even though over half of them did not have enough knowledge to operate or maintain the system is troubling, especially where the lack of knowledge correlates with unresolved operation and maintenance issues found by the WSU [Washington State University] Energy Program field staff. It means that occupant satisfaction is not a good indicator of ventilation system performance. Further, if something was seriously wrong with the system, the home occupant would probably be unable to recognize it or take appropriate action. Problems found on initial audit included controls not set to… 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.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Why many major American companies have struggled in China: Amazon

first_imgThe Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Clayton Jacobs Tags:#Amazon#IIoT#Internet of Things#IoT#retail Related Posts How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For…center_img 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption This article is part of a series about the importance of cross-cultural design, other installments of which have been published  over the last month.Before mentioning anything about Amazon, the scale of its problem must be described. In 2014, after disappointing results for their business in China, Wolfe Research Analyst Aram Rubinson estimated that Amazon was operating at a $600 million USD a year loss in China. Wow.See Also: Bezos: “I would never say” no to Amazon wearablesLike Walmart (which is discussed in the fourth installment of this series), Amazon has a long history in China, beginning with its $75 million acquisition of the Chinese online book retailer Joyo.com in 2004. Yet even with the purchase of a profitable company, the firm couldn’t seem to grow its site to the scale and profitability experienced in the West. It has only an estimated 1-3% market share in China. This small percentage of the market indicates a problem as its sites receive lots of visitors who must be simply browsing without making a purchase. The American, British, and Japanese versions of Amazon’s websites are all in the top 50 most-visited websites in China according to Alexa (most often times the versions from other countries will reroute the user to amazon.cn, the Amazon website specifically for China).A possible reason users are simply browsing instead of purchasing could be that there are two markets in China for people purchasing goods, and Amazon doesn’t really target either of these. The two markets are white label items which are extremely inexpensive and verified branded items sold at a higher cost directly from the brand. Alibaba has directly attacked both of these market segments. As discussed earlier in connection with eBay (see the third installment of this series), Taobao allows the sale of extremely cheap items from consumer to consumer. Alibaba’s more recent Tmall allows, for a fee, brands to verify their products as legitimate while selling directly to consumers.Amazon needs to speak more clearly to Chinese consumersWhile it is somewhat understandable that Amazon has tried to simply repeat a model that has had great success in a number of international markets, if the company wants its brand and businesses to have more than low-level success in China, it must do a better job of speaking to Chinese consumers. It could develop a strategy that creates companies or divisions which compete with Taobao and Tmall directly in the two market segments. However, since it is late in doing so and has allowed them to dominate those markets, the firm is in a tricky spot. Perhaps it could figure out and uniquely solve some problem for the Chinese consumer.Here is an example of another Amazon misstep: Amazon Prime is a service widely loved in America. It provides free two-day shipping, as well as access to streamable audio and video, among other things. In October 2016, it was announced that Amazon Prime would be rolled out to China for a lower cost and with fewer features. The focus of China’s Amazon Prime is free shipping on items costing more than $29 regardless of their nation of origin. While this may be a desired feature, Amazon Prime in China could have been used to provide services specifically desired by the Chinese. For example, there is a very large market for pay-to-win games in China and Amazon has a digital currency for in-game purchases. It could have given a yearly allowance of digital currency with Amazon Prime to drive interest. Instead, they simply copied and pasted its American approach.It seems Amazon never truly tried to problem solve by tweaking its products or services to relate to China-specific issues. As CEO Jeff Bezos said himself in regard to their China strategy, “We mostly tried to roll out what worked well for us in Japan, Germany, the U.K., Spain, France, Italy, the U.S., etc., and it needed more local market customization. If you want me to give one meta-lesson, it’s that one.”See Also: Amazon patents a floating delivery-drone mother zeppelinAmazon is a prime example of a company which thought it could succeed in an entirely different market just by continuing to do business as usual without good market and customer analysis. This method of going about globalizing a product will almost never result in good success and analysts are actually calling for Amazon to pull out of China. It seems that Amazon’s executives are not willing to do the type of market research that will allow it to better speak to the Chinese consumer.One would hope that a company as large and advanced as Amazon would learn its lesson from massive financial losses in China, but it seems unfortunately that it is prone to making the same mistake again. Bezos has announced that Amazon plans to invest around $5 billion USD in the next three years in India to try to establish itself there. India is another complicated market which, like China, greatly differs from the West, but Amazon has implied it will again copy and paste its business model there without changes.The author is Clayton “CJ” Jacobs, who is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with, and the Head of Cross-Cultural Design at, ReadWrite. An area of focus for him is helping American companies understand and enter the Chinese market through taking a modern user-centric product design approach. You can contact him directly at clayton.michael.jacobs(at)gmail.com or find him on Twitter & LinkedIn. Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

