West Ham forward Zarate joins QPR on loan

first_img Mauro Zarate in action for West Ham 1 West Ham forward Mauro Zarate has joined Queens Park Rangers on loan.The Argentine failed to make any major impact under Sam Allardyce, following his move to Upton Park last summer, and has fallen down the pecking order behind Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.The forward was the top scorer for Vélez Sársfield last season with 13 goals in 19 appearances and is keen to get back among the goals.And having struggled to break into the first-team at West Ham, Zarate knows this is the perfect chance for him to showcase his talents under Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road after he put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season.Zarate said: “I am happy. I need this, I need to play and Queens Park Rangers have given me this chance to show what I can do.“The Premier League is the best in the world at this moment. Does my style suit the Premier League? Maybe. We will see!“When I met the manager he told me he wanted to sign me for Portsmouth before, but in that moment I went to Lazio. But now I am here and will play for him.“I will try to do different things with the ball, some skills to make the difference for the team, for me and for the other players. I am fit and I hope I can be involved on Saturday.”Redknapp says he been a big fan of Zarate since he played at Birmingham and is thrilled to have clinched his signature.Redknapp said: “We’re really pleased to bring Mauro in. He’s a good footballer, someone with great ability who can play as a number 10.“I first saw him when he was on loan at Birmingham quite a few years back and I actually tried to take him to Portsmouth back then.“He’s a more-than capable player, he’s already shown that, and hopefully he can come in here and do well for us.”last_img read more

FOUL PLAY NOT SUSPECTED AFTER BODY FOUND CLOSE TO DONEGAL MART

first_imgThe body of a man in his early 20s has been found close to the mart in Donegal Town.The body was found over the weekend.Gardai do not suspect foul play and are not seeking to speak to anybody in connection with the discovery.  FOUL PLAY NOT SUSPECTED AFTER BODY FOUND CLOSE TO DONEGAL MART was last modified: April 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bodyDonegal MartDonegal TownGardailast_img read more

Public urged to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah strikes

first_imgDonegal County Council is urging the public to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah passes across the western seaboard today and into this evening.Met Eireann has issued a status OrangeWind warning for Donegal and all counties along the western seaboard from 9am today until 6am on Monday morning and a Yellow weather alert for rain in Donegal valid until 6pm this evening. Earlier today Met Eireann increased the warning status for Kerry to red.Donegal County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team is currently monitoring the advice from the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management (NDFEM) and weather forecasts from Met Éireann and the Council remains in a state of readiness to deal with any incidents arising from the storm. However to date there has been no storm related call outs for the Fire Service in Donegal and reports of only a small number of fallen trees that Council crews have responded to.The Council is urging the public to keep up to date with the weather forecasts and to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and protect property during this weather event.Keep up to date on Council services by registering at www.mapalerter.com/donegal or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook @donegalcoco or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil .During office hours you can contact theCouncil on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency call 074 91 72288. Public urged to remain vigilant as Storm Atiyah strikes was last modified: December 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

The Deets: Nick Bosa’s already the 49ers’ best defender and Dee Ford is nearing “bust” territory

first_imgConsidering how fast media and fans want to hand out grades following the NFL Draft, I don’t feel at all premature in making a declaration:Nick Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in last April’s NFL Draft, has been an A-plus pick for the 49ers.Yes, he’s only played three games, but what more do you need to see to know that he was the best possible selection the 49ers could have made in the spring?And this might put me out on a limb, but as I argued on KNBR Tonight on Monday, the rookie has been …last_img

What Makes You Human?