VR Will Transform the Way We Experience these 6 Things

first_imgVirtual reality (VR) is a new means of audiovisual communication. Its mission is to sell the idea of entry into a three-dimensional computer generated environment where the experience is so surprising that it cuts our minds to believe that this virtual world is really Reality. Its ultimate goal is to allow us to experience the senses we could never experience in our daily lives. VR will transform our world as a result of this ability to deliver experiences.So far, our experience with the internet was at best two-dimensional. The possibility of touch sensitive screen was the nearest we have been in interacting with the internet, and virtual reality is about to transform that concept. VR will transform the world and bring about a monumental change in the way of buying and experiencing the web, scanning; thanks to the pure power and imagination of human thought. It will drastically transform the way we live, communicate, learn and relate with others all over the globe.With massive adoption through platforms such as, HTC Vive, Oculus, VR Play station and Cardboard, companies and customers have already begun to turn to augmented reality and virtual platforms as they come online. Projected revenues are reaching over $100 billion in 2020 for AR and VR platforms, these platforms will create dramatic upheaval in all industries around the world.It is clear that our way of life and the way we behave are willing to change dramatically. And while there may be dozens of ways in which VR will transform the world, there are certain basic things that it will have the most effect on.See Also: Facebook slashes price of Oculus Rift for second time1. GamingThe obvious use of virtual reality – and the most proven example is the game. Oculus already has many titles that support it, and Sony PlayStation already has many games that use it.Is unlikely to be supported by all parties at any time, but we’ve played with Morpheus and Oculus and the VR will provide a strong, spectacular and impressive experience that brings gaming to a new level of excellence.2. Watching MoviesSomething that has contained this spacious miracle is the possibility of films that take advantage of VR capabilities.Think of 3D movies and then think of the real, true 3D – a cinematic world which you can sight edges and angles in 3D reality and paying more attention to what you choose to watch.Actually it is theoretical at best, but the probability is there. And it could transform the movie industry forever.3. TourismThink about how compelling it can be to simply look at the world on Google Maps. Then think how shocking it would be to do the same with your eye, a kind of crazy right?The VR will transform long trips to museums for people who cannot enter the building. Also, in another example of visiting a space, real estate agents can give buyers a peek at a property. Real estate agents could line up a playlist of properties for the buyer to experience and explore. In a similar way, a tour guide could do line-up touristic experiences as a product,4. MedicineIt is better and safer for surgeons to train to hone their techniques in a simulated environment. But, it would be better for young surgeons to train on not just plastic models or people who have left their bodies to medical sciences.Therefore, a fully interactive and accurate modeled sample suffers from a variety of diseases requiring surgery through a virtual reality interface could make many surgeons with better training and better performance – which is better for all of us.Simulator Surgeon developed in 2013 was a language in games based on this condition.Pilots already learn using flight simulators, but as surgeons they really could do something much more exciting and realistic to improve their skills. VR can be this technology.5. Exploring SpaceThe ability to fly through the globe using Google maps interface would be interesting and fun.The agency in charge of space exploration could put cameras around their equipment and sends off. Scientists then could navigate and visualize space using a virtual reality device. This would allow the exploration of space in a way that we have not seen before.Maybe you may have heard of Valkyrie – where you take the role of a spaceship pilot – and that seems real, although we knew it was not.6. Digital MarketingAn exciting way in which virtual reality is set to change the world is by the advancement of digital marketing. While physical marketing is limited by the laws of nature, experiences in the Virtual world are not.For example, if you are looking to navigate to a Harvard University campus, you will be able to do so, travelling classrooms, walking among students. You may be promoting a concert and want to place visitors there in the midst of this experience in a virtual reality environment.Companies like YouVisit explore experiential marketing for everyday businesses by offering an easy to use platform for building VR experiences.Not only is it useful for businesses, but also for consumers. Consumers now can make decisions based on virtual experiences the same way they would with physical ones. Not only is it ideal for hotels and travel, but much more for any other experiential marketing.See Also: What brands need to know about VR and AR [Infographic]These 6 categories are a brief introduction into all of the ways VR will transform the experiences around everyday activities. But, even with these new experiences brought by VR, it will still require VR delivering experiences that are otherwise not even remotely possible and further exploration of experiences similar to those mentioned for it to reach its full potential. Tags:#Future#Internet of Things#IoT#Oculus#virtual reality#VR How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… How AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience Melissa Crooks is Content Writer who writes for Hyperlink Infosystem, a mobile app development company based in USA & India that holds the best team of skilled and expert app developers. She is a versatile tech writer and loves exploring latest technology trends, entrepreneur and startup column. Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… Melissa Crooks Related Posts AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging …last_img read more