first_imgIf you are a war-mongering beast who likes to burn things, you’re displaying your evolutionary past.  That’s what a couple of news reports are claiming.  New Scientist has a review of two books: Fire: The spark that ignited human evolution by Frances D. Burton, and Catching Fire: How cooking made us human by Richard Wrangham.  Saswato R. Das got the message.  He entitled his review, “How Fire Made Us Human.”  Here comes the synopsis in the form of a just-so story:Anthropologist Frances Burton suggests that taming fire led to the evolution of modern humans.  Millions of years ago, our ape-like ancestors may have overcome their fear of fire to pick at found delicacies – maybe an animal accidentally cooked in a forest fire.  Over time, they learned how to keep a flame going by feeding it twigs, how to use fire to thwart predators and how to harness it for heat and light.  This familiarity with fire, Burton argues, changed the hormonal cycles that depend on light and darkness: light from nightly bonfires may have caused a change in the nocturnal flow of melatonin.  Over time, this changed the rates and patterns of our ancestors’ growth, and the regulation and activation of genes, leading ultimately to us.Das did not explain why no apes have been found repeating this experience in recent times.  Regarding the second book, Das said that “Wrangham builds a compelling case” that cooking turned an ape into a human, “although archaeological proof of his theory has yet to be found.”  Das ended with colorful prose: “These fascinating books show how the biological evolution of human beings may not have been a matter of biology alone, and why, as Wrangham writes, ‘we humans are the cooking apes, the creatures of the flame.’”    Dan Jones wrote for Nature that “War and migration may have shaped human behaviour.”  Reviewing other anthropologists’ work, he explains that make love, not war is a false dilemma: it was making war that led to human altruism.  Here came his just-so story: “intergroup conflict would have been common among our hunter-gatherer ancestors, and estimates that it accounted for roughly 14% of all deaths – much higher than the mortality rate seen in wars of recent history,” he said, without explaining where he got the statistics.  “Under these conditions, [Samuel] Bowles [Santa Fe Institute] shows that even costly group-beneficial altruism and cooperation could be favoured.”  His theory relies on group selection – a controversial theory among evolutionists.  Adam Powell [University College London], by contrast, looks to human migration as most influential for human culture and behavior.  Chris Stringer [Natural History Museum, London] called this a “nice bit of work” but was “not convinced it is the whole story” that explains what makes us human.  None of these evolutionists attempted to explain why warring chimpanzees have not started an Ape Red Cross, let alone built a fire or cooked their meals after all these millions of years.1.  Dan Jones, “War and migration may have shaped human behavior,” Nature 4 June 2009 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2009.546.Evolutionary anthropology should not be understood as following the scientific method to achieve conclusions that are observable, testable, repeatable, falsifiable or any of that good stuff you associate with the word science.  No; it is the endless quest for a good story (see 12/22/2003 commentary).  Since the storytelling rules eliminate design as a possibility (see Brett Miller cartoon), you can be sure the stories will be funny.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Dairy feed bunk management