Kemba Walker’s big finish gives Hornets win over Suns

first_imgCharlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker (15) makes a pass around Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — Kemba Walker didn’t have much of an impact in Charlotte’s game Sunday night against the Phoenix Suns — until the final 4 ½ minutes.Then he was the Hornets’ everything.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES But four seconds later, Walker converted a three-point play and the Hornets were back on top for good.TIP INSHornets: Charlotte swept the season series with Phoenix 2-0 last season. … Walker ranks second to LeBron James in fourth-quarter scoring at 8.27 points per game. The Suns’ Booker is third (7.50). … Charlotte doesn’t play another home game until Jan. 17 (Sacramento). … The Hornets won for just the third time in nine games.Suns: Crawford joined Dell Curry as the only NBA players, since starting lineups were recorded, with 11,000 career points as reserves. … Booker’s back problem brought an end to 11 consecutive 20-point games for the Phoenix star guard, the second-longest such streak of his career. … Phoenix entered the game fourth in the NBA in steals at 8.98 per game.UP NEXTHornets: At Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.Suns: Host Sacramento on Tuesday Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tony Parker added 20 points, and Willy Hernangomez and Marvin Williams 16 for the Hornets.T.J. Warren had 23 points, Josh Jackson a season-high 22 and Deandre Ayton 19 for Phoenix. Jamal Crawford scored 16. The Suns’ Devin Booker left the game with back spasms in the second quarter and did not return.Phoenix fell to 0-6 with one game left on a seven-game homestand. The Suns had won five of seven when the homestand began.The Hornets were on the second stop in a season-high, six-game road trip that began with a loss at Denver on Saturday night.Walker was 5 of 8 from the field and 7 of 8 on free throws in his late surge, which ended with a basket at the final buzzer from just beyond midcourt. Initially it was waived off but allowed after a video review.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img “I always said Kemba is one of the most underrated players in the league, even with making a couple of All-Stars,” Crawford said. “He’s just a handful and a guy like that, once he gets it going, he’s pretty much unstoppable.”Charlotte outscored Phoenix 11-4 over the last 1:17, with Walker scoring all of them, after Crawford’s 20-footer put Phoenix up 109-108 with 1:21 to play.Neither team led by more than eight points in the tight contest.“Losing Devin Booker in the first half kind of changed the game plan,” Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said. “He’s a big piece, he’s a big part of our team. We had to adjust on the fly and kept the game close.”Kokoskov said he didn’t know about Booker’s availability for Tuesday’s game against Sacramento.There were 13 ties and eight lead changes in the first half, with neither team up by more than six points, and the Suns were ahead 60-57 at the break.Ayton had 15 points and seven rebounds in the first half.Charlotte took an 85-81 into the fourth quarter before the Suns tied it 85-85 on De’Anthony Melton’s 3-pointer from the corner with 11:02 to play.Parker started the subsequent 8-0 run with a layup and ended it with a 16-footer that put Charlotte up 93-85 with 8:55 to play.The Suns came back and repeatedly cut the lead to one before Crawford’s basket finally gave them the lead. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Bigger roles ahead for Brian Heruela, David Semerad at TNT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Walker scored 18 of his 29 points in that late surge — punctuated by a halfcourt heave at the buzzer — and Charlotte pulled away to hand the Suns their sixth straight loss, 119-113.“This isn’t anything new,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “He’s done this most of his career. He’s a fourth-quarter player. He shines brightest in those moments.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWalker scored his team’s final 14 points.“In these kind of situations my teammates look to me to make big plays and that is what I try to do,” he said. “I try to make the right plays. Tonight was me getting to the basket and finishing. My guys, coaches, they count on me big time in situations like this.” View commentslast_img read more

Legislation to Regulate Sugar Content Next Step in JA Moves Campaign – PM

first_img He was addressing a large crowd that had gathered at Bargain Village Shopping Centre in May Pen on Thursday (November 30) for the final in the series of Jamaica Moves road tours hosted by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) and the Ministry of Health. Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the next step in the Jamaica Moves campaign will be to take legislation to Parliament to regulate the sugar content in food products.But before that, he said, persons will have to be educated about the ill effects of some of the foods they consume daily.He was addressing a large crowd that had gathered at Bargain Village Shopping Centre in May Pen on Thursday (November 30) for the final in the series of Jamaica Moves road tours hosted by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) and the Ministry of Health.Mr. Holness encouraged the citizens of Clarendon to take better care of themselves by exercising daily and eating healthy, and also cautioned them against smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.“Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, hypertension and stroke, are linked to our lifestyle and how we choose to live. We eat rice, yam, dumpling and banana on one plate and all of that is starch, which converts to sugar. When you have too much of that and you are not exercising, you start to put on weight,” he pointed out.“We want all Jamaicans to be healthy. We recommend 30 minutes a day of relatively easy exercise, such as walking in the morning; or 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily (which) is good for all of us,” he added.The Prime Minister noted that he, too, had recently embarked on a healthier lifestyle by eliminating sugar and artificial sweeteners from his diet, and is encouraging all Jamaicans to either cut down or cut out sugar. He said he had also reduced his fat intake.“I am also encouraging you to eat more fruits and vegetables, like callaloo and cabbage. We, as a Government, are not just looking at the economy, roads and crime, but we take your health very seriously and are taking the message to you,” he said.He commended the Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, on doing an excellent job with the Jamaica Moves campaign and for practising what he preaches by exercising daily.The Prime Minister later joined Dr. Tufton; Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh; and councillors in leading the crowd in a 20-minute workout.Dr. Tufton, for his part, encouraged all attendees to move and participate in the evening’s activities, because “we are trying to get every Jamaican to understand the relationship between physical activity and healthy lifestyle”.“We have too many Jamaicans dying of heart failure, diabetes and arthritis because they sit too much, eat badly, and before they reach 70 they have to take five to six tablets and live at the hospital and doctor. We don’t want that,” he said.The Health Minister noted that “public health is not just about hospitals but encouraging Jamaicans to live healthy lives.” The Prime Minister noted that he, too, had recently embarked on a healthier lifestyle by eliminating sugar and artificial sweeteners from his diet, and is encouraging all Jamaicans to either cut down or cut out sugar. He said he had also reduced his fat intake. Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the next step in the Jamaica Moves campaign will be to take legislation to Parliament to regulate the sugar content in food products. Story Highlightslast_img read more