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The current state of the dairy economy has dairy farm managers looking for ways to improve cow productivity and reduce expenses. One management area that may offer some of these returns is the feed bunk. It is important to work with the herd nutritionist to provide a ration that will allow the dairy cow to produce a high level of milk, but beyond the nutrient composition of the ration, the manager must understand and work with cow feeding behavior to promote maximum dry matter intake (DMI). The following comments are based upon an eXtension article entitled “The Feeding Behavior of Dairy Cows: Considerations to Improve Cow Welfare and Productivity.”Dairy cows managed in an indoor production system typically spend 4 to 6 hours per day eating, ideally divided into 9 to 14 separate meals or feeding sessions. The delivery of fresh feed is a major stimulus to cow feeding and research demonstrates that the 60 minutes following fresh fed delivery produces a peak feeding pattern. Research has also shown that there is benefit to coordinating the delivery of fresh feed with a return from the milking parlor. Cows that had access to feed after milking stood longer (48 versus 21 minutes) than cows that did not have access to feed after returning from milking. The additional standing time is beneficial from the standpoint of providing adequate time for the teat sphincter muscle to fully close, thus reducing the risk of intramammary infection from exposure to environmental bacteria when cows lie down too soon after milking. Based on this research, adding an additional fresh fed delivery could help to improve DMI intake or, more likely, result in a more even feeding time distribution.  Increased feed delivery can reduce diurnal fluctuations in rumen pH and possibly reduce the risk of subacute ruminal acidosis in some situations.If an additional fresh fed delivery is out of the question, more frequent feed push-up is another management practice that can offer a number of benefits, including higher DMI, greater fat-corrected milk yields, less feed refusal, and an increase in standing time after milking. Typically, sorting occurs by the first cows to eat the freshly delivered feed, which create holes in the feed pile. Cows that eat later do not have the same ration consistency as those first cows. Pushing feed up remixes the feed pile, which provides a better ration to those cows that follow the first eaters. When feed is pushed up, it can also stimulate another feeding session for the cows, creating another meal opportunity. The goal is to get cows to eat more frequent, smaller meals throughout the day. This creates a better pH balance within the rumen as compared to a situation where cows slug feed with fewer, larger meals.  Slug feeding can disrupt rumen pH balance and lead to milk fat depression. After the initial feeding period, the feed bunk piles are often scattered, providing a large surface area for oxygen to degrade the forage portion of the ration, in particular ensiled forages. Pushing feed up puts feed back into piles with less surface area, which can help to prevent or reduce heating and reduce feed waste by refusal.  If feed is not delivered after milking, then pushing up feed after milking can stimulate cows to eat and increase standing time after milking, allowing more time for the teat canal to close.A final factor to look at to help improve the DMI and distribution of feeding times and meals for cows is stocking density. The eXtension article says, “recent research suggests that overcrowding at the feed bunk may have deleterious effects on feeding behavior.”  In 2000, Batchelder (Proceedings from Dairy Housing and Equipment Systems: Managing and Planning for Profitability, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania) reported that using 30% overcrowding (1.3 cows/headlock) reduced daily DMI and resulted in substantially fewer cows eating during both the hour following milking and following delivery of fresh feed. Other research has shown that in overcrowding situations, cows will stand and wait for a feeding spot.  Increased standing times are associated with a higher risk of developing hoof and leg injuries. In addition, some researchers have noted increased aggression in feeding areas when cows are overcrowded and this behavior can lead to higher incidences of hoof lesion development and lameness.Dairy managers have opportunities to increase productivity and reduce costs by improving feed bunk management to take advantage of cow feeding behaviors.last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Doing the Work of the Leader

first_imgLeaders can very easily and unknowingly fall into a trap. Without even recognizing that they have done so, they can become addicted to doing urgent and important work that really belongs to someone on their team. By allowing themselves to get mired down in day-to-day operational issues that belong to someone else, they deprive themselves of the time they need to deal with the strategic work that their role requires of them.If the leader isn’t dealing with strategic needs and systemic challenges, no one is.Warning SignsYour people bring you their challenges because they need your insight. Because the work is important, you decide you need to dig in and help your people do this work. You want to lead by example, and you want your people to know that no one is about whatever needs to be done—especially the leader. Rather than giving directions on what you believe the outcome of the important task must be, you do the work, depriving your employee of the opportunity to grow and learn, and possibly creating a dependent.If you are doing work that isn’t the highest value-creating work you can do as a leader but instead doing work that belongs to someone else, it is a warning sign.The First Poor DecisionWhy are you doing the work that someone else should be doing?Maybe you mis-hired, and the person in that role isn’t capable of doing the work themselves. That poor decision has now led to another poor decision, namely taking you out of your role as the leader.Perhaps you have allowed someone you like very much, but who also happens to have a case of learned helplessness, to put their work on your plate without you recognizing it.It’s more likely that you don’t even know you’ve abdicated your leadership responsibilities.What Leader’s DoIf you feel a sense of accomplishment for doing the work that someone you lead should be doing, then you may be addicted to firefighting work that gives you a sense of accomplishment. It’s more likely, however, that you are really avoiding the difficult decisions and the difficult work that you are responsible for as the leader.Leaders are stewards of the future. If you aren’t working on the future because you are spending the majority of your time on today, then you are putting that future in doubt.If you aren’t working on your biggest strategic opportunities and your most difficult systemic challenges, then those opportunities are at risk, and the bottlenecks created by systemic problems will mire everyone down in day-to-day firefighting.As a leader, you are responsible for doing the work of the leader first and foremost. It cannot take a backseat to work that someone else can and should be doing.last_img read more

Thunder’s Westbrook signs record $205M deal

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOOKLAHOMA CITY—Reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook hit the jackpot for the second time in less than 18 months by signing a five-year, $205 million contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.The deal begins with the 2018-19 season, and puts the 28-year-old Westbrook under contract with the Thunder through the 2022-23 NBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Westbrook, the number four overall pick in the 2008 draft, beat out runner-up Harden to win MVP honors.Westbrook has career averages of 22.7 points, 7.9 assists and 6.2 rebounds. Give Pinoy boxing viewers a break Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook posted a picture of himself on his Instagram page, wearing an orange “OKC” jersey with his arms raised and wrote: “WHY NOT??”WHY NOT??The 28-year-old Westbrook is coming off a historic season in which he averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists and set an NBA record with 42 triple-doubles.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 shutoutREAD: Westbrook wins MVP award after historic seasonHe broke the mark of Oscar Robertson (1962) and joined the Hall of Famer as the only players to average a triple-double over an entire season. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The six-time all-star won his second scoring crown and scored 40 or more points on 18 occasions.Despite his individual success, the Thunder finished sixth in the Western Conference standings and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by James Harden’s Houston Rockets four games to one.The Thunder tried to address that in the offseason by acquiring forwards Carmelo Anthony and Paul George in trades.READ: Knicks put cap on Carmelo Anthony era in NYIn July 2016, the Thunder were rocked by the surprise departure of the all-star Kevin Durant. Soon after, Westbrook agreed to a contract extension through 2018-19 season, with the final season being a player option.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Babos-Mladenovic combine to win Australian women’s doubles

first_imgIt’s the first Grand Slam title for Babos, who was a runner-up to Serena and Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2016.Mladenovic won the 2016 French Open doubles with compatriot Caroline Garcia and the pair were finalists at the US Open later that year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 24-year-old players were reunited at Melbourne Park in their first tournament together since the 2015 end-of-season WTA Finals where they fell in the round-robin stage.Babos and Mladenovic rallied from a 2-4 deficit in the opening set after Babos dropped serve in the fifth game. MOST READ France’s Kristina Mladenovic, right, celebrates with partner Hungary’s Timea Babos after winning a point against Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina during the women’s doubles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia— Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France became the first players from their respective countries to lift the Australian Open women’s doubles crown.Babos and Mladenovic embraced midcourt after beating Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-3 in Friday’s final at Rod Laver Arena.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And they quickly fell behind in the second set when Mladenovic was broken in the opening game.But the reignited doubles combination recovered the early deficit in the second set and break Makarova’s serve in the eighth game to set up the victory.The Australian Open remains the missing link for the Russian pair — they won the 2013 French Open, 2014 U.S. .Open and 2017 Wimbledon and were striving to become only the sixth women’s team to complete all four doubles majors in the Open era.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Westbrook has season-best 46 to lead Thunder past Wizards LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoSarri tells Chelsea: I need a Cesc replacement

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sarri tells Chelsea: I need a Cesc replacementby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has told club chiefs they need a midfield signing after victory over Newcastle.With Cesc Fabregas having left the club yesterday, Sarri hopes we will be able to bring in a replacement for the midfielder.He said, “As you have seen today, Jorginho was in trouble and on the bench there wasn’t a player for that position, so I need a player for that position, I need another option for Jorginho.”The club knows very well my opinion. I need a player there so it depends on the club’s decision, I can’t do anything more.” last_img